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Guyana president calls for stronger regional security

July 27, 2015
Guyana president calls for stronger regional security WASHINGTON, USA (GINA) -- “The Caribbean needs a stronger collective security system in order to deal with new threats,” said Guyana’s President David Granger, while delivering the commencement address at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) graduation...

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend?

July 25, 2015
Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend? Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within...

Forensic audit in Guyana reveals unauthorised transfers from PetroCaribe fund

July 24, 2015
Forensic audit in Guyana reveals unauthorised transfers from PetroCaribe fund GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Aerswar Deonarine, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO Administration) of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Company, and Carvil Duncan, president of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUG) and a director on GPL's board, are now said to be under...

CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region

July 24, 2015
CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A ruling this week by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) may have implications on how telecommunications companies dictate to their customers about what they can do with their internet service, according to local tech expert Russell Williams. The ruling delivered on Monday...

Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute

July 23, 2015
Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute An old territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana has flared up once again as the Guyanese government contracted ExxonMobil to look for offshore oil in an area that Caracas claims as its own. While it is unlikely that this particular instance will escalate into an armed conflict, these tensions highlight...

Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state

July 18, 2015
Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state In a new twist to the Venezuelan renewed vociferous and heated claim to Guyana’s western Essequibo territory, eight opposition members of the Venezuelan National Assembly have presented a special bill for the creation of a new Essequibo “state”. The legislators, Andres Velasquez, Freddy Marcano...

WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public

July 17, 2015
WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public KINGSTON, Jamaica -- As part of continued efforts for the public to participate in the series of town-hall meetings, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be in Saint Lucia and Guyana over the next two weeks. Fans in those two territories will get the chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport.

Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour

July 15, 2015
Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour BRASILIA, Brazil -- From 1-3 July 2015, delegations from 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, participated in a roundtable for south-south cooperation focused on combating child labour, with the signing of four...

Commentary: Courtney Crum Ewing was martyred and forgotten in Guyana

July 15, 2015
Commentary: Courtney Crum Ewing was martyred and forgotten in Guyana It’s been three months now since Courtney Crum Ewing was murdered on the streets in Guyana. His demise drew widespread condemnation from large sections of the society. The masses in conjunction with the political leaders transformed his funeral into carnival of protest. That moment may have...

Guyana coalition member criticises CARICOM on Venezuela statement

July 13, 2015
Guyana coalition member criticises CARICOM on Venezuela statement GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a member of the ruling coalition, has criticised the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over the statement on the recently escalated maritime border between Guyana and Venezuela issued following the recent CARICOM heads...

Guyana government to examine court ruling on presidential term limit

July 13, 2015
Guyana government to examine court ruling on presidential term limit GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Basil Williams said that the Guyana government will be examining acting Chief Justice Ian Chang’s ruling that the presidential term limit is unconstitutional. On Thursday, Chang ruled on a 2014 constitutional challenge...

Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar

July 10, 2015
Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister Gonsalves, leader of the Gonsalves dynasty family government group, owners of the ULP and the plantation known as St Vincent, has aligned our pretty adorable little country with a country what can only be described as a nation of political scumbags. We have all heard the saying that...

International agencies alleged to be infiltrating Venezuela from Guyana

July 8, 2015
International agencies alleged to be infiltrating Venezuela from Guyana CARACAS, Venezuela -- Journalist José Vicente Rangel claimed on Monday that “international intelligence agencies are carrying out infiltration activities” from Guyana into Venezuela. Based on allegedly confidential information, he claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States...

Surinam Airways launches direct Guyana-Orlando flight with connecting flights to Suriname

July 6, 2015
Surinam Airways launches direct Guyana-Orlando flight with connecting flights to Suriname ORLANDO, USA -- Surinam Airways officially launched service with an inaugural non-stop flight on July 2 between Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Georgetown, Guyana, and the Orlando Sanford International Airport. The return flight left on July 3 from Orlando Sanford to CJIA with continuing...

Trinidad pledges support to Guyana in territorial dispute with Venezuela

July 4, 2015
Trinidad pledges support to Guyana in territorial dispute with Venezuela BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (GINA) -- Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago, Kamla Persad-Bissessar says her country is in full support of Guyana as it relates to the recent decree made by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro over most of Guyana’s exclusive economic zone.

Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering

July 1, 2015
Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes.

South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour

July 1, 2015
South African minister begins five-nation Caribbean tour PRETORIA, South Africa -- South Africa's deputy minister of international relations and cooperation, Luwellyn Landers, began a high level official visit to five Caribbean nations on Monday. The visit will underscore the cordial relations South Africa enjoys with the governments and people of Guyana...

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.

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