Matthews Ridge teacher partners with STEMGuyana to roll out historic robotics seminar

Matthews Ridge has every reason to be particularly proud of Nandia Spencer, the Senior Mistress of the community’s primary school, who, by sheer force of will and against the kinds of odds that probably would not surface in coastal communities, recently organised and launched a two-day robotics seminar that targeted adult club leaders and hundreds of children from the community.

Grappling with agriculture – Linden farmers speak their minds

Raise the issue of transforming agriculture in Region Ten into a viable and profitable pursuit and you are likely to trigger a surfeit of differing opinions from the relative handful of Linden’s farmers on just why a community that sits either on or relatively close to huge expanses of arable land has been unable to realise anything even close to self-sufficiency in farm products more than a quarter of a century after the decline of bauxite removed from it the sobriquet of ‘the mining town’.

Relevance of Carnegie School of Home Economics remains undiminished

Last Friday, a modest ceremony to bring to a close a short cake-making course at the Carnegie School of Home Economics (CSHE) – one of the many ‘give-back’ initiatives by Guyanese who have in one way or another, experienced the institution – afforded us the opportunity to have a brief, but while it lasted, leisurely conversation with Myrna Lee, the principal of the institution.

Cannabis secures another breakthrough as a medicinal plant in the US

Once reviled and criminalised in many countries both in the metropolis and here in the Caribbean, marijuana continues to consolidate its relatively recent rise as both a recreational option and a medicinal plant, compelling a surfeit of new regulations in various countries that lends it an unprecedented respectability.

Market Prices

The new Guyana Marketing Corportation has agreed to provide us with the above information which we will publish on a weekly basis subject to receipt.

Kitco Market Data

Gold Prices for the three day period ending Thursday May 23, 2019 Kitco is a Canadian company that buys and sells precious metals such as gold, copper and silver.

Stock market updates

GASCI (www.gasci.com/telephone Nº 223-6175/6) reports that session 826’s trading results showed consideration of $14,977,438 from 178,572 shares traded in 15 transactions as compared to session 825’s trading results which showed consideration of $145,000,955 from 941,245 shares traded in 12 transactions.

Small contractors in construction sector and the 20% ‘set aside’

The news that the construction sector remains closed – at least for the time being – to small businesses through the mechanism of the 20% ‘set aside’ provided for under the 2004 Small Business Act is, at the very least, disappointing, this newspaper’s appreciation of the importance of adherence to procedures, which is what it seems is blocking the access up until now, notwithstanding.

Gov’t Analyst Dep’t releases disturbing report on eating houses in Regions 4 & 6

The Government Analyst-Food & Drugs Department (GAFDD) stands ready to “take the appropriate action” to roll back the recent revelations of serious food safety discrepancies in eating houses across the country even though the Department’s Director Marlan Cole conceded in a telephone interview with the Stabroek Business on Wednesday, that monitoring exercises to ensure compliance with food safety standards will require a multi-agency effort.  

Implementing the 20% state contracts provision for small businesses

On Wednesday, minus House members of the political opposition who have opted not to attend sittings until the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) pronounces on the matter of the December 21 confidence vote, the National Assembly finally passed the long-awaited amendments to the 2003 Procurement Act that clears the way for small businesses to have access to 20% of state contracts.

Party Castle relocates to tasteful Eping Ave venue

With businesses in the hospitality sector beginning to surface in Guyana with greater frequency these days, presumably out of anticipation that in the period ahead the economy will become more responsive to the services provided by that sector, the family associated with the Party Castle Supplies and Rentals, the Innis’, on Saturday evening hosted a lively reception to mark what their tastefully designed invitation announced as the “re-launching” of the enterprise.

Caribbean Export helping to accelerate regional fashion

Caribbean fashion and contemporary designers are getting a boost to help them penetrate the international market, through an accelerator programme jointly funded by the Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) in cooperation with the European Union and the Carib-bean Development Bank (CDB).

More than just a convenience store

Hers is a perfectly ordinary story. She was raised in poverty. As far as formal education was concerned she went no further than Cove and John Primary School before going to work on a small farm at Nooten Zuil, on the East Coast Demerara owned by her grandparents.

Oil and gas sector targeting STEM-qualified talent

The oil and gas industry is facing strong competition in attracting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent but almost half of the younger generation is interested in the industry, according to a survey released by the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.

Gold prices

Kitco Market Data Gold Prices for the three day period ending Thursday May 16, 2019

Food safety headaches

The Government Analyst-Food & Drugs Department’s (GAFDD) disclosure earlier this week about the quality of the safety protocols practised by eating houses in Regions Four and Six, though acutely disturbing is really not at all surprising.

Market prices

*Prices only represent the average Wholesale Farmgate and Retail Prices at the above mentioned markets and are NOT prices set by the Guyana MArketing Corporation or Ministry of Agriculture.

ExxonMobil parades its local content credentials

…but Guyana legislation still to materialise

Conscious of the concerns being raised in Guyana regarding the likely extent of the local content spinoff of its oil recovery operations offshore Guyana, ExxonMobil has been going to some lengths to make the point regarding what it says is its commitment to keeping Guyanese ‘in the loop’ as far as employment in the non-core aspects of its operations.

Kitco Market Data

Gold Prices for the three day period ending Thursday May 9, 2019 Kitco is a Canadian company that buys and sells precious metals such as gold, copper and silver.

The Small Business Procurement Programme

In October last year the state-run Department of Public Information (DPI) announced that the Small Business Procurement Programme enshrined in the Small Business Act of 2004 and under which 20% of state contracts pertaining to jobs of up to G$30 million would have come into effect in January of this year.

Stock market updates

GASCI (www.gasci.com/telephone Nº 223-6175/6) reports that session 824’s trading results showed consideration of $68,335,474 from 557,109 shares traded in 24 transactions as compared to session 823’s trading results which showed consideration of $13,209,451 from 165,863 shares traded in 9 transactions.

Market Prices

The new Guyana Marketing Corportation has agreed to provide us with the above information which we will publish on a weekly basis subject to receipt.

UG Business School developing courses in oil and gas, agriculture, agro-processing

-cementing closer ties with private sector

Closer collaboration between the local private sector and the University of Guyana’s (UG) recently established School of Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation (SEBI) is likely to see the university play a key role in honing the skills necessary to help meet the requirements of the local business community, visiting Professor at SEBI, Dr Leyland Lucas, has told the Stabroek Business.

US-based Guyanese industrial engineer defends lease of 500 acres of Linden land to her

A letter published in the April 30th issue of the Kaieteur News ascribing political cronyism to the granting of a 500-acre of land in Linden to a Guyanese-born, US-based woman based on a proposal submitted for investment in a number of technology-driven initiatives which she says is aimed at raising the level of technological development in the community as generating hundreds of jobs has drawn sharp criticism from the investor who has dismissed its claims as “ill-informed, without foundation and clearly bent on mischief that derives from a thoroughly contrived perspective.”.

Advent of World Gold Council’s Mining Principles will place delinquents under closer scrutiny

Against the backdrop of mounting global concern over the environmental risks and other worrying health & safety loopholes in the gold mining sector, the World Gold Council, (WGC), the market development organisation for the gold industry, has released the Exposure Draft of its Responsible Gold Mining Principles that creates a new framework setting out expectations for investors and downstream users as to what constitutes responsible gold mining.

Oil and gas fights for future talent attractiveness

The oil and gas industry is facing strong competition in attracting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent but almost half of the younger generation is interested in the industry, according to a survey released by ADNOC.

Market prices

*Prices only represent the average Wholesale Farmgate and Retail Prices at the above mentioned markets and are NOT prices set by the Guyana MArketing Corportation or Ministry of Agriculture.

Getting tough on regional market access for our manufactured goods

There currently exists here in Guyana an uncanny and unkind coincidence between the attention that agro- processing has been attracting as an entrepreneurial option, particularly at the micro and small business level and what, up until now, has been a largely futile official battle to break open the protectionist fortresses that continue to place measly limits on access by our own agro-produce to regional markets.

Fake, sub-standard drugs for diseases in children a worrisome menace – Cole

With the multi-billion dollar fake drugs industry now having set its sights deliberately on making further inroads into the churning out of brands associated with children’s illnesses, medical experts and reputable international organizations are becoming increasingly concerned that poor countries where environmental conditions render children more vulnerable to diseases may have little if any real defence against ‘cures’ that could exacerbate rather than ease their child welfare headaches.