Ballon d’Or 2019: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk on longlist

first_img Next Reuters ParisOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 12:25 IST Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk are top contenders for Ballon d’Or 2019. (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSVirgil van Dijk is one of seven Liverpool players on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’OrCristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, who have won the award 10 times between them, are included Messi’s former teammate Neymar, who now plays for Paris St Germain, missed outDutch center-back Virgil van Dijk is one of seven Liverpool players on the 30-man shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or, with the Champions League winners dominating the nominations for France Football magazine’s prestigious award.Van Dijk’s club teammates Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Georginio Wijnaldum and Alisson are also on the list, along with Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, Riyad Mahrez, Kevin de Bruyne, Bernardo Silva and Sergio Aguero.Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, who have won the award 10 times between them, are included, but Messi’s former teammate Neymar, who now plays for Paris St Germain, missed out.Tottenham Hotspur striker Son Heung-min and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris made the cut, but there was no room for their team mate Harry Kane, while Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba was another high-profile omission.30-MAN SHORTLISTLiverpool – Virgil van Dijk; Roberto Firmino; Alisson; Georginio Wijnaldum; Trent Alexander-Arnold; Sadio Mane; Mohammed SalahManchester City – Bernardo Silva; Riyad Mahrez; Kevin de Bruyne; Raheem Sterling; Sergio AgueroTottenham Hotspur – Son Heung-min; Hugo LlorisBarcelona – Lionel Messi; Antoine Griezmann; Frenkie de Jong; Marc-Andre ter StegenReal Madrid – Eden Hazard; Karim BenzemaJuventus – Cristiano Ronaldo; Matthijs de LigtBayern Munich – Robert LewandowskiAjax Amsterdam – Dusan Tadic; Donny van de BeekParis St Germain – Kylian Mbappe; MarquinhosArsenal – Pierre-Emerick AubameyangNapoli – Kalidou KoulibalyAtletico Madrid – Joao FelixFor 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 Tags :Follow Ballon d’OrFollow Champions LeagueFollow LiverpoolFollow Virgil Van DijkFollow RonaldoFollow Messi Ballon d’Or 2019: Ronaldo, Messi and Van Dijk on longlistLionel Messi will have Cristiano Ronaldo and Virgil van Dijk as rivals for the 2019 Ballon d’Or award but his former teammate Neymar missed out on the longlist.advertisementlast_img read more

Albertas oil sands among riskiest energy plays in the world report says

CALGARY — Some of the world’s costliest energy projects are in Alberta’s oil sands and some could be cancelled without higher oil prices, according to a new report by a London-based financial think-tank that focuses on climate risk.[np_storybar title=”Infographic: Top 50 Canadian oil & gas companies’ fluctuating fortunes” link=””%5D[/np_storybar]The study by the Carbon Tracker Initiative highlighted 20 of the biggest projects around the world that need a minimum oil price of US$95 a barrel to be economically viable.Most on the list require prices well north of US$110 a barrel and a few in the oil sands even need prices higher than US$150, said the report.Crude for September delivery was at around US$97 a barrel in New York on Friday.In total, the 20 projects represent close to $91 billion in capital spending over the next decade.The report’s authors question whether those funds should be invested in risky projects.“This analysis demonstrates the worsening cost environment in the oil industry and the extent to which producers are chasing volume over value at the expense of returns,” said CTI analyst Andrew Grant.“Investors will ask whether it is prudent for oil companies to bet on ever higher oil prices when they could be returning cash to shareholders.”High on the list were Houston-based ConocoPhillips’ oil sands operations, which include joint ventures with Cenovus Energy Inc. at Foster Creek and Christina Lake and with Total E&P Canada at Surmont.A spokeswoman for Cenovus, which operates Foster Creek and Christina Lake, questioned how CTI came up with its figures, as its steam-driven projects are quite competitive with supply costs between just US$35 and US$65 a barrel.CTI also flagged Shell’s Carmon Creek project and ExxonMobil’s Aspen and Kearl projects.This analysis demonstrates the worsening cost environment in the oil industryMichal Moore, an energy economist with the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy, said “US$75 is a pretty good price” for established oil sands projects.For newer oil sands developments, Moore said a long-term break-even price of US$105 is reasonable, but scoffed at the figures above US$150 in the CTI report.“We’ve got to have big numbers to have those things pay off, especially since they come saddled with newer environmental restrictions and they probably made a bunch of side-deals with landowners like First Nations groups,” said Moore.“They’re carrying a lot of obligations with them. Those numbers are $100-$105 for the better ones.”Other pricey projects highlighted in the report were in deepwater or ultra deepwater off West Africa and Brazil, as well as in the Arctic.In May, Total and partner Suncor Energy Inc. decided to indefinitely defer their $11-billion Joslyn North mine in Alberta because the economics just weren’t good enough.And in June, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers predicted oil sands production would grow at a slower pace than previously expected because of rising costs and capital constraints.It sees output hitting 4.8 million barrels a day by 2030, about two and a half times higher than last year’s output of 1.9 million barrels.But the figure is 7.7% lower than the 5.2 million barrels of daily oil sands output CAPP predicted for the same time frame last year.The CTI, funded by a range of European and American foundations, describes itself as a not-for-profit organization “set-up to produce new thinking on climate risk.”The Canadian Press read more