NT Energy UK, its empowerment partner Bataung Oil and the state-owned Central Energy Fund are to begin exploration for coalbed methane reserves as part of a project to develop sustainable sources of alternative energy for the country.Engineering News reported last week that GascoSA, which is exploring for the gas in three South African provinces, could be in commercial methane production in 18 months, spending US$169-million (about R1.1-billion) by the end of that period.GascoSA is 60% owned by NT Energy Africa, which comprises NT Energy UK and local empwerment company Bataung Group, and the state-owned Central Energy Fund (CEF).According to its website, CEF is involved in the search for appropriate energy solutions to meet the future energy needs including oil, gas, electrical power, solar energy, low-smoke fuels, biomass, wind and renewable energy sources.It also manages the operation and development of the oil and gas assets and operations of the South African government.According to BuaNews, the project, which is endorsed by the Department of Minerals and Energy as part of its mandage to secure energy for the coutry, represents a potential investment of U$10-billion over the next seven to 10 years in infrastructure and a pipeline rollout.Bataung Group chairman Billy Modise said that for the country to meet its development and job creation targets as outlined by the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (Asgi-SA), developing a sustainable source of alternative energy had become non-negotiable.“The development of sustainable sources of alternative energy has become a strategic priority for South Africa, especially as current demand continues to outstrip capacity,” Bataung Group MD Kinesh Pather told BuaNews. “Coal bed methane and the conversion of gas to liquid fuels provide a real, clean and long-term alternative to the current energy crisis.”NT Energy official Chris Mumby told Mining Weekly Online last week that the company had spoken informally with state-owned electricity utility Eskom about methane uptake, while it was also open to partnering with independent power producers.According to Engineering News, studies to reveal gas content would be completed by the middle of 2008, and viability studies by the fourth quarter of the year. If viable reserves are found, production drilling would take a further year.
Fifa’s new secretary-general is an African, and just as extraordinary, a woman. Senegal’s Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura’s appointment is being greeted with optimism in the football world with Fifa’s president Gianni Infantino believing she is the best person to help him rebuild the organisation.Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura’s two decades with the United Nations gives her the experience to help Fifa remake itself as a better run more transparent organization. (Image: Fifa) •Fifa World Cup Legacy Trust has changed lives•When football became Africa’s game• Promising future for South African football• African footballers call on their juju men• R3m boost for South African football schoolSulaiman PhilipA United Nations humanitarian coordinator will replace the disgraced Jerome Valcke as secretary-general of Fifa. It is hoped that Senegal’s Fatma Samba Diouf Samoura, a woman with 21 years of experience at the UN, will help the football governing body restore its integrity and improve the perception of it being an ethically challenged organisation.In announcing her appointment – she will join the organisation in June – Fifa president Gianni Infantino said Samoura’s appointment showed his administration’s resolve to change Fifa. “She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform. Importantly for Fifa, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation.”For her part, Samoura believes in Infantino’s mission to bring “football back to Fifa and Fifa back to football”. Her appointment is a step into another strategic, high-impact rebuilding position for the senior logistics officer of the UN’s World Food Programme. “Fifa is taking a fresh approach to its work – and I am eager to play a role in making that approach as effective and lasting as possible.”Samoura’s appointment is a breath of fresh air for an organisation that has always appointed leaders from within the world of football. She is, according to Infantino, the spur that will help Fifa restore and rebuild. “No one exemplifies what we need more than Fatma does, and we are thrilled that she has joined our team. Fatma is a woman with international experience and vision who has worked on some of the most challenging issues of our time.”While she may have no experience negotiating television or sponsorship deals, she has spent her UN career brokering pacts and negotiating agreements worth hundreds of millions of dollars.It is this experience that made her the ideal replacement for the flawed Valcke, says Infantino. “She has a proven ability to build and lead teams, and improve the way organisations perform. Importantly for Fifa, she also understands that transparency and accountability are at the heart of any well-run and responsible organisation.”Samoura earned a master’s degree in English and Spanish – just two of at least four languages she speaks – from the University of Lyon and a post-master’s degree from the Institut d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées – Strasbourg-France in international relations and international trade.The Fifa president praised her experience and vision, which was gained working on some of the most challenging issues facing the globe. Samoura has served as country representative or director for six African countries – Djibouti, Cameroon, Chad, Guinea, Madagascar and Nigeria – with responsibility for budgeting, human resources, and procurement.She oversees 2 000 staff in a multicultural organisation, and monitors and evaluates the security, political and socioeconomic situation in Nigeria for the World Food Programme.Infantino wants to split administration duties at Fifa into two to cover football-specific aspects and the administration and business part. He sees Samoura as the perfect and most competent person as he rebuilds Fifa from within. “Her expertise will complement the long-standing and deep knowledge of world football within the Fifa leadership team and administration.”The BBC’s sports editor, Dan Roan, called Samoura’s appointment important for two reasons. First, he wrote, it shows Infantino’s desire to reach out to Africa’s footballing administrators who remember Sepp Blatter as the man who brought the World Cup to Africa.With her experience and being from outside Fifa, Roan went on, she fills sponsors and fans demands for someone independent from the football politics that has tainted the organisation. “With new reforms limiting the powers of the Fifa president, Ms Samoura arguably becomes the most important figure in world football. Effectively the chief executive of the governing body, she will be in charge of the day-to-day running of the organisation as it attempts to recover from the corruption crisis that has threatened its very existence.”One of the most important reforms is the elevation of more women to senior positions in what had previously been a boys’ club. The new Fifa Council must include at least one woman from each of Fifa’s six confederations. Besides Samoura, six more women will be joining decision-making bodies at Fifa, up from just a single female voice in the former executive council.
Smart meters, those wireless devices that tell the power company how much electricity you’re using, have come under fire for everything from inaccuracy to invading privacy. But in Arizona, a public health study has concluded the devices are unlikely to pose a health risk.According to an article posted at the web site AZCentral, the state’s Department of Health Services reviewed scientific literature and worked with another state agency on a testing program to make sure meters were operating at their correct radio frequencies.Researchers tried to create a “worst-case scenario” of radio wave exposure that a homeowner with an installed smart meter might experience.“None of the measured radio frequencies power density [is] at levels of public health concern,” the report says. “With the available information, exposure to meters [is] not likely to harm the health of the public.”Electric utilities have been installing smart meters all over the country, but they’re controversial. Some ratepayers don’t want them installed on their houses; others have claimed a variety of health issues are caused by the radio waves the meters emit, and say the meters are a threat to privacy.The Arizona Corporation Commission has asked for the study after thousands of ratepayers complained about them. Public health researchers found that some studies have suggested that radio waves have the potential to affect human physiology, the report said, but studies “cannot conclude that the cellular changes necessarily lead to disease.”One utility, Arizona Public Service Company, has proposed a $75 opt-out fee for those who don’t want the meters, plus another $30 a month. Regulators have yet to make a decision.For more information on this topic, see the GBA report by Martin Holladay: EMFs and Human Health.
What ‘missteps’? “I want to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of support and understanding especially the fans and players on tour.”Woods was charged with driving under the influence after police in Jupiter, Florida, found him asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz about 2 a.m. May 29. Breath tests showed no presence of alcohol, but Woods told officers he had a reaction to several prescription drugs, including Vicodin and Xanax. His arraignment has been delayed until Aug. 9.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWoods could qualify for a diversion program in which the DUI charge is downgraded to reckless driving, which results in probation, fine and other conditions such as taking a DUI course. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Imports TNT X-factor Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Monday, May 29, 2017 still image taken from video provided by the Jupiter Police Department Tiger Woods steps off line during a field sobriety test after he was found sound asleep behind the wheel of his car partially on the road in Jupiter, Fla. (Jupiter Police Department via AP)JUPITER, Fla. — Tiger Woods is receiving help to manage his medications.“I’m currently receiving professional help to manage my medications and the ways that I deal with back pain and a sleep disorder,” Woods said in a statement provided to The Associated Press on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ View comments
Brazilian authorities have blocked assets of Barcelona star Neymar, including a yacht, a jet and several properties worth almost USD 50 million.A Sao Paulo federal court rejected an appeal from the Brazilian striker last week and started issuing warrants to freeze the assets worth 192 million reals (almost 50 million).Last year, Neymar, his family and related businesses were found guilty of evading 63 million reals in taxes (almost USD 16 million) between 2011 and 2013 when he was playing for Brazilian club Santos. He has denied any wrongdoing. (WATCH: Messi passes on penalty, serves up Suarez hat-trick) The 23-year-old Neymar used the jet to travel to Brazil for World Cup qualifying matches and holidays.Iagaro Jung Martins, an auditor with Brazil’s federal tax agency, told The Associated Press that Neymar isn’t likely to go to jail if he pays what regulators say he owes.”He can still appeal that decision, but it is a step forward,” Martins told the AP. “Nothing changed to what was in place last year: if he pays what he owes, the case is closed.Our legislation isn’t too harsh.”The assets seizure is the latest in a streak of bad news for the Brazilian star off the pitch.On Feb. 2 Neymar and his father were questioned for three hours in a Madrid court about the player’s transfer to Barcelona. The case was brought by Grupo Sonda, which invested in Neymar early in his career and was allegedly entitled to 40 percent of the total transfer amount.Barcelona maintains the deal cost the club 57.1 million euros (then 74 million). Santos officially received a payment of 17.1 million euros ( 18.5 million), with the remaining 40 million euros ( 55.5 million) going to a company owned by Neymar’s father, Neymar Santos.advertisementBut investigations in Spain later showed that Barcelona spent nearly 83.3 million euros ( 90 million) to acquire Neymar.Former and current Barcelona presidents and representatives of Santos were also questioned. The Brazilian club also claims to have been hurt by the transfers. All parties denied any wrongdoing.
More than a few magazine and media executives spent the holidays putting the finishing touches on deal closures. We’re only 3 weeks into January and there’s been a flurry of M&A action—from decently big deals to small. Here’s a recap:Today of course Meredith announced it’s buying Allrecipes.com from Reader’s Digest Association, advancing a deep dive strategy into the food vertical as fast as RDA is pulling away from it, having also bought Everyday With Rachael Ray from them. The deal closely followed Meredith’s acquisition of FamilyFun from Disney Publishing earlier in the month. Harry Stagnito has sold Stagnito Media to private equity firm Topspin LBO, which also owns his son’s Vermont-based Moose River Media. The deal, says Stagnito, will allow the company to build out its marketing services and data and information products. Edwin V. Avent’s Heart & Soul magazine has been sold to a group of investors called Brown Curry Detry Taylor & Associates. BCDT’s principals all have direct ties to the magazine, having worked for it in one capacity or another.Hanley Wood is now owned by Oaktree Capital Management, Strategic Value Partners and Tennenbaum Capital Partners after going through a major recapitalization, cutting its debt from $410 million to $80 million.In a retreat from the U.S. market, Future plc sold its U.S. group’s Music Division, including 3 magazines, to NewBay Media for $3 million. Revenues for the group in Future’s fiscal 2011 were about $13 million. Grand View Media has taken over management of Shooting Sports Retailer magazine. While not technically a sale, Grand View may have an option to buy after a certain period of time and certain performance goals are met.F+W Media is expanding its food vertical coverage, too. It bought World Tea Media, which produces the World Tea Expo as well as associated editorial products. Vibe Holdings has been merged with BlackBook Media and Access Network, forming Vibe Media. The combined entity will be owned by the Yucaipa Johnson Fund, backed by Ron Burkle and Earvin “Magic” Johnson, and InterMedia Partners.Bangor Metro, a regional magazine serving the Bangor, Maine region, has been sold to Cashman Asset Management.
Bangladesh Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader. File PhotoDescribing BNP’s election manifesto as a colourful balloon full of unrealistic pledges, Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader on Tuesday said it will implode immediately if the party comes to power, reports UNB.”BNP has presented some unrealistic and weird promises which can’t be fulfilled,” he said, describing the election manifesto as the best joke of the year.The AL leader came up with the remarks while talking to reporters at a restaurant by the Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Chouddagram upazila of the district.BNP rolled out its manifesto for the 11th parliamentary elections on Tuesday with a set of promises, including making democracy an everyday practice, building a vengeance -free Bangladesh and raising GDP growth to 11 percent.
X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:37 Listen REUTERS/Jonathan Bachman/Via Texas TribunePolice tape in front of Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas on May 20, 2018.Texas lawmakers are meeting today in Austin to consider how to protect schools against gun violence. The hearing comes three weeks after the shooting at Santa Fe High School that killed 10 people and injured more than a dozen others. Efforts to curtail school shootings are also moving ahead in Houston.Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Commission Against Gun Violence is working to come up with safety measures that can be put in place before the next school year starts.Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez is on the mayor’s commission. “This was already in the making for some time, so it wasn’t simply a response to Santa Fe,” Gonzalez says. “He’s concerned a lot about just everyday gun violence as well.”The commission held its first meeting at the end of May. Sheriff Gonzalez says Mayor Turner has also directed the group to come up with a second round of recommendations by year end, in time to propose them to state lawmakers before the Legislature convenes in January. Share
Share Jose Luis Gonzalez/ReutersThe Pentagon plans to build temporary camps for detained immigrants. Here, children of detained migrants are seen at a tent encampment near the U.S. Customs and Border Protection port of entry in Tornillo, TexasUpdated at 12:13 p.m. ETThe Pentagon will build tent camps at two U.S. military bases to house people who cross the southern border illegally, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Monday.The defense chief did not give details about the locations of the bases that would contain the camps. However, NPR’s Tom Bowman reports that the two military bases are in Texas.Migrant families will be housed at Ft. Bliss, an Army base outside El Paso, according to Bowman. Unaccompanied migrant children will be housed at Goodfellow Air Force Base, outside San Angelo. The Pentagon has been told to prepare for up to 20,000 unaccompanied minors, though it’s unclear whether all will be housed at Goodfellow or more bases will be called upon.Mattis said he expanded role in immigration enforcement is part of the armed services’ logistics and support mission, Mattis noted. As for how the process began, he said other government agencies had asked the Pentagon for help in housing detained migrants.The news comes one week after President Trump said, “The United States will not be a migrant camp, and it will not be a refugee holding facility.” He added, “Not on my watch.”Of the military’s plan to build camps, Mattis said, “providing shelter for people without shelter — we consider that to be a logistics function that is quite appropriate.”The secretary described the plan to reporters on board his plane as he traveled to Asia to visit his counterparts in China, South Korea and Japan.Mattis compared the temporary camps to the military’s response during a humanitarian crisis. “This is something that we can do,” he said. “Again, whether it be refugee boat people from Vietnam, people who’ve been knocked out of their homes by a hurricane — absolutely, it’s appropriate the military provide logistic support however it’s needed.”The Trump administration has pledged “zero tolerance” for illegal immigration, and the president has shaped and reshaped the policy. Meanwhile, the U.S. government separated more than 2,500 children from their parents at the border over a recent weeks-long period.The Department of Health and Human Services said over the weekend that it has been able to reunite 522 of those children with their families after they were taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials.The family-separation policy met with nearly universal outrage, and the president altered his policy last week. As a result, family units who are taken into custody after immigrating illegally are now subject to being detained together.Trump’s policy brought accusations that it was both illegal and cruel to separate migrant families — to put children into large holding facilities hundreds of miles away from their parents and caregivers. It also raised serious questions about what the government was doing to keep track of those kids, to ensure their parents could find them.The backlash includes the website TrumpHotels.org, a satirical takeoff on the president’s actual resort business website (whose address ends in .com). Instead of featuring photos of pools and golf courses, the site highlights images of detained children and adults living in fenced cages inside warehouse-like structures.Republicans in Congress have pledged to pass a new immigration law aimed at addressing concerns about migrants’ safety and legal protections — while also satisfying conservatives who want to clamp down on illegal border crossings.The political process is playing out amid intra-party discord and mixed messages from the White House as NPR’s Kelsey Snell reports — including Trump’s suggestion to ignore the issue until November, when he predicts Republicans will add to their majorities in Congress.Over the weekend, Trump said via Twitter, “We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country. When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order.”Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.