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Double delight for Delhi Dynamos after triumph over Kerala Blasters

first_imgDelhi Dynamos put in a sublime second half display as they outplayed Kerala Blasters 2-0 to move to the top of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) table at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here on Friday.In a clash between the best attack and strongest defence, Delhi’s strike-force delivered in the second session with goals from Kean Lewis and Marcelinho in the 56th and 60th minute, respectively.Delhi have now scored 12 goals in eight matches, the best record in the league this season, while Kerala lost their best defensive record after conceding two goals for the first time in the league. (Also read: ISL: Rafael Luiz goal helps FC Goa beat Pune City FC 1-0)It was Kerala’s first loss in the last six matches after losing two matches in a row at the beginning of the league. They are now sixth in the table.The victory enhanced Delhi’s points tally to 13 from eight matches, helping them overtake Atletico de Kolkata (12 points) at the top of the table. ATK however still have a match in hand.Pre-match talk of attack versus defence played out in the opening 45 minutes as Delhi saw more of the ball and had the better scoring chances. Kerala on their part simply defended and looked to hit their opponents on the counter.Brazilian striker Marcelinho had the first chance to open the account for Delhi when a quick throw-in on the right was flicked on by Richard Gadze to Marcelinho. The Brazilian lost little time in smashing the ball but it only ended up hitting the side netting.advertisementGadze had a chance to score two minutes later but despite controlling a ball from Florent Malouda inside the box, he could not keep his attempt on target.Kerala’s best chance of the half came late in the game when Kervens Belfort sent a good cross from the left for Didier Kadio in the 42nd minute but his header after generating tremendous power missed the target narrowly.Delhi turned the match on its head in the second session and had Kerala goalkeeper Sandip Nandy to thank for an unlikely mistake. A back pass was given a poor first-touch by Nandy and Gadze won the ball back and then set it up for Kean Lewis to keep his cool and slam it past a host of defenders.Four minutes later, Marcelinho made it 2-0 after a fantastic ball from Florent Malouda saw the Brazilian head it perfectly beyond Nandy from an acute angle.The setbacks upset Kerala’s calculations prompting coach Steve Coppell to make three substitutions within a minute. Coppell introduced Antonio German, Pratik Chowdhary and Duckens Nazon but Delhi played the rest of the match without being troubled.last_img read more

Farewell to the ramshackle Waca, often a graveyard of English Ashes hopes

first_imgEven when empty, a stroll around the Waca is an evocative one. Though the seats are sun-bleached, the paint peels off in many places and the slightly ramshackle facilities are a throwback to the past, this outgoing Ashes venue still feels mighty special. Topics Ashes 2017-18 Remembering the Waca Ground: a Test track that was a highway to hell Ashes lessons so far: from Australia’s fab four to England’s failure to convert Share on Twitter Reuse this content Since you’re here… Australia sport England cricket team Read more Support The Guardian The Observer Swing bowlers such as Terry Alderman and Damien Fleming prospered, too, and while spinners have not always come to the fore – it was the one Australian ground upon which Shane Warne did not claim a five-for – batsmen have still been able to tuck in, with the Waca the scene of Matthew Hayden’s then world record 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003 and David Warner now heading to a ground where he averages 89, including three Test centuries.But this week the Waca plays host to its final Ashes Test. Sitting to the east, across the Swan River and visible from the Lillee-Marsh Stand, is the new Aus$1.5bn Optus Stadium. It is a hulking 60,000-capacity arena that will soon take over hosting the highest-profile cricket matches and, provided funds arrive, the Waca (23,000 at best) will be revamped, but downsized, to become a boutique venue for less marketable opposition.“It’s evolution,” John Inverarity, the former WA captain and Australian selector, whose name sits on that scoreboard, says. “There’s a new stadium and why wouldn’t you play big audience matches there? I feel less concerned than some. The Waca was my life for many years but I think the stadium will be right for the comfort of fans.”Thursday’s third Test will be an Ashes swansong that almost wasn’t, too. Had the snazzy new bowl in Burswood met its deadline, and not seen its curtain-raiser put back to January for the fifth one-day international of this tour, the Waca would have simply drifted out of Ashes cricket without a chance for one last visit from the Fremantle Doctor, the afternoon wind that provides respite for fielding sides or those frazzling in the old stands that offer little shade.Though England Lions will take on Perth Scorchers in two Twenty20 friendlies at the Optus this week, the senior team instead get one final Test at a venue that, with nine defeats and just one win from 13 visits, represents their least productive of those in double figures.Sitting 2-0 down with three to play, it has been already heavily noted that history is not on the side of Joe Root’s tourists. But whatever the result, they can say they were part of it this week as Ashes cricket says farewell to the Waca. Read more Before arriving, the first thing you spot while walking down Hay Street or Adelaide Terrace, perhaps with a detour through the pretty Queens Gardens, are the six imposing floodlights. Each one becomes more and more like a giant Iron Man (Ted Hughes, not Marvel) staring down on the crisp, green outfield as you pitch up and enter through the gates.Up on the rickety old scoreboard, on non-match days, sit the names of Western Australia’s team of the 20th century (plus a 12th man) from down the years: G Marsh, Wood, Langer, Inverarity, K Hughes, Shepherd, Moody, Yardley, McKenzie, Lillee, R Marsh (wk) and Alderman – these are the giants upon whose shoulders modern local players stand.Park up on one of the exposed grassed banks that have roasted many a supporter over the years and past deeds of derring-do come to mind. It is a stage of many highlights, from Adam Gilchrist’s 57-ball hundred to Curtly Ambrose’s spell of seven for one, Doug Walters hooking the final ball from Bob Willis for six to complete a century in a session, Dennis Lillee’s many bravura bowling performances (or his aluminium bat) through to Ryan Harris trimming Alastair Cook’s off bail with a pearler four years ago.Cricket has been played on this reclaimed swamp land since 1890 but Western Australia needed first rail and then air links to truly enter the fold. And thus Perth is in fact relatively young when it comes to hosting men’s Test matches, with its first in 1970 (although the women, as ever, were slightly ahead with Australia and England meeting here in 1958).From there it gained a reputation as the fastest pitch in the world, with the button-down shirt machismo of Lillee and Jeff Thomson terrorising touring batsman – just ask David Lloyd, he of the split box in 1974-75 – and the lineage of Australian quicks to enjoy it continued through to Merv Hughes, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee and Mitchell Johnson to name but a few.A relaid square in the late 1980s may have seen some of the pace lost but try telling that to batsmen since, with Justin Langer – one of the Waca greats – recalling the experience of facing Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar on a flyer in 2004. “Ricky Ponting and I were just laughing our heads off, because we could have got a single every ball given how far Moin Khan, the wicketkeeper, was standing back. I was very happy letting the captain take the strike. When you’re batting at the end with the sea breeze behind the bowler, you feel alive.” Australia cricket team features Cricket … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger The Asheslast_img read more

Trade Development Workshop Kicks Off Blue Mountain Coffee Festival

first_imgThe second annual Blue Mountain Coffee Festival kicked off on Friday (March 1), with a trade development workshop for farmers, processors and retailers at the University of Technology (UTech) campus in Papine, St. Andrew.The session featured several seminars and networking sessions facilitated by representatives from the Tourism Linkages Network (TLN), Jamaica Agricultural Commodities Regulatory Authority (JACRA), Newport- Fersan Jamaica Limited, among others.Chair of the Gastronomy Tourism Network, Nicola Madden- Greig, said the objective was to improve the skills, knowledge and ability of industry stakeholders to keep producing the best yields and the highest quality of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee.Giving an overview of the three-day coffee festival, being held at New Castle, St. Andrew, Mrs. Madden-Greig, said the event is part of a strategy to promote Jamaican gastronomy both locally and internationally.“This is our second year having this event. Last year was our first endeavour and we plan to make this an annual event to showcase Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee…[and to] showcase how tourism and agriculture as linkages can work together, as well as manufacturing and the other sectors in the industry,” she said.“This weekend promises to be very interesting in terms of interacting with all the persons who make Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee special – those who produce it, process it and those who take it to the consumer,” Mrs. Maddden-Greig added.Chief Executive Officer of the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Peter Thompson said that although the industry has faced challenges from disease, weather, among other things, Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee remains a high-demand product globally.“Over the years, we have seen a decline in the industry, specifically the Blue Mountain brand, and even lowland coffee… but what I want to tell you is the Blue Mountain Brand is alive. It is here to stay. What we need to do is to improve on our productivity,” he noted. “We have a very good brand and we want to promote it. I am hoping that through this (festival) we can diversify our markets, so that we can realise the true potential of this brand,” Mr. Thompson added.The Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee Festival will showcase the rich tradition of coffee production in the Blue Mountain region, and will feature Blue Mountain Coffee and coffee-related products, food stalls, tastings, demonstrations and workshops.last_img read more

Energy Diversification a Priority of the Gov’t – Shaw

first_img The country’s National Energy Policy of 2009-2030 speaks to Jamaica having a secured, diversified and sufficient supply of energy, which will, in turn, support long-term economic and social development as well as environmental sustainability. Story Highlights Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says energy diversification, with increased use of renewable solutions, is a strategic priority of the Government in order to achieve sustainable economic growth. Finance and the Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, says energy diversification, with increased use of renewable solutions, is a strategic priority of the Government in order to achieve sustainable economic growth.The country’s National Energy Policy of 2009-2030 speaks to Jamaica having a secured, diversified and sufficient supply of energy, which will, in turn, support long-term economic and social development as well as environmental sustainability.“Our energy-sector plan focuses on the creation of a sector that provides affordable and accessible energy supplies with long-term energy security, contributes to international competitiveness through the productive sectors of the economy and improves the quality of life for citizens,” Mr. Shaw said.He noted that the plans are “strategic, dynamic and adaptable to the ever-shifting scope of global energy demands”.Mr. Shaw was speaking on the second day of the Natural Gas Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on October 5.The three-day conference, under the theme ‘New Horizons: The Development of a Natural Gas Sector in Jamaica – Prospects and Challenges’, is being jointly hosted by the Office of Utilities Regulation (OUR) and the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ).It seeks to foster greater understanding of the implications of the introduction of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Jamaican marketplace, with particular emphasis on the anticipated economic impact, commercial opportunities, governance and regulation.By June 2019, 45 per cent of the electricity supplied by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) will come from cheaper, cleaner LNG.By then, the power company’s Old Harbour and Jamalco plants will come on stream to join the Bogue facility in St. James, which received its first shipment of LNG in October 2016.Mr. Shaw offered congratulations to the brewery, Red Stripe, which is set to become the first commercial entity in Jamaica to be powered by LNG.He urged other companies to get on board and to also look at implementing renewable energy solutions.Meanwhile, Minister Shaw expressed concern about the pricing policies in the petroleum trade, and said he will be writing to Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley; and Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, asking them to look into the matter.The Finance Minister said he had instructed the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) and the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) to conduct a study on the issue, and a report was produced.“These things must be examined in a totally transparent manner to ensure that we are getting the best deal in this country and that we, as consumers or producers, are not being abused by any quarter,” he contended. Mr. Shaw was speaking on the second day of the Natural Gas Conference held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on October 5.  last_img read more

Qatar Petroleum Fluxys Ink Zeebrugge LNG Terminal Deal

first_imgQatar Petroleum has signed a long-term LNG unloading services agreement for Zeebrugge LNG terminal with Fluxys Belgium.Under the deal, signed with Fluxys LNG in Brussels on September 2, Qatar Terminal Limited (QTL) subscribed unloading slots at the facility from the expiry of the current long-term unloading contracts and up to 2044.“We believe this will further support our customers in Belgium and Europe in general, by providing them access to reliable LNG supplies from Qatar and allowing them to maximize the utilization of such supplies,” Saad Sherida Al-Kaabi, Qatar’s Minister of State for Energy Affairs, the President and CEO of Qatar Petroleum, said.Qatar Petroleum books the full LNG regasification capacity of Zeebrugge LNG terminal in Belgium up to 2044#QP #QatarPetroleum #LNG #Qatar #Belgium— Qatar Petroleum (@qatarpetroleum) September 2, 2019“This agreement further extends our long-standing cooperation with Qatari partners, secures long-term activity at the Zeebrugge terminal and further strengthens the facility’s position as a versatile LNG gateway into Europe offering customers optimum destination flexibility,” Pascal De Buck, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Fluxys Belgium, said.The long-term contract is the outcome of a subscription window held from April 30 to May 24, 2019 for services at the Zeebrugge LNG terminal upon expiry, as from 2023, of the current long-term unloading contracts.In late June, the Belgian Federal Commission for Electricity and Gas Regulation (CREG) approved the accompanying tariff and LNG Services Agreement proposals, clearing the way for turning the binding interest obtained through the subscription window into a long-term LNG services agreement.last_img read more