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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...

Letter: SVG, Coconut Bat or Desmodus Rotundus (Vampire Bat)?

July 14, 2014
A prominent politician in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) once described another politician as a “coconut bat.” I am wondering where this so described “coconut bat” is today? It is estimated that there are about 1,100 types of bats, but none is called a “coconut bat.”

Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 3

July 12, 2014
Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 3 The ideas of the Enlightenment, which first expressed themselves in the American Revolution, came back to haunt France in the French Revolution, from 1789 to 1795. Since members of the Garifuna were frequent visitors to Martinique and Guadeloupe (even educating some of their children there)...

Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 2

July 10, 2014
Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 2 In order for the second portion of Mr Thomas’s sentence to make sense, it should have been separated from the first part in the form of a new sentence. This sentence would then have read somewhat as follows: [Black African slaves were] captured and transported from Africa into what became known as...

Letter: Nothing lasts forever - Gonsalves must go now!

July 10, 2014
Nothing lasts forever; this saying is surely true, especially when it comes to everything human. For the simple fact, and according to the bible, man has an average lifespan of three score and ten years; when calculated this time period amount up to seventy years of living then an interaction...

Commentary: Gonsalves political missteps: The food security and agriculture debacle

July 9, 2014
Commentary: Gonsalves political missteps: The food security and agriculture debacle In my opinion, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is on the verge of economic collapse! Amongst many eco-political, environmental and social challenges, the agriculture sector in this country is in its worst state, from the death of its main export crop to just a minute production of dasheen and other corms.

Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 1

July 8, 2014
Commentary: Don't mess with history - Part 1 In a recent article, which appeared in The Vincentian newspaper, entitled “Debating European Genocide and Slavery” and, in celebration of the resolution that was debated in the National Assembly, Mr Jomo Thomas stated: On this historic day, I had the signaled honour of paying homage to our ancestors...

Letter: Is real freedom of the press in St Vincent being destroyed by Marxist stealth?

July 8, 2014
I personally believe that freedom of the press has been, or is being destroyed by this administration in several ways, I will give you just six. 1. One of the top regime members hires people to come on the internet and spread untrue stories, at the same time denying the truth that...

Letter: The issue of leadership competence in St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 5, 2014
Perhaps the most difficult and common problems faced by the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines these days is the issue of individual competence. It is individual competence since in the eyes of a majority of Vincentians, every significant decision made or shaped...

Letter: Will the Unity Labour Party galvanize their future once more prior to the next elections?

July 4, 2014
There is more than one way in which to use the word galvanize. But the commonest use is in describing the treatment of metal sheets. Hot-dip galvanization is a form of galvanization. It is the process of coating iron, steel or aluminium with a layer of zinc by immersing the metal in a bath of...

Petition to Thirty-Fifth CARICOM Conference

July 3, 2014
Cognizant of the Thirty-Fifth Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) which is being held in Antigua July 1-4, 2014, we, the Concerned Vincentians at Home and Abroad, bring this petition to your attention as incoming chair.

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