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Commonwealth steadfast in support of Guyana over Venezuela claim

June 29, 2015
Commonwealth steadfast in support of Guyana over Venezuela claim GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- “The Commonwealth stands as one and speaks with one voice in our commitment to Guyana’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. We are an association of 53 member states worldwide accounting for one quarter of the United Nations membership.

GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting

June 29, 2015
GOL and Azul Airlines set to enter the Guyanas; CAL exiting PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- On August 25, Brazilian airline giant, GOL will commence twice weekly flights to Paramaribo, the capital of Dutch-speaking Suriname. On the other hand, reliable sources reveal that Caribbean Airlines (CAL) is exiting the Suriname market. In a press release, GOL said...

Guyana prime minister promises to professionalise state media entities

June 27, 2015
Guyana prime minister promises to professionalise state media entities GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Addressing Guyana’s National Assembly on Thursday, prime minister and first vice president Moses Nagamootoo pledged the new administration’s support for true press freedom. The prime minister, who also holds the responsibility of minister of information, said that...

Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption

June 26, 2015
Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- National authorities from 12 Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have joined forces to establish a new regional body to enhance transparency and help fight corruption. The Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean...

Commonwealth secretary-general to visit Guyana

June 26, 2015
Commonwealth secretary-general to visit Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma will arrive in Guyana on Saturday for a three-day visit, to gain a clear understanding of the region’s concerns and priorities. Sharma will call on recently elected President David Granger, and some of the members...

Exploration to continue in Guyana's exclusive economic zone, says president

June 25, 2015
Exploration to continue in Guyana's exclusive economic zone, says president GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- President David Granger has assured US oil company Exxon Mobil that it has nothing to fear in terms of its current operations in Guyana’s waters, as the company has the backing of the Guyana government and international law as it continues exploration in Guyana’s...

Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'?

June 24, 2015
Letter: What about the infamous 'Guyanese bench'? I wish to commend the Barbados Today for the editorial published on June 20, 2015, titled “Haitians merit justice like everyone else”. While reading this piece, I was immersed in joy with a little bit of reservation that the fourth estate is once again putting itself ahead of the snail-paced and, often times...

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

Passenger from Guyana arrested in possession of cocaine at JFK airport

June 20, 2015
Passenger from Guyana arrested in possession of cocaine at JFK airport NEW YORK, USA -- An arriving passenger from Guyana was looking to bake more than just a cake, as US Customs and Border Protection officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport discovered. On June 6, CBP officers stopped Alizah Zaneshia Henry, a United States citizen, who was arriving...

The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential

June 20, 2015
The View from Europe: CARICOM's continuing support in border dispute essential Every time that CARICOM heads of government meet, they include language in their final communiqué on the Guyana-Venezuela border dispute. However, at their encounter next month in Barbados the matter will no longer be about a dormant claim, but one that has come alive and is potentially dangerous.

Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal

June 19, 2015
Bilateral talks set to take place with Venezuela as Guyana seeks extension of PetroCaribe deal GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Guyana Cabinet has mandated that efforts be undertaken to engage neighbouring Venezuela on the terms of the PetroCaribe agreement, and its extension. Minister of State Joseph Harmon told reporters of this development during a post-Cabinet briefing.

Letter: Mr Khurshid Sattaur should resign his office forthwith

June 16, 2015
Letter: Mr Khurshid Sattaur should resign his office forthwith Media reports published on June 15, 2015, establish that Mr Khurshid Sattaur, Commissioner General of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), in responding to a call for his resignation from former Member of Parliament, James Bond, may have broken the law and his code of ethics. 

Guyana seeks UN assistance as Venezuela 'annexes' further territory

June 15, 2015
Guyana seeks UN assistance as Venezuela 'annexes' further territory GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana's new foreign minister, Carl Greenidge, in an address during the opening of Parliament last week, said that his country will seek UN assistance in resolving once and for all the territorial dispute with Venezuela that was escalated on May 27 by a presidential decree...

Commentary: Good riddance! Part II

June 15, 2015
Commentary: Good riddance! Part II Change has come to Guyana. The nation has put the dark era of the PPP domination behind. Diligent exercise of the franchise has secured the election of President David Granger and his A Partnership For National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU+AFC) unity government. The new dispensation...

Commentary: PPP suffers setback in Guyana elections

June 13, 2015
Commentary: PPP suffers setback in Guyana elections Guyana witnessed a change in administration after the ruling People’s Progressive Party-Civic (PPP) lost by a mere one percent of the votes to an alliance of opposition parties comprising A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) in the general elections held on May 11.

Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela: Let the International Court decide

June 12, 2015
Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela: Let the International Court decide It is, to say the least, unfortunate that Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, has allowed domestic pressures to cause him to take the extreme measure of issuing a decree on May 27, creating the “Atlantic coast of Venezuela” that includes sovereignty over Guyana’s territorial waters in the...

Commentary: Good riddance! Part I

June 11, 2015
Commentary: Good riddance! Part I On May 11, 2015, the Guyanese electorate decisively voted the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) out of government and granted the mandate to govern Guyana to the A Partnership for National Unity and the Alliance for Change (APNU+AFC) Coalition. The immutable right of the franchise was exercised...

Venezuela pushes neighbouring Guyana, but may raise its own country risk instead

June 10, 2015
Venezuela pushes neighbouring Guyana, but may raise its own country risk instead CARACAS, Venezuela -- Last month, Venezuela reasserted an old territorial claim against a large portion of Guyana, its neighbour to the east. This dispute, which was settled by an international tribunal in 1899, has been revived by the Maduro regime, probably to distract Venezuelans from the economic...

Venezuela decree a flagrant violation of international law, says Guyana

June 9, 2015
Venezuela decree a flagrant violation of international law, says Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The government of Guyana has denounced a decree by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro purporting to annex maritime areas belonging to Guyana under the relevant rules of international law. According to Guyana’s ministry of foreign affairs, the decree is a flagrant violation...

New Venezuelan decree claims ownership over Guyana's continental shelf

June 8, 2015
New Venezuelan decree claims ownership over Guyana's continental shelf GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro on May 27 issued a decree creating the “Atlantic coast of Venezuela”, which now includes sovereignty over Guyana’s territorial waters in the Atlantic Ocean off the Essequibo region. A map, issued to coincide with this decree...

Time for Guyana to move forward, says OAS assistant secretary general

June 6, 2015
Time for Guyana to move forward, says OAS assistant secretary general GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Assistant secretary general of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Albert Ramdin, has called for all stakeholders to join in moving Guyana’s development forward, following the conclusion of its recent general and regional elections. During a press briefing...

Guyana and Suriname get help to tap Islamic market

June 5, 2015
Guyana and Suriname get help to tap Islamic market PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The Islamic Centre for the Development of Trade (ICDT), an arm of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), is financing a four-day workshop in Suriname that is meant to expand trading between the 57-member bloc of the OIC and Guyana and Suriname.

Guyana Sugar Corporation CEO fired

June 5, 2015
Guyana Sugar Corporation CEO fired GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Chief executive officer of the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) Dr Raj Singh has been dismissed. GuySuCo has been suffering increased losses over the years. In 2014, the sugar corporation received a $6 billion (US$29 million) bailout. For this year, the corporation...

Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam

June 4, 2015
Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Scared by the supposedly demonic potential of the internet viral “Charlie Charlie” pencil and paper game, Jamaica’s ministry of education took the unusual step to ban the supposedly evil game from within the precincts of all schools throughout the island. As news of the ban...

Tradewinds 2015 commences in St Kitts-Nevis

June 2, 2015
Tradewinds 2015 commences in St Kitts-Nevis BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- A brief ceremony at Camp Springfield, the home of the St Kitts-Nevis Defence Force, launched Tradewinds 2015 on Sunday. Phase I of Tradewinds 2015, the maritime phase, will run from May 31 through June 9. The ceremony was attended by representatives...

Exercise Tradewinds 2015 starts Sunday

May 30, 2015
Exercise Tradewinds 2015 starts Sunday BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Beginning Sunday, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Mexico, and the United Kingdom for maritime security and disaster response training at Camp Springfield in St Kitts as part of Exercise Tradewinds.

Chanderpaul sacking distressing, says Guyana sports minister

May 29, 2015
Chanderpaul sacking distressing, says Guyana sports minister GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s minister of education with responsibility for sport, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, has described the ‘sacking’ of veteran Guyanese batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the West Indies cricket squad as ‘distressing’. “The manner of his going, really does no justice...

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