FRISCO, Texas – McNeese’s Morgan Catron, Abilene Christian’s Hannah Null and Nicholls’ Megan Landry are the Southland Conference Softball Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Conference Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. Softball Co-Pitchers of the Week – Hannah Null, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Highland Village, Texas; Megan Landry, Nicholls – Jr. – Pierre Part, La. Null tossed two complete games and held her opponents to a .180 batting average on a 2-0 week inside the circle. She opened the weekend against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi striking out five en route to a 8-0 shutout over the Islanders. The senior from Highland Village, Texas, followed that up by surrendering just three hits in the series finale and fanning another five. She ended the week with an ERA of 0.50. Catron continued her dominance at the plate, going 6-of-12 on a 2-2 week for the Cowgirls. The senior from Mineola hit safely in all four games, including a .556 performance over the weekend against the Lady Demons. She led the Cowgirls to the series win in Saturday’s finale, going 3-of-4 from the plate and notching a double. For the week, Catron slugged .583, recorded three doubles and snagged a pair of bases. Null and Landry share the pitcher award, each earning two wins on the weekend. Null went 2-0 in a three-game series this weekend against the Islanders to lead the Wildcats (12-17, 6-6 SLC) to the series win. They host Baylor on Tuesday at 6 p.m., and then will travel to Thibodaux to face Nicholls (23-10, 9-3 SLC) this weekend beginning Friday at 4 p.m. Landry tallied her two wins against Central Arkansas (17-15, 8-4 SLC). This is her third award of the season and second in three weeks. Softball Hitter of the Week – Morgan Catron, McNeese – 1B/DP – Sr. – Mineola, Texas Catron becomes the first player to win back-to-back weekly awards this season. She helped lead the Cowgirls (24-12, 7-5 SLC) to a series win over league leaders Northwestern State (21-11, 9-3 SLC). McNeese hosts nationally ranked LSU on Tuesday in a game that will broadcast on Cox Sports before welcoming Texas A&M-Corpus Christi this weekend (9-25-1, 1-11 SLC). First pitch for tomorrow’s game is scheduled for 6:07 p.m. CT. Landry earned wins in both of her starts against Central Arkansas, allowing just one run while striking out eight in 12.2 innings of work. She started the weekend with a complete game four-hitter in the Colonels’ 2-1 victory. In the finale, she pitched 5.2 innings and fanned five batters toward a 5-0 win. She finished the week with a 0.55 ERA and .178 opponents’ batting average. Honorable Mention: Alexsandra Flores, McNeese; Makayla Sikes, Stephen F. Austin; Lindsey McLeod, Sam Houston State. Honorable Mention: Delaney Guzman, UIW; Amber Landry, Stephen F. Austin; Shannon Klaus, Lamar.
– to review Chevron’s application for oil blocksBy Samuel SukhnandanNatural Resources Minister Raphael TrotmanAs time draws closer for Guyana becoming an oil producing country, certain mechanisms are being put in place to prepare for this new industry and one example is a plan to develop an onshore oil facility.In an effort to get this started, Government has resumed dialogue with its eastern neighbour – Suriname – to look at the possibility of developing a joint industrial centre that will hopefully service both countries.Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman told Guyana Times on Monday that Government plans to make preparations for a feasibility study that will determine the location and size of the facility.“We are hoping by the end of the year to hopefully start or finish a feasibility study to see where and what type of facility we are going to have. It is without a doubt we are going to have an onshore facility but it’s a matter of where and the design,” the Minister explained.Some US$500 million has been mooted by the Government to build an onshore oil and gas facility at Crab Island, at the mouth of the Berbice River. The facility, which will largely support ExxonMobil’s offshore oil exploration and production operations, will include heliports and supplies, maintenance and transportation hubs.Back in March, Trotman had stated that Cabinet had approved a consultancy whose report will guide the Government on the way forward on the matter of an oil refinery for the country.The Minister revealed that there had also been some overtures from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago for the refining of Guyana’s oil, and said he expects a formal proposal to be made from Trinidad and Tobago in this regard.Trotman made the point that the current below optimum operating positions of Suriname and Trinidad bring into stark focus the need for Guyana to be careful in considering whether or not to have a refinery.However, while the Government had declared its unwillingness to build an oil refinery, after it was revealed by a US consultant that it was not feasible, they had welcomed private investors to submit proposals if they desire to build a refinery. But Trotman said no submissions have been made so far.Meanwhile, speaking about United States supermajor Chevron’s intention to participate in offshore activities in Guyana, Trotman said the company has put in a good application for some acreage.He said, “It is to be considered and I will be asking Cabinet in a few weeks for some guidance. But I would say it’s a very good proposal and it shows that Chevron as a world class company has very keen interest in coming into Guyana.”Meanwhile, touching on the training opportunities provided to locals in the oil industry, the Minister said that process has started not only at the University of Guyana but other educational institutions.“We are plugging little things like scholarships and asking companies themselves when they make applications to come into our country, as we are very keen on their corporate social responsibility, what are they prepared to give back by way of training and scholarships for young people rather than just saying they are coming to mine our oil and gold.”Successful drilling by ExxonMobil raised the stature of Guyana, as the company on October 5 announced its fifth offshore oil discovery in a little more than two years. Guyana is poised to become a significant producer as a result of the growing string of discoveries.The latest success is the Turbot-1 well, which encountered a reservoir of 75 feet of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone in the primary objective. ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana began drilling on August 14, and the well reached a depth of 18,445 feet in 5912 feet of water on September 29.Once the Turbot well is completed, the Stena Carron drillship will move to the Ranger prospect. An additional well on the Turbot discovery is planned for 2018.The Turbot-1 well follows previous discoveries at Liza, Payara, Snoek, and Liza Deep. The Turbot discovery is located in the southeastern portion of the Stabroek Block.