Entries for 26 September 2020

OIL: COVID-19 Pandemic crushes Guyana’s dreams of big oil profits

— ‘Resource curse’ looms over oil-producing nations

From The Conversation – Amy Myers Jaffe – Research professor, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo with Guyana’s president, Mohamed Irfaan Ali, Sept. 18. Pompeo is the first U.S. secretary of state to visit Guyana. AFP via Getty Images

This year was supposed to bring great things for Guyana.

ExxonMobil discovered massive oil deposits off the South American country’s Caribbean coast in 2015, and Guyana sold its first cargo of crude oil this February. As production ramps up, its first stage offshore wells were projected to produce 750,000 barrels a day by 2025, tripling the size of Guyana’s economy, from US$3.4 billion to $13 billion.

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US POLITICS: Dan Rather comments on President Donald Trump and the US Elections 2020

Dan Rather

Dan Rather, 88, says we are in ‘a moment of reckoning unlike any I have seen in my lifetime’

Former CBS News anchor Dan Rather has become a beloved voice of reason, knowledge, and experience for many Americans on social media the past few years. At 88, Rather has seen more than most of us, and as a journalist, he’s had a front row seat as modern history has played out. He combines that lifetime of experience and perspective with an eloquence that hearkens to a time when eloquence mattered, he called us to our common American ideals with his book “What Unites Us,” and he comforts many of is with his repeated message to stay “steady” through the turmoil the U.S. has been experiencing.

All of that is to say, when Dan Rather sounds the alarm, you know we’ve reached a critical historical moment.                   Continue reading →


Guyana, ExxonMobil about to ink Payara oil well approval

— Hefty fines for flaring, dumping untreated water

Demerara Waves: Denis Chabrol i–September 25, 2020

Guyana is on the verge of signing an agreement with ExxonMobil for its Payara Development Plan that would provide for hefty fines for flaring and the dumping of untreated water back into the sea, Minister of Natural Resources Vickram Bharrat said Friday.

He told News-Talk Radio Guyana 103.1 FM/Demerara Waves Online News that the actual fines were still under discussion and would be ironed out before the draft agreement is approved by Cabinet and make way for its signing.

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GUYANA: A new conversation for Guyana’s Indigenous People – Stabroek News Editorial

By Stabroek News –  September 18, 2020

Umana Yana Building

Umana Yana Building, Main St. Georgetown., built by the Wai Wai

It is never easy for an Indigenous population to preserve its culture in the context of a dominant society whose language, economy and social structure are quite different.

It was easier in the days when there was a greater geographical divide between coastlanders and the Indigenous people, because the latter were largely based in the interior, and the former, who for the most part were located on the littoral, were less prone to intrude into the regions beyond it than they are now.         

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Guyana Speaks: COME LEH WE GYAFF – Via Zoom – Sunday, 27th September (2pm– 4pm BST)

Sunday, 27th September (2pm – 4pm BST)
This Month’s Speakers: Aubrey McWatt, Gina Agnew & Sandra Agard .SEE DETAILS HERE: Guyana Speaks – Sunday 27 Sept 2020.Dear Friends,.It’s far too long since we last gathered together.  Rod and I had hoped to hold a Guyana SPEAKS event at the Classic this coming weekend but given the latest guidance on COVID-19 that is not possible.      Continue reading →

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