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Establishing free and fair trade agreements between the United States and other nations has been a challenging task for President Trump. But in recent weeks, the Trump administration took a critical step forward when it brokered agreements with Mexico and Canada to lift steel tariffs and avoid costly quotas. The deal is a major step forward in the move to ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement that the President and his team negotiated.

With a narrow window of opportunity, the tariffs, or quotas, on steel were a serious roadblock to finalizing this important trade deal. The tariffs were strongly opposed by many free-trade supporters in Congress and created a standoff with our trading partners. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer referenced this impasse and told lawmakers, “If the USMCA doesn’t pass, it would be a catastrophe across the country.”

One year ago, the Trump administration decided to impose tariffs on imported steel and aluminum on a number of trading partners, including the European Union, Canada, and Mexico. The international response was unanimous; many in the trade community regarded the tariffs as an unprecedented strike against good faith efforts to reduce trade deficits among historically strong allies. The White House should be commended for trying to recover lost manufacturing jobs and protect national security interests, but extensive tariffs and quotas have proven to be a bridge too far and have resulted in a bitter standoff. They have resulted in retaliatory actions by our trading partners and have raised prices for numerous U.S. industries which use imported steel.

The protectionist route of tariffs and the application of strategic trade, not free trade, matches Trump’s populist “America First” message. There is certainly justification for addressing various concerns about our trading allies and modernizing certain trade deals (such as NAFTA) to look out for America’s interest. However, there is growing recognition that widespread tariffs, especially on steel and aluminum, is causing harm and undermining President Trump’s thriving economy.

American economic interests have been damaged by the past year’s tariff war. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York found that U.S. businesses and consumers saw an increase in the price of goods to the tune of at least $6.9 billion. A recent study from Trade Partnership Worldwide shows that while steel workers have experienced increased levels of employment, a far greater number of workers in steel-consuming sectors have lost jobs. An estimated 126,900 workers gained jobs because of the tariffs, but an astounding 1,061,400 people lost employment.

It’s also impossible to ignore the effect of tariffs on a variety of industries. The oil and gas industry uses specialty pipeline-grade steel in nearly every aspect of the energy production process. Drilling rigs, pipelines, production facilities, refineries, and petrochemical plants all need highly specialized imported steel. Tariffs ultimately mean higher production expenses which ultimately translates into higher energy costs for consumers. Construction, automobile, machinery, and many other steel-consuming industries also rely on competitively priced sources of steel.

While tariffs increase the cost of production, replacing them with a hard quota, as some in the administration had floated as a compromise, would have made it impossible to obtain at any price some of the specialty steels required for U.S. energy projects. As Kyle Isakower of the American Petroleum Institute pointed out, “to replace tariffs with quotas is to exchange the frying pan for the fire.”

Beyond the economic damage was the political damage of the tariffs. A failure to resolve the steel tariff issue was putting the USMCA deal in serious danger. Opting to save the USMCA, the Trump administration eliminated these barriers, giving the regional partners hope of ratifying what would be the largest trade deal in U.S. history. The White House deserves credit for working to recover lost manufacturing jobs and protect national security interests.

The USMCA is a modern, rebalanced trade agreement with our strongest regional partners, and removing these trade barriers will ultimately advance the interests of American workers and businesses. It’s a good deal for all countries, and for Trump it would represent one of his most significant economic achievements to date.

Gerard Scimeca is vice president of Consumer Action for a Strong Economy, a free-market consumer advocacy organization.

A Huawei company logo is seen at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen in Shenzhen
A Huawei company logo is seen at the Shenzhen International Airport in Shenzhen in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China June 17, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

June 18, 2019

By Sijia Jiang

HONG KONG (Reuters) – China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has taken a harder-than-expected hit from a U.S. ban, the company’s founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei said, and slashed revenue expectations for the year.

Ren’s downbeat assessment that the ban will hit revenue by $30 billion, the first time Huawei has quantified the impact of the U.S. action, comes as a surprise after weeks of defiant comments from company executives who maintained Huawei was technologically self-sufficient.

The United States has put Huawei on an export blacklist citing national security issues, barring U.S. suppliers from selling to the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker and No.2 maker of smartphones, without special approval.

The firm has denied its products pose a security threat.

The ban has forced companies, including Alphabet Inc’s Google and British chip designer ARM to limit or cease their relationships with the Chinese company.

Huawei had not expected that U.S. determination to “crack” the company would be “so strong and so pervasive”, Ren said, speaking at the company’s Shenzhen headquarters on Monday.

Two U.S. tech experts, George Gilder and Nicholas Negroponte, also joined the session.

“We did not expect they would attack us on so many aspects,” Ren said, adding he expects a revival in business in 2021.

“We cannot get components supply, cannot participate in many international organizations, cannot work closely with many universities, cannot use anything with U.S. components, and cannot even establish connection with networks that use such components.”

Huawei, which turned in a revenue of 721.2 billion yuan ($104 billion) last year, expects revenue of around $100 billion this year and the next, Ren said. This compares to an initial target for a growth in 2019 to between $125 billion and $130 billion depending on foreign exchange fluctuations.

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The Trump administration slapped sanctions on Huawei at a time when U.S.-China trade talks hit rough waters, prompting assertions from China’s leaders about the country’s progress in achieving self-sufficiency in the key semiconductor business.

Huawei has also said it could roll out its Hongmeng operating system (OS), which is being tested, within nine months if needed, as its phones face being cut off from updates of Google’s Android OS in the wake of the ban.

But industry insiders have remained skeptical that Chinese chip makers can quickly meet the challenge of supplying Huawei’s needs and those of other domestic technology firms.

Negroponte, founder of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, said the U.S. ban was a mistake.

“Our president has already said publicly that he would reconsider Huawei if we can make a trade deal. So clearly that is not about national security,” he said.

“It is about something else,” Negroponte added.

Huawei’s smartphone sales have, however, been hit by the uncertainty. Ren said the firm’s international smartphone shipments plunged 40%. While he did not give the time period, a spokesman clarified the CEO was referring to the past month.

Bloomberg reported on Sunday that Huawei was preparing for a 40-60% drop in international smartphone shipments.

The CEO, however, said Huawei will not cut research and development spending despite the expected hit from the ban to the company’s finances and would not have large-scale layoffs.

($1 = 6.9239 Chinese yuan)

(Reporting by Sijia Jiang in Hong Kong and Brenda Goh in Shanghai; Writing by Sayantani Ghosh; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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A city that was thirsty to celebrate its first major professional sports title in more than a quarter century erupted in joy Monday, with tens of thousands of fans jammed on to the streets of downtown Toronto for the championship parade.

The parade was more than two hours behind schedule as the buses carrying the Raptors were held up by the massive amount of fans on the streets. Just after 2:20 p.m., the national anthem was played at Nathan Phillips Square with the crowd singing O Canada as the wait continued for the Raptors.

It was followed by a flyby from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Snowbirds demonstration team.

The Raptors finally reached Nathan Phillips Square by 3 p.m., and the ceremony began about 30 minutes later.

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The ceremony was delayed briefly as emcee Matt Devlin went on stage to urge the crowd to stay calm as police dealt with what he called an emergency.

Police tweeted that there were reports of a woman shot near the back of the square and people were running from area. Police later tweeted that they had found two victims with non life-threatening injuries. Two people were in custody and two firearms had been recovered.

The ceremony resumed by 3:55 p.m.

Earlier, Premier Doug Ford was roundly booed as he was introduced on the stage, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mostly received cheers.

The Raptors were introduced one by one during the ceremony, as most people in the square pulled out their smart phones, recording the ceremony on the stage.

Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard came out last, serenaded with chants of “MVP, MVP, MVP!”

The fans then gave a rousing rendition of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” before the politicians began their speeches.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard holds the NBA Finals trophy at the victory parade Monday.

Mayor John Tory said the city would rename a part of Bremner Blvd. as Raptors Way. Tory also gave the team a key to the city, handing it to Leonard.

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After the delay, the speeches continued from the team, including Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

“I think it was Bono who said ‘the world needs more Canada,’ ” Nurse said to the crowd. “The world just got it!”

Raptors all-star guard Kyle Lowry was greeted with chants of “Lowry, Lowry.”

“We are now world champs together,” Lowry told the fans. “That’s all that really matters.”

Guard Fred VanVleet referenced the franchise’s past failures in the playoffs.

“You guys killed us when we got swept . . . you better celebrate this . . . all summer,” VanVleet said as the crowd roared.

Leonard, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, was introduced by Devlin as the “greatest player in the world.”

“Thank you, enjoy this moment and have fun with this,” said Leonard, who ended his brief remarks with “aha-ha-ha” — presumably mocking his infamous laugh from training camp — which had his teammates bursting with laughter.

Fans responded again by cheering “MVP, MVP, MVP!”

Raptors global ambassador Drake called this one of the most important shows of his life, and urged fans at the square to hug a stranger.

The ceremony wrapped up by about 4:20 p.m.

All day, chants of “Let’s go, Raptors” filled the square and the parade route as a huge crowd gathered to cheer on the team. Aerial footage from the parade showed spectacular shots of people jammed on the streets and in the square, which has a capacity of about 65,000.

The City of Toronto urged fans to head to Yonge-Dundas Square because Nathan Phillips Square was at capacity.

Commuters on public transit were surrounded by fans wearing Raptors gear, with the city swept up in excitement over the team’s NBA championship after defeating the Golden State Warriors last week.

The Burlington Post reported that local GO stations were mobbed as throngs of people commuted to Toronto to attend the parade. The TTC was forced to close Queen, Osgoode, Dundas stations just after 12:30 p.m. due to overcrowding at street level.

The Raptors travelled the parade route, which began at the Princes’ Gate at Exhibition Place, in five open-air double-decker buses. Lowry wore a Damon Stoudamire throwback jersey, a tribute to the franchise’s first superstar.

He was also carrying the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, given to the NBA champions.

Fans held signs urging Leonard, who could leave as a free agent at the end of the month, to stay with the Raptors.

A laughing Lowry led a chant of “five more years” for the fans to direct at Leonard as their bus slowly inched along the parade route, video from Yahoo Sports Canada shows.

One of the most clever signs was one that read “Board Man Gets Parade” a riff of what Leonard used to say in college (Board Man Gets Paid). Another sign read “Started from Bargnani, now we’re here.”

Leonard was smoking a cigar and wearing a shirt that said Board Man Gets Paid — his belief that to get into the NBA, you had to outwork an opponent because rebounds help you win games.

Amid the craziness as the procession headed to the square was a fan dubbed Plant Guy who handed over his “Kawh-actus” to Leonard as the crowd cheered. The plant was meant to be a “housewarming gift” to Leonard, in a video that went viral after the Raptors won.

All the streets near city hall were full of parents and their kids as well as men and women of all ages to celebrate a historic moment.

If you didn’t know Canada has legalized marijuana, you’re learning something in this crowd, the Star’s Laura Armstrong reports.

By noon, Toronto police said all viewing areas along the route of the Raptors parade were close to capacity, and urging fans to stay off the road so that the players and their floats can move along.

As Nathan Phillips Square filled to capacity, Toronto police tweeted that they’d set up a medical post on Bay St., just east of City Hall, for anyone feeling unwell.

Fire district chief Stephan Powell said firefighters were dealing with about a dozen calls for dehydration in the packed Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall.

Screenshot from Google Maps of the road closures due to the Raptors parade.

Toronto police Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu said several children were separated from their parents during the parade. She said police will bring the children to 52 Division to be reunited with their parents.

Sidhu said there were no reports of unruly fans or arrests.

Toronto police were trying to stop more people from entering the square. Some fans left, saying the crowd was getting rowdy.

Trudeau was with Raptors president Masai Ujiri at the square. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh were also spotted in attendance.

Right in front of the stage at the square were three sisters from Hamilton, waiting patiently and anxiously for the celebrations to start at the square. They had been camping out here since 9 p.m. Sunday to ensure they have the best view of the players and celebrities.

“An epic moment,” said Christine Demesa, who along with her sisters Jen and Alexa were waving Raptors flags and donning NBA Champions hats.

“Turn up the music please. Let’s roll.”

Flags from Cameroon (where Pascal Siakam is from) and the Congo (for Serge Ibaka) could be spotted in the sea of people celebrating.

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Ronnie Gaffe said he drove in from Brampton and arrived in the city at 4 a.m.

“This is a chance of a lifetime,” he said as he recalled all the ups and downs he and other fans have been through for 25 years.

“I’m 55 and I was literally crying like a baby the night they won. So much emotions right now.”

There were safety concerns at the square as people climbed on to the arches to get a better view. Kids and people suffering from panic attacks were also pulled out of the crowd, the Star’s Bruce Arthur reports.

There were also safety concerns near the parade route, with cars pulled over on the Gardiner Expressway as motorists stopped and got out of their vehicles to watch the parade below on Lake Shore Blvd.

Read more:

Party first, contract later, Raptors’ Gasol says

The road to 16 wins: A series-by-series look at how the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title

‘This isn’t real!’ Raptors fans camp out for championship parade

The area around the Princes’ Gates was jammed with fans jockeying for position, waiting to get a glimpse of their favourite players and the NBA championship trophy. The parade began there just before 10:30 a.m., and slowly headed to a rally at the square, scheduled to start at about 12:30 p.m.

The Fernandez family said they made the trip from Milton, and stayed at a nearby hotel Sunday night.

“It’s unbelievable,” said fan Aldrin Fernandes, while standing near the Princes’ Gates with his wife Tanya and children, Raphael, 7, and Shawn, 6.

“We couldn’t miss this moment because it could be once in a lifetime.”

Aldrin’s wife, Tanya, said the scene was “fantastic.”

“We’re going to follow the route as far as we can with the kids,” she said. “We’re super excited to get a glimpse of them.”

“I think we’re fans for life,” she added.

Mayor John Tory, who urged employers to give their workers time off to attend the celebrations, declared Monday “We The North Day” in Toronto.

Coronation Park, near Exhibition Place, hosted a viewing party to help relieve congestion.

The parade was scheduled to depart from the Princes’ Gates, heading east on Lake Shore Blvd., then north on York St. and University Ave. to Queen St. W., before ending at Nathan Phillips Square.

Lowry’s bus passed Bathurst St. at 12:10 p.m., so festivities were well behind schedule.

Raptors global ambassador Drake, who partied with the team in Las Vegas, was on one of the buses with Leonard, Lowry and VanVleet.

Another bus had Serge Ibaka, Jodie Meeks and Malcolm Miller.

Danny Green, Norman Powell and Chris Boucher were on another bus.

Bus No. 4 had Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Patrick McCaw.

Bus No. 5 had Marc Gasol, Eric Moreland, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Loyd.

Superfan Nav Bhatia was the honorary parade marshal. Bhatia was at Princes’ Gate, snapping photos with fans as he rode around the grounds on a golf cart.

“It’s good for the city and good for the country,” said Bhatia, who said he was humbled by the outpouring of love for him.

“There is a lot of love flowing through here. This is amazing.”

The last time the city held a sports celebration of this magnitude was after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. That parade saw fans climbing trees and statues on city streets to catch a glimpse of a team that included Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar.

Then-premier Bob Rae took part in those celebrations, flashing a sign that read “No speech today — Hooray for the Jays.” Current Premier Doug Ford has said he intends to watch this event with the masses.

His press secretary said Ford wants the day to be about the fans and players, not politicians.

The Golden State Warriors took a full-page ad in the Toronto Star on Monday to congratulate the Raptors on their NBA championship.

With files from The Canadian Press

Jason Miller is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Reach him on email: jasonmiller@thestar.ca or follow him on Twitter: @millermotionpic

Gilbert Ngabo is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @dugilbo

A city that was thirsty to celebrate its first major professional sports title in more than a quarter century erupted in joy Monday, with tens of thousands of fans jammed on to the streets of downtown Toronto for the championship parade.

The parade was more than two hours behind schedule as the buses carrying the Raptors were held up by the massive amount of fans on the streets. Just after 2:20 p.m., the national anthem was played at Nathan Phillips Square with the crowd singing O Canada as the wait continued for the Raptors.

It was followed by a flyby from the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Snowbirds demonstration team.

The Raptors finally reached Nathan Phillips Square by 3 p.m., and the ceremony began about 30 minutes later.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW

The ceremony was delayed briefly as emcee Matt Devlin went on stage to urge the crowd to stay calm as police dealt with what he called an emergency.

Police tweeted that there were reports of a woman shot near the back of the square and people were running from area. Police later tweeted that they had found two victims with non life-threatening injuries. Two people were in custody and two firearms had been recovered.

The ceremony resumed by 3:55 p.m.

Earlier, Premier Doug Ford was roundly booed as he was introduced on the stage, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau mostly received cheers.

The Raptors were introduced one by one during the ceremony, as most people in the square pulled out their smart phones, recording the ceremony on the stage.

Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard came out last, serenaded with chants of “MVP, MVP, MVP!”

The fans then gave a rousing rendition of Queen’s “We Are The Champions” before the politicians began their speeches.

Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard holds the NBA Finals trophy at the victory parade Monday.

Mayor John Tory said the city would rename a part of Bremner Blvd. as Raptors Way. Tory also gave the team a key to the city, handing it to Leonard.

ARTICLE CONTINUES BELOW

After the delay, the speeches continued from the team, including Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.

“I think it was Bono who said ‘the world needs more Canada,’ ” Nurse said to the crowd. “The world just got it!”

Raptors all-star guard Kyle Lowry was greeted with chants of “Lowry, Lowry.”

“We are now world champs together,” Lowry told the fans. “That’s all that really matters.”

Guard Fred VanVleet referenced the franchise’s past failures in the playoffs.

“You guys killed us when we got swept . . . you better celebrate this . . . all summer,” VanVleet said as the crowd roared.

Leonard, a two-time NBA Finals MVP, was introduced by Devlin as the “greatest player in the world.”

“Thank you, enjoy this moment and have fun with this,” said Leonard, who ended his brief remarks with “aha-ha-ha” — presumably mocking his infamous laugh from training camp — which had his teammates bursting with laughter.

Fans responded again by cheering “MVP, MVP, MVP!”

Raptors global ambassador Drake called this one of the most important shows of his life, and urged fans at the square to hug a stranger.

The ceremony wrapped up by about 4:20 p.m.

All day, chants of “Let’s go, Raptors” filled the square and the parade route as a huge crowd gathered to cheer on the team. Aerial footage from the parade showed spectacular shots of people jammed on the streets and in the square, which has a capacity of about 65,000.

The City of Toronto urged fans to head to Yonge-Dundas Square because Nathan Phillips Square was at capacity.

Commuters on public transit were surrounded by fans wearing Raptors gear, with the city swept up in excitement over the team’s NBA championship after defeating the Golden State Warriors last week.

The Burlington Post reported that local GO stations were mobbed as throngs of people commuted to Toronto to attend the parade. The TTC was forced to close Queen, Osgoode, Dundas stations just after 12:30 p.m. due to overcrowding at street level.

The Raptors travelled the parade route, which began at the Princes’ Gate at Exhibition Place, in five open-air double-decker buses. Lowry wore a Damon Stoudamire throwback jersey, a tribute to the franchise’s first superstar.

He was also carrying the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy, given to the NBA champions.

Fans held signs urging Leonard, who could leave as a free agent at the end of the month, to stay with the Raptors.

A laughing Lowry led a chant of “five more years” for the fans to direct at Leonard as their bus slowly inched along the parade route, video from Yahoo Sports Canada shows.

One of the most clever signs was one that read “Board Man Gets Parade” a riff of what Leonard used to say in college (Board Man Gets Paid). Another sign read “Started from Bargnani, now we’re here.”

Leonard was smoking a cigar and wearing a shirt that said Board Man Gets Paid — his belief that to get into the NBA, you had to outwork an opponent because rebounds help you win games.

Amid the craziness as the procession headed to the square was a fan dubbed Plant Guy who handed over his “Kawh-actus” to Leonard as the crowd cheered. The plant was meant to be a “housewarming gift” to Leonard, in a video that went viral after the Raptors won.

All the streets near city hall were full of parents and their kids as well as men and women of all ages to celebrate a historic moment.

If you didn’t know Canada has legalized marijuana, you’re learning something in this crowd, the Star’s Laura Armstrong reports.

By noon, Toronto police said all viewing areas along the route of the Raptors parade were close to capacity, and urging fans to stay off the road so that the players and their floats can move along.

As Nathan Phillips Square filled to capacity, Toronto police tweeted that they’d set up a medical post on Bay St., just east of City Hall, for anyone feeling unwell.

Fire district chief Stephan Powell said firefighters were dealing with about a dozen calls for dehydration in the packed Nathan Phillips Square outside city hall.

Screenshot from Google Maps of the road closures due to the Raptors parade.

Toronto police Const. Jenifferjit Sidhu said several children were separated from their parents during the parade. She said police will bring the children to 52 Division to be reunited with their parents.

Sidhu said there were no reports of unruly fans or arrests.

Toronto police were trying to stop more people from entering the square. Some fans left, saying the crowd was getting rowdy.

Trudeau was with Raptors president Masai Ujiri at the square. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh were also spotted in attendance.

Right in front of the stage at the square were three sisters from Hamilton, waiting patiently and anxiously for the celebrations to start at the square. They had been camping out here since 9 p.m. Sunday to ensure they have the best view of the players and celebrities.

“An epic moment,” said Christine Demesa, who along with her sisters Jen and Alexa were waving Raptors flags and donning NBA Champions hats.

“Turn up the music please. Let’s roll.”

Flags from Cameroon (where Pascal Siakam is from) and the Congo (for Serge Ibaka) could be spotted in the sea of people celebrating.

Share your thoughts:

Ronnie Gaffe said he drove in from Brampton and arrived in the city at 4 a.m.

“This is a chance of a lifetime,” he said as he recalled all the ups and downs he and other fans have been through for 25 years.

“I’m 55 and I was literally crying like a baby the night they won. So much emotions right now.”

There were safety concerns at the square as people climbed on to the arches to get a better view. Kids and people suffering from panic attacks were also pulled out of the crowd, the Star’s Bruce Arthur reports.

There were also safety concerns near the parade route, with cars pulled over on the Gardiner Expressway as motorists stopped and got out of their vehicles to watch the parade below on Lake Shore Blvd.

Read more:

Party first, contract later, Raptors’ Gasol says

The road to 16 wins: A series-by-series look at how the Toronto Raptors won their first NBA title

‘This isn’t real!’ Raptors fans camp out for championship parade

The area around the Princes’ Gates was jammed with fans jockeying for position, waiting to get a glimpse of their favourite players and the NBA championship trophy. The parade began there just before 10:30 a.m., and slowly headed to a rally at the square, scheduled to start at about 12:30 p.m.

The Fernandez family said they made the trip from Milton, and stayed at a nearby hotel Sunday night.

“It’s unbelievable,” said fan Aldrin Fernandes, while standing near the Princes’ Gates with his wife Tanya and children, Raphael, 7, and Shawn, 6.

“We couldn’t miss this moment because it could be once in a lifetime.”

Aldrin’s wife, Tanya, said the scene was “fantastic.”

“We’re going to follow the route as far as we can with the kids,” she said. “We’re super excited to get a glimpse of them.”

“I think we’re fans for life,” she added.

Mayor John Tory, who urged employers to give their workers time off to attend the celebrations, declared Monday “We The North Day” in Toronto.

Coronation Park, near Exhibition Place, hosted a viewing party to help relieve congestion.

The parade was scheduled to depart from the Princes’ Gates, heading east on Lake Shore Blvd., then north on York St. and University Ave. to Queen St. W., before ending at Nathan Phillips Square.

Lowry’s bus passed Bathurst St. at 12:10 p.m., so festivities were well behind schedule.

Raptors global ambassador Drake, who partied with the team in Las Vegas, was on one of the buses with Leonard, Lowry and VanVleet.

Another bus had Serge Ibaka, Jodie Meeks and Malcolm Miller.

Danny Green, Norman Powell and Chris Boucher were on another bus.

Bus No. 4 had Pascal Siakam, OG Anunoby and Patrick McCaw.

Bus No. 5 had Marc Gasol, Eric Moreland, Jeremy Lin and Jordan Loyd.

Superfan Nav Bhatia was the honorary parade marshal. Bhatia was at Princes’ Gate, snapping photos with fans as he rode around the grounds on a golf cart.

“It’s good for the city and good for the country,” said Bhatia, who said he was humbled by the outpouring of love for him.

“There is a lot of love flowing through here. This is amazing.”

The last time the city held a sports celebration of this magnitude was after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. That parade saw fans climbing trees and statues on city streets to catch a glimpse of a team that included Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar.

Then-premier Bob Rae took part in those celebrations, flashing a sign that read “No speech today — Hooray for the Jays.” Current Premier Doug Ford has said he intends to watch this event with the masses.

His press secretary said Ford wants the day to be about the fans and players, not politicians.

The Golden State Warriors took a full-page ad in the Toronto Star on Monday to congratulate the Raptors on their NBA championship.

With files from The Canadian Press

Jason Miller is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Reach him on email: jasonmiller@thestar.ca or follow him on Twitter: @millermotionpic

Gilbert Ngabo is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @dugilbo

Trump says Sleepy Joe reminds him of running against “Crooked Hillary” in 2016. Do you think Joe Biden has a chance?

Trump, Biden give preview of 2020 general election as they blast each other in Iowa
In what could be a preview of the 2020 general election campaign for the White House, both Joe Biden and President Trump took repeated, personal swipes at each other during dueling political events in different Iowa communities on Tuesday afternoon. Trump tore into Biden as “Sleepy Joe” and said See More the former vice president reminds him of running against “Crooked Hillary” in 2016. On the other side of the state, at about the same time, Biden said the Trump presidency “has got to end,” after labeling the president an “existential threat to America” earlier in the day.

The president hit Biden for visiting Iowa “once every two weeks,” mocking the former vice president for repeatedly mentioning his name. Meanwhile, Biden employed a similar line of attack. “One of my staff showed me that apparently he had my speech on — on Air Force One,” Biden said at Iowa Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant. “I guess he’s really fascinated with me. I find it fascinating.”

Sanders to make his case for Democratic socialism
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is expected to make a speech on Wednesday touting his idea of Democratic socialism, a systempromising Medicare-for-all, free public college and a $15-per-hour minimum wage, all of which have caused Republicans to dismiss him as too far to the left. Sanders is expected to defend these ideals as the “unfinished business” necessary to restore America to Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal era if he’s elected president in 2020. His campaign platform will largely hinge on the promise to address the growing wealth inequality and guarantee economic rights that he feels all American’s are entitled to.

Jon Stewart shames lawmakers on behalf of 9/11 first responders
Jon Stewart slammed lawmakers who missed a hearing Tuesday on 9/11 victims’ compensation fund and called on them to back up their words with actions and help American heroes who are still suffering today. The sparse attendance by lawmakers was “an embarrassment to the country and a stain on the institution” of Congress, Stewart said during the hearing, adding the “disrespect” shown to first responders now suffering from respiratory ailments and other illnesses, “is utterly unacceptable.” Lawmakers from both parties said they support the bill and were monitoring the hearing amid other congressional business.

Still, the empty seats were unacceptable to Stewart. “That drove me nuts,” the comedian said in an interview on “Shepard Smith Reporting.” “They kept saying it’s a ‘sub-subcommittee.’ There’s still people on the sub-subcommittee that aren’t here. Either 9/11 was a priority or it wasn’t. But, your deeds have to at some point match your tweets and your words. Today it didn’t.”

Donald Trump Jr. to testify on Russia again
Donald Trump Jr. will testify Wednesday behind closed doorsbefore the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee, as part of what the president has called an “unfair” effort to subject his son to yet another interview on Russia-related matters. The interview will likely be relatively brief. Trump Jr. has already provided more than twodozen hours of testimony before Congress. The latest meeting comes after the committee’s Republican chairman, North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr, subpoenaed him as part of the panel’s Russia investigation.

Donald Jr’s latest testimony comes as House Democrats on Tuesday passed a civil enforcement resolution that Democrats say effectively holds Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress. On Monday, a key Democrat-led committee postponed its own contempt vote and said the Justice Department was cooperating with its investigation.

US Women’s World Cup team a bunch of sore winners?
The U.S. women’s 13-0 shellacking of Thailand to kick off their Women’s World Cup title defense on Tuesday inspired confidence.But it also came under criticism from some who felt the team showed poor sportsmanship by continuing to score and celebrate in front of an already-beaten opponent. “0.0 problem with the score line as this is THE tournament BUT celebrating goals (like #9) leaves a sour taste in my mouth like many of you, Tweeted Taylor Twellman, ESPN soccer analyst.

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HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnam has asked companies not to advertise on videos hosted by Google’s YouTube that contain “anti-state propaganda,” state media said on Wednesday, as the Southeast Asian country ramps up pressure on global tech giants.

Despite economic reforms and increasing openness to social change, the ruling Communist Party retains tight media censorship in Vietnam and does not tolerate dissent.

“Google was found to loosely manage its content, allowing users to buy ads directly from YouTube and Google without the involvement of domestic ad agents,” the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) said, referring to a June 7 announcement by the Ministry of Information and Communication.

The ministry listed several foreign companies, including Samsung Electronics, Huawei Technologies, Yamaha Motors and ride-sharing app Grab, which were found to have advertised on videos containing “illegal and malicious content,” it added.

Vietnam’s information ministry has identified about 55,000 YouTube videos it deemed “harmful”, or in violation of Vietnamese law, the agency said. Of these, 8,000 were deleted at the request of Vietnamese authorities.

“In the near future, the authorities will ask YouTube to identify Vietnamese channels, and only certified ones will be considered for ad revenue sharing,” it added, without elaborating.

A controversial law on cybersecurity took effect in January that requires companies to set up offices in Vietnam and store data there.

Global technology firms and rights groups have pushed back against the law, and some company officials have privately expressed concern it could allow authorities to more easily seize customer data and expose Vietnamese employees to arrest.

In the months before introduction of the law, Facebook increased curbs on content by more than 500% in Vietnam, the social media giant said last month.

In January, days after the new law took effect, Vietnam said Facebook had violated it by letting users post anti-government comments.

Vietnam’s information ministry has asked businesses to “actively review” their advertising on social media, VNA said.

“The (information) ministry will work with the State Bank of Vietnam and relevant agencies to closely manage ad revenue flows on YouTube and Google,” it said.

Reuters could not immediately reach a Google spokesman to seek comment.

(Reporting by James Pearson; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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Big Tech is under the Hot Seat… Will someone make these Monopolies do the right thing? Will those cast out be let back in?

Big Tech on a rare bipartisan hot seat
Big Tech and its practices will be under a bipartisan microscope as the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday will launch its investigation into the market dominance of Silicon Valley’s biggest names. It will begin with a look at the impact of the tech giants’ platforms on news content, the media and the spread of See More misinformation online. The House Judiciary Committee’s investigation of tech market power stands out because it’s bipartisan and the first review by Congress of industry that dominated with generally little interference from federal regulators.

But with regulators at the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission apparently pursuing antitrust investigations of Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon, and several state attorneys general exploring bipartisan action of their own, the tech industry finds itself being increasingly accused of operating like monopolies. Rep. David Cicilline, D-RI, will lead Tuesday’s subcommittee hearing and vowed that the panel will broadly investigate the digital marketplace and “the dominance of large technology platforms,” with an eye toward legislative action to increase competition.

Investigators seek clues behind NYC helicopter crash
The helicopter pilot killed in Monday’s crash in New York Cityhas been identified as a former volunteer fire chief and a “dedicated, highly professional and extremely well trained firefighter,”as well as a skilled pilot. Tim McCormack died Monday after he made a “crash landing” on the roof of 787 Seventh Avenue in MidtownManhattan around 2 p.m. as rain and strong winds hammered the city, the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) said. Investigators believe he was conducting “executive travel” and was headed to the “home airport in Linden, N.J.” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio later told reporters that there appeared to be no connection to terrorism.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the National Transportation Safety Board was in charge of the investigation and “will determine probable cause of the incident.” McCormack had been involved in a bird strike-related emergency landing for a helicopter in 2014.

DOJ casts wide net in probe of surveillance abuses in Russia investigation
As part of its ongoing “multifaceted” and “broad” review into potential misconduct by U.S. intelligence agencies during the 2016 presidential campaign, the Justice Department revealed Monday it is also investigating the activities of several “non-governmental organizations and individuals.” In addition, the DOJ announced that the probe, let by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, was looking into the involvement of “foreign intelligence services.”

The DOJ’s announcement came as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler announced Monday that he plans to hit pause on efforts to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, after reaching a deal with the Justice Department for access to evidence related to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Separately, John Dean, the former White House counsel to Richard Nixon, testified Monday that he sees “remarkable parallels” between Watergate and the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report – at a dramatic Capitol Hill hearing that Republicans panned as a political “show.”

Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was CIA informant: Report
Kim Jong Un’s half-brother was working as a CIA informant before he was brazenly murdered in a Malaysian airport in 2017,according to a report Monday. Kim Jong Nam, the late North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il’s eldest son, “met on several occasions with agency operatives,” according to the Wall Street Journal. “There was a nexus” between Kim Jong Nam and the intelligence agency,according to the Journal’s source. Little else is known about what Kim Jong Un’s older brother told the feds; however, the report did state he “was almost certainly in contact with security services of other countries, particularly China’s.”

Ortiz back in Boston
Retired Red Sox player David Ortiz landed in Boston in an air ambulance Monday night after a targeted shooting at a bar in Santo Domingo forced doctors in his home nation of the Dominican Republic to remove his gallbladder and part of his intestine. Ortiz, 43, arrived in Boston around 10:30 p.m. after the Red Sox sent a plane to transport him to Massachusetts General Hospital.

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June 9, 2019

By Francesco Canepa and Jan Strupczewski

FUKUOKA, Japan (Reuters) – Group of 20 finance leaders said on Sunday that trade and geopolitical tensions have “intensified” but failed to express a pressing need to resolve them, in a final draft communique that said global growth is likely to pick up.

After rocky negotiations that nearly aborted the issuance of a communique, the finance ministers and central bank governors gathered in Fukuoka, southern Japan, affirmed language on trade issued in Buenos Aires last December.

“Global growth appears to be stabilizing, and is generally projected to pick up moderately later this year and into 2020,” said the final draft, seen by Reuters.

“However, growth remains low and risks remain tilted to the downside. Most importantly, trade and geopolitical tensions have intensified. We will continue to address these risks, and stand ready to take further action,” the communique said.

The communique also said that G20 finance leaders had agreed to compile common rules by 2020 to close loopholes used by global tech giants such as Facebook and Google to reduce their corporate taxes.

The Buenos Aires G20 summit in December 2018 launched a five-month trade truce between the United States and China to allow for negotiations to end their deepening trade war. But those talks hit an impasse last month, prompting both sides to impose higher tariffs on each other’s goods as the conflict nears the end of its first year.

The G20 finance leaders’ final communique language excluded a proposed clause to “recognize the pressing need to resolve trade tensions” from a previous draft that was debated on Saturday.

The deletion, which G20 sources said came at the insistence of the United States, shows a desire by Washington to avoid encumbrances as it increases tariffs on Chinese goods. The statement also contains no admissions that the deepening U.S.-China trade conflict was hurting global growth.

The International Monetary Fund warned last week that the trade conflict would cut global growth next year, and financial markets had sold-off heavily as U.S.-Sino ties soured.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he did not see any impact on U.S. growth from the trade conflict, and that the government would take steps to protect consumers from higher tariffs.

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The widening fallout from the U.S.-China trade war has tested the resolve of the group to show a united front as investors worry if policymakers can avert a global recession.

The bickering over trade language has dashed hopes of Japan, which chairs this year’s G20 meetings, to keep trade issues low on the list of agendas at the finance leaders’ meeting.

Mnuchin said U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping would meet at a June 28-29 G20 summit in Osaka.

Mnuchin described the planned meeting as having parallels to the two presidents’ Dec. 1 meeting in Buenos Aires, when Trump was poised to hike tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods.

Trump took that step in May and will be ready to impose similar 25% tariffs on a remaining $300 billion list of Chinese goods around the time of the Osaka summit.

At the Buenos Aires meeting, the G20 leaders described international trade and investment as “important engines of growth, productivity, innovation, job creation and development. We recognize the contribution that the multilateral trading system has made to that end.”

The leaders in that communique called for reform of the World Trade Organization rules that were falling short of objectives with “room for improvement,” pledging to review progress at the Japan summit.

(Reporting by Francesco Canepa, Jan Strupczewski, Christian Kraemer, Leika Kihara and David Lawder; Writing by David Lawder and Leika Kihara; Editing by Chris Gallagher, Christopher Cushing & Kim Coghill)

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Editors Note: This article is not an endorsement of The Proud Boys or their philosophy or tactics. It is merely an example of how the left actively works to silence conservative voices.

In a recent podcast episode, independent journalist Tim Pool, discussed a leaked email he received that appears to show a prominent left-wing journalist coercing Chase Bank into demonetizing a political opposition group known as The Proud Boys.

“What you see on your screen right now is an email from a Slate Jounalist named April Glaser…This email, in my opinion, shows the tactics of activists in media to deplatform their political rivals through loaded questions and language meant to create maximum pressure and the cost of businesses to work with certain political groups.”

April Glaser and a Screenshot of her leaked email to JP Morgan Chase

At first, Pool was hesitant to name the journalist and had originally redacted her name, but felt that it was necessary to reveal the email’s author in order to show how her articles and tweets she’s suggest her bias towards regulating conservative groups on platforms like YouTube and Facebook. He even identified one article written by Glaser that suggests her specific intention was to get The Proud Boys shut down by having their financial services terminated. Glaser has since made her Twitter account private and has allegedly been deleting tweets that depict her bias.

The email in question was sent by Glaser to three different people (emails redacted), two of whom were at JP Morgan and one at Chase.  The email reads:

“Hi There,

I’m April, a journalist at Slate.  Writing to ask if JP Morgan Chase is aware that the Proud Boys affiliated online store 1776.shop uses Chase Paymentech as  its payment proecessor.  1776 shop is what’s redirected from FundTheWest.org which Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes cited as the legal defense fund of the Proud Boys.

The Proud Boys are designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group and members have engaged in group violence in Portland and New York City.  The group has been suspended by Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Is the usage of Chase Paymentech in support of such groups against Chases’ policy? On a deadline.

Sincerely,

April”

Pool argues that rather than being a journalist, Glaser is in
fact an activist whose email used framing tactics designed to coerce action
from its recipients.  In this case, Glaser
subversively hinted that she was going to accuse Chase of supporting a “SPLC
designated hate group” in an article if they didn’t disenfranchise themselves
from The Proud Boys.

In a statement to DC Clothesline, Pool states:

“Following the Vox controversy with Steven Crowder, or #VoxAdpocalypse, and mass censorship hitting YouTube I found it pertinent to show how these activists in media operate and how they use framing devices to target people like conservatives and other political groups.

The reporter in question has advocated for government regulation to restrict speech and I believe this shows her to be an activist acting to target and cause harm to political rivals. The email was confirmed to me by Chase bank on two occasions and the contents of the email were referred to in my correspondence with Slate. While not directly confirming the email I believe this with Chase bank’s confirmation is sufficient to confirm the authenticity of the email.”

Slate has since provided an official
statement defending Glaser’s actions:

“In the course of her reporting about banks providing financial services for 1776.shop, an e-commerce site associated with the Proud Boys, April reached out to those banks for comment about their policies of providing services to a designated hate group. In both her email and in the subsequent reporting, April provided important context and we stand by her reporting on this newsworthy topic.”

Further evidence of Glaser’s activist tendencies can be found in her own proclamation on Twitter (and reported by Information Liberation) that she wrote Google last year to complain that the top search results for abortion on YouTube were pro-life videos she deemed ‘dangerous misinformation”.  She stated, “YouTube changed the results after I asked.” She went on to write a negative story on how the YouTube results were anti-abortion “gory videos rife with misinformation.” Several prominent conservative personalities wondered why Google was kowtowing to a single journalist’s request.

Enrique “Henry” Tarrio, Chairman of The Proud Boys, told Pool that their online store 1776.shop, which was a platform that allowed various groups to sell t-shirts, mugs and hats to raise money for charity, was dropped by Chase on February 1, 2019, just one day after Ms. Glaser’s email was sent to company execs.  Tarrio’s personal accounts at Chase, were also closed.  Paypal and Square also severed ties with the online store on the same day.  It is presumed that Ms. Glaser may have emailed them as well, in doing research for her story on banks providing financial services.

Ms Glaser, did release her article about 7 days after her emails to JP Morgan Chase, suggesting that her deadline was longer than she had let on in the email.  On February 7th, Slate published her article entitled The Swag Shop for the Far Right,  a stunning piece on how Square, Paypal and Chase had just pulled their services on the online store. It seems pretty obvious that this was the story she was going for and not a general story about ‘banks providing their financial services’ as Slate would have us believe.

Source: The Washington Pundit

YouTube has stopped conservative pundit Steven Crowder from running ads on his YouTube channel after a tweet thread from Vox host Carlos Maza outlined several instances of Crowder using homophobic language. YouTube’s decision to suspend monetization comes just one day after the company stated it wouldn’t remove Crowder’s channel.

(Disclosure: Vox is a publication of Vox Media, which also owns The Verge.)

The restriction isn’t permanent, though: YouTube said Crowder’s monetization could be restored if he “addresses all of the issues with his channel,” according to a recent tweet. That includes removing links to a store where he sells shirts that include slogans like “Socialism Is For Fags.” Maza previously criticized YouTube’s decision to just demonetize Crowder’s channel, arguing that demonetization is insufficient and “basically all political content gets ‘demonetized.’”

YouTube’s support team said the company “came to this decision because a pattern of egregious actions has harmed the broader community and is against our YouTube Partner Program policies” after further investigation of Crowder’s channel. For now, Crowder’s videos are no longer eligible for ads through YouTube’s AdSense network. Often, demonetization means content from the channel won’t be recommended either. The Verge has reached out to YouTube for more information about additional measures being taken.

The policy YouTube is citing for the new actions was introduced in February 2018 after creator Logan Paul uploaded a video of a dead body, which led to global condemnation and advertisers threatening to pause ad spending. The policy states:

When one creator does something particularly blatant — like conducts a heinous prank where people are traumatized, promotes violence or hate toward a group, demonstrates cruelty, or sensationalizes the pain of others in an attempt to gain views or subscribers — it can cause lasting damage to the community, including viewers, creators and the outside world.

Maza previously accused Crowder of violating YouTube’s harassment policies, which state that “content that is deliberately posted in order to humiliate someone,” “content that makes hurtful and negative personal comments/videos about another person,” and “content that incites others to harass or threaten individuals on or off YouTube” is prohibited. YouTube responded yesterday in a four-part Twitter thread, stating that “while we found language that was clearly hurtful, the videos as posted don’t violate our policies.”

The decision led to many YouTube creators, reporters, critics, and others condemning YouTube’s decision to not act on its own policies. Maza told The Verge over DM that YouTube’s response confirmed what many YouTube creators previously thought, “that YouTube’s anti-harassment policies are bullshit.”

“They’re fake policies meant to trick advertisers into believing YouTube actually cares about policing what happens on its platform,” Maza said.

YouTube’s decision to suspend monetization also coincides with new measures being introduced to tackle hate speech on the platform. The new policy will lead to the removal of thousands of channels, as well as the suspension of ads on channels that “repeatedly brush up against our hate speech policies.” Crowder’s demonetization doesn’t appear to be related to those updates, however, with YouTube pointing instead to an older policy about making the platform look bad.

Update June 5th, 3:50PM ET: YouTube indicated in a new tweet that the ad restrictions are not permanent. This article has been updated to reflect the additional information.

Update June 5th 4:20PM ET: YouTube issued another update via Twitter clarifying that Crowder would have to fix “all” problems associated with his channel to receive monetization privileges, not just the T-shirt links. This article has been updated to reflect the additional information.


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