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Venezuela rejects accusation of hindering development of Guyana

March 6, 2015
Venezuela rejects accusation of hindering development of Guyana CARACAS, Venezuela -- The government of Venezuela said on Tuesday it considers unacceptable and unjust, a statement issued last weekend by the ministry of foreign affairs in Guyana, which claimed that Venezuela is hindering the development of Guyana and it’s people and that would be...

Guyana to receive 34 million euros from new European Development Fund

March 4, 2015
Guyana to receive 34 million euros from new European Development Fund GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s allocation from the 11th European Development Fund (EDF) will amount to 34 million euros (US$38 million) until 2020 and will focus on climate change adaptation, disaster reduction and sustainable infrastructure (including sea defences).

Letter: Diatribe amplifies the PPP's tactics to block an Afro-Guyanese from being elected president in Guyana

March 4, 2015
Letter: Diatribe amplifies the PPP's tactics to block an Afro-Guyanese from being elected president in Guyana Vishnu Bisram, a Queens-based pseudo pollster, in a letter published in the Guyana Times on March 1, 2015, alleged that I’m a racist because I established that his party – the PPP – traditionally practices racism against Afro-Guyanese but pretends to love us at election time.

Guyana oil exploration revives Venezuela border dispute

March 3, 2015
Guyana oil exploration revives Venezuela border dispute GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The recent announcement that Exxon/Mobil’s Deepwater Champion oil exploration rig has departed from Louisiana to the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, where it is expected to commence drilling in mid-March, has prompted an objection from Venezuela.

Guyana parliament to be dissolved on February 28

February 26, 2015
Guyana parliament to be dissolved on February 28 GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- President Donald Ramotar announced on Tuesday that he has signed the proclamation to dissolve parliament in Guyana on February 28, and the ten regional democratic councils. This announcement follows Ramotar’s decision to prorogue parliament in November.

Guyana signs US$32.16m loan agreement to strengthen environment and citizen security

February 26, 2015
Guyana signs US$32.16m loan agreement to strengthen environment and citizen security GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government of Guyana and the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) have signed a loan agreement totalling US$32.16 million for the strengthening of the environment sector and a citizen security programme. The agreement was signed at the fourth IDB...

Commentary: Selection of Elisabeth Harper cannot conceal racism and corruption in the PPP's DNA

February 26, 2015
Commentary: Selection of Elisabeth Harper cannot conceal racism and corruption in the PPP's DNA The Indian dominated People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) has come down with schizophrenia and is in panic over the merger of the main opposition APNU and AFC, which will contest the May 11, 2015, general elections as a single party. Their panic is not misplaced. The coalition portends an end...

Commentary: Guyana remains firmly with PetroCaribe

February 25, 2015
Commentary: Guyana remains firmly with PetroCaribe Ever since the inception of PetroCaribe in 2005, Guyana has remained firmly committed to the agreement. This staunch assertion flies in the face of urgings from some analysts in the Caribbean region who opine that Venezuela would be unable to sustain the program of providing concessionary oil...

Commentary: Guyana: The PPP has simply chosen a party member-supporter as its PM candidate

February 25, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: The PPP has simply chosen a party member-supporter as its PM candidate The PPP stunned the country by naming foreign service officer, Ms Elisabeth Harper, as its prime ministerial candidate for the upcoming election. All the pundits speculated that one of the party members would have been the preferred candidates. The reaction from non-PPP quarters has not been complimentary.

Guyana ruling party declares leadership ticket for May elections

February 23, 2015
Guyana ruling party declares leadership ticket for May elections GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) has declared its leadership ticket, naming Elisabeth Harper as its prime ministerial candidate – the first woman to be nominated to the post – and the running mate for President Donald Ramotar.

Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears

February 21, 2015
Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears NEW YORK, USA -- Lenovo, the Chinese computer manufacturer that has supplied tens of thousands of laptops to Caribbean governments, is reportedly selling computers that come preinstalled with spyware that hijacks encrypted web sessions and may make users vulnerable.

Oil exploration rig heading to Guyana

February 21, 2015
Oil exploration rig heading to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Exxon/Mobil’s Deepwater Champion oil exploration rig has departed from Louisiana to the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana, where it is expected to commence drilling in mid-March. According to minister of natural resources and the environment, Robert Persaud...

Commentary: APNU/AFC opposition pre-election coalition in Guyana is both breakthrough and gamble

February 18, 2015
Commentary: APNU/AFC opposition pre-election coalition in Guyana is both breakthrough and gamble Although I remain skeptical about the coalition strategy, I do welcome the compact between the two parties as a reflection of a hitherto elusive political maturity on the part of the leaderships of the APNU and the AFC. The leaderships of the APNU and the AFC should be commended for this brave step,

UN team visits Guyana to assess elections preparedness

February 13, 2015
UN team visits Guyana to assess elections preparedness GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The readiness of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to hold the May 11, general and regional elections is being assessed by the United Nations Electoral Needs Assessment Mission (UNENAM). Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon...

US provides support for oil and gas development in Guyana

February 12, 2015
US provides support for oil and gas development in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- As part of the Guyana government’s preparations for the oil and gas sector, efforts to engage international partners and countries continue. Last week, minister of natural resources and the environment, Robert Persaud met with a mission from the Bureau...

Liquid cocaine intercepted in Aruba concealed in Guyana national's luggage

February 11, 2015
Liquid cocaine intercepted in Aruba concealed in Guyana national's luggage ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Oranjestad-Aruba Preclearance facility intercepted 11.46 pounds of liquid cocaine concealed inside a Guyana national’s luggage. The subject and narcotics were turned over to Aruba Customs for further processing.

Guyana accepts 75 UN human rights proposals

February 6, 2015
Guyana accepts 75 UN human rights proposals GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett on Wednesday reported that Guyana has accepted 75 of the 143 recommendations made at the United Nations (UN) Universal Periodic Review meeting, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland, on January 27.

Commentary: Guyana Election Watch: I am merely stating the obvious that some ignore

February 4, 2015
Commentary: Guyana Election Watch: I am merely stating the obvious that some ignore My letter, “After 23 years African Guyanese are being asked to vote for an Indian Guyanese Presidency,” published in the January 27 edition of the Stabroek News, has drawn varied responses from several quarters. This is to be expected. The central issue I raised in the letter has been and will...

Maritime tactical planning course held at Barbados Coast Guard

February 3, 2015
Maritime tactical planning course held at Barbados Coast Guard BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Participants from Barbados, RSS countries and independent Commonwealth Caribbean countries came together at the Barbados Coast Guard to attend a maritime tactical planning course, delivered by a visiting training team of experts from the Royal Navy (RN).

British experts deliver financial investigations training

January 31, 2015
British experts deliver financial investigations training BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Investigators from seven jurisdictions, including Saint Lucia, attended a ten-day training course in core skills in financial investigations delivered by UK experts. Twenty-two investigators learnt how to investigate money laundering, so that they can better prosecute...

Commentary: Guyana: The critical Muslim vote: Race and democracy

January 31, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: The critical Muslim vote: Race and democracy The Muslim minority of Sri Lanka’s electoral power was instrumental in the removal of the autocratic government of President Mahinda Rajapaksa who was accused of human rights abuse, intimidation of the press and disregard for minority rights in that country. With the announcement of...

Foreign Minister defends Guyana's human rights record at UN review

January 30, 2015
Foreign Minister defends Guyana's human rights record at UN review GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The members of the Guyana delegation slated to attend the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) comprising presidential adviser Gail Teixeira, Foreign Affairs Minister Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett and legal adviser Damone Younge, in Geneva, Switzerland, were unable...

Letter: Nigel Hughes is ideal to lead a grand coalition at the upcoming general elections

January 29, 2015
Letter: Nigel Hughes is ideal to lead a grand coalition at the upcoming general elections The Guyanese nation now ponders the election of a new leader and government to chart a new course for our country. Our nation needs a rebirth. It has been perennially plagued by racial strife; social and economic stagnation; morally and intellectually bankrupt governance; abject criminality...

Guyana's human rights record to be reviewed by UN

January 27, 2015
Guyana's human rights record to be reviewed by UN GENEVA, Switzerland -- Guyana’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group for the second time on Wednesday 28 January 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live. Guyana is one of the 14 states to be reviewed.

Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM

January 27, 2015
Cuba to strengthen support to CARICOM KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) stands to benefit from increased support from Cuba in the areas of health, education, disaster response, and support for the disabled. Cuba’s Ambassador to Jamaica, Bernardo Guanche Hernández, said his government...

Commentary: In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog

January 27, 2015
Commentary: In going for the whole hog, we may end up losing the whole hog Since my last article, there have been some very energetic discussions, particularly on social media about the composition of the much touted all-opposition pre-election coalition, especially the AFC-Nagamootoo-led ticket. Nuff respect to the debaters. Those who thought I was being "racist" by...

Guyana seeks to develop international relations with non-traditional partners

January 26, 2015
Guyana seeks to develop international relations with non-traditional partners GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Minister of Foreign Affairs Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett said that Guyana is looking at non-traditional partners, even while consolidating international and foreign policy relationships with the traditional ones. On Friday, the minister explained that Guyana was...

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