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9 months agoSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to grow

first_imgSarri frustration over Chelsea transfer policy continues to growby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri wants two players to arrive at the club this month.The Blues have been linked with AC Milan striker Gonzalo Higuain, who Sarri worked with successfully at Napoli.And the Italian hinted that his demands were not being appeased by the Chelsea board.”As you know very well I am not in control of the transfer market,” he said”In my opinion we need two players, but it’s up to the club. As you can understand, I cannot tell you where [we need to strengthen]. The club knows my opinion.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Hereditary Chiefs of the Wetsuweten Nation in BC say LNG pipeline doesnt

first_imgUni’stot’en Healing Centre in LNG pipeline path. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTNKathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe Unist’ot’en Healing Centre stands among the tall trees more than two hours drive southeast of Smithers, B.C.An impressive three-storey complex surrounded by outbuildings.“It’s a healing facility – not a protest camp,” said spokeswoman Freda Huson, who lives here with her husband and hereditary Chief Smogelgem (Warner Naziel).A healing centre that just happens to be in the path of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline that will carry natural gas from northeastern B.C. to tanker ships waiting at the Port of Kitimat to sail to Asian markets.When LNG Canada announced the $40-billion pipeline approval in October, it said it had unanimous support from all northern B.C. First Nations.But the hereditary chiefs of the Wet’suwet’en Nation are opposed – even though their elected band council has endorsed the project.“We don’t want their money,” said Chief Na’Moks (John Ridsdale).“We’ve stripped the names from three female hereditary chiefs for supporting the pipeline. A name is more important than money.”(Hereditary chiefs of Wet’suwet’en Nation in northern B.C. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Ridsdale speaks for one of five clans that comprise the nation made up of 22,000 square kilometres of territory between Burns Lake and Kitimat.It’s a stunning terrain, dotted with snow-capped mountains and pristine waterways.Ridsdale and the other chiefs, wearing traditional regalia, are showing their support today.They must pledge to respect the centre’s ways before being allowed to pass a high wooden gate studded with barbed wire.They then sit down to a lunch of fish caught in the Morice River just steps from the front door.They meet two male band members here to detox from substance abuse.“Once people are strong they want to reconnect to the land and protect the territory,” said Huson, who has lived here for 10 years.“You can’t stand up if you’re oppressed; people come here to get decolonized.”One of those men is on video posted to the group’s Facebook page turning back officials from TransCanada Corp.(Officials from TransCanada Corp. were turned away. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)It’s a peaceful rejection but the company will be back – TransCanada has to clear land for the pipeline it plans to begin constructing in the first quarter of 2019.And, sure enough, TransCanada filed an injunction Nov. 27 saying it would try to enter the camp again on Dec. 10.But the Wet’suwet’en believe fossil fuel will poison the land, kill the fish and sicken the wildlife.“The sound of stuff going through the pipe is going to disturb the moose and mountain goats,” said Ridsdale, who noted 23 per cent or about 190 kilometres of the pipeline would run through Wet’suwet’en territory.“That’s about 190 kilometres too much.”APTN Investigates was the first to be allowed access to the camp. Watch Rob Smith’s story here: DefianceRidsdale is proud of their opposition despite the rift it has caused within his community.But he doesn’t criticize other nations – only Wet’suwet’en members who have accepted “millions of dollars in mutual benefit agreements.”“They’ve dirtied their blankets,” he said of the ceremonial shoulder mantles chiefs wear. “That’s greed.”TransCanada said 20 bands along the pipeline route have given their blessing after six years of meetings.Only the hereditary Wet’suwet’en chiefs refused to participate, the company said.(Chief Councillor Crystal Smith of Haisla Nation. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)The neighbouring Haisla Nation also wants to help its hurting people.And use pipeline money to do it.Chief Councillor Crystal Smith said they will build a healing centre with LNG funds.“We want opportunity for our people,” she said standing on the shore of the Douglas Channel.“An opportunity for programming to heal from that past trauma like residential school.”Haisla territory includes the coastal shoreline where TransCanada is dredging to deepen the port to accommodate big ships, which will carry the cargo after it has been liquefied at a new plant to be built here.LNG will set up shop next to Rio Tinto’s aluminum smelter at Kitimat.“That was an opportunity we weren’t a part of,” said Smith, tilting her head towards the smelter’s exhaust plume rising above the thick forest.“It’s a meaningful partnership this time, with environmental standards. LNG treated us like the rightful landowners.”(Home on Haisla Nation. Photo: Kathleen Martens/APTN)Red-and-white lawn signs in support of LNG and its development in northern B.C. pepper Kitamaat Village, the band’s townsite.Along with jobs and funds, Smith said LNG has set a new standard for consultation.She said there were 86 meetings leading up to the project’s permit being awarded.Smith said other industries have come and gone – without remediating the pollution they left behind.She is confident that won’t happen this time.And, she said, hundreds of Haisla band members have left, too, in search of housing, employment and education elsewhere.Now Smith wants to give them something to come back for.Turning serious now, she reveals her common-law husband took his own life five years ago after struggling with mental illness.That has motivated her to put health and wellness at the top of her development list.“I want to change our quality of life,” she said gazing over the water.“I want to make an impact on this generation.”[email protected]@katmartelast_img read more

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Postrecession investments in Canadas auto sector far below the crash report

first_imgTORONTO – Capital investment in the Canadian auto assembly sector since the financial crisis has been nearly cut in half compared with the period before the downturn, a new report says.DesRosiers Automotive Consultants said Wednesday that capital spending for Canada’s motor vehicle assembly industry has averaged $1.2 billion a year for 2010-17.That’s down from $2.3 billion annually on average from 2000 through 2009.Meanwhile, the average new capital expenditures for the parts and accessories industry dropped to $565.9 million from $887.7 million for the same time periods.“Despite small occasional increases in the period between 2008 and 2017 there has been no sustained indication of a return to the heights recorded in the mid to late 90s and late 2000’s,” DesRosiers said.“Canada’s loss of investment market share to Mexico and the southern U.S. over this period has been well documented.”However, DesRosiers noted that investments by truck body and trailer manufacturers have increased on average from $52.7 million for 2000 to 2009 to $82.7 million since 2010.Securing new investments in Canada was a key goal for Unifor during its negotiations with the big U.S. automakers last year.Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler all pledged to invest hundreds of millions in their Canadian operations as part of their agreements with the union.Meanwhile, Unifor members remain on strike at GM’s CAMI assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ont., where the union is seeking to have the location designated the lead producer of the Chevrolet Equinox.Job security at the plant is a key issue, with Unifor seeking to prevent work from being moved to Mexico, where GM also produces the popular sport utility vehicle.The plant saw the loss of hundreds of jobs when GM shifted production of its GMC Terrain from Ingersoll to Mexico earlier this year.last_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,384.59, down 9.36 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Down two cents, or 0.50 per cent, to $3.96 on 9.9 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 15 cents, or 1.39 per cent, to $10.63 on 6.3 million shares.Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 28 cents, or 1.92 per cent, to $14.88 on 5.8 million shares.Klondex Mines Ltd. (TSX:KDX). Miner. Up 17 cents, or 9.71 per cent, to $1.92 on 5.2 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Down 97 cents, or 3.24 per cent, to $28.99 on 5.1 million shares.Husky Energy Inc. (TSX:HSE). Oil and gas. Up nine cents, or 0.53 per cent, to $17.03 on 4.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO). Bank. Up seven cents, or 0.07 per cent, to $96.51 on 1.1 million shares. The bank is taking over a four-storey space in the Toronto Eaton Centre in a bid to attract the high-tech talent it needs to bring ideas to the market quicker. BMO’s plans, unveiled on Thursday, include an “urban campus” that will take over a portion of Sears Canada’s former digs at the mall and house 3,500 employees when it opens in 2021.George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN). Grocer. Up 37 cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $104.12 on 97,878 shares. The grocery chain launched a multi-year transformation plan in its most recent quarter as its profits fell by two-thirds in a difficult year for the company. The plan, which began in November, includes restructuring the organization and simplifying operations, said Luc Mongeau, president of the Weston Foods division. The company’s fourth-quarter profit fell as a result of special items including the cost of a $25 Loblaw gift card program offered as a goodwill gesture to customers for the company’s involvement in an alleged industry-wide price-fixing scheme. Net income attributable to common shareholders dropped to $28 million (22 cents per share), down from $82 million (64 cents per share) a year ago.last_img read more

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Starbucks to train workers on unconscious bias CEO says

first_imgPHILADELPHIA – Starbucks wants to add training for store managers on “unconscious bias,” CEO Kevin Johnson said Monday, as activists held more protests at a Philadelphia store where two black men were arrested after employees said they were trespassing.Johnson, who has called the arrests “reprehensible,” arrived in Philadelphia this weekend after video of the incident gained traction online. He said he hopes to meet with the two men in the next couple of days and apologize face to face. A company spokesman said the men have agreed to a meeting with Johnson, but it was not immediately known when it would take place.“I’d like to have a dialogue with them and the opportunity to listen to them with compassion and empathy through the experience they went through,” said Johnson, who has been CEO for about a year. Stewart Cohen, the lawyer for the two men, said he hopes “something productive for the community” can come out of such a meeting.The incident is a major blow to Starbucks’ image, since the company has promoted its coffee shops as neighbourhood hangouts where anyone is welcome. After a video of the arrests spread online, the hashtag #BoycottStarbucks trended on Twitter.And on Monday morning, about two dozen protesters took over the Philadelphia shop, chanting slogans like, “A whole lot of racism, a whole lot of crap, Starbucks coffee is anti-black.” A Starbucks regional vice-president who attempted to talk to the protesters was shouted down.“We don’t want this Starbucks to make any money today. That’s our goal,” said Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, one of the protest’s organizers and co-founder of the Black and Brown Workers Collective.Over the weekend, demonstrators called for the firing of the employee who contacted police, who arrested the men on Thursday. Starbucks did not respond to a request for comment about the employment status of the manager who called police.Officials have said the officers were told the men had asked to use the store’s restroom but were denied because they hadn’t bought anything, and they refused to leave.Video shows several police talking quietly with two black men seated at a table. After a few minutes, officers handcuff the men and lead them outside as other customers say they weren’t doing anything wrong. A white man identified as real estate developer Andrew Yaffe arrives and tells the officers the two men were waiting for him. An officer says the men were not complying and were being arrested for trespassing.“Why would they be asked to leave?” Yaffe says. “Does anybody else think this is ridiculous? It’s absolute discrimination.”A woman can be heard in the video saying “they didn’t do anything, I saw the entire thing.”Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who met with Johnson on Monday, said the city will review its guidelines on how to respond to future requests for police assistance.Police haven’t announced the names of the men, who were released after the district attorney’s office said there was lack of evidence that a crime had been committed.Asked if the incident was a case of racism, Johnson responded: “Starbucks was built around the concept of a third place where we create a warm and welcoming environment for all customers. What I do know is that did not happen in this instance. And that is what we’re focused on.”Philadelphia-born comedian Kevin Hart had taken to Twitter on Monday to vent about the arrests, saying the company failed to take advantage of an opportunity to call out racial profiling. He says the employee who called police should have been fired.On Sunday he tweeted, “Our city is shining bright like a diamond right now. Please make this situation right.”Seattle-based Starbucks had posted a statement on Twitter over the weekend about the arrests, followed by an apology from Johnson.“Every company makes mistakes, but great companies are the ones that learn from those mistakes and take appropriate action,” Johnson said Monday. “And that’s exactly what I intend to do. We’re reviewing all aspects of this.”_____Pisani reported from New York.last_img read more

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Portugal fetes China risking tension with Western allies

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — While some powerful European Union governments are uneasy about China possibly capturing control of the bloc’s critical energy and transport infrastructure, one of western Europe’s smallest economies is grabbing the opportunity with both hands.Chinese President Xi Jinping is due in Portugal on Tuesday for a 24-hour state visit. The Portuguese government hopes Beijing will invest in the country’s biggest Atlantic port and help expand national energy company Energias de Portugal overseas.France and other EU countries, and the European Commission, have deep misgivings about Portugal possibly signing up to China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative that seeks to link Asia to Europe, saying Beijing’s strategy could help fracture the EU.But Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva says Portugal is “very interested” in the multibillion-dollar infrastructure loan scheme.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Politicising environment

first_imgThe ways in which the environment is exploited while catering to civilisational needs and wants is uncountable. From rocks to riverbeds, groundwater to oil, coasts to alpine forests, water to air, deep-earth mining to depleting ozone layer in the lower stratosphere, the cumulative impact has brought us to the days where Environment concerns & Climate Change have become a regular feature of social discussions. While adhering to the norms of Paris Agreement, which aims at limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees, India, a developing nation, has numerous other environmental commitments that it must take to ensure a green future. With our capital being the most polluted in the world, the commitment to directing efforts towards protecting our environment is non-negotiable. The dystopian sky that Delhi has witnessed on two separate occasions stands as a glaring example of how, through uncontrolled progress, we are digging our own graves. But air is not the only issue. Depleting forest cover, polluted rivers, fragile river banks and coasts, poor waste management, et al, all add to our environmental concerns. While the present dispensation has taken prodigious steps to enhance the country’s infrastructure, it has not taken any concrete step to protect the environment or improve its gradually deteriorating trend. Significant increase in clearances to development projects inside wildlife protected areas bypassing necessary impact studies, from 260 in 2009-13 (under UPA) to 519 in 2014 – 18 (BJP phase), along with proposed policy changes – new forest policy and Coastal Regulation Zone notification that will allow corporate entities to take over land, forest, coast, water – do not augur well for the environment. Development at the cost of environment is a disastrous equation and its implementation will cost us tremendously – though very few realise it. Activists, environmentalists, experts on climate, etc., have been vocal about such intrusion into nature’s boundaries and yet they never make it to the desk of political parties as they rally around the country prior to elections. While conveying their so-called vision to the masses, their focus mainly revolves around the immediate societal needs and issues that will enable them to garner votes. Blaming just the political parties here is also wrong. These parties come up with sops and promises that comprise of prevalent issues which are mainly because of our discontent. Agrarian distress, unemployment, etc., are all prime poll agendas which have been conveyed to these parties by no one but us through our dissent. In the same way, should we advocate our displeasure at the way environment is being exploited manifold, the chances of it being picked up by them are far more. Hence, the blame is partially on us as well. Delhi has been clearly the victim of air pollution which sparked the AAP government to come up with the ambitious odd-even rule to half the number of cars on the capital’s roads and ensure comparatively fewer car-emissions – prime contributor to air pollution. But, even that did not prevent the second spell of hazardous air quality, following which the Graded Response Action Plan was drafted to combat air pollution in severe cases. While GRAP restores the hope of clean air, it is an emergency plan – a cure. How long can or should we rely on emergency plans, especially when all our lives we have heard the age-old saying that ‘prevention is better than cure’? Also Read – A compounding difficultyRecently, Congress in its manifesto for Lok Sabha polls included the environment. It recognised air pollution as a public health emergency. Congress promises to constitute, by law, an independent, empowered, and transparent Environment Protection Authority to establish, monitor and enforce environmental standards and regulations. At the same time, Congress plans on defending and advancing India’s interests in international negotiations on Climate Change and environment. Further, they promise to strengthen the National Clean Air Programme launched by Modi government to reduce particulate matter (PM) pollution by 20-30 per cent in at least 102 cities, including Delhi, by 2024. Congress’s mention of all the relevant environmental concerns in its manifesto definitely earns them brownie points over rivals, however, attracts criticism from experts over superficial promises due to lack of detail. It may enjoy the benefit of this doubt to the extent till it forms a government, should it win. Manifestos are a book of promises and as such the implementation part is where the entire picture changes. BJP’s grand promises and their lacklustre implementation is a testament to this realisation. While the voters may acknowledge the fact that Congress has included the environment in its manifesto when others haven’t – making them unique as of now, they are wary of the fact that it is the implementation of the promises that holds the key to progress and welfare. Mere promises are nothing but empty rhetorics aimed at amassing votes in a contest where everyone wants to run the country.last_img read more

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AAP LS candidates to start filing nominations from April 18 Rai

first_imgNEW DELHI: The AAP Tuesday said its Lok Sabha candidates would file their nominations from Thursday even as uncertainty remained over a possible alliance between the ruling party in Delhi and the Congress. On the other hand after door-to-door campaign at East Delhi, AAP candidate from the constituency observed that 80 per cent of the residents neither know the name of BJP MP Mahesh Girri nor they have ever seen him. Senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the party’s west Delhi candidate Balbir Singh Jakhar would file his nomination on Thursday while Chandni Chowk candidate Pankaj Gupta, East Delhi candidate Atishi and North West Delhi candidate Gugan Singh would file their nominations on Saturday. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn Monday, South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha, North East candidate Dilip Pandey and New Delhi candidate Brajesh Goel would file their nomination, Rai said. He said before filing of nominations, a road show would be taken out by all the candidates and senior party leaders would also participate in it. Meanwhile, AAP East Delhi candidate Atishi alleged that sitting MP from East Delhi Mahesh Girri did not allow the Delhi government to set up a superspeciality hospital at East Delhi. “The MP did not allow the DDA to give us the land and now people throw garbage to that place,” said Atishi. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsShe also said that Girri made a false inauguration of East Delhi campus of IP university but did not do anything later Delhi govt had to interfere. “In the last five years at the meetings of police monitoring committee where he was supposed to represent the area attended only one out of sixty meetings,” alleged Atishi. She also said that the law and order situation at the constituency dropped severely in the last five years and also there have been various caste and communal violence took place at the ground level.last_img read more

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Naidu meets Sharad Pawar again in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telugu Desam Party Chief N. Chandra Babu Naidu on Sunday met Nationalist Congress Party President Sharad Pawar at his residence here. The meeting was part of Naidu’s continued outreach to Opposition party leaders in order to firm up a non-BJP front ahead of the announcement of Lok Sabha poll results on May 23. However, what the two leaders discussed, was not clear. Naidu arrived in the national capital on Saturday evening, after meeting Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow. According to the Telugu Desam Party sources, the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister is likely to meet UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence in evening. On Saturday, before leaving for Lucknow, Naidu held meetings with Congress President Rahul Gandhi, Pawar and Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) leader Sharad Yadav in Delhi. On Friday, he said that all parties, including rival K. Chandrashekhar Rao-led Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), were welcome to join the non-BJP Mahagathbandhan (grand-alliance). The TDP chief also met the Election Commission on Friday and accused it of being biased and pro-government.last_img read more