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Letter: A fish spoils from its head down

September 17, 2014
Letter: A fish spoils from its head down The old folk-proverb "a fish spoils from its head down" makes a lot of practical sense. This is so for the simple reason the head houses the central component of the central nervous system (CNS): the brain, which controls most of the body's functions and systems.  We must also remember that...

Letter: Get ready for a November election in St Vincent and the Grenadines! But which November?

September 16, 2014
Letter: Get ready for a November election in St Vincent and the Grenadines! But which November? Predicting elections is a fool’s errand, as difficult and unpredictable as trying to time the movement of financial markets or pronouncing on what the weather will be like six months from now. But let me play the half-fool by reducing the odds of being wrong. I do so by offering two dates for the next election.

Commentary: Garifuna organizations must devise a plan to deal with discrimination

September 15, 2014
Commentary: Garifuna organizations must devise a plan to deal with discrimination Ever since it was reported that there was discrimination taking place against Ms Uwahnie Martinez, an employee of FirstCaribbean Bank International, for speaking her Garifuna language, the Garifuna people in Belize and in the Diaspora have been outraged. Why? Because in the countries of...

Letter: The ULP SVG government teef song

September 13, 2014
Letter: The ULP SVG government teef song We've teefed everywhere, man We've teefed everywhere, man Teefed without a care, man Teefed the island bare, man We've teefed the ministries fair, man Of teefing we've had our share, man We've teefed everything, comrade We've teefed in: Adelphi, Arnos Vale, Ashton, Barrouallie...

Letter: SVG's 21st century back to the land campaign

September 12, 2014
Letter: SVG's 21st century back to the land campaign Reading the Caribbean News Now site these days, one rightly wonders: is there any topic we can all agree on and which would also show the advantages that can benefit all SVG nationals? Or those in the OECS, or CARICOM for that matter? I considered this to be a worthwhile national challenge.

Commentary: Propaganda narrative of economic development: The enduring Vincentian crisis of deception

September 11, 2014
Commentary: Propaganda narrative of economic development: The enduring Vincentian crisis of deception St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) downward spiral is frighteningly steep! Every government prates about its various grandiose infrastructural plans that will be the envy of the other political party and the reform of the country’s status quo for years to come, but in reality these are fake and empty promises.

Letter: Lenford O'Garro, how you sly (lie) so!

September 11, 2014
Letter: Lenford O'Garro, how you sly (lie) so! Some folks oppose just for the sake of… “Right to oppose”! Even if they going to look stupid like Lenford O’Garro and some of these clowns on spring break from the Internet Crazy Circus (ICC) come to town and running amuck in/on SVG. They’re about to pull us down by clowning around.

Caribbean students head to the United States for studies

September 9, 2014
Caribbean students head to the United States for studies BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States has announced the final two members of the 2014 slate of Fulbright and Humphrey Fellows for this academic year. St Lucian Halim Ernest and Grenadian Keane Mark...

Letter: Vinciman not 'Fo Real'!

September 9, 2014
Letter: Vinciman not 'Fo Real'! In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), we have some people who would go to all ends to defend the current government and its leader. One such person who recently popped up is so-called “Vinciman”. I responded to Vinciman’s comments on the article by Ken Richards entitled St Vincent senator...

Commentary: The Garifuna people's patience has run out on racism

September 6, 2014
Commentary: The Garifuna people's patience has run out on racism If some people were to know the history of the Garifuna people they would just leave them alone. Who are these people? These people are descendants of the native Kalinagu and Galinagu Indians who migrated from the Orinoco region in South America centuries before the Europeans explored...

Commentary: Historic Episode: Ralph's mathematical economic theorem of counting backward!

September 6, 2014
Commentary: Historic Episode: Ralph's mathematical economic theorem of counting backward! Once again, in his political boondoggle, Gonsalves has hit another home run – the home run of the fiscal year! According to independent sources, the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) owes EC$15 million to its National Insurance Services (NIS) to meet national outstanding bills.

St Vincent government minister raises concerns over same sex marriage

September 5, 2014
St Vincent government minister raises concerns over same sex marriage KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines minister for ecclesiastical affairs Maxwell Charles raised the issue of same sex marriage during a recent address. Speaking on the contentious subject, the Vincentian government minister told his audience that the same sex marriage issue...

Letter: The gloves are on

September 5, 2014
Letter: The gloves are on During exchanges between Mr Jomo Thomas and myself on a closed internet group site, the following words were posted by Mr Jomo Sanga Thomas: “I see nothing wrong with publishing the views of Mr Scott. His narrative is different than mine. He thinks that the Garifunas and enslave(s)d Africans...

St Vincent PM to address CARICOM Development Fund meeting

September 4, 2014
St Vincent PM to address CARICOM Development Fund meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, will be the featured speaker at the CARICOM Development Fund’s (CDF) fourth annual meeting of contributors and development partners to be held in Barbados on Thursday, September 18.

Letter: SVG's 2014 CXC results: Another commentary

September 4, 2014
Letter: SVG's 2014 CXC results: Another commentary Recently, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) education minister, Girlyn Miguel, and CXC's Charles Mayenga, senior assistant registrar, examinations administration and security division, gave an analysis and breakdown of our national performance at the 2014 external examinations.

Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa

September 3, 2014
Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa APIA, Samoa -- Over 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilience treaty that will significantly change...

Letter: A government knowing right from wrong

August 30, 2014
Letter: A government knowing right from wrong In St Vincent knowing right from wrong, as we grow up our parents try and teach us right from wrong, when we begin attending church we are taught right from wrong. As we go through life we constantly learn right from wrong. As we attend education from child to young adulthood, we learn...

Letter: As the Vincentian Diaspora sit on their hands

August 28, 2014
Letter: As the Vincentian Diaspora sit on their hands Whilst thinking about all those farmers who had their land taken from them six years ago, for the Argyle airport to be built on. All those farmers, about 60 in all, who in 2014 have still not been paid for their land. Farmers dying, unable to afford medical attention. Unable to properly afford to clothe and...

St Vincent senator says St Kitts-Nevis PM undermining legacy

August 27, 2014
St Vincent senator says St Kitts-Nevis PM undermining legacy BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- St Vincent and the Grenadines Opposition Senator Vynnette Frederick says St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Denzil Douglas should protect his legacy by ensuring that a 20-month old motion of no confidence is tabled and debated in the Parliament.

Letter: Gonsalves was appointed by God! But why?

August 27, 2014
Letter: Gonsalves was appointed by God! But why? It is no secret that Yahweh God is the one who worked it out for Ralph E. Gonsalves and his bunch of henchmen to be placed in a position of rulership over the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines. This is so because he (Yahweh) is the one that raises up government and takes them out of power.

Commentary: The NDP in SVG: Opening thoughts

August 25, 2014
Commentary: The NDP in SVG: Opening thoughts Given that an election in St Vincent and the Grenadines is not far distant and that the New Democratic Party (NDP) has convinced itself that it can win the upcoming election, many people will claim that this is not the time to be raising what will be perceived as negative matters about the party.

Letter: The latest IMF SVG report released 2014

August 25, 2014
Letter: The latest IMF SVG report released 2014 If Vincentians want to know the truth about just how bad we are doing, keep watching the IMF reports. IMF report published August 21, 2014, in relation to St Vincent and the Grenadines: 2012 Article IV Consultation Summary: KEY ISSUES Background: 1/ Activity is slowly recovering after a...

National insurance scheme on firm financial footing, says St Vincent PM as IMF concludes review

August 22, 2014
National insurance scheme on firm financial footing, says St Vincent PM as IMF concludes review KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has made it clear that the country’s National Insurance Services (NIS) is on a firm financial footing, as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) published the results of its most recent consultation.

Letter: Is it a mega Ponzi scheme?

August 22, 2014
The heart and soul is being ripped out of St Vincent and the Grenadines by a bunch of worthless politicians. When the next elections are over and the victors peak gingerly into the treasury funds they will find the cupboard is bare. Money squandered and wasted in the most atrocious ways.

CDB welcomes new regional insurance product

August 21, 2014
CDB welcomes new regional insurance product BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has welcomed the inception of an excess rainfall insurance package from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and also commended the countries in the region that have purchased a policy for 2014-15.

Commentary: Argyle International Airport: St Vincent and the Grenadines first 'amusement park'

August 21, 2014
Commentary: Argyle International Airport: St Vincent and the Grenadines first 'amusement park' For two elections now the Argyle international airport has been used as a prerequisite for votes! Each year voters and taxpayers alike have been promised a completed and fully operated international airport. To us, this is a never ending promise, which seemed distant – like a ship being driven by...

Letter: Thank you! Mr Prime Minister

August 20, 2014
In a private e-mail, I have thanked Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, for satisfying my right to a long overdue Vincentian passport. After eight months of frustration with the Vincentian bureaucracy, this event has unfolded so quickly that I am left...

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