Whether you have read the book or not, this adaption of Tracy Chevalier’s bestselling novel, Girl with A Pearl Earring is a superb exploration of artistic inspiration and frustrated sexual attraction. Griet comes to the house of Dutch master Vermeer as a young maid-servant with no more in mind than the money she must earn for her impoverished family. Vermeer, played by a smouldering Colin Firth, who, seeking inspiration for his next project, is captivated by Griet’s innocence and artistic sensitivity. She in turn becomes increasingly absorbed by the painting and by Vermeer himself. The result is a portrait haunted by longing and unfulfilled desire. Scarlett Johanssen is perfect in the role of Griet. Her fresh complexion works as a bare canvass for her expressions, crucial to our understanding of her character, since her part is almost entirely devoid of dialogue. The chemistry between her and Firth is tantalisingly suggestive throughout. Director Peter Webber’s greatest achievement is to exploit the visual effects particular to the medium – the lighting and cinematography create scenes apparently lifted straight from the art that is the film’s subject.Archive: 0th week HT 2004
By By U.S. Navy Admiral Kurt W. Tidd, Commander, U.S. Southern Command; and U.S. Ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago John L. Estrada July 11, 2016 It seems “gender equality” is on track to be the 2016 phrase of the year. It’s certainly been trending on social media. What receives less attention, however, is the far thornier topic of unequal access to opportunities. As a four-star Combatant Commander and U.S. Ambassador (who was also the 15th Sergeant Major of the United States Marine Corps), our long careers have enabled us to recognize and respect the role women play in advancing our national interests and our country’s goals of peace, stability and prosperity. We recognize that what makes us diverse makes us strong. And we recognize that no nation, including the United States, can get ahead if half its population is left behind. With a combined 66 years of service to our nation, we’re looking to impart some of these hard-learned lessons on the importance of equal opportunity in our respective services. It is noteworthy and encouraging that there have been three female Secretaries of State in the last 15 years. However, the Foreign Service (much like the U.S. Military) was not always so accommodating to women. In the “Mad Men” era of the 1960s, it was assumed that women would resign from the Service once they got married. And it wasn’t until 2015, that the U.S. military formally opened up 220,000 formerly closed positions and occupations to women. Equal opportunity is more than just lip service or filling a quota in today’s security environment; it is a strategic imperative. As leaders in defense and diplomacy, we’re here to tell you: This isn’t about leveling the playing field; it’s about putting the best possible team on the field. As we have seen over and over across countless professions, when given the same opportunities, women repeatedly show just how equal they are to their male colleagues. Like millions of others, they serve magnificently in our Embassies and on our front lines. They are seasoned diplomats and combat-tested soldiers, U.S. Ambassadors and four star Combatant Commanders . . . who just happen to be women. How accepting is our own hemisphere of the principles and pragmatism of gender inclusion? Let’s look at some numbers. Women now account for roughly four to seven percent of militaries in the Americas — and in Argentina and Uruguay, they make up 11 and 16 percent. Since 1973, the number of women in our enlisted ranks has increased seven fold to 14 percent, and among our officers has quadrupled to 16 percent. There are now over 1,200 United Nations Police women from 63 countries serving in peacekeeping missions around the world, and in 2014, for the first time, a woman was designated as force commander of the U.N. Mission in Cyprus. Latin America’s female representation in peacekeeping operations, while still low, is higher than most. But of the 36 countries in our hemisphere, only four — soon to be five — have a National Action Plan to advance the principles of women in peace and security. Seven out of the top ten countries in the world with the highest murder rates of females are in Latin America. Every year, tens of thousands of women and girls are victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Women in our hemisphere overwhelmingly bear the burden of insecurity and instability — which means they must be a large part of the solution. And from Buenos Aires to Mexico City, millions of women across the hemisphere are doing exactly that, joining together to call for an end to gender-based violence. It’s for these reasons, and many others not listed, that we are beginning this dialogue, which we started [last] the week of June 13th in the inaugural 2016 Women in Military and Defense Conference, co-hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Forces and U.S. Southern Command. While we’ve come far, there are yawning gaps between words and actions still to close, entrenched cultural challenges still to address, and ceilings still to break. Let us not dwell on the past, but rather use our individual histories to shape solutions and help our institutions tackle roadblocks that still prevent us from fielding our best, most capable teams. We salute the men and women throughout the hemisphere who are committed to changing their communities and countries for the better. Let’s get to work! This Op-Ed was originally published by The Miami Herald on July 4th.
The expansion of Prince Rupert’s Fairview Container Terminal in Canada’s British Columbia has reached another milestone with the arrival of three Malacca-max dock gantry cranes.The three gantry cranes entered Prince Rupert Harbour aboard the heavy load carrier ship Zhen Hua 25 on May 13.The offloading process is expected to take several days, the Princ Rupert Port Authority said.Each crane is equipped with a horizontal reach of 25 containers and is capable of working the largest vessels in the world, the authority said.When the expansion project is complete in the third quarter of 2017, the capacity of Fairview Terminal will increase by half-a-million TEUs, boosting its total capacity from 850,000 to 1.35 million TEUs.Operated by DP World (Canada) Inc., the expanded Fairview Container Terminal will include a second deep-water berth, three additional gantry cranes, and land reclamation to expand the container yard.Image Courtesy: The Prince Rupert Port Authority
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish praised Chelsea after his team’s 2-1 defeat in the FA Cup final at Wembley.The Merseysiders felt aggrieved after Andy Carroll’s late header was adjudged to have not crossed the line before being pushed onto the crossbar by Blues keeper Petr Cech.But Dalgish conceded: “We were excellent in the last half hour, but a game lasts 90 minutes and you can’t afford to give a quality side like Chelsea a two-goal lead.“Credit to Chelsea – if you’re the better team for an hour of the game then you’ll feel you deserve to win.“You can’t lose two goals in the fashion we did and expect to take anything from the game.”Click here for the Chelsea v Liverpool quizSee also: Drogba strikes again as Chelsea beat Liverpool in controversial finalCech insists Carroll’s header did not cross the lineFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., offered an amendment to a highway funding bill to repeal country of origin labeling requirements for beef, pork and poultry and stave off trade retaliation from Canada and Mexico.The U.S. Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) law requires meat to be labeled with the country where the animal from which it was derived was born, raised and harvested. (It also applies to fish, shellfish, fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables and certain nuts.) The World Trade Organization (WTO) in May rejected an appeal by the United States of the international trade body’s October 2014 ruling that the COOL provisions on beef and pork discriminate against Canadian and Mexican animals that are sent to the United States to be fed out and processed.The WTO decision allows punitive tariffs to be put on U.S. goods going into Canada and Mexico, which are asking for a combined $3.1 billion in retaliation. A WTO arbitrator now is determining the level of retaliation. According to Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, the average U.S. pork producer is expected to lose $10 per hog beginning later this year and into next year, and based on his estimates, retaliation from Canada and Mexico against U.S. pork likely would double pork producer losses.Also, Senate Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., introduced a bill that would repeal mandatory meat labeling and replace it with a voluntary labeling program. She, too, is expected to try to attach the legislation to the highway bill. But because Stabenow’s bill — like the existing law — calls for labels to provide information on where animals are born, raised and slaughtered, it still would necessitate segregation of Canadian and Mexican livestock, leading to discrimination against them — a violation of international trade rules. Canada and Mexico issued statements rejecting Stabenow’s voluntary approach and said they would continue to pursue retaliation.“The only acceptable outcome remains for the United States to repeal COOL,” said Canadian Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and International Trade Minister Ed Fast.Although the United States could seek a WTO ruling on voluntary labeling or any other legislative proposal to which Canada and Mexico object, that process could take as long as two years, and Canada and Mexico likely would continue retaliating pending a decision. The current WTO arbitration panel will not review any new U.S. COOL proposal but only will determine the level of retaliation.The House in June passed on a 300-131 vote legislation repealing the COOL meat labeling provisions.
While push technologies of the ’90s failed to take hold, ten years later another technology with similar benefits is gathering steam and is even making in-roads into the enterprise. It is RSS — Really Simple Syndication.Technically RSS is not ‘push’ since the RSS client needs to poll regularly for updates rather than the server pushing out information to the client as it becomes available, but from a user perspective, the result is similar. RSS aggregator software presents a dashboard of feeds to the user and flags items that have been updated. Instead of having to spend the time browsing to each of your favorite web sites, RSS readers can aggregate and alert you to any changes that happen on those pages and present the information in a single location.Forrester’s research shows that RSS has a loyal following, but that only 2 percent of web users are consuming RSS feeds and that more than half of that number are users under 40 years old. Forrester attributes slow overall adoption of RSS by ‘average’ Internet users to the fact that it is a technology that hasn’t been packaged well. ‘RSS’ sounds too geeky and unapproachable to many users. And the ‘Orange Button’ that defines the URL for the RSS feed doesn’t help. Click on that Orange Button and you are presented with a page of color-coded XML code — something many people don’t want to deal with.But the RSS geek factor may shrink in 2007, especially because of Microsoft. Microsoft’s Outlook 2007 email client integrates support of RSS feeds into the Outlook dashboard — RSS feeds can be organized as Outlook folders. And Outlook isn’t alone. Microsoft’s Sharepoint Server 2007 and IBM Lotus Notes Domino 8 will all provide RSS support.What does this mean for the enterprise? RSS feeds have the potential to redirect the flood of information that today is flowing into email inboxes into a spam-free, much more targeted, self-organizing stream of information. It provides a channel of specialized information that users can tune into for keeping up to date. Within the enterprise, RSS feeds can support collaboration among members on a project team. RSS project feeds can be used to summarize project progress and status. Feeds can also provide a much simpler and efficient process for distributing and circulating report information.
We chatted with screenwriter Megan Weaver about her script “The Starfish” and some insights for pitching your screenplay.If you’re an aspiring screenwriter (or, heck, just a filmmaker), I’d highly recommend checking out the Austin Film Festival. The Austin Film Festival (AFF) is well-known as the “writer’s film festival,” and it showcases some of the strongest scripts recently to hit the screen — or even still in pre-production. (You can read more of PremiumBeat’s Austin Film Festival coverage here.)At AFF, it’s not hard to to run into an aspiring screenwriter. With full slates of panels and workshops during the day, and networking events and mixers at nights (to go along with dozens of screenings), you’re always within earshot of a conversation about character arcs or the nuances of dialogue.One up-and-coming screenwriter (as well as a director and playwright) whom we ran into was the talented Megan Weaver, whose project, The Starfish, was a semi-finalist in the Drama and Enderby category at AFF. Weaver had these insights to share about her festival experience and how she was able to break her feature down into a successful 90-second pitch for the AFF Pitch Competition.PremiumBeat: How did you get into screenwriting?Megan Weaver: I’m a theater director and playwright, and I do a lot of experimental devised work. When the seeds of my screenplay The Starfish first started sprouting in my mind, I thought maybe it was the beginnings of another original theater piece. But as I explored it further, it revealed itself to me as a realist coming-of-age drama-comedy. With that, I realized it should be a film. So I started teaching myself the fundamentals of screenwriting, and started outlining . . . and a year and a half later, here I am!Photo by Tyler Eglen (via Megan Weaver).PB: Tell us a little bit about your script.MW: The Starfish is a teen coming-of-age drama romp about two queer teenagers vying for the same leadership position at an evangelical Quaker camp. Think Love, Simon meets Saved! My protagonist, Vi, is a transgender boy who’s only recently come out to himself and outwardly still looks like the soulful, androgynous girl his friends think they know. Like a starfish, it’s not possible to tell his gender from the outside. When he’s nominated to be the camp’s next youth leader, he’s thrust into the crosshairs of Mallory, a sanctimonious homeschooler who desperately wants the position for herself. Mallory believes Vi is a lesbian, and the church has a clear policy against gays in leadership. Mal would know — she’s in love with a fellow female camper. When the youth choose Vi, Mallory fires off a chain reaction that causes him to be wrongly outed as gay. Vi is stripped of the position and forced to choose between coming out as trans before he’s ready, or losing the only spiritual home he’s ever had. But in a mud-slinging Capture-the-Flag climax, he and Mallory reach a surprise alliance that gives him the courage to embrace his truth without explanation and leave the church for good. When he does, he discovers that just as a starfish can drop a limb only to have it regenerate, sometimes breaking away is the only way to be born again.PB: How did you find out about the Austin Film Festival?MW: I live in Austin, so I was aware of the festival before I wrote my own screenplay. After I finished my first draft, I joined a local writer’s group, and all they could talk about was how great the festival was for emerging/aspiring writers. That was in November 2017, and I set my sights then on attending in 2018.PB: Tell us about your pitch submission process.MW: I bought the pitch ticket on a whim, feeling like if my script didn’t progress through the screenwriting competition, this would be another opportunity to give it some exposure. I started writing the pitch about three weeks before the festival, because I knew with a 90-second limit every word would count, and I wanted plenty of revision time. So by the time my pitch day rolled around, I had really internalized what I wanted to say. I also sat in on a pitch session the day before mine to see what it was like, and I took notes on the strongest pitches and the judges’ feedback. That helped me refine my final version, so by the time I got up there I felt super prepared and clear on how best to present my work.Image via Megan Weaver.PB: Do you have any advice about how you were able to condense your story into the 90-seconds needed for the pitch competition?MW: The best pitches I listened to had three major things in common: they emphasized the central human relationship at the heart of their story, they included a couple major plot twists that genuinely surprised me, and they ended with a strong final phrase that evoked both the title and thematic heart. It’s basic storytelling — get me emotionally invested in your characters, tell me their goal or mission, throw a big obstacle or two in their way that cause them to transform and grow, and then button it up nice and tight. So I went back to my pitch and mapped out if I had those basic ingredients, cutting anything that was superfluous and highlighting those key components. It streamlined it immediately, and it came out to almost exactly 90 seconds.PB: How was the competition at AFF? Did you notice any trends from the other film pitches?MW: The best pitches made me feel something. And I think the best pitchers were comfortable, un-rushed, and didn’t feel too performative. No one likes to feel like they’re being sold to. Just tell a great story, and be practiced and confident in the telling. The people who could do that in 90 seconds, taking us on a surprising journey from start to finish and either making us laugh or (at least inwardly want to) cry, to me, invoked the most confidence that their scripts would be equally sophisticated and worth a read.PB: What’s next for your project?MW: I’d love to make a short film out of a key scene early in the feature, in which Vi is trying to figure out how to change clothes in the girls’ cabin. He’s no longer comfortable being seen naked by his girlfriends who are lounging all around him, gossiping freely about sex and boys. He ends up hiding in his bunk bed to change, and the cramped awkwardness of trying to change in that tiny space contrasts with the feminine freedom of the girls. But a new girl, Olivia, picks up on Vi’s discomfort and befriends him after lights out, planting the seeds of a love story that’s central to the feature. Ultimately I’d like to direct the feature, and this short would be a calling card for that vision.Image by Matthew Ragan (via Megan Weaver).PB: Do you have any advice for aspiring screenwriters or filmmakers that you’d like to share from your AFF experience?MW: I think pitching is an amazing tool for getting at the heart of your story. Especially with that 90-second constraint. I recommend it to anyone as a core part of the writing process. Even though my script is finished and even placed in the screenwriting competition, pitching it revealed its strengths and weaknesses in a new way, and I’m making rewrites based on those discoveries.Also, I know a lot of writers are nervous about attending the conference alone, especially the social events. But AFF people are sooo friendly, and there are dozens of other aspiring writers who can share the wisdom of their experiences. I made several great new friends, and I’m a true introvert. So embrace the butterflies and show up. It’s absolutely worth it.Cover image by Daniel Cariño (via Megan Weaver).For more information, you can follow Megan Weaver on her page here, and her film project on its page here. For more screenwriting resources and filmmaker interviews, check out some of these articles.Interview: Tracy Andreen on the Romance of Writing for Hallmark5 Important Tools Every Screenwriter Should HaveJonah Hill on Writing and Directing Mid90s — and Tips He Learned from the Greats6 Free Scriptwriting Resources for Your Next ScreenplayScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a Method
Real Madrid begun their first LaLiga campaign under Julen Lopetegui with a 2-0 win over Getafe at the Santiago Bernabeu.In the first league game since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus, Gareth Bale seized his chance to impress, setting up Dani Carvajal for the opening goal before scoring the second himself after the break.Lopetegui suffered a 4-2 defeat to rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup in his first competitive game in charge, but a 10th league win in a row over Getafe looked likely once Carvajal broke the deadlock. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Madrid, who started Keylor Navas over Thibaut Courtois in goal, were not quite firing on all cylinders but never looked likely to throw away a result given Getafe did not manage a shot until the 69th minute.Bale, starting wide on the right, hit the bar with a diving header early on before Carvajal made it 1-0 20 minutes in, nodding the ball over David Soria after the keeper had punched Bale’s cross half-clear.Getafe handed them a second goal six minutes after the restart, when Bale’s shot was parried into the net by Soria after Marco Asensio had stolen the ball from centre-back Djene Dakonam, giving Lopetegui a satisfactory start to life in the top flight. And the scorer of our first league goal in 2018/19 is… @DaniCarvajal92! #RMLiga | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/lHHQtO7arq— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 19, 2018What it means: Positive signs but plenty of work for LopeteguiThere was always going to be a period of adjustment for Madrid in the post-Zinedine Zidane era, and this victory inside a half-full Santiago Bernabeu underlined as much.Madrid looked slick at times but Lopetegui’s fluid system is not yet in full flow. The central midfielders seemed reluctant to move forward and support Karim Benzema and, with Bale and Asensio sticking to their wings, it left the striker very isolated against the Getafe back four at times.That said, they restricted the visitors to almost no chances whatsoever and certainly deserved to take all three points. Lopetegui will be judged primarily on these early results, especially since Barcelona were allowed to build a lead in the title race from the very start of last season, so any victory will be considered a positive.Pat on the back: Bale ready to pick up Ronaldo mantleThis season will be a pivotal one in Bale’s Real Madrid career, as he finally no longer needs to play in the shadow of Ronaldo, and he has got off to an ideal start.Soria did not cover himself in glory with the way he dealt with the Wales star’s cross for Carvajal or his second-half finish, but a goal and an assist in the opening league match is not to be sniffed at.11 – Gareth Bale’s last 11 shots on target for Real Madrid in all comps: vs Leganés vs Barcelona vs Celta vs Celta vs Celta vs Celta vs Celta vs Villarreal vs Liverpool vs Liverpool vs GETAFEStellar. pic.twitter.com/Mgt6oO9jEL— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 19, 2018Boot up the backside: Dismal outing for DakonamDakonam was linked with a big-money move to Leicester City during the English transfer window, but Foxes fans will not be too disappointed to have missed out on the defender based on this performance.The centre-back was booked in the first half for a poor challenge on Karim Benzema as the striker left him for dead with a stepover, and it was his dawdling at the back that allowed Asensio to set up Bale for the crucial second goal.Key Opta facts98% – Toni Kroos completed 98% of his passes against Getafe (116/118), the highest percentage of any Real Madrid player in a La Liga game with 100+ passes attempted (since 2005/06). Control. pic.twitter.com/wTzXtGj3bN— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 19, 2018- Gareth Bale has scored eight goals in his last eight games for Real Madrid in all competitions, with only 11 shots on target. – Real Madrid have scored with both of their first shots on target in LaLiga this season. – Dani Carvajal has scored his first goal for Real Madrid in all competitions since August 2016 (against Sevilla in the UEFA Super Cup) and his first in LaLiga since April 2014 (against Osasuna). Both were headers. – Real Madrid have not lost at home on the opening matchday of a LaLiga season since 1984 (0-3 against Barcelona), remaining unbeaten in their 15 home games since that defeat (W11 D4). What’s next?Madrid head to Catalonia next Sunday to take on Girona, who started their season with a 0-0 draw against Real Valladolid.Getafe host Eibar next, a side they beat 1-0 in April in their last meeting. read more
Ruben Loftus-Cheek provided a timely reminder of his quality with a fine hat-trick in just his second start of the season as Chelsea sealed a comprehensive 3-1 win over BATE in the Europa League.The England international has found playing time hard to come by this term, but grasped a rare chance afforded by head coach Maurizio Sarri as the Blues made it three wins from three in Group L to close on the knockout stages.Loftus-Cheek had not scored a Chelsea goal since April 2016 before pulling off two expert finishes inside the opening eight minutes at Stamford Bridge as a Chelsea team featuring a number of fringe players overwhelmed an inferior BATE side. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The pick of his goals came in the 53rd minute to put the result beyond doubt and, despite Aleksey Rios scoring a late consolation goal for the visitors, he continued to shine on an evening that will go down as one of his best as a Chelsea player.A HAT-TRICK FOR RUBEN! #CFCvBATE pic.twitter.com/32x9lzGrO8— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) October 25, 2018Davide Zappacosta sped down the right flank in the second minute and cut the ball back to Loftus-Cheek who provided a clinical finish, steering a first-time shot just to the right of goalkeeper Denis Scherbitski without hesitation.Loftus-Cheek’s second was all about his positional play, the 22-year-old arriving ahead of Olivier Giroud to apply a side-footed volley to Willian’s corner and again finding the net low to Scherbitski’s right.A move that started with Loftus Cheek in his own half saw Pedro burst down the left flank and, when he was dispossessed, Chelsea’s home-grown talent was on hand to guide home his hat-trick goal.Sarri gave 17-year-old winger Callum Hudson-Odoi half an hour as a substitute and he showed glimpses of why he is considered an exciting prospect as the Blues continued to attack.Though Chelsea switched off for a moment to allow Rios to arrive unmarked and volley Igor Stasevich’s cross into the net from close range, it failed to take the shine off a more than satisfactory night for Sarri’s men.What it means: Belarus’ best no match for back-up BluesSarri has found a winning formula in Europe without fielding his preferred strongest line-up and will have been delighted to see the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill step up while Eden Hazard and David Luiz were rested.Loftus-Cheek brings back memories of RussiaThe World Cup may seem a long time ago as the UK winter draws closer but Loftus-Cheek’s confident display of attacking link play and near-constant endeavour brought back memories of his best moments for England in Russia.Hleb a shadow of his former selfAlyaksandr Hleb was a force to be reckoned with during his time at Arsenal and Barcelona but at the age of 37 he struggled to keep up with Chelsea’s fast, free-flowing brand of football.Key Opta Facts:- Chelsea have won their first three group stage games in a season in major European competition for the first time since the 2010-11 Champions League campaign.- Ruben Loftus-Cheek became the first English player to score a European hat-trick for Chelsea since 29th September 1971; when Peter Osgood scored five goals and Tommy Baldwin netted three against Jeunesse Hautcharage in the Cup Winners’ Cup.- Loftus-Cheek’s opening goal versus BATE came with his first shot on target for Chelsea in 2018-19 (in his fourth appearance) – he then scored with his second and third shots on target of the season later in the game.- Loftus-Cheek scored more goals in the opening 53 minutes of this match (three) as he had previously in 35 games for Chelsea (two).- Willian’s appearance in this match was his 250th in all competitions for Chelsea since joining the club in August 2013.3 – Ruben Loftus-Cheek is the first English player to score a hat-trick in the UEFA Europa League since Harry Kane for Spurs vs Asteras Tripolis in October 2014. Treble. pic.twitter.com/zFTMnMm61h— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 25, 2018What’s next:Chelsea, who drew 2-2 with Manchester United last weekend, travel to Turf Moor as they look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League against Burnley on Sunday, while BATE will aim to take a step closer to the league title as they face Gomel. read more
WASHINGTON – Canada is facing a fresh deadline to land a trade deal with the United States and save its place in the North American Free Trade Agreement.Trade experts say Canada and the U.S. need to present a text to the U.S. Congress by Oct. 1 in order to join the deal the Trump administration signed with Mexico last week.The overall goal is to reach a deal by a Dec. 1 deadline so Congress can give its approval to a new NAFTA before Mexico’s new president takes office.Otherwise, U.S. President Donald Trump says he will move ahead on a deal with Mexico that excludes Canada.The politically sensitive deadlines form a key challenge for Canadian and American negotiators as they resume their talks Wednesday in Washington.Canadian negotiators are set to return to the bargaining table facing an unpredictable U.S. president and trying to protect Canada’s cultural and dairy sector from American demands in NAFTA renegotiations.