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Forbes Burnham’s son-in-law picked as Ambassador to Venezuela

People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) member,Dr Richard Van West Charles has been selected to become Guyana’s Ambassador to Venezuela, Foreign Affairs Minister Hugh Todd said Tuesday. He told Demerara Waves Online News that about seven weeks ago, Guyana formally asked Venezuela to accept Dr Van West Charles as Ambassador. That process can take up to 12 weeks in some cases. ...

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City Council adjourns meeting due to heat, “activities”

In a rare instance of almost bipartisan agreement, Georgetown City Councillors on Monday agreed to postpone the statutory meeting, citing the extremely hot conditions of the upper flat of the Kitty Market and post Caribbean Premier League (CPL) T20 cricket “activities”. The major public event on Monday was the Cricket Carnival Parade through sections of Georgetown. “Today might have been ...

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Women and Gender Equality Commission urges National Assembly to actively consider reports

The constitutional Women and Gender Equality Commission (WGEC) on Monday begged House Speaker Manzoor Nadir to take steps to ensure its reports find themselves before bipartisan parliamentary committees in order to influence public policy. WGEC Chairman, Indranie Chandarpal issued the appeal at the presentation of the commission’s Annual Report (2021-2022) in the National Assembly’s Chamber, Parliament Building. She said the ...

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Teachers Union asks Chief Labour Officer to intervene in salary dispute

Faced with no progress in negotiations for at least a 20 percent increase in teachers’ salaries as well as other benefits, the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) has formally asked the Ministry of Labour to help break the deadlock, according to letters. GTU General Secretary Coretta Mc Donald on September 21, 2023 notified Chief Labour Officer, Dhaneshwar Deonarine that the union ...

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40 persons warned of fines, imprisonment for failing to declare assets to Integrity Commission

The Integrity Commission has threatened to take legal action against several current and former local and central government elected and non-elected officials from five towns and nine ministries for failing to declare their assets. In its latest notice published in the Official Gazette on September 23, 2023, the Office of the Integrity Commission said that as of September 18, 2023 ...

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Guyana govt summons Venezuelan Ambassador over threat of use of force, as international support for Guyana grows

Venezuela’s Ambassador to Guyana, Carlos Amador Pérez Silva was Saturday summoned to a meeting and handed a protest note over his country’s recent threats of the use of force against Guyana and Caracas’ planned holding of a referendum on the territorial controversy, officials said on Sunday. Mr Perez Silva met with Guyana’s Acting Foreign Minister Anil Nandlall, but the latter ...

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OPINION: A United Guyana can overcome all challenges

by GHK Lall When Guyana is divided, its ability to defend sacred national sovereignty is seriously diminished.  When the patrimonies lead to non-inclusion (division) then Guyana’s sovereignty is at great risk to subservience at the hands of covetous and mischievous neighbors. I have always said that deep diligence in working towards genuine national unity must supersede all other priorities.  Guyana ...

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OPINION: Guyana’s astute diplomacy is paying important dividends

By Dr. Randolph Persaud, Professor Emeritus For most people, diplomacy is a quaint affair. Of course, no one will doubt that there is indeed quite a bit of charm involved in high-level interactions among those charged with the responsibility of protecting the national interest. Behind the wine, hors d’oeuvres, and the requisite blazonries, however, diplomacy is a high-stakes game that ...

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President briefs Opposition Leader on Venezuela’s threat of use of force

As Venezuela continues to face increasing international isolation over its threat to use force against Guyana, President Irfaan Ali on Saturday briefed Opposition Leader Aubrey Norton on the latest issues related to the territorial controversy. This latest spat was triggered by Venezuela’s claim that Guyana was auctioning oil blocks located in that Spanish-speaking nation’s territory. Guyana maintains that blocks are ...

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