Owner and operator of LNG carriers Teekay LNG Partners has secured a new charter contract for its LNG carrier, the 2009-built Magellan Spirit.The 3-year fixed-rate contract, secured with an integrated oil and gas company, is scheduled to commence during the summer of 2019.Concurrently, Teekay LNG extended the in-charter of the Magellan Spirit until the summer of 2022.With this deal “the partnership’s LNG carrier fleet is approximately 97, 93 and 92 percent fixed for the remainder of this year, 2020 and 2021, respectively, which further supports Teekay LNG’s expected earnings growth and continued deleveraging profile over the next few years,” Mark Kremin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Teekay Gas Group Ltd, said.Furthermore, Teekay GP LLC, the general partner of Teekay LNG Partners, has declared a cash distribution of USD 0.19 per common unit for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, representing a 36 percent increase over the previous quarter’s distribution.“Our new annual distribution of USD 0.76 per unit is supported by our diverse portfolio of long-term fixed-rate LNG contracts. Importantly, our new distribution level strikes a balance between providing a meaningful increase in returns to our unitholders, while simultaneously allowing Teekay LNG to continue along its existing delevering path,” Kremin added.
Indianapolis, In. — Indiana continues to rank as one of the most attractive states for companies to locate and expand, outperforming much of the nation last month in key areas of employment and job growth.The Indiana Department of Workforce Development recently reported the state’s unemployment rate in October remained at 3.5 percent and lower than the national rate of 3.7 percent.Indiana’s unemployment rate ranks ninth in the nation and has decreased 7.1 percentage points since July 2009—the high point of unemployment in the state.The October report also showed that more Hoosiers are working than ever before. Private employment reached a preliminary record high of 2.7 million, which is 24,300 above the official December 2017 peak. Indiana has reported private-sector job growth of 25,500 over the past year.Indiana’s labor force participation rate has now outperformed the national average for 53 consecutive months. In October, the rate stood at 65.1 percent and well above the national average of 62.9 percent.Below is a breakdown of where Indiana ranks in certain employment categories:second in Manufacturing jobs added (104,600) since July 2009;seventh in Private Education & Health Services jobs added (2,500) over the month;seventh in Construction jobs added (11,100) over the year; andfifth in Financial Activities job growth (3.2 percent) year-to date
When the shots didn’t fall in the hoop Saturday for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, they more often than not fell into the hands of a waiting Badger beneath the rim.Then, sometime later, the ball would fall through the hoop for UW.No. 14/16 Wisconsin (8-2) took down Nevada-Las Vegas (9-2), 62-51, by employing the deft shooting hand of reserve guard Ben Brust and dominating the glass all afternoon.Brust led all scorers with 25 points on 8-of-9 shooting, including a 7-for-7 clip from the beyond the arc, which tied a school record. Forwards Jared Berggren and Ryan Evans, meanwhile, backed up Brust’s game with a combined 16 points.UNLV guard Chace Stanback led the charge on the opposite end, scoring 16 points on 5-of-9 shooting.The Badgers shot 37 percent on the day but nabbed 10 offensive rebounds while limiting the Rebels to five – the first of which did not come until over eight minutes had passed in the second half.The job done on the boards helped the Badgers shoot 20 more shots than the Rebels, who converted 39.1 percent of their own shots. Wisconsin scored nine points off of those second chances as well.“I definitely like the effort,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “The fact that they did not have an offensive rebound in the first half, I thought our guys did a real good job of getting bodies on people, because they’re (UNLV) pretty athletic, pretty bouncy and a very good rebounding team for the most part.”“We got some offensive rebounds too because there was enough of them to go get. When you’re not making shots, there’s enough opportunities, but we battled them in there on the glass, I can take that.”The Badgers had come out on the short end of the rebounding fight over its past three games against North Carolina, Marquette and Wisconsin-Green Bay, and to see UW getting its hands on loose balls more often than not was a welcome sight.“It just kind of felt like we need to get back to controlling the glass because that obviously results in wins,” forward Mike Bruesewitz said, who scored six points and grabbed a team-best 10 rebounds. “If you look at stats, a lot of times teams that out-rebound usually win and offensively we just had guys going to glass and the ball bounced our way a little bit today. It was just a good team effort.”And with virtually no second chances to speak of for about the first three-fourths of the game, the Rebels struggled mightily to crack the Badger defense. UNLV scored 32 points below its season average and turned the ball over 15 times, which UW turned into 19 points.“Defensively, we locked into some things, we recognized some strengths of theirs, our players listened,” Ryan said. “[Assistant coach Gary Close] did a great job with the scouting report, the guys stuck to our rules 90 percent of the time.”After a slow start that saw 17 points scored between the two sides after nine minutes, Wisconsin began to take off in the latter part of the first half, creating a 13-0 run that featured 3-pointers from forward Frank Kaminsky and Josh Gasser.Wisconsin led by as many 19 after that and went into the locker room at halftime sporting a 13-point advantage.UNLV continued to hang around in the second half, but Brust rescued an offense struggling to score efficiently. He hit four 3-pointers in a span of six minutes, rebuffing the Rebels’ attempts to turn it into a closer game.The Rebels eventually closed to within eight points with just under four minutes remaining, but Brust sunk another three and Berggren added a layup to preserve an 11-point win.Noticeably absent from the day’s scoring chart was senior guard Jordan Taylor, who provided just four points against the Rebels. Although Taylor has spent much of this season taking a backseat to scoring – and to, instead, facilitate the offense – Taylor finished the day 0-for-10 from the field, with six of those attempts coming from the perimeter.Characteristically, however, Taylor led the team with six assists and gave credit to the UNLV defense, which constantly pressured him heavily.“They did a good job of doing that, whatever they were doing, it worked, obviously,” Taylor said. “But … we got a lot of guys on our team who can step up and Ben did that today. If I go 0-for-10 and we win the rest of the games, that’s cool with me I guess.”