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Environment: Stop Polluting our Rivers! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The rivers of the world are dying. Each day tons of waste is dumped in rivers. As the waterways groan and belch under the weight of garbage and chemicals official action takes the form of lip service. Communities suffer and the planet gets closer to the day when the wheels will grind to a halt.

In June 2015, the waters of La Pasion River in Guatemala were covered with dead and poisoned fi sh. It was found that the river was contaminated by malathion, an agricultural insecticide that is said to be 100 times more poisonous than sewage. The community that is affected is Sayaxche where oil plantations occupy large tracts of land.

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Guyana: Oil Blocks awarded to four companies with no financial wherewithal

PPP Government: Canje, Kaieteur Blocks awarded to four companies with no financial wherewithal for exploration

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– Audited Finance statements and records of beneficial owners not submitted for EITI Report

When a government wants oil companies to explore the potential of a country’s resources, they court firms that have a track record of finding oil and gas.   But that has not been the case here.

Days before the 2015 General and Regional Elections, former President, Donald Ramotar acted in a manner that was contrary to this international best practice.

Ramotar signed away the Canje and Kaieteur Blocks, which total over 4.8 million acres, to four companies which have no track record of exploring for oil prior to 2015.        Continue reading

Caribbean and China: USA’s Huawei sanctions raise complex questions

David Jessop

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Being a head of government or a foreign minister is a thankless task.

Although normally advised by a small number of able civil servants and ambassadors, the pressure that senior politicians personally experience can be acute, particularly when they have to make choices affecting national security or a country’s international relations.

For small states such as those in the Caribbean, such decisions require a high degree of subtlety if the region’s diverse development, trade, investment and security interests are to remain balanced and driven by national interests.    Continue reading

High-level Ghanaian delegation in Guyana to explore investments

Ghanaian delegation headed by Deputy Energy Minister Mohammed Amin Adam
By Ray Chickrie -Caribbean News Now contributor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The government of Guyana is forging stronger commercial ties with the African continent. Progress is being made through a large Ghanaian delegation headed by deputy energy minister Mohammed Amin Adam and a 15-member delegation currently in Georgetown exploring investment opportunities.    Continue reading

USA: New heights but no high – why hemp sales are soaring – BBC News

  • (Note: For Guyana – Another crop to replace the failing sugar industry)

USA: New heights but no high – why hemp sales are soaring – BBC News

By David Silverberg – Business reporter- BBC – 7 March 2019

When Margaret MacKenzie heard that President Trump had legalised the cultivation of hemp across the US just before Christmas, she immediately thought: “Oh boy, here we go! Things are going to move very fast.”

The Colorado farmer tends to about 15 acres (six hectares) of hemp, the varieties of the cannabis plant that generally don’t have any psychotropic effect – they cannot be used to make a person “high”.   Unfortunately for hemp, being a near-relative and lookalike of marijuana has meant that it has always been tarnished by association.

So while hemp is a very useful crop that can be turned into everything from clothes to shoes, paper, animal feed and building insulation, the cultivation of it was banned in many countries during the 20th Century.

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“Historic”: Monsanto to Pay Record $2 Billion to Couple in Roundup Cancer Trial

“We’ve been fighting cancer for nine years. It was caused by Roundup. We can’t do the things we used to do and we really resent Monsanto for that.”

A California jury ruled Monday that Monsanto must pay a record $2 billion in damages to a couple that was diagnosed with cancer after using the company’s weedkiller Roundup.

“We were finally allowed to show a jury the mountain of evidence showing Monsanto’s manipulation of science, the media, and regulatory agencies to forward their own agenda despite Roundup’s severe harm to the animal kingdom and humankind,” said Michael Miller, an attorney for Alva and Alberta Pilliod.        Continue reading

What Can Be Made from One Barrel of Oil? – Infographic

VIEW: What can we make from a barrel of OIL

Technology: Amazon rolls out machines that pack orders and replace jobs + Video

SAN FRANCISCO,  (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc is rolling out machines to automate a job held by thousands of its workers: boxing up customer orders.

The company started adding technology to a handful of warehouses in recent years, which scans goods coming down a conveyor belt and envelopes them seconds later in boxes custom-built for each item, two people who worked on the project told Reuters.

Amazon has considered installing two machines at dozens more warehouses, removing at least 24 roles at each one, these people said. These facilities typically employ more than 2,000 people.

That would amount to more than 1,300 cuts across 55 U.S. fulfillment centers for standard-sized inventory. Amazon would expect to recover the costs in under two years, at $1 million per machine plus operational expenses, they said.        Continue reading

Guyana: CJIA expansion project – Editorial by Stabroek News – 06 May 2019

– Stabroek News  – Editorial

Given its inauspicious beginnings in Jamaica and numerous questions over the scope of its works, it is meet that both the government and the opposition have agreed that the US$150m expansion of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Timehri be audited.

There has been a great deal of grandstanding and excuses by both the former PPP/C government and the current one over its progress and what was intended to be delivered. So febrile has the disputation been that the Office of the Auditor General has since signalled that it will undertake a special audit of the project. Underpinning this will be a value for money audit. 

Cheddi Jagan International Airport – Guyana

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Guyana’s Oil: Liza Phase Two to produce 6.6M barrels per month

– gets green light from local authorities for project development

According to EPA documents, oil production from the Liza Phase Two Development is expected to last at least 20 years. EEPGL will drill approximately 35-40 wells offshore to support extraction of the oil from below the sea floor.

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