About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer defends quiet Rashford for Man Utd defeatby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer has said Marcus Rashford has struggled due to a lack of service from his Manchester United teammates.The striker didn’t have a single clear cut chance in Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United.And speaking after the game, Solskjaer felt sorry for the 21-year-old.He said: “He’s working hard. As I said to the boys at half-time today, you feel for him because he’s running, running and running and he doesn’t get the service.”The first half was very poor, that was the poorest we’ve been, because we gave so many sloppy balls away.”It seemed like we couldn’t control the ball and we couldn’t find the combinations. Of course, in the second half we dominated but we didn’t create enough.”
TORONTO – A joint venture including the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, GIC and the Scion Group LLC has bought a portfolio U.S. student housing properties for US$1.1 billion.The deal includes the acquisition of 22 properties from affiliates of Harrison Street Real Estate Capital and the recapitalization of two communities owned by Scion-affiliated private syndications.The properties are located in 20 university campus markets across the U.S. and include 13,666 beds.CPPIB and GIC each own a 45 per cent interest in the newly acquired portfolio and Scion owns the remaining 10 per cent.The board says it believes the secular strength of the U.S. student housing sector will continue to deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns and it looks forward to continue growing the joint venture with GIC and Scion.The joint venture’s portfolio now includes 73 student housing communities in 52 university markets, comprising 46,555 beds.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is heading to court with the New Democrat government seeking affirmation that it has the right to protect its environment from the threat of a heavy oil spill.The reference case to B.C.’s Court of Appeal throws further uncertainty on the project as cabinet ministers said Thursday it is unlikely a decision will be reached before Kinder Morgan Canada’s May 31 deadline for getting some assurance it can proceed without the threat of more delays.Premier John Horgan said the reference case is aimed at protecting the province’s coastline and economy from the harms of an oil spill.“By issuing this reference today we’re confirming we have the jurisdiction to ensure that if there was a catastrophic diluted bitumen spill we have the ability to take steps to protect our economy and our environment,” Horgan said.It’s the latest move in the escalating dispute over the $7.4-billion project that would double an existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., in an effort to sell more fuel to Asian markets.Kinder Morgan said it wants clarity on its ability to build in B.C. and the protection of its shareholders.“The comments and proposed legislation put forward by the province of B.C. today signal the province’s continued intention to frustrate the project,” the company said in a statement on Thursday.The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers calls the move discriminatory and redundant and “just another stall tactic to tie the project up with more red tape after Ottawa gave in the green light 18 months ago.”The group said in a news release that the government of Canada now needs to exercise its Constitutional authority and move the project forward.Business groups said B.C.’s anti-pipeline tactics tell investors around the world that Canada, despite a robust environmental approval process, is a difficult place to build major projects.“The process counts, the rules count,” said Chris Gardner, president of B.C.’s Independent Contractors and Businesses Association. “Premier Horgan is saying it doesn’t count. That’s wrong and that’s not how we do business in Canada.”B.C. Attorney General David Eby said he could not put a timeline on any decision for the reference case, which could be appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada.Kinder Morgan has curtailed spending on the project, blaming B.C. for the decision as it set the May 31 date for getting some guarantees it can proceed without disruptions.Horgan said the province isn’t working to Kinder Morgan’s deadline.“I don’t work for Kinder Morgan,” he said. “I work for the people of B.C.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has repeatedly vowed that the project will go ahead.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said her government will seek intervener status at the court hearing.“The powers that they (B.C.) are seeking through this court reference are a recipe for economic gridlock,” she said.Notley said she has difficulty understanding why B.C. wants the courts to rule on new shipments of diluted bitumen that would be sent through the expanded pipeline but has no concerns about a piece of infrastructure that has been in place for 60 years.“It makes no sense,” Notley told reporters on a conference call from Slave Lake, Alta.Alberta has retaliated to B.C.’s position, even banning wine imports from its neighbour at one point. It has also threatened to slow the flow of oil and natural gas to B.C.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe said his province has yet to determine if it will seek intervener status in the case, but he called on the federal government to assert its jurisdiction over the project that Ottawa approved in 2016.“We’ll see where all this goes,” he said.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said she is willing to address some of B.C.’s environmental concerns, but added that Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and creating five new emergency response stations.McKenna released a letter that said the federal government will consider forming a joint scientific advisory panel with B.C. to take stock of the research available on oil spills, including current models of how to respond in the event of an incident involving a number of different petroleum products.B.C.’s Environment Minister George Heyman said B.C. has been meeting for months with federal officials on spill prevention issues and the province has already invited Ottawa to participate in a science panel on bitumen in the environment.In addition to asking the court to review proposed amendments to the Environmental Management Act that would give the province the authority to regulate the impacts of heavy oils, the province will also ask if federal legislation would override its changes to the law, he said.Eby said the reference case does not apply to oil tanker traffic, which the provincial government has said will increase seven-fold if the pipeline expansion is completed.“Ships were excluded for a couple of reasons, one was practicality, the other is simply it appears to be an area of federal jurisdiction,” he said.Many environmental groups fear an increase in tanker traffic out of Burnaby along marine routes that are at times extremely narrow, compounds the risk of a major spill.— With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton and Ryan McKenna in Regina.Companies in this story: (TSX:KML)
CALGARY, A.B. – The proponent of an LNG export terminal in Nova Scotia has struck a deal to merge with an Alberta natural gas producer.In a joint news release, Pieridae Energy Ltd. CEO Alfred Sorensen says the merger with Ikkuma Resources Corp. is a key step taking it to a final investment decision on its proposed $10-billion Goldboro LNG project.Pieridae shares on the TSX Venture Exchange fell more than 24 per cent to $3.40 by noon Friday while Ikkuma stock on the same market more than doubled from a close of 30 cents on Thursday to as much as 66 cents, before retreating. Pieridae says owning natural gas reserves is important to complement the feedstock needs at Goldboro LNG, which is to produce about 10 million tonnes of super-cooled liquefied natural gas per year to ship mainly to European customers.Sorenson has said the project, which hopes to utilize loan guarantees from the German government, could be approved for construction in the next few months pending permit approvals and contract agreements.The companies said the deal values each Ikkuma share at 86 cents, noting shareholders are to receive 0.1926 of a common share of Pieridae and 0.1 of a share of a new company that will hold certain oil assets, for each share tendered.
NEW DELHI: Delhi Police Special cell has arrested four key players of an Inter-state narcotic drug cartel, including their kingpin. 50 kilograms of fine quality heroin worth more than Rs 200 crore in international market recovered.Apart from that, two cars (Swift Dzire & Creta) used in transporting drugs were also seized. Mobile handsets with SIM Cards used in drug trafficking have also been recovered. The accused have been identified as Mohd. Sufiyan, Mohd. Ismail, Manoj Kumar Das and Hashim. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Members of this cartel used to bring high-grade heroin from suppliers of Manipur who actually collects the raw material from hilly areas around the international border of Manipur and Myanmar, to finally prepare the fine quality heroin. This information was further developed through technical as well as manual surveillance. It took about 4/5 months of painstaking efforts to ripen the said information. During this process, members of this cartel were identified and their activities were kept under discreet surveillance,” said Sanjeev Kumar Yadav, DCP Special Cell. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMohd Ismail and Mohd.Sufiyan disclosed that they have been indulged in trafficking of narcotic drugs upon being lured by Manoj of Barauni, Bihar for last about 4-5 years. They also disclosed that they used to work as carrier for Manoj and received supply of heroin from Kabir as per his direction. They used to travel in their car upto hilly areas of Manipur and Assam especially Imphal to procure heroin from Kabir on the directions of Manoj. Mohd Ismail further disclosed that Manoj used to communicate with Kabir and direct him to receive a supply of heroin from Kabir at various places in Manipur. To avoid to being detected by law enforcement agencies he used to hide the packets of heroin in secret cavities designed inside the car. Both also disclosed that they also used to supply heroin to contacts of Manoj like Hashim in Amethi and other contacts in Delhi and NCR and Bihar as per his direction. They made secret cavities inside the dikki and in front cabin area of their Maruti Swift car to hide the heroin packets to dodge the law enforcement agencies.
Tiger Woods returns to the course on Thursday after being away from competition for five months. In a press conference on Monday, Woods expressed his excitement to return to the course and was well received in the practice rounds. Woods is paired with K.J. Choi and Matt Kuchar. Woods has been paired with Choi 12 times and Kuchar twice. The threesome will tee off from the first hole at Augusta National at 1:42 p.m. Thursday and 10:35 a.m. Friday.Donovan McNabb was introduced Tuesday as the new quarterback of the Washington Redskins. McNabb, sporting a No. 5 Redskins jersey, is in the negotiation stage with the Redskins on a contract extension. McNabb has one year left on his 12-year, $115 million contract that he signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski denies any interest in the New Jersey Nets coaching job. The Bergen Record reports that the Nets’ new owner, Mikhail Prokhorov, is targeting Coach K. Even if Prokhorov offers Coach K more than $12 million, making him the highest-paid coach in the NBA ahead of Phil Jackson, Krzyzewski maintained that he would not be leaving Duke. Coach K was offered the head coaching position with the Lakers in 2004, but opted to remain with the Blue Devils.Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers allegedly tried to carry a semiautomatic handgun through airport security over the weekend. The police report states that the gun had seven bullets in the magazine and one in the chamber, but was on safe mode. Rogers has pleaded not guilty to the charges. In an apology to his team and fans, Rogers claims he forgot the gun was in his carry-on bag when he went through security at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport.
Jesse Lingard has described it as an incredible moment for him to have scored his first goal for England in their 1-0 win over the Netherlands on TuesdayIn his ninth appearance for the national side, Lingard scored the goal that sealed a 1-0 win over Holland at the Johan Cruijff Arena and impressed again in their 1-1 draw against Italy with his overall energy and work-rate having been a key factor during the friendly.“I have had to work hard to get in the starting XI for England. Now all I can do is carry on, work harder and see where it gets me.” said Lingard told BBC.“Playing for England is always a big honour anyway and to score my first goal was amazing. It is a massive moment in my career.”Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Now that the international break is over, Lingard will now be returning his focus in aiding Manchester United with both their Premier League and FA Cup campaigns.“We have a lot of games to go for Manchester United and that is the most important thing at the moment,” said the 25 year-old.“I have to do my job here and then see what happens.”
Karim Benzema plans to start afresh in the new season and continue with his path onto becoming a Real Madrid greatThe French striker had a difficult time last season and was only able to muster 11 goals in a total of 45 games in all competitions.Benzema’s struggles last term saw him lose his place in the France national team for the World Cup this summer and he was forced to watch from home as Les Bleus went on and won a second world title at Russia.To add to his woes, Benzema’s future at Real has been put into heavy doubt with many Spanish media outlets suggesting that it is time for him to pull the curtain on his nine-year stay at the Spanish capital this summer with Serie A giants Napoli reportedly interested.But, contrary to the speculation, Benzema has been hard at work since the very first day of pre-season and he is now raring to go for Los Blancos as the Frenchman looks to put the struggles of last season behind him.“So far this pre-season, we’ve been working really hard and putting in some good work,” he told the club website.“We know that it’s demanding, but it sets us in good stead for the rest of the season.“We have to keep winning silverware because the target here is always to win things as a team.“On a personal level, I’ll be looking to have a better season than I did last time around and continue to etch my name into the club’s history books.“I couldn’t have imagined achieving everything that I have, but I joined this club to win silverware, be a success and achieve a lot of things.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“I knew that I’d have some tough seasons, but it doesn’t matter because this is the best club in the world.”He added: “I’m really happy.”Dancing with the ball ! ? @realmadrid #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/lYgK8VuYzJ— Karim Benzema (@Benzema) July 20, 2018The loss of Zinedine Zidane as head coach had only fueled speculation surrounding Benzema’s future at Real.But the 30-year-old is enjoying his start to life under new boss Julen Lopetegui.“We know that Lopetegui is a coach who likes his teams to have the ball and play a possession-based game,” Benzema said.“He also places great emphasis on working hard when we lose the ball and how we press after we’ve given possession away.”Benzema will likely be in action for Real in the first game of their pre-season tour against Manchester United next Tuesday night.
Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum has revealed his emotions about making his professional debut at the age of 16 with Feyenoord.The Holland international became the youngest player to play for the Dutch club when he featured against Groningen in April 2007.“The game was on Sunday and Erwin told me on Wednesday that I would be playing,” Wijnaldum said, as quoted by Liverpool Echo.“That was a really special moment. I realized that not every trainer has the balls to let a 16-year-old play in the first team and things were not going so well for the team at that time so they didn’t want to take the risk with young players. He asked me not to tell anyone at school. It was difficult to concentrate in class.”Speaking about joining Newcastle in 2015, Wijnaldum also said:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I admired a number of other competitions when I was playing in Holland. The Bundesliga is a wonderful competition and La Liga too. But I think the Premier League is the most attractive competition in the world. I’ve always thought that. It’s so competitive.“There are so many teams who can beat each other, so many teams who can compete for the title.”“It’s so difficult to win games. When I was in Holland, a lot of times when you played against the lower teams you won comfortably. In the Premier League the competition is much bigger. You have to fight for every point.”“They are a club which is in my heart. They gave me the opportunity to play in the Premier League. The fee was a lot of money at the time. A lot of clubs didn’t want to take the risk that they took. I only worked with Rafa Benitez for a short time but he’s a great manager and he showed it from the first moment he came. He’s a good person, always trying to help players out.“It was a big disappointment that we got relegated but I will always appreciate what Newcastle did for me.”
The 18-year-old will feature today at Los Merengues attack, as the team takes on Leganes in the Copa del Rey tournament.Real Madrid and Leganes will face off in the second leg of the Copa del Rey Round of 16 tonight.And 18-year-old wonderkid Vinicius Jr. will feature in Los Blancos attack.This is why former Spain international and Valencia midfielder Gaizka Mendieta has urged coach Santiago Solari to have faith in the youngster.“He definitely brings something different to this Real Madrid team, they are playing with a player that is different,” Mendieta was quoted by Goal.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“No-one does those runs, passes, and moves, takes on defenders or opponents like he does or the way he does at the moment.”“That is why he has to play every game at the moment for Real Madrid. He is a key player,” he added.“Lucas Vasquez is totally fit and Bale is totally fit. It is the decision for to the manager Solari who he thinks is the best player for each match.”“If they’re all fit I think [Gareth] Bale would be the first choice but the way Vinicius is playing for Real Madrid he has to be in the team before anyone,” he commented.“People mention Isco all the time, but if you’ve got this guy why play with Isco?”