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Petronas denies claims of shutting down 14 rigs and projects

first_imgPetronas, Malaysia’s state-owned oil and gas giant, has refuted allegations in news reports stating the company has deactivated 14 rigs and shut down 14 projects. In a statement last Saturday, Petronas said that news reports, published by the New Straits Times on 24 April 2020, said the company had deactivated 14 oil rigs, as reported in the print version, and shut down 14 projects, as reported in the electronic version. Petronas clarified that the company had not shut down any of its rigs, offshore Malaysia, other than those concluding their drilling campaigns or under temporary suspensions due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Petronas also clarified that there was a temporary suspension of projects at some worksites due to the Movement Control Order (MCO) implemented by the government. On 25 April, 18 rigs were in operation within Malaysia waters, Petronas noted. center_img Petronas concluded it is looking to minimise the impact to its planned domestic capex programme in the face of the current challenges. Currently, most of these projects have either resumed their work activities or will be resuming soon upon securing the necessary approval from the government, the company explained. However, the company does expect that some projects will be naturally delayed due to the prolonged lockdowns implemented globally and the MCO in Malaysia, and further disruptions anticipated to the global supply chain.last_img read more

Rennes midfielder prepares for France debut

first_img Loading… Eduardo Camavinga is among a host of youngsters who could make their senior international debuts this September.According to Marca, the Rennes midfielder is the third youngest player ever to receive a call-up to the French senior squad at the age of 17 years, nine months and 17 days.If the Real Madrid target features against either Sweden or Croatia, he will become the youngest player to earn a cap for France since the Second World War. Camavinga made his Ligue 1 debut at the age of 16 years, four months and 27 days old and acquired French citizenship last year.He’s been called up by Didier Deschamps for September’s Nations League fixtures after Paul Pogba tested positive for coronavirus.“He has something special,” Deschamps said, referring to the teenager.“He makes everything look easy.“I don’t know if it’s too soon, but he’d have made it sooner or later.“You really notice when he’s playing and when he’s not at Rennes.“I didn’t call him up to please anyone.“The fact that he’s in this squad means he’s one of the 23 that could go to Euro 2020 – the same as the others who have been called up.”Camavinga enjoyed a breakthrough campaign in Ligue 1 last season as a holding midfielder.He made more tackles (105) than any other player in the French top flight and was second in the standings for duels won with 214.This season, though, he’s shone in a more attacking role.“With the arrival of [Steven] Nzonzi, he’s been liberated,” said Rennes boss Julien Stephen.“In the future, he has to be more decisive in goals and assists because he has the potential to be an attacking midfielder.”In just 113 minutes of action this season, Camavinga has completed more dribbles (six out of eight attempts) than any other player in Ligue 1.He’s already found the net this term, too, scoring against Montpellier at Roazhon Park. Read Also: JUST-IN: Lionel Messi could stay at Barcelona until 2021“The more matches I play, the more competitive I get,” Camavinga said.“Since I made my professional debut, I’ve been developing my taste for defending, which I didn’t care about before, and my goalscoring.“I also have to improve my [weaker] right foot and be more consistent over 90 minutes.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 “Representing your country is something great and playing would fulfil a childhood dream of mine, although I’m still a kid,” Camavinga said.“Being the youngest player isn’t what’s most important. The main thing is staying [in the senior squad] for as long as possible.” Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?10 Celebrity Dads Who Don’t Get Along With Their Kids7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI ForeverCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read Morelast_img read more

Villas-Boas remains optimistic

first_img Gylfi Sigurdsson struck three minutes from time to grab a point for Spurs at White Hart Lane after poor defending had allowed Phil Jagielka and Kevin Mirallas to put the Toffees ahead following Emmanuel Adebayor’s first-minute strike. Tottenham struggled without Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon, but it was in defence that Villas-Boas will have most concerns. The result means Spurs’ destiny is no longer in their hands. They are now third in the table and should Arsenal win their game in hand against Everton on April 16, they will replace their bitter rivals in the top four. But having been outside of the Champions League places for most of the season Villas-Boas still has faith his team can qualify, saying: “The positive aspect is we’ve been in this position, chasing, before.” He added: “Arsenal feel their belief is because they finish seasons very strongly and that belief helps them. We don’t look at ghosts in the past. We try to do our job properly. We want to win games. “I think it could go down to the wire. It depends how many points we can get to the end of the season. At least with this break we can focus completely on the Basle game and then we can recover for the Man City game hopefully, with Bale, Lennon and (Jermain) Defoe. It depends how they react to treatment.” Registering a draw at White Hart Lane without the suspended Marouane Fellaini and Steven Pienaar would ordinarily be seen as a good result, but Moyes was disappointed that his team failed to take all three points. With Everton now six points off Spurs, Moyes admits his hopes of leading his team back in to the Champions League are very slim. He said: “We’re playing a good team and we’ve taken four points from Spurs this season. It’s not a bad performance, but does it help us? “Probably not. We’re hanging in there. I knew if we won we could get right in the mix. I’m pleased with a point because Spurs played well. I thought we did as well, in patches. “In truth, maybe we should have just about nicked it at the end. I think Tottenham can cope with their losses more than we can. We don’t have the squad to cope with that loss (of Fellaini and Pienaar).” Press Associationcenter_img Andre Villas-Boas remains upbeat about Tottenham’s chances of making the top four in the Barclays Premier League despite the damaging 2-2 draw against Everton.last_img read more

Butcher belongs in ‘Hall-of-Fame’, says legend Lloyd

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Legendary former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, said Tuesday that Basil Butcher’s outstanding contribution to the game had secured him a place in any Caribbean cricket Hall-of-Fame.Hailing Butcher’s “dependability and reliability”, Lloyd said his fellow countryman had left a legacy of having played a “major part in keeping West Indies and Guyana cricket alive”.Butcher, a native of Guyana, passed away in Florida on Monday at age 86 following a long illness.“I offer my sincere condolences to his family and loved ones. We have lost a true stalwart of the game, someone who gave all he had for the game in his native Guyana and across the region,” said Lloyd, who made his Test debut on the tour of India in 1966 with Butcher already a seasoned member of the Windies team.“He was well loved and admired. He had fans everywhere … all across the cricketing world. His legacy is that he played a major part in keeping West Indies and Guyana cricket alive.“He was part of that golden era which saw the game grow and flourish. He is someone you would describe as a ‘Hall-of-Famer’ if there was such a thing in West Indies cricket.”Butcher gathered 3 104 runs in 44 Tests with seven centuries on seven different grounds – two in England, two in Australia, two in India and one in the Caribbean.Lloyd described him as an elegant batsman who was strong off the backfoot and also scored heavily through the leg-side.An occasional leg-spinner, the only Test wickets he took all came in one innings – five for 34 against England in Trinidad in 1968.He made his Test debut in 1958 against India at the Brabourne Stadium in Bombay – now Mumbai – and played his last match against England at Headingley in 1969.In his first-class career he played 169 matches and made 11 628 runs with 31 centuries and 54 half-centuries.“He was very dependable … very reliable … very calm and an excellent player against all bowling – pace and spin,” Lloyd said.“You could say in many ways he was Mr Dependable of that era in our cricket. It was like the golden era when we had several cricketers from Guyana in the West Indies team – Rohan Kanhai, Joe Solomon, Lance Gibbs and Basil joined them to make it four.“He was reliable, very professional and someone who would share their knowledge. He did extremely well for Guyana and also West Indies. He made a double hundred (209 not out at Trent Bridge in 1966) and also got a superb hundred at Lord’s (133 in 1963).”last_img read more

Halle Majorana, Kayla Treanor guide Syracuse offense as early burst leads to 14-8 win over Cornell

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ As Syracuse’s players circled together just after the pregame introductions, Cornell’s sprinted to the far sideline and back to the bench — a ritual normally practiced postgame. read more

USC beats Colorado but loses Pac-12 title

first_imgOne week after toppling then-No. 5 Stanford behind an unusually powerful passing attack, the Trojans returned to a ground-and-pound strategy headed by redshirt sophomore running back Javorius “Buck” Allen on Saturday night to beat Colorado 47-29.In sync · Sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler connects with junior tight end Xavier Grimble for one of Grimble’s six receptions in the Trojans’ victory over Colorado. Kessler finished 19-of-28 for 184 yards passing. – Karen Pham | Daily TrojanUSC (9-3, 6-2 Pac-12), however, was still eliminated from the Pac-12 South division title race as Arizona State defeated UCLA 38-33 to clinch its spot in the conference championship game versus Stanford.“We were hoping things would be a little different, but it’s college football,” redshirt junior tight end Xavier Grimble said. “As long as we keep winning, things will take care of themselves and we’ll end up somewhere good.”The Buffs (4-7, 1-7) managed to put up 22 points and double the team’s total yardage in the fourth quarter to make the final score close. But an onside kick recovery followed by a 52-yard touchdown scamper by redshirt sophomore fullback Soma Vainuku put the finishing touch on the Trojans’ fifth straight win, and improved their all-time record against the Buffs to 8-0.“We were inconsistent with some things, but we won the game and that’s what matters,” interim head coach Ed Orgeron said. “We had an emotional game against Stanford and a rivalry game [against UCLA] coming up, so it showed some maturity in our football team to come in here and win.”Now, it seems next week’s matchup against the Bruins will only determine which rival can claim bragging rights for the next year, as well as possibly define the coaching future of Orgeron, who has guided the Trojans to a 6-1 (6-0 in the Pac-12) record after taking over for former head coach Lane Kiffin.“We can control winning 10 games, and that’s what we’re worried about,” redshirt junior safety Dion Bailey said. “It is what it is. It makes the game next week that much more personal for us.”The chilly temperature would seem to help Colorado, given that in school history, the Buffs had been 11-1-1 at home in sub-30 degree weather while USC hadn’t played in those conditions since 1959.But the Trojan defense was up to the task, as most of the starters left with a 37-7 lead midway through the third quarter, with the lone Colorado touchdown coming off a fumble return. Colorado didn’t run a play in USC’s territory until the 2:40 mark of the second quarter -— and that play resulted in an interception. The Buffaloes’ 63 first-half yards were a season low, as Colorado was shut out in the first half for the first time this year.The Trojans did an excellent job of blanketing Colorado wideout Paul Richardson, who came in as the fourth-leading receiver nationally (120.1 receiving yards per game) but netted only 88 yards against USC, all of which came in the second half. His first reception came more than halfway through the third quarter, when USC was up 37-7 and the game was well out of hand.“[Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast] is really good at coming up with schemes to stop big-time receivers,” Bailey said. “All the big-time receivers we’ve played so far, we’ve shut them down way below their game average.”Neither senior tailback Silas Redd (knee) nor junior wideout Marqise Lee (shin) traveled with the team due to injuries, but the Trojans were just fine on offense without them.Kessler was his usually efficient self, completing 19 of 28 passes for 184 yards and two touchdowns before sitting out the fourth quarter with a healthy lead.Allen continued to showcase his explosive talent, amassing 169 all-purpose yards (145 rushing) and three touchdowns on 21 carries and three receptions.“We came out with a great mindset that we were going to pound the ball,” Allen said. “We struggled a little bit [at first], but as the game went on we picked it up.”The former fourth-string tailback had his third three-touchdown game this season, and has tallied 619 rushing yards and 10 scores (nine rushing) in the last four weeks.Allen put the Trojans on the board with an impressive 12-yard touchdown run, taking an outside handoff to the sideline before stretching to touch the pylon.After USC’s defense pinned the Buffs deep in their own territory, Vainuku came up with his third blocked punt of the year. The ball spun out of the back of the end zone for a safety to put the Trojans up 9-0 with just more than a minute left in the first quarter.The Trojan defense pressured Colorado freshman quarterback Sefo Liufau all night long, letting the freshman complete just four of 15 passes in the first half. And it paid off midway through the second quarter after USC’s offense had started to lull.Sophomore defensive end Leonard Williams came up with his sixth sack of the year, forcing a fumble that the Trojans recovered for great field position at the Colorado 20-yard line. Allen punched it in from one yard out a few minutes later to give USC a 16-0 lead.Earlier in the week, Bailey had said that Liufau tended to “make a lot of freshman throws — overthrows, underthrows, misreading things.” Bailey backed up his talk, coming up with an interception with just more than two minutes left before halftime to preserve USC’s first-half shutout.From there, the Trojans drove 66 yards in less than two minutes to reach the end zone again before halftime. Sophomore wide receiver Nelson Agholor reeled in a 20-yard back shoulder throw from Kessler to extend USC’s lead to 23-0 heading into the locker room.It briefly looked as though Colorado would make a push after the Buffs returned an Allen fumble 33 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the second half. But the Trojans responded with a 7-play, 75-yard drive punctuated by a 10-yard touchdown pass from Kessler to redshirt junior tight end Randall Telfer to reinstate its 23-point cushion and let them cruise to the finish line. Follow Will on Twitter @WillLawslast_img read more

Messi’s Spanish jail sentence for tax fraud to stand

first_imgA 21-month jail term handed down last year to Barcelona and Argentina footballer Lionel Messi has been confirmed by Spain’s Supreme Court, but he is unlikely to go to prison.Messi and his father Jorge, who manages his finances, were both convicted in 2016 of defrauding Spain of €4.1m (£3.5m; $4.6m) in taxes.Jorge Messi’s jail term was reduced because he paid some of the taxes.In Spain, prison terms of under two years can be served under probation.The case will now return to the court in Barcelona that handed down the original judgement.Lionel Messi, a five-time world footballer of the year, has always denied any involvement and told his trial in June 2016 that “I only worried about playing football.” Both men were convicted of three counts of fraud, for using tax havens in Belize and Uruguay between 2007 and 2009, and were also given weighty fines.They were found guilty of using fictitious companies to evade paying Spanish taxes on income that came from companies paying for the use of Lionel Messi’s image rights.Jorge Messi’s jail term was reduced from 21 months to 15 by the Supreme Court to take into account the money he had since handed to the tax authorities.last_img read more

Soccer star Emiliano Sala, pilot likely exposed to carbon monoxide before fatal crash, investigators say

first_img Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, wife Ciara join Sounders ownership group Soccer star Emiliano Sala and his pilot, David Ibbotson, “likely” were exposed to carbon monoxide before the plane crash over the English Channel in January that took their lives.A report from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch said toxicology tests on Sala, whose body was found in the wreckage, showed clear signs of exposure to the odorless poisonous gas. He died from head and trunk injuries, an inquest heard in February.The AAIB said in a statement Wednesday that its latest findings showed “the danger of exposure to carbon monoxide in both piston and turbine engine aircraft.””Toxicology tests found that the passenger had a high saturation level of COHb (the combination product of carbon monoxide and hemoglobin),” the AAIB statement said.”It is considered likely that the pilot would also have been exposed to carbon monoxide.”When our investigation has concluded, we will publish a final report.”Geraint Herbert, principal inspector of air accidents with the AAIB, explained the impact of carbon monoxide poisoning.He said: “Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas.“Symptoms at low-exposure levels can be drowsiness and dizziness, but as the exposure level increases it can lead to unconsciousness and death.“Inexpensive carbon monoxide detectors are widely available and can be fitted to aircraft to warn pilots of the presence of carbon monoxide.“The investigation continues to look into a wide range of areas in relation to this accident but in particular we are looking at the potential ways in which carbon monoxide can enter the cabin in this kind of aircraft.“We’ll be publishing our final report in due course.”In response to Wednesday’s report, an attorney for the Sala family called on the AAIB to, among other things, “salvage the wreckage of the plane without further delay.”“That dangerously high levels of Carbon monoxide have been found in Emiliano’s body raises many questions for the family,” attorney Daniel Machover said in a statement. “How he died will be determined at the inquest in due course. MLS coach Frank de Boer calls equal pay for men’s, women’s soccer ‘ridiculous’center_img Search teams found no sign of Ibbotson, who is presumed dead.Sala, a striker from Argentina who was 28, had said goodbye to former Nantes teammates before traveling to join his new club, Cardiff City, when the Piper Malibu plane crashed north of Guernsey. Related News “The family believe that a detailed technical examination of the plane is necessary.“The family and the public need to know how the Carbon monoxide was able to enter the cabin. Future air safety rests on knowing as much as possible on this issue.“Emiliano’s family call on the AAIB to salvage the wreckage of the plane without further delay.”last_img read more

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa announces date for NFL draft decision

first_imgI’ll be making my decision on the 6th.. God bless and Roll Tide— Tua. T 🇦🇸 (@Tuaamann) January 2, 2020MORE: Injury update, return date, latest updates on TagovailoaAffecting Tagovailoa’s decision, of course, is the season-ending hip injury he suffered in Alabama’s Nov. 16 game against Mississippi State. Tagovailoa suffered a dislocated hip — a high-impact injury more often seen in car crashes — and posterior wall fracture. Tagovailoa’s draft status was immediately impacted, not only because of his dislocated hip, but also because it added to an injury history that also includes high-ankle sprains to both his legs.Tagovailoa in late November said this was not a decision he could rush, and admitted the potential loss of money changed his perception on whether to leave. Prior to his injury, he was considered a lock as a top-five pick.”You think of risk-reward on coming back, you think of risk-reward on leaving,” Tagovailoa said in an interview with ESPN. “Now is not the time to be making emotional decisions. Now, you have to change into thinking as a businessman. You have to make business decisions.” The date has been set for what could be the most impactful NFL draft decision of the college football offseason.Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, mulling a decision to return to Tuscaloosa or declare for the 2020 NFL draft, announced on Twitter that he’d make his decision on Monday. MORE: What’s next for Nick Saban, Tagovailoa at Alabama?If Tagovailoa elected to return in 2020, he wouldn’t be the first big player to come back to school: Linebacker Dylan Moses, projected to be a first-round pick by Sporting News, announced he would return to school as well.Should he leave, however, Alabama would have several players who could challenge for the starting quarterback position, including incumbent starter Mac Jones, Taulia Tagovailoa and Paul Tyson, four-star quarterbacks in the class of 2019, and Bryce Young, the top overall quarterback in the class of 2020.last_img read more