PSG aims to avoid early elimination in Champions League

first_imgAdamson suspends Wednesday classes for do-or-die UAAP Final 4 game vs UP Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The good news for Tuchel is that Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who had been sidelined because of injuries, are expected to be available for the home match against Liverpool.A look at the four Champions League groups on Wednesday:GROUP AAtletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund lead the group and have a chance to secure places in the knockout round in advance.Dortmund needs a draw at Club Brugge, while Atletico needs a home win against Monaco. Atletico can also advance if Club Brugge loses points against Dortmund, which is coming off a blistering start to the season under new coach Lucien Favre.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Victories by Liverpool and Napoli would lock up the group which has proven to be the tightest of the Champions League.Napoli, the group’s only unbeaten team with three draws and one win, hosts a Red Star team which still has chances of advancing in its return to the tournament’s group stage after 26 years.The Serbian club has four points, one fewer than Paris Saint-Germain and two fewer than Napoli and Liverpool.Red Star held Napoli to a 0-0 draw at home in the first round, but then conceded 10 goals in losses against PSG (6-1) and Liverpool (4-0).Liverpool, which beat PSG at home, lost 2-0 to Red Star in its previous Champions League match, but it is coming off two straight wins in the Premier League.PSG, cruising in the French league, beat Liverpool 3-0 the only other time the teams met in Paris, nearly two decades ago.GROUP DGroup leader Porto hosts second-place Schalke in a match in which a draw could be enough for both clubs to advance.They would clinch a spot in the knockout stage with a draw if Galatasaray fails to win its match at already eliminated Lokomotiv Moscow.A victory would secure first place for Porto, which has won eight straight entering the match at its Estadio do Dragao. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title It would be the first time PSG failed to reach the tournament’s knockout round since 2011-12, after Qatar Sports Investments took over the club with the goal of turning it into a top contender. PSG was eliminated in the round of 16 last season, after reaching the quarterfinals four straight years before that.Failure this time would hurt PSG in its second season since signing Brazil star Neymar for 222 million euros from Barcelona in an attempt to increase its chances of succeeding in Europe.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPSG enters the crucial match at Parc des Princes with five points in Group C, one behind leaders Liverpool and Napoli. A victory would put the French club back in position to advance depending on its own results.“It’s a decisive match in a very, very complicated group,” PSG coach Thomas Tuchel told French broadcaster TF1. Paris Saint-Germain’s Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani celebrates his goal during the French Ligue 1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Toulouse (TFC) at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, on November 24, 2018. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)MADRID — Paris Saint-Germain’s hopes of breaking through in European soccer could end earlier than usual this season.A loss against Liverpool on Wednesday in Paris, coupled with a home win by Napoli over Red Star, would keep PSG from making it out of the group stage in the Champions League. And that would be a significant setback for the big-spending French team desperately trying to assert itself as a world-class club.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The only setback for Favre so far was the 2-0 loss at Atletico in the team’s previous Champions League appearance.Paco Alcacer, signed on a permanent basis from Barcelona on Friday, scored again on Saturday in a win over Mainz, taking his league tally to nine goals in seven appearances.GROUP BHarry Kane kept Tottenham’s Champions League hopes alive with a late double to sink PSV Eindhoven in the last round of games.Now the striker has some back-up as his team tries to complete an unlikely recovery to qualify from Group B.Tottenham has struggled for attacking fluency this season, mainly because attacking midfielders Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli have been missing at times because of injury.They appear to be fully fit now and were superb in Tottenham’s win over Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday, a 3-1 win that might have been its best display of the season.Spurs need to beat Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday to keep alive ambitions of a top-two finish. That would leave the teams tied on seven points. Tottenham would still likely require a win at already-qualified Barcelona to advance, given that Inter closes group play at home to last-place PSV.Barcelona, without Rafinha, Luis Suarez and Arthur because of injuries, has a three-point advantage at the top and will clinch first place in the group with a win over PSV, or a draw if Inter does not beat Tottenham.GROUP C Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Porto is trying to make it to the round of 16 for the third straight season. The Portuguese champion has 10 points, two more than Schalke and six more than Galatasaray. Porto and Schalke are the only unbeaten teams in the group.Schalke hasn’t made it to the knockout stage since 2014-15.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Top new beer garden and pizza-burger bar opening at The Traveller’s Inn, Milford

first_imgThis weekend, The Traveller’s Inn, Milford will officially open its newly revamped Beer Garden with a state-of-the-art Pizza and Burger Bar. The Beer Garden Launch Party takes place this Saturday, 6th July from 8pm and all are welcome to come along and enjoy live music and complimentary stone-baked pizza slices. The Traveller’s Inn, Milford will officially launch its new Beer Garden this Saturday 6th July from 8pm and all are welcome. The new beer garden includes a Pizza and Burger Bar which will open daily from 4 – 9pm during the summer season.As well as a fully stocked outdoor bar with draft Rockshore and Orchard Thieves, the new Beer Garden will be open daily from 4 – 9pm so customers can enjoy the long summer evenings with delicious pizzas, burgers and light bites. Owner of The Traveller’s Inn, Michael McBride says he’s delighted with the finished beer garden:“We’re always looking for new ways to improve our overall experience for our customers and each year we try to add something new. Late last year we started our stone-baked pizzas which are going down a treat and we also started doing full Irish breakfasts, which are very popular for lunch time throughout the weekend.“Our beer garden has always been a sun trap in the evenings, so this renovation was something we’ve wanted to do for a few years, and we’re delighted with the finished version.“It’s ideal for people who would like to wind down after work in a casual environment and it’s perfect for families to stop in with their kids and enjoy a tasty burger or stone-baked pizza in the cosy outdoor setting.” The Traveller’s Inn Milford is open daily for food from 12 – 9pm and was recently certified by The Food Coast, Donegal’s Good Food Initiative. The cosy pub and restaurant is famous for its Sunday Lunch roast dinners. Pictured is owner Michael McBride.Michael added: “Our restaurant will remain open daily for the summer season from 12 – 9pm with our full menu available for sit-in and take-away. We’ve also got a busy summer schedule starting from Monday 8th July and we’ve already had requests from people looking to book pizza parties for birthdays and wedding after-party celebrations!”The jam-packed summer schedule kicks off this Monday, 8th July and customers can enjoy Monday nights with Pizza and ‘Prinks’ in the outdoor bar from 9pm ‘til 11pm and can get great value with the Thursday Steak Night Special. For just €16.95, steak lovers can enjoy a 12 oz sirloin steak served with creamed mash, chips and all the trimmings.Every weekend, the centrally located pub and restaurant has live music in the lounge and winner takes all runs every Saturday and Sunday night.The Milford venue is also famous for its weekly traditional Irish music sessions which run every Wednesday at 9.30pm and are so popular that they’ll run every Wednesday and Friday for the summer season. The trad sessions are open to everyone and new musicians and singers are welcome to join in.Michael McBride of The Traveller’s Inn along with his daughter’s Aoibheann and Aíne McBride and staff member Darren Greene.Located on the Wild Atlantic Way and Mulroy Drive, The Traveller’s Inn is the perfect pit-stop to refuel after a busy day exploring the best of Donegal. For more information on The Traveller’s Inn or to make a reservation, contact Michael and the team on 074 91 63499 or follow them on Facebook @michaeltraveller.Traveller’s Inn PubTop new beer garden and pizza-burger bar opening at The Traveller’s Inn, Milford was last modified: July 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:beer gardenEntertainmentfoodlaunch partyMilfordpizza barThe Traveller’s InnWhat’s on?last_img read more

Finding the Right Lens Adapter

first_imgHere are a few things to consider when choosing your next lens adapter.Top image via Shutterstock.Lens adapters are annoying but necessary purchases anytime you are dealing with different types of lenses and cameras. Even though it adds weight, bulk, and expense to your production, the right lens for your camera is absolutely crucial. One of the questions I had when choosing the right adapter was how it would affect my the image, so let’s take a look at what to expect.What Are Lens Adapters?Image via Shutterstock.To put it plainly, lens adapters bridge the gap from mismatched lenses so that they might fit a different type of camera. So, if you have to shoot with a Canon (EF mount) camera and use a Sony (E mount) lens, adapters make this possible. Generally, it’s better to move down from a larger format lens to a smaller format camera that can translate from full frame to APS-C and Micro Four Thirds. But overall, adapters can save you from losing precious glass when you upgrade to a different type of camera body and brand.A notable downside to using a lens adapter is the loss of autofocus while recording video. Using auto-focus while recording video isn’t the best way to capture accurately focused shots, but if you’re vlogging or have the camera turned towards yourself, autofocus will help out a lot. Regardless, just know that autofocus isn’t as direct when you use an adapter.Focal ReducersThere are lens adapters like the Metabones Superbooster that actually expand and increase your aperture by a stop. This improves the crop factor of your camera, whether it’s from APS-C to full frame or micro four-thirds to APS-C. The Superbooster is a viable option for improving your image, especially if you want to capture a “bigger image.” However, the Superbooster does lose tracking capabilities for autofocusing and, like I said earlier, autofocusing is the main consideration here if that’s how you’re used to shooting. Expect to pay around $500 – $600 for the Speedbooster, regardless of the type of camera you use.Lens Adapters to ConsiderImage via Metabones.As with any pre-production decision, cost is everything. However, you may not need something like the Metabones Speedbooster if your shoot doesn’t need all the benefits of such a product. For instance, the Fotodiox lens adapter lineup is filled with cheap, worthy adapters that are about 1/4 the cost of Metabones or Vello. Again, consider the brand of camera you’re using. Often, Sony, Canon, and Nikon offer their own adapters that work perfectly fine.There are many different types and brands of adapters to consider, so think about what you’re shooting, how you shoot, and what kind of glass you actually like working with.What are some adapters you’ve worked with in the past? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Lacuna, PH swimmers hope to get out of SEA Games slump

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES View comments Also swimming for the Philippines is Fil-Am newcomer James Deiparine, who owns the national record of 28.13 seconds in men’s 50-meter and 1:02.00 in 100-meter breaststroke.Deiparine, whose mom hails from Angeles City, Pampanga, is making his first SEA Games appearance. He first donned the tricolours in the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary last month.The country bagged two silvers and 11 bronze medals in the Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Jasmine Alkhaldi. INQUIRER File photoKUALA LUMPUR — Swimming, the Philippines’ biggest frustration the past Southeast Asian Games, hopes to get out of the doldrums this time when competition starts Monday at KL Sports City.One of the sports with the biggest number of gold medals at stake at 38, the country went home with nothing two years ago in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6 MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program But two-time Olympian Jhessie Lacuna hopes to break that slump when he competes in the men’s 400-meter heats in the morning. He won silver two years ago in this event in Singapore.Lacuna has trained in Italy along with fellow Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlso buckling down to work are Nanjing Youth Olympic Games veteran Roxanne Yu and Fil-American Nicole Oliva who will vie for 100m backstroke heats.Six gold medals are at stake in one of the two centrepiece events of the SEA Games which will have heats in the morning and finals in the evening starting at 7 p.m. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Deja vu as Horn pulls off a Bradley on Pacquiao

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trainer Atlas blasts Horn’s UD win: You’re not supposed to get it for trying hard Five years ago, Pacquiao suffered a highly-disputed defeat to Bradley by split decision despite out-boxing the American throughout the bout.READ: NBA players, US celebrities upset over Horn win, say PacquiaoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAgainst Bradley, the CompuBox, which records the number of punches thrown and landed by both boxers, depicted that Pacquiao landed 253 total punches as compared to the American’s 159. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:06Manny Pacquiao trains in LA for last time before Keith Thurman fight01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Against Horn, Pacquiao also out-landed his foe, 182 to 92, despite the Aussie throwing 52 more punches.Pacquiao thew 573 punches in total, 32% of which hit Horn. The Filipino ring legend also landed 123 power shots as compared to Horn’s 73.READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winAll three judges scored in favor of the hometown bet, 117-111, 115-113, 115-113, to the delight of the packed Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.Bradley, who is now a boxing commentator, is actually in attendance, calling the fight alongside his trainer Teddy Atlas, who couldn’t hide dismay over the unanimous decision win.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? Horn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao’s shocking loss to Jeff Horn on Sunday in Brisbane, Australia was deja vu.Pacquiao dropped a unanimous decision and yielded his WBO welterweight title to Horn in controversial fashion that brought back memories of the Filipino ring icon’s stunning setback at the hands of Timothy Bradley in 2012.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Batra declared elected as IOA chief, Mehta Sectary General

first_img(Eds: updating with more quotes and results)By Philem Dipak SinghNew Delhi, Dec 14 (PTI) International Hockey Federation chief Narinder Batra was today elected as president of Indian Olympic Association for a four-year term by an overwhelming majority in the polls held at its Annual General Meeting here.The 60-year-old Batra secured 142 votes while his rival Anil Khanna got 13 in a two-way contest in the polls held under the supervision of a three-member Election Commission, comprising an retired High Court justices. S K Mendiratta, a legal advisor to the Election Commission of India, was the returning officer.Batras election to the top post was on expected lines after Khanna, a former All India Tennis Association president, withdrew from the contest in a surprised move. But there was an election for the presidents post as Khanna sent the withdrawal letter to the IOA-appointed Election Commission after the stipulated deadline of December 3.Incumbent Secretary General Rajeev Mehta was re-elected for his second term without any contest as he was the lone candidate for the post.Batra thus has become one of the few sports administrators who heads an important international federation as well as a National Olympic Committee.Meanwhile, Anandeshwar Pandey was elected as the treasurer after he defeated Rakesh Gupta by 113 to 37 votes. R K Anand defeated J S Gehlot by 96 votes to 35 for the post of the senior vice president.The election results will, however, be subject to the final decision of the Delhi High Court that yesterday refused to stay the polls on a petition filed by lawyer Rahul Mehra.advertisementJust after winning the election, Batra said that he would take a proposal to the government to host the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2026 Commonwealth Games.”I am yet to take over as the IOA President. But once I settle down, the IOA will take a proposal to the government to host the 2032 Olympics, 2030 Asiad and 2026 CWG. We should think big but hosting these Games depends on government as they will sanction the funds,” he told a press conference.”The IOA hopes to work with the government in a conducive atmosphere. We want to have a good relation with them but at the same time they will also have to draw the line (upto where it can go). The government has to understand that a sports body has an autonomy in its functioning. Theres a thin line.”Batra said he would not want to comment on the order of the Delhi High Court, which has asked the IOA to follow the Sports Code.”I will not want to answer any question relating to a matter which is pending in a court of law. But I dont know how IOA is not following the Sports Code. The Constitution of the IOA of 2013 was approved by the government, the IOC and the OCA. After that which changes in the Code was not accepted by the IOA, I dont know.Asked about sporting relations with Pakistan, Batra said, “As far as multilateral events organised by the international federations are concerned, we have to play Pakistan. But I think it is not possible to play them in bilateral events unless the relation between the two countries are improved.”Moreover their behaviour at the border will have to improve. Everybody in India is an Indian first.”When Batra was the president of Hockey India, there was an acrimonious incident between Indian and Hockey teams after a match at the 2014 Champions Trophy in Bhubaneswar and he had stopped all bilateral matches between the two countries until Pakistan made an unconditional apology.Asked about his priorities as IOA president, Batra said, “I want to work to improve the countrys number of medals in Olympics and other Games, how to resolve the issues of the athletes, to bring improvement in the relationship with the government. We want to work with the government in a conducive atmosphere, they should try to know our views and we will also try to know their views so that we can work together.”The IOA will work as a team. Rajeev Mehta is an experience hand and he is on his second term. The other members are also experienced. We will divide the duties and responsibilities among ourselves and will work as a team. There will not be one-man show.”He acknowledged that his predecessor N Ramachandran had also worked for the welfare of the athletes.Talking about the provision of 25 per cent sportspersons in the Executive Council which is required under the Sports Code, he said, “As I understand the Sports Code is applied to the NSFs, and IOA is not mentioned in the Sports Code. The definition of the sportspersons will have to be elaborated. I believe sportsperson does not mean only those who have played for India. I am also a sportsperson.advertisement”When we checked we found out that more than 60 per cent of people in the present Executive Council are sportspersons.”Mehta informed that the next National Games will be held in Goa next year from November 4-18.”We have guidelines for the hosting of the National Games. We have made these guidelines stricter. The National Games will be held next year in Goa from November 4-1, it has been confirmed,” Mehta said.He said he had a good relation with the former president Ramachandran and hoped to have the same with Batra also.President: Narinder BatraSenior Vice-President: R K AnandVice-President: Addille Sumariwalla, Birendra Prasad Baishya, V D Nanavati, Sudhanshu Mittal, Sunaina Kumari, K Govindraj, Kuldeep Vats, Karan ChautalaSecretary General: Rajeev MehtaTreasurer: Anandeshwar PandeyJoint Secretary: S M Bali, Rakesh Gupta, Namdev Shirgaonkar, Onkar Singh, D V Sitaram Rao, Vikram SisodiaExecutive Council Members: Adhip Das, Ajit Banerjee, Balbir Singh Kushwah, Digvijay Singh, Dushyant Chautala, Gurudutta Bhakta, Hemochandra Singh, V N Prasood, Rupak Debroy, Abhijt Sarkar. PTI PDS CM PDSlast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on bench

first_imgReal Madrid coach Solari explains leaving Isco on benchby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid coach Santiago Solari left Isco on the bench for victory over Rayo Vallecano.Real overcame Rayo 1-0 via a Karim Benzema strike, with Solari pleased about the win, which he discussed after explaining his benching of Isco.”My interest is in ensuring that all players are well, happy and committed and we all work for that,” he said.”I try not to make mistakes in the formation or the substitutions and I do that because it is part of my job.”With the way the match went, I brought Dani Ceballos in for Marco [Asensio] because he was tired then Fede [Valverde] for the midfield and Vini came in because he was the only forward on the bench who could replace Benzema.”We were dominant against Rayo and should have gone in at half-time with a more comfortable lead but when you don’t take your chances you will suffer.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

16 days agoLionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelona

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lionel Messi: Why I plan to stay with Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLionel Messi has hinted he’s willing to play out his career with Barcelona.Messi, speaking on RAC1, insists he and his family are happy and settled in the city.He explained: “My idea has always been to stay here, it has always been the case and it has not changed. “An extension? I think not, I do not have all the information about it, but for the moment there is nothing according to what my father tells me. Whenever there were negotiations, I always stayed away from the discussions because there were never any problems, everything was always clear. “Today, my idea and that of my family is to finish my career here. Especially because I’m settled in the club and I feel good within the club, after for family reasons, because we are happy in this city, and for my sons also not to change their friendships and break them, I lived it and it had hurt me a lot on a personal level.” last_img read more

Bruce Carson investigation probes claims around 5000 cheque

first_imgBy Kenneth Jackson and Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe RCMP is investigating claims Bruce Carson received a $5,000 cheque to sponsor a table at the Assembly of First Nations Christmas party from the Ottawa water company he was promoting to federal officials in hopes of landing First Nation water deals, APTN National News has learned.Patrick Hill, owner of H2O Pros, also known as H2O Global Group, said he had the cheque made out at the request of Carson to pay for a portion of the $15,000 cost to sponsor a table at the Assembly of First Nations Christmas banquet on Dec. 16, 2010.APTN National News has confirmed a cheque was made out by the H2O Pros’ bookkeeper but it remains unclear what name was put on the cheque. It also remains unclear whether the cheque was ever cashed.Hill said the Calgary-based Canada School of Energy and Environment (CSEE), which Carson headed, was supposed to pay for the balance of the sponsorship cost.Hill’s company logo was placed next to CSEE’s as co-sponsors of the table at the December event which was held at the Lac Leamy Casino in Gatineau, Que., located across the Ottawa River from Ottawa.“I gave it to (Carson),that is correct. That money was supposed to be for that table which was supposed to be $15,000. You can check the bank accounts. I have nothing to hide,” said Hill.Hill’s bank records for November 2010 obtained by APTN National News, show that two $5,000 cheques were withdrawn from his account Nov. 22, 2010 and another Dec. 17, a day after the AFN event.Hill never provided bank records, however APTN had received copies during its initial investigation last February.APTN National News confirmed that the CSEE never received any $5,000 deposit in relation to the sponsorship.The AFN sent an invoice last April looking for payment for the sponsorship, but after Carson left the school under the cloud of scandal, the CSEE board decided not to pay it. The think-tank also pulled its involvement from an AFN-lead mining and energy conference which was eventually held in Niagara Falls, Ont., last year, AFN sources confirmed.Carson, a former advisor to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, is currently under investigation by the RCMP, the Lobbying Commissioner and the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner for alleged illegal lobbying and influence peddling. None of those investigations have reached their conclusion.The lobbying investigation is ongoing, while the ethics investigation is currently suspended.The OPP is investigating Hill’s company, which closed its doors last June, for allegedly defrauding clients.The subject of the cheque came up when the RCMP interviewed Nicholas Kaszap, who was a co-owner of H2O Pros until Kaszap left the company in October of 2010 over differences with Hill.The OPP, while conducting a separate investigation into Hill and H20 Pros only, is after the company’s financial records.A source at the centre of the investigation told APTN National News “every official in town” is after those records.APTN National News attempted to contact Carson Thursday morning, texting and calling his cell phone, which still uses the same 403 Calgary area-code number he answered while still with the CSEE.APTN National News has confirmed that the lobbying and ethics investigations have moved beyond Carson’s dealings with the water company to his time as head of the CSEE, which received $15 million in federal funding.Investigators with both agencies have obtained Carson’s emails and documents from his lap top from the think-tank, which was secured after he left.Investigators have also contacted the CSEE and former employees seeking information about Carson’s activities.In particular, the Lobbying Commissioner’s investigator has requested Carson’s expense account from the school.Carson still owes CSEE about $15,000. It was reported late last year Carson spent more than $28,000 in the month before he left, but APTN National News has learned the expenses covered about a two-year-long period.The school is making no efforts to retrieve the money, nor would they grant APTN an interview.Harper requested the probes on March 16, 2011, following a meeting between the Prime Minister’s Office’s director of communications and APTN National News reporters investigating links between Carson and an Ottawa-based water company seeking to sell filtration systems to First Nation reserves hard hit by contaminated water.Hill signed a deal with Carson’s fiancee, Michele McPherson, a former escort, giving her a share of the profits from the sale of water filtration systems to First Nation communities. Hill initially agreed to give McPherson 20 per cent of gross sales and later signed an additional contract lowering the cut to 15 per cent.kennethbrianjackson@gmail.comjbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Little hope seen for oilpatch activity growth as steep price discounts continue

first_imgMorrison says unusually wet weather in Alberta in September will contribute to soft third-quarter earnings reports from oilfield services companies.The analyst says Western Canada will remain short of pipeline capacity even if Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline is completed by 2020, thus adding 370,000 barrels per day of capacity.He says the short-term situation will improve but not enough to allow growth in activity if crude-by-rail exports double, as he expects, to a record 450,000 barrels per day by the end of this year.“We believe this reality will start to percolate into 2019 capex budgets, with a number of producers likely to delay the issuance of formal guidance until January and then we believe many are likely to announce development programs that show little to no incremental production growth,” Morrison’s report says. CALGARY, A.B. – An energy analyst warns the Canadian oil and gas sector is in a holding pattern in which spending and production growth can’t occur until new ways to get products to export markets are found.CIBC analyst Jon Morrison says in a report that steep discounts being paid for Canadian heavy and light oil production compared with U.S. benchmarks won’t end soon and that means there’s no money for producers to increase their drilling budgets.The report bodes poorly for Canada’s energy services sector as the industry enters the winter drilling season, its traditionally busiest time of the year as the frozen ground allows more access to backcountry sites.last_img read more