Government allocates $209m for electricity discounts

first_imgThe government has allocated Rp 3.5 trillion (US$209.8 million) to provide free electricity and discounts to Indonesia’s lower-income households to help them get through the economic shocks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry’s director general, Rida Mulyana, said on Wednesday the funds, which are to come from the state budget, comprised about Rp 2.59 trillion for 25 million of Indonesia’s poorest households, Rp 630 billion for 7 million second-poorest households and Rp 280 billion for an anticipated spike in domestic electricity consumption.“This way we will have space or room to accommodate higher consumption than recorded in 2019, prior to the warnings related to COVID-19,” he said, noting that the ministry was also ready to adjust the scheme over time.The poorest households are defined as those within the 450-volt ampere (VA) category, while the second-poorest as those within the 900-VA range. State-owned electricity company PLN is to give free electricity to the 450VA homes for three months starting in April and a 50 percent discount to 900VA homes over the same period.The electricity discount was one of six social safety net programs, including unemployment benefits and food aid, announced by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Tuesday after he declared a COVID-19 public health emergency. Read also: Jokowi announces free electricity, discounts for households hardest hit by COVID-19 impactsThe safety nets are meant to help Indonesia’s lower-income families for whom electricity bills represents their fifth-highest non-food spending. Many of such families have been hit hard by business closures. The government also seeks to prevent Greater Jakarta’s unemployed from migrating out of the virus-ridden capital, potentially spreading the COVID-19 coronavirus to other provinces.Explaining the discount distribution mechanism, the energy ministry’s director of electricity business development, Hendra Iswahyudi, said PLN would use a mobile app to distribute free or discounted electricity vouchers to eligible prepaid consumers.He said the electricity company would waive the bills of postpaid 450VA customers and halve the monthly bills of postpaid 900VA customers. For the latter category, PLN will start with halving bills issued this month for power consumed last month.Topics :last_img read more

Canada coronavirus death toll passes 5,000, Trudeau wants seniors’ care reform

first_imgTopics : “We’ve seen heart-breaking tragedies in long-term care facilities and nursing homes right across the country – overworked staff, understaffed residences, grieving families,” Trudeau told a daily briefing.”There are serious underlying challenges facing these facilities and in the coming months the federal government will be there to help the provinces find lasting solutions.”Officials earlier announced Ottawa would give seniors living on a fixed income a one-time payment ranging from C$300 ($215) to C$500 to deal with increased costs linked to the outbreak.Seniors Minister Deb Schulte said the tax-free payments would help seniors who need money for food deliveries and other services. It will also aid those taking taxis to avoid using public transport. The Canadian coronavirus death toll passed the 5,000 mark on Tuesday and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said major reforms were needed to seniors’ residences, where more than 80% of the victims lived.The public health agency said the number of deaths edged up by 2.9% to 5,049 from 4,906 on Monday, one of the smallest daily gains so far. Canada is the 11th nation to record more than 5,000 deaths from the outbreak.Long-term care homes in Ontario and Quebec – the two most populous of the 10 provinces – have been particularly hard hit. Officials have detailed poor conditions in some residences, where employees earn just the minimum wage.center_img She side-stepped questions about whether Ottawa should call a national inquiry into seniors’ homes.”What we are experiencing in Canada is unprecedented and unacceptable,” she told a briefing.”Going forward there will be time to reflect on the lessons that we’ve learned and the work that needs to be done. But right now [we are] focused on dealing with the issue at hand.”The total value of the payments – which will help 6.7 million people – is C$2.5 billion. Ottawa has already committed more than C$160 billion in direct spending – more than 7% of gross domestic product – on a range of programs to help businesses and people deal with the outbreak.Ottawa was focused on short-term measures to support people “so that we can come out the other side and restart the economy soon and we won’t need to look at what we might need to do in six months if we’re still, heaven forbid, all locked down”, Trudeau said, adding that programs would be extended if needed.last_img read more

Chief financial officer of Vaalco Energy steps down

first_imgChief financial officer (CFO) of Houston-based oil company Vaalco Energy has decided to resign from the company.Vaalco said on Friday that the company’s CFO Phil Patman decided to resign effective March 31, 2019, to pursue other interests.According to Vaalco, Elizabeth Prochnow, the company’s chief accounting officer, will take over the CFO position effective April 1, 2019.“Patman’s departure was not related to any issues regarding financial disclosures, accounting, or legal matters,” the company stated.As for Prochnow, she served as Vaalco’s chief accounting officer since joining the company in March 2015. She held a variety of senior finance leadership positions including executive VP and CFO of Sterling Construction Company, and VP of finance and CFO of Bristow.Vaalco also announced that the board appointed Michael Silver as a vice president and general counsel effective April 1, 2019.Silver has nearly 30 years of experience in the energy industry. Before joining Vaalco in November 2018 in a non-executive role, he served as a managing counsel for the petroleum division of BHP Group, senior counsel at Constellation Energy Commodities Group, and spent 17 years at ExxonMobil in the law department with multiple roles of increasing responsibilities.Cary Bounds, CEO of Vaalco, said: “We wish Phil well in his future endeavors and want to thank him for his contributions over the past two years. Liz has been an integral leader for Vaalco over these past four years, and her knowledge of the company, coupled with her comprehensive financial background and experience will allow for a smooth transition.“We are pleased to promote Michael to an executive role and believe he will be a great addition to our leadership team.“We remain focused on the near-term and long-term opportunities at Etame and are poised financially and operationally to deliver profitable growth and value for our shareholders.”last_img read more

Bernadine Hessler, 92

first_imgBernadine Hessler, 92, Greensburg, died on Thursday, April 9, 2020 at her residence with her daughter, Bonnie by her side. Born, June 25, 1927 in Connersville, Indiana, she was the daughter of Luther and Myrtle (Johnson) Witt. She was a graduate of Connersville High School.  She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church. She was a loving housewife to John D. “Jack” Hessler whom she married on June 30, 1944 in Connersville and he preceded her in death on February 25, 2009. She is survived by one daughter, Bonnie Hamilton, Greensburg; one brother, Tony Vernon (Martha) Witt, Fairland; three sisters, Barbara (Marion) Weston, Connersville, Linda (Rodney) Blaes, Connersville, Pat Black, Florida; adopted grandchild, Paul Joe (Lisa) Sweezey; four great grandchildren, Josh, Nate, Denny, and Jess; one great great grandson, Easton. She was preceded in death by her parents, her loving husband, Jack; her adored grandson, David Brent Hamilton; son in law, David Lee Hamilton; two brothers; Voley Witt and Bob Witt; two sisters, Virginia “Jenny” Johnson and Jerry Blair. Due to the recent public health safety mandate of limited gatherings, a private graveside service will be held for the immediate family at the South Park Cemetery in Greensburg with Rev. Tony Evan Witt officiating.  Memorials may be made to the Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. Porter-Oliger-Pearson Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences can be made to the family at www.popfuneralhome.comlast_img read more

No. 12 Nova looks to extend streak vs Providence

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press STEPPING UP: Villanova’s Saddiq Bey has averaged 16.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while Collin Gillespie has put up 15.5 points and 4.6 assists. For the Friars, Alpha Diallo has averaged 14 points and eight rebounds while David Duke has put up 12 points and 4.3 rebounds.KEY FACILITATOR: Bey has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Villanova field goals over the last three games. Bey has accounted for 22 field goals and 11 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Providence is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 16-6 when scoring at least 61.ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Friars have recently created buckets via assists more often than the Wildcats. Villanova has an assist on 47 of 81 field goals (58 percent) over its past three contests while Providence has assists on 46 of 74 field goals (62.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Villanova as a team has made 10 3-pointers per game this season, which is 10th-best among Division I teams. The Wildcats have averaged 12.4 3-pointers per game over their five-game winning streak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditProvidence (16-12, 9-6) vs. No. 12 Villanova (22-6, 11-4)Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia; Saturday, 12 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: No. 12 Villanova looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Providence. In its last five wins against the Friars, Villanova has won by an average of 10 points. Providence’s last win in the series came on Feb. 14, 2018, a 76-71 victory.center_img February 27, 2020 No. 12 Nova looks to extend streak vs Providencelast_img read more

The Latest: Magic commit $2 million to game-night workers

first_img___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April. The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games. Associated Press An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.” The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Latest: Magic commit $2 million to game-night workers The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic. John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___ The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___ 12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled. The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak. The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid. “We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak. With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000. The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all. 11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution. The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19. ___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later. Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___ The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___ ___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. ___1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League. The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2. 6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m. March 16, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Groups see tax-exempt status revoked

first_imgThe IRS earlier this month revoked the tax-exempt status of 275,000 non-profit organizations, including several affiliated with USC, that failed to file required paperwork.The Pension Protection Act of 2006 requires that non-profit organizations, which are those that don’t distribute earned money to directors or investors, file an annual report with the IRS to remain tax-exempt. Under the law, organizations that don’t file for three consecutive years lose their tax-exempt status, and 2007 was the first year filing was required.Organizations on the IRS’ automatic revocation list must re-apply for tax-exempt status or they will be required to file a federal tax return and to pay federal income taxes. Additionally, any donations given to organizations that do not regain tax-exempt status will not be tax-deductible for the donors. Donations made before the IRS posted its revocation list are still tax-deductible.The IRS believes most of the 275,000 organizations on its list are defunct, but this is not the case for all the USC groups listed.David Walsh, a professor of psychology and an adviser for Psi Chi, a psychology honors society, said he believes the group’s tax-exempt status was revoked because of confusion on the part of the IRS.“The central office of Psi Chi files the tax exempt status reports for local chapters, and the IRS often fails to cross coordinate those filings,” Walsh said in an email. “I am looking into the matter, but suspect the present notice is an IRS computer operating without supervision.”Other groups say their inclusion on the list was not an error and isn’t a problem.For example, the earth sciences honor society Sigma Gamma Epsilon appears on the IRS’ auto-revocation list, but Josh West, an assistant professor of earth sciences and an adviser for the group, said because Sig Gam doesn’t generate revenue, its tax status is largely irrelevant.“I am not sure the organization was really taking advantage of its tax-exempt status in the first place, so I don’t see the new IRS rules really having much effect in the case of this society,” West said in an email.Most student organizations don’t file for non-profit status, according to Heather Larabee, USC’s assistant dean of students and director of campus affairs. Larabee added that the decision is left up to the individual groups.“It is not that common at all. Many look into the process, but very few follow through with the paperwork,” Larabee said in an email.The groups that do pursue tax-exempt status as non-profits often do so because they want to be able to collect donations or because they are part of a larger national organization, as is the case for Psi Chi and several other fraternities and sororities that file as non-profits.Several other USC-affiliated organizations ended up on the IRS’ list: the Intersorority Parents Council, SC Paw, the Staff Retirement Association, dental honors society Omicron Kappa Upsilon and medical honors society Alpha Omega Alpha. SC Paw appears to be defunct; the Staff Retirement Association is in the process of filing for reinstatement as a non-profit, according to Janette Brown, the executive director of USC’s Emeriti Center. Representatives from the other groups were unavailable for comment.For groups looking to regain their non-profit status, the IRS is planning to update its revocation list monthly. Organizations that earn less than $50,000 annually can also apply for transitional relief, which decreases the cost of re-applying for tax-exempt status.last_img read more

Volleyball seeking redemption at home

first_imgThe men’s volleyball team begins a four-game homestand with a rematch against No. 11 Cal State University Northridge Wednesday at the Galen Center.USC (2-8, 2-6) visited Northridge (7-4, 2-4) Jan. 15, for its 2016 MPSF home opener. USC was ranked No. 13 in the nation and CSU Northridge No. 14. The Matadors upset the Trojans in four sets (25-21, 23-25, 25-22, 25-19).Senior outside hitter and captain Alex Slaught led the team with 15 kills, but Northridge junior outside hitter Jakub Ciesla bettered him with a season high of 22. His teammate, redshirt freshman middle blocker Eric Chance, added 12 kills in 14 attempts in his debut performance against the Trojans.This time around as underdogs, USC brings a new lineup to the table.Sophomore setter Gert Lisha and junior middle blocker Andy Benesh, with hand and back injuries respectively, both missed the first match against the Matadors. Tonight, they will be on the court together for only the fourth time this season. The team is still adjusting to the new play style.“It’s a change,” head coach Jeff Nygaard said. “Jack [Yoder] and Gert are different in how they set. Gert likes pumping the middle and spraying the ball around. Each has their own style of play.”Lisha has started each of the last two matches at setter, and Nygaard is impressed with his quick improvement.“What I like most is that he went from Irvine, where he was a little undisciplined at the net, to San Diego, where he had five blocks against them. He was staying a little bit more disciplined and got rewarded for it,” Nygaard said.In the match against San Diego, Lisha was the team leader in blocks — a title that often goes to Benesh. Since his return from injury, though, Benesh has not put up the same dominant numbers at the net that were common last year in a season that earned him All-American Honorable Mention.“With Andy, it’s gonna just be getting [back to his] comfort level,” Nygaard said. “Having a whole month off, missing that training, takes its toll.”With the team getting healthy, Nygaard is excited for progress.“We’re running a better offense, currently,” Nygaard said. “Our outsides actually played really great against Northridge, [and] they’re improving daily.”Look for Slaught to have another big game and to be joined by breakout sophomore opposite Jon Rivera. Since MPSF play began, Rivera has passed Slaught as USC’s kills leader with 108 on the year.While Nygaard is impressed with the team’s growth, he expects more concentration and better communication.“We have got four important matches — all of them winnable — within a week, so it’s gonna be demanding,” Nygaard said. “Now is the time to be extremely mindful and extremely mature. Now is the time to really buckle down.”This four-game homestand marks the halfway point of MPSF play, so if the Trojans are going to get in position to make a run late in the season, they are going to have to get some wins this week.To expedite the team’s progress, Nygaard has made midseason adjustments to his communication with the team.“I’m recognizing that my method of communication for them has not been as received as I once thought,” Nygaard said. “It hasn’t been internalized or understood to the depths that I try to communicate, which is on me to recognize earlier and make sure that I’m streamlining things so that it’s more palatable to them so we can move forward. There has to be a bridging of the gap [between us], and once we get that, I think communication will get better.”While the team is still working out kinks in its communication on and off the court, Nygaard wants the team to play mindful and consistent ball rather than let emotions run the game.“Northridge consistently passes below the league average, so we need to be able to serve the ball with pace,” Nygaard said. “And that’s a mental trick to be able to do that consistently as opposed to just [hitting] the crap out of the ball.”Nygaard expects Northridge to be extremely physical, but USC has seen similar teams since their last matchup. The key for a USC victory will be their awareness on the court.“If we could be more in the moment, way more mindful of what we’re supposed to be doing, then we’re going to make monster gains moving forward,” Nygaard said.last_img read more

Another ExxonMobil drill ship heads to Guyana

first_imgExxonMobil has added a third drillship to its Guyana basin as the US based oil major ramps up exploration activities.“Following the close of the second quarter, the drillship Noble Tom Madden was awarded a contract for work offshore Guyana, which includes two firm wells, plus three optional wells. Re-activation of the rig from its warm stacked status has begun, with the contract expected to commence in October 2018,” said offshore drilling contractor, Noble Corporation in its second quarter report.The Noble Tom Madden is currently moored in an area in the Gulf of Mexico just south of New Orleans in the United States where rigs not in use are stored. With a lot of capacity in the industry, many drill ships are currently warm stacked or cold stacked awaiting contracts.This will be Noble’s second rig under contract to ExxonMobil in the Guyana basin. Developing Liza Field The Noble Bob Douglas is currently developing the Liza 1 Field for production with first-oil expected by early 2020. ExxonMobil says it has 19 targets to drill in what has become a world-class oil field.       To date, ExxonMobil has made eight discoveries out of 10 wells drilled and total reserves to date now stand at 4B barrels.Oil production is planned to begin in early 2020 with revenues for the country to begin being used for development projects soon after. Local operator ExxonMobil’s affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) is operator of the Stabroek Block, holding a 45 percent interest, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds 25 per cent interest.Noble owns and operates one of the most modern, versatile and technically advanced fleets in the offshore drilling industry. Noble performs, through its subsidiaries, contract drilling services with a fleet of 24 offshore drilling units, consisting of 12 drill ships and semisubmersibles and 12 jackups, focused largely on ultra-deep water and high-specification jackup drilling opportunities in both established and emerging regions worldwide.last_img read more

Black Sharks drowned by Morocco in opening game

first_imgGhana’s National Beach Soccer team, the Black Sharks failed to record their first point in the ongoing African Beach Soccer Championship , after they were thrashed 9-2 by the hosts, Morocco in a Group A opener at the El Jedida Beach Soccer Arena yesterday.The Moroccans showed their class few seconds into the game when Striker Nassim’s acrobatic effort beat Ghana goalie, Daniel Osabutey. The black sharks quickly pulled level after Divine Sappor turned in an expertly struck free kick.But that equalizer served the north Africans the tonic needed for the rest of the game as they overpowered the Ghanaians with their pace and tactical positioning.The Moroccans continued to create chances but Daniel Osabutey’s bravery kept them at bay till the final seconds of the first half when two more goals were let in courtesy Nasim and Boulakuaoba.The misery of the sharks on the night was heavily compounded in the second half, as the host team put four more goals past them much to the excitement of the vociferous Moroccan fans in the Arena.Ghana then got on the score sheet again through Joseph Larweh’s strike to inspire a possible come back in the final half of the game, but the dream was utterly shuttered. Striker Brigel widened the score margin. For Morocco’s Talisman, Nassim, his sharpness on the night earned him a well deserved hat-trick which wrapped the emphatic 9-2 Opening day Victory.The win sends Morocco to the top of Group A because of a superior goal margin than Senegal who beat Madagascar 7-3.Ghana’s hopes of making it to the Beach Soccer World Cup now hinge on the Next Game against the highly Favored Senegalese Team.In Group B defending champions Nigeria had a bright start to their campaign after beating Libya 8-4 to go top of the Group.Ivory Coast also showed class as they brushed aside Egypt with resounding 4-1 victory. The games continue today in both groups at the El Jedida Beach Soccer Arena.last_img read more