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Blackstone Bets Big on Low Natural Gas Prices for the Long Term

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:Blackstone Group LP has a deal to buy Harvest Fund Advisors LLC, an investment-management firm with more than $10 billion in assets under management that focuses on midstream energy assets.The move is part of a large Blackstone bet that it can profit on rising natural-gas production, even if gas prices remain stuck at depressed levels. The New York private-equity firm has built a roughly $7 billion bet on natural gas by investing in drilling fields, pipelines and a gas export terminal, The Wall Street Journal reported this week.Wall Street Journal:Blackstone Group BX -0.48% LP is making one of its biggest bets on the growth of natural gas production, wagering that even if gas prices remain stuck at depressed levels, it can profit.The New York private-equity firm has built a roughly $7 billion bet on natural gas by investing in drilling fields, pipelines and a gas export terminal. The latest piece came last month, when it agreed to pay $1.57 billion for a 32.4% stake in the Rover Pipeline, a 710-mile tube being built across Ohio.Natural gas investments have been popular in recent years among private-equity firms. Many investments count on prices rising to turn profits—and have been doomed by low prices.Blackstone says its wager is generally more dependent on production volumes increasing than on prices climbing. Most of the $7 billion has been put toward moving gas out of areas where drilling has increased despite low prices. The remainder has been invested in exploration and production in those regions.“We’re betting on which basins are going to be the winners,” said David Foley, who leads the firm’s energy investing. He’s put Blackstone’s money down in West Texas, Appalachia and Louisiana.Goldman Sachs Group Inc., Citigroup Inc. and others say that abundant supply, and production that can be ramped up quickly, should keep U.S. natural gas prices at an average of around $3 per million British thermal units for the next couple of years. Futures contracts for gas to be delivered in the winter, when demand and prices tend to be highest, don’t exceed $3.50 per mmBtu until late 2027, according to FactSet.Blackstone joins a crowded field of private-equity firms that have barreled into gas investments since the combination of horizontal drilling and a rock-cracking process called hydraulic fracturing unlocked new drilling fields across the country. These firms’ cash helped feed a drilling frenzy that has produced a flood of the heating and power-generation fuel.More: ($) Why Blackstone Is Betting $7 Billion on Natural Gas Blackstone Bets Big on Low Natural Gas Prices for the Long Termlast_img read more

8 crucial communications trends for credit unions in 2016

first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As we venture into the second month of 2016, credit unions seem to be hitting on all cylinders so far. But now is not the time to rest on our laurels. It’s time to continue hammering away our message to current members and prospective consumers.That said, we invited communications expert LTPR’s Casey Boggs on the program to discuss just how credit unions can consistently and powerfully deliver our story. Casey shared eight crucial communications trends for credit unions to focus on in 2016. continue reading »last_img read more

MansionBet unveils KSI vs Logan Paul boxing sponsorship

first_img MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Related Articles Submit Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020 MansionBet has announced the latest entry into its sponsorship portfolio, as the operator throws its support behind the KSI versus Logan Paul boxing match.Stating that it’s “pleased to continue supporting the lighter side of sports with this unique sponsorship,” it sees the firm build upon its deal with impressionist Darren Farley, which sees a variety of exclusive video content produced.British social media star KSI goes head-to-head with his American vlogging rival Logan Paul at the Manchester Arena this weekend (Saturday 25 August), as bad blood between the pair boils over into the MansionBet branded ring. Soaring to fame through their respective YouTube channels, which boast a combined 37 million subscribers, the fight is to also be streamed on that platform, which is “to strengthen the brand’s awareness within the UK market and target a new platform.”Shelly Suter-Hadad, COO and Managing Director of Mansion, commented: “We are excited to expand our sponsorship portfolio with such a huge, media-focused event.“We recognise that sports betting should be a fun, safe environment, and with this sponsorship so heavily based on online comedy, it was the perfect fit for us.”The fight’s potential as a betting proposition has been previously emphasised by Coral PR Exec Harry Aitkenhead, who told SBC news: “In our book it does go down as a sports event, even though the standard might not be quite as high as the other boxing matches we bet on! It can be difficult to gauge having not seen much of the contenders in action, however, we saw KSI beat another YouTube star in Joe Weller back in February and that performance means for this bout coming up he is our hot odds-on favourite, at 1/2.“That fight back in February drew in more than 15 million viewers online, which is more than the 2017 epic clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley”.last_img read more

Rockies’ Kyle Freeland rises to occasion, with embarrassing John Elway moment still fresh

first_imgMORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNAfter one of Colin’s games, with all the parents and players still hanging around the field, one of the dads started throwing batting practice to his son. Kyle and some of the other younger brothers, gloves at the ready, scrambled out to shag fly balls. Any excuse to get out on the baseball field and impress the older kids was a welcomed opportunity. But this didn’t go quite as Freeland planned. “So this kid hits a fly ball and I go to catch it and I just take my eye off the ball for a split second and it glances off my glove and smokes me right under the eye,” Freeland said, grimacing as he stood in front of his spring training locker a couple of weeks ago. “I mean, in front of John Elway, in front of his son. So that was pretty embarrassing. I had this huge welt, with the laces showing right across my cheek.”That welt under his eye healed long ago. The shot to his baseball-playing little-kid pride, though? That still stings a bit, even now. A little more focus and Freeland avoids that embarrassing — and painful — moment in front of the best athlete in Colorado state history. The lesson was learned, though. Was it ever. “The individual challenges that pop up in a game, whether it be one pitch or one at-bat, whatever it may be, just the way that he always rises to the occasion (is impressive), it seems like every time,” veteran Rockies catcher Chris Iannetta told Sporting News this spring. “The more difficult the situation is, the more he has the ability to do more and be successful. Usually when guys try to do more, they go the other way. When he tries to increase his intensity, you get a one-to-one correlation where it actually works. Other people, it’s the other way around.”Freeland finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting last year, after finishing a stellar sophomore season on the mound. The lefty posted a 2.85 ERA (and 3.67 FIP), including a stellar 2.40 ERA in 15 starts in the notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field. That’s the best single-season home ERA for any Rockies pitcher with at eight games started at Coors.And he was at his best when it mattered most. In 163 plate appearances with runners in scoring position last year, opposing hitters posted just a .546 OPS. Among starters with at least 150 innings, that number ranked eighth in baseball, behind Cy Young winners Blake Snell and Jacob deGrom, plus guys like Max Scherzer, Chris Snell and Aaron Nola. “When I get into situations, I just kind of think, ‘OK, you need to really lock it in right here and do what you need to do to minimize damage, or create no damage at all,” Freeland said. “And I guess you kind of go into an extra focus or hyper-focus. That’s not something that I just click and do. Whenever I’m in a situation like that, I just try to bear down as much as possible and really make my pitches.”MORE: SN’s MLB Power RankingsFreeland has pitch-by-pitch breathing exercises that help him stay on that even keel, but so do lots of pitchers who struggle in those situations. So what makes Freeland different? “I have no clue. I wish I knew,” Iannetta said with a laugh. “I think we all search for that. Some of us can do it and some of us can’t. He’s one who can, for sure.”In 356 plate appearances with men on base — any base, not just in scoring position — Freeland gave up just one home run last year. The other 16 homers he allowed were all solo shots. That’s how you minimize damage.“When you’re in a game, cruising and everything’s going smoothly, you’re just out there firing strikes,” Freeland said. “You’re just looking to get ahead of guys and if they hit the ball, so what, you’re still grooving. But when you get into situations where something bad can happen, that’s where you got to truly think yourself through your situations.”Freeland only had one testing situation in his first 2019 start, and he passed that with flying colors on Opening Day. Pitching on the road in Miami, Freeland retired the first 11 batters he faced. He gave up a two-out single in the fourth, a two-out walk in the fifth, a solo homer in the sixth. In the seventh, an error and a hit-by-pitch gave the Marlins two runners on with only one out.  But Freeland induced a weak grounder from Miguel Rojas for a force out at third base, then got Rosell Herrera to loft a harmless fly ball to right field for the third out. In other words, more of the same. “Everyone here is physically talented,” Iannetta said. “There’s a ton of pitchers who have really great stuff. But it’s the way he competes and the way he handles challenges.”John Elway, you’d imagine, would be proud of the kid with the welt under his eye. Even now, as he’s mostly laughing while telling the story of his most embarrassing injury, Kyle Freeland winces just a bit.Freeland, the left-handed ace of the Colorado Rockies, was 7 or 8 years old and a regular at the baseball games of his older brother, Colin. And Colin played on a team with Jack Elway, the son of Denver Broncos Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway. For any little kid growing up in Colorado, just being near John Elway was a really, really big deal. last_img read more

How long is Victor Olofsson out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Buffalo Sabres rookie

first_imgThe Buffalo Sabres suffered another blow Friday with news of rookie forward Victor Olofsson’s injury.Olofsson will miss time with a lower-body injury he sustained in the third period of Thursday’s 3-2 OT win against the Edmonton Oilers. Victor Olofsson injury timelineThe rookie winger suffered a lower-body injury Jan. 2 in the third period against the Edmonton Oilers.On Jan. 3, the team announced Olofsson will likely miss five to six weeks with the injury.This article will be updated with injury news as it is made available. On a play in which he recorded an assist, skating with the puck in the corner, the rookie landed awkwardly after his skate looked to catch an edge on the ice. Just before the fall, he fed the puck to Zach Bogosian at the point for a shot that was deflected in by Sam Reinhart to tie the game at two.Warning: the following video may be too graphic for some audiences.Hope Olofsson is alright. #Sabres50 #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/y0OWhHhCk2— Buffalo Hockey moments (@SabresPlays) January 3, 2020Olofsson led all rookies in goals (16) and points (35) at the time of his injury and was second on the team in goals, points and assists (19), trailing Jack Eichel in all three categories.MORE: Sidney Crosby injury updateHow long will Victor Olofsson be out?Preliminary reports by the team suggest that Olofsson will miss five to six weeks with a lower-body injury.”He will be gone for a few weeks now, we know that for sure,” Sabres coach Ralph Krueger said. “Of course he has been a very important catalyst to the good things that are happening here in the team and we need to fill that hole. Guys need to step up as we had the same situation with Jeff [Skinner]. It’s definitely a challenging situation but we’ll pull together and fill that hole.”The specifics of his injury have not been announced.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Thursday, September 8, 2016:•8:04 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 200 block N. C, Wellington.•11:05 a.m. Officers documented animal activity in the 400 block N. Blaine, Wellington.•7:45 p.m. Officers investigated disorderly conduct in the 500 block E. Harvey, Wellington, incident occurred Sept. 2, 2016.•12:40 p.m. Non-Injury accident in the area of 12th & G, Wellington involving a vehicle operated by Mary A. Murphy, 83, Wellington and a fixed object/cement wall owned by the city of Wellington.•3:05 p.m. Shelly D. Martin, 55, Wellington was issued a notice to appear charged with expired  registration.last_img read more