Category Archives: Disasters

GUYANA: Laparkan fire reportedly started where dangerous oil chemicals were stored

By Wayne Lyttle – Jan 18, 2021 – Kaieteur News 

The popular Laparkan Shipping Company storage bond and the storage bond of another shipping company identified as Tropical Shipping Company were destroyed by a massive inferno, which started just before midnight on Sunday.

The bonds are located on the premises of the Guyana National Shipping Corporation (GNIC) Wharf at Lombard and Broad Streets, Charlestown, Georgetown.

According to reports, hundreds of millions of dollars worth in vehicles and other imported items which were stored in containers, barrels and boxes were completely destroyed by the blaze.      Continue reading

GUYANA: Fire At Laparkan Trading Company and Tropical Shipping Company in Georgetown

— GNIC fire-ravaged property had no fire prevention equipment

The Guyana Fire Service on Monday said the Guyana National Industrial Company  (GNIC) building that housed the Laparkan and Tropical Shipping bonds had no fire fighting equipment.

“In this particular instance the facility did not have any means of fire prevention.

There were no smoke detectors, fire extinguishers or fire hoses installed in the building,” the Fire Service said.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known but the fire service said both Shipping companies incurred huge losses.            Continue reading

GUYANA: G$30M worth in equipment destroyed in fire at Georgetown Public Hospital (GPHC)

The aftermath of the fire at the GPHC echocardiograph (ECG) room

According to the Guyana Fire Service, ranks responded to a report of a fire at the hospital sometime around 05:24hrs on New Year’s Day by deploying water tenders from the Central, Campbellville and Albertown Fire Stations.            Continue reading

WORLD: Climate: ‘The Fuse Has Been Blown,’ and The Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All

New data suggests a massive collapse of the ice shelf in as little as five years. “We are dealing with an event that no human has ever witnessed,” says one scientist. “We have no analog for this” 

By JEFF GOODELL | Rolling Stone

One thing that’s hard to grasp about the CLIMATE CRISIS is that big changes can happen fast. In 2019, I was aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer, a 308-foot-long scientific research vessel, cruising in front of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. One day, we were sailing in clear seas in front of the glacier. The next day, we were surrounded by icebergs the size of aircraft carriers.

As we later learned from satellite images, in a matter of 48 hours or so, a mélange of ice about 21 miles wide and 15 miles deep had cracked up and scattered into the sea.        Continue reading

GUYANA: Georgetown: Several parts of city flooded after heavy rain – UPDATED

-taskforce on alert

A section of Subryanville
A section of Subryanville

The Civil Defence Commission (CDC) today said it has received reports that several locations in and around Georgetown are flooded.

As a result, the National Flood Taskforce, the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA), the Hydrometeorological Office, relevant Ministries, City Engineers and the Mayor’s Office, all Regional Executive Officers and the CDC are on high alert and are closely monitoring the situation, a CDC release said.      Continue reading

Guyana: Victoria farmers to benefit from emergency drainage works after years of neglect

– works scheduled to commence in next 3-5 days

Victoria Village is located on the Atlantic coast of Guyana, 29 kilometres east of Georgetown and bordered by Cove and John to the west and Belfield to the east. It was the FIRST VILLAGE IN BRITISH GUIANA (GUYANA), to be bought by the combined resources of Africans who had recently won their freedom from slavery. Wikipedia

Dec 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Farmers from Victoria Village, a farming community located on the East Coast of Demerara, will soon benefit from a number of much-needed drainage works following years of neglect and underdevelopment.

This is according to a release issued by the Ministry of Agriculture. It noted that during a meeting on Wednesday afternoon, Agriculture Minister, Zulfikar Mustapha told the farmers that most of their drainage woes will soon be behind them in the coming week as emergency works will commence within the next three to five days.      Continue reading

WORLD: Who Would SURVIVE the Collapse of Civilization? – Graham Hancock – Video

Who Would SURVIVE the Collapse of Civilization? – Graham Hancock

Graham Hancock is a British author and former journalist. He is known for his controversial views on the possibility of a lost advanced civilization of the Ice Age, and his investigations of cataclysmic Earth changes, megalithic architecture, altered states of consciousness, ancient myths, and astronomical data from the past. He is the author of many extraordinary, best-selling books, such as “America Before”, “Magicians of the Gods”, “The Sign and the Seal”, “Fingerprints of the Gods”, “Heaven’s Mirror”, “Underworld”, and “Supernatural”.

The first half of this video is an original piece of writing from Graham Hancock. The 2nd half is from his lecture, “America Before: The Key to Earth’s Lost Civilization”. The full presentation can be viewed here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAccZ…

Guyana: Climate Change impacts could cost oil rich Guyana US$800M – Gov’t Report

— Govt. Report says over 300,000 citizens could be harmed

By Kiana Wilburg – Nov 25, 2021 – Kaieteur News – Since the 1960s, increases in temperature, sea level and extreme rainfall have exposed just how vulnerable Guyana is to climate change. This frightening global phenomenon has resulted in more than US$600M in losses. That figure could however see an alarming spike as two government reports predict that more climate woes of potentially catastrophic proportions lie ahead for the world’s latest oil exploration hotspot.

Some of the homes that were almost submerged during the May-June 2021 flooding.

 

According to the 2015 Climate Resilience Strategy and Action Plan for Guyana, climate change will no doubt alter the characteristics of hazards Guyana is exposed to (e.g. average annual rainfall) and the nature of variability (e.g. more intense storms, irregular seasonal rainfall), which will hamper the nation’s socio-economic development objectives.              Continue reading

Guyana: Building housing DPP Chambers and Office of Professional Responsibility on fire – UPDATED

The building housing the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chambers is burning Saturday afternoon.

Already, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) offices have been destroyed.

Police, lawyers and other personnel are rescuing vital case files from the DPP Chambers.      Continue reading

U.S./GUYANA: The tragedy of Jonestown, slated for an MGM movie, holds lessons for these times –By Mohamed Hamaludin

By MOHAMED HAMALUDIN

“Father” Jim Jones – Jonestown

Forty-three years after the Jonestown tragedy in the South American jungle in which some 950 mostly Americans died, Deadline Hollywood reported on Nov. 8 that MGM Studios is backing a biopic on Jim Jones. Leonard DiCaprio will play Jones and produce the movie, based on a Scott Rosenberg script.

There is certain to be great interest in Jones in these times when comparisons have already been made between him and his followers and former President Donald Trump and his MAGA (Make American Great Again) millions. It is unlikely that the MAGA crowd and their close relatives, the QAnon fanatics, will eventually stage a mass extinction event, however much some people may be wishing for it. But the Jonestown disaster showed that people who are divorced from reality can be motivated to do anything, including violence to themselves and/or others.    Continue reading

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