Daily Archives: 09/04/2021

GUYANA: Under coalition the gas-to-energy project was US$400M but now its US$900M – Patterson

David Patterson

Sep 03, 2021 – Kaieteur News – As the PPP/C Government rushes ahead with plans to bring the controversial gas-to-energy project onboard by 2024, Opposition Member, David Patterson, has aired some reservations about the cost of the initiative to the nation.

In his most recent Facebook post on the matter, Patterson said, “My records indicate that in 2017, Exxon proposed to construct a pipeline for between US$400M – US$500M inclusive of onshore processing and an LPG (Liquefied petroleum gas) plant.”

He added, “Without any explanation, justification, or further studies, the cost for the exact same project by the exact same company has risen to US$900M.” Patterson expressed alarm that the project is already suffering from massive cost overruns even before a single piece of work or study is completed for same.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Region 10 to shut down on Monday over vaccination policy – statement

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By September 3, 2021

Leaders of Region 10 today said that the region will shut down on Monday, September 6th over the government’s vaccination policy. Region 10 is Upper Demerara-Berbice, and includes Linden and Kwakwani, where the major industry is bauxite mining.

Region 10 has the lowest vaccination uptake in the country and disquiet has been expressed about the government’s policy requiring persons entering state offices to show evidence of vaccination or to make an appointment. Health care workers also have to show evidence of vaccination or to take regular PCR tests otherwise they are not being allowed onto their work site and would be considered to be absent.

A statement on behalf of Region 10 leaders follows:            Continue reading

Hurricane Ida: Reasons for its record-shattering rainfall in NYC and the Northeast

By Russ Schumacher – https://theconversation.com/hurricane-ida

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Record downpours from Hurricane Ida overwhelmed cities across the Northeast on Sept. 1, 2021, hitting some with more than 3 inches of rain an hour. Water poured into subway stations in New York City, and streets flooded up to the rooftops of cars in Philadelphia.

The storm had already wreaked havoc on the Gulf Coast after hitting Louisiana three days earlier as a Category 4 hurricane.

Ida had weakened well below hurricane strength by the time it reached the Northeast, so how did it still cause so much rain?

Two major factors likely contributed to its extended extreme rainfall.            Continue reading