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Commentary: The deeper implications of the Bigger Biggs story

October 22, 2014
Commentary: The deeper implications of the Bigger Biggs story Much has been written and debated in the Vincentian media about the plight of Leon “Bigger Biggs” Samuel in the suspension of his mining licence by the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. It is alleged that the reasons given for this nefarious act by the government were rather specious...

Letter: Arnhim Eustace - the 'do nothing leader'

October 22, 2014
Letter: Arnhim Eustace - the 'do nothing leader' Edmund Burke said, “No one made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little.” This quote sums up the incompetence of the opposition leader of the “No Direction Party” NDP, Arnhim Eustace, in his entirety. Mr Eustace, as the so-called leader of the opposition party...

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative

October 21, 2014
Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Senator Gerald Hadeed, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of tourism, attended the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Trade Show in St Maarten from October 6-8, 2014, to hold high level talks with ministers of tourism of Grenada, St Lucia and...

Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act II

October 21, 2014
Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act II About a year or so ago, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) mentioned at a town hall meeting in New York that SVG has a second-to-none hospital. Why was the PM recently giving a speech from a hospital in Cuba? This was shown in an I-Witness News story.

Letter: Bigger Biggs is still enduring spite and hatred; it continues in a revised form

October 14, 2014
Letter: Bigger Biggs is still enduring spite and hatred; it continues in a revised form Mr Leon "Bigger Biggs" Samuels was in most people's minds attacked and his business destroyed because he ceased supporting the ruling political party, the Unity Labour Part [ULP]. His changed support from ULP to NDP in the 2010 elections brought wrath, spite, hatred, malice from the ULP...

Letter: Did the SDA community abandon Bigger Biggs and his family in their time of need?

October 14, 2014
Letter: Did the SDA community abandon Bigger Biggs and his family in their time of need? I can remember with vivid clarity, some years ago, when my acquired brother Ali Monro, one of the biggest, baddest national goalkeepers in the history of St Vincent and the Grenadines soccer and fellow Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church member, came and informed me that Bigger Biggs...

Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors

October 13, 2014
Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors William Shakespeare could not have written it any better, as it pertains to the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) comedy of errors. While trial and error seems appropriate for the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government in SVG, they have not learned from their errors. Therefore, the efforts of the ULP-led government...

St Vincent offers grants, training to budding tech businesses

October 10, 2014
St Vincent offers grants, training to budding tech businesses KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines is making strides towards creating a new cadre of local entrepreneurs. Vincentians with dreams of developing their own businesses can now apply for government grants covering the cost of business incubation and training services.

Letter: The politics of a small Caribbean nation state

October 9, 2014
Letter: The politics of a small Caribbean nation state A former part-time truck driver and self-appointed political scientist are fond of portraying themselves as the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ first working-class leaders. Like their “mentors,” they pretend that the primary role of their movement is to crush capitalism and install 21st century socialism.

Letter: Ebola on its way to becoming a world pandemic

October 8, 2014
Letter: Ebola on its way to becoming a world pandemic Ebola is on its way to becoming a world pandemic. I believe it's now in the US, Venezuela, Cuba, Spain. In Venezuela, the deaths of ten people in the past week of a mysterious disease in several cities in Venezuela, including the capital of Caracas, have caused panic within the population.

Letter: Clare Valley Housing Project - what next?

October 7, 2014
Letter: Clare Valley Housing Project - what next? The Unity Labour Party (ULP) government completed a low income housing project at Clare Valley, an accomplishment which had become the talking or boasting point of the party pundits and supporters. Unfortunately, one of the houses collapsed without the influence of an act of nature or...

Letter: The ULP's electioneering housing scheme hits a slippery slope

October 6, 2014
Letter: The ULP's electioneering housing scheme hits a slippery slope The house that fell down in Clare Valley, St Vincent, and the risk to the other houses. When you have evil in your heart you can almost be certain things will inevitably go wrong, Karma will get you. That's what has happened, and that's the basis of the ULP housing schemes.

Letter: A simple lesson for Sehon Marshall, Ralph Gonsalves and the ULP

October 3, 2014
Letter: A simple lesson for Sehon Marshall, Ralph Gonsalves and the ULP We were hit with some rambling that sound like the squeaking of Ralph E Gonsalves. The level of arrogance, the level of idiocy as well as the muttering sounded like something Ralph Gonsalves would have said about N.P supporters. However, this time it was not him.

Letter: The St Vincent-Chinese connection

October 2, 2014
Letter: The St Vincent-Chinese connection As a patriotic Vincentian national, I wish to add my appreciation and thanks to the Nationalist State of Free China, Formosa-China for all the gracious help and assistance that they have so generously rendered to the government and people of my beloved homeland, the independent state of St Vincent...

Caribbean leaders warn of 'real, ruinous' impacts of climate change

October 1, 2014
Caribbean leaders warn of 'real, ruinous' impacts of climate change NEW YORK, USA -- Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands on Monday warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests and electoral cowardice threaten to squander “our only real chance to save the planet.”

Open letter to the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines

September 30, 2014
In late 2009, some strange financial transactions took over the public interest. It is alleged that a leading ULP senator took a bag containing US$1 million in cash into the NCB bank and asked them to exchange it for EC dollars. It is further alleged that he was later that day asked to...

Letter: Re-inventing CARICOM's world-renowned botanical gardens

September 26, 2014
Letter: Re-inventing CARICOM's world-renowned botanical gardens A member of CARICOM was wholly responsible for the foundation of the premier Kew Gardens in England. Indeed, it was also the inspiration, way-station and nursery for the Botanical Gardens in Kingston, Jamaica, as well. This colonial phenomenon attracted global attention.

St Vincent issues entry restriction as Trinidad evaluates Ebola preparedness

September 24, 2014
St Vincent issues entry restriction as Trinidad evaluates Ebola preparedness PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has announced that, with immediate effect, all travellers to St Vincent and the Grenadines from West Africa, especially students from Nigeria, must be in possession of a valid entry visa and certified medical certificate...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

Letter: The truth about the NCB lie

September 24, 2014
Letter: The truth about the NCB lie A written and spoken statement by Ralph Gonsalves in 2011 clearly shows that most of what he told us about the NCB bank was a bundle of lies, an untruth told to all Vincentian citizens. He told us that the NCB bank was never in better condition and it had been groomed to sell, and selling it was...

Letter: Here are the facts - choose wisely my people

September 23, 2014
Letter: Here are the facts - choose wisely my people After sitting here grieving over the direction in which my country is heading, I have been trying to understand but I am at a loss as to the criteria Vincentians use to select the chief administrator of the country: St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). So I took some time to do a comparative review...

St Vincent community college responds to accreditation questions

September 22, 2014
St Vincent community college responds to accreditation questions KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The St Vincent and the Grenadines Community College has issued a response to reports that have been circulating locally in relation to accreditation of associate degrees offered by the college. The reports claim that students who have completed associate degrees...

St Vincent appoints non-resident high commissioner to Canada

September 22, 2014
St Vincent appoints non-resident high commissioner to Canada OTTAWA, Canada -- St Vincent and the Grenadines now has a High Commissioner to Canada. On Wednesday, September16, La Celia Prince presented credentials to Stephen Harper, prime minister of Canada. St Vincent and the Grenadines was last represented at the level of high commissioner...

Letter: We deserve to know the truth

September 20, 2014
Letter: We deserve to know the truth We deserve the truth and we want to know the truth. Not lies and great long convoluting press conference spiel, speeches and rhetoric that goes around in circles and never covers the questions asked. We are sick and tired of all the bull and political spin. We are sick and tired of the multiple lies.

OAS releases anti-corruption report on St Vincent and the Grenadines

September 18, 2014
OAS releases anti-corruption report on St Vincent and the Grenadines WASHINGTON, USA -- The Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC) of the Organization of American States (OAS) adopted the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) report on the implementation...

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