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

Oklahoma State Picked Third In 2016 Big 12 Preseason Poll

first_img4Baylor156 10Kansas27 3Oklahoma State202 The Big 12 preseason media poll was revealed on Thursday, and Oklahoma State was picked to finish third behind OU and TCU and just ahead of Baylor and Texas.Here’s a look at how all 10 shook out (points are awarded 10 for a first place pick, nine for a second .. and so on. There were 26 voters so a perfect score would be 260). 5Texas151 I’m not sure how Kansas did not get 26 votes to finish last. Somebody picked them to finish ninth? Who and why? Also, Kansas State is probably going to win the league now that they have been picked to finish 8th. Might be the only team in Big 12 history to have five All-Big 12 first team players and an eighth place pick.I’m fine with OSU being picked third. That’s probably on average where they would finish if this season was played 1,000 times. Plus you get to play the “nobody believes in us” card a little bit longer. Obviously nobody has any clue what to do with Baylor. I think they’re still going to be pretty good this year. It might drop off hard after that, but they have too much talent to go 6-6 this year.Last year the Pokes were picked to finish fourth. In 2014 they were picked fifth and in 2013 they were picked to win the conference. More on those numbers and whether OSU is traditionally overrated or underrated a little bit later on.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! 8Kansas State88 6Texas Tech141 7West Virginia126 2TCU222 (2) 1Oklahoma258 (24) RankTeamPoints (1st place votes) 9Iowa State59last_img read more

New Director of Public Prosecutions selected among 11

first_img More motor mishaps; PDM Leader calls for Govt attention to illegal jitneys, again Related Items:governor peter beckingham, john masters, public prosecutions Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Mar 2015 – A 27 year barrister has won the job of Director of Public Prosecutions and his name is John Masters. Governor His Excellency Peter Beckingham explained: “He brings with him a wealth of experience, and I hope his skills will enhance the work of the prosecutions department within the overall criminal justice system.” That experience has been built from time in the United Kingdom, Australia and the Cayman Islands. The appointment was made on March 10; Masters begins his job of the new DPP on April 27. Joanne Meloche was the first in the role, she departed the job in February. Eleven individuals had applied for the job. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you DR wants consulate office in TCI New Prison Supt & Officer of the Year Awardedlast_img read more

New Commander for Air Force Installation Support Agency

first_imgMaj. Gen. Bradley Spacy on Friday took command of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC), the agency responsible for consolidating installation management functions across the service.Spacy replaces Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, who is retiring after 31 years of service. Carter had led the center since it was formally established in April 2015. Spacy joined the organization last July as its director of expeditionary support, reported AFIMSC Public Affairs.At the ceremony, Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, said she is confident in Spacy’s leadership to further develop the AFIMSC’s capability because he’s spent his entire career providing combat support.“I know you have the right background and I’m looking forward to continuing to work with this team to support our Air Force in providing agile combat support,” Pawlikowski said. “Under your leadership, I know you’ll make this organization even better.”In less than a year’s time, the AFIMSC team has demonstrated it can provide full-spectrum, enterprise-wide, integrated combat support, Spacy said.“But the real work is just starting,” he added. “We’ve got to take this to the next level and the next level to create capability … and help change the way we fight the war to keep America safe.“I know we can do it. It’s going to take hard work. Lisa and I will be there with you every step of the way … and it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Spacy concluded.AFIMSC supports 77 Air Force installations, nine major commands and two direct reporting units with an annual budget of $10 billion. The center integrates and executes more than 150 mission capabilities in the areas of civil engineering, base communications, ministry programs, financial management, logistics readiness, operational acquisition, security forces, and airmen and family services. The organization is a unit of Air Force Materiel Command. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

4 Things To Know About Trick Or Treating In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are four things every Wilmington trick-or-treater should know!#1) No Set TimeWilmington has no “official” trick or treating hours.“We tell families that trick or treating starts when it gets dark, with the expectation that most families with young children will conclude that a couple of hours is enough time to be out gathering treats,” said Town Manager Jeff Hull. “To my knowledge, we have not had a problem with unofficial approach.”On Halloween, the sun is scheduled to set in Wilmington at 5:38pm.#2) Forecast Looks GoodAccording to the National Weather Service, Halloween will be mostly cloudy with a low around 47. Patchy fog is expected after 10pm. There’s a 30% chance of rain, but not until after 2am.#3) Best NeighborhoodsTwo areas in town — the Pouliot Place/Shawsheen Commons/Mink Run Road area and the Hathaway Acres area, off of Salem Street — are known as particularly popular places for trick or treaters.#4) Keep SafeBelow are safety tips from the Massachusetts State Fire Marshal:More children are hit by cars on Halloween than any other single day, so it’s important for children to be visible and to practice pedestrian safety.Children should carry a flashlight or glow sticks and costumes should be bright-colored or have reflective tape to highlight them.Drivers should use extra caution: drive more slowly and watch for children who may forget to cross at corners and use crosswalks.Keep decorations like cornstalks and leaves away from heat sources and lit candles. Switch to battery operated candles.Be sure all parts of costumes are labeled flame retardant.Costumes should not have trailing materials or tails long enough to cause falls.If a child is wearing a mask instead of make-up, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see through clearly.Make sure your home is well-lit inside and out and that there is a clear path to your door.Children under 12 should always be with an adult. It’s best to take little ones out early. If older children are going out without you, go over the ground rules first and set a curfew. Have them travel in a group and with a cell phone and flashlight.Remind youngsters to cross at crosswalks or corners and not to dart out between parked cars.Fireworks are dangerous and illegal in Massachusetts. The ban includes firecrackers, cherry bombs and party poppers.For more information on Halloween Safety, contact your local fire department or look at the Department of Fire Services website at http://www.mass.gov/dfs, type Halloween Safety in the search bar, or call the Public Fire Safety Education Hotline at 1-877-9-NO-FIRE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Selectman McCoy Says 4 Town Meeting Articles Are ILLEGAL, Including Sciarappa Farm RezoningIn “Letter To The Editor”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town May Unknowingly Own 4.5 Acres Of Land Off Route 125, Could Be Spot For SubstationIn “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Town To Announce Plan To Increase Number Of Accepted RoadsIn “Government”last_img read more

Rohingyas can be a threat to countrys security PM

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina is addressing her valedictory speech in the 21st (budget) session of the current parliament on 12 July. Photo: PIDPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the security and stability of Bangladesh could be hampered if the displaced Rohingya people cannot be repatriated soon, reports UNB.”If we can’t send them back soon, there’s an apprehension that our security and stability will be at stake,” she told parliament while replying to a tabled question from Awami League MP Nur Mohammad (Kishoreganj-2).The prime minister said, “It’s very tough for us to arrange food, clothes and accommodation for over 1.1 million Myanmar nationals for an indefinite time.”This is why the government has been making diplomatic efforts to find out a permanent solution since the very beginning of the crisis for sending the forcibly-displaced Rohingyas back to their homeland, she said.Sheikh Hasina said the displaced people, deprived of basic rights by the Myanmar authorities, are naturally suffering from dissatisfaction.Noting that any repatriation process is a very complicated and lengthy process, she said Bangladesh and the international community are exerting pressure on Myanmar to create a congenial environment in Rakhine state.Unfortunately, she said, it is true there has been no visible progress in the situation due to a rigid stance of Myanmar government.Besides, Myanmar is involved in carrying out propaganda in the international arena that the Rohingya repatriation is being delayed for the noncooperation of Bangladesh, she added.The prime minister said Bangladesh repeatedly raised voice in different fora that Myanmar is responsible for taking back its all the displaced people, and Myanmar will have to take the initiative in this regard.She said Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a total of three bilateral agreements. The repatriation process would be completed within two years according to an agreement out of three. “But the Myanmar government has delayed the process by creating in many ways.”In reply to a question from treasury bench member M Abdul Latif (Chattogram-11), the prime minister said the government has set a target to create some 15 million jobs in the next five years.She said the present government has taken various measures to transform the young generation into human resources by creating jobs in the country in line with strategies and targets of the 7thfive-year plan (2016-20).last_img read more