iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Five Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers entered guilty pleas on Monday in connection with the November hazing death of a 20-year-old Florida State University student.The men, all in their early 20s, pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor hazing in the case of Andrew Coffey, a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge who died of alcohol poisoning on Nov. 3. In total, nine fraternity members were charged in the case. The four men who did not plead guilty on Monday are scheduled to go on trial for felony hazing charges in June, according to ABC affiliate WCJB.Conner Ravelo, Coffey’s big brother in the fraternity, was the first to enter a plea on Monday, according to courtroom video. He was also the only defendant of the five who apologized to Coffey’s parents in the courtroom, the footage showed.“I know that my words may not mean much and you may never forgive me, but they’re words I need to say and words you need to hear. I’m sorry for not thinking. I’m sorry for not acting the way I was raised to act. I blindly did the same thing that I went through without thinking about the dangers,” Ravelo said. “I recognize that what happened to Andrew could have happened to me or someone else and it wasn’t a matter of if, but when.“I can make a promise to you that moving forward I will be a part of the solution and not part of the problem,” he added.He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, half the time sentenced to the four other defendants, due to his cooperation in the case. The others — Kyle Bauer, Brett Birmingham, Christopher Hamlin and John Ray — were sentenced to 60 days in jail each.The men will be on probation for the next two years, which requires them to attend anti-hazing classes, write an apology letter to the Coffey family and speak about hazing when asked to do so. They must also abstain from alcohol and submit to random drug tests.Coffey, an FSU junior, was found unresponsive after attending “Big Brother Night” with the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. An autopsy found his blood alcohol level was .447, more than five times the legal limit to drive, according to The Associated Press.According to grand jury testimony, a fellow pledge found Coffey unresponsive, but called other frat members instead of 911. Authorities weren’t contacted for another 11 minutes, which experts told the grand jury could have cost Coffey his life.Florida State University, a school of more than 41,000 students, suspended all Greek activities on campus in the wake of the death and Pi Kappa Phi’s national office said it would close its FSU chapter.The Coffeys filed a civil suit in February against Pi Kappa Phi and the nine men charged in connection with their son’s death.“Our world has been rocked by this. There is not any normal for us; time will not heal our wounds. We are completely devastated by his death and the way in which he died,” the victim’s mother, Sandy Coffey, said in court Monday. “Last year, four young men died while pledging a fraternity. This is not a coincidence. Fraternity hazings need to stop.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Coral’s Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds in the Premier League title race.With just three rounds of games remaining this season, table topping Lecester – eight points clear at the summit – are 1/5 to seal one of the greatest shocks in sporting history.But second placed Tottenham, who play West Brom at White Hart Lane on Monday night, are still in with a chance at 10/3 to come from behind and steal the Foxes’ crown.Spurs MUST win all their games to keep the hunt alive, and begin their final run-in against West Brom – they are 2/9 to beat the Baggies – before games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle.Leicester, meanwhile, face a tougher test – they play Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, before playing Everton at home and then Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in their final game of the season.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
National Orders are the highest awards that the country, through its president, can bestow on its citizens or eminent foreigners. This year, the 21st year of the ceremony, awards were handed to sports leaders, cultural luminaries, and a host of veteran activists, both local and foreign. President Jacob Zuma bestows the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo in silver to Professor Gay McDougall from the United States during the National Orders Awards ceremony at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on 8 December 2015. (Photo: South African Government, Flickr) • South Africa’s national orders • The Met in New York showcases 100 years of West African photography • Recollections of 16 June 1976 • Indigenous Games Festival promotes unity in South Africa • Gallery: South Africa’s rich and colourful heritage Priya Pitamber“I am so thrilled to get this honour today, especially in the name of OR Tambo who was one of the true heroes of my life,” said Professor Gay McDougall from the United States when she received South Africa’s National Order of the Companions of OR Tambo.“I first met Tambo in London in the late 1970s; that was the door opener for me and the African National Congress (ANC),” she recalled.McDougall was one of the five international members of South Africa’s 16-member Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) that organised the first democratic elections in 1994. She was honoured for her work in a ceremony held at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria on 8 December.National Orders, the highest awards the country can give, are bestowed on individuals from South Africa and abroad, who have contributed to the advancement of democracy; who have excelled in various endeavours; and who have made a significant impact on improving the lives of South Africans in various ways.McDougall said receiving the order brought back memories of the country’s history – the liberation struggle and the political transition from apartheid to democracy. “I remember walking to get thousands of South Africans out of jail, [those] who were detained on political charges,” she said. “I remember being here for the country’s first democratic elections. There are so many memories brought by this.”She recalled how she helped Nelson Mandela to cast his ballot paper during the democratic elections in 1994, which was a tremendous honour for her, and the anxiety they felt about pulling off those elections.“I remember most of all 27 April 1994, when the sun came up and all the problems faded away, and long lines of people waiting to vote peacefully and quietly,” she recollected.The awardsThe Order of the BaobabThe Order of the Baobab is awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service well above and beyond the ordinary call of duty.The baobab, an indigenous African tree, is symbolic of endurance, tolerance, community and longevity. It has long been a valued symbol of vitality, a tree endowed with both magical and functional properties: it provides bark for cloth and rope, fruit, fuel and other useful products. The distinctive baobab, characterised by its stature and appearance as an “upside down” tree, has for centuries been used as a meeting place for communities.Various elements in the Order’s design symbolise longevity, community support, contribution, and prosperity in organic unity.The Order of IkhamangaThe Order of Ikhamanga is awarded to South African citizens who have excelled in the fields of arts, culture, literature, music, journalism or sport. This award is made in three categories: gold for exceptional achievement, silver for excellent achievement, and bronze for outstanding achievement.It is named after South Africa’s second national flower, known in English as the strelitzia.The Order of LuthuliThe Order of Luthuli is awarded to South Africans who have made a meaningful contribution to the struggle for democracy, human rights, nation-building, justice and peace, and conflict resolution.It is named after Chief Albert Luthuli, whose leadership during the Defiance Campaign against apartheid won him the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960.The Order of the Companions of OR TamboThe Order of the Companions of OR Tambo is awarded in three categories to eminent foreign nationals and foreign dignitaries for friendship shown to South Africa. It takes into consideration matters of peace, co-operation, international solidarity and support and is integral to the execution of South Africa’s international and multilateral relations.Former African National Congress leader OR Tambo played a pivotal role in building the international anti-apartheid movement. He set up the first missions of the then-banned ANC in Egypt, Morocco, Ghana and the United Kingdom.Symbols reflected in this order include the majola or mole snake, which is symbolic in African mythology for friendship, protection and active support; the walking stick, which is symbolic of support and commitment; and the universal yin and yang symbol, connoting a meeting point of diverse spiritual energies.The Order of MapungubweThe Order of Mapungubwe is awarded to South African citizens for achievements that have had an international impact and have served the interests of the country.The Kingdom of Mapungubwe existed a millennium ago in the northern part of South Africa. The kingdom had a developed mining, metallurgy and agricultural industry, and traded with countries as far afield as China. Various elements in the Order’s design symbolise new horizons, creativity and excellence, as well as human resourcefulness.The Order of Mendi for BraveryThe Order of Mendi for Bravery is awarded to South African citizens who have performed an extraordinary act of bravery that placed their lives in great danger, or who lost their own lives including in trying to save the life of another person, or by saving property, in or outside South Africa.The lapel rosette is for outstanding courage in the face of danger. The decoration is dedicated to the South African troops who lost their lives in 1917 when the SS Mendi was destroyed. The ship was struck and cut almost in half by another ship, the SS Darro, while crossing the English Channel from Britain to France during World War One.The ceremony in 2015Running for the 21st year, in 2015 the ceremony was held at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House in Pretoria.Originally, it was scheduled to take place on Freedom Day, 27 April. However, this was postponed because “the country was mourning the passing of four South Africans and three citizens of other countries who were killed during violent attacks directed at foreign nationals in Durban and Johannesburg”, noted the South African Government News Agency.The 2015 recipientsThe Order of Mendi for Bravery was bestowed on:Jetro Ndlovu for his outstanding contribution to the fight for freedom, equality and democracy in South AfricaJoe Morolong (posthumous) received the silver order for his excellent contribution to the fight for liberation in South Africa. “He endured tremendous personal persecution for the ideal of a democratic and liberated society,” said the chancellor of the National Orders, Dr Cassius LubisiCaleb Motshabi (posthumous) for his excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South Africa; he facilitated the creation of safe passage for many young people who went into exile to fight for freedomEric Mtshali for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheidMpumelelo Washington Bongco (posthumous) for his exceptional contribution to the pursuit of equality and universal suffrage in South AfricaThe Order of Ikhamanga was awarded to:Themba Patrick Magaisa for his outstanding contribution to the development of indigenous literature in South AfricaMbulaeni Mulaudzi (posthumous) for his outstanding achievements as a track athlete and for his contribution to the advancement of athletics in South AfricaDarius Mfana Dhlomo for his excellent talent in various professional sporting codesWinnie Mahlangu for her excellent contribution to the field of broadcasting and for keeping the listenership of Ukhozi FMRamakgobotla John Mekoa for his excellent contribution to the development of jazz music in South Africa; he established a jazz music centre that contributed to the growth of the careers of many South African jazz musiciansMbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane (posthumous) for his excellent contribution to the development of African literature and the upliftment of African languages on the global stageThe Order of the Baobab was given to:Yvonne Mokgoro for her outstanding contribution to the field of law and the administration of justice in a democratic South AfricaJohn Douglas Anderson for his excellent contribution to the upliftment of the lives of children and people with disabilitiesMary Makobatjatji Malahlela (posthumous) for her excellent contribution to the provision of medical services to oppressed South Africans during apartheid; she was one of the first African women to qualify as a medical doctor in South AfricaAndrew Ross for his excellent contribution to the training of young rural medics; his work has provided hope to communities that use rural hospitalsOtto Stehlik for his excellent contribution to economic and social development in South Africa; his business skills in the hospitality industry have benefitted South Africa significantlyJames David Lewis-Williams for his exceptional and distinguished contribution to the field of archaeology; his research on the rock art of the ancient people of Southern Africa has contributed invaluable knowledge about their lives and timesThe Order of Luthuli was given to:Kay Moonsamy for his outstanding contribution to the fight for democracy and freedom in South Africa; as a trade unionist, he was among the leading figures who actively fought the apartheid systemWilliam Frankel for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid; he played a significant role in raising funds for those detained by apartheid security forces and those charged under apartheid legislationJohnson Malcomess Mgabela (posthumous) for his exceptional contribution to the fight against oppressionPetros Nyawose (posthumous) for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheidJabulile Nyawose (posthumous) for her excellent contribution to the fight against apartheidMohammed Tikly for his excellent contribution to the fight against apartheid; he assisted many young freedom fighters while he was director of the Solomon Mahlangu Freedom College during the days of exileThe Order of the Companions of OR Tambo went to:Gareth Evans from Australia for his excellent contribution to and support of the anti-apartheid movement; his leadership influenced the Australian public to provide scholarships for underprivileged South African students at home and in exilePeter Hain from the United Kingdom for his excellent contribution to the fight against the injustices of apartheid and his unwavering support for the South African liberation movementAmbassador Vladimir Kazimirov from Russia for his excellent contribution to the recording of the plight of the majority in Southern African countries, especially South Africa, during the period of minority ruleLars Nordbo from Denmark for his excellent contribution to the struggle for liberation and for his architectural skills that saw him build dormitory blocks in Mazimbu, Tanzania, which housed South African freedom fighters in exile; these blocks were later converted into a Tanzanian universityAmbassador Andrey Urnov from Russia for his excellent contribution to the fight for the liberation of the people of South AfricaDr Lim Kok Wing from Malaysia for his excellent and commendable contribution to the fight against apartheid and to education internationally, with a special focus on Southern AfricaProfessor Gay McDougall from the United States for her excellent contribution to the fight against the injustices of apartheid; she mobilised policymakers in the US in support of the struggle for freedom in South Africa and put to use her legal expertise for the defence of political prisoners in South Africa and Namibia.
Johannesburg, Tuesday 27 November 2018 – Brand South Africa welcomes the release of the 2018 Ernst & Young (EY) Africa Attractiveness Survey which sees South Africa retain its position as the top foreign direct investment (FDI) destination on the African continent, a top rank position which the country now shares with Morocco.EY states that they are also seeing investment shifting between countries for the first time. “South Africa, once the clear leader in attracting FDI, now shares the top rank with Morocco.This is the first time South Africa has been challenged for being the most preferred investment destination (measured by FDI project numbers). Ethiopia jumped seven places to become the fifth-largest FDI recipient, its highest ranking yet.”The report also notes that during 2017 FDI into the African economy increased with 6%, and that in 2016 a total of 676 FDI projects came to African economies, increasing to 718 in 2017. In this regard, the top five nations on the African continent of FDI projects are South Africa with 96 projects – giving it a 31% share of FDI in 2017. Morocco with 96 projects, increases from 81 in 2016 and Kenya with 67 projects, rising from 40 in 2016, suggesting a 68% increase in FDI projects year on year. Nigeria sees an increase from 54 to 64 projects between 2016 and 2017 while Ethiopia made a momentous improvement with an increase of 288% of FDI projects, from 16 in 2016, to 62 in 2017.Commenting on the EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 results, Brand South Africa’s GM for Research Dr Petrus de Kock says from this year’s report it is clear that specific regions and countries’ outlook, and investment attractiveness have changed dramatically.Dr de Kock adds: “This has several implications for South Africa in a year where President Ramaphosa made investment (both domestic and foreign) a key priority of his administration and cabinet. South Africa’s position in this year’s report is as a result of the -31% decline on investment projects from 2016 (total number of projects in 2016 were 139). From the EY data it is clear that South Africa lost momentum in attracting FDI in 2017.”Dr de Kock says Morocco’s position should serve as a wakeup call and motivator for South Africa. “Morocco’s standing as FDI destination is solidifying and the country is on a trajectory to intensify its FDI credentials in the coming years. It is therefore important following on the successful investment conference initiated by President Ramaphosa, that South Africa utilises existing strengths in market diversification, strength of incentives for investment, and the infrastructural profile of the market, to attract more investment.“South Africa needs to sustain momentum to stimulate GDP growth because there is a direct correlation between robust GDP growth and FDI attraction. The country must ensure that it continues on the path of careful reforms to improve ease of doing business in the market,” concluded Dr de Kock.Of all the regions, East Africa registered the most significant increase in the number of FDI projects during 2017. This is mostly due to robust GDP growth, as well as regional integration initiatives. As a whole, the region saw an 82% increase in FDI compared to 2016. While this increase comes off a relatively low base in 2016, it is notable that the region emerged as Africa’s FDI hub during 2017.The EY Africa Attractiveness Survey 2018 provides interesting insights pertaining to the economic outlook of the pan-African economy, as well as trends in FDI.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Nuno deflated after Braga loss continues Wolves slumpby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo disappointed after Thursday’s loss to Braga at Molineux.Ricardo Horta’s effort saw the Premier League club lose in what was their first appearance in the main stage of a European competition since 1980Speaking after the game, Nuno said: “It is difficult to break down a team. We didn’t create much but the chance they had they got it. It’s a tough game. We have to keep on going.”All the goals are mistakes. If there was perfection there would be no goals. We have to remain calm and move on.”We controlled the game and managed well but one of the things we have to improve is to be patient and find a way to break down teams. Individually and as a team we have to raise our standards again.”On Sunday we have another challenge [against Crystal Palace].”
MONTREAL – Former Parti Quebecois leader Pierre Karl Peladeau isn’t ruling out an eventual return to politics.The Quebecor CEO made the comments during a brief appearance at a party meeting in Montreal on Sunday.Peladeau was chosen as the sovereigntist party’s leader in 2015 but resigned a year later, citing family reasons.On Sunday, he told reporters that the reasons that led him to step down haven’t changed, but that he remains a committed sovereigntist.Peladeau wouldn’t speculate on when he could return, telling reporters that “only God knows.”
(Click on image to enlarge) This is the shale gas phenomenon. The ability to tap into natural gas trapped within tight rock formations known as shale basins has unlocked trillions of cubic feet of natural gas, pushing US gas reserves from 162 tcf in 1993 to 273 tcf in 2009. (Official US Energy Information Administration data for US gas reserves is currently only available until the end of 2009, though estimates from other reputable sources such as the US Geological Survey put today’s US gas reserves above 300 tcf.) It is simple supply and demand: Supplies have risen dramatically, and demand is struggling to catch up. That is, demand within North America is struggling to catch up. There is demand aplenty in other parts of the world; and in those places prices are much higher. In Northeast Asia, strong demand from Japan and South Korea is keeping LNG prices near US$17 per MMBtu. Yes, that is more than six times higher than the current Henry Hub spot price of US$2.70 per MMBtu. It is worth noting, too, that $2.70 per MMBtu is a relatively good price for Henry Hub, one propped up in the last few weeks by warm weather and hurricane threats. By contrast, in April the North American gas benchmark fell to just US$1.86 per MMBtu; prices have hovered near just $2 for several months. Weak gas prices like that have several effects. First, swaths of North American gas producers are cutting back on production. They do not see a need to supply more gas to an already oversupplied market and, more importantly, many actually lose money producing gas at these prices. Second, if prices remain this depressed for a sustained period, producers will start writing down their reserves counts. A “reserve” is a volume of fuel that is economic to produce using current technology. When prices are high, lots of gas reserves are economic – even very tight shale deposits requiring multiple fracs to get the gas flowing. When prices dive, it becomes more costly than it is worth to produce gas from these challenging and expensive tight gas deposits, which means they lose their reserve status. In short, North America’s gas companies flooded their own market, drowning out any chance that good prices will return anytime soon. Problem, Solution The problem for North America’s gas producers is that their gas is landlocked. Natural gas has to travel by pipeline – in its gas form it takes up a lot of volume per unit of energy produced, which means it is never worth the cost of transportation to ship it. So North America’s gas producers are generating a product that has to find buyers in North America. Or they could condense their product down into a liquid, rendering it transportable. That’s the beauty of LNG – it is natural gas in a reduced-volume format, which means it can be loaded onto tankers and shipped across oceans. If North Americans want to take advantage of their newfound natural gas wealth, LNG is the way forward. We can use some of the fuel at home, of course, and will use more and more if ideas like converting the continent’s transport trucks to natural gas take hold. But the trillions of cubic feet of gas contained in shale basins from the Liard Basin in British Columbia to the Fort Worth Basin in Texas are more than we can use – so much more, in fact, that prices will remain too low for producers to bother producing it, and these gas reserves will revert to being geologic curiosities rather than economic resources. That is one choice: keeping our natural gas landlocked and committing producers to years – perhaps decades – of rock-bottom pricing. The other choice is to build gas liquefaction facilities on our coasts and send our gas wealth across the oceans to markets in need. The economics of this choice are pretty clear. Even though LNG plants cost billions to build, the size of the resource here and the expectation of continued strong gas demand in the developing world put the calculations back in the black pretty quickly. So economics are not the question. The question, instead, is environmental. Does North America want to become an LNG exporter? The economic upsides include jobs and money, but the environmental concerns include new pipelines, tankers transiting coastal waters, more drilling and fracking of natural gas wells, and the knowledge that we are enabling a continued global addiction to fossil fuels. It’s a choice that will play out in the news media over the next few years, as interested parties start vying for permission to start these multiyear construction projects. Construction is just about to begin on North America’s first gas liquefaction plant, being built by Cheniere Energy at Sabine Pass, on the Gulf of Mexico near the Louisiana-Texas border. The project is expected to cost $10 billion and will not be complete until late 2015, but Cheniere has already signed offtake deals with BG Group of the UK, Gas Natural Fenosa of Spain, Gail of India, and Kogas of South Korea that account for almost 90% of the plant’s expected output. The demand is there. The opposition is there, too – Cheniere spent years trying to get regulatory approval for Sabine Pass, against the protestations of groups such as the Sierra Club. The bottom line is that even though environmental concerns continue to hang over its natural gas industry, they are unlikely to prevent North America from eventually exporting LNG in earnest. There are simply too many jobs and too much money at stake. Energy is always a high-stakes game… but winning it has become even more crucial to developed and developing nations alike. Some have started calling the jostling a “new Cold War” – but no matter where the trends go, one thing is certain: outsized profit potential awaits the investor who intelligently taps in to those shifting trends today.