MAURICIO POCHETTINO swears he will “not complain” after VAR ruled out Serge Aurier’s goal against Leicester.Spurs looked to be heading for a first Premier League away victory since January when Serge Aurier lashed into the net after Harry Kane’s opener.5 Son was deemed offside by the smallest of margins, denying Spurs a second5 Serge Aurier lashed into the net after Harry Kane’s opener but the goal was ruled outCredit: Getty – ContributorBut Aurier’s “goal” was chalked off by video-ref Chris Kavanagh back at Stockley Park after Heung-Min Son was ruled offside in the build-up by millimetres, even though he looked onside in replays.And Leicester went up the other end of took full advantage through Ricardo Pereira’s leveller before James Maddison completed the comeback win with a stunning strike.Despite seeing Tottenham go from 2-0 up to 2-1 down in the space of 20 minutes, Spurs boss Poch insisted he and his side have to “accept” the decision, and result with no complaints.He said: “We dominated the game and we deserved more but that is football. It can change quick.“We need to keep working. We have a lot of games coming and we need to be ready.”I know when talk. I am always talking about sometimes it (VAR) benefits you and sometimes against you.“That is football. After you can’t complain. You have to accept it.5″It is so early to start talking. Today, we were the better side but I hope they have a very good season. I admire Brendan Rodgers and wish them the best.”The Foxes too had a goal chalked off through VAR when Wilfred Ndidi bundled in – but that was a for a legitimate offside.But video refereeing came back to help Leicester, and manager Brendan Rodgers urged players to “deal with it” after it went with and against his side at the King Power Stadium.Rodgers said after the game: “It’s what happens with VAR, you have to get your head round it.“It works for you and against you. Worked both ways for us today.”We spoke with the players in pre season about VAR.”You have to deal with it, sometimes for you and against you. Have to accept it and move on. It was a very important three points.ACCA WITH LADBROKES Pick up a whole load of acca features to help you land the big oneMost Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for him”James Maddison didn’t have his best game for him, but he is a top level player.”He is a top young player, with so much improvement to make. He always has an eye for goal.”A brilliant team performance. Very early days, we have had a tough start. We will get into the New Year and see where we are February, March.”5 James Maddison netted a stunner to win the game for the FoxesCredit: AP:Associated Press5 Pochettino swears he will ‘not complain’ after VAR which ruled out Serge Aurier’s goal against LeicesterCredit: Reuters
Almost three years after a proposed local franchise system, the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) is yet to make a move, with club officials expressing mixed views on the plan.The board of directors of the Jamaica Football Federation went into a strategic planning retreat on May 3-4 in 2014 to chart the way forward for Jamaica’s football in general and the JFF in particular.This franchise system was originally scheduled to be rolled out for the 2015-16 season but was pushed back by a season.However, there remains mixed reactions to the proposals with a number of top local football administrators expressing conflicting views.WAY FORWARD”I have been saying that a franchise system is the way forward. It has been talked, about but nothing done,” said Orville Powell president of reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions Montego Bay United.”We (MBU) have not heard nothing yet. There is a Premier League that could be easily turned into a franchise system. But, the clubs must have a proper structure. It seems to be a dream,” Powell added.Chairman of Tivoli Gardens Edward Seaga is not in support of a franchise system because he believes that it is a way for the JFF to take back control of the club system.”I am absolutely not in support. It’s a way for the JFF to take back the contribution that goes with it. The PLCA would be wiped out,” noted Seaga, who is also chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) and Professional Football Association of Jamaica (PFAJ).Clyde Jureidini, general manager of Harbour View, added that it could work if properly managed.”It could be a step in the right direction. Proper funding must be in place for it to last 10-15 years in the first instance,” Jureidini said.There is still no indication from the JFF on what is causing the delays.A Franchise Committee, which is chaired by Gary Sinclair, was established and tasked with the responsibility of piloting the transition; including the finalisations of criteria for the franchises.However, Sinclair could not be reached for updates with several calls and messages to his mobile phone over the past few months going unanswered.
Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson No. 1 Nadal will be a significant favorite Sunday against No. 32 Kevin Anderson of South Africa, who beat Pablo Carreno Busta 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to become the lowest-ranked U.S. Open finalist since the ATP’s computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 (2.03-meter) Anderson, who won an NCAA doubles title at the University of Illinois, is equipped with a big serve, certainly, but he only once had even been a quarterfinalist at a major until this week. He’s also lost all four previous matches against Nadal.Plus there’s this: Nadal looked as good as ever over the last three sets against del Potro, further confirmation of his return to the height of his powers. Nadal is again healthy and capable of excellence, after wrist and knee injuries dulled his effectiveness in 2015 and 2016 — the first seasons since 2004 in which he not only failed to win a Grand Slam trophy but didn’t even make a final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s been an amazing season, of course, after a couple of years with some troubles, injuries, tough moments,” Nadal said. “So this year, since the beginning has been a very emotional year.”He reached the Australian Open final in January, losing to Roger Federer, then claimed his record 10th French Open championship in June. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson By now, Nadal was pulling his own intimidating, topspin-lathered forehand up the line and attacking whenever del Potro left a ball short.It was quickly clear that the only doubt remaining was what the final score would be.“Just the fight to be in the final, and have a chance to fight for another title here, is so important for me,” Nadal said.Hours earlier, Anderson was so excited that he celebrated his semifinal victory as if it made him the champion, stepping on a chair and then a flower box to help him climb into his guest box in the stands.“I don’t know if it’s appropriate,” Anderson said. “It certainly felt the right thing to do.”Hip, leg and elbow injuries caused him to miss time this season. Ankle surgery, plus left knee, right shoulder and groin injuries were problems last year.He is appearing in his 34th major tournament and took advantage of a draw depleted by withdrawals of several top players, including past champions Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.“It’s nice that some of them gave us a bit of a shot to make a run in this tournament,” Anderson said. Winning start MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after beating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Once Rafael Nadal went from passive to aggressive and got his uppercut of a forehand going, it didn’t take long for him to power into the U.S. Open final.Closing in on a third title at Flushing Meadows and 16th Grand Slam championship overall, Nadal overcame a so-so start with an overwhelming performance the rest of the way Friday night, taking nine games in a row during one stretch to beat 2009 champion Juan Martin del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend South African Kevin Anderson advances to US Open final Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Break new ground Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Save for a less-than-dominant opening set Friday, in which Nadal had nine winners and 10 unforced errors, he barely missed his targets. His numbers the rest of the way: 36 winners, 10 unforced errors.Eventually, Del Potro’s flat, fearsome forehand became less dangerous, as if he suddenly remembered just how weary he was. Dealing with an illness, del Potro came back from a two-set deficit to win his fourth-rounder in five sets, then got past 19-time major champion Federer in the quarterfinals in four. Maybe it was all too much for del Potro, whose one Grand Slam title came via wins over Nadal in the semifinals and Federer in the final in New York eight years ago.That was the last time Nadal lost in a major semifinal ; he’s now won 15 in a row. This time, the 24th-seeded del Potro actually edged ahead with the match’s first break, going up 3-2 in the first set when a backhand return caught the net tape and took a fortuitous roll over to Nadal’s side for a winner.That was greeted with a chorus of “Ole, ole, ole, ole! Del-po! Del-po!” for the popular Argentine, who would serve out that set, punctuating it with a forehand.Maybe that woke up Nadal, who wouldn’t again relinquish a game until he owned the second set and a 3-0 lead in the third. The next time del Potro served, Nadal finally earned his first break point with some fantastic defense, throwing himself to his left to somehow get back one massive forehand from del Potro, who — perhaps stunned that ball came back — sent his next forehand long.ADVERTISEMENT
UNITED NATIONS, New York: One year since Liberian authorities launched a “historic undertaking” to assume full responsibility of the country’s security by the end of June, top United Nations officials have discussed what measures are needed to support the implantation of the plan. Since the civil war ended in 2003, the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) has been supporting the country to rebuild its institutions so it can maintain stability without its presence.‘Significant milestone for Liberia’“The expected completion of the security transition on 30 June will be one of the most significant milestones for Liberia and the international community since the end of the country’s civil war and the signing of the peace agreement in 2003,” said Farid Zarif, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of UNMIL. “It will also mark the beginning of a new phase in the United Nations’ engagement in Liberia,” Mr. Zarif continued. “However, Liberia and the international community must not lose sight of the still arduous path to a genuinely sustainable peace in Liberia and the region, which will require longer-term engagement and support of the international community.”He noted that by the June deadline, UNMIL will have consolidated its 13 county field offices into five regional ones. As part of this process, the Mission has also proposed a reduction of more than 30 per cent of its civilian staffing over the next two years. “The closure of the field offices has been accompanied by a pro-active public information campaign, including the holding of ‘town hall’ meetings between senior Government officials and local communities,” Mr. Zarif indicated, noting that he has personally attended most of them to explain the objectives of the security transition, to remind the communities of their role in maintaining peace and security, and to assure them of the UN’s continued support.“While we will continue to convey these messages, there is an increasing sense of unease and apprehension among Liberians across the board about UNMIL’s draw down and the prospect of its departure,” he stressed. Meanwhile, in a joint letter with President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf recently urged the UN Secretary-General to request that the Security Council maintain a ‘Quick Reaction Force’ in both countries until after the elections in Liberia next year.Women are ‘source of inspiration’Also speaking at the Council meeting was the Executive Director UN Women, the Organization’s entity tasked with promoting gender rights. She visited Liberia three weeks ago and found that women there “are truly a source of inspiration.”“Liberian women have earned global fame for helping to bring an end to the civil war, convincing rebels to lay down arms, and consolidating peace in a country that has avoided a relapse to conflict since it ended thirteen years ago,” Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka told the 15-member body.“Now they are also known for the extraordinary role they played in halting, reversing, and eliminating the Ebola epidemic. I bring up the inspiring example of Liberian women when I speak to women from Syria, Colombia, South Sudan, Central African Republic, or the Democratic Republic of Congo in my travels to conflict-affected countries,” she said.However, she said Liberian women have yet to benefit fully from the dividends of peace: “The absence of war does not mean the presence of ‘complete peace.’ We have to ask ourselves: what does peace mean for women when they experience the high daily levels of sexual and gender based violence that they continue to experience today – with limited or no access to justice?” she asked.Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka also highlighted that although Liberia elected Africa’s first woman president, the country is ranked 149th in female representation in parliament, with even lower rates of women’s leadership in local districts, towns, clans, or chiefdoms.“Today, this Council is mainly deliberating the continuation of the mission drawdown plans and the future of the UN presence in Liberia,” she said. “There cannot be a vacuum when the mission leaves. We have to demonstrate to Liberians that the end of the peacekeeping mission does not mean that the international community will turn away,” she stressed.The Executive Director added that “there is no better way of showing this resolve than by investing in those who have been most affected by the war, most affected by the [Ebola] epidemic, and most affected by post-conflict insecurity and impunity: women and girls.”Peace building ProcessTo this point, Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog, who is currently Chair of the Peace-building Commission Liberia panel, which visited the capital, Monrovia, at the end of January, said women and girls should be at the forefront of the peace-building process.“We make the case for including women and youth of Liberia in all peace-building efforts as we move forward, operationalizing Security Council resolution 2250,” he stated, highlighting the need to engage youth “as they constitute the country’s greatest assets” to consolidate peace. Resolution 2250, unanimously adopted in 2015, urges UN member states to consider ways to give youth (defined ages 18 through 29) a greater voice in decision-making at the local, national, regional and international levels. In his briefing, Amb. Skoog also outlined the Commission’s priorities regarding security sector reform, the rule of law, the reconciliation process between Liberians, and efforts needed to ensure successful elections in 2017.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Participants at the 7th AFRATIC meeting in Monrovia.Finance and Development Planning Minister, Samuel D. Tweah Jr., has acknowledged the role of the African Regional Technical Assistance Center (AFRITAC) West 2 in strengthening domestic revenue mobilization, including technical support the center provided during the Ebola Crisis in Liberia.Minister Tweah’s acknowledgement was contained in a statement read by Central Bank Governor Nathaniel Patray who spoke for him at the 7th Steering Committee of the African Regional Technical Assistance Center (AFRITAC) in West Africa held on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 in Monrovia.According to the statement, AFRITAC’s work in Liberia also includes the support provided in establishing the Liberian Revenue Authority in 2014.The statement said that since 2014, the Center’s capacity development efforts have focused on giving the LRA the necessary tools to strengthen risk management, improving audit capacity, and developing standard operating procedures for better compliance management.The statement added that Liberia has made strides in addressing an important source of fiscal risk arising from state-owned enterprises and has improved state-owned enterprise oversight function by gathering financial data and moving towards the adoption of international financial reporting standards.Minister Tweah hoped for a sustained effort to improve the volume and the quality of capacity development activities to member countries as AFRITAC-West 2 comes to the end of Phase I and embarks on a new phase.Central Bank Governor Patray also spoke about the role of the Central Bank of Liberia and emphasized that the main responsibilities of the CBL is to develop a professional, disciplined and effective workforce that is paramount in fostering public confidence and respect in the financial sector of the country.A representative of GIZ Maurice Ocheng informed the gathering of Germany’s continuous support to AFRITAC and its six centers.He added that Germany will provide 9 million Euros as support to AFRITAC for the period 2019-2020. AFRITAC West 2 was established by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to provide capacity development in Cape Verde, the Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone with annual meetings being hosted rotationally among member states.AFRITAC interventions provide technical assistance, training, and strengthening policies to support the stabilization of economies to promote growth and reduce poverty in areas of Tax Administration, Customs Administration, Public Financial Management, Banking and Financial Sector Supervision and Regulation, including Monetary Operations, policy, and payment systems and statistics, as well as Legal frameworks.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Teachers’ salary negotiationsThe awaited arbitration panel which will decide on the teachers’ salaries and wages impasse, will be discussed today as the Guyana Teachers’ Union (GTU) meets with the Education Ministry to iron out the final kinks.Education Minister Nicolette HenryAll teachers who were on strike also returned for duty officially on Monday, while some were back in the classrooms from as early as last Friday. Several calls made by Guyana Times to executives of the Union went unanswered.Nonetheless, the Government gave in to arbitration on Thursday during the second round of conciliation talks, being mediated by Minister Keith Scott under the Social Cohesion’s Ministry, Labour Department.This process will see the two parties both agreeing on an independent body, to address the issues affecting teachers at present.GTU Presiden Mark LyteGTU President Mark Lyte described the meeting last Thursday as a “good day”. In smiles, he explained that the Union was insisting on arbitration from day one.“From day one we insisted that this matter should go to arbitration and we have achieved that today, much to the pleasure of our members… we did not feel like this process would have served us well, the conciliation,” he had said.His comments came at a time where some 400 teachers were on strike after several talks failed between the two parties with regards to a salary increase for teachers.Strike action became effective from August 27, during preterm activities and was accompanied by nationwide protests from thousands of teachers, which alternatively affected students in various schools.While some schools were open, with few teachers present, others remained on complete shutdown.Education Minister, Nicolette Henry had deployed some 400 substitute teachers during the period, which included retired, trainee and volunteer teachers.A 40 per cent salary increase for public school teachers was proposed for the year 2016. Over time, the percentage would be increased for all categories of represented teachers.For the year 2017, the Union was hoping to have bargained for a 45 per cent increase, which would then increase to 50 per cent for the remainder of the years indicated in the agreement (2018-2020).They recently changed their demands and said they were willing to accept a ‘substantial’ payout from the Government even after the GTU rejected Government’s request for teachers to agree to a debunching payoff of $200 million for 2018/19.Lyte said the Union similarly rejected the $700 million cap that was placed on salary increases which was for 2018 only. Government also wants the clothing allowance to remain at $8000, a figure which Lyte said was given in 2011. He said, too, that for Whitley Council Leave, teachers still have to wait four years before getting their one month off, even though the GTU appealed for that period to be reduced to three years.
The Centurions will be strongly considered for an at-large bid, however, with impressive victories this season over Canyon and Oxnard (18-9 overall, 8-2 Pacific View League). firstname.lastname@example.org (818)713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! History repeated itself this season, as the Hart of Newhall girls’ basketball team coasted to its sixth consecutive Foothill League title. The Indians (24-2 overall, 10-0 Foothill) were dominant once again, outscoring their opponents by an average of 21points per game, and finishing the regular season on a 14-game winning streak. Hart enters the postseason as the Southern Section Div.I-A champions. The Div.I-A playoff pairings will be announced later today, and Hart will likely enter the playoffs as the division’s top seed. This year’s Hart team lacks the star power of years past, with former Daily News Players of the Year Ashlee Trebilcock (Ohio State) and Taylor Lilley (Oregon) having graduated. But this year’s team is arguably the deepest in school history, with Oregon-bound forward Tatianna Thomas leading a dominant front line that includes KaLana Inemer and Megan Ford. Hart’s backcourt has been impressive as well, as seniors Britney Fitchpatrick and Amanda Adjari have developed into two of the better guards in the area. Bound for postseason: The other Foothill League teams guaranteed a postseason berth are Valencia (18-7, 7-3) and Canyon of Canyon Country (17-9, 6-4). While not nearly as talented as Hart, both teams are strong enough to make a deep postseason run in Div.I-A. Valencia nearly upset Hart this season, taking the Indians to overtime on Jan.12 before finally losing 70-66. Canyon was last year’s Div.I-A runner-up. As the fourth-place team from the league, Saugus (14-12, 5-5) is not guaranteed a playoff berth.
Children in Donegal are being put into state care at more than 10 times the rate of other parts of the country, figures have suggested.A breakdown of child care orders granted for neglect and abuse by district court judges around the country shows massive variations.Records reveal 225 cases of children in Letterkenny were being handed over to the Health Service Executive (HSE) in 2011. This compares to one in Mullingar for the same year, eight in Killarney, 10 in Athlone, 21 in Castlebar and 23 in Carlow – roughly similar sized towns.The figures, the latest available and never before published, include interim care orders, care orders and supervision orders. They were released by the Courts Service to the Child Care Law Reporting Project, which has launched a new website detailing child care cases that come before the courts.Carol Coulter, director of the project, said she could not yet say why there was such huge differences nationwide but would hope to find out over the next five years.She said: “I noticed there is a lot of variation geographically. I will be looking to see why there seems to be far more orders in some places than others. Is it because they are being sought? Is it because there is more voluntary care in some parts of the country? We just don’t know.”In total there were 7,928 applications made to district courts to put children into state care during 2011. Some 7,410 were granted. Around four in 10 cases were in Dublin, with the next busiest courts in Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Letterkenny.But Ms Coulter warned the statistics should be treated with caution as they reflect applications rather than children, and there may be multiple applications for the same child. Repeat or renewed applications for certain types of care orders which relate to the same case may also skew the figures.The new website was set up – with funding from Atlantic Philanthropies, the One Foundation and the Department of Children and Youth Affairs – to lift the lid on how child abuse and neglect cases are dealt with in the courts.Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald said: “It will show the dark side of abuse and neglect, the reality of 1,500 cases confirmed every year of child abuse and neglect. So it will shed a new light on how our courts deal with these issues and the huge challenges these problems throw up for our courts and indeed in the first instance for Irish children.”CHILDREN IN DONEGAL BEING PUT INTO CARE AT MUCH HIGHER RATE THAN OTHER PARTS OF COUNTRY was last modified: April 4th, 2013 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:caredonegalHSE
The tragic farmer killed in this morning’s road crash on the main Letterkenny to Lifford road has been named.He was 68-year-old William ‘Willie’ Wilson from Fr Arnold Terrace in Manorcunningham, a single man who was well-known in the area.Gardai are still trying to determine the cause of the crash in which Mr Wilson died and another man was injured. Mr Wilson’s tractor collided with a Seat car being driven by a young man just after 6.30am at Drumoghill.The emergency services rushed to the scene but Mr Wilson was pronounced dead at the scene.His body has since been transferred to Letterkenny University Hospital for a post-mortem.His relatives have been informed of his tragic passing. The other man involved in the crash was also rushed to hospital buthis injuries are not understood to be life-threatening.Gardai closed off the road for a forensic examination and put diversions in place.They have appealed for witnesses on what is a very busy road and who may have seen Mr Wilson in his tractor before the crash to come forward.A neighbour of Mr Wilson said the entire community has been left stunned by his sudden passing.“William went everywhere in that tractor. He was a quiet, single man who kept to himself and never did anyone any harm. “It’s just so sad to think that he died this way,” said the neighbour.The Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Gerry McMonagle, said the accident was again a reminder of how dangerous our roads can be.“Every time we go out on the roads we take our life in our hands. While we do not know the circumstances of this tragedy, I would appeal to people to slow down and to drive carefully at all times,” he said.Donegal County Council has set up the Donegal Road Safety Working Group and appointed a road safety officer in a bid to improve safety on the county’s roads in recent years. Last year a total of six people lost their lives on Donegal’s roads compared with ten the previous year, 2016.This is the first road fatality in Co Donegal this year.Sadness as 68-year-old Willie killed in road tragedy was last modified: January 14th, 2018 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:accidentdonegaldrumoghillGardaiWilliam Wilson
7 February 2008The Republic of Mozambique Pipeline Investment Company (Rompco) – consisting of Sasol, iGas and Compania Mozambicana de Gasoduto – have announced the construction of a R1.1-billion gas compression station to increase the delivery of natural gas delivery from Mozambique to South Africa by 20%, by the end of 2009.In a statement on Tuesday, Sasol said construction of the gas compression station, to be based at Komatipoort in South Africa, would increase gas delivery capacity from the current 120-million gigajoules a year to about 147-million gigajoules a year.The pipeline is designed to eventually have the capacity to transport 240-million gigajoules of gas a year“Two gas-turbine driven compressor units and ancillary equipment will be used at Komatipoort to increase gas flow rates in ROMPCO’s 865-km long trans-border pipeline that transports the natural gas from the Pande and Temane gasfield in Mozambique to Sasol’s operations at Secunda and Sasolburg in South Africa,” Sasol said.The pipeline forms part of the US$1.2-billion Natural Gas venture inaugurated by former Mozambican President Joachim Chissano and President Thabo Mbeki in June 2004.The Rompco shareholding partners are the South African government through iGas (25%), the Mozambican government though Compania Mozambicana de Gasoduto (25%), and Sasol Gas (50%).“The project will provide short-term employment for about 450 people of whom about 150 will be skilled artisans and 300 local workers,” Sasol said. “Preference will be given to local and South African suppliers as far as equipment and material sourcing is concerned.”The additional gas will be used as part of the first phase of a planned 20% expansion of Sasol Synfuel’s capacity at Secunda over the next eight years.Three quarters of the eventual additional Synfuels capacity will use natural gas as feedstock with its more benign effects on the environment and the balance will be based on fine coal reserves.Some of the first phase additional gas is earmarked for the gas turbine driven electricity generators recently ordered by Sasol Synfuels in Secunda.The engineering, procurement and construction management contract has been awarded to Foster Wheeler South Africa, and construction is expected to start in mid-2008. Commissioning of both the pipeline compressor station as well as the gas turbines is expected by late 2009.SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material