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H View hold advantage in race for fourth spot

first_imgFormer champions Harbour View will go into today’s set of matches in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) with the advantage as the battle for the fourth place continues. The stars of the East, as Harbour View are dubbed, currently occupy the fourth spot on 39 points, the same as UWI FC, but with a superior goal difference. What gives them the edge today is the match-up. While Harbour View will play away to the inconsistent Boys Town, UWI FC will host defending champions and the team occupying second spot, Arnett Gardens. Of the opposing teams, Boys’ Town are the easier of the two while only a brave person would bet against Arnett Gardens defeating UWI FC. Arnett Gardens are filled with ammunition and with the likes of the in-form Michaelous Martin, their leading scorer Kemal Malcolm, Leon Strickland and Newton Sterling. Any of those forwards can provide the goods on the day. With UWI FC’s slow defensive unit and Deno Schaffe being out, it will take a major effort to keep Arnett Gardens off the score sheet. UWI FC are also capable of finding the back of the net through Girvon Brown, Anthony, Grant, Anthony Greenland and Kemar Cummings. Since his return to the island from the USA, Brian Brown has been in good goal-scoring form and is expected to lead the Harbour View attack against Boys’ Town. P W D L GF GA GD Pts MoBay U 29 15 11 3 47 17 30 56 Arnett 29 16 6 7 44 22 22 54 Portmore 29 16 6 7 36 24 12 54 H View 29 9 12 8 34 29 5 39 UWI 29 10 9 10 33 39 -6 39 H Lion 29 9 11 9 23 27 -4 38 Boys’ T 29 9 8 12 33 44 -11 35 Tivoli 29 9 6 14 31 37 -6 33 Cavalier 29 8 9 12 23 29 -6 33 Reno 29 7 11 11 28 45 -17 32 W’house 29 6 10 13 26 35 -9 28 Rivoli 29 6 9 14 31 41 -11 27 Today’s Games – 8:40 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Portmore United – Montego Bay Sports Complex POINTS STANDING Tomorrow’s game: – 3:30 p.m.: Boys’ Town vs Harbour View – Barbican Stadium – 3:30 p.m.: Reno vs Tivoli Gardens – Frome Complex – 3:30 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Waterhouse – Effortville Community Centre – 3:30 p.m.: Rivoli United FC vs Cavalier – Prison Oval – 3:30 p.m.: UWI FC vs Arnett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Monalast_img read more

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European football’s top clubs ranked by total trophies won in all competitions

first_img silverware 9. Internazionale have won 39 trophies – The only Italian club to win the treble, Inter won five trophies alone in 2010, including the Champions League, Serie A, Italian Cup, Italian Super Cup and Club World Cup. Overall, they have won three European Cups/Champions League, 18 Serie A titles, seven Italian Cups, five Italian Super Cups, three UEFA Cups, two Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. 11 How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? who plays? 11 possible xi 11 11 11 Football news Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 5. Juventus have won 64 trophies – Ahead of both Inter and AC Milan, Juventus are the most successful Italian club in total number of trophies. Juve have won 34 Serie A titles, by far the most in Italy despite being stripped of two championships for match-fixing. They have also claimed 123 Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups. In Europe, the Old Lady has the complete set of honours: winning two European Cups, three UEFA Cups, one Cup Winners’ Cup and two UEFA Super Cups. Juve have also been crowned world champions twice, winning the Intercontinental Cup in 1985 and 1996. NEW ERA impact 2. Real Madrid have won 86 trophies – The most successful club in the history of the European Cup/Champions League, Real Madrid have won the tournament on 13 occasions, including the first five editions and seven more in the Champions League era. The Spanish giants won back-to-back UEFA Cups in the 1980s and also boast four UEFA Super Cups on their honours list. Madrid claimed the Intercontinental Cup three times and have won the Club World Cup twice, in 2014 and 2016. In Spain, they have a record 33 titles, plus 19 Spanish Cups, nine Spanish Super Cups and one victory in the defunct Spanish League Cup. 10. Atletico Madrid have won 29 trophies – Atletico have been very successful in recent years, winning seven trophies since 2010. Their 2014 triumph in La Liga took Atleti’s Spanish title count to 10, the same number of times they have won the Spanish Cup, with two Spanish Super Cups for good measure. In 1962 they won their first European honour, the Cup Winners’ Cup, followed by Europa League and UEFA Super Cup doubles in 2010 and 2012 respectively. They won it again in 2018, but the European Cup/Champions League has eluded them, despite being seconds away from winning two finals, as well as contesting a shoot-out in the 2016 final, but they did win the 1974 Intercontinental Cup – the predecessor to FIFA’s Club World Cup – when European Cup holders Bayern Munich declined to take part. Atletico beat South American champions Independiente over two legs to be crowned world champions. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? 3. Bayern Munich have won 69 trophies – The kings of German football, Bayern have won the Bundesliga title a record 28 times and the German Cup on a record 18 occasions. They also won the now defunct German League Cup six times and the German Super Cup six times. Outside Germany, Bayern boast five European Cups/Champions Leagues, including three-in-a-row in the mid-1970s. They have won every European trophy, with one Cup Winners’ Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup triumph to their name. Bayern have also won the Intercontinental Cup twice and one Club World Cup, and are the only German club to complete the treble. 11 7. AC Milan have won 48 trophies – Milan are second only to Real Madrid when it comes to European Cup/Champions League victories, having been crowned champions of Europe on seven occasions. Their first success in the competition came in 1963, while their most recent Champions League final victory was in 2007. Until Real’s success in 2017, Milan had been the last club to successfully defend the European Cup, winning back-to-back trophies in 1989 and 1990. Additionally, they have won two Cup Winners’ Cups, five UEFA Super Cups, three Intercontinental Cups and one Club World Cup. On the domestic front, Milan boast 18 Serie A titles, five Italian Cups and seven Italian Super Cups – with their most recent Supercoppa coming in 2016/17. 11 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 11 highlights Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? ALTERED 8. Arsenal have won 45 trophies – Arsenal hold the record for the number of FA Cups won, with their success in 2017 taking their tally to 13 in the oldest football competition in the world. They can boast 13 English top flight titles, and share the record for most domestic doubles with Manchester United, having clinched both league and cup success in the same season on three occasions. They have won the League Cup twice, including as part of a double with the FA Cup in 1993, plus 15 Charity/Community Shields. In Europe, Arsenal’s first trophy came with the Fairs Cup (a forerunner of the UEFA Cup/Europa League) in 1970, and they claimed the Cup Winners’ Cup in 1994. 11 Which club is Europe’s most decorated?For the purposes of simply counting the number of trophies won, talkSPORT.com has included ‘super cup’ competitions, although debate will continue to rage as to their relative merits.Additionally,restrictions have been placed on leagues and the ranking takes clubs from the top four league competitions in Europe: England, Spain, Germany and Italy. These countries are historically the most dominant in European competition and, therefore, we have adjudged their domestic competitions to be the toughest to win.If it was left open to clubs from any European league, the result would see Scotland’s Rangers come out on top, with Northern Ireland’s Linfield in second and Scotland’s Celtic in third. But we are more interested in finding out who’s the best of the best.Competitions included: All UEFA competitions bar the Intertoto Cup (but including the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup), the Intercontinental Cup, the FIFA Club World Cup, domestic top division titles, main domestic cups and League Cups (now defunct in Germany and Spain and never competed for in Italy, but held since the 1960s in England), and domestic ‘Super Cups’ (known in England as the Community Shield).All statistics correct as of August 9, 2017. smart causal 4. Manchester United have won 66 trophies – Man United looked to be making a resurgence under Mourinho but it hasn’t worked out that way getty 11. Chelsea have won 28 trophies – The Blues have won six top flight English titles, eight FA Cups, five League Cups and they were the first English club to win every UEFA trophy. In 2012 they became the only London club to win the Champions League, adding the Europa League a year later to complete the continental set, along with two victories in the now defunct Cup Winners’ Cup and one in the UEFA Super Cup. They have also won four Community Shields. The Blues had racked up 11 trophies prior to Roman Abramovich’s arrival, but have since won 16 in 14 years. Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more gameday 6. Liverpool have won 59 trophies – The most successful English club in European football, Liverpool have won five European Cups, putting them level with Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the all-time list. The Reds have also claimed three UEFA Cups and three UEFA Super Cups. On the home front, Liverpool have won 18 top flight English titles, seven FA Cups, a record eight League Cups and 15 Charity/Community Shields. The only trophies of note to elude them come on a global stage, having lost two Intercontinental Cup finals in the 1980s and the Club World Cup in 2005. They also lost the 1966 Cup Winners’ Cup final to Borussia Dortmund, so cannot complete the full set of UEFA competitions. Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack 11 possible standings 11 1. Barcelona have won 89 trophies – The most successful club based on number of trophies won, Barcelona are the only club to win the treble twice. They boast five European Cup/Champions League victories, to go alongside four wins in the Cup Winners’ Cup, three in the old Fairs Cup and five UEFA Super Cup triumphs. In Spain, Barca have been crowned champions 25 times, won the Spanish Cup a record 30 times, the Spanish Super Cup on 12 occasions and the Spanish League Cup twice. They have also claimed the Club World Cup three times, and in 2009 became the first club to win six trophies in a calendar year.last_img read more

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Players and plotlines: What Giants fans should watch for in 2019

first_imgFor more 2019 MLB preview stories, check out our Bay Area baseball guide.Expectations are relatively low for the Giants heading into 2019, as they were last season. But hope springs eternal around Opening Day each season, with 162 games still left ahead.Things will be different in the front office with Farhan Zaidi taking over as San Francisco works to turn the corner back toward the top of the NL West.While there are several new faces who could make a difference on the Oracle Park diamond, …last_img read more

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NBA Finals: Charles Barkley picks against Warriors — again

first_imgClick here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.The Warriors might be without Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins when they start the NBA Finals Thursday night in Toronto, but Golden State fans have reason to be confident: Charles Barkley has picked against them again.After the Toronto Raptors dispatched the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals Saturday night, Barkley, a TNT analyst, predicted that the Raptors would prevail in the NBA Finals. Why? Mainly …last_img read more

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Facebook’s Twitter-Like Tagging: Useful or Tiring?

first_imgFacebook just launched status tagging for friends, pages, events and groups. The company has torn a page out of the Twitter playbook and plans to increase search functionality via the @ tag. Over the next few weeks Facebook users will be able to tag their friends, pages and groups in status messages. Similar to photo tagging, all those indicated in the tag will receive a notification. Said Facebook product manager Andrew Huang to Inside Facebook, “People use status updates to tell stories about real world experiences. This is about making the site more engaging.”Marketers have worked hard to get the attention of celebrity users via the obligatory @ tag, and it’ll be interesting to see if Facebook will be used for similar pitches. While photo uploading and image tagging creates a barrage of instant notifications, @ tagging is a far less cumbersome process for the tagger and therefore a far more time consuming process for the tagged. High profile influencers may get pinged on everything from company demos to job opportunities. Someone like Robert Scoble might be up all night untagging himself. And if he doesn’t untag himself, marketers will have the convenience of an auto-complete drop-down menu to contact him until he takes notice. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#Facebook#web dana oshiro Nevertheless, there are also a number of benefits for event planners and group leaders. In the past the hashtag has been used to track event conversation and even field questions from an audience. Now instead of displaying a scrolling Twitter feed on a trade show screen, a group can simply pull up their Facebook page and all of the in-Facebook @ tags as well as media uploads will automatically populate the page wall. This is a great way to gather up scattered conversation and keep the momentum going for inspiring events. Look for the new feature to roll out incrementally in the next couple of weeks. Related Posts last_img read more

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What Are The Feds Hiding? Let’s Ask The Declassification Engine

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… Each year, the U.S. government declassifies thousands of documents and releases them to the public through collections like the Declassified Document Reference System (DDRS) and the CIA’s FOIA Reading Room. Some, however, contain “redacted” information that’s too sensitive to be released — leaving, for instance, key details of an FBI memo blacked out for the average reader.Enter the Declassification Engine, which aims to harness Big Data analysis and some old-fashioned crowdsourcing to peer through the “black bars” of redacted documents and reveal what the government doesn’t want you to know. Using publicly available, declassified documents as its sources, the Declassification Engine aims to eventually make informed guesses about what those black bars are hiding, providing a “word cloud” of likely possibilities. Is that blacked out word “Aurora,” for example, potentially referring to new types of advanced aircraft? And, if so, does that imply that similar redacted memos refer to the same key words? A Tool For Historians And The PublicThe Declassification Engine could be an instrument for historians and conspiracy theorists alike. For now, though, it’s basically just a set of data-analysis tools developed by researchers at Columbia University.One finds correlations between specific words and often-classified memos, for example. Another was designed to help train the system to pick up on differences between redacted documents, and what was revealed years later when the government declassified them for public eyes. Eventually, they’ll form a more cohesive whole, the Engine’s creators say.To take the next steps, the Engine’s founders are asking for help. Last week, historians, journalists, legal scholars, statisticians, and computer scientists met at Columbia University to formally launch the Engine — and to ask for money. The Declassification Engine hopes to raise $50,000 to fund the project, and its founders have only raised a few hundred dollars at present.Matthew Connelly, a historian at Columbia and one of the creators of the Declassification Engine, explained that the group is consciously trying to put the Declassification Engine on the “white hat” side of the fence — the opposite side, in other words, from organizations like Wikileaks.The Engine’s source material consists of documents that have already been declassified and released by the government for public scrutiny. Furthermore, its users aren’t “cracking” redactions; they’re simply making guesses. What they hope are good guesses, but guesses nevertheless.How The Engine Revved UpDeclassification straddles a long-standing fault line in American politics, as Marc Trachtenberg, a professor of political science at UCLA explains:There is thus a built-in conflict between the consumer and the supplier of historical evidence: we historians want to see the ‘dirt,’ but those responsible for the release of documents want to make sure that the material released does not damage the political interests they are responsible for protecting.A redacted memo, made public by the Freedom of Information Act. (Source: http://www.foia.cia.gov/)Declassified documents are often a tool to better understand our own history. But getting at that understanding sometimes requires teasing out decades-old data.One of the first things the team did last year was to analyze which keywords were most closely associated with federal decisions to withhold documents among 1.4 million State Department cables. They then created a tool to analyze diplomatic activity over time depending on which terms were used, and the likelihood that a cable that included a specific term would still be classified.That analysis revealed that 1970s cables that contained the word “Boulder” or phrase “Operation Boulder” were much, much more likely to be withheld, Connelly said. As it turned out, Project Boulder was President Nixon’s plan, hatched following the hostage crisis at the Munich Olympics, to increase FBI scrutiny of Arabs entering the United States. In other words, 1970s-style ethnic profiling.In this case, Connelly said, the archive of scanned documents could have served as a historical context when people began discussing the treatment of Arab-Americans thirty years later, after Sept. 11. But without the digital archive of source documents, that context wasn’t readily available.“The reason that these historians have never even heard of it is because the vast majority of the documents have been withheld, in the archives,” Connelly said. “Without those documents, we can’t even begin to try and derive some of these lessons.”The government originally held back the majority of memos that contained the word “Boulder”. (Source: Matthew Connelly)Is It Legal?Given the political climate surrounding security in the decade-plus since September 11, the Declassification Engine’s creators said last week that they were somewhat nervous that the U.S. government might try to clamp down on it. (The creators, naturally, believe that it’s perfectly legal.) Connelly, however, said that the discussion during Friday’s conference gave him reason to believe that the Engine’s creators aren’t likely to face any investigation from law enforcement agencies. Nevertheless, on Friday, the FAQ portion of the site was modified to eliminate all references to the project’s legality, including that the group sought input from the State Department and the National Archives to better understand the declassification process.“In some cases, we are using statistical methods to predict what is still classified,” the Declassification Engine’s FAQ said Thursday night.How The Tools WorkConnelly gave ReadWrite an early glimpse of one component of the Engine on Thursday night. That’s the Redaction Visualizer, which compares redacted and unredacted documents and highlights the differences. On the surface, this seems pretty obvious. Comparing an unredacted and redacted memo. (Source: Declassification-engine.org)But the Visualizer is also the basic equivalent of your math homework: the redacted document provides the problem to solve, and the unredacted document is the “answer”. This supervised data will  “teach the computer to teach itself about what’s in the redaction,” Connelly said.The text that the Redaction Visualizer pulls out. (Source: Declassification-engine.org)The real work for the Engine, though, lies in deciphering the redactions themselves. And the biggest arrow in its quiver is context. In total, the Engine uses 117,509 documents from the DDRS, with the most from the Eisenhower and Johnson administrations.The text of the documents themselves are just one part of the puzzle. But there’s a surprising amount  of unredacted metadata attached to each as well: the date, the author, the subject, who classified it, when it was declassified — 68 fields in all, Connelly said. All can be used as clues to make guesses as to what the redacted content contains. Connelly admits that he’s not even clear on how well the Engine could work, once it’s up and running.What the Declassification Engine hopes to do for each redaction is generate a “word cloud” of the words that are statistically likely to be hidden by the redaction. Granted, this is a lot easier to do with a short series of letters, such as a name or date. Still, any guesses could be used to tease out further possibilities, and cross-correlated with other, similar documents to make further guesses.Eventually, the Declassification Engine could become a Web site, where users could upload their own declassified documents, run them against the tools, and also add their own insights. “It would create a virtuous circle, and [users] would be able to make more and more powerful and accurate predictions,” Connelly said.Obama Turbocharges The EngineThe Declassification Engine received an unexpected boon from the Obama Administration on the eve of its launch: an executive order making machine-readable government documents the law of the land.“Government information shall be managed as an asset throughout its life cycle to promote interoperability and openness, and, wherever possible and legally permissible, to ensure that data are released to the public in ways that make the data easy to find, accessible, and usable,” President Obama wrote. “In making this the new default state, executive departments and agencies shall ensure that they safeguard individual privacy, confidentiality, and national security.”The order could remove the need to optically scan some government documents, allowing the Engine to more quickly process bunches of files. It remains to be seen how executive agencies will protect their electronic documents, however. But, as Connelly noted, the order begs the question: if machines are now allowed to read government documents, shouldn’t they be allowed to guess what they’re hiding? markhachman Tags:#Big Data center_img Related Posts Why You Love Online Quizzes Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoidlast_img read more

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Cong.-SAD spat continues over Centre’s scheme for farmers

first_imgThe ruling Congress party and the Opposition Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab continued their war of words over the recently proposed Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi in the interim Union Budget.While Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Monday accused the Akali Dal chief Sukhbir Badal of pretending to be concerned about problems of the people, especially the farmers, the party in turn accused the Congress leaders of harbouring a negative mindset. “Why had he (Sukhbir) not spoken up for the farmers all these years despite his party (SAD) being a part of the ruling alliance at the Centre? The Central government has already made a mockery of the farmers by announcing a meagre ₹6,000 a year to support them,” said Capt. Amarinder here, adding that Mr. Sukhbir’s demand from the Centre to double the amount was an insult to farmers.“Did he really believe a thousand rupees a month would help the beleaguered farmers, many of whom were being driven to suicide as a result of massive debts?” asked Capt. Amarinder.He said if the Centre was really interested in helping farmers, it should announce a one-time waiver of loans. ‘Negative mindset’ Meanwhile, former Akali Dal Minister Maheshinder Singh Grewal said Punjab Congress leaders have a negative mindset and outright criticism of the proposed scheme was unwarranted.“Instead of appreciating the out-of-the-box thinking of the Union government to take measures to ameliorate the condition of the poor farmers, the Congress leaders, including Punjab Congress president Sunil Jakhar, are critical about the amount being offered,” said Mr. Grewal.last_img read more

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10 months ago​Tottenham boss Pochettino backs Arsenal over bottle throwing incident

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham boss Pochettino backs Arsenal over bottle throwing incidentby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino said he did not think Arsenal should be punished over the Dele Alli incident in which a bottle was thrown from the crowd and hit the England international on the head.”It’s not fair for Arsenal, the club, the fans to pay for one…what word can I use? I don’t want to be wrong but I think everyone realises! You cannot pay (the price) for one.”One person cannot create a mess in a club like Arsenal. Arsenal is going to take a big decision, with responsibility to fix. People have to behave and celebrate, and support your team but in the right way.”It’s such a dangerous thing, if the bottle hit him on his head or his eyes we’re then talking about a very bad thing. There’s no point when you go to enjoy a game and that happens.” last_img read more

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a month agoFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not count

first_imgFIFA explain why Egypt votes for Liverpool star Salah did not countby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIFA have intervened to explain why votes from Egypt for Liverpool star Mohamed Salah did not count in the Best Player award.Salah came fourth in the count.Barcelona forward Lionel Messi beat Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and five-time winner Cristiano Ronaldo to win the award for a record sixth time on Monday while Salah finished fourth – 20 points behind Messi.The captain and coach of every national soccer federation affiliated to FIFA get to vote on the player of the year, along with one media representative from each country.The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) said captain Ahmed Elmohamady and then-coach Shawky Gharib both picked Salah as their first choice, but their votes were missing from a list released by FIFA.”The Egyptian FA have received two reminders to submit the properly signed voting forms on 19 August 2019,” a FIFA spokesperson said.”The Egyptian FA has not submitted a response within the (limited) timeframe until Wednesday, 21 August 2019. Therefore, the votes from the Egyptian FA could not be counted.”FIFA did not clarify if the final standings would have been any different if the votes had been valid. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Tories win Quebec byelection in first test of Scheers appeal to nationalists

first_imgOTTAWA – The Conservatives have stolen a Quebec riding away from Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberals, in the first test of Andrew Scheer’s effort to recreate the nationalist-conservative coalition that helped federal Tories dominate the province in the 1980s.Conservative candidate Richard Martel captured 52.7 per cent of the vote in a federal byelection held in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord — more than 5,000 votes ahead of Liberal Lina Boivin, who took 29.5 per cent.The NDP and Bloc Quebecois candidates were not in contention, capturing just 8.7 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively, while the Green candidate brought up the rear with just 3.1 per cent of the vote.Just 36 per cent of eligible voters bothered to cast ballots.The byelection was precipitated by the resignation of rookie Liberal MP Denis Lemieux.He won the riding almost by fluke in the 2015 general election, with just 31 per cent of the vote. At that time, the contest was a four-way fight, with the NDP capturing 29.7 per cent of the vote, the Bloc taking 20.5 per cent and the Conservatives taking 16.6 per cent.Boivin’s showing Monday was only marginally worse than Lemieux’s but there was no longer a split vote for her to benefit from. The Conservatives, who’ve been assiduously wooing former separatists and soft nationalists in the riding, benefited from the collapse in support for the Bloc and NDP, vaulting from fourth place to first.Conservative Leader Scheer campaigned in the riding last week with former Bloc leader Michel Gauthier, who urged voters who used to support the separatist party — currently leaderless and in disarray after months of infighting — to switch their allegiance to the Conservatives.Scheer has also endorsed a number of Quebec-focused policies designed to appeal to erstwhile separatists and soft nationalists — such as allowing Quebec to collect federal taxes on Ottawa’s behalf so that Quebecers would be able to file a single federal-provincial tax return each year, rather than the two they’re currently required to file.As well, Scheer has said he’d give Quebec more power over culture and immigration and has promised to crack down on the influx of irregular refugee claimants, which has become a particular problem at Quebec’s Lacolle border crossing.He made no mention of any of that Monday as he welcomed Martel’s byelection victory.“Quebecers and Canadians are tired of the prime minister’s big deficit and high tax agenda. More and more, they are disappointed by this Liberal government and understand that only the Conservative Party can defend their interests,” Scheer said in a written statement.“Conservatives believe in responsible spending and in lowering taxes to make life more affordable for all Canadians. I look forward to working with Richard to spread our positive Conservative vision for Canada.”Chicoutimi-Le Fjord marks the Liberals’ first byelection defeat in a held riding since Trudeau became Liberal leader in 2013. For the Tories, Monday’s victory will help make up for the three ridings Trudeau’s Liberals have stolen from them in byelections, in addition to one snagged from the NDP.The byelection comes just as Trudeau is mired in a nasty trade dispute with U.S. President Donald Trump.The riding is in Quebec’s Saguenay region, the heart of the province’s aluminum industry.Trump has imposed a tariff of 10 per cent on aluminum imports and 25 per cent on steel, using national security as the justification. Trudeau has called that “insulting” to Canada and has vowed to slap dollar-for-dollar tariffs on a range of U.S. exports to Canada, starting July 1.Trudeau’s stance earned him an unprecedented, personal attack from Trump and his emissaries following the G7 summit in Quebec earlier this month. Trump called the prime minister “weak” and “dishonest” while one of his top aides said there’s “a special place in hell” for Trudeau and others who negotiate in bad faith with the president.While opinion polls suggest Canadians have rallied behind Trudeau, the issue evidently didn’t help Liberal fortunes in the byelection.Canada’s supply management system for dairy, eggs and poultry has also been in Trump’s crosshairs of late. While Trudeau has vowed to defend the system, his suggestion in a U.S. television interview that he’s willing to be “flexible” on the subject has concerned dairy farmers in Quebec, some of whom protested during a campaign stop the prime minister made in Chicoutimi-Le Fjord earlier this month.Scheer had his own woes over supply management. Last week, he fired one-time leadership rival Maxime Bernier from his post in the Conservative shadow cabinet after Bernier posted on his website a controversial chapter from his forthcoming book.In that chapter, Bernier, a staunch advocate for dismantling supply management, accuses Scheer of winning the leadership by mobilizing Quebec dairy farmers to ensure Bernier wasn’t victorious.That controversy doesn’t appear to have hurt the Conservatives in Monday’s byelection.They bolstered their chances in the riding by choosing Martel as their candidate, a well known junior hockey coach who was easily the highest profile contender in the race. A well known local candidate can be particularly influential in a byelection, when voters know their choice will make no difference to which party forms government.Chicoutimi-Le Fjord was held by the Bloc from 2004 to 2011, when the NDP snagged the riding as part of the orange wave that swept the province.Monday’s result is more dismal news for NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, whose efforts to re-ignite the party have shown no discernible results so far.And it doesn’t bode well for the NDP in another imminent Quebec byelection once Singh’s predecessor, Tom Mulcair, resigns his Montreal seat of Outremont later this month.last_img read more

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