TOP EXEC DEPARTS HARRY WINSTON: Peter C. Schneirla, vice chairman and chief gemologist of Harry Winston, is exiting the jewelry company after three years. Schneirla was also vice president, gem acquisition, and chief gemologist for Aber Diamond Corp., a Canadian diamond mining company that acquired a 51 percent controlling stake in Harry Winston in 2004. Aber purchased the rest of the company for $157 million in September. Thomas O'Neill, Aber president and chief executive officer of Harry Winston, will assume Schneirla's responsibilities, said a Winston spokeswoman.

A DEAL ON LABOR: Congressional leaders reached an agreement with the Bush administration to strengthen free trade deals by inserting enforceable labor and environmental provisions. The compromise would apply to pending trade agreements with Peru, Panama, Colombia and South Korea, and would specifically bar practices such as forced and child labor. Democrats said deals with Panama and Peru would be considered first and the accords with South Korea and Colombia face several unresolved issues. The agreement could help move forward elements of the U.S. trade agenda, including an overhaul of a program to help workers displaced by foreign competition and the renewal of President Bush's trade promotion authority that allows him to negotiate trade pacts without Congress being able to amend them.

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