26 Dec

‘Hazard and Loftus-Cheek will not leave Chelsea this summer’, insists Blues boss

first_img getty 4 4 But Sarri has revealed will also keep the England international at Stamford Bridge at least until the next transfer window opens.“It was only a decision about the positions I chose to put on the bench to win,” Sarri added.“I have spoken with him twice this week, after I spoke to the club, so I think that Loftus-Cheek will remain with us. We can speak again about his situation, but only in December.”Centre-half Cahill has yet to figure in the squad this season, and it looks as though he might struggle to find a place in Sarri’s back four. Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard will definitely be STAYING at Stamford Bridge this season, manager Maurizio Sarri has vowed.The Blues boss also said England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek is going nowhere this summer, but hinted he could end up leaving in January instead. 4 Hazard and Loftus-Cheek are STAYING at ChelseaSarri had great news for Chelsea fans on Friday.Belgian ace Hazard has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid, who are still searching for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo following his move to Juventus.With the transfer window in Spain still open until August 31, there is still a chance the European Champions will try to tempt Hazard away from the Blues.But Sarri has insisted his talisman will not be sold, as he cannot bring in a replacement after the transfer window shut early for Premier League teams. Gary Cahill’s future at Chelsea is in doubt center_img Ruben Loftus-Cheek will be hoping for regular game time in a Chelsea shirt this season The boss also revealed Hazard is in line to make his first start of the season on Sunday, when Chelsea travel to St James’ Park to take on Newcastle United.“I think Eden is ready for 50 or 60 minutes, I don’t know for 90 minutes, but he can start,” said Sarri of Hazard, who has made two substitute appearances for Chelsea this season.“I am the coach of a very good team, a very great club, and so I think with such an important player I cannot sell without the possibility to buy another player at the same level.“So I think Eden will stay with us for the whole season.”The long-term futures of England duo Loftus-Cheek and Gary Cahill remain unclear, although Sarri revealed he has held talks with both.Midfielder Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad against Arsenal last weekend, prompting rumours he could look to leave before the European transfer window closes. Getty Images – Getty 4 Sarri has insisted star man Hazard will remain at the Bridge this season There are even reports emanating from Turkey that the 32-year-old is a target for Galatasaray.But Sarri said: “With Cahill I think at this moment for a defender it’s more difficult to play in my team after only 20 days of training.“It’s easier for an offensive player, but for a defender it’s more difficult so at this moment he needs to have much more training with us.“I told him that he needs to be patient now but that he is very important for us.”last_img read more

18 Dec

Gas power to assist SA, Mozambique

first_img8 June 2012Plans for a gas-fired power plant to supply electricity to South Africa and Mozambique for two years have been unveiled by UK-based power specialist Aggreko and South African investment company Shanduka.“This is thought to be the first project by a private company to supply an interim cross-border power solution to two utilities in southern Africa, and underlines the potential benefits that can accrue to countries sharing resources,” the two companies said in a statement this week.The 107-megawatt plant in Ressano Garcia on the border of the two countries was approved by South African energy regulator Nersa and the Departments of Energy and Public Enterprises.It will be fuelled by gas from Sasol’s Temane gas field and will service Eskom and its Mozambican counterpart, Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM).It will be located in Ressano Garcia as it is in close proximity to the existing Sasol gas pipeline, which runs from northern Mozambique through to South Africa, as well as a 275 kV transmission corridor.In addition, Aggreko will install containerised power generation units, which will be shipped in from Dumbarton in Scotland, and build gas interconnections, a substation, and a 1.5 km 275 kV transmission line to the main network. This infrastructure will remain intact once the installation is dismantled.Power purchase agreements have been signed by both utilities and Eskom will utilise 92 megawatts of the available capacity, while EDM will use 15. The joint venture is expected to bring in revenues of about US$250-million over its operational period, which should begin in October and carry on until July 2014.Eskom is planning to use the power to bolster its base-load capacity ahead of the introduction of new generation capacity from the Medupi coal-fired power station, which is scheduled to begin operating towards the end of 2013. EDM has contracted with the facility to meet its daily peak demand.The project is expected to complement other alternative energy initiatives South Africa is embarking on, including a 100 MW concentrated solar power plant in Upington in the Northern Cape, as well as a 100 MW wind power project in Sere, outside Cape Town.Eskom is also currently building two major coal-fired power stations, Medupi and Kusile, in Limpopo and Mpumalanga respectively. But until the completion of the stations, South Africa’s high energy demands are expected to continue to threaten the country’s supply.It is hoped that with the agreement this week, both South Africa and Mozambique will get much-needed additional power, with the project also underlining the importance of the two countries as energy hubs for the entire southern African region.According to Aggreko’s chief executive, Rupert Soames, the contract was not only important for South Africa and Mozambique but for southern Africa as a whole.“We also hope this project will be an example for other countries seeking to optimise their resources and manage the supply of regional power.”The companies envisage employment and training of about 100 locals with the procurement process tailored to benefit South African companies.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

18 Dec

Sanlam buys stake in Malaysian firm

first_img22 May 2013 South African financial services provider Sanlam has acquired a 49% stake in Malaysian short-term insurer Pacific & Orient Insurance Co. Berhard (POI) worth about R814-million. “This transaction is our first foray into the southeast Asia region,” Sanlam Emerging Markets chief executive officer, Heinie Werth, said in a statement on Monday. It forms part of Sanlam’s strategy to pursue growth opportunities in selected emerging markets. “We believe that this transaction will provide us with a platform to gain an understanding of the region and a footprint on which to expand.” POI was established in 1972 and is fully owned by Pacific & Orient Berhad. Its focus is motorcycle insurance; it is the largest motorcycle insurer in Malaysia, with a 40% market share in the sector. “We believe there is a good cultural fit between POI and Sanlam, which will facilitate our focus on strengthening our relationship to drive business growth and establish a mutually beneficial and sustainable partnership,” Werth said. Sanlam also believes that the Malaysian business environment, where the regulator is encouraging international partnerships for local companies, is conducive to growth. “POI is an established entity with a robust business model and a strong market position,” he said. “We are confident that the company offers us a relatively low risk entry into the market and a platform for growth. “We look forward to the partnership with Sanlam and the technical expertise that they will add in exploring future growth opportunities,” said POI’s managing director, Chan Thye Seng. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

18 Dec

Still farming at 88 with no signs of stopping

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems like an everyday occurrence that something is unveiled in agriculture that is the next greatest thing. Products that will boost yields, thwart diseases and insects and plant at twice the speed of sound are certainly steps forward in producing enough food, fiber and fuel for our ever-increasing world population.Although we can never stop thinking about how agriculture needs to look in the future, I believe that some of the greatest assets of our industry have been around for awhile.Recently, I stopped by a half-harvested soybean field in Shelby County and jumped in a John Deere combine that was being piloted by 88-year old Bernard Clinehens.Clinehens is a true veteran, not only in the military sense, but also with his 8 plus decades of farming experience. I have always felt that one of the best ways to move agriculture forward is to take a look at the past. Farmers like Clinehens have seen it all and have survived. In his lifetime, Clinehens has seen a Great Depression, a Dust Bowl, a Prohibition, multiple wars, two new states and a boom in technology, both on and off of the farm, that changed the way we live today. Who wouldn’t want to learn from someone like that?Clinehens mentioned a time or two about the “auto-steer” function on his machine and how he could head down the rows without a hand on the wheel. Heck, he was just as thrilled that the combine had a cab. He swallowed a lot of dust when he first started farming, after deciding becoming a teacher wasn’t for him.As you might imagine, Clinehens has been asked many times by many younger farmers what it takes to make it in this business. His answer didn’t have a thing to do with outguessing the markets, or having all of the newfangled gear, but it had everything to do with enjoying the job.Who, after 88 years of doing anything would still be doing it with a smile, except for a farmer? Thanks for the ride, Mr. Clinehens. I learned more in 30 minutes in your cab than I have learned in a long time.Take a look at some of our conversation with this Cab Cam video featuring Bernard Clinehens.last_img read more