Information courtesy of Soyfoods Association of North AmericaSoyfoods have demonstrated anti-cancer properties such as regulating cell growth and programming the death of mutated cells. Researchers from Vanderbilt University studied genes and RNA fragments in tumor tissue of about 300 patients with triple-negative breast cancer to see if eating soyfoods long term had an impact. They found that eating soyfoods during the year prior to cancer diagnosis led to more expression of the genes that suppress tumor growth and less expression of genes that can cause cancerous mutations, especially cell growth-related genes in breast tissue. The people who were found to have this protective affect averaged 12 grams of soy protein per day, which is about two servings.These findings support the growing body of evidence that shows long-term soy intake protects against many forms of cancer and promotes health at all stages of life.
This week marked the 10th anniversary of biodiesel in the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Created under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and expanded to specifically include biodiesel under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, the RFS was created to expand the nation’s renewable fuels sector while reducing reliance on imported oil.Click here to read more at the Pod Policy blog.
Costly annual increases to medical insurance rates have two cities looking to find stability in numbers.At the beginning of the year, Washougal and Camas will join a medical insurance program through the Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments to stabilize growing premium costs. The three-year-old program is intended to lower what the cities pay by grouping them into a larger risk pool.As a requirement to participate in the insurance pool, member agencies must also agree to provide health management incentives designed to promote wellness among their members.“Overall, those incentives do keep costs down,” said Jennifer Gorsuch, Camas’ director of human resources.Currently, the cities belong to one large pool through the Association of Washington Cities for their Regence insurance. However, the cities are not pooled into a larger group for the coverage they receive through Kaiser.Both Camas and Washougal say the move would save at least $5,000 a year, or slightly more than 2 percent of what they pay now. The cities intend for those savings to grow in years to come.In Camas, insurance premiums have increased by an average of 12.5 percent annually in each of the last three years. Washougal cites a similar figure, with the city spending between $325,000 and $336,000 on its Kaiser coverage during those years.
An earthquake shook homes as far north as Felida and Salmon Creek on Saturday night.According to the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network, the earthquake occurred around 4:25 p.m. The earthquake’s epicenter was located in the Columbia River, just west of Hayden Island.Ted Lewis, a Salmon Creek resident, said the earthquake shook his house up a bit, but not enough to cause any problems.“We’ve felt these in the past where they shake the house,” Lewis said. “But it’s not even a rumble, mostly the ground shook and that was it.”The earthquake registered as a magnitude 2.8 Saturday’s shake is considered a small earthquake, and typically doesn’t cause many problems.There have been no reports of damage in the Vancouver area as of Monday morning.Erik Hidle: 360-735-4547; http://twitter.com/col_clarkgov ; email@example.com.
Vancouver redistricting activist John Milem died Saturday evening. He was 76.Up until a few months ago, Milem fought to make sure that voting district lines are drawn for the people, not for the politicians. He had filed a petition with the state Supreme Court to overturn Washington’s newly drawn voter boundaries, but he withdrew his lawsuit in late October after learning he had only a few months to live.Milem died in his Vancouver home shortly after 8 p.m. The primary cause of death was liver cancer, which developed after spreading from a rare form of cancer located in his eye. He was diagnosed with that disease, ocular melanoma, four years ago.There will be no services, according to an announcement sent out by his family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to any charity. “His remains have tentatively been accepted by the Oregon Health & Science University’s Body Donation Program,” Milem’s family writes. “After John’s time at OHSU is finished, he will be cremated and his final resting places will likely be portions of the Wonderland Trail of Mount Rainier and Mt. View Cemetery in Centralia.” Milem, a former lawyer and businessman, said in October that he became intrigued by political affairs and voter redistricting as a young adult in the early 1950s. Learning about redistricting laws and keeping tabs on redistricting reform across the nation became a hobby.
A Vancouver woman remains in serious condition at Peacehealth Southwest Medical Center from injuries sustained in a head-on collision on Highway 503 Wednesday afternoon. Emergency responders were dispatched to the crash, reported at 4:08 p.m. about six miles north of Lewisville Park near Fargher Lake. Washington State Patrol gave this account:Drew W. Uskoski, 16, of Yacolt was northbound on the highway in a 1997 Honda Odyssey, crossed the double yellow line into the southbound lane and collided with a 1998 Honda Civic driven by Nicole A. Blahnik, 22, of Vancouver.Blahnik was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where she was in the intensive care unit Wednesday night.Uskoski and his passenger, Landon D. Sarkinen, 16, both were treated and later released at PeaceHealth.Uskoski was cited for second-degree negligent driving.The highway was shut down for about 90 minutes.
Vigil honors teen’s life that ended in gunfireEven before Vancouver police officers were involved in two shootings this month, the agency was in the midst of reviewing its policies, including its use of deadly force policy.That fact, however, has no affect on the internal investigation the agency is conducting on the two separate incidents.The first shooting occurred on Jan. 18, when officers from the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force and the Vancouver Police Department searched for Jesse John France Jr., 29, because he was classified as being a “high risk” to reoffend and he had failed to check in with his community corrections officer.Law enforcement found France at an apartment complex in the Ogden neighborhood. France rammed an unmarked police vehicle and then “escalated” the situation before officers shot him, police said. He was pronounced dead on the scene.A week later, an officer fatally shot a 16-year-old boy who was a suspect in a home-invasion shooting and two robberies that occurred earlier in the same day. The boy, Douglas E. Combs, had been reportedly reaching for a gun while fleeing police around 11:30 p.m., when Cpl. Marshall Henderson shot him in the back.Henderson and the officer in the Jan. 18 incident, whose name has not been released because of his undercover position, were put on administrative leave, which is standard practice.
TUMWATER — Tumwater police say an officer was hit multiple times in the head with a hammer Monday night when he attempted to arrest a suspect at an apartment. The officer was treated and released at an Olympia hospital.The 23-year-old suspect surrendered and was jailed for investigation of assault as well as an outstanding arrest warrant.Police say the officer went to the apartment looking for a runaway and the 23-year-old. While the officer talked with the renter, the suspect climbed out a bathroom window near the door and attacked the officer.Three other people in the apartment were arrested on warrants. The runaway was returned to a guardian.
RIDGEFIELD — The Washington State Department of Transportation will close several off-ramps along northbound Interstate 5 today and Tuesday.Intermittent off-ramp closures are planned from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday night of Northeast 179th Street (Exit 9), state Highway 502/Gee Creek Rest Area (Exit 11); state Highway 501/Ridgefield (Exit 14); and La Center Road/La Center (Exit 16).Crews will complete work at one interchange before starting work at the other, so ramps at these consecutive interchanges will not be closed simultaneously.I-5 drivers will also encounter nightly single- and double-lane closures throughout the project area Monday through Friday this week. The project extends from just north of the I-5/I-205 junction to the N. Fork Lewis River Bridge. The work is weather dependent and may be canceled in the event of inclement weather.
AUBURN — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is likely in 2015 to roll out some of the most ambitious proposals in the nation to reduce carbon pollution such as a bill to cap greenhouse gases, but unless Democrats can make gains in the state Senate on Tuesday, he’ll face a tougher challenge. The Democratic governor is hoping for allies next legislative session when he is likely to introduce a bill to cap greenhouse gases through a market-based system, whether a carbon tax or a cap-and-trade program. Inslee is also studying a mandate for cleaner fuels, similar to California’s first-in-the-nation standard, though he says he could take executive action without legislative approval. Inslee and his Democratic allies need to win control of the 49-member Senate, which is controlled by a mostly Republican coalition, to increase the likelihood of his proposals’ success.But critics, including Republican state lawmakers, worry the proposals could hurt working families and businesses and say there are other ways to encourage people to reduce pollution.
BILLINGS, Mont. — Federal officials on Thursday doubled the number of American Indian communities involved in a $1.9 billion effort to consolidate tribal lands owned by multiple individuals.Twenty-one Indian communities in 12 states will join the land buyback program by 2017, said Deputy Secretary of the Interior Mike Connor. That brings the number of locations in the program to 42.“Right now the program is accelerating,” Connor said. “Our outreach efforts and coordination with tribal leaders and government is becoming more effective.”The buyback program was a central piece of a $3.4 billion settlement in 2009 of a class-action lawsuit filed by Elouise Cobell of Browning who died in 2011. The lawsuit claimed Interior Department officials mismanaged trust money held by the government for hundreds of thousands of Indian landowners.The 1887 Dawes Act split tribal lands into individual allotments that were inherited by multiple heirs with each passing generation. As a result, parcels of land on some reservations are owned by dozens, hundreds or even thousands of individual Indians. That can make property all but impossible to sell or develop.The buyback program aims to buy land with “fractionated” interests and consolidate ownership of the parcels under tribes.In the effort’s first year, $225 million was paid to individual Native Americans for restoring the equivalent of 375,000 acres to tribal governments, Connor said.
NEW YORK — Ray Rice has won the appeal of his indefinite suspension by the NFL.An arbitrator ruled Friday that his suspension for punching his fiancee, now his wife, should be vacated immediately. The NFL said Rice, a free agent, is “eligible to play upon signing a new contract.”Former U.S. District Judge Barbara S. Jones said Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision in September to change Rice’s original suspension from two games to indefinite was “arbitrary” and an “abuse of discretion.”Jones was deciding whether the NFL overstepped its authority in modifying Rice’s two-game suspension after video of the Baltimore Ravens running back punching Janay became public.Rice was released by the Ravens when the video went public. Rice and the union contended he was essentially sentenced twice, and Jones agreed.In her decision, Jones wrote:“Because Rice did not mislead the commissioner and because there were no new facts on which the commissioner could base his increased suspension, I find that the imposition of the indefinite suspension was arbitrary. I therefore vacate the second penalty imposed on Rice.
Kuoni Group has implemented an employee engagement programme as part of its employee value proposition (EVP).The travel firm introduced the programme, which is provided by Talentsmoothie, to help focus on initiatives that will deliver the most value to their employees and the organisation, improve staff engagement, attract and retain top talent, and communicate the behaviours required by workers.The strategy was developed using data from employee surveys and feedback from focus groups.Drawing on these insights, the strategy aims to deliver a consistent global approach to employee engagement and improve the overall experience of working across its Kuoni Global Travel Services and Global Travel Distribution divisions.
Almost two-thirds (63%) of employer respondents believe generation Z will disrupt the workforce more than any other generation, according to research by Capita Resourcing.Its Generation Z – HR leaders’ agents of change research, based on a survey of 1,015 employees aged 16-20 and 106 senior HR professionals, also found that 83% of employer respondents see attracting the next generation of employees as a bigger business challenge than meeting growth targets or innovating.The research also found:More than two-thirds (68%) of employer respondents think that generation Z employees are generally underprepared for the demands of working life.81% of employee respondents are confident they have the right attitude to succeed in the workplace and 65% are confident they possess the right skills.71% of employer respondents believe that generation Z want the freedom to work where and how they choose, and 69% think that generation Z employees want a high starting salary.58% of employee respondents view a higher starting salary as preferable to flexible- hours and location (42%).Two-thirds (66%) of employee respondents favour a higher starting salary over unlimited holiday (34%).More than half (57%) of employee respondents would prefer their pay to be based on performance rather than receiving a higher base level of pay (43%)Nicola McQueen (pictured), managing director at Capita Resourcing, said: “Businesses need to see generation Z as agents of change that can act as the driving force behind new initiatives that benefit every generation of employee.“Yet that’s not to say existing working practices need a major overhaul to accommodate this. On the contrary, there’s a danger that investment in new resources, policies and procedures aimed solely at this cohort could make a significant dent in the bottom line to no avail.”
Website analytics organisation Hotjar, takeaway delivery service JustEat, and media organisation Buzzfeed UK are among the 20 organisations on the UK’s Top Quirky Employee Perks and Benefits 2017 list, compiled by Glassdoor.Hotjar gives employees €4,000 (£3,492) to build their own office space at home, while Buzzfeed UK employees can enjoy live, on-site performances by British musicians every Thursday.Software organisation Cloudreach takes its employees on secret holidays to destinations such as Europe and North America. Phoenix Partnership, a Leeds-based software organisation, provides staff with annual sailing trips across the world, and betting exchange business Smarkets has a team of full-time chefs who cook breakfast, lunch and dinner daily for London-based employees.Ten of the organisations that feature on the UK’s Top Quirky Employee Perks and Benefits 2017 list, which is not ranked in any particular order, include:Hotjar: The analytics organisation provides employees with €4,000 to build their own office space at home.TransferWise: The financial services organisation has a built-in office sauna for all employees to use.BrewDog: The craft beer organisation offers employees paid puppy leave.Winton Capital Management: The investment management firm employs a food evangelist to ensure employees have advice on the best food to suit their needs.Money.co.uk: The comparison site organisation moved employees to a renovated castle, featuring a built-in Stars Wars-themed cinema room (pictured).JustEat: The food delivery business gives employees free food and drink every Friday and hosts a resident DJ for the evening.Cloudreach: The software firm takes employees on secret holidays across Europe and North America.Buzzfeed UK: The media organisation hosts live music performances in the office every Thursday.ZPG: The digital media business offers staff interest-free loans for home improvements and weddings.Phoenix Partnership: The IT organisation offers employees annual sailing trips to global locations.David Whitby, UK country manager at Glassdoor, said: “Perks don’t have to be expensive, but if used correctly they can reinforce [an organisation’s] brand and values.“[Organisations] aren’t always able to pay top salaries in the most competitive labour markets. In these cases, offering a more generous, and in some cases creative, benefits package can help employers attract and retain candidates, while also improving employee satisfaction and building a strong corporate culture.”
HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Police said a 14-year-old girl who, according to her family, had run away from her Homestead home on Saturday afternoon has been located safely.Christelyn Robertson had been last seen near the 2400 block of Northeast Third Court. She was last seen wearing a camouflage shirt, black jeans and no shoes.The teen’s family were worried about her because she needs to take her medication. On Sunday, the teen was reunited with her loved ones.“I love you so much. She’s my life,” her mother, Lynda Lusby, had told reporters earlier on Sunday.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
UPDATE: The advisories have been lifted as of September 18. Click here for the latest information.—–ORIGINAL VERSION:Swimming advisories have been issued for multiple beaches in Miami-Dade County.The Florida Department of Health said water samples taken from Golden Beach, Sunny Isles, Surfside, North Shore, 53rd Street in Miami Beach, Haulover South, and both Crandon North and South revealed higher-than-acceptable levels of enterococci bacteria, which can make swimmers sick.“An advisory has been issued because two consecutive water samples collected at these beaches exceeded the Federal and State recommended standard for enterococci,” the Department of Health said. “The advisory issued recommends not swimming at these locations at this time. The results of the sampling indicate that water contact may pose an increased risk of illness, particularly for susceptible individuals,”A previously-issued advisory for Crandon South from Sept. 6 remains in effect until further notice; however, it is no longer in effect for the Key Biscayne Beach Club. It is advised that beachgoers stay on shore at both Crandon South Beach and Key Biscayne Beach Club until new tests come back clean.For more information, visit the Department of Health’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Birch was elected in 2016 to serve a two-year term in the Alaska State House of Representatives representing South Anchorage House District 26. Chris served as a member of the House Resources, State Affairs and the Labor and Commerce committees as well as Co-chair of the Anchorage Caucus. Representative Josh Revak, who serves the northern half of the late senator’s Anchorage district in the House: “Chris filled every room with energy and enthusiasm. He was unwavering in his dedication and love for Alaska. Our hearts are broken for his family, and we will keep them in our prayers during this difficult time.” In 2018, Senator Birch was elected to represent District M in the Alaska State Senate. His tenure was set to wrap up 2023. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Anchorage republican state Senator Chris Birch, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday at the age of 68, according to a release from the State Legislature.
According to online database Mediafinder, 47 magazine titles have folded so far in 2009. Here, the full list (likely to change at any minute): Advanced ManufacturingAscent MagazineAsian WeekBank Advisor MagazineBook WorldChiropractic ProductsCigar Report MagazineComic FoundryCorporate LeaderCountry HomeCriticasDealmakerDigital GraphicsDominoElectrical Contracting ProductsFlorida Designers ReviewForbesLife Mountain TimeFurniture StyleThe Good LifeGreen BusinessIndyCar SeriesIgnite Your FaithMetal EdgeMetal ManiacsNetwork CablingJPG MagazineLocus SuspectusLongboard MagazineNew York LookNWA WorldTravelerPacific MagazinePlayers Club, ThePrivate AirRealms of FantasyRedmond Developer NewsRelix MagazineScryeSign TechSimple ScrapbooksSmartTeen Timber Homes IllustratedTrader MonthlyTraffic WorldWondertimeWorkplaceWraps
Reed Business Information has reduced its headcount again, this time eliminating 7 percent of its overall workforce. It’s the second round of job cuts in less than three months for the b-to-b publisher.In a statement, an RBI spokesperson said the cuts were “in response to economic conditions that continue to be unfavorable.” Affected employees will receive “severance benefits according to company policy.” The spokesperson declined to say exactly how many employees were affected by the cuts.In January, RBI reduced its workforce by 7 percent in association with a company-wide reorganization and instituted a salary freeze. “A companywide salary and hiring freeze remains in effect, and the company may consider additional cost-cutting options, including mandatory unpaid leave, if market conditions persist,” the spokesperson said. In a memo to staffers, RBI CEO Tad Smith attributed the decision to “our quarterly forecast for the full year and the revenue outlook [that] continues to concern us.” Smith said Reed’s financial projections are “worse than our already conservative expectations for 2009.”Contents of the memo were first reported by Sharon Waxman’s TheWrap.com.Earlier this month, RBI closed all but one of the magazines published under its Associated Construction Publications group, which consisted of 14 titles serving the heavy, highway and non-residential construction industries.London-based Reed Elsevier pulled RBI off the block late last year after bids were said to have fallen from approximately $2 billion to $1 billion.