CLBD to be gateway for local suppliers to Exxon

first_img– over 2,300 local businesses already listed– hundreds participate as two day business networking forum endsBy Jarryl BryanDay two of the ExxonMobil business development forum saw participation from the oil company’s sub-contractors networking with local suppliers. And while the event is over, there are still opportunities for companies to get a foot into the oil and gas sector’s proverbial door.According to Exxon’s Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs Diedre Moe, the oil company’s Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD) will be the interface through which the networking will continue after the forum ends.“We’ll continue to utilise the centre to be able to talk about what’s coming up and the centre will be a resource for businesses to be able to reach out and for businesses to continue to say what’s needed, how we can continue to get the necessary qualifications or certifications, what are the safety standards for aExxon’s Senior Director of Public and Government Affairs Diedre Moeparticular business.”“We really set up the forum because we got feedback from people who did not have an appreciation or understanding for how this particular part of the business and industry works, we’re still new. We’re three years in. So hopefully over the last day and a half, that understanding has gotten better.”Asked whether there were any plans to host the forum next year, she reiterated that the event was set up based on production activities. In the case of this two day forum, Moe noted that it was set up to align with the Liza Phase one project. She also explained that there was a limited window of opportunity for certain businesses with the project.“With production starting (in 2020), you won’t have the same type of need for these particular contractors coming forward, because we’re really in the installation type of phase. As we move towards phase two, maybe late next year or potentially into 2020, potentially as we move into phase two because we want to structure it to continue to have that.”“But we still have the centre, throughout. And as they make relationships they’ll beAn attendee at the forum makes a point to an Exxon employeeable to stay in touch with companies that will have activities coming across the projects, to be able to continue to secure future contracts.”Moe revealed that on day one of the forum, almost 400 representatives from various local businesses attended. That number, according to Moe, hiked on Tuesday as companies came in to interact directly with Exxon’s various contractors.CLBDThe CLBD was one of several sub-contractors who set up booths at the exhibition on Tuesday. In an interview with Guyana Times the centre’s Senior Principal Specialist Natasha Gaskin-Peters gave details on how many Guyanese companies and small businesses have registered to take advantage of the oil and gas sector.“The response has been good. So far we have 2,300 companies. About half of those are locally registered companies. There are many Guyanese businesses engaged with us, taking advantage of the courses and they are seeingA model of an underwater oil processing networkopportunities. We do register companies.“They can go to our website, click on supplier register portal and they can have their business registered. We’re there to build the capacity of local Guyanese businesses. So we’re there for support. We do this through training. We also have a mentorship programme, where we’re assisting companies to become (International Organisation for Standardisation) certified.”There are some formalities after being registered. For instance, Gaskin-Peters noted that the CLBD does a gap analysis of businesses who want to be a part of the sector. This analysis shows, among other things, exactly where a business is and what it needs to do to reach its short and long term goals.“We go to companies and we audit you. So we have a look at how you’re governed, what are some of the management systems you have in place and the record keeping. So we do a pre audit.”“In general we have local companies who are sole traders, very micro enterprises, and then we have those that are larger. Some companies know they won’t get a direct opportunity in the oil and gas sector. But they know that by taking our courses, they are building capacity and becoming more efficient,” she said.last_img read more

City staff give back on Christmas Eve

first_imgPhoto: City staff hand over a cheque worth $4,786.37 to representatives from The United Way of Northern British Columbia on Christmas Eve – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.caThe United Way of Northern British Columbia received a holiday bonus on Christmas Eve.That’s because Fort St. John city staff donated more than $4,700 to the organization. – Advertisement -Money was generated through employee payroll ductions, pot-luck lunches and a silent auction at the City’s Christmas party. United Way financially supports local organizations that provide vital services to the community. Click here for more information on the local United Way.last_img

Load up your bowls, chili lovers

first_imgThe event is the only major fundraiser for the North Peace Potters’ Guild. The weatherman is calling for sunshine and a high of 20 C for Saturday, and that suits the organizers of the upcoming chili bowl bash just fine.The eighth annual events is nearly sold out with about 20 tickets left as of a last count on Thursday, according organizer Britney Carlstrom.This year’s bash, put on by the North Peace Potters’ Guild, will feature 150 bowls, and six local chefs — including MooseFM’s Sarah Carmichael — competing for the best chili crown.- Advertisement -“As we’ve gotten more members, there’s been a greater variety of bowls,” said Carlstrom, adding the event has been a boon to Guild membership.The event will shut down a portion of 104 Street outside the Artspost from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. The bash runs at 6 p.m.Live entertainment will be provided by 56th Collective, and there will be a pinata for kids, a silent auction and a 50/50 draw.Advertisementlast_img read more

Southampton set to move for ‘the best player in the Dutch league’?

first_imgtalkSPORT’s Dutch football correspondent Marcel van der Kraan claims Feyenoord pair Jordy Clasie and Sven van Beek are on Southampton’s radar.Saints chief Ronald Koeman worked with the pair during his time at the Netherlands club, and is expected to launch a double offer for the duo in the summer.And Van der Kraan insists Clasie is one of the best players in the Eredivisie.“Ronald Koeman knows absolutely everything about two of the biggest gems at Feyenoord,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs. “They are the midfielder and the captain Jordy Clasie, and Sven van Beek.“Clasie is a sort of Cesc Fabregas player and, probably, the best player in the Dutch league.“I would think he would jump at the chance to re-join Koeman. It won’t be in the last few days of this window but I’m sure he will have a real go at getting him in the summer.“The other one is Sven van Beek, who is a brilliant 20-year-old defender. He’s very promising. It won’t be long before Koeman tries to get him as well.”Listen again to Marcel van der Kraan’s interview with Hawksbee and Jacobs and leave your thoughts on Jordy Clasie belowlast_img read more

Liverpool hold out for improved offer for striker

first_img1 Fabio Borini Liverpool are demanding an improved bid from Fiorentina if the Serie A club are to land striker Fabio Borini.As talkSPORT told you on Wednesday, the 24-year-old is in talks with the La Viola about ending his miserable stay on Merseyside.The Italy international has been the subject of a £5.5m offer from Fiorentina but according to La Nazione, Liverpool are demanding around £8m for the former Sunderland forward.It is now down to the Serie A side to conjure up an increased bid for Borini and Liverpool are more than ready to offload the ex-Chelsea striker, who still has two years left on his Anfield contract.Fiorentina boss Paulo Sousa wants to tie up a deal before the start of the new season and is expected to meet with Borini’s representatives again in Italy over the weekend.last_img read more

Toy sellers hope to cash in on lure of summer movies

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Cars” is supported by such items as track sets, racing-car beds, and animated talking cars; “Pirates” is backed by items including action figures, swords with sound effects and T-shirts with skull motifs; with “Superman Returns,” shoppers will find radio-controlled 16-inch superheros that soar up to 300 feet, inflatable Superman suits, as well as trendy fashion items like jewel-encrusted shirts and handbags. Officials from KB Toys and Toys `R’ Us Inc. report strong early sales of the movie-related goods, which started to appear in stores in early April. And the momentum should pick up when the films make their theatrical debut over the next few weeks. What should help is that the movies are expected to attract diverse audiences. But the business of movie-related merchandise is tricky. Success at the box office doesn’t guarantee success at stores, says Sean McGowan, an analyst at Harris Nessbit. McGowan recalled how retailers have been burned by merchandise associated with such films as “Godzilla,” “Independence Day” and “Men in Black.” That has caused retailers to become more cautious, betting on fewer movies. And consumers are becoming harder to sell, shrugging off basic apparel for trendier items, for example. McGowan says retailers will face a big challenge in beating last year’s “Star Wars” merchandising power. Lucasfilms Ltd.’s “Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,” the last in the franchise’s latest trilogy, generated $3 billion in merchandise sales worldwide at stores, according to John Singh, a company spokesman. That figure surpassed the $2 billion in worldwide retail sales generated from “Episode I: The Phantom Menace,” released in 1999, and $1.2 billion in sales tied to “Episode II: Attack of the Clones,” in 2002. Charles Riotto, president of the International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association, said a movie that generates $300 million to $400 million in such sales is good. Disney embraced a broad merchandising strategy with “Cars,” which is slated to hit theaters June 9 and is expected to attract a core audience ages 2 to 6. The company signed up 350 suppliers to produce the products, from bedding to children’s clothing. Among the highlights are a $34.99 Fast Talkin’ McQueen vehicle that does 15 tricks, named after the main character, and $24.99 racing track sets from “Cars” main toy supplier Mattel Inc., which is also producing most of the toys for “Superman Returns.” There’s also a $159.99 TV-DVD combo shaped like a car, from Disney’s electronics division. For the “Pirates” movie, opening in theaters July 7, Disney is targeting the 6- to 9-year-old and is focusing on toys that encourage children to act out the drama in the movie. From Zizzle LLC, the main toy supplier for the movie, there are mill wheel sets with collapsing ladders and pistol and belt sets with blast sound effects. Disney’s merchandising team is also reaching out to older customers with apparel and accessories. The merchandising executives behind “Superman,” which is to hit theaters June 30, are also aiming to attract both children and adults. Its toys and children’s apparel targets 5- to 11- year olds, but the studio is also looking to woo adults and teens with fashion apparel like $85 rhinestone-encrusted tank tops and $300 cashmere sweaters with the “S” logo. “The S shield has never gone out of fashion. There is this coolness factor that will make it very desirable,” said Brad Globe, president of Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros.’ worldwide consumer products.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Let the force be with retailers this summer. After enjoying a sales bonanza last year from everything “Star Wars,” the nation’s merchants, particularly toy sellers, are hoping that this summer’s blockbuster films will have at least the same power to move an avalanche of merchandise, from inflatable Superman suits to pirate swords with sound effects. Among the coming summer films that have released the most merchandise are Disney-Pixar’s “Cars,” Walt Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest” and Warner Bros.’ “Superman Returns.” Sony Pictures’ “The Da Vinci Code,” based on Dan Brown’s best-selling novel, also has some games and apparel, though the bulk of related merchandise sales is coming from all the book spinoffs, including religious and art books. “Last year, it was all about `Star Wars,”‘ said Ernie Speranza, chief marketing officer at KB Toys Inc. This summer, he’s betting that three movies – “Cars,” “Superman” and the “Pirates” movie – “will be better than one.” last_img


first_imgOne man has been transferred to hospital in Dublin after a serious car crash last night.It is believed four young people were admitted to Letterkenny General Hospital following what was believed to be a head-on collision.The man transferred to Dublin is believed to be suffering from serious head injuries. The other three people involved in the crash are still being treated in Letterkenny General Hospital.It is believed the young man transferred to Dublin is form the Glenties area. FOUR HURT FOLLOWING SERIOUS CAR CRASH was last modified: March 25th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentLetterkenny General Hospitallast_img read more


first_imgA major power outage has plunged hundreds of homes across Donegal into darkness this evening.Major power outages have been reported across Donegal this evening.The ESB are reporting a power outage at 7pm in the Gortlee area of Letterkenny.However, the outage has affected power supplies to many parts of the county. Outages have been reported in the Rosses, Gweedore and Cloughaneely areas as well this evening, while many households have complained of reduced power.The ESB state that just under 3,000 subscribers are affected and as of 8pm a restore time remains unknown.It comes as Met Eireann announce the country is bracing itself for the tail-end of a major storm comes up from the Caribbean.HUNDREDS OF HOMES WITHOUT ELECTRICITY AFTER MAJOR OUTAGE ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: October 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DARKNESSdonegalESBPowerstormlast_img read more

Warriors’ injury woes: Looney, Smailagić casualties in practice No. 2

first_imgAlen Smailagic (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)SAN FRANCISCO — On Monday, Golden State’s center depth looked thin. By Wednesday, it was bordering on non-existent.The Warriors received a set of blows during practice as coach Steve Kerr announced Kevon Looney tweaked his hamstring and Alen Smailagić rolled his ankle. Practice was cut short because of the  injuries.Kevon Looney (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)“It is what it is,” Kerr said.Related Articles Warr …last_img

2010 Fifa World Cup: Stadium construction 1

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.  Cape Town Stadium under constructionin April 2008.Photo: Rodger Bosch,• Download high-resolution image Cape Town Stadium under constructionin September 2009.Photo: Local Organising Committee• Download high-resolution image Cape Town Stadium under constructionin August 2008.Photo: Bruce Sutherland, City of Cape Town• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,• Download high-resolution image Royal Bafokeng Stadium under constructionin March 2008Photo: Hannelie Coetzee,• Download high-resolution image {loadposition fifa}last_img read more