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first_imgTo get the blood pumping:Eastern Michigan showed great resolve last night while a lot of the country was glue to the election, coming back from down 21 in the first quarterHistoric night for Eastern Michigan Football, but our goal has yet to be fulfilled #LetsRoll pic.twitter.com/pBFEfaMjpP— EMU Football (@EMUFB) November 9, 2016 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Something everyone can agree on from last night (and perhaps the only thing)Can Corso just come out and put on a Trump or Hillary head so I can go to bed? #Elections2016 @CollegeGameDay @sam_ponder— analogrob (@AnalogRob) November 9, 2016Former Michigan player Taylor Lewan saw a distraight young fan after the Titans recent loss and went over and provided him with the moment of a lifetimeTaylor Lewan consoles a young Titans fan after a close loss to the Chargers. This is why I love sports pic.twitter.com/uEfx0kQjtv— Kent Murphy (@KentMurphy) November 9, 2016Gotta love fake GrudenI’ll tell ya what. Electoral College can sure put up some major points on offense. I’m not sure why these guys aren’t ranked, man. Wow.— Jon Gruden (@Faux_Gruden) November 9, 2016The quote of the day”Circumstances don’t dictate behavior”— Doug Samuels (@CoachSamz) November 9, 2016Looking to build a championship culture?ICYMI: 2 New Videos on #Pillar2 1) Ask The Right Questions –> https://t.co/djT7ZXFkGn2) The 7 Essentials –> https://t.co/uJZreLE3v0 pic.twitter.com/Suoy9wVsdX— Brian Cain (@BrianCainPeak) November 9, 2016The best from yesterday:Which current FBS head coaches would make the best presidential candidate?Where every conference title race stands with 3 weeks until Championship SaturdayReport: NCAA will not drop the sledgehammer on Baylorlast_img read more

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Les Miles is still committed to finding his next coaching job

first_imgUnless he obtains the Western Michigan job, Les Miles probably isn’t going to be on the sidelines for the 2017 season.The Broncos’ job is the only one open at the moment and, with no coaches on the horizon for any of the NFL openings, it would take a surprise firing for Miles to land a job this cycle if Western Michigan does not come to pass.But even if he’s forced to sit out the 2017 season, The Mad Hatter says he’s still committed to coaching.“I think [TV is] something that I would enjoy being close to the game,” Miles told ESPN’s David Ching. “But I’m a coach. I have so much experience at the things that I’ve done that it would be hard for me to just put those down. … So for me not to be able to step to the field and show a young man, ‘This is how we do it,’ and move on from there, I just can’t imagine it at this point. Maybe at another time. Yeah, maybe, but not at this point. I’m a coach.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Sponsored By Connatix Miles is the most accomplished coach to hit the open market in a while. He’s 159-44 all-time, a future Hall of Famer, and even the down period that got him dismissed at LSU still saw the Tigers win at least eight games every season and finish in the top-20 of both major polls in every season but one since 2008.Still, landing a new job is no guarantee, especially for a coach of his age (63). Butch Davis spent multiple years out of the game before landing at FIU in November. Philip Fulmer and Houston Nutt never found that next job after being pushed out of Tennessee and Ole Miss, respectively.It’s a young man’s game now.The average of 19 coaches hired in FBS so far is 46.2.But the only P5 school that hired a guy older than 46 was LSU. Coach O is 55.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 6, 2017“Here’s the interesting thing: The experience that you’ve had in 17 years of head-coaching experience, you can’t put in a two-hour interview and it’s impossible to try,” Miles said. “So what you do is you do the best you can to display these great number of experiences that you’ve had, and then you want to see how they respond. It’s important that it’s a great fit. And if they don’t want an experienced coach and a guy that’s been through really a number of situations, I understand. I really do, and I’m for them.”last_img read more

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August 27 2018

first_imgAugust 27 , 2018 UPDATE: Since this article was published, USDA Secretary Perdue released a statement on the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement. His comments can be found below.The U.S. and Mexico have reportedly reached an agreement to revise key portions of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and could announce a preliminary deal on Monday, according to the New York Times.The renegotiation process was triggered by the U.S. in May last year. Officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico had originally planned to reach a deal before the Mexican presidential elections in June.U.S. President Donald Trump has previously labeled NAFTA “the worst trade deal maybe ever” and had pledged to either renegotiate or withdraw the from it. The news of a preliminary agreement comes days after Reuters reported that the U.S. had dropped a contentious demand to impose seasonal restrictions on Mexican agricultural exports.A preliminary agreement between the United States and Mexico would fall far short of actually revising NAFTA, the New York Times reported. The preliminary agreement still excludes Canada, which has reportedly been absent from talks held in Washington in recent weeks.The deal centers on the rules governing the automobile industry and leaves aside other contentious issues that affect all three countries, the publication reported.The revised NAFTA would also need congressional approval before it can go into effect, including votes by Republican lawmakers who have criticized some of the president’s plans for remaking the deal.“Our relationship with Mexico is getting closer by the hour,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “Some really good people within both the new and old government, and all working closely together….A big Trade Agreement with Mexico could be happening soon!”Reuters later reported that Canada is encouraged by the continued optimism shown by the U.S. and Mexico and will continue to negotiate for a deal, but will only sign a new agreement that is good for Canada, a spokesman for Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.“Progress between Mexico and the United States is a necessary requirement for any renewed NAFTA agreement. We are in regular contact with our negotiating partners, and we will continue to work toward a modernized NAFTA,” spokesman Adam Austen was quoted as saying.”We will only sign a new NAFTA that is good for Canada and good for the middle class. Canada’s signature is required.” U.S.: California Strawberry Commission promotes ne … European apple production to fall by 20% … Mexico: Taco lovers cry foul over restaurants’ gua … You might also be interested in CPMA “encouraged” by announcementThe Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) said it is “encouraged” by the announcement. It added that it was reassured by the Mexican President’s “continued reference to including Canada in future discussions and moving towards a new trilateral trade agreement given the integration of trade between NAFTA countries.””Canadian negotiators have been steadfast in their support for the industry and are well briefed on issues affecting fresh produce, including the seasonality provision, the elimination of Chapter 19, and the sunset clause,” it said.”It is our understanding that the seasonality provision has been removed from the US-Mexico agreement and will not be part of the discussions moving forward. CPMA has long advocated for the removal of the seasonality provision and is pleased that it will not be a feature of a future trilateral agreement.”CPMA will continue to work with Canadian negotiators as they re-engage in formal negotiations with the U.S. reflecting the need for a trilateral agreement to preserve the competitiveness of the North American fresh fruit and vegetable supply chain.” USDA announces dealU.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue later issued a statement hailing the “breakthrough” agreement.“The President has achieved important improvements in the agreement to enable our agricultural producers to be treated more fairly,” he said.”This breakthrough demonstrates that the President’s common-sense strategy of holding trading partners accountable will produce results. President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer, our U.S. Trade Representative, are to be congratulated for their determination, vision, and leadership.”“The agreement specifically addresses agricultural biotechnology to keep up with 21st Century innovations. And we mutually pledge to work together with Mexico to reduce trade-distorting policies, increase transparency, and ensure non-discriminatory treatment in grading of agricultural products.He went on to describe the development as “nothing short of a great victory for farmers and ranchers”, highlighting the importance of locking in U.S. access to the Mexican market.”Mexico has historically been a great customer and partner and we are happy to have this resolved for our agricultural producers,” he said.“We now hope that Canada will see the need to settle all of the outstanding issues between our two nations as well, and restore us to a true North American Free Trade Agreement.” U.S.-based iTradeNetwork bringing supply chain sol …last_img read more

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USDOT awards 233 million for airport upgrade

first_imgAmerican Samoa Congresswoman Aumua Amata is pleased that over $23.3 million in federal resources are being awarded to American Samoa for much-needed airport renovation projects to improve the pavement.“This is a sizable grant for our Pago Pago International Airport, and it is great news for us this week,” said Aumua Amata. “I’m especially pleased to welcome this important federal support to preserve and enhance our airport.Our airport is our primary connection to the United States and the rest of the Pacific, and it is essential to keep it in good repair.”Specifically, this grant includes a significant discretionary amount of $22,303,667 through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which is an agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, plus $1 million in formula-based distribution.The combined total is $23,303,667, which is designated to renovate the pavement of the extensive terminal apron area. This final phase of the project is the rehabilitation of 54,000 square yards of pavement.“A special thank you to Port Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Tuia Poumele for all her efforts on this valuable project, and everyone else taking part in this much-needed work,” continued Congresswoman Amata.“I would also like to thank my friend U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, and FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell for considering the importance of this project to American Samoa, and recognizing the necessity of a quality U.S. airport in the Pacific as part of the nation’s dependable transportation system.”Story credit: Talanei.com.The post USDOT awards $23.3 million for airport upgrade appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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Redesign of the Website of the Tahiti Tourism Service

first_imgThe Tahiti Tourism Department, responsible for designing, coordinating, implementing and evaluating the tourism strategy, has just launched its new website.The redesign of the website of the tourism service offers simplified access to information for all Polynesians including tourism professionals. The purpose of the new website is to promote the development of tourism in French Polynesia.The aim of the redesign of the website of the tourism serviceAs part of the dynamic development and modernization of public services in French Polynesia, the tourism department has committed to overhaul its website. This site makes it possible to present the service of tourism and all the missions which are attached to it to the public. It also seeks to meet the needs of professionals, individuals and tourists alike by providing useful or complementary information. In terms of ergonomics and functionality, this modern website offers attractive and fun content that simplifies research.A modern and dynamic websiteThe site is organized around 6 distinct menus: a description and a detailed presentation of the service; a collection of texts and legal sources according to the type of activities; a follow-up of the 2015-2020 tourism development strategy; a one-stop shop for professionals; a directory for individuals of tourism businesses; a tab dedicated to news and calls for tenders.Cooler graphics revive the website. With a more pleasant approach, with recent photographs, it also presents a refined typography and a new color panel that recalls the colors of the sails arranged in front of each tourist site of Tahiti and its islands, and the lagoon of French Polynesia. We can also find new spaces such as multicriteria research of tourist sites, accommodations and tourist activities that allow a simple, fast and functional navigation.In the era of new technologies, the tourism service has adapted its website to various media such as computers, tablets and mobile phones. The new website of the Tourism Department can now be consulted, from the following link: https://www.service-public.pf/sdt/(Source: La Presidence de la Polynesie Francaise September 2018)The post Redesign of the Website of the Tahiti Tourism Service appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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SPTO and FEXCO sign MOU for Strategic Cooperation

first_imgThe post SPTO and FEXCO sign MOU for Strategic Cooperation appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog About FEXCOFEXCO offers excellent currency exchange rates with its own brand No1Currency and is the largest network agent of Western Union in the Pacific.  It also serves corporate clients with its Business Payment product which allows businesses to make convenient, fast, and cost-effective cross-border payments.In addition to FEXCO’s wide retail footprint, they also recently launched No1Currency website in New Zealand (www.no1currency.co.nz) and Fiji (www.no1currency.com.fj).  The online service gives customers a more convenient option in exchanging currency, particularly with the innovative Home Delivery Service in New Zealand.About SPTOEstablished in 1983 as the Tourism Council of the South Pacific, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) is the mandated organisation representing Tourism in the region. Its 18 Government members are American Samoa, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia,Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and the People’s Republic of China. In addition to government members, the South Pacific Tourism Organisation enlists a private sector membership base. For further information, please contact:Alisi Lutu, Marketing ManagerSouth Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO)Email: alutu@spto.org or +679 3304177 In the spirit of cooperation the South Pacific Tourism Organisation and FEXCO Pacific signed a Memorandum of Understanding yesterday at the FEXCO office in Auckland, New Zealand. The signing underpins both organisations’ vision towards a strategic cooperation focused on developing a sustainable framework that is mutually beneficial and in establishing appropriate conditions to drive the value and strength of tourism in the Pacific region.“SPTO is excited to be working with FEXCO Pacific and leveraging our organisations resources, networks, membership and experiences to progress areas of common interest for the development and growth of tourism in the region, where currency exchange and cross-boundary payments are important for travellers and tourism businesses” said SPTO CEO, Chris Cocker.FEXCO Pacific is a leading financial services company in the Pacific with operations in New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, American Samoa, East Timor, Cooks Islands, Tuvalu and Kiribati.“FEXCO Pacific is keen to collaborate with SPTO and its members to serve and grow the tourism industry in the Pacific. We wish to add value to the great work being done by SPTO in driving more value to the tourism community. Our desire is to deliver enhanced convenience and tangible benefits to stakeholders in the tourism ecosystem” said FEXCO CEO, Chris Wilby.The partnership between the two organisations is anticipated to aid SPTO in assisting its private sector membership through enhanced value for money benefits and services to support sustainable tourism business development.last_img read more

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Domestic Travel Will Change In Fiji

first_imgFiji Airports executive chairman Faiz Khan said the face of domestic travel in Fiji will change as development con­tinues.He said this taking into consideration that Fiji Airports managed to build a new $12.8 million 1,400 metres of chip-sealed pavement runway 587 kilometres at Malhaha in Rotu­ma.Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened the runway yesterday.Mr Khan said in the past the Twin Otters used to take 60 to 75 minutes more in flying time than the ATR Turboprops that can now fly to Rotuma from Nadi.“Fiji Airports has successfully delivered yet another milestone infrastructure project, the new Rotuma chip seal runway,” he said.He said this project was a work-in-progress for the last 40 years, designed and shelved a number of times because of challenges with Rotuma’s isolation and resulting cost factors.“The last time it was shelved some 15 years ago, a budget of $22m plus variations was prepared for the runway alone,” Mr Khan said.“FA has delivered this project for $12.8m with a bigger scope which included consult­ants’ costs, fencing, fire tender, fire building, crop clearance and compensation, barging and charter flights among others.“This achievement is in line with FA’s phi­losophy of prudent cost management of our operating and capital expenditure.“It allows us to build two of something when others would build one.”He highlighted some of the challenges that FA faced with the distance from mainland and getting the runway built.These included:$500,000 on hiring of barges and there were five barges at a cost of around $100,000 each$650,000 in flight charters as each charter flight cost the project $23,000 and there were about 29 charters. FA received no subsidies on these daunting charter costs but perse­vered on.Contractors“It was never easy to build the runway in Rotuma to allow ATR operations.”He thanked the contractors China Railway Five, consultant GHD, FA board and its team, the landowners, the Commissioner Eastern and the Ministry of Public Enterprises.“Government is the 100 per cent sharehold­er in FA.“Based on the partnership we have devel­oped with Government, no longer are such projects stay stuck in the pipeline for 40 years, no matter how difficult they are.“No longer are such projects spoken about at gatherings and published in media for momentary satisfaction, without ever being delivered.“The success of this project marks the new beginning for air connectivity for Fijians.”Mr Khan said with the Twin Otter flights carrying just seven passengers previously, this restricted the development of Rotuma.The island does not have any hotels yet Ro­tuma had pristine environment with its tur­quoise blue waters and white sandy beaches.He said with the ATRs and a couple of flights per week, the new runway would al­low Rotuma to transform itself for the better and realise its potentials.“This runway may have been 40 years in the making, but it is what it will mean for the Ro­tumans and the Fijian people for the next 100 plus years into the future that history will re­member us by, as our greatest achievement.”Rotuma Council chairman Gagaj Samu­ela Manav said the opening of the new $12.8 million runway was a blessings for all Rotu­mans.“We will now be able to uplift the economy of Rotuma and there are many ways we can do this,” Gagaj Manav said.“We will be looking at tourism as one way of creating business. Once tourists see the beauty of Rotuma and that there are regular flights they will definitely come.”The post Domestic Travel Will Change In Fiji appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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Samoa PM says no need for airline to reveal financial state

first_imgSamoa’s prime minister says there’s no need for Samoa Airways to reveal its financial performance because journalists don’t understand financial records.The national airline was launched a year ago, and has been using a leased jet and taken loans from the Unit Trust of Samoa.When asked about its financial performance by the Samoa Observer, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said the airline was not a public company.He said even if it was, journalists wouldn’t understand the records.However, the state has funded the airline since its inception.Samoa Airways to get its second plane from next monthMeanwhile, Samoa Airways will be operating a second plane from the beginning of next month.Tuila’epa Sailele Malielegaoi said the airline will be operating a new Boeing 737-900.The Minister responsible for the airline, Lautafi Purcell hinted at the launch of Samoa Airways last year that the airline was already looking at introducing the D Max 9, which is other name for the B737-900.Tuilaepa hasn’t said where the second plane will be leased from, but the current plane is on lease from an Italian airline.The post Samoa PM says no need for airline to reveal financial state appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more

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Suavanao airfield in Isabel reopened

first_imgRepresentatives of the Ministry of Communication and Aviation (MCA), the Civil Aviation Authority of Solomon Islands (CAASI) and Solomon Airlines conducted a test flight using a Twin Otter aircraft on Saturday 24th November 2018 to ascertain the readiness of the airport to accommodate flights.While minor tidy-up work was noted, the pavement rehabilitation was a success and the MCA with CAASI endorsement reopened the airport and Solomon Airlines will re-commence commercial services to Suavanao Airport when they are ready.Most provincial airports in Solomon Islands have not been maintained for more than 20 years and the current MCA management is addressing that by implementing a Provincial Airport Rehabilitation Programme to improve airport runway surfaces.The action plan will see the improvement to runway surfaces and lengthening selected airports in the country to accommodate DASH8 services.To date, the MCA has rehabilitated runway surfaces to Seghe, Auki, Parasi, and Suavanao and had recently awarded contracts to upgrade Kirakira with Lata and Tingoa airports and others to follow in 2019.The MCA and the New Zealand Government are also implementing the Provincial Airport Upgrade Programme and currently completed designs to 4 provincial airports with the possibility of starting with 2 airports in 2019.The scope will involve drainage, pavement improvement and sealing the landing strip.Due to the very high cost of mobilizing contractors to carry out rehabilitation and limited financial resources available to MCA, the management team explored the option of bringing stakeholders together to share the cost involved.For Suavanao Airport, a simple Private Public Partnership (PPP) arrangement was agreed on by the National Government through the MCA, the Isabel Provincial Government, and the Private sector through the Mas Pacific International Ltd and a Tourism operator through the Papatura Island Retreat was successful with the completion of the runway rehabilitation works.The MCA brought parties together in a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to share the costs of rehabilitation and which was crucial because without the stakeholders, MCA will not be able to complete the project on time and affecting the travelling public, tourism and the stakeholders themselves.Under the PPP arrangement, the National Government through the MCA provided overall supervision works and provided compaction equipment along with an expert operator and casual workers.The Isabel Provincial Government provided gravel for all civil works free of charge. The Mas Pacific International Ltd that operates a logging camp next to the airport provided all the equipment for the civil works plus operators free of charge while the Papatura Island Retreat provided all the logistics, transport and supervision on behalf of MCA on site.Permanent Secretary of the MCA Moses Virivolomo who also took part in the test flight was happy to see the airport re-opened for the traveling public and overseas visitors to return to Papatura Island Retreat and beyond.Mr Virivolomo thanked all the parties to the MOA for the partnership and this PPP arrangement will be explored for other airports in line for rehabilitation in the near future.For the success of the PPP in Suavanao airport, PS Virivolomo thanked his hard working Airport Management team at MCA lead by Chief Operating Officer Mr Sylvester Kenatsi, the Premier of Isabel Province James Habu for assisting the MCA, the Senior Management team for Mas Pacific International Ltd for their great contribution as part of their community service obligations in the province and Papatura Island Retreat owner Peter Blanche for the cooperation in getting the job done on site.This simple PPP arrangement is first of its kind in the Aviation Sector and MCA believes these simple partnerships should be explored by other sectors as an alternative method to implementing government programs in remote areas of the country where traditional methods of contracting may prove difficult or not cost effective.The post Suavanao airfield in Isabel reopened appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Blog Suavanao Airfield in Isabel Province was re-opened last Saturday following the successful rehabilitation of the airport’s deteriorating runway which has forced the Government to close it in September this year.last_img read more

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New Look Dicks Place and Poolside

first_imgBook your beach or poolside table for lunch and dinner at the new look Dicks Place Bar & Bistro at Musket Cove.Light and healthy Summer Menu coming soon. What better place to chill than at one of our new poolside cabanas. Sipping on one of our latest signature cocktails.  View the following for further information.NEW LOOK DICKS PLACE AND POOLSIDE[Source;  Musket Cove Brochure release 11 December 2018]The post New Look Dicks Place and Poolside appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img

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