Torquay(CliffNews)The defending champion Nigel Richards of New Zealand continued to hold firm at the end of day-two of the World Scrabble Championship at Torquay, England.Richards has won 13 of the 17 matches played so far and maintains a spread of 1573.David Koening of USA in now 2nd with the equal number of wins and a spread of 693 while former world champion David Eldar of Australia is 3rd with 12 wins and a spread of 1293.The Pakistani players continued to be impressive among a pool of great players. At lease three of them climbed into the top ten at some time during the day.At the end of the day two the wonder boy Syed Imaad Ali who is also the youngest player in the premier division is tenth with 10 wins while Moiz Baig is 11th with the same number of wins.Division B of the World Scrabble Championship appears to be an all Pakistan affair with the Pakistani youngsters chalking up impressive wins against far more experienced players.Taha Mirza hit an incredible purple patch winning 12 games on the trot. Taha remained No. 1 throughout the day and ended day two on 14-3 with a spread of 1289.The second spot kept changing hands between the Hadi twins. As usual the twin brothers have an equal number of wins but Hassan Hadi is on 2nd due to a better spread while Hammad Hadi is 3rd.Daniyal Sanaullah after a poor start came back to his own later in the day ending at the 4th position. Daniyal also recorded the highest score of the championship with a massive 728 against Kara Twaits of England.Little Monis Khan staged a strong rally late in the day to snatch the 5th spot from Maureen Hoch of Israel.Omijeh Osas of Nigeria and James Wilkie of Scotland are the only players giving a stiff competition to the young players from Pakistan.
London(Cliff News)The global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market has continued to defy expectations of many market observers, with demand growing by 29 million tonnes to 293 million tonnes in 2017, according to Shell’s annual LNG Outlook. Such strong growth in demand is consistent with Shell’s first LNG Outlook, published in 2017. Based on current demand projections, Shell sees potential for a supply shortage developing in mid-2020’s, unless new LNG production project commitments are made soon.Japan remained the world’s largest LNG importer in 2017, while China moved into second place as Chinese imports surged past South Korea’s. Total demand for LNG in China reached 38 million tonnes, a result of continued economic growth and policies to reduce local air pollution through coal-to-gas switching.“We are still seeing significant demand from traditional importers in Asia and Europe, but we are also seeing LNG provide flexible, reliable and cleaner energy supply for other countries around the world,” said Maarten Wetselaar, Integrated Gas and New Energies Director at Shell. “In Asia alone, demand rose by 17 million tonnes. That’s nearly as much as Indonesia, the world’s fifth-largest LNG exporter, produced in 2017.”LNG has played an increasing role in the global energy system over the last few decades. Since 2000, the number of countries importing LNG has quadrupled and the number of countries supplying it has almost doubled. LNG trade increased from 100 million tonnes in 2000 to nearly 300 million tonnes in 2017. That’s enough gas to generate power for around 575 million homes.LNG buyers continued to sign shorter and smaller contracts. In 2017, the number of LNG spot cargoes sold reached 1,100 for the first time, equivalent to three cargoes delivered every day. This growth mostly came from new supply from Australia and the USA.The mismatch in requirements between buyers and suppliers is growing. Most suppliers still seek long-term LNG sales to secure financing. But LNG buyers increasingly want shorter, smaller and more flexible contracts so they can better compete in their own downstream power and gas markets.This mismatch needs to be resolved to enable LNG project developers to make final investment decisions that are needed to ensure there is enough future supply of this cleaner-burning fuel for the world economy.See Shell’s full LNG Outlook for 2018 at http://www.shell.com/lngoutlook
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Lahore(Cliff News): Pakistan team jersey for the T20I series to be played in New Zealand in January 2018 will be co-sponsored by Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL). This was announced at the kit unveiling ceremony held at the Gaddafi Stadium (Far End Pavilion) in Lahore. The cricket team kit was unveiled jointly by Mr. Adnan Shahid, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO), PTCL, Chairman PCB Mr. Najam Aziz Sethi and Pakistan Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Other attendees of the ceremony were Syed Shahzad Shah, EVP Marketing & Communication, PTCL, senior PCB officials’ and Pakistan T-20I Team Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed. Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Adnan Shahid, CCO, PTCL said, “Cricket and PTCL, both connect the country and unite the nation. We are excited to co-sponsor T20 team kit of Pakistan cricket team, which is also World Number 1 team in ICC T20I Rankings. Like all Pakistanis, we wish the team all the best and hope it will continue the winning streak and win the tough New Zealand series comprehensively. PTCL will continue supporting PCB and Pakistan cricket in future as well.” Chairman PCB Mr. Najam Sethi speaking on the occasion, said, “PCB, as the governing body of cricket in Pakistan, is involved in all aspects of the game and in promoting the interests of Pakistan cricket both in the country and abroad.” He added that “PCB was grateful to PTCL for co-sponsoring the T-20 series to be played against New Zealand. The tour will offer a new dimension to Pakistan team as they will play in different conditions against a formidable opponent.” Speaking on the occasion, Pakistan Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed acknowledged PCB’s efforts and said it was an honor for him to have the opportunity of leading the country in this forthcoming series in New Zealand. Sarfaraz also expressed his thanks to PTCL for coming forward and supporting Pakistan cricket team. He further said that the New Zealand tour would offer a good opportunity to him and his team to showcase their best in different playing conditions. Pakistan tour to New Zealand will comprise 5 ODI and 3 T-20I matches.