Green Cove Springs company a key player in building Mozambique's fishing industry
Sun, 21 Dec 2014 03:28:10 +0000
A First Coast commercial fishing gear and supply company landed a $1 million contract with the government of Mozambique that the coastal African nation hopes can alter its harvest from the sea.
Hi-Liner Fishing Gear & Tackle Inc. of Green Cove Springs was hired to supply the monofilament line, hooks and other gear for a fleet of two dozen fishing vessels that port at the capital of Maputo, Mozambique. The supplies are being used to develop the long-line fishing industry there for catches of swordfish and tuna in the Indian Ocean, mainly north of South Africa.
Roger Bull's Sunday Notebook: More places popping up on King Street in Riverside
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 21:28:31 +0000
Riverside’s King Street just keeps getting busier with independent businesses taking over vacant storefronts.
Element Hookah Lounge has opened at 512 King St., just south of Park Street. Owners Will Howard and Ron Crandall sell beer, wine and cigars along with offering pipes and more than 50 flavors of tobacco. All you can smoke for $12.
Next door at 510 King, there are plans for a juice bar but the space is still an empty shell.
NLRB alleges that McDonald's Corp. violates worker rights
Sat, 20 Dec 2014 05:13:58 +0000
WASHINGTON — The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions.
The board's general counsel's office ruled that the company violated the rights of employees openly seeking better pay and working conditions. Hearings are set for March on whether to pursue disciplinary steps.
Middle-class blues: Pay remains stagant for typical American worker
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:49:13 +0000
DOWNEY, CALIF. | One day in 1967, Bob Thompson sprayed foam on a hunk of metal in a cavernous factory south of Los Angeles.
And then another day, not too long after, he sat at a long wood bar with a black-and-white television hanging over it, and he watched that hunk of metal land a man on the moon.
Edgewood Bakery operators want more time to reply to lawsuit filed by Shad Khan
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 22:45:15 +0000
The attorney for the management group operating a vaunted Jacksonville bakery is asking for an extension of time in the lawsuit filed by Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan.
Attorney Jack Webb filed a motion this week asking Circuit Court Judge James Daniel to grant an extension in the ongoing case where Khan and his investment group Stache Investments filed a lawsuit to get majority control of Edgewood Bakery in Murray Hill.
First Coast jobless rate drops; falling gas prices drive down inflation
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 21:54:56 +0000
Economic figures for the First Coast, Florida and the nation show encouraging signs from November.
Unemployment rates held steady or went down for the majority of the country and the First Coast is no exception. Paul Mason, economist at the University of North Florida, said the market survey area of North Florida saw a seasonally unadjusted unemployment figure of 5.8 percent in November, down about a tenth of a percent from October for the area including Duval, St. Johns, Baker, Clay and Nassau counties.
High infection rates plague four Jacksonville-area hospitals
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:36:07 +0000
Four hospitals in the Jacksonville area performed below national standards for preventing infections during patients’ stays, according to a study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
UF Health Jacksonville was one of seven hospitals nationwide that performed below standards for four of the six types of infections that were analyzed in the study, including urinary tract infections from catheters and surgical infections after hysterectomies. No hospital in the United States was below national standards for more than four of the infection types.
Peterbrooke Chocolatier plans move to Brooklyn next year
Fri, 19 Dec 2014 17:16:48 +0000
Peterbrooke Chocolatier is planning a new factory and tourist destination in the quickly growing Brooklyn neighborhood.
Andy Stenson, vice president of marketing for the candy maker, confirmed Friday the company will close the San Marco factory it has operated for almost 20 years and relocating to Brooklyn next year.
The new facility will be larger than its San Marco plant and include factory tours and a factory store. He has been working with Visit Florida, the state’s tourism marketing organization, to make it a destination.
Video, song promoting Jacksonville draws negative reviews
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:50:23 +0000
An orchestrated video-taped performance of a proposed theme song to show off Jacksonville is garnering some reactions that some say is embarrassing to the city.
A group of musicians, singers and dancers collaborated to make the “I Love Living In Jacksonville, Florida” song and video which was posted on Youtube.com Dec. 13 in hopes of showcasing the city and draw more visitors. (see the video www.youtube.com/watch?v=NW_yKlP_8Z0)
Electric Harley-Davidson motorcycles hit the streets as LiveWire bike tour reaches Jacksonville
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:07:01 +0000
The sound of some future Harley-Davidsons may not be the iconic “potato-potato” staccato of its V-Twin gas engine, but a jet engine whine of its electric motor.
And dozens of motorcycle riders got to experience the sound on Thursday as the 111-year-old Milwaukee-based motorcycle company wrapped up its inaugural 30-city tour of prototype LiveWire electric motorcycles at a Jacksonville Harley-Davidson dealership.
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 21:05:59 +0000
Beaches Business Association, noon, Jacksonville Beach Public Golf Course clubhouse, Penman Road. Speaker: Lake Ray, from the Florida House of Representatives. $8, lunch. (904) 476-0607 or bbajax.org.
Arlington Breakfast Networking Group, Jacksonville Real Estate Investors Association, 9 a.m., Cracker Barrel Restaurant, 438 Commerce Center Drive, Southside Connector, across from Lowe’s. (888) 545-7342 or jaxreia.org.
Jacksonville's One Spark ranked among world's best festivals
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 20:35:15 +0000
After only two years, Jacksonville’s One Spark crowdfunding festival is ranked among the top 300 festivals in the world. In fact, it’s in the top 25, according to Fest300 Magazine.
The magazine’s online site, fest300.com, listed its ranking of the top 300 festivals in the world and the final 30 festivals on the list were opened to voting from readers. After those votes were tallied, One Spark, which began in 2013, came in at No. 21.
It enters its third year in downtown Jacksonville April 7-12.
Home sales for November
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:19:04 +0000
Here are the number of homes sold and prices in areas of Northeast florida, according to the Northeast Florida Association of Realtors.
The figures are for last month and November 2013. Click on the image to enlarge it for reading.
Jacksonville building contractor cited by OSHA for putting workers at risk of falling
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:08:17 +0000
The U.S. Department of Labor cited Jacksonville construction firm for a safety citation and proposed fine involving an October incident at a home construction site in Orange Park.
The department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited M. Durrance Construction Inc. for exposing workers to dangerous falls while conducting framing work at a residential building on Hawthorn Way in Orange Park. It’s the fourth time the company has been cited by OSHA since 2010, a Department of Labor news release said Thursday.
JetBlue adds direct flights to nation's capital out of Jacksonville International Airport
Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:23:01 +0000
Last updated at: 12/21/2014 5:01:16 AM ET
JetBlue Airways initiated daily non-stop flights to Washington, D.C. from Jacksonville International Airport Thursday.
The direct flights from JIA to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport are happening twice a day, a Jacksonville Aviation Authority news release said Thursday. The move by JetBlue comes two months after the airline began regular flights to Fort Lauderdale from Jacksonville.