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Guyana president joins Muslims for Ramazan Iftar

June 22, 2017
Guyana president joins Muslims for Ramazan Iftar GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- President David Granger joined the Muslim community of Guyana on Sunday to break the Roza or fast that the Muslim community in Guyana is observing because it is the month of Ramazan. The British High Commissioner to Guyana, Greg Quinn and his wife also joined...

Aquaculture has significant potential as foreign exchange earner for Guyana

June 22, 2017
Aquaculture has significant potential as foreign exchange earner for Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- According to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), a report on the feasibility study for aquaculture as a diversification venture for GuySuCo discloses significant potential.  The study was undertaken by AquaSol Corporation Inc., a company based in Florida.

Commentary: The Qatar embargo: Guyana and Suriname can't take sides

June 16, 2017
Commentary: The Qatar embargo: Guyana and Suriname can't take sides Guyana and Suriname can't take sides in the Sunni/Shia-Saudi led confrontation with Iran. Saudi Arabia is acting like the victim and exploiting the erratic leadership in Washington, DC, that wants to roll back most of Barack Obama’s foreign policy achievements, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA)...

Guyana expels some Haitians

June 14, 2017
Guyana expels some Haitians GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Several Haitians who arrived in Guyana several weeks ago have been asked to leave the country because investigators suspect they plan to move on to another destination, the immigration authorities said on Monday. Winston Felix, the minister of immigration and citizenship...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

Commentary: ICJ adjudication of Guyana-Venezuela border issue draws nearer

June 1, 2017
Commentary: ICJ adjudication of Guyana-Venezuela border issue draws nearer On February 27 this year, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced the appointment of Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his personal representative to help find a solution to the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. Nylander comes with the experience as ambassador...

Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname

May 31, 2017
Haitians flocking to Guyana to get to French Guiana and beyond via Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Since the government of Suriname abruptly closed its consulate in Port-au- Prince for fear of “security” after it halted the visa free entrance of Haitians to Suriname, Guyana is now the destination of choice for Haitians looking to get to French Guiana, the USA and beyond.

CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries

May 31, 2017
CDB approves millions in loans and grants for ten borrowing member countries PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands -- On Monday, May 22, the board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), met in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands. It approved the following projects in The Bahamas, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, St Kitts and Nevis...

Fisheries ministers from CRFM member states meet in Guyana

May 30, 2017
Fisheries ministers from CRFM member states meet in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) hosted the 11th meeting of its Ministerial Council – the highest ranking decision-making body of the regional fisheries organization – on Friday, May 19, in Georgetown, Guyana. Fisheries ministers from...

Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN

May 29, 2017
Guiana Shield tourism initiative takes centre stage at UN NEW YORK, USA -- The Guiana Shield Tourism Initiative, the brainchild of Henry MacDonald, Suriname’s permanent representative to the United Nations, and supported by Guyana’s ambassador to the UN, Rudolph Ten-Pow, took centre stage at the UN on Tuesday. The Guiana Shield Tourism...

Guyana and Suriname score medals at Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku

May 29, 2017
Guyana and Suriname score medals at Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Guyana and Suriname each earned three medals – one silver and two bronze – at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, which concluded last week in Baku, Azerbaijan, thereby ranking joint 30th among the 55 countries competing. For Suriname, Miguel Van-Assen scored silver...

Guyana businessman suing Republic Bank after being prevented from accessing his account

May 23, 2017
Guyana businessman suing Republic Bank after being prevented from accessing his account GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana businessman and international author Dennis Adonis says that he is in the process of filing a $10 million (US$50,000) court action against Republic Bank, after the Water Street branch of the regional financial institution repeatedly refused to grant him access...

Former Guyana health minister sentenced in US for running 'pill mill'

May 23, 2017
Former Guyana health minister sentenced in US for running 'pill mill' NEW YORK, USA -- Noel Blackman, who practiced as a medical doctor and was the former health minister of Guyana and executive member of the World Health Organization, has been sentenced to 50 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for illegally distributing oxycodone.

New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop

May 23, 2017
New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An innovative trade initiative that is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019. The hub and spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union...

Guyana president attends Arab-American Islamic Summit

May 22, 2017
Guyana president attends Arab-American Islamic Summit RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President David Granger of Guyana arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday to join other world leaders for the Arab-American Islamic Summit on Sunday. The special summit, initiated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), brought together members of the Arab League...

Another oil expert confirms that Guyana cannot afford an oil refinery

May 22, 2017
Another oil expert confirms that Guyana cannot afford an oil refinery GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- More than six months after Michael Boyer, a former oil research analyst at British Petroleum (BP) had said that Guyana cannot afford an oil refinery, Pedro Hass, a government-hired consultant from Hartree Partners LP of Mexico, has now confirmed the same thing.

Guyana attorney general calls for referendum on legality of homosexual intimacy

May 19, 2017
Guyana attorney general calls for referendum on legality of homosexual intimacy GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- It has been just under two months since the APNU+AFC Coalition government in Guyana first responded to the submissions of youth activists at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the government’s intention to hold a referendum on whether homosexual...

Letter: Our issue is the consul general's mendacious, divisive letter

May 15, 2017
Letter: Our issue is the consul general's mendacious, divisive letter The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) wishes to respond to an article titled “Diaspora groups fight over NY independence celebrations” that was published in the Guyana Chronicle on May 9, 2017. 1. Our Committee is a legitimate...

Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting in Jeddah

May 13, 2017
Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting in Jeddah JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The finance ministers of Guyana and Suriname, Winston Jordan and Gilmore Hoefdraad, will lead their respective delegations to the 42nd Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) meeting, which begins Sunday, May 14 to 18 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The alternative governor...

Haitian airline to start Guyana flights

May 13, 2017
Haitian airline to start Guyana flights PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Sunrise Airways, a local airline based in Haiti, plans to commence flights between Port-au- Prince and the Cheddi Jagan International (CJIA) Airport in Guyana this summer after some setbacks. Sunrise Airways had originally planned to launch flights to Guyana on March 29.

Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals

May 11, 2017
Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With a Category II rating of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana will not be able to start and operate its own airline until all the deficiencies are corrected. However, this is not a major constraint holding back the development of tourism and attracting...

Three arrested in Guyana after Venezuelan-made explosives found

May 8, 2017
Three arrested in Guyana after Venezuelan-made explosives found GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Police in Guyana have arrested a 45-year-old woman and her two adult children after a search of their apartment revealed a large stock of explosives. The Guyana Guardian was reliably informed that the woman, whose name has been given by villagers as Lilawattie Singh...

Female passenger from St Lucia detained in Guyana money laundering probe

May 6, 2017
Female passenger from St Lucia detained in Guyana money laundering probe GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Police in Guyana said that they have arrested and detained a woman who had arrived on a flight from Saint Lucia on Thursday night after she was found to be in possession of US$44,688, which she failed to declare to authorities. The 36-year-old woman had traveled to...

Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health

May 1, 2017
Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Recognised by the World Health Organization, as one of the greatest threats to human health and the environment, climate change can affect safe drinking water, secure shelter, and sufficient food in the Caribbean region. While emissions of greenhouse gases from...

Copa-Turkish Airlines agreement opens Guyana to Africa, Eurasia and Far East

May 1, 2017
Copa-Turkish Airlines agreement opens Guyana to Africa, Eurasia and Far East PANAMA CITY, Panama -- An agreement to operate joint flights was signed on Friday between Star Alliance members Copa and Turkish Airlines, and is a major game changer for the travel industry of Latin America and the Caribbean. This is especially important to Guyana, a country very much...

Guyana disappointed at 'sloth like pace' of IsDB approval process

April 27, 2017
Guyana disappointed at 'sloth like pace' of IsDB approval process GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Ahead of next month’s meeting of the 42nd annual governors meeting of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Guyana has expressed concern at the “the sloth like pace at which programmes and projects are being technically evaluated and designed...

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