News / ‘We don’t talk anymore’ – where is the UK’s air cargo community?

first_img By Alex Lennane 13/05/2016 Amsterdam formed one; Zurich did. Frankfurt’s got one; and now Brussels has too. So where is the UK’s air cargo community?Frankly, it’s nowhere to be seen – and it is not looking likely to be created in the near future.“I think a community speaking with one voice would be enormously beneficial – but I don’t see it happening,” said Nick Platts, head of cargo at Heathrow Airport, at this week’s Multimodal event in Birmingham.“No one talks to each other in the UK. There is no collaboration. The response was to a question from RFS company Van Swieten Air Cargo, whose business development manager John Kwijuka asked whether the UK should look at a country-wide community rather than an airport-specific one.But Mr Platts said the UK market was too fragmented, and that the only likelihood would be a single airport community.“We do need to come together, and lobby the government together. But we are not all singing from the same hymn sheet.“But it does make sense and I will keep trying. Everything’s possible – but I haven’t seen much evidence of it happening.”The UK’s Freight Transport Association this year decided to launch an air freight working group. It aims to set up “a clear vision and strategy for air freight”. However, it is a far cry from an air cargo community – the group plans to agree objectives and then disband, unless members see some future value. And membership primarily consists of shippers, and will reflect their needs, rather than the full spectrum of air freight companies.“We are trying to create a united voice,” explained Alex Veitch, FTA head of global policy.“We want to see better engagement on issues such as security, like the ban on air freight from Bangladesh. The lithium battery ban dropped almost out of nowhere.“We want to get people to communicate through the working group. My hunch in setting this up is that there is a real need for the air freight community to speak with a more unified voice. This will help to get better cargo facilities within the air and ensure freight issues are taken into account in government policy decisions.”But one key air freight stakeholder in the UK told The Loadstar that he had little faith in the FTA’s group.“Why hasn’t it approached key stakeholders? Who is in this group? The FTA is simply jumping on the bandwagon. We’ve had no dealings with it.”The FTA responded that it had reached out to its members and the trade press, and has been dealing with air freight for some time. The director general of BIFA, Robert Keen, said the FTA had better government contacts than other industry bodies and was well-positioned to try to influence policy.There are other challenges in trying to create a group, said Mark Olney, Air Canada’s general manager cargo Europe.“You struggle now to get two airlines in the same room because of antitrust laws,” he said. “What you need is a strong voice from the national carrier – it’s much harder as a foreign carrier.”Larry Coyne, CEO of Coyne Airways, agreed that a unified voice was needed, as the UK media tended to reflect the loudest voices, rather than the relevant ones.“The arguments on aviation get hijacked by environmental and other considerations, which are important, but we don’t hear from anyone else. Take the new Estuary Airport idea. It was always a non-starter, but became the darling of the media. What a waste of time. Why did we not get the facts out about this?”Neil Robinson, corporate affairs director of Manchester Airports Group, noted that its Airport City helped stakeholders come together.“Cargo is getting a better hearing than it was. Industry stakeholders are coming together and finding common ground.” © Giovanni Gagliardi But look at Amsterdam, it is far better at influencing government policy. Air Cargo Netherlands sets the benchmark. My great frustration in the UK is that we don’t collaborate. People have been reluctant to share data, for example, which they do in the air cargo communities elsewhere.”last_img read more

People / Jessica Tyler is new president of cargo in American Airlines management revamp

first_imgBy Alex Lennane 07/07/2020 It explained: “This new organisation will retain separate airport and cargo functions, but also benefit from the blending of the talent and expertise of the two teams in multiple areas, including strategy, policy and procedures, training, automation, and innovation.”Mr Elieson will become vice president of loyalty, while Roger Samways becomes vice president of commercial cargo, responsible for global cargo sales, revenue management and customer care. Lisa Oxentine becomes managing director of cargo global sales.Former head of cargo, Jim Butler, retains his position as senior vice president airport operations and cargo, and will oversee Ms Tyler’s role, while David Vance’s job will be expanded to include airport support as well as cargo operations.“Rick did a wonderful job leading the cargo division for the last few years,” said Mr Butler. “He’s earned us the best revenue and performance year in cargo history, and I’m thankful for the way he has navigated cargo through this pandemic thus far.“Under Rick’s leadership, Jessica led the largest investment in cargo to-date – a business transformation effort that is just one of several large-scale modernisation and change initiatives she has overseen. Her experience and leadership in developing teams that achieve customer-focused success make her the right leader for the airports and cargo team in this challenging climate.”Ms Tyler, who becomes one of very few women to take the top cargo job at an airline, added: “Our role as leaders right now is to define a path through this incredible global crisis – for our customers and our team members. Thinking creatively, partnering in new ways, and caring for people along the way will help achieve this goal. With challenge comes opportunity, and I’m honoured to be part of a team that will keep customers front and centre and the world moving forward.” The carrier added that it was starting to see the shoots of recovery. Last week it announced its was moving its UK operations to Heathrow Terminal 5, to co-locate with partner IAG. Jessica Tyler is to take over from Rick Elieson as president of cargo at American Airlines Cargo.The carrier is undergoing a management shake-up which will see the cargo division and airport operations more closely aligned.Ms Tyler, who will also become vice president of airport excellence, has only been with the carrier – and indeed in aviation – for less than nine years, but has been instrumental in transforming AA’s cargo division.The carrier is “right-sizing” its management and support staff, it said, as it “rebounds” from the impact of Covid-19.last_img read more

Mersey Community Hospital fund evaporating

first_imgMersey Community Hospital fund evaporating Tasmanian LaborMersey Hospital funds will dry up before funding deal expiresFinancial strategy for the Mersey based on unrealistic assumptionsAnother example of the Liberals’ disregard for Tasmanians living on the North West CoastThe future funding for the Mersey Community Hospital is in doubt, with figures revealed today showing a shortfall of nearly $100 million.Shadow Treasurer David O’Byrne said Labor raised concerns about the funding model two years ago, yet the government had done nothing to shore up the hospital’s future funding.“There is significant risk that the funding provided for the Mersey by the Commonwealth will dry up before the end of the funding period, leaving the future of the hospital in doubt.“That funding agreement was supposed to provide certainty for the next ten years of operation, but figures confirmed in Government Business Enterprise hearings today indicate the money will run out before then.“When the funding was announced, then Health Minister Michael Ferguson said:“This safeguards the future of the hospital and allows us to continue with our much-needed changes and improvements to add a range of new services to the Mersey…”“Facing a significant funding shortfall, the Mersey can hardly be considered safe.“Labor has expressed concerns all along that the Liberals had signed Tasmanians up to a dud deal, supported by an investment strategy that replies on unrealistic assumptions.”Mr O’Byrne said it’s another example of the Liberal Government’s discrimination by postcode.“For too long the health and medical needs of the North West Coast have been treated in a piecemeal manner, with a heavy reliance on locums.“The Mersey Hospital has been neglected and understaffed, resulting in the recent closure of the Emergency Department.“The people of the North West Coast deserve an explanation from the Liberals on what will be done to ensure ongoing funding for the Mersey Hospital.”David O’Byrne MP Shadow Treasurer /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, business, commonwealth, community, Emergency, Ferguson, future, Government, health minister, hospital, Investment, Minister, operation, Tasmania, Tasmanian Labor, Tassie, West Coastlast_img read more

Bachelet issues strong warning of imminent further bloodshed and suffering in Myanmar

first_imgBachelet issues strong warning of imminent further bloodshed and suffering in Myanmar OHCHRUN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Friday warned that a further escalation in violence is unfolding across Myanmar and must be halted to prevent even greater loss of life and a deepening humanitarian emergency. Reports indicate a military build-up, notably in Kayah State in the east and Chin State in the west of the country.“As I had feared, armed conflict and other violence are intensifying in many parts of Myanmar, including Kayah State, Chin State and Kachin State, with the violence particularly intense in areas with significant ethnic and religious minority groups,” Bachelet said. “State security forces have continued to use heavy weaponry, including airstrikes, against armed groups and against civilians and civilian objects, including Christian churches.“There appear to be no efforts towards de-escalation but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, contrary to the commitments the military made to ASEAN to cease the violence.” Credible reports indicate that security forces have used civilians as human shields, shelled civilian homes and churches in Loikaw, Phekon and Demoso in Kayah State and blocked humanitarian access, including by attacking humanitarian actors.“More than 108,000 people have fled their homes in Kayah State over the last three weeks alone, many into forest areas with little or no food, water, sanitation or medical care. These are people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance,” Bachelet said.“Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, have a duty to protect civilians. The international community needs to unify in its demand that the Tatmadaw cease the outrageous use of heavy artillery against civilians and civilian objects and respect the principle of distinction. The newly formed “people’s defence forces” and other armed groups must also take all feasible measures to protect civilians.”The High Commissioner appealed for hospitals, schools and places of worship to be protected throughout the country. The Office has received credible reports of several incidents in which hospitals, schools and religious institutions have been entered and occupied by the Tatmadaw, fired upon and damaged in military actions.Explosions that have occurred in or near schools are likely to dissuade parents from enrolling their children for the new school year.  Thousands of schoolteachers have refused to return to work or have been suspended from their jobs by the military authorities. As a result, the vast majority of children will not be able to access their right to education.Credible reports indicate that a minimum of 860 people have been killed by security forces since 1 February, mostly in the context of protests.Meanwhile, sweeping arrests of activists, journalists and opponents of the regime have continued across the country, with credible sources indicating that at least 4,804 people remain in arbitrary detention. The High Commissioner said she was also deeply troubled by reports of detainees being tortured, and of collective punishment of family members of activists – one mother of an activist was sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in place of her son on 28 May.“Rather than seeking dialogue, the military is branding its opponents as ‘terrorists’ and pursuing politically-motivated charges against the democratic leadership,” Bachelet said.The High Commissioner encouraged the intensification of regional diplomacy, including by ASEAN and other influential States, to insist on the immediate cessation of violence and ongoing human rights violations. Dialogue is urgently needed with the National Unity Government and civil society stakeholders.“In just over four months, Myanmar has gone from being a fragile democracy to a human rights catastrophe. In addition to the loss of life, people are suffering from severe impacts on the social and economic rights. The military leadership is singularly responsible for this crisis, and must be held to account,” Bachelet said.The High Commissioner will be updating the UN Human Rights Council on the situation in Myanmar on 7 July. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:ASEAN, Christian, Commissioner, defence force, Democracy, detention, education, Emergency, family members, Government, Human Rights, Humanitarian, leadership, Myanmar, OHCHR, religious, UNlast_img read more

Monday Sports Update • October 28, 2019

first_img guestLabel 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments guestLabel Camas secures at least a share of Class 4A GSHL title with victory over Skyview Read more here: Posted by Paul Valencia|Thursday, October 24, 2019 |in : SportsCamas secures at least a share of Class 4A GSHL title with victory over Skyview I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreecenter_img Camas took control of the Class 4A Greater St. Helens League with a 21-17 victory over Skyview in high school football action Thursday at Kiggins Bowl.Read more AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:CamasCamas Papermakers 2019Clark CountyFort Vancouver Trappers 2019HockinsonHockinson Hawks 2019LatestSkyview Storm 2019VancouverWashougalWashougal Panthers 2019share 0 Previous : Hockinson not in a celebratory mood after beating Washougal Next : First meeting of Bi-State Interstate Bridge committee draws a crowdAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website Monday Sports Update • October 28, 2019Posted by Paul ValenciaDate: Monday, October 28, 2019in: Sportsshare 0 Reporter Paul Valencia highlights what’s happening in Clark County sports. See video highlights from Thursday’s game, Camas Papermakers vs. Skyview Storm and Friday’s game of Hockinson Hawks vs. Washougal Panthers. Also, Paul met up with players from Fort Vancouver Trappers to talk about playing a varsity home game, on campus, on their new field.Check back with us throughout the week for Paul’s notes on 4A GSHL, 3A GSHL, 2A GSHL and Trico leagues!last_img read more

Ford’s 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 won’t have a manual transmission

first_img Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Another argument for the exclusion of the manual transmission is the current political climate occurring in the U.S. in regards to Ford’s Mexico production and tariffs imposed upon them. Production of the Focus and the Fusion has already been slated to end by 2020, signalling the start of cost-cutting measures that will likely continue across the lineup. Trending Videos Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A teaser image of Ford’s upcoming Shelby GT500 Mustang, rumoured to make 700-plus horsepower.  Handout / Ford RELATED TAGSFordMustangNews See More Videos PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | center_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever According to a leaked spec sheet, the only transmission available on the Ford‘s 2020 Mustang GT500 will be a dual-clutch seven-speed automatic, made by Tremec and called the TR-9007 DCT.As the push for milliseconds becomes more important to armchair racers, and folks who stack up cars against each other on a spreadsheet without regard for driving pleasure, the comparatively slow manual transmission is quickly dying off in the upper echelon of performance vehicles. The 2019 GT350 is still offered with a six-speed Tremec manual, which means that all hope is not lost for the enthusiast who prefers to row their own gears.If you’re spending the money on a serious track-focused car like the GT500, tenths of a second matter to you. The development of a manual transmission that can handle the 720 horsepower coming from the 5.2L engine will only add to the final cost. While competitors from GM and Dodge are still offering manual transmissions for their 700+ horsepower sports cars, it seems likely that Ford has gone down this route to save cost, not because of any reliability issues with the six-speed that has been used in the past. ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU School Of Law To Graduate 167 Students

first_img Published: April 26, 2001 Three important events will mark the graduation of 167 students on May 11 at the University of Colorado School of Law commencement. The endowment of the J.J. Witt Memorial Law Scholarship will be announced; Gail Klapper will receive the Honorary Order of the Coif; and Jim Hightower, a man profiled on the CBS news show “60 Minutes” and listed by the National Journal as one of the 150 individuals “who make a difference,” will give the keynote address. The law commencement ceremony will be at 2 p.m. at Macky Auditorium and will be followed by a reception on the west side of Norlin Quadrangle. J.J. Witt was a member of the Class of 2001 before passing away in the summer of 1999 following his first year of law school. Class members voted to endow a scholarship in honor of Witt, which will be officially announced at the commencement. His mother will accept a plaque from the faculty and class acknowledging his academic achievement. The recipients of the scholarship will be chosen from applicants in the first-, second- and third-year classes on the basis of financial need and a good-natured pursuit of the law degree. Gail Klapper, an accomplished lawyer and public servant, will be presented with the Honorary Order of the Coif. Klapper graduated from CU-Boulder’s law school in 1968 and has since enjoyed numerous accomplishments. She served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Personnel for two years, was a candidate for Colorado attorney general and served on the Board of Visitors and the Law Alumni Board of the law school. Klapper also received the George Norlin Award in 1986 and is now founder and managing principal of the Klapper Firm, which is focused on women-owned businesses. Jim Hightower, the keynote speaker, is a distinguished investigative journalist, editor, economist, broadcaster and publisher. Hightower was born in Texas and graduated from North Texas University with a degree in government. His vast accomplishments include serving as a legislative aide, working for the Rural Housing Alliance, founding and directing the Agribusiness Accountability Project and editing a biweekly news magazine, The Texas Observer. Hightower also had written numerous investigative articles concerning the impact of monopolies on farm and food policies and how new economic power affects hometown life in various ways. In 1979 he was given the Outstanding Journalist Award from the Texas Farmers Union. For two years he served as president of the Texas Consumer Association and as the Texas Agriculture Commissioner from 1983-91 he emphasized self-help and mutual cooperation rather than high-tech and high-cost solutions to economic dilemmas. It was during that time that Hightower chaired the National Democratic Party’s Agriculture Council and was recognized by “60 Minutes” and the National Journal. Hightower also has written several books including “If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote They Would Have Given Us Candidates.” He currently co-edits a monthly newsletter, The Hightower Lowdown, and publishes daily commentaries on his Web site. Seventeen faculty, staff and students will be honored with awards during the ceremony, including retiring Professor Dennis Hynes, the Lifetime Teaching Excellence Award; Professor Phil Weiser, the Teaching Excellence Award; and Eric Rothaus, the SBA-Sutcliff Award and the Meritorious Student Award. The CU School of Law is the number one state law school in the country and fourth overall for placing graduates in judicial clerkship positions. Out of the top 50 law schools listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate Schools, 2001 edition,” CU’s placement of graduates trails only Yale (46.3 percent), Harvard (27.1 percent) and Stanford (24.2 percent). CU’s graduate placement rate is 24 percent. The bar passage rate of CU law graduates was 90 percent in July 2000, surpassing the national average of 87 percent. The University of Texas School of Law’s Educational Quality Ranking lists the CU law school No. 25 in the nation, and U.S. News & World Report ranks the law school’s environmental program No. 5 in the nation. For more information call the CU-Boulder School of Law offices at (303) 492-8047 or visit their Web site at Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

Wine Road Announces Upcoming Event Season

first_imgEmail TAGSConsumerWine Road ReddIt Previous articleLeading Pinot Producer, WALT, Introduces New Mile Marker SeriesNext articleNew Research Study Highlights Motivational Differences of Wine Consumers by Generation Press Release Barrel Tasting Weekends, March 1-3 and March 8-10, 2019, 11am – 4pmFor the 42nd year, Wine Road will host its annual Barrel Tasting, offering two weekends of barrel sampling and the opportunity to purchase “futures” at over 100 wineries. Buying “futures” is essentially a chance to buy, often at a discount, a wine that is still aging in the barrel now, then come back to the winery (or have the wine shipped) when the wine is bottled, typically within 12-18 months. Many wines are so limited, buying futures is the only chance to purchase them. In addition, Barrel Tasting is widely heralded as an educational weekend where wine lovers of all levels learn about the work put in to making wines after harvest, but before the wine is bottled, often hearing directly from the winemakers during the event, as Barrel Tasting is a favorite event amongst Wine Road winemakers. New this year, are Friday night “Toast the Future” events at three signature wineries that do not participate in Barrel Tasting Weekends, but this year are opening their doors to 30 guests for a welcome reception, with heavy appetizers, barrel wine along with their current vintages. Advance tickets to Barrel Tasting will go on sale online Sunday October 7, 2018 and are $50 for the weekend, $40 for Sunday only, $5 for designated drivers and $95 for Friday night reception and the weekend.Winemaker BreakfastsAll three events host a Winemaker Breakfast and Q&A on the Saturday morning of each event at 9am, with the winery location of each breakfast varying from event to event. The breakfast is an open forum in which guests get to meet and chat with winemakers in a casual setting with Q&A. This is not a wine tasting experience, simply breakfast and conversation. Tickets to each breakfast are $20 per person and must be purchased for this added event during event registration. Advertisement20th Annual Wine & Food Affair to Kick Off the Season in NovemberHealdsburg, CA, October 8, 2018—Wine Road, an association of wineries and lodgings in Northern Sonoma County, announces their upcoming 2018 – 2019 event season featuring their three signature annual events: Wine & Food Affair, Winter WINEland and Barrel Tasting. All three events allow guests to visit participating wineries stretching across Sonoma County’s Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River Valleys throughout the event weekend.Wine & Food Affair: November 3-4, 2018, 11am – 4pmWine Road’s event season kicks off with the 20th Annual Wine & Food Affair, featuring two full days of tantalizing food and wine pairings along the Wine Road. Each participating winery offers a taste of gourmet cuisine prepared by a local culinary artist paired with the wine of their choice. Popular pairings in past years include Bacon Fudge Brownies with Syrah Port; New England Clam Chowder with Chardonnay; Mac & Cheese with Pulled Ham paired with Pinot Noir; and Braised Meatball Sliders and Zinfandel. Each food and wine pairing is listed on the website’s participating wineries page, with recipes posted the week before the event. Advance tickets are now on sale online for the weekend ($80), Sunday only ($60), and Designated Driver ($30).Winter WINEland: January 19 – 20, 2019, 11am – 4pmAfter the hectic holidays, Winter WINEland is the “all about the wine” event that provides the perfect winter escape in which visitors can enjoy a less crowded wine country tasting adventure. The event follows a Vintages, Varietals and Verticals format with participating wineries selecting to focus on one of the three. Wineries offering vintages will open older vintages not typically available for tasting; varietal wineries will focus on one varietal for the weekend, perhaps pouring 3-4 different types of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, etc.; and vertical wineries will offer a vertical tasting of a wine, for example a 2013, 2014, 2015 of their estate cabernet. Making the weekend that much more interesting is the Winter Décor Competition held between the wineries each year, ending with the winner receiving the perpetual trophy (and bragging rights for the next year). Advance tickets will begin online on November 6, 2018 and are $45 for the weekend, $35 for Sunday only, and $5 for designated drivers.  Share Linkedin Facebook Twitter Pinterest Home Industry News Releases Wine Road Announces Upcoming Event SeasonIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessWine Road Announces Upcoming Event SeasonBy Press Release – October 8, 2018 42 0 ABOUT WINE ROAD NORTHERN SONOMA COUNTY:The Wine Road is a travel resource for those looking to visit the region, which is famous for its renowned wine producers and cuisine, scenic beauty, and wine country lifestyle. Made up of 200 wineries and 54 lodgings throughout the Alexander, Dry Creek, and Russian River valleys in Sonoma County, something is always going on along the Wine Road. To plan your next trip, please visit: For additional information, or to request a free map, call 800.723.6336 or via e-mail at [email protected], or visit the Wine Road on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.Advertisement last_img read more

New frontier of fiscal responsibility – Shaw

first_imgNew frontier of fiscal responsibility – Shaw Finance & Public ServiceMay 20, 2011 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, says that Government has embarked on a new frontier of fiscal responsibility and transparency, with legislation and guidelines before Parliament to ensure prudence in financial management and hold leadership accountable. “We have put forth in Parliament, fiscal responsibility legislation (and) we have a revised procurement handbook that has gone through a rigorous process of review,” he informed at a fiduciary training workshop dinner last evening (May 17) at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. “We have, for the first time, put in Parliament a fiscal policy paper that outlines the macroeconomic programme, outlines the medium-term economic programme, and is signed by the Minister of Finance and it says that we are committed to prudent management practices and if we don’t do it…then I subject myself to impeachment,” he continued. Mr. Shaw said that resulting from these efforts the Government has been able to stabilise the economy. “We now have adequate foreign exchange in the Net International Reserves (NIR), we have adequate gross foreign exchange reserves, our exchange rate has been revaluing (by almost five per cent over the last year), interest rates are trending down and inflation is stable (even though) it has to be lower,” he pointed out. He stated that the foundation is being laid for lower interest rates and continuing stability in the exchange rate, and controlled Government spending within the deficit targets, in order to make the economy more competitive. The four-day workshop, organised by the World Bank, is targeted at persons working on Bank-funded initiatives and projects in the region. The more than 70 participants drawn from Jamaica, Guyana, Grenada, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States, and the Caribbean Community Centre for Climate Change, among others, are attending the event. World Bank Representative to Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, Giorgio Valentini, informed that the workshop focuses on a range of topics such as financial management requirements; procurement, audit and oversight of Bank-financed projects; selection and employment of consultants; and issues and challenges in disbursement. He said the training exercise was “developed to address both the common areas and the specific differences between countries, and the Bank hopes that besides hearing from us on financial management and procurement, participants from partner organisations will also be hearing from each other, networking and sharing experiences and best practices.” Among the objectives are to help participants and their organisations to effectively manage fiduciary risks; to ensure that project funds are used as intended; build sustainable capacity, among other things. RelatedNew frontier of fiscal responsibility – Shaw By CHRIS PATTERSON, JIS Reporter RelatedNew frontier of fiscal responsibility – Shaw RelatedNew frontier of fiscal responsibility – Shawlast_img read more

Local liquor stores face lawsuit over male enhancement pills

first_imgHomeNewsLocal liquor stores face lawsuit over male enhancement pills Jun. 25, 2018 at 5:03 amNewsLocal liquor stores face lawsuit over male enhancement pillsadmin3 years agodaily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica news Pills promising better sex are at the center of a lawsuit filed against a dozen local liquor store owners, as a Los Angeles area law firm brings a multi-state legal threat to its hometown. The firm is representing a Texas-based supplement company, Outlaw Laboratory, who says mom-and-pop store owners are profiting from products that secretly contain sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra. Suddenly, the convenience store owners find themselves deciding between a five-figure settlement or a protracted court battle.“It’s really a shadow pharmacy,” lawyer Robert Tauler said, whose firm, Tauler Smith, LLP, has filed nine lawsuits in four states regarding the pills, listing as many as 18 defendants in some cases. “Some people may knowingly understand this is going on and some maybe not.”The large pills are typically displayed by the register and sold under various brand names including Rhino 8 Platinum 8000, ExtenZone 3000, Love Zen 3000, or Black Mamba Premium, according to court documents.In February, the Food and Drug Administration warned consumers not to purchase or use Rhino 7 Platinum 5000, citing sildenafil as an “undeclared ingredient” that “may lower blood pressure to dangerous levels” in people who take nitrates for various conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure or heart disease. The FDA warned of a growing number of supplements with hidden drugs and chemicals.“These products are typically promoted for sexual enhancement, weight loss, and bodybuilding and are often represented as being ‘all natural,’” the FDA said.Tauler told the Daily Press the FDA’s warning did little to discourage the sale of products that may contain sildenafil, claiming his firm has found over 2,000 name variations for the pills as manufacturers seek to avoid warnings and detection by the Food and Drug Administration.His firm has sued up and down the supply chain and across state lines. He says it is difficult to go after the actual manufacturer in most cases, because the pills are typically made in China and then sold to individual brick-and-mortar stores. Pills that wholesale for $1 a are sold at the register for $10, bringing in a handsome profit for store owners. Tauler claims he sent multiple warning letters before taking the mom-and-pop owners to court in May.“The problem is widespread and we’ve issued many letters,” Tauler told the Daily Press. “Our goal is to eliminate the products from the marketplace.”But the owner of Broadway Wine and Spirits says he never received a warning. Instead, about six months ago Joe Green received a letter by certified mail saying he could settle for $10,000 or face a lawsuit. Green’s distributor, Basc Communications Corp, told him the letter was a scam and encouraged him to keep stocking the pills. An employee for Basc told the Daily Press they buy the pills at a warehouse in Downtown Los Angeles and maintain they are safe and that the lawsuit is a scam.“The only letter we got was the first one that said ‘give me ten thousand dollars or we’re suing you,’” Green said. Green, who has run the family-owned business with his wife, Lisa, for the last fifteen years, said the process felt like a shakedown. He has pulled the products from his shelves, which were all marked “made in the USA” and contained other claims like “100% genuine” and “Manufactured in a FDA-Registered Facility.”Green said Basc even sent him a letter assuring him the products were legitimate. The lawsuits caught him and other family-run businesses off guard and they are hesitant to pay the tens-of-thousands of dollars to retain a lawyer. Greens says small business owners rely on the manufacturers and distributors to make sure their products are safe.“How are we supposed to know? Am I supposed to go to the FDA ban list every day and check for products?” Green said.USC business ethics and product liability expert C. Kerry Fields said California law allows competitors and customers to sue store owners for false advertising if products contain secret ingredients. Most liability insurance policies do not cover false advertising claims, so store owners should be cautious when stocking products that could lead to lawsuits, according to the professor.“Any goods that are not distributed by large, nationally recognized retailers should probably be given a second and third look before they go on the shelves,” Fields said. “There may be a good margin selling those products but it’s not worth the risk because they are representing to the public that their goods are safe.”Fields said the store owners would be wise to settle quickly and then file a reimbursement claim against the distributor for providing a faulty product.“Consumers might sue them as well so it’s best to suppress litigation as quickly as possible,” Fields said.The plaintiff in the lawsuits, Texas-based Outlaw Laboratory, sells a sexual performance product called “TriSteel 8 Hour” that they claim is all natural. A customer service representative for Outlaw told the Daily Press to contact the law firm for all questions regarding the company and the lawsuits.Tauler, the lawyer bringing the lawsuits, specializes in supplement litigation and worries the defendants are getting bad legal advice. He compared ignoring his letters and lawsuits to ignoring a tumor on your neck.“We want them to know it’s really serious and what they’re doing is putting people in danger but for some reason, it doesn’t click,” Tauler said. “They have to bear some responsibility for what they’re selling.”[email protected] :daily pressNewsSanta Monicasanta monica daily presssanta monica newsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPunta Cabras invites locals to dinnerCrime WatchYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more