Norway’s Equinor is looking to cut emissions from some its North Sea platforms by 600.000 tons per year, by powering the offshore facilities from land.In a statement on Monday, Equinor said it was thinking of powering switching Troll C and the Sleipner field center that includes the Gudrun tie-in platform in the North Sea currently powered by gas turbines, to power from land.On Troll C, the CO2 emission reduction potential is 365,000 tonnes per year by platform electrification. Electrification of the Sleipner field center, and Gudrun, which is powered from Sleipner, has the potential for reducing emissions by 250,000 tonnes per year.Equinor says it’s not only CO2 emissions that might be cut if the plans become reality: “Electrification of these platforms may also lead to annual reductions of NOx emissions by around 2500 tonnes.”Arne Sigve Nylund, Equinor’s executive vice president for the NCS said:“Equinor’s ambition is to maintain our position as one of the world’s most carbon-efficient oil and gas producers. We are now looking at the possibility of supplying power from land to Troll C and the Sleipner area by utilizing and expanding existing infrastructure from land. If we succeed, we will further improve our ability to deliver safe operations with high-value creation and low carbon emissions from fields we operate on the Norwegian continental shelf (NCS),”“Adding this to reductions that will be achieved by choosing land-based power supply to Johan Sverdrup, Gina Krog, and Martin Linge, we see the potential for cutting more than 1.3 million tonnes of CO2 in total per year. This is equivalent to annual emissions from more than 650,000 private cars, or approximately every fourth private car on Norwegian roads,” says Nylund.He said that powering major offshore oil and gas installations from land is no easy task.“There are many challenges, both technical and financial, and several of our installations are in areas with no possibility for tying in to land-based power supply. The reason why we are looking at the potential for land-based power to Troll C and the Sleipner area is that they can utilize existing power supply infrastructure, they have large remaining resources and the measures will lead to considerable CO2 reductions.”
Sudanese president Omar al Bashir at the AU summit in South AfricaSudanese President Omar al-Bashir has arrived in Khartoum from South Africa despite a court order against his departure.The president arrived at the Khartoum airport at around 6:50pm Sudan time.Hundreds of supporters and the ruling national Congress Party members gathered at the airport to receive the president.Foreign affairs minister Ibrahim Gandour told reporters upon Bashir’s arrival that some South African and International lobbies had organised the attempt to arrest Bashir.Mr Bashir flew out of South Africa despite an order barring him from leaving while a Pretoria court decided whether to arrest him on charges issued by the International Criminal Court.President Bashir was visiting Johannesburg for an African Union (AU) summit. He is wanted by the ICC for War crimes, Crimes against humanity and genocide during the Darfur conflict.The Pretoria High Court issued an order for Mr Bashir’s arrest hours after his aircraft left the country.A South African judge, Dunstan Mlambo has said that the failure to arrest Mr Bashir had violated the country’s constitution.African politicians have long said the court unfairly targets African leaders and nations, arguing that it overlooks crimes committed in other parts the world. The court’s supporters point out that most of the cases it has pursued were brought by African governments.The African Union, which represents the continent’s governments, has campaigned heavily against the court, contending that no sitting head of state should be prosecuted. Other African nations, including Kenya and Nigeria, have allowed Mr. Bashir to visit and leave.The United Nations says 300,000 people have been killed in the Darfur conflict and another 2.5 million forced to flee their homes.
Hargis “Wayne” Milam, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away May 18, 2017 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.He was born November 24, 1953 in Detroit, MI.Wayne worked over 44 years as a paint specialist for Aurora Lumber Company.He was a member of the Church of Christ in Aurora. Wayne began working at Aurora Lumber after high school and was known as “The Paint Guy”. He was an avid sports fan, enjoying Reds baseball, basketball, He was especially into Bengals football and fantasy football. Wayne was very laid back, and took everything peacefully. He never raised his voice or said a bad word. Wayne loved to be with family, especially his granddaughter.Surviving are wife, Barbara Jean Milam of Aurora, IN; daughter, Lori (fiancé Daniel Rieman) Milam of Cincinnati, OH; son, Matt Milam of Cincinnati, OH; siblings, Connie (Terry) New of Aurora, IN, David (Jody) Chase of Carmel, IN, Bob (Pam) Chase of Greenwood, IN; Ronnie (late, Joann) Milam of Aurora, IN; and granddaughter, Haley Rieman.Friends will be received Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, May 23, 2017 at 11:00 am.Interment will follow in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.com
Usain Bolt says he’s never been as nervous for a 100-metres race than last night’s farewell event in Jamaica.The multiple Olympic champion won in a below-par time of over 10-seconds in front of more than 30-thousand fans in Kingston.Bolt’s retiring after August’s World Championships in London. Photo © Pixabay
Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Now, of course, the entire calculation has changed. If the season is shortened to 100 or 120 games, the Angels could conceivably get Ohtani through the whole thing, pitching once a week.Which of the other young pitchers will take a step forward?Griffin Canning, Patrick Sandoval, José Suarez and Jaime Barría all made their debuts within the past two seasons, and each showed some degree of promise at becoming legitimate major-league starters.Canning, however, pitched just two innings this spring before going down with an elbow problem. So far, the tests haven’t shown anything structurally in need of repair. He got a platelet-rich plasma injection and will be re-evaluated in a couple of weeks. He could also be ready to go with the rest of the pitchers when the season begins.Barría got off to a great start in exhibition games, but then allowed six runs in one windy afternoon. The Angels optioned him after the shutdown, a sign they no longer viewed him as a candidate to open the season in the rotation.Suarez might have been the most encouraging. He believes he corrected the pitch-tipping issues that haunted him last year, and also got his mechanics back to where they were before a failed attempt to change them in 2019. Suarez had allowed one run in eight innings in the spring before the shutdown. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Back when spring training began – what seems like a million years ago now – the Angels opened camp with the normal assortment of questions that we all planned to watch closely during the six weeks in Arizona.That six weeks ended up being about four weeks, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, but still provided some pretty decent answers.So, let’s take a look back at those five questions, and the answers we could glean before the coronavirus shutdown.How will Shohei Ohtani be managed on the mound?We got the answer to this one on the first day, when the Angels announced Ohtani would start pitching in games in mid-May. Ohtani could have been ready for Opening Day, but the Angels decided he was going to be on an innings limit, so they should save those innings for the end of the season. Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error How about their new management?Maddon ran a relaxed camp, with most of the team meetings scrapped. Players were encouraged to be themselves, and in the early going they all seemed to enjoy the atmosphere.New pitching coach Mickey Callaway also seemed to mesh well with the staff. He put an emphasis on throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count, and the pitchers mostly performed well, if a few weeks of spring training games are any indication.They’ll face a new challenge when the workouts resume, as they try to get everyone ready quickly. Maddon, and all his counterparts, might also need to do a little extra bullpen management if starters aren’t fully stretched out when the season resumes. Sandoval got off to a late start because of the flu and then allowed two runs in five innings in spring games. Manager Joe Maddon spoke in glowing terms about his potential, though.Who is on first?Albert Pujols showed up to camp feeling healthy after a winter without any type of surgery. He had played eight spring training games, all at first base.As for the games at first that Pujols didn’t play – either when he’s off or the DH – it seems like Matt Thaiss was the leading candidate for those jobs. Thaiss had performed well in the spring, including doing some work on bunting against the shift.Tommy La Stella, who many fans expected to get some reps at first, never even put a first baseman’s glove on during the spring.Is Jo Adell ready?Adell hit .280 (7 for 25) in spring training games, but he also struck out 13 times and did not draw a walk. Maddon also said he showed he needed some work defensively.One of the top prospects in all of baseball, Adell came to camp with an outside shot at making the Opening Day roster. Unless something dramatic happens once formal workouts and exhibition games resume before the season, the young outfielder seems ticketed to start the season at Triple-A.Related Articles
Eagles won’t franchise-tag QB Nick Foles Johnny Manziel has been released by the Montreal Alouettes for violating the terms of his contract, the team announced Wednesday.According to the CFL team, Manziel “contravened the agreement which made him eligible to play.” “We are disappointed by this turn of events. Johnny was provided a great deal of support by our organization, in collaboration with the CFL, but he has been unable to abide by the terms of his agreement,” Alouettes general manager Kavis Reed said in a statement. “We worked with the league and presented alternatives to Johnny, who was unwilling to proceed.”We are confident going into the 2019 training camp with a roster of quarterbacks that had played in our system last year and are committed to our team.” It’s unclear which terms of his contract he violated, but when Manziel signed with the Alouettes, the CFL released a statement that read: “Mr. Manziel has been informed he must continue to meet a number of conditions in order to remain eligible. These conditions, while extensive and exacting, remain confidential.”The CFL has informed all of its teams that the league will not register a contract for the former Browns QB and Heisman Trophy winner at Texas A&M should any team attempt to sign him. Related News Manziel broke his silence later Wednesday, thanking those who have supported his journey in the CFL and adding that he looks forward to “exploring new options within the United States” next.I want to thank Coach Sherman, my teammates, and the CFL fans. My time there reestablished my love for the game of football and the work that goes into it. I look forward to exploring new options within the United States.— Johnny Manziel (@JManziel2) February 27, 2019Manziel signed his first CFL contract less than a year ago after he was traded from the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to the Alouettes. While he was on the negotiations list for the Tiger-Cats, he never played for the team.While with Montreal, Manziel started eight games and threw for 1,290 yards and five touchdowns with seven interceptions.
(Source: klix.ba) Press conference at which the national team head coach Mehmed Baždarević and national team player Miralem Pjanić, addressed reporters took place on the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, on the eve before the match against the national team of Belgium, which is played within the qualifications for the European Championship in France 2016.“When it comes to the health newsletter, there are no bad news, all players are healthy and ready to play. We did what we needed to do and we are ready for tomorrow’s match, which will be very difficult,” said Baždarević at the very beginning of the press conference.Head coach spoke about the Belgians with carefully chosen words, but he emphasized that Dragons have chances in this match as well.“We all know the qualities of Belgium team. They are way better than they used to be before, their players are playing in the big European clubs. However, we also have our players, even though some of them do not play in clubs. However, determination and desire can make up for something that some players might be missing,” said Baždarević.This is a very important match for B&H in order to continue with the qualifications, and Dragons will not calculate.“We were thinking and analyzing Belgium, and we made our strategy. It would be a mistake to calculate and play for one point. We have to be brave, we have the qualities and we must be aggressive. Belgium team has its qualities, but they have their flaws as well. We have arguments to play very good match tomorrow and make a good result,” said Baždarević.He haven’t decided on the first set up yet.
The players were summoned for noon today. It has been, as explained in its website the English newspaper, an informational meeting with the players to expose the future of the team and, above all, what can directly affect the players. The penalty requires a real reorganization of the club’s accounts, whereby, for example, the income budget and, therefore, the salary item could be reduced. That directly influences the squad since next season. The City has announced that it will appeal the ruling, but one way or another it will have to adjust its accounts to the requirements of UEFA’s financial control. Manchester City has set up a crisis cabinet to take the next steps before the penalty of two years of exclusion from European competitions by UEFA, mainly due to violations of the regulation of financial control. As much as the club expected punishment, it has generated a situation of gigantic uncertainty about the future of the team. In this way, as the Telegraph newspaper explains today, Ferran Soriano, executive director of the entity, shortly after knowing the ruling publicly, organized an emergency meeting with the players through the WhatsApp group of the team.
Back in 1950 when the West Indies defeated England in England to win their first Test series in England, West Indian eyes were smiling. They were on the way. Back in the late 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s, when the West Indies won the World Cup twice and dominated Test cricket, West Indian eyes smiled even brighter. They were kings of the world. Today, in 2016, after winning the Youth World Cup, and the women’s World Cup and the World Twenty20 in Kolkata last Sunday, West Indian eyes are not only smiling, but their hearts are bursting with joy, satisfaction and pride. Winners of the titles, the West Indies, are the triple champions of the world, and deservedly so. In winning the Youth title for the first time, and convincingly at that, the little West Indians probably surprised even themselves. In winning the title, also for the first time, the women probably also surprised themselves. And in winning the title, the men beat off the challenge of seven worthwhile challengers, and especially the last one, brilliantly and commandingly. The West Indies won the Youth title with three deliveries to spare; the women won the title with three deliveries to spare; and the men won the title in fairy-tale fashion with only two deliveries to spare. After the West Indies stumble, Marlon Samuels steadied the ship with some solid and magnificent stroke play, and Brathwaite finished it off with his magical, thumping hitting at the end. It was so good that I wished I was there. Cricket is cricket, triple champions of the world sounds good and, as president of the West Indies Cricket Board Dave Cameron said before last Sunday’s final, West Indies cricket is rising. Is West Indies cricket really rising, however? Is West Indies cricket really rising because the West Indies teams have won three titles behind one another? Many people, including myself, would say no, and we would say no because of what is happening, or not happening, in West Indies cricket. First off, this team, which includes some of the biggest and most destructive hitters in the game, consists of players who no longer play cricket in the West Indies, players who, before every event, quarrel over money, and players who, rightly or wrongly, are termed mercenaries by many of the people. Second, although regional cricket is now professional and is played on a return basis, the standard generally is still poor, so poor that hardly anyone watches it. Third, and certainly in the case of Jamaica and Guyana, there is hardly any local cricket for women, at least no regular competition to make a difference in the interest of young girls and the development of standards. Fourth, the board, the players’ association and the players are always at war and with the situation as it is and with the public getting caught up in it, the atmosphere is bad and it affects the progress of the game. The local businesses and their money stay as far away from the cricket as is possible. The rift between the board, and the players and the players’ association is such that there is only one player on the team who is a member of the players’ association. The men’s victory was especially amazing. From the start, they looked confident and superior. They played as if they could not lose and did not know how to lose, while England, especially at the start, looked petrified. Their explosive batting gave them the look of invincibility. After reeling at 11 for three, the West Indies needed 19 runs off the final over, and with almost every cricket fan around the world at that stage backing the bowling team to win, Carlos Brathwaite promptly and commandingly smashed the first four deliveries into the stands for four sixes to leave Ben Stokes, England’s champion ‘death’ bowler up to that moment, on his knees, clasping his head, crying and shell-shocked. Last Sunday was a glorious day and night, and the West Indians playing in the Eden Gardens and visiting Kolkata made it a memorable one with their celebration, their dancing and their running around in jubilation. Samuel Badree and his baffling right-arm leg-spin started it off by bowling Jason Roy with his second delivery. WASHING DIRTY LAUNDRY Indeed, the rift is so huge that on Sunday in the Eden Gardens, after the final, before a large live audience and for millions of people to hear, at a time when the West Indies should be celebrating, captain Darren Sammy used the occasion to reel off all the problems between the players and the board. It was nothing more than washing their dirty linen in public, and Sammy’s remarks against the board were as poor as Samuels’ when he opened up against Shane Warne. There is a time and place for everything, and Sunday in Kolkata was neither the time nor the place to try and embarrass the West Indies board and a former player. It was totally uncalled for and, in both instances, totally unexpected. The attacks came from way out in left field and they probably came across as unfortunate because Sammy, despite his failure with the bat and with the ball, was so good throughout the tournament as the captain of the team, and Samuels, despite his batting disappointment up to then, was so brilliant, so majestic in the all-important final cup-winning match. Something must be done about the board, the players’ association and the senior players, otherwise everything will self-destruct. Congrats again to Shimron Hetmyer and to Alzarri Joseph and company, to Stafanie Taylor, Hayley Matthews, Britany Cooper, Anisa Mohammad, Deandra Dottin, Merissa Aguilliera and company, to Badree, Samuels, Brathwaite, Russell, Lendl Simmons, Gayle, Bravo and company on a job well done. It was a day to remember and, although there is a lot more to be done for West Indies cricket to really flower once again, a day to cherish. AMAZING VICTORY MAGICAL HTTING
HOUSTON, Texas (CMC):Reggae Boyz forward, Giles Barnes, scored on his return from injury, but Houston Dynamos conceded deep in stoppage time at the end, as Seattle Sounders claimed a point in a 1-1 draw in the MLS here Sunday.The 27-year-old Barnes, who has been sidelined for the last few weeks with hamstring problems, showed no effects from the lay-off as he put the hosts ahead in the 35th minute at the BBVA Compass Stadium.Houston appeared set for full points with time winding down, but Chad Marshall netted in the fourth minute of injury time to break their hearts.They lie eighth in the 10-team western conference, with five points from as many outings.Barnes said the loss was a difficult one to take, but there were positives to be taken from the defeat.”It’s bitter, but I’m always proud of my team no matter what we do,” said the Jamaican international, who was substituted in the 89th minute.”We controlled the game for most of the parts; it’s just that last little bit, that last per cent we need to get ready, need to get right; and once we do that, we’ll be fine.”- CMC