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The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

Letter: Land reform: SVG is for Vincy and our guests

April 29, 2016
Letter: Land reform: SVG is for Vincy and our guests There is no changing the geographic realities of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), which are: 1. St Vincent and the Grenadines is a very small country with limited amount of land space. 2. St Vincent and the Grenadines has no exportable natural, industrial and other minerals...

Letter: Vincentians need to analyze and stop emotionalizing information

April 28, 2016
Letter: Vincentians need to analyze and stop emotionalizing information Adolph Hitler is credited with the saying, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Some spokespersons for the St Vincent and the Grenadines New Democratic Party (NDP) have perfected this Hitler approach so effectively that Vincentians now seem...

Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT

April 27, 2016
Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Dominica’s prime minister has indicated that the island’s tourism officials are expected to engage with LIAT to address Roseau’s concerns about alleged poor service by the regional airline. A letter written to LIAT by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit...

Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest

April 27, 2016
Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- To mark the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death (April 23), Terra Nova Productions has re-imagined Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, as part of the global celebration, with Caribbean nationals from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and...

Letter: SVG, plenty of hot air and hypocrisy!

April 25, 2016
Letter: SVG, plenty of hot air and hypocrisy! Oh, how the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) bragged about economic take off, Of Tourism Now, and increase in poor relief (welfare), but such economic forecasting has led to a total economic solar eclipse. They were bragging about...

Letter: Ralph Gonsalves, ancestry and the establishment of slavery

April 23, 2016
Letter: Ralph Gonsalves, ancestry and the establishment of slavery In the year 1418, three Portuguese sea captains and navigators, Tristão Vaz Teixeira, Bartolomeu Perestrelo and João Gonçalves Zarco [John Gonsalves Zarco], sailing under the orders of the king of Portugal, King John I, were sailing the West African Saharan coast when they were overtaken...

Commentary: Ralph's cock-eyed view of democracy

April 21, 2016
Commentary: Ralph's cock-eyed view of democracy The drumbeats of most Vincentians solidify the arguments surrounding the threats to our democracy. Currently, the new norm in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is influenced by Ralph’s ‘materialist’ sentiments, seeing history as directed by material economic forces – not ideas.

Letter: Foreign investment is neither a problem nor a solution in St Vincent and the Grenadines

April 21, 2016
Letter: Foreign investment is neither a problem nor a solution in St Vincent and the Grenadines Comrade Samuel, many thanks for your interesting and useful essay, “Balancing the interest of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG”. My comments, some minor, some major, are as follows: 1. The area of SVG is actually 150 sq. mi., not 180 sq. mi.: 133 sq. mi. for...

Commentary: Balancing the interest of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG

April 20, 2016
Commentary: Balancing the interest of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG In a letter: “Canouan - The curse of foreign investors and their investment” written by Allan H. Palmer and published on April 6, 2016 in Caribbean News Now, Mr Palmer opined: “When I look at Mustique, and especially Canouan, I remember Guyana and Africa. I have never thought that...

Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO

April 19, 2016
Concerns expressed over departure of LIAT CEO BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The minister responsible for aviation in St Kitts and Nevis says he hopes last week’s resignation of LIAT chief executive officer David Evans will not prove too much of a setback for the regional airline. Evans, who was touted as a results-driven executive...

Letter: Acts of terror in St Vincent and the Grenadines

April 18, 2016
Letter: Acts of terror in St Vincent and the Grenadines I am prepared to have some hypocrites unfriend me because of what I am about to say. But, anyone who knows me, know that fake friends are not high on my priority list, so for those of you who are going to leave. Go with God’s speed. Let me say upfront, that I do not support any...

Letter: Not just a criticism of Ralph Gonsalves - but a plan where everyone wins

April 16, 2016
Letter: Not just a criticism of Ralph Gonsalves - but a plan where everyone wins The office of prime minister is a very prestigious office, and the responsibilities that come with that office are very serious responsibilities. Anyone who chooses to apply for that post and go in pursuit of that office, by going to the electorate and persuading the masses to vote for and cause...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

Open Letter: Stop the sale of 250 acres of beachfront land to white foreigners

April 15, 2016
I write appealing to you as Chairman of the above named committee to use your good office to influence the ULP Administration of which you are a member, being a Senator and Speaker of the House of Assembly, not to sell that 250 acre plot of land at...

LIAT confirms resignation of CEO

April 14, 2016
LIAT confirms resignation of CEO ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The board of directors of regional air carrier LIAT confirmed on Wednesday that it has accepted the resignation of chief executive officer, David Evans, effective April 13, 2016. Julie Reifer-Jones, director finance and ICT, has been appointed to act as CEO.

Letter: One of their very special supporters is dying whilst they sit back and watch

April 14, 2016
Letter: One of their very special supporters is dying whilst they sit back and watch Remember the driver of the car that mowed down and killed Edgar Cruikshank at an NDP rally at Clare Valley? The driver of that car [full name withheld for sake of living family] was charged with five road traffic offences, what happened from then on is rather hazy, but a man was left dead.

LIAT CEO reported to have resigned

April 13, 2016
LIAT CEO reported to have resigned ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- David Evans, the CEO of the regional air carrier LIAT, has reportedly resigned after “a heated meeting with the board of directors last Thursday”. LIAT’s head of corporate communications, Desmond Brown, said in an email on Tuesday that the company’s...

An Open Letter to Justice Adrian Saunders of the CCJ

April 13, 2016
A cat can look at a Queen, you know. I read in Searchlight of 11th March where you said, “It would be a fair characterization to say that in most, if not all, of or states, sadly, the criminal justice system is broken.” What a fearless, gallant and stoic statement. 

More precise date for St Vincent airport opening to be given at the end of April

April 9, 2016
More precise date for St Vincent airport opening to be given at the end of April KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has told members of the local media to give him until the end of April to announce a more precise date for the opening of the Argyle International Airport. This followed a meeting held on Friday...

Commentary: Deficit of hope

April 9, 2016
Commentary: Deficit of hope Despite its many challenges, the Earth is a perfect place! The number one reason for such claim is, the Earth was created by the perfect Being – God, the omnificent, the One who allows continuous sufferings, not that God does not care, but a heavenly strategy and a prescription...

Letter: The recent press briefing on Argyle International Airport

April 7, 2016
Letter: The recent press briefing on Argyle International Airport Dr Ralph E Gonsalves, Mr Donald Jeremy McPhail, Dr Rudy Mathias this is my reply to your recent press briefing on Argyle International Airport. For those of you who do not know Mr McPhail, I will tell you something about him. The OECS heads of government, which included Ralph Gonsalves...

Letter: Canouan - The curse of foreign investors and their investment

April 6, 2016
Letter: Canouan - The curse of foreign investors and their investment As a child, as most children had, I had an idealist perspective of the world. But I knew that the English pound was worth a much more than the East Caribbean dollar. This was so for the simple reason, I remembered when my mother received letters from her siblings in the UK...

Letter: A danger to SVG

April 4, 2016
Letter: A danger to SVG Arnhim Eustace, the leader of the NDP, has proven himself to be a danger to SVG. Mr Eustace, in anticipation of a court decision on Monday, April 4, 2016, went on the airways Saturday night (April 2nd) to rally his troops for mayhem, should that decision prove to be not in his favour.

Letter: When a politician is upgraded, we must ask what his previous status was

April 2, 2016
Letter: When a politician is upgraded, we must ask what his previous status was I have written about a regime, the leader of which I have often described as the leader of the dynasty, previous owner of the Marxist National Party, and owner of an island that he claims as his family dynasty plantation. I listened to his father, I listened to his sister and I listened to his...

Letter: Investing in St Vincent's tourism industry

April 1, 2016
Letter: Investing in St Vincent's tourism industry Invest SVG, a publically-owned company (formerly called DEVCO) reporting directly to the Office of the Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) just announced that “… government had already signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) that will see major projects.

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