first_imgCourtesy of Murray familyHe would point things out to her as they watched. Then they would go to the turf field a block away from their house and work on her game, just the two of them.“It really became something that we would just work on and work on and work on,” Murray said. “He would show me some different moves or point something out in the game that I could do better.”Most of the time, Murray would take his advice. And it has paid off. Murray has now taken on the same leadership role with her teammates as her father did with her when she was younger.She’s not afraid to pull players aside and give them advice. Sometimes her father would do that during games and she’d get frustrated. She’d be wrapped up in the competition. But it made her better, and she wants to help her team do the same.“She plays attack and I play goalie,” said her teammate and roommate Alyssa Costantino. “We’re on opposite sides, and we definitely help each other out. I’ll be like, ‘This is a better shot for you to shoot.’ And she’ll be like, ‘This is how you can save that.’”This is Murray’s last chance to win a national championship, and with Syracuse one of the top ranked teams in the country, obtaining a title is not out of the question. It has never happened in the history of the women’s lacrosse program, or ever for a women’s sport at Syracuse.I think there’s even more of a chip on my shoulder that this is the last year that I’ll be able to be a part of it at Syracuse. I think that’s definitely a little bit of a motivation for me.Alyssa Murray, SU AttackNot only will it be her last year at Syracuse, it’ll likely be her last season playing competitive lacrosse. She’s been playing since that day in kindergarten that her father caved and handed her a lacrosse stick. But with no professional league, the only path in lacrosse after this season might be as a coach.“Coaching the sport that we love to play would be a great fit for her,” said former teammate Michelle Tumolo, who is now an assistant coach at Florida. “She’s very smart, she’d be a great coach. So obviously, it might be the end of the road, but there’s always other options.”Murray’s longest-tenured coach has always been her father. And even though his advice may no longer have any bearing for her performance on the field after her senior season concludes, it will help her in whatever way she decides to stay in the game.“It’s a typical lacrosse scenario,” SU head coach Gary Gait said. “In a lot of cases where a father’s for playing lacrosse and has a daughter and develops that relationship by teaching her how to play. Certainly it has helped her success.”Despite living hours away, Ray and his wife Lisa make the trip to Syracuse for virtually every home game. And just because Murray is one of the greatest players in the sport doesn’t mean she’s fazed out her father’s words.A week before she came back to Syracuse during winter vacation, Murray and her dad went back out to the field a block from her home and shot just like they would during her childhood.Now Ray is just a spectator. He’s watching as Murray takes one last crack at a national championship.Both of their playing days may soon come to a close, but it was the sport that helped them form a bond.“We always had a common interest in lacrosse,” Ray Murray said. “That was able to keep things on a positive note no matter what else might have been going on.” Comments Published on February 13, 2014 at 1:30 am Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3 All Alyssa Murray wanted to do was play. She was six years younger than most of the kids in her father’s West Babylon (N.Y.) youth lacrosse league, but that didn’t stop her from pestering him to give her a chance.When the harassment from his kindergarten daughter became too much, Ray Murray finally relented and let her play. She wasn’t as good or as experienced as the other players, but he didn’t see that as a reason to keep her on the sideline.“She really wanted to play so I told her she had to go after the other guy that was coaching,” Ray Murray said. “And his answer was anybody that wants to play that bad should be on the team.“She pretty much begged her way on.”Murray hasn’t put down the lacrosse stick yet. Now a senior for No. 3 Syracuse, she’s had one of the most storied careers in program history. She led the country in points as a sophomore, and has been a pivotal player on a team that has reached the final four the last two seasons. This year, she’s a team captain. And she credits a lot of her success to her father.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Lacrosse was a great way to get to know each other even better and just share a great bond,” Murray said. “It’s been my whole life that we’ve been able to share that.” When she was a kid, the two would drive across Long Island watching girl’s high school lacrosse games. When she got a little older, Ray, who was a college lacrosse player for Adelphi, would take her to watch the Hofstra women’s team play.last_img read more

first_imgThe next batter, Paul Goldschmidt, popped out in foul territory. Peralta then crushed a fastball from Hill on the very next pitch.“We give up a flare base hit to Robbie Ray, third hit of the year, then we don’t turn a double play – any time you give away outs, obviously the game changes,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “Yeah, you look back on that game and there are things we could’ve done a little bit better.”The Diamondbacks gave the Dodgers a free baserunner too, but the Dodgers gave it right back.Yasiel Puig was close to beating out a ground ball in the second inning when Goldschmidt threw behind the pitcher, Ray, covering first base. The ball got all the way to catcher John Ryan Murphy, who was backing up the play.Puig, however, either didn’t see Murphy or simply turned the wrong way. After he stepped toward second base, Murphy had an easy throw to first base to retire Puig.Compared to their previous five games, the Dodgers’ margin for error was as thin as a razor.“In the grand scheme of things, it’s an easy way to look at it,” Dozier said, “but good teams, number one, realize the margin of error every single game you play. I know it’s a bigger scale and it gets magnified a little bit, but I think a lot of people know that each and every game, no matter who you play, is pretty important. But it gets magnified a little bit in this series.”The Diamondbacks (74-60) have a 1½-game lead on the second-place Colorado Rockies.Hill’s five-inning start was his shortest since July 4. His scoreless streak ended at 15 innings.Right-hander Pedro Baez pitched two innings without allowing a run, his eighth straight scoreless outing. Arizona loaded the bases in the eighth inning against Caleb Ferguson, but the rookie left-hander came back to strike out John Ryan Murphy and retire Christian Walker on a flyout. Dylan Floro pitched a scoreless ninth.Related Articles The Dodgers went 0 for 5 with men in scoring position and left six runners on base. Their only run came on a solo home run by Manny Machado.Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.Machado was the only Dodgers starter who did not strike out. Everyone else combined to strike out 15 times against left-hander Robbie Ray (4-2) and five relievers; center fielder Chris Taylor went 0 for 4 with four strikeouts on his own.The loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Dodgers (72-62). Each of those wins came against the San Diego Padres and Texas Rangers, a pair of last-place teams in their respective divisions.Against the Diamondbacks, every mistake was magnified.Hill (6-5) had allowed only three hits, all singles, when Ray and Steven Souza Jr. led off the fifth inning with back-to-back singles. The next batter, A.J. Pollock, hit a ground ball to third base that carried the potential for a double play, but Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner made an errant throw. Only an athletic play by second baseman Brian Dozier, diving as he dragged his toe across the canvas, kept the ball on the infield and allowed the Dodgers to get one out on the play. PreviousDodgers shortstop Manny Machado, left, talks with outfielder Yasiel Puig during batting practice prior to Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner slides into third base on a single by teammate Manny Machado (not pictured) in the eighth inning of Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Ketel Marte (4) forces out Los Angeles Dodgers Brian Dozier at second base in the third inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill throws to the plate against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp wipes his face after hitting into an inning-ending double play with runners at the corners in the eighth inning of Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Enrique Hernandez singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fourth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner (10) tags out ta14 at third base in the second inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner hits into a fielders choice against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Brian Dozier singles against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray (38) tags out Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) at first base after a throwing error in the second inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (66) is tagged out by Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Robbie Ray as Puig tried to advance to second base following a throwing error on his ground ball during the second inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Arizona Diamondbacks’ David Peralta follows through on a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning of a baseball game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)LOS ANGELES, CA – AUGUST 30: A.J. Pollock #11 of the Arizona Diamondbacks congratulates David Peralta #6 on his three run home run in the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. Machado’s homer was the only run the Dodgers managed in a 3-1 loss. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Manny Machado watches the flight of his home run during the sixth inning of Thursday’s game against the Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by John McCoy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig looks toward the field after striking out for the last out of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the ninth inning of Major League Baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado, left, talks with outfielder Yasiel Puig during batting practice prior to Thursday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner slides into third base on a single by teammate Manny Machado (not pictured) in the eighth inning of Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 19Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner slides into third base on a single by teammate Manny Machado (not pictured) in the eighth inning of Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018 in Los Angeles. Arizona Diamondbacks won 3-1. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — The margin between first and third place in the National League West is two games. The Dodgers had a chance to grab a share of first place Thursday, but a 3-1 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks showed how the little things in baseball can add up to make a big difference.Dodgers starter Rich Hill was twirling a shutout in the fifth inning when he dropped down to a sidearm angle on his first pitch to David Peralta. Peralta turned on the fastball and planted a line drive over the right-field fence for a three-run homer.“I should have stayed over the top,” Hill said. “Having that loss looming over us moving forward, I think these games are huge right now. I don’t think that has to go with saying, but again, just being accountable for that pitch and understanding that cost us the game is tough.”Hill was magnanimous in defeat and merciless toward the bat rack in the Dodgers’ dugout. He kicked it angrily after pitching his final inning, but the loss wasn’t the bat rack’s fault. It wasn’t really Hill’s fault, either. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img The Dodgers mustered a couple late rallies.After Machado’s home run pulled the Dodgers within 3-1, Manager Torey Lovullo went to his bullpen in the sixth inning.Facing right-hander Brad Ziegler, Matt Kemp shot a single back up the middle and Cody Bellinger smoked a 104-mph scorcher down the first-base line. But Goldschmidt was positioned perfectly, and he stepped on first base after catching Bellinger’s line drive to complete an inning-ending double play.Singles by Turner and Machado gave the Dodgers runners on first and third base with one out in the eighth inning. Kemp strode to the plate with two hits in his first three at-bats, only to hit into a double play.Roberts said Taylor will get a day off Friday against Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke. Kemp might, too; he has only six hits in 32 career at-bats against Greinke and none since 2016. With new personnel, the Dodgers can only hope for fewer strikeouts.“You can tip your cap all you want,” Dozier said, “but at the same time it’s time to bear down a little bit.” Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

first_img Pelicans’ David Griffin thinks future of team is ‘crazy’ good Don’t drown on this wave 🌊#BigBallerBrand #BBB #BuiltForThis #MB1 pic.twitter.com/nLDc0MsIjy— Big Baller Brand (@bigballerbrand) February 28, 2019The Better Business Bureau gave Big Baller Brand a failing grade in 2018, though Ball responded to the rating by saying: “Better Business Bureau is as outdated as the Yellow Pages. Who cares about them? … We honestly thought the Better Business Bureau was out of business.”The company has seen a lot of change in recent months as Lonzo Ball covered up his BBB tattoo with black and red dice. Lonzo also parted ways with the brand after partial owner Alan Foster allegedly took $1.5 million of the company’s money.And now, the clearance sale certainly doesn’t look good for the future of the brand. Big Baller Brand had a whiteboard next to a table with merchandise that displayed the pricing. A few highlights: Everything is “cash only.” Hats are $5, while hoodies are $15 and shorts are $20. You can also get a pair of shoes, a hoodie, t-shirt and a pair of socks as part of a bundle deal for $100.Big Baller Brand went from selling $50 t shirts to selling them for $5 at local volleyball tournaments 😂 pic.twitter.com/PBdyH1BSFW— LA Sports Radio (@LASportsRadio) July 14, 2019That’s a significant discount, considering the first pair of Big Baller Brand “ZO2” shoes were sold for $495, Yahoo Sports notes. Related News Zion Williamson injury update: Pelicans star calls NBA Summer League shutdown ‘precautionary’ LaVar Ball’s Big Baller Brand has hit a new low as it has now marked down t-shirts that the company once sold for $50 to $5. The brand was seen selling the items at a volleyball tournament over the weekend, appearing to be in an everything-must-go “clearance sale” mode. Lonzo Ball on being traded from Lakers to Pelicans: ‘I was excited’last_img read more

first_imgOCHO RIOS, St Ann: Gran BahIa Principe were the big winners at the presentation ceremony for the Sandals St Ann/S. Mary Business House (BH) Football competition, held at Sandals Ochi Beach Resort on Thursday. Team manager Stacy Benjamin and coach Marcus Johnson received the Sandals Resorts International Trophy from Brian Roper, general manager of Beaches Ocho Rios, to thunderous applause from the large audience of members of the local football fraternity present at the event. “We were tired of silver … being runners up the past few years and last season it was winning the trophy or bust for us,” said an ecstatic Johnson. “This team has been a joy to coach and we look forward to further success come next season.” Roper, in delivering the sponsors address, stressed his company’s commitment to providing opportunities for the youth and unemployed in the community. “This competition has allowed many young unemployed footballers to gain employment at the hotels and other business enterprises who are a part of the event and that speaks volumes to how serious we take our role as good corporate citizens,” he noted. “We have been sponsors for 24 years and will continue to show the community that we care, not just in football by our charity actions through the Sandals Foundation,” the general manager noted. Guest speaker, Michael Belnavis, the mayor of St Ann’s Bay, also lauded Sandals for their continued sponsorship of the event and praised their role as civic leaders providing opportunities for young people. The mayor disclosed that the St Ann Parish Council was currently in talks with Sandals as a group to assist with the upgrading of the Buckfield Community Centre. Mayor Belnavis also pointed out that his organisation was looking at creating more partnerships with business organisations to assist in the development of sports as well as the local community.last_img read more

first_imgThe Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdallah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud has extended a grant of US$35 million to help fight Ebola in West Africa.In a statement to the media on this occasion, Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Ali, President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) said that the Ebola fighting program, initiated by the Saudi King and implemented by IDB, is designed for four areas.The first area, the statement said, is to provide schools with thermal sensors and medical examination equipment designed to diagnose the disease, thereby facilitating its treatment and preventing its spread. The equipment, it said, “will allow governments to open schools for the current academic year. Pupils will be examined at entry to ensure they have not contracted the disease, thus reassuring parents about the safety of their children at school.”The second area of the grant is to provide thermal sensors and medical examination equipment at airports, railway stations and bus stations to diagnose the disease and ensure early treatment.The third is to establish a specialized treatment centre in each of the three endemic countries, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia, designed to serve suspected cases in schools, hospitals and public transport, and wherever contamination is likely to occur in crowded conditions. Suspected cases will be received in these centers for further medical tests before they are referred for specialized treatment if necessary.The statement said the forth is to establish a specialized treatment centre in Mali where Ebola appears to have broken out but is not widespread. The centre will help the country’s health authorities cope with potential epidemics in the future.The IDB President emphasized that the kind donation made by the Saudi King will further boost the Islamic world efforts in supporting the international fight against Ebola.“The equipment financed by this donation,” he added, “will speed up the opening of schools in the countries concerned, reinforce the institutional and health infrastructure to fight the current epidemic and any potential epidemics in the future, Allah forbids, thus saving thousands of lives and ensuring the safety of those at risk of contamination.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCitizens of Buu-Yao in Nimba County have petitioned Louise W. McMillian, former assistant culture minister, to contest the legislative position for district #5 in the 2017 polls.In their petition statement, Buu-Yao citizens said Min. McMillian’s hard work and willingness to come to the aid of people from the district clearly make her the right person for the job.The petition statement added that through her effort and influence, several citizens of the district have been able to get higher education in different disciplines, adding:“We are indeed overwhelmed by your contributions to our district, and are therefore urging you to accept our petition to run as Representative. In addition, we all are appealing to you to continue the good work which cuts across irrespective of religious, tribal and political divide, but all in the interest of developing the district.“Moreover, we believe that when you are elected, you will work a lot to bring about development and opportunity for citizens within this district. You know our problems than any other person. You have been with us for a longtime, and understand our problems. You know the challenges we are faced with every day and we believe you are capable of solving them. We petition you to contest for this election.”In response to their petition, Min. McMillian reminded citizens of the district that if they want to see their district having good schools, roads, bridges, and market places, it would require the collective effort of everyone in the district.“Buu-Yao needs every one of us to lend our energy, our talents and our ambition to making our district better and stronger. This is called team work, and this is what I am bringing to Buu-Yao when I win.“And so, it is with the will power and boundless confidence in the great people of Buu-Yao that I accept your petition to be your voice and partner in progress and development for our community.“Although developing and building the human capacity of our district is a long journey, it is achievable when we all stick together. Let me say this, when I win, my focus is to promote legislation that will better your lives and the lives of your children,” she said, adding: “Too many wrong laws have been passed, which are killing the country; during my time in office, I will make sure to repeal some of these laws.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Louise W. McMillian, former assistant culture minister – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img…food handlers receive more trainingThe Port Health Unit of the Public Health Ministry, in its drive to safeguard the health of travellers utilising the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), has again called for good culinary hygiene to be practised during meal preparation.It has been seven years since this unit launched its campaign to ensure that meals at the airport are of international standard, and the unit is hoping to continue in this vein, since food safety concerns have been downsized over the years.Speaking during a recent Food Handlers Workshop at the CJIA, Port Health Officer (PHO) Bonita Mc Donald noted that the strongest line of defence against food-borne diseases is the health officers, who are stationed at the various ports of entry (PoE).“We perform a vitally important service to the consuming public, but the results of safety lie with the food handlers and suppliers,” she said.According to Mc Donald, food safety consciousness is aligned to personal hygiene, hence it is vital to practise tidiness at all times.The workshop participants were reminded that the human body and clothing can be major carriers of micro-organisms, thus food handlers must, at all times, maintain good hygiene and wear freshly-laundered outfits. Additionally, they must be free from all contagious diseases.“If we don’t do basic things, like brushing our teeth, showering, and being tidy, we will contaminate the food, then the customer will have a contaminated product. We want you to be selling a safe product to the customers, in this case to our departing and arriving travellers”, she said.She also said that wearing jewellery while handling food “is strictly prohibited” under the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations and those of the International Health Regulations (IHR).According to the FDA, food handlers must remove all unsecured jewellery and other objects that might fall into foods. They must also remove hand jewellery that cannot be adequately sanitised during periods in which food is being manipulated by hand.“Jewellery is a carrier of germs. That is why the law forbids food handlers from wearing any form, especially wedding bands”, the PHO explained.Under international rules, food safety guidelines also require handlers to avoid handling money while handling food. Chewing gum; smoking; eating and spitting in restricted areas; coughing or sneezing over food, are also forbidden while operating in a food establishment.During the workshop, the food handlers were admonished to wash their hands after using the washroom; touching parts of their bodies; sneezing, coughing, or using a tissue; smoking, chewing tobacco or gum. They are also required to wash their hands thoroughly after taking out the garbage, handling dirty dishes, and after handling raw foods.Globally, 80 per cent of deaths are blamed on unsafe food and food-borne diseases. While these remain significant public health problems, they also impede socio-economic growth and development by putting a severe strain on national economies, tourism and health-care systems.According to PAHO/WHO statistics, diarrhoea is the most common disease linked to food in the Americas, but Noro-virus, Campylobacter, E coli and non-typhoid salmonella are the most important food-safety concerns in the area.Guyana has, so far, evaded any outbreak of disease through the annual compulsory training and certification of food handlers vending at the CJIA.last_img read more

first_img…sets up new unitAs Guyana prepares for first oil early next year, local telecommunications giant GTT has readied itself to tap into the nascent oil and gas industry by providing critical data transmission services to leading companies in the sector using its multimillion-dollar sub-sea fibre optic cables.GTT CEO Justin Nedd display a piece of the fibre-optic cable at the ‘lunchtime lecture’ on TuesdayGTT Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd noted that companies in various sectors locally were getting ready to benefit from the vast fortunes expected to be generated from the petroleum industry and GTT was no different.In fact, he disclosed that GTT has already started providing key services to oil companies – including US oil giant ExxonMobil – which do not just include Internet connectivity.“It’s not only Internet, they need connectivity. So what the cable does is not only Internet but it could (be used to) pass data. Data and internet is not the same thing,” he explained during a lunchtime lecture on Tuesday at the Moray House on Camp Street. The event, hosted by the Guyana Press Association (GPA), sought to highlight and discuss how GTT’s submarine fibre-optic cables support the oil and gas industry.According to Nedd, oil companies usually collect extensive data from the Floating, Production, Storage and Offloading vessels (FPSOs), which – using the cables – can then be transported to a secure location or locations such as their office right here in Guyana or in Trinidad or in the US.GTT submarine cable (in red) offshore Guyana“The cables transport that data and it’s not necessarily over the Internet for, of course, privacy concerns because the Internet is a public network. The cable can also be used as a private network, and we have several customers that use the cables as a private transport network, separate from the Internet,” he posited.While he did not say how much the company has earned thus far from providing services to the budding oil and gas sector using its US$50 million fibre-optic cables, Nedd noted that in addition to providing a vehicle to transmit sensitive data, these submarine cables could also play a critical role with respect to unmanned rigs and pointed to the North Sea, where it was a prevalent practice.“The data comes in, and once every few months, they send someone out there just to do some spot checks. But the fibre really allows less manpower on the rigs, which really helps to improve safety and productivity and drive down cost,” he noted.The CEO went on to say that he foresaw an increase in demand for data from the petroleum sector, but noted that while there might be need in the future for large investments to facilitate this, GTT has already spent millions in having the infrastructure in place to support such extensive capacity. In fact, he disclosed that GTT currently only utilised just over 50 per cent of its network capacity.Not protectedHowever, even with these cables under water, the CEO of the telecommunications giant stressed that they were not protected from damage and while drilling was the biggest risk of damage to these cables, he noted that the likelihood of this happening was low.Nedd explained that for example in the Stabroek Block, every time Exxon went to drill a new well, it would write GTT to get a ‘no objection’ before drilling at a specific location.“They provide the exact coordinates and once that ‘no objection’ is issued, then they go ahead. So ships in the area (provide no) risks,” he explained.Nevertheless, the GTT boss posited that the local telecommunications giant in preparing to service the new sector, has invested big money in training its staff and has since established an oil and gas unit.“The oil and gas will change everything. In fact, I can tell you we have an oil and gas unit that deals with the folks onshore… We spend hundreds of thousands of US dollars per year in training,” Nedd stated.last_img read more

first_imgThe peace and tranquility of the wee hours of last Saturday in the community of South Success Squatting Area, East Coast Demerara were completely shattered when Julian “Troy” Sergeant, a 36-year-old labourer, suddenly awoke from slumber and inexplicably began to strangle four-year-old Nathania Browne.Julian Sergeant and Tiffany Mc BethSergeant shares a common-law relationship with 19-year-old Tiffany Mc Beth, and the two have been together for the past two years.Preliminary investigations revealed that a few days ago, Mc Beth’s mother, 64-year-old Lorraine Mc Beth, visited her daughter Tiffany and brought along her 4-year-old granddaughter, Nathania Browne.Mc Beth and her mother reportedly made several frantic attempts to prevent Sergeant from further injuring the child, but he allegedly attacked the two women with a kitchen knife, inflicting injuries on them.The ruckus disturbed neighbours, who summoned the Police, but Sergeant fled the scene before they arrived. Howbeit, he was nabbed by Police moments later.The two women and the child were taken to hospital, and were admitted and treated, but were subsequently discharged.As investigations continue, the Police are yet to determine what may have caused Sergeant to behave in such a manner. Up to late Sunday evening, the man did not give a reason for his actions.He is due to appear in court sometime today to answer to the charges that were instituted against him.Family members are left seeking to find a motive for Sergeant’s actions.last_img read more

first_imgWIND WARNING ISSUED For Fort St John BY ENVIRONMENT CANADABULLETIN ISSUED AT: 9.57 AM PST SUNDAY 30 NOVEMBER 2008WINDS SOUTHWEST 60 GUSTING TO 90 KM/H EXPECTED LATE THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING.  THIS IS A WARNING THAT POTENTIALLY DAMAGING WINDS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING IN THESE REGIONS. MONITOR WEATHER CONDITIONS..LISTEN FOR UPDATED STATEMENTS. – Advertisement –last_img