As Guyana advances towards becoming an oil-producing nation, lecturers and instructors from the Linden community in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) were beneficiaries of a two- day oil and gas sector training, conducted by the Centre for Local Business Development and the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training.The interactive training sessions, which were hosted at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI) on Thursday and Friday last, targeted mainly lecturers of the institution, with the aim of promoting an understanding of the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production.Participants received an introduction to offshore oil and gas, health, safety and environmental-related topics under the three courses which were launched.Speaking at one of the sessions, Senior Business Specialist attached to the Centre for Local Business Development, Dr Natasha Gaskin-Peters noted that the Centre aimed to build local companies through funding by ExxonMobil.She said the Centre would have met with the Institution last year, and the technical and vocational schools were assessed to ascertain what was available here in Guyana.“Linden was one of the schools that we have met with and we will continue to work with the technical and vocational schools, as we move along because we know that you guys want to be engaged and want to ensure that your students have the requisite skills for the industry and so this is just the starting process,” Gaskin-Peters said.Additionally, she pointed out that while the workshop was being piloted in Linden, other communities will soon benefit from the initiative.Apart from raising awareness on the process and importance of offshore oil and gas production in Guyana, the workshop also sought to enable participants to understand the implementation of strategies to upgrade health and safety.Participants were engaged by Health and Safety Specialist attached to the Centre for Local Business Development, Allan Lambert. Other topics discussed included value chains, technologies, local content and opportunities in the new oil and gas industry in Guyana.
This is the first USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week for Newman and first for a student-athlete athlete from Drake. OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Redshirt senior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) of the Drake University softball team has earned the final USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Week honor for the 2019 season. Announced today by USA Softball, Newman recorded double-digit strikeouts in each outing in the circle at the MVC tournament, including pitching her fifth perfect game of the season. “I am truly honored to receive this award on the national level,” said Newman. “I am so excited for what’s in store next with this team as we head into the postseason.” Against Bradley in the tournament-opener, Newman struck 18 batters during her perfect outing and contributed at the plate with two hits. Only three balls were put in play by the Braves in Newman’s fifth career perfect game which also set an NCAA single-season Division I record. Against UNI in the title game, Newman pitched a complete game, recorded 13 strikeouts and allowed one run on two hits with one walk. Newman, who last week was named a finalist for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year award, went 2-0 in the circle with 31 strikeouts and a 0.50 earned run average and was named MVC Tournament’s Most Valuable Player for the second-straight season. Drake is the first-ever MVC team to sweep back-to-back regular season and conference tournament titles. Newman and her teammates face Georgia Friday night at 6 p.m. in the NCAA Tournament. The game against the Georgia Bulldogs will be broadcast on ESPN2 and take place in Minneapolis, Minn. Print Friendly Version