Qatar set for ‘boom’ in new gas investments after hosting FIFA World Cup in 2022


first_imgMuch of the nation’s attention over the past decade has been focused on preparations for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022 – but gas investments could be set to take centre stage beyond next year Increase in upcoming gas investments to be similar to early 2000s boomGlobalData noted that Qatar’s projects market in the 2020s will have “many similarities” to the boom experienced in the opening decade of the 2000s and it said the similarity “goes beyond LNG”.Another reminder came at the end of last year when Doha was selected to host the Asian Games in 2030. The Qatari capital hosted the games for the first time in 2006 and a range of major sporting and hospitality projects were completed ahead of the event.Doha is also implementing a new tourism strategy that it hopes will turn the one-off economic and political capital boost of the World Cup into a long-term driver of sports, business and leisure tourism.Thompson said: “This time around, Qatar’s gas projects come in parallel to the Qatar National Vision 2030, Doha’s long-term strategy to transition away from energy, diversify economically and attract investment.”The plan includes the vigorous pursuit of investment in research and development in the hope of stimulating the formation of a broader knowledge economy, according to GlobalData.Doha is stepping up its efforts to draw investment through public-private partnership (PPP) schemes and issued a new PPP law in May 2020.The city has also been making progressive reforms with respect to worker welfare and its Kafala system, which monitors migrant labourers and is deemed necessary for Qatar’s future economy. GlobalData noted that Qatar’s projects market in the 2020s will have “many similarities” to the boom experienced in the opening decade of the 2000s (Credit: Shutterstock/Gimas) Qatar could be set for a “boom” in new gas investments across the coming years, says an industry analyst.This comes after much of the nation’s attention over the past decade has been focused on preparations for hosting the FIFA World Cup in 2022, with a range of key infrastructures – such as stadiums, airports, metro lines, and leisure and hospitality facilities – being developed in recent years.Analysis by data and analytics firm GlobalData claims the recent agreement signed between state-owned Qatar Petroleum, Singapore-based LNT Marine, the American Bureau of Shipping and Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding for LNG carrier designs is the “latest sign of a new surge in gas investment” that is set to shape the small Gulf state after the World Cup next year.center_img World Cup underpinned about $13.6bn a year of project contract awards in Qatar over past decadeThe World Cup has underpinned about $13.6bn a year of project contract awards in Qatar over the past 10 years, with the peak years coming in 2014 and 2015 when award levels increased to about $20.9bn and $17.4bn. Since 2015, however, awards have slowed, and questions have arisen about what comes after the World Cup.Richard Thompson, editorial director of GlobalData’s MEED, said: “Part of the answer came on 8 February 2021, when Qatargas awarded a $13bn contract for the main package of the first phase of its North Field Expansion megaproject to a consortium of Japan’s Chiyoda Corporation and France-based Technip Energies.“It is the biggest single EPC contract ever awarded in the region, and is redolent of the early 2000s when investments to develop six large LNG trains propelled Qatar to become the world’s biggest gas exporter.”last_img read more

Virtual Livestock Educational Resources


first_imgAs school responsibilities wrap up and summer break begins, youth now have more time for livestock projects and hands-on learning.Through University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, Georgia 4-H offers educational opportunities in programs that challenge youth with real-life issues as they learn responsibility through raising, showing and evaluating livestock. These projects provide students the opportunity to practice and acquire new knowledge in the fields of animal science, business, time management and leadership.With many extra-curricular activities sidelined, youth have more time for livestock-related tasks like showmanship practice, developing their record book and fine-tuning their animal show entries. Educational ResourcesWhile social distancing, youth have been introduced to a new way of virtual learning. To ensure that dedication and enthusiasm continue to grow for livestock programs, Georgia 4-H has begun offering instruction online as well as providing various resources, which include:Dairy farm tour videos: origin.americandairy.com/news-and-events/dairy-diary/dairy-farming/virtual-farm-tours-while-youre-stuck-at-home.stmlHorse judging from home videos by Middle Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee Extension: www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEJjxuN56N4&list=PLNXP12SwUle1PuvPAfKXOHqIXeBqM0g1rBasic horse riding exercises video by Louisiana State University Extension: www.youtube.com/watch?v=R05rTHKmhAcUGA Extension Bulletin 1234, “Dairy Judging Terminology: A Guide to Saying What She is and Not What She Isn’t”: t.uga.edu/61EUGA Extension Bulletin 1401, “Evaluating Common Equine Performance Classes”: t.uga.edu/61FUGA Extension Bulletin 1427, “Is Your Heifer Fit to Show? A Guide to Fitting and Showing Dairy Animals”: t.uga.edu/61GA list of more online resources is available at georgia4h.org/about-us/resources/activity-resources/#livestock.Virtual CompetitionsGeorgia 4-H is also continuing with statewide contests by adapting them into virtual competitions. These events allow youth to continue to challenge their knowledge, receive recognition for their accomplishments and learn life and leadership skills.State virtual horse show educational contests and a state virtual livestock judging contest will be held for 4-H members in grades 4 through 12, who can register and get more details by contacting 4-H staff at their local Extension office. The deadline to register online for livestock judging is June 10 and the online deadline for entering the horse contests is June 15. Youth can prepare by reviewing the additional information available in the Georgia 4-H State Horse Show Rules and Regulations and the Georgia 4-H Livestock Judging Educational Resources.For more information on these contests, please contact Georgia 4-H Livestock Extension Specialist Heather Shultz at [email protected] addition to state contests, various counties and districts have created opportunities for youth to demonstrate their learned skills within their peer groups. Details can be obtained by emailing or calling staff at UGA Extension offices. Find local contact information at extension.uga.edu/county-offices.To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Livestock Program, visit georgia4h.org/livestock.Georgia 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit georgia4h.org.last_img read more

Rock Hill Invests in LeBlanc Marine


first_imgRock Hill Capital Group has completed a majority recapitalization of LeBlanc Marine LLC, a marine service company providing marine construction, barge and tug services, and material offloading services along the Gulf Coast.“Ben and Cody have built a robust platform to provide marine construction and ancillary services along the Gulf Coast. The LeBlanc team is highly entrepreneurial, we look forward to helping them broaden their geographic footprint and expand into new service offerings,” Randall B. Hale, Managing Director of Rock Hill.LeBlanc, founded in 2004 by Ben LeBlanc, began by providing barge cleaning and repair services as well as tug support from its primary facility in the Port of Iberia, in New Iberia, Louisiana.In 2015, Ben partnered with Cody Fortier, and the company launched its marine construction division, including dredging, levee construction, and coastal restoration.In late 2015, LeBlanc began providing material offloading services for many of its key material vendors along the Gulf Coast and Mississippi River.“We believe Rock Hill’s involvement will provide the strategic insight and operational guidance needed for us to elevate to the next level. We are excited to have found a partner that recognizes the opportunity for growth and thinks about the business like we do,” concluded Ben LeBlanc, CEO of LeBlanc.[mappress mapid=”24845″]last_img read more

Cricket News ICC Women’s World T20: India crash out in semi-final against England, Australia trounce West Indies


first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Chasing 113 for a place in the final, England did not get off to an ideal start as they lost Tammy Beaumont in the second over and Danielle Wyatt in the fifth to Indian spinners, who dominated the powerplay.ALSO READ | MC Mary Kom assures India of silver in World Boxing ChampionshipHowever, Amy Ellen Jones and Natalie Sciver joined forces to first rebuild the innings and then bat India out of the game. Amy Jones (53 no, 47 balls) and Natalie Sciver (52 off 40 balls) added 92 runs for the unbroken third-wicket stand to finish the match in only 17.1 overs.Poor game sense of not reading the pitch also played its part as most of the Indian batswomen charged at the deliveries rather than playing deep inside the crease.India’s biggest hope skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (16 off 20 balls) hit a six but spinners Kirstie Gordon (2/20), Heather Knight (3/9) and Sophie Ecclestone (2/22) ran through middle and lower order with seven players failing to reach double figures. From 89/2, India lost eight wickets for just 23 runs as they were bowled out for a below-par score. ALSO READ | Kubica returns to F1 after horror crash which almost severed his arm India dropped the senior most player Mithali Raj from the squad, a move that will certainly be questioned. Mithali had been in great form in the World T20, scoring 56 and 51 against Pakistan and Ireland. However, in the game against Ireland, she suffered an injury and was rested for the game against Australia which India won by a convincing margin of 48 runs. England will no battle three-time champions Australia, who trounced the hosts and defending champions West Indies in the first semi-final. Dominant Southern StarsAfter a sluggish group stage in which they lost to India, Australia brought their A-game to the semi-final. Alyssa Healy, who was injured in the game against India and did not bowl, was the star in the batting. Healy and Meg Lanning shared a 51-run stand for the second wicket but Healy was unlucky to miss out on a fifty, with Afy Fletcher dismissing her for 46. Lanning’s stands with Ashleigh Gardner helped the team cross 100 and some lusty blows from Rachael Haynes helped Australia end on a competitive 142/5In response, West Indies had no response to the discipline of the Australian bowling. Barring Stephanie Taylor, no other West Indies batter reached double figures. Ellyse Perry, with 2/2 in two overs, once again proved to be the key player by dismissing the dangerous Deandra Dottin cheaply. Delissa Kimmince and Ashleigh Gardner also chipped in with two wickets while they got good support from Megan Schutt, Sophie Molineux and Georgia Wareham.England will be aiming to break their nine-year wait for the World T20 title while Australia will be attempting a record fourth title.  New Delhi: India’s dreams of winning ICC Women’s World T20 were shattered after batting collapse saw them crash to an eight-wicket defeat against England in the semi-finals. England will now meet Australia in the summit clash after the Southern Stars beat defending champions West Indies by 72 runs.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers come out on top in series against No. 2 Minnesota-Duluth


first_imgAfter a successful takedown of No. 2 University of Minnesota, Duluth, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team can officially call themselves the best in the nation.The Badgers (27-2-2-0, 22-2-2-0 WCHA) welcomed the Bulldogs (20-5-5, 17-5-4 WCHA) for a battle between the best teams in the nation. With WCHA playoffs looming right around the corner, this weekend was a critical test for Wisconsin.Saturday’s game was a matchup between two great teams, and it took almost 50 minutes of play before either managed to score. Both Ann-Renée Desbiens and Duluth’s Maddie Rooney held of many great attempts from opposing teams to keep the game tied up.Women’s hockey: No. 1 Wisconsin hosts No. 2 Minnesota Duluth in battle for top spotThis weekend showcases a matchup between the two best teams in the nation as the No. 1 University of Wisconsin Read…It was Wisconsin’s own Sarah Nurse who managed to get the first shot of the night in. Nurse’s victory was short lived, with Duluth netting a goal a mere five minutes later.After an overtime period that resulted in no goals, the Badgers and the Bulldogs headed into a shootout for the ages. It took a grand total of 12 skaters from both teams to finally decide who would be the victor of Saturday’s game.It was Wisconsin’s MeKenzie Steffens who finally managed to slide the game ending goal past Rooney. With one more shot, Desbiens waited to see who Duluth would send out with hopes of continuing the game.Surprisingly, with all the pressure on her, Desbiens actually felt more relieved after Steffens tallied her point than before. The ruthless goaltender mentioned in a press conference after the game that knew she had the game the minute Steffens managed to find the back of the net.Ben Pierce/The Badger Herald“I feel like this one was less stressful than the 10 before it,” Desbiens said. “That one was the easiest for me. I was like ‘we got it, we need to end it here.’”Sunday’s game was more somber, with fans saying goodbye to the graduating class of 2017. Nurse, Desbiens, Sydney McKibbon, Jenny Ryan, Mellissa Channell and Mikayla Johnson were all joined by their families as they looked back at their careers at Wisconsin.Sunday’s game was dramatically different than Saturday’s, with the Badgers managing to find a rhythm quickly and shut out the Bulldogs early. Wisconsin was able pull out a fantastic win, outscoring Duluth 8-0 and earning the WCHA regular season title.Women’s hockey: Roque takes home Rookie of the Week honors at right timeThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team just keeps collecting regular season accolades as freshman forward Abby Roque earned Rookie Read…With an eventful weekend behind them, the Badgers now shift their attention to another Minnesota team, the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities. This border battle will be the final game in the regular season for UW.The Badgers and the Gophers hit the ice Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. in what is sure to be a grand finale to an amazing season.last_img read more

NFL Week 15 Betting Guide: Spread, moneyline, over/under picks


first_imgWeek 15 is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing betting slates of the NFL season. There are seven spreads between one and four points and five of nine and higher, which makes finding edges necessary. Fortunately, BetQL can help in that area. Our subscribers can view BetQL’s NFL best bets and make the most informed, data-driven wagers possible. Let’s get into some of the Sunday slate’s top options. WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerAll data presented is as of Wednesday morning. You can track all NFL line movement on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard. Figures below calculated by wagering one unit on each touted bet with -110 spread odds.NFL Week 15 Betting Picks: Spread pick of the weekRams (-1) at Cowboys As seen on BetQL’s Line Movement Dashboard, the Cowboys opened as 3.5-point home favorites, but the action on one side of the line has swung it so that the visiting Rams are now one-point favorites. As identified on BetQL’s Sharp Picks Dashboard, an incredible 72 percent of public bets have gone on the Rams ATS while 95 percent of the money also has. Following an impressive 28-12 victory over the Seahawks in Week 14, the Rams are 8-5 and on the outside looking in of the current NFC playoff picture, which naturally creates some urgency and a must-win mantra. Although the Cowboys are 6-7 and own the tiebreaker over the Eagles in the NFC East, they’re in bad form, having lost three-consecutive games straight-up (and four out of five). Dallas has gone 2-3 ATS in their past five games and is seemingly in the midst of a freefall. Meanwhile, the Rams have won and covered three of their past four games and are getting hot at the right time. It’s really tough to trust the Cowboys right now. MORE WEEK 15: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emSeahawks (-260) at Panthers The Panthers have lost five straight games and just gave up 40 points in a loss to the Falcons. Oh, and they’re 2-4 at home. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have gone 6-1 on the road (one of six teams to have just one road loss) and have exceeded expectations, going 10-3 overall. While losing Rashaad Penny (knee) for the year hurts their offense slightly, it’s difficult to imagine Russell Wilson and company not taking care of business in this contest, which makes the Seahawks our moneyline pick of the week. MORE WEEK 15: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emNFL Week 15 Betting Picks: Over/under pick of the weekOVER 47.5 Buccaneers at Lions Jameis Winston is going to lead the league in passing yards and interceptions, isn’t he? Due to his recklessness and the Tampa Bay coaching staff’s puzzling gameplanning this season, the OVER has gone 10-3 in Buccaneers games this season, including in 10 of their past 11. Further, the OVER has gone 8-5 in Lions games. The public and sharp bettors are hammering the OVER. Per BetQL’s Public Betting Dashboard, 62 percent of the total bets and 87 percent of the total money has been wagered on the OVER!You can find all of BetQL’s NFL over/under picks on their Totals spread dashboard.last_img read more