GO-Invest urge local businesses to up game

first_imgOil sector…suggests formation of syndicates; networkingWith the inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit now completed, some are still questioning how they can benefit from the oil and gas sector. According to the Guyana Office for Investment, there are in fact ways to get a foot in the door.GO-Invest CEO Owen VerweyAt a press conference on Friday, GO-Invest Chief Executive Officer Owen Verwey was asked about ways in which persons who may not have participated in the summit can capitalise on the industry.“What they should do to get themselves prepared to take advantage of these opportunities? I think, first and foremost, we don’t have enough of a corporate culture,” Verwey pronounced. “We have that culture where it is a one man show and standardisation is still to raise its level. Not that we don’t have that in Guyana, but the actual practise of it in all aspects of business is very important. Record keeping, traceability, those are key aspects we need to do.”He added that making oneself informed, aware and educated as to what is going on, what is required in the industry, is also important, adding that this is very important in the embryotic industry.“(The industry) is heavily technologically driven. So what you know today is not necessarily the same thing that will be required tomorrow. So it has to be a continuous process of you updating your knowledge and your level of understanding. Thirdly, we see the bigger businesses expending funds to come to this market to learn something.”OpportunitiesAs such, Verwey noted the importance of businesses positioning themselves to take advantage of opportunities like the summit provided. These opportunities, he said, include chances to network with other businesses. He also posited the potential of other industries forming themselves into syndicates.This is one of the booths from the summit that drew the attention of the youths“They need to be going out there and networking, whether it’s in the oil and gas industry or other industry. They have to be working to learn and to look for the additional opportunities that are out there,”“Last but not least,” the GO-Invest CEO suggested. “(Explore) the possibility of some of the smaller guys in Guyana consolidating with others, as is currently happening in the mining industry, the syndicates. These small mechanic shops or welding shops may have to start considering things like that that will help to up the scale of their operation, bring efficiency to them, and help manage their cost of training and cost of operation.”SyndicatesIn the mining sector, syndicates were developed after the Natural Resources Ministers met with miners in January 2016. The decision was made to cluster small miners across the mining districts for them to benefit from concessions and support each other… something they were unable to achieve mining on their own.Even as a collective syndicate, however, the group still had to contend with the bureaucracy. For instance, A mining syndicate developed for small miners in the Toroparu, Upper Mazaruni, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) had complained about being treated unfairly by the Government after an application for 10 mining blocks was turned down.The three-day GIPEX summit opened on Wednesday last at the Marriott Hotel. The participating entities had included oil giant ExxonMobil, Repsol Exploracion S.A., HESS, CNOOC Nexen, CGX Energy Inc. Schlumberger, JHI, GBTI, GTT Baker Hughes, Siemens, ECO Atlantic Tiger Tanks, Oceaneering, DAI, EDO, Clariant, TechnipFMC, Scotiabank, Macorp, Bristow, VSH, ERM, and Laparkan.The cost of almost US$2,000 was required for a booth at the exhibition. Organisers of the event had defended this, noting that the summit was intended to be a self-financing venture and so there had to be a way to recover the costs.last_img read more

Business Minister to push affordable domestic tourism

first_imgAs Guyana continues with efforts at being promoted as an eco-tourism destination, newly appointed Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar, who has responsibility for Tourism, has said he believes that in order for the country to be successfully marketed abroad, it first needs to be promoted locally.Business Minister Haimraj Rajkumar“I do believe that citizens of Guyana can act as ambassadors (of) our country and help sell our tourism product. But when (you) look carefully, you find that people spend (their) vacations in other countries rather than (in) Guyana, and many of those persons would have hardly visited a place in another county (other) than (the one) which they live in,” Minister Rajkumar pointed out at a reception recently held to welcome him in the new position.At the Cara Lodge on Friday, He told a room full of tourism industry stakeholders that for the initiative of promoting Guyana’s tourism to succeed, a collaborative approach is needed.“I think we, as stakeholders in this sector, should put our heads together and somehow try to encourage local tourism; tourism that our citizens can be able to afford – a destination that can be affordable and a destination that can be easily accessible; so that when they leave and go to another destination, they will be able to sell the things we have. It’s highly unlikely for someone to sell the things that they don’t know about, and it’s somewhat shameful to know that you know about Manhattan and (all those places) abroad, but you cannot sell Fort Island, you can’t sell Sloth Island,” the minister posited.He said Guyana’s brand of tourism product is different from anything that is being offered by its Caribbean neighbours; that is, the usual sand, sun and sea.“We have something different, and we have an opportunity to create a different package and product. But even though it’s different, we must be able to package it in such a manner that it becomes desirable, so that people would want to be part of this. We must be able to put our energies together to become one of the leading sustainable tourism destination,” he noted.The minister noted that with Guyana having been recognised as the number one eco-tourism destination in the world, the sector needs to capitalise on this and build, so that the country can be seen as not just a destination with beautiful scenery, but a deep and diverse culture.“We, as a people, should be patriotic and recognise that we have a very valuable product in our natural flora and fauna, (but) we also have people of six races, and each one of us has our own cultural background which is completely different from (that of) any (other) Caribbean country. We are a place of six people living together as one people, one nation and one destiny; that itself is something different, and we can always market that. So we can sell (to others the opportunity) to come and discover the culture of our people,” Minister Rajkumar explained.The Business Minister, who also has responsibility for the tourism sector, further clarified that in order for the tourism industry to move forward, it is necessary to analyze and see where its strengths and weaknesses are.“(We need) to develop the areas that are weak and to form strategies to maximise the benefits of the areas that are strong. So we need to start a policy of data collection so that we can analyze how our sector is doing, and determine how many visitors come to Guyana, where they spend their money, and how they spend their money, so that we can tap into those (areas). I would like to see stakeholders working together to increase the quality of our tourism product and make Guyana a desirable destination. This will result in the increase in visitors’ arrival and directly making a contribution to our economy,” Rajkumar stressed.last_img read more

Northern Health’s Health Day Circuit to run for kindergarten students

first_imgThe Health Day Circuit provides a one stop location for immunization, dental, vision, and hearing screenings. Information will also be provided on nutrition and injury prevention. Parents will be offered further support if their child is found to be in need.500 children are expected to attend the Health Day Circuit this year. Northern Health says children reach their full potential as learners when their physical, emotional, and mental health are at their best. The circuit will give children a healthy start so they can effectively learn as much as possible.Those wanting more information on appointment times for the Health Day Circuit can call 250-263-6000.- Advertisement –last_img

B.C. backs proposal for liquefied natural gas ship refuelling facility

first_imgVANCOUVER — A proposal to build the first ship-to-ship liquefied natural gas marine refuelling service along the west coast of North America is getting support from the British Columbia government.A statement from the premier’s office says replacing diesel fuel with LNG has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from marine shipping by at least 20 per cent. The province is contributing $25,000 to a study to examine the competitive, environmental and social impact of LNG marine refuelling, also known as bunkering.- Advertisement -Since 2017, B.C. has trucked LNG to the handful of BC Ferries and Seaspan cargo ferries that use it, but the new plan would add a fuelling vessel filled from an onshore terminal in Delta to move LNG directly to large vessels.Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, says LNG-powered container, car carrier and cruise vessels could begin arriving in Vancouver as early as next year.Global demand for the fuel is expected to exceed nine million tonnes annually by 2025.Advertisement A study by PricewaterhouseCoopers for LNG supplier Fortis BC shows a five-year construction period for bunkering infrastructure in Delta could create thousands of jobs and pump $930 million annually into the economy, once the project is complete.Premier John Horgan says he’s confident B.C. can join the global network of ports providing liquefied natural gas directly to ships.“This will allow B.C. to have a direct impact on global emissions by reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions from visiting vessels.” Horgan said in the statement.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 24, 2019.Advertisement The Canadian Presslast_img read more

The next Henrik Larsson? Fans laugh after bizarre rumour links Barcelona with Liverpool cult hero

first_img Dirk Kuyt Brace yourselves for the strangest transfer rumour you’ll hear since Real Madrid signed Thomas Gravesen.Barcelona have been heavily linked with Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in the last few weeks, but The Metro believe the European champions are actually eyeing another Reds cult hero.Dirk Kuyt, at the tender age of 35, has emerged as a surprise target for the Catalans after the La Liga giants were struck by a chronic injury crisis to go with their ongoing transfer embargo.Could Barca really move for the veteran Dutchman in January? Imagine: Messi, Neymar and….Kuyt?Some of the best fan reaction to the speculation is below: 1last_img

Giggs set for SHOCK Man United exit, Real Madrid plot £75m Hazard swoop – GOSSIP

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review – Thursday, June 30 Here’s all the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Ryan Giggs is set to end his 29-year Manchester United career after rejecting the offer of a reduced coaching role under new manager Jose Mourinho. It is claimed the Red Devils have gone back on an agreement to give him the top job after he served under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. (Daily Mail)Arsenal believe Arsene Wenger will dismiss the FA’s interest in making him their new England manager to stay on at the Emirates. (The Sun)Meanwhile, former PSG boss Laurent Blanc has emerged as a serious contender for the England job (Daily Mirror), and Luiz Felipe Scolari also reportedly wants to be considered. (Daily Mail)Real Madrid could make a £75million move for Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard by offering striker Alvaro Morata, plus £40m. (Daily Mirror)The Spanish giants also want to sign Leicester and France midfielder N’Golo Kante. (Marca)Manchester City could swap striker Wilfried Bony for Everton defender John Stones, if the Merseyside club sell Romelu Lukaku. (The Sun)Chelsea are expected to now abandon their plan to re-sign Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, after closing in on in-demand 22-year-old Marseille frontman Michy Batshuayi for £33.2m. (Daily Star)Liverpool have told Crystal Palace they will have to pay £30m to sign Christian Benteke this summer. (Daily Telegraph)Meanwhile, Slovakian centre-back Martin Skrtel is set to complete his move from the Reds to Turkish side Fenerbahce this week. (Liverpool Echo)Tottenham and Leicester are among several Premier League clubs interested in signing Iceland defender Ragnar Sigurdsson from Russian club FC Krasnodar. (The Guardian)Norwich have made an approach to sign Scotland striker Steven Fletcher on a free transfer when his Sunderland contract expires next week. (Daily Mail)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?EXCLUSIVE: FA chief Martin Glenn tells talkSPORT he’s not bothered about nationality of next England manager‘Rio Ferdinand has a lot to offer England’ – Former FA executive Adrian Bevington tips ex-defender for Three Lions coaching roleLISTEN: Terry Butcher’s damning verdict on England’s Euro 2016 humiliation at hands of IcelandCrystal Palace leading the race to sign Newcastle United star Andros Townsend – talkSPORT sourcesLiverpool FC transfer news: Fenerbahce confirm deal for Reds defender Martin Skrtel ‘almost done’‘If Antonio Conte calls, we’ll fly to Chelsea’ – Emanuele Giaccherini’s agent says Sunderland midfielder would be keen on Blues switchTransfer report: James Rodriguez eyeing Premier League switch as Chelsea and Manchester City consider movesTransfer report: Tottenham joined by French giants Paris Saint-Germain in battle for Dutch striker Vincent JanssenGonzalo Higuain’s agent puts Arsenal and Liverpool on red alert by announcing striker will NOT sign new Napoli dealManchester United to discover by Sunday whether Borussia Dortmund will accept £26m Henrikh Mkhitaryan offerlast_img read more

DDTV VIDEO: SPOT YOURSELF ON OUR DDTV NORTH WEST 10K VIDEO!

first_imgMORE  than 2,600 runners and walkers took part in Sunday’s North West 10k charity run/walk – and here’s a video of everyone who took part.Tens of thousands of euro were raised for various charities with serious runners, walkers, people with their dogs, pram-pushers and even children on bikes. Participants came from every corner of Co Donegal (and across Ireland) for the Letterkenny event organised by Finn Valley AC and Letterkenny AC.Well done to the organisers for a superb family day out in the Cathedral Town.DDTV VIDEO: SPOT YOURSELF ON OUR DDTV NORTH WEST 10K VIDEO! was last modified: June 18th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTVdonegaldailyHigh DefinitionletterkennyNorth West 10kvideolast_img read more

Watford sign Gerard Deulofeu on permanent deal from Barcelona – reports

first_img targets The winger scored one goal for Watford, in a thrilling 4-1 defeat of Chelsea 2 The Hertfordshire club have reportedly paid around £11.5m (€13m) to secure Deulofeu, who has previously represented Everton in the Premier League, while the deal is said to include clauses involving both appearances and a potential future transfer. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TOP WORK three-way race Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ RANKED targets Deulofeu’s career moving on IN DEMAND Watford have completed the permanent signing of Gerard Deulofeu from Barcelona, according to reports.Deulofeu, the Spain winger, spent the second half of last season on loan at Vicarage Road, though injury problems restricted him to making just seven appearances for the Hornets. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing LATEST Club2011-13: Barcelona B (68 apps / 27 goals)2011-15: Barcelona (2 apps / 0 goals)2013-14: Everton (loan) (25 apps / 3 goals)2014-15: Sevilla (loan) (17 apps / 1 goals)2015-17: Everton (37 apps /  2 goals)2017: Milan (loan) (17 apps/ 4 goals)2017-ongoing: Barcelona (10 apps / 1 goal)2018: Watford (loan) (7 apps / 1 goal)International2014-ongoing: Spain (4 apps / 1 goal) REVEALED Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Talks between Watford and Barcelona over a permanent deal for the 24-year-old have been going on for a number of weeks, and SPORT say the signing is now completed. Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Deulofeu joined Watford on loan in January but made just seven appearances for the Hornets LIVING THE DREAM With the deal formally wrapped up between Watford and Barca, it is stated that the official announcement will be made next week, before the start of the World Cup on Thursday.last_img read more

LETTERKENNY AC EASTER SUNDAY 3K RESULTS

first_imgEaster Sunday 3k 2011   Place  Race No.  Time  FirstName  Surname  Category  Club  1 102           8.45          Conor            Bradley              –            City of Derry   2 120           9.03          Pauric           Mc Kinney           –            Letterkenny A C  3 145           9.06          James           Flanagan             –            Tír Chonaill A C  4 106           9.21          Neil              Gibbons             –            Letterkenny A C  5 104           9.26          Garvin           Walker               –            Letterkenny A C   6 105           9.27          Kevin            Ferry                 –            Letterkenny A C  7 133           9.27          Gavin            Crawford             –            24/7 Triathlon  8 146           9.28          Leo              Murray               –            Tír Chonaill A C  9 125           9.29          Kieran           Mc Bride             –            Letterkenny A C  10 144           9.31          Paul             Mc Glinchey         –            Letterkenny A C   11 126           9.33          Ivan              Toner                –            Letterkenny A C  12 154           9.47          Darragh          Mc Daid             –            Letterkenny A C  13 130           9.56          Paul             Cullen                –            24/7 Triathlon  14 103           9.57          Barry            Meehan              –            Letterkenny A C   15 137           10.02         Brian             Crossan             –            Individual  16 136           10.06         Ryan             Porter                –            Finn Valley A C  17 159           10.11         Humprey         Murphy              –            Letterkenny A C  18 131           10.12         Paul             Doherty              –            24/7 Triathlon  19 111           10.13         Robert           Bigger               –            Civil Service  20 127           10.14         Paddy           Mc Bride             –            Letterkenny A C  21 158           10.15         Darragh          Crossan             –            Letterkenny A C  22 119           10.15         Joe              English              –            Letterkenny A C  23 114           10.18         Aidan            Mc Kenna            –            Letterkenny A C  24 150           10.21         Brian             Ferry                 –            Individual  25 116           10.24         Marcus          Mc Clintock          –            Letterkenny A C  26 110           10.31         Keith             Downey              –            Individual  27 142           10.33         Michael          Duffy                –            Individual  28 121           10.41         Pat              Gallagher            –            Inishowen A C  29 122           10.42         Padraig          Friel                 –            Letterkenny A C    30 153           10.42         Pat              O’ Donnell           –            Individual  31 123           10.48         Glen             Duncan              –            Letterkenny A C  32 148           10.59         Seamus          Sweeney             –            Rosses A.C.  33 113           11.00         Ben              George              –            Letterkenny A C  34 147           11.01         Pauric           Kelly                 –            24/7 Triathlon  35 141           11.04         Gerry            Gribbons            –            Individual  36 108           11.05         Neil              Mc Collum           –            Letterkenny A C  37 151           11.10         Garvin           Mc Closkey          –            Letterkenny A C  38 117           11.10         Maura            Kearns               –            Donore Harriers  39 156           11.14         Zach             Mc Gowan           –            City Of Derry  40 149           11.21         Noleen           Porter                –            Finn Valley A C  41 132           11.24         Jerome          Burke                –            Individual  42 107           11.27         Malcolm         Mc Causland         –            City Of Derry  43 112           11.29         Paddy           Fox                  –            Cranford A C  44 109           11.38         Gabrial           Crossan             –            Letterkenny A C  45 101           11.49         Frankie          Mc Ginley            –            Individual  46 128           11.50         Mattie            Sweeney             –            Letterkenny A C  47 129           11.51         Steve            Sweeney             –            Letterkenny A C  48 152           12.00         Gerard           Mc Gettigan          –            Individual  49 135           12.18         David            Ward                –            Individual  50 140           12.22         Paul             Cosgrove            –            Letterkenny A C  51 134           12.38         Martin            Greene               –            Rosses A.C.  52 143           12.54         Sharron          Greene               –            Letterkenny A C  53 155           12.56         Hanah           Mc Gowan           –            City Of Derry  54 118           12.57         Graine           Kearns               –            Individual  55 138           12.58         Edward          Duffy                –            Individual  56 124           12.58         Irene             Mc Fadden          –            Letterkenny A C  57 157           13.05         Charlie Joe       Mc Ginley            –            Letterkenny A C  58 115           13.28         Pat              Mc Kenna            –            Letterkenny A C  Total Runners:  58  LETTERKENNY AC EASTER SUNDAY 3K RESULTS was last modified: April 26th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in 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All welcome to World Health Day celebrations at B&S Credit Union

first_imgB&S Credit Union in Ballybofey has planned an action-packed programme of events to celebrate World Health Day.World Health Day is a worldwide opportunity to focus on key public health issues. In light of World Health Day which took place on Sunday 7th April, B&S Credit Union would like to invite members of the community to call into their Ballybofey office tomorrow Wednesday 10th April from 10 am – 4 pm. A number of local exhibitors will provide information, advice and practical support to help us stay healthy, active and well for your mind, body and soul.   A variety of exhibitors and demonstrations will run from 10 am – 4 pm including:10 am – 12noon Evolve Health and Fitness Louise Hayden will provide Health & Fitness advice Sonas Counselling and Wellness Centre Diana will be available to speak to individuals on a one to one basis Specsavers Audiologist – Tina McNulty will offer Free Mini Hearing Test and Wax checks10am – 1pm Bodyfuel Co will provide 1-1 advice on healthy foods and clean mealsCommunity Health Sync Project DLDC – Sharon will provide support to anyone interested in improving their overall health and well-being. 1 pm – 3 pm Pro-Fitness – Fitness advice from Shaun McGlynn2pm – 4pm McElhinneys – Cosmetic Department Estee Lauder consultant Gemma will give advice on getting your perfect colour foundation match. Information will also be available from Jigsaw Donegal, Samantha Pilates, Eibhlin Coll RINKA Kids Fitness, Mary Kara DonegalMindfullness and many more. We would love to see old and new members. If you would like more information call our office Free Phone 1800290390. Visit www.bandscu.ie or B&S Credit Union on Facebook for more.All welcome to World Health Day celebrations at B&S Credit Union was last modified: April 9th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:B&S credit unionBallybofeyStranorlarworld health daylast_img read more