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CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people

April 25, 2015
CARPHA and Mexico sign MOU to benefit 17 million Caribbean people MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) on Thursday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry of health of the United Mexican States, through the Federal Commission for Protection from Sanitary Risks (COFEPRIS). The aim of the MoU...

Letter: A Vincentian Fairy Story

April 24, 2015
Letter: A Vincentian Fairy Story Once upon a crime there was a tiny Kingdom called ‘Caribbean Maderira’ The Pretend King was a nasty man, not unlike King Herod.  Herod The Great, although he ruled over the Jews in Israel in the time before Christ, Herod the Great although was not completely Jewish. He was born in 73 B.C.

New international airport may broaden market opportunities for St Vincent, says minister

April 22, 2015
New international airport may broaden market opportunities for St Vincent, says minister KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The new international airport currently under construction at Argyle in St Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to play a critical role in enhancing the viability of the local fishing industry. Minister of agriculture, industry, forestry, fisheries and rural transformation...

Letter: The Potemkin Folly at Argyle

April 21, 2015
Letter: The Potemkin Folly at Argyle I have pointed out several times using different perspectives that our mainland tourism arrivals -- by both cruise ship and airplane -- are among the lowest in the Caribbean, indeed the very lowest, with the possible exception of volcano eruption-ravaged Montserrat and poverty-stricken Haiti.

ECCU projected to achieve 2.4 percent growth this year

April 20, 2015
ECCU projected to achieve 2.4 percent growth this year KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, said that the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is projected to achieve growth of 2.4% this year. The prime minister made the disclosure as he presented an address on radio and television...

Letter: The destruction of SVG's economy

April 20, 2015
Letter: The destruction of SVG's economy I think it was the late Glen Jackson (the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines [SVG] former press secretary) that coined the term “Gunzynomics”. Where did all the brinkmanship for the 30% salary increase and the banana industry get us today in SVG? It got us Gunzynomics.

Letter: Going green at Argyle Airport

April 16, 2015
Letter: Going green at Argyle Airport In reply to going green at Argyle Airport, preventing the pollution of the sea is more important than the small amount of pollution we will stop by installing solar power at Argyle airport. People tend to be unable to grasp what green really means. It’s not just the installation of some solar panels.

Letter: The unnatural place for an international airport

April 15, 2015
Letter: The unnatural place for an international airport The slow, twisting, and potholed road leading to the completion of Argyle International Airport (AIA) has been a deceptive route we have foolishly been taken down by our "smart man" prime minister. We have already built two white elephant airports, a regional facility in Bequia and an international...

Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines' rough path to political maturity

April 14, 2015
Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines' rough path to political maturity The long-awaited day for general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is dawning! SVG is just a few months away from election day and, to Vincentians of a democracy, election day is meaningful for its propensity to engender hope in all aspects of Vincentian society.

Letter: St Vincent and the Grenadines already has the atomic bum

April 14, 2015
Letter: St Vincent and the Grenadines already has the atomic bum It’s ultra explosive and is causing immense fallout throughout the length and breadth of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is also creating a radioactive crisis, with its Star radio station that has a number of lesser bums on it, which is causing further fallout, which is affecting the citizenship.

Letter: SVG red button or panic button!

April 13, 2015
Letter: SVG red button or panic button! The Unity Labour Party (ULP) government leader and prime minister in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) referred to the “Red Button” as in the 2014 Skinny Fabulous song. However, does he really have the “Red Button?” The ULP government keeps running around the country since the...

Open Letter to Emory Robinson, Jerry Scott and James Mitchell

April 13, 2015
I am the daughter of Terry Mattis and Pearl Carter. I am sure for a fact, Mr Robinson and Mr Scott, that you two gentlemen know me from a little child. My father, as you know, was a personal friend of yours, Mr Robinson. Mr Robinson, your wife, who I remembered was the doctor that...

New airport in St Vincent to become second most eco-friendly airport in Eastern Caribbean

April 11, 2015
New airport in St Vincent to become second most eco-friendly airport in Eastern Caribbean KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Plans toward making Argyle International Airport in St Vincent a “green” airport will move a step closer this month, when officials of the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) return to SVG to sign a loan agreement for US$750,000 towards the setting up of...

Open Letter: Concerned Vincentians petitioning Institute of Black World

April 10, 2015
Concerned Vincentians at home and abroad are petitioning the Institute of Black World to withdraw award and denounce Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves' indifference to the welfare of women and girls in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and exclude him from further representation on...

Antigua-Barbuda right to be concerned about plans to split up LIAT, says former PM

April 9, 2015
Antigua-Barbuda right to be concerned about plans to split up LIAT, says former PM ST JOHN’S, Antigua (WINN) -- Former Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Lester Bird says he fully supports the position taken by Prime Minister Gaston Browne over reported plans to replace regional airline LIAT with a new Barbados-led airline. Browne recently launched a verbal tirade against...

Commentary: Protection of rape victims

April 9, 2015
Commentary: Protection of rape victims Rape and other forms of gender-based violence have continued to be a major hindrance to the holistic development of women and girls in a safe, respectful and caring place. The increase in the levels of human rights violations, especially as it relates to women and girls in our society has signaled...

Where next for LIAT?

April 8, 2015
Where next for LIAT? BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- It may be hyperbole to suggest that the future of regional airline LIAT is 'up in the air' at the moment; however, recent outrage expressed by Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne over an alleged plan to replace LIAT with a new airline in which Barbados...

Letter: Camilo says he is not running against Linton

April 8, 2015
Letter: Camilo says he is not running against Linton The word that is whispered in upper Unity Labour Party (ULP) circles in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is that Camilo [Milo] will not run in East Saint George. Not for the reasons that he gave. But for more intelligent ones than all the old horse manure that Gonsalves has primed him to...

St Vincent PM endorses attack on rape victim

April 7, 2015
St Vincent PM endorses attack on rape victim KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has dismissed calls for the resignation of his communications director, Elson Crick, who recently assailed a victim of rape and sexual abuse and revealed her personal information on local radio.

Actions by LIAT CEO questioned by Antigua-Barbuda PM

April 7, 2015
Actions by LIAT CEO questioned by Antigua-Barbuda PM BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Did LIAT’s chief executive officer David Evans go beyond his duties, or was he trying to move the airline beyond its financial problems to a more profitable alternative, that would involve the creation of a new airline? Those appear to be the factors at the heart of...

Letter: Airport without a cause

April 7, 2015
Letter: Airport without a cause For those tourists who want to do more than just laze around and enjoy the attractions at their resort, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) offers an opportunity to explore its rich aboriginal culture and prehistory via a miniature model of an early Garifuna ("Carib") village displayed in the national library.

Letter: A personal response to PM Gonsalves from a domestic violence and attempted rape victim

April 6, 2015
Letter: A personal response to PM Gonsalves from a domestic violence and attempted rape victim According to an article that was written in the Searchlight Newspaper dated April 3, 2015, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines has dismissed calls for the resignation of his communication director, Mr Elson Crick, who attacked Kate Kelly on Star FM and released her personal information.

Letter: The Traffic Department in SVG

April 6, 2015
Letter: The Traffic Department in SVG It is indeed most heartening and pleasing to read, in another publication, that Superintendent Kenneth John of the Traffic Department is finally “getting tough” with motor vehicle owners in SVG and have ordered his department to enforce the existing road traffic laws of the country. Such action can only...

Letter: Smuggling cocaine on a Vincentian diplomatic passport

April 4, 2015
Letter: Smuggling cocaine on a Vincentian diplomatic passport In 2001, shortly after he and the ULP were elected, did our PM Ralph Gonsalves issue or caused to be issued a diplomatic passport to a Vincentian-Canadian man called Reuben Morgan? Morgan was neither a diplomat nor employed by the SVG government. Subsequently, in 2004, Morgan was arrested...

Letter: SVG, the Scarlet Microphone!

April 3, 2015
Letter: SVG, the Scarlet Microphone! Famed American author Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote the Scarlet Letter, which was published in 1850. Set in Boston in the 1640s, Hester, a young woman found guilty of adultery, must wear a scarlet letter “A”, the symbol of adultery, on her dress and stand on a platform for hours to encounter public humiliation.

Steady breezes await 2015 Bequia Easter Regatta

April 3, 2015
Steady breezes await 2015 Bequia Easter Regatta BEQUIA, St Vincent and the Grenadines -- Bequia, the largest of the Grenadine Islands and home to some of the finest model and sail boat builders, will celebrate its annual Bequia Easter Regatta from April 2-6, 2015. The crystal blue waters will be crowded with yachts and fishing boats competing for...

Letter: Fully realising our country's tourism potential

April 2, 2015
Letter: Fully realising our country's tourism potential Key to the success of Argyle International Airport (AIA) is the issue of St Vincent and the Grenadines' (SVG) mainland hotel capacity, also known as "if you build it, where will they stay?" According to the 2015 official SVG tourist guide, the mainland has a hotel capacity of only 564 hotel, apartment, and...

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