The San Diego Foundation announces 2 million in scholarship availability

first_img Posted: December 18, 2018 December 18, 2018 KUSI Newsroom The San Diego Foundation announces $2 million in scholarship availability KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Foundation announced that hundreds of scholarships are now available for San Diego students during the 2019-2020 school year.Through one online application, students can access more than $2 million through 100 types of scholarships for the 2019- 2020 academic year, with awards generally ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. Awards are granted to four-year universities, two-year colleges, graduate and trade/vocational schools.Applications are available online until February 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.For more information and to apply for a scholarship click here.last_img read more

SDGE to credit electric vehicle drivers 850 in San Diego and Orange

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 8, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Gas & Electric announced Monday that more than 21,000 customers in San Diego and southern Orange counties will receive a one-time $850 credit later this year for driving an electric vehicle.The California Air Resources Board funds the credit through the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program, which encourages the use of renewable energy and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The credit has varied each year as more residents in the two counties switch to driving an electric vehicle.This is the third and final year of the credit’s availability to SDG&E customers, but the company said it intends to offer similar incentives for electric vehicle owners in the future.For this year’s credit, SDG&E used Facebook advertisements, emails, news releases and postings on various websites in an effort to reach the owners of the 40,000 electric vehicles registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles across its coverage region. The company could not immediately disclose how many electric vehicles are owned in each county.According to SDG&E, applicants for the credit rose roughly 40% this year compared to last year, when the company dispersed credits of $500 to roughly 15,000 residents in both counties. The credits are expected to appear on SDG&E customers’ bills in the coming months. Posted: July 8, 2019 SDG&E to credit electric vehicle drivers $850 in San Diego and Orange Countieslast_img read more

New ASA Member Benefit Supports Farm Succession Planning

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) welcomes a new partnership with eLegacyConnect to offer an important tool to help members protect their farms and their family legacy. eLegacyConnect is a subscription-based succession planning web community. ASA members receive a 20 percent discount on an annual subscription when signing up by using the promo code listed on the ASA Membership Benefits page at is a dynamic online succession planning community giving subscribers the opportunity to participate in activities necessary to preserve, promote, and pass the family farm to a well-prepared next generation. eLegacyConnect engages users in succession planning activities that generate results and provides the resources necessary to improve the outcome while encouraging open discussion among families and professional advisors.“This is a great new benefit for our members,” said Bob Worth, Chairman, ASA Membership and Corporate Relations Committee. “Succession planning is one of those things that producers tend to put off until later but never get it addressed. eLegacyConnect is a great service to assist members take the first step in protecting their farms and their legacy.”eLegacyConnect provides educational resources, action plans, community forums and a number of meaningful experiences to help farm families achieve their succession planning goals. eLegacyConnect is a division of Legacy by Design, LLC, a company dedicated solely to succession planning in the agricultural community.“This site is an effort to make Legacy by Design’s resources available to a broader audience, help more families engage in the process, and offer the assistance people need to realize their legacy goals,” said Kevin Spafford, the founder of Legacy by Design and the architect for the Farm Journal Legacy Project.For more information about this new benefit of ASA membership, please click here.last_img read more

ASA Honors Conservation Legacy Award Winners at Annual Banquet

first_imgASA presented three Conservation Legacy Awards during its annual banquet at Commodity Classic in San Antonio last week.The program is sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board and Corn and Soybean Digest, and recognizes soybean farmers across the country for their outstanding environmental and conservation practices, while maintaining profitable farming operations.Regional Conservation Legacy Award WinnersKurt Lawton (left) and ASA President Ray Gaesser present Mark and Phyllis Legan of Coatesville, Ind., the American Soybean Association’s Conservation Legacy Award for the Northeast Region. Photo Credit: Sandra MartinMark and Phyllis Legan of Coatesville, Ind., received the American Soybean Association’s Conservation Legacy Award for the Northeast Region.“With an efficient livestock operation operating hand-in-hand with the farm’s soybean and barley operations, the Legans’ farm is a great case study in the variety and diversity of individual farms within our industry. Mark and Phyllis have done a wonderful job making use of the nutrients generated by their livestock and returning those to the soil in their fields,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “What’s more, the Legans are first generation farmers, and have brought a unique perspective to their work that will undoubtedly help other first generation operators do the same.”The Legans’ operation is both 100 percent no-till and 100 percent cover cropped, which Phyllis says enhances soil biological activity and improves organic matter. The Legans also utilize the manure from their large-scale hog operation as a nutrient for integration into their soil. Through drainage tiling, cover cropping, man-made wetlands and other methods, the Legans are also invested in smart water management on their farm as well.“Conservation means using our land and water resources, but leaving them in as good or better shape than when we were entrusted with them,” says Mark. “At the same time, we are living and working at a productive, sustainable farm and leaving it in good shape for future generations.”ASA President Ray Gaesser (right) and Sharon Hall (left) present Clinton, Ky., soybean and corn farmer Jerry Peery, pictured with wife Valarie, the American Soybean Association’s Conservation Legacy Award for the South Region. Photo Credit: Sandra MartinClinton, Ky., soybean and corn farmer Jerry Peery received the American Soybean Association’s Conservation Legacy Award for the South Region.“Jerry has been at the forefront of the no-till movement in the South since the early 1970s, and he’s continued in that environmental leadership ever since. His is a story of adaptation and growth over more than five decades of farming,” said ASA President and Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “Farmers like Jerry, who keep one eye on tradition and the other on new practices and solutions that allow them to farm more sustainably and productively, are a wonderful example of modern conservationism at its very best.”Peery began no-till farming on his land after attending several field days with no-till pioneers Shirley Phillips and Harry Young, Jr., in the late 1960s, and since the mid-1980s, the Peery farm has been entirely no-till. In addition to no-till, Peery utilizes annual rotation, buffer strips and waterways, cover crops, advanced soil and tissue testing, and makes extensive use of GPS and other precision agriculture technology to allow for more precise application of inputs and collection of valuable data. This provides Peery with a vast set of data points from which to ensure he receives maximum benefits from the smallest amount of inputs and environmental impact. Technology is a key component of the modern-day operation for Peery, who started with a 1949 Allis Chalmers and a harvester with a 10-foot header. Today, Peery harvests with a cutting-edge tractor and combine technology.“We understand that there will never be more land than currently exists, and we believe it is our moral and spiritual responsibility to do everything we can to leave the land in better condition than when we began caring for it,” said Peery. “Farming has been my life for nearly 60 years, and my farm is one hundred percent no-till today because I have been working hard to protect the land’s valuable resources.”National Conservation Legacy Award Winner  ASA President Ray Gaesser (right) and Jim Call, Chairman of the United Soybean Board (USB) Jim Call (left) present David Ausberger, pictured with his wife Lee Anna, the national winner of ASA’s Conservation Legacy Awards program. Photo Credit: Sandra MartinThe American Soybean Association (ASA) honored Jefferson, Iowa, soybean farmer David Ausberger as the national winner of ASA’s Conservation Legacy Awards program. The program is sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board and Corn and Soybean Digest.“David is a shining example of the innovation that happens every day on soybean farms across the country. He isn’t simply maintaining the environmental quality of his land, he is improving it,” said ASA President and fellow Iowa farmer Ray Gaesser. “The unique work that David is doing reaches far beyond his farm, and will help other farmers in their efforts to continue productive operations while remaining excellent stewards of the land.”Prior to his recognition as the program’s national winner, Ausberger was named the Midwest Regional winner of the Conservation Legacy Award for his use of no-till—or as he describes it “never till”—and expansive cover cropping, a practice he says enables him to better manage soil and water quality, disease, weeds and insects. An active participant in multiple federal conservation programs, Ausberger also pointed to innovative strategies like the strategic application of nutrients through an extensive composting program that makes use of poultry litter from a nearby operation, and waste wood chips from the City of Jefferson.“Conservation is a legacy that goes both forward and backward for me and my family,” says Ausberger. “It is a way to preserve the land for my kids (or somebody else’s kids) who may be farming it in the future. It is also a way to honor my dad’s ideals and commitment. Whether my kids and their children are walking this ground or live a thousand miles away when they grow up, I hope they do not have to worry about the water they drink or the air they breathe.”Through cooperation with the Iowa Soybean Association and participation in multiple ISA initiatives, Ausberger developed a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan to reduce nutrient loss and better manage inputs. As a Certified Conservation Farmer, Ausberger shares his success with advanced conservation measures with other farmers in his area through more than 40 hours of classroom and field experience. Finally, Ausberger is part owner of a seven-turbine wind farm that generates enough electricity for his entire community.Nominations are open for the 2015 Conservation Legacy Awards Program online at read more

Commodity Classic Trade Show Floor Opens to New Exhibitors

first_imgCompanies with products, services, technology and innovation targeting the nation’s leading farmers now have the opportunity to get in front of that coveted audience.  Commodity Classic, the nation’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, has announced the opening of the trade show floor for the 2016 Commodity Classic in New Orleans, March 3-5, 2016.”The increased size of the trade show floor in New Orleans provides additional space for new exhibitors and a perfect opportunity for companies who have been wanting to participate in Commodity Classic,” said Sam Butler, an Alabama soybean farmer and Commodity Classic Co-Chair.  “This is where the nation’s top farmers come to learn what’s new and become even better at what they do.  And it’s where the companies that want to reach those farmers come to exhibit.”Commodity Classic is the annual trade show and convention of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. In 2016, Commodity Classic welcomes the Association of Equipment Manufacturers as an affiliate of the event.Some 72 percent of growers attending the 2015 Commodity Classic characterized themselves as “early adopters” of new products, technology and innovation. Total growers at the 2015 Commodity Classic represented:Nearly $5 billion in total gross farm incomeA per farm average gross farm income of $1.77 millionMore than $1 billion in total equipment purchasesNearly $875 million in total seed and chemical purchasesMore than $858 million in total fertilizer purchasesThe remaining exhibit space will likely be sold quickly, so exhibitors are urged to stake their claims as soon as possible.”This is a rare opportunity to have a good inventory of available exhibit space,” Butler said.  “But companies should act quickly if they want to ensure their place in New Orleans.”Commodity Classic has consistently broken annual attendance records over the past several years.  In 2015, nearly 8,000 people attended the 20th Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Ariz.—and 4,328 of them were farmers.For an exhibitor prospectus, visit  For additional information, contact or call 636.922.5551.Established in 1996, Commodity Classic is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention and trade show, produced by the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and, starting in 2016, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers.last_img read more

New Day at Daybreak as county OKs expansion plan

first_imgA colored map shows the possibilities: A large equestrian arena, a smaller covered arena, a practice arena and horse stalls.Four miles of trails. Two large group picnic shelters and eight small shelters.A playground.The only thing missing from Clark County’s $11.9 million plan to more than double the size of Daybreak Regional Park?The $11.9 million.County commissioners voted 3-0 on Tuesday to approve the Lower Daybreak Regional Park master plan, acknowledging that there’s no funding in sight but recognizing that formally adopting the plan opens up the possibility of receiving grants for the project.Talk about developing the 112-acre site on the south bank of the East Fork of the Lewis River started in earnest in 2008. The Columbia Land Trust bought the property, north of Northeast 259th Street and west of 82nd Avenue, with help from the county in 2002 with an agreement it would one day donate the land to the county.Regional park space has become a touchy subject with commissioners. In April, Clark County Auditor Greg Kimsey released an assessment of how well the county does at providing services. Developing regional parks was flagged as a specific area in which the county was lagging. Regional park acreage stayed the same during the five years, 2005 to 2009, that Kimsey studied, keeping the county well below its goal of 10 acres per 1,000 residents.Commissioners Steve Stuart, Marc Boldt and Tom Mielke all thought it was unfair to make a distinction among regional, community and neighborhood parks, with Mielke suggesting the county simply redefine what constitutes a “park.” Numbers show the county has 5.4 acres of regional park spaces (such as Lewisville and Vancouver Lake) per 1,000 residents.Not that the county hasn’t been trying to boost its numbers. But it has struggled to overcome cost overruns and funding disputes in a long-running effort to turn Camp Bonneville into a regional park. The 3,840-acre site in east Clark County served as an Army training ground and artillery range from 1909 to 1995.last_img read more

Two teens one a Vancouver resident at times indicted in gang shooting

first_imgTwo alleged gang associates, one arrested in Vancouver last week, the other in Portland, have been indicted in Multnomah County on attempted murder and other charges for their alleged roles in what is believed to be a Crips vs. Bloods drive-by shooting in Portland — which occurred the same day as a gang funeral early this month.A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Antonio Leron Cabine Jr. and Ryan O’Neill Davis-Pinney, both 16, on charges of attempted murder, attempted first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon, according to a bulletin from Sgt. Pete Simpson, a spokesman for the Portland Police Bureau.On Oct. 12, Portland police gang detectives arrested Cabine upon his release from a Portland hospital, where he’d been taken after being shot in both legs in another drive-by shooting, apparently in retaliation for a drive-by shooting he and Davis-Pinney allegedly committed in Portland. That first shooting occurred shortly before Cabine was shot, Simpson said.“One minute he’s a suspect, and the next minute he’s a victim,” Simpson said of Cabine. “It’s an unfortunate cycle of violence in the gang world.”The shootings are part of Portland’s continuing Crips vs. Bloods gang problem, he said.As for Davis-Pinney, Portland detectives arrested him in Vancouver, also on Oct. 12, with the help of the Vancouver Police Department and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. Davis-Pinney apparently has lived in the Vancouver area at times.last_img read more

State may trim 75 from domestic violence program

first_imgAbout two weeks ago, the YWCA Clark County got a sky-is-falling memo from one of its primary funding partners — the State of Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services.Get ready for serious cuts to your grant-funded domestic violence program, the memo said. You should come up with a plan to reduce the program’s costs by 25 percent on January 1, 2012, and an additional 50 percent on July 1. That message went out to all state-funded domestic violence programs. The YWCA Clark County’s SafeChoice program includes domestic violence shelters, counselors, educators and other staff — a total of 22 people in all, according to SafeChoice director Debra Adams. The total amount at risk in Clark County approaches $250,000, Adams said.Adams said she is looking at layoffs of the best possible people at the worst possible time. Economic stress and unemployment lead to family stress, she said, and that’s when a community needs services like violence prevention, intervention and shelters the most. The Y is the only local agency dedicated to this kind of work, she said.Y employees “are committed, they are passionate, they are really dedicated to what they do,” said Adams. “This is going to be devastating to the community because it’s going to affect the number of people we can serve.”last_img read more

Administration revises program to boost mortgage refinancing

first_imgWASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Monday rebooted a failing effort to help some homeowners refinance their homes, making it easier for some who owe more than their house is worth to get a new loan.The new effort, however, stops far short of tackling broader problems weighing down the housing sector.“If you meet certain requirements, you will have the chance to refinance at lower rates, which could save you hundreds of dollars a month, and thousands of dollars a year in mortgage payments,” President Barack Obama said in Las Vegas as he unveiled the changes coming to the Home Affordable Refinance Program, launched two years ago to great fanfare. “Second, there will be lower closing costs, and certain refinancing fees will be eliminated — fees that can sometimes cancel out the benefit of refinancing altogether.”Independent economists say HARP has underwhelmed, but they generally supported the president’s HARP 2.0 because it will boost borrower cash flows, thus freeing them to spend more in a sluggish economy.“While HARP won’t live up to the initial expectations of 4 (million) to 5 million in refinancings, the program will ultimately provide a meaningful boost to the broader economy as financially stressed households will benefit from much lower mortgage payments,” said Mark Zandi, chief economist for forecaster Moody’s Analytics.HARP was supposed to be the simpler part of a two-pronged plan to tackle the nation’s housing crisis when launched two years ago. It was established to help borrowers whose mortgages are owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac to take advantage of historically low lending rates and refinance. The other prong sought to provide incentives for modification of delinquent loans, but it too has fallen far short of expectations.last_img read more

Clark hoop teams clinch postseason

first_imgThe Clark College men’s and women’s basketball teams clinched NWAACC Tournament berths on Monday with wins over Lower Columbia at the O’Connell Center.The Clark women (19-3, 12-0 NWAACC West Division) won their 15th consecutive game, 73-52 over LCC.The No. 1-ranked Clark men (21-2, 11-1) followed with an 88-71 win over the Red Devils.With four division games to play, seeding into the 16-team NWAACC Tournament remains up for grabs. The tournament runs March 3-6 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.MEN: Clark 88, Lower Columbia 71 — Five Clark players scored in double figures as the Penguins got past third-place LCC and maintained a first-place tie in the division with Tacoma.Austin Bragg had 19 points and eight rebounds for Clark. Dominique Giles added 19 points off the bench.Also for Clark, Lucas Swanson had 17 points, Blake Bowen had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Derek Owens had 10 points and seven assists.“We were outrebounded, but numbers don’t tell the whole story,” Clark coach Mike Arnold said. “(LCC) takes you deep into the shot clock. I was pleased with how we stayed focused on defense.”Union grad Caden Skelton had 18 points for LCC (15-8, 9-4), and Aaron Alston led with 19 points.WOMEN: Clark 73, Lower Columbia 52 — Deborah Simmers led three Clark players in double figures with 23 points in the Penguins’ 15th consecutive victory.Clark maintained a two-game lead in the division over second-place Centralia.Chelsea Dyson had a solid game with 19 points, nine rebounds and nine steals. Clara Russell added 11 points.Caitlynn Jackson led Lower Columbia (7-15, 6-7) with 11 points.Pierce visits Clark on Wednesday. The women play at 6 p.m. and the men at 8 p.m.last_img read more

Driver in Saturday motorcycle accident identified

first_imgA 24-year-old man killed in a motorcycle accident Saturday has been identified as Charles J. Rogers III of Vancouver.Rogers was killed after he lost control of a 2009 Yamaha R600 at about 2:50 a.m. while changing lanes on eastbound state Highway 14 near Evergreen Boulevard. The motorcycle struck a guardrail and ejected Rogers 800 feet east. The accident blocked both lanes of travel for about three hours.Rogers was wearing a helmet at the time but was not endorsed to drive a motorcycle.Washington State Patrol has found that speed was a factor in the accident but had not concluded its investigation as of Monday.last_img read more

Prescribing prognosis mostly positive

first_imgProgram creates obstacles to ‘doctor shopping’The state’s new, tougher stance on opioid prescribing, although initially unpopular, now has many doctors and health officials hailing a better and safer system. The concerns that pain patients would be left in a world of hurt went unrealized, health officials say.But one local legislator claims the state was guilty of overkill when it adopted the new pain-management rules. And Rep. Paul Harris, R-Vancouver, plans to take his skepticism, and a few ideas of his own, to Olympia this year.Standing by the rulesIn 2010, Washington lawmakers approved a bill, sponsored by state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, calling for new rules concerning the management of chronic pain not caused by cancer. The purpose of the legislation was to improve opioid prescribing and rein in prescription drug abuse and misuse.The rules require for each patient an evaluation and complete history of pain treatment, a written treatment plan and a written agreement for treatment. The rules also require prescribers of long-acting opioids or methadone to have completed at least four hours of specialized training.In addition, the rules require, for the first time, consultations with pain specialists for patients who reach an established threshold (120 mg of a morphine equivalent per day) of pain medication.last_img read more

US employers add 165000 jobs rate falls to 75

first_imgWASHINGTON — The U.S. economy showed last month why it remains the envy of industrialized nations: In the face of tax increases and federal spending cuts, employers added a solid 165,000 jobs in April — and far more in February and March than anyone thought.The job growth in April drove down the unemployment rate to a four-year low of 7.5 percent and sent a reassuring sign that the U.S. job market is improving. Coming after a poor jobs report for March, the figures the government issued Friday helped ease fears that U.S. hiring might be slumping this spring for a fourth straight year.The Labor Department revised up its estimate of job gains in February and March by a combined 114,000. It now says employers added 332,000 jobs in February and 138,000 in March. The economy has created an average of 208,000 jobs a month from November through April — above the 138,000 added in the previous six months.“This is a good report,” said John Silvia, chief economist at Wells Fargo. “There’s a lot of strength… It’s good for the economy. It’s good for people’s income.”The stronger job growth suggests that the federal budget cutting “does not mean recession,” Silvia said. “It does not mean a dramatic slowdown.”Stock prices soared in response. The Dow was up 164 points in early-afternoon trading and briefly touched 15,000 for the first time.The unemployment rate has fallen 0.4 percentage point since the start of the year, though it remains high. The Federal Reserve has said it plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 percent.The hiring last month was concentrated in services. Construction companies and governments cut jobs. Manufacturing employment was flat.Some higher-paying sectors added workers. Professional and technical services, which includes accounting, engineering and architecture, added 23,000 jobs. Education and health services added 44,000.But the biggest job gains were in lower-paying fields, such as hotels and restaurants, which added 45,000 jobs, and retail, which added 29,000. Temporary help firms gained 31,000 positions.last_img read more

Government legislates for lifetime saving

first_imgThe Savings (Government Contribution) Bill 2016-2017, which legislates for the Lifetime individual savings account (Lisa), has now been introduced to the House of Commons, to finalise details in preparation for an April 2017 launch.The savings vehicle was first unveiled by former Chancellor George Osborne in the March 2016 Budget, aiming to provide a government-supported method by which young people under the age of 40 can save for the long term.The Lisa will enable individuals to save up to £4,000 each tax year up to the age of 50, and receive a 25% bonus from the government based on the amount paid in. Funds can be used to buy a first home up to the value of £450,000 at any time from 12 months after opening the account, or the savings can be withdrawn after the age of 60 to use during retirement.The government bonus can be claimed and paid monthly from 2018-19. Savers can withdraw money for purposes other than a first home or retirement income, but this will not include the 25% government bonus and interest accrued on that bonus, and individuals will have to pay a small charge. In the case of a terminal illness, or the death of the account holder, these charges will not apply.Employers should be considering whether there will be a demand from their workforce for the Lisa, said Fuat Sami, partner at law firm Sackers. He added that checking the age profile of an organisation’s working population will be a useful tool alongside staff surveys to determine employee demand.The government bonus provides a visible incentive to save, but the Lisa also plasters over problems found in the Help to Buy Isa by delivering the government bonus in monthly instalments, said David Robbins, senior consultant at Willis Towers Watson.Although gaining interest as a tool to encourage a savings mentality and help individuals save towards home ownership, questions have been raised about the effect the Lisa will have on retirement saving. Sami said: “I think there is a real risk that the Lisa will undermine the whole pensions saving culture that the government has been trying to build up, particularly through auto-enrolment.”Robbins added that next year’s auto-enrolment review will have to incorporate the potential impact of the Lisa on workplace pensions. “Should employers be allowed or required to automatically enrol people into Lisas instead of pensions?” he said.Some providers have expressed concern around the short timescale for product development ahead of the Lisa’s planned April 2017 launch. For example, as it awaits final details from the Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs and for the Financial Conduct Authority to consult on its regulatory requirements, Aegon has yet to commit to a firm launch date, and Standard Life will not offer the Lisa from April 2017, but does intend to offer it at some point in the future.last_img read more

First Group promotes Murray

first_imgTransport organisation First Group has promoted Richard Murray to group head of pensions.Murray has been at First Group for more than eight years. He previously worked as group pensions manager within the organisation.Before joining First Group, Murray was an associate consultant at financial, actuarial and business consultancy firm Lane Clark and Peacock.last_img

Communisis workers call off strikes after accepting 9 pay offer

first_imgEmployees at Crewe-based printing organisation Communisis have called off planned strike action after an offer of a 9% pay increase was accepted by members of the Unite union.Communisis workers, who produce cheques and chequebooks, had initially voted for strike action after rejecting an 8% pay rise spread over three years, with a 2% increase in the first year and a 3% rise in each of the second and third years. The offer was rejected on the grounds that the first year’s increase would be below inflation.A seven-week series of 48-hour strikes and an overtime ban were scheduled to begin in late August after a ballot of Unite members saw 77.5% vote in favour of industrial action, but were subsequently suspended to allow further talks to progress.The negotiations resulted in Communisis making an improved pay offer, with workers accepting an increase of 3% for each of the next three years.Unite regional officer Darren Barton said: “I am pleased that Communisis’ management were prepared to listen to members’ concerns and made an improved pay offer. Their actions meant that strike action and any disruption to the [organisation’s] work was avoided.“Unite hopes these negotiations will bring in a new era of co-operation and that the relationship with the [organisation] can now be developed and strengthened.”A Communisis spokesperson said: “This three-year deal will provide security for our staff and our clients and gives us the time to keep building on our relationships with the union.”last_img read more

Search underway for missing NW MiamiDade woman

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Police are seeking the public’s assistance as they continue to search for a woman who, they said, went missing from her Northwest Miami-Dade home more than one month ago.According to Miami-Dade Police, 54-year-old Alicia Sanchez Serrano left her residence along the 2700 block of Northwest 26th Street, Sept. 23.Detectives said Sanchez Serrano stands 4 feet 9 inches tall, weighs around 160 pounds and has long, black and gray hair and brown eyes. She has a scar on her left arm and a tattoo of a rose on her right leg, and was last seen wearing a blue blouse and blue jeans.Investigators said Sanchez Serrano is known to frequent the Allapattah area and may be in need of services.If you have information on her whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Police at 305-418-7200 or Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Body found in Oakland Park lake

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies are investigating after a person’s body was found in a lake in Oakland Park, Monday afternoon.According to investigators, the body was spotted at 3096 S. Oakland Forest Drive, at around 2 p.m.The circumstances surrounding the person’s death remain unknown.Please check back on and 7News for more details on this developing story.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

North Miami Beach cycling event promotes healthy living

first_imgNORTH MIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – Cyclists enjoyed a day of fun in the sun, Sunday, in North Miami Beach.The city’s recreation department partnered with Miami-Dade’s “Bike 305” program — to host “Ciclovia,” a bike riding event for all ages.The goal was to promote healthy living and bicycle safety. “We wanted to make it a tremendous community event,” said North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo. “This attendance has quadrupled since last year, and I’m sure it will quadruple again next year.”After riders pedaled their way through the city, they were treated to a festival of food, music, activities and more.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more