Relatives identify clothing found in shallow grave

first_imgHours after the skeletal remains suspected to be those of missing Timehri, East Bank Demerara woman Babita Sarjou were found in a shallow grave behind her ex-husband’s house, her relatives on Monday positively identified the pieces of clothing also found as belonging to the mother of one.Babita SarjouChampa Seonarine, the mother of the dead woman, visited the Lyken Funeral Home where she confirmed that her daughter indeed left home wearing the pair of shoes found in the three-foot shallow grave. The grieving mother also identified a piece of clothing belonging to her daughter.Meanwhile, Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told Guyana Times that the Police have successfully applied for an extension to further detain the two suspects – the woman’s former husband, Shardanand Narine and his accomplice, Darel Pronton.Blanhum added that the case file would be completed and sent to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack today for legal advice. He noted that once the DPP advised in favour of the Police, the men would be passed through the court system as soon as possible.He further noted that they have already made a case against the two men based on their confession with respect to their involvement in the disappearance and ultimately murder of the young woman.The two men told investigators that on the night of November 4, 2010, they ‘collected’ the young woman in the vicinity of the National Cultural Centre.Pronton, who was paid $50,000 and promised a trip to Trinidad and Tobago for his aid, strangled the woman to death while she sat in the front seat of the vehicle.The body was then taken to Narine’s home where they waited after midnight before burying it in the grave which was reportedly dug two days prior. The motive for the murder was clear – Sarjou had made a court case against Narine, who had circulated nude photographs of her after he accused her of being unfaithful.After the woman’s disappearance, the murder suspect held out that he was in no way involved in the murder. The case that was made out against him was also thrown out of the High Court mere days before the gruesome discovery.On Sunday, both men confessed to the murder and gave a detailed account of the killing; more so, they led investigators to the area where they buried the woman.After digging for some five hours, detectives located the rib-cage of the woman. As they continued digging, they found a skull, several bones, a pair of high-heeled shoes, a brassiere, and bits of clothing.Sarjou’s ex-husband, who showed no remorse along with his accomplice, was escorted out of the yard and taken to the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) headquarters where they were further grilled. At the scene, the mother of Sarjou gave a sound warning to the man’s wife urging her to be careful: “Once a killer is always a killer,” she shouted. “If he can kill he first wife, he can kill the others…I telling you to be careful.”Caribbean American Domestic Violence Awareness (CADVA) Director Dianne Madray, who was a key player in efforts to find Sarjou, was extremely upset as she recounted telling senior Police ranks to conduct a thorough search of the premises when she disappeared.“If they hadn’t taken my words for granted, we didn’t have to wait till six years later,” she added, while noting her concerns for the 10-year-old child of the now dead woman who had to endure the sight of his mother’s remains being dug up. Babita Sarjou’s remainslast_img read more

Riding South Africa’s Freedom Trail

first_imgSouth Africa is a beautiful country, boasting a gorgeous coastline, stunning mountains and mesmerising bushveld. It begs to be explored, and doing that on a mountain bike is one of the best ways to go about it. The longest trail in the country is the Freedom Trail.Established in 2003, the 2 300-kilometre Freedom Trail – originally known as the Cross Karoo Challenge – starts in Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands and finishes in Paarl in the Western Cape.The annual Freedom Challenge, aimed in part at promoting the route, takes place over almost a month and includes an extreme triathlon.10 years of FreedomThe Freedom Trail, launched as part of South Africa’s celebration of a decade of democracy in 2004, is a mountain bike trail consisting of dirt roads, dirt tracks and cattle tracks that includes plenty of technical challenges.Despite its great length, the Trail can be ridden at any time of the year, either in one go or in sections. It is designed to be ridden unsupported.Here is an outline of the route:(Please note that some sections of the route require permits. Information on these is provided on the Freedom Challenge website).KwaZulu-Natal MidlandsStarting in Pietermaritzburg, the trial makes its way to Hella Hella via Baynesfield and Byrne. In total, the distance is 70 kilometres.It takes in the Bisley Nature Reserve, and includes stretches alongside the Umlaas and Umkomaas rivers. Forestry tracks are also included.SizonkeBeginning at Hella Hella, the Sizonke section totals 200.5 kilometres. There are public roads and single tracks, and the trail passes though Hella Hella, into the Ntsikeni Nature Reserve, along roads that take in villages, through to Matatiele.From Hella Hella, the stops include Allendale, Creighton, Ntsikeni, The Side, the R617/Swartberg, Banchory, Rama Gate Junction, and Masakala.MalutiThe Maluti section is up to 265 kilometres long and it’s a real tester.It is a mountainous section, running from the Swartberg, above Matatiele, through villages and past mission stations built by Franciscan monks, below the escarpment of the Maluti Mountains and up to Naude’s Nek before descending into the picturesque village of Rhodes.StormbergAt up to 470 kilometres long, the Stormberg section is the longest part of the Freedom Trail.Starting from Rhodes, the trail winds its way upwards towards Barkly East, before heading down into the valley of the Bokspruit River. After exiting the valley, the route continues along the Sterkspruit River to Johnson’s Leap.Moving westwards, there is a climb before a descent into Bottlenek. Then it’s on to Rytjiesvlakte before heading into the Southern Drakensberg and descending into Vaalhoek.There follows a choice of routes on dirt roads to Clifford, before a tough section of climbing and descending through Swartnek to Rossouw and on to Dordrecht.An alternative route follows farm tracks over the mountains to Bonthoek before rejoining the road after Rossouw.The trail then continues on to Pronkskraal, Brosterlea and Molteno before crossing over the Bamboesberge to drop off the Drakensberg escarpment.Great KarooThe Great Karoo is another long section, measuring up to 433 kilometres.It starts in Hofmeyr and heads off to Cradock along dirt roads. It crosses the Great Fish River and heads to the Mountain Zebra National Park. After traversing the park there is an exciting descent through the Groenhoek Farm, before entering the valley of the Little Fish River.Heading down from the Swaershoek Mountains near Pearston, the trail goes across the plains of the Camdeboo, past Karoopoort and down to Darlington Dam. Then, into the Addo Elephant National Park, the route continues alongside the Witrugberg, through Perdepoort to the village of Kleinpoort, and across the Springbokvlaktes to the Groot Rivier.BaviaanskloofFollowing the Great Karoo is the Baviaanskloof section. Measuring 280 kilometres, it begins in Steytlerville and takes in the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. There is thick coastal foliage and plenty of water along the way, as well as lots of birdlife.Starting Steytlerville, the trail passes through Hadley, Grasnek, Goedehoop, Cambria, Geelhoutbos, Studtis and Voorkloof to Willowmore.SwartbergThe next section, the Swartberg, is up to 400 kilometres long. Leaving Willowmore, the trail heads towards Klaarstroom and the railway siding at Vondeling. From there is heads north, then west along the Droeberge, past Rondawel and Sleutelfontein to Prince Albert.Two options are offered from Prince Albert. The shorter route goes to the Gamkapoort Dam, along the Bosluiskloof road and on to Vleiland. The other choice takes one on a more testing route up the Swartberg Pass and into Die Hel before making for the Bosluiskloof road and on to Vleiland.From there, the trail runs the Swartberg Mountains to Rouxpos and on through the Anysberg Nature Reserve.Klein KarooThe next section, the Klein Karoo, is divided into just two parts. The first of these, from Anysberg to Ouberg Pass, covers 49 kilometres, while the second, from Ouberg Pass to Montagu via Langkloofspruit, is 37 kilometres long.The route is highlighted by a breathtaking descent down the Ouberg pass, which then heads along the Langkloofspruit.Breede RiverThe Breede River section of the Freedom Trail is 138 kilometres long. Part of the route includes the old wagon trail that runs along the northern side of the Riviersonderend Mountains.It goes through the Coegmanskloof to Ashton, and then on to McGregor. That’s where the wagon trail is picked up. The route drops down and around the Brandvlei Dam. Then it’s up to the Stettyns Dam, continuing up to the Elandspad in the Du Toits Kloof.From the top of the pass, the trail runs through the Hawekwas Plantation, through northern Paarl and over Paarl Mountain to Fairview and Cape Town.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA men get state pensions earlier

first_img16 July 2008Legislation which gradually lowers the age of eligibility for a state pension for men from the current 65 years to 60 years – similar to that required of women – has been signed into law, said Social Development Minister Zola Skweyiya.“This is certainly welcome news as it will bring much needed relief to over 125 000 senior citizens,” he said in Pretoria last week.“It is especially good news in the context of rising food, petrol and others basic commodities.”As of this week, men aged 63 and 64 will be able to apply for a state pension through the amended Social Assistance Act. Men who turn 61 and 62 this year will be able to apply for the pension as from April 2009, and by 2010 the eligibility age will be equal between men and women.Around 450 000 men will benefit from the passing of this legislation, with approximately 121 000 coming on board this year alone.The value of the old age pension was now R940, said Skweyiya, adding that the government had set aside R800-million to extend the pensions to those who qualify as a result of the amended law.Vital source of incomePoverty and unemployment caused many families to rely on pensions for their survival especially, where social grants were the only source of income in a household.Pensioners were also instrumental in caring for the needs of their children, grandchildren and orphans as a result of the HIV/Aids, and the Department of Social Development said that the legislation was aimed at acknowledging the role pensioners played in society.Constitution stipulates equalityEarlier this year, Skweyiya reported that during the many public meetings he had attended, people had asked him why men were only eligible for the old age grant from the age of 65, while women received the grant from 60 years, especially if the country’s Constitution stipulated equality between men and women.This led to Skweyiya introducing the Social Assistance Amendment Bill in Parliament in March this year.“In terms of the implementation, it is all systems go and I encourage those who qualify to visit their nearest South African Social Security Agency’s offices,” he said.Independent tribunal for appealsThe second objective of the amended legislation was focused on ensuring that access to grants, which are handled by the South African Social Security Agency, occurred in a fair and equitable manner.Where the department previously had no say in the processing of grant applications, the amended legislation allowed for the minister to appoint an independent tribunal to consider all appeals against the decisions of the agency.An independent tribunal consisting of appeals officers, to develop policies, and enlisted panel members to adjudicate decisions is being piloted in KwaZulu-Natal.There would be two phases of adjudication – at the pre-adjudication phase a matter would be investigated by medical practitioners and attorneys, after which civil society would provide specific contexts like poor socio-economic conditions.The independent tribunal would serve as a mechanism allowing citizens the opportunity to appeal the rejection of their social grant applications without the need to undertake a costly legal process.Social security has expanded from a coverage rate of 2.5-million in 1994 to over 12.7-million in 2008.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Windows 8 Stabs The PC Market In The Gut

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… markhachman IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Tags:#Microsoft#PC#tablet#Windows 8 PC shipments fell to 76.2 million units, down from 88.6 million units in the same quarter last year. Sales fell across the board, in all regions, and every single one of the top PC manufacturers saw sales fall — although Lenovo eked out an almost flat trajectory with a shipment decline of only about 5,000 units. HP, Dell, Acer, and Asus all saw shipments decline in double digits. In the United States, lenovo was the only named vendor to enjoy positive growth.Via email, O’Donnell told me that recent discounts for Windows 8 PCs and tablets in the Windows Store and elsewhere were likely spurred by the low shipment numbers, as I suspected. Microsoft had claimed that the discounts were “seasonal.”iChartsWhere Do We Go From Here?“Although the reduction in shipments was not a surprise, the magnitude of the contraction is both surprising and worrisome,” David Daoud, IDC research director for its Personal Computing analysis, said in a statement. And the bad news doesn’t stop there, he said:The industry is going through a critical crossroads, and strategic choices will have to be made as to how to compete with the proliferation of alternative devices and remain relevant to the consumer. Vendors will have to revisit their organizational structures and go to market strategies, as well as their supply chain, distribution, and product portfolios in the face of shrinking demand and looming consolidation.Translation: PC makers are in for a world of hurt. Consolidation is inevitable, and lots of people are going to lose their jobs.We’ve known for some time that tablets, phones, and ultraportables like the Google Chromebox are taking an increasing share of user time, attention, dollars, and computing power. But this is a disaster. As Daoud notes, we may see a note of panic begin to creep in to traditional PC vendors. It certainly explains why companies like Hewlett-Packard — still the top PC vendor, by the way — are making Chromebooks. Just how did HP fare, anyway? In a word: Awful. Sales fell by 23.7 percent, and Lenovo is within striking distance of becoming the world’s largest PC vendor. Lenovo’s sales were essentially flat, and HP’s market share is 15.7 percent worldwide, with Lenovo at 15.3 percent. Dell’s sales plunged 10 percent, Acer’s fell a whopping 31.9 percent, and Asus was down 19.2 percent. Acer faces increasing competition in mini notebooks.Even Apple’s U.S. sales were off by 7.5 percent by IDC’s reckoning — yet another indication of how bad things are. As if we needed one.PC makers will be reporting first quarter financial results soon, and traditionally weak second quarter results are only a few months down the road. It’s going to be an ugly time for PC hardware makers. Buckle up.Updated at 3:45pm PT with Gartner results, and again on April 11 at 10:50am PT to clarify Apple’s U.S. sales, which declined 7.5% year-over-year in IDC’s data.Image Source: flickr/OpenSkyMedia Related Posts 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now The PC market tanked in the first quarter, IDC reported. Shipments fell by a stunning 14% from a year earlier, almost twice what IDC had predicted and the worst performance since the firm began tracking the market in 1994. Can we all agree now that Windows 8 has wounded an already dying PC market?Gartner chimed in, too: worldwide PC shipments totaled 79.2 million units in the first quarter of 2013, a 11.2 percent decline from the first quarter of 2012. Global PC shipments went below 80 million units for the first time since the second quarter of 2009, the firm said.The question now is just how severe the damage is. And man, it looks bad.Granted, first-quarter sales figures inevitably fall from the fourth quarter. But that’s why quarter-over-quarter metrics are important, as they eliminate seasonal variation. Unfortunately, this is the fourth straight quarter of declining PC sales. U.S. sales fell 12.7 percent year-over-year, and 18.3 percent versus the fourth quarter.Windows 8, In The Office, With A TouchscreenWhen you put it that way, IDC’s report reads like an obituary. And Windows 8 appears to be holding the knife.“At this point, unfortunately, it seems clear that the Windows 8 launch not only failed to provide a positive boost to the PC market, but appears to have slowed the market,” said Bob O’Donnell, IDC’s vice president of clients and displays, in a statement. He continued:While some consumers appreciate the new form factors and touch capabilities of Windows 8, the radical changes to the UI, removal of the familiar Start button, and the costs associated with touch have made PCs a less attractive alternative to dedicated tablets and other competitive devices. Microsoft will have to make some very tough decisions moving forward if it wants to help reinvigorate the PC market. Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of…last_img read more

Leading batsman played suspiciously in IPL: Report

first_imgThe corruption scandal that has rocked international cricket could engulf the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well with reports claiming that a leading batsman played so “suspiciously” in the event that he had to be moved up the order to stop him from “manipulating matches”.According to a report in The Australian, quoting two unnamed IPL officials, “a leading batsman had played so suspiciously that they could not explain his behaviour.””…both officials agreed that his performances were highly suspect. They did not want him named for fear that it could be traced back to them and lead to retribution in India,” the report stated.The newspaper said the officials found the “player’s performances were puzzling, particularly scoring slowly towards the end of an innings when the opposite should have been happening.””He consistently under-performed and often appeared uninterested or distracted.”The report said IPL officials have also been receiving complaints of “matches being rigged” by various franchises.”He has been under the scanner for a while,” the official said.The newspaper said the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit is “frustrated” with several boards in the subcontinent “for failing to take stronger action against their players after being provided with information about dubious behaviour.The two main targets have been the Pakistan team and the IPL.”The latest report comes in the wake of the ongoing spot-fixing scandal exposed by a British tabloid which has led to the suspension of three Pakistani cricketers — Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif — and an inquiry by the Scotland Yard.advertisementlast_img read more

First Edition of Touchline

first_imgWelcome to the first edition of Touchline, a quarterly journal of sport and risk with an international perspective brought to you by Sportscover. We hope that you enjoy it. For further information on Sportscover, visit www.sportscover.comRelated Filestouchline_email-pdflast_img

a month agoBournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debut

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe praises Stacey for winning debutby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe praised Jack Stacey for victory over Everton.Stacey was handed his Premier League debut.Howe said, “I thought Jack did really well. He was up against a really tough competitor in Alex Iwobi who is an outstanding player.“He was examined by him and responded every time. I thought he stepped up defensively and did a really good job for the team.“Usually, he’s a marauding full-back, up and down the line. But he knew he had to be responsible and defend first. He did it really well.“I was really pleased with him. It’s a huge moment for any player to make their debut in the Premier League. He’s done it in impressive fashion and was part of a winning team so credit to him.” last_img read more

THEATRE RULE BREAKER DENISE CLARKE OFFERS A GUIDEBOOK FOR CREATING PERFORMANCE THEATRE

first_imgAdvertisement Denise Clarke. Courtesy, Ryan Barlett. CALGARY Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Denise Clarke will be the first to admit that, on the surface, there is a bit of irony in her creating a guide for performance theatre.The dancer, choreographer, actress and teacher uses her experiences as a longtime associate artist of theatre group One Yellow Rabbit to give context to The Big Secret Book: An Intense Guide for Creating Performance Theatre.But anyone familiar with the wild creativity found in the history and ranks of the Rabbits knows that it has not really been the sort of organization that plays by a set rulebook. “I found myself extremely conscious of that, of never trying to sound like: ‘This is the definitive way to approach this,’ ” says Clarke, adopting a mock serious tone. “But almost always using the framing device of ‘This might provide an advantage.’ That’s all it is. It’s not a rule, but an advantage for when you’re flailing. Because all of these ideas are about when it’s not going well. It’s so common to have people say to me ‘I just don’t know where to start.’ ”Denise Clarke’s Big Secret Book CALGARY So The Big Secret Book distils years of knowledge and practise into a practical guide for artists of all stripes, offering a roadmap that shows where to go so you are not solely reliant on the fickle whims of inspiration. Clarke calls upon her 35 years of experience creating and performing in work for One Yellow Rabbit, but largely focuses on the practices established at the Rabbits’ Summer Lab Intensive. Clarke has been overseeing that since 1997, guiding artists through a three-week master class that emphasizes exercises in creativity which has guided the Rabbits for more than 30 years.So the book offers tips that are both physical in nature — such as breathing and relaxation techniques or exploring “your posture and personal space” — to more philosophical guidelines such as “give yourself permission” and “stop judging.” Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

China criticizes SP credit rating cut as wrong decision

first_imgBEIJING, China – China’s Finance Ministry on Friday criticized the cut in the Standard & Poor’s rating agency’s credit rating on Chinese government borrowing as a “wrong decision” and said it ignores the country’s economic strength.S&P announced the change Thursday, citing rising debt it said increased financial risk. The move added to warnings China’s debt burden might drag on economic growth or threaten the financial system. It followed a similar downgrade by Moody’s Investors Service in May.The timing is awkward for the ruling Communist Party, which wants to project an image of stability ahead of a twice-a-decade congress next month at which President Xi Jinping is due to be named to a second five-year term as leader.S&P followed its China downgrade a day later by cutting its credit rating for Hong Kong, citing risks posed by their close ties. The agency said Friday it was reducing its long-term rating on Hong Kong by one notch, to AA+ from AAA, reflecting potential spillover risks.It said Hong Kong has a good economic outlook, sizable fiscal reserves and credible monetary policy, but that China’s downgrade is “exerting a negative impact” on Hong Kong because of “strong institutional and political ties” between them.The Finance Ministry complained S&P ignored China’s stable economic growth and reform efforts. It noted official data showed the economy grew by 6.9 per cent in the first half of 2017 over a year earlier and government revenue rose by nearly 10 per cent.“The Standard & Poor’s downgrade of China’s sovereign credit rating is a wrong decision,” the ministry said on its website. “This misreading neglects China’s good fundamentals and development potential.”Total Chinese nongovernment debt rose last year to the equivalent of 257 per cent of annual economic output, according to the Bank for International Settlements. That is unusually high for a developing country and up from 143 per cent in 2008.Communist leaders have cited reducing financial risk as a priority this year. They have launched initiatives to reduce debts owed by state companies, including by allowing banks to accept stock as repayment on loans. But private sector analysts say they are moving too slowly.S&P lowered its rating on China’s sovereign debt by one notch from AA- to A+, still among its highest ratings.“A prolonged period of strong credit growth has increased China’s economic and financial risks,” said S&P in a statement. That has supported economic growth but “also diminished financial stability to some extent.”The downgrade could raise Beijing’s borrowing costs slightly but is more significant for its impact on investor sentiment.“The new rating is still squarely investment grade — there is no real concern about the possibility of default,” said Mark Williams of Capital Economics in a report.“However, credit continues to expand at a faster pace than output, which points to significant ongoing misallocation of resources,” said Williams. “State sector reforms have continued to disappoint and so the hidden risks on bank balance sheets have continued to build.”Chinese economic growth fell from 14.2 per cent in 2007 to 6.7 per cent last year, though that still was among the world’s strongest.The government is trying to make the economy more productive by giving market forces a bigger role. It is trying to shrink bloated industries such as steel and cement in which supply exceeds demand, which has depressed prices and led to financial losses.Beijing is trying to steer the economy to slower, more sustainable growth based on domestic consumption instead of investment and exports. But growth has dipped faster than planners wanted, raising the risk of politically dangerous job losses. Beijing has responded by flooding the economy with credit.Official efforts to rein in debt “could stabilize the trend of financial risk,” S&P said. “However, we foresee that credit growth in the next two to three years will remain at levels that will increase financial risks gradually.”last_img read more

Rights groups call on Trudeau to raise plight of prisoners held in

first_imgOTTAWA – A Montreal woman whose father has been imprisoned in China wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to press for the release of him and more than a dozen other prisoners, but she isn’t optimistic.It has been more than 15 years since Ti-Anna Wang last saw her father, Wang Bingzhang, who has been in solitary confinement in China after his arrest and trial for trying to foster democracy — a legal process widely derided as a sham.Wang pressed her case with Trudeau last year when he first visited China, but she’s sensing a momentum in Sino-Canadian relations that leaves her discouraged: the focus, she says, is all about deepening trade ties with China, and not speaking frankly about human rights.“It speaks volumes about what our government prioritizes in terms of importance,” Wang said Thursday. “It’s indicative of a misguided hierarchy of values.”Her father, one of the first generation of Chinese students permitted to travel abroad, got his doctorate at Montreal’s McGill University, but was abducted by Chinese agents in Vietnam in 2002 and taken to China, where he was convicted.The Wang case is one of 16 that a coalition of Canadian human rights groups led by Amnesty International wants Trudeau to raise directly with Chinese leadership after he touches down in Beijing next week.In addition to that list of political prisoners adopted by Amnesty, the daughter of two Canadian winery owners from British Columbia who have been held by Chinese authorities renewed her plea for Trudeau to help her family.Amy Chang, 24, told Trudeau in a letter this week that last 20 months have been a “nightmare” since her parents, John Chang and Allison Lu, were jailed after a customs dispute with the government.Trudeau will be paying his second visit to China in 16 months, part of a renewed push by the government to deepen economic relations.In announcing his return trip, Trudeau’s office emphasized the need to strengthen trade, investment and job creation. He also plans to continue frank dialogue with China on topics like human rights and good governance.Amnesty Secretary General Alex Neve says in a letter to Trudeau that the human rights situation has deteriorated since his visit to China last year.That includes a clampdown on human rights lawyers and moves to curtail freedom of assembly and expression, says Neve.The fact that so many Canadians or people with Canadian connections are behind bars in China has consequences for any future trade deal, he said.“Now is the time to be very serious about this when we are considering taking the Canada-China relationship to even deeper levels.”The coalition wants Canada to push for mandatory human rights assessments in any potential free trade negotiation with China.International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne appears to be playing down expectations that Trudeau will announce formal trade talks next week.The minister said in a speech Thursday that Canada wants to ensure a level playing field for small- and medium-sized companies. And he suggested human rights would be part of the discussion.“Canada has always set a bar and has always sought to move the dial for human progress through engagement.”last_img read more