Canadian government researched how Trump could have achieved quick NAFTA win

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Canadian government produced a paper shortly after Donald Trump’s election outlining in broad strokes how the incoming U.S. president could have pursued a quick, substantive, and successful renegotiation of NAFTA.The paper was produced late last year and provides a glimpse at a now-hypothetical alternate reality where the new administration might have opted for a renegotiation by executive order, rather than the current legislative process.It lists different areas where changes might have been achieved by executive actions: auto parts rules of origin, professional work visas, intellectual property protections, digital commerce, procurement, state-owned enterprises, and interpretations of dispute-settlement cases.It was produced at the request of senior political officials, who in initial conversations with top-ranking members of the incoming Trump administration heard some suggest a preference for quick action that bypassed the complex legislative process.”It never got very far,” one Canadian official said.But the resulting research, obtained by The Canadian Press through the Access to Information Act, offers a peek down a road not travelled. Gathered by departmental bureaucrats, it was signed by deputy trade minister Tim Sargent and date-stamped Dec. 30, 2016.Sargent’s 13-page response examines the procedural differences between legislated and non-legislated changes to NAFTA in all three countries, with half of the document specifically looking at non-legislated changes in the U.S.It begins: ”The explanation below provides a preliminary assessment of actions that could possibly be taken to supplement or amend the NAFTA in a reasonably quick manner that also would not require Congress to act.”It cites three ways to change a trade deal without congressional votes:—Amendments to annexes and tariff schedules—Country-to-country agreements that require no legislation—Clarifying statementsIt offers examples of how these three measures could achieve changes in some key areas now central to the negotiations.But even those supposedly simpler fixes carried potential trouble.There are still competing visions months later on how to handle auto rules, procurement, dispute-resolution, and professional visas, with no resolution yet in sight, and warnings that the talks could fall apart.A spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says a quick fix was never within reach.”In trade negotiations there is no such thing as a quick win,” Alex Lawrence says.”Modern negotiations are complex, and require time and hard work.”He says this document was simply research that flowed from the work done since the summer of 2016, when, in the midst of the U.S. election, his minister asked for a wide-ranging review of possible procedural outcomes for NAFTA.The Canadian official agreed that an insta-negotiation was always a longshot. For example, even one of the people in Trumpworld who supported the idea of a speedy process, Peter Navarro, is a well-known trade hawk who also favours an aggressive U.S. posture.It’s all history now, anyway.One source said the idea of a quick executive-to-executive agreement virtually vanished from the conversation, and never came up seriously in subsequent weeks while the countries planned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first visit to the Trump White House.One of Washington’s foremost trade experts, at the time, publicly predicted that a quickie deal was impossible. Gary Hufbauer of the Peterson Institute said American lawmakers would insist on playing a role, given that international trade belongs to Congress under the U.S. Constitution.”I can’t anticipate what the problems are going to be, but there’s going to be problems,” he said in an interview, speaking right after Trump attempted to reassure his northern neighbour that he just wanted a few tweaks to trade with Canada.”That’s a Pandora’s box — once you open it, everything’s open. How can you say, ‘We want to reopen NAFTA for you, you and you – and all you other guys, go play in traffic?’ You can’t.”Now some lawmakers are urging the president not to act on his oft-repeated threat — to cancel NAFTA as a negotiating ploy.last_img read more

Average Canadian family taxed 43 per cent of income study

first_imgDo Canadians spend more on taxes or necessities?According to the Fraser Institute, the average Canadian family sent just over $37,000 to the tax man last year.That makes up about 43 per cent of their income, about seven points higher than was spent on housing, food and clothing combined.It’s also up significantly since 1961 when the average family spent about a third of its income on taxes.last_img

Grammynominated Nova Scotian director on creating music videos with a social impact

first_imgNova Scotian director Andy Hines still gets emotionally overwhelmed remembering the day his Grammy-nominated music video 1-800-273-8255 went online last summer.It was the wee hours of the morning when the reactions began to trickle in from strangers onto his iPhone. Many were young adults shaken by his seven-minute clip, which follows a black teenager struggling with his sexuality and clouded with thoughts of suicide.The heart-wrenching reactions multiplied into the dozens — and then hundreds — in the days and weeks that followed as viewers tearfully spoke about managing their own suicidal feelings. Advertisement Advertisement On Sunday, the Avondale, N.S., director will learn whether 1-800-273-8255 wins best music video at this year’s Grammy Awards. The song, written by rapper Logic and featuring Khalid and pop singer Alessia Cara of Brampton, Ont., has itself been an impetus for conversations about suicide.The video, which stars actor Don Cheadle as the teen’s disapproving father, Luis Guzman as his high school coach and Matthew Modine in a bit role, has amassed nearly 195 million views on YouTube. Nova Scotian-born Andy Hines earned a Grammy nomination for directing Logic’s 1-800-273-8255. (Justin Fleischer) Advertisementcenter_img Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Bail hearing for Gerald Stanley set for Thursday in Battleford

first_imgShaneen RobinsonAPTN National News NORTH BATTLEFORD, Sask. – Hundreds of people rallied this morning outside a Saskatchewan courthouse where a farmer accused of fatally shooting a First Nations man pleaded not guilty.Gerald Stanley, 54, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie.He pleaded not guilty to the charge and a preliminary hearing will take place mid-September.“The family is hurting,” said Sheldon Wuttunee,  a family supporter who was inside the courtroom Thursday morning. “There is a lot of anger and a lot of resentment at this time.”Stanley will appear in Battleford Thursday afternoon for a bail hearing.Supporters of Boushie chanted “Justice for Colten” as lawyers left after Stanley’s appearance in a packed North Battleford provincial courtroom.Boushie was killed on Aug. 9 after the vehicle he was in drove onto a farm in the rural municipality of Glenside, west of Saskatoon.A cousin, who was also in the car along with several others, said they were heading home to the Red Pheasant reserve after an afternoon of swimming when they got a flat tire and were looking for help.A Facebook group behind the rally said it was about showing respect and support for Boushie’s family.Robert Innes, a University of Saskatchewan Indigenous studies professor, said the rally would give people a chance to express their concerns about the racial discourse that is unfolding after the shooting.“It helps to highlight the issue of racism on one hand, but also support for the family on the other,” said Innes.Racial tensions have flared since Boushie was killed.First Nations leaders have said the first RCMP news release about the shooting was biased. It said that people in the car had been taken into custody as part of a theft investigation. They were released without charges.Chief Bobby Cameron of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations said the RCMP statement “provided just enough prejudicial information” for people to draw the conclusion that the shooting was somehow justified.RCMP Supt. Rob Cameron said police handled the investigation fairly and competently. He also said he welcomed the opportunity to discuss the FSIN’s concerns.Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall took to Facebook on the weekend to condemn what he called “racist and hate-filled” comments after the shooting.Some comments on social media sites have been anti-First Nation, while others have supported vigilante justice against the suspect.One widely circulated screen grab from a Saskatchewan farmers group on Facebook said: “His only mistake was leaving three witnesses.” That group has since been closed.The National Farmers Union put out a statement Wednesday expressing sadness over Boushie’s death and about the comments that have followed.“As farmers, we condemn the rampant racist remarks that have circulated since the death of Colten Boushie, including comments made on the ‘Saskatchewan Farmers’ Facebook group,” it said. “We also commit ourselves to building relationships of solidarity, mutual respect, and friendship with our Indigenous neighbours, and to honouring our obligations as treaty people.”Innes said the racial divide isn’t going to be solved any time soon.“When people are celebrating the death of an Indigenous man and calling for the killing of more Indigenous men, we have to acknowledge that there is racism in this province.”— with files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Aunt kills 11-year-old to keep illicit relationship under wraps

first_imgKolkata: An 11-year-old girl, who allegedly came to know about her aunt’s illicit relationship, was murdered by her aunt at Baruipur in South 24-Parganas on Sunday.According to sources, the deceased, identified as Rinki Naskar, (11) used to live at her maternal uncle’s house at South Durgapur in Baruipur to pursue her education. The child belongs to Mograhat. On Sunday, Rinki was found dead near her maternal uncle’s house. During the investigation, sleuths came to know from a source that the accused woman, Shipra Naskar, was divorcee and at present in a relationship with a youth. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaPolice officers suspected that the woman could be involved in the murder of the 11-year-old after she gave her statement to the cops. During questioning, sleuths had found several ambiguities in Shipra’s statements. After a prolonged interrogation, Shipra admitted that she killed Rinki. She said she had an illicit affair with a youth of her locality and she use to frequently visit his house. A few days ago, Rinki visited the youth’s house at a time when she was already there. The 11-year-old girl reportedly saw them in an intimate posture. Shipra also spotted Rinki at the youth’s house and understood that the girl had come to know about her relationship. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayShipra asked Rinki not to tell anyone what see saw at the youth’s house. On Sunday, when the deceased girl told Shipra that she would tell other family members about her illicit relationship, Shipra allegedly killed her. Cops suspect that the 11-year-old girl was strangled to death. However, reports are awaited to ascertain the exact cause of death. Sleuths are checking if more persons are involved in the murder.last_img read more

With more rain expected in floodhit Bangladesh UN plans expanded relief drive

“We are getting strong indications that donors are prepared to be generous,” Douglas Casson Coutts, WFP’s Country Representative, said in the capital Dhaka. “These unprecedented early contributions to the first stage of our operation enable us to get large amounts of food straight to the homeless and vulnerable people.” He warned that while the floodwaters are currently receding, Bangladesh may well be in for a cataclysmic flood in mid-August, when the next monsoon rains will be unable to drain into the waterlogged ground. “What we have seen so far is as bad as any floods in Bangladesh have been, but there may be worse to come, and we need to be ready,” Mr. Coutts said. In April, flash floods destroyed a substantial part of the country’s rice crop, according to WFP. Renewed flooding in mid-July wiped out household food stocks, destroyed fish farms, drowned poultry, and left livestock without fodder. Even day labour jobs have suffered with quarries and brickworks submerged by water. Bangladesh will not have another rice harvest until April. Mr. Coutts called for attention to the longer-term problems facing the country. “The international community must not forget about the enormous problems here after the disaster images fade from the TV screen,” he said. read more

Tsipras optimism attack

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Alexis Tsipras surprised everyone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, confirming his prophecy the moment he uttered it.Now it remains to be seen whether this was merely wishful thinking or the prime minister knows something that no one else does. For him to predict a miracle when Greece’s creditors have still not launched the first review of the current bailout, when a major foreign investment is frozen, when various social groups are uniting in protest and government MPs are saying they will not vote for social security reform, the prime minister either has a secret plan, is overconfident or is just trying to gain time by misleading the public.Tsipras is in a difficult position and it is a good thing to hear his optimism, as in his comment to Bloomberg TV in Davos. His government is struggling to conclude a review by creditors; the ruling SYRIZA party is appointing supporters to public positions, undermining the argument that this government is different to previous ones; proposals for social security reform are provoking protests from all sides without solving the problem of an overly expensive pension system; and foreign investors are alarmed by the travails of a Canadian company which finds government obstacles to its investment despite following the rules. Furthermore, the election of Kyriakos Mitsotakis to the leadership of the center-right New Democracy party means that Tsipras has a new, dynamic rival to deal with.The moment of truth has come for our prime minister and his government. The last year has shown that whenever he finds himself in a difficult situation he chooses a dramatic tactical move – a referendum, snap elections, summoning a meeting of all political party leaders – in order to evade his responsibilities and muddy the waters rather than focus on the essence of problems. It is true that he has covered a great distance – politically and personally – from promising to scrap the bailout agreement immediately to trying to apply a new bailout. It is natural that he will rely on communication tricks as he tries to find his way. He is still between two bases: Greece remains in the eurozone, privatizations are going ahead and, in general, the government appears much more responsible than before; at the same time, it undermines its own efforts with destructive obsessions in the education sector, by cronyism and by unmitigated hostility to entrepreneurship and to any form of evaluation and accountability in the public sector.If Tsipras really is optimistic, it would be great if he persuaded all Greeks that he is right. Speaking to Bloomberg, he expressed hope that the first review will be concluded soon. “I believe that we are at a critical point… to recover,” he said. This is not enough. If he does not present a credible plan for economic development while stopping the hemorrhaging of the pension system, if he does not secure the backing of all responsible political parties as well as his own MPs and supporters, Tsipras will fail. And no one will be surprised.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

East Vancouver Whole Foods to close in August

first_imgVancouver’s only Whole Foods Market will close its doors in about two months. Employees told customers on Friday that the Whole Foods near 164th Ave and Mill Plain Blvd will shut down on or around Aug. 18, and will not be moving to a new location.A store manager referred questions to the company’s media team, which later confirmed the closure in an email to the Columbian.“We have decided not to renew the lease of our Mill Plain store,” the company said in a statement. “The decision to close the store is not a reflection of the tremendous work of our dedicated Team Members or our commitment to the community. We’ll continue to serve our Vancouver customers through our surrounding Whole Foods Market locations, which provide a more modern shopping experience. Our goal is to place all of our Mill Plain Team Members in those stores.”Anonymous tipsters who contacted The Columbian said employees at the store were notified of the closure at a meeting Thursday night. They said employees were told that Whole Foods has been seeking an alternate location for the Vancouver store but so far has been unable to secure one. Low customer traffic and rising rent costs were mentioned as contributing factors to the closure, as well as the upcoming end to the company’s current lease.According to Clark County property records, the store building is owned by Tom Moyer Theaters, better known as TMT Development, a Portland company that owns several prominent buildings and properties including the Fox Tower and the recently built Park Avenue West tower in downtown Portland.Most of the company’s properties are in Portland or elsewhere in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, according to a list on its website, but it does own two Washington properties: the Mill Plain Plaza shopping center where the Whole Foods is and the Orchards Plaza shopping center on Northeast 117th Avenue.Reached Thursday afternoon, a TMT spokesperson said the company had no comment.Word of the closure was posted on the Vancouver board of the website Reddit on Friday afternoon, and several commenters expressed disappointment about the news.last_img read more

Claudio Bravo could miss all season

first_imgThe Manchester City goalkeeper suffered a serious-looking injury during Monday’s training sessionThe alarms went off in English Premier League club Manchester City.The Citizens could be left with just one senior goalkeeper after Chilean Claudio Bravo suffered a big injury.According to a report by Goal “Bravo went down in training on Monday and City sources fear he will be out of action for several months.”“It is the second serious injury to a City player in under a week, after Kevin De Bruyne damaged knee ligaments last Wednesday. The Belgian will be out for between two to three months,” the website wrote.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Claudio Bravo wrote on Twitter after today’s training session:“It doesn’t matter what happened, or how bad it seems today, life goes on, and tomorrow no doubt will be better.”No importa lo que pase, o lo malo que parezca el día de hoy, la vida continúa, y mañana sin duda será mejor ????? pic.twitter.com/Qra1cmjePZ— Claudio Bravo Muñoz (@C1audioBravo) August 20, 2018last_img read more

Government Assessed 250M for TS Cristobal Recovery

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:anya williams, peter beckingham, rufus ewing, Ts cristobal DEPUTY GOVERNOR SPEAKS OF STREAMLINING GOVERNMENT SERVICES. Dames is first Hospitality Hero Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppA quarter of a million dollars is what government estimates the recovery has directly forced in direct spending so far as the Premier yesterday, following a meeting declared that the country is bouncing back from TS Cristobal. The Storm for three days last week impacted weather conditions here; and dumped 14 inches of rain, according to government, on these islands. The flooding so severe in North Caicos for example, that the national disaster committee formed in the aftermath of the storm said it compares easily to the flooding in 1995, which took one month for North Caicos to be returned to a state of normalcy. That emergency committee, co-chaired by the Premier Rufus Ewing and the Governor, with the acting Governor Anya Williams – in for Peter Beckingham – explained that: “This cost is directly attributed to the rental of heavy equipment, the creation of the new access route, the construction of five new additional wells in the Leeward district and other recovery costs, such as anti-mosquito chemicals.” The work is not over obviously… on Monday the DDME telling MM it estimates another week; and now damage assessment teams have been mobilized to the various affected areas on both North Caicos and Providenciales and will be assessing damages that are still in place. TCI European Union money could be lost due to UK referendum on membershiplast_img read more

Arsenal arent good enough for top four says Redknapp

first_imgSky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp believes that Arsenal lack the quality and squad depth to compete for the top four in the Premier League this season.Arsenal lost back-to-back away games for the first time this season with a 1-0 defeat to London rivals West Ham United.The Gunners now trail fourth-placed Chelsea by six points after Maurizio Sarri’s side won 2-1 against Newcastle United on Saturday evening and Redknapp believes that the club’s ambition is way behind their Premier League rivals.“You can play whatever system you want but I’m not sure this Arsenal squad is good enough to get anywhere near the top four right now,” Redknapp told Sky Sports.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I feel sorry for the fans. The manager said they are only going to get loans in, but other clubs at the top are always trying to progress. Arsenal is a huge club and the fans deserve better.“With the players, he’s got, Emery is going to need time and windows to bring players in. He was not left with a great squad.“I’m not surprised they are struggling away from home because you need good players as well as being organized, and players that can do something different. At the moment the system just doesn’t seem to work.”last_img read more

Army sergeant surprises daughter during iPrep Academy recital

first_imgNothing could have prepared Sophia for this holiday surprise.“Guess what? Daddy is here,” said one faculty member.That was Ramos’ cue to walk onstage, bouquet of roses in hand, and take Sophia in his arms.“It was just a moment of her and I, us, just eyes hitting, and nothing else mattered,” Ramos later told 7News.When asked what she wanted for Christmas, Sophia looked at her dad and said, “I wanted you.”It was an unbeatable bond between a father and daughter, and a heartwarming welcome home just in time for the holidays. “I’m looking forward to it,” said Ramos. MIAMI (WSVN) – An Army officer from South Florida came home to fulfill a very special mission: making his daughter’s Christmas wish come true.Six-year-old Sophia Ramos had practiced performing a song for her classmates at iPrep Academy in Miami for quite some time. Decked out in red reindeer antlers and even a little red nose, she delighted the audience with her rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth,” completely unaware of the surprise in store for her.Sophia RamosDeep down, what Sophia really wanted this Christmas was simple: to see her dad, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Hector Ramos, who had been stationed in Puerto Rico for months.A 17-year veteran and Purple Heart recipient, Ramos has traveled to fight for the United States around the world in countries like Afghanistan and Iraq.But on Friday, he had one final stop on his tour of duty: iPrep Academy.As Sophia sang, Ramos was waiting in the wings, ready to make his daughter’s Christmas wish come true. “I was really nervous,” he said. “Butterflies in your stomach, like your first date.” Ramos is scheduled to head back to Puerto Rico on Jan. 6. He will be home for good in just under three years.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The FOLIO 40 A Call for Nominees

first_imgIn little over a month, the 2009 FOLIO: 40—the oldest, most prestigious and comprehensive list of its kind—will be revealed. FOLIO: is looking for nominations in the following four categories:C-Level VisionariesDirector-Level: DoersIndustry InfluencersUnder the RadarIf you think you have what it takes, or know someone who does, fill out the form below. <a href="https://eventmarketing.wufoo.com/forms/folio-40-nominations/" mce_href="https://eventmarketing.wufoo.com/forms/folio-40-nominations/" title="FOLIO: 40 Nominations">Fill out my Wufoo form!</a>Powered by Wufoolast_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Feb 6 2019

first_imgState of the Union gets warm reception from Alaska delegationLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Alaska’s all-Republican delegation to Congress praised President Trump for delivering a positive message in his State of the Union address Tuesday night.Interior: No 3-D Seismic exploration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this winter Elizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageAn Interior official confirmed today that there will be no 3-D seismic exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge this winter.As the Bering Sea warms, this skipper is chasing pollock to new placesNathaniel Herz, Alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage“Across the board, everybody has a story about something that they haven’t seen before,” said Dan Martin, a 53-year-old captain of a Bering Sea pollock trawler. We took a fishing trip with Martin to find out what he’s experiencing as the Bering Sea heats up.State House sets record for longest period without a SpeakerAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauThe Alaska House has broken a record for how many days it has gone into a session without choosing a speaker. Today is the 23rd day of the session. That’s more than the number of days it took for the House to choose a speaker in 1981, the previous record.US House dems push climate change into spotlightLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.The House hasn’t paid much attention to climate change in nearly a decade. That streak came to an end Wednesday with two simultaneous hearings. Democrats are showing that things are different now that they hold the gavels.Education commissioner says it’s time to review school funding formulaAndrew Kitchenman, KTOO – JuneauState Education Commissioner Michael Johnson also told lawmakers Wednesday that he didn’t consult with school districts before the Dunleavy administration proposed a $20 million cut to education funding.House holds meeting on Alaska’s struggling ferry systemJacob Resneck, CoastAlaska – JuneauLawmakers in the Alaska House of Representatives called an informal hearing on the state of the state’s ferry system.Popular Anchorage restaurant in legal trouble over alleged wage theftKirsten Swann, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTwo Anchorage women have filed suit against the owners of two popular restaurants in the city, seeking damages and other relief for alleged minimum wage and child labor law violations. These cases are common.Microplastics found in Sitka mollusksKatherine Rose, KCAW – SitkaResearchers in Sitka have been looking at the impact of microplastics on local shellfish. Their findings illustrate a possible connection between microplastics in butter clams and household laundry.Yukon Quest leaders prepare to depart from DawsonLex Treinen, KUAC – FairbanksYukon Quest mushers continued to arrive in Dawson City today. Dawson is the race’s roughly halfway point, where a mandatory 36 hour layover gives mushers a chance to catch up on sleep, while handlers help care for their teams. Stories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @AKPublicNewslast_img read more

United Tech keeps to solo path as Honeywell drops bid

first_imgAircraft parts maker Honeywell International Inc said Tuesday it scrapped its $90.7 billion offer to buy rival United Technologies Corp, citing the company’s unwillingness to engage in negotiations.The move comes after United Tech rejected Honeywell’s offer last week, saying any synergies from combining the companies would be outweighed by regulatory delays, required divestitures and customer concerns.With another round of Honeywell merger talks behind it, the focus now turns to United Tech’s ability to operate as a stand-alone industrial conglomerate that faces headwinds from multiple sides of its business.”Now the pressure is on for UTC to create shareholder value,” said Jeff Bialos, a law partner with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan and a former senior Pentagon official.Honeywell said it strongly disagreed with United Tech’s characterisation of the regulatory and customer risks associated with a deal.”We remain confident that the regulatory process would not have presented a material obstacle to a transaction,” Honeywell said in a statement on Tuesday.Analysts and industry executives said paths that United Tech can pursue to boost its stock include splitting its industrial and aerospace arms or pursuing its own acquisitions.Reuters had reported Friday that United Tech CEO Greg Hayes does not intend to break up the company, but will instead focus on initiatives such as investment in its Pratt & Whitney turbofan engines. Its under performing Otis elevator division is facing steep engineering and development costs as the company tries to refresh its product line.United Tech makes everything from air conditioners to elevators and fire equipment, to a broad range of aerospace equipment, including tires, cockpits and engines. The company called Honeywell’s decision to drop its pursuit an “appropriate outcome” given the regulatory obstacles and negative customer reaction.”UTC will remain laser focused on our key priorities – program execution, innovation, cost reduction and disciplined capital allocation,” the company said on Tuesday.Shares of United Tech, the maker of Otis elevators, Carrier air conditioners and Pratt & Whitney jet engines, were down 2.8 percent in early trading on Tuesday, while Honeywell was up 3.2 percent.A combination of the two would create a company with nearly $100 billion in revenue, responsible for a huge amount of equipment on commercial airliners, ranging from jet engines to cockpits and landing gear.Major customers Airbus Group and Boeing Co weighed in last week, saying they did not support such a deal.A merger would also have drawn scrutiny from the Pentagon, since the companies make parts for key weapons programs, including Lockheed Martin Corp’s F-35 program.United Tech’s shares have risen about 10 percent since Feb. 19, the last trading day before deal talks were first reported.last_img read more

Thunderbolt kills 3 of a family among 4

first_imgFour people, including three members of a family, were killed by lightning strikes in Kaliganj and Ashashuni upazila of Satkhira on Friday, reports UNB.In Kaliganj upazila, three members of a family were killed when a thunderbolt struck at Garaimahal village around 10:00am, said Rajib Hasan, officer-in-charge of Kaliganj Police Station.The deceased are Alamin Hossain, 22 and Rabiul Islam, 20 and Alamin’s wife Sabina Khatun, 18.In another incident, Jewel Sardar, 25, of Madra village in Ashashuni upazila ,was killed by lightning while returning home from a fish enclosure in the morning, said Abdus Salam, officer-in-charge of Ashashuni Police Station.last_img read more

A splash of Europe

first_imgThe story of a man who runs away from his girlfriend and bumps into a bride who has run away from her wedding, may sound like a typical Bollywood potboiler, but isn’t.The romantic comedy titled Committed from Cyprus is among a repertoire of 21 latest and award winning European films from as many countries, set for screening at the 20th edition of European Union Film Festival (EUFF), inaugurated on April 8  and is set to go on till April 20.The Instituto Cervantes, the India Habitat Centre and at the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre are among the venues for the EUFF organised by the delegation of European Union and embassies of EU member states with support of the Federation of Film Societies of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“We have a wonderful collection of films and we decided this year that we wouldn’t have films on one particular topic, like in previous years. We decided just to bring to India the new films, the recent film that was the only criteria,” Joao Cravinho, Ambassador, European Union to India said.The films deal with subjects ranging from love, resilience, heroism, frustration and triumph. Stories of individuals and their families choosing their destinies while looming behind them is a turbulence, backdrop of history, politics also find place. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“In this edition, among others we have the story of a man who runs away from his girlfriend but then bumps into a bride who has run away from her wedding! We have the story of a female bullfighter from Spain who takes the country by storm, in an adaptation to Snowhite.“We have the Dutch film which brings us the character of Sophie, a happy woman with a perfect marriage who finds love or something else with a choreographer who loves her cooking.So a wide range of very exciting movies,” Cravinho said. Films provide glimpses into the life and times of people they portray and help break barriers of languages to bring people together across the world.“It is heartening to see that the EU film festival through its 20 years of journey in India has provided an ideal bridge between two vibrant cultural scenes with rich film traditions and has developed into a significant annual event in the calendar of film aficionados,” he said.Watching a movie in theatres also brings people of diverse thoughts and cultures together under one roof and makes them go through similar emotions and thus helps bring individuals together.“In Europe, just like India, we have a massive film industry. More or less the same size in terms of films produced each year. We discovered in Europe this cultural industry employs 6.7 million people and accounts for 3.5 per cent of GDP, that is not just of course the cinema but whole cultural industry. At an age when we tend to look more at economics, it is good to remember that culture is also a very much part of our economics,” Cravinho said.The festival was inaugurated by Cravinho and Aivars Groza, Ambassador of Latvia to India. Latvia currently holds the EU Presidency. The EU comprises 28 countries.Many of the films have won awards. A selection of the films set to be screened include Blancanieves (Snowhite) is a Spanish film based on the fairy tale Snow White by the Brothers Grimm and is centered on a female bullfighter.A Woman’s Revenge is a Portuguese film that captures the life of Roberto who is one of those men to whom the simulation has become the greatest art. The Last Sentence (Sweden) is based on the life of journalist Torgny Segerstedt.Shanghai Gypsy (Slovenia) is a story about four generations of a gypsy family. The Candidate (Slovak) is a cynical black humoured thriller situated in Slovakia during a presidential campaign.last_img read more

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first_img 8 Comments   Share   Week Three power rankings#31⬇1Sam Bradford is averaging 4.0 yards per pass this season, which means that maybe they should just run the ball on every play. Arizona Sports NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Cardinals hit bottom#32⬇2Bad and boring. Cardinals Rams FootballLos Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley scores past Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) NFL power rankings: Major changes at top as Eagles, Patriots falter#32⬇4Shocking level of underachievement given talent spread throughout this roster. What buttons does rookie coach Steve Wilks push now? NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Rams are new No. 1 … and chaos below#31—The Cardinals are 0-2 and have scored six points. The good news is that could speed up Josh Rosen’s timeline. Rosen is the Cardinals’ highest-drafted QB since Matt Leinart in 2006 (both 10th overall). Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Yikes.The Arizona Cardinals find themselves in unfamiliar territory in this week’s power rankings from around the internet, and that place is at the bottom.After turning off pundits with their season-opening loss to Washington in Week 1, the Cardinals followed it up by stinking up the L.A. Memorial Coliseum in a 34-0 loss to the Rams last Sunday.It’s the second time in the last three meetings that the Rams have handed a goose egg to their divisional rivals, and it was every bit as ugly as the score would indicate. The Cardinals ran exactly one play on the L.A. side of the 50-yard line, and that came on the last snap of the contest. NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Jaguars claim top spot; Buccaneers, Dolphins climbing#28⬇1How much longer can they stay with Sam Bradford at quarterback? He just can’t drive the ball like Josh Rosen can. NFL Power Rankings: The Rams went all-in this offseason, and it’s paying off#31⬇1It’s early — really, really early — but I’m starting to wonder about Steve Wilks. The Cardinals weren’t close to this bad last season, and that was without David Johnson. They were 3-4 in Carson Palmer’s starts, so you can’t blame his retirement. This team is entirely lost, and Wilks said he never considered benching Sam Bradford for rookie Josh Rosen in a 34-0 loss on Sunday. Wow. Let’s say it’s way too soon to judge Wilks, but there are already warning signs.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo NFL Power Rankings: B/R’s Expert Consensus Rank for Every Team Entering Week 3#31—The Arizona Cardinals are a dumpster fire. After getting absolutely waxed by the Rams in Week 2, the winless Cardinals have now been outscored 58-6 in two games. Over those two games, the Cardinals have 350 yards of offense—total. By comparison, Arizona allowed 432 to the Rams on Sunday. NFL Power Rankings 2018, Week 3: The Jaguars are for real#31—In Los Angeles, the Rams easily beat the Cardinals with a 34-0 shutout that saw Jared Goff throw for 354 yards while Sam Bradford threw for just 90. That’s not a mistake. The Cardinals produced a total of 138 yards on offense in the entire game. NFL Power Rankings, Week 3: Rams, Jaguars take top two spots#31—If I could find any excuse — any excuse — to move the Bills up, the Cardinals would be the caboose on this list. Call them 32B. Sunday’s debacle in Los Angeles was a symphony of bad offensive football, recalling the halcyon days of the Max Hall/Beanie Wells-led offense. Sam Bradford attempted 27 passes for 90 yards. Think about that. Do you realize how hard that is to do, statistically? Neil Lomax could do better right now, and he turns 60 in February. Top Stories NFL Power Rankings Poll: Jaguars Take Over No. 1, Bengals Make Biggest Jump#31—No comment Related LinksCardinals dead last in several statistical categories: By the numbersCardinals to bring in WR Kendall Wright for workoutArizona Sports NFL Week 3 Power Rankings: Cardinals hit bottomBehind Enemy Lines: New-era Bears visit CardinalsPredictably, the Cardinals creeped closer to the bottom of various rankings, and would nearly be a consensus cellar dweller if not for the existence of the Buffalo Bills.High Ranking: #28 – CBS SportsLow Ranking: #32 – ArizonaSports.com, USA TodayAverage Ranking: 30.9 Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling OutletRankingsCardinals’ RankMovementCommentlast_img read more

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first_imgNew York, NY – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineOn Monday, September 13, 2010, Rafael Nadal won his ninth Grand Slam title, beating Novak Djokovic on court at Flushing Meadows in the final of the US Open, the only major title which still eluded him.At just 24 years old, the Majorcan’s record-breaking run continued as he became the youngest player of the Open Era to win all four Grand Slam tournaments.For the third time in a row, he held the winner’s trophy aloft with his Richard Mille on his wrist.An ultimate watch, an extravagance, entirely in keeping with the great champion who wears it–The RM 027 Tourbillon boasts a few achievements of its own: the lightest mechanical watch ever designed and the first watch to be worn by a player in a Grand Slam. Once again Richard Mille has created a watch which represents the ultimate in luxury but is also light, extremely shock resistant and truly comfortable on the wrist, all values integral to the Richard Mille concept.The brand also took a deliberate risk in putting the watch to the ultimate test of a top-level tennis match. Everything in this watch is a feat, a technological accomplishment… And nothing has been left to chance. Years have been spent in research, and the use of innovative materials such as LITAL® for the moving parts and a carbon-based composite for the casing have resulted in a mechanical tourbillon watch weighing approximately 20 grams, strap included.Months of experimenting and countless tests on the arm of Rafael Nadal, who fully participated in designing and developing the model, were necessary to refine and perfect this ultra-technical model which can withstand the most violent of blows.After Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Rafa has triumphed at the US Open and chalked up another victory with his RM 027 on his wrist.www.richardmilleusa.comlast_img read more