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
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By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDCreative Commons Licensing [Flickr, Insignificance, February 24, 2008]When cultural values (such as the importance of family) conflict with other demands, the resulting stress can lead to a mental health issue. Alamilla, Kim, and Lam examined ethnic identity, cultural change, and mental health in a group of 130 Latino/a students at a predominately European American university to determine what influence cultural change would have on symptoms of anxiety, hostility, and somatization (complaints about physical symptoms not caused by physical disease) .The 130 students of Latino background (74 women and 56 men), 31% were first generation, 59% were second generation, 5% were third generation, and 5% were fourth, fifth, or did not report generation status. The students were assessed to determine:Adherence to traditional Latino/a values such as an emphasis on family, respect, dignity, and cultural prideOrientation towards a traditional Latino value system compared with a traditional Anglo cultureEthnic/minority student stresses (e.g., social climate, interracial relationships, discrimination)Perceived racismPsychological symptomsThe results of the study indicated that the higher the perceived racism, the higher the levels of anxiety, hostility, and somatic symptoms, regardless of level of acculturation. Minority student stresses were also found to predict psychological symptoms. Interestingly, level of acculturation or type of values did not seem to predict adjustment. This means that, while level of acculturation and type of values might be important in some regards, sense of racism, or stressors relating to being a minority can have a much greater impact. As a therapist, it will be important to be aware of the role that these sorts of stressors can play for Latino clients.References Alamilla, S. G., Kim, B. S. K., & Lam, N. A. (2010). Acculturation, enculturation, perceived racism, minority status stressors, and psychological symptomatology among Latino/as. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 32(1), 55-76. doi:10.1177/0739986309352770This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family evelopment (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.
A five-hour-long hartal observed by the ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) against the steep rise in prices of petroleum products turned violent at many places, throwing life out of gear on Monday morning.Ministers, MLAs and party workers took to the streets to enforce the hartal at major traffic junctions, railway stations and bus terminals across Odisha. Commuters were allegedly not allowed to move an inch thanks to lathi-wielding BJD workers.Last-minute advisoryThe State government issued an advisory early on Monday morning stating that schools and colleges should remain closed in view of the hartal and that examinations be rescheduled to prevent inconvenience to students.However, many educational institutions had already opened by the time the advisory came into the public domain. Parents taking children to schools were allegedly chased away by BJD workers. Cars and two-wheelers were smashed even as police personnel remained mute spectators across the city. Even ambulances were not spared.People taking family members to hospitals in cars here were seen pleading with BJD workers to allow them to pass. However, their appeals were ignored. Some people took to Twitter to lodge their protest by tagging Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik. A video of a lone girl on a scooter being stopped and attacked by a group hartal supporters went viral, triggering outrage among the Twitterati.“This isn’t the party I assisted NP [Mr. Patnaik] to found 20 years ago. I am ashamed and angered by this. Biju babu [former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik] would have been too. Armchair strategists must go [sic],” tweeted senior BJD leader Baijayant Panda.He condemned the violence saying, “I disassociate myself from the violence. These goons must face action.” Press conferenceAddressing a press conference, BJD leaders clarified their stand saying the party did not endorse violence but that the people took to the streets as a spontaneous outpouring of anger against the rise in prices of petroleum products.Former Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the Central government was cornering huge ‘revenue’ by imposing taxes on petroleum products while the common man was left to suffer. The BJD’s hartal affected vehicular movement. Dozens of trains were stranded at different places as BJD leaders and workers stopped trains. Passenger buses too remained off the road.
A 12-year-old girl was slapped 168 times over a period of six days by her classmates at a residential school on the instructions of their teacher, the child’s father complained to school authorities and police. However, the school principal K. Sagar termed it a “friendly” punishment. “They were not strong slaps but mild and friendly ones. We will also talk to the parents. We don’t allow corporal punishment in the school. The girl is weak in studies and doesn’t complete her assignments,” Mr. Sagar said, adding that the teacher chose this form punishment to improve her performance in school. The incident took place at the Navodaya Vidyalaya in Thandla town here and the girl’s father, Shivpratap Singh, told police that she was slapped 168 times between January 11-16 for not completing her homework.The girl is a student of Class VI at the school.He told police that the school’s science teacher, Manoj Kumar Verma, on January 11, asked his daughter’s classmates to slap her as a form of punishment and 14 girls slapped her two times every day for six days.Mr. Singh also stated in his complaint, filed a couple of days ago, that his child was unwell and therefore was unable to complete her homework. He alleged that the school was aware of the child’s illness. He also told police that his daughter fell ill due to fear and distress and refused to go to school, following which she had to be admitted to a local hospital.Thandla police station in-charge S.S. Baghel confirmed that a complaint had been received but added that no injury was found during medical examination conducted on the girl. “We had received a complaint. No injury was found during the medical examination of the girl. Our team also visited the school and found that such an incident had occurred. We are investigating further. However, no formal case has been registered so far,” he said. District Collector Ashish Saxena said that the issue had come to his knowledge and he had ordered an investigation.