Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentDespite the signing of the new trade agreement among the United States, Canada and Mexico Nov. 30, work remains as the focus now shifts to Congress and its ratification. The new free trade agreement that took more than a year of intense negotiations among the three partners to come to fruition.Officially called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) but dubbed NAFTA 2.0, the agreement must be voted on by each country’s legislative body before it takes effect.“Agricultural exports to Canada and Mexico increased from $8.9 billion to $39 billion under NAFTA,” said American Farm Bureau President Zippy Duvall. “In every way, this new agreement is just as good, if not better than, the one that came before.”According to AFBF, several provisions in the agreement will have significant impacts on the agriculture industry:USMCA will provide new market access for dairy and poultry products in Canada and maintains the zero-tariff platform on all other ag products and on all ag products to Mexico.Canada agreed to end its Class 7 pricing scheme.U.S. dairy products gain access to an additional 3.6 percent of Canada’s dairy market.Canada agreed to treat wheat imports the same as domestic wheat for grading and pricing, and Mexico and the U.S. agreed that all grading standards for ag products will be non-discriminatory.USMCA is the first free trade agreement for the U.S. that includes measures that address cooperation, information sharing, and other trade rules related to biotechnology and gene editing. There also are provisions that enhance science-based trading standards among the three nations as the basis for sanitary and phytosanitary measures for ag products, as well as progress in the area of geographic indications.However, Duvall cautioned that there is still work to be done between the three countries to make the agriculture industry whole.“As good as all this news is, farmers and ranchers still face retaliatory tariffs over steel and aluminum disputes with our North American neighbors and other trading partners,” he said. “We urge the administration to redouble its efforts to come to an agreement on those outstanding issues so we can regain the markets we had not long ago.” Leave a Comment
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Fans began arriving at Jurassic Park outside the arena in the morning. There were lengthy lines at the arena entrances hours before the game, with some of the few fans who weren’t wearing Raptors red sticking to their original purple uniform with the dinosaur logo.Rapper and Raptors global ambassador Drake sat in his courtside seat wearing a Curry No. 30 jersey. That’s Dell Curry, Stephen’s father who finished his career with the Raptors.”We just got to continue to be ourselves…”After scoring a #NBAPlayoffs career-high 32 PTS, @pskills43 talks over the @Raptors Game 1 win! #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/sP19BlHS8d— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2019The Raptors introduced Dell Curry and some of their other former players after the first quarter, a group that included perennial All-Stars such as Tracy McGrady and Chris Bosh.But it wasn’t until they went out and got Leonard in a trade with San Antonio that Toronto was finally good enough to get to the NBA Finals.He wasn’t the dominant force he was in the first three rounds, when he averaged 31.2 points. But he had eight rebounds and five assists in his first NBA Finals game since winning MVP of the 2014 championship with the Spurs.🔥 @pskills43 (32 PTS, 14-17 FGM) makes 11 CONSECUTIVE field goals, lifting the @Raptors over GSW in Game 1 of the #NBAFinals presented by @YouTubeTV! #WeTheNorth Game 2: Sunday (6/2), 8:00pm/et, ABC & TSN pic.twitter.com/R3TvX8C2mg— NBA (@NBA) May 31, 2019DeMarcus Cousins made it back from a torn left quadriceps to come off the bench in his first NBA Finals game, but the Warriors remained without Kevin Durant, the MVP of the last two NBA Finals. He traveled to Toronto but it’s unclear if he’ll play before the series returns to the Bay Area, with Kerr saying he would have to go through a practice first.The Warriors had won every game since he got hurt in the second round but sure missed him against the Raptors, who are on a roll after falling behind 2-0 to Milwaukee in the Eastern Conference finals.TIP-INSWarriors: Cousins finished with three points in eight minutes. … Draymond Green had his fifth triple-double of the postseason with 10 points, 10 rebounds and assists, but shot just 2 for 9. … Golden State had a 12-game winning streak in Game 1s snapped. … Curry’s four 3-pointers gave him a record 102 in the NBA Finals and he was also 14 for 14 from the free throw line.Raptors: Danny Green went 3 for 7 from 2-point range after he was just 4 for 23 in the conference finals. … The Raptors improved to just 4-15 in Game 1s.UP NEXTGame 2 is Sunday night. “I think they were into it and that’s the way it should be, man,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “That’s what home court is, and our fans deserve a bunch of credit for being a big part of that.”Stephen Curry scored 34 points and Klay Thompson had 21 for the Warriors, who had won all four Game 1s in the last four years. All those had come at home, but this time Golden State doesn’t have home-court — or home country — advantage.Game 2 is Sunday night in Toronto, which is hosting an NBA Finals game for the first time after the Raptors entered the league as an expansion team in 1995.When the Spice hits ya hard 🌶️ pic.twitter.com/c7ZOrsQpXm— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (43) blocks a shot by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Thursday, May 30, 2019, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Pascal Siakam scored a playoff career-high 32 points and the Toronto Raptors won the first NBA Finals game played outside the U.S., beating the Golden State Warriors 118-109 on Thursday night.The Raptors hardly looked like newcomers to the NBA’s biggest stage, controlling the action most of the way against a Golden State team beginning its fifth straight NBA Finals appearance.ADVERTISEMENT New era for James-Wade in high school link-up of eldest sons The Raptors were perhaps a little jittery at the start, with Kyle Lowry firing a pass well out of bounds on their first possession.But they quickly settled in afterward, building a 10-point lead by halftime.Siakam then went 6 for 6 in the third quarter to keep Golden State from gaining much ground, and the Raptors kept their lead around double digits for much of the final quarter, countering every attempt the Warriors made to catch up.“I thought we made a good effort in the second half, got back in the game. Our guys did some good things, but made too many mistakes to actually go ahead and win the game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said..@pskills43 heard you, Canada. #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/VG7ludtnM0— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019All four of the Warriors’ previous finals were against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, and they struggled to figure out a new opponent. Toronto shot 50.6 percent from the field and the Warriors never found an answer for Siakam, the finalist for Most Improved Player who has a nice start for an NBA Finals MVP resume.The player nicknamed Spicy P was red hot, shooting 14 for 17 from the field — and he tipped in his own shot on the last of those misses with 54 seconds to play. Kawhi Leonard added 23 points and Marc Gasol had 20 for the Raptors, fueled by a crowd that couldn’t wait for a party 24 years in the making.Ball game. Raps win! pic.twitter.com/TYECYB87lhFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics— Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) May 31, 2019 View comments
zoom Norway-based shipping company Songa Bulk ASA is contemplating a tap issue in order to use the net proceeds for the acquisition of additional dry bulk vessels.The target amount is USD 18 million in the senior secured bond Songa Bulk ASA 17/22 FRN USD C, with a maturity on June 13, 2022.The current outstanding amount is USD 120 million and the borrowing limit is USD 150 million.Following a successful tap issue, the company said it will not carry out any additional tap issues.The company revealed it is also in the process to dispose of one of its Supramax vessels. When concluded, the sales proceeds will be used for further vessel acquisitions, Songa Bulk said.Songa Bulk has recently bought a number of second-hand vessels, prompted by attractive prices in the dry bulk sector. Earlier this week, Songa Bulk entered into an agreement to acquire a 2012-built Kamsarmax. The latest acquisition brings the company’s fleet to 15 vessels, which resulted in an investment worth USD 279.6 million.
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook O’Connell was born in Manhattan but seems Canadian because: he’s super nice, even while being interviewed on the phone at 1 a.m., his time; his favourite TV show is “Schitt’s Creek”; and when he’s not working in Canada, he’s working with Canadians.The 44-year-old made his film debut in 1986 as one of the young lads scrambling across railway tracks in Rob Reiner’s memorable feature “Stand By Me.” Among his co-stars: a young Kiefer Sutherland.O’Connell was in Toronto for three of his teen years shooting the CTV comedy “My Secret Identity.” He was cast opposite Second City veteran Derek McGrath, who, as O’Connell points out, is from the northern Ontario town of Porcupine, near Timmins.It was during those “My Secret Identity” years that O’Connell started identifying with the Canadian anthem. “You go to enough Leafs games, Jays games and Argo games, you pick it up.”He sang it loud and proud last fall with a children’s choir on the ice at an OHL North Bay Battalion game. “That night we went out after the game to a bar,” he says. “The whole crew was critiquing my performance of the national anthem. They said I was drowning out the kids.”Several years after “My Secret Identity,” O’Connell was cast alongside another Canadian, Jill Hennessy, on the U.S. network drama “Crossing Jordan.”“She was born in Edmonton and grew up in Ontario,” says O’Connell, who knows his Canadian towns, cities and actresses.After that series, about 10 years ago, O’Connell was cast in the short-lived U.S. sitcom “Carpoolers” which was created by Bruce McCulloch from “Kids in the Hall.”“I have Bruce McCulloch to thank for this job,” says O’Connell of “Carter.” According to the actor, McCulloch told “Carter” creator Garry Campbell (a former “Kids in the Hall” writer who also has worked on “Kim’s Convenience” and “Less than Kind”) that he should cast the American.“He said, ‘Jerry’s not that reliable but you’ll have fun working with him,”‘ suggests O’Connell. “I’m totally joking — that was a joke. He must have said something positive. I got hired.”O’Connell does squeeze in the occasional job on American soil. He’s in this week’s season finale of “The Big Bang Theory.” As Sheldon’s seldom-seen big brother Georgie, he’s among the guests at the wedding of characters Sheldon and Amy.His nine-year-old twin daughters — big “Young Sheldon” fans — are thrilled dad’s going to be on “Big Bang.” O’Connell is married to actress Rebecca Romijn, who brought the kids to Canada for a visit during the series shoot.O’Connell truly fell in love with North Bay, which, thanks to tax incentives, has become a thriving film and TV production site. He kept running into Billy Campbell, Karine Vanasse and the cast of “Cardinal” while in North Bay, and advocates for a “Carter”-“Cardinal” crossover.“I really do feel like I have a job to do in letting people know that the north is gorgeous and everybody should come up there,” says O’Connell. “Not only is it a beautiful place to shoot, it’s a beautiful place to come visit.”He’s looking forward to returning to the city this week for a special premiere screening of “Carter.”“Everybody who works at Timmy Ho-Ho’s is going to be there. It’s going to be crazy.” How many American TV stars could come up to Canada and belt out our national anthem at a hockey game without a teleprompter?Jerry O’Connell performed the task — without missing a word — while working on his new series “Carter” in North Bay, Ont.If that doesn’t sound honourary Canadian enough, here’s the plot of “Carter,” which premieres Tuesday, May 15, on Bravo: a Canadian actor (O’Connell), who stars in a top-rated American detective series, heads back to his small town in Northern Ontario to escape the phoniness of Hollywood. He reunites with his old pals from high school (played by Sydney Tamiia Poitier and Kristian Bruun) and together they form a crime-solving team. Actors Jerry O’Connell and Sydney Tamiia Poitier are shown in a scene from the television show “Carter.” (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)THE CANADIAN PRESS Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitter
Reliance Communications chairman Anil Ambani with his son Anmol Ambani during Reliance Capital’s annual general meeting (AGM) in Mumbai, on Sept 26, 2016.IANSReliance Communications shares took yet another beating on the stock exchanges on Wednesday, may 31, with the stock trading 8.23 percent lower at Rs 18.40 on the BSE at around 2 pm. The scrip has lost 28 percent in the past five days ever since lenders raised the issue of loan repayment and rating agencies downgrading its debt to “default”. The company’s debt stood at about Rs 45,000 crore as of March 31, 2017.The sell-off and the consequent fall accelerated after credit rating agencies — CARE, ICRA and Moody’s — downgraded its debt programme, citing the company’s financials. “The reasons for these revisions include RCOM’s weak operating performance, high leverage, the weak internal cash flow generation against sizeable debt servicing obligations and delays in debt servicing by the company,” Reliance Communications said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Tuesday, May 30.The free fall in the company’s share price continued despite a statement to repay debt within four months.”Post signing of binding documents for the Aircel and Brookfield transactions, RCOM has formally advised all its lenders that it will be making repayment of an aggregate amount of Rs 25,000 crore from the proceeds of these two transactions, on or before September 30, 2017. The said amount will cover not only all scheduled repayments, but also include substantial pre-payments to all lenders on a pro-rata basis,” Reliance Communications said in a regulatory filing.For the fourth quarter (Q4) ended March 2017, Reliance Communications posted net loss of Rs 966 crore as against a profit of Rs 90 crore in the corresponding period last year.Income fell sharply to Rs 4,524 crore for Q4 from Rs 5980 crore for the year-ago period. “For the first time in over 20 years, the telecom sector registered de-growth in revenues, leading to a reduction in the Government’s share in revenues, sharp drop in operating margins, accompanied by increased interest costs arising from a staggering industry debt burden, and higher depreciation and amortisation charges as a result of higher spectrum purchase costs,” the company said in a statement. A worker cleans a mobile store of Reliance Communications Ltd, controlled by billionaire Anil Ambani, in Kolkata, India, September 10, 2016.Reuters file
Share View the map on the CenterPoint Energy siteMore than 80 CenterPoint Energy linemen and support personnel are heading East Monday morning to assist a fellow utility with anticipated power outages resulting from Hurricane Irma.As the Houston area continues to recover following Hurricane Harvey, CenterPoint Energy says they have ample resources available to continue restoration efforts for customers in Houston who are able to receive power.CenterPoint Energy partners with other utilities in mutual assistance agreements to provide resources during widespread power outage emergencies.
April 7, 2015 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. On February 26, Google dropped a major bomb in a seemingly-casual blog post on mobile-friendly search results. While the engine has always made mobile-readiness and the easy access of information a priority, it has now spelled out that it will use mobile-friendliness as a stronger ranking signal than ever before. It will also increase the presence of relevant app content in the search results.So what does that mean for you? Basically, if you’ve been holding out on implementing a mobile strategy for your business website, it’s time to make this a top priority. Here’s how to do it.Check your site’s mobile-friendlinessGoogle has made it easy to take the first step toward determining whether your site is set to take advantage of these new changes with its Mobile-Friendly Test. Simply open the page, enter your URL and click “Analyze.”Google will then check your site and report whether or not it’s mobile-friendly. If your site qualifies, the tool will also return a screenshot of how your site currently appears on mobile devices.If your site ranks as mobile-friendly, you’re in good shape, though you’ll still want to read through the following recommendations. Just because your current design passes Google’s test doesn’t mean that there aren’t still ways for you to improve or things you’ll want to watch out for if you go through a website redesign in the future.Related: Proceed With Caution: Should Smartphones Come With a Warning?Fixing mobile-friendliness issuesIf your site fails Google’s mobile-friendliness test, the program will report the specific issues that led to this determination.These recommendations will give you a starting place for the changes you’ll want to make to bring your site into compliance. Google also offers a helpful guide to getting started with mobile-friendly websites you can reference to help resolve these issues.However, be aware that the issues Google reports may not be the only factors influencing your website’s mobile usability. For that reason, it’s a good idea to explore all of the following steps to ensure your mobile visitors are as comfortable on your site as your desktop users.1. Is my site responsive?In the past, website developers had several options to create a mobile site version, including custom coding a separate mobile site, deploying device-specific HTML sites based on the vary HTTP header tag, or using a responsive design that automatically adjusted to account for various device sizes.Today, though, there are simply too many different device shapes and sizes for a single static mobile site to fit comfortably on all potential screens. Google’s official recommendation is now to use a responsive website design. Your developer or designer can tell you if your site uses this protocol. Or, if your mobile-friendliness test reports that your mobile viewport is not set (as above) or uses a fixed-width, there’s a good chance your site is not responsive and should be fixed ASAP.2. Are scripts or other services interfering with my site’s usability?If your desktop site makes use of pop-up lightbox scripts, exit intent banners or other similar types of technology, it’s critical that you ensure these programs are able to accommodate mobile users. There’s simply nothing more frustrating than having a banner pop up across your mobile web browser and being unable to close it.At the same time, be sure that your site avoids the use of file types like Flash that either don’t display at all or display incorrectly on some mobile sites. Google’s priority is to get people the information they want, as quickly as possible — and they can’t do that if your files are too difficult to load.Related: April 21 Is Your Last Chance for Mobile Optimization Before ‘Mobilegeddon’3. How easy is it to navigate my mobile site?In addition, remember that what looks good on your desktop website may not work as well on a mobile device. Keep all of the following considerations in mind as you evaluate your site’s mobile-friendliness.Make sure any tap targets are at least 48 CSS pixels tall/wide, and that you have at least 32 CSS pixels of both vertical and horizontal spacing between each tap target. Doing so will prevent inadvertent wrong-page clicks that can frustrate users.Use a base font with a size of at least 16 CSS pixels. Keep the number of fonts used to a minimum and maintain appropriate vertical spacing between rows of text.Adjust any graphic elements on your site that are currently using a fixed width formatting, as this will prevent your content — even when part of a responsive site design — from sizing appropriately for the viewport.Finally, even if you think you’ve set up everything perfectly, test, test and test some more. Use mobile site emulators to view your website in different sizes and layouts. Ask friends and family members to navigate from their digital devices, or invest in paid user testing that’ll record the actions and reactions of anonymous visitors to your mobile site.It may sound like a lot of work to guarantee mobile-friendliness, but it’s a vital part of keeping your visitors happy and maintaining your site’s search visibility.Related: How Microsoft Is Taking on Google on Its Home Turf