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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...

Commentary: The St Vincent government's small business regulations and its tax-driven economy

July 23, 2015
Commentary: The St Vincent government's small business regulations and its tax-driven economy The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is too tax-driven! Largely, this small and vulnerable economy is run by taxes – substituting austerity measures for the absence of industries. In fact, tax laws are constantly increasing and revised, making it increasingly difficult for new small...

Letter: Sir Louis Straker family research project

July 23, 2015
Letter: Sir Louis Straker family research project I am trying to carry out research for a documentary named ‘From Red to Black to Red’ featuring the family tree of Sir Louis Hilton Straker, his predecessors and ancestors. I am very interested in particular information about the family from two generations prior to one Nanny Straker until today.

St Vincent geothermal project on track to start-up in 2018

July 22, 2015
St Vincent geothermal project on track to start-up in 2018 KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The geothermal energy project in St Vincent is on track to start-up in 2018, according to Peter Williams, a representative of Emera Caribbean Limited, one of the companies that is partnering with the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines to execute the project.

Letter: The dangers of allowing country leaders to practice nepotism

July 21, 2015
Letter: The dangers of allowing country leaders to practice nepotism When PM Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines started to involve his family into Vincentian politics, I must admit it worried me considerably, still does.  He has made his cousin Julian Francis year after year a senator on behalf of the Unity Labour Party [ULP] government, also made him...

No support from St Vincent for Dominica's Commonwealth nominee

July 20, 2015
No support from St Vincent for Dominica's Commonwealth nominee BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Do not look to St Vincent and the Grenadines for any support, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told Britain’s Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal, who is seeking regional backing as Dominica’s nominee for the position of Commonwealth secretary general.

Letter: SVG, when enigma creates positional vertigo!

July 20, 2015
Letter: SVG, when enigma creates positional vertigo! The funny thing about a revolution is that if you don’t stop spinning, you can pick up speed and spin out of control into a tailspin, create a whirlpool in water, or open a space/time continuum in a science fiction movie. In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), we have had the much touted talk of...

Letter: Phony airport completion election promises, Vincie-style

July 18, 2015
Letter: Phony airport completion election promises, Vincie-style In what appears to be a crude attempt to shore up his declining political base in advance of the upcoming election, the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the Honourable Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has just announced that an agreement has been signed with some unknown group of...

Earthquakes rattle Barbados and neighbouring islands

July 17, 2015
Earthquakes rattle Barbados and neighbouring islands BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Six separate earthquakes were recorded on Thursday northeast of Barbados between 7:01am and 12:23pm local time about 125 km from the capital, Bridgetown. The magnitudes ranged from 3.4 to 6.4 and depths from 61km to 111km. These earth tremors were reportedly felt...

St Kitts-Nevis undecided on Commonwealth nominee

July 17, 2015
St Kitts-Nevis undecided on Commonwealth nominee BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Kitts and Nevis has not yet decided which Caribbean candidate it will support for the position of secretary general of the Commonwealth, according to Prime Minister Timothy Harris. Harris said there is ample time to decide ahead of the November election in Malta.

Letter: Eustace Family history of service to the Garinagu (A response to Vinciman)

July 17, 2015
Letter: Eustace Family history of service to the Garinagu (A response to Vinciman) In a previous post, the pseudonym Vinciman asked: was the Dr. Eustace in your “Life and Times” book “potogeeman”? Just asking! Keep me informed. And Vinci Vin responds as follows: Vinciman, I am glad that you mentioned the venerable, public-spirited, sainted Dr John Parmenas Eustace.

Letter: Might makes right not and the niggardly comptroller of customs

July 16, 2015
Letter: Might makes right not and the niggardly comptroller of customs If, like ever, a customs officer slaps you on your back and says, “Don’t worry man, an invoice is not necessary” – duck. It’s a con. That’s when to start scrambling for one. It depends, of course, which side of the tracks you’re on. I imported a road tractor three weeks ago and my experience reminded me of...

Letter: Just how evil is evil that?

July 13, 2015
Letter: Just how evil is evil that? There are 61 persons owning 150 plots of farmland in St Vincent; they had their land taken from them for the Argyle International Airport. To date they remain unpaid and many have died waiting, unable to afford medical attention that may have saved them if they had been paid some eight years ago.

Letter: SVG-Yurumein Honorary Citizenship

July 11, 2015
Letter: SVG-Yurumein Honorary Citizenship Garifuna Nation Inc., an organization formed in pursuant of UNDRIP article 36 welcomes the recent announcement of Hon. Arnhim Eustace Parliamentary Leader of the Opposition of St Vincent and the Grenadines with regard to his intentions to grant Honorary Citizenship to all Garinagu worldwide.

OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness

July 10, 2015
OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- How to remain competitive in the global tourism industry was the context of discussions during the second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Tourism held in Grenada on Thursday. Tourism ministers from member states...

Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar

July 10, 2015
Letter: Bishop Tutu is definitely not a scumbag and neither is Kamla Persad-Bissessar Prime Minister Gonsalves, leader of the Gonsalves dynasty family government group, owners of the ULP and the plantation known as St Vincent, has aligned our pretty adorable little country with a country what can only be described as a nation of political scumbags. We have all heard the saying that...

Letter: Repudiating the rights of our Garifuna/Garinagu people

July 9, 2015
Letter: Repudiating the rights of our Garifuna/Garinagu people On 27 October 1979, following a referendum under Milton Cato’s Labour Party government, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) became an independent country, a sovereign parliamentary democracy with complete legal and political control over its affairs. At last, massa day done!

Visiting yachtsman stabbed multiple times in robbery attempt in St Lucia

July 7, 2015
Visiting yachtsman stabbed multiple times in robbery attempt in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- In an apparent attempt to rob a visiting vessel in May, a swimmer tripped over and woke the skipper who was sleeping in the cockpit of a boat anchored near shore at Reduit Beach in Saint Lucia, Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported. The robber proceeded to...

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...

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