Wednesday, October 09, 2013

A Most Unfortunate Headline Wording

The Most Unfortunate Headline Wording Award goes to the Financial Times, for this one:

Given the situation in Syria, that should have been better worded.

Such as

Gaza's natural gas project set for approval

And for sure, not something like this:

Israel's approves gas for Gaza

The story went like this:

October 9, 2013 1:53 pm
Gaza Strip gas project poised for approval

By John Reed in Jerusalem and Guy Chazan in London

A long-mooted $1bn project to develop natural gasfields off the Gaza Strip has won Israeli support in principle and is on track to be given the green light, Palestinian and Israeli government officials said.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is “very supportive” of the project, which would see the fields exploited on behalf of the Palestinian Authority by investors led by BG Group, an Israeli government official involved in the deal told the Financial Times.

The fields, which contain about 1tn cubic feet of natural gas – about a third of the UK’s annual consumption of the fuel – would take three to four years to develop, meaning they could be producing gas by 2017. Capital investment in the project would total about $1bn, and it would bring in $6bn to $7bn of revenues a year, some of which would go back into the squeezed Palestinian budget in the form of royalties and taxes and help to defray Ramallah’s chronic fiscal and trade deficits.

A senior Palestinian official said that because of positive signals from Israel’s government, the PA was now negotiating a revised concession agreement with the other investors, BG and Consolidated Contractors Company – an Athens-based, Palestinian-owned construction and engineering group – which he hoped would be finalised “in the coming few days”.


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