Ronaldo the only winner in Spanish football’s civil war

first_imgWorld Cup Ronaldo the only winner in Spanish football’s civil war Mark Doyle Deputy Features Editor 06:00 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Getty Images World Cup Portugal v Spain Spain Portugal Real Madrid Primera División Cristiano Ronaldo Sergio Ramos Transfers Opinion The Portugal superstar looks perfectly poised to take advantage of the chaos caused by Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal on the eve of the World Cup “You’re a f***ing w****r and you can stick your World Cup up your arse!” So said Republic of Ireland captain Roy Keane to manager Mick McCarthy before walking out of the Republic of Ireland training camp on the eve of the 2002 tournament in Japan and South Korea.As exits go, it was arguably the most divisive in World Cup history. As Keane’s team-mate Niall Quinn later wrote of what became known as ‘The Saipan Incident’, “It ultimately caused a huge controversy in Irish society.” Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move He wasn’t exaggerating. Even the Irish Taoiseach (prime minister) tried to broker a peace accord between Keane and McCarthy but it wasn’t to be.Instead, the Irish nation effectively became embroiled in a sporting civil war over who was right and who was wrong.Sixteen years on, Spain is just as divided. The country’s preparations for the 2018 World Cup were thrown into chaos by the decision to sack coach Julen Lopetegui just two days before their opening game, against Portugal in Sochi.Flanked by new boss Fernando Hierro at Thursday’s pre-game press conference before a packed media room in the Fisht Stadium, Roja captain Sergio Ramos did his best to present a united front. When he arrived, he was all smiles, happily agreeing to a photographer’s request to stand side by side with his fellow Real Madrid legend, a man he had grown up idolising.Just over 20 minutes later, though, his mood had been adversely affected by the pessimistic environment in which he had found himself: “I’m going to leave this press conference now because it feels like a funeral in here when, in fact, tomorrow we’re going to play in the World Cup, which is a marvellous event.”To put it mildly, this was not how Ramos had envisaged his first World Cup as Spain captain kicking off, amid chaos and controversy, and a plethora of questions over whether his squad had been split in two by Lopetegui’s dramatic dismissal.Ramos, unsurprisingly, insisted that the players remained united. “I can say this clearly, there’s no division whatsoever,” he stated. “We all have our opinions, that’s only human. But personal feelings do not come into it. The goal is the same. “Some of what has happened will make us feel a bit sad and players can have different opinions; that’s only human. But this an opportunity to make ourselves stronger.”Fernando Hierro Sergio Ramos SpainReading between the lines, it was obvious that the sensational decision by Spanish Football Federation chief Luis Rubiales to fire Lopetegui for agreeing to take over at Real Madrid after the tournament has not gone down well with every player.That is hardly a shock. Lopetegui had revived La Roja after a meek Euro 2016 exit. They were united and undefeated under the 51-year-old.As Ramos pointed out, “Julen will be a part of what happens in this World Cup, regardless of what has happened.”The fear now, of course, is that the whole affair has damaged Spain’s morale. Fernando Santos insisted earlier on Friday that Lopetegui’s dismissal had changed nothing. “Spain have been playing the same way for 10 years, so I’m not expecting any surprises,” the Portugal boss said. However, there is no denying that Lopetegui’s sudden exit – and Real Madrid’s role in it – has altered the entire complexion of Spain’s campaign.Considered the favourites by many after going unbeaten under Lopetegui, who took over after the tame Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Italy, there is now a huge question mark over how their squad will react, particularly with news by now having filtered through from Madrid that their former boss has described as his dismissal as “the saddest day of my life since the death of my mother”. Cristiano Ronaldo PortugalGoing by Ramos’ statements – “some of what has happened makes us feel a bit down” – there is huge sympathy for Lopetegui. In Spain, though, some believe that Rubiales was left with no option but to dismiss Lopetegui, believing that he disrespected the role of national team boss by agreeing to join Madrid just over a month after signing a contract extension with the RFFF.However, others feel that Rubiales put personal pride before the national team. Many Madrid fans are also adamant that had Lopetegui been joining any other side than theirs, Rubiales would not have wielded the axe. Real president Florentino Perez insinuated as much in his remarkable press conference, one which has only solidified the perception that this is now the mother of all club-versus-country rows: Madrid versus Spain.Of course, any dressing-room discord could be ruthlessly exploited on the pitch by Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, the world’s most lethal finisher. Despite their status as European champions, and the continued excellence of their captain, the Seleccao had not been expected to challenge Spain for top spot in Group B but now nobody knows what to expect from a side that will now be led by Hierro, whose only previous coaching experience was a short and unsuccessful spell in charge of Oviedo two years ago.The former defender says that he does not plan to make any significant changes. “Much of the coaching staff is the same,” he pointed out. “So, not much is going to change in two days. You’re going to see the same Spain, a team that tries to be the protagonist in games.”Nobody, though, is more adept at stealing the limelight than Ronaldo and, given the events of the past 48 hours, it would not be at all surprising to see him claim centre stage on Friday night.As Ramos conceded, “To be honest, I’d rather have Cris on my team than against me.” Especially in circumstances such as these.Ronaldo could well be the only victor from Spain’s civil war.last_img read more

Russia nearly through after storming past Egypt

first_imgRussia 3 Egypt 1: Salah strikes but hosts right on course for last 16 Patric Ridge Last updated 1 year ago 03:58 6/20/18 Russia - cropped Getty Images Mohamed Salah scored from the spot on his World Cup debut, but Egypt are on the verge of an early exit following a 3-1 defeat to Russia. Mohamed Salah’s penalty failed to save Egypt as World Cup hosts Russia all-but secured progression from Group A with a comprehensive 3-1 win in St Petersburg.Making his first appearance since going off injured in the Champions League final on May 26, Salah was often on the periphery at the Krestovsky Stadium, but still managed to mark his World Cup debut with a consolation on 73 minutes.However, the damage had already been done in a 15-minute blitz from Russia early in the second half, Ahmed Fathy’s own-goal opening the floodgates. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Russia took full advantage of the moment of good fortune, Denis Cheryshev and Artem Dzyuba netting in the space of three minutes to put Russia in complete control.Despite his struggles, Salah was rewarded for his resilience when he was fouled by Roman Zobnin – VAR overturning the referee Enrique Caceres’s initial decision to award a free-kick on the edge of the area.The Liverpool star duly converted from the spot but it could not kick-start a comeback, and while Russia’s place in the last 16 will be confirmed should Uruguay beat Saudi Arabia, Egypt look set to fall out at the first hurdle.3 – Mohamed Salah is the third different player to score for Egypt at the #WorldCup, after Abdelrahman Fawzi (1934) and Magdy Abed El Ghani (1990). Trio. #EGY #RUSEGY pic.twitter.com/DJFyEvLJTA— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 19, 2018Russia wasted no time in carrying on where they left off in their opening victory – Sergei Ignashevich heading at Mohamed El-Shenawy before Aleksandr Golovin fired wide.Egypt weathered the storm, though, and Trezeguet very nearly took advantage of the extra space created by Salah’s presence when he curled just wide from the edge of the box.Cheryshev went close to taking his tally for the tournament to three moments later, but El-Shenawy ensured the winger’s strike did not dip in under the crossbar.Salah’s moment looked set to arrive in the 34th minute, but Yuri Zhirkov ensured he was in the right place to prevent the forward connecting with Mohamed Shafy’s deflected cross.Zhirkov could do nothing to prevent Salah’s next effort, however, as he spun clear of the experienced defender and sent a wicked strike inches wide of the target.19 – Mohamed Salah has had fewer touches than any other Egyptian outfield player in the first half against Russia. Search. pic.twitter.com/beR9WklLng— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 19, 2018Any Egypt momentum was punctured two minutes into the second half, though.El-Shenawy’s poor punch put Egypt under pressure, and Zobnin’s first-time follow up spun in off the unfortunate Fathy, with VAR confirming that Dzyuba had not fouled his opponent.Salah was presented with a glorious chance to restore parity with 56 minutes gone, only to hesitate, allowing Mario Fernandes to intervene.Fernandes soon made a key contribution at the other end too, driving into the box before supplying a neat cut-back for Cheryshev to slot home Russia’s second.Dzyuba got in on the act with a fantastic turn and finish to send the crowd into raptures, though Zobnin’s clumsy pull-back at least enabled Salah to get himself a World Cup goal.Still, his effort came in a losing cause for Egypt, with the hosts making it two wins from two to close in on a place in the next round. Key Opta stats:- This is the first time Russia have won their opening two matches at a World Cup since 1966 (as the Soviet Union), a competition that saw them reach the semi-finals.- Russia’s haul of eight goals in their opening two World Cup games is the joint-highest for a host nation, level with Italy in 1934.- There have already been 10 penalties awarded in 17 games at this World Cup, the same number that there were in the entire group stages of the 2014 tournament.- There have now been five own goals at the 2018 World Cup – the only tournament to see more in the competition was in 1998 (6).- Each of the last eight goals Egypt have conceded in World Cup matches have come in the second half. read morelast_img read more

2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football will be one of 41 sports on offer at the eighth Pan Pacific Masters Games on the Gold Coast in November. The Masters Games will run from Saturday, 3 November through to Sunday, 11 November 2012 with the Touch Football part of the event to be played from Wednesday, 7 November to Saturday, 10 November. 15 divisions will be on offer for the Touch Football part of the event, with four Women’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+), seven Men’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+) and four Mixed divisions (W30+/M35+, W35+/M40+, W40+/M45+, W45+/M50+). The Pan Pacific Masters Games is a celebration of masters’ sport with both fierce and friendly competition and a jam-packed entertainment program at the Games Village at the end of each day. For more information regarding the Touch Football component at the 2012 Pan Pacific Masters Games, please click on the link below: http://www.mastersgames.com.au/default.asp?PageID=13124Related LinksPan Pacific Gameslast_img read more

Prolongation par le gouvernement des services dincendie et daccessibilité à leau potable

first_img Pour plus d’informations sur la façon dont le gouvernement aide les résidents touchés par la pénurie d’eau dans le sud-ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse, allez à novascotia.ca/watershortage/fr. Le ministère des Ressources naturelles maintient certains services saisonniers de lutte contre les incendies et les interdictions de brûlage un peu plus longtemps qu’à l’ordinaire compte tenu du risque encore élevé de feu de broussailles et de forêt. Les interdictions de brûlage dans la province sont affichées quotidiennement à 14 h à www.novascotia.ca/burnsafe/fr. Les feux de camp et de broussailles sont interdits entre 8 h et 14 h tous les jours durant la saison de risque élevé de feu de forêt. Habituellement cette saison est du 15 mars au 15 octobre, mais cette année, elle prendra fin le 22 octobre. Les équipes saisonnières de lutte contre les incendies dans les régions ouest et du centre de la province assureront le service jusqu’au 22 octobre. « Le maintien des ressources et des restrictions jusqu’au 22 octobre est nécessaire pour veiller à la sécurité de nos forêts, de nos collectivités et de la population, a déclaré le ministre des Ressources naturelles, Lloyd Hines. La sécheresse persiste et nous ne pouvons pas baisser la garde. Nous insistons pour que tout le monde respecte les interdictions de brûlage telles qu’elles sont affichées en ligne. » Les Néo-Écossais qui ont besoin d’avoir accès à de l’eau potable et à une douche pourront aller dans certains parcs provinciaux situés dans les régions ouest et du centre de la province après la fin de la saison de camping. Le Ministère gardera ces parcs ouvert jusqu’au 27 octobre inclusivement, mais uniquement pour l’accès à l’eau et aux douches. La plupart des parcs provinciaux ferment habituellement après le jour de l’Action de grâces. Les parcs provinciaux suivants sont ouverts au public (pour prendre une douche et avoir accès à de l’eau potable) du dimanche au jeudi, de 10 h à 20 h, et ce, gratuitement : Parc provincial du lac Dollar, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax Parc provincial de l’île Graves, comté de Lunenburg Parc provincial Laurie, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax, de 10 h à 18 h Parc provincial du lac Porters, Municipalité régionale d’Halifax Parc provincial de la plage Rissers, comté de Lunenburg Parc provincial The Islands, comté de Shelburne Parc provincial Thomas Raddall, comté de Queenslast_img read more

Your sanctions on Iran are illegal Russia reminds US

first_imgMoscow: Russia on Monday denounced as “illegal” new economic sanctions that the United States is preparing to impose on Iran. “We consider these sanctions illegal,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said during a briefing. Tensions between Washington and Tehran have flared since Iranian forces on Thursday shot down a US drone, the latest in a series of incidents including attacks on tankers in sensitive Gulf waters. US President Donald Trump on Friday called off a planned retaliatory strike at the last minute, tamping down the threat of military action. He said Washington would instead place “major additional sanctions on Iran on Monday”. Last year, Trump unilaterally pulled the US out of a landmark 2015 deal meant to curb Iran’s nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief. Russia is one of the world powers that negotiated the deal with Tehran and has harshly criticised US moves to undermine the agreement. Meanwhile, The United States on Monday was due to tighten sanctions on Iran as the two countries traded barbs in a tense standoff sparked by Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal. Both nations say they want to avoid going to war, but tensions have spiralled as a series of incidents, including attacks on tankers and the shooting down of a US drone by Iran in the Gulf, raised fears of an unintended slide towards conflict. On Sunday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a US-made MQ9 Reaper “spy drone” — also widely used for carrying out military strikes — had encroached his country’s airspace on May 26. He made the allegation in a tweet that included a map purporting to show the drone had violated Iranian airspace. It was dismissed as “child-like” by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo as he headed to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates for Iran talks with the two US allies. Zarif’s statement came after Iran said it had shot down a US Global Hawk drone on Thursday for violating its airspace near the strategic Strait of Hormuz, which the United States denies.last_img read more

Indias services activity contracts for first time since May 2018 PMI

first_imgNew Delhi: The country’s services sector activity in June contracted for the first time since May 2018 as weak sales, competitive pressures and unfavourable taxation hampered output, a monthly survey showed Wednesday. The IHS Markit India Services Business Activity Index fell to 49.6 in June, down from 50.2 in May, as broadly stagnant sales caused the first drop in business activity in over a year. In PMI parlance, a print above 50 means expansion, while a score below that denotes contraction. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”The latest PMI results for India bring some concerns over the sustainability of the relatively robust growth rates seen at the start of the year, and the ability of companies to create jobs,” said Pollyanna de Lima, Principal Economist at IHS Markit. In the service sector, there was an outright contraction in business activity which was prompted by broadly stagnant sales. “It’s somewhat surprising to see some companies linking subdued demand to high tax rates, two years on from the GST implementation, with the hotel tax mentioned in particular,” Lima said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsMeanwhile, the IHS Markit India Composite PMI Output Index, that maps both the manufacturing and services industry, fell from 51.7 in May to 50.8 in June — its lowest mark in over a year. “Looking at the opening quarter of fiscal year 2019/20, we see the slowest upturn in private sector output since the last quarter of fiscal year 2017/18, which dragged employment growth down to a notable extent,” Lima said. Going forward, Indian service providers are hopeful of an improvement in demand conditions. “Services companies are hoping that some stimulus will boost demand in the coming months, translating into output growth, though confidence about the future also started to fade,” Lima said. Experts believe that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will continue with its dovish stance in its upcoming policy review in August to boost slowing economic growth.last_img read more

UNSC opens closed door meeting on India revoking special status to JK

first_imgUnited Nations: The UN Security Council on Friday began a rare closed door meeting to discuss India revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir after Pakistan, backed by its all-weather ally, China, requested “closed consultations” on the issue.The outcome of the UNSC meeting will not be a formal pronouncement as the consultations are informal in nature. India and Pakistan are not attending the meeting, which is open only to the five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’China, a permanent member of the UNSC and close ally of Pakistan, had asked for “closed consultations” in the Council, which began its deliberations at 10 am (7:30pm IST) in the Security Council Consultations Room. On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories — Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India’s decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KIndia has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality. Russia’s deputy permanent representative, Dimitry Polyanskiy told reporters before entering the meeting room that Moscow’s view is that it is a “bilateral issue” between India and Pakistan. He said the meeting was being held to understand what is happening. “That’s what closed consultations are for. What does Russia think the next step should be- we favour bilateral track between india and Pakistan. You know our position. It hasn’t changed. Today we have closed consultations and we will just exchange opinions and see what we can do and what we cannot do. It is a normal process.” When asked if Russia was concerned over the tense situation between India and Pakistan, Polyanskiy said, “we are very much concerned. We hope to avoid it. Asked if the Council can play a useful role, he replied, “We first need to discuss and then we’ll see.” Replying to another question, he said, “sometimes it is better not to touch upon such an issue. It’s a bilateral issue,” the Russian diplomat said. It is significant that the discussions are not being held at the horse-shoe table in the Security Council Chamber, which is a more formal format for meetings. In a setback to Pakistan’s intentions, the consultations on its letter to the Council are closed and informal and there will unlikely be a formal pronouncement after the meeting, diplomatic sources said. In the letter to the UNSC, Pakistan had requested that its representative be allowed to participate in the meeting, in accordance with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations and rule 37 of the provisional rules of procedure of the Security Council. But Pakistan’s request was not allowed, the sources said. According to UN records, the last time “the Security Council addressed the dispute between India and Pakistan over the territories of Jammu and Kashmir” under agenda item ‘The India-Pakistan question’ was in 1965. The Council’s schedule said “Security Council consultations (closed) India/Pakistan”, listed for 10 am. Sources said since it is a consultation, any outcome is not formal pronouncement. A UN diplomat had told PTI that China had asked for closed consultations on the Security Council agenda item ‘India Pakistan Question’. “The request was in reference to the Pakistani letter to Security Council President Joanna Wronecka,” the diplomat said. Poland is the Security Council President for the month of August. The five permanent members of the UNSC are China, France, Russia, the UK and the US. The 10 non-permanent members are Belgium, Cote d’Ivoire, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Indonesia, Kuwait, Peru, Poland and South Africa. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has urged India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” and refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir. He had highlighted the Simla Agreement which rejects any third-party mediation on the issue. PTIlast_img read more

Nova Scotia Liberals win confirmed in last of three recounts in tight

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s governing Liberals have retained every seat they won in the May 30 election, after a third judicial recount Monday confirmed a tight win on the province’s south shore.Liberal Hugh MacKay’s victory over NDP incumbent Denise Peterson-Rafuse in Chester-St. Margaret’s grew by one vote, to 91 votes.MacKay took 3,112 votes in the recount, overseen by Justice James Chipman in Halifax, while Rafuse took 3,021, one fewer than the official count.Tory candidate Julie Chaisson gained a vote, to 2,230, while Green party hopeful Harry Ward’s vote was unchanged at 413.MacKay, a former geo-information technologies consultant, upset Peterson-Rafuse, who had held the seat since 2009, when the NDP swept to power with a majority government under then-leader Darrell Dexter.She served as community services minister and was re-elected in 2013, although the New Democrats were ousted from power by the Liberals.Peterson-Rafuse took a leave of absence in April 2016 after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, but returned to sit in the legislature that fall.Judicial recounts last week confirmed Liberal victories in two other ridings where the party snagged razor-thin wins.Bill Horne was confirmed Friday as the winner in Waverley-Fall River-Beaverbank, while Lloyd Hines was confirmed in Guysborough-Eastern Shore-Tracadie, ensuring the Liberals would retain their slim majority in the 51-seat legislature.The Liberals have 27 seats, the Progressive Conservatives 17 and the NDP 7.last_img read more

Muskrat Falls challenge delayed after judge considers whether to remove herself

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – A constitutional challenge of the Muskrat Falls hydroelectric project stalled Monday as the Newfoundland judge adjourned the matter to weigh demands that she be replaced.Provincial Supreme Court Judge Gillian Butler said she will likely issue a written ruling next week after Brad Cabana argued she should step aside because of personal, political and professional ties.Cabana, a political blogger and small businessman who is representing himself, told the court that Butler has a history of representing Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro. The utility is a subsidiary of Crown corporation Nalcor Energy, proponent of the Muskrat Falls project.In a written submission, he also said she has previously donated to the Progressive Conservative party, now the provincial government, that supports Muskrat Falls.And he said Butler is married to David McKay, a partner in the law firm that is representing former premier Danny Williams in a defamation suit and countersuit involving Cabana.Cabana has argued that Butler is in a position of reasonably perceived bias. If she dismisses the constitutional challenge and imposes hefty court costs, it could limit his ability to argue the defamation case, Cabana said in court.Butler said the information on political contributions goes back to 1996 and entirely predates her appointment to the bench in 2007.She said it appeared that Cabana had spent “a great deal of time” over the weekend researching her life before she became a judge.“I want to caution you, Mr. Cabana, that I think you’ve crossed the line here.”She stressed that “a focus on what’s relevant” is required and submissions that veer more toward the vexatious, scandalous or embarrassing have legal consequences — including possible charges of contempt of court.Cabana apologized. He said he only meant to bring to light facts that he thought were relevant.Butler said she would show Cabana lenience as a non-lawyer representing himself but would not hear his arguments on political donations.Lawyers for the provincial government, Nalcor Energy and the Innu Nation quoted case law arguing that “cogent evidence” of bias is the proper legal test for when a judge should step down from a case. Mere suspicion of bias or conflict of interest is not enough, they said.Lawyer Rolf Pritchard, representing the provincial government, stressed that Butler’s husband is not directly handling the Williams case.Lawyer Thomas Kendell, representing Nalcor Energy, agreed with Pritchard and said it’s unfortunate Cabana feels it necessary to “cast aspersions on the court’s impartiality.”Cabana said it weighs on him that Butler could impose significant court costs against him if the constitutional challenge proceeds with her as judge and is ultimately dismissed.“Certainly it will be very, very, very, very difficult for my family should we lose,” he said outside court. “However, on the flip side of it, I think it will be very, very difficult for the people of this province if I lose. So you compare the two, you weigh the two and decide, you know, whether you put the people before yourself.”Cabana argued that the proper test for a judge’s removal is a reasonable apprehension of bias.Justice must not just be done but “it must be seen to be done,” he said in court.Cabana also said Butler has a pecuniary or financial interest because her husband’s law firm stands to profit if his ability to defend himself in the Williams case is diminished.Cabana is trying to stop the $7.7-billion hydro development in Labrador, alleging various constitutional violations that he says could spell disaster for the province if the project is successfully challenged once it’s built. by Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 25, 2013 10:41 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Muskrat Falls challenge delayed after judge considers whether to remove herself read more

TSX advances traders look for reassurance on US economic health

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Friday as investors pinned their hopes on economic data and second-quarter earnings coming out next week that could provide reassurance about the pace of the U.S. economic recovery.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 63.51 points to 15,094.25. The Canadian dollar was up 0.28 of a cent to 93.8 cents US.New York indexes moved into positive territory late in the session amid data showing improving consumer sentiment, with the Dow Jones industrials edging up 5.71 points to 16,851.84.The Nasdaq was up 18.88 points at 4,397.93 and the S&P 500 index rose 3.74 points to 1,960.96 as the University of Michigan’s widely watched consumer sentiment index rose to 82.5, an improvement on the 81.9 reading that economists had forecast and up from a flash estimate of 81.2.But the report failed to dispel doubts about economic growth that were sparked this week by a report showing the U.S. economy contracted by 2.9 per cent in the first quarter, almost a full point higher than expected.Markets had initially shrugged off the data on expectations the American economy would jump ahead in the second quarter as the deterioration was largely blamed on severe winter weather. But concerns resurfaced Thursday as a new report showed a worse than expected reading on consumer spending and consumption.The report also sparked concerns about whether the American economy can take the strain of higher interest rates, particularly after St. Louis Federal Reserve president James Bullard said markets don’t realize how close the central bank is to reaching its targets of low unemployment and stable prices. That prompted speculation the Fed could hike as soon as the first quarter of 2015.“I think it is a nervous market and it’s a market where people are increasingly a little skeptical, a little worried and we are not away from geopolitical risk,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO at Stephenson and Co. Capital Management.“People are willing to put some bets on, but not big bets and they’re not willing to whip it around so what you’re seeing is a reluctance to commit more money towards strategies at this point in the cycle.”Traders are looking ahead to manufacturing and employment data next week for reassurance that the U.S. economy is indeed on track for a strong second quarter.It is also hoped that the flood of corporate earnings reports covering the April-June period will provide reassurance that the economy is improving.The consumer staples sector climbed 0.7 per cent as the parent of grocer Sobeys, Empire Co. (TSX:EMP.A) gained $3.13 or 4.6 per cent to $70.82. The stock had also edged higher Thursday after Empire said it was closing 50 underperforming Sobeys stores, while quarterly earnings beat expectations.Commodity prices were mixed as September copper closed unchanged at US$3.17 a pound and the base metals group was up 0.88 per cent.Techs strengthened and the sector also moved ahead 0.88 per cent.Financials were also supportive, up 0.61 per cent.The energy component was up 0.15 per cent as August crude declined 10 cents to US$105.59 a barrel. Crude prices have fallen this week in the wake of the weaker than expected U.S. consumer data and expectations that the sectarian fighting in Iraq won’t spread to the oil-producing south.The gold sector led decliners, down 0.18 per cent, even as August bullion rose $3 to US$1,320 an ounce.The Toronto market ended last week with a slight loss, down 14 points as investors opted for caution amid doubts about the pace of growth in the American economy. The Dow industrials shed 95 points or 0.56 per cent. TSX advances, traders look for reassurance on U.S. economic health by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2014 6:22 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Mexico Canada weathering same Trump storm on NAFTA but will solidarity hold

by Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press Posted May 10, 2017 2:30 am MDT Last Updated May 10, 2017 at 3:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email OTTAWA – To hear Pierre Alarie tell it, Mexico and Canada are like two weary travellers seeking shelter from the same storm — the fierce bluster from Donald Trump’s frequent criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement.The two nations will be better able to withstand that storm if they stand together, the Canadian ambassador to Mexico declared last month during a speech to a business gathering in that country’s capital city.Alarie’s message, Mexican and Canadian officials say, reflects a deep level of co-operation between the two countries — something that, given the challenging three-way dynamics of North American politics, hasn’t always been the case in the past.It may not be the case in the future, either.If push comes to shove, some observers warn, Canada will have to jettison Mexico and pursue its own bilateral side deal with the U.S. if the NAFTA talks degenerate.A strong, newly negotiated three-way NAFTA is the goal, said Maryscott Greenwood, head of the Canadian American Business Council. But strained relations between Trump and Mexico could well make that difficult, she acknowledged.“If it’s politically impossible … for the U.S. to move forward with a comprehensive economic relationship with Mexico for various reasons — Mexican politics, U.S. politics — then we think, ‘Don’t be delayed by that; move forward with a bilateral negotiation,’” Greenwood recently told the House of Commons foreign affairs committee.“If we can’t have trilateral, certainly we should move forward on a new agreement with Canada and the United States. We think it’s doable and possible.”Not surprisingly, Mexico’s political leaders, like Tourism Minister Enrique de la Madrid Cordero, warn against abandoning NAFTA’s unique three-way nature.Canada and Mexico should be working together to modernize the 23-year-old trade deal, not settling for a series of bilateral side deals where one country throws the other under the bus to serve its own interests, he said.To that end, Canada and Mexico need to talk directly, to strengthen their relations in the face of U.S. uncertainty, de la Madrid Cordero said in a recent interview.“There’s a three-way conversation that will always take place and should take place. But at the same time we should start to have an even more constructive relationship talking directly among ourselves because we share similar challenges,” he said.“We should learn to have a relationship that is not always dependent and does not only go through the U.S.”Laura Macdonald, a Canada-Mexico expert at Carleton University, said Mexico and Canada have a checkered history of co-operation that dates back a quarter of a century.“Mexico and Canada have not co-operated very well in the past. Originally, the Canadian government wasn’t thrilled about Mexico being part of the NAFTA agreement,” Macdonald said.The two countries have grown closer over the years, but other irritants have arisen, notably the visa requirement that Stephen Harper’s Conservative government imposed on Mexican travellers in 2009.It was lifted last year by the Liberals; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s subsequent efforts to repair relations have brought the two countries closer together at an opportune time, Macdonald said.Officials from either side of the Canada-Mexico divide, speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss matters of diplomatic sensitivity, say the lines of communication between the two countries are always open.A Canadian official says Trudeau’s efforts at a Mexican rapprochement prior to Trump’s electoral win last November certainly hasn’t hurt, leading to open channels of communication that have become a critical tool in the Trump era.The official’s Mexican counterpart cited “constant communication” between cabinet ministers in the two governments, and that conversations are ongoing in foreign affairs, economics, the environment and security — not just when Trump “blurts” something out.Duncan Wood, director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Centre in Washington, D.C., said Mexicans have become hardwired to believe they are on their own in fending for their interests in North America, regardless of friendly overtures by Canada.All that changed, he said, when Trump recently blasted Canadian dairy, lumber and energy. After Mexico endured so many vitriolic Trump attacks, it “saw an opportunity there and immediately expressed support for Canada.”With Mexico’s next presidential election set for the summer of 2018, the clock is ticking against any comprehensive renegotiation of NAFTA, but there could be some significant amendments such as in e-commerce, Wood suggested.The key, he said, is for all three countries to do some advance talking on what can be achieved during what will likely be a short three-month window for talks at the end of 2017.Wood added one caution: as they continue their dialogue, Canada and Mexico need to tread carefully.“You don’t want it to seem like you’re ganging up on the United States,” he said. “Effective co-ordination between the three nations ahead of time is valuable.” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto during the APEC Summit in Lima, Peru on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. To hear Pierre Alarie tell it, Mexico and Canada are like two weary travellers seeking shelter from the same storm — the fierce bluster from Donald Trump’s frequent criticism of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The two nations will be better able to withstand that storm if they stand together, the Canadian ambassador to Mexico declared last month during a speech to a business gathering in that country’s capital city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick Mexico, Canada weathering same Trump storm on NAFTA, but will solidarity hold? read more

Revenue to repay thousands of homeowners in property tax blunder

first_imgThey added that they will write to these people as soon as possible advising them that they may qualify for an exemption subject to meeting the conditions of the exemption.Your questions about the local property tax answered>Revenue: We assumed that people would be somewhat familiar with the concepts> THE REVENUE COMMISSIONERS are set to repay thousands of homeowners after confusing wording of the Local Property Tax (LPT) legislation gave a three-year exemption to all homeowners who bought in 2013.It’s believed the property tax refund will cost the Revenue millions of euros.In a statement this morning from the Revenue Commissioners, they stated that the local property tax legislation provides for a number of exemptions, two of which are:An exemption in respect of new houses purchased from a builder or property developerAn exemption for buyers of any house whether new or second-hand, where the house is then occupied as the buyer’s sole or main residence.The Commissioners referred to the second clause on exemptions in the Local Property Tax legislation which, they said, clearly intended to apply to first time buyers.The second exemption also applies up to 2016 but only as long as the house is occupied as the purchaser’s sole or main residence.  The exemption cannot pass to any subsequent purchaser.First time buyer“It was originally intended that this second exemption would only apply to first time buyers, which is clear from the head note to the section (Exemption for first-time buyers). The Explanatory Memorandum to the Finance (Local Property Tax) Act clearly states that the exemption applies to first-time buyers and this was the clear intention of the exemption,” they stated.However, read literally, the exemption benefits not just a first time buyer, but all buyers.The statement continued, by recalling that the Mortgage Interest relief which was phased out on mortgages taken out after 31 December 2012, stating that “this measure was a transitional provision to help first-time buyers in the first year after the abolition of Mortgage Interest relief”.‘Read literally’They added the wording of the legislation, drafted by the Department of Finance, read literally, gives the exemption to any buyer, not just a first time buyer.“The result is that a person who purchases a second hand house and occupies it as a sole or main residence is entitled to the exemption regardless of the fact that they are not a first time buyer,” they stated.Having reviewed the legislation, Revenue concluded that, “notwithstanding the fact that the intention was clear, the legislation did not impose a liability to LPT on a non-first time buyer of a second–hand house,” they said.The Revenue said they will now try and identify the people concerned by matching LPT data with stamp duty records.They added:We have concentrated on trying to identify two groups of people:Those who bought before 1 May 2013 and may have wrongly paid the 2013 LPT and who will not have a liability for 2014  to 2016, and those who bought after 1 May and who will not have a liability for 2014  to 2016.The vendor in these cases would have been liable to the 2013 charge.last_img read more

Gas leak near San Diego Zoo prompts evacuations park shut down

first_imgGas main break at the SD Zoo near the main entrance. SDFD has two crews and a battalion chief on scene and they are working with Zoo staff. Evacuations of the area taking place currently. Please avoid the area if possible. pic.twitter.com/v6Kpvgtvcs— SDFD (@SDFD) August 22, 2019 Posted: August 22, 2019 Gas leak near San Diego Zoo prompts evacuations, park shut down Jonathan Halvorson, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A natural gas leak forced closures of the San Diego Zoo and several other Balboa Park attractions Thursday and prompted road closures in the busy tourist district.The hazardous fumes began wafting through the landmark city park north of downtown San Diego about 8 a.m., when a construction worker accidentally broke a 4-inch-diameter utility line in the 2900 block of Zoo Drive, fire department spokeswoman Monica Munoz said.Authorities closed the main entrance to the zoo and its parking lot as a public safety precaution. Police, meanwhile, shut down traffic lanes around the site of the leak.No animals were taken out of the zoo, which had not yet opened to the public for the day, but employees were evacuated from the Wegeforth Bowl, Dickinson Center, gift shops, Reptile House, Tiger River and Treetops and the Benchley Building.Zoo officials soon decided to keep the world-renowned menagerie closed for the day.“All animals at the zoo are safe and secure,” San Diego Zoo Global, the nonprofit that operates the 113-year-old facility, stated in the late morning.Just south of the zoo, all buildings along El Prado — including the San Diego Museum of Man, Museum of Art and Natural History Museum — were closed until further notice, as was Spanish Village, according to park officials. The Air and Space Museum, however, remained open, city spokesman Tim Graham said.About 10:45 a.m., repair crews halted the leak, SDG&E spokeswoman Sara Prince said. It was unclear when natural gas service would be restored to the area.“We’re assessing the damage, and then we’ll repair it,” Prince said in the late morning. August 22, 2019center_img …from the area, and closed the Zoo for the remainder of the day. All animals at the Zoo are safe and secure. San Diego Fire, San Diego Police, and San Diego Gas & Electric are on site, and we will follow their guidance.— San Diego Zoo (@sandiegozoo) August 22, 2019The zoo is undergoing a redesign of the Children’s Zoo area of the park, located near the front entrance.SDG&E crews arrived at the scene around 8:30 a.m. and were working to cap the leak, Prince said. Updated: 5:19 PM Jonathan Halvorson Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

With Fewer Casualties Army Plans to Close 40 Percent of Warrior Transition

first_imgThe Army will close 10 of its 25 warrior transition units by summer 2016 as the number of war-related casualties declines, officials announced Friday.Most of the closing locations serve 50 or fewer soldiers. The transition units will remain on installations where there are large concentrations of soldiers, and they will continue to be co-located with major Army medical centers.“We addressed the need at the height of conflict, and we are addressing the need as we come back down,” said Col. Chris Toner, commander of Warrior Transition Command. “We’re also matching our Warrior Transition Units to where our largest troop densities are and where our best medical centers are.”The service has been shuttering units since they reached a peak of 45 and served 12,800 active and reserve soldiers. The current population served is 3,654 soldiers, reported Army Times.Officials project an “enduring requirement” to serve between 2,800 and 3,000 soldiers at the units, Toner said. If a conflict escalates, capacity at the remaining locations could reach 8,100 within a year.The 10 units slated to close over the next year are Fort Gordon, Ga.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; Fort Meade, Md.; and Naval Medical Center, Calif.The transition units were established in 2007 to provide personalized care to soldiers recovering from physical and mental wounds requiring at least six months of rehabilitative treatment and complex medical management, including traumatic stress and brain injuries. The comprehensive outpatient management care provided through the program is designed to allow soldiers to smoothly transition to civilian life, or back to duty. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

See the world

first_imgSandhu’s landscapes in oils, water colours and pastels along with Amar’s adventure travel  photography from across the world will be displayed for the first time in India.Sandhu is one of the few artists who have developed prints using her iPad drawing apps and translates nature, still life into colorful paintings in mixed media, using ink, water colour, acrylics and oils. Singh, also a mountianeer,  loves to record his myriad adventures with his camera. The idea behind this exhibition was to show a collection by Sandhu, landscapes that have inspired her along with her son’s photos of his adventures and his love for the outdoors.Singh has organised expeditions to remote and interesting parts of the world such as Kamchatka, the Himalayas, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Japan, the Swiss Alps and the Australian Outback.When: 12-14 April; Timing: 11.30 am-7.30 pmWhere: Visual Art Gallery, Indian Habitat Centrelast_img read more

A look at the TransPacific Partnership which rewrites rules on trade in

first_imgRelated posts:Trans-Pacific Partnership: 12 Pacific countries seal huge free trade deal Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators push hard for deal Ex-trade minister Anabel González: TPP, like CAFTA, will help Costa Rica in long run US lawmakers ease Obama’s path to Pacific trade deal The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a tentative agreement on tradenegotiated by a dozen Pacific-rim nations, will slightly pry open Japan’s famously closed rice market, protect brand-name drugs from generic competitors for at least five years and lower tariffs on automobiles.The Trans-Pacific Partnership will rewrite the rules of commerce among 12 nations that collectively produce an estimated 40 percent of the world’s economic output. It still faces hurdles, such as a vote in the U.S. Congress, but if ratified would have a far-reaching impact on goods and services.PharmaceuticalsThe Trans-Pacific Partnership establishes at least a five-year minimum period during which brand-name drug companies have exclusive rights to sell treatments made from living organisms, known as biologics, after they’ve been approved. That’s fewer than the 12-year exclusivity period granted under U.S. law, but is longer than the time frame now observed by many countries in the pact.Companies that make much of their revenue from biologics include AbbVie, Celgene and Amgen. Makers of biosimilars — drugs that mimic biologics and cost less — will lose out from the extra wait in nations that are parties of the pact and have shorter exclusivity periods. Among those are Hospira, owned by New York-based Pfizer, and Celltrion, based in South Korea.“BIO strongly believes that 12 years of data exclusivity is a prerequisite to attract the investment required to continue medical innovation and develop new biological cures and therapies,” Jim Greenwood, president and chief executive officer of the lobbying group Biotechnology Industry Organization, said in an emailed statement.The longer exclusivity period will pressure the budgets of other countries in the deal and may significantly reduce access to drugs, according to Ruth Lopert, a professor at George Washington University. She said as many as 40,000 people in Vietnam, the poorest country in the agreement, could stop getting drugs to fight HIV because of provisions that will boost the price of therapy.The agreement won’t make much of a difference to biotechnology stocks, Eric Schmidt, an analyst at Cowen & Co., said before the agreement was announced. With or without exclusivity, biotech intellectual property is pretty well protected, he said.“I don’t think this is a big deal for us,” Schmidt said. “Biotech patents have historically been very long-lived, more durable than either 8 or 12 years of government-granted exclusivity.” Hospira corporate headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFPAutos“It will have a negative impact on the U.S. auto industry and probably also on the Canadian and Mexican industries as well,” said Clyde Prestowitz, president of the Economic Strategy Institute, a nonpartisan research group, in Washington.Under the North American Free Trade Agreement, 62.5 percent of a vehicle’s content must come from the region to avoid import tariffs.With the Trans-Pacific Partnership covering four times as many countries as NAFTA, some countries wanted that amount to be at least 60 percent, said people familiar with the matter, while Japan argued for 40 percent. TPP negotiators in Atlanta agreed last week to a level of 45 percent of a vehicle.The deal includes provisions to eliminate U.S. import tariffs of 2.5 percent on cars and 25 percent on trucks. But since it isn’t tariffs that keep U.S. autos from being sold in markets like Japan, there won’t be reciprocal trade going West across the Pacific, Prestowitz said.“Imports to the U.S. will undoubtedly rise and exports from the U.S. will remain essentially stopped up,” he said.U.S. lawmakers sought strong and enforceable language on currency manipulation, but that wasn’t in the TPP agreement and will have to be negotiated separately, Representative Sander Levin of Michigan said in a memo to fellow Democrats in the House Advisory Group for Negotiations prior to the deal’s announcement. The Treasury Department will handle those talks.Ford urged Congress to reject the trade deal because it “fails” to address currency manipulation, the second largest U.S. automaker said in a statement.“To ensure the future competitiveness of American manufacturing, we recommend Congress not approve TPP in its current form, and ask the Administration to renegotiate TPP and incorporate strong and enforceable currency rules,” Ziad Ojakli, Ford’s group vice president for government and community relations, said in the statement. “This step is critical to achieving free trade in the 21st century.” Ford urged the U.S. Congress to reject the TPP deal because it “fails” to address currency manipulation, the second largest U.S. automaker said in a statement. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFPAgricultureJapan budged little on rice, the U.S. gave few concessions on sugar and Canada’s dairy system remained intact in the regional agreement, with the toughest agriculture issues resolved by tinkering.The Trans-Pacific Partnership deal gives U.S. livestock producers new market access and simplifies inspection rules for fruits and vegetables while lowering taxes across farm goods, according to Darci Vetter, the U.S. Trade Representative’s chief agriculture negotiator. While not reaching the ideals hoped for by domestic commodity groups, U.S. agriculture benefits more than enough to line up behind the deal, Vetter said.The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a “major win” and will “reduce tariffs and level the playing field for U.S. beef exports,” National Cattlemen’s Beef Association president Philip Ellis said in an emailed statement. The deal is also expected to give “enormous new market opportunities” for U.S. pork, according to an emailed statement from the National Pork Producers Council.On rice, Japan is establishing a new country-specific, duty-free quota of 50,000 tons for U.S. imports, which will rise to 70,000 over 13 years, along with potential new opportunities for increased U.S. sales within quotas already created through the World Trade Organization.One of the final pieces of the Trans-Pacific Partnership to come together involved Canada’s unique protections against imported dairy goods.In the end, Canada agreed to open — over five years — foreign quotas for 3.3 percent of its dairy market, 2.3 percent of its egg market, 2.1 percent of its chicken market, 2 percent of its turkey market and 1.5 percent of its broiler hatching eggs market.“We obviously would have preferred that no additional market access be conceded in the dairy sector,” Dairy Farmers of Canada President Wally Smith said in an e-mail. “However, we recognize that our government fought hard against other countries’ demands, and have lessened the burden by announcing mitigation measures and what seems to be a fair compensation package.” The TPP deal gives U.S. livestock producers new market access and simplifies inspection rules for fruits and vegetables while lowering taxes across farm goods, according to Darci Vetter, the U.S. Trade Representative’s chief agriculture negotiator. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFPCanada announced an income-protection plan for producers for 10 years.The Ottawa-based Dairy Farmers group said the milk displaced by this agreement will never be produced in Canada and “will result in perpetual lost revenue for our farmers.”Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast said “The outcome is one that reflects Canada’s long-term interest.”U.S. tobacco producers unsuccessfully fought an element that limits their ability to use the accord’s dispute resolution procedure to challenge tobacco controls. Public health advocates supported the measure.“By carving out tobacco from the TPP,” Sen. Thom Tillis, a Republican from tobacco-growing North Carolina, said in a statement circulated by industry representatives, “the Obama administration is discriminating against an entire agricultural commodity, setting a dangerous precedent for future trade agreements.”© 2015, Bloomberg News Facebook Commentslast_img read more

S Korea man arrested over alleged death threat on US envoy

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall Sponsored Stories Top Stories Four benefits of having a wireless security system The allegations come just months after Lippert was attacked by another man who slashed him with a knife during a breakfast forum. Lippert suffered deep gashes on his face and arm in that attack in March and was treated at a Seoul hospital for five days.Police said the message, which contained many grammar errors, didn’t clearly explain why he wanted to kill Lippert. They refused to disclose the full message.Police said the man has lived in seclusion at his home but there is no record of any psychiatric hospital treatment. The investigation began at the request of the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, according to the police statement.If convicted, the man could face up to five years in prison.The man who attacked Lippert in March was later charged with attempted murder. Police said he chose Lippert as a target to highlight his opposition to U.S.-South Korean military drills, which North Korea calls an invasion rehearsal. Seoul and Washington have said their drills are purely defensive.Anti-U.S. activists have long blamed the presence of 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in South Korea for the continuing split of the Korean Peninsula.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean police said Friday that they had arrested a 33-year-old jobless man for allegedly making an online threat to kill the U.S. ambassador in Seoul.The man allegedly left an English-language message vowing to kill Mark Lippert with “nuclear poisoning” on the White House website on July 8, police said in a statement.The man, surnamed Lee, has denied the allegation. But police say they’ve found a draft of the online threat and records of access to the White House homepage on his laptop computer, according to the statement. Parents, stop beating yourself upcenter_img Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 people who need to visit the Ultrastar Multi-tainment Centerlast_img read more

Eurail Pass changes will benefit travellers Rail Europe

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Removing France from the Eurail Select Pass will benefit travellers and their wallets, according to Rail Europe Australiasia manager Richard Leonard.Announced earlier this week, Europe Rail announced that commencing 1 January next year the Eurail Select Pass would no longer include France, however, the country would still be covered on the Eurail Global Pass, Eurail two-country Passes and the France Rail Pass.Mr Leonard said with more holiday-makers looking to explore different regions across the continent, the change would only serve to assist travellers, particularly those not looking to stop-by France.“Gone are the day when travellers hop from city to city in a short amount of time just to tick off their ‘been there, done that’ list,” Mr Leonard explained. Agents and travellers can still select France as an option for travel with a Eurail Select Pass until 31 December this year. last_img read more