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Mercosur summit begins, Paraguay questions Guyana and Suriname association

July 30, 2014
CARACAS, Venezuela -- "The Paraguayan government will present its objections on six of the 183 resolutions adopted by the Mercosur during its absence from the bloc," said deputy foreign minister Federico González on Monday, after participating in the farewell ceremony of...

Commentary: Eid Reflection: Muslim marginalization in Guyana

July 28, 2014
Commentary: Eid Reflection: Muslim marginalization in Guyana Islam reached the shores of Guyana during slavery, when Muslim slaves from West Africa were shipped to work on the plantations and, after the abolition of slavery, Islam was reintroduced in Guyana with the arrival of indentured immigrants from British India, when more than 90 Muslims of the immigrants...

CARICOM Secretariat to empower Guyana's youth with animation skills

July 25, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A group of young people in Guyana will get an opportunity to learn valuable animation skills through a project coordinated by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. The project, which is being implemented in collaboration with Animae Caribe...

Regional Under-19 Tournament opens in Guyana

July 22, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Double-crown champions Jamaica will face long-standing rivals Barbados at Everest in the opening round of the 3-Day competition in the Regional Under-19 Tournament which opens Tuesday in Guyana. Hosts Guyana meet Leeward Islands at the...

Migrant awareness raising sessions held in Guyana

July 16, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The first of a series of training sessions intended to heighten awareness of risk factors affecting mobile and migrant populations in Guyana was held in Georgetown on 24 and 25 June 2014. The participants of these sessions include those who interface with...

Inaugural COPA flight arrives in Guyana from Panama

July 14, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- COPA Airlines, the flag carrier of Panama, officially made Guyana its 67th destination after it touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) on Friday, inaugurating a direct link between Panama and Georgetown, Guyana.

Guyana minister sticks to her guns over breach of diplomatic protocol by US ambassador

July 12, 2014
Guyana minister sticks to her guns over breach of diplomatic protocol by US ambassador GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Minister of Education Priya Manickchand has again reaffirmed the government’s position on the former US ambassador’s interference in Guyana’s governance. The minister took the opportunity to do so in the National Assembly on Thursday as opposition member of parliament...

Guyana, Suriname seeks stronger BRICS ties; presidents to attend special meeting

July 11, 2014
Guyana, Suriname seeks stronger BRICS ties; presidents to attend special meeting GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana and Suriname are keen to cultivate stronger ties with Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) countries, especially that the group is set to launch the New Development Bank (NDB) as an alternative to the World Bank and the IMF.

Dominican Republic women recruited for prostitution

July 11, 2014
WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- Last week authorities in the Dominican Republic dismantled a network that recruited Dominican women for prostitution in the region and beyond. The women were lured on the pretext that they were going to work as dancers.

Regional Under-19 Tournament will remain in Guyana

July 11, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has announced that the Regional Under-19 Tournament will be played in Guyana as originally scheduled. “We are confident that all matters pertaining to cricket in Guyana will be suitably resolved to the satisfaction of...

Guyana foreign minister highlights challenges facing CARICOM

July 10, 2014
Guyana foreign minister highlights challenges facing CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s minister of foreign affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett attended the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations ministerial meeting (ECOSOC) of the high level political forum on sustainable development at UN headquarters in New York on Monday.

Guyana and Suriname leaders invited to meet BRICS leaders in Brazil

July 8, 2014
BRASILIA, Brazil -- The leaders of Guyana and Suriname, Presidents Donald Ramotar and Desi Bouterse, are among other South American heads of government invited by Brazilian President Dilma Roussef to attend the seventh Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit.

Surinamese investors eye Guyana, but face corruption and bureaucracy

July 7, 2014
Surinamese investors eye Guyana, but face corruption and bureaucracy PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- According to Paramaribo’s Waterkant News, Surinamese investors have their eyes set on neighbouring Guyana, where they are discovering more and more investment opportunities; however, they are very disappointed in the corruption and the bureaucracy they face there.

US ambassador repeatedly breached diplomatic conventions, says Guyana official

July 7, 2014
US ambassador repeatedly breached diplomatic conventions, says Guyana official GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- In spite of breaches of diplomatic norms and conventions by outgoing US ambassador, Brent Hardt, and the government, the diplomatic relations between Guyana and the US have been and continue to be cordial, presidential advisor on governance, Gail Teixeira, said.

US ambassador crossed line, says Guyana acting foreign minister

July 4, 2014
US ambassador crossed line, says Guyana acting foreign minister GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Outgoing US ambassador to Guyana, Brent Hardt was on Wednesday evening reminded that his attack on the president of Guyana will not be tolerated within the boundaries of mutual respect, diplomatic relation and inter-governmental collaboration.

Guyana to improve water, sanitation services

July 4, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana will strengthen and improve access to drinking water and sanitation services with a US$16,838,250 loan approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The initiative is known as the program to improve water and sanitation infrastructure and supply.

Leaders extend Ramadan greetings in the Caribbean

July 3, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago greeted Muslims at the onset of Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting from sunrise to sunset, which began on Sunday in the Caribbean. Ramadan coverage in Muslim strongholds in the Caribbean...

Guyana confirms 12 more cases of chikungunya

July 3, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Health Minister Dr Bheri Ramsaran on Tuesday disclosed that there are 12 more confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne disease, chikungunya in Guyana. Ramsaran said that some results from samples sent recently for testing at the...

Guyanese and Trinidadian nationals win CARICOM Annual 10k

July 2, 2014
Guyanese and Trinidadian nationals win CARICOM Annual 10k ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Trinidad and Tobago’s Tonya Nero won the women’s leg of the CARICOM 10K Road Race for the third time in a row, when the event was held in St John’s, Antigua on Sunday. Guyanese national Cleveland Forde excelled in the men’s section, clocking 34 minutes, 52 seconds.

Dynamic Airways commences direct service from New York to Guyana

June 30, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A new air service commenced on Thursday, connecting Georgetown, Guyana, with New York, on a four times weekly, all year round basis. This direct route is operated with a B767-200 by an American carrier, Dynamic Airways, whose CEO, Paul Kraus...

Stakeholders reach consensus on cricket situation in Guyana

June 30, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- A West Indies Cricket Board delegation has concluded a series of high level meetings with various stakeholders in Guyana. The meetings took place on June 23 and 24. The WICB delegation met with representatives of the government of Guyana...

US approves setting up DEA office in Guyana

June 28, 2014
US approves setting up DEA office in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- A United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) country office in Guyana has been given congressional approval. The announcement was made on Thursday at a joint press conference between President Donald Ramotar and US ambassador to Guyana Brent Hardt.

Guyana president denies diplomats' accusations; reiterates willingness to hold local elections

June 27, 2014
Guyana president denies diplomats' accusations; reiterates willingness to hold local elections GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- President Donald Ramotar on Wednesday denied accusations by the diplomatic community that the long standing failure to hold local government elections is undermining democracy in Guyana. The assertions were made by US Ambassador, Brent Hardt, and...

Fifteen Caribbean countries report cases of chikungunya virus

June 25, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere identified in Saint Martin. Fifteen Caribbean countries have since reported cases of chikungunya.

Guyana braces for expanded financial blacklisting by FATF next week

June 20, 2014
Guyana braces for expanded financial blacklisting by FATF next week GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon, speaking at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing on Thursday, said that for Guyana, a Financial Action Task Force (FATF) compliant anti-money laundering legislation is essential in order for the country...

Commentary: Who rules from financial services rules?

June 20, 2014
Commentary: Who rules from financial services rules? On May 29 the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force (CFATF) issued a public statement in which it said that it “recognises Guyana as a jurisdiction with significant AML/CFT (anti-money laundering and counter terrorism financing) deficiencies”. That’s fair enough since Guyana is the only...

CCJ Corner: Creating Caribbean law

June 18, 2014
Consistent with its vision to foster a unique Caribbean jurisprudence, the CCJ has taken another step in its journey to creating this indigenous body of law. This time it did so in the Guyanese case of Rosemarie Ramdehol v Haimwant Ramdehol [2013] CCJ 9 (AJ).

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