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Wicked Tour Star Nick Adams on His Cute Understudy & New White Pants

first_img Related Shows Congrats on the new gig! Thanks, I’m so stoked! I left New York last night, and I’m signed on to do the tour for nine months. Nine months? It must be so hard to decide what to pack. Yeah, it was a little overwhelming. But I’m driving and I’m taking my dog! I got a car, so I’ve got it filled to the brim with luggage and everything else I might need. Nick Adams Wearing Fiyero’s white pants is a real honor. Are you ready to put those on? I’ve had several fittings, and [the costumers] asked me, “Have you ever worn anything this tight?” And I was like, “Uh…yeah.” [Laughs.] But Fiyero’s got some sexy looks! You hear white pants, you’re like, oh god. But putting them on, I love them. And the boots, everything is really beautiful and tailor-made for my body, so it’s a good fit. I can’t wait! Did you do anything fun during your last night in New York City? I was stressing out about packing my apartment, so not really. [Laughs.] But during the day I had a coffee date with Tony Sheldon—he just got back from doing Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. We got together to just catch up and touch base and hug each other before I leave. Wicked See Adams as Fiyero in Wicked’s Emerald City tour. from $95.00center_img View Comments Is it true you’re bringing your boyfriend Kyle along, too? Yeah, he’s been in the production for over a year, so it’s the perfect opportunity they asked me. We met doing Priscilla Queen of the Desert, so it’s crazy we’re getting to work together again. And even funnier because he’s my understudy. [Laughs.] Broadway favorite Nick Adams is about to have the best Valentine’s Day ever: Not only is he taking on the role of studly student Fiyero in the Emerald City touring cast of Wicked, but he’s bringing his boyfriend, Kyle Brown, along too! Oh, and did we mention Kyle is Nick’s understudy?! The couple and their cast mates will perform at Pittsburgh’s Benedum Center for the Performing Arts through February 9 before bringing the Land of Oz to Cincinnati, Nashville, RIchmond, Sacramento and more. Broadway.com caught up with Adams to chat about his new Wicked adventures on the road. Star Files Is there any Fiyero rivalry going on between you two? Oh no, he’s incredibly supportive. When he first left to do this show he said, “Wouldn’t it be fun if you came out here to do Fiyero?” And I said, “Well, what are the chances we’d end up being in the same company? If I go audition they’ll probably say, ‘Oh, we have a production opening in Japan we want you to be in.’” [Laughs.] So when this happened, we couldn’t believe it. Wow, they’re letting you bring your dog? Yeah, Lady, she turned 12 in November. She’s old, so I thought it would be a little traumatic to try to deal with carting her around at the airport from place to place. This will be more fun and we’ll get to have a road trip adventure together. These Wicked fans are pretty hardcore, are you ready to meet all of these guys? Yeah, bring it on! There are all these Wicked fans with their Twitter handles—there are so many of them. Every day I go on to Twitter and I see another one on there following me. I just hope I live up to their expectations!last_img read more

Evelyn M. Kramer, 90

first_imgEvelyn M. Kramer, 90, Greensburg, passed away on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the Aspen Place Health Campus in Greensburg.Born, December 11, 1927 in Decatur County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Harry B. and Frances L. (Fisse) Hellmich.Evelyn was a 1946 graduate of Greensburg High School.  She married Virgil H. Kramer on August 27, 1955 and he preceded her in death on April 2, 2015.Evelyn had worked for 12 years at the Union Bank & Trust.  She also helped on the family farm and volunteered at the Decatur County Memorial Hospital.  She was a member of the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in St. Maurice, the Rural Couples, the Tree City Squares, the St. Maurice PCCW, and the St. Maurice Home Economics Club.  She received the Certificate of Distinction Honor in 2001 from the Decatur County Extension Board.  She served as the treasurer for her high school class since 1946.She is survived by two sons, Philip (Marcia) Kramer, Greensburg, Don (Carla) Kramer, Greensburg; one daughter, Sharon (Mike) Spears, Indianapolis; one sister-in-law, Leona Hellmich, Greensburg; 6 grandsons, 3 granddaughters, and 8 great grandchildren.She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Robert J. Hellmich.A rosary service will be held  at 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home for family and friends.   Visitation will follow until 8:00 p.m. at the Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home in Greensburg.   The funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in St. Maurice with Rev. Bill Ehalt officiating.Interment will be held in the St. Maurice Catholic Cemetery.Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of Southeastern Indiana or to the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church.last_img read more

Saints take Game one, can capture BCIHL title Saturday at NDCC

first_imgThe Selkirk Saints are a win away from completing an amazing turnaround season after edging Simon Fraser 2-0 in Game one of the B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League Championship series Friday at the NDCC Arena.Selkirk, going from worst to first in one season, can capture the BCIHL title Saturday in Nelson.Puck drop is 7:30 p.m.The Saints were led to the victory by netminder Alex Sirard who stopped 23 shots to register the shutout. However, at the other end of the ice, Selkirk had trouble beating SFU counterpart Graeme Gordon kept the game scoreless until late in the second period when blueliner Justin Sotkowy scored with a wrist shot through traffic on a Saints man-advantage.And after waiting nearly 40 minutes to open the scoring, the hosts struck again on the power-play just over a minute later when Mason Spear banked a puck off of Gordon from behind the goal line to double the Selkirk lead.”SFU has a highly-skilled team and we were able to hold them off the board tonight with a very good defensive effort, especially from Alex (Sirard),” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”He made a number of big saves, especially in the latter part of the second period before we finally got a couple past Gordon. The work ethic was great from top to bottom but we’re going to need an even better performance in order to finish things off.”The Saints held SFU to just four shots on goal in the third period and were foiled by Gordon on a number of opportunities to build their advantage. TSelkirk out shot SFU 29-23. A third and deciding game, if necessary, would take place back at the Castlegar Complex on Sunday at 6 p.m.last_img read more

Art and tradition

first_imgWorld Walking by William Kentridge ispart of the Caversham exhibition.(Image: The Heritage Agency) MEDIA CONTACTS • Jo-Anne DugganThe Heritage Agency+27 83 285 3600• Ehllene BekkerUJ Arts Centre+27 11 559 2099Chris ThurmanTradition is a loaded word that tends to evoke strong responses.Those who oppose tradition tend to associate it with the conservative, the old-fashioned, the out-of-date. Those who endorse it prefer to think of tradition as representing the authentic, the timeless, the tried-and-trusted.In most countries, cultural traditions, or traditional cultures, are of greater interest to tourists than to locals; they are part of national identity and history, but rarely register in citizens’ collective daily consciousness until they are used as political tools.In South Africa, tradition is typically allied with indigeneity and thus set against modern or Western practices and institutions. We often refer to traditional leaders, traditional healers, traditional beliefs, traditional music, traditional beer, traditional dress; but, in practice, these and other traditional elements combine with other influences and adopt hybrid forms.Two recent art exhibitions in Johannesburg challenge viewers to re-think their assumptions about what tradition implies.Artistic breeding groundA common misapprehension is that traditions are hundreds of years old.The Caversham Press, for example, celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2010 – and during those two and a half decades, this creative hub in rural KwaZulu-Natal has developed a tradition in its own right.In 1985, art teacher and master printer Malcolm Christian established Caversham in a run-down former Methodist chapel near Lidgetton, a small village in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.Christian invited artists such as William Kentridge and the late Robert Hodgins to use the Caversham facilities and to participate in a collaborative print-making process. Kentridge and Hodgins would, of course, subsequently become two of South Africa’s best-known artists.Other highly respected artists have produced work at Caversham, including Deborah Bell, David Koloane, Penny Siopis, Magkabo Helen Sebidi, Marion Arnold, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Bonnie Ntshalintshali, Malcolm Payne and Karel Nel. Their work forms part of People, Prints and Process: 25 Years at Caversham, an exhibition which ended on 4 December at Johannesburg’s Standard Bank Gallery.What is equally significant, however, is that the walls were also adorned with prints by relative newcomers to the arts scene. Christian and his colleagues constantly encourage young artists, many of them from disadvantaged backgrounds, to visit Caversham and develop their skills. Residential fellowships, an educational trust and programmes such as the CreACTive Initiatives have broadened the scope of Caversham’s influence.Its tremendous value is evident in the current exhibition – not only because of the world-renowned names, but also because of success stories such as that of Sthembiso Sibisi, a self-taught painter whose Caversham prints have become widely sought-after.This, then, is an eclectic tradition. The prints exhibited range from woodcuts and linocuts to engravings and etchings, from screenprints to lithographs. There are portraits, still lives and landscapes; there are symbolist, surrealist, narrative and abstract pieces; there are black-and-white works as well as prints in bold colours.What provides the thread of continuity is that each of the artists involved has a direct connection to the organic tradition of Caversham Press.A trip through Venda cultureAvhashoni Mainganye’s work engages with a very different tradition – one that is made clear to visitors the moment they enter the University of Johannesburg Art Gallery through dzikhareni totems, which mark the entrance to a site where Venda boys undergo their initiation into manhood.Mainganye’s exhibition, Walking the Ancient Path, is a kind of initiation for those unfamiliar with aspects of Venda culture. Structured around the elements of water, earth, fire and air, the exhibition incorporates wood and stone sculpture, painting, photography and multimedia works.Many of these relate directly to traditional Venda practices, beliefs and sacred sites in South Africa’s northern province of Limpopo: Lake Fundudzi, Thathe Forest and the Phiphidi waterfalls are depicted in abstract paintings, a typical family shrine is recreated and there are photographs of an initiate and a tshiawelo or stone cairn.Yet the form, content and even names of these works resist any artificial notion of African authenticity or purity. The shrine includes candle-holders made out of Coke bottles. Titles in French such as “Le Monde” and “La Femme” gesture towards a global context of production and reception. Sculptures and paintings alike demonstrate a fusion of, on the one hand, traditional African patterns and styles and, on the other hand, a modernism with its roots in Europe. This collapsing of the Africa-Europe binary is nowhere more evident than in the Baptism of Fire series, in which both acrylic and cow dung have been used on burnt and torn canvasses.Moreover, rather than emphasising cultural distinction, Mainganye chooses to affirm similarity. Alongside the Venda tshiawelo, for instance, is a photograph of a Celtic cairn in Scotland. Likewise, a number of the sculpted figures are archetypal and thus universal: a pregnant woman, a mother, a supplicant.There are also strong trans-national connections in works that allude to parallel but diverging histories of freedom and oppression in South Africa and Zimbabwe – Venda people, after all, live on both sides of the Limpopo river that marks the boundary between the two countries.In this case, the continuity offered by tradition presents a powerful critique of the disruptions of modernity that take the form of colonialism and postcolonial legacies.Tradition and artIn a famous essay on “Tradition and the Individual Talent”, Anglo-American poet TS Eliot argued that – despite the common assumption that the role of the artist is to create something new and, in doing so, depart from tradition – great works of art emerge only when an artist is steeped in the work of his or her predecessors.Artistic creation, according to Eliot’s formulation, is a dynamic process in which past and present are mutually formative. Individual artists respond to a tradition but, in the process, change that tradition through their contribution: “What happens when a new work of art is created is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art that preceded it”.In the 1970s, half a century after Eliot’s essay was first published, literary critic Harold Bloom propounded a different theory. He suggested that, instead of extending a tradition, the work of great artists is produced through “the anxiety of influence”. In other words, feeling all too aware of the effect that famous forerunners potentially have on them, ambitious artists deliberately avoid their precursors, or parody them, or imitate their style in order to improve upon it.Both Eliot and Bloom are unfortunately Eurocentric in their definitions of tradition, but the tension that is evident between their respective positions can be identified in various debates about visual art in South Africa. These debates inevitably take on racial overtones. What does it mean for a white artist to eschew the history of Western art and embrace instead the aesthetic of bushman paintings? What does it mean for a black artist to deliberately separate himself from the modes of township art?When we attempt to answer these questions, the reductive connotations of words like “traditional” prove inadequate. Likewise, if we are to appreciate the living history of the Caversham Press or take up Mainganye’s invitation to “walk the ancient path”, a more complex understanding of tradition is required.http://www.cavershamcentre.org/last_img read more

Micro-farmers harvest a future

first_imgFarmers who produce more food than they need can generate a stable income by selling their harvest to businesses and other community members through the Harvest of Hope marketing scheme. (Image: Abalimi Bazekhaya, via Facebook)Food security is a critical issue, with families and individuals in townships, rural areas and informal settlements across South Africa deemed to be food insecure. An increasing income gap is adding to the challenge.In an effort to overcome food insecurity and poverty in disadvantaged communities in Cape Town, the Abalimi Bezekhaya, or “farmers of the home”, non-profit organisation helps people to help themselves by establishing and maintaining food gardens.Jenny Smuts, the volunteer marketing co-ordinator at Abalimi, explains that it is “a teaching organisation that basically teaches people to subsist”.“I don’t want my people begging,” says Christina Kaba, a field operations manager at a food garden in Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of the Mother City. “We aren’t poor anymore. Now is the time that we must stand up. The bread is in the soil; the food is in the soil.“The first thing, easy, is to grow the vegetables. It doesn’t matter if you live in a shack, if you have a drum you can make holes and put the compost, put the soil, you can plant the vegetables and you can eat.”Kaba is one of many people scattered throughout the city’s townships who has taken charge of her life and made use of the help provided by Abalimi to provide for herself, her family and her community. “Be patient and your garden can provide you with money and food, [but] if you don’t love your garden then your garden won’t love you too.”Abalimi Bezekhaya has been working to improve the lives of people in and around Cape Town for more than three decades, with over 3 000 subsistence farmers working more than 1 000 small food gardens in Western Cape.HARVEST OF HOPE MARKETING SCHEMEFarmers who produce more food than they need can generate a stable income by selling their harvest to businesses and other community members through the Harvest of Hope marketing scheme.It is a community-supported agriculture scheme that connects buyers with producers and helps to foster stable relationships between them to help guarantee an outlet for excess produce in return for much-needed funds to sustain their gardens and pay for their day to day expenses.Buyers, many of them families in Cape Town’s suburbs, order weekly bags of the vegetables, which are delivered to various drop-off points for collection by the buyers. Harvest of Hope contracts with the farmers in advance, guaranteeing to buy their produce and so giving them some income security; buyers order in advance.“A community garden is organised by a group of people who initially want to put some food on the table and maybe have some ideas of getting some income or jobs,” explained Rob Small, the programme co-director of the organisation. “If people want to progress into the more commercial stage, or bring in a commercial element, we have something called AgriPlanner, which helps people understand how a small business enterprise can work.”GET INVOLVEDMembers of the public who want to get involved should visit the Harvest of Hope Join Us page on its website for more details or take one of the regular tours of some of the gardens.You can also get in touch with the facilitators of the initiative via email on [email protected] or on 021 371 1653 to find out about other ways for you to join in the life changing work done by the organisation. If you live in Cape Town, consider ordering your weekly basket of vegetables from Harvest of Hope.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help better the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Google Docs Turns Its Comments System Into a Conversation System

first_imgRelated Posts Once a conversation is complete, it can be marked as “resolved” so as not to clutter up a document with comments. Archived comments can still be accessed for review or, if necessary, re-opened.This sounds like a much better way of dealing with document collaboration, and I expect this is the direction document collaboration is heading. Box, for example, is already doing something similar with its discussion tools. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#cloud#saas A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Starting now, Google is rolling out a new commenting system to all Google Docs users except those Google Apps customers who opt-out through the new system we told you about yesterday. The company expects to have the new feature fully deployed by the end of the day.Google is attempting to address a common document collaboration problem: how to manage comments and conversations around a document. “Document comments aren’t really conducive to a conversation,” says Google Docs Group Product Manager Scott Johnston. “So we end up having conversations in e-mail instead.” But when you use e-mail, conversations end up separate from the document. And sometimes those conversations are as important as the document itself.So how is Google trying to solve this problem? klint finley The new comments system works like a conversation thread on a Facebook, complete with @replies. When someone is tagged in a conversation, they will receive an e-mail notification. The user can then either click-through to the document, or simply respond to the e-mail. All the conversation is captured and stored in Google Docs with the document. If the notifications become too much, users can mute notifications.There is no activity stream view of comments on documents, but Johnston said that something like that would make sense. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

Indian athletes lose doping case, get two-year ban

first_imgThe six Indian women athletes, who were caught for steroid doping last year, lost their case in the Court of Arbitration for Sports in Lausanne, Switzerland as it upheld the IAAF’s appeal to impose two-year ban on them.A NADA panel had handed a lenient one-year ban on the six quartermilers, including Asian Games double gold medallist Ashwini Akkunji, on the ground that they did not know that the food supplement they have been provided by their coach contain prohibited substance.But the International Athletics Federation (IAAF) filed an appeal to the CAS against the NADA panel decision, stating that the athletes should not be given any lenient treatment and they should be banned for two years provided under the rules.The CAS on Tuesday decided the case in favour of the IAAF and the athletes will serve a two year ban.”The IAAF’s appeal has been upheld by CAS and the six Indian athletes have lost their case. The operative part is not known and it will come later,” an Athletics Federation of India source said.Besides Akkunji, the other five are 4X400m relay quartet members Sini Jose and Mandeep Kaur and three other quartermilers Priyanka Panwar, Juana Murmu and Tiana Mary Thomas. The period of their one-year ban by the NADA panel ended last month.The relay quartet of Akkunji, Mandeep, Sini and Manjeet Kaur won gold in the 2010 Commonwealth Games here and the Asian Games in China a month later. Akkunji became the toast of the country after she also won the 400m hurdles in the Asian Games also, only to be caught for doping later.advertisementManjeet ended her career after she allegedly refused to give samples to NADA officials in Patiala.last_img read more

Dahiya to coach Delhi as Yashpal named chief selector

first_imgLife has come full circle for Vijay Dahiya. On Saturday, exactly a year after he was sacked as Delhi coach by the DDCA sports committee, he returned to the job for the 2014-15 season.Dahiya welcomed his appointment and thanked DDCA for reposing faith in him. While former India selector Yashpal Sharma has been named chairman of the selection committee, Chetan Chauhan has been made chief mentor of Delhi cricket. The other selectors for the senior team are Nikhil Chopra, Rakesh Shukla, Vinay Lamba and Siddharth Verma. Dahiya was the front-runner for the coach’s job this season after his successor Sanjeev Sharma was a complete failure. In fact, going into the season as champions of the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Delhi failed to even qualify for the knockout stages.While there wasn’t any clarity as to why Dahiya was dumped last year, certain sections in the DDCA felt his unavailability for the complete season – as he is also assistant coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders – was an issue.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, Dahiya said it has always been an honour for him to be associated with Delhi cricket, and he will look to give it his best shot.”I have always maintained that coaching Delhi is my top priority. I have always been grateful to them because they gave me an opportunity to coach the team when I had just finished playing. That was indeed a big platform for me and I shall never forget that,” he said.Yashpal’s appointment doesn’t come as a surprise as it was believed that not too many players were happy with Chauhan’s authoritative working as chief selector.advertisementSkipper Gautam Gambhir’s war of words with Chauhan during the last domestic season was no secret. That could be one of the reasons for DDCA deciding to give Chauhan the mentor’s role.Chauhan, though, said he wasn’t miffed with DDCA’s decision. “I am okay with the decision to make Yashpal the chairman. I wish him all the best and I think it is fair to give others a chance,” he said.Interestingly, none of the officials have received their appointment letters yet. But DDCA president Sneh Bansal confirmed that all letters will reach the concerned persons by Sunday. “I have spoken to them over phone and they have given their consent. The official letters will reach them by Sunday. The decision to appoint them was taken today, so give us some time,” he told Mail Today.last_img read more

Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Release “Duke In The NBA” Alumni Highlight Video From 2014-15 Season

first_imgNBA players in the league based on colleges they attended.Duke NBA PlayersTwenty former Duke players appeared in NBA games during the 2014-15 season. That’s a hefty number, and the most of any college program. Naturally, the Duke program wants to promote that next-level success, which it did via highlight video yesterday. The “Duke in the NBA” video features highlights from nearly all Blue Devil alumni, though some (Kyrie Irving, J.J.Redick, Mason Plumlee etc) are featured more prominently than others.Here’s the full clip:last_img

Feds mulling safeguards to prevent surge of cheap steel imports into Canada

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government extended an olive branch of sorts to Donald Trump’s tough-on-trade White House on Tuesday as it began exploring how best to address industry concerns that U.S. tariffs are turning a trickle of foreign steel imports into a torrent.Over the next 15 days, Ottawa will seek input from producers, users and the public as it considers imposing “safeguards” on the import of several steel products, said Finance Minister Bill Morneau. The measures, if applied, could include quotas, surtaxes or a combination of both.If the consultation period identifies a risk of potential damage to the Canadian industry, then Ottawa will impose safeguards in an “expeditious manner,” Morneau told a news conference in Hamilton, Ont.The main goal is protect Canada’s steel industry, the government insists — but taking a stand against cheap steel imports will have a vital side effect: appeasing the Trump administration.The White House has complained that Canada has opened a back door to the American market, allowing for an invasion of bargain-basement steel into the U.S. from places like China.U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said in June that the steel and aluminum tariffs Washington imposed on Canada and other allies were designed to force them to address the overproduction and overcapacity of steel around the world.The Trump administration has also drawn direct links between steel imports, tariffs and the ongoing efforts to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.With the crucial U.S.-Canada trading relationship at a low point, it’s in Ottawa’s interest to show Trump that Canada is taking action on the diversion and dumping of steel.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has insisted that Canada introduced stronger safeguards on steel well before the U.S. imposed the tariffs in June. At the same time, however, Ottawa acknowledged more work was necessary and promised to consult with industry on safeguards.In unveiling his plan Tuesday, Morneau said worries about cheap, foreign steel finding its way into Canada have grown since the application of the U.S. duties on steel imports against numerous countries.The levies have put producers in other parts of the world on a quest to find new markets, such as Canada, he said.“We’ve seen increases in imports,” Morneau said, although he did not offer specifics. “That surge in imports leads us to be concerned that we need to consider what measures to take.”International trade rules enable a country to introduce safeguards to protect its domestic market when it finds itself in an unusual situation, said Morneau, arguing that the expected fallout from the U.S. tariffs qualifies as an “exceptional circumstance.”The consultations will focus on products that could see safeguard action: steel plates, concrete reinforcing bars, energy tubular products, hot-rolled sheets, pre-painted steels, stainless steel wire and wire rods.Joe Galimberti, the president of the Canadian Steel Producers Association, welcomed the consultations, noting that industry has been seeing increased import activity from offshore sources.“This is a serious, serious challenge for the industry and a flood would truly be devastating to a lot of our producers,” he said.Some industries in Canada that use steel have already started urging Ottawa not to proceed with safeguards.The Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel, which represents construction steel suppliers, fabricators, service centres, and importers, warns that safeguards would put more than 60,000 construction jobs in the country at risk.“The government needs to be really cautious about this,” said Jesse Goldman, a lawyer representing the coalition, which also has support from labour unions.The retaliatory steel tariffs introduced by Canada against the U.S. in response to the American levies are already providing a lot of protection for the steel industry, Goldman said. Imposing safeguards on the rest of the world would likely cause a supply shortage of steel in Canada, he added.Lawrence Herman, a Toronto-based trade lawyer with Herman and Associates, said the overcapacity of steel has been a chronic issue for years on the international stage. He called the safeguards “absolutely necessary.”“The world is awash in excess steel,” Herman said.“Hopefully, it will show the U.S. administration — the Trump White House — that on steel matters, Canada and the U.S. have common interests.”Morneau insisted Tuesday that there’s no connection between NAFTA talks and the steel issue.The federal government has been in a holding pattern on NAFTA as it awaits the conclusion of high-level, one-on-one talks between the deal’s two other partners, the U.S. and Mexico. Those bilateral talks are now in their fourth straight week.Some observers fear Canada’s absence could force Ottawa’s hand if a deal is reached between the U.S. and Mexico.In an interview Monday, Trump trade adviser Kevin Hassett told the FOX Business Network that the U.S. and Mexico were very close to a deal on NAFTA. A bilateral agreement between the U.S. and Mexico would be “good news for a deal with Canada,” he added.“I think the hope is the Mexican deal becomes a model for what Canada accepts with us as well,” said Hassett, the chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.— with files from Tara Deschamps in Hamilton, Ont.last_img read more