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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...

Letter: Foolish words about Argyle International Airport

August 26, 2016
Letter: Foolish words about Argyle International Airport The August 19, 2016, The Vincentian newspaper’s lead editorial on the never-ending construction of Argyle International Airport (AIA) left me dumbfounded. How could the writer(s) be so naïve and ill-informed as to produce such an insipid piece of writing? Clearly, the lead editor must have...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Letter: Time to kill Douglas Defreitas and Nice Radio off for good

August 24, 2016
Letter: Time to kill Douglas Defreitas and Nice Radio off for good For years now they have tried their hardest to destroy Douglas Defreitas and Nice Radio. They have regarded him as a political thorn in their side for years. They have despised his free speech and exposés that he talks openly about. Douglas has always clung to his Christian faith and...

Letter: Deputy Dawg

August 23, 2016
Letter: Deputy Dawg St Vincent and the Grenadines has no constitutional provision for a deputy prime minister or even an acting prime minister. The constitution is quite clear on that. There is not a provision for deputy prime minister or an acting prime minister either. There is only provision for the governor...

Commentary: The church and politics

August 22, 2016
Commentary: The church and politics The churches in the Caribbean and especially those in St Vincent and the Grenadines have a very important role to play in shaping and molding our society. As a predominantly Christian society, we depend on the guiding principles of the pastors, preachers and deacons to steer us in...

Letter: If Andy Borowitz were a Vincentian, he could well be in the pokey

August 20, 2016
Letter: If Andy Borowitz were a Vincentian, he could well be in the pokey Andy Borowitz writes for the online edition of The New Yorker magazine. Read one of his columns below (they are all like this one) and tell me what you think would become of him with the tentacles of the Cybercrime Bill, if, with a Vincentian passport around his neck, still living in...

West Indies territories benefit from hosting age group tournaments

August 20, 2016
West Indies territories benefit from hosting age group tournaments ST JOHN’S, Antigua - Just about six months after the West Indies under-19 team won its first World Championship in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a fresh round of preparation has begun with age group tournaments.  So far from July – August the under-15, under-17 and under-19...

An open letter to the chairman of the Select/Cyber Crime Bill Review Committee

August 19, 2016
I respectfully write to you as a patriotic Vincentian as it relates to the Cyber Crime Bill 2016 that was tabled in the house of Parliament a few weeks ago. I have access that piece of legislation and from my layman’s review of the aforementioned piecec of legislation...

Commentary: Arhim Eustace: The honourable man!

August 18, 2016
Commentary: Arhim Eustace: The honourable man! Arhim Eustace is a living testimony of ethics, morals and intellect! For political mileage, and although he has demonstrated otherwise, many of his opponents and their supporters alike have concocted fallacious stories in an effort to discredit Eustace’s ability to run the affairs of St Vincent...

Letter: SVG, wake up!

August 18, 2016
Letter: SVG, wake up! Back in the day at the now defunct Wesley Hall Primary School (aka Kingstown Methodist School), Mr Rose aka ‘De Man Age’ would have put two straps across the back of this wolf in sheep’s clothing who uses the pseudonym ‘Reginald Vinciman Wright’ and say to him, “Wake Up!”

Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects

August 17, 2016
Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentians are benefitting from a modernized juvenile justice system and are better equipped to adapt to climate change as a result of two major projects supported by the US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

'Shabby treatment' of Sammy unacceptable, says St Vincent PM

August 13, 2016
'Shabby treatment' of Sammy unacceptable, says St Vincent PM KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, has written to the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) over what he described as its “shabby treatment” of cricketer Darren Sammy. Sammy was removed recently as captain and player...

Letter: I challenge the credibility of Anesia Baptiste's article

August 11, 2016
Letter: I challenge the credibility of Anesia Baptiste's article I read with interest the article by Anesia Baptiste, the leader of the Democratic Republican Party, which was published by your paper on 26 July, 2016, entitled: Clause 16 of the Cybercrime Bill 2016 must be removed. Although I try to follow the young inexperienced politician’s line of reasoning...

Letter: A response to Peter Binose or fishing for punishment from Ralph

August 10, 2016
Letter: A response to Peter Binose or fishing for punishment from Ralph This response is to Mr Binose: “What’s the latest on the HSBC Swiss bank account, PM Gonsalves?” One of many. Aside from seeming impatient and a wee bit expectatious (don’t look it up) it is clear that you do not learn from experience. Everything takes time, lad, especially such complex...

St Vincent and the Grenadines draft law would allow prison for defamation online

August 9, 2016
St Vincent and the Grenadines draft law would allow prison for defamation online NEW YORK, USA -- Lawmakers in St Vincent and the Grenadines should amend or scrap a draft cybercrime law that would allow for prison sentences of up to two years for defamation, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said on Monday. Legislators are expected to consider the draft on Thursday.

Letter: Should we be dealing with the United Arab Emirates?

August 9, 2016
Letter: Should we be dealing with the United Arab Emirates? I read the heading ‘UAE delegation to visit SVG’ then I looked at what the press has to say about them. The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Ajman, Fujairah, and Umm al-Qaiwain. The federation was formed...

ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected

August 8, 2016
ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.

Letter: SVG, how emancipated are we?

August 4, 2016
Letter: SVG, how emancipated are we? In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the so-called progressive intellectuals have lobotomized common sense. They have instituted a “revolution” in unemancipated thinking! With August 1st being Emancipation Day in SVG, or as it is commonly called “August Monday Bank Holiday”.

Letter: Is it time to list SVG's leaders in the RSF Predators Gallery?

August 2, 2016
Letter: Is it time to list SVG's leaders in the RSF Predators Gallery? Is it time to list SVG’s ULP leaders and the ruling family dynasty members in the RSF Predators Gallery? According to Reporters Without Borders, the RSF, the Internet has become both a popular place for exercising the right to free speech and an essential vehicle for circulating...

Commentary: A deplorable SVG: Pharaoh, his clueless magicians and the malleable minority

August 1, 2016
Commentary: A deplorable SVG: Pharaoh, his clueless magicians and the malleable minority A serious dose of lawlessness and blight is presently invading St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG).  Consequently, a thick cloud of darkness is hovering over the land; making it impossible to see progress anywhere – whether in the agriculture and tourism sectors, infrastructural and social...

Letter: PM Ralph Gonsalves slapped down twice in one week

July 30, 2016
Letter: PM Ralph Gonsalves slapped down twice in one week The Reporters Without Borders RSF wrote a letter to PM Dr Ralph E Gonsalves and also to MP and minister for information [his eldest son] Camillio Gonsalves. The contents of that damning letter cloaked in niceties were made public by a press release. The press statement has since gone viral.

Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is an economic fool and so is Camillo - Part 2

July 29, 2016
Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is an economic fool and so is Camillo - Part 2 In part one of the letter titled “Ralph Gonsalves is an economic fool and so is Camillo”, I was in the process of justifying my claim as it is outlined in the title. I have pointed out that there is a major difference between: an enterprise and an investment in a country as it relates to small economy...

St Vincent PM called on to amend cybercrime bill

July 28, 2016
St Vincent PM called on to amend cybercrime bill WASHINGTON, USA -- International press freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Wednesday called for the revision of several clauses in a cybercrime bill currently being debated in parliament in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) that it described as extremely damaging...

CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in...

Letter: Is Ralph using a messenger and the internet to threaten people?

July 27, 2016
Letter: Is Ralph using a messenger and the internet to threaten people? “GT” is a pseudonym. Aye, but for whom? What is the purpose of the Cybercrime Bill? The purpose of the Cybercrime Bill is to stifle unfavourable opinion of Ralph and the government. There is no loftier intention involved. If there were, scum like the cowardly nom de plume, hiding behind “GT”...

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