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Caribbean leaders warn of 'real, ruinous' impacts of climate change

October 1, 2014
Caribbean leaders warn of 'real, ruinous' impacts of climate change NEW YORK, USA -- Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands on Monday warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests and electoral cowardice threaten to squander “our only real chance to save the planet.”

Open letter to the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines

September 30, 2014
In late 2009, some strange financial transactions took over the public interest. It is alleged that a leading ULP senator took a bag containing US$1 million in cash into the NCB bank and asked them to exchange it for EC dollars. It is further alleged that he was later that day asked to...

Letter: Re-inventing CARICOM's world-renowned botanical gardens

September 26, 2014
Letter: Re-inventing CARICOM's world-renowned botanical gardens A member of CARICOM was wholly responsible for the foundation of the premier Kew Gardens in England. Indeed, it was also the inspiration, way-station and nursery for the Botanical Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, as well. This colonial phenomenon attracted global attention.

St Vincent issues entry restriction as Trinidad evaluates Ebola preparedness

September 24, 2014
St Vincent issues entry restriction as Trinidad evaluates Ebola preparedness PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has announced that, with immediate effect, all travellers to St Vincent and the Grenadines from West Africa, especially students from Nigeria, must be in possession of a valid entry visa and certified medical certificate...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Letter: The truth about the NCB lie

September 24, 2014
Letter: The truth about the NCB lie A written and spoken statement by Ralph Gonsalves in 2011 clearly shows that most of what he told us about the NCB bank was a bundle of lies, an untruth told to all Vincentian citizens. He told us that the NCB bank was never in better condition and it had been groomed to sell, and selling it was...

Letter: Here are the facts - choose wisely my people

September 23, 2014
Letter: Here are the facts - choose wisely my people After sitting here grieving over the direction in which my country is heading, I have been trying to understand but I am at a loss as to the criteria Vincentians use to select the chief administrator of the country: St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). So I took some time to do a comparative review...

St Vincent community college responds to accreditation questions

September 22, 2014
St Vincent community college responds to accreditation questions KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College has issued a response to reports that have been circulating locally in relation to accreditation of associate degrees offered by the college. The reports claim that students who have completed associate degrees...

St Vincent appoints non-resident high commissioner to Canada

September 22, 2014
St Vincent appoints non-resident high commissioner to Canada OTTAWA, Canada -- St Vincent and the Grenadines now has a High Commissioner to Canada. On Wednesday, September16, La Celia Prince presented credentials to Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada. St Vincent and the Grenadines was last represented at the level of high commissioner...

Letter: We deserve to know the truth

September 20, 2014
Letter: We deserve to know the truth We deserve the truth and we want to know the truth. Not lies and great long convoluting press conference spiel, speeches and rhetoric that goes around in circles and never covers the questions asked. We are sick and tired of all the bull and political spin. We are sick and tired of the multiple lies.

OAS releases anti-corruption report on St Vincent and the Grenadines

September 18, 2014
OAS releases anti-corruption report on St Vincent and the Grenadines WASHINGTON, USA -- The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) report on the implementation...

Letter: A fish spoils from its head down

September 17, 2014
Letter: A fish spoils from its head down The old folk-proverb "a fish spoils from its head down" makes a lot of practical sense. This is so for the simple reason the head houses the central component of the central nervous system (CNS): the brain, which controls most of the body's functions and systems.  We must also remember that...

Letter: Get ready for a November election in St Vincent and the Grenadines! But which November?

September 16, 2014
Letter: Get ready for a November election in St Vincent and the Grenadines! But which November? Predicting elections is a fool’s errand, as difficult and unpredictable as trying to time the movement of financial markets or pronouncing on what the weather will be like six months from now. But let me play the half-fool by reducing the odds of being wrong. I do so by offering two dates for the next election.

Commentary: Garifuna organizations must devise a plan to deal with discrimination

September 15, 2014
Commentary: Garifuna organizations must devise a plan to deal with discrimination Ever since it was reported that there was discrimination taking place against Ms Uwahnie Martinez, an employee of FirstCaribbean Bank International, for speaking her Garifuna language, the Garifuna people in Belize and in the Diaspora have been outraged. Why? Because in the countries of...

Letter: The ULP SVG government teef song

September 13, 2014
Letter: The ULP SVG government teef song We've teefed everywhere, man We've teefed everywhere, man Teefed without a care, man Teefed the island bare, man We've teefed the ministries fair, man Of teefing we've had our share, man We've teefed everything, comrade We've teefed in: Adelphi, Arnos Vale, Ashton, Barrouallie...

Letter: SVG's 21st century back to the land campaign

September 12, 2014
Letter: SVG's 21st century back to the land campaign Reading the Caribbean News Now site these days, one rightly wonders: is there any topic we can all agree on and which would also show the advantages that can benefit all SVG nationals? Or those in the OECS, or CARICOM for that matter? I considered this to be a worthwhile national challenge.

Commentary: Propaganda narrative of economic development: The enduring Vincentian crisis of deception

September 11, 2014
Commentary: Propaganda narrative of economic development: The enduring Vincentian crisis of deception St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) downward spiral is frighteningly steep! Every government prates about its various grandiose infrastructural plans that will be the envy of the other political party and the reform of the country’s status quo for years to come, but in reality these are fake and empty promises.

Letter: Lenford O'Garro, how you sly (lie) so!

September 11, 2014
Letter: Lenford O'Garro, how you sly (lie) so! Some folks oppose just for the sake of… “Right to oppose”! Even if they going to look stupid like Lenford O’Garro and some of these clowns on spring break from the Internet Crazy Circus (ICC) come to town and running amuck in/on SVG. They’re about to pull us down by clowning around.

Caribbean students head to the United States for studies

September 9, 2014
Caribbean students head to the United States for studies BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States has announced the final two members of the 2014 slate of Fulbright and Humphrey Fellows for this academic year. St Lucian Halim Ernest and Grenadian Keane Mark...

Letter: Vinciman not 'Fo Real'!

September 9, 2014
Letter: Vinciman not 'Fo Real'! In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), we have some people who would go to all ends to defend the current government and its leader. One such person who recently popped up is so-called “Vinciman”. I responded to Vinciman’s comments on the article by Ken Richards entitled St Vincent senator...

Commentary: The Garifuna people's patience has run out on racism

September 6, 2014
Commentary: The Garifuna people's patience has run out on racism If some people were to know the history of the Garifuna people they would just leave them alone. Who are these people? These people are descendants of the native Kalinagu and Galinagu Indians who migrated from the Orinoco region in South America centuries before the Europeans explored...

Commentary: Historic Episode: Ralph's mathematical economic theorem of counting backward!

September 6, 2014
Commentary: Historic Episode: Ralph's mathematical economic theorem of counting backward! Once again, in his political boondoggle, Gonsalves has hit another home run – the home run of the fiscal year! According to independent sources, the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) owes EC$15 million to its National Insurance Services (NIS) to meet national outstanding bills.

St Vincent government minister raises concerns over same sex marriage

September 5, 2014
St Vincent government minister raises concerns over same sex marriage KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines minister for ecclesiastical affairs Maxwell Charles raised the issue of same sex marriage during a recent address. Speaking on the contentious subject, the Vincentian government minister told his audience that the same sex marriage issue...

Letter: The gloves are on

September 5, 2014
Letter: The gloves are on During exchanges between Mr Jomo Thomas and myself on a closed internet group site, the following words were posted by Mr Jomo Sanga Thomas: “I see nothing wrong with publishing the views of Mr Scott. His narrative is different than mine. He thinks that the Garifunas and enslave(s)d Africans...

St Vincent PM to address CARICOM Development Fund meeting

September 4, 2014
St Vincent PM to address CARICOM Development Fund meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, will be the featured speaker at the CARICOM Development Fund’s (CDF) fourth annual meeting of contributors and development partners to be held in Barbados on Thursday, September 18.

Letter: SVG's 2014 CXC results: Another commentary

September 4, 2014
Letter: SVG's 2014 CXC results: Another commentary Recently, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) education minister, Girlyn Miguel, and CXC's Charles Mayenga, senior assistant registrar, examinations administration and security division, gave an analysis and breakdown of our national performance at the 2014 external examinations.

Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa

September 3, 2014
Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa APIA, Samoa -- Over 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilience treaty that will significantly change...

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