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Guyana ties the knot with ExxonMobil – By Rosaliene Bacchus

Three Worlds One Vision

ExxonMobil Country Manager receives Production License from Guyana Minister of Natural Resources - 15 June 2017

ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson receives Production License
from Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman
Georgetown – Guyana – June 15, 2017
Photo Credit: Guyana Ministry of Natural Resources

On June 15, 2017, Guyana tied the knot with ExxonMobil with the signing of a production license for the extraction of oil and natural gas, located offshore the Caribbean/South American nation with a population of 800,000 people. With this license, together with the Environmental Permit granted on June 1st, ExxonMobil will proceed with the Liza Phase 1 development. Located 120 miles offshore in an area known as the Stabroek Block, the Liza field development includes a subsea production system and a floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) vessel designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day. Exxon and its partners plan to begin production by 2020.

ExxonMobil’s press release on June 16th states: “Phase 1 is expected to…

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Canada’s Quebec launches Public Consultation on Systemic Racism and Discrimination – By Yvonne Sam

Canada’s Quebec launches Public Consultation on Systemic Racism and Discrimination

By Yvonne Sam

Is this exercise yet another reporting charade? Or is a change within range?

Finally Quebec is moving in step with her neighbour Ontario, following the aftermath of a 2,662-signature petition tabled by Québec Solidaire MNA Amir Khadir, which called for “the creation of a consultation commission on systemic racism”. On Thursday May 20, Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Minister Kathleen Weil unveiled plans for the public consultation on systemic discrimination and racism in Quebec, scheduled to commence next September. To this end the Government and Quebec Human Rights Commission along with non-profit groups intend to keep province -wide meetings, geared towards listening to experiences of racism, and to institute action based on what it hears.     Continue reading

STEM Guyana team returns from Washington DC: Placed 10th against 164 other countries

First Lady Sandra Granger (third from right) as she joins in the celebration with the STEM Guyana team.

other Government officials, at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, after fierce competition at the recently concluded First Global Challenge in Washington, D.C.

The young Guyanese team comprising Ryan Benschop (team captain), Anthony Frank, Arianna Mahase, Christopher Nelson, Sahief Poese and Vevekeanand Ramnarace, alongside Team Manager Farnaz Baksh; Coach Ricky Chan; and Public Relations Officer Horace Mosley placed 10th after battling against 164 other countries from around the globe.   Continue reading

Guyana Government Info Hub – July 18, 2017

Guyana Government Info Hub – July 18, 2017

Guyana Government Info Hub – Monday, July 17, 2017

Guyana Government Info Hub – Monday, July 17, 2017

Considerations to be fulfilled—Before we rebuild  (the prison) – By Yvonne Sam

Considerations to be fulfilled—Before we rebuild  (the prison)

By Yvonne Sam

Before any thought is given to the rebuilding (whether we should, or would it be wood) relocating (still Durban or urban), construction (destruction), or refurbishing (new face to old place) of the Camp Street Prison we should instead reconsider and redirect our attention to urgent reexamination of the entire penal system. Such a move calls for a bottom-up remodeling of the prison program, sentencing structure and definite retraining of prison personnel.

Thus far what has been the primary goal of the Camp Street prison? Has it been to rehabilitate or incapacitate?   Have any of the goal(s) been met?  Prisons were initially created and constructed as a form of physical punishment, with some penalties and sanctions regarded as utilitarian in nature with the goals of deterrence.  It is blatantly apparent that the current prison system in Guyana has not worked, serving instead as an irritant rather than a deterrent. The incarcerated have been rated as the educators, teaching the personnel all along the way.    Continue reading

The Georgetown Prison Fire – By Rickford Burke

Barbados Underground

Rickford Burke, President, Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID)

 A failure and opportunity forgood governance through public accountability

Last week swift public accountability reinforced good governance in Trinidad & Tobago. Ms. Marlene McDonald was sworn in as Minister of Public Utilities on June 30. Three days later Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley fired her for countenancing a reputed member of the criminal underworld to attend her swearing in ceremony. Ms. McDonald introduced the gentleman, who is on the radar of security forces, to President Anthony Carmona with whom they were photographed. This public outrage forced the Prime Minister to hold his Minister accountable. Her firing restored public confidence in the government. Accountability is the essence of good governance. Good governance is the foundation of a democratic society.

In March 2016, inmates at the Georgetown Prison, Guyana’s main jail, rioted and burnt down part of the facility. 17 inmates…

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Guyana Government Info Hub – July 13, 2017

Guyana Government Info Hub – July 13, 2017

The conviction of former President Lula of Brazil’s – a political purge

Brazil – Why the Lava Jato corruption investigations must continue

The Economist   The Americas – Jul 15th 2017

Lula da Silva

ALMOST three-and-a-half years after it began as a seemingly routine probe into money-laundering, Operation Lava Jato (“Car Wash”) has reached a critical stage. On July 12th Sérgio Moro, a federal judge, sentenced Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, a former president, to almost ten years in prison, ruling that he was given an apartment worth 2.2m reais ($690,000) by a construction firm that had received padded contracts for work on an oil refinery. Congress this week began debating whether to allow a trial of the current (centre-right) president, Michel Temer, who is charged with benefiting from a bribe of $150,000, which he denies.   Continue reading

New York State Gov. Cuomo vows to protect Caribbean immigrants

New York State Gov. Cuomo vows to protect Caribbean immigrants

By Nelson A. King – July 13, 2017 – Caribbean Life News

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo

Amid draconian measures in clamping down on Caribbean and other immigrants in the United States, New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo has reaffirmed his commitment to protecting Caribbean and other nationals.

Stating that the state of New York has a long history of fighting for immigrants — from the state’s commitment to helping newcomers find a path to citizenship to efforts to prevent the exploitation of workers, and most recently by defending the rights of immigrants from illegal deportations — Cuomo said New York “has been and today remains a beacon of hope and opportunity for people around the world.        Continue reading

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