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Bumi Armada Wins Third FPSO Project in India

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first_imgMalaysia-based Bumi Armada has secured a contract from India’s Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd (ONGC) to provide a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel.Namely, the company’s joint venture Shapoorji Pallonji Bumi Armada Godavari Private Limited(SPBAG) received a Notification of Award for the FPSO, that will operate off the west coast of Kakinada, India.The charter hire and operations deal is for a fixed period of nine years, valued at around USD 2.1 billion (MYR 8.8 billion). ONGC has the option to extend the contract for up to seven years. On an annual basis and if fully exercised, the extensions would be worth USD 655 million (MYR 2.7 billion).“The JV with SPOGPL has been a very successful partnership, this being our third FPSO project together in India and fourth in total,” Leon Harland, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, said.“This is a positive result for the group and the project will add value to Bumi Armada going forward,” Harland added.SPBAG is a 30:70 joint venture between Bumi Armada and Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas Private Limited of India.last_img read more

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Lady Wildcats Win Against NC Trojans

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first_imgIt was a great night for the Lady Wildcat golf team! They shot their season low 159 and beat New Castle for another dual meet win. This brings their dual meet record this season to 6-2. Sophomore, Gracie Graf, shot a personal best of 37 and was medallist for the meet. Junior, Ashlan Hill, also had a personal best with a score of 40.“Tonight was just what my team needed. They got to play on their home course after a being on the road for 4 straight meets. They totally dominated and got their confidence back. We have the rest of the week off to practice and will welcome our first weekend off since the season started. The break and another home meet next week is just what the team will need going into our Conference tournament. Confidence and a well rested team is a great combination going into the post season.” Wildcats Coach Marisa Mears.FC Scores. Maggie Brack-38, Abby Orschell-44, Gracie Graf-37 (personal best), Camryn Brewer-45, Ashlan Hill-40, Taylor McCreary-56, Sam Ebrens-55, Kelsie Brackney-61.last_img read more

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Indian River County schools consider banning Confederate flag

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first_imgThe Indian River County school board could take the first steps toward banning the Confederate flag and other symbols associated with hate.The School District of Indian River County updated their student code of conduct saying, “Students shall not, at school, on school property or at school-sponsored activities, display or transmit (in any medium including clothing, jewelry, posters, stickers, flyers or buttons) writings, images or symbols that are reasonably expected to be divisive, demeaning or offensive to any person or group or disruptive to the learning environment; including but not limited to writings, images or symbols associated with hate groups; that are obscene, slanderous or libelous; that are associated with intimidation, violence or violent groups; which advocate racial, ethnic or religious prejudice ( i.e., items that promote intolerance or confrontation, including the confederate flag or swastika) or that denigrate others on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.”The school board was expected to address the issue Tuesday. Final approval of the code of conduct is set for July.last_img read more

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Cricket News Opinion: Indian cricket team’s army-style cap tribute in Ranchi ODI – Genuine or short-sighted?

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first_imgGenuine or short-sighted gesture? The reactions on the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack show how the state of the nation is. Gone are those days when Indians would seethe in anger silently. Now, in a climate of hyper-nationalism, there are open calls for retribution against Pakistan. The BCCI has chosen to tiptoe on this issue, leaving it to the Narendra Modi government for the final decision on whether to play Pakistan in the World Cup. In this situation, what if India play Pakistan in Manchester on June 16? Will all the bluster shown after Pulwama and before the World Cup go up in smoke? If India do play Pakistan in the World Cup, then all this ‘tribute’ will seem misplaced. All the talk will be dismissed as sabre-rattling, with many accusing India’s cricketers of being conveniently ignorant in their own bubble and not wanting to take a stand. Too much politicisation? When one looks at the comments and actions of the Indian cricket team in the aftermath of Pulwama, this is unprecedented. During the heights of the Kargil War in June 1999, India and Pakistan still played a super six World Cup encounter in Manchester. At that time, there was no calls to boycott the clash. Even when the Mumbai Terror attacks which killed 166 people in 2008, there was only suspension of bilateral cricket ties until 2012 when Pakistan visited the country for three ODIs and two T20Is. There were no calls for total boycott even when they played the 2011 World Cup semi-final.  Even when there were tensions in the 80s between India and Pakistan, NKP Salve, who was a Congress minister and president of the BCCI from 1982 to 1985, managed to bring the World Cup to India and co-host it with Pakistan. In the time when the BCCI was run by ministers like Sharad Pawar, the heights of politicisation were behind the scenes but never played out on a big scale. In this hyper-charged environment of nationalism, any action is deemed politically and ideologically motivated. Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team have been accused of being stooges of the Modi government while those who are siding with the army-style cap tribute are being hailed as nationalists by people who agree and are labelled war-mongers who differ. The current situation is worrisome for Indian society and thinking at large. Sports is being mixed with politics. The nation does not know how to pay tributes to the soldiers who are in the firing line. The nation’s politicians are playing their brand of politics on the dead bodies of the Pulwama soldiers.   For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights The Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.There have been calls for India to boycott the game against Pakistan in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.The Ranchi ODI saw Indian players donning army-style caps to pay tribute to the armed forces.DISCLAIMER: The opinions expressed by the author in this article are personal. News Nation does not purport to reflect the opinions or views of the organisation or its members. The attacks on the jawans in Pulwama are condemnable and the author urges sensible decisions by all stakeholders.  New Delhi: Before the start of the Ranchi ODI between India and Australia, there was an event that was not witnessed in a long time by Indian cricket team fans. MS Dhoni, who is the honorary Lieutenant Colonel of the Parachute regiment and the former India captain, handed out army-style like caps to all the Indian team players. The official Twitter handle of BCCI said it was a mark of tribute to the loss of lives in Pulwama terror attack and it was to encourage countrymen to donate to the National Defence Fund for taking care of the education of the children of the jawans killed. The Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF jawans on February 14, is still an emotional issue. In the aftermath, India’s sportspersons have called for tough action to tackle terror. Cricket Associations have removed photos of Pakistan cricketers while many players have advocated strict action against Pakistan. The CEO of the BCCI, Rahul Johri, wrote a letter to the ICC advocating suspending ties with nations that support terror. Vinod Rai, the head of the Committee of Administrators, has said Pakistan should be isolated for their support on terrorism. There are many sections of the Indian population that have advocated that India should boycott the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 encounter on June 16 against Pakistan to send a message. The army-style tribute by the Indian team has brought in a different dimension to the issue. Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry asked the International Cricket Council (ICC) to take action against the Indian team for “politicising” the game by donning army caps. On social media, the verdict was split. Many hailed MS Dhoni and the Indian cricket team’s gesture, many criticised the ‘politicisation’ saying that sports was above politics. Many Pakistan Twitter users said the country should wear black armbands when playing against India for the ‘atrocities’ of the Indian soldiers in Kashmir. Some pointed out the vagaries of commercialization, with Indian cricket team players donning army-style caps but wearing uniforms which were sponsored by a Chinese company called Oppo. last_img read more

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Football News Arsenal To Offer Granit Xhaka Counselling After Fan Feud: Report

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. London: Arsenal will offer counselling to Granit Xhaka after the Gunners captain found himself in trouble for swearing at his own fans, according to reports in the British press. Xhaka cupped his ears and gesticulated to towards Arsenal fans who booed him when he was substituted during Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium. The 27-year-old appeared to shout “f**k off” at the crowd as he stormed towards the tunnel and pulled off his shirt.Arsenal manager Unai Emery admitted Xhaka was wrong to react that way and refused to confirm if he would remain skipper. Xhaka has held three meetings with Emery since the incident but the club are putting the player’s welfare ahead of any quick decision over his future.Reports in the British media on Tuesday said counselling will be offered should Xhaka decide on such a course of action, with Emery describing the midfielder’s mood as “upset, devastated and very sad”.It is also believed the outburst was a reaction to cumulative issues which have built up over time, including social media posts targeting Xhaka and his family.His wife Leonita set her own Instagram profile to private after receiving abusive messages aimed at her husband, while Xhaka himself raised a few eyebrows by changing his profile picture on the platform from one where he is sporting the Arsenal armband to an image of him captaining Switzerland.It is understood Xhaka has been made aware by the club of the benefits of offering an apology, but he is so far not in the right frame of mind to do so and is keen for any subsequent acknowledgement of wrongdoing to be genuine.”At the moment, I am not speaking and I don’t want to speak about that,” Emery replied when asked if Xhaka could lose the captaincy over the issue.”Now he is upset, devastated and sad. It is not only yesterday and today. He is feeling the supporters don’t like him.”His commitment with the club is a great commitment every time. He wants to help.”His behaviour was perfect in training, with the group and with the club. He knows he was wrong.”He was wrong and he feels it inside very deeply. But that is normal as a human.” Xhaka will not travel with Arsenal for Wednesday’s League Cup tie at Liverpool. last_img read more

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Kusal in control as Sri Lanka clinch six-wicket win

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first_imgKUSAL Perera helmed a composed Sri Lankan chase as the hosts clinched a six-wicket victory in the opening Twenty20 International with Bangladesh in Colombo.The Test and one-day series between the sides both ended all-square, but opener Kusal led the way with 77 at the top of the order after Bangladesh set a target of 156 for the win.Seekugge Prasanna and Thisara Perera rounded off the victory, the former hitting an unbeaten 22 from 12 deliveries to help see Sri Lanka home.Bangladesh won the toss and elected to bat after a rain-delayed start, but saw opener Tamim Iqbal bowled for a duck by Lasith Malinga (2-38) after just two deliveries, in stark contrast to what his opposite number achieved later in the match.The arrival of Sabbir Rahman (16) at the crease helped steady the ship as he combined with Soumya Sarkar (29) for 57 runs, but the pair fell in quick succession in the sixth over.Mosaddek Hossain (34 not out) and Mahmudullah (31) helped push the Bangladesh total further, although 155-6 was not a score that would give Sri Lanka too much of a headache.Their reply was effective, if unspectacular, with Kusal present in the middle until four balls before Thisara hit the winning boundary.Upul Tharanga (24) and Asela Gunaratne (17) both chipped away at the target, while Prasanna stepped things up a gear as the match neared a conclusion.With Kusal finally dismissed by Taskin Ahmed (1-33), it was left to Thisara to knock the same bowler for four and earn victory for Sri Lanka.The second and final match takes place at the same venue tomorrow.last_img read more

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USC program addresses sexual violence

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first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan Recruiting has started for S.A.F.E. T-Alliance, a campus-wide program set to launch next spring by the USC Center for Women and Men, which aims to make the USC campus and community safer through awareness of gender-based violence.The program will also provide aid and support to members of the USC community who have been victims of gender-based violence, such as stalking, dating violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment.“The hope … is to feel safe and connected to each other, to feel responsible to ensure one another’s safety. It creates more cohesion. We are already a Trojan Family, this is just another way to enhance that and to support someone, should something happen,” said La Shonda Coleman, the director of S.A.F.E. T-Alliance.In addition, the S.A.F.E. T-Alliance will launch a leadership program for students, aimed to facilitate peer education. Thus far, there are two types of positions a student can apply for: a tier one safety liaison or a tier two safety leader.“A safety liaison has a basic knowledge of issues, campus issues and resources,” Coleman said. “They represent a group or organization on campus and keep us connected and establish a relationship with that group.”Liaisons will receive training through multiple external organizations, such as Peace Over Violence and the Rape Treatment Center, to learn how to deal with issues of common gender violence. The students will also be familiarized with the local resources such as the Dept. of Public Safety’s procedures.“We understand the importance of outside agencies and how their input is valuable. It is truly collaborative — that is the best way to describe it; it is a collaborative initiative,” Coleman said.Safety leaders take on higher leadership responsibilities within the alliance. This position requires more than the basic training because safety leaders will work hand-in-hand with staff members, help facilitate workshops and provide support to survivors of gender-based violence.Coleman said she wants the organization to focus heavily on peer-to-peer contact because she believes that it is essential for students to show their support and be a part of the solution to gender-based violence.“Why not equip students to be a resource to their peers?” Coleman said. “There is such an opportunity for peer-to-peer education. Peers are more likely to reach out to other peers.”Coleman said that the recent rape cases that have surfaced at USC just further illustrate how more needs to be done at USC to shift the way students think about sexual harassment.“It’s not OK. That is why we need a program like this to change the culture. I don’t think girls understand what sexual harassment is, some think it is normal and they shouldn’t take that lightly,” said Kelly Kinas, a freshman majoring in theatre.Coleman said that she hopes that students leaders from different cross sections within the campus will help to break this pattern of thinking.“We are looking for someone who is genuinely interested and committed to ensure campus safety and provide support in our community,” Coleman said.Kinas said she has already submitted her application to S.A.F.E. T-Alliance. Kinas learned about the program after she heard Coleman speak during one of her sorority’s Monday night dinners and applied because she feels personally invested in Coleman’s cause.“One of my theatre girls got raped outside in a car — it’s absolutely terrible,” Kinas said. “I want to help in any way that I can.”Other students have expressed support for the program because they believe a program with trained peers might help more people speak up about gender-based violence.“I would feel a lot safer on campus if this program is implemented … to have students have someone to come to if they aren’t comfortable in talking to their family or friends. It’s nice to have a place to help,” Adanna Teemac, a freshman majoring in psychology, said.Though the program is just getting started, Coleman said that as it continues to grow, it will continue to shift to adapt to the needs of the university.“We want to do our best to be a reflection of the USC community and their needs,” Coleman said.last_img read more

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Toner pens new 3 year deal with Leinster and IRFU

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first_imgThe Irish face Fiji later today but their chances of progression in the main draw are virtually gone. The Meath second row made his Leinster debut in 2006 and has since gone on to win 3 European cups while representing Irelands 42 times.Meanwhile, Ireland’s women’s team have lost their first two games at the Dubai sevens.They were defeated 24-14 by France while earlier they were beaten 27-5 by New Zealand. last_img

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#AFCONonCiti: Algeria thrash Guinea to reach quarterfinals

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first_img Source: BBC Sport Riyad Mahrez scored a superb goal as Algeria cruised past Guinea 3-0 in Cairo to book their place in the Africa Cup of Nations quarter-finals.The Manchester City forward fired into the bottom corner after cleverly touching the ball past his marker, adding to Youcef Belaili’s earlier goal for the Algerians.Adam Ounas sealed a one-sided victory with the third late on.Algeria face either Mali or Ivory Coast in the last eight on Thursday.The Desert Foxes dominated from the first whistle but Baghdad Bounedjah wasted an early opportunity when he side-footed the ball over the bar from close range after cushioning Adlene Guedioura’s pin-point cross with his chest.They took the lead four minutes later when Bounedjah played a neat one-two with Belaili from a throw-in before the latter burst into the area and curled the ball into the far corner, although the presence of VAR may have seen it disallowed as Belaili appeared to commit a foul throw in the build-up.Algeria captain Mahrez, who had had a relatively quiet opening 45 minutes, came to life with a moment of quality to send Guinea goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone the wrong way with a left-foot strike, before substitute Ounas tapped in Youcef Atal’s low cross from close range.In contrast, Guinea were sluggish and had to wait until the 54th minute to produce their first shot on target, a speculative strike from 30 yards by Mady Camara, as Algeria claimed their fourth clean sheet in as many matches.last_img read more

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Dodgers call late audible, move Kiké Hernández to left, Joc Pederson to DH for Game 3

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first_imgRelated Articles Whicker: Dodgers follow Yu Darvish into Game 3 oblivion GAME FOURFor only the second time this postseason, left-hander Alex Wood is scheduled to pitch. He will face an Astros lineup that led the majors in nearly every significant statistical category and features a string of right-handed hitters that can ruin a left-handed pitcher’s day.“They obviously have a great lineup,” Wood said of his Game 4 assignment. “I think you see a trend with these teams going far in the playoffs – the Cubs, ourselves, the Astros. (There are) a lot of similarities, in kind of the culture and identity of their offense. A lot of plate discipline, get on base. It’s a challenge, but I’m excited for it.”Wood has pitched just once since Sept. 26 – his 4-2/3 innings in Game 4 of the NLCS 10 days ago, when he allowed three solo home runs and struck out seven.“It has its pluses and minuses,” Wood said of the down time. “Physically, it helps me feel a lot more ready, because you have so much time off. But at the same time trying to stay sharp and stay on top of your game. … I don’t think there’s any right answer. So we’ve tried to do our best with bullpens and lives (simulated games) and throwing flat grounds try to stay mentally locked in.“I didn’t feel too rusty my start against Chicago. Really at this point it’s more about kind of mental fortitude more than anything. It’s how focused can you stay and how mentally prepared can you be, and then it comes down to execution. From those aspects I feel confident and I’m ready to go tomorrow.”GAMESMANSHIPBefore Game 1 at Dodger Stadium, Astros manager A.J. Hinch accused the Dodgers of “gamesmanship” in overstaying their scheduled batting practice time, cutting into the Astros’ time. The Dodgers also played light rock and an assortment of mellow music during the Astros’ workout times (a trick the Cubs used on the Dodgers at Wrigley Field during the NLCS).Hinch promised retaliation when the series moved to Houston – and there was no music playing at Minute Maid Park for the Dodgers’ workout Thursday night. The Dodgers brought a small speaker out from the locker room and set it up near the batting cage instead.Was this the retaliation Hinch vowed?“Really that was more said in jest than there was going to be some sort of conspiracy against the Dodgers,” Hinch said with a smile Friday. “I heard they had a quiet workout last night with no music, which I did not set up, but I fully approve of.” Dodgers can’t overcome rough start, lose Game 3 to Astros Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Photos: Dodgers vs. Astros in World Series Game 3 from Houston WATCH: Relive the best Dodgers 2017 World Series moments HOUSTON — Dave Roberts thought about his starting lineup for Game 3, the first in this World Series that would feature a DH.And then he thought about it again.The Dodgers manager originally had Joc Pederson in left field against Houston Astros right-hander Lance McCullers Jr. and Kiké Hernández at DH. In the last 90 minutes before game time, Roberts decided to switch the two, moving Pederson to DH and putting Hernández in left field.“It just gives us a little more versatility if Kiké needs to move around the diamond,” Roberts said by way of explanation. Whicker: Cody Bellinger’s mini-slump typifies Dodgers’ frustration Dodgers’ Dave Roberts a ‘pillar’ as baseball tries to rebuild African Americans’ interest Astros’ Yuli Gurriel apologizes for racist gesture after homer off Dodgers’ Yu Darvish The switch made sense on a lot of levels. Hernández was more likely to change positions in a double switch, something that would cost the Dodgers the DH if he started in that position. He also has more familiarity with the outfield at Minute Maid Park – which Roberts described as “a little quirky” even after the elimination of Tal’s Hill in center field. Hernández played eight games in left field for the Astros in 2014 and another 11 in center field before he was traded to the Miami Marlins.Hernández and Logan Forsythe each got rare starts against a right-handed pitcher. During his career, McCullers has been “a reverse-splits guy” – he is more effective against lefties (a .232 average and .635 OPS) than righties (a .253 average and .744 OPS).In Hernández’s case, Roberts said he had earned a start with the quality of his at-bats during the postseason – which included three hits in five at-bats against right-handed pitchers before Game 3.“It’s not even the results. It’s the at-bat quality,” Roberts said. “He’s staying in the strike zone. He’s using the whole field. And now the history of this guy is righties hit him better. And it’s not the slider, it’s the curveball. I think that gives Kiké a better chance as well.”Hernández’s difficulties against right-handed pitching are driven by his inability to recognize and hit the slider, Roberts indicated. McCullers relies much more on his curveball. Video: Is Astros’ Yuli Gurriel making racist gesture about Dodgers’ Yu Darvish? last_img read more

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