The Hague-based LNG giant Shell aims to spend as much as $1 billion a year on its New Energies unit by the end of the decade as it is seeking to lower emissions.“In some parts of the world we are beginning to see battery electric cars starting to gain consumer acceptance. This has to happen as part of society’s push to decarbonise,” Shell Chief Executive Ben Van Beurden said in a speech at the World Petroleum Congress in Istanbul on Monday.But the weight and capacity limits of batteries still mean there was no immediate zero-carbon solution for air travel, for shipping and for heavy freight, Van Beurden said.“So the world will need hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, it will need liquefied natural gas as a transport fuel… and it will need the next generation of sustainable biofuels.”According to the CEO, wind and solar were contributing more and more to the global energy system and this must also happen if the world is to decarbonise.“But the intermittency of renewables – both day by day and also season by season – means there will be a long-term role for natural gas power generation. New energy storage technologies will, in time, help the intermittency issue, but they do not exist yet,” he said.During his speech, Van Beurden highlighted the potential for some of the fastest-growing nations to switch directly to a cleaner energy mix.“When you consider the areas of the world where energy demand is still to expand, like Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, there is a huge opportunity here,” he said. “These are areas that are not, on the whole, locked in to a coal-driven system. There is the potential for them to shift more directly onto a less energy-intensive pathway to development.”Even so, these growing countries would still require hydrocarbons to develop their industries. Not least because there were some sectors of the economy that are just not yet able to achieve zero carbon, Van Beurden said.“So, there is not one, single energy transition underway, but many, all running alongside each other. These are happening right now, but they will take many decades to play out,” he said.
Congratulations to the Batesville Bulldogs and the East Central Trojans for their football wins on Friday night. East Central will play for their championship at Edgewood, and Batesville will go to Brownstown. Good luck to both of these teams this week!On the cross country front, Brenner Hanna of Greensburg finished 26th at the state meet and Meghan Cole of South Ripley placed 63rd out of over 200. Both young ladies are great local high school runners.Girls high school basketball will begin this weekend. Check your local school websites to see when and where your team is playing. At this writing, I am not sure if Batesville will play Hauser on Friday night because of the high school football game. Check WRBI for information.The Boston Red Sox are the only team going into the off-season happy. They defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-1 last night to win the 2018 World Series! Way to go Sox!
The McDan Group is the latest from the corporate world to lend a financial hand to the forthcoming Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) Awards Gala scheduled for Saturday at the banquet hall, state house Accra.Ahead of the 42nd edition, The Group on Wednesday presented a cheque for 10,000 to the leadership of SWAG at its plush East Legon office in Accra.This comes as a breath of fresh air for SWAG since there has been a call for corporate bodies to support in aiding them to stage the awards.According to Dr. Daniel McKorley, who is Chairman of McDan Group, the decision to support the oldest sports awards in the country was as a result of its high sense of duty saying “Now we have some great people within the sports writers Association and It is my utmost desire to support them (SWAG),” he said. “.“So far as they are doing the right thing we will continue to support SWAG because they are putting the various Association heads on their toes. SWAG president Kwabena Yeboah promised a successful award ceremony on Saturday and was full of praise as he received the cheque.“We truly appreciate it and we want to assure him (Dr. Daniel McKorley) that his money will be put to good use.”Dr. McKorley has been chosen to receive a special award on the night which will be graced by His Excellency Nana Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Saturday.
Like @POTUS @realDonaldTrump always says: Promises made. Promises kept. Pleasure to finally meet you Mr. President. Thank you for always putting America first! #maga #GreatAmericanWinningMachine 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/yYZWkdd5wS— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) August 2, 2018But then the wheels came off the tracks in Covington’s mind. He says the UFC wanted to book him vs. then-170 pound champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 228 in September 2018 to determine an undisputed champion. Covington couldn’t take the fight due to having to have nasal surgery, and subsequently, the organization removed him as the interim titleholder. Then White said Covington turned fights with Usman and Woodley, which Covington has denied.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearLeading into his quest for the gold, which culminates at Saturday’s UFC 245 when he battles current titlist Kamaru Usman, the 31-year-old feels it’s been one lie after another from White that has him fed up to the point he’s lost respect for his boss and that he doesn’t want Covington to leave the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas as the welterweight champion.”Absolutely, he doesn’t want me to win the belt,” Covington told Sporting News. “And l love it. That’s what drives me to be great and to keep the UFC great. “He’s treated me like s— so I’m going to treat him like s—. He’s also the same guy that stripped me of America’s title, the people’s title, for no reason. I went to the UFC doctors to get nose surgery. They wanted me to turn around from a five-round fight with Rafael dos Nachos (Anjos) with six weeks notice. I still get an assurance from him that I would fight the winner of Tyron Woodley-Darren Till. And after that fight, I get passed up again. He lies to me again. And that was when Marty Fake Usman got to fight Woodley. He comes up to me at that fight and tells me that I’ll fight the winner. I promise you that. But then I have to go through Robbie Lawler. They (the UFC) come up to me and tell me that I have no choice, and I have to fight Robbie Lawler or I’ll never get a title shot again and lock you into a contract.”I’m so sick of getting treated like this. I get all these unfulfilled promises and disrespect. I’m not going to respect people who disrespect me.”The UFC 245 main event is as personal as it gets. The words exchanged between Covington and Usman have been harsh, including an incident when they almost came to blows in a buffet line the day after Usman beat Woodley to capture the title at UFC 235. “As a person, I don’t like how fake he is,” Covington said. “He’s always lying to the media. He’s trying to say he’s from Nigeria. He was born in Dallas and went to college in Nebraska. Also, he’s trying to say he’s more American than me. Who is more American than me? My family served in the military. What’s his family served besides being in federal prison?” Covington enters UFC 245 as the underdog. It’s a role he doesn’t mind because he feels in his heart there’s no way Usman can beat him. And when ring announcer Bruce Buffer announces him as the new UFC welterweight champion, it’s not White that Covington wants to put the belt around his waist. It’s political activist Candace Owens.”Chaos” proceeds to send White a message if he refuses Covington’s request.”Dana White is not allowed to put that title around my waist, and he knows that,” Covington emphatically said. “After UFC 244 and the fight for the Bernie Sanders participation trophy, they had The Rock put the title around the waist of the Street Judas, Jorge Masvidal. If they do that, then I want Candace Owens to wrap the belt around my waist as she will be front row in attendance. If she doesn’t wrap the belt around my waist, then I feel bad for Dana White.” Things appeared to be right in the world between Colby Covington and UFC president Dana White in August 2018. Covington was coming off a dominant performance over Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 225 to become the interim welterweight champion. He’s the type of guy White seems to like because he’s an excellent talker who can then back it up inside the Octagon.When you combine those factors, more than often not, it’s a license to print money. Covington looked to be well on his way to becoming one of the next big stars for the organization when he became the first UFC fighter to appear at the White House, meeting with President Donald Trump.
The Bears slipped to 8-8 in Matt Nagy’s second season, and the climb back up the NFC North begins with quarterback intrigue.Chicago traded for Nick Foles this offseason, and he will battle with quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for the starting job. The Bears still have an elite defense led by Khalil Mack, but they will be up against a challenging schedule that includes the AFC South and NFC South. Bottom line: Chicago is 3-5 against AFC teams under Nagy, so it’s about avoiding those slipups against unfamiliar opponents. The defense will keep the Bears in most games. Chicago had just two losses by more than 10 points last season.The quarterback question will need answered, but a middle-of-the-road-schedule gives the Bears a chance to get back in the mix. It’s about those showdowns with the Packers and Vikings. Nagy is 3-1 against Minnesota but 1-3 against Green Bay.Record prediction: 8-8 The schedule also features the usual battles with the NFC North rivals. Will Nagy lead Chicago back to the top of the division?Here is a complete breakdown of the Bears’ 2020 schedule, including dates and start times for all 16 games and our early prediction.NFL OFFSEASON 2020:Draft grades | Power rankings | Best free agents availableBears schedule 2020 WeekDateOpponentKickoff timeTV1Sept. 13at Lions1 p.m.Fox2Sept. 20vs. Giants1 p.m.CBS3Sept. 27at Falcons1 p.m.Fox4Oct. 4vs. Colts1 p.m.CBS5Oct. 8vs. Buccaneers8:20 p.m.Fox/NFLN6Oct. 18at Panthers1 p.m.Fox7Oct. 26at Rams8:15 p.m.ESPN8Nov. 1vs. Saints4:25 p.m.Fox9Nov. 8at Titans1 p.m.Fox10Nov. 16vs. Vikings8:15 p.m.ESPN11BYE—12Nov. 29at Packers8:20 p.m.NBC13Dec. 6vs. Lions1 p.m.Fox14Dec. 13vs. Texans1 p.m.CBS15Dec. 20at Vikings1 p.m.Fox16Dec. 27at Jaguars1 p.m.Fox17Jan. 3vs. Packers1 p.m.Fox(For Canadian viewers, each game can be streamed on DAZN.)Chicago’s home schedule features non-divisional visits from two Hall of Fame quarterbacks in Drew Brees and Tom Brady, and Houston is the other 10-win team on the schedule. The Soldier Field slate also features a visit from Philip Rivers and Indianapolis.The Rams and Giants are the crossover opponents as a result of a third-place schedule.MORE: Strength of schedule for all 32 teams in 2020Bears strength of schedule & predictionChicago’s opponents had a 129-125-2 record last season, and that .508 winning percentage gives the Bears a strength of schedule ranked at No. 13.The Bears are 11-6 at home and 10-7 on the road the last two seasons under Nagy. Re-establishing that home-field advantage – especially in the elements – will be the key for the Bears in his third year. Toughest tests: Green Bay and Minnesota were a combined 14-3 at home last season, but the Bears won at Minnesota 21-19 and had a chance to tie the Packers at Lambeau Field in a 21-13 loss. Those divisional games still carry the most weight.Outside of the division, the road games at Tennessee and the cross-country trip to Los Angeles to face the Rams won’t be easy.Biggest breaks: The Saints and Buccaneers are tough ones, too, but at least those are at Soldier Field.Carolina, Atlanta and Jacksonville were a combined 8-15 at home last season. Those are games the Bears can win and keep pace in the NFC North race with the Packers and Vikings.