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Commentary: Let Guyana live: Stop the horse race-rat race politics

November 27, 2014
Commentary: Let Guyana live: Stop the horse race-rat race politics As one who has been very critical of the APNU for being too ready to enter into dialogue with the PPP, it is only fair that I commend the APNU for refusing to meet with President Ramotar and the PPP while the parliament remains prorogued. As we said a few days ago, any dialogue with the president...

Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe

November 26, 2014
Four CARICOM countries cut back reliance on PetroCaribe MIAMI, USA -- At least four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member countries are taking steps to reduce their reliance on Venezuela’s PetroCaribe oil subsidy as crude prices plunge, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF).  The four countries are Guyana, Haiti, Belize and Jamaica.

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

Commentary: The thinking behind the proroguing of Guyana's parliament: What drives the PPP?

November 24, 2014
Commentary: The thinking behind the proroguing of Guyana's parliament: What drives the PPP? Calls by Dr Rupert Roopnarine and Ms Lurlene Nestor, members of the opposition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), for boycott of the Guyana Times and the state media and businesses that aid the PPP’s authoritarian rule respectively have drawn swift and sustaining vitriol from the PPP.

Trinidadian team expected in Guyana shortly to finalise agriculture land deal

November 20, 2014
Trinidadian team expected in Guyana shortly to finalise agriculture land deal GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Trinidad and Tobago’s agriculture minister is expected to lead a delegation to Guyana before the end of this month, with the hope of finalising the agriculture land deal between the two Caribbean nations. According to Guyana’s minister of agriculture...

Britain calls on Guyana to reconvene parliament

November 19, 2014
Britain calls on Guyana to reconvene parliament GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Britain became the first major world power to call on the government of Guyana, through its high commissioner in Georgetown, Andrew Ayre, to reconvene parliament, which he termed as the “central pillar of democracy” that “should re-sit with the shortest possible delay.”

Suriname president to attend UNASUR summit in Ecuador

November 19, 2014
Suriname president to attend UNASUR summit in Ecuador QUITO, Ecuador -- Last Friday, Ecuador’s foreign minister, Ricardo Patino, announced that nine South American leaders have confirmed their attendance at this year's Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) summit and among them will be the president of Suriname, Desi Bouterse.

No confidence crises make mockery of democratic system, say former Caribbean lawmakers

November 18, 2014
No confidence crises make mockery of democratic system, say former Caribbean lawmakers BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Former Grenada attorney general Jimmy Bristol has compared the situation of sitting governments in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and his own native Grenada, avoiding the tabling of a motion of no confidence. "Amazing similarities, and amazing how...

Commentary: Reopening of Guyana's parliament should be unconditional

November 17, 2014
Commentary: Reopening of Guyana's parliament should be unconditional Since the suspension of Guyana’s parliament almost a week ago the Parliamentary majority, in particular the APNU, has been making the right sounds and the right moves. They have vowed to build a national movement to restore parliamentary democracy. They have internationalized the issue.

Former president's son condemns suspension of Guyana parliament

November 15, 2014
Former president's son condemns suspension of Guyana parliament GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Cheddi Jagan Jr, the son of former president Dr Cheddi Jagan, one of the founding fathers of Guyana, in a release to the media, condemned the suspension of Guyana’s parliament by current President Donald Ramotar “as anti-democratic and bordering on dictatorship.”

First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey

November 15, 2014
First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit opens in Turkey ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Under the theme “Building Our Traditions and Our Future,” the Office of the President of Religious Affairs of Turkey (Diyanet) is hosting the First Latin American Muslim religious leaders summit in Istanbul, which began on Wednesday and ends on Saturday.

CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals

November 15, 2014
CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals in six member states are to benefit from a greater flow of tailored information on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM). This is under a new project that aims to connect nationals with the information they need to work, travel and...

Elections certain if dialogue fails, says Guyana government

November 14, 2014
Elections certain if dialogue fails, says Guyana government GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Elections will take place in Guyana if there is no change in the current climate of non-dialogue being promoted by the parliamentary opposition; Cabinet Secretary, and Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon said on Tuesday.

ExxonMobil to invest over US$200 million in oil exploration off Guyana

November 14, 2014
ExxonMobil to invest over US$200 million in oil exploration off Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- There are high expectations for Guyana becoming a petroleum producing nation as ExxonMobil formally announced its exploratory drilling plans offshore. The investment, which will see the company investing US$200 million was welcomed by President Donald Ramotar.

Letter to US Secretary of State regarding the suspension of democracy in Guyana

November 13, 2014
We write to express grave concern regarding recent developments in Guyana, South America where, on November 10, 2014, President Donald Ramotar arbitrarily prorogued Parliament, thereby terminating debate, to avoid the passage of a no-confidence motion tabled by the...

OAS calls for resumption of Guyana parliament

November 12, 2014
OAS calls for resumption of Guyana parliament GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- One of the first international reactions to Monday's suspension of Guyana's Parliament by President Donald Ramotar came on Tuesday from the secretary general of the Organisation of American States (OAS), Jose Miguel Insulza, in a press statement.

Commentary: The suspension of Guyana's parliament: Democracy has been subverted

November 12, 2014
Commentary: The suspension of Guyana's parliament: Democracy has been subverted The president of Guyana in his sole, deliberate judgment has suspended Guyana’s parliament. He was avoiding a no-confidence motion brought by one of the parliamentary parties. Guyanese leaders seem stunned. The rest of the Caribbean establishment is unperturbed. After all, the president...

Guyana president suspends parliament to avoid confidence vote

November 11, 2014
Guyana president suspends parliament to avoid confidence vote GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Amid ongoing accusations by opposition parties in Guyana of widespread corruption and over the failure to hold local elections since 1994, President Donald Ramotar on Monday suspended parliament to avoid a vote of no-confidence by the combined opposition.

Guyana government to challenge opposition claim of bribery in parliament

November 10, 2014
Guyana government to challenge opposition claim of bribery in parliament GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana government has drafted a motion of privilege against leader of the opposition Alliance for Change (AFC), Khemraj Ramjattan, which it plans to move at Monday’s sitting of parliament. In September, at one of his party’s press conferences, Ramjattan had accused...

Attorney general's caste remark causes uproar in Guyana

November 8, 2014
Attorney general's caste remark causes uproar in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- An alleged remark by attorney general Anil Nandlall that he and other members of the government of Guyana are of the Indian Kshatriya warrior and ruling caste has caused an uproar in the country and the region. Nandlall is said to have made the statement...

SOUTHCOM commander visits Guyana, Suriname

November 8, 2014
SOUTHCOM commander visits Guyana, Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- US Marine Gen. John Kelly, commander of US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM), concluded a three-day visit to Guyana and Suriname on Thursday. The visit was the general’s first to both countries, where he spoke with senior defence and government leaders.

Guyana president threatens to call early elections

November 6, 2014
Guyana president threatens to call early elections GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- President Donald Ramotar stated on Tuesday that, if the opposition proceeds with its no-confidence motion, he will respond by exercising his constitutional options to “either prorogue or dissolve Parliament, paving the way for holding of general elections” in Guyana.

Guyana attorney general claims controversial recording was manipulated

November 6, 2014
Guyana attorney general claims controversial recording was manipulated GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a statement on Tuesday, Guyana’s attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall, claimed that an audio recording leaked by publisher of the Kaieteur News, Glenn Lall, comprised selected portions of a private conversation that was recorded without...

Guyana government called on to reassure international community over journalist safety

November 3, 2014
Guyana government called on to reassure international community over journalist safety VIENNA, Austria -- The International Press Institute (IPI) on Friday expressed deep concern over a recorded phone call in which a person identified as the attorney general of Guyana appeared to suggest that staff members of the daily Kaieteur News risked deadly reprisal if the paper continued its critical reporting.

Air carrier and tour operator team up to re-enter Guyana

November 3, 2014
Air carrier and tour operator team up to re-enter Guyana GREENSBORO, USA -- Dynamic Airways, which had a rocky start on its Guyana service earlier this year, and tour operator Travelspan, which also pulled out of Guyana, have teamed up to re-enter the Guyana market on November 22 after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) granted approval.

Regional drivers confirmed for ROC Caribbean in Barbados

October 31, 2014
Regional drivers confirmed for ROC Caribbean in Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- The two-driver teams selected to represent Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago in the inaugural ROC Caribbean during next month’s Race Of Champions 2014 have been confirmed. They will race head-to-head against the host nation at Bushy Park Barbados.

Guyana attorney general sues local newspaper for libel

October 30, 2014
Guyana attorney general sues local newspaper for libel GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall has filed a $30 million (US$145,200) lawsuit for libel against the Kaieteur News newspaper in Guyana following an article published on October 28 entitled “Attorney General reveals plan to hit Glenn Lall...

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