Stena Carron drillship faces challenge over certification of local workers

first_imgThe Stena Carron drillship, owned and operated by the British, has arrived and is in the process of hiring employees to begin its operations locally; but is currently faced with the challenge of having its workers certified by the British Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).This is according to the Rig Manager, Callum Balflour.MCA is the organisation responsible for maritime safety in the UK.Balflour made the disclosure at the launch of Strategic Recruitment Solutions Inc (SRS) on Friday evening at the Marriott Hotel.Stena Carron Rig Manager, Callum BalflourAccording to him, Guyanese do not possess the certification which is required by the MCA, and this is something he plans to address with the agency.“As a British vessel, we have some additional challenges for certification requirements for crew with the MCA, minimum safe manning and certificates that are acceptable and not acceptable; and that’s one of the challenges we face here,” he said.The rig manager added, “There are a lot of seamen here in Guyana, but the certificates wouldn’t match what the MCA asks for, and that’s a challenge that we as company need to take up with the MCA”.Balflour said that for him a seaman is a seaman, they do the same job and pass through the same training. As such, the name on a certificate should have no say in whether or not that person is qualified or eligible for a specific post.Back in 2016, when the Stena had first arrived in Guyana to begin its hunt for oil and gas, it was recognised that Guyanese did not possess any expertise in this area. Due to this, the rig manager said, the British drilling agency took it upon itself to train recruits in various areas for employment.In this regard he noted, several persons have already been trained and hired. Doors for promotion, Balflour said, are always open to locals, as long as they demonstrate the talents required for the specific posts.To qualify for a certificate from the MCA, applicants must be at least 17 years of age and have completed at least six months approved sea service in the deck department or engineer room of a vessel, or possess two months sea service if the applicant has completed an MCA-approved special college-based training programme and has completed the basic safety training, among other things.On February 6, 2019, United States oil giant ExxonMobil announced its 12th and 13th discoveries in Guyana.The discoveries, which were made at the Tilapia-1 and Haimara-1 wells in the southwest section of the Stabroek Block, were announced by Director of Energy Dr. Mark Bynoe in a statement. These new discoveries, he said, reinforce the country’s potential to be able to produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil daily by 2025, with at least five floating, production storage and offloading vessels (FPSO) on the Stabroek Block.The news of the discoveries and their potential for the country has created in the minds of Guyanese hope for not only a better future, but for employment opportunities in the emerging sector. However, even as oil production is slated for a mere few months from now, the Government is yet to implement the Local Content Policy which would assure Guyanese of employment opportunities.The Government’s Energy Department has attempted to comfort locals by assuring that that document would be ready long before first oil, due in 2020.This commitment was given more than three years after oil was first discovered off Guyana’s coast by United State oil giant ExxonMobil.The Local Content Policy would guide the State in guarding against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services in favour of foreign companies and workers.last_img read more

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Liverpool vs Cardiff: Salah, Mane & Firmino all start

first_imgLiverpool will be looking to extend their unbeaten run in the Premier League on Saturday when they host Cardiff City at Anfield, fresh off the back of a  4-0 victory over Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League.Cardiff registered their first win of the season with a  4-2 defeat of Fulham in their most recent top-flight outing, ending a miserable run of form that included five straight losses.Mohamed Salah managed to end his scoring ‘drought’ with his goals against Huddersfield and Red Star, with fellow forwards Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane also getting off the mark midweek. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Liverpool vs Cardiff Date Saturday, October 27 Time 3pm BST / 10am EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) .New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be televised live or streamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Fabinho, Keita, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Markovic, Jones, Shaqiri Forwards Firmino, Mane, Salah, Sturridge, Origi, Brewster, Solanke Sadio Mane sustained a hand injury on duty with Senegal during the international break but returned in the Champions League win against Red Star Belgrade, scoring a goal in the 4-0 win.Midfielders Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson are out after missing out on the European clash, while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is still sidelined with a long-term injury recovery. Andrew Roberto, Joe Gomez and James Milner are rested.Liverpool XI:  Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Moreno; Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Salah, Mane, Firmino.Subs: Mignolet, Matip, Gomez, Robertson, Milner, Shaqiri, Sturridge. Position Cardiff players Goalkeepers Etheridge, Smithies Defenders Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett, Richards, Cunningham Midfielders Gunnarsson, Arter, Camarasa, Harris, Damour Forwards Hoilett, Murphy, Paterson, Zohore, Reid Neil Warnock is without the likes of Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Lee Peltier and Danny Ward as his side travel to Merseyside.Joe Ralls is unavailable as he is serving the second of a three-game suspension after receiving a red card in the 1-0 defeat to Tottenham at Wembley earlier in the month, while Gary Madine returns to the squad after missing the previous fixture due to illness.Cardiff XI: Etheridge; Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Gunnarsson, Camarasa; Hoilett, Reid, Murphy; Paterson.Subs: Smithies, Zohore, Connolly, Cunningham, Damour, Harris, Madine.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are priced at odds of 1/10 to win according to  bet 365 , while a draw is available at 8/1. A win for Cardiff is priced at 20/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Jurgen KloppLiverpool ended a four-game winless run with victories over Huddersfield and Red Star Belgrade, with Egypt international Salah marking a  half a century of goals scored for the Anfield side against the Serbian team on Wednesday.The 26-year-old has struggled to hit the heights of last season’s scoring exploits but has since seemed to return to form, having scored three goals in his previous two fixtures for Liverpool, and he will be on the goal trail again against defensively-fragile Cardiff.Klopp waved away queries over Salah’s muted celebrations against Red Star, stating that the forward was merely tired of constant talk about his form.”He is completely fine,” the German told reporters . “Really. If he is not celebrating, I don’t know if he is maybe a bit annoyed about getting asked about it [his scoring record]. “We didn’t speak about it, to be honest. You ask him all the time and then I go to him and say, ‘How do you feel because you haven’t scored as often?’ – I am not crazy! It is all good.”Liverpool will be looking to climb above Manchester City in the table, if only temporarily, by beating Cardiff, with Pep Guardiola’s side not in action until Sunday, when they face Southampton.While the Reds look to battle for top spot, Cardiff will be eager to lift themselves further away from the relegation zone, with Warnock’s men currently in 17th place in the table. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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Vladimir Putin says Russia won’t prevent athletes from competing in Pyeongchang

first_imgRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia would not prevent its athletes from competing at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if they wanted to, damping down calls from some Russians for a boycott of the Games.The IOC on Tuesday banned the Russian team from the Olympics after evidence emerged of an “unprecedented systematic manipulation” of the anti-doping system but left the door open for some Russians to compete as neutrals if they demonstrate they have a doping-free background.”Without any doubt, we will not declare a blockade, we will not prevent our Olympians from taking part (in the Games), if one of them wants to participate in a personal capacity,” Putin said on state television.In his first comments since the ban, Putin took aim at Grigory Rodchenkov, the former head of Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory whose allegations of state-sponsored doping and a cover-up at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics triggered investigations that ultimately led to the IOC decision.Without identifying Rodchenkov by name, Putin said the IOC’s decision had been “mainly based on the testimonies of a person whose moral and ethical attitudes and psychological state raise many questions.””Most of the accusations are based on facts that have not been proven and are largely unfounded,” Putin said.Putin said that Russia bore a share of blame for the IOC decision for having given international Olympic authorities a pretext for banning the country.”I think that this excuse was not used in an honest way, to put it mildly,” Putin said without elaborating.advertisementHe did not budge on Russia’s insistence that there was no state-sponsored doping system in the country.”Why are our Olympians being banned from competing under the Russian flag and national symbols, if there is no state support for doping? Then punish those who are guilty,” Putin said.Putin, who announced on Wednesday he would run in a Russian presidential election next year, said he had not instructed officials to deliver victory for the Russian team at the Sochi Games.The Kremlin leader said a final decision on Russia’s stance regarding the IOC ban would be made at a meeting of Russian Olympic authorities in the coming days.South Korea’s sports ministry said on Thursday that the ban on Russia participation is “regrettable”, and urged Russian atheletes to take part.”If we will be able to see the excellent performance that Russian atheletes demonstrated in previous winter games, that will make a huge contributions to the success of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics,” the ministry said in a statement.Russian authorities have vehemently denied any state support for doping and have pledged to cooperate with international sports authorities to counter the use of banned performance-enhancing drugs.In the weeks ahead of Tuesday’s IOC decision, more than 20 Russian athletes who competed at the 2014 Sochi Games were banned for life from the Olympics for having allegedly violated anti-doping rules.Russia’s athletics federation, Paralympic Committee and anti-doping agency RUSADA remain suspended over doping scandals.last_img read more

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Ottawa locks down design for 60billion warship fleet

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government has locked down a design for its $60-billion fleet of new warships following a series of high-stakes negotiations that appeared at one point like they could have been in jeopardy because of a trade tribunal challenge.Federal Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough will announce in Halifax on Friday that the government and Irving Shipbuilding are officially awarding U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin a contract to design the vessels.The deal means that the Royal Canadian Navy’s 15 new warships, which will be built by Irving and replace Canada’s existing frigates and destroyers, will be based on the British-designed Type 26 frigate.The announcement had been largely expected since Lockheed’s design was selected as the preferred design last October over submissions from Alion Science and Technology of Virginia and Spanish firm Navantia.Alion subsequently asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to quash the decision, saying Lockheed’s design did not meet the navy’s requirements and should have been disqualified from contention.The trade tribunal initially ordered the government not to award a contract to Lockheed until it could investigate Alion’s complaint, but it later rescinded that decision and then tossed the complaint entirely last week.That paved the way for the government and Irving, which is technically subcontracting Lockheed to design the ships for the navy, to move ahead and award the contract.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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India Art Festival 2018 comes to end

first_imgIndia Art Festival in its fourth edition brought together 35 art galleries and 500 artists from 40 cities across the world under one roof at Thyagaraj Stadium, New Delhi. The event which was inaugurated on November 22 and was open for public till November 25, showcased all forms of artistic expressions including painting, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and installations from rural India to metro cities. IAF, founded in 2011 by the publishers of Indian Contemporary Art Journal is the only art fair held annually in two cities – Mumbai and Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRajendra, the Festival Director says, “The art scene in Delhi has become event driven and bigger art events are drawing more crowds than solo or group exhibitions in the individual art galleries. Economical art fairs in terms of participation cost are easy for exhibitors to exhibit and recover basic participation cost hence they participate every year. Almost 90% of art galleries and 60% of artists are repeat participants in India Art Festival; this growth is phenomenal in such trying times.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnalysing the growth of art festivals in the sluggish art market, art experts say “The evolution of a strong secondary art market in India in the last decade has created opportunities for mid-level and smaller galleries to exhibit. The artwork of almost all master artists associated with major galleries floats in the secondary market and lands even in the smaller galleries for sale. These galleries look for opportunities to reach out to the larger buyer base in the metro cities like Delhi and Mumbai. As the figure of mid-level to smaller art gallery spaces outnumbered major art galleries in India, participating galleries increased rapidly in India Art Festival. This is also the main reason for the art scene turning more event based affair individual shows.” The participating art galleries in the fourth edition included AL – Yas Creationz, Eminent Art Gallery, F and P Art Gallery, Galerie Art Eterne, Gallerie Ruki, Gallery Pioneer, Grapes Art, Inside Me, Merakii Art House, Moon Beams – Arts Initiative, Shree Yash Art Gallery, Studio Endless Thoughts, Studio Paradise, among many others. IAF has a dual-module – the art galleries section and the artists’ pavilion. This year, besides showcasing the works of 400 established artists, the festival will offer an outstanding panorama of Indian art in the Artists’ Pavilion by 100 independent artists from cities like Chennai, Jammu, Tripura and Ahmedabad. The independent artists include mid-career, established as well as emerging artists. The India Art Festival has successfully expanded the periphery of art choice to city art buyers. The young talent teeming with the unbridled form of creativity will showcase new and radical visual art voices to the art festival.last_img read more

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Celebrate Bengali New Year with Spencers

first_imgTo welcome Bengali 1426 and celebrate Poila Baisakh, Spencer’s announced its nine-day Matsyo Mahotsov at 15 Kolkata outlets on April 12, at the Quest Mall. Major attractions at the event were 27 kg Bhetki from Digha (West Bengal) and Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar Reservoir (Telengana). Special arrangements were made to transport the big fish by refrigerated vans. The Bhetki (27 kg) arrived on the day after covering a 250 km journey in six hours. The Katla (20 kg) from Nagarjun Sagar covered 1500 kms distance in 30 hours. More than a hundred varieties of fish, the largest-ever in recent memory, will be available for Kolkata citizens from April 13-21 at 15 Spencer’s outlets everyday, between 9:30 am and 10 pm. The price begins at Rs 49 per kg (Mourala).last_img

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Elon Musk Reveals His Next Idea as The Boring Company

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Elon Musk has spent his career building companies with flashy goals such as self-driving cars, human travel to Mars, environmental preservation and friendly artificial intelligence. Now, he’s ready to bore.Tunnels, not people.On Saturday, Musk took to Twitter to rant about traffic. But he didn’t just passive aggressively subtweet bad drivers. In his typical fashion, he offered a solution to the problem. Related: Elon Musk’s Dream Was Put to the Test TodayTraffic is driving me nuts. Am going to build a tunnel boring machine and just start digging…— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016It shall be called “The Boring Company”— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016Boring, it’s what we do— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016I am actually going to do this— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 17, 2016The man just loves a good pun, it seems.Musk has long been a proponent of new technologies for moving people. Earlier this decade, he began drumming up momentum for the Hyperloop concept — a mode of mass transportation that would propel pods through above-ground pneumatic tubes. But as of this weekend, he’s pondering subterranean solutions.Related: 5 Things I Learned Obsessing Over Elon Musk During My InternshipThe timing is right. Last week, Musk was among 18 tech executives who met with President-elect Donald Trump as part of a Strategic and Policy Forum. Musk’s tunnel vision (pun intended) is in line with Trump’s emphasis on infrastructure. The president-elect has proposed $1 trillion of government infrastructure investment to boost the U.S. economy.While Musk tweeted “I am actually going to do this,” whether he will in fact launch a new venture called “The Boring Company” is yet to be seen. However, he’s since revised his Twitter bio, which now reads, “Tesla, SpaceX, Tunnels (yes, tunnels) & OpenAI.”center_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

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