US to play old foe Trinidad in CONCACAF Gold Cup
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When the United States resumes competitive matches in June after a 20-month absence, it will quickly come up against Trinidad and Tobago, the nation that prevented the Americans...
Officials: Guyana unable to hold required elections in March
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's elections commission says it won't be ready to hold general elections in March, despite a court order to do so in the wake of a no-confidence vote.
The commission said Tuesday it might be ready by July. Election commissioners say they need to compile a new list of voters because the current one likely contains thousands of names of voters who have died or left the South American country.
Court orders Guyana government to hold elections by March
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A court on Thursday ordered the government of the South American country of Guyana to hold general elections by March after upholding a recent no-confidence motion.
The ruling comes as Guyana prepares to become what experts believe could be Latin America's second-biggest oil producer within the next decade.
Opposing leaders in Guyana meet, agree to new elections
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's two main political leaders met on Wednesday for the first time since the opposition approved a no-confidence motion last month and assured people that the South American country will abide by its constitution and call fresh elections soon.
The announcement is expected to appease investors as Guyana prepares to become what experts believe could be Latin America's second-biggest oil producer within the next decade.
Guyana legislators to let court rule on no-confidence motion
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Legislators in the South American country of Guyana have refused a government request to nullify a no-confidence motion approved last month.
Parliament Speaker Barton Scotland said Thursday that it's best if a court decides whether the motion had the required votes. The government had asked Scotland to overturn the motion because it contends the 33 votes were shy of just one to represent a majority in the 65-member assembly.
Guyana’s government to fight no-confidence motion
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Government officials in Guyana are refusing to resign and say they will fight a recent no-confidence motion that is forcing new elections in the South American country by March.
Guyana condemns ‘hostile act’ by Venezuela in local waters
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's foreign ministry has condemned what it says was a dangerous incursion into local waters after a Norwegian ship hired by ExxonMobil was "intercepted" by a Venezuelan naval vessel.
The ship, Ramform Tethys, was contracted to conduct seismic work by the company in a block off Guyana's coast.
ExxonMobil ship approached by Venezuelan navy off Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A ship hired by ExxonMobil was approached by a Venezuelan naval vessel off the coast of Guyana, one of the most serious incidents yet in oil-rich waters that Venezuela has long claimed as its own.
The Venezuelans did not board the ship and have since left the area, according to a statement issued by Norway's Petroleum Geo-Services, which was performing a seismic survey on behalf of Irving, Texas-based ExxonMobil.
Guyana government falls in no-confidence vote
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A lawmaker from the ruling coalition in Guyana voted late Friday with the opposition for a no-confidence motion, bringing down the administration of President David Granger and forcing fresh elections by March.
Government legislator Charrandass Persaud said: "I voted with my conscience."
Customs finds 70 finches in hair rollers
NEW YORK (AP) — Customs officials at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport say they found 70 live finches hidden inside hair rollers.
Authorities say a passenger arriving from Guyana on Saturday had the songbirds in a duffel bag.
Caricom to waive taxes on oil as Petrotrin refinery closes
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Caribbean trade bloc is removing taxes on imported oil and petroleum products for the region as a major refinery on the island of Trinidad prepares to close.
Jonestown memorials held at cemetery with remains of 400
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Ceremonies at a California cemetery marked the mass murders and suicides 40 years ago of 900 Americans orchestrated by the Rev. Jim Jones at a jungle settlement in Guyana, South America.
The remains of more than 400 Jonestown victims are buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Oakland.
Young Jonestown survivors lost everything, built new lives
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jonestown was the highlight of Mike Touchette's life — for a time.
Survivor recalls Jonestown tragedy 40 years later
Jet overshoots runway in Guyana, several injured
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A Fly Jamaica Boeing 757-200 aircraft overshot the runway at Guyana's main international airport early Friday, injuring several people.
Airline spokesman Carl Bowen said the plane, which was on its way to Toronto, reported a hydraulic failure emergency shortly after taking off from the Cheddi Jagan International Airport and returned after less than 20 minutes.
Stan Brock, provider of mobile medical clinics, has died
ROCKFORD, Tenn. (AP) — Stan Brock, the founder of an organization that uses mobile medical clinics to bring health care services to people in remote, underserved areas of the U.S. and around the world, has died in Tennessee. He was 82.
Remote Area Medical said in a news release that Brock died Wednesday. RAM spokesman Robert Lambert told the Associated Press that Brock had been active until he suffered an illness a few weeks ago. Lambert said Brock died peacefully at home in Rockford, Tennessee.
Guyana to build Venezuelan refugee settlement near border
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana says it will set up a temporary settlement for hundreds of people who have fled the economic collapse in neighboring Venezuela.
Citizenship Minister Winston Felix says his government will lease land near the northwestern border with Venezuela to provide refugees with shelter, food and medicine.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Tamim Iqbal scored an unbeaten 130 and shared a 207-run second-wicket stand with Shakib Al Hasan to guide Bangladesh to a tour-reviving 48-run win over the West Indies in the first limited-overs international.
After winning the toss and electing to bat and losing a wicket in the second over, Bangladesh recovered to post 279 for four set up by Iqbal's 10th ODI century and Al Hasan's 97 from 121 deliveries.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A fisherman in Guyana has been charged in a deadly April attack on fishing boats off the coast of neighboring Suriname.
A Guyanese police official says 39-year-old Nakool Manohar has been detained on suspicion of murder for involvement in the April 27 on four boats that left 15 men missing and presumed dead.
HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose 39-year-old plane crashed in Havana had been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.
HAVANA (AP) — The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Havana, killing 110 people, has been the subject of two serious complaints about its crews' performance over the last decade, according to authorities in Guyana and a retired pilot for Cuba's national airline.
Judge awards Guyana plane crash survivor $272,000
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge ordered an airline to pay about $272,000 in damages to a Connecticut woman injured in a plane crash in South America in 2011.
Judge Michael Shea in Hartford ruled Tuesday that Caribbean Airlines was responsible for the injuries of Waterbury resident Indrawatie Shiwbodh. The decision came in Shiwbodh's lawsuit against the airline and after a non-jury trial before Shea. Lawsuits by other passengers were settled, and Shiwbodh's case was the only to go to trial.
Venezuela rejects UN plan to settle border fight with Guyana
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela has rejected a United Nations proposal to send its longstanding border dispute with neighboring Guyana to an international court.
Foreign Affairs Minister Jorge Arreaza said Wednesday that his country will push for a diplomatic settlement spelled out in a 1966 agreement signed in Geneva.
His comment comes a day after U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced that he is sending the case to the International Court of Justice.
ExxonMobil looks to increase its oil drilling in Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — ExxonMobil is pushing ahead with efforts to develop oil fields off the South American nation of Guyana.
Company spokeswoman Kimberly Brasington says it's asked Guyanese environmental authorities for permission to drill to up to 40 new wells as it develops the Liza Phase 2 offshore oil field. It already has 17 planned for the first phase.
Exxon Mobil Corp. finds more oil in deep waters off Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. is reporting another significant oil discovery in deep Atlantic Ocean waters off Guyana.
The company says its Ranger-1 well hit a major oil reservoir in an area known as the Stabroek Block off the South American country. The well was drilled to a depth of 21,161 feet (6,450 meters) in 8,973 feet (2,735 meters) of water.
Verdict pending in lawsuit over 2011 Guyana plane crash
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether an airline should pay damages to a Connecticut woman injured in a plane crash in Guyana in 2011.
Judge Michael Shea in Hartford presided over a three-day, nonjury trial earlier this month in a lawsuit by Waterbury resident Indrawatie Shiwbodh against Caribbean Airlines. The judge is expected to rule sometime after Feb. 9, when final briefs are due.
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Sugar cane production falls to 27-year low in Guyana
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Sugar output in Guyana is expected to fall by nearly a quarter from last year, as the Caribbean trade bloc's largest sugar-producing nation struggles with a decline in demand from the European Union.
State-run Guyana Sugar Corporation, known as Guysuco, said Sunday that the nearly 140,000 metric tons produced in 2017 is the lowest in 27 years.
Caribbean bloc ups tax on US wood imports at Guyana’s behest
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Caribbean Community trade group has agreed to raise import taxes on U.S. and Canadian wood because of complaints from member state Guyana.
Caribbean Community Secretariat spokesman Bernard Black says a tax on imported pine would rise from 5 percent to 40 percent in January. The new tariff would run for 24 months.
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Guyana says Venezuelans flocking in for medical treatment
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyanese authorities say they're seeing a significant increase in Venezuelans crossing the border seeking treatment for malaria and other ailments.
Shamdeo Persaud is chief medical officer at the Medical Council of Guyana. He says the Venezuelans are being treated without charge.
Authorities in Guyana locate site of plane crash; pilot dead
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Authorities in the South American country of Guyana say they have located the site of a plane crash in a jungle near Brazil.
The Guyanese Civil Aviation Authority said Monday that officials found the body of pilot Imran Khan near the Cessna 206 that disappeared over the weekend. No other people were aboard.
The plane was flying from the gold mining town of Mahdia to a small mining camp in southwest Guyana when it crashed.
Small plane missing in Guyana dense jungle region
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The Guyanese Civil Aviation Authority says it's investigating the disappearance of a small plane in a mountainous southwestern region near Brazil.
Authority director Egbert Field says the Cessna 206 aircraft disappeared in dense jungle about 40 miles (65 kilometers) from the gold mining town of Madhia, which is located around 120 miles (200 kilometers) southwest the capital.
The plane lost communication about 25 minutes after taking off from a mining district.
Guyana says Venezuelan soldiers cross border, seek supplies
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The army chief of staff in Guyana says authorities are investigating reports that soldiers from neighboring Venezuela have crossed the border in search of food.
Guyana turns to retired military to quell prison unrest
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Authorities in Guyana say they urgently need to hire retired military and paramilitary officers to help restore order to the South American country's troubled prison system.
Prison Director Gladwin Samuels said Wednesday that the current wardens are overworked and need backup.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Authorities say a plane carrying fuel to mining camps in Guyana has crashed in the remote jungle, killing the pilot.
Aviation Director Egbert Field reports that the plane was heading for the western region of the South American nation when it nosedived into thick vegetation late Tuesday.
He says 39-year-old pilot Colin Martin was the only person aboard.
Rebellious inmates burn Guyana prison, battle police
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Dozens of rebellious inmates set fire to the maximum security prison in Guyana's capital Sunday, destroying most of the building while they exchanged gunfire with police and soldiers, authorities said. At least one officer was killed.
Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan said Sunday night that security forces had regained control of the prison, but firefighters were still dealing with the blaze.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The South American country of Guyana is rushing food and other supplies to rural communities hit by floods caused by overflowing rivers.
Farmers near the border with Suriname have reported losing crops and dozens of cattle, while emergency shelters have opened in areas near the border with Brazil.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The government of Guyana is appointing a special commission to probe how police handled the investigation of an alleged plot to kill the president of the South American country that authorities have said was a hoax.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — The South American country of Guyana has issued its first oil and gas license to ExxonMobil, which has said it made "significant" oil discoveries off the Atlantic coast.
Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said late Thursday that the company and its partners, Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. and CNOOC Nexen, also received an environmental permit and can now drill in an area believed to contain at least two billion barrels of oil.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Soldiers in the South American country of Guyana have seized heavy-duty mining equipment from a protected area that features one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world.
Authorities said Thursday that nearly 30 pontoons with pumps were dredging river beds for gold and diamonds in Kaieteur National Park.
Guyana's Defense Force said it also found environmental pollutants including mercury waste oils and silicone.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Two international oil companies say they will start exploring off the South American coast of Guyana that is believed to be rich in natural resources.
London-based Tullow Oil and Toronto-based Eco (Atlantic) Oil & Gas made the announcement on Friday. Both have offshore concessions just a few miles from where U.S. oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. found a well believed to contain up to 1.4 billion barrels of oil and an undisclosed amount of gas.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Two opposition lawmakers and four ex-officials in Guyana have been charged with allegedly mismanaging a sprawling public finance program.
Justice officials with President David Granger's government on Friday accused the six of misappropriating much of a special rice fund linked to Venezuela's Petrocaribe program that has provided fuel to regional nations at market prices but under generous credit terms.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — American oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked Guyana's government for a production license to let it start pumping oil from the seabed by late 2019, though company officials have said operations are likely to start in 2020.
Guyana Geology and Mines Commissioner Newell Dennison on Wednesday confirmed the application, saying it would be the first time the small South American country has issued an oil and gas license.
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — A former Cabinet secretary and the daughter of a former president of Guyana were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally using state resources to build palatial homes for former top officials.
Norwegian diplomat named to mediate Venezuela-Guyana dispute
UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed a Norwegian diplomat who dealt with the Colombian peace process to try to settle the longstanding border dispute between Venezuela and Guyana by the end of the year.
U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced the appointment of Dag Halvor Nylander as Guterres' personal representative "with a strengthened mandate of mediation."
Man gets 5 years in prison for smuggling guns to Guyana
ATLANTA (AP) — A native of Guyana who lives in Georgia has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to smuggling dozens of guns to the South American country.
Federal prosecutors in Atlanta say 39-year-old Jermine Prosper, who lived in Conyers, legally purchased about 50 guns in the Atlanta and smuggled them in shipping barrels to Guyana, where they were sold on the streets.
2 sentenced to death in Guyana for massacre that killed 12
GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Two men in the South American country of Guyana have been sentenced to death for a 2008 massacre in which nine civilians and three police officers were killed.
A high court late Thursday ordered the two men to be hanged.
Prosecutors say Dennis Williams and Royden Williams were part of a group that went to the jungle community of Bartica to steal from gold miners and wound up killing the 12 people.