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first_img Its fourth quarter update announcement adds to the roughly $18bn in writedowns that Shell has already disclosed this year (Credit: Royal Dutch Shell) Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) will double to 700 million tonnes (Mt) by 2040, with the increase driven by Asian markets, according to Royal Dutch Shell.LNG has grown in popularity within the industry in recent years — providing a lower-carbon alternative to coal in electricity generation as energy firms seek to reduce their carbon footprints amid growing climate pressure.The Anglo-Dutch oil major said demand for LNG in 2019 grew by 12.5% to 359 Mt, with a record 40 Mt of additional supply coming online during the year.Shell director for integrated gas and new energies Maarten Wetselaar said: “Record supply investments will meet people’s growing need for the most flexible and cleanest-burning fossil fuel.“While we see weak market conditions today due to record new supply coming in, two successive mild winters and the coronavirus situation, we expect equilibrium to return — driven by a combination of continued demand growth and reduction in new supply coming on-stream until the mid-2020s.” The Anglo-Dutch energy major believes global LNG demand will double in the next two decades, driven largely by Asian markets as they seek to decarbonise Global LNG demand boosted by coal-to-gas switchingCoal-to-gas switching in Europe contributed to the majority of supply growth, with imports replacing declining domestic production and lower gas imports from pipelines.The International Energy Agency recently attributed a stabilisation in global carbon dioxide (CO2) emission levels largely to the transition from coal to gas across the industry — as well as higher nuclear power generation and the growth of renewables.In Asia, there was only “modest” growth in LNG imports during the year, dampened by mild weather and higher nuclear generation in Japan and South Korea — two key markets for the commodity.Imports in China increased by 14% in 2019, as part of efforts to increase air quality by reducing pollution caused by power generation.Asia is forecast to be the most important region for LNG demand growth over the next two decades, with gas poised to play a “significant role” in shaping its transition to a lower-carbon energy system.Shell believes South and South-East Asia, in particular, will account for more than half of new demand for the fuel over this period.Despite this confidence in the long-term outlook for LNG, the company cautioned that near-term supply growth is expected to slow while the last in a series of new projects under construction move towards completion next year.center_img Oil majors backing LNG to fuel energy transitionOil and gas majors have put a lot of weight behind natural gas as a “transitional” fuel capable of sustaining the industry during this period of decarbonisation and clean energy switching.In the US, the world’s biggest producer of natural gas, prices of the commodity are at their lowest level for years as a result of record production levels.Shell claims the fuel emits roughly half the amount of greenhouse gas emissions that coal does, and less than one-tenth of the air pollutants, during electricity generation.Critics, however, warn that simply replacing one fossil fuel in coal with another, slightly less carbon-heavy counterpart, is not sufficient action to combat climate change.They point specifically to the high methane content of natural gas, the second-biggest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide, which enters the atmosphere during oil and gas extraction and distribution through leaks, as well as flaring and venting practices.last_img read more


first_imgOne of the moments from last Thursday’s showdown between USC and California — one which will only continue to reinforce outdated notions — remains a fourth-down play in the opening minutes.Facing a fourth-and-goal from its eight-yard line on its first drive of the game, USC lined up in a rather unusual formation and quickly snapped the ball to senior tight end Rhett Ellison, who was lined up to the left of the offensive line.But Ellison fumbled the ball and Cal recovered. The game was still knotted up at zero. The Trojans’ momentum was essentially gone. The reset button was pressed.“That’s no fun,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said when asked why he chose not to kick a more conventional 25-yard field goal. “We’re on ESPN; we’ve got to do something.”Though the comments made in jest were attempted to elicit a few laughs, they’ve come to assume a larger significance: Kiffin and USC are not just bold, they’re brash.The chant “Big Balls Pete” was recited so often throughout the last decade that the expectation is that Kiffin, as well, wears the same pants as his predecessor.But they’re different.On Thursday, nothing about USC, fourth-and-goal play aside, was particularly unconventional. USC ran the ball 37 times; it passed the ball 35 times. It kicked extra points, too. Perhaps, most importantly, it didn’t turn it over — Cal did on five different occasions.Nobody will admit it, but Kiffin and company have to love playing Cal. It would seem so anyway.The Golden Bears haven’t beaten USC since 2003 — a triple overtime victory over the Trojans in Berkeley — when Aaron Rodgers was under center. It’s been a while — eight years in fact. Junior quarterback Matt Barkley was in the seventh grade. Kiffin was the Trojans’ wide receivers coach.Jeff Tedford, who took over as Cal’s coach in 2002, has beaten USC just once.During the last four games, USC has won by a combined margin of 125-29. In fact, only once during that span has Cal posted double-digit point totals — 14 in last season’s loss.In turn, USC did everything it needed to do against Cal. It didn’t lose. It played it safe. It protected the ball and it watched the Golden Bears seemingly self-destruct.It didn’t need to call pass plays on third-and-18. It didn’t need specialized two-point conversion attempts, either.All it had to do was watch quarterback Zach Maynard try to beat them and he couldn’t. He completed just 58 percent of his passes without a touchdown. He threw three interceptions. He fumbled on his team’s first offensive series.It was a performance for Cal that mirrored that of Kevin Riley a year ago when the then-senior quarterback completed less than 50 percent of his passes in addition to two interceptions.“Mistakes, turnovers, you can’t beat a good football team like USC when you turn the ball over five times,” Tedford said. “We just need to find a way to put it all together.”The secret to beating Cal — although it’s not much of a secret these days — certainly appears to be letting Cal self-destruct. Cal commits turnovers. It commits penalties. It somehow manages to give a game away.USC emerged victorious by a three-touchdown margin, though you wouldn’t have noticed.Most fans, most media types, mostly everyone, wanted style points. They wanted USC to not only limit an opponent to less than 10 points — the first time since November 2009 — but put on a record-setting offensive display akin to its Oct. 1 performance against Arizona.During the weekend, No. 1 LSU won 38-7, No. 2 Alabama won 52-7, No. 3 Oklahoma won 47-17 and No. 4 Wisconsin won 59-7.But the Trojans aren’t a top-five team. They have flaws. The depth of talent isn’t there.None of that, however, warrants an obituary.USC is 5-1.It hasn’t played the top teams on its schedule in Oregon or Stanford, sure, but a winning percentage of .800 and a tie for first place in the Pac-12 South isn’t necessarily something to shrug off, either, especially at the midway point of the season.With limitations, the Trojans aren’t going to beat any team by 50 points, but 10 wins this season is certainly attainable by playing it safe.The Trojans didn’t turn it over Thursday. Cal did and did often. Being conservative, offensively anyway, isn’t flashy. It isn’t going to wow most voters — USC is still three spots out of the Associated Press top-25 poll.But if USC is still scouring for a recipe for success in the hopes of besting last season’s win total, this should work out just fine. “The 19th Hole” runs Mondays. To comment on this article email Joey at [email protected] or visit dailytrojan.com.last_img read more


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first_imgSt Jago High and Bridgeport High will meet in a top clash in Group G of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA)/FLOW Manning Cup football competition at the Spanish Town Prison Oval in St Catherine today, starting at 3 p.m.Both teams enter the game on seven points apiece from three games, but St Jago have a better goal difference. The St Jago team has scored four goals with none against, while former champions Bridgeport scored four times with two goals against.With an automatic FLOW Cup spot at stake for the group winner and also spots in the Manning Cup second round and Walker Cup knockout competitions, the teams are aware of the importance of getting a positive result.St Jago’s head coach, Glen ‘Bobby Reds’ Laing, says the game is a big test.”This game’s gonna be the test in the group. I am hearing that they (Bridgeport) are a strong running team,” Laing told The Gleaner yesterday.He also pointed out that “our defence is tight and yet to concede this season, but we have some young players up front, so we have to be patient”.Laing’s main players include captain Akeem Chambers, Jelani Thomas and Shaquille Wright.Assistant coach of Bridgeport, Jason Grant, says his team’s approach is to win each game.LEAD THE CHARGE”It is a very important game as both teams are in the lead on points. We have to go out there and continue to work for each other,” Grant reasoned.Bridgeport will look to players such as captain Kyle Ming, Shakeem Powell and Donte Green to lead the charge for full points.In other games in the group, Calabar High will look to for their second win in four days when they face Cumberland and Hydel are highly fancied to beat lowly Campion College.Meanwhile, Kingston College (KC), with maximum nine points from three games, will look to move further ahead when they face third-placed Ascot High in Group C at the National Stadium, starting at 3 p.m.Ascot on the other hand will look to spoil KC’s record and stay in contention in the group.The Ludlow Bernard-coached KC have been the most impressive team in the competition. They have scored 10 goals and are yet to concede. Rashawn Mackinson is the Purples’ top player, with seven goals. He should get good support from Fabian Grant, Nathan Thomas and Javain Brown.Today’s gamesKingston College vs AscotDenham Town vs St Mary’s CollegeNorman Manley vs PapineMeadwobrook vs Haile SelassieJonathan Grant vs St CatherineArdenne vs Pembroke HallWolmer’s Boys vs Jose MartiDunoon vs Edith Dalton JamesKTHS vs CamperdownCumberland vs CalabarCampion College vs HydelSt Jago vs Bridgeport(Home teams are named first and all games start at 3 p.m.)last_img read more


first_imgFulham are looking at former Liverpool forward Ryan Babel, according to the Daily Mail.He has apparently fallen out with coach Markus Babbel at Hoffenheim, prompting speculation about his futureMeanwhile, the Daily Mirror suggest Fulham face competition from two of Germany’s top clubs for the signing of midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.It is claimed Reo-Coker, who is a free agent after activating a release clause in his Bolton contact when they were relegated, is being chased by Hamburg and Wolfsburg.Fulham are said to have expressed an interest in the 28-year-old since Danny Murphy’s departure from Craven Cottage.This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img


first_img … OAKLAND — The Raiders let a 28-21 third-quarter lead slip away (surprise!) and fell to the Colts, 42-28, on Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum.With a Thursday night showdown awaiting between the 1-6 Raiders and the 1-7 49ers, what can Jon Gruden possibly do to salvage any pride for him and his team this season?Bay Area News Group Raiders beat writers Matt Schneidman and Jerry McDonald analyze the latest Raiders’ loss, and provide a glimpse at the future for a team in disarray.last_img


first_imgWith Hilde Schwab on her right, YvonneChaka Chaka makes her Crystal Awardacceptance speech.(Image: World Economic Forum) Chaka Chaka at the launch of the Proudto be campaign in Nairobi.(Image: Proud to be)MEDIA CONTACTS • Pru SmithRoll Back Malaria+41 22 791 4586• Princess of Africa Foundation+27 11 463 5986RELATED ARTICLES• SA songbird backs malaria fight• Malaria cases halved in SA• Defeating malaria ‘within reach’• Malaria-proof mosquito a reality• Roger Milla, Fifa give malaria the bootSource: World Health OrganisationSouth Africa’s Yvonne Chaka Chaka, popular singer-songwriter and Goodwill Ambassador for the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, has become the first African woman to receive the World Economic Forum‘s (WEF) Crystal Award.The award is given each year to successful artists who have used their art to “improve the state of the world”, according to the WEF.She was honoured along with French filmmaker, screenwriter and producer Luc Besson, and Japanese-American classical violinist Midori Gotō, founder of the Midori Foundation.Chaka Chaka received the award during the opening ceremony of the WEF’s 2012 annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, from Hilde Schwab, co-founder of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurs.Schwab – the wife of WEF founder Klaus Schwab – commended the singer for her tireless work for major global health issues affecting women and children, in particular malaria control through medication and the use of bed nets.She said: “For many years Yvonne Chaka Chaka has used her voice to draw attention to the causes that will change the lives of millions – from ending apartheid to improving maternal and child health. She has clearly understood her opportunities to do good and the access her powerful voice allows, through both song and conversation, to reach and influence those who can act.”Schwab said the WEF was honoured to name her as a Crystal Award laureate.Making a differenceThe Crystal Awards initiative arose from a suggestion by the American-born violinist and humanitarian Yehudi Menuhin, toKlaus Schwab 17 years ago.Since then the award has been given to those outstanding people who have made a difference in the world of arts and culture.Previous winners have included, amongst others, actors Richard Gere and Emma Thompson, the renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma, tenor José Carreras, Senegalese singer Youssou N’Dour, and music legend Quincy Jones.Accepting the award, Chaka Chaka expressed her pleasure that global leaders have acknowledged that investing in health issues will positively affect economic growth.“You don’t have to be an economist to realise that if children stay healthy they can go to school and grow up to be productive members of their communities, their parents don’t have to miss work to look after them, and tough choices don’t have to be made between buying medicines or food,” she said. “And sick parents don’t have to miss work or worse still, leave their children orphans.”She stressed the importance of communication, information and education in the fight against global health challenges such as malaria.“Healthy people build healthy economies,” she said.Distinguished careerDuring her 27-year career, Chaka Chaka has shared the stage with stars such as Bono and Beyoncé.While he was imprisoned, former president Nelson Mandela wrote to her, saying that her music was sustaining him. Fittingly, her award marks the 20th anniversary of Mandela’s attendance at the 1992 WEF Davos meeting. In 2011Her recent documentary film, A Motherland Tour – A Journey of African Women, took her around the world to promote the successes of those engaged in the daily battle against HIV/Aids, tuberculosis and malaria.Towards the end of 2011 she teamed up with fellow Roll Back Malaria Goodwill Ambassador, Youssou N’Dour, to record Proud to Be, a song produced by Interpol to raise public awareness of the dangers posed by counterfeit medicines. The campaign was launched in Nairobi in October 2011.Chaka Chaka’s campaign against malaria – which, although preventable and curable, still kills over 2 000 children a day in Africa – began when a member of her band died from the disease in 2004.She became the first Goodwill Ambassador for the global Roll Back Malaria Partnership. She is also Unicef Goodwill Ambassador for Malaria in Africa, the UN Millennium Development Goals Envoy for Africa, and was chosen by Nelson Mandela as the first ambassador for his children’s fund.She has her own charity, the Princess of Africa Foundation.last_img read more


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