APPEA: LNG exports bump Australia’s economy

first_imgLiquefied natural gas (LNG) exports continue to underpin the ongoing growth and strength of Australia’s economy, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures.According to the National Accounts, resources and energy exports accounted for more than half of total growth in the June 2019 quarter with GDP growing by 0.5 percentage points.The value-added by the oil and gas industry to the Australian economy increased to $34.5 billion in 2018-19, a jump of 19 percent compared with 2017-18, according to the ABS figures.  The main driver of this growth was increased production from new LNG facilities.Commenting on the ABS findings, APPEA chief executive Andrew McConville said this reaffirmed the significance of LNG exports for sustaining Australia’s economic growth.“LNG exports are a vital source of strength for our economy and will provide decades of future growth and prosperity,” McConville said.“However, for the LNG sector to continue to thrive and be a key driver of the economy, exploration and development must be fostered not restricted – and industry must continue to have confidence to invest.“The best way to put downward pressure on gas prices remains more gas supply,” McConville said.He said if the industry can further explore and develop gas resources with far-sighted support from governments, Australia’s natural gas can continue to underpin a nation-building shift to a lower-carbon, sustainable energy economy.last_img read more

Assisted dying conscientious objection questions too early – court

first_imgStuff co.nz 17 June 2020Family First Comment: Significant concern for groups like Hospice NZ…“The judge said hospices and other organisations could refuse to provide assisted dying services. But there also had to be a way for health practitioners to meet their obligations if asked by someone in the care of the hospice or organisation. It was not for the court to suggest ways those two positions could work together, the judge said. One of the questions was whether Crown funding for hospices could be declined if they were not offering assisted dying because of conscientious objection. The judge said questions about funding would have to await a case where the funding process was in issue.” And Hospice will pay the cost! Lose lose.A judge says it’s too early to clarify how conscientious objection rights for assisted dying might work in hospices.Hospice New Zealand, an umbrella organisation for all hospice services, wanted answers about how conscientious objection would operate if the End of Life Choice Act was accepted in the referendum in September.It hoped the answers would help inform debate on the referendum, and it wanted voters to be clear what they were being asked to decide.Hospice NZ was opposed to euthanasia or assisted suicide and a cornerstone of its care was to neither hasten nor postpone death.It took a case to the High Court in Wellington asking for declarations on the legal position but Justice Jill Mallon said in general the questions could not be decided until the issues arose against particular facts.A referendum on whether to put into force the End of Life Choice Act is to be run alongside the general election, and if the vote was “yes” the act would take effect a year after the result was declared.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/121860950/assisted-dying-conscientious-objection-questions-too-early–courtKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Barcelona youngster dumps former agent for Jorge Mendes

first_img Read Also: UCL: Bayern must tighten defence against PSG in final, warns Flick Fati – born in Guinea Bissau, who now has Spanish nationality and also qualifies to represent Portugal – scored and assisted on his first start for the Blaugrana in their 5-2 win over Valencia in September and his level of performance has generated a great level of excitement. Fati has subsequently become a Spain Under-21 international in recent months after his nationality papers were processed. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterLaugh, Cry, Or Just Relax With The Best Series Streaming On HBO10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This) Loading… center_img Barcelona youngster Ansu Fati has switched his agent to Jorge Mendes having previously been represented by the brother of Lionel Messi. According to Marca, the 17-year-old has now left the agency of Rodrigo Messi, who controlled his affairs from his first-team debut for the Blaugrana back in August 2019. Jorge Mendes Fati is now the second Barcelona player to be under the control of Mendes, with Nelson Semedo his other famous clients like Cristiano Ronaldo as while as James Rodriguez,  his only player currently at Real Madrid. The father Bori Fati is said to retain a key role in his son’s future with the report adding that Manchester United remain interested in the player, who has a €170m release clause.Advertisementlast_img read more

Martinez praise for Scharner

first_img The Austria defender became a hugely popular figure during a four-and-a-half year stint with the club when he joined from Brann in 2005. A scorer in the 2-1 last-day win at Sheffield United which secured Wigan’s survival in 2007, Scharner’s wacky dress sense also earned him hero status and following his exit to West Brom, the defender opted not to celebrate when he scored against his old club last season. And, when Martinez came calling during the mid-season transfer window, Scharner had no hesitation in accepting, even though he was only six months into a two-year contract with Hamburg. Martinez said: “Paul has been a very good influence so far.” Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has hailed the impact Paul Scharner has had following his return to the DW Stadium in January. Press Associationcenter_img Once again he finds himself embroiled in a relegation fight, and cast in the role of key man following the recent injuries to fellow defenders Antolin Alcaraz and Maynor Figueroa Martinez added: “He brought a real experience at the back and has taken a lot of responsibility in helping the team to get results. Obviously he had prior knowledge of the club, which meant he didn’t need any adaptation or transitional period.” Scharner’s popularity could be a crucial factor in ensuring Wigan’s supporters stay with their team for a tense three weeks, in which huge doubts over their Premier League future are clouding a first appearance in the FA Cup final. On Saturday, Scharner heads back to West Brom with his team five points adrift of safety and time running out to save themselves. Wigan do have the knowledge of losing just once in their last four visits to the Hawthorns, including gaining a narrow victory last season. But clearly Wigan are reaching the point of no return, which is why they are urging supporters to make the trip down the M6. “The relationship between the players and the fans is crucial at this stage of the season,” said Martinez. “Paul has always been an admired player by the fans and he brings that chemistry. It is important we are closer than ever because of the magnificent year it can be. “We need to make sure we keep playing our football and use every opportunity in the league to get the points we deserve.” last_img read more

McIlroy strengthens Open chances

first_img McIlroy led the 2010 Open at St Andrews after an opening 63 only to shoot 80 in the second round in atrocious conditions. Four years on he benefited from being on the right side of the draw with an early start on Thursday and late start on Friday, a day which had caused him so many problems this season. In 2014 he had been 50 under par in the first round and nine over in the second until Friday’s 66 saw him match Woods’ halfway total of 132 from 2006. The 72 players who made the halfway cut – including Woods right on the mark of two over par – had been sent out in groups of three rather than two, with defending champion Mickelson alongside past and present US PGA champions Jason Dufner and Keegan Bradley in the first match out. McIlroy, looking to become just the third man in the modern era after Woods and Nicklaus to win three majors by the age of 25, began his third round just after 11am and immediately saw his four-shot advantage cut in half. The former world number one found a greenside bunker with his approach to the first and a poor escape led to just his second bogey of the week, while playing partner Dustin Johnson holed from three feet for birdie. As Johnson’s challenge faded with a hat-trick of bogeys, Fowler took up the charge with four birdies in his first six holes and three more in succession from the 10th – coupled with a McIlroy bogey on the 12th – meant the Florida neighbours were tied on 12 under par. Four holes later Fowler was five behind after carding three bogeys in four holes as McIlroy birdied the 14th and hit a 252-yard four-iron onto the 16th green to set up an eagle from 18 feet. McIlroy also bogeyed the 17th from a similar place as Fowler – who is the only player to finish in the top five in both majors this season – and although Fowler made birdie on the last, McIlroy stamped his authority on the tournament with another eagle from 10 feet. “Obviously the finish speaks for itself,” he said. Loud and clear. A “significant risk” of storms and an amber weather warning led the R&A to employ a two-tee start for the first time in championship history on Saturday, with play getting under way at 9am from the first and 10th tee. But with perfect timing a spell of heavy rain ended in time for the leaders to tee off and returned as McIlroy gave his post-round press conference after repelling a spirited challenge from fellow 25-year-old Rickie Fowler with two eagles in the last three holes. A round of 68 gave McIlroy a 16-under-par total of 200 – just two shots outside the all-time Open record set by Tom Lehman in 1996 – and a six-shot lead over Fowler, who also returned a 68. Spain’s Sergio Garcia and American Dustin Johnson were a shot further back on nine under. McIlroy will now attempt to become the second wire-to-wire winner of a major in succession after Martin Kaymer won the US Open at Pinehurst last month by eight shots, the same margin by which McIlroy won the 2011 US Open and 2012 US PGA Championship. And if the Northern Irishman succeeds in lifting the Claret Jug, the winner of the Open will have completed three legs of the career grand slam for the second year running. Phil Mickelson’s victory at Muirfield means he needs to win the US Open to join Gene Sarazen, Ben Hogan, Gary Player, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as the only men to have won all four majors. For McIlroy, the Masters would be the only trophy missing from his collection, a tournament he led by four going into the final round in 2011 only to collapse to a closing 80. “It would mean a lot of hype going into Augusta next year,” McIlroy correctly predicted when asked about the impact of winning on Sunday. “Not a lot of people have achieved the career grand slam and if everything goes the right way tomorrow, to get three-quarters of the way there is some achievement by the age of 25. “I’d be in pretty illustrious company so it would mean an awful lot. I never thought that I’d be able to be in this position. I didn’t think that I’d even have the chance at 25 to go for three legs of the grand slam so I’m going to try to put all of that out of my head. “It would be way too much to think about and way too much to ponder. First things first. Just play a good solid round of golf tomorrow and if that means that I’m going to Augusta next year with a bit of hype, then so be it.” The predicted thunderstorms failed to materialise, but Rory McIlroy provided plenty of fireworks to take a stranglehold on the 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. Press Associationlast_img read more

Man claims he was discriminated against after he denied access to a children’s ride

first_imgA man standing just 3 feet 9 inches tall says he believes he was discriminated against after staff at Busch Gardens told him that he could not ride a kiddie ride with his friends daughter.The incident occurred Sunday.According to the report, Shane Moore says his friend’s daughter was afraid to ride the Gwazi Gliders by herself so meeting the height guidelines of being under 56 inches, and having ridden the ride in the past, Moore believed he could go on the ride with the child. When the attendant did their final check of the ride, however, Moore was kicked off of the ride for being too old.Moore stating that the guideline said nothing about the age of the rider, then reported the incident to another staff member who told him that he should have been able to go on the ride.Busch Gardens has since released a statement regarding the incident:“There is nothing more important than the safety of our guests and employees. Rides, like Gwazi Gliders, are designed and operated according to industry standards and safety guidelines as well as manufacturer specifications. For this particular ride, there are restrictions that deal with both height and age. Children must be 56” or less in order to ride, and no adults are allowed. We apologize for any confusion, and continue to remain committed to providing excellent guest service for all our visitors.”last_img read more

Trojans capture five-peat

first_imgIt’s that time of year again: ring-fitting season for the USC men’s water polo squad.  The No. 1 USC squad (29-0) danced on the edge of defeat the entire match, but scored when it mattered most, using a last-minute strike to defeat No. 2 UCLA (28-5) 11-10 for a record fifth-consecutive NCAA title.Champions · The USC men’s water polo team won its fifth-straight national championship by defeating UCLA 11-10 on Sunday afternoon. The Trojans finished the season 29-0, the second undefeated season in school history. – Sean Roth | Daily TrojanAfter being tied or trailing the entire second half, sophomore driver Kostas Genidounias scored a play called “Candy,” wriggling himself free from his defender and rocketing the title-clinching goal past UCLA goalie Matt Rapacz with 40 seconds remaining. The Trojans forced a UCLA turnover on the Bruins’ final possession, played keep-away for approximately 15 seconds with the ball and then celebrated.“Kostas is the man,” said senior two-meter Matt Burton. “That kid doesn’t feel pressure, he lives for that moment.”The play was actually called by senior driver Tobias Preuss, and not coach Jovan Vavic.“What a game … what a game,” Vavic said. “They [UCLA] executed really well, but our guys have been there before. They [USC] know how to win, and they have a great heart. When we needed to stop [UCLA] at the end of the game, we did.”Due to  his play in the final two games, senior driver Michael Rosenthal was named NCAA Tournament Most Valuable Player, especially after scoring two clutch goals in the final period.“I can’t believe it, honestly,” said Rosenthal on going five-for-five on national titles during his time as a Trojan. “I wanted to come to ‘SC to see how I could get at water polo, and the decision to stay for this fifth year  — and oh boy, best decision I ever made.”Junior driver Nikola Vavic and Genidounias were also named first Team All-Tournament, while Preuss, junior utility Mace Rapsey, and junior goalie James Clark were named to the second Team. The Trojans tied their season worst with ten goals allowed, but only two of those came in the second half, where Clark shined the most.A sold-out crowd at McDonald’s Swim Stadium made for an atmosphere worthy of a title match, and the squads did not disappoint.Junior two-meter Connor Virjee whipped a hard shot past UCLA goalie Matt Rapacz on the Trojans’ first possession to start the Trojans off right, but UCLA’s Bret Lathrope answered a minute and a half later to even the score early.After UCLA swatted away a Rex Butler shot on the Trojans’ 6-on-5, the Bruins’ Danny McClintick rocked a long-distance shot past USC goalie James Clark to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.A defensive lapse left UCLA’s Chris Fahlsing open three possessions later, and a lob shot by Paul Reynolds soon after put the Trojans in unfamiliar territory, trailing 4-1. UCLA set the tone with their physical playing style, and things almost got ugly when Preuss had his nose bloodied, then got in a scrum with Rapacz after a missed USC shot. The Trojans allowed just under six goals per game in the regular season, but let in five in just the first period and trailed 5-3 at the end of the first frame.USC capitalized on a 6-on-4 advantage at the 6:17 mark of the second period with a Michael Rosenthal strike, then Nikola Vavic found the goal with one of his signature upper-corner strikes on the next possession to tie the match at 5 apiece. Blood wiped from his face, Preuss rocketed another shot in to give the Trojans three goals in three possessions and a 6-5 lead, and UCLA’s early three-goal lead was gone.Their confidence however, was not. The Bruins found their offensive rhythm back and railed off three goals in a row of their own. A testy second period that saw both squad’s head coaches receive yellow cards ended with USC trailing 8-6.Once again, USC scored on its first possession of the half, on a corner shot from Rosenthal to cut the deficit to one. A third period full of fouls but much-improved defense ended at 9-8 after USC responded to a UCLA goal by finding Mace Rapsey for a close-range strike thanks to some pinpoint passing.The championship atmosphere was palpable in the final period, as both sides’ defenses stepped up to the occasion. Rosenthal found Burton with a lob pass early in the period, and Burton slammed it home to even the match at nine until UCLA’s Josh Samuels found the back of USC’s net with 3:09 left.What happened next was a controversial call that nearly had UCLA screaming foul. A USC pass went out toward the out-of-bounds rope, but stopped moving before it hit the rope and thus stayed in-bounds. USC recovered the ball, and Rosenthal completed his hat trick to tie the match at 10.A shot by Rosenthal narrowly hit the bar and skipped out on USC’s next possession but James Clark slapped away a UCLA shot on the counter.The Bruins’ Josh Samuels and Daniel Lenhart both missed open, but long-range shots, with Lenhart’s strike skipping over the ball with 46 seconds remaining, setting up Genidounias’s title-winning shot.“This one is really going to hurt,” UCLA coach Adam Wright said. “We were in a great situation, up one with three minutes left. Give credit to [USC]: they won, [and] five times is something tough to do.This is the second undefeated season in program history for the Trojans and is Jovan Vavic’s eleventh NCAA title, his eighth for a men’s team.last_img read more

Morelli, Maier pick up MPSF awards

first_imgComing off a blowout of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and an upset of No. 2 California last week, the No. 3 men’s water polo team had a couple of players bring home hardware for their efforts in extending the Trojans’ win streak to 10 games.Junior driver Matteo Morelli was named the MPSF Player of the Week and freshman two-meter Matt Maier took home MPSF Newcomer of the Week honors. It is Morelli’s first selection as player of the week and Maier’s second honor as the top newcomer in the league for the week. Morelli was the star in the 10-6 win over Cal at Uytengsu Aquatics Center last Saturday, recording four goals, two assists and two steals. Morelli scored the game’s first goal three minutes in to set the tone, and then netted an insurance goal in the fourth quarter to give the Trojans a three-goal lead.The junior also had a hat trick against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps last Thursday, a 22-2 win for USC. Morelli recorded the first three goals of the game along with two assists and a steal. His 33 goals puts him second on team in scoring behind junior Blake Edwards, who has 36. Maier scored twice last week, once in each game. He had a goal and an assist in the win over Cal, with his goal putting USC ahead 5-3. He has 15 goals on the season, scoring in 11 games.The Trojans sport an 18-1 record and are perfect at home. They wrap up the regular season at home with games against San Jose State on Sunday and UCLA on Nov. 12.last_img read more

Super League Gaming expands league roster and adds four new teams

first_imgSuper League Gaming, one of the world’s top amateur esports leagues, has announced the addition of four new teams with an expansion of its league roster.  These are the Atlanta Bashers, the Tampa Bay Dungeoneers, the Philadelphia Specters, and Washington D.C. Conspirators. The U.S. focused expansion is great news for amateur esports fans in these cities in particular, and means that the league’s reach has grown to sixteen cities in total. Each of the new city teams will compete nationwide in both Minecraft and League of Legends tournaments. To date, Super League Gaming has hosted more than 1,500 events with over 10,000 amateur players attending through two eventful years of play.“With our expanded sixteen city national footprint, Super League Gaming has truly established itself as the go-to place for amateur esports experiences,” said Ann Hand, CEO Super League Gaming. “The league’s addition of Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. highlights the incredible growth and hunger for this type of premium gaming competition. We are excited to further showcase how our city teams are the best portal for aspiring gamers looking to go pro.”“We’re thrilled Super League Gaming has expanded to our nation’s capital,” remarked Zach Leonsis, Senior Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Monumental Sports & Entertainment. “Washington D.C. has a storied tradition of being home to professional teams competing at the highest level, and we are excited the Conspirators are joining the city to ignite the amateur esports community, given our deep commitment to esports competition of all levels.” Ann Hand, SLGRegistration information for League of Legends City Championships is live now, and fans will find activity dates, locations, and other details for the new teams at https://champs.superleague.com/leagueoflegends.Additional partnerships with leading esports titles will be added to Super League Gaming’s roster throughout 2018.We caught up with Super League Gaming CEO Ann Hand, and were able to ask her a few questions.ESI: Do SLG have plans and aspirations to expand beyond the USA? Ann: Yes, we will be announcing a next wave of cities in 2018 that will include will include two teams in China!ESI: How is the planning to go about tying these teams in with their local cities, and engaging city residents who might not necessarily be esports fans? Ann: Our vision for our city clubs is that they are community platforms for all things local to gamers whether you play in one of our leagues or just enjoy rooting for your hometown and being a spectator.  As we launch new game titles and expand our network of partner locations, there will be a variety of ways for gamers to participate in the Super League experience.ESI: Can you share additional thoughts on teams securing local level sponsorships and partners, just as lower league football clubs do in the UK?Ann: Yes, we have just started to engage with local partners whether they’re gaming venues or brands that represent a piece of the local gamer lifestyle.  Local sponsorships will enable us to create more premium experiences for our gamers, and also represent the aspects of gamer lifestyle unique to that city.Esports Insider says: Great news from Super League Gaming with the new city based teams, and it’s particularly exciting to hear from CEO Ann Hand about SLG’s plans beyond this and the forthcoming addition of teams in China and beyond.last_img read more

“I need to get at least a draw from Hearts of Oak”- Olympics coach Annor Walker

first_imgGreat Olympics head coach, Annor Walker, is hoping to avoid defeat in the Accra Derby against Hearts of Oak on Wednesday to ease the team’s relegation woes;Olympics are currently 15th on the league table and they have 14 points; 4 behind the Phobians and they are hoping to record consecutive wins for the first time this season in the league.Over the weekend, they got themselves a 2-0 home victory over Dwarfs at the Accra Sports Stadium and Walker is hoping that his team will not fall short of expectations as they face their more illustrious city rivals in their first league meeting of the season.“I respect Hearts of Oak a lot but I really need the points to help me move up the table. It will not be an easy match but I know that by the end of the day, I will get at least from the Accra Sports Stadium.”Walkers will miss the services of his most experienced midfielder, Gladson Awako, who suffered a hand injury in the match against Dwarfs. Walker stated after that a replacement would be needed for Awako.“When he left the match, it really cost us but there is nothing I can do now. I have built the team around and he will have to be replaced when we face Hearts.However, the challenge is that the stand-in will not have Awako’s experience especially the way he plays behind the strikers but I will have to work on that player so he can do a job for me.”Since the turn of the millenium, Olympics have been the dominated side in the Accra derby. They have only one win as compared to the 10 recorded by Hearts.The two teams have drawn the derby seven times and Hearts have put 26 goals past Olympics while the “Dade Boys” have scored 11 times.last_img read more