South Africa’s star batsman AB de Villiers has said that there would be a question mark on India’s number one ranking if they falter in the three-match series starting on December 16.”There’s been this feeling and stats show it, that their batters score bigger and they generally perform better at home, which is normal. This will be a big test for them. There’s always been the label that they struggle in South Africa,” de Villiers told The Independent. “If they don’t have success here, there’ll definitely be a question mark about their No. 1 ranking,” he said.De Villiers said he admires Sachin Tendulkar in the Indian team but hoped that the batsman does not strike form in the three-Test series starting in Centurion.”Sachin is a legend of the game and I will always look up to him and it’s great that he is here. It might be his last series in South Africa, so you’ve got to enjoy having the man around, but I’m hoping he doesn’t score too many hundreds.”The 26-year-old de Villiers has scored 4,540 runs in 63 Tests and has been a mainstay of South Africa’s batting line-up.De Villiers said the visitors would gain from having South African Gary Kirsten as coach but the hosts have quality bowlers to contain their much-vaunted batting line-up.”He (Kirsten) has got a lot of knowledge of conditions here. They’ll have all the necessary information. They are a class team and they gave us a run for our money the last time they were here. I back our seam bowlers. Dale (Steyn) and Morne (Morkel) will be big danger men. We are playing at home and we should know the conditions,” he said.advertisementDe Villiers, who had scored an unbeaten 278 against Pakistan in November, to become the highest scorer for South Africa in Tests, said “I would like to achieve a lot more. I have my goals now and I just want to go out there and win games for the team.”About his captain, the star batsman said, “I am the type of guy that needs a boost every now and then from the coaching staff and the captain. Graeme Smith’s always been there for me, backed me 100 per cent, even during the bad times,” he said.- With PTI inputs
Tamara Pimentel APTN National NewsThe number of Saskatchewan children in foster care is alarming.Recent statistics show nearly 85 per cent of kids in foster care are Indigenous.Many in the province are asking why the number is so high and what can be done about it.
CALGARY – Negative market reaction to a slight rise in its 2018 spending plan by natural gas producer Seven Generations Energy Ltd. (TSX:VII) shows how little patience investors have for anything but conservative management in the oilpatch, analysts say.On Thursday, shares in the company plunged by as much as 10 per cent after it announced it would increase its budget by five per cent to about $1.75 billion next year compared with 2017. The stock closed at $16.58, down $1.37 or nine per cent from Wednesday.The reaction was in sharp contrast to the eight per cent rise in shares of Tourmaline Oil Corp. (TSX:TOU) on Nov. 9, the day after it announced it would chop its 2018 capital budget by 29 per cent to $1.08 billion from the previously planned $1.52 billion because of low gas prices.Both Calgary-based companies produce liquids-rich natural gas from wells near the sparsely populated northern Alberta-B.C. border.“I think the capital discipline within the sector seems to be getting some traction, the focus on capital allocation and returns rather than growth,” said National Bank Financial analyst Travis Wood.He said he was surprised at the Seven Generations selloff because its 2018 budget was very close to analyst forecasts and its production next year is expected to be only slightly reduced by ongoing outages at a third-party gas processing plant.Seven Generations CEO Marty Proctor said at the company’s investor day on Thursday it will “outspend” cash inflows in 2018 to increase production and complete construction of a new gas plant but will return to a balanced budget in 2019.“We are targeting cash flow self-sufficiency — that is, a balanced budget — in 2019,” he said. “We are targeting continued profitable growth … by around 100,000 boe/d to reach 300,000 boe/d by 2022.”The company plans to grow its output by around 15 per cent to roughly 205,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day in 2018, with 55 to 60 per cent natural gas liquids.Tourmaline, meanwhile, cut its production target range for 2018 to a midpoint of 275,000 boe/d from the previous 290,000 boe/d, containing about 16 per cent liquids.“The company has elected to moderate growth in its natural gas business until the Western Canadian and North American supply/demand outlook is more transparent and balanced,” it said in a news release.Wood said investors were likely also attracted to Tourmaline’s introduction of a modest dividend of eight cents per quarter.“We have noted a strong theme of budgets funded by internally generated cash flows which is resonating with investors, and which differs from the previous mantra of ‘growth at all costs’,” wrote RBC analyst Michael Harvey in a report earlier this week.“However, we do expect upward revisions to most company budgets if commodity prices and access to capital improves in the medium term.”RBC said it believes Western Canadian producers will spend about seven per cent less in 2018 than in 2017 but production will increase by about 15 per cent as accelerated drilling in the fourth quarter comes on line early next year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
The annual pace of inflation slowed in October as increases in the price of gasoline were smaller than in September, Statistics Canada reported Friday.Its consumer price index was up 1.4 per cent in October compared with a year ago, following a 1.6 per cent increase in September. Excluding gasoline, the index was up 1.3 per cent compared with a year ago – more than the 1.1-per-cent increase in September.Prices were up in seven of the eight major categories compared with a year ago with the transportation and shelter categories contributing the most.Transportation prices last month were up 3.0 per cent compared with a year ago following a 3.8 per cent increase in September as gasoline prices were up 6.5 per cent year over year in October compared with 14.1 per cent in September in the aftermath of hurricane Harvey. Shelter costs were up 1.2 per cent.Prices for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products were up 2.7 per cent from a year ago, while food costs were up 1.3 per cent as food bought in restaurants gained 2.9 per cent.Prices for clothing and footwear, the only category to move lower, fell 1.5 per cent compared with a year ago as the cost of women’s clothing fell 4.6 per cent compared with a year ago.The Bank of Canada, which uses a two per cent inflation target in setting monetary policy, raised its key interest rate target twice this year following strong economic growth to start 2017.However, economists expect growth for the second half of the year to come in at a slower pace and the central bank has suggested that while further rate hikes are likely, they will be cautious and pay close attention to the incoming economic data.Of the Bank of Canada’s three preferred measures of core inflation, which seek to look through the noise of more-volatile items, CPI-common increased to 1.6 per cent compared with 1.5 per cent in September, while CP-median slipped to 1.7 per cent from 1.8 per cent. CPI-trim held steady at 1.5 per cent.
New Delhi: The most important human development indicators health and education took a back seat under the AAP government’s four-year rule in Delhi despite “boastful” claims by the ruling dispensation, senior Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta alleged on Wednesday.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose party is running a campaign for full statehood of Delhi, should tell the people why it “failed” to work in these areas despite winning the 2015 Assembly elections with a massive majority, Gupta said in a press conference. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”During more than four years of AAP rule, Delhi has suffered a lot in the most important human development sectors of education and health. The boastful claims made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his ministers is false propaganda,” he charged. The AAP’s reaction to allegations of Gupta, Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, was not immediately available. Citing reply of the government on a question asked in Delhi Assembly, he claimed it is in possession of 82 vacant plots where schools could have been constructed easily but nothing was done. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Where are the promised 500 new schools? Why not a single brick was laid on 82 vacant plots for schools? he questioned. The government claims to have built thousands of classrooms without any survey of potential students at a cost of Rs 20 lakh per classroom. It spent Rs 1,400 crore on constructing 8,000 classrooms, he said. “New classrooms are no substitute for new schools. The primary responsibility of the government under the Right to Education is to make education available in hitherto areas uncovered by the reach of education. Children in many areas are still denied education near their homes,” Gupta claimed. He claimed further that as per a recent affidavit filed in the Delhi High Court by the government, majority of students who failed in Classes IX, X, XI and XII, were denied re-admission.
Andre Gomes was struggling at Barcelona after moving there from Valencia but he has finally found his old form during the last couple of weeks – and he insisted that he doesn’t want to leave the club at all.Manchester United have been said to be interested in the midfielder but the player himself denied that he wants to leave Catalonia and he claimed that he is just happy to be finally meeting the expectations.The Portugal international spoke about his future as he said, according to Goal:“Right now I do not think about that.”“I am enjoying myself and living the dream that all children want to live.”Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…“The first six months were pretty good but then things changed.”“Maybe it’s not the correct word but it turned into a bit of a hell because I started to feel more pressure. With pressure, I feel fine, but with pressure on myself, I don’t. The feeling that I have during games is bad.”“There is only one Busquets.”“I work as hard as I can so that the manager knows he can count on me.”
Following the announcement of Lewis Baker’s departure for Leeds United from Chelsea, which is his fifth loan deal, one might easily wonder if he is really that precious.Which he is, indeed – at least according to Mourinho. Back in 2014, he was looking to sign Baker at Stamford, while he was still a teenager, alongside the other English hopes Izzy Brown and Dominic Solanke. In the process, throughout the duration of which his decisions were doubted on more than a few occasions, Mourinho has made some bold claims.“If, in a few years, Baker, Brown and Solanke are not national team players, I should blame myself,” Mourinho said, according to the official website of Leeds.“They are part of a process the club started without me, during that period before I came back.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“But now I have players who will be Chelsea players. And when they become Chelsea players, they will become England players, almost for sure.”“I’m not saying we’re doing it just for English football, because it is also about us.”“Chelsea is seen as a ‘graveyard’ for young talent. But at the moment, officially in the first-team squad, we have Andreas Christiansen, Nathan Ake, probably Baker, because I want to have one more English player.”Four years later, even though things have not gone exactly as predicted by Mourinho, Solanke made his English debut this year and Brown and Baker are still owned by Chelsea, despite being loaned out quite a few times.
Vfb Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard has denied agreeing a summer move to join Bayern Munich.The Frenchman has been linked with a move to the Bundesliga champions all season-long and recent reports claimed an agreement over a transfer is already in place.However, the 22-year-old insists his future remains uncertain.“I’ve not signed anything with Bayern,” Pavard said, according to FourFourTwo.“The interest of such a club makes me happy, but I’m focused on Stuttgart today. I don’t think about next summer.”Pavard also said he wanted a Frenchman to win the Ballon d’Or award, after Luka Modric pipped Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane to the award.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I’d have liked a Frenchman to win it,” he said. “Players like Raphael Varane, who’s the only one to have won the World Cup and the Champions League in the same year, or Antoine Griezmann had a great year. They would have deserved it.”Pavard says his own stock among fans in his homeland has increased significantly since his performances in Russia.“In France, and especially Paris, I can’t take the metro. I have to put my hood up. But it’s a fame I live with well,” he added.“When I was little, I wanted to become a professional player. Now I’ve done it, I want to win trophies. I have already won the most beautiful trophy. I hope there will be others. In any case, I won’t complain about being recognised.”
After reaching an impressive 150 La Liga matches for FC Barcelona, striker Luis Suarez explained the sacrifice he had to make when he arrived.As one of FC Barcelona’s greatest strikers to play in the modern era, Luis Suarez completed his 150th La Liga match against Girona last Sunday and he shared the moment in which he decided to sacrifice his game in order to fit in a squad that had Lionel Messi and Neymar.The Uruguay international was coming from a Liverpool squad in which he was the most important offensive player, he moved all around the pitch at will and didn’t have any restrictions to play in a specific position.When he first got to Barcelona however, the manager told him that he would be the player who was going to have to do the “dirty work” with all the defenders inside the box.This was something that Luis Suarez was very familiar with due to his learning experience for Uruguay under manager Oscar Washington Tabarez, when he realized that his defensive work was going to be on point, Luis didn’t care about making a sacrifice for his teammates because he was used to it already.The effort paid off in a major way, as he won the treble with his two offensive teammates on his first season with the club.Proud to have worn the FC Barcelona shirt 150 times in La Liga. Hear me discuss how I felt when I first joined, only on @OTRO. #OurOtherClub pic.twitter.com/7wbQhHDCW8— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 28, 2019But the Luis Suarez story didn’t stop there, as he went on to have an outstanding La Liga performance next season with the Catalan club after scoring an impressive 40 goals that gave him the chance to win the second Golden Shoe of his career.This individual award is only given to the player who scores the highest number of league goals throughout the season, but all those goals wouldn’t have been possible to score by Luis Suarez if it wasn’t for that indomitable fighting spirit that is very usual in players who were born in Uruguay.Luis Suarez shared his learning process in a new project called “OTHER”, where he also shared a hashtag by the name of #OurOtherClub.“When I first came to Barcelona I was playing with Neymar on one side and Messi on the other…” said Suarez on an interview for Otro.“I used to ask my self where was I going to play. Well, all I had to do was my job. I had to run, I had to fight the ball against defenders, I had to search for spaces so that two of the best players in the world could also play freely.”“In that sense, I knew that I needed to adapt and be smart.”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.3 puntos y seguimos 💪💪💪VISÇA BARÇA 🔴🔵 Grande equipo 👏👏👏3 points and we keep going 💪💪💪 Great team pic.twitter.com/BUOiiEJQ2A— Luis Suarez (@LuisSuarez9) January 27, 2019Despite having all these obstacles on his career, Luis Suarez was always able to perform at the top of his game for any club he represented and FC Barcelona was no exception.Last Sunday’s match represented Suarez’s 150th La Liga match since he arrived in Barcelona, he’s become the player with the most goals after said number of matches in the club’s history even above Lionel Messi.The Argentine didn’t reach 150 league matches until that mythical 2011-2012 season when he scored the all-time record of 50 goals in a single tournament, Messi reached those 150 matches and he scored fewer goals than Suarez until that moment.The Uruguay international has a better goal-average than Barcelona’s greatest player in history and he still hasn’t reached the end of his career with the Catalan club, this relationship between both players might be the greatest duo in football history.So far this season, Luis has already scored 15 goals, and Messi has reached 19 in the current competition.Both of them seem like they will have a groundbreaking tournament, which may most likely end with both of them winning La Liga title.🎂 ¿Todavía no has felicitado a @LuisSuarez9?🎁 Envía tu mensaje de felicitación pic.twitter.com/2VxuIVH1Tl— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_es) January 24, 2019How many goals will Luis Suarez score this season for FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Manchester United have reportedly agreed on the sale of Marouane Fellaini to Shandong Luneng with the midfielder having been spotted at the airport.The Belgium international has been strongly linked with a transfer to Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng since Tuesday.It’s understood that Fellaini has already agreed on personal terms with Shandong Luneng, despite having only signed a new two-year contract at United last summer.Now BBC reports the Red Devils have reached an agreement with Shandong Luneng for Fellaini’s move to the Far East.The report adds that Fellaini has passed his medical and that the transfer should be finalised shortly.The 31-year-old midfielder has been at Old Trafford since the summer of 2013 after his former Everton boss David Moyes signed him for £27.5m on deadline day.Fellaini has been an ever-present figure in the United squad under Moyes, Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.The Belgian has managed a total of 22 goals and 12 assists in 177 appearances for United across all competitions.He’s also won the FA Cup, EFL Cup, Europa League and Community Shield in his five and a half years at the Red Devils.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But, amid calf injury problems, Fellaini has only played for 31 minutes under interim coach Ole Gunner Solskjaer since he was appointed on December 18.And it appears United have decided to cut their losses over Fellaini and sell up while they can still get a good price.On Thursday morning, Fellaini posted an image on his Instagram story at an airport with the caption “Let’s go” to all but confirm he’s heading over to China.Reports suggest that the midfielder is set to agree on a very lucrative deal of £200,000 per week in salary.Whether a deal is announced before tonight’s transfer deadline is unknown as the Chinese Super League deadline is set until February 28, which means neither party are in a hurry to conclude the transfer.”Let’s go”Marouane Fellaini is at an airport, could he be heading for China?#MUFC pic.twitter.com/MfNPqHj83X— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) January 31, 2019