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Exercise Tradewinds 2015 starts Sunday

May 30, 2015
Exercise Tradewinds 2015 starts Sunday BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Beginning Sunday, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, Mexico, and the United Kingdom for maritime security and disaster response training at Camp Springfield in St Kitts as part of Exercise Tradewinds.

Chanderpaul sacking distressing, says Guyana sports minister

May 29, 2015
Chanderpaul sacking distressing, says Guyana sports minister GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana’s minister of education with responsibility for sport, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine, has described the ‘sacking’ of veteran Guyanese batsmen Shivnarine Chanderpaul from the West Indies cricket squad as ‘distressing’. “The manner of his going, really does no justice...

Guyana's new president defends size of cabinet and renaming of ministries

May 28, 2015
Guyana's new president defends size of cabinet and renaming of ministries GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- President David Granger has dismissed claims that the new APNU/AFC coalition government in Guyana is a “large government,” and pointed out that there are fewer ministries than those under the previous administration. “It is the amalgamation of the ministries...

British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference

May 28, 2015
British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will host the 40th annual conference of the Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Over 70 parliamentarians drawn from member states of that body are expected to arrive in the BVI in July.

Guyana's new president should avoid being baited by Chinese investors, says author

May 27, 2015
Guyana's new president should avoid being baited by Chinese investors, says author NEW YORK, USA -- Citing several instances of Chinese corrupt practices, and accusing them of being guilty of seriously compromising the Guyanese citizenship process, Guyana born author, researcher and international journalist Dennis Adonis has urged the country’s newly sworn in head of state...

Commentary: Guyana: The new cabinet resembles a thrown together group rather than a team

May 27, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: The new cabinet resembles a thrown together group rather than a team It’s been quite a first week for Guyana’s new coalition government. They are still basking in the sunlight of an unexpected victory. Their supporters, including this writer, are still celebrating. In such a situation, any criticism of the government is not likely to go down well with the supporters.

Islamic bloc congratulates Guyana on successful election

May 23, 2015
Islamic bloc congratulates Guyana on successful election JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- In a press release from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the OIC secretary general Iyad Ameen Madani, has congratulated the people of Guyana on the success of the general and regional elections held on May 11, 2015.  Madani noted that the OIC dispatched...

Commentary: Hearing the Guyanese people's voice

May 23, 2015
Commentary: Hearing the Guyanese people's voice For several days after the Guyanese general election on May 11, speculation swirled regarding the outcome. However, it became clear, not just by the estimation of the opposition Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change that it had won, but by the increasingly petulant and forlorn demands...

'Significant' oil deposit found offshore Guyana

May 22, 2015
'Significant' oil deposit found offshore Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana looks to be set to join the group of oil producing nations, as news was made public by ExxonMobil that it has found a deposit of a 'significant' amount of oil in the Stabroek Block, some 120 nautical miles offshore Guyana.

Letter: Where were they when what happened in St Kitts-Nevis took place in Guyana?

May 22, 2015
Letter: Where were they when what happened in St Kitts-Nevis took place in Guyana? I am writing on behalf of the youths and the Kittitians and Nevisians who have similar questions. What happened in Guyana after the elections? Where were the results? Is this going to be a trend that the Caribbean will be following? No results until days after the elections. We must become more...

New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties

May 20, 2015
New Guyana president seeks to strengthen bilateral ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- High on the agenda of Guyana’s newly-elected President David Granger and his soon-to-be-sworn in administration will be to accelerate infrastructural and economic developments with CARICOM and Guyana’s other immediate neighbours.

Commentary: Despite the persistence of ethnic voting in Guyana, coalition support was more representative

May 20, 2015
Commentary: Despite the persistence of ethnic voting in Guyana, coalition support was more representative The evidence shows that Guyana’s ethnic voting pattern has remained constant with each passing election. This recent election was no different. I have come to the conclusion that the over-emphasis on the need for cross-over voting as the solution to our ethnic polarization is not a very sound approach.

Guyana's new president takes office

May 18, 2015
Guyana's new president takes office GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Five days after national elections were held in Guyana, Brigadier David Granger of the APNU-AFC coalition was on Saturday sworn in as Guyana's eighth president after the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) officially declared him the winner.

Commentary: In the election African Guyanese helped lift our collective political culture

May 18, 2015
Commentary: In the election African Guyanese helped lift our collective political culture The APNU-AFC coalition’s victory in Guyana was made possible by the priceless contributions of Guyanese of all ethnicities and social class. Women and men voted and gave moral and practical support. The elderly, the not so old and the very young came forward in their numbers. In the end, it was a Guyanese...

Opposition coalition wins in Guyana

May 15, 2015
Opposition coalition wins in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Figures provided by chief elections officer Keith Lowenfield, during a press conference on Thursday, hosted at the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) command centre, showed that A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change (APNU/AFC)...

Commentary: A new dawn for Guyana?

May 15, 2015
Commentary: A new dawn for Guyana? In what turned out to be a very close general election, preliminary official results indicate that the twenty-two and a half years reign of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) as the government of Guyana has come to an end. By a narrow margin of just over 5,000 votes it fell four and a half years short...

Guyana waits for election result

May 13, 2015
Guyana waits for election result GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana went to the polls on Monday to choose a president and new parliament but up to 7pm on Tuesday the Guyana Election Commission (GECOM) was yet to declare a winner and conflicting reports by the main parties – the APNU-AFC and the PPP...

Guyana goes to the polls on Monday in 'historic' election

May 11, 2015
Guyana goes to the polls on Monday in 'historic' election GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Voters in Guyana go to the polls on Monday in what some are terming an “historic election” since that country’s independence from Great Britain in 1966. This election is unique because a combined opposition of blacks, East Indians, Amerindians...

Caribbean Airlines announces 'Love Has No Distance' winner

May 11, 2015
Caribbean Airlines announces 'Love Has No Distance' winner PIARCO, Trinidad -- Caribbean Airlines has announced that Tandieka Stephens has won its “Love Has No Distance” competition. The competition was part of Caribbean Airlines’ social media campaign, where a lucky customer could win a trip home for Mother’s Day courtesy the airline. To be part of the...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future?

May 9, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future? Since 1991, international demand for chocolate has been growing, causing cocoa prices to surge. Although the global market for chocolate may have peaked at around US$114 billion annually, it is clear that the Caribbean could do more to encourage the production of the growing premium price global...

Guyana says oil discovered in offshore block

May 8, 2015
Guyana says oil discovered in offshore block GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Exxon exploration well, the Liza-1 on the Stabroek Block, using the drill-ship, Deepwater Champion located approximately 120 miles offshore Guyana, has encountered hydrocarbons, according to minister of natural resources and the environment Robert Persaud.

Agricultural institute pleased with four-day workshop for students in Guyana

May 8, 2015
Agricultural institute pleased with four-day workshop for students in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI) said it is pleased with the implementation of a four-day agriculture workshop on hydroponics delivered by the lecturers from the St Kitts-based Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC). The workshop is...

Commentary: Guyana: Minister Ramsaran's firing is a victory for the culture of resistance

May 8, 2015
Commentary: Guyana: Minister Ramsaran's firing is a victory for the culture of resistance Minister Ramsarran, the minister who, like his comrades, believes that we are still a plantation society, has been fired. It does not change anything about the PPP’s attitude to power. This firing is out of character for the PPP, which has been supremely stubborn on disciplining those guilty of official...

Carter Center encourages peaceful election process in Guyana

May 7, 2015
Carter Center encourages peaceful election process in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana’s electoral preparations appear to be on track in most of the country, according to early Carter Center observer reports, which also expressed deep concern about divisive campaign rhetoric. Since April, the Carter Center has deployed a team of five experts and...

OAS deploys electoral observation mission in Guyana

May 6, 2015
OAS deploys electoral observation mission in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS/EOM) to the general and regional elections in Guyana on May 11 began its final deployment in Georgetown on Tuesday. The delegation, headed by the former foreign minister of Belize...

Commentary: A government of national unity is the best solution for Guyana

May 6, 2015
Commentary: A government of national unity is the best solution for Guyana The APNU/AFC coalition is campaigning on a promise of a government of national unity (GNU). The APNU campaigned on it in 2011. Everywhere the message was enthusiastically embraced by Guyanese people of all races and classes. Above all it was embraced by the young people.

Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video

May 5, 2015
Letter: If you think we should support Cuba and Venezuela - the 'CubVen Empire' - watch this video This is so important that everyone in the Caribbean should view the video embedded above. This is the confirmation of what I have told you about Venezuela. The stories I have told you about my being there and witnessing the slaughter of Venezuelan students by Cuban special forces in civilian attire.

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