Liza Destiny sets sail for Guyana– has capacity to store 1.6M barrels of oilAs ExxonMobil prepares for first oil in 2020, the first oil production vessel has set sail for Guyanese waters and is expected to arrive sometime in September.The Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, Liza Destiny, was commissioned by First Lady Sandra Granger before departing the Keppel Shipyard in Singapore.The Liza Destiny has a production capacity up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day and an overall storage volume of 1.6 million barrels.During normal operations, there will be at least 80 persons living and working onboard the vessel. Additionally, 24 Operations and Maintenance Technicians, who are currently being trained in Canada, will return in 2020 to support work on the Liza Destiny.This FPSO is a significant component of the Liza Phase 1 development, which involves four undersea drill centres with 17 production wells.“We have more than 1000 Guyanese working for the project here and the team is continuing to do an incredible job. Their work includes everything from completions of the initial wells for production to laying pipelines and infrastructure on the sea floor to eventually connect up to the Liza Destiny for production. We’re proud of the work being done each and every day and want to thank everyone involved for their focus on safety and keeping the protection of the environment top of mind in all that they do,” Rod Henson, Exxon’s Country Manager, had stated.The Liza Destiny was converted from an oil tanker previously called Tina. Engineering and design began in December 2016 and work initiated in June 2017. During that time, over 3000 persons have worked on the vessel.Meanwhile, the Noble Bob Douglas drillship is completing development drilling operations for Liza Phase 1. ExxonMobil will add another exploration drillship, the Noble Don Taylor, in the fourth quarter of 2019.Phase 2 of the Liza development is expected to start-up in mid-2022 and will develop approximately 600 million barrels of oil through the Liza Unity, Exxon’s second FPSO vessel in the series.For the Phase 2 Development, six drill centres are planned, along with approximately 30 wells – 15 production— nine water injection, and six gas injection wells.Following its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil had estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be five billion oil-equivalent barrels. With oil at US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion.The US oil giant has since revised this figure upwards after three more discoveries, the last one being at the Yellowtail-1 well in April. More drilling is also scheduled for this year.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 per cent interest.
Ugo Ehiogu Former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu has been appointed Tottenham’s new Under-21 coach.The 41-year-old, who has been working at the club’s academy on a part-time basis, played 240 times in the Premier League for Villa and earned four caps for England.Ehiogu will be assisted by Matthew Wells, who is a former Spurs youth player and steps up from coaching the Under-15s, the club announced on their official website.Earlier this week, Tottenham announced former captain Ledley King has also been handed an official role with the academy, coaching the club’s Under-18s on a part-time basis. 1
Former Manchester City striker Rodney Marsh joined the Sports Bar on Monday evening to discuss the latest news from the Etihad.He told Andy Goldstein and Jason Cundy about a meeting held at the club, following the Blues’ 4-2 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday.Marsh also went on to claim Manuel Pellegrini may be replaced before the end of the season, with Patrick Vieira, who is in charge of the club’s elite development squad, stepping in for the Chilean.“I understand there was a meeting at Manchester City on Tuesday and, this is not confirmed, but they have decided to dump Yaya Toure, Samir Nasri and Edin Dzeko,” he told talkSPORT.“These players will be out the door. [Jesus] Navas is also in desperate trouble. Dzeko is reportedly, along with Nasri, making trouble in the dressing room.“Another part of what I heard today is that Patrick Vieira may take over, as manager, before the end of the season.”
Central midfield: Dele Alli (Tottenham) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Smart, strong, skilful and quick, Alli is establishing himself as a first-team regular at White Hart Lane with ease. A superb display against a Crystal Palace midfield full of experienced and talented players shows he can mix it with the best. He was just as effective defensively as partner Eric Dier and got forward well too. 11 11 Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – West Hams Adrian and Norwichs John Ruddy were also contenders but Spurs French star produced several top saves, while also confidently repelling numerous Crystal Palace set-pieces. His catches at corners were key, allowing the Lilywhites to relieve the pressure as their opponents tried in vain for an equaliser late on at White Hart Lane. 11 11 Left-back: Alberto Moreno (Liverpool) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Having seen Joe Gomez selected ahead of him at left-back, so far this season. Moreno put in a promising display as a wing-back in Brendan Rodgers 3-4-1-2 formation. He got the assist for Danny Ings goal and looked dangerous bombing down the flank. 11 Striker: Anthony Martial (Manchester United) – The £36million man is proving his worth at Old Trafford already with three goals in three games. Martials match-winning brace against Southampton was superb and showed he has a poachers instinct to go with his pace and power. Attacking midfield: Juan Mata (Manchester United) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – As well as scoring one goal and being heavily involved in another of the Red Devils three strikes against Southampton, the spritely Spaniard was accurate with 95.8 per cent of his passes. 11 11 Attacking midfield: Heung-Min Son (Tottenham) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The South Korean is endearing himself to Spurs fans pretty quickly at White Hart Lane. His strike against Crystal Palace was a match-winner but the attacking midfielder was a whirling dervish on and off the ball, popping up across the pitch putting in tackles and dashing towards goal. Central midfield: Dan Gosling (Bournemouth) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – A lung-busting display from the ex-Everton and Newcastle man helped the Cherries get their first home win in the Premier League. He got the assist for Callum Wilsons goal and ran 13.8kms during the game, more than any other player this weekend. Centre-back: Winston Reid (West Ham United) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – The New Zealander was a rock at the heart of the Hammers defence as they clung onto a brilliant 2-1 victory over Manchester City at the Eithad. He won four headers, made a staggering 21 clearances, two interceptions, and two blocks. Just when you think you can predict how the Premier League is going to pan out, West Ham go and throw a spanner in the works.Manchester City looked like romping to the title but were humbled at home by the Hammers, while Chelsea ended their poor form with a win over Arsenal.But who were the outstanding players in the Premier League at the weekend? talkSPORT takes a look. 11 11 Attacking midfield: Odion Ighalo (Watford) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – If the Hornets avoid relegation this season, the Nigerians goals will be key for them. His double downed Newcastle United on Saturday, handing Quique Sanchez Flores men a vital three points and he looks like being a handful for Premier League defences this season. 11 11 Right-back: Daryl Janmaat (Newcastle United) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – It was another whole-hearted showing from the Dutchman against Watford. The Magpies star got their only goal in the 2-1 defeat and nearly grabbed an equaliser to. He will be key to their fight for survival. Centre-back: Ashley Williams (Swansea City) – Click the right arrow to see who else makes our team of the weekend… – Listed by many as one of the most underrated players in the Premier League, almost to the point he could be classed as overrated, William was excellent again for Swansea City as they kept Evertons bright and bustling attack quiet.
Donegal Youth Service this week launched Party in the Car Park, which will take place this year in partnership with the Letterkenny Live festival on the Oliver Plunkett Road on Saturday 18th August.The best young talent from across the county will have the opportunity to play the big Letterkenny Live gig rig on the Saturday afternoon. This event has been developed as a way of giving Letterkenny Live more of a festival feel, as the Donegal Youth Service will deliver their annual Party in The Park as part of the full weekend of activities.This annual event is a real showcase for local young bands combined with a range of family fun activities and attracts upwards of 1000 young people each year.This year it has been re-named as Party in The Car Park and the youth service will have access to the full Letterkenny Live set up from 1.30pm to 5.30pm.As well as the music stage there will also be a range of other family friendly activities going on, including face painting, balloon modelling, bouncy castles, dance workshops for kids and magic shows. For more information on the Donegal Youth Service Party in the Car Park contact Letterkenny Youth Information Centre on 074-9129640. LET’S GET READY TO PARTY IN THE CAR PARK! was last modified: August 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Youth ServiceParty in the Car Park
Tags: Alex KakubaPas Giannina Kakuba played for Proline between 2010 and 2012 (Photo by Agency)Uganda Cranes left back Alex Kakuba is now a free agent after his contract with Greek side PAS Giannina was terminated by mutual consent.The development was confirmed by Giannina on their official website;“The PAE PASGIANNINA 1966 announces the end of co-operation, with mutual consent, with footballer Alex Kakuba, read a statement bon the Greek Club official website.Kakuba joined Giannina on a two year deal in the summer from Portuguese club Estoril.After a frustrating stay in Greece that has seen the former Proline FC defender feature only 5 times in the Greek Super League, both parties decided to part ways, something Kakuba also acknowledges.“It is true I left Panepirotikos Athlitikos Syllogos Giannina Football Club, said Kakuba.“I will continue to train as I wait for the January 2019 transfer window.“Apparently, I am weighing any options on the table.Kukuba is believed to have headed back to Portugal where he will be training until January,The left-back feature for Proline for two years since 2010 before he was loaned to Portuguese side Recreio Desportivo de Águeda. He was later transferred to Clube de Futebol Esperança de Lagos at the start of the 2012/13 season.He spent only a season at Lagos, then moved to another Portuguese side, Sporting Clube da Covilhã with who he also lasted one year.From there he signed a four year deal at Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia. After two years, he was loaned to Clube Desportivo Feirense where he spent as many years.On return to Estoril, he was signed by PAS Giannina where he has been since July.Comments
President Ramaphosa has been invited to give a key note address at the Financial Times (FT) Africa Summit under the theme Africa in Motion in the United Kingdom in London, 13-14 October 2019.The Annual Summit is a collaboration of prominent speakers in business, politics and economics, as well as heads of state committed to increasing economic growth. His Excellency, President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the opening keynote address with Mr Lionel Barber, Editor of Financial Times on October 14, 2019.Fellow African leaders H.E. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice President of Ghana, as well as H.E. Irene Margaret Nafuna Mulomi, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, from Uganda will be joining President Ramaphosa. This opportunity is well appropriate for the Nation Brand as it is a cooperation of various stakeholders who are building awareness and strengthening the competitiveness of the continent as a whole.In positioning South Africa’s investment drive, the strengthening of ties for intra-African trade, the FT Summit signifies and asserts the significant role South Africa plays in Africa’s growth and development.Last week President Ramaphosa hosted a successful state visit by the Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari where he said “The economies of the African continent are together growing at a rate far greater than our own, and we need to see the opportunity that such growth presents for our economy and our people. It is for this reason that we have embraced the African Continental Free Trade Area.”Brand South Africa in collaboration with the Presidency and the Department of Small Business Development, will run an integrated programme at the Summit to ensure a seamless representation of the Nation Brand.Follow the conversations @Brand_SA #BetterAfricaBetterWorld, #InvestSA, #FTAfricaWatch highlights from the 2018 FT Africa Summit here.
I saw a commercial the other day for Ford vehicles that promoted their “Drive Green” initiative, in which they stress various sustainable attributes of their vehicles and company. Being a natural skeptic, I expected a fair amount of greenwashing and unsubstantiated claims in their marketing, and, in fact, I was not disappointed.I was able to locate a fact sheet on this program and while they are, like most car companies, improving their MPG throughout their product line, their marketing is mostly focused on alternative technologies like hybrid gas/electric, all electric, and hydrogen vehicles. Ford is by no means particularly evil as far as car companies, or even large corporations in general. When compared to General Motors, which worked hard to eliminate trolley systems so they could sell buses and cars, and pretty much perfected planned obsolescence in their product lines, Ford looks (almost) saintly.Ford’s Greenwashing and Cool TechnologiesWhile I recognize that Ford has to focus on making products that they can sell profitably, they are still making primarily cars and light trucks, which, no matter how efficient and sustainable they are, will only continue to help degrade the environment and diminish quality of life as traffic continues to worsen. In the midst of this, the “green” benefits they promote include soy-based foam and “compostable-type” plastic in car seats, flex-fuel vehicles that allow us to use corn ethanol in their tanks, plug-in hybrids, and improved gas mileage throughout their lines.After a quick Google search, I found a TED lecture video by Bill Ford, who seems like a nice, genuine guy, talking about the future of transportation. He goes on about his commitment to the environment and how Ford is working to make things better for us. Various efforts he discussed mostly focus on advanced technology including communicating and/or driverless cars and advanced reservation of parking spaces. All kind of cool, gee-whiz sort of stuff, but nothing that really smells like real solutions to our transportation problems.It All Goes Back to Our BehaviorThe big piece of the transportation problem that was nowhere to be seen was a combination of mass transit and human behavior. Right now, disregarding the occasional, or even frequent, traffic jam, driving is pretty easy and cheap. With the exception of some major cities where driving is miserable, parking expensive, and effective mass transit exists, jumping in your car and driving to wherever is, for most people, the simplest solution.I know – I do it myself, although I do tend to walk more often than most people I know and I do, occasionally, use mass transit. There is a lot of talk, and federal money, going towards high-speed rail and other regional and local transit projects, but we won’t be able to wean ourselves from cars until driving becomes so expensive and inconvenient that the alternatives look better in comparison.This will take more than just financial and infrastructure changes. It will take a willingness to accept a little less control over our destinies – we will have to deal with it taking longer and being less convenient to get places.Just Frogs Boiling in a PotTo me, this reinforces my belief that our biggest obstacle to real change, whether in energy efficiency, transportation, or just sustainability in general, is human behavior.I have come to the conclusion that we have become a lazy society. We seem to be unwilling to do anything even remotely inconvenient that we don’t have to. HVAC systems run in perfect weather because we won’t take the time to open our windows. We drive around the block (myself occasionally guilty) because we don’t want to take the time, or get sweaty or cold walking. We build big, poorly constructed houses and buy too much cheap stuff to fill up the space when we would be better off with smaller, better-built ones that cost less to furnish.If you put a frog in cold water and heat it to a boil, it will die, but if you put it in a pot of boiling water it will jump right out. I am afraid that our society is like the frog in the cold water, we will just happily hang out until we ultimately die off when what we really need to be is thrown into a pot of boiling water so we can figure out that we have some problems.
Film: GameCast: Abhishek Bachchan, Anupam Kher, Kangana Ranaut, Shahana Goswami, Boman Irani, Sarah Jane Dias, Jimmy ShergillProducer: Excel EntertainmentRating: I’m sure in Abhinay Deo’s head, Game must have seemed like Ocean’s Eleven. Stylish suits, paper sharp cheekbones, girls with smoky eyes, and lots of overcoats. The mysterious city of Istanbul with its intriguing mosques and its decadent nightlife. A stopover in a mythical island off the coast of Greece. Some amount of seedy Bangkok, seamy Mumbai and classic London, which allows Kangna Ranaut to test her English once again on us (she tries, but sorry, a British investigating officer she ain’t). Think of Ocean’s Eleven meets Abbas Mustan and you have the genre of Game. A movie with a B-grade plot of twists and turns dreamed up by a particularly frenetic scriptwriter (Althea Kaushal) and an A-grade budget. Which is why one is not surprised when one reads the titles. It’s a movie co produced by Eros Pictures and Excel Entertainment and never the twain can meet–one is the maker of Golmaal and the other is the maker of Dil Chahta Hai.The result: a horrible hyrbid. The story, such as the elaborate plot is, has one cussed old Agatha Christie type of patriarch who calls four people to his island for a grand denouement. He’s Anupam Kher, a billionaire called Kabir Malhotra, and the four unfortunate individuals are Abhishek Bachchan, pout in place, playing a nightclub owner and drug runner; Shahana Goswami, a drunken journalist who looks as louche as she sounds; Boman Irani overacting madly, playing an Indian politician running for prime minister in Thailand; and Jimmy Shergill, playing an actor Vikram Kapoor who ran down a young girl in a drunken driving accident. Everyone has a dark secret which connects them to each other. Sigh. Yes, it’s that sort of a story.advertisementThe upshot is that someone gets shot, allowing Sia Agnihotri, that’s Kangna trying to do an Angelina Jolie, to carry a gun, a strange accent (the result of an accent coach we are told) and lots of grey power suits. She will nail the victim, but not before Bachchan gets to play contact sports with all manner of goons across continents. He punches, kicks, whacks and lunges at various hapless crooks, pummeling his way through. That’s when he’s not jogging through the streets of Istanbul.It’s not enough. Sarah Jane Dias tries hard to inject some oomph, with blood red lipstick and dark eyes. But it’s all quite pointless–which is fine. Thrillers are not meant to have much of a point except to thrill, but the murderer is so obvious that the repeated red herrings only serve to irritate. By the time Bachchan really gets going, making insider jokes about Chelsea, appreciating a fine wine and reading Murakami, toio much money has flown down the Bosphorus.There is some good news though. Bachchan is looking in character, fitter than he’s been, and more romantic than he’s been allowed to be.They could, however, have saved a bit on his costumes and given Anupam Kher a better beard.