Oil & gas safety trainingIn spite of the economic challenges that thousands of sugar workers have faced across the industry, some are trying to attain alternative skills to secure their livelihood. These sentiments were expressed Monday by three former employees of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), who were among 22 men who successfully completed the inaugural oilfield safety and operator training and development course.From left: Leowood Paul, top performer Mark Bihkhari, Vishwapremi Ramkellawan, and Duvendr LallaA graduation ceremony was held at Houston, East Bank Demerara (EBD), where Mark Bihkhari, Dexter Vangronigen and Courtney John respectively received top honours for their outstanding performance. The nine-week course was facilitated by international marine and petroleum training academy TotalTec Oilfield Services.All graduates were praised for their relative quick grasp of the concepts and practical aspects of programme. However, the spotlight was on the three former sugar industry employees, who showcased much resilience having to adopt a completely new career path in the wake of the downsizing of the sugar industry.Former La Bonne Intention (LBI) fitter machinist Vishwapremi Ramkellawan told the media that he was severely affected by the closure of his workplace after seven years of employment. The father of two noted that despite some challenges, he used the skills he knew as a basis for his development.“I went to GuySuCo training school and [this] made it a lot easier comparing to the others that didn’t have GuySuCo training. I left and go into the mining industry, because I’ve seen the decline in GuySuCo and now I’ve made the transition from mining straight into the oil and gas industry,” he stressed.“I have two children and a wife and [closure] affected us a great deal but as a man, you have to stand up and go and get what you have to get for your family to survive and that’s why exactly I did,” Ramkellawan said.Duvendr Lalla, who said that he was hopeful to start his family, was a 15-year veteran in the mechanical department in the sugar industry. Noting that he found out about the training in the press, he jumped at the challenge and even encouraged some unemployed colleagues to apply. He said too that his training at the Port Mourant Centre was an asset in his oil and gas training. Observing that he received half of his severance pay, Lalla told Guyana Times that he was saddened over the fact that he dedicated his life to the sugar industry.“From school [I went] straight into sugar – my whole work-life experience is from GuySuCo and it is sad to know that it has come to an end, but hopefully one door close, a better one open and you just have to take it step by step from there and hopefully I’ll develop my skills in oil and gas,” he expressed.Lalla hopes that he would be one of the graduates selected for further training in the oil and gas sector in Trinidad and Tobago and the United States.His younger colleague, Leowood Paul, who had worked three years attached to the field lab, said too that the training was “a great experience to be part of something new”. The programme comprised 56 separate theory and practical base modules that focused on areas including emergency response, oil and gas preparation and platforms, and counterbalance forklift truck operations.TotalTec Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Lars Mangal said as Guyana prepared itself for oil production in 2020, Guyanese need to be trained in the basics of the industry so that locals could be able to access jobs both onshore and offshore.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman praised Mangal for returning to his homeland to impart his oil and gas skills to others. Organisers announced that a batch of 50 more recruits was currently being trained and expressed hope that future batches would include female participants.Earlier this month, the International Union of Food, Agricultural, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers’ Associations (IUF), an international trade union confederation, through its General Secretary Sue Longley, wrote President David Granger expressing strong concerns over the downsizing of sugar. In its letter to President Granger, the IUF, which speaks on behalf of 10 million workers through its 422 affiliated unions in 131 countries, said it was aware that the sugar industry “…has made substantial contributions to your country’s national life and development … Its role as a national institution cannot be diminished, especially recognising the absence of alternatives at this time”. In its end-of-year statement, the Private Sector Commission (PSC) highlighted that come 2018, there would, in fact, have been 5000 sugar workers who would be left unemployed if Wales was factored into the current numbers.
It’s been no surprise.Ever since the Arizona Cardinals selected rookie quarterback Josh Rosen out of UCLA in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, the conversation has been when — not if — Rosen will take over starting signal-caller duties. That, in part, has to do with the injury-riddled career of projected starter Sam Bradford.But that’s not stopping Rosen from taking notice of the man in front of him. Top Stories “I don’t really think people understand how good Sam [Bradford] is,” Rosen told Sirius XM over the weekend. “I’m unbelievably fortunate to watch him and how he plays.“I’m just really lucky to have that frame of reference to start the NFL, because I really believe he’s one of the better quarterbacks in this league.”Bradford has shown he can play with the best of them.Related LinksThe 5: Burning questions as the Arizona Cardinals enter training campBradford’s knee ‘best it’s felt’ since injury as Cardinals ramp up campCards camp notebook: Edmonds getting acclimated, standout wideoutsIn 15th NFL training camp, Larry Fitzgerald may have newness aheadCardinals’ Josh Rosen handling unfamiliarity in first NFL seasonIn 2016, Bradford led the NFL with a 71.6 completion percentage and threw for 3,877 yards and 20 touchdowns. He tossed just five interceptions and finished with a passer rating of 99.3.It looked as though his tear would continue the next season after opening up against the New Orleans Saints. He completed 27 of his 32 passes (84.4 percent) to go along with three touchdowns and a 143.0 QB rating.The biggest issue, however, has been Bradford’s health.After that Monday Night Football performance, Bradford would make just one more game in 2017 before he had to have his left knee scoped due to ACL injuries.Bradford got the start against the Chicago Bears, but was clearly not himself. He threw 11 passes before being replaced by Case Keenum in the second quarter. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Rosen, who rotated behind Bradford for the majority of the day, had a front row seat of the nine-year pro in action.“To see him practice, he just completes the ball,” Rosen said of the veteran QB. “The ball just doesn’t touch the ground.“I’m very lucky that that’s my intro into the NFL. I’m not exactly modeling my game after him, but more so taking what he does really well and trying to put it into what I do because Sam is really, really good.”But as much as Rosen realizes Bradford’s abilities and understands his spot on the roster, the rookie is going to practice just as hard.“I’m going to push him every single day and I’m going to act as the starter every single time,” Rosen added of his mindset. “I’m in this locker room, but also be aware of the situation.” – / 26 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact 2 Comments Share Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Arizona Cardinals quarterbacks Josh Rosen (3), Sam Bradford (9), Chad Kanoff (6) and Mike Glennon (7) walk on the field during stretching exercises at the NFL football team’s practice Thursday, June 14, 2018, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) After signing a one-year deal with the Cardinals in the offseason, Bradford is looking to return to that high level of play.“Sam can throw with the best of them around the league,” wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald told Sirius XM. “Everybody’s seen that, everybody understands that when he’s healthy he’s one of the elite passers in the game.“With the way coach [Mike] McCoy runs his system, getting the ball out of his hands quickly, I think Sam’s going to have a big season for us.”Taking every precaution with Bradford, even having keeping him out of the conditioning test, the Cardinals are ready get him acclimated to the first-team offense.So is Bradford.“It’s definitely the best it’s felt since the injury last year,” Bradford said of his knee on Saturday. “Like I said, we had kind of had a plan in place all spring.“We were really just trying to get back as much strength as possible, at the same time challenge it on the field, you know, moving around the pocket, running, trying to simulate as much football-type movements as possible.”During Day 1 of the Cardinals’ training camp, Bradford missed on his first pass against the defense, but that was about it. He looked sharp and was able to fit numerous balls into tight windows.