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Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday

September 28, 2016
Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday indicated that a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados does not yet have a closed surface circulation. However, the system is producing winds to near tropical storm force and...

Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary

September 28, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A recent statement by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s chief justice that attempts are being made to influence the courts shows that the judiciary is on guard against the practice, according to attorney David Dorsett. “Having made that announcement...

Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN

September 28, 2016
Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN NEW YORK, USA -- Taiwan said it has taken note of the deafening silence on the part of some of its Caribbean and Latin American diplomatic allies at the United Nations regarding its open bid to play a higher role in international affairs. This was observed by Taiwanese media observing...

Commentary: The ruler of darkness: From deity to disgrace

September 27, 2016
Commentary: The ruler of darkness: From deity to disgrace Under the auspice of darkness, Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven times in a row. However, today is not so much about the ‘stripped’ rider, but to link this confounded debacle to the weak and infamous slogan – “four-inna-row”, scribbled by an inept government, headed by an...

Letter: Police behaving badly in St Vincent and the Grenadines

September 27, 2016
Letter: Police behaving badly in St Vincent and the Grenadines Police act badly. The public loses confidence in police. Police behave worse. The public’s trust in police drops to an all-time low. It’s a dangerous, vicious cycle. Police need to understand if whilst they are anywhere in public or not in public, within their own home even they should act with...

Caribbean leaders warn of region's economic collapse

September 26, 2016
Caribbean leaders warn of region's economic collapse NEW YORK, USA -- Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that, along with climate change and lingering indebtedness, Caribbean islands face another existential threat from the withdrawal by global banks of...

UN Human Rights Council adopts outcomes of review of St Vincent and the Grenadines

September 24, 2016
UN Human Rights Council adopts outcomes of review of St Vincent and the Grenadines GENEVA, Switzerland -- The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday morning adopted the universal periodic review outcomes of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Cenio Lewis, high commissioner of SVG to the United Kingdom, noted that the government had accepted...

Letter: Is Douglas Defreitas guilty or not guilty?

September 24, 2016
Letter: Is Douglas Defreitas guilty or not guilty? Ralph Gonsalves has spent all of his adult life trying to hold St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and Vincentians, SVG’s citizens hostage. His plans matured in the year 2000, when he appealed to the greed, the lust for power and the overwhelming desire for personal elevation of many...

Letter: CEO discloses reason for Argyle airport delays: Ignorance and unqualified

September 23, 2016
Letter: CEO discloses reason for Argyle airport delays: Ignorance and unqualified Beware of the faux pas; they return with power to demoralize. At long last, the IADC’s CEO, Rudy Matthias, gave the reason, roundaboutish, for his cortege of failed completion dates. When he was interviewed by iWitness News about the rusting fence, the facetious CEO replied...

Commentary: Leadership

September 21, 2016
Commentary: Leadership Throughout history much has been spoken and written about what it means to be a leader. There are different types of leadership styles which include autocratic, democratic, strategic, transformational, transactional, cross-cultural, facilitative and laissez-faire among others.

Letter: The Great Argyle Land Swindle

September 21, 2016
Letter: The Great Argyle Land Swindle Can a government be a crook? No, but those that administer it can be; those that work for it can be. Those that support a known crooked administration can perhaps themselves at the very least stand accused by the citizenry of aiding and abetting crooked and/or conspiratorial activity.

Glasgow hosts Fair Trade nations

September 20, 2016
Glasgow hosts Fair Trade nations GLASGOW, Scotland -- Fair Trade fever hit Glasgow last weekend when Fair Traders from across the world gathered on Friday, 9 September, at Robertson House and Saturday, 10 September, at Glasgow Caledonian University to hear how Scotland achieved Fair Trade Nation status.

Four CARICOM leaders at NAM summit in Venezuela

September 19, 2016
Four CARICOM leaders at NAM summit in Venezuela MARGARITA ISLAND, Venezuela -- Only four Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders were among the kings, presidents and prime ministers of the 120-member Non Aligned Movement (NAM), which started its two-day summit in Margarita Island, Venezuela on Saturday.

Letter: Argyle Airport: The new and old crisis

September 19, 2016
Letter: Argyle Airport: The new and old crisis Remember some weeks ago when I told you about sitting on the rocks at Argyle. Well I was there surveying the ground pollution deposited from the tarmac plant and the machine and plant yard, workshop and plant and machinery graveyard. But I was really there because the previous...

Letter: Vincentian woman discards newborn baby in latrine

September 17, 2016
Letter: Vincentian woman discards newborn baby in latrine On September 14, 2016, a video of members of a Vincentian community that retrieved a newborn baby from a latrine, where the mother had discarded it, went viral on social media. Many individuals are calling the mother wicked. Some said that the she denied her pregnancy continuously.

Letter: No tribute to Luzette King

September 16, 2016
Letter: No tribute to Luzette King Brenton Smith’s outrageous “A tribute to Luzette King” cannot go unchallenged. According to Ms Smith: “Luzette, to me, is a very courageous woman who holds steadfast in what she believes. She is very knowledgeable on a wide range of issues.” To me, Ms King is no more than...

Commentary: Respect the legacy of the deceased

September 14, 2016
Commentary: Respect the legacy of the deceased Prime Minister Gonsalves announced on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, that negotiations are well on the way with Canadian investors to build hotel and cabanas at Mount Wynne/Peters Hope. Moneys have already been deposited and final arrangements will be made soon. To sell Mt Wynne...

Letter: City lessons for Argyle International Airport

September 13, 2016
Letter: City lessons for Argyle International Airport Bermuda is an isolated British Overseas Territory in the North Atlantic Ocean 1,070 km (665 mi) southeast of North Carolina, USA, and 1,578 km (981 mi) north of Puerto Rico. The capital city is the charming city of Hamilton. Given its geographical location, the “high season” is between...

Letter: Are Christians who support Ralph Gonsalves abandoning their faith?

September 12, 2016
Letter: Are Christians who support Ralph Gonsalves abandoning their faith? The popularity of Ralph Gonsalves among self-identified Christians must lead national figures in Vincentian Christianity to question whether large swaths of the church even know what their faith teaches, and how it applies to public and political life. The split is between a subset of Christians...

Letter: Tribute to Luzette King

September 10, 2016
Letter: Tribute to Luzette King I would like to take this opportunity to pay a very special tribute to a woman whom I have been observing for the past few years. This person is none other than Luzette King of St Vincent and the Grenadines. My first personal contact with her was a couple years ago when I was a guest...

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

UK-based organisation pays medical bill for St Vincent toddler

September 8, 2016
UK-based organisation pays medical bill for St Vincent toddler LONDON, England -- Ariella Alexander from St Vincent and the Grenadines suffers with a condition known as steroid resistant nephrotic syndrome, which causes the kidneys to leak large amounts of protein into the urine. Ariella, who is one half of a set of twins, was in desperate need of...

Letter: Britain was Great before they joined Europe and they will be Great again outside Europe

September 6, 2016
Letter: Britain was Great before they joined Europe and they will be Great again outside Europe The British joining the EU did no good turn to the Commonwealth members. They were told they would have a bigger market in which to sell their goods. But it destroyed some of those Commonwealth producers who traditionally supplied the UK. Before Britain joined the European Union...

Letter: 'If I come, you will build it': Lessons from the Maldives for Argyle International Airport

September 2, 2016
Letter: 'If I come, you will build it': Lessons from the Maldives for Argyle International Airport The construction of Argyle International Airport (AIA) in the tiny and barely known Eastern Caribbean nation-state of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) was grounded in the following prediction by our prime minister, the Honourable Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, in his “historic” speech at the Methodist Church...

Letter: Searchlight opens its mouth and put its two feet in

August 31, 2016
Letter: Searchlight opens its mouth and put its two feet in The NDP’s foreign policy, as we all know by now, has changed its economic interest from Taiwan to China. The equation to that kind of relationship is as universal as it is simple; the outcomes are not. We want what we can get from Taiwan; Taiwan wants what they can get from us.

Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states

August 30, 2016
Concern over Brexit in vulnerable Commonwealth states LONDON, England -- Key industries in some Commonwealth nations could take massive hits if appropriate steps aren’t taken following the UK’s departure from the EU. The forecast over so-called Brexit comes from policy experts’ analysis in two new research papers published by the...

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