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Clerk refuses to convene House; President hints at sitting soon; Speaker appeals for help with constitutional crisis

Clerk refuses to convene House; President hints at sitting soon; Speaker appeals for help with constitutional crisis

Speaker of the National Assembly, Raphael Trotman on Wednesday said Guyana has plunged into a constitutional crisis because the Clerk of the National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs has refused to convene...

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Nandlall's Tapegate: Conversation not edited but taken out of context- Ramotar

Nandlall's Tapegate: Conversation not edited but taken out of context- Ramotar

In the Wednesday edition of Caribbean Newsdesk, President Donald Ramotar says a tape in which Attorney General, Anil Nandlall was heard talking about the vulnerability of Kaieteur News to being...

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U.S. Virgin Islands announces agreement to sell refinery

28 October, 2014

U.S. Virgin Islands announces agreement to sell refinery

San Juan, Oct 28 (EFE).- The U.S. Virgin Islands announced that Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA and Hess Corp have reached a tentative agreement to sell the now-idle Hovensa refinery to Atlantic Basin Refining.Located on the south shore ...

Suriname Airways ordered to compensate delayed passengers

28 October, 2014

Suriname Airways ordered to compensate delayed passengers

In The Netherlands… The  Amsterdam District Court has ordered Suriname Airways (SLM) to pay 7,800 Euros to twelve passengers for the delay of a flight two years ago. The SLM had invoked exceptional circumstances, but the court rejected...

Guyana's Assembly Clerk will likely ditch Speaker's instruction to re-convene overdue sitting

28 October, 2014

Guyana's Assembly Clerk will likely ditch Speaker's instruct…

The Clerk of Guyana's National Assembly, Sherlock Isaacs looks set to refuse an instruction by the Speaker, Raphael Trotman to re-convene the National Assembly next Thursday.  The House has not met since July 10 when government moved f...

Coast Guard rescues 11 migrants near Miami

28 October, 2014

Coast Guard rescues 11 migrants near Miami

Miami, Oct 28 (EFE).- U.S. Coast Guard and Miami search and rescue teams continued Tuesday looking for two men at sea after 11 Cuban migrants where picked up a day earlier from a rickety boat in Biscayne Bay.The air and sea m...

Barbados on track to slash budget deficit

28 October, 2014

Barbados on track to slash budget deficit

San Juan, Oct 28 (EFE).- The government of Barbados plans to reduce its budget deficit to 6.6 percent of gross domestic product by March 2015, the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs said Tuesday.The government is moving ahead with the...

PPP's Navin Chandarpal dies

28 October, 2014

PPP's Navin Chandarpal dies

Veteran Guyanese politician, Navin Chandarpal died early Tuesday morning at his home, ending a long battle with  stomach cancer, according to well-placed sources. He was in his 60s. The former Minister of Agriculture was Presidential A...

Attorney General's voice: Aware of a plot to launch an armed attack on Kaieteur News; govt stands by him

27 October, 2014

Attorney General's voice: Aware of a plot to launch an armed…

Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall's voice has surfaced, heard purportedly saying that he is aware of a plot by an armed person to invade the newspaper’s offices in retaliation to a number of articles that are bei...

Carib News Desk Radio: Haiti Police break up protest after election postponement

27 October, 2014

Carib News Desk Radio: Haiti Police break up protest after e…

Haitian police have dispersed an opposition-led demonstration in the capital following an official announcement delaying long-planned legislative and municipal elections. The demonstration began hours after President Michel Martelly announ...

Pope says Big Bang theory does not contradict Christianity

27 October, 2014

Pope says Big Bang theory does not contradict Christianity

Vatican City, Oct 27 (EFE).- Pope Francis believes the "Big Bang" theory as a model for the origin of the Universe "does not rule out the intervention of a divine Creator, but rather demands it," and that "the origin of the world is not a p...

House Speaker orders Clerk to convene sitting

27 October, 2014

House Speaker orders Clerk to convene sitting

Guyana’s House Speaker, Raphael Trotman has intervened in a bid to break an impasse between government and the opposition over the convening of the National Assembly for the first time in more than two months. In letters to the Prime Minist...

Several countries asked to map Guyana's mineral resources

27 October, 2014

Several countries asked to map Guyana's mineral resources

China is the latest of several countries that Guyana is receiving help from to map its gold, diamond and other geological resources to avoid “blind” exploration, a top official said Sunday. Guyana’s Minister of Natural Resources and the Env...

Jamaican gov't asks farmers to increase sugarcane production

27 October, 2014

Jamaican gov't asks farmers to increase sugarcane production

San Juan, Oct 24 (EFE).- Jamaica's Ministry of Agriculture, Labor and Social Security on Friday asked sugarcane farmers to increase production as a way to make the industry more competitive internationally.In a press release on Friday,...

Caribbean statisticians urged to protect integrity of data

27 October, 2014

Caribbean statisticians urged to protect integrity of data

The Programme Director- Statistics at the Caricom Headquarters has called on statisticians from across the Caribbean to ensure the independence and confidentiality of data. Addressing the opening of the 39th meeting of the Standing Committe...

Rousseff wins, but women remain marginal in Brazilian politics

27 October, 2014

Rousseff wins, but women remain marginal in Brazilian politi…

By Eduardo DavisBrasilia, Oct 27 (EFE).- Brazilians gave President Dilma Rousseff a second four-year term, but female officeholders remain a small minority in a country where women are 52 percent of the electorate.Rousseff, who took office ...

Cuban health worker dies of malaria in Guinea

27 October, 2014

Cuban health worker dies of malaria in Guinea

Havana, Oct 27 (EFE).- One of the Cuban volunteers who went to Guinea as part of the medical brigade sent to that African country to fight the Ebola epidemic died on Sunday of "malaria with cerebral complications," officials in Havana said ...

Brazil's Rousseff wins reelection with 51.45 pct. of the votes, 98 pct. counted

26 October, 2014

Brazil's Rousseff wins reelection with 51.45 pct. of the vot…

Brasilia, Oct 26 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won reelection in the presidential runoff held Sunday, garnering 51.45 percent of the votes, compared with 48.55 percent for Social Democratic challenger Aecio Neves, and with 98 p...

Lethem Police Officer-in-Charge shot at night club brawl

25 October, 2014

Lethem Police Officer-in-Charge shot at night club brawl

The Officer-in-Charge of the Lethem Police Station was early Saturday morning shot and injured during a brawl at a disco in the southern Guyanese township near the border with Brazil, police confirmed. Assistant Superintendent Deo Rooplall ...

Guyana monitoring sick woman for Ebola although disease discounted

24 October, 2014

Guyana monitoring sick woman for Ebola although disease disc…

Guyanese health authorities are monitoring a sick woman for Ebola after she was referred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) because she told a private doctor that she had recently returned from a West African country that ...

Caribbean News Desk Radio prog: Poor pilot coordination caused Caribbean Airlines flight in Guyana

24 October, 2014

Caribbean News Desk Radio prog: Poor pilot coordination caus…

An investigation into the Caribbean Airlines crash in Guyana four years ago has found that pilot error was the cause for the plane running off the runway at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA). The probe found that the plane touch...

High-level anti-Ebola talks in Guyana

24 October, 2014

High-level anti-Ebola talks in Guyana

Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar was Friday afternoon meeting with stakeholders in the hope of arriving at a broad-based national consensus on warding off  and tackling the Ebola Virus should it arrive. The talks came just hours after...

FATF blacklisting no longer reason for early elections

24 October, 2014

FATF blacklisting no longer reason for early elections

The decision by the global Financial Action Task Force (FATF), not to blacklist Guyana for failing to amend its financial crimes law has pulled one of the reasons that President Donald Ramotar might have used to call early general elections...

Toddler tests positive for marijuana in Puerto Rico

24 October, 2014

Toddler tests positive for marijuana in Puerto Rico

San Juan, Oct 24 (EFE).- A 14-month-old boy tested positive for marijuana in a toxicology exam Friday at a San Juan hospital where was admitted after his parents became concerned that he was sleeping too much. The child "is in stable condi...

Brazil's Petrobras announces new offshore gas, condensate find

24 October, 2014

Brazil's Petrobras announces new offshore gas, condensate fi…

Sao Paulo, Oct 24 (EFE).- Brazilian state-controlled oil company Petrobras on Friday announced a new natural gas and condensate find in deep waters off the coast of the southeastern state of Espirito Santo. Petrobras made the discovery in ...

Study: Among Bahamian teens, girls more aggressive than boys

24 October, 2014

Study: Among Bahamian teens, girls more aggressive than boys

San Juan, Oct 23 (EFE).- Adolescent girls in theBahamasare usually more aggressive in a dating relationship than their male partners, according to a study published by the International Journal of Bahamian Studies. The College of theBahama...

World Bank touts more public-private partnerships

24 October, 2014

World Bank touts more public-private partnerships

San Juan, Oct 23 (EFE).- The World Bank is encouraging Caribbean governments to create more partnerships with the private sector and to "leverage young talents" as ways to stimulate economic growth. "The global financial crisis exposed the...

Caribbean News Desk Radio Prog: CDB pays Haiti's disaster insurance

23 October, 2014

Caribbean News Desk Radio Prog: CDB pays Haiti's disaster in…

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) will once again ensure that Haiti has insurance coverage to limit the impact of catastrophic hurricanes and or earthquakes. The Barbados-based CDB says it is is providing a grant of USD2.5 million dollar...

BREAKING NEWS: Ebola strikes New York City: Doctor tests positive for deadly virus

23 October, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Ebola strikes New York City: Doctor tests pos…

BY  Larry Celona, Jamie Schram, Shawn Cohen, Frank Rosario and Danika Fears(NEW YORK POST) A Harlem doctor who recently treated patients in Africa, tested positive for the deadly disease after he...

Four arrested for shooting death of electrical engineer

23 October, 2014

Four arrested for shooting death of electrical engineer

Four persons have been arrested and two hand guns and ammunition seized, as police continued their probe into last Sunday’s shooting death of an electrical engineer outside his Prashad Nagar home. Investigators said that a suspect who was a...

Controversy erupts over renaming Dominica airport

23 October, 2014

Controversy erupts over renaming Dominica airport

As the Government of Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit gets ready to rename the Melville Hall airport in Dominica next week Monday after late Prime Ministers Roosvelt Douglas and Pierre Charles, the Douglas family is opposed to the move. The...

When will Guyana's National Assembly meet?

23 October, 2014

When will Guyana's National Assembly meet?

In Guyana where a no-confidence motion is hanging over the President Donald Ramotar administration, it is unclear when the National Assembly will meet again. Now that the two-month parliamentary recess is over, sectoral and select committee...

Caricom finally gets fisheries policy but laws are outdated

23 October, 2014

Caricom finally gets fisheries policy but laws are outdated

The 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) now has new fisheries policy, but the fishery laws of most member states are outdated. After several years of drafting and negotiations, the Common Fisheries Policy was adopted earlier this month ...

Human Rights Watch: Growing number of LGBT homeless in Jamaica due to discrimination

23 October, 2014

Human Rights Watch: Growing number of LGBT homeless in Jamai…

San Juan, Oct 22 (EFE).- Family and community discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Jamaica has boosted the number of LGBT people living on the streets, according to New York-based Human Rights Watch...

CARICOM reparations movement weakens regional integration, expert says

23 October, 2014

CARICOM reparations movement weakens regional integration, e…

San Juan, Oct 22 (EFE).- The demands of the Caribbean Community, or CARICOM, for slavery reparation from Europe "do not strengthen the integration process" because they divert attention from priority issues, an expert told Efe on Wednesday....

Lightning shocks children in southern Guyana

23 October, 2014

Lightning shocks children in southern Guyana

In southern Guyana near the border with Brazil, lightning shocked two school-age children and damaged a section of the house in which they are living. The two members of the Paulino family were rushed from their residence at St. Ignatius to...

CARIBBEAN NEWS DESK RADIO PROG: Jamaica defends denying entry to former Trinidad and Tobago coup leader

22 October, 2014

CARIBBEAN NEWS DESK RADIO PROG: Jamaica defends denying entr…

Jamaica’s National Security Minister, Peter Bunting, has defended the country’s right to deny entry to Trinidadian Yasin Abu Bakr and  sought to justify the cost of  his deportation. Nearly 36 thousand US dollars was spent on a hi...

Rousseff overtakes Neves four days before election, latest poll shows

22 October, 2014

Rousseff overtakes Neves four days before election, latest p…

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, who is running for reelection, is three percentage points ahead of opposition candidate Aecio Neves in the latest voter intention poll conducted in the week before the runof...

New brigade of 83 Cuban health care workers leaves for Liberia, Guinea

22 October, 2014

New brigade of 83 Cuban health care workers leaves for Liber…

Havana, Oct 22 (EFE).- A brigade of 83 Cuban health care workers departed for Liberia and Guinea Conakry to help in the fight to contain the Ebola virus as part of Havana's contribution to the West African countries most affected by the epi...

Experts meet in Jamaica to unlock economic growth

22 October, 2014

Experts meet in Jamaica to unlock economic growth

Senior government ministers are meeting in Montego Bay, Jamaica, later this week to discuss ways to unlock economic growth in the Caribbean region. The meeting from 23 to 24 October is being hosted by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) a...

The answer to water scarcity may be in the air

22 October, 2014

The answer to water scarcity may be in the air

Rio de Janeiro, Oct 22 (EFE).- A Brazilian engineer has designed a machine capable of producing 5,000 liters (1,325 gallons) of drinking water a day by condensing humidity from the air and processing it to make it suitable for human consump...

Federal judge rejects lawsuit favoring gay marriages in Puerto Rico

22 October, 2014

Federal judge rejects lawsuit favoring gay marriages in Puer…

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Oct 22 (EFE).-A U.S. federal judge has rejected a lawsuit filed by several homosexual couples claiming their marriages contracted in other states of the United States should be recognized in Puerto Rico. Judge Juan P...

Warding off Ebola a matter of economic survival for Caribbean

22 October, 2014

Warding off Ebola a matter of economic survival for Caribbea…

San Juan, Oct 21 (EFE).- Several Caribbean islands have recently barred entry by people coming from West African countries affected by Ebola as a measure of "economic survival," an expert told Efe on Tuesday.Tourism is "the backbo...

Likely FATF blacklisting reprieve for Guyana... Jamaica treads cautiously on marijuana... Ebola fears hold up crude-oil discharge in Trinidad

21 October, 2014

Likely FATF blacklisting reprieve for Guyana... Jamaica trea…

Fearing the deadly Ebola virus, workers at Trinidad and Tobago’s state-owned oil company, Petrotrin, were up to late Tuesday resisting efforts to berth an oil tanker that arrived there. The tanker, Overseas Yellowstone, arrived at Point-a-P...

Caribbean News Desk Radio Programme

20 October, 2014

Caribbean News Desk Radio Programme

The St. Lucia-based Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC) is dispatching teams from power companies across the region to assist hurricane-hit Anguilla and Bermuda. Dutch Sint Maarten residents are also grappling with limi...

Beharry Group employee gunned down outside home

19 October, 2014

Beharry Group employee gunned down outside home

An Electrical Engineer at Edward B. Beharry Group of Companies was early Sunday morning gunned down outside his Prashad Nagar home moments after exiting a car. Neighbours, relatives and police sources said Abdool Salim,24, was shot several ...

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