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New director appointed for ILO Caribbean

August 28, 2015
New director appointed for ILO Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Claudia Coenjaerts, a Belgian national, has been appointed as director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, effective August 1, 2015. Coenjaerts joined the ILO in 1995 and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Commentary: The secret agenda behind the Venezuela-Guyana conflict

August 27, 2015
Commentary: The secret agenda behind the Venezuela-Guyana conflict It all began in 1835 when the British Empire sent a German-born naturalist and explorer to conduct geographical research in the South American territory it had colonized and named British Guiana. In the course of his explorations, a map was drawn that well-exceeded the original western boundary.

JetBlue eyes future Guyana market

August 26, 2015
JetBlue eyes future Guyana market NEW YORK, USA -- The Guyanese public has been using Facebook and other social media outlets to lobby JetBlue to enter the Guyana market especially, since JetBlue commenced services to Trinidad, airfares from New York and Florida to that Caribbean island are as low as US$300 roundtrip.

Letter: PPP MP Gail Teixeira's statements in Parliament were mendacious

August 22, 2015
Letter: PPP MP Gail Teixeira's statements in Parliament were mendacious In her presentation to the nation's budget debate in Parliament on the evening of August 20, 2015, opposition PPP Member of Parliament, Ms Gail Teixeira, erroneously claimed that the Guyana Consulate in New York has been taken over by the APNU Group in New York. She also claimed that...

Guyana fields crack team for Williams Digicel International in Barbados

August 18, 2015
Guyana fields crack team for Williams Digicel International in Barbados BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The current Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) points-leaders on two and four wheels, reigning Champion Driver Kristian Jeffrey and double Superbike Champion Stephen Vieira, are leading a strong Guyana Motor Racing & Sports Club...

Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela: The 'controversy' over the arbitral award of 1899

August 17, 2015
Commentary: Guyana-Venezuela: The 'controversy' over the arbitral award of 1899 Every so often, sections of the local and foreign media propagate the erroneous idea of an existing territorial “dispute” between Venezuela and Guyana over the Essequibo region. They write and report about the “disputed” Essequibo territory, conveniently ignoring the fact that the territory was firmly...

Guyana can serve as a bridge between CARICOM and UNASUR, says president

August 13, 2015
Guyana can serve as a bridge between CARICOM and UNASUR, says president PARAMARIBO, Suriname (GINA) -- President David Granger, in pledging Guyana’s support to the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), stated that Guyana can serve as a bridge between UNASUR and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). On Wednesday, Granger, minister of foreign affairs...

CARICOM chair reiterates Community support of Guyana's territorial, maritime integrity

August 10, 2015
CARICOM chair reiterates Community support of Guyana's territorial, maritime integrity BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Current chair of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Barbados Prime Minister Freundel Stuart, on Friday met with Jorge Arreaza, vice president Venezuela, who was in Barbados as part of a regional tour to discuss Venezuela’s territorial and maritime claims.

Guyana clarifies position on talks with Venezuela

August 10, 2015
Guyana clarifies position on talks with Venezuela GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following local and regional media reports claiming that the president of Guyana, David Granger has changed his mind about meeting with and holding discussions concerning to the border controversy with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, the government said...

US Diaspora to commemorate Guyana's 50th independence anniversary in May 2016

August 5, 2015
US Diaspora to commemorate Guyana's 50th independence anniversary in May 2016 NEW YORK, USA -- Guyanese in the United States have commenced plans for an elaborate celebration to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Guyana’s independence in May 2016. Guyana gained independence from Great Britain on May 26, 1966. A commemoration planning committee has...

CDB and Guyana reaffirm relationship

August 1, 2015
CDB and Guyana reaffirm relationship GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Providing financial and technical support for Guyana’s goal of lifting people out of poverty and unlocking the country’s full potential was the key focus of a meeting on July 29, 2015 between Brigadier David Granger, president of Guyana, and Dr William Warren Smith...

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI

July 31, 2015
Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.

Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela - peace under law

July 31, 2015
Commentary: Guyana and Venezuela - peace under law A search of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s statements posted on his official website shows no mention of anything he said after a meeting last week with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro about the Guyana-Venezuela controversy. But, according to President Maduro...

Guyana president calls for stronger regional security

July 27, 2015
Guyana president calls for stronger regional security WASHINGTON, USA (GINA) -- “The Caribbean needs a stronger collective security system in order to deal with new threats,” said Guyana’s President David Granger, while delivering the commencement address at the William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies (WJPC) graduation...

Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend?

July 25, 2015
Analysis: Will Guyana be Curacao's new best friend? Earlier this year, after hints of the possibility of new oil and gas pockets hit Venezuela elite executives in ALBA and MERCUSUR, a strategic move was made to capture much of the potentially oil producing area; in order to take advantage of smaller countries’ ignorance of the true worth of the natural resources within...

Forensic audit in Guyana reveals unauthorised transfers from PetroCaribe fund

July 24, 2015
Forensic audit in Guyana reveals unauthorised transfers from PetroCaribe fund GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Aerswar Deonarine, deputy chief executive officer (DCEO Administration) of the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Company, and Carvil Duncan, president of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions (FITUG) and a director on GPL's board, are now said to be under...

CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region

July 24, 2015
CCJ ruling may have implications for telecoms companies in the region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A ruling this week by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) may have implications on how telecommunications companies dictate to their customers about what they can do with their internet service, according to local tech expert Russell Williams. The ruling delivered on Monday...

Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute

July 23, 2015
Commentary: A non-violent conflict: The Venezuela-Guyana dispute An old territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana has flared up once again as the Guyanese government contracted ExxonMobil to look for offshore oil in an area that Caracas claims as its own. While it is unlikely that this particular instance will escalate into an armed conflict, these tensions highlight...

Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state

July 18, 2015
Commentary: Venezuelan opposition MPs propose legislation to create an Essequibo state In a new twist to the Venezuelan renewed vociferous and heated claim to Guyana’s western Essequibo territory, eight opposition members of the Venezuelan National Assembly have presented a special bill for the creation of a new Essequibo “state”. The legislators, Andres Velasquez, Freddy Marcano...

WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public

July 17, 2015
WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public KINGSTON, Jamaica -- As part of continued efforts for the public to participate in the series of town-hall meetings, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be in Saint Lucia and Guyana over the next two weeks. Fans in those two territories will get the chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport.

Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour

July 15, 2015
Caribbean countries engage in south-south cooperation roundtable to combat child labour BRASILIA, Brazil -- From 1-3 July 2015, delegations from 25 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, participated in a roundtable for south-south cooperation focused on combating child labour, with the signing of four...

Commentary: Courtney Crum Ewing was martyred and forgotten in Guyana

July 15, 2015
Commentary: Courtney Crum Ewing was martyred and forgotten in Guyana It’s been three months now since Courtney Crum Ewing was murdered on the streets in Guyana. His demise drew widespread condemnation from large sections of the society. The masses in conjunction with the political leaders transformed his funeral into carnival of protest. That moment may have...

Guyana coalition member criticises CARICOM on Venezuela statement

July 13, 2015
Guyana coalition member criticises CARICOM on Venezuela statement GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a member of the ruling coalition, has criticised the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) over the statement on the recently escalated maritime border between Guyana and Venezuela issued following the recent CARICOM heads...

Guyana government to examine court ruling on presidential term limit

July 13, 2015
Guyana government to examine court ruling on presidential term limit GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Basil Williams said that the Guyana government will be examining acting Chief Justice Ian Chang’s ruling that the presidential term limit is unconstitutional. On Thursday, Chang ruled on a 2014 constitutional challenge...

Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar

July 10, 2015
Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister Gonsalves, leader of the Gonsalves dynasty family government group, owners of the ULP and the plantation known as St Vincent, has aligned our pretty adorable little country with a country what can only be described as a nation of political scumbags. We have all heard the saying that...

International agencies alleged to be infiltrating Venezuela from Guyana

July 8, 2015
International agencies alleged to be infiltrating Venezuela from Guyana CARACAS, Venezuela -- Journalist José Vicente Rangel claimed on Monday that “international intelligence agencies are carrying out infiltration activities” from Guyana into Venezuela. Based on allegedly confidential information, he claimed that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States...

Surinam Airways launches direct Guyana-Orlando flight with connecting flights to Suriname

July 6, 2015
Surinam Airways launches direct Guyana-Orlando flight with connecting flights to Suriname ORLANDO, USA -- Surinam Airways officially launched service with an inaugural non-stop flight on July 2 between Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) in Georgetown, Guyana, and the Orlando Sanford International Airport. The return flight left on July 3 from Orlando Sanford to CJIA with continuing...

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