Air Canada enRoute Film Festival reveals 10th Anniversary Festival Finalists

first_imgThe Air Canada enRoute Film Festival finalists have been selected for the festival’s special 10-year anniversary. Award categories include Best Short Film, Achievement in Direction, Achievement in Cinematography, Achievement in Animation, and Achievement in Documentary.The 2016 Air Canada enRoute Film Festival Award Nominees are:Clouds of Autumn – Trevor Mack and Matthew Taylor Blais, BCThe Constant Refugee – Derrick O’Toole, PC Barfoot and Leila Almaway, ONFeathers – Hands on Deck, ONFrench Kiss at the Sugar Shack – Emmanuelle Lacombe, QCRobeth – Kevin T. Landry, QCAchievement Award winners will receive an all-inclusive trip for two to the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, courtesy of Air Canada. The winner of Best Short Film will also receive a $5,000 cash prize courtesy of presenting sponsor, Cineplex Entertainment. Advertisement Facebook “This year marks the festival’s 10th anniversary and what makes it so exceptional is that for the first time we’ve taken the festival truly coast to coast adding more cities and helping to boost awareness of our incredibly talented emerging Canadian filmmakers,” said Andrew Shibata, Managing Director, Brand at Air Canada. “I look forward to a continued growth of the festival and discovering new ways we can help highlight Canadian content creators.”A free public screening of the nominated short films will take place in Montreal on Monday, November 14 at the Phi Centre (407 Rue Saint-Pierre) beginning at 7:30 p.m. and in Toronto on Thursday, November 17 at Scotiabank Theatre Toronto (259 Richmond Street West) at 7 p.m.A private awards celebration hosted by Etalk Reporter, Liz Trinnear, will take place at The Fifth Social Club (225 Richmond Street West) immediately after the public screening in Toronto.Also new this year and exclusively for film students, an intimate conversation with acclaimed filmmaker, Matt Johnson, presented by VICELAND will be hosted on Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. at VICE Canada (78 Mowat Avenue, Toronto).This year’s finalists were selected by a special jury composed of actors, directors and animators who have all held positions on the jury in previous years for the 10th year anniversary of the Air Canada enRoute Film Festival. The jury is led by Patricia Rozema (director) and includes (in alphabetical order):Caitlin Durlak (director and Air Canada enRoute Film Festival Best Short Film Winner 2015)Chris Landreth (animator)Jason Priestley (actor)Jennifer Baichwal (director)Karine Vanasse (actor)Sarah Gadon (actor)Stephen Dunn (director and Air Canada enRoute Film Festival alumnus)The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival supporters include Cineplex Entertainment, TELUS Optik Local / STORYHIVE, Sterling Wines, CTV’s Etalk, Spafax, Entertainment One, VICELAND, Telefilm Canada, Directors Guild of Canada, William F. White International Inc., National Film Board of Canada and Hot Docs.For news on the festival and film profiles, please visit www.enroutefilm.com.Twitter:          @enRoutemag and @AirCanadaFacebook:      enRoute magazine and Air CanadaInstagram:     enroutemag and aircanadaPinterest:       enRoute Magazine and aircanadaHashtag:        #enRouteFilm16About Air Canada’s enRoute In-Flight Entertainment:Air Canada enRoute Inflight Entertainment offers over 600 hours of on-demand entertainment available free of charge at the touch of a finger. Its gate-to-gate in-flight entertainment programming features up to 150 movies in all genres, including the latest Hollywood and independent titles produced locally and internationally in more than 20 languages, up to 200 TV shows including the most popular TV series, interesting documentaries and our very own ACTV channel, over 100 albums and playlists in all musical genres and entertaining and informative audio books and podcasts. Air Canada enRoute In-Flight Entertainment is programmed by Spafax, one of the world’s leading custom publishers and providers of in-flight media, with offices in fourteen cities around the world. The Air Canada enRoute Film Festival is produced by Bookmark, the global content and communications company and one of the leading providers of content solutions in the form of content marketing, experiences and brand alliances. Spafax and Bookmark are part of the #1 agency network in the world: WPP. http://enroute.aircanada.com/About Air Canada:Air Canada is Canada’s largest domestic and international airline serving more than 200 airports on six continents.  Canada’s flag carrier is among the 20 largest airlines in the world and in 2015 served more than 41 million customers.  Air Canada provides scheduled passenger service directly to 64 airports in Canada, 54 in the United States and 90 in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America. Air Canada is a founding member of Star Alliance, the world’s most comprehensive air transportation network serving 1,330 airports in 192 countries.  Air Canada rewards its most loyal customers through its top tier recognition program, Altitude, that offers frequent flyers a range of priority travel services, lounge access and upgrades to Executive Class, complementing their membership in Aeroplan, Canada’s premier loyalty program, which provides numerous ways to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles with over 150 travel and retail partners.Air Canada is the only international network carrier in North America to receive a Four-Star ranking according to independent U.K. research firm Skytrax.  According to the 2015 Canadian Business Travel Survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, Air Canada was the preferred airline for more than 80 percent of frequent business travellers in Canada.  In 2014, readers of Global Traveler magazine again voted Air Canada “Best Airline in North America,” the readers of Business Traveler voted Air Canada “Best North American Airline for International Travel” and “Best North America Airline Inflight Experience,” and the readers of Premier Traveler voted Air Canada “Best Flight Attendants in North America.”  For more information on Air Canada visit aircanada.com, follow @AirCanada on Twitter and join Air Canada on Facebook. 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Damian Lewis is UNRECOGNIZABLE as he dons a fatsuit to play cracksmoking

first_img Login/Register With: DAMIAN LEWIS AS ROB FORD (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images, TheImageDirect.com) FIRST PHOTOS SURFACE FROM ROB FORD MOVIE SHOOT IN TORONTOSuave British actor Damian Lewis is in Toronto this week filming for his upcoming movie Run This Town, a political drama set against the backdrop of Rob Ford’s last year in office.Not a whole lot is known about the film just yet, but Lewis did reveal earlier this month that he’d be wearing prosthetics to portray Toronto’s famous late former mayor. READ MORE Twitter Advertisement Facebook Oh wow – Damian Lewis as Rob Ford – this is creepy as hell pic.twitter.com/eunGEEwBfQ— Gabriel Hurl (@gabehurl) April 24, 2018 Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Damian Lewis is UNRECOGNIZABLE as he dons a fat-suit to play crack-smoking former Toronto mayor Rob FordDamian Lewis has completely transformed to portray former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in his next film, ‘Run This Town’.On set in Toronto on Monday, the usually svelte British actor was utterly unrecognizable as he walked around in a fat suit and a thick layer of make-up and prosthetics. READ MOREBe the Damian Lewis halfway dressed to play Rob Ford you wish to see in the world pic.twitter.com/QVfJZezsxt— Gabriella Paiella (@GMPaiella) April 24, 2018Damian Lewis Is Unrecognizable as Rob Ford on Run This Town SetDamian Lewis, is that you? The Billions star was spotted on the set of his new film, Run This Town, in Toronto on Monday looking a little different than usual.In the snaps, Lewis shows off the drastic transformation he went through to play Toronto’s former mayor, Rob Ford. He is seen wearing heavy make-up and prosthetics as he walks down the street, quite a departure from the handsome Brit’s usual appearance.  READ MOREDAMIAN LEWIS – FIRST CRACK AT PLAYING ROB FORD … Nailed It!!!“Billions” star Damian Lewis looks totally unrecognizable on set, which is a good thing … because he’s playing Toronto’s former crack-smoking mayor, Rob Ford.Lewis was spotted in character on the set of “Run This Town” in Toronto on Monday, after spending nearly 7 hours in makeup to transform into the disgraced ex-Mayor … and the resemblance is uncanny.  READ MORElast_img read more

Harper meeting with First Nations leaders closer to reality Duncan

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–A meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper and First Nations leaders is in the works, but it won’t happen before the fall, Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan said Monday.Duncan said the government is involved in talks with Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo and developing an “action plan” to deal with the litany of outstanding issues facing Indigenous communities in the country.“We are having discussions with the national chief. We are looking at an action plan that we can work on together,” said Duncan, during question period responding to a query from Liberal leader Bob Rae. “Part of that dialogue will be to discuss this very gathering that the member is bringing up. So, that is something we will flesh-out over the next period of time. Hopefully we will come to something quite solid in the fall.”Rae was taking aim at the Conservatives over their failure to deal with poverty in the country.“In light of the statements by the government with respect to its desire to improve the conditions of Aboriginal people, I would say that Chief Atleo, in his statements on the Speech from the Throne, made it very clear that…the meeting had to take place on a government-to-government basis, on a basis that fully respects the jurisdiction of First Nations and Aboriginal people.”Harper has already expressed his interest in meeting with First Nations leaders and directed his officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and in Duncan’s office to explore the issue, according to a Dec. 8, 2010 letter to Atleo.“With respect to the proposed Crown-First Nations gathering, I remain open to participating and I ask that you work with my office and minister Duncan’s office to assess the viability of such an event,” said Harper in the letter.Harper’s letter followed an Oct. 28, 2010, meeting with Atleo where the prime minister pledged his support for improving reserve education.last_img read more

Return Flights of 32,000 Moroccan Pilgrims to Begin on Friday

Rabat – Moroccan pilgrims who finished  the rituals of Hajj, the Muslim pilgrimage to Mecca, this year will start returning to Morocco on Friday, August 16.Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) reported that the first group of Moroccan pilgrims who will return to Morocco will be divided into three flights.The first flight will head to Rabat, while the other two flights will land in Casablanca, the official Moroccan delegation for the 2019 Hajj said. Read Also: Nearly 32,000 Moroccan Pilgrims Perform Hajj Rituals in 2019The pilgrims who are not in a hurry to comeback and will return to Morocco after they have finished Hajj rituals. The final ritual for the pilgrims will be the “stoning of the devil”  ritual at Mina, Saudi Arabia.The act is one of the major rituals in Mina, 5 kilometers to the east of Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The ritual marks the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage in Mina.Tens of thousands ofMuslims from different countries worldwide chant “Allah Akbar” (God is great) and throw stones at pillars or “jamrat.” The three pillars, called jamarat, represent Satan in Mina.Pilgrims pelt seven stones at each pillar.The ritual honors the prophet Abraham’s stoning of the devil, who attempted to convince him to disobey God’s order.The prophet’s determination to obey God and sacrifice his son Ishmael overcame the devil’s temptation, according to the Qur’anic account.Just before Abraham sacrificed his son, God provided a male goat to sacrifice instead to honor Abraham for obeying God’s command.Hamou Ouehli, the secretary of state for Rural Development and Waters said that the Moroccan pilgrims performed the Hajj rituals in “peace and serenity and under very normal conditions.” Ouehli led the Moroccan official delegation for pilgrims this year.The number of Moroccan pilgrims who performed the Hajj in 2019, is estimated at nearly 32, 000 pilgrims.Saudi Arabia said that the nu overall number of Hajj this year reached 2,489,406, including 1,855,000 pilgrims from abroad. read more

Toshiba reports massive loss for year over Westinghouse woes

TOKYO – Toshiba, whose U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse has filed for bankruptcy protection, is reporting a 950 billion yen ($8.4 billion) net loss for the fiscal year ended March.The Japanese electronics giant’s results have failed to win auditors’ approval from the previous quarter, after questions were raised over the acquisition of U.S. nuclear construction company CB&I Stone and Webster.Tokyo-based Toshiba Corp. called the results released Monday as projections, rather than results, since they lack the company’s auditors’ approval, but it was in line with what it had said recently.The loss was about double the 460 billion yen ($4.1 billion) loss racked up the previous fiscal year.Toshiba, whose products include computer chips and household appliances, acquired Westinghouse in 2006. Its president, Satoshi Tsunakawa, has recently said the strategy based on Westinghouse was a mistake, and has promised it won’t take on new nuclear projects.Toshiba has been trying to sell its computer-chip business to shore up its finances, but has become embroiled in a dispute with U.S. joint venture partner Western Digital, which is demanding that Toshiba not sell it to anyone else.Western Digital said that several of its SanDisk subsidiaries have filed a request for arbitration with the ICC International Court of Arbitration over its NAND flash-memory joint ventures with Toshiba.The request seeks to stop Toshiba’s sale without SanDisk’s consent, arguing that it would be violation of the joint venture agreement. The arbitration will take place in San Francisco, it said Sunday in a statement.“Seeking relief through mandatory arbitration was not our first choice in trying to resolve this matter. However, all of our other efforts to achieve a resolution to date have been unsuccessful, and so we believe legal action is now a necessary next step,” said Western Digital Chief Executive Steve Milligan.Tsunakawa said he doesn’t think Western Digital can block Toshiba.“With regards to your first question as to whether this may delay bidding procedures, we will make effort to dispel such concerns by explaining to all potential bidders the validity of Toshiba’s position,” he told reporters.Toshiba also said it expects to return to profit for the fiscal year through March 2018, of 50 billion yen ($442 million).Costs in the nuclear industry have ballooned since the March 2011 tsunami in northeastern Japan, when three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant sank into meltdowns, and stricter safeguards are required to operate and build reactors.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyamaHer work can be found at https://www.apnews.com/search/yuri%20kageyama by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2017 9:27 am MDT Last Updated May 15, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toshiba reports massive loss for year over Westinghouse woes read more

The NFC East Will Be An Ugly Magnificent Bloodbath As Usual

How will your favorite NFL team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016 season » To go with our 2016 NFL predictions, FiveThirtyEight is previewing each division. Here, we look at the perpetual disaster that is the NFC East. At this time last year, my colleague Walt Hickey and I mocked Washington’s chances of winning the NFC East. Oops. Defying the 4 percent division odds that our Elo ratings gave them in the preseason, the Suing Snyders won their final four regular-season games to capture one of the weakest divisions in recent memory (before promptly losing by 17 points in their first playoff game). The big question for 2016 is whether the team can capitalize again on the weakness of what Elo considers the NFC’s worst division and become the East’s first repeat winner since 2004.By most accounts, Washington had a productive offseason, adding All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman and using the franchise tag to re-sign quarterback Kirk Cousins to a reasonable make-good deal. Now the team’s fortunes might hinge on whether Cousins can repeat a 2015 performance that was easily the best of his career. On the one hand, Cousins’s track record heading into last season was subpar at best. On the other, three of his four most similar passers last season were Drew Brees, Joe Montana and Jim Kelly. (The other was Jeff George.) If Cousins can prove that he belongs in the same paragraph as that trio, Washington could have a stranglehold on the East. But things are rarely so easy in this division. Elo ratings suggest that it’s the most wide open in all of football, with Washington holding by far the worst division odds (29 percent) of any division favorite in the NFL.1Also, the standard deviations of NFC East teams’ preseason Elo ratings and division winning percentages were the lowest of any division in football. At 27 percent, the Philadelphia Eagles are right behind Washington. The tumultuous reign of Chip Kelly is over — for better or for worse — and Philly regained some measure of normalcy in an offseason spent undoing many of Kelly’s personnel gaffes: GM Howie Roseman did a good job of rebuilding the franchise for the future, particularly with a recent trade that jettisoned maligned QB Sam Bradford for draft picks. But Roseman’s roster shuffling left rookie Carson Wentz as the team’s opening day starter. Without much of a safety net beneath Wentz on the depth chart, his inexperience could mean that Elo — which doesn’t directly account for personnel changes — is overrating the Eagles.If so, the New York Giants will be there to fill the void. They, too, will be operating under a new coach (for the first time since 2003). Ben McAdoo takes over a team that last year featured good special-teams play and an efficient passing offense led by Eli Manning. The 2015 Giants’ main problem was a leaky defense — third-worst in the NFL — and the team took steps in the offseason to address that flaw, though it didn’t come cheap. Manning is getting older but is still effective, so if those roster moves end up working on D, the Giants could ride a favorable schedule to their first division crown in five years.The Dallas Cowboys should also benefit from soft scheduling — Elo ranks their slate eighth-easiest in the NFL — but Tony Romo’s preseason injury might negate that edge. The Cowboys have been here before, pressing inadequate QBs into action with Romo on the sidelines. This time, they’re rolling with Dak Prescott, one of the lowest-drafted Week 1 rookie starters in NFL history. (The alternative is accomplished butt-fumbler Mark Sanchez.) And even if Dallas does somehow improve on last year’s dismal showing through the air, the team has holes on defense that were only partially addressed in the offseason. No. 4 overall draft pick Ezekiel Elliott may instantly run wild behind the Cowboys’ tremendous offensive line, but without Romo, the team may win even fewer than the seven games Elo projects for it.If we’ve learned one thing from this division in recent years, however, it’s to expect the unexpected. (Washington’s rise last season was the norm in a division that’s changed hands in each of the past 11 seasons.) The NFC East probably won’t be pretty in 2016, but it could once again be the most competitive division in the NFL.VIDEO: How one spurned Rams fan found a new team read more

Dak Prescott Is Already Playing About As Well As Tony Romo Ever

The best 8-start stretches of Tony Romo and Dak Prescott’s careers Dak Prescott9/11/1611/6/1630438.562.080.2 15Colt McCoy2010274+2.8+24.150.1 19947-1-01741 6Matt Leinart2006343+4.4+31.058.7 8Mike Glennon2013327+8.3+33.856.9 DATE RANGESTATS DURING 8 GAMES 10Russell Wilson2012287+5.0+27.353.4 5Matt Ryan2008273+9.9+30.961.8 Tony Romo12/6/099/26/1035333.761.177.2 13Teddy Bridgewater2014327+2.1+27.452.1 20146-2-01585 Best rookies through first 8 starts, 2006-2016 11Sam Bradford2010353+3.9+31.252.7 PLAYERYEARPLAYSAVERAGEREPLACEMENTTOTAL QBR Tony Romo9/21/1411/23/1426036.656.980.0 Source: ESPN Stats & Info Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 4Cam Newton2011381+18.8+48.563.5 12Derek Carr2014327+1.3+26.652.6 9Andy Dalton2011306+4.8+28.455.7 Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is sailing into uncharted territory for a rookie passer. Prescott shined again in Dallas’s 35-10 rout of the Cleveland Browns Sunday, completing 21 of 27 passes for 247 yards (9.1 per attempt), three touchdowns and zero interceptions. According to ESPN’s Total Quarterback Rating (QBR), Prescott had the NFL’s top quarterbacking performance of the week,1Pending stats from Monday night’s Seahawks-Bills tilt. the second time in nine weeks he’s claimed top honors. All told, Prescott’s first eight starts are easily the best of any rookie signal-caller since ESPN began tracking QBR in 2006: PLAYERSTARTENDPLAYSPAAPARTOTAL QBR Tony Romo11/6/1112/24/1127334.055.376.1 Tony Romo9/23/0711/18/0731042.867.082.1 1Dak Prescott2016304+38.5+62.080.2 19936-2-01734 Romo’s 2007 stretch was actually preceded by two additional excellent starts (if we included overlapping stretches, parts of ’07 would show up as three of Romo’s top four stretches), so Prescott has to keep this up for a few more games to truly match Romo’s best stretch, but through eight games, he’s right there.3It’s also worth noting that Romo’s best stretch came early in his career — his second year as starter — so Prescott’s best days could be front-loaded as well.Prescott’s no mere game manager, either. In addition to ranking highly in QBR, he also ranks highly in stats that focus more on production — meaning yards, touchdowns and first downs. According to expected points added (EPA) relative to both the league average and the replacement level, Prescott’s current eight-start run is better than all but one of Romo’s eight-game stretches — that same 2007 period mentioned above. Rather than riding his teammates’ coattails, Prescott’s play has been one of the driving forces behind a squad that ranks second in offensive EPA but only 14th in EPA on both defense and special teams. 19965-3-01662 PAA = Points above averagePAR = Points above replacementResults were filtered to remove stretches that included games contained in a higher-ranking stretch.Source: ESPN Stats & Info POINTS ABOVE… 2Andrew Luck2012399+23.3+54.467.0 YEARRECORDELO RATING Although we don’t have QBR before 2006, Prescott also has the third-highest adjusted yards per attempt of any qualified2Minimum 100 pass attempts (or about 12.5 per team game). rookie passer through his team’s first eight games since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger. He trails only Mark Rypien and Dan Marino, and although those two produced their numbers in a less passer-friendly environment than today’s NFL, they also threw less than half as many passes as Prescott has. Given all that, it’s tough to find a QB in history whose career has gotten off to a faster start than Prescott’s.Prescott has played so well, in fact, that he’s put the return of incumbent Cowboys starter Tony Romo on hold — perhaps indefinitely.As a stathead, I never bought into those silly arguments that Romo isn’t clutch, or that Dallas could never win a Super Bowl with him under center. Underneath all the hot takes he attracts, Romo has been one of his generation’s finest quarterbacks and one of the most efficient passers of all time — even after adjusting for the high-octane passing environment of the modern game. In terms of individual accomplishments, Romo has few quarterbacking peers.And yet, the case can be made that Prescott’s first eight starts have been as good as any eight (consecutive) starts Romo made in his entire career. According to QBR, Romo’s best set of eight straight starts came in 2007, between Weeks 3 and 11 of the 2007 season, when Romo posted an 82.1 mark on QBR’s 0-to-100 scale while throwing to Terrell Owens. That was the sole eight-start stretch of Romo’s career that was better than the only eight NFL starts Prescott has ever made: 7Ryan Tannehill2012289+0.5+23.158.4 19927-1-01663 14Marcus Mariota2015324+5.9+31.251.6 20167-1-01595 19957-1-01723 Speaking of which, the Cowboys are also off to one of their best starts in recent memory. This is the first time Dallas has won seven of its first eight games since 2007, and only the second time since 1995, the last time the team won the Super Bowl. And the Cowboys’ current Elo rating (our pet metric for estimating a team’s strength at a given moment) through eight weeks is the third-highest it’s been since Dallas’s dynasty days of the mid-1990s.Prescott is hardly the only Cowboy having a great season. Running back Ezekiel Elliott also leads the NFL in rushing yards, helping to power the second-best rushing attack in the league according to EPA. And, given his track record and what we know about his recovery so far, Romo would likely also be successful if he were slotted into Dallas’s lineup. (Though individual football players are often so interconnected with each other that it’s difficult to predict what will happen to the team when personnel changes.)But right now, Prescott has made just about as strong a case as possible that the Cowboys should stick with him going forward. Not only has he produced one of the best-ever first halves by a rookie QB, but he has also instantly played as well as Romo ever has. Now the only question is what he has in store for the back half of Dallas’s schedule. 19974-4-01579 20096-2-01617 3Robert Griffin III2012320+18.7+43.763.6 Best Cowboys teams through 8 games by Elo Rating, 1992-2016 20077-1-01619 read more

Puppies found covered in urine and faeces with no access to food

first_imgPuppies found covered in urine and faeces with no access to food or water The ISPCA has received over 53,000 calls in the past three years. Mar 12th 2017, 7:40 AM Warning: this story contains graphic images. A NUMBER OF puppies and dogs across Ireland have been discovered in horrific conditions by ISPCA inspectors.The ISPCA launched their 2016 Inspectorate Report this week, which outlines the animal cruelty prosecutions initiated by the ISPCA which were finalised in the courts in 2016.Six Labrador puppies and six dogs were found in a shed covered with urine and faeces in Donegal.The ISPCA visited the property following concerns reported to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline.The animals were discovered in the filthy conditions with no access to food or water, they were also suffering from internal parasites.The dogs and puppies were signed over to the ISPCA and following veterinary treatment and rehabilitation, they were all responsibly rehomed.A woman in her 50s was ordered to pay over €2,000 in veterinary costs.In Cork, an ISPCA inspector found three Jack Russell Terriers and a nursing bitch living in poor condition with no access to food or water. All of the dogs were removed from the Charleville property and were rehabilitated and rehomed following a veterinary assessment.A man in his 30s was fined €300 for obstruction of an authorised officer, while a man in his 70s was fined €200 for providing contaminated water to the three dogs and €200 for providing a false statement.Meanwhile in Wicklow, a number of six week old Jack Russell Terrier puppies with docked tails were discovered.The ISPCA visited the Ashford property following information received from a website that had flagged an advertisement of puppies for sale with suspected docked tails.The accused was obstructive and ISPCA Inspectors were forced to leave the property and return shortly after with garda assistance. However, upon return the puppies were no longer at the property and the accused refused to disclose their location.Under caution, the accused admitted that a veterinary surgeon had not been involved in the tail docking procedure.A man in his 40s was ordered by pat €625 donation to the ISPCA and €625 in state costs.Another puppy was discovered with cropped ears at a property in Bray, Wicklow. The cropping of dogs’ ears is a painful procedure for cosmetic purposes only.When an ISPCA Inspector visited the property, a man in his 20s described purchasing the American Pit Bull Terrier at a dog show in Dublin and that the seller had offered the option to have the puppy’s ears cropped.The man opted to have the ears cropped, an offence under the Animal Health and Welfare Act.He was ordered to pay a €500 donation to the ISPCA and €1,230 in state costs.These are just some of the animal cruelty prosecutions initiated by the ISPCA which were finalised in the courts last year. The 2016 Inspectorate Report reveals that 16,312 calls were made to the National Animal Cruelty Helpline resulting in over 3,200 investigations where 995 animals were seized or surrendered.Read: ISPCA report reveals cases of starving dogs and ponies in filthy conditions with no water> Sunday 12 Mar 2017, 7:40 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/3278926 center_img By Cliodhna Russell 18 Comments 25,718 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email1 last_img read more

Woman who grabbed deputys pistol acquitted committed

first_imgA Vancouver woman who allegedly grabbed at a sheriff’s deputy’s holstered pistol during a traffic stop, causing it to fire, was acquitted of multiple assault charges after a judge found her not guilty by reason of insanity.Jessica D. Farias was facing first-degree assault with a firearm enhancement, hit-and-run injury accident, attempting to elude, three counts of attempting to disarm a law enforcement officer, reckless driving and second-degree assault. In addition to struggling with the deputy, she was accused of attempting to run down a convenience store clerk earlier that same day.Doctors for both the prosecution and defense found that Farias, 33, was suffering from a mental health problem leading up to and on the day the incidents occurred. They determined that she could not distinguish right from wrong, court records show. The doctors said she poses a “substantial danger” to the community; it’s likely she will commit other crimes that would jeopardize people’s safety, court records state.As a result, Clark County Superior Court Judge Scott Collier ruled Jan. 5 that Farias was legally insane at the time of the crimes and committed her to Western State Hospital, according to court documents. Deputy Prosecutor Patrick Robinson said Tuesday that Farias will be assessed at the hospital and can potentially be held there for life, based on the first-degree assault charge.Several 911 callers reported shortly before 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 14, 2015 that a light blue Acura coupe was being driven recklessly on Northeast Hazel Dell Avenue. The car reportedly drove through red lights, weaved in and out of traffic, drove in circles in the middle of the road and caused at least three separate crashes, a probable cause affidavit states. The driver was later identified by law enforcement as Farias.last_img read more

Alvaro Moratas wife Alice Campello gives birth to twins

first_imgChelsea striker Alvaro Morata has confirmed his wife Alice Campello has given birth to twins.The Chelsea striker and Italian model have decided to name the new arrivals Alessandro and Leonardo.The former Juventus star posted a photo with his wife and the twins to his Instagram page on Sunday.Alongside the image, he wrote: “And the day arrived … July 29, 2018, a day I will never forget.“The wait has been long, very long. It has been only nine months, but for us, it has been like three years.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I have no words to thank you, Alice, thank you for making me the most beautiful and incredible gift in the world.“Every day since I know you I thank God for having put you in my way, you are the cornerstone of my life.“These months you have fought like a lioness, I can not be more proud of you; nights in the hospital, dehydrated days, whole days together in bed without being able to move… but in the end the day arrived, it arrived, and everything was worth it.“Welcome to the world, Alessandro, and Leonardo.“I only ask that you have health and be happy with the love that is breathed in our house, in our family.last_img read more

San Diego apartment complex reopened as new affordable housing

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 15, 2019 San Diego apartment complex reopened as new affordable housing Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Housing Commission on Monday announced a grand reopening of an apartment complex in Mountain View that is now rebranded as affordable housing.The 143-unit Town and Country Apartment complex in the predominantly low-income of neighborhood of Mountain View was renovated on an accelerated schedule. It was purchased by the San Diego Housing Commission to turn the entire complex into affordable housing for the next 55 years. There are 145 units in all, two for the on-site managers.There is also a new community center housed in a brand new building with triple the amount of space of the old center. It includes a meeting room with kitchen and a computer lab, as well as after-school programs and adult education.Housing Commission Vice President Colin Miller and Senior Vice President Emily Jacobs stopped by to discuss the project. July 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom last_img read more

Americas Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Invests in Rural Students

first_imgAmerica’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, is again giving students the chance to earn a $1,500 scholarship in an ag-related field of study, with more than a half-million dollars in scholarships available. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is projecting an average of nearly 60,000 annual job openings in ag over the next year years, so there has never been a better time for students to pursue a career in our industry. That’s why we need your help to spreading the word about America’s Farmers Grow rural education.Grow Ag Leaders scholarships are available to students in 1,331 eligible counties across 41 states. High school seniors and college students can click here to learn more about the scholarship and may apply online through Feb. 1 here. The program is administered by the National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Scholarship Program, but students need not be members to apply.Farmers also play an important role in the program, as students must seek at least two endorsements from local farmers, submitted by Feb. 1. They may endorse a student application here or by calling 877-267-3332.  Scholarship recipients will be announced in the spring.Today’s students are tomorrow’s ag innovators. Join your colleagues in supporting Grow Ag Leaders and the future of our industry by promoting the program to farmers and students in rural communities. Details are available here. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Grow Ag Leaders is part of the America’s Farmers initiative, which works with farmers to support local community groups, youth and schools. Sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, these programs have awarded more than $36 million in rural America since 2010. Learn more here.last_img read more

Aishwarya Rai on rejecting Kuch Kuch Hota Hai I would have been

first_imgWe can’t imagine Kuch Kuch Hota Hai without Shah Rukh Khan, Kajol and Rani Mukerji. But very few know that Rani Mukerji was not the first choice to play ‘Tina’. Karan Johar had offered the role to several top actresses, but when everyone rejected the role, K Jo took it to Rani Mukerji. And the rest, as they say, is history.From Twinkle Khanna to Aishwarya Rai, Karan had taken the script to many A –list actresses. Talking about why she rejected the role of Tina, Aishwarya had said in a Filmfare interview in 1999, “I’m in a catch-22 situation really. Though I’m a newcomer, I’m compared with all the senior actresses.””So if I’d done the film, it would have been tittered that, ‘Look, Aishwarya Rai is back to doing what she did in her modelling days—leaving her hair straight, wearing minis, and pouting glamorously into the camera.’ Ultimately, the hero goes back to the more real person. I know if I’d done Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, I would have been lynched,” she added.Talking about how the beauty of some actresses didn’t work in their favour, Aishwarya had said, “Look, I can’t fight the looks I’ve been born with. If I’m blessed with good looks, so be it. But for Pete’s sake, don’t knock my hard work, my professionalism. I’m only three-films-old. I haven’t given any of my directors any reason to complain.”Well, in a way, we are glad that Aishwarya Rai rejected the part which went to a relatively new Rani Mukerji back then. Otherwise, without KKHH, we would have lost out on another gem from the industry – Rani Mukerji.last_img read more

WATCH UN Ambassador Nikki Haley Speaks At University Of Houston

first_imgNikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, will discuss leadership and global challenges in a special address to students at the University of Houston.Haley was picked by President Donald Trump to serve as the U.S. ambassador to the UN, a position she has held since January 2017. She also serves as a member of the National Security Council and as a member of Trump’s cabinet. Sharelast_img

LGBT and black reporters left off White House Christmas party guest list

first_imgChris Johnson, the chief political and White House reporter for the Washington Blade, one of the world’s oldest LGBT publications, is among those uninvited.The first Mr Johnson knew of his awol invite was over Thansgiving.“My first reaction was I assumed it must have been an oversight,” Mr Johnson told The Independent.After emailing White House officials, he was passed between numerous spokespeople, none of which could answer his question.“It is consistent with the White House press secretary not calling on me during the on-camera press briefings,” he told the newspaper, noting that he had been called on just twice in the last six months.He believes that the issue over the invite is “just kind of consistent with the policy of the administration to exclude LGBTQ people”.April D Ryan, the White House correspondent and DC bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, who is black, was also excluded from the invite list.“I don’t think I was overlooked,” Ms Ryan told the Washington Post of this year’s party.“I think they don’t like me. For whatever reason, they have disdain for me.”Ms Ryan had been invited for the previous 20 years.Reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post and Politico have been invited as usual.CNN, however, has opted to boycott the event this year.A spokesperson for First Lady Melania Trump said: “As with Christmas parties in past administrations, this is off the record.“This is not meant to be a news event, rather, it is an opportunity for the media and their guests to enjoy a reception at the White House this Christmas season.”It’s not the first time Trump has ignored the LGBT community in recent days. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsLGBT history will be made at the Rio Olympics, starting with the first same-sex married couple to compete in the gamesUS President Donald Trump ignores LGBT Pride MonthPINK NEWS- President Trump gave a statement to mark World AIDS day that somehow does not feature a single mention of the LGBT community.In a signed statement on the White House website, President Trump has said: “Today, on World AIDS Day, we honor those who have lost their lives to AIDS, we celebrate the remarkable progress we have made in combatting this disease, and we reaffirm our ongoing commitment to end AIDS as a public health threat.”Trump continued: “Since the beginning of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, more than 76 million people around the world have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS.“As of 2014, 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. On this day, we pray for all those living with HIV, and those who have lost loved ones to AIDS.”This statement stands in comparison to President Obama’s final World AIDS Day address where he urged then President-elect Trump to maintain HIV/AIDS prevention work and highlighted the impact of HIV on the LGBT+ community.As LGBT+ people are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS, previous presidents have used their World AIDS Day proclamations as an opportunity to reach out to the LGBT community.President Obama explicitly mentioned the LGBT+ community in his 2016 statement, saying: “In the United States, more than 1.2 million people are living with HIV.“Gay and bisexual men, transgender people, youth, black and Latino Americans, people living in the Southern United States, and people who inject drugs are at a disproportionate risk.”Unlike Democratic Presidential candidate Hilary Clinton, Trump did not release any policy information regarding HIV/AIDS prevention during his campaign, prompting concern about funding early on.President Trump’s failure to mention the LGBT+ community in this statement has been met with significant criticism.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The Trump White House has excluded LGBT and black reporters from its annual media Christmas party.It is the first time since President George W. Bush that LGBT reporters have been left off the invite list, and the first time in 20 years that black groups have been excluded. last_img read more

American woman carrying drugs arrested at Cancun airport

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — UPDATED: An American woman has been arrested at the Cancun International Airport after she was found carrying drugs into the country.A woman from New York has been arrested at Terminal 3 in the Cancun airport after federal authorities found her tennis shoes stuffed with bags of marijuana.The woman, who has been identified as Jenifer Lidia N, was traveling on Jet Blue from New York. Upon a search of her luggage, police found three pair of tennis shoes stuffed with plastic bags of marijuana.The American woman was placed at the disposal of the police authorities along with the marijuana.UPDATE: The State Attorney’s Office reports that after hearing the evidence against Jennifer N, she will be held in pretrial detention at a state prison. There was no word as to how long prosecutors requested to build their case.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 WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Michael J Fox Foundation and Tau Consortium Developing PET Tracers for Neurodegenerative

first_imgNews | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | October 27, 2017 Michael J. Fox Foundation and Tau Consortium Developing PET Tracers for Neurodegenerative Disease Partnership will focus on creating imaging tracers for the detection of alpha-synuclein and tau proteins in the living brain News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019 NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot molybdenum-99 (Mo-… read more News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019 United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) system… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019 ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR) 3772, a measure… read more October 27, 2017 — The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) and the Tau Consortium announced a funding partnership to accelerate development of novel positron emission tomography (PET) imaging tracers for the detection of the alpha-synuclein and tau proteins in the living brain.Several neurodegenerative diseases — Parkinson’s disease, Lewy body dementia, multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy and frontotemporal dementia, among others — involve the aggregation of alpha-synuclein and/or tau. Tools to detect the location and abundance of these proteins would improve clinical care and speed drug development by allowing earlier and more definitive diagnosis, more precise trial subject selection, and more efficient and conclusive therapeutic impact assessment.”The ability to monitor disease, potentially even before symptom onset, would revolutionize the patient care experience and the pace of drug development,” said MJFF CEO Todd Sherer, Ph.D. “This partnership with the Tau Consortium will bring us closer to that goal.”Patrick Brannelly, program director of the Tau Consortium, said, “The process of developing a new PET tracer is challenging, complex and iterative. It makes sense for nonprofits and industry to pool their resources in pursuit of success.”Under this new partnership, the Tau Consortium and MJFF will convene and co-fund a team of leading scientists who will closely coordinate their development of compounds that may bind to alpha-synuclein or tau. Gil Rabinovici, M.D., of the University of California, San Francisco, will direct the initiative. The inaugural grantees are Chester Mathis, Ph.D., director of the University of Pittsburgh PET Facility, and Neil Vasdev, Ph.D., co-founder of MedChem Imaging LLC.”It’s an honor to work alongside these outstanding investigators and as the director of such an important initiative,” said Rabinovici. “Presently, these protein aggregates can be measured only at autopsy. Our field needs better tools to enable earlier intervention with potentially disease-modifying treatments.”PET tracers to evaluate protein load in the living brain would allow clinicians and researchers to diagnose people in prodromal or early disease stage, leading care decisions and earlier intervention with potentially disease-modifying treatments. A hypothesis for why some drugs in testing fail is that study participants are too advanced in the disease; a nuclear imaging tracer would allow testing in earlier-stage volunteers. Additionally, data from PET tracers would allow researchers to evaluate the biological impact of their candidate drugs.Given the importance of this technology, MJFF and the Tau Consortium have invested significantly in this area of research. For example, The Michael J. Fox Foundation is supporting other projects pursuing an alpha-synuclein PET tracer and last year announced a $2 million prize to the first group to develop a viable selective tracer and agree to make the tool available broadly.For more information: www.michaeljfox.org, www.tauconsortium.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Neuro Imaging | July 05, 2019 Delta T1 Maps Provide Quantitative, Automated Solution to Assess Brain Tumor Burden Imaging Biometrics LLC (IB) a subsidiary of IQ-AI Ltd., is highlighting a recently published study in the American… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019 International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s TheraSphere have… read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School Related Content News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019 Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a molecular imaging company… read morelast_img read more

Sunwing launches new 20182019 Groups Guide

first_img Posted by Sunwing launches new 2018/2019 Groups Guide << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — The latest edition of the Sunwing Groups Guide is now in distribution to agencies across Canada, outlining all group travel benefits and incentives available on vacation and cruise packages with Sunwing.The comprehensive travel agent resource includes, new this year, Groups Plus Premium, an extension of the existing benefits available with Groups Plus but with better concessions with participating hotels, says Sunwing.When a group of 10 or more adults book a vacation, the eighth passenger travels free. Two people travel free when a group of 16 book, and three people travel free when a group of 24 books.Value-added benefits are also available on pre-booked Sunwing Experiences, where the 21st customer travels free on group excursions, and private transfers are included for groups of 12 or more.Group Pricing is also available for cruise packages with MSC Cruises, NCL and Marella Cruises where bookings with a minimum of eight double cabins will have the 16th adult travel for free (taxes and fees are extra). Agents who confirm their customers’ bookings by Aug. 28 can also earn 10x STAR Agent Rewards points.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upWith Sunwing Platinum Club, agents can earn free seats, Elite Plus upgrades and excursion credits with group seats booked under deposit with Sunwing Vacations. Broken up into tiers depending on the number of bookings an agent makes, the higher the tier, the greater the potential rewards.Sunwing’s STARmillionaire promotion is also back for another year, giving agents the opportunity to win one million STAR Agent Reward points that convert to cash. Agents can qualify by booking a group of 10 adults or more between March 28 and Aug. 28. Departure date must be from Nov. 1 onwards to be applicable. Each new booking confirmed counts as a ballot, so the more bookings an agent makes, the greater chance they have of becoming this year’s STARMillionaire.“Becoming a STARMillionaire has never been simpler as with Sunwing group bookings, agents can earn commission on every element of the package including the flight, hotel, cruise, private transfers or Sunwing Experiences,” says the company.More news:  Le Boat has EBBs along with its new 2020 brochureAn online version of the Groups Guide can be found at sunwingagents.ca; where full details of the current STAR points promotion and other group offers are also listed. Tags: Sunwing Friday, May 4, 2018 last_img read more

Air Canada for Business customers to benefit from new WeWork partnership

first_img Travelweek Group Posted by Share Tags: Air Canada, WeWork Air Canada for Business customers to benefit from new WeWork partnershipcenter_img MONTREAL — Air Canada has teamed up with WeWork to launch a new feature to its Air Canada for Business program.As part of the new partnership, members of Air Canada’s small to medium business program, who already enjoy exclusive offers, will now have discounted access to WeWork’s global network of more than 425 locations in 100 cities and 27 countries.“The Air Canada for Business program is designed to evolve with new emerging business travel trends. Given we fly to over 60 destinations where WeWork offers workspace, we felt that this partnership would be an exciting new benefit for our members, business travellers working all over the world,” said Rania Chehade, National Manager of Air Canada for Business. “They now have easy and convenient options to book a workspace, hold business meetings and enjoy networking opportunities with their peers.”WeWork’s spaces include everything business travellers need while on the road, from reliable Internet to printers and conference rooms.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaLior Eshkol, Senior Director of Global Product Commercialization at WeWork, added: “With Global Access, Air Canada for Business members will not only have the space they need to be productive, but will also be joining WeWork’s community of more than 400,000 members, who report that their proximity to other WeWork members gives them a competitive edge. We’re thrilled to welcome Air Canada’s small and medium business travellers to our global community.”WeWork is the latest partner in Air Canada for Business’ network offering special business programs, corporate rates and tools. Other partners include Avis, Budget, Breather, Park’N Fly and Rover. The program also offers an extensive network with the participation of Lufthansa, Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Swiss, Eurowings and other select Air Canada partners.To sign up, Air Canada for Business members can visit https://www.aircanada.com/ca/en/aco/home/book/business-travel/for-business/offers/wework.html. Wednesday, March 6, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Central American leaders confident Trump wont revoke CAFTA

first_imgRelated posts:Bernie Sanders’ CAFTA reversal pledge worries Costa Rica businesses PHOTOS: Hurricane Otto begins path of destruction through Central America President Solís: ‘If you want to get through a border, you’ll be able to sooner or later’ Panama drops off Cuban migrants on Costa Rica’s doorstep While President Donald Trump is scrapping or revising major trade accords, Central America believes a pact it has with the United States will emerge unscathed.Government officials and business leaders said that the Dominican Republic-Central American Free-Trade Agreement with the United States (CAFTA-DR) is so favorable to the United States that it makes no sense to get rid of it.However, some apprehension has clouded the prediction, given Trump’s stated penchant for cutting new deals, and preference for bilateral trade accords overal multilateral ones.“All of us have to be ready to face the consequences in economic or other terms,” Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez said.Trump’s executive order on Tuesday formally withdrawing the United States from the yet-to-be-ratified Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and his pledge to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, underline his intent to upend trade arrangements in an attempt to secure greater advantages for his country.He has made no mention of CAFTA so far. That deal, which Costa Rica ratified in 2007, was the first between the United States and small developing nations.Watching TrumpAccording to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, $53 billion of trade took place under the pact in 2015, with the U.S. exporting $4 billion more than it imported from Central America.“It doesn’t cause (the U.S.) any trade distortion and it wouldn’t be a good idea to renegotiate the terms of this accord,” said Sergio Alfaro, Costa Rica’s Presidency Minister. However, he added, his government is “constantly monitoring what is happening in the United States.”An economic adviser to Nicaragua’s government, Bayardo Arce, also said the region was following Trump’s moves carefully.“The U.S. president needs to be watched. Nobody knows where he might go with his measures,” he said.The head of the Union of Producers in Nicaragua, Michael Heally, noted that while NAFTA’s renegotiation was a campaign promise by Trump, there was no mention that CAFTA might be in his sights.“I don’t believe that CAFTA will be affected,” said Heally, whose association primarily represents farmers.Yet Alvaro Fiallos, the head of a similar Nicaragua organization, the Union of Farmers and Livestock Producers, admitted there was “uncertainty.”“We just don’t know what’s going to happen. First we are made to sign CAFTA and then we might need to leave it,” he said.Migration a bigger issueRafael Medina, president of the Chamber of Commerce in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, stressed that the difference between CAFTA and NAFTA “are enormous.”He said CAFTA was very favorable to the United States, which exports tariff-free, while Central America gained access to a huge market for its manufacturing, which in Honduras generated 135,000 jobs.A bigger impact on U.S.-Central American relations would instead likely come from Trump’s vows to greatly limit migration and step up deportations, Medina said.In 2016, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, major sources of undocumented migrants to the United States, received nearly $16 billion in remittances.That money accounts for between 10 and 17 percent of the gross domestic product of the three countries.Will there be a wall?Trump took a first step toward fulfilling his pledge to “build a wall” on the Mexican border Wednesday, signing two immigration-related decrees. Trump visited the Department of Homeland Security to approve an order to begin work to “build a large physical barrier on the southern border,” according to the White House.Trump also signed measures to “create more detention space for illegal immigrants along the southern border,” according to White House spokesman Sean Spicer.“We’re going to once again prioritize the prosecution and deportation of illegal immigrants who have also otherwise violated our laws,” he added.Stemming immigration was a central plank of Trump’s election campaign. His signature policy prescription was to build a wall across the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) border between the United States and Mexico.Some of the border is already fenced, but Trump says a wall is needed to stop illegal immigrants entering from Latin America.In 2014, there were an estimated 5.8 million unauthorized Mexican migrants in the United States, according to Pew, with fewer arriving each year before that.Experts have voiced doubts about whether a wall would actually stem illegal immigration, or if it is worth the billions it is expected to cost, but the policy has become a clarion call for the U.S. right and far-right, the core of Trump’s support.Still, any action from the White House would be piecemeal, diverting only existing funds toward the project.The Republican-controlled Congress would need to supply new money if the wall is to be anywhere near completed, and Trump’s party has spent the last decade preaching fiscal prudence.Furthermore, much of the land needed to build the wall is privately owned, implying lengthy legal proceedings, political blowback, and substantial expropriation payments.A Morning Consult/Politico poll released Wednesday said 47 percent of voters support building a wall, with 45 percent against.Trump again promised “100 percent” to make Mexico pay for the wall Wednesday, something the Mexican government has repeatedly said it will not do.“Ultimately it will come out of what’s happening with Mexico. We’re going to be starting those negotiations relatively soon. And we will be, in a form, reimbursed by Mexico,” he told ABC. “All it is, is we will be reimbursed at a later date from whatever transaction we’ll make from Mexico.”“I’m just telling you, there will be a payment, it will be in a form, perhaps a complicated form,” the President added. “What I’m doing is good for the United States, it’s also going to be good for Mexico. We want to have a very stable, very solid Mexico”Trump aides have weighed hiking border tariffs or border transit costs as one way to “make Mexico pay.” Another threat is to finance the wall by tapping into remittances that Mexican migrants send home, which last year amounted to $25 billion.Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray and the country’s Minister of the Economy are currently in Washington to prepare a visit by President Enrique Pena Nieto scheduled for January 31.“There are very clear red lines that must be drawn from the start,” Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo told the Televisa network in Mexico just ahead of the trip.Asked whether his country would walk away from talks if the wall and remittances are an issue, Guajardo said: “Absolutely.”Trump warned last week that he would abandon NAFTA unless the United States gets “a fair deal.” Mexico has said it is willing to “modernize” the accord, which came into force in 1994 and represents $531 billion in annual trade between Mexico and the United States.Some 80 percent of Mexico’s exports go to the U.S. market. 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