Australia’s oil and gas exploration and production company Tap Oil has appointed one of its non-executive directors to the position of chairman.Tap Oil said on Friday that Chris Newton was appointed to the chairman position, effective immediately.Newton is a geology graduate from the University of Durham, England and also holds a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from the Securities Institute of Australia (SIA).He has had a 39-year career in oil and gas covering exploration, development, production and petroleum economics, strategic planning, business development, and senior leadership.Newton spent more than 25 years in senior resource industry roles in South East Asia including as a managing director of Fletcher Challenge in Brunei and of Shell Deepwater Borneo, president of Santos’ Indonesian operations, and CEO of Jakarta-listed oil and gas company EMP.In 2010, Newton co-founded Singapore-based Risco Energy and successfully drove its operations and business development functions.He was an active director of the Indonesian Petroleum Association (IPA) between 2003 to 2008, including serving as president from 2004 to 2007. Newton is also a non-executive director of ASX-listed Lion Energy and remains the oil and gas advisor to the Jakarta-based Castle Asia Group.In recent company news, Tap Oil appointed Kamarudin bin Baba as a new non-executive director of the company, effective February 6.Chris Newton asks the panel the key question, can unconventionals work in Indonesia? pic.twitter.com/pFOFIIyJUU— Tom Soulsby (@Tom_Soulsby)
Cruise operator Genting Hong Kong has raised USD 900 million through a sale and leaseback transaction of one of Dream Cruises’ ships – the 2016-built, 150,000 gross ton Genting Dream.The sale and leaseback deal was closed with a consortium of four Chinese leasing companies, through their special purpose vehicles indirectly wholly-owned by Bank of Communications Financial Leasing Co., CMB Financial Leasing Co., CCB Financial Leasing Corporation Limited and China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co. DNB Markets acted as advisor to Genting Hong Kong.The company said that a part of the funds received was used for repayment of the outstanding balance of approximately USD 502 million in respect of the existing bank loan for the Genting Dream.“We are very appreciative of the consortium for supporting Genting Hong Kong in the refinancing of Genting Dream which allows a longer repayment period with a balloon payment at the end of 12 years,” said Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay, Chairman and Chief Executive of Genting Hong Kong. “With the completion of this transaction, the group is now focusing on launching new summer itineraries for Dream Cruises which will showcase the best of Southeast Asia with exciting new destinations including Christmas Island and Belitung in addition to popular destinations such as Palawan and Kota Kinabalu. As well, we are looking forward to the highly anticipated debuts of Crystal Endeavor in August this year and of Global Dream in 2021.” In just over three years of operation, Dream Cruises has grown its fleet to three ships: Genting Dream, World Dream and Explorer Dream.
Britton, 32, has not played so far this season after suffering a knee injury during the summer. However, the Swans announced on their official website that he took part in training on Tuesday and will continue with partial team training for the rest of this week before making a full return during the forthcoming international break. Midfielder Leon Britton is on course to be in the selection mix for Swansea’s Barclays Premier League clash against Manchester City later this month. If everything goes according to plan, Britton could then be available for Swansea’s trip to The Etihad on November 22. Swansea have also said that defenders Jordi Amat and Dwight Tiendalli are back in full training following knee and groin injuries, respectively. Amat has not featured since being hurt during a 4-2 league defeat at Chelsea in September, while Tiendalli’s last appearance came against Capital One Cup opponents Rotherham the previous month. Press Association
Not content with this, F-M continued its regular attacks, and in the 24th minute Hartzheim, gathering the ball at the point amid another sustained push, crushed a hard left-footed shot past a diving Cartier and inside the right post.Even when Hannah Johnson replaced Cartier in goal, F-M was relentless. In the 35th minute, it was eighth-grader Morgan Goodman finding the net, poking in the rebound of a Lauren Farrella shot that Johnson could not gather in.Behind all this was a superb effort from the Hornets’ defense, with freshman Alora Miller leading that effort as she tracked B’ville’s Simone Neivel throughout the night and rarely gave her space to produce.Elsewhere on the back line, senior captains Laura Bonomo and Haley Ingram, helped by sophomore Ryann Dauksza, kept the rest of the Bees, especially top goal-scorer Hannah Mimas, never allowing them anything more than long-range shots that Sydney Mahr handled until Neivel scored with less than two minutes left.F-M had another challenge on Thursday when it visited West Genesee, a team it only beat 2-1 earlier this season. And it was close in the rematch, too, but again the Hornets prevailed, this time 1-0.Keeping the ball in WG’s end throughout the first half, F-M’s pressure paid off when a Wildcats turnover led to Clark putting in a goal in the 31st minute.From there, the Hornets could not add to that margin, thwarted by an effective WG defense that did its best defending set pieces. But the Wildcats were rarely able to sustain an attack and, whenever it did pressure late, F-M turned them back.Meanwhile, the F-M boys soccer team, up to no. 10 in the latest state Class AA rankings after its weather-shortened 2-2 draw with Baldwinsville on Oct. 1, ripped past Corcoran 8-1 last Tuesday night.Six first-half goals set the tone, Cheech Pagano ultimately finding the net four times as Ziad Abdul-Malak got three assists. Riley Warren-Nichols, Nino Pagano, Ryan Pollard and Tyler Goodman earned one goal apiece and goalie Chris Szidat got credit for an assist, along with Corey Gallagher.Now visiting the Gillette Road complex to face Cicero-North Syracuse on Thursday, F-M broke out again and bashed the Northstars 6-1, this time with Abdul-Malak earning the three-goal hat trick, plus an assist. Cheech Pagano added two goals, with Pollard also converting as Goodman and Nino Pagano both earned assists.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story So in the week leading up to the rematch with the Bees, plenty of time was spent working on those set pieces, but as it turned out all of the Hornets’ scoring plays took place during the normal flow of play.F-M had even more reason to be aggressive because B’ville was without its top goalkeeper, Jenna Boutilier. Sophomore Isabella Cartier replaced Boutilier, and the Hornets immediately tested her.Just 3:57 into the game, Anna Hartzheim sent a pass toward the net, where Hannah Knych’s low shot slipped past the goal line. Less than four minutes later, it was 2-0, Chloe Hodge’s pass hitting Lauren Clark in full stride and Clark ripping a low shot that Cartier could not stop. With aggression and purpose, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls soccer team only needed one half to get even for its lone defeat of the season – or, to put it more accurately, it took less than 35 minutes.That was the span where the Hornets jumped all over the Bees Monday night, netting four unanswered goals and cruising from there to a 4-1 victory which provided a big boost to F-M’s hopes of repeating as Section III Class AA champions.When these teams first met Sept. 17 at Pelcher-Arcaro Stadium, the Hornets lost 2-0, surrendering both goals late in regulation, but felt that it had given away plenty of opportunities in the game’s middle stages, unable to convert on several set pieces. Tags: F-Mgirls soccer
The stories of 14 social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors. The authors share their journey in the writing of it, and speak about why this book is important.Kerryn Krige, co-author of The Disruptors, says it’s an important book for South Africans to read. “It shows you that there is a way to build our economy and our society. And that it is not an unreachable goal.” (Image supplied)Melissa JavanThe stories of 14 South African social entrepreneurs are told in the book The Disruptors: Social entrepreneurs reinventing business and society.They include Claire Reid, founder and chief impact officer of Reel Gardening. Vegetable and herb seeds are embedded in strips of biodegradable paper, which are then planted. The gardening strips are also water wise. Reid started her business at the age of 16.Then there’s Gregory Maqoma, the executive director and CEO of the Vuyani Dance Theatre in Johannesburg. It specialises in staging dance productions for mainstream theatre and corporate events. Vuyani Dance Theatre also runs outreach programmes to train young dancers.Also in the book is Yusuf Randera-Rees, a Rhodes Scholar, and Oxford- and Harvard-graduate. In 2009, the 26-year-old Randera-Rees returned to South Africa and founded the Awethu Project, with R60,000 of his own savings.More opportunities needed in South AfricaRandera-Rees says: “I knew there were people in South Africa who were more talented than me, smarter, more charismatic, better problem-solvers.“Everything you would want in an entrepreneur, and they were not getting the opportunities I had been getting. That didn’t make sense to me,” he says in the book.He came home to make a difference. The Awethu Project currently manages more than R160-million in government and corporate funding, and has helped more than 500 entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground.Candidates apply or are identified by talent scouts – the same process by which promising sports stars are discovered and nurtured – and the pick of the crop are put through an intensive mentoring and incubation programme: an Awethu Apprenticeship.Gus Silber, co-author of The Disruptors, says the number of social entrepreneurs in South Africa is increasing. “They solve problems in small ways – they are fixing big crises in a small way.” (Image supplied)The aim of the bookGus Silber and Kerryn Krige are the co-authors. Silber is an award-winning journalist, speechwriter and author. Krige heads up the Network for Social Entrepreneurs at the Gordon Institute for Business Science (GIBS) in Johannesburg, which focuses on achieving social and economic change through social enterprise.In the introduction, Krige writes:“My colleague, Itumeleng Dhlamini, who has been deeply involved in the book’s production process, came upstairs to our offices, as a student of our social entrepreneurship programme, frustrated that we didn’t have a textbook that captured the diversity and value of today’s social entrepreneurs.“Without her frustration and foresight, this book would be waiting for someone else’s frustration and foresight to happen.“I hope it encourages you to see the enormous opportunities that exist on the flipside of profit.”About her hopes for the book, Krige says the authors would like more people to learn the meaning of social entrepreneurship. “[We want to let people know] that it is a real, viable way of doing business and achieving enormous social change at the same time.“But the book could not be dull – the aim was a book that you would pick up at the airport because it intrigued you, and the more you read the deeper you got caught up in the stories,” she explains.“At the same time it had to be academically useful, so that we weren’t just telling stories, and it could be used in the classroom. This was a tricky balance and an unusual one and I really think that the team got this right.”It took more than two years to get to print, says Krige, and was published in March 2016. “We are a Network for Social Entrepreneurs, so we drew extensively on the people we knew, and ran several calls online for people to tell us their stories on social entrepreneurship.”The first book on the subject was published by GIBS in 2007. That book, From Dust to Diamonds, profiled social entrepreneurs. “We agreed to follow up with 50% of these, so that we could find out where they were now,” says Krige.“It was a great mix of our own research, extensive marketing for people to apply and building on the older book.”Watch some of the social entrepreneurs share lessons they have learned that have enhanced their leadership:FeedbackSeeing the book on the shelves was the highlight for her, Krige says. “Writing a book is a thing. And people tell you this, but you never appreciate it until you’re in it.”Writing a book was not about the authors, she realised. “We’re a small part of it – but rather about the team of people you work with, and who you align with creatively.”On a recent Skype call with a student at Georgetown University, in Washington DC, about his thesis, he brought up The Disruptors. “Half way through he holds up… our book! And says, ‘In my seven months of reading this is the best that I’ve read. It’s descriptive, informative, and very real.’“The feedback has been extremely positive, and people have enjoyed the blend of academic and storytelling, saying that we have been able to bring both to life.”Watch several of the social entrepreneurs give lessons in how they got funding:Every story a highlightSilber explains that GIBS did the research and interviews with the social entrepreneurs, but the institute wanted a journalist to tell the stories from a different perspective. To do this he also did interviews.He shares his highlights: “Every story is interesting; has a highlight of its own. Most of the stories I’ve never heard of before, and some of it I had never heard in detail.”About the writing process, Silber adds: “It’s not easy to condense someone’s story in a few thousand words; it’s never easy to finish a book.”Entrepreneurs fix thingsSilber believes that social entrepreneurs contribute in a special way towards the economy and society. “We as a society tend to be concerned about prices and problems; we’re a crisis-driven society; we tend to worry about a lot.”Although many of the social entrepreneurs are unknown to the public, he says, they are people providing solutions. “The disruption mostly refers to technology, but people can disrupt – they are refusing to believe that things cannot be done.“They (the social entrepreneurs) are all disruptors. They are positively disrupting the area around them. What they have in common is that nothing has come easy for them; they’re all restless.”The follow-upThere are two versions of the book: the printed one has more constraints and contains 14 stories, while the ebook has 18 stories.The authors are working on a follow up to The Disruptors.To find out more about the interviews, visit the Leading Change site or GIBS’ YouTube channel.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material
OK, in “Green From the Start, Part I” we talked about what to avoid when designing a green house. Let’s take a more positive approach and consider what we should do. Let’s start with a basic principle—design what you need and no more.During the (now mostly over) real-estate boom of the past decades, it seemed like a good idea to build more and bigger. Home prices were always going up and someone would always come around and buy that behemoth for more than you paid for it. For most of us, those days are long gone. We have to live with what we buy or build, and actually consider paying down the mortgage over many years instead of selling or refinancing regularly (and I am guilty of some of that behavior myself).So, let’s think about how much space we really need. I would suggest that somewhere between 500 sq. ft. to 800 sq. ft. per person makes sense. That is much more than most other cultures are accustomed to, and if well designed, provides plenty of space to live comfortably. Take advantage of using roof volumes for living space by building 1½-story homes instead of 2 full stories with a huge unfinished attic. Don’t build a basement if you don’t need it. And if you think you need a full basement to store all your stuff, you probably have too much of it anyway.Design for the site: limit excavation by working with natural contours, orienting for proper solar gain and shading, and limiting removal of and damage to the existing landscape. Design for mechanical systems: group plumbing together to shorten hot water runs, saving energy and water. Leave enough space for HVAC ducts, and keep them inside the building envelope to make them more efficient. Design for your climate. If you get a lot of rain, build with larger overhangs to keep water off the building. Hot climates need reflective roofs. Almost every climate can use outdoor living space—include screens where bugs are a problem. Don’t build large decks in hot climates where they won’t be used much.Look at the indigenous architecture of your region and take the good stuff. Older houses were built the way they were for a reason—it made sense in that climate. Keep it simple, stupid. I built a house last year that, while very attractive, had over 35 different planes on the roof. This verges on insanity. It is quite possible to have a beautiful design with simple forms, based on 2-ft. building modules, which save materials and reduce labor costs.Green-building program guidelines and checklists are a great resource for ideas on how to make your project green from the start. They have home size guidelines and long lists of specific items that help you create more efficient homes. Incorporating the appropriate details from the beginning of the design process will keep you headed in the right direction and direct you away from doing too many stupid things. Now, if we can only get our clients to listen to us.
The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Tuesday morning sought an extension of the 24-hour deadline set by Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari to present proof of its ability to form the next government in the State. Mr. Koshyari had invited the party late on Monday.A day after Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari invited the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) to form the government and present evidence of its ability to do so within 24 hours, show the willingness and ability to form the government, the party sought another 48 hours to provide adequate papers leading to governor on Tuesday morning.However, the NCP’s letter seeking a 48-hour extension, led to the Governor’s Office recommending President’s Rule in the State, which was subsequently accepted by the Union Cabinet late in the afternoon.NCP’s ally, the Congress, and the Shiv Sena, which has sought support from the party to form the government, were kept in dark about the letter submitted to the Governor.Addressing a joint press conference with Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and K.C. Veugopal, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said there was no reason to inform the Congress and Shiv Sena about the request for extra time.“We fought the election with the Congress. The Governor had asked the NCP to show our willingness and ability to form the government. I do not think it was necessary to inform others about asking for more time,” he said.On formation of a government with the Shiv Sena, Mr Pawar said the two parties would discuss and evolve a consensus on what should be the policies and programmes if the Sena was to be supported.The NCP maintained silence throughout the day about its demand which allegedly led the Governor’s Office to believe that the party would not be able to assemble the numbers. The Governor on Monday had also denied extra time to Shiv Sena delegation led by Aaditya Thackeray.“We had only sought extra time. We had not expressed our inability to gather 145 MLAs to form the government. However the Governor chose to recommend President’s Rule. That’s his decision, but now we have got ample time to attain the required number,” said NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik.Congress leader Ahmed Patel insisted no final decision could be taken without formulation of a common minimum programme by the three parties.He also condemned the imposition of President’s rule and said the Congress was not given an opportunity to form government.
Newcastle legend Shearer: Almiron has no confidence whatsoeverby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveToon legend Alan Shearer was unimpressed by Newcastle United’s performance in their 0-0 draw with Brighton.United had chances to win but they had far inferior possession statistics and were indebted to Fabian Schar for keeping out Aaron Mooy’s shot. Even the late introduction of Andy Carroll to attempt to spark the team into life didn’t work. Analysing the match, Shearer said of his former side: “You can see why both of these teams are struggling to score. I thought it was a poor game. Brighton were the better team, Newcastle were really poor.“But still had two very, very good chances they should have scored from. The first one Almiron had no confidence whatsoever. I never fancied him to score. He desperately needs a goal, still hasn’t scored.“And then Joelinton finds himself eight yards out and with a free header (from a corner). He should score.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Eden Hazard: We need derby mentalityby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Eden Hazard is up for the derby with Atletico Madrid today.Hazard has talked about the keys to the game.He declared, “Your mentality. In a derby that’s key and what’s even more important is your desire. When you’re a football player, you know what derbies are like. You know what you have to do, you just have to win; you don’t need your teammates to tell you that.”You know what the vibes are like in these games, the passion, the rivalry amongst fans… especially when you’ve got two teams from the same city, like Real Madrid and Atlético. I want to score and win in the derby. I just want to make the fans happy.”
zoom Five people died and one person was injured in a fire which broke out at ASL Marine Holdings’ shipyard in Batam, Indonesia.The incident, which occurred on September 7, 2017, happened on board a tanker that was being repaired at one of the company’s dry docks.Initial investigations suggest that the fire started inside and was confined to the pump room, ASL Marine Holdings informed. The company added that there was no explosion at the site.The deceased and injured workers were employees of ASL Marine Holdings’ subcontractor.The investigation will continue and work on this vessel will be suspended until the cause of the fire is established.Relevant authorities in Indonesia are also looking into the cause of the incident.“We are saddened by this incident and the loss of lives, and we extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims,” ASL Marine Holdings said.