Science students from the University of Guyana (UG) and Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, United States (US) were exposed to a unique opportunity to learn about enhancing capacities to support the oil and gas sector.The participating students outside of the University of Guyana’s compoundThis exercise was funded by a grant from the ExxonMobil through President Barrack Obama’s 100,000 Strong in the Americas Programme. In mid-July, UG students travelled to Lubbock to attend classes at the university and conduct experiments in state-of-the-art laboratories.The students gained a general understanding of the petroleum exploration process, introductory knowledge of the value chain associated with exploration and production of hydrocarbons. They also gained experience with Petrel software suite and utility in viewing seismic and petrophysical data.Outside of class, they visited the picturesque Caprock Canyons State Park to witness firsthand some of the sedimentary wonders that fascinate geologists today.Meanwhile, from July 24 to August 3, Texas Tech students travelled to Guyana where they were joined by their UG classmates to listen directly to the Natural Resources Minister on the steps Guyana is taking to ensure that the country is prepared for the production of petroleum that is set to begin in the next five years.ExxonMobil geologist, Richard McKenzie also spoke to the group and expressed the corporation’s delight in sponsoring such a worthwhile experience for the students. He encouraged students to continue their studies in the sciences and to be a part of making a positive difference in their countries – both in Guyana and the United States.Students travelled to Linden to see the bauxite mining areas and were briefed by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) Chief Executive Officer on the history of bauxite in Guyana. Texas Tech students and faculty also went to Kaieteur Falls to experience the power and majesty of one of Guyana’s most impressive natural wonders.US Ambassador Perry Holloway expressed his strong support for the programme and confirmed to Texas Tech Professors Gad Perry and Dustin Sweet, as well as UG Professor Calvin Bernard, the willingness of the US Government to help Guyana transition into an oil-producing nation.The goal of 100,000 Strong in the Americas Programme – President Obama’s signature education initiative in the Western Hemisphere – is to increase the number of US students studying in the Western Hemisphere to 100,000 and the number of Western Hemisphere students studying in the United States to 100,000 by the year 2020. The initiative is aimed at enhancing hemispheric competitiveness, increasing prosperity, and preparing a more globally competent workforce.
The public is encouraged to come down and help celebrate these local sports heroes at the EnCana Events Centre as Mayor Mike Bernier will present them with their awards and gifts.The following individuals were selected by their peers to receive the 2011 Community Sport Hero Awards for their dedication to their respective sports: Connie Patterson for skating, Christina Wards for multiple sports, Don Bourassa for curling, Ted Schilds for hockey and Andrew Kadziolka for skiing.“The Community Sport Hero Awards are a celebration of volunteers who have contributed eight or more years to sport,” said Tim Gayda, president and CEO of Sport BC, in a statement. “Sport is crucial to the development of strong, healthy communities, and community volunteers, like the five scheduled to be honoured, are essential to that success.”- Advertisement -The awards ceremony begins at 6 p.m. Dawson Creek is the 11th stop this year for Sport BC’s Community Sport Hero Awards, which are presented by EnCana.
COURTS: Group says state lawyer tried to save insurers $300,000. By Steve Lawrence The Associated Press SACRAMENTO – A consumer group demanded Thursday that the state insurance commissioner fire one of his top attorneys, saying the department lawyer tried to help insurers avoid paying $300,000 in court costs stemming from a fight over auto insurance rates. “The fact is, it is not uncommon for the Department of Insurance to submit statements of fact on particular issues, which is what Bill Gausewitz did in this case,” Kerns said. The dispute involves a lawsuit filed by the insurance industry in 2006. It sought to overturn regulations that limited use of motorists’ ZIP codes in setting their auto insurance rates. Consumers groups favored the regulations, saying rates should be based primarily on driving records and not on where people live. Several groups, including the Santa Monica-based foundation, joined the attorney general in successfully defending the regulations. They then urged a Sacramento County Superior Court judge to order the insurers to repay them for their court costs. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights said it obtained a series of e-mails showing that William Gausewitz secretly collaborated with insurers to file a declaration in court. It says the document supported the insurers’ claim that court costs should be paid by the state, not them. Gausewitz is a former insurance industry lobbyist who is senior counsel to Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner. “The documents obtained by FTCR show that Mr. Gausewitz continues to work closely with, and on behalf of, the insurance industry, albeit in a covert fashion – conduct that is utterly incompatible with your pledge of an independent and open administration,” the foundation said in its letter to Poizner. It was signed by Harvey Rosenfield, the group’s founder, and Doug Heller, its executive director. A spokeswoman for Poizner, Jennifer Kerns, said the foundation’s criticism is unfounded.
Djibril Cisse went under the knife for a hip problem last year 1 Former Liverpool, Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland striker Djibril Cisse wants to come out of retirement.The Frenchman hung up his boots in October last year after suffering with a hip problem.?But, after going under the knife, the 34-year-old has now revealed that he may make a shock return to football.“If I want to make it back onto the pitch? That is not a rumour, I have never hidden that desire,” Cisse told BeIN Sports.“I had to stop because of a hip problem, I never stopped because I no longer had the desire to play or because I was bored of football, I stopped because of medical reasons.“Today, those reasons no longer exist, I have received the green light from the surgeon. After my operation, things went very well, after one week I started running again.”
Finally, Texas’ lone star shined brighter than all the glitter and glamour Southern California could muster. Vince Young, back in the Rose Bowl and at his best, lifted the Longhorns to a 41-38 Rose Bowl victory over top-ranked USC on Wednesday with his 8-yard touchdown run on fourth down with 19 seconds left. Young broke through the left side of the line and pitched the ball to tailback Selvin Young, who slipped through three tacklers to get into the end zone. The quarterback was being tackled when he tossed it, and television replays showed his knee was down before the ball left his hands. Game officials did not review the play. By the second quarter, he was still dancing on the field, pantomiming riding down the field on a horse during a timeout. On one play, Young slipped through the tackle of blitzing USC safety Brandon Ting for a short pass, then turned and shook Ting’s hand as if to say “I’ll be here all night.” His second touchdown, a 17-yard run in the fourth, started when he dropped back to pass, then used a burst of speed to run through the middle of the defense. The score pulled the Longhorns within 38-33 with 4:03 to play. By then, Young was unstoppable. “He’s a fantastic player and he made the difference,” Carroll said. “How classic was it that he ran it in on the last play?” The only question now is whether the junior, who said he plans to return for a final season, leaves school early for the NFL. If he stays, the Longhorns can expect to enter the 2006 season ranked No. 1. 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Young came to California hoping to prove he was the best player in the country after his bitter disappointment at finishing second to USC running back Reggie Bush this year for the Heisman Trophy, which Trojans quarterback Matt Leinart won the year before. By running and passing his way through another spectacular Rose Bowl performance, the Longhorns quarterback finally relegated the Heisman twins to supporting roles. This was, without a doubt, Young’s show: He ran for 200 yards and passed for another 267 in a game that surpassed his 372-yard, five touchdown effort against Michigan here last year, and became the first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 2,500 in a season. Before the game, Young went through his usual routine, listening to music on his iPod while tossing passes to his receivers and hamming it up with thousands of Texas fans who came to the game early. By kickoff, he was reaching for what he calls his “Jordan Mode” the zone where he feels he can make any play at any time. It worked to perfection on Texas’ first touchdown when Young sneaked one past the USC defense and the replay officials. “I went through all my progressions,” Young said, “so I just took off with it.” The victory brought the Longhorns their first outright national championship since 1969.
Wijnaldum scored the opener as Liverpool beat Cardiff 2-0 on Sunday. (Agency Photo)Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with a 2-0 victory away to Cardiff City on Sunday. A goal each by Georginio Wijnaldum and James Milner saw the Red leap-frog Man City who had a day earlier defeated Tottenham Hotspurs 1-0, back to the league summit.Liverpool have now accumulated 88 points, two ahead of City who still have a game in hand.In the battle for third and fourth, all of Man United (6th), Arsenal (4th) and Tottenham (3rd) lost their weekend’s fixtures as United were humiliated 4-0 by Everton while Arsenal went down 3-2 at home to Crystal Palace. Chelsea who are 5th have a chance to go third when they host Burnley on Monday night.Tottenham have 67 points, Arsenal 66, level with Chelsea while Man United still have 64.Elsewhere, there were victories for Watford, Fulham and Newcastle this past weekend. Watford defeated Huddersfield 2-1, Fulham were 1-0 winners away to Bournemouth while Newcastle beat Southampton 3-1.Here are the XI players who stood out for me this past weekend.GK: Ederson (Man City)Made up to four top-notch saves and kept a clean sheet as City defeated Tottenham 1-0 on Saturday.RB: Aaron Wan-Bissaka (Crystal Palace)Wan-Bissaka made eight interceptions in Palace’s win at Arsenal; the most of any player on Match-Day 35.LB: Lucas Digne (Everton)Outstanding on the day and also had time to score one of the goals as Everton beat Man United 4-0 on Sunday.CB: Shane Duffy (Brighton)After a run of losses, Brighton needed to be strong at he back if they are to get anything away to Wolves and it was Duffy who came up with the goods in defence as they drew 0-0 at the Molineux.CB: Aymeric Laporte (Man City)After his struggles in mid-week, Laporte produced his usual strong and assured performance in City’s 1-0 win at home to Spurs on Saturday.MF: Georginio Wijnaldum (Liverpool)Wijnaldum scored Liverpool’s opener in the 2-0 win at Cardiff.MF: Gylfie Sigurdsson (Everton)Sigurdsson scored once and also created more chances than any other player (4), on the pitch.MF: Phil Foden (Man City)Eighteen-year-old Foden scored his first Premier League goal for Manchester City in the 1-0 win at home to Tottenham on Saturday.FW: Ayoze Perez (Newcastle United)The Newcastle striker scored a hat-trick from just three shots in the 3-1 win at home to Southampton.FW: Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace)Zaha scored one and also created three chances for Palace in their 3-2 win at Arsenal.FW: Gerrard Deulofue (Watford)Scored a brace as Watford defeated Huddersfield 2-1 away from home on Saturday afternoon.Comments Tags: premier league team of the weektop
If comets repeatedly break up and re-coagulate, how long could that recur?A new paper in Nature from the Rosetta team suggests a strange new theory about comets. Their Comet 67P has two prominent lobes, like a dumbbell, but it’s not unique. Four other comet nuclei also have a bilobed appearance. This suggests a new theory of how they got that way:Here, we study the structure and dynamics of 67P’s nucleus. We find that sublimation torques have caused the nucleus to spin up in the past to form the large cracks observed on its neck. However, the chaotic evolution of its spin state has so far forestalled its splitting, although it should eventually reach a rapid enough spin rate to do so. Once this occurs, the separated components will be unable to escape each other; they will orbit each other for a time, ultimately undergoing a low-speed merger that will result in a new bilobate configuration. The components of four other imaged bilobate nuclei have volume ratios that are consistent with a similar reconfiguration cycle, pointing to such cycles as a fundamental process in the evolution of short-period comet nuclei. It has been shown that comets were not strong contributors to the so-called late heavy bombardment about 4 billion years ago. The reconfiguration process suggested here would preferentially decimate comet nuclei during migration to the inner solar system, perhaps explaining this lack of a substantial cometary flux.It’s a destructive process, in other words. How long could that go on?This is grist for someone’s research mill – someone open to the idea that billions of years are neither necessary nor empirically tenable. (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
European plane-maker Airbus is giving airlines the option to cram 80 more seats into its passenger-friendly A380 superjumbo with a new package of “cabin enablers’’ that includes its derided 11-abreast seating.Some of the changes provide more room for the seats by modifying the cabin layout while others squeeze more people into each row.The average seat count on an A380 in operation today is 497 — below the suggested count of 550 — and the extra space has made it a popular choice with passengers.But the pressures that have delivered passengers low fares also mean carriers are seeking new ways to generate revenue and this includes boosting the seat count on aircraft.With sales of the A380 stalled and the rise of a new generation of fuel-efficient twin-engine aircraft, Airbus is looking at ways of making the giant plane more attractive.The new package, released at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, would allow airlines to carry 575 passengers in a four-class configuration.It includes new forward stairs that would provide for 20 more passengers in business, premium economy and economy class.The stairs would be relocated from door one to door two and the entrance to the staircase would be combined with that of the lower-deck crew rest.A combined crew rest compartment would provide space for three more premium economy passengers by moving the existing pilot crew rest, located behind the cockpit in the mezzanine area of door one, with the facility on the lower deck.An aft galley stair module which would see the current spiral stairs changed to a square design provides space for 14 more passengers plus two additional food trolleys.An option to remove sidewall stowage would increase the wall-to-wall cabin width at foot-rest height and make space for 10 more business class seats in a herringbone layout.More contentious options include nine-abreast premium economy on the main deck, allowing for 11 more passengers, and the previous released 11-abreast economy layout on the main deck, which adds 23 seats.Premium economy varies between airlines. Qantas, for example, currently offers a comfortable upper-deck seven-abreast layout on a two-three-two basis while Lufthansa offers eight abreast on the same deck in a two-four-two configuration.A nine-abreast configuration would presumably see a three-three-three layout, eliminating the popular double seats.Airbus said the main deck cross-section was allowing seat manufacturers to optimise their premium economy offerings to create “the industry’s most efficient and comfortable PE layout possible’’.More problematic is Airbus’ “innovative” 11-across concept involving a 3-5-3 configuration. Notwithstanding issues identified with the seats next to the cabin wall, this would put one passenger in the horror predicament of being in a middle seat with two people on either side.The A380’s biggest customer, Emirates, has already rejected the concept, which has the potential to do to the A380’s reputation what 10-abreast seating has done to Boeing’s 777.Airbus Commercial Aircraft executive vice president strategy and marketing Kiran Rao said the new package for A380 customers was a smart way to meet airlines needs “while improving the A380 economics with additional revenues and innovating in passenger comfort”.“Only the A380 has the economies of scale and development potential to efficiently solve the problem of increasing congestion at large airports while providing the best comfort for passengers,’’ he said. “The aircraft can also serve fast-growing markets and airlines regional airports, so we are adapting the aircraft to meet evolving market needs.”
9 July 2013 Activity in South Africa’s green building sector has surged in recent months as the government, businesses and developers in the country increasingly embrace sustainable building practices. According to the Green Building Council of South Africa, June 2013 alone saw six green building certifications, bringing the total number of Green Star-rated buildings in the country to 36. “The GBCSA is very encouraged to see this spike in the number of buildings achieving Green Star SA ratings,” the organisation’s chief executive officer, Brian Wilkinson, said in a statement last week. “We are confident that the green building movement in South Africa will continue this upward trajectory and that we will increasingly see green building practices becoming the norm.” These Green Star-rated buildings include the Environmental Affairs Department’s head office in Pretoria, which scored the highest rating possible at six stars and was a first for a government-owned building in the country. “Hyundai’s new head office, situated in Bedfordview, is another exciting development to receive a Green Star Rating as it signifies buy-in and commitment to sustainable practices from this large motor corporation – the first green building rating in South Africa achieved within this sector,” the GBCSA said. Nedbank’s Menlyn Maine Falcon Building in the Menlyn Maine Precinct in Pretoria scored a five-star rating, and all buildings in the precinct will be required to achieve a minimum four-star rating. It is also the first project in Africa to be registered with the Clinton Climate Initiative, a programme of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. The initiative is a strict rating mechanism to evaluate the carbon neutrality of a project. “The industry is embracing this absolutely necessary shift towards sustainable practices and it is exciting to be part of this change,” Wilkinson said. SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Jerry HagstromDTN Political CorrespondentWASHINGTON (DTN) — One year from the 2020 general election, more than half of the Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee are facing less-than-“solid” chances of retaining their seats, but the Democrats appear on the path to retain their majority in the House, according to David Wasserman, the House analyst for The Cook Political Report.Of the committee’s 25 Democratic members representing districts in the 50 states, 14 are facing races that the Cook Report ranks as less than “solid,” and nine of those races could favor the Republican, per the Cook Partisan Voter Index (PVI). The index measures how each district performs at the presidential level compared to the nation as a whole.Stacey Plaskett, the Democratic delegate from the U.S. Virgin Islands, is also a member of the committee, but the Cook Political Report does not rank the delegates from the U.S. territories.On the flip side, only three of the 21 Republicans on the House Agriculture Committee are in races considered not “solid,” and the PVI for each of those three incumbents is in their favor by at least three points.The Cook Political Report provides four ratings for Congressional races: “solid,” “likely, “lean” and “toss-up.” As it stands now, House Democrats are facing 218 elections that are ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid” in their favor compared to 193 Republican seats ranked “lean,” “likely” or “solid.” Twenty-four seats are considered “toss-ups” — 18 for the Democrats, five for the Republicans and one independent, Rep. Justin Amash in Michigan.The Democrats won a majority in the 2018 congressional elections, but the 2020 elections will include a presidential election with President Donald Trump at the top of the ticket. That could affect the races, especially in rural and suburban districts that are home to most of the members of the House Agriculture Committee who are less than “solid” for reelection.But the impact is uncertain. The opportunity to vote for Trump might bring out more Republicans, although presidential elections usually bring out more Democratic voters.Charlie Cook, founder of The Cook Political Report, said in an interview that “Impeachment will make the reds redder and the blues bluer.” Cook said he expects an “enormous” turnout, but “While everything seems to revolve around Trump, he is not the sun and this is not the solar system.”But one danger for all incumbents, Cook said, is that people hate politics and politicians so much that experience doesn’t matter.The most notable among the struggling House Agriculture Committee Democrats is Rep. Collin Peterson, D-Minn., the chairman. The 14-term representative who is the most senior member on the Ag Committee faces growing doubt about his ability to retain his seat.Most alarming for Peterson is the fact that Trump is destined to head the Republican ticket in 2020. Peterson’s district’s PVI is plus-12 for the Republicans, and his constituents voted 61% in favor of Trump in the 2016 election.Peterson is one of only two Democrats in the House (along with Rep. Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.) to speak out against the impeachment proceedings in recent weeks and to vote against moving forward with the inquiry. A straight-ticket vote could bring a swift end to Peterson’s decades-long career, shaking up leadership on the committee along the way.But there are limits to Trump’s popularity with farmers, and Peterson last week wrote Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue, urging him to make changes in the trade aid program for farmers, saying the current formula is creating “winners and losers among neighbors.”Peterson is popular in agricultural circles, and the sugar growers in his district have formed the Committee for Stronger Rural Communities, a super political action committee to raise funds to support his reelection.DEMOCRATIC INCUMBENTS IN “TOSS-UP” DISTRICTSAfter Peterson, the most vulnerable Democrats include Reps. Abigail Spanberger, D-Va., and Anthony Brindisi, D-N.Y. Both represent districts that the Cook Report considers “toss-ups” for 2020, and each has a PVI of plus-6 in favor of the Republicans.Other Democratic freshmen ranked as “toss-ups” are Reps. Antonio Delgado, D-N.Y., and Cindy Axne, D-Iowa.DEMOCRATS “LIKELY” TO WIN REELECTIONThe Cook Report ranks five House Agriculture Committee Democrats as “likely” to win reelection: Reps. T.J. Cox, D-Calif.; Angie Craig, D-Minn.; Jeff Van Drew, D-N.J.; Josh Harder, D-Calif.; and Tom O’Halleran, D-Ariz.INCUMBENTS IN DISTRICTS RANKED “LEAN DEMOCRAT”Even more probable to win are four House Ag Democrats ranked “lean Democrat:” Reps. Kim Schrier, D-Wash.; Cheri Bustos, D-Ill.; Sean Patrick Mahoney, D-N.Y.; and Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz.The Democrats can find solace in the fact that none of their members on the committee has announced plans to retire or leave office before Election Day. Incumbents tend to hold an advantage heading into elections, despite what polls may say.REPUBLICAN INCUMBENT PROSPECTSOn the Republican side, the Cook Report considers Reps. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., whose district has a PVI of plus-3 for the Republicans, to be in a “toss-up” race; Rep. Don Bacon, R-Neb., to be in a “lean Republican” race; and Rep. Jim Hagedorn, R-Minn., to be “likely” for reelection.RETIRING REPUBLICANSHouse Agriculture Ranking Member Michael Conaway, R-Texas, who chaired the committee when the Republicans were in the majority, is retiring, but the Cook Report considers his district “solid Republican.”There might be another open seat in Kansas if Rep. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., becomes the Senate candidate to replace retiring Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan.OTHER NOTABLE RURAL RACESThere are also several competitive races in which the members do not sit on the House Agriculture Committee or the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, but are important to agriculture.Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa, is retiring and his district in eastern Iowa is considered a “toss-up.”The Republican leadership removed Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, from his committee assignments, including Agriculture, over some of his comments and positions, but the Cook Report still ranks that seat as “likely Republican.”Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., is often a critic of farm programs, but the Cook Report ranks his race as “likely Democrat.”The House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee should feature far less drama. Each of the 11 members — both Democrat and Republican — along with the open seat of retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairwoman Nita Lowry, D-N.Y., and House Appropriations ranking member Kay Granger, R-Texas, is considered to be “solid” for the party that currently controls the seat.The Cook Political Report — 2020 House Race Ratings: https://cookpolitical.com/…Zachary Silver was a contributing writer on this report.Jerry Hagstrom can be reached at email@example.comFollow him on Twitter @hagstromreport(CC/AG)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.