Sumner Newscow report â€” According to media reports, four earthquakes hit northern Oklahoma, and one northwest of Caldwell, late Saturday night and Sunday morning.The quake that occurred five miles south of Caldwell experienced the strongest earthquake with a magnitude of 3.7.Â Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Caldwell · 289 weeks ago Just had another one at 10:04 this morning~it was a 2.6~ Report Reply 0 replies · active 289 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
FILE PHOTO: Uganda cranesKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Four-time African Player of the Year Award winner and ex-Barcelona striker Samuel Eto’o has praised Uganda Cranes good performance at the on-going 2019 Total Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).The Cranes are the only team from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (CECAFA) region that have qualified for the last 16 stage in the tournament. The likes of Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi all failed to go past the group stage.Eto’o told URN on Wednesday that he is impressed with Uganda’s style of play and maturity on the pitch. “The Ugandan team has really improved and I like the way they work together as a team,” added the former star.He however noted that they need to start utilizing the many chances they create. “In football the goals matter a lot and now they are going to the knockout stage where goals will surely count,” noted Eto.The former Cameroon international said he is impressed with the level of football at the tournament where some teams that have not played at the tournament before like Madagascar have made it to the knock out stage. Eto’o is among the seven legends selected by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) as ambassadors for the 2019 AFCON. The others are; Mahmoud El Khateeb (Egypt), Yaya Toure, Didier Drogba (Both Côte d’Ivoire), Rabah Madjer (Algeria), Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria) and El Hadji Diouf (Senegal).*****URNShare on: WhatsApp
Facebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Bagel Brothers“My favorite part of Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool is that every parent is required to do a couple of days a month of in-class time,” says mom Abbie Rose. “On my volunteer days I get to see my daughter Paisley interact with her peers in a way that’s different than any other play I see her engage in. It gives me a better idea of who she is as a person when I see her play with a big group of kids her age, it’s pretty cool.”Parents of kids at the preschool know this feeling well. Since 1972 the preschool has been nurturing children, parents, and caregiver relationships through an emphasis on nature and creative art, movement, and music. Kiddos ages 2-5 thrive in the community environment, with special support from South Puget Sound Community College.This local involvement is perhaps one reason why a variety of businesses are donating time, services, products, funding, and more to Steamboat Island Coop Preschool’s yearly auction. Rose, who also owns Bagel Brothers, and who attended the preschool as a child, feels proud to support the next generation by donating, and helping put the auction on.“I love using skills that I’ve learned in the business world to benefit a local nonprofit,” she said.Dozens of business, local and beyond, are donating to the fiesta food-fun part of the event, including Steamboat Grill and Greens, Jalisco Tortillas, Chelsea’s Shellfish, Olympic Mountain Ice Cream, and more.Event highlights also include arts and crafts for the kids, and a silent auction with many items donated from local businesses.The event takes place Saturday, December 5, at Griffin Elementary. Festivities start at 6 p.m. Open to the public, tickets are $15 and include dinner and dessert. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time by calling 360.866.1819, or purchased at the door. All proceeds benefit Steamboat Island Coop Preschool.
It’s probably a good thing for the Nelson Leafs the calendar reads December and not February.The Castlegar Rebels played the perfect road game, scoring early then riding the hot netminding of Jordan Gluck to a 6-1 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Leafs Wednesday night at the NDCC Arena.Despite the loss, Nelson retains a two-point lead in the Murdoch Division at the unofficial first half break in the schedule.The Leafs also have a game in hand on the Rebels, which now leads the season series 3-1-1.Jamie Vlanich scored twice to pace the Rebels, leaders from start to finish with period advantages of 1-0 and 3-0. Aaron Petten, Bryan Lubin, Darren Medeiros and Kody Disher also scored for Castlegar past Leaf goalie Cody Boeckman.Aaron Dunlap scored the lone goal in the third for the Leafs.Gluck, winning his third straight against the Leafs, was the busier of the two goalies, facing 26 shots to 17 the Rebels fired at Boeckman.Nelson’s leading scorer, Colton Schell, was tossed from the game in the first period after being called for a hit from behind by referee Jim Maniago.The Leafs also lost center Matthew Naka for this game, and longer, after the Vanderhoof native suffered a broken ankle during the weekend after slipping on ice.The Leafs are idle until Friday, December 28 when the club hosts the Spokane Braves in the first of a two-game home-and-home series.Monday, December 31, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks invade the NDCC Arena for the traditional New Year’s Eve contest set for 2:30 p.m.Meanwhile, Castlegar is also off for the Christmas break, returning December 28 to host Beaver Valley in the first of a home-and-home series.
Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Reyes rattled off two names that fit his national program perfectly some years back.“Larry Fonacier and Jeff Chan are better, though they are (now) in the latter parts of their careers,” Reyes, who won this tournament in 2013 with the two gunslingers in an all-pro lineup, said. “They are the benchmarks for me.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He knows that he has a diamond in the rough in Wright, though, and Reyes also has one player in mind who is better at that shooting guard spot for the national team at this time.“For me, the ideal shooter (for the international game) is Marcio Lassiter,” Reyes said. “He is a great shooter, he is strong, he’s tough and he’s a great defender. That’s his advantage over all of them (Fonacier and Chan included). He is a much better defender than all of them.” IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “That’s typical of a scorer (being a weak defender),” Reyes said. “And he’s willing to learn that, to improve on that.”“In terms of overall value to the team, Marcio is better,” Reyes explained as he reiterated that defense helps teams win. “But if you talk of pure shooting alone, there’s no doubt that Matt has the edge over everyone else.”Reyes praised Wright for having the right attitude, something he made sure that the 6-foot-3 swingman possesses when he first laid eyes on him several years back in an Under-18 tournament.And with that, the Gilas coach knows that he will have the perfect player that he needs in due time, like as early as the start of the World Cup Qualifying in November back in this thriving country.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Cool and collected even in the most intense moments here, Wright is showing offensive skills best suited for Gilas in this tournament and he is making the opposition pay in very short instances that he is left open.Lassiter suited up for Gilas in its formative years and has never made it back since, with issues concerning his health keeping him out of the squad that played in Changsha, China, in the last Asian Championship.But Reyes likes what he sees, like Wright’s attitude and focus.“He’s willing to learn, he has the tools, he’s athletic and very smart,” Reyes said when asked if Wright is getting to the level that Lassiter is at now.And the first thing Reyes wants is for Wright to be able to defend better.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas’ Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Is Matthew Wright the best shooter for Gilas Pilipinas?“It’s hard to say, because the measure of a great shooter is consistency,” coach Chot Reyes said on Sunday night after Wright put on a show and torched Chinese Taipei A with four triples in an 88-72 win in the Jones Cup Invitational that finally got the Filipinos on track.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force shoots down BaliPure LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kris Dunn scored 22 points and Nikola Mirotic had 18 points off the bench for Chicago, which blew a late lead for a second straight game. The Bulls lost for only the fourth time in 14 games since Mirotic returned to the lineup.Lauri Markkanen finished with 19 points, including a jumper from the corner that tied it at 120 with 1:14 left in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMcCollum then made his short floater and added a pair of late free throws.McCollum and Aminu, who made 5-of-6 3-pointers after halftime, carried the Blazers’ offense as they rallied from a seven-point deficit. View comments After scoring four straight points to tie it at 112, McCollum missed two tries to pull ahead in the final 36 seconds of regulation.Led by Mirotic and Bobby Portis, the Bulls’ bench helped them overcome a sluggish start. Each had nine points in a second quarter in which Chicago’s reserves outscored Portland’s 18-7. Mirotic hit a deep 3-pointer with 5:21 left before the half to give the Bulls a 43-39 lead after they trailed by as many as 10 points early.Portis finished with 14 points and seven rebounds. Neither Mirotic nor Portis played the final 7 1/ 2 minutes of regulation or overtime.Pat Connaughton had 16 points for Portland.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trail Blazers: Lillard missed his fifth straight game with a right hamstring strain. Expected to be a game-time decision, Lillard, who hasn’t played since Dec. 20, was ruled out early. Portland coach Terry Stotts wasn’t sure if Lillard would play on Tuesday at Cleveland.“When he’s ready, he’ll be ready, but it’s hard to say,” Stotts said.Bulls: Zach LaVine’s “training camp” has gone well so far, according to coach Fred Hoiberg. Coming off February surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, LaVine is halfway through a stretch of six consecutive days of full-contact practices. “He’s sore, as expected,” Hoiberg said. “Overall, he’s handled it great. He’ll have another good opportunity (Tuesday). It was good to see him out there. He’s in training camp mode right now, but he’s handling the workload well and that’s the important thing.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: At the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.Bulls: Host the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Timberwolves send Lakers reeling to 7th straight loss Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum (3) shoots against the Chicago Bulls during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Chicago. The Trail Blazers won 124-120 in overtime. (AP Photo/David Banks)CHICAGO — C.J. McCollum scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120 on Monday night.Al-Farouq Aminu added a season-high 24 points and Evan Turner also had his season best with 22 for Portland, which was without leading scorer Damian Lillard for a fifth straight game.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours
Liberia’s Finance Minister has warned government’s Ministries and Agencies against committing the administration to contractural obligations that are in excess of budgetary appropriations authorized by the National Legislature.Minister Amara M. Konneh observed that obligating the government without proper observation of the established procurement processes has the propensity to engender wasteful spending, which he said, undermines government’s budgetary performance.In a statement issued last week on the commitment of public funds, Mr. Konneh urged all public agencies including banks and financial institutions wishing to provide pre-financing to contractors, to strictly adhere to the Public Financial Management (PFM) Law and the Public Procurement and Concessions (PPCC) Act of Liberia.“Our resources are rather scarce, and it is our utmost responsibility to pull together in driving the economy towards achieving a middle income economy by 2030. Towards this objective, the prudent application and management of public resources is our core responsibility and obligation, as it is critical to realization of this goal,” Konneh said.He strongly warned banks and financial institutions wishing to provide pre-financing to contractors hired by ministries and agencies, of the legal requirements and its consequences. Punishment for violators of the PFM Law may be administrative or criminal depending on whether the infringement constitutes an infraction, a misdemeanor, or other higher crimes.The Finance Minister also told our business desk last week that his statement is intended to call the attention of spending ministries and agencies to strictly abide by the policies prescribed by the government as they sign agreements with contractors to implement their respective projects.Konneh emphasized his call on ministries and agencies to be mindful of their responsibilities and obligations as provided for under the PFM Law of 2009, the annual Budget Law, and the PPC Act of 2005 as amended in 2010.The Minister also reminded spending agencies of the provision in Section 24 and sub-sections 1 to 5 of the 2009 PFM Law, which specifies the legal process by which, he declared, all ministries and spending agencies may enter into a contractual commitment on behalf of the government.According to Sections 1,2, and 3 of the PFM Law, “all purchases of goods and services from suppliers, including capital investments, shall comply with the provisions prescribed in the PPCC Act of 2005 as amended and its enabling regulations; all contracts, including those established through the simplified Local Purchase Order (LPO) mechanism, shall be considered commitments of the government, and notwithstanding the provisions of the PPCC Act, multi-year procurement contracts will be subject to annual limits established in relevant budget line in the approved National Budget, amended from time to time through budgetary transfers and/or supplementary budget. No action shall be taken to abrogate such multi-year contractural obligations.”The PFM Law notes “contracted amounts relating to future years will be subject to their adoption within the National Budget of that year. The provisions of multi-year contracts will be drafted in such a way as to reflect these restrictions.”Accordingly, Count 10 of regulation No.3 of the PPCC Act states “the Ministry (Finance) shall take part in the negotiations and signings of contracts over US$250,000 and the contract shall be attested to by the Ministry of Justice.”The Act when on to say “ministers and heads of budgetary institutions and agencies shall be responsible for maintaining an up-to-date record of contracts entered into and for ensuring that any multi-year contracts are fully reflected in the budget estimates approved by the Legislature for the years in which they will require funding.”According to Section 5 of the PFM Law, “all contracts should as closely as possible be reflected in the annual procurement plan of the relevant ministry, institution or agency, as required by the PPCC Act.Procurement plans for the different types of goods and services should be prepared in a manner consistent with the different categories of expenditures as contained in the Budget Act, and shall be submitted to the Minister of Finance as supporting evidence to their spending plans.”The Finance Minister has, meanwhile, told potential contractors or suppliers of government that unless the provisions of the PFM Law and the PPCC Act are met, no payments will be made from the consolidated fund as contractual obligations to government.“We are going to strictly adhere and enforce these policies in the coming year, so I am reproducing an extract of these sections as a reminder,” Konneh said urging public agencies and potential contractors or suppliers to make sure that they read both the PPCC and PFM Laws carefully before entering agreement with any government agencies.The Minister also informed ministries and agencies to collect pocket copies of the PFM Act from the PFM Reforms Coordination Unit situated on the 4th Floor of the Ministry of Finance, for ease of reference. “A soft copy of the PFM Act can also be accessed from the Ministry of Finance’s website,” he stated.Minister Konneh’s warning comes in the wake of the recent resignation of Liberia’s Procurement Chief, Madam Peggy Varley Meres, formally of the Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC). She tendered in her resignation to Professor Willie Belleh, Jr, Chairman of PPCC on May 15, 2014.Madam Meres noted in her resignation that as CEO of a major integrity institution on the frontline in the fight against corruption in Liberia, the past five years have been very challenging.She had reportedly said in her resignation, “As you are aware, we have an underdeveloped private sector and the public sector is essentially the only game in town. This attracts all kinds of selfish interests and with that comes the risk of rent-seeking actors attempting to use public resources for personal gain.”Madam Meres noted that the absence or weakness of institutional checks and balances leaves the country at the mercy of the personal morality of its actors; public procurement and concessions granting in Liberia, especially given our history about stability, and peace.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Head of the Guyana Police Force’s Criminal Investigations Department, Wendell Blanhum is optimistic about the ‘Arrest Warrant Treaty’ that regional heads recently agreed to have implemented.Crime Chief Wendell BlanhumDuring last week’s Caricom Heads of Government Conference here, leaders agreed on an ‘Arrest Warrant Treaty’ seeking to address the issue of cross border crimes as it gives each Member State the power to arrest and handover criminals to authorities in the States that the crime was committed.Speaking with reporters on Wednesday, Blanhum posited that this initiative will greatly enhanced the capability of the Police Force in terms of arresting fugitives who flee to other Caricom countries.“It’s not only local fugitives, we have persons who were arrested, particularly for drug trafficking offences, who would have been granted bail and fled to other Caricom countries,” he stated, while recalling a recent case.The Crime Chief explained that an individual slapped with a trafficking in narcotic charge was released on bail in Guyana and fled to his country of origin but was sentenced to three years imprisonment in his absence.Blanhum noted that the Force applied to the respective country and asked that the man be extradited and the process was so lengthy that in the meantime, the individual committed a murder in his country and has since been convicted.“So he was convicted on that (murder) charge (in his country) but he is yet to come to Guyana to serve his sentence. So the treaty is a welcomed initiative that will greatly enhanced our law enforcement capability,” he remarked.On the other hand, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud explained that this treaty will extend the arms of the Guyana Police Force since it will relax the lengthy extradition process so that countries can promptly prosecute perpetrators.“The way I understand it, all the countries that signed on can pass that information to their colleagues and counterparts in the other countries. They will then make the arrest and we will take the fugitive at the border or somewhere,” he stated.Chairman of the Caricom Conference, Dominican Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, has stated that the Arrest Warrant Treaty is a crucial aspect of tackling the issue of regional security as it caters for the sharing intelligence and joint training of personnel, which will enhance the collaboration and cooperation among law enforcement entities.He disclosed at the closing media conference on July 6, that during the two-day meeting, the Regional Heads were brought up to date with major issues in relation to security through the Caribbean region and agreed on ways to deepen and strengthen cooperation in this area. One such agreement is the ‘Arrest Warrant Treaty’.This is a matter, the Chairman said, that Caricom has been discussing for some time now and the Heads are resolved to have this particular Treaty entered into before the end of 2016.“This we believe will enhance the security of our Region and is a matter which the Heads are fully in support of,” he remarked.
Benjamin Freeman, Executive Director of LIPACE at the news conference in Paynesville By Simeon S. Wiakanty and Hannah N. Geterminah Barely a day since 12th Graders commenced writing the West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE), the Liberia Institute for the Promotion of Academy Excellence (LIPACE) has opened a “Call Center” where students sitting the exam can share their experiences.Benjamin Freeman, Executive Director of LIPACE, said the organization is now set to listen to students share their experiences in terms of other challenges as they go through writing the WASSCE.Freeman said the operation of the “Call Center” is historic for Liberia as the organization transitions to a more regional exam in the West African academic corridor.He told journalists in Monrovia yesterday that LIPACE, being Liberia’s first independent “External Call Center,” is currently set to operate as an information sharing center for Liberian high school students and teachers, as well as school administrators, in developing the conduct of the WASSCE.The Center, according to Mr. Freeman, is going to provide an effective feedback mechanism that will enable the organization respond to the many challenges affecting students during exams and, more effectively, to understand those factors that affect their performances.He meanwhile encouraged students to call cell #s 0778595771, 0778595772, 0778595773/ 0881462244, 0881462247 and 0881462248, to give what they think about the exam, highlighting the level of improvement that will be necessary as they go along.“It is an independent external call center; even though we are going to be working with the students to provide that mechanism, yet we remain all by ourselves so that we can document the voices of the exam takers, most of whom are sitting the exam for the first time,” Freeman said.He noted that as Liberia transitions to WASSCE, LIPACE wants to document stories of students and teachers, including school administrators. More importantly, the organization, at the end of the 2018 WASSCE exam, will create a kind of integrated stakeholders’ meeting, which will be based on the experiences and lessons learned from the students.LIPACE is currently collaborating with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), to share the lessons learnt from students in order to improve the system.The entity is currently operating in Montserrado, Gbarpolu and Bomi counties.In 2014, LIPACE published Liberia’s first study guide called “WAEC end Review,” which was approved by authorities at the Ministry of Education, to be used in secondary schools.Every year students (12th Graders) across West Africa write a test to evaluate their readiness for higher and more specialized studies, which may also certify that they have completed their ordinary level education.This test, widely known as WASSCE, is designed to prepare students for higher education. It has also become a major determinant factor for qualification to higher education and also a validation of the quality of ones’ ordinary level education.LIPACE, in the forefront of promoting academic excellence, is certain that this first exam experience will shed more light on the volume of work it needs to do in the country’s education system.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The inclusion and implementation of standards among students from technical institutions in Guyana can lead to the introduction of advanced technologies in the syllabuses which are already practiced in the more developed countries.Executive Director of GNBS, Candelle Walcott-BotswickThese were the sentiments expressed by Executive Director of the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS), Candelle Walcott-Botswick on Thursday who called on tertiary students to create and use products that are endorsed by the GNBS, as it pertains to quality and standards.She noted that the quality of work generated from implementing standards and protocols will effect in successful workforce.“It will allow persons within the technical institutions to consider the inclusions of new technologies in the curriculum and also allow for career planning in the new areas that are emerging,” Walcott-Botswick stated.“Once you enter into these lucrative fields, you must understand that standards play a vital role in providing the necessary assurance to the type of product or service that you will deliver. A good practitioner in this sector would be aware of the specifications,” she added.The GNBS Director further highlighted that for this to materialise, there must be consistent communication between the GNBS and institutions, since valuable information is distributed by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) and the International Code Council (ICC) can be further passed on.“We also believe that you should know that there is a relationship between the GNBS and other standards bodies across the world. We all work together with one common cause to promote the use of all standards of society to ensure that products and services provide confidence.”While noting that testing facilities are accessible in some areas, Walcott-Botswick highlighted that it is essential for them to be accredited so as to ensure that they produce products of superior quality.“All of this is done to help you develop your career [and] provide exposure to what is happening in more developed countries so together we can advance Guyana,” she related.When these standards are adopted by the tertiary intuitions, it is believed that there will be an increase in the quality of products that are being showcased by the local manufacturers. Consequently, the demands of the GNBS will be met as it relates to standards, and more resilient buildings will be constructed from this outcome.Students are also encouraged to participate in projects which endorse the application of standards, since it can access them to opportunities with greater benefits.