Proponents of energy development are in Anchorage for the 10th annual Alaska Oil and Gas Congress. Canada’s Northwest Territories Premiere Bob McCloud says Alaska and the Territories have a lot in common – great resources that are stranded in remote locations.Download AudioPremiere McCloud says he is closely watching how Alaska goes about pushing for marketing LNG. McCloud says it’s frustrating that the Northern Gateway pipeline and the Keystone pipeline are not moving forward. The McKenzie Valley pipeline in his region has been in development for decades but is also on hold.“Now it’s proven uneconomic because the world price of natural gas because of the preponderance of shale gas is not high enough to make that pipeline economic,” McCloud said. “So the key for us is to find other markets.”Such as Asia or Europe, McCloud says. He says after last year’s resource congress, he went back to Canada and instituted a new energy program.“We decided to do a pilot project and haul LNG from Delta BC to Inuvik and use it for electrical generation,” McCloud said. “We found out it was cheaper to do that, haul it all that distance rather than use expensive diesel. Now we’re planning on using LNG for all the communities that have road access.”The pilot project hauls LNG more than 1500 miles.McCloud says in talks with former Governor Frank Murkowski this week – Murkowski encouraged him to research trying to get oil and gas from the southern part of the Northwest Territories to the existing TransAlaska Pipeline to Valdez.McCloud says the Northwest Territories struggle with the same economic problems as rural Alaska. High energy costs and low employment opportunities. The Oil and Gas Congress runs through Thursday.
Report Shares00 Comments 0 Horse racing Close report comment form First published on Fri 18 Apr 2008 19.16 EDT Sign in or create your Guardian account to recommend a comment recommendations 50 Paul Nicholls Since you’re here… Show 25 The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Read more Nicholls can grab glory with Mundi All Threads collapsed Support The Guardian Horse racing Share on Facebook unthreaded Sorry there was an error. Please try again later. If the problem persists, please contact Userhelp Share on WhatsApp Ayr 2.30 While Starzaan is likely to benefit from a drop in distance, he does not look a match for Noland. Unable to muster the pace to trouble Tidal Bay in the Arkle Trophy at Cheltenham, Noland will appreciate this extra half-mile.Newbury 2.50 This could be another success for the Cecil team, with Sound Of Nature having the potential to be a good deal better than his official mark of 89. There were hopes that he would be a Group horse last season until he met with a serious setback. Recent home work suggests he has put his problems behind him.Ayr 3.00 See tip of the day.Newbury 3.25 Well backed for the 1,000 Guineas in recent weeks, Muthabara can keep her 100% record intact. The John Dunlop stable will have been encouraged by the performance of Muthabara’s gallops companion, Festivale, when third behind Infallible in the Nell Gwyn Stakes this week.Newbury 4.00 The turn of foot Sir Gerry produced to win the Gimcrack Stakes last season could be the deciding factor here. Whether he has the stamina for the mile of the 2,000 Guineas remains to be seen, but James Fanshawe’s colt should find this 7f trip within his compass.Ron Cox’s tip of the dayKalahari King 3.00 AyrThis former French Flat winner ran his best race to date since joining Ferdy Murphy when keeping on to be fourth behind Captain Cee Bee in the Supreme Novices Hurdle at Cheltenham. There was an excuse for the winner at Aintree next time, but runner-up Binocular certainly did not let the form down at the Grand National meeting. Kalahari King looks well treated on his handicap debut here.Horse senseTiger gives Cecil bright prospects at NewburyTranquil Tiger (2.15) is set for a good season, judging by his recent form on the Newmarket gallops, and he can give Henry Cecil another big-race success at Newbury today. The four-year-old is very tough and at this stage he may just have a fitness edge over Sir Michael Stoute’s Red Gala.The same stables have interesting runners in the Spring Cup, and this time Stoute could edge it with Lang Shining (2.50) over the Cecil-trained Sound Of Nature. Lang Shining was ready to go for the Lincoln but missed the cut. He has done plenty of work and first time is the time to catch him.Roger Charlton’s Proponent is worth keeping an eye on here. Gelded at the end of last season, this one-time Classic hope has been working better than last year. The Royal Hunt Cup could be on his agenda.Don’t Forget Faith (3.25) could surprise a few in the Fred Darling. Clive Cox’s filly has been working well and will like the ease in the ground. She ran a good race when fifth behind Zarkava at Longchamp on Arc day.Stoute’s 2,000 Guineas hope, Confront (4.00), is in good order without being fully wound up. A big colt, he might just blow up in the Greenham but his class can see him through. Aphorism (4.30) and Ezdiyaad (5.05) are other highlights on the Newbury card.At Windsor on Monday, Adversity (6.25) is a Stoute three-year-old with strong claims in handicap company. Roger Charlton’s Genki (3.10) is expected to go close at Pontefract.Punjabi, successful at Punchestown last year, returns to the Festival meeting next week with an excellent chance of following up in Friday’s ACCBankChampion Hurdle. Others to note in Nicky Henderson’s team of raiders are Classic Fiddle and the unraced bumper hope, Acordeon.Seen and heardWheeling and dealing has long been part of the horse trading business, but at this week’s Breeze-Up sale in Newmarket one vendor was surprised to be contacted independently by two potential bidders, one a well-known name in racing circles, offering a deal. The gist of the conversation was a guarantee that bidding would exceed a certain amount, with a slice of anything above that going to the “helpful” party – one was asking for 40%, the other 50%.Photo-finish verdicts are delivered quickly these days, thanks to improved technology, but that wasn’t always the case and betting on the outcome of a close finish used to be big business. This week a former clerk of the course recalled how, on making alterations to a judge’s box at a northern track, a listening device was discovered. No one can be sure how the bug got there, but it was gold dust to hear the result of a photo-finish before it was officially announced, particularly for bookmakers at the track.John Gosden leaves no stone unturned in the art of training winners, but when it comes to weighing his horses he has an open mind. He recalls his days when assistant to Vincent O’Brien, and how The Minstrel, after winning the 1977 Derby, returned to the weight he had been for the previous season’s Dewhurst Stakes as a two-year-old. “We had to check the scales, but the figures were right,” he says.For obvious reasons, Pippa Cuckson, the public relations voice of Great Leighs, has been kept busy this week. The race to race at the Essex track prevented Cuckson from getting to Newbury yesterday to cheer on Conquest. Cuckson has a share in Highclere Thoroughbred’s sprinter, but at least she didn’t miss out on a winner – he faded into a disappointing eighth. Share via Email Share on Twitter Paul Nicholls has endured a series of near-misses in the Coral Scottish Grand National since he won with Belmont King in 1997. At Ayr today, Opera Mundi can get it right for the champion trainer, who saddled his fourth runner-up in the race when Ladalko was touched off two years ago.One of only three runners in the handicap proper, Opera Mundi (3.40) is best forgiven his latest run at Doncaster, when ground conditions had gone against him. The going may be drying out at Ayr, but it should still be soft enough for Opera Mundi to confirm the promise of his comeback effort at Haydock. Carrying 11st12lb, he won in the style of an out-and-out stayer and the form of that three-mile handicap looks sound – subsequent winners Lothian Falcon, High Chimes and Cloudy Lane finished behind.In most marathon events, six-year-old Opera Mundi’s age would be against him, but Earth Summit was six when he won here in 1994 and others of that age have run well. It is a big plus that he comes here a fresh horse after a light campaign.Alan King has also gone relatively easy on Halcon Genelardais, who was having just his third run of the season when staying on to take a creditable fourth placing in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Top weights have won the Scottish National, but off much lower marks than 169 and Robert Thornton’s mount has his work cut out.Halcon Genelardais is 5lb better off for a narrow defeat by Miko de Beauchene in the Coral Welsh National, but the winner has probably improved in the meantime, having beaten Flintoff (now 4lb worse) at Haydock and run a good second to Ballyfitz at Cheltenham over hurdles.Newbury 2.15 The Henry Cecil stable has come out with all guns blazing this week and Tranquil Tiger is reported spot on for his return to action. The colt has a couple of lengths to find with Zaham on Royal Ascot form, but can take his revenge over this extra two furlongs. 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