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Corrupt police and fake news used by Guyana university to attack local newspaper editor

February 20, 2017
Corrupt police and fake news used by Guyana university to attack local newspaper editor GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A Guyana-based offshore university that issues questionable medical degrees to mostly unsuspecting foreign students is alleged to have hired corrupt elements of the Guyana Police Force and two street thugs to intimidate and force the Guyana Guardian and...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Letter: Parking meters generate revenue for development and are a hallmark of a modern city

February 10, 2017
Letter: Parking meters generate revenue for development and are a hallmark of a modern city The introduction of parking meters in any jurisdiction in the world attracts opposition. Similarly, a vocal minority opposes the establishment of paid parking in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown. The group launched a campaign to dissuade motorists from parking around the city to starve the city of funds.

Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intercessional meeting

February 6, 2017
Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intercessional meeting GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana will be hosting the 28th intercessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on February 16 and 17. The host country will present the draft CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty for ratification at the meeting.

Laundered money handed to Guyana university, says Nigerian prosecutor

February 4, 2017
Laundered money handed to Guyana university, says Nigerian prosecutor LAGOS, Nigeria -- In an indictment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria against embattled justice of the Federal High Court, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, prosecutors are claiming (among other things) that Ofili-Ajumogobia had influenced the Nigeria Maritime...

Guyana university moves to silence local media

February 2, 2017
Guyana university moves to silence local media GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Fearing further public scrutiny of its operations in Guyana, Texila American University recently move to court asking that international journalist and editor-in-chief of the Guyana Guardian, Dennis Adonis, be silenced from making any form of negative disclosures in an impending...

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

Letter: The attorney general is right: The PPP politicized the Guyana judiciary into dysfunction

January 28, 2017
Letter: The attorney general is right: The PPP politicized the Guyana judiciary into dysfunction Guyana’s attorney general, Basil Williams, has forcefully articulated how successive PPP administrations calculatedly politicized Guyana’s judiciary into dysfunction. Alarmingly, the dysfunction to which he alluded, potentially predeterminedly obstructed the course of justice.

Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness

January 27, 2017
Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness LONDON, England -- Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organization.

CELAC must set up mechanisms to address problems faced by people of region, says CARICOM chair

January 27, 2017
CELAC must set up mechanisms to address problems faced by people of region, says CARICOM chair PUNTA CANA, Dominican Republic -- Advancing economic relations and the development of trade between states; ensuring the security of small island developing states (SIDS); maintaining the Latin America and Caribbean as a zone of peace; and the creation of mechanisms...

Guyana prison system is recruitment centre for new criminals, say former inmates

January 24, 2017
Guyana prison system is recruitment centre for new criminals, say former inmates GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Contrary to the goals of reforming convicts in an effort to make them into better persons before re-entry into society, the Guyana prison system is apparently doing the opposite. At least this is the view of several former inmates with whom the Guyana Guardian...

Islamic Bank's 'reverse linkage' synergy may help modernize and diversify Guyana and Suriname agriculture

January 21, 2017
Islamic Bank's 'reverse linkage' synergy may help modernize and diversify Guyana and Suriname agriculture PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The private and public sectors of Guyana and Suriname may benefit from the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) “Reverse Linkage (RLs) or South-South Cooperation”, an overarching objective of capacity development through the transfer of knowledge, technology...

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.

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