Dear Editor,I participated in the just concluded Inaugural Guyana International Petroleum Business Summit and Exhibition, and must congratulate the organisers and participants for making the conference one of meaningful discussion and analysis; and moreover, a forum at which pertinent information was shared and burning questions posed.This should provide for a better understanding of the complexities, challenges and opportunities of Guyana’s emerging oil and gas industry. This should allow local businesses to begin their SWOT analyses (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats) as it relates to their becoming players in the oil and gas industry.For me, one of the more enlightening panels was titled ‘Doing Business in Oil Field Services, Supply Chain and Facilities Management’. This panel had as its main speakers representatives of three major sub-contractors of ExxonMobil, who outlined some of the skills these companies are looking to source locally, the required qualifications of those who could fill these positions, and the processes which potential applicants would have to use to apply for available positions. In one case, one of the companies disclosed that it had already hired ten (10) University of Guyana graduates who are currently undergoing specialized training in Brazil, and the company will soon be recruiting another 20.During the discussions, skills such as welding were identified as among those required, and this led me to pose the following question to the panel: Is there scope for Guyanese tradespeople such as welders, electricians, plumbers and carpenters who are competent at what they do, have years of experience but lack certification? I was happy to hear that all three companies had already taken this issue into consideration and have in place a process for identifying such persons with a view to undertaking what they describe as “a gap analysis” to determine what training, if any, would be necessary to make these persons certifiable so as to be engaged in the oil and gas industry.This should be one avenue of local content which should be of benefit to Guyanese men and women who have acquired on-the-job skills and experience over the years but have not been formally trained. It is my hope that the information and methodology for identifying and accessing these uncertified artisans are widely publicized throughout Guyana, so as to provide an opportunity for all that are interested.It seems to me that this is one area where there will be jobs for a significant number of Guyanese.It is clear that the oil and gas industry is one where skills certification in order to be engaged is an absolute must. There can be no issue with this. It brings to mind an experience I had decades ago while I served as the public relations officer of the then Guyana Liquor Corporation (GLC). As part of an interviewing panel for promoting a distillery supervisor to manager, I asked why the alcohol had to be heated to a specific degree. The man knew that the alcohol had to be heated to a specific level, but did not know why. He had been working for over 25 years in the distillery. Yesu Persaud, then chairman of GLC, said to me after the interview, “That man does not have 25 years’ experience, he has had one experience for 25 years.”Regards,Wesley Kirton
January 14, 2020
As the go-slow action continues by Liberian health workers demanding higher salaries, risk benefits and better working conditions, United States Ambassador Deborah R. Malac has clarified that the US$10 million her government has given Liberia is meant to pay salaries to health workers directly enrolled in the Ebola fight.Ambassador Malac made the clarification in Tubmanburg, Bomi County Wednesday when she visited the newly erected Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) built by the U.S. government in conjunction with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).Making her government’s intentions clear in response to the persistent questions posed by journalists, the U.S. Ambassador was precise. “The U.S. Government has assisted with US$5 million to pay salaries to healthcare workers and an additional $5 million was given by the USAID Director just recently. This is for healthcare workers directly involved in the process of the Ebola fight,” Malac stated.She made it clear that those health workers receiving the payments are found in ETUs and care centers. She spelled out that those are the people directly involved with the Ebola work and are at risk because they handle corpses and come in direct contact with Ebola- affected people.She gave the assurance that they (donors) know where the money goes and to whom it goes. “This (fund) is not for risk benefits but for salaries of health workers directly involved with the Ebola fight, the ambassador repeated, clarifying that Risk benefit payment is being arranged by the Government of Liberia and the U.S. is not involved with it.”Ambassador Malac said Ebola is a health crisis affecting everybody and does not need political reaction.Regarding the health workers’ go-slow, Ambassador Malac acknowledged that the health workers need to take care of their families, have PPEs and are also assigned to help improve the health of the country as a whole.She indicated that the problem of the go-slow is the Liberian Government’s responsibility and it must take ownership of and find amicable solutions to the health workers’ issues.Also speaking about the construction of the Bomi ETUs, Ben Hemingway, head of the US Disaster Assistance Relief Team (DART), told journalists that work began two weeks ago and they expect the area to be in use within the next two weeks.He said the construction sponsored by USAID is carried out by members of the U.S. military contingent in collaboration with the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL).The structures erected are not only ETUs but care centers as well, said Mr. Hemingway, reviewing that the U.S. Government will erect 17 treatment units in Liberia, and a fully equipped 100-bed ETU costing about US$250,000. Most of the work is being done by Liberian contractors, he noted. That is also a way of helping the crumbling Liberian economy, he asserted.He named epidemiological survey and rainy weather as serious challenges to fighting the Ebola disease, noting that it is necessary to know where the outbreak is occurring and with heavy rain the work becomes difficult.AFL Captain Glee Dilliard Dada toured with Ambassador Malac, accompanied by U.S. Joint Forces Operation Commander, Darryl Williams and AFL Chief of Staff, Daniel Ziankahn.There are four structures erected at the site in Bomi, and the yard is well leveled with crushed rocks that will prevent flooding. There are areas for suspected, probable and confirmed cases. There is also a waiting area for family members who do not have the disease. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 14, 2020
Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yue has reassured that China will help rebuild Liberia’s post-Ebola health system as promised earlier.Giving the assurance on February 20 at the Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex during programs marking the celebration of the Chinese New Year, Ambassador Zhang said clinical or hospital equipment needed in Liberia and training for medical staff are among the assistance that China will extend to the country.He said when Liberia comes to zero cases of Ebola, the solid ETUs built by China will be used to conduct training for clinical staffs and in some instances staffs will travel to China for training.Ambassador Zhang also used the occasion to acknowledge collective efforts by the diplomatic community to fight Ebola in Liberia and the two other West African countries hardest hit by the virus.He commended UNMIL for helping to transport materials flown into the country by China from the Roberts International Airport to the ETU in Paynesville and said such collaboration aided the concerted efforts in fighting Ebola.Also making specific reference to the United States, he admitted that there were shortcomings in some areas that the U.S. had to come in to help China.He said when China brought in its cargoes last year, U.S. troops stationed near the RIA helped to unload the cargoes from the aircraft.He also acknowledged that the U.S. was instrumental in using its helicopters to transport some materials outside of Monrovia where others could not reach; a collaboration the Ambassador said makes the world to be a big family.The Chinese New Year celebration was characterized by various entertaining activities, including songs, dance, drama, among others.The occasion featured several Ebola survivors treated in the Chinese ETU who narrated their experience during their time of illness.One of them, Celestine Eugenia King first thanked God and then the Chinese medical team for their intervention in keeping her alive.Celestine explained that despite efforts made to reduce cases of Ebola to the level it is, there are still challenges of stigma and discrimination.She said the fight will only be realized to the fullest if survivors are made to feel a part of the Liberian society again without stigmatizing and discriminating against them.Another survivor, Yassa Mulbah thanked the Chinese and confessed that besides Ebola, the medical team also helped to treat the diabetes she suffers from.The program was also attended by a few Liberian government officials, including Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) Deputy Chief of Staff, Col. Eric Dennis and Deputy Health Minister for Preventive Services Tolbert Nyenswah, and others from UNMIL.In a statement, Deputy Minister Nyenswah commended China for the major role played from the beginning of the virus to the declining point at which it is.Deputy Minister Nyenswah admitted that there were more survivors from the Chinese ETU as far as their record is concerned, noting that there are still confirmed cases in the ETU and therefore people should avoid complacency.He thanked the Chinese medical team for its role and then Liberians for cooperating with health authorities in keeping up with hygien practices to prevent infection.Meanwhile, the head of the Chinese medical team, Shi Qing Long recalled that besides treating Ebola patients in ETUs, they had been in communities creating awareness and disinfecting public facilities.A medical practitioner who asked not to be named praised the working relationship with the Chinese and nurses and said nurses are paid US$650.00 while hygienists earn US$550.00.It may be recalled that when Ebola reached a peak in Liberia last year, Ambassador Zhang Yue said her government will help to rebuild Liberia’s broken health system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
January 6, 2020
The Argentine manager, while disappointed about the two defeats, has doubled down on his long-held contention that it is more important for the team to qualify for the Champions League each season than to win silverware.“We are going to create a debate that to win a trophy is going to help the club,” he said after defeat for his much-changed team at Palace.“I don’t agree with that. That only builds your ego. In reality the most important thing is being consistently in the top four and playing in the Champions League. That is going to help the club to achieve the last step.”Pochettino has credit in the bank with fans for making Spurs regular Champions League participants in recent years but some supporters are becoming restless as the wait for a trophy goes on — the last time they tasted success was in the League Cup in 2008.“Of course I am disappointed because, after Thursday and today again, out of two competitions, you feel disappointed. You can’t feel anything different,” said Pochettino, who has yet to win a trophy in his managerial career.Tottenham forward Son Heung-min could be back in action against Watford© AFP/File Ben STANSALL“But now we have to be positive. We are still in two competitions, in a good position in the Premier League and the Champions League is a massive motivation for the whole club. We have to be strong.“Now the realistic targets are trying to be in the top four, try and be close to Manchester City and Liverpool and reduce the gap.”The problem for Pochettino, who is preparing his injury-ravaged side to face Watford on Wednesday, is that he is walking a tightrope.Spurs, third in the Premier League, four points ahead of Chelsea and seven clear of Arsenal and a charging Manchester United, are glancing nervously over their shoulders as much as they are looking up to Liverpool and Manchester City.– Kane, Alli out –Being out of the two domestic cup competitions may help the club, who face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League last-16 next month, by allowing them to narrow their focus.Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool appear to have benefited from early FA Cup and League Cup exits but the problem Pochettino faces is that their league form is also patchy and he will likely be without talisman Harry Kane and Dele Alli until March.Spurs have lost two of their past four league matches and needed a last-gasp Harry Winks strike to beat Fulham last week.One positive for Pochettino is that Son Heung-min is back, boosting options up front.Son has missed the past three games while on international duty with South Korea at the Asian Cup but their surprise quarter-final exit to Qatar means he is back earlier than expected.“On Sunday we were with him on the training ground in the morning,” said Pochettino.“He’s so tired, he played three games. Very tough games. Of course not too much energy on Sunday, but we hope he’ll be available and ready on Wednesday to help the team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says the club’s priority is qualifying for the Champions League© AFP Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 28 – Mauricio Pochettino stubbornly insists winning a trophy is not the priority for Tottenham but he is playing a risky game as he focuses on finishing in the top four in the Premier League.Spurs lost 2-0 at Crystal Palace in the FA Cup on Sunday, just three days after they fell to Chelsea on penalties in the semi-final of the League Cup.
January 6, 2020
0Shares0000Fabio Borini (C) celebrates with Tiemoue Bakayoko (L) and Ivorian midfielder Franck Kessie after scoring at the San Siro © AFP / MARCO BERTORELLOPARIS, France, Feb 25 – Wilfried Zaha was the stand-out African in Europe at the weekend, scoring twice as Crystal Palace triumphed 4-1 at Leicester City to all but end fears of relegation.It was the first time the jet-heeled 26-year-old Ivory Coast attacker has scored in three consecutive English Premier League matches. On a profitable weekend for Ivorians, Franck Kessie netted for AC Milan in Serie A and Max Gradel for Toulouse in Ligue 1.EnglandWILFRIED ZAHA (Crystal Palace)The sparkling Ivory Coast forward made it a memorable way for Eagles manager Roy Hodgson to celebrate becoming the oldest manager in the Premier League at 71 years and 198 days. Zaha scored a double in the 4-1 thrashing of a feeble Leicester side. The 26-year-old’s second was a result of a sublime counter-attack.SOL BAMBA, BRUNO MANGA (Cardiff)Both of these vastly-experienced centre-backs had a galling time at home to an on-fire Watford, who thrashed them 5-1 and kept the Bluebirds firmly mired in the relegation battle.Ivory Coast international Bamba fared a little better than his Gabonese defensive partner by getting on the scoresheet, knocking home when 4-0 down inside the last 10 minutes.Manga, though, had precious little to take out of the match, being constantly given the runaround by the Hornets, and was responsible for Watford and Gerard Deulofeu’s first two goals, surrendering possession for the first and being outpaced by the lively Spaniard for the second.SpainGEOFFREY KONDOGBIA (Valencia)The five-time capped former France international, who switched allegiance to the Central African Republic last year, scored his first league goal since joining Valencia on a permanent deal from Inter Milan at the start of the season.The 26-year-old put his side ahead at Leganes, but Valencia conceded a late equaliser to fall six points behind fourth-placed Getafe in the race for a Champions League spot after their 15th draw in 25 La Liga games this term.ItalyNapoli’s Algerian forward Adam Ounas celebrates after scoring a goal against Parma © AFP / Isabella BONOTTOADAM OUNAS (Napoli)Algerian forward Ounas came off the bench after 79 minutes and three minutes later scored the final goal in a 4-0 win over mid-table Parma.Simone Verdi worked his way through to cross for the 21-year-old to slot in his third league goal this season.FRANCK KESSIE (AC Milan)Ivorian midfielder Kessie scored his fourth league goal this season six minutes after the break in a 3-0 win for AC Milan over Empoli.Kessie finished off a Samu Castillejo assist and AC Milan lie fourth, occupying the final Champions League place.FranceToulouse’s Ivorian forward Max-Alain Gradel salvaged a late point © AFP / Pascal GUYOTMAX GRADEL (Toulouse)The Ivorian forward scored his 10th league goal of the season with an injury-time strike to rescue struggling Toulouse a crucial 1-1 draw at home with Caen.The 31-year-old former Leeds and Saint-Etienne player has now netted 12 times in all competitions this term.WAHBI KHAZRI (Saint-Etienne)The Tunisian international continued his fine debut season at Saint-Etienne by setting up Neven Subotic’s winner against Dijon.The 28-year-old Khazri has been crucial to his team’s surprise bid for Champions League qualification, also scoring 12 Ligue goals this season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
January 3, 2020
“He looked like he was working to get ready,” he said. Clemens, the team’s second-round pick out of Oregon last year, won the backup spot by beating out veteran Marques Tuiasosopo with an outstanding preseason. “Whenever my number is called, I will go out and do the best that I can to adjust,” Clemens said. “I’m getting some information from my teammates on how fast it is, but you have to be ready and make the adjustments.” Whether it’s Clemens or Pennington, wide receiver Laveranues Coles contends it doesn’t really matter to the players. “We all have jobs to do,” he said. “When the opportunity arises, it’s up to each individual to take advantage of it. If it happens for (Clemens), then everyone stands behind him. Every guy in this locker room we hang our hat on and stand behind because this is all that we have. We have to look at each other and be able to ride with each other regardless of who is on the field.” Mangini also defused any talk of a quarterback controversy, even if Clemens plays Sunday and has an outstanding game against the Ravens. “Chad’s the starting quarterback,” Mangini said. “He’s the starting quarterback.” Around the league Seahawks: Running back Shaun Alexander has been practicing this week with a castlike protective device covering his left thumb and wrist but expects to start at Arizona on Sunday.Alexander laughed when asked about the cast-like device, calling it a “boo-boo protector.” 49ers: Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore missed practice after the death of his mother. Gore’s mother, Liz, died Wednesday afternoon, and he briefly visited the 49ers’ training complex Thursday before leaving to be with relatives in California. He still intends to play in San Francisco’s game at St. Louis on Sunday, but probably will head home to Miami afterward. Bills: Buffalo placed starting cornerback Jason Webster on injured reserve. Webster’s season is over after he broke his forearm in a season-opening loss to Denver. The Bills also signed linebacker Leon Joe, a three-year NFL veteran who was waived by Tampa Bay. Cowboys: Receiver Terry Glenn is still hopeful of playing this season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee for the second time in six weeks. Bills: Commissioner Roger Goodell visited Kevin Everett, spending 90 minutes with the Bills tight end who sustained a severe spinal cord injury. Doctors said Everett can wiggle his toes, bend his hip, move his ankles, elevate and kick his leg, as well as extend his elbows and slightly flex his biceps. While all are significant signs of improvement, he noted that Everett has yet to show any movement in his hands. Doctors were also confident enough in Everett’s recovery that they took him off a respirator Wednesday. Vikings: Defensive end Erasmus James (knee) appears headed to the inactive list when the Vikings play at Detroit on Sunday, coaches indicated. Chargers: Two pieces of land in the suburb of Chula Vista, south of downtown San Diego, are suitable for an NFL stadium, according to a study that was funded by the team. The Chargers intensified efforts to leave Qualcomm Stadium. Miscellany: The Dallas Cowboys wrested the title of the NFL’s most valuable franchise from the rival Redskins, knocking Washington off the top of the list for the first time in eight years, according to Forbes magazine’s annual survey. Thanks to a new $1 billion stadium set to open in 2009, the Cowboys’ value increased by 28 percent – by far the largest jump among NFL teams this year – to $1.5 billion. They climbed from third to first in the rankings, leapfrogging the Redskins ($1.467 billion) and the New England Patriots ($1.199 billion).160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! From news services Chad Pennington dropped back and threw a few light passes. That counts as significant progress for the injured New York Jets quarterback, who was still preparing Thursday to play against the Baltimore Ravens. Pennington appeared to favor his injured right ankle in practice, but made some throws during drills after not taking any snaps the previous day during the half-hour period that the media are allowed to view. Pennington, hurt on a sack during New York’s loss to New England on Sunday, had his right ankle again heavily wrapped and still moved somewhat gingerly, but his limp was less noticeable. Pennington, who usually speaks to the media only on Wednesdays, was listed on the team’s injury report as limited in practice for the second straight day. According to a few published reports, citing unnamed sources, the Jets already have decided that second-year quarterback Kellen Clemens will start against the Ravens. While it would seem unlikely the Jets would play an injured Pennington against one of the league’s toughest defenses, the team hasn’t made any official decision public. Jets coach Eric Mangini addressed the media before practice and gave little insight into Pennington’s progress. “We have a program for him and he followed the program,” Mangini said. “It will change each day.” When asked how he thought Pennington looked on the field Wednesday, Mangini smiled.
December 30, 2019
1 Luis Suarez and Neymar were team-mates at Barcelona for three years Getty Liverpool haven’t done enough in the transfer market to replace Luis Suarez and should have moved for his Barcelona team-mate Neymar, claims former Premier League footballer Jimmy Bullard.Suarez departed Anfield in June 2014 after nearly spearheading the Reds to an unlikely title triumph, with the club subsequently reimbursing his eye-watering transfer fee on £120m worth of new players.They forked out a similarly large sum on incoming recruits this summer, including the likes of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino, but Bullard feels they haven’t aimed high enough to fill the void vacated by the Uruguayan.“They haven’t bought enough. They bought ok, but Roberto Firmino has not produced,” Bullard told Express Sport.“They got rid of top quality and they haven’t got that back.“With the likes of Suarez going and not getting world quality, for me as a fan I want to see a world-class striker join.“I wanted to see a Neymar or someone to replace Suarez. They took a risk with signing Danny Ings from Burnley.”Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is facing increasing scrutiny by the week after an unconvincing start to the season, but Bullard still believes the 42-year-old is the right man to turn their fortunes around.He added: “Is Benteke world class? On the other scale, that’s why I back Rodgers. He goes off what he sees and doesn’t just go off names.“He can do a job and that’s why I like him and back him for that.”
December 29, 2019
Steven Gerrard came off the bench to score for LA Galaxy in their 4-2 win over New England Revolution. The Liverpool legend shows he still has it, showing composure to put the game to bed in added time. He received the ball on the edge of the box, beating a man with his first touch and then taking another to beat a second man inside the box.Running away from goal, the 35-year-old hooked the ball towards goal with his left foot, beating the goalkeeper and the defender on the line. The midfielder recently said he is ‘sure’ he will represent the club again and, although he probably meant in an off-field capacity, fans would surely love to see him do something like this in a Reds shirt once more. See above!
December 27, 2019
Rory pictured with his family at the book launchRORY Kavanagh has made a return to the Donegal panel, it has been confirmed to Donegal Daily tonight.The St Eunan’s man quit county set-up a year ago after serving his county on 132 occasions.He hinted at the launch of his book ‘Winning’ at the Mount Errigal two months ago that he would ‘never say never’ about a senior county return. And manager Rory Gallagher appeared to welcome the hint.Now it has been confirmed the Letterkenny man has been in training and returns to the team set-up this week.His experience is a massive boost to the county set-up. BREAKING NEWS: RORY KAVANAGH BACK ON DONEGAL PANEL was last modified: January 11th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalRory KavanaghSt Eunans
December 26, 2019
Mata and Emery worked together before at Valencia Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti The 31-year-old scored and created goals for fun in west London When asked by Cundy how he knew this information and whether or not he could be trusted, Durham was as bullish and defiant as ever.“This is breaking news, Juan Mata is going to Arsenal,” he continued.“This is what I have heard, it is not official. My sources close to the club have said he is going to Arsenal on a free.“By the way, when it happens, you can all ring up and say ‘We doubted you but, as ever, you were right.’” Despite scoring the equaliser in United’s 2-1 win over Juventus, the diminutive playmaker has failed to hold to a regular starting berth under Jose Mourinho.And now, according to Drivetime host Durham, the World Cup and European Championship winner will leave for the Emirates in the summer.Presenting the show alongside Jason Cundy, Durham said: “I thought we were going to do a Juan Mata love-in right.“I thought we were doing an appreciation hour for Juan Mata. After I said this, just a couple of minutes ago, just had a message going; ‘He’s going to Arsenal on a free’. “We can’t do this anymore, if he’s going to Arsenal. We all love him now, but who is going to love him when he goes to Arsenal?“He’s going to be going to Arsenal on a free! He was with [Unai] Emery on a free wasn’t he, so he’s going to Arsenal on a free because he is out of contract in the summer.”Mata did indeed play for Gunners boss Emery during his time as Valencia boss, before moving to the Blues in 2012.Having established himself as one of the most creative Premier League players, former United boss David Moyes swooped in January 2014 to take him up the M1 to Old Trafford. REVEALED 3 Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January RANKED Latest Transfer News “I’ve just had a message… Juan Mata is going to Arsenal on a free.” “This is breaking news.” 🚨@talkSPORTDrive has some exclusive transfer news for #AFC fans… 👀Remember where you heard it 😂 pic.twitter.com/pr2r3zAVtC— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 9, 2018 3 targets Manchester United star Juan Mata is set to leave the club for free in the summer and join rivals Arsenal, according to talkSPORT host Adrian Durham.The Spaniard is out of contract in the summer, having been at Old Trafford since 2014 after a move from Chelsea. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 3 Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade IN DEMAND LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland targets Juan Mata’s celebrates his equaliser against Juventus LIVING THE DREAM