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OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ

July 28, 2014
OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The recent announcement by the incoming chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, that he intends to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the ultimate legal body of all member states by the end of his tenure...

Letter: Ancestry - A follow-up

July 28, 2014
By the way, a belated thank you for your support and encouragement since I first appeared on this site. With regard to the “difficulties of our black brethren’s family history,” I agree with your comment but, unlike those who give up too easily, difficulties do not usually dissuade me.

Letter: Jerry George misinforms on booing at funeral service

July 28, 2014
Your news story dated Thursday July 24, 2014, under the bold caption: “St Vincent PM booed out of own constituency” is riddled with misinformation, misrepresentation, and falsehoods. Your reliance on a report from Jerry George, a well-known supporter of the opposition.

OECS Authority to convene its 59th meeting on Saturday in St Vincent

July 26, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The 59th meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority and the first of two official OECS heads of government meetings for 2014, will be held on Saturday in St Vincent and the Grenadines. A report on the initial sitting of the OECS Economic...

Letter: Prime Minister Gonsalves 'lynched' in church

July 26, 2014
Elwardo Lynch hated Ralph Gonsalves; some will say he didn't, I say he did. Gonsalves had destroyed Lynch's life. After he sued Elwardo several times, the man was never the same, his whole life and attitude changed. Elwardo had been kind to Gonsalves over the years.

St Vincent PM booed out of own constituency

July 25, 2014
St Vincent PM booed out of own constituency KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (WINN) -- St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves was booed and jeered in his own constituency, as he tried to pay tribute to a rival and former friend at a funeral service. Gonsalves was greeted with sustained booing for several minutes.

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later

July 25, 2014
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later CASTRIES, St Lucia – Thirty-three years after the signing of the Treaty of Basseterre establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Organisation reflects on its achievements in a series of articles of which this is part one. On June 18, 1981, seven OECS member states...

CDB to fund upgrade of highways and river defences in St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 25, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Two major arteries in the road network in St Vincent and the Grenadines are to be upgraded with a loan of US$9.046 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). The Bank’s board of directors approved the loan at a meeting on July 17, 2014.

Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states

July 25, 2014
Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The joint embassy of the Eastern Caribbean States representing Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines brought together a cross section of stakeholders from the Caribbean and across the EU in Brussels on 10 July 2014 at the Press Club Brussels.

Letter: The slumming of a city: A tribute to Ralph E. Gonsalves

July 25, 2014
In the mid 90, the James Mitchell's administration decided to take the needed actions to get the dense hamlets of vendors off the streets in the capital Kingstown. The reason being, the swarm of street vendors who had opened shop at various locations around the capital had transformed...

Letter: The cost of Argyle International Airport in St Vincent

July 24, 2014
Keeping in mind how out of control corruption is in SVG, my mind once more went to the new airport at Argyle, and that was days before an article appeared stating that, according to a partner in the project, it is now set to cost EC$1.6 billion. So I had taken a look at...

Letter: P Knight rebuffs Anatol Leopold Scott

July 23, 2014
The heading of Anatol Leopold Scott’s letter should read “Anatol vs. PKnight” (not that I accept anything from Anatol) and not… Guerrero vs. PKnight; why bring J. Guerrero into this unseemly fracas that Anatol Leopold Scott conjures up all by himself?

Vincentians unhappy with new cable service

July 22, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Since cable television company Flow started operations in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), local consumers are reportedly unhappy with a drastic change to the channel line-up offered, apparently without consultation or warning.

German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the German government are supporting the efforts of eight CARICOM member states to adapt the management of their natural resources and economies to the ever-pressing and far-reaching socio-economic and environmental...

Commentary: Cross purposes: Guerrero vs Pknight

July 22, 2014
Commentary: Cross purposes: Guerrero vs Pknight In his “Letter: Garinagu, reparations and CARICOM,” the main points of Mr Joseph Guerrero’s argument are quite clear: 1. The Garinagu in “Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and the United States .... were not consulted nor were they included in the reparations claim now underway”;

Letter: The prime minister, HIV and the Caribbean

July 22, 2014
The Caribbean is second in the world to Sub-Saharan Africa in the rate of HIV infection. The primary mode of transmission in the region is heterosexual intercourse with high risk groups to include men who have sex with men (MSM) and there is intersection between the two.

Letter: Looking back on Kaiso, politics and Hip, Hip, Who...!

July 22, 2014
With Carnival fever still in the air in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), I must say thanks to “Patches” for the constant reminder of the plight of Ms Michelle Andrews and Ms Margaret Parsons (Canadian of Vincentian heritage) in his song “Ring the Bell.”

Letter: Internet crazies should get themselves smoke detectors

July 21, 2014
Internet crazies should get themselves smoke detectors and breathing apparatus, because PM Gonsalves said he is going to smoke them out. Gonsalves, who as a young man was a news column crazy, some of our old folk even thought of him as a news columnist lunatic.

CDF press release causes stir over cost of new airport in St Vincent

July 19, 2014
CDF press release causes stir over cost of new airport in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- A press release on Monday from the Barbados-based CARICOM Development Fund (CDF), quoting CEO Lorne McDonnough as referring to the “US$600 million” [EC$1.6 billion] Argyle International Airport project in St Vincent and the Grenadines, has created...

St Vincent PM not pleased with new cable provider

July 17, 2014
St Vincent PM not pleased with new cable provider KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said he is not pleased with the situation where it appears that cable television company Flow did not give enough consideration to the needs of the people. During a press briefing earlier this week, the prime minister said...

Commentary: Our unknown ancestry

July 17, 2014
Commentary: Our unknown ancestry This is a list of names of Vincentian Plantation Owners in 1829 as provided by Charles Shepard in An Historical Account of the Island of Syet. Vincent. As anyone can see, the vast majority of names on this list are still commonplace in St Vincent and the Grenadines. I’ve taken the liberty of arranging the information...

Open letter to ECCB governor

July 17, 2014
I would like to bring to your attention a matter of grave and urgent concern to the financial welfare of Vincentians. This matter requires your immediate intervention as Governor of the ECCB (the sub-regional regulator of commercial banks). The foreign-owned commercial banks...

St Vincent PM pleased with CARICOM progress during his term as chairman

July 16, 2014
St Vincent PM pleased with CARICOM progress during his term as chairman BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A period of consolidation and progress, that’s how St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, describes his six-month stint as chairman of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) from January to June. “Consolidation on a range of matters related to...

Letter: Garinagu, reparations and CARICOM

July 16, 2014
On December 10, 2013, CARICOM released a statement regarding the pursuit of reparations from former colonial powers. In the statement, it stated that CARICOM member nations would each “set up national committees on reparations, to establish the moral, ethical and legal case...

Letter: A reparation apology to Barbados from St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 16, 2014
Shame is a word that is often used in expressing regret for some wrong; however, the word shame means: a feeling of guilt, regret, or sadness that you have, because you know you have done something wrong. It is also important to note that people can be ashamed because of association.

CDF wants new St Vincent airport solar lit and cooled

July 15, 2014
CDF wants new St Vincent airport solar lit and cooled BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Barbados-based CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) is promoting “greening” or environmentally friendly energy projects” in the region and, to this end, is striving to have the new multi-million dollar Argyle International Airport in St Vincent as a flagship for the initiative.

Letter: Hand held microwave weapons

July 15, 2014
My Cuban friends told me told me at the weekend that Cuba has been developing a handheld microwave weapon. A weapon that seriously damages eyesight, causes strokes, and fries the brain, giving the effect of senility to those who are targeted. It’s apparently for use during...

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