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Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities

December 6, 2016
Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities LONDON, England -- Governments could be hit by huge unexpected pay-outs if steps are not taken to manage hidden liabilities in unfunded pensions, loan guarantees, disaster relief and other contingencies. This is the stark warning in a recent Commonwealth report, offering countries...

UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding

December 3, 2016
UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding LONDON, England -- Just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations of profligate spending, a new UK government report has warned that the Commonwealth Secretariat...

IDB loan will support economic diversification, foreign trade in Guyana

December 1, 2016
IDB loan will support economic diversification, foreign trade in Guyana WASHINGTON, USA -- Guyana will improve its public infrastructure and promote economic diversification and foreign trade with a US$9 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) loan that will help strengthen the economy and stimulate exports and investments. With a small domestic...

Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation

November 26, 2016
Guyana National Accreditation Council offers only registration not accreditation GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a press statement on Friday, Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) revealed that medical degrees issued by institutions in Guyana are only recognized if the degrees are accredited by the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine...

Lawyers for Guyana university confirm that graduates cannot go on to the US to study

November 25, 2016
Lawyers for Guyana university confirm that graduates cannot go on to the US to study GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- In a demand letter from the law firm of Hughes, Fields, and Stoby that was hand-delivered on Thursday to the Guyana Guardian, attorneys for the Texila American University seem to have admitted that any claim suggesting that students can go on to the United States...

Letter: Guyana coalition government's failure to investigate extra-judicial killings is unpardonable

November 25, 2016
Letter: Guyana coalition government's failure to investigate extra-judicial killings is unpardonable I am an unapologetic, ardent supporter of President David Granger and his APNU-AFC coalition government of Guyana. Indeed, the new government has a mandate to govern with transparency, ensure that social justice is aggressively pursued and rapidly advance Guyana’s...

Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean ST JOHN’S, Antigua (SKNIS) -- Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales touched down to a red carpet welcome on Sunday, November 20, at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua aboard a British Airways commercial flight as he began his 15-day royal visit of several Caribbean countries...

Guyana accreditation council dodges interview, as four-year-old reads for masters degree

November 21, 2016
Guyana accreditation council dodges interview, as four-year-old reads for masters degree GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following accusations by several foreign students that a person or persons at Guyana’s National Accreditation Council (NAC) are working in collusion with Texila American University to defraud them, the body had subsequently agreed to an interview.

IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues

November 21, 2016
IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Since the appointment last April of Therese Turner-Jones as general manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Caribbean country department, there has been increased academic and social engagement with the youth across the region.

Guyana to invest in sustainable agricultural development with IDB support

November 19, 2016
Guyana to invest in sustainable agricultural development with IDB support WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the government of Guyana are partnering in a new agricultural development initiative to increase the sustainable use of natural resources and agricultural productivity of small farmers. The US$15 million initiative...

Lawsuits fly in Guyana over university accreditation claims

November 16, 2016
Lawsuits fly in Guyana over university accreditation claims GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- An article published by the Guyana Guardian newspaper on Sunday stating that medical degrees issued by the Guyana-based Texila American University are not recognised by the US Department of Education has prompted a threat of a GY$500 million...

US Dept of Education says medical degrees issued by Guyana university are not recognised

November 14, 2016
US Dept of Education says medical degrees issued by Guyana university are not recognised GEORGETOWN, Guyana; – After a two-month joint investigation by a team of contributing investigative writers from the Guyana Guardian, the Times of India – which happens to be the world’s largest selling daily English language newspaper – and the Huffington Post – globally labelled...

Guyana cannot afford a refinery, oil experts warn

November 7, 2016
Guyana cannot afford a refinery, oil experts warn GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With a required 20 to 30 square kilometers of land somewhere along Guyana’s coastal belt to build a refinery, and a deep-water channel with a one kilometer width to access it from the Atlantic Ocean, leading minds in the oil exploration industry have told the...

IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library

October 29, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 244 books (192 titles) to the University of Guyana Library as part of its efforts to improve the provision of legal information in Caribbean...

Guyana to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates with IDB support

October 28, 2016
Guyana to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates with IDB support WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved an US$8 million loan for a program to help reduce maternal, perinatal and neonatal deaths in Guyana. This program seeks to improve the quality of care at 140 health facilities and in 88 communities.

IMPACT Justice returns to Guyana to continue community mediation training

October 28, 2016
IMPACT Justice returns to Guyana to continue community mediation training GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project is returning to Guyana for its second round of community mediation training, after having successfully completed a set of two training sessions in October.

Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean next month

October 27, 2016
Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean next month LONDON, England -- As previously announced, Prince Harry will undertake an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of the Queen in November and December 2016, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda, and the 50th anniversary of independence in...

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

Haitians cautioned against using Guyana to Mexico cross-country route to reach US

October 24, 2016
Haitians cautioned against using Guyana to Mexico cross-country route to reach US MEXICALI, Mexico -- Hundreds of Haitians who usually fly or ship-smuggle their way into Guyana, in order to get across the border to Brazil en route to the US-Mexican border are being warned to desist from doing so, as the United States is no longer accepting them. This is as a result of...

Guyana condemns Venezuela 'assault' at Islamic bloc foreign ministers meeting

October 22, 2016
Guyana condemns Venezuela 'assault' at Islamic bloc foreign ministers meeting TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- For the first time since it joined the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in 1998, Guyana’s Foreign Minister Carl Greenidge raised at the 43rd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting last Tuesday, in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the century-old territorial...

Phone call made by fugitive drug trafficker's wife gave up his location in Suriname

October 20, 2016
Phone call made by fugitive drug trafficker's wife gave up his location in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- A phone call that was said to be made from Suriname by fugitive drug trafficker Barry Dataram’s common law wife to someone believed to be his aunt in Guyana on Sunday, 9 October 2016, was more than the crack that US cyber intelligence had needed...

IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean

October 18, 2016
IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project continues its survey of legal education this week. The IMPACT Justice consultants, Professor Jane Ching, Dr Noel Watson and Dr Adrian Cummins QC...

Guyana foreign minister to attend Islamic bloc meeting in Uzbekistan

October 17, 2016
Guyana foreign minister to attend Islamic bloc meeting in Uzbekistan GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The foreign minister of Guyana, Carl Greenidge, will travel to Uzbekistan, to attend the 43rd Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting, which begins on Tuesday in Tashkent. Greenidge is expected to work to solidify ties...

Suriname's foreign minister to push economic diplomacy in Uzbekistan

October 15, 2016
Suriname's foreign minister to push economic diplomacy in Uzbekistan PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- The foreign minister of Suriname, Niermala Badrising, will attend the 43rd Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting, which will take place on October 18-19 in Tashkent under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan.

Fugitive Guyanese drug kingpin caught in Suriname

October 15, 2016
Fugitive Guyanese drug kingpin caught in Suriname PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Self-confessed Guyanese drug lord Barry Dataram was caught on Friday afternoon by police in neighbouring Suriname. Acting on a tip, a police squad raided a home in Latour, south of the capital Paramaribo, where the fugitive was hiding. Together with Dataram...

Commentary: Joseph Harmon and President Granger need to put an immediate end to this eye-pass

October 12, 2016
Commentary: Joseph Harmon and President Granger need to put an immediate end to this eye-pass Throughout the democratic world, every country, either constitutionally or unceremoniously, appoints a government official through which the arm of the president’s authority is extended. In the United States, the president appoints his cabinet secretaries (ministers) with unique portfolios.

Maldives bank refuses to accept 'laundered' US$10 million deposit from Guyanese investor

October 10, 2016
Maldives bank refuses to accept 'laundered' US$10 million deposit from Guyanese investor MALÉ, Maldives -- The Guyana Guardian has been reliably informed that an Asian bank in the Maldives, a multi-island state in the Indian Ocean, has reportedly refused to accept an unusually large deposit from a once politically-connected Guyanese who is known to be already investing...

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