GRAND MANAN, N.B. – A little-known cross-border dispute that has simmered between Canada and the United States since the late 1700s is now approaching the boiling point.In the past two weeks, at least 10 Canadian fishing boats from New Brunswick have been intercepted by U.S. Border Patrol agents while fishing in the disputed waters around Machias Seal Island, a spokesman for the fishermen says.Laurence Cook, chairman of the advisory board for Lobster Fishing Area 38, said Wednesday that some Canadian vessels were boarded by American agents who asked about possible illegal immigrants.“There’s been a bit of a misunderstanding there somewhere,” Cook said in an interview. “They’re in international waters, so border patrol shouldn’t be boarding Canadian vessels.”Machias Seal Island, which is about 19 kilometres southwest of Grand Manan Island and east of Maine, is in a disputed area known as the Grey Zone, where lobster fishermen from both Canada and the United States have long fished side by side.The small island is a flat, treeless piece of rock, which includes a large colony of puffins and a lighthouse that is manned by two Canadian lightkeepers year-round.However, both Canada and the United States claim sovereign jurisdiction over the island and the surrounding waters at the mouth of the Bay of Fundy.As lucrative lobster catches have increased in the zone, competition between fishermen has intensified in the past decade.“Neither country accepts that there is a Grey Zone,” said Stephen Kelly, a research scholar at Duke University in Durham, N.C., and a former American diplomat who served in Canada. “That’s created more tension in the area over the last decade.”Kelly said both countries have done very little to assert their claims.“Sometimes doing nothing is better,” he said. “But in this case, just because it looks like it’s not broken can be very deceiving — especially with our new president in the United States. The last thing Canada wants is for Donald Trump to seize on this as an example of U.S. sovereignty being challenged.”The suggestion that the border agents were looking for illegal immigrants seems improbable, he said.“That’s possible, but … the Gulf of Maine is not a major route for illegal immigrants sneaking into the United States,” Kelly said. “If anything, people are sneaking the other way. They’re trying to get out of the U.S. and into Canada to claim asylum.”He said drug smuggling is a more relevant concern.On Grand Manan, local residents are speaking out about the U.S. intervention, said Cook.“I guess the comment on the street would be: ‘Typical American bullies,’” he said. “They’re not happy about it, and they don’t think (the Americans) have any business doing this.”Cook said he’s never before seen border patrol agents in the area, where the U.S. Coast Guard typically patrols. He said he had no idea why American authorities are suddenly flexing their muscles.“All of a sudden the attitude has changed. What caused that? You’ll have to talk to border patrol.”The U.S. Border Patrol, which is part of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, declined to comment and referred all inquiries to the U.S. State Department, which did not respond to a request for an interview.Global Affairs Canada distributed a brief statement saying it is investigating “these incidents that occurred in Canadian waters.”Spokesman John Babcock said the Canadian government is also talking with U.S. agencies, though he did not provide details about the fishermen’s allegations or Ottawa’s response.“Canada’s sovereignty over the Machias Seal Island and the surrounding waters is long-standing and has a strong foundation in international law,” Babcock said.“Until the matter of the boundary is resolved, we will continue to take practical steps with the U.S. to ensure that the area is well-managed. Canada and the U.S. have a long history of co-operation which ensures that fishing in this area is well-managed and safe for both countries.”The Grand Manan Fishermen’s Association issued a statement that used much the same language. As well, the group suggested the actions of the U.S. agents may have been routine.“We understand that a few Grand Manan fishermen were approached by the United State Border Services during the month of June. Our understanding is that this was a part of a regular exercise being conducted along the U.S. marine border.”The association said it has enjoyed a respectful and cordial relationship with its U.S. counterparts.— By Michael MacDonald in Halifax
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AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,725.69 up 50.96 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Down two cents, or 0.50 per cent, at $3.95 on 14,434,275 shares. The Vancouver-based company’s stock dropped despite posting record gold revenue and record gold production in its last quarter and full fiscal year.Research In Motion Ltd. (TSX:RIM). Up $1.03, or 7.02 per cent, at $15.71 on 9,808,792 shares. Jefferies & Co. upgraded the BlackBerry maker’s stock to buy from hold and raised its price target to US$19.50 from $13. The move came on expectations RIM will open its corporate BlackBerry email services to iPhone and Android devices.AuRico Gold Inc. (TSX:AUQ). Miner. Down 21 cents, or 2.60 per cent, at $7.86 on 9,310,786 shares. The Toronto-based company said it is expecting to produce up to 220,000 gold ounces this year, about 73 per cent more than in 2012.Surge Energy Inc. (TSX:SGY). Oil and gas. Down 30 cents, or 7.50 per cent, at $3.70 on 7,947,561 shares. The Calgary-based company said president and CEO Daniel O’Neil will take a short medical leave for routine tests. Surge Energy also reported that it will have a capital budget of $140 million in 2013.Kinross Gold (TSX:K). Miner. Up eight cents, or 0.85 per cent, at $9.45 on 7,852,304 shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up four cents, or 0.98 per cent, at $4.12 on 5,808,229 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,235.32 up 2.17 points):Cantex Mine Development Corp. (TSXV:CD). Miner. Down a penny, or 40 per cent, at 1.5 cents on 10,744,649 shares.Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Up nine cents, or 6.62 per cent, at $1.45 on 7,401,244 shares.Companies reporting major news:Fiera Capital Corp. (TSX:FSZ). Investment manager. Up 24 cents, or 3.16 per cent, at $7.84 on 6,350 shares. Montreal-based Fiera Capital has a deal to acquire part of the investment management business of GMP Capital Inc. (TSX:GMP). GMP Capital stock was up six cents, or 0.89 per cent, at $6.77 on 168,497 shares. by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2013 5:55 pm MDT
INTERNATIONAL MINING PROJECT NEWS issue 128 is the usual important and comprehensive fortnightly report on global projects, with in excess of 50 pages of updates. It has new information on two lithium projects, three each in molybdenum and PGMs, four each in vanadium, tungsten and manganese, five tin, six in rare earths, seven coal, 11 iron projects, 13 in silver, 23 in base metals, 41 in gold and also reflects the ongoing interest in developing other high value niche commodity projects. Xstrata Copper plans to present the EIA of its huge El Pachón copper project to the environmental authorities of Chile and Argentina in the second quarter of 2012. The project is located 350 km west of San Juan, at an altitude of 3,600-4,200 m and 4 km from the border with Chile. El Pachón is the second mining project – after PascuaLama – that is being developed between the two countries, by virtue of the Mining Integration Treaty of 1997. As of December 2010, the project was based on reserves of 1,790 Mt of ore @ 0.51% Cu. Goldcorp has ordered drum hoists for its Éléonore project. This property is host to the Roberto Deposit, a major new gold discovery situated within a relatively unexplored greenstone/meta-sedimentary belt in the James Bay district of Northern Québec, Canada. As of December 31, 2009, the deposit contained 3.15 Moz of Measured and Indicated gold resources at an average grade of 11.92 g/t and 6.25 Moz of Inferred gold resources at an average grade of 12.93 g/t. At the end of Q1, Goldcorp announced that “the advanced exploration activities continue. A new mine plan provides for doubling the plant throughput to 7,000 t/d starting in 2017 with gold production averaging approximately 600,000 oz/y over 15 years. Initial gold production is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2014. Life-of-mine cash costs are expected to be below $400/oz and the total capital cost to full production is approximately $1.4 billion.” DavyMarkham will supply two double-drum hoists between 2012 and 2014, one production hoist used to sink the shaft and a second service hoist which will service the mine’s main operations.The Tampakan copper-gold project is in the news again – one of the largest undeveloped long-life, low-cost and near-term production copper and gold deposits in the world. Xstrata Copper holds a 62.5% interest in the project and Indophil holds the remaining 37.5% interest. The PFS has been submitted to government, and it estimates first production in 2016 at a rate of 66 Mt/y, resulting in average annual production of 375,000 t of copper and 360,000 oz of gold over the initial 17-year mine life, with considerable growth potential. The estimated cost of construction is $5.9 billion.Eco Ridge, in Elliot Lake, Ontario, the only Canadian mining camp to ever achieve commercial REO production and is an historically important source of “Heavy” REO in North America. With well-understood geology, excellent regional infrastructure, and strong local support, Eco Ridge is an ideal location for a safe, secure, and reliable long-term supply of REO and U3O8. Pele Mountain is focused on transitioning Eco Ridge into the feasibility and licensing stages as it advances the project toward development and production. The PEA has suggested a 9,400-t/d operation with life-of-mine production of 10.7 Mlb of Total REO and 24.9 Mlb U3O8 over a 14-year mine life.Hudson Resources has awarded the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and Socio Economic Impact Assessment (SIA) studies to Environmental Resources Management (ERM) for the Sarfartoq rare earth project in Greenland. The EIA and SIA are key components required in the submission of a mine permit application.The Swedish Geological Survey, following consultation with local government authorities, recently declared Tasman Metals’ 100% owned Norra Karr heavy rare earth element (HREE) project a project of ‘National Interest’ under the Swedish Environment Act. The surface extent of the deposit was defined by the SGU with the assistance of Tasman personnel. This classification is highly significant in that it protects Norra Karr from any land use that may compete with future mining.Avalon Rare Metals announced a significant improvement in the anticipated economics of the Nechalacho Rare Earth deposit at Thor Lake NWT, Canada, based on the results of an update of its prefeasibility study. The update was prepared to reflect a new mine plan based on an update of the mineral reserve estimate which was, in turn, based on the company’s January, 2011 mineral resource update as well as higher product prices.Siemens Drive Technologies and Lynas aim to establish a joint venture company for the sustainable production of neodymium based rare earth magnets to serve Siemens’ production requirements for energy-efficient drive applications and wind-turbine generators. Lynas will provide raw materials for the joint venture, predominantly a combined neodymium/praseodymium metal, through a long term supply contract.Xstrata Zinc Canada has agreed to purchase the remaining 23.6% interest in the exciting Pallas Green property in Ireland belonging to its current joint venture partner in the project, Minco, for $19.4 million. Exploration efforts have identified significant zinc mineralisation at the Pallas Green property, which is at prefeasibility study stage. As of December 31, 2010 the JORC compliant inferred resource estimate is 25.9 Mt at 7.51% Zn and 1.38% Pb at a 4% cutoff (8.89% Zn eq).Tin producers in Rwanda including Rutongo Mines, the country’s biggest miner, plan to boost exports. Rutongo expects to double shipments to 200 t/month by the end of 2012 from 100 t currently, Michael Biryabarema, General Director of the Rwanda Geology and Mines Authority said. The company is a joint venture between Rwanda’s government and Switzerland-based Ruddington Services.Sierra Gorda is an open pit, green field conventional copper/molybdenum project located in Chile’s Atacama Desert. Fluor’s scope of work on the project will include providing EPCM services for the mine’s processing plant. When complete, the mine will be capable of processing approximately 110,000 t/d of ore, expanding to 190,000 t during year four of operations.Progress is being made between Fortune Coal and POSCAN. Mount Klappan is one of the world’s largest known undeveloped deposits of metallurgical coal with Measured resources of 107.9 Mt, Indicated resources of 123.0 Mt, Inferred resources of 359.5 Mt and speculative resources2 of 2.2 billion t.OM Holdings has ambitious manganese plans. It mines manganese ore in Western Australia and is on track to exceed its annual budget of 60,000 t of alloy from its Qinzhou plant in China. Now it is looking at 66,000 t of manganese alloy and 300,000 t of manganese sinter from OM Materials (Johor) in West Malaysia and 300,000 t of manganese ferro alloys and 300,000 t of ferrosilicon alloys from OM Materials (Sarawak) in East Malaysia.All this and much, much more in the July 15 issue of International Mining Project News….To receive the full report, subscriptions to this service can be registered and paid for on-line (SUBSCRIBE TO IM PROJECT NEWS BUTTTON), or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a free trial copy.
44,449 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Following a complaint to facilities management today he said Sinn Féin’s political manager in the Dáil then came into his office, where Tóibín felt he was “threatened”.“This morning I arrived to two boxes that were put into the office, they went in and put them in the office and then the [official] came into the office roaring and effing and blinding.“The [official] came in and advised me to ‘fuck off the floor, and fuck out of the office before something happens’.“I repeated the sentence back to him saying what do you mean ‘before something happens’ and he didn’t clarify,” he said.“Nobody should enter another TD’s office without permission – there are files and documents on tables and desks, there would be laptops and computers and materials on walls.“Anyone working in any office of this country should be able to do so without any aggression.”TensionsTensions with his former party colleagues have become “increasingly uncomfortable” in recent months, with Tóibin citing a growing public interest in Aontú as the reason.“One of the reasons why it’s got sour over the last couple of weeks is the growth of Aontú – we had over 600 people at launch recently and we have 70 people standing for us.“In general it’s Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil members that are coming to Aontú and we’re standing 16 or 17 candidates in the North of Ireland where Sinn Féin would have had strengths previously.”In a statement to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for Sinn Féin said the incident was a “private conversation”. “Peadar Tóibín has not been a member of Sinn Féin since November last year, yet he is still on the Sinn Féin floor in Leinster House,” they said. “A party official today asked him to move off the floor. This was a private conversation.“This issue is not uncommon in other parties when members leave. The party has no further comment to make.” https://jrnl.ie/4599215 Apr 18th 2019, 6:36 PM 100 Comments Thursday 18 Apr 2019, 6:36 PM TENSIONS HAVE ESCALATED between Peadar Tóibín and Sinn Féin over what the Meath TD claims was a “threat” against him to leave his office in Leinster House.Tóibín resigned from Sinn Féin in November after the party suspended him for six months for voting against abortion legislation in the Dáil.Since resigning, he has gone on to found his own party – Aontú – which has recruited former Sinn Féin and Fianna Fáil members to run as candidates in the upcoming elections.He has since requested to be moved from his current office in Leinster House due to “souring” relationships with former Sinn Féin colleagues and said today he arrived in to find storage boxes had been left in his office.He said he did not know who had placed the boxes in his room.“I have an office on a floor in Leinster House in which a large number of Sinn Féin TDs have an office,” he told TheJournal.ie.“And since I was forced out of the party in November, I have made a number of requests to facilities management in Leinster House for a new office because obviously relationships have been souring.“They would have no reason to come into the office at all and no one could come in without permission so nobody should have come in with the boxes,” he said. By Conor McCrave Image: Sam Boal Source: Peadar Tóibín/Twitter Share Tweet Email1 This morning without permission these boxes were put in my office. Shortly afterwards the SF Dáil Political Manager came in shouting “F*ck off out of this floor, F*ck off out of this area & F*ck off out of this office before something happens”….. 21 years I gave these people. pic.twitter.com/gn8OVktf2u— Peadar Tóibín (@Toibin1) April 18, 2019 Short URL Image: Sam Boal Tensions escalate between Tóibín and Sinn Féin over ‘threat’ to leave Leinster House office Tóibín left the party in November but his office remains beside other Sinn Féin TDs .
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The student-driven movement to rewrite gun laws showed no sign of waning a week after a gunman killed 17 people at a Florida school, with politicians yielding to pressure to respond.President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed certain gun control moves amid the public outcry, saying “there’s nothing more important than protecting our children.” And Republican leaders in Florida indicated they’d be open to some changes after students rallied at the state Capitol.Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said a visit to the school where the shooting occurred has prompted him to change his stance on large capacity magazines.Rubio, a Republican, insisted that he is willing to rethink his past opposition on gun proposals if there is information the policies would prevent mass shootings.“If we are going to infringe on the Second Amendment, it has to be a policy that will work,” Rubio said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press.
Telecommunications organisation TalkTalk has promoted Mark Dickinson to chief people officer.In his new role, Dickinson will have responsibility for the overall HR strategy. This will include overseeing a cultural development programme designed to boost employee engagement with the organisation’s values and purpose. In addition, Dickinson will work to promote flexible working and further the inclusion agenda.Dickinson has held numerous roles at TalkTalk, including people director for the consumer business, HR business partner, and head of employee engagement. Other previous roles include HR business partner at Groupama Insurances, HR advisor at Ford Retailer, and HR assistant at MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company.
A week after a mother of six and grandmother of two was gunned down in front of her home while her children watched Baltimore police still have no leads in the case.On June 14, Charmaine Wilson was murdered in the 1700 block of Gertrude Street around 10:30 p.m.Ms. Charmaine WilsonAccording to police, Wilson was killed over a dispute involving the bullying of her son over a bike.“It looks like a situation where an ongoing dispute was happening in this community between her and maybe her children and some other people, and some coward with a gun came back and shot her,” said police spokesman T.J. Smith on June 21 at news conference.Officers found Wilson suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper body. She was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead.Just an hour before, at 9:30, before Wilson was killed, police responded to a call from her about the assault of her son when he confronted some neighborhood people about the theft of his younger siblings bike seat.“The police were still investigating the call that they responded out here for when this incident occurred. The information that detectives, officers were given… was that a fight took place because some kids, or some young people, young men, took a bike seat off of her son’s bike. They tried to handle it like grown people do and just get the property back, and an incident takes place at a convenience store nearby, where one of her other children is assaulted.”“The police come out for that incident and when the police go back to the convenience store to attempt to retrieve some video, they get a walk up that a shooting had taken place right down here and they get back and they find Ms. Charmane deceased,” said Smith.Neighbors said the police were gone for no more than 10 minutes when Wilson was shot twice in front of her home.According to family members, Wilson was trying to relocate because the neighborhood was not safe. Wilson called the Department of Housing and the Housing Authority numerous times in an unsuccessful attempt to get placed in new public housing. A representative for the Department of Housing told the AFRO that the agency was unable to release information about people the agency served. “They did this in such a reckless and egregious way because the police were just here,” said Smith.“There is a murderer amongst us who is an absolutely monstrous human being who would shoot a mother basically in front of her family over a dispute,” he said.Smith said the murder of Wilson should “outrage the entire community; the entire city.”Monica Wilson, Charmaine’s daughter, spoke at the vigil held for her mother later the same week.“It really is devastating to lose your mother right in your arms like that. It was just the worst feeling of my life.”“I just want to see my mother one more time,” said Wilson. “I just want to touch her. I just want to tell her how much I love her and miss her.”A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family but her daughter said no amount of money can bring her mother back.
Now that Blizzard has announced that players can purchase game time subscriptions with in-game gold, World of Warcraft can become a game that literally pays for itself — that is, if a player is determined enough. However, a report from The Mirror suggests that too much of a thing — even an intangible quality like determination — can be a bad thing: 24-year-old gamer Wu Tai coughed up blood, collapsed, and died before his fellow gamers at an internet cafe during a 19-hour World of Warcraft session.No, he didn’t spend 19 hours in Barrens chat. Toward the end of playing WoW for nearly an entire day straight, fellow gamers in the internet cafe saw Wu Tai turn away from the screen and begin violently coughing. He slumped in his chair after the coughing attack, and his gaming compatriots noticed he was dabbing blood away from his mouth with a handkerchief. When asked if he was okay, the suffering gamer replied that he did feel better and would be fine. The cafe patrons called for an ambulance anyway, but Wu Tai died before they arrived.Obviously, playing World of Warcraft didn’t kill a completely healthy 24-year-old. He likely had a prior ailment and, instead of resting, used his precious little energy to play games. An autopsy will figure out the cause of death, and should be able to suss out why playing 19 hours of WoW would be fatal — or at least discover that it was all just an unfortunate coincidence.Even though it’s pretty condescending when every Nintendo game tells you to take 15-minute breaks from playing their games once an hour, the company might just have a point in extreme cases.
eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Gold medal winning gay figure skater Eric Radford has posted a photo of himself in Pyeongchang in Gus Kenworthy. Today he tweeted, ‘Finally got to meet the man! Was fun talking with @guskenworthy and visiting the Pride house here in #Pyeongchang.’Finally got to meet the man! Was fun talking with @guskenworthy and visiting the Pride house here in #Pyeongchang. #Olympics #pyeongchang2018 #pridehouse #Canadahouse #outandproud # #athlete #athletes #figureskating #ski #lgbt pic.twitter.com/PE3jkSMvha— Eric Radford (@Rad85E) February 21, 2018Canada’s Radford made history in the Winter Olympics when he became the first openly gay male athlete to win a gold medal. He took the medal for his participation in the team skating event. GAYSTARNEWS- Gus Kenworthy and Eric Radford (Photo: @Rad85E | Twitter) Radford followed it up with a bronze medal with his skating partner, Meagan Duham, in the pairs figure skating. He afterwards announced his retirement from competitive skating.Kenworthy competed in the Winter Olympics men’s freestyle skiing. His performance may have been hampered by breaking his thumb in the days leading up to his appearance. He didn’t score a medal and came 12th. He later told the New York Times he’d still had an amazing experience.‘If you look at me, I’m bummed but I’m not sulking, I’m not crying. Being out at these Games has kind of meant the world to me, just getting to really be myself and be authentic. And I think landing a run in the final and getting on the podium obviously would have been icing on the cake, but even though it didn’t happen for me I still had a wonderful Olympic experience.’The US skier came out in an interview in 2015. He has since acted as an advocate for LGBTI rights, and images of him kissing his boyfriend after competing on the weekend were beamed around the world.Winter Olympics Pride HouseThe Pride House is a new initiative to provide an LGBTI safe space at the Olympic games. The house in Pyeongchang looked set not to happen when local organizers were unable to raise sufficient funds to make it happen. However, at the 11th hour, the Canadian government stepped up to provide financial support for a Pride House in South Korea.See alsoMeet the LGBTI athletes competing at the Winter Olympics 2018 Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Eric Radford takes gold and Adam Rippon bronze in team skatingAdam Rippon deserves his time in the spotlight – so let him have it7 best Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy moments from the OlympicsRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/eric-radford-gus-kenworthy/
Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now June 6, 2019 2 min read Uber’s autonomous flying taxis aren’t ready to take flight yet, but according to a report in the New York Times, it will offer air transit starting July 9th. Uber Copter will be available in New York City first, to Uber Rewards members who’ve obtained Platinum and Diamond status. Unsurprisingly, the rides will have dynamic pricing that changes based on demand, but the average ride will cost between $200 and $225, according to Uber Elevate’s Nikhil Goel.However, unlike Uber’s car service, it has a predetermined route that runs between a location near the Staten Island Ferry in Manhattan and Kennedy Airport with a flight time of about eight minutes. Uber hasn’t publicly announced the service itself, but according to the article, flights will have space for up to five passengers (don’t expect to bring along much baggage) with two pilots, all operated by the Heliflite charter service.The service is also… short, by anyone’s imagination. According to Uber, it’s the company’s first “multi-modal” option, where this eight-minute helicopter flight is connected to taxi rides each side.Update 06/06/2019 6:35AM ET: Engadget added a statement from the head of Uber Elevate, Eric Allison:”Uber Copter offers the first real demonstration of the Elevate experience. We’ve built Uber Copter to provide us with insight and real-world experience as we continue to lay the foundation for Uber Air. This is Uber’s first multi-modal option, integrating an 8-minute helicopter flight with an Uber trip on both ends with a single tap of a button. Uber Rewards Platinum and Diamond members will get the first opportunity to try this new fast and seamless way to get between Manhattan and JFK.” This story originally appeared on Engadget This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.
Tourism Australia (TA) will now train an elite group of travel agents to work in China to sell holiday packages to high-net worth Chinese tourists.The new tourist agent A-team will work with small niche agencies in Chinese cities with good air connections to Australia Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Chengdu and Chongqing, The Australian Financial Review reported.TA managing director John O’Sullivan said that the new strategy is more aligned with TA’s 2020 tourism strategy.Mr O’Sullivan also said that the strategy would work because most high net worth Chinese tourists still booked through travel agents.Through the scheme, the new focus for Tourism Australia will be on joint advertising and developing new products and itineraries which better suit the needs of independent travellers.Tourism Australia already has marketing partnerships with Air China, China Eastern and China Southern and China’s biggest credit card and debit card provider, ChinaUnion Pay.Source = ETB News: Tom Neale
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Berry Gordy fulfills dreams with Motown reaching 60 years FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, Ne-Yo performs during Motown 60: A GRAMMY Celebration at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The pre-taped concert, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Cedric the Entertainer, with an all-star lineup including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Diana Ross, Meghan Trainor and Tori Kelly, airs Sunday, April 21, on CBS. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) by Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press Posted Apr 17, 2019 8:34 am PDT LOS ANGELES — Motown Records founder Berry Gordy looked out at the audience at a 60th anniversary tribute to his groundbreaking record label and saw his dream of making music for “all people” in the world fulfilled.Gordy told the packed Microsoft Theater at the “Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration” that he wanted his label to bring people together from all walks of life through “a legacy of love.” The pre-taped concert, hosted by Smokey Robinson and Cedric the Entertainer, with an all-star lineup including Stevie Wonder, John Legend, Diana Ross, Meghan Trainor and Tori Kelly, airs Sunday on CBS.“My dream came true,” said Gordy, who started the African American label in 1959, building a roster that included superstar artists such as Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, The Temptations, The Supremes and Diana Ross.“I want to thank all of you fans, and your parents, and their grandparents. All around the world. I could say their great grandparents, but that would make me older than I want to be.”When Gordy launched Motown, he gave black musicians the platform to showcase their talents at a time when they struggled to get their records played on mainstream radio stations. His label introduced and helped launch the careers some of the biggest selling music stars from Gaye to Lionel Richie.His label paved a way for the Motown Museum to be built in Detroit. It was the first headquarters of Gordy’s music empire where Wonder, The Supremes, the Miracles and other performers recorded hits before Motown moved to California in 1972.“We didn’t even realize the impact of Motown,” said Gordy, who started the label with an $800 loan from his family. “In those early days, the unsung heroes had the courage to follow me down a road that didn’t even exist.”Some of Motown’s greatest hits were put on display during the concert, which was taped in February.Ciara danced onstage sporting a Rick James-like braided wig with beads during her rendition of “Give It to Me Baby.” Legend crooned while playing the piano during a cover of Gaye’s “Mercy Me” and Ne-Yo sang The Jackson 5’s “I’ll Be There.”“His music set the standard for those following him,” Legend said of Gaye.Ross, who was once signed to Motown as lead singer of The Supremes, brought attendees to their feet when she opened her set singing to Gordy while sitting next to him. After singing a couple of songs onstage, she returned back to Gordy and sang “My Man.”“This is your legacy,” Ross told Gordy. “I want you to know that you have been a gift to all of us.”Trainor, Kelly, Fantasia, Chloe x Halle, Thelma Houston, and Martha Reeves also took turns in a “Women of Motown” medley.Other highlights included the “First Four Bars” segment hosted by Cedric the Entertainer. The house band played several Motown hits and random audience members grabbed the microphone and sang the opening to songs like “My Girl,” ?Super Freak,” ?Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.”___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Jonathan Landrum Jr. on Twitter: http://twitter.com/MrLandrum31Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Associated Press
By Bejay Browne THOUSANDS of grape growers around the island will find out later this month if their entire yearly production of indigenous xynisteri will be bought by the Sodap cooperative, the island’s largest winery.Last year growers protested over the prices being offered for their xynisteri grapes, an ongoing problem that arose after a glut of the white grape followed the lifting of a partial ban on the indigenous fruit. Previously, xynisteri was only grown in limited, designated areas.Marinos Pericleous, Sodap’s sales and marketing manager, told the Sunday Mail that the facility is a cooperative and includes around 10,000 grape growers from all over Cyprus. This means that members expect their grapes to be bought, even if there is an excess, as has happened the last few years. He said that this year is no exception.“In the last few years the xynisteri grape production has been far more than we need and indications are that this year will be exactly the same.”Last year the cooperative’s committee discussed two options to try and solve this problem, he said.The first option was to buy only what was needed at a higher price, for example the 2016 vintage was priced at 39 cents per kilo. The second was to buy the whole crop but at a lower price, so for the 2017 vintage it would be 30 cents a kilo. They followed the second option, he said.“This year, there is no decision yet, but the matter will be discussed this month. We will start to receive grapes at the beginning of August, if not earlier, due to the weather,” he said.However, Sodap still has grapes left over from last year. In fact the excess quantities are far more than was forecast.“Even before we take any more grapes, we already have around half a million litres of excess wine and that’s before we even see how much there is from this vintage.”Pericleous said the organisation will this month study their budget for next year and will forecast what is needed.“Negotiations (with the growers) have to be give and take. Because we are a cooperative, the committee is made up of members from different villages and this can sometimes present challenges.”The Sodap a cooperative was formed in 1947 by a group of grape growers that brought together around 10,000 families, from 144 vine-growing villages.For the last few years it has been based at the Kamanterena winery in Stroumpi. It is a modern, well-equipped facility that uses the latest technology and expertise of a number of professional oenologists. This has led them to produce excellent, award-winning quality wines, as well as regional wines from Paphos, said Pericleous.The winery is situated in the heart of the main vine producing areas between the Paphos district villages of Stroumbi and Polemi. The winery is open to the public forSodap’s Kamanterena winery near Stroumbiwine-tasting and tours.Although it seems grape production in Cyprus is too much, the indigenous xynisteri variety in particular, Pericleous said that the volume of grapes being grown is about right for the needs of the island.Cyprus produces excess wine only because eight million litres of wine a year is imported to Cyprus.“The entire consumption is only around 17-18 million litres, so a huge chunk of wine available in Cyprus is imported, if this was far less, there would be no problem with our quantity of grapes,” he said.The other main variety that’s produced in large quantities in Cyprus is mavro. Much of this is used in zivania production as it’s cheaper to buy than xynisteri – around 25 cents per kilo. It is also a bigger grape, higher in sugar and alcohol.Those involved in the distillation of zivania prefer mavro over xynisteri for these reasons, he said. However, if xynisteri was cheaper they would buy that too, he said.As regards the European market, he noted that Cyprus can’t complete with countries such as Spain and Italy that can produce indigenous varieties at rock bottom costs.“Exports from Cyprus are low as we can’t compete with other countries such as Spain. They sell low quality wine in bulk at around 52- 53 cents. Our production costs alone are at around one euro per litre. We just can’t compete,” he said.In addition, the wine expert said that Cyprus hasn’t done a great job of establishing the ‘Cyprus wine brand’ in the last 30 or so years, as other countries have done.Many people don’t even know that Cyprus makes wine and establishing Cyprus as a brand is not an easy thing to do and can’t be accomplished overnight. It would take effort, money and years of consistency, he said.Even so, many of the wines produced at Kamanterena winery are popular and this has been recognised by garnering awards from around the world.“Already for 2018, we have 32 awards, last year we had 29 for the entire year. All of our wines win something and we are graded high, consistently, every year.”He added that although such recognition is great for the winery, it builds the company’s name rather than that of the country as a recognised quality wine producer.“If we finally build a name for Cyprus, Sommeliers will look at us seriously and this will help us to export our quality wines abroad.”You May LikeAssisted Living | Search AdsAssisted Living Communities in Rowland Heights Might Be Surprisingly AffordableAssisted Living | Search AdsUndowww.tracemedia.comTrace Media | New York SEO & Digital Marketing Agencywww.tracemedia.comUndoStairliftThe Cost of Stairlifts in Rowland Heights Might Surprise YouStairliftUndo New York state decriminalizes pot, stops short of Cuomo’s legalisation callUndoBritish woman who claimed gang-rape taken to courtUndoProtest outside the House over foreclosures lawUndoby Taboolaby Taboola
Categories: News Lawmaker will serve on three other panels State Rep. Anthony Forlini has been named chair of the House Financial Services Committee by Speaker Kevin Cotter. Forlini also will serve as a member of three other important committees.Forlini, R-Harrison Township, said his 32 years of financial-service experience will be invaluable in his role as chair of the Financial Services Committee.“My knowledge of money comes from my background in the financial-service industry,” Forlini said. “This provides me a huge wealth of knowledge while serving as the chair for Financial Services. Serving four years with the House Appropriations Committee should prove invaluable now that I am on the policy side of the legislation.”He also was named to the House Committee on Families, Children, and Seniors, the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee and the Natural Resources Committee.Forlini said he looks forward to the role he can take as he continues to work to improve the lives of senior citizens in the state.“I have had a great relationship working with seniors from Harrison and Clinton townships and when I previously represented St. Clair Shores,” Forlini said. “From having an annual shred day in Harrison Township and conducting Senior Brigades at Clinton Township, I truly enjoy working with the seniors and hard-working families within the community.”His role on the Natural Resources Committee also fits in with his efforts to preserve the natural beauty of Lake St. Clair and the surrounding areas.“I believe it is critical to protect the Great Lakes,” Forlini said. “As vice chairman of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Appropriations Subcommittee last session, I was able to secure a $100,000 appropriation to open a laboratory at Lake St. Clair Metropark. This lab will test water samples taken from three local beaches to test for water safety and make the appropriate beach closures if the bacteria levels get too high. This allows residents from local communities to have timely water testing results from the local waterways.”Forlini said he also said he relishes the role he will have in protecting Michigan’s “blue economy” on the Tourism and Outdoor Recreation Committee.“I believe in promoting the state as Pure Michigan, and in Macomb County we refer to it as the ‘blue economy,’” Forlini said. “I have the privilege to live close to Lake St. Clair in Macomb County and I take advantage of the outdoor recreation it provides. I am also an avid bicyclist who has biked through Michigan and various locations around the world. I plan to encourage and promote the state of Michigan to attract visitors from other states and countries, which will increase revenue for our state.”##### 16Jan Forlini named to chair House Financial Services Committee
Monroe County representative appointed to three other key panelsState Rep. Jason Sheppard, of Temperance, today was appointed by Speaker Tom Leonard to serve as chair of the House Financial Services Committee for the 2017-18 legislative session.The Financial Services Committee is responsible for considering issues related to the regulation of banks, credit unions and other financial lenders.“I’m honored to be asked to serve in this leadership position,” said Sheppard.In addition to serving as chair of Financial Services, Sheppard was named to the Communications and Technology, Health Policy, and Tourism and Outdoor Recreation committees.“I’m looking forward to serving on these committees and helping to shape policies that will impact the residents of Monroe County and beyond,” Sheppard said.The House has 26 bipartisan committees that discuss, analyze and revise legislation before presenting it to the full chamber for consideration.### Categories: Sheppard News 26Jan Sheppard to chair House Financial Services Committee
Rep. Peter Lucido today announced the House Commerce and Trade Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday on his legislation to eliminate the twice-yearly time change in Michigan.“It’s about time,” said Lucido. “The dreaded time change has bothered me for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been working to eliminate it ever since the voters sent me to the Capitol. I’m extremely pleased to see my bill finally gain some traction with my colleagues in the House, and I’m looking forward to hearing how they feel about it on Tuesday.”The second-term Shelby Township legislator said the twice-a-year time changes are disruptive, making employees late to work and negatively affecting how students perform at school. Rather than end Daylight Saving Time, however, Lucido wants Michigan to remain in it all the time.In addition, Lucido said numerous studies have shown harmful health repercussions due to changing the clocks twice a year. Reports have shown increases in heart attacks, seizures, strokes and on-the-job injuries due to time changes. He cites a 2014 study by the American College of Cardiology that shows a 25-percent jump in heart attacks occurred the Monday after moving the clocks, compared to other Mondays during the year.“I’ve talked to people all across our state, and what people hate the most is changing back and forth. It hurts their performance at work and school and, as studies have shown, it’s harmful to their health,” Lucido said. “The majority of people I’ve spoken with want us to stay in Daylight Saving Time all year, so that’s the direction this state overwhelmingly favors. My legislation eliminates this clock-changing foolishness while giving us the added benefit of having more hours of sunlight in the evening.”### 16Mar Rep. Lucido announces hearing on time change legislation Categories: Lucido News
State Rep. Aaron Miller today joined a bipartisan coalition to dramatically cut auto insurance costs for drivers in Michigan, who now pay the highest rates in the nation.Miller supports legislation that will lower the cost of auto insurance in Michigan by offering motorists more coverage options, reining in medical costs and fighting abuse.“Michigan’s current auto no-fault system simply is not working. It’s broken,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “Sky-high prices are literally driving people out of our state, a pain we feel sharply here on the border with Indiana. We’ve got to get our costs more in line with neighboring states so Michigan can be the best possible place to live, work and raise a family.”Michigan’s average full coverage auto insurance premium cost – nearly $2,400 per year – is more than $1,000 above the national average and twice as high as those in neighboring states such as Indiana.The new bipartisan plan continues benefits for Michiganders already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident. The plan also gives motorists the option to continue to buy unlimited personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, or buy more affordable alternative coverage plans.The legislation:Provides a guaranteed rate reduction for drivers who choose certain coverage plans alternative to the unlimited plan;Gives individuals the choice on the extent of PIP coverage as part of their auto insurance. Choice levels include $250,000, $500,000 or unlimited;Allows seniors age 62 or older with lifetime health care benefits the option to opt out of PIP coverage to avoid the current double taxation;Establishes fee schedules and attendant care limits to lower medical costs related to auto injuries;Helps the state ensure insurance companies are complying with state law, and creates a fraud authority to address fraudulent claims;Provides a state review of the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) to make sure motorists are not overpaying for insurance; andAddresses attorney fee costs and unfounded lawsuits while eliminating attorney conflict of interests with medical providers.“Our current system is out of whack when you look at the other 49 states,” Miller said. “I will continue to fight for reform until we make auto insurance more affordable in Michigan. The time to do something is now.”##### 26Sep Rep. Miller supports bipartisan plan to lower Michigan auto insurance rates Categories: Miller News,News
Categories: Runestad News Rep. Jim Runestad today announced a grant award of $7,835 to a local Milford business. A.B. Heller was awarded funds from the 2018 GoingPRO-Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) for the development of a skilled-training program in their manufacturing company.“Michigan is suffering from a huge deficit in qualified, skilled trade workers and I am pleased that A.B. Heller earned this opportunity to further the development of an exemplary skilled training program in manufacturing,” Runestad said. The STTF operates under the Talent Investment Agency and aims to provide opportunities for employers and workers to gain skilled-training experience in high-demand technical fields. Over the past five years, the STTF has helped companies create more than 14,000 jobs and retain 56,000.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Jim Runestad talks to workers at a local manufacturing business. 07Dec Rep. Runestad announces local skilled-training grant
01Feb Miller part of new effort fixing Michigan’s car insurance system State Rep. Aaron Miller today joined House colleagues in unveiling an eight-bill package repealing Michigan’s no-fault car insurance system.The goal of the plan is to bring significant relief to drivers paying the nation’s most expensive insurance premiums.The proposal eliminates the no-fault system and moves Michigan to a full-tort system similar to other states like Indiana. The legislation continues benefits for everyone already receiving lifetime health care after a catastrophic traffic accident.“I’ve been very consistent with this,” said Miller, of Sturgis. “With the failure of HB 5013 in November, I am no longer advocating for small changes. Opponents to no-fault reform always successfully kill those changes and never negotiate in any way to lower caps or institute fee schedules for care. Therefore, I’m happy to be part of this package to eliminate Michigan’s no-fault system.”The plan still mandates that all Michigan drivers have insurance, but provides more choice and flexibility by eliminating the mandate to buy unlimited medical coverage. Accident victims will have the ability to sue at-fault drivers for economic damages and non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.The legislation also includes a “legacy fee” to continue to fund the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) until it is no longer needed. The MCCA system will be closed to new entrants.“If it works well in Indiana and people are moving there, it can and will absolutely work for us in Michigan,” Miller said. “It’s time to get rid of this system that has been stopping our population growth and economic development for so long.”Colorado abandoned its no-fault system in 2003. According to a 2008 governor’s study, the average car insurance premium in the state decreased 35 percent since the state moved to a tort auto insurance system. Michigan drivers could see greater savings by parting ways with its no-fault system, which is the only one in the nation that mandates unlimited health coverage. Florida, one of the 12 states operating with a no-fault system, is also debating repeal.Miller said rates would be reduced even further due to more competition from insurance companies coming back to the state to do more business, adding that the no-fault system is the reason why some insurers refuse to do business in Michigan.The bill package, House Bills 5517-23, will be formally read into the record next week. Categories: Miller News