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Letter: Cyber Crime Bill 2

June 24, 2016
Letter: Cyber Crime Bill 2 It is said that the love of power is the beginning or the root of all evil; from world history we can all conclude that this is true. For history has given rise to many men who have loved power so much that they exploited and murdered their own people and, in some cases, they legislated their people...

Letter: The Great Education Revulsion

June 23, 2016
Letter: The Great Education Revulsion Has your child's future been stolen by the Unity Labour Party (ULP)? Questions are being asked on the streets and in family gatherings in St Vincent and the Grenadines about the Children's CPEA exam results. It’s no wonder as far as I am concerned that people are saying their...

Commentary: Chronic and transitory instability: Evidence from Egypt

June 22, 2016
Commentary: Chronic and transitory instability: Evidence from Egypt Like the majority of citizens, I am furiously disturbed! Not because of personal issues, but currently, Egypt is being plagued by political instability and stunted economic growth consumed by an apprehensive people who had championed change, and defeated by Pharaoh.

Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn't stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so

June 20, 2016
Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn't stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so With regard to the SVG general election on December 9, 2015, the OAS representatives commented on irregularities at the Layou recount and mentioned so in their report on the elections. It cannot be right and it cannot be democratic to refuse to give evidence before a court of enquiry.

Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is a fool and the Cyber-Crime Bill is foolish

June 17, 2016
Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is a fool and the Cyber-Crime Bill is foolish A fool is defined as a person who acts unwisely or imprudently; on the other hand the word “ish” means: having the qualities or characteristics of. I hope that at the end of this discourse that you all, including you Ralph E. Gonsalves, will agree with me when I say that Ralph Gonsalves is...

St Vincent resort developer begins action against accountants in UK court

June 15, 2016
St Vincent resort developer begins action against accountants in UK court LONDON, England -- A court case cited by The Lawyer magazine as one of the most significant to come to trial in 2016 started on Tuesday in London, in which Harlequin, the developer of the Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines, is suing UK accountants Wilkins Kennedy...

Speed guns, breathalysers in the works for St Vincent drivers

June 15, 2016
Speed guns, breathalysers in the works for St Vincent drivers KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Speed guns and breathalysers could soon be seen on the roads of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Members of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines police force are said to be eagerly awaiting the change in the law to make both devices legal. The amendments...

Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program

June 15, 2016
Regional librarians and archivists participate in US government-sponsored program BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A group of librarians and archivists from Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean travelled to the United States as participants in a US Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) running from June 13 to July 1. The 21-day program is...

Marijuana conversation moves forward in CARICOM

June 14, 2016
Marijuana conversation moves forward in CARICOM KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The formal regional conversation around marijuana in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will move to another level when the first national consultation on the issue is held on Wednesday in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The Regional Commission on Marijuana...

Letter: SVG, bad trajectory!

June 13, 2016
Letter: SVG, bad trajectory! The Unity Labour Party (ULP) government in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) always seems to be aiming high but with a bad trajectory. A case of diminishing returns for SVG. We had economic predictions such as “the many investors lining up to invest in SVG,” “to return bananas to the...

Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards

June 9, 2016
Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- On Wednesday, as the world celebrated World Ocean’s Day, six Eastern Caribbean countries marked their commitment to preserving the region’s extraordinary marine ecosystems by launching the first Eastern Caribbean coral reef report cards.

Commentary: The art of measuring good governance: Invisible indicators in St Vincent and the Grenadines

June 9, 2016
Commentary: The art of measuring good governance: Invisible indicators in St Vincent and the Grenadines In the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) political arena, “good governance” is a term abused. Drawing your attention to the “Communist Manifesto”, the word “governance” appeared at least ten times. However, what is appalling and considering the status quo, is that page 56 is dedicated...

Caribbean integration is possible, St Vincent PM tells ACS summit

June 8, 2016
Caribbean integration is possible, St Vincent PM tells ACS summit HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Dr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, reaffirmed on Saturday in Havana that integration in Latin America and the Caribbean is a possible, realistic path and that its consolidation will make it possible for countries in the area to face...

Letter: Gonsalves introduces new media gag laws in SVG

June 7, 2016
Letter: Gonsalves introduces new media gag laws in SVG St Vincent and the Grenadines passes a law designed to gag the media on practiced filth. The law passed in Parliament on Tuesday, 31 May 2016, now makes it illegal for persons to place certain images and words on social media. The Bill provides for the prosecution in relation to...

Letter: Did the American Embassy in Barbados think Gonsalves was a liar?

June 3, 2016
Letter: Did the American Embassy in Barbados think Gonsalves was a liar? Ralph Gonsalves had the perfect alibi when they tried to decide who killed Glen Jackson, his press secretary, in Kingstown. Not that anyone at the time suspected him of doing it. Gonsalves was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; he phoned in from there and declared the killing to be a political assassination.

SVG sports diplomacy initiative leads to first purpose-built baseball diamond in Northern Ireland

June 3, 2016
SVG sports diplomacy initiative leads to first purpose-built baseball diamond in Northern Ireland NEWTOWNBREDA, Northern Ireland -- Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council (LCCC), along with with the Consulate of St Vincent and the Grenadines officially opened at its Hydebank Playing Fields the first purpose built baseball diamond in Northern Ireland, by hosting the 2016 Ulster...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

Commentary: An insult to William Wilberforce and other abolitionists

June 2, 2016
Commentary: An insult to William Wilberforce and other abolitionists The Lease: This lease is made on the 31st day of October 1990 between James Fitz-Allen Mitchell Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, acting for and on behalf of the Government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (Lessor) and Canouan Resorts Development Ltd a wholly owned...

Letter: Were St Vincent's apartment owners fooled again? How about the students?

June 1, 2016
Letter: Were St Vincent's apartment owners fooled again? How about the students? The old Saint Georges medical School was top notch at finding all their students, including non US citizens, hospital residency positions in the US to finish their final round of becoming a fully licensed medical doctor. The privately owned apartments on Saint Vincent were all full with...

Fairtrade benefitting Caribbean, Latin American and African farmers

May 31, 2016
Fairtrade benefitting Caribbean, Latin American and African farmers BELFAST, Northern Ireland: -- The capital city of Northern Ireland, Belfast, unveiled its larger road signs on main routes, proclaiming Belfast’s status as a Fairtrade City and Borough. This initiative marks the ongoing commitment to developing world farmers, specifically from the Caribbean...

Venezuela steps on ALBA toes

May 28, 2016
Venezuela steps on ALBA toes WASHINGTON, USA -- At least one member country of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) has expressed surprise that its government was not consulted prior to the publication in Thursday’s Washington Post newspaper of an advertisement, presumably paid...

Commentary: Is Canouan a paradise lost to foreign investors?

May 26, 2016
Commentary: Is Canouan a paradise lost to foreign investors? In “Canouan: A paradise lost” written by Matthew Thomas on May 9, 2016, we find a captivating description of the natural beauty of the island, an account on how the natives have been sold out by their own leader(s), a relevant definition of corruption as it relates to political and investment...

Letter: Argyle International Airport, the truth at last

May 26, 2016
Letter: Argyle International Airport, the truth at last I and a colleague have just returned to London from Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, where I have been working on a news assignment for a leading UK newspaper. We were fortunate to meet with a quite a number of Cubans who were temporarily living in the country.

Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics

May 25, 2016
Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics There is a new style of “last minute election announcement” date, which has been spreading across the Caribbean, and many countries in the region – predominantly the less developed ones – are seemingly jumping on the bandwagon. Some political leaders appear convinced that the secret...

Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians?

May 24, 2016
Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians? The OAS is very much like the SVG police complaints department – police investigating police in SVG just does not work and neither does the OAS, which is packed with like-minded representatives from the islands. That is why the OAS election report was so wishy washy. Despite the representatives observing...

Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase

May 23, 2016
Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The exodus of customers from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in St Kitts continues. On Friday, customers intent on closing their accounts over an impending $25 monthly charge on accounts, filled the bank’s downtown location, the line extending outside.

Commentary: The code red!

May 23, 2016
Commentary: The code red! God spoke creation into being: He said, let there be light and the light appeared! In fact, God has inspired a doctrine – the Bible, which guides everyone along the right path, regardless of party, ethnicity, social status, religions, languages and the like. I never knew, through politics, a leader...

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