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Govt picks American businessman to possibly buy Marriott hotel

Vice President Bharrat Jagdeo on Thursday announced that government has given the green-light to open negotiations with an American businessman to buy the Marriott Hotel for US$90 million. During the first round of bidding, Ramy El-Batrawi, founder of the investment group X, LLC , had bid for US$65 million but in the second round he upped that to US$90 million. ...

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Dharamlall’s alleged child rape case file for DPP; police asked accused to leave home after girl protested

Police appeared to have wrapped up their investigations into Local Government Minister, Nigel Dharamlall’s alleged rape of a 16-year old girl and was poised to seek legal advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), even as that law enforcement agency fended off claims that it breached procedures in probing a sexual offence involving a minor. “The case file containing ...

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CCJ denies special leave to man serving two life sentences for sexual activity with a child

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. On Wednesday, 21 June 2023, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), sitting in Guyana, delivered its judgment for the special leave application, AB v The Director of Public Prosecutions [2023] CCJ 8 (AJ) GY. The CCJ denied the Applicant special leave to appeal to the CCJ to review a decision of the Court of Appeal of Guyana, ...

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Caribbean must fast-track from fossil fuels to cheaper payback renewables- UNFCCC expert

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, June 21 (DW).- The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat, Simon Stiell has been touting the long-term environmental and financial benefits of the Caribbean fast-tracking its shift from from oil and gas to solar and wind as energy sources. “The Caribbean is, to a large extent, still dependent on ...

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Venezuelan woman faces nine counts of people trafficking

A Venezuelan woman, who has been convicted and jailed for operating a brothel, is now facing nine charges of Trafficking In Persons from her homeland, police said in a statement. The woman has been identified as Mayelin Cordova,51, of Byderabo Road, Bartica, Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). Police said the woman would be charged based on advice by the Director of Public ...

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CDB President, UNFCCC calls for increased climate finance amid Paris talks

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, June 21 (DW).- President of the Caribbean Development Bank Dr Hyginus ‘Gene’ Leon on Wednesday said the international community should provide increased climate finance as well as the private sector should play a major role in investment and finance in the region. “We must unlock private capital for the Region and mobilise private sector financing but ...

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Police must conduct “unbiased” investigation into Dharamlall’s rape allegation- Women Lawyers Association

The Guyana Association of Women Lawyers (GAWL) on Wednesday urged the Guyana Police Force to conduct an “unbiased” investigation into the rape allegation that has been levelled against Local Government Minister Nigel Dharamlall by a 16-year old girl. “We call on the Guyana Police Force and all the relevant authorities to conduct a thorough and unbiased investigation whilst upholding their ...

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CDB’s regional non-borrowing countries back Barbados’ new development financing model for poor countries

CASTRIES, ST Lucia, June 20 (DW).-Regional non-borrowing members of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Tuesday backed Barbados’ plan for rich countries to fork out billions of dollars in grants and cheap loans to poor nations like those in the Caribbean to help them grapple with the impacts of climate change. “The Bridgetown Initiative 2.0 could generate sufficient momentum and ...

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