Atlético wins the sprint

first_imgGoals0-1, 45 ‘: Koke, 1-1, 50 ‘: Messi, 2-1, 61 ‘: Griezmann, 2-2, 80 ‘: Morata, 2-3, 85 ‘: belt After an epic semifinal, Atlético de Madrid showed that to resist is to win and qualified for the Super Cup final against Real Madrid after defeating Barcelona 2-3. The Cholo endured a shower of football from the Catalans during much of the game commanded by a huge Messi, but between Oblak, the VAR, the errors behind and the faith of Atlético the mattresses had a decisive final sprint and won their prize against an exhausted Barça.Valverde ended all speculation about the possibility of giving relief in the eleventh Barça holder to play the semifinal of this competition, which already made it clear that he does not like a hair and opted for the ‘Toshack path’, the same always. And between ‘themselves’ and ‘always’ put the epithet they consider. The only concession was to include Umtiti, who had a tachycardia match, in the initial eleven against an Atletico in which he highlighted the inclusion of Savic in the initial eleven. The rest, as planned considering that Koke, did not arrive for 90 minutes.After a few first minutes in which Correa gave Umtiti a very bad life, Barça took control of the game in an absolute way, but he lacked to kill when Atlético was more acclaimed, who trusted everything to the colossal figure of Oblak. The goalkeeper of Atletico avoided Messi’s goal in 22 minutes after combining with Alba, in 40 he made it clear that he knows all the tricks of Griezmann when the French faced him in the one on one and a minute later he cut making the difficult easy a shot at the first touch of Suarez. ChangesKoke (45 ‘, Héctor Herrera), Vitolo (66 ‘, Renan Augusto), Marcos Llorente (71 ‘, Koke), Rakitic (85 ‘, Busquets), Ansu Fati (87 ‘, Frenkie De Jong) Simeone was the first to move piece and his change was providential since Koke, who had entered by Herrera turned the first ball he touched into goal at the end of a play in which Joao raffled off Arturo Vidal with Umtiti absolutely misplaced. It took 20 seconds of the second half and Barça had to row again against the current. Faced with the blow, Valverde pulled from manual, in plan ‘in case of emergency, break the glass’ put Ansu to warm up, but in the interim, Messi took two rebounds against Savic and Koke, very soft, and tied the game with the right five minutes later. Not even Oblak, who was in Zamora mode, came to his shot. The giant mattress did not collapse, which five minutes later frustrated Griezmann’s goal again. The ‘try again’ poster came out again. He was successfully tested by Messi again, but the VAR annulled his second goal based on the rule that any hand in attack is a goal. He did not discourage that from an unchained Barça who scored the second minute after Griezmann invalidated the nth inning Oblak miracle at the end of Suarez. After trying so much, the goal ended up coming.Seeing that he was behind on the scoreboard Simeone withdrew Lodi to place Saul as a side, but his plan was frustrated when Koke was injured at 20 minutes and Marcos Llorente was replaced, which in his first action saw yellow. From that fault, another goal by Piqué was annulled by a VAR that valued Vidal’s shoulder more than Felipe’s hand, which enabled him.Clearer was the penalty that Netto committed on Vitolo after loss of Busquets that Morata converted in the tie ten minutes from the end. Ten minutes of madness in which Piqué’s penalty was requested and in the face of chaos, Correa sentenced the game after Morata’s play leaving the best Barça of the season drowned on the shore. The sprint was from Atlético. The trident in the middle of Barça tried his luck in the raffle and Oblak thwarted his attempts with the sign that ‘try it again, luckier next time’. It was a game that was already clear in that first part that he was going to have to fight from end to end. With an intensity that left the semifinal of the previous day between Valencia and Madrid at the level of a preseason game.Barca dominated the game and possession, but Atlético resisted and sought their options either from afar or at a stopped ball. Thomas tried it from a distance and Herrera stopped the ball in a very close side foul. Net was perfect in both attempts.It remained to be seen if Barça, which is accustomed to sudden blackouts, was going to last the gasoline during the 90 minutes before an Atletico who gave the feeling of being reserved for what could happen. The Cholo left the first half alive above the game, in which Barcelona prevailed, but the tension was palpable. For proof, the three cards showed by the referee on the way to changing rooms in the middle after a brawl between Joao and Alba to which Messi was added. None of the three saw card, but the defenders of the companions (Savic, Saul and Luis Suarez) went to the locker room with a yellow in a prelude of a second part that ventured vertigo. CardsReferee: José Luis González GonzálezVAR Referee: Juan Martínez MunueraPique (30 ‘, Yellow) Thomas (34 ‘, Yellow) Luis Suarez (47 ‘, Yellow) Savic (47 ‘, Yellow) Felipe Monteiro (63 ‘, Yellow) Marcos Llorente (72 ‘, Yellow) Vidal (76 ‘, Yellow) Net (79 ‘, Yellowlast_img read more

Structure destroyed by fire on 210 Road in Dawson Creek

first_imgNot long after the roof collapsed, and any chance of saving the building was gone. Fire crews switched their focus to containing the fire, and they were able to stop it from spreading outside the origin area. No injuries have been reported, and the cause of the fire is still under investigation. – Advertisement –last_img

Conservation Finance Takes Off as the Netherlands Issues One of the Largest Green Bonds Ever

first_imgSeeing GreenSo how did investors react when the recent Dutch Green Bond was issued? Within 90 minutes of the bond’s issuance, the government had received 21.2 billion euros ($23.8 billion) worth of orders for 5.98 billion ($6.71 billion) euros of certificates, over-subscribing the bond by 3.5 times the original amount. The prospect of a AAA rated bond that credibly met investors’ needs for certified and innovative green investments clearly hit the mark. The Netherlands for their part gave preference to investors with registered sustainability credentials. The conservation finance market hit a new high-water mark in recent weeks as the Dutch government issued one of the largest green bonds ever: 5.98 billion euros (roughly $6.8 billion). This bond for low-carbon development and sustainable water management will finance, among other things, natural infrastructure solutions in the Netherlands that are crucial for protecting one of the world’s lowest-lying countries from floods and sea-level rise.The enthusiasm for the bond also signals a bigger trend: the shift in conservation finance from a niche market to a mainstream, large-scale investment strategy.What Is a Green Bond?A bond allows an institution (in this case the Dutch government) to borrow money from multiple investors and pay them back over time. For example, the U.S. government issues treasury bonds to raise money from citizens to finance government projects. Now the concept is being applied to the challenges of climate change and disaster risk management.The bond benefits the Dutch government by allowing it to raise capital for major infrastructure projects, such as renewable energy facilities, low-carbon transportation systems and water and flood defense infrastructure. The bonds benefit investors (which includes pension funds, banks, and insurance companies) by offering them a stable and predictable investment with a regular rate of return. The Dutch government can repay investors with money raised through a variety of tax and revenue sources.So, what qualifies as a “green” bond? Several labeling and certification schemes have been developed to determine if the investments meet certain criteria for sustainability. The Dutch bond was certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), which uses a robust set of standards that have become a leading framework for green bonds. The certification followed CBI’s Water Infrastructure Criteria, which was crafted with the help of experts at WRI and the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, along with technical and industry professionals.Fighting Climate Change with FinanceThe Netherlands is naturally vulnerable to climate change. Much of the country lies below sea level and is protected by dikes, levees and sea walls. Massive floods periodically inundate parts of the country, often causing extensive damage and loss of life. In response, the Dutch have become not only a world leader in engineering solutions to rising sea levels, but a nation heavily invested in fighting climate change even as it adapts to it.The bond will fund a wide range of low-carbon projects, including renewables (such as onshore solar energy and offshore wind energy), energy efficiency (such as residential energy efficiency upgrades) and clean transportation (such as public passenger transport infrastructure). The bond also has a focus on sustainable water management, especially the use of nature-based solutions and green infrastructure approaches for reducing flood risks in coastal and low-lying areas.The Netherlands has already embraced the natural infrastructure approach through its Room for the River program, a pioneering example of how to live with rising water, rather than fight it. Instead of building higher and higher levees to confine rivers to narrow channels, the project restored part of the natural river flood plain by pushing back dikes and digging new channels. The flood-prone areas are restored into wetlands, reservoirs or public parks that are designed to temporarily store flood water. The new green bond could take the lessons learned from Room for the River and scale them even more widely across the country.The Dutch have several examples of projects that harness natural processes to enhance large-scale infrastructure construction. In the province of South Holland, erosion of sand dunes and shoals on the Delfland Coast put the inland areas at risk for flooding. Engineers devised a system to address this through regular “sand nourishment” – replacing the lost sand with material dredged elsewhere. In 2011, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management developed an innovative approach by building a giant “Sand Motor” that mimics the natural structure and movement of dunes – continually replenishing the sand while providing primary sea defense.The “Sand Motor” helps prevent flooding caused by coastal erosion. Image: JvL/WRI This green bond, while exceptionally large, was not an anomaly. China, France, Nigeria, Indonesia, Fiji and dozens of other nations have also issued green bonds. Others, such as a large green bond from Germany, are anticipated to follow soon. Globally, the green bonds market reached about $168 billion in 2018, up more than 80% from 2016. And despite some recent slow-downs, many estimate that the green bonds market will continue to grow as more emerging economies begin to issue green bonds of their own. There is also growth in related conservation finance tools, such as “sustainability bonds”, “social bonds”, and investments focused on water resources.Many historians trace the birth of modern banking back to the Netherlands in the 16th and 17th centuries, including the issue of the first general government bonds. Why did this happen in the Netherlands? Water likely played a role- the Dutch financial system was cultivated out an elaborate system of global trade enabled by the city’s waterways and access to the sea. Now once again, water and finance are inextricably linked in the Netherlands. It likely won’t be the last time.Alex Mauroner and John Matthews are the Network Director and Executive Director respectively for the Alliance for Global Water Adaptationlast_img read more