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Letter: Clause 16 of the Cybercrime Bill 2016 must be removed

July 26, 2016
Letter: Clause 16 of the Cybercrime Bill 2016 must be removed As leader of the Democratic Republican Party of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), I condemn and urge immediate removal of clause 16 of the Cybercrime Bill 2016, which was introduced into SVG’s House of Parliament in June 2016. The Bill, which is currently before a select committee...

Letter: Did the IMF drink the Comrade's Kool-Aid?

July 25, 2016
Letter: Did the IMF drink the Comrade's Kool-Aid? “Drinking the Kool-Aid" metaphorically refers to a person or group uncritically holding a doomed or dangerous belief, argument, or philosophy. The term comes from the behavior of over 900 mainly African-American men, women, and children who blindly followed Jim Jones’ ultra-socialist vision...

Letter: What's the latest on the HSBC Swiss bank account, PM Gonsalves?

July 23, 2016
Letter: What's the latest on the HSBC Swiss bank account, PM Gonsalves? I am asking PM Ralph Gonsalves for an update on the HSBC Swiss bank account with US$19 million in his name. Just in case readers have forgotten, two days before the general elections of December 9, 2015, in St Vincent, a document surfaced showing prime minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves...

US slaps down another regional PM

July 22, 2016
US slaps down another regional PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For the second time in two weeks, the US embassy in Bridgetown has explicitly refuted as untrue claims by regional prime ministers in relation to the deportation of criminals back to their respective countries of origin. In the latest press statement on Wednesday...

IMF concludes consultation with St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 21, 2016
IMF concludes consultation with St Vincent and the Grenadines WASHINGTON, USA -- On July 13, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2016 Article IV consultation with St Vincent and the Grenadines. St Vincent and the Grenadines’ recovery from the global financial crisis was hampered by a series of...

Letter: The Argyle Airport Prophecy: What the numbers say

July 20, 2016
Letter: The Argyle Airport Prophecy: What the numbers say In the next few instalments of my extended series on the Argyle International Airport (AIA) project, I examine what visitor arrival numbers in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) between 2001 and 2015, compiled from official arrival statistics kindly supplied to me by the SVG Tourism...

OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology

July 19, 2016
OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The 63rd meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was convened on the July 14, 2016, at the OECS Commission using video conferencing technology for the first time. The Authority welcomed Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister...

Letter: More spite and malice in St Vincent

July 19, 2016
Letter: More spite and malice in St Vincent Marcus De Freitas, Bigger Bigs, now Ann Joshua of Cobblestone Inn. Ann is the sister of Ken and Keith Boyea, cousins to Ralph Gonsalves, our self-proclaimed beloved, all loving, dutiful, kind and all loving prime minister. Like her brothers she is a hard working entrepreneur and runs...

Letter: Policing: A new era of racism

July 16, 2016
Letter: Policing: A new era of racism I am moved to write this letter following the news of two black men senselessly killed by the hands of police officers in the United States and the retaliation resulting in five police officers being killed. What is particularly disturbing is that one of these black men was killed as a result of...

Letter: Trailing the cocaine route through St Vincent and the Grenadines

July 12, 2016
Letter: Trailing the cocaine route through St Vincent and the Grenadines Remember how I once wrote about our Argyle airport being built to service the cocaine trade. On Sunday, November 8, 2015, a Cessna Citation 500 took off from one of the government-operated terminals at Simón Bolívar International Airport in Venezuela. On board were two pretend...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is an economic fool and so is Camillo

July 9, 2016
Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is an economic fool and so is Camillo It is no secret that Camillo Gonsalves is being groomed by his father, Ralph Gonsalves, the sitting and accused illegal prime minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, to take the leadership of the Unity Labour Party (ULP) and the governance of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved

July 7, 2016
Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A US$6.9 million fund supported 68 civil society organisations working across eight Caribbean countries to deliver results for increased protection and enhanced management of key biodiversity areas, mainstreamed biodiversity into development...

SIDS DOCK holds first executive council meeting in New York

July 6, 2016
SIDS DOCK holds first executive council meeting in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The SIDS DOCK executive council held its first meeting on Thursday, 16 June 2016, chaired by Dr Vince Henderson, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and permanent representative of Dominica to the United Nations. Other elected members...

Letter: The Cyber Crime Bill

July 6, 2016
Letter: The Cyber Crime Bill This letter is the kind of thing they want to gag with this legislation. I write this because of the prompt by the PM when he said the attorney general was a signatory on some PetroCaribe items. For those of you who do not know who the attorney general is, it’s Mrs Judith Jones- Morgan.

Forum on race, justice and reparations held in Belfast, Northern Ireland

July 5, 2016
Forum on race, justice and reparations held in Belfast, Northern Ireland BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- A two day forum with workshops bringing academics, historians, international law experts and distinguished guest speakers from across the UK and Ireland was held at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB), hosted by QUB’s School of Law Human Rights Centre.

Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean

June 30, 2016
Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean This past February, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported that several countries within the region had been issued immediate drought warnings by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados...

St Vincent and the Grenadines minister calls for greater collaboration among OECS members

June 29, 2016
St Vincent and the Grenadines minister calls for greater collaboration among OECS members KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The minister of agriculture of St Vincent and the Grenadines made a call in Parliament while congratulating the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) on reaching its 35th anniversary, “To remain united, organized and functional”.

Letter: The PetroCaribe and PDVSA accounts

June 29, 2016
Letter: The PetroCaribe and PDVSA accounts Sorry, Eustace, you cannot have the PetroCaribe or PDVSA accounts because you have not sworn allegiance to the Chavez revolution. PetroCaribe is part of PDV Caribe, which is wholly owned by Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA). Most of us thought it was the other way around.

Letter: Cyber Crime Bill 2

June 24, 2016
Letter: Cyber Crime Bill 2 It is said that the love of power is the beginning or the root of all evil; from world history we can all conclude that this is true. For history has given rise to many men who have loved power so much that they exploited and murdered their own people and, in some cases, they legislated their people...

Letter: The Great Education Revulsion

June 23, 2016
Letter: The Great Education Revulsion Has your child's future been stolen by the Unity Labour Party (ULP)? Questions are being asked on the streets and in family gatherings in St Vincent and the Grenadines about the Children's CPEA exam results. It’s no wonder as far as I am concerned that people are saying their...

Commentary: Chronic and transitory instability: Evidence from Egypt

June 22, 2016
Commentary: Chronic and transitory instability: Evidence from Egypt Like the majority of citizens, I am furiously disturbed! Not because of personal issues, but currently, Egypt is being plagued by political instability and stunted economic growth consumed by an apprehensive people who had championed change, and defeated by Pharaoh.

Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn't stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so

June 20, 2016
Letter: Immunity from prosecution doesn't stop the OAS giving evidence if it chooses to do so With regard to the SVG general election on December 9, 2015, the OAS representatives commented on irregularities at the Layou recount and mentioned so in their report on the elections. It cannot be right and it cannot be democratic to refuse to give evidence before a court of enquiry.

Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is a fool and the Cyber-Crime Bill is foolish

June 17, 2016
Letter: Ralph Gonsalves is a fool and the Cyber-Crime Bill is foolish A fool is defined as a person who acts unwisely or imprudently; on the other hand the word “ish” means: having the qualities or characteristics of. I hope that at the end of this discourse that you all, including you Ralph E. Gonsalves, will agree with me when I say that Ralph Gonsalves is...

St Vincent resort developer begins action against accountants in UK court

June 15, 2016
St Vincent resort developer begins action against accountants in UK court LONDON, England -- A court case cited by The Lawyer magazine as one of the most significant to come to trial in 2016 started on Tuesday in London, in which Harlequin, the developer of the Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent and the Grenadines, is suing UK accountants Wilkins Kennedy...

Speed guns, breathalysers in the works for St Vincent drivers

June 15, 2016
Speed guns, breathalysers in the works for St Vincent drivers KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Speed guns and breathalysers could soon be seen on the roads of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Members of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines police force are said to be eagerly awaiting the change in the law to make both devices legal. The amendments...

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