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Letter: As the bus driver takes Venezuela back 300 years

September 1, 2017
Letter: As the bus driver takes Venezuela back 300 years Some 300 years ago the Caribbean and South and Latin Americas were riddled with communicable and mosquito-borne diseases. It took the gradual introduction of medicines and inoculations to eradicate those diseases. Now today in Venezuela because of lack of all medication in the hospitals...

Letter: Explaining Argyle airport: A clash of axioms

August 31, 2017
Letter: Explaining Argyle airport: A clash of axioms I concluded my last essay (see essay number 59 below) with the observation that although seemingly unassailable truths (axioms) like “St Vincent Island [SVI] has lots of potential” cannot be directly attacked because this would subvert their definition as self-evident verities, their corollaries (i.e., results that...

EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB

August 23, 2017
EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has given assurances that the EC dollar remains stable and that Eastern Caribbean banknotes are protected by the various security features of the notes. Deputy director of the Currency Management Department...

Letter: Explaining Argyle airport on St Vincent Island

August 21, 2017
Letter: Explaining Argyle airport on St Vincent Island In the next five essays, I put the pieces of SVG’s AIA enigma together by explaining its real purpose now that the facility is finally operating, albeit almost exclusively as a regional facility. There is a fundamental and, by definition, irrefutable assumption (in scientific and philosophical terms called...

Tropical Storm Harvey brings heavy rain to Eastern Caribbean

August 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Harvey brings heavy rain to Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- On Friday morning, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located between Barbados and the Windward Islands, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the area. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 8:00 am EDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey...

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Harvey forms, warnings issued

August 18, 2017
MIAMI, USA -- A US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found that the tropical system moving into the Eastern Caribbean had become Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday afternoon. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and...

USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security

August 18, 2017
USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Citizen security experts, decisions makers, and senior technical officers from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean met in Barbados for the start of a regional workshop for the United States government's, through the United States Agency for International...

Letter: Tearful Asymmetry - Mas in De Hospital

August 18, 2017
Letter: Tearful Asymmetry - Mas in De Hospital Empirical studies have shown that the wealth of a nation depends upon the health of that nation. This is true for St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), too. So, I was taken aback when I heard the PM say that their survey shows only a small percentage of the people are concerned about health care...

Vincy soca artist launches new video

August 14, 2017
Vincy soca artist launches new video BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Vincentian song writer Adonis Browne, aka ‘Major Dan’, is making waves by elevating Caribbean music in Northern Ireland. ‘Baby Gyal’ -- Major Dan’s latest single -- was released at a private launch at Dukes Hotel with special guest speaker Dr Christopher Stange...

Letter: North Korea and ALBA, and in particular St Vincent and the Grenadines

August 14, 2017
Letter: North Korea and ALBA, and in particular St Vincent and the Grenadines Peter Binose the visionary wrote a lot of things about North Korea and ALBA, all of which were fact at the time or have come to pass. ALBA is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement and St Vincent is a member of ALBA and is sworn to support Venezuela militarily and uphold the decisions of ALBA.

Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

Letter: Nasty mess

August 2, 2017
Letter: Nasty mess Please publish these automatically translated excerpts from an ABC International article in Spanish. At this point it would be said that it is no longer a question of oil. In fact, everything indicates that, due to the crisis, the Venezuelan national oil company – PDVSA – is only sending the participants of the...

Letter: Let them stay in the yonder cooker

August 1, 2017
Letter: Let them stay in the yonder cooker Two years ago, the prime minister told us that Venezuela had contributed more than a third of the cost towards the construction of the international airport. It was an expression of sincere gratitude for generous foreign aid. But was it generosity or political grandstanding? And, as for sincerity, before arriving...

ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017

July 27, 2017
ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) reported during its 88th meeting, held in Dominica on Friday, July 21, that the financial system of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) remained stable for the year 2016, with improved performance...

Letter: The world's best tourist islands: Lessons for Argyle International Airport

July 26, 2017
Letter: The world's best tourist islands: Lessons for Argyle International Airport Travel + Leisure is a popular travel magazine and Internet site based in New York City. Published monthly, the magazine has nearly five million readers and has conducted an annual subscriber survey rating vacation destinations and travel providers for over 20 years. It just released its 2017 list of...

Venezuela opposition avoiding meeting, says St Vincent PM

July 25, 2017
Venezuela opposition avoiding meeting, says St Vincent PM KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Speaking on the current situation in Venezuela, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said President Nicolas Maduro wants to have a conversation with the opposition; however, the opposition is avoiding the conversation. Gonsalves said in light of this...

US embassy conducts search and seizure training in St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 25, 2017
US embassy conducts search and seizure training in St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The US Embassy, through its Military Liaison Office, conducted training with the St Vincent Coast Guard on vessel boarding as well as search-and-seizure techniques in St Vincent and the Grenadines from July 17-21. US Marine Forces South (MARFORSOUTH) and the...

Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders

July 24, 2017
Possible 2017 payout for ECCU British American policyholders BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Regional policyholders of the British American Insurance Company Limited (BAICO) may be one step closer to receiving a payout, eight years after the company collapsed. Close to 4,000 individuals and businesses in St. Kitts and Nevis were among the many...

Letter: Meddlesome Matty reverses on 'unwarranted meddling'

July 22, 2017
Letter: Meddlesome Matty reverses on 'unwarranted meddling' The situation in Venezuela is dire. The country is sinking deeper into chaos to the point that it resembles a country in a civil war. From April 1, thousands have been arrested, hundreds injured and 77 dead. The city is beset with violence. The last reported murder rate, in 2014, was equivalent to the...

Tropical Storm Don weakens as it moves into southern Caribbean Sea

July 20, 2017
Tropical Storm Don weakens as it moves into southern Caribbean Sea BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- After causing flight disruptions and dumping rains on the southern Caribbean islands on Tuesday, Tropical Storm Don has degenerated to an open wave in the far southeastern Caribbean Sea. Grenada closed its airport on Tuesday, while St Vincent and the...

Tropical Storm Don brings heavy rain and wind to Windward Islands

July 19, 2017
Tropical Storm Don brings heavy rain and wind to Windward Islands MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm conditions were expected to spread across the Windward Islands within the warning area on Tuesday night as Tropical Storm Don moved towards Grenada and St Vincent and the Grenadines. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami...

Commentary: The key to Garifuna unity? Garifuna identity

July 19, 2017
Commentary: The key to Garifuna unity? Garifuna identity In response to my latest article on the Summit Meetings and Garifuna Reunification, one of the readers sent me a message stating, “This was an timely reminder of this prestigious event. My hope that the Summit Meetings would have turned into a yearly event, because our fragmentation continues to...

Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada

July 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Don forms; storm warning issued for Grenada MIAMI, USA -- Tropical Storm Don formed east of the Windward Islands on Monday afternoon. A tropical storm warning was issued for Grenada and a tropical storm watch is in effect for Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Saint Lucia. Interests in Trinidad and Tobago, Aruba, Bonaire, and...

Commentary: Whither goeth CARICOM?

July 18, 2017
Commentary: Whither goeth CARICOM? The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) was established on July 4, 1973, by the Treaty of Chagaramus. Its main objectives are to promote integration and cooperation among its members and to coordinate foreign policy. The first Monday in July was designated CARICOM Day. However, it appears...

Letter: Vigilante justice NDP-style

July 18, 2017
Letter: Vigilante justice NDP-style Markie Spring’s July 27 frontier justice demand that the duly elected leader of SVG and one of the longest serving freely elected leaders in Caribbean history demit office, together with Dr Friday’s equally extra-judicial response to his party’s July 7 court victory ironically correspond, if only in spirit, to...

Commentary: The spread of alternative facts: Gonsalves' own timely and infamous version

July 17, 2017
Commentary: The spread of alternative facts: Gonsalves' own timely and infamous version If not all, much of Gonsalves’ political agenda is mired in his own ineptness and immorality! This thought is motivated by a recent published article entitled “People decide who governs, not a court ruling”. Perceived as a very interesting topic at a critical juncture when Vincentians were impatiently awaiting...

St Vincent and the Grenadines welcomes establishment of Parliamentary Front in Haiti to fight hunger

July 15, 2017
St Vincent and the Grenadines welcomes establishment of Parliamentary Front in Haiti to fight hunger KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) minister of agriculture, Saboto Caesar, has welcomed the July 4, 2017, establishment of a Parliamentary Front in Haiti, where leaders of all political affiliations have agreed to consolidate their efforts to support a single national fight...

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