Top news of the week June 19-24

first_imgLNG World News Staff Al Samriya at the Dutch Gate terminal (Image courtesy of Qatargas)Qatargas, Shell ink 5-year LNG supply dealQatargas, the world’s largest LNG producer, signed a new deal to supply liquefied natural gas to the Hague-based LNG giant Shell.Golar, Delfin to jointly develop first US FLNG projectBermuda-based Golar LNG signed a deal with Delfin Midstream to jointly develop the Delfin LNG project off the coast of Cameron Parish, Louisiana, deploying Golar’s FLNG technology.LNG Croatia expects FID in early 2018LNG Croatia, the company developing the liquefied natural gas project on the island of Krk, expects to make a final investment decision in early 2018 as open season unveils a strong interest in the project.Finland: Hamina LNG terminal construction startsEstonian energy company, Alexela, and Haminan Energy are kicking off construction of an LNG terminal in Hamina Kotka harbor through their joint venture, Hamina LNG.Singapore LNG in first small-scale reloadSingapore LNG, the operator of the country’s first liquefied natural gas import terminal, has completed its first small-scale reload at its facility on Jurong Islandlast_img read more

Carroll closing in on return

first_imgSam Allardyce believes West Ham’s record-signing Andy Carroll could be fit and ready to play again in “two to three weeks”. Carroll is now back in training and the plan is for the 25-year-old to play Under-18 and Under-21 games before returning to first-team action in mid-November. “It’ll be another two to three weeks, if he has no niggles or problems, before we talk about playing him in the team at any level,” Allardyce said. “We’ll try to get him through three or four behind-closed-doors games and if that goes all right then we would hope to have him back. “It’s been a long, hard road again for Andy and one he’s been too familiar with recently, sadly. “Hopefully he’ll have a major impact when he comes back again.” West Ham desperately missed Carroll last year as the Hammers’ lack of goals saw them dragged into a relegation scrap. It has been a different story so far this season, however, as summer signings Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia have added some much-needed fire-power up front, pushing Allardyce’s side up to fourth in the table. The former Bolton manager admits the team’s impressive start to the campaign means the club can afford to take extra care over Carroll’s return. The Hammers splashed out £15million to sign Carroll permanently in June 2013 but the England striker has started only 12 Barclays Premier League matches during an injury-ridden 16 months at Upton Park. The powerhouse centre forward missed the first five months of last season with a foot injury and is yet to feature in the current campaign after tearing ankle ligaments on the club’s pre-season tour of New Zealand. “Last time we got him back and he did his ankle but carried on playing so this time round we don’t want to (rush) him,” Allardyce said. “We’re hopefully going to get him back as quick as we can but we’re not going to rush him back because, touch wood, there’s no desperate need at the moment.” Sakho’s pace and finishing has revitalised West Ham’s attacking threat this season, with the Senegalese striker scoring in each of his last six games. Sakho and Valencia were both on target in the 3-1 victory at Burnley last weekend and Allardyce will be hoping for more of the same when the Hammers host Manchester City on Saturday. “From my point of view I thought it would have been a slower process but we wouldn’t have expected Enner Valencia to make such a big contribution either,” Allardyce said. “The pair of them have hit it off together – it’s not just the goalscoring, it’s the energy they give the team which is very important in today’s highly competitive game. “Your energy, intensity and sprinting capabilities are very important today in breaking down defences. “They turned the game for us against Burnley because we weren’t very good in the first half and then two beautiful crosses creates two goals. “That’s what you wish for, that’s what you dream of as a manager in the Premier League.” Press Associationlast_img read more

Women’s Hockey: Tracking rapid rise of star sophomore Sophie Shirley

first_imgSince arriving in Madison for her freshman campaign, current sophomore Sophie Shirley has had an undeniably large impact on the success of the Wisconsin women’s hockey team. Not only does she continually put up impressive offensive numbers, Shirley may just have been the factor that put the Badgers in position to capture the 2019 NCAA title — their first since 2011. Once more, Shirley is a key leader in the Badgers’ fight for a second straight title. In her freshman season, Shirley was among the top three scorers for the Badgers at the end of the season. In 41 games, Shirley netted an impressive 38 points, the best of any other freshman on the team. In fact, other than co-freshman Britta Curl, Shirley was the only freshman on the team to net greater than 15 total points on the season. Shirley provided a balanced weapon for the Badgers in her opening season, as she tallied 20 goals and 18 assists when everything was said and done. Along with the return of Annie Pankowski from international play, Shirley was ultimately one of the defining factors in the Badgers’ 2019 championship run. Women’s Hockey: Badgers clinch WCHA regular-season crown in thrilling series with Minnesota DuluthThe No. 2 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team (27-4-3, 17-4-3-0-2 WCHA) captured the WCHA regular-season title and the top Read…In the 2017-2018 season, then-sophomore Abby Roque stood alone at the top of offensive production for the Badgers with 41 points on the season. No one else was near her, as then-sophomore Presley Norby was second on the team with just 29 total points and only 10 goals on the entire season. Even before this, Roque and Pankowski had teamed up in the 2016-2017 season with Pankowski netting an insane 55 points and Roque totalling an impressive 28. Even with other major contributions from the likes of Sarah Nurse and Emily Clark, it still wasn’t enough to capture a national title — as the Badgers lost in the NCAA finals that year to Clarkson. Then came Shirley. In her freshman season, Roque and Pankowski continued their offensive domination, but this time they had yet another powerhouse to back them up. The trio combined to score 33% of the team’s total points during the 2018-2019 season. Along with Curl, Shirley provided a fresh face to an offensive core that needed a boost to push them over the edge of national success. An axe to grindThe University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota have perhaps the most storied rivalry in college sports, as the Read…This boost has undeniably continued throughout the 2019-2020 season. Shirley recently passed Roque in overall points scored and holds a solid lead over her in total goals with 28. While Shirley is still significantly behind junior Daryl Watts in offensive production, no one in the country is currently capable of catching Watts on her way to a historic performance. A performance that, quite arguably, should have been worthy of consideration as a finalist for the Patty Kazmaier award. With Watts taking over Pankowski’s role as the team’s leading source of offensive production, the big three of Watts, Roque and Shirley are even further ahead of the rest of the Badgers than they were last year. Watts, Shirley and Roque have a grand total of 73, 59 and 57 points to date on the season. The next closest you ask? It’s Mekenzie Steffen with just 28. Now, in any other respect 28 points in a single regular season is an extremely impressive year. Yet when Roque more than doubles that number, it’s clear to see that the Badgers are top heavy when it comes to offensive talent. Women’s Hockey: How Abby Roque became one of top offensive weapons for BadgersAbby Roque’s journey to the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team was anything but typical. For starters, she hails from Read…Even Curl, the star freshman that nearly matched Shirley in offensive production last season, has failed to match or improve upon these numbers in her sophomore campaign. She currently sits at just 24 points on the regular season with 16 goals and eight assists. For comparison, she ended 2019 with 22 goals and 12 assists. It remains highly unlikely that she will match these numbers by the end of the season, as the Badgers have a maximum of five games left on the season. As Shirley has continued to play a greater role for the Badgers, their offensive production has become more and more stratified with the improvement of Roque and the addition of Watts. Their performances have been undeniably impressive, but such reliance on key players may prove to be a fault rather than a strength in the postseason. Even with a heavy responsibility for offensive production placed on these three Badgers, the talent is there to capture a second straight championship. If Shirley continues to play the role she has these last two years for Wisconsin, the next two years look quite bright — no matter the outcome in 2020.last_img read more