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Commentary: Garifuna Nation is the best last hope for all Garifuna people

September 1, 2015
Commentary: Garifuna Nation is the best last hope for all Garifuna people The Garifuna people live in the countries of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States of America. It is estimated that this nation, as described by the United Nations, numbers about 700,000 people living in all these countries. Due to their resistance...

Letter: Passports for sale

September 1, 2015
Letter: Passports for sale The word in African and some other developing countries is that you can buy a Vincentian passport for US$75,000 or EC$200,000. Do they come with citizenship certificates? No mention of that by my informant. It’s quite a coincidence that I was investigating some whispers of this matter in the UK.

'New face of crime in Nigeria' said to hold St Vincent passport

August 31, 2015
'New face of crime in Nigeria' said to hold St Vincent passport KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Confidential sources in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have reported that Alhaji Dahiru Barau Mangal, a Nigerian national, has been issued an SVG passport in exchange for a cash payment of US$75,000. According to Modern Ghana, “from smuggling to adultery...

New director appointed for ILO Caribbean

August 28, 2015
New director appointed for ILO Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Claudia Coenjaerts, a Belgian national, has been appointed as director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, effective August 1, 2015. Coenjaerts joined the ILO in 1995 and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.

Letter: The Kingstown fires and much, much more

August 28, 2015
Letter: The Kingstown fires and much, much more In May 2014 I wrote a letter that was published by Caribbean News Now in the SVG section. That letter may be read before reading the following current letter regarding the Kingstown fires on the evening and night of Sunday 23 August 2015. You may very well decide it has nothing whatsoever...

Letter: The protection racket forced in the open or police assist lawbreaker to circumvent our laws

August 26, 2015
Letter: The protection racket forced in the open or police assist lawbreaker to circumvent our laws This is not about the people I mention, namely, my driver and Bing Joseph. Nor is it about traffic violations. Nope. None of those. It is about the protection racket that is run by persons with a firm hand on the tiller of justice, who obstruct its course. Sometime last year, my driver was driving my small pickup...

Fire destroys government records in St Vincent

August 25, 2015
Fire destroys government records in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- On Sunday evening, fire fighters in St Vincent battled a massive blaze in Kingstown, as fire engulfed the building that housed the Electoral Office and another that once housed the Social Welfare Department. The flames also appeared to threaten the former National Commercial Bank...

Dominica and hosts St Vincent and the Grenadines enjoy victories in Windwards cricket tournament

August 25, 2015
Dominica and hosts St Vincent and the Grenadines enjoy victories in Windwards cricket tournament PARKHILL, St Vincent -- The Windward Islands Goodwill Cricket Tournament continued on Sunday in St Vincent and the Grenadines with victories for the hosts over Saint Lucia at Park Hill, and for Dominica over Grenada at the Arnos Vale Grounds. At Park Hill, Saint Lucia, resuming from their overnight position...

Commentary: Tourism Matters: Do we have a right to know?

August 24, 2015
Commentary: Tourism Matters: Do we have a right to know? Frankly, I have employed extraordinary restraint in commenting on the subject of LIAT, because at the end of the day I feel that, until the politics are completely taken out of the airline and it is operated in a purely commercial environment, then the carrier has no long term future without massive taxpayer subsidies.

Saint Lucia and Dominica gain upper hand in Windwards second round matches

August 24, 2015
Saint Lucia and Dominica gain upper hand in Windwards second round matches PARKHILL, St Vincent -- The Windward Islands Goodwill Cricket Tournament continued with crucial second round action that started at two venues on Saturday. St Vincent and the Grenadines clashed with Saint Lucia at Park Hill, while Dominica and Grenada faced off at Arnos Vale, with Dominica and....

Smith scores hundred in Windwards tournament opening day

August 22, 2015
Smith scores hundred in Windwards tournament opening day SION HILL, St Vincent -- A bossy hundred by Grenadian opener Devon Smith, aided by senior team debutant Emmanuel Stewart, propelled Grenada to 292 all out on the first day of the 2015 Windward Islands Senior Men Cricket Tournament being played in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Letter: Has Ralph Gonsalves got a Potholes Degree (PhD)?

August 21, 2015
Letter: Has Ralph Gonsalves got a Potholes Degree (PhD)? For sure he has not got a proper PhD in law like Senator Lewis, perhaps Gonsalves has a PhD in potholes, because he has overseen the creation of more potholes in SVG than any man before him in the Caribbean, hence ‘Pot hole Degree’ PhD. I am sure the Honourable Dr Lewis having...

St Vincent hosts bilateral proliferation security initiative workshop and exercise

August 19, 2015
St Vincent hosts bilateral proliferation security initiative workshop and exercise KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In order to enhance coordination in combating the spread of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) hosted a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) bilateral workshop with the United States in Kingstown on August 18, 2015.

Caribbean Week- One Love festivities officially launched in Northern Ireland

August 18, 2015
Caribbean Week- One Love festivities officially launched in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Belfast was treated to Caribbean hospitality and festivities on Saturday with the official launch of Caribbean Week 2015. The annual Caribbean Week highlights Caribbean history, food, music, poetry, photography, fashion, tourism, agriculture, including emancipation and...

Commentary: The contentious Garifuna debate

August 18, 2015
Commentary: The contentious Garifuna debate The partial statement of the opposition leader quoted above, and delivered at the July 29, 2015, press conference with Wellington Ramos was designed not only to galvanize support for the NDP’s policy of offering honorary citizenship to the descendants of the Garifuna people exiled in 1797, but to...

Letter: The best form of defence is attack

August 17, 2015
Letter: The best form of defence is attack Something that all lawyers learn at an early stage in their careers is that the best form of defence is attack. So when I see a lawyer who is a known and self confessed liar offering un-confirmable explanations without being asked matching questions, I find that most unusual. But I also see that as...

Letter: Why, Comrade?

August 13, 2015
Letter: Why, Comrade? Why would Comrade Gonsalves, PM of St Vincent and the Grenadines, buy heavy hardware on behalf of the government from a firm in Jamaica? Why? Why buy the pre-election giveaway materials, galvanized, lumber, steel, plywood, toilet pans from Jamaica? Why? Anything that can be purchased...

Letter: SVG, are we truly emancipated?

August 10, 2015
Letter: SVG, are we truly emancipated? Saturday, August 1, 2015, was celebrated as Emancipation Day and supposedly the start of Emancipation Month in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). However, are we truly emancipated in SVG? The late Brother Bob Marley said, “Emancipate yourself from mental slavery; none but ourselves can free our minds."

Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines yearns for leadership

August 6, 2015
Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines yearns for leadership St Vincent and the Grenadines is in a dilemma. We are on one hand saddled with a Pied Piper, who attracts followers even as he makes irresponsible promises and decisions; and will pipe after another fashion to the detriment of the nation in order to punish folks who put him in a passion. The electorate in 2001...

St Vincent Northern Ireland consulate receives donation of youth sporting equipment

August 5, 2015
St Vincent Northern Ireland consulate receives donation of youth sporting equipment COMBER, Northern Ireland -- A large selection of new youth cricket and football equipment valued at approximately EC$10,000 has been received by the consulate of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to Northern Ireland following an initiative started by Dr Christopher Stange, Hon. Consul.

Letter: A message to Vincentian Rastafarians

August 4, 2015
Letter: A message to Vincentian Rastafarians I wrote this as a warning to Vincentian Rastafarians not to vote ULP. Why? Because Gonsalves has made promises to you, he took some of you to Ethiopia; he also spoke with you about weed. Gonsalves has said on more than one occasion that he is here to finish the work of Maurice Bishop. 

Open Letter to the Searchlight newspaper in St Vincent

August 3, 2015
I have a responsibility as a Garifuna individual to act in the best interest of all my people. The Garifuna organizations that I represent, namely the United Garifuna Association Inc. and the Garifuna Nation, are organizations with the mandate to do all and whatever we can possibly...

Letter: Garifuna politics, Vincy-style

August 1, 2015
Letter: Garifuna politics, Vincy-style The headline of the July 31, 2015, Searchlight newspaper in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) reads “Garifuna Politics,” a reference to the visit to our country of a Garifuna delegation headed by Professor Wellington Ramos, vice president of the United Garifuna Association, to discuss the promise...

Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI

July 31, 2015
Regional Commonwealth parliamentary conference opens in BVI ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.

Letter: Russia invades St Vincent with stealth and dynasty collaboration between 2002 and 2015

July 30, 2015
Letter: Russia invades St Vincent with stealth and dynasty collaboration between 2002 and 2015 The two main players in the 1979 Grenada revolution was Russia and Cuba. They introduced the rest of the world’s scum like Iran, North Korea, the East European communist countries of that time, Vietnam and just about every communist country the world could offer, as a backing to Maurice Bishop.

Letter: They stole us. They sold us. They owe us!

July 28, 2015
Letter: They stole us. They sold us. They owe us! I once wrote about Antonio Gonsalves, the Portuguese sea captain from Madiera who captured the African men and shackled them, taking them to Portugal. That was the very beginning of the African Atlantic slave trade. The Gonsalves family are the forerunners of the Atlantic African slave trade.

Letter: Black snakes and life in St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2015

July 24, 2015
Letter: Black snakes and life in St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2015 In October 1985 a man named Ralph Gonsalves wrote “…perhaps the most lasting aspect of his life work has been the immense contribution he has made to our country’s political education and the political maturation of our people. Though, he was no Leninist insurrectionary McIntosh turned his face...

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