first_imgAccording to the Department of Health, swine flu is an airborne disease that spreads in the same way as seasonal flu, through coughing and sneezing. It cannot be caught by eating pork. Anyone with moderate or severe symptoms should also seek medical attention immediately. People who are suffering from the symptoms should see their doctor. 19 August 2009 South Africa has set up a hotline, as well as a dedicated e-mail address, for public queries about H1N1 influenza, or swine flu.The hotline number is 0861 364 232 (or 0861 DOH CDC)The e-mail address is: H1N1@health.gov.za The hotline will be operated by trained personnel on communicable diseases, supported by experts from the Department of Health. As of 19 August 2009, South Africa had over 3 400 confirmed cases of swine flu, while the number of deaths in the country related to the pandemic stood at six. The provinces with the most infections were Gauteng, with over 1 800 cases, followed by the Western Cape with over 800 cases and KwaZulu-Natal with over 350 cases. Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi announced last week that South Africa would be stepping up its response to the swine flu pandemic with the launch of major awareness campaigns countrywide.What is swine flu? The World Health Organisation (WHO) says illnesses such as existing cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, diabetes and cancer are considered risk factors for swine flu. Source: BuaNews “Asthma and other forms of respiratory disease have been consistently reported as underlying conditions associated with an augmented risk of severe pandemic disease in several countries,” the WHO said in a recent statement. Symptoms can be divided into “mild”, “moderate” and “severe”. Mild symptoms include a runny or blocked nose, fever, muscular aches and pains, a general feeling of unwellness and coughing. “The overwhelming majority of people have mild symptoms and will not need any specialised medical care, and we believe nothing should happen to them,” Health Minister Motsoaledi said last week. “Such symptoms should be treated as with other influenza-like symptoms.” It is treatable with antiviral medication, which is available in South Africa but may only be used under a medical doctor’s direction. However, people with chronic heart or lung disease, pregnant women, or people living with HIV/Aids, should seek medical care immediately if they develop even mild symptoms. Transmission can be avoided by coughing or sneezing into a tissue or hanky; by washing one’s hands regularly; and by avoiding crowded areas, especially if people have symptoms of the flu. Moderate symptoms include mild symptoms as well as shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent vomiting and diarrhoea and signs of dehydration. Swine flu: ‘don’t over-react’ Risk factors According to the WHO, recent reports suggest obesity may be another risk factor for severe H1N1 infection. Pregnant women also seem to be at higher risk of contracting the disease. Severe symptoms include mild and moderate symptoms as well as signs of respiratory distress, blue lips and other parts of the body, and severe drowsiness and loss of consciousness.last_img read more


first_imgAir New Zealand has teamed up with the All Blacks and an all-star line-up of international rugby greats to tackle the airline’s latest on board safety video, Men in Black Safety Defenders.Inspired by the popular film, Men in Black, it features All Blacks’ Captain Richie McCaw and Dan Carter as well as Coach Steve Hansen, team mates Kieran Read, Keven Mealamu, Sam Whitelock and Israel Dagg who gets to test his vocals alongside Kiwi musician Stan Walker.WATCH VIDEO BELOWAmerican actor Rip Torn reprises his role as Chief of the Men in Black with Wallabies great David Campese, former England Captain Martin Johnson and former Argentinean Captain Agustin Pichot making cameo appearances.“The creative concept and the parallels drawn between the All Blacks and the Men in Black are really clever. It’s been exciting to help Air New Zealand bring the Men in Black universe to life in this unique way,” says Emmanuelle Borde, Executive Vice President, Sony Pictures Entertainment.Air New Zealand Head of Global Brand Development Jodi Williams says the airline is crazy about rugby making the All Blacks the perfect partner for its latest safety offering.“We recently extended our sponsorship of the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby through until 2020 and thought what better way to celebrate than with a safety video.“We’ve worked with the All Blacks on previous safety videos and thought it would be fun this time around to have them step into the shoes of the other highly trained Men in Black. The result is not only entertaining but makes people sit up and take notice of the key safety messages.”See Surfing Safety VideoSee The most epic safety safety video ever madeSee The Beuaty of SafetyAll Blacks Captain Richie McCaw says the players had a great time making the video.“We had a lot of laughs on set and were blown away by Israel’s hidden singing talent. If rugby doesn’t work out for him he clearly has a promising career as a back-up singer.”Israel Dagg says growing up he was a huge fan of the Men in Black films.“I grew up listening to the iconic Men in Black movie soundtrack song. Hopefully I’ve done it some justice.”Australian Wallabies great David Campese admitted his appearance in Men in Black Safety Defenders is likely to come at a cost.“I’m expecting to get a right ribbing from my mates for appearing in a video promoting the All Blacks, Australia’s key opponents. They’ll never let me live it down.”Former Argentina Captain Agustin Pichot and Martin Johnson, former England Captain shared his sentiment.“The All Blacks are staunch rivals of the Pumas making it especially fun to play the role of their nemesis in Air New Zealand’s new safety video,” says Mr Pichot.“I’m a big fan of Air New Zealand so was excited to get the call up to appear in the airline’s latest inflight video. I’m sure English rugby fans will have a few words to say about my appearance alongside the All Blacks too,” says Mr Johnson.New Zealand Rugby Chief Executive Officer Steve Tew says it’s a big year for the All Blacks and with plenty of travel on the cards the team was keen to be involved in delivering the airline’s safety briefing to fellow customers.“Air New Zealand’s been a long-time supporter of the All Blacks and New Zealand Rugby and has played a crucial role in connecting the team to fans across the globe through inventive and colourful marketing efforts such as Men in Black Safety Defenders.”Men in Black Safety Defenders will be progressively rolled out across Air New Zealand’s fleet from today.last_img read more


first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are off to a rough start again. I saw the pictures on Facebook of replanting.  So I thought I should chime in here about how precious this seed is and what a seed treatment can and cannot do.  In this Eastern Soybean Belt we have a lot of poorly drained soil.  More importantly, we also have a lot of inoculum and a great diversity of watermolds, Pythium and Phytophthora, that can infect both corn and soybeans.  When soils are saturated (like this week), these watermolds will form swimming spores that are attracted to the young seeds and seedlings. Based on the past 10 years of research we only see a benefit of the seed treatments when there is soil saturation, typically 2 inches of rain within 2 weeks of planting.  Sometimes it only takes an inch of rain if the soils are “just fit” and it rains again immediately after planting.Where we don’t see a benefit, well drained and less than 1 inch of rain, enough to get the seed out of the ground or if there is more than 5 inches of rain.  In these cases, submergence and flooding will suffocate the seed and it will die from abiotic injury.  The soil will smell from all of the organisms that were killed.In the lab, we routinely recover watermolds from soil using soybean or corn as baits.  We saturate the soil and let it incubate for 1 to 3 weeks at cool or warm temperatures; plant it with our favorite bait, saturate it again overnight and then watch all of the soybean seedlings damp-off.  From most Ohio soils, we can always recover a watermold. The fields in Ohio this spring are in the same condition as our soil baiting, the watermolds are primed and ready to go.  If we get a good dry spell, then it requires another round of incubation.So while the snow, sleet, and rain fall this week remember:  your seed is much safer in the storage. You spent a lot of money and it is the best germplasm your seed company had to offer.  If you have to replant you are going to end up getting the third or fourth best, and as we have learned in the past, possibly a variety that is not really suited to Ohio. Often these are susceptible to our resident pathogens that are not found in other parts of the north central region.Finally, don’t look at the calendar.  There are several research teams here that have moved to phenology (https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/gdd/ ), which correlates flowering and growing degree days as the basis for when crops should be monitored for pests — perhaps we should revisit this for planting guidelines. Ultimately, the less time it takes for the seed to germinate, grow vigorously means that watermolds can have less of an impact.last_img read more


first_imgThe administration in southern Assam’s Cachar district has ordered a magisterial probe into the leakage of data related to the National Register of Citizens (NRC).Files with names of people within the Silchar Sadar circle had been leaked out before the complete draft was published on July 30. “Two executive magistrates and a State civil service officer have been tasked with investigating the leakage and submit a report within 48 hours,” Cachar Deputy Commissioner S. Lakshmanan told newspersons on Wednesday.He said the investigators would soon zero in on one of the NRC Nagarik Seva Kendras in the circle where the mischief might have been done.Information pertaining specifically to the Madhurband area of Silchar had been leaked out 24 hours before the complete draft was published. An FIR was lodged in the local police station and a computer shop raided.A grouping of 11 Left and democratic political parties and a forum against Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 on Wednesday said some forces within and beyond Assam were trying to derail the NRC exercise by giving it a communal slant.last_img read more


first_imgHer tough-girl persona almost never cracked in public.When it came time to announce her retirement, with her mother, father, sister, brother-in-law, boyfriend and support team watching from the back of a crowded room at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Friday afternoon, Patrick broke down in tears.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I feel like this is where my life should be headed, and sometimes we just get kind of nudged there,” she began. “Sometimes it’s big nudges and sometimes it’s little.”The 35-year-old Patrick paused several times to compose herself to announce that she will race only in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 next year and then she will walk away from a sport where success was elusive even as she grew into a superstar with multiple labels, not the least of which was savvy businesswoman. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time View comments “I met with her and her agent once,” Ganassi said. “I think it is a good idea for her to do, in fact I think it’s a great idea. The business-side of the deal still has to work.”Ganassi already has Cup star Kyle Larson in his camp practically begging for a shot at the Indy 500. Would he enter one-off entries at Indy for both Patrick and Larson?“I’d have to talk to Larson about that,” Ganassi smiled.Larson and Patrick are close friends, and he posted on Twitter he was happy for her following her Friday announcement: “She’s done so much for Motorsports. I’m excited for her and her future adventures!! #Namaste.”Patrick is the only woman to have led laps in both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500. Patrick ran the Indy 500 from 2005 through 2011. Her highest finish was third in 2009, and she was the first woman to lead laps in the race when she paced the field for 19 trips around the Brickyard as a rookie.Patrick was highly marketable early in her career even though wins were rare. She won the pole for the Daytona 500 in 2013, but finished 24th in the standings the last two seasons. She won her only IndyCar race in 2008, in Japan.Sponsorship trouble surfaced this year, too. When no strong opportunities for next season presented itself, Patrick decided to call it a career next Memorial Day weekend.“I think it’s awesome and it will make for a huge month of May that she’s back there,” said Stewart, who spent half of his career trying to win the Indy 500. “It would be really cool to see her face on the Borg-Warner Trophy, if she can pull that off.”Patrick had been adamant she would never return to IndyCar or the 500, but changed her mind as she realized her competitive options were dwindling.“I know I always said I’d never go back to Indy, and I was always being honest,” she said. “Well, things change. I know now you can never say never. I’d been going through this in my head and kept asking myself, ‘How am I going to get the words out and say it’s over?’ And trust me, I lost my (stuff) a few times over that. Danica Patrick cries he speaks with the media during a news conference before Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series auto race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Friday, Nov. 17, 2017. Patrick will end her full-time racing career after running in next year’s Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500. ( AP Photo/Darryl Graham)HOMESTEAD, Fla. — She started in go-karts when she was 10, and was a national champion two years later. By the time Danica Patrick turned 16, she was on her own in Europe, pursuing a racing career.Patrick was a fearless woman in a sport almost exclusively comprised of male drivers. She raced hard, sparred with her rivals off the track and rarely flinched while becoming one of the most recognizable athletes in the world.ADVERTISEMENT “But this seems right, and this seems good.”Patrick told AP she had only informed about 10 people of her decision prior to Friday’s announcement. Everyone had been extremely happy with the path she’s chosen. She said longtime boyfriend Ricky Stenhouse Jr. “has never been more excited about something about me in his life.”Stewart praised Patrick for her time at SHR, and said his team would never have expanded to four cars without her assistance. Kevin Harvick will try to win a second championship in four years for the organization on Sunday, and Stewart said Patrick has been a huge part of the team’s success.He was disappointed to learn she’s ready to stop driving.“I am happy that she is doing it on her terms, but I am sad because I feel like there are wins under her belt that she can still get,” Stewart told AP. “I thought she’d go road racing or back to IndyCar or something along those lines, because I think that’s where she can be successful.”Patrick’s fame was launched in IndyCar, and her relationship with former sponsor GoDaddy made her one of the most recognizable female athletes anywhere, from Super Bowl commercials to race days in the green-and-black firesuit. She has a winery in California, a line of athletic wear and an exercise and fitness program. Patrick said she’ll have more time to spend on those ventures after the Indy 500.Her career crossroads was put in motion when GoDaddy left auto racing after 2015, then new sponsor Nature’s Bakery was unable to fulfill its three-year commitment to SHR and Patrick. The team pieced together sponsorship all year, but the deal for Almirola next year made Patrick expendable.“I didn’t want to be pushed into anything, and everyone can relate, sometimes things just shift and change around you,” she told AP. “Especially with me and the sponsor situation. I’ve never been there before. I’ve always had a sponsor. It forces you into thinking about things and nothing was lining up easily. If I don’t feel like I can run better than where I am, then I don’t want to do it. And, there have been times that I could not have been more miserable.“That’s not why I come, and I feel like it takes away from everything else I accomplished. I don’t want to be remembered for the things that didn’t go as well. I want to be remembered for the things that went well.” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’center_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:31Duterte had wanted Albayalde to take terminal leave — Go01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Patrick has known for at least a month that she will end her career next season at the Indianapolis 500, a decision that will bring her full circle and return her one last time to the storied track that made her famous. Discussing her decision with The Associated Press a few hours before her announcement, Patrick was giddy with excitement and thrilled at the chance to take one more spin around Indianapolis Motor Speedway.Patrick told AP it took her many months to come to the realization her career is all but over. Once she accepted it, she began putting together plans for “The Danica Double” over the last several weeks.“Nothing that was being presented excited me, then about three weeks ago, I just blurted out, ‘What about Indy? Let’s end it with the Indy 500,’” she said. “This ignites something in me. But I am done after May. Everyone needs to put their mind there. My plan is to be at Indy, and then I’m done.”Patrick would not reveal who she will drive for in either race next year, but Chip Ganassi Racing is the likely ride at Indy. Ganassi has room to field additional cars — he’s scaling down from four full-time cars to two next year — and would give Patrick a car capable of winning. Roger Penske and Michael Andretti both have full lineups announced for next year’s Indy 500.Patrick will not be driving in the Daytona 500 for Stewart-Haas Racing, team co-owner Tony Stewart told AP. Patrick moved from IndyCar to NASCAR after the 2011 season, and has been racing Cup cars for SHR since 2012.  She is being replaced after Sunday’s season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway by Aric Almirola.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more


first_imgUncle: Half of Europe want Real Madrid midfielder Llorenteby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent and uncle of Marcos Llorente has cast doubt over his future at Real Madrid.The midfielder was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain on Saturday.Julio Llorente, his uncle and agent, admits going into the tournament they were preparing to leave Real next month.”We will remember this throughout his life because it is the first title in which Marcos has won,” said Julio Llorente.”To continue in Madrid is nice, but we knew it was not good for his development. We had the plan to leave on-loan until the match against Rayo.”Since the season ended with Alavés, I’ve been called by half of Europe, including Champions League teams.”I was surprised he did not have more participation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgBellamy steps down from Cardiff City coaching roleby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCraig Bellamy will step down as a youth coach at Cardiff City in order to fight bullying allegations. The former Bluebirds star was accused by parents of bullying their children, something Bellamy “categorically” denies. However, while he fights the accusations, Bellamy has stepped down from his coaching role.”I am aware of allegations that have been made against me via the media,” Bellamy said in a statement.”I understand the need for Cardiff City to undertake a full investigation in response to these allegations and – at my own suggestion – I have temporarily removed myself from my coaching position in order to cooperate fully with the club’s inquiry.”Obviously, I am saddened both by the allegations and the manner in which they were made and I categorically refute them.”I fully expect to return to my coaching role and have sought legal advice as to my position. I will be making no further comment until the full investigation by the club has concluded.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgAl Rayyan in talks for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costaby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has emerged as a shock transfer target for Qatar side Al Rayyan.The Spanish bad-boy looked set to leave Diego Simeone’s side for the second time in August after the arrivals of Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata.The 30-year-old’s relationship with club bosses also deteriorated after he was handed an eight-match ban by La Liga authorities for verbally abusing a referee last term.But now Costa has been the chance to reinvigorate his career in the Middle East with Al Rayyan holding negotiations with Atletico, says AS.The Qatar-based outfit view the Brazilian-born striker as a viable alternative to Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic after they failed to land the Croatian this summer. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgKalyani (West Bengal): Real Kashmir FC overcame the mental turmoil arising out of uncertain situations back home as they beat Chennai City FC 1-0 through a last minute goal in the 129th Durand Cup fixture here on Wednesday. A Danish Farooq long range strike in the 90th minute gave the ‘Snow Leopards’ a solitary goal win over the Chennai side. With a lockdown in force in Jammu and Kashmir in the aftermath of the scrapping of Article 370, Real Kashmir assembled for the first time this season here late Monday night only to realise they’re cut off from family members back home. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhBut it did not show in their performance as the David Robertson-coached side dominated against the reigning I-League champions who fielded a reserve side full of local players. The inexperience of Chennai City showed when goalkeeper Kabir T handled the ball outside the penalty box to be sent off in the 76th minute. Seizing on the numerical advantage over the Chennai side, Real Kashmir stepped on the attack and in the 90th minute their star player Farooq sent a powerful right footer from a long range, which beat substitute goalkeeper Prateek Singh all ends up. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”We play professional football. You have to be professional. These sort of things keep happening. Tomorrow something else may happen. Football teaches you how to tackle these situations and play well despite the odds,” Farooq said, reflecting on the situation back home. Showering praise on their Scottish coach, he said it’s Robertson job to keep the players in good mood despite all odds. “Our team atmosphere is like this only, all thanks to our coach. He keeps everyone in good mood and never let us bog down by any pressure. He plays a big role. He keeps motivating us. Don’t keep anything in mind just focus on the game,” said Farooq. “It’s our first match of the season. We never knew what would be our result and we assembled after a long time. So I’m sure this win will boost our confidence. There’s a positive atmosphere in the team,” he said. In their debut I-League season, Real Kashmir were in the title race at one stage before finishing third behind Chennai City and East Bengal. “Our off-season was going on and we met each other two days ago here at the hotel only. Our preparation just began with Durand Cup. Our main goal is I-league. This tournament will help us in getting fit,” he said. Hailed as the ‘Ronaldo of Kashmir’, Farooq had a stomach bug on the eve of the match as he struggled to get going early on a drenched afternoon here. Farooq and Subhas Singh both missed successive opportunities in a second minute move when the ball ricocheted off the post, in what was their best chance of the match. But Farooq finally made it count to seal the three points before the final whistle to keep their semifinal hopes alive. Dedicating the goal to the entire team members, support staff and owners, Farooq said: “They have been hardworking to make a good competitive team. They asked to put up a better show. We will try to do well in upcoming matches as well.” Real Kashmir play Army Green on August 10 and Chennai City will play FC Goa on August 14, both at Kalyani Stadium.last_img read more


first_imgQUEBEC – The Trudeau government has told President Donald Trump he needs to get rid of the punishing U.S. tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum if there is any hope of successfully renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that message was communicated clearly to Trump during his meetings at the G7 leaders’ summit, which is wrapping up Saturday.Trudeau said he told Trump directly that Canadians “particularly did not take lightly the fact that it’s based on a national security reason” and held firm to the government’s threat of retaliation.“Canadians are polite, we’re reasonable, but we also will not be pushed around.”But Trump appeared to take Trudeau’s criticism personally, and denounced the prime minister hours after he departed the G7 summit on Saturday.“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!,” the president wrote.Trump then called Trudeau “Very dishonest & weak” in a follow-up tweet.PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, “US Tariffs were kind of insulting” and he “will not be pushed around.” Very dishonest & weak. Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018It was not immediately clear where the new round of aggression would leave the two leaders and their mercurial attempts to find trade peace.Earlier while still in Quebec, Trump said he wants to make a deal on NAFTA, and he’s open to working with the current pact or striking separate agreements with Canada and Mexico — as long as they agree to renegotiate every five years.Canada wants a deal too, but Trudeau reiterated the government view that the U.S.’s proposed five-year sunset clause is a non-starter.Canada is now adding the tariffs to its list of deal breakers on NAFTA. Morneau said progress is being made, but more work needs to be done to conclude the negotiations.“We’re not going to be able to do that work under the threat of tariffs. And we’re not going to be able to do that work when our retaliatory tariffs, which are real, they’re significant,” Morneau said in a Saturday interview.The government announced it would impose more than $16.6-billion in retaliatory tariffs, effective July 1, on a variety of U.S. goods. Mexico and the European Union have also planned retaliatory tariff packages.Trump said that would be a bad idea.“If they retaliate, they’re making a mistake,” he said.“They do so much more business with us than we do with them … the numbers are so astronomically against them … we win that war a thousand times out of a thousand.”Trudeau said Canada wasn’t backing down.“I highlighted that it was not helping in our renegotiation of NAFTA and that it would be with regret, but it would be with absolute certainty and firmness that we move forward with retaliatory measures on July 1.”Trudeau and the other G7 leaders used their meeting to try to persuade Trump to abandon the tariffs, which affect all of America’s G7 allies.British Prime Minister Theresa May said the other G7 leaders registered their “deep disappointment at the unjustified decision by the U.S.” on its closest allies.“The loss of trade through tariffs undermines competition, reduces productivity and removes the incentive to innovate and ultimately makes everyone poorer,” she said.Once again, Trump emphasized that the days of the U.S. getting the short end of the stick in its trading relationships with the world were over under his watch.And he made clear that extends to the current deal the U.S. is renegotiating with its continental neighbours, Canada and Mexico.“We’re either going to have NAFTA in a better negotiated form or we’re going to have two deals,” the U.S. president said.But by insisting on re-negotiating every five years, Trump is diametrically opposed with Canada, which says the sunset clause would create perpetual uncertainty and harm long-term investment.Disagreement over the sunset clause was the deal breaker that scuttled a possible meeting between Trump and Trudeau in Washington late last month in an attempt to bring the NAFTA talks to a conclusion.Vice President Mike Pence told Trudeau he would have to agree to that before Trump would agree to meet him.Trudeau refused, and the meeting was off. But the lead ministers from both countries talked trade on the sidelines of the G7 leaders’ meeting on Friday.“On NAFTA we either leave it the way it is as a three-some deal with Canada, the United States and Mexico and change it very substantially — we’re talking about very big changes. Or we’re going to make a deal directly with Canada, directly with Mexico,” Trump said Saturday.“If a deal isn’t made, that would be a very bad thing for Canada and a very bad thing for Mexico. To United States, frankly, it would be a good thing but I’m not looking to do that. I’m not looking to play that game.”Trump repeated his criticism of Canada’s supply managed dairy industry, one of his favourite targets in Twitter posts, including this week prior to his arrival in Canada.Pierre Lampron, the president of Dairy Farmers of Canada, shot back at Trump’s claims about his industry.“President Trump is targeting the dairy sector because he wants to dump U.S. dairy into Canada,” Lampron told The Canadian Press, adding that Canada imports five times more dairy from the U.S. than it exports.“President Trump wants nothing less than wiping out Canadian dairy farming.”last_img read more