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Guyana and Suriname score medals at Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku

May 29, 2017
Guyana and Suriname score medals at Islamic Solidarity Games in Baku BAKU, Azerbaijan -- Guyana and Suriname each earned three medals – one silver and two bronze – at the fourth Islamic Solidarity Games, which concluded last week in Baku, Azerbaijan, thereby ranking joint 30th among the 55 countries competing. For Suriname, Miguel Van-Assen scored silver...

Guyana businessman suing Republic Bank after being prevented from accessing his account

May 23, 2017
Guyana businessman suing Republic Bank after being prevented from accessing his account GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Guyana businessman and international author Dennis Adonis says that he is in the process of filing a $10 million (US$50,000) court action against Republic Bank, after the Water Street branch of the regional financial institution repeatedly refused to grant him access...

Former Guyana health minister sentenced in US for running 'pill mill'

May 23, 2017
Former Guyana health minister sentenced in US for running 'pill mill' NEW YORK, USA -- Noel Blackman, who practiced as a medical doctor and was the former health minister of Guyana and executive member of the World Health Organization, has been sentenced to 50 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release for illegally distributing oxycodone.

New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop

May 23, 2017
New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An innovative trade initiative that is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019. The hub and spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union...

Guyana president attends Arab-American Islamic Summit

May 22, 2017
Guyana president attends Arab-American Islamic Summit RIYADH, Saudi Arabia -- President David Granger of Guyana arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday to join other world leaders for the Arab-American Islamic Summit on Sunday. The special summit, initiated by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), brought together members of the Arab League...

Another oil expert confirms that Guyana cannot afford an oil refinery

May 22, 2017
Another oil expert confirms that Guyana cannot afford an oil refinery GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- More than six months after Michael Boyer, a former oil research analyst at British Petroleum (BP) had said that Guyana cannot afford an oil refinery, Pedro Hass, a government-hired consultant from Hartree Partners LP of Mexico, has now confirmed the same thing.

Guyana attorney general calls for referendum on legality of homosexual intimacy

May 19, 2017
Guyana attorney general calls for referendum on legality of homosexual intimacy GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- It has been just under two months since the APNU+AFC Coalition government in Guyana first responded to the submissions of youth activists at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the government’s intention to hold a referendum on whether homosexual...

Letter: Our issue is the consul general's mendacious, divisive letter

May 15, 2017
Letter: Our issue is the consul general's mendacious, divisive letter The Guyana Independence Anniversary Celebration Committee (New York) wishes to respond to an article titled “Diaspora groups fight over NY independence celebrations” that was published in the Guyana Chronicle on May 9, 2017. 1. Our Committee is a legitimate...

Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting in Jeddah

May 13, 2017
Guyana and Suriname finance ministers to attend Islamic Bank meeting in Jeddah JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia -- The finance ministers of Guyana and Suriname, Winston Jordan and Gilmore Hoefdraad, will lead their respective delegations to the 42nd Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) meeting, which begins Sunday, May 14 to 18 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The alternative governor...

Haitian airline to start Guyana flights

May 13, 2017
Haitian airline to start Guyana flights PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti -- Sunrise Airways, a local airline based in Haiti, plans to commence flights between Port-au- Prince and the Cheddi Jagan International (CJIA) Airport in Guyana this summer after some setbacks. Sunrise Airways had originally planned to launch flights to Guyana on March 29.

Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals

May 11, 2017
Guyana tourism hub potential is at Ogle not Cheddi Jagan airport, study reveals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- With a Category II rating of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), Guyana will not be able to start and operate its own airline until all the deficiencies are corrected. However, this is not a major constraint holding back the development of tourism and attracting...

Three arrested in Guyana after Venezuelan-made explosives found

May 8, 2017
Three arrested in Guyana after Venezuelan-made explosives found GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Police in Guyana have arrested a 45-year-old woman and her two adult children after a search of their apartment revealed a large stock of explosives. The Guyana Guardian was reliably informed that the woman, whose name has been given by villagers as Lilawattie Singh...

Female passenger from St Lucia detained in Guyana money laundering probe

May 6, 2017
Female passenger from St Lucia detained in Guyana money laundering probe GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Police in Guyana said that they have arrested and detained a woman who had arrived on a flight from Saint Lucia on Thursday night after she was found to be in possession of US$44,688, which she failed to declare to authorities. The 36-year-old woman had traveled to...

Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health

May 1, 2017
Regional experts lay groundwork for roadmap on climate change and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Recognised by the World Health Organization, as one of the greatest threats to human health and the environment, climate change can affect safe drinking water, secure shelter, and sufficient food in the Caribbean region. While emissions of greenhouse gases from...

Copa-Turkish Airlines agreement opens Guyana to Africa, Eurasia and Far East

May 1, 2017
Copa-Turkish Airlines agreement opens Guyana to Africa, Eurasia and Far East PANAMA CITY, Panama -- An agreement to operate joint flights was signed on Friday between Star Alliance members Copa and Turkish Airlines, and is a major game changer for the travel industry of Latin America and the Caribbean. This is especially important to Guyana, a country very much...

Guyana disappointed at 'sloth like pace' of IsDB approval process

April 27, 2017
Guyana disappointed at 'sloth like pace' of IsDB approval process GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Ahead of next month’s meeting of the 42nd annual governors meeting of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Guyana has expressed concern at the “the sloth like pace at which programmes and projects are being technically evaluated and designed...

CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health

April 27, 2017
CARPHA and Guyana launch novel public-private program to boost tourism and health GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Tourism growth and sustainability in the Caribbean face serious health, safety and environmental (HSE) threats. These include disease outbreaks and deficiencies in food safety and environmental sanitation. This contributes to reduced tourism arrivals, which in turn...

Former Guyana attorney general arrested

April 25, 2017
Former Guyana attorney general arrested GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Former attorney general Anil Nandalall, who is also currently acting as the lawyer for a number of former Guyana government officials who were arrested by the Special Organized Crime Unit (SOCU), has now found himself in the same predicament as his clients.

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Guyanese doctor describes experience at university in Russia

April 18, 2017
Guyanese doctor describes experience at university in Russia GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Every year since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and Guyana in 1970, the Russian government has provided scholarships to Guyanese students for studies in Russia. More than 100 Guyanese students, including doctors, engineers, politicians...

Guyana minister allegedly sought GY$20 million bribe

April 12, 2017
Guyana minister allegedly sought GY$20 million bribe GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- An international oil and gas consultant who operates an Oil and Gas Academy in Guyana has named several individuals who are affiliated with a local training institution and a senior government official at the ministry of natural resources and the environment...

Dismissal of drug case in Guyana raises eyebrows, as observers question DPP decision

April 10, 2017
Dismissal of drug case in Guyana raises eyebrows, as observers question DPP decision GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The dismissal last week of a major drug case in Guyana in which a taxi driver was charged with possession of more than GY$20 million (US$98,000) worth of compressed marijuana has raised eyebrows among observers and has since attracted the concern of...

US State Department debunks rumours that Guyanese can now travel to the US without a visa

April 8, 2017
US State Department debunks rumours that Guyanese can now travel to the US without a visa GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- For several weeks now, people apparently bent on making mischief have been posting bogus and Photoshopped news extracts on social media that purport to show that Guyanese no longer require a visa to travel to the United States. These postings have been taking...

Letter: Guyanese unity has vanished

April 4, 2017
Letter: Guyanese unity has vanished The 50th Independence in New York last year made all Guyanese proud. Such unity was never experienced before. Afro and Indo Guyanese from Queens and Brooklyn celebrated together in unity. It was a proud moment for Guyanese. Although the government changed, Indians were surprised...

Russia deploys humour against fake news

April 3, 2017
Russia deploys humour against fake news GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- According to a press release issued on Saturday, April 1, by the Russian embassy in Georgetown, Guyana, the Russian foreign ministry deployed a hitherto secret weapon in its arsenal – humour – by posting on its Facebook page for April Fools’ Day the following...

Guyana may be just weeks away from economic crisis, says economist

March 30, 2017
Guyana may be just weeks away from economic crisis, says economist GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Having narrowly missed the economic after-effects of the 2008 Wall Street financial crash (the global financial crisis), and surviving a 2014 potential FOREX slide (since it is on the list of nations that could have suffered collateral damage from the 2014 oil slump)...

CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

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