Canada Begin Prep For 2015 U-20 Fifa World Cup, Announce U-18 Roster For Guatemala Friendlies

cents * Canada’s trade deficit rises to C$1.31 billion * Bond prices lower across curve By Leah Schnurr TORONTO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – The Canadian dollar weakened against the greenback on Tuesday after the trade deficit widened more than expected in August and as the government shutdown south of the border dragged on, though there were faint signs of hope for a resolution. Canada’s trade deficit rose to C$1.31 billion ($1.27 billion) as imports grew to set a record. The data offset an earlier, more upbeat report that showed housing starts jumped in September. “Exports are a large part of the Canadian economy and they are really going to underpin the recovery for us,” said Scott Smith, senior market analyst at Cambridge Mercantile Group in Calgary. “So, if they are not progressing as fast or as well as we’d like, then we’re going to see some loonie selling on the prospects moving forward for the whole economy.” Because of the role it plays in the economy, the export sector is also a significant focal point for the Bank of Canada in terms of when the central bank will raise interest rates, said Smith. The Bank of Canada earlier in the month cut its third-quarter economic growth forecast and said the export sector might recover more slowly than expected. The Canadian dollar was at C$1.0328, or 96.82 U.S. cents, weaker than Monday’s close of C$1.0313, or 96.96 U.S. cents. The Canadian currency briefly hit a session high of C$1.0308 shortly after the housing data. The partial government shutdown south of the border that started last week also strained markets as the impasse brought lawmakers closer to a separate and more crucial deadline to raise the U.S. debt ceiling in order to avoid default. But some hope emerged with President Barack Obama saying he would accept a short-term increase in the nation’s borrowing authority to prevent a default. The United States has until mid-October before it hits the $16.7 trillion borrowing limit. The impasse was reminiscent of the 2011 showdown over the debt ceiling, which yielded an agreement only at the last minute.

On Tuesday, the Canadian Soccer Association released the names of 18 players taking part in an Under-18 mens training camp in Guatemala this week. The camp runs from Wednesday until Sunday, and features two exhibition games against the host Guatemalans. This will be another important camp for these boys, coach Phil Dos Santos said in a release. We will continue to build and reinforce on the identity and quality of play we want to see in our youth national teams. All players in camp will be eligible for the 2015 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, the tournament that will determine the regions entrants in the 2015 FIFA Under-20 World Cup. The boys will play two quality international games against a good Central American side (and) they will be exposed to a different environment and challenge, said Dos Santos in the release. The objective is always for the players to grow and assimilate the behaviors we want them to have as a team. READ: Canada U-17 coach announces WCup roster with plan to win every game All three Canadian MLS teams are represented in the roster, as are FC Edmonton of the NASL, and some of the names will already be familiar to Canadian fans. Both Samuel Adekugbe (Vancouver Whitecaps) and Manuel Aparicio (Toronto FC) made the jump from their respective clubs academies to their senior teams in 2013, while Adekugbe (pictured at top), Jackson Farmer and Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare were called into camp with the senior mens national team under head coach Benito Floro in September. Meanwhile, two of the players Luca Gasparotto and Sadi Jalali represented Canada at the 2011 FIFA Under-17 World Cup. Jalali scored for Canada in a 2-2 draw with England in that tournament, to help earn Canadas first-ever point in the competition. The team was set to arrive in Antigua, Guatemala, on Tuesday ahead of the two friendly matches, to be played on Friday and Sunday. GOALKEEPERS: Mario Gerges (Coquitlam Metro-Ford), Nolan Wirth (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency) DEFENDERS: Bruno Zebie (FC Edmonton Academy), Samuel Adekugbe (Vancouver Whitecaps FC), Jackson Farmer (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Mitch Piraux (Vancouver Whitecaps FC Residency), Enrique Garcea (Winnipeg Wesmen), Luca Gasparotto (Rangers/Scotland), Braden Silva (WSA Winnipeg) MIDFIELDERS: Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare (Montreal Impact Academy), Louis Beland-Goyette (Montreal Impact Academy), Manuel Aparicio (Toronto FC), Crosby Tre (FC Erzgebirge Aue/Germany), Dylan Sacramento (York University), Richmond Laryea (Sigma FC), Yacine Ait Slimaine (Montreal Impact Academy) STRIKERS: Calum Ferguson (Inverness Caledonian Thistle/Scotland), Sadi Jalali (FC Edmonton)

Microsoft Canada collaborates with Arlene Dickinson to fuel community for entrepreneurs

8, 2013 /CNW/ – Microsoft Canada is very proud to announce a new collaboration with one of Canada’s most notable business icons, Canadian business leader Arlene Dickinson , in support of her new online community that celebrates and empowers entrepreneurs around the world. Microsoft Canada is bringing its business technology expertise to, the online community and resource hub for entrepreneurs. The collaboration between the technology leader and a venture capitalist on the CBC hit series Dragons’ Den, Arlene Dickinson launched on Wednesday, October 2 . “Microsoft Canada is extremely excited to support this incredible initiative. We believe that entrepreneurs and SMB’s have a significant role in driving innovation in Canada . Technology is the foundation for successful businesses and we are thrilled that Microsoft Canada will be the platform to enable entrepreneurs and SMB’s realize their full potential” said Dennis Cerasoli , Vice President, Small and Midmarket Solutions and Partners Group at Microsoft Canada As part of the collaboration, Microsoft Canada will co-create new content for on business technology solutions for entrepreneurs, including in-depth articles and features, exclusive offers, and direct access to experts with whom entrepreneurs can interact with for advice on technology challenges they may encounter. “Technology is the fuel for our growing entrepreneurial economy,” said Dickinson. “To be the best in the world, entrepreneurs need to have the technological tools and support which enable them to put their ideas and innovations into tangible, successful action, so I couldn’t ask for a better collaborator than Microsoft Canada.” gives entrepreneurs a community through which they can share, connect and grow through help and insights from peers and recognized experts alike. Microsoft Canada has a proud history of working with small and medium sized businesses to provide the full suite of technological solutions to enable them to reach their full potential. About Microsoft Canada: Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Inc. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq “MSFT”) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga , Microsoft Canada has nine regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. For more information on Microsoft Canada, please visit . About Arlene Dickinson launched in October 2012 as part of Arlene Dickinson Enterprises Ltd., a company created to invest in, serve and support entrepreneurs. serves as a member-based platform for entrepreneurs and small and medium-sized business owners around the world. Over the course of her career, Dickinson has invested in, assisted and advised hundreds of companies from local, sole proprietorships to multi-billion dollar international businesses.