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Letter: Ah Wey Do Dem II

January 18, 2017
Letter: Ah Wey Do Dem II Cornelius ‘Poorsah’ Williams is one of the most prolific calypsonians in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). He gave us social commentary hits like, “Mouth in me momma”, “Jumbie Leggo”, “In ah Hole”, “Wild Cherry”, “Take your time”, and “Inside Job” to name a few. But wait! Haul and Pull up!

Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector

January 17, 2017
Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. This is according to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean...

Commentary: It's all about land

January 17, 2017
Commentary: It's all about land As 2016 breathed its last gasps of breath one might have expected that the New Year would be the one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That hope was soon dashed by what looms over the horizon for us in Anguilla. Already strapped by the results of a nonexistent economy, a government...

Letter: After the hullabaloo at the AIA opening - then what?

January 16, 2017
Letter: After the hullabaloo at the AIA opening - then what? The big news in St Vincent and the Grenadines is the wolf-criers have announced a new date for the opening of the Argyle International Airport. This official announcement has made it approximately ten or more times the wolf-criers have official announcements and dates for the...

Letter: When talking of Argyle, our greatest fear is La Soufriere Volcano

January 14, 2017
Letter: When talking of Argyle, our greatest fear is La Soufriere Volcano The Unity Labour Party, or/and the government, or/and the comrade, or/and the family dynasty employ a man to trawl the internet looking for comments about any of the foregoing names or entities. If those comments are damaging to the foregoing names or entities, even if true, this man will...

Letter: Lessons from Barbados for Argyle Airport

January 12, 2017
Letter: Lessons from Barbados for Argyle Airport Perhaps the best regional two-case comparative evidence that Argyle International Airport (AIA) will fail to meet its tourism expectations because there was no compelling reason for its construction is a side-by-side assessment of tourism and allied features in Barbados with the mainland of...

St Vincent PM remains opposed to economic citizenship

January 11, 2017
St Vincent PM remains opposed to economic citizenship BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has reiterated his disdain for the economic citizenship programmes being operated by some member states of the OECS. Gonsalves in his latest comment on the matter emphasized that...

Commentary: Bribery! Who rewards, who refuses and what are the payoffs?

January 11, 2017
Commentary: Bribery! Who rewards, who refuses and what are the payoffs? Not only is bribery an electoral offence, it is a sin! Remember when Christ, for 40 days and 40 nights was fasting and led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil? In modern political thought, the actions of the devil amount to bribery. Much attention must be paid to the way...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar!

January 10, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Replace the Queen with Dwight Venner on the EC dollar! I grew-up at Hospital Road in Castries in the 1960s and 70s, seeing Dwight Venner walking up and down, to and from his nearby family home, ‘going to town’ and returning from St Mary’s College, the island’s top Catholic school for boys. Much younger, I attended primary school. But from my...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: So what are the options?

January 9, 2017
Commentary: Tourism Matters: So what are the options? Five years later than planned, the Argyle International Airport in nearby St Vincent will officially open on 14th February 2017, at a quoted cost of EC$700 million (roughly US$260 million), including ‘in-kind contributions’. According to a radio interview with Glen Beache, former minister of tourism...

Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism successfully implements sanitary controls project

January 6, 2017
Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism successfully implements sanitary controls project BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), in partnership with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) has successfully completed the project “Capacity Building of regulatory and industry stakeholders in Aquaculture and Fisheries...

Letter: Julian Bodge and his merry band of bodgers

January 5, 2017
Letter: Julian Bodge and his merry band of bodgers Before we start on this story I would like to say I hold no grudge against Julian. There are a few things I would like to ask. One being how he got to head a ministry of a subject he knows nothing about and has no professional training for. Another is how did he acquire “more wealth than...

Letter: St Vincent's cruise ship numbers are much lower than we think

January 4, 2017
Letter: St Vincent's cruise ship numbers are much lower than we think From any perspective, our mainland (St Vincent Island -- SVI) tourism industry is in deep trouble on the eve of the completion of Argyle International Airport (AIA). Visitor levels over the past 15 years have shrunk (see essay numbers 3, 27, and 27 below); the number arriving guests of different...

Letter: A tribute to PS Gregory Grimes' untimely death and the Bermuda Police Service

January 2, 2017
Letter: A tribute to PS Gregory Grimes' untimely death and the Bermuda Police Service In April of 2004, when I went to Bermuda to become a part of the Bermuda Police Service, I went to that island not knowing what to expect and I did not know anyone. Back in St Vincent and the Grenadines, the land of my birth, I was a political upstart, even in my capacity as a police officer...

Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates

December 19, 2016
Several CARICOM countries failing to honour skills certificates GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- For those who had thought that any Guyanese citizen with an officially issued Caribbean Community (CARICOM) skills certificate can just roll into any CARICOM country and seek employment after showing the document to authorities will certainly have to think again.

Fishery sector sanitary controls training held in St Vincent and the Grenadines

December 19, 2016
Fishery sector sanitary controls training held in St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CRFM) -- A two-week training programme covering “Food safety in the fishery sector” and “Fishery products laboratory testing” was delivered to 30 inspector and laboratory analysts from 15 CARIFORUM countries during the period 28 November to 9 December.

Letter: Blacks beg to be enslaved by 'Massa'

December 19, 2016
Letter: Blacks beg to be enslaved by 'Massa' The chain gangs working on the road sides clearing the vegetation and debris standing out in the hot sun every December trying to get a crust for Christmas, something for their children. Chains you ask? What chains? The mental chains that cause ignorant people to worship the very party...

Letter: Vincitroll's PhD degree in stupidity!

December 17, 2016
Letter: Vincitroll's PhD degree in stupidity! The good doctor Vincitroll has really been showing his mastery of the science of absurdity with his response to my letter entitled, “SVG's Aspirational International Airport (AIA)”. So the new airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is going to start up with LIAT ATR turboprop planes and...

Letter: Why Bequia is a gem of the Antilles

December 15, 2016
Letter: Why Bequia is a gem of the Antilles There is no better way to show that the completion and operation of Argyle International Airport (AIA) will do little to boost holiday visits to the mainland than to compare its current tourism numbers to those of Bequia, the first shining gem in our necklace of enchanting Grenadines islands.

Letter: A sign that says most of it

December 10, 2016
Letter: A sign that says most of it The Milton Cato Memorial Hospital sign is many signs at once. One, it is a dirge. At least, it looks like how a lament for the dead sounds. It is a recitation that the ministry of health and the hospital administration do not give a damn. That’s two. Three, it is a harbinger of the quality of medical...

Caribbean islands recover from devastating rains

December 9, 2016
Caribbean islands recover from devastating rains PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A tropical disturbance, caused by a trough of low pressure, provoked severe weather conditions in several Central-Eastern Caribbean islands recently. Thundershowers and torrential rainfall began on November 28, 2016, and continued well into the end of the month.

Commentary: How should we deal with communist Castro?

December 7, 2016
Commentary: How should we deal with communist Castro? There is something very “Machu Picchian” (in the contemporary sense of the term) about the death of colonialism in SVG. It has been a quarter century and more since the dawn of October 79, yet many of its useless relics remain on the mountain tops of Vincentian mentality, ruins adored and...

Letter: Dear Comrade Fidel was no friend of world peace

December 7, 2016
Letter: Dear Comrade Fidel was no friend of world peace “You, my dear comrade, embodied humanity’s struggle for a free, dignified life; a life free from exploitation, a life full of love” (The Vincentian newspaper, Friday, December 2, 2016). This is the first sentence of a staff commentary titled “Dear Fidel" in the oldest weekly in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Letter: Questions on the Dragon deal

December 7, 2016
Letter: Questions on the Dragon deal After all the dancing and the prancing in Caracas, we still know precious little about the gas agreement that was signed by Prime Minister Rowley and President Maduro on Monday. What do we know? At the post-Cabinet news conference on Thursday, Rowley said that he was going to “sign...

Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities

December 6, 2016
Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities LONDON, England -- Governments could be hit by huge unexpected pay-outs if steps are not taken to manage hidden liabilities in unfunded pensions, loan guarantees, disaster relief and other contingencies. This is the stark warning in a recent Commonwealth report, offering countries...

Letter: Are SVG government ministers becoming rich from road construction and repairs?

December 6, 2016
Letter: Are SVG government ministers becoming rich from road construction and repairs? Recently, I was exposed to some very interesting information that made me say, “What the hell.” As a result I took the opportunity to conduct more in-depth research for myself on the science of road construction. With my newly accumulated knowledge on the science of road construction...

Letter: SVG's Aspirational International Airport (AIA)

December 5, 2016
Letter: SVG's Aspirational International Airport (AIA) Just over two months ago, I had to get to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to pay my last respects to my grandma who passed away several weeks short of her 95th birthday. As arrangements were being made to fly back to SVG, I remember Vincitroll’s claim that the Argyle International...

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