Canada finance minister resigns amid friction with Trudeau and charity scandal

first_img“This morning I went to the prime minister and I tendered my resignation,” Morneau told reporters at a hastily arranged news conference on Monday evening.”It’s appropriate that the prime minister find someone with a longer term approach for the role, since I’m not running for office,” he added.Morneau’s Toronto seat, a mix of low-income flats and million dollar homes that the party has held since 1993, is unlikely to be at risk for the Liberals, who have a minority government.One front-runner to replace Morneau is Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, a close Trudeau ally, who has held several high-profile cabinet roles. Canada’s finance minister resigned on Monday amid friction with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau over spending policies and after coming under fire for his ties to a charity tapped to run a student grant program.Bill Morneau said he would not run for parliament again and would instead seek to become the next secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).Just last week, Trudeau had expressed confidence in his finance minister as rumors swirled of a rift between the two men. Morneau, 57, has been in the job since Trudeau’s Liberals took power in 2015. Morneau and his team have pushed back against other cabinet ministers about how much pandemic funding was needed, including to what extent the post-lockdown recovery could be helped by investing in environmental projects, sources told Reuters on Sunday.Trudeau, who campaigned on a platform to tackle climate change, believes the 2021 budget should have an ambitious environmental element to start weaning the heavily oil-dependent economy off fossil fuels and he recently hired former Bank of England Governor Mark Carney as an informal adviser, aides say.Canada’s budget deficit is forecast to hit C$343.2 billion ($253.4 billion), the largest shortfall since World War Two, this fiscal year. Total coronavirus support is nearly 14% of gross domestic product.BMO Chief Economist Doug Porter said a policy shift was unlikely under Morneau’s replacement given that “fiscal policy has been already pretty much running at full throttle”.”There has been the widespread perception that, ultimately, the policy thrust was being driven by the PM’s office,” he wrote in a research note.’Consumed by scandal’The Canadian dollar showed little reaction to the news.”We had a little bit of a sell-the-rumor type weakness in the lead up to the resignation,” said Ray Attrill, head of forex strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney. “There doesn’t seem to be any suggestion at this stage that this any broader implications for the Canadian government.”Other possible replacements for the key post include Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne and President of Canada’s Treasury Board Jean-Yves Duclos.In a statement, Trudeau thanked Morneau for his service over the past five years and said he would “vigorously support” Morneau’s bid to head the OECD.OECD nominations are due by October. The United States plans to nominate deputy White House chief of staff Christopher Liddell for the secretary general job, a senior U.S. official said last month.Adding to Morneau’s challenges, several cabinet members were upset when he disclosed he had forgotten to repay travel expenses covered for him by a charity at the heart of an ethics probe. Morneau and Trudeau are both facing ethics inquiries related to the charity.Morneau’s resignation “is further proof of a government in chaos,” Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer said on Twitter, adding the “government is so consumed by scandal that Trudeau has amputated his right hand to try and save himself.”The clash reflected concerns among business leaders that Ottawa had little apparent interest in the economy, sources told Reuters.Business and analysts have also fretted about Ottawa becoming distracted by the discord as it tackles the coronavirus crisis.”I doubt you’ll be seeing other finance ministers around the world step down at this time of elevated economic and fiscal uncertainty,” said David Rosenberg, chief economist at Rosenberg Research & Associates.”It’s like a boxer being forced to take his gloves off in the fifth round.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Thurles Sars overcome by Na Piarsasigh

first_imgHaving led by 3 points at half time the Tipp champions could only add 5 points to their tally in the second period while the Limerick side added 12 to theirs to run out 2-15 to 17 point winners.Sars coach Paddy McCormack says at the end of the day goals were the difference at the Gaelic Grounds but they can have no complaints.last_img

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

first_imgPeople continue to use apple cider vinegar as a medicine chest item useful in treating a wide variety of physical ailments.For years, senior citizens in the community and herbalists have cited the healing qualities of apple cider vinegar.Apple cider vinegar is found in supermarkets, and herbal shops and is made from pulverized apples after a period of fermentation when the apples are broken down to bacteria and yeast, turned into alcohol that ferments into vinegar holding high contents of acetic and amino acids.The proponents of the healing effects of apple cider vinegar, preferably the organic kind, recommends its consumption (usually a tablespoon in an 8 ounce glass of water two – three times daily to treat:Digestive problems like heart-burn or indigestion. (Consume the apple cider vinegar after meals).Diabetes: apple cider vinegar reduces glucose (sugar) levels (Consume a dose of the product before going to bed).High cholesterol: Consume daily apple cider vinegar reduces high levels of cholesterol.High blood pressure. Regular doses reduce high blood pressure and promotes a healthy heart.Cancer: Apple cider vinegar is said to slow the growth, and even kill cancer cells.Weight loss: the product promotes weight loss, as it is said to reduces the appetite making people feel less hungry.Health effects of the properties found in apple cider vinegar;Potassium: Aids the building of muscles, transmission of nerve impulses, heart activity, prevents brittle teeth, hair loss and nasal mucus.Acetic acid: Slows the digestion of starch, and lowers the increase of glucose in the blood.Ash (or alkaline): Helps to maintain proper pH levels in the body, which prevents and/or fight cancer cells.Malic acid: Helps to prevent the ill effects of viruses, bacteria, and fungi; removes toxins from the body, enhance bowel regularity, and promotes clean, healthy skin.Because of the acidic qualities of apple cider vinegar, it’s always recommended it’s diluted before applying it to the skin or drinking. If applied or consumed too strong it can damage the tooth enamel, tissues of the throat, mouth or skin, and have the reverse effect in the stomach.last_img read more

Prosecutor points to history of violence

first_img“I think I just killed somebody,” Spector said, according to what DeSouza told police. Photos of Clarkson’s body lying stiffly across a chair, a bloody hole where her mouth used to be, were shown several times during the first day of the trial. Jackson recalled nights of terror as recounted by four onetime women friends of Spector in which he allegedly “flew off the handle” when they asked to leave and threatened them with guns, making some stay the night. Spector sat quietly in court, looking subdued even while sporting wild attire. He was wearing a three-piece tan suit with the collar of a fuchsia shirt hiding part of his pale face. His hands shook, and he stared blankly ahead throughout most of the day, occasionally shaking his head slowly back and forth as Jackson spoke. At one point, he stared straight at Jackson for several minutes. Two of the four final incidents with his women friends happened in the early 1990s in Spector’s former Pasadena home along the Arroyo Seco, Jackson said. Spector had known both of those women for several years and had a “casual dating relationship” with them, Jackson said. While the women described Spector as “charming” during their courtship, their relationships with the music mogul always ended with a night at Spector’s home in which he would seemingly snap, giving them orders to stay, using profanity and, eventually, a weapon, the prosecutor said. Jackson told the story of Dorothy Melvin, former personal manager for comedian Joan Rivers, who dated Spector from 1989 until the Fourth of July weekend of 1993. Melvin, who had spent the night on the couch at Spector’s Pasadena home, awoke to find him standing outside, wearing a shoulder holster and pointing a pistol at her car, Jackson said. When Melvin came out to ask him what he was doing, Spector allegedly slapped her with the back of his hand, asking where she had been and claiming he couldn’t find her. Jackson said Spector kept the gun pointed at her while ordering her to “get the \ back in the house.” She cried and begged Spector to let her leave, which he eventually did, but he made her leave her purse behind, Jackson said. He was convinced she had stolen from him. While making her way down the driveway, Melvin realized the wrought-iron gates to Spector’s driveway were closed. She said she heard Spector coming after her and turned to find him holding a shotgun to her face and saying, “I told you to get the \ out of here.” She explained the gate was closed, and he let her out. Melvin called Pasadena police, who took reports that Jackson showed on an overhead projector Wednesday. Jackson said Melvin was unwilling to press charges because she wanted to keep Rivers’ name out of the tabloids. Defense attorney Bruce Cutler said in his opening statement that the evidence will show the shooting was a “tragic accident.” Cutler also charged that investigators leaped to the conclusion that it was a murder. “The evidence will show that back on Feb. 3 of ’03, before they even had a cause of death, let alone a manner of death, they had murder on their mind. Murder on their mind – the police,” Cutler said. The attorney also cast doubt on the language abilities and awareness of a chauffeur who quoted Spector as saying he thought he killed somebody. Addressing Spector’s history with women, Cutler characterized him as “a true romantic of a bygone era.” Cutler’s opening was nearly aborted by a dispute in which he said his theory of the case was being “eviscerated” by the prosecution. Prosecutors Pat Dixon and Jackson approached the judge before Cutler spoke and asked that Cutler be prevented from referring to statements Spector made to police shortly after the shooting. In the taped statements, Spector said he didn’t know Clarkson and railed that “she had no right to come to my house and blow her head off.” The judge said that since the prosecution chose not to use them they can’t be used by the defense. Dixon said the issue was mentioned at a pretrial hearing and was not a surprise. Cutler went forward before the jury, stating evidence will show “the decedent fired the gun herself.” “A self-inflicted gunshot wound can be accidental suicide and that’s what it was,” he said. Cutler attacked the credibility of the women who will testify saying they are telling “tall tales” and said they pursued Spector because of his fame and money. The trial continues today. The Associated Press contributed to this story. molly.okeon@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4496160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Photo Gallery: Phil Spector trial LOS ANGELES – Famed music producer Phil Spector often used guns to threaten women who tried to leave his home after a night of drinking, a prosecutor told jurors Wednesday. So it should come as no surprise that actress Lana Clarkson had a purse around her right shoulder, apparently ready to take her leave, as she lay shot to death in a chair just five feet from the back door of Spector’s Alhambra mansion, Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Alan Jackson said. “The man put a loaded pistol inside Lana Clarkson’s mouth – inside her mouth – and shot her to death,” Jackson said during the prosecution’s opening statements in Los Angeles Superior Court. Spector is charged with murder in the Feb. 3, 2003, shooting death of 40-year-old Clarkson, best known for her role in the 1985 Roger Corman film “Barbarian Queen.” Spector was indicted by a grand jury on Sept. 20, 2004, and has pleaded not guilty. He has remained free on $1 million bail since his arrest after the shooting at the estate he calls “The Castle” at 1700 Grandview Ave. in Alhambra. If convicted of second-degree murder, he could be sentenced to 15 years to life in prison. Spector, 67, known for creating the “Wall of Sound” production style showcased in the 1963 Ronettes hit “Be My Baby,” has maintained his innocence, saying Clarkson killed herself. But Jackson was quick to recall for the jury what Spector is said to have uttered to his driver Adriano DeSouza, who was sitting in the producer’s Mercedes when Spector emerged from the back door around 5 a.m., pistol in hand and blood running through his fingers. last_img read more

The System Is Broken Not Only Are Doctors Failing To Report Conflicts

first_img‘The System Is Broken’: Not Only Are Doctors Failing To Report Conflicts Of Interest, Journals Aren’t Vetting Them Either A New York Times and ProPublica investigation reveals widespread flaws in how conflicts of interest are reported in medical journals, which are the main conduit for communicating the latest scientific discoveries to the public The New York Times/ProPublica: Doctors And Disclosures The New York Times/ProPublica: Prominent Doctors Aren’t Disclosing Their Industry Ties In Medical Journal Studies. And Journals Are Doing Little To Enforce Their Rules Academic journals are the way the world learns about medical breakthroughs, and companies benefit greatly when research about their products is published in them. Prestigious journals require authors to list any potential conflicts of interest. But dozens of doctors have failed to disclose significant relationships with health care and drug companies that pay them for consulting work, sitting on corporate boards and other roles. (Thomas and Ornstein, 12/8) center_img One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors. These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals, according to a review by The New York Times and ProPublica and data from other recent research. (Ornstein and Thomas, 12/8) This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more