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Caricom needs three shipping hubs for agri produce; as Guyana, Suriname offer lands for mega-farms

The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) needs three regional shipping hubs and slackening paperwork bottlenecks to improve transportation, even as Barbados’ Prime Minister, Mia Mottley  said producing large amounts of food in Guyana and Suriname would be senseless if the constraint of regional transportation is not removed. “Production of vegetables or fruit crops in Guyana or Suriname will mean nothing to the majority of ...

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Digicel takes Suriname telecoms regulator to court over severed data link with Guyana

Reproduced from Irish Times Digicel, the mobile phone operator owned by Denis O’Brien, has launched legal action against the telco regulator in the former Dutch colony of Suriname for blocking its cross-border data link with Digicel in neighbouring Guyana. Last week, the Telecommunications Authority Suriname (TAS) shut down the allegedly illegal microwave link, which Digicel used to feed data capacity to its unit ...

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New food safety standards for coconut water, after bacteria found

Coconut producers and vendors in Guyana and other Caribbean Community (Caricom) member states will soon have to abide by new food safety standards for coconut water after scientists found a high percentage of bacteria though no one has been sickened by coconut water, officials said Wednesday. Executive Director of the Caribbean Agricultural Research Development Institute (CARDI), Barton Clarke said  “unacceptable ...

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Guyana expects increased marine traffic with availability of high-tech nautical maps, charts

Mariners can now get updated nautical maps and charts to aid them in navigating part of the Demerara River safely through a  British-funded US$1.1 million hydrographic survey, paving the way for increased traffic of boats and ships with larger amounts of cargo,  the Maritime Administration (MARAD) said Tuesday. “The first phase of the project entailed an examination of the depth ...

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30 Berbicians to be trained by CGX oil company

CGX Energy Inc. has announced their intention to contribute to the capacity building of Berbice residents in the oil and gas sector. Dr. Suresh Narine, Executive Chairman of CGX Energy Inc., announced that 30 Guyanese from the Berbice area will be trained in geo-chemistry. He remarked that the decision comes at the time when the company is moving ahead with ...

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Ban sugar-sweetened drinks from school areas; integrate school-feeding strategy to fight deadly diseases

Caribbean governments are being urged to ban sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) from school environments and integrate the health, education and agriculture ministries, in an effort to reduce stem the scourge of  non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, Sir Trevor Hassell issued the call at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) 2018 being held in Barbados. He ...

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Govt offers teachers pay increases for 2016, 2018 but no word on 2017; amount increased for de-bunching

The Guyana government is offering teachers a 10 percent salary increase for 2016, eight percent for 2018, and GY$350 million to adjust some salary scales, a Guyana Teachers’ Union official confirmed Monday night. Asked about the fact that no mention was made of a salary hike for 2017, a senior union official said on condition of anonymity the GTU would ...

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Caribbean urged to take up “fertile” lands in Guyana, Suriname to produce healthy foods

Sir Trevor Hassell, the President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition- an  internationally-recognised non-profit organisation in the fight against non-communicable diseases- on Monday challenged agriculture stakeholders across the region to take up huge swathes of land in Guyana and Suriname to produce healthy foods. “I challenge all in agriculture to pursue means of developing agricultural opportunities in Guyana and Suriname where ...

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GTT did not threaten legal action to force disconnection of Digicel’s Suriname data link- Nedd

The Guyana Telephone and Telegraph Company (GTT) has denied any involvement in recent actions by the Surinamese telecoms authority to pull the data sharing service that was being provided to its competitor, Digicel Guyana. The company’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Justin Nedd made this clear at a media briefing at the Herdmanston Lodge, just over a week after Digicel’s data ...

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President Granger tables new salary offer to GTU amid planned teachers’ strike

President David Granger and top officials of the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) on Monday held talks aimed at staving off another strike by teachers. GTU General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald told the media briefly that the President addressed the meeting and new proposals for a salary increase and adjusting salary scales were made. No details were provided, but she said ...

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