Travis Deacon is helping improve offshore emergency safety thanks to the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant. Mr. Deacon is working towards a master’s degree in applied science at Dalhousie University. He is conducting research on natural human behaviours in emergency situations. It will improve emergency procedures and offshore equipment to help save lives. The Pengrowth Research grant gives Mr. Deacon $15,000 over two years to help fund his project. “My research is not only important to those working in Nova Scotia’s offshore, but also their families and the entire industry,” said Mr. Deacon. “The Pengrowth Research Grant makes completing this research possible.” “The support offered to students through the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is very important to government,” said Energy Minister Bill Estabrooks. “Ensuring continued growth and knowledge in our offshore industry can only benefit the entire province.” The Pengrowth Research Grant was established in 2005, as part of the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship program. Up to four grants are awarded each year to deserving students. Funding is provided by the Nova Scotia Department of Energy and Pengrowth Corporation. Pengrowth has contributed $2 million to the program and the province has committed $1 million. “The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is a great example of how government and corporations can work together to build a strong future for Nova Scotia’s energy industry,” said Jim MacDonald, director, East Coast operation, Pengrowth. “Pengrowth is delighted to be able to help these students further expand their education.” The program also provides up to 22 undergraduate and trades scholarships annually. To date, nearly 100 Nova Scotia youth have benefitted from the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Scholarship Program. The deadline for the 2010 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Petroleum Innovation Grant is Jan. 22. For application forms or additional information on this program or others offered by the department, visit www.gov.ns.ca/energy .
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A middle-aged woman has been found dead in a back garden, police said. The victim, thought to be in her 50s, suffered apparent stab wounds and was confirmed dead at the scene, according to the Metropolitan Police.Her body was found in the garden of a house on Tunnel Avenue, Greenwich, southeast London, following emergency calls at around 11.30am on Saturday, according to the Metropolitan Police.A man in his 50s was arrested on suspicion of murder at the scene and is in custody at a south London police station.He is believed to have known the victim, but the incident is not thought to be domestic, police said.A post-mortem will take place at Greenwich mortuary on Sunday, and officers are in the process of informing the victim’s family.Anyone with information is asked to call murder detectives on 020 8721 4054.In a separate incident the London Air Ambulance was called to a stabbing in Harrow, northwest London, police said.The victim’s injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTwo separate ceremonies for the 2000 UG students graduating in NovemberOctober 30, 2017In “Business”Outstanding Guyanese honoured with doctorates by UGNovember 10, 2018In “Business”Prem Misir resigns as University of Fiji Vice-ChancellorJune 18, 2018In “latest news” … reminds graduands to be humble and helpfulDescribed as an extraordinary humanitarian and health care leader, Schulich alumnus and physician, Guyanese, Dr Narendra Singh received an honorary doctor of laws during the morning Spring Convocation ceremony held June 18 at the third largest University in Canada.From left: Chancellor Greg Sorbara, honorary degree recipient Narendra Singh and President and Vice-Chancellor Rhonda L. LentonAccording to York University’s (York U’s) online news website, the honorary degree was conferred before graduands in the Faculty of Health, including students belonging to the first cohort to graduate from York’s Global Health program.“It is a marvelous synergy that someone with such an outstanding body of work in global health is here as we celebrate our first graduates of the global health program,” said York University Chancellor Greg Sorbara of Singh.According to York U, Singh, who has devoted his career as a physician to global pediatric and neonatal health care, recently retired as Chief of Staff at Humber River Hospital to direct his efforts full-time to Guyana Help the Kids, an initiative he founded in 2009 that has drastically reduced infant mortality rates.“I’m receiving this honorary doctorate of laws, but I’m somewhat conflicted since my success … is the combined effort of many people, some in the audience today … and so I would like to share this degree with them,” said Singh.Musing over how to inspire a generation in the age of advanced technology, with “everything at their fingertips,” Singh chose to focus on what he learned from a long life and career.Dr Narendra SinghHe spoke to graduands about the life lessons he learned on his own journey to success, and highlighted three main points: the importance of family, personal qualities for success, and the importance of giving back.Two guarantees in life, he suggested, are that everyone will experience good times and bad times. He then asked the graudands “when adversity strikes, and it will strike, my question to you is who will be there?”He spoke of his own support from his parents, and how after completing specialty medical training he was offered an exciting job in the United States, but took a less exciting opportunity closer to home in Ontario to be near his parents and two brothers.Though his career could have taken a drastically different turn had he accepted the job in the U.S., he believes he still did well, and attributes his success to putting family over career.“I will say to you unequivocally: your career will flourish if you’re happy and surrounded by loved ones like you are today,” he told graduands, urging those who doesn’t have the same fortune of nearby family to find and build their families.“We are all connected and the stronger and healthier our relationships are, the more grounded, resilient and, ultimately, successful we can be,” he said.He also spoke of personal qualities that drive success, including good interpersonal skills and humility, and shared a personal memory of his to highlight that.He recalled as a child in Guyana, at age six or seven, being one of the lowest ranked students in the class. Remembering the support of his family and how he did initially struggle, he also recalled that with hard work, his grades began to improve.“My point is that when you look at people who have done really well, finally, in their lives, their grades don’t necessarily explain all of it,” he said.Singh also urged graduands to let their accomplishments speak for themselves.“Consider team success, not personal success; sing the praises of others, not your own,” he said.Giving back is also a driver toward success, said Singh, who runs a charity to save the lives of infants.“Being successful also means helping others to achieve their success … so make sure that you leave room in your life for giving back,” Singh said.And, while make a big contribution is important, Singh circled back to the sentiment that family is the stepping stone to a happy, fulfilling and successful life.“Give first to your family with your time and attention. You only have one chance. Invest in your family, hone your skills and wait for the right time to do the big things,” he said.In his address, Singh noted that he was, not too long ago, sitting among students when he recently graduated from the Schulich/Kellogg Executive MBA Program.He commended the program, Dean Dezsö J. Horváth and faculty for making it the number one executive MBA program in Canada and noted the program’s global high ranking.According to York U, in addition to leading Guyana Help the Kids, Singh is also a consultant pediatric intensivist at Doctors Hospital of Renaissance in Texas. He has received numerous awards including the Meritorious Service Medal of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Award “Prix de Excellence/Specialist of the Year” and the Professionalism Award from the Government of Guyana.