01/05/2013

Peaks and troughs

Like a trawler motoring through the stormy north Atlantic, the fishing industry experienced many peaks and troughs in 2012. Plants closed,Our technology gives rtls systems developers the ability. strikes were held, and co-ops formed as unions, governments, and private companies sparred for their share of a sometimes lucrative and always controversial industry.

The Packet recently spoke with leaders in the fishing industry, asking what were the highs and lows of the 2012 season and how they expect 2013 to progress for their business.

Fish Foods and Allied Workers (FFAW) inshore director Bill Broderick witnessed his deepest trough of 2012 when he saw police escort trawlermen away in handcuffs during a protest in February.

"It was the first time in our history we had people arrested trying to protecting our jobs," he says. "That one will certainly go down in the history books."

The February strike by trawlermen working for Ocean Choice International in Marystown kicked off after they rejected an offer from the company for what the FFAW estimated to be a two-per-cent wage increase.

"That's a very arduous, demanding job. Days when everybody else is home with the windows rattling, thankful they're home in their bed; these guys are out on the Grand Banks trying to catch a bit of yellowtail flounder," FFAW president Earl McCurdy told the Southern Gazette in February. "They haven't seen the kind of progress in their income that they should have.

The strike came to an end when FFAW and Ocean Choice International reached a compromise over a month later, but not before the company employed replacements on the trawlers, a tactic Broderick says the government should ban in 201.

"I don't think in the society we live in now, we need scab labour," he told The Packet. "The premier at the time said she was troubled by it, but didn't do anything about it. Commissions have recommended legislation to prevent that, but it hasn't happened."

Don Sweetapple has seen tough times from his vantage point as well. He owns Fisheries Management Svc Ltd., a company that provides accounting services to over 400 fishing enterprises across the province. Sweetapple says the crab catch in fishing zone 3K, which is off the Northern and Bonavista peninsulas, continued to decline in 2012, a trend that's held for several years.

The result of a weak crab fishery in 3K was a drastic impact on the bottom lines of fishermen, according to Sweetapple,Find detailed product information for howo spare parts and other products. especially those who don't also own one of the more profitable shrimp licenses.Best howo concrete mixer manufacturer in China. Losses were made worse by a drop in crab prices from a minimum of $1.85 per pound in 2011 to $1.65 in 2012.

"In a lot of cases it's a miracle they're hanging on," he says. "How many more years can they go making less money than the year before? Or having greater losses than the year before?"

Sweetapple predicts the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will once again cut the crab quota in 3K in 2013.

"It's been reduced last two years," he says. "There have been issues with fishers landing total quota in 2012 so as a result it would give DFO reason to lower the quota again."

Shrinking quotas were one reason for the closure of the crab plant in St. Lewis on the Labrador coast, an operation that at one time employed 60 people in the community of 300.

The low point of 2012 for Derek Butler, executive director of the Association for Seafood Processors, came when the federal fisheries consultation that began in January didn't produce any result Butler considers beneficial to the industry.

The consultation sought the opinions of people involved in all levels of the industry across the country, in an attempt to modernize the fishery on a nation-wide scale.

"Fishermen want our management system to reflect their business needs," wrote federal fisheries minister Keith Ashfield in a March statement. "Our role in government is to ensure sustainability of the resource and create a healthy business environment and that is what we intend to achieve."

"It looks like it's all come to naught," Butler says. "It was more spin than effective engagement and effective undertaking of showing leadership and doing anything for the fishery. That was a disappointment."

Like Sweetapple, Butler expects crab catches to decline in 2013, and he says more plant closures are inevitable in the new year. On a broader scale, he says the poor economic state of North America will continue to handicap the industry.

"It's a drag on consumer confidence, a drag on spending," Butler says. "I think people will say sales have generally been slow. It's not been a robust year. Even though academically the prices have been good, sales have been slow and some prices are starting to back off."

The highlight of 2012 for Broderick came in April when lobster fishermen, outraged over the prices offered to them by the Seafood Processors of Newfoundland and Labrador, formed a co-op to sell their catch. The fishermen pooled their resources and had their product trucked to the Maritimes where it fetched a higher price.Interlocking security cable ties with 250 pound strength makes this ideal for restraining criminals.

"The lobster (co-op) didn't affect a lot of people, but it gave people hope where they felt they were under the thumb of the buyers for decades," says Broderick. "We broke out of that mold."

"They backed us in a corner and we conducted ourselves accordingly,"union president McCurdy told The Packet. "I think that was a real important development and we'll hope to build on it."

It's unclear whether the lobster co-op will stay together during the 2013 season, but Broderick says he would like to see it remain, and possibly expand into the crab fishery.

Broderick also sees positive signs come from the west coast, where he says fishermen are complaining the quotas are too low compared to the amount of fish available

"We're seeing on the west coast, especially with halibut, is that they're there, but after 24 hours with a hook and line you catch the quota. 20 years ago you'd fish all season and not catch the quota. That tells you there are a lot of fish there but management for whatever reason doesn't see fit to increase that quota. That's what's frustrating. Nobody can understand that.

Sweetapple says crab stocks have remained stable in the 3L and 3Ps fishing zones, found off the Avalon and Burin peninsulas respectively, and it was a good year for fishing shrimp in 3K, despite the poor crab season there.

The cod stocks on the northeast coast are showing signs of recovery, according to McCurdy, a claim supported by George Rose, a former federal fisheries scientist who told the CBC in August he hadn't seen so many cod in 20 years. He added, however, that the increase wasn't enough to justify increasing the fishing quota.

McCurdy disagrees, saying DFO should allow fishermen to catch more in 2013.

"It's not good to leave the quota low, effectively no fishery, for years then all of a sudden say 'Good news, 100,000 tons,' because there will be no one left to catch it, process it, or market it," McCurdy warned.

Butler says his hope for 2013 is that all players in the industry can work together and find common ground in an industry where change is desperately needed.

"There are diverging views on what has to be done," he says.The term 'hands free access control' means the token that identifies a user is read from within a pocket or handbag. "We'd be on one side of the fence and the unions on the other. But I think there are things that could be done and little has been done."

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Lexus GS250 a cruise liner on wheels

If you're looking at something like this, let us welcome you to the middle of the luxury car pecking order. You haven't quite advanced to doing the government bigwig parade in that 7 Series or S-Class, but you're now looking beyond that aspiring-executive 3 Series pose.

The default shopping list here has been German for as long as we can remember, although the Jaguar XF has been making inroads in recent years, but the Lexus GS has never been more than a rare but bland contender.

With the new GS, Lexus is hoping to finally make some proper inroads into the 5 Series/E-Class/A6 battleground.Western Canadian distributor of ceramic and ceramic tile, It's doing this not only with a vastly-improved product, but also with a wider range that now extends to the bottom of the middle segment with its GS250 EX that costs just over half-a-bar.

It's powered by a 2.5-litre normally aspirated V6 petrol engine with direct injection, mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox. With outputs of 154kW and 253Nm, it fits above the smaller-engined turbocharged German rivals in the power war, but will lose its advantage at oxygen-sapped Reef altitudes. Its biggest problem, however, is that Jaguar's just launched a new 2-litre turbopetrol version of its XF, which shares its 177kW heart with the Range Rover Evoque.

For starters, it's somewhat better equipped than its rivals with features like 10-way electric driver's seat adjustment,We mainly supply professional craftspeople with crys talbeads wholesale shamballa Bracele , reverse camera and seating ventilation for the front occupants. Where BMW and Mercedes charge you more than R22 000 extra for a navigation system, the Lexus gives you a full HDD system complete with voice command and traffic data and there's a 12-speaker premium sound system. Let's not forget that the seats are also very cushy.

Spec might be good, but recent price increases have made the Lexus more expensive than its rivals. That and it also lacks its rivals' long list of optional driver assistance systems - presuming that matters to you.

The GS250's interior design imparts a notably high-tech feel - it's more square and proudly-Japanese than curvy and wannabe-European - while the surfaces (including stitched leather on the dash) look and feel like they're at home in a premium sedan.

The interface system works very much like a PC. You have a mushroom-shaped 'mouse' positioned on the centre console, controlling a cursor on the huge screen at the top of the dash. I found it to be surprisingly user-friendly in most respects.

That said, some of its functions can take a bit of getting used to, like setting up another radio station in the FM menu, as I found out after travelling to another province.

While on that story, it's worth mentioning that I subjected the Lexus to some really shoddy rural tar roads en route to a wedding, where the GS became the much-admired replacement bridal car at the last minute. Yet what impressed me the most was how it kept me comfortable on those aforementioned roads.

The suspension dishes out an extremely supple ride quality while the pedantic insulation keeps things eerily quiet inside the cabin. This Lexus is a luxury cocoon seemingly hell-bent on censoring the harshness of our ever-deteriorating roads.

Its road holding is also neat enough and I found the steering to be acceptably communicative.

As alluded to earlier, performance is rather average - it's not quite slow but, the V6 still dishes out more growl than speed. On the upside, the gearbox is pleasant and responsive - it chooses its gears well and changes down quickly when you need extra oomph.

CBS News has learned that the U.S. Coast Guard has called in their criminal investigators to probe potential violations of federal law involving the activities of a 572-foot oil drilling and exploration ship owned by the Noble corporation, and contracted by Royal Dutch Shell to search for oil in the arctic. Royal Dutch Shell owned the drilling rig, the Kulluk, that ran aground in rough Alaskan seas Monday.

The revelation that another Noble ship working for Shell may have been operating with serious safety and pollution control problems bolstered allegations from environmental activists that the oil industry is unable to conduct safe oil drilling operations in the Arctic Ocean.

The Coast Guard conducted a routine marine safety inspection when Noble's Discoverer arrived at a Seward, Alaska port in late November. The inspection team found serious issues with the ship's safety management system and pollution control systems. The inspectors also listed more than a dozen "discrepancies" which, sources tell CBS News, led them to call in the Coast Guard Investigative Service (CGIS) to determine if there were violations of federal law.

After the Coast Guard's initial inspection of the Noble Discoverer, on Nov. 30, Capt. Paul Mehler, the Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection in Western Alaska issued a Port State Control Detention for the Noble Discoverer, effectively grounding the ship until safety violations were fixed. By Dec. 19, the ship was released from Port Detention but still remains in Seward for additional repairs.

According to the Coast Guard, the recent issues come after a string of warning signs pointing to potential issues on the Discoverer and the Kulluk over the course of 2012. An "enforcement warning" for being a "pollution source" was issued to the Noble Discoverer in Anchorage, on Sept. 24, following an investigation into an oil discharge. On May 21, in Seattle, days before the ship sailed toward the Arctic Ocean, an inspection of the Discoverer found 23 deficiencies, including problems with bilge water management system,Our technology gives rtls systems developers the ability. ventilation, electric system, and ship's engine.

The Kulluk has also had recent violations including three enforcement warnings for being a source of pollution in 2012 and a Coast Guard inspection last May that found 19 deficiencies in electrical and maintenance systems.Argo Mold limited specialize in Plastic injection mould manufacture, Officials say there is no sign that the grounded Kulluk, which is carrying 143,000 gallons of diesel, is leaking fuel.

In an interview with CBS News on Friday,The term 'hands free access control' means the token that identifies a user is read from within a pocket or handbag. Rep. Ed Markey of Massachusetts, the top Democrat on the House Natural Resources Committee said "We have to ask the question whether Shell Oil is playing a shell game with the safety protections that have to be in place to insure that drilling in the Arctic can be done without any damage to the environment."

In response to the Coast Guard investigation involving the Noble Discoverer, Shell spokesperson Kelly op de Weegh said in a statement "Noble, owners of the Discoverer, are swiftly addressing the discrepancies identified in the Coast Guard inspection of that vessel. Noble has addressed and closed many of the items noted in the inspection, and others are planned for the Discoverer's post-season maintenance schedule. Shell will not deploy the Noble Discoverer for exploration operations until all post-season issues have been corrected."

In a statement to CBS News, Noble spokesperson John Breed said "Noble continues to cooperate fully with Coast Guard to address any deficiencies they may have identified in their inspections of the ship. Noble will continue to cooperate with the Coast Guard so that the ship can safely travel to the shipyard in Washington State to conduct any further repairs."

On Thursday, a coalition of 46 Democratic members of Congress called on Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar to join with the Coast Guard in investigating the whether the fleet contracted by Shell should operate in the Arctic Ocean.

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12/30/2012

Retro girlie look in a quiet corner of Old Montreal

It was. I hadn’t really intended to move, but a friend told me about this place because some people he knew were moving out. It’s one of the few rentals left in this area of Old Montreal.High quality mold making Videos teaches anyone how to make molds. They’re tearing them all down and turning them into condominiums. It’s very cheap. I pay only $530 a month.

Having to downsize actually forced me to get rid of some of the furniture I’d brought with me from Saskatchewan. A lot of what you see here (she indicates the turquoise covered sofa and an armchair) are hand-me-downs or things I’ve picked up at St. Vincent de Paul. I paid $25 for chair and $50 for the couch. I’ve just had it re-covered.

(To illustrate her point, she shows me her camera collection,Our technology gives rtls systems developers the ability. neatly arranged,The term 'hands free access control' means the token that identifies a user is read from within a pocket or handbag. with one old film camera on top of the other, on a CD rack. MacPherson is an accomplished photographer and her work, along with that of artist friends, hangs on the walls. We walk into her long, narrow kitchen.We have a wide selection of dry cabinet to choose from for your storage needs. Her office space is at one end. A door to a terrace, “big enough for a barbecue” is at the other. In the kitchen, more of her collections — a row of vintage cocktail shakers and aquamarine glass containers.)

I notice you’ve used a lot of blues and greens in your decor. Are those your favourite colours?

Those and shocking pink. (She shows me the tiny bathroom, which has fuchsia walls and two bright pink gnomes, perched atop the toilet.) A friend gave these to me. I could do with a bigger bathtub, but the water pressure is great. That’s not always the case in older buildings.

His name is Mack. He’s a schnauzer and because he’s a German breed, I decided to name him after Kurt Weill’s Mack the Knife. That’s another great thing about living in this area. There are lots of places to walk him along the Lachine Canal.

Also, I’m so handy to everything. When I lived in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, friends used to remark that I lived so far away. I didn’t agree because it took me only 30 minutes to cycle downtown. (She still has a bike, leaning up against the bottom of the stairs to her apartment.) Living here, so close to downtown, I can see they were probably right.

It needed a complete makeover. My parents helped me renovate. We put in a laminate floor in the living area, painted the walls and doors and my dad — he’s very handy — modified the kitchen cabinets. The floor in the living room was all square tiles covered in some kind of ship’s varnish. It was a real “manly man” decor. I prefer a retro, girlie look!

Before my dad redesigned the cabinets, they were really high. He actually cut one of them in half so that I could fit the fridge underneath. All in all, we probably spent about $3,000.

It probably dates back to around the late 19th century. It has a colourful history. There are seven apartments within the block and they’re cut into really weird shapes. I’ve heard from a couple of sources that the building may at one time have been a brothel!

One of the apartments has a sweeping staircase, which could have been where the Madame paraded the girls. We’re so close to the harbour — lots of sailors — and near what was once Montreal’s first prison for women.

Perhaps more interesting is the personal collection that was reserved for the seacoast retreat that is now a permanent repository for museum-quality maritime art, Civil War naval maps, Revolutionary War letters from the North Carolina signers of
the Declaration of Independence, first edition North Carolina history books plus scrimshaw, earthenware pottery and more decorative accessories that resonate with meaning for the lifetime steward.

All have found a new address in one of Wrightsvilles bedroom communities overlooking the skyline of the tiny beach town from a top berth above the Intracoastal Waterway. On a clear day its possible to see the southern tip of Masonboro Island from the window hanging above the kitchen sink.

The three-bedroom condominium floorplan is simple. The kitchen gives way to a small dining area that adjoins the living room. Both areas open to a terrace anchored at its southern edge by a Carrara marble urn purchased from the Palm Beach estate of Bernie Madoff. Italian tiles cover the terrace floor. Cushioned outdoor wicker settees and chairs surround conversation tables and a few well placed conversation pieces, like the 1850 confit pot and an 18th century walnut oil vessel.

Sliding glass doors separate the terrace from the living room appointed with built-in display cases. One is a showcase for English Delft.Our technology gives rtls systems developers the ability. The tin glaze pottery is rarer than its Dutch namesake. This particular assemblage includes 1690 King William and Mary Regina chargers. The large 14-inch decorative plates bear the portraits of the king and queen of England who reigned from 1689 until 1702.

The regents portrait chargers are flanked by German Westerwald jugs, scrimshaw clock hutches and a 1720 English Delft bowl from Bristol, a locale, like London, well known for its Delft earthenware.

Making way for the display of more antiquities, a chase located along the living rooms interior wall allowed the addition of French doors leading into the entrance hall. This underutilized space allows the housing for the collection of scrimshaw made from whale teeth and bones.

Out at sea, when whalers were bored they whittled and engraved keepsakes called scrimshaw for their wives and children. This display includes a childs teething ring and ball, clothespins, corkscrews, a comb, a toy spinning wheel, a yarn caddy, rolling pin, pie dough crimper and a device that strapped on a sailors belt holds needles for sail mending.

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