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Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians?

May 24, 2016
Letter: That OAS report, a fraud on the minds of Vincentians? The OAS is very much like the SVG police complaints department – police investigating police in SVG just does not work and neither does the OAS, which is packed with like-minded representatives from the islands. That is why the OAS election report was so wishy washy. Despite the representatives observing...

Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase

May 23, 2016
Customer exit continues at Royal Bank of Canada after fee increase BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The exodus of customers from the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) in St Kitts continues. On Friday, customers intent on closing their accounts over an impending $25 monthly charge on accounts, filled the bank’s downtown location, the line extending outside.

Commentary: The code red!

May 23, 2016
Commentary: The code red! God spoke creation into being: He said, let there be light and the light appeared! In fact, God has inspired a doctrine – the Bible, which guides everyone along the right path, regardless of party, ethnicity, social status, religions, languages and the like. I never knew, through politics, a leader...

Letter: The contract and memorandum has more to do with slavery than air travel

May 17, 2016
Letter: The contract and memorandum has more to do with slavery than air travel What exactly did Ralph Gonsalves of the Madeira family, whose forebears first started the Atlantic slave trade, sign with the Qataris in Kingstown? Well it was not a contract for the Qatari airline to start flying into our Argyle airport. The people who signed are the Qatari Air Authority, not the airline.

Final report of OAS electoral mission to St Vincent reiterates concerns and achievements

May 16, 2016
Final report of OAS electoral mission to St Vincent reiterates concerns and achievements WASHINGTON, USA -- The electoral observation mission of the Organization of American States (OAS) that observed the general elections in St Vincent and the Grenadines on December 9, 2015, on Friday presented its final report to the electoral authorities and to OAS member states.

Letter: Why Qatar? Why St Vincent and the Grenadines?

May 16, 2016
Letter: Why Qatar? Why St Vincent and the Grenadines? The signing of an “air service agreement” on May 12, 2016 between the unknown and underdeveloped Eastern Caribbean country of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and the well known and super-rich Persian Gulf country of Qatar is certainly bound to raise a lot of eyebrows.

St Vincent and the Grenadines signs signs air services agreement with Qatar

May 14, 2016
St Vincent and the Grenadines signs signs air services agreement with Qatar KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- On Thursday, St Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves signed an air services agreement with Mohammed Faleh Alhajri of the Qatar Civil Aviation Authority in a brief ceremony. Alhajri was accompanied to St Vincent by...

Letter: SVG, the ULP's internet troll on parade!

May 14, 2016
Letter: SVG, the ULP's internet troll on parade! In St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), the Unity Labour Party’s (ULP’s) internet troll masquerading behind the pseudonym Reggie (Vinciman) Wright is on parade. Unlike the internet troll, I do not use pseudonyms! I am man enough to put my real name to anything I penned.

Venezuelan government denies funding left-wing party in Spain through St Vincent bank

May 13, 2016
Venezuelan government denies funding left-wing party in Spain through St Vincent bank KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- In a statement on Thursday, the Venezuelan embassy in St Vincent and the Grenadines denounced as a forgery a payment order purporting to show that $272,325 had been transferred on March 11, 2014, to Euro Pacific Bank Limited in Kingstown, for the benefit of...

OECS council of foreign ministers meets in St Vincent

May 13, 2016
OECS council of foreign ministers meets in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers (Foreign Affairs) was convened in St Vincent and the Grenadines on May 8, 2016, under the chairmanship of that country’s minister for foreign affairs.

Letter: Argyle International Airport should be among the 'Wonders of the Modern World'!

May 13, 2016
Letter: Argyle International Airport should be among the 'Wonders of the Modern World'! When word of the construction of an International Airport on mainland St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) was first announced, many Vincentians saw this as a welcoming need and a long overdue necessity. In the past various sites were proposed and looked into by the Milton Cato...

Payment from Venezuela through St Vincent bank raises questions

May 12, 2016
Payment from Venezuela through St Vincent bank raises questions KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- A Spanish media report that the Venezuela government has been secretly sending money to fund a left wing political party in Spain through an offshore bank based in St Vincent and the Grenadines has been denied by the bank in question but affirmed by the newspaper.

Commentary: Party-identity politics: A damning indictment of the government's record

May 10, 2016
Commentary: Party-identity politics: A damning indictment of the government's record Vincentian society is now motivated by party-identity politics tribalism! This movement has created enormous economic setbacks; and consequently, Ralph Gonsalves is now scraping the bottom of the barrel in his attempts to keep up with the needs and demands of his troops.

Letter: Did Maduro fund the Spanish left wing via a Vincentian bank?

May 10, 2016
Letter: Did Maduro fund the Spanish left wing via a Vincentian bank? According to the Venezuelan news agency “El Nacional News”, Maduro has been what I describe as money laundering through a Vincentian offshore bank, the Euro Pacific Bank, and secretly sending money to fund a left wing political party in Spain via that bank which is located in...

Commentary: Canouan: A paradise lost

May 9, 2016
Commentary: Canouan: A paradise lost The call from Vin Samuel to join the debate: Balancing the interests of foreign investors against the national interest of SVG has caused me to focus on Canouan. Canouan, a 1,800 acre island in the St Vincent Grenadines, is reputed to have one of the longest barrier reefs in the world.

Letter: SVG: NDP (New Democratic Party) hypocrisy in action and plenty of foul air!

May 6, 2016
Letter: SVG: NDP (New Democratic Party) hypocrisy in action and plenty of foul air! Lenford O’Garro in his usual hypocritical fashion came here talking about “SVG, plenty of hot air and hypocrisy”. SVG? He doesn’t say ULP, plenty of hot air and hypocrisy in Lenford’s style as expected, but chooses SVG (St Vincent and the Grenadines) instead. What has SVG done to deserve this?

OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

May 5, 2016
OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and...

Vincy soca artiste recording in Belfast

May 5, 2016
Vincy soca artiste recording in Belfast BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Rising Vincentian soca star Adonis “Major Dan” Browne from Lowmans Windward is currently recording at Cloud 9 Studios, Central Productions in Belfast. Major Dan is also working with top producer Lester "Mack" Irona of 4th Dimension Production in St Vincent.

Letter: Vincentian bananas may become extinct

May 5, 2016
Letter: Vincentian bananas may become extinct Our bananas are still infested with Moko disease [Bacterial wilt] and Black Sigatoka [black leaf streak]. There can be no doubt that there are even scarier things out there to be aware of. Moko disease is caused by a bacterium, Ralstonia (Pseudomonas) solanacearum (Race 2) which had...

Suriname and St Vincent and the Grenadines human rights records to be reviewed

May 3, 2016
Suriname and St Vincent and the Grenadines human rights records to be reviewed GENEVA, Switzerland -- The human rights records of both Suriname and St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) were due to be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Monday. Suriname and SVG are two of the...

Commentary: Balancing the interests of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG - Part 2

May 2, 2016
Commentary: Balancing the interests of foreign investors against the national interests of SVG - Part 2 There is no shortage of disincentives to stymie the lives of ordinary Vincentians. Kingstown is taken over by Syrians and Chinese retailers who are happy to take consumer money in exchange for inferior goods while treating them as inferior beings and thieves. The lawyers are running amok.

The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival

April 30, 2016
The Caribbean's 'Disappearing People' renew claim for rights and survival BELIZE CITY, Belize -- In many Caribbean lands, they now exist only in history books, having moved, been killed off or exiled when conquering Europeans came in the 16th and 17th century. In Belize, Guyana, Suriname, Dominica, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and...

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

Letter: Land reform: SVG is for Vincy and our guests

April 29, 2016
Letter: Land reform: SVG is for Vincy and our guests There is no changing the geographic realities of St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), which are: 1. St Vincent and the Grenadines is a very small country with limited amount of land space. 2. St Vincent and the Grenadines has no exportable natural, industrial and other minerals...

Letter: Vincentians need to analyze and stop emotionalizing information

April 28, 2016
Letter: Vincentians need to analyze and stop emotionalizing information Adolph Hitler is credited with the saying, “If you tell a big enough lie and tell it frequently enough, it will be believed.” Some spokespersons for the St Vincent and the Grenadines New Democratic Party (NDP) have perfected this Hitler approach so effectively that Vincentians now seem...

Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT

April 27, 2016
Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Dominica’s prime minister has indicated that the island’s tourism officials are expected to engage with LIAT to address Roseau’s concerns about alleged poor service by the regional airline. A letter written to LIAT by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit...

Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest

April 27, 2016
Caribbean nationals star in Belfast production of Shakespeare's Tempest BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- To mark the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare's death (April 23), Terra Nova Productions has re-imagined Shakespeare’s final play, The Tempest, as part of the global celebration, with Caribbean nationals from St Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and...

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