Oil in Guyana: Black Gold or the Devil's Excrement?

In 2015, Exxon Mobil found enormous oil reserves off the Guyanese coast. By the start of February 2020, Guyana had exported its first 1 million barrels of oil… but then came March. A democratically opaque election, to which there is still no resolution, and the oil price crash due to coronavirus have shrouded the fledgling oil sector in uncertainty. Has the “resource curse” struck before oil in Guyana has returned even the slightest reward?

Stingy Scots are milking Brits dry

The number of British holidaymakers is down in Scotland, but their expenditure has increased between 2011 and 2018. With a new tourism strategy for Scotland set to launch in March, the Scottish tourism industry could be at a crossroads. This data suggests that, despite facing challenges such as Brexit and rebuilding from the 2008 financial crash, the Scottish tourism sector has done well at retaining income from our closest neighbours. Many regions of Scotland have welcomed dramatic increases

Back pain and work absence: the marriage made in hell

Sit up straight with your shoulders back and relaxed. We can’t have you reading an article about low back pain and give it to you at the same time. This would be adding to the problem, as there is already an eye-watering number of working days lost each year to lower back pain. Bosses don’t like it - they lose money. The government does like it - the country loses money. And, most importantly, you don’t like it - it can hurt like hell and cause a multitude of problems if you miss work for a wh