Trump Says U.S. Open to TPP, If Better Deal Negotiated

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Trump Says U.S. Open to TPP, If Better Deal Negotiated President Donald Trump has left the door open to rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership through comments in a recent speech. However, the TPP 11 countries may not be as welcoming, forging ahead to sign an agreement in March. Addressing the World Economic Forum in Switzerland last week, Trump said of the TPP nations, the U.S. would consider negotiating with them “either individually or perhaps as a group if it is in the interest of all.”In an interview with CNBC, he was quoted as saying, “I would do TPP if we were able to make a substantially better deal.” The original TPP agreement was expected to be worth billions of dollars for U.S. agriculture. However, New Zealand Trade Minister David Parker points out that the U.S.’s negotiating position was “of course weakened” by its withdrawal a year ago from the original agreement. Further, there is currently little expectation that the U.S. would move to rejoin the TPP agreement.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Previous articleEPA Sends WOTUS Delay Rule to White HouseNext articlePoncho Votivo 2.0 Improves Soil Health NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter Trump Says U.S. Open to TPP, If Better Deal Negotiated By NAFB News Service – Jan 29, 2018 SHARE SHARElast_img read more

Toddler battles rare disease

first_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Book Nook to reopen Published 8:49 pm Wednesday, March 10, 2010 Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Farnell Road suit has judge In an order passed down from the Alabama Supreme Court, District Judge Fred Steagall of Dale County, was appointed to… read more Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Stories Jackson Jinright only says one word, “Mama.”His dad, Travis, encourages him to say, “Da-da” but Jackson only smiles and says, “Mama.”“He calls everybody he loves, ‘Mama,’” said his grandmother, Barbara Jinright of Troy. “And we love to hear it.” Toddler battles rare disease Jinright said developmental delay and impairment of vision and hearing is common to the disease.Travis and Angie Jinright immediately began doing their own research in hopes of finding somebody somewhere who might know something that would give them hope.That glimmer of hope came from a distant place.“On the Internet, Travis found a doctor in Spain who has been working for more than 25 years in the field of brain development,” Jinright said. “Dr. Manuela Martinez is a pediatrician and biochemist.” By Jaine Treadwell Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Jackson just celebrated his third birthday on March 3, 2010.It has been a difficult three years for the little fellow and those who love him. When he was only four months old, Jackson was diagnosed with Peroxisomal Disorder, a rare congenital affliction caused by the absence of cell components.“Jackson was a beautiful, bright and happy baby but Travis and Angie were concerned that he wasn’t gaining weight and wasn’t very active,” Jinright said. “He underwent testing at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, but it wasn’t until he was four months old that he was diagnosed. Peroxisomal Disorder is so rare that it’s hard to diagnose. Only about one in 150,000 have the disorder so many doctors are not familiar with it. There is no cure.” Either by chance or by fate, Angie Jinright’s parents were traveling in Europe and visited Martinez in her clinic in Barcelona.“They were very impressed with her and, in about two weeks, Travis, Angie and Jackson were on a plane to Spain,” Jinright said. “They were there for six weeks and, in that length of time, Jackson made great improvements. His treatments included a fatty-acid DHA dietary supplement that, along with intense therapy, aid development. He gained weight and was able to sit up and was much more active. It was very encouraging. It gave us hope for a better life for Jackson.”The Jinrights make the trip to Barcelona twice a year and are there for a couple of weeks while Jackson undergoes treatments.“Jackson has recently been fitted with a cochlear implant in one ear and it has improved his hearing, but they were unable to fit him with a cochlear implant in the other ear,” Jinright said. “But we are so thankful that the implant has improved his hearing in the one ear.”Jackson wears glasses but his sight has continued to deteriorate.“He will not eat so his nourishment comes through a stomach tube,” Jinright said. “He has trouble with textures. If Fruit Loops are placed on the tray of a high chair, most children will play with them, but Jackson can’t stand for one of them to touch him. Some things he just can’t handle.”At this time, Jinright said Jackson seems weaker and less lively than a few months ago, but he remains the same happy little boy.“He started school this week and will go four days a week,” Jinright said. “It will be good for him to be with other children, and he will have special help there. He will continue with his schedule of therapies on Wednesdays. We are very hopeful of future treatments for Jackson and others who have this disease and are so appreciative of the prayers for Jackson.”Travis, Angie and Jackson live at Sugar Hills near Atlanta. Jackson is the great-grandson of the late Dorothy Jinright of Troy. His grandparents are Therald and Barbara Jinright of Troy. A fund has been established to help the family with the expenses associated with Jackson’s treatments and the travel to Dr. Manuela Martinez’ Clinic in Barcelona. Donations may be mailed to The Jackson Jinright Foundation, First Citizens Bank, 2055 N. Brown Road, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Skip Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author By The Penny Hoarderlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Friday, April 25, 2013

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Thursday, April 25, 2013:•12:29 a.m. Thornton L. Rayl, 46, Wellington was arrested and charged with aggravated battery.•12:16 p.m. Injury accident in the 900 block N. G, city involved a vehicle operated by Brian J. Goodrum, 33, Wellington and a pedestrian Lawrence A. Norris, 97, Wellington.•7:34 p.m. Officers investigated a battery by a known suspect in the 400 block N. F, Wellington.last_img

South Africa’s household recycling target

first_imgMore than 73% of South Africans living in urban areas reported no recycling at all;About 27% of urban South Africans reported some recycling behaviour; andOnly 3.3% of the respondents indicated that they sort most or all of the selected five recyclables from their household waste and recycle it on a frequent basis. 7 January 2013 South Africa aims to have all households in the country’s large centres separating their own waste into recyclable and non-recyclable material by 2016. Separating recyclables at household level is a requirement in terms of the Waste Act, and the National Waste Management Strategy requires that in four years’ time all metropolitan municipalities, secondary cities and large towns will have initiated programmes for waste separation at source. According to Dr Suzan Oelofse, a principal researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the participation of households in these programmes will be crucial to achieving the 2016 target. However, the results of two CSIR surveys show that South Africa’s municipal authorities face a daunting task in creating public awareness around the requirements of the Waste Act. The study revealed that only 3.3% of the country’s urban population regularly recycled household waste in 2010. This finding is underscored by another study, also conducted by the CSIR, which shows that, of the estimated 19-million tons of municipal waste generated in South Africa in 2011, about 25% were mainline recyclables such as glass, paper, tins and plastics. “It is alarming that two-thirds of the more than 2 000 urban South African households surveyed do not know where to dispose of their household recyclables,” says CSIR research project leader Wilma Strydom. “Furthermore, the majority of the participants in the study said that they do not know how nor what to recycle.”Urban South Africans do not recycle The 2010 survey, aimed at understanding post-consumer recycling behaviour in South Africa, does not paint a very positive picture about urban South Africans’ attitude and behaviour when it comes to recycling. According to the survey: The survey results also highlight an overall negative attitude towards recycling. Urban households are not recycling seemingly because of a lack of space, lack of time, because it is dirty or untidy, or they lack the knowledge of what is recyclable and what not. Another reason cited was inconvenient recycling facilities. However, the survey results also indicate that South Africans might start to recycle and continue to recycle should it be convenient to do so. “The results show that a two-bag system – simply separating dry waste from wet waste like food scraps – combined with a regular kerbside collection service, would create the best opportunity to mobilise South Africans to start recycling,” says Strydom. “This should be complemented with communication and awareness-raising campaigns, as well as continued research to understand the drivers of recycling behaviour and how to motivate people to recycle.”Taking the pressure off municipal landfill sites Improved recovery of recyclables at household level would significantly alleviate the pressure on South Africa’s municipal landfill sites. Gauteng province alone generates about 45% of South Africa’s municipal waste. Yet only a few landfills in the province have a lifespan of 10 years remaining. The City of Cape Town, contributing 70% of the municipal waste in the Western Cape, is also running out of landfill airspace. The maths is simple, says Oelofse: “The best solution for reducing pressure on available landfill space is a reduction in waste through waste minimisation and recycling.” In an attempt to estimate the mass of recyclables disposed of at municipal landfill sites in 2011, Oelofse obtained landfill-based characterisation information from Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. This showed that landfill airspace is mainly consumed by green waste, recyclables and builders’ rubble. Mainline recyclables – paper, plastics, glass, tins and tyres – contribute 25% of the municipal waste generated in Gauteng and 22% in Cape Town. According to the Department of Environmental Affairs, an estimated 19-million tons of municipal waste was generated in South Africa in 2011. “If it is assumed that the composition of waste in Gauteng is a reflection of the rest of the country’s municipal waste, then it can be concluded that 25% of the 19-million tons of municipal waste is mainline recyclables,” says Oelofse. “That means that 4.75-million tonnes of recyclables that could have been recovered in 2011. “Furthermore, if 70% of all households can achieve a 70% recovery rate of their household recyclables, we will be able to achieve a recovery rate of 49%.” Source: Council for Scientific and Industrial Researchlast_img read more

Rest: Frowned upon when NBA games count, not in preseason

first_imgJAZZ 120, SUNS 102Ricky Rubio scored 20 points in only 15 first-half minutes, getting the rest of the night off as Utah rolled. The Jazz never trailed, and had a 28-point lead by the time the game was 21 minutes old.Donovan Mitchell added 17 for the Jazz.Devin Booker scored 19 for Phoenix, which got 18 more from Alex Len.JAZZ: Rubio shot 8 for 10, plus had three steals. … Derrick Favors was plus-22 in 20 minutes, finishing with nine points, six rebounds, three steals, two assists and two blocks in that little bit of work. … The Jazz used 17 players, and 16 scored.SUNS: Josh Jackson scored 14 and Marquese Chriss added 13. … Eric Bledsoe handed out seven assists, but shot just 1 for 6. … Phoenix took 41 free throws to Utah’s 17.UP NEXT: Utah (4-0) visits the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday. Phoenix (1-2) hosts Portland on Wednesday.TRAIL BLAZERS 97, KINGS 83Jusuf Nurkic scored 16 points to lead Portland. The Trail Blazers’ backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum combined for 26 points, on 7 for 21 shooting.Justin Jackson had 16 for Sacramento, which was without several rotation players.TRAIL BLAZERS: Caleb Swanigan had 12 rebounds, while Evan Turner and Jake Layman each scored 10 points. … Portland finished with a 48-39 rebounding edge. Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) drives to the basket against New York Knicks’ Damyean Dotson (21) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)MIAMI — There is no NBA mandate urging teams to not rest players in the preseason.Good thing.The dog days of the exhibition schedule have arrived, with plenty of stars sitting out Monday night’s games. Among those getting the night off to rest: Boston stars Gordon Hayward, Kyrie Irving and Al Horford; Miami’s Goran Dragic; and the Orlando trio of Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Bismack Biyombo. Indiana rested a half-dozen players, as did Sacramento — including Vince Carter, George Hill and Zach Randolph.“It’s hard to play 14 guys,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said.ADVERTISEMENT In Dragic’s case, Miami is being smart since he played for two months this summer, helping Slovenia win the European championship and returning to Miami just two days before the first practice of training camp. He hasn’t played much in the preseason.“This is all relatively part of the plan I had sketched out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “I wanted him to be in training camp … and he really wanted to be there too, just to establish the right tone out of camp. We want to try to strike that balance of keeping him in shape and making sure he’s peaking for the first game, not going the other way. I think we’re headed that way.”Celtics coach Brad Stevens said the lineup he went with Monday allows him to take a good look at what willbe Boston’s second unit.“I feel really good about where we are, considering we’re 13 days in,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re by any means a finished product and I think we can get better.”ROCKETS 117, KNICKS 95ADVERTISEMENT Hornets’ Jordan donates $7 million to build medical clinics View comments LATEST STORIES KINGS: Frank Mason was impressive, with 13 points and five rebounds. … Skal Labissiere also scored 13 for Sacramento.UP NEXT: Portland (3-1) visits Phoenix on Wednesday. Sacramento (1-3) visits the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday. Houston’s Chris Paul didn’t play in New York because of a right shoulder contusion, the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis (hip) and Frank Ntilikina (knee) sat out that same game with soreness, Detroit’s Avery Bradley was sidelined by a turned ankle and Orlando’s Evan Fournier (ankle) and Terrence Ross (hamstring) also didn’t play because of minor injuries. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox was out with a sore back.When the regular season starts next week, resting players who are healthy enough to play will be officially frowned upon by a new NBA policy. But for now, it just makes sense for clubs to either limit minutes or not take unnecessary risks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThat being said, teams are still working. Joerger knows his team needs a day off — but the Kings arepracticing Tuesday anyway.“We have way too much stuff to do, and not just for opening night,” Joerger said. HEAT: James Johnson was called for a Flagrant-1 after a hard foul on Howard in the third quarter. The two slapped hands afterward, clearly without animosity. … The rookie learning curve for Bam Adebayo continued, after he had three fouls in three first-half minutes and the Heat were outscored by 10 in that stretch.UP NEXT: Miami (2-2) hosts Washington on Wednesday. Charlotte (1-2) hosts Boston on Wednesday.HAWKS 100, GRIZZLIES 88Dennis Schroder scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which got 15 from Malcolm Delaney.James Ennis scored 14 to lead Memphis.GRIZZLIES: Memphis was only 4 for 22 from 3-point range. … Marc Gasol had 13 rebounds.HAWKS: Rookie John Collins got cut beneath his right eye, then returned and led the Hawks with eight rebounds. … Atlanta was plus-21 in DeAndre’ Bembry’s 20 minutes. … The game was at Georgia Tech because of renovations at the Hawks’ home arena.UP NEXT: Memphis (2-1) hosts Houston on Wednesday. Atlanta (2-2) hosts Dallas on Thursday at Georgia Tech.MAVERICKS 99, MAGIC 96Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points, Harrison Barnes added 14 and Dirk Nowitzki added 10 for Dallas.D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for the Magic, which got 19 from Jonathon Simmons.MAGIC: Nikola Vucevic grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds. … Augustin was 6 for 10 from 3-point range, and Mo Speights had 15 points after shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.MAVERICKS: Smith also had seven assists and six rebounds. … J.J. Barea was very effective, with eight points and nine rebounds. … Nowitzki made 4 of his 7 shots.UP NEXT: Orlando (2-2) vists San Antonio on Tuesday. Dallas (3-1) visits Atlanta on Thursday at Georgia Tech. 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BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next James Harden had 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds, and Houston made 22 3-pointers while remainingunbeaten and keeping New York winless in the preseason.The teams tried during the offseason to work out a trade for Carmelo Anthony. The Knicks ended up sendinghim to Oklahoma City, though the Rockets appear to still have plenty of firepower.Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points for the Knicks.ROCKETS: Houston has made at least 22 3-pointers in all three games. No team has ever had three straight games with 20 or more in the regular season. … Clint Capela had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Eric Gordon added 18 points. … Zhou Qi played three minutes, getting three points.KNICKS: Michael Beasley scored 17 points before leaving with a bruised left elbow. He landed hard on a drive to the basket in the third quarter. … Damyean Dotson also had 17 for New York.UP NEXT: Houston (3-0) visits Memphis on Wednesday. New York (0-4) hosts Washington on Friday.PISTONS 107, PACERS 97Detroit outscored Indiana 30-15 from the 3-point line, and had a 26-11 edge in points off turnovers.Ish Smith, Reggie Jackson and Boban Marjanovic had 14 points apiece for the Pistons. Damien Wilkins led Indiana with 14 off the bench, shooting 5 for 6 and making both of his 3-point tries.PACERS: Indiana led by 16 in the second quarter, but was outscored 71-47 in the final 25 minutes. … Myles Turner, Victor Oladipo, Domantas Sabonis and Lance Stephenson all didn’t play. … Al Jefferson had 12 points on 6 for 14 shooting.PISTONS: Smith also had nine assists. … Detroit was plus-25 in Henry Ellenson’s 28 minutes. … Anthony Tolliver and Reggie Bullock each scored 12 for the Pistons.UP NEXT: Indiana (2-1) hosts Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday. Detroit (2-1) visits Toronto on Tuesday. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president CELTICS 113, 76ERS 96Hours after Philadelphia and Joel Embiid agreed on a five-year extension worth $148 million, Boston had no trouble with the 76ers and led wire-to-wire.Semi Ojeleye scored 16 for Boston, which led by as many as 34. Ben Simmons scored 15 for the 76ers, though he missed seven of his 10 free throws.CELTICS: Aron Baynes sprained his left knee in the first half. … Jaylen Brown scored 12 for the Celtics, who got 15 apiece from Terry Rozier and Abdel Nader.76ERS: Furkan Korkmaz scored 13 and No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz added 12. … The 76ers shot 28 percent from 3-point range and 52 percent from the foul line.UP NEXT: Boston (3-0) visits Charlotte on Wednesday. Philadelphia (0-3) plays Brooklyn on Wednesday in Uniondale, New York.HEAT 109, HORNETS 106Justise Winslow’s layup with 23.7 seconds left put Miami ahead for good as the Heat rallied in the final minutes.Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson each scored 18 for Miami, which got 13 from Dion Waiters and 11 points and 11 rebounds from Hassan Whiteside. Malik Monk scored 19 and Dwight Howard had 16 for Charlotte.HORNETS: All-Star guard Kemba Walker left early in the third quarter after getting hit in the face, and Jeremy Lamb left with groin soreness. … Charlotte had a 29-14 edge in points off turnovers, but was 5 for26 from 3-point range.last_img read more

Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluable, people love spreading rumours

first_imgIndia wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has lashed out at rumour mills over his comments on MS Dhoni’s inputs from behind the stumps, saying his words on the veteran wicketkeeper were misconstrued.Kuldeep Yadav had made a tongue-in-cheek remark when he was asked during an award function in Mumbai if MS Dhoni had erred while giving inputs to young spinners from behind the wickets.”There are a lot of times he (Dhoni) goes wrong but then you can’t say that to him,” Kuldeep had replied in jest.Nonetheless, the young wrist-spinner faced a lot of flak on social media over his comments.Kuldeep and his spin partner Yuzvendra Chahal have time and again insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have made a lot of difference to their bowling in limited-overs cricket. Known for his astute game awareness, Dhoni has been an integral member of India’s ODI side as he has been able to share his experience with the rest of his teammates.MS Dhoni’s presence behind the stumps makes our job easy: KuldeepKuldeep insisted that MS Dhoni’s inputs have been invaluable not just to him but to the entire team.”MS Dhoni is a senior player and there is no doubt that his tips have been invaluable not only for me but for the entire team. His presence behind the stumps makes our job easy and nobody can change that fact,” Kuldeep Yadav told The Indian Express.The young wrist spinner added: “These are rumours which people love to spread and I have no idea why. I haven’t given any interview regarding this so I fail to understand as to how the media came up with these comments.”advertisementKuldeep Yadav took to Instagram on Tuesday to express his disappointment at the way in which his comments were interpreted.”Here we go for another made up controversy from our media who loves to make tangy rumours for no reason. Just want to throw some light on the issue that has been proliferated by some people, that the news is total false. I didn’t give any inappropriate statement about anyone (sic),” Kuldeep wrote in an Instagram story.Kuldeep did not have a successful Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign in 2019 as the Kolkata Knight Riders spinner struggled for consistency, managing just 4 wickets from 9 matches at an average of 71.50. However, Kuldeep remains to be India’s first-choice spinner at the World Cup, starting May 30 in England and Wales.Also Read | Asking Indian players to have sex was a joke: Paddy UptonAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:last_img read more

2012 Trans Tasman Survey

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Dame Diana Rigg Attends Macmillan Cancer Support Carol Concert

first_imgMacmillan Cancer Support’s prestigious Guards Chapel Christmas Carol Concert took place earlier this month.Hosted by Macmillan Vice President Martyn Lewis CBE, the soiree included readings from Dame Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones), Jason Isaacs (Harry Potter), Michael Fox (Downton Abbey) and Baroness Floella Benjamin.World-renowned classical pianist Janina Fialkowska, rising baritone star Benjamin Appl and Lithuanian accordionist Martynas Levickis performed in the beautiful setting of the Guards Chapel and were supported by the London Contemporary Orchestra.The evening is one of the most prestigious events in Macmillan’s annual calendar and all funds raised will go to help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.last_img read more

TSX positive streak continues as oil prices rise and Bank of Canada

first_imgThe energy sector was helped again by crude oil prices, which rose on Saudi Arabia’s energy minister reassuring that its oil production and exports are falling sharply. West Texas Intermediate prices are up 23 per cent from its December low.The February crude contract was up US$2.58 at US$52.36 per barrel Wednesday and the February natural gas contract was up 1.7 cents at US$2.98 per mmBTU.Canada’s financial sector was helped by the Bank of Canada’s decision to hold its key rate at 1.75 per cent while the economy absorbs softness from a 44 per cent drop in oil prices from its October peak.“The banks tend to be a play on Canadian GDP growth and with the Bank of Canada having a supportive stance to keep the Canadian economy running smoothly that’s certainly positive for the banks,” said Chopra. The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 199.58 points to 14,804.73 in a broad-based rally that saw all sectors rise.It was the third day of triple-digit gains so far this year and the best four-consecutive day performance since January 2016.“There seems to be a lot more optimism about a U.S.-China trade deal and when it comes to Federal Reserve interest rate hikes it appears to be that they’ll take a pause,” Chopra said referring to minutes released from the central bank and recent comments from several bank governors.The cannabis-heavy health care sector rose by 6.25 percent as Canopy Growth Corp. surged 13.3 percent, while Aurora Cannabis Inc. and Aphria Inc. gained 7.3 and 6.2 per cent respectively.The key energy sector followed, with financials, industrials and materials also rising.Financial and energy stocks were the biggest gainers on the day led by Sun Life Financial Inc., Royal Bank of Canada, Manulife Financial and Suncor Energy Inc. Meanwhile, BCE Inc. and Nutrien Ltd. lost ground while Imperial Oil and TransCanada Corp. posted small gains. TORONTO, O.N. – Canada’s main stock index posted its strongest four-day gain in three years Wednesday as it was propelled by a large increase in the price of crude oil and the Bank of Canada’s latest rate announcement.The Toronto Stock Exchange continued its rebound from a dreadful autumn and tough December helped by positive news about the trade dispute between China and the U.S. and minutes from the Federal Reserve confirming its patience about raising interest rates, says Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp.“A fantastic four-day stretch,” he said in an interview.center_img In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 91.67 points at 23,879.12. The S&P 500 index was up 10.55 points at 2,584.96, while the Nasdaq composite was up 60.08 points at 6,957.08.The Canadian dollar traded at an average of 75.64 cents US compared with an average of 75.23 cents US on Tuesday.The February gold contract was up US$6.10 at US$1,292 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 0.1 of a cent at US$2.66 a pound.last_img read more