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JAMAICA | US Envoy to Jamaica Donald Tapia apologises for tweets

KINGSTON, October 30, 2020 – It wasn't me, but I take full responsibility says United States Ambassador to Jamaica Donald Tapia as he apologized to Jamaican twitter handlers for controversial tweets made via  his Twitter account which prompted calls for him to be withdrawn for his undiplomatic conduct.

GUYANA | Harmon warns of "serious resistance" if Local Government polls are delayed

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 28, 2020 – Guyana’s Opposition APNU+AFC has pushed back against the Peoples Progressive Party administration in respect of recent statements by President Irfaan Ali that Local Government Elections due in 2021, will be postponed until the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) is fixed to his party’s satisfaction.
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CARICOM Heads to discuss COVID-19 and EU Black listing on Thursday

CARICOM, Guyana, 28 Oct. 2020  -  COVID-19 and its impact on the Caribbean Community as well as the establishment of an associater institution, the CARICOM Private Sector Organization and regional security, will be among matters for consideration by CARICOM Heads of Government when they meet via video-conference on Thursday, 29 October 2020. This Forty-first Regular Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government is expected to examine the health, financial and economic development implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The discussions will follow the Special Emergency Meetings held by the Heads in May, August and September as part of their efforts to harmonise their responses to, and policies on the multifaceted impact of COVID-19.Thursday’s Meeting  which will be held under the chairmanship of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves. will also discuss other major concerns including the the European Union's blacklisting of several CARICOM member statesCARICOM earlier this month issued a Statement condemning the “ongoing unilateral, arbitrary and non-transparent blacklisting strategy employed by the European Union (EU) against CARICOM Member States”.The Statement noted that along with the unprecedented task of staging a post-COVID-19 economic recovery, the CARICOM States now have the added burden of being subjected to the EU’s discriminatory tactics disguised as tax policy and governance.The Heads will have an exchange of views with a Special Guest, the United Nations Secretary-General Mr. Antonio Guterres.Thursday’s Meeting will be held under the chairmanship of current Chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. -30-  
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GUYANA | Hughes writes to DPP asking that MP Datadin be removed as prosecutor

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 25, 2020 - Wiredja Online News understands that attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes has written to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack, formally requesting that she revokes the appointment of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Member of Parliament Sanjeev Datadin as special prosecutor into the ongoing election fraud cases.
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GUYANA | APNU/AFC demand PPP MP Oneidge Walrond's resignation

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 24, 2020 -  Guyana’s Opposition APNU/AFC has demanded the immediate resignation of Government minister Oneidge Walrond Allicock and her removal as a PPP Member of Parliament. Waldron is said to be the holder of dual citizenship and in violation of the country’s constitution.
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GUYANA | Court to hear Election Petition Preliminary arguments November 24

GUYANA, OCTOBER 22, 2020 – Despite the strategic decision by the Opposition APNU/AFC to file two separate election petitions seeking to overturn the March 2 General and Regional Elections, Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire told today’s case management that she intends to hear both cases together.
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GUYANA | Toy Gun assailant attacks police at Chief Justice's home

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 21, 2020 - One day prior to the start of the case management of the much-anticipated elections petition the Guyana police are baffled as to why a toy gun assailant would be so brazen as to attack police officers guarding the home of Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire.
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GUYANA | Government intensifies pressure on GECOM Staff, Political Opposition

GEORGETOWN, October 20, 2020 - As the hearing of the Elections Petitions case by the Guyana Supreme Court into the March 2 General Elections draws closer, the new PPP administration appears to be using the Guyana police force to intensify its pressure on the staff of the Guyana Elections Commission as well as the harassment of targeted members of the APNU/AFC Coalition.
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GUYANA | Nigel and Cathy Hughes property firebombed; Arson suspected

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 19, 2020 - Arson is suspected, at a property on Middle Street Georgetown, owned by attorney-at-law Nigel Hughes and his wife Opposition MP and former Cabinet member Cathy Hughes, which was set ablaze on Monday evening, damaging the interior of the structure.
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GUYANA | Charges against GECOM Staff could be thrown out if they impact Election Petition

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 17, 2020 -  Lead Counsel for APNU/AFC Roysdale A. Forde, has cautioned that private and other charges that have been brought against members of the staff of the Guyana Elections Commission could be considered null and void, as the charges may have a direct impact on elections petitions filed by the opposition in August, and which will shortly be heard by the Supreme Court.
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WASHINGTON | OAS Permanent Council Preparaes for 50th General Assembly

WASHINGTON DC, October 14, 2020 - The Organization of America States (OAS) will hold the 50th Regular Session of its General Assembly between October 20-21. The sessions which due to COVID-19 restrictions will be held via teleconference and will be attended by the foreign members of each member state.
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JAMAICA | Robinson wants Gov't to mediate dispute with tablet supplier

KINGSTON, Jamaica, October 16, 2020: Opposition spokesperson on Technology, Julian Robinson, has  renewed his call for the Government to engage in mediation with tablet device provider GeoTech, who brought in 19,000 tablets which the Government had labelled defective and not meeting their specifications.

GUYANA | Election Petition Case Management to be held October 22

GEORGETOWN, October 15, 2020- The case management element of the election petition brought by the APNU/AFC Coalition challenging the validity of Guyana’s March 2 General and Regional Elections is set to be heard via teleconfernce on the 22nd of October before Chief Justice Roxann George-Wiltshire.
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GUYANA | Chief Elections Officer face new charges, Lawyer says its a setup!

GEORGEWTOWN, Guyana, October 12, 2020 – C. Nigel Hughes, Attorney for Chief Election Officer Keith Lowenfield, is of the opinion that new forgery and misconduct charges filed by the Guyana police against his client today, was done in an effort to lay the groundwork for his dismissal from the Guyana Elections Commission.
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CARICOM | CARICOM Flays EU for blacklisting member states

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 10, 2020 - The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has lashed out against the European Union, for continuing its practice of blacklisting member states for arbitrary, non-transparent and flippant reasons.
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GUYANA | APNU/AFC Coalition warns PPP Gov’t: Desist or face retaliation!

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 10, 2020 - A demand by the Guyana police to further question the Chair of the Opposition People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) Party, Volda Lawrence, has been characterised by the APNU/AFC Coalition as an intensification of psychological terrorism on the leadership of the Coalition by the PPP regime and have threatened to retaliate if this persists.
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GUYANA | Arrest of GECOM officers politically motivated says Alexander

GEORGETOWN,  Guyana, October 8, 2020- APNU/AFC Elections Commissioner, Vincent Alexander says the arrest of GECOM Electoral officials including CEO Keith Lowenfield and Deputy CEO Roxanne Myers is a clear indication that the probe initiated by the PPP is politically motivated, as he and his colleague opposition commissioners have not been contacted by police as part of an investigation into any alleged electoral fraud.
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CARICOM | Barbados' Ambassador to CARICOM wants work out a solution to CXC dilemma

BRIDGETOWN, October 7, 2020 - Barbados’ Ambassador to CARICOM, David Comissiong, has proposed that a remedial process be quickly settled upon and applied in relation to the declared results of this year’s Caribbean Examinations Council’s exams, in the interest of those 5th and 6th form students across the  region who have been negatively impacted by the controversy.
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JAMAICA | PNP Parliamentarians want Committee Chairs Reinstated

KINGSTON, JAMAICA. OCTOBER 6, 2020. The Parliamentary Caucus of the Opposition People’s National Party (PNP) is reiterating its call for the immediate reinstatement of the Opposition’s chairmanship of all Sessional Committees of the House of Representatives.
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BARBADOS | Six More Months For Cuban Nurses In Barbados

BRIDGETOWN,  Barbados, October 6, 2020 - Despite efforts by the United States government to intimidate regional countries  being assisted by the Cuban Government in the provision of nurses and doctors to fight the Coronavirus pandemic, the Cuban contingent of nurses, who were assigned to help Barbados in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, will continue their work on the island for another six months.
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GUYANA | Guyana Gov't arrest more GECOM election officials

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, October 6, 2020 – As Guyana's Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) government continues to intimidate employees of the Guyana Elections Commission, the Deputy Chief Election Officer Ms. Roxanne Prince Myers will spend the night trying to rest on the cold ground of the Beterverwaghting Police station, East Coast Demerara.
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JAMAICA| Jamaica assumes Chair of OAS Permanent Council; Marks says fight against COVID-19 is priority

WASHINGTON DC, October 2, 2020 –  Jamaica this week was elevated to the  Chair of the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Permanent Council in Washington DC, following a virtual handing over ceremony which saw Jamaica’s Permanent representative to the Organization of American States H.E Ambassador Audrey Marks assuming leadership of the Organization for the next three months.
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JAMAICA | Gleaner Editorial warns Guyana's President Irfaan Ali to tread with care

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, October 1, 2020 - Jamaica’s Daily Gleaner newspaper has weighed in on what has become an untenable situation in the Republic of Guyana, where the Chief Electoral Officer for the Guyana Elections Commission, as well as a number of his colleagues, have been arrested on private criminal charges because the then PPP opposition party was not pleased with the manner in which the election tally was being conducted.
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