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Alex Morgan plans for future on USWNT: ‘I want another World Cup’

first_imgIn the USWNT’s winning efforts at this year’s competition, she was awarded the Silver Boot after she matched teammate Megan Rapinoe for a tournament-high six goals — Rapinoe won the tiebreaker for the Golden Boot.If the team repeats for the third time, Morgan would become the first woman in history to win three World Cups.She was also part of the 2015 team. “I just look at continuing to play on top of my game [and] bring home more medals,” Morgan said. “There’s really no endpoint in sight. I feel like I’m still pretty young and have a lot more to offer.”Morgan, 30, has over 160 international appearances and is just one of seven American players to total 100 international goals. She is the third youngest to reach that mark, trailing Abby Wambach and Mia Hamm. Women’s World Cup expands from 24 to 32 teams beginning in 2023, FIFA announces Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles “For me, I want another World Cup,” Morgan said, via ESPN. “[Life after soccer is] not super soon. Four more years!”Morgan went into detail about her future with the team in her exclusive ESPN+ series Alex Morgan: The Equalizer, and doesn’t see herself stepping away from the world stage any time soon. Related News Alex Morgan isn’t done winning yet.The United States women’s national team star already has her sights set on the 2023 World Cup, where the US will be chasing its third consecutive title. USWNT’s Alex Morgan planning to launch own media companylast_img read more

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Rapid-fire Goretzka puts Germany in Confed Cup final

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp The early goals sparked life into comeback kings Mexico, who fought back in all three group stage matches to beat New Zealand and Russia after scrambling a draw with Portugal.Midfielder Giovani dos Santos was a constant first-half threat.When Draxler was caught napping on the edge of the area, Dos Santos robbed him of possession, but fired just wide.LA Galaxy’s Dos Santos and his Villarreal namesake Jonathan Dos Santos forced Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a double save with half an hour gone.Javier Hernandez squandered Mexico’s best chance when his effort flew agonisingly over the woodwork just a few minutes later.Mexico sustained the pressure and Hector Herrera’s free-kick had to be tipped over the bar by Ter Stegen.It stayed 2-0 at the break, but Mexico had 62 percent possession in the first half and 10 shots to Germany’s five.The world champions tightened their defence accordingly for the second half and Ter Stegen was rock-solid in denying Mexico’s half-chances.It was three shortly before the hour mark when Draxler’s pass into the area found Jonas Hector, who drew Ochoa for Werner to tap home for his third goal in Russia after Sunday’s double against Cameroon.Goretzka was replaced by Liverpool midfielder Emre Can for the final 23 minutes as Loew rested him for Sunday’s final.With 15 minutes left, Raul Jimenez headed against the crossbar with Ter Stegen beaten.There was nothing on when Fabian stepped up for a free-kick just inside the German half, but his strike rocketed into the top corner.The Germans were briefly rattled, but replacement Younes settled any nerves with a fourth goal in injury-time. Sochi, Russia | AFP |  Germany booked their place in the Confederations Cup final as Leon Goretzka scored twice in a devastating opening spell to Thursday’s 4-1 semi-final win over Mexico.Attacking midfielder Goretzka ran riot in Sochi with goals on six and eight minutes before Timo Werner and substitute Amin Younes netted in the second half.Marco Fabian scored Mexico’s stunning consolation in the 89th minute with a thunderbolt free-kick from long range.World champions Germany will face Chile in Sunday’s final in St Petersburg while Mexico play Portugal in Moscow’s third-place play-off.“We now need to reward ourselves for our hard work and we want to get the title,” said Goretzka.The Germans drew 1-1 with Copa America champions Chile when the teams met last Thursday in Kazan.“We already played them in the group stage and we know they are good, they are one of the best teams in the competition I have seen so far,” said Germany captain Julian Draxler.Goretzka and Werner are now the tournament’s joint top-scorers with three goals a-piece in Russia.Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said the result was not a fair reflection.His side had twice as many shots as the Germans, but could not take their chances.“Our way of playing is very aggressive. We try to get forward all the time and we paid for that,” Osorio said.“They are fair winners, but the scoreline would seem to suggest they were way better and I don’t think that was the case.”Germany head coach Joachim Loew pulled a surprise before kick-off by naming 20-year-old Benjamin Henrichs on the right wing for only his third international and first start in Russia.The bold move paid off as Henrichs pounced on an early mistake and his pass found Goretzka sprinting towards the box.The Schalke forward took the ball in his stride and stroked his shot past Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa on six minutes.Goretzka struck again soon after when Werner’s pass split the Mexican defence open and he drove home.last_img read more

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first_img:09 Rarely do you see fast and quick in the same body but Mike Wallace is just that and he has “2” Speeds …Fast…and fast as he needs to be!:08 I am still trying to figure out why “they” spent $500 million on a new arena and then play the hockey game outside, huh?:07 Phone call for Mike Haywood Phone call for Mike Haywood…Mr. Haywood…Hey, anybody seen Mike, he was here just a minute ago…:06 I still got the Celtics to win the East…(please fellas make me look good) have you noticed if one of the Heat’s Big Three Go Down they can’t win. “Boston Shaq” is back. Boston wins, “Take It To The Bank”:05 Alright “Magic Mike” Williams, I am gonna clean this up for ya. Add these to the Top 10 point guards list:•The late great ….great Larry “Byrd” Richerdson•The late great George Harvey (Stop on a dime and would kill you!)•Gil Cummings (Nobody’s scored more City League points!!)• David “Dr. Death” Trent (Nuff said)•Chip Harris (New Ken’s finest will steal the ball and your socks and you won’t know they’re gone.)•Thomas “June Bug” Howard (C’mon Neal…That was your boy) Anybody else missed? Call me—412-628-4856.:04 Speaking of corrections (Yeah, every now and then I miss one or two). If I ever do a Top 10 Dunk List again and not put Lenny Morant on the list, take me to a bridge and hang me by my Chuck Taylors! (sorry Lenny):03 An NBA team in Pittsburgh. Is it just me or do we get every other team known to sports in this city but NBA basketball? Cleveland and Jersey can do big time hoops, but we can’t…C’mon man! Unless somebody or some groups of somebodys don’t want a NBA team here because? (I’m just saying).:02 Can some public official in Pittsburgh or Allegheny County say thank you to the Champions Association for 35 years of dedicated public service. Not to Bill Neal, but to the Champions and the hundreds of volunteers that helped make Pittsburgh, and most specifically the inner city, a better and safer place to live. Consider this:•35 consecutive years, 25 programs a year•Nationally recognized Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League•Nationally recognized Kenny Durrett High School All-Star Basketball Classic•5 state recognized programs•The state’s first “Midnight to 6 a.m.” basketball camp•17 W. Pa., Pittsburgh & Allegheny County programs•3 radio sports shows, 2 TV sports shows•Average 25, 000 annually served•Average 10,000 youth annually served•Thousands of youth kept off the streets every year for 35 years…C’mon man!:01 Go see “The Fighter,” best boxing movie since “Ali.” Good movie and a true story.Double Overtime:00 Halle Berry is finer than Frogs Hair! (Thank you Coach Larry Anderson)“Game Over”Happy New Year, Everybody! BILL NEAL :10 By the time you read this the Steelers have beat the Jets, Jets, Jets, 24-14 and are on their way to beat the Green Bay Packers in a Historic Super Bowl.last_img read more

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Bombers struggle to 33-32 victory over Mount Sentinel

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers survived a lackluster performance to edge the Mount Sentinel Wildcats 33-32 in West Kootenay High School Girl’s Basketball action Thursday in South Slocan.The win was the second in as many games for the Bombers after starting the season 0-4.Starting slowly with a handful of players riding the pine due to disciplinary reasons, the Bombers had the hands full against the pesky Cats.LVR led 22-20 at halftime before running into a scoring drought in the third quarter, scoring a single basket.In the end the Bombers had just enough to hold off the Cats. Senior forward Samantha Einarson led the Bombers in scoring for the second game in a row with 17 points.LVR ran into foul trouble with senior Kiandra McLaren and rookie guard Kyley Mirva spending time on the bench.The Bombers return to action Monday, December 26 for the annual LVR Alumni Game. Game time has not been determined.Earlier in the day is the LVR Boy’s Alumni Tournament. The tournament begins at noon at the [email protected]last_img read more

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first_imgRACING MOURNS DEATH OF TRAINER LEONARD DORFMANBOOZER STEPS UP TO THE BAR IN SENSATIONAL STARFUTURE OF MILLIONAIRE CLUBHOUSE RIDE UP IN THE AIRBAYERN BREEZES THREE FURLONGS IN 36.60 FOR BAFFERT Mike Smith6915141022%$1,329,341 Joseph Talamo13915142311%$1,065,504 (Current Through Sunday, Feb. 15) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke12114151712%$784,816 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Jerry Hollendorfer9719131320%$1,968,030 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze15720151713%$1,244,034 Philip D’Amato4398721%$438,310 Bob Baffert621214819%$1,190,338 Peter Miller871618818%$975,450 Elvis Trujillo1261417911%$906,712 FOND MEMORIES OF LEONARD DORFMAN, DEAD AT 92            Highly respected longtime Southern California trainer Leonard Dorfman passed away peacefully early Sunday evening at his daughter’s home in Round Rock Texas. The affable Dorfman, a decorated World War II combat veteran who lied about his eyesight to enlist in the Army at age 19, would have been 93 on June 22.Best known as the conditioner of multiple stakes winners Biggs, Travel Orb, Minnesota Chief, Joni U. Bar and McCann’s Mojave, Dorfman gravitated to the track at an early age and one of his first jobs was grooming horses at movie mogul Louis B. Mayer’s farm in Hemet, Calif., circa, 1937 at age 15.A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Dorfman emigrated to Los Angeles with his mother at the age of 7 and soon thereafter cultivated a lifetime love affair with horses.“He was such a kind and gentle man,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Donald Pierce, from his home in Encinitas. “He was without a doubt one of the finest horsemen I ever rode for. We had a lot of success together. A lot of guys, they’ll (expletive deleted) you about their horses and how they’re doing. Leonard was always straight up with me and when he told me he had something for me to ride, they were live, believe me.”Long active along with his late friend, trainer Noble Threewitt, on behalf of fellow horsemen in the H.B.P.A. and later the California Thoroughbred Trainers (CTT), Dorfman won 16 races and two stakes with Joni U. Bar, a rangy mare by Nordic Prince, who would go on to become the dam of multiple graded stakes winner McCann’s Mojave.“Leonard had a sixth sense with horses,” said Mike Willman, Santa Anita Director of Publicity and the co-breeder and owner of McCann’s Mojave. “The horse always came first with Leonard. He would often say, ‘There’s always another race.’ He was an amazing, honest man and a wonderful human being. I’ll never forget what Frank Cozza, who bred Joni U. Bar and a lot of other nice horses, told my best friend’s dad one time after they had won a race here at Santa Anita. Frank said the key to success with Leonard was, ‘To just leave that little Jewish fella alone.’”            Trainer Ray Bell had this memory: “He had horses being transported by train for L.B. Mayer through the San Bernardino desert, and it was so hot, they opened the doors on the box car. Suddenly one of the horses breaks loose and jumps over a stack of straw bales and into the desert.“Leonard couldn’t notify anyone or stop the train, because he was way in the back, and this was way before cell phones or anything. He decided the first time the train stopped he would get to a phone let them know there was a race horse running around in the desert.“Finally they stopped, probably somewhere in Arizona, and Leonard called L.B. Mayer’s secretary and told her so-and-so is running loose in the desert out in San Bernardino.“Anyway, they finally captured the horse and there wasn’t a scratch on him. So they loaded him up on the next train for Chicago, they met him out there, and he wound up being a useful sort of horse.”Services for Dorfman, who is survived by his wife, Marlene, and daughter, Lisa Crisks, are pending. John Sadler718121111%$561,356 Rafael Bejarano15337242024%$1,729,564 FINISH LINES: Breeders’ Cup Classic winner Bayern,recovered from a hind footabscess that surfaced after that race, forcing him to miss the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7,breezedthree furlongs for Bob Baffert Monday in 36.60. A finalist for Horse of the Year, it was Bayern’s first recorded workout since early last month . . . Kudos to Matt Ascanio, 33-year-old son of former trainer and long-time Bobby Frankel assistant Humberto Ascanio, on winning his first race as an agent after a month in the business. Matt booked Christian Aragon on Fast Mast, who posted a half-length shocker at a $115.80 win payoff in Sunday’s seventh race for trainer Mike Harrington . . . Galicado, unbeaten in three starts in his native Argentina by a combined margin of 21 ½ lengths, worked six furlongs on the main track Monday morning in 1:12.60 for Ron McAnally, who plans to run the son of Asiatic Boy in the $2 million UAE Derby in Dubai on March 28. “The horse was sent to me during the Del Mar summer meet,” said McAnally, whose proclivity with South American imports is a matter of record . . . When Lucky J Lane won yesterday’s fourth race, it marked back-to-back victories for the California-bred gelding, giving trainer Richard Baltas another double. Unusual Fleet also posted consecutive victories when he won Saturday’s fifth race . . . Bob Baedeker has resigned his position as consultant and racing manager for Live Your Dream Racing Stables, effective yesterday. Baedeker cited differences with LYD founder Don Palmer over the future of the partnership. “I wish Don and Live Your Dream well,” Baedeker said. “Don is focused on the breeding end of the business now while I am anxious to acquire horses ready to run. I will be using my energies to grow my racing management business, Mr. B., LLC.” . . . Apprentice jockey Brandon Boulanger has been suspended threeracing days (Feb. 28, March 1 and 5) for causing interference on Aguacita in Saturday’s sixthrace . . . Congrats to Zoe Metz, Santa Anita’s Interactive Media Coordinator and an accomplished photographer, who celebrates her 19th birthday today . . . Santa Anita will be dark this Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, but will be open for simulcast wagering Thursday when there will be free parking and free Grandstand admission. Live racing resumes Friday at 1 p.m. Victor Espinoza10219211419%$1,283,180 Peter Eurton49108720%$481,808 Martin Garcia8214131117%$1,145,820 Doug O’Neill899101010%$520,536 BOOZER GOES FROM LONG TO SHORT SATURDAY            Boozer, a versatile and consistent son of Unusual Heat, goes from third and long to first and goal when he runs in Saturday’s $100,000 Sensational Star Stakes for older California-bred or sired horses at about 6 ½ furlongs on turf.The 5-year-old gelding trained by Mark Glatt for Al and Sandee Kirkwood is coming off a sharp second to streaking stakes winner Alert Bay in the California Cup Turf Classic at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 24. Two races earlier, the pace-favoring Boozer won the California Flag Handicap for state-breds on the downhill turf course.“He runs really well down the hill,” Glatt said. “Maybe it’s not ideal going from a mile and an eighth to 6 ½ down the hill, but I want to take advantage of the Cal-bred program. The horse is doing well, so we’ll give it a shot.”CLUBHOUSE RIDE’S FUTURE UNDECIDED            The future of Clubhouse Ride remained undecided Monday morning, more than a week after he finished ninth and last by more than 40 lengths behind Shared Belief in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7.            “They’ve run a bunch of tests on him to make sure he’s got good sperm,” said Craig Lewis, who trains the 7-year-old Candy Ride horse for owners Murray Seidner (Six-S Racing Stable) and Nikolas Petralia.“There are several offers on the table, so we don’t know what’s going to happen at this point. Should there be any problem with the sperm count, or the money, or they decide not to do the stud deal themselves, then he’ll be back (racing), because he had a minor injury.            “The owners are considering a lot of offers but they don’t know if they want to keep him or sell him.”Clubhouse Ride, a two-time winner of the Grade II Californian Stakes, was second in the Grade I Gold Cup at Santa Anita last June 28. The chestnut bred in Kentucky by Sidney and Jenny Craig has a 5-9-2 record from 43 starts, with earnings of $1,341,132. Kent Desormeaux10722191121%$1,229,322 Richard Mandella3786722%$402,286last_img read more

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Cabinet’s increased gender balance welcomed

first_img27 May 2014The increased proportion of female ministers and deputy ministers in President Jacob Zuma’s new Cabinet is a move in the right direction, the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) said on Tuesday.“The CGE believes although 50/50 gender parity has not been reached, it is within reach and should be possible to reach in the next election,” CGE spokesperson Javu Baloyi said.The new Cabinet, announced on Sunday, includes 15 women out of 35 ministers in total, meaning women constitute about 40% of the Cabinet.“Given that in the previous Cabinet, woman ministers constituted about a third of the members … the CGE is pleased to note this as a significant step in the right direction,” Baloyi said.He added that the commission was also pleased with the increase in the proportion of woman deputy ministers; there are 20 male and 16 female deputy ministers.The CGE also commended the creation of the new Ministry of Women in the Presidency – to be headed by former Minerals Resources Minister Susan Shabangu – saying it was an indicator of the importance of solving gender issues in the country.“The political clout that comes with the Office of the President should be an important resource for the new ministry,” he said.“The CGE can only hope that this new institutional development comes with renewed political commitment and willingness to use the positive lessons derived from the experiences of the former OSW [Office on the Status of Women] to ensure a more effective ministry, with the space to make a difference in terms of leading gender transformation in the country.”Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Good show in doubles aids singles too: Sania

first_imgWhile it may be a fact that Sania Mirza’s biggest success so far this year have come in doubles, her singles career has also come back on the rails in a big way, and the Indian ace believes both aspects are feeding off each other very well.The WTA rankings bear testimony to that – having spent a major part of the last couple of years outside the top 100, Sania is now 60th in the world in singles and 14th in doubles.”It probably works both ways. The doubles helps your singles by adding to your confidence and improving certain aspects of your game and wins in singles help you in your doubles as well,” Sania told MAIL TODAY.It has been more than a week since she lost the opportunity to become the first Indian to win a women’s doubles Grand Slam when she and her partner Elena Vesnina lost to Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka in the French Open final. But Sania is still thanking her stars that she is playing at all.”I’ve had a wonderful half year in 2011, moving up more than a 100 spots in singles and I’ve been fortunate to do well in doubles as well. I feel blessed that I was able to come back from a career threatening injury — I have always maintained that if I could stay away from injuries for a prolonged period of time, everything else would fall into place and by the grace of the Almighty I have managed to play without a break for one full year,” she said.advertisementThere are a few milestones that Sania considers most memorable as she strives to make it back into the top-50 in the world.”I played the quarter-finals in Guangzhou (International Women’s Open) in September 2010, a few months before I won through the qualifying and reached the last- eight stage in Charleston in April.”Before that I played the semi-finals in Osaka (October 2009), semis in Birmingham (June 2009) and was runner-up in Pattaya (Feb 2009). I also played the quarter-finals in Hobart in 2008.”I think I am getting back to playing at my best now after my most recent comeback. I feel privileged to be currently the highest ranked Asian in doubles. I had achieved the honour of being the highest ranked Asian in singles a couple of years back and these are personal milestones that inspire me to work harder,” Sania said.Talking about her preparations for the women’s doubles at Wimbledon, which begins next week, Sania said: “Vesnina and I have had a phenomenal half year on hard courts as well as clay and if we continue to do well and both stay away from injuries, we could keep playing together for a while.”But nothing comes easy in a truly global professional sport and past records don’t count for much once you enter the court, particularly in a Grand Slam. But I think we are good enough to have at least an even chance against any doubles team in the world.” Asked about her expectations from the singles, Sania downplayed her chances.”My expectations for every tournament have constantly remained the same over the years! I expect myself to give my best and leave the rest to God,” she said.Wimbledon is also going to be the venue for tennis at the London Olympics next year, where mixed doubles makes a return.And in preparation, she will team up with Rohan Bopanna for the mixed doubles this year. “I am a Grand Slam winner in mixed doubles and I love to play in the event whenever my ranking is good enough and when I’m feeling fit enough to compete in three events,” she said.last_img read more

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Leeds reconsider divisive new crest

first_imgLeeds United Leeds United reconsider new crest after backlash Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:01 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) leeds Leeds United Championship The club’s managing director Angus Kinnear confirmed they will will reconsider changing to a new badge Leeds United are to reconsider the launch of a new club crest after a strong backlash on social media.The Championship side revealed a new badge on Wednesday, with the revamped design featuring the so-called ‘Leeds Salute’ — thumping the chest with a clenched fist — underneath Leeds United in bold letter.But social media users hit out at the club crest, with some comparing it to a design for a video game, while others labelled the badge “atrocious” and “like a school homework project”. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player | Our new crest #MOT #LUFC 6 months of research10,000 people consultedReady for the next 100 yearsWatch video   https://t.co/rIIdL2Yz9F pic.twitter.com/pMrd3zTjCl — Leeds United (@LUFC) January 24, 2018 Leeds insisted more than 10,000 people — including “legends, current players, club staff, the owner, partners and representatives from the Leeds and Yorkshire communities” — were consulted before unveiling the design.But a matter of hours after the announcement, managing director Angus Kinnear indicated the club will reconsider switching to the new badge, which was set to be introduced for the 2018-19 season. “We always knew that the introduction of a crest, particularly one that is so bold and such a break away from the traditional conventions of football club crests, was going to create debate and may be controversial,” Kinnear told the Yorkshire Evening Post.”We had confidence in the process we went through to arrive at the design but today we’ve been overwhelmed by the feedback.”From my perspective it’s exactly why I love working for this club because the passion and enthusiasm and the commitment of the fanbase is quite astounding.”We put the supporters at the heart of everything we do and we are here to make them proud and so, based on some of the feedback we’ve received, it’s evident that the process wasn’t extensive enough and we need to seek further consultation with our fans as we don’t want to do anything that the majority of the fanbase don’t believe in.”Leeds are 10th in the Championship table after 28 matches, with Thomas Christiansen’s side sitting three points outside the play-off places.last_img read more

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10 months agoArsenal inform Juventus of Ramsey January price

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Arsenal inform Juventus of Ramsey January priceby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal have informed Juventus they can sign Aaron Ramsey this month.The midfielder, off contract in June, is understood to have settled pre-contract terms with Juve.The Wales international has agreed to a €6.5m-a-year deal.And Gazzetta.it says Arsenal have told Juve they can sign Ramsey immediately for £20m.Juve’s board are now weighing up whether to match Arsenal’s valuation. last_img read more

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New Trans Mountain pipeline review doomed to fail Vancouver mayor elect

first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government, which has purchased the existing Trans Mountain line and expansion project for $4.5 billion, tasked the energy board with reviewing marine environment impacts and submitting a report by Feb. 22.Energy board spokesman James Stevenson declined comment on Stewart’s remarks but has said previously that the revamped review will be a comprehensive scientific and technical examination of project-related marine shipping.Stewart said Trudeau was the one who brought up Trans Mountain during their first meeting Thursday since Stewart’s election win.“I said, ‘First of all, it’s been a weird year. I was arrested, then I resigned as MP and now I’m mayor, within a period of about six months.’ But my position on that was clear. I’m still very much opposed to this pipeline,” he said. VANCOUVER, B.C. – Vancouver’s incoming mayor says a revamped National Energy Board review of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is likely doomed to fail and will land the federal government back in a courtroom.The energy board is reviewing the project’s impacts on the marine environment and Kennedy Stewart says it’s too rushed, including a week-long window for Indigenous groups and others to apply to participate.“I do think the revamped NEB process we’re going through probably is going to fail again. I don’t think giving First Nations a week to submit to a brand new reconciliation process is enough time and that’ll be challenged in court again and rightly so,” he said in an interview. “I could see this being deadlocked like the Mackenzie Valley pipeline for many, many, many years,” he added, referring to a proposed natural gas line through the Northwest Territories that was stalled for decades.Stewart, formerly the New Democrat MP for Burnaby South, was among a group of protesters who were arrested in March while blocking Trans Mountain’s main gate, violating a court order to stay five metres from company work sites. He pleaded guilty to contempt of court and paid a $500 fine.After winning Vancouver’s mayoral race by fewer than 1,000 votes, he will be sworn in on Monday.His opinion on the pipeline expansion hasn’t changed, he said, and he will continue to back the city’s practice of supporting local Indigenous groups in their court challenges by applying to be an intervener.The Tsleil-Waututh and Squamish Nations have traditional territories in the Vancouver area and both have said the new process is repeating the same mistakes and laying the groundwork for a new court challenge.The Federal Court of Appeal struck down the federal government’s approval of the project in August due to inadequate Indigenous consultation and the energy board’s failure to review impacts on the marine environment.center_img “However, I understand my role has changed. Perhaps where my mandate as MP in Burnaby was to stop the pipeline as a top priority, the voters of this city have said your priority is to fix our housing problem.”The pipeline expansion would triple the amount of oil being carried from the Edmonton area to a marine shipping terminal in Burnaby, increasing the number of tankers in Metro Vancouver waters seven-fold.Stewart also said he told Trudeau that if the city takes any action against the project, he will call first to inform him.Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley have said the project is in the national interest because Alberta needs to get its oil to markets outside the U.S. where it can fetch higher prices, particularly in Asia.But Stewart said it’s ridiculous that Canada exports oil in the west while importing oil in the east. The country should have a national energy strategy that involves refining products in Canada, particularly in the eastern part of the country, he said.“What ultimately would be the best thing to do is to ship Alberta oil east, make sure there’s guaranteed supplies for existing or new refineries, so Canadians are using Canadian oil,” he said.Trudeau addressed the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade before his meeting with Stewart on Thursday. The prime minister said the court’s decision laid out a road map for his government to proceed with the project.After meeting with Stewart, Trudeau said they agreed to make housing and infrastructure top priorities while diverging on the pipeline expansion.“Obviously there’s issues like TMX where we’re going to disagree, but there’s also an awful lot for us to work on together.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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