Zlatan Ibrahimovic considers Paul Pogba to be a “fantastic” player and credits the Frenchman with helping him to “feel like Benjamin Button” during a memorable spell at Manchester United.The enigmatic Swedish striker arrived in England back in the summer of 2016 with questions being asked of his ability to deliver in the Premier League at 35 years of age.As he has made a habit of doing throughout his career, Ibrahimovic silenced those doubters in style as he netted 28 times across his debut campaign and helped to land the Red Devils three trophies. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Working with Jose Mourinho again brought the best out of a mercurial talent, but there was also plenty of quality alongside him – with World Cup winner Pogba considered to be the pick of the bunch.Ibrahimovic told BBC Sport of his time at Old Trafford and the understanding he struck up with a much-maligned France international: “I miss all of them. I had a fantastic time at United. Wazza [Wayne Rooney], Michael Carrick, then the young guys that wanted to show the world who they are by playing football and they had a lot of hunger to show. I had a good time because I got to know everyone, I was the mature guy with all these guys who were not mature.“Paul Pogba, I had never played with him before and I didn’t know him as a person. We have the same management and when I got to know him I got to find a fantastic person and a fantastic footballer, but someone who needs to be guided.“He is a professional guy that works every game and never misses training or a game. Those are all the things that people do not see, you only get judged by what you can see on television or the 90 minutes in the stadium, that’s where you have to perform.“When you click with someone it just clicks. The connection on the field was amazing, we helped each other very well, I needed him and he needed me. The first year at United we had a fantastic year.“They made me feel like Benjamin Button. I was getting younger and younger, then unfortunately I got my injury.“The Premier League should be happy I did not come 10 years ago because it would’ve been a different story. You see all my numbers [of goals] and all of these numbers would’ve been in the Premier League. I came to the right club in United. It was the club and the shirt that I was supposed to shine in and I did it.”Ibrahimovic has already stated that he believes he could have achieved even more in England had he made a move earlier in his career, but he is still proud of having proved a point to all of those who questioned him.He added: “When I went to England I was talking to different players that I knew well and trusted that would give me an honest opinion. From all of them everyone said do not do it, they said it would not be good for my career because you put your whole career on one season. If you do not do a good season people will say the rest of the things you did before were useless because you didn’t make it in England, but that triggered me and that’s the challenge I wanted.“I went against everyone and said that’s what I wanted to do. They thought I was too old, I was 35 and I made the Premier League look old. It took me three months to convince everyone who I was. That was the challenge and I never turn down a challenge.”
Don’t want to do anything fancy: Kidambi Srikanth aims for consistencyDon’t want to do anything fancy: Kidambi Srikanth aims for consistency
Newly-crowned Denmark Open champion Kidambi Srikanth says he would be cutting down on the number of tournaments he competes in to be in best shape for the marquee events lined up next year.”I really want to play a fixed number of tournaments and don’t want to play all the tournaments and push myself for the ranking,” said Srikanth, who outclassed 37-year-old Lee Hyun II in a lop-sided final to clinch the Denmark Open title on Sunday.”I will play around 10 tournaments and then play the Commonwealth and the Asian Games, the World Championship and then there is Syed Modi which is compulsory and PBL, so it would make it 15-17 tournaments anyway,” he said.Srikanth capped an impressive week with a 21-10, 21-5 win over Lee in the final.#IndonesiaSS #AustraliaSS #DenmarkSSPSrikanth Kidambi will lift the ??? in Denmark. Beats Lee Hyun 21-10, 21-5.Take a bow, champ! ?? pic.twitter.com/7z2krGoxQl- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 22, 2017″I am happy with the way it went for me, it was fantastic. I beat some tough players this week. I can’t even say it was a dream come true because I never dreamt of winning three titles this year. I really want to continue playing well,” Srikanth said.”I just wanted to continue what I did this week and not do anything fancy. I feel I have to be more consistent in the coming months,” said Srikanth, who has clinched the Indonesia Super Series Premier and Australia Super Series this year.advertisementSrikanth, who won the 2014 China Open Super Series Premier and 2015 India Open Super Series, said he would look to finish the year on a high.With 3 trophies under his belt, Srikanth Kidambi has the most number of Superseries titles in the men’s singles circuit in 2017. ??? pic.twitter.com/xPpBaprArr- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) October 23, 2017″It was a good year for me. After coming back from injury, I played really well. There are more Super Series tournaments to go and I really want to finish well.”Asked about the Dubai Super Series Final in December, Srikanth said, “It is an important event. After China and Hong Kong, I will think about Dubai Super Series Final.”I reached semis in 2014 and in 2015, I lost in the league stages but it doesn’t matter. We, as players, have to forget what had happened and start afresh. So I don’t want to think about what happened in 2015,” he added.The 25-year-old from Guntur also revealed that he will be announcing a few deals in the coming months.”My management company IS in talks with some major firms and may be after these two tournaments, I will announce some sponsorship deals,” he said.
The Riverside Ground was established in 1995, and hosted first one day international during the 1999 World Cup between Pakistan and Scotland. The Riverside Ground also hosted three World Cup fixtures at the 1999 edition.At the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, The Riverside Ground will host three fixtures, including England’s match against New Zealand and will also be the home for two Sri Lanka games.Used mostly as a county ground, the emergence of The Riverside Ground as an international venue for cricket happened only in the last decade. That also includes the September 2017 accident when a part of a stand collapsed during England’s Twenty20 defeat by West Indies, injuring three spectators.Opened: 1995Capacity: 5000 (17000 for internationals)Ends: Finchale End, Lumley EndLocation: Chester-le-Street, EnglandICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches scheduled at this venue15:00 IST: SL vs RSA, Match 3515:00 IST: SL vs WI, Match 3915:00 IST: Eng vs NZ, Match 41STATS – ODITotal matches 16Matches won batting first: 5Matches won bowling first: 9Average 1st Inns scores: 243Average 2nd Inns scores: 180Highest total recorded: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest total recorded: 99/10 (26.1 Ov) by Eng vs SLHighest score chased: 314/4 (44.4 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest score defended: 274/6 (41 Ov) by Eng vs PAK
UNICAMERAL PICKS SCHEER TO BE NEBRASKA SENATE SPEAKERUNICAMERAL PICKS SCHEER TO BE NEBRASKA SENATE SPEAKER
Nebraska lawmakers have kicked off a new session with a new speaker and 17 new members.Lawmakers elected Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk by a 27-22 vote over Senator Matt Williams of Gothenburg:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..any group. :18Scheer replaces Galen Hadley, of Kearney as speaker, who left office because of term limits.Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican sworn in 17 new senators into office, comprising more than one-third of the Legislature.They are replacing senators who were defeated or forced from office by term limits.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/SCHEER2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……(applause out) :11A projected $900 million shortfall is expected to dominate the 90-day legislative session.Governor Pete Ricketts will present his proposed budget and other priorities to lawmakers later in the month.
Transfers Arsenal €50m bid for Aubameyang confirmed by Dortmund Harry Sherlock Last updated 1 year ago 22:02 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Borussia Dortmund The Gabon international is wanted by the Gunners, and they have now made a formal offer for his services Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that Arsenal have tabled a formal bid for striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The Gabon international, who has scored 21 goals in 23 appearances thus far this season, has been heavily linked with a move away this month.After Dortmund were forced to deny reports that a deal had been agreed over a summer switch to a Chinese club, Arsenal soon emerged as the frontrunners to sign him, with Arsene Wenger keen to compensate for the impending loss of Alexis Sanchez. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player With the Chilean set to join Manchester United, Arsenal are looking to invest heavily and Goal understands they have agreed personal terms with Aubameyang and Manchester United’s Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Watzke has now confirmed that a formal offer has been lodged by the Premier League club, with reports suggesting that Dortmund value Aubameyang at £53 million.”I can confirm that there has been a first request from Arsenal for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and we are not commenting on the sums that have been called from England since noon today,” he said, per Ruhr Nachrichten.Watzke’s admission comes just a day after BVB transfer chief Michael Zorc dismissed talk of a deal with the London club as “rubbish”, having already hit out at Wenger for being ‘disrespectful’ in suggesting negotiations were going on.However, Dortmund have also been heavily critical of Aubameyang over his conduct recently. He has been the subject of several controversial moments this season and has been dropped twice in recent months for disciplinary reasons.The forward was left out of last week’s draw against Wolfsburg after missing a team meeting and was warned by Zorc that his behaviour cannot continue.”I don’t know what’s going on inside his head,” he said. “We had a very contentious discussion today. We’re not used to this behaviour from him. It can’t go on like this.”He was subsequently dropped for Friday’s 1-1 tie at Hertha Berlin, but while Peter Stoger’s side were in action, Aubameyang still made headlines as he was pictured playing in a local street game.Having joined Dortmund in 2013, the 28-year-old’s goal record at Signal Iduna Park is exemplary, scoring 141 times in just 212 appearances, while his contract runs until 2021.Dortmund have struggled this season, though, and currently sit third in the Bundesliga, 14 points behind leaders Bayern Munich. Arsenal, meanwhile, sit sixth in the Premier League, 23 points behind leaders Manchester City.
Kirk Herbstreit Has Message For Every College Football Fan Before Week 1Kirk Herbstreit Has Message For Every College Football Fan Before Week 1
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN’s College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)We got our first taste of 2019 college football last weekend, but the main course starts this week. Ahead of the Thursday night games that begin Week 1 of the season, ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit had a message for fans everywhere.Taking to Twitter, Herbstreit wished everyone a “Happy College Football Season.” He called tonight the true start of the season and hopes that fans enjoy the next few days of football.Happy CFB season to EVERYONE across the country! Know we had a couple gms last week but today is really the start of the season w/ some intriguing games TONIGHT & ALLLL the way till Labor Day night w/ ND/Louisville! Before we all start yelling at each other-have a great year!Tonight’s college football action features defending national champion Clemson against Georgia Tech. Texas A&M, UCF, and Utah will also be in action.Happy CFB season to EVERYONE across the country!Know we had a couple gms last week but today is really the start of the season w/ some intriguing games TONIGHT & ALLLL the way till Labor Day night w/ ND/Louisville! Before we all start yelling at each other-have a great year!— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) August 29, 2019Wisconsin and Michigan State will continue the action on Friday.Then on Saturday we get a complete lineup of games. There’s a ranked matchup between Auburn and Oregon, as well as Alabama going up against Duke.Sunday will feature Oklahoma hosting Houston.The final game of the Labor Day Weekend will be a Monday night matchup between Notre Dame and Louisville.Herbstreit’s got plenty of reason to be excited for the next few days.
ODPEM to Put Measures in Place to Increase Speed of CommunicationODPEM to Put Measures in Place to Increase Speed of Communication
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is to put measures in place to increase the speed at which information is disseminated to the public during periods of emergency.Speaking with JIS News, Director General of the ODPEM, Major Clive Davis said a meeting was held on January 25, with relevant stakeholders to discuss the matter.“We had very detailed discussions about what was currently available among telecoms providers and what was available from the broadcast media (radio, television, cable and print). That went well,” he said. He noted that following the recent threat of a Tsunami, it was important that information is issued to the public in a timely manner.Major Davis also informed that a technical working group is to be established, and would include members from the ODPEM, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology and the two telecoms providers. “They would deliberate on the creation of a special platform specifically for the dissemination of emergency information,” he explained. “There is going to be a need for an Memorandum of Understanding to be written between the Government (through the ODPEM) and media houses so that when we have emergencies like the recent threat of a Tsunami, the information going to the public is much improved…and lives saved,” Major Davis added.The ODPEM is the only government agency to provide disaster management functions in Jamaica.
BAM Wins Contract to Build Petroleum Jetty in Sierra LeoneBAM Wins Contract to Build Petroleum Jetty in Sierra Leone
zoom BAM International and its South African joint-venture partner Stefanutti Stocks have been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) of a petroleum jetty at the Kissy Oil Terminal of Freetown in Sierra Leone. It will take the joint venture approximately one year to design and complete the project for PetroJetty Ltd. The new petroleum jetty comprises a 240 metres steel trestle on steel piles, including a concrete offloading platform of 12 x 25 metres, four mooring dolphins, two breasting dolphins and a fender rack. For the top works, sister company BAM Leidingen & Industrie will engineer and supply the hose tower, the firefighting system and the piping and electrical part.PetroJetty is the local affiliate of trading and downstream company Oryx Energies, an energy division of private investment group AOG. The new jetty will provide a key import and export facility for the country, and a modern export base for ethanol.BAM and Stefanutti Stocks have recently completed two other projects in Sierra Leone. As part of the ongoing rehabilitation of African Minerals Ltd’s loading facility for iron ore in Pepel, near Freetown, the joint venture completed a new jetty and has renovated and extended an existing jetty. In addition, a string of navigation aids were placed along the Sierra Leone river, to facilitate ship movements by day and by night.BAM, May 6, 2014
zoom Singapore-based offshore support vessel provider Vallianz Holdings Limited has secured contracts worth up to USD 210 million in total, boosting its chartering services order book to USD 1.2 billion.Specifically, in its latest batch of orders the group won long-term charter contracts for the supply of 13 offshore supply vessels (OSVs) with an undisclosed national oil company in the Middle East. The vessels will be chartered to the oil company for up to seven years.Vallianz expects the OSVs to be deployed progressively at the company’s oil fields from the second half of 2016, in accordance to its project schedule.“This new award speaks volumes of the group’s operational capabilities as the award of an entire tender comprising a large number of vessels to a single offshore marine service provider is rare and normally reserved for a contractor that has an exceptional and proven track record,” Ling Yong Wah, Vallianz’s CEO said.The contracts come after the award of a USD 63 million contract from the oil company for the charter of two anchor handling tug, supply and safety standby (AHTSS) vessels for up to 7 years.“With the addition of these new charter contracts in the Middle East, we have further strengthened our order book and improved the group’s future revenue visibility,” Ling added.The company expects the new contracts to begin contributing to its financial performance from the second half of the financial year ending 31 December 2016.Vallianz owns and operates a fleet of 42 offshore support vessels and covers markets in the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Safe Bulkers Pounces on Capesize amid Attractive PricesSafe Bulkers Pounces on Capesize amid Attractive Prices
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license Monaco-based dry bulk shipping company Safe Bulkers has availed of attractive prices to expand its fleet with a Japanese-built Capesize vessel.The 181,000 dwt bulker was built in 2009 and its purchase was financed from cash on hand, the company said.The identity of the seller and the name of the vessel have not been revealed.Safe Bulkers said that the ship will be employed in the time charter market following a dry docking of the ship.As of August 13, 2018, the weighted time charter average of the Baltic Exchange Cape Index was USD 26,059 per day.“While we remain focused on the optimization of our capital structure by buying back later this month a Kamsarmax class vessel under sale and lease back agreement, our board has decided to invest opportunistically in a second-hand Capesize class vessel, the second acquisition since December 2017, which we believe will be accretive to our revenues and further expand our fleet and our operations in the Capesize market,” Loukas Barmparis, president of the company, said.Safe Bulkers’ operational fleet comprises around 40 drybulk vessels with an average age of 7.9 years.
Abbottbrand nutrition beverages such as Ensure recalled for bacteria concernsAbbottbrand nutrition beverages such as Ensure recalled for bacteria concerns
OTTAWA – Abbott Nutrition is recalling a number of its canned nutritional beverages due to possible bacterial contamination.The Chicago-based company is recalling products under its Ensure Plus, Jevity and TwoCal brands, among others.Full details are available on the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s website, which says there has been one reported illness associated with the products.The CFIA says people should not consume the products, which come in 235-ml metal cans.It’s also warning hospitals and nursing homes not to sell or use the recalled products.The agency says the recall was triggered by consumer complaints, and its investigation could lead to more products being recalled.
Project Green Hosted Celebrity VIPs At Huntington Beach Food Art And MusicProject Green Hosted Celebrity VIPs At Huntington Beach Food Art And Music
Project Green 501c3 Founders Kim Kreiss and Patryjca Siewert-Towns were grateful to Festival Producer Jay Freedman for choosing Project Green 501c3 to be one of the charity partners for his Huntington Beach Art, Food & Music Festival last weekend.Project Green 501c3 Founders Kim Kreiss & Patryjca Siewert-TownsHighlights of the amazing festival included music producer David Pack who led a super group band that backed up legends Al Stewart, Gary Wright, Bill Champlin (Chicago), Mike Reno (Loverboy), Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger), John Elefante (Kansas), Dave Jenkins (Pablo Cruise), Bobby Kimball (Toto), Jim Peterik (Survivor) among others. This was the largest known collective performance of legendary 70’s and 80’s stars on one stage, ever!The Huntington Beach Food, Art & Music Festival featured other chart-topping artists including: Mark McGrath, Jefferson Starship and Michelle Branch. There were national award-winning BBQ rib teams straight from The BBQ Championships in Reno, Nevada, representing more than 10 states and Canada, showcasing their finest culinary selections to taste. Foodies experienced some of the best food trucks that Southern California had to offer, as well as many other delicious local treats.One hundred juried artists selected through an extensive process showcased a wide variety of talents and mediums including jewelry, painting, woodworking and photography.Sponsors included: Rolaids, Coca-Cola, Sara Lee Snacks, Club Cornbread Cracker Bites, Coors Light, Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce and Huntington Beach Art Center, with media support from K-Earth 101, OC Weekly and 94.7 The Wave.Project Green 501c3 Founders Patrycja Siewert-Towns and Kim Kreiss have perfected the ultimate entertainment lounge when it comes to raising awareness in the green community in conjunction with their charity! Project Green 501c3 is fully funded by donations from individuals, businesses, and foundations. Any and all donations are accepted and welcomed! Project Green continuously does outreach to help generate recognition as well as drive donations. Project Green is a registered 501c3 non-profit based in Atlanta, Georgia whose mission is to preserve green space for future generations by building eco-friendly summer camps for the underserved and fostercare system kids. “Help Us Help The Kids”.Copyright ©2014Look to the Stars
BC starts new reconciliation process with Wetsuweten hereditary chiefsBC starts new reconciliation process with Wetsuweten hereditary chiefs
Wet’suwe’ten Nation Hereditary Chiefs (APTN file).The Canadian PressBritish Columbia says it’s starting a new reconciliation process with the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, who are at the centre of opposition to a natural gas pipeline in northern B.C.The province says in a release Thursday that the government and the Office of the Wet’suwet’en are undertaking a process focused on Wet’suwet’en title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.The release says B.C. has appointed Victoria MP and lawyer Murray Rankin as its representative to help guide and design the process, adding that Rankin has an understanding of the Supreme Court’s historic Delgamuukw decision that helped define Indigenous title.It says the province and the Wet’suwet’en are committed to explore a path forward together that seeks to build trust over time and meaningfully advance reconciliation.The Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose Coastal GasLink’s plans to build a pipeline from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat, and RCMP arrested 14 people at a blockade last month before reaching a deal with the chiefs.The province says its commitment to lasting reconciliation is not connected to any specific project, and the new process will build on discussions that have been ongoing since Premier John Horgan and Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser visited the territory in August.“We all recognize that the path forward will involve challenges. It will take a willingness to innovate and take bold steps together,” the province says.“This engagement is a historic opportunity to advance Wet’suwet’en self-determination and self-governance, and for the province and Wet’suwet’en Nation to establish a deeper relationship based on respect and recognition of rights.”
Flood evacuees for eight years Little Saskatchewan residents finally have a placeFlood evacuees for eight years Little Saskatchewan residents finally have a place
InFocusEvery year, many communities across Turtle Island near rivers and lakes brace for the possibility of a spring flood.Often, traditional lands have become flood-prone from man-made dams or diversions or communities were moved onto flood plains by the Canadian government.For Little Saskatchewan First Nation on Lake St. Martin, 255 kilometres north of Winnipeg, it’s meant 20 plus years of being prepared for massive spring flooding.But in 2011, no amount of sandbags could keep back the water back when the Manitoba government made the decision to flood the Interlake region of the province in order to spare Winnipeg from nature’s wrath.They were evacuated and their community was destroyed.“It has a lot of emotional impact, and all the stress you go through, the feeling of being in your own home is not the same and you have to stay somewhere else,” said Muriel Woodford“I was gone over six years. I just recently went back November 2017.”Woodford now has a new home a few kilometers away from her old home, which survived the flood with significant damage but was lost in a brush fire in 2016.Farmland was purchased on higher ground a kilometre from the old town site.Seventy-seven homes have been built and are occupied with 93 more set for this summer.Currently 300 evacuees remain scattered throughout Winnipeg while the new community continues to be built.Bertha Travers is one of them.She has been bounced from hotel to hotel, community to community before landing at an apartment in Winnipeg where she remains while awaiting a new home to replace the beloved one she lost to the flood.She’s been waiting eight years.That evacuation order in the Spring of 2011 still haunts her.“To me, it really traumatized me emotionally because this is the second time in my life, being taken off reserve,” Travers said.“When I was a little girl and I went to residential school, it came right back again. You know the memories, the flashing and it was horrible.”She wasn’t about to be ordered off her reserve again so she stayed and waited. And the waters rose and rose.“It took me until June 14 (2011) when I actually moved. The water was hitting the Jeep wheel wells. I finally got out then and told my dog, I said Chill (my dog), its time to go. ”While the bulk of band members will be back living in their new homes in the new community this summer, having your people displaced all over the province for the better part of a decade, it’s the community itself that needs rebuilding.“What we’ve been trying to do in the past few years is to bring our community and people together,” Councillor Darrell Shorting said.“We hold events such as the Treaty Day, the fishing derbies, we supply meals in the community, we have barbecues,” said Shorting. “We also held meals in Winnipeg, things like that, that bring people together. It won’t resolve all the issues but hopefully bring people together.”But being way from home for year’s changes people and their how they live. People have become urbanized living away from the community. Some who left as youth evacuees are now returning as young adults with kids. Many have become accustomed to city life and need to reconnect with their roots.“If you left at 15 years old, you’re now 23 with a family, living in the city of Winnipeg, you can go to any corner store or Walmart,” said Coun. Leroy Thompson, adding the band is building a store to cover a wide variety of needs, along with a gas bar and a church.As of April 23, 2019 the total cost related to the 2011 flood, which affected a handful of other First Nations in the region, was at $190 million and counting, according to Indigenous Services Canada.
Trudeau describes cancelling US visit over demands for NAFTA sunset clauseTrudeau describes cancelling US visit over demands for NAFTA sunset clause
OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau says he abandoned a proposed meeting with Donald Trump in Washington this week after the White House insisted that the prime minister first agree to a five-year “sunset clause” in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.Trudeau told the anecdote Thursday during a media briefing where he and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland were outlining the Canadian response to punishing U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.With the NAFTA talks seeming close to a possible breakthrough, Trudeau says he suggested to the U.S. president last Friday that they sit down with Mexico’s Enrique Pena Nieto and talk about reaching a deal.“I stated that I thought we were quite close to reaching an agreement, and perhaps the time had come for me to sit down with the president in Washington in order to finalize the NAFTA agreement,” Trudeau said in French.“We already had the bones of a very good agreement for all parties, and I thought it might be opportune for all of us to sit down for a few hours and discuss it.”Trump seemed to like the idea, Trudeau said.Then on Tuesday, Vice-President Mike Pence called to say the White House would host the meeting — but on one condition.“I had to agree to a sunset clause in NAFTA, which is to say every five years, NAFTA would come to an end unless the parties decided to renew it, which is completely unacceptable to us,” he said.“So I answered that, unfortunately, if that was a precondition to our visit, I was unable to accept — and so we did not go to Washington for that day of negotiations.”Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Thursday that the decision to slap Canada and Mexico with stiff steel and aluminum tariffs was based on a lack of progress in the NAFTA talks.“Those talks are taking longer than we had hoped. There is no longer a very precise date when they may be concluded” so they were added to the tariff list, he said.Neither the tariffs nor a series of retaliatory measures imposed by the federal Liberal government in response will affect the ability to keep renegotiating NAFTA as a separate track, Ross added. “They’re not mutually exclusive behaviours.”Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and a former Mulroney cabinet minister at the time of the original Canada-U.S. free trade deal, expressed surprise at the sunset-clause tactic.“That is not the basis on which mature adults negotiate,” Beatty said.“For someone who prides himself as a negotiator, anybody who does business on the basis of, ‘One side can only win if the other side loses’ usually isn’t in business for very long.”