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Caribbean islands recover from devastating rains

December 9, 2016
Caribbean islands recover from devastating rains PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A tropical disturbance, caused by a trough of low pressure, provoked severe weather conditions in several Central-Eastern Caribbean islands recently. Thundershowers and torrential rainfall began on November 28, 2016, and continued well into the end of the month.

Commentary: How should we deal with communist Castro?

December 7, 2016
Commentary: How should we deal with communist Castro? There is something very “Machu Picchian” (in the contemporary sense of the term) about the death of colonialism in SVG. It has been a quarter century and more since the dawn of October 79, yet many of its useless relics remain on the mountain tops of Vincentian mentality, ruins adored and...

Letter: Dear Comrade Fidel was no friend of world peace

December 7, 2016
Letter: Dear Comrade Fidel was no friend of world peace “You, my dear comrade, embodied humanity’s struggle for a free, dignified life; a life free from exploitation, a life full of love” (The Vincentian newspaper, Friday, December 2, 2016). This is the first sentence of a staff commentary titled “Dear Fidel" in the oldest weekly in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Letter: Questions on the Dragon deal

December 7, 2016
Letter: Questions on the Dragon deal After all the dancing and the prancing in Caracas, we still know precious little about the gas agreement that was signed by Prime Minister Rowley and President Maduro on Monday. What do we know? At the post-Cabinet news conference on Thursday, Rowley said that he was going to “sign...

Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities

December 6, 2016
Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities LONDON, England -- Governments could be hit by huge unexpected pay-outs if steps are not taken to manage hidden liabilities in unfunded pensions, loan guarantees, disaster relief and other contingencies. This is the stark warning in a recent Commonwealth report, offering countries...

Letter: Are SVG government ministers becoming rich from road construction and repairs?

December 6, 2016
Letter: Are SVG government ministers becoming rich from road construction and repairs? Recently, I was exposed to some very interesting information that made me say, “What the hell.” As a result I took the opportunity to conduct more in-depth research for myself on the science of road construction. With my newly accumulated knowledge on the science of road construction...

Letter: SVG's Aspirational International Airport (AIA)

December 5, 2016
Letter: SVG's Aspirational International Airport (AIA) Just over two months ago, I had to get to St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) to pay my last respects to my grandma who passed away several weeks short of her 95th birthday. As arrangements were being made to fly back to SVG, I remember Vincitroll’s claim that the Argyle International...

UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding

December 3, 2016
UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding LONDON, England -- Just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations of profligate spending, a new UK government report has warned that the Commonwealth Secretariat...

Rainy week in Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage

December 3, 2016
Rainy week in Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CEDEMA), through its national disaster coordinators on the ground, has provided this summary of conditions in affected member states during this week’s tropical disturbance, which brought heavy...

Letter: Mount Coke or a mountain of cocaine? Ask Ralph

December 3, 2016
Letter: Mount Coke or a mountain of cocaine? Ask Ralph Mount Coke, as most Vincentians know, is on the hill adjacent to Argyle, with its lovely little church, now short of a few worshippers after the government pulled their houses down and stole their land to build the airport. I wrote a series of articles regarding smuggling cocaine through...

Commentary: Comic view in St Vincent and the Grenadines: Come get your laughs on!

December 2, 2016
Commentary: Comic view in St Vincent and the Grenadines: Come get your laughs on! Politics in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is no laughing matter! However, if you are a Vincentian living at home or one who delves into the hot-button issues of political events in SVG and witnessing the frequent atrocious and cringe-worthy political moments, which border on absurdity...

Letter: Debunking 'Fidel Castro's mark on the world'

December 2, 2016
Letter: Debunking 'Fidel Castro's mark on the world' The obsequious op-ed by R. T. Luke V. Browne, a ruling Unity Labour Party senator in the St Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) government, lionizing the dictatorial rule of Fidel Castro cannot go unanswered. No one can deny that the corrupt, undemocratic, and repressive...

Torrential rains hit the Caribbean

December 1, 2016
Torrential rains hit the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Torrential rains and flooding hit several Caribbean islands this week, bringing some relief to a drought in the region so severe that Suriname is considering exporting its water to hard-hit islands by towing it in giant bags made from PVC-coated fabric.

Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here'

December 1, 2016
Commentary: It is not 'where do we go from here' but 'what do we do from here' Our Garifuna people were forcefully removed from their homeland in 1796 to Roatan in the Bay Islands, now a part of Honduras, where they arrived on April 12, 1797. The living conditions on this island were not satisfactory to them, which led to the voluntary migration of our people to Belize.

Commentary: Grenada stands tall!

December 1, 2016
Commentary: Grenada stands tall! From my first day of representing St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) at international meetings, I was terribly disappointed at the performance of the entire English-speaking Caribbean! Some of what I have observed and which continues is so dastardly that I will not recall them here.

Commentary: Fidel Castro's mark on the world

November 30, 2016
Commentary: Fidel Castro's mark on the world My first public undertaking as a young graduate of the University of the West Indies was a lecture series in 2008 that began with a presentation on Fidel Castro. By then, Fidel had already relinquished leadership in Cuba and was firmly established as the most iconic revolutionary leader.

St Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora mapping project launched in the UK

November 29, 2016
St Vincent and the Grenadines Diaspora mapping project launched in the UK LONDON, England -- The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) through the Regional Integration and Diaspora Unit (RIDU) is conducting a Diaspora mapping exercise funded by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) through the IOM Development Fund.

Letter: Why St Vincent Island has so few tourists

November 26, 2016
Letter: Why St Vincent Island has so few tourists The 20,000 stay-over tourists who visited St Vincent Island (SVI) in 2015 (see essay number 33 below) accounted for 0.07 percent of the total of nearly 29 million foreign holidayers who visited the Caribbean last year. This works out to one Vincentian tourist for every 14,350 Caribbean tourists.

Commentary: Ottley Hall Shipyard - a symptom of labour market problems

November 24, 2016
Commentary: Ottley Hall Shipyard - a symptom of labour market problems The current problem at the Ottley Hall Shipyard in St Vincent and the Grenadines appears to be a situation wherein the management of the company needs to be held accountable to its employees by a strong, impartial government agency. In the absence of a ministry of labour to...

Commentary: Animal Farm comes full circle

November 23, 2016
Commentary: Animal Farm comes full circle It seems the ULP government policy is assassination of the character, indeed the very persona of anyone displaying anything but absolute reverence to their father, son and Holy Ghost development/ management prescription for St Vincent and the Grenadines. So their attack dogs...

Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean ST JOHN’S, Antigua (SKNIS) -- Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales touched down to a red carpet welcome on Sunday, November 20, at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua aboard a British Airways commercial flight as he began his 15-day royal visit of several Caribbean countries...

Letter: Four deaths in St Vincent

November 22, 2016
Letter: Four deaths in St Vincent It is with sadness that I learnt of the tragic events that took place in St Vincent on Monday, 14th November. I was informed by a friend from St Vincent, who introduced me to an online news service where I would receive more information. Before I go any further, I would like to express my condolences...

OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment

November 19, 2016
OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The November 14-17 Brazilian-OECS Business and Parliamentary Mission to Saint Lucia and the OECS has ended with several projects identified for follow-up by business interests in Brazil and Saint Lucia – and the rest of the OECS. While there, the Brazilian businesses...

Letter: 'He who is silent is taken to agree'

November 19, 2016
Letter: 'He who is silent is taken to agree' Three weeks ago, I wrote a piece that appeared in iWitness News and Caribbean News Now (CNN), in which I pointedly accused the St Vincent and the Grenadines prime minister of willfully deceiving the people. A very serious charge, indeed. Impeachable, I suggested. Cybercrime crimeable...

Letter: To the pretend PhD professor with a false name

November 15, 2016
Letter: To the pretend PhD professor with a false name If you, C. ben-David, think for one minute, my foul-mouthed little fraud, that like the other readers and writers I will let you walk away without offering an apology to me you can think again. The pretence of being a university professor and holding a PhD degree and using someone else’s name...

Letter: The Argyle Airport road has collapsed again

November 14, 2016
Letter: The Argyle Airport road has collapsed again About a month ago I started inspecting the section of road that has now collapsed and it was very obvious that sooner or later it would do just that, and it has. Here is a photo taken on November 4, 2016, before the final slip. It was then at a critical stage because the land slip was then right up...

Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era

November 11, 2016
Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean and Latin America are lapping-up the results of the most controversial US presidential election ever, which served-up what the world had been told was the most tasteless or distasteful candidate as the one Americans liked most.  But long before his surprise...

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