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ExxonMobil donates US$40,000 in lab equipment to UG

first_imgOil giant ExxonMobil on Tuesday handed over lab equipment costing in excess of US$40,000 to the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the University of Guyana.ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson cuts the ribbon assisted by UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and UG Deputy Vice Chancellor, Paloma Mohamed to reveal the new equipmentAt the handing over ceremony at the University, it was revealed that the Department was able to purchase the new tools with a gift presented by the oil company.The substantial gift was given to the University following a request made after a fire which occurred in 2015. The fire reportedly destroyed a section of the Faculty of Natural Sciences building which housed the equipment for various departments.Among the items destroyed in the fire were all the Physics laboratory equipment belonging to the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics, the Computer Sciences Department equipment and the specimen collections and equipment from the Department of Biology.An official at the University doing a demonstration with a piece of equipment sponsored by Exxon in the presence of  Exxon’s Country Manager Rod Henson, UG Vice Chancellor, Professor Ivelaw Griffith and othersHowever these equipment and more were purchased with the aid of ExxonMobil. It was outlined that the faculty lost critical research materials in the areas of online education and information technologies, renewable energy technologies, biodiversity and ecosystems assessment and natural resources management.However, the US$40,000 was given to aid the Department of Mathematics, Physics and Statistics in replacing the lab equipment that was destroyed.Among the highly specialised equipment purchased was one Baader Multi-Purpose Coma Corrector, and one Orion XX 16G GO-TO Truss Dobson Ian Telescope among others. The equipment was purchased from two companies (PASCO and OPT) at a cost of US$37,071 and arrived in Guyana in September 2018.According to the Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Calvin Bernard “After the fire, the physics programme was ‘crippled’ by the inability to deliver the quality learning experiences necessary for the success of the students due to the lack of equipment for practical work. Lecturers struggled to improvise and compensate.”He further stated that “With the new equipment, the quality of the educational experience in the physics courses has been lifted significantly. This is particularly important as the Faculty and University seeks to ensure it prepares graduates for roles in a more technologically advanced economy including oil and gas”.The Faculty is especially thankful to ExxonMobil for its contribution in making the recovery process possible. ExxonMobil was the first and only major corporate entity to offer assistance after the devastating fire.Head of the Department of Mathematics, Dwayne Renville, extended sincere gratitude on behalf of the University, citing relief that the lab equipment was “finally here”.Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Paloma Mohamed noted that “the University since 2016, through the Office PACE (Philanthropy, Alumni and Civic Management) has been building a strong relationship with ExxonMobil and their affiliates which includes strategic funding, capacity building and CSR collaborations”.ExxonMobil’s Guyana President and Country Manager Rod Henson noted, “The youth today are our leaders of tomorrow, and education is fundamental to their ongoing development. We are pleased to provide this support to the University of Guyana and its students to further advance math and science learning today and in the future”.last_img read more

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Birkhead fathered Smith’s baby

first_imgJust seven months old, Dannielynn Hope Marshall Stern stands to inherit a fortune if the legal battles her mother left her ever get resolved. The baby could potentially inherit millions from the estate of Smith’s late husband, J. Howard Marshall II. The former model had been fighting the Texas oil tycoon’s family over his estimated $500 million fortune since his death in 1995, and that battle remains unresolved. It remains unclear how much, if any, of the Marshall estate Dannielynn could ever hope to obtain, and whether her guardian would have any access to the money. Even Smith’s own estate remains unresolved. A 2001 will released after her death in February said her fortune should be held in trust for her son, but he’s dead now. The 19-page will named Stern as her executor, but did not say how much Smith was worth or how much her daughter might inherit. Smith gave birth to Dannielynn in September, then saw her 20-year-old son Daniel die days later at her bedside from a lethal combination of drugs. She died on Feb. 8, at the age of 39, also from a deadly mix of prescription drugs. NASSAU, Bahamas – In a soap opera ending to the latest chapter of the Anna Nicole Smith drama, two of her baby’s would-be fathers – one jubilant, the other grim – emerged from a pink Bahamas courthouse to hundreds of fans and paparazzi photographers. It was the sort of scene – carried live on cable TV – that would be relished by many who followed the life and death of the small-town Texas girl who became famous for being famous, first as a Playboy Playmate and later as the star of her own reality TV series. Photographer Larry Birkhead, Smith’s former boyfriend, was the center of attention Tuesday, pumping his fist and proclaiming “I hate to be the one who told you this, but I told you so: I’m the father!” DNA tests on blood samples taken from the baby girl and Birkhead proved it, confirmed the court’s expert, Dr. Michael Baird, as the cameras whirred and clicked. Birkhead, who broke up with Smith before she moved to the Bahamas in July, had been seeking custody of the girl for months, but first he had to get past Howard K. Stern, Smith’s lawyer-turned-companion. Stern was listed on the birth certificate as the father of Dannielynn and had been taking care of the child at the gated, oceanfront mansion the couple shared in the Bahamas. “I’m obviously very disappointed, but my feelings for Dannielynn have not changed,” Stern said outside the courthouse, where the two men shook hands and embraced before the cameras. Stern said he would support Birkhead in the next round of the custody dispute, which comes Friday as a Bahamas judge considers the claim of Smith’s mother, Virgie Arthur. “I’m going to do whatever I can to make sure he gets sole custody,” Stern said. Stern also said Birkhead would be welcome to come over to the mansion as soon as he wanted, and for as long as he wanted, to see Dannielynn.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Giants fans weigh in on Baer’s suspension: Too lenient? Too harsh? Just right?

first_imgMajor League Baseball suspended San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer Tuesday morning for his role in a public altercation with his wife, Pam, that left her on the asphalt of a public park.Baer went on a leave of absence after video of the argument surfaced, and that absence will become an unpaid suspension running until July 1.The couple was arguing in a San Francisco park March 1, and Larry Baer reached for a cell phone that Pam was holding. As Pam tried to keep Larry from taking the phone, …last_img read more

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Heavy rain doesn’t have to mean money down the drain

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farmers of all types face challenges everyday as they work hard to get higher yields and greater profits. Inputs throughout the growing season can help with reaching those goals, but only if those inputs are utilized to their full potential.Heavy rains in Ohio during the spring and early summer may have washed away some key nutrients and with them went top-end yield and profits.“Just traveling up and down the road I’ll see corn that’s definitely been nitrogen deficient sometime in its growth stage early on in the growing season,” said Brett Barton, Sales Manager in Ohio for AgXplore. “I wish that more farmers would protect their nitrogen. For the price of that input and adding a small cost to keep them where they are needed would’ve added a lot of bushels.”A nitrogen stabilizer, like N-Zone from AgXplore, is one solution.“We see two to seven bushels better across the board by using N-Zone and the cost is minimal,” Barton said. “Usually for less than a bushel to a bushel and a half of corn you have your expenses paid for this product, so we are seeing a constant return on investment.”N-Zone is a calcium copolymer product that is designed as a nitrogen management aid. It increases nitrogen availability and uptake, reduces nitrogen loss and manages nitrogen during key growth stages.“Being a calcium copolymer it helps keep moisture in the root zone and it binds the nitrogen to a soil colloid so it doesn’t escape through tile lines after heavy rains like we saw in the spring,” Barton said. “That is where I have seen a lot of benefit with our products. Growers that have used any of our N-Zone products are happy and they can’t believe for how wet as we were their crops look as good as they do.”N-Zone Max is formulated to be mixed with 28% or 32% or can be impregnated with dry urea. ContaiN is an NBPT (N-Butyl thiophosphoric triamide) with some N-Zone Max mixed in for above and below ground control. So it does the same thing that N-Zone does but it also has 3 modes of action for farmers that are top dressing wheat or dribbling some nitrogen on using Y-Drops. The third N-Zone product is GL, which is added to anhydrous ammonia.“Although we have seen more rain than we need, this year has been advantageous for showing what our products are capable of,” Barton said. “N-Zone keeps the nitrogen from volatizing and leaching so the plant can keep going even when it has wet feet. Producers that have used N-Zone this year would swear by it and will never go back to not using one of the nitrogen products that we offer.”last_img read more

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