Elkhart’s Flotilla will take place as scheduled for its 44th year

first_img Pinterest Facebook Facebook Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleGoshen Police looking into attempted kidnapping on TuesdayNext articleFour Winds Invitational rescheduled for September Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Photo from www.elkhartriverqueen.com COVID isn’t going to stop one annual tradition n Elkhart. The 44th annual Flotilla will happen as scheduled July 4th The flotilla is  a parade of boats all decorated for the occasion; hoping to win the approval of judges that will be looking on from the famous Elkhart River Queen.Unlike previous years there is no theme this year and they want boaters to decorate however they would like and use their imagination. The flotilla will start at the Six Span Bridge near Sr. 120 and Cr. 17 and will end at Martins Landing where the judges will announce the winner.Its free to compete and non-river residents are welcome. You can find more at Elkhartriverqueen.com By Jon Zimney – June 18, 2020 0 426 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Twitter Elkhart’s Flotilla will take place as scheduled for its 44th year Pinterest Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

Trump administration raises duties on EU aircraft to 15 percent

first_imgThe US is deploying a trade tactic known as carousel retaliation, whereby governments periodically shift duties and tariff rates on different groups of goods in order to increase pain and uncertainty for exporters. On Oct. 18, Washington imposed the original 10 percent duties on Airbus aircraft and 25 percent tariffs on a range of European consumer exports, like cheeses and Spanish olives.The US list continued to spare an Alabama Airbus plant that assembles single-aisle aircraft like the A320 by not hitting airplane parts. But the higher tariffs will hit wide body Airbus models not assembled in the US and mean higher prices for those models for US airlines that have orders on the books.Both Boeing and Airbus have pushed US and EU officials to try and reach a negotiated settlement.The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said that is what it was aiming for as well. “In our view the focus now should be on finding a negotiated solution to the aircraft disputes on the basis of the concrete EU proposals for existing subsidies and future disciplines in this sector,” spokesman Daniel Rosario said in an emailed statement.Fifteen years ago, the US filed a dispute against the EU’s subsidies for Airbus, and the EU filed a counter-suit shortly thereafter. The WTO has subsequently ruled that both the US and EU were guilty.The dispute came to a head last fall when the WTO said the US could legally impose tariffs on $7.5 billion of European exports in retaliation for illegal government aid to Airbus. The award was the largest in WTO history — almost twice as large as the previous record of $4.04 billion set in 2002.At the time the US held off on penalizing certain luxury goods like cognac and handbags, with administration officials saying their goal in imposing the duties was to persuade the EU to negotiate a settlement.But a transatlantic trade peace has proved elusive and US officials say the EU’s overtures have been unacceptable.The US Trade Representative subsequently launched a review of its tariffs and sought input on whether it should remove some products from the October list of tariffs; increase duties on certain goods on that list up to 100 percent; or impose levies on additional products not included in the October list.“The longer these disputes are unresolved, the greater the threat of even more tariffs on our industry,” the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States said in a statement Friday. “The EU has stated it may impose retaliatory tariffs this spring on US rum, vodka, and brandy in its parallel case at the WTO concerning Boeing.”Topics : The US said Friday it will increase the tariff rate imposed on aircraft imported from the European Union to 15 percent from 10 percent on March 18.The move is part of a long-running spat in which the US has sought to penalize the EU for offering illegal subsidies to Airbus that harmed American aircraft maker Boeing.The US Trade Representative said in the statement Friday that it is leaving duties on certain other European goods such as Scotch and French wine at 25 percent and will make minor changes to the previously released product list.last_img read more

Househunters rejoice, home values have had their biggest fall in years

first_imgNew housing & construction in Wadalba, New South Wales, Monday, August 21, 2017. Generic images. (AAP IMAGE / Troy Snook)AUSTRALIAN home values have had their biggest fall in seven years — a swing that’s sure to bolster the hopes of househunters across the country.The latest CoreLogic Home Values Index, out this morning, found national dwelling values dropped by 0.6 per cent in the month, its biggest monthly fall since September 2011.But don’t get your hopes up of a massive swing in prices, with experts predicting Australia will have a “mild downturn”.The median dwelling value nationally has dropped to $554,263, while the combined capitals median home value was $650,165. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoThe housing downturn has gathered momentum in July with the median dwelling value now $554,263.Nationally dwelling values were down 0.9 per cent over the rolling quarter — its lowest result since January 2012 — and 1.6 per cent lower in 12 months which was “the largest annual fall since August 2012”.CoreLogic research head Tim Lawless said since the housing market hit its peak in September last year, it has seen a cumulative fall of 1.9 per cent.Mr Lawless said Australia was in the throes of “a relatively mild downturn to date considering values remain 31 per cent higher than they were five years ago”.Of the major capitals Brisbane emerged with the best monthly result in July, with home values rising 0.1 per cent at a time when Sydney hit -0.6 per cent, Melbourne -0.9 per cent, Adelaide -0.1 per cent and Perth flatlined.Over the quarter the biggest climb was out of Hobart up 1.1 per cent, with Adelaide up 0.7 per cent, and Brisbane up 0.5 per cent while all the other capitals went backwards.Mr Lawless said the slowdown was hitting Sydney and Melbourne hardest but “those cities where values continue to trend higher have also seen a sharp reduction in their rate of capital gain”.“In Brisbane and Adelaide, where housing values were rising at a more sustainable pace over the past five years, the annual rate of capital gains has weakened. In Brisbane, the annual rate of growth has eased from 2.9 per cent a year ago to 1.2 per cent over the past twelve months and in Adelaide the annual growth rate has dropped from 5.4 per cent a year ago to just 0.7 per cent.”Even Hobart had now hit its slowest annual rate of growth since February last year of 11.5 per cent. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOKlast_img read more

Task Force Ati-Atihan holds shooting simulation exercise

first_imgThe tightened security measures aimedto achieve zero major incidents throughout the festivity.(With a report from Akean Forum/PN) BORACAY – The operational readinessand alertness of policemen and emergency responders were tested during asimulation exercise (SIMEX) in Kalibo, Aklan as preparation for the 2020Ati-Atihan Festival.      He added the SIMEX helped themidentify the strengths and weaknesses of rescuers and security personnel.     The simulation included twounidentified motorcycle-riding suspects who refused to stop at a pedestrianscreening and began shooting bystanders in the area.   Thousands of policemen were deployedto ensure the safety and security of the devotees, tourists and merrymakersduring the Ati-Atihan Festival in Kalibo which started on Jan. 10 and will endon Jan. 19.    A police officer and emergency rescuers assist a victim during a shooting simulation exercise in Kalibo, Aklan on Jan. 13 as preparation for the upcoming Ati-Atihan Festival. PHOTO KALIBO PNP “Maramingproblema ang dapat ayusin. Mabagal ang atingresponse time dahil hindi pa masyadongaware ang ating kapulisan sa gagawingscenario,” he added. The Site Task Group AtiFest conductedan active shooting simulation exercise around 3 p.m. along C. Laserna Street indowntown Kalibo on Jan. 13, according to town deputy chief of police Major JakeBarila. After the deadly shooting, securitypersonnel and responders acted to arrest the suspects while victims werebrought to a hospital. After the SIMEX, Barila said they needto improve the response capabilities of law enforcement agencies in similaremergency situations and unfortunate real-life scenarios. Barila said policemen and emergencyrescuers should take their roles more seriously in crisis preparedness andresponse during the Ati-Atihan Festival. last_img read more

Whole week leading up to El Clasico is different: Sergio Ramos

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid meet Barcelona in a fixture that could decide which way the Spanish league title goes this season. Barcelona lead Real Madrid by two points at the top of the La Liga table with 13 games in hand. The fixture by itself is considered one of the biggest matches in football and Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said that the atmosphere in the week before the match itself is different from others.“The whole week before – unless there’s a Champions League or Cup game in between – is different,” said Ramos. “The media are really active, not necessarily putting pressure on you but definitely generating a lot of coverage. That’s what makes it such a big game, what makes our league and our players so important. It’s a great thing to experience. I try to step back a bit, stay focused and prepare the same way and go out onto the pitch as motivated as ever. But it’s true that in those games your emotions are driven by what you feel on the inside. It’s hard to explain but hopefully I’ll continue to experience those feelings for many years to come.”Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen said that he tries to treat the match like any other so as to stay focussed. “Yes, I try to work at the same rhythm,” he said. “I try to be always in the best circumstances, therefore I also need my goalkeeper coaches, my teammates to be at 100% and I try to always be professional and on 100%, but for me it doesn’t change if it’s a game against somebody else or Real Madrid or whoever, as for me, the work doesn’t change. And, well, as I said before, sometimes, of course, even if you don’t notice, there are small differences in the preparation which can make a big difference and I try to make it kind of a routine, always being in the same shape, always being professional. It doesn’t matter who we face, and I think, until now, it’s working quite well.” IANS Also Read: Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos, TV Presenter Pilar Rubio Tie KnotAlso Watch: ATDC Chairman Jayanta Malla Baruah attends BJP’s organizational meeting ahead BTAD electionslast_img read more

At The Finish Line…Where only the truth matters

first_imgRobert Morris’ Kavon Stewart (3) makes a pass for an assist, after making a steal, during the second half of the Northeastern Conference championship NCAA college basketball game against Mount St. Mary’s on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Coraopolis, PA. Mt. Saint Mary won 88-71.(AP Photo/Don Wright)• It can be true that it’s hard to beat a team three times and Robert Morris Men’s Basketball Team proved that point big time after beating Mt. Saint Mary’s by eight, two times this season.  They hit the wall bad, but hats off to the campus and administration for a top shelf event.  The noise, student body, and overall campus atmosphere was second to none.  It should help make that whoopin and trip to NIT instead of the NCAA Tournament easier to swallow.Bill Neal• Duquesne University student body, you could and should take a lesson from the RMC kids and pump some life into your home games.  It can turn some losses into wins.  (I would say just ask the Pitt Zoo . . . but not lately!)• Here’s hoping that Kobe’s words hit home on the throne and the Laker management goes and gets Phil Jackson from New York before it’s too late.  And while you’re there, get Carmillo, keep Gasol, still Kiree Erving and let’s turn this thing around!• Ease up on the Ryan Clark hater list.  The man was a damn good player and a serious hard hitter.  He’s charted his own course now.• A reminder for the Salute to the Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl Legends, Saturday, March 29th, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., at the Rivers Casino.  Mel Blount, J.T. Thomas, Dwayne Woodruff, Louis Lipps, Randy Grossman, Robin Cole, Mike Wagner, and Andy Russell.  Free parking, free hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, autographs and photographs.  Call (412) 628-4856 for information.YOU HAVE NOW CROSSED OVER THE FINISH LINElast_img read more