Klopp delighted with Liverpool triumph: A big fight – but cool!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was delighted with the manner of their 2-0 win at Wolves.Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk scored for the Reds as they stay top of the table for Christmas.A pleased Klopp said, “It was clear that the whole game would be difficult. Everybody wants to press. We want to be compact but wide as well which makes it difficult. We defended it pretty well. The heavy rain was difficult for both teams tonight. It was a big fight. We knew that we needed to be ready.”The first goal was brilliant, it was cool. And the second goal – yes, well done! I am completely happy with the result and it is big for us. We wanted to surprise our opponent. It was brilliant – both goals. It was perfect football, especially on a night like tonight when it was difficult to play proper football.”I saw some really good things tonight. We will be training on Christmas morning so it is like every other day. It is an outstanding number [of points in the league] – it is absolutely cool.”We have Manchester City waiting and that will be really tough for the boys. We need to have different game plans but the boys showed they are ready for that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Vietnam National Shipping Lines (Vinalines) plans to launch its initial public offering (IPO) in mid-2018, Nguyen Canh Tinh, General Director of the company, said at a conference in Hanoi on January 23. According to the equitization plan, Vinalines will implement the IPO and operate as a joint stock company.As informed, the country’s government will take 65 percent of USD 630 million charter capital and investors will be able to buy the remaining 35 percent.Following the IPO, there will be some changes to the company’s organization and management. Vinalines intends to expand access to capital markets, improve capacity and business efficiency.The company was under the threat of bankruptcy five years ago and it underwent a restructuring process which has helped it recover, Nguyen Van, Minister of Transport, explained.The company’s total revenue for 2017 was estimated at VND 15.9 trillion (around USD 698 million), up by almost 15 percent over its annual target. In addition, Vinalines’ consolidated profit for the last five years stood at VND 515 billion.Furthermore, Vinalines’ shipping volumes reached 24.758 million tons in 2017, up by 7 percent compared with the annual target.Vinalines is a state-owned business which currently operates a fleet of containerships, bulkers, tankers and other types of vessels. The company’s fleet currently accounts for 70% of the fleet capacity in Vietnam and carries 60% of the country’s import and export goods.World Maritime News Staff read more
APTN National NewsFor Canadian recording artists, it’s the biggest night of the year.The 2015 Juno Awards wrapped up in Hamilton this past weekend.APTN’s Jaydon Flett has more on the Aboriginal nominees.
MONTREAL – NAFTA negotiators are close to completing at least six non-controversial chapters this weekend in their Montreal talks, including ones on digital commerce and anti-corruption, Canadian and Mexican business officials say.The chapters won’t be considered formally closed until the three leading political ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico arrive Sunday to assess the progress.But the possibility of “parking” the chapters — a trade term that essentially means putting an issue on the shelf and concentrating on other, more contentious ones — is raising hopes among Mexican and Canadian business leaders that enough incremental progress will be made in Montreal to keep the negotiations alive.The apparent progress sheds light on less controversial aspects of the sprawling 30-chapter NAFTA renegotiation, where Canadian counter-proposals to so-called U.S. poison pills on autos, dispute resolution and a sunset clause are front and centre.Many analysts also view progress on the “low-hanging fruit” of NAFTA as essential.“We think there is a lot of advancement between six and 10 chapters. I didn’t say they’re going to close them — a lot of advancement. But the ministers have the last word on that,” Moises Kalach, a leading member of the private-sector group that advises the Mexican government on the negotiations, said in an interview Friday.“They call it parking,” he said.Perrin Beatty, president of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, did not dispute Kalach’s assessment that six to 10 chapters could be nearing completion.“How many chapters I don’t know, but there’s scope to close some of the chapters,” Beatty said in an interview. “It’s when you come down to the more politicized issues it becomes more difficult.”E-commerce, anti-corruption, customs and trade facilitation, and the chapter on “Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures” covering human, animal and plant life are among those chapters, Juan Pablo Castanon Castanon, Beatty’s Mexican counterpart, said in an interview.A senior official familiar with the talks disputed the characterization that any chapters are close to being closed or parked. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations.The official did say that Canada hoped to make progress in this round on anti-corruption, digital and cross border trade, sanitary and phytosanitary measures, and telecom.Beatty and others said Friday the NAFTA talks could extend into 2019, but added that wasn’t a bad thing if slow, steady progress keeps all parties at the bargaining table.“It could well take many months yet, and certainly go into next year,” said Beatty.Juan Carlos Baker, Mexico’s deputy commerce minister, said: “It’s more important to concentrate on the quality of the process and not establish artificial deadlines.”Throughout the weekend, NAFTA negotiators will be focused on breaking new ground on some of the most contentious U.S. proposals, hoping to show enough progress to keep Trump from triggering the agreement’s six-month exit clause.Canadian negotiators have countered with proposals for higher continental content requirements for automobiles, and on NAFTA’s dispute-resolution mechanisms and five-year sunset clause.Quebec’s chief NAFTA negotiator said Friday that U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will have the final say as to whether Canada’s proposals have any traction after he arrives in Montreal on Sunday.Lighthizer is to close the talks at a joint news conference Monday with Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and their Mexican counterpart, Ildefonso Guajardo.Raymond Bachand, Quebec’s chief negotiator and former provincial finance minister, said the Canadian team isn’t expecting any formal response from the Americans until they get their marching orders from Lighthizer.Freeland discussed Canada’s counter-proposals with Lighthizer in Davos, Switzerland, on Thursday. Canadian officials said he “didn’t shoot anything down” but remained otherwise non-committal.U.S. President Donald Trump further muddied the waters on the key question of whether he will withdraw from NAFTA during an interview with CNBC.“NAFTA’s a horrible deal. We’re renegotiating it. I may terminate NAFTA, I may not. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said Thursday. read more
The Canadian Press OTTAWA — The amount Canadians owe relative to their income ticked higher in third quarter.Statistics Canada says household credit market debt as a proportion of disposable income was 177.5 per cent in the third quarter on a seasonally-adjusted basis. That compared with 177.4 per cent in the second quarter.In other words, Canadians owed nearly $1.78 in credit market debt, which includes consumer credit and mortgage and non-mortgage loans, for every dollar of household disposable income in the third quarter.Total credit market borrowing slowed for the third consecutive quarter as households borrowed $18.3 billion, down from $20.0 billion in the previous quarter.Mortgages posted a third consecutive quarterly decline as they decreased by $1.2 billion. Demand for consumer credit also fell by $500 million, while non-mortgage loans decreased by $100 million.The household debt service ratio, measured as total obligated payments of principal and interest as a proportion of disposable income, was 14.5 per cent in the third quarter, relatively unchanged from the previous quarter. read more
But the commission rejected the government’s request on the grounds that other increases have done little to meet the revenue needs at the Crown-owned utility.The utilities commission decision also formally approved earlier increases of four percent in 2016 and 3.5 percent last year.Opposition Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson says it’s just another broken promise by an NDP government that stumbles into messes that cost all of us because it puts rhetoric ahead of planning.(THE CANADIAN PRESS) VICTORIA, B.C. – Hydro rates in British Columbia will increase three percent in April after the province’s independent energy regulator overruled a government promise to freeze rates for one year.Energy Minister Michelle Mungall says she’s disappointed with the B.C. Utilities Commission’s decision, but it has prompted the government to immediately start planning to help those who are struggling to pay their power bills.The NDP government campaigned last spring on promises to tackle rising hydro rates and last November Mungall announced plans to request that the utilities commission freeze the scheduled April increase. read more
New Delhi: Inconsistent government actions cast a shadow over solar energy developers’ sentiment and slowed down capacity addition momentum, a report by CRISIL Research said Monday. India has set an ambitious target of having 175 GW of renewables including 100 GW of solar energy by 2022. The outlook for solar energy development in the country is constrained as capacity additions get delayed, CRISIL Research said in a statement. CRISIL Research expects solar power capacity additions of 48-50 GW between fiscals 2019 and 2023. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepHowever, it said that developer sentiment has been negatively impacted by the lack of clarity on several policy issues and arbitrary bid cancellations, which is contrary to a supportive policy stance from the government. Over fiscals 2017 to 2019, while previously tendered capacities continued to be commissioned apace, certain risks to future project implementation manifested. There were frequent bid cancellations, lack of clarity on GST procedures, and cost pressure from the imposition of the safeguard duty on imported cells/modules, it said. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsWhile, the GST (good and services tax) clarity was lacking for over a year with a final decision taken in December by the GST council, it ended with an increase in taxation compared to what was expected by the industry. Similarly, the safeguard duty has turned out to be a double whammy of sorts, impacting costs of solar power projects and not resulting in any significant offtake for the domestic manufacturing sector, the report said. This was coupled by cancellation of bids post auctions as state utilities / SECI (Solar Energy Corporation of India found tariffs to be higher than expectations. Close to 4.7 GW was cancelled in such a manner over March – December 2018. In such a scenario, CRISIL Research’s outlook factors in the prevailing market dynamics, where regulatory/policy support is itself emerging as a key risk. The renewable energy domain is highly dependent on policy support and any uncertainty on that front can have strong negative consequences. It stated that considering the current regulatory haze, outlook has been revised downward. The CRISIL Research continued to monitor the same and remain aware of a possibility of upsides to our call, once regulatory risk is mitigated to an extent. Further, it stated that adequate land availability, timely implementation of grid infrastructure, and the ability of players to raise low cost funds will also be crucial enablers. read more
Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes wait by the tunnel before the start of OSU’s game against Tulsa on Sept. 10. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo Editor The Ohio State Buckeyes battled the Tulsa Golden Hurricane through the rain on Sept. 10. The Buckeyes won 48-3.
Edinson Cavani finally reappeared at training on Thursday for Uruguay, but he remains a doubt ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash with France todayThe Paris Saint-Germain forward sustained an injury in his left calf after scoring the second of his two stunning goals against Portugal in the Round of 16 last Saturday to allow Oscar Tabarez’s side to reach the next knockout round at the expense of the European champions with a 2-1 win.After missing three consecutive training sessions following Saturday’s game, the 31-year-old made a return to action with the rest of his teammates on Thursday.However, Cavani trained away from the rest of the squad and conducted his own exercises separately.Kylian Mbappe could return to PSG training next week Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Paris Saint-Germain confirmed that Kylian Mbappe could make a return to training to next week as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury.Uruguay refused to give too much away about their star forward and only shared that they are “monitoring his progress.”“The player remains injured. He will train apart from the rest of the squad and receive physical therapy,” read a statement, via The Sun.Cavani has scored three goals for La Celeste at the World Cup in his four appearances. read more
Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed that Vincent Janssen had a “minor foot surgery” and will be facing a spell on the sidelinesThe Dutch forward has fallen out of favour at Spurs and had been transfer listed by manager Mauricio Pochettino at the start of the summer.This came after Janssen failed to make the desired impact at the club after arriving from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in 2016 for £17m.The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Turkish side Fenerbahce but will now be facing a spell out while he recovers from his surgery.“Vincent Janssen has undergone minor foot surgery,” read a statement.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“He will now go through a period of recovery and rehabilitation overseen by our medical staff.”Pochettino had hoped to offload Janssen before the end of the month and even avoided handing him a shirt number this season. after omitting him from the club’s US tour.But now the Netherlands international will remain at North London until January at the very earliest.Janssen has scored just two goals in 28 Premier League appearances for Tottenham. read more