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Still, Portland captain Will Johnson is not on the roster. The Timbers, who are in the thick of the playoff race in MLS’s Western Conference, have games Oct. 13 and 19. All 21 players selected featured in Floro’s first camp in Spain last month as Canadian manager. Canada played No. 150 Mauritania twice during that camp, losing 1-0 and tying 0-0. The Spaniard has also summoned Michael Petrasso and Dylan Carreiro from Queens Park Rangers’ Elite Development Squad to take part in the training camp. “This camp and match against Australia will be important as we continue to work on establishing our team’s tactical structure,” Floro said in a statement. Canada last played Australia in a 1993 FIFA World Cup qualifier when Canada was eliminated from contention on penalty kicks. Craven Cottage is the West London home to English Premier League side Fulham. — Canada roster Goalkeepers: Milan Borjan, Sivasspor (Turkey); Lars Hirschfeld, Valerenga Fotball (Norway). Defenders: Doneil Henry, Toronto FC (MLS); Dejan Jakovic, D.C. United (MLS); Adam Straith, Wehen Wiesbaden (Germany); Marcel de Jong, FC Augsburg (Germany); David Edgar, Burnley FC (England); Ashtone Morgan, Toronto FC (MLS). Defender-Midfielder: Nik Ledgerwood, Hammarby Fotboll (Sweden).

Canada crude – Prices fall on ample supply, Whiting delays

Western Canada Select heavy blend for November delivery last traded at $32.90 per barrel below the West Texas Intermediate benchmark, according to Shorcan Energy brokers. That compares with a settlement price of $31.90 per barrel below the benchmark on Tuesday. Market players said increasing production volumes at Imperial Oil’s Kearl oil sands project were pushing the differentials wider. In addition, a planned overhaul of a crude distillation unit at Whiting has been moved back from October to November, sources said. The refinery is undergoing a $4 billion revamp to enable it to run cheaper heavy crude from Canada’s oil sands but the project, due to finish by the end of 2013, has been beset with delays. “There will be some further delays with the start-up of Whiting. People were looking at late October or November and now we have got supply coming that we thought would be taken up,” said Martin King, analyst at FirstEnergy Capital in Calgary. Light synthetic crude from the oil sands for November delivery also fell, trading $11.75 per barrel below WTI, compared with a settlement price on Tuesday of $10.60 per barrel below the benchmark. It was the widest differential for synthetic crude since the first quarter of 2012, according to Reuters data. Synthetic prices have dropped steadily since the summer, when they were trading at a premium to WTI, as production has risen at Syncrude’s northern Alberta oil sands project. Canadian Oil Sands Ltd, the largest-interest owner in Syncrude said oil sands operations produced an average of 291,000 barrels per day (bpd) in September, 38.6 percent higher than in August.

Canada has a long way to go before Asian trading partners take us seriously

Baird pledged a new $6 million in aid to bring stability to Somalia. Photograph by: Adrian Wyld, The Canadian Press , Postmedia News Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird proclaimed the start of a new era in Canada’s ties with Somalia Tuesday, one week after a Somali terrorist group’s attack on a shopping mall in neighbouring Kenya, and 20 years after Canadian soldiers left Somalia in disgrace. Ties between Canada and Somalia have been practically non-existent since the Canadian soldiers departed the country under a cloud of controversy after torturing and killing a Somali teenager in 1993. The situation wasn’t helped by the fact Somalia had no functioning government between then and last year, during which time the country was gripped by civil war and chaos. But the combination of a new government appointed in September 2012, and last week’s deadly mall attack in Nairobi, have injected both optimism and urgency into Canada’s approach to Somalia. On Tuesday, Baird appeared alongside his Somali counterpart, Fawzia Yusuf Adam, to herald what he described as not just a new page in the relationship, but a “new volume.” Canada had been wary of engaging the new Somali government too soon as previous iterations have succumbed to corruption and infighting. But he praised the new government, even as he pledged $6 million to help bring peace and stability to Somalia. At the same time, Baird promised to consider other ways in which Canada can help fight the terrorist group responsible for the Kenya attack, al-Shabab. Al-Shabab controlled much of Somalia for years, but has since been forced out of the country’s major urban areas following the African Union’s involvement. It has claimed responsibility for last week’s attack on a highend shopping mall in Nairobi, which killed at least 65 people, including two Canadians. Some analysts have seen the mall attack as a sign the group has shifted tactics to more insurgency-type activities following those losses as well as a bout of internal fighting.

Canada renews ties with Somalia

But repeated trips to Asia by ministers since a such as the one Prime Minister Harper begins in Malaysia on Friday and which continues at a summit of Asia Pacific leaders in Indonesia a have not erased the fact that Canada still has a minuscule profile across the worldas most dynamic trading zone. Canada represents 0.9 per cent of total imports to Asia, according to figures published by the Asia Pacific Foundation. Paul Evans, a professor of Asian International Relations at the University of British Columbia, described Canadaas presence in the Orient as being like aa gossamer film . . . Canada has virtually disappeared from screens of policy makers from northeast Asia to southeast Asia. They used to ask where Canada is. Now they donat ask at all. aYet this is not just a place to do business. It is the place that defines business. Singapore, Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong are on the cutting edge of business practices. This is the 21st century on steroids.a Evans said Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird aand some of the cabinet are beginning to hum the melody, are coming more often and say Asia-Pacific matters. The problem is that they have the music but they donat have the words. They donat have a plan. There is not a coherent strategy that covers trade, investment, security, the environment and social and cultural issues.a aI would be the last person to discourage the government from doing what it is doing, but there is a lot of catching up to do,a said Len Edwards, who has been Canadaas ambassador to South Korea and Japan as well as a deputy minister of foreign affairs before becoming a fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Ont.