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CSME training for Guyana's secondary school teachers

January 17, 2017
CSME training for Guyana's secondary school teachers GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Secondary school teachers in Guyana are set to be more knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is due to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop starting on Tuesday...

Fifty Guyana trainees to benefit from oil and gas courses in Texas

January 16, 2017
Fifty Guyana trainees to benefit from oil and gas courses in Texas AUSTIN, USA -- At least 50 Guyanese trainees are expected to benefit from a series of oil and gas related courses that will be offered by the University of Texas – Petroleum Extension, in association with the Caribbean Learning Portal, and schooladviser.org. The first course, which is part of a total...

Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas

January 13, 2017
Suriname director of tourism sees great potential for the Guianas PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Jerry A-Kum, director of Suriname Tourism Foundation (STF), full of energy and grand plans to develop Suriname’s tourism industry, shared in his office some achievements, and current and future plans that his organisation has to improve the tourism product of...

Suriname and Guyana officials participate in Islamic Bank workshop

January 13, 2017
Suriname and Guyana officials participate in Islamic Bank workshop PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Suriname and Guyanese officials participated on January 9-11 in a workshop on Islamic banking and finance, which was conducted by the Islamic Research and Training Institute (IRTI), an arm of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), and which was held in...

Guyana government scales back airport expansion amid worsening conditions for travellers

January 9, 2017
Guyana government scales back airport expansion amid worsening conditions for travellers GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Guyana has scaled back the planned expansion and modernisation of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) amidst growing overcrowding that is leading to “substandard” conditions facing travellers using the airport. This became very...

Guyana internet users blacklisted over cyber-security concerns

January 9, 2017
Guyana internet users blacklisted over cyber-security concerns GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Residents of Guyana who rely on the internet to handle online banking and online payment processing with a number of US banks and payment gateways, may soon be unable to do so after several US-based payment processors have decided to blacklist...

Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana

January 6, 2017
Surinam Airways CEO's bold vision: Expansion of the Guyana hub to NYC and Havana PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Surinam Airways (SLM) was out of the red and made a profit during the period when Robbi Lachmising was CEO. He was reappointed CEO of the company last year. Sitting in his office on a bright sunny day in the tropics, Lachmising outlined his vision...

Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15

January 6, 2017
Fly Allways Suriname to cease operations on January 15 PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to reliable sources, the owners of the Suriname airline Fly Allways will cease operation of the airline on January 15 of this year. Fly Allways officially started operations about a year ago on January 10, 2016, with the launch of its inaugural domestic flight.

2017 holds great promise, says incoming CARICOM chairman

January 3, 2017
2017 holds great promise, says incoming CARICOM chairman GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- “2017 holds great promise for us to advance our integration process which can only be possible through the involvement and participation of all. Let us resolve to play our part in strengthening our Caribbean Community and to making regional unity a living, breathing experience...

Commentary: Guyana heading into international disgrace by entertaining fly-by-night 'universities'

January 3, 2017
Commentary: Guyana heading into international disgrace by entertaining fly-by-night 'universities' Happy New Year everyone, and good luck on your quest for new and great things in 2017. But for those who are wishing for new things, I urge you to be reminded by the notion that nothing will ever be new under the sun; because history has a strange way of repeating itself. That particular statement...

Another Guyana offshore university accused of defrauding students

December 28, 2016
Another Guyana offshore university accused of defrauding students GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The largest selling English language daily newspaper in the world, the Times of India, has reported that another Indian-owned offshore university located in Guyana has been defrauding international students, seemingly with the blessing of Guyana’s National...

Guyana signs open skies agreements

December 27, 2016
Guyana signs open skies agreements NASSAU, Bahamas -- During the ninth annual International Civil Aviation (ICAN) 2016 conference, which was held in Nassau, Bahamas, from December 5-9, 2016, Guyana signed open skies agreements with the Dominican Republic, India and South Korea. The agreement with India will allow...

Heavy flooding hits Guyana

December 24, 2016
Heavy flooding hits Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The capital city of Georgetown and some parts of Guyana’s coastal belt are reeling from the effects of an evolving flood situation that has made it almost impossible for Christmas shoppers to traverse the inner city streets. The flood was said to be triggered by heavy rainfall...

CDB US$12.3 million funding to enhance TVET education system in Guyana

December 20, 2016
CDB US$12.3 million funding to enhance TVET education system in Guyana BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – In Guyana, there is growing demand for a workforce with specialized skills, as well as a need to increase sustainable employment opportunities for Guyanese. To address this, the government of Guyana has received funding of US$12.3 million from the...

Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates

December 19, 2016
Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- For those who had thought that any Guyanese citizen with an officially issued Caribbean Community (CARICOM) skills certificate can just roll into any CARICOM country and seek employment after showing the document to authorities will certainly have to think again.

IDB to support criminal justice reform in Guyana to help overcome prison overcrowding

December 19, 2016
IDB to support criminal justice reform in Guyana to help overcome prison overcrowding WASHINGTON, USA -- An US$8 million project approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will help Guyana overcome prison overcrowding, by reducing pre-trial detentions and increasing the use of alternative sentencing, among other measures. The loan’s objective is to...

Around 35 percent of medicines imported into Guyana are fake and unsafe for medical use

December 14, 2016
Around 35 percent of medicines imported into Guyana are fake and unsafe for medical use GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A regional pharmaceutical investigator that gathers counterfeiting intelligence information for one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world has indicated that between 25% to 35% of the medicines that are being imported into Guyana from...

CDB approves US$194 million assistance programme for Guyana

December 14, 2016
CDB approves US$194 million assistance programme for Guyana BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a country strategy for Guyana for the period 2017 to 2021. The programme of assistance will drive social and economic development; support environmental sustainability...

Foreign currency shortage in Trinidad has reached chronic proportions, says former minister

December 12, 2016
Foreign currency shortage in Trinidad has reached chronic proportions, says former minister PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago’s former minister of trade, industry, investment and communications, Vasant Bharath, says that the current foreign shortage situation in Trinidad has reached chronic proportions. In an exclusive interview with the Guyana Guardian...

Barbados and Trinidad currencies begin downward slide in Guyana

December 10, 2016
Barbados and Trinidad currencies begin downward slide in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- At the opening of the local currency trading market on Friday morning in Guyana, the value of the Barbados dollar and the Trinidad dollar lost around 0.09% and 1.2% of their respective values against the Guyana dollar within the first hour of trading.

Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities

December 6, 2016
Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities LONDON, England -- Governments could be hit by huge unexpected pay-outs if steps are not taken to manage hidden liabilities in unfunded pensions, loan guarantees, disaster relief and other contingencies. This is the stark warning in a recent Commonwealth report, offering countries...

UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding

December 3, 2016
UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding LONDON, England -- Just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations of profligate spending, a new UK government report has warned that the Commonwealth Secretariat...

IDB loan will support economic diversification, foreign trade in Guyana

December 1, 2016
IDB loan will support economic diversification, foreign trade in Guyana WASHINGTON, USA -- Guyana will improve its public infrastructure and promote economic diversification and foreign trade with a US$9 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan that will help strengthen the economy and stimulate exports and investments. With a small domestic...

Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation

November 26, 2016
Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a press statement on Friday, Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) revealed that medical degrees issued by institutions in Guyana are only recognized if the degrees are accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine...

Lawyers for Guyana university confirm that graduates cannot go on to the US to study

November 25, 2016
Lawyers for Guyana university confirm that graduates cannot go on to the US to study GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a demand letter from the law firm of Hughes, Fields, and Stoby that was hand-delivered on Thursday to the Guyana Guardian, attorneys for the Texila American University seem to have admitted that any claim suggesting that students can go on to the United States...

Letter: Guyana coalition government's failure to investigate extra-judicial killings is unpardonable

November 25, 2016
Letter: Guyana coalition government's failure to investigate extra-judicial killings is unpardonable I am an unapologetic, ardent supporter of President David Granger and his APNU-AFC coalition government of Guyana. Indeed, the new government has a mandate to govern with transparency, ensure that social justice is aggressively pursued and rapidly advance Guyana’s...

Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean ST JOHN’S, Antigua (SKNIS) -- Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales touched down to a red carpet welcome on Sunday, November 20, at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua aboard a British Airways commercial flight as he began his 15-day royal visit of several Caribbean countries...

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