Daily Archives: 04/25/2021

GUYANA: OMAI Contract still shrouded in secrecy as company boasts of finding more gold

An Omai pit in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni)

Apr 24, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Despite it being approximately six months since Omai Gold Mines Limited (OMGL) would have returned to Guyana, the nation is still in the dark about the contract signed with the Government.

The company had closed up shop in Guyana in 2005 after operating since 1992, leaving its Wenot Pit operations located in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) dormant.

Upon departure, its holdings passed from the Canadian company, Cambior Resources, to its parent company, IAMGOLD, and then made its way into the hands of Mahdia Gold Corporation.              Continue reading

GUYANA: The US$800M for gas pipe line alone is money for the boys – Davis Patterson

…previous estimates peg entire project at US$200M less — Patterson

“…a project cost of US$800M is very high and should be challenged, if not the country shall end up with another white elephant.”

 Apr 23, 202 – Kaieteur News – The price tag of US$800M for a Natural gas pipeline alone, as part of the much vaunted gas-to-shore power project, is simply another scheme by the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C), or “money for the boys.”        Continue reading

HISTORY: How African Slaves Braided Rice Seeds Into Their Hair & Changed the World

April 5, 2020 ~ By Shari Rose – https://blurredbylines.com

On slave ships to the Americas, West African slaves braided rice seeds in their hair & forever altered the New World economy with their knowledge of the rice crop

Bundle of harvested rice gathered by farmer.

Bundle of harvested rice gathered by a Maroon farmer in French Guiana. {Source: Tinde van Andel}

 

During the African slave trade, enslaved peoples found ways to retain their agency, and keep themselves and their cultures alive in ways that were not widely acknowledged by Western historians until the late 2000s.

As Dutch slave owners forcibly transported people from West Africa to colonies in modern-day Brazil and throughout the Americas, some African women, namely rice farmers, braided rice seeds into their hair as a means for survival of themselves and the culture of their homeland.

READ MORE: https://blurredbylines.com/blog/west-african-slaves-rice-hair-maroon-french-guiana-colonialism/