Tags: premier leaguetop Cardiff City vs WatfordCardiff City Stadium, CardiffFriday, 22-02-2019 @10:45pmCardiff are hoping midfielder Victor Camarasa will be fit to start against Watford following a calf injury. Camarasa, who came off the bench against Southampton, could be joined in the squad by Sean Morrison, five weeks after he had an appendix operation.Watford trio Roberto Pereyra, Isaac Success and Sebastian Prodl are available after injuries. Kiko Femenia, who has a hamstring problem, is the only player unavailable to head coach Javi Gracia.Watford have earned successive victories in this fixture and could equal their longest league winning streak against Cardiff. However, Cardiff have lost just one of the last six league meetings in Wales (W4, D1).West Ham United vs FulhamLondon Stadium, LondonFriday, 22-02-2019 @10:45pmManuel Lanzini may make his first West Ham appearance since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament in June, and Samir Nasri is also back in contention. Jack Wilshere remains sidelined but Marko Arnautovic, who came off the bench in the last game, could return to the starting line-up.January signings Lazar Markovic and Havard Nordtveit are in contention to make their debuts for Fulham. Both players were short of fitness when they joined the club two weeks ago. Loanee Timothy Fosu-Mensah is once again available, having missed out against parent club Manchester United, so the injured Alfie Mawson is Fulham’s only expected absentee.West Ham won 2-0 away to Fulham in December and are hoping to complete a league double against the Cottagers for the time since the 2008-09 season. Fulham won their first Premier League game away to West Ham in 2001 but they are winless in nine subsequent league visits (D4, L5).Burnley vs Tottenham HotspursTurf Moor, Burnley Saturday, 23-02-2019 @3:15pmBurnley wingers Robbie Brady and Johann Berg Gudmundsson are both fit despite missing the win at Brighton with muscle problems. Midfielder Steven Defour remains sidelined with a calf injury.Tottenham striker Harry Kane and full-back Ben Davies are back in training after recovering from respective ankle and groin problems and could feature. Danny Rose has been suffering from illness and will be monitored, while Dele Alli remains sidelined.Burnley are winless in their last nine league and cup games against Tottenham. The Clarets beat Spurs 4-2 on the final day of the 2009-10 season, but that is their only top-flight win against Tottenham in the past 44 years. Spurs have kept clean sheets in each of their last three visits to Turf Moor. This fixture could see Mike Dean become the first referee to show 100 red cards in the Premier League.Tottenham have won all 16 of their Premier League games this season against sides currently outside the top eight. They are chasing their 12th league away win – which would be their highest total in a single season since a similar tally in 1984-85. Spurs have scored a league-high 12 Premier League goals from outside the penalty area this season, while Burnley have conceded a league-high 12 from that range. They have lost their last two away games in all competitions: at Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup.Bournemouth vs WolvesVitality Stadium, DorsetSaturday, 23-02-2019 @6pmBournemouth remain without injured pair Callum Wilson and David Brooks, while Junior Stanislas faces a fitness test on a thigh problem. Charlie Daniels is back after missing out at Liverpool for personal reasons and loanee Nathaniel Clyne, who was ineligible at Anfield, also returns.Diogo Jota is available for Wolves, having recovered from the dead leg that ruled him out against Bristol City. Matt Doherty was substituted because of a knock in the last game but is fit. Star midfielder Ruben Neves, who featured as a substitute last weekend, is set to reclaim his place in the starting line-up.Wolves beat Bournemouth 2-0 at Molineux in December and can record their first league double against the Cherries. Bournemouth have never lost a home league game against Wolves, winning two and drawing one of the three previous matches.Newcastle United vs Huddersfield TownSt. James Park, Newcastle Upon TyneSaturday, 23-02-2019 @6pmNewcastle are looking to do the league double over Huddersfield for the first time since 1964-65. Huddersfield’s only victory in their past 11 away league matches at St James’ Park came in the Championship in August 2016 (D5, L5). This is the 50th top-flight match between the sides.Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey is available for the first time in seven weeks after recovering from a recurring thigh injury. Ki Sung-yueng, Paul Dummett and Joselu are also fit, while Miguel Almiron could make his first Newcastle start.Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl and defender Chris Lowe are in contention to return after missing the defeat by Arsenal because of illness. Isaac Mbenza, Danny Williams and Abdelhamid Sabiri remain out.Leicester City vs Crystal PalaceKing Power Stadium, Leicester Saturday, 23-02-2019 @8:30pmCrystal Palace have won each of the past three Premier League meetings, by an aggregate score of 9-0. Leicester lost the corresponding fixture 3-0 last season but have never lost consecutive top-flight home games against Crystal Palace.James Maddison and Ben Chilwell are fitness doubts for Leicester but Nampalys Mendy is available after missing the defeat by Spurs. Marc Albrighton and Daniel Amartey are long-term absentees.Crystal Palace defenders Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Martin Kelly have been ruled out because of injuries. Wilfried Zaha returns after a two-match ban, while Cheikhou Kouyate and James Tomkins recovered from injuries to make the bench at Doncaster last Sunday. Roy Hodgson will become the oldest manager in Premier League history on Saturday, aged 71 years and 198 days.Arsenal vs SouthamptonEmirates Stadium, LondonSunday, 24-02-2019 @5:05pmArsenal are unbeaten in their last 23 home league games against Southampton (W17, D6). Southampton have won never won at Arsenal in the Premier League (D5, L14). However, Saints are looking to complete their first league double over Arsenal since 1988, when a 17-year-old Alan Shearer scored a hat-trick on his first league start.Arsenal hope captain Laurent Koscielny will be fit despite him limping off in Thursday’s Europa League win. Alexandre Lacazette is available after being suspended for that match but Ainsley Maitland-Niles is struggling with illness.Southampton forward Michael Obafemi could feature for the first time since mid-December after recovering from a hamstring injury. Stuart Armstrong, who has had a minor calf problem, is also fit again.Arsenal are unbeaten in 12 Premier League home games, winning six in a row ahead of Sunday. The Gunners have conceded 999 Premier League goals – only seven teams have so far conceded 1,000. Fulham are the only club to have kept fewer Premier League clean sheets this season than Arsenal, whose four have all come at home. Arsenal have come from behind to earn 12 points this season – second only to Leicester’s tally of 13. Alexandre Lacazette could become the first Arsenal player to score in four consecutive Premier League home matches since Robin van Persie netted in five in a row from December 2011 to March 2012. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has scored 25 goals and provided eight assists in 38 Premier League appearances, and has scored six goals in his last six home league games.Man United vs LiverpoolOld Trafford, ManchesterSunday, 24-02-2019 @5:05pmManchester United are optimistic that Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial will be fit after respective hamstring and groin injuries. David de Gea is set to return in goal after making way for Sergio Romero in the FA Cup win at Chelsea on Monday.Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk returns after being suspended for the midweek draw with Bayern Munich. But fellow defender Dejan Lovren will miss out again with a hamstring problem.Manchester United have won seven of their past nine home league games against Liverpool (D1, L1). Liverpool’s most recent win at Old Trafford was 3-0 in March 2014. Liverpool won the reverse fixture 3-1 and are looking to do the Premier League double over Manchester United for the first time since 2013-14. There has not been a red card in any of the last seven Premier League meetings in this fixture.United have won eight of their last nine Premier League matches.They have kept just one clean sheet in their 12 Premier League home games this season, a joint-division low. A seventh successive home fixture without a clean sheet would represent United’s worst top-flight run of conceding since an eight-match streak in 1972. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has won 25 points in his nine league games as United manager. The record points total for a manager in their first 10 games in charge of a Premier League side is also 25, set by Guus Hiddink with Chelsea. David De Gea has kept 99 clean sheets in the Premier League. He could become the 15th different keeper to record 100, and just the seventh to do so with a single club. Paul Pogba has scored eight goals and provided five assists in his last nine Premier League games. He could become the first United player to score in five consecutive home league fixtures since Robin van Persie in 2013.Liverpool have lost just once in this season’s Premier League – and that was against leaders Manchester City. But they are winless in their last seven away fixtures against sides starting the day in the top four. The Reds have scored in every away match in this season’s Premier League. They have conceded just eight away goals in the division this campaign – and 15 in total – fewer than any other team. Mohamed Salah has scored 49 Premier League goals for Liverpool – if he scores in this game, he will have 50 in just 63 games, making him the fastest player to reach the milestone for a single club. Sadio Mane could become the fifth Liverpool player to score in five consecutive Premier League matches. Jurgen Klopp has not won at Old Trafford in any of three of his visits there as a manager (D2, L1).Comments
When the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its Human Development Report in 2013, it contained powerful insights about the increasingly important role developing countries, such as South Africa and Brazil, are playing in the 21st century.A WEF finding notes that South Africa’s infrastructure is the best developed in the region. (Image: SA Tourism)Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South AfricaThe South (developing nations and emerging markets) are responsible for half the world’s economic output according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). To illustrate the shift in global economic power, the UNDP points out that the combined GDP of eight developing countries – Argentina, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey – equals the GDP of the United States. The implication, in the opinion of the UNDP, is that developing and emerging markets have become major drivers of economic growth and forces of change in the developing world.These changes have made South Africa an important economy in the changing global, and by extension geopolitical, climate. That South Africa is able to benefit is down to policy decisions guided by long-term socioeconomic vision of the government.Our success, in terms of its global perception and rankings in key influential indices – such as the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index – could set a benchmark for other emerging countries to follow.Ongoing improvementA study of these research reports show a pattern of South Africa matching and outperforming other peer developing countries. These indices – in critical areas of national competency – are important indicators to utilise in the process of positioning South Africa as a reliable trade partner, and attractive investment destination.As South Africa heads towards celebrating 20 years of democracy, the country occupies an increasingly strong position globally. We remain a developing nation, a work in progress. However this continuing improvement is attributable to strong and highly focused policies that support the country’s regional and global aspirations.In the context of developing nations, global economic indicators highlight South Africa’s unique competitive strengths. These are being leveraged to good effect to enhance the country’s standing in the global marketplace. The country’s competitiveness, when measured against other developing nations, and inclusion in the Brics grouping is testament to this.Ease of doing businessThe most recent World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index ranks the country’s financial services sector, banks and stock exchange as the top global performers, while the country places 15th globally for the quality of its air transport infrastructure.Furthermore, South Africa, if compared to the other Brics nations, comes first in five of the 10 criteria the World Bank uses to assess ease of doing business:starting a business,dealing with construction permits,getting credit,protecting investors,and paying taxes.These indices are reassuring to foreign direct investors and instils confidence that the country is open for business. Investors are reassured that the country offers business-friendly environment where new trade, investment, and related economic interactions can be fostered.The 2013 World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index recognizes the government’s commitment to creating a business friendly environment. South Africa ranks first among Brics nations in six critical criteria. As a nation that offers several competitive advantages, an open business environment is an important feature to utilise as a selling point for South Africa as a business destination. The country can make a strong business case to attract trade partners, investment, and clients from fellow Brics members.New government policies introduced now make starting a business in the country easier than ever, by implementing new company law that eliminates the requirement to reserve a company name and simplifies the incorporation documents. South Africa has also made transferring property less costly and more efficient by reducing the transfer duty and introducing electronic filing.Government policy addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets. (Image: Clive Reid)In addition, a new reorganisation process has been introduced to facilitate the rehabilitation of financially distressed companies. South Africa has also improved its performance on the trading across borders rank. In the same World Bank Index, South Africa has significantly improved its rankings (by 29 positions), due to the roll-out of government policy that addresses the need to decrease the time, cost, and red tape companies have to deal with to get products to port and shipped to international markets.Travel and tourismSouth Africa is also praised for its government policies, rules and regulations relating to travel and tourism, and their conduciveness to the sector’s development. The country now ranks 29th out of 140 countries globally in the World Economic Forum’s Travel and Tourism Index, indicating that it has been making steady improvements in this area over the past few assessments.South Africa ranks third in the Sub-Saharan Africa region after Seychelles (first) and Mauritius (second). Other WEF findings indicate South Africa as high as 17th place for its natural resources, and 58th for cultural resources. This, according to WEF, is due primarily to the country’s many World Heritage sites, rich fauna, creative industries, and the many international fairs and exhibitions hosted. The latter can be interpreted as a strong selling point for the country, with communications implications.The wealth of cultural experiences South Africa can offer, adds to its tourism appeal. (Image: SA Tourism)A further positive finding WEF indicates is that South Africa’s infrastructure is well developed for the region, directly supporting the growth of the travel and tourism trade, with air transport infrastructure ranked 43rd, and a particularly good assessment of railroad quality (46th) and road quality (42nd).The golden thread that ties together and underpins all of these world ranking achievements is the strength and innovative nature of its government policies. from the National Development Plan to the National Infrastructure Plan. Such strong government policy making, embodied in the National Development Plan and the National Infrastructure Plan, and implementation sends a clear message to the world that South Africa is open for business and is a destination of choice for investment, based on solid and trusted fundamentals.This is a strategic, best practice approach that could be replicated for the benefit of fellow emerging market countries around the world.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
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India has won its first medal at the 2012 London Olympics. Gagan Narang won a bronze for the country in the 10m Air Rifle event with an overall score of 701.1.India Today correspondents provided live updates from the Royal Artillary Barracks in London, where the final took place.HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FINAL 5:20 pm | Gagan Narang to S Kannan: “I am glad. I am now an Olympic medallist.”5:20 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang wins bronze on last shot in a nerve wracking final.”5:15 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang makes every Indian proud around the world.” 5:09 pm | India Today: What a comeback by Gagan Narang! A 10.7 with his last shot gives India it’s first medal of the Games. A bronze it is for him. 5:06 pm | India Today: Better this from Gagan Narang. He gets a 10.3 with his ninth shot. But will it be enough to get him back on the podium. 5:04 pm | India Today: Nerves seem to be getting to Narang in these closing stages of the final. A 9.5 has dropped him further down the order. 5:01 pm | India Today: A rather poor attempt by Narang. He could manage only a 9.9 in his seventh shot. This has dropped him down to fourth and out of medal contention. 4:59 pm | India Today: Gagan Narang is in silver medal position now. A 10.6 in his sixth shot moves him up a place. 4:56 pm | India Today: Consistency is Narang’s strength and he’s showing it here. His fifth shot — a 10.4 — gives him a total of 52.1. 4:53 pm | India Today: Another 10.7 from Narang. He’s really turning it on in the final. Just 0.5 away from the top-spot. His score is good for a bronze at the moment. advertisement4:50 pm | India Today: Gagan bounces back like a champion with a shot of 10.6. His total score is 31.0 for the final and 629.0 overall.4:47 pm | India Today: Narang’s second shot is a bit of a let down. It’s a 9.7. His total score right now is 20.4 in the final.4:45 pm | India Today: Gagan Narang has made a superb start in the final round. His first shot is a 10.7. Joint-second place for now. 4:34 pm | Gaurav Gala: “Can Gagan shoot India’s first medal at London 2012? We’ll find out soon enough.”4:30 pm | Gaurav Gala: “Finalists have come to the arena… Anticipation is building.”4:29 pm | S Kannan: “Gagan Narang enters hall for the final. Historic moment. Ajay Maken is also watching.”HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUALIFICATION ROUNDS Kannan: “Abhinav Bindra says he won’t quit shooting. He will now watch Gagan Narang shoot the final.” S Kannan: “On the bright side, Gagan Narang has qualified third for the final of the event. He scored 598 out of 600.”S Kannan has sent us this picture of a disappointed Abhinav Bindra right after missing the cut in the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Beijing gold medallist Abhinav Bindra fails to qualify for the finals of the 10m Air Rifle event in London 2012. That’s a massive upset for the Indian contingent. Bindra finished 16th with a score of 594 / 600″S Kannan: “Bindra seems to be faltering again after a good comeback. He’s out of the top-10 at the moment. Narang continues to be strong in fourth position. Last series of shots going on. This is it!”Gaurav Gala: “Bindra showing his class in the second and third series. Making a late charge with 20 perfect shots. Bindra in 7th position.”Gaurav Gala: “Abhinav steadily climbing the leaderboard… 99, 99, 100… 30 more shots left for the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan has shot 20 perfect shots so far. Fingers crossed!”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan Narang still on a roll. He wants this Olympic medal.” Aaj Tak Sports Editor Samip Rajguru has sent us this picture of Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the 10m Air Rifle event.Gaurav Gala: “Bindra at 198 / 200. Hoping for a late surge from the defending champ.”Gaurav Gala: “Gagan is taking his time. And its paying off so far.”Headlines Today Sports Editor Gaurav Gala says from London: “Gagan Narang on fire early on in the 10m Air Rifle qualification. He hasn’t missed a perfect 10 yet.”S Kannan: “Shooting arena is packed. Sports minister Ajay Maken is also here.”Mail Today Sports Editor S Kannan says from London: “Gagan Narang and Abhinav Bindra start their 10 m Air Rifle match.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The Elite still drew 16 points from Parks, who came up big down the stretch, going 6-of-6 from the free throw line in the final one minute and 29 seconds with the Painters threatening.Mike DiGregorio also had 16 while import Alex Stepheson posted 13 points and 20 rebounds. Roi Sumang also had himself a night with 11 points, five rebounds, seven assists and three steals while Mac Belo chipped in seven points and seven rebounds.“They played really, really well tonight as a team. We did what we wanted to do, we played great defense.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue PBA IMAGESRay Parks has been the consistent headliner for Blackwater in its campaign early in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Elite, however, have depth and they showed just that in a 98-92 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Blackwater bounces back, holds off Rain or Shine for 4-1 record Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Blackwater had multiple players having significant impact with five players scoring double-digits led by Allein Maliksi’s 19 points.“What we want for our team is to not be just a one-man show,” Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said in Filipino after steering his team to its fourth win in five outings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“We want everybody to contribute not just in scoring but if we let them play, they’ll contribute in every way possible whether it be diving for the ball, boxing out or defending top caliber players.”Parks came into the game having scored at least 20 points in his first four games in the PBA but Blackwater didn’t need its prized rookie to score as much this time with several players stepping up. View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP
The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that mining and quarrying grew by an estimated 25.5 per cent from January to March 2018, to emerge as the top-performing sector over the quarter, compared to the corresponding period last year. The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is reporting that mining and quarrying grew by an estimated 25.5 per cent from January to March 2018, to emerge as the top-performing sector over the quarter, compared to the corresponding period last year.Director General, Dr. Wayne Henry, said the sector’s out-turn, to a large extent, spurred the goods producing industry’s estimated three per cent growth over the review period, which also saw the services industry growing by approximately 0.7 per cent.Dr. Henry was speaking at the PIOJ’s quarterly media briefing at the agency’s New Kingston head office on Tuesday (May 22).He said the mining and quarrying sector’s out-turn resulted from a 28.7 per cent increase in bauxite production. This, he pointed out, reflected higher alumina and crude bauxite production.“Alumina production was 27.1 per cent higher, reflecting the resumption of productive activity at the JISCO-Alpart alumina refinery since October to December 2017. Crude bauxite production grew by 27.7 per cent due to more conducive weather conditions,” he explained.Other sectors under the goods producing industry recording growth were construction, up 1.5 per cent; manufacturing, up one per cent; and agriculture, forestry and fishing, 0.5 per cent.Dr. Henry said growth in the building construction component was due to an increase in residential and non-residential developments, reflecting a 286.6 per cent increase in housing starts by public institutions to 1,527 units, of which the National Housing Trust (NHT) accounted for 1,512 units.Additionally, he said there was an increase in the volume and value of NHT mortgages by 6.2 per cent and 10.9 per cent, respectively.“The estimated growth in the ‘other component’ (of the construction sector) was facilitated by higher capital expenditure recorded by the National Works Agency, which disbursed $3 billion on the construction and rehabilitation of roads, relative to $2.2 billion in the corresponding quarter of 2017; Jamaica Public Service, which disbursed $1.7 billion, relative to $890 million (last year); and the Port Authority of Jamaica, which disbursed $1.1 billion, up from $624.5 million,” the Director General said.Meanwhile, hotels and restaurants, with an estimated 1.6 per cent out-turn, was the dominant sector under the services industry.This out-turn was spurred by a 6.6 per cent increase in arrivals, to 1,298,674 visitors. This was reflected in stopover arrivals, up 6.8 per cent, and cruise passenger arrivals, up 65 per cent.Dr. Henry also indicated that visitor expenditure is estimated to have grown by 8.5 per cent to US$825.3 million.He pointed out that the out-turn for 2017/18 fiscal year growth was estimated at 0.8 per cent, with the goods producing industry recording 0.3 per cent and services, 0.9 per cent.The industries recording the largest growth were mining and quarrying, up 4.7 per cent; hotels and restaurants, up four per cent; construction, 1.2 per cent; and manufacturing, 1.1 per cent.Dr. Henry said the growth prospects for April to June 2018 quarter are “generally positive” based on the anticipated strengthening of the performance of most industries, relative to the similar quarter of 2017.“Baseline economic growth is expected to be in the range of 1.5 per cent to 2.5 per cent,” he indicated. Story Highlights Dr. Henry said growth in the building construction component was due to an increase in residential and non-residential developments, reflecting a 286.6 per cent increase in housing starts by public institutions to 1,527 units, of which the National Housing Trust (NHT) accounted for 1,512 units. Dr. Henry said the growth prospects for April to June 2018 quarter are “generally positive” based on the anticipated strengthening of the performance of most industries, relative to the similar quarter of 2017.
(Demonstrators outside of the Supreme Court of Canada Wednesday.)APTN National NewsWhen Cedar Parker was in Seattle for Black Friday he says someone tried to rob him leaving him bruised and with cuts on his face.Parker said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is trying to do rob him, too.“The government is trying to rob me …of my future for a material object,” said Parker, a member Tsleil-Waututh Nation in B.C., of the Trudeau government’s approval of two pipelines Tuesday.The thug in Seattle may have roughed him up but Parker is more frightened by Trudeau.He was among dozens of demonstrators Wednesday at the Supreme Court of Canada rallying in support of two cases being heard at the country’s highest court.The Supreme Court is hearing arguments on a case that could lead to a major overhaul of the way the federal government consults Indigenous communities on energy projects.Two cases are to be heard together to essentially settle an argument: Does the National Energy Board (NEB) execute the Crown’s duty to consultation with Indigenous communities through its public consultation process?The Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in Ontario and the Inuit community of Clyde River in Nunavut argue it doesn’t. The NEB approved both projects.The NEB is not a Crown agent, but part of the executive branch of the federal government, and makes recommendations to Ottawa on whether energy projects should proceed. The federal cabinet then gives final approval.In the case of the Chippewas, located near London, Ont., they opposed Enbridge’s interest in expanding and reversing the flow on a large portion of an existing oil pipeline that stretches approximately 830 km from Sarnia, Ont. to Montreal, Que. The section of pipeline in question is known as Line 9B, and was constructed in 1975.In Nunavut, the NEB approved Petroleum Geo-Services to conduct seismic testing in the waters of Baffin Bay and Davis Strait off the coast of Baffin Island in Nunavut.The testing would happen 24 hours a day, five months per year for five years, something the Hamlet of Clyde River and other interested parties oppose.Residents feel the testing is harmful to marine mammals, including narwhal, ringed seal and the bowhead whale – something the Inuit rely on for their food and culture.Wednesday’s rally was planned weeks in advance but was strengthened by Trudeau approving two pipeline expansion projects coming out of Alberta – Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain from Alberta to Burnaby, B.C. and Enbridge’s Line 3 from Hardisty, Alta., through Neche, ND, to Superior, Wis.Trudeau rejected Enbridge’s proposed Northern Gateway project, which would also have moved bitumen from Alberta to the B.C. coast.Protests are already being planned by environment and climate activists, as well as First Nations and Indigenous people who oppose the expansions.Tsleil-Waututh has vowed to stop the Trans Mountain email@example.com