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Commentary: I fear for Vanessa Kissoon's life in Guyana

March 30, 2015
Commentary: I fear for Vanessa Kissoon's life in Guyana I write in solidarity with Vanessa Kissoon. This young woman has been bearing too much on her own. I have hesitated in the past to say anything about her travails because I did not want to become embroiled in the affairs of a party to which I do not belong. And I still don’t.  From my estimation, Ms Kissoon...

Letter: Every name on the voters' list in Guyana must be validated before elections

March 25, 2015
Letter: Every name on the voters' list in Guyana must be validated before elections The APNU+AFC Coalition Party has expressed concerns about the unexplained, exponential growth of electors that constitute the 2015 Preliminary List of Electors (PLE) or the “Voters’ List.” The List grew from 475,496 in 2011, to 567,125 in 2015. This is an increase of 91,625 electors.

Guyanese circuit racing champion heads for SR3 Cup at Bushy Park Barbados

March 24, 2015
Guyanese circuit racing champion heads for SR3 Cup at Bushy Park Barbados BUSHY PARK, Barbados -- Multiple Guyanese circuit racing Champion Mark Vieira returns to race at Bushy Park Barbados this weekend (March 28/29), as two exciting new one-make motor racing championships are launched at the Valvoline Glassesco John ‘Tiny’ Harrison Memorial Race Meet.

Guyana's territorial rights, diplomacy, international treaties examined in new book

March 23, 2015
Guyana's territorial rights, diplomacy, international treaties examined in new book OCALA, USA -- As a diplomat and historian, author Odeen Ishmael has been an active participant in conducting diplomatic relations between Guyana and Venezuela. In the second volume of his three-part documentary, “The Trail of Diplomacy” (published by Xlibris), he continues the history of...

Commentary: The rot in Guyana's PPP started while the Jagans were still alive

March 23, 2015
Commentary: The rot in Guyana's PPP started while the Jagans were still alive There has been quite a stir in Guyana since President Bharrat Jagdeo, in defending his sumptuous lifestyle, suggested that the party’s founder-leaders and heroes Cheddi and Janet Jagan lived well too. Ex-executive Ralph Ramkarran and the Jagan’s daughter, Nadira disputed Jagdeo’s suggestion.

Guyana political activist killed ahead of elections

March 20, 2015
Guyana political activist killed ahead of elections GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The killing of a political activist in Guyana during the current pre-electoral period has fueled fear that further violence and limitations to freedom of expression may occur. Political activist Courtney Crum-Ewing was killed on 10 March in the East Bank Demerara neighbourhood.

Guyana government rejects claims of state resources being used for elections campaign

March 20, 2015
Guyana government rejects claims of state resources being used for elections campaign GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon has rejected claims that that state resources in Guyana are being utilised for the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s campaign for the upcoming general and regional elections.

CCJ Corner: CCJ rules in gas station dispute

March 18, 2015
CCJ Corner: CCJ rules in gas station dispute Mr Feizal Mohamed Amin (‘Mr Amin’), a gas station owner, had an agreement with Guyana Oil Company Ltd (‘Guyoil’), for Guyoil to supply him with petroleum and petroleum products. Guyoil claimed that between September 5 and September 28, 2005, Mr Amin failed to pay them for goods delivered.

Guyana optimistic boundary dispute with Venezuela can be resolved diplomatically

March 13, 2015
Guyana optimistic boundary dispute with Venezuela can be resolved diplomatically GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Head of the Presidential Secretariat in Guyana, Dr Roger Luncheon, in addressing the media at his weekly post-Cabinet press briefing, reiterated that Guyana and Venezuela have both sought specific mechanisms not to have the ongoing boundary dispute...

Political coalition agreement illegal, says Guyana attorney general

March 12, 2015
Political coalition agreement illegal, says Guyana attorney general GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana’s attorney general and minister of legal affairs, Anil Nandlall, has claimed that the newly formed APNU/AFC (A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change) coalition of political parties has no foundation in law. Nandlall said that the document is fraught with...

Belizean CARICOM Single Market spokespersons ready to show the way

March 12, 2015
Belizean CARICOM Single Market spokespersons ready to show the way BELIZE CITY, Belize -- Nineteen Belizeans from the government, education and private sectors were formally launched as spokespersons for the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) in Belize on February 25 after a two-day intensive training workshop. As spokespersons they...

CDB provides policy tools and financial support to unlock sustainability and inclusive growth

March 9, 2015
CDB provides policy tools and financial support to unlock sustainability and inclusive growth BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- “Outturns in relation to foreign exchange reserves were mostly positive, proving adequate import cover, in line with balance of payments (BOP) outturns,” and “most BMCs continued to hold reserves in excess of the international 3-month/12-week benchmark.”

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...

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