first_img Related news S&P/TSX composite hits highest close since March on strength of financials sector The Canadian dollar and the Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index fell Wednesday amid reports that the United States may soon announce its intent to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement. The loonie closed at an average trading price of US80.03¢, down 0.27 of a U.S. cent. TSX gets lift from financials, U.S. markets rise to highest since March Keywords Marketwatch Toronto stock market dips on weakness in the energy and financials sectorscenter_img The S&P/TSX composite index lost 71.29 points to 16,247.95, with industrials among the main decliners. ‘That’s the sector that’s getting hit the most this afternoon because of the NAFTA news,” said Anish Chopra, managing director with Portfolio Management Corp. in Toronto. “You’ve got the auto parts companies in that area.” Separate reports from Reuters and Bloomberg said Wednesday that two Canadian government sources believe it’s increasingly likely that U.S. President Donald Trump will give six-months’ notice to withdraw from NAFTA in late January. With the exception of metals and materials, few sectors on the commodity-heavy TSX finished the day out of the red, as the February gold contract gained US$5.60 to US$1,319.30 an ounce. “The markets sold off this afternoon on the NAFTA news and that’s really been a driver of performance later in the day,” Chopra said. Even rising oil prices — the February crude contract was up 61¢ to US$63.57 per barrel, its highest level since Dec. 9, 2014 — couldn’t prevent energy stocks from losing ground. “That would be unusual given the change in price of the commodity,” Chopra said. “I think it’s in sympathy of just trying to understand what’s going on with NAFTA. … You don’t know if it’s actually going to happen or if it’s a negotiating tactic.” South of the border, U.S. stock indices pulled back from their record setting pace. On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average dropped 16.67 points to 25,369.13. The S&P 500 index edged back 3.06 points to 2,748.23 and the Nasdaq composite index was down 10.01 points to 7,153.57. Elsewhere in commodities, the February natural gas contract was down US2¢ to US$2.91 per mmBTU and the March copper contract added US2¢ to US$3.24 a pound. Canadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social medialast_img read more

first_imgThe spa is going disco this week, as the infamous When In Robe party returns on March 23rd with an extremely funky line up. Headlining this week is a DJ set from disco ensemble Escort, who will be throwing down their critically acclaimed modern take on that disco funk, along with a rare and special set from vinyl afficionado Wyllys, disco king Speakerbot, and of course, our favorite resident, Subset.If you haven’t been to When In Robe yet, here’s the rundown. When you arrive to our beautiful spa, we’ll hand you a robe, a locker key, and a free glass of champagne to get you started. You’ll change into your bathing suit and robe and enter the spa, which has been converted into a night club with full light and sound.Party in one of our two rooms – the wet lounge with hot tub, steam room, saunas, cold plunge, and spa treatments, or our dry lounge, with dance floor, full bar, and some bangin’ music. We also have FREE FOOD so you’re never hungry and tons of random fun shit for you to play with.These parties have been creating a lot of buzz and this one will sell out. We’ve been hailed as the #1 thing to do on a Sunday by Time Out NY, we’ve been talked about in VICE and Thrillist, and we always have a couple of tricks up our sleeve to make sure everyone has an incredible time.Escort is a modern take on disco by Dan Ballas and Eugene Cho, keeping the soul and vibe of the classic 70s dance music and putting on a modern spin on it. Their self titled album was featured in Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2012, they were featured as one of Time Out NY’s best live acts of 2007, and their video for ‘All Through The Night’ was rated one of the top 50 videos of the 2000s by Pitchfork. Check out their track ‘Cocaine’ or the Tiger and Woods remix of their latest single,‘Barbarians’, to see what the deal is.Wyllys has been spinning funky music since he was 15 years old, making a name for himself on the festival scene with appearances at Summer Camp, Mountain Jam, Bear Creek, Camp Bisco, and some legendary marathon sets on Jam Cruise. He’s one of the rare people who can say he’s shared the stage with Justin Martin and The Magician, as well as members of Umphrey’s McGee and The Trey Anastasio Band. His sets blend nu-disco, funk, house, and pure party music that will keep you moving.Speakerbot is robot DJ alias of Aashish Bansal, who spins the greatest mix of funky disco, deep house, and everything in between. Do yourself a favor and stop whatever you are doing right now, and go listen to his Digital Fantasy mixtape series (volume 2 for life).Subset is the greatest living resident DJ in the world, and in the rare club of people who have appeared in both Time Out NY and Time Out Dubai, which is pretty much like winning a Grammy. He’s been blowing minds every week as the host of Webster Hall’s infamous BASSMENT Saturdays, and has been rocking the house at When In Robe since it’s inception. A true DJ who enjoys nothing more than playing great music, he also put out an incredible remix of Above and Beyond’s ‘Sun and Moon’ that you should have already listened to.Limited tickets are available HERE! Our past two events sold out in advanced so act fast!last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Diehard Seattle Seahawks fan Sherri Forch has never seen her National Football League heroes play in person. That will change Saturday, when she will not only attend the Seahawks’ divisional playoff game in a wheelchair, but be right on the 50-yard line under shelter, thanks to generous fans and family.Her friend Karen Pickett, who organized a fundraiser for the ailing Forch, said the response from fans was “overwhelming.” Strangers have offered numerous tickets, a limo ride and money for the food and drinks.“I am in orbit, over the moon, just blessing the universe from one end to the other,” Forch said Saturday night.(WATCH the video above, or READ the full story in the Tacoma News-Tribune)Story tip from Judy RitchieAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

first_imgA Chowdah Chowdown to benefit the missions of Share The Harvest Farm and Springs Food Pantry to help feed local families, was held on Saturday, November 9, at Springs Tavern. Participating chefs and businesses included A Kitchen for Liam, Chef Pete Ambrose, Breadzilla, The Clubhouse, East End Food Institute, East Hampton Sportsmen’s Alliance, One Stop Market, SALT, Smokin’ Wolf BBQ, Springs Fire Department, Springs General Store, The Springs Tavern, Stuart’s Seafood, and more. Sharelast_img read more