Video: Damen Completes Refit of Teekay’s Petrojarl 1

first_imgVideo Courtesy: DamenDamen Shiprepair Rotterdam (DSR) has delivered the FPSO Petrojarl 1 to Teekay Offshore following a complete redeployment project during the past two and a half years. The 31,500 dwt Petrojarl 1 has been operated by Teekay for 28 years in the North Sea and is now destined for the Atlanta Field in Brazil.After extensive engineering, more than 50% of the process equipment was removed and replaced by new and additional equipment, required to treat heavy oil at the new location in accordance with the most stringent specifications and Brazilian compliance requirements, Damen explained.The available deck space presented major challenges during engineering and execution of the work on board, Damen added.“The Petrojarl 1 project fits within the strategy of Damen to expand further into the repair and conversion of complex offshore vessels and operating units. The recent acquisition of the Damen Verolme Rotterdam yard (DVR), located in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam and holding an extensive track record of successfully refurbished offshore vessels, further complements us in this ambition,” Mark Witjens, Director at Damen Shiprepair & Conversion, commented.The self-propelled FPSO spent 14 months in one of the company’s docks undergoing refurbishment of its marine systems, underwater hull, seawater system, crane booms, heating coils in the cargo tanks and specialised steel works in the upper and lower turret areas, which needed to be completely revised and adapted to suit the 1,500-meter-deep mooring location.Simultaneously, new designed prefabricated equipment skids containing heating, cooling, separation, compression, boilers, centrifuges as well as a new E-house with electrical equipment were placed on board. Interconnecting piping and cabling was installed to complete the topsides and connect it to the remaining facilities.last_img read more

Herbert Morrison aim for back-to-back double

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: Defending ISSA Western Conference double champions, Herbert Morrison Technical, will put both their Under-16 and Under-19 titles on the line, when they take on Cornwall College in the final of both categories. Ralique Grant and Devon Watson spearheaded the lopsided 106-58 win for Herbert Morrison, whose Under-16s brushed aside Muschett High 80-36, while Cornwall eased past Holland High 56-16. Cornwall’s Leacroft Lettman was the game’s high-point man, leading all  scorers with 14 points for Cornwall College. He also held five rebounds to go with four steals and two assists. Teammates Jowayne Jones added 10 points and two rebounds and Alwade Thompson chipped in with a handy nine points for the winners. Owen Rodney was the only player with a significant performance for Holland, with eight points, two rebounds and five steals. In the Under-16 semi-final against Muschett, Okieffe Noble was brilliant, topping all scorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The outstanding Shaqueal Benti also made himself useful with a 19-point, 13-rebound game, while Davaughn Campbell’s 12 points added to the huge margin of victory. In the senior category, Grant outlined his liking for the big games when he and Watson combined for 55 of Herbert Morrison’s total output. Grant had a game-high 28 points, while Watson finished with 27 points and seven rebounds. Tafari Vassell grabbed 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to help stave off the William Knibb charge in the final quarter. Herbert Morrison led from the opening tip-off and held a 49-23 lead at half-time and never allowed their opponents to close the gap. The best-of-three final takes place with Game One set for Montego Bay Cricket Club this afternoon at 4 p.m. (Under-16) and 6 p.m. for the Under-19s.last_img read more

DONEGAL ATHLETES PERFORM BRILLIANTLY AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – PICTURE SPECIAL

first_imgPICTURE SPECIAL: There was plenty of joy despite the miserable weather at times Sunday for the senior champs of Ireland at Santry. It all began to come together for the Valley contingent right from the off. Tori Pena left her training base Phoenix where it was 45 degrees to encounter a cold wet morning in Dublin anyhow came into the competition at 4m went clear then clear 4,15 m and it was win at that stage and with thoughts of Amsterdam clearly in her head it was time to wrap it up.Job done – at the other end of stadium Sommer Lecky at 16 yrs old was going for gold in the high going clear at each height over at 1.71m title won a remarkable a noteworthy achievement for the young Castlederg girl first Tyrone female in the history of the sport to win a senior title now that’s a nice tag.On an occasion such as this u reflect on her first day coming to Finn Valley 8 yrs old for school sports winning 60m race accompanied by her DAD.John Kelly hit 15.25 to claim silver in the shot behind Sean Breathnach ,Galway and returns to competition this upcoming weekend in u 23 champs in which he plans to win a title. Arlene Crossan had qualified Saturday for 400mH and now it was time to do the business .Any attempt to win the title was gone early on as she executed the opening 20m poorly but did drive hard over final 150 to catch many and claim silver with a battling 150m the finish line popping up too soon really but great credit to Kelly Mc Grory, Tirconnaill on her first title back after an injury and ran an aggressive run.Two Donegal athletes were racing for the line in the 800m Mark English successfully defending the title and Karl Griffin an encouraging 3rd and bound now for Europeans. DONEGAL ATHLETES PERFORM BRILLIANTLY AT NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS – PICTURE SPECIAL was last modified: June 28th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:finn valleyNational Championshipsnewspicture specialSportlast_img read more

Nathan Carter leads tributes as Donegal says sad farewell to Áine Friel

first_imgThe people of Fanad will say goodbye to a dear friend today as Áine Friel is laid to rest.Ms Friel passed away on Sunday at the age of 28.She has been fondly remembered as an inspirational community leader and a positive presence with a contagious zest for life. Large crowds are expected at the funeral of Ms Friel this Wednesday morning, with Requiem Mass taking place at St. Columba’s Church from 11am.Ms Friel was well-known for her determination to overcome the challenges she faced in her short life. Born with brittle bone disease, she was passionate about promoting equal rights for people with disabilities and was a much-loved former colleague of the Donegal Centre for Independent Living.Tributes have poured in from across Donegal and beyond following the shocking and heartbreaking news of Aine’s passing.Irish Country Music star Nathan Carter, who counted Áine has one of his biggest fans, posted a touching message online in her honour. Carter said: “Áine was a lovely girl who loved her music & supported me since I started out! RIP Áine you will be sadly missed!!”Gaeil Fhánada CLG offered their condolences to Áine’s large circle of family and friends, saying: “Áine, from Cashelprehan in Portsalon was one of Fanad’s best-known citizens. Áine took on all of life’s challenges with a steely determination and a positive attitude and lived life to the fullest at every opportunity.“Áine truly was a member of her community, she knew everybody, and was known by everybody. She was a member of Gaeil Fhánada for many years, and a former committee member for a time as well, helping with PR duties – involved in the social media end of things.“She will be sadly missed by many people, not only in our parish, but across the county and beyond.”Áine was also a fantastic tourism ambassador for her home area. Through her beautiful photography and community outreach, she always promoted the beauty of Fanad.Local organisations such as Fanad Lighthouse, Fanad Coastal Group and Portsalon Luxury Camping have also celebrated Áine’s endeavours this week.Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis Nathan Carter leads tributes as Donegal says sad farewell to Áine Friel was last modified: April 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:aine friel riplast_img read more

The press in South Africa

first_imgBrand South African reporterSouth Africa has a robust and free press. The country’s turbulent passage from apartheid to democracy made South Africans remarkably news hungry, fed by a robust, free and flourishing press.In 2013, there are 22 daily and 25 weekly major urban newspapers in South Africa, most published in English. There are around 400 regional and community newspapers, most delivered free of charge, as well as a range of general and specialised news websites on a par with the best in the world.About 10.5-million South Africans read the urban dailies, with around 17,5-million people – or 50% of South Africans over the age of 15 – reading newspapers, according to the South African Advertising Research Foundation’s All Media Products Survey (Amps) 2012.South African Audience Research Foundation: www.saarf.co.zaMore on this page:A free pressTrends in South African newspapers Ownership of South African newspapers A free pressSouth Africa has always had a courageous and opinionated press. For more than 40 years the apartheid state tried to gag the country’s newspapers, using legislation, harassment and imprisonment, culminating in the late-1980s States of Emergency. Through all of this, South Africa’s newspapers defiantly reported the news.With democracy in 1994, South Africa’s newspapers were freed from all restrictions. The country’s Constitution, adopted in 1996, explicitly protects the freedom of the press in its Bill of Rights. Section 16 states:Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes:freedom of the press and other media;freedom to receive or impart information or ideas;freedom of artistic creativity; andacademic freedom and freedom of scientific researchThe right in subsection (1) does not extend to:propaganda for war;incitement of imminent violence; oradvocacy of hatred that is based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion, and that constitutes incitement to cause harm.Reporters Without Borders ranked South Africa 52nd out of 179 countries in its 2013 Press Freedom Index.South Africa’s print media subscribe to the Press Code. This has been adopted by the Press Council, which oversees the print media’s system of voluntary independent co- regulation. Members of the public can complain to the Council’s ombudsman.Read more:Press freedom in South AfricaThe Constitution of South AfricaConsumer help: advertising and the mediaWebsites:Reporters Without Borders: www.rsf.orgSouth African Press Council: www.presscouncil.org.zaSouth African Press Code: Full textTrends in South African newspapersThe development of the South African press since the end of apartheid has been marked by two disparate trends: the stagnation and decline of the traditional mainstream newspapers; and the rise of tabloids with a black, working-class readership.The downturn experienced by South Africa’s mainstream press mirrors the trend elsewhere in the world, where the internet has seriously disrupted the industry and free online news has eroded newspaper circulation.But South Africa’s industry also experienced a growth spurt when, in 2002, the country’s first tabloid was launched. Responding to a market created by steadily improving living conditions for many poorer South Africans, Media24 launched the Daily Sun.Aimed at the “blue collar worker”, it filled an enormous gap in the market and it wasn’t long before it broke through the 1-million reader mark. A decade on, it has more than 5.5-million readers, according to AMPS 2012.Daily Sun’s success led to the “tabloidisation” of the industry, with other tabloids being launched, including the Afrikaans-language Son and the Daily Voice, which both target working class readers in the Western Cape.The newspaper landscape was further redefined by the success of vernacular- language newspapers, such as Isolezwe and Ilanga, which are both isiZulu newspapers.However, even these cleverly targeted newspapers have not been immune to pressures facing the industry, and 2012/13 circulation and readership figures remain under pressure. South African media companies are grappling with the substantial challenges of having to reinvent themselves with varying success.Media analysis and commentary at www.grubstreet.co.za and Wits University’s www.journalism.co.zaOwnership of South African newspapersThere are plenty of small, independent media houses, which publish magazines as well as in-house and business-to-business journals. The newspaper industry is dominated by four main players: Media24, Independent Newspapers, the Times Media Group, and CaxtonCTP. Media 24: Africa’s leading publishing company, its operations include newspapers, magazines, digital businesses, printing and distribution companies. The company has a reputation for being adaptive and is especially agile in its approach to digital products. Media24’s majority shareholder is Naspers, one of South Africa’s most successful companies.Website: www.media24.com Independent Newspapers: Home to some of the country’s oldest titles, the group has 18 newspapers in its stable. Irish-owned Independent News & Media sold its South African business to a consortium led by Sekunjalo Investments in 2013. In terms of the deal, the Government Employees Pension Fund will aquire a 25% stake in the company.Website: www.theinc.co.za Times Media Group: With a name change from Avusa to the Times Media Group signalling cost-driven restructuring, the group has promised a focus on digital platforms. Owners of BDFM, which publishes Business Day and weekly business magazine the Financial Mail, as well as the Sunday Times, South Africa’s biggest newspaper. It has a magazine division, and stakes in the Home Channel and Summit TV.Website: www.timesmedia.co.za CaxtonCTP: While its primary focus is commercial printing, Caxton is the owner of the Citizen as well as 13 magazines and a large stable of community newspapers,many of which cover the smaller cities and towns in which the other big media houses have no presence. The company is also involved in packaging, stationery manufacture and book printing.Website: www.caxton.co.za TNA Media: Established in June 2010, TNA owns The New Age, South Africa’s newest daily. Unlike most other newspapers in South Africa, it is privately owned – by the Gupta family, with Bennett Coleman & Co (publishers of the Times of India) an investor and strategic partner.Website: www.tnamedia.co.za Mail & Guardian Media: Publishers of the weekly Mail & Guardian. The company is 87.5% owned by Zimbabwean entrepreneur Trevor Ncube’s Newtrust Company Botswana Ltd. Guardian Newspapers holds 10% of the company, with minority shareholders making up the rest.Website: www.mg.co.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Microsoft’s Windows Chief on Windows 8: You’re Doing It Wrong!

first_imgIt can take days to weeks for users to adjust to Windows 8, the new head of Windows product development admits in a recent interview. What’s wrong with this picture?In an interview with the MIT Technology Review, Julie Larson-Green explained that most users “don’t have trouble upfront” with Microsoft’s new operating system. But for those that do, it can take some time to get used to. “Two days to two weeks is what we used to say in Office, and it’s similar in Windows 8,” Larson-Green said. “We do a ‘living with Windows’ program where we watched people over a series of months in their household. A lot of people don’t have trouble upfront.”Larson-Green should know; she was the mastermind behind the “ribbon” interface that appears in the most recent versions of Microsoft Office. She told the Tech Review that it took about the same amount of time for users to become accustomed to the ribbon interface as it did for Windows 8. Let’s think about that for a minute. At least on the surface, there are two immediate responses to that point:A business productivity perspective.The out-of-the-box, consumer response.Neither favor Microsoft.Is Windows 8 More Efficient?Productivity is an interesting metric; Basically, it equates to useful work done in a given amount of time. Generally, increased efficiency equals increased productivity, but that’s not necessarily true: an inefficient process that adds an extra step or two can be just as productive if performed quickly. Put another way: the Macintosh OS may in fact be simpler and more efficient than Windows 7. But I never completely switched because years of habit made me more productive on Windows.The same thing may hold true for Windows 8, at least according to Larson-Green.“Some people who review it for a shorter period of time may not feel how rich it really is. We’re going for the over-time impression rather than the first 20 minutes out of the box. We’ve found that the more invested you were in the old way, the more difficult the transition is, which is unfortunate because we first hear about everything in the tech press. Those are the ones that we knew up front are going to have the most challenge.”Way to alienate your influencer base, Julie. Are you saying that Windows 8 wasn’t designed for the liberal tech press “experts, but for the real ‘Mericans who have never used a computer before?”In all seriousness, what we haven’t seen from Microsoft is any justification to buy Windows 8 based on productivity. To be fair, the switch from Windows Vista to Windows 7 didn’t provoke many productivity studies, either; aside from an English town council that loved Windows 7, as well as an English gambling community, Betfair, which felt similarly, most merely assumed that Windows 7 was far more efficient than Vista. What we do know, however, is that usability experts, such as Jakob Nielsen and Raluca Budiu, have panned Windows 8 for aspects like too much “cognitive overhead,” a fancy term for forcing users to remember how to do things in a new way. In fact, Larson-Green herself put it well in 2009: “It was really about how we make the PC more productive, and get out of the way more so that people can spend less time interacting with the PC and more time doing the tasks they use the PC to do,” she told InformationWeek, describing Windows 7.From a productivity standpoint, the bottom line is this: Yes, new applications and technologies require training. According to Microsoft, at least some percentage of users take up to two weeks to get up to speed. If you’re a decision maker at a large enterprise, are you wlling to sacrifice two days to two weeks of your entire employee base to learn an operating system that replaces a perfectly functional Windows 7? Two weeks of lost productivity costs a heck of a lot of money.I’d be asking this question: If Windows 8 can make up that lost time in some other way, shouldn’t Microsoft be telling us about it? So far, it hasn’t.Found The Windows 8 Charms Yet? Good Job!From there, Larson-Green gets a little patronizing. “Over 90% of customers, from our data, use the charms and find the start screen all in the first session,” Larson-Green added. “Even if you’re a desktop user, over time there’s a cutover point around six weeks where you start using the new things more than the things you’re familiar with.”Patting your customers on the head for using the basic functions of the operating system isn’t something she should tout. It’s something that she should assume. But although I’m not entirely sure where Larson-Green is going when she refers to desktop users (versus mobile? the desktop UI?) one thing is clear: six weeks is an awfully long time to start using the “new things”.Comparisons to Apple are unavoidable. How long does it take a new user to learn how to use an iPad? Some time, certainly. But days? Weeks? And I would argue that discovering new features should be a delight, not a chore.In many ways, this is Microsoft’s equivalent of Apple’s pathetic “you’re holding it wrong” moment on the iPhone 4.Most customers are invested in the “old way,” Ms. Larson-Green – and that’s not a problem, it’s actually an advantage for Microsoft since that old way usually involves your products. Instead of blaming the customers, many think you should have met them halfway. At least. Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…center_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Microsoft#Microsoft Office#Windows 8 markhachmanlast_img read more

Generals stun Bombers to even slate

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College banked on unlikely heroes in Jerome Garcia and Jeric Diego late to overcome Jose Rizal University, 88-84, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The forwards combined for 18 of the Generals’ 31 fourth quarter points to complete the come-from-behind win and take solo fourth place with a 6-6 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Jed Mendoza led JRU (7-5) with 22 points, nine rebounds, and four assists, while Tey Teodoro got 18 markers, but committed three of his six turnovers in the final two minutes of the game.The scores:EAC 88 – Onwubere 28, Garcia 16, Diego 11, Tampoc 11, Munsayac 9, I. Mendoza 7, Bugarin 2, Guzman 2, Pascua 2, Corilla 0, J. Mendoza 0, Neri 0.JRU 84 – Mendoza 22, Teodoro 18, Grospe 15, Bordon 12, Poutouochi 6, Abdul Razak 4, Dela Virgen 3, Lasquety 2, Sawat 2, David 0Quarters: 24-22, 36-39, 57-61, 88-84.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:37Even in death, Uighurs feel long reach of Chinese state01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Mexico star Marquez back at Atlas after US drug sanctions LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments ”I’m very thankful. I can’t say anything about my players but I’m thankful to the Lord and to my players because they’re doing their very best,” said EAC coach Ariel Sison.Garcia fired 16 points and had four rebounds, and three assists, while Diego got 11 markers, six boards, and two dimes.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 shutoutSidney Onwubere topscored for EAC with 28 points on top of eight rebounds, including a huge trey from the top-of-the-arc with 57.4 seconds left to take the air out of the Heavy Bombers.The Generals fought back from 14 points down and a seven-point deficit in the final five minutes as they staged a killer 17-5 tear to grab an 86-81 lead courtesy of a gutsy Francis Munsayac drive in the final 32 seconds.last_img read more

10 months agoRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davis

first_imgRangers veteran McAuley backing move for Southampton midfielder Davisby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers veteran Gareth McAuley has backed a move for Southampton midfielder Steven Davis.McAuley believes that his Northern Ireland team-mate would be an ideal addition.”I don’t know if it’s on the cards, but he’s certainly the player who has been here before, who has captained the club and knows what it’s about,” said McAuley.”The last time I spoke to Steven was at the last international game. He was keeping his cards close to his chest.”I know he’s frustrated that he’s not playing football and, if the opportunity is there for him and things are right with Southampton, then I’m sure that he would love to (come back).”It’s an amazing club. I can’t think of anywhere better to play.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Iran agreed to buy OVL gas but US sanctions stalled talks

first_imgNew Delhi: Iran had agreed to buy the gas produced from ONGC Videsh Ltd-discovered Farzad-B field in the Persian Gulf, but talks got stalled after the US reimposed sanctions against Tehran. ONGC Videsh Ltd (OVL), the overseas investment arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), had in 2008 made a significant natural gas discovery in the Farsi offshore exploration block in the Persian Gulf, the company said in its latest annual report. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe discovery was named Farzad-B. “Since April 2016, both sides negotiated to develop Farzad-B gas field under an integrated contract covering upstream and downstream including monetization/marketing of the processed gas, however, negotiations remained inconclusive,” it said. During 2018-19, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) proposed the development of the gas field and “offtake of raw gas by NIOC at landfall point(s),” it said. “However, due to imposition of US sanctions on Iran with effect from 5th November 2018, technical studies could not be concluded which is a precursor for commercial negotiations,” OVL said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAny company investing in the Iranian oil field will attract US sanctions, crippling its ability to access the international financial system. OVL has projects in 21 countries and cannot risk being cut off from international payment system. The Exploration Service Contract (ESC) for the over 3,500 sq km Farsi block was signed on December 25, 2002. OVL holds 40 per cent stake and is the operator, while the remaining stake is held by Indian Oil Corp (40 per cent) and Oil India Ltd (20 per cent). The exploration phase of the ESC expired on June 24, 2009.last_img read more

Ottawa details list of US tariff targets offers up to 2B in

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government intensified Friday its trade fight with U.S. President Donald Trump, posting an extensive final hit list of $16.6-billion worth of American imports that will be slapped with retaliatory tariffs this weekend.The federal government also released specifics of a financial aid package for industries caught in the crossfire, including up to $2 billion in fresh funding and support for workers in Canada’s steel, aluminum and manufacturing sectors.Ottawa’s unprecedented reprisal against its closest ally comes in response to the Trump administration’s punishing tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum.It begs the question: what comes next? There are preparations for the possibility of a drawn-out and escalating dispute.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland unveiled the details — including a finished list of the targeted U.S. products — during a news conference at a steel factory in Hamilton.“Canada has no choice but to retaliate with a measured, perfectly reciprocal dollar-for-dollar response — and that is what we are doing,” Freeland said.“They will take effect on July 1 and will remain in place until the United States eliminates its trade-restrictive measures against Canada.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apparently reiterated that position to the president himself in a phone call on Friday.A readout of the call released by the prime minister’s office says Trudeau called Trump to express his condolences on a deadly shooting at a newspaper in Maryland this week — but the two leaders also discussed trade.“As he has said in past conversations and in public, the prime minister conveyed that Canada has had no choice but to announce reciprocal countermeasures to the steel and aluminum tariffs that the United States imposed on June 1, 2018,” the readout stated.“The two leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a way forward.”Aside from tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from the U.S., dozens of additional consumer goods will be subject to 10 per cent duties — from ketchup, to lawn mowers, to playing cards.It’s all part of Ottawa’s plan to strike back at the U.S. in response to hefty tariffs on steel and aluminum, 25 per cent and 10 per cent respectively, imposed last month by Trump.Freeland called the legal pretext used by the U.S. to impose the duties — that Canada poses a national security threat — “not only absurd, it’s hurtful.”“We are perfectly within our rights to respond,” said Freeland, who was joined at the announcement by Trudeau cabinet colleagues Patty Hajdu and Navdeep Bains.There are fears, however, that Canadian tariffs — some of which target businesses in states that are important to Trump and his supporters — could lead to fresh trade action from the U.S.Trump himself has already threatened to put tariffs on the automotive sector, which could prove far worse for the Canadian economy than the steel and aluminum duties.Peter Clark, an Ottawa trade consultant, said U.S. automotive tariffs would be a “disaster — pure, unmitigated disaster” for Canada.Freeland, asked whether she feared the U.S. would escalate matters, recalled a public comment she made right before the start of NAFTA negotiations — another tough Canada-U.S. trade file. At the time, she said she told Canadians the federal government expected “moments of drama in this process.”“I think that prediction has been borne out,” she said. “I think all of us, at this point, fully anticipate there will be some moments of drama in the future.”Ohio-based trade lawyer Dan Ujczo said he believes there’s a significant chance Trump will introduce auto tariffs to some degree, although he predicted they could target the European Union rather than Canada.Overall, Ujczo said Canada’s retaliatory tariffs have been baked into the White House’s calculus for months. The situation means it’s now a top priority for stalled NAFTA talks to get moving as soon as possible, he said.The U.S. tariffs, he insisted, are inextricably intertwined with the NAFTA negotiations. And at the end of the day, Ujczo added the Trump administration’s overarching objective of the talks has been to stop Canada and Mexico from being the back door to North America for Chinese goods, like steel.“What we’ve seen over the last six months or so is Canada take measures to stop that,” he said. “But from the U.S. perspective, it took the threat of tariffs to do that, to prod Canada toward that goal.”Last week, U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the U.S. tariffs against Canada and other allies were designed to force them into action to address the world’s overproduction and overcapacity of steel.Freeland has insisted that Canada introduced stronger safeguards on steel well before the U.S. imposed the tariffs.On this front, Ottawa feels it has more work to do. Bains, the economic development minister, said Friday that the feds are consulting with industry so even more can be done to address the diversion and dumping of aluminum and steel in the Canadian market.The Trudeau government’s decision to stand up to Trump with countermeasures has attracted wide support in Canada. But domestic businesses, particularly those in the steel sector, have expressed deep concerns about any escalation in the trade battle.More broadly, the effects of the trade fight are expected to hurt both economies — putting jobs at risk and potentially raising consumer prices.For example, Clark said as the price of products like steel rise, the increases will move through the system and hit the consumer in the wallet.On support for businesses and workers, Friday’s federal package includes similar measures to those offered by Ottawa last year in response U.S. duties on softwood lumber products from Canada.For the latest dispute, the government intends to help affected workers by doubling the duration of work-sharing agreements under the employment insurance program to 76 weeks from 38 weeks. The aim is to help businesses retain skilled workers and avoid layoffs during any rough patches ahead.Ottawa is also vowing to boost funding for the provinces and territories to increase job and training programs.For companies, Ottawa is promising up to $1.7 billion worth of financing and services for steel and aluminum industries through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.Through its strategic innovation fund, Ottawa is also offering up to $250 million in support to reinforce the competitiveness of Canadian manufacturers and strengthen the integration of Canada’s steel and aluminum supply chain.Bains said the support is aimed at helping firms adjust to the difficult circumstances while enabling them to continue to innovate along the way.The government also plans to invest $50 million over five years to help firms take full advantage of recent trade agreements, including Canada’s deal with the European Union and its membership in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.— With files from Armina Ligaya in Hamiltonlast_img read more