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CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Experts discuss how to incorporate gender aspects in transport planning in Guyana

March 17, 2017
Experts discuss how to incorporate gender aspects in transport planning in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana --The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized on Wednesday the first forum on gender and transport in Georgetown, Guyana, with the objective of creating a space for the exchange of information between public policymakers, researchers and...

Challenged to attract reputable airlines, New York-Guyana airfares at all time high again

March 14, 2017
Challenged to attract reputable airlines, New York-Guyana airfares at all time high again NEW YORK, USA -- The flying public is again complaining that airfares between North America and Guyana are at an all-time high again, averaging roundtrip US$800 to 1,200 between New York and Georgetown, this with an announcement last week that the modernization and expansion...

Dozens of Chinese-owned supermarkets leaving recession-hit Suriname for Guyana

March 11, 2017
Dozens of Chinese-owned supermarkets leaving recession-hit Suriname for Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Over the past six months alone, more than 50 Chinese-owned supermarkets have been established throughout Guyana, with at least another 40 or so expected to become operational by August 2017. With a combined average initial contribution of almost half a billion...

Former Guyana president and others reportedly arrested for alleged fraud

March 8, 2017
Former Guyana president and others reportedly arrested for alleged fraud GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Reports coming from usually reliable sources have indicated that operatives of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) in Guyana have arrested former president Bharrat Jagdeo; Lisaveta Ramotar, the daughter of former president Donald Ramotar; and former head...

UN secretary-general appoints personal representative on border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela

March 2, 2017
UN secretary-general appoints personal representative on border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his personal representative on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. By the Geneva Agreement of 17 February 1966, Guyana and Venezuela...

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.

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