Saudi oil supply hits record as price war rages

first_imgSaudi Arabia boosted crude oil supply to record levels Wednesday, with state giant Aramco offering 18.8 million barrels on a single day despite a global supply glut as a price war rages with Russia.Aramco’s announcement comes after a deal to limit crude output between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers, including Russia, expired on Tuesday.The move comes despite pressure from Washington, with US President Donald Trump offering on Tuesday to help resolve the price war between Moscow and Riyadh that has sent crude prices plummeting to 18-year lows. On Monday, Saudi Arabia said it would increase exports further to a record 10.6 million barrels per day from May, deepening a glut on world markets.The kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, had already announced a sharp production increase for April.Saudi Arabia had been exporting around 7.0 million barrels per day under an output reduction agreement among a 24-member producer alliance known as OPEC+, which included Russia.OPEC+ failed to reach an agreement on further production cuts to shore up sagging prices as the coronavirus battered the global economy last month.Trump on Tuesday said he had spoken with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman by phone with the aim of halting the slide.Analysts say Riyadh is engaged in a deliberate long-term strategy to capture greater market share by pressuring its high-cost rivals.The price war has hit shale oil producers in the US, with Trump saying the production dispute threatened “thousands and thousands” of jobs.In a letter last week to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a group of US senators accused Saudi Arabia and Russia of waging “economic warfare against the United States”.Topics : “As the world demands economic stability, Aramco remains committed to supplying the world with energy,” the oil giant said in a statement.”The company is breaking records to supply 15 tankers loading more than 18.8 million barrels of oil,” it added.Aramco also released aerial footage of multiple oil tankers being loaded at sea.The threat of a global recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic had already hammered prices when Riyadh pledged last month to raise exports after a production-cut agreement among top producers flopped.last_img read more

Classic Queenslander in Toowong boasts charming colonial features and panoramic vistas

first_img40 Gregory St, Toowong.COMBINING inner-city proximity with suburban tranquillity, this Queenslander named Leumeah delivers an enviable lifestyle.Colonial features such as polished cypress-pine floors and stained-glass windows blend seamlessly with modern luxuries, including automated gates and airconditioning. The ground-floor entry to the home at 40 Gregory Tce, Toowong, is preceded by a bougainvillea-laced arbour and a wraparound patio with space for lounge seatingA well-lit office and a bedroom with built-in wardrobes sit either side of a wide hallway. Both rooms have bay windows and open out to the patio through french doors. The nearby laundry also has its own dedicated slice of patio for drying, and there is a powder room. 40 Gregory St, Toowong.The main bedroom is a retreat with its city views, bay window, walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. The other two bedrooms come with built-in wardrobes and share a well-appointed bathroom with a claw-foot shower bath.A wraparound veranda offers stunning city skyline views and a serene setting in which to relax or entertain.The oversized two-car garage offers extra room for establishing a workshop or storing belongings. An automated irrigation system connected to two rainwater tanks makes maintaining the back yard easy.Agent Andrew Degn said Leumeah’s fusion of original heritage features with contemporary hues and finishes created a rare tapestry of discerning comfort and style. BS 40 Gregory St, Toowong.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours agoThe hallway eventually meets the property’s social hub, an open-plan lounge and dining room highlighted by ornate hanging candle lights and leadlight windows.The adjacent kitchen has a galley-style design with wooden finishes and stainless steel appliances.Outdoor living takes place on a covered timber patio. Ceiling fans, ample room for dining and a serving window from the kitchen make this an ideal entertaining space. It looks out over a sprawling back yard.Wooden stairs with a traditional balustrade lead up to the first floor, where a study nook and additional living room provide informal family spaces.last_img read more

Bicyclist injured in Franklin County mishap

first_imgFranklin County, In. — A Saturday afternoon crash at the intersection of Horseshoe Bend Road and Franklin Road injured a bicyclist according to a report from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department.At 12:12 p.m. a car driven by William Davidson, 44, of Brookville, was southbound on Horseshoe Bend Road attempting to turn onto Franklin Road. Davidson was unable to see 44-year old William Mears, also of Brookville, on a bicyle and struck him. The collision threw Mears from the bike.Mears was transported by private vehicle to a local hospital with leg and hip injuries.last_img read more

Extra patrols planned through 2018

first_imgVersailles, In. — AAA is predicting more than 107 million Americans, the most on record, will be traveling over this Christmas and New Year’s Holiday period, with the majority traveling by automobile. What this means for Hoosiers is more traffic on the highways. To help ensure the safety of all motorists, the Indiana State Police will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E., or Combined Accident Reduction Effort, from December 21st through January 3rd.Operation C.A.R.E. is a federally funded program that allows additional troopers to patrol Hoosier roadways looking for drivers that are driving aggressively or impaired. Please help do your part to make this Christmas-New Year’s Holiday travel period safe by observing the following safety rules.When planning to travel, make sure you are well rested, as a fatigued driver is a dangerous driver.Increase your following distance; remember the two-second rule.Watch for slowed or stopped traffic when approaching construction zonesLeave a car length between you and the vehicle in front of you in stopped traffic. Watch approaching traffic in your mirror and be prepared to take evasive action.Decrease your speed according to traffic and road conditionsBeware of bridges, overpasses and intersections where ice tends to form first during cold inclement weather.Don’t use cruise control on slick roads.Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained, including making sure Child Safety Seats are properly anchored and that children stay securely fastened in them.DON’T BE DISTRACTED-Pull over and stop to use electronic devices.DON’T DRIVE IMPAIRED-Have a designated driver.MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN for emergency and highway service vehicles.According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, safety belt use is the most effective strategy a person can employ to prevent death and minimize injury resulting from traffic collisions. Motorists are encouraged to report aggressive or suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.last_img read more

Omeruo hopeful Leganes can survive La Liga relegation battle

first_img Loading… La Liga will restart on June 11, almost three months after sporting activities in Spain were suspended due to the coronavirus which broke out in March. Leganes find themselves struggling against relegation as they are placed 19th in the league table with 23 points after 27 matches. Ahead of their first game on Saturday, Omeruo believes Javier Aguirre’s side can still maintain their top-flight status in the absence of their fans. “We are playing without our fans at home so we must be more focused, but I think it could work in our favour, I hope it does,” the Nigeria international told the club website. “Our chances are more or less the same. We have to grab it, we have the opportunity to avoid relegation and we are working hard to achieve it. “I think right now is better to follow the instructions of La Liga because it is still risky. We love our fans and we love them at Butarque but right now safety is more important. We will try to give them the best results while they watch from home.” The 26-year-old revealed an area Leganes are working to correct ahead of their return to action. Promoted ContentCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way9 Most Epic Movie Robots We’ve Ever SeenWhat Is The Fastest Way To Get 1 Million Followers On Instagram?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them Leganes centre-back Kenneth Omeruo has urged his teammates to be more focused when they host Real Valladolid in an empty Estadio Municipal de Butarque on Saturday. “Set pieces are difficult because sometimes you make a little mistake or your teammate doesn’t cover a player and you get scored or sometimes you may miss a player but nothing happens, so we have been unlucky before with set pieces. We are working hard to correct that,” he added. La Liga clubs resumed training sessions a few weeks ago after clubs conducted coronavirus tests for their staff and players. Prior to the return, Omeruo explained how he coped with his family during the lockdown period in Spain. “It has been difficult especially for my wife that could not go out,” he said. “I usually go out mostly to get groceries and then get back home. It has been difficult because nobody expected such a thing to happen, but I am happy with the way it is being managed in Spain. “A lot of people have followed the curfew and stayed at home and everything has been done. I am happy to be back doing what we love, playing football.” read also:Omeruo dreams premier league return “It isn’t possible not to love Ronaldo unless you are jealous. He is humble and I am happy for the success he had today. “I saw him work to become the best and I am Portuguese, so he makes me proud.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Florida officer accidentally shoots himself while trying to shoot dog

first_imgA Davie police officer is recovering from a bullet wound after he accidentally shot himself while trying to shoot a dog that ran at him.The incident was reported early Friday morning in the area of Northeast 116th Street and 12th Avenue.Authorities say they were called to the area around 2:30 am and when the officer got out of his vehicle, a dog ran towards him.The officer immediately drew his weapon and instinctively put out his other hand in front of him to protect himself from the dog. The officer then fired the gun and accidentally shot himself in the hand.Another officer on the scene used a belt to tie off the wound until emergency officials arrived.The officer was taken to an area hospital for treatment on what was described as non life-threatening injuries.The dog was said to have gazed by the bullet but was said to be in good condition.last_img read more

Windies parts company with head coach Simmons

first_imgWEST INDIES head coach Phil Simmons has been sacked due to “differences in culture and strategic approach”, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has confirmed.Simmons, who move into the role after last year’s World Cup following a spell with Ireland, was informed about the termination of his contract yesterday by WICB CEO Michael Muirhead, shortly before the T20 squad was due to fly to the UAE and just six months after West Indies won the World T20.Despite the sudden nature of the announcement, in a statement confirming the news shortly after it was revealed by ESPNcricinfo, the WICB said the decision to drop Simmons was taken at the board of directors meeting last weekend.“Effective immediately, the WICB today announced it has separated from the head coach Phil Simmons. In a meeting of the Board of Directors on Saturday, September 10, this decision was taken.”As for the reason behind the sacking the WICB statement did not go into specifics. “In recent times, based on the public pronouncements of the coach and the approach internally, we have identified differences in culture and strategic approach.“The WICB would therefore like to thank the coach for his contribution and wishes him the best in his future endeavours.”However, the lack of common ground between the parties had been clear for some time. Simmons’ journey as West Indies coach was never smooth once he made his thoughts public soon after not being allowed to pick what he felt was the best squad for the ODI series in Sri Lanka last year.Consequently the WICB suspended him briefly before allowing him back to his role once both parties resolved to sort out matters amicably.In September last year when the issue of selection reared its head again Simmons said: “The disappointing fact is that you can lose 3-2 in a vote-off but there is too much interference from outside in the selection of the ODI squad and it’s disappointing for me to know that in any aspect of life … (people would use) their position to get people into a squad; or in this case, get people left out of a squad. It is wrong and I don’t like it and that is my beef with the selection of the ODI team.”His reinstatement, the WICB said in a statement, was “conditioned upon” two criteria: “issuance to him of a letter of reprimand for his inappropriate public comments”, and his “making a public apology to the WICB and persons whom he may have offended”.The recent Test series against India finished in a 2-0 defeat and under Simmons, West Indies played 14 Tests which brought only one victory although that was enough to secure a shared series against England last year.They showed glimpses of promise against India but ultimately fell to two heavy defeats – three of the nine losses while Summons has been coach were by an innings, two more by nine wickets and two by more than 150 runs.It has been suggested that former West Indies captain and current Kent coach Jimmy Adams is the replacement the WICB wants, but sources close to Adams told ESPNcricinfo he is not interested.For the Pakistan series, the WICB said the team would be under the supervision of former West Indies fast bowler Joel Garner, who is the team manager. He will work alongside the pair of assistant coaches Henderson Springer and Roddy Estwick.In less than six months since West Indies won their second World T20 title, the WICB has parted ways with three influential members of the team management with Simmons following the pair of Darren Sammy and Curtly Ambrose.Immediately after the World T20, the WICB relieved Ambrose of his bowling-coach role which caught him by surprise.Then ahead of the two T20Is against India in Florida, the new selection panel led by Courtney Browne decided to remove Sammy as T20 captain and replace him with Carlos Brathwaite.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

UW readies for tough contest with Portland

first_imgThe No. 13 Wisconsin women’s soccer team (3-0-1) will travel to Portland, Ore., Friday to take part in the Nike Invitational. The Badgers are scheduled to play No. 5 Portland (4-0-0) Friday and Washington (0-2-2) Sunday.”We are going out there to win two games,” Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said. “Having that kind of team confidence, you have to believe in yourself when you play teams like this. Last time we went to Portland we tied them and they were No. 2 in the country. So, it’s a big challenge that we need right now.” Friday’s game between Portland and Wisconsin will be the second time this season that UW has played a ranked opponent. The last time the Badgers and the Pilots met, the game ended in a tie. “There is a lot of atmosphere at the University of Portland stadium,” Duerst said. “The whole community gets really involved … so for our players to play in that environment, that’s great. It will help us down the line.””Portland is going to be a really big test for us,” freshman forward Elise Webber said. “It’s exciting to see where we are going to stand against a team that high up.”Portland is led by senior forward Christine Sinclair, who was recently named the national player of the week by Soccer Buzz, Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer. Last week, the Burnaby, British Columbia, native led the Pilots with eight goals and two assists. She also set a Pape Field record with five goals and an assist at Oregon last week. Sinclair and the leading scorer for Wisconsin, Amy Vermeulen, who leads the team with four goals, actually played against each other in Canada. Both Vermeulen and Sinclair were members of the country’s national team. Duerst is expecting a firm matchup between the two rivals.”Portland has one really special player that seems to just show up at the right time,” Duerst said of Sinclair. “Vermeulen played with her at the World Championships, so it’s kind of a reunion between them; two Canadians going at it. Amy (Vermeulen) is our star player up top; she just has a few goals less than Sinclair. They will battle it out.”Duerst also is expecting improved team defense this weekend. He is anticipating his team to be patient and capable of matching up against a highly ranked opponent.”The thing about Portland is that we can match up with them,” Duerst said. “It’s just how we stay disciplined and use our team defense. Its being patient as a team, staying in shape as a team and not creating what we call gaps in the field. We don’t want a big gap between our backs and our mids. That is the biggest challenge really.”Sunday’s game against Washington will also be an important matchup for the Badgers. Though Washington is currently unranked, the Huskies entered the season ranked No. 20 in the nation. The Huskies have yet to win a game this season, but should be looking for their first win this weekend. “Washington is a very good team, year in and year out,” Duerst said. “They have had a rocky start, but that makes them a dangerous team. They are a team that will be fighting for a victory. So, we need to be focused for the whole weekend and be really confident.”The Badgers have a few more goals in mind this weekend. Although they remain undefeated, Duerst’s squad has yet to come out and take control of a game from the start. “We are just hoping to come out and play well,” senior captain Jessica Ring said. “I think we haven’t come out from the beginning or played well from the start at any game yet.”This weekend will be a test for the Badgers. The squad went undefeated in non-conference play last year and would like to continue the trend this season.last_img read more

In final Big East season, Syracuse has extra motivation for conference championship

first_img Published on March 20, 2013 at 1:37 am Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse first joined the Big East conference in 2001, and won the conference’s first two tournaments in 2007 and 2008.But Syracuse came up empty in each of the four conference tournaments since then. Now in its final season as a Big East member, the Orange wants to leave the league on top.Badly.“So badly, especially me because I’ve been here four years and I haven’t gotten a title yet,” said Syracuse senior attack Michelle Tumolo. “But I just think that it’s do-or-die with this one because it’s the last. It’s the end of an era.”The Orange, one of many teams that announced it will be switching conferences in the near future, will join the Atlantic Coast Conference on July 1. Five of the nine current Big East women’s lacrosse teams – Syracuse, Louisville, Notre Dame, Rutgers and Loyola (Md.) – have announced their departures. In addition to the team’s competitiveness, the mere fact that this is the last shot at a Big East title serves as extra motivation for the No. 6 Orange (3-2).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAmid the chaos of programs shuffling between conferences, Syracuse head coach Gary Gait sees a positive for college lacrosse. Perhaps college football and basketball have much to do with the decision to switch conferences – “It’s all that,” Gait interjected with a laugh – but the head coach believes NCAA lacrosse is still on the rise.“I think it’s going to be great for college lacrosse because you’re going to see these schools that are improving their resources for their athletic departments, that’s going to trickle down to the lacrosse programs,” Gait said. “And some of these conferences are going to turn into some great lacrosse conferences, and hopefully, they’ll get the added support of this realignment.”Syracuse midfielder Katie Webster said the ACC has always been regarded as a strong conference, so she sees the move as “a huge opportunity for Syracuse lacrosse.” Four of the ACC’s six current teams currently rank in the top 10. Maryland’s 10 national titles are the most in women’s lacrosse, and North Carolina, Duke and Virginia are typically elite programs.“We’re going into one of the best conferences in lacrosse,” Tumolo said, “so I think it’ll be good because the competition might be a lot better.”This season, SU defender Natalie Glanell said, a number of different reasons provide the Orange motivation to go out and practice every day and “work harder than any other team.” The team’s drive to leave the Big East as conference champions, along with last year’s loss in the national championship to Northwestern and the past failures in the league tournament, inspire the Orange to thrive this season.To further challenge Syracuse this year, Gait put together a demanding nonconference schedule, a slate the Orange is enduring now. Syracuse played top-10 teams in three consecutive weeks when it took on Maryland, Virginia and Florida.The Orange hopes the early-season tests will prepare it for Big East play, which starts against Connecticut on Friday. Syracuse believes it has the weapons necessary to dominate the conference, and expects nothing less of itself.“I hope they come to our field and be like, ‘Crap, we have to play them,’” Tumolo said.As SU’s Big East tenure winds down, its women’s lacrosse team might just have the best chance of any women’s team of winning a conference title before closing the door on the Big East and opening the door to the ACC.“I think when people do look at the Big East, Syracuse is already a known name,” Glanell said. “I’m excited to say when I grow up, ‘You know, I played in the Big East – and the ACC.’ (The Big East) is where all of our hearts are. And it’d be even cooler to say that we left and won a championship.” Commentslast_img read more

Syracuse packs a double dose of Devin Butler

first_img Published on November 1, 2017 at 12:31 am Contact: jtbloss@syr.edu | @jtbloss Facebook Twitter Google+ Devin C. Butler had never met Devin M. Butler, the graduate transfer from Notre Dame, before the latter arrived in Syracuse this past January. But C. Butler knew M. Butler’s face, because Google had familiarized him with it.“Every time I looked me up,” C. Butler, a sophomore wide receiver, said, “I see him.”M. Butler, a cornerback, shared the struggle. During his senior year at Gonzaga (Washington, D.C.) High School, whenever M. Butler went to check his status on local recruiting websites, a Frederick Douglass (Maryland) High School freshman quarterback who won 12 games and threw for 1,100 yards appeared. It was C. Butler. But, at that time, there was no need for the middle initial. They were just two kids on opposite ends of successful high school careers.“I’d be like, ‘Alright, Lil’ Devin out there doing his thing, man,’” M. Butler said. “I was always a fan of him. I had no choice but to keep up with him because whenever I looked up myself, I saw his news too.”Last season, C. Butler’s only two catches of his freshman year came against Notre Dame. M. Butler’s then-Irish teammates teased him as if he was the one causing problems for their defense. Even now, a Google search of “Devin Butler” provides each player’s SU roster profile as the first two results, but only photos of M. Butler appear.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAndy Mendes | Digital Design EditorNow the Butlers are teammates, and Syracuse (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) is tasked with handling two players with the same name. Head coach Dino Babers, when asked how he differentiates addressing the two, cackled and admitted his method is a little embarrassing. One is “Devin Butler offense,” the other is “Devin Butler defense.” Other players shout “Devin!” to get both to instinctively respond. The situation has caused the Butlers to form a bond based in their name, but it’s bolstered by their Mid-Atlantic roots.Just nine players on SU’s roster hail from either D.C., Maryland or Virginia — the DMV — so C. Butler didn’t have a lot of teammates to relate to his freshman year. At times, he felt “kind of alone.” When M. Butler arrived, they hit it off upon introduction thanks to the proximity of their hometowns. M. Butler hails from D.C. and C. Butler is from District Heights, Maryland, an eastern suburb of the nation’s capital.“You go through the same types of hurdles that not everybody else has to go through in life to get to where we’re at,” M. Butler said. “It’s something that, as a shared experience, helps us to grow and to know that when I look at him, I see somebody who’s been down some of the roads I’ve been down.”As someone almost three years his senior, M. Butler has become an “older brother” to C. Butler, the sophomore said. C. Butler has gone to M. Butler seeking advice for matters both personal and football related.“He understands me,” C. Butler said. “I could talk to him about anything.”Those conversations don’t have to be serious, though. The two discuss what they miss most while away from the DMV, like mumbo sauce, a must-have takeout condiment. M. Butler called it a combination of sweet and sour sauce, barbecue sauce and hot sauce. The concoction, C. Butler said, will put a smile on the face of anyone from the DMV.Then there’s go-go music, a funk subgenre born in ‘70s-D.C. that thrived during the Butlers’ high school years. It was on the warm-up CD for M. Butler’s team at Gonzaga High. It blared through the basement of the Boy and Girls Club, his first exposure to the sound of go-go in a live setting, where the band shouted him out for a touchdown he scored earlier in the night.“It’s not your ordinary boy band or rock band,” C. Butler said. “It’s just having fun. It’s a vibe.”The two don’t spend as much time together now that Syracuse is the thick of its season. But on a mid-October Tuesday evening in the team’s facility, when C. Butler finished an interview with the media and M. Butler entered the room to begin another, they exchanged pleasantries.“Sup, Lil Dev,” C. Butler jeered, referring to the title of “Big Dev” the two both claim. M. Butler says it should be his because of seniority, while C. Butler takes ownership because he is a physically bigger person.The jab made the new friends laugh and smile, as if they had known each other forever. Because they had, kind of. Commentslast_img read more