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Letter: Lessons for Argyle International Airport from the cruise ship industry

January 28, 2015
Letter: Lessons for Argyle International Airport from the cruise ship industry In the nearly 16 years that the Kingstown cruise ship terminal has been in operation, St Vincent and the Grenadines’ cruise ship industry has had ups and down in passenger arrival. Though the industry must now be considered fully mature, passenger arrivals and local cash expenditures are...

Commentary: If you profess it, then possess it!

January 26, 2015
Commentary: If you profess it, then possess it! The term sanctuary is used predominantly today as a noun, referring to a large so-called “holy” open-concept room where weekly worship occurs. However, sanctuary was anciently used as a verb to describe an action of giving protective immunity to a criminal or person in trouble who was...

Commentary: A wake-up call for Grenada

January 26, 2015
Commentary: A wake-up call for Grenada The recent tragic accident in St Vincent and the Grenadines, where five students perished and others are still missing in the choppy waters of Kamacrou should not only be a concern for the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines but should also be of serious concern and a wakeup call to Grenada.

Letter: Bring on the SVG thermal energy revolution, another NDP scheme adopted by the ULP

January 26, 2015
Letter: Bring on the SVG thermal energy revolution, another NDP scheme adopted by the ULP There are concerns about use of carbon fuels, and those in particular used in the Caribbean being heavy oil and diesel run power plants producing pollution. Climate change and non-renewability have generated a lot of interest in alternatives. Most of those now seeking this energy source are...

Health partnership to benefit St Vincent and the Grenadines

January 24, 2015
Health partnership to benefit St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The lifestyles of the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines and the other OECS member states are expected to come under the microscope through a proposed health and human performance programme from the Queensborough Community College in New York.

Letter: Run, the grief counsellors are coming!

January 24, 2015
Letter: Run, the grief counsellors are coming! Anyone with a passing interest in psychiatry or psychology knows that both fields of study are full of passing fads, seemingly good theories that simply did not pass the test of time. This is also true of the sub-field of "grief counselling," a growing industry if there ever was one, full of all sorts of...

St Vincent and the Grenadines observes national day of mourning

January 23, 2015
St Vincent and the Grenadines observes national day of mourning KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- On Thursday, St Vincent and the Grenadines officially mourned the loss of at least five young lives in what has become known as the Rock Gutter tragedy. A statement from the Office of the Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that cabinet had declared January 22...

Fugitive committed in Trinidad for extradition to St Vincent

January 23, 2015
Fugitive committed in Trinidad for extradition to St Vincent PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A Trinidad and Tobago national, Desmond Pavy, has been committed in Port of Spain to await extradition to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Pavy is reportedly on the run from the authorities in SVG after being convicted for possession and attempted export of...

St Vincent government welcomes CSME orientation of public and private sector stakeholders

January 23, 2015
St Vincent government welcomes CSME orientation of public and private sector stakeholders KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentian public and private sector personnel are receiving one-on-one orientation sessions on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM) through a schedule of worksite meetings organized by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Regional Integration and...

Letter: To the Vincentians in the Cush Diaspora

January 23, 2015
Letter: To the Vincentians in the Cush Diaspora My idea of cush is not about not ketching your nenen. We all ketch our nenen … well … not all of us. Bigger Bigs ketches his – and then some. Tamara Marks doesn’t ketch hers, though – never will. Not with the bunch that is in power. We’d ketch hers for her, first. Cush is about reading about it...

Letter: The climate change exaggerations in SVG

January 22, 2015
Letter: The climate change exaggerations in SVG Climate change is a far lesser problem than our political and financial problems in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The problem is we have a political regime that overstates climactic situations and blames all the country’s woes on climate change, they tell us more and more lies. Why do they do that?

CARICOM Secretariat to host statistics workshop in St Vincent

January 20, 2015
CARICOM Secretariat to host statistics workshop in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In its continuing quest to train personnel and boost the profile of statistics in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the CARICOM Secretariat will host a training workshop on merchandise trade statistics in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Commentary: The rock gutters, cliffs, gullies and broken roads of St Vincent

January 20, 2015
Commentary: The rock gutters, cliffs, gullies and broken roads of St Vincent Vincentians everywhere are in shock. We are numb with grief over the tragedy of Rock Gutter between Fancy and Sandy Bay on our northern coast last Monday. We feel the pain of the parents, the communities, the student body and faculty of the schools to which the students belong. And, in times like these...

Letter: Lessons for Argyle International Airport from Canada's Montreal-Mirabel International Airport

January 20, 2015
Letter: Lessons for Argyle International Airport from Canada's Montreal-Mirabel International Airport Montreal-Mirabel International Airport, originally called Montreal International Airport and widely known simply as Mirabel, is a cargo airport located in Mirabel, Quebec, Canada, 21 miles from Montreal. It opened in 1975 and was at that time the largest airport in the world in terms of surface area.

Letter: The Americans throw a lifeline to the Castro regime

January 19, 2015
Letter: The Americans throw a lifeline to the Castro regime St Vincent’s political partners and associates in ALBA, the Cuban leadership, with whom Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has a great love and closeness, the ultimate leaders, are in most remembering minds guilty of mass murder, genocide. Or at least the Castros stand accused of such.

Letter: Medical supplies for St Vincent and the Grenadines

January 19, 2015
Letter: Medical supplies for St Vincent and the Grenadines A few weeks ago I received a call from Patricia, a Grenadian lady living in Brooklyn. She wanted to know if I would accept donations of medical supplies. I inquired how she had gotten my number. She said she saw my number in the Caribbean Life newspaper as a person who could receive donations for SVG.

Search continues in St Vincent for missing accident victims

January 17, 2015
Search continues in St Vincent for missing accident victims KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Flags are flying at half-mast in St Vincent and the Grenadines even as the search continues for two school children still missing after Monday’s tragic accident in the north of the country. Five children died when the minivan they were travelling in crashed into the sea.

Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape

January 17, 2015
Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Officials from across the Eastern Caribbean are working on a joint response to major changes in the region’s rapidly evolving telecommunications landscape. A three-day training workshop on technology and telecommunications issues in the Eastern Caribbean...

Letter: Mourn but don't forget the past

January 17, 2015
Letter: Mourn but don't forget the past On Monday, 12th January 2015, the citizens of St Vincent and the Grenadines had to once again confront one of our deepest fears. The fear that the high cliff faces, beautiful slopes and gaping mountains that decorate and lend such unique beauty to our country would one day turn ugly.

OECS member states present joint marketing effort at Toronto Boat Show

January 16, 2015
OECS member states present joint marketing effort at Toronto Boat Show TORONTO, Canada -- The 57th Toronto Boat Show has presented a unique opportunity for Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states to be present as a collective in one yachting space within the ambiance of an “Eastern Caribbean Village” manned by over 20 people from...

Letter: The waste of human life, loss of innocent children, and satanic passenger van drivers in SVG

January 15, 2015
Letter: The waste of human life, loss of innocent children, and satanic passenger van drivers in SVG I, like most Vincentians, was horrified by the bus accident at Rock Gutter. All those innocent lives lost, children with a long life expectation just unfolding before them. Then to have that future snatched from them in a few brief moments. The horror they must have suffered in an over-packed van.

Letter: Garifuna Nation extends condolences

January 15, 2015
Letter: Garifuna Nation extends condolences The officers and members of the Garifuna Nation hereby take this opportunity to extend our condolences and sympathy to the families of our brothers and sisters who died and sustained injuries in the traffic accident recently in our ancestors’ homeland St Vincent and the Grenadines.

St Vincent parliament postponed again following tragic accident

January 14, 2015
St Vincent parliament postponed again following tragic accident KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The formal opening of parliament in St Vincent and the Grenadines has again been postponed until a day to be determined next week following Monday’s tragic vehicular accident in which at least five schoolchildren were killed. A new parliamentary session...

Letter: Tragedy brings St Vincent and the Grenadines together

January 14, 2015
Letter: Tragedy brings St Vincent and the Grenadines together As I sat at my computer following the internet news on Monday, January 12, 2014, viewing the many pictures taken on location at this uniquely painful tragedy, I thought of a people, my people, a connection that flows deep down within my soul. I thought of all of you at home in SVG and the Diaspora.

Letter: How big a lie was contained in the sale of the NCB bank?

January 14, 2015
Letter: How big a lie was contained in the sale of the NCB bank? I was surprised by Lenford O’Garro’s January 13, 2015, letter “PM wants a new indigenous bank in SVG” , because I was researching and writing on the very same theme. I will dismiss the thought that crossed my mind “all great minds think alike” because my mind, unlike Lenford’s, is getting very ancient.

Five deaths reported as van plunges into sea in St Vincent

January 13, 2015
Five deaths reported as van plunges into sea in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- At least five children have died following an accident that occurred shortly before 7:00 am on Monday in the Kamacrou area (between Owia and Fancy) in the northeast of mainland St Vincent. Seventeen people were reportedly travelling in a minivan...

Letter: PM wants a new indigenous bank in SVG! Is this a joke?

January 13, 2015
Letter: PM wants a new indigenous bank in SVG! Is this a joke? Well, wonders never cease in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG)! Now the prime minister (PM) wants a new indigenous bank in SVG! This is a classic case of the foolishness by this Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration/government in SVG. The former National Commercial Bank (NCB)...

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