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Letter: Who was responsible for the recognition of Aves (Bird) Rock Island as an island and not as a rock?

March 6, 2015
Letter: Who was responsible for the recognition of Aves (Bird) Rock Island as an island and not as a rock? I am researching and writing about how on the recognition of Aves [Bird] Rock Island as an island and not as a rock may well have cost CARICOM and OECS member states billions of US dollars. I believe there was no need to make such recognition and in doing so cede thousands of...

OECS seeks data to develop Eastern Caribbean yachting sector

March 5, 2015
OECS seeks data to develop Eastern Caribbean yachting sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Tourism Desk has attempted to address the challenge of lack of data to provide policy guidance to further develop the yachting sector. This was done via a survey conducted in 2014 at the United States Sailboat Show.

Letter: Venezuela has been well and truly fracked by the USA

March 5, 2015
Letter: Venezuela has been well and truly fracked by the USA Oil prices are down worldwide due to the Americans’ discovery and application of a process called fracking, and an oil pipeline from Canada. Fracking is the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside. Water, sand and...

Government-owned company to manage new Argyle International Airport in St Vincent

March 4, 2015
Government-owned company to manage new Argyle International Airport in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- A government-owned company is being established to manage the new Argyle International Airport in St Vincent, when it is completed. The announcement was made by St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, when he responded to a question...

Letter: The dark side of tourism: Lessons for Argyle Airport

March 3, 2015
Letter: The dark side of tourism: Lessons for Argyle Airport The World Bank lists St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) as one of the least popular holiday destinations in the world with only 74,000 overnight tourist visitors in 2012. We are also at the bottom of barrel when Caribbean cruise ship arrivals are also counted. Our nearby tourist competitors...

Letter: Save Our Sisters (SOS), Inc.

March 3, 2015
Letter: Save Our Sisters (SOS), Inc. Save Our Sisters (SOS) Inc, an NGO, that was established as of January 15, 2015, to help combat the violence against women in St Vincent and the Grenadines and other regions has been officially approved by the US Federal Government as a 501c3 organization that can receive tax deductible contributions.

Letter: Scientific Socialism

March 2, 2015
Letter: Scientific Socialism I read with great interest the excellent letter in Caribbean News Now from Nigel X. Huggins entitled “The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean”. It is perfectly true that most of us are unaware of being led into a better life, myself included. Now Nigel has made us aware.

Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean

February 28, 2015
Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean Most Caribbeans are unaware that their governments are gradually leading them into a better life, a life of equality and better times. It’s only a socialist government that can take you there; it’s only a socialist government that can carry the flag on your behalf. Remarkable leaders like Ralph E. Gonsalves...

Commentary: My brother's keeper

February 26, 2015
Commentary: My brother's keeper The dawn of Monday, January 12, 2015 brought heavy dark clouds of grief, sadness and hopelessness over the northern coastal community of Fancy in the beautiful island paradise of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The driver of a minibus destined for the capital city of Kingstown with 21 souls on board...

Letter: The insight and genius of Sir James Mitchell

February 26, 2015
Letter: The insight and genius of Sir James Mitchell I recently read a pre-election pamphlet written by Sir James Mitchell in 2010. It is quite amazing the insight of the man and the relevance of what he wrote then, to what is happening today. I believe that Sir James was somewhat of a genius in capturing what we are experiencing in 2015 in 2010.

EC$2,025,000 CDF loan to provide renewable energy plant at new St Vincent airport

February 24, 2015
EC$2,025,000 CDF loan to provide renewable energy plant at new St Vincent airport BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Barbados-based CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) has approved an additional EC$2,025,000/US$750,000 loan for the new Argyle International Airport (AIA) in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The funding will be used to purchase equipment to establish a...

Letter: Lessons from Trinidad and Tobago for Argyle International Airport

February 24, 2015
Letter: Lessons from Trinidad and Tobago for Argyle International Airport St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is in some ways a miniature version of the twin-island state of Trinidad and Tobago (T/T) even though the latter nation is much larger in area (5,128 square kilometres) and population (1.4 million people) than SVG (389 square kilometres and 110,000 people).

Letter: Mr Speaker, that's ah lie!

February 23, 2015
Letter: Mr Speaker, that's ah lie! On many occasions I have heard the word lie or lying used in the parliament of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). However, the 2015 budget session had me laughing because of the use of the word lie and the fracas that happened thereafter. The Merriam Webster dictionary defines “Lie” as...

Letter: Venezuela puts its war planes in airspace over sovereign Caribbean islands

February 23, 2015
Letter: Venezuela puts its war planes in airspace over sovereign Caribbean islands In a speech on national television, Venezuela’s President Maduro reports that the air defence areas of the country have been expanded beyond the Windward Islands all the way up to St Maarten. President Nicolas Maduro, said that his country has the right to defend itself in the skies above the Dutch Antilles.

Letter: National unity in SVG under a monochromatic leadership

February 21, 2015
Letter: National unity in SVG under a monochromatic leadership The ULP’s seeming aversion to the national flag is not, I believe, that the flag does not have red – but that too, I’m sure – but more that it has yellow. “The Treachery of Images” is a famous painting, by Rene Magritte. It is a picture of a pipe, and below the pipe, Magritte wrote, “This is not a pipe.”

Caribbean Fisheries Forum executive committee meeting to be convened in St Vincent

February 20, 2015
Caribbean Fisheries Forum executive committee meeting to be convened in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CRFM) -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) is holding its first regional meeting for 2015 this week in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The CRFM is hosting the 24th meeting of the executive committee of the Caribbean Fisheries Forum, one of its...

Letter: Did the NIS reiterate the rules in case the SVG government rapes and pillages it again?

February 20, 2015
Letter: Did the NIS reiterate the rules in case the SVG government rapes and pillages it again? The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines made some strange announcement regarding the National Insurance Services [NIS] on Wednesday, February 17, 2015. I say strange because the statement was posted by the government on the government website. Yet the website article states...

Commentary: Geothermal exploration in SVG: The game changer

February 19, 2015
Commentary: Geothermal exploration in SVG: The game changer St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) should pursue geothermal energy exploration and development. A couple of years ago SVG’s prime minister announced the government’s intention for geothermal energy exploration deep within the La Soufriere volcano and described the new phenomenon as...

Former St Vincent bank operator sentenced to 22 years in prison in US

February 18, 2015
Former St Vincent bank operator sentenced to 22 years in prison in US KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Canadian lawyer, William Wise, 64, who once operated the Millennium Bank in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), has been sentenced to almost 22 years in prison by a California judge for his part in a Ponzi scheme that defrauded more than 1,200 people.

Letter: HSBC in Switzerland - naming names

February 18, 2015
Letter: HSBC in Switzerland - naming names Maintaining a Swiss bank account isn’t illegal and doesn’t necessarily indicate that the account holder is doing anything wrong. Still, the immense quantities of money being held offshore by individuals and government entities from the Caribbean and South America, which all struggle with...

St Vincent teachers learn about CARICOM Single Market and Economy

February 17, 2015
St Vincent teachers learn about CARICOM Single Market and Economy KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentian teachers sat in the learners’ seat on February 12 to receive an orientation in teaching methods that can help them to effectively integrate the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) into their learning plans. With a single market space now in effect...

Letter: The ULP Collective in St Vincent and the Grenadines

February 17, 2015
Letter: The ULP Collective in St Vincent and the Grenadines In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Unity Labour Party (ULP) Collective sits in its ivory tower and rains down bombs on the silent majority. They then insist it’s all cotton candy, all the while inflecting pain on the nation with a crocodile smile! In 2001, we were to move from...

Commentary: Tragedies, deficits, elections and the Bigger Biggs saga of SVG

February 14, 2015
Commentary: Tragedies, deficits, elections and the Bigger Biggs saga of SVG Talk of tragedies, a deficit budget, upcoming elections and the Bigger Biggs saga permeates the air of St Vincent and the Grenadines. There is no shortage of information on these topics. But while it is often said that information is power, not all information is useable or valuable for the attainment...

Letter: Lessons from Target Canada for Argyle International Airport in St Vincent

February 14, 2015
Letter: Lessons from Target Canada for Argyle International Airport in St Vincent The media are regularly filled with reports of corporations that are either in dire financial straits, have actually gone into bankruptcy protection, or have had their distressed assets picked up by vulture funds to be torn apart and sold piecemeal to other investors. One of the less surprising of these...

Letter: A truly wicked government

February 13, 2015
Letter: A truly wicked government Tell Bigger Biggs to cut out the cheque and fill it out, but he best beware of government bearing gifts. I find that people are hard on the Speaker of the House, saying how he so biased. You’d understand his plight better if you see him as a father, paying his dues to the system that did for his son...

Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland

February 12, 2015
Bank leak reveals billions from Caribbean stashed in Switzerland WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists released a report this week revealing billions of dollars held in nearly 60,000 internal Swiss bank documents from 2006 to 2007 leaked by whistleblower Hervé Falciani, a former employee of HSBC in Switzerland.

Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines tortured by austerity

February 12, 2015
Commentary: St Vincent and the Grenadines tortured by austerity Taxes in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) are at the highest levels! A few days ago the prime minister presented the government’s new economic program for the fiscal year during the sitting of the country’s parliament. Lawmakers from the opposite side lamented on the realism of the program.

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