Caribbean News Roundup Sept 16th

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    UK Oil Company Tullow today announced that it has made its second oil discovery offshore Guyana in less than six weeks.

    The Joe-1 exploration well successfully opened a new upper tertiary oil play in the Guyana basin. The move follows a “substantial and high value oil discovery” by Tullow Oil in its Jethro-1 exploration well, in the same area in August.

    Meanwhile, ExxonMobil said today it made an oil discovery on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana at the Tripletail-1 well in the Turbot area. The discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of more than 6 billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block.

    To date, there have been a total of 16 oil discoveries: 14 from ExxonMobil and 2 from Tullow.

    The country’s Director of the Energy Department Dr. Mark Bynoe says Guyana’s future is bright but the time is ripe for all Guyanese to focus on how they want to see their oil revenues spent and invested.

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    Also in Guyana, a new Sexual Offences Court will be opened today in Essequibo High Court.

    Director of the Childcare and Protection Agency Ann Greene told the Guyana Chronicle that there will be more cases and more convictions because the Court will be victim-friendly.

    She also hopes that more persons will speak out about sexual abuse.

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    In Barbados, school graduates and the unemployed will get a shot to enter the job market and to be better equipped for the world of work, with the launch of a new work skills programme.

    Minister Edmund Hinkson says even though a job could not be guaranteed, it was sure that those who stayed for the approximately ten sessions will become more employable.

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    St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Saturday night held a Town Hall meeting with Saint Lucians living in the United Kingdom.

    The presentations updated the diaspora on the status of several projects happening back home, with special emphasis on areas of Healthcare, Agriculture, Education, Infrastructure, Justice & Security and Tourism.

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    Several activities are planned to mark this year’s Tourism Awareness Week in Jamaica, from September 22nd to 28th.

    The Tourism Ministry says that throughout the week, it will utilize the print, electronic and social media to highlight the career opportunities, traditional and non-traditional jobs available in the sector.

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    The Inter-American Development Bank has confirmed its commitment to work with Latin American and Caribbean countries on strategies to prevent and reduce crime.

    IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno says at a time when criminal activity can cross borders faster than goods and services, regional cooperation in citizen security is critical to securing a safer future.

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    The Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association has pledged its support in assisting in the relief efforts in the Bahamas islands affected by Hurricane Dorian.

    It is working alongside the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association, including the Online Charity Auction where the public will have the opportunity to bid on donated hotel stays.