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Daily Archives: November 20, 2014

Georgetown schools to remain closed Friday

(Georgetown, November 20, 2014) The Ministry of Education wishes to advise the public that all public  schools in Georgetown will remain closed on Friday, November 21, 2014 to facilitate the sanitization of the facilities.  Meanwhile, schools in Regions 2, 3, and 5 with the exceptions of the Bygeval Secondary school will be reopened.  Parents and guardians of Region 4 (East ...

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Brazil negotiates accord with U.S. to develop anti-Ebola serum

Sao Paulo, Nov 19 (EFE).- Brazil’s Butanta Institute scientific research center is negotiating an agreement with the U.S. National Institutes of Health to develop a serumagainst Ebola, authorities said Wednesday. The details of the accord were discussed in a meeting authorities from the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo held on Tuesday with the director of the Butanta Institute, Jorge Kalil, the ...

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Venezuela pledges commitment to Petrocaribe despite oil-price dip

Caracas, Nov 20 (EFE).- Venezuela pledged at a Petrocaribe meeting here Thursday to continue supplying oil on favorable terms to member states despite a drop in international crude prices.Venezuelan Foreign Minister Rafael Ramirez, the former CEO of state oil company PDVSA, stressed at the opening of the gathering that the South American nation remains “firmly committed” to the initiative.Petrocaribe “is ...

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CARICOM implements Single Market information project

San Juan, Nov 20 (EFE).- The Caribbean Community is implementing a Trade and Competitiveness information project to facilitate participation in the CARICOM Single Market. For the next five months, the initiative “aims to connect nationals with the information they need to work, travel and do business” in the region, according to a statement released on Thursday by CARICOM. The project ...

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Caribbean Development Bank to honor region’s 1st Nobel laureate

San Juan, Nov 20 (EFE).- The Caribbean Development Bank and the University of West Indies will commemorate in 2015 the centenary of the birth of late Saint Lucian economist Arthur Lewis, the Caribbean’s first Nobel laureate. Lewis’ work “continues to generate global interest, particularly in the field of development economics and with respect to the outcomes of institutions and nations which have ...

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Bahamas still defending new immigration policy

The Bahamas’ Foreign Minister prepares to brief the Organisation of American States (OAS) and the Caribbean Community (Caricom) on his country’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. Addressing the House of Assembly on Wednesday, he continued to fend off local and overseas attacks of the policy that has see mainly Haitians being rounded up, detained and deported. In an apparent response to ...

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Eastern Caribbean telecoms regulator warns Cable and Wireless about competition meltdown

The move by Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus Communications to create a combined business operation is not going down well with the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL). That regulatory body says that the proposed transaction can potentially result in a negative impact on competition and reducing consumers’ choice of service and service providers. ECTEL cautions that under the ...

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Caribbean News Desk radio prog: Guyana flooded; Caribbean Airlines boss takes home US$30K

Thousands of Guyanese in the capital city, Georgetown, and other coastal areas are counting their losses as a result of severe flooding due to heavy rainfall overnight. Many stores and dwellings on lower-flats have been inundated with several inches of water. Public schools in Georgetown and several coastal areas were ordered closed. The flooding comes as government wraps up a ...

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Heavy rain causes severe flooding; schools in several regions closed

Heavy rain overnight rain has left several parts of Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, and a number of coastal areas flooded. The Ministry of Education announced that the flood has forced the closure of all government schools in the city and Regions Two, Three and Four. “Due to severe weather conditions all public schools in Regions 2, 3 4(East Bank and East ...

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Granger dumps Ramotar’s invitation for talks

Opposition Leader, David Granger has rejected President Donald Ramotar’s invitation to high-level talks, a move that appears to inch Guyanese closer to the polls very early New Year to elect a new government of their choice. A spokesman for Granger’s A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) told Caribbean News Desk following an executive meeting of the parliamentary alliance that a ...

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