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Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady

May 3, 2016
Editorial: Belize, Guyana and the Iron Lady Following the recent shooting incident on the Belize-Guatemala border and the subsequent buildup of Guatemalan troops in the area, Amandala (described as Belize’s leading newspaper) published a scathing editorial, highly critical of the perceived passivity of the government in Belmopan.

Letter: World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
Letter: World Press Freedom Day One of the things we love about sport is the freedom to enjoy and play what we want, when we want, with whom we want. Such freedoms are never questioned until they come under threat. Until a government or governing body or impinges on our right to play. The same can be said...

The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean

April 26, 2016
UNAIDS condemns killings and human rights violations against transgender people in the Caribbean KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) has condemned killings and violations of human rights against transgender people reported in recent months by civil society and media in different countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Commentary: Guyana should immediately rescind this embarrassing MOU with India

April 25, 2016
Commentary: Guyana should immediately rescind this embarrassing MOU with India The Guyana government has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of India for the establishment of a US$1 million ICT Center of Excellence inside two classroom spaces at the NDMA – University of Guyana campus in Georgetown. While the announcement...

US$30.9 million sea and river defence project launched in Guyana

April 19, 2016
US$30.9 million sea and river defence project launched in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On Wednesday April 13, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the government of Guyana launched a US$30.9 million sea and river defense project. The project is expected to provide for the reconstruction and improvement of approximately 5.4 km...

Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations

April 18, 2016
Islamic bloc calls for international conference on slavery reparations ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit, which ended on Friday in Istanbul, Turkey, in its communiqué threw its full support behind the Caribbean community and the African Diaspora in their quest to convene an international conference to...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent

April 15, 2016
Suriname foreign minister in Istanbul for Islamic summit; Guyana absent ISTANBUL, Turkey -- The foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, is in Turkey representing President Desi Bouterse at the 13th Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, which commenced on Wednesday under the theme “Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace”.

Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution

April 13, 2016
Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela border issue: The juridical option for a solution Just after the conclusion of the conference of Commonwealth leaders in Malta, Guyana’s President David Granger on November 29, 2015, declared that the ongoing process by the United Nations could resolve the border controversy with Venezuela in three years’ time. While some may...

IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean

April 11, 2016
IDB study says $1.8 billion needed to end poor housing conditions in the Caribbean WASHINGTON, USA -- Approximately US$1.8 billion would be needed to end poor housing conditions currently endured by 1 million residents in The Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago, according to a new Inter-American Development Bank report.

Guyana and Suriname to take part in Islamic summit

April 9, 2016
Guyana and Suriname to take part in Islamic summit GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Western Hemisphere's only two members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Guyana and Suriname, will participate in next week's 13th Summit of the OIC from April 10-15 in Istanbul, Turkey. The president and the foreign minister...

Bank membership tremendous benefit for Guyana, says Suriname Islamic Bank governor

April 9, 2016
Bank membership tremendous benefit for Guyana, says Suriname Islamic Bank governor PARAMARIBO, Suriname – Guyana, which recently joined the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), will definitely draw criticism from various elements but Suriname's alternate governor to the IsDB, Ambassador Anwar Lall Mohamed, sees this as a "wise decision and that it will...

Guyana becomes 57th member of the Islamic Bank

April 4, 2016
Guyana becomes 57th member of the Islamic Bank GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana is now a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), after joining the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1998, according to a press release from the ministry of finance on Friday. Membership in the OIC is a prerequisite to joining the IDB.

Guyana and Suriname should renegotiate restrictive air agreements with Brazil and Colombia, says IDB report

April 4, 2016
Guyana and Suriname should renegotiate restrictive air agreements with Brazil and Colombia, says IDB report WASHINGTON, USA -- An Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) report calls for Guyana and Suriname to renegotiate their respective air services agreements (ASA) with Brazil and Colombia because they are very restrictive and not good for the development of the civil aviation industries of...

Sixth zika case confirmed in Guyana

March 31, 2016
Sixth zika case confirmed in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- A sixth person in Guyana has contracted the zika virus. The patient is from the Soesdyke area on the East Bank of Demerara. According to chief medical officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud, the other five individuals have fully recovered. Meanwhile, preventative...

IDB report critical of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority's extensive powers

March 28, 2016
IDB report critical of Guyana Civil Aviation Authority's extensive powers WASHINGTON, USA -- A November 2015 report compiled by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB), was critical of the state of civil aviation in Guyana, and the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) came under heavy criticism for controlling both technical regulations and policymaking.

Guyana and Suriname will not become air hubs, says IDB report

March 26, 2016
Guyana and Suriname will not become air hubs, says IDB report WASHINGTON, USA -- A report commissioned by the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) concluded that Guyana and Suriname will not in the near future become air hubs in the region. The report by Andy Ricover, titled Constraints to Regional Air Connectivity between countries of...

Commentary: The Local Government Elections: A referendum on Guyana's political condition

March 23, 2016
Commentary: The Local Government Elections: A referendum on Guyana's political condition Many observers, including the government and the opposition PPP, framed the recent local government elections (LGE) as a referendum on the APNU+AFC coalition’s performance in government. In many respects it is a characterization that’s difficult to avoid. Coming mere months after...

Guyana holds second public consultation on draft cybercrime bill

March 17, 2016
Guyana holds second public consultation on draft cybercrime bill GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The second public consultation on Guyana’s draft Cybercrime Bill of 2016, kicked off on Wednesday in Georgetown; with stakeholders making several meaningful submissions on almost every aspect of the draft legislation, which seeks to rein in perpetrators of...

Guyana president likely to participate in Islamic summit

March 12, 2016
Guyana president likely to participate in Islamic summit GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- President of Guyana, David Granger, has been invited by Turkey to attend the upcoming Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) heads of government summit, which will be held in Istanbul from April 10-15. The Secretary General of the OIC, Dr Iyad Madani...

IMF team concludes consultation with Guyana

March 12, 2016
IMF team concludes consultation with Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A staff team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Marcos Chamon, visited Guyana during February 24–March 7 to hold discussions for the 2016 Article IV consultation.  The team met with finance minister Winston Jordan, public infrastructure minister...

Commentary: Equating state violence with the resistance it engenders is wrong

March 12, 2016
Commentary: Equating state violence with the resistance it engenders is wrong My critique of state violence against citizens since independence, including those who oppose the government has understandably enraged opinion on both sides of our ethno-political divide. The two opinions have one thing in common -- they both contend that the state under their party’s...

Commentary: I am disappointed at President Granger's remarks on the Walter Rodney COI report

March 9, 2016
Commentary: I am disappointed at President Granger's remarks on the Walter Rodney COI report I was very disappointed at President Granger’s response to the report of the Walter Rodney’s Commission of Inquiry (COI). The president is reported to have said that the report was “flawed”, that it was based on “hearsay” and that it would be challenged. He concluded that the report does not...

Regional officials gather in Guyana for electoral workshop

March 8, 2016
Regional officials gather in Guyana for electoral workshop GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Senior electoral officials, experts from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and representatives of other regional organisations have gathered in Guyana for a three-day discussion aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences and good practices.

Guyana government to address concerns of prisoners after fatal fire

March 7, 2016
Guyana government to address concerns of prisoners after fatal fire GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Following a fatal fire on Thursday, the situation at the Georgetown Prison in Guyana is returning to normalcy. This follows a meeting between an 18-man delegation representing the prisoners and vice president and minister of public security, Khemraj Ramjattan.

Guyana prisoners killed in fire

March 5, 2016
Guyana prisoners killed in fire GEORGETOWN, Guyana (WINN) -- At least 16 prisoners died on Thursday in a fire inside a prison in Georgetown, Guyana. Public security minister Khemraj Ramjattan was quoted as saying that inmates apparently set two fires during a riot over conditions inside the prison. He indicated that...

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