2 getty MONEY huge blow 2 Latest Football News ADVICE Cristiano Ronaldo wants Barcelona star Lionel Messi to accept the challenge he did and move to Italy.Ronaldo left Real Madrid after nine years in La Liga, having arrived from Manchester United in 2009, to join Serie A champions Juventus in a £99.2m deal this summer. no dice RANKED REVEALED He and Messi went head-to-head for the best part of 10 years in the battle to be regarded as the world’s best footballer, and after claiming five Ballon d’Or’s each, their duopoly of the award was ended by Luka Modric.Messi has spent the entirety of his decorated career with Barcelona since making his first-team debut in 2004, but Ronaldo has urged his rival to leave the Nou Camp. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “He’s a fantastic player and a good guy, but I don’t miss anything here. This is my new life and I’m happy.“I left my comfort zone and took on this challenge here in Turin. Everything has gone well, I’ve proven I’m still an incredible player.”Ronaldo has made a fantastic start to his Juventus career having scored 11 times in 19 matches in all competitions. “I’d like him to come to Italy one day,” Ronaldo told the Italian press. “I hope he accepts the challenge like me, but if he’s happy there then I respect that.”Asked if he misses Messi, the 33-year-old jokingly replied: “No, maybe it’s him who misses me.“I’ve played in England, Spain, Italy, Portugal and for my national team, while he’s still in Spain.“Maybe he needs me more. For me, life is a challenge, I like it and I like to make people happy. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have long been considered the best players in the world Ronaldo has continued his form with Juventus REVEALED
Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunaratne scored an unbeaten hundred as Sri Lanka scored a respectful total on Day 1 of the first Test against South Africa on Thursday.The 30-year-old carried his bat through the Sri Lankan innings to remain unbeaten on 158 as the hosts finished on 287 after stand-in captain Suranga Lakmal won the toss and chose to bat in the first of the two-test series.South Africa lost opener Aiden Markram to veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath to reach four for one at stumps. Dean Elgar and nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj were at the crease.The hosts’ regular captain Dinesh Chandimal has pleaded guilty to a disciplinary breach during the side’s second test against West Indies last month and has opted to sit out of the series against South Africa.The International Cricket Council, the world governing body of the sport, is due to announce a verdict in the case soon.On a turning surface at Galle, it was fast bowler Kagiso Rabada who did the maximum damage for the touring side with four wickets for 50. Left-arm wristspinner Tabraiz Shamsi, playing only his second test, returned figures of 3-91.Former pace spearhead Dale Steyn, returning to the South African team from injury having last played a test in January, picked up the wicket of Kusal Mendis for 24 to trigger a mini collapse.Rabada removed former captain Angelo Mathews and Roshen Silva in the same over as the hosts lost three wickets for four runs to be left reeling at 119-5.Experienced Karunaratne, back to open the batting for the hosts after missing the West Indies tour due to injury, stitched together meaningful stands with Niroshan Dickwella, who made 18, and Lakshan Sandakan, the duo adding 63 for the last wicket.advertisementThe left-handed batsman hit 13 fours and one six during his 222-ball unbeaten knock.(With Reuters inputs)
Will the nation’s economic downturn dampen the availability of private funding for new power generation and transmission infrastructure?Note: this response was originally posted to the following question on the National Journal’s Energy & Environment Blog. You can read the entire post here, including the contributions of other experts.A corollary to this question is whether the economic crisis will change the calculus of what kinds of energy projects receive financing, and whether that could significantly change the energy mix. Renewable energy projects, as well as capture and storage projects for coal-fired power generation, face a unique set of circumstances and challenges.Renewable energy has seen robust expansion in the past several years. New wind and solar generation capacity in the U.S. have each increased over ten-fold in the last decade. This impressive growth is—by and large—not due to an increase in market demand for renewable energy. Instead, it is primarily driven by policy interventions, particularly the federal renewable energy production tax credit (PTC) investment tax credit (ITC), and state-level renewable portfolio standards. In a slowing economy where electricity demand may weaken, that may be encouraging news for renewable energy projects. So long as state and federal incentives continue, then renewable energy projects could enjoy a comparative advantage when competing for capital financing.Perhaps as relevant, given our policy interests in shoring up national economic performance, studies have shown that green energy policies can offer significant gains. California’s energy-efficiency policies created nearly 1.5 million jobs over 30 years, while eliminating less than 25,000, and saved consumers $56 billion in energy expenditures. As long as a compelling link is made between jobs and energy, look for political support for renewable energy projects to continue.That said, recent market behavior will no doubt diminish near term interest in new energy investments, including for renewable energy. The New York Times is already reporting weakening of capital financing for alternative energy projects as the pool of investment capital contracts. But unlike the mortgage industry, the majority of energy projects competing for capital are fundamentally sound. The real question is whether the investment retreat is a new long-term reality, or a short-term phenomenon that will dissipate once the market crisis has receded, and liquidity is restored.During this period, the most vulnerable renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies are those in early stages of development that are not yet viable on a large scale. The problem for these technologies is what venture capitalists call the “Valley of Death;” that is, the period where early-stage technologies often fail because they lack the funding to go from laboratory to marketplace. In the near-term, if the investment pool dries up, it will likely be these early stage, yet promising technologies—such as enhanced geothermal, advanced solar thermal, or new innovative grid management technologies—that will suffer.However, over the longer term, it is not plausible that energy demand will fall. Global electrification and development, particularly in India and China, will drive demand – and new expectations for environmental performance will simultaneously and increasingly require that the supply is green.