LATEST STORIES Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic reacts after making a three-point basket late in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in New Orleans, Friday, Oct. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — As he watched his late, rainbow 3-pointer drop in off the glass, Luka Doncic skipped backward toward the defensive end for the Dallas Mavericks with a snarl on his face and clenched fists lowered near each hip.“He makes those shots. He’s wild,” teammate Kristaps Porzingis said. “At the end of the game, he was really clutch.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Murray, Nuggets escape with OT win over Suns This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Doncic highlighted his triple-double by scoring eight of his 25 points in the final five minutes, and the Mavericks topped New Orleans 123-116 in the Pelicans’ home opener Friday night.Doncic also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Porzingis added 24 points and five blocks to help Dallas start 2-0 for the first time since the 2004-05 season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“Everybody’s happy after this win, but it’s just the start,” Doncic said, adding he wants to see the Mavs in the playoff hunt come April. “We’ve got to keep it going.”Delon Wright scored 18 points, effectively finding close-range shots with decisive cuts and drives to the hoop, and highlighted a strong defensive outing with a late steal. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Derrick Favors and Josh Hart each had 16 points for the Pelicans. Lonzo Ball added 15.Holiday, however, labored through an uncharacteristically rough shooting night, going just 2 of 11 from the field.“I feel like we go through this every year, especially with me, but it’s just timing — new lineups, new situations, new team,” Holiday said. “There’s always a positive. Last two games, we were in it at the end, so we’ll just go back to the film and see what we can do.”TIP-INSMavericks: Brunson finished with 14 points and Maxi Kleber grabbed 10 rebounds. … Dwight Powell, who plays center and forward, sat out his second straight game with a left hamstring strain. … Coach Rick Carlisle lost a replay challenge of an officials’ decision that Wright committed a blocking foul on Hart’s fourth-quarter pull-up that cut the Mavs’ lead to 103-101. … Dallas went 14 of 40 from 3-point range but shot 48.4 percent (45 of 93) overall.Pelicans: Reserve guard Frank Jackson scored 10 points in just 14:47. … New Orleans finished 15 of 41 from 3-point range, with Ball missing nine of 12 and Hart missing four of five. … Coach Alvin Gentry rotated 11 players into the game and 10 of them played at least 14 minutes. In New Orleans’ opener at Toronto, 12 players got in the game, each playing at least 13 minutes.SECOND-QUARTER SURGENew Orleans led by 16 early and double digits for much of the first half.The Pelicans went up 53-40 on Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s 3 in the second quarter, but Dallas outscored New Orleans 32-11 during the final eight minutes of the half, and Porzingis said it started with Dallas’ defense.“I told everybody we’re going to step it up. We’re going to put it in a different gear defensively,” Porzingis said. “We got out there with more energy, with more intensity, more vocal. … That got us going.” Wright and Doncic each scored eight during that surge, which was ignited by Doncic’s step-back 3. Soon after, Porzingis, who had 17 first-half points, added a dunk, a 3 and free throws on successive possessions to make it 55-50.Tim Hardaway Jr.’s 3 put Dallas ahead 72-64 at halftime.DELAYED DEBUTTop draft pick Zion Williamson, coming off arthroscopic surgery to repair the lateral meniscus in his right knee, was on the court for introductions in street clothes, using a crutch. He is expected to be out six to eight weeks, meaning the Pelicans could be 20-plus games into the season before he plays.UP NEXTMavericks: Host Portland on Sunday.Pelicans: Visit Houston on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Becoming his own man “He played an amazing game,” Doncic said. “He was the key to our win.”Brandon Ingram led New Orleans with 25 points after scoring 22 in a loss at defending NBA champion Toronto in overtime to open the season Tuesday night.The game was tied at 109 after Ingram’s jumper with about five minutes left, but Doncic responded with a jumper while being fouled by Jrue Holiday to start a six-point mini-run capped by Jalen Brunson’s turnaround near the baseline that made it 115-109.New Orleans missed five straight 3-pointers before Ingram finally hit one to make it 115-112. Doncic’s right-handed runner in the lane over a crowd of defenders, followed by his left wing 3 off the glass with 1:23 left, made it 120-113, and the Pelicans couldn’t recover.“That’s him,” Porzingis said of Doncic. “He loves those moments. I love those moments. And we’re going to try to be dangerous there at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Read Next Lakers dump Warriors to improve record to 9-2 Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? He is allowed to take the splint off to exercise, but there’s a bigger problem: His daughters helped decorate it, and they used the colors of the rival Los Angeles Lakers.“Some of my favorite things: Puppies, unicorns, rainbows,” Hayward said. “I tried to get them to not use purple and go with some green, but they were pretty adamant about some of the colors they picked. I guess an artist is going to be an artist.” Rice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Injured Boston Celtics player Gordon Hayward watches from the bench during the second quarter of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward said he considers it “relatively good news” that his latest injury is only expected to keep him out for six weeks, even though it struck just as he was returning to form from the broken leg that cost him almost a full season.“It’s a drop in the bucket, for sure,” Hayward said on Wednesday night before watching from the bench in street clothes as Boston beat the Wizards 140-133. “Just happy that it shouldn’t be that long. Obviously frustrated. It sucks watching and not being able to go out there and play, especially with the start that we’ve had.”ADVERTISEMENT “When you watch it in slow motion, it’s like ‘What happened?’ Like, I don’t think anything even should have happened. It doesn’t look like it’s that bad at all,” he said. “It was just a random play. Sometimes that’s basketball.”Hayward, 29, returned last season and played in 72 games, most of them off the bench, and averaged 11.5 points and 4.5 rebounds — far short of his numbers before the injury. He had been closer to his peak performance in the first seven games this season, averaging 19 points, four assists and a career-high seven rebounds before the latest injury.“Yeah, it’s frustrating. There’s no doubt about it,” he said. “Felt like we were building some good momentum as a team, as well as me individually. So the timing of it, definitely frustrating. All things considered, I think it’s not that bad.”Another difference between his last injury and this one is that Hayward will be able to run and maintain his conditioning while he waits for his hand to heal. Last time, he was forced to shoot baskets from a chair, and practice picking things up with his toes to regain his dexterity.Hayward said the doctors put a pin and a plate in his hand, which will make it stronger and help him heal faster. He isn’t sure on his timetable to begin shooting again.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Hayward broke his hand when he collided with LaMarcus Aldridge in Saturday night’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The Boston forward had surgery Monday.“You always think about the worst-case scenario, and certainly on the play I didn’t know exactly what happened,” he said. “But I heard it, and felt it and knew something immediately was wrong.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHayward missed all but five minutes of the 2017-18 season after breaking his leg in the first quarter of the opener. The gruesome injury left his teammates looking away in horror, and Hayward took a year or so before he was even willing to watch it on videotape.But this one he watched right away — if only to see what went wrong.
Sanosara (Guj), Aug 30 (PTI) Showering praise on Olympic medallists PV Sindhu and Sakshi Malik, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said these “daughters” were the saving grace of India at the Rio Games.Speaking at the inaugural function of Sauni irrigation project here today, Modi touched upon several social issues plaguing the country including gender-based discrimination.”We have to make sure that our sisters and daughters dont have to go in open for defecation. You must have witnessed how our daughters saved Indias face in Rio Olympics and brought honour to us (by winning medals). This is the true power of our daughters,” said Modi to a cheering crowd at the venue here in Jamnagar district of Gujarat.Shuttler Sindhu bagged a silver in the womens singles while Sakshi won Indias first ever medal (bronze) in womens wrestling at Rio.Modi stated that Gujarat government has been working on the “Beti Bachao” (save girl child) movement since long.He urged parents as well as the society not to discriminate between boys and girls.”I urge people not to repeat their old mistakes. We must understand that our girls are as capable as boys, which was proved in Rio Olympics. Do not discriminate between them,” said Modi.The PM urged people to take forward the movement of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao (Save Girls-Educate Girls) to the next level, that is Beti Khilao (Let girls play).”After girls performance in Rio, people have started saying that Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao and Beti Khilao. So lets encourage our daughters to take up sport activities,” said Modi. PTI KA PJT PD DK KUNadvertisement
Champions League Mauricio Pochettino takes heart in 1992 semi-final win against the odds Tottenham Hotspur 1:05 Read more Show Topics Share via Email For Hugo Lloris, the exhilaration was in the surprise. Tottenham had slipped up again, losing their heads at Bournemouth on Saturday to incur two red cards and then the points to a stoppage-time header from Nathan Aké. Twitter: follow us at @guardian_sportFacebook: like our football and sport pagesInstagram: our favourite photos, films and storiesYouTube: subscribe to our football and sport channels “When you see how many big clubs are involved in this competition and how they invest every season in the top players to reach the last four and the final – with the ambition to win it – you realise how hard it is to come close to the final,” he said. “There are no guarantees in the future to be here again so that’s why you really need to enjoy the moment and think year by year. You just need to enjoy the moment and give your best because you never know what will happen in the future.”Spurs have benefited on the domestic front from the mistakes of others but in Europe they can look at nobody other than themselves. Quite simply, they have to find a cure for the travel sickness after losing nine of their previous 10 away games in all competitions. Pinterest Twitter Pochettino says he may leave Spurs if they win Champions League – video Facebook Tottenham endured a terrible day on Saturday, ending with nine men and conceding an injury-time goal at Bournemouth. Photograph: Mark Kerton/PA Share on LinkedIn Spurs is most important match in Ajax stadium’s history, says Erik ten Hag “The last two or three months have been very difficult for all the Premier League clubs involved in European competition,” he said. “There has been a lot of mental fatigue and body fatigue and that’s why there have been some strange results. It’s a good moment for the club to learn for the future and how to deal with important periods.“It will be very important to start against Ajax in the way we want. It was not the case in the first leg and we lost a bit of confidence. We were so disappointed and we need to use this game as a motivation, to learn very quickly from it. To compete for the Champions League final is huge for the club and we all believe we can do it.”There has been no little discussion of the four former Ajax players in Spurs’s ranks, although Davinson Sánchez is out after he suffered a thigh injury at Bournemouth. Vertonghen has recovered from the heavy blow he took to his nose in the first leg, which had sparked fears of a concussion, and he could play in a protective mask. Share on Facebook Spurs’ near certain return to the Champions League is to be cherished, particularly given the obstacles they have had to contend with – most notably the delays to their new stadium and the lack of investment in the squad. But opportunity knocks now – in Amsterdam – and Lloris was not about to overlook that. His pre-match message was clear: the players must embrace the moment, which carries the chance to become the first Spurs team to reach the final of Europe’s elite club competition, because nobody knows when it might come around again. Read more Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Ajax When Lloris settled down to watch Arsenal’s home game against Brighton on Sunday, he cannot have hoped for much and yet it happened. Hard on the heels of Manchester United’s draw at Huddersfield, Arsenal could only draw, too, and the upshot was that Spurs had effectively sown up Champions League qualification for the fourth season in succession. Only a near-impossible eight-goal swing on the final day will deny them.“I’ll take that,” the Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen tweeted, as he revelled primarily in the relief. Lloris was more measured – he always is – but what struck him was the feeling of clarity. The club captain and his teammates are in Amsterdam for the second leg of their Champions League semi-final against Ajax, trailing 1-0, and a major worry has been offset. Rather abruptly, the Premier League visit from Everton on Sunday looks a lot less stressful and Spurs can pour all of their energies into one of the games of their lives.“It’s a positive thing for us,” Lloris said. “We were a little bit down after Bournemouth and especially about the scenario of the game [with the red cards] but we also knew it was still up to the other challengers to get the points. Finally, Manchester United and Arsenal drew and it gave us a little bit of relief. It helps us to manage this week with more positive minds, with all the focus on Ajax.“I followed the Arsenal-Brighton game at home, like I followed Man City-Liverpool on Monday night because, firstly, I like football. But maybe I watch with more focus when there is something on it for us.” Thank you for your feedback. All four of them – the others being Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen – were poor in the first leg and it has been possible to detect exasperation at the club about the plotline that has tracked them. Did it unnerve them? Even Lloris admitted that “it’s not an easy game for them to manage” but he quickly returned to his principle theme – the requirement to blot out each and every distraction.“The context will help them,” Lloris said. “There is a place in the Champions League final at stake. It’s the type of game when you need to put your emotion on the side and just be ready to fight. The only focus for them is to win.” Was this helpful? According to Lloris, the club must learn to better manage this stage of the season, when the schedule is remorseless – he referenced the mental and physical fatigue that had and, presumably, still is affecting the players – and he stressed the imperative for them to start with the bit between their teeth against Ajax. In the first leg Spurs missed the opening quarter or so, which was mystifying and damaging. Hide Share on Twitter features Quick guide Follow Guardian sport on social media Share on Messenger Mauricio Pochettino says he may leave Spurs if they win Champions League Play Video Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content Read more
Transfers Alisson wants future resolved before World Cup Dejan Kalinic 14:26 6/11/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Serie A Brazil Roma World Cup Said to be a transfer target for Liverpool, the shot-stopper wants clarity on where he will spend the 2018-19 season Brazil and Roma goalkeeper Alisson hopes his club future is decided before the start of the World Cup.Alisson, 25, has been linked to the likes of Real Madrid and Liverpool, as well as Chelsea.The shot-stopper, who is contracted until 2021, believes his future will be known before the showpiece event begins in Russia. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move “I believe and I hope that everything will be resolved before the start of the World Cup,” Alisson said after Brazil’s 3-0 friendly win over Austria on Sunday.”To be honest, I left everything in the hands of my agents.”If it’s not resolved before the World Cup, then it will be discussed after it because my head will be focused only on Brazil [during the tournament].”Alisson would not be drawn into potential destinations, saying Roma would also be respected.”There are possibilities on which we are working, but always together with Roma and with respect to my club,” he said.”We will see what will happen this week.”
BOULDER, CO – OCTOBER 04: A helmet of the Texas Longhorns lies on the field as the team warms up prior to facing the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 4, 2008 in Boulder, Colorado. Texas defeated Colorado 38-14. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)Earlier today, Texas football fans might have become alarmed at tweets from beat reporters stating that EMS personnel had arrived at practice. One of the Longhorn players reportedly had to be treated, but no other info was available.Now, we have an update. Fortunately, it’s a positive one for the team and walk-on running back Jaren Watkins.Texas revealed tonight that Watkins, a redshirt sophomore, was treated by paramedics for an undisclosed “minor” injury and transported to the hospital.He has since been treated and released. Texas announces that RB Jaren Watkins, a sophomore walk-on, was the player treated by EMS today for a minor injury and taken to the hospital as a precaution. He was treated and released.— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) August 13, 2019The 5-foot-5, 160-pound Watkins is a native of Little Rock, Arkansas.It is always a scary thing when you hear a player has gotten hurt and an ambulance is involved. That’s why we’re happy everyone can breathe a sigh of relief at the news that Watkins is fine.Hopefully he is able to get back on the field soon.
Mr. Hutchinson said support is available for vulnerable youth, who want the opportunity to become farmers, and they can start on small plots of land available in their communities. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. JC Hutchinson, says the active engagement of young people in agriculture can turn them away from a life of crime. Minister Hutchinson noted that through the National Irish Potato Programme grant assistance has been provided to youth up to 35 years old and women, who have shown interest in planting the crop. Story Highlights He said the Ministry, through the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Jamaica 4-H Clubs is committed to increasing youth involvement in agriculture.The 4-H movement, with more than 110,000 clubbites, has provided over 273,000 training opportunities to 105,000 youths in the 2016-2017 period and established about 568 school gardens.Minister Hutchinson noted that through the National Irish Potato Programme grant assistance has been provided to youth up to 35 years old and women, who have shown interest in planting the crop.“I’m pleased to report that in the 2016/2017 crop, 159 hectares were planted by 350 women and youth,” he indicated.He said the Ministry is working with the National Land Agency to provide young people with access to idle state lands for the purpose of cultivating crops.The Women & Youth in Agriculture Consultation Forum was aimed at identifying opportunities for youth and women in the local agricultural sector, and address some of the underlying challenges.The forum was hosted by the Canadian Government-funded Promotion of Regional Opportunities for Produce through Enterprises and Linkages (PROPEL) project.The CAD $ 100 million initiative, which is being implemented by World University Service of Canada (WUSC) over six years, aims to increase the value of Caribbean fresh produce accessing high-value markets in the Caribbean and internationally. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. JC Hutchinson, says the active engagement of young people in agriculture can turn them away from a life of crime.“I just want to say that one of the areas that I feel confident that we can curb crime with is agriculture, by putting some of our young people, who are the main perpetrators of crime to work,” he argued.He was speaking at the Women and Youth in Agriculture Consultation Forum held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on Friday (January 19).Relating his own experience, Minister Hutchinson informed that 20 unattached and vulnerable youth in his north west St. Elizabeth constituency, whom he provided with supplies to start their own ventures, have now become successful farmers and entrepreneurs.“I provided them with seeds, fertilizer and spraying material and they had land beside the Black River, and I provided them with a small pump and I asked, ‘will you go and cultivate and they said ‘yes’. They started cultivating and today, it is the most peaceful area in my constituency,” he noted.“Not only that, but these 20 young people, for the last four years, they have been having a cook-out where they provide food for the shut-ins and the underprivileged within their community,” he said.“That is why I’m saying that I know it has been done, and can be done,” he added.Mr. Hutchinson said support is available for vulnerable youth, who want the opportunity to become farmers, and they can start on small plots of land available in their communities.“Crops like Irish potato, ginger and pepper can be grown on small acres and so we encourage young people to look to farming such crops for employment and income generation,” he pointed out.
New Delhi: India on Thursday said that no bilateral meeting has been planned between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit to be held in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, on June 13-14. “To the best of my knowledge, no bilateral meeting is being set up with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan at the SCO summit in Bishkek,” Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters here.
The Lovato Treatment Scholarship and premier grocery chains Food4Less in Southern California and FoodsCo in Central and Northern California have joined forces to launch an innovative promotion to offer California shoppers an opportunity to digitally unlock an exclusive virtual reality performance of Demi Lovato at the legendary Troubadour in Hollywood, California during the first-ever Lovato Treatment Benefit concert.The concert supported The Lovato Treatment Scholarship program which helps raise awareness and cover treatment costs for those suffering from mental health and addiction issues.Launched on August 19 and running through September 15 via DigitalFood, the free mobile app for Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers, customers and “Lovatics” that purchase select Nestle Waters, Farmer John and Kelloggs Pop-Tarts brand products can unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance by scanning their receipt directly in the app. Upon accessing the DigitalFood app, shoppers will be greeted with a message featuring information about The Lovato Treatment Scholarship along with in-app instructions to unlock the exclusive virtual reality performance, which features two live renditions of her hits Warrior and Skyscraper.To support complete VR functionality and viewing, for the first time in grocery retail history, Food4Less is making virtual reality available and affordable to the masses by offering VOGGLZ companion viewer to enhance the virtual reality experience for shoppers. VOGGLZ, which was inspired by the open source designs of Google Cardboard, will be available for purchase in Food4Less Southern California and FoodsCo stores for a limited time at an unprecedented $2.99 USD, marking an industry first for widespread availability of virtual reality technology in brick and mortar establishments.“I’m thrilled to collaborate with Food4Less in support of The Lovato Treatment Scholarship”, says Demi Lovato, “This year’s benefit concert marked a very important milestone in my life and I’m excited to share this special performance in virtual reality to help raise awareness and funds for mental health and addiction issues.”For more information about the program, visit www.digitalfood.com. The DigitalFood App is now available for free download for iPhone and Android devices and currently provides Food4Less and Foods Co. shoppers with exclusive marketing sweepstakes, music and video content, partner recipes and now, an exclusive augmented reality platform.
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsDozens of leaders are meeting in Enoch First Nation, Alberta to discuss treaty rights.The plan is to develop a unified voice to talk to federal government.
OTTAWA – The head of the Trudeau government’s influential council of economic advisers recommends Ottawa stay agile, just in case Donald Trump delivers on vows that could have severe implications for Canada.Dominic Barton, the global managing director of consulting firm McKinsey & Co., said in an interview that while it remains unclear what exactly the president-elect will do, he cautioned that Trump’s pledges on trade and taxation must be taken seriously in Canada.“If something does happen … then I think we’re going to have to be ready to go back to the table … you think about budgets or you think about tax cuts,” said Barton, who, as chair of the economic growth council, has the ear of Finance Minister Bill Morneau.“I’m hoping — I’m praying, if you would — that there won’t be any of that type of thing happening. But we’ve just got to be ready.”Barton added that could mean responding, if necessary, outside of Canada’s annual budgetary cycle.His warning comes amid widespread uncertainty over how the Canadian economy might fare if Trump were to fulfil some of his promises, which include a major reduction of the U.S. corporate tax rate and the creation of a border tax.Even the growth council has been forced to reassess some of its forthcoming recommendations to the government following Trump’s victory, Barton said. The group of experts, chosen by Morneau’s office, is expected to release its next wave of proposals in the coming weeks.Barton said the council discussed Trump at their December meeting and they will continue to watch developments in the U.S. as they make their own decisions.“For sure, it’s something that we’re thinking about and we need to be agile, too,” Barton said.For example, Barton said the council is exploring possible recommendations that will involve deepening the trade relationship with the U.S. as well as other countries.Over the longer term, he said they are also looking at ways to attract more private capital to Canada. In developing capital-related suggestions, he added that the council may wait a few months to see what actually happens in the U.S. under the new administration.The federal government has dispatched senior officials to meet members of Trump’s inner circle and highlight the importance of the Canada-U.S.. relationship, including the close business ties that bring benefits to both sides of the border.In recent days, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has offered reassuring words when asked about the potential changes from Canada’s top trading partner, calling the recent discussions with Trump’s team “constructive” and “positive.”Barton said it’s crucial for Canadian and American businesses that depend on each other to make sure everyone knows about the significance of the partnership.“We just can’t assume that people understand what the facts are,” said Barton, who added that restricting trade could hurt many Americans who reap huge benefits by dealing with Canada.Morneau has suggested his upcoming federal budget, expected as early as February, will be prudent as the government prepares for the possible impacts of any Trump measures.The finance minister was asked Friday if he would lower Canada’s corporate tax rate if Trump lived up to his promise to do so in the United States. Morneau replied that Canada already had a low corporate rate that was “very competitive” globally.Some economists believe that certain Trump’s proposals could create benefits for the Canadian economy.The Conference Board of Canada’s Craig Alexander has said Trump’s vows to significantly increase infrastructure investments, combined with corporate and personal tax cuts, could boost growth in the U.S. and indirectly help Canada.But Alexander has also pointed to the many risks for Canada, such as Trump’s protectionist promises.The National Bank recently published a research note that said Trump’s proposed 10 per cent border adjustment tax on imports to the U.S. could cause total Canadian goods exports to its neighbour to drop by about nine per cent.A report by the Montreal Economic Institute has warned that border tariffs could have “very harmful” consequences for automakers in Canada and the U.S. because after 50 years of trade liberalization, the countries’ auto industries are fully integrated.On Friday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters on a conference call that a border tax on autos would not be applied to any one country and could impact Canada, according to a Bloomberg News report.“When a company that’s in the U.S. moves to a place, whether it’s Canada or Mexico, or any other country seeking to put U.S. workers at a disadvantage,” said Spicer, then Trump “is going to do everything he can to deter that.”Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter Canada must remain nimble as it braces for Trump era: feds’ economic adviser In this Oct. 19, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during the third presidential debate with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton at UNLV in Las Vegas. Canada’s two largest railways are positive about the impact of a Donald Trump presidency despite some concern about the possibility of quotas being placed on lumber exports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/David Goldman, File by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 15, 2017 11:49 am MDT Last Updated Jan 15, 2017 at 4:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
SURVIVORS FROM THE Bethany Home in Dublin are to meet with Minister for Justice Alan Shatter today as part of their fight for an apology and redress.“We hope he does the right thing,” survivor Derek Leinster told TheJournal.ie. “It’s well overdue.”The four-person group plan to speak to the Minister about receiving an apology for the pain and injury they say they received while at the Protestant-run home.The meeting will take place today and will include members of the Bethany Survivors Group who have journeyed to Ireland for the meeting.They are also seeking redress and a memorial for 219 children from the home that were buried in unmarked graves in Mount Jerome Cemetery.The survivors are also seeking the Church of Ireland to contribute to any redress.RedressThe State’s case is that the residents of the home were there voluntarily, so did not qualify for the 2002 Residential Institutions Redress scheme.In July 2011, about 20 Bethany survivors were encouraged to apply for inclusion in Martin McAleese’s Magdalen inquiry. However, the government did not extend its mandate to them.Leinster said they are “interested in hearing what [the Minister] has to say to us” at the meeting, where they will press him on the case for redress. They will also ask about what progress has been made on their case.They say they don’t want to be treated differently because of their religion, as the home was a Protestant one. Earlier this year, Leinster said that “now would not be too early to give Bethany survivors the same apology and consideration as the Magdalene women”.They group has started a campaign to raise funds for the memorial to the children buried in unmarked graves.Last week, Cork City Council passed a Sinn Féin motion calling on the Government to provide a full apology to the surviving women and men of Bethany Home, and to immediately put in place a mechanism of redress.Read: Bethany Home survivors to meet Shatter for redress and apology>
The House and Senate will skip next week’s scheduled recess if the partial government shutdown continues.Many federal agencies stopped operating more than four weeks ago when their funding ended. The House has passed bills to reopen the government, but Senate leaders do not plan to vote on those measures because they do not fund a southern border wall, which President Trump has said is a must.The House plans to consider two continuing resolutions this week – one that would provide funding for two weeks and another for six weeks.Appropriations Committee Chair Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) said those would provide the Senate with “additional options to end the shutdown while allowing time for negotiation on border security and immigration policy.”But President Trump said Monday he will not support short-term spending bills, so it is unlikely Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will allow a vote on the continuing resolutions, though political pressure is mounting against Republicans.Bipartisan huddles are forming in the Senate to see if there is a way out.“There are several groups of us trying to figure out — what’s the metric to get this done,” Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said, according to CQ.The Department of Defense is among the agencies that have remained open, because their appropriations had been authorized previously. ADC AUTHOR
SAN FRANCISCO: To the horror of thousands of Facebook employees at it Menlo Park, California headquarters, emergency teams evacuated some buildings after a packet with possible sarin (a potentially deadly nerve agent) was detected in the social networking giant’s mailing facility. According to www.nbcbayarea.com, a machine at the company’s mailing facility alerted employees on Monday that a package may contain sarin. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us Fire officials initially reported that at least two Facebook employees may have been possibly exposed. “We evacuated four buildings and are conducting a thorough investigation in coordination with local authorities,” Anthony Harrison, a Facebook spokesperson told The Verge. “As of now, three buildings have been cleared for repopulation. The safety of our employees is our top priority and we will share additional information when it is available,” he was quoted as saying. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us The package was delivered to Facebook and the company began evacuating some of the Menlo Park campus buildings. Emergency hazmat crews immediately took over the place, asking employees to leave the offices. Initially, four buildings were evacuated, “and then three of them were deemed safe for repopulation”. “The safety of our employees is our top priority and we will share additional information when it is available,” said Facebook in a statement. Advertise With Us Originally developed in 1938 in Germany as a pesticide, sarin is defined as a “human-made chemical warfare agent classified as a nerve agent.” A colourless, odourless liquid, it is used as a chemical weapon due to its extreme potency as a nerve agent. Exposure is lethal even at very low concentrations, where death can occur within one to 10 minutes after direct inhalation of a lethal dose, owing to suffocation from lung muscle paralysis, unless antidotes are quickly administered. Sarin is generally considered a weapon of mass destruction. Production and stockpiling of sarin was outlawed as of April 1997 by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993, and it is classified as a Schedule 1 substance.
Afghan Security personnel arrive as smoke rises from the site of an attack in Jalalabad on 28 July. Photo: AFPAn hours-long militant attack on a midwife training centre in eastern Afghanistan on Saturday killed at least two people and wounded five, police said, as the latest assault in the country was brought to an end by security forces.Nearly 70 people, including students and teachers, were inside the centre in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar province, at the time of the attack.Nangarhar police chief Ghulam Sanyee Stanikzai told AFP two people — a guard and a driver — were killed and five others wounded.Provincial governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani put the casualty toll slightly higher at three dead and eight wounded. Afghan officials often give conflicting tolls in the aftermath of an attack.Some of the people inside the centre escaped while others were taken hostage by the gunmen.”They were freed by the police during the operation,” Stanikzai said.One attacker was wearing a suicide vest and blew himself up, while the other was killed by security forces, Khogyani said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the latest attack, but most of the recent assaults in the city have been carried out by the Islamic State group, which has a stronghold in Nangarhar.The Taliban denied involvement in a WhatsApp message sent to reporters.Provincial health department spokesman Inamullah Miakhil said 48 women from remote districts of the province were enrolled in the two-year midwifery course.The training facility, which is near the centre of Jalalabad in an area where several international organisations and consulates have offices, is funded by the Ministry of Public Health.”We don’t know why the midwife centre came under attack,” Miakhil told AFP, adding all NGOs and government bodies in Jalalabad were at risk.A witness in a nearby department told AFP he heard several explosions and then saw three gunmen enter the street where the midwife centre is located.Some of the security forces earlier appeared to dismantle improvised explosive devices apparently planted in the street by the militants, a witness told AFP.Jalalabad has been the scene of several attacks in recent months that have killed dozens, as US and Afghan forces continue offensive operations against IS and Taliban militants.- Health workers a target -Government buildings are a common target for insurgents, including hospitals and medical facilities.It is not known why the gunmen targeted the midwife training centre. Midwives have been attacked in the past for providing reproductive health services to women, though such attacks appear to be rare.Islamist groups — and many ordinary Afghans — also oppose women working outside the home.While thousands of women have been trained as midwives since the 2001 US-led invasion, Afghanistan still has one of the highest maternal and child mortality rates in the world.The last major attack in Jalalabad happened on July 11 when gunmen raided an education department compound in the city, sparking an hours-long battle with security forces.At least 11 people were killed in the attack. All were employees of the education department branch and included the director.A suicide bomb attack claimed by IS on a crowd of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus in Jalalabad on July 1 killed at least 19 people and wounded 21.The Taliban is Afghanistan’s largest militant group and IS has a relatively small but potent presence, mainly in the east and north of the country.It first emerged in Afghanistan in 2014 and quickly established a stronghold in Nangarhar.Intensified aerial and ground operations against the militants have failed to dislodge them.An unprecedented three-day ceasefire involving Afghan security forces and the Taliban last month did not include IS.The first formal nationwide truce since 2001 was marred by two IS suicide attacks in Nangarhar.While the Afghan government and its foreign backers are seeking to strike a peace deal with the Taliban, US forces have repeatedly said they plan to annihilate IS.
Just in case you’re looking for some alternative tips for what you should do on this lovely Valentine’s Day, Valve Software, makers of games like Half-Life, Team Fortress 2, and Portal, has some romantic advice for you on this very special day: nothing says “I love you” like a pre-order of Portal 2 in your Valentine’s name. They even put together this handy video from Aperture geek-cetera to prove the point. So before you go out and buy your sweetheart a giant diamond or a bouquet of flowers, it might make sense for you to watch this and remember it. In all seriousness though, the video is a spoof designed to point out that Valve is taking pre-orders for Portal 2, the upcoming sci-fi thriller sequel to the highly acclaimed original. Pre-orders opened this morning, and Valve decided this was a great way to make sure everyone knew how important the day was: and that no one forgot this was Valentine’s Day. Hit the jump to see the full, hilarious video.
Stay on target Robocalls remain a major issue for smartphones worldwide, but Verizon is stepping up its spam protection efforts: The company will roll out free anti-robocall tools for all of its customers this spring.In March, these call blocking and spam alerting tools will be available for Verizon wireless customers with compatible Android and iPhone devices, said the company in a press release. Verizon hasn’t provided a launch date for these apps, however, it said it will alert customers on the sign up procedure soon.Verizon didn’t give specific details on these apps, but the company said it will help customers avoid robocalls and other spam messages on their smartphones. The tools will notify customers of potentially dangerous robocalls on their smartphones with quick notifications on their screens. Additionally, they will feature call authentication technology that will analyze incoming calls and messages that might be mobile spam.To date, Verizon has identified almost 300 million numbers that are connected with robocalling and spamming. Even though this data is concerning, Verizon has helped customers block robocallers and spammers with other key initiatives.Over a year ago, Verizon added free call and spam screening to wireless customers who subscribed to its Call Filter service (formerly Caller Name ID). The service alerts users about spam callers and unknown numbers by name and shows a risk meter associated with the call. If the call shows signs of spamming, the incoming call will display a spam label notification.Caller ID service customers with wirelines also receive Verizon’s Spam Alert services for free. The caller ID will display a number with “SPAM?” if it corresponds with Verizon’s spam criteria. Following its launch last year, Verizon said this feature has alerted customers about almost one billion potential robocalls.For more information on how to block calls and messages, visit Verizon’s Blocks FAQs support page.More on Geek.com:Drones, Doctors, and Disney Praise Verizon 5G at CES 2019Google Maps Speed Limit Signs Are Spotted in More US CitiesACLU Sues Federal Government Over Social Media Surveillance Amazon’s New Facial Recognition Smells Your FearSnapchat’s New Snap Spectacles Will Have Two Cameras, Cost $350
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