FIFA Confederations Cup: Australia, Cameroon hopes hit after 1-1 draw

first_imgAustralia fought back to draw 1-1 with Cameroon in the Confederations Cup on Thursday, a result that further dents both countries’ hopes of progressing in the eight-team tournament in Russia.Andre Franck Zambo Anguissa put Cameroon ahead with the last touch of the first half, but a Mark Milligan penalty on the hour mark ensured a first point for both in Group B.Australia play Chile in Moscow on Sunday and Cameroon face Germany at the same time in Sochi in their final group games.Yet the chances of both the African and Asian champions finishing in the top two and progressing to the semi-finals look slim after they lost their opening encounters at the start of the week.The two countries, meeting for the first time, traded free kicks in the opening 20 minutes but it took until the 37th minute for either to create an opening.Australia keeper Matt Ryan was called into action after a smart one-two between Cameroon captain Benjamin Moukandjo and striker Vincent Aboubakar allowed the former to fire at goal.The African champions ended the first half with a succession of corners and then opened the scoring with the last kick before the break.A long ball out of defence bounced over Aboubakar but Zambo Anguissa’s deft touch steered it past the on-rushing Ryan.The Olympique de Marseille midfielder, who spurned a call-up to play for Cameroon when they won the African Nations Cup in Gabon at the start of the year, missed out on a second in the first 10 minutes of the second half.advertisementAustralia levelled on the hour mark when Ernest Mabouka brought down Alex Gersbach to concede a penalty, after Serbian referee Milorad Mazic consulted the Video Assistant.Stand-in skipper Milligan stepped up and converted from the spot.Mabouka sought to make amends with a strong run down the right in the 65th minute before he teed up Aboubakar right in front of goal, but the burly striker lifted the ball over the crossbar.Aboubakar then headed over from a similar position with 12 minutes remaining.last_img read more

10 months agoPique in talks with Barcelona pal Messi about FC Andorra investment

Pique in talks with Barcelona pal Messi about FC Andorra investmentby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona defender Gerard Pique is in talks with Leo Messi about a shareholding in FC Andorra.Sport says talks are at an advanced stage and there could be an agreement made public between all implicated parties in the coming days. Pique’s desire is to get Messi on board as a shareholder. Even though the Argentine star’s involvement would be minor, the Barça defender is aware that just Messi’s image is one of the best possible spokesmen to expand the project internationally. Andorra insiders say talks are well down the line and the official announcement could come at a press conference which will be held to reveal the club’s new ambitious structure. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say read more

PM Youth Award Rescheduled to Early Next Year

first_imgNominations for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence have been extended to Monday, December 31, with the award ceremony rescheduled for early 2013. Minister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, made the disclosure on November 28, during a regional leadership seminar at the Rockfort Vocational Training Centre in Kingston. The award function was initially set for Sunday, December 2 at the end of Youth Month, and as part of ‘Jamaica 50’ celebrations. Ms. Hanna said the decision to extend the nominations was taken following a review of the planning process. She said that the new deadline will allow for more exemplary young people, from all over the island, to be recommended for the prestigious award. “I wanted to make sure that every young person in Jamaica, those persons at the HEART Trust/NTA, those persons in rural communities, those persons with disabilities, has a chance to submit a nomination or have someone nominate them. So, if you know of anyone, who you believe is a leader in this course, across the country, in your own community, (nominate them),” she urged. Nomination forms can be collected from the Ministry of Youth and Culture, 4-6 Trafalgar Road, Kingston 5; the National Centre for Youth Development (NCYD) information centres in St. Ann, St. Mary, St. James, Portmore, Kingston and Portland; and NCYD Youth Empowerment Offices island-wide. Nomination forms can also be downloaded at http://bit.ly/pmyouthawardsform. Additionally, applicants can drop off their nominations at the Ministry’s office; and at National Youth Service (NYS) offices island-wide. The annual Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence is co-ordinated by the NCYD, an agency of the Ministry of Youth and Culture. The award is the highest honour given to young Jamaicans ages 15 and 24, who have achieved national and international distinction in the areas of: academics, agriculture, arts and culture, entrepreneurship, international achievement, leadership, journalism, sports, and service to their communities. The award aims to motivate each individual recipient through positive re-enforcement and recognition, and also seeks to optimise their growth and development.last_img read more

Notley says BC pipeline court challenge illogical harmful if successful

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the B.C. government’s attempt to get court backing in a bid to thwart the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion would put Canada in “economic gridlock” if it succeeds.British Columbia is seeking control over increased levels of diluted bitumen coming into the province because of concerns of increased risk to the environment.Notley says if the B.C. Court of Appeal agrees the government has the right to do so, that would open the door to provinces regulating all kinds of goods coming in from the rest of Canada — to the detriment of the economy as a whole.Notley says her government will seek intervener status in the court proceedings and she expects B.C. will fail.She also says the legal move is illogical.She notes that B.C. wants control over more bitumen coming into the province via pipeline on environmental safety grounds, but is OK with current levels already coming in.“It makes no sense,” Notley said Thursday from Slave Lake, Alta. “If bitumen were so hazardous, why would we only be looking at the (extra) incremental bitumen that’s in the new pipeline?“This isn’t about environment. This is about the new pipeline … I think the courts will see right through it.”In Calgary, United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said the court reference is one more delay tactic in a pipeline project that is already on the edge of an abyss.Operator Kinder Morgan has stopped extra spending on the project and is to decide by the end of May if it will go forward, given the opposition from B.C.Kenney said Notley’s government has not been strong enough to dissuade B.C. or to get Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to take action on a project that it already approved.“None of this gives Kinder Morgan the certainty it needs to proceed with this $7-billion, job-creating investment that would help us get a fair price for our oil,” said Kenney.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)last_img read more

TransCanada selling stake in five Quebec wind farms to Innergex

first_imgCALGARY – TransCanada Corp. says it has agreed to sell its 62 per cent stake in five wind farms in Quebec’s Gaspe peninsula to Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. for about $630 million.The Cartier wind power facilities currently have a total generating capacity of 590 megawatts and Innergex says the long-term plan is to generate approximately 1,780 gigawatts — enough to power about 80,900 Quebec households.The electricity produced by the wind farms is sold under existing agreements at fixed prices for terms of 20 years with Hydro-Quebec.Innergex says it expects the acquisition to generate revenues of approximately $82.9 million.The sale is subject to closing conditions and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2018.Following the sale, TransCanada says it will continue to be one of Canada’s largest private-sector power generators, producing enough power to meet the needs of more than six million homes.“The transaction fits seamlessly with our growth strategy and allows us to expand in Quebec, the province where Innergex laid its roots,” said Innergex president and CEO Michel Letellier.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP) ( (TSX:INE)last_img read more

Low prices LNG uncertainty add to frustration levels for natural gas producers

first_imgFollow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Painted Pony Energy Ltd. reported recently it was using some of its own natural gas to replace higher-priced diesel fuel in some well-completion operations, a move it says could save $100,000 per well.Meanwhile, Perpetual Energy Inc. reported shutting down wells producing two per cent of its total output because it was more profitable to buy cheap gas on the market to satisfy its supply contracts.In Western Canada, “dry” gas has become an unloved byproduct as producers continue to drill wells seeking the light petroleum liquids produced with the gas, especially in the Montney formation that underlies the northern Alberta-B.C. border, said Ian Archer, associate director of North American natural gas with IHS Markit.One product in particular, condensate, commands prices in line with U.S. benchmark crude oil because it is needed to dilute oilsands bitumen to allow it to flow in a pipeline. Canada produced 417,000 barrels per day of condensate in March, up from just under 150,000 bpd in March 2013. Meanwhile, it still imports condensate from the U.S.“They’re drilling for condensate and sometimes the volume of condensate is only, say, 20 or 30 per cent of the well (volume), but it’s going to be 40 or 50 per cent of the revenue,” said Archer.“Then they have that 70 per cent gas volume they have to deal with.”There have been more than 20 proposals to build LNG projects on Canada’s West Coast but construction has only begun on one, LNG Canada, and it’s not expected to open until 2023 or 2024.It would take in up to 2.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas but most or all of it is expected to come from northern B.C. wells owned by partners in the project.That’s not good enough for the long-suffering members of the Rockies LNG group, said Kist.“If you look back over the history of LNG projects worldwide and certainly in Canada, they’re pretty much controlled by major international entities. Those entities tend to look after their own opportunities, not necessarily the opportunities for the producer groups.” But that hasn’t happened. In March 2013, Canada produced about 14 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas. Six year later, the National Energy Board reports production had increased by 16 per cent to 16.2 billion cf/d, despite no rise in pricing trends.Meanwhile, Canada’s largest gas customer, the U.S., is experiencing a shale gas boom that led to domestic production reaching 109 billion cf/d in March, up 35 per cent compared with 81 billion in the same month in 2013. Near-term prices in the U.S. have recently dropped to three-year lows on a glut of gas.In mid-July, a group of nine Alberta producers — unrelated to Rockies LNG but with some common membership — released an open letter demanding the province support a plan under which royalty credits would be issued to producers who voluntarily cut production to boost low gas prices when supply overwhelms pipeline capacity.Complaints about poor gas prices and interruptions in gas sales due to pipeline outages are common as Calgary-based natural gas producers roll out second-quarter results. Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:BIR, TSX:PONY, TSX:PMT)Dan Healing, The Canadian Presscenter_img CALGARY — Greg Kist admits he was burned out when he resigned as president of Pacific NorthWest LNG at the end of 2014, as the Vancouver-based venture led by Malaysian energy giant Petronas advanced its ill-fated mission to build a liquefied natural gas project in B.C.“I needed to decompress,” the 57-year-old gas industry veteran says of his decision to return to his home and family in Alberta.Once hailed as a voracious new consumer of western Canadian natural gas, the nascent LNG industry was staggered by project delays and all but halted by declining global price trends, leading to Petronas cancelling its project in 2017. Meanwhile, Kist went into retirement mode and avoided the natural gas business for the next couple of years.So it’s surprising that Kist now finds himself back in the thick of things as president and CEO of Rockies LNG Partners, a consortium of nine natural gas producers who invited him back with a promise to try again to jumpstart an LNG export project.The hope is that the former college basketball players’ experience in LNG and the natural gas business will help them to move their gas from the oversupplied and underpriced markets of North America to the promised land in Asia.“I think the next six months are critical for us,” Kist said in an interview in the downtown Calgary offices of Birchcliff Energy Ltd., one of the consortium members.The gas producers want to attract partners to build and operate what could be a 12-million-tonne-per-year LNG project to open by 2026, when forecasts suggest LNG demand will exceed supply. That means an investment decision must be made by the end of 2021.Gas industry insiders used to say the solution to low prices is low prices — when prices go down, less is produced and scarcity makes prices go up again.last_img read more

We wanted to win this title badly says Chhetri

first_imgMumbai: An elated Bengaluru FC skipper Sunil Chhetri termed his team’s maiden Indian Super League victory against FC Goa as a “sweet one” especially after his side had faltered in the summit clash last season against Chennaiyin FC. Courtesy Rahul Bheke’s championship-winning header in the second extra time, Bengaluru defeated FC Goa 1-0 in an edge of a seat thriller last night here to win their maiden ISL title. Bengaluru had last year lost last year’s final to Chennaiyin FC Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Last year after the final, I said next year we’ll come back. Right from the ball boy to Carles (Cuadrat the coach), everyone wanted this. We wanted to win it (the title) badly. When you lose the way we did last year, it’s sweet to win this one. Asia, we are back,” Chhetri said at the post match media conference late Sunday night. Now by winning the ISL, Bengaluru FC will play in the AFC Asian Cup next year. Chhetri also said it was “commendable” that a player like Ferran Corominas, who bagged the Golden Boot award, did not get any chance against his team on all the three occasions when the two teams clashed. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later”The message from the coach was that we should try to attack but as soon as we lose the ball, we should fall back and defend and have numbers (at the back). For players like me, Miku and Udanta (Singh), it was not easy because we are attacking minded people,” Chhetri said. “I am happy we did it because Nishu (Kumar) and (Harmanjot) Khabra got that security when Udanta and I traced back. It is commendable that a player like Coro (Corominas) did not get open chances against us in three games,” he said. “Last year, we conceded off set pieces and we were dominant until those two goal, so we were sure on not letting it happen today,” he added. Asked where he would rate this win, Chhetri quipped, Top-two. Number 2.” The winning coach Carles Cuadrat said that the team was trying not to take the game to the penalties as then it can be anybody’s game. “We were trying not to get into tie-breaker as it then becomes a lottery a lot of times. We are happy that one ball in the box gave us the victory. This is the seventh goal done by a set-piece and it shows how important set pieces are in the game, Cuadrat said. Meanwhile, FC Goa coach Sergio Lobera termed Ahmed Jahouh being sent off the field after earning a red card as the key moment of the match. “The key moment was when were reduced to 10-men in the first half of extra time. It was a very tight game was going to be a matter of small details and the sending off was a big handicap for us,” Lobera said. Despite the loss, the FC Goa head coach said he was proud of his players. “Till today, we were focused today only on this game (the final). From tomorrow onwards, we will start working towards the (upcoming) Super Cup. I said to my players in the dressing room that I am proud of them and (what) they have done in the season.”last_img read more

RBI Governor to meet heads of payments banks later this week

first_imgNew Delhi: RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das Monday said he will be meeting heads of payments banks later this week to understand their issues and concerns. As many as seven payments banks have commenced their operations. He also said that guidelines on regulatory sandbox will be issued in the next two months to promote FinTech in the country. A sandbox approach means experimenting and learning before finally adopting a technology or system. This approach helps in containing the impact of failures.last_img read more

Dhoni Captain Uncool

first_imgIt’s a rare feat and a rare sight too. Chennai Super Kings’ MS Dhoni achieved a major landmark on Thursday to become the first-ever captain in IPL cricket to win 100 matches. “The history of the world,” wrote Thomas Carlyle, “is but the biography of great men.” And if his ideas have been discredited since, in sport, at least, they’ve still some truth to them. For the rest of his life as captain of the Indian cricket team, Dhoni has led India to victory in the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy. He is the man who brought himself on to bowl for four overs in the Champions Trophy semi‑final against Sri Lanka, took off his gloves so that he could better carry out a run-out off the last ball to beat Bangladesh in the World T20 meet. He is also the one to promote himself up to No. 5 in the order during the World Cup final in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium though he had barely made a run all tournament long. Dhoni is the only cricketer who has been picked as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people on the planet. His aggression, attitude and captaincy have shaped the entire landscape of the modern game. He is a winner, a great mentor, charming and humble as always. But his recent feat was marred by a long debate. An emotionally-charged Dhoni, who had just been dismissed after a stunning performance, stormed on to the ground from the Chennai Super Kings’ dugout and confronted the umpires on why they had failed to call an above-the-waist delivery from Rajasthan Royals’ Ben Stokes a no-ball. Dhoni argued that Ulhas Gandhe, the umpire standing at the bowler’s end, had raised his arm to signal a no-ball. But he quickly realised that it was not his call and reversed his decision after square leg umpire Bruce Oxenford considered it a legal delivery. Oxenford stood his ground and refused to go upstairs to the third umpire which was kind of unfair. Dhoni was furious at Gandhe for backtracking after initially signalling it as a no-ball. However, CSK eventually beat Rajasthan Royals by four wickets in a last-ball cliffhanger. Dhoni has been fined 50 per cent of his match fees for breaching the IPL Code of Conduct. With the pressure getting to him, MSD totally lost his cool and the world finally got a glimpse of ‘Uncool Dhoni’. Whoever the player is, he is definitely not bigger than the game. The decorated captain set the wrong precedence and considering his level of maturity and composure, he will surely realise that he shouldn’t have done it in the first place.last_img read more

PM Modi greets Widodo on reelection as Indonesian president

first_imgNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Joko Widodo on Tuesday for his re-election as the Indonesian president, saying he looked forward to working with him to further deepen the bilateral partnership. Widodo was re-elected as the leader of Indonesia, the third-biggest democracy in the world, on Tuesday. “Heartiest congratulations @jokowi on your re-election! As two large democracies, we take collective pride in successful celebration of democracy. We wish you and people of Indonesia all success under your dynamic leadership,” Modi said in a tweet. He added that as the two nations marked seven decades of diplomatic relationship, “I look forward to working closely with you to further deepen our bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.”last_img read more