UG could roll out oil and gas programmes next year

first_img– as institution moves to open Dept of Petroleum EngineeringGuyana’s premier tertiary level education institution, the University of Guyana (UG), is moving aggressively to get on board with the impending oil and gas sector by putting certain measures in place.UG Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement, Dr Barbara ReynoldsDuring last week, the University hosted one of a two-part series lecture that focused on Guyana’s nascent oil and gas sector, which saw the attendance of several of its students and interested persons.Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement at UG, Dr Barbara Reynolds said her institution is actively engaged in talks with advisors to craft a strategy for the UG to play its role.These advisors include Professor Andrew Jupiter and Professor Clement Imbert, both of Trinidad and Tobago eminent practitioners in the field of oil and gas, as well as Dr Vince Adams.“We have a draft strategy that we will develop and finalise so that we can engage external partners on oil and gas. It is our intention to establish a Department of Petroleum Engineering within the next academic year,” Dr Reynolds revealed.In addition to that, the University is in discussion with the University of Trinidad and Tobago (UTT) and the University of the West Indies (UWI) where they are discussing plans to establish joint programmes in petroleum engineering and an associate in either engineering and a masters in petroleum engineering.Dr Reynolds said, “Those are not the only two programme offerings we would need as a country but we intend to build out from them and offer more courses in oil and gas.Further, the University currently has a group of experts working to enhance and improve the world languages programme being offered. “We are working on ensuring that over the next academic year, we have an updated and current Bachelor of Arts in French, Spanish and Portuguese and a pre university programme in Dutch and mandarin at the associate and masters level,” she added.The Deputy Vice Chancellor for Planning and International Engagement noted that this will be especially useful for persons working in the older and gas industry, as the industry will attract a lot of foreign nationals who come from diverse backgrounds and speak various languages.Three weeks ago, the University secured a $100 million grant as part of Government’s effort to help the institution establish an oil and gas programme. Last year, the Natural Resources Ministry, the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the university signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a $100 million philanthropic education grant for the period 2017-2018.The grant provided the UG, Faculty of Technology with much-needed equipment for its geology labs, curriculum development, training, outreach, and field research, all linked to the emerging oil and gas sector. It also provided specific allocations for all other faculties for student-centred enhancements at the university.Professor Griffith had explained that this is one of the University’s most significant grants, with the GGMC. Griffith said it is an investment by the Government in the institution, in an area critical to the nation’s economy. He said the project is a result of UG long-standing relationship with GGMC. He highlighted the fact, that many of the Cmmission’s staff through scholarships has received their higher education at the institution. To date, 87 per cent of the finances have been pumped into realising UG’s oil and gas programme.Some $55 million was used for equipment and supplies to the Faculty of Technology’s laboratories, pursued by the GGMC, Some $10 million was expended on training; some $16 million was for infrastructural projects through UG.When Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman, handed over the first tranche of the funds ($45 million) to the Vice Chancellor last year, he noted the Government views the initiative as an investment in education, and development.The Minister noted that the project is significant since “it represents a renewed and enhanced relationship with the Ministry and GGMC with the University of Guyana,” even as the oil and gas sector develops. Additionally, Trotman said similar efforts are also needed in the gold and diamond mining sectors as they will not be neglected in the period, post-2020 when oil production begins.last_img read more

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Bodies of 4 fishermen found offshore Suriname

first_imgPiracy attack…as search intensifiesAs the search continues for the missing Guyanese fishermen who were robbed, injured and tossed overboard in Suriname, pilots of a private aircraft have confirmed that they saw at least four bodies off the coast of the Wai Wai bank, Suriname.Following the sighting, the pilots have since notified the Police of the coordinates and they have confirmed that search parties are already in the Wai Wai bank area and are waiting the change of the tide to move closer to the mountains.Surinamese officials have related that the bodies were sighted some 30 miles from where the attack took place and believe the others might be around the same area. On Saturday last, four boats were attacked by pirates in the Atlantic Ocean in the vicinity of Wia Wia, Suriname.A total of 16 fishermen were reportedly robbed, beaten and thrown overboard. At least three managed to swim to shore and reported the incident to Dutch law enforcement officials. The names of the missing men have not been officially released.However, Guyana Times was told that of the four bodies sighted, one is said to be that of Denish Persaud, also called “Vikie” of Guyana and “Raj” of Suriname. Persaud, a 28-year-old father of two, left in January for sea. He last spoke with his wife at about midnight on Friday. During the conversation, he told his wife that he was going to cook curried catfish. This publication was told that the boat was found with freshly cooked catfish in a container.According to his sister Yonette, she received information which also indicates that the owner of one of the four missing boats, found personal items belonging to Persaud including pieces of clothing, a damaged passport and his identification card.Persaud, who resided at Fort Ordinance, East Canje, was expected back home later this month for his birthday.Family members have expressed concern over the way the Surinamese employers dealt with the situation.“A cousin call and tell we that he begged the boss man if they can get a boat toAn aerial view of one of the bodies sightedsend out to look for he cousin but he say he boat nah good and he nah get none now… On Monday morning when we call back then he decide to send a boat… the boss man turn back the boat after some time and say he nah able search no more,” the distraught sister stated. She also said that her cousin also took a friend with him when he left in January. There has been no word on the whereabouts of Ralph Anthony Crouchman, 20, of Number Two Village Canje.However, another woman, Lisa Heralall of Annandale, East Coast Demerara claimed that her father, Bharrat Haralall was one of the men who are missing. She related that her father telephoned her on Wednesday last informing her that he was heading out to sea with Ramesh Sanicharran, also called “Ravo” and promised to let her know when he returns.The disturbed woman noted that her father would normally call her when he is going out to sea and every time he returns. Nevertheless, she noted that on Saturday, her husband received a telephone call informing him that Heralall was on one of the boats that was attacked.She immediately contacted her father’s reputed wife in Suriname only to confirm her worst fears. “She told me that 16 people were missing and that the Police are not releasing any information with respect to their search and rescue mission,” she noted.The distraught woman described the piracy attack as gruesome but remains hopeful that her father might still be alive somewhere.“I know to be optimistic at this time will be unfair… it has been since Saturday, and all I want is that if he is dead, to see his body… in that way, it will bring closure to the family,” she said in a solemn voice.Dangers to fisherfolkMeanwhile, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) in a statement stated that it remains gravely concerned about the matter involving the fate of the 16 Guyanese fishermen.“This is a tragedy and we empathise with the families who continue to be in anguish given the state of affairs. The horror that reportedly unfolded once again highlights the danger that our country’s fisherfolk face every day to earn their livelihoods and to provide for their families”, the statement added.As such, the Party calls on the Government to make every effort and take urgent steps to ensure that the fishermen are found. In addition, the Party urged the Government to ensure that the families are kept informed of the efforts being made.“We hope for a swift resolution of the situation and that the families can be comforted during their time of distress,” the PPP added. (Bhisham Mohamed)last_img read more

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Eagles continue to roll, go to 18-1

first_imgAn impressive summer continued for the Humboldt Eagles American Legion 17-under team this week, with a pair of victories on Wednesday and Thursday.The Eagles defeated the Northern Humboldt Giants 7-3 in Arcata on Wednesday, and followed that a day later with a 10-0 win over the Northern Humboldt Knights in five innings at the Southern Humboldt 76ers tournament in Fortuna.With the two victories, the Eagles improved to 18-1 on the season (5-0 in league play) and remain undefeated against …last_img read more

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Guide to hosting an unforgettable Last/First New Year’s event

first_img SharePrint RelatedHow to host the best New Year’s event for Last/FirstNovember 28, 2017In “Community”Out with the old, in with these two new souvenirs!November 8, 2018In “Geocaching.com Souvenirs”How to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community” Special thanks to Natalie for her event-organizing expertise on this blog post!Share with your Friends:More New Year’s Eve is an opportunity to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. While end-of-year traditions come in many shapes and sizes, this year you can start a new tradition by hosting an event with your geocaching buddies while earning two new souvenirs.This year, we invite you to say ‘Thanks’ to 2018 and welcome 2019 with two new geocaching souvenirs. Earning the souvenirs is easy:Find a geocache or attend an event on December 31 to earn the Thanks 2018 souvenir.Find a geocache or attend an event on January 1 to earn the Hello 2019 souvenir.Without further ado, here are five easy steps to hosting a great New Year’s Eve geocaching bash!Step 1: Choose a themeLike creating a GIFF film, all great Event Caches start out with a theme. We’ve brainstormed a few ideas to get you inspired:Throw a “geocaching resolutions” party. Have everyone choose a geocaching resolution to complete in 2019 (“Complete my Difficulty/Terrain grid,” “Hide my first cache,” or “Invite someone new to geocaching”). Bonus points if everyone meets again at the end of the year to see who followed through with their resolutions!Keep things “Hygge.” Pronounced hue-guh, the Danish word Hygge is the state of being warm, cozy, or charming. Plan a daytime event on January 1 at a coffee shop or cafe so geocachers can warm up (or cool down) after finding their first geocache(s) of the year.Step 2: Select the date and time of your eventThis is an easy one: plan your event for December 31 or January 1 so it qualifies for a souvenir. When selecting a time, remember some guests may bring young kids, so you may want to plan your event earlier on New Year’s Eve or even schedule a daytime event on January 1.Reminder: The geocaching guidelines prohibit event stacking. To avoid this, Event Caches must be:Held at different timesOrganized by different geocachersHave a minimum duration of 30 minutes, andTake place at different locations than other events.The last day to submit your event is December 17th! Check out the geocaching guidelines for more information.Step 3: Find a venueYou can host Event Caches anywhere available to the public—a restaurant, park, or even your house. Be sure to find a place that has enough space for activities! Don’t forget to provide a description of your event in the Cache Details. This is a great place to explain any limitations with the venue such as whether it’s dog friendly. You can also add a reminder here to dress warm for an outdoor event.Step 4: Plan fun and engaging activitiesA great way to make your event fun for all is to schedule activities to help your guests meet each other. Here are four ideas to get you started:Do a polar plunge. There’s no cooler way to bond with fellow geocachers than by jumping into freezing water together at the height of winter! For lucky geocachers in the Southern Hemisphere, host a picnic on the beach and enjoy the warmth of summer.Create a geocaching bucket list. As a group, make a bucket list of geocaches you want to find in 2019. Make plans throughout the year to find them together!Play geocaching bingo. Create a bingo card based on geocaching achievements (“Earned a new country souvenir” or “Found more than 100 geocaches”). Guests must find other geocachers at the event who have completed the achievements to fill in their board.Bake a lucky trackable into a cake. In Greece, coins are baked into bread or cake, and whoever finds the coin has good luck for the entire year! Give your guests the gift of geocaching luck by hiding a trackable in the dessert. Make sure to mention this to them before they take a bite!Step 5: Invite friends, new and old!Now that you’re feeling inspired, create a new event on Geocaching.com. Remember, events must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event date. Once it has been published, share the GC code with your local geocaching organization.Whether you’re already a well-established social butterfly or a first-time attendee, geocaching events are a great way to meet new people who share your love for geocaching. We hope these tips help you host a rockin’ New Year’s Eve geocaching bash!What tips do you have for throwing an unforgettable geocaching New Year’s event? Tell us in the comments below!last_img read more

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Meghan Markles decision on Royal baby annoys Royal observers

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesMeghan Markle is expected to give birth any day now. And the British public is getting restless, especially with all the secrecy surrounding the birth of the Royal baby.Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have remained tight-lipped over details of their baby, but it looks like the Duke and Duchess of Sussex will make a formal announcement when the baby arrives. Apparently, It is expected that the Royal Family will release a statement and post the information on Twitter in a similar fashion to Meghan’s sister-in-law’s, the Duchess of Cambridge’s past royal births.The statement said: “Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private… They look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”  Meghan MarkleGetty ImagesAs of now, information is limited as to where Meghan Markle will choose to give birth. Since Meghan has made it clear that she isn’t quite keen on a hospital birth, Frogmore Cottage seems to be a possible location. What Meghan has planned for her labour is still up in the air, as hypnobirthing and a doula may be assisting the Duchess during the process.The absence of doctors from Meghan’s plans may be a cause for concern, but it is unlikely that the Royal Family would allow Meghan to give birth without an army of doctors present. Meghan Markle is on maternity leave and had previously announced that she will be skipping the photo session on hospital steps. Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have recently moved to Frogmore Cottage to prepare for the arrival of the Royal baby.last_img read more

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Capturing the soul of Rajasthan

first_imgThe love of photography and travelling has taken Priyanka Banerjee all over the world and the country. Amidst her myriad likes for various cultures covering the longitude and latitude of the country, of particular interest is her absolute love for the state of Rajasthan.She has travelled extensively across the length and breadth of the state, covering the pink city of Jaipur, to the bylanes the lime-stoned walled city of Jaiselmer, the palace city of Jodhpur where she has captivated the glory of Mehrangarh fort of the by gone era, or the ruins the city of lakes, Udaipur which tell many stories, Chittorgarh reminds us of the beauty of queen Padmini and tales of her jauhar. Her love for nature took her further into the interiors of the state, exploring the natural reserves of Ranthambore, Sariska as also to the Pushkar cattle fair. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Mirage is a condition where a layer of water appears in the distant but when one actually goes near it, there is no water to be found. This specifically happens in the desert areas pointing at the hot arid conditions of the place. Despite the heat, the people of the place are full of vivacity, hospitality and mirth. This has touched me to the core. Living in the metro cities we have all the amenities but still we are dissatisfied and yearn for more. Even we are running after an illusion to ameliorate our lives but in d process we do not live our lives, we do not live in d present. It seems the people of big cities are constantly running after a mirage,” said the artist who has participated in various group and solo exhibitions in esteem galleries in India and abroad.Bringing soul-food for all art-lovers and connoisseurs in the form of an exhibition titled ‘Mirage,’ at Convention Foyer, India Habitat Centre; Priyanka has brought the soul of Rajasthan through her paintings to the capital. The exhibition will open on April 20 till April 23 from 10 am to 7 pm.last_img read more

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How Mobile Roadie Became a Leader in DoItYourself Apps

first_imgMay 24, 2011 This story appears in the June 2011 issue of . Subscribe » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 4 min read More Mobile BrillianceCiviGuard In case of emergency: Government agencies, universities and businesses can use this app to quickly send out alerts and recommendations to the affected public.FaceCash Credit cards are so last year. This payment app verifies purchases by matching a customer’s face with a digital image linked to their account.GadgetTrak Using GPS, Wi-Fi positioning and cell tower triangulation, this app helps recover stolen laptops and smartphones. It even snaps a photo of the thief.GameSalad Mobile gaming made easy: A platform for creating sophisticated games without the need for code or special skills. These gamers raked in a cool $6.1 million in funding this year.Location Labs Helicopter parents unite: This mobile tech company hosts a suite of family safety apps that allow parents to monitor and track the location of their children in real time.Mogwee This social app allows groups of people to chat live, share photos and videos and even play mini games. Who’s up for some Sheep Tennis?SPOT Connect This compact satellite GPS messenger can get even the most adventurous outdoorsmen out of trouble. One click alerts emergency personnel to a person’s location.TransFire Hablas Español? No need. This real-time translation app from TNT Creations allows users to instantly send messages in more than 50 languages.Vers Offers hip, environmentally friendly mobile device cases made from sustainable materials like bamboo, cherry and walnut wood–and a chance to donate $1 to plant a tree.100 Brilliant Companies Home »center_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » For many businesses, creating a mobile app is akin to what creating a website was 15 years ago–it’s expensive and time consuming, and you can probably get along without one for a while. But then again, if you don’t invest now, you’ll regret it when you’re playing digital catch-up in a year.Enter Mobile Roadie, which, when it launched in 2009, was the first self-service app creator on the market, allowing businesses to customize and publish apps on all formats for a tenth of what it would cost to develop an app from scratch. Though many more app-creation services have jumped into the game lately, Mobile Roadie still has the advantage by being first to market.”Being first had even more advantages than it normally does. We’re six months ahead of the competition, and six months in the mobile world is like five years in any other industry,” says Michael Schneider, the former web design agency owner who co-founded Mobile Roadie with Brock Batten. “Our other advantage is that we’re the only service that supports our apps on Android, BlackBerry and iPhone. And BlackBerry is not the easiest thing to develop.”But just because Mobile Roadie is relatively cheap–about $500 to develop the app plus $30 dollars a month to manage it, versus tens of thousands for a custom app–doesn’t mean it produces a cheap product. In fact, Madonna, Taylor Swift, the Dallas Mavericks and the Wynn Las Vegas have all used Mobile Roadie to build their apps.”Just because a big brand can afford to build an app from the ground up doesn’t mean it should,” Schneider says. “We update our software every two to three months. Big brands realize that chasing all the changes in mobile technology is a pain in the butt. It’s easier to hire a third party to do it.”So far Mobile Roadie, which employs 32 people and has offices in Los Angeles, Tokyo and London, has kept on top of the trends. But if the mobile world evolves even further, Mobile Roadie is primed to keep its clients on the cutting edge.”There’s been a lot of chatter about HTML5 and the mobile web. I think users will go wherever the best experience is, and right now the best is an app,” Schneider says. “That being said, we’re going to be wherever the best mobile experience is. We’re about mobile engagement, even in a world beyond apps.last_img read more

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10 Stories From the Web to Know About This Week Oct 11

first_img Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals RoboRoaches for sale, iBeengo wants you to go too, highlighting the MBA for entrepreneurs, the war on working from home, Burberry CEO dishes on the future of retail and design, A tech writer goes on a social-media diet… This week’s notable news and tantalizing tidbits for entrepreneurs:1. The cyborg cockroach: Part insect, part machine, the first commercially available cyborg will become reality in the form of a remote-controlled “RoboRoach.” The Dr. Moreau-esque creation of Backyard Brains came to fruition by popular demand as a Kickstarter project. (Vice)2. Been there, done that: Two Taiwanese-Canadian brothers are revolutionizing the typical travel tour with their startup called iBeengo, by giving the customers what they want, flexibility and customization. (BBC)3. The MBA for entrepreneurs: The Acton School of Business has created a MBA program geared toward entrepreneurs looking to create, grow and possibly sell a business, not investment bankers looking to run a hedgefund. (Forbes)4. The war on working from home: The second wave of the work-from-home movement is upon us, and it seems that round-one enthusiasts are recasting their votes. Big companies like HP, Yahoo and Best Buy are all reining in their workers. Find out why. (Wired)5. Bite-sized insight from Burberry: Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts, talks in a 30-second video about the future of retail, and the connection between business, design and technology. (Fast Company)6. Government shutdown = no new beer: Beer and spirits have been the quiet small-business heroes of the recession, but the government shutdown has stopped these craft brewers in their tracks because of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, or TTB, which is a little known arm of the Treasury Department. (Fox News)7. My social-media diet: Tech writer Jessi Hempel gave up social media for a month to figure out what she gained from inserting social technology into her life in the last decade. The good, the bad, the mundane… here are her findings. (Fortune magazine)8. Gellin with Yellen: President Obama has nominated Janet Yellen to be head of the Federal Reserve. Many are concerned, but with a specialty in jobs and labor markets, now vice chairwoman might be just the remedy the U.S. needs. (LA Times)9. Motivate yourself: Serial entrepreneur and investor, Mark Suster, talks about the insecurities, uncertainties and stress that come with starting a business — and how he keeps himself motivated. (LinkedIn Today)10. The small biz behind HealthCare.gov: Before big developers took control, a small team of engineers laid the groundwork for the face of the new health care exchanges at HealthCare.gov. Development Seed president, Eric Gundersen explains how the site was supposed to work, and what the current issues are. (Washington Post) Register Now » 3 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. October 11, 2013last_img read more

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Virtuoso says goodbye to cofounder and visionary leader Jesse Upchurch

first_img FORT WORTH — Former Virtuoso chairman Jesse Upchurch has passed away at the age of 93, leaving behind a legacy that includes a 50-year career in travel.The visionary leader passed away on Feb. 26, reports Virtuoso, who hailed Upchurch for “changing the way many experience destinations from Mexico to Africa to India”. Upchurch co-founded Virtuoso in 1986 with his son, current Chairman and CEO Matthew D. Upchurch.“My father was a pioneer in this business, and I am forever grateful that he introduced me to the world and this industry at such an early age,” said Matthew. “He had a nose for knowing what the luxury traveller wanted, and it wasn’t necessarily the traditional refinement found in five-star hotels or transatlantic cruise liners. He knew the world offered more than that. His insatiable curiosity about the unknown, his passion for other people and their cultures, and his tendency to question conventional wisdom with a simple ‘why not?’ opened the door for others to experience countries that were not considered tourism-friendly yet. He left his mark on this industry that he loved so much.”The elder Upchurch’s career in travel began when he invested in Vagabond Cruises, a yacht-chartering company in the Caribbean’s West Indies islands. After realizing a market existed for both adventure and luxury travel, he built the first timeshare resort in Acapulco and purchased Turismo Antonio Perez and Hotels S.A. de S.V., a travel company and international hotel representation group.With the purchase of Percival Tours in 1962, Upchurch expanded operations into more exotic locales like the south Pacific and Asia. As chairman and CEO of Percival Tours, he successfully opened up tourism in markets previously considered only for the most adventurous traveller, such as Africa and India. He’s also credited with being the first to introduce air-conditioned motorcoaches for upscale guests.Upchurch was also heavily involved in conservation efforts as a founding member of world Wildlife Fund’s 1001 Club. In addition, he was a co-founder of the U.S. Tour Operators Association where he served as chairman, CEO and president.In 2000, Upchurch was named CEO of Virtuoso and he assumed the role of chairman in 2010.The family will honor Jesse Upchurch’s memory privately, and celebrations of his life in various communities will take place in the months ahead. Details for in-memoriam gifts will follow soon. << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: People, Virtuoso Thursday, March 1, 2018 center_img Virtuoso says goodbye to co-founder and “visionary leader” Jesse Upchurch Travelweek Group Sharelast_img read more

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