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EU blames China for fuelling migrant crisis by failing to stop sales of …

THE EU has blamed China for fuelling the migrant crisis by failing to clamp down on sales of inflatable dinghies.

Brussels chiefs urged the Chinese to do more to stop rubber boats made there falling into the hands of people smugglers.

Migrants China rap . . . EU blames China for fuelling the migrant crisis with sales of dinghies

The traffickers have packed migrants into hundreds of the boats for treacherous journeys across the Med.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU commissioner for migration, said: “China can help and support the EU in its fight against migrant smugglers.

“I requested the support and cooperation from the Chinese authorities in order to track down this business and dismantle it.

Fight against smugglers . . . EU chiefs called for China to help stop traffickers

EU commissioner . . . Dimitris Avramopoulos said China should do more

“Because what they produce is not serving the common good of the country.”

The comments followed a meeting with China’s public security minister Guo Shengkun.

They come as Brussels braces itself for another harrowing spike in numbers of migrants desperate to reach Europe as the weather improves.

More than 1.5million refugees and migrants have made their way to Europe since 2015.

So far this year, more than 1,000 migrants are thought to have died in waters between Libya and Italy.

Some 37,000 have been rescued and brought to Italy.

Last year Italian coastguards recovered more than a thousand boats – packed with an average of 122 passengers.

Terrible toil . . . thousands of people have tried to make it to EU countries across the Med

Scores of migrants battle to make it off sinking dinghy in the Mediterranean

Separately Austria said it wanted to change the rules governing the EU’s passport free Schengen zone – to extend ‘temporary’ customs controls due to expire later this year.

Brussels has told EU member states a six-month extension from May must be the final one.

Austria, Denmark, Germany and Sweden introduced the checks in 2015 in a desperate bid to tackle the migrant crisis.

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Crevalle Boats adds Mid-Atlantic dealer

Posted on May 5th, 2017

Crevalle Boats, which builds bay and center-console models, has added its first dealer in the mid-Atlantic region, Tradewinds Marina in Baltimore.

Tradewinds will offer the Crevalle 24 Bay, 26 Bay and 26 Open, all of which are powered by Mercury Verado outboards.

“Crevalle is very excited to announce this new dealer,” Chad Jaros, director of sales and marketing at Crevalle, said in a statement. “We are steadily growing our brand, and the time has arrived for us to expand out of the Southeast.”

Crevalle is based in Wildwood, Fla., and its geographic stronghold has been from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the Florida Keys and up to North Carolina on the East Coast.

Tradewinds Marina is a family-owned and operated business with more than 34 years of experience serving customers in Maryland. Located on Frog Mortar Creek off Middle River, the marina offers wet and dry storage, Travelift service, full mechanical service and brokerage boat sales.

Crevalle boats will arrive at Tradewinds in July for the 2018 model year.

“We are excited to display them at the Annapolis Boat Show in October,” said Bob Palmer and Brian Schneider, president and vice president, respectively, of Tradewinds Marina.

Often referred to as hybrid-style boats for the family, Crevalle boats have more cruising-oriented features, such as a portable head, removable coolers, cupholders and available forward cushions to complement fishing-focused accessories such as insulated live wells, lockable rod storage and electronics.

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