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Commentary: The rise and fall of Garifuna nationalism

July 4, 2015
Commentary: The rise and fall of Garifuna nationalism When my Garifuna people were removed from their homeland “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines on March 11, 1797, their nation state was dismantled by the British. They then passed decrees to forbid my people from speaking their language, practicing their religion or...

Letter: Thinking of Hairouna on July 4th

July 4, 2015
Letter: Thinking of Hairouna on July 4th It is the 4th of July 2015, Independence Day in the USA and the birthday of my dearly, departed mother. This week we are in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at a place called Barefoot Resorts. Despite the pain of a pulled muscle in my right thigh, I took the morning walk with my wife around the

Commentary: Ralph Gonsalves and the St Martin Emancipation Day lecture

July 1, 2015
Commentary: Ralph Gonsalves and the St Martin Emancipation Day lecture With apprehension and grave concern, I note the very suspicious entry of Mr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, into the debate on independence for the twin state of St Maarten/St Martin. My apprehension stems from the unwise selection of Mr Gonsalves as the...

Commentary: The rise of invisible employment in St Vincent and the Grenadines

June 30, 2015
Commentary: The rise of invisible employment in St Vincent and the Grenadines “There are more people employed in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) today than in 2001.” These were the words of an equivocal government surrogate, who dispiritedly aired an impetuous view of the nation’s economic and unemployment conditions – an attempt, in my opinion, to sway the people.

Letter: A Bridge Too Far

June 30, 2015
Letter: A Bridge Too Far Ecuador has been one of the least politically stable of the South American republics for most of its history; Ecuador had 86 governments and 17 new constitutions in its first 159 years of independence. That’s an average of more than one new government every two years for 159 years. Only 20 of those...

CARICOM rejects tax haven listings

June 27, 2015
CARICOM rejects tax haven listings GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has stated its strong objection to the recent decision by the European Commission to “blacklist” a number of CARICOM member states for allegedly not co-operating on tax law enforcement with European Union countries.

St Vincent PM to deliver Emancipation Day lecture in St Martin

June 27, 2015
St Vincent PM to deliver Emancipation Day lecture in St Martin GREAT BAY, St Martin -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, and a campaigner for reparatory justice, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, will deliver a guest Emancipation Day lecture organized by the Independence for St Martin Foundation, on Saturday.  The lecture, on the topic of “Reparations,”...

Letter: Kaiso! Kaiso! Vincy Kaiso 2015

June 27, 2015
Letter: Kaiso! Kaiso! Vincy Kaiso 2015 It’s Vincy Mas time again in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and 2015 is no different; boy, the emails, texts and calls about calypsos ah fill up “me” smartphone. As usual “yo” know “me” ears ah tuned to the ground in Vincyland and as ‘I-Madd’ said, “I Love This Land”. For a second year in ah row...

Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption

June 26, 2015
Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- National authorities from 12 Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have joined forces to establish a new regional body to enhance transparency and help fight corruption. The Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean...

Letter: People of SVG, say NO to the Dominican Republic participation in Miss Carival 2015

June 26, 2015
Letter: People of SVG, say NO to the Dominican Republic participation in Miss Carival 2015 I am making an appeal to prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves to withdraw the invitation from the Dominican Republic contestant, Ms Lesley Bell Troncoso Rijo, who is slated to participate in the Miss Carival competition to be held in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Letter: SVG, like charity, Garifuna reparations begin at home

June 25, 2015
Letter: SVG, like charity, Garifuna reparations begin at home Too often in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) some of our people are too gullible. They choose not to use their God given commonsense to see through the hypocrisy of the current prime minister (PM) and his Unity Labour Party (ULP) government. However, as Edmund Burke said, “Those who don't...

Open Letter to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves

June 25, 2015
The United Garifuna Association Inc. Is a 501(c)(3) Tax Exempt Organization that was incorporated in the state of New York to do business since 1979. Our main goals are to preserve, promote and protect our Garifuna culture and to work with other Garinagu organizations.

Commentary: Mass Confusion: Full citizenship or honorary citizenship for the Garinagu

June 24, 2015
Commentary: Mass Confusion: Full citizenship or honorary citizenship for the Garinagu When, in New York, after several conference calls, Mr Arnhim Eustace used the term honorary citizenship to describe his response to the Garifuna issues that had been put before him, I was absolutely bowled over by the concept he had suddenly, without warning, introduced. The bells immediately began...

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

Release of new electoral list in St Vincent and the Grenadines delayed one week

June 22, 2015
Release of new electoral list in St Vincent and the Grenadines delayed one week KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The Electoral Office in St Vincent and the Grenadines has advised that the list of names to be removed from the voters list would not be published on Friday June 19, as earlier announced. According to supervisor of elections, Sylvia Findlay, the list will now be released on...

Commentary: Denying Garifuna people SVG citizenship will be difficult to justify

June 22, 2015
Commentary: Denying Garifuna people SVG citizenship will be difficult to justify Centuries before Christopher Columbus came to this part of the world in 1492 and changed the name of our nation from “Yurumein” (meaning blessed land) to St Vincent, our people the Kalinagu and the Galinagu lived in peace and harmony among themselves and with their government.

Yet another attempted theft from a visiting yacht in St Vincent

June 20, 2015
Yet another attempted theft from a visiting yacht in St Vincent CANOUAN, St Vincent -- Yet another attempted theft from a visiting yacht has occurred in St Vincent, Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported. On Wednesday, eight persons, including two female children, were sleeping onboard a Lagoon 440 Cat anchored just off the Tamarind Hotel.

Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist

June 19, 2015
Fifteen regional jurisdictions on EU tax haven blacklist BRUSSELS, Belgium -- A blacklist of the world’s 30 worst-offending tax havens, published on Wednesday by the European Commission, includes 15 countries and territories within the wider Caribbean. The list includes various well-known havens -- among them the Cayman Islands, British Virgin...

New series of disaster assessment training sessions set to kick-off in St Vincent

June 19, 2015
New series of disaster assessment training sessions set to kick-off in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is the first of seven Caribbean countries to receive training on post disaster needs assessment from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean. The training will...

Letter: Why is St Vincent on the European Union financial blacklist? Ask PM Gonsalves

June 19, 2015
Letter: Why is St Vincent on the European Union financial blacklist? Ask PM Gonsalves Most Vincentians will be shocked that St Vincent and the Grenadines has been put on the new European Union blacklist, published on Wednesday. It’s strange really because I was working on this letter at the time that the news was published on EU press releases. It may even be entwined with the...

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins

June 18, 2015
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- As of 1 July, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will no longer issue one cent and two cents coins to the commercial banks operating within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Although the coins will no longer be issued, they will remain legal tender...

St Vincent PM addresses Vincentians in Britain

June 17, 2015
St Vincent PM addresses Vincentians in Britain READING, England -- Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) addressed the Vincentian Diaspora on developments in SVG in Reading, England, followed by a question and answer session on SVG’s challenges and key areas of development. This meeting followed...

Letter: Those that forget the past have no future

June 17, 2015
Letter: Those that forget the past have no future Something about evil we must never forget, namely, that evil is recalcitrant and determined, and never voluntarily relinquishes its hold short of a persistent, almost fanatical resistance. Ref: Martin Luther King Jnr. The words of Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves -- “I remain to do the work of Maurice Bishop”...

Letter: Line of march for the party

June 17, 2015
Letter: Line of march for the party Ralph E. Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines said, "I am here to continue the work of Maurice Bishop." This which follows is a part of a speech by Maurice Bishop to his Central Committee; it lays out the work and strategy that Bishop and the party was going to apply and follow.

Commentary: The unethical pension scheme: Vincentians must demand change

June 16, 2015
Commentary: The unethical pension scheme: Vincentians must demand change Politics has become a lucrative business around the world – in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and beyond its borders! SVG has been facing one of the worst fiscal crises of any nation on the planet for more than a decade now, primarily because the country has mismanaged its pension system.

Commentary: A response to the Garifuna dilemma

June 15, 2015
Commentary: A response to the Garifuna dilemma Contrary to the letter by Helen Alexander, published on June 12, 2015, under the title “The National Destruction Plan (NDP) of Arnhim Eustace: The Garifuna dilemma.” I would like to bring to the attention of readers the following facts. The first offshore laws pertaining to St Vincent and the Grenadines...

An Open Letter to Helena R. Edwards and her friend Ralph E. Gonsalves

June 15, 2015
Helena, your letter on Caribbean News Now is extremely misleading. What both you and your friend Gonsalves are trying to put out is that the Garinagu will be able to come here as citizens and take people’s jobs and take their homes, saying up to 800,000 of them will be arriving to do this.

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