Alpine Skier Bode Miller Invests in New England “better for you” snack-food companywith plans to expand distribution nationallyBeaver Creek, CO (December 4, 2008) Bode Miller, Olympic Skier and two-time WorldCup Overall Champion, has invested in Madhouse Munchies (MHM), an up and comingsnack-food company based out of Burlington, Vermont. Miller, who recently purchasedan organic farm in Sugar Hill, NH, plans to supply MHM with potatoes in the future forgreater quality assurance and reduced -transportation costs. The announcement cametoday in Beaver Creek, CO as Miller prepares to compete for gold in the 2008 men’sWorld Cup Alpine Ski races.”If you produce a great product, it doesn’t matter that you’re the underdog, you don’tconcern yourself with that, you know you have something great and it’s not hard tochallenge the Superpowers at that point,” states Miller. In announcing the partnership,Miller and Brad Hall CEO of Madhouse Munchies, also kicked off an Internet contest(www.bodegonemad.com(link is external) ) for people all over theworld to impact a campaign bringing the two entities together. Prizes will be awardedfor best script and best video including a Madhouse Munchies van filled with a year’ssupply of chips, a ski vacation at Stowe Mountain Resort in Vermont and a pair of skiesautographed by Mr. Miller. “We’re really excited about this new partnership with Bodeand through the marketing campaign, hope to engage the public in creatively takingMadhouse to a whole new level,” states Hall.Since 1996, Madhouse Munchies has been committed to making chips that are fun,simple and healthy. From their humble beginnings hand-slicing fresh New Englandpotatoes in a small Vermont kitchen, the company’s product line has expanded to nowinclude Sea Salted, Mesquite BBQ, Sea Salt & Vinegar, and Creamy French Onion PotatoChips, and stone ground White and Blue Corn Tortilla Chips. Madhouse Munchies iscommitted to 100% all-natural ingredients, using pure mono unsaturated canola oil, andto making a healthy, great-tasting potato chip. For more information, to find out moreabout the contest or to enroll for a free bag of chips, visit www.madhousemunchies.com(link is external) or call 1-888-MADHOUS.###
Laurina failed to sparkle last season, winning just one of her three starts over fences before being switched back to hurdles, but the 11-time champion trainer believes the extended two-mile-three-furlong test is an ideal starting point.Nicholls said: “I’m looking forward to running Laurina. She has been a bit of a challenge, but she appears in good shape.“We’ve got to start her off somewhere, and it’s a nice little starting point. She doesn’t get any penalties and gets a mares’ allowance. She could be quite interesting.”- Advertisement – Laurina remains on course to make her stable debut for Paul Nicholls in the Coral Hurdle at Ascot.The former Cheltenham Festival winner, one of a number of horses switched by owner Jared Sullivan from Willie Mullins to Nicholls over the summer, features among six entries for Saturday’s Grade Two contest.- Advertisement – Looking beyond this weekend, Nicholls has not ruled out giving Real Steel an outing in the Ladbrokes King George VI Chase on Boxing Day, for which he is a general 16-1 shot.Nicholls added: “He would be a King George possible. He ran well in the Gold Cup – going to the last he looked like he might win, but he didn’t quite get up the hill.“You would say three miles around Kempton would suit him very well.”Completing the quartert of entries are the Kim Bailey-trained Imperial Aura and Olly Murphy’s Itchy Feet. The entries are completed by last year’s runner-up Call Me Lord (Nicky Henderson), Goshen (Gary Moore) , Tea Clipper (Tom Lacey), Song For Someone (Tom Symonds) and Indefatigable (Paul Webber).Gold Cup sixth Real Steel, who like Laurina has joined Nicholls from Mullins, is one of two entries for the Ditcheat handler – along with Black Corton – in the Grade Two Chanelle Pharma 1965 Chase.He said: “I think a middle-distance trip will be the ideal place to start him. A right-handed track seems to suit him, looking at his form. He is in good shape, and we are looking forward to him running.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
The ten OPEC members’ crude output stayed unchanged in April at 31.85 million barrels per day compared to March, according to an S&P Global Platts survey released today. OPEC is still showing high compliance with its production cut agreement, as increases in Angola and Nigeria were offset by declines from Libya and Iraq, the energy intelligence group said“OPEC members can go into their May 25 meeting in Vienna feeling good about their compliance levels. Even countries, like Iraq and the UAE, which have come in for some criticism over their production levels, moved closer to compliance in April. But an extension to the production cut agreement is far from a done deal, with many details to be negotiated, including cut levels, exemptions and duration, amid an increasingly skeptical market. OPEC still has much to discuss,” said Herman Wang, OPEC Specialist, S&P Global Platts.Thus, the April production figures in the S&P Global Platts survey and the five other secondary sources used by OPEC to monitor output will be some of the final data points that the organization considers at its meeting. OPEC’s collective April output was some 80,000 b/d above its stated ceiling of 32.5 million b/d, when Indonesia, which typically produces about 730,000 b/d, is added in. Indonesia suspended its OPEC membership in November and is not included in the S&P Global Platts survey estimates for 2017.OPEC’s largest producer Saudi Arabia averaged 9.97 million b/d in April, according to the survey, below its quota under the deal of 10.058 million b/d. The kingdom is seen as a driver of OPEC’s production cut deal, with energy minister Khalid al-Falih saying at a conference in Abu Dhabi last month that there appeared to be a growing consensus on a need to extend the cuts, as global inventories remain stubbornly high.Iraq, which has faced criticism for not fully complying with its required cut, produced 4.36 million b/d in April, the survey found, as the Taq Taq field in the Kurdistan Region of the country has seen output decline, while exports from Iraq’s Persian Gulf terminal also fell during the month. The country’s April output is 9,000 b/d above its quota under the deal, the closest it has been to compliance. Over the January through April period, however, its average remains 60,000 b/d above its quota, the highest among OPEC members.Iran, which is allowed a slight output increase under the deal, held production steady in April at 3.77 million b/d, the survey found, below its quota of 3.797 million b/d. The UAE, also under pressure from fellow OPEC members to come into compliance with its quota, lowered production slightly to 2.84 million b/d, down 10,000 b/d from March, the survey found.Exemptions in FocusAngola saw new production come online in its offshore East Hub development, with the country’s output rising 80,000 b/d in the month to 1.68 million b/d. Nigeria, meanwhile, ended maintenance on key export grade Bonga in April, with production at the field ramping up throughout the month. The country’s output averaged 1.65 million b/d in April, according to the survey.In Libya, a blockade of a pipeline from the Sharara field to the Zawiya terminal in the country’s west by a militia knocked production down significantly in the month to 550,000 b/d. Libya’s National Oil Company declared force majeure on Zawiya on April 9, but NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla last week announced that a deal had been struck with the Petroleum Facilities Guard militia to reopen Sharara, as well as the nearby El Feel field. Nigeria and Libya, both impacted heavily by militancy over the last year, are exempt from the production deal, which led some OPEC watchers to doubt the effectiveness of the agreement, if production from the two countries were to recover and offset any cuts. But the two countries’ combined January-April average output of 2.273 million b/d is just 6,300 b/d higher than their October levels, according to the S&P Global Platts survey.Strong complianceOf the 11 members of OPEC that have a quota under the deal, compliance is 117%, based on January through April averages. If Iran is not included, the 10 members of OPEC required to cut production have achieved a collective 105% of their cuts, based on January through April averages. Since the deal covers an average of January to June output, month-to-month fluctuations are to be expected. The S&P Global Platts estimates were obtained by surveying OPEC and oil industry officials, traders and analysts, as well as reviewing proprietary shipping data.In concert with OPEC, 11 non-OPEC countries led by Russia have also agreed to cut output by a combined 558,000 b/d in the first half of 2017, with many of those countries phasing in their reductions or relying on natural declines. Russia last week announced it had reached its commitment to cut 300,000 b/d. Ministers from those 11 non-OPEC producers will also be meeting in Vienna with OPEC on May 25 to review their participation in the deal and any extension.Source: S&P Global Platts
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe accepts his side have been naive this season but refuses to see the performances as a negative. Press Association “You can’t take away the instincts of the players. We were 4-1 down and tried to attack, but the alternative is to sit on your 18-yard box and put your tin hats on and then you are maybe looking at worse. “But you can’t find yourselves 2-0 down after 10 minutes and not expect a tough afternoon from that position – hopefully we have learned lessons from it. “We did make tweaks before the game and we will continue to make tweaks until we get it right.” Last weekend they were taken apart at Manchester City, losing 5-1 having been 2-0 down after just 11 minutes. The Premier League newcomers were criticised by some pundits for chasing the game at 4-1 and Howe could not argue with that assessment. “I’d probably agree with that. It comes with the territory for us in terms of lack of experience,” he said. “Managing some game situations, I don’t think we have been particularly good. “West Ham second-half (where they were 2-0 up at half-time and won 4-3) was hard to watch because we had been so dominant and we should have been out of sight, and suddenly we were clinging on to the win. “I would probably agree with the assessment for Man City. “I have no problem handling the criticism, I’ll take that rather than aim it at the players but with the more experience we get and the more hardened we get to these situations the naivety will lose us.” Howe insists he has no issue with the team’s approach and would rather have them trying to be positive on the pitch than slipping into a damage-limitation exercise. “From our perspective, this season was always going to be really tough and an incredible learning experience not just for myself but the rest of the squad,” added the manager, ahead of Sunday’s visit of Tottenham. “The experience of City everyone will see as a negative, but we are trying to embrace it as a positive to see how far we have to go to be competitive with these teams.