“We live in a time where trusted, unbiased news is more important than ever,” Tonagh said in the statement.”AAP has always delivered on that and we are committed to seeing that continue into the future.”Tonagh said the buyers would hire up to 90 AAP staff, including up to 75 editorial staff, about half its workforce.Before it called in administrators in March, AAP’s major shareholders included News Corp and rival newspaper publisher Nine Entertainment Holdings Co Ltd. Australian Associated Press (AAP) said on Friday it expects to be sold to a group of philanthropic investors, a reprieve for the news agency that had been facing closure, and for the industry, after a run of layoffs as advertising dwindles.AAP had planned to close this month after 85 years but said it now expected to stay in business, albeit with fewer staff, after it and a group of investors agreed on a sale for an undisclosed sum.”After months of discussions with various parties, it appears we have been able to secure a new home for AAP’s legacy of trusted news,” AAP chief executive Bruce Davidson said in a statement. AAP said the buyers included Peter Tonagh, a former chief executive of the Australian division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, and unidentified philanthropists and “impact investors”.The sale is good news for an industry hit by widespread layoffs in recent months as restrictions on movement to contain the novel coronavirus batter the retail sector, cutting advertising revenue that media companies rely on.News Corp’s Australian arm said last week it would stop printing more than 100 newspapers, while the Australian edition of Buzzfeed News and ViacomCBS Inc owned free-to-air broadcaster Ten Network shut down their news sites.AAP’s buyers said they wanted to ensure its long-term survival. Topics :
Following convictions last year related to a North Sea bribery scheme, FH Bertling company has now also been handed an £850,000 fine for a bribery scheme created to secure contracts in Angola.The UK Serious Fraud Office recently last week said that FH Bertling – now in liquidation – had won and retained $20 million of freight forwarding services for the company, paying $350,000 in bribes.According to SFO, the 4-year investigation and prosecution targeted FH Bertling’s involvement in an oil project in Angola, with employees bribing a local state oil company official to secure $20m worth of shipping contracts.Commenting on the sentencing,Judge Hehir said: “This was a very serious piece of corruption indeed. It was planned and systematic.”“The corruption of a public official brings huge risks of environmental and social harm as well as damaging and corrupting the commercial environment.”According to SFO, the criminal investigation into corruption at FH Bertling began in September 2014, with the first charges announced in July 2016 and involved two separate cases – the ‘Jasmine’ and ‘Angola’ cases. In total, 13 individuals were charged as part of the SFO’s investigation, with 9 convicted of one or more charges and 4 individuals acquitted.The investigation into FH Bertling’s business in Angola revealed that senior executives had conspired to pay bribes to an Angola state oil company agent to secure around $20m worth of shipping contracts. Joerg Blumberg, Dirk Juergensen, Marc Schweiger, Ralf Petersen (now deceased), Stephen Emler, Guiseppe Morreale, and the company pleaded guilty prior to trial. One defendant, Peter Ferdinand was acquitted.Schweiger, a German national living in Uganda, was the manager responsible for the Africa market when the corrupt activity took place between January 2004 and December 2006.To remind, Emler and Morreale last year pleaded guilty for their part in a corrupt scheme to secure a ConocoPhillips freight forwarding contract, eventually worth over £16m, for FH Bertling as part of the ‘Jasmine’ North Sea oil exploration project, relating to misconduct between January 2010 and December 2013.Apart from Emler and Morreale, Colin Bagwell, who was Managing Director/Chief Commercial Officer of FH Bertling, was last year found guilty of conspiring with Christopher Lane, the Logistics Lead at ConocoPhillips, in the overcharging scheme, relating to misconduct between January 2010 and December 2010.SFO said that FH Bertling executives had paid over £350,000 in bribes and facilitation payments, to ensure their bid for the ConocoPhillips ‘Jasmine’ shipping contract was successful and separately to obtain assurance that inflated prices it charged for additional services were waived through by ConocoPhillips staff.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
Tyler Hughes, 27, of Milan, Indiana passed Tuesday. He leaves his father Lawrence Hughes, his sisters Autumn Hughes and Shawna (David) Stutz, Nicole Lapka step-sister/half sister, and step brother Derek Decker. He also leaves nieces: Haillie Quick, Isabella and Jayden Morris, Sophia Lapka, and one nephew Jonah.In addition, he leaves his grandmother Alice Hughes, and grandparents Paul and Loraine Honeycutt.There are many cousins, aunts and uncles.Tyler was preceded in death by his mother Beverly Sue Honeycutt and his grandpa Gerard Hughes.Visitation is Saturday, Oct. 15 at 10:00 at St. Martin Church, Yorkville, Indiana, followed by funeral service at 12:00.Memorials: Harron Drug Rehab and donor’s choice.
By Jim Haines SHENANDOAH, Va. (May 24) – Jerald Harris got to the front to be the fastest when it counted, taking his second Virginia Sprint Series win of the year Saturday at Shenandoah Speedway. The first repeat winner in the series for IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Cars – he also topped the April 12 opener at Shenandoah – Harris passed Brian Lawson for the lead with seven laps left. The feature line had Chris and Charlie Ware on the front row when the green waved. Chris Ware rocketed out to the lead with Anthony Linkenhoker and Lawson in tow. Lawson made his way to the front on lap five with Harris stalking him on every lap. Tom Humphries and French Grimes were working their way up as well as the non-stop feature went by fast. Lawson seemed to be struggling after halfway and the field was closing in. Harris was on him with seven laps to go and powered by with Humphries getting to second two laps later. Harris was smooth out front and kept Humphries at a safe distance to flash under the checkered flag.The next Virginia Sprint Series race will be back on the dirt at Natural Bridge, Va., Speedway in on Saturday, June 7. Feature results – 1. Jerald Harris; 2. Tom Humphries; 3. Brian Lawson; 4. French Grimes; 5. Tony Harris; 6. Anthony Linkenhoker; 7. Chris Ware; 8. Bill Rice; 9. Ron Moyers; 10. Charlie Ware.
Press Association Not suited by a race that essentially turned into a sprint and ultimately saw first-past-the-post Ebanoran demoted to second behind Fascinating Rock, O’Brien’s charge was not disgraced in third, beaten two and three-quarter lengths. Hills cut his price for Epsom on June 7 to 8-1, having been 10-1 and 12-1. Ladbrokes went 7-1 from 12-1. His stablemate Australia remains the 4-6 favourite with Hills, and 4-5 at Ladbrokes. William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: “Large bets on Ballydoyle inmates aren’t uncommon, but given this is a sizeable bet against the favourite, it’s really captured our attention.” In a market without Australia, Hills make Geoffrey Chaucer the 4-1 favourite, while Ladbrokes go 11-4 (from 4-1). Alex Donohue of Ladbrokes said: “The ‘without Australia’ market was a wide-open heat until recently but punters have moved decisively to make Geoffrey Chaucer favourite. “The latest shake-up in both markets suggests he’ll be the runner to give hot favourite Australia the most to think about on the day.” Reflecting on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Leopardstown return at Ballydoyle press day earlier this month, O’Brien said: “They walked first of all at and then it was bumping cars in the straight. It was just a pity. “You’re happy enough when you get beat if you learn something but nobody learned anything. “We are very happy with him. He’s doing everything very well. “There was plenty of hustle and bustle and he won’t get that at Epsom.” William Hill reported a “sizeable” each-way bet on the Aidan O’Brien-trained colt on Thursday, with similarly positive noises regarding support coming from Ladbrokes. A son of the late Montjeu, he won both his starts at two before reappearing in what proved to be a dramatic renewal of the Derrinstown Stud Derby Trial at Leopardstown. Geoffrey Chaucer has been proving very popular in the ante-post market on the Investec Derby.
Press Association “Walking down the 10th I had to have a chat with myself and stay patient, I only needed three birdies not six,” said McDowell. “It helps having been in this scenario before and it was nice to birdie two of the last three there and get myself back in this golf tournament. “I really enjoyed the crowd interaction today, it’s been a fun week and it would be nice to put the icing on the cake tomorrow with a big round. “I’ll try and give them what they want tomorrow, an Irish winner, but there’s a lot of names on that leaderboard that will have some issues with that. “It would be special on many levels. It would be a kickstarter for my season. It would be a big boost in the world rankings and Ryder Cup rankings. “But most importantly, to win here in front of my home fans, with everything that’s gone on in Irish golf lately, with the Open Championship (at Portrush) announcement, Rory (McIlroy) and his Olympic announcement this week and just generally what’s been going on in Irish golf, I think it would be fun to do the business tomorrow. “Having played in Ryder Cups and major championships I guess thankfully I’m experienced with this type of atmosphere and this type of crowd. But there’s something a little bit special about the dynamic of the Irish fans and I’d dearly love to give them what they want tomorrow.” Ilonen remained on course to claim his fourth European Tour title with a wire-to-wire victory thanks to a birdie on the last to complete a round of 69. And the 34-year-old former British Amateur champion – who won at Open venue Hoylake in 2000 – admitted his chances would be improved by partnering Willett rather than McDowell in front of the massive home crowds on Sunday. “It will help,” said Ilonen, who lost a play-off to Sergio Garcia in the Qatar Masters in January. “Graeme will be in front of us but it will be the same as today. I have been leading all the way and handling the pressure pretty well so far. “I was off here and there today, especially with a couple of drives in the beginning on the par fives. All in all I kept it together nicely, I felt good on the course and pretty pleased with how I am placed.” And although the 26-year-old did not win anything for his “slam dunk” effort on the seventh hole at Fota Island – a £65,000 BMW 640 Gran Coupe was on offer but only for the 13th – it sparked a brilliant round which left him just one behind Ilonen on 11 under par. “We had a perfect number, 168 yards with an eight iron, but you never expect it to slam dunk,” Willett said. “That was a bit of a bonus.” Fresh from finishing 45th on his US Open debut at Pinehurst last week, Willett had already birdied the fourth and added another at the eighth to reach the turn in 32. The former English Amateur champion’s challenge was slowed by a run of four straight pars on the back nine, but he then birdied four of the last five holes to beat the previous record of 64 set by Ilonen on Thursday. “We’ve been playing great for a long time but could not seem to get anything going on the greens,” added Willett, whose sole Tour title to date came in the BMW International Open in 2012. “But holing a wedge yesterday (for an eagle on the second) and an eight iron today certainly helps. “Coming from the US Open last week it was a slightly different mentality, it was quite tricky to stop playing 20 feet away from the flags and on the first day we were too cautious.” McDowell’s challenge for a first Irish Open title at the 13th attempt looked to be petering out after he bogeyed the eighth and ninth to reach the turn in 37. But the former US Open champion gave himself a talking to on the 10th and his patience paid off with birdies on the 11th, 16th and 17th to card a 69 and lie two off the lead on 10 under. A second hole-in-one in the space of two months helped England’s Danny Willett set a course record of 63 and vault into contention for a second European Tour title in the Irish Open. But Willett will have to overhaul Finnish leader Mikko Ilonen and hold off a determined challenge from home favourite Graeme McDowell to win the £265,000 first prize at Fota Island on Sunday. Willett’s previous ace earnt him a V40 Cross Country from the tournament sponsors in the final round of the Volvo China Open at the end of April.
“I would expect players not to take it for granted that there will be two-day recoveries.” Verheijen, though, went into precise details as to why Sterling should be treated differently. “Firstly, 19-year old players do not have a fully matured body yet so for them the game demands are higher & will develop much more fatigue,” wrote the Dutchman, who still acts as consultant for several national football associations and clubs. “Young players who develop more fatigue during the game need longer time to get rid of this fatigue otherwise they accumulate fatigue in body. “Secondly, Sterling is not only a young but also an explosive player. They have many fast muscle fibres compared to less explosive players. “Fast muscle fibres recover slower compared to slow muscle fibres because less blood & oxygen is running through these fast muscle fibres. “If explosive players do not get extra recovery time & are treated in the same way as other players, they accumulate fatigue in their body. “Accumulation of fatigue due to insufficient recovery makes the nervous system slower. The signal from brain to muscles travel slower “If the signal from the brain arrives later in the muscles this means the brain has less control over body during explosive football actions. “So there’s much evidence that insufficient recovery, accumulation of fatigue & slower nervous system are dramatically increasing injury risk.” It is understood that England’s medical staff will be contacting their Liverpool counterparts this week to talk about Sterling’s fitness and Hodgson himself will call Rodgers to discuss the matter. Reds first-team coach Mike Marsh insists, however, they will not be altering their approach despite facing seven games in 21 days – including two fixtures against Real Madrid and one against Premier League leaders Chelsea. “With England there has been a lot of discussion recently. We don’t really change. Our fitness programmes have been well documented,” Marsh told liverpoolfc.com. “We try to recover the players as best we can to prepare for the game. “We have a couple of days’ recovery after the game and we work with the group that don’t start (the previous match) and we build up to the next game and once one game finishes we try to recover as soon as possible. “We try different ways. We do quite a lot of analysis with the players so we break them up into smaller groups and get players’ feedback in different ways.” However, the outspoken Verheijen has ridiculed the national team boss after Hodgson questioned Liverpool’s fitness regime, which is based on a two-day recovery system for the likes of Sterling and Daniel Sturridge – who has not played since being injured in training on international duty last month. The Dutchman was highly critical of Hodgson after he declared: “I don’t think there is a lot of medical evidence to support the ‘two-day recovery’.” “England manager Roy Hodgson once again made himself look extremely stupid. He is the perfect example of a typical uneducated English coach,” Verheijen, who has also worked with Barcelona, Chelsea, Manchester City and Holland, wrote on Twitter. “Embarrassing to see dinosaur Hodgson questioning the fitness regime of the forward thinking manager Brendan Rodgers. “Roy Hodgson’s incompetence must be frustrating for educated managers like Brendan Rodgers who travelled the world.” Sterling reported some signs of tiredness before England’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Estonia and was left out of the starting line-up, although he came off the bench to win the free-kick from which Wayne Rooney scored the only goal. Afterwards Hodgson put himself at odds with Liverpool once again by dismissing the Reds’ medical team’s individually-tailored programmes which allows pacy players like Sterling and Sturridge to lower intensity recovery for two days after a match. “Certainly, the Germans who you (the media) admire so much – they don’t do it. That is for certain,” said Hodgson. Press Association In the wake of the ongoing row over Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling’s tiredness, Hodgson and Reds boss Brendan Rodgers have been told to “stop sniping” at each other over players by former striker Gary Lineker. “It’s time Roy Hodgson and Brendan Rodgers stopped sniping. It’s at their player’s expense,” Lineker, second on the list of England’s all-time goalscorers, tweeted. England manager Roy Hodgson is a ‘dinosaur’ who has made himself look stupid, according to former Wales assistant coach Raymond Verheijen.
By Simon EvansSOUTHPORT, England (Reuters) – Golf is unlikely ever to be dominated again by a single player in the way that Tiger Woods ruled the sport, world number three Jordan Spieth said yesterday ahead of this week’s British Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.Spieth has come the closest to any player of repeating the kind of dominance that Woods enjoyed, producing a magnificent 2015 season when he captured the U.S. Masters and U.S. Open titles and came close to winning the Open and U.S. PGA Championship.But the 23-year-old American was unable to maintain that extraordinary level of performance in 2016 and says those hoping for a new king of golf may be waiting in vain.“I wouldn’t get your hopes up. What Tiger’s done, I just, having experienced a year like he continued to do for years. It just takes a lot out of you. It’s very tough to do,” he told reporters.What I’m saying is, I doubt you’ll see dominance like that maybe ever again in the game. I just think guys are learning; guys are getting stronger.“Guys are winning younger, playing more fearlessly, even in major championships, and I just think that it’s so difficult now.“I wouldn’t get your hopes up for domination like that whatsoever,” he added.However, the Texan believes that the sport will still provide plenty of drama even without an undisputed number one.“I think it’s going to be a very exciting time. You’ll see a group of 10-to-12 guys over the next 15, 20 years that are going to have a lot of different competitions that come down the stretch with each other.“It’s different than one person being the guy to beat. But I think it’s exciting, exciting for us as players. You just never know, and if you play well, you’re going to have a chance with these other guys who are equally as capable,” he said.Spieth will probably always be judged against his remarkable break-out year and he said that his current form was not far off that level – even if he now acknowledges there won’t be many years like 2015.“I haven’t been making as many putts as I did that year, this year,” he said. “I’ve struck the ball better than I did in ’15. I’ve actually been in better positions. If you took hole by hole, I’ve been in a better position tee to green than I was that year.“If I putted the same as ’15 I’d be having a better year right now. It’s hard to do. So, certain parts of the game I think I’ve improved on. And others … it’s just fluctuated. And that’s how it will go. It will go like this,” he said.“I recognise that, being five years in now, and five years doesn’t make me a veteran but it helps me realise … how things go.“Last year I was pretty caught in 2015, and this year I’m not. This year I recognise that that kind of year, hopefully, we can have another one or two like that.“But if we keep on trying to improve each part of the game, stick to the process, then we’ll have the results that we want.”
TOP seed Novak Djokovic started his defence of the Wimbledon men’s title by beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber in straight sets as the pair opened up the tournament on Centre Court.Inside the 15,000-seater arena, the 32-year-old Serb was never in serious trouble during a 6-3 7-5 6-3 win.Djokovic is aiming for a fifth Wimbledon title and a 16th Grand Slam.The world number one will play American Denis Kudla, who beat Tunisian Malek Jaziri, in the second round.Tradition dictates the defending men’s champion opens up the play on Centre Court on Monday, with four-time champion Djokovic earning that honour again after beating South Africa’s Kevin Anderson on the same court 12 months ago. As usual, anticipation crackled in the Centre Court air during the final moments before the players arrived, as those fortunate enough to have tickets for one of the nation’s greatest sporting events – and sit in the pleasant SW19 sunshine – waited in excitement.The noise ramped up to another level when Djokovic and Kohlschreiber strode out, followed by titters of amazement when the Serb opened with a double fault.That led to Djokovic dropping his serve, accompanied by more gasps and murmurs, only for him to immediately break back and take control of the opening set.With Goran Ivanisevic, a surprise new addition to Djokovic’s coaching team, watching him alongside main coach Marian Vajda, the second set followed a similar pattern.The 15-time major champion saw his opening serve taken as he trailed 2-0, instantly breaking back and restoring parity as Kohlschreiber, who beat Djokovic in Indian Wells earlier this year, offered more resistance in a tighter set.(BBC Sport)
USC announced on Wednesday that former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been hired as the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He will fill the gap left by former offensive coordinator Tee Martin and quarterbacks coach Bryan Ellis.“We are very excited to welcome Kliff to the Trojan Family,” head coach Clay Helton said. “With the talent on our team, along with his leadership and coaching, I truly believe that we can take our offense to new heights.”Helton emphasized Kingsbury’s “brilliant offensive mind,” with his offenses consistently finishing among the nation’s top programs.The announcement came amid rumors of Kingsbury having offers from professional teams and collegiate head coaching gigs. Though reports that he had agreed to terms with USC came out last week, the school did not confirm his hiring until Wednesday.After a 5-7 season in 2018, USC returned Helton but released Martin, defensive line coach Kenechi Udeze and defensive backs coach Ronnie Bradford, while Ellis left the programHelton took over play-calling duties from Martin after losing to Arizona State on Oct. 27 at the Coliseum. While many critics still called for Helton’s firing, his return implied he would need to make stellar hires to turn the program around. In 2013, Kingsbury was hired as the head coach of Texas Tech and spent six seasons at the helm of his alma mater. At the time he was hired, Klingsbury was the second-youngest coach of a Power Five school in history at the age of 36.In his final season with the Red Raiders, Kingsbury posted a 5-7 record after opening the season 5-2. He was fired after three consecutive losing seasons, despite notching a slightly-below .500 six-year record with the team at 35-40.Kingsbury had two years remaining in his contract at Texas Tech with a $4.2 million buyout. In 2012, Kingsbury was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Texas A&M, where he coached Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. The Aggies were the only offense ranked in the top 15 of the NCAA in rushing, passing, total offense and scoring offense at the same time.Kingsbury has also coached future NFL quarterbacks Case Keenum, Baker Mayfield, Davis Webb and Patrick Mahomes. Kingsbury began his coaching career in 2008 at the University of Houston as a quality control monitor. When Houston’s offensive coordinator left the program, Kingsbury became co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, where he eventually took over play-calling and earned 2011 Offensive Coordinator of the Year honors after the offense averaged 50 points and 600 offensive yards per game.