As I got into the process of writing my recent book Billions At Play, The future of African Energy and doing deal, the story of Qatar intrigued me. Its success is contagious and African LNG producers can learn from this country. Qatar learned that it possessed truly huge reserves of natural gas in 1971, when Royal Dutch/Shell discovered the North Dome structure, also known as the North field. At the time, though, neither Shell nor Qatar’s government had a great deal of interest in developing the site. Their focus was on crude oil, which was then making the country very rich. As a result, nothing much happened at North Dome for more than a decade. Shell did not actively pursue development work there, and neither did Qatar General Petroleum Co. (QGPC, now known as Qatar Petroleum or QP), which was the beneficiary of Doha’s nationalization of the oil and gas industry in 1977. Conditions began to change in the late 1970s. Qatari crude production started to decline after … [Read more...] about Making Our Own Luck: What Africa’s Future Liquefied Natural Gas Producers Can Learn from Qatar
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Ski holidays could be that little bit cheaper for families heading to Switzerland for a snowy getaway this winter. A new initiative has launched where kids can get a six-day ski pass completely FREE - across any of the country's brilliant ski resorts. There are 12,770 free passes up for grabs to be used at any time during the winter season for 2018/2019, which kicks off from the 22nd December 2018. It's worth noting that the deal is on offer to kids aged up to 12 years old only. Because of the limited number of passes on offer, families will have to enter a ballot for a chance to snap up one up, on official website MySwitzerland.com. One adult can enter on behalf of one child. You have a bit of leeway if you're trying to decide on your winter holiday plans, as the ballot doesn't close until the 2nd December, with winners due to be notified by the 7th December. Of course if you are planning a holiday to Switzerland, it could be worth holding off buying your ski passes and trying … [Read more...] about How families can bag FREE kids’ ski passes this winter – with a bit of luck
If you live in Delhi, you’re probably trying to fight pollution. If you don’t, and live in some place less polluted like Chennai, we hate you. We are using a lot of different strategies to fight this menace. One option is to install an air purifier and not leave home at all. If your work involves you sitting at a computer, and requires occasional access to the Internet, unlike Kashmir, this could be a viable choice. You would lose out on a lot of human interaction, but let’s face it, if there’s one thing that Netflix has taught us, it’s that human interaction is overrated.Plus, there’s always Skype. If you position the camera at the right angle, you won’t even have to wear pants. This leaves you with the problem of your family. They may not want you at home all the time, and who can blame them? Your best bet is to work as quietly as possible. Wear neutral clothing and try to blend into the background. Do not make regular demands for food. Bathe … [Read more...] about Delhi pollution diaries: Does your mask match your outfit?
There are a thousand of ways to die at Siachen Glacier – arguably the world’s toughest battlefield. One could freeze to death, or suffocate under an avalanche, or fall into a crevasse. So, what does a doctor need to do to save lives there? Everything they can, and then a little bit more, says Lieutenant General BNBM Prasad, who retired as Director General of Armed Forces Hospital Services. “You need a tremendous amount of luck…but doctors also need to be fitter than the fittest solider to be able to help,” he said. Four soldiers and two civilian porters were killed on Monday, after an avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier in Ladakh. An Indian army spokesperson said that eight soldiers were patrolling at a height of 5,485 metres (17,995 feet) in the northern part of the glacier when they were buried under the snowslide. A few decades ago, in the 1980s, Prasad had a similar challenge. A group of eight soldiers were similarly trapped under an avalanche. … [Read more...] about Cold War: One Can’t Predict Where an Avalanche is Going to Strike, Says Army Veteran
“All rise!” are the words we hear in court when the judge takes the bench. Now, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg is speaking out in her own words in a new book. She also shared a few words with Jane Pauley, beginning in front of the closet in her chambers: Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg showed Pauley her collection of collars. “This is my dissenting collar,” she said. “It’s black and grim.” “But it sparkles, too,” said Pauley, “so it gets attention.” In fashion that’s known as a statement piece. Ruth Bader Ginsburg is diminutive, but she looms large as the powerful liberal voice on the United States Supreme Court, appointed to the court by President Bill Clinton in 1993. At 83, Ginsburg is the oldest sitting justice; she’s known among her fans, including the President, as the notorious RBG. And, along with Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, she is one of three women on the bench -- which … [Read more...] about Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Her view from the bench