Singapore-based oil and gas company Jadestone Energy, formerly known as Mitra Energy, has appointed Dennis McShane as its non-executive chairman, effective December 10, 2017.Jadestone said on Monday that McShane has nearly four decades of senior management and board experience, including corporate finance, strategic, and leadership roles in the banking and upstream sectors.Paul Blakeley, Jadestone CEO, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Dennis to the board. I believe we will benefit enormously from both his experience as well as a great combination of diplomacy and commercial acumen. Dennis has a history of providing level-headed decision-making and building excellent relationships with external stakeholders, and will help reinforce the critical bridge to the investor community.”McShane is a non-executive director of the Advertising Checking Bureau in the United States. Previously, he held directorship roles with Midas Resources in Switzerland, Ophir Energy and Ferrexpo in the UK.He was also the managing director with J.P. Morgan Chase in Australia and the UK, and with Chemical Bank/MHT in the United States and South Africa.Regarding his appointment, the new non-executive director said: “I am delighted to be part of the Jadestone team. I see tremendous opportunity for the company both through delivering value from its existing asset portfolio and through the rich set of organic and inorganic opportunities in the Asia Pacific region.”Jadestone added that Blakeley would continue in his role as president and CEO and would remain on the board as an executive director.
Kyle Jones raced to the $1,000 IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car checkers on opening night of the Spring Kick-Off special at Kennedale Speedway Park. (Photo by Mike Frieri)KENNEDALE, Texas (Feb. 25-26) – The pace for the first half of Saturday’s IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car feature at Kennedale Speedway Park was to Kyle Jones’ liking, as he worked his way toward the front of the Spring Kick-Off field.Once he got in the lead, however, the laps didn’t seem to click off nearly as quickly.Jones worked his way up from eighth starting, passed John Ricketts for the point midway through the 20-lapper and held off a who’s who of IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car racing for the $1,000 payday.“That race could not have gone by quick enough once I got the lead,” said Jones, the winner ahead of Marcus Thomas, Ricketts, George White and Chad Wilson. “We ran the last eight laps green and to me it seemed like they took forever.”Jones was third after starting eighth in his heat, then ran the extreme high line in catching up with defending Spring Kick-Off winner Ricketts in the main event.“After drawing 87 out of 100, I thought I’d be lucky to come out of there without a scratch on the car,” he said. “Coming out with the win was awesome.”Spring Kick-Off IMCA Modified winners were Matt Guillaume and Dean Abbey. Jon White Jr. and Jake Upchurch were first in Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod mains and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers flew for Kirk Martin and Damon Hammond.One hundred and twenty-plus IMCA race teams were on hand for the 2017 lidlifter at KSP.Feb. 25 Feature ResultsSprint Cars – 1. Kyle Jones; 2. Marcus Thomas; 3. John Ricketts; 4. George White; 5. Chad Wilson; 6. Brandon Long; 7. D.J. Estes; 8. Michelle Melton; 9. Logan Scherb; 10. Jeb Sessums; 11. Justin Melton; 12. Chipper Wood; 13. Logan Payne; 14. Colby Estes; 15. Josh Toho; 16. Nicholas Littlejohn; 17. Chase Parson; 18. Shane Gloeckler; 19. Bryan Debrick; 20. Andy Shouse; 21. Gary Floyd; 22. Johnny Brown; 23. Britney Bryant.Modifieds – 1. Matt Guillaume; 2. Matt Martin; 3. Doug Easterling; 4. Jay Bransom; 5. Dean Abbey; 6. Robbie Daniels; 7. Chad Melton; 8. William Gould; 9. Fred Wojtek; 10. Josh McGaha; 11. Tommy Williams Jr.; 12. Chris Bragg; 13. Dillon Pike; 14. P.J. Egbert; 15. Jeff Hoegh; 16. Darryl Campbell; 17. Jimmy Littlejohn; 18. Mark Patterson; 19. John Gober; 20. Kevin Rutherford.Southern SportMods – 1. Jon White Jr.; 2. Jacob Pirkle; 3. James McCreery; 4. Jake Upchurch; 5. Cory Williams; 6. Justin Long; 7. John Freeman; 8. Justin Nabors; 9. Terry Owen; 10. Allen Montgomery; 11. James Hanusch; 12. Rob Bland; 13. Wesley McNorton; 14. Danny Cavanagh; 15. John Rabozzi; 16. James Skinner; 17. Jeremy Carter; 18. Jeffrey Abbey; 19. Matt Doescher; 20. Jared Baird.Stock Cars – 1. Kirk Martin; 2. Brandon Taylor; 3. Westin Abbey; 4. G.W. Egbert; 5. Dennis Bissonnette; 6. Angel Munoz; 7. Duain Pritchett; 8. Randy Killen; 9. Buryl Norris; 10. Jerrett Bransom; 11. April Phillips; 12. Ranger Shipman; 13. Wade White; 14. Justin Bruce; 15. Tyler Muirhead; 16. Billy Wade; 17. Lewis Blackwood; 18. Jay Bransom; 19. Ryan Powers; 20. Damon Hammond.Feb. 26 Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Dean Abbey; 2. McGaha; 3. Gould; 4. Martin; 5. Jay Bransom; 6. Guillaume; 7. Daniels; 8. Jimmy Littlejohn; 9. Melton; 10. Robert Scrivner; 11. Hoegh; 12. Mitch McMillin; 13. Patterson; 14. Cody Shoemaker; 15. Campbell; 16. Shawn Sandegren; 17. Branden Harris; 18. Williams; 19. Brandon McElroy; 20. Treven Geter.Southern SportMods – 1. Upchurch; 2. Jeffrey Abbey; 3. Skinner; 4. Greg Frazer; 5. Montgomery; 6. Justin Nabors; 7. Hanusch; 8. Freeman; 9. Tyler Cook; 10. Karl Rupp; 11. Ronnie Allison; 12. Cavanagh; 13. Nicole Torres; 14. Todd West; 15. Walter Hamilton; 16. White; 17. Williams; 18. Pirkle; 19. Nick Clinkenbeard.Stock Cars – 1. Hammond; 2. Jay Bransom; 3. Muirhead; 4. Martin; 5. Westin Abbey; 6. Greg Gutt; 7. Bruce; 8. Blackwood; 9. Shipman; 10. Jerrett Bransom; 11. Mart Wampler; 12. Dustin Matlock; 13. Rhea Toney; 14. April Phillips; 15. Gary Williams; 16. Gary Nabors; 17. Pritchett; 18. Powers; 19. J.C. Howell; 20. Killen; 21. Tommy Phillips; 22. Doug Kennemer; 23. Ronnie Christopher; 24. Norris.
While the Irish national team were going down to Scotland at Murrayfield, Munster were going through similar tribulations on the continent as Treviso secured a bonus-point win. It was just the outcome Rob Penney’s side wanted to avoid in the wake of their disappointing 18-10 loss to Scarlets last time out, with Munster sixth in the RaboDirect PRO12 table, half-a-dozen points behind fourth-placed Ospreys. Press Association Treviso sit behind them in the ladder, a fact which makes their performance on Sunday all the more surprising, but it was a thoroughly deserved win for the Italians who were ahead three minutes in when winger Ludovic Nitoglia raced in under the sticks, giving Alberto Di Bernardo a simple conversion. Ian Keatley frittered away a chance to reduce the gap when he dragged a penalty wide before Di Bernardo followed suit, although Filippo Giusti was soon touching down to make that irrelevant. The try had been on the cards and only a fine Johne Murphy tackle stopped Giulio Toniolatti making it three early touchdowns, before Keatley found his range with a three-pointer. Gideon la Grange poured water on any revival hopes, though, scoring a try that was converted by Di Bernardo and, when the fly-half tagged a penalty, it gave Treviso a 22-3 half-time lead. The sin-binning of home hooker Giovanni Maistri at least gave Munster a second-half breather, with a penalty try and Keatley conversion giving them a sniff with 30 minutes left. There was no grandstand finish, however, as Treviso got their bonus point as Fabio Semenzato dotted down on the hour and Toniolatti did the same with two minutes left, Di Bernardo converting one of them. Munster endured a miserable trip to Italy on Sunday afternoon as they were resoundingly beaten 34-10 by Treviso at the Stadio di Monigo.
“He is at the end of his contract at the end of the season, then he will decide what he will do.” Wenger, though, praised the efforts of Arshavin, whose last appearance was as a substitute in the Barclays Premier League defeat at Chelsea on January 20. “Arshavin has shown 100 per cent commitment at absolutely every session, he has been an example for everybody,” Wenger said. “He has been questioned many times about his commitment, but if you saw him every day you would respect him for what he does on a daily basis. He has been absolutely fantastic.” Arshavin scored all four of Arsenal’s goals in their 4-4 draw at Liverpool in April 2009, and also netted a late winner in the memorable Champions League victory over Barcelona at the Emirates Stadium in February 2011. Press Association Russia international Andrey Arshavin is set to leave Arsenal in the summer, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The 31-year-old midfielder, who signed from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2009 for what was then understood to be a club record £15million, has seen his chances limited in the final season of his current deal. Arshavin spent some time on loan at his former club last year and Wenger revealed there were no plans to offer the Russian a new deal to stay on. “I don’t think he will stay here, because he doesn’t play enough,” said the Arsenal boss.
“With this run of games we’re going on, we’re really looking forward to Monday night’s game and we’ll be setting our stall out to go there and pick up three points. “We’ve grown massively and I think you can see the change in formation. We’ve taken to that really well and quickly, which is important. “I think we seem to have that edge back, even if we’re not playing the most flowing football or things aren’t going 100 per cent to plan, we still look like we’re going to get the result and I think that speaks volumes about how much everyone has taken things forward.” Manager Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep the nucleus of this young side together, and while contract negotiations with Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have dragged on for several months now they have just opened talks with the 24-year-old Allen over a new deal. “We’re at the early stages at the moment but the signs are good,” he told BBC Wales Sport. “From my point of view I’m looking to commit my future here and hopefully I can be here for years to come. “For me it’s just a case of playing regularly and putting in consistent performances. “I’ve always been confident that I’ll be able to be successful here.” A dreadful start to the campaign saw them slip to 10th, seven points off the minimum requirement of a top-four place, in mid-December and exit the Champions League at the group stage. Since then, however, they have taken 30 points from their 12 subsequent Premier League matches to put themselves firmly in the mix for a top-four place and have an FA Cup quarter-final replay against Sky Bet Championship side Blackburn to face next month. Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen admits it took longer than they expected to turn their season around but he now has every confidence they can make it a success. Press Association “We always knew we’d turn it around but we wondered how long it was going to take. It did take longer than we expected, I think,” said Wales midfielder Allen. “Losing Luis Suarez in the summer (to Barcelona) and Daniel Sturridge being out (injured) for so long as well and the change we had, we always knew there’d be a little bit of a rocky patch but we didn’t expect it to go on so long. “We put expectation on ourselves because we think we’re good enough to go on runs like this. “With the players we’ve got, and the confidence we’re playing with, I think it’s a case of long may it continue.” The turnaround came after their Champions League failure was followed immediately by a 3-0 defeat at Manchester United, their main rival for a top-four spot. A change in system to a 3-4-2-1 formation has brought the best out of a number of players, particularly 22-year-old playmaker Philippe Coutinho and utility man Emre Can, who recently turned 21. “People forget sometimes that we’re a pretty young team and squad,” Allen, who is fit again after a hip problem to face former club Swansea this evening, told liverpoolfc.com. “The beauty of that is that we will get better. We’ve shown that as the season has gone on.
HOUSTON — George Floyd’s golden casket is on its way to a Texas cemetery for burial. Many mourners lined the streets to pay tribute to the slain arrest suspect as the white horse drawn carriage carrying Floyd made its way through Houston.After emotional tributes from Floyd’s family, a song from Ne-Yo, a recorded message from Joe Biden and a eulogy from the Rev. Al Sharpton, Floyd’s casket was carried on the shoulders of pall bearers out of Fountain of Praise church in Houston.Many in the family section of the church held out their hands in the direction of the casket as it departed, as the hymn “I Shall Wear a Crown” rang through the church. Others held up their phones to film it.The more than 500 face-masked mourners in the congregation for the four-hour service included actors Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum, and J.J. Watt of the NFL’s Houston Texans.The service and upcoming burial bring to a close nearly a week of memorials and remembrances of Floyd, whose death at the hands of police in Minneapolis inspired protests around the world.
In other MLB news:— The Atlanta Braves have signed first baseman Yonder Alonso to a minor league contract with an invitation to the major league spring training. The 32-year-old Alonso gives the Braves depth behind Freddie Freeman, who had surgery in October on his right elbow. Freeman said last month he has no pain in the elbow and will be ready when position players report on Monday. Alonso hit a combined .199 with 10 home runs and 37 RBIs with Colorado and the Chicago White Sox in 2019. He hit .260 in 54 games with the Rockies. Alonso drove in 83 runs, setting a career high, while hitting .250 with 23 homers for Cleveland in 2018. He made the 2017 AL All-Star team with Oakland. Alonso has a .259 career batting average in 10 seasons. He made his debut with Cincinnati in 2010 and played four seasons with San Diego.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN7-time major champion Inbee Park tied for lead Down UnderADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Seven-time major champion Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour victory on Friday by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women’s Australian Open. Starter Mike Clevinger (KLEH’-vihn-jur) injured his left knee during a workout in Arizona and will have surgery. The team says he tore cartilage Wednesday and a timetable for his return will be set after the operation.The right-hander won 13 games last season. The Indians are counting on him to have an even larger role after two-time Cy Young winner Corey Kluber was traded this winter to Texas. Clevinger has won 38 games over the past three seasons.Clevinger has won 38 games over the past three seasons. He made 21 starts in 2019, but missed time early in the year with a strained back muscle. The 29-year-old had a 2.71 ERA last season.Clevinger avoided salary arbitration by signing a $4.1 million contract for this season.Also, the Indians signed free-agent outfielder Domingo Santana to a contract for 2020. He played for Seattle last season, batting .253 with 21 homers and 69 RBIs in 121 games. The 27-year-old Santana missed 24 games in August and September with an injured right elbow. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSIndians starter Mike Clevinger to have knee surgeryUNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have already suffered a blow in spring training. February 14, 2020 Rippy entered the not guilty plea before Judge Algenon Marbley, who ordered him to remain in detention ahead of his April 13 trial.Records show Rippy was arrested Dec. 28 in Livermore, California, released on bond, but then failed to report to the court’s Pretrial Services division as required. He was re-arrested last month in California, and a magistrate judge ordered him handed over to U.S. marshals and sent to Ohio. Associated Press Park shot 4-under 69 to put her at 10-under 136 at Royal Adelaide, level with first-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70).After an afternoon of misty rain and wind gusts up to 20 mph, Ewart Shadoff joined Park at the top of the leaderboard. Two early bogeys dropped the Englishwoman off the pace, but she rallied with five birdies to grab a share of the 36-hole lead.Jillian Hollis (69), was in third place, one stroke behind. Defending champion Nelly Korda (73) was six strokes behind. Five-time champion Karrie Webb, whose lead-up to the tournament was hampered by a virus, missed the cut after a second consecutive 74.Because of the virus outbreak in China, the Women’s Australian Open will be the last LPGA tournament for a month after the cancellation of three scheduled events in Thailand, Singapore and China.TOKYO OLYMPICS-VIRUS COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GAME THREATNot guilty plea by suspect accused of making game threatCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A California man pleaded not guilty on Friday to a charge of threatening a shooting at Ohio State University and vowing to hurt players on the football team.An indictment unsealed late last year in federal court in Columbus accuses Daniel Rippy of making the “electronic communication” threat from California during the game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan in 2018. The game was played in Columbus that year, and Ohio State won 62-39.According to the Sept. 26 indictment, Rippy threatened a shooting at the school and said: “I’m seriously going to hurt the students and all of the players from the football team.” Update on the latest sports No ‘Plan B’ for Olympics; questions over Chinese presenceTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan B” for the 2020 Games, which open in just over five months and have been jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring China.The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, but only one in Japan, where fear is rising with so much attention focused on the outbreak.John Coates, the head of an IOC inspection team, and Tokyo Olympic organizers took questions at a news conference on Friday to wrap up a two-day visit that was dominated by the virus issue.Coates was asked by a reporter if he was 100% confident that the Tokyo Olympics would go on as scheduled and open on July 24. He replied, “Yes.”
THE inaugural 592 Beer Inter-Village Football Festival final will be contested between Golden Grove and Friendship after dramatic semi-final victories on Sunday at the Golden Grove Community Centre ground.The home side Golden Grove defeated Beterverwagting (BV) 3-1 in front of a large crowd. Dwain Jacobs handed the hosts the lead in the 58th minute lashing into the back of the net after receiving a forward pass once first half failed to produce a goal,The lead proved to be short-lived, as Omari Glasgow equalised in the 63rd minute, sprinting onto a through pass and slapping his effort past the goalkeeper.However, Golden Grove restored their advantage in the 73rd minute through Phillip Williams, who blasted into the roof of the net after the goalkeeper parried the ball onto the woodwork and it fell into his path.The win was then sealed in the 90th+1 minute compliments of Dextroy Culpepper who rifled a powerful shot into the lower left corner, past the onrushing goalkeeper following a swift counterattack down the right side.Meanwhile, Friendship defeated Paradise 3-1 on penalty kicks after regulation and extra time ended 1-1. Goalkeeper Seon Thomas was the hero for Friendship. He recorded three consecutive saves in rounds two, three and four respectively to seal the outcome.Thomas’s performance mirrored his teammates who recorded three consecutive goals from the penalty mark. Before the eventual conclusion, E. Evans handed Paradise the lead in the 28th minute, only for Clive Andries to equalise in the 53rd minute.Tournament coordinator Eon Havercome during a pre-match comment said, “The tournament couldn’t have provided a better matchup for the final of the inaugural edition. We have witnessed tremendous football since the start and the competition has certainly exceeded all expectations with the support and quality on display every evening from players and spectators alike.”He further said, “Once again I expect the final to be a monumental evening, the two teams are the best of the lot and have displayed their championship credentials in the previous rounds so I expect the fans to be treated to a dramatic and exciting atmosphere on January 1.”The eventual champions of the event will pocket $500 000 and the championship trophy. On the other hand, the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers will receive $200 000, $150 000 and $100 000 respectively and the corresponding trophy.Similarly, individual prizes will also be awarded for the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, the MVP of the finale, the Best Goalkeeper of the tournament and the Best Goalkeeper of the final.Some of the major sponsors of the tournament are Bakewell Guyana Incorporated, ExxonMobil, NSC, Flavours Boss and Colin Talbot Construction Services.
Jared Servantez contributed to this report. The Dept. of Public Safety will be informing students of familiar and forgotten safety tips at the Annual Campus Safety and Emergency Preparedness Fair on Trousdale Parkway today.The fair gives various law enforcement and crime prevention organizations on campus and in Los Angeles the opportunity to teach new students security techniques, said DPS Capt. David Carlisle.“Every year we see almost 3,000 new students that have to be trained after they have moved away from home,” Carlisle said. “Students that have been here a while know about smart behavior and what to do in an event of an emergency, but we have to educate the new people.”Michael Chapey, a sophomore majoring in narrative studies, said he wouldn’t be fully prepared if a crisis were to occur.“I don’t really have any plans in an emergency like a fire or earthquake,” Chapey said. “Although we do have many fire drills in Troy, so we’ll know what to do in an evacuation.”The fair will also teach students what protocol must be followed during fires and natural disasters, said DPS officer Wyman Thomas.“We will be providing safety kits in the event of an emergency, especially since this is earthquake territory,” Thomas said. “The kits will include a flashlight, Band-Aids, batteries and small essential things that you can keep in a locker or your car.”Alex Cerone, a sophomore majoring in business and cinematic arts, said in most situations a student’s choices can prevent crime.“The further away from campus you get, there’s less of a DPS presence,” Cerone said. “Students also have to be taking it upon themselves and asking how they can protect themselves.”Even though most returning students are aware of ways to prevent crime, the fair will remind them that safety is invaluable, Thomas said.“Students often prioritize their classes, getting their assignments done and also the social component outside of the classroom,” Thomas said. “Safety becomes really low on the totem pole and we want people to know that safety is first.”
The resolution calls for SAA to be integrated as the 11th cultural assembly of the Programming Branch after a successful trial period, which would last from Jan. 13 to March 31. SAA would be granted $6,000 from the administrative budget during the trial semester to fund member organization expenses. Statistics cited in the resolution indicate that disabled students do not believe they receive adequate services or recognition on campus. A 2018 survey conducted by former USG Director of Accessibility Affairs Hailey Robertson found that 50% of participants were not satisfied with the level of academic support and resources for accessibility. Undergraduate Student Government proposed a resolution that aims to increase representation of disabled students on campus. (Ally Wei | Daily Trojan) The Programming Branch of USG currently encompasses a variety of student organizations, including five special-interest committees that plan campus events and 10 community-focused assemblies that represent the interests of different student groups. Assemblies such as the Black Student Assembly and Queer & Ally Student Assembly serve as funding and advocacy umbrella organizations that unify individual member organizations. The Undergraduate Student Government proposed a resolution to incorporate the Student Assembly for Accessibility under the Programming Branch of USG during the Senate meeting Tuesday. SAA represents students with disabilities on campus. “This overarching representation is at least going to send a message to students that there is a space for you when there historically has not been,” D’Souza said. Co-director of SAA Javin D’Souza, who collaborated on the resolution with Howard, said the resolution would also build a stronger community on campus for disabled students. The resolution has garnered the support of Colleges Against Cancer, Kicks for Kids, National Alliance on Mental Illness and Eye to Eye, all founding member organizations of SAA. USG Director of Accessibility Affairs Gwen Howard, who helped draft the resolution, said the inclusion of SAA under the Programming Branch would allow the organization to reap the various benefits of USG’s recognized assemblies. These benefits include increased funding and greater visibility and support that comes from a USG endorsement. “What works best to change culture is bringing people together and talking about different issues,” Howard said. “That really can’t happen without a budget and settings and venues and being able to be face-to-face with other people and build camaraderie around that.” During the meeting, the Senate also passed more amendments to the 2020 Elections code to clarify issues of candidate endorsement and elections teams. USG members, excluding those from the Elections and Recruitment team, Judicial Council, associate director of marketing, director of graphics and the elections commission, may publicly support and campaign on behalf of candidates. However, they cannot endorse candidates, and support cannot hold affiliation with USG.