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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).

Letter: Did PM Gonsalves fail to inform the people about the status of the Wikileak disclosures?

November 18, 2014
Letter: Did PM Gonsalves fail to inform the people about the status of the Wikileak disclosures? There are at least 35 Wikileak releases of cables from the US ambassador in Barbados to the US that carry reference or contain PM Gonsalves’ name, some of which carry derogatory statements, some of which may refer to what some may interpret as alleged criminal activity on his part.

Letter: The star shines brilliantly

November 17, 2014
Letter: The star shines brilliantly On November 5, 2014, I had the pleasure to listen to a program on Star Radio that was hosted by two elected Representatives of the Unity Labour Party, Mr Cecil McKie and Mr Montgomery Daniel. These two gentlemen (true gentlemen) were a breath of fresh air. They have restored some hope in my mind.

CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals

November 15, 2014
CARICOM governments to increase quality information on CSM to nationals GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals in six member states are to benefit from a greater flow of tailored information on the CARICOM Single Market (CSM). This is under a new project that aims to connect nationals with the information they need to work, travel and...

St Vincent carnival preparations will not be affected by Ebola

November 13, 2014
St Vincent carnival preparations will not be affected by Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentians have been assured that the threat of Ebola is not likely to affect plans for the 2015 carnival celebrations. This assurance came from Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, as he responded to a question at a news conference on Monday. Gonsalves was among...

Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act-V

November 12, 2014
Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act-V In Act V of the St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) comedy of errors, I will recap the list of their errors. There are the many sided revolution of errors such as the so-called education and wellness revolutions, the stealing and misappropriation of funds revolution, the no jobs creation revolution, and...

Letter: Warning to the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines!

November 11, 2014
Letter: Warning to the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines! This morning I received this "word" from the Lord concerning the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines. The confirmation I received from the Lord, was the fact that during the year 2006 I had a weekly radio program on Cross Country Radio (CCR) in St Vincent, which was called...

Letter: Is PetroCaribe about to fold and destroy the Caribbean as we know it?

November 10, 2014
Letter: Is PetroCaribe about to fold and destroy the Caribbean as we know it? In St Vincent and the Grenadines the initial tale the citizenship were led to believe was PetroCaribe would supply us with cheap petrol, diesel and cooking gas. I ask was that quite simply a downright straight up and down lie? I personally think it was a lie designed to make ignorant people believe that...

Letter: Is Camillo Gonsalves Ralph Gonsalves' son by name and behaviour or no?

November 8, 2014
Letter: Is Camillo Gonsalves Ralph Gonsalves' son by name and behaviour or no? It is said that an apple doesn't fall to far from the tree. This is a proverb that implies that the same genetics and character traits that are reflected in the parents will be present in the children.  There is validity to this saying. When you remember that example is the greatest teacher a child can have...

Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications

November 7, 2014
Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications LONDON, England -- Cable and Wireless Communications PLC (CWC) has reached a conditional agreement to acquire Columbus International Inc., a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Columbus provides digital cable television, broadband Internet...

Letter: Once upon a crime in St Vincent and the Grenadines

November 6, 2014
Letter: Once upon a crime in St Vincent and the Grenadines Please, US government, we need help in SVG, we are being drowned in the spittle of nasty left wing corruption. Please! Please take note of the following. Perverting the course of justice in English Law, Canadian, Hong Kong, and Irish Law, is a criminal offence in which a person prevents justice...

ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU

November 5, 2014
ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The fiscal and debt positions of the governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is estimated to have improved for the year to September 2014 with declines in the primary and overall deficits of EC$71.8million and EC$17.8 million.

Letter: A wake up call for St Vincent and the Grenadines

November 5, 2014
Letter: A wake up call for St Vincent and the Grenadines The following message was given by me on Cross Country Radio (CCR) St Vincent and the Grenadines in 2006, and I believe that it is just as relevant now as it was in 2006. Since the airing of this message many of the things predicted have come to pass. St Vincent and the Grenadines, we are celebrating...

Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act IV

November 3, 2014
Letter: SVG's Comedy of Errors - Act IV In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the comedy of errors takes on the blame game under the Unity Labour Party (ULP) government. Farmers were told by the ULP that they would bring back bananas to their glory days. Subsequently, they were told agriculture is dead and a thing of the past.

Letter: Who is responsible for the crimes in SVG?

November 3, 2014
Letter: Who is responsible for the crimes in SVG? If you ask a member of the No Direction Party (NDP) this question, he or she will angrily shout out, "The ULP" -- meaning the Unity Labour Party, which is headed by Dr Ralph Gonsalves. The NDP blames the ULP government for everything, even the rain when it falls, so crime is no exception.

Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens

November 1, 2014
Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) citizens no longer need a visitor’s driving permit to drive motor vehicles in Saint Lucia. The House of Assembly has authorized the implementation of a non-visitor driving permit for citizens of OECS member states in Saint Lucia.

Letter: Education confusion: A revolution that did not revolve

November 1, 2014
Letter: Education confusion: A revolution that did not revolve For 13-plus years, Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves and his Unity Labour Party (ULP) government have been chest-beating about the Education Revolution. They took the OECS education mandate and sold it to the Vincentian community as if it was their idea and creation. This behaviour is just another...

Letter to WICB president from St Vincent prime minister

October 31, 2014
I have been following carefully in the public media the current travails of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and West Indies cricket consequent upon the peremptory and premature termination of the West Indies cricketing tour of India. I have read the Media Release of the recent Board Meeting...

ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management

October 30, 2014
ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir K Dwight Venner has rejected allegations contained in an unsigned letter circulated a month ago, accusing management of the bank of being autocratic. Venner, who was participating in a recent...

LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat

October 30, 2014
LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional air carrier LIAT has boosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s campaign to reduce the threat and minimize the impact of Ebola on member states and the wider region. The Caribbean airline offered complimentary seats to...

Commentary: The declaration of independence: Did it transcend time, people and place?

October 30, 2014
Commentary: The declaration of independence: Did it transcend time, people and place? Every October 27, the big question surfaces – how far have we come? According to history, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) declared independence on October 27, 1979 – a 35-year journey that has brought us nowhere. The nation came into being from oppressive British dictatorship...

Letter: What chance of a coup in St Vincent and the Grenadines anytime soon?

October 30, 2014
Letter: What chance of a coup in St Vincent and the Grenadines anytime soon? Let’s get one thing straight, the Bailey bridges are a ULP election propaganda project. Why on earth would we need a ceremony to celebrate the start of installing three temporary bridges, why? Because that is what they are: temporary, bolt together structures, they are not meant to be permanent.

OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team

October 29, 2014
OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A "SWAT" (special weapons and tactics) team is being considered in order to respond swiftly to any suspected case of Ebola in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region should the need arise. This was one of the proactive approaches outlined by...

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