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

Gor edge out Vihiga to reclaim top spot

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia striker Jacques Tuyisenge lifts his fingers to the sky after scoring the winner/ PHOTO- CourtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 31 – Champions Gor Mahia are back at the top of the Kenyan Premier League after edging out Vihiga United 1-0 at the Moi Stadium in Kisumu on Saturday.Rwandese Jacques Tuyisenge scored the only goal in the 58th minute to topple Mathare United who had climbed at the summit after winning 1-0 over Chemelil Sugar on Friday. In other results, Nzoia Sugar picked their third win of the season after beating Sony Sugar 1-0, Rangers thrashed Thika United 3-1, Bandari lost 1-0 away to Kakamega Homeboyz while Sofapaka whipped cash-strapped Nakumatt FC 2-0.K’Ogalo dominated the match but were frustrated by a defensive Vihiga United side but 13 minutes after the restart, Gor got the crucial goal from Tuyisenge who was teed by Francis Kahata.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

March for Our Schools Rallies for Adequate Funding and Equal Opportunities

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comMaryland leaders, teachers, parents and students rallied in Annapolis to advocate for adequate funding for schools and to ensure that all students in each district have access to proper education and tools necessary for learning at the March for Our Schools on March 11.According to the March for Our Schools website, Maryland public schools are underfunded by $2.9 billion annually, which averages to about $2 million per institution.Maryland leaders, teachers, parents and students rallied in Annapolis to advocate for adequate funding in schools.  In this photo, Prince George’s County Council member Tom Dernoga and Board of Education member Edward Burroughs pose with Benjamin Tasker student Shelemiah Griffiths-Johnson. (Courtesy Photo)“Our kids can’t wait. Students, educators, and schools deserve better.  So on March 11 we’re marching to make sure that every student in every neighborhood has a great public school and an equal opportunity for success,” the March for Our Schools website explained.Some of the more specific issues that marchers hope to address from taking action include: “Better pay for educators. More school staff, including counselors and psychologists. Universal pre-kindergarten and expanded career technical education. Adequate and equitable funding for all of our schools,” March for Our Schools wrote.According to NBC4 News, many leading Democrats are asking for $1 billion in the state budget over the next two years, with much of the money being allotted for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS).There were several leaders, students, parents and teachers participating from Prince George’s County.Parkdale High School’s publication, Parkdale Paw Print, tweeted a video of representatives from the school chanting, “We want funding.”Andrea Chavez, a student at Oxon Hill Middle School spoke at the rally and was featured on NBC4 News.“The number of the students receiving special education services has only increased noticeably.  We need to increase funding supporting these students, because right now, it’s not enough,” Chavez said during the rally.Prince George’s County School Board Chair Dr. Alvin Thornton spoke specifically about equal funding when interviewed on ABC7 News about the March for Our Schools.“Our children are a result of where the mail is sent,” Thornton said. “Those in low-income communities are around inexpensive, less valuable property- receive one level of education.  Those on the other end of it receive better education.  You don’t get equal citizenship under that.  Democracy is undermined.  If we fund equally across the board, we get good citizens.”last_img read more