Total divests assets in Brunei, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for $400m

first_imgThe divestments include non-core assets in both exploration and production in Brunei and marketing & services in Sierra Leone and Liberia In Brunei, the firm sold its subsidiary Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo to Shell. (Credit: Pixabay/Adam Radosavljevic ) French oil and gas company Total has divested its assets in Brunei, Liberia, and Sierra Leone for more than $400m, as part of its plan to divest $5bn worth of assets in years 2019-2020.The divestments include non-core assets in both exploration and production in Brunei and marketing & services in Sierra Leone and Liberia.In Brunei, the firm has closed the sale of its wholly owned subsidiary Total E&P Deep Offshore Borneo to Shell. It is the operator of the Block CA1, with a stake of 86.95% .Murphy Oil holds 8.05% stake in the block. while Petronas owns 5% interest. The  production of the block was 5 kboe/d net to Total in 2019.Total Chief Financial Officer Jean-Pierre Sbraire said: “These sales will contribute to Total’s ongoing divestment program and demonstrate our ability to relentlessly highgrade our portfolio.“In the current context of low oil prices, these transactions support the action plan announced to weather the crisis.”The divestment in Sierra Leone and Liberia is expected to be completed in Q2 2020In Sierra Leone and Liberia, Total has signed an agreement to sell its marketing and services businesses to Conex Oil & Gas Holdings, a regional player in petroleum products import, distribution and supply chain management in West Africa.It comprises a network of 63 service stations, general trade fuel sales and petroleum products import and storage operations.The sale of the two affiliates is estimated to be completed in the second quarter of the year.In February, the oil and gas company completed the sale of its 27.5% interest in Fosmax LNG to LNG terminal operator Elengy, for $260m.With the acquisition of the asserts, Elengy now owns a 100% stake in Fosmax LNG, which owns the LNG terminal at Fos Cavaou at Fos-sur-Mer in the Bouches-du-Rhône region of southern France.last_img read more

Tomato Pan-genome

first_imgIt’s summer, and Georgia gardeners are anxiously awaiting their first tomato harvest. Just in time for those first tomato sandwiches, researchers at the University of Georgia have helped unlock the mystery of what separates today’s tomatoes from their inedible ancestors.Plant geneticists in the laboratory of UGA Department of Horticulture Professor Esther van der Knaap at the Institute for Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics are part of an international team of molecular geneticists who traced the genetic history of the modern tomato from blueberry-sized forest fruit to the red, spherical gems in the supermarket.They found that genes that are lost during domestication lines include those responsible for defensive stress responses as well as flavor traits. That loss means today’s tomatoes are more likely to be disease-prone and tasteless than their progenitors.Scientists first published the tomato genome in 2012, but like the all published genomes, the scientists who completed this feat had to focus on one reference variety to build the genetic map for the species. Last week van der Knaap’s consortium published a pan-genome for the tomato, which is a map of all of the shared and distinct genetic information found in 725 geographically and phylogenetically diverse tomatoes. The team published their findings in the May edition of Nature Genetics. The full version of the paper can be found at “Large questions, such as ‘How do genomes evolve in time and how does that change the appearance, flavor, horticultural adaptability of the plant?’ could not be addressed in the past with only one genome of one tomato variety,” said van der Knapp, a member of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’  faculty. “The sequencing of many additional varieties and comparisons in genome structure allow us to discover the novel and unexpected, as well as identifying characters in the wild that could be used to improve modern tomatoes.”Tomatoes were domesticated from tiny, fruiting, wild relatives weighing about 1 gram. Along the way, ancient and modern farmers bred tomatoes to look the way they do today. This has led to a severe reduction in genetic diversity among tomatoes.Let’s say that 100 tomatoes that differ in weight, color, shape and taste were grown in one field. A farmer evaluates these tomatoes and only takes home the large, flat and red tomatoes from a few plants. The seeds from these large, red fruits are saved for next year’s season. If those seeds are planted next year, almost all of the plants will carry fruits that are very similar to their parent fruit — in this case, a large, flat and red tomato. That process, selection, would lead to a reduction in genetic and phenotypic diversity of the original pool.Researchers wanted to know which traits were left behind in this process.To find the answer, researchers, including van der Knaap, sequenced the genomes of 725 diverse tomato accessions and revealed something unexpected; 4,873 genes were entirely or partially absent from the reference tomato genome published in 2012 but are present in other tomatoes, including wild relatives. They also found that wild relatives contain more genes than their cultivated counterparts.This suggests that domestication and selection have led to measurable gene loss, including genes that provide disease and stress resistance and flavor. In fact, as the tomato evolved from a wild to a cultivated plant, the majority of the missing genes were intentionally selected against. This includes a fruit weight gene that was recently cloned in van der Knaap’s laboratory at UGA. A truncated version of the gene, called a cell size regulator, arose in the semi-cultivated tomatoes and is found in nearly all cultivated tomatoes. The loss of the original version of this gene presents another gene-loss scenario.Another gene, TomLoxC, controls the levels of apocarotenoids and is critical for tomato flavor. The genes that support TomLoxC variations were lost as the tomato was domesticated and bred for size, shape, disease resistance and shelf life. As a consequence, they are present in 91.2% of wild tomatoes but only 2.2% of domesticated tomatoes, resulting in a reduction in fruit quality.In addition to work done at UGA, researchers from the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Cornell University, Pennsylvania State University, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the University of Florida and the U.S. Department of Agriculture participated in the study. This research was supported by grants from the National Science Foundation, the European Research Area Network for Coordinating Action in Plant Sciences, the USDA Agricultural Research Service and the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund.For more information about the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, visit see van der Knaap discuss her research, visit read more

5.2 earthquake felt in Jamaica

first_imgAn earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 rocked sections of Jamaica on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or destruction to property.The Earthquake Unit at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said the quake which occurred at 9.35 am (local time) was located offshore, approximately 150 kilometers (km) West of Negril, Westmoreland.It said that the quake was reportedly felt in the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew and had a focal depth of 13.0 km.last_img

(updated with stats) Wellington football team falls to Collegiate in first loss of the season

first_imgStatistics of game can be found here: Aaron Norton, Sumner Newscow – Despite a valiant effort, the Wellington Crusaders racked up their first loss of the season to the Wichita Collegiate Spartans with the final score being 49-21. This takes Wellington’s record to 3-1.Wellington Head Football Coach Tyler Ryan knew going into the game Collegiate would be tough competitors. “They are the best 1-2 team in the state, no doubt,” he told Newscow.Collegiate took the lead early, scoring their first touchdown just minutes into the game. This also led to the first of their seven field goals of the evening.Junior Austin Dunn scored the Crusader’s first touchdown after a 51-yard rush, followed by the only two-point conversion of the game.The Crusaders struggled with passing the entire first half of the game, allowing the Spartans to quickly reach a score of 21.Deep into the second quarter, junior Colin Reichenberger caught a 28-yard pass for the Crusader’s second score of the game.Wellington seemed reinvigorated after the half with Austin Dunn scoring yet another touchdown, and tying the game.Collegiate, once again, took charge in the second half of the game, scoring another four touchdowns, and beating the Crusaders.“I was disappointed,” said Ryan about the loss. “I’ve got to do a better of job of getting these guys to compete for four quarters.”Coach Ryan said the team would focus up on training as they prepare to play against Circle for next week’s homecoming game.Seth Carder scored three times for Wichita Collegiate, including runs of 54 and 34 yards, and rushed for 150 yards. Collegiate quarterback Landon Root threw for 188 yards. Austin Dunn had 180 rushing yards for Wellington. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Muhoroni Youth stares at NSL relegation

first_imgAccording to Football Kenya Federation (FKF) rules Muhoroni will be officially demoted to the third tier Division One league this Sunday if they fail to honour their tie against Nairobi City Stars at Camp Toyoyo.“That is the rule and we have to follow it. We are standing by our word,” FKF Secretary General Robert Muthomi told Capital Sport.When reached for comment, Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala said they had officially written to the federation asking them to hold their fixtures as they await a decision of the Appellate Court on their status in the NSL.FKF CEO Robert Muthomi (right) exchanges pleasantries with Muhoroni Youth chair Moses Adagala during a past event. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaMuhoroni had gone to the High Court in Kisumu contesting their relegation from the KPL arguing that they were unduly demoted having been disadvantaged with their games starting late in the season.However, Justice David Majanja threw out the petition, leading to the club heading to the Appellate arm of the judicial body.“We have our case at the Appeals Court and we wrote to FKF telling them to put our matches on hold until we get a determination. However, they said they will not postpone our matches. I am telling them that we will not play until we hear the result of our case,” a defiant Adagala said.He however failed to disclose the exact date for the determination of the case only saying ‘In two weeks, we will know our fate.”Muthomi has however quashed Muhoroni’s claims saying they do not have an injunction from any arm of the judiciary stopping them from listing Muhoroni in the league roaster.“They wrote to us three days to the start of the new season telling us of their decision. To us, that is their personal decision. We don’t have an injunction stopping the league and we made it clear to them that the season will continue as we wait for their appeal,” Muthomi said.Muhoroni Youth chairman Moses Adagala.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaAdagala however remains adamant that the club will stick to its guns, daring the football managers to demote them.“They are trying to fix us by putting us in the fixtures but we will not be deterred. I am waiting for them to relegate us but I want them to know we are not pushovers. I assure our fans that we will be playing and no one will demote us,” the defiant Adagala further noted.Muhoroni and by extension Adagala is not new to run-ins with the federation with the club having been suspended from the KPL last year due to failure in meeting club licensing requirements, though the Sports Disputes Tribunal would later hand them a reprieve.Adagala was banned for 60 days last year over alleged crowd trouble while he has frequently been accused of the same especially at the club’s home ground in Muhoroni.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Muhoroni Youth players line up before their match against Kariobangi Sharks at the Kasarani Stadium on November 4, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 19- Just two weeks into the new National Super League (NSL) season, former Kenyan Premier League (KPL) side Muhoroni Youth is facing a technical knock-out from the second tier after dishing out a second consecutive walkover last weekend.Muhoroni were set to play Police FC at their sugar-belt backyard but were a no show, just a week after dishing out three free points to KCB at Camp Toyoyo on what was to be their first match in the second tier since relegation.last_img read more