Death of Gang Leader in Canada Not a ‘Random’ Incident, Say Investigators

first_imgInvestigators are looking into the death of Gavinder (Gavin) Grewal, and suspect that his death was targeted hit as he was involved in a drug war in Abbotsford, Canada.Grewal, who was found dead on Dec. 22 in an apartment in the 1500 Block of Fern Street, is known to have been a gang leader, and received warning from Abbotsford Police Department (APD) in March 2015. The warning was also given to Sandeep Sidhu and Jimi Sandhu, who were identified by Police chief Bob Rich in an earlier interview with Abbotsford News, as leaders of another gang. According to APD, these men were part of a gang battle and were immersed in a criminal lifestyle involving violence, drugs and weapons.Gavinder GrewalThe public warning said that the three men pose the risk of “significant harm to the safety of the community and anyone who may associate with them.” The warning added that Grewal had a criminal conviction for extortion and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, Voiceonline report said. He was also prohibited from possessing firearms.The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) was sent to the scene as soon as it was confirmed that Grewal was the victim, The Abbotsford News reported. The authorities believe that his death is linked to the lower Mainland gang conflict over the region’s drug territory.“What our investigators are doing are we’re consulting with our partners from the gang enforcement unit throughout the region, because they are the gang experts so they may know a bit more information about Gavinder,” IHIT spokesman Cpl. Frank Jang told North Shore News, adding that the department does not believe Grewal’s death was a “random incident.”The IHIT said it is working closely with its partners from the North Vancouver RCMP, the Integrated Forensic Identification Section and the B.C. Coroner’s Service to gather evidence.Grewal, 30, was involved in the 2010 shooting of Mandy Johnson, an incident police attributed to street-level drug trade. He was charged for manslaughter in June 2016. Johnson’s boyfriend, Gater Browne, who the police believe was supposed to be the actual target of the shooting, was able to flee the scene.Grewal and co-accused, also charged with Browne’s attempted murder, were to go on trial from Jan. 15 in the Supreme Court in New Westminister. Related ItemsCanadalast_img read more

Adamson batters Teng-less Flying V in tune-up

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Column: Woods may have stumbled onto his Kryptonite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University handed Flying V a 94-67 beating in a tune-up game in the Filoil preseason tournament Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan. The Soaring Falcons’ victory won’t reflect on the win-loss columns as this game was regarded as a practice game for the Thunder who are playing in the PBA D-League. ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Noble played for 13 minutes and registered three rebounds. No Soaring Falcon played for more than 20 minutes with Simon Camacho leading the way with 16 points while Jerrick Ahanmisi added 14. Gab Banal led Flying V with 12 points. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The Thunder, though, played without offensive stalwart Jeron Teng and their defensive anchor Jan Colina.As Adamson played a non-bearing game, the skirmish allowed for the reserve Soaring Falcons to take on some quality minutes against the depleted Thunder. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Coach Franz’ [Pumaren] instruction was to give those players who normally receive less playing time the chance to play,” said skipper Jack Santiago. “Everything went well and the first stringers got a bit of a break.”“We have a new recruit, Alex Noble, and this game allowed him to be an integral part of our system.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Punjab welcomes farmers with metriculation certificates to take up course in crop production

first_imgThe Directorate of Extension Education of Punjab Agriculture University has offered a course in ‘Integrated Crop Production’ and called in applications for the same. This is a three month training course for young farmers of Punjab.The course will begin on August 1 and will run till October 8, 2016.Details of Integrated Crop Production Courses:Young farmers of the age between 20 to 40 are eligible for the courseThese farmers are also expected to be matriculation passed The course will include complete package of different agriculture oriented enterprisesThe main objective is to create technical skills about agricultureOther objectives include enabling young farmers to start their own agriculture based venturesThis will also help them develop a sense of income generation among farmers.Such courses will be beneficial for the livelihood and security and resource conservation of the farmers.This information about the course was given by Dr. R S Sindhu, Director of Extension Education.How to apply and enroll for the course:Interested candidates may take application forms from the office of Directorate of Extension Education or Kairon Kisan Ghar, PAU,  LudhianaLast date for application is July 28Date of interview is July 29 at KKG, PAU, LudhianaThe candidates must bring their age proof and matriculation certificate with themAn advance of Rs. 1000 needs to be paid by the selected candidates, which will be refunded once they successfully complete the courseThe course fee is Rs. 500 and accommodation charges are Rs. 300.Read: Girl from Trichy defines friendship, gives up her seat for childhood friend Read: Lack of sports facilities at Rajasthan University marred ambition of players advertisementClick here for more updates from India Today Education.last_img read more

First look of AR Murugadoss’s Mahesh Babu-starrer to be revealed on Diwali?

first_imgIf rumours are to be believed, the first look of Telugu star Mahesh Babu’s untitled bilingual project, to be directed by AR Murugadoss, will be unveiled on Diwali. This film will mark Mahesh Babu’s Kollywood debut.ALSO READ: Mahesh Babu’s next with AR Murugadoss titled Abhimanyu?ALSO READ: SJ Suryah will sport clean-shaven, six-pack abs in Mahesh Babu-Murugadoss’s film According to sources close to the film’s production, the film’s makers are planning to release a ten-second long teaser featuring Mahesh Babu for his fans on the festive season. The sources also said that either the first look poster with the film’s title or the film’s teaser will be revealed. Speaking of title, the film is rumoured to be named Abhimanyu.The bilingual (Tamil and Telugu) action thriller stars Mahesh Babu as an Intelligence Bureau officer while Rakul Preet Singh has been cast opposite him. SJ Suryah is playing the film’s primary villain and he will be sporting a never-before-seen look, complete with six-pack abs and no beard.Murugadoss’s film also stars RJ Balaji and Priyadarshi Pullikonda of Pellichoopulu fame.The film is presently being shot in Hyderabad. After the Hyderabad schedule is complete, the film will be shot in Gujarat, starting next month. Composer Harris Jayaraj has been roped in to score the film. The film is expected to release during summer 2017.last_img read more

NRL & TFA Launch Free Participation Program to Get Inactive Teens Playing Non-Contact Footy Together

first_imgThe NRL and Touch Football Australia (TFA) are delivering free non-contact footy skills sessions to inactive kids in regional areas around Australia, thanks to a participation grant from the Australian Government’s lead sports agency, Sport Australia, as part of their Move It Aus ‘Find Your 30’ campaign.The partner organisations are delivering four skills sessions to both primary and high school kids, with a focus on those aged 13 to 18, and girls in particular. Once the participants have completed their four sessions, they’re provided the opportunity to take part in a gala day competing in games, to put their new skills into practice.NRL Chief Executive Todd Greenberg said the program would provide children with the opportunity to engage in their communities.“This program not only encourages healthy lifestyles, it provides a pathway for kids to transition into structured Rugby League and Touch Football competitions, which promote teamwork and a real sense of community,’’ he said.The programs are being delivered in regional areas of Western Australia, the Northern Territory, South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.The NRL and TFA launched this program at Broome Touch Association on Thursday 24th October.TFA CEO Jamie O’Connor says that although the positive impacts of footy on individuals and communities all around the country are powerful no matter where you are in Australia, the impacts are even more significant in regional communities like Broome, Katherine, Mt Gambier and Griffith, which are just a few of the places where the program’s being run.“Passing or kicking a footy around helps you ‘Find Your 30’ minutes of physical activity a day, but in regional towns especially, footy can be the glue that draws the community, people of all ages, together in a healthy activity that brings benefits for physical and mental health,” he said.“The beauty about non-contact footy is that anyone can play – any age, gender, body shape and skill level – and everyone can play together, girls and boys, the young and old, family members, friends.”Minister for Youth and Sport Richard Colbeck said the Move It Aus Participation Grants program was about encouraging moreAustralians to get moving and make Australia the world’s most active and healthy nation.“The Morrison Government is pleased to support this partnership between the NRL and Touch Football Australia, which aims to encourage up to 4,000 Aussie kids to get involved in non-contact footy,” Minister Colbeck said.“We know some kids tend to drop out of sport and physical activity in their mid-teens so this is a fantastic initiative to reach children in regional Australia and give them fun opportunities to be involved in sport.”These programs are being delivered now up until June 2020. For details about where programs are currently running, or to register interest, go to read more

Masculine Lifestyle, Modern Anthology

first_img1. Dumbo Store 2. Dumbo Store 3. Foosball Bottle Opener 4. La Panoplie 5. Tabula Rasa SNL’s Kyle Mooney Never Had a Real Job and He’s Cool With That Wouldn’t it be cool if you could shop for your home decor, interior designer and spring wardrobe at the exact same time? It seems Becka Citron and John Marsala had the same thought when they opened Modern Anthology. Fusing a brick-and-mortar retailer, full-service interior design firm and web store all in one, it’s pretty much the only one-stop home shop you need. Both with backgrounds in interior design, Citron and Marsala are curation experts. Not only will you find treasures like new and vintage furniture and the coolest home accessories, Modern Anthology has some of the most meticulously crafted clothing in town. Whether you visit the store in Brooklyn’s Dumbo neighborhood or shop online, you’re bound to find artifacts that reflect an experienced and masculine lifestyle.Before we send you off to explore Modern Anthology on your own, we want to share a few of our favorite products on the site. If you’re a fan of foosball or even have a table in your pad, these bottle openers are the coolest bar accessories ever. Crafted from vintage pieces, no two are exactly the same. Because April showers aren’t behind us quite yet, every man needs a good parka to get him through the spring season. Have you seen one more handsome than this hooded version from La Panoplie? Not to forget Modern Anthology’s interior design roots, we can’t wait to spruce up our space with a texture-rich pillow from Tabula Rasa. But don’t let us ruin all of the surprises. Check out or visit their Dumbo store at 68 Jay Street in Brooklyn to get your fix. The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic This Belgian-Monastery-Turned-Hotel Has Us Craving a Trip to Antwerpcenter_img The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Editors’ Recommendations The Best New-School Kentucky Distilleries last_img read more

Southern Region Property Assessment Notices Sent

first_imgAssessment notices are in the mail today, Jan. 16, to 570,000 Nova Scotia property owners. In the southern region of Nova Scotia, which includes Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne and Yarmouth counties as well as the District of Clare, the total value of residential property assessments is just over $5.8 billion, an increase of 9.7 per cent from 2005. Commercial property assessments total more than $1.6 billion, an increase of 5.2 per cent. “Municipalities use assessment information to determine their annual property tax rates,” said Jeff Caddell, acting regional manager of the southern assessment office. “Property assessments reflect the real estate market of the past couple of years. The most common reason for an increase in a residential assessment is that the value of a property increased as a result of a strong real estate market. If someone has recently made renovations to their property, such as a new deck or garage, that will also contribute to a change in their property assessment.” Property assessments for 2006 are based on the market value of properties on Jan. 1, 2004. Property owners may appeal their 2006 property assessment if they believe that it is not a reasonable estimate of market value on Jan. 1, 2004. To appeal, they must fill out a form provided on the bottom of their assessment notice and return it to the regional assessment office no later than Monday, Feb. 6. To help property owners get more information about their assessments, notices include a personal identification number along with their assessment account number. By entering this information on the assessment website,, owners can look up assessment information about their property. Those without Internet access can obtain this information and get their assessment questions answered by calling 1-800-667-5727. “Assessment services staff welcome calls from property owners regarding their property assessments,” said Mr. Caddell. “We especially encourage property owners who are thinking about appealing their assessment to call us on our toll free number, so they can obtain more information.”last_img read more

Government Signs Settlement Agreement Donates to Fund for AcadianFrancophone Education

first_imgGovernment signed a settlement agreement with Lucien Comeau, an Acadian parent who had filed a human rights complaint regarding the denial of supplementary education funding for Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP) schools in the Halifax region. Government and Mr. Comeau reached the agreement as a result of their engagement in the restorative mediation process through the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. Mr. Comeau and the Halifax Regional Municipality reached a similar agreement in August 2015. “Government recognizes that students from the Acadian and francophone community should receive the support they need to be successful,” said Acadian Affairs Minister Michel Samson. “I am proud that government could work with Mr. Comeau and contribute towards ensuring Acadian and francophone students have more opportunities. Mr. Comeau filed a complaint with the Human Rights Commission in 2004, alleging discrimination because funds the Halifax Regional Municipality collected from ratepayers for programs like music and art were given only to English-language schools operated by the Halifax Regional School Board and not the CSAP schools located in Halifax. In the settlement agreement, government recognizes that harm was caused to CSAP students, to CSAP’s programming and to the municipality’s Acadian and francophone community by not being able to access the supplementary school funding. “I would like to thank the province for the recognition of the harm caused to Acadian and francophone CSAP students within the municipality prior to 2006,” said Mr. Comeau. “This recognition is very important to my family and my community to ensure our sense of belonging and inclusion in the Halifax region.” As part of settlement agreement, government has committed to join and actively participate in a permanent working group made up of representatives from provincial and municipal governments, and members of the Acadian and francophone community. The goal of the working group is to improve the quality of life of the Acadian and francophone communities by discussing how to best address the needs of these communities. Government will also contribute $75,000 to The Conseil communautaire du Grand-Havre Fund, a charitable fund managed by the Community Foundation Nova Scotia, established to provide grants for education, scholarships, awards, community and other charitable objects for the benefit of the Acadian and francophone community in the Halifax Regional Municipality. The agreement serves to resolve all outstanding issues on the matter between government and Mr. Comeau. It is anticipated that the board of inquiry proceeding will be concluded shortly with a decision that incorporates the agreement reached between the parties.last_img read more

Senior Bengal Congress leader Omprakash Mishra joins TMC

first_imgKolkata: Senior West Bengal Congress leader Omprakash Mishra joined the Trinamool Congress on Wednesday, claiming that it is the only party that can fight the BJP in the state. Mishra, a former state Congress vice president, came to the Assembly along with senior TMC leader Suvendu Adhikari and met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee, who is also the TMC supremo, later announced that Mishra had joined TMC and has been made the in-charge of the party’s teachers’ forum. “I have joined the TMC as I feel that only this party under the leadership of Mamata Banerjee can fight the BJP and the RSS in West Bengal,” Mishra said. He had resigned as the Congress state vice president following the party’s dismal performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The Congress’ tally came down to two from four it had in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.last_img read more

Knowing the species

first_imgDo animals have blood groups? Yes. As long as the animals in question have blood in them, they will have species-specific ‘blood groups’. Thirteen types have been identified for dogs, eight for horses and three for cats, etc. The blood groups of animals are based on proteins that sit on the outside of red blood cells. In dogs there is a system called DEA 1.1, 1.2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7. In cats we also have A and B but they’re not the same as A and B in human blood systems. Horses have groups including A, C, D, K, P, Q and U. Sheep have A, B, C, D, M, R and X. Goats have A, B, C, M and J. Also Read – Feel what you fear What are invasive species? An invasive species is any kind of living organism – an amphibian, plant, insect, fish, fungus, bacteria, or even an organism’s seeds or eggs – that is not native to an ecosystem and causes harm. They can harm the environment, the economy, or even human health. Species that grow and reproduce quickly and spread aggressively, with potential to cause harm, are given the label “invasive.” For instance, in India, the most common example is Prosopis juliflora known as Ganda Bawal or the Mad Tree which has taken over most wastelands. Another one is the dangerous Congress grass or Parthenium which gives eczema and asthma. Also Read – HomecomingThey are primarily spread by human activities, often unintentionally. People and the goods we use, travel around the world very quickly and they often carry uninvited species with them. Ships can carry aquatic organisms in their ballast water, while smaller boats may carry them on their propellers. In addition, higher average temperatures and changes in rain and snow patterns caused by climate change will bring in invasive plant species. What’s the point of putting dogs back after sterilisation? Doesn’t the problem just continue? No, when dogs are sterilised and put back in their own area, the population and the problems caused by dogs reduce. Here’s how: Each dog guards its own territory and does not allow new dogs to enter. Since they are all neutered, they no longer mate or multiply. The main factors leading to dog aggression – migration and mating – are eliminated. So dog fights reduce dramatically. With the decrease in fighting, bites to humans also decrease. Since females no longer have pups to protect, this source of dog aggression is also eliminated. Over a period of time, as the sterilised dogs die natural deaths, the population is greatly reduced. (Views expressed and information provided are personal. Send your questions to read more

Senior Winnipeg police officer says powers needed to hold runaways

first_imgAPTN National NewsHow to handle chronic runaways is often a problem for police services.In Winnipeg, at-risk-youth are often picked up and then taken back to places like group homes, only to run away again.Now, one Winnipeg police officer believes there may be other options to help vulnerable teens.APTN’s Dennis Ward has this story.last_img

Morocco Built 1772 km of Highways as of 2016

Rabat – Morocco has recently shifted into high gear in the construction of its road infrastructure. As of 2016, Morocco has reached 1772 kilometers of highways.The number was announced by Anwar Benazzouz, the General Director of the Moroccan motorway operator Autoroutes du Maroc (ADM) Thursday at a press conference in Rabat for the presentation of the company’s annual results of 2015.Currently, ADM builds, maintains and operates a motorway network of 1800 kilometers in total. According to the statistics made public during the press conference, Morocco’s motorway network comprised 1588 kilometers in use by December 31, 2015 and 184 kilometers are under construction. The rest is programmed for the medium term, as explained by the company’s representative. The motorway connecting Berrechid and Khouribga was inaugurated in 2015, while the Rabat-Sale bypass (42 km) and Safi-Al Jadida (143 km) are still in the terminal phase of construction. The Deputy Minister for Transport, Mohamed Najib Boulif, announced on Wednesday, May 11 that the highway bypassing Rabat and Sale and its landmark cable-stayed bridge would be inaugurated for traffic use in June.The average daily traffic amounted to 18.9 million vehicles per day in 2015, which represents an increase of 8.1% compared to 2014.This traffic has generated a revenue of 2,319 million dirhams, an increase of 9.7% compared to 2014, according to the ADM.Despite the increase in traffic, ADM’s net income is, however, still in deficit as explained by the company. December 31, 2015 marked a loss of 2,150 million dirhams, compared to 1.114 million dirhams in 2014. read more

CREA reports October home sales in Canada up 09 per cent from

OTTAWA — Canadian home sales in October ticked higher compared with September, the third consecutive monthly increase.The Canadian Real Estate Association said Wednesday the number of homes sold through its MLS system in October was up 0.9 per cent from the previous month, led by the Toronto region and the Fraser Valley in B.C.TD Bank senior economist Michael Dolega said the report corroborates the notion that the Canadian housing market continues to manoeuvre a soft landing.“Markets in Ontario remain vulnerable given affordability issues and lingering uncertainty regarding policies, but it would appear that the worst is behind the province, with some stability likely in store in the near- to medium-term,” Dolega wrote in a note to clients.The increase in sales came as the number of newly listed homes slipped 0.8 per cent in October following a jump of more than five per cent in September.The national sales-to-new listings ratio rose to 56.7 per cent in October from 55.7 per cent in September. CREA said a national sales-to-new listings ratio of between 40 per cent and 60 per cent is generally consistent with a balanced market.Compared with a year ago, the number of homes sold in October fell 4.3 per cent.The national average price for a home sold in October was $505,937, up five per cent from a year ago. Excluding Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto, the average price was just over $383,000.Meanwhile, the Teranet–National Bank composite house price index in October fell 1.0 per cent compared with September, the second consecutive monthly decline and the largest since September 2010.The composite index for October was up 10.0 per cent from a year ago, the smallest 12-month rise since June 2016.Home sales in Canada hit a fevered pitch in the spring of 2017 before the Ontario government moved to cool the market in and around Toronto with the introduction of measures including a tax on foreign buyers like the one put in place last year in Vancouver.The market has also seen two rate increases by the Bank of Canada that have prompted an increase in the prime lending rates at the country’s big banks, with stricter lending rules set to come into place next year.In a report Wednesday, DBRS said mortgage borrowers in Canada could be shocked at their five-year renewal to find their mortgage payments are going up as rates begin to rise.“Over the last three decades, Canadian households have generally benefited from lower rates and have not had to adjust their spending patterns to cope with higher mortgages rates,” the debt rating agency said.CIBC deputy chief economist Benjamin Tal said the combination of higher interest rates and regulatory changes will work to reduce purchasing power, but the impact will probably be short-lived.“The level of activity is likely to stabilize and perhaps soften in the coming quarters as markets adjust to recent and upcoming regulatory changes,” Tal wrote in a report.“But when the fog clears it will become evident that the long-term trajectory of the market will show even tighter conditions. The supply issues facing centres such as Toronto and Vancouver will worsen and demand is routinely understated.”Tal said that without significant change in housing policies and preferences, there is nothing in the pipeline to alleviate the pressure. read more

UN agencys Afghan housing programme intensifies in advance of winter

A scheme to rebuild homes for thousands of returning refugees in Afghanistan has been stepped up in a bid to beat the country’s usually bitter winter, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. But the plan’s progress is being hampered by the lack of locally available building materials, the inadequate roads used to transport the materials, and security problems in many rural areas, the UN agency said. A spokesman for UNHCR, Peter Kessler, said today in Geneva that 13,000 homes have been built so far and another 27,000 are under construction. The UNHCR-funded initiative has the goal of building 52,000 homes this year for around 270,000 refugees. The project includes the refurbishment of 24 public buildings in the Afghan capital Kabul, which currently house squatters. Last year the same UNHCR initiative resulted in more than 40,000 homes, providing shelter to an estimated 200,000 families. At least 541,000 Afghan refugees have returned to their homeland this year, with the majority arriving from Pakistan and Iran. read more

Annan proposes open dialogue to tackle international migration in 2006

With migrants worldwide numbering more than 175 million – more than the population of any other country except for the biggest four, Secretary-General Kofi Annan is proposing that United Nations Member States open a free-flowing dialogue ahead of next year’s General Assembly debate to tackle issues from human trafficking to money remittances.“The high-level dialogue on international migration and development will provide a unique opportunity for the international community to set the foundation for enhanced international cooperation in addressing the multifaceted issues raised by the international movement of people,” he says in a report to the General Assembly. Mr. Annan is recommending that Member States speak from their seats without prepared statements about the effects of migration on economic and social development, the migration of highly skilled persons, actions to improve the remittances on development, and international cooperation to combat the trafficking in persons. The Secretary-General’s proposed format is meant to encourage an interactive, free-flowing debate so that innovative ideas are not stifled. He also calls for ministerial level participation by Member States, and for stakeholders to be present at the “highest” level, in a discussion that will precede the 2006 Assembly general debate on migration.The session should be subsequently broken into round tables that will focus on specific topics, says the report.As of 2000, 175 million people around the world were living away from their home countries, more than double the number four decades ago. According to the World Bank, migrant workers make up about 3 per cent of the world population, and sent remittances home worth $110 billion in 2004, 52 per cent more than in 2001. In 1960, only about 75 million, or 2.5 per cent of the world’s population, were international migrants. read more

Amid reports of US NAFTA pullout Mexico leaned on diplomacy

Amid reports of US NAFTA pullout, Mexico leaned on diplomacy MEXICO CITY – Like the rest of the world, Mexico only learned through media reports that the Trump administration was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement.Mexico’s top diplomat said Thursday that President Enrique Pena Nieto’s government immediately launched a diplomatic full-court press. That led to a Pena Nieto phone call with President Donald Trump, a U.S. promise not to leave NAFTA for now and a commitment by all three nations in the pact to work on renegotiating it.Mexico and the U.S. still have points of disagreement but “we are advancing in the right direction,” Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray said.But just as Trump warned that he was still prepared to walk away from NAFTA unless he gets “a fair deal for the United States,” Videgaray noted there is no reason for Mexico to stay either if negotiations are unfavourable to it.In an interview with the Televisa network, Videgaray gave a blow-by-blow account of Mexico’s response after it first saw reports about the draft order around midmorning Wednesday.Mexican officials reached out to various interlocutors in the U.S. government who, he said, told them that no final decision had been made and the draft was under consideration more as a way to pressure the U.S. Congress to speed up the process of getting to the negotiating table.Senate confirmation of Robert Lighthizer as Trump’s nominee for U.S. trade representative, who would lead the United States in NAFTA talks, has taken longer than anticipated.Mexican officials continued to talk to their U.S. counterparts as the hours passed, and toward the end of the day Pena Nieto called Trump for a conversation that lasted about 20 minutes.Videgaray said the Mexican president told Trump that he was aware of internal U.S. politics, but that signing an order for the U.S. to quit NAFTA “would naturally have very negative consequences in Mexico, that for Mexico it would be practically impossible to negotiate under such conditions.”Indeed, the uncertainty over NAFTA had by then helped send the Mexican peso plunging about 1.7 per cent to close at 19.21 to the U.S. dollar Wednesday. According to an analysis by Banco BASE, it was the biggest single-day depreciation for the currency since Jan. 18.Trump and Pena Nieto “agreed that that option would not be taken, but instead we would continue along the path of negotiation,” Videgaray told Televisa.The peso recovered to 19.03 to the dollar Thursday, after the governments issued parallel statements committing to renegotiating NAFTA.Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had a similar phone call with Trump on Wednesday in which he told the U.S. president that cancelling NAFTA would cause a lot of disruption and be painful for many families.“I’m happy to engage with the president regularly,” Trudeau said Thursday. “What we’ve talked about over the last couple of days is trade and I’ve been emphasizing that NAFTA has been improved a dozen times over the last 20 years.”Neither Videgaray nor Trudeau mentioned whether the Mexican and Canadian governments were in communication or co-ordinated their efforts. But in the past the two countries have spoken of supporting each other in NAFTA discussions.Late Thursday, the Mexican government issued a statement saying Pena Nieto and Trudeau spoke by phone that same day to discuss NAFTA.“They agreed to remain in close communication to ensure that the process of modernization (of the pact) is successful, to the benefit of both nations,” Pena Nieto’s office said.Some analysts suggested that with the Trump administration approaching its 100-day mark and the clock ticking on NAFTA, the draft order could have been an attempt for the U.S. president to flex some muscle over the negotiations.Jorge Guajardo, a former Mexican diplomat and senior director at the Washington-based international strategy firm McLarty Associates, said he doubted it was merely a ploy to twist the arms of U.S. lawmakers.“You don’t go and float these rumours and have the markets crash, and currencies, and threaten bilateral relations just to prod your own party into acting in Congress,” Guajardo said.On Thursday, Trump struck a largely conciliatory tone, acknowledging that ending NAFTA would be a “shock to the system” and saying he has “very good” relationships with both Pena Nieto and Trudeau.“So they asked me to renegotiate. … Now, if I’m unable to make a fair deal, if I’m unable to make a fair deal for the United States, meaning a fair deal for our workers and our companies, I will terminate NAFTA,” Trump said. “But we’re going to give renegotiation a good strong shot.”As a candidate, Trump frequently called NAFTA a “disaster” and vowed to renegotiate its terms or scuttle it altogether.Guajardo warned that “bullying tactics” could potentially sour Mexico on a relationship that’s worth some $583.6 billion in annual bilateral trade.“NAFTA, at the end of the day, I think will be saved. But the well will be poisoned,” he said.___Associated Press writer Charmaine Noronha in Toronto contributed to this report.___Follow Peter Orsi on Twitter at FILE – In this Aug. 31, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump walks with Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto at the end of their joint statement at Los Pinos, the presidential official residence, in Mexico City. Like the rest of the world, Mexico only learned through media reports on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 that the Donald Trump Administration was considering a draft executive order to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills, File) by Peter Orsi, The Associated Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 8:32 pm MDT Last Updated Apr 27, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Baseball Ohio State splits four games to open season Ratcliff and Washington

OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1, 2016. Lantern file photoEntering the 2017 season, the biggest question surrounding the Ohio State baseball team was how coach Greg Beals would replace seven everyday starters.The Buckeyes seemed to answer that question emphatically, combining for 21 runs on 18 hits during the first two games at the Sunshine State Classic Series. But, their offense slumped across the final two contests, posting only four runs on 11 hits.The offense found over the weekend came largely from the bats of redshirt senior designated hitter Zach Ratcliff and senior shortstop and co-captain Jalen Washington. Ratcliff hit .438 with seven hits, two home runs, six RBIs and five runs scored. Washington finished the weekend with a .385 batting average, one stolen base, three runs scored and was hit by four pitches.OSU opened its season with a 2-2 start.Game 1 versus Kansas StateA dominant outing from redshirt junior starting pitcher and co-captain Adam Niemeyer on Opening Day helped led the Buckeyes to a 6-3 victory over the Wildcats.The scoring began in the top half of the third for OSU. After Kansas State redshirt sophomore starting pitcher Bryce Ward set the first two down in order, OSU junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt tripled down the right field line. Washington followed that up with a grounder to the second baseman who couldn’t handle it, allowing Washington to reach first and Gantt to score the first Buckeye run of the season.A double and a walk loaded the bases for junior first baseman Bo Coolen who doubled down the left field line, driving in two runs and bringing the OSU lead to 3-0.The next inning, the Buckeyes would again put up a crooked number. After the first two batters of the inning reached base and a sac bunt put them both in scoring position, a wild pitch was thrown by freshman reliever Tyler McKay, allowing sophomore third baseman Brady Cherry to score from third.A walk to Gantt brought Washington to the plate who lined a base hit down the left field line, scoring another run and expanding the Buckeye lead to 5-0. A bases-loaded walk later in the inning added to the OSU lead, putting them ahead 6-0.The only run Niemeyer surrendered came in the bottom half of the sixth inning after the first two runners he faced reached base on a single and an error. A single by redshirt senior outfielder Steve Serratore drove in the run, drawing the Wildcats closer, 6-1. The Wildcats plated two unearned runs off junior reliever Seth Kinker in the bottom of the ninth inning, but the Buckeyes held on for the 6-3 victory. Niemeyer finished the game having allowed only one unearned run on six hits, no walks and one strikeout.Game 2 versus DelawareIn a high-scoring affair driven by three grand slams, OSU beat Delaware 15-10 thanks to Ratcliff’s monster day. The fifth-year designated hitter delivered the game’s first runs with a two-run home run to left field in the bottom of the second, giving OSU the early 2-0 lead.But Delaware responded in a big way in the top of the third. A grand slam from redshirt senior outfielder Jordan Glover led the Blue Hens’ offensive charge as they jumped out to an early 6-2 lead. An inning later, Delaware added another run to bring the score to 7-2.In the bottom-half of the fourth inning, Ratcliff came up to bat and for the second time, deposited a two-run home run over the left field fence to draw the Buckeyes within five. The Blue Hens responded, adding two more of their own in the top of the fifth.Down 9-4, the OSU offense exploded in the bottom of the seventh inning. Junior second baseman Noah McGowan stepped up to the plate with a bases-loaded opportunity and cashed in with a grand slam, drawing the Scarlet and Gray to within one.The next two batters reached base for Ratcliff who again delivered, this time with a two-RBI double to the right-center field gap. Ratliff would later score, expanding the Buckeye lead to 11-9.The next inning, OSU got right back where they left off. Now with the score tied, Cherry stepped up to the dish with the bases juiced and delivered his second career grand slam to left-center field, jumping the OSU offense out to a commanding 15-9 lead. The Blue Hens added another run in the top of the ninth, but their comeback attempt fell short as OSU won the first game of their Saturday double-header 15-10. Ratcliff finished the day 4-4 with a pair of homers, a walk, four runs scored and six RBIs.Game 3 versus PittsburghThe Buckeye offense came rolling into this game, but they were completely silenced by senior right-hander Josh Falk in a 7-2 loss against Pittsburgh.The Buckeyes drew first blood. Gantt led off the top of the second inning with a ground-rule double and scored on a sacrifice fly from McGowan, giving OSU the early 1-0 lead.Pitt quickly took back the game with two runs scored in the bottom of the second on a two-run double from freshman right fielder Nico Popa. Another run in the bottom of the third expanded their lead to 3-1.The Panthers put up another run in the fourth, one in the seventh and two in the eighth to give them a 7-1 lead. As soon as Falk left the game in the ninth inning, the Buckeye offense started showing some life. The first two batters of the inning went down, but a pair of singles, a hit-by-pitch and an RBI walk from redshirt senior left fielder Shea Murray brought the score to 7-2. The OSU comeback ended there, however, as the pinch-hitter lined out to shortstop to end their comeback.Falk finished the game with eight innings of one-run, three-hit ball. He walked three and struck out seven.Game 4 versus Kansas StateComing off a game where the offense looked stagnant, OSU once again came out of the gate slow, and fell to Kansas State 3-2 in their second meeting with the Wildcats.Down 2-0 in the bottom half of the fifth inning, OSU found some life in their offense. After a triple and a walk put runners on the corners, Gantt singled to right center to put the Scarlet and Gray on the scoreboard. Washington followed that up with a double to left, tying the game at two.The game remained tied until the top of the eighth inning. Redshirt senior shortstop Jake Wodtke led off the frame with a single up the middle and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Senior first baseman Jake Scudder followed the sacrifice with a single to center, driving in the Wildcats’ third run of the game and bringing the score to 3-2. In his first game since Tommy John surgery, OSU redshirt senior starting pitcher Jake Post looked solid, delivering six innings with only two runs allowed on five hits while striking out three. Washington and Ratcliff were the only two Buckeye hitters with multi-hit games.The Buckeyes will travel to Surprise, Arizona, on Thursday to begin the Big Ten/Pac-12 Challenge. They open against Utah on at 8 p.m. and will split four games over the weekend between the Utes and the No. 8 Oregon State Beavers. read more

Can you really stand an egg on end on the day of

first_imgUpdated 22.45pmIT’S AN OFT-REPEATED urban legend that you are able to stand an egg on end on the day of the vernal equinox – or at least, that it’s easier to do it on that day.Scientists have found that – unsurprisingly – you’re as likely to be able to do it on the day of the equinox as you are on any other day, but given that it only comes along twice a year, we thought we’d give it a shot today.Things got competitive. Source: Nicky Ryan/TheJournal.ieFirst published 15.53pmDebunked: Will a bee die if it stings you? > Read: Does pressing the pedestrian crossing button more than once make any difference? >last_img

Ferry water delivery planned as Aran Islands suffer drinking water shortage

first_imgA FERRY DELIVERY of water to Inis Meáin is due later today as two of the three Aran Islands suffer drinking water shortages due to depleted reserves.In a statement to, Irish Water said that they and Galway County Council are organising a water supply delivery to Inis Meáin to replenish the water reserves.The first delivery, of around 120 cubic metres of water (120,000 litres), is planned for later today, at least two runs a day will continue “as necessary” until the shortage has been alleviated.Meanwhile, water restrictions have been introduced for Inis Oírr and will remain in place “until further notice”. There are sufficient resources in the island’s reservoir at this time, according to Irish Water and Galway County Council, but plans are underway to replenish reserves at the water source on the island “over the coming weeks”.Irish Water says that there are no issues with the water supply on Inis Mór.last_img read more