February 13, 2019 /Sports News – National Marlins, Sergio Romo agree on one-year deal: Report Written by Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(MIAMI) — The Miami Marlins have reportedly landed relief pitcher Sergio Romo.A source tells ESPN the team and 35-year-old right-hander have agreed on a one-year deal worth $1.25 million. The contract is pending a physical.Last season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Romo had a 4.14 ERA with 25 saves and 75 strikeouts.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailproBAKSTER/iStock(NEW YORK) — An American figure skater has been accused of deliberately injuring a South Korean skater during practice ahead of the International Skating Union World Figure Skating Championships in Japan, but the skating union has said there was “no evidence” it was intentional.The accusations were made about an incident between American skater Mariah Bell and South Korean skater Eun Soo Lim during practice on March 20.According to Yonhap, South Korean sports agency All That Sports alleged that Bell “struck Lim’s leg with her skate” before the ladies’ short program, cutting Lim’s calf. Yonhap reported that Lim had the cut taped before she performed.An All That Sports official said they believed Bell hitting Lim was “premeditated” because Lim was skating near the walls and Bell “came from behind” when she cut her, Yonhap reported.The official also claimed Bell “had been bullying Lim for months and launched a verbal attack” on her, according to Yonhap. The skaters have the same coach, Rafael Arutunian, per their bios.ISU, which said the incident was “verbally reported” by the Korean team leader, disputed that the attack was intentional.“Based on the evidence at hand at this point in time, which includes a video, there is no evidence that Ms. Bell intended any harm to Ms. Lim,” ISU said in a statement.Lim finished in fifth place and Bell finished in sixth in the ladies’ short program.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund Written by March 21, 2019 /Sports News – National ‘No evidence’ American figure skater intentionally hurt South Korean opponent: ISU
April 7, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 4/6 PAYSON, Utah-Sarah Oldroyd hit a grand slam and drove in 5 runs as North Sanpete topped Alta 17-5 Saturday at the Payson Tournament. Ellie Gillins also homered and drove in 5 runs and earned the win inside the circle for the Hawks as they went 4-0 at the Saturday tournament. Brad James Tags: Softball PAYSON, Utah-Union jumped out to the early lead and never looked back as the Cougars shutout Gunnison Valley 13-0 Saturday at the Payson Tournament. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSoftball PAYSON, Utah-Graciee Christiansen homered three times and the North Sanpete Hawks blasted Salem Hills 20-7 Saturday at the Payson Tournament. Addelyn Brotherson and Kelby Henry also homered twice apiece in the win for the Hawks. Brotherson and Henry also doubled in the win for North Sanpete while Ellayna Gillins earned the win in the circle for the Hawks. PAYSON, Utah-Madison Edwars homered, McKaylynn Edwards doubled and drove in 5 runs as the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs beat Duchesne 18-5 at the Payson Tournament Saturday. Kennedi Knudson earned the win inside the circle for the Bulldogs. PAYSON, Utah-Graciee Christiansen and Nakiah Taylor each doubled as the North Sanpete Hawks beat Carbon 9-2 at the Payson Tournament Saturday. Taylor had 3 RBI in the win and Christiansen earned the win inside the circle. PAYSON, Utah-Springville scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to beat Gunnison Valley 9-8 Saturday at the Payson Tournament. Tayler Brackett doubled in the loss for the Bulldogs. PAYSON, Utah-Savannah Heaton hit two home runs as Lehi beat Gunnison Valley 13-2 at the Payson Tournament Saturday. Madison Edwards homered and Tayler Bracket hit a double in the loss for the Bulldogs. PAYSON, Utah-Aubree Ison homered and hit two doubles to lead North Sanpete past Springville 12-3 at the Payson Tournament Saturday. Nakiah Taylor earned the win inside the circle for the Hawks. Non-Region Written by
Robert Lovell Written by May 24, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Downed at WCC Tournament Tags: BYU Cougars Baseball/Gonzaga Bulldogs/WCC Tournament FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSTOCKTON, Calif. – No. 1 seed BYU baseball ended its run at the WCC Tournament on Friday, losing 3-1 to No. 2 seed Gonzaga at Banner Island Ballpark.“You have to tip your hat sometimes,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “Unfortunately that’s what we’ve had to do the last two games.”Game SummaryBYU took the lead with a run in the first, but managed just two hits the rest of the wayGonzaga scored runs in the first, fifth and sixthPlayer HighlightsDanny Gelalich: 2-4, 2B, RMitch McIntyre: 1-3, 2BReid McLaughlin: 2.0 IP, 0 ER, 0 BBBYU and Gonzaga traded runs in the first inning to start things off. Sophomore Danny Gelalich hit a double, advanced to third on a sac bunt by Noah Hill, then scored from third on Brock Hale’s RBI-ground out. But in the bottom of the inning, Gonzaga’s Ernie Yake answered with a solo home run.Cougar starter Easton Walker then settled in, shutting out the Bulldogs over the next three innings. However, BYU couldn’t take advantage, getting just a double by Mitch McIntyre from the second through fifth innings.The Bulldogs snuck a run across in the fifth after a double was followed by a deep fly ball that allowed the runner to reach third, then come home on a single. BYU had a chance to tie or take the lead in the top of the sixth after Gelalich singled and advanced to second on a wild pitch and Brock Hale reached on a walk, but Jackson Cluff’s flyout to right field ended the threat.Gonzaga added another run in the sixth when a squeeze bunt successfully scored the runner from third on a close play at the plate, giving the Bulldogs a 3-1 lead.Walker left the game after six, finishing with four strikeouts against six hits, three runs and no walks. Freshman Reid McLaughlin came on for the final two innings, allowing no runs and no walks.With a record of 36-17, the Cougars will wait to see if they are given an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when the selections are announced on Monday, May 27, at 10 a.m. MT on ESPNU.
May 29, 2020 /Sports News – National Stephen Jackson, former NBA player and George Floyd’s friend: ‘Make these men pay’ Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC NewsBy JUJU CHANG and ANTHONY RIVAS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Former NBA player Stephen Jackson says his longtime friend George Floyd, who called him his “twin,” was in the middle of getting his life together when he was killed Monday after he was apprehended by Minneapolis police and pinned to the ground for more than seven minutes with a knee on his neck while he pleaded for his life.Jackson said on Wednesday that he wants the police officers responsible for Floyd’s death to receive the death penalty and that without that, the protests over his death will get worse. He spoke to ABC News just before a second night of what had been largely peaceful protests escalated into violence. “You’re going to see more and more stuff going on which I don’t agree with, but people are not getting justice,” Jackson told Nightline co-anchor Juju Chang. “Just losing a job is not enough. These people are really hurt. You’re taking someone’s life just because you can, because you know you’re protected. … It’s going to get worse. Trust me, it’s going to get worse.”“So let’s get this right. Make these men pay for what they’ve done to my brother and keep the peace,” he added, referring to the four Minneapolis police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest who were terminated from their jobs Wednesday.Jackson, who won an NBA championship with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003, said he could have “easily” been Floyd if it were not for the opportunities he had been given that led him down a different path. Jackson was born in Port Arthur, Texas, but regularly visited Floyd in his hometown of Houston. Jackson said the two became close and that they “looked out for each other” in Houston’s South Side.“When I was in Houston, he looked out for me,” Jackson said. “So … it was a relationship that grew over just being in the streets, growing up together. And we just became tight over the years, and the fact that we look alike made us grow even tighter.”As they grew older, Jackson said Floyd was there to support him during the 14 seasons he spent in the NBA, through all the ups and downs. Floyd, who was a high school football star and also played basketball, lived through Jackson’s success.“Every city, every team I played on, everywhere I was, we talked. He was excited. Everything I did,” Jackson said. “He was excited because the first thing he said was, ‘My twin is doing this. My twin is doing that.’ He lived through me. He knew he had the talent, he had the same skills and everything I had. … I just had more opportunity.”Jackson said that although Floyd had associated with the wrong people in Houston — he was charged in 2007 with armed robbery and sentenced to five years in prison as part of a plea deal in 2009 — he had moved to Minneapolis to build a better life. He said Floyd had “beat the hood.”“He’d been through a lot of stuff in his life — a lot of stuff — and to make it out after you rehabilitate yourself and you’re intelligent enough to know I can’t go back to the same surroundings because it’s gonna bring me back to the same spot,” Jackson said.“He was excited to tell me he was driving trucks and he was going to Minnesota and start over — get a new start,” he continued.He said that the last time they spoke, one year ago, Floyd was preparing for a job interview in which he planned to wear a suit handed down by Jackson.“He’s like, ‘Man, it fit me, man. I even got the shirt with your initials because I want people to know my twin gave me this shirt,’” Jackson said. “That’s the type of person he was. … He wanted everybody to know that we called each other ‘twin.’ And like I say, there wasn’t many more people that was [more] proud of me than Floyd.”In addition to moving to Minnesota for work, Jackson said Floyd also wanted to become a better father.“He [was] proud to see me live on my best days and being in a good place. He was happy to see that, and that’s the direction he wanted to go. … We were going in that direction together, and that’s what I’m going to miss most about him — that I know his best days were now. He was living his best days. He was becoming his best self,” Jackson said.Although a Minneapolis Police Department statement from Monday said Floyd “physically resisted officers” when they were called in “on a report of a forgery in progress,” Jackson said it would have been unlike Floyd to resist arrest.“I know his character; that ain’t in his character. If you listen to him, he’s calling out for his mom. He’s calling out for his kids. This is a family guy. This is a loving guy,” Jackson said. “The last thing he was thinking about was resisting arrest.”Jackson said that hearing about Floyd’s death was unexpected, and that “it hurts that it happened to a good person.”“He was a stand-up guy and one of the best people I met. … His heart was always in the right place and the video, showing him not resisting and all that, it just killed me that my brother’s not here,” he said.Jackson said the video showing Floyd handcuffed and on his stomach as a Minneapolis police officer pressed down on his neck made him angry. In the video, Floyd could be heard calling for his late mother and pleading with the police to ease up on his neck, saying, “I can’t breathe, please, the knee in my neck.”“[It] makes me angry. Makes me so angry because Floyd is one of the strongest people, you know. But to hear that scream and that cry for help in his voice, it’s just wrong. It’s just wrong. And he cried out for help,” Jackson said tearfully. “It’s just wrong man. It’s just wrong. No way around the boy, it’s wrong. … Just picture it being a white guy with black cops. We wouldn’t even be having this discussion.”Jackson said this incident with Floyd shouldn’t be the wakeup call people need to start caring about police-involved killings. There have been “hundreds of other incidents” that should have woken people up, he said.He also called out those who appropriate or buy into black culture, whether that’s music or clothing, and implored them to step up.“You cannot say you love me as the entertainer, actor or news personality … and not love my people as a whole,” Jackson said. “The white people that want to be black when it’s time to buy music or it’s time to be at concerts or it’s time to dress black, if you want to be black, there is time to be black now. … It’s time for you to come … and support the black culture.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved Written by
January 9, 2021 /Sports News – Local Duarte scores 25 as No. 17 Oregon beats Utah 79-73 Tags: Chris Duarte/Oregon Ducks/Pac-12/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Chris Duarte scored 25 points and Eric Williams Jr. added 19 to lift No. 17 Oregon to a 79-73 victory over Utah.LJ Figueroa scored 15 points for the Ducks before exiting late in the second half with an apparent leg injury. Amauri Hardy added 13.Oregon beat Utah for the 18th time in the last 20 games between the two schools.Timmy Allen scored 23 points and Mikael Jantunen added a career-high 20 points to lead the Utes. Pelle Larsson had 15 points, five rebounds, and five assists before fouling out in the final minute.Utah shot 57% from the field but could not overcome 18 turnovers. Oregon scored 25 points off those turnovers. Written by Associated Press
Baker Hughes, C3.ai, and Microsoft announce alliance to accelerate digital transformation of the energy industry. Photo: courtesy of Gerd Altmann from Pixabay. Baker Hughes (NYSE:BKR), C3.ai, and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) today announced an alliance to bring enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to the energy industry on Microsoft Azure, an industry-leading cloud computing platform.This alliance will enable customers to streamline the adoption of scalable AI solutions for the energy industry that help promote safety, reliability, and sustainability. It leverages the significant energy technology expertise of Baker Hughes, C3.ai’s proven AI platform and applications, and the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. As a result, energy businesses will have a secure and reliable suite of enterprise-scale AI applications optimized to run on Azure. These solutions are tailored to address challenges across the entire value chain, from inventory optimization and energy management to predictive maintenance and process and equipment reliability.“Shell supports the aim of this strategic alliance to improve efficiencies, increase safety, and reduce environmental impact through digital transformation, aligning seamlessly with our goals and ambitions,” said Jay Crotts, Shell Group CIO. “Baker Hughes is one of our long-standing and valued partners in oilfield services and software development, and we use the C3.ai platform on Microsoft Azure to accelerate digital transformation across our business, helping to improve overall operations. The new technologies being developed will be critical as we all need to work together to reduce the net carbon footprint of the products and solutions that we put into society.”“The industry is adopting technologies that help manage the challenges and opportunities associated with the energy transition. The AI solutions offered through Baker Hughes and C3.ai deliver insights that can reduce risk and improve performance for operators as they navigate this transition,” said Lorenzo Simonelli, Chairman and CEO, Baker Hughes. “With a singular offering that can accelerate digital transformation across the sector, energy businesses can now draw on the power of Microsoft’s cloud, C3.ai’s leading AI capabilities, and Baker Hughes’s expertise in the energy industry.”“We are witnessing a massive market shift as oil and gas businesses undergo enterprise-level digital transformation to improve efficiencies and increase safety, while simultaneously reducing environmental impact,” said Thomas M. Siebel, CEO, C3.ai. “With Microsoft’s global reach and horizontal cloud platform, Baker Hughes’s technology domain expertise, and C3.ai’s industrial AI capabilities, organizations can rapidly improve core business operations and better serve customers with AI-enabled products and services. This strategic alliance is a complete game-changer for the industry.”The solutions will simplify the process of adopting AI capabilities for energy companies, starting with the shift of data management, storage, and compute onto Azure, through the development and enterprise-wide deployment of domain-specific AI applications built on the BHC3 AI Suite.“For the energy industry, this is a time of significant transformation, and forward-thinking companies are exploring how to leverage technology to make their operations cleaner, safer and more efficient,” said Judson Althoff, EVP, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft. “By bringing together the domain expertise of Baker Hughes and the AI strengths of C3.ai to run on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, customers can achieve new levels of digital transformation while advancing their sustainability commitments.” Source: Company Press Release Joint offerings will help make energy operations safer, cleaner, and more efficient
Al Basrah Oil Terminal in Iraq (Credit: US Army/Spc. Darryl L Montgomery) A former Unaoil executive “sweated blood” to ensure the success of a major energy upgrade project in southern Iraq and faced a “stitch-up” engineered by the country’s former oil minister, jurors in a bribery trial have been told.Ziad Akle, 45, dismissed claims by prosecutors for the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) that he and his former colleagues at the Monaco-based consultancy unlawfully obtained and offered “inside information” about specifications for a manufacturing tender process central to a crude oil expansion project.At London’s Southwark Crown Court yesterday (2 March), he argued a “legitimate” arrangement between Unaoil and Iraq’s state-owned South Oil Company (SOC) provided advance access to the confidential specification documents, and that no attempt was made to “slant” the process in favour of “friendly” companies. Akle ‘sweated blood’ to ensure success of oil expansion project in southern IraqThe events took place against the backdrop of a $4.5bn government scheme to increase Iraq’s crude oil exporting capacity from 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) to 4.5 million bpd in the years following the US-led invasion and toppling of Saddam Hussein – the Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP).SOC was tasked with attracting foreign businesses to upgrade failing oil and gas infrastructure in the south of the country – and Unaoil used its connections in the region, and at SOC in particular, to capitalise on the opportunity.“Our objective was to assist in moving forward this massive and important project that had been talked about for years, as well as to build on the relationship with SOC we had worked hard for – and hopefully earn revenue,” said Akle.“I did this job out of loyalty to my colleagues and my company. I was honourable to my work.“We had sweated blood by 2009 and done things in Iraq that no-one else had done. I wanted Unaoil and the project to succeed.” Corruption charges against three British nationals associated with UnaoilAkle is on trial alongside two other businessmen accused of conspiracy to make corrupt payments in Iraq between 2005 and 2011– Steven Whiteley, 65, who was Unaoil’s general territories manager for Iraq, and formerly a vice-president of SBM Offshore; and Paul Bond, 68, who was a senior sales manager for SBM Offshore.All three men deny the charges brought against them.The trial continues. Former Unaoil executive Ziad Akle dismissed allegations by the Serious Fraud Office that he was involved in rigging a bidding process for new oil equipment in the post-Saddam years Unaoil’s inside information was good ‘market intelligence’Quizzed by the SFO’s prosecutor Michael Brompton QC on the nature of the “inside information” Unaoil shared with friendly clients – including Netherlands-based SBM Offshore, which won a multi-million dollar contract to install SPM equipment ahead of Bluewater – Akle said it was simply used as a “first-mover advantage”.“It’s called market intelligence,” he said. “’Friendly’ meant a company that was well-known to people at Unaoil, and the other way round, so it would be willing to work with Unaoil, trust its advice and work in places it would not usually go.“It helped if a company was friendly.”Asked by Mr Brompton whether the tender had been an “open and honest” process, the defendant said it had been carried out to “address the ‘un-level’ playing field” created by the influence of the oil ministry.“We explored the options,” he added. “There was no guarantee that SBM would want to work with Unaoil.“We tried our hardest to ensure no-one was precluded or ruled out from the running because of specifications.” SFO alleges bribery of senior officials by Unaoil in post-war IraqAkle faces charges of conspiracy to make corrupt payments in Iraq between 2005 and 2010, with the SFO alleging a secretive relationship between Unaoil and a former SOC project manager was used to bribe senior Iraqi officials and influence the outcome of the tenders.But the British-Lebanese businessman, who was spending his birthday in the witness stand and cut an increasingly frustrated figure as the day progressed, claims the secrecy was made necessary by fears Iraq’s former deputy oil minister Ahmed al-Shamaa was “looking for any excuse to derail SOC totally from this process and take over” for himself.Akle alleged al-Shamaa had developed a “special relationship” with people inside other companies involved in the tender.These included Foster Wheeler, the UK-based firm appointed to oversee the process, and Bluewater – a Netherlands-based manufacturer of single point moorings (SPM) equipment bidding for one of the contracts.He said: “There were factions within SOC, within the ministry, in Basra and everywhere in between.“That was the reason for the [secret] arrangement. We were on a mission to help SOC, and if successful, get remunerated for it.“It became clearer and clearer that somewhere in Foster Wheeler, there was a stitch-up in the process.“There was a lot more support for the Bluewater strategy, and we had to take all kinds of measures to level the playing field.”
Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy to develop green hydrogen. (Credit: Pixabay/Jose Antonio Alba.) To reach the Paris Agreement goals, the world will need vast amounts of green hydrogen and wind will provide a large portion of the power needed for its production. Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy announced today that they are joining forces combining their ongoing wind-to-hydrogen developments to address one of the major challenges of our decade — decarbonizing the economy to solve the climate crisis.The companies are contributing with their developments to an innovative solution that fully integrates an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine as a single synchronized system to directly produce green hydrogen. The companies intend to provide a full-scale offshore demonstration of the solution by 2025/2026. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced today that the developments can be implemented as part of the ideas competition “Hydrogen Republic of Germany”.“Our more than 30 years of experience and leadership in the offshore wind industry, coupled with Siemens Energy’s expertise in electrolyzers, brings together brilliant minds and cutting-edge technologies to address the climate crisis. Our wind turbines play a huge role in the decarbonization of the global energy system, and the potential of wind to hydrogen means that we can do this for hard-to-abate industries too. It makes me very proud that our people are a part of shaping a greener future,” said Andreas Nauen, Siemens Gamesa CEO.Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy, explains: “Together with Siemens Gamesa, we are in a unique position to develop this game changing solution. We are the company that can leverage its highly flexible electrolyzer technology and create and redefine the future of sustainable offshore energy production. With these developments, the potential of regions with abundant offshore wind will become accessible for the hydrogen economy. It is a prime example of enabling us to store and transport wind energy, thus reducing the carbon footprint of economy.”Over a time frame of five years, Siemens Gamesa plans to invest EUR 80 million and Siemens Energy is targeting to invest EUR 40 million in the developments. Siemens Gamesa will adapt its development of the world’s most powerful turbine, the SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine, to integrate an electrolysis system seamlessly into the turbine’s operations. By leveraging Siemens Gamesa’s intricate knowledge and decades of experience with offshore wind, electric losses are reduced to a minimum, while a modular approach ensures a reliable and efficient operational set-up for a scalable offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution. Siemens Energy will develop a new electrolysis product to not only meet the needs of the harsh maritime offshore environment and be in perfect sync with the wind turbine, but also to create a new competitive benchmark for green hydrogen.The ultimate fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution will produce green hydrogen using an electrolyzer array located at the base of the offshore wind turbine tower, blazing a trail towards offshore hydrogen production. The solution will lower the cost of hydrogen by being able to run off grid, opening up more and better wind sites. The companies’ developments will serve as a test bed for making large-scale, cost-efficient hydrogen production a reality and will prove the feasibility of reliable, effective implementation of wind turbines in systems for producing hydrogen from renewable energy.The developments are part of the H2Mare initiative which is a lighthouse project likely to be supported by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research ideas competition “Hydrogen Republic of Germany”. The H2mare initiative under the consortium lead of Siemens Energy is a modular project consisting of multiple sub-projects to which more than 30 partners from industry, institutes and academia are contributing. Siemens Energy and Siemens Gamesa will contribute to the H2Mare initiative with their own developments in separate modular building blocks. Source: Company Press Release Projects target a total investment of approximately EUR 120 million over five years in developments leading to a fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution
Non-commercial discovery in Jerv exploration well. (Credit: David Mark from Pixabay.) Chrysaor Norge AS as operator of PL973 has concluded drilling of explorationwell 15/12-25. The well targeted petroleum in reservoirs of Paleocene age (TyFormation). The well was drilled to a total depth of 2,795 m below mean sealevel and terminated in limestone, also assumed to be of Paleocene age. Thewater depth is 86 m.The well encountered a 40 m gas condensate column in reservoir of good to verygood quality. No gas-water contact was observed. The well was not formationtested but coring, sampling and data acquisition were performed, includingpressure data. The reservoir pressure is highly depleted and the remainingresources are interpreted to be insufficient for development. The well is nowbeing plugged for abandonment and no further data will be acquired.This is the first exploration well drilled in PL973. The licence was awarded in2019 through the APA2018 licensing round. Well 15/12-25 was drilled by the COSLInnovator rig which will now drill well 15/12-26 in the same licence. Source: Company Press Release The well encountered a 40 m gas condensate column in reservoir of good to very good quality. No gas-water contact was observed