Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has signed a global Enterprise Framework Agreement (EFA) renewal with Shell Oil Company to provide concept, front-end engineering, detailed design, procurement, project management, construction management and construction services for Shell projects globally.Jacobs said the agreement was in line with Shell’s ongoing efforts to transform the way its projects are delivered by improving capital and financial efficiencies.“We look forward to continuing to work with Shell. This agreement fosters fresh and innovative project delivery solutions to help meet our joint goal of increased capital efficiency and economic results”This is not the first time the two companies have cooperated. The US-based provider of construction services was in November last year awarded a contract from Shell to deliver a front-end engineering and design package and detailed engineering for the Vito host platform topsides in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
BATESVILLE, Ind. — Genesis: Pathways to Success recently announced its February STEMstar, Paul Thole.Thole is celebrating his 45th year as an educator and teacher Project Lead the Way and geometry at Jac-Cen-Del High School.He is the lead teacher for the Ripley County Engineering Academy which was established in 2009.He also coaches the academy’s Rube Goldberg team.Thole was nominated for this honor by Jac-Cen-Del High School Principal Daryl Werner.
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke has established a commission to examine how best to improve the fortunes of the senior national side and enable more home-grown talent to come through the domestic club system. Commission member and former England manager Glenn Hoddle has suggested a quota system should be employed in the Premier League – an idea backed by Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor – and called for all concerned to be ”ruthless” in the quest to improve chances of success on the international stage. However, Elstone maintains the elite clubs are not the source of all the failings of the England set-up, but rather a strength. Writing in his blog on the club’s official website, www.evertonfc.com, Elstone pulled few punches as he backed the efforts of top-flight member clubs, hitting out at “so much abdication of responsibility”. Elstone wrote: “I am certain those in the game know which organisation has transformed the fortunes of English football, has put our game back on the map, has put respectability back into our game. The world’s most admired, envied and respected League is ours – and it’s not just about the money. “The Premier League has created the perfect environment to develop world-class players, a research and development laboratory with maximum stress testing and the potential for true Darwinian outcomes. “It is the political capital leveraged by the revelation that ‘only’ 30 per cent of total minutes played in the Premier League is English that has moved me to write. It’s hardly revelatory, it’s something we’ve known for a while, and, it is claimed to reveal the root of the problem, our League is full of foreigners. But maybe we should consider whether ‘full’ is a problem. “How many great players do we actually need to win a World Cup? The Belgians might do it with fifteen? 30 per cent is actually quite a big number when you consider they’re playing in the most demanding League in the world. Maybe it’s time to think quality and not quantity? “These 60 or 70 players can prove Darwin’s theories on the ‘Evolution of the Species’ like no other sporting competition in the world; like no other environment in the world. “Our English talent looks over its shoulder every day. They have players from all over the world chasing their livelihoods. Where better to get the 20, 30 or 40 players we need to fight with the best in the world at a national level? Why would we want it easy? Why would we want to take the pressure off? And it’s a framework built by the Premier League.” Press Association Everton chief executive Robert Elstone has launched an impassioned defence of the Barclays Premier League in the wake of the debate around youth development in England. The Premier League already have an Elite Player Performance Plan in place, which Elstone pointed out has helped bring through the likes of Ross Barkley who is now a regular in Roberto Martinez’s first-team squad and could well play an important role in England’s final crucial World Cup qualifiers. Elstone concluded his blog with reflection on some “desperate” personal experiences from watching his two teenage sons play in the local Stockport League. He wrote: “They continue to play with coaches who are enthusiasts, but scream ‘get rid of it’, with opposition coaches who shout ‘offside’ and encourage dissent, with opposition parents who abuse them, with referees who are either 12-years-old or have enjoyed being centre-stage for far too long. “It is desperate. I look forward to Sunday mornings with such hope. I am always left shattered. “This is breeding ground for the World Cup winner. It is English football’s pyramid. “It’s English football’s pyramid because the other pillar – our schools football – remains incomplete, disengaged and at best, only ever starts in Year Seven. “Thirty-odd years ago it was no different. I never kicked a competitive ball in Junior School. I never played on a Saturday, and my Sunday mornings were on the street. It hasn’t improved. “And who’s responsibility is that? The poor young lad unlucky enough to be only the 21st best player in Liverpool in his year might as well stick to X-Box. “Who is trying to do something to give us a chance of winning the World Cup? Who’s having an impact? I know the answer. I also know who it’s not.”
Police are investigation a shooting in Riviera Beach that left one person dead Friday evening.The Riviera Beach Police Department said the shooting occurred at 9:38 p.m. in the 100 block of West 17th Street.When officers arrived to the scene they located 36-year-old Javon Turner suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to a local hospital where he later died, police said.Detectives and Crime Scene investigators are at the scene investigating the incident. There is no motive or suspect information at this time.Anyone with information is urged to contact the Riviera Beach Police Department at 561-845-4123 or Crime Stoppers at 800-458-TIPS.
highlights New Delhi: Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir, who finished ICC World Cup 2019 being the highest wicket taker for his side has announced retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. Mohammad Amir made his Test debut as a 17-year-old in Sri Lanka in 2009, and after some hurdles in his International career he finally calls it a day in the longest format. He walks away from the format after having picked 119 wickets in the 36 games he has played. Interestingly, Amir will continue to feature in shorter format of the game.Mohammad Amir, in the statement, “It has been an honour to represent Pakistan in the pinnacle and traditional format of the game. I, however, have decided to move away from the longer version so I can concentrate on white ball cricket.””Playing for Pakistan remains my ultimate desire and objective, and I will try my best to be in the best physical shape to contribute in the team’s upcoming challenges, including next year’s ICC T20 World Cup,” he added. Amir played 22 of his 36 Tests since comeback in 2016, picking up 68 wickets and achieving his career-best figures of 6 for 44 against West Indies in Jamaica. Amir decided against extending this run with a view on the upcoming Test championship and the need to clear the deck for other up and coming pacers.Amir termed the decision as an easy one as he has been pondering about the same since long. With ICC World Test Championship set to begin with Ashes Test between England and Australia, Amir believes that retiring just before the Championship will give time to Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to plan accordingly. “It has not been an easy decision to make and I have been thinking about this for some time. But with the ICC World Test Championship commencing shortly, and Pakistan boasting some very exciting young fast bowlers, it is appropriate that I call on my time in Test cricket so that the selectors can plan accordingly.” Mohammad Amir announced retirement from Test cricket. Amir will continue to feature in the limited overs. Mohammad Amir featured in 36 Tests and scalped 119 wickets. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
As students awoke way too early Thursday to purchase their men’s basketball season ticket packages, they likely had visions of Jordan Taylor surprising critics and carrying the team through another great year.While a glance at the Badgers’ roster may leave skeptics questioning their NCAA Tournament chances again, they’re forgetting about the one-man wrecking crew of Taylor. After emerging onto the national scene after a stellar 2010-11 campaign, the senior point guard should be considered a legitimate Naismith Player of the Year candidate. Though a player from Wisconsin has never won the award, Taylor seems like the perfect man to break the streak.A second-team All-American as a junior, it seems like the national media has finally stopped overlooking Taylor, giving him a realistic shot at the Naismith Award. In addition to his All-American accolades, the Bloomington, Minn., native was one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the top point guard in the country. While such awards may seem irrelevant to this season, the fact that Taylor is already on the radar for voters across the country should provide a major boost to his chances at the Player of the Year award.Often single-handedly carrying Wisconsin on the hardwood last year, there’s no doubt that his role will on the team will only step up with the absence of forward Jon Leuer. After averaging 18 points per game while shooting over 43 percent from the field, there’s no doubt that the star point guard is ready to step in for a team that will rely on him even more than last year. On top of all the scoring, he finished with 161 assists, the third-highest number of assists in a season in Wisconsin history. Simply put, he is the Badgers’ offense this year.Sure, Taylor will place plenty of competition from the likes of Ohio State’s Jared Sullinger and Connecticut’s Jeremy Lamb, among others, but he should put up comparable numbers to those players. He will likely carry the Badgers to a 14th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, and that could be enough success to remain a contender for the award.With Leuer still on the team last year, Taylor wasn’t even expected to be the best player to suit up for the Badgers, but he quickly proved that he was more than capable of carrying the team.Many may point out that Bo Ryan’s signature swing offense doesn’t allow players to put up big enough numbers to win a Player of the Year award, but Taylor proved last year that he has no trouble scoring in Ryan’s system. Though the swing offense is admittedly not the best system to put up gaudy numbers, Taylor showed that he can put up huge numbers by scoring 21 points in the second half over a No. 1 Ohio State team and lighting up Indiana with a career-high 39 points.As the main ball-handler for UW this season, Taylor will have no shortage of scoring opportunities. Shooting over 42 percent from behind the arc in 2010-11, he has the ability to score from anywhere on the court, and his talents go well beyond scoring. Arguably the most efficient guard in the nation last year, he led the NCAA with a 3.83 assist-to-turnover ratio. Despite touching the ball more than anyone on the team, Taylor rarely turned the ball over, the true sign of a complete player. The gifted point guard is also a great defender, leading the Badgers last year with 25 steals and being named to the Big Ten All-Defensive team.The bottom line is that Taylor does it all and could be as critical to UW’s success this year as any player in the country. While this could be a breakout year for junior forward Mike Bruesewitz and sophomore Josh Gasser will play a much bigger role, the Badgers’ fate lies in the hands of Taylor.Look for Taylor to have big performances against North Carolina and continue to dominate as the Big Ten season comes on, games that could get him in Player of the Year conversations. If the junior can put up big numbers when the spotlight is on against big opponents, he could be well on his way to becoming the first Badger to earn college basketball’s top award.Wisconsin fans might feel like Taylor has little room for improvement, but he should come back an even stronger player when he returns to the floor this November after taking part in Chris Paul’s CP3 Elite Guard camp and Deron Williams’ Nike Skills Academy. Spending a summer competing against players including North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes and Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine, the senior should come back with an even more developed game.On a team often denied respect for its uncanny consistency, Taylor is the rare player that can put in a jaw-dropping season and bring more attention to the program. Sullinger will undoubtedly be the favorite, but it certainly wouldn’t be the first time that the Wisconsin basketball program has exceeded expectations.Ian is a junior majoring in journalism. Do you think Jordan Taylor has a chance at winning the Naismith Award? Let him know at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @imccue.
The University of Wisconsin volleyball team’s inaugural week of spring practice with new head coach Kelly Sheffield was not exactly a friendly gathering.At day’s end, it was expected that the team collect all of the balls from the court that were used during practice. However, one forgotten ball was the exact type of imprecision Sheffield is trying to eradicate from the program – the players were forced to do intense cardio work as a penalty, which is something sophomore Ellen Chapman said the team had never seen with former head coach Pete Waite.“We had a rough first couple of days,” Chapman said. “[Sheffield] just set the tone for what things need to be like in this program now, which was a big difference from last year.”After barely three weeks of team practice, Sheffield has already stamped an impression on his new team. Junior Annemarie Hickey said Sheffield has already instilled a sense of responsibility with the players, and his firmness at practice signaled to the players they should be prepared for an effort-filled season.“[That] was good; it’s what we wanted,” Hickey said. “We all wanted to be held accountable for the same type of things.”It is clear to the players Sheffield has taken a serious approach to the UW volleyball program. Chapman said if the players didn’t buy into Sheffield’s system, he would help them find a different school that was a better fit for them.However, Chapman felt there was more of a unified feeling on the team because of Sheffield’s leadership. She said the coaches, players and trainers were all fragmented pieces of a disorganized puzzle last year. But since Sheffield’s arrival, everyone involved with the program has come closer together.“When we huddle, everyone comes into the huddle,” Chapman said. “It’s a lot different from last year.”At this point in his short-lived tenure as Wisconsin head coach, Sheffield emphasized he is still trying to understand the strengths and weaknesses of his players.However, he has already learned they are willing to improve. After an hour and a half team weight lifting session, Hickey spent additional time afterwards serving and passing by herself, something Chapman said would not have happened in previous seasons.“They’re wanting to prove to people that this program can get back on top,” Sheffield said. “There’s a drive that, every day, you can tell is coming out more and more with these guys.”An additional characteristic Sheffield has brought to Wisconsin is a sense of structure. Chapman said, in past years, the players did not know what they were going to be practicing on a day-to-day basis. This year, Sheffield has set a more organized practice agenda for the team by establishing a whiteboard that lets every player know what is planned for the day.Sheffield also has a respected coaching history that backs his sense of determination with the team – he has won seven conference titles in twelve years as a head coach, including four in five seasons at the University of Dayton.Sheffield has stressed that his goal this spring is to raise his players’ consistency in effort and competition. He said while it is natural to panic when faced with adversity, the team needs to do a better job of responding positively to difficult situations.“You’re not only trying to get to know them and working on techniques, but you’re trying to get them to compete at a level that is absolutely necessary in this conference to be successful,” Sheffield said.Sheffield said he has already seen vast improvements in the players in slightly more than two weeks of spring practice.The Badgers started their spring schedule strongly by defeating Loyola March 16 by way of a 3-0 sweep. Wisconsin has two more home spring exhibition matches against UW-Green Bay and UW-Milwaukee scheduled for this month. While the Badgers normally have only one spring match at the UW Field House, Sheffield said he wants to display the team’s improvement over a series of matches.Even after a surprising start to the fresh team-coach dynamic, the players have responded well to Sheffield’s arrival. Hickey said that he has shown sincere investment in his team, not only as volleyball players, but as students and people.Hickey also said he has shown a deep commitment to the program’s success and expects his players to be on board with that same approach.“He wants to win,” Hickey said. “He lets us know when we need to be doing better, but he also reassures us that we are working hard and lets us know that he cares.”
Betway Ghana in collaboration with the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) has organized training sessions for sports journalists in Kumasi and Accra.The two-region training dubbed “Betway Sports Writers Conference” was held on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, in Kumasi and was climaxed in Accra on Friday, February 7, 2020, at the Swiss Spirit Hotel & Suites Alisa.At the climax of the maiden collaboration by Betway and SWAG in Accra, a lot of speakers came through to share their experiences in the game; from the use of social media, preparing for commentaries, and ethical reporting on women’s football, the legal aspects and broadcasting the game to the importance of research before a game as well as looking presentable at all times.The main speakers of the event were Michael Oti Adjei, an ace sports journalist with TV3, Prosper Harrison Addo, the General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) and Maurice Quansah, of the Graphic Communications Group, who doubles as the vice president of SWAG.Godfred Akoto Boafo (Head of Current Affairs, Citi FM/TV)Other speakers were Gary Al-Smith (Joy FM), Godfred Akoto Boafo (Head of Current Affairs, Citi FM), Akosua Addai Amoo (AIPS Young Reporter), Ben Willie Graham (GBC), Elloeny Amande (CEO, Karela FC) and Nathaniel Attoh (Joy FM).
Chelsea will face Manchester United in the FA Cup quarter-finals after comfortably beating Championship side Middlesbrough at the Riverside.Chances were limited on a freezing night on Teesside as Scott McDonald headed wide for the hosts in the first half before Petr Cech spilled Mustapha Carayol’s shot.Chelsea made the breakthrough after the interval when Ramires’s shot hit Fernando Torres on its way in.Eden Hazard then came on to add more thrust to the visitors’ attacking play, and the Belgian’s clever one-two with Oscar helped set up Victor Moses for a simple finish after 72 minutes. Boro did belatedly respond with substitute Merouane Zemmama testing Cech with a late free-kick, Nicky Bailey heading wide, and Ishmael Miller volleying over from a good position.But prior to conceding, Tony Mowbray’s team failed to regularly test a much-changed Chelsea side, in keeping with a wretched run of one win in nine league games this year. A more confident side might well have pressured Rafael Benitez’s men, who had Paulo Ferreira, Yossi Benayoun and Dutch teenager Nathan Ake all making first starts of the season amid eight changes to the team that lost to Manchester City on Sunday.Middlesbrough, however, did not have the necessary composure in front of goal.Moses and Ramires both burst into the box early on, but could not find a team-mate, while Andre Bikey blocked an Oscar shot as last season’s FA Cup winners failed to test Boro keeper Jason Steele.It was not until the 20th minute that Mowbray’s side had their first decent spell of possession.Five minutes later they almost went ahead when McDonald headed wide from Bailey’s right-wing cross and just before the break Cech failed to hold Carayol’s shot, but unfortunately for the Championship side, no-one was there to pick up the pieces. Torres had a couple of surging runs in the first period without reward, but he was in the right place on 51 minutes as Ramires’s 25-yard shot flicked in via the Spaniard on the edge of the area, following neat work by Oscar.The goal was tough luck on Middlesbrough, but once Hazard was introduced Chelsea attacked with more purpose, the Belgian and Oscar both shooting wide as the visitors pressed.Hazard was involved in the Blues’ second goal – a delightful move that culminated in a straightforward finish for Moses.For Boro, Miller really should have forced a save from Cech with a volley from the edge of the area, and did call the Chelsea keeper into late action with a powerful run and shot at the near post.Mowbray’s side will return to their Championship challenge as they aim keep in touch of the play-off places after an alarming dip in form, but this week does not get any easier for them as they face leaders Cardiff at the weekend. Victory for Chelsea, currently fourth in the Premier League, keeps them in the hunt for two trophies – they are challenging for the Europa League, as well as the FA Cup – in addition to their quest for Champions League qualification.For interim boss Benitez, however, the win now looks unlikely to provide any breathing space with the fans.
Former Barcelona man Victor Valdes has been named La Liga’s greatest goalkeeper ever.Valdes, who is set to join Manchester United after returning to fitness, came out on top in a study by the Spanish Centre for Football History and Statistics (CIHEFE).They analysed the careers of every keeper to have graced Spain’s top flight since 1928 with Valdes found to be the best in the business.He edged out Chelsea’s Thibaut Courtois, who shone during his loan spell at Atletico Madrid.Iker Casillas came way down in 20th place, while other former Spanish showstoppers including Santiago Canizares (8th) and Luis Maria Arconada (13th) also made the list.UNITED BOUND: Victor Valdes is set to join Arsenal [GETTY] The study, undertaken by Vidal Vinaras de Blas, analysed the careers of the 790 keepers who have played in the league since the beginning of the 1928 league championship.These equate to 9.10 per cent of the 8,679 footballers who have played in Spain’s top flight since that year.When compiling the list, the study considered the overall number of goals conceded, titles won, consecutive clean sheets, ‘Zamora’ trophies (awarded to the keeper with the lowest goals-to-games ratio over the course of the season) and total appearances.Valdes has been training with United as he recovers from a cruciate knee ligament injury and will serve as David De Gea’s No.2.