Liverpool edge Flamengo in extra time to win Club World Cup

first_imgDoha, Qatar | AFP | Roberto Firmino scored in extra time to give Liverpool a 1-0 win over Flamengo in Saturday’s Club World Cup final in Doha.The Brazilian’s 99th-minute goal allowed the Anfield club to lift the trophy for the first time in their history at the end of a year in which they also claimed the Champions League and UEFA Supercup. Share on: WhatsApplast_img

Taylor to lead Scorpions attack in Super50

first_imgSidelined West Indies fast bowler Jerome Taylor has been named in a Jamaica Scorpions 14-man squad for the upcoming WICB Regional Super50 Tournament to be hosted jointly by Barbados and Antigua and Barbuda.Taylor, who was axed by the West Indies after a series of below par showings, will lead the Scorpions pace bowling unit, which also includes recent West Indies A recruit Reynard Leveridge, left-arm seamer Gavin Brown, and West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell.Meanwhile, hopes that opener Chris Gayle would make a return were dashed when it was announced yesterday that he will miss the tournament due to a foot injury.The Scorpions batting will be led by Jermaine Blackwood, wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton and Powell. It will also feature in-form West Indies A opener John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Devon Thomas, and enterprising, young batsman Brandon King.NEW PLAYERThe team, which will again be led by new four-day captain Nikita Miller, also features one new overseas player in United States opener Steven Taylor.The left-hander, who plays for Melbourne Cricket Club and represented Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League Twenty20, was recently named in the ICC America’s team. However, after impressing the national selection panel, he was drafted by the Scorpions.There was also a place in the squad for little known St Ann Cricket Association off-spinner Damani Sewell, who will be looking to make his regional debut.The Scorpions, current leaders of the regional four-day tournament, have been drawn in Group B and will play their preliminary round matches in Barbados. The group is completed by last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses and Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas.Group A, which will be contested in Antigua, will feature home team Leeward Island Hurricanes, title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force, West Indies Under-19s, Windward Islands Volcanoes, and English County side Kent.Jamaica Scorpions Squad: Nikita Miller (captain), John Campbell, Steven Taylor, Jermaine Blackwood, Brandon King, Andre McCarthy, Chadwick Walton, Devon Thomas, Damion Jacobs, Jerome Taylor, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Gavan Brown, Damani Sewell.last_img read more

CECAFA Women’s Championship: Crested Cranes out to maintain fine start

first_img Tags: CECAFA Women’s Championship 2019crested cranesDjiboutiEthiopiafaridah bulegaFazilah IkwaputHassifah Nassuna The Crested Cranes won 13-0 in their first game. (PHOTO/FUFA)CECAFA Women’s Championship 2019Uganda vs EthiopiaChamazi Stadium, Dar es SalaamTuesday, 19-11-2019 @4:30pmThe Crested Cranes will be hoping to continue flying at the 2019 CECAFA Women’s Championship when they take on Ethiopia at the Chamazi Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.Faridah Bulega’s side annihilated Djibouti 13-0 in their opening game and will hope to add three more points to their Group B tally, against a decent Ethiopia side.The win on Sunday was straight forward and asked less questions of the Crested Cranes who were rampant from the word go.However, Ethiopia is one of the stronger sides in the competition and Bulega and her charges will need to be at their best that is if they will walk away with a second victory.The Crested Cranes will be expected to at least score goals against an Ethiopia side that lost 2-0 in their opening game against Kenya.With Juliet Nalukenge who helped herself to five goals on Sunday and the pair of Hassifah Nassuna and Fazila Ikwaput (scored a hattrick each), Bulega has players capable of finding the back of the net, at her disposal.Nalukenge has been in inspired form throughout the last couple of months. She was the top scorer at the recently concluded COSAFA Cup where she scored 18 goals.She will be the player to watch and the Kawempe Moslem striker is ready for the task ahead.“I scored five in the last game and hoping to continue on the same path, Nalukenge noted after Monday’s training session.“I for one, I am ready for the game against Ethiopia and hopefully I can help my team win.”Uganda is currently on top of Group B, level on points with Kenya but with a better goal difference.The other Group B game between Kenya and Djibouti will be played at the same venue at 2pm.Comments last_img read more

QPR linked with City defender

first_imgQPR could be interested in signing Marko Marin on loan from Chelsea, German newspaper Bild have reported.Rangers have also been linked with a move for Manchester City’s England defender Joleon Lescott.City are looking to offload Lescott when the transfer window opens, according to The Sun.It is claimed that his former club Everton are interested but his wages – reported to be £90,000 per week – could be a problem for them and that this could open the door for Rangers.Loftus Road boss Harry Redknapp is keen to sign at least one centre-back in January.And the Daily Mail report that Redknapp has launched a bid to sign West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame.This page is regularly updated.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa issues Nelson Mandela commemorative stamp

first_imgSouthAfrica.info reporter and Nelson Mandela Foundation The South African Post Office and the Nelson Mandela Foundation have launched a special stamp to commemorate the life and legacy of the late Nelson Mandela.While this is not the first stamp issue featuring Mandela, it is the first to be issued since he passed away on 5 December.It was released on Tuesday, 11 February – exactly 24 years since Mandela’s release from Victor Verster Prison in Cape Town on 11 February 1990 – as part of a philatelic souvenir folder containing a high-quality miniature sheet depicting Mandela along with a brief summary of his life history.Each souvenir folder costs R50 and is available at all post offices, as well as online at South Africa’s Virtual Post Office. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the stamps will be donated to the Mandela Foundation.This is the fourth stamp issued by the Post Office in honour of Mandela. The first came out in 1993, when Mandela won the Nobel Peace Prize, the second in the following year when he became the first black and democratically elected president of South Africa, and the third when he turned 90 in 2008.Speaking at the launch of the stamp at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Johannesburg on Tuesday, Johan van Wyk, senior manager of philately at the South African Post Office, said the organisation was especially proud of this contribution to the history of Mandela.“As far back as a year ago we were already working on a design,” Van Wyk said in a statement issued by Mandela Foundation. “That was premised on the fact that as much as we did not want him to die, we were aware of his mortality. So this design was coming from the perspective of a country in mourning – the focus was on grief.“But in December, when he died, the mood in the country was that of a nation wanting to celebrate his life and legacy – yes, we were sorry for his passing, but we wanted to focus on his contribution. And in one weekend, the design changed completely.“We are very proud of our efforts,” Van Wyk said. “We see our stamps as the smallest ambassadors for the country, but this one means more than that. It represents our contribution to his life and legacy, and through us issuing that stamp, we became a part of history.”Getty Simelane, a director at the South African Post Office, said the issue of the stamp “has made it possible for many people the world over to share in memories of Madiba. We believe that Madiba, the most passionate democrat the world has ever seen, would approve.”last_img read more

EPA releases Final Renewable Fuel Standards for 2014, 2015 and 2016

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a long awaited and much-debated announcement, EPA has finalized the volume requirements and associated percentage standards that apply under the RFS program in calendar years 2014, 2015, and 2016 for cellulosic biofuel, biomass-based diesel, advanced biofuel, and total renewable fuel. EPA also finalized the volume requirement for biomass-based diesel for 2017.“The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is an incredibly successful energy policy and we appreciate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) revision to their original proposal. However, reducing the amount of renewable fuel required in the RFS will have a negative effect on the American economy and hinder additional investments in biofuels,” said Chad Kemp, president of the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. “Renewable fuels are one of the reasons the U.S. imported less oil than we produced. A major factor in this increasing trend towards energy independence is the increased use of corn ethanol. We should be moving forward with our goals of energy independence and cleaner air, not reversing this success.”The final requirements will boost renewable fuel production and provide for robust, achievable growth of the biofuels industry. The final rule considered the many public comments EPA received on the proposal, and incorporates updated information and data. EPA is finalizing 2014 and 2015 standards at levels that reflect the actual amount of domestic biofuel used in those years, and standards for 2016 (and 2017 for biodiesel) that represent significant growth over historical levels.Final Renewable Fuel Volumes2014201520162017Cellulosic biofuel (million gallons)33123230n/aBiomass-based diesel (billion gallons)1.631.731.902.00Advanced biofuel (billion gallons)2.672.883.61n/aRenewable fuel (billion gallons)16.2816.9318.11n/a(Units for all volumes are ethanol-equivalent, except for biomass-based diesel volumes which are expressed as physical gallons.)Final Percentage Standards201420152016Cellulosic biofuel0.019%0.069%0.128%Biomass-based diesel1.41%1.49%1.59%Advanced biofuel1.51%1.62%2.01%Renewable fuel9.19%9.52%10.10%The final 2016 standard for advanced biofuel is nearly 1 billion gallons, or 35%, higher than the actual 2014 volumes, while the total renewable standard requires growth from 2014 to 2016 of over 1.8 billion gallons of biofuel, or 11% higher than 2014 actual volumes. Biodiesel standards grow steadily over the next several years, increasing every year to reach 2 billion gallons by 2017.“America’s corn farmers are proud to grow a cleaner burning, renewable fuel source for America and the world,” said Maryland farmer Chip Bowling, president of the National Corn Growers Association. “In July, we asked the Environmental Protection Agency to restore the 2014-16 corn ethanol renewable volume obligation to comply with the Renewable Fuel Standard as passed by Congress and signed into law.“While we are pleased to see the EPA take a step forward and revise its original proposal, the fact remains that any reduction in the statutory amount will have a negative impact on our economy, our energy security, and the environment. It is unfortunate that Big Oil’s campaign of misinformation continues to carry weight in the court of public opinion, and in this decision.“The Renewable Fuel Standard has been one of America’s most successful energy policies ever. Because of it, our economy is stronger, we are more energy independent, and our air is cleaner. We should be strengthening our commitment to renewable fuels, not backing down.“In light of the EPA’s decision, we are evaluating our options. We will fight to protect the rights of farmers and consumers and hold the EPA accountable.”Growth Energy and its members are pleased to see that the President and the Environmental Protection Agency have recognized the need to move the renewable fuel industry past the so-called blend wall for the sake of America’s climate, energy security and rural economy. While this rule still relies on a flawed methodology that sets renewable fuel volumes below the statutory levels enacted by Congress, it is an important improvement from the proposed rule, and moves the industry closer to getting America’s most effective climate policy back on track and providing certainty for biofuels in the marketplace.Specifically, Growth Energy is pleased that the RVOs have been finalized after such a long delay and that the levels have increased from the original proposal. This final rule makes it possible to drive the growth of higher ethanol blends through the so-called blend wall, giving consumers choices at the pump, such as low-cost E15. Additionally, the numbers for 2016 represent a final rule closer to the statutory levels established by Congress, avoid the “reset” and indicate a more certain future for renewable fuels.The volumes established by EPA will provide some certainty to biodiesel producers and feedstock providers and will continue to generate many benefits for consumers and the environment. As outlined in the comments submitted by the American Soybean Association (ASA) in July, the benefits of biodiesel include a more diversified energy market; increased domestic energy production; reductions in greenhouse gas emissions; new jobs and economic development; expanded markets; and reduced soy meal feed costs.While the volumes in the Final Rule do not fully capitalize on the capacity and growth potential of U.S. biodiesel, it does provide a step in the right direction.“We are glad to see the volumes for biomass-based diesel increased above the Proposed Rule and previous proposals,” said Wade Cowan, ASA President. “Biodiesel provides significant economic and environmental benefits and we have the capacity to do more. The Administration wants to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and biodiesel can contribute more to that effort.”Biodiesel is a domestically produced, renewable fuel that is proven to achieve emissions reductions ranging from 57 to 86 percent and is the first and only Advanced Biofuel to reach commercial-scale production nationwide. Biodiesel has made up the vast majority of Advanced Biofuel production under the RFS to date.Joe Jobe from the National Biodiesel Board tells the Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo that there are some good things coming out of EPA’s decision on the RFS, but also some things that need work.Joe Jobe National biodiesel Boardlast_img read more

10 months agoChelsea assistant coach Cudicini: No-one doubts Hudson-Odoi commitment

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea assistant coach Cudicini: No-one doubts Hudson-Odoi commitmentby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea assistant coach Carlo Cudicini says management was pleased with Callum Hudson-Odoi’s performance for their 2-0 FA Cup win over Nottingham Forest.Maurizio Sarri played the teen despite the transfer pressure of Bayern Munich.Cudicini said, “He did very well, it was a very good performance, as we say in Monaco a 360 performance. “Two assists and he worked very hard defensively. Even when we had a few problems in midfield with Ampadu, he was running for two. “His commitment was great and you want him to have performances like that so he can put some doubts in Maurizio’s mind and be in contention for a place.” last_img read more

China slams terroristlike actions by protesters at HK airport

first_imgBeijing: China on Wednesday slammed pro-democracy protesters at Hong Kong airport for “terrorist-like” acts, after two men were beaten by demonstrators. Activists blockaded two terminals in the city on Tuesday in the latest escalation of a 10-week political crisis that has gripped the international finance hub and forced the closure of the airport. A small group of protesters also surrounded, tied up and beat a man wearing a yellow journalist vest — whom the editor of China’s state-controlled Global Times identified as one of the paper’s reporters — and another man Beijing said was a Shenzhen resident visiting Hong Kong. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US “We express the strongest condemnation of these terrorist-like actions,” said Xu Luying, spokeswoman at the Hong Kong and Macao Affairs of the State Council, who called the two men “mainland China compatriots.” The man Xu identified as a Shenzhen resident was held for about two hours before eventually being taken away in an ambulance. The actions of the protesters “seriously damage the international image of Hong Kong, and seriously hurt the feelings of a vast number of mainland China compatriots”, said Xu, saying the “extremely abominable violent crime must be severely punished according to the law”. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “We resolutely support the Hong Kong police force and judiciary… to decisively enforce… and bring the criminals to justice as soon as possible.” In Hong Kong, weeks of rallies, demonstrations and occupations have seen millions of people take to the streets in the biggest challenge to China’s rule of the semi-autonomous city since its 1997 handover from Britain. Initially sparked by opposition to a planned law that would have allowed extraditions to mainland China, the protests have quickly evolved into a much broader campaign for democratic freedoms, and to stop the growing influence of China’s authoritarian rulers in the semi-autonomous city.last_img read more

Electric vehicle sales growing but supply lack of knowledge remain barriers

first_imgOTTAWA – Sticker shock and a limited selection are two main factors that discourage more Canadians from buying an electric vehicle, a new survey of car sales representatives suggests — two issues sure to be front and centre when Ottawa unveils its new electric car strategy later this year.But there’s another problem, the survey found: many salespeople lack even a basic grasp of how to answer burning questions from would-be buyers, such as how much an electric vehicle costs per year to operate, or how far it will go on a single charge.In the survey of 178 representatives across Canada, conducted for the federal Liberal government last winter, about half of dealerships in Canada said they sell fewer than five electric vehicles a year, with 14 per cent reporting no sales at all. About one-third don’t have a single electric model on display.Sales reps were most likely to mention the cost of an electric car or the lack of availability of electric cars as their main issues in trying to sell them.Supply issues, a lack of knowledge about charging networks and how far the cars can go were the biggest barriers to making the purchase, respondents said. Indeed, about one-third of them admitted knowing little about operating costs, range and where to find charging stations.Sales of electric cars do indeed increase every year — there were more sold in the second quarter of this year than in all of 2016. However, electric cars still only account for one out of every 50 vehicles purchased in Canada.The problem may be the limited upside of having a wide selection available and a thoroughly trained sales staff, said Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma, an electric-vehicle fleet management firm based in Waterloo, Ont.Stevens recommends setting up a single dealership per manufacturer in a region that is the local electric car centre of excellence, with knowledgeable staff and a lot of models available for test drives.Passenger cars and trucks account for more than one-tenth of all Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions — and reducing that contribution is critical if Canada is going to meet its international commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.Several countries, including France, Ireland, the U.K., India and the Netherlands, have policies that will ban the sale of traditional combustion-engine passenger cars after a certain date, but Canada has not indicated an interest in doing the same here.The federal government is also consulting on whether Canada should follow the lead of the United States and ease tailpipe emissions standards for combustion-engine cars, or break away from its long-standing alignment with the U.S. on car emissions.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna released a discussion paper Monday seeking public feedback on the existing standards, which currently require tailpipe emissions to go down every year until 2025.The U.S. said earlier this month it would freeze regulations after 2021.last_img read more