City of Jamestown To Consider Installing Speed Cameras In School Zones

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.JAMESTOWN – The City of Jamestown is looking at the possibility of installing speed cameras in school zones.According to the agenda for Monday’s city council work session meeting, lawmakers will discuss the idea with Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist.State lawmakers previously passed legislation allowing local governments to install speed cameras in school zones in an effort to ramp up pedestrian safety.Local leaders are considering cameras that would target drivers who go 10 m.p.h. over the posted limit. Fines would be $50 and the city could receive 64%, $32, of revenue split with the camera’s management group Sensys Gatso.In return, Sensys Gatso will cover all costs associated with installing and maintaining the cameras.So far in 2020, police have stopped over 100 vehicles for traffic violations in school zones. That number is down nearly half from 2019, where officers stopped more than 200 vehicles.The council will be reviewing the proposed resolution and contract with Sensys Gatso during the work session at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.A copy of documents released by the city is posted below:Loading…last_img read more

A Man’s A Man, Starring Justin Vivian Bond and Gibson Frazier, Starts Performances Off-Broadway

first_img The production will feature new music by Grammy- and Tony-winning singer-songwriter Duncan Sheik. View Comments A Man’s A Man tells the story of Galy Gay, a simple man out shopping who, by the trickery of some soldiers, is turned into a soldier, enlisted into Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and, eventually, reassembled into a killing machine. The play is Brecht’s ode to the inhumanity of man. In addition to Mx Bond and Frazier, the cast includes Martin Moran as Uriah Shelley, Jason Babinsky as Polly Baker, Bill Buell as Jeraiah Jip, Steven Skybell as Jesse Mahoney, Tony winner Stephen Spinella as Bloody Five, Ching Valdes-Aran as Mr. Wang and Allan K. Washington.center_img Bertolt Brecht’s A Man’s A Man, starring Tony nominee Justin Vivian Bond and Gibson Frazier, begins performances January 10 at off-Broadway’s Classic Stage Company. Directed by Brian Kulick, opening night is set for January 30.last_img read more

Julia Stiles & James Wirt Star in Phoenix, Now in Previews Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Phoenix Phoenix will open officially on August 7 and run through August 23. Related Shows Scott Organ’s Phoenix, starring Julia Stiles and James Wirt, begins performances on July 28. Jennifer DeLia directs the one-act dark romantic comedy at the Cherry Lane Theatre. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 28, 2014 When Bruce (Wirt) and Sue (Stiles) meet four weeks after an uncharacteristic one-night-stand, Sue has this to say to him: one, I had a great time with you that night and two, let’s never see each other again. Thus begins a 4,000-mile journey well beyond the confines of their carefully structured worlds. Bruce is fueled by an overwhelming but undefined compulsion to join her in Phoenix. Sue is reluctantly charmed by his persistence, but steadfast in her resolve to keep him at bay.last_img read more

The Next Great Mountain Towns

first_imgHave you ever discovered a band before it hit the big time? It can be a conflicting find. Should you tell all and spread the word, or tuck the artist away in the recesses of your playlist, your own little secret? Stumbling upon the next Asheville is kinda the same. Lucky for you, we’re not in the business of keeping secrets. Steer away from the throngs of tourists this summer and discover the adventure in these four mountain towns. With thriving art scenes, backdoor adventures, and nightlife culture to boot, the only thing missing here is you. What are you waiting for?Staunton, VirginiaPopulation: 24,350Cradled by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Allegheny Mountains to the west, the city of Staunton is a literal crossroads of adventure. Its downtown district is quaint and quiet with rolling hills that seamlessly fade to farmland in a matter of miles, which makes it even more surprising that the city is just minutes from the I-81/I-64 interchange.It’s precisely that proximity to low-traffic, country roads that attracted Black Dog Bikes owner James Burris to settle in Staunton back in 2004. At the time, says Burris, Staunton was mostly known for its art scene and historical attractions like the American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse and the Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia. While the city’s rich history in both arenas had certainly provided a solid foundation, Burris saw potential elsewhere—namely, a lot of cyclists and no bike shop.“I stayed because it was easy to get into the mountains,” says Burris. “It’s funny that places like Asheville are known for their outdoor recreation because when you go there, you sit in traffic. You’re in a city. In Staunton, we’re close to the Blue Ridge Parkway, Skyline Drive, Shenandoah National Park and the George Washington and Jefferson National Forest, but it’s totally a small town.”Now, Burris’ bike shop is at the heart of Staunton’s outdoor community. Group road rides leave from the shop every Tuesday and Thursday at 6pm, and a women’s only ride meets at Queen City Brewing Company on Wednesdays. Each ride brings out 15 cyclists or more, and with bike-specific events like the Lee Warren Queen City Century and the Shenandoah Fall Foliage Bike Festival bringing in out-of-town cyclists from near and far, the momentum only continues to grow.Play: Road biking outside of Staunton is a lot like how we imagine touring around Europe’s countryside would be—sprawling farmscapes nestled against a backdrop of rolling blue ridgelines. Short of a few farm trucks and Sunday drivers, you’ll mostly have the roads to yourself. Check out for some suggested routes in the area. Mountain bikers can get a quick singletrack fix at Montgomery Hall Park before embarking on another adventure like hiking to Elliot Knob, the highest point in Augusta County, or fishing for rainbow and brown trout on the Maury River. Cap off the evening with late night jams at Byers Street Bistro or free jazz performances every Thursday night from July through August at Gypsy Hill Park. Stay: Downtown Staunton is loaded with bed and breakfasts like the Frederick House (rates starting at $140 per night) and The Bard’s Nest ($145 per night). Visitors can find more rustic accommodations at the Staunton/Walnut Hills KOA (rates starting at $22 per night) or the Shenandoah Valley Campground (rates starting at $36 per night). Camping on Elliot Knob’s grassy summit is highly recommended and has the most affordable rate around town—free. Eat: Start the day off right with a cup of coffee from Blue Mountain Coffees. For a casual lunch, head over to Cranberry’s Grocery and Eatery, where you can even stock up on all of your health foods and products. Newtown Baking is another laidback lunch spot, and from Wednesday thru Saturday the bakery opens for dinner hours and serves up some savory wood-fired pizzas (order the #1, just do it). For a multicourse meal with a remarkably chill vibe, make a reservation at The Shack, where Chef Ian Boden is cranking out some incredible locally sourced and inspired dishes. Visiting craft beer and wine lovers will not be disappointed in Staunton. The city alone has six craft breweries and six vineyards within a 30-mile radius of town.Johnstown, PennsylvaniaPopulation: 24,402Back in the late 1800s, Johnstown was a hub of activity. As the country’s leading producer of steel, the city helped lay the way for westward expansion. The majority of steel rails that constituted the country’s first railroad tracks were forged right in Johnstown (the first railroad tunnel, Staple Bend Tunnel, still stands just four miles outside of town).Now, of course, only steel mills and outbuildings remain from the city’s industry legacy. But thanks to a new collaborative initiative called LIFT Johnstown, the city is working to harness that storied past and weave it with the threads of a more progressive future, one that embraces the arts, entrepreneurship, and of course, outdoor recreation.There are over 90 miles of class II+ whitewater within a 30-minute drive of downtown Johnstown, including the Stonycreek River, site of the annual Stonycreek Rendezvous.“There are a number of things I love about Johnstown,” says Johnstown native and LIFT Johnstown coordinator Brad Clemenson. “It’s a small enough city that we joke about rush minute instead of rush hour. The cost of living is very reasonable, the cultural and arts organizations and music venues are fun, but the thing I like most about it is all of the outdoor recreation and beauty that surrounds us. If you go out of Johnstown in any direction, you are going to go through or over some pretty big mountains.”Engulfed by the Laurel Highlands to the west and the Allegheny Mountains to the east, Johnstown is undoubtedly a “mountain” town. Look at any aerial image of the city and you’ll see a vibrant downtown (recognized as a national historic district) fronted on all sides by lush green mountains and bisected by the Conemaugh River.Historically, the largest tourist turnout to Johnstown is Thunder in the Valley, an annual motorcycle rally that brings thousands of riders into town. But in the spring, the city is flooded with enthusiasts of a different sort—whitewater paddlers. The annual Stonycreek Rendezvous, organized by the Benscreek Canoe Club, celebrates the whitewater releases on the Stonycreek River, a fabulous class III run that flows into the Conemaugh. With an in-town play park and more than 90 miles of class II+ whitewater within a 30-minute driving distance of town, paddlers are no stranger to Johnstown, and you shouldn’t be either.Play: History buff? You’ve come to the right place. Take a quick ride along the Staple Bend Tunnel Trail to see the country’s first railroad tunnel. Along the way you’ll see remnants of the Allegheny Portage Railroad, central Pennsylvania’s first mountain-traversing railroad. Step up the pedaling on any number of mountain bike trails located within a 45-minute drive of Johnstown. The intermediate-advanced rider hungry for technical rock gardens and gorgeous western Pennsylvania ridgetop riding should check out Forbes State Forest. While certainly not easy, the road riding around Johnstown is also exceptional, and out-of-towners should take a look at the routes available on the Laurel Highlands On & Off Road Bicycling Association, or LHORBA’s, website at Paddlers can go to to see a listing of the 2017 Quemahoning scheduled whitewater releases for the Stonycreek. Though the bulk of the paddling season is in the spring, wet fall weather can keep the reservoir levels high enough for continued releases well into October.Stay: For reservoir-side camping, head to the Quemahoning Family Recreation Area. Rates are an affordable $15 per night for tent sites, though campers can rent out cabins and RV sites for $10-20 more. The Meadowbrook School Bed & Breakfast is a nice alternative to car camping and at $85 per night (cash or check only) provides all of the at-home comforts you need without breaking the bank.Eat: Named after the historic Johnstown Flood of 1889, the Flood City Café is a relaxed place to grab coffee and breakfast before you head out for the day. With fresh bread and homemade soups available in the afternoon, it’s not a bad spot to stop for lunch either. For a truly unique dining experience, head up Johnstown’s infamous Inclined Plane, an 869.5-foot funicular, or vertical railroad, that was originally used to transport people, horses, and wagons to the hilltop community of Westmont. Visitors can still ride the incline to the top, where Asiagos Tuscan Italian is located. Johnstown’s ethnic history is deep-seated and extremely diverse, which makes the Italian restaurant more authentic than you might initially think. Plus, when was the last time you dined high up on a mountain overlooking a city? It’s probably been a minute. Post-dinner tunes and brews can be found at Press Bistro conveniently located right downtown.[nextpage title=”Read on!”]Clayton, GeorgiaPopulation: 2,234In the northeastern corner of Georgia is the quintessential southern town of Clayton. It’s charming and idyllic, yet pulsing with fresh new energy. Only an hour and a half from the urban centers of Atlanta and Asheville, Clayton is where you go to slow down. The county seat of Rabun County, Clayton is literally more forest than it is town—over 60 percent of the county at large is national forest and state park land while another 20 percent is owned by Georgia Power.Clayton’s proximity to Tallulah Gorge is just one of the reasons this small mountain town is an ideal adventure basecamp.That, says Wander North Georgia founder Josh Brown, is what makes Clayton one of the Southeast’s best basecamps for recreation. Brown has been making weekend trips to Clayton for well over a decade. Finally, he decided to make the move full-time and has a brick-and-mortar shop on Main Street that sells locally and regionally made crafts.“There is such an interesting dynamic in town,” says Brown. “I’d say about 99 percent of the population here go back five or six generations and have been living here for 200 years. There’s this huge foundation of history from those generations, but it’s not antagonistic. The locals don’t hate the tourists and the tourists don’t call the locals redneck hillbillies. Clayton blends both worlds really nicely. It’s one of those unique places where people come, they fall in love with it, and they come back over and over again. The visitors even start to feel like locals.”Play: Families with small children, or even passersby in need of a quick hike to stretch the legs, should be sure to make a stop at Hemlock Falls in Moccasin Creek State Park. At only two miles round-trip, this relatively flat trail leads to an impressively picturesque waterfall. Bring a rod and head upstream to try your hand at catching the creek’s resident native brook and rainbow trout population. Keep up the water-themed adventures by hiring a river outfitter to show you down the Chattooga River (for the best rapid-packed action, hit up section IV). Southeastern Expeditions will make the most of your seven-hour trip for $105 during the week, $129 on the weekend, lunch included. Another classic Southeastern whitewater gem, the Tallulah Gorge, flows nearby, and while the paddling on this river is much more advanced, the 20+ miles of hiking trails through the state park will let you get a taste of the action. At day’s end, head up to Black Rock Mountain State Park, Georgia’s highest state park. The park’s signature bluffs are visible from downtown Clayton. When the summer afternoon thunderstorms hit, head to Wander North Georgia, a hip place to shop, hang, and dig for off-the-beaten-path trail recommendations. There’s an indoor bocce ball court in the back of the store, complete with astroturf, darts, corn hole, and a big screen tele. What’s not to love about that?Stay: Pitch a tent at Black Rock Mountain State Park for $32 per night. This is the closest camping to downtown Clayton and will keep you at the heart of the action. Some more luxurious accommodations can be found on Airbnb—for $135 per night you can rent a totally renovated 1880’s cabin in the Wolffork Valley of Rabun Gap, or, for about $100 more, you can stay in the complete opposite, a new-age “Tree House” located in the Mountain House [modern] compound designed by Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects. The White Birch Inn in downtown Clayton also has six cabin-style rooms starting at $165 per night.Eat: Clayton’s small-town vibe certainly has a big-city feel to its eating options. Get your caffeine fix for the day at White Birch Provisions, where you can also resupply your bread, wine, cigar, and pastry needs (I mean, you are on vacation, right?). Breakfast is at Sunday Dinner, a downhome family-run joint that will make you feel like family, even if it’s your first time visiting. Fortify and its sister restaurant Fortify Pi are dishing out some top-of-the-line food that is locally sourced and exquisitely crafted. If it’s a nice day out, Universal Joint is the place to be. With a large outdoor patio, live Friday and Saturday night music, and some 15 beers on tap, it’s no wonder that this place has been a hit among locals and tourists alike. Got a game you can’t miss? Head over to Clarks’ On Main, a sports-bar-done-right with 35 beers on tap, 25 TV screens, and a Cheers vibe that’ll have you coming back time and again.Spruce Pine, North CarolinaPopulation: 2,123In the early 1900s, Spruce Pine was considered the Toe River Valley’s biggest town, thanks in large part to the vastly expanding railroad and mining industries of the time. Both of those industries have since dwindled to naught, and that’s left Spruce Pine’s residents the opportunity to reinvent their identity. At the heart of this next chapter is the great outdoors.Located amid thousands of acres of western North Carolina’s most treasured public lands, Spruce Pine is the closest major town to three of the region’s iconic mountains—Mount Mitchell, Roan Mountain, and Grandfather Mountain. Its proximity to these Southeastern gems, coupled with in-town river access, has the potential to make Spruce Pine North Carolina’s next best mountain town. At least, that’s what Spruce Pine native Starli McDowell, Executive Director of the Toe River Valley Watch, thinks.For backdoor access to Mount Mitchell, Grandfather Mountain, and Roan Mountain, Spruce Pine is the place to be.“Spruce Pine is all about that hometown, small, country feel with friendly people,” says McDowell. “We’re right at the center of all of these mountains, and the water that flows off of those mountains feeds the rivers and streams. We’re blessed with abundant clean water and good mountain people.”McDowell was instrumental in the 2009 removal of the Spruce Pine dam on the Toe River, which opened access for paddlers through downtown Spruce Pine. Now, the river is free-flowing, and one of the few free-flowing rivers in the state. She’s currently working on a three-phase greenway that will increase pedestrian and bicycle accessibility to Spruce Pine. When complete in 2018, the greenway will connect downtown Spruce Pine to the Blue Ridge Parkway and will be recognized as an official section of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail which honors the Revolutionary soldiers who fought the British at King’s Mountain.Play: Float the Toe River. Thanks to the hard work of McDowell and the Toe River Valley Watch, there’s an extremely in-depth online resource for paddling the Toe River Canoe Trail. Check out for more information on put-ins, camping, water levels, and more. Though mostly flat, the river does have some really fun class II+ rapids and flows for 20 miles unimpeded to the mouth of the Nolichucky Gorge, another classic river in the Southeast. Take advantage of Spruce Pine’s backdoor access to some of the most rugged terrain in the Southeast by hitting the trails on Roan Mountain. Appalachian Trail thru hikers treasure Roan for its miles of open, canopy-free trail that traverse a stunning grassy bald. Bring a camera if you go—hiking amid a 360-degree theater of endless blue ridgelines lends itself to countless photo opps. If you’re visiting during apple season, head up on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Historic Orchard at Altapass. The you-pick orchard features walking trails and over 40 different heirloom apple varieties, making it a perfect blend of history and recreation. At day’s end, Spruce Pine’s Riverside Park offers a mellow, paved, half-mile-long trail that parallels the Toe River. Keep an eye out for the river’s winged residents like the spotted and solitary sandpipers, great blue herons, and belted kingfishers.Stay: For quiet camping that puts you front and center to all of the adventure and scenery that defines the Blue Ridge Parkway, look no further than Springmaid Mountain. Tent sites start at $25 per night and come complete with a picnic table and fire ring with grill. If you’re in the market for a lodging option with a roof, Springmaid also has a handful of one- to five-bedroom cabins for rent starting at $85 per night. Campers can enjoy kayaking, fishing, or even horseback riding right on-site, too.Eat: No visit to Spruce Pine is complete without breakfast at the town’s two favorite breakfast spots, DT’s Blue Ridge Java and Fox and the Fig. For the full breakfast menu, head to DT’s. If it’s a quick coffee and maybe a cup of yogurt and homemade granola, try the Fox and the Fig. Later in the day, hit up Chef Nate Allen’s Knife & Fork for craft cocktails and a sophisticated, seasonally inspired meal. We can’t recommend anything here, because the menu changes almost daily, but we’ve heard the apple brandy beef is divine. The Tropical Grill is a much more casual dining option but a tried and true local go-to.last_img read more

S. Court seeks comments on judicial appointment question

first_imgS. Court seeks comments on judicial appointment question July 15, 2006 Regular News S. Court seeks comments on judicial appointment question The Florida Supreme Court is seeking input on the request for an advisory opinion from Gov. Jeb Bush on filing an upcoming vacancy on the First District Court of Appeal.On June 20, Bush asked the court for an interpretation on choosing a replacement for Judge Richard Ervin III, who must retire because of age when his term ends in January.Although the seat won’t be vacant until January, Bush asked for a determination if a constitutional vacancy exists now, since Ervin did not qualify to seek retention. If so, that would allow Bush to begin the judicial nominating commission process and name Ervin’s successor before the governor leaves office in January.In a June 28 order, the court said it would provide an advisory opinion. It invited all interested parties to file comments on or before July 18. A copy must be served on the governor and an original and eight copies must be filed with the court. In addition, under the court’s order in In Re: Mandatory Submission of Electronic Copies of Documents, AOSC04-84, a copy of all comments must also be filed in an electronic format, as provided in the order.last_img read more

Stepping outside the fintech bubble for a night

first_imgI had the chance to speak with other entrepreneurial-minded people at business incubator Gravitate’s Founder Fireside this week. Because much of my attention is often consumed with building and growing LenderClose, it was a great to step outside of the bubble for a few hours and connect with others that have an interest in Iowa’s developing fintech community. We covered a lot of ground during the conversation, but there are a few points worth revisiting. I’ve added a bit more detail to my favorite things we discussed below.  Where did the idea for LenderClose come from? Several members of the LenderClose leadership team and I been on both sides of the lending experience. For my part, I spent many years working in finance as a loan officer; I’ve also borrowed money. When you’re the borrower, you don’t see all of the work that goes on behind the scenes to analyze and underwrite loans – you’re just hoping for a smooth and quick process. The reality is it can be extremely laborious for lenders to pull all of the documentation together. It can be time-consuming and inefficient for everyone. After years of doing it the traditional way, I knew there had to be a way to do things differently and better – and that is how the seed for LenderClose was planted. How did you get your start? Did you always have an interest in finance? My beginnings were very humble. When I came to Iowa at 18, I didn’t have much in the way of education or experience. But, I never let that stop me from making a living. One day shortly after arriving in the state, I answered a newspaper ad promising “Make $1,600 a month!” It turned out to be a door-to-door vacuum sales job. And let me tell you, it was perhaps the most important job I’ve ever had because it ignited a passion in me. No, not for vacuums (although they are great pieces of technology). The passion I discovered was for listening, learning and solving problems. When I took that job, I had no idea I was any good at sales; I just needed to do something. I soon realized talking with people is fun. Solving people’s problems is fun. Eventually, I realized that if I can knock on a stranger’s door, identify their issues and fix them, that is a formula for success.(I’m proud to say that I was once the top vacuum salesperson in Iowa.)That job is also what led me to a sales position with a financial institution. It was easy for me to get excited about helping borrowers solve problems. That became a launching pad for starting my own businesses. Was it scary to sell a successful business and take a chance on your new business, LenderClose? It wasn’t scary. But honestly, it was very hard. I wasn’t nervous about letting go of National Loan Closings because I had my next idea, LenderClose, and it was solid. The platform absolutely was needed in the marketplace. I already had clients using it and I could see even greater demand was out there. It was grueling to be selling National Loan Closings while also raising capital for LenderClose. The buyers needed to explore everything – and for good reason. They had to understand what they’re getting. At the same time, the investors I most wanted for LenderClose needed to drill down to the micro-level of the vision for LenderClose.  I had to be responsive to the needs of both buyers and investors, all while still running two companies. So I’m still doing sales and payroll and hiring – everything it takes to keep these two businesses going. There were several times I told LenderClose COO Ben Rempe it was all too much. He kept me motivated to reach the finish line. Now that we’ve made it to the high-growth stage we’re in today, I can say it was all well worth it.Have you experienced any failures along the way? One piece of advice I would offer is not to fear mistakes – or let the fear of mistakes prevent you from acting. Yes, I’ve made a lot of mistakes along the way. I’ve tried a lot of angles that didn’t work out. But, I learned from each experience how to do things better. One of my favorite quotes is, “Stop being afraid of what could go wrong, and start getting excited about what could go right.” It’s always a bit uncomfortable to get up in front of a room full of people and talk about your journey. But, I’m a big believer that to grow, you have to make yourself uncomfortable. Who knows what can come of your sharing failures as readily as successes? In Iowa, we pride ourselves on accessibility and openness to new ideas. Events like this week’s at Gravitate really bring that home for me. There are many other great things that came up during the Fireside Chat. I’ll share down the road, so stay tuned… 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Omar Jordan Omar Jordan is CEO of fintech CUSO LenderClose. With API connections to every vendor it takes to originate a mortgage or HELOC, LenderClose gives loan officers immediate access to a … Web: Detailslast_img read more

Celebrate the credit union story!

first_imgAdvocacy News You Can UseInternational Credit Union Day is coming up on October 15 this year. This year’s theme is—“Inspiring hope for a global community.” The focus reflects how all credit unions can contribute to a brighter future by providing financial empowerment to people all over the world through financial services, education and support. Many of you are preparing celebrations and numerous events to tell your story and raise awareness about what it means to your members to have access to a financial partner—and how the cooperative model uniquely serves their needs.I would urge you, however, to consider taking this a step further and invite your regulator to either participate or at least make them aware of your activities on October 15. What many of you have done during the global health crisis this year, helping your communities and addressing the economic uncertainty, is quite remarkable. From an advocacy perspective, by including regulators in your celebrations, it helps connect the dots to why properly tailoring regulations and allowing you to fulfill your potential as a credit union should be the paramount goal of public policy. So please, celebrate your story and include your regulator! It matters! continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Chinese minister says EU investment deal is close

first_imgChinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday in Paris that a China-EU investment deal could be reached by the end of the year.His remark came against a backdrop of persistent diplomatic tension between Beijing and the United States.Wang said Europe and China had a responsibility to work for “a more stable world” that would benefit from an agreement that has been in the works for several years. “We have the possibility to conclude one by the end of the year. We each need to take a step towards the other,” the minister told a conference organized by the French Institute for International Relations (IFRI).Wang is visiting European capitals to reinforce ties as relations with the US remain tense. Chinese and European experts have been working for seven years on a deal to protect foreign investments, reinforce respect for intellectual copyrights, end obligations to transfer technology and subsidies for Chinese public enterprises.The US is also trying to establish more balanced economic ties with China, but those efforts are struggling to make headway. In June, European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said that work on an agreement with the European Union had become “difficult” and warned: “We need more ambition on China’s part to wrap up an agreement by the end of the year.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Education Minister defends implementation of universal secondary education

first_img Sharing is caring! 35 Views   no discussions Education Minister Hon. Petter St. Jean. Photo credit: GIS NewsEducation Minister Peter St Jean is shooting down claims that the implementation of Universal Secondary Education is promoting a lazy attitude among Dominican students.St Jean told a press conference this week that there has been a lot of mis-information as far as USE is concerned.“The fact that the government of Dominica has created universal access does not mean that students should underperform. In fact it serves to encourage students to perform,” he said.St. Jean said “there is nothing in the policy that bars any parent whose child has written the exams and has not performed well, from repeating the examinations”.Dominica Vibes News Share Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Education Minister defends implementation of universal secondary education by: – June 30, 2011 Sharelast_img read more

Rickie Fowler targets a major title after victory in Abu Dhabi

first_img Press Association Rickie Fowler set his sights on a first major title after producing two moments of magic to win the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Sunday and climb to a career-high fourth in the world rankings. After completing a flawless 65 in the delayed third round on Sunday morning, Fowler carded a closing 69 to finish a shot ahead of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, with Rory McIlroy and Henrik Stenson a shot further back in third. Fowler took a two-shot lead into the final round and birdied the first two holes to double his advantage, only to run up a double bogey on the seventh after thinning h is second shot from a sandy waste area across the green. “I think I mentioned through the summer at some point, I said I was a sneaky fourth. I ‘ve got my sights set on number one. That would be the ultimate goal, but I’m up against some pretty tough competition. “To win with Jordan and Rory in the field , it’s awesome. I want to be playing against the best players in the world and beating the best players in the world. I’m looking forward to going to battle with those guys all year long and for the rest of our careers.” McIlroy, who has now finished runner-up four times and third once in the last six years in Abu Dhabi, was left to rue a poor finish to his third round and the start of the fourth. “It seems like this could be the tournament that I just can’t quite master,” said McIlroy, who would have moved up to world number two if Pieters had not birdied the 18th. “There was an 18-hole stretch I played in one over and i n a tournament like this, you just can’t do that. “I gave myself a lot of work to do and just didn’t quite have it today. I think 68 is the best I could have done out there with the places I hit it. I don’t think I hit a shot off the fairway until the ninth hole.” World number one Spieth finished three shots behind McIlroy in a tie for fifth and admitted his recent travels had taken their toll, even at the age of 22. “It won’t be something I’ll do in the future, to bounce back and forth from Asia or Australia as much as we did,” said Spieth, who since the Presidents Cup in South Korea in October has competed in Shanghai, Australia, the Bahamas and Abu Dhabi. “I’m very tired. As a team we’re beat up mentally and physically. I’m not 100 per cent right now. It shows in certain places. ” I didn’t get in a rhythm and when I did have chances, they just wouldn’t go. But we k ept our head in it there the back nine, four under on the last seven holes to carry some momentum going forward off a week that I could have just bagged it in.” Moments later, Spain’s Alejandro Canizares birdied the 10th to cut Fowler’s lead to a single shot, only for the American to hole out from a greenside bunker on the par-five eighth for an eagle. A run of eight straight pars allowed the chasing pack, led initially by playing partner Pieters, to get within a shot again, with Stenson then carding three birdies in the last four holes and McIlroy playing his last seven in five under, including an eagle from 35 feet on the last. However, Fowler responded by chipping in for a birdie on the 17th to take a two-shot lead up the 18th, where Pieters agonisingly missed his eagle attempt to potentially force a play-off. “The ultimate goal this year is to go win a major and this is a step in the right direction for sure,” Fowler said after winning his second European Tour title. “It’s n ice to have the game where it’s at right now going into the season, instead of trying to work on things and trying to find stuff. “Right now I can go and fine tune and really build ultimately for Augusta. This is really the first time in my career I’ve had this feeling about my game and where it’s at.” The so-called “Big Three” of Jordan Spieth, Jason Day and McIlroy have won five of the last six majors between them and Fowler reiterated that he needs one of his own to make it a “Big Four.” “I’d like to jump in and be a part of that crew,” added Fowler, who has now won four times in eight months, starting with the Players Championship at Sawgrass last May in the week he and Ian Poulter were voted the most overrated players by their peers in an anonymous survey conducted by Sports Illustrated. “They are the three highest-ranked players in the world. There’s no way around that and the three of them have played amazing. I want to be a part of the crew. We’ve got to take care of a major and then maybe I can join. last_img read more