Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Update: On 4 March, the weekly Far Eastern Economic Review finally apologized for publishing on 10 January 2002 an article considered offensive by Thai authorities, who reacted by revoking the visas of two journalists based in Bangkok. The magazine’s lawyer presented a letter of apology, signed by Michael Vatikiotis, editor in chief, to the president of the National Assembly, Uthai Pimchaichon. According to the Immigration Police spokesperson, the committee examining the appeal to the expulsion order against the journalists is to meet on 4 March and will make a decision “that will take this letter of apology into account”. On 1 March, a Thai police official said that his offices were examining the content of the latest issue of the British magazine The Economist which included a special report on Thailand, and which focused on the monarchy. This magazine, normally on sale at newsagents on Friday, had not yet been distributed. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years According to information obtained by RSF, on 21 February 2002, Lieutenant General Hemaraj Thareethai, who is the Ministry of Immigration’s police chief, confimed the existence of a blacklist, comprised of forty-six foreigners who are considered “undesirables” in Thailand and consequently risk expulsion. The list is to be submitted to the interior minister for his approval. The names of American journalist Crispin and British journalist Tasker, both of whom work for the “Far Eastern Economic Review”, are included on the blacklist. Also included are the names of the magazine’s publication director and an editor-in-chief who works at the magazine’s Hong Kong headquarters. Thirteen members of the Chinese spiritual movement Falungong are also included on the blacklist. News In a letter to Interior Minister Purachai Piumsombun, RSF protested the government’s placement of Shawn W. Crispin and Rodney Tasker, Bangkok bureau chief and journalist from the financial magazine Far Eastern Economic Review, respectively, on a blacklist of foreigners who are barred from entering Thailand. “We condemn this measure, which is prejudicial to press freedom and unworthy of a democracy,” stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general. RSF asked the minister to see to it that both the journalists’ names, as well as those of two other employees from the magazine, are removed from the Ministry of Immigration’s blacklist of forty-six foreigners. Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News Follow the news on Thailand News Receive email alerts RSF_en March 4, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two foreign journalists placed on government blacklist to go further Help by sharing this information May 12, 2021 Find out more ThailandAsia – Pacific News ThailandAsia – Pacific August 21, 2020 Find out more The “Far Eastern Economic Review” has recently been targeted by the Thai authorities. On 7 January, General Tritot Ronnarittivichai, who oversees the distribution of publications, issued an order banning the 10 January issue of the “Far Eastern Economic Review”. He also ordered the seizure of all copies of the issue. According to the general, the issue in question included an article that was likely to disturb public order and “affect public morality”. As such, it violated the Publishing Act of 1941. On 5 January, the Thai airline Thai International PLC barred the magazine’s distribution on all its flights. On 7 January, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra announced that lawyers would study the magazine’s articles in order to determine whether “defamation” charges should be filed against it. The prime minister was especially disturbed by an article titled “Listless Days”, which reported on relations between both heads of the Thai executive branch. The prime minister expressed the belief that foreign publications wereattacking the Thai government because of his refusal to privatise state companies in order to sell them at a reduced price on the international market. In the incriminating article, the “Far Eastern Economic Review” discussed relations between the king and the prime minister. This followed a December speech by the king in which he severely criticised Thaksin.On 10 January, the radio programme “Lok Yam Chao” (World Morning), a daily political talk-show, was banned after its host read passages from a controversial “Far Eastern Economic Review” article. The programme has been broadcast on the FM dial for twenty years. It is broadcast on a network owned by the Ministry of Public Relations. According to the talk-show’s host, Somkiat, the programme was reportedly banned by government order. Organisation June 12, 2020 Find out more
Lynna Irby entered Pike High School with a big target on her track uniform. She was expected to be great, and unlike many such athletes with a similar target, she not only fulfilled that promise but did it with quite a flare. Irby won 12 state track titles in her 4-year career. The amazing thing about this is that she never lost a race in her state finals career. Another amazing feat by Lynna is that she never had anybody really threaten her in any of her races. Her main events were the 100m, 200m, and 400m.Lynna brought back memories of North Central’s Maicel Malone. She ran in the mid to late 80’s. She also won a gold medal as a member of the United States 4 x 400 meter relay team. Irby, like Malone, is best at the 400m. Probably the only difference to me was that when you see Irby you know she is an athlete. When you saw Malone off the track, she looked like a nerd with her black-rimmed glasses. In truth, she was, because she was a straight A student as well as a tremendous athlete. I don’t know Irby’s scholastic record.
Pictured: Jim Frain, Letterkenny Gaels GAA, Michael McGinty, Letterkenny Rugby Club and Jeremy Worth, Donegal OrthodonticsJeremy Worth is a man with a big heart.The veteran player with Letterkenny Rugby Club and an honorary Life Club Member, still plays occasional 2nds or veteran matches.Jeremy, along with Robert Love was instrumental in bringing the “All Blacks” to Letterkenny Rugby Club and Donegal in 2005. And now he has continued that big-hearted sponsorship which is possibly the most important to date.That’s because the well-known orthodontist has kindly sponsored a defibrillator which will be used by Letterkenny Rugby Club and Letterkenny Gaels.Jeremy said he is delighted to be part of such a great sporting community like the Letterkenny Rugby Club and having his own business, Donegal Orthodontics based in Ballyraine, Letterkenny, allows him to continue to provide support to the club and give something back to his local community.“When the Letterkenny Gaels and the Letterkenny Rugby Club joined forces to build an absolutely outstanding community & sporting facility on the outskirts of Letterkenny at the Glebe & Dave Gallaher Memorial Park, I thought it fitting being in the healthcare and medical industry, to donate a “Defibrillator” to both clubs. “I am delighted that today it is officially installed and could possibly help someone in need and may save a life”, says Jeremy. “I am delighted that both the players and visitors of the Letterkenny Rugby Club and the Letterkenny Gaels GAA can both benefit from this”.“Fit young sportsmen can occasionally collapse with SADS (sudden adult death syndrome) with tragic consequences. Older players are at risk of Cardio Vascular Disease, which is Ireland’s biggest killer with in the region of 10,000 deaths each year. 6,000 are from sudden cardiac arrest and 70% of these occur outside of hospital. It is imperative that in todays busy sporting world, sports clubs and organisations are equipped and prepared to respond to these types of emergencies. Hopefully this will never be needed!”Speaking on behalf of both the Letterkenny Rugby Club and The Letterkenny Gaels, Michael McGinty and Jim Frain said they were delighted to accept this defibrillator on behalf of their clubs, players and members and extended a huge thanks to Jeremy for his generous donation and ongoing support. An official launch will be held soon.Pictured: Jim Frain, Letterkenny Gaels GAA, Michael McGinty, Letterkenny Rugby Club and Jeremy Worth, Donegal OrthodonticsJEREMY’S BIG DONATION THAT COULD JUST SAVE A LIFE! was last modified: November 3rd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Jeremy WorthLETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUB
28 August 2003The Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, together with the chairman of mining and resources company, Mvelaphanda, Tokyo Sexwale, on Wednesday launched the Ibhubezi Gas at Redisson, Seapoint in Cape Town.The project to introduce natural gas is in keeping with the recommendations of the 1998 White Paper on Energy Policy which propose, among others, the diversification of primary energy supply sources and the development of gas as the least negative environmental impact of the fossil fuels.The minister said the introduction of natural gas into the energy economy of the Western Cape is good news both for the region and for the country. The Ibhubezi gas field is presently the only one off the West Coast with a commercial potential of producing gas volumes.This gas would be supplied to a gas-to-electricity project in the Western Cape and to the PetroSA manufacturing plant in Mossel Bay. The volume of gas already discovered in the Ibhubezi Gas Field is too small to guarantee a production life of 20 years needed to meet market demand.These wells, if successful, will increase the volume of gas found to a level which will begin to match the market demands, and raise the prospect of discovering further volumes of gas.The Minerals and Energy department said should sufficient reserves be discovered, a gas-fired electricity generating station will be established, which would supplement gas supplies to the PetroSA plant. It is hoped that this will lead to other commercial users switching to natural gas as a cheaper alternative to the current energy supplies.The department added, however, that any future gas projects would depend on the discovery of sufficient supplies of gas reserves; sufficient and sustainable market demand, as well as the cost-effective transmission of the gas from the field to the market.With the development of the appropriate infrastructure and the realisation of the full market potential of the gas available to South Africa, the percentage of gas in the energy balance may increase from less than two percent to seven percent, bringing with it investments and economic growth.Sufficient interest has been expressed from the market to justify the investigation of transmission options.The department has also developed a Gas Infrastructure Plan, which will form the basis of a strategy to develop the natural gas industry in South Africa based on the 1998 White Paper on Energy.It is anticipated that there will be four main phases in the gas infrastructure development plan, namely:The first phase will involve the construction of a pipeline between South Africa and Mozambique. The 865km pipeline – from Mozambique to Secunda – will cost $549-million to build. The Lilly 1 gas pipeline from Secunda to Durban may have to be eventually upgraded or replaced.The second phase will be a pipeline in the Western Cape. Two options are being considered: the first is an onshore pipeline from Kudu; or an offshore pipeline from Ibhubezi to Saldanha, proceeding to Cape Town, and eventually to Mossel Bay and Port Elizabeth.Phase three will be a pipeline from the West Coast to Gauteng via Sishen in Northern Cape.The fourth phase will involve building a pipeline from Port Elizabeth to Durban via East London.Source: Department of Minerals and Energy
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) decided that, based on its review of the value of four “Pork. The Other White Meat” trademarks the National Pork Board purchased from the National Pork Producers Council, it would continue to approve the Pork Board’s annual payments for the trademarks.NPPC sold the trademarks to the Pork Board in 2006 for about $35 million. NPPC financed the purchase over 20 years, making the Pork Board’s annual payment $3 million. The sale was an arms-length transaction with a lengthy negotiation in which both parties were represented by legal counsel, and USDA, which oversees the federal Pork Checkoff program administered by the Pork Board, approved the purchase. In 2012, the Humane Society of the United States, a lone Iowa farmer and the Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement filed a lawsuit against USDA, seeking to have the sale rescinded. A U.S. District Court dismissed the suit for lack of standing, but a federal appeals court in August 2015 reinstated it.Subsequently, USDA agreed to review the purchase, including conducting a valuation of the trademarks. In a frequently-asked-questions document on its website, AMS set the value of the four trademarks at between $113 million and $132 million. It is unclear whether HSUS will continue to press its lawsuit.
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lee finished with a game-high 20 points to lead UST while Steve Akomo had 15 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks before fouling out late. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Srisaket KOs Gonzalez in fourth to retain WBC title Marvin Lee almost gave UST the victory as he calmly hit a couple of free throws that gave the Growling Tigers a 73-71 lead with 5.3 seconds remaining.“Our objective for this season, exactly, is to generate excitement because the UP community is very passive when it comes to the basketball team,” said Maroons head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“And we got to complete that objective and what a way to generate that excitement, especially with that last-second shot. I don’t know how Paul does that but during the huddle he called it, ‘we’re going to win, this shot will go in.’”Desiderio was off the mark all game long, going 1-of-10 from deep before his clutch basket, but he made it when it mattered most. He finished with a team-high 17 points while also grabbing nine boards. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio shoots a jumper against University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Desiderio hit the game-winning triple and University of the Philippines escaped University of Santo Tomas, 74-73, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. Desiderio drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left as the Fighting Maroons salvaged the victory to start their campaign on an emphatic note.ADVERTISEMENT
Experienced Englishman Bob Houghton’s tumultuous yet productive five-year stint as Indian football coach came to an end on Saturday in controversial circumstances after a bitter stand-off with the AIFF, which had charged him for racially abusing an Indian referee.Houghton, who has been facing an inquiry from a three-man AIFF panel on charges of racially abusing Indian referee Dinesh Nair in an international friendly against Yemen last year, tendered his resignation, bringing an end to his eventful association with Indian football since June 2006.A release from the AIFF said that the racial abuse charges against Houghton has been dropped in the absence of evidence while the coach has decided to quit due to personal reasons.”The AIFF has perused the reply filed by Robert Douglas Houghton to the show cause notice dated 25.03.2011 issued to him. It has also conducted internal investigations through an inquiry committee and a report has been submitted to the AIFF.”Based on the report of the inquiry committee, the AIFF feels that in the absence of any definitive and concrete evidence the allegations against Houghton cannot be sustained and therefore the AIFF agrees to withdraw all charges and allegations made against him,” the AIFF release said.”However, Houghton, for his personal reasons, does not wish to continue working in India and in his position as the Head Coach of the Indian Football Team. Houghton has therefore tendered his resignation. His resignation is accepted by the AIFF. The parties have mutually agreed to terminate the employment contract of Houghton,” it added.advertisementThe AIFF did not say anything about the compensation to be given to Houghton whose contract was to run till 2013.For the past few days after Houghton submitted a written reply to the AIFF panel on April 11, there had been reports of negotiations going on between Houghton and the federation to settle the issue.Houghton had in his reply to the show cause on March 23 had denied the racial abuse charges levelled against him, terming them as “baseless”.But apparently, the initiative for a negotiated settlement had come from Houghton’s side as he did not want his reputation to be sullied.Sources said the AIFF agreed to drop the racial abuse charges if Houghton quits immediately, which he did on Saturday.- With PTI inputs
Valencia’s Rodrigo Moreno rounds Real Valladolid’s goalkeeper Yoel Rodriguez to score the second goal in the 2-0 win. Photograph: Óscar del Pozo/AFP/Getty Images Hide Share on Twitter Rodrigo Moreno came over and embraced his manager. He had got the first goal of the season against Atlético. He had then gone 15 games without scoring but not one without support. Now, he had scored the last goal of the season, making it 2-0 at Valladolid and assuring them of fourth, releasing nine months of tension. Valencia had been in a Champions League place for just six days, but they were the last six. They had spent many more in a much worse place, they knew, and it wasn’t chance that Rodrigo was the first to reach his manager. Nor that Dani Parejo, the captain, was next to arrive. “I said to Dani: ‘you hugged me then, now it’s my turn to hug you’,” Marcelino revealed afterwards, the season defined by their embraces.The last time Valencia had played Valladolid was on 12 January. It was the final game of the first half of the season, and they were under pressure. The campaign had begun without a win in six and it wasn’t getting much better; they had been knocked out of the Champions League, eliminated at Young Boys, and went into the Valladolid game in 12th, having won just four of 18 league matches. The last of those wins had come three weeks earlier when they had beaten Huesca with a goal that arrived on 93.02 and the reaction revealed the tension, Ezequiel Garay spitting “they can take it up the arse” as the white hankies came out and some supporters whistled. Which was when Gayá shouted: “We’re out here suffering like dogs.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest Share via Email 10Alaves38-1150 Levante 2–2 Atlético, Espanyol 2–0 Real Sociedad, Getafe 2 – 2 Villarreal, Sevilla 2–0 Athletic, Valladolid 0–2 Valencia, Alavés 2–1 Girona, Celta 2–2 Rayo, Huesca 2–1 Leganés, Real Madrid 0–2 Real Betis, Eibar 2–2 Barcelona The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 5Getafe381359 And so it began. An 84th minute goal from Rodrigo beat Celta 2-1 the following week. “That was huge. That released us. You start to see the light,” Parejo said and Valencia didn’t lose again in 10 league games, 17 over all. They reached the final of the Copa del Rey (next weekend against Barcelona), the semi-final of the Europa League against Arsenal, and they climbed six places in the league, eventually hauling back 12 points on Sevilla, seven on Getafe. No one’s ever been 10 points off the Champions League places at halfway and still qualified but with a week to go Valencia climbed into fourth, their fate in their own hands for the first time, and although Getafe climbed above them 13 minutes into the final day when they went 1-0 up against Villarreal, they weren’t to be denied. Carlos Soler’s goal made it 1-0 to Valencia and when Rodrigo scored, they were there.All of them, together.“When you’re under pressure, the coach is always the weakest link but I was lucky: I had the players and the directors on my side, they supported me when it was hard. They are my bulwark,” Marcelino said, voice breaking. “It’s not easy to turn around that negativity, but we did it.” As the clock ticked away, the journey almost complete, Valencia back where they were supposed to be, their manager took a moment, alone, looking to the sky. And then, the whistle went and they ran to embrace him, in good times now as well as bad. The club had patience; we could see that the work being done [by Toral] was goodMateu Alemany They were too. Or they would have been if dogs actually suffered and didn’t just sit around licking their paws all day. Valencia came back in the new year, lost to Alavés, lost in the Copa del Rey to Sporting and the rumours began gathering pace. Marcelino didn’t have long left, they said. But the players believed in him and when Parejo opened the scoring against Valladolid he turned, raced to the touchline and celebrated the goal with his manager, his support played out publicly.If it was decisive – and it probably was – it didn’t look like it just yet. That day, like all those other days, Valencia missed chance after chance, Santi Mina seeing one escape him on the line. They even won a penalty which Parejo handed to Rodrigo to take, desperate for him to break his bad run, but Rodrigo still couldn’t score: from a goal every 151 minutes last season, he had just two in 23 games. And then, out of nowhere, Rubén Alcaraz scored a superb free-kick with Valladolid’s only shot to somehow, goodness only knows how, clinch a late draw. “Valencia can be better explained through the occult than through reason,” Marca’s match report said.There could hardly be a better portrait of their season. It was the halfway stage and Valencia were 10th, 20 points off the top, 10 points off the Champions League and only four off relegation. “I’ve genuinely never seen anything like this; I’ve never had a season like it and a lot of the time I can’t explain it,” Marcelino insisted after one game. It wasn’t as if they were awful, although they certainly lacked the clarity of the year before, but they couldn’t score: “We’ve scored 17 from 263 chances,” the coach sighed. “If the owner decides to get rid of the coach, there’s nothing I can do about it,” he conceded. Valencia Quick guide La Liga results 20Rayo Vallecano38-2932 PosTeamPGDPts Share on WhatsApp Topics Champions: BarcelonaOther Champions League places: Atlético, Madrid, ValenciaEuropa League places: Getafe, Sevilla, EspanyolRelegated: Rayo, Huesca, GironaPichichi (highest scorer): Messi, 36Zarra (highest scoring domestic Spanish player): Aspas, 20.Zamora: Oblak. Was this helpful? 8Athletic Bilbao38-453 Quick guide La Liga 2018-19: how it ended 15Levante38-744 Thank you for your feedback. There were 60 seconds left in the hardest, most inexplicable season of Marcelino García Toral’s career and things had finally fallen into place, at last making a little sense, when he looked to the sky and seemed to say something. “I was thinking about my dad, who’s not here,” he revealed: a brief moment alone before he was engulfed, ended by the final whistle on the final day. Rubén Uría grabbed him from one side, Ismael Fernández from the other, and together Valencia’s manager and his assistants – his confidents – tried but mostly failed to take it all in. Around them, Valladolid’s supporters celebrated another season in primera; across the pitch, 900 Valencia fans celebrated another season in the Champions League.If that shouldn’t have been so remarkable – Valencia qualified for the Champions League last season and at €165m they have the fourth-biggest budget in the first division – there was a reason why they leapt about like they did, a reason for all the emotion, the tears fighting through and the lumps in their throats. There had been resistance; now there was relief, redemption and a lesson for those prepared to listen. Valencia had got there and Marcelino had got there with them. For most of a year in which, in the words of José Luis Gayá, they had suffered like dogs, a season in which Marcelino said they had been “punched in the face daily”, neither of those things looked likely. But here they were, still standing. 12Eibar38-447 4Valencia381661 The club’s director general Mateu Alemany and the president Anil Murthy had been summoned to Singapore to see the owner, Peter Lim, the day after the Valladolid game. The good news was that Parejo’s celebration had made the players’ position known, Marcelino declaring his gratitude. As had Rodrigo’s comments after the game: “It wouldn’t be right if they changed coach,” he said. “He can’t perform a miracle. He can’t come on and finish the chances for us.” Vitally, Alemany was of the same opinion, and he told Lim that. Together, players and the director general had saved Marcelino from the sack. “The first half of the season was hard, nothing was coming off,” Alemany said on Saturday, carefully using a collective voice that hid how close others were to pulling the trigger. “But the club had patience; we could see that the work being done was good.”Soon, results were good too.The day after the Valladolid draw, Parejo issued a rallying call: “I refuse to give up on a season in January: I believe in this team,” he tweeted.“The thing is it was January: you’ve got five months left, you can’t give up in January,” he said. “I’ve been through three or four situations very like it here before: I know what coaches feel like, what they go through, the pressure: you have a very, very bad time of it. I never planned anything; [the celebration] came naturally. The mister’s given everything for me. He’s here eight, nine, 10 hours a day, 100% committed. We heard the rumours, the stories that he didn’t have long left, that if we didn’t win the next game he’d be sacked. And he didn’t deserve to go through that.”But this time was different, and they did win the next game. “In other circumstances they could have got rid of the míster,” Parejo said. “But with the arrival of Mateu Alemany, with Pablo [Longoria, the director of football], there’s a stability now and the club knows where it’s going. Coaches aren’t working with the idea that ‘maybe tomorrow they’ll get rid of me’ any more. And you can feel that; we’ve seen it this year. Thanks to Mateu’s faith in the coach, we’ve seen the results.” 6Sevilla381559 Hide Was this helpful? features 1Barcelona385487 Thank you for your feedback. 3Real Madrid381768 Show 14Villarreal38-344 7Espanyol38-253 16Valladolid38-1941 Real Madrid end season with damning defeat and Bale again stewing on bench Show 19Huesca38-2233 Share on Pinterest 17Celta Vigo38-941 11Real Betis38-850 9Real Sociedad38-150 Reuse this content 2Atletico Madrid382676 Share on Facebook 13Leganes38-645 Read more La Liga Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger 18Girona38-1637 European club football
APTN National NewsFamily and friends of a young man who died on a constructions site in British Columbia have taken to the streets of Saskatoon to raise awareness of his death.They also want the issue of worker safety talked about.APTN’s Chris Stewart has the story.
MONTREAL – The timeline of the commercial dispute between Boeing and Bombardier:– April 27: The Chicago giant asks the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to take action against Bombardier’s business practices.– May 18: The Department of Commerce confirms the beginning of an investigation. Ottawa replies by questioning a military order from Boeing for new Super Hornet jet fighters.– June 9: ITC gives the go-ahead for Washington to continue its investigation into CSeries sales south of the border.– 28 June: At the request of Boeing, the Department of Commerce agrees to delay the disclosure of its preliminary decision on possible punitive duties by two months, until Sept. 25.– Sept. 4: Boeing International Division President Marc Allen says the U.S. giant has no intention to back down and withdraw its complaint against Bombardier.– Sept. 5: British Prime Minister Theresa May, in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Donald Trump, pleads in favour of the Quebec manufacturer, which has more than 4,000 employees in Belfast, Northern Ireland.– Sept. 13: Demonstration in downtown Montreal of hundreds of union members in the aeronautics sector to denounce the Boeing approach.– Sept. 20: Bombardier workers in Toronto walk off the job to support company’s battle against Boeing.– Sept. 24: JetBlue becomes latest U.S. airline to write to the ITC urging it to deny Boeing’s petition, saying tariffs on the aircraft would harm competition and result in higher airfares.– Sept. 26: Department of Commerce announces a hefty 219 per cent preliminary countervailing duty on CSeries exports to the U.S., pending a final determination in February.– Oct. 4: Department of Commerce is expected to announce preliminary anti-dumping duties, but that could be extended.– December: Department of Commerce will release its final determinations.– February: ITC will make its final ruling, imposes any final duties.