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Letter: A reply to Helena Edwards letter: Ralph Gonsalves - a tested leader

December 20, 2014
Letter: A reply to Helena Edwards letter: Ralph Gonsalves - a tested leader To fully understand the stupidity of Mrs Edwards’ letter you need to read it. Mrs Edwards, if I may call you that, your reference to the Christmas storm and the loss of life. What I am going to write is fact not fiction. I feel that you know what you wrote was little more than a bunch of...

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

Letter: Dr Ralph Gonsalves: A tested leader

December 16, 2014
Letter: Dr Ralph Gonsalves: A tested leader Ralph Gonsalves should be called the man of steel for his steadfast resolve in managing adversities. When I rejoined the Vincentian community, it was due to a natural disaster last December when Vincentians had their Christmas interrupted. Several people lost their lives as a result.

Letter: SVG's economic quasar!

December 15, 2014
Letter: SVG's economic quasar! It seems like the haze of low solar winds has enveloped St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Furthermore, since we were told that we are on the cusp of an economic takeoff, SVG has hit the cosmic times of economic quasars. Thereby, the redshift has produced an ever expanding and feeding black hole.

Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US

December 13, 2014
Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) has strongly urged governments in the region, which have not yet completed the process towards a signed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with the US to do so speedily.

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

Letter: When the new bypass road collapsed at the Argyle Airport approach November 2014

December 13, 2014
Letter: When the new bypass road collapsed at the Argyle Airport approach November 2014 The main Windward highway at Argyle airport started to collapse between Friday 21st November and Sunday 23rd November, and instead of embarrassing the ULP government, Senator Francis and PM Gonsalves bring a load of old long talk to try and convince us that it's an act of God or an act of nature.

No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers

December 10, 2014
No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) telecommunications ministers have taken a decision to prevent the return to a telecommunications monopoly following a proposed merger between Cable and Wireless Communications and Columbus Communications International.

Letter: Arnhim Eustace: The patriot guardian of St Vincent and the Grenadines

December 9, 2014
Letter: Arnhim Eustace: The patriot guardian of St Vincent and the Grenadines I can remember with vivid clarity when, in November of 2004, I was on the last leg of my three-leg flight from Bermuda to St Vincent and the Grenadines via LIAT. While enduring the discomfort of flying on LIAT I overheard a conversation that, in retrospect, I now conclude was designed and intended...

Letter: On your mark, get vexed, Mr PM, get vexed!

December 8, 2014
Letter: On your mark, get vexed, Mr PM, get vexed! Prime Minister (PM) of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Ralph Gonsalves said if the opposition continues to humbug him, he would call elections before the completion of the Argyle International Airport. Well, didn’t someone then in opposition say the purpose of the opposition is to oppose.

Letter: The cost effectiveness of having Ecuadorian soldiers in SVG

December 4, 2014
Letter: The cost effectiveness of having Ecuadorian soldiers in SVG According to Ralph Gonsalves, the prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the government of Ecuador pledged to help in the recovery efforts of SVG after the devastating Christmas flood, a pledge of support for which all Vincentians should be grateful and are grateful.

IMF concludes mission to St Vincent and the Grenadines

December 3, 2014
IMF concludes mission to St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- An International Monetary Fund (IMF) staff mission, led by Elie Canetti, visited St Vincent and the Grenadines during November 5 to 19, 2014, to conduct discussions for the 2014 Article IV Consultation. The team exchanged views with Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves...

Letter: Holey, holey, holey II

December 1, 2014
Letter: Holey, holey, holey II It has been over eight years since “Poorsah” sang “In ah hole” and over a year since “Abijah” mentioned about donkey’s licence money due to the dreadful condition of roads in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). However, it took a planned strike by the omnibus operators in Central Kingstown...

Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive?

November 28, 2014
Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive? The government of Venezuela is undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of the 166th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2014.  Despite intense lobbying by Venezuela, the OPEC decided not to cut oil production.

Commentary: Arnhim Eustace and 'The Peter Principle'

November 28, 2014
Commentary: Arnhim Eustace and 'The Peter Principle' In terms of the politics of St Vincent and the Grenadines, just about everyone seems to have forgotten that there was a sort of interregnum between the moving aside of James Fitz-Allen Mitchell and the arrival of Ralph Everard Gonsalves at the helm of government in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Letter: Proper health care in SVG and the Cuban model

November 27, 2014
Letter: Proper health care in SVG and the Cuban model No such thing I hear you all say. Every so often the question arises regarding our health care in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Why do we have to suffer a hospital system that is as bad or even worse than in any fourth-world country. Often, in fact, more often than not, no drugs, medication...

Letter: Construction or geological fault line - you be the judge

November 26, 2014
Letter: Construction or geological fault line - you be the judge A fault line is a line on a rock surface or the ground that traces a geological fault. This means there was some natural occurrence such as the movement of tectonic plates, or other natural earth movement that causes the movement of and cracking, breaking or slippage of surface material.

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

St Vincent and the Grenadines to pilot OECS annual labour survey

November 25, 2014
St Vincent and the Grenadines to pilot OECS annual labour survey CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission in collaboration with St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) central statistics office and department of labour will pilot the OECS annual survey of labour turnover, skills and vacancies during the fourth quarter of 2014 in SVG.

Commentary: The broken bridge between parties, divisions within!

November 25, 2014
Commentary: The broken bridge between parties, divisions within! The St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) political landscape is eroding rapidly! Vincentian politics has long been defined as Labour vs. NDP and everything about past elections and, more so, the upcoming elections in 2015, enunciate to the abyss that separates the two political parties and their supporters.

Letter: The ULP is the best party for the future of SVG

November 25, 2014
Letter: The ULP is the best party for the future of SVG Vincentians, the NDP has a trick that they have been using on you to bamboozle you and I am going to attempt to point it out to you so that you will understand why you must never listen to them with their disingenuous information that is deliberately used to cause you to become confused.

Letter: The Argyle International Airport, 'a crisis a day that keeps the tourists away'

November 24, 2014
Letter: The Argyle International Airport, 'a crisis a day that keeps the tourists away' I often read the writings of Karl Eklund, who describes himself as a retired nuclear physicist, environmental scientist, and amateur theologian. Runs and edits the medium svgblog.blogspot.com. Today, whilst going over some of his past editions, I came across one dated Saturday, 25th September 2010.

Letter: The Housing and Land Development Corp: An example of government waste

November 22, 2014
Letter: The Housing and Land Development Corp: An example of government waste The St Vincent and the Grenadines Housing and Land Development Corporation (HLDV) announced that they will be demolishing some of the houses and they did correction work on other houses in the poorly constructed houses that made up the Campden Park low income housing scheme.

Letter: Fuzzy math in SVG

November 20, 2014
Letter: Fuzzy math in SVG In our 35th year of independence in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), I could not imagine that things would be so fuzzy in my homeland. My first memory of playing mas in SVG was with the great “Fuzzy” Knights band. I also know former athlete and now coach “Fuzzy” Harry. But I didn’t know that they...

US called on to increase diplomatic presence in the Caribbean

November 19, 2014
US called on to increase diplomatic presence in the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- New York congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY16) recently introduced the United States-Caribbean Partnership Act of 2014 in the House of Representatives. This bill would establish US embassies in the five countries in the Caribbean with which the US has diplomatic...

Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020

November 19, 2014
Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020 LONDON, England -- Hugh Walker (head of DFID Caribbean) has signed a joint letter of intent with St Vincent and the Grenadines on behalf of Desmond Swayne, Britain’s minister for international development. Walker said, "The United Kingdom is committed to the long-term development of the Caribbean."

Letter: Why small farming sustains poverty in the Caribbean

November 19, 2014
Letter: Why small farming sustains poverty in the Caribbean The Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has declared 2014 “International Year of Family Farming,” a phrase that is rather superfluous since the organization itself asserts that family farms “… make up 98% of farming holdings” (fao.org/family-farming).

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