CAL increases flights to Guyana for Golden Jubilee celebrations

April 28, 2016

Caribbean Airlines has announced an increase in its flight schedule between Guyana and New York to support the celebration of Guyana’s 50th Anniversary of Independence.

 

“Guyana is an important destination for Caribbean Airlines, and we are delighted to continue our support of the activities in celebration of Guyana’s Golden Jubilee of Independence through the addition of more non-stop and direct flights between JFK, New York and Guyana,” Dionne Ligoure, Head of Corporate Communications said.

 

“As the airline with Flag Carrier Status, Caribbean Airlines is committed to the people of Guyana with whom we have enjoyed a long legacy of cooperation providing consistent and reliable service since our start in 2007.”

 

Caribbean Airlines’ has an average of six daily flights and carries over 350,000 passengers to and from Guyana annually. The airline offers daily non-stop service between New York and Guyana as well as seamless connections to other Caribbean and North American destinations.

 

courtesy of: Caribbean News Service

Medical students stage campus protest

April 04, 2016

Nearly a hundred students have staged a peaceful protest in front of the University of Guyana's Turkeyen Campus Administration building, remonstrating for an accredited medical school and improved facilities on the campus’s Natural Sciences Faculty, while the UGSS President Joshua Griffith criticized the government for playing politics with their education.


“UG students matter…no students, no pay slips!” “Respect our education,” “UG raise your standard,” and After 50 years no standard and increased fees?” were scribbled across the placards held up by medical students, medical technology students and other Natural Sciences students at the protest.


Criticizing the poor services offered at the local university, students lamented the government for not listening to them and rendering the assistance they promised when they gained office.

 

The students complained that they did not contend when their facility fees were raised last year because they knew that “better” was needed, but now for some reason or the other facilities remain lacking.


The students complained about late awards of student loans, the medical school accreditation being stripped from the university and poor laboratory facilities

Daughters arrested after father's body found

April 04, 2016

Police have arrested the two daughters of 64-year-old man after his body was found dumped on the Railway Embankment at Coldingen along the East Coast of Demerara over the weekend.

 

Police said that they are now seeking a third person in connection with the murder after the body was discovered last Sunday.

 

They said that the man’s 13-year-old adopted daughter and his 18-year-old biological daughter remain in custody while the search continues for the third person, reported to be a Clerk at a Magistrates’ Court here.

 

Police believe that the man was killed at his home and the body wrapped in plastic was transported to the area where he was dumped.

 

courtesy of: Caribbean News Service

Donald Ramotar accepts post in coalition government

March 31, 2016

Former Guyana President, Donald Ramotar, has agreed to join the David Granger coalition government in what is a historic step for the country, which sees people from the top three political parties joining forces.

 

Prior to last year’s elections, the APNU and AFC formed a coalition then narrowly won the elections. Now, in a first for a sitting President, David Granger has announced that Ramotar has joined the coalition. His joining came after he accepted the office of Prime Minister in what is to be a revamped Cabinet.

Fire kills 16 inmates during protest

March 03, 2016

Authorities in the country say at least 16 inmates have died in a fire inside a prison in the capital Georgetown.

 

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said inmates had set fire to their mattresses to protest against conditions inside Camp Street prison. He said they were protesting about overcrowding and delays for prisoners awaiting trial. Mr Ramjattan said the protest had begun after a raid by police officers on cells looking for contraband.

 

Ambulances have been taking injured prisoners to hospital and hundreds of people came to the prison gates to find out about relatives inside.

 

On Wednesday there had been similar disturbances, with prisoners setting fire to their mattresses and repeating the act when the blazes were extinguished.

 

Camp Street Prison was built to accommodate 775 inmates but officials say it now houses more than 1,000.

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