Martin Macmahon: Canada Snubbed From Fifa Video Game Once Again

Abe Says Japan, Canada Agree to Cooperate on Natural Gas

The FIFA team would love to be able to include every club, league and tournament on earth but sometimes thats not possible. Licensing teams and leagues is a business decision based on market size and limited resources. Including Canada is something we would certainly look at in the future. The company did not reply by deadline to an e-mail requesting clarification on what specific barriers blocked Canada’s inclusion. Specifically, did the Canadian Soccer Association hold out for too much money, or did the association not want involvement in the game at all for some reason? Perhaps it’s a world ranking issue, or perhaps the fact that Canada hasn’t competed in the World Cup in nearly three decades means they haven’t earned the nod. If any of this information was provided as the reason for this nation’s exclusion from the game, while still a bit irritating for those who want to represent the red and white virtually, at least we would know the thinking behind the snub. This article isn’t meant to be an attack on EA Sports or its FIFA franchise, which consistently deliver excellent products which entertain and seem to improve year on year. But as a company with a significant Canadian presence, it can play a role in helping grow the game in this country. As stupid as it sounds, when kids play a game and are forced to represent another country rather than Canada when playing internationally, it could loosen their feeling of attachment to the national team. Video games, for better or worse, are a big part of children’s lives. For anyone who follows the trials and tribulations of the national program trying to convince elite players with mixed loyalties and multiple international options to play for Canada, quite frankly this country needs every edge it can get. And besides, who wouldn’t want to relive some of Canada’s recent glorious matches in recent times?

Armed Kenyan forces take position to secure the area around the shopping mall as ambulances move in to carry the injured. A woman reacts after she is rescued from the mall. A couple flee the area. As night fell, authorities said they had cornered the gunmen in the mall. Kenya mall attack >> Photos: Kenya mall attack “What we have learned for the last five years is we have to speak out against this,” Bihi said. Al-Shabaab breaks new ground with complex Nairobi attack In a message on its now-suspended Twitter page, Al-Shabaab named nine people it said were among the gunmen who stormed Nairobi’s Westgate Mall on Saturday. Three of them were from the United States and one each was from Canada, Finland and the United Kingdom, it said. “It isn’t totally surprising, given the fact that we know Shabaab has recruited in the United States,” CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen said Sunday. “We also know they have recruited in a number of European countries.” Bergen noted that the group’s Twitter page includes tweets in colloquial English, “the kind of English that an American, or perhaps somebody who grew up in the UK, would be using.” Al-Shabaab is fighting to implement a stricter form of Islamic law in Somalia, a struggle in which Kenyan troops have been directly involved since 2011. Kenyan troops wrested control of the key Somali port of Kismayo from the jihadists in 2012, and Somali government and African Union troops drove the group out of its strongholds in the capital Mogadishu in 2011. Tweets from @cnni/nairobi-attack As early as 2008, the FBI warned that more than a dozen youths, some of them American citizens, had left Minneapolis, home to the largest Somali population in the United States. At least three are believed to have carried out suicide bombings in Somalia, where an internationally backed interim government has taken tenuous root after two decades of civil war and near-anarchy. Minneapolis’ Somali community “is 100% against terror,” said Bihi.

Sears Canada CEO resigns

A shopper exits a Sears department store at the Toronto Eaton Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

said its chief executive, Calvin McDonald , has resigned and will be replaced by Chief Operating Officer Douglas C. Campbell . McDonald, who had been CEO since June 2011, is leaving to join a aleading international company,a Sears Canada (TSX: SCC) said, without identifying the company. As the Sears Canada’s COO, Campbell, who joined the company in March 2011, was responsible for retail store operations, logistics, replenishment, information technology, corporate procurement and international sourcing. Before joinging Sears, Campbell was a principal with Boston Consulting Group , where he led turnaround projects and worked across a broad sector of industries, including retail, manufacturing, packaged foods, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals. McDonaldas surprise departure comes as the retailer undergoes a companywide restructuring to reignite sales and profits. Last month, the company announced it was cutting 245 jobs after it reported a 9.6 percent drop in second-quarter revenue to C$960.1 million. The Globe and Mail newspaper on Tuesday reported McDonaldas resignation was sparked by differing views with parent Sears Holdings Corp. (NYSE: SHLD), which owns 51 percent of Sears Canada and is controlled by investor Edward Lampert . The disagreement was tied to “the pace at which capital was being deployed to keep the momentum of the transformation going,” the Globe and Mail quoted a source as saying. Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings also has been battling falling sales in the U.S. The company last month reported a second-quarter loss of $194 million , compared with a loss of $132 million a year ago, on a drop in revenue of 6 percent to $8.87 billion. The company earlier this month said it was seeking a $1 billion loan to refinance its debt.

Somali jihadists recruit in U.S., Canada, Europe

Largest Importer While there are many areas for increased growth in our trade and investment relationship, the one that came up most frequently is obviously energy, Harper said. We have special assets to offer there and obviously Japan is the largest single importer of energy products. Harper said the two sides have also made progress in free trade negotiations. Japan and Canada additionally agreed in principle on a treaty governing logistics support between the two countries armed forces, which will be effective anywhere in the world, Harpers office said in a press statement. Abe was scheduled to travel to New York late yesterday, where he was due to meet French President Francois Hollande. He will meet United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon later today. Exxon Mobil Corp., the worlds largest energy company by market value, asked Canada in June for permission to export 30 million metric tons of LNG a year from the nations westernmost province of British Columbia. Gas Pipelines Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA) Plc, Chevron Corp., BG Group Plc and Cnooc Ltd. are among the other international energy companies proposing or considering LNG export projects in western Canada, including pipelines across British Columbias mountains to link gas supplies in shale formations to Pacific Coast facilities. Four proposed terminals are targeted to start operations before 2020, including three for which the Canadian government has already awarded export licenses. Canada will probably only see one terminal built by 2020 and another two by 2025, according to Calgary-based investment bank Peters & Co. Challenges include labor shortages, the significant capital needed, the stores of gas required to support terminals as well as the difficulty in securing government approvals and maintaining positive relationships with native communities in the area. Global LNG demand is poised to rise 67 percent from 2012 to 400 million tons a year by 2020, analysts at Peters & Co. said in a Sept. 4 research note.

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