LNG World News Staff Image courtesy of ShellThe Hague-based LNG giant Shell expects to ship its first cargo of the chilled fuel from its giant Prelude floating LNG facility located offshore Western Australia.The facility has already shipped the first cargo of condensate in March.Speaking to the media during the presentation of the first-quarter results, Shell’s chief financial officer, Jessica Uhl said, the company expects to ship the first cargo of LNG in the second quarter this year.The company opened the wells in the fourth quarter last year, supplying gas to the Prelude FLNG, the largest of its kind.Earlier in February, Shell Australia chairman Zoe Yujnovich, said the company is taking its time with the commissioning process leading up to stable production of LPG and subsequently LNG.The FLNG facility is expected to stay moored at the Prelude gas field offshore Western Australia for 25 years. It is designed to produce 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG for export.
Liverpool centre-back Daniel Agger has pledged his future to the club and is happy to shoulder greater responsibility in the wake of Jamie Carragher’s departure. Manager Brendan Rodgers’ defence may need significant surgery over the summer with Sebastian Coates seemingly destined for the exit and the future of Martin Skrtel – who lost his place to Carragher in January – uncertain. However, Agger is happy at Anfield and the 28-year-old insists he is committed to his contract, which does not expire until 2016, despite him being linked with the likes of Manchester City and Barcelona 12 months ago. “I still have three years left and I intend to fulfil them,” the Denmark captain said. Press Association “There are always rumours, but who is creating them? I don’t know. “It is not a bad thing to be linked with top clubs but you have to take 70 per cent (of the speculation) off and then you have the reality.” Carragher retiring at the end of this season leaves Agger as the most experienced defender at the club, having moved to Anfield in January 2006. While he may not be the most vocal on the pitch, Agger believes he has done – and will do – plenty in terms of leadership but admits he cannot replace Carragher. “Jamie speaks for himself. To be at that level for that long, it’s not impossible but really close,” he added. “You learn from every single player you play with in training. If you want to be the best you have to learn from the best. I don’t think you have to replace him because every footballer is not the same. Every person is different. “When someone steps down, someone else has to take over. I play the way I do. I am the person I am and I’m doing the things I’m doing and I won’t really change. I am taking the responsibility I need to take. I enjoy it and there are a few players who are taking a lot of responsibility.”
For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. August 13 is World Left Hander’s Day.Sourav Ganguly helped India win consistently in overseas conditions.Yuvraj Singh is considered as India’s greatest match-winner. highlights New Delhi: August 13 is World Left Hander’s Day. The day was first observed in 1976 by Dean R. Campbell, founder of the Lefthanders International, Inc. International Left Hander’s Day was created to celebrate sinistrality and raise awareness of the advantages and disadvantages of being left-handed in a predominantly right-handed world. It celebrates left-handed people’s uniqueness and differences, a subset of humanity comprised of seven to ten percent of the world’s population. In cricket, there are plenty of left-handed cricketers who have made their mark on the international stage. Be it bowling, battinr or fielding, left-handers have made their mark impeccably on the global stage. Here is News Nations squad of left-handers who make it to the playing XI. The criteria is one or two players from the top 10 Test playing nations which will feature in the squad. The rest of the players have gotten notable mentions. Here is News Nation’s left-handers playing XI with a 12th man.1) Sourav GangulyThe Prince of Kolkata and the god of the off side. When one talks about Sourav Ganguly, one can only think of those off drives. In ODIs, he was a brilliant opener while in the Tests, he was a solid option. Throw in the weight of captaincy and Dada becomes the ultimate player in the squad. 2) Adam GilchristIt was this left-hander which changed the way how wicketkeepers bat in ODIs. Even MS Dhoni was in awe of this cricketer. Adam Gilchrist of Australia added a different dimension to batting and keeping with his aggression. In World Cup finals, Gilchrist’s two fifties and a century put him in a different league altogether. 3) Brian LaraHe was like a Bharatnatyam dancer on the wicket. But, Brian Lara was an artist when it came to batting. His sublime prowess in tackling the spin bowling of Shane Warne and Muttiah Muralitharan was legendary. His knocks of 375 and 400 in Tests and 501 in First Class matches made him a batsman for big scores. 4) Alastair CookHe used to open the batting in conditions which were incredibly tough for openers. Yet, he prospered for 13 years. Sir Alastair Cook scored a fifty and a hundred in his debut match and it ended the same way in his last match. In between, he helped England reach the top of the Test rankings and was part of four Ashes winning contests. His 766 runs in 2010/11 in Australia was key in England winning a series there after 24 years. 5) Sanath JayasuriyaThe Matara Mauler was devastation personified. The Indian bowlers bore the brunt of Typhoon Jayasuriya during the 90s. His aggressive hitting in the first 15 overs of the powerplay was a consistent blueprint which was earlier laid down by New Zealand’s Mark Greatbach in 1992. His partnership with Romesh Kaluwitharana was legendary in Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup winning campaign.6) Graeme SmithHe captained South Africa in over 100 Tests. When it came to the fourth innings of a Test, he was the Go-to man. He took over when South Africa were at their lowest ebb. Graeme Smith was calmness, aggression and brilliance personified. Smith was key in South Africa’s twin successes in Australia and England in 2008 and 2012 and played a big part in South Africa not losing an away series for eight years. 7) Andy FlowerA left-handed wicketkeeper was a rare commodity in the 90s but Andy Flower of Zimbabwe was sublime. He employed the sweep effectively and even now, he is considered the gold standard of Zimbabwe cricket in terms of sheer contribution with the bat and behind the stumps. 8) Kumar Sangakkara The word greatness can be easily attributed to Kumar Sangakkara, who was the bedrock of the Sri Lankan batting for over a decade. Sangakkara’s consistency and appetite for big runs on a big occasion is testament to his average of 58 in Tests. In the 2015 World Cup, Sangakkara smashed four consecutive centuries which only enhanced his greatness.9) Wasim AkramHe could swing the ball in, swing the ball away and also was a master of nailing the yorkers in the death. Wasim Akram of Pakistan revolutionised the way bowling evolved in the 90s. His partnership with Waqar Younis formed one of the most destructive bowling combinations in world cricket. Wasim was the first left-handed bowler ever to reach 400 wickets in Tests.10) Mitchell StarcAt 6’4″, this guy bowls in excess of 90 mph and is deadly accurate – a very rare factor. Mitchell Starc learnt the trade from Wasim Akram and he has many attributes, including nailing the perfect yorker in the death overs and also troubling the top batsmen of the team with his nagging accuracy.11) Trent BoultIn many ways, New Zealand’s upswing fortunes in Tests and ODIs can be attributed to the swing and accuracy of Trent Boult. His Test numbers are amazing and in the World Cup 2019 semi-final, he got the big wicket of Virat Kohli. In the 2015 World Cup, Boult was the joint highest wicket-taker with Starc. Boult’s brilliance on the World stage makes him a terrific asset.12) Shakib Al HasanThe individual who put Bangladesh cricket on the World map. Shakib Al Hasan is the leading run and wicket-taker in Tests for Bangladesh and has played a massive part in Bangladesh becoming a major force in cricket. When the exploits of Shakib are mentioned in Bangladesh’s cricket history, it will be enormous. The other notable players to miss the list are Matthew Hayden, Yuvraj Singh, Saeed Anwar and Arjuna Ranatunga. Since a squad can be of 16 players and 11 can play, these brilliant names miss out. However, their contributions are immense. Yuvraj Singh is acknowledged as the greatest match-winner India has produced while Ranatunga changed the global cricketing world’s outlook towards Sri Lanka. Anwar held the highest individual score in ODIs for 13 years when he hit 194 against India in Chennai in 1997. Hayden, on the other hand, was a brute at the top who decimated bowlers with ease.News Nation’s Left-handed SquadSourav Ganguly, Adam Gilchrist, Brian Lara, Alastair Cook, Graeme Smith, Sanath Jayasuriya, Andy Flower, Kumar Sangakkara, Wasim Akram, Mitchell Starc, Trent Boult, Shakib Al HasanNotable omissions – Matthew Hayden, Arjuna Ranatunga, Saeed Anwar and Yuvraj Singh
Jack Russell took the field Saturday night late in the first quarter to kick an extra point, and the changing of the guard was complete.Redshirt junior Kyle French, the starter for the last year-and-a-half, was out of the game and the unproven sophomore was in.But the move was a long time coming.Head coach Gary Andersen established a weekly kicking battle between French and Russell during the first few weeks of the season. It was after French missed a 38-yard field goal against Northwestern that Andersen decided to jump ship and give Russell the start against Illinois.Russell did not attempt a single field goal in that game, and he has yet to make a field goal — missing all three of his chances spread over the last two seasons.The plot thickened Monday when French announced via Twitter he would be leaving the program at the end of the season, in a mutual decision with the coaching staff, to pursue other professional interests.But that is only half of the story when it comes to the kicking game this year. The other half’s name is Andrew Endicott.Endicott, a true freshman and walk-on from Roseville, Calif., has been taking kickoffs for the Badgers since week four, a role that he never thought he would fall into so quickly.“Obviously as a true freshman, it’s been great just trying to make the seniors proud,” Endicott said. “At the beginning of the season, I said whether it’s on the scout team or giving the return team a good look, that’s fine. It worked out to where it is and it feels good.”On the season, Endicott is averaging 60.3 yards per kickoff — the lowest average of the three kickers — but special teams coach Jeff Genyk says what has really impressed him is the amount of hang time the first-year player has gotten on his kicks.“He has higher hang time, which allows us to get better coverage downfield on their returner and that is important,” Genyk said.Together Endicott and Russell make up Wisconsin’s kicking game this season.Some kickers might see it as a lack of trust from the coaching staff that they have to share the role, but both young Wisconsin kickers seem to have embraced it as they try to hone their skills at the college level.“I definitely think it helps us to focus on just one aspect of the game,” Endicott said. “He doesn’t have to worry about kickoffs and then, same for me, I don’t have to worry about field goals. It’s one less thing in the back of our minds.”With all of the drama now behind them — the weekly starting battles, French’s misses and recent departure — the two kickers will try to get back to what’s important: making field goals and perfecting kickoffs.It hasn’t been easy.Russell is the first to admit that any kicker’s confidence can’t help but be shaken when you see how easily a player can be traded in for someone new when things go wrong.“It has [affected our confidence] a little bit,” Russell said. “Having that competition week in and week out, not really knowing who is going to be playing what position, but come Saturday we just have to be ready to play. It can be tough.”No room for errorWith their starting position on the line each week, Russell and Endicott’s relationship is competitive by nature.Practicing while mostly separated from the rest of the team, their preparations are built on one-on-one competition, which Endicott says is one of the few ways to replicate the stress and tension of a game-like scenario.Further exacerbating that competition is the very nature of the position. Evaluation of kickers is stats-driven to a much greater extent than many of the other positions on the field, and for a field goal kicker in particular, there isn’t much of a gray area; you either make the kick or you don’t.For a kicker, a down week in practice won’t just earn him a slap on the wrist, but could easily lead to him losing a starting spot, as Andersen seems to have indicated in his decision to remove French.And yet, despite the harsh reality of kicking, Russell and Endicott have a friendly relationship. The pair prefer to look at how they can grow and learn from each other, rather than worry about being displaced by the other in the starting lineup.“We get along really well,” Endicott said. “It’s been fun. Obviously we are competing, but we both feel pretty good with where we are at.”While it may not be perfect, the ragtag team of Endicott and Russell has done the job asked of it on a team that has not required a field kicker’s services all too often, as Wisconsin has only taken nine field goals through the first seven games. While some of this seems to have to do with the coaching staff’s reluctance to attempt a field goal, it also has to do with the efficiency of the offense this year — an offense that has scored a touchdown on 72 percent of its trips to the red zone.Still, Russell will be the first to point out that he is content when redshirt sophomore Melvin Gordon and senior James White are running the opponent ragged and scoring touchdowns, even if it means he only comes on for extra points.“Like at Illinois this past week, if all I’m kicking are extra points because we are scoring touchdowns, I’m OK with that,” Russell said. “I just want us to win.”
ZENITH WOMEN Bâ€™BALL LEAGUEFirst Deepwater recorded a surprise result in the semifinal of the Zenith Women Basketball League thursday by beating favourites, Dolphins, to qualify for the final.The impressive Deepwater girls won 70-57 to set up a crunch final with defending champion First Bank, that defeated IGP Queens 93-64 in the first semifinal also decided on Thursday. Deepwater were also no pushovers but in the past three seasons, it has always been Dolphins, First Bank final. The Aboderin ladies won two seasons back while the Elephant Girls won last year.Dolphins team apparently lost due to their inexperience as they filed to control the game when it mattered most especially towards in the third and final quarter of the match.First Bank coach Peter Ahmedu said the final would be an explosive encounter on Saturday at the National Stadium in Lagos.He said the two semifinal matches on Thursday were very interesting and the fans were also well entertained.Ahmedu said: â€œThis is a very keen contest. I am happy we are in the final but it is not yet over because our target is to win.â€œWe still have a big game ahead. Deepwater is a strong opposition and we are going to give our best. They have quality players and the battle is not won until we finish the match on Saturday.â€The All Star match is scheduled to take place today with many officials of the sponsors, Zenith Bank, expected to be in attendance.The competition started April 10 in Abuja after which the second and third phases took place in Kaduna and Asaba respectively.Ibadan hosted the fourth edition of the competition before the Final Phase which draws to a close on Saturday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Speaking in reaction to claims by the suspended President of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) Ibrahim Shehu Gusau declaring autonomy for track and field in Nigeria, the Permanent Secretary of the FMYS, Olusade Adesola said yesterday in a statement that in the discharge of these responsibilities, the Ministry through the 38 National Sports Federations under its supervision ensures the compliance with laid down Rules and Regulations of the Code of Governance, which the constitution of the National Sports Federations recognises.“By appropriation, the Ministry is equally responsible for the financial sponsorship of most activities of the National Sports Federations, the preparation and participation at international competitions as well as the presentation of Nigerian athletes at international competitions.“In accordance with provisions of Article 13(1) of the Code of Governance for National Sports Federations, each National Sports Federation is expected to furnish the Ministry with its Quarterly and Annual Performance Report of its activities.“While it is acknowledged that National Sports Federations are independent in the administration of their day to day activities, no National Sports Federation can be said to be autonomous of Government due to the constitutional provisions as well as the appropriation support from the Federation Account of the Federal Government,” the Permanent Secretary stressed in reply to the purported autonomy suspended Gusau craved for his factional AFN.The Ministry warned Gusau to abide by the resolution of the proceedings of the AFN board meeting that suspended him from office.The ministry said the December 3 meeting in Abuja where seven of the 10 members of the AFN Board removed Gusau as the President, was duly convened.Adesola said that the ministry had received the communiqué arising from the AFN Board meeting signed by the Secretary General, Prince Adeniyi A. Beyioku.Gusau was absent at the meeting and in his absence, the Board mandated the Vice President, Olamide George to preside over the proceedings of the Board in acting capacity.The board levelled several violations of the federation’s Constitution against Gusau including alleged financial impropriety and entering into a deal with Puma without formal documentation.In similar vein, the ministry has accepted the resignation of Chief Solomon Ogba from the board of the AFN.Ogba, a former president of the AFN for eight years resigned from the federation early this week due to what he called undue interference of the ministry in the affairs of the apex track and field ruling body in the country.In accepting Ogba’s resignation yesterday, the Permanent Secretary said as government nominee as ex-officio on the board, he wished the former Delta State sports commissioner best wishes in his next endeavors.” I am directed to acknowledge your voluntary withdrawal from the board of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) as an ex officio member vide your widely publicised announcement of December 3, 2019.” In view of the fact that you are a nominee of the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports, the ministry hereby convey it’s acceptance of your withdrawal from the said date of the declaration,” the ministry’s letter to Ogba yesterday stated.Ogba was part of the faction of the AFN led by suspended Gusau at a gathering in Awka, Anambra State on Wednesday where they declared autonomy for track and field in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ibrahim Shehu Gusau Accepts Ogba’s resignation from AFN boardDuro IkhazuagbeThe Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports (FMY &S) has insisted that it has statutory responsibilities for the formulation, supervision, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes on sports administration in the country.
Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has issued an immediate response to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling Related Harm’s (GRH APPG) radical demand for an overhaul of UK gambling laws. Yesterday, the cross-party group published ‘30 evidence-based recommendations’, calling for the government to overhaul Gambling Act laws, as well as a restructuring of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).Publishing independent research undertaken by Survation, the GRH APPG stated that an overwhelming majority of the UK public supports tighter industry regulation with regards to advertising and enforcing player limits (deposit/wagering). The GRH APPG further underscored that radical changes needed to be enforced, as the general public no longer held trust in the UK gambling sector. Responding to the GRH APPG, the BGC said that UK gambling has meaningfully progressed on its social responsibility mandate and customer care demands, with impactful changes undertaken over the course of the year. It said: “Since the BGC was formed as the standards body last year, we have driven a number of significant changes across the industry – from advertising restrictions, encouraging deposit limits, monitoring play and spend so we can intervene to prevent customers getting into difficulties, closing online accounts, introducing strict new ID and age verifications, implementing the ban on credit cards and massively increasing funding for research, education and treatment.”The BGC also highlighted its collaborative approach of working with the government and wider social stakeholders to safeguard and improve industry standards.“We are committed to making even more changes and to driving up safer gambling standards further, and we look forward to working with the Government on their forthcoming Review,” continued the BGC response.Representing UK gambling, the BGC acknowledged that there will always be “prohibitionists who are not interested in the fact the regulated industry supports over 100,000 jobs and pays over £3 billion in tax”. Echoing new industry concerns, the BGC stated that MPs must avoid measures that will drive a highly regulated marketplace towards “unregulated, offshore, black market, illegal operators that don’t conform to any standards or safeguards to protect problem gamblers and the most vulnerable”. UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit
StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share William Hill is raising a war chest to fund its long-term growth ambitions, mainly in the US sports betting market.Alongside a positive trading statement on Tuesday 16 June, the FTSE250 betting group said it intends to issue a new ordinary share placement for 19.99% of its existing share capital.CEO Ulrik Bengtsson was upbeat about the company’s performance over the past six weeks: “The return of sporting events has driven a strong recovery in our online volumes,” he said. “Our UK Online business is in a better place than ever and our international business is displaying solid growth.“In the US we have used this period of lockdown wisely to move our product forward and we are now in a strong position to capitalise on the US growth opportunity that lies ahead.”Building on that positive drive, the firm has activated an ‘accelerated bookbuild’ to raise working capital for ‘its long-term growth ambitions, to strengthen its balance sheet and increase its strategic and financial flexibility.’ The global operator stated that funds will help accelerate its ‘digital momentum’ amid an expected drop in its retail footprint.William Hill further proclaimed that the US market represents the firm’s most profitable opportunity as it seeks to advance its commercial partnership with casino operator Eldorado and media group CBS.It highlighted Eldorado’s acquisition of Caesars Entertainment, in which William Hill states that it has begun preparations to bring a Caesars-branded sportsbook into play.“The proceeds of the Placing will be used to strengthen the Company’s balance sheet providing strategic and financial flexibility during these unprecedented times, and to ensure we have a balance sheet to match our long-term growth ambitions,” continued the William Hill transaction note.“We believe that the placing will allow us to continue to execute on those ambitions, most noticeably in building on our leading position in the fast-growing US market. Importantly, it will also provide wider Group resilience in the event of further economic and regulatory disruption.”The company has provided more detail on its ‘strong recovery in recent weeks with the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and the progressive return of sporting events’.The firm said that online sports wagers improved significantly six weeks to 9 June 2020, benefiting from the resumption of horseracing and the German Bundesliga. During March and April, customers continued to place bets on alternative products such as table tennis and the firm noted that activity remained high alongside the return of horseracing and football.US sports staking benefited significantly from the availability of alternative sports and the resumption of UFC and NASCAR in May. Although many casinos remained closed, William Hill operated drive-through sportsbooks in Nevada, a state where customers must sign up in person to use the William Hill app.It said this initiative proved popular and generated ‘considerable re-engagement’ online. It also remains on track to launch online gaming in New Jersey upon receipt of regulatory approval.For the new placing, William Hill has appointed Barclays Plc and Citigroup to act as joint-bookrunners facilitating the transaction for institutional investors, which the company aims to execute by Friday 19 June 2020.Backing the directive, William Hill said that its executive team members will subscribe to the new share placement at its ‘placing price’ of 10p each per capital share of the company, contributing approximately ‘£200,000 in aggregate’.The corporate filing also confirmed that William Hill will open its bookbuild to retail investors, who will be allowed to participate in the transaction through the LSE PrimaryBid platform. Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Related Articles Share
Maurizio Sarri has ruled out a return to Italy this summer and says he wants to be at Chelsea next season.Roma, according to reports, are ready to bring the former Napoli coach back to Italy to succeed Claudio Ranieri, their current head coach.However, Sarri says he is keen to remain in England and joked he would rather move to another Premier League club before going back to Serie A. “As I’ve said in every press conference, I want to stay here,” said Sarri, ahead of Thursday’s Europa League semi-final second leg against Frankfurt.“I like very much English football – the atmosphere in the stadiums. So if I can I want to stay here. My target is to stay in English football at the moment.”Asked if Chelsea is the only thing that could take him out of England, he replied: “Or I could try with another English club.”Transfer ban upheld by FIFAChelsea will take their appeal against a two-window transfer ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after it was rejected by FIFA on Wednesday.Pressed on the transfer ban, Sarri said he had “spoken one month ago about pre-season” with the club’s hierarchy, but revealed he is yet to discuss possible transfers because they “don’t know if they will be able to” sign players.Chelsea currently have 41 players out on loan, according to their official website, and it has been suggested they could become useful if the club fail to overturn their transfer embargo.Sarri said: “I like to work with young players. So for me it is not a problem.“Every month I get a report about the players on loan. We have 45 or 46 players on loan. Of course, we need to consider who is ready, but at the moment I want to be focused on the semi-final.“There are two or three loan players who are very interesting, of course. But we need to consider their level.”Kante working to be fit for finalN’Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Watford and Sarri says although it is not “very serious” he may still not be back for the Europa League final – if Chelsea get past Frankfurt – on May 29.“He had a problem with his hamstring,” he added. “He needs to rest for a couple of weeks so we can try to recover him for the final. We can try. I’m not sure he will be back.” Source: Sky Sports
Juventus drew 0-0 with Inter Milan in the Derby d’Italia as their awful season continued in Serie A.There were four bookings in the first 16 minutes before the game settled down and Inter dominated with Marcelo Brozovic’s effort tipped onto the woodwork by a wonder save from Gianluigi Buffon.The second half was a similar affair with few chances, the best of which fell to Sami Khedira but the former Real Madrid midfielder’s low shot from close range struck the post.It means Roberto Mancini’s side are a point behind league leaders Fiorentina, who lost 2-1 to Napoli, while the reigning Serie A champions are nine points behind the Viola.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports