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Letter: Countries like St Lucia and St Vincent were bribed by Russia for very small change

April 18, 2014
We know that Russia bribed Latin America and they also bribed for very small change Caribbean countries such as Saint Lucia and St Vincent. ALBA and all the non-aligned countries were either bribed or threatened, depending on their dependence on Russia for oil, gas or arms.

Letter: Gonsalves eminently unsuitable to lead reparations

April 18, 2014
Given the total disregard for the suffering and humiliation of people of African descent under the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP) in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and led by Dr. The Hon. Ralph E. Gonsalves, we are disturbed that he is able to promote himself...

UWI to conduct survey on climate change and livelihoods in St Vincent and the Grenadines

April 17, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Venice, Italy...

Reception held in Northern Ireland to recognise Caribbean and African Diaspora

April 16, 2014
Reception held in Northern Ireland to recognise Caribbean and African Diaspora BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- The Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, hosted a reception in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour at Belfast City Hall on Monday to recognise the work of the Caribbean and African Diaspora. Invited guests included representation from the Consulate for St Vincent.

Commentary: A mandate for a Garifuna nation

April 16, 2014
Commentary: A mandate for a Garifuna nation On the 11th, 12th and 13th of April 2014, Garifuna people from the countries of “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States, came in large numbers for the first Garifuna Nation Summit. The purposes of this summit was...

Letter: Dictatorship cloaked in democracy

April 16, 2014
Many of you will remember that I told you that, if the ULP were re-elected in 2010, the European company with whom I was talking, advising on building an assembly plant in SVG at Georgetown, would not come. That I would advise them not to come, and I advised them...

Letter: Did PM Gonsalves know of and encourage ex-DCG Augustus behaviour?

April 14, 2014
I am shocked with the level of silence with which the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has been treating the scandal as it relates to ex-deputy consul general, Edson Augustus. Here we have an ex-pastor who has a track record of being dishonest and immoral; qualities.

OECS border control officers discuss watch-listing of subjects of interest

April 12, 2014
OECS border control officers discuss watch-listing of subjects of interest BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) border control officers participated last month in a training workshop on watch-listing of subjects of interest aimed at strengthening the region’s border security operations. Watch-listing is a system used by law enforcement...

Letter: Goodbye Hitler, hello Putin

April 12, 2014
It is said dealing with Vladimir Putin is like “Russian roulette,” with the concern of at least one world leader that the Russian president is not in touch with reality. A New York Times report published Sunday said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her phone call with...

OAS digitalizes and catalogues 2.5 million vital statistics records in six Eastern Caribbean countries

April 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA), has completed a project to assist the civil registries in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent...

Letter: Bought by the Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and now bought by the Russianese

April 8, 2014
I actually regret that my home country St Vincent and the Grenadines followed the ALBA whip by not voting in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262, in doing so supported the Russian act of aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine.

St Vincent explains UN abstention on Ukraine

April 4, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines is one of two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries that has been explaining the reasons why they abstained in a United Nations General Assembly vote re-affirming Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

St Vincent PM hints at early elections

April 2, 2014
St Vincent PM hints at early elections KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves has hinted that the next general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines may be held ahead of the December 2015 constitutional deadline. He raised this possibility as he addressed supporters of his ruling Unity Labour Party.

St Kitts-Nevis opposition blamed for no confidence motion delay

April 2, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has blamed the opposition in St Kitts and Nevis for the motion of no confidence in the Denzil Douglas administration not having been tabled to date. According to St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves...

High cost of regional air travel unavoidable, says St Vincent PM

April 2, 2014
High cost of regional air travel unavoidable, says St Vincent PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- High travel taxes affecting regional air travel are a necessary evil, according to Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman – Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Gonsalves acknowledged that there is merit in the argument...

Caribbean investment promotion agencies visit Nicaragua

March 29, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and PRONicaragua, organized and executed a study tour to PRONicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua.

Letter: Who has ripped off the Argyle airport landowners?

March 29, 2014
The St Vincent and the Grenadines government made an order and gazetted it, enabling the acquisition of the farm lands at Argyle for use of building the Argyle International Airport. A compulsory acquisition of farmers’ lands and houses on which to build the said airport.

Chance for Eastern Caribbean writers to participate in international programme

March 28, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Writers who are nationals of Eastern Caribbean islands and Barbados are being invited by the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, to submit nominations for the ten-week International Writer’s Programme (IWP).

Convicted fraudster offered job in St Vincent, court told

March 27, 2014
Convicted fraudster offered job in St Vincent, court told LONDON, England -- At a sentencing hearing at Isleworth Crown Court in London last Friday, the court was told that convicted fraudster Matthew Ames had been offered a £10,000 (US$16,500)-a-month job managing his father David Ames’s Buccament Bay resort in St Vincent if he avoided prison.

Letter: How should we judge our PM?

March 26, 2014
When he brings our children a “billionaire junkie and sexual anarchist”, how should we judge our prime minister? Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves recently told us that in summer of 2013 he approached Felix Dennis, who I believe is a friend of his and resident of Mustique.

Eastern Caribbean islands rebuilding from flash floods

March 24, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA (World Bank) -- More than 30,000 people affected by the December 2013 flash floods in the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Saint Lucia will continue recovering and regaining access to markets, water and electricity through an extra US$36 million...

St Kitts-Nevis opposition MP accused of 'breaking' St Vincent protocol

March 20, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis opposition MP accused of 'breaking' St Vincent protocol BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The coordinated effort by the opposition Team Unity’s Dr Timothy Harris and the St Vincent and the Grenadines opposition leader Arnhim Eustace to get the St Kitts and Nevis motion of no confidence stalemate on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) agenda last week...

Letter: Camillo Gonsalves, what he left out, what he left in, do the hokey-pokey and turn around

March 20, 2014
In an open letter Camillo Gonsalves said, "I have lived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; attended primary and secondary school in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines." But he left all the following out. June 12th 1972, Birth of Camillo Montgomery “Milo” Gonsalves, Philadelphia, USA.

Letter: Did Camillo Gonsalves lie in his open letter?

March 19, 2014
Each day, I get the impression that Ralph Gonsalves and his clan are really convinced that Vincentians are all idiots and therefore they go out of their way to treat us as such. I follow with interest the issue as it relates to the validity of Camilo Gonsalves senatorial appointment.

Letter: Who gets paid and who gets knocked?

March 18, 2014
Our economy is worse than a leaking bucket, it's now like a bucket where the bottom has completely fallen out, better described as rotted out. It used to be NDP supporters and non-ULP supporters who couldn't get paid for work, services, or goods supplied to the Marxist-led ULP SVG government.

Letter: An open appeal and intervention for the Augustus family

March 17, 2014
Greetings to you all in the holy name of our redeemer and saviour Jesus Christ the righteous son of Yahweh: the one true, perfect, Creator and God. I hope that this open appeal meets each member of the Augustus family in good health and that the family takes this appeal in the spirit...

Commentary: The economics of LIAT

March 15, 2014
Commentary: The economics of LIAT I was somewhat taken aback by Mr Gregor Nassief’s preposterous and unmerited open letter to Dr Hon. Ralph Gonsalves on LIAT. Fortunately, there has been a very helpful clarification of LIAT-related issues by the Vincentian prime minister’s press secretary and an announcement on the commercial policy...

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