Cooper Energy raises cash for Sole gas project

first_imgAustralian oil & gas company Cooper Energy has raised A$98 million from completion of institutional entitlement offer, part of which will be used for the Sole and Casino Henry projects. Both gas projects are located offshore Australia. Earlier this week, Cooper declared a final investment decision (FID) for the Sole gas project, which would develop the Sole gas field located in VIC/ L32 in the Gippsland Basin offshore Victoria to supply 25 PJ per year to gas users in south-east Australia. Cooper Energy is the 100% interest holder in the Sole gas field.Come Thursday and Cooper informed it had completed the institutional component of its fully underwritten accelerated non-renounceable 2-for-5 pro-rata entitlement offer with strong support from shareholders and new investors.The institutional entitlement offer raised A$97.9 million at an offer price of A$0.295 per new share.The offer and the retail entitlement were conducted as part of the A$400 million finance package for the Sole gas project and other opportunities and commitments in its portfolio.The finance package, which also included a fully underwritten A$250 million senior secured bank debt facility and a A$15 million working capital facility, enabled declaration of the FID for the Sole project, which is now fully funded. It is also expected to fund a range of other value adding initiatives including work in the Otway Basin that will enable acceleration of gas production from the Casino Henry gas project.Cooper Energy Managing Director, David Maxwell, said: “To have achieved FID for the Sole project and secured funding for our commitment and opportunities with such firm support from our institutional shareholders is very pleasing.”New shares issued under the offer will rank equally with existing shares on issue and are expected to settle on Thursday, September 7, 2017. New shares will be allotted on September 8 and will start trading on a normal settlement basis on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) on the same day.last_img read more

Convicted Child Molester Sentenced

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — A convicted child molester in Dearborn County was sentenced to a long stay in prison yesterday. A judge sentenced Steven Rekowski to 170.5 years in prison. Rekowski was charged with molesting four different children ages 4 to 10, and it is believed that there could have been more. Rekowski was arrested after a friend found child pornography on his cell phone.last_img

Roma: US billionaire completes €591m takeover

first_img Read Also: Barcelona sporting director survives sack attempt Houston-based Friedkin is the chief executive of a consortium notably involved in the automotive and hotel and entertainment industry. The Friedkin Group have through Romulus and Remus Investments LLC, purchased the 86.6 percent majority stake in Roma, and will launch a mandatory tender offer for the remaining 13.4 percent of share capital, the club said in a statement. Friedkin takes over from Pallotta as club chairman, in a new executive committee which includes his son Ryan, with Guido Fienga remaining on as CEO. Pallotta bought two-thirds of the club’s shares in 2012, but had 100 percent ownership since 2014. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… “We are delighted to join the AS Roma family,” said Friedkin. “As one fan wrote recently, ‘Take our iconic club and make it one of the greatest names in world football. We intend to do just that. Our commitment to Roma is total. We will be very present in Rome, a city that holds a special place in our hearts, as we embark on this exciting journey. “Our vision for the club and the team is to favour a sustainable and long-term investment approach rather than quick fixes. We recognise that we have been entrusted with a team. which represents a vital part of the soul of Rome, and this is a responsibility that we will always take very seriously and humbly.”center_img US billionaire Dan Friedkin promised to turn Roma into “one of the greatest names in world football” after completing his €591 million ($700 million) purchase of the Italian club on Monday. Friedkin, 54, takes over the Serie A side after nine-years under the ownership of fellow American James Pallotta, 62. Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do ThisTop 9 Scariest Haunted Castles In EuropeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?The Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldlast_img read more

Talks resume over N’Diaye future

first_img The 24-year-old Frenchman, who spent the second half of last season on loan to Spanish club Real Betis, has attracted interest from Betis, Celta Vigo and Elche in recent months. But despite agreeing a fee – understood to be in the region of £2million – with the Black Cats some time ago, Betis were unable to table personal terms which were acceptable to N’Diaye. However, it is understood a further round of talks is due to get under way with no other suitor having pushed home their interest. Sunderland are keen to offload the player, signed in January 2013 by then manager Martin O’Neill, as they re-shape their squad after last season’s remarkable fight for Barclays Premier League survival. They have already signed seven new players and have high hopes of adding to that list as sporting director Lee Congerton and head coach Gus Poyet focus on their remaining targets with the closure of the summer transfer window looming. However, the likes of N’Diaye, fellow midfielder Cabral and central defender Modibo Diakite, none of whom have been given squad numbers for the new season, are expected to leave. The rebuilding plan is being complicated somewhat by the Black Cats’ pursuit of top target Fabio Borini, who remains frustratingly out of their grasp. The Borini camp has indicated the Italian wants to fight for his place at Liverpool this season, having enjoyed a successful campaign at the Stadium of Light last time around, and the collapse of Brendan Rodgers’ move for QPR frontman Loic Remy has weakened Sunderland’s armoury. Poyet has been bullish about getting his man in recent days, but the point where the club will have to admit defeat and move on to other options should no deal be struck is fast approaching. Press Associationcenter_img Sunderland midfielder Alfred N’Diaye could finally be on his way out of the club as talks resume over his future. last_img read more

Mimosa sparkling for Lonsdale

first_imgPat Smullen hopes previous experience of York stands Pale Mimosa in good stead for her crack at Friday’s Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Lonsdale Cup. Dermot Weld’s mare won the Galtres Stakes at the 2012 Ebor Festival and returns in tip-top form following an impressive victory in the Challenge Stakes at Leopardstown last month. Smullen said: “I think she goes there with every chance. She came out of Leopardstown well and she has course form, which always helps. It looks a very good race and she’s going to have to step up on what she’s done so far, but we think she can do that. Press Associationcenter_img “She doesn’t want the ground too firm. We took her out of the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot because the ground was too quick, so hopefully we get some of the showers that are forecast.” Pale Mimosa is joined on the trip across the Irish Sea by the Mick Halford-trained Certerach, who beat Cavalryman at the Dubai Carnival earlier in the year but was beaten into sixth by Pale Mimosa at Leopardstown last time. Halford said: “He travelled over on Wednesday and had a good trip. He’s in good form and hopefully they don’t get too much rain as he loves fast ground. “It’s a tough race with horses like Estimate and Cavalryman in there and he’ll need a career-best to win, but we’re hoping he’ll run well. last_img read more

Tadic hopeful of top-four finish

first_imgSouthampton goal hero Dusan Tadic has no doubt his team can qualify for the Champions League this season. “Now we did get three points even though maybe we don’t deserve to.” Despite scoring the winner, Tadic was criticised by Koeman for removing his shirt in his goal celebration – an act that earned him a booking. Tadic himself admits he has no idea why he celebrated like he did. “You never think about the celebration. I don’t know why I do that, but it doesn’t matter,” the former FC Twente man said. “It’s important that we are all happy.” The latest chapter in Southampton’s remarkable season was written on Sunday when Tadic scored a historic winner against Manchester United. The 1-0 victory – Saints’ first at Old Trafford since 1988 – moved the south-coast club above United into third in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association Few predicted Southampton would be in such a lofty position after losing a host of star players last summer, but Tadic insists the squad firmly believes a top-four finish is within the club’s grasp. “Yes, the season is long, but we have a great belief,” Tadic said when asked whether Saints are good enough to end the season in the top four. “We have beaten Arsenal and Manchester United and they are direct opponents for what we want to achieve. That’s really important “We just need to believe in our skills and to see what is good and what is not good, and to keep going.” Tadic was one of 10 signings new manager Ronald Koeman made in the summer to offset the impact of losing the likes of Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren. The 26-year-old Serbian, who cost Southampton £10million, was part of the Saints team that lost to United last month even though their opponents only managed two shots on target. Tadic felt it was fitting, therefore, that Saints won on Sunday despite having just one shot on target themselves. “Last time we played really well and deserved to win, but we didn’t get three points,” the midfielder said. last_img read more

Obama to address the nation tonight

first_imgPresident Barack Obama is expected to stress job growth and his plan to tackle the nation’s mounting debt in his second State of the Union Address tonight.In a tradition dating back to George Washington’s presidency, Obama will appear before a joint-session of Congress to outline his plan for the coming year.Obama’s State of the Union has been titled “Winning the Future” and will focus on innovation through the strengthening of the education and economic sectors.In a press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs outlined Obama’s focus on the creation of jobs both now and in the future.“You’ll hear the President … spend most of his time talking about the economy, talking about the challenges that we face both in the short term in terms of doing whatever we can to help create jobs, in the medium and long term to continue working on issues like competitiveness and innovation and ensuring that in the medium and the long term we get our fiscal house in order,” Gibbs said.In addressing the nation’s $14 trillion debt, Obama will most likely reject his debt commission’s recommendation to raise the retirement age and reduce Social Security benefits.Obama will also continue to promote businesses, especially after naming William Daley, the former Midwest Chairman of J.P. Morgan Chase, as the new White House of Chief of Staff, and Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric, as head of a new economic advisory committee.Obama will request additional funding for education, and to strike a balance with Republicans, he will discuss teacher tenure and teacher evaluations.In the wake of the Tucson shooting and intensified partisan divide in politics, congressional members will not sit by party, as they traditionally do, but rather next to members of the opposite party.The Republicans’ response will be delivered by Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, who is presumed to highlight the Republicans’ plan to curtail U.S. debt, including drastic cuts in Social Security and the eventual elimination of Medicare.The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the USC Annenberg Center on Community Leadership and Policy will be hosting a panel discussion and live broadcast of Obama’s State of the Union address tonight in the Annenberg East Lobby.last_img read more

Syracuse cruises to 16-5 win over Marist using 7-goal run in 1st half

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 21, 2016 at 11:01 pm Contact Tomer: | @tomer_langer Kayla Treanor was set in the draw circle. Riley Donahue had just scored off a free position shot, an area she struggled in last Sunday night against Binghamton, and the game was getting ready to restart.Treanor flicked the ball up to herself and won control. Instead of bringing her stick back down, she looked up and fired a lofty 35-yard pass to Halle Majorana, who had gotten behind the defense. Syracuse scored a goal and took a 5-0 lead just seven seconds after winning control of the draw.“We don’t really work on that,” Treanor said. “Halle just does a really great job of pushing it up field and does a good job of getting open long.”No. 3 Syracuse (4-0) stormed out of the gate, scoring seven goals in the opening nine minutes of the game, which included a 2:56 stretch in which the Orange scored four times to build up that 7-0 lead. That dominating sequence set the tone for the Orange in what ended up being a 16-5 blowout victory over Marist (1-1) on Sunday night in the Carrier Dome.Marist won the first draw control of the game, but promptly turned the ball over. Taylor Gait got possession of the ball near the net and fired it toward goal. The ball ricocheted off the post and back towards the center of the 8-meter arc. Treanor recovered it and among a group of red jerseys, calmly shot the ball and scored, giving SU a 1-0 lead 13 seconds into the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn SU’s game at noon, Wagner head coach Katie Rowan called a timeout that spurred her team to score two goals at the end of the first half. But when Marist head coach Jessica O’Brien called timeout after Majorana scored Syracuse’s fifth goal, the Red Foxes couldn’t find the same stability. The Orange scored two goals in the 1:49 after the timeout was called, capping off the 7-0 blitz that effectively ended the game less than a sixth of the way in.“The first half today we really went after them and played our starting group (which was) a big factor playing almost until the end of the half today,” head coach Gary Gait said. “…they took the timeout and we just continued to press and play hard.”All-Americans Treanor and Majorana were part of that fantastic first half. The two combined for nine points in the opening frame, tallying three goals and six assists between them. Majorana in particular did a good amount of her work operating from behind the goal.“Playing against a zone it opens things up,” Majorana said, “so there are a lot of openings. And I think everyone was on the same page today.”Despite struggling against Marist at the draw circle, SU managed to dominate the first half, going into the break with a 13-1 lead. The 12-goal difference represented the largest margin after the first half this season for Syracuse.After the first half, Gait pulled all his starters out of the game and emptied the bench. Thirty-seven players saw the field, including backup goalie Erin Coleman, who transferred to SU from Marist. Her teammates on the sidelines exploded in cheers whenever she made a save.SU passed its first four early season tests with ease, and punctuated the opening stretch with its blowout of Marist. The Orange knows that it flexed its muscles against some inferior opponents. But after playing four early-season games against inferior opponents, SU will face its next challenge: back-to-back Top 10 opponents.“Great team effort,” Gait said, “and we’re excited to prepare for the next few games.” Commentslast_img read more

Hughes: Bielema overly-protective of players

first_imgEver go through a frustrating time that perhaps forced you to behave in a somewhat harsh manner, to the point where you suspect you might be acting harsh and become self-conscious and worry if your colleagues are saying anything unflattering about you and your erratic behavior consequently worsens? (Exhale.)Some might call that paranoia.And it’s the scenario that comes to mind when I consider the recent behavior of Wisconsin’s football head coach Bret Bielema, which may surprise those not involved in Madison’s media scene.You see, every week, Wisconsin’s offensive players speak to the media on a specific day, usually Tuesdays.Last week, after dismissing new offensive line coach Mike Markuson after only two games on the job, no offensive linemen – except for captain Ricky Wagner – was made available to the media, along with Markuson’s replacement, Bart Miller.In all, only Montee Ball, Jeff Duckworth, Danny O’Brien, Jacob Pedersen and the rest of the offense’s assistants were available, when usually the entire offense is at the media’s disposal. No James White, Jared Abbrederis or Brian Wozniak et. al.Then, after benching quarterback O’Brien against Utah State Saturday, Bielema made all quarterbacks off limits this week. No Joel Stave, Curt Phillips or O’Brien (Not even Thad Armstrong!).But never fear. Bielema assured his weekly press conference-goers a starting quarterback has been determined and nobody will be talking to them about it.“They already know,” he said. “They already know what’s going on. You won’t talk to them, but they know.”There are two reasons why Bielema would shield members of his team from the media, neither of which I think are rational in these contexts: He’s either paranoid about dissent or overly-protective.Before getting into specifics, there’s a general reason for him not to behave this way. To describe it charitably, UW’s been disappointing in all three games this season. Its list of things to fix grows weekly. Fans are not happy and critics are feasting. By firing people, benching people and then keeping things hush-hush, one could reasonably question Bielema’s confidence in the team in several ways.He needs transparency. And there’s little reason for him to turn it down.If he’s paranoid about someone speaking out against him – why would he be? If there’s anyone who’s got something to pick with Bielema over this past week, it would presumably be Markuson, who’s out of a job.But in an interview with SiriusXM College Sports Nation after his removal, Markuson didn’t express any resentment. He said the firing surprised him, but didn’t slam his former boss like he could have. He also managed to say he thought O’Brien and Miller would serve the Badgers well.And Bielema has already allowed Stave and O’Brien to talk to the media since swapping the two. O’Brien, who already has experience losing a starting job while at Maryland, told reporters after the game he’d be “supporting the hell” out of whoever plays. He did also say he didn’t expect to be in a quarterback battle that week.As for Stave, when asked what he expected to come next after finishing the game versus Utah State, he simply said he didn’t know and wasn’t worried about it.So yeah, doesn’t exactly sound like either are about to make off-field headlines.It’s fine that Bielema doesn’t want to tell who the starter is, obviously. He probably just wants to keep his next opponent, UTEP, in the dark about what signal-caller they’ll be facing. And given the complete and total lack of creativity, inspiration and buoyancy the offense has shown against three unranked teams, the Badgers might just need all the strategic advantages they can get.But there’s still such a thing as being overly-protective and that means Bielema shouldn’t fence off his quarterbacks. If he were worried the media’s inquiries would distract whoever ends up being the starter, it’s puzzling why he would allow them to speak Saturday night.It’s not like we’re dealing with Big City media here, where they travel like schools of fish. Madison’s is a bit more modest in size and isn’t abrasive in interviews. In both situations, with the quarterbacks and offensive linemen, 10 or 15 minutes with the media would probably suffice and then everyone gets three full days to be hunky-dory by kickoff.There’s just something to be said about a coach who is willing to make tough decisions but is unwilling to allow those affected to speak on it.Unless the ship gets righted, the microscope will only focus more on Bielema. Should that happen, he would be wise to allow his players to speak, whether they have different opinions or not. Transparency is a healthy thing.Otherwise, I’ll keep imagining Bielema hiding behind a thinly leafed bush in the hallways of Camp Randall, waiting for two players to walk past so he can pop out with a wild look on his face and say, “what have you been saying about me”?Elliot is a fifth-year senior majoring in journalism and philosophy. Do you think Bielema should loosen up? Tell him about it via email ( or twitter (@elliothughes12).last_img read more

Women’s basketball falls to No. 24 Rutgers

first_imgThe Wisconsin women’s basketball team dropped its inaugural matchup against Big Ten newcomer No. 24 Rutgers 73-63 Sunday afternoon at the Kohl Center.With 17:36 remaining in the game, the Badgers (7-10, 3-4 Big Ten) were down 10, but went on a 13-4 run to cut the Scarlet Knight lead to 43-32. UW junior guard Dakota Whyte had six points in that stretch, but 43-42 was the closest the Badgers would get.On the ensuing Scarlet Knight (13-5, 4-3 Big Ten) possession, junior guard Cynthia Hernandez drilled her fourth of five three-pointers that started to pull away the Scarlet Knights for good. Another triple from Rutgers and a jumper from Whyte brought the score to 49-44, but that would be the closest Wisconsin would get for the final ten minutes.Whyte, standing at just 5-foot-8, found success attacking Rutgers’ bigs, despite the height disadvantage. She finished with a team-high 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting.“At the beginning of the game I was kind of thinking to attack to kick it because I know they have big girls in the post,” Whyte said. “So it wasn’t really my plan to keep attacking but I felt that once I got one, I can go again, and I just continued to do that.”Hernandez was lethal off the bench from behind the arc for Rutgers. She was 5-for-6 from three-point range and along with Whyte, finished with a game-high 17 points.UW head coach Bobbie Kelsey was proud of her team for competing hard with a program like Rutgers.“Rutgers is a perennial powerhouse, they always get to NCAA tournament,” Kelsey said. “Their tradition is really strong and we’re trying to get to their level. But I thought our kids competed hard.”While the final margin of victory wasn’t large, Rutgers dominated multiple facets of the game. The Rutgers bench outscored the Wisconsin bench 34-8. The Scarlet Knights grabbed 21 offensive rebounds compared to UW’s 11, which led to 19 second-chance points. They also had 15 fast break points, while UW had four.Wisconsin turned the ball over 16 times against Rutgers’ full-court press, but Kelsey wasn’t too concerned with that.“We’re not happy with 16 turnovers, but it’s a lot less than what we normally have, against teams that are a lot less athletic than them,” Kelsey said.Neither team shot particularly well in the first half. Rutgers shot 33.3 percent (14-42) and Wisconsin shot 37 percent (10-27). Wisconsin was plagued by dismal three-point shooting, going 1-for-10 from downtown in the first half, and finished the game 3-for-15.“Some of our shots didn’t fall,” Kelsey said. “If some of our shots fall, maybe we’re talking about something else.”The Badgers didn’t trail for the first eight minutes and 30 seconds of the game, until Hernandez hit her first three of the afternoon to give the Scarlet Knights a 15-14 lead they wouldn’t surrender the rest of the game.With 3:28 left in the half, the Scarlet Knights led 32-23, but the Badgers went on a 6-0 run before Hernandez hit a three at the buzzer to give the Scarlet Knights a 35-29 halftime lead.Junior Tessa Cichy carried the offensive load for the Badgers in the first half, scoring eight of her ten points in the half, a majority of those points coming off mid-range jumpers.For Cichy though, Wisconsin’s showing Sunday reiterated that it can play with any team.“In our minds we can beat any type of team,” Cichy said. “Whether it’s a half-court team, a transition team, an athletic team, a big team. I think one of our issues right is putting wins back-to-back.”“We know we can play with anybody. We know we can beat anybody.”Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer was impressed with Wisconsin’s play.“Coach [Kelsey] has done an outstanding job and the players are playing extremely well,” Stringer said.“We don’t want to see them again.”The Badgers will return to the court Thursday when they play host to Nebraska at the Kohl Center. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.last_img read more