FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:China is pursuing a three-year pilot program, led by five of its biggest utilities, to integrate and cut some coal-fired power capacity to help the debt-saddled industry, state media reported. The pilot, which runs through 2021, will seek to consolidate coal-power assets within five northwestern regions and reduce their capacity by up to one-third, according to Shanghai Securities News, citing sources it didn’t identify.The state-owned Assets Supervision & Administration Commission, which oversees the utilities, did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment. Calls went unanswered to the media offices of the five companies — China Huaneng Group Co., China Datang Corp., China Huadian Corp., State Power Investment Corp. and China Energy Investment Corp.The five firms had a combined 520 gigawatts of coal-fired capacity at the end of last year, according to the Shanghai Securities News report, adding that those coal power units had total combined liabilities of 1.1 trillion yuan ($156 billion) and assets worth 1.5 trillion. China’s coal plants are distributed across 30 provinces and territories, of which 15 saw losses in the coal and power business last year, according to the report.Coal plants nationwide ran at only 49% of their capacity during the third quarter, BloombergNEF analyst Hanyang Wei said in a report Tuesday, citing slower overall demand growth as the trade war with the U.S. impacts the economy, as well as competition from nuclear and hydropower.The plan to retire capacity is expected to boost profitability of some power companies, China International Capital Corp. analyst Liu Jiani said in a note. The entire industry could benefit if the program is extended to other provinces, Liu said.Under the trial program, each of the five state utilities will be tasked with leading asset consolidation and capacity reductions in one of the five provinces or territories: Huaneng in Gansu; Datang in Shaanxi; Huadian in Xinjiang; SPIC in Qinghai; and CEIC in Ningxia, the report said. The program could be expanded in the future, it added.More: China plans coal-power revamp to help ailing generators China targets uneconomic coal-fired capacity in three-year trial program
Topics : Russia’s foreign ministry on Tuesday demanded that Washington “take urgent measures” to stop police violence against journalists, including one for Russian state media.”We are outraged about the ongoing violence used by American law enforcement against international media covering the protests in the US, including Russian,” the ministry said in a statement.”We demand that the US authorities take urgent measures to prevent journalists from becoming targets of police impunity,” it added. Germany earlier also urged the US to protect press freedoms after a journalist working for German outlet DW reported being shot at by police. The ministry said a producer working for state media outlet Sputnik, Nicole Roussell, was hurt when police fired rubber bullets and a grenade to disperse a protest in Washington DC.The ministry said Roussell received “many injuries, including from firearms,” and was then stepped on by an officer, condemning this as “an unfriendly act by the US authorities.”The “outrageous and illegal cruelty” happened right outside the White House, it said.There have been multiple incidents involving police violence against journalists — some during live broadcasts — at the protests rocking the United States following the killing of an unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody last Monday.
Those surviving who will cherish Dotty’s memory include her children, Robert C. Hartman, Bryon D. Hartman, Mark A. Hartman, Bradley J. Hartman, David L. Hartman, and Bridget Ballew, all of Sunman, and Regina Walter of Canaan, Indiana; 13 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sisters, Doris Baker of Lawrenceburg, Lola Stein of Celina, OH, and Bonnie Mitchell of Batesville, and one brother, James Bradley of New Point. Besides her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kendra Goff Hartman, and brothers, Carl and Robert Bradley. Dotty C. Hartman, of Sunman, was born on March 6, 1953 in Milan, the daughter of Harry and Helen L. Schurick Bradley. She married Robert J. Hartman on June 10, 1978 in Lawrenceburg, and he preceded her in death on June 13, 2015. Dotty had been a slot attendant at Argosy Casino and was a member of St. John Lutheran-Hubbell’s Corner. She enjoyed camping and loved spending time with her family. On Friday, December 16, 2016, at the age of 63, Dotty passed away at St. Andrew’s Health Campus in Batesville, with her family by her side. Memorial contributions may be directed to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Fund. To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit www.cookrosenberger.com. The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Dotty Hartman. Visitation for friends and family is on Thursday, December 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Hubbell’s Corner. Pastor Tom Frey will officiate the funeral service at 1p.m. Burial will follow in Evangelical Union Cemetery, next to the church.
It was only months ago that the Golden Bears’ baseball team was making national headlines for its unlikely College World Series run in the wake of the program’s brush with extinction.Now, California arrives at Dedeaux Field to take on USC, eager to turn around a rough start to 2012 that has left the Golden Bears at the bottom of the Pac-12 standings at the midway point of the season.The Trojans, however, should be prepared to face the team that made a run at Omaha, Neb., last season, not the one treading water in one of the nation’s toughest conferences. Cal is just 1-5 against the two Pac-12 teams it has faced thus far, but is coming off a road series win over No. 25 Texas and could be primed for the type of run that it went on in 2011.That’s mostly because of Cal’s lineup, which features six regulars hitting .300 or better and is led by infielder Tony Renda’s .351 mark.USC’s likely senior starters, Andrew Triggs and Ben Mount, along with freshman Stephen Tarpley, won’t keep players like Renda and junior Darrel Matthews completely off the base paths, but neutralizing the hitters in front of and behind them would bode well for the Trojans.Not to say USC’s offense won’t have just as big an impact on the series. Of all the players who have started at least 20 games for the Trojans, four are hitting .333 or better.That appears to match up well on paper with Cal’s starting staff, which, aside from senior Matt Flemer, has struggled.The Golden Bears’ other two probable pitchers for the weekend, Michael Theofanopoulos and Justin Jones, both have earned run averages above 4.30, with Jones’ sitting at 5.45.That last statistic is particularly concerning for the Golden Bears, who just last year saw Jones receive All Pac-10 Honorable Mention honors to go along with a 9-6 record and a tidy 2.93 ERA.With two starters possessing ERA in the lower threes, USC would appear to have an advantage on the mound heading into the weekend.It doesn’t hurt that Tarpley, likely to start Saturday’s series finale, still has yet to lose a game as a Trojan.The games were moved up to avoid playing the series finale on Easter Sunday. Thursday and Friday’s games begin at 6 p.m., with a 1 p.m. first pitch for Saturday’s series finale.
Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Australia ASX listed gambling group Tabcorp Holdings has confirmed that it has completed its full divestment of Odyssey Gaming Services (Odyssey).Updating investors, Tabcorp confirms that it has fully sold its gaming machine and venue solutions supplier to Australian National Hotels Pty Limited, a transaction initially agreed in April 2017.The divestment of Odyssey is in accordance with merger demands stipulated by the Australian Competition Tribunal’s (ACT) markets review of Tabcorp-Tatts AUS $11 billion merger deal to create the ‘outright Australian gambling leader’.Due to Tabcorp-Tatts high penetration of gaming machines in Australian leisure venues, Tabcorp governance was commanded to sell its Odyssey division by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in H1 2017.“The divestment of Odyssey was conditional on the proposed combination becoming effective. Both Tabcorp and ANH have waived this condition to allow for the transfer of the business prior to the Christmas period.” Detailed Tabcorp in its corporate statement.This morning Australian news sources report that Tatts Group investors have unanimously approved the merger of Tabcorp-Tatts, creating a new ASX gambling enterprise.The new enterprise will be forwarded to the Supreme Court of Victoria for legal approval of the combination with a hearing officially scheduled for Dec. 13, Tatts detailed in its confirmation statement.Following 14 months of gruelling negotiations, deal reviews and compliance obligations, an under pressure Tabcorp governance may actually deliver on its 2017 investor promise to ‘marry Tatts’… Well better late than never! Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead August 27, 2020 Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Submit
Share Mateusz Juroszek, owner and Chief Executive of STS, Poland’s biggest bookmaker tells SBC that his company is coming out of lockdown stronger having completed key management objectives in expanding the firm’s proprietary technology capacity acquiring long-term Czech IT partner Betsy. Accelerating STS European expansion projects and initiatives, Juroszek states that his firm will be the one-to-watch for the remainder of 2020. ________________ SBC: Hi, Mateusz, thanks for this interview. It has been a busy period for you leading STS under these unprecedented circumstances. Can you reflect on your company’s development under lockdown? Mateusz Juroszek (CEO STS): STS was well prepared for the crisis because as the leading bookmaker in Poland we have a 50% market share and we have been doing very well for ourselves in the past few years with high growth, nice profits and a decent amount cash reserves. We could have coped for a few years in the Covid-19 situation if necessary.During the crisis and lockdown, we were able to gain market share because our competitors are not so good with virtual sports, betting games and live betting. So, we improved our market share, and some of our Polish competitors folded. Even though most of the staff in our head office were working from home, we kept working on technology improvements. In the end, very little was stopped, and the budgets remained the same. We only stopped some of our marketing activities because we didn’t put out as many adverts during this period.SBC: STS continues to pursue a European expansion, has this project been interrupted by the global COVID-19 pandemic? MJ: STS currently caters to several European markets, of which the UK is its fastest growing. We are providing betting services to over 1 million customers in Europe. We are not only the first domestic company in this industry that operates outside the local market but the first Polish bookmaking business to secure a gaming licence in the UK regulated market. Obtaining the license is part of STS’s broader international long-term growth strategy. We boast an enviable portfolio that includes sportsbook, virtual games, online casinos, as well as a wide range of esports.We are always looking at other prospective foreign markets. STS is currently conducting advanced activities aimed at obtaining its own licences in other markets.SBC: Why is the development of proprietary technologies key to STS expansion, having acquired Czech systems partner Betsys? MJ: Our strategy is to lead the way in development in terms of technology that constantly pushes to do things better. We implement modern solutions and developing our functionalities to ensure that our customers have access to a unique offer. That’s why we decided to finalise a takeover of Betsys, in which STS already holds the majority of shares. It is a significant investment which secures our further development. The proprietary bookmaking system, and the possibility for its in-house development, constitute a key advantage in our industry. We have already been generating more than 85% of revenues via online channels, so further growth in IT solutions is of strategic value to us. Only the best European bookmaking companies can boast of their own technology and platform. This is another area that clearly distinguishes us from other operators both in Poland and in Europe.SBC: Do you feel that STS has reached ‘peak capacity’ in its home market of Poland? MJ: We are the largest bookmaker in Poland, and we have invested heavily in development and innovation, including an attractive offer of bets. As the industry leader, we set trends, and nearly half of the Polish market uses our services.The STS offer is highly competitive in comparison to other entities holding a Polish license. Our profile is very well suited to a Polish customer. We are distinguished by a wide range of national league competitions – we offer, among other things, the first divisions of the futsal and ice hockey leagues, second division volleyball and basketball, winter sports, speedway competitions at various levels, as well as the table tennis super league.Despite an adverse competitive environment, we keep expanding by offering new functionalities to our clients. Our aim is continued organic growth that will allow us to respond even better to our clients’ needs.SBC: Post pandemic, how are you assessing which markets STS Poland will look to enter? Where do you see viable opportunities arising? MJ: STS is currently conducting advanced activities aimed at obtaining its own licences in other markets – outside of Poland and the UK. Our strategy next year will be to concentrate on licensed markets, but I can’t say anything more right now.SBC: What industry shortcomings did you see during the pandemic period, and how have they changed your strategy and approach to betting? MJ: We had two significant obstacles during Covid-19. The first obstacle was that there weren’t as many sports events and, secondly, we don’t have an online casino section on our Polish website. Nevertheless, we do have virtual sports, which comes to about 15% of our income, and we have BetGames – a game that is like live betting on cards. That game became more popular during the lockdown. Therefore, we are expanding our BetGames section with a new product – a Polish poker table, something that other operators don’t have. Also, our esports investments have played an even bigger part in our recent offering. Our live betting product has plenty of variety leading us to offer all kinds of events around Belarusian football and table tennis in Russia and Ukraine.SBC: You are leading an STS expansion, during a period in which governments are actively reassessing their regulatory frameworks… Is this a concern for you and the future ambitions of STS? MJ: In fact, it is a concern for STS future ambitions and opportunities for development. When lockdown began, the government was talking to industries about their concerns. The associations for betting companies sent a letter to the government saying that a 12% tax turnover is one of the highest in Europe and the world. We suggested that it should come down because of the current crisis. There are 19 licensed betting companies in Poland, but at the moment, only two of them are making a profit. It is a complex market with STS having 50% of the market and the second company with 28% making a profit. Some of the rest are losing significant amounts of money. It’s primarily because of the high tax rate. However, the Finance Ministry was reluctant to discuss the tax rate as they wanted to focus on supporting businesses trying to keep their employees at work. The tax issue was simply not up for discussion.SBC: As an industry leader, what key factors and dynamics do you feel the sector has to tackle in order to help its recovery? MJ: Betting is subject to a turnover tax of up to 12% in Poland which is one of the highest in Europe. The grey market is responsible for an estimated 60% of the Polish betting market. A significant chunk of the domestic market is taken up by non-licensed operators. They do not pay taxes or conform with strict Polish bookmaking laws. We have to carry on speaking to the Finance Ministry by expressing to them that we are dealing with a challenging situation, not only because of COVID but because the tax is extremely high – a 12% tax on turnover is more than 50% on GGR._____________________Mateusz Juroszek – CEO – STS Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance August 17, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has named his 25-man Premier League squad for the 2014/15 season.Premier League clubs had a deadline of 5pm on 3 September to submit a squad list containing no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the “Home Grown Player”. The remainder of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be home grown.According to the Premier League, a Home Grown Player means a player who, irrespective of his nationality or age, has been registered with any club affiliated to the Football Association or the Football Association of Wales for a period, continuous or not, of three entire seasons or 36 months prior to his 21st birthday (or the end of the season during which he turns 21).Changes to the squad list may be made during the next transfer window. Under-21 players are eligible over and above the limit of 25 players per squad.Tottenham HotspurPlayer (‘Home Grown’ status in brackets)1 Adebayor, Emmanuel (No)2 Bezerra Maciel Junior, Jose Paulo (No)3 Capoue, Etienne (No)4Ceballos, Cristian (No)5 Chadli, Nacer (No)6 Chiriches, Vlad Iulian (No)7 Dembele, Moussa (No)8 Eriksen, Christian (No)9 Fazio, Federico (No)10 Friedel, Bradley Howard (No)11 Kaboul, Younes (No)12 Lamela, Erik (No)13 Lennon, Aaron (Yes)14 Lloris, Hugo (No)15 Mason, Ryan Glen (Yes)16 Naughton, Kyle (Yes)17 Rose, Daniel Lee (Yes)18 Soldado Rillo, Roberto (No)19 Stambouli, Benjamin (No)20 Townsend, Andros (Yes)21 Vertonghen, Jan (No)22 Vorm, Michel (No)23 Walker, Kyle Andrew (Yes)Tottenham – Under-21 players (contract and scholars)1 Akindayini, Daniel Oluwaseun2 Amos, Luke Ayodele3 Archer, Jordan Gideon4 Ball, Dominic5 Bentaleb, Nabil6 Carter-Vickers, Cameron7 Coulibaly, Souleymane8 Coulthirst, Shaquile Tyshan9 Daly, Armani10 Davies, Benjamin Thomas11 Dier, Eric Jeremy Edgar12 Georgiou, Anthony Michael13 Glover, Thomas William14 Goddard, Cy15 Gomelt, Tomislav16 Harrison, Shayon17 Hayford, Charlie Garath18 Kane, Harry19 Lameiras, Ruben20 Lesniak, Filip21 Loft, Ryan22 Maghoma, Christian23 Mcdermott, Thomas William24 McEneff, Aaron25 McEvoy, Kenneth26 McGee, Luke Paul27 McQueen, Alexander Luke28 Miller, William29 Muscatt, Joseph Luis30 Oduwa, Nathan31 Ogilvie, Connor Stuart32 Onomah, Joshua33 Owens, Charlie34 Paul, Christopher David35 Pritchard, Alex David36 Pritchard, Joe Cameron37 Ross, Lloyd38 Sonupe, Emmanuel Olukolade39 Stylianides, Zenon40 Veljkovic, Milos41 Voss, Harry William42 Walker-Peters, Kyle43 Walkes, Anton44 Ward, Grant Antony45 Winks, HarryUnder-21 players will have been born on or after 1 January 1993.To see Arsenal’s 25-man squads, click here.For Man United’s 25-man squad click here.For Chelsea’s 25-man squad click here.For Liverpool’s 25-man squad click here. 1 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has named his 25-man Premier League squad
And difficult because it’s no easy task to pull off this kind of team-building … The Giants undertook a dangerous and difficult mission after Sunday’s win over the Padres in San Diego:Mimic Pablo Sandoval’s sartorial “look” for the flight to Philadelphia.Dangerous because it remains an open question whether Sandoval, the team’s muse, Swiss army knife and emotional thermostat, actually has a “look.”Hey, the guy broke a belt while swinging a bat for the Red Sox a few years back, OK?
President Bush may have vetoed one stem-cell bill for moral reasons (see Brad Harrub’s report on Apologetics Press), but in other countries where Judeo-Christian values are less prevalent, morality seems a low hurdle in the race to exploit biological resources that promise health, youth, beauty – and money. With embryonic stem cell research at the forefront of research priorities, a natural law is showing its effects: the law of unintended consequences. The methods of obtaining cells for research, and new applications for their ready availability, are already stepping beyond the original intent of saving lives. Here are signals the brave new world is upon us:Merchandising Human Life: Nature August 10 had no less than four articles about the sale of human eggs for embryonic stem cell research. An Editorial1 began with this chilling opening:Clashing perspectives on the ethics of the donation of human eggs for research purposes are likely to complicate international collaboration – whether stem-cell researchers like it or not. What price a human egg? The question provokes a variety of emotions and responses. Some will argue that an egg has no monetary value when it is just one of those ovulated each month by billions of women and that perishes unfertilized. Others might contend that the same egg is priceless – because it could, if introduced to the correct sperm, form the seed of a new person. Others still will find it morally problematic even to pose the question, on the grounds that it treats human cells as merchandise. But the question is being asked, nonetheless…The Editorial quickly moved on to pragmatic matters about how to obtain the valued eggs without violating donors’ rights.Check Catching: Erika Check wrote an article in the same issue of Nature2 about how ethicists are trying to reach a consensus on the price of human eggs donated for stem cell research. Stem-cell researchers want eggs so they can work on somatic cell nuclear transfer, or ‘therapeutic cloning’. They hope to derive embryonic stem cells matched to patients’ DNA, by transferring the nucleus of one of the patient’s cells into a human egg and developing it into an embryo from which cells can be derived. The technique has great medical potential – but researchers are far from achieving it, and the main limiting factor in the research is the availability of human eggs to practise on.Some feel that female donors who go through the discomfort of donating eggs should be compensated for the pain and effort, especially those from poor countries. “Others are worried that this will create an undue incentive that will coerce women – especially poorer ones – into giving up their eggs,” Check explains. “The fact that so little is known about the long-term health risks of the procedure further complicates the picture….”Into the Unknown: Helen Pearson, in her article in Nature,3 explored why “There is little information on how frequently ovulation stimulation has tragic side effects” on women who donate eggs for research. Part of the problem is that doctors are reluctant to report such effects “and rarely have to.” Though deaths are thought to be rare, long-term effects such as ovarian cancer are little understood when fertility drugs or other methods are used to stimulate ovulation.Setting the Price: Insoo Hyun argued in Nature4 that paying women for egg donations is the best practice, but did consider the downside:Another worry is that compensation could have the unintended effect of enticing socio-economically disadvantaged women to volunteer as oocyte providers. It is unclear whether this concern is mainly about undue inducement, which we have just addressed, or about the exploitation of vulnerable populations. If the latter, then it is worth noting that, for decades, ethical review bodies have been responsible for scrutinizing researchers’ recruitment strategies to ensure that vulnerable populations are not unjustly enlisted. Oocyte procurement for stem-cell research should not be held to a lesser standard.Hyun did not consider the fallout from this year’ Huang scandal, in which the strong motivation for leadership in stem-cell research induced the researchers to cross ethical boundaries and coerce female team members to donate human eggs.Beauty and the Beast: Stem cell therapies are already creating a market for “A barbaric kind of beauty,” wrote Andrea Thompson for the Daily Mail. Some countries with lower ethical standards, like the Netherlands, are enticing women with a “cutting edge nonsurgical treatment” that promises to make them “look ten years younger.” Thompson begins with the story of a 52-year-old British women who doesn”t have time for ethical questions:She doesn’t care if the treatment is expensive, involves babies and is so controversial that it is not allowed to be performed in this country – among her well-heeled friends, this is the ultimate new elixir of youth.In Britain, stem cell therapies are limited to “registered institutions using cells from embryos up to 14 days old or aborted foetuses donated to science,” but such limitations do not apply abroad, where whole industries are happy to cater to their “needs.” And if things go awry, well, no business wants the bad publicity. The new rage, she describes, is unregulated stem cell treatments abroad with plenty of promises of beauty, with no ethical qualms.Incubators for Baby Parts: Focus on the Family’s Citizen Link had a short article about how “In an insatiable quest to look young, women are traveling overseas for injections of aborted fetal cells as part of anti-aging treatments.” But the fetuses are not the only victims: “In countries like Georgia and Ukraine, young girls are being used as incubators for the babies whose cells will be harvested.” The risky procedures have no clinical trials; “About the 12th week, the baby is aborted and the fetal cells sold to cosmetic clinics. The girls earn about $200 for their trouble.”WWJD: Tom Strode on Baptist Press described the opinion of former Democrat congressman Chris Bell, who is campaigning for bringing ES research to Texas. Bell is appealing to Christ’s compassion on the sick to argue that Jesus would support embryonic stem cell research. Strode points out, however, that “Embryonic research has yet to treat any diseases in human beings and has been plagued by the development of tumors in lab animals” – unlike adult stem cells, which have a long track record of success without the moral concerns. “Extracting stem cells from an embryo destroys the tiny human being,” he said. See related article on LifeNews.David Miller argued on Apologetics Press that only a return to Biblical ethics will stem the tide of moral abominations that treat human embryos as merchandise. He argues from the Bible that taking embryonic life is equivalent to something God hates: “hands that shed innocent blood.” He concludes, “The fact that we even are debating this subject demonstrates the extent to which the nation has strayed from its commitment to and reliance on the God of the Universe—yet another unmistakable manifestation of America’s downward spiral into moral and spiritual depravity.” 1Editorial, “Safeguards for donors,” Nature 442, 601(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442601a; Published online 9 August 2006.2Erika Check, “Special Report: Ethicists and biologists ponder the price of eggs,” Nature 442, 606-607(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442606a; Published online 9 August 2006.3Helen Pearson, “Special Report: Health effects of egg donation may take decades to emerge,” Nature 442, 607-608(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442607a; Published online 9 August 2006.4Insoo Hyun, “Commentary: Fair payment or undue inducement?”, Nature 442, 629-630(10 August 2006) | doi:10.1038/442629a; Published online 9 August 2006.Suppose a cosmopolitan rich woman could walk into a prison and go shopping: “Let’s see; I’ll take that one’s skin, this one’s kidneys, and that one’s head on a platter.” The jailer would quickly expedite the order and dispose of the leftovers in the garbage. To what degree is this different, if the prisoner is a fetus in the womb? Surprisingly few churches are even discussing these issues. In their quest to portray a non-confrontational, seeker-friendly image to draw in crowds, have many of today’s men of God in the pulpit become dumb dogs who cannot bark? Where is the Isaiah for 2006? If you think the current stem-cell atrocities listed here are bad, the day is young in this new age of the godless. These are only the beginning of sorrows. The day may come when even the non-religious pray for a Christian revival.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
18 February 2014The University of Mpumalanga, South Africa’s newest university, will officially start its academic year on Wednesday, Professor Ramaranka Mogotlane, the university’s head of academic affairs, announced this week.“Registration took place on February 14, and this week we have started with orientation until the official academic opening of the university on Wednesday,” Mogotlane said in a statement on Monday.The university, which was officially opened in October last year, currently offers three programmes: a bachelor degree in agriculture, a bachelor degree in education (foundation phase) and a national diploma in hospitality.CampusesThis is Mpumalanga’s first university – and also the first to be built by the democratically elected government. Another is being completed in the Northern Cape. Named the Sol Plaatje University, its intake will be 5 000 students.The agriculture courses will be offered at the university’s main campus which is based at the Lowveld Agricultural College in Mbombela (Nelspruit), while the the Siyabuswa campus will specialise in teacher education. The hospitality school is in KaNyamazane.Mogotlane said the programmes are under the patronage of the University of Johannesburg and the University of Pretoria.“We are working with the universities of Pretoria and Johannesburg for quality oversight, assessment and continuous improvement,” said Mogotlane, adding that a staff improvement and development programme would be introduced.The last university built in South Africa was Rand Afrikaans University (RAU), 46 years ago. It has since been renamed the University of Johannesburg following a merger with Technikon Witswatersrand and Vista University in 2005.SAinfo reporter and SAnews.gov.za