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LIAT pilots give management June 1 ultimatum to honour agreement

May 24, 2017
LIAT pilots give management June 1 ultimatum to honour agreement ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- According to a statement issued on Monday by the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA), its relationship with the airline is currently strained and has deteriorated to an all-time low and the pilots have given management a June 1 deadline to avoid further escalation.

OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting

May 23, 2017
OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- OECS ministers of foreign affairs concluded a successful meeting of the Council of Ministers - Foreign Affairs (COMFA) on May 17, 2017, in Barbados, under the chairmanship of Charles Fernandez, minister for foreign affairs, international trade and immigration...

New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop

May 23, 2017
New phase for hub and spokes trade initiative launched at Barbados workshop BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- An innovative trade initiative that is expanding opportunities for business, employment and prosperity in African, Caribbean and Pacific countries will be extended to February 2019. The hub and spokes programme is a joint initiative of the European Union...

Letter: We have met the debt reduction enemy and he is us

May 23, 2017
Letter: We have met the debt reduction enemy and he is us An elementary feature of the credible public policy analysis of economic development issues is the careful weighing of freely chosen local-level actions against those imposed by outside forces. In his May 5, 2017, weekly column where he described the adverse effects of unsustainable debts...

Open Letter: Dr Ralph Gonsalves 'Idea of Barbados' requires that a resolution be submitted!

May 19, 2017
This is an open letter from me as founder and chairman of the Non-State Actors Reparations Commission (NsARC). It is directed at people of African descent globally, in particular to Barbadians and other Caribbean nationals. The NsARC is seeking support in...

Letter: 'Impulse' is the new premeditated - Part 1

May 12, 2017
Letter: 'Impulse' is the new premeditated - Part 1 I see that the current gripe is about airport missing accountability, which made me yawn; until the polymath Steve Joachim made his entrance. If Steve is simply expressing an opinion and venting frustration, then, it is understandable. But if he is expecting some sort of something in the way of action...

Commentary: Anarchy in SVG: The dire need for an ethical, competent and citizen-oriented authority

May 10, 2017
Commentary: Anarchy in SVG: The dire need for an ethical, competent and citizen-oriented authority Too often, too many people are wondering! ’Does St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) have a government?’ This is not intended to be a political feud; rather, this journey stems from empathy and compassion for the people of SVG who are faced with horrid realities. Over the years I’ve taken the...

Commentary: All Garifuna must oppose the sale of Baliceaux

May 9, 2017
Commentary: All Garifuna must oppose the sale of Baliceaux Centuries before the Europeans and the British came to this part of the world our Garifuna people had their own nation by the name of “Yurumein”, now known as St Vincent and the Grenadines. We had a government that was headed by a paramount chief and other chiefs that had jurisdiction...

Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport

May 9, 2017
Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport There is no better evidence that Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the island of St. Vincent (SVI) will fail to meet its visitor expectations because there was no compelling reason, apart from electoral politics, for its construction than a side-by-side comparison of international tourism and allied...

Open Letter: St Vincent opposition leader writes to PM on the matter of accountability

May 8, 2017
I write concerning the important matter of public accountability, which was the subject of a media conference I held on Wednesday 19th April at Democrat House. At that event, I made clear the position of the Members of the Opposition and the New Democratic Party on the matter.

Air Canada adds new routes to Belize and St Vincent

May 4, 2017
Air Canada adds new routes to Belize and St Vincent MONTREAL, Canada -- Air Canada announced on Wednesday the continued expansion of its international network with the addition of new routes for the winter season, including Toronto-Belize and Toronto-St. Vincent (subject to government approval). "Air Canada is continuing its strategic, global...

Letter: St Vincent Island doesn't need any more hotel rooms

May 4, 2017
Letter: St Vincent Island doesn't need any more hotel rooms In a press conference on February 20, 2017, the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Honourable Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, again urged the private sector to invest in building more hotel capacity on the mainland (“I want to say to the hotels, please, get up and be activist”) now...

Letter: Who owns the IADC and the airport at Argyle?

May 3, 2017
Letter: Who owns the IADC and the airport at Argyle? When Dr Friday, the elected leader of the St Vincent and the Grenadines opposition informally asked Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves to give account to the people of St Vincent and the Grenadines of the accounts of the International Airport Development Company (IADC) spending of the more than...

Letter: The visible hand of Adam Smith at Argyle International Airport

May 2, 2017
Letter: The visible hand of Adam Smith at Argyle International Airport A recent media announcement by Caribbean Airlines (CAL) that it would be offering two regularly scheduled flights a week between the new Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the mainland of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and John F. Kennedy Airport (JFK) in New York City, beginning...

Country needs assessment missions held in nine OECS member states

April 29, 2017
Country needs assessment missions held in nine OECS member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In preparation for the implementation of country poverty assessments (CPAs) in member states, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission conducted nine country needs assessment (CNA) missions to determine eligible areas for targeted support.

Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS

April 28, 2017
Vexit: Venezuela to quit OAS WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the same day that a majority of member countries of the Organization of American States (OAS) approved a resolution to convene a meeting of ministers of foreign affairs of the region to consider the situation facing Venezuela, the South American country said...

Letter: Who did it! - The sudden murders of St Vincent bad men

April 28, 2017
Letter: Who did it! - The sudden murders of St Vincent bad men In 2015, an ex-police colleague that I worked with in the intelligence division at the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force brought something to my attention. He said: “it seems like someone have been killing the perceived bad men in St Vincent and the Grenadines.” At that time...

Letter: Going forward or moonwalking? Lessons for Argyle International Airport

April 24, 2017
Letter: Going forward or moonwalking? Lessons for Argyle International Airport An opinion piece titled “Going forward” in the March 24, 2017 edition of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) Searchlight newspaper, in which respected former senior civil servant, Christian I. Martin, a long-time advocate of big government, presented an argument for the need to enhance...

Letter: St Vincent's 2016 tourism numbers are nothing to brag about

April 21, 2017
Letter: St Vincent's 2016 tourism numbers are nothing to brag about The construction of Argyle International Airport (AIA), which began operating on February 14, 2017, was premised on a 2005 assertion made by the prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Honourable Dr Ralph E. Gonsalves, that “Our country’s tourism potential would not be fully...

PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030

April 20, 2017
PANCAP hosts youth meeting to discuss ending AIDS by 2030 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP) will host a meeting of youth leaders from 19 Caribbean countries on April 21 and 22, 2017 in Port of Spain, Trinidad. The focus of the forum will be a discussion on the role of youth in the national and...

Commentary: Tidbits: Arnos Vale Estate

April 20, 2017
Commentary: Tidbits: Arnos Vale Estate The founder of the West Indian Greatheed families was John Greatheed (d. 1739). He and his wife, Francis Greatheed, emigrated to St Kitts, purchased land from the Crown, bought slaves to work on their sugar plantation and, as a result, amassed a considerable fortune, which enabled them to buy...

ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean

April 18, 2017
ECLAC addresses the situation of persons with disabilities in the Caribbean PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- There are more than a million people in the Caribbean living with some form of disability and an estimated 250,000 who experience significant disabilities. With populations ageing and an increasing number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases...

Letter: I am the self-appointed opposition leader of SVG

April 17, 2017
Letter: I am the self-appointed opposition leader of SVG The hooray went up, the Canouan investors, after they were granted and have been granted government permission, which went over the head of the planning department. And without consultation with the residents of Canouan; the Canouan investors have completed and had a grand opening...

Caribbean Airlines begins service from Trinidad to St Vincent

April 14, 2017
Caribbean Airlines begins service from Trinidad to St Vincent PIARCO, Trinidad -- Caribbean Airlines has announced the introduction of service to Argyle International Airport, St Vincent, starting April 14, 2017. The flights will operate twice weekly, every Friday and Sunday between Trinidad and Tobago and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Caribbean Airlines is...

ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015

April 13, 2017
ECCU banking leaders tackle amendments to Banking Act 2015 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Legislators and bankers from across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) met in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday to discuss proposed amendments to the Banking Act 2015. The Act addresses the need for effective risk-focused supervision of...

UN decolonization committee to hold Caribbean regional seminar in St Vincent

April 10, 2017
UN decolonization committee to hold Caribbean regional seminar in St Vincent NEW YORK, USA -- The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonization decided on Thursday to hold its Caribbean regional seminar in St Vincent and the Grenadines from 16 to 18 May. Approving a set of guidelines and rules of procedure, the 29-member body -- known formally as the Special...

St Vincent and the Grenadines signs new open skies agreement with US

April 8, 2017
St Vincent and the Grenadines signs new open skies agreement with US BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A new open skies agreement between the United States and St Vincent and the Grenadines was signed on April 7, 2017, entering into force with immediate effect. This agreement replaces a more restrictive air transport agreement. The US embassy in Bridgetown...

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