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

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...

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Election date not constitutionally valid- Former CCJ Judge

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...

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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...

UG Vice Chancellor hopes salary offer will avoid disruption of classes

20 January, 2015

UG Vice Chancellor hopes salary offer will avoid disruption …

Vice Chancellor (VC) of the University of Guyana (UG) Jacob Opadeyi says he has responded to demands made by the university’s unions and that he believes his response will prevent the delayed commencement of the coming semester. “I don’t s...

Opposition parties formally agree to negotiate pro-democracy alliance; welcome election date

20 January, 2015

Opposition parties formally agree to negotiate pro-democracy…

Less than one hour after news broke that President Donald Ramotar announced that Monday, May 11, 2015 will be Election Day, Guyana’s two major political parties not only declared that they were ready for balloting but that they have made si...

BREAKING NEWS: Guyana's General Elections Day is May 11, 2015

20 January, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Guyana's General Elections Day is May 11, 201…

President Donald Ramotar Tuesday evening announced that Guyanese would be going to the polls to elect a new government of their choice on May 11, 2015.' Following is the full text of his address to the nation. My fellow Guyanese, as you w...

Guyana asks UNASUR for election observers

20 January, 2015

Guyana asks UNASUR for election observers

As Guyana’s President, Donald Ramotar prepares to call general elections Tuesday evening, the Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), Ernesto Samper says he sees no problem with the suspension of Guyana’s Parliame...

Breakthrough in malaria drug resistance

19 January, 2015

Breakthrough in malaria drug resistance

(BBC).-The genetics underpinning resistance to a frontline malaria drug, artemisinin, have been revealed, scientists say.In South East Asia, malaria parasites have developed tolerance to the treatment, and there are fears that this will spr...

Minibus Union opposes drop in fares; favours some free riders

19 January, 2015

Minibus Union opposes drop in fares; favours some free rider…

The United Minibus Union (UMU) on Monday virtually ruled out a reduction in fares, despite an appeal by government on grounds that the price of fuel being sold by the Guyana Oil Company (GuyOil) has been reduced significantly. UMU President...

Salary dispute may delay University of Guyana's resumption of classes

19 January, 2015

Salary dispute may delay University of Guyana's resumption o…

Unions representing University of Guyana (UG) workers on Monday decided to delay the commencement of the coming semester unless the administration, by Thursday, responds favorably to several demands including a 60% pay-hike. Additionally, ...

Search called off for missing Air Services Limited plane

19 January, 2015

Search called off for missing Air Services Limited plane

Despite an intensive twenty one days of aerial and ground searches in mountainous and densely forested terrain in Region Eight for the Air Services Limited (ASL) Britten Norman Islander, the aircraft and its occupants have still not been fo...

Fuel prices dropped by 30 percent; private sector welcomes move

19 January, 2015

Fuel prices dropped by 30 percent; private sector welcomes m…

As world oil prices continue to tumble, the Guyana government has announced that the prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene would be reduced by almost 30 percent- a move that was almost immediately welcomed by the Private Sector Commission...

Caribbean News Desk for Mon Jan 19, 2015 ... Stories include U.S.-Cuba talks to focus on lifting diplomatic restrictions

19 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Mon Jan 19, 2015 ... Stories include…

Washington, Jan 19 (EFE).- The first U.S. government delegation to travel to Havana since the announcement of the normalization of relations will discuss eliminating restrictions on diplomatic activity as a first step toward the re-opening ...

Updated: Foreign "meddling" in Guyana was justified 22 years ago, not today- ruling party

19 January, 2015

Updated: Foreign "meddling" in Guyana was justifie…

General Secretary of the Peoples Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C), Clement Rohee, says the “meddling” on the part of foreign powers in Guyana’s affairs pre-1992 was justified” because the government of that time was “undemocratic.”“I don’t t...

APNU to complain to Commonwealth about breach of Charter

17 January, 2015

APNU to complain to Commonwealth about breach of Charter

In the wake of the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) strong rebuff that the ongoing suspension of Guyana’s Parliament is not a violation of the Commonwealth Charter, A Partnership of National Unity (APNU) plans to write the 53-nation organisa...

Essequibo Coast residents, farmers battling severe flood

17 January, 2015

Essequibo Coast residents, farmers battling severe flood

Residents and farm lands at Anna Regina and other areas of the Essequibo Coast are under several inches of water due to unusually heavy rainfall coupled with a blocked drainage sluice, residents said. President Donald Ramotar led a team of ...

Caricom says Guyana's parliamentary suspension is OK, diplomats must keep out of host countries' business

16 January, 2015

Caricom says Guyana's parliamentary suspension is OK, diplom…

The 15-nation Caribbean Community (Caricom) on Friday sided with the Guyana government in supporting the suspension of Parliament, amid a heated controversy between Guyana and the United Kingdom (UK) over the hiatus of the law-making body. ...

University of Guyana salary negotiations collapse- unions

16 January, 2015

University of Guyana salary negotiations collapse- unions

The University of Guyana's (UG) trade unions are prepared to “take drastic steps, including shutting the university down,” following the collapse of salary negotiations with its administration and the “arbitrary” imposition of addition...

Caribbean News Desk for Fri Jan 16, 2015... PNCR to continue limited participation in Rodney Commission of Inquiry

16 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Fri Jan 16, 2015... PNCR to continue…

The People's National Congress Reform (PNCR) will continue its limited participation in the Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry slated to resume on the 26th, even as the party’s Chairman, Basil Williams anticipates cross emanating Home Affa...

Travel agencies praise new regulations for visiting Cuba

16 January, 2015

Travel agencies praise new regulations for visiting Cuba

By Emilio J. LopezMiami, Jan 16 (EFE).- The easing of U.S. restrictions on traveling to Cuba will boost Americans' visits to the island and will have a "very positive impact" on bilateral relations, according to travel agencies and an exper...

Venezuelan oil falls below $40 a barrel

16 January, 2015

Venezuelan oil falls below $40 a barrel

Caracas, Jan 16 (EFE).- The average price of Venezuela's crude basket fell $3.25 this week to $39.19, continuing the downward trend that led President Nicolas Maduro to visit petroleum-producing countries and lobby for his plan to reverse t...

Bermuda premier shuffles Cabinet ahead of America's Cup

16 January, 2015

Bermuda premier shuffles Cabinet ahead of America's Cup

San Juan, Jan 16 (EFE).- Bermuda's Premier Michael Dunkley announced a series of changes in his Cabinet as part of the government's preparations to host the 2017 America's Cup yacht race.Grant Gibbons will step down as minister of Education...

Caribbean News Desk for Thu, Jan 15, 2015 ...Guyana govt calls outgoing British envoy "pariah" ; says no threat of Commonwealth sanctions

15 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Thu, Jan 15, 2015 ...Guyana govt cal…

Government says outgoing UK High Commissioner Andrew Ayre should be accorded the status of “pariah” for his recent comments on the ongoing prorogation of the Guyana Parliament. Additionally, the Foreign Affairs Ministry claims that Ayre mi...

Suriname, Guyana will have to formalise 'back-track', tighten security simultaneously-- Guyana's Foreign Minister

15 January, 2015

Suriname, Guyana will have to formalise 'back-track', tighte…

Guyana’s Foreign Minister, Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett Thursday night said that the formalizing of the ‘back-track’ unofficial port at Skeldon, depended on moves by Suriname to do so at Nickerie on the eastern bank of the Corentyne River that...

Guyana, Suriname to hold talks on new rules for Georgetown-Paramaribo minibuses

15 January, 2015

Guyana, Suriname to hold talks on new rules for Georgetown-P…

Even as representatives of the Guyana and Suriname governments prepare to hold talks in the coming days over that former Dutch colony’s new rules governing Guyanese minibuses, Georgetown already finds the new systems as humbugs to free move...

GUYANA: Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry to resume after lingering uncertainty

15 January, 2015

GUYANA: Walter Rodney Commission of Inquiry to resume after …

Home Affairs Minister Clement Rohee is slated to take the witness stand when the International Commission of Inquiry (COI) into the death of Walter Rodney reconvenes on January 26th, Attorney-at-Law Joseph Harmon says. During an interview w...

Guyanese drowns in neighbouring Suriname

14 January, 2015

Guyanese drowns in neighbouring Suriname

A Guyanese man late Wednesday afternoon allegedly drowned after he fell off a fishing vessel he was working on in neighbouring Suriname, relatives said. He has been identified as 28-year old Rawle Henry.  His body has not been recovere...

OAS approves declaration for timely holding of elections

14 January, 2015

OAS approves declaration for timely holding of elections

The Organisation of American States (OAS) on Wednesday approved a Declaration for the swift holding of elections in Haiti, days after last ditch negotiations for a new electoral law collapsed and prompted the dissolution of Parliament. Pre...

Guyana govt, UG differ on future of UG-UWI law degree collaboration

14 January, 2015

Guyana govt, UG differ on future of UG-UWI law degree collab…

Differences have emerged between the Guyana government and the University of Guyana (UG) over whether discontinuing the collaborative agreement on the law programme  between that local tertiary institution and the University of the Wes...

Caribbean News Desk for Weds, Jan 14, 2015. Stories include Smuggling from Suriname a major bugbear for Guyanese businesses

14 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Weds, Jan 14, 2015. Stories include …

As a group of Surinamese private sector and government officials prepare to participate in a three-day trade mission in Guyana from Thursday, the Private Sector Commission of Guyana is concerned about smuggling.Chairman for Trade and Invest...

Wait-and-see approach towards automatic entry of top UG Law grads to Hugh Wooding Law School

13 January, 2015

Wait-and-see approach towards automatic entry of top UG Law …

Uncertainty surrounds the fate of the University of Guyana’s (UG) top 25 law degree graduates being granted automatic entry to the Trinidad-based Hugh Wooding Law School (HWLS), with student representatives not entirely assured by Attorney ...

Caribbean News Desk for Tues Jan 13, 2015... Stories include: Another terrorist group on Caricom Summit's agenda

13 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Tues Jan 13, 2015... Stories include…

The Bahamas plans to put the issue of the terrorist attacks in Nigeria by the group, Boko Haram, on the agenda of the next summit of Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders. "The Bahamas intends to place this issue on the next CARICOM meetin...

Woman long accused of plotting to kill husband is gunned down

12 January, 2015

Woman long accused of plotting to kill husband is gunned dow…

A woman, who was accused by her husband of plotting to kill him one year ago, was gunned down Monday night at Atlantic Gardens, East Coast Demerara. She has been identified as Patricia Sanasie.  Hospital sources said she received at le...

Caribbean News Desk for Mon Jan 12, 2015...."We don’t have to listen to what Britain says"- Rohee

12 January, 2015

Caribbean News Desk for Mon Jan 12, 2015...."We don’t h…

Amidst mounting calls from the United Kingdom (UK) for an end to the prorogation of the Guyana Parliament, People's Progressive Party Civic (PPPC) General Secretary Clement Rohee says Guyana does not have to listen to what Britain says. Hi...

Commonwealth, Britain may penalise Guyana for Parliamentary suspension, local govt elections

12 January, 2015

Commonwealth, Britain may penalise Guyana for Parliamentary …

The Commonwealth may impose sanctions on Guyana for  its failure to hold long-delayed local government elections and lift the now two-month old suspension of Parliament, and the United Kingdom could cut back bilateral aid, according to...

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