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Venezuela opposition avoiding meeting, says St Vincent PM

July 25, 2017
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.

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...

Letter: Lessons from Guyana for Argyle International Airport

July 10, 2017
Letter: Lessons from Guyana for Argyle International Airport If we want a preview of Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the mainland of SVG, for, “regular flights for the next tourist season, which is the November tourist season,” and many tourist seasons to come, there is no better place to look than Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA), the national airport...

Commentary: Election petitions in St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 8, 2017
Commentary: Election petitions in St Vincent and the Grenadines In 2015, before the elections were held in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Joseph Guerrero and myself were invited by Arnhim Eustace, then leader of the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), to conduct a reconnection tour with our Garifuna people in our homeland. While we were there...

CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit

July 6, 2017
CARICOM discord further exposed at Grenada summit ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Following the very public collapse of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member unity at last month’s Organization of American States summit in Mexico, the bloc’s disharmony was further exposed at the heads of government meeting currently taking place in Grenada.

St Vincent court allows opposition election petitions to proceed

July 5, 2017
St Vincent court allows opposition election petitions to proceed KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St Vincent and the Grenadines and its supporters rejoiced in the streets of Kingstown on Friday morning after High Court Justice Henry ruled in favour of allowing the hearing of two election petitions.

Letter: Gonsalves on Venezuela

July 4, 2017
Letter: Gonsalves on Venezuela Can anyone believe that Gonsalves said this? “We must resist the call to support intervention in Venezuela just because we are told that people are lining-up for food, or we may have to also justify and support similar action across the Caribbean, as people in all our territories also line-up for food at the...

St Vincent authorities will not prosecute three men in violent assault aboard visiting yacht

June 30, 2017
St Vincent authorities will not prosecute three men in violent assault aboard visiting yacht KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Authorities in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) will not prosecute three men (Forde/Hanson/Lewis) charged in a violent assault and robbery aboard a visiting yacht in the Tobago Cays in May 2016. The three originally charged but since released are no strangers to...

Letter: How St Vincent's tourist attractions stack up: Lessons for Argyle Airport

June 29, 2017
Letter: How St Vincent's tourist attractions stack up: Lessons for Argyle Airport In my last submission (see essay number 55 below), I argued that only a couple of the tourist attractions on St Vincent Island (SVI) come close to matching or exceeding those in nearby islands. But even these features pale to insignificance compared to the many outstanding eco- and mass-tourism...

Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit

June 23, 2017
Short-lived CARICOM unity collapses at OAS summit CANCUN, Mexico -- The unity displayed earlier by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries at the May 31 ‘meeting of consultation of ministers of foreign affairs’ of the 34-member Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington to discuss the situation in Venezuela, suffered a public collapse...

St Vincent PM meets with Cuban president

June 22, 2017
St Vincent PM meets with Cuban president HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- Cuban President Raul Castro met on Monday afternoon with the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines Dr Ralph Gonsalves, who was in Cuba on a working visit. During the meeting the two leaders noted the progress in bilateral relations and welcomed the recent...

St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy

June 21, 2017
St Vincent PM calls for regional condemnation of US reversal of Cuba policy VARADERO BEACH, Cuba -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has called on Caribbean governments and regional credit unions to loudly condemn US President Donald Trump’s reversal of recent positive advances in US-Cuba relations started by his...

IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 16, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 2, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 discussion on the common policies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in the context of the Article IV consultations with member countries. Favorable external...

Letter: St Vincent's mainland tourist attractions

June 12, 2017
Letter: St Vincent's mainland tourist attractions An international airport began operation on February 13-14 at Argyle, St Vincent Island (SVI), to encourage mass international tourism on the mainland based on the premise of prime minister, the Honourable Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, that: "Our country’s tourism potential would not be fully realised unless...

Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad

June 10, 2017
Phase II of Exercise Tradewinds 2017 set to begin in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Phase II of the international military exercise entitled Exercise Tradewinds 2017 will be conducted in Trinidad from June 13 – 17, 2017. Phase I is being held in Barbados from June 6 – 12, 2017. Tradewinds is a multi-national maritime security and disaster response...

Letter: Orwellian Party in SVG

June 9, 2017
Letter: Orwellian Party in SVG The Mighty Sparrow said “School Days were very Happy Days” and growing up in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), school days were very happy indeed. During High School days, I enjoyed the works of the English greats William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens, and Caribbean greats...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

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