10 Feb

Bayern stretch Bundesliga lead

first_imgBERLIN (AP):Bayern Munich ground out a 3-1 win at Stuttgart and provisionally opened an eight-point lead to move closer to an unprecedented fourth straight Bundesliga title yesterday.”We need another three wins and a draw to achieve something very special, something no team in Germany ever achieved,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said.An own goal from Georg Niedermeier got the defending champions under way in the 31st minute and David Alaba made it 2-0 in the 52nd.Daniel Didavi pulled one back in unorthodox fashion in the 63rd, scooping the ball while on the ground over the helpless Manuel Neuer. Didavi did not have time to get up from his previous attempt.Bayern substitute Douglas Costa sealed it in the 89th with a shot inside the left post.Borussia Dortmund can restore the five-point gap today with a win at Schalke in the Ruhr derby. Five rounds remain after the weekend’s games.”I always watch Bundesliga on Sundays,” Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said. “But I rely on Bayern Munich and not Borussia Dortmund.”last_img read more

18 Dec

Sunbird to supply Eskom with Ibhubesi gas

first_img17 March 2015Sunbird Energy, an Australian listed energy company, has signed deal under which it will supply gas to Eskom. South Africa’s national energy utility plans to use gas rather than costly diesel to power its generators.The Ibhubesi Gas Project (IGP) would supply Eskom’s Ankerlig power station with 30 billion cubic feet of gas a year for up to 15 years, Sunbird said in a statement on Wednesday.The Ibuhebesi development is off the West Coast of South Africa and is a joint venture between Sunbird (76%) and PetroSA (24%), the national oil company. Sunbird Energy, the operator of the project, received governmental approval to acquire the production right on Block 2A, 105km off the coast of the Northern Province within the Orange Basin, in October 2013.By connecting South Africa’s largest proven gas field with Ankerlig, Ibuhebesi would allow Eskom “to realise significant fuel cost savings, while providing a new and cleaner burning energy supply to South Africa”, Kerwin Rana, Sunbird’s chairman, said.The first gas out of the IGP and into the Ankerlig Power Station is expected in 2018.Eskom supplies about 95% of the country’s electricity, but has had to use diesel- powered turbines as it struggles to meet demand. Ankerlig, which is about 40km north of Cape Town, has an installed capacity of 1 350MW and has used diesel since it was constructed in 2007.The deal marked the commercialisation of IGP, Rana said, which would “provide a critical foundation project for the development of an integrated gas economy on the West Coast of South Africa”.Rana said the development of the IGP were aligned with South Africa’s energy “war room” priorities of bringing energy security and reducing costs through the Five-Point Plan being overseen by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa.The IGP project also supported the goals of Operation Phakisa, a presidential initiative aimed at unlocking the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans, with a particular focus on oil and gas development.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

17 Dec

Field work wrapping up for 2016 Between the Rows

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Jeremy Goyings, Paulding Co.We are down to the last 80 acres for strip-till. It seems like the later we go the nicer it gets. We’ve got some gorgeous strips we have made in the last week or so. The nice weather is making us want to do more work. I think we are going to throw the tile wheel back on the tractor and try to take advantage of some more nice weather. It looks like it may turn cold but we’ll stay dry so we could maybe get in another 40 or 80 acres of tile. We’ll also do a little bit of touching up on some corn stalks if we have fields that are rough from recent tile projects to level things with some light tillage.We sprayed the majority of our acres in the fall this year. We are moving more towards that. We haven’t been getting the good control with perennials by just spraying in the spring. We did the majority of our bean stubble and wheat stubble acres with either Roundup or Roundup and Brash to try and tackle some thistle and some dandelion issues to keep them at bay. It seems hard to kill those in the spring.We stick to a pretty locked-in rotation and don’t let the market dictate us. We try not to adjust the rotation based on markets because by the time you harvest it, the markets may have moved the other way on you anyway.We have locked in some basis for spring delivery but we have done very little locking in of actual price. We will probably do the majority of that from February to May on our 2016 production.I am kind of ready for snow so I can call it a year.For the rest of this week’s reports click here.last_img read more