ExxonMobil hosts oil spill demonstration exercise on Shell Beach

first_imgMore than 100 persons recently participated in an oil spill demonstration exercise facilitated by ExxonMobil Guyana at Waini Point, Shell Beach Protected Area in Region One (Barima-Waini). These representatives were from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC), coastal village councils and other key agencies.“Because we want to ensure that yours and other communities remain beautiful and untouched, ExxonMobil Guyana is committed to safe and environmentally responsible operations. This commitment is highlighted in our Corporate Environment Policy; Protect Tomorrow, Today,” Country Manager Rod Henson indicated in his address to those gathered on the Beach last Friday.According to him, it is the company’s fundamental goal everywhere it operates to ensure that there are no environmental incidents.“Not only do we comply with all applicable environmental laws and regulations, but we seek to go beyond these where practical and apply international standards where laws and regulations do not exist. Already, we have partnered with key agencies over the years and even here in Region One to ensure that the natural beauty of coastal communities and life beyond the shores remain intact.”Meanwhile, Regional Chairman Brentnol Ashley has said that the Administration is pleased that coastal communities are now better able to protect themselves from an oil spill, should one occur.“This exercise while it may seem very simple, it is very important and significant to the development of this newfound wealth in our country in which, as a people at the local level, [we] will be empowered to know what needs to be done if there should be an oil spill,” he explained.Similarly, Captain Salim October of the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) stated that while existing concerns of citizens cannot be ignored, this is an important part of the country’s overall preparedness to respond to a potential oil spill.“Engaging in this exercise no doubt is considered proactive and to some extent, it is considered preventative,” he expressed.The demonstration exercise was done with support from the Civil Defence Commission, the Regional Democratic Council, Protected Areas Commission (PAC), the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration Department (MARAD).Friday’s event is one in a series of drills and workshops planned by ExxonMobil Guyana in coastal communities across the country.last_img read more

High school students to get Enerplex space

first_imgHigh school students will soon have a new space to use at the Enerplex.In an announcement made at Fort St. John City Hall, Tuesday, Larry Espe, says eight new classrooms will be constructed to accommodate students from grades 10, 11, and 12, and students from other programs in the future.The superintendant for district 60 says the space will potentially be ready for the students beginning in Sept. 2011.- Advertisement -The other potential projects being considered for the space include classes in sports medicine, water treatment, or even a program for international students.He says the project is expected to cost around $5.8 million, with approximately $1.3 million going towards paying the city for a 30 year lease. The remainder of the money will be spent on renovations.Mayor Bruce Lantz calls the project a “ground-breaking initiative” and says the Enerplex is designed to be multifunctional, including 12,000 square feet of space that had not previously been given a specific purpose. Advertisement [asset|aid=2962|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f4ca27a886d492195b702656f3e90083-Lantz 2 Enerplex classes_1_Pub.mp3] He adds that because of its design, the students will not only be able to have their own space, but will have access to the building’s amenities.[asset|aid=2963|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=f4ca27a886d492195b702656f3e90083-Lantz 3 – Classes and Enerplex operations_1_Pub.mp3] Espe says that although the new space will remove the need for 11 portables to be added to various schools across the district. Portable classrooms will still be added at Prespatou and Charlie Lake Elementary schools.last_img read more

Deo warms up for Guyana Open with win in Suriname

first_imgGuyanese pro golfer Joaan Deo warmed up for the upcoming Guyana Open Cup Championship by starring in the recently-concluded Republic Bank Suriname Golf Invitational.Joaan Deo (second from left in front row) flocked by her Guyanese teammates, including Shanella Webster and Troy Cadogan, at the Suriname Golf OpenThe Surinamese Golf Club Greens in Paramaribo were set alight last weekend as 22 Guyanese invaded Dutch shores as they sought to fine-tune themselves for Guyana’s premier golfing extravaganza, which will tee off in November. Deo, a former Guyana Open champ, led the way in the Female Category finishing with a score of 79 over 18 holes for her 42 points.Forty of Deo’s points were acquired on the first day as she went on to tally 82 points over the two days. Another former Guyana Open winner, Shanella Webster also got some form going as she ended in second place with her two-day aggregate of 75 points.Deo broke 18 holes for the first time, securing her lowest Gross.In the male category, seasoned Guyanese pro Bridgelall Harry won the B flight Handicap14-24 while Videsh Persaud calmly finished second in the C Flight as current Guyana Open champion Avinash Persaud, who was tied for second place in the top flight on Saturday, was ousted on Sunday by the competition.last_img read more

Lottery win came too late for player

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A man who won $1 million in the lottery shortly after finding out he had terminal cancer has died. Wayne Schenk died Monday at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Syracuse, according to the Baird-Moore Funeral Home. He was 51. “He is in a better place now. He was starting to suffer, and we didn’t want that,” friend Nick Pascazi told The Daily Messenger of Canandaigua. On Jan. 12, Schenk won $1 million playing a $5 scratch-off ticket in the New York State Lottery’s High Stakes Blackjack. Five weeks earlier, he had found out that he had less than a year to live because of inoperable lung cancer. Schenk had tried to get the lottery to give him a lump sum so he could enter a hospital that specialized in treating advanced cancer. His prize pays out in $50,000 annual installments over 20 years. Lottery officials said they were sympathetic but couldn’t break the rules to give him a lump sum. He had received just $34,000 of his win by the time of his death. In an interview with The Associated Press in January, Schenk said he was trying to take each day in stride. “I haven’t given up, but it’s getting right down there where time is of the essence,” he said. “There’s only one way to go, and that’s up. I’ve already been down.” Schenk was a lifelong smoker whose parents died of lung cancer in the 1990s. He served on a troop ship off Lebanon during a stint in the Army from 1976 to 1980.last_img read more

Premier Clark Back Home After Trip To Asia

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Premier Christy Clark has returned from her trip to Asia where she promoted BC’s LNG industry as well as launching BC’s new trade and investment office in the Philippines.Clark said her visit had two main objectives.“This mission had two priorities – expanding B.C.’s trade presence in Southeast Asia and strengthening B.C.’s trade relationships in existing priority markets in South Korea and Japan,” said Premier Clark. “The business-to-business announcements that took place on this mission demonstrate Asia’s growing interest in B.C. clean technology, information and communications technology and international education, helping to drive economic growth and job creation at home in B.C.”When it comes to LNG, Clark also was busy on that front.- Advertisement -The LNG sector here in BC will see a benefit from the renewal of an agreement between BC government and the Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC) on energy co-operation as well as engagement. JOGMEC will be investing in 4 LNG and natural gas projects under development in BC – the Cordova Embayment, the Cutbank Ridge Partnership, Pacific NorthWest LNG and Aurora LNG.last_img read more

Arsenal transfer blow! Riyad Mahrez ‘stays with us’ according to Claudio Ranieri

first_imgClaudio Ranieri has dealt a blow to Arsenal in the hunt for Riyad Mahrez, with the Leicester boss claiming he will ‘stay with’ the reigning Premier League champions.Mahrez has emerged as a target for the Gunners following his excellent season as a key part of the Foxes’ title success, during which he scored 17 goals and registered 10 assists.Arsene Wenger wants to bring him to the Emirates Stadium in an attempt to build a title winning side, but Ranieri has continued to insist that Mahrez is not on his way to North London.And following Leicester’s penalty victory over Celtic in pre-season, in which Mahrez, scored an excellent goal, the Italian repeated his view: “Did you see how Riyad is happy? He played so well, worked so hard for the team, he scored a goal and he stays with us.“It is very important (to keep him) he is one of our stars.“Other teams maybe have more stars and maybe he doesn’t play at the same level, because maybe is on the bench so it is much better he stays with me.”Asked if Mahrez was worth more than £40million, the Italian said: “Maybe tomorrow some newspapers say £100million, that is good – keep going. It is only speculation.” 1 Riyad Mahrez scored in Leicester’s penalty win over Celtic last_img read more

National Guard may be deployed to Mexico border

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – President Bush, trying to build momentum for an overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws, is considering plans to shore up the Mexican border with National Guard troops paid for by the federal government, according to senior administration officials. One defense official said military leaders believe the number of troops required could range from 3,500 to 10,000, depending on the final plan. Another administration official cautioned that the 10,000 figure was too high. The officials insisted on anonymity since no decision has been announced. The president was expected to reveal his plans in an address Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. It will be the first time he has used the Oval Office for a domestic policy speech – a gesture intended to underscore the importance he places on the divisive immigration issue. The key questions Friday were exactly how many National Guard troops might be deployed, for how long and at what cost to taxpayers – as well as the problem of possible disruption of upcoming deployments to Iraq and elsewhere overseas. Border state governors were split. Using those troops for border security is “maybe not the right way to go,” said California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Republican former movie star, though he agreed the federal government is obliged to secure the borders. He noted that many of the Guard troops are returning from long duty in Iraq, and “I think that we should let them go … back to work again.” New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson also opposed the plan, saying National Guard troops could be needed for emergencies such as wildfires or hurricanes. Richardson, chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, said in a statement the Bush administration has not consulted directly with the governors who deal with border issues. “This would dramatically impact our states and we should be included in the discussion and planning,” he said. The governors of Texas and Arizona favor positioning National Guard troops on the border. But Texas Democratic Reps. Silvestre Reyes and Solomon Ortiz _ both senior members of the Armed Services Committee – sent a letter to Bush urging him to consider a number of issues before deploying the troops, including whether another mission is in the best interest of “our over-stretched military.” As discussions among the White House, the Pentagon and the states continued on how the military could be used to secure the southern border, defense officials said states want the federal government to pick up what will be a significant tab for the increased security. Officials had no estimates on that cost. Bush’s speech Monday night is intended to build support for broad immigration overhaul by taking substantive steps to secure the border. “We need to beef up those (border) operations and the cost will be substantial,” Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said in an interview. “People are just not going to accept comprehensive immigration reform unless they are assured the government is going to secure the border. People have lost confidence in the federal government because they simply haven’t addressed this in a dramatic and effective way.” Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, asked officials earlier this week to offer options for the use of military resources and troops – particularly the National Guard – along the border with Mexico, according to defense officials familiar with the discussions. Cornyn said state officials are also looking for more unmanned aircraft, ground sensors, surveillance cameras and military training to help with border patrols. Defense officials said the National Guard may be used only until significant additions to the existing civilian border patrols can be fully funded and completed. Currently there are about 100 National Guard troops involved in counter-drug operations, including some along the border, said Guard Bureau spokesman Jack Harrison. He said there are also between 10-15 Guard members – mostly engineers – helping border patrol agents with vehicle and heavy equipment support. The discussions this week underscored the importance of the border and immigrations issues, yet were tentative enough to reflect worries about drawing the nation’s armed forces into a politically sensitive domestic role. Southern lawmakers met with White House strategist Karl Rove earlier in the week for a discussion that included making greater use of National Guard troops to shore up border control. And on Capitol Hill, the Senate is poised to pass legislation this month that would call for additional border security, a new guest worker program and provisions opening the way to eventual citizenship for many of the estimated 11 million to 12 million illegal immigrants in the country. Currently, the military plays a very limited role along the borders, but some active duty forces have been used in the past to help battle drug traffickers. The National Guard is generally under the control of the state governors, but Guard units can be federalized by the president, such as those sent to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Active duty military may not be used for law enforcement unless the president authorizes it. In addition, under federal law, in certain circumstances the states can maintain control of their Guard units but arrange to have the costs picked up by the federal government. That allows the Guard to continue to perform law enforcement activities. Officials wrangled over the use of the active military during Hurricane Katrina, with some suggesting that troops be used for law enforcement to quell violence and looters in New Orleans. There were also suggestions that Bush federalize the National Guard there, but state officials opposed that proposal. In the end, neither move was made. AP White House correspondent Terence Hunt contributed to this report.last_img read more

Men’s Tennis Set To Play At Nebraska

first_imgDrake will be the Huskers six consecutive nationally ranked opponent as Nebraska has dropped its last five matches. The Huskers are coming off a tough weekend after falling to No. 13 Northwestern and No. 15 Illinois. Nebraska has four players with 12 or more dual match singles wins and is led by Dusty Boyer, who is 14-4 at No. 1 singles. DES MOINES, Iowa – The 49th-ranked Drake University men’s tennis team wraps up its non-conference schedule on Wednesday at 4 p.m. when the Bulldogs square off against Nebraska at the Dillon Tennis Center. Drake closes out the regular season on Saturday, April 23 when the Bulldogs square off against Illinois State and Southern Illinois in Normal, Ill. Print Friendly Versioncenter_img In the latest ITA rankings, the Bulldogs settled to No. 49 after being ranked 46th the past two weeks. Drake is coming off a solid 4-1 victory over rivals Wichita State and has a 14-9 record. Sophomore Calum MacGeoch leads the team with 15 dual match singles wins, followed by freshman Vinny Gillespie with 13.last_img read more

Nature Rallies Troops Against I.D. to the Defense of “Science”

first_img“President Bush’s endorsement of ‘intelligent design’ has sparked a national debate in which scientists are well positioned to prevail,” editorialized Nature this week,1 with the a rallying-cry title, “Keeping religion out of science class.”  This editorial, along with a news item by Virginia Gewin, “Scientists attack Bush over intelligent design,”2 was prompted by President Bush’s off-the-cuff remarks last week that students should be allowed to hear alternative views to evolution (see 08/02/2005 entry).  Both articles reiterated common themes of those opposing the intelligent design (ID) movement: ID is not science, ID is religiously motivated, ID is “creationism” in disguise, all scientists reject ID and creationism, and ID is not just anti-evolution but anti-science and anti-reason.  The editorial went beyond these oft-stated arguments.  It challenged the scientific to rise up and fight this “attack on science” with the encouragement, “The fight will go on – but science and reason can ultimately win.”1Editorial, “Keeping religion out of science class,” Nature 436, 753 (11 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436753a.2Virginia Gewin, “Scientists attack Bush over intelligent design,” Nature 436, 761 (11 August 2005) | doi: 10.1038/436761a.Noticeably absent from this pep talk was any defense of Darwinism and evolutionary theory in general.  Big Science and the Darwin Party seem to know that it would be a losing fight to prop up Charlie’s decaying corpse before the public, so they are sticking to what they feel will be a winning strategy for maintaining their power.  Since “science” is a sacred cow in our society, they assume all the Untouchable masses will genuflect before it, even if it is just a stuffed cow.  So the strategy is to portray ID promoters as beefeaters who want to slay the bovine, and to play the role of Savior of the Sacred Cow.  Knowing that the masses will rally to a fight, even if they don’t understand the cause of it, they portray their mission in terms of holy war: we must protect the Sacred Cow from those evil beefeaters.    This is so silly.  On the Dennis Prager radio talk show today, Dr. Rodney Stark (social sciences professor at Baylor University), author of a new book For the Glory of God, claimed that college students have been fed a bill of goods about the church, science, the Dark Ages, the Enlightenment and the alleged war of science vs. religion.  With evident chagrin in his voice, he stressed that the true social history of science was not that way at all.  He said that every serious academic knows that Christianity gave birth to modern science (see online book), and that many great scientists were deeply religious individuals who were motivated to do science for the glory of God.  The either-or fallacy of science vs. religion is a myth.  Several times he emphasized that this is beyond dispute by historians and professors; he said that most of his fellow academics in the historical and social sciences gave his book, which documented this fact, favorable reviews.  Why, then, does Nature and all the anti-ID crowd get so unglued when anyone hints that there really might be a Designer?    Nature came into existence right as Darwinism was on the ascendency in Britain, for the purpose of promoting the new anti-religious, naturalistic world view (a largely politically-leftist, anti-establishment, Victorian-progressive fad).  We call to the witness stand an eminent scientist of that same period whose actual achievements in science (not just speculations) easily outshone those of Darwin, Lyell, and Huxley combined.  When James Clerk Maxwell heard President John Tyndall promoting the new materialism and Darwinism to the British Association in 1874, the eminent scientist erstwhile poet took up his poison pen to satirize the folly of the materialistic, evolutionary position and the self-refuting belief that minds could emerge from matter in motion.  His trenchant words speak for themselves.  They should be carved in stone at the entrance to Nature’s corporate offices:British Association, Notes of the President’s AddressIn the very beginnings of science, the parsons, who managed things then,Being handy with hammer and chisel, made gods in the likeness of men;Till Commerce arose, and at length some men of exceptional powerSupplanted both demons and gods by the atoms, which last to this hour.Yet they did not abolish the gods, but they sent them well out of the way,With the rarest of nectar to drink, and blue fields of nothing to sway.From nothing comes nothing, they told us, nought happens by chance, but by fate;There is nothing but atoms and void, all else is mere whims out of date!Then why should a man curry favour with beings who cannot exist,To compass some petty promotion in nebulous kingdoms of mist?But not by the rays of the sun, nor the glittering shafts of the day,Must the fear of the gods be dispelled, but by words, and their wonderful play.So treading a path all untrod, the poet-philosopher singsOf the seeds of the mighty world—the first-beginnings of things;How freely he scatters his atoms before the beginning of years;How he clothes them with force as a garment, those small incompressible spheres!Nor yet does he leave them hard-hearted—he dowers them with love and with hate,Like spherical small British Asses in infinitesimal state;Till just as that living Plato, whom foreigners nickname Plateau,Drops oil in his whisky-and-water (for foreigners sweeten it so),Each drop keeps apart from the other, enclosed in a flexible skin,Till touched by the gentle emotion evolved by the prick of a pin:Thus in atoms a simple collision excites a sensational thrill,Evolved through all sorts of emotion, as sense, understanding, and will;(For by laying their heads all together, the atoms, as councillors do,May combine to express an opinion to every one of them new).There is nobody here, I should say, has felt true indignation at all,Till an indignation meeting is held in the Ulster Hall;Then gathers the wave of emotion, then noble feelings arise,Till you all pass a resolution which takes every man by surprise.Thus the pure elementary atom, the unit of mass and of thought,By force of mere juxtaposition to life and sensation is brought;So, down through untold generations, transmission of structureless germsEnables our race to inherit the thoughts of beasts, fishes, and worms.We honour our fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers too;But how shall we honour the vista of ancestors now in our view?First, then, let us honour the atom, so lively, so wise, and so small;The atomists next let us praise, Epicurus, Lucretius, and all;Let us damn with faint praise Bishop Butler, in whom many atoms combinedTo form that remarkable structure, it pleased him to call—his mind.Last, praise we the noble body to which, for the time, we belong,Ere yet the swift whirl of the atoms has hurried us, ruthless, along,The British Association—like Leviathan worshipped by Hobbes,The incarnation of wisdom, built up of our witless nobs,Which will carry on endless discussions, when I, and probably you,Have melted in infinite azure—in English, till all is blue.James Clerk Maxwell, 1874But on second thought, this kind of biting satire might be over their heads; they might even find it supportive of their position.  Would the corporate Nature-alists realize that the joke was on them?(Visited 7 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Texas Farm Bureau establishes Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Texas Farm Bureau has established a relief fund to address the agricultural losses inflicted by Hurricane Harvey. The category four storm struck Texas with a vengeance, flooding Texas farm communities, small towns and major cities. Those farm and ranch families are now left facing overwhelming odds following high winds and unprecedented rainfall.“It’s an historic storm and a disaster for many farmers and ranchers. The torrential rainfall wreaked havoc on Texas agriculture at the worst possible time—harvest season,” Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boening said. “Hurricane Harvey struck an area of the state known for cattle, cotton and rice, and other row crops.”There’s much work ahead in rebuilding, but that’s what farmers and ranchers intend to do.Texas Farm Bureau’s Agriculture Research and Education Foundation has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to aid in the recovery efforts following the devastating storm.Tax-deductible donations can be made to the foundation to assist farmers and ranchers. Donations to this fund will be dispersed via an application process directly to the farmers and ranchers affected by the hurricane.The area declared as a disaster by Gov. Greg Abbott contains about 1.2 million cattle, which is roughly 27% of the state’s cowherd.Boening noted the cotton crop on the Texas Gulf Coast was expected to be a good crop, which was needed after several years of low prices and high costs. The losses from Harvey will reduce the expected two million bale harvest by as much as 400,000 bales, according to estimates from the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.“Texas agriculture suffered major losses,” Boening said. “Some of that will be covered by other means, but much of it will not. Farmers and ranchers are left to pick up the soggy pieces.”Harvey was the strongest storm to hit the U.S. since 2004, dropping several feet of rain.“Harvey roared into Texas and overstayed his welcome,” Boening said. “But now we look ahead — to recovery and rebuilding the farms and ranches in that part of our great state.”Click here to make a tax-deductible donation: http://texasfarmbureau.org/texas-farm-bureau-hurricane-harvey-relief-effort/Applications for assistance will be posted on the Texas Farm Bureau website at a later date.last_img read more