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Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

Kuwait-funded mosque opens in Guyana

October 21, 2014
Kuwait-funded mosque opens in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Central Islamic Organization of Guyana (CIOG) on Sunday formally opened the completed mosque and cultural centre at Meten Meer Zorg, Guyana, which was funded by Zakaat House, a non-profit NGO in Kuwait that has been involved in charitable work in Guyana...

Queen's College Guyana tops CSEC again

October 21, 2014
Queen's College Guyana tops CSEC again BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CXC) -- A student from Queen’s College in Guyana is once again the Most Outstanding Candidate in the region in the May/June Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Elisa Hamilton leads a trio of Queen’s College top performers.

Guyana interested in Islamic Development Bank membership

October 18, 2014
Guyana interested in Islamic Development Bank membership GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- After more than a decade of contemplating joining the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), Guyana seems set to join, especially after seeing that the transportation, education and health sectors of its neighbour Suriname have been benefiting from Islamic Bank funding.

Guyana imposes travel restrictions for West Africans

October 18, 2014
Guyana imposes travel restrictions for West Africans GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- All persons travelling to Guyana from West African countries affected by the Ebola virus disease have been barred from Guyana until further notice. This was announced by Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon at his post-Cabinet media briefing.

Chile to open embassy in Guyana, signaling stronger ties

October 17, 2014
Chile to open embassy in Guyana, signaling stronger ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Chile, South America's most prosperous economy, will soon open an embassy in Guyana, home to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat, according to Chilean ambassador, Fernando Schmidt Aritia, who on Wednesday presented his accreditation...

Guyana still at risk of blacklisting by FATF, says attorney general

October 17, 2014
Guyana still at risk of blacklisting by FATF, says attorney general GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The failure of Guyana to pass the internationally recognised amended anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AMLCFT) legislation means that the risk of being blacklisted still remains. Guyana’s case to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)...

Turkish ambassador promises closer bilateral relations with Guyana

October 16, 2014
Turkish ambassador promises closer bilateral relations with Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The government of Guyana is ready to play its part in advancing CARICOM’s relations with Turkey, President Donald Ramotar told newly appointed Turkish ambassador to Guyana, Sule Oztunc. Oztunc during her accreditation speech vowed to do her best.

Guyana secures US$35 million investment by Asian company

October 15, 2014
Guyana secures US$35 million investment by Asian company GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- A public-private partnership is underway in Guyana that will see the creation of 400 to 500 jobs and will take the country a step further on the green pathway. The Institute of Applied Science and Technology (IAST) has secured a solid investment partnership with...

Guyana launches mass preparation approach to tackle Ebola

October 14, 2014
Guyana launches mass preparation approach to tackle Ebola GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana has a mass preparedness campaign on-stream as the Ebola virus continues to cause worldwide uproar. This is according to Dr Johanna Cole, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation’s (GPHC) internal medicine-infectious diseases consultant.

Guyana opposes widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture

October 13, 2014
Guyana opposes widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture PARAMARIBO, Suriname -- Guyana’s minister of agriculture, Dr Leslie Ramsammy, says he opposes the widespread use of antibiotics in agriculture, saying this has serious implications for human health. Ramsammy, a physician and former health minister in Guyana, said the Caribbean Community...

World Bank to lend US$21 million to Guyana for education and flood control

October 13, 2014
World Bank to lend US$21 million to Guyana for education and flood control WASHINGTON, USA (GINA) -- Minister of Finance Dr Ashni Singh has signed two agreements with the World Bank that will support Guyana’s education and agriculture sectors with funding totalling US$21 million. The agreement signed in Washington last week by Singh with Sophie Sirtaine...

IDB and EU commit funds to improve electricity, water, sanitation services in Guyana

October 13, 2014
IDB and EU commit funds to improve electricity, water, sanitation services in Guyana WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the European Union (EU) are supporting the efforts of the government of Guyana to improve the quality and delivery of reliable water supply and also to strengthen the reliability and efficiency of electricity service delivery.

Tribute to veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan

October 13, 2014
Tribute to veteran broadcaster Rafiq Khan I learnt of Rafiq Khan’s passing with a profound sense of sadness. He and I were rivals when we managed radio stations that competed for audiences and advertising revenue in the 1970s in an era where television did not exist and radio was the only form of electronic communication.

Azerbaijan appoints first ambassador to Guyana

October 10, 2014
Azerbaijan appoints first ambassador to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The oil and gas rich Republic of Azerbaijan's ambassador to Guyana, Elnur Sultanov, on Wednesday presented his credentials to President Donald Ramotar in Georgetown. Sultanov became Azerbaijan's first ambassador to Guyana.

Indian prime minister to visit Guyana and Suriname

October 7, 2014
Indian prime minister to visit Guyana and Suriname GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Guyana and Suriname early next year. Since Indira Gandhi's visit to Guyana in 1968, to seek support against Pakistan, no other Indian prime minister has visited Guyana. And it will be the first ever visit to Suriname.

Guyana foreign minister meets new Islamic organisation head

October 2, 2014
Guyana foreign minister meets new Islamic organisation head NEW YORK, USA -- Guyana's foreign minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birket, met last week with the new secretary general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Iyad Amin Madani, on the sidelines of the United Nations 69th General Assembly. Guyana and Suriname, the only two Latin American and...

Alternative anti-money laundering measures being pursued by Guyana

October 2, 2014
Alternative anti-money laundering measures being pursued by Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Guyana is in the process of putting in place alternative measures to address the technical deficiencies in its existing legal and financial legislative framework for assessment by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF). This position was made clear during a face-to-face...

Guyana urges UN Assembly to focus on border issues

September 27, 2014
Guyana urges UN Assembly to focus on border issues NEW YORK, USA -- The most important precondition for development progress is peace, the president of Guyana told the annual United Nations Assembly debate, calling on the Organization to redouble its efforts to resolve border issues that fuel conflicts in parts of the world.

Commentary: Rohee's threat against Granger and APNU must not be taken lightly

September 27, 2014
Commentary: Rohee's threat against Granger and APNU must not be taken lightly There comes a time when a nation must sit up and take note of where it is and do something to halt its deterioration. Sometimes a nation get so tired of being abused, terrorized and pulverized by its government that it takes such a situation for granted. Government bullying becomes normative.

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

No snap election ahead of no confidence motion, says Guyana government

September 19, 2014
No snap election ahead of no confidence motion, says Guyana government GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- Head of the Presidential Secretariat Dr Roger Luncheon said that the Guyana government does not propose to engage in any futile course of action as it relates to a no-confidence motion that has been filed by the parliamentary opposition against it.

Guyanese American author wins fifth international award

September 19, 2014
Guyanese American author wins fifth international award NEW MILFORD, -- Guyanese American Christian apologetics author Christopher H.K. Persaud has won his fifth international award. Persaud’s book, The Da Vinci Code Revisited: A Conclusive Refutation of the Widespread, Sinister Lie (Xlibris Corporation, USA, 2013, Revised) earned top marks...

Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched

September 17, 2014
Support services for domestic workers and artisans moving to work in CSME countries launched BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Domestic workers and artisans in five countries who want to move to another country within the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) now have access to support services through collaboration with the Caribbean Policy Development Centre (CPDC).

Semi-submersible drug trafficking vessel discovered in Guyana

September 10, 2014
Semi-submersible drug trafficking vessel discovered in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- While the national, regional and global fight against the drug trade is one that may never end, the interception of a self-propelled semi-submersible (SPSS) vessel last month will send a strong signal drug to traffickers, both in and out of Guyana...

WWF commends Guyana government on allocation to protected areas trust fund

September 5, 2014
WWF commends Guyana government on allocation to protected areas trust fund GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- WWF Guianas (WWF) has welcomed the announcement by the government of Guyana on Monday that the amount of GY$2.0 billion (US$9.6 million) will be allocated to the National Protected Areas Trust Fund (NPATF). This significant contribution more than doubles the existing fund.

Guyana hosts international community measurement, reporting, and verification workshop

September 3, 2014
Guyana hosts international community measurement, reporting, and verification workshop GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A south-south international exchange workshop on community measurement, reporting, and verification (CMRV) was hosted in Guyana from August 22 to 28, 2014, to share lessons amongst practitioners from around the world. The workshop was organized through...

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