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No. 17 Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts North Carolina A&T Friday

first_imgNovember 14, 2019 /Sports News – Local No. 17 Utah State Men’s Basketball Hosts North Carolina A&T Friday Tags: North Carolina A&T Men’s Basketball/USU Men’s Basketball Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-Friday, No. 17 Utah State (3-0) hosts North Carolina A&T (1-2) of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference at the Spectrum in a battle of two of the schools nicknamed “Aggies” in Division I.The Utah State Aggies are currently 59-18 (.766) all-time as a ranked team by The Associated Press.In his second season at Logan, head coach Craig Smith is currently 31-7 (.816) at the helm and 110-62 (.640) as a head coach in Division I men’s basketball.Utah State is tied for 36th nationally (89 points per game) in scoring offense with San Francisco and Connecticut.USU senior guard Sam Merrill (18.7 points, 4.7 rebounds a game) leads the way for the squad as he has consistently done throughout his career.In the absence of rising star, sophomore center Neemias Queta, sophomore guard Brock Miller (14.7 points per game) and sophomore forward Justin Bean (13 points, 11.3 rebounds per game) have picked up the slack.Bean is currently one of four Mountain West Conference student-athletes averaging a double-double, along with Colorado State forward/center Nico Carvacho, Fresno State forward Nate Grimes and Boise State forward RJ Williams.Utah State’s defense has been stingy as it surrenders only 54.3 points per game, ranking 27th nationally.USU opponents are shooting only 35 percent from the field and in the last two games, Weber State (21.7 percent) and Denver (38.9 percent) have had a hard time getting things going.Polish national, junior center Kuba Karwowski, currently has 6 blocks on the season to pace Utah State in that category. Senior Portuguese national, Diogo Brito, has a team-best 6 steals.North Carolina A&T comes to Logan on the heels of a 90-64 loss at Western Carolina Tuesday.In his fifth season at the helm of the program, head coach Jay Joyner is currently 48-64 (.429).NCAT scores 59 points per game, tying them for 322nd nationally with Florida A&M, St. Bonaventure and Alabama A&M.Senior forward Ronald Jackson leads NCAT with 13.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. Jackson is also the defensive leader on the squad, with three blocked shots. He is complemented by junior guard Kameron Langley (10 points, 6.7 rebounds per game).In scoring defense, NCAT surrenders 74 points per game, tying them for 250th nationally with Manhattan, Albany, Nicholls State and Central Florida. NCAT’s steals leader is junior guard Tyler Maye, who has seven thefts in the first three games of the season.This is the first meeting in school history between these two Aggies.last_img read more

‘We’re not apologising’: Novatek exec says oil and gas needs to change climate change narrative

first_imgThe Russian natural gas giant’s deputy chairman says the oil and gas sector doesn’t get enough credit for delivering economic prosperity Novatek exec Mark Gyetvay on why oil and gas industry deserves more creditAccording to Gyetvay, more than 900 million people don’t have access to electricity and 500 million are without any means of cooking food.The International Energy Agency (IEA) also estimates that 450 million more people in India and China have gained access to clean cooking since 2010 and the Novatek exec believes this highlights another “tremendous job” by the industry in bringing people out of poverty.He said the high number of people still without access shows there is a big challenge to meet great demand for power rather by increasing supply, rather than decreasing it as many green groups have suggested must happen.Gyetvay was also keen to address the role society can play, adding: “The energy transition is real – we’re moving away from the idea that we’re wasting – but you walk into every house and you expect that when you turn on the light switch, the lights go on.“If you need to charge your iPhone or Samsung phone, the moment that power goes off, the dialogue changes and there’s a different problem.“Society needs to understand this. We can’t live today without energy. Why not turn off the power grid for a month and then we’ll see a different set of dialogue.“When we look at this whole carbon emissions problem, the energy industry is responsible for about 20%. So 80% comes from the consumer side and we need to look at the whole picture.“Let’s not just focus solely on oil and gas companies as a culprit, and instead see where we can make a difference in that 80% – within areas that people don’t want to talk about despite it being a major part of the problem.” Novatek exec Mark Gyetvay says oil and gas industry needs to have better communication with environmentalistsReferring to US Democratic nominee hopeful Bernie Sanders’ plans to place heavy taxes on energy companies, Gyetvay said: “We have the energy industry on the right and the green movement on the left. Without doubt, the energy industry has moved to the middle.“We’ve made a significant amount of effort to clean up our business. The investments we’ve made are enormous.Novatek deputy chairman Mark Gyetvay (Credit: Oil and Gas Council)“We have to stop and look at this from a realistic perspective and take a more aggressive stand in how we deliver our message because the industry has done a tremendous job and we’re not getting recognised for it.“There are too many CEOs sitting in front of people on stages like this and apologising.“Well we’re not apologising – we need to fight back and show the world we’re taking these steps so that when we talk to the left and the green movement, we don’t get shouted down.“There’s no dialogue today. There’s just shouting from one side.” Oil and gas industry needs to change narrative around its role in climate changeThe unapologetic tone was mirrored by Steve Holliday, president of the UK-based Energy Institute professional body that organised the conference, when opening the event on Tuesday.He spoke about his pride in what the energy industry had achieved in changing the world – something he believes it could do again.“There’s a widespread – and to my mind misguided – view that the oil and gas sector can only ever be the problem.“It’s wrong because the sector is capable of incredible things.“Over this coming decade, as the impacts of climate change bite harder and the calls for action grow louder, the credibility of this sector will be tested.“To pass that test, the industry needs to show demonstrable, rapid change, now.”In the same panel discussion as Gyetvay, Katie Dourian, the World Energy Council’s regional manager for the Middle East and Gulf states, pointed out how oil and gas wouldn’t simply be removed from the global energy mix.But she admitted that “changing the narrative” was crucial for the oil and gas sector to show the public it isn’t just polluting the atmosphere but also developing carbon capture and storage technology that is already reducing emissions in some areas.Kate Dourian, the World Energy Council’s regional manager for the Middle East and Gulf states, speaking at IP Week in London, alongside Mark Gyetvay, left (Credit: Twitter/Energy Institute)“It’s about bringing society into the conversation because at the end of the day, they are the shareholders but don’t really have a voice,” she said.“They have people at Davos talking down to them, screaming and shouting about how bad it is.“Apart from a few areas where you are getting a lot of emissions like US methane, they are trying to do something about it.”center_img Mark Gyetvay’s comments about how the oil and gas sector hasn’t been recognised for the economic prosperity it’s created were greeted with mass applause at IP Week in London Oil and gas companies need to stop apologising for their role in climate change because they’re already doing a “tremendous job” in cutting emissions, claims the exec of an industry giant. Mark Gyetvay, deputy chairman of the management board at Russia’s second-largest natural gas firm Novatek, believes the sector hasn’t had a chance to demonstrate environmental changes it has already made because it instead gets “shouted down”.His comments about how society also needs to take more responsibility for reducing carbon emissions were greeted with a large round of applause yesterday (26 February) at energy industry conference IP Week in London, where many of his views were backed up by other speakers. Society’s contribution to climate change needs emphasising moreOil majors like BP have been the focus of protests by environmental campaigners in recent years due to their perceived lack of interest and investment in decarbonisation.But Colette Cohen – CEO of the Aberdeen-based Oil & Gas Technology Centre, a publicly-funded group that aims to transform the North Sea oil basin into a net-zero energy producer – believes society needs to take a look at itself rather than just propose shutting down oil and gas.“There’s a very naïve conversation in the UK about oil and gas,” she said. “Ultimately, people want to live the lives they currently have and it’s okay if the pain comes from large industry, but not from their personal lives.“The reality is that oil and has enables more than 17,000 daily products, from your phone and holidays to shampoo and PCs.“Oil and gas isn’t just going to disappear in the next five or 10 years – it’ll probably be more like 20 or 30 years. So this is truly a transition.”last_img read more

Jadestone announces revised 2020 capex guidance and update on the Southwest Vietnam gas development

first_imgIn light of current market conditions, and in order to continue to maintain the Company’s strong balance sheet in these uncertain times, Jadestone is reviewing its 2020 capital programme Jadestone announces revised 2020 capex guidance and update on the Southwest Vietnam gas development. (Credit: gloriaurban4 from Pixabay) Jadestone Energy Inc. (AIM:JSE, TSXV:JSE) (“Jadestone” or the “Company”), an independent oil and gas production company focused on the Asia Pacific region, provides an update on its 2020 capital expenditure guidance.In light of current market conditions, and in order to continue to maintain the Company’s strong balance sheet in these uncertain times, Jadestone is reviewing its 2020 capital programme.  In the absence of the receipt of Vietnamese Government approvals of the field development plan (“FDP”) for the Nam Du and U Minh gas field developments, Jadestone has decided to delay this project. Jadestone will remove substantially all capital spending which had been planned for the project in 2020, resulting in a 50%, or circa US$90mm reduction to its 2020 capex guidance for the year, which is now expected to be US$80-95mm.This decision is not just a recognition of the impact of new measures to conserve the Company’s capital resources, but focuses on the largest and longest element of the Company’s 2020 capital programme, and one which would not have contributed cash flow before Q4 2021.  This had assumed receipt of Vietnamese Government approvals in Q1 2020, and as this has not been forthcoming, the expected first gas date for the project will be no earlier than late 2022.The remaining 2020 capital programme largely comprises infill drilling at Montara and Stag, and remains entirely discretionary.  The Company will continue to evaluate all capital investments, including potential inorganic growth opportunities, based on anticipated accretive value add for shareholders, while maintaining balance sheet strength.As of January 31, 2020, Jadestone had an unaudited cash balance of US$116.0mm, including restricted cash of US$10mm and gross outstanding interest bearing debt of US$50.1mm.  The Company expects to remain operating cash flow positive even at oil prices below US$30/bbl, owing largely to downside price protection through hedging and significant pricing premia on oil from its producing assets in Australia.  The mark-to-market value of the hedge as at February 28, 2020 was over US$18.0mm in favour of the Company.Paul Blakeley, President and CEO commented:“We are committed to maintaining capital discipline through the current uncertain environment.  While the level of economic turmoil is unprecedented, I am pleased that we retain substantial flexibility and will remain nimble, and course correct as necessary, to ensure ongoing value add to our shareholders.“Nam Du and U Minh are an important domestic gas resource for Vietnam, which will ultimately contribute to generating clean power and essential fertiliser for the ongoing development of the Southwest Vietnam economy.  But, with ongoing Vietnamese Government delays to the FDP approval process, there is a short-term option for us to defer our spending commitments on the project, which we’ve decided to take.  Vietnam currently has the potential to take temporarily cheap competitor piped gas, which is oil price linked and benefitting from the current market dislocation, and the Nam Du and U Minh fields can be developed when investment conditions improve.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Sempra to sell stake in Sempra Infrastructure Partners to KKR for $3.3bn

first_imgThe deal values 100% of Sempra’s newly created business platform at around $25.2bn Sempra Energy announced plans to create Sempra Infrastructure Partners in December 2020. (Credit: Sempra Energy) Sempra Energy has agreed to sell a 20% stake in its new business platform – Sempra Infrastructure Partners to investment firm KKR for $3.37bn in an all-cash deal.The deal values Sempra Infrastructure Partners at around $25.2bn, which is inclusive of an expected amount of $8.37bn in asset-related debt at the closing.In December 2020, the US-based energy infrastructure company announced plans to create the new business platform.According to the company, the new business unit is expected to simplify its non-utility infrastructure investments in North America under a single self-funding platform.It will bring together Sempra LNG, a developer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export infrastructure, and Infraestructura Energética Nova (IEnova), which develops renewables and natural gas infrastructure in Mexico.Sempra Infrastructure Partners’ LNG portfolio will have an LNG export capacity of up to 45 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa), either in development, construction, or operation.The LNG assets of the business are located on the North American Pacific and Gulf Coasts.Its renewable portfolio has up to 4GW of capacity either in development, construction, or operation in Mexico along with associated electric transmission infrastructure.The natural gas infrastructure portfolio of Sempra Infrastructure Partners is packed with distribution firms and some cross-border and in-country pipelines. These include pipelines that export natural gas from the US to Mexico and those that supply the Energía Costa Azul LNG facility.Sempra Energy will use the proceeds from the transaction for funding growth across its $32bn capital programme, focussed on its US utilities, and to further consolidate its balance sheet.Sempra Energy chairman and CEO Jeffrey Martin said: “Over the next decade, we expect the energy markets in North America to continue to grow and become increasingly integrated.“Combining our resources with KKR improves our ability to capture new investment opportunities in cleaner forms of energy and the critical infrastructure that stores and transports it.“This transaction also sends a clear signal about the value and expected growth of our infrastructure portfolio.”KKR will be buying the minority stake in Sempra Infrastructure Partners via its Global Infrastructure Investors Funds.As per the terms of the deal, KKR will acquire Sempra Energy’s indirect interest in IEnova at $4.13 per share.KKR partner and global head of infrastructure Raj Agrawal said: “Investing in critical new energy infrastructure creates jobs, delivers reliable energy with fewer emissions and supports North America’s economic recovery.“That is why we are excited to partner with Sempra Energy. This infrastructure platform provides a strong foundation to expand cleaner energy resources across the continent.“Backed by strong, contractually-supported, long-term cash flows, our investment is also consistent with KKR Infrastructure’s strategy to seek stable and predictable returns for our investors.”The deal, which is subject to consents from some third parties and regulators, and other customary closing conditions, is likely to close by mid-2021.last_img read more

Colombian Navy Captures Another Cocaine-Carrying Submarine

first_img View post tag: Captures Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Colombian Navy Captures Another Cocaine-Carrying Submarine View post tag: submarine View post tag: ANOTHER View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Cocaine-Carrying View post tag: Naval View post tag: Colombian View post tag: Navy Colombian Navy Captures Another Cocaine-Carrying Submarine Another cocaine-carrying submarine was captured on Nov 4 by Colombian Navy with assistance of national air force and US Navy. Last time three submarines carrying drugs were detained in June 2011.According to Colombian Navy’s release, the sub was detected 50 miles off Colombian port Cartagena. During attempt to seize the submarine, the crew scuttled the sub and escaped on fast-speed motorboats.Divers managed to shut flood valves, hold the sub afloat and tow her to port.Reportedly, the submarine was capable to transport up to 3 tons of drugs.Colombian drug mafia has been using submarines since 1993 for illegal cargo deliveries to the US. In total, authorities have managed to intercept over 70 such submarines.Experts recognize permanent improvement of quality and technological equipment of such vessels. Two earlier confiscated subs were capable to move underwater being almost invisible.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, November 08, 2011; November 8, 2011last_img read more

UK: Royal Navy Commissions HMS Dragon

first_img View post tag: Royal UK: Royal Navy Commissions HMS Dragon View post tag: Navy View post tag: commissions View post tag: UK View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMS View post tag: Dragon Training & Education April 23, 2012 Hundreds of guests including families of the 190 ship’s company attended a colourful ‘Christening’ ceremony at Portsmouth Naval Base which marks the ship’s transition into front-line service.Reflecting the ship’s strong Welsh connections (the ship is affiliated to the city of Cardiff), among the principal guests was Secretary of State for Wales, the Rt Hon Cheryl Gillan. Also present were Susie Boissier – the ship’s sponsor who launched the vessel at BAE Systems’ Govan shipyard on the River Clyde in November 2008 – and Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Charles Montgomery.The ceremony was conducted by the Venerable Scott Brown, Chaplain of the Fleet.Representatives from the ship’s affiliate city of Cardiff were also present.Commander Darren Houston, Dragon’s Commanding Officer, said the event was a proud moment for all on board HMS Dragon.“This very special day marks the end of our trials phase and the transition to front-line service.  “Thereafter the emphasis will be on combat readiness in preparation for our first deployment next year. I am very pleased that so many families, friends and affiliates were part of our momentous day.”The ceremony was rounded off in traditional Royal Navy fashion with the cutting of a commissioning cake. Performing the honour were the CO’s wife, Liesl, and Engineering Technician Mark Soldiew, aged 18, the youngest member of the ship’s company.HMS Dragon is the fourth of six Type 45 destroyers being built for the Royal Navy. All will be based in Portsmouth. The first, HMS Daring, was commissioned in July 2009 and the fifth – HMS Defender – is due to arrive in Portsmouth for the first time this summer. All six are scheduled to be in service by the middle of the decade.[mappress]Source: Navaltoday Staff, April 23, 2012; Image: royalnavy View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Commissions HMS Dragon HMS Dragon – the fourth of the Royal Navy’s new powerful Type 45 destroyers – has been formally commissioned into the fleet on Friday, 20th. Share this articlelast_img read more

Violence mars Wadham house parties

first_imgPOLICE officers arrested a drunken man who violently attacked students at a Wadham house party on Iffley Road last Saturday night.The man, who witnesses described as shaven headed and in his early 40s, broke into a neighbouring property at around 10:30pm before climbing a wall and throwing bricks at students. The incident came after vandalism at a nearby Volkswagen car dealership at another Wadham party the night before, during which a windscreen was smashed and car rooves damaged when bottles were dropped from flats above.One student, who wished not to be named, was threatened with an £80 fine after police officers on patrol caught him urinating onto a car in Charles Street.Wadham second-year Charlotte Houldcroft said of Saturday night’s events, “There were four of us walking in a group down Cowley Road, and this guy, was by the roadworks. He’d moved one of the barriers across the footpath, and was pretty obviously drunk, incoherently laughing and mumbling.“He made some joke to us, but we just moved the barrier back out of our way and walked on, thinking he’d just had a few too many as he didn’t seem threatening.”James Neale, a first-year at Wadham, said, “We were all pretty drunk when a man appeared on the wall, and he was even more intoxicated than us,” Neale said. “He didn’t have particularly good dance moves so someone threw gravel at him, then bottles and cans, and that made him really angry.”After a bottle struck the man on his temple, he threatened students with a brick he had found on the wall while staggering around dripping blood.Police arrived after two first-year students called the emergency services, using a taser gun to subdue the man before placing him under arrest.A police officer attending the scene suggested that it was unlikely anyone would press charges as there was a “mutual” confrontation between the man and students.Neale added, “It was probably the students’ fault for starting it. We could have handled the situation a lot better than throwing shit at him.”By Peter Wrightlast_img read more

OUSU ban advertising of LIFE

first_imgPro-life charity LIFE has denounced OUSU Council’s decision to ban advertising of the charity and other similar organisations which provide “directive abortional advice”.The motion, proposed by Sarah Pine, OUSU VP for Women, and seconded by Alasdair Lennon, St. Johns’ JCR President, referenced OUSU’s pro-choice policy, whereby they maintain the stance that the best person to make decisions around pregnancy is the person themselves.It states that they, “deserve impartial and non-directional information and advice” and that “LIFE’s counselling and publicity is directive.” It mentioned in particular the LIFE statement that, “you can take the time, with our support, to work through all of your options and discover what is best for you whilst still being against abortion in all circumstances.”The motion argued that these kinds of “anti-choice messages” could be upsetting and stated that “organisations that give misleading advice can be actively harmful.”The motion passed but the second clause, stating that OUSU would never give a platform to any organisation which provides directional advice around abortion or campaign’s against women’s right to choose was removed.LIFE spokesperson Anne Scanlan said, “OUSU is simply restating its pro-abortion policy instituted against LIFE many years ago. If the Union was truly pro-choice, as it claims to be, it would encourage greater access to all counselling services for pregnant women considering abortion such as the counselling and skilled listening services offered by LIFE which also provides accommodation and practical support to pregnant women who choose to keep their baby. Why would a truly pro-choice group want to deny them that?”She continued, “OUSU’s policy that “the best person to make decisions around pregnancy is the person themselves”, is not in conflict with LIFE’s non-directive counselling service.“The motion speaks of organisations offering advice. LIFE does not offer advice. It offers non-directive counselling or skilled listening. Counselling is a non-directive activity quite distinct from giving advice which does not happen in the counselling room. To imply that we are an organisation which gives misleading information which can be actively harmful is slanderous. OUSU should withdraw this statement immediately.”President of Oxford Student’s for Life, told Cherwell, “While we opposed the entire motion, we’re very pleased that OUSU Council voted to defend free expression against an undemocratic no-platform clause.”Pine and Lennon responded saying, “The LIFE motion proposed in OUSU Council passed with a democratic majority on 28th of May 2014. We are of the belief that LIFE’s mission and previous endorsement of abortion restrictions contradict its’ aims and activities. We are also of the belief that the presence of Life in OUSU publications and events can be triggering and as such may be harmful to women who have undergone an abortion. A student union has a duty of care to its members and should do its utmost to prevent them from harm.”last_img read more

The Bayonne Jewish Women’s Circle invites you to a Challah Bake!

first_imgUnite with our community in making challah together, a special mitzvah for Jewish women. We will craft the dough from scratch and learn various braiding techniques. Each woman will garnish their own challah with a variety of gourmet ingredients. The bake will be on May 19 from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Chabad of Bayonne, 11 E. 42nd St. The event is free of charge when you reserve your spot.last_img