Do you want what you want so much that you will get up in the lonely hours of the morning to work on it? Are you willing to stop hitting the snooze button on your life to have what you want?Do you want it so badly that you will stay up late into the evening doing the work it takes to have what it is you want? Does your desire to get what you want keep you up at night?Will you abandon the novelties and the distractions and invest your time and energy in moving towards what you really want instead? Are you willing to give it that kind of disciplined focus?Are you willing to learn what you need to learn? Do you want it that bad enough to go back to square one and start over with a different knowledge base? Are you willing to unlearn?Are you willing to scrap what you have always believed and try on new beliefs? Can you delete your self-limiting beliefs and replace them with an empowering set of beliefs that will support you getting what you really want?Are you willing to ignore the cynics, the skeptics, and the critics who will do everything in the power to remind you that what you want isn’t worth fighting for, can’t be achieved, and even if it could be you wouldn’t be the one to achieve it?Do you want what you want bad enough to do the things that make you uncomfortable? Are you willing to stretch yourself more than you have ever stretched yourself?Are you prepared to fail visibly, embarrassingly, and gloriously and rise from the ashes to try again and again? Will you run through this cycle enough times to get what you want?Are you really willing to pay the full price for what you want, whatever the price? Do you understand what that price is?A single “no” answer to any of these questions means you don’t want it bad enough. Now how bad do you want it?
The last-minute inclusion of a fifth former WWE Champion into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract was not enough to deter John Cena. He muscled his way back into the title picture with a monumental win on Sunday.According to report published on www.wwe.com, the Cenation leader bested not only former WWE Champions Chris Jericho, Kane and Big Show but also former champion The Miz, who was named a surprise entrant during the pay-per-view broadcast.Coming out mere hours before the matchs opening bell, The Miz, who has been been away from the ring so that he could star in the WWE Studios’ film “The Marine: Homefront”, pledged to make a “sudden impact”.However, in his way were standing four other former champions, including Cena, who vowed to regain the WWE Championship. He has won the title 10 times previously.Prior to grabbing the briefcase, Cena had to first contend with a formidable field of former champions. The fierce fight witnessed no shortage of highlights. From Jerichos sleeper hold applied high atop the ladder to a super-sized Attitude Adjustment for Show through the Spanish announce table were part of the grand battle.As per the websites, “The huge AA was not what ensured victory for Cena. In fact, the maneuver, which came within the first five minutes of the match, only served to set the tone for a barbaric brawl.”Cena, with impressive feat of strength, truly exhibited herculean power in his first Money in the Bank Ladder Match.advertisementIn the final moments, The Miz scaled the ladder, but met a similar fate. Then, with the drive of a champion, Cena rushed up the ladder and thwarted Shows briefcase grab.Holding the briefcase before his face, Cena used the steel case to block a third WMD from Show that dented the steel. While struggling to fight off Show and take the briefcase, Cena won the guaranteed championship contract in a most unorthodox way.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Facing old rivals the Netherlands for the third time in six months, Germany enjoyed its revenge.The Dutch beat Germany 3-0 in Amsterdam in October and earned a last-gasp draw in the return fixture. Those results helped to relegate Germany from the top tier of the Nations League — further embarrassment after its disastrous 2018 World Cup campaign when it failed to advance from the group stage.Schulz’s winner came just when it looked like his team had let the Dutch salvage a draw from 2-0 down in the Group C game.“We didn’t control the ball and if you can’t exert pressure the game opens up and you see that they have some amazing attackers,” Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman said.Germany had gone six competitive games without a win since beating Sweden at the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s good for the self-belief of this young team,” said Germany coach Joachim Loew. “I can live with criticism. I know what our potential is.”Croatia looked a shadow of the resilient team which reached the World Cup final in July as it lost 2-1 to Hungary in Budapest. Spells of confusion in the Croatian defense are likely to concern coach Zlatko Dalic in a group where four teams look like contenders for two qualifying spots for Euro 2020.FEATURED 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, logisticsElsewhere, Wales started with a tense win over Slovakia, while Belgium and Poland enjoyed comfortable victories.GERMANY’S REVENGE Houston moves into Sweet 16 for first time in 35 years Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag HAZARD’S CENTENARYOne hundred games for Belgium and Eden Hazard is still dangerous.Hazard scored his 30th career international goal in his centenary game as Belgium beat Cyprus 2-0 to tighten its grip on Group I. Michy Batshuayi finished with a goal and an assist as Belgium eased to a routine win to stay top of the group with six points.Valencia winger Denis Cheryshev scored two goals and set up another as Russia bounced back from its opening loss to Belgium on Thursday with a 4-0 dismantling of Kazakhstan.Still mourning last week’s loss to Kazakhstan, Scotland fans had little to celebrate as their team struggled to a 2-0 win over San Marino, the world’s lowest-ranked team. Scotland, which hasn’t qualified for a European Championship since 1996, is still guaranteed a playoff spot thanks to Nations League results.POLAND WINS AGAINPoland took control of Group G with a second straight win, beating Latvia 2-0, while Austria’s qualifying hopes are already looking in doubt.Latvia’s goalkeeper Pavels Steinbors made a string of spectacular saves before Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock in the 76th minute with a header. Kamil Glik scored another header eight minutes later.Austria gave up a 1-0 lead as it lost 4-2 to Israel and is level with Latvia at the bottom of the group with no points from its opening two games. Eran Zahavi scored a hat trick as Israel earned its first win over Austria for 20 years.North Macedonia is level with Israel on four points after drawing 1-1 with Slovenia. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving View comments Google Philippines names new country director Germany’s Nico Schulz, fourth from left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Netherlands and Germany at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Sunday, March 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)Germany is winning again, and Croatia is struggling. The World Cup feels like a long time ago.After a year of problems off the field — and humiliation on it — the new Germany is finally starting to look like the old Germany. Grit, determination and Nico Schulz’s 90th-minute winner earned the Germans a confidence-boosting 3-2 win over the Netherlands on Sunday in a European Championship qualifier.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The challenge now for Loew is to keep the momentum going — after all, the win over Sweden was seen at the time as a much-needed boost after a poor run. It proved a false dawn when Germany promptly lost to South Korea and spectacularly crashed out of the World Cup.Germany’s next opponent, Belarus, lost 2-1 to group leader Northern Ireland which won its second straight group game with an 87th-minute goal from substitute Josh Magennis.CROATIA CREAKINGEight months after reaching the World Cup final, Croatia is unexpectedly struggling.Croatia’s defense was at times overwhelmed by a spirited Hungary team, conceding one goal to a fine passing move masterminded by Balazs Dzsudzsak, and the other after panicky set-piece defending.Since losing the World Cup final to France, Croatia’s results have been wildly inconsistent.A 6-0 loss to Spain in the Nations League, a 3-2 win over Spain soon after and Thursday’s labored 2-1 win over Azerbaijan have highlighted Croatia’s moments of brilliance and its vulnerabilities after losing key players to international retirement and injury.Earlier in the same group, Daniel James’ first international goal gave Wales the lead after five minutes against Slovakia before holding on to win 1-0.“It was a perfect start,” Wales coach Ryan Giggs said, and he was full of praise for the 21-year-old James. “He is a talent, and when you have got that raw pace you are a threat at any level.”Croatia, Hungary, Wales and Slovakia are level on three points in Group E. 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areasBhubaneswar, May 24 (PTI) Western Odisha continued to sizzle under heat wave today though mercury dipped in most of the coastal areas.Titlagarh turned out to be the hottest place in the state at 46.5 degrees Celsius, followed by Hirakud, also located in the western region, at 45.4 degrees Celsius and Bhawanipatna at 45 degrees Celsius, the meteorological centre here said.The mercury stood at 44.5 degrees Celsius at Bolangir, 44 degrees Celsius at Sundargarh, 43.4 degrees Celsius at Jharsuguda and 43.1 degrees Celsius at Sonepur.At least 11 places in the state recorded a high of above 40 degrees Celsius, it said.As many places in the coastal belt experienced rains and thunderstorm last evening, the mercury level dropped to 38.3 degrees Celsius in Bhubaneswar from 40.5 degrees Celsius recorded yesterday.The maximum temperature in neighbouring Cuttack was 37 degrees Celsius, while it was 34.2 degrees Celsius in Balasore and 34 degrees Celsius in Puri.Meanwhile, death toll due to sunstroke remained unchanged at 20, according to Special Relief Commissioners office. PTI SKN KK IKA
LILLE, France — Roger Federer has now claimed all the big prizes on offer in tennis and, for once, will be happy to share his latest trophy with others.Federer ended a week of uncertainty about his aging back with a vintage performance to give Switzerland an emphatic victory over France and its first Davis Cup.His 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Richard Gasquet in the first reverse singles Nov. 23 sealed an unassailable 3-1 lead. That also proved to be the final result, with the final match between Gael Monfils and Stan Wawrinka not played.It took 15 years for the former top-ranked Federer to achieve Davis Cup success after making his debut in the event in 1999. No wonder he looked so emotional after converting his first match point, falling to his knees and lying face down on the court before hugging team captain Severin Luthi and his teammates.“At the end, it’s a tennis match, you feel great emotions. You’re unbelievably happy and relieved,” said a joyful Federer. “We wanted this clearly very badly, especially being up 2-1. You inch yourself closer and closer. Clearly seeing Stan out there, the rest of the team supporting you, gives you an extra push. It was definitely one of the better feelings in my career, no doubt about it. So much nicer to celebrate it all together.”After pulling out of the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London on Nov. 16, Federer’s participation against the French looked in doubt. He hit a ball for the first time on the indoor clay court on Nov. 19 and was a shadow of his former self when he was thrashed by Monfils in the Nov. 21 singles.His form rapidly improved, though, and he was back to his best during Nov. 22nd’s doubles win with Wawrinka that gave the Swiss a 2-1 lead. Federer, who adopted a low profile all week, was full of praise for Wawrinka.His teammate stepped out of Federer’s formidable shadow earlier this year with victory at the Australian Open. He has also been a dedicated Davis Cup player in recent years, while Federer often focused on his personal career.In 2013, Wawrinka led Switzerland to victory in a World Group playoff in the absence of Federer, giving his country a shot at the trophy this year. He also won Switzerland’s first point this weekend by beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.“Stan has put in so much effort over the years and played an unbelievable weekend that gave me the opportunity today,” Federer said.“I’m very much aware of that. This one is for the boys. It’s not for me. I’ve won enough in my career and did not need to tick any empty boxes. I’m just happy for everybody else. I’m happy we could live a great tennis historic moment in our country.”Federer, who spent 302 weeks at the top of the game, shed a few tears before receiving his trophy and enjoying a lap of honor with his teammates. But emotions were not as strong as they were when he won his first Grand Slam title in Wimbledon in 2003.“You can’t compare. When I won Wimbledon, it was a total shock honestly,” he said. “Davis Cup is something that I knew was possible at some stage in my career.“Of course, there was the pressure of being able to manage all this and make everyone happy with all the support we had for the team and everything. So it is a totally different feeling. Also I was not alone on the court. This changes everything.”A favorite of the fans at the French Open, Federer was treated to a hostile reception as he entered the clay court in the converted Pierre Mauroy football stadium on Nov. 23. He was booed during his warmup and large sections of the 27,448 spectators applauded his rare mistakes.It did not prevent him from taking control right from the start. The Swiss hit a 130 mph ace to win his first service game and never looked back.Moving well and varying his backhand shots, Federer gave a tennis master class. Gasquet was overwhelmed in the rallies and struggled to read his opponent’s serve throughout.“He was not unbeatable today, but he only made a few mistakes,” said Gasquet, who replaced the injured Tsonga. “It’s a shame I could not get any break points.”Federer broke in the third game after hitting a subtle forehand half-volley and a stunning forehand passing shot, letting out a resounding “Come On!”He kept piling the pressure on his French rival with aggressive returns and closed out the set by holding at love, having lost just four points on his serve in the whole set.Gasquet was made to pay for his mistakes at the start of the second set and handed another break to Federer when he netted a backhand in the net.The Frenchman gave an incredulous look when Federer hit a superb backhand return to reach 0-30 on Gasquet’s serve in the seventh game before earning three break points with a stunning forehand. Gasquet saved the first, but went long on the second.The 26th-ranked Frenchman fought hard at the start of the third set and came more often to the net, only to be undone by Federer’s pinpoint passing shots.Gasquet finally dropped his serve for the fourth time in the fifth game, surrendering on his backhand after a baseline rally before Federer broke again for a 5-2 lead. Federer then held at love, sealing victory with a drop shot that Gasquet did not chase.(SAMUEL PETREQUIN, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
AUTHORITIES IN UNION COUNTY ARE INVESTIGATING THE ROBBERY OF A NORTH SIOUX CITY CASINO TUESDAY NIGHT.FEW DETAILS ARE BEING RELEASED ABOUT THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED AROUND 11PM AT THE GLASS PALACE, LOCATED AT 211 MILITARY ROAD IN NORTH SIOUX.A MALE SUSPECT ARMED WITH A GUN REPORTEDLY ROBBED THE CASINO.NEITHER THE NORTH SIOUX POLICE DEPARTMENT OR UNION COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT HAS RELEASED INFORMATION OR A SUSPECT DESCRIPTION AT THIS POINT.EMPLOYEES OF THE GLASS PALACE ARE DECLINING TO COMMENT.THE CASINO WAS ALSO ROBBED BY AN ARMED GUNMAN LATE LAST NOVEMBER.PHOTO COURTESY KMEG
Twitter/@theACCDNWatch this video of Army soldier Ryan Otto surprising his wife and four kids at the FSU game and try not to cry.With it being Veterans Day weekend, a lot of schools are finding different ways to honor those who have served and fought for our country. In the spirit of showing respect to those who have served, last night at the Florida State – Boston College game, FSU helped one Chief Military Officer III Ryan Otto give his wife, Jennifer, and their four kids the surprise of their lives.Check it out:What a moment.On this Veterans Day, a soldier surprises his family with the help of @FSU_Football ?? pic.twitter.com/ryipDOfYD7— ACC Digital Network (@theACCDN) November 12, 2016That’s good stuff. And it’s a stark reminder of just one of the sacrifices those in the military and their families make. They don’t have the luxury of seeing each other day in and day out, and a simple “thank you” when you see someone in uniform can go a long, long way.
Jameson Williams is a four-star wide receiver from St. Louis, a fertile recruiting ground for the Ohio State Buckeyes.Unsurprisingly, OSU is the favorite to land him. Over at 247Sports‘ crystal ball, 94-percent of voters have him winding up at OSU. No other team has a vote, 6-percent are undecided.Over the summer, he took a trip to Columbus on June 22. He doesn’t yet have a fall date set.Jameson Williams was set to go to Oregon this weekend, but has canceled the trip.Oregon hosts College GameDay for its match-up with Stanford, so it should be a great atmosphere in Eugene that he will be missing out on.I won’t be taking my Oregon official this weekend anymore..— juiceman (@juicedupjameson) September 18, 2018Buckeyes’ recruiting analyst Jeremy Birmingham floated the possibility of Ohio State swiping the official visit date. OSU welcomes back Urban Meyer to the sideline this weekend, for a game vs. Tulane.Buckeyes top WR target Jameson Williams cancels Oregon official visit. Ohio State would love to see him on campus again. https://t.co/HywTXSx4X9— Jeremy Birmingham (@Birm) September 18, 2018Williams reportedly went to UCLA last weekend. According to 247, he has dates set for Nebraska and Alabama for later in the fall. Those three programs, as well as Ohio State and Oregon, make up his top five.Williams is ranked No. 129 overall in the class of 2019. He is the No. 24 wide receiver, and the second-ranked player in Missouri.The Buckeyes’ top recruit in the class is also a receiver. Five-star Austin, Texas native Garrett Wilson gave his pledge back in April.Ohio State’s class is currently ranked No. 15 in the country, and No. 3 in the Big Ten.
While the rest of the United States’ forests transform from summer hues of green into an autumnal polychrome of oranges, yellows and reds, Colorado chooses to welcome fall in a far more gilded manner. Starting in September, high in the mountains, giant swaths of aspen trees begin to change from gentle green to an explosive gold that turns what is already one of the country’s most beautiful states into an Aurelian dream. Slowly, through the end of October, leafy gold drips from the alpine line, down along ski runs, and rivers into the pastoral countrysides and quaint mountain towns across the Centennial state, turning Colorado’s mountains into a heaping treasure chest.There are dozens of places throughout Colorado where visitors can take in this seasonal wonder. Perhaps the best place to see them is in the town of the same name. Aspen, Colorado, is home to hundreds of thousands of aspen trees that transform against a backdrop of beautiful and dramatic mountains, creating some of the most spectacular vistas.Aspen also sets the Colorado bar when it comes to eating and drinking. High-end eateries and world-class chefs have long been drawn to this exclusive mountain town, which boasts a handful of the country’s best ski slopes and five-star hotels. Here are three spots to watch the leaves change and three Aspen restaurants to eat afterwards.Owl Creek Road and Woody Creek TavernOwl Creek Road sits between Aspen and neighboring Snow Mass and, though not as dramatic as our other views, is lined with beautiful ranches. The golden aspens stretch down to pastures full of stately horses, sweeping ranch homes, and grazing cattle. Where as other spots can be crowded, a drive up Owl Creek Road allows time to stop for photos and really take in the epic landscape.Woody Creek Tavern/FacebookWoody Creek Tavern/FacebookHeading back to town, stop into Woody Creek Tavern. This restaurant was a longtime favorite of famed Aspen resident Hunter S. Thompson. The walls are chaotically decorated with thousands of old photographs, along with Thompson articles and other memorabilia and madness. One sip of a blue agave margarita after a day leaf peeping and the spirit of Gonzo is once again alive. This divvy spot is known for its enchiladas and margaritas — a perfect way to wrap up a day driving through the mountains.Castle Creek Road and Pine Creek CookhouseCastle Creek Road is located just on the outskirts of the town of Aspen as you enter from the west. In addition to taking in the leaves, which grow more and more gold the higher in altitude you go, stop by the ghost town of Ashcroft or spend the morning hiking high above the alpine line to Cathedral Lake.Just before Castle Creek Road turns to dirt (those with big enough cars can press forward), you will arrive to the Pine Creek Cookhouse. This beautiful restaurant overlooks Castle Peak (the ninth highest summit in the Rocky Mountains) and, in the fall, the patio is wrapped in a blanket of gold. Enjoy Kurt Russell’s (yes, that Kurt Russell) Home Ranch Patty Melt or the rainbow trout with cauliflower purée, kale, roasted shallot, oven-roasted tomato, and a lemon caper butter sauce.The Maroon Bells and Pinon’sCome the first of September, the Maroon Bells — known to many as the most photographed mountains in North America — begin to receive dustings of snow. As we creep into September and October, that snow, which remains in the crevasses and creaks of the mountains, is then augmented by the golden fleece of changing aspens. To really bring it home, those snowy mountains fleeced in gold are then reflected back by way of a sub-alpine lake which sits at the mountains’ base. This display is not only one of the most beautiful sights in Colorado or America but, to this humble travel writer, in the whole world.So why not go from Aspen’s natural crown jewel to one of its longest standing culinary institutions? Pinon’s, located in the heart of downtown Aspen, has been a favorite for Aspen’s most sophisticated palates for 30 years. For a starter, try the duck quesadilla with chanterelles, caramelized onion, manchego, and chili aioli. The Freddy Salad is a staple and, for an entrée, consider the Dover sole or rack of lamb. Feeling even bolder? Try the Hudson Valley foie gras served with pineapple, brioche, and aged balsamic vinegar. You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin Editors’ Recommendations 12 Reasons South Dakota Deserves Your Attention Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat The Quietest and Loneliest Roads in America 14 Best Outdoor Stores in the United States
How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleepers Editors’ Recommendations The Best Sheets for Your Bed, from Cotton to Hemp to Linen When you’re heavy-eyed and coffee-less trying to stretch the last corner of your fitted sheet over your mattress, you’re bound to spend a few sleepy seconds wondering why you bother making your bed every morning just to muss them up every night. As tedious a chore as it may seem, making your bed is a valuable routine to adopt, with benefits that go beyond your bedroom. As National Make Your Bed Day (September 11) is here, there’s no better time to take a deeper look at this healthy habit.The WhyThe most obvious benefit of making your bed every day is pretty simple: it looks nice. Like most bedrooms, yours is probably decorated around the bed, making the area where you sleep the focal point of the room. You’re not likely to focus any other room of your house around a messy, chaotic center, so why do so in the room that should be most relaxing? Making your bed neat and tidy makes your whole bedroom an aesthetically pleasing space.The Hayes Nova Charcoal Grey/Crane & CanopyThe benefits of a tidy trundle aren’t all about looks, though. A clean, comfortable bedroom creates a welcoming sleep environment, and a 2012 National Sleep Foundation survey found that people who make their bed every day are 19 percent more likely to report getting restful sleep. A made bed prevents dirt and dander from settling under your sheets, so you can stop lying awake at night wondering what dusty horrors you might be sleeping on.Getting in the habit of making your bed every morning also starts your day with a small sense of accomplishment and triggers you to adopt other healthy habits. Before you know it, your morning sheet-straightening routine could translate to, as The Power of Habit author Charles Duhigg puts it, “better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget.” Plus, it means you won’t have to rush to throw a blanket over your naked mattress every time company comes over.The HowOkay, so making your bed is a great idea. That doesn’t change the fact that it can be painfully tedious, or that fitted sheets are one of the most infuriating and mysterious items known to mankind. Luckily, companies like Crane & Canopy are creating bedding that not only looks and feels luxurious but is also cleverly designed to simplify the chore of making your bed. Combine some of the company’s smart products with a few of our tips and tricks, and you’ll be well on your way to an easy, breezy morning routine.First, go ahead and give up on that top sheet and purchase a sheet set that doesn’t include one. The top sheet just ends up mashed at the foot of the bed every morning, and between tricky duvet covers and confusing fitted sheets, you’ve got enough on your plate.Once that’s taken care of, it’s time to work out some of the kinks in those duvet covers. Sure, they seem simple enough in theory: unzip bottom, insert blanket, and voilà! A perfectly protected comforter. As anyone who has ever tried to put this theory into practice knows, however, the truth isn’t quite so simple. Trying to wrestle a comforter into a traditional duvet cover is, in many ways, like trying to give your cat a bath. Even if you manage to complete the task, you’re likely to give up a lot of pride and patience in the process. Quit making it so difficult on yourself and invest in a much more thoughtful duvet design. Not only does Crane & Canopy’s Hayes Nova duvet cover place the zipper in the center for easier stuffing, it has corner ties to keep your comforter snugly in place and a two-tone design that creates the look of a meticulously made bed without the hassle.At last we come to the true Everest of bed-making: the fitted sheet. Listen, there’s not much we can do about the inherent silliness of fitted sheets. The corners are buckled and stretchy, and the elastic creates an amoeba-like blob that makes finding the right orientation of the sheet almost as frustrating as trying to shove those stupid corners down over your mattress. There is one small, comforting tip we can give you, though: When putting on a fitted sheet, find the tag and place it at the foot of the bed. For queen beds, the tag will be on the right side, and for king beds, it will be on the left. This ensures that you’re putting the sheet on the right way the first time, and you won’t have to wrestle the sheet around to find the correct placement.The Wow FactorNow that you’re armed with some tips to make this new habit simpler (and some facts that make it worthwhile), you’ll want to make sure that your now-clean bed looks as good as it feels. For silky-soft sheets, you don’t need the highest thread count. A 300-400 count will give you a delightfully soft feel, and single-ply cotton or a sateen weave will keep you cozy.The French Blue 400 Thread Count Sheets/Crane & CanopyYou can make playing host or doing laundry a little easier by owning multiple bedding sets, that way you won’t have bare mattresses when it’s time to change out your sheets. Be sure to consider the weather as well — a lightweight blanket is perfect for summer, but you’ll regret not having other options once the harsh chill of winter rolls around.You may feel inclined to dress your crisply made bed in pure hotel whites but beware of making your bedroom look sterile and out of place in your home’s cozy interior. Instead, add pops of color and a variety of textures and patterns to make your bed more inviting. Don’t be afraid to think outside of the set too. Pair a bold duvet cover with patterned shams, then balance out the whole look with simple, solid sheets.Pillows are a great way to add interest to your bedroom, and having a variety of smaller pillows to accessorize with makes it easy to change up your bed’s look. Remember the rule of odd numbers when it comes to pillows; eliminating perfect symmetry makes the whole room feel plush, luxurious, and cozy.It’s time to stop shuffling into a messy bed every night and start embracing the benefits of making your bed. Stock up on clever bedding, keep these helpful tricks up your sleeve and give your mornings a boost with this new healthy habit.Article originally published September 7, 2017. Last updated by Chase McPeak. Best Prime Day Bedding Deals: What to Expect from Amazon in 2019
Improvements to the Municipal Elections Act will make voting easier for Nova Scotians. The proposed amendments introduced today, Nov. 16, will update the act in time for 2012 municipal and school board elections. “The proposed changes will ensure that as many eligible voters as possible can participate in the election process, said John MacDonell, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We’re updating the act to reflect the reality of today’s voters, ensure the voting process is fair and protect the interests of all Nova Scotians.” The act now says single students must vote where the family home is located. The proposed change would allow students to vote where they now live, as long as they meet the three-month residency requirement. “Allowing students to choose whether or not they vote at home or at school is a huge step forward for making young people full and valued citizens within their communities,” said Mark Coffin, executive director, Alliance of Nova Scotia Student Associations. “The old legislation made it very difficult for a young person to participate in local government. This legislation makes it much easier.” Another amendment, requested by the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities, will broaden the provisions for electronic voting. Municipalities, if they wish, may allow for the use of electronic voting without the need for traditional ballots. However, the amended legislation will require municipalities to offer residents another method to vote if they go with Internet voting. “The Town of Windsor used e-voting in the previous municipal elections. E-voting is the way of the future,” said Paul Beazley, Mayor of Windsor. “Not only does it encourage younger people to vote but it allows those who are unable to get out to vote to do so by other means. We want to encourage as many people to vote as possible, in the ways most convenient to them.” Under another proposed amendment, village commissioners and municipal councillors would no longer be able to serve on both organizations at the same time. “We are pleased with the proposed change being brought forward as it will ensure fairness for everyone,” said Lewis Benedict, chair of the Association of Nova Scotia Villages. The province’s 21 villages are all part of rural municipalities, and the potential for conflict of interest exists when people hold both positions. Village commissioners would be required to leave their position before running for municipal council and the same would apply to municipal councillors.
San Francisco: With a new “Augmented Reality (AR) Beauty Try-On feature”, Google-owned video sharing platform YouTube would now let users try on virtual make-up while watching tutorials in real time. “Thanks to machine learning and AR technology, it offers realistic, virtual product samples that work on a full range of skin tones. Currently in alpha, AR Beauty Try-On is available through FameBit by YouTube, Google’s in-house branded content platform,” Aaron Luber, Head of Branded Experiences, AR and VR, Google wrote in a blog-post on Tuesday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app The company said it tested this experience earlier this year with several beauty brands and found that 30 per cent of viewers activated the AR experience in the YouTube iOS app, spending over 80 seconds on average trying on lipstick virtually. The feature splits the screen horizontally and while the top part shows the YouTube tutorial, the other part uses the front facing camera to let users capture themselves and try on AR filters and virtual makeup samples. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails M·A·C Cosmetics is the first brand to partner with FameBit to launch an AR Beauty Try-On campaign. “Using this new format, brands like M·A·C will be able to tap into YouTube’s vibrant creator community, deploy influencer campaigns to YouTube’s 2 billion monthly active users, and measure their results in real time,” Luber said. In addition, Google is also bringing three-dimensional assets to display ads with its first immersive display format called Swirl which is currently only available through Display and Video 360 which is a single, integrated tool that helps creative, data and media teams work together to execute end-to-end campaigns.
TORONTO – The physical and mental health of people living in Grassy Narrows is “significantly worse” than other First Nations since mercury was dumped into a river system near the northern Ontario reserve half a century ago, a new health survey suggests.The community commissioned the survey to examine the fallout of eating fish caught from nearby waterways contaminated by mercury. It found that there are fewer elders in the community, which the report suggests means that people are dying there prematurely.“The results provide clear evidence that the physical and mental health of (Grassy Narrows community) members is poorer than that of other First Nation communities in Canada and Ontario,” said the report. The health and well-being of the community “cannot be understood without taking into account their history of mercury poisoning and its consequences,” it said.It also found that 33 per cent of residents have lost a close friend or family member to suicide, which is five times the rate documented in other Ontario First Nations. Twenty eight per cent had attempted suicide — more than double the rate of other First Nations.“If any of you have ever had a family member or a close friend who has committed suicide, you know the anguish that it creates for each and every one of us,” said Donna Mergler, a mercury expert at Universite du Quebec a Montreal, who conducted the study.Residents over the age of 50 who reported eating more fish as children also had experienced poorer success in school and are two times more likely to have an annual income of less than $20,000, she said.More than 80 per cent of community members took part in the survey, which included a lengthy questionnaire administered to more than 300 adults in Grassy Narrows ranging in age from 18 to 80 between December 2016 and March 2017, Mergler said.Community officials said Mergler’s report is “the most comprehensive assessment of the health of the community to date” and included comparisons to First Nations regional health surveys done in 2008 and 2010.Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle called the results of the survey “a very dark picture.”“But at the same time, our people are doing the best they can to live under the conditions they’re living in,” Turtle said.Mercury contamination has plagued the English-Wabigoon River system since a paper mill in Dryden, Ont., dumped 9,000 kilograms of the substance into the river systems in the 1960s. The contamination closed a thriving commercial fishery that devastated Grassy Narrows’ economy.“Because of the discovery of mercury, things have come to a stop and, as a result, our people have suffered health-wise and also in terms of self-esteem,” Turtle said. “When a person doesn’t have a job, it leads to despair and many in our people have turned to alcohol.”The Ontario government has pledged to spend $85 million to remediate the river and the federal government has committed to funding a treatment centre that the community believes will cost about $4.5 million, but a feasibility study needs to be completed to determine the cost.Turtle said the Ontario and federal governments need to do more to help the community, calling on them to implement the study’s recommendations that include increased funding for physical and mental health programs, a long-term care facility on the reserve to address issues of mercury poisoning and programs for food security.The report also said people who reported being diagnosed by a medical professional with mercury poisoning were almost six times more likely to have a neuropsychological disorder, five times more likely to have stomach and intestinal problems, and three times more likely to have blindness or vision problems.“We need more (from the government) because it’s been a devastation of a whole way of life, a whole way of culture that we need to rebuild,” Judy Da Silva, the environmental health co-ordinator for Grassy Narrows.“I don’t want to appear the victim, because we’re not, we’re fighters. We are going to keep fighting, we’re going to keep doing what we have to do to bring justice to our people.”In a statement Thursday, Ontario NDP Leader Andrea Horwath said if her party forms government after the June 7 election, they will implement the recommendations of the report.“Grassy Narrows is one of the clearest examples of how governments of all stripes have failed to treat First Nations with the respect they deserve,” Horwath said.
Highlights from the news file for Monday, May 29———POPE OPEN TO RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS APOLOGY, PM SAYS: Canadians are anxious to reconcile with Indigenous Peoples, Justin Trudeau described telling Pope Francis on Monday as he asked the pontiff to apologize for the role the Catholic Church played in the tragedy of residential schools. The Pope — himself no stranger to the cause of social justice, he noted to Trudeau — seemed open to the idea, the prime minister said as he related the broad strokes of their private conversation at the Vatican. “He reminded me that his entire life has been dedicated to supporting marginalized people in the world,” Trudeau said after he arrived back in Rome. Pope Francis also expressed his enthusiasm for working with the prime minister and the Canadian bishops on finding a way forward on the issue of an apology, as recommended by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The commission included the demand for a papal apology — to survivors, their families and communities — as one of the 94 recommendations in its report on the dark 120-year history and tragic legacy of residential schools.———SCHEER GETS HERO’S WELCOME FROM TORY CAUCUS: New Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is basking in a hero’s welcome on Parliament Hill. The Saskatchewan member of Parliament was feted by his fellow MPs and leadership rivals alike as he arrived Monday to address the Tory caucus, fresh off a thrilling final-ballot win in the party’s leadership contest on the weekend. He called the role a great honour, but an even greater responsibility. Scheer touched on all of the same themes he delivered following Saturday night’s win, hailing the efforts of the other 12 candidates who sought the job and singling out Quebec MP Maxime Bernier in particular. Bernier was the presumptive front-runner throughout the race and the leader throughout Saturday night’s nail-biting process of elimination, right up until the last ballot. He did not stop to speak to reporters prior to Monday’s meeting. Scheer did have significant support among other elected MPs going into the campaign, about two dozen by the end of it. Many of the rest had backed fellow MP Erin O’Toole.———NDP LEADERSHIP CANDIDATE PREGNANT: NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton says she is expecting a baby in November. Ashton, a Manitoba MP, is one of six candidates seeking the party’s top job. The leadership race is scheduled to wrap up in October, when rank-and-file members pick a successor to Tom Mulcair. Ashton says she plans to carry on her work, adding she will continue to reach out to party members, activists and progressives across Canada. She says she intends to visit B.C. and the Atlantic provinces in the next two weeks. Ashton’s rivals in the race include Quebec MP Guy Caron, Ontario legislature member Jagmeet Singh, Ontario MP Charlie Angus, former veterans ombudsman Pat Stogran and B.C. MP Peter Julian.———SACRED FIRE LIT TO LAUNCH MISSING WOMEN INQUIRY: A sacred fire ceremony in Whitehorse has marked the first family hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. About 30 people gathered in a circle at sunrise for traditional prayers and songs as the fire was lit this morning. It will burn until the hearings conclude in Whitehorse later this week. Forty families are registered to testify before the commissioners in both public and private hearings between Tuesday and Thursday. Commissioners will be examining and reporting on the causes of violence against indigenous females by scrutinizing practices, policies and institutions, including policing and child welfare. Yukon minister responsible for the women’s directorate, Jeanie Dendys, says 41 indigenous women have disappeared or been killed in the territory over several decades. Council of Yukon First Nations Grand Chief Peter Johnston says he’s pleased the families of missing and murdered women in the territory finally have a chance to present their stories and share their challenges.———CANADIANS WEIGH IN ON PLANNED ACCESSIBILITY LAW: Public consultations on Canada’s first national law for disabled people have identified high unemployment rates, inaccessible buildings and barriers in transportation as some of the key issues that need to be addressed. The priorities were laid out in a report, released by the federal government Monday, summarizing eight months of consultations held with Canadians from coast to coast. It says participants wanted to see laws that would help lower stubbornly high unemployment rates for those with disabilities, reduce the number of buildings inaccessible to those with physical and intellectual disabilities, and remove accessibility barriers for the country’s air, rail, ferry and bus transportation systems. The report also says Canadians have voiced a strong preference for the government to set up an independent body to oversee compliance with the new laws, which are expected to come before the House of Commons in early 2018.———GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES FAMINE RELIEF FUND: Aid agencies are urging Canadians to respond generously to the federal government’s matching fund for famine relief in Africa and the Middle East, calling it a response to the worst humanitarian crisis in decades. The Liberal government said Monday it would match donations made by Canadians to registered charities to create a famine relief fund for more than 20 million men, women and children who are at risk of starvation. International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau said the fund would support Canadian and international organizations working to provide assistance in Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen and neighbouring regions. Bibeau said the government’s window to match donations is from March 17 to June 30. Millions of people in the four affected countries and neighbouring regions are in need of necessities including water, sanitation services, shelter and urgent food assistance, Bibeau added.———JUDGE BANS ABORTION PROTESTS AT NEW BRUNSWICK HOSPITAL: As provinces across Canada move to establish protest-free “buffer zones” around abortion providers, a judge has banned anti-abortion activists from demonstrating outside a hospital in northern New Brunswick. Court of Queen’s Bench Judge Reginald Leger granted a permanent injunction against protesters outside the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. The anti-abortion picketers, affiliated with the 40 Days for Life campaign, put the safety of patients and employees at risk, Leger said in his recent decision. The ruling comes amid efforts across the country to strike a balance between the constitutional right to free expression and ensuring safe access to health-care services without harassment or intimidation. Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said Monday he plans to introduce legislation that would create safe zones outside abortion clinics in that province, citing reports of harassment at an Ottawa clinic. The Newfoundland and Labrador government introduced a law last November, modelled after British Columbia’s Access to Abortion Services Act, to keep protesters at least 50 metres away from an abortion clinic.———FILINGS SHED LIGHT ON BOMBARDIER-BOEING DISPUTE: Boeing says its trade complaint against Bombardier is designed to prevent the Montreal-based rival from using subsidies to build a larger version of the CSeries plane that would directly compete with its own flagship narrowbody 737 aircraft. Last week, Boeing filed a document with the U.S. International Trade Commission that sheds new light on the tit-for-tat dispute between the two aerospace manufacturers. In the 109-page filing, Boeing said Bombardier would be positioned to build a full-fleet of single-aisle planes — repeating a strategy employed by French aerospace company Airbus — if Canadian subsidies to Bombardier are left unaddressed. Bombardier said in a separate filing that Boeing’s effort to shut down its innovative technology from the market is “misguided,” adding that the complaint is tantamount to asking the U.S. International Trade Commission to imagine a hypothetical world in the future.———QUEBEC TABLES BACK-TO-WORK CONSTRUCTION BILL: The Quebec government tabled a bill Monday forcing the province’s striking construction workers back on the job by Wednesday. In response, a coalition of construction unions promised to contest the bill in court, saying the legislation favours construction companies. Thousands of workers gathered in front of Quebec’s legislature earlier Monday to voice their disapproval of the government’s decision to end their strike after five days. The back-to-work bill maintains current working conditions for the province’s 175,000 construction workers and grants them a pay raise of 1.8 per cent. It also opens an immediate five-month mediation period after which the unions and construction companies will be required to enter into arbitration. Members of the legislature are expected to debate the bill late into the night but the Liberal majority in the legislature will ensure it passes. Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien said before tabling her bill that both sides had months to negotiate a new agreement and added that every strike day costs the Quebec economy $45 million.———ONTARIO TAXPAYERS FOOT $120K BILL FOR GIANT DUCK: An Ontario government grant of about $120,000 that is going toward a giant rubber duck for Canada 150 celebrations is ruffling some feathers. The 18.6-metre, 13,600-kilogram yellow duck is being brought to Toronto by the Redpath Waterfront Festival, reportedly at a total cost of $200,000, combining other funding. It’s being billed as a tourist attraction — with particular Instagram and selfie appeal — and will also be taken to other communities in Ontario. Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives say they’re unclear on the giant duck’s connection to Canada’s heritage celebrations and call it a waste of taxpayer money. Tourism, Culture and Sport Minister Eleanor McMahon says the province has been funding the waterfront festival for the past three years and it does a good job promoting tourism. She cautions against focusing too much on the duck, adding she thinks it is much ado about nothing.
MONTREAL – Francois Legault tried to divert attention from his immigration policies Tuesday, as a report from a research institute undercut his campaign rhetoric on newcomers and two new polls placed his Coalition Avenir Quebec in a virtual tie with the Liberals.Following Monday night’s English-language debate in which he was attacked for wanting to expel immigrants who fail to pass a values and French-language test, Legault came out hard against Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard.The Liberals can’t defend their record on education and health care, Legault told reporters on Day 27 of the 39-day campaign. Furthermore, the Coalition leader brought back a thus far under-used weapon against Couillard: corruption allegations.“(Couillard) is trying to run a fear campaign,” Legault said south of Montreal. “He doesn’t want to talk about the investigation into corruption in his party.”Corruption scandals have dogged Couillard’s government since he won the 2014 election, primarily involving alleged misdeeds committed by the previous Liberal government under his predecessor, Jean Charest.Le Journal de Montreal reported in June that investigators with Quebec’s anti-corruption unit had grown frustrated with the length of probes into the Liberals and lamented how arrests of former party fundraisers had been postponed.Immigration-related matters aren’t the only issue voters should be thinking about ahead of the Oct. 1 election, Legault said.“Quebecers need to take everything into account when they go to vote,” he said. “Don’t forget the past 15 years (of Liberal rule).”Couillard, speaking to reporters after delivering a speech to the Montreal Board of Trade, dismissed the allegations he was running on fear.“I’m the one making people afraid?” Couillard asked rhetorically. “I think the people who are afraid are those would be subjected to a (French-language) test and then expulsion.”The Liberal leader reiterated his past comments about the Coalition leader, some of which he used during Monday’s debate.“Legault doesn’t talk about immigrants in a positive light,” Couillard said. “But these people help Quebec.”Earlier on Tuesday, a Montreal-based research institute released a report revealing immigrants are having an easier time finding work and more of them are choosing to remain in the province.The study said the unemployment rate for immigrants between the ages of 25 and 54 has declined dramatically since January, from 8.1 per cent to six per cent in August, and that 84 per cent of newcomers who arrived in Quebec in 2010 were still in the province by 2015.Legault has often stated an older statistic indicating one-quarter of immigrants who arrive to Quebec eventually leave the province.The study also revealed, however, immigrants who have arrived in the province in the past five years and who are between 25 and 54 are having a more difficult time finding work, as their unemployment rate is at a stubborn 14 per cent, compared to 9.3 per cent in Ontario.Also on Tuesday, two polls were released that indicated the Coalition’s support was tending downward.Mainstreet Research released a poll conducted Sept. 14-15 that surveyed 1,665 Quebecers, indicating the Coalition was at 29.1 per cent and the Liberals at 28.6 per cent.The Parti Quebecois came in third at 21.5 per cent and Quebec solidaire had 17.1 per cent in the poll, which had a margin of error of 2.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.A new Leger poll that surveyed 3,017 Quebecers between Sept. 14-17 who participated in the company’s online panel, put the Coalition at 31 per cent and the Liberals at 30 per cent. The PQ finished with 21 per cent and Quebec solidaire at 14 per cent.Tuesday was a difficult day for Legault.He was incapable of naming the only Canadian province that is officially bilingual.After he tried to avoid answering, he told reporters, “I’ll take that (question) into deliberation.”A reporter then told him the correct answer: New Brunswick.Earlier on Tuesday, PQ Leader Jean-Francois Lisee reiterated his party’s position on immigration, saying only those who already speak French should be admitted into the province.He said it is possible to fill job vacancies across Quebec and at the same time ensure newcomers speak French.There are 270 million people around the world who speak French, he said east of Montreal.“It’s possible to find tens of thousands of those people per year to come here.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story; a previous version said the study was conducted by Quebec’s statistics bureau
APTN National NewsOTTAWA – The road to a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women began Tuesday when the Trudeau government provided some details of the first phase of consultation that includes meeting with local families Friday.That private meeting will happen at a downtown Ottawa hotel as reported by APTN National News Monday.Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Status of Women Minister Patty Hajdu made the announcement inside Centre Block on Parliament Hill. “Today’s announcement has been a long time coming,” said Bennett. “Over the last decade many, many voices have been heard asking for a national inquiry … this is a priority for me, my colleagues and the federal government.”The former Conservative government, under Stephen Harper, refused to call an inquiry saying they didn’t need another report. After Harper’s defeat the Conservative opposition surprised many by announcing recently they support an inquiry.“We’re very pleased to have the leader of the Opposition on side now,” said Bennett.Tuesday’s announcement follows Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promise of an inquiry into the nearly 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women over the last three decades.The three ministers will hear from families across the country then meet with Aboriginal organizations, leaders and provinces to hear what they want the inquiry to look like.“We are already getting lot’s of advice. We have committed to listening to families first,” said Bennett. Starting with families is a sign of respect said Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum.“The families must be comfortable with the inquiry as it unfolds and be able to participate at every step along the way,” said Achneepineskum in a statement. “We acknowledge their grief and know that this will be a difficult and painful process. We are prepared to participle in a process where the families are well supported, the appropriate resources are in place and the right people are at the table.”Following those meetings, Bennett, Wilson-Raybould and Hajdu will sit down and develop the scope of the inquiry that they hope to announce next spring.The second phase is the actual inquiry. “No inquiry can undo what happened, nor can it restore what was lost, but it can help us find a way forward,” said Wilson-Raybould.Families have already told the ministers that they hope the inquiry stops another family from feeling the pain they do.The Trudeau government’s approach to the issue is night and day compared to Harper’s. During his time in office almost 300 Indigenous women were found murdered, died under suspicious circumstances or went missing. Funding to the Native Women’s Association of Canada was also slashed year after year, as reported by APTN in September in this story.Canadians can also play a role in the first phase of the inquiry, said Bennett.“There will be an online component to this process. This will include a website that includes background information that can help all Canadians better understand this issue. It will also include an online survey and discussion guide available in the coming weeks,” said Bennett. “The discussion guide will help focus meetings by highlighting important elements and key questions about the inquiry’s design. The online survey echoes three – these questions and will provide access to all concerned Canadians.”Hajdu said Indigenous women represent four percent of the female population and yet 16 per cent of all murdered women in Canada.“Over the years, many studies have attempted to explain these disparities,” she said. “Some have linked this violence to the long-term impacts of racism, sexism, colonialism and the devastating impacts of residential schools on Indigenous men, women and communities.”She said a range of socioeconomic and health challenges such as poverty, unemployment, lack of transportation, mental health and substance use issues also contribute.“Indigenous women continue to live in poorer socioeconomic conditions than non-Indigenous women, which means that they’re at a heightened risk of experiencing violence,” said Hajdu. “That’s why family members and loved ones of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls will be at the centre of this process. National Aboriginal organizations, provinces and territories and Indigenous women’s organizations, along with representatives from a range of frontline service workers will also be essential voices. We will make sure that they can be heard.”firstname.lastname@example.org@aptnnews
BEIJING — The Latest on the arrest of a top executive of Chinese tech giant Huawei in Canada (all times local):11:30 a.m.A former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Chinese pressure on the Canadian government to release a top executive of Huawei won’t work.In a tweet, Roland Paris says, “Perhaps because the Chinese state controls its judicial system, Beijing sometimes has difficulty understanding or believing that courts can be independent in a rule-of-law country. There’s no point in pressuring the Canadian government. Judges will decide.”Paris was responding to reports from Beijing that China’s Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had summoned Canadian Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the holding of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.Le called Meng’s detention “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warned of “grave consequences” if she is not released.___9:40 a.m.China has summoned the Canadian ambassador to protest the detention of a top executive of leading Chinese tech giant Huawei, calling it “unreasonable, unconscionable, and vile in nature” and warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released.A report by the official Xinhua News Agency carried on the Foreign Ministry’s website says Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng had called in Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over the holding of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran.Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology.The Associated Press
CALGARY, A.B. – Gibson Energy Inc. says the sale of its trucking arm means it has completed all of the non-core asset sales it targeted a year ago as part of a strategy to focus on its Alberta oil storage and handling assets.The Calgary-based company, which helps send one in four barrels of crude exported from Western Canada through its Hardisty terminal in central Alberta, says it will pocket about $100 million from the sale, bringing its divestiture proceeds to about $325 million since early 2018.It says Trimac Transportation has agreed to pay about $70 million for the trucking assets and a Trimac affiliate is to pay $30 million for property in Edmonton containing a field office and shop, with the deals expected to close later this year. Gibson previously announced the sales of its environmental services and wholesale propane businesses for about $225 million.The company reported 2018 net income of $151 million on revenue of $6.8 billion, up from $44 million on $5.7 billion in 2017, as it invested $302 million to build new storage tanks in Edmonton and Hardisty and a pipeline in the U.S.It plans to spend $200 million to $250 million on capital projects this year.
OTTAWA — Swedish fighter-jet maker Saab says it has not decided whether it will participate in the $19-billion competition to replace Canada’s aging fleet of CF-18s.Saab’s Gripen fighter is the only non-U.S. plane still in possible contention after fellow European firm Airbus Defence and Space pulled its Eurofighter Typhoon from the race last week.Airbus blamed the cost that non-North American companies must bear to ensure their planes meet a specific security requirement, which French firm Dassault had also cited when it withdrew its Rafale fighter from the competition last year.Airbus also took issue with the Canadian government’s decision to ease a policy that required bidders to legally commit to investing in Canada following a U.S. complaint that the policy violated Canada’s agreement as a partner in developing the F-35 stealth fighter.Saab Canada president Simon Carroll tells The Canadian Press his company is very interested in entering the Gripen into the Canadian fighter-jet competition but is still reviewing the security requirement, among others, before making a decision.Boeing’s Super Hornet and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 are the other two fighters beside the Gripen still in contention in the high-stakes competition, which officially kicked off in July.The Canadian Press
Ausenco has been awarded three new Create phase EPCM contracts expanding its reach across Canada and into West Africa. Ausenco’s Process Infrastructure business will deliver these three projects with revenues of A$27 million over the next two years. CEO Zimi Meka said “Each of these contract awards demonstrates the depth of our service offering and geographic reach of our business. Our Process Infrastructure business has achieved standout earnings growth this past year and these latest wins further demonstrate the benefits of our diversification strategy and our global reputation for project delivery to underpin further growth.” Ausenco will deliver on an EPCM basis the Create phase expansion of Cytec Industries’ C$125 million phosphine plant in Welland, Ontario, Canada. The expansion is anticipated to double Cytec’s existing phosphine production capacity. This contract builds on Ausenco’s previous involvement in the expansion project, which includes the provision of Innovate phase pre-feasibility and feasibility studies since early 2011.Ausenco will deliver the Create phase (EPCM) contract for the $75 million upgrade of rail and port infrastructure for TiZir’s Grande Cote Operations, mineral sands project in Senegal, West Africa. The project is expected to be completed in September 2013 and builds on Ausenco’ previous work in delivering the Evaluate phase feasibility and early study assessments for the upgrade.In Canada, Ausenco will deliver the Innovate and Create phase (EPCM) work in providing detailed engineering design and construction management for the expansion and upgrade of a carbon and paste plant at Rio Tinto Alcan’s aluminium smelter in Kitimat, British Columbia. This new work is scheduled to be completed by September 2013 and builds on Ausenco’s previous early phase work on the project during 2008.