Monthly Archives: January 2012

Cutting Edge Biofuels by NASA – Bilal Bomani video

Cutting Edge Biofuels by NASA – Bilal Bomani video

Bilal Bomani wants to create a biofuel that is “extreme green”— sustainable, alternative and renewable. At NASA’s GreenLab Research Facility, he uses algae and halophytes to create a self sustaining, renewable energy ecosystem that doesn’t consume arable land or fresh water.

Bilal Bomani currently serves as the lead scientist for NASA’s biofuels research program focusing on the next generation of aviation fuel. The intent is to use algae and halophytes with the goal of providing a renewable energy source that does not use freshwater, arable land or compete with food crops….   see video below:-

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The New World Oil Order

The New World Oil Order

by David Fessler, Investment U Senior Analyst
Friday, January 27, 2012

The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), headquartered in Paris, was formed in 1961.

Twenty countries are charter members. Fourteen more have been added since it was formed. You can see the entire list of 34 member countries here, along with the dates they joined.

Its mission, according to its website, is to “promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world.”
Apparently, it’s accomplished its mission a little too well. You see, the “haves” (us) are about to switch place with the “have-nots.” If you’re reading this, you’re likely in the former, heading to the latter.

How do I know? Simple: One look at the chart below, put out recently by the International Energy Agency (IEA), tells all. Oil consumption from emerging market countries (have-nots) is just about to eclipse that of the old world (haves). Continue reading

Guyana’s Promise of Oil and Gas

Guyana has a great deal of promise in oil and gas, says energy executive
Published on January 28, 2012
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) — The largest independent oil and gas company in the United States, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, regards Guyana as a country with a great deal of promise in the oil and gas sector.International business developer of Anadarko, Richard Lapin, accompanied by another official of the company and the head of the Petroleum Unit of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) Noel Dennison, met President Donald Ramotar to renew its interest in petroleum exploration in Guyana. Minister of Natural Resources and the Environment Robert Persaud also joined the meeting.Last September, vice president, business development of Anadarko, Ian Cooling, led a delegation to former President Bharrat Jagdeo to signal the company’s interest in what is ranked one of the highly underexplored basins in the world.Lapin said that although there is much preliminary work still to be undertaken, the oil and gas outlook in Guyana is positive. Continue reading

GUYANA – “Festival of Colours” launched to boost tourism

GUYANA – “Festival of Colours” launched to boost tourism

It’s the first of a series of tourism packages aimed at the Guyanese Diaspora.

Sunday, 29 January 2012 –

holi_groupThe government of Guyana has launched a new initiative to boost tourism by about 20 per cent. It’s sponsoring a special package themed “Festival of Colours” from March 2 – 9, 2012 to coincide with the annual Holi/Phagwah festival, which was brought to the country in the 19th century by Indian indentured labourers.

The aim of the project is to get Guyanese living abroad to come home for the week and rediscover ‘home’. It’s the first of a series of tourism packages aimed at the Guyanese Diaspora.

Minister of Housing and Water Irfaan Ali told local media, “We are targeting overseas based Guyanese directly, to come home to rediscover and enjoy the cultural activities in their home.” He added that “there will be a package available for the week-long activities.” Continue reading

Team in Guyana to shoot documentary for History Channel

Boosting local eco-tourism internationally… E-mail
Written by Whitney Persaud (Guyana Chronicle)
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 23:40
Team here to shoot documentary for History Channel
A TEAM of international explorers/cast members working for the television History Channel arrived in Guyana yesterday to work on an eight-part documentary series which will highlight the pristine beauty of this country’s natural resources. 

Acting Tourism Minister Irfaan Ali with the President of New Rivers Holding Guyana Incorporated, Tim Evans, at left, and supervising producer Scott Madden.

This initiative is expected to be of unprecedented benefit to the local tourism sector and pave the way for the creation of more international markets in the area of eco-tourism.
The History Channel was made aware of Guyana’s rich resources through New Rivers Holding Guyana Incorporated, an organisation that has, over the years, been searching for areas of exploration to promote eco-tourism locally.
Acting Tourism Minister, Mr. Irfaan Ali, briefing the media at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport yesterday morning, said the project is one that is welcomed without hesitation, as it is seen as a further boost to the country’s economy. Continue reading

Unusually heavy rainfall causes coastal flooding

Unusually heavy rainfall causes coastal flooding

(Demerara Waves) January 29, 2012.

Flooding mostly along Guyana’s densely populated coastland caused by almost 24 hours of rainfall has put health authorities on watch.

In addition to flooding in parts of commercial Georgetown, several villages along the East Bank and East Coast Demerara have been somewhat affected.

Hardest hit, however, are parts of Region Six (East Berbice Corentyne) where medical supplies and teams are on standby to suppress fever, diarrhea, itch and other weather and water-related illnesses.  While assuring that “there are no disaster areas as yet,” Health Minister, Dr. Bheri Ramsarran the Civil Defence Commission (CDC) and the Health Ministry are on standby because residents are still complacent.

“People still are disarmed when they say its flooding and nobody is sick, we are not. I spoke to the Chairman (of Region Six) and I said the ‘health watch’ starts now. The incubation period is now and probably in a few days from now, our vigilance will pay off so we’re being vigilant as much as possible.  more

also:

Rain pounds Region Six  < click

JANUARY 30, 2012 |(KaieteurNews)
– several communities flooded
Nine inches of rainfall pounded Berbice from Friday evening right through yesterday and the bad news is that there is more rain on the way.
The deluge, compounded by an uncontrollable garbage situation, left several communities underwater.  more

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A Tribute to Lawrence D. Carrington by Rory Fraser

A Tribute to Lawrence D. Carrington by Rory Fraser

Dear Editor:

I write in tribute to Lawrence D. Carrington, the Outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University of Guyana, someone I came to know in my sabbatical year (2009-2010) and my eight-month visit in 2011.

Yesterday, Professor Carrington said farewell to UG the way he came and the way he worked. He was calm, courteous, deliberate, and erudite amidst the swirling acrimony, which seemed to plague every departing VC over the past twenty years. He took the opportunity to thank those “who worked selflessly”, give a state of the institution report, provide some lessons learned, and urge the staff to not lose focus on some of the major initiatives “in train”.

In reporting on infrastructural, organizational (governance, personnel, financial, and planning) and collaborative efforts he was equally frank about what was done as well as what could have and can still be accomplished. He spent little time belabouring the challenges of working with very limited financial support, antagonistic Ministers of Education and Finance, a politically impelled Council, and a highly demoralised workforce. Instead, he focused on the successes and the potential of this august institution, and these are aplenty. Continue reading

Jagdeo to represent Guyana at Sustainable Development Summit

Jagdeo to represent Guyana at Sustainable Development Summit

(Demerara Waves)- January 27, 2012

Former president Bharrat Jagdeo will be making his first international appearance on Guyana’s behald since vacating the Shiv Chaderpaul Drive office, at the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit 2012 (DSDS 2012) in India.

This was disclosed by President Donald Ramotar during a brief encounter with the media on Friday January 27, 2012.

“He is invited in his own right as a person and of course he’s going to be representing Guyana too, I don’t see why not, but he is invited in his own right as a person who has been recognised as having done a lot of work on this issue, probably more than most people,” Ramotar said.   The president added that he was invited too but could not attend the February 2-4 event. Continue reading

Tripartite talks get underway

Tripartite talks get underway

Demerara Waves – January 27, 2012

Tripartite talks between the parliamentary political parties got underway on Friday with discussions centred on how the arrangement will proceed, Leader of the Opposition David Granger says.

Representatives from the APNU, PPP/C and AFC met for about two hours at the Office of the President and upon emerging the opposition parties indicated that they have agreed to meet again on Monday.

“We were discussing the structure of the relationship, the process, so nothing was agreed this afternoon really. I think on Monday (January 30), a communiqué … will be issued,” APNU chairman Granger said in an invited comment to reporters. Continue reading

UG plagued by outdated governance structure and low salaries- Vice Chancellor

UG plagued by outdated governance structure and low salaries- Vice Chancellor

January 27, 2012 – Demerara Waves

Outgoing Vice Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG), Professor Lawrence Carrington on Friday identified an archaic governance structure  and woefully insufficient cash, including low salaries, as major stumbling blocks to improving the nation’s premier tertiary institution.

Addressing a well-attended staff meeting in the George Walcott Lecture Theatre, he said the major problem confronting conditions of service and staffing policy is how to attract more qualified staff and pay them competitive emoluments.

“If all we can offer a professor at the top of our scales is the equivalent of US$1,725, we will not be able to compete with a Caribbean competitor offering the equivalent if US$8,429 ay a comparable level. So our planning has to shift the matter of emoluments to the top of the agenda,” he said. Continue reading

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