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Letter: Vincentian agriculture minister must take radical steps to see initiative through

February 13, 2016
Letter: Vincentian agriculture minister must take radical steps to see initiative through A February 3, 2016, press release from St Vincent and the Grenadines Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar, pointed to the minister calling on his regional colleagues “to identify a commodity or commodities for consolidated supply to regional and international markets".

Letter: Positive evidence of election bribery in SVG

February 12, 2016
Letter: Positive evidence of election bribery in SVG The government decided to buy a shipment of building materials from Jamaica prior to the 2015 elections in SVG. Why did they buy it from a firm in Jamaica when they could have purchased exactly the same items from firms in St Vincent? Some of what they purchased was galvanized...

Letter: SVG, the case of the Constabulary vs Mr Pot - Part II

February 11, 2016
Letter: SVG, the case of the Constabulary vs Mr Pot - Part II We continue today with the case of the establishment [Mr Constable] versus Mr Pot in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). We are in the people’s parliament in the courtroom of the Honorable Judge Firestone. Court proceedings were suspended yesterday due to an outburst by Mr Constable.

Letter: Bequia Airport - a white elephant: A reply to Sir James Mitchell

February 9, 2016
Letter: Bequia Airport - a white elephant: A reply to Sir James Mitchell Sir James Mitchell’s essay, “Bequia Airport -- an essential lifeline with an even brighter future” just printed in the Searchlight newspaper in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) after being posted on an Internet news site, was written in response to a brief comment I made in one of my...

Letter: LIAT - Luggage In Another Terminal

February 8, 2016
Letter: LIAT - Luggage In Another Terminal I visited St Vincent for Christmas 2015 and had a nice holiday there with my family. Unfortunately, the end of our holiday in St Vincent wasn’t what we had expected concerning our luggage. When we got to Barbados all the passengers realized that they couldn’t get any of their luggage.

New ECCB governor focuses on key messages to serve the region better

February 6, 2016
New ECCB governor focuses on key messages to serve the region better BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- In order effectively and efficiently to serve countries within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), newly appointed governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, spelt out his priorities on Monday that would better assist...

Letter: SVG: The case of the Constabulary vs Mr Pot!

February 5, 2016
Letter: SVG: The case of the Constabulary vs Mr Pot! Sometimes I wonder if there is a strong case of comic relief in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Notwithstanding all of the shenanigans that have been going on with the protesters and the police, here is my take on the court proceedings if the police were to bring a case against the...

New ECCB governor outlines his vision to regional and local media

February 4, 2016
New ECCB governor outlines his vision to regional and local media BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Media practitioners from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) were given an opportunity on Monday to interact with the new governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine, as he outlined his new vision...

Letter: Argyle Airport amateur hour

February 4, 2016
Letter: Argyle Airport amateur hour “We have airlines who [sic] have already indicated their interest and none wants us to mention their names, because, obviously, they don’t want their competitors to know until quite late what they are engaged in,” Dr Gonsalves said at an Argyle International Airport (AIA) symposium.

CELAC adopts CARICOM call for reparations

February 3, 2016
CELAC adopts CARICOM call for reparations QUITO, Ecuador -- The Community of Latin and American States CELAC Parliamentary group has adopted the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) call for reparations for native genocide and the enslavement of African people in the Caribbean through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade.

St Vincent agriculture ministry calls on CARICOM to consolidate commodity supply

February 3, 2016
St Vincent agriculture ministry calls on CARICOM to consolidate commodity supply KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines minister of agriculture, Saboto Ceasar, has called on policymakers in Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states to identify a commodity or commodities for consolidated supply to regional and international markets.

Letter: Send in the tax inspectors

February 3, 2016
Letter: Send in the tax inspectors Recently I have met yet another person who has told me the story of how, after being rude to Ralph Gonsalves, three days later a group of income tax inspectors turned up and demanded to inspect all his books and business records for the last few years. I hope it is coincidence because...

St Vincent and the Grenadines minister of agriculture explains 2016 allocation for sector

February 2, 2016
St Vincent and the Grenadines minister of agriculture explains 2016 allocation for sector KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The ministry of agriculture, forestry, fisheries, and rural transformation has a critical and important role to play in the advancement and development of St Vincent and the Grenadines, the minister Saboto Caesar stated when he made his contribution to the 2016 budget...

Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

January 29, 2016
Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming...

Letter: Hypocrisy in SVG!

January 29, 2016
Letter: Hypocrisy in SVG! The quintessential icons of the art or science of hypocrisy are being played out in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) today. Do as I say, but don’t do as I do! Moreover, it surely seems to be a case of “Do so, don’t like so!” Such is life today in “Sin Vincent” or as some of my friends call it...

Letter: Is cocaine the real reason for St Vincent's Argyle International Airport?

January 28, 2016
Letter: Is cocaine the real reason for St Vincent's Argyle International Airport? Forget the tourists, there is something much more lucrative afoot. It is whispered that recently cocaine barons have injected US$400 million into a group within the Vincentian government for help with setting up an improved link into the US of South American cocaine. There are five areas of concern...

Open Letter from the Garifuna Nation and affiliated Garifuna organizations

January 27, 2016
The Garifuna Nation is an international Garifuna organization with Representatives from the countries of Saint Vincent & The Grenadines, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and the United States of America. The main purpose of this organization is to look after...

Letter: Farming, fishing, and foolish talk about Argyle International Airport

January 26, 2016
Letter: Farming, fishing, and foolish talk about Argyle International Airport In the Tuesday, January 19, 2016, edition of the Searchlight newspaper, Sabota Caesar, minister of agriculture, is said to have made a request in a press conference the day before, “…to persons in the diaspora, especially in North America, who are interested in trading in agricultural...

Grenada journalist arrested in St Vincent

January 25, 2016
Grenada journalist arrested in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Questions are being asked regionally and internationally after Grenadian journalist Hamlet Mark was taken into custody by police while covering a public protest by supporters of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP).

Letter: Can one head of cattle stampede?

January 25, 2016
Letter: Can one head of cattle stampede? Can one head of cattle stampede? Can one person be a crowd? Can one tree be a forest? Can one man be a revolution? Can one man be a government? Can one man frighten 110,000 citizens? According to some dictionaries, a stampede is uncontrolled concerted running as an act of mass...

Letter: Everyone should refrain from making incendiary statements

January 23, 2016
Letter: Everyone should refrain from making incendiary statements Since the election of December 9, 2015 in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Luzette King, an NDP supporter, who resides in the United States, has been spearheading protests in St Vincent for the government to surrender power. I have tried my hardest to stay out of this melee.

Letter: Stamping out political protest or demonstration in SVG

January 22, 2016
Letter: Stamping out political protest or demonstration in SVG According to Ralph Gonsalves, all singing all dancing [the Comrade Skank], the leader of the Unity Labour Party, an unacceptable political protest is any party other than his marching, sitting or standing outside a building, standing or marching on a footpath or on a public road within...

Letter: Lipstick on a pig

January 20, 2016
Letter: Lipstick on a pig Last week, there was a wrong-headed apology in this paper from LIAT’s CEO where he said, “I would like to extend my personal apology for the inconvenience many of you have been experiencing as a result of flight delays and or cancellations over the past few days.” Only now?

Letter: SVG is politically directionless

January 19, 2016
Letter: SVG is politically directionless Two recent statements made by GEM Saunders, CEO of CWSA, and Brent Bailey, chief engineer in the ministry of transport and works respectively, have left me politically bewildered. They have strengthened my resolve that this country needs new thinking, a new direction, which can only be...

Letter: Just a quick word for the SVG ruling family dynasty and Comrade Skank

January 16, 2016
Letter: Just a quick word for the SVG ruling family dynasty and Comrade Skank Ralph Gonsalves has been bragging that his ULP followers have renamed him ‘Comrade Skank’ and for some reason he thinks that is a nice term of endearment.  For those of you that are unfamiliar with the word ‘skank,’ according to online dictionaries this is the top definition for skank...

Letter: Eustace should accept defeat if he loves SVG

January 14, 2016
Letter: Eustace should accept defeat if he loves SVG Some Vincentians feel that Eustace and the NDP do not love SVG because they are protesting the results of the last elections. Yeah, that Eustace guy and supporters of the NDP must be raving mad. Why doesn’t he just accept a perpetual role as opposition leader, take his salary and go on...

Letter: Ask Peter

January 14, 2016
Letter: Ask Peter During our celebrations of that glorious win in the past elections by the ULP with some friends, the question came up alongside our discussions about what took place before and after the elections, and the name Peter Binose more than any other popped up from time to time, and I was often...

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