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ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management

October 30, 2014
ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir K Dwight Venner has rejected allegations contained in an unsigned letter circulated a month ago, accusing management of the bank of being autocratic. Venner, who was participating in a recent...

LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat

October 30, 2014
LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional air carrier LIAT has boosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s campaign to reduce the threat and minimize the impact of Ebola on member states and the wider region. The Caribbean airline offered complimentary seats to...

Commentary: The declaration of independence: Did it transcend time, people and place?

October 30, 2014
Commentary: The declaration of independence: Did it transcend time, people and place? Every October 27, the big question surfaces – how far have we come? According to history, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) declared independence on October 27, 1979 – a 35-year journey that has brought us nowhere. The nation came into being from oppressive British dictatorship...

Letter: What chance of a coup in St Vincent and the Grenadines anytime soon?

October 30, 2014
Letter: What chance of a coup in St Vincent and the Grenadines anytime soon? Let’s get one thing straight, the Bailey bridges are a ULP election propaganda project. Why on earth would we need a ceremony to celebrate the start of installing three temporary bridges, why? Because that is what they are: temporary, bolt together structures, they are not meant to be permanent.

OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team

October 29, 2014
OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A "SWAT" (special weapons and tactics) team is being considered in order to respond swiftly to any suspected case of Ebola in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region should the need arise. This was one of the proactive approaches outlined by...

OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway

October 29, 2014
OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has commenced work towards establishing a network of excellence in tourism and hospitality training and education project. The tourism training network, via support from the 10th European...

British judge tells Caribbean investors to seek remedy elsewhere

October 28, 2014
British judge tells Caribbean investors to seek remedy elsewhere LONDON, England -- Investors in the financially-troubled Harlequin group, developers of vacation resorts in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and other Caribbean islands, appear to be no further forward in their attempts to recoup their money after a British High Court judge said...

Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth

October 28, 2014
Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth The recession in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) ended in 2012, but the recovery remains subdued as economic activity is still well below pre-crisis levels. In our recent Regional Economic Outlook Update, we revised our growth projections for the ECCU region downward, to 1.1 percent.

Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act-III

October 27, 2014
Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act-III The St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) comedy of errors under the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government continues even further back. It was in 2005 when former prime minister (PM) and elder statesman Sir James summed it up: “It is like dogs barking at your car, you stop and give them the wheel...

Letter: Harmony amidst uncertainty

October 27, 2014
Letter: Harmony amidst uncertainty On October 27, 2014, the St Vincent and the Grenadines Association of the British Virgin Islands (SVG-BVI) joins with the people and friends of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to celebrate Hairouna's 35th year of independence from British rule. But even as 1979 gradually fades into our not too distant past...

Letter: Was Tamara Gibson-Marks allowed to profit from her felonious actions?

October 24, 2014
Letter: Was Tamara Gibson-Marks allowed to profit from her felonious actions? The general rule and idea of the law and the legal system is to make sure that members of the criminal community, especially those who were caught, do not benefit from their crime(s) or the proceeds of their crimes. But more importantly, the punishment that is handed down to the guilty party must...

Empowering youth to promote disaster risk reduction in St Vincent and the Grenadines

October 23, 2014
Empowering youth to promote disaster risk reduction in St Vincent and the Grenadines WASHINGTON, USA -- At the request of the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF), with local community partners and funding from the government of Taiwan, has launched an innovative 16-month project that engages youth to reduce...

Letter: Does St Vincent and the Grenadines have tyrannical leadership?

October 23, 2014
Letter: Does St Vincent and the Grenadines have tyrannical leadership? Do we have a tyrannical government in St Vincent and the Grenadines? Many may already believe we do. Some of our citizens have already experienced what some may describe as tyranny, such as Bigger Biggs, the port police force, the teachers, and many, many more citizens.

Commentary: The deeper implications of the Bigger Biggs story

October 22, 2014
Commentary: The deeper implications of the Bigger Biggs story Much has been written and debated in the Vincentian media about the plight of Leon “Bigger Biggs” Samuel in the suspension of his mining licence by the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is alleged that the reasons given for this nefarious act by the government were rather specious...

Letter: Arnhim Eustace - the 'do nothing leader'

October 22, 2014
Letter: Arnhim Eustace - the 'do nothing leader' Edmund Burke said, “No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” This quote sums up the incompetence of the opposition leader of the “No Direction Party” NDP, Arnhim Eustace, in his entirety. Mr Eustace, as the so-called leader of the opposition party...

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative

October 21, 2014
Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Senator Gerald Hadeed, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of tourism, attended the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Trade Show in St Maarten from October 6-8, 2014, to hold high level talks with ministers of tourism of Grenada, St Lucia and...

Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act II

October 21, 2014
Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act II About a year or so ago, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) mentioned at a town hall meeting in New York that SVG has a second-to-none hospital. Why was the PM recently giving a speech from a hospital in Cuba? This was shown in an I-Witness News story.

Letter: Bigger Biggs is still enduring spite and hatred; it continues in a revised form

October 14, 2014
Letter: Bigger Biggs is still enduring spite and hatred; it continues in a revised form Mr Leon "Bigger Biggs" Samuels was in most people's minds attacked and his business destroyed because he ceased supporting the ruling political party, the Unity Labour Part [ULP]. His changed support from ULP to NDP in the 2010 elections brought wrath, spite, hatred, malice from the ULP...

Letter: Did the SDA community abandon Bigger Biggs and his family in their time of need?

October 14, 2014
Letter: Did the SDA community abandon Bigger Biggs and his family in their time of need? I can remember with vivid clarity, some years ago, when my acquired brother Ali Monro, one of the biggest, baddest national goalkeepers in the history of St Vincent and the Grenadines soccer and fellow Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church member, came and informed me that Bigger Biggs...

Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors

October 13, 2014
Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare could not have written it any better, as it pertains to the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) comedy of errors. While trial and error seems appropriate for the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government in SVG, they have not learned from their errors. Therefore, the efforts of the ULP-led government...

St Vincent offers grants, training to budding tech businesses

October 10, 2014
St Vincent offers grants, training to budding tech businesses KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines is making strides towards creating a new cadre of local entrepreneurs. Vincentians with dreams of developing their own businesses can now apply for government grants covering the cost of business incubation and training services.

Letter: The politics of a small Caribbean nation state

October 9, 2014
Letter: The politics of a small Caribbean nation state A former part-time truck driver and self-appointed political scientist are fond of portraying themselves as the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ first working-class leaders. Like their “mentors,” they pretend that the primary role of their movement is to crush capitalism and install 21st century socialism.

Letter: Ebola on its way to becoming a world pandemic

October 8, 2014
Letter: Ebola on its way to becoming a world pandemic Ebola is on its way to becoming a world pandemic. I believe it's now in the US, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain. In Venezuela, the deaths of ten people in the past week of a mysterious disease in several cities in Venezuela, including the capital of Caracas, have caused panic within the population.

Letter: Clare Valley Housing Project - what next?

October 7, 2014
Letter: Clare Valley Housing Project - what next? The Unity Labour Party (ULP) government completed a low income housing project at Clare Valley, an accomplishment which had become the talking or boasting point of the party pundits and supporters. Unfortunately, one of the houses collapsed without the influence of an act of nature or...

Letter: The ULP's electioneering housing scheme hits a slippery slope

October 6, 2014
Letter: The ULP's electioneering housing scheme hits a slippery slope The house that fell down in Clare Valley, St Vincent, and the risk to the other houses. When you have evil in your heart you can almost be certain things will inevitably go wrong, Karma will get you. That's what has happened, and that's the basis of the ULP housing schemes.

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