Rice farmer tied to Surinam cocaine shipment found shot dead
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — The lawyer for a rice farmer whose company was involved in the largest drug seizure ever in the South American nation of Surinam says his client has been fatally shot.
Lawyer Irwin Kanhai told website Starnieuws that 40-year-old Nitender Oemrawsingh was found in neighboring Guyana with a bullet wound in the head.
Kanhai told local media that Oemrawsingh was not a suspect but had planned to contact police investigating the cocaine seizure.
Police in Suriname seize historic 2,300 kilograms of cocaine
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Authorities in Suriname say they have confiscated more than 2,300 kilograms (5,070 pounds) of cocaine in the largest seizure ever for the South American country.
Acting Police Chief Roberto Prade said Saturday that the cocaine was discovered at the port in the Paramaribo capital. He said the drug was nestled between bags of rice in eight shipping containers.
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.
Pirate attack off Suriname leaves 16 missing and feared dead
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Sixteen fishermen are missing and feared dead after pirates raided their boats off the coast of Suriname and forced them to jump overboard, authorities in the South American country said Monday.
The fishermen were part of a group of 20 in four boats who were attacked off the Atlantic coast of Suriname, said Cmdr. Jerry Slijngard of the Surinamese Coast Guard.
Successful World Day of Prayer in Fox Chapel focused on Suriname
Suriname native, lawyer and human rights activist Lilian Goncalves was the keynote speaker at the World Day of Prayer on March 2 at Christ Church Fox Chapel.
The event drew more than 100 from across the region for the ecumenical service which aimed to educate participants on the people and environmental challenges of the South American country of Suriname. The service was followed by a lunch featuring Surinamese food.
Will the Caribbean region be next on the list of countries exploited for its natural oil and gas resources? It may happen. Reports have it that the big hitters, American companies like ExxonMobil and Hess, have turned their sights toward the islands. Will this bring good fortune to the citizens of these countries or will it bring more problems to the region? Only time will tell as the explorations by the major oil companies continues.
Prosecutor calls for 20-year sentence for Suriname president
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A prosecutor on Wednesday recommended a 20-year prison sentence for President Desi Bouterse for his role in the December 1982 killing of 15 prominent political opponents in this South American country.
Prosecutor Roy Elgin told a court in a summation of evidence from a trial that has dragged on for years that there is sufficient proof that Bouterse was present when troops under his command summarily executed opponents of his then-military dictatorship.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — A gold mine in Suriname that is majority-owned by a Canadian company says four people were injured when independent miners tried to occupy a portion of its concession in the South American company.
The Rosebel Gold Mine says about 100 independent miners occupied an area known as the Roma Pit for about four hours until they were dispersed by police and security guards who fired shots into the air.
Struggling country’s past, future shaped by Alcoa, aluminum
PITTSBURGH (AP) — It electrified this South American country even as it drowned a jungle, so the 1.2-mile-long dam Alcoa built here to harness the Suriname River is more than stone and turbines. It's a symbol, in this tropical land of 560,000, of progress, trauma and a global company's ability to dominate a little country's landscape and society.
Now the Alcoa Corp. is leaving Suriname, and the Afobaka Dam's future rivets everyone from the capital's dealmakers to the forest's subsistence farmers.
Mike Tyson suffers rare loss in noisy Latin America bout
NEW YORK (AP) — Over his career, former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson recorded 50 wins and six losses. But he recently notched another big loss in Latin America — this time as a coach of a bird.
Tyson traveled to Suriname as part of the new Fusion TV documentary series "Outpost " and was soundly beaten when he entered a bird in a songbird contest, a cherished local tradition.
Protests disrupt French Guiana, prompt US travel warning
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Large protests have spread throughout French Guiana, blocking roads to neighboring Brazil and Suriname and prompting the U.S. government to issue a travel warning Friday for the French territory in South America.
Alcoa Corp. to permanently close Suriname refinery and mines
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — Alcoa Corp. said Wednesday that it will permanently close the alumina refinery and bauxite mines in Suriname that were pillars of the economy in the South American nation until the company halted operations there in November 2015.
New mine brings big changes to town in Suriname rainforest
LANGA TABIKI, Suriname (AP) — Muddy footpaths wind past empty homes, most collapsing into ruins. Dozens of stores and bars have closed. The most prominent citizen, the chief of a tribe descended from escaped African slaves, has decamped to the capital.
A gold mine operated by a U.S.-based company opened recently in the rainforest of southern Suriname, bringing hundreds of jobs and badly needed revenue to a government struggling with some of the highest inflation in the world.
IMF: Suriname’s ailing economy to contract by 9 percent
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — The International Monetary Fund is projecting an economic contraction of 9 percent this year in struggling Suriname.
A visiting IMF team says that without major policy adjustments, Suriname "risks deepening instability" with sharp exchange rate depreciation and accelerating inflation. It says international reserves are "critically low."
Suriname slides into economic abyss, in shadow of Venezuela
PARAMARIBO, Suriname (AP) — It is a South American nation in crisis: Businesses are closing, food prices are soaring and hospitals are running out of basic supplies such as paper towels and bandages.
No, this isn't Venezuela but rather nearby Suriname, a multi-ethnic former Dutch colony where the economy is in freefall amid collapsing global commodity prices and the local currency's resulting slide against the U.S. dollar.
South Dakota Guard soldiers help renovate Suriname school
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Soldiers from the South Dakota National Guard teamed up with members of Suriname's armed forces to renovate a school in the South American country.