Participation important for boosting local content opportunities – GCCI

first_imgOffshore Technology conference– as Guyanese contingent showcases local technology in TexasGuyana made its presence known at the opening of a three-day conference on Monday in Houston, Texas, with several booths showcasing what the country has to offer as it created opportunities for business and networking.(second from right) Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey and Attorney-at-Law Nigel Hughes interacting with other attendeesThe Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) is being held this year under the theme “OTC: The Next 50 Years”.Speaking at a recently held press conference, President of GCCI Nicholas Boyer said that participation at the OTC is necessary for local content development. He had noted that it allows for Guyanese businesses to learn and seek partnerships in pursuit of the emerging opportunities in the South American country.GCCI represents more than 240 companies in Guyana and has been advocating for local content development, with emphasis on oil and gas, over the past two years.“Participating at OTC will help us to bring more of the supply chain on to Guyana’s shores,” he said. “It was very important that Guyana has representation at this conference, and as such, in January, I reached out to the CEO of GO-Invest and the Ministry of Business to pursue a partnership so that we can ensure there is an adequate representation.”“One of the key things we are aiming for in this mission is first education, secondly connection and networking. The underpinning of these two is to promote local content,” he saidMeanwhile, the Business Ministry on its social media page posted the Guyanese contingent interacting with other high-level experts in the field.“This year, 24 representatives of Guyanese companies are in Houston, Texas, to market their companies, interact with potential investors and partners and to learn of modern advances in the oil and gas sector. Guyana’s participation at the conference is being coordinated by the Guyana Office for Investment (GO-Invest) and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI),” the Ministry said in its post.Before leaving to attend the Conference, Chief Executive Officer of GO-Invest, Owen Verwey told media operatives on Thursday that Guyana will form part of more than 60,000 that will be in attendance and it will create opportunities for business networking and education sharing among Guyana and other countries.He had explained that the goal of the mission is to foster relations with other oil-producing companies to benefit the country and its economy. Furthermore, Verwey said the aim is to allow members of the Guyana delegation to network with other participants, as well as to gather relevant information on the offshore oil and gas sector.“We will have two booths at the Conference and we will be looking into specific activities that are Guyana-focused and that will also complement OTC activity that is Guyana-focused, with emphasis on the country’s upcoming oil and gas industry,” Verwey explained.There will also be a Guyana night of information sharing and networking in collaboration with a major partner ExxonMobil.Some of the businesses attending the conference include Roraima Airways, Hughes Fields and Stoby, Ramps Logistics, GTT, Guyana National Shipping Corporation, Sterling and Japarts.The Offshore Technology Conference was founded in 1969 and forms a series of conferences and exhibitions focused on the exchanging of technical knowledge relevant to the development of offshore energy resources, primarily oil and natural gas.last_img read more

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Evolutionists 98% Wrong on Desert Pupfish

first_imgSmall fish living in Devil’s Hole became isolated just hundreds of years ago, not thousands.Talk about a radical revision in science; evolutionists have been telling the public that fish in an isolated habitat called Devil’s Hole in Nevada became separated from their parent population over 10,000 years ago, and have evolved as a new species ever since. But now, just centuries?Devil’s Hole is a water reservoir 100 meters deep in a cavern that opens to the surface. The water is almost 90° F, enough to kill most other fish in hours, but the small blue desert pupfish swim unharmed in this unique environment. Evolutionists had said they’ve been stuck there since prehistoric times. Now, based on a genetic analysis, Nature “rewrites the story” of this fish species trapped in a single hole:Many researchers thought that the fish species had been isolated in its cavern from around 13,000 years ago — the last time major flooding occurred in the region. But Christopher Martin, an evolutionary biologist at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his colleagues say that genetic sequencing suggests that the pupfish became trapped in Devils Hole somewhere between 105 and 830 years ago — and since then has continued to exchange genes with neighbouring populations of pupfish species.“That was the big surprise,” says Martin.  “Every few hundred years there’s a fish or two that’s moving between the desert springs.” The fish either somehow move over land, he says, or are transported as eggs stuck to the feet of water birds.This implies that the morphological changes that characterize this species also occurred rapidly. The differences are slight; the article only lists “reduced aggression, larger eyes and missing pelvic fins” — but these are variations, not speciation traits, especially if these fish continue to exchange genes with neighboring populations.“This is a very interesting paper, and it deals with a fascinating study system. The short timeframe of evolution is really remarkable,” says Simon Ho, a computational evolutionary biologist at the University of Sydney, Australia. Ho says that the study adds to a growing body of evidence that some species might be much younger than earlier genetic comparisons had suggested, because DNA mutation rates can be very high over a short period of time.Random mutations would certainly be mostly deleterious, however. It would seem that genetic variations in this case were pre-programmed for robustness in harsh environments. “It’s amazing the fish can survive in there for a day,” lead researcher Christopher Martin [UNC Chapel Hill] commented. Other species of pupfish survive in highly saline pools, remnants of Lake Manly that once filled Death Valley almost 600 feet deep.The BBC News has photos of Devil’s Hole and the pupfish. The article quotes Martin giving his best guess that the fish arrived during a flood in historic times. “The ages we’ve come up with for the Devils Hole fish do overlap with the great flood of 1862, which was the largest rainfall event ever recorded for California/Nevada.” He suggests other possible means of transport, including eggs transferred on vegetation stuck to birds’ feet or directly by Native Americans.New Scientist gives additional reasons why the story of this fish’s long evolutionary history is untenable.“Devil’s Hole is one of the most ridiculous fish habitats I’ve seen,” says Martin. “The water temperature would kill most fish within hours.”The fish’s continued existence puzzled him, because genetic theory predicts that such tiny populations ought to go extinct within a few hundred years because of inbreeding or bad luck [e.g., deleterious mutations or local catastrophes -Ed.].Since they’re there, they must share genes or not be that old. And if they’re not that old, this relaxes the need to conserve them. If indeed they’ve only been isolated for an estimated 255 years, and if other fish came and went in Devil’s Hole, these fish could be “reincarnated” if they died out (from another headline on New Scientist quoting a different Dr. Martin):If so, conservationists’ primary aim should be to preserve this process, rather than the species that is there now, says Andrew Martin, a conservation biologist at the University of Colorado in Boulder.The study suggests that protecting the connectivity of this region will be essential for this cycle of rebirth to continue.Devil’s Hole is formally part of Death Valley National Park, but access is restricted to scientific research. The Nature article includes a photo of scuba divers deep in this cavern that gets no direct sunlight for two months of the year. It also mentions some of the reasoning that caused earlier scientists to expect a long isolation period:[Christopher] Martin and his colleagues built up a family tree of pupfish species by examining differences in their DNA. To calibrate the dates of splits in this family tree, they relied partly on geological evidence from Lake Chichancanab basin in the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. That basin now contains several pupfish species, but it was dry 8,000 years ago, so the species there now are likely to have diverged from the common ancestor they share with other pupfish only after that drought.That reasoning has been falsified by the new genetic evidence. Another expert on pupfish thinks that pupfish, “among the hardiest of animals,” could have survived in isolated patches of surface water in the Yucatan basin. If so, “the forming of the basin may not have marked such a definite splitting point in the pupfish family tree.” As usual, further study will be needed, he says. Either way, “the Devils Hole pupfish are incredible fish,” Nature concludes.The design of these incredible, hardy animals is more interesting than minor details about their pelvic fins, larger eyes or reduced aggression. Pupfish are incredible for their complex systems that could never have arisen by unguided processes. Moreover, the Creator designed creatures for robustness so that they could fill the Earth even as the environment changed. Rapid morphological adaptions to isolated environments, based on their inherent variability, exhibit forethought in a great design plan—not “selection” of random mistakes in the genes over long periods of time.Just three years ago, an evolutionist called the Devil’s Hole pupfish “one of the most comprehensive snapshots of natural selection in the wild” (1/23/13). (Note: two years earlier, another evolutionist spoke of it as an evolutionary “burst of fireworks”—5/11/11). Once again, we see evolutionary notions of slow, gradual change over long ages to be wrong. It’s funny to think of an Indian dropping some fish in this hole while Boston patriots were getting fed up about King George’s rule in 1761, or even as recently as the year IBM incorporated in 1911. (Visited 88 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Alonso urges HudsonOdoi to remain at Chelsea

first_imgMarcos Alonso doesn’t understand why team-mate Callum Hudson-Odoi would leave Chelsea for Bayern Munich and urged him to remain patientBayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed reports on Wednesday over their “great interest” in Hudson-Odoi.The 18-year-old winger is understood to be frustrated with his role at Chelsea this season with just 42 minutes of Premier League action under his belt.While Hudson-Odoi has started in both of the Blues’ last two games, in the FA Cup and Carabao Cup, he remains heavily tipped to make a move to Germany this month.But Alonso feels that Hudson-Odoi won’t find a bigger club than Chelsea and urged his young team-mate to stick it out and fight for his place in the team.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He is a good player, but he is very young,” said Alonso, according to the Independent.“He needs to have patience and to be hungry and fight for a place in this team.“That is all he needs to do, he has all the conditions to be a great player, now it is up to him to fight for a place here or try to find more minutes somewhere else.“Bayern Munich? We are Chelsea, another great team, the Premier League is the most competitive league in the world, I don’t know why someone would go to Bayern Munich.”Maurizio Sarri’s side will host Newcastle at Stamford Bridge on Saturday in their next Premier League match.last_img read more

Google Doodle serves up tasty tribute to Ignacio Anaya Garcia inventor of

first_img Comments Tags Online Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya invented the tasty dish in 1943. Google Google’s latest Doodle may leave your mouth watering. Thursday’s Doodle celebrates the 124th birthday of Ignacio Anaya Garcia, and while you may not recognize his name, you’re likely familiar with his culinary creation: nachos!The animated Doodle demonstrates how Garcia invented the tasty treat in 1943 when a group of wives of US military personnel stationed at an army base in Texas popped into the Club Victoria, a restaurant in the Mexican border town of Piedras Negras. The women wanted a snack, but Garcia, who was the restaurant’s maitre d’, couldn’t find a chef, so he took chips, cheese and chopped chilis in hand and revolutionized bar cuisine forever.Nacho’s especiales — named after the nickname for Ignacio — were added to the restaurant’s menu and soon grew in popularity at other nearby restaurants. The dish was written up in an American cookbook in 1949, but the apostrophe in Nacho’s was lost as its popularity spread around the world. For almost as long as Google has been around, it’s livened up its barebones search page with artwork that draws attention to notable people, events, holidays and anniversaries. But Google also likes to put food in the Doodle spotlight. Earlier this year, it honored the falafel as “the best thing that ever happened to chickpeas,” and in 2017, it cooked up a slideshow to honor the rice noodle.A modified version of nachos, featuring liquid cheese, was served in 1976 during a Texas Rangers game at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Two years later, during a Dallas Cowboys game, sportscaster Howard Cosell mentioned that he had snacked on some “nachos,” increasing the dish’s popularity, especially at sporting venues.Garcia died in 1975. A bronze plaque was erected in his honor in Piedras Negras, and Oct. 21 was declared the International Day of the Nacho. Thursday’s Doodle was illustrated by Mexico City-based guest artist Alfonso de Anda,”This topic was meaningful to me at a gut level, quite literally,” he told Google, adding that drawing a Doodle for Google has been a goal of his for a while. “I hope people get an instant craving for a snack after they see the Doodle. I also hope that they instantly drop whatever it is they’re doing and satisfy that craving.”Dig in. Share your voice 3 Google Doodlelast_img read more

December auto sales Royal Enfield reports 41 growth Hero Motocorp registers 5

first_imgEicher Motors, maker of Royal Enfield, has reported a 41% growth in December 2015 in domestic sales at 40,453 units, up from 28,634 units sold in December 2014.But the company’s exports fell 9% to 416 units, from 455 units in December 2014. In November 2015, exports had gone up 33% to 457 units, from 344 units in November 2014.On a cumulative basis, the company sold 4,52,812 units of Royal Enfield during calendar year 2015, up 50% from 3,02,591 units in the corresponding period last year.The company, like other automobile makers, was hit by the severe rain and resulting flooding that wreaked havoc in Chennai in the last week of November and first week of December last year.”Due to heavy rain and flooding in Chennai, Royal Enfield’s production facilities in Thiruvottiyur and Oragadam were shut between 1 and 6 December, 2015. We resumed production of motorcycles on December 7, 2015, with our manufacturing facilities operating at 50% of our installed capacity. Over the course of the last week, our production rates improved steadily as our facilities, employees and suppliers recovered from the floods. As of Monday, the 14th of December, 2015, we are back to normal at our plants, and are running at 100% of our installed capacity,” the company had said in a regulatory filing on 18 December, 2015.In November 2015, Eicher Motors sold 40,769 units of Royal Enfield in India, up 48% from 27,542 units in November 2014.The Royal Enfield factories in Tiruvottiyur and Oragadam have the capacity to produce 4.5 lakh units annually.”We continue to monitor the situation closely and work in the best interest of our employees, customers, business partners and the larger eco-system in Chennai,” added the company.Royal Enfield is currently focusing on the launch of the brand’s first adventure tourer, christened the Himalayan, which is expected in the first half of 2016.Hero Motocorp sold 4,99,665 units in December 2015, down 5% from 5,26,097 units in December 2014.last_img read more

Is there really alien life on Mars Top expert says Yes with

first_imgImage shows modern Mars (left) dry and barren, compared with the same scene over 3.5 billion years ago covered in water (right). The rocks of the surface were slowly reacting with the water, sequestering it into the Martian mantle leading to the dry, inhospitable scene shown on the left.Dr. Jon Wade/Oxford UniversitySeveral conspiracy theorists and alien enthusiasts strongly believe that alien life is thriving on Mars, and to substantiate these views, they have been figuring out many anomalies in NASA images taken from Mars. However, experts have a different take on this, and they believe that living beings might have thrived on the Martian surface around 4 billion years ago.However, life on Mars became very difficult as the planet started losing its magnetic field, and around 3.7 billion years ago, the planet turned into barren land. It should be noted that earth, the planet in which we live in has a magnetic field, and it plays a crucial role in protecting living beings here.However, Michael Finney, co-founder of the Genome Partnership, a nonprofit organization that runs the Advances in Genome Biology and Technology conferences,  believes that these turn of events that happened in Mars before 3.7 billion years ago might not have turned Mars to a dead planet.”If Mars had life 4 billion years ago, Mars still has life. Nothing has happened on Mars that would’ve wiped out life. So, if there were life on Mars, it may have moved around, it may have gone into hiding a bit, but it’s probably still there,” said Michael Finny, during a panel discussion at the Breakthrough Discuss conference at the University of California, Berkeley, Space.com reports. The new remarks made by Michael Finny suggests that alien life may be thriving in the underground of Mars. A few months back, NASA’s Curiosity Rover had detected two plumes of methane on Mars, and many experts claimed that this is a positive sign that indicates the presence of alien life on the Red Planet. In earth, more than 90 per cent of the methane in the atmosphere is produced by microbes, and if the same is the case with Mars, then life, at least in its simple form might be living in Martian underground.A few weeks back, a study report published in the Journal of Astrobiology and Space Science had suggested that alien life is present on Mars. Researchers who took part in this study revealed that they have spotted algae and fungi in at least 15 photos taken by NASA’s Curiosity Rover.last_img read more

10 youths rescued while being trafficked to India

first_imgMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) rescued 10 young men from Gatipara border in Benapole Port police station while they were being trafficked to India on Friday night.They rescued are from different areas of Pirojpur and Bagerhat districts.Daulatpur camp of BGB-21 battalion company commander Subeder Manzur Rahman said on secret information a team of BGB conducted a drive in the area at night and held the 10 youths who were heading to India in search of job.Sensing the presence of BGB men, the human traffickers managed to flee the scene.Later, BGB handed over the rescued to Benapole Port police station.A case was filed in this connection.last_img

Govt to increase allocation for social safety net programme

first_img.Poor people will get more allowances in the next fiscal 2018-2019 (FY19) as the government is going to increase the allocation for the Social Safety Net Programme, officials said.”The coverage of the Social Safety Net Programme will be increased. As well as, the amount for the programme will also be increased in the next budget,” finance secretary Mohammad Muslim Chowdhury told BSS.The government is likely to increase the amount by around Tk. 100 billion in the upcoming fiscal for giving the poor people a comfortable living, he added.In the outgoing fiscal 2017-18, the government allocated Tk. 542.06 billion for the Social Safety Net Programme, which was 13.50 per cent of the total budget and 2.4 per cent of the gross domestic product (GDP).The finance secretary said the government will increase the coverage of old age allowance. From FY19, about four million people will get the old age allowance which is now around 3.5 million, he added. “We will increase the coverage of every scheme, side by side the amount will also be increased,” he said.Muslim Chowdhury said the expansion of the safety net will bring more poverty-stricken people under the programme and help alleviate poverty.In order to increase the social security coverage and improve living standards of the poor, he said, the government has taken the initiative to widen the programme.By strengthening the social safety net programmes, benefits of the national growth will be taken to all, he added.Social Safety Net Programme has mainly been undertaken to assist the poor and the disadvantaged people. Under the programme, around 7 million poor people are receiving allowances under 118 schemes.Out of the total beneficiaries, around 600,000 poor women are receiving maternity allowances across the country. Around 75 per cent of the allocation is being transferred in cash.The government has also launched “MIS integrated G2P” payment system to give the allowances to the poor people within a short time and without hassle.Finance minister AMA Muhith inaugurated the Government to Person (G2P) payment system on Thursday by giving maternity allowance to over 8,000 poor women under seven upazillas across the country.The payment system will gradually cover all beneficiaries of the country.last_img read more

Oikya Front urges EC not to announce polls schedule

first_imgThe Jatiaya Oikya Front leaders hold a meeting with the election commission at its Agargaon office on Monday. Photo: Prothom AloThe Jatiya Oikya Front has requested the election commission to refrain from announcing the election schedule until dialogues between prime minister Sheikh Hasina and opposition parties end.A delegation of the Oikya Front went to the secretariat of the election commission at Agargaon in the city on Monday and made the request.The delegation includes Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna.The Oikya Front leaders held a meeting with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda, four other commissioners and the EC secretary.UNB adds: Talking to reporters after the meeting, Abdur Rab said they had discussions with the EC in a cordial manner based on their seven-point demand they placed before the prime minister during their talks with her on 1 November.He said the commission agreed to some issues they raised at the meeting while it could not give its final decision on some others, including deployment of army and the use of EVMs in the election.”We requested them not to announce the election schedule before the outcome of our dialogue (with the prime minister) on 7 November… it seems they may consider our request,” Rab said.He said the EC has assured them that it will ensure the security of polling agents during the election so that they can perform their duties boldly and safely inside every voting centre.The JSD president said the Commission also told them that it will ensure so that the agents get the authorised result sheets at every centre after the vote counting. “They also assured us that no signature will be taken from the polling agents before the counting of votes.”He said they called upon the EC not to use EVMs in the election as most political parties and voters do not want it. “But, they (EC) couldn’t give us any final decision on it.”Rab said they demanded deployment of army with the magistracy power so that they can arrest troublemakers and terrorists to ensure a fair election. “The CEC said he didn’t say the army won’t be deployed.”He said the CEC talked about the deployment of army as a striking force and they opposed it. “They (EC) heard it, but didn’t give any final decision on it.”Later, briefing reporters, EC secretary Helaluddin Ahmed said the issue of army deployment will be discussed after the announcement of the election schedule.He said the Commission has preparations for announcing the schedule for the 11th parliamentary elections on Thursday. “The decision will be finalised at the EC meeting at 10am on that day.”Earlier on Saturday, Kamal Hossain, on behalf of the Oikya Front, sent a letter to the CEC requesting him not to announce the next general election schedule until the ongoing dialogue is over.However, the election commission on Sunday said it would announce the schedule for the next parliamentary election on 8 November.The decision came at a meeting of the Commission with the CEC in the chair.last_img read more