This year could be make-or-break for Canada-US relations
On the surface, this week's Three Amigos summit produced nothing but boilerplate. Below the surface, relations are tense. Every major file is on the cusp of decision. If those decisions go Canada's way, then Barack Obama and Stephen Harper will be able …
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Rivals more than friends
Canada was a reluctant signatory to the North America Free Trade Agreement, joining to protect access to the American market it secured in a 1989 Canada-US deal rather than out of any desire for closer relations with Mexico. The two have been rivals …
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More than chemistry behind Canada-US doldrums
Those who follow Canadian-U.S. relations acknowledge that there's not much of a personal relationship between Mr. Obama and Mr. Harper. They are two cerebral cats who don't go much for schmoozing. The Canadian is a conservative and the U.S. …
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America Is in Transition — and So Is Its Foreign Policy
America is changing. So too is the rest of the world. But will America's internal changes carry broader implications for its role in the world, the influence and power it wields, and the foreign policy choices it makes? While proving causality would be …
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Sisi's Gas Pains
"The inevitable result is energy shortages and the concomitant social pressures that come with blackouts, lack of cooking gas, and fuel," Steven Cook, an Egypt expert at the Council on Foreign Relations, told Foreign Policy. "Sisi is going to have to …
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Obama's trip to Mexico summit overshadowed by foreign policy crises
The official purpose of the summit – deepening economic relations between the three North American neighbours and Asia – was similarly hamstrung by opposition to trade liberalisation among Democrats in Washington, who are refusing to give Obama …
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Miami, Florida (PRWEB) January 29, 2014
A wine industry pioneer, Gianni Zonin – Chairman and President of Casa Vinicola Zonin – was honored on Monday, January 27th with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Wine Enthusiast’s Annual Wine Star Awards Gala Dinner in New York City at the Astor Hall & Celeste Bartos Forum at the New York Public Library. Together with his family, Gianni Zonin was present at the awards ceremony along with Luca Paschina – Barboursville Vineyards General Manager and Winemaker, Massimo Tuzzi – Casa Vinicola Zonin’s Chief International Officer, Steve Howard – Zonin USA National Sales Director, and Pietro Morelli, Zonin USA Marketing Director.
Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards honor individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine world. Gianni Zonin joins the ranks of celebrated individuals from around the world that have received the Lifetime Achievement Award like Miguel Torres, Baron Eric de Rothschild, Piero Antinori and Robert Mondavi.
With a professional career spanning over five decades and an innovative international vision, “Gianni Zonin has succeeded in an unparalleled number of achievements over the course of his lifetime,” stated Wine Enthusiast’s Editor and Publisher, Adam Strum, emphasizing that “being the first to look beyond not only his own Italian region, but across the ocean for opportunities in China and America, he embodies what it truly means to be a wine industry pioneer.”
Gianni Zonin was born in 1938, in Gambellara, in the Province of Vicenza, located in northeastern Italy. After earning a diploma in Oenology from the Enological Institute of Conegliano Veneto, he graduated with a Law Degree. In 1957, he joined Casa Vinicola Zonin, the family owned company of vintners since 1821, and he became president in 1967, at the age of 29. During his 56 years of leadership, he drastically expanded the company, acquiring 10 magnificent estates for a total of 2,000 hectares (5,000 acres) in the 7 most prestigious wine regions in Italy as well as a world-class winery in Barboursville, VA.
Today, the Zonin family heads one of the leading private winemaking companies in Europe employing a total of 700 people and reported sales of 150 million euros, in 2013, with foreign markets accounting for 70% of total sales. Alongside President Gianni Zonin, his three sons Domenico, Francesco and Michele oversee different areas of the company: Domenico, technical and production management, Francesco, sales & marketing and Michele, financial control.
Proud to receive the 2013 Wine Enthusiast Lifetime Achievement Award, Gianni Zonin said, “It’s not just an honor for me, for my family and for those who work with us, but also for Italy. It’s a confirmation of how well Italians are working in both viticulture and winemaking.”
About Casa Vinicola Zonin USA, Inc.
Casa Vinicola Zonin Italy wholly owns Casa Vinicola Zonin USA in addition to Casa Vinicola Zonin UK, Canada, China and Germany; exporting to more than 100+ countries. A company with nine vineyards located in the seven most prestigious wine growing areas in Italy. The flagship winery, Castello D’Albola located in Tuscany’s Chianti Classico District, Rocca di Montemassi located in Maremma, Tuscany, Principi di Butera located in Sicily, Tenuta Ca’Bolani located in Friuli, Castello del Poggio located in Piedmont/Asti, Tenuta il Bosco located in Lombardy, Podere il Giangio located in Veneto, Abbazia Monte Oliveto located in Tuscany and Masseria Altemura located in Puglia. Each winery is dedicated to its own traditional wines and style. http://www.zoninusa.com
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Shenzhen, China (PRWEB) December 17, 2013
On December 9 and 10, 2013, China Shouguan Mining Corporation attended the Global Resource Investment Conference held in Shenzhen, China, organized by NAI Interactive Inc. NAI Interactive Inc. holds the Global Resource Investment Conference in Shenzhen every December, which focuses on overseas investment in mining and energy sectors. The Conference offers a platform for discussions on risks, policies and strategies related to overseas resource investment and the opportunity for global companies to interact and develop relationships.
This year’s conference was attended by leading energy and mining experts, including the Minister of Energy and Mines of Canada’s New Brunswick Province, Queen’s Counsel of Canada’s Alberta Province, Chief China Representative of the Toronto Stock Exchange, and Chief Financial Officer of Fosun Group’s Energy Division. The elite collection of experts gave keynote speeches at the Conference, providing valuable insights on overseas mining investment regulations and opportunities. In addition, the Conference also examined prospective undervalued mining projects in Africa and Australia and associated regulatory issues.
At the Conference, President Zhang Feize conducted high level meetings with numerous gold investment professionals, discussing Canada’s gold mining investment and capital market regulations as well as the opportunities and risks of Chinese companies’ overseas acquisition of mining rights. China Shouguan’s interactions with Conference attendees such as COLT, NOVA Copper, Crater Gold Mining and North Cliff Resources provided valuable market insights and strategies regarding overseas mining and acquisitions. China Shouguan gained an immense wealth of market insights from the Conference, providing valuable strategic planning guidance for the Company’s ongoing due diligence surveys, market research, and the examination of regulatory landscapes in Canada as well as other mining rights-intensive regions.
As the first US-listed Chinese gold mining company, China Shouguan received significant media attention at the Conference. President Zhang granted an interview with the popular Hong Kong newspaper South China Morning Post, where he discussed the history and prospects of China’s gold mining industry as well as the Company’s unprecedented opportunities in the gold mining sector.
During the course of Conference, China Shouguan attracted interest from both domestic and international investors. President Zhang reported successful investor meeting sessions and felt confident that the Conference was a invaluable opportunity to raise the profile of China Shouguan and build market awareness.
Throughout the Conference, President Zhang attended and led high level meetings, speeches and intensive one on one business sessions, gaining valuable market information regarding gold mining investment opportunities in overseas markets, particularly the Canadian market. China Shouguan intends to capitalize on the global market insights gained at the Conference and apply them in its overseas expansion efforts.
At the Conference, President Zhang made special note that the relatively low current gold price presents China Shouguan with valuable and strategic opportunities to purchase domestic and overseas premium resources at significantly lower costs. As part of the Company’s broader global expansion efforts, China Shouguan intends to capitalize on cost effective resource acquisition opportunities, conduct expert-led research surveys on domestic and overseas gold mining projects and acquire mining and exploration rights that are compatible with the Company’s development strategy. Ultimately, China Shouguan is preparing for a breakout year in 2014, where it expects to aggressively expand the Company’s gold reserves, increase production capacity, and generate strong returns for its shareholders.
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For a very long time, the place of Asia in the world of trade has not been a very prominent one. The supremacy has always been claimed by the west. Things seem to be changing fast. The trends in the world have been that the one with the dollars determines pretty much what goes on in the world. The United States as well as Europe have been at the fore front in terms of the world economy and even claimed leadership roles on themselves. In the recent years however, Asian countries have come up in a big way in the world of trade. The amount of goods and services exported play a very great part in the determination of the gross domestic product. The west has been burning extra mid night oil in order to control the way this crucial issue moves. This is necessitated by the emerging competition for African markets, and the apparent success by the Asian giants with regard to African market control. The African as well as the Asian markets have been for quite a long time great consumers of western products, perhaps for lack of alternatives. However, the Asian products, especially from China, Japan and Singapore have really made the westerners hot under their seats. This sudden change of trends has given Asian a great new face. Slowly the Asian giants have been acknowledged as key players in the world economy. This study is interested in the industrialization of Asia and the significance of the same in international relations. Some of the issues to be discussed include: the implications of Asian industrialization for the World Trade Regime, the possible changes in the World Trade Organization as a result of this industrialization, and whether the West should do something in defense of their interests.
The Emerging New Order
In the current highly competitive and complex world, it is very difficult to have any one particular country as the exclusively dominant power. The super growth in technology has made this kind of a trend into a nightmare. The West must be hailed however, for the long grip it has had in the operations of the world. However, that time seems to be gone. The director of the World Trade Organization was quoted in July 2009, saying that the Asian markets were taking the leadership role in terms of economic growth. It seems that although the Asian markets have been hit by the recession, the effects have not been as strong as those felt in the United States and Europe. This leads to one big question: is Asia becoming the new global giant in trade? The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation members met in Singapore in July 2009 to discuss possible response to the crisis that has plagued the world. The aim was to come up with policies that would aid the recovery process both in the short and long term. It was noted that China was likely to lead the world in terms of export of merchandise. Germany still held the lead, although this seemed not sustainable considering the trends of trade in the European market. So many other Asian countries have recorded a remarkable growth, something that was not anticipated during the recession. Perhaps another reason which has put Asia on the progressive path is that it has not only the capacity to export, but the capacity to consume as well. This works well especially now that the global level of export has gone down, so as countries cry of bad economies, these Asian countries are not very badly off.
One obvious thing in as far as security issues in Asia are concern is that this is a very delicate issue. The last few decades have been marred by international concern, particularly from the west. Several Asian countries have been allegedly producing highly sophisticated weapons. There has been Asia-Western conflict as a result of weapons developments. The west seems very uncomfortable with Asia accumulating weapons. Not so long ago for instance, the United States led an offensive against Iraq on allegation that it was had amassed weapons capable to destroy a lot of people. As a nation advances however, there often is a perceived threat and the needs to self protect which prompts the concerned nation to accumulate weapons. North Korea, Iraq, and Iran have been in the news very often showing the existing conflict between the west and some of the Asian countries. The west perceives the threat caused by accumulation of deadly long range weapons. These nations among others feel on the other hand, that this is one way of capturing the attention of the long time world powers. Of course this trend threatens international security, and the perception the world has of the Asia countries. Terrorism has also become almost identical with Asia. Whenever one speaks of terrorism, many think of an Asian. This is perhaps because most of those involved are of Asian origin. This has made the relationship between Asia and the rest of the world, especially the western world very difficult. For any meaningful development to take place there must be a guarantee that investments are secure. If there are any threats, real or imagined, potential investors are likely to shy away; this is even more so with regard to industrial developments. Often some of the products from Asia have been banned by the European and American markets. The United States for example has banned the importation of any products from Kuwait and Iran. This is because of the bad relations that have existed with these countries. Therefore even as Asia becomes industrialized, there still are challenges it has to deal with, especially security related issues. There still are economic divide issues to deal with in terms of the relation between South Korea, Japan and China, and between India and Pakistan.