• New Project Helps Mikmaq Communities Households Reduce Energy Use

    first_imgThe province is partnering with Efficiency Nova Scotia and Mi’kmaq leaders to help communities use energy better and reduce energy costs in Mi’kmaq households. Premier Darrell Dexter joined Chief Gerard Julian and Stephen MacDonald, chief operating officer for Efficiency Nova Scotia, in Paqtnkek First Nation today, June 5, to launch the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Residential Direct Install Project. The new program commits $1 million total from the province and Efficiency Nova Scotia, over the next year, to help Mi’kmaq communities become more energy efficient. “Energy efficiency is a vital component of the province’s energy plan to ensure the lowest, fairest power rates,” said Premier Dexter. “Energy not used is the cheapest form of energy. We all have a role to play in reducing the amount of energy used in Nova Scotia. “Through partnerships like the one announced today, we can take care of our environment and help Nova Scotians save money over the long term.” The collaborative effort with the Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs, supports training, community engagement, data collection and installing energy efficiency products in Mi’kmaq homes. “This program will help our communities to gain a better understanding of how we use energy and what can be done to ensure a more environmentally responsible tomorrow,” said Chief Julian of Paqtnkek First Nation. “As the premier said, everyone has a role to play in energy conservation and the aboriginal community is pleased to do its part.” “Investing in energy efficiency helps communities in so many ways,” said Mr. MacDonald. “Not only does it give people an opportunity to save money, it provides employment, grows the economy and benefits the environment, something we know is especially important to First Nations communities.” Mi’kmaq community households can have energy-efficiency products installed at no cost. Energy-efficiency company Sustainable Housing will train community members to organize the installation of energy efficient products in all 13 Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq communities. They will replace incandescent bulbs with compact florescent lights, old nightlights with LEDs and install kitchen and bathroom fauce aerators, low-flow showerheads and wraps on electric hot water tanks. They will also insulate exposed water pipes and give people information to help them use energy better. The installers will also collect data to ensure future energy efficiency plans continue to meet community needs. The project began in May with a two-day training session in Pictou Landing and installations there and in Paqtnkek. The training and installation in the other Mi’kmaq communities are expected to be finished this year.last_img read more

  • Govt presents 50day report card says walking the talk

    first_imgNew Delhi: Presenting a report card after completing 50 days in office, the government on Monday said it is already “walking the talk” on its promise of fast-paced development with “speed, skill and scale” being manifested in the Modi dispensation’s second term.Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn-in on May 30 after the BJP won 303 seats – the first time since 1971 that an incumbent government returned to power with such a thumping mandate. Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar presented the report card and achievements of the government in the first 50 days in office, saying the country has felt assured that the pace of reforms, welfare and justice to all has increased as compared to the first term. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe target of USD 5 trillion economy is not just a dream but a roadmap has been given for it, he told reporters. Javadekar asserted that the first 50 days have shown that the Modi government’s second term will be more effective and will build on the success of its previous tenure. The government has taken historic decisions which shows a clear roadmap of faster development in infrastructure, social justice and education, he said. The minister said that the government has hit the ground running for the welfare of all sections of the society, including farmers, traders, small businesses, unemployed youth and middle class. The prime minister’s presence on world forum has made a difference to India’s influence over world politics, Javadekar said.last_img read more

  • CanniMed files 725M lawsuit against Aurora others over takeover bid

    first_imgSASKATOON – Saskatoon-based CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Aurora Cannabis Inc., alleging what it calls “multiple claims of wrongdoing” related to Aurora’s hostile bid to acquire CanniMed.In a statement released Friday evening, CanniMed (TSX:CMED) says it filed a lawsuit in Ontario Superior Court alleging Aurora (TSX:ACB) and others conspired to injure CanniMed’s economic interests.CanniMed says it’s also seeking personal damages against one current and one former member of its board for their alleged involvement in the purported conspiracy.It says the action, which has not yet been served, seeks $725 million in damages.The allegations have not been proven in court.Aurora’s chief corporate officer, Cam Battley, says CanniMed is “suing their own shareholders,” adding that the company should never have gone public.“Things are a mess over there,” said Battley. “They should have remained private. By going public, they have exposed themselves to the realities and the discipline of the market.”Aurora also released a statement amending some aspects of its takeover bid, but made no mention of the lawsuit.The new statement provides greater detail on how Aurora became aware that CanniMed’s board would be meeting in November 2017 to consider acquiring Newstrike Resources Ltd. (TSXV:HIP)last_img read more

  • Two new blazes started near Penticton BC appear humancaused BC Wildfire

    first_imgTwo new wildfires sparked to life in British Columbia’s southern Interior near Penticton on Friday.Nicole Bonnett with the BC Wildfire Service confirmed Saturday the larger of the two fires, burning south of Penticton on the edge of the community of Okanagan Falls, remained within the local fire department’s jurisdiction.Fire crews from Okanagan Falls and the BC Wildfire Service battled the blaze through Friday evening, and a skeleton crew of local firefighters stayed on scene overnight, Okanagan Falls fire chief Rob Oliver said Saturday.Bonnett said the service’s fire origin and cause team returned to the scene early Saturday to look into what ignited the wildfire.“The fire is believed to be a result of some sort of human activity, so they’ll be completing an investigation out there,” said Bonnett in an interview from Kamloops, B.C.The wildfire on the outskirts of Okanagan Falls is less than a square kilometre in size and roughly half a kilometre away from the area’s regional library.Oliver said it appeared the fire started near the Skaha Lake outlet dam before burning through grass and sagebrush and up a bluff.“A bomber and a helicopter came out right away, our crew was on the initial attack, and we got it stopped and a guard around the whole thing,” he said.“It’s basically just mop-up and we’ll be finished by dinner.”The fire chief did not know the exact cause of the wildfire but said the RCMP were on scene to examine the suspected starting point.Bonnett said the service does not expect the fire to grow outside of its current perimeter and the few structures in the area were in no danger from the blaze.“The size is subject to change a little bit, but it won’t be the result of fire growth, but more accurate mapping at that point,” said Bonnett.A smaller wildfire burning near the western edge of Penticton was still being monitored for hotspots, but it was expected to be extinguished Saturday, said Bonnett.An air quality advisory is in effect for the city, though Bonnett said she believes this is likely due to the smoky air from wildfires across the province nestling into the area rather than the two newest blazes.Bonnett said even as the temperature cooled off slightly in the Kamloops Fire Centre this past week, a campsite fire ban remains in effect for the area, which was still classified as high-risk.Bonnett added the campfire ban also includes additional recreational activities for everyone to be aware of.“Fireworks, fire crackers, tiki torches – things like that.”last_img read more

  • Just For Laughs founder Gilbert Rozon resigns over abuse allegations

    first_imgMONTREAL – Gilbert Rozon, the impresario behind Montreal’s world-famous Just for Laughs (JFL) Festival, has quit the entertainment company over unspecified allegations of abuse.He made the announcement on his Facebook page Wednesday evening. It was confirmed as authentic by a spokesperson for the festival as well as the organizing committee of Montreal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, where Rozon was a commissioner. Twitter Facebook “I looked at politicians here and abroad, like Bill Clinton, and I asked myself, “Does power go with the obligation to seduce and conquer?”After pleading guilty to fondling a 19-year-old woman at a party, Rozon received a $1,100 fine and one year of probation, according to published reports. In 1999, he received a controversial unconditional discharge after a judge ruled that having a criminal record for sexual assault might prevent Rozon from travelling internationally, affect his business and hamper Montreal’s economy, the CBC reported at the time. Rozon had also been charged with unlawful confinement involving a 31-year-old woman, but the charge was withdrawn by police due to lack of evidence.On Wednesday, a young Quebec actor, Guillaume Wagner, said he ceased working with Rozon’s festival despite the lure of generous contracts.READ MORE Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Gilbert Rozon, the man behind world-famous comedy festival Just For Laughs, has resigned his position over unspecified allegations of abuse. (DENIS BEAUMONT / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO) Advertisement “I am resigning out of respect for the employees and the families that work for these organizations as well as all our partners. I certainly don’t want to overshadow their activities,” Rozon wrote in what he titled an official declaration.“Shaken by the allegations against me, I want to dedicate all my time to review the matter. To all those who I may have offended in my life, I’m sincerely sorry.”Rozon was convicted of sexual assault involving a young woman in 1998, an incident that he has acknowledged as a mistake and one for which he told an interviewer that he sought therapy.last_img read more

  • Canada stays Insiders say no change in strategy if Trump starts NAFTA

    first_imgWASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s escalating threat to trigger NAFTA’s cancellation clause as a high-pressure bargaining tactic has raised the question of what Canada’s response might be in the face of a gun-to-the-temple negotiating strategy.Several insiders say the correct answer is: Nothing.Canada should remain at the bargaining table and likely will, for its own strategic reasons, say several insiders, including Canada’s chief negotiator for the original NAFTA, the head of the Commons foreign affairs committee, and a cross-border trade lawyer.Their reasoning is shared by some high-ranking officials in the Canadian government who believe the country’s interests are best served by calmly sticking it out rather than stomping off and augmenting the presidential drama.It’s an increasingly pressing matter. Trump has begun telling people he wants to trigger NAFTA’s Article 2205, which allows a country to withdraw with six months notice, because he believes it will scare Canada and Mexico into concessions.Mexico has said it will refuse to negotiate under such a scenario. But some prominent Canadians, inside and outside government, favour an opposing approach, arguing patience is likeliest to produce desired outcomes.One was the country’s chief negotiator for the 1993 NAFTA.“As tempting as it might be to say, ‘Well, screw you, we’re gonna walk away,’ I think it would be better to just keep negotiating,” John Weekes said in an interview while attending a Washington trade symposium hosted by the Cato Institute.“We’ll just say, ‘Look, our position is not gonna change at all as a result of this threat. And if you decide after six months or sometime after that to pull the plug it’s going to be damaging to your interests’.”A backlash is already developing in Washington.Members of the president’s own party have begun voicing anxiety. Members of his cabinet have pointed out that a NAFTA pullout threat would be especially painful for the deep-red states that voted for Trump and happen to be major exporters of farm products to Mexico.Republican-friendly business groups are starting to sound the alarm. Eighty-six agriculture groups wrote a letter to the Trump administration this week saying the mere threat of a pullout via Article 2205 would scare foreign customers into seeking new suppliers and “cause immediate, substantial harm.”The No. 1 business lobby in the country, the GOP-backing U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be hosting a pro-NAFTA event next week attended by senators from Kansas and Texas — Pat Roberts and Ted Cruz.Inside U.S. Trade reported that Trump told a meeting of his party’s senators this week not to get “too excited,” because he’s handling the NAFTA matter and believes he needs to use a pullout threat to get the best possible deal. Trump has made similar comments in public.The site reported that Roberts replied: “I am excited.”A Canadian parliamentary delegation heard this anxiety when it visited Washington this week. The head of the House of Commons foreign affairs committee said lawmakers believe the president is preparing a strategic escalation.“It’s sort of a consensus on (Capitol) Hill that it’s part of his negotiating strategy … that, ‘this is who we have as a president’,” said Bob Nault, a Liberal MP whose committee met a half-dozen lawmakers this week.“He’ll move towards creating a crisis before too long with the goal of getting everyone’s attention that this is serious and he’ll want significant changes to NAFTA, or he’ll walk away.”Nault’s view on what happens next: “I think Canada stays at the table. I think it will.”An international trade lawyer specializing in Canada-U.S. matters said it’s critical the parties keep talking. He said there could be a big battle in Washington over the cancellation of NAFTA — involving politics, trade policy and the legal limits of presidential versus congressional power.He said it helps the pro-NAFTA side to have people still at the table.“It doesn’t give Congress a lot of ammunition to push back on the president if nobody is there (negotiating),” said Dan Ujczo of the firm Dickinson Wright.“Canada and Mexico should be at the table every time. They should meet whenever, wherever they want and say ‘We’re ready. We want to work with you.’… The optics of that are so terrible if Canada and Mexico don’t show up.”Numerous observers expect a complicated and lengthy legal fight if Trump actually tries cancelling a major trade deal, a move unprecedented in modern U.S. history. That’s because of an inherent conflict in the U.S. Constitution — between Article One, which gives Congress power over international trade, and Article Two, which gives the president power over international treaties.“I think it would end up at the Supreme Court,” said Bill Reinsch of the non-partisan Stimson Center.“I think it will be litigated.”—With files from Joanna Smith in Ottawalast_img read more

  • Hakim confident of Trinamool coming to power at Centre

    first_imgKolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader and the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firham Hakim on Thursday asserted that his party is coming to power at the Centre.In reply to a media question, Hakim said that Trinamool will be a decisive factor behind the formation of the new government at the Centre. He also categorically pointed out that his party will run the Central government. When asked about Pradesh Congress president Somen Mitra’s statement that they have no objection if Trinamool supports Congress in the Centre, Hakim said many parties will seek Trinamool’s support after the election results come out. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe hit out at BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, saying that the Mamata Banerjee-led government in the state has worked for the well-being of people from all walks of the society. Earlier in the day, Ghosh had said that Muslims are joining BJP in large numbers as both the Left Front and Trinamool Congress governments have failed to do anything for them. Countering Ghosh’s statement, Hakim said: “We are amazed to see that the party that only talks about dividing people on the basis of religion, is now trying to appease the Muslims. He does not know that the Trinamool Congress government has brought socio-economic changes for the people irrespective of their caste, creed and religion.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”People in Amlasol used to feed themselves with ants and boiled roots of trees, who are now getting 35 kg of rice per family. The tribal people in the tea gardens are also getting 35 kg rice per family through rationing system. Schools, colleges and health centres have been set up by the Mamata Banerjee government in Muslim dominated areas. Those who used to put a tag of Muslim appeasement on Banerjee, are now trying to woo the Muslim voters,” Hakim said.last_img read more

  • New Zealand lawmakers pass initial vote for new gun controls

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand lawmakers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of new gun control measures during the first stage of a bill they hope to rush into law by the end of next week.The bill would ban the types of weapons a gunman used to kill 50 people at two mosques last month.Only one lawmaker from the 120 that sit in Parliament voted against the legislation in a bipartisan display of unity. Tuesday’s vote was the first of three that lawmakers must pass before the bill becomes law.Police Minister Stuart Nash said far too many people have access to dangerous firearms and that in New Zealand gun ownership remains a privilege, not a right.Conservative lawmaker David Seymour voted against the bill, saying it was too rushed.The Associated Press read more

  • Solar switch leaves homeowners on the hook for thousands

    Kyle Fisher spent more than $20,000 on an electric vehicle, appliances and upgrades to his home west of Saskatoon to optimize it for solar panels. He even redesigned the roof of his new house to maximize how much sunlight would hit it during the day.He hoped to make his money back through SaskPower’s Net Metering program, which offered customers rebates for solar installations and credit for excess generated power.But the program stopped taking applications Thursday less than a year after it began.“[My contractors] were just waiting for [SaskPower] to set up the account,” said Fisher. “I would’ve signed a contract a year ago if I was able to.”“The fact that it was so immediate is really jarring.”Fisher is likely one of thousands of prospective Net Metering customers who was given a quote but couldn’t submit an application before the program was suddenly put on hold.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.The Net Metering program allowed customers connected to a provincial grid to generate their own electricity through solar panels subsidized in part by a federal rebate. It was slated to run until 2021 or whenever it hit a 16-megawatt cap of generated power.On Wednesday, SaskPower said that cap was rapidly approaching. The program was put under review the next day.SaskPower spokesperson Joel Cherry told Postmedia on Thursday that the sudden decision was driven by the unexpectedly high uptake from customers. If the program had remained, he said it would have cost the Crown corporation $25 million by 2025.He said the program would have been too costly to continue even if the rebate had been cut.Clients who already signed a contract with SaskPower won’t be cut off from the program. But people like Fisher, who made substantial financial investments in anticipation the program would continue for at least two more years, are not eligible.Miguel Catellier is president of TruGreen Energy, one of 57 solar power companies affected by the announcement. He says his office has received “dozens” of calls and emails from clients who modified their homes or bought electric appliances before the Net Metering program abruptly stopped accepting applications. He said Fisher will not be the only one in the province to have made permanent renovations to his home before the change was announced.“There are about 1,000 people in the same boat,” Catellier said.Fisher complains the cutoff was too sudden for homeowners who had already made investments to change their plans.He had planned to purchase $25,000 worth of solar panels for his home. But without the net metering system, he says the economics of providing his own power simply won’t work, especially given the low levels of sunlight during the winter months.The program’s sudden suspension was also criticized by solar power companies who said it sent the wrong message to customers looking to reduce their carbon footprints and may result in hundreds of workers being laid off.A government statement issued Friday afternoon indicated an update on the program would be announced Monday.“While evaluating the future of the net metering program, our priority is to strike a balance between meeting customer needs, providing predictability to the solar industry, and finding a financially sustainable program structure for SaskPower and its ratepayers,” the statement said. In the meantime, Catellier says his company can’t sell any panels until the suspension is lifted, which could take some time.“Most companies can’t go without revenue until next summer,” he said.— With files from the Regina SaskPower’s Net Metering rebate program a victim of its own success SaskPower buys out partner in Cory power station for $120 million New Orano CEO to spend more time making the case for nuclear power read more

  • Liberia poised between hope and disaster – Annan

    “I would urge ECOWAS [Economic Community of West African States] governments and the US Government to take the decisions regarding the deployment, announce them and make preparations to move in,” Mr. Annan said this morning on entering the UN Headquarters building in New York. The Secretary-General also appealed to the rebels “to respect the ceasefire and understand that they would be held accountable for any humanitarian disaster the fighting causes in Monrovia.” In a statement released later Monday by a spokesman, Mr. Annan also condemned the resumption of hostilities in Monrovia and called on parties concerned, in particular the rebel Liberians United for Reconciliation and Democracy (LURD) to fully observe the ceasefire. He reiterated that any attempt to seize power by force would be unacceptable to the international community. Mr. Annan urged all the stakeholders at the ECOWAS-led Liberian Peace Talks in Accra, Ghana, to ensure a speedy conclusion of a negotiated settlement. “He strongly believes that the Liberian crisis cannot be solved by military confrontation,” the statement stressed. Meanwhile over the weekend, mortars and shells continued to pound Monrovia, Liberia’s capital, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Thousands of people streamed through the streets of a neighbourhood housing diplomatic compounds seeking shelter behind their gates. The US diplomatic residential compound at Greystone was crammed with more than 10,000 displaced people who have fled recent fighting. In addition, all UN compounds in Monrovia were housing displaced persons. OCHA said providing humanitarian assistance has become increasingly difficult under the circumstances. The last seven international staff members working for the UN in the war-torn country left this morning by a US helicopter and they are all now in Freetown, Sierra Leone. As of last week, there were an estimated 200,000 displaced persons scattered throughout the city. Food and water are running low at overcrowded centres housing those seeking shelter. Due mainly to poor sanitation, cholera and diarrhoea cases are reported to be on the increase. read more

  • Bentley Motors chief to give Automotive Academy Annual Lecture

    In April, the Academy introduced a Business Improvement Course designed specifically for shop-floor workers. With its strong emphasis on productivity and lean manufacturing techniques, the course will have been attended by 1,200 people by the end of the year – with the number of attendees growing month by month. This message will be emphasised by the other key speakers at the event; Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Minister for Employment Relations and Consumer Affairs, representing the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, and Joe Greenwell, Chairman of the Automotive Academy and Ford Motor Company’s Vice President responsible for Government Affairs in Europe. The automotive industry and government believe that a focused training and skills culture will be a potent element in delivering the levels of innovation, quality, productivity and cost performance necessary to ensure an internationally competitive motor industry in the United Kingdom Inaugurated in April 2003, the Automotive Academy is the result of a unique partnership between the automotive industry in the UK, government, the education sector and training providers. Stemming from the Department of Trade and Industry’s Automotive Innovation and Growth Team, the Academy’s objective is to boost skills in Britain’s motor industry in an increasingly competitive international environment. Dr Alan Begg, Chief Executive of the Automotive Academy said, ‘This is a time of unprecedented change and competitiveness in the global automotive industry. We are facing major new challenges from intensely cost-competitive manufacturers in the East. In this country, from the shop-floor to the boardroom, we need to focus on developing and delivering the skills and training we need to remain competitive – particularly in the value-added areas of research and development, advanced technology and design. The Automotive Academy was established to ensure that we develop a training and skills process which is globally competitive, internationally recognised, consistent and industry led.’ Two standards of training course validation have been developed. Nationwide training courses, which meet the Academy’s stringent standards and which are available from fully-validated providers, are awarded the ‘Academy Validated’ mark. ‘Industry Recommended’ accreditation recognises existing good practice by credible industry training suppliers.More information: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) The Automotive Academy operates on a ‘hub and spoke’ structure with headquarters and central administration in Birmingham and operational ‘spokes’ in the UK regions. The ‘spokes’ act as interfaces with the automotive companies in their region. In the first year, spoke managers were appointed for seven of the eight designated regions of operation. As the national centre for learning for people in the automotive industry, the Academy doesn’t itself deliver training courses. It brings together the key funding and training providers and the automotive industry. By validating training excellence it ensures that internationally competitive training and skills development is available to the vehicle and component industries – from new apprentices to boardroom directors. Bentley Motors’ Chairman and Chief Executive, Dr Franz-Josef Paefgen, will give this year’s Automotive Academy Annual Lecture, to be held at the House of Commons on Monday 21 November. The 2005 Annual Lecture marks the end of the first full year of operations for the Automotive Academy – established to promote globally competitive standards of skill development and training for the vehicle and component industry in the United Kingdom. In his keynote lecture, Dr Paefgen will stress the importance of internationally competitive skills and training as Bentley significantly expands its presence as one of the world’s most prestigious automobile marques. A range of globally-competitive training materials has been developed in collaboration with the Industry Forum and which represents automotive industry best practice. For example, the Team Leader course material was developed with significant input from Nissan in Sunderland. read more

  • Brock grad student chosen for national Stand UP campaign against bullying

    Brock University Graduate student Kimberly Mularczyk is one person who implores students to stand up, not stand by, when they see instances of bullying around them.A master’s student in Child and Youth Studies, Mularczyk is also part of a national organization called Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network (PREVNet), whose mission is to stop bullying and promote healthy relationships for children and youth.Her PREVNet involvement led her to work with the Family Channel, using research to help develop resources and bullying prevention tips for parents, teachers and students. Recently she was chosen to represent PREVNet in the Family Channel’s 14th annual ‘Stand UP!’ Bullying Awareness Week campaign, joining actors from the TV show The Next Step at a rally at Lord Kitchener Elementary School in Vancouver.Hundreds of students filled the school gym to get an advance look at a special bullying episode from “The Next Step”, and learn about the harmful effects of bullying and how to help stop it. Mularczyk facilitated discussions to illustrate that all types of bullying can be hurtful, and that telling someone (specially an adult) you’re being bullied can be extremely helpful.“Even if you are just one person, you have the power to make a difference in your school and in the lives of others,” says Mularczyk.Family Channel’s Bullying Awareness Week launches today and runs through Nov. 20, followed by the Ontario Ministry of Education’s Bullying Awareness and Prevention Week which is Nov. 20 to Nov. 26.Mularczyk says millions of adolescents around the world are impacted negatively by bullying every day.“This campaign brings the conversation around bullying to the forefront, encouraging individuals to come together and find genuine support in one another,” she said. “Individuals who experience the effects of bullying often feel like there is no point to come forward, due in part to the false perception that nobody would believe or care about them.“Bullying Awareness Week thus helps to reinforce the meaningful idea that no matter how hard times may be, you never have to be alone.”For more information on Family Channel’s “Stand UP!” campaign and useful resources for teachers, parents, children and teens, visit read more

  • Trade truce with China means big changes in Beijing policy Trump

    Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedChina calls on Canada to free Huawei CFO or face consequencesDecember 8, 2018In “World”China hits back in trade war with USMay 13, 2019In “latest news”Chinese media alarmed at Trump trade adviser, warn of U.S. showdownDecember 23, 2016In “World” FILE PHOTO : A woman looks at Ford cars at a dealer shop in Shanghai, China April 5, 2018. REUTERS/Aly SongWASHINGTON/BEIJING (Reuters) – President Donald Trump and top U.S. officials said on Monday that a trade truce with China will lead to structural changes in Beijing’s economic policies, including lower tariffs, lower non-tariff barriers and more market access for U.S. companies.Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to hold off on new tariffs during talks in Argentina on Saturday, declaring a truce following months of escalating tensions on trade and other issues. On Sunday, Trump tweeted that China had agreed to cut import levies on American-made cars.“My meeting in Argentina with President Xi of China was an extraordinary one. Relations with China have taken a BIG leap forward! Very good things will happen,” Trump tweeted on Monday.Chinese regulators did not respond to requests for comment on Trump’s tweet on autos tariffs. Neither country had mentioned auto tariffs in their official read-outs of the Trump-Xi meeting.At a dinner lasting two and a half hours, the United States agreed at the weekend not to raise tariffs further on Jan. 1, while China agreed to purchase more agricultural products from U.S. farmers immediately.The two sides also agreed to negotiate over the next 90 days to resolve issues of concern raised by the United States including intellectual property protection, non-tariff trade barriers and cyber theft.U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday there was a clear shift in tone at Buenos Aires from past discussions with Chinese officials, as Xi offered a clear commitment to open China’s markets to U.S. companies.“This is the first time that we have a commitment from them that this will be a real agreement,” Mnuchin told CNBC television, adding that the administration would know “very quickly” whether a deal can be documented.“We absolutely need something concrete over these 90 days,” Mnuchin added. “This is not going to be something where there’s just soft commitments that get kicked down the road.”The truce boosted global markets on Monday with world stocks up nearly 1 percent. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.94 percent at the open and the S&P 500 by 1.10 percent.Gold hit its highest level in a month, and industrial metals and other commodities such as cotton also gained.Chinese shares, commodities and the yuan currency surged. The benchmark Shanghai Composite index closed 2.6 percent higher and the blue-chip CSI300 index jumped 2.8 percent to their biggest daily gains in a month. [SS]Mnuchin said the negotiations with China would be led by Trump, with an “inclusive team” of administration officials, including himself and other cabinet officials.White House trade adviser, Peter Navarro, said, however that the talks would be led by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer – a shift from past practices where Mnuchin had a lead role.The White House has said the existing 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods would be lifted to 25 percent if no deal was reached within 90 days, once again setting the clock ticking.Speaking in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang reiterated comments from the government’s top diplomat State Councillor Wang Yi who said on Saturday the ultimate goal was the lifting of all tariffs.“The consensus reached by the leaders of our two countries is to halt the imposition of new tariffs and at the same time the two sides’ leaders instructed the economics teams of both sides to intensify talks towards the removal of all tariffs that have been imposed,” Geng told a daily news briefing.Mnuchin said China had agreed to make “big, long-term commitments” to purchase U.S. liquefied natural gas,” provided that the United States builds sufficient export terminals. read more

  • Google introduces the Google Bar

    first_imgIf you use Google services such as Gmail or Google Docs, you can’t have failed to notice some major redesigns happening over the past few months. The last update saw Gmail get a brand new look, which not everyone liked due to the increased use of white space.Now Google has decided to roll out another significant design change called the Google Bar that will span all its services.Until now we’ve been used to a Google navigation bar that sees the most popular services printed as links across the top of a Google service web page. If you wanted to access something else within the Google product range, you clicked the “More” option and a drop down of other services appeared. With the Google Bar that layout disappears.Instead of a list of links that is always visible, all you do now is mouse over the Google logo and a drop down menu appears instead. It still lists the most popular services, and still has a More option, but is now hidden from view until required. This has allowed Google to put the search box alongside the logo rather than below the old navigation bar saving some screen real estate.Ultimately the change has very little impact on the way you use your Google services, unlike previous design updates which took a bit of getting used to. Unfortunately, you won’t get the benefit of the additional screen space immediately as Google has decided to advertise the new bar by adding another black bar above it welcoming you to the new layout. At the time of writing there is no way to manually remove the bar, but I’m hoping it just disappears before the day is over.via The Official Google Bloglast_img read more

  • Geek Deals 28 off 1000Piece Color Jigsaw Puzzle

    first_imgDo you love to solve puzzles? Does the whole family need an activity this holiday season? This thousand-piece Clemens Habicht puzzle by The Jacky Winter Group is currently on sale, and it’s an outstanding gift possibility. • 1000-Piece Color Jigsaw Puzzle for $35.99 (List price: $49.99)Available in numerous different variations, these colorful puzzles offer an extra level of challenge. The series of color gradients doesn’t provide easy-to-nail-down high-contrast visual elements of the larger picture, so even sorting can be a bit of a challenge. Measuring 19.7-inches by 27.6-inches, you and your family will have hours of low-key puzzle-solving fun here.And since the holiday season is such a popular time of year for entertaining guests, this massive puzzle can keep your many groups of friends and relatives entertained across multiple visits. Alternately, it’s a solid gift for any puzzle lovers you might know. Normally, any one of these colorful puzzles would sell for about $50, but StackSocial is offering a substantial discount. Make your purchase now, and you’ll save $14 off the sticker price. And when you buy today, you can even get it delivered in plenty of time for Christmas. Heck, it even ships internationally.Note: Terms and conditions apply. All sales final. See StackSocial for more information.Our commerce group sources the best deals and products for the Geek Deals posts. We operate independently of Editorial and Advertising and may earn a percentage of the sale, if you buy something via a link on the post. If you are interested in promoting your deals, please contact us at more great deals head over to TechBargains.last_img read more

  • Natalya to appear on tonights 721 WWE Tough Enough

    first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipNatalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women SuperstarsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 1:06/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 30.08%0:02Remaining Time -1:05 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Chris Jericho takes on Hangman Page to crown first AEW Champion tonight on All Out Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Facebook WWE is promoting WWE Diva Natalya will be making an appearance on tonight’s 7/21 WWE Tough Enough on the USA Network. The Big Show also implied on last night’s 7/20 WWE RAW that he might make an appearance on the show as well. Tough Enough airs tonight on the USA Network at 8PM Tonight at 8/7 C: Who will take the lead this week? Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Natalya Neidhart Natalya Neidhart on Why Total Divas Name Didnt Change After WWE Started Calling Women Superstars Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Twitter 11 matches scheduled for WWE Clash of Champions tonight in Charlotte, Live Post-Show Google+ WhatsApplast_img read more

  • Atalanta star Josip Ilicic admits he contemplated quitting football

    first_imgAtalanta star midfielder Josip Ilicic has revealed how he had considered in many times of quitting football especially when he was sick and in hospital.Earlier, the Slovenia international spent most of the summer in and out of the hospital as a result of a bacterial infection at his lymph nodes.“As a man, the illness changed me a great deal,” Ilicic told Sky Sport Italia via Football Italia, after Saturday’s 3-0 victory over Parma.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“I want to thank everyone who stood by me during this difficult time. I look at the world differently now. I thought many times that I might have to give up football, especially when I was in the hospital.“I’m glad that Atalanta are doing well and it’s not about me, but the team. Finally, we’re getting the goals that we deserved to score earlier in the season.”The Atalanta midfielder missed out on the 2010 FIFA World Cup but made his debut for the national side in a friendly match against Australia in August of the same. He scored his first international goal against Cypruslast_img read more

  • Suspected drunk driver crashes into Skyline home

    first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom August 18, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.According to police, the residents of a home in the 7000 block of Skyline Drive were greeted soon after midnight by a Honda plowing through the front of their home.Officers were called to the scene at 12:22 a.m., San Diego Police Officer Steve Bourasa said. The driver ran from the crash, but police said officers were able to catch him a short while later.Drunk driving was suspected as a factor in the crash, according to Bourasa. Officers at the scene also reported a smell of marijuana, he said.The crash caused significant structural damage to the home, Bourasa said, but no one was injured. KUSI Newsroom, Suspected drunk driver crashes into Skyline home Posted: August 18, 2018last_img read more

  • EPA to Host National Summit on Water Contaminants

    first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency will hold a two-day summit to address the risks posed by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a category of man-made chemicals found it a variety of products including firefighting foam previously used by the military. The summit, which will be held May 22-23 in Washington, will provide an opportunity for participants to share information on efforts to characterize risks from PFAS and develop monitoring and treatment techniques; and identify specific near-term actions needed to address challenges facing states and communities. The agency plans to develop a PFAS management plan for release later this year, according to a release.Sambhav Sankar, executive director of the Environmental Council of the States, applauded EPA for recognizing the urgency of PFAS issues and engaging states early in their effort to tackle the problem. “Many states cannot take action on PFAS issues until EPA makes a regulatory determination, and all states would like to see continued federal research and leadership in this area,” Sankar said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

  • PM Modi praises LK Advanis blog where he said BJP never called

    first_imgReutersPrime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to praise the founder of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its second president, LK Advani, saying, “Advani Ji perfectly sums up the true essence of BJP, most notably the guiding Mantra of ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last’. Proud to be a BJP karyakarta [BJP worker] and proud that great leaders like LK Advani ji have strengthened it.” Few days ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections, veteran BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani wrote a blog which has the headline ‘Nation first, party next, self last’, in which he said that the party never regarded its critics as “enemies” or “anti-nationals”.LK Advani has finally spoken after PM Modi’s BJP fielded party president Amit Shah from Gandhinagar, a Lok Sabha seat represented by Advani. The 91-year-old leader took pot-shots at the Modi government, urging the party to “look back, look ahead and look within” and stressed on “democracy and democratic traditions” within. The blog, 509 words in length, is addressed to BJP workers and is written two days ahead of the party’s foundation day which is on April 6.Read the full text of LK Advani’s blog:”NATION FIRST, PARTY NEXT, SELF LASTOn April 6th, the BJP will celebrate its Foundation Day. This is an important occasion for all of us in the BJP to look back, look ahead and look within. As one of the Founders of the BJP, I deem it to be my duty to share my reflections with the people of India, and more specifically with the millions of workers of my Party, both of whom have indebted me with their affection and respect.Before I share my thoughts, I take this opportunity to convey my most sincere gratitude to the people of Gandhinagar, who have elected me to the Lok Sabha six times since 1991. Their love and support has always overwhelmed me.Serving the Motherland has been my passion and my mission ever since I joined the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the age of 14. My political life has been inseparably associated with my Party for nearly seven decades – first with the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, and later with the Bharatiya Janata Party and I have been a founding member of both. It has been my rare privilege to work closely with stalwarts like Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee and many other great, inspiring and self-less leaders.The guiding principle of my life has been ‘Nation First, Party Next, Self Last.’And in all situations, I have tried to adhere to this principle and will continue to do so. The essence of Indian democracy is respect for diversity and freedom of expression. Right from its inception, the BJP has never regarded those who disagree with us politically as our “enemies”, but only as our adversaries. Similarly, in our conception of Indian nationalism, we have never regarded those who disagree with us politically as “anti-national”.The party has been committed to freedom of choice of every citizen at personal as well as political level.Defense of democracy and democratic traditions, both within the Party and in the larger national setting,has been the proud hallmark of the BJP. Therefore BJP has always been in the forefront of demanding protection of independence, integrity, fairness and robustness of all our democratic institutions, including the media. Electoral reforms, with special focus on transparency in political and electoral funding, which is so essential for a corruption-free polity, has been another priority for our Party.In short, the triad of Satya (truth), Rashtra Nishtha (dedication to the Nation) and Loktantra(democracy, both within and outside the Party) guided the struggle-filled evolution of my Party.The sum total of all these values constitutes Sanskritik Rashtravad (Cultural Nationalism) and Su-Raj (good governance), to which my Party has always remained wedded. The heroic struggle against the Emergengy rule was precisely to uphold the above values.It is my sincere desire that all of us should collectively strive to strengthen the democratic edifice of India. True, elections are a festival of democracy. But they are also an occasion for honest introspection by all the stakeholders in Indian democracy – political parties, mass media, authorities conducting the election process and, above all, the electorate.My best wishes to everyone.”last_img read more