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University of Guyana Council orders resumption of pay talks

University of Guyana Council orders resumption of pay talks

The Council of the University of Guyana (UG) has instructed the university’s negotiating team to resume negotiations with the unions on wage increases and other benefits, although this may not...

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Lone eyewitness to Walter Rodney's death blames GDF's Gregory Smith

Lone eyewitness to Walter Rodney's death blames GDF's Gregory Smith

Donald Rodney- the lone witness to the bomb-blast death of his brother, Dr. Walter Rodney, in 1980- on Friday told a commission of inquiry that his brother was killed when...

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18 soldiers injured in road accident

29 January, 2015

18 soldiers injured in road accident

Eighteen soldiers were Thursday morning injured in an collision between a truck and a bus on the Garden of Eden Public Road, East Bank Demerara, a high-ranking officer of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) said. Three of them sustained broken b...

Govt comfortable with promotion of torture-accused cops

28 January, 2015

Govt comfortable with promotion of torture-accused cops

Cabinet Secretary Roger Luncheon says government is satisfied that the Police Service Commission (PSC) satisfied itself that there was no reason barring the promotions of former torture-accused police officers officers Mohanran Dolai and Na...

Call intensified to probe low-producing Guysuco

28 January, 2015

Call intensified to probe low-producing Guysuco

The smaller union representing workers at the Guyana Sugar Corporation (Guysuco) on Wednesday backed calls by the larger Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) for an inquiry into the operations of the sugar industry after the...

'Light bill' to be reduced due to lower oil prices

28 January, 2015

'Light bill' to be reduced due to lower oil prices

Government on Wednesday said that the state-run Guyana Power and Light (GPL) Inc. is considering reducing electricity tariffs in light of lower globalfuel prices. This message, delivered during Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon’s Post-Ca...

University of Guyana workers gradually intensifying unrest

28 January, 2015

University of Guyana workers gradually intensifying unrest

University of Guyana (UG) academic and non-academic staff on Wednesday marched on the Turkeyen Campus, protesting the sloth with which the administration was treating its demand for higher salaries. The University of Guyana Senior Staff Ass...

AFC protests Local Govt Ministry over poor North West District Roads

28 January, 2015

AFC protests Local Govt Ministry over poor North West Distri…

The deplorable condition of roads in Guyana’s North West District (NWD) on Wednesday sparked off a picketing demonstration by the Alliance For Change (AFC) outside the Local Government Ministry. A number of party executives and other activi...

Armed burglars rob Survival Supermarket; one suspect caught

28 January, 2015

Armed burglars rob Survival Supermarket; one suspect caught

Armed bandits early Wednesday morning struck Survival Supermarket on Sheriff Street, Campbelville, carting off a large undisclosed sum of cash, police said. As two of the robbers fled with the cash, they opened fire in the direction of the ...

Resumption of UG pay talks hangs in the balance

28 January, 2015

Resumption of UG pay talks hangs in the balance

University of Guyana (UG) Vice Chancellor Jacob Opadeyi has scheduled an extraordinary Council meeting for Friday on the second day of a staff sit-in andthreats from the students to picket the Pro-Chancellor’s office. Student society presid...

February 16 is St Kitts and Nevis Election Day

28 January, 2015

February 16 is St Kitts and Nevis Election Day

St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister, Dr Denzil Douglas Tuesday night announced that nationals of the twin-island federation will go the polls on February 16, 2015. Nomination Day for candidates for the eight constituencies on St Kitts and thr...

PopEye's robbery suspect flees Georgetown Hospital ward

27 January, 2015

PopEye's robbery suspect flees Georgetown Hospital ward

The bandit, who was involved in the latest armed robbery at PopEye’s fast food outlet at Vlissengen Road, Georgetown, Tuesday night escaped from police custody at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, according to usually reliable sou...

Caribbean News Desk for Tues Jan, 27, 2015...U.S. works to reduce Caribbean dependence on Venezuelan oil

27 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Tues Jan, 27, 2015...U.S. works to r…

Washington, Jan 27 (EFE).- The U.S. government has urged Carribean countries to accept a new energy paradigm based on private investment in order to diversify its energy sources and reduce dependence on "Petrocaribe", the Venezuelan plan fo...

Nevis aims to become "greenest island on Earth" by 2018

27 January, 2015

Nevis aims to become "greenest island on Earth" by…

San Juan, Jan 27 (EFE).- Nevis is preparing to become "the greenest island on Earth" by 2018, when the government expects to meet its energy needs entirely from renewable resources, the CEO of the island's tourism authority said here Tuesda...

Col. Wilbert Lee heads GDF's promotions

27 January, 2015

Col. Wilbert Lee heads GDF's promotions

Colonel Wilbert Lee heads the Guyana Defence Force's (GDF) promotions list for 2015, according to a release by the army. In accordance with the Defence Act Chapter 15:01 of 1977, Guyana Defence Force Chief-of-Staff Brigadier Mark Phillips,...

Guyana being lobbied to suspend death penalty

27 January, 2015

Guyana being lobbied to suspend death penalty

Amnesty International and the charitable not-for-profit Justice Institute of Guyana are lobbying for an official suspension of hanging convicted prisoners, according to a United Nations report. Prepared by the Office of the United Nations H...

Ten arrested in connection with burglary

27 January, 2015

Ten arrested in connection with burglary

The shooting and arrest of a suspected burglar and his accomplice have led police to the discovery of a large number of stolen items and the arrest of eight other persons.A police spokesman said that at about 9:30 Monday night, two men, sus...

Sit-in slows down UG; industrial action may continue for weeks

26 January, 2015

Sit-in slows down UG; industrial action may continue for wee…

University of Guyana (UG) staffers Monday commenced sit-in action which they say could last as many as two weeks if their demands remain unmet. The sit-in, which is to run until Wednesday, became imminent after UG Vice Chancellor Jacob Opad...

Lusignan massacre was "race hate" - govt ministers

26 January, 2015

Lusignan massacre was "race hate" - govt ministers

The incumbent People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) on Monday used  the Lusignan Massacre to rally its traditional East Indo-Guyanese base, saying that the deadly attack was racist and those who represented the suspects should be rej...

UG students hope to force Council to meet pay-fatigued workers

26 January, 2015

UG students hope to force Council to meet pay-fatigued worke…

The University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) will picket Pro Chancellor Bibi Shaddick’s office on Thursday unless the Council of the University of Guyana (UG) agrees by Tuesday to meet with disgruntled staffers on Wednesday. The dec...

Caribbean News Desk for Mon Jan 26, 2015 ...New York's blizzard grounds Caribbean Airlines

26 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Mon Jan 26, 2015 ...New York's blizz…

A major blizzard, Winter Storm Juno, forced Caribbean Airlines to cancel several  flights to and from New York on Monday and Tuesday. The airline said that as of noon, it has cancelled, delayed or consolidated many flights to/from JFK ...

Updated: CSEC, CAPE exams shifted from general election date to mid-June

26 January, 2015

Updated: CSEC, CAPE exams shifted from general election date…

Caribbean examinations set for general election day – May 11, 2015- and May 12, 2015 have been shifted to June 15 and June 16, 2015 to guarantee the integrity of the papers and ensure that proper logistics are in place because many schools ...

One bandit shot dead, one arrested in two separate robberies

25 January, 2015

One bandit shot dead, one arrested in two separate robberies

A bandit was shot dead and another escaped shortly after robbing a pump attendant at an East Coast Demerara gas station, according to sources. The owner of Choke Gas Station located at LBI Public Road opened fire on the two bandits.Th...

Supporters of financial sanctions are "unpatriotic"- Finance Minister

25 January, 2015

Supporters of financial sanctions are "unpatriotic…

Guyana’s Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh on Sunday labeled those who support the European Union’s (EU) financial sanctions on the country “unpatriotic” and he called on Guyanese across the political divide to put national interests first....

Scrap VAT on fast food restaurants- Banks DIH boss

25 January, 2015

Scrap VAT on fast food restaurants- Banks DIH boss

Banks DIH, Guyana’s oldest large-scale manufacturer, wants government to scrap the 16 percent Value Added Tax (VAT) on fast food restaurants from this year because of increased competition by food vendors. “The time is now, my fellow shareh...

City Constabulary complicit in sale of fruits, vegetables on ground

25 January, 2015

City Constabulary complicit in sale of fruits, vegetables on…

The City Constabulary in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, continues to turn a blind eye to the sale of fresh fruits and vegetables on the ground. This is now more a norm on Sundays at the corner of Regent and Bourda (Piggott) Streets, literall...

Cypriot-registered ship fined US$60,000 for cocaine bust

24 January, 2015

Cypriot-registered ship fined US$60,000 for cocaine bust

The Cypriot vessel, M/V DeltaDiep that was detained following the discovery of 185 packages of cocaine in a 40ft flat rack container on January 6 has been released after the fine of G$12M (US$60,000) was paid to the Guyana Revenue Authority...

Election date not constitutionally valid- Former CCJ Judge

24 January, 2015

Election date not constitutionally valid- Former CCJ Judge

A University of Guyana (UG) Law Professor says that the May 11, 2015 date for general and regional elections is not constitutionally valid because President Donald Ramotar has not followed the required procedures.Professor Justice Duke Poll...

Guyana calls EU's reason for aid sanction "misinformation"

23 January, 2015

Guyana calls EU's reason for aid sanction "misinformati…

The Guyana government Friday rejected claims by the European Union (EU) that it has refused to disburse more than €25 million in budgetary support because the country does not have enough budgetary oversight and has not met the eligibility ...

Guyana govt wins case against Surendra for failed Specialty Hospital project

23 January, 2015

Guyana govt wins case against Surendra for failed Specialty …

On 14th September, 2012, the Government of Guyana through the Ministry of Health entered into a contract with Surendra Engineering Corporation Limited, a limited liability company incorporated in India and registered in Guyana. Under the co...

Fmr govt minister, Faith Harding dies

23 January, 2015

Fmr govt minister, Faith Harding dies

Former government minister , Dr. Faith Harding died Friday afternoon at a city hospital, a family member confirmed. She was in her late 60s. Sources said that she succumbed to a respiratory ailment at the St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital. She ...

Govt rules out drop in electricity tariffs, despite decline in fuel prices

23 January, 2015

Govt rules out drop in electricity tariffs, despite decline …

Government on Friday ruled out a drop in electricity rates by the state-owned Guyana Power and Light Inc. (GPL) , saying that already consumers are benefitting from a huge subsidy. “The actual cost of production of electricity that is borne...

APNU open to explore allocation of top posts with AFC in pro-democracy alliance

23 January, 2015

APNU open to explore allocation of top posts with AFC in pro…

Negotiators for A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) and the Alliance For Change (AFC) are expected to discuss the smaller party’s desire to lead a pro-democracy alliance into the May 2015 general and regional elections. “The APNU has em...

European Union imposes aid sanction on Guyana

23 January, 2015

European Union imposes aid sanction on Guyana

The European Union (EU) on Friday announced that they have withheld millions of Euros in budgetary support to Guyana for the sugar sector and sea defence, citing the need for all rules to be put in place. “The latest partial payments relate...

University of Guyana workers to go on a "sit-in strike" from Monday

23 January, 2015

University of Guyana workers to go on a "sit-in strike…

The staff of the University of Guyana (UG) will commence a sit-in strike from Monday January 26thto protest their unmet demands. In release Friday the University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Worke...

Guyana using lessons of International AIDS conference

22 January, 2015

Guyana using lessons of International AIDS conference

-to target babies and adolescents in delivering anti-retrovirals As Guyana prepares to lay the groundwork to intensify its delivery of Anti-Retrovirals (ARVs) to babies and adolescents, authorities said the prevalence of virus among high-r...

AFC insists on leading pro-democracy alliance

22 January, 2015

AFC insists on leading pro-democracy alliance

The Alliance For Change (AFC) on Thursday insisted that it must lead a pro-democracy alliance for the May 11 general and regional elections, even as it continues negotiations with A Partnership for National Unity (APNU). AFC Leader, Khemraj...

Ministry of Education working to ensure "smooth and effective" CSEC, CAPE on polling day

22 January, 2015

Ministry of Education working to ensure "smooth and eff…

Amid concerns that the holding of general and regional elections would disrupt the smooth holding of Caribbean Secondary Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency (CAPE) examinations, the Ministry of Education Thursday afternoon...

Western Nations urge issue-based election campaign

22 January, 2015

Western Nations urge issue-based election campaign

Western Nations on Thursday urged that the campaign for Guyana’s general elections focus more on issues and that there would be no abuse of State resources during the campaign, even as they pledged to offer assistance. “We are hopeful that ...

UG students likely to pressure administration over pay-dispute

21 January, 2015

UG students likely to pressure administration over pay-dispu…

The University of Guyana Student Society (UGSS) has called for a meeting with the university’s student population in light of threats by academic and non-academic staff to delay the commencement of the semester as well as other issues. Thi...

Parliament should approve funds for GECOM's running of elections- House Speaker

21 January, 2015

Parliament should approve funds for GECOM's running of elect…

President Donald Ramotar’s decision not to dissolve Parliament at the same time he announced a date for General and Regional Elections on Tuesday raised questions about whether the suspension oflaw-making body would first have to be lifted ...

Industrial unrest at University of Guyana looms; unions accuse Vice Chancellor of peddling falsehood

21 January, 2015

Industrial unrest at University of Guyana looms; unions accu…

The unions of the University of Guyana (UG) have “rejected” Vice Chancellor (VC) Jacob Opadeyi’s formal response to their demands and still intend to take industrial action to delay the start of the new semester next week barring a favorabl...

T&T companies identified for export thrust

21 January, 2015

T&T companies identified for export thrust

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (January 20, 2015) - Seven companies from Trinidad and Tobago have been already identified as potential partners in the Global Business Innovation Corporation's (GBIC) drive to move Caribbean products from regional d...

Human Rights Association questions Ramotar's refusal to dissolve Parliament

21 January, 2015

Human Rights Association questions Ramotar's refusal to diss…

The Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) is skeptical about the motive behind President Donald Ramotar’s failure to dissolve the Parliament although he has named May 11, 2015 as general elections day. The oldest rights advocacy grouping i...

Bibi Shaddick is new UG Pro-Chancellor

21 January, 2015

Bibi Shaddick is new UG Pro-Chancellor

Former Minister and Attorney-at-Law Bibi Shadick, was appointed the eighth Pro-Chancellor of the University of Guyana (UG) at an adjourned Extra-Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. The new Pro-Chancellor succeeds Dr Prem...

New York-bound "frequent flyer" arrested with cocaine in food items

20 January, 2015

New York-bound "frequent flyer" arrested with coca…

A Guyanese man, described as a “frequent flyer” was Tuesday afternoon arrested after a large quantity of cocaine was allegedly found in his suitcase, a senior official of the Customs Anti Narcotics Unit (CANU) said. The identity of the 32-y...

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