Axpo inks capacity deal with German LNG Terminal

first_imgSwiss energy trading company Axpo and German LNG Terminal, the joint venture developing Germany’s first LNG terminal, have signed a heads of agreement for a long-term capacity deal at the facility in Brunsbuettel in northern Germany. This is another important step towards taking the investment decision, the companies said in a joint statement on Monday.Domenico De Luca, head business area trading & sales and member of the executive committee of Axpo Group, said, “With the shutdown of numerous coal-fired power plants expected in the medium term, LNG is expected to gain further importance as an energy source and will be able to increase its market sharein Europe. Our goal is to further optimize the delivery of LNG to our customers together with German LNG Terminal.”Axpo’s LNG portfolio includes long-term natural gas supplies, a 5 percent stake in the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) and distribution channels in most European countries.Rolf Brouwer, managing director of German LNG Terminal, added, “We continue to powerfully move forward with the realization of our terminal project.”The preparations for the terminal’s permitting approval process are further moving forward, the statement reads.German LNG Terminal is a joint venture of the Dutch companies Gasunie and Vopak with Oiltanking, a Marquard & Bahls unit.In spring 2019, German LNG Terminal will apply for the required permit for the 8 bcma terminal. The investment decision is scheduled for the end of 2019. After receiving the necessary permits, construction work could then start in 2020 with the terminal presumably being operationally by the end of 2022.last_img read more

Parental leave costs overstated claims MP

first_imgNZHerald 25 July 2012 Labour MP Sue Moroney says Finance Minister Bill English has deliberately overestimated the costs of extending paid parental leave to six months to justify his decision to veto any increase. Ms Moroney’s Paid Parental Leave Bill would extend leave from 14 to 26 weeks by four weeks a year over three years. It is expected to have its first reading in Parliament tonight and has enough support to pass with the backing of all parties but National and Act. In April, Mr English said the Government would veto the bill because it would require an extra $500 million in borrowing over the next three to four years. But Ms Moroney obtained Department of Labour advice to Mr English in April which showed the estimated cost was $285.6 million over the three years. read more

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has faith in under-fire defender Calum Chambers

first_img Wenger added: “We want to play out from the back so the players go into the game and they do that. “Once they lose the ball, they think they have to continue to play out from the back. That’s where the more experienced players maybe should have said ‘You can see that he is having trouble, let’s push forward so he can kick the ball into the opponent’s half and play off (Olivier) Giroud’.” “That is what I told them to do, but by the time they realised that on the pitch we were already in trouble.” Wenger will make a late call on whether Chambers will start at St James’ Park. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny both missed the game against Liverpool and remain a doubt for Saturday’s lunch-time clash. Press Association And he appeared to struggle in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Liverpool on Monday night after forming a makeshift central defensive partnership with Gabriel. “He has lost a bit of confidence compared to the player he was last year,” said Wenger ahead of his side’s trip to Newcastle on Saturday. “I don’t think it will have killed him to replace him. I did not sub him as I wanted to save my offensive options. “It gave him time to recover. I looked at how he started again, and if he does not get better I sub him then – you want to win the game and not think too much individually about the player – but he recovered quite well in the second half.” Chambers was called up by England Under-21s manager Gareth Southgate for the woeful European Championship campaign. But the defender failed to feature, and Wenger believes that may have knocked his self-belief. “Maybe not playing too much, and the under-21 tournament did not help him on that front as he did not play at all, but I think he will be a very good player,” Wenger said. “I have spoken to him and he’s a strong boy, a dedicated player who loves football, is ready to work day and night and he has the talent. He will be good player.” Chambers made an impressive start to his Arsenal career following his £16million switch from Southampton last summer. But after being substituted in Arsenal’s defeat at Southampton on New Year’s Day, the 20-year-old made only three Premier League starts for the remainder of the season. Arsene Wenger has said that he considered replacing Calum Chambers in Arsenal’s goalless draw against Liverpool and revealed that the England defender is struggling with confidence. last_img read more

Annual DDL-sponsored 60-mile cycle road race set for Sunday

first_imgGUYANA’s top cyclists are expected to turn out in their numbers on Sunday when cycle coach Hassan Mohamed runs off the annual Demerara Distillers Limited’s 60-mile race under its Diamond Mineral Water brand.This year’s event will see a new champion being crowned as last year’s winner, Alonzo Greaves, is currently serving a two-year ban imposed on him by the World Anti-Doping Association (WADA) for drug use during the 2015 National Sports Commission’s Five Stage Cycle Road Race.Greaves was given a one-year ban for drug use after he tested positive at the completion of the five-stage event.After serving his one year ban, the Caribbean Anti- Doping Association (CADA) appealed the light sentence imposed. However, Greaves was free to compete during that time and secured podium places during that period and won last year’s Diamond Mineral Water race.However, after WADA reviewed the CADA’s appeal, WADA added a further two-year ban on Greaves.So, this year’s event should be a very interesting and exciting one.At the moment, Team COCO’s Jamal John is dominating the local scene; his latest success was on Saturday last when he won the Team United ‘We Stand’ 30-lap `dash for Cash’ race in the National Park, narrowly edging Continental Cycle Club’s Geron Williams across the finish line.last_img

Man City Risk UEFA Ban from Champions League

first_imgUEFA investigators want Manchester City to be banned from the Champions League for a season if they are found guilty of breaking financial rules.However, according to one well-placed source, a final decision is yet to be made by chief investigator Yves Leterme.The former Belgian prime minister, chairman of the investigatory panel of UEFA’s independent financial control board, is set to make a recommendation this week. With no vote in such cases, the final say lies with him but several of his colleagues are understood to have firmly expressed the view at a recent meeting that a season-long ban would be a suitable punishment if City are found guilty.Leterme and his team have been looking at evidence first uncovered in a series of leaks published by the German newspaper Der Spiegel last year.The reports alleged that Manchester City had broken Financial Fair Play regulations by inflating the value of a multimillion-pound sponsorship deal. City were fined £49m in 2014 for a previous breach of regulations.The Premier League champions denied any wrongdoing, and UEFA said it could not comment on an ongoing investigation, but according to the New York Times, investigators now want rules upheld and City punished with a ban.UEFA’s adjudicatory chamber would have to decide whether it agreed with any recommendation from Leterme – expected in the next 48 hours – although it is unlikely to apply to next season’s competition because City could appeal, and even take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.But it would still be a major blow for a club desperate to win Europe’s most prestigious club competition for the first time, and who could also soon face a transfer ban, with the FA, Premier League and FIFA also currently investigating City over their signing of youth players.A statement from Manchester City said: “Manchester City FC is fully cooperating in good faith with the CFCB IC’s (Club Financial Control Body Investigatory Chamber) ongoing investigation.“In doing so the club is reliant on both the CFCB IC’s independence and commitment to due process; and on UEFA’s commitment of the 7 March that it ‘will make no further comment on the matter while the investigation is ongoing’.“The New York Times report citing ‘people familiar with the case’ is therefore extremely concerning.“The implications are that either Manchester City’s good faith in the CFCB IC is misplaced or the CFCB IC process is being misrepresented by individuals intent on damaging the club’s reputation and its commercial interests. Or both.“Manchester City’s published accounts are full and complete and a matter of legal and regulatory record. The accusation of financial irregularities are entirely false, and comprehensive proof of this fact has been provided to the CFCB IC.”Financial Fair Play was introduced by UEFA to prevent clubs in its competitions from spending beyond their means and stamp out what its then president Michel Platini called “financial doping” within football.Under the rules, financial losses are limited and clubs are also obliged to meet all their transfer and employee payment commitments at all times.Clubs need to balance football-related expenditure – transfers and wages – with television and ticket income, plus revenues raised by their commercial departments. Money spent on stadiums, training facilities, youth development or community projects is exempt.The Club Financial Control Body, set up by UEFA, has the ultimate sanction of banning clubs from UEFA competitions, with other potential punishments including warnings, fines, withholding prize money, transfer bans, points deductions, a ban on registration of new players and a restriction on the number of players who can be registered for UEFA competitions.In 2014, Qatar-owned Paris St-Germain received a similar financial punishment to the one City received.PSG were deemed to have breached FFP rules when the CFCB decided their back-dated £167m sponsorship contract with the Qatar Tourism Authority, which wiped out their losses, had an unfair value.That meant the French side exceeded allowed financial losses by a wide margin when, under FFP rules, clubs were limited to losses of £37m over the previous two years.They received a fine, a spending cap and were only allowed to register 21 players for the Champions League for a season.PSG also remain under investigation for their 2017-18 finances when they signed Neymar from Barcelona for a world record £222m euros (£200m) and Kylian Mbappe from Monaco, initially on loan, for 180m euros (£165.7m).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Last time they played: Syracuse beat Indiana 61-50 in the Sweet 16

first_img Published on December 2, 2013 at 11:53 pm The zone is Syracuse’s staple. That was no surprise. What was, though, was just how mightily Indiana struggled against the Orange’s signature defense.“That’s all we play,” SU guard Brandon Triche said after the game. “They shouldn’t have been surprised.”Still, the Hoosiers were flummoxed. Syracuse’s defense was excellent all season, but top-seeded IU boasted one of the nation’s top offenses. When the unstoppable force collided with the No. 4-seed Orange’s immovable defense, SU triumphed 61-50 to advance to the Elite Eight at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.Syracuse went on to defeat No. 3-seed Marquette to reach the Final Four for the first time since 2003 before losing to fourth-seeded Michigan.The Orange charged out of the gate and to a 12-point halftime lead against one of the presumptive national championship favorites. Indiana committed 19 total turnovers and shot just 33 percent from the field for the game. SU blocked 10 shots and racked up 12 steals while never allowing the Hoosiers to cut the deficit slimmer than six.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We didn’t give them an easy look,” Syracuse forward C.J. Fair said after the game. “Every point they got, they worked for it.”The Orange held IU’s sharpshooters 0-for-6 from beyond the arc and Indiana tumbled to an eight-point deficit less than six minutes into the game.The biggest scare that Indiana gave SU came just 87 seconds into the second half. The Hoosiers cut the lead to seven, but Syracuse held Cody Zeller, an All-American, in check.“We tried to make him uncomfortable,” Fair said. “Our bigs did a good job walling him up and then the forwards would come weak-side and try to block the shot.”Baye Moussa Keita and James Southerland smothered the big man, but it was Jerami Grant, the sparingly used forward who oozed with potential, who pulled off the game’s biggest defensive play, blocking a Will Sheehy dunk and keeping the lead at 14 after a 3-pointer. That was just one play. The cumulative effort from the Orange’s smothering defense left it with a remarkable upset in its biggest game yet.“The one thing that probably surprised them was us being so tough,” Triche said. “That’s the one thing we struggle with — our toughness sometimes.“Sometimes we’re not as competitive around the basket, getting the loose balls, making the extra-effort plays and that’s where we lose focus, but today, we matched their intensity.”– compiled by sports editor David Wilson, Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Serratore reflects, looks ahead after missing season with injury

first_img Published on December 2, 2014 at 12:41 am Outside hitter Silvi Uattara led Syracuse in kills, attack opportunities and digs this season. She was setter Gosia Wlaszczuk’s go-to hitter and the primary target of opponent’s servers that tried to take her out of play. The Orange lacked another star hitter.Senior outside hitter Nicolette Serratore went down with a broken foot before the season, and SU lost a hitter, defender and a leader.“She’s my other Silvi,” Wlaszczuk said of Serratore’s ability to finish consistently. “That’s what we’re missing, a person to go to. That’s a person to go to in critical moments.“She will never disappoint you.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter sitting out this entire senior season, Serratore will return to the court next season for Syracuse (9-21, 2-16 Atlantic Coast) in her fifth year as she pursues a graduate degree or a second major. She was planning to spend another year in school somewhere, so the injury has made it convenient for her to return to SU. The Orange has a strong incoming class after a very difficult season, and head coach Leonid Yelin said Serratore is the player least likely to lose her starting job.“I learned a lot just about the game, the speed of the game, reading the players but also mentally how everyone affects each other,” Serratore said.Syracuse failed to live up to Yelin’s “huge” expectations for this season, mainly due to injuries. Aside from Serratore, outside hitter Valeriya Shaipova played injured in the beginning of the season before reinjuring her knee on Oct. 12, and sat out the rest of the season. Additionally, a variety of players missed games due to smaller injuries.As a result, Syracuse hit .191 as team for the season, good for 13th out of 15 in the ACC. SU was last in assists and kills and bottom five in the conference in digs, aces and opponent hitting percentage. The Orange expects Serratore, a strong all-around player, to help on all fronts.“Oh my God, a lot, a lot. A lot,” Yelin said when asked how his team missed Serratore. “We lost our ball control and Nico was obviously this kind of hitter who has (the) best ball control on the team.”Yelin talked throughout the season about the team’s struggles to “stay in system,” which starts with ball control and serve receive. Senior Lindsay McCabe called Serratore a “very, very strong defender and serve receiver,” and it’s clear SU could’ve used her defense this season.Without Serratore and Shaipova, opponents could focus their game plans on Uattarra. The hitter routinely faced double and triple blocks when on the attack and frequently had to dig and serve receive as opponents hit at her, trying to take her out of the play.An “other Silvi,” as Wlaszczuk said, would not only give the setter extra options, but also prevent the defense from focusing on one player. When Uattara didn’t play well, the Orange often didn’t score well.“This freshman class, it’s going to give them competition, big time,” Yelin said of next season. “Nobody is safe.”Yelin didn’t want to compare next year’s possibilities to this season because of the inordinate amount of injuries the team faced. Nonetheless, he said the talent level would be higher.Serratore is working her way back from injury, now starting to practice and work on certain skills she’s been cleared for. Yelin thinks she may be able to jump, but doesn’t want to risk it.She’s been working with the team’s three young defensive specialists on improving their serve receive. She participated in limited pregame warm-ups with the team in its last few weeks. Yelin watched her do smaller jumping exercises during practice a few weeks ago.Serratore views her situation not as a setback, but as an opportunity to continue her education and to keep playing volleyball.“It’s just made me really appreciate of everything, all the little things,” Serratore said. “Right now, I’m so excited to be able to play volleyball again and I appreciate the sport so much more.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Lokosa Hails Sunusi, Udoh over Eunisell Boot Feat

first_imgEunisell values each goal at N200,000.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Eunisell Boot inaugural winner, Junior Lokosa, has congratulated Sunusi Ibrahim and Mfon Udoh for emerging 2019 winners of the prestigious award which celebrates the Highest Goal Scorer, in the Nigeria Professional Football League.The duo received cheques of N2million each and Eunisell replica Boots, respectively, at a glittering ceremony, held last Friday, in Lagos.Lokosa, now with Esperance of Tunisia sent his congratulatory message from Tunis, via Skype.“Eunisell Boot has changed my life and be assured that your lives will change as winners of this award.“I congratulate you for your feat,” he said.Lokosa scored 19 goals in 2018 to enter the history books as inaugural winner of the Eunisell Boot and received a cheque of N3.8million.last_img read more

Rooney set to be named Manchester United captain after impressive pre-season

first_imgLouis van Gaal has given a clear indication that Wayne Rooney will be his new captain after seeing the England striker lead Manchester United to victory over Liverpool in the International Champions Cup final.Rooney was set to succeed Nemanja Vidic as skipper at Old Trafford under David Moyes but Van Gaal’s appointment led to suggestions that he would give the armband to his Holland captain Robin van Persie instead.However, Rooney was chosen to lead United for the first time under the Dutchman at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, and afterwards Van Gaal hinted that he would prefer to give the job to an Englishman.  +6Get in: Wayne Rooney scores against Liverpool as Manchester United triumphed against their bitter rivals   +6You’re the one! Louis van Gaal is set to name Rooney as his Manchester United captain‘I think you have choose when it is possible for the English style,’ he said.‘I am always looking for opportunities to give players the captain’s armband. Today Rooney played 90 minutes for the first time. Darren Fletcher had already done it two times, then he was the captain, and Tom Cleverley because he also had 90 minutes.’ Rooney was also voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring his fifth goal on tour in United’s 3-1 win over their old rivals. Van Gaal agreed with the decision, saying it was more merited than the same award given to Lionel Messi at the World Cup this summer.‘He is a man who is always a winner,’ added the United boss. ‘You saw in the World Cup when the award went to Messi it is not always like that. It is deserved because he scored a lot of goals and made assists. The judges are always looking for that.  +6Main man: Rooney was named Most Valuable Player of the tournament after scoring five goals   +6Winning feeling: Rooney and Darren Fletcher with the International Champions Cup after United’s win in Miami‘But we have also defended very well and without defence we cannot score. A lot of my defenders could have been Most Valuable Player of this tournament.‘His was a wonderful goal and very important for him, I believe. When you see the technique and what he did to push the ball under the legs of the opponent and into the bottom corner. It was a great cross by Hernandez of course – it was a very good attack.’ Van Gaal played down the importance of lifting the International Champions Cup after finishing the tour unbeaten, but acknowledged that beating Liverpool would delight their fans.Asked the value of winning the tournament, he replied: ‘Nothing. It’s nice for the fans in the USA but also at home that we beat Liverpool. It’s not our favourite opponent I think for Man United fans. We have given a lot of pleasure to these fans and that is very important.  +6In front: Juan Mata scored to put United ahead as Van Gaal’s side ended their tour unbeaten   +6Game over: Jesse Lingard celebrates scoring a third to put the game beyond Liverpool‘Of course it is better to win in pre-season than to lose. The most important game is Swansea at home in the first game, that’s the one we have to win.‘It’s better to win and maybe you have noticed in the media that first we beat Roma and then Inter Milan and then Real Madrid. It was not enough because now it was a test in the Premier League.’ Van Gaal also confirmed that Antonio Valencia came off after only five minutes as a precaution and that Danny Welbeck is recovering from a knee injury.Asked about any new signings, he said: ‘I cannot say anything fresh about players. That you can understand. When I say something it raises the price, so it’s not nice.’last_img read more

Former WWE champ, Bayley to return to school

first_imgFormer WWE and WWE NXT Women’s champion, Bayley wants to return to school to pursue a childhood dream she abandoned.Bayley known privately as Pamela Rose Martinez, fell in love with the sport of wrestling at age 11 and attended shows in her home state of California since childhood.She turned her passion into a career and became a professional wrestler for the past 10 years.She was one of four big WWE stars who recently interacted with Joy Sports during a special programme, put together by WWE South Africa in collaboration with Super Sport, Multichoice Africa.During the media interaction at the Sandton Sun Hotel in Johannesburg, Bayley said the decision to go into wrestling coupled with the demands of the sport made her sacrifice her education. “I devoted my time to wrestling and honestly kind of took my mind away from everything including school. I didn’t finish all my classes and just focused on training and work. I seriously want to finish school,” she told Joy Sports.According to Bayley, she sees education as a key component of developing oneself.“It is a very important thing for me. I was studying psychology and want to specialize in an area that can make me a counselor for middle schools. “Bayley also revealed to Joy Sports her motivation to specialize in guidance and counseling in the divorce. Her parents divorced at an early age.“The counseling worked out well for me as a child and at that point, I thought it would be a good area to go into. The WWE has special classes and stuff to help us so I will take advantage of it. One cannot be lazy you know.” She started off her journey in the ring in 2008 under the name Davina Rose and eventually adopted the name Bayley in 2013 when she debuted in the WWE.  Watch her short interview with Joy Sports Editor, Nathaniel AttohBetween 2015 and 2016 the California-born sports entertainer rose above all the challenges to defeat Sasha Banks to win the NXT Women’s Championship for the first time in her career.The next major silverware was between 2016 and 2017 when she won the WWE Raw Women’s championship. Bayley defeated Flair with assistance from Sasha Banks after an initial failed attempt. Meanwhile, Bayley lost her match in the special WWE South Africa live Event at the Dome in Johannesburg.The event which attracted about 20,000 fans was the climax of the chain of events put together by WWE South Africa and Super Sport.#wwesouthafrica  #multichoicesa #supersportlast_img read more