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Oil hits five-month highs as US producers cut output ahead of hurricane

first_imgUS producers cut crude output ahead of Hurricane Laura at a rate approaching the level of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina and also halted most oil refining along the Texas/Louisiana coast.Laura is expected to strengthen into a major hurricane with 115 mile per hour (185 kph) winds before it strikes the coast near the Texas-Louisiana border early Thursday, according to the US National Hurricane Center.On Tuesday, producers had evacuated 310 offshore facilities and shut 1.56 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude output, 84 percent of Gulf of Mexico’s offshore production, near the 90 percent outage that Katrina brought 15 years ago.“Today’s strength was again almost entirely attributable to storm concerns,” said Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates in Galena, Illinois, noting the storm factor would likely overshadow the weekly storage report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA). Analysts forecast US crude stockpiles fell for a fifth week in a row last week, according to a Reuters poll conducted ahead of reports from the American Petroleum Institute (API) at 4:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) on Tuesday and the government on Wednesday.“Overall, hurricanes may be limiting supply this week … but the market will soon again focus on the biggest hurricane of them all, COVID-19,” said Bjornar Tonhaugen, head of oil markets at Rystad Energy.Europe is seeing a rise in coronavirus cases, including re-infection. Two re-infections were reported in Europe and one in Hong Kong.Elsewhere, US and Chinese trade officials reaffirmed their commitment to a Phase 1 trade deal.Topics : Crude oil prices rose to a five-month high on Tuesday as US producers shut most offshore output in the Gulf of Mexico ahead of Hurricane Laura even as rising coronavirus cases in Asia and Europe capped gains.Brent futures LCOc1 rose 73 cents, or 1.6 percent, to settle at US$45.86 a barrel, while US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 rose 73 cents, or 1.7 percent, to settle at $43.35.That was the highest closes for both benchmarks since March 5, the day before Saudi Arabia and Russia failed to agree on a new plan to cut output and about a week before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic.last_img read more

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Offense breaks out of funk in blowout win

first_imgThrough USC’s first two games, one thing has been clear: No matter how poorly the offense plays, the defense can be dominant enough keep the team in the game.Breaking free · Junior wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) provided the Trojans’ with their longest offensive play of the season in the second quarter when he shook off a defender en route to an 80-yard touchdown romp. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanOn Saturday against Boston College, the Trojan defense again delivered, but this time the offense finally broke through. Instead of finding itself in a close game, USC enjoyed a 35-7 blowout victory at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.“The energy on the sideline was awesome today,” redshirt junior defensive back Josh Shaw said. “It’s great knowing your offense is moving the ball. The best place for a defensive player to be is on the sidelines.”After struggling mightily in its first two games, particularly in the loss to Washington State, the USC offense erupted on Saturday, racking up 521 yards of total offense, including 264 passing yards, a drastic improvement from last week’s woeful 54-yard performance against the Cougars.On defense, the Trojans again were stout, allowing only 184 total yards to the Eagles. Boston College running back Andre Williams, who averaged 160 yards per game entering this week, was held to just 38 yards on 17 carries.“We were number one worried about their running back,” USC head coach Lane Kiffin said. “We hadn’t played against a power-I offense yet. It’s very much a Stanford-like offense. Our guys really tackled well.”Through three games, USC has allowed 131 total rushing yards and just one rushing touchdown, which came late in the game Saturday when the Trojans had most of their second-team defense on the field.COMFORT ZONEAfter being named the team’s starter for the remainder of the season, redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler seemed more relaxed and played with a confidence level that he did not have in the team’s first two games.“The first two weeks, and I’m not making excuses, but you can’t really take control and be that guy to lead when you’re sharing reps,” Kessler said. “I had a whole new sense of confidence [this week]. Coach Kiffin has been talking to me all week and trusting me. I felt comfortable and relaxed, and I had a blast doing it.”Kessler finished the day with 15 completions on 17 pass attempts for 237 yards and two touchdowns and did not have a single turnover. Entering the week as the starter, his newfound confidence was apparent to the entire team.“Cody came out and had a great week of practice,” redshirt sophomore running back Tre Madden said. “You could just see it in his eyes, the energy he brought to the offense.”“Just having that quarterback in there and working with him the whole week, not having to guess which quarterback is gonna be in, it really helped,” redshirt senior offensive tackle Kevin Graf said. “It definitely gave him a lot of confidence. He seemed a lot more relaxed today and really led us very well.”friendly confinesConsidering the ineffectiveness of the passing game against Washington State, fans’ expectations for Saturday were understandably low. But after throwing a deep pass that fell incomplete on the first play of the game, the crowd’s reaction caught many off guard.“[The crowd cheering] was surprising,” junior wide receiver Marqise Lee said. “But then again, I know what they were cheering about. The fact that we were taking shots downfield, that’s all they wanted to see.”Kiffin’s conservative playcalling against Washington State had been criticized all week, so seeing USC take a chance on a deep pass was an encouraging sign to many.“That was [President C.L.] Max Nikias’ play,” Kiffin said of the game’s first play. “He said throw deep, and they’ll cheer no matter what. So that was for President Nikias.”With all the negativity from the fans following last week’s loss, Kiffin was encouraged by the fans’ reaction to the team’s play.“I felt like there was an effort by the fans,” Kiffin said. “We felt they came out today saying they were really going to support this team. I felt it on the Trojan Walk and down on the field. That just shows how special our fans are.”“It wasn’t an easy week on our fans, with how passionate they are and what they had to deal with last week,” Kiffin said. “I’m happy for them to feel good today. We had good Trojan football for the most part today.”ONE-TWO PUNCHFor the first time since 1981, a USC running back has opened the season with three consecutive 100-yard games. Madden finished the game with 102 yards on 16 carries and one rushing touchdown, and also had two catches for 32 yards and a touchdown.That accomplishment is impressive in and of itself, but even more so when considering Madden has played only three collegiate games at running back.“I’m definitely getting more comfortable as the weeks go by,” Madden said. “Everything is slowing down more as the season goes on.”Joining Madden in pacing USC’s rushing attack is freshman tailback Justin Davis, who finished the game with 96 yards on just 10 carries and one touchdown. After rushing the ball 32 times against Washington State, Madden was relieved to split carries more evenly against Boston College.“[Davis] is a great running back,” Madden said. “In splitting our carries, we were fresh today. That definitely helped us out.”Davis, who enrolled in school early and participated in spring practice, had his first taste of success in front of the home fans, but believes he can still do more to impress them.“Not really yet,” Davis said when asked if he felt he had a breakout game. “I’m planning on improving every game. I’m never satisfied with a performance, so I’m gonna try to top every performance the next game.”QUOTE WORTHY“The thing about the fans is, it’s USC — they’re used to winning,” Lee said. “I can’t blame them if they’re booing because we lose, because around here, winning is all they know. Once we bring that winning back, the fans, they’re gonna love it.”Follow Nick on Twitter @NickSelbelast_img read more

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Dodgers’ magic number down to 2 despite 7-4 loss

first_imgBy that point, Colorado led 7-1 and the thin Rocky Mountain air wasn’t thin enough to facilitate a comeback. Yet the Dodgers’ magic number to clinch the National League West fell to 2 when the Giants lost to the A’s later in the day.The Dodgers’ lead in the division is 8 with nine games remaining. They can clinch today, but only if they beat the Rockies and the A’s beat the Giants in their game, which begins at 1 p.m. First pitch from Coors Field is scheduled for 5:10 p.m.The Dodgers have another game in Denver on Sunday before they begin a four-game series in San Francisco on Monday. Either nothing or everything will be at stake for both teams. If the Dodgers haven’t clinched the West by the end of that series, manager Don Mattingly said, “We don’t deserve to.”Bolsinger allowed seven hits and seven runs in four innings. Only four of the runs were earned, though Bolsinger did not help his cause by walking three batters. He struck out two. At one point during the fourth-inning onslaught, Dodgers head athletic trainer Stan Conte visited the mound to check on the pitcher. But there was no injury. “Nothing was wrong at all,” Bolsinger saidIn the previous breath, however, the right-hander conceded that he hasn’t been the same since returning from a four-week hiatus at Triple-A. In four September starts for the Dodgers, Bolsinger’s ERA has risen from 2.83 to 3.48.“Maybe a little bit of fatigue in the arm,” he said. “Since I’ve been back, I’m just getting tired real quick.”Mattingly reserved the right to change his mind, but said his first preference is to keep Bolsinger in the rotation. His next start would come Wednesday in San Francisco. Right-hander Carlos Frias is healthy and has a chance, like Bolsinger, to earn a postseason roster spot as a long reliever. Frias pitched four shutout innings Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in his only September start — a step in the right direction.Bolsinger said he is merely trying to finish the regular season strong.“Whatever happens, happens,” he said. “I definitely haven’t put myself in very good position for anything.”Rockies starter David Hale (5-5) allowed five hits and only one run in five innings before the announced crowd of 38,485 at Coors Field.On a night when second baseman Howie Kendrick was the only right-handed hitting position player in the Dodgers’ starting lineup, he delivered two of the Dodgers’ nine hits. Jimmy Rollins had three, including a triple, and Chase Utley walked twice and clubbed a ground-rule double. “It’s always tough this time of year because we’re playing against teams that have nothing to lose,” Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford said. “They play us a little harder. We’re trying not to make mistakes and do things the proper way. Sometimes it’s tough that way, but we still have to be professional, get ready to play, do what we do, and go out there and take care of business.”The Dodgers committed two errors in the field Friday and another on the base paths, when Crawford took a wide turn around first base on an infield single and was thrown out by Colorado third baseman Nolan Arenado.Getting ahead of ourselves, are we?“We’re not looking forward to nothing,” Crawford insisted.The Rockies lowered the boom with three runs in the third inning and three more in the fourth against Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger (6-5). Charlie Blackmon, Carlos Gonzalez and Corey Dickerson each hit solo home runs in the fourth inning. DENVER >> The natural toll of playing 152 games is clearly pulling the Dodgers in a bad direction at the moment. Flashes of urgency, occasionally from grizzled veterans and occasionally from youngsters fighting for a postseason roster spot, are pulling the opposite direction.The taut threads in this metaphorical tug-of-war represent the Dodgers’ magic number. It can only get smaller, but its existence feels tortured.A 7-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies like Friday’s would not have come with the same tension in May or June, though the Dodgers lost to the Rockies twice in each of those months. Because it came in Game 153 of a 162-game regular season, it’s easier to lump in with the Dodgers’ four-game losing streak that ended Tuesday: Bad losses, or at least bad timing.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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SHADOW CAST OVER FESTIVAL AFTER MAN’S DEATH

first_imgGARDAÍ are investigating the sudden death of a man in Bundoran, where this weekend’s Sea Sessions festival is taking place.The man – originally from Belfast but living in the seaside town for several years – was found dead in an apartment close to the Marine Bar.He had been out last night at the festival and was said to be in good form at the Phoenix Tavern in the town. Gardaí in Ballyshannon are investigating the man’s death.It happened has hundreds of people flocked to the seaside town for a music festival which continues tonight. SHADOW CAST OVER FESTIVAL AFTER MAN’S DEATH was last modified: June 28th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallyshannonbundoranGardainvestigationSea Sessions deathlast_img read more

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Yeak Kabowa defeat Parakeets, edge closer to Futsal Super League title

first_imgYeak (Blue and White) are still six points clear at the top of the League. (File Photos)Futsal Super League 2018/19Thursday, 09-05-2019International Futsal Courts, Mengo -Typhoon 4-2 Mengo City-Aidenal 3-1 Elephants -Dream 5-1 Kabowa United -Park 3-2 Yap Stars -Crown 2-1 Equator-Yeak Kabowa 4-1 Parakeets-Nomad 1-2 BajimMENGO – Yeak Kabowa took a giant step towards securing the 2018/19 Futsal Super League League title as they defeated Parakeets 4-1 in one of the 7 matches played on Thursday.The Kabowa based side who have been impressive all season ensured they were in control of proceeding early, taking a 2-0 lead into halftime with John Musasizi and Swabul Mugenyi scoring for them.Parakeets looked a better side in the second half, halving the deficit thanks to Vincent Abigaba’s goal.However, Yeak responded with two more goals through now-top scorer Shaffic Avemah.The win take Yeak onto 57 points and ensures they maintain their 6 point caution atop the Futsal Super League standings with only three games to play.For second placed Park, they returned to winning ways, powering past Yap Stars 3-2.Having let a 3-1 lead slip in the 5-5 draw against Bajim last week, Park knew they could not afford anymore slip-ups in the title race and raced into a 3-0 lead at halftime.Mark Kisenyi, Shafick Mulangira and Joshua Asiku scored Park’s first half goals.In the second half, the second placed side were all over the place as Yap pushed them to the limits.Yap who are currently the bottom side on the log, scored two unanswered goals through Ouma Osborne to set-up a tense finale.In the end, Park held on to register a vital victory.The three points see the Iddi Babu captained side march onto 51 points for the season, six behind leaders Yeak with only three games to play.For Yap, they remain bottom of the standings having gathered only 9 points from their first 23 games.Elsewhere, defending champions Dream made it three victories in their last three games, defeating Kabowa United 5-1. Tags: DreamEnock SsebagalaFutsal Super LeagueJohn SsegawParakeetsParkShaffic AvemahtopYeak Kabowa Dream (In Blue) have now won all of their last three games.Swaibu Kazibwe and Moses Lubega struck early for the defending champions to ensure a 2-1 lead at halftime. Edward Kyagulanyi struck for Kabowa in the first period.In the second, it was all Dream, scoring three more goals in order to seal the victory.Kazibwe completed his day’s brace while John Ssegawa added two more in the rout.Victory for Dream now sees them maintain 4th spot with 41 points accumulated so far.For Kabowa United, they remain second from bottom with 12 points.In the most entertaining contest of the day, Crown edged Equator 2-1.Crown took a 1-0 lead at halftime thanks to Ismail Kaire’s goal but it was in the second half that the contest got to life.Just after the recess, Equator equalized through Daniel Sempa and with the contest heading for a stalemate, Salad Mahad took the matters into his own hand to strike the winner for Crown.Crown now maintain 3rd spot after gathering 42 points from 23 games while Equator slump into 9th on the standings with 32 points.In the other games played on the day, Typhoon took care of Mengo City 4-2, Aidenal defeated Elephants 3-1 while Bajim were 2-1 winners over Nomad.Yeak’s Shaffic Avemah now tops the scoring charts with 38 goals, two ahead of teammate Enock Ssebagala.The Futsal Super League action continues next Thursday with all 14 teams in action once again.Comments last_img read more