Local Content Policy still in consultation phase – Energy Dept

first_imgDespite mounting pressure on the Energy Department to finalise a Local Content Policy which would allow Guyanese to benefit from the oil and gas sector, the key piece of legislation is still in consultation phase.Director of Energy, Dr Mark BynoeThis was revealed on Friday during a press conference hosted by the Department of Energy. According to the Director of the Department, Dr Mark Bynoe, he is looking forward to the consultancy phase being completed by June.“The Local Content Policy… draft report is currently with us, and we are looking towards possibly the ending of June for the completion of that consultancy, given the consultations necessary before that policy is finalised,” he explained.The Government’s Energy Department Head had assured that the document would be ready long before first oil, which is now due in a matter of months. This commitment was given more than three years after oil was first discovered off Guyana’s coast by United States oil giant ExxonMobil.During a recent interview with this publication, President of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Nicholas Boyer, had said he was not too pleased with the slothful way in which the Local Content Policy is being developed. Moreover, Boyer stated that he would like to see the Policy created before, and not after, first oil.“We would like to see the regulations governing the oil industry in place before first oil, not after. We want to see the regulatory environment that will govern the oil industry in place before first oil, and a regulatory environment that has the buy-in of the nation,” he detailed.The Chamber has long been demanding a Local Content Policy to ensure that locals get their share of the pie from oil and gas revenues.In the most recent call made by the Chamber, its President reminded that a number of drafts for the said policy had been completed, but the locals remain in suspense for the final document.“We were even teased with the fact that the policy would then be followed by legislation; but, to date, we need to see the regulatory environment be put in place to manage the oil industry,” Boyer pointed out.He referred to the fact that first oil is expected as early as this year end, but Government is still dragging its feet on preparation of the legislation.The President of the Chamber acknowledged that he has taken note of some positive steps the Government has made in this regard, but he noted that the business community remains concerned about its involvement in the nascent oil and gas sector.Boyer was keen to note that the GCCI has been engaging policy-makers in this regard. In fact, he explained that several meetings were held with former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin and other agencies tied into the sector, but the GCCI is still waiting to see the fruits of those discussions.He concluded that the Government should work harder to ensure everything is in place before first oil. “On the Government and regulatory side, we need to do more to be able to have our things in place, to be able to take on local content or have local businesses participate in the industry.”The Local Content Policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services while foreign companies and workers are favoured.Former Business Minister Dominic Gaskin had said the second review of the Local Content Policy is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2019, as Government wants the new legislation to be ‘balanced’.Government’s position is that a ‘too strongly national’ Local Content Policy could jeopardise the efficiency or viability of the company being relied on to extract the resource.According to the draft Local Content Framework document, the policy seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise, and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses through training and well-tailored social contributions for greater impact and benefits, among other things.The draft Local Content Policy has been criticised for lacking provisions which would safeguard against exploitation by companies. It had been reported that the document does not cater for issues such as: how to avoid procurement fraud, and conflict of interest and favouritism, among other things.Like the Private Sector, the Opposition People’s Progressive Party has also been blasting Government for its failure to have this key piece of legislation produced.last_img read more

Half-time: Watford 0 QPR 0

first_imgNiko Kranjcar, playing as a lone striker, fired inches wide of the target for QPR in the first half at Vicarage Road.With Charlie Austin out with a hamstring injury, Kranjcar was handed an unfamiliar role while Yossi Benayoun was given a starting place in midfield.The Croatian sent another effort wide and an early attempt well over the bar as Rangers had most of the possession.At the other end, Richard Dunne produced a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Diego Fabbrini as the Watford forward burst into the box.And keeper R’s keeper Rob Green was able to gather Sean Murray’s deflected shot. QPR: Green, Simpson, Onuoha, Dunne, Assou-Ekotto, Barton, Carroll, Benayoun, Phillips, Hoilett, Kranjcar.Subs: Murphy; Traore, Johnson, Henry, Zamora, O’Neil, Sendles-White.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Soil testing — It doesn’t cost, it pays!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest John Leif, Field Agronomy Manager for AgroLiquidIn today’s agricultural economy it is tempting to take a few shortcuts and not purchase inputs or services that were utilized in the past. Growers need to make the best use of their financial resources, but care must be taken not to cut inputs that can make money. As growers consider their crop nutrition needs it is tempting to forgo something as basic, but important, as soil testing.Soil testing allows the grower to determine the current condition of the soil, including imbalances, deficiencies, and excesses. It also helps identify how much nutrition is already available in the soil so that fertilizer applications can be optimized. A multi-year testing program allows the grower to monitor changes in the soil over time.Planning a soil sampling program requires the grower to know the field. A good starting point for planning a sampling plan is a soil survey map that identifies different soil types in that field. The grower also needs to identify areas of the field that are unique, such as a sandy knoll or wet depression that the soil survey map doesn’t identify. A soil sample should be representative of a similar section of the field, and any unique areas should be sampled separately. The number of acres represented by a soil sample will vary by field but should generally not exceed 20 acres per sample.  The soil test report is only as good as the sample that is sent to the lab.The soil test report can be used to develop a complete nutrient management program for a field, including soil amendments to adjust nutrient imbalances as well as determine the fertilizer application needs for the crop. Using products that can be mixed to address the needs of a field will provide the best opportunity for economic return.Yes, soil testing does cost money — around $25 per sample for a complete test that includes soil characteristics, nutrient levels and base saturation. If, for example, one soil sample represents 20 acres in a field and the field is sampled every three years, the cost of soil sampling averages out to be about $0.41 per acre per year. The information gained from that $0.41 can guide a grower in making crop nutrition decisions that will address the needs of the crop and avoid excesses or deficiencies.If you are not familiar with proper soil sampling procedures, the Responsible Nutrient Management Foundation offers a Soil Sampler Field Certification — kind of a soil sampling 101. Certification will provide soil samplers with the knowledge to provide consistent samples to their labs, maximizing the value of results. Check it out at http://www.rnmf.org/soil-sample-certification/.Finally, don’t overlook your resources. Companies have whole divisions with people specifically trained, educated, and experienced to help you make the best decision based on your farm’s soil data. The time has come to boldly ask us to earn our pay and put our skills to use on your farm. Sound agronomic advice combined with our trusted crop nutrients can provide a balanced fertilizer program that gives your crop a chance to keep you profitable.last_img read more

Ohio’s Century Farms have changed the times

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest I love writing stories about Ohio’s incredible Century Farms. There is much wonderful history to be gleaned from these rural treasures that most people probably do not even know exist.Everyone in agriculture understands how much technology, equipment, farm size, and farm conservation has changed through the centuries of Ohio agriculture, but it is also always readily apparent in Century Farm interviews how much times have changed culturally and socially. I saved back a few examples from my 2016 interviews to illustrate the enormity of the cultural changes in Ohio in just a couple of generations. Read on and just imagine if these things were to take place today. Horsing around at 11At age 11 or 12 in the 1920s, Richard Evans was already a veteran driver of a team of horses pulling a wagon hauling corn into Urbana, just up the road from his Champaign County farm. This was a job he was a bit nervous about after the team of horses had stampeded through a field when Richard was a young boy holding the reins.“Dad was tasked with taking a load of corn into town when he was 11 or 12 driving the load with a wagon drawn by the run-away team of horses. His dad told him he was supposed to pick up something at the hardware store before he returned home,” said Sue Evans, Richard’s daughter. “He delivered the corn and discovered that it was a new bike waiting for him at the hardware store, which he proudly brought home on the corn wagon.” Super Bowl of plowingThe National Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts annually put on state and national plowing events that were once a huge deal. How huge? There were 71,088 fans at the 2016 Super Bowl and the National Plowing Match on a group of neighboring farms in Champaign County in 1950 attracted just fewer than 75,000 people from around the country and the world, often standing shoulder-to-shoulder over the three days of the event. One of the participating farms was the Evans Powhaton Farm.Here is an excerpt of the text from a historical marker commemorating the event near the site in Champaign County:The first national matches were held in Mitchellville, Iowa in 1939 and continued until halted by the start of World War II. They resumed in 1945. Ohio’s 1950 Champaign County-Union Township National Plowing Match was the first “National” to be held outside Iowa.The 1950 National and Ohio Plowing Matches featured a group of fourteen-Buck Creek Valley farmers who acted as hosts for the plowing matches where Urbana’s two-time world champion Dean Wilson competed for a third title. It also featured a new activity known as “Wagon Trains,” which involved Union Township host farmers who used 125 wagons and tractors to haul the crowds of people and farmers to view the plowing matches, demonstrations, and many conservation projects that covered 2,200 surrounding acres spread over 10 farms. The event also featured five parking fields covering 200 acres and an airfield on the south side and parallel to SR 54, adjacent to Benson Road, for the “flying farmers” who demonstrated seeding, fertilizing, and corn borer control. Boom goes the dynamiteWhen Gary Skinner was a child on his family’s Delaware County farm in the 1950s, it was not uncommon for dynamite to be stored in the back of the barn on area farms for regular use in tree stump removal and other explosive applications.“They used to dynamite stumps a lot but I never got to see it. That was just common practice back then,” Gary said. “I got to go out with them a couple of times when they were going to use it but it didn’t end up exploding either time.”I heard of a fellow recently who got in a fair amount of trouble in a rural area due to causing a commotion from the sound of using exploding rifle targets. I assume the neighbors who reported the problem were not accustomed to routine tree stump extractions with dynamite in the surrounding fencerows. Un-concealed carryGuns are a hot topic in the news today and there are fairly well founded concerns on both sides of the gun control debate, especially as it relates to school children. This was clearly not as much of a concern during Skinner’s childhood.“I was in eighth grade and I would ride the bus with high schoolers and they would bring their rifles on the bus with them in the morning. They would put them under the back seats on the bus so they could go squirrel hunting after school,” he said.Seriously, can you imagine if this happened today? Can you hear me now?With cell phones almost standard equipment for teenagers (and even pre-teens) these days, it is hard to fathom how life ever took place without them. I never had a cell phone until my late 20s but now it is a vital part of nearly everything I do. Even home phones with curly stretching cords seem ancient. My children cannot even comprehend the inconvenience of a phone with a cord. Of course, they had to find a way to muddle through in previous generations.“A barn down the road had a phone in it before any of the houses around here,” Skinner said. “They had Percheron stallions and the phone was for the breeding business when area mares were in heat.”Soon enough, though, the whole neighborhood was high tech.“We had one of the old phones in our home then we got the black one with the rotary dial,” Skinner said. “You’d try to get on and everyone else knew what it was you were talking about. We could never get on the line to call the vet because our neighbors had six kids and several of them were girls. They were always on the line with their boyfriends. They’d say, ‘Hang on, I’ll just be a few more minutes.’” While the landscape, equipment, and society changed around them, many of the core values of Ohio’s Century Farms have remain largely unchanged. The (much-needed in today’s world) hard work, focus on family, and faith that are signatures of many farms continue to thrive within these bastions of historic Ohio. Times have changed Ohio’s Century Farms, but there is no doubt that Ohio’s Century Farms have also changed the times.last_img read more

West Holmes Chapter FFA sent 7 members to the district 8 trap shoot

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On November 16, the West Holmes Chapter FFA sent 7 members to the district 8 trap shoot at Jefferson County Sportsmans Club.  Members attending were Drake Mullet, Jayme Pennell, Addison Yates, Garrett Houin, Dyllan Bender, Tyler Eichelberger, and Emma Stitzlein. Overall, team one was Drake Mullet (41), Addison Yates (34), Tyler Eichelberger (33), Jayme Pennell (30), and Dyllan Bender (19) and they placed 7th out of 12 teams with a score of 157.Drake Mullet, Addison Yates, Dyllan Bender, Tyler Eichelberger, and Jayme PennellTeam two consisted of Garrett Houin (19), Emma Stitzlein (14), Jayme (33), Addison (30), and Drake (28). The second team placed 9th out of 12 teams. The team had lots of fun and looks forward to going again next year. Thank you Jefferson County Sports Club and Harrison Central FFA Alumni for hosting.last_img read more

Who’ll replace Romeo?

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort GALLERY: Askren, Aoki face off for ONE: Immortal Pursuit Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES That game will be played Down Under, and so will the return match against the Taiwanese also in February. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Andray Blatche, June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva will lead Reyes’ frontline against Japan, which is also tall and agile because of Takeuchi and Brown.Reyes would have to decide on whether or not to include Kevin Alas on the roster since the other guard he has in the pool, Kiefer Ravena, seems to be a shoo-in owing to very impressive showings ever since making the Gilas team in the Jones Cup last July.Jayson Castro, twice voted as Asia’s best point guard, could slide into the No. 2 spot, which also gives Reyes the option to include Alas in the team as a back-up to Ravena.After the Friday game, Team PH returns home the following day and will play Chinese-Taipei on Monday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Philippines is shooting for no less than a sweep of its first two games for the momentum heading into a clash with world power Australia in February.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Photo from Fiba.comChot Reyes makes the final three cuts in his 15-man pool Thursday on the eve of Gilas Pilipinas’ first round clash with Japan in the Fiba Asia World Cup Qualifying series at Komazawa Olympic gym in Tokyo.Team Philippines has been in the Japanese capital since Tuesday as Reyes and his staff continue to figure out which best 12-man team can compete with the hosts that will be bannered by naturalized player Ira Brown and talented center Joji Takeuchi.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The match against the Japanese is set at 7 p.m. (6 p.m. in Manila), and the Philippines will be playing that game without its leading scorer in the last Fiba Asia Cup, Terrence Romeo.Romeo did not make the trip because of a nagging leg injury, and Reyes would have to find the right combination that would come up with the 17.8-point average that the 5-foot-10 point guard churned out in Lebanon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Not yet, we’re still deciding,” Reyes said in a text message to the Inquirer Wednesday afternoon, one day ahead of the Fiba deadline.The team managers’ meeting, slated Thursday afternoon, is the final day for both teams to decide as Japan will also trim down a 14-man pool. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Multi-cuisine at Games Village

first_imgAthletes and delegates from all over the world will descend on the Capital for the Commonwealth Games, but they will be made to feel at home going by the variety of cuisine available at the Games Village.The dining room at the Games Village.Master chefs from India and overseas will provide delicacies for the residents and there is something to suit every palate.The dining area is divided into various sections on geographical lines. Hence, one has a ‘Western Flavour,’ ‘Asian Flavour’, ‘Indian Flavour’, ‘Vegetarian Flavour’, ‘African Flavour’ etc.Also, there is a separate section for salads, Italian pastas and pizzas, fruits and snacks as well as liquid refreshments.”We have divided the cuisine on geographical basis into six sections-Caribbean, American, Asian, Indian, continental and Oceania,” Ajay Grover, consultant for catering in the Organising Committee said.So, one encounters typical north Indian delicacies such as chhole-bhathure alongside chowmein. A little distance away, one finds African grilled fish and fried chicken next to Italian pasta.”We have been working on this for the past one year,” Grover said, adding that the menu does not include beef.”It is one of the largest dining areas in the world and we can serve nearly 2,300 people at one go. The facility is open 24 hours a day and we can serve up to 40,000 people in a day.” There are as many as 2,500 personnel operating the kitchen and the dining area at the Village, with 250 of them being chefs.”About 14-15 of the staff is from overseas with about seven or eight foreign chefs,” Grover said.advertisementThe catering contract was awarded to Australian firm Delaware North Company, which also worked at the 2006 Melbourne Games.With the nutrition and safety aspect of food being vital, samples are regularly tested in laboratories and there are nutritionists at hand to ensure that the athletes take in the right kind of food.The raw material for the food also comes from all over the world.”Certain fruits which are not available in India at this time of the year will be brought from as far as Africa. Lamb will be sourced from New Zealand,” Walter, a supervisor, said.”A total of 120 dishes will be served in a day within a six-day cycle,” he said.The number of people served will be steadily increased.”We started with food for 50 and by the time the athletes start arriving, we will be up to our optimum capacity,” Rick Aylett, director at Delaware, saidlast_img read more


first_imgPhotographs from the 2005 National 18 Years and Under Championships are now available to view and purchase at www.sportingimages.net Sporting Images took over 3000 for the event, a record number! Visit their website for all of the info. We would also like to thank Sporting Images for their service to us and their provision of photographs for our website.last_img

10 months agoLazio deny reports of deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye

first_imgLazio deny reports of deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio have denied reports of a deal for Liverpool winger Bobby Adekanye.Adekanye, who joined Liverpool from Barcelona in 2015, has been linked with Lazio in the last few days.However, the Serie A club said in a statement on their official website on Monday that no deal is in place.It read: “In reference to the news released by some media, according to which SS Lazio have found an agreement with the player Bobby Adekanye, the club denies this and announces that it has not signed any contract, nor has it started negotiations for the aforementioned player.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img