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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...

Commentary: Ten-Point Reparations Plan: Not so flawed

August 19, 2014
Commentary: Ten-Point Reparations Plan: Not so flawed On August 5, 2014, I-Witness News presented an opinion piece entitled Ten-Point Reparations Plan Seriously Flawed, by Michael Dingwall. I found his thoughts very interesting but also not very positive or educative. I was concerned that his thinking might be representative of the many and that...

Letter: A master stroke or a gross liberty?

August 19, 2014
PM Gonsalves is known to love the term master stroke, his master strokes. Well here is his latest master stroke. The government owes the National Insurance Services (NIS) EC$15 million for contributions and cannot pay them. So he is presenting a resolution to parliament...

Vincentian MC officiates at Caribbean Week One Love Festival

August 14, 2014
Vincentian MC officiates at Caribbean Week One Love Festival BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Vincentian Yolande Robertson-Greene was the mistress of ceremonies as Belfast basked in Caribbean sunshine with the official launch at Belfast City Hall of ‘One Love Festival’ during Caribbean Week 2014. The main countries involved were St Vincent and the Grenadines...

Letter: Wrecking agriculture in SVG, and Saboto Caesar's amazing statements

August 14, 2014
Sunday morning on the way to church I was thinking about the current plight of our farmers in St Vincent and the Grenadines. It's my opinion, by my often being with them, that I have a special insight into their lives. The Vincentian farmers who were once able to generate wealth...

St Vincent PM rejects economic citizenship programme

August 13, 2014
St Vincent PM rejects economic citizenship programme KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, is adamant that his administration would not allow a citizenship by investment programme (CIP) in that country, described the initiative as superficially attractive and expressed doubt...

CXC to release 2014 results in St Vincent and the Grenadines

August 13, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines will host the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) annual release of results for the May/June examinations on Monday 18 August 2014. The event will be held at the Peace Memorial Hall in Kingstown.

Commentary: Bystanders to violent crimes: A Vincentian replicate of Caracas?

August 13, 2014
Commentary: Bystanders to violent crimes: A Vincentian replicate of Caracas? The crime situation in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is a new kind of horror emerging! All one has to do is to delve into muck of the present regime, listened to the headlines of the various media houses, the timelines on Facebook and the hashtags of Twitter. In my remote corner of the world...

Letter: Ralph Gonsalves and his double speaking

August 12, 2014
The following statement was reportedly made by Mr Ralph Gonsalves, prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines on August 4, 2014 as reported on I-Witness News. “There is no legislation, normally in the House that you need the support of the opposition...

ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba

August 11, 2014
ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The member countries of the a regional integration bloc, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), has rejected the most recently exposed subversive US program against Cuba, calling it an immoral project. In a communiqué released on Thursday...

Letter: Well I never did! Pants on fire!

August 11, 2014
In SVG, we have been lied to so much, lied so much about, until we all find it difficult to tell what is a lie and what is fact. In fact there has been an abandonment of fact in St Vincent and the Grenadines politics. The person to whom this refers is obvious, because the country...

Letter: Ralph E. Gonsalves is the only internet crazy I know

August 8, 2014
On Monday, 14th July, 2014, the insecure prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph E. Gonsalves, made a bold public statement in his capacity as head of government that made me smile and aided to further confirm my uncomplimentary opinion of him.

Commentary: Sabotage: Jomo's take on Hilary Beckles' speech

August 7, 2014
Commentary: Sabotage: Jomo's take on Hilary Beckles' speech My purpose, in this article, is to expose unacceptable behaviour by one leading official in the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Unless Jomo Thomas has been given permission by Mr Hilary Beckles to alter his speech and to use that altered document for nefarious political purposes.

Letter: Vincentians seeking their historical past

August 7, 2014
Researching family history can be quite challenging for African-Caribbean people because the dispossession caused by the slave trade means that ancestral links have been lost. Most Caribbean people have African ancestors. It has been estimated that more than 1.6 million people...

Caribbean Week 2014 and One Love Festival launched in Northern Ireland

August 6, 2014
Caribbean Week 2014 and One Love Festival launched in Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Caribbean Week is steadily becoming a significant and engaging regional tourism activity in Belfast, attracting participants with extensive media coverage. This year through the formation of the first Caribbean Festival / One Love Festival, the Belfast Festivals Forum has...

Letter: NDP's non-cooperation: A tactic to nowhere

August 6, 2014
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, at a very poorly-attended rally in Kingstown, following upon an even more-scantily supported protest march, the opposition New Democratic Party’s vice president, Mr St Clair Leacock, delivered himself of the following bit of nonsense:

IMF approves US$6.4 disbursement for St Vincent and the Grenadines

August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on Friday approved a disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 4.15 million (about US$6.4 million) for St Vincent and the Grenadines to be drawn equally from the Rapid Credit Facility (RCF) and...

Regional youth business training programme expands

August 4, 2014
Regional youth business training programme expands KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Training for the region’s at-risk youth continues to grow, with the launch of the creativity for employment and business (CEBO) programme in St Vincent and the Grenadines, July 21-26 2014. Targeting at-risk youth age 15-29, CEBO is a tool to engage, inspire and create...

Letter: Anatol Leopold Scott to Ralph Gonsalves

August 2, 2014
In twice publishing the following words Mr P Knight, Mr Party Knight, Mr Political Knight, (Mr Ralph Gonsalves), I think you have made a very BIG mistake: “Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under circumstances...

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean

August 1, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Bertha formed in the western Atlantic on Thursday night and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent.

Rare tiger shark found dead in Mustique waters

August 1, 2014
Rare tiger shark found dead in Mustique waters RUTLAND BAY, Mustique -- Sustainable Grenadines Inc. (SUSGREN) is trying to determine the cause of death of a large tiger shark which was found floating in Rutland Bay, part of the Mustique Marine Conservation Area in St Vincent and the Grenadines. A release from SUSGREN stated...

CARICOM continues consumer protection drive

August 1, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is forging ahead with promoting a rapid consumer protection alert system throughout CARICOM member states. The CARICOM rapid alert system on the exchange of information on dangerous...

Letter: Is the booing of Ralph Gonsalves a cry for change in SVG?

August 1, 2014
All of a sudden in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), some have become “Holier-Than-Thou,” about the booing of Prime Minister (PM) Ralph Gonsalves at Elwardo Gideon (EG) Lynch’s funeral. However, the legendary Reggae Man “Jimmy Cliff” says it best, “Hypocrites.”

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