As Guyana now turns its attention towards capitalising on every aspect of the imminently booming oil and gas industry, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson on Thursday revealed that studies have commenced towards the implementation of its proposed natural gas project.The Government is currently working at determining locations for the laying ofPublic Infrastructure Minister David Pattersonpipelines to transfer this by-product from the offshore oil reservoirs to strategic locations across the country, to be utilised as an alternative source of energy.Speaking at the Public Infrastructure Ministry’s year-end press conference, Patterson outlined plans for this initiative. He pointed out the regions in which the possibility of laying natural gas pipelines is currently being explored.“Right now, I think we are between Regions 3 and 4. At the moment, Region 6 still has not been eliminated,” Paterson relayed.The minister said, “The actual construction of the pipeline and procurement and those things like that have not been decided, and that’s why a location (must first be identified).”He explained, “If you decide to go in one position, the technical challenges are different from others. So we need to have a preferred location, so that we can do the studies.”At the moment, discussions are ongoing with ExxonMobil, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) and the Guyana Lands and Surveys Commission (GL&SC), among other agencies, to ensure that the most feasible location is selected.Patterson highlighted the factors which would be taken into consideration during this process. He indicated, “The determination of where we’re going to go has several aspects, not only land availability, (but also include) the distance away from residence, environmental challenges….”Though the Guyana Government has reached out to the Inter-American Development Bank to further assess the project, the initial studies are currently being conducted by the Government of Japan. The findings are expected to be made public early next year.The minister has stressed that this undertaking goes beyond just providing a cheaper alternative energy source to Guyanese.Patterson added that Government is also looking to set up a Liquified Petroleum Gas Plant at the selected location as well.This is to be used as a source of fuel for many residential, commercial and agricultural operations, including cooking, hot water systems, and heating.
Hertha are offering up to 500 “Bibi-Steinhaus-tickets”, only available to women, at half-price.“We want to offer all women the chance to experience this historic moment,” said a statement on the Hertha website.Steinhaus has been refereeing since 2007 and earned her right to whistle in Germany’s top flight after officiating the women’s Champions League final this year and the 2012 women’s Olympic tournament final in London.The police officer has already proven she can handle Bundesliga stars.As an assistant referee, she shrugged off an attempted hug by ex-Bayern Munich coach Pep Guardiola during a pitchside exchange in 2014.Last month, she bantered with Franck Ribery after the French winger cheekily untied her shoelaces while preparing for a free-kick when she officiated a German Cup first-round match.“For me and my referee colleagues, the fact that I am a woman hasn’t been an issue for a long time,” Steinhaus said on the Hertha website.“But we probably all need to accept and deal with the fact that it will continue to be considered a big deal in the media for now.”Steinhaus insists she has earned the chance to referee in Germany’s top tier on merit, but accepts she is now a role model.“I’m a Bundesliga referee because my performances have been good enough, not because I’m a woman,” she said“That’s a big difference.“If, because of that, I am considered a role model for young girls or a pioneer for equality, then that makes me even happier.“I have a lot of experience now, which is an advantage in many situations.I have different ways of dealing with and reacting to certain situations in the game now.“On top of that, I have also overseen many games as a fourth official, in order to take in the pace of the Bundesliga.”Both Bremen and Berlin coaches welcomed Steinhaus’ debut.“She has earned it through very good performances, at the end of the day that is the main principle, whether you are a man or a woman,” said Bremen coach Alexander Nouri.Berlin coach Pal Dardai added: “If someone refs so well, it doesn’t matter if she is a man or a woman. She has already reffed in the second league and error-free, I believe, which is wonderful.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000German referee Bibiana Steinhaus has officiated at the 2011 Women’s World Cup and the 2012 OlympicsBERLIN, Germany, Sep 8 – Hertha Berlin are offering women half-price tickets for Sunday’s German league match against Werder Bremen with Bibiana Steinhaus set to make history as the first female referee in a top European league.The German Football Association (DFB) have confirmed the 38-year-old will take charge of the Bundesliga clash at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium to become the first female ref in the German, English, French, Italian or Spanish leagues.