Woodside to become operator of Scarborough development

first_imgAustralian energy giant Woodside and BHP Billiton have entered into an agreement in relation to the proposed development of the Scarborough gas field off W. Australia. With this agreement, Woodside will become the operator of the development. Woodside said on Monday that, under the agreement, BHP waived its right of pre-emption and provides its consent to the sale by ExxonMobil to Woodside of its 50% interest in WA-1-R and the Scarborough Joint Venture Operating Agreement.Woodside entered into a binding sale and purchase agreement (SPA) to acquire ExxonMobil’s share of the Scarborough gas field located in the Carnarvon Basin Australia in February 2018. The completion of the deal was subject to pre-emption rights and customary regulatory approvals.This will result in Woodside holding a 75% interest in Scarborough. Woodside will become the Scarborough operator on completion of the transaction with ExxonMobil.Furthermore, Woodside granted BHP an option to purchase an additional 10% interest in Scarborough on equivalent consideration and terms to the transaction with ExxonMobil. The option may be exercised by BHP at any time prior to the earlier of December 31, 2019 and approval to start the front-end engineering and design phase of the Scarborough Development.In addition, Woodside and BHP will undertake good faith discussions in relation to: the unitization of WA-1-R (which contains the majority of the Scarborough gas field) and the adjacent WA-62-R (in which Woodside and BHP each hold a 50% interest); potential offers to sell up to a 10% interest in Scarborough to foundation LNG buyers on a pro-rata basis; and technical and commercial arrangements for the Scarborough Development.It is worth reminding that Woodside first bought a stake in the Scarborough area assets from BHP Billiton in 2016.Woodside CEO Peter Coleman said that this new agreement with BHP strengthened alignment and certainty of the Scarborough Development.“I am pleased BHP has agreed that Woodside will become operator of the Scarborough Development. The Scarborough joint venture will now be focused on finalizing the development concept prior to entering FEED and positioning for FID in 2020,” he said.Completion of the transaction between ExxonMobil and Woodside continues to be targeted by end of 1Q 2018.last_img read more

‘Predictable’ Family First poll suggests public want councils to control street prostitution

first_imgStuff 28 December 2017A conservative Christian lobby group has released a poll showing three in four people believe councils should have the power to ban street prostitution as they see fit.Councils can impose restrictions on the location of brothels under the Prostitution Reform Act (PRA), a landmark piece of legislation that passed in 2003 legalising solicitation and brothel-keeping.But the act fails to account for street-based sex work, a regulatory gap that Christchurch Central MP Duncan Webb believes is not fair to sex workers, councils or residents.The Family First-commissioned poll of 1000 people, carried out by Curia Market Research, found 76 per cent of respondents agreed councils should have the power to ban street prostitution at their discretion.“The ‘red light’ district should never be given the ‘green light’ in residential and family areas,” said Family First national director Bob McCoskrie.“There have been ongoing concerns about the negative effects of street prostitution and the associated conduct in Christchurch and also South Auckland, and the local councils have been powerless to act appropriately.”The poll also showed 61 per cent of respondents did not believe brothels should operate in residential areas. Family First was calling for a review of the PRA, which McCoskrie described as a hospital pass to local councils.Catherine Healey, of the New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, described the poll result as predictable and an easy score for Family First, a group which counted the recriminalisation of brothels among its objectives.READ MORE:’ Collective responds to poll on banning street sex workRadio Live 29 December 2017A conservative Christian lobby group released a poll showing the majority of people believe councils should have the power to ban street prostitution in their local areas.Catherine Healey, national coordinator of New Zealand Prostitutes’ Collective, joins Miles Davis on Summer Afternoon Talk to discuss the poll.In the poll commissioned by Family First NZ, 76% said that local councils should have the ability to ban street prostitution in their local areas as they see appropriate.“I think probably, [the poll is] on the money,” Ms Healey says.“I would say that most people would have the unrealistic expectation that councils can fix it.”In June 2003, New Zealand decriminalised sex work with the Prostitution Reform Act 2003.Sex workers can determine their own work conditions in New Zealand. With the freedom to meet clients in a variety of settings, street workers are inevitable.“We do generally have a very compliant, well behaved street worker population,” she says. “We do occasionally have a few who run by their own rules.”Ms Healey explains that sex workers may work on the street for a number of reasons.  Some can’t find brothel work, don’t feel safe at their brothel, or face discrimination for being transgender.“Sex work is one of those occupations where it’s got a fairly free spirit attached to it,” she says.“It’s got a lot of stigma and discriminations attached to it as well.”According to the Family First NZ press release, the group is “joining calls for a critical review of the 2003 Prostitution Reform Act, the criminalisation of the pimping and purchase of women for sexual purposes, and greater support for workers wishing to exit prostitution.”Listen to the full interview with Catherine Healey Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Ronaldo trains in back garden with son Cristiano Jr

first_img Loading… Cristiano Jr is also on the books at Juventus and is proving to be quite the talent.Cristiano Jr, 9, is also on the books at JuventusAs of the end of last season, the youngster had scored an incredible 58 goals in just 28 games for the Under-9s.At that time it was DOUBLE the amount his famous father had managed for the senior team.The pair were filmed doing a drill in the back gardenCristiano Sr will be hoping to add to this season’s tally of 25 when Serie A returns to action – possibly before the end of the month.The striker scored 58 goals in just 28 games for the Under-9s last season Cristiano Ronaldo has shared a heartwarming video of him working hard with his son, Cristiano Jr.Advertisement The Portuguese is unable to meet up with Juve team-mates as he is in two-week isolation after flying back from Madeira, where he had spent most of the lockdown.But with Serie A set to return to action – behind closed doors – in the coming weeks, the five-time Ballon d’Or winner showed he was hard at work.And while working on his own game, Cristiano Sr is also clearly passing on his infamous work ethic with his nine-year-old boy.On Instagram, where the video racked up more than 4million views in 30 minutes, he wrote: “Like father, like son Happiness above all.” Germany’s Bundesliga will return to action this weekend and Italian chiefs are confident they will follow soon after.Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said earlier this week: “We will imminently learn the verdict of the scientific committee on the [Italian Football Federation] FIGC’s medical protocol.Ronaldo wrote: ‘Like father, like son. Happiness above all’Read Also: De Boer: Messi the big problem for Coutinho“We are also ready to propose guidelines to the committee for training sessions involving all team sports and guidelines to open up facilities, including gyms, swimming pools and dance halls, that will allow all those who work in sport to resume their activities.“Finally, we are also working with the Ministry for Education, for Equal Opportunities and Families to reopen sporting facilities, so we can guarantee a summer of sport for the youngest members of our society. So, one step at a time, sport will return. It’ll be stronger than ever.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Juventus superstar, 35, is currently in the middle of a 14-day quarantine ahead of returning to senior training. Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsMesmerizing Wedding Looks From Different Countries7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchLook Up At The Most Fascinated Ceilings In The WorldA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Portuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooIt Might Be Quentin Tarantino’s Last Movielast_img read more

Man lifelined after motorcycle accident on Huntersville Rd

first_imgBatesville, IN—On Wednesday, August 7, Batesville Police Officers and Batesville Fire and EMS responded to North Huntersville Road for a single-vehicle motorcycle accident.The initial investigation by Corporal Ryan Metcalf revealed Samuel T. Eckstein, age 43, of Batesville, was traveling northbound on Huntersville Road operating a 2000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Eckstein’s motorcycle ran off the right side of the roadway as he was making a left turn, slid through the grass, and then collided with a large utility pole. Eckstein was thrown from the motorcycle as a result of the collision and was not wearing a helmet.Eckstein was subsequently treated by Batesville EMS and flown to the University of Cincinnati Hospital for further treatment. His injuries were determined to be serious, but non-life threatening.last_img read more

Baggies sign Brown for record fee

first_imgWest Brom have announced the club-record signing of Nigeria striker Brown Ideye from Dynamo Kiev. The 25-year-old has signed a three-year contract, with an option for a fourth, and moves for an undisclosed fee in excess of that paid for Stephane Sessegnon when the midfielder moved from Sunderland last year. Albion head coach Alan Irvine said: “Brown is a quality striker and I’m looking forward to working with him. “He’s a strong, quick, powerful player who likes to get in behind defences and has plenty of Champions League and international experience.” Ideye has been handed the number nine shirt at the Hawthorns and will join up with the squad when they return from a pre-season training camp in California. He scored 34 goals in three seasons in Ukraine, having previously played for Sochaux and Neuchatel Xamax after starting his career in his homeland with Ocean Boys. He has won 24 caps for Nigeria, scoring five times including in the semi-final as the Super Eagles won last year’s African Nations Cup. West Brom technical director Terry Burton added: “When I arrived at Albion the recruitment department flagged Brown up as the man at the top of their wish list. “It is a fantastic signing because of the quality and the potential of the player. “I can see that he really wants to be here and that he really wants to be playing in the Premier League. “He’s a dynamic player who likes to get in behind defenders and he has the pace to do so. “He gets himself into good scoring positions in the box and if there are opportunities then he will get on the end of them. “We’re looking forward to seeing him playing for the club and scoring goals.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Garbine Muguruza, Sofia Kenin pull off upsets to set up final showdown

first_imgMelbourne: Unseeded Garbine Muguruza stunned fourth seed Simona Halep on Thursday to set up an Australian Open final clash with Sofia Kenin.Spaniard Muguruza fought back from behind in both sets to defeat favourite Halep and reach her maiden Australian Open final with a 7-6 (10/8), 7-5 verdict at the Rod Laver Arena.The 26-year-old is the first unseeded player to reach the women’s final since Belgium’s Justine Henin in 2010.In the other semifinal, American Sofia Kenin pulled off a shock win over local favourite and top-seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-6 (6), 7-5.At just 21, Kenin had never gone past the fourth round at a Grand Slam in her 11 main-draw appearances before this tournament.“I wasn’t thinking I was down, at some point you’ll have your opportunities. I knew facing Simona it was going to be a hard match. I was hanging in there and fighting with all the energy I had,” Muguruza was quoted as saying by Australian Open’s official website after the match.“You don’t think like that. That’s almost two weeks ago. You go day by day and that’s what I was doing each match at a time. I’m very excited to be in the final, it’s a long way to go and I have one more match on Saturday,” said the two-time Grand Slam champion.Meanwhile, Kenin said it is a dream come true for her. “It’s a dream come true for me,” said Kenin as quoted by Australian Open’s official website.“It’s surreal. I always believed I can. I didn’t know exactly when. I feel like at this young age, I think it’s incredible. Not everyone gets to live this moment, live this dream. I’m just really grateful for it. I believed I could win even though I had two set points down in the first.“I was telling myself, ‘I believe in myself. If I lose the set, I’m still going to come out and believe’. Of course, some things didn’t go my way with the challenges and some great shots she came up with. But I didn’t let that stop me. I knew I needed to serve well. I feel like I had a clear mindset on how I want to play her.”On her opponent, she said: “She’s such a tough player,” said Kenin.“Of course, I’d like to first apologise to all of the Australian fans. I know they wanted her to win. It’s not easy for them. There was some interesting cheers. I liked it. But it wasn’t for me. I just try to lock it out and focus on each point.” IANSAlso Read: Resurgent Garbine Muguruza in first-ever Australian Open semisAlso Watch: APYC in Guwahati demands unconditional release of President Kamrul Islam Choudhurylast_img read more

Gayle to join  Zouks for new CPL season

first_imgCASTRIES, St Lucia,  (CMC) – T20 specialist Chris Gayle will be suiting up for the St Lucia Zouks in the 2020 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), after being released by his home franchise, the Jamaica Tallawahs.The franchise announced Wednesday that it has signed the 40-year-old as its marquee player for the eighth edition of the tournament that is scheduled to begin in August if it is not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.Gayle, who is the leading T20 run scorer of all time – having made 2,344 runs at the CPL – played for the Tallawahs in the first four seasons, then went over to the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots for two years, before rejoining the Tallawahs in 2019.Chris Gayle will be playing for the St. Lucia Zouks in the 2020 CPL. (Credit: CPL)The announcement of his move came a day after Zouks disclosed that Daren Sammy would return as the team’s captain.Commenting on Gayle joining his squad, Sammy said it was “great news for St Lucia Zouks and for me as a captain to have the universe boss on my side”.“Chris is one of the most successful T20 batsmen in the world and with his experience with our young openers, a lot can be learnt from Chris,” he said of the man who has amassed the most centuries in the format.“I welcome him to the Zouks franchise. Chris will be in St Lucia and the fans will be happy that Jamaica has released him. I will have a motivated Chris Gayle looking to prove a point that he is one of the leading T20 batsmen in the world. I can’t wait for CPL 2020 and hopefully the Coronavirus will be under control and we can have an exciting T20 tournament. Welcome home, Chris Gayle!” Sammy added.Zouks coach Andy Flowers was also excited about the addition of the veteran cricketer to his side.“I have got a long association with Chris running all the way back to his debut Test match in Trinidad back in 2000. I’ve seen his exploits in all three forms of the game and I am really looking forward to working with him and Daren Sammy toward a special year for St. Lucia cricket,” he said.The CPL is currently set for August 19 to September 26, but organisers are keeping an eye on the COVID-19 pandemic and liaising with medical advisors and governments to determine if play will go ahead.Chief operations officer, Pete Russell, has said there is a possibility the tournament could be played without international players and using only a few stadiums as venues to mitigate against widespread contact.In addition to the Zouks, Tallawahs and Patriots, the CPL will see the participation of Trinbago Knight Riders, Guyana Amazon Warriors, and defending champions Barbados Tridents.last_img read more

Gateway does not meet all expectations

first_imgThe recently opened University Gateway apartment complex does not live up to its promises of luxury living, according to many students now living in the building.Among the complaints from residents of Gateway, located at the corner of Figueroa Street and Jefferson Boulevard, are problems with unfinished ceilings, unsanded furniture, a lack of storage space and overhead lighting, difficulty reaching management and parking woes.Daily Trojan file photo“I think most people can agree that Gateway promises things but does not deliver,” said Dina Nooh, a junior majoring in business administration.In general, Nooh said, the apartments in Gateway are not built to match the quality of an apartment that costs more than $1,000 per month — the price of rent for leases signed last spring.“The ceilings just seem unfinished; they’re uneven and have little holes [and] cracks. One of my friends said she has nails coming out of hers,” Nooh said. “There does not seem to be enough cabinets for all our stuff and the under-the-bed drawers are smaller than they look, and the desk does not come with any drawers.”Urban Partners, LLC, the company managing Gateway, said the ceiling appearance is done on purpose to create an “urban” feel.“With regard to the apartment ceiling concerns, they are a unique artchtectural [sic] element of the building and have been designed to create an ‘urban loft’ feel for the units,” wrote John Hrovat, partner of Urban Partners and a USC alumnus, in an e-mail.One of the promises made to residents was the guarantee of free parking; Gateway residents receive free parking at the USC Parking Center, but parking at the actual Gateway complex costs extra money.This, according Makhala Greene-Robinson, a sophomore majoring in business administration, was not communicated to students when they signed the lease.“We didn’t really know where [the free parking] was,” Greene-Robinson said. “It was at the Parking Center, which was way too far.”According to Hrovat, more than 700 parking spaces are offered at the Gateway complex and 400 spaces are located at the Parking Center, located on 35th Street and Grand Avenue.“To ensure our residents’ convenience, our off-site parking is operated by USC and includes a shuttle service to campus and to University Gateway,” Hrovat wrote.Another problem that students have run into, Greene-Robinson said, is dealing with management to get issues fixed in a timely manner.“Management is just a little hard to deal with at times.”  Greene-Robinson said. “They don’t care about your issues.”Urban Partners, however, said the number of inquiries that management is receiving is normal given the high amount of students moving in at the same time.“We continue to make adjustments to service our residents in the best possible way and look forward to continued interaction with each of our residents,” Hrovat wrote.Gateway is now offering leases at $899, hundreds of dollars lower than the price given to students last year.“It was annoying that the price dropped,” said Evan, a resident who did not disclose his last name. “You’re paying a premium price.”Hrovat said that any changes in prices are reflected by a change in amenities offered in those apartments.“Many of the leases signed last spring were for prime units on top floors,” Hrovat wrote. “The majority of University Gateway’s most luxurious apartments were leased at higher rates [last spring].”In general, Evan said he believes Gateway could start to improve the situation by communicating more with students.“I would want a quicker reaction time, or actually just responding,” Evan said of complaints from tenants. “I think the management is a novice group of people, so they’re trying to figure out how it’s going to work.”In response to the influx of inquiries, Gateway management is working to create a more efficient system for giving feedback to students.“We are also eliminating desktop computers in favor of tablet laptops so that the property’s staff can better respond to concierge desk requests and can interact directly with the resident,” Hrovat said.last_img read more

Badgers to run in Des Moines

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin men’s and women’s track teams will be out of town this weekend, as the two squads will look to take advantage of opportunities to improve. Both teams will be headed to the Jim Duncan Invitational in Des Moines, Iowa.Action will take place on both Friday and Saturday as some of UW’s athletes strive to qualify for the looming NCAA regionals. Several athletes on the men’s and women’s teams have already qualified, but they still maintain they have a lot of work to do. Nate Larkin, a member of the men’s team who has qualified for regionals, ran a time of 14.12 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. Larkin, a junior hurdler from Glen Ellyn, Ill., had a breakthrough season in 2009, exceeding even his own expectations.“Making nationals for the indoor season was a surprise for me and the coaching staff,” Larkin said.Larkin burst onto the scene in the 2009 indoor track season, qualifying for the NCAA Championships in the 60-meter hurdles. The junior also had a quality performance in the Big Ten Championships, placing third in the event. With the indoor season now in the books, Larkin has his mind set on carrying over his recent success indoors to the outdoor track.“I was not really sure how the switch from the 60 to the 110 would go,” Larkin said, who competes in the 110-meter hurdles during the outdoor season. “But I am determined to get back to nationals.”Larkin has already begun to adjust to the added distance and says his NCAA regional-qualifying bid was a satisfying accomplishment.“The regional mark is something good to get out of the way,” Larkin said. “But my goals are much higher for the outdoor season.”Like many athletes in the UW track program, Larkin has gradually progressed into the type of competitor who expects to run against the nation’s best. He has worked hard to reach this point in his career but says there was a moment in the 2009 indoor season where something for him changed.“For me, it was something that just clicked, and I just reached a whole another level,” Larkin said. “I got myself into rhythm and, especially in my event, you get to a certain level where tiny adjustments can make a huge difference in races.”Larkin and the rest of the UW team have plenty of outdoor season left and Larkin is looking forward to seeing how he and his team perform in the upcoming meets. Friday will be another chance for UW to improve.“These upcoming meets are going to show us a lot about where we are as a team,” Larkin said. “Once our distance runners get going along with our 800 runners, I feel like we can put up some pretty special marks as a team.”While Larkin and the rest of the men’s team get ready to prove themselves, the women’s team and head coach Jim Stintzi are also looking to make some more progress.Stintzi will be bringing a smaller team out to Des Moines, as some of the athletes are in need of rest. Amy Lewis, Chavon Robinson and Gwen Jorgensen have all just recently qualified for the NCAA regionals and will be receiving much-needed time off, but Stintzi doesn’t want to be without three of his leaders for long.“They have all been stalwarts for us,” Stintzi said. “They are big-time performers who have done very well throughout their careers.”Stintzi is proud of the leadership role his seniors have taken and knows how positive their effect on the younger members of the team is.“They are positive all of the time — they get their teammates up for meets and keep everyone working hard,” Stintzi said.Stintzi also mentioned a couple of freshman who may be in a position to qualify for regionals in the upcoming meet.“Jenna Severson and Megan Rennhack could have a great chance to qualify for regionals by season’s end,” Stintzi said. “We have a lot talented freshman who are performing well for us.”NCAA qualifying aside, Stintzi and his team are looking forward to and are focused on the task at hand. “This weekend is another opportunity for the team to put the spikes on, to run fast, to get more reps in throwing, and basically, to just keep getting better.”last_img read more

Christmas shines, but lack of support dooms Syracuse down low against UNC

first_imgCHAPEL HILL, N.C. — Syracuse’s post options start and stop with Rakeem Christmas. North Carolina’s post options start and seemingly don’t end.The 6-foot-9, 270-pound Kennedy Meeks. The 6-foot-9, but wiry 228-pound Brice Johnson. The 6-foot-10, 280-pound Joel James. And more length elsewhere.All composed a UNC group that outmuscled the Orange’s thin rotation. In a battle of the bigs, Christmas put up a valiant effort after an underwhelming first half. But his 14-point second half and flawless work from the free-throw line weren’t enough for Syracuse (14-7, 5-3 Atlantic Coast) to keep pace with No. 13 North Carolina’s (17-4, 7-1) stacked frontcourt in SU’s 93-83 loss Monday night in the Dean E. Smith Center.After just a 1-for-5 shooting performance in the opening 20 minutes, Christmas reverted into the producer the Orange needs him to be. But as the only true back-to-the-basket post scorer in Syracuse’s rotation, he was neutralized by the Tar Heels’ abundance of size up front.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUNC out-boarded the Orange, 42-27, and outscored Syracuse from the paint, 36-24.“We’ve hung in there on the boards for the most part this year,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said, “but they’re big and strong and more physical than anybody we’ve played.“(Christmas) had his work cut out for him today.”The big man connected from the left block to start the game for the Orange, but that would be it from the field for him in the first half.Christmas missed a pair of hook shots, double-dribbled a possession away and bobbled a touch on the right block that Johnson pounced on for a jump ball. And when the SU senior missed his first shot of the second half, his mark dropped to 1-for-6 from the field.“They were throwing a lot of big bodies at me,” Christmas said. “Just tried to get the ball and do what I do best. Just try to get around people.”Still, the Orange was out in front of the No. 13 team in the country by as much as six points in the first seven minutes of the second half. And although Syracuse’s leading scorer was worlds better from the free-throw line than he was against Miami on Saturday, he had only attempted four second-half shots from the floor by the six-minute mark — and made three of them.“It was impressive,” guard Trevor Cooney said. “They were throwing different guys at him and he just continued to score over them and that’s what he does.”When Christmas hit a low-angle shot off the glass from the baseline to make it 70-68 UNC with 5:10 left, it was his first shot attempt in six minutes of game time.Meanwhile, Meeks and Johnson were on their way to shooting a combined 9-for-11 from the field in the second half for 26 points with 15 rebounds — two more than the Orange grabbed as a team in the final 20 minutes. Without any concern for foul trouble due to North Carolina’s depth, Meeks sealed off Christmas for three easy post-up buckets and Johnson used his length to grab 11 rebounds in the game. SU’s rotation, barely seven men, doesn’t have the luxury of fearlessness.Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige answered Christmas’ baseline hook shot with a jumper. Christmas then responded with another bucket from the paint.“It wasn’t smart, really, to go away from him,” forward Michael Gbinije said.But that would be the senior’s last shot attempt until he air-balled a deep two with 19 seconds left.The final stat line — 22 points and 12 rebounds — was nothing new for Christmas. Neither was the Orange’s dependence on him in the second half.But that many competent bodies down low wasn’t something Syracuse had seen or was capable of handling Monday night.Said Boeheim: “We just don’t have enough size in there to help him.” Comments Published on January 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm Contact Phil: | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more