Alphabet Loon project yet to fly in Kenya

first_img Kenyan Information and Communications minister Joseph Mucheru slated bureaucracy for delaying the take-off of Alphabet’s Loon service, which is yet to begin operations some 18 months after agreeing a rural connectivity deal with Telkom Kenya, Financial Times (FT) reported.Loon and Telkom Kenya agreed the deal in mid-2018 with the goal of launching commercial services during 2019. However, FT wrote the service is yet to get off the ground due to what Mucheru said was a sluggish response from the government around granting permits.Telkom Kenya told the newspaper it is waiting for approval to fly the systems’ high-altitude balloons from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority and the Ministry of Transport. The operator explained the service is ready to roll, with ground stations already established, and it is working with authorities to gain the necessary approvals.Mucheru said he still fully backs Loon, which aims to beam 4G connectivity to remote parts of the country and is seen as something of a poster-child for High Altitude Platform Stations (HAPS) technology.Loon and SoftBank subsidiary HAPSMobile recently formed the HAPS Alliance to speed adoption of high-altitude network infrastructure, which received backing from major operators and vendors including Deutsche Telekom, China Telecom, Ericsson and Nokia. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Author Manny joined Mobile World Live in September 2019 as a reporter based in London. He has previous experience in telecoms having worked for B2B publication Mobile News for three years where he climbed up to the position of Features Editor…. Read more Previous ArticleMobile Mix: We’re not talking about cat videosNext ArticleT-Mobile US names new leadership team Related Telkom Kenya, Airtel clear to restart merger talks Telkom Kenya reveals restructure plans Telkom Kenya, Airtel merger called off Manny Pham Tags Home Alphabet Loon project yet to fly in Kenya AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 13 MAR 2020 Project LoonTelkom Kenyalast_img read more

Pernice, Bart Bryant Share Lead in Calgary

first_imgCALGARY, Alberta – Tom Pernice Jr. and Bart Bryant matched the Canyon Meadows course record at 8-under 62 to share the first-round lead Friday in the Champions Tour’s Shaw Charity Classic. The 54-year-old Pernice birdied his first five holes – Nos. 10-14 – and had 10 birdies and two bogeys on the rain-softened course. The two-time PGA Tour winner won the Principal Charity Classic in June in Iowa for his third Champions Tour title. ”The greens are pretty receptive,” Pernice said. ”I think they were hoping to get the greens a little firmer.” The 52-year-old Bryant, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five of his last eight holes. He won his lone Champions Tour title last year. ”I did everything pretty well today,” Bryant said. ”Drove the ball in the fairway for the most part, which is important here. Obviously, putted well. Anytime you shoot 7 or 8 under you’ve had a good day with the putter and hit some close iron shots. I just did everything solid. I had a couple of nice bounces out there as well.” Pernice and Bryant tied the course record set last year by Bill Glasson. Pernice hit a pitching wedge to 6 feet on the par-4 10th, two-putted from 12 feet on the par-5 11th, made an 18-footer on the par-3 12th, added a 17-foot putt on the par-4 13, and closed the birdie run with a 6-footer on the par-3 14th. ”Obviously, the swing’s feeling pretty good and the ball’s kind of going where you want it to and the key is you’re able to capitalize and make some putts,” Pernice said ”I just tried to stay calm and relaxed and just keep going, put the pedal down and just keep going. ”I had good control of the golf ball, drove the ball in play quite well really, especially the first nine holes.” David Frost was a stroke back. Joe Durant and Joe Daley shot 64, and Craig Stadler was another shot behind along with Michael Allen, Woody Austin, Mark McNulty and Steve Elkington. Bernhard Langer opened with a 67, two days after turning 57. The German player has a tour-high five victories this season and tops the Charles Schwab Cup points race and money list. Fred Couples and defending champion Rocco Mediate shot 68. They played alongside Canadian Stephen Ames. ”We did have a good time, but none of us really did anything on the greens,” Mediate said. Mediate won the inaugural tournament by seven strokes, shooting 63-64-64 to match the tour record for fewest strokes in a 54-hole event. Couples is struggling with some of his iron shots. ”I told my caddie if I ever hit an iron left of the hole I was going to buy him dinner,” Couples said. The Calgary-based Ames opened with a 70. ”You almost feel like you’re being pulled in 15 different directions,” Ames said. ”This week’s been a long week already. … But at the same time, it’s a great opportunity to be able to stay at home and play golf.”last_img read more

IN BRIEF

first_imgTURKEY will drop EU membership from its political agenda if the Union does not accept it as a candidate but it will not turn further east, the country’s Foreign Minister Ismael Cem told Foreign Affairs Commissioner Hans van den Broek this week. “An organisation in which we are not considered a candidate will not mean very much to us,” he said afterwards. Cem had earlier rejected an invitation to an informal dinner with Union foreign ministers, after an EU-Turkey association council was cancelled.THE Commission this week threatened to reopen an investigation into state aid paid to Alitalia following several complaints about the airline’s pricing practices. The warning came as the Italian government announced it would sell about a third of its 86% stake in the airline in early 1998.EU MONEY should be allocated for measures to help keep illegal and harmful material off the Internet, the Commission said this week. Ideas include setting up a pan-European network of hotlines for users wishing to complain about illegal items and giving support to projects to promote ratings systems so that parents and teachers can shield children from unsuitable material. EU employers have emphasised once again that being able to set up European companies would only be of use to them if taxation and labour rules were harmonised at the same time. “What we expect from the end of this debate is a package,” said Zygmunt Tyszkiewicz, head of the European employers federation UNICE.last_img read more

Ithaca Completes Flow Test on Fourth Stella Field Development Well

first_imgIthaca Energy Inc. announces the successful completion of flow test operations on the fourth development well on the Stella field, with the well achieving a flow rate of 12,005 barrels of oil equivalent per day (“boepd”).Well 30/6a-B2Z (“B2”) is the fourth development well drilled on the Stella field.  The well was drilled to a total measured depth subsea of 14,461 feet, with a 2,396 foot gross horizontal reservoir section completed in the Palaeocene Andrew sandstone reservoir.  The well intersected high quality sands across a net reservoir interval of 1,658 feet, equating to 69% net pay.As with the previous three Stella development wells, a clean-up flow test was performed on the B2 well in order to effectively remove the drilling fluids used to complete the well.  As part of the testing programme the well was flowed at various rates over approximately a 38-hour flowing period in order to obtain additional data and fluid samples from its location on the crest of the structure to assist with reservoir management planning for the field.  A maximum flow test was completed during the period, with the well flowing at a rate of 12,005 boepd on a 48/64-inch choke.  This rate comprised 5,901 barrels of oil per day and 36.6 million standard cubic feet per day of gas.  Fluid samples show that the oil is approximately 47° API.The B2 well is currently in the process of being suspended, with operations scheduled to be completed by the end of the month.  The suspension configuration is such that the well can be brought on to production without the requirement for any further well intervention activity once the “FPF-1” floating production facility is on location and hooked up.Upon completion of operations on the B2 well the ENSCO 100 will be moved approximately three kilometres to the Main Drill Centre to drill a fifth well on the field, in the Stella Ekofisk reservoir that underlies the main Stella Andrew reservoir.  The Ekofisk well is targeting light oil production in a chalk formation.  The characteristics of the formation mean that initial production rates are likely to be lower than those displayed by the wells in the Andrew sandstone reservoir.  Completion of the fifth well, which is expected to be in early 2015, will mark the end of the planned Stella development drilling campaign.Following completion of the B2 well suspension operations, four Stella Andrew reservoir development wells will have been completed, with the combined maximum clean-up flow test results achieved by the wells being in excess of 45,000 boepd.  This well production capacity significantly de-risks the initial annualised production forecast for the Greater Stella Area hub of approximately 30,000 boepd (100%), 16,000 boepd net to Ithaca.Les Thomas, Chief Executive Officer, commented:“We are very pleased to have delivered another successful flow test on this the fourth Stella field development well.  The combined results of the four completed wells represent a major step forward in underpinning and realising the full value of the Stella field development.”Press Release, September 16, 2014last_img read more

Archer leads Caribbean trio’s crushing for Glamorgan

first_imgLONDON, CMC – Barbadian Jofra Archer’s late cameo, Bermudian Delay Rawlins’s crucial knock and Barbados-born England seamer Chris Jordan’s sharp spell, combined to help Sussex crush Glamorgan by 98 runs in the England T20 Blast here yesterday. Sent in at Hove, Sussex piled up 186 for five off their 20 overs with Laurie Evans top-scoring with 63, Michael Burgess getting 39 and Rawlins, 35.They were struggling at 25 for two in the fourth over but Evans and Rawlins added 60 in an invaluable third wicket stand to revive the innings.Evans faced 47 deliveries and counted four fours and three sixes while the left-handed Rawlins struck four fours and a six in an entertaining 20-ball innings. When Sussex lost their way at 89 for four in the 12th over, Burgess joined Evans to post 74 for the fifth wicket and ensure a competitive total.Archer then arrived at number seven to unleash a furious assault, belting three fours and two sixes in a six-ball 22 to floor Glamorgan.In reply, Aneurin Donald (27) and Craig Meschede (26) gave Glamorgan a solid start by adding 50 off 27 balls for the first wicket. However, once leg-spinner Rashid Khan bowled Meschede in the fifth over, Glamorgan lost 10 wickets for just 38 runs, to crumble for 88 in the 14th over.Archer knocked over captain Colin Ingram for two in the sixth over and Jordan, who finished with two for nine from two overs, made key strikes to hurt the innings.Sussex has four wins from 11 outings and lie sixth in the South group.last_img read more

Beaconsfield warms to quilts

first_imgBy Alana Mitchelson MORE than 70 locally crafted contemporary and traditional quilts were on display in Beaconsfield this weekend. The…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Thunder claim Creston Volleyball Tournament Title

first_imgTrafalgar Thunder followed up a West Kootenay Championship with a win at the Creston Invitational Boys Volleyball Tournament Saturday in the East Kootenay City.The Thunder defeated host Prince Charles of Creston 2-0 in the best-of-three title. Trafalgar swept through the round robin draw posting wins against Crawford Bay and two Creston teams.The Thunder defeated Crawford Bay in semi-final action to advance into the final.Trafalgar coach Staci Proctor said the Thunder consisted of 12 players this season with a mix of Grade 8’s, along with two players each from Grade 7 and Grade 6.“There are a lot of keen (Grade) 6’s so there  should be a good turn out next year,” said Proctor, wanting to give a Shout Out to parent/assistant coach Riorden Bellman for all his help over the past three years.Trafalgar Thunder won the silver medal in the girl’s side of the tournament.last_img read more

Team Ireland Wins Inaugural Stena Line Media Masters

first_imgThe two-day event, created to promote the ease and comfort of Stena Line ferry travel to golfers, saw a team of eight media from Ireland take on their counterparts from Great Britain on two of Ireland’s finest parkland golf courses, Druids Glen GC and Powerscourt GC. TIGER Woods isn’t the only golfer celebrating a Masters victory this week after a team of journalists from Ireland were crowned champions in the inaugural Stena Line Media Masters which took place in County Wicklow. MEDIA MASTERS: Diane Poole and Jill Kelleher from Stena Line are pictured with Team GB (left) and Team Ireland (right) ahead of the inaugural Stena Line Media Masters which took place over two days on two of Ireland’s finest parkland golf courses, Druids Glen GC and Powerscourt GC in County Wicklow. The two-day team event, created to promote the ease and comfort of Stena Line ferry travel to golfers, saw a team of eight media from Ireland take on their counterparts from Great Britain on two of the Ireland’s finest parkland golf courses, Druids Glen GC and Powerscourt GC. After a hard-earned 3-1 lead for Team Ireland in the opening day’s fourballs at Druids Glen, the home side won six of the following day’s singles matches at Powerscourt to run out worthy 9-3 winners. Amongst the many media organisations represented at the event were Golfing World, Mail Online (GB), Midlands Golfer, Daily Post, Golf World UK, Today’s Golfer, Golf Punk, Golfshake.com, Golf News, Sunday World, Irish Daily Mail, Mail On Sunday, Irish Sun, Irish Sun on Sunday, Off The Ball, NI Golf Channel, U105FM and Destination Golf.center_img After a hard-earned 3-1 lead for Team Ireland in the opening day’s fourballs at Druids Glen, the home side won six of the following day’s singles matches at Powerscourt to run out worthy 9-3 winners.Amongst the many media organisations represented at the event were Golfing World, Mail Online (GB), Midlands Golfer, Daily Post, Golf World UK, Today’s Golfer, Golf Punk, Golfshake.com, Golf News, Sunday World, Irish Daily Mail, Mail On Sunday, Irish Sun, Irish Sun on Sunday, Off The Ball, NI Golf Channel, U105FM and Destination Golf.Winning Team Ireland Captain Dermot Synnott from Destination Golf said:  “I’m delighted and honoured to captain this Irish team to what was a resounding victory in the end.  Thanks to Stena Line for creating this wonderful event and for an amazing two days on two on their courses.  Now that we have our hands on the trophy, we really don’t want to give it up and we’re already looking forward to defending it again next year.” Diane Poole, Stena Line Travel Commercial Manager, Irish Sea South said:  ““Congratulations to Team Ireland on a thoroughly well-deserved victory in our first Stena Line Media Masters competition. “Across Britain and Ireland we have some of the finest golf courses in the world… and one of the best ways for golfers on both sides of the Irish Sea to explore them is to travel with their friends, family – and clubs – by ferry with Stena Line.  “It finest one of the most relaxing, stress-free ways of travelling for golfers who can Line ferry pack their clubs into the boot of their car and not worry about them again until they arrive at their destination course. Just what the keen golfer needs to help him produce his best form out on course!Stena Line is the largest ferry operator on the Irish Sea, offering the biggest fleet and the widest choice of routes between Britain and Ireland including Holyhead to Dublin, Fishguard to Rosslare, Liverpool to Belfast, Heysham to Belfast, and Cairnryan to Belfast, a total of 232 weekly sailing options.  The company also offers the only direct service from Rosslare to Cherbourg with three return crossings a week.[print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Liberty Holdings expands in Kenya

first_imgHemphill said that the company’s intention was to enter markets that were benefitting from political and regulatory stability, where there is strong economic growth, and where there is potential for greater penetration on wealth products. the restructured businesses will provide Liberty with a sound platform for organic and acquisitive growth in Kenya and elsewhere in the region. South African wealth manager Liberty Holdings is to bolster its African footprint when its assumes an approximately 57% controlling share of CfC Insurance Holdings, a leading Kenyan life, health and general insurance group consisting of CfC Life Assurance and The Heritage Insurance Company. This follows the restructuring of the East African assets of Standard Bank, which controls Liberty Holdings through its 53.6% stake. “CfC is an ideal platform from which to achieve Liberty’s growth objectives of establishing a leading position in the life, health, short term and asset management wealth pillars in East Africa,” the statement read. Potential for wealth products “This transaction checks all three of those boxes and while the acquisition is small within the context of the overall group it provides a strategic platform which is expected to add significant value to shareholders into the future.” “A combination of these factors provides an ideal opportunity to build critical mass in the region,” he explained. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material As a separate listed entity with Liberty as an anchor shareholder, CfC will benefit from greater focus and the value available from having a strategic shareholder with significant insurance expertise and access to funds for growth; CfC will be positioned to benefit from economies of scale, the extraction of synergies between the businesses and from greater capital efficiency, resulting in improved returns for all shareholders; and Liberty expects the medium- to long- term benefits in acquiring control of the business to include: Acquisition benefits “The acquisition provides us with the full range of wealth pillars and opens up further opportunities in East Africa, a region that is of strategic importance to Liberty,” said Humphill. CfC Life and Heritage are providers of life, health and short-term insurance products in both the Kenyan and Tanzanian markets. 4 December 2009 “Liberty has made clear its strategic intent to grow its business within Africa’s important economies, leveraging off Standard Bank’s presence, and specifically to develop a presence in East Africa,” said Liberty Holdings CEO Bruce Hemphill in a statement this week.last_img read more

Buffalo City empowers hawkers

first_imgLungiswa Mama (left), whose stall is at the Mdantsane Highway taxi rank, was one of 90 informal traders who completed the Hawkers Capacity Building and Training Programme.(Image: Shamin Chibba) For Lungiswa Mama, an informal trader from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, business at the Highway taxi rank will never be the same. As of this week, her fruit and vegetable stall will reap profits she has only dreamed of – until now.This is because Mama and 89 other informal traders from East London, King William’s Town and Mdantsane recently completed the Hawkers Capacity Building and Training Programme.Earlier in December the 90 hawkers were commended at a graduation ceremony at the East London City Hall.The training programme is the brainchild of the Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) who had set aside R400 000 for this year’s course.Speaking at the ceremony, BCM mayor Zukisa Faku said that findings indicated that there were more hawkers than formal businesses in the city.“It can be proved by the fact that one finds up to three hawkers’ stalls in front of a single shop in town, not to mention the fruit and vegetable vendors who do not have stalls. The municipality can therefore not ignore this industry,” she said.“In this financial year, we will have to maximise the municipality’s job creation potential, and open new and affordable markets for our people to pursue.”BCM providing business knowledgeAccording to Samkelo Gqeba, BCM’s communications officer, the goal of the course is to equip hawkers with knowledge that will enable them to grow their business. “The course is aimed at building the capacity of street traders to enhance the growth and sustainability of their businesses, through the provision of business skills training.”Gqeba added that hawkers ran their ventures haphazardly because of poor of financial management and their failure to diversify their business.Therefore, the curriculum was divided into five parts, namely basic bookkeeping, stock control, health and hygiene, marketing and customer care, and costing.The programme began in 2007 after the BCM’s research discovered that hawkers, particularly at the Highway taxi rank, played an important role in the area’s economic development, and boosted job creation. It also found that many hawkers had neither the knowledge nor the access to information needed to grow. Since then, the municipality’s Mdantsane One Stop Shop has conducted the course.According to One Stop Shop coordinator Khungeka Somnono, these subjects covered aspects of business the hawkers were previously unaware of.“Participants have gained a lot from the training because they did not know certain things such as the need to register a business.”She said the training has helped hawkers understand the basic principles of running a successful enterprise. “Now they have learned they must have a bank account and save their profits. Others did not know about stock control. They only placed orders as they wished,” she said.Mama said the knowledge gained from the training has helped her business to soar.“I was taught how to deal with different types of customers in a professional manner. Now I am reaping the rewards because I am able to retain old customers and attract new ones.”The BCM course has also inspired her to tackle issues such as slow trade in the middle of the week.“The training has taught me to think out of the box and look for other business. I have decided to sell airtime to supplement my profits,” said Mama.last_img read more