More 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.
No. 9 Notre Dame 49, Brigham Young 23: Brady Quinn threw for 467 yards and a school-record six touchdowns, four to Maurice Stovall, and Notre Dame ended a four-game home losing streak. Quinn broke the mark of five TD passes he set in an overtime loss against Michigan State earlier this season. He was 25 of 30 passing in the first half for a school-record 287 yards, and finished 32-of-41 passing. It was the first home win for Charlie Weis, who was the first Irish coach to lose his first two home games since Frank E. Hering in 1896. No. 11 Florida State 55, Duke 24: Drew Weatherford threw two touchdown passes and backup Xavier Lee added two of his own to help visiting Florida State bounce back from its first loss of the season. Greg Carr caught three of the TDs and third-string tailback Antone Smith ran for two scores for the Seminoles (6-1, 3-1 Atlantic Coast Conference). No. 12 Penn State 63, Illinois 10: Michael Robinson threw for four touchdowns and ran for two more in the first half and visiting Penn State gave coach Joe Paterno his 350th victory the easy way. Penn State’s performance set a new school record for scoring in a half, breaking the old mark of 55 set on Oct. 11, 1947, in the first half of a 70-0 victory over Fordham. Robinson had scoring throws of 35 yards to Ethan Kilmer, 31 yards and 19 yards to Deon Butler, and 3 yards to Patrick Hall during a first quarter in which the Nittany Lions averaged more than 11 yards per play on the way to a 28-3 lead. No. 14 Ohio St ate 41, Indiana 10: Troy Smith ran for two touchdowns and threw for another, Ohio State had 240 yards rushing and another strong defensive effort led the visiting Buckeyes to their most lopsided victory of the season. No. 15 Oregon 28, Arizona 21: Linebacker Brent Haberly returned a fumble 34 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter and visiting Oregon beat Arizona despite the Ducks’ top two quarterbacks being knocked out of the game on consecutive possessions. No. 19 Wisconsin 31, Purdue 20: Safety Roderick Rogers returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown that sparked host Wisconsin (7-1, 4-1 Big Ten), which became bowl eligible in coach Barry Alvarez’s 16th and final season. No. 21 TCU 48, Air Force 10: Jeff Ballard threw for 302 yards and two scores to help visiting TCU remain the only undefeated team in the Mountain West Conference. Northwestern 49, No. 22 Michigan State 14: Brett Basanez threw for 331 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores to lead visiting Northwestern to its third straight win. North Carolina 7, No. 23 Virginia 5: Ronnie McGill ran for 118 yards while Cedrick Holt had a key interception late to cap a stellar defensive effort and help North Carolina hold off visiting Virginia. No. 24 Fresno State 40, Idaho 10: In Idaho, Fresno State’s Joe Fernandez returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown, and Jaron Fairman returned a blocked punt for another score in a game that was determined by special teams play. No. 25 Cal 42, Washington St ate 38: Joseph Ayoob tossed two touchdown passes in the final 5:18 of the game to rally the Golden Bears from a 38-28 deficit over the visiting Cougars. Ayoob finished with 274 yards passing and four touchdowns in the game, while Marshawn Lynch rushed for 161 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries for Cal. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Joe Tereshinski did just enough in relief to keep the Bulldogs (7-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) on course for a spot in the SEC championship game. They can clinch the Eastern Division title as early as next weekend with a win over rival Florida. No. 5 Alabama 6, No. 17 Tennessee 3: Jamie Christensen’s 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds left gave host Alabama only its second win in 11 seasons over its bitter rival. It was Christensen’s second game-winner in a row, but it was a fumble by Tennessee near the end zone on the Volunteers’ previous possession that proved to be the key. Tennessee (3-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference) appeared poised to take the lead when it had the ball first-and-goal at the Alabama 3. A 1-yard loss by Arian Foster was followed by quarterback Rick Clausen getting penalized for attempting a pass across the line of scrimmage. On third-and-goal from the 15, Cory Anderson caught a swing pass. Alabama’s Roman Harper jarred the ball loose near the goal line and it bounced out of the end zone with 5:08 left, giving the Tide (7-0, 5-0) the ball and stopping Tennessee’s hopes of kicking a field goal. But that should be no surprise at this point. Other than a three-point win at Ohio State, Texas’ average margin of victory is 37 points. No. 4 Georgia 23, Arkansas 20: Georgia senior quarterback D.J. Shockley went down with a knee injury in the first half, marring the Bulldogs’ home victory and making it unlikely he will play in a crucial game against Florida. Vince Young and Texas turned Texas Tech’s big chance into another Longhorn landslide. Young threw for two touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Texas handed the 10th-ranked Red Raiders their first loss of the season, 52-17 Saturday, in a victory that should do nothing but help the Longhorns in their run for the Rose Bowl. Looking to start 7-0 for the first time since 1976 and move into national title contention, the high-scoring, pass-happy Red Raiders (6-1, 3-1) couldn’t keep up with Young and the Longhorns (7-0, 4-0).