Sport as song and song as sport: a night at the Basque derby

first_img Unai Simón celebrates Athletic’s victory. Photograph: Soccrates Images/Getty Images 4Levante326 Facebook Pinterest 18Eibar3-21 If the world is a footballand players nomadswhat ties us to this dream, to this history?They were, we are, a long thread of feelingfrom those muddy fields to this stadiumWe are heirs of a culture, a way of beingListen once more to the heartbeat of San MamésListen to the spirit of the fansThough we may not be the richestnor, probably, the bestour greatest victory is to be who we are Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. 15Real Betis3-33 Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest 8Barcelona324 LaLiga (@LaLigaEN)Highlights as @Athletic_en won the Basque derby to go 🔝 of #LaLigaSantander! (Raul Garcia’s goal at 0:33 😱😱😱)#AthleticRealSociedad pic.twitter.com/Kpl263662EAugust 30, 2019 6Osasuna315 20Leganes3-30 2Athletic Bilbao337 The Basque Country makes up 1.4% of Spain’s territory, 1.4% of its population and 20% of its top-flight football teams. Include Osasuna (which many do; the club name is Basque) and thus add Navarre (which is another step again in an uneasy debate), and it accounts for 3.6% of the territory, 6.2% of the population and a quarter of all first division teams. Most know about Athletic’s policy, but it’s not just them. In the build-up to this game, Athletic striker Iñaki Williams was asked if he envied la Real’s signings, which include Alexander Isak, Martin Odegaard, and Portu; no, he said, but they envy us having people “from home”. Yet until John Aldridge came, unwelcome at the start, celebrated at the end, la Real had a similar approach; 15 of their squad have been in the youth system; and on Friday seven started – two in the Athletic side. Of the 22 starters, 15 were Basque (17 if you include two from Navarre), 11 had been in in the junior teams at Athletic or Real and both managers were Basque. 7Alaves315 Was this helpful? LaLiga (@LaLigaEN)Gareth Bale struck two equalisers at the Estadio de la Ceramica! ⚽⚽📺 Highlights #VillarrealRealMadrid pic.twitter.com/m5FqLs3FdPSeptember 1, 2019 14Mallorca3-23 Real Sociedad Share on Facebook Pinterest European club football LaLiga (@LaLigaEN)✅ 5 goals!✅ @joaofelix70’s first in #LaLigaSantander!✅ A 90th-minute winner!🔥 Highlights #AtletiEibar 🔥 pic.twitter.com/SmcWguFDFaSeptember 1, 2019 LaLiga (@LaLigaEN)The highlights from #OsasunaBarça including 16-year-old Ansu Fati’s fabulous first goal in #LaLigaSantander! 📺 pic.twitter.com/CgbQGzVuOgAugust 31, 2019 19Espanyol3-51 If there was a moment that defined this game, that defines them, rather than Williams’s goal or García celebrating his by signalling the wound on his leg; rather than the cheeky Capa skill that got a huge cheer, Yuri bombing up and down, or Iker Munian buzzing everywhere; rather than the way defenders look over their shoulder, terrified, every time Williams sets off; maybe it was the moment la Real broke. The pitch opened before them, but suddenly, Dani García, whose mates are all Real fans, closed it again. Stepping out, alone, he won the tackle then stood there, arms wide, defiant, a gladiator in the ring. Are you not entertained?Oh, they were entertained all right, greeting him with a wall of sound. Football is this too, especially here. Afterwards, one Real Sociedad-supporting columnist called Athletic “primitive”, insisting “there is no team that obtains more with less”, whinging: “How boring!” But he was wrong. Ask those fans what they thought. Or the headline that called Athletic “a team to enjoy”. Or Garitano, who described them as “alegre” – happy, open, fun. Better still, ask them what they want. Because, if Garitano also called them intense, a team based “more on the physical than the technical”, a side that has to “sweat every point”, that is also the way they are – and the way they’re supposed to be.“It’s in our DNA, the way we are,” Athletic’s manager insisted. “You talk to me about style books, but I haven’t read any of them. This is us. It’s contagious. People at San Mamés enjoy it; we have to transmit that to them, that effort. We can have a bad game but we always have to do that. The communion with the stands is very important. Historically we have a way of playing, values, and we have to express that every day.” Twitter Read more Gonzalo Higuaín again the defining figure in Juventus-Napoli rivalry Share on WhatsApp Talking points• It’s good to have you back, El Sadar. Barcelona were bad, but it shouldn’t only be about that; it should be about Osasuna too. They’re still unbeaten at home, after a deserved 2-2 draw with Barcelona, Roberto Torres getting both, the first a lovely sidefooted volley. That’s 27 games now without defeat there. “At times we bordered on perfection,” said Osasuna coach Jagoba Arrasate. Show • Old enough to be his dad and all that. Well, this time it’s true. On the same day that Ansu Fati became Barcelona’s youngest goalscorer at 16 years 304 days – “’I said to myself, bloody hell, I’ve scored’,” he admitted afterwards – Jorge Molina became Getafe’s oldest goalscorer at 37 years and 131 days. And here’s the even more amazing bit: Molina has scored 51 first division goals, 46 of them after turning 30.• Atlético Madrid were 2-0 down, the first time they had ever let in two goals in the opening 20 minutes under Diego Simeone. They changed formation twice, brought on three subs – two of whom scored and the other was a 19-year-old debutant – and came back to beat Eibar 3-2, getting the winner in the 90th minute, sending Simeone racing into the arms of Mono Burgos. They’re the only team to have won all three games so far. Kieran Trippier, top. Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Real Sociedad, Sevilla 1-1 Celta Vigo, Real Betis 2-1 Léganes, Levante 2-0 Real Valladolid, Getafe 1-1 Alavés, Osasuna 2-2 Barcelona, Villarreal 2-2 Real Madrid, Espanyol 0-3 Granada, Atlético Madrid 3-2 Eibar, Valencia 2-0 Mallorca Thank you for your feedback. • The sooner Gareth Bale leaves the better? He scored two and saw two yellow cards (within seconds of each other in the 90th minute) as Madrid got a 2-2 draw at Villarreal. For the third year in a row. Mostly, they were really not that good. And it’s hard to avoid the feeling they don’t really know what to do about it, that this wasn’t what they planned – something Bale’s inclusion suggests. Santi Cazorla’s still got it, by the way. But that’s three games in a row Villarreal have led and they haven’t won any. The poets set off at eight and went west along Pozas, which is the only way to head. As much a portal as a street, Pozas is narrow, noisy, tight with people, a pace and direction of its own. On either side, every other entrance is a bar, flags hung over doorways; at the end, the football stadium rises in the sunset, drawing you in irresistibly but without hurry as if there’s no way out, nowhere else you could possibly go and nowhere else you would want to go either, especially not today. The Cathedral, they call it. And, as they were pulled towards San Mamés on Friday night, through red-and-white shirts, through blue-and-white shirts too, Jon, Onintza, Xabi, Andoni, Maddalen and Amets occasionally stopped and broke into verse. When they did, crowds wearing both colours gathered to listen and laugh.The Basque derby means the bertso derbi too, sport as song and song as sport. Competitive, improvised street poetry: witty, incisive and theirs. The six bertsolari, three supporting Athletic Club, three supporting Real Sociedad, had paused to perform where Pozas crosses María Díaz de Haro street and momentarily opens up, and then again on a stage set in front of the new stadium on old ground. Standing where the original San Mamés had stood for 99 years and where its spirit survives, they’d done battle, words flying. Now, just before 10pm, two minutes before kick-off, Jon Maia and Maddalen Arzallus were on the pitch. “If the world is a football …” Jon began, “our greatest victory is to be ourselves.” Share via Email When he lowered the mic, 47,697 people roared. In the tunnel, waiting, Gaizka Garitano could hear it. “This is not any game,” he said later, and if anyone knows that, he does. Growing up, he wanted to be a bertsolari, but he doubts that he really had the talent for it – these guys are the Messi and Ronaldo of verse, he says – and he became a footballer instead. Born in Bilbao, he played in the Basque Country for Athletic, la Real, Eibar and Alavés. Of his 16-year playing career, 14 were spent in Euskadi and he built a coaching career there too. He it was who took Eibar into primera for the first time ever and since December he has been manager of Athletic Club. What he has done at both is extraordinary; it is also fitting somehow, faithful to an identity which is his.There’s something special about Basque football and about this derby in particular, where the fans sit together and that was perhaps even more evident this week. Sometimes football is an expression of self, and this felt like one of those times – all the more so in the context of what has happened at Athletic over the nine months since Garitano took over, seeking survival. Like this wasn’t just winning; this was being. 3Sevilla337 13Real Sociedad3-14 5Real Madrid325 The game was Basque too, very Athletic. And if there’s an element of cliché in that, there’s also a significant element of truth. Garitano heard Jon finish, then sent his team out the way he does – roaring at their rivals, relentless. As El Diario Vasco put it: “Every time Real lost the ball, there was an ambush; every corner was a headache; every attempt to bring the ball out, they were suffocated; every challenge, a defeat.” They were behind after 11 minutes: in his 122nd consecutive game, Williams swept in Ander Capa’s ball after a neat one-two from a throw – Capa’s third assist and the third time Athletic have scored via a throw. It was two on 28, Raúl García looping a lovely shot beyond Miguel-Ángel Moyá, which is how it finished but it could have been more. Yuri Berchiche struck one, Iñigo Córdoba another as Athletic steamrollered Real, racking up 15 shots in a din enough to make ears bleed. Unable to live with it, built for a different game, la Real didn’t have their first shot until the 84th minute.La Real had prepared for this, manager Imanol Alguacil said. But they could do nothing to stop it and could find no way out. There was escaping Athletic or the truth: his team had a goal ruled out by VAR, which also turned a penalty into a free-kick just outside the box, and their captain Asier Illaramendi was taken off injured, all moments that might have changed this, but Alguacil admitted that Athletic were “better in everything”; “they deserved to win,” he said. His side looked cowed, “like lambs before lions”, Marca called them. “It’s not easy to nullify them the way we nullified them, because they’re a very, very good team,” Garitano said, “but Athletic imposed themselves – as we have done in the last few months.” La Liga 17Getafe3-12 Reuse this content 10Valencia314 Facebook Summer transfer window recap – every deal from Europe’s top five leagues Topics It works, too. In 2006, Angel Garitano arrived at Athletic as assistant coach on a rescue mission. They had won only once in 13 games and were in the relegation zone; going down for the first time ever was a genuine possibility. Twelve years later, his son Gaizka arrived at Athletic as coach. They had won just once in 14 games and were in the relegation zone; going down for the first time ever was a genuine possibility. Athletic were 18th but within a month they scored that penalty, from that run, and didn’t lose for seven games. On the final day, they were a crossbar’s width from a European place. They’d climbed 10 places, winning 12 of 24 under Garitano and began this new season beating Barcelona, with Aritz Aduriz’s absurd overhead kick.On Friday, they went on top.Two days later, Atlético overtook them but Athletic are still second. “This is something to enjoy,” Williams said on Friday night. Athletic had gone 14 games without defeat at home – right back to the last time la Real came. Seven months on, they’d beaten them back and had done it their way; they were who they are. “I’m glad the people are happy,” Garitano said. “This is not any game; it’s special, the most important night of the entire year.” Union Berlin rock German football with the scalp of Dortmund Hide PosTeamPGDPts Sid Lowe (@sidlowe)FINAL MOVE FOR NEYMAR(*)Oh, wait, that was a month ago… pic.twitter.com/quqTPrrNUWAugust 29, 2019 That “last few months” was not pulled from thin air. Before the game, Garitano had noted how his team had begun “overwhelming opponents” and they did it again. La Real were “unrecognisable”, one headline had it; Athletic, on the other hand, were “a red and white cyclogenesis”, said El Correo, and exactly the way they always are. Or are supposed to be. Read more 16Villarreal3-12 Twitter Athletic Bilbao 1Atletico Madrid339 Quick guide La Liga results features The Spanish Football Podcast (@tsf_podcast)Outside San Mamés, before the football, there’s another derby – el Bertso Derbia, which @sidlowe says is “a kind of improvised competitive Basque street poetry”.Those Basques know how to have a good time…#tsfpAtTheGames #AthleticRealSociedad pic.twitter.com/0Rc2F4VXsQAugust 30, 2019 Share on Twitter • “Fekir is stratospheric,” Betis manager Rubi said after he led them to their first win of the season, 2-1 against Leganés. It was hard to disagree, too.• Deadline day, so what is Valencia manager Marcelino asking for? “I think it makes no difference what I ask for,” he said. There may be trouble ahead.• Neymar 2020. So we get to do it all over again. Yippee! Read more 11Celta Vigo3-14 12Valladolid3-14 Share on Messenger 9Granada324last_img read more


AIADMK slams efforts to create rift in alliance with BJP

first_imgChennai: The ruling AIADMK in Tamil Nadu on thursday claimed that efforts were being made to create a rift in its alliance with the BJP, but indicated the two parties were ideologically inclined beyond mere friendship. The party also claimed that “misinformation” was being spread about the Centre trying to “impose a three-language formula” in the country, a reference to the state opposition parties’ stand against the imposition of Hindi. “Though the AIADMK-BJP alliance for the Lok Sabha polls was an extension of (their) friendship, the two speak in one voice on primary intent like patriotism and worship of God,” AIADMK mouthpiece “Namathu Amma,” said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The write-up comes amidst reports of differences between the two alliance partners post the Lok Sabha drubbing where the combine could win just the Theni Parliamentary seat. The write-up in the party organ slammed efforts by a section of “family-owned media”, an apparent reference to those of the DMK, to “create rift between the leaf and flower.” While the AIADMK’s symbol is the Two Leaves, that of the BJP is a Lotus. The friendship between the high command of the two parties, beyond politics, was “unblemished”, it said. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations The AIADMK-BJP alliance winning the lone Theni Lok Sabha seat or the ruling party netting nine of the 22 Assembly seats where bypolls were held in April was a “public evaluation” of the combine, it added. This evaluation was being “accepted wholeheartedly” to take efforts to ensure a better performance for the alliance in the future, it said. It also alleged that “misinformation” was being carried out regarding the draft education policy of the Union HRD Ministry that the Centre was trying to impose a three-language formula in the country. “But people have started to see through their designs,” it said. The opposition in Tamil Nadu led by the DMK is up in arms against any “imposition” of Hindi in the state, an emotive issue that found great resonance with the citizens of the state in the 1960s, leading to the anti-Hindi agitation. DMK leader MK Stalin and other opposition leaders in the state have claimed the Centre was trying to impose Hindi under the three-language formula and that it withdrew its decision following opposition from Tamils.last_img read more


Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales even after hearing Khashoggi tape

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government is showing no apparent signs of toughening its stance on arms sales to Saudi Arabia, even after Canada’s spy chief heard a recording of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Speaking to reporters today in Windsor, Ont., Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland reiterated Canada’s position that no new arms-export permits will be signed for Saudi Arabia as the Khashoggi case is being reviewed. That’s no different from what Canada’s been saying for weeks.Khashoggi’s killing last month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Canada and renewed public outrage over Ottawa’s controversial $15-billion deal to sell light-armoured vehicles to the kingdom.CSIS director David Vigneault recently travelled to Turkey to listen to the recording Turkish authorities have of the killing and briefed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as other top officials upon his return.Freeland says Canada is reviewing its arms sales to Saudi Arabia — but her government has come under pressure to cancel the armoured-vehicles deal.She also says she spoke with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Monday to press for a credible, transparent investigation into what she calls Khashoggi’s “atrocious murder.”Under intensifying pressure, Riyadh has changed its story about Khashoggi’s death, first saying he walked out of the consulate the day he disappeared but eventually acknowledging he was killed inside the building. Saudi Arabia has also recently acknowledged Turkish evidence that showed the slaying was premeditated.The killing has prompted international condemnation, including from Trudeau himself, but the prime minister has offered no clue on how the recordings may have affected his thoughts on the matter.Trudeau has said the penalty for cancelling a $15-billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia would be “in the billions of dollars.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Is quest for Canadian oil independence more a political pitch than economics

first_imgConservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he wants to end Canadian imports of foreign oil by 2030, a move experts say would mostly affect purchases from the United States and could endanger deep trade relationships.Scheer raised the idea in a recent speech, stating Canada shouldn’t buy oil from “rogue states” with poor human-rights and environmental records, like Iran, Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.In dollar terms, the vast majority of Canadian oil imports — about 64 per cent — came from the U.S. last year, while 18 per cent came from Saudi Arabia, six per cent from Azerbaijan and three per cent from Norway. Nigeria, the United Kingdom and Algeria were also sources of imports last year into Canada.Canada hasn’t imported any crude from Iran or Venezuela in recent years.Meanwhile, virtually all the millions of barrels of crude oil Canada exports each day are sold to the United States.Pedro Antunes, chief economist for The Conference Board of Canada, said outright oil independence is not a big economic issue for the country. Alleviating transportation and logistical pressures on Alberta’s oilsands is far more important, he said.“If you’re really just trying to target all of our oil imports, then yeah I think that might cause some difficulties,” Antunes said. “We have some very open trade relations with some of the countries that are oil importers into Canada.”Scheer also said he no longer wants to depend on oil from the United States, which he called Canada’s “biggest economic competitor.” He argued that “an energy-independent Canada would be a Canada firing on all cylinders.”Part of Scheer’s plan includes the creation of a cross-Canada utilities corridor to ease pipeline construction and to open up new domestic markets for oilsands bitumen.Like the Conservatives, the Greens have also made a pre-election pledge — for different reasons — to end Canada’s reliance on foreign oil imports.Green party Leader Elizabeth May, whose ultimate objective is to wean Canada completely off oil by 2050, has promised to end foreign crude imports as soon as possible. Since May opposes new pipelines, she envisions moving more raw bitumen by rail, with help from investments to improve train services, until Canada stops consuming oil.Talk of any determined push towards Canadian crude independence appears to be a message crafted to appeal to some voters.A number of experts, however, worry an absolute target of oil independence could also send unwelcome protectionist signals to the world and mean resisting market forces. Instead, the country should be focused on loosening bottlenecks that are preventing Albertan oil from getting to new markets.“I think there is a concern of protectionism whenever you’re limiting imports,” said Grant Bishop, an associate director of research at the C.D. Howe Institute think-tank.“You have to have a good economic or security reason for doing so. I’m not sure that there is one here for crude-oil production.”Martha Hall Findlay, CEO of the Canada West Foundation think-tank, said exploring the viability of a utilities corridor is “fantastic.” But the pursuit of oil independence sounds “extremely protectionist,” said Findlay, a former federal Liberal MP.“We’re heavily dependent on trade, so why would a trading country start talking about protectionism and independence? It doesn’t make sense for an economy such as ours,” Findlay said.“I really think that this idea of independence and protectionism is politics — but economics would say we’re crazy not to buy our own.”Mike Moffatt, an assistant professor of economics at Western University, said he’s concerned whenever he hears politicians say their goal is to get completely off foreign oil.“That’s a decision that should be left to companies,” said Moffatt, who was an adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau between 2013 and 2015. “It does seem to be a shift in messaging from a traditional, free-market Conservative positioning to one that’s sort of more nationalistic.”—Follow @AndyBlatchford on TwitterAndy Blatchford, The Canadian Presslast_img read more


Residential school survivors hope dark yesterday can bring light tomorrow

first_imgAPTN National NewsFredericton recently played host to a unique gathering.Mi’kmaq and Maliseet youth had the chance to sit down with survivors of the Indian Residential School system.They’re hoping to take the often negative experiences of residential school and use it to build their future.APTN National News reporter Tim Fontaine has this story.last_img


House backs 4T budget faces challenges on Trump tax plan

first_imgWASHINGTON – Republicans powered a $4 trillion budget through the House on Thursday by a razor-thin margin, a close vote underscoring the difficulties that lie ahead in delivering President Donald Trump’s promise to cut taxes.For now, Republicans sidestepped divisions within the party by voting 216-212 to permit them to begin work on a $1.5 trillion tax cut without fear of blocking tactics by Democrats. The legislative landscape is strewn with land mines, however, as GOP tax-writers pick winners and losers among interest groups, business sectors and rank-and-file voters.The tax bill is the top item on the GOP agenda and would be Trump’s first big win in Congress. Republicans hope it would provide a much-needed jolt for the party’s political fortunes in advance of next year’s midterm elections. Republicans view passage of the upcoming tax measure as a once-in-a-generation opportunity, and its importance has only grown since the party’s debacle on health care.The goal is a full rewrite of the inefficient, loophole-laden tax code in hopes of lower rates for corporations and other businesses and a burst of economic growth. But evidence is growing that some of their hoped-for bold steps — such as eliminating the deduction for state and local taxes — will be replaced by half-measures dictated by politics and a narrow margin for error.GOP leaders scrambled in recent days to overcome resistance from House conservatives unhappy about deficits and debt, as well as opposition by lawmakers from high-tax states upset about plans to eliminate the state and local tax deduction. That could mean higher taxes for many middle-class earners, and top Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin promise a compromise that won’t be as costly to middle-class taxpayers.Joining all Democrats in opposing the measure were 20 Republicans, a mix of spending hawks and centrists. More than half come from New York and New Jersey and vehemently reject any effort to roll back the state and local tax deduction.“This isn’t over,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J., who opposed the budget after voting for it earlier this month. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said concerns by lawmakers such as MacArthur about the deduction would be addressed in coming days, and it was the topic of a post-vote meeting that included top GOP leaders.“We stood firm … to let them know we’re not kidding,” said Rep. John Katko, R-N.Y., as he exited the session.The Senate passed the budget measure last week and the House endorsed it without changes, a step designed to allow Republicans to move quickly to the tax measure in hopes of passing it into law this year. House and Senate leaders want to pass companion measures before Thanksgiving with a final compromise coming before year’s end.Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, said immediately after the vote that he’ll release the tax measure on Nov. 1 and that a panel vote is expected the week of Nov. 6.That timetable is ambitious as numerous details, including ways to raise revenues to help finance cuts to individual and corporate tax rates, remain unresolved. The tax plan’s popularity is not a given with voters, however, and fissures among Republicans could to slow the measure.A battle over tax-free contributions to retirement accounts has also broken open, and Republican tax-writers have yet to lock down dozens of crucial details on tax rates and preferences. Republicans may also drop efforts to fully repeal taxes on multimillion-dollar estates, even though the idea is a longstanding feature of the party’s tax agenda.“I’m confident that there will be a tax bill. I’m confident that it will be an improvement over current policy. How good it is yet to be determined,” said former Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, a veteran of Reagan-era tax battles and an architect of a 2001 tax cut. “You always dream of wiping things off the books and making dramatic changes, but it’s very hard to do.”The underlying budget measure abandons the Republican Party’s promise to rein in deficits in favour of Trump’s boast of “massive tax cuts.” The measure drops proposed cuts to mandatory programs such as food stamps, though conservatives promise to take on spending cuts later.“I still feel strongly about addressing unsustainable mandatory spending,” said Rep. Diane Black, R-Tenn., who chairs the House Budget Committee. “I think we will tackle this important issue in the future. We don’t have a choice.”Democrats united against the plan, arguing its tax cuts will pad the bank accounts of the wealthy and the balance sheets of corporations, while delivering modest relief — or none at all — to middle-income taxpayers.“These tax cuts will not create an economic boom, but will instead lead to a higher concentration of wealth among the rich, while dramatically increasing deficits and debt,” said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged Democrats immediately after the vote to “be fully mobilized to expose the ruinous consequences of Republicans’ plans to raise taxes on the middle class, especially as Republicans try to race their bill through the House before the American people can see the damage it will cause in their lives.”The budget plan calls for $5 trillion in spending cuts over the decade, including cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and the Obama-era health care law, though Republicans have no plans to actually impose those cuts with follow-up legislation. Some Democrats criticized the measure for ruthless spending cuts; others took the opposite approach, failing it for tackling the deficit.last_img read more


Toronto stock market Canadian dollar close down slightly as NAFTA talks resume

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto’s main stock market and the Canadian dollar closed slightly lower Wednesday as investors again watched for signs of progress following a resumption of NAFTA talks by Canada and the United States.The political issue of trade again took centre stage, said Allan Small, senior investment adviser with HollisWealth.“A lot is hanging on these talks and what they can accomplish and I think the market right now is basically taking a wait-and-see approach,” he said in an interview.While consumer spending remains strong, corporations are waiting for a decision on NAFTA before making spending decisions, Small added.The S&P/TSX composite index was down 23.73 points to 16,137.57, after reaching a low of 16,032.96 on 219.6 million shares traded. That follows a 108.67-point decline on Friday and a 101.58 point drop on Tuesday.About half of the sectors closed up, led by consumer staples and telecom services. Loblaw Companies Ltd. rose 4.57 per cent to $69.27 a day after the supermarket chain announced it will spin out its real estate investment trust to focus solely on its grocery and pharmacy business.The information technology sector lost almost two per cent as Blackberry Ltd.’s stock fell more than six per cent to $13.15 after Facebook filed a patent infringement lawsuit in U.S. court.The health-care sector had a down day as cannabis stocks lost some ground.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 22.51 points to 25,974.99. The S&P 500 index was down 8.12 points to 2,888.60, while the Nasdaq composite was down 96.07 points at 7,995.17.Stocks of some of the world’s largest tech names fell as their executives defended their companies in congressional hearings. Twitter’s CEO and Facebook’s No. 2 testified about ways they are trying to root out foreign interference ahead of the midterm elections.The Canadian dollar closed down slightly to 75.84 cents US compared with an average of 75.86 cents US on Tuesday.The loonie barely budged after, as expected, the Bank of Canada decided not to raise its interest rate but signalled another hike could come in October to keep inflation in check.Small said the market is pricing in about an 85 per cent chance that the bank is going to raise rates again.“When the Bank of Canada didn’t move today I think it was expected so I think the dollar held its own.”The October crude contract was down $1.15 at US$68.72 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 2.8 cents at US$2.80 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$2.20 at US$1,201.30 an ounce and the December copper contract was up 0.8 cents at US$2.61 a pound.last_img read more


Moroccos Return Adds Value to AU President of PanAfrican Parliament

Rabat – President of the Pan-African Parliament, Roger Nkodo Dang, expressed on Saturday in Addis Ababa his support for the return of Morocco to the African Union (AU), noting that the kingdom’s return adds value to the action of the continental organization.“Morocco is an African country. Its return to the organization he created adds value so that we can discuss altogether common African issues,” Nkodo Dang told reporters on the sidelines of the 28th African Union summit.President of the Pan-African Parliament stressed that the return of Morocco will strengthen efforts made within the framework of the new approach aimed at finding African solutions for African problems. The 28th African Union summit will be run until January 31 in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. read more


Potential sale of shuttered GM plant clouded with doubt

A potential deal to sell a shuttered General Motors plant in Ohio is still leaving the factory’s future very much up in the air.One reason is that the buyer looking at the site is a new electric vehicle maker that has only about 100 employees and serious financial concerns.GM confirmed this past week that it’s negotiating the sale of its massive assembly plant in Lordstown. Production there ended in March as part of a major restructuring for GM.A tweet from President Donald Trump that touted the potential sale set off cautious optimism and some skepticism about whether it will happen.Democratic Congressman Tim Ryan, whose district includes the plant, says a sale won’t help GM workers in the area and that any long-term job growth would be years away.John Seewer And Tom Krisher, The Associated Press read more


Cooperatives have key role to play in combating climate change says Ban

“Every coordinated effort, no matter how small, can contribute to and form a larger, more powerful response,” Mr. Ban said in a message marking the International Day of Cooperatives, whose theme this year is “Confronting Climate Change through Cooperative Enterprise.”He stressed that cooperatives have long taken an inclusive and longer-term approach to development locally.“It is in keeping with this focus that cooperatives are expanding their development efforts creatively, into areas such as environmental sustainability and carbon neutrality, as communities around the world are struggling to adapt to climate change and strengthen their resilience against its impacts,” the Secretary-General noted.He cited the example of such agriculture and energy sector cooperatives’ abilities to concurrently address food and energy security locally as well as environmental deterioration.“On this International Day, I strongly encourage Governments to carry out measures and regulations that will be supportive of partnerships with cooperative enterprises,” the message said. “Let us redouble our efforts to find new points of collaboration as we address the daunting challenge of climate change.” 5 July 2008Stressing the importance of cooperation in tackling global warming, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the part that in addressing the issue that can be played by cooperative enterprise. read more


Developments in Nigeria top discussions between UN chief and foreign minister

Twenty-five people, including 13 UN staff, died in the attack on 26 August last year.Mr. Ban and Mr. Ashiru also exchanged views on how best to enhance the fight against piracy off West Africa’s Gulf of Guinea, with the Secretary-General commending Nigeria for its crucial support of neighbouring Benin through the joint patrols the two countries are conducting along their shared coastline in an effort to stem the scourge.The Secretary-General also thanked Mr. Ashiru for the support Nigeria provided to the recent UN-African Union mission to Africa’s Sahel region to assess the impact of the Libyan crisis on countries in the area, according to a readout of the meeting provided by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson.Discussions between the two leaders also touched on the situation in Somalia, including the need to continue to support the African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), and the timely implementation of the road map designed to restore peace and stability in the Horn of Africa country. They also discussed the situation in the Sudan’s Darfur region. 10 January 2012Recent developments in Nigeria, including progress in the investigation of last year’s bomb attack against the United Nations offices in the capital, Abuja, topped discussions today between Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Olugbenga Ayodeji Ashiru. read more


Sri Lankans on hijacked ship

Five crew members were kidnapped in an attack by pirates off Nigeria, the latest in a series in the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea, the Xinhua news agency reported quoting the International Maritime Bureau (IMB).The IMB said the container ship was targeted by 14 pirates on April 25 off Nigeria’s Bayelsa State. The kidnapped crew members came from Sri Lanka, Russia and Myanmar. The attack followed the previous day’s raid on another container ship, which managed to escaped the pirates attempting to seize the vessel in a speed boat off Nigeria, the IMB said. read more


World Pride festival underway

One of the largest festivals on the planet is taking place in Toronto over the next week. World Pride officially kicks off at about 7pm. And the city is expecting roughly two million visitors in the coming days.Reporter Phil Perkins is live just outside Toronto city hall to give a first hand account where thousands are expected to attend a flag raising and concert there tonight.At Nathan Phillips Square, 20 thousand people are expected to attend the kickoff. Among them will be Premier Kathleen Wynne — the first openly gay elected leader in a Commonwealth country.Pride week in Toronto brings in almost one million people per year, but this time around, that number is expected to double with world pride taking place on north american soil for the first time everChristepher Wee, Mr. Gay Canada: “It shows how progressive we are in Canada and in Toronto about our human rights direction and the LGBT direction.”Miss Conception, Female Impersonator: “For us to have it in the most diverse city in the world, I think it’s amazing to have it here. It’s going to bring so much tourism and so much positive energy.”Christopher Olwage, Mr. Gay World: “Arriving here and seeing that there are rainbow flags everywhere — not just in the village centre, is something that is really inspiring.”The ten day event includes concerts, art shows and conferences that celebrate not just those in the lesbian gay bisexual and transgender community, but all people.Christepher said: “We don’t live in a day and age where we are isolated, we aree very much a global community.”Christopher said: “It should just be a matter of being human and respecting that fact, and to see that happening her, in this celebratory way, is very inspiring.”Of course, it’s also a huge party.Miss Conception: “We’re here to have a good time. There’s dance clubs, drag shows, drag kings, it’s just everything going on.”And in terms of money, local businesses are preparing in a big, big way.Kayla Bustard, Server “It’s normally already crazy, so it’s probably going to be triple that.”It’s expected that the event will generate approximately $286 million dollars.Kayla: “We have stacks and stacks and there’s still more coming, we have stuff coming until about 7pm.”And 7 o’clock is when this party gets started, the rainbow flag will be raised above Toronto city hall by Premier Kathleen Wynne and a massive concert will start starring the likes of Melissa Ethridge and Deborah Cox just to name a few. read more


Defence budget must be increased to protect from chemical and biological risks

Coming in advance of the Modernising Defence Programme (MDP), the review due to report in the summer, the letter warns the additional capabilities required to respond to new threats and undertake necessary organisational reforms, will not be possible from the current budget. Defence spending must be increased to combat the rise in chemical and biological threats, MPs have told Theresa May.New threats, including cyber attacks, risk “undermining UK national security” unless the Defence budget is increased, the Prime Minister has been warned.In a letter to Theresa May the heads of the Public Accounts and Defence Committees have said they are “concerned that new commitments and emerging threats means the budget will not deliver all that is promised”.Committee Chairs Meg Hillier MP and Rt Hon Dr Julian Lewis MP have written jointly to highlight their increasing concerns about the severe budgetary pressures faced by the Ministry of Defence.“Such concerns are not simply about balancing the books,” the letter warns. “The very real effects of inadequate funding can be seen in the extremely worrying decline in morale amongst our Armed Forces.”   Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A report last month from the Public Accounts Committee highlighted a gap in the Defence Equipment Plan of at least £4.9 billion over the next 10 years. This could increase to £20.8 billion “if all identified risks materialise”.“The existing affordability gap affecting traditional defence equipment and support programmes, combined with the intensification of new threats such as cyber, chemical and biological attacks, risk undermining UK national security as well as our ability to play an effective role in the world,” the letter says.The committee has previously highlighted a £2.9 billion gap in the Defence Nuclear Enterprise and the £8.5 billion required to maintain the defence estate over the next 30 years, where there has been “little or no investment for a decade”. Prince Charles talks with employees whilst passing the fourth Astute-class nuclear submarine, HMS Audacious.Credit:HO/AFP Prince Charles talks with employees whilst passing the fourth Astute-class nuclear submarine, HMS Audacious. The warning form the Select Committee heads is informed by inquiry findings of both committees and follows the Prime Minister’s appearance at the Liaison Committee in March where she reiterated the need for the MoD to make efficiency savings. The letter follows a recent warning from the Chief of Defence Intelligence that Britain’s enemies are increasingly flouting the rules of war. Air Marshal Phil Osborn said that the UK’s adversaries view today’s battlespace as “layered – across physical and virtual, legal and illegal” and admitted the country has “miscalculated” the pace at which threats are changing, leaving Britain vulnerable to attack. Johnny Mercer MP, a member of the House of Commons Defence Select Committee echoed the concerns in the joint letter. Speaking to The Telegraph he worried the “relationship between the military and the country has broken down” and feared the MDP would not solve the funding crisis. The letter cited numerous occasions whereby the Defence Select Committee has highlighted the “unrealistic and over-optimistic nature” of the MoD’s savings targets, and specifically raised concerns over the uncertainty around the full costs of the F-35 jet programme, the first four of which arrived in the UK this week. Britain is at increased risk of cyber attack without more money for Defence, say MPsCredit:Seksan Mongkhonkhamsao/Getty Images Contributor Britain is at increased risk of cyber attack without more money for Defence, say MPs read more


Duke of Cambridge to kick off football season with mental health plea to

The FA said the campaign, which includes Heads Up branding in stadiums, “will be activated across all levels of the game from the elite to grassroots and at the biggest moments of season including men’s and women’s England internationals and FA competitions”.Launching Heads Up in May, the Duke said: “We are here today to take a big step in shattering this silence. We are going to use one of the most powerful, unifying forces in our society – football – to start the biggest ever conversation on mental health.”He added: “We wouldn’t think twice to ask a mate how he was doing after he broke an arm or an ankle. “We wouldn’t hesitate to talk about our routine at the gym, or even our need to make it a bit more regular.“But when it comes to our mental health, we – and, by we, I mean men in particular – often have nothing to say at all.“The consequences of this silence – confusion, stigma, and even shame – have reached a crisis point in the UK.”Mark Bullingham, the FA’s Chief Executive said: “Suicide is the most likely cause of death for men under the age of 45.  “Despite this shocking statistic many are suffering in silence with a reluctance to talk about their issues. “We will work with Heads Up to use the power of football to tackle the stigma around mental health and raise awareness of the importance of mental fitness.” The Duke of Cambridge will today kick off the football season by urging fans to talk to each other about their mental health, as he launches a major campaign to harness the popularity of sport.The Duke will deliver a video message to fans at the FA Community Shield match between Liverpool vs Manchester City, in a bid to “drive the biggest ever conversation on mental health”. Working with the Football Association, of which he is president, the Duke hopes to encourage fans to talk about their emotions at half time and in the pub, urging them to invest as much energy discussing their mental health as the physical injuries suffered by their favourite players.The Heads Up campaign is supported by footballers including Peter Crouch, Thierry Henry, Danny Rose and Jermaine Jenas, and managers Gareth Southgate, Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola.Fans attending today’s match will hear from the Duke on film, before hearing Liverpool and Manchester City anthems You’ll Never Walk Alone and Blue Moon sung by community choirs specifically in light of their “themes of isolation and the importance of togetherness, pertinent to the core message behind the campaign”. They will also be made aware of a new 24-hour crisis text service they can use to seek help about their mental health.Around the country, grassroots football clubs will be given guides for coaches and managers to help them spot signs of players struggling, with advice on how to speak to them and point them in the direction of professional help without alienating or offending. read more


Man missing from Dublin found safe and well

first_imgMan missing from Dublin found safe and well Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance. Tuesday 19 Jun 2018, 8:01 PM http://jrnl.ie/4080216 Short URL By Cliodhna Russell Source: Mark Stedman via RollingNews.ieA 29-YEAR-OLD man who was missing has been found.Philip Power had been missing from his home at Borris, Co Carlow.However, he has now been found safe and well.Gardaí have thanked the public for their assistance. 3 Comments Share446 Tweet Email 14,779 Views Jun 19th 2018, 8:01 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more


The most expensive building in Australia opens its doors

first_imgIt’s the final countdown and the preparations for the transition to the new and futuristic Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) are underway with only three sleeps to go until the emergency department officially opened its doors at 7.00 am yesterday, Tuesday 5 September. “The new Royal Adelaide Hospital is truly a piece of art and it was certainly something Adelaide needed because the old RAH was looking tired and outdated,” says Greek Australian boxing coach Paul Panos who was the first patient at the new RAH last week. After undergoing a kidney transplant in 2011, Panos has been attending the old RAH every three months for a check-up with his specialist, Dr Phillip Clayton, but this was the first time he visited the new facility at the new RAH.“I have had five operations in the last five years and I have had to go in and out of hospital many times; I am just so happy with the result, because the old RAH was so old that it felt more like a cold jail than a hospital,” says 51-year-old Panos in an interview with Neos Kosmos. Australia’s most expensive hospital, which has also been referred to as the third most expensive building in the world at a cost of $2.3 billion dollars, features robotic technology, state-of-the-art high tech equipment, a rooftop helipad with a capacity of two simultaneous helicopter landings, 800 patient beds, touch screens, 70 cubicles in the emergency department and 132 consult rooms for outpatients.The new facility has been designed to ensure the most effective flow of patients to the care they need.A strong focus on natural light and environment combine with 100 per cent single overnight patient rooms to create the best possible healing environment with greater levels of privacy, comfort, and infection control. According to the new RAH Commissioning Director Elke Kropf, the new hospital is more than just a building. “It’s a hospital for the future,” Kropf said to the press.“Over the last decade, there have been so many advances in technology in so many industries and health has often lagged behind. I think the hospital is built for the next 70 to 100 years, so we do have to invest in technology to get more efficient and to allow staff to actually process more patients.” According to ABC News, South Australian Health Minister Jack Snelling also said that the new RAH, which has been plagued with controversy right from the start, particularly due to delays and its high cost, was a gamechanger for healthcare in South Australia. “In just a few short months, the expanded services, advanced technology and improvement to the delivery of patient wellbeing will speak entirely for itself,” said the minister while SA Premier Jay Weatherill described the RAH’s opening as “one of the most significant events in our great state’s history.“This old Royal Adelaide Hospital has been operating for 176 years, so this is an event that only happens every couple of centuries,” said the premier.Termed the most technologically advanced hospital in Australia, the new RAH is equipped with technology to assist medical and non-medical staff in providing better care and making the patients’ lives more pleasant and comfortable while they are being treated. For the first time in Australian medical history, 1800 Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) will be used on a daily basis assisting medical staff in all the ward. They are basically 1.6 metre-long stainless steel robotic devices manufactured to carry large trolleys with goods at average walking pace, enter the hospital’s lifts, walk through designed doors within the hospital’s premises, and communicate with portable phones through voice recognition. There is also an automated pharmacy distribution system and automated pharmacy cabinets which will make the access and dispensing of medication easier, faster and safer for the medical staff of the RAH.“Our pharmacy staff are incredibly excited to be moving from a very manual system to an automated system,” Ms Kropf said to local press last week while she revealed that doctors and nurses at all the new RAH inpatient wings will have 24/7 access to an increased range of prescribed medications, thanks to 117 automated dispensing cabinets (ADCs), which will be activated through a fingerprint or password login. SA Pharmacy executive director Steve Morris explained that the new electronic system will be used to order, dispense, and track medicine, replacing the numerous shelves and cupboards that currently serve as drug storage areas, increasing safety and efficiency, allowing clinical staff to spend more time caring for their patients.Other features of the new RAH include:– The largest fully automated $4 million microbiology laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere, which will speed up the diagnosis and treat infectious diseases, such as pneumonia and meningitis. The system is believed to speed up results by 40 per cent. – Distributed medical imaging which will work on a distributed model, with machines located in various sections of the hospital, rather than in one central location. This method is anticipated to reduce the need to move patients around the hospital and prevent delays to inpatient and outpatient scans. – Electronic tags, which will allow staff to quickly check the whereabouts of equipment and to prevent theft. Tags will also be put on at-risk patients with alerts automatically being sent to staff should they leave a restricted area. – Wireless patient nurse call system in every room. Wifi technology will enable nurses to respond to patients wherever they are, before attending to them in their rooms. – Electronic bedside devices so that at the touch of a button, all patients can manage their in-room entertainment and order their own meals. – Self-serve electronic kiosks which will provide directions and print out maps of the different RAH clinics to help visitors find their way.“Something needed to be done and although the government went over the budget and the project was delayed, I do believe that the new RAH is a great asset for us and it was worth the money so that all people can be treated in the best possible way,” concluded Paul Panos. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more


Police investigate robbery of Portland pot dispensary

first_imgPORTLAND — Authorities are investigating reports of an armed robbery at a Portland marijuana dispensary.The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that police say multiple suspects were involved in the Sunday night incident, and at least four had handguns.Officers had arrived at Green Buds Dispensary to find at least two people running away from the business.Police have made only one arrest and are still searching for other suspects.Police have not yet determined what was taken from the dispensary.last_img read more


Allen and Cynthia Mother Pratt steps down from Urban Renewal

first_img Bahamas Police denies suspect hide out in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 19th 2017: With the start of investigations into Urban Renewal one week after FNM won the elections, comes word that Cynthia ‘Mother’ Pratt and Algernon Allen have tendered their resignations as co-chairs from the company.Asked whether their step down had anything to do with the probe into the initiative, Allen and Pratt described their roles at Urban Renewal as ‘Ornamental’, as they had nothing to do with decision makings in its operations. Allen has since then called for all Political appointees to resign immediately from their posts. He says this is common protocol with any change in administration, and it would not have been appropriate to stay on and await the decision of the new government regarding their posts. Allen says they welcome full transparency and urged the government to continue the transformational work. Urban Renewal has been instrumental in making an impact on inner city communities. However, the programme shot to negative light, when a report presented showed payment for works that were never done or left incomplete. The report was one heavily defended by the Christie led administration, despite its lack in transparency.Urban Renewal is one of the many areas the new FNM government has ordered investigations into, including the Bank of Bahamas, BAMSI and other government ministries.Thompson was sworn in on Monday as Minister of State for Grand Bahama in the Office of the Prime Minister. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#CynthiaMotherPrattAndAllenResign#UrbanRenewalcenter_img Related Items:#CynthiaMotherPrattAndAllenResign, #magneticmedianews, #UrbanRenewal Recommended for youlast_img read more