The week included both the FIFA Women’s World Cup Official Host Cities Workshop and the Venue General Manager meetings. We welcomed the Host Cities to the nations capital for the FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015 Host City Workshop, said Peter Montopoli, Chief Executive Officer of the National Organising Committee. This is a great opportunity for our country to work together as we approach what will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for sport in Canada . The FIFA Women’s World Cup Official Host Cities Workshop provided cities with the chance to meet FIFA marketing, communications and brand protection representatives. The sessions also provided the cities with the chance to learn more about the opportunities available to them in hosting both the FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup Canada 2014 and FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015. Also as part of the weeks activities, the National Organising Committee officially launched the National Volunteer Programme on Tuesday 8 October. The launch took place at historic Parliament Hill, with the Honourable Candice Bergen, Canada s Minister of State (Social Development). Canadians showed their strong interest and support of the competitions with nearly 1,000 persons registering to volunteer in the first two days after the portal opened. The FIFA U-20 Womens World Cup Canada 2014 runs 5-24 August in Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and Moncton. The FIFA Womens World Cup Canada 2015 runs one year later from 6 June to 5 July in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton.
CANADA STOCKS-TSX gains as stalling U.S. talks boost gold miners
“The good news is we came on as the game went on. We scored two goals, we put a ton of pressure on them at the end We need to start faster.” Canada had the edge in offensive zone time in a scoreless first period, netted two goals in the second and pushed the lead to 3-0 early in the third. The USA broke through with a two-player advantage power play goal at mid-third, cut the deficit to one with 5:31 remaining and drove hard to the finish. Those final minutes included not only several good USA chances but a skirmish that earned two players on each team five-minute roughing majors and game misconducts after USA forward Jocelyne Lamoureux collided with Canada goalie Shannon Szabados at 16:53. Szabados sprawled on the ice and her teammates came to her defense, setting off a lengthy tussle in the corner. “It happens from time to time,” said longtime Canadian team member Hayley Wickenheiser of the scuffle, recalling a 2010 incident. In the first period, Canada had a 5-4 edge in shots that failed to reflect its territorial control. The USA’s game was disjointed but the Americans’ speed still led to a couple of quality chances that Szabados (15 saves) rejected. Ouellette sent Canada into a 1-0 lead at 4:16 of the second, converting Jayna Hefford’s cross-slot power play pass. Only 1:21 later, Bailey Bram knocked in Canada’s second goal during a goal-mouth scrum. MORE: Men’s Olympic hockey tracker Meanwhile, the Canadian team defense ramped up its play, effectively blunting any USA attack by hindering breakouts, smothering rushes and blocking shots. Until a late power play, the U.S. put one shot on goal during an earlier player-advantage. The extent of Canadian domination was reflected not only in the two goals but the 12-2 shot advantage in the second period and 17-6 through 40 minutes. Then came the third with Tara Watchorn putting Canada into a 3-0 lead at 4:54.
Bullion had hit a three-month low earlier in the day as investors bet that a deal could be reached. But as negotiations sputtered ahead of a Thursday deadline, a safe-haven rally for gold in turn boosted Canada-listed gold miners. “Many of the leading (gold mining) stocks have been beaten down beyond belief, are trading at very attractive valuations and they offer good dividend yields,” said Elvis Picardo, a strategist at Global Securities in Vancouver. The gold mining sub-index, which has declined sharply in recent months, gained more than 3 percent. Other commodities, including oil, were lower, while the three main U.S. indices also retreated in the face of the political uncertainty. The resource-heavy Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index ended up 39.35 points, or 0.31 percent, at 12,931.46. Picardo said the index should be well-placed to gain in the medium-term, assuming a deal is reached that avoids a U.S. default. “Investors are just waiting for this one big uncertainty to be resolved before they jump in with both feet,” he said, pointing to energy and mining stocks as likely winners. Hopes for a deal had risen after U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat, and his Republican counterpart, Mitch McConnell, ended a day of talks on Monday with Reid saying they had made “tremendous progress.” “I suspect something will happen on the positive side (in U.S. fiscal negotiations) but in the meantime the market is very nervous,” said Irwin Michael, portfolio manager at ABC Funds. Barrick Gold Corp gained 3.7 percent to C$18.46, while Goldcorp Inc added 2.2 percent to C$24.97. Pipeline operator Enbridge Inc declined 1 percent to C$42.55, while Talisman Energy Inc fell 1.5 percent to C$12.52.