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Building, utilising local content imperative to moving sector forward

first_imgOil and gas sector…as GMSA members benefit from local business development courseSeveral high ranking Private Sector officials and members of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association (GMSA) have benefited from an ongoing course and in-depth discussion on the role of local content in the development of Guyana’s emerging oil and gas sectors.GMSA President Shyam NoktaThe course was delivered by the Director of the Centre for Local Business Development (CLBD), Patrick Henry, and Senior Business Specialist Natasha Gaskin-Peters in the conference room of the Centre, which is located on South Road, Bourda.The main focus of the course was to give suppliers an understanding of the core concepts of local content while also exploring the common barriers to entering the oil and gas supply chain. It also saw participants benefiting from a presentation which highlighted a number of ways in which they could benefit from the limitless opportunities that would become available as a result of the emerging sectors.In brief remarks, GMSA President Shyam Nokta underscored the importance of the course and the need for industry and GMSA members to familiarise themselves with the changing dynamics that will take place in Guyana’s economy as a result of the oil exploration, development and production activities that will take place in the sector.He thanked all of the participants for demonstrating continued interest in the work of the Business Development Centre as he encouraged them to utilise all of the services it is currently offering businesses that are free.Meanwhile, Henry also welcomed the business representatives and GMSA members to the course which he said was only one step in securing a holistic and informed view of what really constitutes an effective local content policy.Henry said businesses should also strive to understand the concept of “value added” and the resources available locally to drive investments and maximise opportunities that will become available over the next few years.During a PowerPoint presentation which was delivered largely by Peters, participants heard some of the local barriers for suppliers who are seeking to benefit from the emerging oil and gas sectors and the concept of value added are insufficient knowledge of the industry development process and timelines, failure to meet industry standards, and non-compliance with health, safety and security and environment requirements. Other barriers included lack of proven experience and demonstrated track record, accessing new sources of finance for new capital investments and understanding how to do business using e-procurement systems with IOCs.The GMSA members and other officials were also made aware of the challenges related to local content. These include competitiveness, procurement and sourcing, business environment and the structure of the economy.The course facilitators also informed participants on the key to winning contracts which they said was related to how competitive their businesses and partnerships were when compared to others who were likely to provide the similar products.They were advised that in order to become more competitive, focus had to be placed on addressing issues related to capacity, cost and price, financial strength, market experience, quality standards, timelines, workforce skills, upstream capabilities, and safety record.During the three-hour event, GMSA members were also broken up into groups and asked to coin their own definitions of what Guyana’s local content policy should be before an open discussion was held on the significance of those definitions as well as the implications.last_img read more

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IRELAND’S MOST SCENIC RACE IN BALLYLIFFIN THIS EASTER SATURDAY

first_imgIRELAND’S most scenic race takes place in Ballyliffin this Saturday.It’s all systems go and the event has a 1pm start on this occasion.Added is a 7 mile option with the same start point in the village and finish point on the Beach as normal but the 7 mile option walk /jog /run simply requires a diversion along the route in the Isle Of Doagh. “Occassions and events such as this are a very positive addition to the opportunities available to tourists and locals alike and highlight the beauty of the Wild Atlantic Way and more particularly the beauty of this immediate area,” said Patsy McGonagle, the Irish Athletics Olympic Team Leader.The children’s races on the Beach which proved such good fun previously will be repeated and entry is free.It’s a family day out in every respect.Challenge Entry fee again 20 euros and pre entry encouraged per www.visitballyliffin.com  IRELAND’S MOST SCENIC RACE IN BALLYLIFFIN THIS EASTER SATURDAY was last modified: April 1st, 2015 by John2Share 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:Ballyliffin coastal challengedonegalInishowenlast_img read more

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Video: HBase Dos and Don’ts

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Big Data#hack#tips How to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Why You Love Online Quizzes Cloudera VP Customer Solutions, Omer Trajman, presented a talk on HBase Dos and Don’ts to the Los Angeles Hadoop Users Group earlier this month.The full video is available after the jump. LA-HUG HBASE DO’s and DON’Ts from Shopzilla on Vimeo.At glance, the dos and don’ts are:Do:Use a key prefix that distributes wellKeep the number of regions reasonable – about 100 per node.Disable auto-compactionUse compressionExplicitly put hbase-site.xml in your CLASSPATHMonitor the health of your clusterStore multiple copies for different access patternsDon’t:Wholesale replacement of every RDBMSRun huge MR Jobs directly off of HBaseUse timestamps as teh first part of your keyAllocate all CPUs to your TaskTrackersMixed workloads with SLAsUse a single client bulk load or bulk load with putLet the Region Server Swap 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac… klint finleylast_img read more

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Cinema 4D Video Tutorial: Rock Goo

first_imgLearn how to create a crazy cool ‘rock goo’ effect in Cinema 4D.Creating realistic liquid simulations is a unique challenge for any animator. There are built-in tools inside Cinema 4D which can get you there, but making liquid animation realistic requires skill.Goo or slime, by it’s nature, is difficult to animate. You’ve got to nail the pulling apart and thinning of the material, create realistic dripping, and texture/light the goo so it won’t appear too hard or too soft.It’s not solid and not liquid. It’s a challenge.In the following tutorial created by Nick and Chris from Greyscalegorilla, do a killer job demonstrating how to model, light and texture a realistic ‘liquid goo’ type effect in Cinema 4D:While the end result may seem rather specific, the tutorials covers fundamental 3D animation fundamentals (modeling, texturing, rigging and lighting) that can be applied to any Cinema 4D project. These concepts are covered over 2 hours and broken up into 3 different tutorial videos:Part 1: Modeling the RockPart 2: Modeling & Rigging the GooPart 3: Lighting & TexturingHave any other tips for creating a goo-like substance in Cinema 4D? Share in the comments below.last_img read more