Australia Natural Gas Export Overbuild Is Collapsing FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Australia’s natural gas export boom, which is causing soaring gas prices and pushing up carbon emissions, appears to be rapidly shedding value.Santos wiped more than $1bn off the value of its liquefied natural gas plant in Queensland on Tuesday, just a week after Origin announced a similar devaluation.The devaluations were predicted by commentators, who pointed out previous devaluations of the projects relied on overly-optimistic forecasts.The Santos share price dipped a further 2.39% on Tuesday morning after a drop of more than 85% since its peak in 2008.“This industry has torn up its shareholders’ wealth and now it’s tearing up the nation’s wealth,” said Bruce Robertson from the pro-renewables Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis.On Tuesday Santos announced it was expecting to wipe more than A$1bn off the value of its GLNG plant on Curtis Island in Queensland.Just last week Origin announced a post-tax $815m devaluation of its APLNG facility on Curtis Island – a figure that implies more than a billion-dollar devaluation before tax.Along with another facility on Curtis Island owned by Shell, the three plants are responsible for Australia’s LNG export boom, which has been vacuuming Australia’s gas and caused domestic prices to skyrocket.Each plant has been shedding value since construction began. Shell’s plant was US$7bn over budget, and then suffered a $5.4bn pre-tax devaluation in 2015. Between Santos and Origin, the two plants have now been devalued by about $6bn.More: Australia’s gas export industry sheds value while tightening local supply
Chances are you’ve already heard all about REI’s bold Thanksgiving campaign #OptOutside—which encourages shoppers to abandon the retail madness of Black Friday for the tranquility of an outdoor setting.In doing this, REI is putting their money where there mouth is, closing every one of its 143 locations across the nation and awarding their employees with holiday pay in the process.This unprecedented move shows that REI is willing to sacrifice profits for the good of its employees and the advancement of its core principles as a company. Here at BRO we are 100 percent on board with the #OptOutside campaign and will be happily ditching the hustle and bustle of crowded stores this Friday for the peace and quiet of our Blue Ridge backyard. Will you join us?9 Tips and Ideas for #OptOutside 2015Hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail.The AT sprawls throughout 2,000 plus miles of the Appalachian Mountain range. Make the most of your post turkey day escapades by hiking a section of the Appalachian Trail near you. More info here.Hit the dirt on two wheels.One of the advantages of living below the Mason Dixon line is the extended mountain biking season, which continues well into autumn and in some places even remains open into the winter months. As you probably know, the Blue Ridge is blessed with mile upon mile of top notch single track, so grab your bike and hit a the trail this Black Friday.Fine tune your winter gear.Winter is upon us! Instead of rushing out to the chaotic lines of a gear store in the throws of a Black Friday invasion, take some time to maintain the gear you already have. Tune up the skis that have been collecting dust all season or test out the old -15 degree sleeping bag so you’re not caught in the cold during that annual winter backpacking excursion.Climb atop a fire tower.Some of the best views in all of Appalachia can be found atop the regions many abandoned fire towers. These structures have long served as essential lookout posts for fire-wary watchmen, but today many of them are open and accessible to everyday hikers like you.Head for the coast.Can you say sunny and 70, because we can, and believe it or not that’s the current weather projection for Charleston, South Carolina on Black Friday. Sure, you could layer up in your finest Patagonia puff jacket just to go stand in line in front of Best Buy all day, but may we suggest SUPing your way through Shem Creek instead?Hit the slopes!Thanksgiving weekend almost always coincides with the opening of a handful of Southeastern ski resorts. This Black Friday you’ll be able to choose from Beech Mountain, Cataloochee Ski Area, and Sugar Mountain Resort just to name a few. More info at skisoutheast.com.Fly fish a delayed harvest stream.For novice anglers the delayed harvest season can be one of the best times to get out on the water and test your skills in an environment where fish are plentiful and competition from bait fisherman is nonexistent. Learn more about the delayed harvest here.Explore a new a town.One of the best things about calling the Blue Ridge your basecamp is the plethora of travel options within a stones throw of home. Use our extensive collection of 48 Hours travel guides to find the right town for you.Watch a sunrise or sunset.On a clear day, the Blue Ridge is of the best places in the country to catch a sunrise or a sunset. While the rest of the country is camped out in front of Target, you can #OptOutside by soaking in an amazing view like this. More details here.
National team of B&H n Mini football qualified for the semi-finals of the European Championship that is being held in Croatia.After they defeated the national team of Spain on penalties, BH national players defeated today in Zagreb the selection of Poland.Although they were losing during the most of the match, thans to the goals of Marko Vujica and Josip Kupreskic, B&H came to equalizing and penalties.As well as against Spain, B&H was better in penalties against Poland (4:2).Today, B&H played the semi-final meeting against Croatia at 4.00 p.m.(Source: klix.ba)
Cardale Jones has only started 11 games since high school.He’s ready to start for the @XFLDefenders today. pic.twitter.com/hkiuLy2b5g— Sporting News XFL (@sn_xfl) February 8, 20202:00 p.m.: The game is about to start!1:30 p.m.: Jacquies Smith of the Dragons honors Kobe Bryant.Cleat game. #mambaforever#ForTheLoveOfFootball | #BreathingFire 🔥🐲 pic.twitter.com/ixFVidHtrh— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) February 8, 20201 p.m.: On paper, the Defenders have the clear edge in this game. We picked them to win in our predictions, which you can read more about here. Cardale Jones will be leading the D.C. franchise at quarterback while Seattle is going with Brandon Silvers who had some success in the now defunct AAF. But oddsmakers have the Defenders as a possible favorite to win it all, and have set the over/under on wins for the season at 3.5 for Seattle. Adding on the talent difference is the fact this game is being played at D.C., making the matchup that much more difficult. In this post, Sporting News covered the two Saturday games. Below, you’ll be able to see videos from the game and stats from the best players. This is the first week of 10 for the XFL’s regular season. The schedule is as such: Each team will play 10 regular-season games — one game against a team from the opposing division (four) and two games against teams from its division (six). Each week will feature two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. The regular season started Feb. 8 and will end April 12. Fans will be able to watch games on various ESPN and Fox networks throughout the season.The league is made up of eight teams, split into two divisions. The East Division features the Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers. The West Division features the Roughnecks, Wildcats and Dragons and Dallas Renegades.XFL COVERAGE:Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersXFL salary breakdownXFL names you’ll recognizeWhat does the XFL stand for?Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks score, highlightsRecap: Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker was the standout, throwing for 272 yards and four touchdowns on 23-for-39 passing. Walker’s performance was complemented by Houston’s defense, which didn’t allow a touchdown in the final 39 minutes of the game and shut out the Wildcats in the second half. Los Angeles, missing starting quarterback Josh Johnson because of an injury, benched backup Charles Kanoff for a series in the second half. Kanoff looked good early, pushing the Wildcats to a 14-6 lead with a pair of touchdowns — one on the air and one on the ground. But Houston took the lead just before halftime and never looked back.FINAL: Roughnecks 37, Wildcats 17(All times Eastern)7:49 p.m.: The Roughnecks are running away with it, with Butler plunging in from 4 yards out. The lead is now 37-17 midway through the fourth.ANOTHER ONE 😤The @XFLRoughnecks are up by 20 with less than ten minutes left to play 🙌 pic.twitter.com/aOxGQKWFUM— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 9, 20207:34 p.m.: Frustrated with its offense, Los Angeles goes to third-string QB Jalan McClendon, who’s quickly intercepted.7:30 p.m.: Houston adds to its lead with a field goal early in the fourth.End third quarter: Roughnecks 26, Wildcats 177:05 p.m.: The Wildcats are back on top with another touchdown. Walker is taking over, hitting Kahlil Lewis for a 4-yard score. Then, Walker runs in for a 2-point conversion.PJ. WALKER.The @XFLRoughnecks QB gets his 4th passing TD of his @xfl2020 debut. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/sJqypKf1o4— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 9, 20206:54 p.m.: In case you ever wanted to hear a replay official.Transparency.Listen to the pros work their way through getting the call right. pic.twitter.com/WZVXW0V6yg— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 2020Halftime: Wildcats 18, Roughnecks 176:34 p.m.: Houston responds in a flash: Walker to Sam Mobley for a 39-yard score. The Roughnecks are yet to convert after a touchdown, though, so they still trail 18-17 late in the second quarter.PJ Walker has an absolute CANNON pic.twitter.com/IeHzhKZIRm— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 20206:31 p.m.: A Los Angeles field goal caps a drive that included this play.Brock Huard was stunned by this hurdle 👀😯pic.twitter.com/fmIw20yuxs— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 20206:09 p.m.: Houston cuts the lead to 14-12 with a touchdown catch from running back James Butler. Conversion attempt is no good.6:01 p.m.: The Wildcats extend their lead with a nice, juggling catch from Jordan Smallwood.Only 1️⃣ foot needed for @Jsmalls_17 pic.twitter.com/HNmArS23OD— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 2020End first quarter: Wildcats 8, Roughnecks 65:26 p.m.: QB Charles Kanoff, Los Angeles’ backup who’s starting because Josh Johnson is injured, scrambles in for a touchdown. The Wildcats go for two and take a two-point lead..@XFLWildcats didn’t take very long to get one back.📺 @FOXTV🖥 https://t.co/FmPJ6YUp5j pic.twitter.com/IeRLWLxMFu— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 20205:17 p.m.: Good stuff here.That “first football game of the season” wind has guys puking pre-snap pic.twitter.com/TkBEe2Lj5G— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 8, 20205:12 p.m.: P.J. Walker to Cam Phillips for a 55-yard score for an early Houston lead. The 1-point attempt is no good.POINTS..@pjwalker_5 🚀🚀🚀📺 @FOXTV pic.twitter.com/8x4V8cq7Oy— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 2020Seattle Dragons at D.C. Defenders score, highlightsFINAL: Defenders 31, Dragons 19Recap: Cardale Jones was the star on offense for the Defenders. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 291 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the team in rushing before taking kneeldowns at the end of the game. The real star for D.C., however, was the defensive unit. The Defenders were true to their name, picking up three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble). D.C. had two scores on defense/special teams: one was an interception return and the other was on a blocked punt. Austin Proehl shined for Seattle in the loss, finishing with five receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Neither team could accomplish much on the ground.5:03 p.m.: Dragons QB Brandon Silvers suffers an apparent ankle injury. He was heard talking to trainers on the field saying, “I’ll be alright, maybe not today, but I’ll be all right.” B.J. Daniels is Seattle’s backup quarterback.5:02 p.m.: The Defenders nearly had their third interception of the game. That would have sealed the victory.4:47 p.m.: The Dragons moved the ball inside the 10-yard line, but a costly fumble ended the drive. Turnovers have been the story of the day so far as Seattle has three total turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) now. 4:24 p.m.: The Defenders are really starting to pull away now. Dragons QB Brandon Silvers threw his second interception of the game, but this time D.C. returned it for a touchdown on a 69-yard return. The PAT again failed, though. But Defenders now lead 31-19 with 12:43 left in the game.69-yard interception return touchdown for the Defenders.#XFL2020pic.twitter.com/7qrXkakANf— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 2020End of third quarter: Defenders 25, Dragons 194:13 p.m.: Cardale Jones finds Rashad Ross on a 31-yard touchdown. But the Defenders failed on their PAT. D.C. now leads Seattle, 25-19.Roses are redViolets are blueCARDALE TO ROCKET ROSS FOR 6WOOOOOOOOOOOO🖥 https://t.co/rIlK705Wp4#ForTheLoveOfFootball pic.twitter.com/I6jvsx7A6Z— DC Defenders (@XFLDefenders) February 8, 20203:52 p.m.: The second half started off with a BANG! Right after the Defenders’ touchdown, the Dragons scored with a big play of their own. Brandon Silvers found Austin Proehl on a 57-yard touchdown. Proehl now has two scores and 71 yards on the game. Dragons fail on the point after, though, and the game is now tied 19-19.Austin Proehl breaks free FOR A 57-YARD TOUCHDOWN!pic.twitter.com/aSwjxthLwa— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 20203:46 p.m.: Cardale Jones finds tight end Khari Lee wide open on a 39-yard touchdown pass for D.C.’s first drive of the second half. It was a trick play with a pair of flea-flickers that seemed to confuse the Dragons defense.The Defenders convert the 1-point PAT after. Defenders lead, 19-13.DOUBLEREVERSEFLEA FLICKER@XFLDefenders pulling out the trick plays for Cardale Jones’ first XFL touchdown.pic.twitter.com/cBZpIStXmf— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 2020Halftime: Dragons 13, Defenders 123:29 p.m.: At halftime, Dragons QB Brandon Silvers is 11 of 19 for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Defenders QB Cardale Jones was 9-of-16 for 90 yards with no touchdowns.3:28 p.m.: Surprisingly, the Defenders were able to move the ball downfield in a short amount of time to attempt a field goal. Ty Rausa made a 55-yard field goal as time expired. He’s now 2-of-3 on field goals for the day.3:25 p.m.: Right before halftime, the Dragons were able to find the endzone and convert their PAT. Seattle now has 13 points to D.C.’s 9. Running back Trey Williams caught the touchdown pass from Brandon Silvers.The @XFLDragons take the lead just before halftime 💪📺: ABC pic.twitter.com/mzLW8VDyNh— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) February 8, 20203:04 p.m.: The Defenders finally score a touchdown. A blocked punt led to a recovery for a touchdown. But D.C. was unable to convert its PAT. Defenders now lead the Dragons, 9-6.The Defenders are living up to their name.Blocked punt for a touchdown. #XFL2020pic.twitter.com/KAWpABMAHV— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 20202:53 p.m.: The Defenders attempted a field goal, but missed. On the Dragons’ next drive, Defenders safety Rahim Moore intercepted Brandon Silvers. But D.C. couldn’t do anything on offense and were forced to punt the ball back to Seattle.2:43 p.m.: The XFL has microphones for coaches and quarterbacks and is allowing their discussions to be broadcast live on air.”Actually, we’ve shown that. Let’s not do it.”Hearing the process behind Pep Hamilton’s playcalling with live audio is fantastic. pic.twitter.com/V0pbU0mh40— Sporting News XFL (@sn_xfl) February 8, 2020End of first quarter: Dragons 6, Defenders 32:30 p.m.: Austin Proehl scores the first touchdown in XFL history. The Dragons were able to move the ball down field on the Defenders as Brandon Silvers found Proehl open in the endzone. However, Seattle was unable to convert the PAT. Teams have a chance to go for one one point, two points or three points. Seattle opted for one point from the two yard line and could not convert..@Bsilv_12 to @AustinProehl11. Touchdown. #ForTheLoveOfFootball | #BreathingFire 🔥🐲 pic.twitter.com/z5UC94WSut— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) February 8, 20202:22 p.m.: The Defenders get on the board first with a field goal. For trivia buffs later on, Ty Rausa scored the first points in XFL history.2:21 p.m.: Our first big hit of the XFL is here.Oh my 😳The @XFLDragons deliver the first big HIT of the @xfl2020 season. pic.twitter.com/EqHEGnkW5N— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) February 8, 20202:20 p.m.: Cardale Jones is already getting MVP chants.The XFL hasn’t even been alive for a full quarter and Cardale Jones is already getting MVP chants. pic.twitter.com/jRbbig0Huf— Sporting News XFL (@sn_xfl) February 8, 20202:15 p.m.: A first look at the new kickoff rules in the XFL.First kickoff ✅📺 @ABCNetwork🖥 https://t.co/Y3eyIb9PfX pic.twitter.com/8uco6BzRDI— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 20202:08 p.m.: Ja’Quan Gardner gets the first carry in XFL history.2:05 p.m.: Interesting stat regarding Cardale Jones. Week 1 of the 2020 XFL season began Saturday, with half of the league’s eight teams in action.The Seattle Dragons and D.C. Defenders got the action started, with Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones leading D.C. to a 31-19 comeback win. In the nightcap, Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker led a comeback of his own, dispatching the Los Angeles Wildcats 37-17.
In the context of Aaron Rodgers’ continued strong play and the Packers’ apparent need for help at wide receiver, among other positions, their trade up four slots in the first round to select the quarterback from Utah State was the most criticized move of the 2020 NFL Draft. (The Eagles gave them a run for their money one night later). Yet Green Bay’s reasoning for such a selection was simple.2020 NFL DRAFT GRADES:Grades | Winners & losers | Complete list of picks”I know a lot of people are saying this puts a clock on Aaron, but I don’t see that at all,” Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst told NBC Sports’ Peter King on Sunday. “We prioritize the quarterback position, and have for a long time with this franchise. I remember one year in camp they had Brett Favre, Ty Detmer, Kurt Warner and maybe Mark Brunell.”It’s one of the most important positions in sports, and if you don’t have one, you can’t win.”Gutekunst understands the worst time for an NFL team to try to find a quarterback is when it needs one. With the 36-year-old Rodgers hoping to play at least until he is 40, which would take him though the four years remaining on his current contract, the Packers obviously did not need a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft.But that’s not the point.Gutekunst told King he did not think the Packers would draft Love. Green Bay thought the quarterback would be selected earlier in the first round, “but (the Packers) had him ranked so well on their board that once he started falling through the 20s, he became a target.” Gutekunst also told King the Packers had “significant intel” that another team was trying to trade up in the first round to draft Love.So Gutekunst felt it was necessary to make a move he knew wouldn’t be praised.”(Former Packers GM) Ron (Wolf) traded a one in 1992 for Brett (Favre), who’d been a second-round pick and wasn’t even starting for Atlanta,” Gutekunst told King. “Imagine the media fervor if that happened today. I believe if you’re going to sit in this chair, you have to accept that you’ll be heavily criticized. … But I’m trying to do the right thing for the organization. That’s my sole focus.”An important note Gutekunst reiterated to King: The Packers indeed were targeting a couple wide receivers in the second round. They even made several efforts to trade up for and select one of those receivers, but both were picked before Green Bay was able to make a move. MORE: Packers add WR as undrafted free agentThose who criticize the Packers for their 2020 NFL Draft class point to the fact that they reached the NFC championship game last season. Why not try to address the weaknesses of a championship-caliber roster and increase the chances of a title run in the near future?Gutekunst’s thinking is this: Exactly — the Packers already have a championship-caliber roster in 2020. But what will they have in, say, 2026? NFL Draft grades issued upon the conclusion of the selection process, in which Sporting News gave the Packers a league-worst D for their 2020 class, are not nearly as important as the grades teams issue to NFL prospects before the draft. Those evaluations fuel all of the picks.And when Green Bay scouted Jordan Love, it certainly did not give him a D. Quite the contrary.