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Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states

August 30, 2016
Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states LONDON, England -- Key industries in some Commonwealth nations could take massive hits if appropriate steps aren’t taken following the UK’s departure from the EU. The forecast over so-called Brexit comes from policy experts’ analysis in two new research papers published by the...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield

August 25, 2016
Commentary: Economic incentives vital for development of the Guiana Shield The fourth international congress on the biodiversity of the Guiana Shield, sponsored by the International Biodiversity Society of the Guiana Shield (IBG) in conjunction with the Guyana government, was held during August 8-12 in Georgetown, Guyana. In his address to the forum on April 8...

Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful

August 20, 2016
Venezuela official suggests the arrest of its citizens in Guyana was unlawful CARACAS, Venezuela -- A Venezuelan government source with close ties to President Nicolás Maduro has suggested that the arrest of 14 Venezuelans in the Essequibo region by Guyanese officials may have been a breach of international norms since Venezuela views the area...

Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight

August 17, 2016
Barbados welcomes weekly Suriname flight BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BTMI) -- Travel between Barbados, Suriname and Guyana should now be easier, thanks to the new Fly AllWays service out of the Johan Adolf Pengel International Airport in Paramaribo, Suriname. The Fly AllWays inaugural flight touched down at the Grantley Adams International...

Jungle-stranded Venezuelans plead with Guyana's president to allow them in to find food

August 15, 2016
Jungle-stranded Venezuelans plead with Guyana's president to allow them in to find food GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The graphic survival stories that usually come out daily from the mouths of children, parents and families who are enduring Venezuela’s seemingly never-ending food crisis are often too distressing to listen to, much more to relay. Someone always has a painful story...

Letter: Party paramountcy

August 12, 2016
Letter: Party paramountcy On February 8 this year, the Report of the Commission of Inquiry on the Circumstances Surrounding the Death of the Late Dr Walter Rodney was submitted to the president of Guyana, David Granger. The commissioners, Sir Richard Cheltenham, QC; Mr Seenath Jairam, SC; and Mrs Jacqueline...

Letter: The travel ban on University of Guyana graduates is unlawful and subverts the constitution

August 3, 2016
Letter: The travel ban on University of Guyana graduates is unlawful and subverts the constitution The recent pronouncement of the minister of finance in which he declared with the utmost pomposity that graduates who are in arrears with the University of Guyana would be prevented from travelling out of the country until they had settled the debt, must strike all right-minded people...

Guyana names new ambassador to Kuwait

August 2, 2016
Guyana names new ambassador to Kuwait GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana this week named Professor Dr Shamir Ally as its next resident ambassador to Kuwait. The Guyana embassy in Kuwait has been without an ambassador for over two years now, with Sarfaraz Shadood heading the embassy since former ambassador...

Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship

July 22, 2016
Commentary: Plans advance for South American passport and citizenship The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) has advanced its plans for the establishment of a South American passport and the promotion of the free movement of all South American citizens throughout the continent. Towards this end, on June 28-29, the Working Group on South American...

Commentary: When is Guyana's President David Granger going to Africa?

July 21, 2016
Commentary: When is Guyana's President David Granger going to Africa? Just last week, Guyana participated in an “oil and gas mentorship programme” in Kampala, Uganda. Guyana which recently discovered a mega oil and gas field off its coast, is making preparation for the development of the country’s oil and gas sector, and this is why Minister of Finance...

Guyana telecoms company allegedly obstructs service for emerging newspaper

July 15, 2016
Guyana telecoms company allegedly obstructs service for emerging newspaper GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana-born international journalist and multi-faceted businessman Dennis Adonis has accused the Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) of being a “communications tyrant” and a frequent albatross around the neck of Guyana’s economic progress.

Guyana's latest oil discovery may boost local aviation sector

July 12, 2016
Guyana's latest oil discovery may boost local aviation sector GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana is set to grow tremendously in the coming year after a second offshore well confirmed a mega discovery of oil and gas, and the aviation sector, which has been neglected for decades, is now getting a lot of attention from the government.

CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking

July 11, 2016
CARICOM to continue robust advocacy against de-risking GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is advancing its efforts to address de-risking and its effects on the region and heads of government have taken the decision to approach the government of the United States directly. Prime minister of Jamaica...

Guyana Animation Network launched

July 11, 2016
Guyana Animation Network launched GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana Animation Network (GAN) was officially launched at an open day in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 2, 2016. GAN is a network established to use its resources to create and provide access to opportunities for persons within Guyana’s artistic...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

Guyana tech company set to unveil the world's newest antivirus software

July 9, 2016
Guyana tech company set to unveil the world's newest antivirus software GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In less than a week, a Guyana-based software development company will be officially launching the world’s newest antivirus software, in addition to a professional PC cleaning tool, and a spyware removal tool. Presumably a first for a Caribbean tech company...

Commentary: Mamadoe, the Muslim enslaved African burnt to death in Guyana

July 7, 2016
Commentary: Mamadoe, the Muslim enslaved African burnt to death in Guyana Although obeah (folk magic) was a punishable offence, it was frequently practiced as a means of inspiring or supporting slave revolt and other forms of resistance on the plantations. Both the Dutch and British viewed obeah as nothing more than witchcraft or black magic to harm others.

CARICOM heads of government begin discussions in Guyana

July 6, 2016
CARICOM heads of government begin discussions in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The plenary sessions of the 37th meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) got underway in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday morning. The heads of government will discuss a wide range of issues.

ExxonMobil's significant oil find off Guyana leads to questions about the country's future

July 5, 2016
ExxonMobil's significant oil find off Guyana leads to questions about the country's future GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- US oil giant ExxonMobil made waves in Guyana last Thursday by announcing it had confirmed a “world-class discovery” of oil offshore. The company said results from its exploration well in the Stabroek block, about 120 miles (193 kilometres) offshore...

Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates?

July 5, 2016
Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates? The people of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean in general woke up on the morning of June 7, 2016, to a new reality; Dr Kenny Anthony is no longer the prime minister of that country. The almost flippant and matter-of-fact announcement of the dissolution of parliament and an election...

Athletes compete for CARICOM 10K title on Sunday

July 1, 2016
Athletes compete for CARICOM 10K title on Sunday GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 12th Annual CARICOM 10K race takes place this Sunday at 6:00 am in Georgetown, Guyana, under the Theme ‘Promoting Healthy and Peaceful Societies’. The CARICOM 10K race is held to coincide with the regular meeting of the conference of...

Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean

June 30, 2016
Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean This past February, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported that several countries within the region had been issued immediate drought warnings by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados...

Commentary: The Muslim-led slave uprisings in Guyana

June 28, 2016
Commentary: The Muslim-led slave uprisings in Guyana Very little is written about the prominent role that enslaved African Muslims played in the history of the Guianas but, for now, we will focus on Guyana, the former Dutch/British colony in South America. While the reconstruction of the history of enslaved Africans in Guyana is difficult due to...

Caribbean weighs Brexit implications

June 25, 2016
Caribbean weighs Brexit implications GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has begun responding to the news that Britain has voted to leave the European Union (EU). On Friday 52 percent of voters in a referendum in Britain opted out of remaining in the 28-member grouping.

Kuwait embassy in Guyana still on the cards

June 23, 2016
Kuwait embassy in Guyana still on the cards GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The first Kuwaiti embassy in a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country, Guyana, is still on the cards, according to diplomats working quietly and diligently to see this proposal come to fruition. It may also very well be the first Arab diplomatic mission in...

Corruption and red tape raised at Guyana investment forum in NYC

June 16, 2016
Corruption and red tape raised at Guyana investment forum in NYC NEW YORK, USA -- At the just concluded “Guyana Means Business” investment conference in New York City last Friday, many participants raised the issue of corruption and red tape that frustrated the efforts to invest in Guyana during the previous administration. Investors were very vocal...

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