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PICTURED: Jamaica's Education and Youth Minister Floyd Green (Photo credit: JIS Photographer)

GUYANA PLANS FOR NEW OFFSHORE OIL

Following a series of new oil and natural gas finds, Guyana plans to hire consultants to help value and negotiate rights for its newest offshore areas. Energy Minister Raphael Trotman said that a firm “of international repute” will advise government on the allocation of more recent discoveries following the 2017 initial finds by Exxon Mobil which are being prepared for production.

BARBADOS RENEWS SEARCH FOR OIL

Barbados is the latest country to announce a renewed search for oil following major finds in the region. Minister with responsibility for Energy, Darcy Boyce, said that exploration licences had been issued to the Australian-based firm BHP Billiton and the Spanish- based company Repsol.

He said that “the region is fast becoming a hotbed of activity due to its largely untapped offshore petroleum potential”.

JAMAICA’S YOUTH CLUB REVIVAL

Jamaica's Education and Youth Minister Floyd Green says that his ministry is exploring the possible revival of dormant youth clubs and setting up new clubs to help keep young people active and out of undesirable activities. He said clubs contributed to communities’ development, particularly in rural areas.

NECKER ISLAND SET TO REOPEN

Virgin Limited Edition has announced that ultra-luxury private Necker Island will reopen in October following 2017 hurricane damage. The island hideaway belonging to Sir Richard Branson had been available for whole-island rentals until the devastation meted out by Hurricane Irma.

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