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Full refunds for CLICO Guyana policyholders

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment

President Jagdeo

GEORGETOWN -CLICO policyholders who may have thought they’d lost all their money following last week’s ordered wind-up of the operations of the troubled company’s Guyana branch, have received some good news from  President Bharrat Jagdeo: They’ll get back their money within a matter of weeks.

Jagdeo has rolled out a rescue plan that guarantees refunds to all those who were affected by the company’s financial troubles. Disclosing the bailout plan to a large gathering of CLICO shareholders yesterday, the country’s leader explained that policyholders with investments in the company up to a maximum GUY$30 million (US$145,842) as of February 2009, will be repaid in full.

Of the GUY$600 million (US$2.9 million) in cash resources which CLICO has immediate access to, Jagdeo said GUY$500 million (US$2.4 million) will be used to ensure that 6,924 people with long-term insurance policies, including life insurance, are covered; while the remaining funds will be set aside to cover the expenses of the company until wind up.

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China to provide military training to Guyana

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN (AP)-China will provide pilot training and Chinese-manufactured equipment to Guyana military as part of a campaign by the Asian economic giant to build stronger links with this resource-rich South American nation.
 
Army Chief of Staff Gary Best announced China’s latest military assistance agreement with Guyana on Thursday. He recently completed an 11-day visit to Beijing, where he held talks with government and military authorities.

China, which established diplomatic ties with Guyana in the 1970s, has been providing assistance to the government and military for years.
 
Few specifics about the latest agreement with China were disclosed, but government spokesman Kwame McKoy described the military pact as “routine stuff,” part of “ongoing agreements with China reflecting the need for sharing of knowledge and expertise.”
 
In recent years, China has financed a textile mill and farms, while Guyana has maintained its “one-China policy,” which does not favor independence for Beijing’s rival, Taiwan.

Guyana, where top exports include gold and diamonds, also regularly receives aid and training from Britain and the United States

‘Pictures of Guyana’ DVD launched

July 29, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -The third in a series of successful video productions on Guyana was officially introduced tonight by producer and lovally acclaimed helicopter pilot-Mike Charles.

Outside of his piloting skills, Charles is known for his production of ‘Guyana Yours to Discover’ and ‘Wild Guyana’. Both have played and continue to play notable roles in the promotion of Guyana around the world.

Charles’ newest DVD release is titled ‘Pictures of Guyana.’

As its name suggests the release highlights, throught photography, aspects of a “magnificient country”. The pictures portray Guyana as a country where the people and culture co-exist in harmony with nature.

“It captures the quintessence of the 40million hectares of intact rainforest…This DVD is the production of years of photography accross Guyana,” Charles said.

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Trial Focuses on Iran Ties of Kennedy Plot Suspect

July 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Abdul Kadir, on trial over a plot against Kennedy Airport (NY Times photo)

NEW YORY/ GEORGETOWN (New York Times) -The trial of two men accused of plotting to attack Kennedy International Airport took an unexpected twist on Wednesday when prosecutors suggested that one of the men, a former government official in Guyana, had spied on behalf of the Iranian government.

The former government official, Abdul Kadir, admitted under cross-examination that in the mid-1980s he drafted reports about Guyana’s economy, foreign policy and military for the Iranian ambassador to Venezuela, which included details like the low morale in the army. The hand-written documents included a “five-year development plan” that made reference to infiltrating the military, police and other government agencies.

Mr. Kadir, testifying in United States District Court in Brooklyn for the second straight day, appeared surprised by the direction of the questioning. He initially denied having been in contact with Iranian officials, but admitted to it after being confronted with the material he had written. Nevertheless he said he was not a spy, insisting he was focused instead on promoting Islam and that the letters he sent included no state secrets but information freely available in the newspapers.

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Amplified public discomfort with Kuwait Prime Minister’s visit

July 20, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -Public discomfort was amplified today with a series of seemingly unannounced road blocks in and around the city.
The blocks were part of strict security measures put in place for the Kuwait Prime Minister.

The Minister -Sheikh Nasser Mohammed Al Ahmed Al-Jaber Al Sabah, today inked five bilateral agreements with Guyana. The agreements were signed with the Ministries of Public Works and Communications and the Foreign Affairs. The prime minister’s visit was revealed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In a statement from the Foreign Affairs Ministry over the weekend, it was noted that the prime minister will be accompanied by high ranking officials of his government including a senior minister in the office of the Emir, the Deputy Prime Minister, ministers of Finance and Commerce, and private sector members.

The Prime Minister and delegation conducted discussions with President Bharrat Jagdeo and senior government officials.
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Undercover informant slept with daughter of alleged terrorist during secret missions in Guyana

July 16, 2010 Leave a comment

NEW YORK/ GUYANA –Now that’s some undercover work!

The Joint Terrorist Task Force informant who helped bring down the plot to blow up Kennedy Airport was sleeping with a would-be terrorist’s daughter.

Steven Francis, an ex-con playing the role of a wanna-be terrorist, had an affair with the daughter of one of the co-conspirators, according to the lawyer for defendant Abdul Kadir.

Francis’ wife was pregnant in the U.S. while he was in Guyana in 2007 secretly taping planning sessions about the attack and cavorting with the daughter of Abdel Nur.

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Blood Assurance Director to train staff of Guyana’s only Blood Bank

July 15, 2010 Leave a comment

GEORGETOWN -Mona Dilbeck, technical director at Blood Assurance, will travel to the country of Guyana on June 17 for one week to train the staff of the country’s only blood bank.

Ms. Dilbeck was asked by representatives from the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the National Public Health Laboratory in Guyana to conduct the training process.

Her primary responsibility will consist of training the blood bank’s new quality assurance employee, as well as the laboratory staff.

Ms. Dilbeck brings 37 years of blood banking experience to the staff in Guyana. She was the 2005 and 2008 recipient of the Tennessee Association of Blood Banks (TABB) President’s Award, as well as the 2010 TABB Diggs Award. In 2003, she was recognized as the National Marrow Donor Program’s Hall of Fame Winner and has served as an assessor of the AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks) since 1999.

According to Ms. Dilbeck, the training is crucial in helping the country of Guyana to provide a safe supply of blood to its patients, specifically by teaching them to perform audits as part of their testing methods.
“They want to do a good job, but they don’t have the proper training or adequate reagents and equipment to do their job,” said Ms. Dilbeck.
Since the staff has received only minimal training, Ms. Dilbeck believes the process will provide assurance of donor safety and product safety.