Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez

first_imgBritain’s flagship HMS Albion has passed through the Suez Canal as the Navy’s key deployment of 2011 resumes.Events in Libya saw the assault ship, her escorting frigate HMS Sutherland and tanker RFA Wave Knight, plus helicopter carrier HMS Ocean and ‘floating warehouse’ RFA Fort Rosalie, diverted to support the NATO mission there.The ships formed the bulk of the Cougar 11 deployment – the first ‘run out’ for the newly-formed RN Response Force Task Group, deploying an amphibious force to the Mediterranean and Middle East.After the first major exercise of the group in and around Cyprus, however, the quintet were dispatched to the Gulf of Sirte as part of the international military effort helping the free peoples of Libya – and bringing pressure to bear on the Gaddafi regime.Ocean, whose Apache gunships have been much in demand over the past fortnight, plus Rosalie remain on station off Libya, but Albion, Sutherland and Wave Knight have returned to their original mission.Passing through Egypt’s great manmade waterway means they’ll link up with a substantial RN/RFA presence (at least ten warships and auxiliaries are in the Indian Ocean and Gulf region presently) and fall under the banner of the UK Maritime Component Commander, the senior Royal Navy officer in this part of the world, Cdre Tim Fraser, based in Bahrain.He’s looking forward to making use of the new arrivals to assist the global effort against piracy, smuggling, drug-running and terrorism in the region.“The Middle East is a vital artery of world trade, linking Europe and America with the Far East. Over 23,000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden each year. The work of the Royal Navy in this part of the world is invaluable to the UK’s own defence and security as well as that of the wider region,” He said.“The Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group will strengthen some of the UK’s key relationships and will make an important contribution to international efforts to promote maritime security.”“The Response Force Task Group is the UK’s maritime quick reaction force and has a range of capabilities that make it ideally suited to the fast pace and unpredictable nature of world events,” said Albion’s Commanding Officer Capt James Morley.“Having developed and demonstrated our capabilities through a series of exercises and operations in the Mediterranean, the task group is now ready for the next stage of our deployment east of Suez.”The Cougar vessels will work with other Royal Navy and allied warships stationed in the Middle East for a series of pre-planned exercises and operations with regional partners.[mappress]Source: royal-navy, June 16, 2011; View post tag: Cougar View post tag: Navy View post tag: Suez View post tag: Force View post tag: Task Back to overview,Home naval-today Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez View post tag: Britain’s View post tag: East View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Albion View post tag: leads View post tag: Flagship View post tag: News by topic Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez Share this article June 16, 2011last_img read more

JERSEY CITY BRIEFS

first_img ×GOING MOBILE – Jaclyn Fulop, owner of Exchange Physical Therapy Group, teamed up with Liberty Humane Society to cut a ribbon on Jersey City’s first low-cost spay/neuter mobile van. Fulop, wife of Mayor Steven Fulop, and her group raised more than$125,000. Exchange Physical Therapy Group with facilities in Jersey City and Weehawken, hosted a fundraiser in April. Jersey City cop charged with aggravated assault in HobokenJersey City resident Kely Nunfio, 24, and Jersey City Police Officer Erik Castro, 24, were arrested and charged after Hoboken Sgt. Saverio Binetti called in a fight at 2:56 a.m. on Aug. 19, near First and River streets.According to a police press release, the responding officers saw a group of about 40 people in the street and sidewalk and an unconscious man on the ground bleeding from a cut under his eye. He was being tended to by onlookers along with Officer Cynthia Rivera.As the officers tried to disperse the crowd they received information on who caused the victim’s injury.They saw Castro, identified in the report as a Jersey City police officer, standing near the scene. According to the press release Castro allegedly told the officers he had struck the victim.Several witnesses told police both Castro and Nunfio allegedly struck the victim several times.Castro and Nunfio were placed under arrest and transported to headquarters for processing.According to a press release from the Hoboken Police Department, “the victim suffered serious head trauma from the assault.”He was transported to Jersey City Medical Center Trauma Unit where he remained under observation. Castro was released on a summons and Nunfio was remanded to the Hudson County Rehabilitation Center.New development named after pioneer African-American surgeonJersey City and state officials cut the ribbon on an affordable housing development named after a pioneer African American surgeon, Dr. Lena Frances Edwards. The apartment complex will provide 64 affordable rental units, with five set aside for homeless veterans.Dr. Edwards was a prominent African-American physician who served Jersey City’s working class and immigrant residents in the early 20th century. While practicing medicine, Dr. Edwards would speak about public health and related social issues at local churches and the YWCA. Dr. Edwards helped set up a 15-bed maternity hospital with donated materials and funds and, using her board certification to get her patients admitted to the local hospital when necessary, reduced infant mortality dramatically. Her efforts earned her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1964, the U. S. government’s highest peacetime honor, capping a lifetime of service and struggle for those in need.The apartments, with 2,300 feet of retail space on the ground floor, also include amenities like a community room, on-site laundry, green roof, administrative offices, bike storage and on-site covered parking for residents. They will be rented to individuals or families with a household income lower than 60 percent of the area median income. Five of the units are set aside for households with income lower than 20 percent area median income, with priority given to homeless veterans.The development will also provide a supportive services coordinator who will work with the homeless individuals and their existing case managers, as available, to develop a success plan for the residents. A full array of supportive services will be offered to all residents, including financial and budget planning, health and nutritional education and preventative medical screenings. Services will be provided in partnership with multiple agencies including Women Rising, a local Jersey City nonprofit.Jersey City Public Library holds events in SeptemberIn addition to its usual wide array of interactive workshops, classes, films, and social opportunities for children, young adults, families, adults, and seniors, the Jersey City Public Library has several new and notable offerings in September:The Jersey City Friends of the Public Library will hold an “Escape to Margaritaville” Fundraiser at PJ Ryan’s Squared on Thursday Sept. 20, from 6 to 10 p.m. The $20 ticket price includes food, beer, wine, and live music. All proceeds go towards the ongoing renovation of the main library.The library will also celebrate Jersey City’s stories and the authors who tell them at the 10th Annual Tales of Our Cities Book Festival at the Newark Avenue Pedestrian Plaza on Sunday, Sept. 23, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the event features local authors David Goodwin who wrote “Left Bank of the Hudson,” Tara Makhmali, author of ”Misswired,” and others.Multimedia play on the life & philosophy of Simone WeilJersey City Theater Center presents “Prologue,” a new multimedia, international production about the life and philosophy of Simone Weil for a 10-show run, beginning Sept. 13 at Merseles Studios.A French philosopher, political activist and mystic, Simone Weil was a uniquely pivotal 20th century figure. An influential scholar and writer, her life and work spanned the diverse worlds of Marxism, social activism, and spirituality.Written and directed by Maria Litvan, an award-winning playwright acclaimed both here and in her native Spain, the first half of “Prologue” was first work shopped in 2013 at the Center for Performance Research in Brooklyn.The show runs Sept. 13 to 16, Sept. 20 and 23, then again Sept. 27 to Sept. 30.For all shows except Sundays, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the show at 8 p.m. Doors open for the Sunday shows at 3:30 p.m. with the show at 4 p.m.Tickets cost $20 ($15/ Student and Senior Discount – must show valid ID). To purchase tickets visit: www.JCTCenter.org.Hudson County CASA seeks volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit www.hudsoncountycasa.org.Ribbon cutting for new development on West SideExecutives from The Hampshire Companies and Claremont Companies were joined by New Jersey City University President Sue Henderson and Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop to celebrate the ribbon cutting for RIVET, Jersey City’s newest luxury apartment development, at 23 University Boulevard in the city’s west end neighborhood.The development features 163 modern residential units and 10,000 square feet of service-oriented ground level retail. It is a key component in the first phase of a mixed-use master plan to transform Jersey City’s emerging west end neighborhood into University Place, a massive project done in conjunction with New Jersey City University.NJCU President Sue Henderson said RIVET is the first apartment building to open at University Place, and is part of public-private partnership that will help the university to offset operational costs and maintain tuition rates.JC Housing Authority first in nation to meet federal goalsThe U.S. Department of Energy and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have recognized the Jersey City Housing Authority (JCHA) as the nation’s first public housing authority to achieve its 20 percent energy savings goal as a partner in the Better Buildings Challenge. JCHA actually exceeded its goal, reaching 26 percent savings in only six years.“We are very proud that the JCHA leads the nation as the first public housing authority to meet and exceed Better Building Challenge energy savings goals,” said Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop. “Through its collaborations with stakeholders and strong commitment to innovative green strategies, JCHA offers a sustainability model that other multi-family affordable housing providers can follow.”The Better Buildings Challenge is a DOE and HUD program that works with market leaders to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s buildings, multifamily housing, and manufacturing plants.The housing authority pledged in 2013 to improve the energy efficiency of its buildings by 20 percent over the course of 10 years. The authority is one of 43 public housing agencies across the country to take the Better Buildings Challenge pledge. The authority’s savings are part of national savings of $3.1 billion since the launch of the Better Buildings Challenge in 2011.The housing authority focused on agency-wide green initiatives and energy-efficient modernization of its properties to save energy and improve efficiency. The JCHA partnered with Siemens Industry, Inc. beginning in 2008, enabling the authority to modernize units with HVAC controls, energy saving lighting, and water efficiency improvements. These efforts enabled the JCHA to install a solar hot water heating system at Holland Gardens, the first solar hot water system installed in a public housing authority site in the state of New Jersey. GOING MOBILE – Jaclyn Fulop, owner of Exchange Physical Therapy Group, teamed up with Liberty Humane Society to cut a ribbon on Jersey City’s first low-cost spay/neuter mobile van. Fulop, wife of Mayor Steven Fulop, and her group raised more than$125,000. Exchange Physical Therapy Group with facilities in Jersey City and Weehawken, hosted a fundraiser in April.center_img Jersey City man admits scamming investors of $3.4 millionA Jersey City man has admitted that he swindled two investors of $3.4 million by falsely representing that his businesses had secured lucrative contracts to sell olive oil to major retailers, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.Antonio Fasolino, 62, entered a guilty plea before U.S. District Judge Michael Vazquez in Newark federal court to all four counts of an indictment charging him with three counts of wire fraud and one count of transacting in criminal proceeds. Judge Vazquez deferred acceptance of the guilty plea until sentencing, which is scheduled for Jan. 11, 2019.Fasolino owned several companies that were purportedly involved in the manufacture, sale and distribution of pasta, tomato sauce, olive oil and other food products. In 2012, Fasolino obtained approximately $3.4 million from two investors by falsely representing that his companies had been awarded lucrative contracts to sell olive oil.In fact, there were never any such contracts, according to Carpenito. He said Fasolino supplied the victims with altered bank statements and spent the money on himself, including car and mortgage payments, apartment rentals, a wedding, college tuition, and credit card payments.last_img read more

Price pressures

first_imgWhile the quality of the UK wheat harvest in 2006 has been generally good, events elsewhere in the world have led to a steep increase in wheat prices, especially during September and early October. The upshot is that UK bread wheat prices now stand some 40% higher than a year ago and this market strength seems likely to persist throughout this season.A good part of this increase in wheat cost occurred in late September, some time after millers throughout the EU raised flour prices. This means that there could be more increases to come (see British Baker, 10 November, pg4). Graham March, chairman of Frank Roberts, comments: “The global situation on wheat is making further increases very likely, unless a significant change occurs very soon. Although we, and most other bakers, do what we can to offset increases on input prices, further flour price rises, together with high energy costs, would inevitably mean a price increase having to be passed on to the consumer.”world trendEurope and the UK are not alone in seeing this steep increase in wheat prices; the picture is repeated around the world. The causes have been multiple but, ultimately, it is because supply has fallen well below demand at a time when global stocks were already relatively low. The main factors behind the September hike in markets have been: drought in Australia, leading to a wheat crop of about 10 million tonnes, rather than the 23 million tonnes originally expected; heavy buying by India, which will purchase over 6 million tonnes more than normal to keep its own market supplied; and problems in the Ukraine, caused by a combination of a smaller crop and insect infestation, which have led it to slash exports. The European Commission has sought to help by releasing over 1 million tonnes from intervention stores and will undoubtedly sell more, but there has not yet been much impact on the market.Sometimes, speculative activity can lead to a spike in market prices, which then fall away as the speculators sell. On this occasion, however, the commentators seem to think that there is a solid basis for the market and that only the prospect of new supplies will have an impact. This means that there is unlikely to be any relief before April/May 2007 and, even then because of low stocks, much will depend on good crop reports from around the world.last_img read more

Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are preparing to push ahead with President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told senators Tuesday to be ready to vote as soon as next week on a budget reconciliation package that would lay the groundwork for swift passage. The action provides a first test of Republican opposition to the White House priorities as well as to the new president’s promise of a “unity” agenda. It’s the first time in a decade that Democrats have controlled Washington, and the party says it has no time to waste trying to broker compromises with Republicans that may, or may not, happen.last_img

Garden Comfort.

first_imgIf you ever watch “Keeping Up Appearances” on Georgia Public Television, you know that Richard has to garden in a tie. “Poor devil,” as his next-door neighbor Emmet would say.Well, they don’t live in Georgia with its heat and humidity during gardening season. Me? I garden comfortably.If you’re gardening in the front yard, you may want to wear something more appropriate than when digging in the dirt in the “back forty.” Back there, comfort is most important.OK, it’s one of the two most important things, along with safety. The statistics say anyone exposed to too much sun has a greater chance of developing a melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer.Protect Skin from SunGloves, long sleeves, pants in breathable fabrics — there is even a line of clothing made from fabrics especially woven to protect skin from the sun. I’ve worn it, and I know it works.I have two pair of baggy carpenter jeans — you know, the ones with several extra pockets for storing shears and other tools. I know my wife has patched one pair four times and threatened to throw them out many more times than that.The second pair are my “front yard” jeans. They have only one patch. Until jeans get extra soft and are roomy enough and patched, they’re not gardening jeans.Wife Caught Me GoneMy wife caught me gone for several days and threw out my jeans coveralls that were just getting broken in. I had already been told not to be in the garden during lightning, because I would surely be struck, with all of the metal in the safety pins holding my coveralls together. Probably best she got rid of those. If she just had thought, though, she could have used them to patch the jeans.I’ve tried boots, tennis shoes, rubber boots and rubber and leather combination boots, but the footwear that suits me best are extra heavy duty sandals.I know that dirt filters through the socks and there are strange patterns on my feet when I take them off, but my toes like the feel of being free. I just have to be careful with the pitchfork while working with sandals on.Favorite ShirtI don’t know of a gardener who doesn’t have a favorite shirt. You know: the one that’s hung out to dry before “she who must be obeyed” lets you bring it into the house to wash. It has that certain feel. It doesn’t bind or constrain anywhere. Mine is long-sleeved to help keep out the sun.Hats are altogether another story. I like straws with a wide brim and the tie under the chin. Straws allow your head to breath, and the tie keeps it from falling off and being chewed up by the mower. As with the shirt, each gardener has that favorite hat that suits to a T.Gloves, TooGloves are another part of the gardener’s apparel. I use the brown, cloth ones, because I continually lose them and dig them up the next year or find them chewed up by the lawn mower where I dropped them. They tend to keep the hands and fingernails cleaner.Also, don’t forget that hand towel for the back pocket. I can’t tell you how many times this comes in handy — just run it under the hose and wipe off. An indispensable part of gardening.Be comfortable while gardening. Wear proper clothing and hats. Use sunscreen (there’s nothing wrong with prunes, but who wants to look like one?) and enjoy yourself.last_img read more

Allbee joins Northeast ag commissioners asking USDA to consider reinstating federal price support

first_imgVermont Secretary of Agriculture Roger Allbee recently joined his counterparts in the Northeast to write USDA Secretary Thomas Vilsack encouraging him to consider the benefits of reinstating the federal support price for cheddar block and barrel cheese and non-fat dry milk back to the levels established by USDA last August. The action was coordinated by New York Commissioner of Agriculture Pat Hooker.“We are writing to add our voice to those you have heard in saying that the current pricing system is outdated, broken and needs to be addressed,” said Secretary Allbee. “In fact the current system devalues fresh, locally produced milk, potentially impacting our food safety.”The price for milk and cheese and non-fat dry milk has been extremely volatile over the last several months and recently has fallen dramatically. This situation is impacting the expected recovery in farm milk prices and will have a devastating impact on farm finances as farmers enter the 2010 planting and growing season.“Increasing the support price for cheddar cheese and non-fat dry milk had a profound and positive impact on the market last year with little cost to government. That same positive impact can again assist our struggling dairy farmers. I appreciate Commissioner Hookers leadership on this request and wholly support it,” said Allbee.Secretary Allbee commended USDA Secretary Vilsack on the attention USDA has taken to support the dairy industry and for visiting Vermont last month to hear straight from dairy farmers what they are experiencing.“While it may be difficult to sort through all the options and come to a consensus within the dairy industry, doing nothing is not an option. If this particular dairy crisis does not move the industry to act, the consequences will be disastrous for our dairy farmers, in fact we are already seeing the ramifications,” commented Allbee. “This action would be one option to ensure a fresh local supply for our consumers and a fair price paid to our farmers who produce it.”The economic impact of Vermont’s dairy industry is over $2 billion per year supporting thousands of jobs and rural communities across the state. Vermont is the largest supplier of milk to the Boston area. Currently, the cost of production of milk is far more than the price paid to farmers for their milk and over 50 operations ceased in 2009 drastically changing our communities and threatening our open, working landscape. Source: VT Dept of Ag. 3.15.2010###last_img read more

If your members are traveling this summer, make sure they pack everything they need

first_imgAccording to a recent study, 45% of Americans took a summer vacation last year.  That’s almost half of the country. The U.S. Travel Association predicts that number to increase in 2017.Do you know what the most popular activity was during summer travel? 54% said shopping! Credit unions, your members are likely to be on the go this summer. They are hitting the road, or the skies, and they are spending. As their trusted financial partner, are you preparing them with the right travel tools? Not sun screen or comfortable shoes. Are you offering them something to protect their money and their private account information while they’re off shopping? After all travel is meant to create happy memories, not reminders of skimmed credit card numbers and identity theft. The sad truth is many tourist destinations are also popular for those with less than honorable intentions.  One way credit unions can help protect members from being the next victim of fraud is by offering them a prepaid debit card. They work just like traditional debit cards, but they’re not attached directly to a members’ share draft account or their personal info. You can only spend whatever amount has been loaded onto the cards. That makes them safer than cash, credit cards, and even traditional debit cards. In most cases, such as with Visa prepaid debit cards, they are accepted all over the world. Many now come standard with the EMV chip, the global standard for card security. One major benefit to look for when considering a prepaid debit program is member convenience. For instance, the CUMONEY® Visa TravelMoney prepaid debit card offers a free companion app so members can check their balance and transaction and manage their card from anywhere, 24/7. By offering your members a prepaid debit card to take along on their vacation, you can make sure they’ve got exactly what they need to ensure happy summer memories! 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Naomi Anderson Naomi Anderson is Vice President of Prepaid for LSC. In her current role, her team manages the day to day program support, customer service functions and implementations as well as … Web: Lsc.net Detailslast_img read more

Long Island Press Wins Top Journalism Awards & Honors

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Long Island Press brought home nearly two dozen honors at recent local, state and regional journalism awards competitions, earning top prizes and dominating the best website categories at the Society of Professional Journalists’ Press Club of Long Island Media Awards, New York Press Association‘s Better Newspaper Contest and CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Center for Community and Ethnic Media‘s Ippies Awards.The Press won honors across a broad range of categories at the 2016 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) Media Awards, held June 2 at Woodbury Country Club, with five additional prizes awarded in addition to clinching the top award in the highly competitive Best Website category for the second year in a row—testament to the outstanding efforts of Press New Media Director Michael Conforti and the Long Island Press staff.The annual contest and awards gala recognizes excellence in journalism across media outlets throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties and the region: in print, on radio, television and online. PCLI is the local chapter of SPJ, the largest journalism organization in the country.Press Managing Editor and PCLI Board Member Timothy Bolger received one of the group’s highest honors, its Phil Spahn Memorial Award, presented to a PCLI member demonstrating leadership, ability and outstanding service to journalism, PCLI and the community.Press Publisher and parent company Morey Publishing President Jed Morey clinched First Place honors in the Narrative Profile category for his in-depth portrait “Shamar Thomas Freed From Northport VA After Controversial Detention; Marine’s Stay Highlights Plight Of Fellow Vets,” documenting in colorful detail the Iraqi War veteran-turned-Occupy Wall Street hero’s dubious stay at the medical facility.The Press sports department once again took home First Place honors in the Narrative Sports News category with Press Multimedia Reporter Rashed Mian’s detailed “After Missed Opportunity, Cosmos Get Second Shot At Cuba.”Press Senior Editor Spencer Rumsey took home Second and Third Place honors in the Narrative Travel and Non-Local News/Feature categories for his emotionally moving reflections on his trek to France in the wake of the January 2015 Charlie Hebdo terror attack and his time in Nepal years before its devastating April 2015 earthquake, respectively—“Thinking About Veterans Day, D-Day & The Liberation Of France Today” and “What Nepal Has Lost Is A Lesson For Humanity.”The same evening as the SPJ PCLI Awards, Press staffers were being honored for their journalistic endeavors at a gathering of academics, elected officials and veteran and fellow journalists from throughout New York City held at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism Center for Community and Ethnic Media Ippies Awards.Originally awarded by the Independent Press Association of New York, the annual Ippies Awards are now presented by the school’s Center for Community and Ethnic Media (CCEM), and are the only journalism awards in NYC given to ethnic and community media outlets to recognize reporting in English and other languages across print, photography, video and both print and online design.Mian’s comprehensive portrait of the history, congregation and significance of the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church in the wake of the June 2015 racially motivated mass slayings at Mother Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C.—“Borne Out Of Racism, Defiant AME Church Preaches Social Justice Through Gospel”—clinched First Place in the Best Story About a Community category.Press New Media Director Michael Conforti and the Long Island Press Staff won Second Place in the Best Overall Design Of An Online Publication category for LongIslandPress.com.Press staffers earned 10 awards at the annual New York Press Association (NYPA) Better Newspaper Contest, held during the group’s Spring Convention at the Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga Springs on April 8 and 9.The awards competition, held each year since 1930, recognizes journalistic excellence across newspapers and media outlets throughout New York State—the Press sweeping its 2010 and 2012 contests and claiming its highest honor, the Stuart C. Dorman Award for Editorial Excellence.This year’s contest included 2,836 entries submitted by 177 newspapers vying for accolades across 64 categories, in addition to the Dorman award, Newspaper Of The Year and the John. J. Evans Award For Advertising Excellence, among others. Submissions were judged by members of the Washington Newspaper Publishers Association.Despite solely publishing online, the Press ranked fifth overall, with inclusion in “The Top Five—Single Flag Newspapers” in total contest points.Conforti and the Press staff again earned the top spot for LongIslandPress.com, scoring First Place honors in the Best News Web Site category, with a lengthy, gushing analysis from judges:“Wow, what a beautifully designed site. Form and function work effectively side-by-side on this well executed website. A hierarchy of dominant images and headlines and smaller clusters of descending significance plays just as well on the digital platform as it does in our print editions,” they gushed. “This coupled with the clean layout swaths a clear path for the eyes to follow, free of distraction and clutter. Each item is illustrated with impactful images to draw the visitor in.“But this site isn’t just a pretty face, the thought-provoking insightful writing is complemented by the stylish presentation,” the judges continued. “The range from in-depth analysis and news articles, to entertainment guides, to news of the weird provides quality content for a broad variety of site users. The advertising, from site sponsors, is tastefully presented in large format with enough space to express their messages. Site navigation is easy and intuitive. Newsletter sign-up is simple too.“Overall excellent job.”Press staffers also received First Place honors in the Best Interaction With Readers category.“Clever and engaging,” declared judges. “A great laugh for those of us in the industry.”Mian’s aforementioned “Borne Out Of Racism, Defiant AME Church Preaches Social Justice Through Gospel” clinched First Place for Coverage Of Religion, with judges proclaiming:“Great narrative storytelling delving into profiles of those who have made a difference at a local AME Church and a comprehensive look [at] its history.”Press Staff Writer and Education Reporter Jaime Franchi earned Second Place honors in the Coverage Of Education category for her in-depth, masterfully crafted series of articles regarding the ongoing controversy surrounding Common Core education reform policies, including “Common Core Critics Blast Cuomo’s Latest Comments On ‘Deeply Flawed’ Program” and “L.I. Teacher Refuses To Administer Common Core Tests, Urges Others To Join Her.”“Really good writing and the stories are very compelling and pull the reader along,” noted judges.Franchi and Press Publisher Jed Morey combined forces to bring home Second Place honors in the Feature Story category, with an entry package that included Morey’s aforementioned “Shamar Thomas Freed From Northport VA After Controversial Detention; Marine’s Stay Highlights Plight Of Fellow Vets.”“Wow,” exclaimed judges. “Now this is a story. Well written and intense, vivid. Interesting. This piece stood out. Thank you for writing it. The subject was difficult, but the piece was easy to read. Again, this was a difficult division to judge. It feels, frankly, like there are many, many top-notch publications in New York. There are so many talented writers. Great job.”Franchi and Mian brought home Second Place honors in the Sports Feature category, continuing a tradition of wins for the Press sports department that spans years.“Interesting and well-written story about a novel approach to baseball that I’d never heard of before,” commented judges.Team Press was also awarded Second Place honors for Best Overall Use Of Social Media.“Around the clock updating of local news, keeping their tens of thousands of followers responding and engaged.”Rumsey, Bolger and Press contributors Kaitlin Gallagher and Sylvia Durres brought home Third Place honors in the Coverage Of The Environment category for their series of articles including, among others: “With Brown & Red Tides In Full Bloom, Experts Strategize Solutions,” “Down In The Dumps: How The Islip Garbage Barge Compares To The Town’s Toxic Dumping Scandal” and “Controversial Mute Swans ‘Management Plan’ Public Input Period Ending.”“This is how you turn what might be considered routine breaking stories into information-rich resources for local readers,” judges swooned. “Writers’ versatility, knowledge, and keen interest in the subject matter show through in an impressive variety of topics and issues.”Press staffers received Third Place nods in the Best Use Of Technology On The Web category, with judges saying about its popular “Best Of L.I.” program:“Great best of content with a lot of great information, easy expansion to the topics that are important, excellent use of the readers ability to vote and the business ability to partner with you.”Bolger and Rumsey also garnered Honorable Mention nods in the Coverage Of Business, Financial & Economic News category.“Serious, well-researched and—most importantly—relevant coverage of Long Island business,” praised judges.last_img read more

AHF: Eastern Europe is growing, the interest of tourists is changing

first_imgGeorge Tziallas from Greece pointed out that during the last four years, that country had 16 billion in revenues. “We are also promoting new destinations on land, thus extending the season until the end of November, even during the winter”, He said. By the way, Greece is participating in the Forum this year as a destination partner, which proves that it is seriously returning to the tourism scene. The first panel of the two-day conference analyzed the role of data in the tourism sector. To the participants and guests of the Adria Hotel Forum on the panel “Comparison of results vs. tourist trends vs. investments ”of the hotel sector in Europe during 2018, the results were presented by Charlie Ballard from TripaAdvisor, Thomas Emanuel from STR and Jules van Gaalen from Colliers International.  The data collected by their companies show that Eastern Europe is a growing market, and that this trend will continue, but also that the interest of tourists is changing. “People today are much less brand oriented”, Said Ballard and stated as an example that the well-known hotel chain” Ritz Carlton “is actually the biggest competitor on Tripadvisor hotels that do not belong to large hotel chains.   The data presented by Jules van Gaalen also shows growth in this part of Europe, and estimates predict that it will continue up to 2,5 percent, compared to 1,4 as it will be in Western Europe.  The seventh Adria Hotel Forum, the largest investment conference in Southeast Europe, gathered the most important names of the hotel industry, investment funds, as well as a large number of regional experts in the field of tourism at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Belgrade on Wednesday. And on the next panel, there was talk of money. Andrej Erjavec from InterCapital moderated the panel “Money talk” which discussed the risks of investing in tourism. As a logical sequence of the program, it was the turn of a panel of investors at which large international investment funds such as Morgan Stanley, KSL Capital and Principal Real Estate Europe expressed their interest in the region. As everyone stated, they still focus exclusively on operating real estate (hotels) since the project development process is too long for their funds.center_img Interestingly, there were no representatives from Croatia. The last panel of the first day of the Adria Hotel Forum gathered representatives of regional ministries – Deputy Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of Serbia, Ms. Renata Pinjo, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, Pavle Radulovic, Minister of Tourism and Environment of Albania, Blendi Klosi and State Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism of Greece, George Tziallas. Dirk Bakker from Colliers International was the moderator of this panel, opening the discussion by asking about the different ways in which Greece, Albania, Serbia and Montenegro are trying to attract tourists. The topic of the next panel was “Economic forecasts – are we expecting a new crisis in 2020?”. Sergei Guriev, the chief economist of EDBR, during talks with Slavko Caric, CEO of Erste Bank, warned that the greatest danger to the world economy is to ignite a trade war between the United States and China. Forecasts for the Eastern and Central European region are more optimistic, as a possible trade war will not affect countries such as Serbia or Poland to such an extent. “We can never say for sure whether there will be crises or not, but from what we know now, I would say no”, Said Guriev.   “People want to feel the essence of the country they are coming to. It’s no longer just a matter of bed and breakfast. We have to give each guest something. If you want development, you need a flow of fresh money. We talked to investors, asked them what they needed to come to Montenegro and then we did it. For example, tax cuts”, Said Pavle Radulović from Montenegro.last_img read more

Halal food rising in popularity amid COVID-19 pandemic, reports indicate

first_img“These are pre-COVID-19 projections,” Sapta clarified, noting that the overall halal economy would be impacted due to declining purchasing power. However, he said that the halal food sector was among those least affected by the health crisis, alongside the halal pharmaceutical and halal media sectors.On the flip side, halal travel, halal cosmetics and modest fashion would be strongly affected, he said, as people were cutting back on non-essential spending.The trend is not only visible in Indonesia, as other countries have also recorded a surge in demand for halal food. The United Kingdom Halal Monitoring Committee (HMC), a halal certifying body, reported a significant increase in demand for halal meat due to the outbreak.“With the recent outbreak of COVID-19, the demand for halal meat has increased. Where the average customer would buy, for example, 1 kg each week, they are now asking for up to 10 times more in the same visit, thus putting a strain on the market to fulfill the increased demand,” the HMC said in a statement released on March 31.Despite Indonesia having a steadily growing halal economy — in 2019 the country became the fifth largest halal economy according to the Global Islamic Economy Indicator (as shown in the chart below) — the country has yet to fully benefit from it. The insight supports findings by McKinsey & Company, which showed a shift in consumer behaviors. Consumers prefer foods that are healthy and locally sourced more now than before the pandemic, the consulting company stated in an April 2020 report titled Reimagining food retail in Asia after COVID-19.Yet, even before halal food gained in popularity due to increased hygiene concerns in recent weeks, reports on the global and domestic halal economy showed that the industry has been growing for years.The world’s 1.8 billion Muslim consumers spent an estimated US$2.2 trillion in 2018 across different sectors of the halal economy, which indicated 5.2 percent year-on-year growth. The overall halal economy is projected to be worth $3.2 trillion by 2024, based on the 2019 State of the Global Islamic Economy report produced by DinarStandard, a research and advisory firm.Indonesia Halal Lifestyle Center chairman Sapta Nirwandar explained in a webinar on April 24 that Indonesia’s Muslim consumers spent around $218.8 billion across core sectors of the halal economy in 2017 and that the figure was estimated to reach $330.5 billion by 2025. The food and beverage sector will see the biggest growth in value as spending in the sector is forecast to hit $247.8 billion by 2025, up from a recorded US$170.2 billion in 2017. Halal food is rising in popularity as people turn to religious practices for comfort during this time of heightened uncertainty and anxiety, reports have shown.Inventure Knowledge, a local research and consulting company, said in a report published on Monday that concerns over the risks of COVID-19 had contributed to an increase in people’s awareness about the importance of consuming halal and hygienic food, as the SARS-CoV-2 is believed to have started in a wet market in Wuhan, China. The economic powerhouse has since imposed a blanket ban on wild animal trade and consumption.“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware that non-halal food and food that is not processed in a hygienic manner have great potential to cause diseases such as the one we see today,” said the report, synonymizing halal with healthy and hygienic food. As reported by DinarStandard, Indonesia ranks first for the most spending on halal food, amounting to $173 billion in 2018, significantly more than second-placed Turkey with $135 billion.However, Indonesia did not make it into the top five countries for most exports to members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, with the top five being Brazil, Australia, Sudan, Bangladesh and Turkey.The report also suggests that halal ingredients, halal feed, halal food-tech and meat-based meals and snacks are among the “hot sectors for growth” in 2020, emphasizing that there are prospective business opportunities to be tapped into across the halal food space.With the recent outbreak, people are looking to boost their immunity through healthy eating. The World Health Organization (WHO) has appealed to the public to consume more healthy food and avoid or reduce alcohol consumption as it weakens the immune system.“This reflects halalan thoyyiban [adhering to Islamic principles]. This is indirectly promoting halal food,” Sapta said during the webinar in response to the WHO guidelines, suggesting optimism about the growth of the halal food sector amid the pandemic. Topics :last_img read more