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Commentary: Impact of US travel ban on Caribbean nations

February 24, 2017
Commentary: Impact of US travel ban on Caribbean nations On 28th January 2017, I travelled from London to the United States of America through J.F. Kennedy International airport en route to St Vincent and the Grenadines, my final destination. Upon arrival at JFK, I noticed a lot of law enforcement officers on the inner part of the airport. I came to the conclusion that...

Letter: The flight at the airport at Argyle - an international flight or deception?

February 22, 2017
Letter: The flight at the airport at Argyle - an international flight or deception? When I wrote the article titled: After the hullabaloo at the Argyle International Airport – then what? I said: “Unfortunately for the wolf-criers, no reputable airline will ever land an aircraft owned by them that bears their company’s name and that is being operated by a crew that is within their employ...

Letter: The print media's take on the opening of Argyle International Airport

February 17, 2017
Letter: The print media's take on the opening of Argyle International Airport The February 14, 2017, (Valentine’s Day) opening of Argyle International Airport (AIA) featuring the arrival of the same regional carriers that have always served E. T. Joshua International Airport at Arnos Vale, St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), plus up to four charters from New York...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Letter: Why Roraima Airways? Lessons for Argyle airport

February 13, 2017
Letter: Why Roraima Airways? Lessons for Argyle airport Self-declared “Captain” Gerald “Gerry” Gouveia is the owner Roraima Airways, a tiny regional charter company flying out of Guyana with five small aircraft totaling 59 seats, with ambitions to make St Vincent Island (SVI) a Caribbean airline hub. To highlight this wish, he says he will use his ties...

Letter: Not all Argyle airport critics are 'internet crazies'

February 10, 2017
Letter: Not all Argyle airport critics are 'internet crazies' As one of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ harshest critics of the need for Argyle International Airport (AIA), I wish to completely and unequivocally disassociate myself from a tiny Vincentian cabal of “Ralph-haters,” surely worthy of the prime minister’s “Internet crazies” label, who for years...

Letter: State sponsored red excursion!

February 8, 2017
Letter: State sponsored red excursion! In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) when people criticize the Argyle International Airport (AIA) project, members of the Unity Labour Party (ULP) get upset. Come February 14, 2017, we may well see the State Sponsored Red Excursion to SVG, as part of the “Labour Love” holiday on Valentine’s Day.

OECS engages citizens on key development issues

February 7, 2017
OECS engages citizens on key development issues CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region, and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people. The public education forum series, dubbed Vini Koze...

Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks

February 4, 2017
Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy Antoine is continuing to push for the amalgamation of local banks in the OECS sub-region. He spoke to the issue recently in Dominica, and again returned to the subject in Anguilla.

OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean

February 3, 2017
OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean. That’s one of the findings of a Survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States...

Letter: At last they have found a quality airline to fly to Argyle from JFK

February 1, 2017
Letter: At last they have found a quality airline to fly to Argyle from JFK Dynamic Airways has been in operation for many years now and has established itself as one of the top airlines flying the South American routes. Flying ultra modern aircraft with whisper engine technology. Dynamic Airways was established by Dynamic Aviation in 2010, its first aircraft...

Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale

January 31, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale MIAMI, USA -- In the latest revelation in the rapidly unfolding saga of diplomatic passports allegedly sold by the government of Dominica to questionable individuals, a new report on Monday provided another insight into the practice, which has been denied by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

Letter: Our Hobson's choice

January 31, 2017
Letter: Our Hobson's choice You know the saying about the “shitty end of the stick”. Well, both of ours ends are. From Arnhim to Godwin is, as another saying goes, from the frying pan into the fire. After – and during – 11 years of the ULP squeezing and wringing dry every drop of juice, every plot of political subterfuge that they could...

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

Letter: What the world teaches Black Sands Resort and Villas

January 30, 2017
Letter: What the world teaches Black Sands Resort and Villas The recent decision by Pace Developments Inc., a mid-sized Toronto residential builder with little international experience, to finance a 275-room US$60 million complex on 36 acres of land at Peter’s Hope Bay on St Vincent Island (SVI) called Black Sands Resort and Villas is one the...

Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region

January 28, 2017
Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed about the possible negative impact that the latest diplomatic passport scandal in which Dominica has found itself embroiled can have on the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries. An Iranian man accused...

Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad

January 28, 2017
Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week convened a four-day training course in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to improve the ability of policymakers from eight Caribbean countries...

Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness

January 27, 2017
Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness LONDON, England -- Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organization.

Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme

January 25, 2017
Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A technology incubation programme that provides business support services for young entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti is open for applications. The Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the...

Letter: In ah hole

January 25, 2017
Letter: In ah hole When the Unity Labour Party (ULP) was in opposition they called for the minivan drivers to strike because of road conditions. The ‘Poorsah’, Cornelius Williams, highlighted in song the road conditions under their administration in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). Today, the road conditions...

Letter: Should we fear a terrorist attack more than the volcano at Argyle? Part 1

January 20, 2017
Letter: Should we fear a terrorist attack more than the volcano at Argyle? Part 1 Following Vinciman’s statement about Argyle Airport “Our greatest fear is La Soufriere volcano, and even so, we just go about our business as usual, like ... it doesn’t even exist.” -- a new statement has now been made about terrorism. Vinciman the ULP, government and family dynasty...

Letter: Cuba's tourism rollercoaster: Lessons for Argyle Airport

January 19, 2017
Letter: Cuba's tourism rollercoaster: Lessons for Argyle Airport Cuba is the best Caribbean example why it was economically foolhardy to build an international airport at Argyle without either a surge or steady increase in tourists flying here, combined with firm guarantees from developers to build hospitality facilities in response to this upswing or continuous growth.

Letter: Ah Wey Do Dem II

January 18, 2017
Letter: Ah Wey Do Dem II Cornelius ‘Poorsah’ Williams is one of the most prolific calypsonians in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). He gave us social commentary hits like, “Mouth in me momma”, “Jumbie Leggo”, “In ah Hole”, “Wild Cherry”, “Take your time”, and “Inside Job” to name a few. But wait! Haul and Pull up!

Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector

January 17, 2017
Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. This is according to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean...

Commentary: It's all about land

January 17, 2017
Commentary: It's all about land As 2016 breathed its last gasps of breath one might have expected that the New Year would be the one shining light at the end of the tunnel. That hope was soon dashed by what looms over the horizon for us in Anguilla. Already strapped by the results of a nonexistent economy, a government...

Letter: After the hullabaloo at the AIA opening - then what?

January 16, 2017
Letter: After the hullabaloo at the AIA opening - then what? The big news in St Vincent and the Grenadines is the wolf-criers have announced a new date for the opening of the Argyle International Airport. This official announcement has made it approximately ten or more times the wolf-criers have official announcements and dates for the...

Letter: When talking of Argyle, our greatest fear is La Soufriere Volcano

January 14, 2017
Letter: When talking of Argyle, our greatest fear is La Soufriere Volcano The Unity Labour Party, or/and the government, or/and the comrade, or/and the family dynasty employ a man to trawl the internet looking for comments about any of the foregoing names or entities. If those comments are damaging to the foregoing names or entities, even if true, this man will...

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