Poro maintains winning streak

first_imgThis time the defending champions hammered tail enders Blue Kumuls 5-nil in what was a one-sided affair.Poro again demonstrated what a champion side is with skillful defense and attack, resulting in what could have been more goals, but credit must go to young goal keeper Ismael Thai who saved several definite goals.The boys from Bumbu Barracks had opportunities to score with striker Colin Rimbao kept at bay by Poro’s strong backline.A good footwork by Troy Gunemba, back from a two-week suspension, to Obed Dika, saw Poro opening their goal tally in the 14th minute.Fifteen minutes later, Peter Dabinyaba Jr scored to extend their lead to 2-nil at half time.Again the boys in blue allowed complacency in the second when they were showing signs of a strong comeback in the second half.Poro meant business and showed no mercy in the final half with three goals to consolidate their win as they are currently running fourth on the competition ladder.The remaining games before the finals series start early next month. The boys in white must win all their games as the top ladder is open and is anybody’s race between leaders City United, Bumayong United, Zilu Scientific West and newcomers Eriku Wawens.CAPTION: Blue Kumuls Robert Daba (blue) dribbles the ball as a Poro player comes in to attack in yesterday’s (Sunday) LFA men’s A league competition. Poro won 5-nil.last_img read more

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We’re here to beat America, not Tiger Woods, insists McIlroy

first_imgRory McIlroy insists Europe would be “silly” to focus on beating a rejuvenated Tiger Woods as they look to maintain their brilliant home record and regain the Ryder Cup in Paris.McIlroy was in the final group with Woods on Sunday as the 14-time major winner won his first title since 2013 and 80th on the PGA Tour in the Tour Championship in Atlanta.It was a win which reverberated around the sporting world given that Woods himself had reportedly told Jack Nicklaus “I’m done” in April 2017, before undergoing spinal fusion surgery in a last-ditch bid to save his career.The following month’s DUI arrest only deepened the sense that Woods’ incredible career was over, but, after returning to action in November, his performances this season, including leading the Open with eight holes to play and finishing second in the US PGA, indicated that was certainly not the case.Sunday’s win proved it beyond doubt, but Woods had a poor Ryder Cup record even at the peak of his powers and won just half a point from four matches in his last appearance at Medinah in 2012.“This week he’s one of 12,” McIlroy said. “We’re not looking at any individuals. We’re just trying to beat the US team. It’s great what he did on Sunday. It was great for golf. It brings a lot of excitement to the game.“I think to focus on one player is silly, especially when I might not even see him at any point this week because I mightn’t be on the course with him or play against him. We’re looking to beat the US team. We’re not looking to just beat Tiger Woods.”Asked if there was an element of intimidation to playing alongside Woods on Sunday, McIlroy, who struggled to a closing 74, joked: “That East Lake rough was really tough, yeah. That was the most intimidating part about it.“I started hitting a few drives left and right early and I didn’t actually have quite a good view from the trees on Sunday. I couldn’t really see what was happening too much.”Woods has tasted victory just once in seven Ryder Cup appearances as a player, at Brookline in 1999, but was a vice-captain when the United States won 17-11 at Hazeltine.And McIlroy admits that defeat, the first he had experienced in the contest, has been on his mind ever since the home team’s celebrations began.“I’ve been excited for this for basically since the last day in Hazeltine when we weren’t the ones spraying champagne for a change,” the 29-year-old said.“It doesn’t seem that it’s been that long or this is going to be my fifth Ryder Cup, but they have all been wonderful experiences for different reasons and I’m sure this time will be no different.“Going into my first Ryder Cup I didn’t know what all the fuss was about. I still thought it was this team event that really doesn’t matter in the big scheme of things. I was more concerned about individual titles and all that.“Once I got on to that first tee at Celtic Manor on Friday morning, I thought, ‘Oh, this is a little different than I expected’.”McIlroy has played in every possible session in his four Ryder Cup appearances to date and is likely to play five times in Paris, although he concedes that he “hit a wall” in his highly-charged singles loss to Patrick Reed at Hazeltine.“I could play [at a high level] for nine holes and then it suddenly hit me,” McIlroy said. “It sort of reached its crescendo on the eighth green, and the last 10 holes weren’t quite as good.“I look back at the last Ryder Cup and it wasn’t just Sunday. It was Friday and Saturday. I’m surprised I had a voice left at the end of the week. It looked tiring to have to play golf like that for three days.“So I think I learnt a lot from that. It’s good to get excited, but at the same time, if I need to be called upon to play a late match on Sunday or whatever it is, I want to have all my energy in reserve so that I can give everything for 18 holes because I did hit a wall that back nine on Sunday and it cost me.”last_img read more

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BPC race far from Castro’s mind with title as his only goal

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Castro, though, made it clear that he won’t hesitate to take over the game if the opportunity presents itself and if his team badly needs him to.“Whatever the defense gives us and whatever their game plan is, that’s what I’m going to do. Anytime, I can adjust,” he said, exuding the veteran leadership the KaTropa badly need for this best-of-seven series.“This is already my ninth year in the league and the number one goal I have is to win the championship and not my numbers.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid — club boss End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlex Cabagnot and Chris Ross may be at joint first in the Best Player of the Conference race, but that is the least of  Jayson Castro’s concerns.Coming in as underdogs in the title clash, Castro knows that it would take more than just him to topple the San Miguel juggernaut.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “For us to beat San Miguel, we need to play as a team. We know San Miguel is powerhouse team, but we have a combination of veterans and newcomers, so I think it’s our eagerness to win a championship will be the difference-maker for us,” he said.Lauded as the Best Point Guard in Asia for the better half of the last four years, Castro welcomes the challenge of facing the duo of Cabagnot and Ross, both of whom are having stellar showings this conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundBut he also believes that he has able bodies in Roger Pogoy, RR Garcia, and Ryan Reyes to match up against the feisty Beermen backcourt.“I trust everyone of my teammates. Even down to (Anthony) Semerad or whoever it is that’s in the court, I trust them,” he said. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workinglast_img read more

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The journey of destruction continues

first_imgDear Editor,I had written in the media on October 11, 2019, that profitability should not have been the sole criterion for the closure of the estates and that has always been the position of the PPP/C in Government and as the Opposition.The Leader of the Opposition is emphatic that the focus should have been on the economic viability and he succinctly pointed out the numerous economic benefits as well as the devastating effects of the multiplier effect. The closure of the estates have cost the economy more than it has saved but the coalition was not only trigger happy but greedy as well!In direct contravention of sound economic policies, the coalition took no time to shutter four estates and ‘wrong sized’ the remaining three to the point of utter destruction. In this letter, I will be dealing with the APNU/AFC‘s deliberate and vindictive acts to obliterate sugar from the economic landscape of Guyana.It must be recalled that in May 2017, the coalition Government prepared and presented in Parliament a ‘White Paper’ on sugar in which they embarked on their journey of deceit to paint a good picture of how they would return the sugar industry to profitability.This was a deliberate smokescreen to camouflage its callous closure of the four estates and firing over 7000 workers. The restructure was supposed to produce 147,000 tons of sugar to satisfy the local and foreign markets. Over 2 years later, the sugar industry is still struggling to produce a mere 100,000 tons after spending $12 billion subsidies and $17.6 billion from the $30 billion bond.In this ‘White Paper’ the Government admitted that the sugar industry made an “invaluable contribution” over the years and yet they deliberately destroyed the same industry. Moreover, the Paper did not address the negative social and economic impacts due to the closure of the estates since the sugar workers are expendable. The promise to upgrade and embark on co-generation and the production of plantation white sugar are yet to be put in motion.But what is more appalling is the fact that the shuttered estates, both the factories and the fields, have been destroyed to such an extent that no investor will ever pursue it as an investment. This is to make them viable to cronies and party hacks at grossly undervalued prices. We have seen a typical example at Wales.In addition, the machinery and equipment at these estates have been the subject of much corruption, where operational machinery and equipment have been sold as scrap, again to cronies. It would seem that the ‘White Paper’ was only meant to legitimise these corrupt acts through the Special Purpose Unit, another corrupt arm of the coalition Government.Despite all these corrupt acts and failed economic policies, the Government is still trying to blame the PPP/C for the current failures. A Government Member of Parliament sought to blame the PPP/C for acts of sabotage at the Estates, especially Albion Estate, when she claimed on the Chat Group, Moving Guyana Forward, that workers at the Albion Factory were deliberately throwing away cane juice.She ridiculously claimed that was the reason why the Estate cannot achieve its target. She said that this was told to her by some employees! Of course, she failed to investigate the matter. Had she done that she would have realised that: substandard and old parts are being used in the factory, resulting in frequent breakdowns and time lost, the old and substandard valves and seals break frequently causing cane juice to be spilt, and that her Government employed some geriatric PNC engineers who cannot even climb the factory steps and who are more asleep than awake! These are employed by the Head Office and furthermore, they employed a man on an electrical contract who should have been dismissed when he burnt eight motors costing millions of dollars.He went on pension this year and was immediately hired on contract. The job he is now doing was done before by the Factory Workshop. It can be seen that jobs for the ‘boys’ have also contributed immensely to the downward spiral of GuySuCo! It is clear that GuySuCo has now become the nursing home for the retired PNC hacks and the vacation destination for others. The coalition is not responsible to give a wage increase to sugar workers but they can dump their garbage there!Lastly, this coalition has spent $32 billion in ‘bailouts’ and $17.6 billion from a $30 billion bond, a total of $49.6 billion and everything has fallen apart! That amount of money could have subsidised the entire GuySuCo, inclusive of the closed estates for a period of at least 8 years, that is until 2023 and the economic and social devastation this nation is now plunged into would have been avoided.Granger, it seems, had slept through his entire tenure as President since he has now awoken to the fact that to make the industry economically viable will take 3 to 4 years. This is what the PPP/C was saying all along and as seen above, the entire sugar industry could have been saved with the $49.6 billion wasted by his Government. It is worth noting that the PPP/C only spent $26 billion to keep the entire GuySuCo afloat for 5 years (2011-2015).I could recall that the PPP/C in its 2015 manifesto had said that the sugar industry needed $20 billion to bring it back to viability and the Commission of Inquiry done by the coalition made a similar conclusion. The CoI never mentioned closure! I have no doubt that a PPP/C Government will be able to reopen the estates. They are not comprised of voodoo economists and Dr Irfaan Ali is a competent and world-class economist backed by a most competent team led by the maestro Jagdeo.Yours sincerely,Haseef Yusuflast_img read more

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Treu arrives, set for unveiling

first_img“We sincerely appreciate his agreeing to take up the mantle of heading our national team from where Mike Friday and Chris Brown left us.“In the recent history of our national 7s team, we came to know the bitter taste of failure and sweet taste of success in Friday’s time.“It is going to be a challenge for Treu to maintain the current pleasant feeling because there will be a lot of hard and smart work needed from him and his coaching panel.“The squad he will select, the Union, our sponsors and every one else will support, in order to see the national team improve its performance,” the KRU boss said in a statement. The players have been training under assistant coach Felix Ochien’g and with the arrival of the new coach; the training programme is likely to change.Kenya will be looking to better her performance on the weekend of November 29-30 during the second round of the IRB Sevens World Series in the UAE.The former South African 7s tactician, however will have a difficult task to continue where Englishman Friday left, as players have been on dispute with KRU over three months unpaid salaries and allowances.Treu was accompanied by attack coach Vuyo Zangqa, strength and conditioning head, Graham Bentz and Dr Karen Schwabe, in charge of sports medicine. 0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 4 – Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) are set to unveil Paul Treu after the former South African rugby sevens head coach arrived in the country Monday to take up a similar role with the national team.KRU chairman, Mwangi Muthee urged the rugby fraternity to give Treu and his management time to settle down to business ahead of his formal presentation and preparing the team for the forthcoming Dubai 7s..last_img read more

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ESL students lag on high school exit exam

first_imgAbout 47 percent passed the math portion of the test – down from 49 percent two years ago. State Superintendent of Schools Jack O’Connell said 10th-grade English learners are the only group to see such a drop, showing an urgent need to better prepare students. “We must be diligent and steadfast in our commitment to close the achievement gap not only for our students’ future success, but also for California’s future success,” he said. The passing rate among all 10th graders at LAUSD remained flat compared to the past two years, with 66 percent passing the English portion of the test and 61 percent passing math. Still, the district’s passing rate lagged at least 10 percentage points behind the statewide rate for first-time test takers. Fewer English-language learners in Los Angeles schools are passing the California High School Exit Exam on the first try even as the overall student passing rate remains relatively steady, according to results released today. The number of Los Angeles Unified English learners who passed the English portion of the exam on their first try dropped to just 27 percent – down from 49 percent two years ago and 30 percent last year. Meanwhile, just 32 percent passed the math portion of the test, down from 47 percent in 2005 and 34 percent last year. The drop reflects a statewide decline among English learners, with just 36 percent of California’s 10th grade English learners passing the English portion of the test – down from 42 percent in 2005. Statewide, the English passing rate for 10th-grade students was 77 percent, with 76 percent in math. The improvement is reflected in all major demographic groups including African-Americans and Latinos and economically disadvantaged students. “Their success at passing the test confirms they have acquired the fundamental skills and knowledge that every California high school graduate must have in order to compete in today’s workforce,” O’Connell said. “However, I continue to be troubled by the achievement gap, as indicated by our first-time test takers, that continue to exist between students who are African-American or Hispanic/Latino and their peers who are white or Asian.” Students are required to take the CAHSEE for the first time in the 10th grade. Those who don’t pass have two more opportunities as juniors. If they still don’t pass, there are three more chances as seniors and an additional opportunity during the summer. All students must pass the test to receive a diploma. An independent evaluator for the state Department of Education found that statewide, 93.3 percent of the Class of 2007 met CAHSEE requirements as of May – a 2.1 percentage point increase over the class of 2006. At LAUSD, 87 percent of the Class of 2007 had passed both parts of the exam through May. Test results don’t include the July administration of the test. LAUSD officials emphasize that they continue to provide intervention and resources to help students pass the test, including giving high school principals reports of students who have not yet passed so they can provide targeted instruction. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Dow moves even closer to record-high territory

first_imgBonds fell, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rising to 4.59 percent from 4.58 percent late Tuesday. The dollar was mixed against other major currencies, while gold prices rose. Wall Street’s advance this week, which followed several weeks of sometimes fitful gains, has been fed by growing signs that the economy is moderating, not headed for a hard landing. Arthur Hogan, chief market analyst at Jefferies & Co., said he doesn’t see the overall rise in stocks as being short-lived given that the recent run-up has been based on a range of events, most notably the Federal Reserve’s decision to again hold interest rates in place and a decline in the price of oil. “The economy has been doing well and yet the market hadn’t been in step with that because we had the specter of high interest rates and rising energy prices. “As long as we can continue to see that economic data stream remain relatively positive, I think we can continue,” he said. Investors have grown more confident in the strength of the economy after the Federal Reserve has signaled interest rates are in check for now and as oil prices have fallen more than 20 percent since July. Several Dow components reported good news Wednesday, though it wasn’t enough to push the blue-chip average to new highs. McDonald’s Corp. rose to a six-year high, advancing 76 cents, to $39.82, after saying it would boost its dividend 49 percent, to $1 from 67 cents. Another Dow component, Merck & Co., rose 64 cents, to $42.40, after scoring another victory in its legal battle over its painkiller Vioxx. A federal jury determined after a two-week trial that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to link Vioxx to a Kentucky man’s heart attack in 2003. Though it was a win for Merck, thousands of cases are still pending over the drug. Investors soured on Verizon Communications Inc., also part of the Dow, after it said a plan to replace more than half of its copper telephone network with fiber-optic cable would cost $22.9 billion. The communications company, which fell $1.18, or 3.11 percent, to $36.62, plans to use the expanded network capacity to sell cable TV and faster Internet connections. Gap Inc. rose 57 cents, or 3.05 percent, to $19.07 after Morgan Stanley upgraded the stock to “Overweight” from “Underweight,” saying the retailer’s new clothes and marketing plans are gaining traction. Red Hat Inc., the largest distributor of the open source Linux operating system, fell $6.11, or 23.21 percent, to $20.21 after analyst downgrades to the stocks after a disappointing second quarter. The markets often move higher near the end of a quarter as investors engage in a bit of window-dressing and bid up stocks in the hopes of burnishing their quarterly numbers.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Wall Street advanced for a third straight session Wednesday, although the Dow Jones industrial average fell just short of touching its record high close after a jump in oil prices stifled investors’ enthusiasm. Falling crude oil prices and an increase in new-home sales had helped investors shrug off a weak durable-goods report earlier in the session, putting the Dow just 2.21 points away from the closing record of 11,722.98 it set Jan. 14, 2000. “I think most of the activity is this push to make a close at all-time highs,” Ryan Larson, senior equity trader at Voyageur Asset Management, said of much of Wednesday’s early movement. He contends that Wall Street’s expectation that it would surpass the record drove stocks before investors grew wary, in part by the rise in oil prices. “I think it was a little bit exhausted,” he said of the idea of a record-breaking day. He said, however, that the market’s gains shouldn’t be ignored and that optimism remains. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsThe Dow closed up 19.85, or 0.17 percent, at 11,689.24, its second-best close ever. The Dow has gained 181.14 over the past three sessions. Broader stock indicators also moved higher. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 0.25, or 0.02 percent, to 1,336.59, and the Nasdaq composite index advanced 2.05, or 0.09 percent, to 2,263.89. The Commerce Department said Wednesday orders to U.S. factories for large manufactured goods fell for a second straight month in August, the first time in more than two years there has been a consecutive decline. Demand for durable goods dropped 0.5 percent last month, to $209.7 billion. Some good news came in a report that new-home sales rose 4.1 percent in August, their biggest increase in five months. The Commerce Department data raised hopes that a sharp decline in the housing industry could be easing. Light crude oil settled up $1.95 at $62.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. last_img read more

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UEFA unveil orange ball for Champions League knockout stages and final

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? MONEY ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Here it is! 😍 ⚽️ @adidasfootball’s official #UCL match ball for the knockout stages! #DareToCreate pic.twitter.com/le2eNnJL2q— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) January 19, 2019It also illustrates a graphic of stars who have previously lit up the football’s top club tournament, as well the venue for the final in Madrid, the Estadio Metropolitano, home of Atletico. UEFA have unveiled the official Adidas ball to be used for the Champions League knockout stages and final.The new ball features punchy red and orange graphics with its iconic white star panels. no dice Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Latest Football News BEST OF Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED REPLY REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions huge blow Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester starslast_img read more

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‘I want to save Bury, but I’ve done all I can’ – Owner explains why club is for sale

first_img BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ latest Former Bury chairman Stewart Day has been blamed for the club’s current financial crisis Tuesday’s Carabao Cup clash with Sheffield Wednesday has also been called off, while Saturday’s league game against Gillingham is in danger of also being postponed.The Shakers have been told by the EFL that they face Football League expulsion if they do not meet all outstanding requirements of the league’s insolvency policy – although Dale has maintained they have given league chiefs sufficient proof of their finances.Earlier on Monday, staff at Bury issued a statement on the club’s official website that urged Dale to accept an offer for the club. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers LATEST FOOTBALL HEADLINES OFF getty Bury owner Steve Dale has told talkSPORT why he has now put the in-crisis club up for sale after ‘doing all he can’ to save the Shakers.Dale has been a regular guest on talkSPORT in recent weeks as he has brought us ongoing updates on his quest to get the new League One side’s season up and running.Bury secured promotion to the third tier last term, but they are yet to get their new campaign under way after having their opening two league fixtures against MK Dons and Accrington Stanley suspended by the English Football League. New job And, speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Tuesday, he owner said he is now willing to sell to the right buyer and pleaded for interested parties to get in touch.With the latest update on Bury’s situation, Dale said: “We received an email from a lawyer who said he had an interested party, so we’re waiting to hear from them.“We’ve had no offer, we had an outline of what they were proposing to do, but there has been no offer to buy my shares.“Look, all I want is to save Bury, it’s all I’ve wanted from day one. All this has caused me immeasurable health problems.“I’m done now. I’ve done all I can. I just want Bury to be safe, that’s all I’ve ever wanted. LATEST getty deals Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update “I’ve written letters to various people who have shown interest in the past, saying: ‘I’m in the market to sell it now, get in touch with me’.“I just want what’s best for Bury. I don’t want to pass it onto another person like the previous owner or indeed someone who has other ideas.“It’s as grand old club that needs some love still, but the big jobs are done now and it just needs following through and it needs the EFL to help it.At the end of the day, we’re only custodians. Bury, and saving the old girl, is the most important thing.”Listen back to Jim White’s latest interview with Bury owner Steve Dale above Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ targets 2 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January FAREWELL Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested 2 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Former Northampton Town caretaker boss Paul Wilkinson was appointed as Bury’s new manager at the start of July – but his side have been unable to begin their campaign last_img read more

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Sasol, Aus firm in Botswana energy JV

first_imgThe transaction is subject to final approval by the Botswana government. Coal bed methane is a clean natural gas by-product of ancient plant matter, trapped in underground coal seams. It is produced through a process of desorbing natural gas from coal using wells drilled for that purpose – similar to the mine safety processes used in degassing coal mines. 3 November 2011 Early stage of development The three prospecting licences cover an area of approximately 3 000km² and are located in the central province of Botswana. “The joint venture partners plan to conduct a number of exploration activities in the licence area during the next two years to determine the quantity of natural gas available and the feasibility for future commercial development,” Sasol said in a statement this week. Clean natural gas by-product SAinfo reporter Coal bed methane exploration is still in the early stages of development in southern Africa. However, coal bed methane accounts for approximately 10% of total natural gas produced in the United States, and makes up most of Australia’s natural gas supply.center_img Although coal bed methane is produced by unconventional means, it is sold and used in the same manner as conventional natural gas. South African petrochemical giant Sasol has entered into a joint venture with Australia’s Origin Energy, forming a new company called Kubu Energy Resources that has acquired three licences to explore for coal bed methane gas in Botswana. If the first exploration phase proves successful, the joint venture partners will consider committing to a more extensive exploration programme in Botswana. The water that is produced during the production process is pumped to the surface and treated so it can be disposed of or recycled for beneficial purposes such as agriculture. “A discovery of large volumes of coal bed methane in Botswana could be used to generate power and liquid fuels in southern Africa,” said Sasol. “The need to decrease greenhouse gas emissions also favours the increased use of natural gas as an alternative to coal.” “The first phase of the exploration will include an airborne magnetic survey, sampling of borehole cores and the drilling of test wells.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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