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Guyana is poised to become the next big oil producer in the Western
Hemisphere, attracting the attention and investment dollars of some of the
biggest oil companies in the world.
Mobil and Hess
announced the successful drilling of a deepwater exploration well that may
soon confirm that the seafloor beneath Guyana’s coastal waters contains
one of the richest oil and natural gas
discoveries in decades. Experts now estimate that one of its offshore
fields alone, known as Liza, could contain 1.4 billion barrels of oil
mixed with natural gas, comparable to some of the larger fields drilled in
With a population of fewer than one million
people, Guyana would be able
to export nearly all of the oil that it will begin producing, probably
starting around 2020.
The company announcements came only days after
the Guyanese government announced its intention to build a $500 million
petroleum processing and service center on Crab Island, an enormous
investment for one of the poorest countries in the region.
Early rough estimates by experts of how much recoverable oil Guyana could have range to more than four billion barrels, which at today’s prices would be worth more than $200 billion. But the country, which currently produces precious little energy, sorely needs pipelines and other support infrastructure to begin a major production and export effort.
new PNP leader in Jamaica
Peter Phillips became the fifth president of the People’s National Party
by acclamation today as he replaced veteran parliamentarian Portia Simpson
Miller, following her recent decision to step down.
The new leader of the
Opposition served as Minister of Finance and Planning of Jamaica from 2012
to 2016. He is Member of Parliament for East Central St Andrew. He holds a
Bachelor's degree in Economics, a Master's in Government, and a Doctorate
in International Political Economy and Development Studies
follows Norman Manley, the organisation’s first president, his son
Michael Manley, PJ Patterson, and Simpson Miller as the persons who have
held that distinguished office. All before him, except for Norman Manley,
have become prime minister of Jamaica.
St Lucian-born Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott dies
Lucian poet, playwright, and Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Alton Walcott has
died. Sir Derek passed away at his home in Cap Estate this morning at the
age of 87, after a prolonged illness. He received the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 1992. On February 28, 2016, was invested with the Knight
Commander of Saint Lucia (KCSL).
Haitian President Aristede survives possible assassination attempt
At least two people were injured after shots were fired at a motorcade
carrying former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide in Port-au-Prince
recently in an apparent assassination attempt.
Aristide, Haiti's first democratically elected president, was leaving a
courthouse when "shots were fired ... directly at the vehicle in
which President Aristide was a passenger," Ira Kurzban, a Miami
attorney who represents Aristide, told NBC News. Kurzban said the gunmen
appeared to be wearing police uniforms.
was providing testimony in a money laundering case against Jean Anthony
Nazaire, former commissary of the Haitian national police, when the
bullets flew towards his car. Social media captured protests by Aristide
supporters in the streets of Port-Au- Prince after news of the shooting
Rico to be hit with painful austerity measures
newly appointed head of a federal control board that oversees Puerto
Rico’s finances has warned that the US territory will be hit with
painful austerity measures in upcoming months.
Director Ramon Ruiz said there are no other options given the island’s
dire economic situation and recommended that the government act quickly.
government officials have balked at measures suggested by the board, which
include slashing US$300 million from the public university’s budget and
cutting 10 per cent from a public retirement system that is expected to
run out of money within a year. Last week, nearly a dozen top university
officials resigned in protest against the looming cuts, and tens of
thousands of retired government workers fear for their financial future.
said the local government is cooperating with the board, but warned that
if it doesn’t submit a fiscal plan with cuts needed to address an
anticipated US$7-billion deficit, the board will implement its own plan.
addition to submitting a fiscal plan, the governor has approved several
measures aimed at cutting costs, promoting economic development and
stabilising the economy. Rossello announced on Tuesday he would submit a
measure calling for a special referendum that would allow police officers
to vote on whether they want to be part of the Social Security system.
Currently, Puerto Rico police officers do not receive Social Security and
depend solely on the island’s troubled public retirement system for
also signed a bill aimed at retaining doctors in Puerto Rico. The
territory’s number of doctors has dropped from 14,000 to 9,000 in the
past decade, the majority leaving for higher salaries and lower living
costs on the US mainland.
Overall, more than 200,000 Puerto Ricans have left the island in recent years, and many fear the exodus will worsen as new austerity measures are implemented.
specialist Cuban nurses to ease crisis in Jamaica
hundred and twelve nurses from Cuba, including 47 who specialise in
critical care, are to arrive in Jamaica in February to ease the shortage
of specialist nurses there.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Winston De La Haye disclosed that the nurses
are coming as part of an agreement between Kingston and Havana. De La
Haye’s revelation came a day after University Hospital of West Indies (UHWI)
Chairman James Moss-Solomon disclosed that the hospital was forced to
cancel major surgeries due to a shortage of specialist nurses and
Intensive Care Unit beds.
The shortage, he said, was being fuelled by the poaching of specialist
nurses by foreign companies, despite the hospital doubling the numbers of
nurses being trained in specialised disciplines.
to introduce National Health Insurance
Grenada government says it will introduce a National Health Insurance by
the end of June. Implementation Minister Emmalin Pierre, addressing the
convention of the ruling New National Party (NNP) recently, said that the
program will be rolled out within the next three months and will be
available for all nationals.
believe that healthcare is a fundamental right that every citizen must
have access to. Just as we believe that education is a right, so we
believe that healthcare and the services must be a right to our people.”
The scheme will be the first for Grenada and while the details of the type of health care services were not given, the minister did not state whether a cost ceiling would be applied to the scheme that would be managed by the National Insurance Scheme.
seals gas pipeline deal with Trinidad & Tobago
and Trinidad & Tobago have signed an agreement
for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a new gas
pipeline connecting the two nations. The deal is valued at over US$100
million and will involve the participation of Venezuelan state oil company
PDVSA, its Trinidadian counterpart National Group Gas, as well as
transnational Royal Dutch Shell.
The pipeline will
reportedly link Venezuela’s Dragon and Mariscal de Sucre fields, located
on the northern coast of eastern Sucre state, with the Hibiscus gas field
in Trinidad. Venezuelan Oil Minister Nelson Martinez indicated the project
will dramatically increase Trinidad & Tobago’s access to natural
gas, describing the deal as a “win-win”.
Venezuela is home to
some of the largest natural gas reserves on the planet, with the Dragon
field alone estimated to contain approximately 12 to 13 trillion cubic
line to pay largest-ever criminal penalty for deliberate vessel pollution
The United States
Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Caribbean cruise line has agreed to
plead guilty to seven felony charges stemming from its deliberate
pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up.
The DOJ said Princess Cruise Lines Ltd will pay a US$40 million
penalty– the largest-ever criminal penalty involving deliberate vessel
pollution – and plead guilty to charges related to illegal dumping of
oil contaminated waste from the Caribbean Princess cruise ship.
Princess, headquartered in Santa Clarita, California, is a subsidiary
of Carnival Corporation (Carnival), which owns and operates multiple
cruise lines and collectively comprises the world’s largest cruise
company. Carnival is headquartered in Miami.
part of the plea agreement with Princess, cruise ships from eight Carnival
cruise line companies (Carnival Cruise Line, Holland America Line NV,
Seabourn Cruise Line Ltd. and AIDA Cruises) will be under a court
supervised Environmental Compliance Program (ECP) for five years, the DOJ
cops highest ranking in int’l aviation standards in the Caribbean
Jamaica has achieved the highest ranking for implementing international
civil aviation standards, in the English-speaking Caribbean.
The result from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Validation Mission in June 2016 indicated an effective implementation of
international standards at 82.38 per cent.
This was disclosed by Director General of the Jamaica Civil Aviation
Authority (JCAA), Nari Williams-Singh, at the official opening of the new
air traffic control tower at the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA)
earlier this week.
“The significance of this achievement is even more evident,
considering that the global average is currently at 63 per cent and that
of the North American, Central American and Caribbean region is 69 per
cent,” he explained.