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first_imgFOOTAGE: Casual candle thieves nab $1,200 in merchandise June 14, 2021 SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Cold weather shelters and supplies are being made available in Southwest Florida after the National Weather Service forecast near-freezing temperatures for Tuesday night.LEE COUNTY:Residents are asked to donate blankets and cold-weather clothing items to the county’s four recreation centers from Tuesday through Friday to assist the homeless and those in need. Supplies can be dropped off at these locations:Estero Recreation CenterNorth Fort Myers Recreation CenterVeterans Park Recreation CenterWa-Ke Hatchee Recreation CenterFor addresses and operating hours, click here. Advertisement Tags: Charlotte Countycold weathershelter Security camera captures moment 2 Charlotte County burglars realized they were on tape June 16, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments RELATEDTOPICS AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementClick here to see your full First Alert Forecast. Lee County Emergency Management is monitoring the cold temperatures and encourages residents to monitor updates from the National Weather Service.· The county and its nonprofit partners have identified additional overnight sheltering capacity at facilities such as the Bob Janes Triage Center and The Salvation Army. · The Department of Human & Veteran Services staff have updated the county’s coordinated entry phone line with a cold-weather announcement that promotes outreach locations, transportation assistance, sheltering and supplies. The number is 239-533-7996.· The county has identified several designated outreach locations on or near LeeTran routes for volunteers and staff to distribute blankets, hand-warmers, socks, hot coffee and a one-day LeeTran pass if a homeless person accepts a sheltering offer. This will begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday.· Staff and partnering agencies will conduct targeted outreach throughout today to known homeless encampments.· In addition to the public bringing donations to the four recreation centers, the county is partnering with the Fort Myers Police Department. Its headquarters building in downtown Fort Myers is accepting donations 24 hours a day.COLLIER COUNTY:St. Matthew’s House will house the homeless tonight at the Campbell Lodge in Naples and the Immokalee Friendship House. Both locations will be following CDC guidelines.Campbell Lodge is located at 2001 Airport Rd S, Naples, FL 34112.Due to social distancing, only 8 – 10 men and 3 – 5 women will be accepted to stay in the shelter. They’ll each be given a cot, blanket, and snacks if available. People can start checking in at 8:00 p.m.Immokalee Friendship House is located at 602 W Main St, Immokalee, FL 34142.A combination of 6 men and women will be accepted at the Immokalee location. They’ll also get a cot and blanket as well as snacks and breakfast. People in need of shelter can check in as early as 6:30 tonight.CHARLOTTE COUNTY:A cold weather shelter is opening in Port Charlotte after the National Weather Service forecast near-freezing temperatures for Tuesday night.The Charlotte County Homeless Coalition, located at 1476 Kenesaw Street, will be providing shelter to people needing refuge from the cold. The shelter will be accepting guests from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. The American Red Cross will be supporting the shelter with cots. For information, call 211. Charlotte County residents in Englewood, TTY users and other areas may call 941-205-2161. NBC2 has reached out to other counties in SWFL for information on cold weather shelters. We are waiting to hear back. DNA identifies long-unknown victim found during Hog Trail Killer investigation June 13, 2021 Advertisement One arrested, two on the run in blundered Charlotte County burglary June 16, 2021 Advertisementlast_img read more

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first_img Facebook WhatsApp The death has taken place of Liam Carroll, a highly-regarded member of the Courtwood and Rath communities.He passed away suddenly in his 92nd year at his home in Courtwood on Tuesday evening.He is survived by his wife Theresa and children Alice, Bill, John Bosco, Pat, David, Oonagh and Philip, his 16 grandchildren, daughters in law, son in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, relatives, neighbours and a large circle of friends.Originally from Clonanny near Portarlington, Liam was one of the founding members of O’Dempsey’s GAA club in 1951 and the club’s first chairman before moving to live and farm in Courtwood.It was on his land that the Courtwood footballers used as their home pitch – known as ‘The Lawn’ – for many years prior to their move to their current grounds in the 1990s. Previous articleResidents planning legal action as permission for Portlaoise waste plant grantedNext articleLaois GAA club unveil €300,000 plan for new pitches and facilities LaoisToday Reporter Twitter Pinterest Electric Picnic apply to Laois County Council for new date for this year’s festival Twitter TAGSCourtwoodIFALaois IFALiam CarrollO’Dempsey’sRathVicarstown Facebook Home News Community End of an era in Courtwood community following death of Liam Carroll NewsCommunity End of an era in Courtwood community following death of Liam Carrollcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By LaoisToday Reporter – 7th January 2021 Electric Picnic Pinterest He had been president of Courtwood GAA for a long number of years.Liam was a very active member of the Irish Farmers Association and as well as being chairman of Vicarstown IFA for over 25 years, he also served as Laois IFA grain chairman which meant that he was a member of the national IFA grain committee for a number of years.As well as that he was involved with the National Farmers Association and the Beet and Vegetable Growers Association prior to the actual foundation of the IFA. A number of years back he was made an honorary life member of Laois IFA.Due to the Covid 19 restrictions, a private family funeral will take place.Removal from his residence on Friday morning at 11.20am to arrive at the Sacred Heart Church, Rath, for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Interment to follow in the new cemetery Emo. Liam’s Requiem Mass will be live streamed (link to follow).Sympathisers are welcome to stand along the route to the church and in the precincts of the cemetery grounds. Social distancing to be observed at all times, please.The Carroll family would like to thank you for your co-operation, understanding and support during this sensitive and difficult time.SEE ALSO – Sadness in Courtwood and Belgrove communities at death of Clare Dunne Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Electric Picnic Electric Picnic last_img read more

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first_img Share this article and your comments with peers on social media IE’s Regulatory Reporter: April 2017 BMO’s adviceDirect launches premium service Keywords Robo-advisorsCompanies Invesco Canada Ltd. Toronto-based Invesco Canada Ltd. plans to take financial advisors’ businesses digital with the launch of its advisorDUO platform on Wednesday. advisorDUO is a robo-advice platform that is to be used exclusively by financial advisors with their clients — there is no direct-to-consumer option. “We believe investors are better served when they’re working with a financial advisor,” says Peter Intraligi, president of Invesco Canada. “[However] advisors are better served if they use technology to actually make themselves more efficient, more productive, so that they can focus on higher value-add activities with their clients.” The platform is a white-label offering available to advisors whose dealers have signed on with Invesco. Through the advisorDUO platform, advisors can direct new clients to provide all of the required information to open an account, such as know-your-client (KYC) information, online and to do some goals-based planning through a questionnaire. The platform is responsive, meaning that clients can complete the onboarding process via their tablet, smartphone or laptop either on their own time or alongside their advisor at his or her office. Furthermore, all necessary documents for the accounts, including Fund Facts, are delivered and signed electronically. “It really is that all-encompassing digital experience that we’ve created here,” says Andrew Manning, head of marketing with Invesco Canada. Once the onboarding process is complete, the platform then recommends one of five target-risk portfolios for clients. Advisors can decide how much of the client’s assets they wish to allocate to the portfolio. These multi-manager portfolios, which range from conservative to high-growth, have been designed by the Invesco Global Solution team and include 12 to 14 ETFs. The portfolios can include third-party products, such as iShares or Vanguard ETFs. Furthermore, the ETFs are wrapped within a mutual fund structure giving mutual fund licensed advisors access to the portfolios. Fees for the portfolios range between 0.41% for the conservative fund and 0.51% for the high-growth option. Photo copyright: stockyimages/123RF Related news Wealthsimple sells U.S. biz to Betterment Wealthsimple raising $750 million in latest financing deal, valuation hits $5 billion Fiona Collie Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaican students have been urged to reject alien cultures so that the country can return to the days when neighbours looked out for each other and children felt protected, former Senior Director at the Jamaica Library Service (JLS), Patricia Cuff, has said.Mrs. Cuff, addressing the annual school leaving exercise of the St. Catherine-based Kitson Town All Age School on Tuesday (June 30) at the school, said that Jamaicans will have to make a conscious choice.“We cannot defend our culture, unless we know enough about it. To build a nation we must first understand what the nation is about, and reject those alien cultures that are not suited for our development,” she stated.Speaking on the theme, ‘Preparing Our Youths to Become Nation Builders’, she charged the graduates to make wise choices and build on what their parents have invested in them, as well as the wholesome lessons the teachers have taught them.Students at the St. Catherine-based Kitson Town All Age School perform at the intuition’s annual school leaving exercise on Tuesday (June 30) at the school. Kitson Town All Age has a population of over 650 students and 32 teachers.“Don’t be pushed into any holes by circumstances of life, and say that you can’t come out. Follow your dreams, make conscious choices and reach out for your vision; hold to your dreams, seek help and move ahead,” she said.Principal of the institution, Nerica Powell-Hay, reported that at the start of the academic year, parents and teachers assisted in the improvement of the premises and initiated a number of projects that should enhance the learning environment.The year saw boys outnumbering girls in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) results.She said that the school had high pass rates in mathematics, science, social studies, language arts and communication tasks. Of the 87 students who sat the GSAT, 7O will be going to secondary institutions, while the others will return to Kitson Town All-Age.“Our community groups, business sector, resource personnel and volunteers believe in us and, therefore, held our hands and ran with us. Thanks for your outstretched hands of hope; we hope that you will never be disappointed in us. The seed you sow today will go a far way in preparing our youths to become worthwhile nation builders,” Mrs. Powell-Hay said. RelatedStudents Encouraged to Reject Alien Culture Advertisements RelatedStudents Encouraged to Reject Alien Culturecenter_img RelatedStudents Encouraged to Reject Alien Culture Students Encouraged to Reject Alien Culture CultureJuly 2, 2009last_img read more

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first_imgPress Gaggle by Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Aboard Air Force One En Route Lake Charles, LA The White HouseMS. JEAN-PIERRE: Hi, everybody. Okay. Good morning. As you all know, we’re traveling to Lake Charles and New Orleans today as part of getting back — Getting America Back on Track Tour.The President will deliver remarks in Lake Charles, where he will lay out the choice facing the American people: either investing in the middle class and our economic strength, or cutting taxes for the wealthy and big corporations.In New Orleans, he’ll tour the Carrollton Water Plant and discuss the critical need for investments in water infrastructure.We need to act on infrastructure. In Louisiana alone, there are over 1,600 bridges and 3,400 miles of highway in poor condition. In the past decade, Louisianans have seen a nearly 10 percent increase in commute times. In the past decade, the state has experienced dozens of extreme weather events, costing the state up to $50 billion in damages.Sixty percent of Louisianans live in areas where there is only one Internet provider with access that meets minimally acceptable speeds.And the data show that Louisianans’ drinking water infrastructure alone will require more than $7 billion in additional funding over the next 20 years.The President’s American Jobs Plan, if passed, would address all of the urgent needs and much more.Both Lake Charles and New Orleans are examples of why our country needs big, bold investments in resilient, forwarding looking — forward-looking infrastructure.From climate change-related natural disasters and weather events to systemic underfunding, these Louisiana cities show — show why we need to make critical investments in our country’s physical and human infrastru- — infrastructure to become competitive in the 21st century.And also, in the remarks in Lake Charles, President Biden will lay out the stark contrast between the middle-class agenda he’s outlined — investing in working families, investing in infrastructure, creating jobs, and strengthening our economy — and an opposing vision that has placed tax cuts for the wealthy and giveaways to big corporations over — over all — over all else.Standing in front of a 70-year-old bridge, 20 years older than its designed lifespan, the President will talk about the investments that a — that a fairer tax code will pay for in our country’s infrastructure and its economic vital- — vitality, including $115 billion for roads and bridges, and hundreds of billions of dollars more in upgrading our electrical grid and water infrastructure, rebuilding homes, and other areas.He’ll also underscore the economic impact of these investments, particularly what they mean for working-class Americans, noting that nearly 90 percent of infrastructure jobs created by his plan wouldn’t require a college degree. As the President has said before, this is a blue-collar blueprint to build America.In Lake Charles, the President will also be joined by Republican mayor — who recently penned an op-ed with the Democratic mayor of Shreveport on the need to pass the American Jobs Act — and the Democratic Governor of Louisiana. And he’ll note that these investments in our infrastructure have been bipartisan priorities for decades.And he’ll also — he’ll pose a basic question to the country and to members of Congress: “What is better for America: a tax cut to make corporations and CEO — CEOs richer or investments that will make our country stronger and make — make life better for people who build and sustain this country?”Today, the White House released factsheets that highlight the need for — for and impact of the investment proposed by President Biden in the American Families Plan in states and territories across the country. Individual factsheets were released for each of the 50 states; the District of Columbia; and the U.S. territories, including America Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.The factsheets highlight how many families would benefit from free community college and universal pre-K, the high costs of childcare, the number of workers who lack access to paid family leave, and the thousands of dollars families and workers would save in tax cuts and credits in every state.Also today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, Becerra, announced that nearly 940,000 Americans have signed up for health insurance through Healthcare.gov as a result of the Biden administration’s special enrollment period for the COVID-19 public health emergency.From now until August 15th, 2021, consumers who want to enroll in coverage, compare — compare plan offerings, or see if they qualify for more affordable premiums can visit Healthcare.gov to view 2021 plans and prices, and enroll in a plan that best meets their needs. Also today, data from the National Center for Education Statistics show that in March, 54 percent of K-through-8 schools were open for fulltime, in-person learning, and 88 percent were open for either fulltime, in-person, and/or hybrid learning, reaffirming that we’ve reached the President’s goal of reopening the majority of K-through-8 schools ahead of schedule.Today’s data also shows positive trendlines of increasing numbers of Black, Hispanic, Asian, and American Indian and Alaska Native students enrolled in in-person learning since January.Both the President and Secretary Cardona are encouraged by this important process — progress, but the administration will not rest until 100 percent of schools are safely open for fulltime, in-person learning to all students — especially with many Black, Hispanic, and Asian students; as well as multilingual learners; and students with disabilities still learning fully remote. The Department of Education will continue to work with students, families, educators, states, and districts to ensure our education system serves all students, not just some.All right, Josh. Do you want to kick us off?Q Karine, the — oh, sorry. Do you want to go ahead first? And I’ll do — I’ll go after you.Q Sure.Q Let’s just talk up really loud because we can’t hear a single word.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Okay. I’m so sorry. I will do my best.Q Okay. Thanks again so much. Real simple — Florida signed in new laws on voting today; they’re slightly different from Georgia. What is the administration’s take on what Florida is doing?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Thanks, Josh, for the question. The 2020 Election was one of the most secure elections in American history. There’s no legitimate reason to change the rules right now to make it harder to vote; that’s built on a lie. The only reason to change the rules right now is if you don’t like who voted, and that should be out of bounds.There are some states with bad laws that are trying to make them good and some states with good laws, trying to make them even better. That’s moving forward.Florida is moving in the wrong direction. We need to be working to make sure voting is secure and convenient, and that’s part of why we need to — the laws like H.R. 1.Q And then, you’re going to a state that has consistently voted Republican for presidential candidates since 2000, trying to push an infrastructure and Families Plan. You’ve already heard Republicans say they don’t want your tax increases, and they don’t want to go more than $600 billion. So how much is the administration willing to come down? Or does it expect Republicans to meet it somewhere in the middle?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Well, let me just, first, say that one of the reason — the reasons that he’s going to Louisiana is — and the President says this all the time — even though he is a Democratic President, he’s a President for everyone — right? — for Republicans, Democrats, independents. And so, he is coming to Louisiana to talk about, clearly, the American Jobs Plan, which, by the way, is very popular with Republicans, with independents, and with Democrats.And so, as far as the negotiations that — as far as, you know, the negotiations, we are — we are all for the good-faith efforts. We are contin- — going to continue to have conversations with Republicans and Democrats about ways to make this happen.We have to remember, when we — when we think about this infrastructure plan, when we think about the American Jobs Plan, it is a once-in-a-generation investment in our country. And this is not just about this moment; this is about the future. And so, this is how this President looks at it. And not only that, as we all know, what he also put in the plan is how — that this could fully pay for itself.And so, the only red line that this President has is inaction. We cannot — we cannot go back to where we were before — before this pandemic; we have to keep moving forward.So, like I said, we will continue — he will continue to have conversations with both Democrats and Republicans, which he has been doing.I think I said this on the last time I was on the plane, which was: The first 100 days, both — both the President and White House senior officials met with more than 130 congressional members from both sides of the aisle. And so, that’s what we’re going to continue to do.Next week, he’s — on May 12th, he’s going to meet with the bipartisan leadership from both Congress — from both the House and the Senate. And so, he’s going to continue to have that conversation.Capito — as we know, she put forth a counteroffer. He’s going to have a conversation with her and the — and the senators of her choosing once that meeting is locked in.Q Is another red line — is this — to be clear: Is another red line “no deficit spending”? Is that 100 percent his — his position?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So let’s talk about the deficit spending for a second. So, raising or suspending the debt ceiling does not authorize new spending; it merely allows Treas- — Treasury to meet obligation that Congress had already approved. Right?So what we have currently — as you know, Alex — is like what Congress has approved already and what previous Congress has approved.When we talk about the American Jobs Plan, when we talk about the Americans Family Plan, that is going to be paid for. Right? That’s the — that’s what he put into the plan.So, we expect Congress to act in a timely manner to raise or suspend the debt ceiling, as they’ve done three times on a broad bipartisan basis during the last administration.Q But, to be clear, on these — on these plans, he is not going to favor anything that it — that would add to the debt or the deficit?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Well, we’re — we don’t want to conflate the two; that’s what we’re trying to say. Right? But —Q But the President, yesterday, said, it’s got to be paid for. It’s got to be paid for.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Right. Because he believes that we can — his economic policy has always been this, which is: We have to meet everyone — we have to — everyone has to come and — and actually, you know — and get the right experience from the economic — economic — when we have an economic flow — an economic rise. Right? When we think about the GDP going up, it should — it should benefit everyone.And so, this is why he believes we cannot put this burden on — on Americans. And he wants to make sure that it’s paid for, that this plan is — continues to be paid for. That’s why he put that in there.And so we’re going to have a conversation, he’s going to have the conversation, White House senior officials will have conversations — with Republicans, with Democrats — on how to move forward with this plan. But again, he believes that we cannot put the burden on the American people, especially in this moment of this pandemic, this economic crisis. So we have to figure out how to pay for this.He’s willing to negotiate. That’s what he said yesterday. But he wants to make sure that this plan is paid for.Q So, you said the spending isn’t — you know, the President has said deficit spending is a line. He also said yesterday that he would be willing to come down on the corporate tax increase. At the same time, the White House has said they’re against user fees, like gasoline tax increases or vehicle miles taxes, to fund this project. So, if he does come down on the corporate tax increases, what other payfors would the White House support to make sure this is deficit neutral?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: We’re going to keep having — we’re going to have those conversations with congressional members, right? We’ll — we will put a — we will — he put out his plan. Right? He laid it out the way that he thought this should be done.And we have to remember this kind of — this — these economic policies — when you look at the investment in infrastructure; when you look at the investment in people, in families, with the American Families Plan — this is something that is deeply needed in this country to move forward. We’re talking about years and years, generations, of really lifting up people and making it easy for folks — just everyday Americans.So, we’re going to have those conversations. He’s going to talk to congressional members next week, and we will — we will see where we land and what — what the negotiations are. I don’t have more to say on that.Q And then, on the COVID vaccine — sorry, I just had one more. On the COVID vaccine waivers: There are reports that Secretary Raimondo and other administration officials were opposed to granting those waivers. Can you confirm that? And if so, are — their opposition — is that going to be taken into account when Ambassador Tai is in negotiations with the WTO over the extent of this waiver?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, I can say this: There was no split. We discussed this issue and listened to a number of experts before presenting options to the President. That is exactly how government should work.And if we go back to the campaign, the President supported this — the waiver, as you know — and the way that he talked about it, then, as a humanitarian right, like we need to — we need to lead on this issue and to help save lives. We have to understand that we are — as you all know, because we’re all standing here with masks — and we all know that we have been living in an unprecedented time with this pandemic, and we have to do everything that we can to save lives.So, this is a decision, as you know, that — that the United States has taken. This is a WTO process, and there will be conversation. This will take time. It’s not going to happen tomorrow or the next day. It will take a few months before this happens, and we will continue to have the conversation, and — and also just continue the negotiations.Q Just to confirm. Just to confirm. You just said the options were presented to the President — that means the President made this decision?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m so sorry.Q You said that options were presented to the President. Does that mean the President was involved in and made this decision?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Yes, he made this decision.Q And did you say — did you answer specifically about whether Commerce Secretary Raimondo was opposed to this?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I said there’s no — there was no split in this decision. Yep.Q Got it. Okay. And then just — how would you respond to people, like Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez, who we say you actually need to use this kind of strategy more broadly to deal with things like insulin, other areas of the — you know, where medical prices are too high for people.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Look, I’ll say this: Look, we support the waiver, as you know. Obviously, this is a complex issue, and there will be a lot of work and details ahead to make sure that the end result is — fits for the purpose. And that’s what we’re focusing right now. How do we save lives in this middle of the pandemic? That is our focus.It’s about — the waiver is clearly the lec- — the intellectual properties protection is on the COVID vaccine, and that’s our focus right now.Q And what are you telling the industry about their opposition to this? How do you respond to that? What do you (inaudible) to Pfizer and to all of these companies that are saying —MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Well, look, you know, these companies we’ve been working closely with have been saving lives. And, you know, we will continue to work closely with them to make the lifesaving benefits available to most people as quickly as possible, including through our existing contracts.Q You said the Republicans support the infrastructure plan. But polls show the Republicans — the majority of them do not support the infrastructure plan. Why are you saying that Republicans support the Presi- —MS. JEAN-PIERRE: The polling that we have seen, as far as the American Jobs Plan — first of all, let me step back: Infrastructure, in general, has for a long time — right? —Q You mean the American Jobs Plan?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Well, we have seen polling that has shown that the American Jobs Plan is popular. We have seen both —Q The majority of Republicans support the American Jobs Plan?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Well, we’ve seen Republicans and Democrats and independents supporting the American Jobs Plan and even how to pay for it — like we have seen that polling. And there are elements of the American Families Plan that are also popular — when you think about universal pre-K, when you think about paying for two years of community college. So there — we — there are polling out there that’s showing the popularityof our —Q The polling that is out there shows that the majority of Republicans oppose it. So some Republicans do support it, but the majority do not.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Here’s the thing: We’re here in Louisiana, we’re on this tour, and we’re going to continue to have the conversation and talk directly to the American people.Last week, as we know, we did the joint address. The President spoke directly to the American people about his plan.Here’s how we see it: We see it, in this moment — especially in this moment of the pandemic — we need to invest in this country; we need to invest in people; and that’s how — that’s what this plan is going to do — it will have a longer-lasting effect, especially after what we’ve seen this — this past year.And look, if you think about the American Rescue Plan — that was overwhelmingly popular — we have seen evidence of that working, as we’re looking at the vaccine comprehensive strategy that the President has put forth, as we’re looking at the $1,400 check — the direct relief that Americans have had. And so we want to continue to build on — on that, and that’s how we see this.Q Karine, I’ve got a question — off-topic question: Does the White House have any comment to the reports that are circulating that the Amtrak conductor that Biden referenced in his speech on Friday had actually been retired for 20 years when Biden said he made those comments? Does the White House have any comment or statement on that?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, I — I haven’t seen — I haven’t seen that. But the President’s long history with Amtrak and appreciation for the hardworking employees is very well known. He — he was proud to commemor- — commemorate Amtrak’s 50th anniversary just last Friday, as we were noting, and to highlight the need for job-creating investments in America’s infrastructure.Q Karine, on Ukraine, what’s the President’s current position on NATO’s applic- — sorry, Ukraine’s application to join the NATO Alliance?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m sorry. Say — say that last part? It’s so hard to hear.Q Ukraine has asked to join the NATO Alliance. Can you explain the President’s current position?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah, so let me just first say that Secretary Blinken is in Kyiv right now to affirm our support for Ukraine sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. His trip also emphasizes the importance of Ukraine passing key legislation to advance the rule of law, anti-corruption, and economic reforms that will strengthen Ukraine’s democracy and economy, and further Euro-Atlantic integration.To your question, Scott [Steven], the Biden administration is committed to ensuring that NATO’s door remains open to aspirants when they are ready and able to meet the commitments and obligations of membership and can contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area.The United States supports Ukraine’s effort to advance rule-of-law reforms and economic growth and its borders — in its border fight against Russian aggression.Q The door remaining open is not a no.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: No, it — we — we support — we support it.Q You support Ukraine joining NATO?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I’m saying Ukr- — yeah. Yeah. In the — like I said, the Biden administration is committed to ensuring that NATO’s door remains open to aspirants when they are ready and able to meet the commitments.So they have to make — meet the commitments and the obligations of membership, and contribute to security in the Euro-Atlantic area.Q There’s also a report last night that the administration is considering using the Magnitsky Act against Central American leaders. Can you explain the thinking on that?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have anything for you on that, in particular, but, you know, we can —Q Does President Biden intend — will he — will he broker any deals with allies to move troops or military assets from Afghanistan and put them into other areas in the world? MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, what I can say to that is: As you know, when it comes to Afghanistan, the President’s intent is clear, right? The U.S. military departure from Afghanistan will not be rushed or hasty. I just wanted to reiterate that.It will be deliberate and conducted in a safe and responsible manner that ensures the protection of our forces.Potential adversaries should know that if they attack us during our withdrawal, we will defend ourselves and our partners with all the tools are our — at our disposal.The withdrawing from Afghanistan is underway. And as the President has said, all will be completed by September.Any other questions —Q But — but does —MS. JEAN-PIERRE: — I would refer you to the Department of Defense.Q — does he plan to move any troops or assets somewhere else in the world to —MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Alex, I’m going — I would refer you to Department of Defense.Q Can I ask you for an update on the OMB director as well? What’s the status of that?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have any personnel announcement to preview for you today.Q How about on a job for Neera Tanden — any updates there?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Nothing — no — no personnel announcement for you today on this ride to Louisiana. (Laughter.)Q Well, a lot of employers — there’s in the news — they’re struggling to find workers despite high unemployment still. And among the reasons are, you know, COVID fears or also, you know, some of the unemployment benefits people are pointing to.MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Yeah —Q Is the Biden administration concerned about that in holding back the economy?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, I’ll say this — and thanks for your question, Alex: These unemployment programs have provided a lifeline to 47.9 million Americans, since the beginning of the pandemic, who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. These programs continue to provide critical benefits to those who have been hardest hit by the pandemic.Look, we recognize that the labor supply has been affected by the pandemic. To your point, as you were just laying out with coronavirus and the — and people’s concerns about that and the childcare and school disruptions, we are seeing little evidence though that enhanced unemployment benefits are currently affecting Americans’ willingness to work.I mean, look, the way that we see it is that people want a job. Right? They want to be able to have those benefits. They want to be able to have the retirement benefits. So this is something that Americans really need and want.And, you know, we still have a lot of work to do, which is why we put forth the American Jobs Plan, the American infrastructure plan — which is why we see the American Rescue Plan really having an effect, and we see the evidence of that.But we do see — like, we do understand it. We should all understand that people really do want a job to protect their future and their family’s future.Q Has the President seen the comments from Representative Cuellar, who said that the DHS facility pictures are misleading and that it looks like that they just moved them down the corner, and the DHS pictures showing the empty facilities is a bit misleading. Has the President seen those comments?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have any update on if the President has seen those comments. I do — I don’t — yeah, I don’t have any — I don’t have any update on that for you. I — I’ll come back to you and give you more information.Q Do you have a strategy around evictions moratorium? The federal judge said it’s plainly illegal what the administration did on that. What’s — what’s your strategy going forward?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: So, we disagree with the District Court’s decision. As the Department of Justice said yesterday, this decision conflicts with the rulings of other courts. And DOJ has already filed a notice of appeal. And last night, the judge granted an administration [administrative] stay for 10 days, meaning the moratorium will remain in effect until at least May 16th.We recognize the importance of the eviction moratorium for Americans who have fallen behind on rent during the pandemic. At the end of April, there were over 6 million renters who had not paid back rent, according to the U.S. Census, making them more at risk of eviction.Through a whole-of-government approach, we are working to ensure that rental assistance gets to those that need it the most.Q There was a report today that at least — or something close to a dozen CIA officers may have been targeted in these energy attacks, and that there’s an official investigation review underway. What can you tell us from the White House’s side?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have any more on that. I know Jen has spoken to it. I spoke to it last week. I would direct you to the State Department on that one.Q When are we going to see lifted restrictions on travel from Europe?MS. JEAN-PIERRE: I don’t have anything more for you on the travel.Q Are there ongoing discussions about lifting that though? I mean, I —MS. JEAN-PIERRE: Clearly, you know, we talk to our experts on that. We — we follow the experts and the doctors when it comes to — when it comes to anything that’s COVID- — COVID-related, as you can imagine. But I don’t have anything more on that.Q Are we stopping for beignets today? (Laughter.)MS. JEAN-PIERRE: That would be fun. I — we’d all love beignets. (Laughs.)Okay. Thanks, guys.12:06 P.M. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. 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first_imgFederal Budget supports Queensland’s recovery plan Prime MinisterQueensland continues to benefit from the Liberal and Nationals Government’s record infrastructure investment, with funding for major new projects to be announced in this week’s 2021-22 Budget, securing Australia’s recovery.Key projects to be funded include:$400 million for the Inland Freight Route (Mungindi to Charters Towers) UpgradesAn additional $400 million for Bruce Highway Upgrades$240 million for the Cairns Western Arterial Road Duplication$178.1 million for the Gold Coast Rail Line Capacity Improvement (Kuraby to Beenleigh) – Preconstruction$160 million for the Mooloolah River Interchange Upgrade (Packages 1 and 2)An additional $126.6 million for Gold Coast Light Rail – Stage 3$35.3 million for the Maryborough-Hervey Bay Road and Pialba-Burrum Heads Road Intersection Upgrade; and$10 million for the Caboolture – Bribie Island Road (Hickey Road-King John Creek) Upgrade.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said these projects will make Queensland roads safer, improve public transport, reduce travel times and support thousands of jobs across the state.“From continuing upgrades on the Bruce Highway, to increasing our investment in rail on the Gold Coast – these projects will support more than 2,800 direct and indirect jobs across Queensland,” Prime Minister Morrison said.“Our record funding commitment is creating jobs, boosting business investment, while securing Australia’s COVID recovery.”Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said this Budget demonstrated the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to investing in generation-defining projects right here in Queensland.“These initiatives will enhance transport connectivity, underpin economic growth and help Queenslanders get home sooner and safer,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.“We are backing Queensland jobs, we are backing Queensland businesses, we are backing Queensland to keep being its best self as the State helps drive our economic recovery.“Our $400 million investment for the Inland Freight Route will transform the way freight moves across the State, all the way from Mungindi to Charters Towers, increasing productivity right through the Queensland economy.”Minister for Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and the Arts Paul Fletcher said the Government is driving the delivery of major infrastructure projects to map the economic road back from the pandemic, building the economy and providing certainty for business over the long term.“The Australian Government will continue to invest in the Queensland economy in the coming years, through projects such as $178.1 million for capacity upgrades along the Gold Coast Rail Line from Kuraby to Beenleigh and $10m for the Caboolture – Bribie Island Road Upgrade,” Minister Fletcher said.“Major projects delivered over the past year include the Mackay Ring Road – Stage 1 ($398 million federal investment) and the M1 Pacific Motorway – Mudgeeraba to Varsity Lakes Upgrade ($195 million federal investment).”The Australian Government looks forward to working constructively with the Queensland Government to deliver this infrastructure, supporting jobs and businesses right across Queensland. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Beenleigh, Bruce, Caboolture, Cairns, Charters Towers, Deputy Prime Minister, Federal, Gold Coast, Government, Mackay, Morrison, Mungindi, pacific, Prime Minister, Queensland, Scott Morrisonlast_img read more

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first_img Only 150 will be built, and only 50 of those will be coming to North America. Deliveries will start in 2020, but that’s only after you pay the entry fee of 2 million euros. The changes are small, but we’re sure that they make a big difference—can you spot any more? Once you’re done that, you can move on to finding Waldo.The changes were made after Pininfarina performed extensive aerodynamics testing, and we think you’ll agree it’s resulted in a much cleaner look, although more testing will be done that could change the face again.Under the shell of the Battista is an electric powertrain supplied by Croatian supercar builder Rimac. It generates 1,877 horsepower and 1,696 lb.-ft. of torque, which should be enough to rocket the machine to highway speeds in under 2 seconds. After that? It’ll do 350 km/h.The four motors of the system are powered by a 120-kWh battery pack and should have 450 kilometres of range (if you have a light foot, that is). RELATED TAGSLuxuryPerformanceSupercarLuxury VehiclesNew VehiclesPerformance VehiclesSupercars See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca center_img Trending Videos Italian design house Pininfarina is building its own electric supercar to go up against the Bugatti Chiron, but, apparently, it’s still a work in progress—it’s already received a facelift before even being put on sale.If you’re looking at these new photos and wondering what looks different, so are we.From what we can see, the split on the leading edge of the nose has been removed, and the ducts around the headlights have also been removed. Trending in Canada advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

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first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ‹ Previous Next › Canadians drove home in over 900,000 SUVs and crossovers in 2019, driving sales of the segment up 3 per cent compared with 2018. It was enough for utility vehicles to very nearly account for half of the Canadian auto industry’s sales volume in 2019, a decade after passenger cars last accounted for half the market. It was also very nearly enough for SUVs and crossovers to outsell cars two-to-one.But which auto brand sells the most SUVs and crossovers?Detroit’s brands are the ones historically linked with high-volume SUV sales success. It’s a tradition that goes back to the 1990s success of the Ford Explorer; to that prototypical Hollywood movie soccer mom and her Jeep Wagoneer; and eight decades of Chevrolet Suburban consistency. Are automakers really selling more SUVs than they used to? Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Ford Explorer ST  Ford Plugged In is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, and Google Podcasts.Is the player not working? Click here. RELATED TAGSHyundaiToyotaSUVNon-LuxuryDriving By NumbersFeature StoryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury Trending in Canada Yet last year’s number-one seller of SUVs in Canada now ranks third, behind two Japanese brands. One of those Japanese brands generates the bulk of its utility vehicle volume – and the majority of its overall sales volume, incidentally – with Canadian-made vehicles. In fact, the brands historically linked with traditional SUVs are few and far between in this group of Canada’s 10 biggest SUV/crossover brands. There’s only one in the top five; only three in the top 10.RELATED Canada’s 10 best-selling SUVs and crossovers in 2019Instead, automakers that find the greatest success with compact and subcompact crossovers prevail. Of the 185,554 utility vehicles sold by the two top brands, more than three-quarters compete in the compact and subcompact categories.These top 10 SUV/crossover brands represent three-quarters of all utility vehicle sales in Canada. Many are among the fastest-growing in the sector, too. Year-over-year, the gains produced by four of Canada’s 10 best-selling utility vehicle marques were strong enough to rank them among the 10 fastest-growing utility vehicle brands, as well. That group, led by Cadillac’s 20-percent year-over-year growth, also includes premium brands such as Lincoln, Lexus, Volvo, and Porsche.With figures from Global Automakers of Canada, these were the 10 top SUV brands in Canada over the last year.10. Kia: 36,026, up 18 percentThanks to an 18-per-cent jump in sales from 2018, which translates to nearly 6,000 extra sales, Kia moved up from 11th to 10th on the list of Canada’s top SUV brands. Stable sales of Kia’s top-selling Sorento definitely helped, but turning the flagship Telluride into something of a hit was a boon to Kia’s SUV story, too.Some 2,997 Tellurides were sold during its abbreviated sales year. Kia’s next launch in this sector takes place in the subcompact crossover segment with the above-pictured Seltos, arriving this spring.9. Chevrolet: 38,217, down 1 percentTo be fair to General Motors, Chevrolet accounts for less than half of the automaker’s Canadian SUV/crossover sales. Factoring in Buick, Cadillac and GMC, General Motors sold a total of 86,786 utility vehicles in 2019, a 3-per-cent drop from the previous year.Chevrolet produced gains with its Trax and Tahoe in 2019 and also benefited from 2,738 sales of the reincarnated Blazer. But the Traverse and Suburban reported losses, and the all-important Equinox (which generates almost half of Chevrolet utility sales) tumbled 17 per cent.8. Mazda: 42,968, down 1 percentDespite a slight uptick from its CX crossover lineup in 2019, Mazda actually slid back from 7th to 8th on this list of Canada’s top-selling SUV brands. The CX-5 is the big draw, posting yet another year of sales growth and 27,696 sales in total.2020 is expected to be a much bigger sales year for Mazda’s CX lineup thanks to the addition of the CX-30, which slots in between the CX-3 and CX-5 and is likely to clean up some of the mess created by the disappointing sales of the new Mazda 3, sales of which plunged by a fifth last year.7. Subaru: 43,354, up 4 percentSwapping positions with Mazda, Subaru reported stable Outback sales; counteracted a Forester slide with rising Crosstrek sales; and doubled the volume of its flagship Ascent. The Crosstrek has now been Subaru’s top seller in two consecutive years. The Forester and Outback rank number two and three; both with annual sales consistently in the five digits.6. Jeep: 70,071, down 2 percentIn Canada’s biggest SUV/crossover segment, sales of the Jeep Cherokee plunged 34 per cent in 2019. Meanwhile, at the other end of Jeep’s small crossover spectrum, the Compass tumbled 19 per cent and Renegade sales were barely measurable at 664, down 44 per cent, year-over-year.Fortunately, the Wrangler is cementing its status as Jeep’s icon with yet more sales growth and a record year of 25,659 sales. Plus Grand Cherokee sales shot through the roof with a 38-per-cent leap to 19,459 units last year. Jeep generates essentially nine out of every ten FCA SUV/crossover sales.5. Hyundai: 78,988: up 18 percentUp one spot from sixth last year, Hyundai’s crossover sales are booming. It’s a good thing, because Hyundai (like most automakers) is suffering from a significant passenger-car slide. The brand’s Accent, Elantra and Sonata combined to lose 6,870 sales last year.On the flip side, the brand added an extra 11,817 crossover sales to the ledger, with the new Palisade contributing 3,845 sales and Canada’s top-selling subcompact utility, the Kona, jumping 78 per cent to 25,817 sales. Combined, Hyundai and Kia own 13 per cent of Canada’s SUV/crossover market.4. Honda: 79,763, up 11 percentWith the Canadian-built CR-V slotted in as the rapidly growing number-two SUV/crossover in Canada, Honda’s three other crossover nameplates are basically along for the ride. On its own, the CR-V would rank high on this list, right between Jeep and Subaru. With the HR-V (up 43 per cent last year), Pilot (up 2 per cent to 8,241) and new Passport (adding 2,678 sales) contributing, Honda is steady at number four, right where it left off in 2018.3. Ford: 83,193, down 10 percentA bungled Explorer launch and an Escape that was approaching its replacement phase at the end of the year were primary factors in the Blue Oval’s 10-per-cent Canadian SUV/crossover sales decline in 2019.In 2018, Ford was Canada’s top utility vehicle brand. 2020 will tell a different story. The new Escape is one of Canada’s leading crossover nameplates, Explorer inventory will be corrected, and Ford will add new versions of old nameplates that should land with a big impact.2. Nissan: 90,439, up 4 percentThere’s a lot going on at Nissan, and not all of it is good. But if the brand is looking for a good news story, this is it: its Canadian SUV/crossover sales are on the rise and Nissan sells more utility vehicles than all but one auto brand in Canada.Now, to be honest, sales of most Nissan SUV/crossover nameplates were in decline in 2019. That applies to the Armada, Murano, Pathfinder, Qashqai and Rogue. All but one of them, in other words. The Kicks, fortunately for Nissan, continued its growth phase by soaring to 18,526 sales.1. Toyota: 95,115, up 11 percentIt’s never a surprise when Toyota moves up the ladder to take control in virtually any area of the automotive industry. In 2018, Toyota ranked third in Canada in SUV/crossover sales. An 11-per-cent year-over-year surge – a surge caused primarily by the launch of a new version of Canada’s No.1 utility vehicle, the RAV4 – propelled Toyota into the top spot.Toyota markets five utility vehicles in its Canadian dealer network. More than two-thirds of the sales, however, come from the RAV4. Toyota also sold 20,566 premium brand SUVs/crossovers through its Lexus lineup.LISTEN: The District of North Vancouver has invested heavily in a electric vehicle fleet in an effort to save money and to lower its greenhouse gas emissions. In this week’s podcast we talk to the district’s energy manager and fleet operations manager to find out if they have succeeded in those goals, and we discover some other unexpected benefits of harnessing electricity to power nearly 10 per cent of their entire fleet of vehicles. We also hear about what’s next for the district. advertisement Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.last_img read more

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first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Newly appointed Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Alan TownsendAlan will have a faculty appointment in the Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) with tenure and as a fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR). As associate vice chancellor for research in the Research & Innovation Office (RIO), formerly known as the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Townsend will devote 50 percent of his time to supporting research development and growing research collaborations in the earth and environmental sciences. He will also help develop and guide a new faculty research leadership program at CU Boulder.”I’m very happy to be back in Boulder and at CU,” Townsend stated. “This university was my professional home for seventeen years, and spending some time away has only further clarified what I’ve always known: CU’s strengths and potential in the broad environmental arena are nearly unmatched.”Prior to his time at Duke, Townsend served as director of the Division of Environmental Biology at the National Science Foundation and the lead of CU Boulder’s efforts to secure the U.S. hub of Future Earth, now located in SEEC (Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex). Before that, he held a variety of roles at CU Boulder, including: director of ENVS, both professor and assistant professor at INSTAAR and the Deptartment of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, as well as the associate director at INSTAAR.Categories:AdministrationCampus Community Published: Jan. 25, 2017 Alan Townsend returns to the University of Colorado Boulder as the associate vice chancellor for research and professor of environmental studies after serving as dean of Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and professor of ecosystem ecology. Townsend will report to Vice Chancellor for Research & Innovation Terri Fiez.”We are fortunate to have Alan back with the university,” observes Fiez. “Alan is not only a talented researcher and leader; he is a strategic thinker who will help us develop approaches and leaders across campus to ensure that CU Boulder remains at the forefront of research and innovation globally.”last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisementBurns follows long-time Wine Market Council President, John GillespieYountville, CA, November 8, 2017 – Wine Market Council announced today that industry veteran Steve Burns has been named President of the non-profit trade association. Burns replaces twenty-year Wine Market Council president John Gillespie, who will retire from the position at the end of November. Burns and Gillespie will work together over the next month to ensure a smooth transition.“I am honored to join the Wine Market Council team and I look forward to building on the great work done by John Gillespie over the last two decades,” said Steve Burns, newly appointed President of Wine Market Council. “We have incredibly compelling research in the pipeline now more than ever and I look forward to working with the Wine Market Council team to provide our members with wine market insights and data that is essential to their marketing and brand positioning goals.”For two decades, Steve Burns has specialized in re-alignment, board development and management for associations. Most recently he is the owner of O’donnell Lane L.L.C., a marketing, public relations and strategic planning firm for associations. Prior to that, Burns was the Executive Director of the Washington Wine Commission where he served from 1996-2004. Burns began a career in the wine business in 1990 as the International Marketing Manager at the Wine Institute. From 1984 to 1989, Burns was special assistant to Governor George Deukmejian, participating in California’s expansion in opening trade and investment offices around the world.“Steve’s record of strong and successful leadership of wine trade associations makes him the perfect match for Wine Market Council,” said outgoing Wine Market Council President, John Gillespie. “The growth and success of Wine Market Council over the years has been driven by a ‘hands on’ board of wine industry leaders who value ongoing market research and its benefits to our membership.  I know they will continue to support both Steve and the council’s mission in the years to come.”Wine Market Council provides its proprietary research to association members only. Upcoming research projects include the Annual High Frequency Wine Consumer Survey with a Special Topic on Premiumization (December 2017), the Occasional Wine Drinker Survey (January 2018), and The Changing World of Retail Wine Shopping Survey (March 2018).To access Wine Market Council research, you must be a member. Membership dues are based upon different criteria that are dependent upon your association with the wine industry. You can inquire about membership at the Wine Market Council website WineMarketCouncil.com or email Wine Market Council at [email protected] Media questions and requests should be sent to [email protected] Wine Market CouncilWine Market Council was established in 1994 as a non-profit (501c6) trade association whose mission is to grow and strengthen the wine market in the U.S. on behalf of all segments of the industry by providing ongoing U.S. wine market research. More information can be found at WineMarketCouncil.com.Advertisement Share Facebook Previous articleWIN Expo 2017 Wine & Weed: A New Normal on the HorizonNext articleLyft and Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley Partner to Bring the Bay Area to Wine Country Press Release TAGSJohn GillespiepeopleSteve BurnsWine Market Council Twitter Pinterest ReddIt Linkedin Email Home Industry News Releases Steve Burns Named President of Wine Market CouncilIndustry News ReleasesWine BusinessSteve Burns Named President of Wine Market CouncilBy Press Release – November 8, 2017 200 0 last_img read more

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