Canada’s To Field Mixed Roster Of Veterans And Youngsters Versus Koreans

EU, Canada set to conclude free-trade deal

It aired for four seasons in Ireland, Canada and the U.S. on Showtime. “The Vikings,” also written by English screenwriter Michael Hirst (“Elizabeth”), takes the two-nation concept a step further. Currently wrapping production on a second season in Ireland, the series is produced in association with Shaw Media. Besides Australian Travis Fimmel as lead Viking Ragnar Lothbrok, the historical drama features a largely Canadian cast, including Katheryn Winnick, Jessalyn Gilsig, Donal Logue and Alexander Ludwig. Canadian director Ken Girotti was helming his second season 2 episode this week. As well, while the series is shot over three large sound stages at Ardmore Studios near Dublin, the dailies are sent by satellite to Canada where digital effects are added by Toronto’s Mr. X Inc. “They’ve done a brilliant job,” says O’Sullivan. “I cannot emphasize how much they’ve brought to our show.” O’Sullivan puts Mr. X’s special-effects wizards “right up there” with George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic. Canadians get other benefits from this alliance. The talent appreciate the more relaxed shooting schedules.

“The talks are now well advanced” and the two will meet in Brussels “with the aim of concluding negotiations on an accord that offers both sides major opportunities,” Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said on Thursday. The two men will then brief the press on their discussions, Bailly said, declining to give details of the accord which remain to be settled. Overnight, Harper said “we will soon complete negotiations” on a free-trade accord which began in 2009, with Barroso tweeting that he hoped to conclude quickly. Many observers see a deal, which has proved difficult to conclude, as a possible template for EU talks with the United States on TTIP, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership which is touted as one of the biggest free-trade accords ever. Brussels and Washington have held a first round of discussions and are committed to making speedy progress but there are a host of differences to settle. According to EU figures, bilateral trade in goods last year was worth 61.7 bn euros ($84.0 billion), with Canada the 11th largest trading partner of the European Union, while the 28-member bloc was its second most important market after the United States. Official sources told AFP earlier the deal would give the European Union increased access for cheese sales, one of the last hurdles. On several previous occasions officials on both sides have said a deal was imminent but deadlines passed and no announcement was forthcoming. Negotiations were begun in 2009 with the expectation they would be concluded by late 2012 but they became deadlocked over a few issues, mainly in agriculture. Canada asked for increased European access for its beef while the EU sought to lower tariffs of up to 300 percent shielding Canada’s dairy industry from imports of European cheeses. A transatlantic deal would give Canadian companies access to 500 million European consumers and eliminate 98 percent of Canadian tariffs on EU goods. Politics & Government ‘If I Could, They Would Already Be in Jail,’ Sheriff Grady Judd said Good Morning America

Canada Post to issue limited-edition commemorative stamp featuring His Royal Highness Prince George

17, 2013 /CNW/ – Less than a week before His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge’s christening, Canada Post is proud to announce a new limited-edition commemorative stamp featuring the infant Prince to be issued October 22. The stamp features an informal photo of His Royal Highness Prince George with his mother and father, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The photo was taken by his grandfather, Michael Middleton, this summer. Prince George will be the youngest Royal to make an appearance on a Canadian stamp. “When His Royal Highness was born, people around the world celebrated. Canada joined the festivities with blue baby lights shining on the Peace Tower in Ottawa, the Horseshoe Falls in Niagara Falls and the CN Tower in Toronto. This stamp proudly memorializes this moment in our history,” says the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport and responsible for Canada Post. “Canadian stamps continue to document moments in time and this stamp is a fitting addition to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s family album of Canadian stamps,” says Deepak Chopra, President and CEO of Canada Post. “We know that Canadians – as well as people across the world – will enjoy sharing this piece of royal history for the future king.” In 2011, Canada Post issued two stamps featuring His and Her Royal Highnesses, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge; one to commemorate the young couple’s engagement and the second to mark their wedding. Those stamps proved to be the most popular issues of that year. Also, part of this new issue is a souvenir sheet and Official First Day Cover, showcasing an image of the Peace Tower in Ottawa awash with blue light as it was on the night of the Prince’s birth. The stamp and other collectibles will be available at post offices across Canada as well as online at starting October 22. About the stamp The stamp measures 32 mm x 32 mm with simulated perforations. This Permanent stamp, which is always worth the going domestic rate, is printed by Lowe-Martin on Tullis Russell paper using seven-colour lithography.

Coach John Herdman has assembled a preliminary roster of veterans and young players for the Oct. 30 game at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium. Star striker Christine Sinclair is one of the 13 who captured bronze for Canada at the 2012 London Olympics, while Sura Yekka, a 16-year-old from Mississauga, Ont., earned her first call-up to Canada’s senior squad. Canada, which has three wins and a loss all-time against South Korea, was beaten 3-1 by the Koreans the last time the two teams met, at the Yongchuan Cup tournament in January. “South Korea will be a tough test for us,” Herdman said. “Our loss to them. . .and their recent win over Japan has shown we will need to be on our game to get a result while still developing our new playing models.” Twelve of the 18 players on the current roster played the last time the two countries faced off. The game marks the first at Commonwealth Stadium for the women since a friendly against Germany in 2005. There will be more to come in Edmonton, as Canada will play its opening game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at Commonwealth. “This event provides the team with an excellent opportunity to develop the processes and systems around playing in the stadium where we’ll play our opening match. . .