Big match for Man U FRANKFURT Germany (AP): Three-time winners Manchester United could be eliminated from the Champions League with a loss in Wolfsburg today. Wolfsburg lead Group B by a point over Manchester United and only need a draw to advance to the knockout stage. A win would secure first place in the group for Wolfsburg. United would also win the group with a victory and will advance if both group matches are drawn. PSV Eindhoven host CSKA Moscow in the other match in the group. Ashwin stars for India NEW DELHI (AP): Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 5-61 yesterday as India scored a comprehensive 337-run win over South Africa in the fourth and final Test to complete a 3-0 victory. Ashwin’s haul included the prize wicket of a defiant A.B. de Villiers as South Africa were bowled out for 143 after fighting bravely to salvage a draw batting 143.1 overs. Ashwin finished with 7-87 in the match and 31 wickets in the series dominated by Indian spinners on pitches helping them. Final scores: India 334 and 267 for five declared; South Africa 121 and 143.
Budget 2017Finance Minister Winston Jordan has assured that the Ministry is on stream in presenting its Annual Budget for 2017 come December 5, but shied away from any specific details regarding any increases in taxes or fees to be paid by stakeholders. “It’s going to be a lovely budget, don’t worry,” he quipped.Finance Minister Winston JordanMinister Jordan was at the time engaging members of the local media corps on Friday last at the Finance Ministry’s boardroom. Asked specifically by Guyana Times about any increased payments to be made by taxpayers or those seeking to access Government services, Minister Jordan said: “I cannot speak to anything beyond what has already been done earlier in the year, as it relates to the raising of fees, and so on and so forth this year.”He suggested that stakeholders wait for the details, saying “The upcoming budget, we’ll wait on it, in a couple more months. It’s going to be a lovely budget, don’t worry.”Meanwhile, responding to reported criticism on the lack of adequate consultations by Government in preparation of the Budget by sections of the Private Sector, namely the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Minister Jordan denied being in receipt of any formal complaint of displeasure from that body.The Minister reminded that he had met with representatives of the Private Sector Commission earlier this year “where I reiterated to them that at the last consultation I had said to them, we can meet every quarter”.He told media operatives that representatives of the Private Sector Commission (PSC) had admitted to him their tardiness in meeting with Government on the annual budget preparations.The Minister did seek to assure stakeholders; however, “We are on track for the Budget for December 5.”He said the relevant personnel were currently assessing the various submissions by Budget Agencies, “to get an understanding of how they were put together and whether they are consistent with what they are looking for”.Since the coalition Government’s ascension to office, two National Budgets were presented early by the Finance Minister.By law, the National Budget should be debated and approved by the National Assembly and approved for assent by the President no later than April 30 of each year.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IQALUIT, Nunavut (AP) — Inuit hunters are falling through thinning ice and dying. Dolphins are being spotted for the first time. There’s not enough snow to build igloos for shelter during hunts. As scientists work to establish the impact of global warming, explorers and hunters slogging across northern Canada and the Arctic ice cap on sled and foot are describing the realities they see on the ground. Three of them recently spoke to The Associated Press. “This is really ground zero for global warming,” said Will Steger, a 62-year-old Minnesotan who has been traveling the region for 43 years and has witnessed the impact of warming on the 155,000 indigenous people of the Arctic. “This is where a culture has lived for 5,000 years, relying on a very delicate, interconnected ecosystem and, one by one, small pegs of that ecosystem are being pulled out,” Steger said by satellite phone from a small village outside Iqaluit, about 200 miles south of the Arctic Circle. Iqaluit is the provincial capital of the Canadian territory of Nunavut. Steger, who made the first journey to the North Pole by dogsled without resupply in 1986, is sledding with Inuit guides for three months across Baffin Island, the northeastern corner of Nunavut, with two teams of huskies and a cameraman. He is charting his 1,200-mile adventure on his Web site, and making a documentary about how Inuit hunters are being forced to adapt to a warming Arctic Ocean and melting polar ice cap. In June, he will testify before a U.S. Senate committee on climate change. When he was interviewed in early March, he and his American and Inuit colleagues were heading for the Clyde River, through the highest polar bear population in the world. It was still the height of winter in the Arctic, but the temperature, 11 degrees Fahrenheit, was more typical of spring. He said hunters he meets on Baffin Island are describing to him creatures they have no words for in their language, Inuktitut — robins, finches and dolphins. He said they all tell him the same thing: Hunting on the thinning sea ice has become too dangerous. “All of these villages have lost people on the ice,” Steger said. “When you have a small village of 300 or 400 people, losing three or four of their senior hunters, it’s a big loss.”Millennia of learning to read the winds, clouds and stars and find the best hunting are being lost, he said. “A lot of the elders will no longer go out on the sea ice because their knowledge will not work anymore. What they’ve learned and passed on for 5,000 years is no longer functional,” Steger said. “They can’t build igloos anymore; everything is just upside down up here.” Meeka Mike says the thinning of the ice became noticeable about 10 years ago, forcing Arctic animals to migrate farther north. Now Inuit hunters like herself are finding stranded walrus and seal pups left to die on floating ice. “It takes longer now to get out to our hunting areas because we can’t access it by ice,” Mike says in her cedar house in Iqaluit, sitting on the floor with friends as they sew a pair of caribou hunting pants she’ll wear when she next ferries supplies by snowmobile and wooden sled to Steger’s expedition. “The ice freezes much later and therefore it’s thinner and breaks off during the full-moon tide,” she says, pointing out to Frobisher Bay, a massive inlet of the Labrador Sea on the southeastern corner of Baffin Island. To an outsider, the bay in midwinter looks ice covered with wisps of vanilla icing. But Mike says hunters can see the bay rise and fall with the tide. Life, she says, is “very much out of sync.” She blames Americans for emitting one-fourth of the world’s greenhouse gases which scientists say are very likely causing the warming. But it is not in the Inuit culture to be too accusatory, and she says it with a smile: “Unfortunately, you are the people who cause most of this climate change,” she says to an American journalist. Farther north is Rosie Stancer, a 47-year-old mother and distant relative of the British royal family. She set off alone on March 6 for a 60-day journey across 475 miles of the frozen Arctic Ocean to reach the North Pole, using compass, solar and satellite navigation. She is carting her own food and fuel on a sled she drags behind her, and carries a shotgun to ward off polar bears. If she makes it she will be the first woman to have trekked solo to both Poles. She was the second woman to trek alone to the South Pole in 2004. As of Easter Sunday, she had 324 miles to go. And warming or no warming, she is feeling the Arctic, with mild frostbite on two toes. She is examining global warming effects for a polar research institute at Cambridge University. “I’ll be monitoring the temperatures, wind direction and comparing the ice conditions to 10 years ago,” Stancer said in a telephone interview from Resolute Bay, where it was minus 45 degrees Fahrenheit several days before she took off. “If I can come back as an ordinary person with a firsthand account, that message will hit home and awaken individual consciences about cleaning up our own back yard,” said Stancer. Her biggest obstacle, she says, is time — the period in which the ice is safe enough for a plane to land and pick her up shrinks every year as the ice cap melts. Pilots say she has only 60 days to arrive at the North Pole, though most teams typically take longer. “You know, everyone is going ooh-la-la and being indignant about our climate change. But what did they expect?” Stancer says of those who are just waking up to global warming. “Why are people surprised that this is a living, breathing planet?” Why leave her banker husband and young son back in Britain for isolation at the top of the world? “There is very little between you and nature and God,” she says. “All your layers of materialistic crud just drop away and your life and its priorities are distilled down to pure survival.”
0Shares0000Ibrahimovic scored his first MLS hat-trick against Orlando City on Sunday © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP / Katharine LotzeLOS ANGELES, United States, Jul 30 – Swedish star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic will miss Wednesday’s MLS All-Star Game against former club Juventus, the Los Angeles Galaxy announced Monday, citing workload and travel issues.Ibrahimovic took his league tally for the season to 15 goals from 17 matches with his first MLS hat-trick against Orlando City on Sunday. He was a fan selection for the All-Star match but would be playing his third game in seven days by joining the squad for the clash across the country in Atlanta.“I am disappointed to miss the 2018 All-Star game against Juventus, one of my former clubs,” Ibrahimovic said. “I want to thank the fans for voting me to the team. My main focus is to score goals and help the LA Galaxy to the playoffs.”The 36-year-old will also miss the Galaxy’s MLS match Saturday at Colorado under MLS rules regarding All-Stars unable to play in contest.“It was a good day. For the team. For me. I scored three goals, had one assist. We won the game,” Ibrahimovic said. “If we wouldn’t have won the game, it doesn’t matter how many goals or assists you do, to win is something different.”Ibrahimovic, who joined from Manchester United earlier this year, scored all three of his goals against Orlando inside 24 second-half minutes.“He’s the most physically imposing player this league has ever had at forward,” Galaxy coach Sigi Schmid said. “When Ibrahimovic posts up, it’s like (retired NBA star) Shaquille O’Neal or people like that. You just don’t move them.”Ibrahimovic, who has helped the Galaxy to third in the Western Conference after a nine-match unbeaten streak, says he feels good but must take special care to stay healthy.“Physically I feel good. I’m training good. I don’t miss one training. I’m playing all the games. I have a good balance. I take care of my body,” he said.“Even if my age what it is, I’m still proving that it’s not about the age. It’s about how you prepare and how you take care of yourself. People were worried how old I am. But don’t worry about my age. You should worry when I slow down.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
With more than 50 entries this year’s Letterkenny parade proved as colourful as ever.It took 90 minutes for the parade to pass down the Main Street that was lined with thousands of spectators.The sun shone down as thousands of people lined the streets to celebrate all things Irish and watch over 50 entries making this one of the best parades in recent years. The traditional parade lead by the 28th Infantry Battalion included sporting clubs, community groups, motorbikes, vintage cars and a wide variety of businesses accompanied by wonderful bands bringing wonderful colour and music to the streets of Letterkenny.As usual the judges had tough decisions to make in picking the best entries.The winning entries are as follows:Overall Parade Winner – Letterkenny Rugby Club; Best Band – Letterkenny and District Caledonian Pipe Band;Business – The Orchard Inn & Pulse Nightclub;Community – Letterkenny Reunion;Tourism – Lurgybrack Open Farm;Youth – Encore Performing Arts Academy; Carnival – Letterkenny Gaels, Jigs n Reels;Environment – Donegal Traveller’s Project, Respecting & Connecting Community.Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce are the sole organisers of the parade but as John Watson, President explains it couldn’t happen without lots of help, “The Parade is one of the biggest events of the year and it is a real collective effort that makes it happen and pass off safely.“The businesses that give generously to finance the parade, Letterkenny Town Council, The Gardai, Civil Defence, and all our many volunteers who carried out the bucket collection and acted as stewards during the parade. “Also our appreciation goes out to the many groups and businesses that entered the parade to make it a success and all the people who lined the parade route.”RUGBY CLUB ‘TRY’ HARDEST TO WIN TOP FLOAT IN LETTERKENNY PARADE was last modified: March 18th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny Chamber of Commerceparade
Brendan Boyce has been nominated for Endurance Athlete of the year by Athletics Ireland.Milford man Brendan Boyce has been shortlisted for Endurance Athlete-of-the-year by Athletics Ireland, following the announcement of the nominations earlier today. Boyce enjoyed an incredibly consistent season, but it was his performance in the European Championships which earned him a nomination and widespread acclaim.Boyce, who is a member of Letterkenny AC, finished 16th and set a new personal best of 3:51.32 in the 50km Walk at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich. Athletics Ireland announce the nominations for the 2014 National Athletics Awards in association with GloHealth and Emerald Crystal earlier this afternoon.The awards will take place on Wednesday 26th of November from 12.00-3.30pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood.The awards ceremony is a celebration of the many successes of our athletes during 2014.Well done Brendan! BRENDAN BOYCE NOMINATED FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 8th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsBrendan BoycenewsNominationSport
LATEST Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Samir Nasri and Pablo Zabaleta with Sergio Aguero in their Man City days “On the ball [Nasri] is fantastic. He is one of those players who can give to the team some possession and play between the lines to help the attacking players to create chances.”Nasri was banned from football after receiving an intravenous treatment at a Los Angeles clinic in breach of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules.And Zabaleta admits his former City team-mate needs to improve his fitness after a long spell without competitive football. Sky Sports presenter apologises for remarks made during Neville’s racism discussion Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos Nasri, 31, has been training with West Ham in a bid to win a Premier League contract – the winger’s 18-month doping ban ends on January 1.He played his best football under current West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini when he was in charge at the Etihad, scoring 12 goals in City’s title-winning 2013/14 season.“Manuel knows Samir very well from his time at Manchester City,” Zabaleta told Sky Sports.“We need players with his quality, especially because also we lost two key players who brought quality into this team.“Manuel Lanzini in the summer before the World Cup and then [Jack] Wilshere, who is very close to coming back to the team. gameday cracker ‘I’ll get him’ – Robertson further endears himself to fans with revenge vow to Mane Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions PAYBACK latest LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS revealed BEST OF Samir Nasri featuring in a pre-season friendly for Manchester City last year tense 2 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade scrap The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 2 RANKED SORRY Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT West Ham need players like Samir Nasri, according to Pablo Zabaleta.The Hammers full-back played with the Frenchman for six years at Manchester City, winning two Premier League titles alongside him. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City “Samir needs a bit of time,” the 33-year-old said. “He has not been football training for more than a year but sometimes those players are technically very good so he probably needs to focus more on his fitness levels than his passing and all this.“We know Samir and his quality. When he is fit he is on a different level. He is a fantastic player.“Hopefully he can reach his best fitness level. He has to feel physically good because we know that the Premier League is so demanding physically.”
THERE is no end to the number of people out and about doing something fun for charity.And on Sunday a great crowd took part in the Biddy O’Barnes 21k challenge – from Ballintra to the super pub!Well done to all those who took part and helped to raise money for two charities – the Donegal Alzheimers Society and the Beaumont Hospital Foundation. Here’s some snaps from the day: PICTURES:DONEGALDAILY CHARITY HEROES: THE BIDDY O’BARNES 21K CHALLENGE was last modified: May 9th, 2011 by gregShare 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:21k charity challengeBallintrabiddy o’barnes
Milford Scoil Mhuire 10k 2013Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club1 31 34.38 Paul Mc Glinchey SM Letterkenny A C 2 23 34.59 Ivan Toner SM Letterkenny A C3 102 35.49 Brian Crossan SM Letterkenny Kick Box4 48 35.57 Shane Stwart SM Individual5 51 36.32 Sean Mc Gettigan SM Finn Valley A C 6 90 36.49 Paul Toner M40 Letterkenny A C7 73 36.55 Liam Doherty SM Cranford A C8 24 37.23 Ciaran Toner SM Letterkenny A C9 74 37.24 Hugh Duffy SM Cranford A C10 53 37.42 Gerry Mc Monagle M50 Letterkenny A C 11 29 38.01 Darragh Mc Nulty M40 Foyle Valley12 18 38.02 Hugh Coll M40 Individual13 104 38.43 Raymond Birch SM Letterkenny A C14 91 38.50 joe English M50 Letterkenny A C 15 30 39.05 Kevin Connolly M40 Individual16 49 39.24 Kieran O ‘Donnell M40 Letterkenny A C17 38 39.47 John Doherty SM Individual18 100 39.53 Joe Hegarty M40 Finn Valley A C19 78 40.12 Raymond Mc Gahey M40 Individual20 130 40.14 Eddie Sweeney SM Letterkenny A C21 26 40.15 Damien Mc Bride SM Milford A C22 50 40.22 Paul Mc Monagle SM Letterkenny A C23 21 40.43 Michael Devenney M40 UnitedHealthGroup24 56 40.48 Dinny Doherty SM Cranford A C25 64 40.50 Colm Mc Taggart SM Individual26 67 41.30 Anthony Sweeney SM Letterkenny A C27 41 41.55 Paul Cosgrove M40 Letterkenny A C28 99 42.11 Peter Mc Ginley JM Individual29 71 42.40 Mervyn Mc Dowell SM Pulse Triathlon Club30 25 43.12 John Cannon M50 Tír Chonaill A C21 September Page 1 of 5Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club31 47 43.12 PJ Hagan SM Individual32 9 43.35 Peter Mc Cleary Boy Walker Individual33 115 43.40 Noel Lynch M40 Letterkenny A C34 55 43.41 Irene Mc Fadden SW Letterkenny A C35 42 43.46 Gerard Dorrian M40 Individual36 89 43.49 Darragh Kelly SM Individual37 112 43.50 Paul Lee M40 Letterkenny A C38 10 43.52 Mark Mc Cleary Boy Walker Individual39 77 44.29 Naoise Enright SM Letterkenny A C40 75 44.37 Phil Boyle M40 Letterkenny A C41 11 45.06 Patrick Mc Conigley JM Letterkenny A C42 35 45.09 Kenny Graham M40 Individual43 52 45.47 Clare Mc Elwaine SW Individual44 58 45.55 Aaonri Cheevers SM Letterkenny A C45 110 45.56 Daniel Cullen SM Letterkenny A C46 72 46.12 Hugh O’ Donnell M50 Individual47 44 46.16 James Doherty M60 Milford A C48 39 46.36 Garry Langan SM Individual49 88 46.47 Karl Crossan SM Individual50 101 46.54 AnnMarie Cannign SW Individual51 86 47.00 James Mc Bride M60 Individual52 54 47.12 Paddy Hegarty SM Individual53 106 47.54 Nancy Mc Namee W50 Finn Valley A C54 85 47.58 Gloria Donaghey W50 Finn Valley A C55 92 48.21 Ciaran Doherty SM UnitedHealthGroup56 5 48.44 Patricia Orsi W40 Milford A C57 6 48.44 James Gibbons M50 Milford A C58 43 48.48 John Pollock M50 Individual59 27 48.59 Charlie Crerand M40 Individual60 40 49.02 Pauline Sweeney SW Individual61 127 49.49 Stephen Roarty SM Individual62 66 49.54 Regina Gallagher SW Individual21 September Page 2 of 5Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club63 70 49.56 Lorraine Mc Daid SW Individual64 19 50.06 Imelda Gallagher SW Individual65 109 50.06 Laird Mc Kinley SM Individual66 20 50.07 Shamie Mc Dermott SM Individual67 83 50.41 Siobhan Mc Hugh W40 Individual68 1 50.50 Pat Mc Kenna W40 Letterkenny A C69 22 50.58 Marian Kerr SW Letterkenny A C70 69 51.06 Dessie Mc Laughlin M40 Individual71 129 51.29 Yvonne O’ Donnell SW Milford A C72 87 51.36 Caroline Mc Ateer W40 Individual73 126 52.29 Nigel Black M40 Individual74 28 52.48 Orla Cullen SW Milford A C75 65 53.26 James Mc Ginley SM Individual76 125 53.35 Martin Toye M40 Individual77 63 53.40 Liam Mc Laughlin M50 Individual78 80 53.51 Lisa Doherty SW Individual79 79 54.08 Liam Mc Laughlin M50 Individual80 81 54.29 Agnus Ryan SW Milford A C81 76 55.06 Gerard Mc Fadden M40 Individual82 84 55.15 Maureen Doherty W40 Rosses A.C.83 103 55.29 Ruth Mc Rudden W40 Letterkenny A C84 3 56.00 Jacqui Barrett SW Individual85 32 56.00 Rosemary Magee W40 Individual86 105 56.26 Norman Irwin SM Individual87 4 56.29 Declan Friel M40 Milford A C88 2 56.37 Lynette Morgan SW Milford A C89 8 56.38 John Ward SM Milford A C90 123 57.01 Eileen Toye SM Individual91 116 57.07 Patricia Nulty W40 Milford A C92 33 57.35 Paula Cullen SW Milford A C93 82 57.41 Mary T Gallagher SW Individual94 45 58.09 Denis Sheridan M50 Individual21 September Page 3 of 5Place Race No. Time FirstName Surname Category Club95 46 58.26 Tommy Noughtan SM Individual96 128 60.52 Michael Douglas M40 Individual97 7 62.23 Shaun Douglas SM Milford A C98 94 63.05 Karen Mc Ginley SW Individual99 93 65.32 Lorraine Logue SW Individual100 122 67.31 Noreen Fagan W40 Individual101 119 67.38 Julie Murphy W40 Individual102 57 67.42 Corina Flynn SW Castlefinn Running103 59 67.53 Mick Flynn SM Castlefinn Running104 121 68.11 Ann Quinn SW Individual105 60 74.24 Sharon Cannon Female Individual106 61 74.24 Sally Ann Boyce Female Individual107 98 74.45 Caroline Mc Groddy SW Individual108 96 74.45 Jacqueline Mc Groddy SW Individual109 107 77.27 Kathleen Mc Bride Female Individual110 108 77.27 Tommy Mc Bride Male Walker Individual111 114 77.27 Julie Mc Devitt Female Individual112 131 78.53 Claire Ward Walker Individual113 132 78.56 Jade Ward Walker Individual114 111 82.52 Saoirse Cullen Girl Walker Individual115 37 82.53 Megan Murray Girl Walker Individual116 13 83.10 Rose Coyle Female Individual117 15 83.10 Peggy Gallagher Female Individual118 118 83.20 Stephanie O’ Hara Female Individual119 14 88.44 Sandra Cullen Female Milford A C120 16 88.44 Mary O’ Donnell Female Milford A C121 17 88.44 Nancy Gallagher Female Milford A C122 34 90.04 Bernie Murray Female Individual123 113 92.30 Naomi Hunter Girl Walker Individual124 36 92.31 Molly Murray Female Individual125 62 92.32 Mary Durning Female IndividualTotal Runners: 125RESULTS FROM THE MILFORD SCOIL MHUIRE 10K was last modified: September 21st, 2013 by John2Share 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 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18 July 2008South African petrochemical company Sasol and Mozambican state-owned energy company Empresa Naçional de Hidrocarbonetos have finalised drilling and towing contracts to pursue their hydrocarbon exploration project off the Mozambican coast.The two have signed a lease agreement for a mobile offshore drilling unit with Transocean Offshore International Ventures, while two towing and anchor handling vessels to support the rig will be supplied by the Varun Shipping Company.The rig and vessels are expected to arrive in Mozambique towards the end of August, with drilling operations expected to start in the third quarter of 2008.“The drilling of explorations wells will take place in deep water, well away from the shallow environmentally sensitive waters of the Bazaruto Archipelago,” Sasol International Energy Cluster group GM Lean Strauss said in a statement this week.“Safety and protection of the environment will be key to the drilling exploration program that is expected to be completed by year end.”Concession holdersSasol Petroleum Sofala Limitada and Empresa Naçional de Hidrocarbonetos are the concession holders of Blocks 16 and 19 offshore Mozambique. The exploration area covers about 11 000 square kilometres and is directly opposite Sasol’s existing onshore gas operations at Pande and Temane.“The drilling campaign is a further demonstration of our commitment to upstream development in Mozambique and the technical and commercial ability of Sasol to execute upstream exploration projects,” said Strauss.“We recently completed our seismic operation in the two blocks incident free and with no impact on the environment.”Should the drilling campaign be successful, Sasol intends to supply the natural gas to markets in Mozambique and South Africa.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo material