By Yvette Van Veen Special to the Star Wed., May 15, 2019 Q: This will be our dog’s first summer. How do we best prepare him for the bustle of the summer season? More importantly, how do we prepare him for fireworks on the long weekend? Should we take him to an event so he can get used to them? A: Socialization is critical for all dogs. Well-socialized dogs feel safe in the world. They can cope with all that life throws their way. This would include noisy and crowded environments such as the summer festivals. When it comes to fireworks, the short answer is no, you shouldn’t take a dog to a show as a means of socializing them to the noise. Each year, after Victoria Day, lamp posts are covered with posters of lost dogs. Many of these dogs bolted when frightened by fireworks. While some people may insist that they take dogs to events with no ill effect, it’s a very high-risk strategy with potentially tragic consequences. The issue with risky … [Read more...] about How do we prepare our dog for fireworks on the long weekend?
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By Keith Bradsher The New York Times Ana Swanson Tues., May 7, 2019 China’s top trade negotiator is heading to Washington for two days of trade talks, despite President Donald Trump’s threat to impose new tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of Chinese goods. China’s Commerce Ministry announced Tuesday that Vice Premier Liu He, one of the country’s leading economic policy-makers, would join a delegation of Chinese officials who will hold further trade talks Thursday and Friday with the Trump administration. Liu is a close adviser and confidant of President Xi Jinping, China’s top leader, and his participation could improve the changes of striking a deal. Still, the atmosphere surrounding the trade talks has shifted dramatically since a week ago, when this week’s discussions were seen as a possible last round before the two sides halted a trade war that has made world markets shudder and thrown a damper on the … [Read more...] about U.S.-China trade talks to resume despite Trump’s tariff threat
By Elaine Kurtenbach The Associated Press Mon., May 6, 2019 BANGKOK - Shares and oil prices have tumbled after President Donald Trump jolted markets with a threat to raise more tariffs on imports from China, spooking investors who had been expecting good news this week on trade. The Shanghai Composite index plunged 6.5% to 2,877.71, and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong sank 3.3% to 29,089.77. The future contract for the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.7% to 26,042.00, while that for the S&P 500 gave up 1.6% to 2,900.10. Trump’s comments in tweets Sunday came as a Chinese delegation was due to resume talks in Washington on Wednesday aimed at resolving a tariffs battle that has rattled world markets. The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, said China’s government was considering cancelling this week’s talks. Chinese officials did not respond immediately to requests for comment. Chinese leaders have emphasized they would not negotiate … [Read more...] about Markets plunge after Trump threatens new China tariff hike
LIVERPOOL: The church organist wanted to meet outside Liverpool's Anfield Stadium. Her name is Anne Preston, and she carried the program of a funeral she'd played the day before, as a document of something both ancient and achingly current.She wanted me to see it, so I'd understand how life, death and resurrection are so tied together with football along the banks of the Mersey River.She arrived with her husband, meeting me between the Sir Kenny Dalglish Stand and the Kop, the mighty Liverpool Kop. As he went over to sort his tickets for the first leg of the Champions League semifinal in Barcelona, she produced the programme and told me about a musical request from the family.The mom made the request herself. To honor her son, whose funeral program had Anfield on the front and the club crest on the back, she wanted Anne to subtly work in "You'll Never Walk Alone" during the Mass.It's a familiar request to Anne, and to every funeral director and organist in Liverpool.At the crematorium … [Read more...] about What a Premier League title would mean for Liverpool
By Robert Benzie Queen's Park Bureau Chief Wed., May 1, 2019 The Beer Store is firing back at the Progressive Conservative government over its claims that beer prices would drop if sales are liberalized. In a letter to Finance Minister Vic Fedeli, the retailer’s chair, Charlie Angelakos, notes that Ontario’s taxes on beer are 50 per cent higher than those in Quebec and 29 per cent higher than those in Alberta. “Retail beer prices are higher in Ontario than in Quebec because of taxes, not how beer is sold,” Angelakos wrote Wednesday. “Retail beer prices in Alberta are significantly higher than in Ontario, even though Alberta beer taxes are much lower.” More ominously, he warned of other negative impacts from radically changing the way beer is sold. “The addition of a significant number of new beer retail outlets would put the viability of the Beer Store’s retail business in question and undermine our efficient, … [Read more...] about Beer Store warns of price hikes if sales liberalized