GEORGETOWN, Guyana – The Exxon Mobil Corporation on Thursday announced yet another oil discovery offshore Guyana on the Stabroek Block.

The company says the drilling targeted similar aged reservoirs as encountered in previous discoveries at Liza and Payara.

“The latest discovery at Snoek demonstrates the continued success we have achieved in this technically complex play, which is just part of the significant exploration province offshore Guyana,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company.

ExxonMobil affiliate, Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd. commenced drilling of the Snoek well last month and encountered 82 feet (25 meters) of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs.

The well was safely drilled to 16,978 feet in 5,128 feet of water on March 18.

The Snoek well is located in the southern portion of the Stabroek Block, approximately five miles to the southeast of the 2015 Liza-1 discovery.

Following completion of the Snoek well, the Stena Carron drillship has moved back to the Liza area to drill the Liza-4 well.

“As we continue to evaluate the full potential of the broader Stabroek Block, we are also taking the necessary steps to ensure the safe, cost-efficient and responsible development of this world-class resource, which can provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the people of Guyana,” said Greenlee.

The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres.

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Justice Minister Delroy Chuck has signed the order for eight Jamaicans, including a police Constable, to be extradited to the United States on lottery scamming related charges.

On March 8, Parish Judge Vaughn Smith ordered the extradition of Constable Jason Jahalal along with Alrick McLeod, O’Neil Brown, Xanu Morgan, Dario Palmer, Kazrae Grey, Kimberly Hudson and Dahlia Hunter.

They are wanted in the state of North Dakota for their alleged involvement in a lottery scam scheme.

Chuck said that he signed the extradition orders yesterday afternoon.

He says it’s now for the US authorities to work out with the correctional services when the individuals will be taken to the US.

By A. D. McKenzie

PARIS – It’s one of those movie-like spring days in Paris, where blue skies and brilliant sunshine lift spirits after a long, wet, grey winter. Many people are outdoors trying to catch the rays, but Jamaican artist Danny Coxson is not among them.  He’s inside a museum in a northeastern neighbourhood of the French capital, with a brush in his hand and tubs of vivid paint beside him, focusing on finishing a portrait of a deejay named Big Youth.

Coxson’s artwork – colourful and precise renditions of Jamaica’s best known musicians – is the “common thread” that links the vast range of items on display in Jamaica Jamaica!, France’s first major exhibition on the history and impact of Jamaican music.

Born in Trench Town, like Bob Marley, 55-year-old Coxson has been painting since he was a young man, but he says he didn’t take it seriously until he was in his early thirties, when he lost three fingers through a machete incident in 1991. Since then, he has devoted his career to painting murals of Jamaica’s singers, producers and sound engineers, holding his paintbrush in the remaining fingers of his right hand.

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent – In the 1980s, an institution for troubled Danish youth and a vocational school for Vincentians was built in Richmond Vale, an agricultural district on the northwestern tip of St. Vincent.

It was hoped that spending time at Richmond Vale Academy would help the Danish youth to see the world from a different perspective. However, for a number of reasons, the concept didn’t pan out, the school closed and a farm was developed in its place.

In 2000, the first attempts were made to re-start the academy, which has been in full operation since 2007. Today, Richmond Vale Academy attracts young people from around the world who are troubled by poverty and what is going on with the Earth’s climate and want to do something about it.

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Ahead of the May 24 general election, 63 candidates were nominated on Wednesday for the 19 electoral districts across this British Overseas territory.

At the close of Nomination Day activities, Supervisor of Elections Wesley Howell said nominations went smoothly at all venues.

“I am pleased with the efficient operations during the whole nominations process today and I thank the Elections Office staff for their diligent preparation and hard work so far,” Howell said at a press conference late Wednesday.

Of the 63 candidates nominated, the majority – 36 candidates, were nominated as independents.

The ruling People’s Progressive Movement nominated 16 candidates; while the opposition Cayman Democratic Party nominated 11 candidates.

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