SA rugby’s thoughts are with Joost van der Westhuizen

first_img“He was an outstanding Springbok and is a legend of our game – he will always have a place of honour in the history of Springbok rugby. He gave his all on the field for the teams he represented and – at his prime – was the best scrumhalf in world rugby. His current health problems are the cruellest twist of fate for one who was so athletic in his prime.”Van der Westhuizen retired from rugby after appearing in his third Rugby World Cup in 2003. He made what was a then record 89 Test appearances for the Springboks, captaining the team at the 1999 Rugby World Cup and on ten occasions in all. For a scrumhalf, he scored an extraordinary total of 38 tries in Tests, including two hat-tricks, and still shares the Springbok record with Bryan Habana. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African Rugby Union, offered rugby’s support and prayers to Springbok legend Joost van der Westhuizen on Friday, after it was announced that the former player had been struck done by a serious illness. The 40-year-old former Springbok captain was reported to be being treated for a serious muscle related neural disease.Mr Hoskins said: “We only have the media reports to go on at this moment, but the news about Joost’s health is distressing in the extreme. The thoughts and prayers of SARU, the Springboks and the South African rugby community are with Joost and those nearest and dearest to him at this challenging time.last_img read more

Three New COVID-19 Deaths Reported In Chautauqua County On Wednesday

first_imgMAYVILLE – Three new deaths linked to COVID-19 were reported in Chautauqua County on Wednesday.The county Health Department’s COVID-19 Dashboard reports the deaths involved a 50-year-old and two 80-year-olds. There have now been 36 deaths linked to the virus locally since the pandemic started.Also announced on Wednesday were 113 new cases of the virus, with 651 now active.Of the cases, 49 people are hospitalized, down from 51 in yesterday’s report. The seven-day average percent positivity rate increased from 11 percent to 12.2 percent.To date there have been 4,309 COVID-19 cases Chautauqua County, with 3,619 people recovering.More date reported by health officials is posted below:COVID-19 Cases by ZIP Code of Residence 615.8 0.56% 14728- Dewittville0 534.9 3 80-89151 14063- Fredonia10 0.7% 31 0.50% 10.60% 14062- Forestville0 20 Zip Code 4.0% 2.7% Yes2431 68 3.9% 26.5% Number 14081- Irving0 76 3 115 0.3% 96.8 14775- Ripley1 14750- Lakewood9 0.3% 288.5 21 0 1.2% 17 7 0.91% 14723- Cherry Creek1 4309 0.47% 14701- Jamestown42 14767- Panama1 15 520.2 651 12.62% 14712- Bemus Point3 17.2% 113 2.6% 34 12.35% 0.0 1141 98 2.3% 111 394.2 100.0% 14787- Westfield2 3 24.01% 9 570 13 1 Number 0 Symptoms 95.8 2 18.24% 164.0 7 29 24 14724- Clymer1 COVID-19 Cases by Known Age 5 70-7911 211.8 44 30-39559 NYS Fatality Rate: 4.06%US Fatality Rate: 1.7%Source: John Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker 12/29/2020 Active Case Rate (per 100,000 residents) 39 870.0 COVID-19 Cases by Presence of Symptoms at Time of Interview 157 14710- Ashville2 31 0.8% 0.00% 185.4 0-19544 3.6% 1.65% 0 509.8 135 186 14738- Frewsburg3 Fatality Rate 395.5 6.59% 3.87% 90+71 45 0.3% 174 14726- Conewango Valley1 276.7 14 Percent 73 1.0% 14784- Stockton1 All Ages39 14136- Silver Creek3 Percent of Total Cases 13.99% 0.4% 14740- Gerry1 4.23% 2.1% 150.9 2.1% 3 5 1 0.8% 14138- South Dayton0 12 506.4 3.2% 14720- Celoron1 No768 691.0 20-29786 0.7% 468.1 3.4% 52 14782- Sinclairville1 0.7% 36 36 6 502.5 246.4 136 5 40-49603 13 40-493 233.0 147 Total 14 14718- Cassadaga1 70-79284 1.6% 0 Symptoms Known3199 502.1 0.8% 14757- Mayville1 60-69532 Age 13.2% 17 636.1 92 0.0 390.2 50-593 12.97% 742 14769- Portland1 14716- Brocton2 12.35% 0.3% 0.5% 13 14048- Dunkirk15 18 3.50% 14722- Chautauqua0 Age Group 166 0.0 14733- Falconer2 Percent 14747- Kennedy5 13 60-693 239.3 0.0% 1.7% 90.6 517.9 14781- Sherman3 50-59642 277.2 0-390 17 952.2 Active Cases 1.0% 14736- Findley Lake0 Total Cases New Cases 92 Total Deaths 80-8916 Fatality Rate by Age Group 90+3 3 75.99% Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Guyana Makes Another Oil Discovery

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, (CMC) – The Guyana government announced, on January 27, that the US-based oil giant, ExxonMobil, has made its 16th oil discovery, offshore Guyana.Director in the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, said the new discovery was made, northeast of the producing Liza field at the Uaru well, on the Stabroek Block.He said this new discovery, coupled with all other discoveries, brings the estimated resource for the Stabroek Block to more than eight billion oil-equivalent barrels.“The Co-operative Republic of Guyana welcomes this new discovery, which follows, closely, on the heels of the start of oil production on December 20, 2019. All Guyanese should welcome this new discovery and should begin to appreciate that the nation is on the cusp of major economic transformation and sustained development.“The Department of Energy remains committed to working with its partners and ecosystem of agencies, to ensure that the benefits from the sector, both direct and indirect, redound to every Guyanese,” Bynoe said.A government statement said that the Uaru well encountered approximately 94 feet (29 metres) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoir. The well, drilled in 6,342 feet (1,933 metres) of water, is located, approximately 10 miles (16 kilometres), northeast of the Liza field, which started oil production in December 2019.“The petroleum sector is already stimulating increased employment and expanded services, and we are expecting a ramping up of these benefits during the Decade of Development (2020-2029), which is aimed at ensuring that the country’s petroleum resources are utilised to improve citizens’ quality of life and retaining greater value from the sector for Guyana and Guyanese,” Bynoe added.The government statement said that additionally, by the second quarter of 2020, production from the Liza Phase 1 development will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil, daily, utilizing the floating production storage and offloading vessel (FPSO), Liza Destiny.“Under the Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) governing the Stabroek Block, the Government of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana will be receiving, at a minimum, two percent royalty on all oil produced in the Block, plus 12.5 percent profit oil. As the capital and operating costs are liquidated, Guyana’s share of profit oil will increase,” the statement said.The Liza Unity FPSO, which will be employed for the second phase of Liza development and will have a production capacity of 220,000 barrels of oil per day, is under construction and expected to start production by mid-2022, the statement added.Earlier this month, the UK-based company, Tullow Oil, announced that it had discovered a higher quality of crude oil, offshore Guyana, in the Carapa-1 well, within the Kanuku licence.According to the company, while the well hit only four metres net oil pay, which was below pre-drill expectations, the discovery is in the Cretaceous play and is higher quality crude – rather than the heavy, sulphurous oil found last year in the Orinduik licence block.A vessel carrying Guyana’s first-ever shipment of crude set sail, last Monday, bound for the U.S. Gulf Coast, making Guyana the latest country to debut as an oil exporter.last_img read more