Can Oil Rescue Guyana from the Brink of Calamity?

Can Oil Rescue Guyana from the Brink of Calamity?

Scott B. MacDonald  – February 7, 2017 – http://nationalinterest.org

oil-rigNot if Venezuela has anything to say about it.

Guyana is one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere, with a small population of fewer than one million people. Most of its population hugs the Atlantic coast. Despite a wealth of natural resources, Guyana’s location on the relatively remote northeast shoulder of South America, political dysfunction until the 1990s, and a longstanding border dispute with neighboring Venezuela have left the country in challenged economic straits. The recent discovery of a large offshore track of oil could change this, but also opens the door to new tensions with Venezuela, and could make Guyana one of the Caribbean’s hot spots in 2017.

In early January two major oil companies, Exxon Mobil and Hess, announced that they had successfully drilled a deepwater exploration well that strongly suggests that the seafloor beneath Guyana’s coastal waters contains one of the largest oil and natural-gas discoveries in recent years. Continue reading

Attorney ‘Mortie’ Coddett passes away at 80

Attorney ‘Mortie’ Coddett passes away at 80

Attorney-at-law Mortimer Coddett

The local legal fraternity has lost another longstanding member. Popular Attorney Jonas Mortimer Fitzgerald Coddett passed away Tuesday night in Brooklyn, New York. He was 80.

Coddett, more familiarly known as ‘Mortie’, was born in New Amsterdam, Berbice to Sarah Joyce Coddett and Randolph Coddett. He was the eldest of six children.

He attended the local primary school and Berbice High School. On leaving Berbice High, he worked as a customs officer before emigrating to England to study law. After being called to the bar at Holborn College of Law, University of London, Barrister-at-law Coddett and his family emigrated to Canada to be closer to his extended family.     Continue reading

AIR GUYANA AIRLINE LAUNCH SLATED FOR MASHRAMANI

AIR GUYANA AIRLINE LAUNCH SLATED FOR MASHRAMANI

By Waltie Ainsworth

Any day now the new and improved reconstituted Guyana Airways will take to the friendly skies covering international ports such as Havana Cuba, Toronto Canada, Miami Florida, Kingston Jamaica and the traditional JFK in New York.

This new airline will bear the insignia of Air Guyana under a special arrangement with FLY JAMAICA.

Mashramani is our indigenous word which means celebration after a cooperative effort, and is observed annually on February 23rd, which is also the date that Guyana celebrates its Republican status. Air Guyana will take to the air during this special season promising low fares, comfortable accommodation, on-time arrivals and departures, good food and superb ambiance.   Continue reading

Three elderly Guyanese pass on – By Waltie Ainsworth

Three elderly Guyanese pass on

By Waltie Ainsworth

Norman "Star" Armstrong

Norman “Star” Armstrong

On Friday January 20th, the family of Norman “Star” Armstrong, will funeralise him in Brooklyn New York.

Star as he was familiarly called was 98 and lived with his eldest son James, in East Orange new Jersey.  Star last known address in Guyana was north East la Penitence and he retired in 1973 from the Fire Service.

This writer for more than four decades was a family friend of the Armstrongs and on the eve of the American elections last November, Star called to remind my family to get out and vote for the Democratic ticket. Word on the street is that after the Republican ticket emerged victorious, Star lost hope and threw in the towel. His health rapidly declined and he was hospitalized never to recover from a bout of pneumonia.   Continue reading

Calgary police charge Sunwing Airlines pilot with being drunk before takeoff

Sunwing Airlines on drunk pilot arrested in Calgary: all foreign pilots trained, approved

WATCH: Sunwing Airlines says the Slovakian pilot accused of being drunk before a flight Saturday from Calgary to Cancun was a foreign pilot on contract but, met all Canadian regulations to fly the Boeing 737. Miroslav Gronych, 37, will appear in court January 5 after police say his blood alcohol limit was three times the legal limit. Reid Fiest reports.

Two days after a pilot was found unconscious in a cockpit before takeoff and tested at more than three times the legal alcohol limit just hours later, Sunwing Airlines is answering questions on how foreign pilots are hired.    Story continues below

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Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR

Is Kwanzaa Still A Thing? – Reports are that interest in it is waning – NPR
December 28, 201212:00 PM ET  – Heard on Tell Me More
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MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Now we’d like to talk about Kwanzaa. Wednesday marked the start of the seven-day celebration of African-American culture and heritage. And if you’ve been around a while, then you probably remember that in the 1980s and 1990s, Kwanzaa was one of the trifecta of winter holidays – along with Christmas and Hanukkah, of course – that got a lot of attention from the media; from retail establishments, including the big department stores; and artists. Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass released a song “Happy Kwanzaa” on his 1998 album “This Christmas I’d Rather Have Love.” Let’s listen.

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Nigerian officials row over ‘plastic rice’ – BBC News

Nigerian officials row over ‘plastic rice’

 Nigeria’s food safety agency has denied claims by the health minister that it has cleared the reported “plastic” rice.

A senior official at the National Agency For Food and Drugs (Nafdac) said the minister’s Twitter statement “is not their position”.

Health Minister Isaac Adewole had tweeted that tests by the agency found “no evidence” of plastic material.

About 2.5 tonnes of the “plastic” rice has been confiscated.

Rice is Nigeria’s staple food and it is a tradition for people to give bags of rice as a gift during the Christmas period.

Africa Live: More on this and other stories

Lagos customs chief Haruna Mamudu said on Wednesday the fake rice was intended to be sold during the festive season but has not commented on the health minister’s statement.

The official at Nafdac told the BBC’s Stephanie Hegarty that the tests were still ongoing:

“We are not done with comprehensive tests. We are still in the laboratory. We haven’t concluded analysis and it is not something we can conclude in two days.”

“We are yet to conclude the chemical and biological analysis,” he added.

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