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Federal and state regulation of the quality of bottled water. FDA’s bottled water standard of quality regulations generally mirror EPA’s national primary drinking water regulations under the Safe Drinking Water Act, as required by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA) as amended, although the case of DEHP (an organic compound widely used in the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride plastics) is a notable exception.
Specifically, FDA deferred action on DEHP in a final rule published in 1996, and has yet to either adopt a standard or publish a reason for not doing so, even though FDA’s statutory deadline for acting on DEHP was more than 15 years ago.
More broadly, we found that FDA’s regulation of bottled water (including its implementation and enforcement), particularly when compared with EPA’s regulation of tap water, reveals key differences in the agencies’ statutory authorities.
Of particular note, FDA does not have the specific statutory authority to require bottlers to use certified laboratories for water quality tests or to report test results, even if violations of the standards are found. Among our other findings, the states’ requirements to safeguard bottled water often exceed those of FDA, but are still often less comprehensive than state requirements to safeguard tap water.
• Federal and state regulation of the accuracy of labels or claims of purity. FDA and state bottled water labeling requirements are similar to labeling requirements for other foods, but the information provided to consumers is less than what EPA requires of public water systems under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
Public water systems must annually provide consumer confidence reports that summarize local drinking water quality information about the water’s sources, detected contaminants, and compliance with national primary drinking water regulations as well as information on the potential health effects of certain drinking water contaminants.
FDA does not require bottled water companies to provide this information. Rather, as in the case of other foods, bottled water labels are required to list ingredients and nutritional information and are subject to the same prohibitions against misbranding. In 2000, FDA concluded that it was feasible for the bottled water industry to provide the same types of information to consumers that public water systems must provide.
However, the agency was not required to conduct a rulemaking requiring that manufacturers provide such information to consumers, and has yet to do so. Nevertheless, our work suggests that consumers may benefit from such additional information.
For example, when we asked cognizant officials in a survey of the 50 states and the District of Columbia whether their consumers had misconceptions about bottled water, many replied that consumers often believe that bottled water is safer or healthier than tap water.
Their responses were consistent with a 2002 EPA-sponsored Gallup survey, which found that the main reason consumers either filtered tap water or purchased bottled water was due to health-related concerns.
We also found that information comparable to what public water systems are required to provide to consumers of tap water was available for only a small percentage of the 83 bottled water labels we reviewed, companies we contacted, or company Web sites we reviewed.
• The environmental impacts of bottled water. Among the environmental impacts of bottled water are its effects on U.S. municipal landfill capacity and U.S. energy demands.
Regarding its impacts on landfill capacity, we found that about three-quarters of the water bottles produced in the United States in 2006 were discarded and not recycled, on the basis of figures compiled by an industry trade association and an environmental nonprofit organization.3
Regarding the impact on U.S. energy demands, a recent peer-reviewed article noted that while the production and consumption of bottled water comprises a small share of total U.S. energy demand, it is much more energy-intensive than the production of public drinking water.4
Our report released today recommends that the Secretary of Health and Human Services direct the Commissioner of FDA to issue a standard of quality regulation for DEHP, or publish in the Federal Register the agency’s reasons for not doing so 1 year after the conclusion of its task force study on the issue.
FDA generally concurred with the recommendation, agreeing that it should reassess whether to issue the regulation for DEHP as soon as possible after the conclusion of the task force study on phthalates.5 The report also recommends that FDA implement its findings on methods that are feasible for conveying information about bottled water to customers.
FDA agreed that bottled water should be labeled with contact information allowing consumers to more easily contact the manufacturer to obtain comprehensive information about the product, and said it intends to pursue this issue with bottled water manufacturers.
Despite the concerns our report raised regarding FDA’s regulation of bottled water under the FFDCA (particularly in comparison with EPA’s regulation of drinking water under the Safe Drinking Water Act), we concluded that its observations must be viewed in the context of the legal limitations placed by the act on FDA, and the constrained resources that have affected FDA’s overall capabilities in recent years.
The legal limitations arise because while the Safe Drinking Water Act authorizes EPA to require water samples to be tested by certified laboratories, and violations of national primary drinking water regulations to be reported within certain time frames to EPA or the state agency with primary enforcement responsibility, the FFDCA does not grant FDA similar authority.
Rather, the FFDCA requires FDA to regulate bottled water as a “food.” As such, it does not specifically authorize FDA to require that bottled water be tested by certified laboratories or that violations of the standard of quality be reported to FDA.
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In addition to these legal constraints, bottled water’s status as a food has subjected it to many of the same problems more generally affecting FDA oversight of food safety.
As we noted in January 2007, for example, when we designated federal oversight of food safety as a “high-risk” area affecting public health and the economy, federal oversight of food safety is fragmented, with about 15 agencies having food safety roles.
We specifically cited FDA’s resource constraints, noting in 2008 that while the number of domestic firms under FDA’s jurisdiction increased from fiscal years 2001 through 2007 from about 51,000 firms to more than 65,500, the number of firms inspected declined from 14,721 to 14,566 during the same period.
We cited resource constraints as a contributing factor, noting that the number of full-time-equivalent positions at FDA devoted to food safety oversight had decreased by about 19 percent from fiscal years 2003 through 2007.
Ultimately, as our January 2007 report recommended, a fundamental reexamination of the federal food safety system will be needed to look across the activities of individual programs within specific agencies with responsibilities related to food safety.
Toward that end, we had previously recommended in 2001 that the Congress, among other things, enact comprehensive, uniform, and risk-based food safety legislation and commission the National Academy of Sciences or a blue-ribbon panel to analyze alternative organizational food safety structures in detail.8 We continue to believe that such a fundamental reexamination is needed, and believe that FDA’s lack of authority and resources to effectively regulate bottled water should be part of it.
For questions about this statement, please contact John Stephenson at (202) 512-3841 or email@example.com. Individuals who made key contributions to this testimony include Steve Elstein, Assistant Director; Brian M. Friedman; Nathan A. Morris; Kelly A. Richburg; and Jeanette Soares.
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My Analysis of the information about non-proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, the treaties, agreements, sanctions and current situation with Iran, North Korea and in some respects, Russia, as well –
It is an observation really. And, that observation is that where Western governments have Administrators, Executives, Parliaments and Legislatures that are changing as a result of elected citizen participants, the countries listed above including Iran, North Korea, Russia, China and others of concern are not changing administrations. Theirs stay the same.
That probably doesn’t seem like it would make a big difference, but what I see is that as new administrations, a new European Parliament, for instance, comes into place – it appears to be a whole new ballgame to the new members of that Parliament. Certainly there is history and getting up to speed about previous agreements and background, but it is still a new ballgame to them.
But it isn’t a new ballgame to the participants of countries whose administrations are not changing. The agreement made ages ago which took them by surprise, or humiliated them, or annoyed their last nerve, is still ever present and a direct memory to the process which confronts them today.
It is neither an advantage nor a disadvantage. This is a simple observation that I noted when researching some things about the non-proliferation agreements and compared them to some of the current activities described in the news and other sources. It might be handy to be aware of it.
– cricketdiane, 07-05-09
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Press Releases: July 2009
Jose H. Villarreal Named as U.S. Commissioner General to the 2010 World Exposition, Shanghai, China
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Office of the Spokesman
July 1, 2009
Jose H. Villarreal has been named as U.S. Commissioner General of Section of the United States Exhibition to World Expo Shanghai 2010. Commissioner General Villarreal will head United States participation. He is responsible for oversight of the U.S. Pavilion. In addition, he is the official U.S. government representative to the Government of China on issues relating to World Expo Shanghai 2010.
“I am delighted that Commissioner General Villarreal has accepted this role. He has the background and stature required to ensure a strong United States presence at the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. Our national pavilion will showcase American business and technology, as well as cultures and values to foster stronger friendship between the American and Chinese peoples as it also demonstrates America’s commitment to a forward-looking, positive relationship with China,” said Secretary Clinton. “The theme of Better City, Better Life gives us a perfect opportunity to highlight U.S. innovation, particularly in environmental initiatives, and to share ideas with countries from around the world on ways to create better cities and communities for all our people.”
The Government of China invited the United States to participate in World Expo Shanghai 2010, and the U.S. government advised the Chinese government of its intention to participate. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State has the lead in organizing the official U.S. participation in World Expo Shanghai 2010. On March 19, 2008, Acting Assistant Secretary for Educational and Cultural Affairs C. Miller Crouch signed a Letter of Intent with Shanghai Expo 2010, Inc. Under the terms of that Letter of Intent, Shanghai Expo 2010, Inc. has been sanctioned by the U.S. Department of State to raise the funds necessary to build and operate the official U.S. Pavilion at World Expo Shanghai 2010.
Jose H. Villarreal is an attorney in San Antonio, Texas with a distinguished background in law, business and the non-governmental sectors. He currently serves as a senior advisor to the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld. He also serves on a number of private and non-profit corporate boards, including the Union Pacific Corporation, First Solar, Inc., PMI Group, Inc., the Center for American Progress, and the New America Alliance.
Date: 07/01/2009 Location: State Department, Washington, DC Description: Secretary Clinton and Jose H. Villarreal, U.S. Commissioner General to the 2010 World Exposition, Shanghai, China. State Dept Image.
G-20 Pittsburgh Summit 2009
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will host the G-20 Summit September 24-25, 2009. President Obama will chair this meeting of leaders from countries around the world who will review the progress made since the Washington and London Summits and discuss further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis. -Pittsburgh Summit Website
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania will host the G-20 Summit September 24-25, 2009. President Obama will chair this meeting of leaders from countries around the world that represent 85 percent of the world’s economy. At the Pittsburgh G-20 Summit, leaders will review the progress made since the Washington and London Summits and discuss further actions to assure a sound and sustainable recovery from the global financial and economic crisis.
Pittsburgh has demonstrated a commitment to employing new and green technology to further economic recovery and development. Known as Steel City, Pittsburgh is a growing city with many activities and sites to see.
About the Summit
The Group of Twenty (G-20) was formally established in 1999 to bring together major industrialized and developing economies to discuss key issues in the global economy. This year President Obama will host and give Leaders the opportunity to take stock of the progress made and discuss further actions to assure a sound recovery from the global economic and financial crisis.
Submit your email address and stay up to date on the latest developments on the Pittsburgh Summit. More information will become available as we get closer to September and we will update you on ways you can get involved and learn more about the G-20.
G-20 Summit, September 24 – 25, 2009, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)
Appointment of Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control Robert J. Einhorn (6/1/09)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert J. Einhorn as Special Advisor for Nonproliferation and Arms Control.
Mr. Einhorn and his staff will provide advice and support to Secretary Clinton, the Undersecretary for Arms Control and International Security, and other Department Principals on nonproliferation and arms controls issues, and will help develop and implement Administration policies and diplomatic strategies in those areas.
Mr. Einhorn previously served in the State Department for 29 years, including as Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation during the Administration of President William J. Clinton.
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)
State Designation of North Korean Nuclear Entity
June 30, 2009
The U.S. Department of State today targeted North Korea’s nuclear proliferation network by designating Namchongang Trading Corporation (NCG) under Executive Order 13382. E.O. 13382 is an authority aimed at freezing the assets of proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their supporters, and at isolating them from the U.S. financial and commercial systems. Entities designated under E.O. 13382 are prohibited from engaging in all transactions with any U.S. person and are subject to a U.S. asset freeze. [more]
On Tuesday, May 26, 2009, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) announced its endorsement of the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Statement of Interdiction Principles. The United States welcomes ROK participation in the PSI and looks forward to working with the ROK government to advance the nonproliferation goals of the PSI and its Statement of Interdiction Principles. [more]
The UAE Agreement contains the strongest nonproliferation conditions of any negotiated by the United States. Of special note is the UAE’s commitment to obtain nuclear fuel from reliable and responsible suppliers rather than pursue indigenous uranium enrichment and reprocessing, fuel cycle activities that pose the most serious proliferation risks. This commitment is reflected within the Agreement as a legally binding obligation on the part of the UAE not to engage in enrichment or reprocessing within its territory. [more]
On May 21, 2009, President Obama submitted to Congress an Agreement for Cooperation Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the United Arab Emirates Concerning Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy (a so-called ‘123 Agreement’ after the relevant section of the U.S. Atomic Energy Act). This important Agreement reinforces a particularly strong and mutually beneficial political, security, and economic relationship. The UAE is a valued partner on many issues, showing close cooperation with us on support for the Palestinian Authority, Pakistan, Iraq, and Afghanistan, where they have deployed combat troops. [more]
Spokesman Kelly: “Our Delegations reiterate our enduring and unequivocal commitment to work towards nuclear disarmament, an obligation shared by all NPT states parties. We welcome the decision by the U.S. and Russia to negotiate an agreement to replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and the recent emphasis on further steps, including promotion of entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and negotiation at the CD of a Fissile Material Cutoff Treaty within its agreed programme of work.” [more]
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–Office of Chemical and Biological Weapons Threat Reduction (ISN/CB)
–Office of Conventional Arms Threat Reduction (ISN/CATR)
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–Office of Multilateral Nuclear and Security Affairs (ISN/MNSA)
–Office of Non-proliferation and Disarmament Fund (ISN/NDF)
–Office of Nuclear Energy, Safety and Security (ISN/NESS)
–Office of Regional Affairs (ISN/RA)
–Office of Strategic Planning and Outreach (ISN/SPO)
–Office of U.S. Fissile Material Negotiator and Senior Cutoff Coordinator’s Operation (ISN/FM)
–Office of Weapons of Mass Destruction Terrorism (ISN/WMDT)
–United States Special Representative for Nuclear Nonproliferation
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— Central Switchboard: 202-647-4000
— General Inquiries: 202-647-6575
— Hotline for American Travelers: 202-647-5225
Conferences, Arranging public (see Office of Public Liaison)
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Economic, Energy and Business Affairs, Bureau of
Economic, Energy and Agricultural Affairs, Under Secretary for
Economic Summits (G-8)
Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Bureau of Oceans and International
Affairs, Bureau of
— Women’s Issues, Office of
[ and – ]
Intelligence and Research, Bureau of
Liaison, Office of Public
Library, State Department (Ralph J. Bunche Library)
— Abandoned Ordnance (see Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement)
— Humanitarian Mine Action Program
— Illicit Arms Trafficking (see Small Arms/Light Weapons and MANPADS)
— Man-portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS)
— Public-Private Partnerships
— Small Arms/Light Weapons
— Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) (see Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement)
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The Office of Global Publishing Solutions (GPS) won the contract to provide the Department with high-quality, economical, and timely publishing, graphic design, content, and copier management services. The GPS offer succeeded because of an innovative business plan that included the establishment of a new printing facility in Cairo and the reorganization of the Multi-media Services operations in Vienna, Austria; Manila, the Philippines; and Washington, DC to provide efficient, integrated services to the Department.
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— U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN (and U.S. Mission to the UN) (New York City)
[And – ]
OES spearheads many partnerships and initiatives that advance our broad development goals of promoting economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship in such areas as forests, water, energy, climate, fisheries, and oceans management. These efforts provide a means by which the USG can reach out to the private sector, civil society, other governments, and multilateral organizations to find common ground with a focus on producing results.
Partnerships are one of main means through which OES seeks to achieve concrete results. For example, our energy partnerships have hooked up 13 million people with access to energy. Our water partnerships have provided 19 million people with better access to safe drinking water. For more information about the USG’s partnership activities, please visit (www.SDP.gov).
OES works bilaterally and multilaterally to promote the U.S. government’s sustainable development agenda. Within the UN context, for example, OES leads the Department’s efforts with the UN Commission on Sustainable Development.
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This site provides information on U.S. efforts to work with other governments, the private sector, civil society and other organizations to plan and implement voluntary partnerships that promote economic growth, social development and environmental stewardship.
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Regulations (Foreign Affairs Manual and Handbooks)
My Note –
There you go – that’s how I read the resources available at the US State Department and how to find the opportunities they offer and usually I find what I’m looking for, but not always. I spent about three days looking for the stores on Times’ Square without ever getting decent results – so it may take a bit to figure out that one. I did find the Times’ Square Alliance though which was very nifty. On other things like this – I understand it better by a long way.
The stuff I’ve listed here may not seem as nifty as some things, but it is. There are all sorts of handy and important tools and resources at the State Department, not all of which are none of our business. A lot of people work there who are very conscientious about their work and they have taken the time to provide a wealth of information and access portals to help with things from international law to doing their best to convey to us what the US policy is on a variety of subjects and how it is being applied to explaining the treaties and agreements the US has signed.
Note – there’s a lot more at the State Department site – I listed the things I want to explore and learn more about or that match up with other things I’ve already been learning and doing.
The truth of the matter is that, in the U.S. alone, more than six million people qualify for membership — that’s really one person in every 50. Most don’t realize that they qualify and haven’t considered membership. You’ve at least considered membership, or you wouldn’t be reading this now.
So how do you join? It’s easy. You can become a member of American Mensa in one of two ways:
In either case, if you’ve scored in the top 2 percent, you’ll qualify for membership in American Mensa. Then it’s just a matter of paying your annual dues!
[etc. – more details on the page above – ]
When you join the U.S. Department of State as a student intern, there’s no limit as to how far it can take you. Here, you’ll have an exciting opportunity to connect with the global community, gain insight into U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy, explore new career avenues and most of all, acquire lifelong skills as you represent America to the world. Are you up for the challenge?
The U.S. Department of State offers internships for students of all levels, including opportunities for:
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Choose from the list on the left sidebar for main categories – each subject area will provide a list of courses available online to choose – any or all . . . It is very, very nifty. My favorite place to learn new things and re-learn old things I should’ve remembered.
Welcome to the Department of State’s online interactive forum. This forum allows you to interact with the Secretary of State during special events, as well as with U.S. Ambassadors and other State Department officials around the world. When a “chat” is announced, questions submitted online will be answered by the Secretary of State, State Department officials, and Ambassadors as appropriate, and will be posted to the website so that others may also benefit from the discussion.
Check the www.state.gov home page. Any current chats will be announced there. Thanks for your interest!
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US Department of State – US State Department – Secretary Clinton, agncy hd
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Black Adder – Black Adder – accountant? – that came from a joke re-told on the Bob and Tom Show or whatever it was on WGN tonight when I flipped over on a channel surf – okey, dokey – maybe I would need the rest of the words to go with it before the delivery would work – still, it was funny and the talk about punch cards which I had been trying to tell my daughter about yesterday and just as unsuccessfully a couple weeks ago. I don’t think she believes me exactly, that punch cards were used. Apparently there is a museum in Cupertino, Calif. which have old computers, the talk show hosts were describing – I’ll have to take her there and show her . . .
And wasn’t the Black Adder, that guy on the BBC show who played smart in the midst of the stupid in the war zone of World War II trenches? I loved that show. Still do, when I can find it.
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Offer of Free Miniature Ocean Waves Painting / Trading Card / ACEO / original miniature painting created by Cricket Diane C Phillips (with $2.00 shipping and handling)
In order to market test the style of art painting that I am considering putting in stores – I am offering a free hand-painted miniature ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with boat that are an original art one-of-a-kind collectible trading card.
Each original unique ocean waves artwork is an individually painted miniature ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with a boat, sailboat or ship added. I am sending this original ocean waves miniature painting to you for free with a small charge for postage and handling of $2.00.
These paintings of the sea are acrylic paintings in miniature done on a variety of surfaces including mat board, canvas, watercolor paper, bristol board and canvas paper. Each miniature sea painting is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches – about the size of a playing card, collectible trading card and slightly larger than a credit card.
Paintings of the ocean waves in this miniature size as I have painted them, are filled with emotion and color – and is a real painting that you can hold in your hand. You can feel the actual strokes of the paint in the surface of each unique sea painting. To cover postage and handling, there is a $2.00 charge, which can be sent by mail or through PayPal.
These are original ocean and sea waves paintings – original works of art in miniature designed and painted exclusively by a single artist, Cricket Diane C Phillips, made in the USA. Total size of each card is 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches (2 1/2 in. x 3 1/2 in.). They have been individually painted, signed and titled on the back with scenes of ocean waves and sky in each original miniature ocean painting.
The subject matter available will be ocean waves painting or ocean waves painting with boat. They are in an emotional painting style to capture the feeling of the ocean waves in a moment of time.
The examples you see here are ones I have painted which have already been sold and are now only available in prints. These examples of ocean waves miniature trading card paintings are not going to be identical to those offered. Each miniature sea painting is different and one-of-a-kind.
If you would like an ocean waves trading card painting that I have painted – order today – send $2.00 for postage and handling in the USA or $3.50 for International (Outside the USA), plus your name, address, city, state and country with postal code (zipcode).
And, do you want an ocean waves miniature painting or an ocean waves / sea painting miniature with a boat in it? The boats are purely imaginary and not intended to convey reality as a mechanical drawing would do. These are paintings, not comic strips.
Some of the ocean waves paintings have the blue and aqua tones of the sea and some have sunsets of the sea, night sea, early dusk ocean waves with muted tones and some are deep at sea without any sign of coast or shore.
Some of these miniature sea paintings / ocean waves paintings in trading card size have exotic color combinations with a flurry of ocean waves and some are calm, serene seas with touches of colors not uncommon to the ocean at different times of the day and in certain weather conditions over the sea.
Send $2.00 by mail, or use PayPal as described below to receive your own original miniature trading card sized ocean waves painting by CricketDiane. Please remember to note whether you would like an ocean waves miniature painting or an ocean waves painting with a boat miniature sea painting.
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Note – Please take a moment when you receive your original ocean waves miniature painting / sea painting trading card to email me or post a comment. I am interested in knowing –
1. Do you like your ocean waves painting or not?
2. What do you like or dislike about your original one-of-a-kind sea painting in miniature?
3. Would you like to see these miniature ocean waves paintings and ocean waves paintings with boats available in stores as a souvenir or collectible?
That would be great and you can register your original miniature sea painting by posting your comment on my blog after you have received your ocean waves painting trading card, if you can take a moment to do that.
This offer good through June 30, 2009 – to get an ocean waves painting in trading card sized miniature of your own through this offer.
Limit – per household, individual or business, as many ocean wave miniature paintings art cards by cricketdiane as you would like but postage and handling is required for each of them.
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You should receive your card in less than three weeks unless a waiting list becomes necessary, if it has been over three weeks let me know by email and I will see if I can find what happened to it.
Ben Bernanke, British parliament members, Climate Change Conference 2009 Geneva, Federal Reserve, global economic crisis, House Budget Committee hearings, International Economic Forum St. Petersburg Russia June 4 - 6 2009, NAREIT investor forum June 4 2009, Paris Air Show, US Congress, US economic crisis, World Meteorological Organization
World Climate Conference-3
Climate prediction and information for decision-making
31 August – 4 September 2009
Geneva International Conference Centre
(from WMO newsletter page)
WMO statement on the status of the global climate in 2008
The year 2008 ranked as one of the warmest years on record according to the analyses made by leading climate centres.
World Meteorological Society Newsletter
U.S., Europe Share of Economy to Fall to 49% in 2009, CEBR Says
June 2 (Bloomberg) — The U.S., Canada and Europe will generate less than half of global economic output this year as the recession accelerates a shift in wealth toward China and other nations, a research group said.
The three economies will together account for 49.4 percent of the world economy in 2009, the London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research Ltd said today in its quarterly ‘Global Prospects’ publication. That’s down from a range of 60 percent to 64 percent between 1995 and 2004.
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Last Updated: June 1, 2009 19:05 EDT
First Industrial Realty Trust to Present at the 2009 NAREIT Investor Forum
CHICAGO, June 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) , a leading provider of industrial real estate supply chain solutions, will present at the 2009 NAREIT Investor Forum on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. EDT (8:30 a.m. CDT).
A webcast of the presentation will be available on First Industrial’s website at www.firstindustrial.com under the “Investor Relations” tab. A replay of the webcast will also be available on the website through Friday, June 19, 2009.
First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FR) provides industrial real estate solutions for every stage of a customer’s supply chain, no matter how large or complex. Across major markets in the United States and Canada, our local market experts buy, (re)develop, lease, manage and sell industrial properties, including all of the major facility types – bulk and regional distribution centers, light industrial, manufacturing, and R&D/flex.
0730 GMT WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3 WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke testifies on challenges facing the economy before the House Budget Committee
ST PETERSBURG, Russia – International Economic Forum (June 4 to June 6). The European Union, the United States and Russia will hold detailed ministerial talks on Moscow’s bid to join the World Trade Organisation on the margins of the Economic Forum.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10
WASHINGTON – Federal Reserve to release periodic Beige Book survey of U.S. economic conditions.
BEIJING – Institute of International Finance Spring Membership Meeting (to June 12). Participants include Paul Volcker, chairman, U.S. President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board; Republic of Korea Prime Minister Han Seung-soo; People’s Bank of Chia Governor Zhou Xiaochuan; and Liu Mingkang, chairman, China Banking Regulatory Commission.
TOKYO – Panel discussion on Japan’s economic outlook hosted by the Nikkei. Panelists include Kazuo Monma, chief economist at the Bank of Japan –
(from – Reuters )
* JUNE 3, 2009
In Europe, a U.S. Way To Fix ABS Market?
LONDON — Bankers are pushing European policy makers to consider a U.S.-style program to aid the region’s economy by reviving the moribund market for bundled consumer loans.
Officials at the European Securitisation Forum, a trade group representing banks and other market participants, said Tuesday that central bankers should consider stepping in with a program similar to the U.S. Federal Reserve’s Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, or TALF, which provides loans to private investors who buy new securities tied to consumer loans.
My Note – let’s hope they don’t do that. They durn well need a better plan.
LONDON — U.K. Home Office Minister Jacqui Smith will resign her post, a person familiar with the matter said, becoming the most senior member of Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s team to leave amid a scandal over politicians’ reimbursement claims.
Ms. Smith, who oversees counterterrorism, immigration, law enforcement and other areas, will depart when Mr. Brown unveils a cabinet reorganization, this person said, but she plans to run for re-election to Parliament.
Meanwhile, three more Labour members of Parliament said they won’t seek re-election, and a fourth said he is quitting his ministerial role, bringing to 16 the number of MPs who have stepped down or decided not to continue in their roles since newspapers began publishing reports of expense claims by political figures.
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Despite the current economic crisis and the absence of two major U.S. business jet manufacturers (Gulfstream and Cessna), organizers of the Paris Air Show have said that this year’s event will not be down significantly in size compared with years past, when the industry has been more buoyant.
According to Paris Air Show managing director Gilles Fournier, the “few cancellations” have been largely offset by “more clients in the chalets.” The Paris Air Show is celebrating its centenary during the June 15 to 21 event at Le Bourget Airport on the outskirts of Paris. The first four days of the show are exclusively for trade visitors, with gates open to the public from June 19.
French Prime Minister François Fillon is expected to open the show officially on June 15 and French President Nicolas Sarkozy will visit the event on June 20. In addition to exhibits, daily aerial performances and static displays, the 16th “Forum Air et Espace,” a major aerospace careers fair organized by Gifas, will be held from June 19 to 21 in the Concorde Hall during the three public days. Some 60 companies and school centers (engineering colleges, universities and apprenticeship centers) will present their recruitment requirements and teaching programs to an audience of 30,000 high-school and university students, young graduates and job seekers.
The first exhibition was held in 1909 at the Grand Palais, but when it moved to Le Bourget in 1953 it became a biennial event. Thus, even though it has been in existence for 100 years, this will be the 48th edition, all sponsored by Gifas, the French aerospace industries association. This year marks several other significant milestones for the aviation industry: the 40th anniversary of Airbus; the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight across the Channel between France and England; and the 40th anniversaries of the first moon landing and the first flights of the French and British Concorde SST prototypes.
Organizers had hoped to have two new designs debut at the celebration, but both the Boeing 787 and the Airbus A400 military cargo aircraft are too far behind schedule to appear this year. However, two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors will be making their first appearance and will perform daily for airshow visitors.
“We are definitely making a big splash,” said Sherry Epperson, director of international events for the U.S. Aerospace Industries Association. The U.S. Department of Defense will have 11 other aircraft on display, including the B-1B bomber, C-17 transport and three multirole attack aircraft– the F-15, F-16 and F/A-18.
Russia’s new 95-seat Sukhoi Superjet 100 is also due to make its full international debut at the show as it prepares to complete certification by year-end. Deliveries were originally slated to begin in 2007.
Up to 150 display aircraft are expected to alight at Le Bourget this year. As of April, organizers had confirmed just over 80 of these, with exhibitors evidently still considering the practicalities and significant costs involved in showing aircraft in Paris. For example, there are doubts as to whether Russia’s MiG-35 and Sukhoi Su-37 high-performance combat jets will be on hand to wow the crowds, with the country’s United Aircraft debating whether it can justify the insurance costs–estimated at up to $700,000 per aircraft in this case–that must be met before any aircraft can perform in the flying display.
Billed as the world’s largest airshow, Paris 2009 is projected to be a temporary home for approximately 2,000 international exhibitors and some 150,000 trade visitors from more than 140 countries. Also expected are 200 official delegations, 200,000 public visitors and 3,500 journalists.
At an April 3 press conference in London, Fournier acknowledged that the number of trade visitors might turn out to be less than in previous years as participating companies reduce costs by sending smaller teams. “We probably will see some reduction in professional visitors from the big companies, who might, for instance, bring 150 people to the show instead of 200,” he told AIN. “But the ones who do come will come to do real business and we expect more public visitors this year because of the centennial event.”
Organizers estimate that on average the larger Paris exhibitors are reducing the amount of space they occupy by around 5 to 10 percent this year. For example, France’s Safran group is combining all its various subsidiaries, including Snecma, Turbomeca and Messier Dowty, into one exhibit that will be about 25 percent smaller than in previous years.
By contrast, participation by small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) is proportionally higher and now accounts for as much as 75 percent of the whole show. Fournier said that he expects companies in the aerospace supply chain to enjoy a higher profile at this year’s show, due to the somewhat reduced presence of the main OEMs. “In times of crisis, fairs and exhibitions are very important for SMEs and we can see that they are investing more to be more visible,” he commented.
Despite the severe pressure on exhibiting companies to cut their costs, Paris has not reduced its fees for exhibition space. Fournier said that the show is unable to do this because French aerospace industry association Gifas counts on the income for its activities.
The Paris organizers acknowledge that feedback from the 2007 show indicated they have not yet met their own targets in terms of customer satisfaction, achieving an average score of “around 7 out of 10” compared with the goal of 7.5. Nonetheless, they have spent around ?7 million ($9.1 million) on improvements to the show site and more investment is expected in time for the 2011 event.
Another feature of the Paris Air Show is a special business-to-business service that arranges meetings between smaller suppliers and purchasing managers for OEMs.
The service is arranged by the BCI group, which builds a database of exhibitors and buyers, automatically matching openings in their schedules. For ?400 ($520), companies can have multiple meetings booked for them, with times and venues confirmed online three or four days ahead of the show. This money is refunded if clients don’t get the meetings they want or are unhappy with the service.
The 27 national pavilions will include those of Japan, South Korea, India, Poland, the Czech Republic, Mexico (which has an increased presence), Brazil and the United Arab Emirates. Chinese firms are also set to have a large presence at Le Bourget.
Louis Le Portz, chairman and CEO of the Paris Air Show, told journalists in Washington that in addition to selling out all 350 chalets, organizers had sold 550,000 sq ft of stands (covering 100 percent of the venue capacity and one temporary hall for the last to arrive).
More information about the 2009 Paris Air Show can be found at http://www.paris-air-show.com.
100 Years – Paris Airshow – Le Bourget
|2009 : a full house for the show’s centenary!|
The 48th International Paris Air Show – Le Bourget, which takes place 15-18 June 2009 for trade visitors and 19-21 June 2009 for the general public, is already fully booked!
With just a few weeks to go before the opening, all the main players – manufacturers and subcontractors – have confirmed they will be present and look forward to seeing you to celebrate the Show’s centenary together.
In this section you will find some essential tools to help you prepare for the Show:
Pictures – Photos from Paris Airshow 2008
ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA June 2, 2009: Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn today joined more than 1000 guests and employees at the opening event marking the start of production at the company’s new US$200 million assembly plant in St. Petersburg, Russia. With the capacity to produce 50,000 vehicles a year, the facility will build the business-class sedan Nissan Teana and Nissan X-TRAIL compact sport utility vehicle.
The inaugural ceremony was attended by the representatives of federal and regional government led by Mr. Vladimir Putin, Prime Minister of Russia with Valentina Matvienko, Governor of St. Petersburg.
“This is Nissan’s breakthrough in Russia,” said Ghosn. “The opening of our plant in Saint Petersburg in the current conditions underlines our confidence in the high potential of the Russian economy. With the start of production at our new plant Nissan become an integral part of the local community.”
The St. Petersburg Plant is scheduled to employ 750 workers at start of production with one shift. Additional jobs are being created by Nissan supplier companies and businesses that will support operations at the St. Petersburg Plant. The new plant will be an important contributor to Nissan’s vision of sustainable growth and return to profitability.