ASA Encouraged by Corps of Engineers Actions Toward Lock Dam Modernization

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) is encouraged by significant progress made this week toward modernizing locks and dams along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. More than 75 percent of U.S. soybean exports move to world ports via the Upper Mississippi and Illinois River systems. The efficiency of these waterways has for many years been an important competitive advantage in overseas markets, but the system that has served so well for more than 60 years, is not up to modern standards. Older lock facilities are deteriorating, and key locations need to be expanded as soon as possible.This week, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced that it is preparing to make a draft proposal of the Upper Mississippi River and Illinois Waterway Navigation Feasibility Study available for public comment and review. Also, the Associated Press reported that Lieutenant General Robert B. Flowers, Chief of Engineers for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said, “The sense of urgency comes from the fact that the system out there is limping along right now. The fear we have is that we’ll have some catastrophic breakdown in the system, which will have a major economic impact.””One of the few advantages U.S. soybean farmers have over our international competitors is an efficient transportation system, particularly an efficient inland waterway system,” said ASA Chairman Dwain Ford, a soybean producer from Kinmundy, Ill. “Barge transportation on these waterways is not only the most efficient, economical means of transportation, it is also the most environmentally friendly way of moving U.S. soybeans and other products to domestic and foreign markets.”To improve this transportation system, new 1,200-foot structures are needed at Locks 20, 21, 22, 24 and 25 on the Mississippi River, and the LaGrange and Peoria Locks on the Illinois River. Guide wall extensions are also needed on Mississippi River Locks 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18. ASA fully supports and will urge Congress to provide appropriations for these improvements.In January, the Army Corps of Engineers issued its “draft tentative” plan, recommending a $2.3 billion investment for lock modernization and $5.3 billion for environmental restoration over the next 50 years. Five options for navigation improvements are being considered for building up to $2.3 billion worth of new locks on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers. Environmental projects would include flood plain restoration, island building and other work to help restore some of the river’s natural functions.The Corps said that the next step would be the preparation of a draft report in May, which will contain the draft proposal. The Corps will then hold public meetings in June before preparing the final report late this summer. All comments will be reflected in the final report. A Chief of Engineers Report containing recommendations will be prepared this fall for review by the Administration and submission to Congress.Details of the Corps’ preferred alternative include pre-construction engineering and design of seven new locks, and a framework plan to evaluate the need for construction of five other lock extensions, all of which ASA believes are absolutely vital to the future competitiveness of U.S. farmers.While U.S. farmers are fighting to maintain market share in a fiercely competitive global market place, our international competitors are investing in transportation infrastructure. Argentina has invested over $650 million in their transportation systems to make their grain more competitive. Brazil is reviving its water transport network to reduce shipping cost for soybeans by at least 75 percent. Due in part to these efforts, the two countries have captured 50 percent of the total growth in the world soybean market during the past three years.The total Mississippi Waterway and Illinois River Navigation System contains 37 lock and dam sites (43 locks), more than 650 manufacturing facilities, terminals, and docks, and provides valuable habitat and recreational opportunities. The system provides a means for shippers to transport millions of tons of commodities—122 million tons on the Mississippi River and 44 million tons on the Illinois Waterway—food and habitat for at least 485 species of birds, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and fish, almost 285,000 acres of National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, water supply for 22 communities and many farms and industries, and a multi-use recreational resource providing more than 11 million recreational visits each year.Making the necessary upgrades to improve the Mississippi and Illinois Waterways would also protect and add new jobs. Navigation on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers supports over 400,000 jobs. Roughly 90,000 of those are high paying manufacturing jobs. Construction of new locks will create good paying jobs for decades.”The 25,000 farmer-members of the ASA urge Congress to provide $20 million in Pre-Construction Engineering and Design funding in FY-05 for new locks and dams on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers,” Ford said. “Our antiquated locks are hurting U.S. soybean farmer competitiveness domestically and internationally. We need construction of at least seven new 1200-foot locks on the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers authorized in the Water Resources Development Act. We call on the President and Congress to support these critical investments in our nation’s infrastructure.”last_img read more

ASA Calls for Quick Passage of Russia PNTR in Lame Duck Session

first_imgSt. Louis, Mo… The American Soybean Association (ASA) and more than 500 fellow members of the Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade urged both chambers of Congress as well as President Barack Obama to approve legislation graduating Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment to the Trade Act, and enacting Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with the world’s ninth-largest economy, which was admitted as a member of the World Trade Organization less than three months ago.”For nearly eighty days now, all of the other 155 members of the WTO have been able to fully access Russia’s market liberalizations, including new rules related to services, science-based animal and plant health, and intellectual property protection – but U.S. businesses cannot,” wrote the Coalition in the letter. “For nearly eighty days now, U.S. business has had no voice in the WTO’s rules-based system to engage Russia regarding any of its policies that may be inconsistent with the obligations it has undertaken as a WTO member. Without PNTR, the United States has no enforceable rights and no recourse in the Russian market.”Home to more than 140 million consumers and a fast-growing economy, Russia last year imported more than $770 million in U.S., meat, poultry, egg and dairy products, which require soybean meal as feed in the production process. That total contributed to more than $25 billion in soybean exports overall in 2011-2012, making soy the largest U.S. farm export.”As the global economy expands and the world’s appetite for soy grows, we must continue to broaden our trade horizons and create opportunities for U.S. farmers to compete with their counterparts in other countries,” said ASA President Steve Wellman, a soybean farmer from Syracuse, Neb. “Establishing PNTR with Russia helps American farmers compete in one of the world’s largest and most promising economies. We look forward to next week’s vote on this issue in the House and encourage the Senate to do the same during the lame duck session so that this legislation may be quickly enacted by the president.”ASA represents all U.S. soybean farmers on domestic and international issues of importance to the soybean industry. ASA’s advocacy efforts are made possible through the voluntary membership in ASA by more than 21,000 farmers in 31 states where soybeans are grown.###For more information contact:Steve Wellman, ASA President, 402-269-7024, wellmanfarms@sbllcweb.comPatrick Delaney, ASA Communications Director, 202-969-7040, pdelaney@soy.orglast_img read more

Americas Heartland Debuts 10th Season

first_imgAmerica’s Heartland marked its 10th season this month. The latest episode of the national, weekly show on American agriculture featured a segment on preserving the building blocks of our food supply. Viewers met “men and women striving to protect genetic material in plants and animals” at the USDA, ARS, National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation in Fort Collins, Colorado. The installment also took a look at sunflower seed research in North Dakota, a profile of a California tomato farmer and soil improvements.ASA is proud to be a promotional partner of America’s Heartland, which can be seen nationwide on PBS affiliates, RFD-TV and now on FamilyNet. You can find out more about America’s Heartland by clicking here.last_img read more

Early 2018 Brings Deadlines on Trade

first_imgWith so much focus in recent months on the status of negotiations on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) agreement, it’s important to keep all of the other key trade developments coming in 2018 in mind as well. In the past two days, several news outlets have explained in helpful detail, the range of upcoming deadlines on trade matters for the White House. From the lists in the below articles, it’s clear the American Soybean Association (ASA) has our work cut out for us to keep foreign markets open and growing for U.S. soy and livestock product exports in the new year, and we’ll rely heavily on the engagement and passion from our farmers and industry partners to see our trade interests protected.CNBC – We’ll find out Whether Trump is actually tough on trade this monthThe New York Times – Will 2018 Be the Year of Protectionism? Trump Alone Will Decidelast_img read more

Bay grads tale illustrates persistent bullying problem

first_imgOne day they were friends sharing classes, working together at school activities.The next, Lindsey Elhart became the target of her classmate’s relentless harassment. She called Elhart “slut,” “whore.” She made snarky comments about the clothes Elhart wore. Threatening voice mails and text messages from blocked phone numbers flooded Elhart’s cell phone. Her parents’ home was covered with toilet paper in the middle of the night numerous times.Elhart’s friends turned on her for fear of becoming the girl’s next target. Others knew of what was happening but stayed quiet. That, Elhart said, includes school administrators — a claim the district denies.“A majority of the school knew how hurtful she was and a majority of the school just saw me take it because there was nothing else they could do for me,” Elhart, now 19, said of her senior year at Hudson’s Bay High School.When Elhart walked through the high school’s doors, she felt alone. But statistics prove she’s only one example of a widespread problem.During the 2008-09 school year, more than 15,000 students in the state were suspended and 442 expelled for bullying, harassment and intimidation. In Clark County, 115 students were expelled for the offenses — more than the more populous King, Pierce, Snohomish and Spokane counties — and 1,411 served suspensions.Local and state officials don’t have any hard evidence as to why the number of students suspended and expelled for bullying is higher in Clark County. However, multiple people interviewed by The Columbian speculated as to what the cause may be. Perhaps Clark County school administrators are more diligent in handling complaints and enforcing district policies. Maybe districts in other counties emphasize more on the prevention and intervention, thus nipping the problem in the bud before it leads to expulsion. On the other hand, Clark County could simply have more kids bullying each other.last_img read more

Fleeing suspect crashes car at busy intersection

first_imgTwo people, including a fleeing motorist, were injured in a crash north of Orchards on Thursday morning that drew several police officers.Authorities said the driver was intoxicated and wanted on a warrant when he fled from police and crashed into another car, injuring a Vancouver woman.The incident began at 10:27 a.m., when a Battle Ground officer attempted to stop an Audi on state Highway 503 for a traffic infraction after he noticed the registered owner had an outstanding warrant, said Battle Ground Police Department Sgt. Jason Perdue. The Audi driver didn’t pull over and eventually accelerated.The officer turned off his lights and didn’t pursue, Perdue said.The driver continued to travel south on Highway 503, ran a red light at Padden Parkway and three minutes later struck a Ford Focus driven by Katie Kanooth, 33, of Vancouver.“At that point, police weren’t behind him,” Perdue said.One witness told The Columbian that at least five police officers approached one of the cars with guns drawn.Two people, including the suspect, were sent to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries. The suspect, identified as Husam M. Hamadeh, 33, of Vancouver, suffered a hand injury; he was treated and released from the hospital. Kanooth sustained a bruised chest and hip, according to the Washington State Patrol.Kanooth was treated at the hospital and released, a hospital spokesman said.Hamadeh was arrested on suspicion of DUI, said Trooper Ryan Tanner, a Washington State Patrol spokesman. Hamadeh was in custody Thursday night at the Clark County Jail.last_img read more

Clackamas deputy pleads not guilty in assault case

first_imgA Clackamas County sheriff’s patrol sergeant who lives in Vancouver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to assaulting his 22-year-old stepson.Steven P. Hyson, 46, was arraigned on charges of second-degree assault domestic violence for allegedly slamming his stepson’s head into a wall during an argument May 1. Hyson also was charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly shoving his wife, Lora Hyson, and third-degree malicious mischief for allegedly causing property damage at the family’s home.Trial was set for Aug. 8.Authorities said Hyson’s 22-year-old stepson, Austin Brown-Oliver, said the conflict arose when he questioned Hyson about why he wasn’t intervening when Hyson’s 12-year-old son was yelling at Hyson’s wife.This led to an argument between Hyson and his stepson on the front porch of the home. Hyson reportedly ripped the stepson’s T-shirt and tried to provoke him to fight by saying “Go ahead and hit me” and “Are you a tough guy?” according to court documents.Brown-Oliver told investigators that as he attempted to walk away, Hyson grabbed him by the head and shoulder and spun him into the side of the house, according to the probable cause affidavit signed by sheriff’s Detective Todd Barsness.Hyson’s wife called 911, and Brown-Oliver was treated at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for a broken cheek bone. Hyson turned himself in to Clark County sheriff’s deputies May 3.last_img read more

Alleged burglary turns out to be contractor goof

first_imgVancouver police said Thursday that a weekend burglary captured on camera, was actually a pair of contractors who mistakenly entered the wrong home.The silent alarm was tripped 8:57 a.m. Saturday in a condominium in the 1400 block of Southeast Columbia Way. In the video, two men walk through the home, and one talks on a cell phone. The neighbors let the homeowners know that the contractors were doing work at their unit and accidentally went into the wrong one. Vancouver police said with no crime committed, they will not do any follow-up investigation.last_img read more

Proposed ordinance eyes curbs on panhandling

first_imgWith their crumbled cardboard signs, emblazoned with messages of need, Clark County’s panhandlers are an acknowledged sight on many heavily trafficked street corners and freeway offramps.Other panhandlers take a more direct approach and verbally ask for spare change from passers-by. Whatever the approach, the message is the same: Money would be helpful. And while that can be a nuisance for many, the reality is it’s also a difficult-to-regulate form of free speech.That’s what Sgt. Randon Walker of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office is learning as he reworks a draft ordinance that aims to place tighter restrictions on panhandling. A recent federal court ruling striking down much of the language contained in the ordinance has forced Walker to rewrite it.Walker proposed the ordinance, his “pet project,” last year. County commissioners held a work session on the matter, while Walker shopped the idea at a community open house. He said curbing panhandling would help direct homeless people to the county’s social service programs.“We have people on the street who are obviously broken,” Walker said. “We’re enabling them.”The ordinance was inspired by one that was proposed in Pierce County and another in Boise, Idaho. The American Civil Liberties Union of Idaho successfully challenged the legality of the ordinance at the beginning of the year, however. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the panhandling ordinance was overly vague and would curb First Amendment protections in publicly owned areas.last_img read more

Gabby Giffords speaking in Seattle for gun control

first_imgSEATTLE — Former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, who was wounded three years ago in Tucson, is speaking in Seattle on Wednesday as part of a cross-country tour to promote gun control.She’s appearing at a panel discussion on reducing gun violence against women. Organizers say it will focus on background checks for gun buyers.Gifford’s nine-state tour started more than a week ago in Maine where she advocated tougher laws to protect women from stalkers and domestic violence.Her gun-control advocacy group, Americans for Responsible Solutions, calls guns and domestic violence “a lethal mix.” It says abuse victims are five times more likely to be killed if the aggressor has access to a gun.last_img read more

Another key departure as Cai Lingli steps down from Imperial Pacific board

first_img Calls for 10% gaming tax renewed as report reveals Imperial Pacific tax payments of just US$21,000 in 2019 RelatedPosts Imperial Pacific adds to Board of Directors as regulator looks to impose US$375,000 fine for late license fee payment Imperial Pacific pays remaining US$10.5 million balance on annual license fee Load More Imperial Pacific International (IPI) has lost its second key board member in the space of a week with Cai Lingli – a relative of majority owner Cui Li Jie – stepping down as a director of the company and chairperson of the executive committee.Her departure comes just seven days after Marco Teng also announced the end of his seven-month tenure as Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) chairman. In a filing to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, IPI said, “Considering that the business of the group has been growing and the current management is capable of leading further development of the group, Ms Cai wishes to devote additional time to her family and other personal business commitments.”The roles of both Cai and Teng will be filled by current executive director, Ms Xia Yuki Yu, with immediate effect. Xia, 44, is already a director of a number of IPI subsidiaries and has sat on the board since 21 November 2013.According to IPI, she has more than 15 years’ experience in the PR and marketing industry and has held executive positions in “various enterprise groups” operating in the gaming industry. She holds a small 0.27% stake in IPI.This latest development follows IPI issuing a statement last Friday in which it revealed it had been experiencing “transfer issues” to fund the company’s payroll for the 17 August 2018 pay-period.“Despite the issue, the company paid over 2,000 of hourly employees on time today, Friday. Salaried employees will be paid within the week,” the statement added. “Imperial Pacific intends to meet our obligations and asks for the community’s continued support, patience and understanding.”last_img read more

China confirms 23 October opening ceremony for Hong KongZhuhaiMacau Bridge

first_imgBeijing authorities have revealed that the long-awaited opening ceremony for the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge (HKZMB) will be held next Tuesday 23 October, attended by Chinese President Xi Jinping. But there remains some confusion over whether or not the ceremony will also signal the start of operations for the world’s longest sea bridge linking the three key southern China cities.According to the South China Morning Post, there is still no official clarification on whether the bridge will be open for business following the ceremony, with one source stating, “We are still awaiting confirmation from the mainland authorities – there may be a last-minute change.” Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August RelatedPosts Officials last month conducted a full test of the HKZMB – which spans 55 kilometers – and its various border crossing facilities but until now there has been no word on when the HK$50 billion project would finally open.Suggestions that it could now be operational before the end of the month potentially leaves companies tasked with running inter-city transport services scrambling. They include One Bus, which will run 19 buses between Hong Kong and Macau, with the SCMP quoting spokesman Eddie Choi as stating, “We hoped to have ample time to make manpower arrangements and to promote our new coach services.“At such short notice and without any details, how can we make the necessary logistic arrangements? It will cause chaos and great inconvenience to the passengers.”Choi said the company had asked Transport Department officials if the bridge would open on the same day as the ceremony but “they had no clue.”Beijing reportedly told the SCMP that the late notice was due to security requirements for President Xi.last_img read more

Hokkaido government holds IR regional briefings in effort to educate citizens

first_img Osaka approves Yumeshima site for commercial development in latest IR move Japan to conduct nationwide prefectural survey to confirm IR intentions RelatedPosts Japan moves forward as Basic Policy for IRs released Load More Hokkaido, one of the candidate prefectures for a regional Japanese IR license, has hosted a number of “IR Regional Briefings” across the island over the past week, with the latest taking place in Hokkaido’s preferred location of Tomakomai city.Following previous briefings in Sapporo and Kushiro, the third briefing saw around 110 residents attend according to local media reports, with many voicing their concerns over the potential development of a local IR. Staff from the Hokkaido government took an hour to explain the basic IR concept and countermeasures for the potential impacts on society based on the “Basic Concepts Regarding IR” (discussion draft) that was announced in November last year. Among the key points raised was recognition that an IR would boost tourism.When the floor was subsequently opened to questions, there were concerns about gambling, opposition to an industry that financially thrives on “human misfortune” and a suggestion that, due to the many objections raised in a public survey, a referendum should be held.On the other hand, there were voices of approval from those wanting to attract visitors to Tomakomai and who wanted further discussion and compromise for the sake of the city’s financial future.Nobuhiko Maki, director of the Hokkaido Tourist Board commented, “I have listened carefully to the opinions and I would like to explore the possibility that an IR facility would make a contribution to the development of tourism in Hokkaido.”The area of Tomakomai city, close to New Chitose Airport, that stands to best enjoy the financial benefits of an IR also has the most deeply rooted opposition and it is understood that further efforts are required to increase the understanding of residents.Further briefings are scheduled to be held in Hakodate, Asahikawa, Obihiro, and Abashiri.last_img read more

TPR used enforcement powers 35862 times to tackle pensions noncompliance in Q1

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) used its enforcement powers for pensions auto-enrolment non-compliance 35,862 times between January and March 2018, compared to 28,446 times last quarter, according to research by TPR.Its Compliance and enforcement quarterly bulletin: January-March 2018 report, which provides information on the powers TPR has used as well as cases it has been involved in, also found that 11,156 fixed penalty notices were issued between January and March 2018, which is 3,721 more than the number of fixed penalty notices that were issued last quarter.Since TPR began recording its compliance and enforcement action in July 2012, a total of 43,338 fixed penalty notices, which are fixed £400 fines issued to employers if they do not comply with statutory notices, or if there is sufficient evidence of a breach of the law, were issued.The research also found that 2,770 escalating penalty notices had been issued between January and March 2018, compared to a 9,537 total between July 2012 and March 2018. An escalating penalty notice is a daily fine between £50 and £10,000, depending on how many employees an organisation has, which is issued when an employer fails to comply with a statutory notice.Between January and March 2018, 19,986 compliance notices, which target auto-enrolment non-compliance of employer duties, were issued, creating a total of 98,489 compliance notices that were issued between July 2012 and March 2018. Approximately 2,037 compliance notices were sent to employers between January to March 2018 compared to last quarter.A total of 1,762 unpaid contributions notices were issued in January to March 2018, which is 431 more than last quarter. Since July 2012, 6,022 unpaid contributions notices, which remedy a late or non-payment due to a qualifying pension scheme, were issued as of March 2018.The report also confirmed that TPR used its powers to enforce governance and administration rules against non-compliant schemes 62 times between January and March 2018, including organisations failing to provide a chair’s statement, submitting a non-compliant chair’s statement or for not completing a scheme return on time.TPR used its information gathering powers 45 times between January and March 2018 and it appointed 105 trustees to run pension schemes in order to protect members’ benefits.Nicola Parish, executive director of frontline regulation at TPR, said: “We are working to be a clearer, quicker and tougher regulator. Very often, being clear that we are fully prepared to use our powers gets employers and trustees to the table and means members are safeguarded more quickly. Several cases are resolved thanks to clear and robust negotiation by our case teams and the early engagement of [organisations] and trustees.”Darren Ryder, director of automatic enrolment at TPR, added: “Huge numbers of employers are starting their workplace pension duties every month and the vast majority are successfully meeting their duties. However, where an employer fails to do the right thing for their staff, we will take action using the wide range of powers available to us.”last_img read more

Nearly a third of organisations fail to measure longterm sickness absence

first_imgAlthough just over half (56%) of organisations record their levels of long-term sickness absence, which refers to leave of 20 working days or more, almost a third (29%) do not, according to research by manufacturers’ organisation EEF.The EEF health and work survey 2018, published in association with insurance provider Howden, polled 165 employers in May 2018. It also revealed that just under a third (29%) of organisations identify work-related sickness absence levels, but that almost two-fifths (37%) do not. Mean sickness absence attributed to work is 4%.The most common cause of long-term sickness absence for just under two-fifths (37%) of employers is a result of employees waiting for medical investigations or recovering from surgery.Approximately four-fifths (81%) of organisations have access to occupational health (OH) services and the most common utilised OH services for just over three-quarters (76%) are task fitness assessments. Audiometry is the most common type of health surveillance for the majority (82%) of organisations.Almost all organisations are implementing measures to help reintegrate employees back into work, the foremost being phased returns to work (89%), reduced or different hours (84%) and time off for medical appointments (70%).Terry Woolmer (pictured), head of health and safety and policy at EEF, said: “It has long been recognised that a healthy workforce is a more productive workforce. Investment in the wellbeing of employees by both the employer and government makes sense not just for good business practice but also the benefits to wider society from reduced benefits and pressure on a stretched NHS.“The focus on occupational health needs to regain momentum, however, especially given the upward trend of a number of causes of long-term absence. This should involve practical short-term measures such as a replacement for the ‘Fit for Work’ service, as well as a long-term focus on a wider strategy for employee health that goes way beyond just managing absence.”last_img read more

LAPD officer runs to rescue man inside of burning car

first_imgLOS ANGELES (WSVN) — A car burst into flames on a Los Angeles highway and one man found himself trapped inside.Video taken by another driver shows several others pulled over, trying to help the man inside the car engulfed in flames. “Get him out of there,” screamed one bystander. “Is there anybody else in the car?”As the flames grew higher, one man could be seen hopping over the center median toward the burning car. That man was Los Angeles Police officer Donald Thompson.Thompson said he was driving into work when he saw the car slam into the concrete barrier. “Really hard. Hits it. Bounces off of it,” said Thompson to a reporter. “After it hit, a huge ball of fire.”The officer said he knew the driver was trapped. “There was fire. Fire was everywhere,” he said. “What you instinctively want to do is turn around and just run away because you’ve got pain, you’ve got all of this heat.”The driver was unconscious inside the car and Thompson said he couldn’t get his seatbelt off. “You never gave up,” said the officer. “Reached around the door and grabbed him, pulled him out of the car. He weighed over 200 pounds, but he was so light. He felt like he only weighed an ounce or two. Adrenaline is absolutely amazing.”“Wow, they saved that guy’s life,” one person can be heard saying while taking video of the rescue. The man was carried to safety. Officials said he suffered a medical emergency, causing him to black out. “I was shocked. I was dismayed. I didn’t know where I was,” said the victim Bill McWhorter.Although he suffered burns and couple of cracked ribs, he said he’s just happy to be alive. “It’s difficult to be unhappy when you’re grateful,” said McWhorter.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Burglar breaks into Miami religious store steals pigeons

first_img“Because now, these little pigeons, he breaks the eggs and everything. It’s animal abuse,” said Nelson. “The way he took the pigeons was very rough.”The subject’s exit was even harder. He is seen scaling the ladder and then tumbling over the fence and falling onto the ground.The religious store had beefed up security after being burglarized in May. Police arrested two people in connection to the incident, but the owners haven’t recovered what was stolen.The owners said the burglary is especially painful because it took place right before the holidays.If you have any information on either of these burglaries, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – The owners of a South Florida business are reeling, one day after, they said, a burglar broke into their religious store and took off with a cage filled with pricey pigeons.For the second time in less than a year, Mae and Nelson Hernandez, the owners of El Viejo Lazaro Botanica in Miami, find themselves cleaning up after a crook.“People are crazy. People know I have security cameras,” said Nelson. “People know I put the wires. More security, and these people don’t care.”But the barbed wire and security cameras did not deter the subject from breaking into the business, located at 5800 W. Flagler St., Friday night.Just a few hours after the shop had closed up for the night, the footage shows the perpetrator, wearing a bucket over his head and a trash bag over his shoulders, as he jumped over the fence and made his way inside.“I don’t know what’s going here in Miami,” said Mae. “People don’t have respect for anything.”Minutes later, the thief is seen walking off with a cage filled with pigeons that, the owners said, are worth thousands of dollars. last_img read more

1yearold father injured in Miami Gardens shooting

first_imgMIAMI GARDENS, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a 1-year-old child and his father to the hospital after, police said, they were wounded in a shooting in Miami Gardens.According Miami Gardens Police, a 23-year-old man and his child were shot in the area of Northwest 187th Street and 23rd Avenue on Monday, just before 9 p.m.“As far as we know, the father was holding the child in his arms when he was shot,” said Miami Gardens Police Officer Carlos Austin.Neighbors in the area were surprised to hear about the shooting in what one of them described as a quiet community.“It was like a barrage of ‘brrrrrr, pop, pop, pop, pop,’” said area resident Maxine Solie, “and I said to the person I was talking to, ‘Them fools must maybe think that it’s still the Fourth of July.’”Miami-Dade Fire Rescue crews airlifted both victims to Ryder Trauma Center. The adult victim was last listed in critical condition and his child in stable condition.Police set up a perimeter and searched for the shooter late into the night, Monday. “The call came out as three people shot, so we don’t know at this time if it’s a victim or a suspect,” said Austin. “I just know we’re looking for a possible third victim.” Cops now searching via chopper for possible 3rd “victim” of shooting after child, 1, father, 23 were hospitalized. @wsvn pic.twitter.com/lnqykvdHyH— Sheldon Fox-7 News (@fox_sheldon) July 24, 2018“It’s sad, it’s depressing, it’s alarming,” said Solie, who has lived in this neighborhood for 30 years. “This used to be a very quiet, nice neighborhood.”At this time, police said they are looking for a dark colored Honda with dark tinted windows.If you have any information on this double shooting, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Police officer transported after crash in Doral

first_imgDORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A police officer in Doral had to be taken to the hospital after she was involved in a crash.The female officer was rushed to the hospital as a precaution after a crash near Northwest 87th Avenue and 25th street, Friday morning.The other driver was not injured.Traffic in the area was shut down while authorities worked the scene, but it has since reopened.The cause of the crash is currently unknownCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more