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    Dominican national appointed CARIFORUM Director General

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Dominican Percival Marie Thursday took up the appointment of Director General of the Caribbean Forum of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (CARIFORUM) pledging to effect an integrated and comprehensive approach to the work of the two units that comprise the directorate. Marie, who formally served as the executive director of CARIFORUM Directorate, replaces Ivan Ogando Lora.…

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  • Government worried about unpredictable nature of gold prices

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government says it is monitoring the “unpredictable nature of gold prices” as the commodity was being sold on the market at US$1, 330 an ounce. Natural Resources and the Environment Minister Robert Persaud said the authorities share the anxiety of the mining community “as to the unpredictable nature of gold prices given the importance…

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  • CARICOM SG says global crisis impacting heavily on the region

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin La Rocque Tuesday said that the global economic crisis is having a severe impact on the region resulting in stagnation or declining growth rates. Addressing representatives from international development partners (IDP), who are meeting here for the Third Forum on Donor Coordination involving CARICOM, La Rocque said the fallout from…

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  • Egypt’s turmoil

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana – It is undoubtedly the case that the essential structures of authoritarian rule, using the army as a critical instrument of stabilization, were constructed by Gamal Abdel Nasser, in his long period of domination following the military’s abolition of the Egyptian monarchy in 1952, and his takeover of the presidency of the country from General Naguib in 1956.…

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  • CARICOM to discuss new initiatives with international aid donors

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Representatives from international development partners (IDP0 meet here on Tuesday for the Third Forum on Donor Coordination involving the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). A CARICOM Secretariat statement said that the meeting presents the opportunity for engagement between the CARICOM Secretariat, Caribbean institutions and IDPs on issues pertaining to regional integration and development. “Specific issues slated for discussion…

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  • CARICOM pleased with growth in intra-regional trade

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – There has been a “significant” increase intra regional trade in 2011, according to the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat. It said that intra-regional trade in CARICOM has been positive with significant growth in the early period of the integration movement “and with the share of intra-regional to total trade increasing, on average, in the face of…

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  • International media group urges Caribbean countries to repeal archaic criminal defamation laws

    VIENNA, CMC – The Vienna-based International Press Institute (IPI) Monday appealed to Caribbean governments to follow through on commitments to repel archaic criminal defamation laws int heir respective countries. Representatives from the IPI and the Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM), the region’s umbrella media organisation, visited five Caribbean countries in April. The three week visit to Antigua and Barbuda,…

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  • President Ramotar urges unity on hydro project

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jul 26, CMC – President Donald Ramotar has urged opposition legislators to put aside their differences with the government and allow legislation that would ensure that Guyanese nationals benefit from cheap electricity in the future. Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh has said that the passage of Hydro-Electric Power (Amendment) Bill as well as the accompanying motion to increase…

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  • Worrying times for sport in the Caribbean

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana – Jamaica and the rest of the region are still reeling from the shocking disclosures that five Jamaican athletes, starting with the legendary Veronica Campbell-Brown and including their beloved Asafa Powell and 2004 4×100 Olympic gold medallist Sherone Simpson, have tested positive for banned substances. It is a crisis of very real proportions in Jamaica, where, as André…

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  • CBU to meet in Guyana

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) says it will hold its 44th annual general assembly in Guyana next month. It said the August 19 – 23 assembly will be attended by broadcast executives, industry partners and media specialists where they will discuss issues of digital transition, the business of broadcasting, public service broadcasting, new and traditional…

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