Monday, June 19, 2006


KWAZULU-NATAL, South Africa

Mr. Joel Sibusiso Ndebele who is the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Province (since April 22, 2004), serves in the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African National Congress. He is also a member of the Provincial Executive and the Provincial Working Committee of the ANC since 1994. His leadership has enhanced private sector business and the economy in KwaZulu-Natal.
Close Corporation Business, which is a business entity owned by one to fifty members, has increased in KwaZulu-Natal. The members of CCs do not all have to play an active role in the running of the business. In most CCs, however, the members are also the managers of the business. Although the Companies Act of 1973 prescribes compulsory meetings for companies, especially in regards to public meetings, there are no requirements in this regard for CCs. Meetings are usually held between members on an ad hoc basis. More information on obtaining licensure for Close Corporation can be obtained at the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Death of Al-Zarqawi

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the most recognizable face of Iraq's violent insurgency and the head of Al Qaeda in Iraq, has been killed in a coalition air strike. Al-Zarqawi was positively identified through DNA testing, the U.S. military said.

"The FBI returned the results to us and there was a positive match by DNA that this was Zarqawi," Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, spokesman for Multi-National Forces-Iraq, told reporters.

The news arrives weeks after Iraq's first permanent government since the fall of Saddam Hussein was approved by parliament. The question now is what effect the two events will have on the insurgency and the sectarian violence, which have brought the country to the precipice of a full-blown civil war.

News reports state that insurgent and Al-Queda forces will continue aggressive strikes on U.S. and Coalition forces in Iraq.

"The word of the Shura Council of the Qaeda organization in the land of the two rivers was united on electing Sheikh Abu Hamza al-Muhajer to be the successor to the Sheikh Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. God bless his soul on commanding the organization," one Web site said.

It is believed that North Korea has completed fueling of a missile capable of reaching Alaska, probably in preparation for a test launch. The United States plans to join Japan in a sharp response if the test goes ahead.

The U.S Government has warned Pyongyang against the launch in a message passed to North Korean diplomats at the United Nations but there was no response, American officials said.

In the new officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Pyongyang could still decide to scrap the launch, but that was unlikely given the complexity of siphoning fuel back out of a missile prepared for launch.

The test is expected to involve a Taepodong-2 missile with an estimated range of 2,175 to 2,670 miles (3,500 to 4,300 kilometers). At that range, parts of Alaska in the United States would be within reach as well as Asia and Russia.

North Korea lacks an operational missile that can hit the continental United States, the California-based Center for Nonproliferation Studies said in a recent report. Nonetheless it would be Pyongyang's first test of a long-range missile since it stunned the world in August 1998 by firing a Taepodong-1 over Japan that fell into the Pacific Ocean.
U.S. officials have watched with alarm as satellite photos showed launch preparations accelerating at the Musudan-ri missile facility in North Hamgyong province in North Korea's northeast.
The New York Times, quoting American officials, reported on its Web site that booster rockets were loaded onto a launch pad and fuel tanks fitted to a missile. This could not be confirmed, but U.S. and other officials have said satellite images show fuel tanks and key components of a missile positioned at the test site.

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Ethopian Troops on Somalia Boarders

The leader of the Somali Islamist group that captured the capital this week said 300 Ethiopian troops had crossed into the country Saturday, but an Ethiopian official said his country's troops were at the border and had not crossed it.

Sheikh Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, chairman of the Islamic Courts Union, said Ethiopian troops entered Somalia through the border town of Dolow in the southwestern region of Gedo early Saturday. "We want the whole world to know what's going on," Ahmed told journalists. "Ethiopia has crossed our borders and are heading for us. They are supporting the transitional federal government." In recent days, Ethiopian troops have been crossing into Somali border towns and leaving, Ahmed said.

"They have deployed a lot of soldiers around the border towns, which is why we have been saying that Ethiopia is going to send in troops to Somalia," the cleric said.
Ahmed's translator initially said the chairman had accused the United States of encouraging an Ethiopian intervention, but Ahmed later said that was a mistranslation and he had not made such an accusation.

In Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Bereket Simon, an adviser to Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, said Ethiopian troops had not entered Somalia.
"Ethiopia has a right to monitor its border," Bereket said. He gave no further details.
It was the first official statement by an Ethiopian official about rumors there were Ethiopian troops at the border.

Some facts and information excerpted from the Associated Press. in Jowhar, Somalia.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Olympic champion. World champion. Now, Justin Gatlin is the world record holder too. The American sprinter broke the 100-metre record on Friday with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix. He shaved one-hundredth of a second off the mark of 9.77 seconds set by Jamaica's Asafa Powell on June 14, 2005, in Athens.

"This was a perfect race," Gatlin said. "I am a competitor and I promised I would get the world record and I have done it. I don't go for world records. They come to me."
The 24-year-old Gatlin won the 100m and 200m at the world championships in Helsinki last August. He said on Monday he intended to break the record in Doha. "It is amazing I did it," Gatlin said. "It took a lot of discipline and dedication. You will see many more performances like this from me in the future."

Gatlin was quick out of the starting blocks and ran even with Nigeria's Olusoji Fasuba for the first 50m. Only in the last 40m did Gatlin surge into the lead. After crossing the line, Gatlin went over to the stands and hugged members of the US team as the crowd of 10,000 gave him a standing ovation. He then knelt on the track with a bouquet of flowers presented by a Qatari hostess and posed for photographs next to the electronic scoreboard showing the 9.76 mark. Fasuba finished second in an African record 9.84 seconds, with Shawn Crawford of the United States third in 10.08.

For breaking the record, Gatlin gets a $100,000.00 US dollars from the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Information from the Sydney Morning Herald, May 13, 2006

Sasol - renowned for developing high-quality synthetic fuel technologies, and Chevron - the international petroleum and Energy Company, have joined together in a global joint venture to make fuel that can deliver better performance than diesel, but is produced from gas - one of the earth's cleanest and most abundant natural resources.

Sasol Chevron was formed in order to take advantage of the synergies of Sasol’s and Chevron’s Gas to Liquids strengths. Sasol has the world’s most advanced Fischer-Tropsch technology. Chevron has extensive global experience with respect to natural gas utilization, product marketing and hydrotreating technology.

Part of Sasol’s vision is “To be a respected global enterprise... in applying unique, innovative and competitive technologies”. Part of Chevron’s strategic drive is to "...develop new growth opportunities globally". The Sasol Chevron joint venture will support the strategic drives of both Sasol and Chevron.

Sasol Chevron is committed to bringing premium, environment-friendly alternative fuels to world markets. Gas To Liquids (GTL) process creates clean, high-performance natural gas-derived alternative fuels for compression ignition (diesel) engines. Immediate available benefits are that it: a) Can be used in current engines, leading to reduction in all regulated emissions. b) Enables the use of catalytic exhaust after-treatment systems. c) Provides a fuel platform for development of new generation compression ignition engines. d) Ideal hydrocarbon fuel for fuel cells.

In Houston, TX on May 25th 2006 Enron Chairman Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling were found guilty of fraud and conspiracy by a federal jury in one of America's most notorious company collapses. Kenneth L. Lay was found guilty of every one of the half-dozen counts with which he was charged and his protege Jeffrey K. Skilling was convicted of 19 more on Thursday, pinning them with responsibility for one of the era's biggest and most damaging business frauds.

According to the Washington Post, the jurors deliberated for less than six days over a trial that took almost four months and was more than four years in the making. As they filed back into the courtroom, jurors avoided eye contact with the defendants and their families. Skilling rose first and stood impassively, holding his hands pressed together in front of him and exchanging words with his brother, while the judge read aloud "guilty" after "guilty."

During the 1990s the energy company Enron became a stockmarket darling, rising to become the seventh largest company in the US. But it was a house of cards, with huge debts concealed in off-balance-sheet vehicles. Enron's collapse wiped out the savings and entitlements of many employees and hit the economy of its home town, Houston. It also brought down its firm of auditors, Arthur Andersen, which collapsed when convicted of obstruction of justice for destroying tonnes of documents wanted for the Enron prosecution. The verdict was overturned, but it was too late to save the venerable accountancy firm. Enron became synonymous with everything that went wrong with US capitalism in the great stockmarket bubble of the late 1990s.

Both are almost certain to appeal. They were each released on a $US5 million bond, with Lay having to obtain pledges from his children to make the amount. They will be sentenced on September 11. Skilling's crimes carry penalties of up to 185 years' jail; Lay's up to 165 years.

According to Washington Post, Staff Writer Carrie Johnson: Sean Berkowitz, the director of the Justice Department Enron Task Force, said: "The jury has spoken and they have sent an unmistakable message to boardrooms across the country that you can't lie to shareholders, you can't put yourself in front of your employees' interests, and no matter how rich and powerful you are you have to play by the rules."



Monday, May 15, 2006

Hybrid Photos

2005 Honda Insight (Hybrid)
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3 door/2 seat coupe transmission: CVT automatic or 5-speed manual
mileage (mpg): 60 city/ 70 hwy (3.2L/100km)
range per fillup: 600 miles (1000 km)
2003 Base Retail Price: $19,080 - $21,280 (US)





2005 Toyota Prius (Hybrid)
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4 door/5 seat sedan w/ liftback
transmission: CVT automatic
mileage (mpg): 60city/ 51 hwy
range per fillup: 566 miles
2005 Base Retail Price: $20,875 (US)



2005 Honda Civic Hybrid

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4 door/5 seat sedan transmission: CVT automatic or manual
mileage (mpg): 47city/ 48 hwyrange
per fillup: 650 miles
2005 Base Retail Price: $19,800 (US)




2005 Honda Accord Hybrid
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4 door/5 seat midsize sedan transmission: 5-speed automatic
mileage (mpg): 29 city/ 37 hwyrange
per fillup: 600 miles (1000 km)
2005 Base Retail Price: $30,000 (US)

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

My "In Five Years" Prediction

By observing media reports on rising gasoline prices and Iran’s Nuclear Capabilities Build-Up, I predict that there will be a steady increase in Gasoline prices. A few factors have influenced my thoughts on this. Firstly, with the Earth’s limited supply of natural resources, we can look for an eventual lessening and depletion of gasoline. Another factor to consider is the increase in motor driven vehicles and countries that use them. With the demand for more vehicles, there will be an increase in demand for gasoline. Prices will continue to rise.

With Iran developing Nuclear Weapons Capabilities, the Mid-East will be unstable. Depending on the threat Iran makes on Iraq and Israel we could see a decreased gasoline supply to the U.S.

As for the Oval Office, I predict that the Democrats will be in control of the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Government. Who will actually sit in the seat as President of the United States, that I do not know, nor am I going to speculate.

Zionism is a term coined in 1890 by Nathan Birnbaum, a Jewish graduate of the University of Vienna. Zionism was the term give to the national movement for the return of the Jewish people to their homeland and the resumption of Jewish sovereignty in the Land of Israel.

Use of Computer Course Lessons

I intend to put the knowledge and skills I attain in this class to good use. Seeing that technology is truly a part of almost every job, I will be utilizing the computer and internet skills in school and in the work place. As a Cable Technician with Time Warner Cable, I currently use the computer to access the internet, to take virtual classes and log in reports. I also use the computer to check my timesheet and log in my hours.

Increased knowledge of the computer system will help me to advance in my career. It will also allow me to be more efficient. There are systems in the department which require a little more skill. The requirement for the jobs that are now open, is an advanced knowledge of computers, computer software, networking and broadband communications. The company even offers Tuition Assistance, which pays for courses related to Information Technology.

With the constant advancement of our Digital and Broadband Technology, there will be more required of Technicians. If am going to progress in my career I will need to make full use of all the information learned in this class.

New CIA Director

President Bush has nominated General Michael Hayden as the next Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). General Hayden, who served as the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1999 till now, is an Air Force General with over 20 years experience in the intelligence community. If selected, General Hayden will replace current CIA Director Porter Goss.

According to a May 5, 2006 article in the New York Times, written by David Stout, Director Goss handed in his resignation in which President Bush accepted. It was stated in the article that Director Goss found the job difficult, especially when working along with National Intelligence Director John D. Negroponte, whose position was created as the head of the Intelligence Community after 9/11.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Test Post

This is my first Blog posting.