Hoffarth: As Prime Ticket waits on Clippers, channel sails forward with new plans

first_imgTwo years later, the do-it-yourself Dodgers were lured away to start a lucrative yet stalled distribution of their own channel, with TWC’s facilitation.Somewhere along the way, those USC and UCLA football and basketball games that FSW and Prime Ticket once carried also went away, now secured with the Pac-12 Network.New leadershipMore changes happened last summer.Henry Ford, who had been heading Fox Sports San Diego, became the new senior vice president and general manager of FSW/Prime Ticket as well — a three-channel grouping. He believes this Fox regional group to be “very robust and healthy, as we have been for some time.” Any day now, the Clippers might finally let Prime Ticket and everyone else know they’ve decided to drop anchor with their longtime TV partner and re-up their local rights deal for at least one more NBA season — presumably, the one that starts in about six weeks.This, as team owner and former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer continues to micro-tinker with an idea of creating some sort of his own digital-driven, over-the-top service that is supposed to lay the groundwork for how we consume sports to infinity and beyond.It’s not as if FSW/Prime Ticket can’t afford to watch the Clippers jump ship at this stage. But if you go with the analogy that a shopping mall can watch only so many anchor tenants leave before the pillars begin to weaken, the optics wouldn’t be all that great for this landmark local sports channel group in its fourth decade of operation. The Lakers, Dodgers, Sparks and Galaxy are already former rights holders while deals with the Angels, Kings and Ducks stay strong.The Lakers, a prime reason why the late Dr. Jerry Buss bankrolled the original Prime Ticket launch in the mid-1980s, eventually snuck off to a Time Warner Cable SportsNet partnership in 2012, taking the Sparks and Galaxy with them. Despite the loss of the Lakers and Dodgers, he insists “we’re not shutting doors or changing our business as much as we are doubling down and investing heavily into our business portfolio and making sure we’re providing the best experiences for the viewers as well as the sponsors and the team.”But then there are these Clippers, who keep pulling down the bobber on the fishing line. What kind of domino effect would that create in the L.A. sports channel landscape that might cause concern among distributors as they reassess whether the monthly subscriber fees for this FSW/Prime Ticket two-channel model in L.A. and Orange County market (as well as Las Vegas and Hawaii) is valued properly?“We have three channels and we need all three at the end of the day right now,” Ford said. “That’s almost 900 live events we’re producing each year. It takes a lot of creative programming to deliver it with all kinds of live game conflict planning. It’s not ‘How do we skinny it back with fewer teams,’ it’s ‘How do we make sure it’s a thriving viewer experience.’ ”Lindsay Amstutz, the newly installed assistant GM for the three So Cal channels as well as VP of marketing for all 22 Fox Sports regionals, points out that if you take “more a global look at the RSN portfolio, we have many regionals in other cities that have fewer teams than we do and are doing great businesses.”San Diego can import the Clippers, Kings and Ducks, but L.A. can’t bring in the FSSD Padres games, per MLB rules. Prime Ticket/FSW could get San Diego State and University of San Diego games to fill a 24/7 menu that already has ancillary programming linked to UFC, horse racing, poker, Red Bull-sponsored races and Big West Conference games.Ford’s hope is to reduce the number of infomercials that appear in the overnight hours and replace them with original programming. Why not consider going retro with a re-launch of a “Press Box” nightly news show focused on Southern California sports — especially with the arrival of the Rams? A simulcast with a local Fox Sports-talk radio show? Anyone up for a quick-and-easy Jonathan Quick 24/7 documentary series?Ford says many things are under consideration as well as utilizing more of the Fox Go App for distribution. But one of the things that sets FSW/PT apart from others this fall, aside from the NHL and NBA seasons starting, is live high school football on Friday nights, beginning its 20th season and adding more value with streaming games online at PrepZone.“As an L.A. native, I see high school games as a great way to be ingrained in the community from the get-go and win the hearts and minds at a young age,” said Amstutz, raised in Chatsworth and living in Pasadena. “When our trucks roll into a game, whether it’s Mater Dei or Calabasas, it’s still a big deal.”Having worked in the newspaper and TV mediums in various markets across the country, Ford says he has learned that the ins-and-outs of this market is much more than about just finding the best route through freeway traffic.“It might be a less rabid fan base than I’d be accustomed to in Midwest or East Coast markets, but this market does behave very similar to other markets where, if a team isn’t doing well, the ratings tail off. We all deal with that,” he said.The Clippers’ accordAs FSW has grown to an estimated 6.8 million subscribers, and Prime Ticket comes in with about 6.2 million, the value of bundled channel distribution rather than a la carte as some may clamor for is also important for its business future. But in keeping FSW/PT a relevant spot on SoCal sports channel tier, with all the competition growing and changing, it can’t rest on its history.“It’s a challenge in this market, but the focus has always been the strength of our team partners,” said Amstutz. “The more we can get to tell the stories of those on the field and on the ice in celebrity-driven L.A., you put them front and center and make people care about them. That’s what we have found that works here perhaps a little more so than in other markets.”So if celebs like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and even Doc Rivers are to remain the marketing focus of the Clippers from a Prime Ticket perspective — the two have been together for the last 20 years and the last seven exclusively — Ford will only say it’s “all up for us to find out.” And the marketing department, which has been ready to go with its campaign since the start of summer, waits it out.Reports are that Prime Ticket has paid some $20 million a year for the Clippers rights in the past, but its recent offer of $60 million annually was turned down by Ballmer.Ford acknowledges the two remain “engaged in discussion and there’s a desire to move forward, but also the expectation that we’ll pull this out. But again, in this business, I’m not surprised anymore (how negotiations go). We launched FSSD without a Padres’ deal until three weeks into the season, so it’s not unheard of for this.“As I’ve already told our staff, this will probably be most unpleasant on timing, but it’s very doable.”With three channels and lots of room, there’s plenty of do-ability.More media notes about the Rams’ season opener at www.insidesocal.com/tomhoffarthMEASURING MEDIA MAYHEMWHAT SMOKES• Hockey Hall of Fame play-by-play man Bob Miller, who missed the last two months of the Kings’ last regular season as he recovered from heart bypass surgery, will definitely be back for his upcoming 44th season — but it will be with a reduced schedule by mutual agreement of him and the team. Miller, who turns 78 next month, sat out 33 games after his Feb. 2 surgery before returning as a spectator to watch the Kings open the playoffs in mid-April. “They said it would be a six-to-nine month recovery and I’m feeling pretty good now seven months from the surgery,” Miller said Friday from his West Hills home. “The team has been great in working on how to adjust the schedule for me.” The Kings have not announced the specifics of the plan, but it will involve hiring another TV play-by-play man as to not disrupt the flow of the radio side with Hall of Famer Nick Nickson or KingsInsider.com Jon Rosen filling in. While doing all home games and Pacific Division road contests, Miller will likely pass on about 20 games that involve extended road trips that focus on East Coast travel, such as most of the one that covers nine games in 17 days from Dec. 13-29. Miller’s first test run is doing back-to-back exhibition games in Las Vegas on Oct. 7-8 — which, by his count, will mark 3,321 broadcasts in his career. The regular season begins Oct. 12 at San Jose (an NBCSN game) and Miller’s first regular-season game back will be Friday, Oct. 14 when the Kings face Philadelphia at Staples Center.WHAT CHOKES• DirecTV subscribers still without the Dodgers’ SportsNet L.A. as well as the Pac-12 Network will begin their annual muted frustration over the inability to access either of Saturday’s USC or UCLA home football openers, and probably a few more Trojans and Bruins games going deeper into the season. The short answer for Pac-12 execs is to tell consumers to keep pestering their providers, but recent agreements with Comcast, Frontiere and Cox, plus this week’s deal with over-the-top distributor Sling TV, could push the issue. But probably won’t.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Costa ends Europa League dream for Wenger and Arsenal

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Diego Costa killed Arsene Wenger’s last hope of a glorious Arsenal farewell as his goal sent Atletico Madrid through to the Europa League final on Thursday.Wenger’s 250th European fixture with Arsenal also to proved to be his last, decided by a typically ruthless finish from Costa, who delivered the sort of barnstorming display defenders must have nightmares about.Arsenal’s defence, fragile and nervous throughout, were particularly susceptible and this 1-0 defeat, 2-1 on aggregate, means Wenger’s final season in charge will end with his team missing out on Champions League qualification for a second year in a row.For all his domestic achievements, Wenger will also depart without a European trophy to his name and it remains to be seen how sitting outside the continent’s premier tournament will affect Arsenal’s pursuit of a new coach, and players, this summer.More immediately, there was the concerning sight of Laurent Koscielny being carried off on a stretcher in the 12th minute after the defender went down, with nobody near him, clutching his left Achilles.Arsenal and France now face an anxious wait, with the start of the World Cup just over a month away.Koscielny’s exit made a tough task all the more difficult for Arsenal, who were always going to be up against it at the Wanda Metropolitano, where Atletico have not lost in the league all season and not conceded a goal since January. It was perhaps also telling that Costa’s physicality and Atletico’s defensive rigour ultimately proved decisive, two qualities Wenger’s Arsenal in recent years have so lacked. Costa was hunting Arsenal’s back four from the outset as he wrestled past Koscielny, knocked over Nacho Monreal before firing wide with only David Ospina to beat.Koscielny was substituted soon after, replaced by Calum Chambers, but Arsenal enjoyed one of their best spells midway through the half, dominating possession and reducing Atletico to a series of rushed clearances.– Clinical Costa –At the back, however, they were shaky, as Ospina had balls booted out of his grasp by his teammates on more than one occasion while their passing out of the back was too often careless.By the end of the half, Atletico had regained the ascendancy and in injury-time, they struck. Granit Xhaka’s weak header put Arsenal on the back foot and Antoine Griezmann threaded through to Costa.He held off Hector Bellerin with ease before coolly finishing past Ospina.Arsenal came again after the interval. Aaron Ramsey bundled his way through but the ball would not fall for him six yards out while Mesut Ozil flashed too sumptuous deliveries across the face of goal.Griezmann could have put the tie to bed after Costa had turned Shkodran Mustafi inside out but the defender recovered just in time to block.A vintage Costa performance would not be complete without a scuffle and he provided it when Mustafi tried too enthusiastically to grab the ball off him for a free-kick.Both players were booked and when Costa was substituted soon after, the striker was given a standing ovation.Arsenal piled forward late on in search of an equaliser but in truth, their night ended without them really creating a clear-cut chance.When the final whistle blew, Wenger marched straight down the tunnel as around him, Atletico’s celebrations began.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Gov. DeSantis to Officials: Laid-off Workers Should Get Retro Benefits

first_imgLaid-off workers in the Sunshine State should get money going retroactively to the day they tried to file, Gov. Ron DeSantis said on Wednesday.Since the middle of last month, thousands of workers who have been laid off or furloughed due to the coronavirus pandemic have attempted to file claims with the Department of Economic Opportunity’s (DEO) CONNECT system.In many cases, they were unable to access the overwhelmed system.DeSantis did not take action to make the additional payments a requirement. According to state law, benefits are typically calculated from the date an unemployment application is filed.“If someone was trying to apply last Wednesday and the system wasn’t really working, you should count that as the day,” the governor told reporters. He says he also shared that sentiment with the DEO. In recent days, the state has reassigned hundreds of government employees to help process claims. It is also establishing a system to distribute and receive paper applications, which are already available through some libraries.Additionally, Gov. DeSantis has hired a private call center firm, waived several requirements that applicants must meet in order to expedite the filing process, and had more than 70 servers added to the state’s unemployment system to handle the large number of claims being submitted.last_img read more

Rockies skate away with 5-2 victory over Nelson Leafs

first_imgThe winning woes, scoring woes . . . and every other conceivable woe continue to plague the Nelson Leafs hockey club.Columbia Valley Rockies skated into the NDCC Arena Saturday night, leaving with a 5-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs. The loss, Nelson’s fourth straight and 11th in the past 14 games, dropped the Leafs into fourth spot in Murdoch Division standings.Grand Forks Border Bruins leapfrogged over the Leafs after stopping visiting Spokane Braves 8-3 Thursday in the Boundary City.Ray St. Jean, Doan Smith, Colton Sandboe, Kellen Marchand and Luke Bellerose score for the Rockies.Koleton Nelson and Brendan Smith replied for the Leafs.Nelson returns to action Tuesday in Grand Forks with a game against the Border Bruins.last_img


first_imgSANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jerry Hollendorfer12326192221%54%$1,701,389 BALTAS HAS NEAR-PERFECT ENTRY RECORDA day without Baltas at Santa Anita is like a day without sunshine, and while there has been more than enough erratic weather during the 12-week old Winter Meet, trainer Richard Baltas has been a constant, a racing secretary’s dream with 125 starters, second only to three-time Santa Anita training king Doug O’Neill’s 150.Baltas couldn’t recall the number of days he did not have a starter from his barn of 83 head based at Santa Anita and San Luis Rey Downs, but added with a laugh, “There haven’t been many, maybe a couple. That’s what I’m here for, and it’s hard to win at 18 percent when you run 125 horses.“Yesterday I thought we’d win two but we only won one, and we had one second and one third, so all three horses hit the board.”The fact is, Baltas has missed only one of 45 racing days without entering a horse this meet, that being Feb. 11.Baltas, who turns 56 on May 30, could add to that ever-expanding number with at least two more starters next weekend, Inordinate in Saturday’s San Luis Rey Stakes for older horses at a mile and a half on turf and Kiss At Midnight in Sunday’s $100,000 Dream of Summer Stakes, part of the Golden State Series for California-bred or sired horses, this for older fillies and mares at a mile on dirt.Inordinate, a five-year-old full horse by Harlan’s Holiday, ran second in an overnight race at a mile and a quarter on turf Feb. 25 in his only start for Baltas, who obtained the Kentucky-bred bay out of the November Fasig-Tipton Sale. Bred by Juddmonte Farms and previously owned by the internationally acclaimed Thoroughbred operation, Inordinate had been trained by 2016 Eclipse Award winner Chad Brown.“He ran well for us first time out and I believe he probably needed the race (his first since last Aug. 27),” Baltas said. “He’s come back to train well. He worked (six furlongs) in 1:12 and two on March 14. It looks like he might have a chance in the race. We’ll see.”Inordinate will be ridden by resurgent Corey Nakatani, who has enjoyed noticeable success with Baltas, winning nine times in 26 tries for the trainer.Kiss At Midnight was claimed for $25,000 in April of 2015 and has been second in four Cal-bred stakes, including last year’s Dream of Summer. The five-year-old Decarchy mare has earned $357,793, most of that under the direction of Baltas.Baltas, a native of Gary, Indiana, hometown of Tony Zale, the great middleweight champion of the 1950s, has had great success with claims. He posted his first stakes win with $32,000 claim Freedom Crest in the Grade II San Pasqual Handicap in 2001 and also the Grade II, $488,000 Goodwood Breeders’ Cup Handicap in which Freedom Crest defeated 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow. On the bargain list as well is Big Macher, who was taken for $20,000 in 2013 and gave Baltas his first Grade I win, in the Bing Crosby Stakes in 2014. Big Macher was on the work tab Sunday morning, going three furlongs in 36.80.Baltas, who now resides in Los Alamitos with his wife, Debby, moved to Huntington Beach when he was nine, graduated from Marina High School in 1979, attended the races with his late father, Gus and fell in love with the sport.“I started going to the races when I was 13 with my father,” Baltas said. “My mother was at the races the other day. She’s 88. My Dad died when he was 74.”At 21 and wanting to break into the game, in 1983 Baltas moved to the heart of the Blue Grass country in Lexington, Kentucky, attended the Kentucky Equine Institute and began working at Spendthrift Farm where resided Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed.He rubbed yearlings and worked as a groom, learning the business “from the ground up,” through trainers such as Tom Skiffington, Eric Guillot, Barry Abrams, Craig Dollase and Richard Mandella.Baltas took out his trainer’s license in 1991 and won his first race at Hollywood Park with Latchburn.His wife, Debby, the “Julia Child of Racing Repast,” calls the shots at the track kitchen on Santa Anita’s backstretch. Her family ran the track kitchen at Hollywood Park until the track closed in December of 2013.Debby’s Mom, Norma, serves hungry patrons at the Fresh Gourmet, “a great stop for lunch or dinner” on 2004 Huntington Drive in San Marino, a few furlongs from Santa Anita.The San Luis Rey is expected to draw a full field. Probables include Ashleyluvssugar, Gary Stevens; Buster Douglas, Santiago Gonzalez; Flamboyant, Brice Blanc; Inordinate, Corey Nakatani; Itsinthepost, Tyler Baze; Liam the Charmer, Victor Espinoza; Papacoolpapacool, no rider; Site Read, Stewart Elliott; Some in Tieme, Tiago Pereira; Syntax, no rider; Texas Ryano, Joe Talamo; Up With the Birds, no rider; and Wanstead Gardens, no rider.Liam the Charmer and Site Read worked in company for Michael McCarthy Sunday, going five furlongs in 1:00.60 and 1:00.80, respectively. Asked how he liked the works, the on-the-run trainer said, “Loved ’em.” Bob Baffert601481023%53%$1,543,516 Kent Desormeaux14130171721%45%$1,706,151 Mark Glatt769111112%41%$460,215 Corey Nakatani76138917%39%$806,207 Martin Pedroza11615212313%51%$699,512 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 Jamie Theriot7497512%28%$440,570 Tiago Pereira10712111711%37%$415,991 Philip D’Amato8918121320%48%$1,191,840 SINGLE PICK SIX JACKPOT CARRYOVER AT $317,374 Flavien Prat22852384323%58%$3,285,875 Tyler Baze24743463017%48%$2,375,552 (Current Through Saturday, March 18) Mike Smith561861432%68%$1,871,827 Rafael Bejarano13823232317%50%$1,656,326 Richard Baltas12522222018%51%$1,261,832 FINISH LINES: Las Virgenes winner Unique Bella, prepping for the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8, worked six furlongs for Jerry Hollendorfer Saturday in a bullet 1:11.20, fastest of 10 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 1:13.96. Unbeaten California Cup Oaks winner Sircat Sally also worked for Hollendorfer, going four furlongs in 48.40 . . . John Shirreffs reports Gormley and Royal Mo came out of their races in the San Felipe Stakes and Rebel Stakes in good order despite finishing unplaced and are being considered for the $1 million Santa Anita Derby on April 8 . . . There is a single ticket Pick Six Jackpot carryover today of $317,374.27 . . . Santa Anita presents a Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship on Saturday, April 1. Patrons can taste delicious samplings from masters of BBQ and enjoy a day of Thoroughbred racing. Special packages are available at santaanita.com/events . . . The annual Santa Anita Derby Day 5K Run and Walk takes place on Saturday, April 8. Visit derbyday5K.com or call 760-434 5255 for further information . . . According to Santa Anita statistician Jason Hom, favorites overall are winning at a 36.55 clip at the Winter Meet (144 out of 394) and at an even greater rate on dirt, 38.46 (115 of 299). The number drops to 30.53 on turf (29 of 95). Odds-on favorites are winning at 62.03 percent (49 of 79); in the money favorites at 72.08 (284 of 394); and in the money odds-on favorites at 94.94 percent (75 of 79) . . . Agent Nelson Arroyo has brother Norberto Jr. booked to ride Palos Verdes winner St. Joe Bay for leading trainer Peter Miller in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai next Saturday . . . Barretts Sales at Del Mar will be conducting their Select 2-year-old in Training Sale on Wednesday, March 29. Their training track preview will be on Monday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m. The sale catalogue is available in the Santa Anita Racing Office and the complete catalogue is available on line as well at [email protected] . . . Condolences to the family of longtime Thoroughbred owner Nick Barron, who passed away earlier this month at age 85.  The owner of Hallett Boats, now Barron Boats, Inc., Barron and his wife Shirley resided in nearby Glendora. Services were held this past Wednesday at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Monrovia. Victor Espinoza62915715%50%$755,487 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won -more- Peter Miller9828221029%61%$1,378,586 UNIQUE BELLA BREEZES FOR SANTA ANITA OAKS JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won GORMLEY, ROYAL MO SANTA ANITA DERBY BOUND? Joseph Talamo15924162115%38%$822,023 Steven Miyadi60816613%50%$396,906 Norberto Arroyo, Jr.10219111019%39%$841,556 William Spawr32114534%63%$347,000 Stewart Elliott15417162411%37%$827,993 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD ON SUNDAY Doug O’Neill15018292112%45%$1,641,356 John Sadler6010121217%57%$625,380 Edwin Maldonado771291116%42%$372,616 Peter Eurton58116719%41%$600,402 3/3/3/3 Vladimir Cerin51912918%59%$491,664 ELLIOTT TO RECEIVE WOOLF AWARD NEXT SUNDAYVeteran jockey Stewart Elliott, who was named winner of the 2017 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award on Feb. 24, will receive the prestigious trophy, which depicts the legendary George (The Iceman) Woolf, in a Winner’s Circle ceremony between races at Santa Anita next Sunday, March 26.Established to honor the memory of Woolf, who died following a spill on Santa Anita’s Club House turn on Jan. 3, 1946, the Woolf Award was first presented by Santa Anita in 1950 and this year marks the 68th anniversary of the honor that can only be won once.Voted on by jockeys nationwide, the Woolf Award seeks to recognize riders who have not only achieved a high degree of success in the saddle, but who have conducted both their personal and professional lives in a manner that brings credit to the sport of Thoroughbred racing and to them personally.Born in Toronto on March 11, 1965, Elliot celebrated his 52nd birthday on Santa Anita Handicap Day, March 11. A strong finisher who is also an outstanding judge of pace, Elliott, best known for capturing the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes with Smarty Jones, has now amassed more than 4,700 career wins.One of five 2017 Woolf finalists, Elliott outpolled contemporaries Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens. Santiago Gonzalez13113221710%40%$675,443 J. Keith Desormeaux4494620%43%$509,505 KING RICHARD ON A ROLL AT SANTA ANITA 24/7 James Cassidy4588318%42%$427,091 -30-last_img read more

Controversial decisions put San Francisco Giants’ culture under a microscope

first_imgThe San Francisco Giants took a ride to the mountain top three times this decade, but as the 2010s draw to a close, the team is farther away from the peak than it could have ever imagined.Three consecutive losing seasons knocked the Giants down to earth and the view from the bottom of the baseball world has left fans disappointed and dismayed.It’s not just the sub-.500 records and the general void of hope that’s led to widespread frustration. It’s the manner in which the Giants have …last_img

Myths from Hell

first_imgMany speak of God’s green earth and rejoice in its beauty, but James Trefil tells us it was born from hell.  In his article in Astronomy (Dec 2007), entitled, “Earth’s Fiery Start” he spoke with eyewitness confidence: Earth hasn’t always been a green and pleasant place.  In fact, our planet’s infancy was a violent, chaotic time.  When you visualize the hellish conditions back then, it’s hard to reconcile it with the lush planet we see now….In any case, once all this turmoil ceased, … Earth settled down into a comfortable middle age – an age that allowed intelligence to evolve and ponder our planet’s tumultuous beginnings.No doubt about it.  But how would he know?  Too bad the next article in the same issue puzzled over the recent discovery of a cosmic alignment of the solar system and cosmic background radiation (see 10/02/2007).  Dragan Huterer considered all the leading theories for this coincidence, only to conclude, “In each case, the explanation either introduces more coincidences than it solves, or else is simply not consistent with our knowledge of the solar system or the universe’s beginnings.”In his casual causal tale of philosophy from fire and mind from mindlessness, Yoda Trefil mentioned the Bible only to treat it like mythology:Conditions were so different back then that geologists refer to the first several hundred million years as the “Hadean” period, to conjure up ancient visions of hell.  In the words of University of Maryland geologist Roberta Rudnick, “The name is classical, but the image is biblical.”Pick your myth: intelligence from a mindless hell, or “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).  If the former, explain how you could know it is intelligence.  Maybe pondering the 10/28/2007 Dilbert cartoon would help.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Aus firm gets SA gas project go-ahead

first_img11 October 2013Australian-listed company Sunbird Energy has received government approval for the acquisition of the Ibhubesi gas project off South Africa’s west coast, paving the way for a multi-billion rand investment that would boost the country’s gas-to-electricity generation capacity.Sunbird and its South African empowerment partner Umbono Capital were “particularly happy with the extremely professional and timely handling of the approvals process by the regulator”, Sunbird said in a statement on Wednesday.The approval establishes Sunbird as the operator of South Africa’s largest and most advanced undeveloped gas field with a 76% working interest, with national oil company PetroSA holding the remaining 24% of the licence.“On our current economic modelling of the 2P reserves base, the project has a potential net present value of over US$1-billion,” said Sunbird Energy chairman Kerwin Rana.Sunbird said it would be looking to supply gas from Ibhubesi to state company Eskom’s 1 338-megawatt (MW) Ankerlig power station, which is currently burning expensive imported diesel, and a new 474 MW gas-fired station for which the Department of Energy has requested private sector proposals.“With the Ibhubesi gas project being South Africa’s largest proven gas field and its strategic location on the energy-constrained west coast, Sunbird is in a strong position to commercialise a domestic gas reserve of national importance,” Rana said.The company said it had started field development planning as part of the front end engineering and design phase of the project, and would make a final investment decision by early 2015.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Fire overtakes hog barn in Fayette County, killing 5000 pigs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Tuesday, a major fire broke out at 7111 Old US 35 SE in Fayette County between Washington Court House and Frankfort. According to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, 13 fire agencies from Fayette, Pickaway, Ross, Highland and Greene Counties assisted in fighting the blaze.The fire, reported to the Fayette County Sheriff’s Communication Center at 1:08 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, has totally destroyed the facility and killed approximately 5000 head of swine.​The Fayette County Sheriff’s Office also reported that the fire occurred at the Straathoff Swine Farm in Wayne Township located in southeast Fayette County. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined. The fire spread quickly throughout the facility causing intense heat and extremely heavy smoke, making it difficult for fire personnel to battle the interior of the fire.​One member of the fire service sustained an arm injury at the scene and was transported to the Fayette County Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.​Agents from the State Fire Marshal’s Office are responding to the scene to conduct an investigation. Credit: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Credit: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office Credit: Fayette County Sheriff’s Office A picture of the 2018 fire. Credit: Fayette County Sheriff’s Officelast_img read more

HTC One Officially Gets A Google Nexus Version

first_imgTags:#Android#Google#HTC#now The HTC One will be getting the Nexus treatment, according to Google’s Android head Sundar Pichai. Speaking at AllThingsD’s executive conference today, Pichai said that the HTC will get a stripped down version of Android that replaces HTC’s Sense skin with the classic unadulterated Android Nexus skin from Google.Samsung had already announced a Nexus version of its Galaxy S4 at the Google I/O developer conference earlier this month. The Nexus HTC One will be available on June 26 for $599 through the Google Play store. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …center_img The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology dan rowinski Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img