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Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

January 29, 2016
Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming...

Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems

January 28, 2016
Caribbean tourism sector to be enhanced by better health systems PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Trinidad and Tobago is one of six Caribbean countries to benefit from a US$800,000 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) grant to develop and implement a regional tourism health information, monitoring and response system. The other Caribbean nations...

West Indies' Chanderpaul retires from international cricket

January 23, 2016
West Indies' Chanderpaul retires from international cricket ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Shivnarine Chanderpaul has officially retired from international cricket almost 22 years after making his debut. The durable left-handed batsman, affectionately known as “Tiger”, formally notified the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) in an email that he will no longer...

Letter: To sir, with love

January 21, 2016
Letter: To sir, with love It always seems to happen. We procrastinate expressing our love and appreciation to our family and friends. Suddenly the opportunity fades away and that moment is lost. We then struggle with the old adage: If I could, I would, I should. This is my tribute to a dear friend who shaped...

Guyana PM to kick-off 50th independence celebration in New York on Saturday

January 16, 2016
Guyana PM to kick-off 50th independence celebration in New York on Saturday NEW YORK, USA -- Guyana’s prime minister, Moses Nagamootoo, will on Saturday launch his nation’s 50th independence celebration in New York. Dr Rupert Roopnarine, Guyana’s senior minister of education, culture, youth and sport and chairman of the 50th Independence...

Kuwait urges Guyana to strengthen economic and trade ties

January 14, 2016
Kuwait urges Guyana to strengthen economic and trade ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- While political ties between Guyana and Kuwait are strong, economic and trade relations are "not as strong as they could be," Kuwait's non-resident ambassador to Guyana, Ayadah Alsaidi, told the president of Guyana, David Granger, on Wednesday.

Senior UAE diplomat visits Guyana to strengthen ties

January 13, 2016
Senior UAE diplomat visits Guyana to strengthen ties GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Minister of state of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Reem Al Hashimy, became the highest ranking UAE official to visit Guyana on Monday. Al Hashimy and a large delegation of officials from the UAE are on a familiarisation mission to Guyana in an effort to expand...

Guyana listed among 12 emerging travel destinations to visit in 2016

January 13, 2016
Guyana listed among 12 emerging travel destinations to visit in 2016 GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- On the cusp of its 50th independence anniversary celebrations Guyana has been featured in the Business Insider UK’s “12 Emerging destinations you have to visit in 2016”. In this most recent feature, broadcast journalist and photojournalist, Anisha Shah, explained...

Guyana stands to be first country to receive assistance from CDF in second funding cycle

January 7, 2016
Guyana stands to be first country to receive assistance from CDF in second funding cycle BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Guyana is likely to be the first member state to benefit from a new country assistance programme (CAP) under the CARICOM Development Fund’s (CDF) 2015-2020 funding cycle, since that country is already eligible to receive further support by virtue of...

Guyana police commissioner sued for vehicle damage

January 4, 2016
Guyana police commissioner sued for vehicle damage GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- International journalist and author, Dennis Adonis, has launched legal proceedings against Guyana’s commissioner of police, Seelal Persaud, and one of his officers, whose name was given as an Inspector M. Vigilance, citing damage to a $35,000 BMW 320 Series...

Guyana-born cardiologist sentenced to 20 years in US prison for overbilling Medicare

December 28, 2015
Guyana-born cardiologist sentenced to 20 years in US prison for overbilling Medicare CLEVELAND, USA -- A Guyana-born cardiologist was sentenced to 20 years in prison on December 18, 2015, for performing unnecessary catheterizations, tests, stent insertions and causing unnecessary coronary artery bypass surgeries as part of a scheme to overbill Medicare and other insurers.

Choice Hotels expands to Guyana

December 28, 2015
Choice Hotels expands to Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Ascend Hotel Collection from Choice Hotels International, one of the world's leading hotel companies, has announced continued Caribbean growth with the addition of the elegant 25-room Opus Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, to its growing list of upscale properties.

Commentary: The anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela - Its impact on Guyana and Caribbean relations

December 24, 2015
Commentary: The anti-Chavista political swing in Venezuela - Its impact on Guyana and Caribbean relations The December 6 elections to the National Assembly in Venezuela resulted in an overwhelming majority victory of the opposition coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (Mesa de la Unidad Democrática, MUD), over the governing Chavistas -- the United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

Commentary: Should Guyana relax its marijuana laws?

December 23, 2015
Commentary: Should Guyana relax its marijuana laws? In 2010, Patricia Spottencrow, an Oklahoma mother of four, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for selling just $31 worth of marijuana. For many, the sentence was too harsh, especially since the convicted woman was a first time offender who had fallen on hard times. But imagine how harder...

Commentary: Islamic finance can spur Guyana private sector

December 15, 2015
Commentary: Islamic finance can spur Guyana private sector Guyana has been a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) since 1998, but never joined the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB), a branch of the OIC. The previous government of Guyana did not actively participate in OIC forums. However, a change in government in Guyana...

Commentary: What lies ahead for Venezuela, Guyana, and the Caribbean?

December 12, 2015
Commentary: What lies ahead for Venezuela, Guyana, and the Caribbean? This year’s election cycle in Venezuela has spurred President Nicolás Maduro’s fierce opposition. With a key two-thirds majority in the country’s National Assembly, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) hopes that its feat will lead to a change in Venezuela’s current domestic and...

Commentary: Argentina's political change can influence changes in UNASUR's strategies

December 9, 2015
Commentary: Argentina's political change can influence changes in UNASUR's strategies By a relatively slim margin, conservative opposition challenger Mauricio Macri of the Commitment to Change party won Argentina’s presidential election on November 22, bringing to an end to more than a decade of leftist rule and with a promise to open up the ailing economy to investors.

Not enough gender analysis in policy design and resource allocation, says Caribbean study

December 4, 2015
Not enough gender analysis in policy design and resource allocation, says Caribbean study BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- There is greater need for polices that increase productivity across the private sector, and which place special emphasis on women-owned businesses. This, as the results of an Inter-American Development Bank/Compete Caribbean study show that women-owned...

Guyana-UAE open skies agreement may attract investment from Gulf carriers

November 27, 2015
Guyana-UAE open skies agreement may attract investment from Gulf carriers MONTREAL, Canada -- On Tuesday, Guyana and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) signed an open skies agreement allowing Emarati carriers, Emirates, Etihad, Fly Dubai and Air Arabia unrestricted access of Guyana's airspace. Few details of the agreement were released; however, the agreement...

Guyana can raise border controversy with Islamic bloc as relations expand

November 26, 2015
Guyana can raise border controversy with Islamic bloc as relations expand GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana, a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the second largest multilateral organisation after the United Nations that consists of 57 members, can raise the Guyana-Venezuela territorial controversy to win solidarity at the next OIC foreign ministers...

Guyana backs Antigua-Barbuda nominee for top Commonwealth post

November 24, 2015
Guyana backs Antigua-Barbuda nominee for top Commonwealth post GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Guyana government has indicated that it will give its full support to Antigua and Barbuda nominee, Sir Ronald Sanders, for the post of Commonwealth secretary-general when leaders of the 53-member association meet at the biennial Commonwealth Heads of...

Guyana and Saudi Arabia to establish joint commission

November 21, 2015
Guyana and Saudi Arabia to establish joint commission GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following the recent visit of Guyana's President David Granger to Saudi Arabia to attend the Arab-South American Summit (ASPA), Guyana will initiate cooperation with several Arab nations, mainly Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar.

Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises

November 21, 2015
Commentary: UNASUR's lukewarm attitude to border crises During this year (2015) two major territorial and border issues flared up between Venezuela and its neighbours to the east and west. In May, Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro issued a decree claiming almost all of Guyana’s maritime space as well as portion of Colombia’s offshore waters.

Guyana claims Caribbean Motor Racing Championship hat-trick

November 19, 2015
Guyana claims Caribbean Motor Racing Championship hat-trick GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Following a strong showing across all classes in the final round of the 2015 Seaboard Marine Caribbean Motor Racing Championship (CMRC) at South Dakota on Sunday (November 15), Team Guyana has won the Country Championship for a third straight year.

Commonwealth heads set to ratify support of Guyana in dispute with Venezuela

November 18, 2015
Commonwealth heads set to ratify support of Guyana in dispute with Venezuela GEORGETOWN, Guyana (GINA) -- The Commonwealth continues to stand behind the government of Guyana in the border controversy with Venezuela. In addition to stating its wholehearted support of Guyana in several communiqués since the resurgence of the issue, by Venezuela...

Guyana reaffirms Palestinian statehood and Arab cooperation

November 14, 2015
Guyana reaffirms Palestinian statehood and Arab cooperation RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- During his first visit to the Middle East as president, to attend the fourth Arab South America Summit (ASPA), and the first head of state from Guyana to visit Saudi Arabia, President David Granger reiterated his government's support of Palestinian statehood and his country’s...

Guyana president holds bilateral talks with Saudi king

November 12, 2015
Guyana president holds bilateral talks with Saudi king RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- Guyana’s President David Granger on Tuesday held bilateral discussions with Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud on the sidelines of the fourth summit of Arab and South American Countries (ASPA) in Riyadh, when they “discussed a number of issues...

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