Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts Brazil

first_img Reuters Sao PauloJune 11, 2019UPDATED: June 11, 2019 13:14 IST Neymar limped off the pitch during Brazil’s 1st half win over Qatar (Reuters Photo)Brazil expect to win every tournament they play, especially at home, but they go into next week’s Copa America without their talisman Neymar and lacking some of the sparkle that has long been their stock in trade.They have not lost since Belgium dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup in the quarter-finals but their 10-game unbeaten run with the exception of last week’s 7-0 drubbing of 10-man Honduras – has come largely without the usual flair.Brazil’s preparations for the Copa have been overshadowed by Neymar firstly the rape allegations against the striker, which he has denied, and then the ankle injury that ruled him out the tournament last week.Tite’s squad is as good as any in the tournament but the coach is trying to manage a generational change and said that choosing his squad of 23 players was the “most difficult” task he had faced since taking over three years ago.Brazil have included only 14 of the squad that went to the World Cup in Russia a year ago, with Everton’s Richarlison, David Neres of Ajax Amsterdam and midfielders Artur of Barcelona and Luca Paqueta of AC Milan among the young recruits.Apart from home advantage, they are fortunate to be in one of the easier groups with Bolivia, Peru, and Venezuela.The big question will be how they cope without Neymar but his absence could be a blessing in disguise. With the Paris St-Germain forward gone, there will be less of a circus atmosphere around the squad and the focus will be firmly on the pitch.advertisementHis teammates will want to show they can do it without their undisputed leader and they may also take the opportunity to show their solidarity and try to win the trophy for Neymar.The win over Honduras in their last warm-up game, with Philippe Coutinho resurgent and six different players getting their names on the scoresheet, was an encouraging sign.Brazil have won the Copa America eight times but not since 2007 and that trophy drought compounded by a failure to win the World Cup since 2002 – is a long one by Brazilian standards.Fans expect a home triumph and, even though the president of the Brazilian Football Confederation last week said Tite’s job was safe no matter what happens, fans will not spare him unless Brazil win, or lose playing beautiful football.But the coach was his usual inscrutable self when asked what he hoped to achieve over the next three weeks.”We are playing in our own country, and expectations are high that we win,” he said. But the expectation corresponds to how we perform. Are we going to win? I don’t know. But I want us to do the best we can.”Also Read | Neymar wants controversial Santos-Barca transfer trial to be held in BarcelonaAlso Read | Portugal clinch UEFA Nations League title after 1-0 win over NetherlandsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Copa America: Neymar’s absence could be blessing in disguise for hosts BrazilNeymar suffered the ankle injury during Brazil’s 2-0 friendly win over Qatar and he won’t be able to recover in time for their Copa America campaign.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Bremerhaven Looking For Offshore Terminal Operator

first_img My location zoom The Federal Land of Bremen, Germany,  has initiated the tender procedure to find an operator for the Offshore Terminal Bremerhaven (OTB).A Europe-wide competitive tender has to be conducted before the contract can be awarded to the operator. The contract will take the form of a service concession and, according to the current plans, will be awarded in Q4 2015.Each bidder and each member of a bidding consortium will be obliged to furnish proof of its economic and financial efficiency. This also includes its technical capabilities. They are obliged to present reference projects from the preceding three financial years which are similar to the operation of OTB (terminal operation, on-shore transhipment and/or logistics services for wind farm components or heavy-lift goods). Candidates also have to submit a rough concept for the operation of OTB and its integration in Bremerhaven’s wind energy cluster.A separate tender has to be conducted for the construction of the OTB infrastructure. Assuming that both tenders and the planning approval procedures all go off smoothly, the new terminal facility can be inaugurated in 2018.The OTB is to be operated all year round. The quay on the right bank of the Weser in the south of Bremerhaven will be approximately 500 metres long and have two to three berths for jack-up vessels. The OTB will have a gross operating area of around 25 hectares and the heavy-lift area on the quay will have a depth of around 35 metres.Once the infrastructure for the loading facility has been completed, it will be handed over to the operator, who is then responsible for the construction or procurement of the required suprastructure. Operation of the OTB will be at the operator’s own expense and risk. The operator will be obliged to pay a fee to the Federal Land of Bremen for use of the Offshore Terminal. The operating contract is expected to have a term of 30 years.The planned facility will have an annual handling capacity of up to 160 wind turbines and foundation elements. Print  Close 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Press Releaselast_img read more

US salmon spill should spur pursuit of Canadas landbased prowess experts

by Camille Bains, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 25, 2017 12:35 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Critics of open-net fish farms say the escape of Atlantic salmon from a Washington state pen that held 305,000 fish should spur Canada to support a transition to land-based aquaculture because it’s already leading the world with the most facilities using that method.Steve Summerfelt of the Conservation Fund Freshwater Institute in Shepherdstown, W. Va., said three of the world’s 13 land-based salmon facilities are in Canada, while China has the largest production capacity with its two operations, followed by Denmark.Kuterra, based in the Vancouver Island community of Port McNeill and owned by the Namgis First Nation, is the leading closed-containment Atlantic salmon company in Canada, followed by Sustainable Blue in Dartmouth, N.S.The First Nation, which received part of its funding from Tides Canada on the basis that it provide open access to its knowledge, has enabled Kuterra to become an industry leader, Summerfelt said Friday.“All across the globe, people are following Kuterra very closely,” he said. “It’s been a great project for the whole industry to see the transparency, to see what their performances were, what their challenges were and what worked really well.”He said two Nova Scotia companies have produced salmon on a smaller scale, positioning Canada as a global leader in the industry though investors have taken a wait-and-see approach.The water recirculating technology to grow salmon has steadily improved over the last three decades, Summerfelt said, adding the system uses less water and draws out waste that’s turned into fertilizer instead of being dumped in the ocean.“The challenge is it’s a higher capital (venture) than putting a net in the ocean. Building these controlled environments that pump water that’s in a building is more costly, it’s a trade-off.”Compared with Canada, two closed-net commercial farms are currently producing Atlantic salmon in the United States but they are not expected to start selling it until next year, he said, adding there isn’t enough wild salmon to meet worldwide demand.“Farmed salmon now exceeds wild salmon consumption and the only way it’s been done effectively until now is in ocean pens. We’re trying to do it differently so we can do it in places where it’s not going to impact our marine ecosystems and we have to do it cost effectively.”Josephine Mrozewski, spokeswoman for Kuterra, said part of the company’s funding came from Sustainable Development Technology Canada, an arm’s-length foundation created by the federal government, though it’s just breaking even after three years of operating.She said Kuterra has broken even after distributing its salmon to one retailer in B.C. and chains in Toronto and Washington state but is looking for investors by the end of September to take the company further.Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the First Nations Wild Salmon Alliance, said the Washington state spill earlier this week near B.C. waters requires investment by government and industry for more sustainable ways to farm salmon.“The government’s infatuation with open-net cage fish farms means there’s not the necessary government support with programs, tax breaks, capital incentives and so on to facilitate the flourishment of the closed-containment industry in Canada,” he said.“What I say to Canada is that they provided that same level of resourcing and tax incentives and so on to the fish-farm industry to operate as they are today. My question is, why did they not provide that same framework and support and incentives for the necessary economic environment for the closed-containment industry to be successful?”Jeremy Dunn, spokesman for the BC Salmon Farmers Association, said the Washington spill involved an outdated salmon-farming structure that isn’t used in the province, where he said 109 farms exist, though the industry remains controversial.“Well over 90 per cent of salmon is raised in open net-pens,” he said of the global aquaculture business, adding concerns about Atlantic salmon are continually addressed through innovation, adding any escapees are typically killed by predators.“Our members have decreased their use of antibiotics and we have developed new vaccines to protect against pathogens endemic to the Pacific Ocean,” he said about issues raised in an inquiry that produced dozens of recommendations in 2012 to protect salmon in B.C.Fin Donnelly, federal NDP fisheries and oceans critic, said he organized a visit to Kuterra last fall with support from some Liberal members of Parliament and Green Leader Elizabeth May but his bill to ban open-net cage salmon farms was defeated last December.“You can totally support your wild salmon fishery at the same time that you transition the harmful technology out of the salmon-farming system,” he said, adding the two Nova Scotia companies that have private investors, Sustainable Blue and CanAqua, are “the ones to watch” if Canada is to become a world leader in land-based salmon farming.“But the government is not making it easier for companies like that because they’re still subsidizing the open-net farms by giving them such reduced licence fees.”— Follow CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. 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