“The push towards sustainable fisheries is not just coming from government or environmental groups, but from the market itself,” FAO Fishing Industries Division Director Grimur Valdimarsson told a three-day Seafood Industry Congress which ended in Dublin, Ireland, yesterday, noting that major seafood retailers like Unilever, Tesco, Walmart and Asda have already committed to putting on their shelves only fish that was harvested or raised sustainably.“In recent years the seafood industry has been uncertain as to whether these trends represent a momentary fad. Today, there’s no question: it’s real, it’s a sea change, and it’s the way of the future,” he said.In broad terms, this means that producers will need to be able to assure retailers and consumers that their catch complies with the demands of sustainable development and doing so requires monitoring fishing activities via tracking systems, labels and similar mechanisms.Resource-strapped developing countries will have a particularly hard time making the transition to fully certifying their fisheries. “They’ve already been struggling mightily to comply with health and safety regulations on fish imports put into place by importing countries in the developed world,” Mr. Valdimarsson explained.Helping resolve this problem is an issue of particular importance to FAO and retailers shaping market trends have a responsibility to help suppliers in the developing world cope, he said, adding that FAO and other international development organizations working on fisheries and aquaculture will need new resources to help the developing world’s fisheries sector adapt.This year’s Congress was co-organized by FAO, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN World Health Organization (WHO), the International Food Quality Certification Group, and Ireland’s Sea Fisheries Protection Authority in collaboration with the International Association of Fish Inspectors and with the support of the Irish Sea Fisheries Board, Enterprise Ireland, and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.The congress has traditionally focused on seafood safety and quality issues, but environmental concerns have risen higher on its agenda in recent years. 28 September 2007The $400-billion global seafood industry has no choice but to adapt to intensifying demand from retailers and consumers for environmentally friendly ‘greener’ fish that are not taken from overexploited stocks, farmed in ponds where mangroves once stood or caught in nets that also snag endangered turtles, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
Mr. Fall was educated at the University of Conakry and taught there in the Faculty of Law before joining his country’s foreign service in 1982 and serving in France, the United States, Nigeria and Egypt.In 2000 he became Guinea’s Ambassador at the UN and was elected one of the Vice-Presidents of the fifty-fifth General Assembly. From 2002 to 2004 he was Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation and served as Prime Minister in 2004.
Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) SMMT’s first webinar of 2013 will take place on Thursday 24 January at 10:30 and will be based on the Automotive Council’s plans to develop an Automotive Sector Strategy.The Strategy, due for publication by Spring 2013, will build on the work that the Automotive Council has been leading, setting out achievements to date and describing future work.The strategy aims to:Develop a policy that covers the whole industrySecure the current strengths of the UK automotive sector.Improve the business environment to deliver growth in the supply chain.Move the sector into a low carbon future to ensure competitive advantage for the UK.The panel will be made up of Paul Everitt, Chief Executive of the SMMT and a guest from the Department for Business, Innovation and SkillsTo register, click here.
OSU senior forward Chad Niddery (19) gets pinned against the glass by Wisconsin freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty (4) during a game at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 13. OSU won, 2-1. Credit: Jordan Boone / Lantern photographerTimes have been tough for the Ohio State men’s hockey team, as the Buckeyes split a weekend series with Wisconsin, hurting their chances at earning a higher seed in the conference tournament.Going into the series, coach Steve Rohlik told the team he wanted it to play with a playoff mentality.“You know it’s all about getting better, and when we talk about playoff mentality, the NHL season is a long grind and you see what happens in the playoffs. It’s the ultimate sport to watch in the playoffs and I said, ‘That is the mentality you have to have,’” Rohlik said.But even with that mentality, the Buckeyes followed a 2-1 Friday win with a 3-2 loss on Saturday.The loss means the Buckeyes’ chances at a higher seed in the Big Ten Tournament have become slimmer. OSU is guaranteed a spot in the six-team tournament, but will likely have to face a top-three seed as the Buckeyes sit at fifth in the conference with eight regular season games to play.Senior forward Tanner Fritz said making a late-season push will come down to playing with pride and confidence.“(We are playing for our) pride. You have to play desperate hockey all the time and you want to go into the tournament with some confidence,” Fritz said. “It was a great opportunity for us tonight to get our first sweep, and we came up short.”Rohlik said he thought his team played with a bit of the playoff mentality in Friday’s game but didn’t feel the Buckeyes had the same approach going into Saturday’s matchup.“I talked to the guys after, I said, ‘You guys have to play desperate,’ and we talked about playoff hockey. Tonight’s performance was a different version of playoff hockey than I understand,” Rohlik said.With the offense falling short of the playoff mentality, the Buckeye defense stepped up and portrayed a bit of the desperation that Rohlik was looking for. After a total of 25 blocked shots against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes showed that they are willing to put themselves on the line for the puck.“If you’re in the lanes, you have to sacrifice your body for the team, and we talked about that and we have to continue to do a better job of that,” Rohlik said.With just four series remaining on the Big Ten schedule, including another against Wisconsin, the Buckeyes will be looking for the playoff mentality to become a part of their everyday game. Senior assistant captain Matt Johnson said there are no excuses for losing games.“We weren’t executing like we were supposed to, we strayed completely away from our game tonight,” Johnson said Saturday. “(It) doesn’t matter who we’re playing, we need to come out the same way every single night. We know our strategy and we know our game plan and we just need to stick to what we know.”OSU’s Friday win snapped a six-game losing streak. Junior forward Tyler Lundey and sophomore forward Nick Schilkey tallied the goals for the Buckeyes.“I liked the end result, but I didn’t feel we started out great,” Rohlik said. “We are just scratching the surface. It’s a big win for our team. Anytime you can walk away with a win, it’s a huge boost to the confidence.”The rolling confidence started out strong for the Buckeyes as they came into Saturday’s game, taking the lead early in the first period. But they were unable to hold on to the lead, going into the third period tied, 2-2. The Badgers added a third goal to thwart OSU’s attempt at a series sweep.Rohlik said the fast start might have been more of a hindrance than a positive.“It hurt us scoring the early goal because we just weren’t the same after that,” he said. “Even getting up 2-1, our execution tonight was off. We didn’t take care of the puck.”The Buckeyes will look to restart this week in practice ahead of a home-and-home series against Michigan on Friday and Sunday.“Now it’s just focusing on getting better; next week we have to continue to grind and get better. We have to fix our flaws that came out this weekend and start moving in the right direction,” Johnson said.
Carey Mulligan works as a Dementia Friends ambassador But, she said, music helped connect with Nans with playing songs and sitting together “one of the loveliest things we can do”.Sir Michael Parkinson, who took part in the show to speak about his mother, who also suffered from dementia, said: “There is a tendency for some people to say if he or she doesn’t recognise me… as far as I’m concerned they’re dead. It does happen. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. “I’ve certainly had it in my experience, that people with my grandmother have gone ‘well she doesn’t know me. It doesn’t matter that I don’t visit because she doesn’t know me,” said Mulligan.“Every visit for the last seven years, she hasn’t recognised any of us.“But when we have a good visit – and they’re not always good – when we leave, she won’t remember that we’ve been there but the sensation of being in company of someone who loves you is something we can’t deny. Terry Jones and his friend, Michael Palin Mulligan stars in The Great Gatsby “That’s a real argument for people going to visit loved ones regardless of how far progressed their disease is.”She added: “There are moments of real joy. In the terrible terrible moments, there have been things that have made you laugh.“It gets so awful and we’ve had terrible visits where we’ve all ended up in tears, and then there are the visits where something really magical happens.”Mulligan, who works as an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Society, has previously spoken frankly about her grandmother’s diagnosis, disclosing it had progressed from “forgetful moments” 15 years ago to today, when she is living in a Welsh care home and rarely speaks. Michael Parkinson, whose mother had dementia “You have to hope that if it happens to you, you don’t feel that kind of rejection.” Sir Michael Palin, whose friend and fellow Monty Python Terry Jones is suffering from a form of the disease, added: “It’s very very hard to know what to do and how to relax with them.“The important thing is not to treat them as something other than they were. Not to stigmatise and say oh you’re lost now.“I do think it’s terribly important to continue to relate to that person, to make sure they’re not considered to be in a different group from the rest of humanity.” “There’s a calmness, there’s a companionship: these really fundamental feelings of being loved, being taken care of by people and family who really love you, I think that’s something that regardless of how progressed your dementia is stays with you. Families must continue to visit elderly relatives even if they no longer recognise them, the actress Carey Mulligan has said, as she argues dementia is not an excuse to leave them to languish.Mulligan, star of An Education, The Great Gatsby and Suffragette, said the calming effect of being with loved ones was a strong argument for visiting dementia patients, no matter how far their disease has progressed.Speaking in a special episode of Radio 4’s Today programme, which she guest edited, the actress said her family had experienced “awful, terrible” times with her grandmother, known to her as “Nans”.But, she said, while her grandmother no longer recognises her or her mother, the “calmness and companionship” she exhibited after family visits could not be denied.
BHP has carried out the first blast at its South Flank iron ore project in the Pilbara of Western Australia, as the mining major continues with a schedule that should see first ore come out from the new mine in 2021.The company officially broke ground on the $3.6 billion development in July, just over a month since it approved construction.The South Flank project expands the existing infrastructure at Mining Area C, and involves construction of an 80 Mt/y crushing and screening plant, an overland conveyor system, stockyard and train loading facilities, procurement of new mining fleet and substantial mine development and pre-strip work.South Flank is forecast to produce ore for more than 25 years, and is expected to help BHP Western Australia iron ore division’s average iron grade go from 61% to 62%, with the overall proportion of lump increasing to 35%, from 25%.Clough is the EPC contractor on the project, with MACA, CIMIC’s CPB, SIMPEC and NRW Holdings also carrying out work at South Flank, which is owned 85% by BHP and 15% by Itochu and Mitsui (collectively).
Stay on target We Now Know the DNA of GuacamoleDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years Later Pre-Columbian history just got a lot clearer, thanks to root vegetables.New research from Oxford University suggests the sweet potato arrived naturally in Polynesia, not transported from America to the island region.The planet’s origin and domestication is thought to be in Central or South America, from where it is believed the Polynesians acquired crops to sow back home.Oxford professor Robert Scotland, however, has another theory.In the first complete study on the evolution and origin of sweet potato, Scotland and postdoctoral students Pablo Muñoz-Rodríguez and Tom Carruthers claim the sweet potato traveled not by human haul, but by “natural means.”“Our finding is that the plant probably reached the Pacific Islands through natural dispersal by birds, wind, or sea currents … as did several other species of morning glory,” Muñoz-Rodríguez said in a statement.One of the world’s most widely consumed crops (and one of my personal favourite veggies), sweet potatoes are deliciously misunderstood. Until now.By sequencing sweet potato DNA, the team (with contributions from The International Potato Center in Peru, Oregon State University, and Duke University) began answering questions about the origin and evolution of this tuberous root.According to Scotland’s study, the earliest known collection of sweet potato from Polynesia—pilfered during Captain Cook’s 1769 voyage on the Endeavour—represents a distinct variety that originated before humans colonized the region.Researchers believe their evidence is enough to discredit (or at least challenge) the long-held idea of contact between Polynesia and South America before Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue (in fourteen-hundred-ninety-two).“The possible human transportation of the sweet potato to Polynesia has attracted broad attention in recent times—especially now that the sweet potato appears to be the only remaining biological evidence for these alleged pre-Columbian contacts,” the study said. “Other supporting evidence from chicken and human DNA is now considered questionable.”Among other findings, they uncovered the wild species from which the plant originated (Ipomoea trifida), and identified other closely related morning glory species that also naturally colonized in Polynesia.The full report, published last week in the journal Current Biology, is available online. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Roy Hodgson expressed his dismay at the manner Crystal Palace lost their grip on the game to lose 2-1 to Watford at home.Palace were leading 1-0 at the break thanks to Craig Cathcart’s own goal, but the player made amends with a goal at the other end before a fine volley from Tom Cleverley settled the tie.Speaking in his post-match press conference via the club’s media, the Palace boss addressed a number of issues“It’s tough to lose any game, especially at home and it’s made tougher that we’ve been doing quite well lately. I was hoping that this would be the chance for us to get that elusive third victory that would have lifted us to a much more comfortable place in the table.How Joe Ward thanks his faith for his football Manuel R. Medina – September 13, 2019 Crystal Palace defender, Joel Ward, has thanked his Christian faith for helping him play football professionally and he explains why.“We were unable to get it, and when that happens there is no other emotion that I can display other than the obvious one of feeling very sad that we couldn’t do it.”“We started the second half very brightly which was important after taking the lead late in the first, and we had our chances to increase the lead which would have made things very difficult for Watford but we didn’t and then the game evened out.“They scored from a corner kick and then when the game is in the balance Tom Cleverley scored a wonder-volley and we missed a very good opportunity when McArthur didn’t get a touch on the ball and then at 2-1 with 15 minutes to play, the game becomes what it is.
CORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – A teenager has been officially charged with a misdemeanor after bringing a fake gun to J.P. Taravella High School in Coral Springs and creating a scare, according to police.The school was locked down Thursday morning, after what turned out to be a toy gun was spotted on campus.Police swarmed in with guns drawn, searching classroom to classroom for signs of the weapon and the person who had it.Officers arrested a ninth grader and the gun was then verified to be nothing but a toy.Students were taken off campus, following the scare.The students returned to class Friday morning.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
KEY WEST, FLA. (WSVN) – A charter captain said he spotted a whale shark off the Florida Keys, Saturday morning.The rare sighting took place about five miles south of Key West, at around 8:30 a.m., in water that was 180 feet deep.The captain said he and his crew spotted the marine creature feeding and approached it. The ship’s mate jumped in the water and swam near the whale shark, even touching its dorsal fin before it swam off.The captain said, in his 20 years running a charter boat, he has only encountered a whale shark three times. He estimated the animal to be at least 50 feet long and about 15 feet wide.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Survival Skills workshop (Photo courtesy of Else Fullerton)The Haines Borough Public Library and the Haines Sheldon Museum are teaming up to offer a week of survival skills classes for kids.Jolanta Ryan is the Education and Cultural Coordinator for the library. She says the idea is an extension of the Fun Science program she runs. The program gets kids outdoors while they learn practical outdoor skills, like building a snow shelter.“If you’re out in the wilderness and you don’t have a shelter and you want to spend the night,” Ryan said. “You can build a snow cave and it keeps you warmer so you can survive the night.”Shelters like this one keep snow out and heat in. This week the focus is outdoor winter survival skills: not just shelter building, but knot tying, basic navigation, and fire starting. The mood out in the snow is lighthearted, but the skills these six- to almost nine-year-olds learn today are potentially life-saving.“I just came here ’cause I need to practice making snow forts,” said second grader Sophia Hedden. “My dad thinks its important cause he works on the river. If something happened to him, you could build a snow fort and spend the night in there… Unless it’s sunny, then it’s just gonna melt.”A snow fort is more than a hole in the snow. The students know to keep the walls 18 inches thick for insulation and structural integrity. There are other tricks, too.“Try making a big pile and then making a hole,” Hedden said. “It may take longer, but it makes a better and more stable snow fort.”It’s possible to get stuck or lost outdoors even in known terrain. More people go missing in Alaska each year than in any other state. Haines Volunteer Fire Department Chief Al Giddings says risk comes with the territory.“For most of it it’s self explanatory, just given the location and where we are and the life that we live here,” Giddings said.According to Giddings, Haines volunteer fire department deployed searches about nine times this year. The department even has a local search and rescue group under development to respond to increased demand. Knowing basic survival skills can make all the difference while waiting for help to arrive.“Especially for our young people, just geographically for where we live and also the activities a lot of kids are involved in,” Giddings said. “Lot of outdoor sports in the wintertime.”This is the first year the library and museum have partnered to offer a winter break survival skills course. It’s Elsie Fullerton’s first month as the education coordinator for the Sheldon Museum. She says the partnership is a natural fit.“We’re both trying to cater to Haines locals and to provide a service to the community. So especially in this time when parents are working and kids are out of school, it seemed like a natural thing to work together and support each other on,” Fullerton sid.This week, Survival Skills will transition to Detective Skills. The group will learn sleuthing tactics and solve a mystery with some help from the Haines Police Department.
The Juris Prudence Kids Mock Trial Academy is scheduled to facilitate 25 youth (who live in Ward 7), between the ages of 8-12, through an interactive mock trial/legal introductory process on Aug. 26 from noon-3 p.m. at the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library, 3660 Alabama Ave., SE. To register for the free event, visit eventbrite.com.
Opponents of the deal say that by easing sanctions, Iran will be flush with cash and then funnel it into militant groups like Hamas and Hezbollah which could harm Israel.__2:25 p.m.President Barack Obama says his administration is “working every day” to try to free the four American citizens currently imprisoned in Iranian jails.At a press conference, Obama said “the notion that I am content as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails — that’s nonsense.” He added: “Nobody is content.”Obama said the U.S. did not include the status of the jailed Americans in the nuclear talks because it would have made it more difficult to walk away from a bad deal. He said he didn’t want to encourage Iran to use the prisoners for leverage.__2:11 p.m.Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has sent a letter thanking his country’s nuclear negotiators, though he warns the deal must be scrutinized.Khamenei, who holds the final word on all state matters, wrote that some of the countries involved in Tuesday’s landmark deal in Vienna “are not trustworthy at all.”He wrote: “It’s necessary to put the text of the deal to scrutiny.” He said any possible problems in the text “have to be taken care of and blocked.” WASHINGTON (AP) — Here are the latest developments involving the agreement between the United States, Iran and world powers to limit the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program (all times EDT):7:50 p.m.Vice President Joe Biden will head back to Capitol Hill on Thursday to urge Senate Democrats to support the nuclear deal with Iran.The White House says Biden will discuss the deal with the Democratic members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin, the top Democrat on the committee, invited Biden to brief his party’s senators. Obama is speaking at a news conference in Washington.__1:41 p.m.President Barack Obama is defending his high-stakes nuclear accord with Iran as a sign of American leadership that will make the world safer.And he says that critics of the plan should consider the alternatives.Without the deal, he says, the world risks “even more war in the Middle East,” increases the chances of an arms race, and leaves open the possibility of that Iran comes closer to having a nuclear weapon.Obama spoke during an East Room news conference Wednesday, warning that the deal shouldn’t be allowed to “slip away” because the opportunity “may not come again in our lifetime.”__12:46 p.m.Republican presidential contender Chris Christie says President Barack Obama is lying to the American public to try to win support for the Iran nuclear deal.When talking about the deal on Tuesday, Obama had said “inspectors will have 24/7 access to Iran’s nuclear facilities.” That is correct when it comes to designated nuclear facilities. But a more pressing question throughout the negotiations has been whether inspectors could immediately access new, suspicious sites. Comments Share But a U.S. official familiar with the details of the resolution said the five permanent members of the council have agreed that a new resolution would be adopted at the end of 10 years to reinstate the “snap back” mechanism for an additional five years. The official was not authorized to speak publicly.__2:53 p.m.President Barack Obama says the Iran agreement will leave a future president in a stronger position should Iran decide to pursue a nuclear weapon.He says “the choices would be tougher today than they would be for the president 15 years from now.”Obama contends the agreement will allow the U.S. and its allies to become more knowledgeable about Iran’s nuclear capabilities, and improve the ability of the U.S. to respond should Iran renege on its promises.__2:45 p.m.President Barack Obama is downplaying the idea that Iran’s military and anti-Israel groups like Hezbollah will benefit significantly once international sanctions against Iran are lifted.Obama says Iran’s economy has struggled since the sanctions were imposed. And any suggestion that Iran will plow previously frozen assets into military forces “runs counter to all the intelligence we have seen.” The meeting will come a day after Biden made a similar pitch during a meeting with House Democrats. Biden has also been calling lawmakers, including Senate leaders, to discuss the deal.Congress will have a 60-day window to review the deal and could pass legislation stopping Obama from lifting sanctions on Iran. The White House is focusing its outreach on Democrats in hopes they’ll provide enough votes to stop Republicans from undermining the deal.6:23 p.m.The White House says President Barack Obama has thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his country’s “important role” in finalizing the Iran nuclear deal.Obama and Putin spoke Wednesday. The White House says the leaders agreed to closely coordinate as the deal is implemented and expressed a desire to work together on other issues, including the civil war in Syria.The White House readout of the leaders’ call made no mention of Russia’s alleged aggression in Ukraine. Even as the U.S. uses sanctions to punish Russia for its actions in Ukraine, Obama has said it was worthwhile to partner with Putin on areas of mutual interest, including the Iran talks.5:36 p.m.The Kremlin in Moscow says Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Barack Obama have spoken by telephone regarding the Iran nuclear deal. Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Khamenei’s letter, sent Wednesday, was posted on his official website and carried by Iran’s state-run IRNA news agency.__2:04 p.m.In Iran, viewers watching state television didn’t get to see President Barack Obama’s news conference on Wednesday, which many news networks around the world carried live.Typically, Iranian state TV doesn’t show U.S. or Israeli leaders. On Tuesday, however, after the nuclear deal was reached in Vienna, state television carried Obama’s remarks live, an incredibly rare occurrence. That’s only happened once earlier in 2013 after a preliminary nuclear deal was reached.__1:57 p.m.President Barack Obama is laying out some challenges for those in Congress who are questioning the new deal to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons.The president said in an East Room news conference on Wednesday that those who are criticizing the deal should stop and read the 100-page plan before objecting to it.Second, Obama says critics should explain exactly why they think that the agreement won’t keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon — and why they know better than experts like his energy secretary, Ernest Moniz. Under the latest agreement, if Iran refuses access to a suspicious site, an arbitration panel will decide whether the Iranians have to submit to an inspection within 24 days.Christie said: “I mean, listen, if the president likes his deal then go and sell it, but sell it honestly. Don’t lie to the American people.”__12:16 p.m.Britain’s foreign secretary says Israel wants a “permanent standoff” with Iran and suggests it wouldn’t have welcomed any kind of nuclear deal.Philip Hammond was responding to an opposition lawmaker who criticized the deal struck between Iran and the West aimed at keeping Tehran from building a nuclear bomb. Hammond said in Parliament Wednesday that Israel “doesn’t want any deal with Iran.”He said: “I think the question you have to ask yourself is what kind of a deal would have been welcomed in Tel Aviv.” He added: “Israel wants a permanent state of standoff and I don’t believe that’s in the interests of the region.”Hammond said he is traveling to Israel and will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday.__11:09 a.m.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says Israel isn’t bound by the nuclear deal with Iran brokered by the United States and would continue to oppose it. Emerging from the session that lasted more than an hour, Biden was asked if he changed any minds among skeptical Democrats.“I think we’re going to be alright,” he told reporters.New York Rep. Steve Israel said lawmakers questioned Biden on Wednesday morning about terms of the agreement, including enforcement and the chance for sanctions to snap back if Iran violates the agreement.Israel quoted Biden as saying that if there is no agreement “we can count on the international sanctions regime unraveling.”Nothing in the agreement takes the military option off the table, Israel said Biden told Democrats.__8:27 a.m.Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, a physicist who participated in the Iran nuclear talks in Vienna, says Secretary of State John Kerry broached the issue of Americans still being held in Iran. Even though the main purpose of the talks was to find common ground on the nuclear program, Moniz says Kerry “never failed to raise the issue of Americans held unjustly in Iran.”Moniz also told CNN that the nuclear agreement has stronger restrictions on Iran “than would be the case if we had no agreement.”He says the agreement provides protection against cheating by Iran. He added “we have bought considerable time to respond” should Iran not live up to its commitments. __8:25 a.m.Israel’s ambassador to the United States says he doesn’t believe President Barack Obama “tried to hoodwink Israel” with the nuclear deal. He said the U.S. and Israel simply have “an honest policy difference.”Ron Dermer tells CNN says the agreement’s 24-day advance notice for inspections by the U.N. nuclear agency gives Iran far too much time to conceal its activities.Dermer says the deal is that the agreement “does not block Iran’s path to the bomb” but “paves it.” He says that will endanger Israel.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is also Iran’s top nuclear negotiator, center, shakes hands with an official upon arrival at the Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, July 15, 2015. Zarif and his entourage returned to Tehran on Wednesday morning, a day after Iran and the West reached a historic nuclear deal. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi) Top Stories A statement released Wednesday says both leaders agreed that the deal “answers the interests of all international society, allows a strengthening of the nuclear non-proliferation regime and the lowering of tension in the Middle East region.”Russia, which has close business ties with Iran, had been a key participant in the negotiations.4:08 p.m.A leading pro-Israel lobbying group is urging Congress to reject the nuclear deal with Iran.The American Israel Public Affairs Committee had reserved judgment about the deal when it was announced on Tuesday. But now the group says it believes Congress should insist on a better deal.AIPAC says in a statement that the deal is flawed because it doesn’t allow inspectors immediate access to suspicious sites, and it doesn’t dismantle Iran’s nuclear facilities. The group also is expressing concern that arms and ballistic missile embargos on Iran could be lifted in the coming years.__3:47 p.m.A draft U.N. resolution to implement the Iran nuclear deal says U.N. sanctions would “snap back” into place if Iran fails to meet its obligations. But it also says that stipulation would end in 10 years.The draft, obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press, states that none of the seven previous U.N. sanctions resolutions “shall be applied” after 10 years, and “the Security Council will have concluded its consideration of the Iranian nuclear issue.” New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona The president also says critics of the plan need to come up with a better alternative to the deal. And he says that if their alternative is to rein in Iran through military force, they should be willing to say that.__1:49 p.m.President Barack Obama says he’s hopeful that members of Congress will evaluate the Iran nuclear agreement “based on the facts, not on politics.”The president says lawmakers should consider the deal based on what’s in the national interest of the United States. He says if they do, a majority of Congress should approve it.But Obama acknowledges that politics often intrude when evaluating these agreements.He says, “I’m not betting on the Republican party rallying behind this agreement.” But he says the debate in Congress should be based on the facts and not speculation or misinformation.__1:43 p.m.President Barack Obama says that he hopes the Iran nuclear deal will encourage the country to “behave differently” and stop sponsoring terrorist actors in the Middle East. He says the U.S. will try to gain greater cooperation from Iran on ending violent unrest in Syria and Yemen.But, he notes, “we’re not betting on it.” Addressing parliament on Wednesday, Netanyahu said “we will reserve our right to defend ourselves against all of our enemies.” He added, “we have strength, and it is great and mighty.”Meanwhile, a senior leader from Yemen’s Shiite rebels sent a cable to Iran praising the deal as a “historic” achievement. Mohammed Ali al-Houthi, the second-in-command of the rebels known as Houthis, said in a statement Wednesday that the deal will contribute in resolving the conflict between Iran and the United States “in a peaceful manner and in harmony that will lead to mutual respect between the people and which will reinforce peace and stability in the region.”Al-Houthi urged other countries in the region to adopt dialogue “instead of chaos and troubles…which benefit the Zionist enemy.”The Iran-allied rebel group in Yemen has made a forceful bid for power in Yemen, forcing the country’s internationally-backed president to flee to neighboring Saudi Arabia. Yemen’s exiled government, accuse Iran of arming the rebels.__10:55 a.m.Vice President Joe Biden has wrapped up a meeting with House Democrats to brief them on the Iran deal. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean Sponsored Stories
Rebranding and adjusting its marketing strategy earlier this year has not only revitalised the Virgin brand down under but created leeway for buyers to play off Virgin and Qantas for better deals.Speaking at the first Association of Corporate Travel Executive (ACTE) forum down under since it announced Australasia as its newest region, aviation commentator Stephen Pearse explained people booking corporate flights can now use both carriers’ determination to maintain high market share as a tool during negotiations.He explained that for years Qantas lead the market as the only carrier down under meeting corporate travellers’ needs. However, since Virgin Australia’s rebranding the market received an alternative to business travel which has created more negotiation room for suppliers and buyers organising events and meetings.“It [Virgin Australia] is a fierce competitor and that’s why I think you guys would be able to exercise great power over the demand for share versus revenue,” Mr Pearse told attendees. “At the end of the day when you are sitting on the supplier side of the table we all know that if you can push it far enough there is a viable alternative party where you can say that’s fine my best alternative during the negotiating agreement would be for me to just move everything over here. “Now if you’ve got both players not wanting that to be the situation then the final screw which could have been a very demanding market share requirement is probably not likely to be there anymore.”Mr Pearse added that the change was occurring pre-Qantas strikes, which at best has only “peeled a couple of scales away from people’s eyes” and slightly aided Virgin become a ‘fierce’ player.“Virgin has a very fierce factor that’s going to run over the next few years with a market lead strategy, delivering products that corporate travellers want,” he noted.“So instead of feeling that there was no choice, that there was either the one carrier with a very appropriate corporate service and another one that didn’t now it’s a case well I can choose between the two and they can both absolutely service upon me.” The industry expert also told attendees that while the power of loyalty programs will maintain major pull for airlines, they will come down a notch in terms of power.For more information on how the power of the Loyalty Program is beginning to fade click back onto e-Travel Blackboard later this week. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J
Introducing Solomon Islands Discovery CruisesIntroducing Solomon Islands Discovery CruisesHeralding a long-awaited return to dedicated Solomon Islands small ship cruise programs, newly-formed Solomon Islands Discovery Cruises (SIDC) has announced its plans to operate six adventure itineraries in 2018-2019.Operating ex-Honiara and timed to dovetail with Solomon Airlines’ Brisbane-Honiara services, SIDC has employed the 30-metre MV Taka to operate the six and seven-day cruises, each of which have been designed to highlight two of the South Pacific’s truly unspoiled and culturally-rich regions – the Florida and Russell Islands archipelagos.Passengers will have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in both region’s distinctive cultures and environments.The cruise itineraries feature visits to remote villages along with plentiful opportunity to discover the region’s amazing coral pastures and abundant marine life with daily dive and snorkel options.Both areas are also rich in WWII history giving passengers insight into the infamous Guadalcanal campaign in 1942 via the many wrecked US and Japanese aircraft, warships and relics which literally litter the seabed.Congratulating SIDC on its initiative, Tourism Solomons CEO, Josefa ‘Jo’ Tuamoto said the very nature of the Solomon Islands archipelago of 992 islands lent itself to dedicated small ship adventure itineraries. “Lindblad Expeditions left a big hole when it decided to redeploy its small ship operation to the Galapagos two years ago,” he said.“And while we regularly welcome Expedition Cruises’ vessels, these itineraries are always in conjunction with other destinations, such as Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea, and passengers only get a very small taste of what we have to offer,” he said.“Having a dedicated niche adventure cruise program, operated by a local company with local experts and one that offers insight into our unique culture, history and environment plus the opportunity to experience our amazing underwater world is a huge build on our existing tourism product.“Add to this, the amazing benefits our local people will accrue from this environmentally-oriented program are immeasurable.“This product is long overdue and one that I see as being highly successful going forward.”Prices for an inaugural 24 August seven-day/six-night cruises lead in at AUD2499* per person in quad share accommodation inclusive of all meals and all activities.A daily per person AUD30.00 ‘kastom’ fee applies. SCUBA diving gear is available to rent.About the MV TAKAServiced by a 12-strong crew, the 30-metre MV Taka features six upper deck cabins all with ensuite facilities and six lower deck cabins in twin and quad configuration with shared bathrooms. All cabins are fully air conditioned and come with reading lights, towels, bedding and charging stations. *Conditions apply. For more information CLICK HERESource = Tourism Solomons PR – Mike Parker-Brown
Studying Affordable Housing, Low-Cost Mortgages According to the Urban Institute, families have the stable income needed to support homeownership in smaller, more affordable communities, but are unable to afford a home because they can’t access a mortgage, or don’t have cash to buy a home. The study states that there were more than 700,000 homes sold for $85,000 or less in 2018, and according to the Urban Institute, these homes are less likely to be financed with a mortgage than high-priced homes. Limited financing options becomes a barrier for homeownership. Instead, the home is sold to investors, and families may turn to riskier seller financing options, such as land contracts, which have fewer borrower protections than mortgages.The study continues by saying expanding access to small-dollar mortgages could help many households in communities with lower-than-average homeownership rates. The Urban Institute states that about 10% of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s households own a home worth less than $70,000, and 22% are renters. With average incomes of $36,000 and $32,000 for these owners and renters, respectively, they are close to suggest a small-dollar mortgage could put the renters in a position to buy a low-cost home. Statistics show that 26% of Pittsburgh’s renters are people of color, with around 10% owning a home valued at $70,000 or less. Fewer than 5% own a home worth $150,000 or more. A recent report by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, found that homeownership rates for minorities fell to 64.2% in Q1 2019 from 64.8% to end 2018.The “all minority” homeownership rate, which includes African American, Hispanic and “other households” (Asian, Native American, etc.), came in at 47.1% in Q1 2019—a slight year-over-year decrease from 48%, and a decline from 47.7% in Q4 2018.Recent NAHB information revealed that the amount of newly-formed owner-occupied home grew in the first quarter. Expansion during Q1 2019, though, was slower than last year, indicating the decline of affordable housing due to elevated home prices. in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Origination July 3, 2019 440 Views Share Affordability Minorities 2019-07-03 Mike Albanese
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