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Guyana to earn US$960 million from 17-year Aurora gold mine

Guyana to earn US$960 million from 17-year Aurora gold mine

Wednesday, 01 October 2014 – Written by  Demerara Waves

Pres. and CEO of Guyana Goldfields, Scott Caldwell.

Pres. and CEO of Guyana Goldfields, Scott Caldwell.

Guyana is expected to earn US$960 million in royalty and other taxes from the Aurora goldmine owned by the Canadian company during the first 17 years, Guyana Goldfields Inc; according to a senior company official.

Speaking at the re-launch of the Guyana Mining Toolkit, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Guyana Goldfields, Scott Caldwell said the mine is expected to produce US$150,000 ounces of gold per year beginning late 2015.    Continue reading

SHADOWS OF ALUMINA – By Dmitri Allicock

Alumina plant

SHADOWS OF ALUMINA

By Dmitri Allicock

Silhouette of the Alumina Plant ghostly glow

Where shadows of thousands once flow

Graveyard since 1982, absent toiling horde

Encroaching jungle reclaims without a word

British Guiana’s largest investment of 1961

Processing Alumina by the thousands of tons

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Water versus gold at Port Kaituma – commentary

Water versus gold at Port Kaituma

Two weeks ago, residents of Port Kaituma and nearby areas began to complain bitterly about the pollution of their water supplies by miners working upstream. In the past few years such complaints from various parts of the country have been numerous and a reflection of the wanton disregard of miners for the riparian rights of citizens in these areas. Miners have become emboldened by the increasing weight of the economy attributable to their mineral returns and the ineffectiveness of the government and its regulatory bodies at reining in environmental pollution.

How did the government respond to the concerns of the Port Kaituma residents? Well, it seems that the Minister of Natural Resources Robert Persaud had been in the area for mining week activities and upon hearing of the concerns he announced that the ministry would make available G$80m (US$400,000), to the Guyana Water Inc (GWI) for the construction of a water treatment plant.   Continue reading

PORK-KNOCKERS: A DYING BREED By Francis Quamina Farrier

PORK-KNOCKERS: A DYING BREED   By Francis Quamina Farrier

Porknocker

Dick Manning, Pork-Knocker

The days of the Pork-knockers are just about over. That is the opinion of one who prefers to be described as  a “Small Miner”. In an interview with veteran Pork-knocker, Dick Manning, he advanced the view that what has traditionally been referred to as “pork-knocking” no longer occurs. Small groups of men who use pick axes, shovels, and sheer mussel power to dig for gold and diamonds, is all but extinct in this the second decade of the 21st. century.

“We are no longer Pork-knockers”, Manning told me with a practical expression on his weather-beaten, yet handsome face, which is adorned with an extremely long white beard, separated into eight lengthy plaits.   Continue reading

Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – Ramsammy denies company claims

UPDATED:  Ramsammy denies ‘60,000 hectares’ claims by Indian group

AUGUST 30, 2014 | … says agreement inked with Ministry has expired  
Agriculture Minister, Dr. Leslie Ramsammy, has denied that his Ministry allocated more lands in the Canje Basin, or entered into any “new deals” with Indian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil. This is in stark contradiction to what the company claims on its website. The company claimed that …[Read more]
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Guyana will guarantee financing for India group – company website claims

- says it was given 60,000 hectares in Canje Basin

Leslie Ramsammy

Photo : Dr Leslie Ramsammy Min. of Agriculture

AUGUST 29, 2014 | BY –  |ndian conglomerate, Ajeenkya DY Patil, says that it has been provided with a 99-year lease on 60,000 hectares of land located in Canje Basin for a mega-farm. The Government of Guyana will provide tax holidays, waive import and export duties, and provide exemption from local taxes, the company said on its website.

The Ministry of Agriculture had initially stated that it had given approximately 10,000 hectares of land in the Canje Basin to the group for “mega farming”.  There have been no announcements by Government of these new arrangements.

The company said it was also able to acquire the rights to not only what is above the  ground but below, a significant allowance, as it could pave the way for even mining to taking place in the concession. Continue reading

Bai Shan Lin logging scandal…Angry Kwakwani prepares list of demands for Govt.

Bai Shan Lin logging scandal…Angry Kwakwani prepares list of demands for Govt.

Region 10 Chairman, Sharma Solomon

Region 10 Chairman, Sharma Solomon

AUGUST 21, 2014 | BY |

-    Community will no longer allow advantage to be taken upon them…will become very agitated if demands are not met- Solomon

The operations of Bai Shan Lin and the blatant “disrespect” the company has been perpetuating towards the people of Region10 took center stage at a meeting the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) held with residents of Kwakwani on Tuesday evening August 19.
The sustained showers of rain that poured in Kwakwani, a community in the Upper Berbice River area on that evening, didn’t stop scores of residents from attending the meeting. Continue reading

The Israeli Invasion and Gaza’s Offshore Gas Fields

War and Natural Gas: The Israeli Invasion and Gaza's Offshore Gas Fields

Five years ago, Israel invaded Gaza under “Operation Cast Lead”.

The following article was first published by Global Research in January 2009 at the height of the Israeli bombing and invasion under Operation Cast Lead.

In the wake of the invasion, Palestinian gas fields were de facto confiscated by Israel in derogation of international law

A year following “Operation Cast Lead”,  Tel Aviv announced the discovery of  the Leviathan natural gas field in the Eastern Mediterranean “off the coast of Israel.”

At the time the gas field was: “ … the most prominent field ever found in the sub-explored area of the Levantine Basin, which covers about 83,000 square kilometres of the eastern Mediterranean region.” (i)  Continue reading

Gold smuggling…Industry calls for tighter border checks

Gold smuggling…Industry calls for tighter border checks

JUNE 12, 2014 | BY  | - dealer buys the most, declares the least

Stakeholders of the gold industry are calling for tighter border controls amidst claims of smuggling to Suriname.

Stakeholders of the gold industry are calling for tighter border controls amidst claims of smuggling to Suriname.

Stakeholders in the gold mining sector yesterday called on Government to tighten security at the country’s borders, including those with neighbouring Suriname, amidst shocking reports of a large-scale smuggling operation.

At the centre of the allegations is a dealer from the North Georgetown area who is being accused of buying hundreds of millions of dollars in gold from miners and instead of declaring it to authorities, which would attract a mandatory seven per cent tax and royalty charge, reportedly opted to sell it in Suriname.

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Projects: Africa with China – by TheAfricaTheyNeverShowYou

Some  Projects in Africa

The 2008 “world crisis” seems to be only a western problem, since Africa first trading partner became China development started to affect positively on the continent.     by TheAfricaTheyNeverShowYou

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Bartica must become a town- APNU

Bartica must become a town- APNU

Monday, 31 March 2014 –  Demerara Waves

David Granger

APNU Chairman David Granger

The opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has promised to push for Bartica to be designated a town and for a number of ills like poor waste disposal to be addressed.

Already, the area is often described as a gold mining township where business has been booming largely due to a spike in the price for the precious yellow metal.

APNU Chairman, David Granger told residents of Bartica and several areas at a town hall meeting at the St. John’s Anglican School that his coalition would like to see that community become Guyana’s seventh town.
Authorities have also identified the need for Lethem near the Guyana-Brazil border to be designated a town. The other towns are Georgetown, Linden, New Amsterdam, Rose Hall, Corriverton and Anna Regina.  

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