AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar reach final after UAE fans throw sandals

first_img Reuters Abu DhabiJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 23:50 IST Asian Cup 2019: Hasan Al Haydos scored his Qatar’s third goal against UAE (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSQatar defeated hosts UAE 4-0 to reach their first-ever Asian Cup finalThe local UAE fans threw shoes and sandals onto the pitch during the matchQatar will take on Japan in the final of the 2019 AFC Asian Cup on FridayQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, setting up a decider against Japan in Abu Dhabi on Friday.Boualem Khoukhi’s early strike and an eighth goal of the tournament from striker Almoez Ali gave Qatar a 2-0 halftime lead and captain Hassan Al-Haydos and Hamid Ismail completed the rout in the last 10 minutes.The UAE had been hoping to reach the Asian Cup final for the second time, but instead look likely to face sanctions after Ali was pelted with footwear as he celebrated his goal with Haydos and Ismail also the target of missiles.The cloud of the diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar that Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt launched in June 2017 hung heavy over the stadium with the visitors’ national anthem roundly booed by the majority of the crowd of 38,646.Fans throwing shoes at the Qatari players after they score their 2nd goal Gardner (@mrjordangardner) January 29, 2019The crowd were stunned into silence in the 22nd minute when Khoukhi cantered into the UAE half on the break and launched a speculative shot towards goal from the corner of the area that slipped under the hands of goalkeeper Khalid Eisa.While Eisa should have stopped the first goal, there was little he could have done about the second 15 minutes later.Ali powered his way through a trio of static defenders on the left edge of the box and curled his shot into the net off the far post to extend his lead as the tournament’s top scorer.advertisementThe young striker was showered with sandals thrown by irate home fans as he celebrated in scenes that will surely elicit some response from the Asian Football Confederation.1st ever team to not concede in opening 6 #AsianCup games1st ever #AsianCup final stage appearance for @QFAQatar are writing their names in the history books! (@afcasiancup) January 29, 2019Sadly for the home fans, there was little response from their team, whose few first-half chances came from crosses launched into the area from the flanks.Striker Ali Mabkhout, looking for his 10th goal over two Asian Cups, revived UAE hopes with a sizzling long-range drive in the 52nd minute that Qatar goalkeeper Saad Al Sheeb was forced to tip over the bar.UAE captain Ismail Matar also looked lively when he came on as a substitute and had a shot blocked in the 69th minute, while Saad was again a match for a looping Ahmed Khalil header.The breakthrough would not come, however, and Haydos scored the third for the visitors on the break, cheekily chipping Eisa before grabbing the badge on his shirt in celebration to attract a shower of drinks bottles from angry fans.Insult was added to indignity in stoppage time when UAE defender Ismail Ahmed was sent off after a VAR review for an elbow to the face of Salem Al-Hajri and Hamid Ismail beat Eisa for the fourth time to trigger another barrage of bottles.For 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 Tags :Follow QatarFollow UAEFollow Qatar vs UAEFollow Asian Cup 2019Follow Asian CupFollow Asian Cup semifinal AFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar reach final after UAE fans throw sandalsAFC Asian Cup 2019: Qatar defeated hosts UAE 4-0 to reach their first-ever Asian final after the home fans threw shoes and sandal on the football pitchadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

NSBI Announces 201112 Annual Results

first_img For more information on NSBI’s 2011-12 annual report visit Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI assists local companies and attracts international companies to Nova Scotia. For more information, visit In collaboration with partners, NSBI’s trade services assisted 441 companies expand existing markets and explore new markets, versus 328 from the previous year. Investment Attraction, which focuses on attracting new investment to the province, closed five foreign direct investments deals for the fiscal year. The approximately $11 million in earned incentives will create up to 1135 jobs and $162 million in payroll and benefits. The province can potentially earn up to $16 million in direct tax revenue though these agreements. NSBI charted five transactions in business financing providing structured financial solutions totalling about $2.4 million to help Nova Scotia businesses grow. NSBI Venture Capital’s five transactions provided access to about $14,850,000 in capital for businesses in Nova Scotia. The client-reported actual and forecasted export sales more than doubled to $318 million. Nova Scotia businesses are trading more, exporting more and creating more jobs in key sectors across the province, thanks to strategic provincial investments through Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). NSBI released its tenth annual report today, Dec. 6, which covers the fiscal period from April 1, 2011, to March 31, 2012, and marks the end of NSBI’s second five-year strategic plan cycle. “Nova Scotia is turning the corner on 20 years of the worst economic performance in the country and we are doing this by helping businesses showcase their innovation and products to the world – and by supporting the creation of high value jobs across the province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “Our information technology sector is growing faster than any other province – and that was before IBM selected Nova Scotia as home for its Canadian global delivery centre.” This fiscal year was one of NSBI’s busiest in investment and trade development. Export Development Canada forecasts Nova Scotia export growth to lead the country in 2013. KPMG recognized Halifax’s financial service sector as the fastest growing hedge fund administration centre in the country and Nova Scotia’s information technology sector grew faster than any other province in Canada over the last five years. Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI, said that in spite of the economic turbulence of the past few years, Nova Scotia has seen a 35 per cent increase in trade activities over the last year. “We continue to see more world class companies, like Admiral Administration, wanting to do business in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Lund. “These gains have positioned Nova Scotia for future growth and created an opportunity for us to illustrate our success in bringing Nova Scotia to the world and the world to Nova Scotia.” During the past fiscal year, NSBI, along with its partners and clients, has done business in over 40 countries, spanning five continents. In 2011-12, the growth in total trade exceeded the growth of provincial GDP by eight per cent. “NSBI is helping our Springhill-based company achieve its goals and service increasing demand in our export markets, especially in the renewable energy sector in Europe and Central America,” said James Surrette, president, Surrette Battery. Some highlights of the annual report include:last_img read more