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‘I SQUIRM WHEN PEOPLE CALL ME BRAVE’ – CANCER BATTLER MAJELLA

first_imgCancer survivor Majella O’Donnell has said she does not feels she deserves all the praise she gets in confronting her illness.Majella’s ‘selfie’Majella had her hair shaved live on the Late Late Show last September after discovering she had breast cancer and was to undergo treatment.She raised a staggering €600,000 for the Irish Cancer Society and has since undergone a double mastectomy operation. But Majella insisted “I feel a little bit like I don’t deserve all the accolades I’m getting because for me, it was a simple thing to do.“When people say ‘You’re brave’, or “you’re this or that”, I squirm a bit and think: “I’m not really, that’s just me.”“If I’m bald and look ugly, I don’t really care what anybody thinks.”Majella, wife of singer Daniel O’Donnell, was recently pictured taking part in the selfie craze which encouraged women to donate cash as they went without make-up. But Majella revealed she had one up on some women as she posed for her own selfie.“I have to admit that I’m not a big make-up person. Most of the time I don’t wear make-up. I usually wear it when I’m going out.“I’m not one of those people who has to put it on first thing in the morning, I actually can’t be bothered with it,” she said. ‘I SQUIRM WHEN PEOPLE CALL ME BRAVE’ – CANCER BATTLER MAJELLA was last modified: April 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:cancerdonegalMajella O’Donnellmake-upSelfielast_img read more

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Trio to feature on Wembley Arena bill

first_imgSteve O’Meara, Mitchell Smith and Gary Corcoran will return to Wembley Arena in another Frank Warren-promoted show scheduled for 15 June.The trio, whose respective opponents are yet to be confirmed, recently recorded victories at the same venue on the undercard of Nathan Cleverly’s world title defence against Robin Krasniqi.O’Meara [pictured above] overcame cuts to grind out a points decision against the rugged Chas Symonds.Smith had a great win at Wembley.It was the Shepherd’s Bush-born light-middleweight’s first outing since unsuccessfully challenging for the Commonwealth title last year.Harrow Weald’s exciting super-featherweight prospect Smith, 20, impressed with a first-round stoppage, while Wembley light-welterweight Corcoran, 22, extended his own unbeaten professional record.Next month’s bill will be headlined by a heavyweight clash between Londoner Dereck Chisora and highly-rated American Deontay Wilder, whose recent demolition of Audley Harrison prompted the former Olympic champion to announce his retirement.See also:Smith dazzles Wembley with quick winO’Meara overcomes cuts to secure winHarrison humiliated by hot prospect WilderAudley announces retirement from boxingYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Agrarian distress in Madhya Pradesh continues to claim lives

first_imgThe agrarian distress in Madhya Pradesh continued to claim lives, with at least two debt-ridden farmers allegedly committing suicide in the last 48 hours, including one from Jajna village which falls under the Budhni Assembly constituency which Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan represents. As the political temperatures rose, Congress’s Madhya Pradesh heavyweight Jyotiraditya Scindia and Gujarat’s Patel quota stir spearhead Hardik Patel were turned back by the police before they could enter Mandsaur, the hub of the recent farmers’ agitation. Political leaders and social activists have continued to make futile attempts to visit Mandsaur despite peace having returned there. The Chief Minister, who came under severe attack from the Opposition following the agrarian unrest, had called off his fast on Sunday, 28 hours after its launch, claiming peace had been restored.Congress MLA bookedIn a related development, Congress MLA Shakuntala Khatik was booked for allegedly inciting people to set ablaze a police station, amid violent protests by farmers last week.Dulchand Kheer (55), a resident of Jajna village, Rehti tehsil in Sehore district, consumed some poisonous substance on Monday. “The circumstances surrounding his death is a matter of investigation,” Pankaj Geete, SHO of Rehti police station, said. The police registered a case on Tuesday.The farmer was having a debt of ₹6 lakh, alleged the Madhya Pradesh unit of the Aam Aadmi Party, whose leaders visited the family. He incurred a bank debt of ₹4 lakh and a debt of ₹2 lakh from Sahukars (local businessman), alleged Alok Agrawal, State president of the AAP. The farmer owns nine acres.Makhan Lal Digolia, a 68-year-old farmer of Bahiravpur village in Hoshangabad district, hanged himself from a tree on Tuesday. His son Rakesh Lohwanshi alleged that his father had taken a loan of ₹7 lakh from local moneylenders and had also sold nearly 7 acres in the past two years to repay the escalating interests. “My father was very depressed about the loan repayment,” he told media persons. On Sunday, Mr. Chouhan announced a slew of measures to end the farmer unrest that claimed five lives in police firing since violent protests broke out last week.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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‘This is not an election just to decide Amritsar seat’

first_imgAfter being named by the BJP as its candidate for the Amritsar Lok Sabha constituency on Sunday, Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister of State (independent charge) Hardeep S. Puri spoke to The Hindu. Let’s start with the announcement on Sunday. Was this something you were interested in and was it being discussed within the party for some time? What is your reaction to it?The best way I can answer that question is to say that my position all along has been that this is a call that the party has to make and I have maintained that if the party decides that a particular member in the Council of Ministers, serving as a Rajya Sabha MP should contest a Lok Sabha seat, then, well, that’s a call, a decision, that the party has to make and as a karyakarta (worker) I would abide by it. That is the short and absolutely straight answer.Amritsar is a seat that the BJP lost in 2014, when Arun Jaitley contested, and in the 2017 by-election, after holding the seat from 2004 to 2014. Do you see this as a challenging seat?Look, any election is challenging. And each election, in every five-year cycle or otherwise, has a dynamic that is entirely specific and particular to that context. What happened in Mr. Jaitley’s case has been the subject of much speculation… I think we were facing a certain anti-incumbency. I don’t think that is a reference point. Mr. Jaitley has always been a very close friend of mine, a well-wisher, and I am very sure that even in the context of the 2019 election, he must have had an important role to play in my being nominated to that seat. By dint of sheer professional training, I don’t like making assessments on prospects without doing due diligence, but I can share with you, with confidence, that I think people are aware of the fact that this is not an election just to decide who will represent Amritsar, but this is also an election that will determine the nature and shape of the Central government for the next 5 years and I think the BJP-led NDA is going into these elections with a very positive agenda. In so far as Amritsar is concerned or the three seats the BJP is contesting in Punjab, I have absolutely no doubt that we will win all three. I will give the electorate of Amritsar sufficient opportunity in terms of what I stand for, in terms of my own track record, and more than that, what I plan to do for the city of Amritsar in the next five years. I will place before the electorate of Amritsar a vision document…There were reports of friction in the BJP-SAD alliance and that the Akalis wanted the Amritsar seat.I would be surprised that in any alliance and in any system of democratic functioning, people aren’t jostling. This is a prestigious seat and it’s also guru ki nagri (holy city). So if somebody says in place of the three seats you have, I’ll take this, I wouldn’t hold it against them.What kind of connect do you have with Amritsar? How do you think people will receive you vis-à-vis a local?What would you rather have? You have a choice between somebody who is a local but is unlikely to be a member of the Central government and you have another person, who also looks roughly the same, wears a turban and is as much of a proud Sikh, who has connections with Amritsar, except that he hasn’t spent his life there. I joined the foreign service in 1974, went to Delhi University and had schooling in different parts of the world… But I have in the last one year visited Amritsar dozens of times. I started visiting Amritsar at the age of eight. My grandfather was among those who survived the massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. Now, I would have thought that what is important is to elect somebody who can represent the constituency more effectively and who can carry that into the government so that Amritsar’s work gets higher priority, notice and attention.What will be the broad themes of your vision document for Amritsar?Urban infrastructure and particularly tourism infrastructure for multiplying the earnings from tourism. Amritsar has been deindustrialised for factors that may not be in our control. There are consequences to being a border State. You may not be able to change that, but you can step in and attract more foreign direct investment. You can make sure that Punjabis and Sikhs who have an emotional bond with Amritsar will invest in industries. There is a locational disadvantage, but you can provide incentives. Another area from my point of view is education; international connectivity is another issue. The bottom line is that I look forward to being the voice of Amritsar in Delhi and I want to give people that choice.last_img read more

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‘The job’s not done’: Raptors reset, as NBA Finals loom

first_img‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 There is a clear back-to-work vibe coming from the Raptors as they get ready for Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the two-time defending champion Golden State Warriors on Thursday night in Toronto. There was some reveling late last week for an hour or two after winning the Eastern Conference title, but that feeling is nowhere to be found anymore.“We know that we accomplished some great things,” Raptors guard Danny Green said. “But the job’s not done.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTS Palace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhen the Raptors won the East, after the on-court celebrations and a few moments back in the locker room, someone got the brilliant notion to take the silver conference-championship trophy to what’s known as “Jurassic Park” — the outdoor area usually called Maple Leaf Square, unless the Raptors are playing.So, with players flanked by security and Drake — of course — Kyle Lowry carried the trophy out through an arena concourse long after the game was over on Saturday night, past hundreds of lingering fans who tried to get hugs and photos, and the group eventually made their way toward the outdoor stage. Most fans were gone by then, and the party didn’t last long. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew “If there was ever a time I thought maybe a disastrous moment could happen, it was then,” Nurse said. “But man, we played great. Totally outplayed them. We played tough. We didn’t win the game but I thought we outplayed them almost all the way through. We just didn’t get the ball to bounce our way. We might have used a couple bounces a couple days earlier. But again, that just showed me our team was capable of kind of keeping their emotions in check.”They’ll need to be that way again Thursday night.Fred VanVleet doesn’t think it’ll be a problem.“None of us in October and July and June of last year were working out thinking about the conference finals,” the Raptors’ backup guard said Tuesday. “Obviously, it’s a great accomplishment, and we’re happy to be taking that next step. But you want to win a championship. You want to win the whole thing. It’s not about just making it to the finals.”The arena will be electric for Game 1. Jurassic Park will be rocking yet again. But the quick little trophy parade through the halls and stairwells of Scotiabank Arena — one where Green revealed on his podcast earlier this week that reserve OG Anunoby was inadvertently decked in the eye by a celebrating fan, and where Leonard needed two security staffers to clear his path — will be long forgotten by the Raptors when Game 1 rolls around.“I think everybody understands that,” Raptors center Marc Gasol said. “You get to kind of soak it in and enjoy that moment and after that night, the next morning, it’s on to the next challenge.”Everyone knows what that challenge is, too.The Warriors are coming.“I think along this little playoff run there’s been some critical, critical games,” Nurse said. “There’s been some ups and downs, and again, I know I keep (sounding like a) broken record, but we’re just trying to take what’s in front of us. And right now, it’s Game 1.” Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard hoists the trophy after the Raptors defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 100-94 in Game 6 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals Saturday, May 25, 2019, in Toronto. The Raptors advanced to the NBA Finals. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The parade that the Toronto Raptors enjoyed last week was an impromptu and quick one.A chance at the real parade awaits.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES Neymar leaves Brazil training with knee pain By Sunday, Lowry had shifted his focus to the finals anyway.“Pretty much,” Lowry said. “It’s a big task at hand. We know we’ve got a good team, and we’ve got to be focused every single possession. They’re all going to be massive in this series.”Handling this moment is sure to be a challenge for the Raptors, since most of the players on Toronto’s roster haven’t been to the finals before.If there is a silver lining there, it’s that Toronto has already dealt with the mood-swing pendulum in these playoffs.The most worried Raptors coach Nick Nurse has been about a game so far this postseason was Game 1 of the East finals at Milwaukee — a game that came a couple days after Kawhi Leonard’s buzzer-beating jumper hit the rim four times before dropping in and giving Toronto a win in Game 7 of the East semifinals against Philadelphia.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir forget ugly fights, share a joke at training

first_imgVirat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir decided to bury the hatchet and shared a laugh during India’s training session on the eve of their second Test against New Zealand at the Eden Gardens. (Lukewarm response to second India vs New Zealand Test at Eden Gardens )Gambhir returned to the national team after two years following a hamstring injury to Lokesh Rahul. Coach Anil Kumble was reportedly adamant on Gambhir after the Delhi southpaw’s consistent run at the Duleep Trophy. (Gambhir’s spats with Virat Kohli)Kohli and Gambhir, both players from Delhi, were believed to be at loggerheads. The two had been involved in two ugly public spats during the Indian Premier League.In fact, once Gambhir, who leads the Kolkata Knight Riders and Kohli, who captains the Royal Challengers Bangalore, had to be separated by players on the field after a particularly nasty argument. (Great opportunity for Gautam Gambhir to seal India spot: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)However, Kohli has matured as a captain and is a respected leader in the side. He would have undoubtedly extended an olive branch to his senior state teammate. Kohli has so far overseen eight victories in 18 Tests as captain.It remains to be seen whether Gambhir, who has nine hundreds from 56 Tests, gets a chance to take on the Black Caps. India also have the option of playing Shikhar Dhawan, who has been going through a bit of a lean patch recently.#TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli sharing a laugh with @GautamGambhir & @Wriddhipops during the training session – @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/vtUDpgwfaVadvertisement BCCI (@BCCI) September 29, 2016last_img read more

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Readers’ choice: The top 10 articles of 2018

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology, Design Methods, IoT “uyffk” 1 thought on “Readers’ choice: The top 10 articles of 2018” Joana says: As we typically do at year’s end, we recall the most-read articles of the year. 2018’s list reflects the industry’s continued interest in security and growing fascination with artificial intelligence, but demonstrates how core topics such as RTOS features and embedded design lead the way. So here are the top 10 articles as determined by readership. If one of your favs is missing, tells us in the comments below.Event flag groups: utility services and data structuresColin continues his RTOS Revealed series with more on event flag groups and their use in an RTOS.Flash 101: NAND flash vs NOR flashEmbedded system designers must take into account many considerations when selecting a Flash memory for their systems. This article series discusses these considerations, beginning in this article with the differences between NOR Flash and NAND Flash.Applying machine learning in embedded systemsMachine learning has evolved to become a practical engineering method if approached with a suitable appreciation of its associated requirements and current limitations — and it’s more accessible than you might think.A peek inside amazon FreeRTOSAmazon FreeRTOS simplifies cloud integration but the documentation doesn’t provide a clear picture on what is going on. In this post, we take a peek inside Amazon FreeRTOS to see what we can expect from this Amazon Web Services offering.You think your software works? prove it!Formal methods have been quietly moving from the research lab into mainstream software development, especially in high-assurance systems. Using these methods isn’t an “all or nothing” choice: Developers can use them at various levels, introduce them incrementally into an existing project, and combine them with code written in languages such as C or C++.The hacker’s nightmare cipherHere’s a devilish lightweight encryption method for “hex” coded programs that almost makes us feel sorry for the hacker.A fresh look at embedding a web serverAs an embedded engineer, chances are that you have already worked on an embedded web server and have an understanding of the HTTP protocol or even AJAX and REST protocols. Still, traditional methods for transferring data between the browser and device may not be the best option.How embedded projects run into trouble: jack’s top ten – number tenDavid Letterman had his top ten list that he ran through each night. I, too, have a top ten list, but it is a compendium of how embedded projects go wrong. I’ll tease you, gentle readers, by going through it one item per week.Achieving memory safety without compromiseA new generation of safe programming languages is leaving garbage collectors and runtimes behind, delivering memory safety and control.Machines can see, hear and analyze thanks to embedded neural networksThe emergence of specialized processors and software opens up the possibility of developing embedded systems that are AI capable and moving more of the power of AI from the cloud to edge. Continue Reading Previous ROHM: ultra-compact contactless current sensor featuring minimum power lossNext CAT scans show lithium-ion battery thermal runaway Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Log in to Reply January 7, 2019 at 8:22 pm last_img read more

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a month agoJones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguire

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Jones heaps praise on new Man Utd teammates Wan-Bissaka and Maguireby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the lovePhil Jones has heaped praise on new Manchester United teammates Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.The pair have slotted straight into Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice defensive line-up and Jones thinks both players have enjoyed a great start to life at Old Trafford.“Aaron’s come in and settled in well and, likewise, Harry. He carries a bit more experience than Aaron but they’ve helped a lot,” Jones told Inside United.“Aaron’s up and down [the pitch], his tackling’s probably some of the best I’ve seen, and no one wants to go past him. You see players now stopping, turning around and going the other way, so that’s a credit to him.“Harry’s got the international experience. He’s a big, strong defender who has helped us and I’m sure he’ll be a great addition going forward.” last_img read more

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17 days agoEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FC

first_imgEverton hero Howard part-owner in Dagenham & Redbridge FCby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Everton and Manchester United goalkeeper Tim Howard is part-owner of Dagenham & Redbridge FC.Howard, 40, who made 414 appearances for the Blues across a decade-long stint between 2006-16 – more than any other player from outside the British Isles – played the final game of his professional career on Sunday in Colorado Rapids’ 3-1 defeat to Los Angeles.With his playing days now over, Howard looks poised to be casting his eyes back across the Atlantic on a more regular basis to National League club Dagenham & Redbridge where he has been part of their US-based Trinity Sports Holdings ownership team for the past year, says the Liverpool Echo.The club, who were only formed in 1992 after a merger between Dagenham FC and Redbridge Forest, spent nine years in the Football League between 2007-16 but are currently in the National League and finished 18 out of the 24 clubs in the division last season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Canada US see common ground on autos as threeway NAFTA talks resume

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada and the U.S. agreed Tuesday that one of NAFTA’s most significant hurdles — defining the content rules of North American autos — may have been resolved by Monday’s side deal between the Trump administration and Mexico.The White House is calling on Canada to endorse what President Donald Trump has described as the North America Free Trade Agreement’s replacement, by the end of the week. Trump has already rebranded it the “United States-Mexico trade agreement.”Top members of Canada’s negotiating team made an abrupt return Tuesday to NAFTA talks in Washington, where they face stiff pressure from Trump to join the deal his administration struck earlier in the week with Mexico.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who cut short a week-long diplomatic trip to Europe to travel to Washington, met Tuesday with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. It was her first in-person NAFTA meeting with Lighthizer since the spring.After their one-hour meeting, Freeland told reporters that over the coming days, the negotiating teams would search for new areas of compromise — but she declined to answer direct questions on what could be on the table for Canada.“Some positions have moved since the last time we met face to face and we’ll be looking closely at what those changes are and what they mean for Canada,” said Freeland, who credited Mexico for making “tough decisions” to compromise on labour as part of its auto rules of origin talks with the U.S.The U.S. and Mexico agreed workers earning at least $16 an hour should make 40 per cent to 45 per cent of autos. They also agreed that 75 per cent of automobile content would come from within North America, an increase from the current 62.5 per cent.“The fact that that agreement, on those difficult issues for Mexico, was able to be reached definitely clears the way to have significant, substantive and, I hope, productive conversations with the U.S. this week,” said Freeland, who called it the autos deal a positive for high-wage countries like Canada and the U.S.She was scheduled to meet later Tuesday with her Mexican counterpart, Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo.Freeland said officials will delve deeply into specific issues Wednesday.A Globe and Mail report late Tuesday, which cited unnamed sources, said Ottawa was prepared to make concessions to Washington on Canada’s protected dairy market. The report said it’s part of the effort to save an important NAFTA dispute-settlement system, maintain safeguards for cultural industries and avert tougher pharmaceutical patent protections.Canada tried to offer more dairy market access to the U.S. during NAFTA talks in May, but the U.S. refused, the report said.The Trudeau government has long insisted it will defend Canada’s supply-managed dairy sector.Earlier in the day, both Larry Kudlow, the director of Trump’s National Economic Council, and U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross turned up the heat on Canada’s negotiators during televised interviews.Serious differences remain on other issues, including the dairy sector, how to settle disputes and a U.S. proposal for a sunset clause.But Ross also told the Fox Business Network program “Mornings With Maria” that the American and Mexican progress on autos would be palatable to Canada.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signalled agreement.“There’s been some very positive progress particularly on autos and we’re glad to be engaging as we have been,” he told reporters Tuesday in Longueuil, Que.Trump himself has threatened automotive tariffs that would cause considerable damage to both economies if Canada declines to join the U.S.-Mexico deal.He also warned he would terminate the 24-year-old NAFTA, a treaty between Canada, the U.S. and Mexico that has been economically significant for the continent.For the last five weeks, Ottawa has watched from afar as Canada’s two continental partners moved forward with one-on-one trade talks of their own.“We have been encouraged by the progress made by our NAFTA partners over the past weeks,” Trudeau said.“This was an important step to moving forward on renegotiating and improving NAFTA.”The U.S. and Mexico also agreed on issues such as intellectual property, digital trade, labour, financial services and Mexico’s de minimis threshold for duty-free online sales that cross borders.In addition, the new deal would expire after 16 years with reviews every six years, a senior U.S. administration official said Monday during a briefing. Canada had rejected an earlier U.S. proposal that NAFTA 2.0 be renegotiated — or sunsetted, in trade lingo — every five years.Trudeau sidestepped a question about the new version of the sunset clause in the U.S.-Mexico deal.Trump, who has called NAFTA a “rip off” for the U.S., called Monday’s announcement a big win.He then delivered his ultimatum to Canada.“One way or the other, we have a deal with Canada,” Trump said from the Oval Office, where he was joined on a speaker phone by Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.“It will either be a tariff on cars, or it will be a negotiated deal; and frankly a tariff on cars is a much easier way to go, but perhaps the other would be much better for Canada.”For Trump, striking a new trade deal with Mexico — and possibly Canada — would be welcomed as a political win for Republicans ahead of the crucial U.S. midterm elections this fall.Mexico would like to seal a new trade agreement before the incoming government of president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador takes office Dec. 1.— With files from Mike Blanchfield in Ottawa and Peter Rakobowchuk in Longueuil, Que.— Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitterlast_img read more

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