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Oyster reefs among hardest-hit ecosystems, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:43 am | by MICHAEL CASEY - AP Environmental Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BANGKOK (AP) — Overfishing and unchecked coastal development have resulted in the disappearance of 85 percent of all oyster reefs, making the ecosystem one of the most severely affected marine habitats in the world, according to a study released Thursday.The Nature Conservancy study found that...

IABC/BC-The Sky's The Limit: The 2009 Bronze Quill Awards Gala

May 21, 2009 8:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Editor's Note: There are three photos associated with this press release.The prestigious gala event recognizes the outstanding work of communications professionals in BC. This is your opportunity to celebrate with the 2009 Bronze Quill Award...

AP poll: Many students stressed, some depressed, 2nd Ld-Writethru, US

May 21, 2009 8:38 am | by NANCY BENAC - Associated Press Writers - Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stress over grades. Financial worries. Trouble sleeping. Feeling hopeless.So much for those carefree college days.The vast majority of college students are feeling stressed these days, and significant numbers are at risk of depression, according to an Associated Press-mtv-U...

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HL:Sherritt, partners in Madagascar nickel project have financing deal: Delaney@

May 21, 2009 8:38 am | by David Paddon@Associated Press | News | Comments

TORONTO — Sherritt International chief executive Ian Delaney says the Toronto-based mining company (TSX:S) and its partners in the Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar are within a month of finalizing all financing needed for the $4.5-billion project."It's in the papering process, I'm just not in...

Martinique gas station owners hold price strike, CB

May 21, 2009 8:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (AP) — Owners have shuttered nearly all gas stations on the French Caribbean island of Martinique to pressure the government to raise prices.Owners say they are not making a profit and cannot afford to pay workers.The protest involves about 80 of the island's 90 stations...

E-Trade Financial ratings cut by Standard & Poor's, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Credit ratings agency Standard & Poor's on Thursday cut its ratings on retail brokerage firm E-Trade Financial Corp.S&P cut E-Trade's long-term counterparty credit and senior debt ratings to "CCC-" from "B." The new and old ratings are considered non-investment grade, or "junk."...

Onex Corporation Second Quarter Dividend Declared

May 21, 2009 8:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Board of Directors of Onex Corporation (TSX: OCX) today declared a second quarter dividend of $0.0275 per Subordinate Voting Share payable on July 31, 2009 to shareholders of record on July 10, 2009.

Has Its Best Broadcast Season Ever Entertainment Editors/TV Writers

May 21, 2009 8:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MIAMI-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- The Univision Network announced today it will close the 2008/2009 broadcast season with a total viewing audience of nearly four million, a record in the network's history and its best broadcast season ever. With one day to go in the all-important May sweep...

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Dozens of groups oppose change to liability laws, 1st Ld-Writethru, WI

May 21, 2009 8:37 am | by SCOTT BAUER - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — More than 50 businesses and organizations joined together Thursday to oppose Gov. Jim Doyle's bid to change Wisconsin's liability laws.The Democratic governor's proposal known as "joint and several liability" would increase the number of victims who could receive full damages...

Public hearings set on governor's alternative, VT

May 21, 2009 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MONPTELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith says a budget proposal by Gov. Jim Douglas will have a difficult time winning approval in an upcoming special session.The Democratic lawmaker said Thursday the proposal issued this week by the Republican governor would significantly raise...

Bing confident in council votes for a Cobo deal, 1st Ld-Writethru, MI

May 21, 2009 8:37 am | by COREY WILLIAMS - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

BIRMINGHAM, Mich. (AP) — Newly elected Detroit Mayor Dave Bing believes he has the votes on the city council to push through what could be a last-minute expansion plan for aging Cobo Center.Details of Bing's plan have not been released, but it is similar to a $288 million proposal being brokered in...

Digital Label Summit in Barcelona Business Editors

May 21, 2009 8:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

YPSILANTI, Mich.-- (BUSINESS WIRE) — May 21, 2009-- At the Digital Label Summit in Barcelona, Spain, March 24th and 25th, Dr. Ken Stack of EFI (NASDAQ: EFII) spoke on two of the conference's program sessions. Dr. Stack, who is the general manager and the senior vice president of EFI's Jetrion...

Crist signs Fla. economic development bills, 1st Ld-Writethru, FL

May 21, 2009 8:37 am | by BILL KACZOR - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Gov. Charlie Crist signed new laws Thursday intended to boost Florida's economy, including measures to reduce impact fees on new development and provide tax incentives for businesses to locate in low-income communities.Crist, also a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate,...

Altus Group Income Fund Announces May Distributions

May 21, 2009 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Altus Group Income Fund ("Altus") (TSX: AIF.UN) is pleased to announce its distributions for the month of May 2009. The cash distribution will be $0.10 per unit.Payment will be made on June 15, 2009 to unitholders of record as at May 31, 2009.About Altus Group Income FundAltus Group is the leading...

Bristow posts lower 4Q profit on exchange rates, APFN

May 21, 2009 8:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

HOUSTON (AP) — Bristow Group Inc., which provides helicopter airlift services to offshore oil rigs, said Thursday its fiscal fourth-quarter profit slipped 3.9 percent, as an unfavorable exchange rate offset a growth in revenue.The company said its net earnings after payment of preferred stock...

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