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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...

CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health

April 27, 2017
CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation. This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals, which in turn...

Former Guyana attorney general arrested

April 25, 2017
Former Guyana attorney general arrested GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Former attorney general Anil Nandalall, who is also currently acting as the lawyer for a number of former Guyana government officials who were arrested by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU), has now found himself in the same predicament as his clients.

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Guyanese doctor describes experience at university in Russia

April 18, 2017
Guyanese doctor describes experience at university in Russia GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Every year since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Guyana in 1970, the Russian government has provided scholarships to Guyanese students for studies in Russia. More than 100 Guyanese students, including doctors, engineers, politicians...

Guyana minister allegedly sought GY$20 million bribe

April 12, 2017
Guyana minister allegedly sought GY$20 million bribe GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- An international oil and gas consultant who operates an Oil and Gas Academy in Guyana has named several individuals who are affiliated with a local training institution and a senior government official at the ministry of natural resources and the environment...

Dismissal of drug case in Guyana raises eyebrows, as observers question DPP decision

April 10, 2017
Dismissal of drug case in Guyana raises eyebrows, as observers question DPP decision GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The dismissal last week of a major drug case in Guyana in which a taxi driver was charged with possession of more than GY$20 million (US$98,000) worth of compressed marijuana has raised eyebrows among observers and has since attracted the concern of...

US State Department debunks rumours that Guyanese can now travel to the US without a visa

April 8, 2017
US State Department debunks rumours that Guyanese can now travel to the US without a visa GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- For several weeks now, people apparently bent on making mischief have been posting bogus and Photoshopped news extracts on social media that purport to show that Guyanese no longer require a visa to travel to the United States. These postings have been taking...

Letter: Guyanese unity has vanished

April 4, 2017
Letter: Guyanese unity has vanished The 50th Independence in New York last year made all Guyanese proud. Such unity was never experienced before. Afro and Indo Guyanese from Queens and Brooklyn celebrated together in unity. It was a proud moment for Guyanese. Although the government changed, Indians were surprised...

Russia deploys humour against fake news

April 3, 2017
Russia deploys humour against fake news GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- According to a press release issued on Saturday, April 1, by the Russian embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, the Russian foreign ministry deployed a hitherto secret weapon in its arsenal – humour – by posting on its Facebook page for April Fools’ Day the following...

Guyana may be just weeks away from economic crisis, says economist

March 30, 2017
Guyana may be just weeks away from economic crisis, says economist GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Having narrowly missed the economic after-effects of the 2008 Wall Street financial crash (the global financial crisis), and surviving a 2014 potential FOREX slide (since it is on the list of nations that could have suffered collateral damage from the 2014 oil slump)...

CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Experts discuss how to incorporate gender aspects in transport planning in Guyana

March 17, 2017
Experts discuss how to incorporate gender aspects in transport planning in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana --The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) organized on Wednesday the first forum on gender and transport in Georgetown, Guyana, with the objective of creating a space for the exchange of information between public policymakers, researchers and...

Challenged to attract reputable airlines, New York-Guyana airfares at all time high again

March 14, 2017
Challenged to attract reputable airlines, New York-Guyana airfares at all time high again NEW YORK, USA -- The flying public is again complaining that airfares between North America and Guyana are at an all-time high again, averaging roundtrip US$800 to 1,200 between New York and Georgetown, this with an announcement last week that the modernization and expansion...

Dozens of Chinese-owned supermarkets leaving recession-hit Suriname for Guyana

March 11, 2017
Dozens of Chinese-owned supermarkets leaving recession-hit Suriname for Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Over the past six months alone, more than 50 Chinese-owned supermarkets have been established throughout Guyana, with at least another 40 or so expected to become operational by August 2017. With a combined average initial contribution of almost half a billion...

Former Guyana president and others reportedly arrested for alleged fraud

March 8, 2017
Former Guyana president and others reportedly arrested for alleged fraud GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Reports coming from usually reliable sources have indicated that operatives of the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU) in Guyana have arrested former president Bharrat Jagdeo; Lisaveta Ramotar, the daughter of former president Donald Ramotar; and former head...

UN secretary-general appoints personal representative on border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela

March 2, 2017
UN secretary-general appoints personal representative on border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Dag Halvor Nylander of Norway as his personal representative on the border controversy between Guyana and Venezuela. By the Geneva Agreement of 17 February 1966, Guyana and Venezuela...

Corrupt police and fake news used by Guyana university to attack local newspaper editor

February 20, 2017
Corrupt police and fake news used by Guyana university to attack local newspaper editor GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A Guyana-based offshore university that issues questionable medical degrees to mostly unsuspecting foreign students is alleged to have hired corrupt elements of the Guyana Police Force and two street thugs to intimidate and force the Guyana Guardian and...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Letter: Parking meters generate revenue for development and are a hallmark of a modern city

February 10, 2017
Letter: Parking meters generate revenue for development and are a hallmark of a modern city The introduction of parking meters in any jurisdiction in the world attracts opposition. Similarly, a vocal minority opposes the establishment of paid parking in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown. The group launched a campaign to dissuade motorists from parking around the city to starve the city of funds.

Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intercessional meeting

February 6, 2017
Guyana to present arrest warrant treaty at CARICOM intercessional meeting GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana will be hosting the 28th intercessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on February 16 and 17. The host country will present the draft CARICOM Arrest Warrant Treaty for ratification at the meeting.

Laundered money handed to Guyana university, says Nigerian prosecutor

February 4, 2017
Laundered money handed to Guyana university, says Nigerian prosecutor LAGOS, Nigeria -- In an indictment by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of Nigeria against embattled justice of the Federal High Court, Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia, prosecutors are claiming (among other things) that Ofili-Ajumogobia had influenced the Nigeria Maritime...

Guyana university moves to silence local media

February 2, 2017
Guyana university moves to silence local media GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Fearing further public scrutiny of its operations in Guyana, Texila American University recently move to court asking that international journalist and editor-in-chief of the Guyana Guardian, Dennis Adonis, be silenced from making any form of negative disclosures in an impending...

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

Letter: The attorney general is right: The PPP politicized the Guyana judiciary into dysfunction

January 28, 2017
Letter: The attorney general is right: The PPP politicized the Guyana judiciary into dysfunction Guyana’s attorney general, Basil Williams, has forcefully articulated how successive PPP administrations calculatedly politicized Guyana’s judiciary into dysfunction. Alarmingly, the dysfunction to which he alluded, potentially predeterminedly obstructed the course of justice.

Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness

January 27, 2017
Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness LONDON, England -- Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organization.

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