ExxonMobil continues community outreaches

first_imgExxonMobil is continuing engagements in coastal regions in a bid to educate persons about its operations in Guyana.ExxonMobil’s outreach at Lake MainstayLast week, one such event was staged at Lake Mainstay in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam), the US super-major said in a press release on Wednesday.Updates are simultaneously being provided on Payara— the third project— which is scheduled for start-up in 2023.“We are also providing and showcasing information about oil spill response and equipment. We are working with the CDC in this effort to better educate and have awareness of how we would respond in the event of an oil spill emergency,” explained Senior Director for Public and Government Affairs, Deedra Moe.This activity was preceded by an ‘Open House’ on the Payara Project Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) on September 30, 2019 at the Pegasus Hotel.Attended by close to 200 persons, it featured information desks at which subject matter experts were available to answer questions.Many of those in attendance were Environmental Science and Engineering students of the University of Guyana.“Trying to channel the feedback from folks at previous projects and engagements, the consultants have developed a non-technical summary of the Environmental Impact Assessment to provide key information and learnings from that assessment,” Moe said.Similar engagements will be held in Regions One (Barima-Waini), Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), Five (Mahaica-Berbice) and Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) over the next few weeks.ExxonMobil has made 14 discoveries offshore Guyana. This latest discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of approximately 5.5 billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block.ExxonMobil has previously said there is potential for at least five floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) vessels on the Stabroek Block, producing more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025.Start-up of the Liza Phase 1 development is on track to begin by the first quarter of 2020 and will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day utilising the Liza Destiny FPSO, which arrived in the country in the third quarter. Liza Phase 2 is expected to start-up by mid-2022.last_img read more

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Taylor Motocross Club hoping to buy back local track

first_imgRob Fuhriman is with the Taylor Motocross Club, and he says on the previous occasion, the club took control of the land the track was on as it freed the District of any liability issues.“The District and I came to an agreement that it was better for us to own the property,” he says. “Motocross is an inherently dangerous sport, and nowadays, liability is a big concern, and the District saw that coming, so they offered us to buy the property. The District has always been really good to us.”It also meant the society, which has since been resurrected, could make whatever changes it wanted to it.- Advertisement -Fuhriman and the organization have a number of ideas for improvements to the track, especially for safety.Becoming a member of the club means riders are covered by insurance, but anyone else on the track could be a liability.“Right now anybody can go on at anytime, and we really don’t like that for a number of reasons,” he explains. “What if someone goes on when it’s extremely muddy and gets hurt, or what if they go on near dark, what if they go on with their car? We’ve had all these issues before. Normally you’d become a member, and that covers liability issues, so what we would do is we would fence, and gate it, you buy a membership and get a key. Then, only paid members can use the facility.”Advertisement Taylor District Council has ordered a report on Fuhriman’s request, to be presented at a future council meeting. The club already maintains the property, taking care of everything from cutting the grass and weed control, to repairing the bleachers and working on the parking lot.That all comes at a cost, which, if the District allows the club to buy back the property, could be offset by letting Telus install a tower on the property.Councillor Brad Filmer says there could be several pros and cons to the plan the District needs to look at, like whether having control of the land is in its best interest.“What happened is the society didn’t maintain itself, and there was a danger of losing [the land] back to the Crown, and it’s created quite a kafuffle for us to get it back at least into our legal land title,” he says. “At the same time, from our perspective, there is some liability that would go along with that, and perhaps it would be better that the Club take that.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Govt, Opposition Commissioners’ meeting with new GECOM Chair cordial

first_imgGovernment-nominated commissioners leaving GECOM after meeting with new Chair Justice Claudette SinghOpposition-nominated Commissioner Sase Gunraj speaking to media operatives after Wednesday’s meetingFollowing more than three hours of talks with the new Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Justice Claudette Singh, the Government-nominated commissioners appeared to have toned down their push for the conduction of House-to-House Registration.After Wednesday’s meeting at the GECOM headquarters, Commissioner Vincent Alexander told reporters that they discussed “everything possible”— including House-to-House Registration— in a cordial atmosphere.When asked, however, whether they still support the conduct of fresh registration, which is currently ongoing, Alexander said “…at this time, yes”. But when further pressed if this position was likely to change, the Government-nominated Commissioner insisted that the voters’ list should be sanitised for the upcoming elections.“My view is that there should be sanitation of the list, sanitation of the National Register of Registrants (NRR) for the provision of list that can provide friendly elections. That is not likely to change… So far (sanitisation via House-to-House) is a matter which is on the table,” Alexander told reporters.The sanitising of the voters’ list is something the Opposition has been calling for with Claims and Objections.House-to-House Registration started on July 20, and it was reported that some 50,000 persons have already registered. The exercise is scheduled to last up to three months, which will pass the September 18, 2019 deadline given for the holding of early elections.Claims and Objections periodThe PPP Opposition and its nominated commissioners at GECOM have been contended that the current voters’ list can be cleaned through an extended Claims and Objections period. This method was confirmed by both the Chief Elections Officers (CEO) Keith Lowenfield and GECOM’s legal advisor Attorney-at-Law Excellence Dazzle.Meanwhile, following the near two-hour long meeting earlier on Wednesday with the Opposition-nominated commissioners, media operatives were told that the engagement was also very cordial. In fact, Commissioner Sase Gunraj related that the new GECOM Chair appeared receptive and respectful of their views.“Obviously some of the issues that were discussed are all matters that are in the public domain in relation to the conduct of elections as constitutionally due. The issue of House-to-House Registration was raised, the alternative of Claims and Objections etc – those were all the issues raised,” he noted.The Opposition Commissioner would not say, however, what views Justice Singh hold on the ongoing registration exercise.“I’m not at liberty to disclose her views on House-to-House… but I am satisfied that I’ve raised the issues and dealt with the factors that militate against the conduct of House-to-House registration at this point, vis-à-vis the holding of elections… I believe it is my duty to convince her of my position and views, and I’ve presented those views as best as I could as part of a team that met with her this morning… We look forward to have meaningful deliberations with all sides present when that time comes,” he stated.Wednesday’s meetings with the commissioners from the two sides come on the heels of a series of meetings held on Tuesday by Justice Singh and with CEO Lowenfield and other GECOM officials as she familiarises herself with the operations at the elections body.While many are awaiting a decision from her as to whether they will continue with the House-to-House exercise, or use Claims and Objections to sanitise the voters’ list in time for early elections as mandated by the Caribbean Court of Justice in its June 18 rulings and subsequently July 12 consequential orders, Justice Singh has already stated that any decision she makes will be in accordance with the Guyana Constitution.last_img read more

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NewsLite: Could bosses have censored Imus?

first_imgAn MSNBC spokeswoman contradicted Garbus’ claim, saying that the broadcast aired without a delay and that there was no opportunity to delete his comments. A CBS Radio spokeswoman, Karen Mateo, said Friday she would not respond to Garbus’ comments. – Associated Press Biel struggles to get respect Jessica Biel says she still struggles to get respect in Hollywood. A lawyer for Don Imus said Friday that the former radio host’s bosses could have edited the on-air comments that got him fired – and that the fact that they didn’t meant they saw his remarks as routine for his often-provocative show. Attorney Martin Garbus told ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” that CBS Radio and MSNBC had delay buttons but didn’t use them when Imus made racist and sexist comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team last month. “That means CBS and MSNBC both knew the language that was going out, and both knew the language complied with (Imus’) contract. … It was consistent with many of the things he had done,” Garbus said. CBS Radio owns Imus’ former home radio station, WFAN-AM, and MSNBC simulcast the program on cable television. “Parts that I really want aren’t going to me,” the 25-year-old actress says in Elle magazine’s June issue. “Like `The Other Boleyn Girl’ with Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman. I don’t want to say that there’s nothing I love that I can have. But there’s still the occasional script that the director doesn’t want to see you for. They want that top tier of girls.” In July, Biel can be seen with Adam Sandler and Kevin James in “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” Lately, she has been a fixture in the tabloids and on red carpets. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Peace Region students to compete in Skills Canada BC

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Through a connection in Calgary, students from the northeast took off on a plane out of Fort St. John this morning to compete in the Skills Canada BC competition in Abbotsford.26 post-secondary and secondary students will be competing in the provincial competition — including students from Northern Lights College, School District 60, School District 59 and School District 81.Mark Heartt, the Dean of Trades and Apprenticeships with Northern Lights College, said a regional competition is held each year at the campus in Dawson Creek. From there, the gold-medalists head to the provincial competition.- Advertisement -“We’ve got some pretty strong hopes here for some medals coming out of this,” he said.Leah Gifford is a grade 12 student at North Peace Secondary School heading to the provincials to show her skills in culinary arts.“I was good. Now today has came, and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s closer.’” she said in an interview — excited, but nervous, to head to the Fraser Valley and compete.Advertisement Gifford says she always wanted to go into baking, but was also curious to test her cooking skills as well. She plans to explore culinary arts further and attend Northern Lights College’s program specializing in the field.Other skills-testing competitions to take place include robotics, public speaking, and hair dressing, among many others.Jamie Maxwell with School District 59 said there are a number of students on the trip who have even made it to the national round before.“They’re kind of exciting to take place, because I think they have a hunger, you know? They know they can do this and go to nationals,” Maxwell said, calling the competition an ‘Olympic sport of trades.’Advertisement Skills Canada BC starts at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, at the Fraser Valley Trade and Exhibition Centre.last_img read more

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Guardiola yet to conclude talks over new City deal

first_img0Shares0000Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has added the English Premier League title to his glittering CV © AFP/File / OLI SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, May 9 – Pep Guardiola has yet to conclude contract negotiations over a new deal with Premier League champions Manchester City but said on Tuesday there is no urgency to do so.The Catalan has led City to the title in his second season in charge at the Etihad and is now two-thirds of the way through the initial three-year contact he signed when he moved to Manchester in the summer of 2016. It means Guardiola, 47, has now won the league title in all three of the major European countries in which he has managed, following success in Spain with Barcelona and in Germany with Bayern Munich.But he has also established a habit of short spells with those clubs, having spent four seasons managing his hometown club Barca and three in the Bundesliga.Guardiola, talking ahead of City’s final home game of the season against Brighton, remained relaxed about the situation, not least because club chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak, plus chief executive Ferran Soriano and director of football Txiki Begiristain are all personal friends.But he was also in no rush to look beyond next season in terms of pledging where his future lies and declined the opportunity to answer directly when asked if he would definitely sign a new deal.“I have one more year and next year I will be here,” said Guardiola. “Now it’s time to finish well and then start to talk about what we have to do next season, who is staying and who we have to buy.“I’m not finishing in two weeks or one month — I have one more year. In football one more year is a lot and we’re going to talk to the club.“They are friends of mine — Ferran, Txiki, Khaldoon — and we have time to talk fluently about what is best for the club and us.”Guardiola has made his home in Manchester City centre and has become a prominent figure in the area in his near two years in residence.And, as the anniversary approaches later this month of the Manchester bombing, in which 22 people were killed by a suicide bomber, Guardiola also reflected on a turbulent year in the city’s history and his bond with its people.“Always you think of the victims, the thoughts are always for them so in the winter we went to the hospitals and saw some of them and the families, and you can imagine how tough a moment it was especially for the families,” said Guardiola.“I was really impressed with the city… and your thoughts on the anniversary are with the people who died and the families who suffered in the moment.“Of course when it happens, everyone wants to help and wants to be there and wants to be part of the situation, the families when they suffer this terrible painful situation.“And I saw because I live in the city how they reacted in the next days and weeks and it was top, hopefully the people will not forget the families.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Liverpool goalkeeper leaves on loan

first_img Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward 1 Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward has joined Morecambe on a month’s loan.Ward has been allowed the chance by Brendan Rodgers to gain some valuable first-team experience with the League Two side.The 21-year-old joined the Merseyside club from Wrexham back in January 2012 and has been named on the bench 19 times this season.last_img

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Spurs midfielder Jenas ‘can join QPR’ as Kenny speculation continues

first_imgTottenham have told midfielder Jermaine Jenas he can join QPR, according to the Daily Express.The England international is one of several players tipped to leave White Hart Lane this summer, with Rangers reported to be interested in him.Like the Express, The Sun claim that Rangers want to sign Taye Taiwo following his loan spell at Loftus Road but are likely to be snubbed, with Benfica tipped to buy the Nigerian from AC Milan.The Sun also report Paddy Kenny’s desire to discuss his future with QPR amid reports the club could sign another keeper.Related West London Sport story: QPR to discuss future of keeper KennyKenny has been strongly linked with a move to Leeds as he played under Elland Road boss Neil Warnock at Rangers, Sheffield United and Bury.The Yorkshire Post suggest Leeds’ apparent bid to sign him is in doubt because Rangers are reluctant to sell before acquiring another keeper.Click here for Tuesday’s QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Steve Kerr can feel Russell Westbrook’s pain in ‘idiot fan’ incident

first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!HOUSTON — Steve Kerr understood and empathized with Russell Westbrook’s anger.Just like the Thunder guard experienced in Monday’s game against the Utah Jazz, Kerr also felt the wrath of a heckling fan that hurled personal insults. Westbrook threatened profanely to beat up Jazz fan Shane Keisel and his wife, contending that the coupled yelled “to get down on my …last_img read more

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One Wrong-Handed Amino Acid Can Cause Vertigo

first_img(Visited 717 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The rocks in your head that give you a sense of balance are finely tuned to spiral in a certain way.We’ve mentioned chirality before in articles on the origin of life. One of the difficulties for secular scientists is explaining how life ended up with one-handed (chiral) building blocks, like amino acids and sugars, when both are equally likely to form by the laws of physics. That remains a major unsolved problem in origin-of-life studies, because proteins cannot work unless 100% one-handed.Another case of chirality just turned up in the human body: inside the inner ear, little crystals of calcium carbonate will fail to work if one amino acid goes right-handed instead of left-handed.Tiny crystals of calcium carbonate help us keep our balance.In a press release from McGill University on “Chirality Switching in Biomineral Structures,” researchers found one reason why some people develop vertigo. We all have little rocks in vestibules (sacs) within our inner ears, called otoconia. Those crystals are not just chips off the old block; they are carefully constructed by “proteins that guide the biomineralization process.” When otoconia grow correctly, they spiral in a certain direction. The scientists found that a single wrong-handed amino acid can make them spiral the opposite way, leading to failure in the balance organ.Remarkably, they could also make the helicoids turn clockwise or counterclockwise by simply using only either the left-handed or right-handed version of the amino acids aspartic acid and glutamic acid – these being abundant in proteins that guide biomineralization processes in many organisms.“This work provides key information towards understanding how organisms can have biomineralized structures rotating in opposite directions,” says McKee, senior author of the study. “Our findings also give insight into pathologic chiral malformations that might arise in human otoconia, structures in the inner ear whose normal functioning maintains balance by gravity sensing and by detecting linear acceleration. Our work predicts how pathologic chiral malformations might arise in human otoconia and could one day be used to develop therapies for vertigo (loss of balance) based on this understanding”.Snail (DFC)The paper in Science Advances, the open-access journal of the AAAS, gives the details of how the crystals grow. They spiral one way, then at a certain point, the spirals switch and grow the other way, overlapping as they grow. Adsorption of the one-handed enzyme on the crystal explains how the crystal can start growing with a left-handed spiral, and then switch to a right-handed spiral as layers build up. The outcome is finely dependent on the enzyme’s sequence. The authors say that “chiral switching” operates not only in the inner ear otoconia, but in snail shells that on rare occasions spiral the opposite way from normal.This layer-by-layer rotational circular growth model for vaterite structures, which also provides a chiral switching mechanism, may be part of organic contributions to chiral switches observed in mineralized structures in biology, where biomineralized shells and other structures such as coccolith skeletons and pathologic human vaterite otoconia have chiral structures. Not only do the data support the postulate that simple acidic amino acids are potentially involved in producing chiral mineralized architectures both large and small, but they also additionally suggest that more complex chiral biomolecules may provide additional hierarchical instructions for extended structure in biomineralization.The paper calls science’s lack of understanding of the origin of chirality an “Achilles’ heel” of biology, but ends on a biomimetic note:In summary, this work demonstrates that two imperfect oriented attachment growth mechanisms operate in establishing chiral hierarchical vaterite helicoids induced by the adsorption of a single chiral enantiomer of an acidic amino acid onto a vaterite crystal, and whose helicoid chirality can be switched. These findings advance our understanding of why, despite a lack of d-enantiomer [right-handed] amino acids in biology—the “Achilles heel” of understanding the origin of enantiomeric pairs of biominerals from chiral amino acids—various enantiomorphs of biomineral may indeed be formed by homochiral biomolecules (more specifically l-acidic amino acids, as found in nature). The findings also describe a new organizational function involving mineral crystal-biomolecule interactions over different length scales that may prove useful in the development of novel composite/hybrid functional materials. The findings also allowed us to build a growth model for pathologic human inner ear otoconia that predicts other pathologic forms—as yet to be discovered—whose formation may one day be modified by therapies based on this understanding.A sidebar in the press release explains chirality in molecules.How about that; another fine-tuning example in biology, and a clever trick that scientists want to imitate! Your body is more wonderful than you can possibly imagine. It makes you dizzy just thinking about it. Be thankful today if you can bend over without losing your balance. Be thankful anyway, even if you do lose your balance. You can read this, can’t you?last_img read more

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