Bourne Identity and Run Lola Run actor Franka Potente has teamed up with PETA Germany for a new ad and video campaign, in which she shares that going vegan three years ago changed her life.“I went vegan for health reasons,” she says in the video. “My choice was to either take medication that I didn’t want to take or change the way I eat. And I love a good challenge, so I walked out of the doctor’s office vegan.”“I felt different pretty much immediately,” continues the German-born Taboo star. “I always had trouble with lingering throat inflammation, and I got rid of that immediately, and my skin cleared up. I slept better.” Now, she’s encouraging others to do the same: “Try it out and see how you feel. If you feel better after a week, try another week.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to eat” — notes that in addition to the health benefits that Potente enjoyed, other advantages of going vegan include a decreased risk of suffering from heart disease, strokes, diabetes, cancer, and obesity by comparison with meat-eaters. And of course, every person who goes vegan spares approximately 100 animals every year daily suffering and a terrifying death in today’s industrialized meat, egg, and dairy industries.
BEIJING, China – China’s government defended its trade record as a benefit to the world in a new effort Thursday to defuse U.S. and European pressure over market access and technology policy.A Cabinet report repeated promises to cut tariffs and open more industries to investment. But it didn’t address complaints about plans to create Chinese global technology competitors that are at the heart of a spiraling trade dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump.China’s growth “has brought great opportunities to trading partners all over the world,” a deputy commerce minister, Wang Shouwen, said at a news conference.The report highlights the clash between Beijing’s insistence it has honoured market-opening promises made when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001 and arguments by Washington, Europe and others that Beijing improperly hampers access to emerging industries and steals or pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.Trump’s threat of tariff hikes on up to $450 billion of Chinese products reflects fears Beijing’s plans are a threat to American technological leadership and prosperity. China has tried to recruit Europe as an ally in the dispute but faces complaints by Germany and other governments that it bars purchases of Chinese assets while its own companies are on a global acquisition spree.Asked about possible U.S. plans to restrict Chinese investment in technology industries, Wang said, “We hope countries concerned can do the right thing and adopt policies that support free trade and investment.”Thursday’s report was the latest effort by President Xi Jinping’s government to deflect pressure to change development tactics by highlighting the benefits of trade with the world’s second-largest economy.The United States and other trading partners say China’s emergence as a competitor in smartphones, solar panels and other fields means it no longer qualifies for the protections it was granted as a developing country when it joined the WTO.Beijing has offered to narrow its multibillion-dollar trade surplus with the United States but has resisted pressure to roll back a state-led industry strategy seen by Communist leaders as a path to prosperity and global influence.Thursday’s report emphasized changes since China joined the WTO including cuts in import duties and improved protection of foreign patents and copyrights.Foreign business groups say while Beijing has made legal changes promised when it joined the WTO, regulators have thrown up new barriers by imposing licensing and other requirements.The dispute with Trump has allowed China, the most closed major economy, to position itself as a defender of free trade.This week, Beijing and the European Union announced they will form a group to work on modernizing WTO rules to keep pace with developments in the global economy. An EU vice-president said Europe wants to focus on technology policy, subsidies and the status of state companies – all issues on which Beijing has disputes with other governments.Chinese officials have tried to appeal to Europe by promising to buy more of its farm goods and saying its companies are welcome to invest.They repeated that message during visits by German Chancellor Angela Merkel in May and French Premier Edouard Philippe this week, though they did not address complains about market and investment barriers.Merkel and other European officials are frustrated by Trump’s tactics but say they are not allying with Beijing.
TORONTO – Canada’s housing sector is facing a high degree of vulnerability to market instability for the eighth straight quarter with Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Hamilton taking on the brunt of the risks, said the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.Those four markets were facing high risks because home prices remain higher than levels supported by the economy and cities’ demographics, said the Crown corporation in a quarterly report it released Thursday based on an analysis of overheating, overvaluations, overbuilding and accelerations in pricing in 15 regions across the country.“Despite the stability in these results, we note that the trends in both overvaluation and price acceleration have been moving in such a way that suggests that vulnerabilities are gradually dissipating,” said CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan, alluding to the recent slowdowns that have been seen in sales volumes and price growth in British Columbia and Ontario.“It can take awhile for that imbalance to solve itself. It is not so much that we are waiting for prices to fall (because) this imbalance can be resolved in any number of ways, whether prices slow or fundamentals grow more rapidly.”In Vancouver and Toronto, Dugan said more affordable forms of housing, including condos, have been the strongest contributors to price fluctuations.His corporation has detected signs of moderate overheating in Vancouver, although price growth has been slowing over the last two quarters and detached properties in some areas are seeing declining prices.In Toronto, CMHC said sales continued to trend lower in the first quarter of 2018, well below the threshold for overheating. The drop in sales and decline in the average price of single-detached homes, it found, continued to weigh on the overall average price.It said market conditions for condos continue to remain “tight,” contributing to stronger price growth for such housing.Meanwhile Ottawa, Winnipeg, Montreal, St. John’s, Moncton, Halifax fared much better. CMHC said they were among the regions with a low risk of vulnerability to market instability.However, CMHC said it was paying close attention to Winnipeg, where home prices are creeping up despite declines in personal disposable income, and Montreal, which it flagged last quarter as being a market to watch because of strong growth in house prices that could warrant a change to a moderate vulnerability rating if price acceleration persists.That moderate vulnerability rating is already being held by Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon and Regina because of overbuilding.The rating has been fuelled in Calgary and Edmonton by overbuilding because condo inventory is high, but in Saskatoon was driven by a price decline that has been “significantly larger” in the townhouse category where supply has been far exceeding demandIn Regina, CMHC attributed the moderate rating to downward pressure on home prices.
First-time coach who just received his UEFA Pro License to coach from Fifa, Stephen Purches, explains his motivation to go through the FA’s demanding coaching qualifications.The former full-back Purches says he started his coaching journey some years ago.“I started my coaching badges quite early during my playing career and this is a huge piece of the puzzle I wanted to attain in regards to my role at the club, and they’ve supported me throughout the time I’ve been working through my badges,” he said.Fan dies after setting herself on fire protesting Iran’s ban on women spectators Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 A young woman from Iran set, only publicly known as The Blue Girl for the color of her favorite club Esteghlal, has died from her injuries after protesting Iran’s ban on female fans.“It’s been a case of gaining as much knowledge as I can and making contacts on the course, hopefully that can then benefit everyone.“Coming on these courses allows you to see what the trends are and what’s current not just at our club but around others, as well as the FA and everything they’re doing with the England teams throughout the different age groups.”
Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has said that Thibaut Courtois is not certain to be an automatic starter, hinting that his goalkeepers would be rotated.Last season’s number one keeper Keylor Navas was in goal for the 4-2 loss to Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.79% – Thibaut Courtois posted the second lowest save percentage in #UCL last season (after Sergio Rico, 58%), saving 62,5% of the shots he faced (min eight games). Premiere pic.twitter.com/lNVN6q1pV5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) August 9, 2018Thibaut Courtois travelled with the squad to Tallinn but was left out of the squad entirely.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Lopetegui is prepared to keep Belgian keeper waiting as he considers his options in goal. Sportskeeda reports.“There isn’t a magic formula. We need to manage it week by week,” Lopetegui said.“We will see as we go who is best for the team at any given time. We have two magnificent goalkeepers, and others as well.”“But of course these are two international-level keepers and we will try to manage it well and make decisions for the team.”“Of course there is huge competition for the team but I see it as something positive in that position. It’s good for the team to have competition.”
Burton Albion manager Nigel Clough has criticized Jake Hesketh following his performance against Shrewsbury Town.Clough was disappointed with the Southampton loanee for his role in their 2-1 win over Shrewsbury during the weekend.Hesketh was substituted off after with 20 minutes and was replaced by Marcus Harness, who played a part in the club’s second goal.Clough said, according to Daily Echo:“I thought our two wide men, Jake Hesketh and Will Miller, got into some great positions in the first half and we didn’t get anything from them, enough quality crosses and things like that.”MK Dons completes signing of Southampton Jake Hesketh Henry Ikenna Ugwu – January 31, 2019 Milton Keynes (MK) Dons have completed the signing of Southampton midfielder Jake Hesketh for a six-month loan deal.Hesketh spent the first six months of…“That’s our strength, especially against Shrewsbury’s formation.”“We were a bit disappointed in that, and ultimately that’s why they both came off – but the lads who replaced them did well.”Clough still insists that Harness deserved his chance to replace Hesketh during the game against Shrewsbury.Clough added: “Very much so. that’s why he got on.”“We’ve got Devante Cole we could’ve put there, we could put Joe Sbarra out there, and we felt Marcus deserved his chance.”
French legend Lillian Thuram, revealed details of when he first heard about Lionel Messi and sent Ousmane Dembele a bit of useful advice.French defender Lillian Thuram has been retired from football for some time now, he does altruistic work now and always finds time to reminisce about his past life as a player when he shared a dressing room with the likes of Lionel Messi between 2006 and 2008.During the time when Leo first played against a professional club even before his official debut, Thuram was part of that Juventus squad that the Argentine faced in a friendly match when both squads played the Gamper Trophy.The Frenchman missed the game at that time, but he remembers Lionel Messi’s name even from that time.“The first time I heard about Messi I was playing for Juventus,” Thuram told Marca.“The squad went to play the Gamper Trophy. I didn’t make it, I stayed in Turin. I believe I was coming back from the national team.”“When the squad returned, everybody kept talking about this 17-year old kid whose name was Messi and was impossible to stop.”“It was years later when I arrived in Barcelona, that I was able to assess that he would make it big. He was simply the best,” he added.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).When asked about his compatriot Dembele’s discipline situation, Thuram had some words of wisdom to share with the young player.“He is a great player, that’s the most important thing. I would advise him to learn from the veterans,” he continued.“I was young as well and you have to learn from your elder when you arrive at any club. We can’t make a big fuzz out of the whole subject.”“If I only talked about all the football players who were undisciplined that I came across in my career, I would talk for a whole month,” he concluded.Thuram on Dembélé: “The important thing is he’s a top player. I’d tell him when you move clubs to learn from the veterans. There’s no need to turn his term into drama. If I could talk about the great players I’ve seen not doing the right things, I’d be talking for over a month.” pic.twitter.com/6U6d4EdsQm— Barça Centre (@barcacentre) December 26, 2018
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Updated: Additional two hour delay- the Kenai Peninsula College, Cook Inlet Academy, and Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Early Childhood Center preschool, after school and Early Head Start home visiting are cancelled for Monday.Grace Lutheran School is on a two hour delay start and all Pre-K and K classes have been cancelled. A two hour delay means that morning buses run two hours later than normal, school begins two hours later than normal, and staff arrives at school two hours later than normal, and all Pre-K morning session classes are cancelled. The school day ends at the normal time. All morning Pre-K class sessions are cancelled during a two-hour delay start. Original Post: All Kenai Peninsula Borough schools will open with a two hour delay start on Monday, February 18, due to weather conditions throughout the Peninsula.