Hodgson says England must do better

first_img But they had little to cheer about either as they were subjected to one of the most tedious England games in living memory. Hodgson struggled to find any positives from the stalemate in the Irish capital. “We set ourselves high standards and got nowhere near them in the first half,” the England manager said. “We were marginally better in the second half, but we were very critical of ourselves. “We’ve had a good run, a year almost unbeaten, but we came here believing if we played our best football we could win the game and we never got close to that. “We didn’t lose, but we have to accept there were a lot of things we could have done better.” England put up a spirited fight to draw in Italy in their last fixture, but there was a clear lack of spark from Hodgson’s team against the Irish. England mustered just three shots on target and Wayne Rooney stumbled when through on goal to waste the visitors’ best chance of the afternoon. Press Association England’s first trip to play the Republic of Ireland in 20 years passed off without incident in the stands. The England supporters heeded the Football Association’s warning to refrain from chanting inflammatory songs during the first match the Three Lions have played in Dublin since the Lansdowne Road riot of 1995. Hodgson concedes his men will have to perform better at next year’s European Championship in France. “It’s important we are critical and continue to set ourselves high standards,” said the England boss, who takes his team to Slovenia next Sunday for the final Euro 2016 qualifier of the season. “We want to go to France and play teams there, and we’ll have to play better than we did today.” The only crumb of comfort for Hodgson was that there was no repeat of the trouble that marred England’s last visit to Dublin two decades ago when the match had to be abandoned after away fans started throwing missiles on to the pitch. “The atmosphere in the stadium and the behaviour of the fans was a remarkable positive,” Hodgson said. Only a handful of supporters sang “No surrender” during the national anthem, and they were drowned out by their fellow supporters in an act of self-policing. The Football Association said no England fans were arrested in the ground. The subdued atmosphere inside the ground was understandable given the poor quality of football on show. Ireland had the better chances of the afternoon. Daryl Murphy spurned two good opportunities in the first half and Joe Hart saved a powerful volley from Jon Walters after the break. Martin O’Neill was happy with his Republic team’s showing ahead of Saturday’s crucial qualifier against Scotland. “It was exactly what we needed,” the Republic manager said. “In the last 15 minutes we looked pretty tired, but we started off brightly and maybe could have scored a couple of goals. We certainly had a couple of decent chances. “But overall it was good for us and from a physical viewpoint it couldn’t have been better timed.” The Republic will leapfrog Scotland in their qualifying group if they win at the Aviva Stadium next Saturday. Luckily for the former Aston Villa manager, it looks as though he will have a full squad to choose from. “Jon (Walters) was just feeling a little bit, but I think everybody’s okay,” O’Neill said. “John O’Shea’s calf was tightening up on him, so I made a change there. It’s something he’s suffered a little bit from in the past and I’m hoping in next couple of games he comes through that.” O’Neill confirmed Robbie Keane will land in Ireland on Monday. “He will join in with training on Tuesday,” O’Neill said of the Ireland captain, who was given permission to miss the England game so he could play in the Los Angeles Galaxy’s 1-0 defeat to the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday night. Roy Hodgson hailed the conduct of England supporters in Dublin but could find few words of praise for his players after they stuttered to a dull 0-0 draw at the Aviva Stadium. last_img read more

Wisconsin ends 7-game skid, topples rival Marquette

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoWith the stretch that they had been on, head coach Jeff Rohrman and the UW men’s soccer team probably would have taken the 1-0 win. But thanks to two more late goals from sophomore Christopher Ede, the Badgers got off the snide in a big way with a 3-0 victory over Marquette Wednesday night.Coming off a 5-2 loss at the hands of No. 5 Indiana — which stretched its losing streak to seven games — the Badgers were looking to refocus and turn things around. Thanks to a few good days of practice, they were able to do just that.”I thought it was a real collective effort tonight,” Rohrman said. “We really played well defensively down the stretch when we needed to.”Wisconsin took the lead early in the first half thanks to a penalty kick. Freshman Victor Diaz was dragged down inside the box in the 14th minute.The Spaniard got the best of Marquette keeper Steven Grow, placing the spot kick just left of center as the keeper dove hard to the right.For the majority of the match, it looked like that might have been the only goal.The remainder of the first half was fairly slow and the Badgers carried the lead well into the much more physical second half.But with less than 20 minutes remaining in the contest, the Golden Eagles turned the attack up a notch.Marquette very nearly tied the game in the 73rd minute when sophomore goalie Mike Hood couldn’t control the ball and the Golden Eagles put a shot on.However, defender Zack Lambo was in the right place at the right time to head the ball away.”[Lambo] did exactly what he was supposed to do,” team captain Aaron Hohlbein said. “He played really well tonight.”Marquette midfielder Pat Knoelke would get his chance just eight minutes later. Looking at a wide-open upper-right corner of the net, the junior fired the ball high and Wisconsin retained the lead.But even with the Marquette attack turned up, it was the Badgers who would add to their lead later in the 81st minute. Ede got his head on a good-looking cross from midfielder B.J. Goodman.The reserve forward was not done there, however. He got his second goal of the game — and second of the season — when the Badgers found themselves with a three-on-two breakaway.The advantage quickly turned to a four-on-two, but rather than laying the ball off, Ede pulled it back and fired it into the upper-left corner.”I had a couple good practices and I’ve been playing well of late, and I just carried it over into the game,” Ede said. “If you ask the guys, I’ve had four or five good chances [this year], but the goalies have made saves and just been lucky. I knew I was going to break out one of these games.”Rohrman was pleased with his team’s attack, which now has five goals in the last two games, after a stretch where the team scored one goal in five games.”I’m pretty pleased with the offensive output,” Rohrman said. “At the same time, I think we brought enough energy on the defensive side to shut out anything they were going to throw at us.”Hood got his first clean sheet in just his second career start, as Rohrman opted to give Jake Settle the night off.”It was just a decision to give Jake a little bit of a chance to sit back and not put so much pressure on himself,” Rohrman said. “I think maybe he’s been pressured a little bit knowing that we haven’t done as much on the offensive side.”With the monkey off its back and a big goal in mind — going undefeated down the stretch — Wisconsin looks to carry its momentum back into Big Ten action when it hits the road for a match with Michigan Sunday afternoon.”We talked after the IU game, saying, ‘We’re winning out,'” Hohlbein said. “We knew we had to come out here tonight and get a win, and then this starts us off on where we want to go.”last_img read more

University lobbies for research, aid

first_imgAccording to the Center for Responsive Politics, USC spent $580,000 last year lobbying the local, state and federal government on issues including Cal Grants, academic research funding and health — a $260,000 decrease from the previous year.’SC in DC · At the national level, the university generally campaigns for financial aid, such as Pell Grants. Lobbyists at all levels ensure that lawmakers are informed of USC’s research, when relevant to bills. – Photo courtesy of USCMany nonprofit universities use a portion of their budget to lobby for issues affecting the university. USC outspent many universities of its caliber in 2011, with Stanford’s expenses totaling $330,000 and New York University’s totaling $400,000.USC lobbies at the federal level in Washington, D.C., at the state level in Sacramento and locally in Los Angeles. Though each office works independently, the issues they focus on often overlap.David Galaviz, the executive director of local government relations for USC, said the university focuses on financial aid, funding for research and other issues that impact students.“It’s not lobbying in a traditional sense of something nefarious, it’s more lobbying for university priorities — either research, student aid or just day-to-day infrastructure needs of the university,” Galaviz said.Locally, projects such as the redevelopment plan for The Village at USC, are high on the university’s  respective agenda, while broader issues such as financial aid are more important at the state level.Veronica Villalobos, the executive director of state government relations in Sacramento, said her office focuses mainly on financial aid because it directly impacts students.“The governor came out with a budget proposal last week that would cut the Cal Grant for students in nonprofit universities by over 40 percent,” Villalobos said. “Over 1,800 USC students receive grants that would be cut.”Protecting students at private universities from financial aid cuts can often be an issue in state government, Villalobos said.“A lot of the time, nonprofit educational institutions are forgotten because the legislature often relies on public universities,” Villalobos said. “If there is a bill that gives loan forgiveness to students in medical school, for instance, a lot of the time the first thought is to target UC students instead of USC students who also need loan assistance.”The university also campaigns for financial aid at the national level, such as Pell Grants, USC Executive Director of Federal Relations Jennifer Grodsky said.Academic research also factors into the lobbying process, Grodsky said. The university shares its research with legislators to keep USC involved in the legislative process.“If someone at USC is doing research on something like bullying, we will connect them to lawmakers working on a bill about that subject so they can make a better bill,” Grodsky said. “We spend a lot of time thinking about how we can share our expertise.”Connecting lawmakers to researchers helps the government keep the university in mind when they write bills about higher education, Villalobos said.“This way the research doesn’t sit on the shelf, and the legislature sees the university as a public resource,” Villalobos said. “Otherwise you can get forgotten, and that’s not good public policy.”Though the topics the university focuses on vary, the motivation to keep USC engaged in the political conversation stays constant.At each level of the process, lobbyists said the most important factor is keeping the university involved.“My job is to make sure the university does not exist in the vacuum, but that it’s tied into the city and county of Los Angeles and that the university is an active and engaged member of civic life,” Galaviz said.Getting the university involved in city, state and national projects also helps USC become a bigger player in legislative decisions.“We want to contribute to the conversation,” Villalobos said. “We’re the largest employer in Los Angeles, we’re a health care provider, and we have a lot of different roles impacted by the state.”As USC becomes more involved with lobbying at all levels of government, Grodsky said she sees legislators paying more attention to the university.“Policy makers are really looking to anchor institutions like USC,” Grodsky said. “President Nikias is not only a leader in Los Angeles but also a national leader. So if he says something is an issue our students are facing, the government is going to pay attention.”Though the bills that pass with help from USC’s lobbying efforts are a significant plus, gaining the government’s attention might be the biggest benefit of lobbying, Grodsky said.“You have to have a voice,” Grodsky said. “You want to have a seat at the table. There are so many decisions made every day that impact us.”last_img read more

Women’s Tennis set to begin home slate

first_imgThe No. 19 women’s tennis team takes on Cal State Long Beach on Friday in its second dual meet of the season at 1:30 p.m. at Marks Stadium.With its recent 6-1 drubbing of Cal State Northridge on Tuesday and two tournament wins last weekend, the Women of Troy are certainly surging with confidence.At the Freeman Memorial Women’s Tennis Championships in Las Vegas, senior Maria Sanchez won the singles competition and the doubles competition with freshman Kaitlyn Christian.Meanwhile, at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in La Quinta, Calif., sophomore Danielle Lao made it to the singles semifinals and two Trojan teams made it to the doubles semis.“We certainly did okay as a team [at the NCTC],” said junior Alison Ramos. “The competition was really tough, so we didn’t post the results that we exactly wanted, but we got a few good wins under our belt and that was just really good preparation for the season.”Even with a handful of wins, USC is not approaching its weekend slate with any signs of complacency.“Long Beach State is always under the radar,” Ramos said. “They’ve got a lot of good foreign players. They are definitely not ranked as high as they should be, and we are definitely not expecting an easy match.”USC coach Richard Gallien essentially reiterated Ramos’ forecast: The Women of Troy will not be underestimating the competition they face Friday.“Long Beach State is a superior team to Northridge and we will still need to be very diligent and intense,” Gallien said.When the team faced off against Cal State Northridge, on Tuesday, it swept the doubles and lost one singles match. Sanchez and senior Cristala Andrews, however, did not participate.The team’s high ranking might not be enough to inspire some people to come out and watch the dual meet, but the Women of Troy’s winning ways are enough incentive for fans to watch.After today’s dual meet against Long Beach State the team will next compete at its ITA Kickoff Weekend in Ann Arbor, Mich., a tournament where they will face host Michigan, NC State and Auburn.last_img read more

DeAndre Hopkins takes high road in response to trade: ‘Houston served me well’

first_imgSN TRACKER: Updates on news, rumors, signings and tradesFortunately for Hopkins, he gets to go from one dynamic quarterback to another in second-year pro Kyler Murray, a Heisman Trophy winner and two-sport star. Murray produced an impressive rookie campaign with limited help around him, throwing for 3,722 yards and rushing for 544 yards. He did so despite preseason questions regarding his ability to pick up the NFL game quickly — a testament to his football intelligence.Hopkins will be expected to carry the star receiver torch from Larry Fitzgerald, who at 36 is nearing the end of his career. If DeAndre Hopkins was as blindsided by his Monday trade to the Cardinals from the Texans as many fans in Houston were, then he didn’t let his negative emotions show on social media.The superstar receiver, dealt to Arizona for running back David Johnson and a pair of draft picks, reacted to the move on Twitter hours after learning he was headed to a new franchise and struck a positive tone. He offered appreciation to the Texans and optimism for what he might accomplish with the Cardinals. “The (Texans) organization served me well, the city of Houston served me well and my teammates served me well,” Hopkins wrote. “The city of Houston will forever be loved. Now it’s time to bring a championship to AZ!! HOP OUT!!!”The Texan’s organization served me well, the city of Houston served me well and my teammates served me well. The city of Houston will forever be loved. Now it’s time to bring a championship to AZ!! HOP OUT!!!— Deandre Hopkins (@DeAndreHopkins) March 17, 2020MORE: DeAndre Hopkins trade gradesHopkins, 27, is one of the NFL’s best receivers and has been for some time. He recorded at least 95 receptions and at least 1,100 yards in four of the past five seasons, and his chemistry with quarterback Deshaun Watson had provided reason to believe he would stay in Houston for the long haul. The Texans obviously had other ideas.last_img read more


first_imgDREAM TREE, ESCAPE CLAUSE, MARLEY’S FREEDOM & PARADISE WOODS HEADLINE STAR-STUDDED GRADE II, $200,000 SANTA MONICA STAKES ON SATURDAY ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2019)–In what shapes up as a truly star-studded affair, Dream Tree, Escape Clause, Marley’s Freedom and Paradise Woods headline a field of seven older fillies and mares in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Santa Monica Stakes at seven furlongs.Although she flopped as the 3-5 favorite in the opening day Grade I La Brea at the same distance, Bob Baffert’s previously undefeated Dream Tree merits top billing as she’s joined by stablemate Marley’s Freedom, who’s been idle since winning a Grade III, one turn mile stakes at Aqueduct Dec. 1.Quite possibly the hardest trying Thoroughbred in training, owner/trainer Don Schnell’s Manitoba Canadian-bred Escape Clause, fresh off a romping victory going 1 1/16 miles in the Grade III  La Canada Stakes here Jan. 12, will cut back in distance as she bids for her 20th win from 29 career starts.Paradise Woods, brilliant at three but winless in her last five starts, has been idle since July and will be making her first start for trainer John Shirreffs.Throw in last year’s Santa Monica winner, Selcourt, and this year’s renewal indeed has the look of something very special.DREAM TREEOwner:  Phoenix Thoroughbred III                                   TTrainer:  Bob BaffertUnbeaten in her first five starts, three of them graded, including the Grade I Starlet at Los Alamitos in December, 2017, this 4-year-old Uncle Mo filly was simply off of her game in the Grade I La Brea, a race in which she broke a bit slow, was attentive to the pace for a half mile and caved readily to finish last by 25 ½ lengths.  With five works to her credit since the La Brea, including a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.60 this past Sunday, look for Dream Tree to bounce back with an “A” performance with Mike Smith up.ESCAPE CLAUSEOwner:  Don SchnellTrainer:  Don SchnellOne of the best “feel good” stories in American Racing, she comes off a dominating 5 ½ length win in the Grade II La Canada and cuts back to a distance at which she’s a perfect two for two.  A winner of eight in a row last year, starting in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 8 through Oct. 21 at Centennial Downs, near Calgary, Alberta, this Manitoba-bred has performed with unquestioned distinction in four Southern California starts, which have produced two wins, the first via disqualification in the restricted Kathryn Crosby Stakes at Del Mar Nov. 9 and in the La Canada here at Santa Anita.  Returned by Schnell to her base at Turf Paradise in Phoenix following the La Canada win, she’s had two recorded works heading into the Santa Monica, her most recent a half mile in 47 flat, second fastest of 46, on Feb. 9.  A 5-year-old Manitoba-bred by the Unbridled’s Song stallion Going Commando, Escape Clause is 28-19-3-3 overall with earnings of $423,500.MARLEY’S FREEDOMCicero Farms, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertA neck winner of the Grade III Go For Wand Handicap going a one turn mile at Aqueduct Dec. 1, this 5-year-old Blame mare was off as the 3-5 favorite and has been favored in her last six starts, winning five of them.  With Mike Smith apparently opting to ride Dream Tree, Drayden Van Dyke, who has won with three out of his four tries with her, gets the Santa Monica call.  An easy 3 ¼ length winner of the Grade I, seven furlong Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga three starts back on Aug. 25, Marley’s freedom is a four-time graded stakes winner and is the leading money earner in the field with $815,935.PARADISE WOODSOwner:  Pam & Martin Wygod & Steven SarkowskyTrainer:  John ShirreffsA winner of both the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks and the Grade I Zenyatta Stakes at age three, this 5-year-old mare by Union Rags has been idle since well beaten going 1 1/16 miles on turf in the restricted Osunitas Stakes at Del Mar on July 20–her fifth consecutive defeat since taking the Zenyatta in September, 2017.  A big question mark by any reckoning, she banked $773,890 with Richard Mandella, but will be making her first start for John Shirreffs, who’s been pleased with the way she’s trained up to the Santa Monica.  With an overall mark of 11-3-2-2 and three consecutive six furlong drills to her credit, including a bullet 1:10.80 drill here on Feb. 8, Paradise Woods appears ready as she’ll be ridden for the first time by Joel Rosario.SELCOURTOwner:  Medallion Racing & Keith AbrahamsTrainer:  John SadlerA galloping 4 ½ length winner of last year’s Santa Monica, this lightly raced 5-year-old Tiz Wonderful mare was then idle prior to running 12th in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 3 at Churchill Downs.  With her next assignment coming as the 1-5 favorite in the ungraded Kalookan Queen Stakes going 6 ½ furlongs here on Jan. 13, she bobbled at the break, dueled for the lead and ended up second, beaten 2 ¼ lengths under regular rider Tyler Baze.  With Baze opting to stick with Escape Clause, Selcourt will be handled for the first time by Joe Talamo on Saturday.  Bred in Kentucky by Abrahams,  Selcourt is 8-4-2-1 and has earnings of $299,160.THE GRADE II SANTA MONICA WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 9 of 10 Approximate post time 4 p.m. PT Paradise Woods–Joel Rosario–120Selcourt–Joe Talamo–120Marley’s Freedom–Drayden Van Dyke–124Dream Tree–Mike Smith–124Mopotism–Mario Gutierrez–120Escape Clause–Tyler Baze–122Amuse–Rafael Bejarano–120First post time for a 10-race card on Saturday is at 12 noon.  For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Thunder sweating as Russell awaits fate

first_imgSYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Sydney Thunder have been left sweating on the availability of Andre Russell for this season’s Big Bash campaign, as the explosive West Indies all-rounder awaits his fate from Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The Thunder training camp bowls off on Saturday, but there is no indication yet whether Russell will be able to suit up or if he will be slapped with a two-year ban for committing an anti-doping whereabouts violation.He missed three drug tests in a 12-month period after failing to inform authorities of his whereabouts.The hearing to determine Russell’s fate concluded recently and Thunder chief executive, Nick Cummins, said they were hopeful of a positive outcome.”Two of the alleged filing failures were while he was playing for West Indies at the World Cup, so he was hardly hiding in a cupboard,” Cummins contended.”He was on international television representing his country. But they’re the rules.”Certainly, from what we’ve followed, we think there’s enough evidence to exonerate him, but it’s not my decision, obviously, and we’ll just have to see how it goes.”IN DEMANDRussell has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in the T20 format, and is one of a plethora of West Indies players who ply their trade in multiple foreign leagues.A big-hitting lower-order batsman and a lively seamer who is also brilliant in the field, the 28-year-old has already played 225 T20s and made over 3,400 runs and taken 202 wickets.Cummins said the fact Russell appeared in person before the anti-doping panel had been a good sign.”I’ve spoken to him a couple of times over the journey. He feels like he’s done everything he can,” said Cummins.A huge fan favourite, Russell was excellent for Thunder last season, grabbing a high 16 wickets and gathering nearly 200 runs as the franchise won their maiden Big Bash title.The Big Bash League bowls off on December 20.last_img read more

Air Cote d’Ivoire Adds Liberia to 19-Nation Route

first_imgRegular travelers between Liberia and la Cote d’Ivoire may be sighing with great relief at the new and only alternative to braving the intense, unpaved terrain between the two countries as they have for nearly a decade, since Air Cote d’Ivoire added Liberia to its 19-nation continental route. Announcing its 19-nation route at a major press conference at the airline’s Abidjan hub over the weekend, CEO Mr. Rene Decurey pledged to make Air Cote d’Ivoire’s the leading airline in West and Central Africa.  Established on May 15, 2012 with the help of current Ivorian President Al Hassan Ouattara, the airliner’s initial capitalization of US$5 million investment has already increased ten-fold to US$50 million and is poised to reach US$130 million by the second half of 2014, Mr. Decurey disclosed.  According to him, Air Cote d’Ivoire is a joint venture between the Government of Cote d’Ivoire (65%), Ivorian private company Golden Rod Investment (15%) and Air France (20%).The CEO said the Ivorian leader made it clear to Ivoirians that the development of their country definitely needed a reliable airline that would be able to take passengers in and out if Ivory Coast.  He said, President Outtara asked the company’s chairman Abdoulaye Coulibaly to work along with him (Decurey) to put the airline together which they did; and the airline is now taking passengers into several countries in Africa.Their major challenge, said Decurey, is to build a lasting and profitable company through the continual quest for customer satisfaction, the cohesion and professionalism of their personnel, the destiny of their hub, re-enforced by solid alliances. The challenge requires the company to be flexible, innovative and to engage in corporate social responsibility.The Air Cote d’Ivoire fleet is composed of two Airbus A-319S (equipped with 12 seats in business class and 96 seats in economy class) and 1 Embraer 170 (equipped with eight seats in business class and 60 seats in economy class). The airplanes are destined for the regional network and company plans is to increase its fleet with seven more aircrafts over the next five years. In 2014, the company foresees the acquisition of two Bombardier Q400s for its domestic network and one additional airbus A-319.The company begins operation with four flights but the CEO promised to increase the number of flights before the end of 2014. Responding to flights flying to Liberia, he said “Liberia is a neighboring country with Ivory Coast and currently there is total peace in the country.” He used the medium to thank President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, describing her as “a loving President” that cares about other countries. He disclosed that the airline is now flying to Liberia four times weekly and that he hopes to expand his flight weekly in Liberia. Other officials of the company include Patrick Kone, Jean-Pierre Chonavel, Director for finance and Human Resources and Laurent Loukou, Director General for Commercial and Marketing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Shelter Afrique Examines NHA Projects to Boost Request for Loan

first_imgMadam Johnson and Shelter Afrique’s Ogonegbu after their meetingA representative of Shelter Afrique, Madam Elizabeth Ogonegbu has completed a two-day (Feb. 28-March 1, 2019) feasibility studies on activities of the National Housing Authority (NHA) for its request for a loan to build affordable houses for Liberians who are affected by erosion in the Township of West Point.Madam Ogonegbu is a senior Regional Operations Officer for Central and West Africa, for Shelter Afrique, a South Africa-based financial institution that finances affordable housing in Africa.At the meeting on Thursday, February 28 in the conference room of the NHA on Capitol Hill, Madam Tonia D. Johnson, NHA’s Officer-in-Charge, welcomed Madam Ogonegbu to Liberia and expressed the government’s delight through the NHA for her visit to examine activities of the NHA.She informed her that the NHA has the statutory mandate to provide low-cost housing for Liberian families and therefore the government welcomed her visit to Liberia since it is clear that her visit indicated her organization is willing to work with the Liberian government’s pro-poor agenda for prosperity and development.Madam Johnson described the relationship between the Government of Liberia (through the NHA) and Shelter Afrique as very cordial and assured Madam Ogonegbu that the government (through the NHA) is in readiness to deepen their partnership in the realization of the NHA’s mandate.Responding, Madam Ogonegbu, extended appreciation to the Government of Liberia through the National Housing Authority for the warm reception accorded her during the visit and promised her organization’s support to the Government of Liberia through the NHA for its slum upgrading and resettlement programs.She said the main focus of her visit is to look over the activities of the NHA to be able to provide a positive assessment of what her organization can do to realize the objectives of the NHA.“It is also to gain insight about the country’s objectives in the real estate sector that could inform our decision to provide the needed funding for Liberia’s slum upgrading by the NHA,” she said.She said the overview from her visit to Liberia will help her to develop a comprehensive agenda and a road-map for a holistic slum upgrading programs in the country.Meanwhile, during her two-day stay in Liberia, Madam Ogonegbu was led on a tour of the Township of West Point and the VOA Community, site of where 65 family heads from West Point are settled, and the NASSACORP Village in Brewersville, outside Monrovia. Madame Ogonegbu paid a brief visit to some vacant land areas belonging to the NHA along the Roberts International Airport before her departure.She expressed appreciation for the jobs being done in Liberia by the Liberian government, through the NHA, and said she has no doubt of a successful partnership between Shelter Afrique and the Liberian government (through the NHA).Madam Ogonegbu said her stay in Liberia was rewarding as she had the opportunity to meet with several officials, including Mr. Nathaniel F. McGill, Minister of State for Presidential Affairs and executives of the NHA. She departed Liberia on Friday, March 1, 2019, for South Africa, an NHA press release said yesterday.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Four B.C. LNG players form alliance to push for Asia exports: The Globe and Mail

first_imgThe four members are: Petronas-led Pacific NorthWest LNG, Shell Canada Energy, Prince Rupert LNG and Kitimat LNG project, which is co-owned by Chevron Corp. and Apache Corp.The ‘B.C. LNG Developers Alliance’ hopes to promote the LNG industry and engage in public consultation, which in turn they hope will win the hearts of First Nations and other affected communities. Part of that plan is to participate in community outreach and labour training.There’s also a plan to build “an LNG literacy program designed to inform B.C residents about the industry.”- Advertisement -“British Columbia is struggling to ensure that LNG projects deliver benefits to taxpayers, minimize environmental impacts, and address concerns of First Nations and other local communities, while ensuring proponents see a rate of return that justifies the massive investment required,” said a KPMG report on global LNG competition, released to The Globe and Mail.The Globe and Mail is reporting three smaller LNG projects are considering the alliance, “which would get help from the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers on issues related to drilling for natural gas.” The alliance is reportedly entertaining the idea of sharing gas pipeline infrastructure instead of competing lines with the 14 LNG proposals in the works, although they would remain competitors during export process.Advertisement International competition is also a priority for the alliance.last_img read more