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July 20, 2018

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

110 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Another mural

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Jamaica To Invite Thai Boys, Coach On Free Vacation

Source: News 784 The Government will be inviting the 12 boys from a youth football team in Thailand and their coach who was recently rescued from a flooded cave to vacation in the island with all expenses paid. Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said he “couldn’t think of a more appropriate gesture for…

Two shot dead, 2 injured in 2 days in SVG

Source: iWitness News Police in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are investigating the shooting deaths of two men and the wounding of two other people in four incidents over a two-day period. Shortly before midnight Thursday, the homicide count for 2018 reached 12 with the shooting death of Marcus Sandy of Arnos Vale…

South African envoy urges SVG to defend Mandela’s legacy

Source: iWitness News The South Leeward Highway was, on Thursday, officially renamed the Nelson Mandela Highway during a ceremony in which the Xoliswa N. Ngwevela, high commissioner of South Africa to St. Vincent and the Grenadines warned against what she said was a growing narrative that the deceased freedom fighter was a “sell out”. The…

Short Course In Barbering Now Available

Source: News 784 The Division of Adult and Continuing Education Proudly presents a Barbering Short course from July 22nd – July 25, 2018. Interested persons can register at the Division’s main office on Grenville Street or can call 457-1504/457-2960 for more information. Limited space available!! Please come to learn a valuable skill that…

Trini leads cannabis expo

Source: News 784 (NEWSDAY) – Douglas Gordon, son of media mogul Ken Gordon, has been leading the way in promoting the cannabis market and creating networking opportunities for investors. In September, Gordon will host the third installment of CanEx Jamaica, where the keynote speakers will be former Mexican president Vicente Fox and former…

Kate And William Reportedly Vacationing In Mustique

Source: News 784 After a crazy few months—including a new baby, a royal wedding, a christening, and so much more—Prince William and Kate Middleton are reportedly vacationing in Mustique, according to Hello!. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis were spotted arriving in St. Lucia and then boarding…

Bequia Basketball reach significant milestone

Source: iWitness News Last Saturday, July 14, marked a milestone for sports in Bequia when the Vita Malt Bequia Basketball 20th Anniversary Tournament opened with 15 teams registered in three divisions of the 7-week competition which ends Sept. 2. The Opening Ceremony took place at the Clive Tannis Hard Court in Port Elizabeth, as Bequia once…

Body Found In Arnos Vale With Multiple Gunshot Wounds

Source: News 784 Updated @ 8.am To Reflect Changes To The Area Where Body Was Found The police are investigating the discovery of a body of a man found overnight in the Arnos Vale community. According to reports, the body was found in the area of Riffin Street with multiple gunshot wounds. News784…

EU-LAC relations: ‘Strong, deep, inalienable’

Source: iWitness News By HR/VP Federica Mogherini — the EU High Representative, on the occasion of the EU-CELAC ministerial meeting, July 16-17 in Brussels Strong, deep, inalienable: there are no better words to describe the relationship between the European Union and Latin America and the Caribbean. We saw it clearly once again on…

Bequia basketballers urged to shoot for NBA stardom

Source: iWitness News Minister of Sports, Cecil “Ces” McKie has encouraged Bequia basketballers to reach for the stars. He told last weekend’s opening ceremony of the Vita Malt Bequia Basketball 20th Anniversary Tournament that the players should try to emulate Vincentian NBA and WNBA stars, Adonal Foyle, Sophia Young and Sancho Lyttle. McKie…

Hello world!

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Commission against medical-marijuana-only decriminalisation

Source: iWitness News The CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana does not support the reform of marijuana law that focuses only on medical marijuana — as has been proposed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “A too limited approach to law reform, including one that focuses only on medical marijuana, would be counterproductive and…

Argyle airport withdraws charge against woman

Source: iWitness News The Argyle International Airport, on Tuesday, told the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court that it is no longer proceeding against the woman who was charged with damaging a glass and aluminum door at the facility, valued US$1,380. Timika Mc Lean, of Arnos Vale and Canada, reappeared in court on Tuesday, one day after she asked…

Drug Charges Against Hoyte Brothers Withdrawn

Source: News 784 Maxwell Hoyte who was arrested and charged along with his brother Glenroy Hoyte by the Police in Canouan on two separate charges for having in his possession approximately 1,250gms of ganga on September 10th, 2017. The brothers walked out of the Serious Offences Court on Monday, July 16th, 2018 after…

European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) – Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the EU and from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are meeting in Brussels on 16-17 July. In the margins of the 2nd EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers Meeting, Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, has signed three…

Tropical wave, trough system to affect St Vincent

Source: News 784 A tropical wave is forecast to move across the island chain around Wednesday generating cloudy conditions and some showers across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. An upper-level trough around this time period can also lend some support to this wave resulting in possible isolated thunderstorms. By Thursday afternoon, model guidance…

Barrouallie Fisherman Arrested For Unlawful Sex With 13yro

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Zeeran Ashton, 24 years Fisherman of Barrouallie for Unlawful Sexual Intercourse, on 16th July 2018 at 07:59 a.m. According to investigations, on 31st Jan 2017 and 01st March 2017 at Peters Hope Ashton had unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old Student of Spring Village, she being…

Store Clerk Arrested For Damaging Door At AIA

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Timika Mc Lean, 28 years old Store Clerk of Arnos Vale for Damage to Property, on 16th July 2018 at 04:50 p.m. According to investigations, on 15th July 2018 at 02:50 p.m. at the Argyle International Airport, Mc Lean for without lawful excuse damaged one (1)…

Unknown Gun Men Robs Men at Belair

Source: News 784 Police are investigating a report of Robbery made by Leon Forbes, 27 years old Self-Employed of Welcome and Johnathan Conliffe, 23 years old Logistic Clerk of Dauphine, on 16th July 2018 at 06:50 a.m. According to reports, on 15th July 2018 at 08:20 p.m. at Belair two (2) masked gunmen…

C’bean airports should drop departure, passenger taxes

Source: iWitness News By Cdr. Bud Slabbaert If an airport in the Caribbean wishes to be an international hub, or even a regional hub, it is probably well advised to drop departure taxes and other passenger taxes. Passenger taxation is “swamp taxation” because no one besides the receiver wants it, and it sucks.…

CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit trained

Source: iWitness News Bridgetown, Barbados — The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency Coordinating Unit (CDEMA CU) and the Regional Security System Headquarters (RSS HQ) convened a second training workshop of the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) to serve the region during the period August 2018 to July 2019. The training workshop is taking…

Applications Invited For The E.G. Lynch Memorial Scholarship

Source: News 784 Press Release  Applications are invited for the E.G. Lynch Memorial Scholarship. Applications must be accompanied by a copy of the CPEA results slip. Deadline for applications will be 31 July 2018. The EG Lynch Memorial Scholarship is offered to one successful student of the 2018 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA)…

Legionnaires’ Cases In NYC Rises To 18, Including 1 Dead

Source: News 784 (1010wins) – The number of Legionnaires’ Diseases cases in New York City has increased to 18, including one fatality, health officials said Tuesday. Seven people remain in the hospital, Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, Deputy Commissioner of Disease Control, said at a press conference. The deceased’s identity has not been released. The cases…

CARICOM commission recommends legalisation of weed

Source: iWitness News The CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana has recommended that marijuana be legalised and regulated, much like alcohol. “The analysis of the comprehensive information gathered indicates that the current legal regime for cannabis/marijuana, characterised as it is by prohibition and draconian criminal penalties, is ineffective, incongruous, obsolete and deeply unjust,” says…

‘Did you study English?’ lawyer asks college student

Source: iWitness News “But Vincentians don’t always speak the same,” Sakaina John, the Community College student who was injured during an altercation in Paul’s Avenue earlier this year responded. She was at the time being cross-examined by defence counsel Carlos James on Friday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s court. The lawyer is representing Chantea James, who…

St Vincent’s Prison Population Now Stands At 465

Source: News 784 This country’s prison population now stands at 465 inmates 22 of them being females and 26 of them being non-nationals. This was disclosed last Thursday, July 12th, by Superintendent of Prison Brenton Charles during a sitting to mark the conclusion of the High Court Criminal Session 2017/2018. According to a…

St Vincent To Observe World Day Against Trafficking

Source: News 784 St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join the global community in observing World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30th 2018. The observance of the day will be held under the theme “NOT FOR SALE”. In light of this, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit attached to the Royal St.…

Intruders shoot men in Diamond

Source: iWitness News Police are investigating a shooting incident at a home in Diamond, which resulted in two men being shot at about 8 p.m. last Friday. According to reports, three unknown men entered the home of Kenneth Barzie, 42, unemployed of Diamond, as trespassers with a shotgun. Kendy Falby, 23, of Stubbs and Leonard…

Yugge’s parents to be tried for attempted murder, arson

Source: iWitness News The parents of popular former model Yugge Farrell were on Monday committed to stand trial for attempted murder and arson, less than a week after they were discharged then re-arrested on the same charges. After a paper committal procedure at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown over which Chief Magistrate…

Woman leaves boyfriend with 16 stitches to his penis

Source: iWitness News Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett on Monday vacated a guilty plea by a woman who told the court she had accidentally inflicted the cut that left her boyfriend with 16 stitches to his penis. Sherika Chandler, 27, a food vendor, of Old Montrose was charged with wounding Adrian DaSilva, a 30-year-old programmer, of…

Vybz Kartel Appeal Takes On New Twist

Source: News 784 The metadata for one of the damning text messages which prosecutors used to convict top entertainers Vybz Kartel and Shawn Storm of murder was created six weeks before the victim’s death, one attorney has told the Appeal Court. Bianca Samuels, one of the attorneys for Shawn Storm, was referring to…

SVG to benefit from MOU signed between OECS Commission and ANOCES

Source: News 784 St Vincent and the Grenadines are among OECS countries that will benefit from an MOU signed between The OECS Commission and the Association of National Olympic Committees of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (ANOCES)  on Cooperation in the areas of sports and youth development. The ANOCES, a regional sports organisation…

ICE is rounding up green card holders

Source: News 784 (THE WEEK) -Deportation isn’t just for undocumented criminals, as President Trump has suggested. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has set its sights on lawful permanent residents who have committed minor crimes, some more than 20 years ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. These immigrants have green cards, but 15 were still scooped up in a…

Four officers celebrates 25 years in the Police Force

Source: News 784 Four (4) members of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police celebrated twenty five (25) years’ service in organization on Sunday July 15, 2018. The officers who have achieved this milestone are Inspector Junior Simmons, Head of the Public Relations and Complaints Department (PRCD) and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons…

Trinidad: Good Samaritan stabbed to death

Source: News 784 (T&T Express) – A Good Samaritan who tried to defend his relatives in an altercation outside a club in Debe was stabbed to death yesterday. Dillon “Rasta” Lucas, 31, intervened when he saw his wife’s cousin bleeding from stab wounds to the hand. Lucas was stabbed in the neck and chest…

NEMO TO HOST (EOC) MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE JULY 16 – 20, 2018

Source: News 784 The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) will host a five-day Sub-Regional Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Management Training course during the period 16t h – 20t h July, 2018 at the Paradise Beach Hotel Conference Room…

Foundation’s Caribbean Children’s Environmental Essay Competition

Source: News 784 Press Release Via NEWS784 On behalf of the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association, the Ministry of Tourism wishes to invite students to participate in the 2018 FCCA Foundation’s Caribbean Children’s Environmental Essay Competition. Participating students should submit one essay written in English, 500 words in length, on the following topic: “What cultural…

IN WHOSE INTEREST DO DEMAGOGUES WORK?

Source: News 784 The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official position of News784.Send all articles to newsroom@ news784.com. By Matthew Thomas A Demagogue is a popular leader or rabble-rouser who gains popularity by exploiting prejudice and ignorance among the common people.…

Cannabis Movement: ‘No excuse’ now for not reforming ganja laws

Source: News 784 St Lucia Times The Cannabis Movement of  Saint Lucia has welcomed the recent pronouncement by the CARICOM Regional Commission on Marijuana, that existing regional marijuana laws are draconian and carry inappropriate criminal penalties. Cannabis Movement Chairman, Andre ‘Pancho’ De Caires, told St Lucia Times that the position adopted by the CARICOM Regional…

Court stops gov’t from transferring worker

Source: iWitness News The Public Service Union (PSU) has persuaded the High Court to restrain the government from transferring a Union Island man from his job on that southern Grenadine island to an unspecified post in Kingstown. The hearing of the substantive matter has been slated for July 30. The PSU’s lawyers successfully argued…

Court reprimands woman for journalist death threat

Source: iWitness News The woman charged with threatening the life of a journalist in Kingstown last year was found guilty on Thursday, three weeks after her trial ended. Shanet Williams, of Layou, has become the second person to be convicted this year of a committing a crime against a journalist as a result of…

Trial begins for woman charged with stabbing college student

Source: iWitness News The trial of the young woman charged with splitting a Community College student’s lip with a knife in Kingstown on March 28, began on Friday, with the prosecution’s case painting a picture of an online fight over a young man escalating offline. According to the evidence presented so far, the person at…

Students among persons robbed at gunpoint

Source: iWitness News Three students were among a number of persons robbed at gunpoint in Richmond Hill on July 6, as the final weekend of carnival began. Police said they are investigating a series of robberies that occurred at Richmond Hill between 3 a.m. July 6 and 3:30 a.m. on July 07. The Police Public Relations Department…

France are world champions after beating Croatia 4-2

Source: News 784 Croatia entered their first ever final but France won the trophy for the second time. France teenage sensation Kylian Mbappé marks the 4th goal of a shot of 18 meters. The final score – 4-2. France last beat Brazil 3-0 in the final as hosts in 1998. WhatsApp Messenger Print Link:

Man fined for cocaine found in girlfriend’s crotch

Source: iWitness News A Prospect man was on Friday fined EC$12,000 for possession of 46 grammes of cocaine that police found in his girlfriend’s crotch. The fine was handed down on Shawn Garraway after he pleaded guilty to the charge before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias at the Serious Offences Court, in Kingstown. Garraway’s girlfriend, Tamara…

Yugge’s parents re-arrested, slapped with same charges

Source: iWitness News Two days after being discharged on attempted murder and arson charges because police misplaced evidence in the case, the parents of popular former model Yugge Farrell were, on Friday, back in court again charged with the same offences. On Wednesday at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias…

Brothers charged with shooting Layou man in mouth

Source: iWitness News The two Layou brothers who were the subject of a police wanted person bulletin have been charged with shooting a fellow resident of the Central Leeward town. As part of their bail conditions, Prosecutor Police Constable Corlene Samuel asked the Kingstown Magistrate’s court on Thursday to order the men to report periodically…

BARBADOS – “Prepare for more austerity” – IMF warns

Source: News 784 (CNS) – Barbadians have been warned to brace for more austerity. This warning from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) follows a  10-day visit to the island during which officials met with various stake holders. In a news release on Friday, the Washington based financial institution said the next phase of…

Haiti’s prime minister resigns amid fuel price hike fallout

Source: News 784 Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned Saturday amid widespread unrest following his failed attempt to increase fuel prices. Lafontant told Haiti’s Chamber of Deputies that he had sent President Jovenel Moise his resignation letter. The deputies had called on the prime minister to answer questions after riots erupted from…

Jamaica: Pastor warns of the dildo ‘DEMON’

Source: News 784 (JAMAICA STAR) – A pastor has issued a stern warning to Jamaicans who have got caught up using dildos and other toys for sexual pleasure. Apostle Andrew Scott of Greater Works International Fellowship said the use of dildos can attract demonic forces into homes. Scott told The STAR the use of…

Parents accused of beating, caging man with disabilities

Source: News 784 (AP) – The mother and stepfather of a 21-year-old man with a genetic disability that prevents him from speaking are accused of beating, binding and caging him. News outlets report 40-year-old Christina Boyles and 39-year-old Herbert Boyles, of Parkersburg, West Virginia, were arrested and charged Tuesday with abuse and neglect of…

Bequia basketball opens today

Source: iWitness News The Bequia Basketball Vita Malt 20th Anniversary Tournament is all set to open today (Saturday) at 6 p.m. at the Clive Tannis Hard Court in Port Elizabeth. Fifteen teams in three divisions are registered to compete in this event, the 20th consecutive summer of basketball on the island of Bequia,…

Vincentians Required To Provide Biometrics For Canadian Visa From Jan 2019

Source: News 784 Effective January 2019 Nationals of St. Vincent and the Grenadines applying for visitor’s visa, a study or work permit, temporary resident permit or persons applying for permanent residency, claiming refugee or asylum status, will be required to provide individual biometrics data (fingerprints and photo) to the Government of Canada. Biometrics…

Trinidadian, Vincentian Robbed Of Items At North River Road

Source: News 784 Police are investigating a series of robberies which occurred at North River Road, Kingstown, between 08:30 p.m. and 11:45 p.m. on 10th July 2018. According to reports, three (3) unknown named men being armed with a gun, robbed a number of items valued EC$1,057.00 and TT$2,300.00 from Jason Burnette, 43…

People of Determination

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Court rules Eustace defamed former secretary

Source: iWitness News The High Court ruled on Thursday that former opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace, defamed his former secretary, Rishatha Nicholls, in statements he made about her on radio on April 23 and 24, 2014, just under a year after firing her. Nicholls welcomed the decision of the court, telling iWitness News, “It is basic.…

USAID launches project to support regional NGOs  

Source: iWitness News The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has launched the Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) Project, which builds the capacity of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in critical sectors in 10 eastern and southern Caribbean countries. The project was launched in Guyana this month. The project is being implemented…

Fimba, SVG Players rule Mardi Gras (+Videos)

Source: iWitness News Ragga Soca Monarch 2018, Fimber “Fimba” Jardine captured the 2018 Road March title with his hugely popular “Funky Business”, while SVG Players International retained the band of the year title. The Carnival Development Corporation said on Wednesday that in the Road March competition, Fimba secured 49 points, just 3 points…

Emerging sex disease MG ‘could become next superbug’

Source: News 784 (BBC) – A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated…

2018 Brazil Scholarship Now Available

Source: News 784 The Embassy of Brazil has the pleasure to announce the eighth consecutive edition of the “Brazil Scholarship PAEC OAS-GCUB”.  The 2018 edition offers more than 500 scholarship opportunities to outstanding citizens of OAS Member States to pursue master’s or doctorate programs in Brazilian Universities. This Partnerships Program for Education and…

Guyana: Convicted child rapist gets another life sentence

Source: News 784 (INEWS GUYANA) – Plaisance, East Coast Demerara (ECD) child rapist, Sheldon Lynch, previously sentenced to two life sentences by the High Court was on Wednesday sentenced to a third life sentence by Justice Priya Sewnarine-Beharry. A 12-member jury came back with a unanimous guilty verdict on the charge against Lynch, who…

Over 540 arrested in China for online football gambling

Source: News 784 (AFP) — China has cracked down on online football gambling during the World Cup, arresting more than 540 suspected of participating in schemes involving more than US$1.5 billion, state media said. The suspects were “associated with more than 20 gangs”, and their servers, computers, mobile phones and bank cards were confiscated,…

Yugge’s parents freed after police misplace evidence

Source: iWitness News The parents of former model Yugge Farrell were, on Wednesday, discharged on attempted murder and arson charges. Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias made the decision after being informed by the prosecution that police officers are unable to locate the DVDs on which the electronic interviews with the accused were burnt. Senior Prosecutor Adolphus…

Woman jailed for obtaining SVG passport in dead sister’s name

Source: iWitness News A New Montrose woman has been jailed for obtaining a St. Vincent and the Grenadines passport in the name of her deceased sister. Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett handed down the sentences on Leolina Jack, 48, on Wednesday at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court. The magistrate rejected the woman’s plea to be allowed to…

Sound of cranking gun gives men away

Source: iWitness News A 51-year-old Diamonds man was, on Wednesday, jailed for four years for possession of an unlicensed 9mm firearm in Kingstown during the pre-dawn hours of Saturday morning — as the final weekend of carnival got underway. Dan Butler was jailed after pleading guilty to the charge, while his co-accused, Alwyn Theodore, 42, of Dickson,…

NDP statement on passing of former MP Yvonne Francis-Gibson

Source: iWitness News Yvonne Francis-Gibson gave birth to one child but was mother to many. She will go down in history as an extremely vocal champion and activist against the social and political challenges that faced Vincentian, regardless of their political, religious or social status. In 1981, as President of the SVG Teachers…

Gov’t to charge $250 for dialysis

Source: iWitness News The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will charge patients EC$250 each time they undergo haemodialysis at the Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre (MMDC) in Georgetown. The price represents half of what the private sector charges for the same service. Idinger Miller, deputy hospital administrator, Hospital Services, with responsibility…

Cuba And St Vincent Renew Their Cooperation In Health

Source: News 784 After almost two decades of successful collaboration in the field of health, Cuba and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are working on updating the bases of cooperation in this important area. Recently a significant number of Cuban health professionals arrived in the state who will work in the Modern Medical…

Over 120 Exhibitors To Participate In Everything Vincy Expo 2018

Source: News 784 This country’s Investment Promotion Agency Invest SVG says it is continuing to implement initiatives which are aimed at enhancing the local business sector. This statement was made by Executive Director of Invest SVG, Anette Mark, as she addressed the recent official launch of the Everything Vincy Plus Expo. This year’s…

Fisheries Division Holds Summer Programme 2018

Source: News 784 The Fisheries Division announces its Summer Programme 2018. The program is aimed at introducing children to many of the exciting possibilities for investment, careers and future study in the fisheries sector. It also offers a broader perspective and appreciation of the marine environment The programme involves several hands-on activities as…

St Vincent Among Countries In USAID Funded Project

Source: News 784 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) Project was launched today in Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown. The project builds the capacity of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in critical sectors in ten Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries. The project is being implemented in…

Important Notice From Bank Of SVG

Source: News 784 Commencing Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 our Customer Service operations at the Bedford Street branch will be relocated to our Reigate Head Office located on Granby Street. Services including electronic payments, drafts and account opening, will now be accessed at the Reigate Head Office. The Golden Years service will not be…

Man tries to smuggle snake to Barbados

Source: News 784 Transportation security Administration (TSA) officers at Miami International Airport stopped a passenger on his way to Barbados attempting to sneak a snake on a plane on Sunday. TSA agents say the passenger tried to “artfully conceal the snake inside the electronics of a hard drive, which was placed in a…

Turkey – Erdogan son-in-law made finance minister

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has named his son-in-law as the country’s finance minister after being sworn into another five-year term. The appointment of Berat Albayrak appeared to rattle the markets amid concerns of nepotism in the upper echelons of power. Mr Erdogan, who was re-elected last month,…

Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Juventus

Source: News 784 FOX, Italy –  ristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus, bringing to an end a glittering nine-year spell in Spain. Madrid said Tuesday it has reached an agreement with Juventus after a request by Ronaldo. The 33-year-old Ronaldo is currently on vacation in Greece after Portugal’s…

Guyana: Four female inmates escape from NOC

Source: News 784 (INEWS GUYANA) – Four female inmates of the New Opportunity Corps (NOC) are now on the run after they escaped from the correctional facility on Monday. They were identified as Keyana Reid, 15, of Patrick Dam Angoy’s Avenue, Berbice, Kim Giddings, 16, of Squatting Area Linden, Tyra Edwards,15, of 3rd Avenue…

Trinidad: Businessman takes bullet for wife

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A Barrackpore businessman was critically injured when he jumped in front of a gun pointed at his wife during an attempted robbery on Wednesday night. The 30-year-old man was shot in the upper chest and suffered serious internal injuries. His wife was not hurt. Police said the couple…

Dialysis to begin at MMDC on Wednesday

Source: iWitness News Four persons have been identified to undergo haemodialysis at the Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre (MMDC) in Georgetown on Wednesday, just over a week after the centre began operating. Idinger Miller, deputy hospital administrator, Hospital Services, told iWitness News on Friday that consultant nephrologist Dr. Twanna Browne-Caesar identified the patients. “… but we…

Fimba’s ‘Funky Business’ gives Hance ragga soca ‘Déjà vu’

Source: iWitness News Ragga Soca Monarch results  1st Fimber “Fimba” Jardine — “Funky Business” 2nd Hance John — “Déjà Vu” 3rd Jamarie “L Pank” Stapleton — “Whole Night” New York-based Vincentian soca artiste Fimber “Fimba” Jardine showed Saturday night that minding your “Funky Business” is, indeed, a winning strategy. But Hance John, the defeated monarch and…

CCJ — towards greater C’bean integration

Source: iWitness News By *Alicia A. Dells It was with great pride that I followed the installation ceremony for eminent Caribbean jurist, the Honourable Mr. Justice Adrian Saunders to the post of president of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Justice Saunders took the oath of office to become the third CCJ president…

Fish consumption in Latin America, C’bean to grow 33% by 2030

Source: iWitness News SANTIAGO, Chile — By 2030, FAO forecasts an important boost to Latin America and the Caribbean’s currently low fish consumption, says a new report published Monday. According to The State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture 2018 (SOFIA), the region will see a considerable increase in total fish consumption: 33 per…

Trinidad: Inmates with ‘scabies like’ disease

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – Prison officers are calling for immediate medical intervention to stop the spread of a “scabies like” disease among inmates at the Maximum Security Prison (MSP) in Arouca. There are concerns about ten inmates in the MSP’s foreign division who have developed a serious rash. Prisoners of different nationalities…

Bahamas won’t sign on to CARICOM single market

Source: News 784 THE Bahamas will not sign onto the CARICOM Single Market and Economy despite historic steps taken by the region at last week’s summit, according to Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis. Dr Minnis made it clear at a Saturday press briefing the country did not move to adopt the Protocol on…

Fireman eclipses Skinny, 11 others to win 10th soca crown (+video)

Source: iWitness News Results: 1st Delroy “Fireman” Hooper — “Amen” 2nd Gamal “Skinny Fabulous” Doyle — “Soca Defenders” 3rd Shane “Hypa 4000” Husbands — “Top Man” 3rd Antonio “Small Circle” Edwards — “Egg Plant” Delroy “Fireman” Hooper Saturday night put on a performance that showed, yet again, why he is one of the most loved…

Wanted brothers turn themselves in

Source: iWitness News The two Layou men who police said, on Friday, were wanted in connection with an attempted murder investigation have turned themselves in. Police said Monday that Kimron and Akeem George turned themselves in. “Please be informed that the suspects have turned themselves in to the police. Thank you for your…

Man shot during carnival celebrations in Kingstown

Source: iWitness News Carnival celebrations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have been marred by the shooting death Monday morning of a man in the heart of the nation’s capital, as revellers were going home from J’ouvert celebrations. Akeem Bess, 27, of Ottley Hall, died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital in Kingstown…

Chill’n brings ‘Taste of Asia’ to SVG

Source: iWitness News The food scene in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will receive a major shakeup soon, as a result of collaboration between Chef Akah of H20 Foods and Jacqueline James-Lyttle, co-owner of one of SVG’s leading hotspots, Chill’n. Chef Akah, who was voted the Best of SVG Chef in 2017, specialises…

JAPAN : 2 million forced to flee their homes

Source: News 784 (CNN) – Heavy rains pounded southwest Japan, triggering flooding and landslides that killed 57 people and forced 2 million others to flee their homes At least 22 people have been reported missing following the weekend flooding, according to the Fire and Disaster Management Agency of Japan. “The record rainfalls in various…

US$2 million worth of marijuana seized in Caribbean Sea

Source: News 784 (CNS) – The United States Coast Guard says crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Thetis have offloaded 2,116 pounds of marijuana in Key West, Florida after returning home from an 88-day patrol in the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. On Friday, the Coast Guard along with a Jamaica Defence Force…

HAITI – Looting follows protests in Haitian capital

Source: News 784 (CNS) – Looters pillaged burned and vandalized shops in Haiti’s capital Sunday following two days of violent protests over the government’s attempt to raise fuel prices. Journalists have seen young men stripping shelves bare in some supermarkets that are charred from the protests. Several bodies lay among the debris scattered…

Thai cave rescue: Four boys freed but rest must wait

Source: News 784 (BBC) – The operation to free 12 boys and their coach from a cave in northern Thailand is running “smoothly”, the head of the operation says. Four boys have been brought above ground, rescuers say. The mission has now been paused for at least 10 hours as oxygen levels in…

Citizenship by investment: a lifeline for many small states

Source: News 784 By Heather Cover-Kus, Technical Research Officer – Commonwealth Secretariat Recent research by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has brought to light the significant macroeconomic impact of citizenship by investment programmes on many small states. In the Caribbean region where five small states offer them, the industry jumped from 0 per…

Fireman Retains Soca Monarch Crown. AMEN!

Source: News 784 Victoria Park was on “Fire” Saturday night as reigning soca monarch Delroy “Fireman” Hooper defended his crown like no other. Judging criteria, lyrics 20, melody 25, performance 25, arrangement 20, and crowd response 10 1st place- Fireman Hooper 2nd place- Skinny Fabulous 3rd place-Hypa 4000 and Small Circle Ragga Soca…

Delaware: Father, 4 daughters killed in crash, mother survives

Source: News 784 (FOX NEWS) – A New Jersey man and his four daughters, aged 13 to 20, have been killed in a crash in Delaware, state police said Saturday. The lone survivor was the man’s 53-year-old wife, who was in the front passenger seat. The crash occurred Friday afternoon on State Route 1 Highway in Townsend.…

Communique – CARICOM Summit

Source: News 784 The following is the full text of the Communique issued at the end of the 39th Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Summit that ended in Jamaica on Friday. OPENING CEREMONY The Opening Ceremony was addressed by the Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Honourable…

Liat Cancels Flights As Storm Beryl Approaches

Source: News 784 ST JOHN’S, ANTIGUA, July 7, 2017 – LIAT continues to monitor Tropical Storm Beryl which is currently moving towards the Lesser Antilles. LIAT wishes to advise that based on the projected path of the tropical storm that the following flights are cancelled: Sunday 8th July LI 323 from Antigua to…

Japan floods: Dozens killed in deluges and landslides

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Flooding and landslides have killed at least 50 people and left dozens missing in western areas of Japan. Most of the deaths have occurred in Hiroshima prefecture, which has been hit by torrential rain since Thursday. Hundreds of homes have been damaged. About 1.5 million people have been…

5 am update on Hurricane Beryl

Source: News 784 At 500 AM AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 11.1 North, longitude 49.8 West. Beryl is moving toward the west-northwest near 14 mph (22 km/h). A west-northwestward motion with some increase in forward speed is expected during the next few days. On the forecast…

SVG MET OFFICE: Latest Update On Hurricane Beryl

Source: News 784 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Service continues to monitor the progress of Hurricane Beryl. At 5 pm, “Beryl” was located near latitude 10.6 North, longitude 47.8 West, or about 965 miles east of SVG. “Beryl” is forecast to move west north-west near 15 mph (24 km/h) towards the northern portion of the Lesser…

Sion Hill Euphonium Wins 2018 Senior Panorama

Source: News 784 The Sion Hill Euphonium Steel Orchestra has been crowned the 2018 Senior Panorama champions, while SVG Players International emerged the winner once again in the Section of the Bands competition, during the staging of the 2018 Steel and Glitter Show, last night. Sion Hill Euphonium got the judges nod for…

Layou brothers wanted for attempted murder

Source: iWitness News Police on Friday issued a wanted person bulletin for two Layou brothers, in connection with an attempted murder investigation. Police say that Vincentians Kimron and Akeem George are persons of interest in their investigation. They say that the men are considered to be armed and dangerous and must be approached…

Dominica On Edge As Hurricane Watch Is Issued For The Island

Source: News 784 A Hurricane Watch has been issued for Dominica at 5:00 pm as Hurricane Beryl approaches the Lesser Antilles. A Hurricane Watch means that hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area within 48 hours. Beryl remains a Category 1 hurricane. At 5:00 pm Hurricane Beryl was located near latitude 10.6…

Belgium beat Brazil 2-1 to reach semi-final

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Belgium produced a brilliant performance to knock five-time winners Brazil out of the World Cup and reach the semi-finals for the first time since 1986. Roberto Martinez’s side turned on the style in Kazan to clock up their fifth straight win of the tournament and ensure the semi-finals will…

St Vincent Records 31 New Cases Of HIV As Of June 2018

Source: News 784 According to statistics from the National HIV/AIDS Unit some 31 new cases of HIV infections have been recorded as of June 30, this year. The unit noted that this is an increase, when compared to the 14 cases recorded in the comparative period of 2017. The information revealed 10 of…

OFFICIAL MISSION DELEGATION TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD

Source: News 784 An official delegation led by H.E. Lou-Anne Gilchrist, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Ambassador to the United States visited the Martha’s Vineyard from June 14 to 15, 2018. The delegation also comprised Consul General, Mr. Howie Prince and Trade and Investment Promotions Officer at the Consulate of Saint Vincent and…

Guyana: Man Reportedly killed Wife For Not Preparing Meals Properly

Source: News 784 (GUYANA CHRONICLE) – A 40-year-old housewife was found dead in her home at Rosignol, West Bank Berbice, with multiple injuries to her body while her reputed husband–a 62-year-old pensioner–was up 3rd July  assisting police in their investigations into the circumstances surrounding her demise. The deceased woman was identified as Shabana Babita…

Boys forced to rape their mothers during Congo war, UN report

Source: News 784 (THE SUN – UK) – Boys in the Congo were forced to rape their mothers while blood-drinking soldiers feasted on the flesh of dying victims, a nightmarish new report claims. Rebels and government troops in the Kasai region of the African country have committed sickening atrocities including mass rape and cannibalism,…

Police officer charged with assault

Source: iWitness News A police officer was brought before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, charged with assaulting a child last year. Police Constable Clive Francois pleaded not guilty to a charge that on Nov. 17, at Campden Park, he assaulted Jomai Walker of Questelles, causing actual bodily harm Francois pleaded not guilty to the…

Man charged for giving conflicting statements in court

Source: iWitness News A Sion Hill man is facing the possibility of up to seven years in jail for giving conflicting witness statements to the court. Zarri Layne, 38, pleaded guilty, on Wednesday, at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, to a charge that he gave a conflicting statement at the High Court on Monday, July…

2 women, 6 men charged with burglary, burning of shop

Source: iWitness News Two women are among eight persons charged with the burglary and arson of a shop in Barrouallie last month. On Friday, Korie Anderson, Chrisbert Joseph, Julius Gloster, Kenlee Gloster, Casper Anderson, Zianniah Smart, Moeishia Patterson and Denisha Browne appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court in connection with the crime. They…

Brother of shooting victim charged for illegal ammo

Source: iWitness News The older brother of a Layou man who was shot in the mouth recently by unknown assailants has been charged with possession of unlicensed ammunition. On Wednesday, Desroy Gaymes, pleaded guilty at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court to a charge that on July 4, in Layou — his hometown – he…

UK: Student killed himself after friends shared private Whatsapp text

Source: News 784 (BBC) – A medical student killed himself after a WhatsApp message about a romance with a classmate was shared on social media, an inquest heard. Newport Coroner’s Court heard Edward Senior’s private message about the “brief relationship” was seen by hundreds of people. It led to Swansea University excluding him from…

BOSVG HOLIDAY CLOSURE NOTICE

Source: News 784 Bank of St Vincent & the Grenadines Ltd advises its customers and the general public that ALL branches will be CLOSED on Monday, July 9th (Carnival Monday) and Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 (Carnival Tuesday). The Bureau at Argyle International Airport will be open for business as usual on Monday, July 9th…

USA: Brothers charged in rape, murder of 16-year-old boy

Source: News 784 (FOX NEWS) – Two brothers were charged in the brutal killing of a 16-year-old boy in Washington state on Monday after the teenager’s remains were found in a shallow grave last week. Jonathon Adamson, 21, and Benito Marquez, 16, appeared in Lewis County Superior Court where they were each charged with…

Deadly heat wave kills 33 in Canada

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Thirty-three people have died in a heat wave that has baked the southern part of the Canadian province of Quebec, officials say. The sweltering weather began last Friday with temperatures hitting 35C (95F) and high humidity. The death toll has climbed every day this week, with 17 total deaths…

Two more Vincentians in Windies outfit

Source: iWitness News Two Vincentians have been called up to ply their trades for the Windies B team. Left-handed fast bowler Obed McCoy and physiotherapist Denis Byam have been enjoying the start of their careers with the Cricket West Indies team after two emphatic wins to their campaign in the Global T20 Canada…

‘Barrier Breakers Conference’ comes to St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News Peter Bonadie Ministries, Brooklyn NY, in conjunction with Bishop Stephen Ollivierre and The Faith Temple, New Montrose, Kingstown, announces this year’s “Barrier Breakers Conference” with featured speaker Vincentian born Apostle Peter Bonadie of Brooklyn New York. The conference takes place at Faith Temple from July 13 to 15, at 7:30…

Police Seeing More Cooperation Relating To Firearms

Source: News 784 The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force says it is seeing more cooperation from members of the public as it relates to license firearms. This statement was made by Corporal Mack Leann Williams during the On the Beat Program aired on NBC Radio. Corporal Williams said while there…

Nafesha Richardson To Represent SVG At One Young World Summit

Source: News 784 Nafesha Richardson has been selected to participate in the annual One Young World Summit. The summit brings together the brightest young leaders from around the world, empowering them to make lasting connections to create positive change. The young Ambassador is in no way a novice in the leadership arena nor…

Forestry Department Urges Vincentians To Be Prepared

Source: News 784 The Forestry Services within the Ministry of Agriculture is urging Vincentians to ensure that they are prepared for the Hurricane season. The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is an ongoing event in the annual formation of tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere. The season officially began on June 1, 2018, and…

Fishing boat found adrift off Bagga

Source: iWitness News This fishing boat was found adrift about 20 miles off St. Vincent on Wednesday, July 4. Fisherman Samuel Hazelwood of Barrouallie found the boat and towed it back to the fishing and whaling town. The likely owner is asked to call +1784-491-0723 to identify and claim. Link: Fishing boat found

Boney Man takes revenge, wins Jr Calypso crown (+Audio)

Source: iWitness News Secondary School Calypso results  1st — Damian “Boney Man” Noel — St. Martin’s Secondary — “Silence Never” 2nd M’riah “Young Siah” Robertson — West St. George Secondary – “Minivan Lover” 3rd — Christopher Bacchus — St. Martin’s Secondary School – “Caribbean Dream” When St. Martin’s Secondary School student Damian “Boney Man”…

Another first-time artiste wins Jr Soca (+Audio)

Source: iWitness News Junior Soca Results: 1st Teshikaa “Short T” Andrews — Bishop’s College Kingstown — “Cut Them Off” 2nd M’riah “Young Siah” Robertson — West St. George Secondary – “This is Vincy Mas” 3rd Kevisha “Princess Levy” Richardson — Biabou Methodist School – “Carnival Is My Time” A 13-year-old, form 2 student…

Lil Kris reigns without older sister (+audio)

Source: iWitness News Primary School Calypso Monarch results: 1st Kristian “Lil Kris” Christopher — Layou Government School — “Oh What A Tangled Web” 2nd Danique “Sweet Dazell” Edwards — Greiggs Government School — “AIA Is Good” 3rd Matthew John — Stubbs Government School — “Welcome to AIA” For the first time since 2016,…

RVA’s women-empowering project wins award

Source: iWitness News The Richmond Vale Academy’s (RVA) “Pass-it-On Sustainable Model Gardens” has won the National Energy Globe Award St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The Pass-it-On Sustainable Model Gardens will be evaluated along with national winners from 180 countries for nomination for the Energy Globe World Award later this year. “Congratulations on this…

Man reels in jail term through neighbour’s window

Source: iWitness News A man caught “fishing” with a stick through his neighbour’s bedroom window is now “enjoying” the second week of his “catch”. Austin McDonald might have been left with “a wet backside and a hungry gut”, as the colloquial saying goes, if he had gone fishing at the seaside. But, instead,…

FIFA bans SVG’s football chief

Source: iWitness News FIFA, the world governing body for football, has banned the head of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation from all football-related activities — administrative, sports or otherwise — for two years. Further, the adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has fined Venold Coombs US$40,000 for selling 2014…

New finance minister says CBI is no magic wand

Source: iWitness News The new minister of Finance in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is maintaining the policy of the ruling Unity Labour Party against a citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programme for the country. SVG remains the only of the five independent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States member nations without a CBI programme, also called…

Economic citizenship ‘a loophole’ not a niche — Camillo 

Source: iWitness News Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves says that citizenship-by-investment (CBI) programmes such as those being run by the four other independent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) nation are a loophole and not a niche. He said St. Vincent and the Grenadines, under his Unity Labour Party government, remains philosophically opposed…

Operations begin today at Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre

Source: iWitness News The accident and emergency (A&E) and x-ray departments as well as the pharmacy will begin operating today (Tuesday) at the EC$42 million Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre (MMDC) in Georgetown, one day after its official opening. The MMDC, formerly known as the Modern Medical Complex, officially opened on Monday, 11 years…

Plastic Bag Charge Takes Effect Tuesday July 3rd 2018

Source: News 784 Press Release Via News784 From Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 Massy Stores will be introducing a charge of twenty-five (25) cents for Massy branded, single-use plastic bag, which are currently being used to pack groceries at our stores. The sole purpose is to change customer behavior toward the more frequent use…

Get ready for another tourism folly at Mt. Wynne

Source: iWitness News By C ben-David After announcing early last year in the Budget Address as well as in Parliament that he intended to construct a 250-room hotel using public monies, the Honourable Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), Ralph E. Gonsalves, and Invest SVG’s executive director, Annette Mark, have…

House gutted by fire as violence continues in Layou

Source: iWitness News A Layou man whose house was gutted by fire Friday night is wondering if it is part of the violence that has seen several persons shot in Betromy recently. Bertram Lyscott, 50, lost the 12 x 18 foot wooden house that he has called home for the past 27 years, after a…

Car crashes into overturned van

Source: iWitness News The driver of a car who assumed that the wreckage of a overturned van had been moved hours after the accident occurred crashed into the wreckage, knocking the van driver unconscious. The curious series of incidents occurred Friday night in Chauncey, along the South Leeward Highway. Reports are that HW633, an omnibus,…

Vendor found dead

Source: iWitness News Police have launched an investigation into the shooting death of a Kingstown vendor, whose body was found near his home Friday morning. Police said that Kamara “BK” Richards of Old Montrose appeared to have at least three gunshot injuries about the torso when he was found dead. A senior detective told iWitness…

Accused baby-killers walk free — again

Source: iWitness News For the second time in 14 months, two men accused of the shooting death of 10-month old Mozari Lee walked out of a courtroom as free men after the prosecution’s case fell in shambles. Martin “Jahson” James, 40, and Recardo “Shrek” McFee, 31, both of Villa, were acquitted of the murder…

Tortola man jailed for weed at AIA

Source: iWitness News A 21-year-old Tortola man will spend the next six months at her Majesty’s Prison in St. Vincent for attempting to export marijuana. Kemiah Nichols, whose parents are Vincentians, was returning to Tortola on Tuesday, when police nabbed him with 16 grammes of marijuana at Argyle International Airport. He was charged with…

Camillo supports OECS, not national health insurance

Source: iWitness News The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines does not think national health insurance is practical because of the size of the population that can contribute. It, however, supports a regional one, under the sub regional grouping, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves told Parliament on…

St Vincent Standing Firm With Cuba

Source: News 784 Cuban Ambassador Vilma Reyes Valdespino and Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves recently held discussions on this country’s friendship with Cuba. The parties noted the excellent state of bilateral relations and addressed many issues of mutual interest. The Cuban Ambassador congratulated the Prime Minister on assuming the rotating presidency of the…

Antigua: Two Vincentians Granted Bail, Two Remanded To Prison

Source: News 784 (ANTIGUA) – Glenroy Pierre, Wonderly Lavia, Nicholas Thomas and Bertail Roberts, all of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, yesterday appeared in the All Saints Magistrate’s Court before magistrate Ngaio Emanuel. They are all scheduled to reappear in court on July 2 to plead to the charges since this was not…

Vincentians Charged In Connection With Drug Bust

Source: News 784 (ANTIGUA) – The Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua has charged four Vincentian nationals held in a counter-narcotics operation in the Falmouth Area where 4.13 kilograms of cocaine and 2.88lbs of cannabis were seized on Tuesday. Bertail Roberts Bertail M. Roberts and Nicholas Thomas…

Friday Night Fire In Layou Leaves Two Families Affected +Video

Source: News 784 (Layou- St Vincent) – A fire in the town of Layou on Friday night has left two families severely affected. The fire which started around 7.45 pm on Huggins Street in an area known as Betromy, left a wooden family dwelling completely flattened. Another structure in close proximity reportedly sustained…

Met Office: Tropical Wave Approaching The Island

Source: News 784 The met office in its 6 pm weather report said that a tropical wave is approaching the islands and will also affect St Vincent and the Grenadines. The report noted a warning for small craft operators and sea bathers to exercise caution.  According to the National Hurricane Center, the tropical wave extends from 18N43W to 04N45W,…

AIA UPDATE: Security Measures For Powder-Like Substances

Source: News 784 On Saturday, June 30, 2018, the Argyle International Airport (AIA) will be implementing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) procedures for travelling with powder-like substances on flights departing St. Vincent to the United States of America. Powder-like substances are described as fine dry particles produced by the grinding, crushing or disintegration…

Vendor Shot And Killed On Friday Morning

Source: News 784 Police here in St Vincent are investigating a murder which occurred in the Old Montrose community in the early morning hours of Friday 29th, 2018. According to information Kamara Richards alias “BK” was shot and killed sometime after 3 a.m on Friday morning. Richards is a vendor who plies his trade…

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Women Injured In Van Crash, Robbed On Thursday Night

Source: News 784 Two women who were onboard a minivan which crashed in the Ratho Mill area yesterday, were robbed on Thursday night. Both ladies who hail from Bequia were on their way from the Stubbs Poly-Clinic yesterday, and heading into Kingstown when the vehicular accident occurred. Nadia Gooding and Nadine Gooding, suffered…

Elderly man says police not arresting his attacker

Source: iWitness News A senior citizen is wondering why police are yet to arrest a man who he said attacked him in his garden although police received real time information about the man’s location. St. Clair Harris, 68, of Sharpes Dale, Central Kingstown, told iWitness News Thursday night that police were yet to…

Vets, young‘uns in calypso ‘battle royal’

Source: iWitness News The Calypso Semi finals on Friday night are being billed as a “battle royal” between the veterans and the young‘uns. And with the reigning monarch, Lornette “Fya Empress” Nedd not defending her crown this year, 10 of the semi-finalists will be selected to advance to the July 8 finals. Of the 22 semi-finalists, exactly…

Man who stole vendor’s money begs for leniency

Source: iWitness News A man who stole a vendor’s handbag and spent the EC$1,460 she had inside found out on Monday that the leniency that comes with an early guilty plea does not necessarily mean avoiding jail. Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett sentenced the offender, 27-year-old Daniel Phillips, to 12 months in jail for his…

‘Ah go kill yo’ complainant tells freed defendant

Source: iWitness News A Sion Hill Man, apparently not happy with the decision of the court to free a villager he had accused of wounding him, immediately after the court proceedings threatened to kill the man. Lawyer Jomo Thomas reported the development to Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett shortly after he had handed down…

PM won’t disclose entity likely to run Buccament resort

Source: iWitness News Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says that he would rather not be asked who is being considered for management of the Buccament Bay Resort. Gonsalves repeated in Parliament on Thursday his statement a few weeks ago that he would be disappointed if the resort does not reopen by December, two years after it…

BREAKING: Minivan Overturns In Ratho Mill

Source: News 784 Information reaching News784 is that a Nissan Urvan minivan ran off the road in the Ratho Mill area around 4.30pm. According to the information obtained the van was en route from the North Windward side of the island to Kingstown. One eyewitness told News784 that the incident occurred just before…

Barbados Wants Its Share Of The Medicinal Marijuana Industry

Source: News 784 The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) Government is pressing ahead with plans to get its share of the globally evolving medicinal marijuana industry. Minister of Agriculture and Food Security Indar Weir said the recently elected administration intends to develop an industry here from the growing of ganja and other plants. “I…

SVG POLICE: Notice To All Citizens

Source: News 784 The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force in conjunction with the Kingstown Town Board will like to inform the general public that vehicles will not be allowed to park on either side of the street between Egmont and Bay Streets, in the area between St. Vincent Cooperative Bank…

JetBlue Plane Swarmed by Police at JFK Airport

Source: News 784 (Theepochtimes) – More details have emerged about a JetBlue flight that mistakenly sent out a hijack alert, triggering a scare at the John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday night. The plane entered a hijack alert by mistake, sending the Port Authority Police Emergency Services on board the plane, the…

Integrity legislation, medical marijuana, freedom of info question on order paper

Source: iWitness News The parliamentary opposition has submitted for answers from the government during today’s (Thursday) meeting of Parliament, questions about integrity legislation, medical marijuana, and freedom of information. The Unity Labour Party administration is yet to introduce integrity legislation, which it promised in the campaign for the March 2001 general elections, which…

Vincies, J’cans nabbed with coke, weed, cash in Antigua

Source: iWitness News Four Vincentians, including one female and two Jamaicans have been detained in Antigua after the discovery of illegal drugs and the seizure of cash during a police operation. On Tuesday, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy conducted a counter-narcotic operation in the Falmouth Area where the…

Petty thieves ordered to do community service

Source: iWitness News Two men who admitted to stealing from two Kingstown businesses in separate incidents were on Monday ordered to perform community service. In default, the men will go to prison for three months, Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett has ordered. Colvin Jackson, 42 of Mesopotamia, pleaded guilty at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court to a…

Vincentian among final Queen’s Young Leaders awardees

Source: iWitness News Her Majesty The Queen has presented Vincentian Jodie Dennie with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award at a special ceremony at Buckingham Palace, London. Dennie received a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for the work she is doing to champion the issue of mental health in her community. Dennie, 29, said: “Thank…

Baby oil thief avoids psych hospital stay

Source: iWitness News A man who appeared to not know what month of the year it was, understood one thing very clearly at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court last week: “Mental Health Centre” and that he did not want to go there. The man, Michael Lewis, was brought before the court on a charge…

Four Vincentians Detained In Antigua Following Drug Bust

Source: News 784 On Tuesday, 26th June 2018, the Office of National Drug and Money Laundering Control Policy (ONDCP) in Antigua conducted a counter-narcotics operation in the Falmouth Area where six individuals were apprehended and illicit drugs and cash seized. Those detained included four Vincentians; three males, and a female.  A total of…

Fountain SDA Church To Host Men’s Conference On Saturday

Source: News 784 The Men’s Ministries Department of the Fountain Seventh-Day Adventist Church will host a Men’s Conference on Saturday 30th June 2018. The conference will take place at the West St. George Secondary School commencing at 9:00 a.m. According to a press release from the church, the conference will be held under…

First Female Prison Officer To Achieve A Bachelor Degree

Source: News 784 Nicole Delecia was the only female Prison Officer to be among the hundreds that graduated on Tuesday 26th June 2018 in Kingstown, obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Guidance and Counseling. Officer Nicole Delecia had already created history earlier this year when she was promoted as the first female Corporal at…

Germany Knocked Out Of The World Cup

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Defending champions Germany have been eliminated from the World Cup at the group stage following defeat by South Korea, in one of the biggest shocks in the competition’s history. The four-time winners crashed out in ignominious fashion – conceding twice in injury time as they pressed for the…

Barbados: Female prisoners rise, as male offenders decline

Source: News 784 (BARBADOS TODAY) – The number of female admissions at Her Majesty’s Prison in Dodds, St Philip is trending upwards while the number of new male offenders at the correctional facility is declining, according to the just-released findings of the latest prison report. According to the 2016 annual report from the penal…

Trinidad: Woman hides under bed as cousins killed

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – A 19-year-old woman hid under a bed to escape a gunman who stormed into her house and sprayed bullets in her bedroom and in the bedroom of her 28-year-old relative Samuel “Sam” David during the wee hours of yesterday morning in Never Dirty, Morvant. David was shot several…

Humour amidst gunplay at rum shop

Source: iWitness News The businessman who had a gun aimed at him at a rum shop in Prospect on Saturday said he saw his life and that of his wife and children flash before him. But on reflecting on the potentially deadly situation, Cameron Balcombe, a former candidate for the main opposition New Democratic Party,…

Lawyer accuses colleague of assault

Source: iWitness News A female lawyer has accused one of her male colleagues of assaulting her during a brawl at a rum shop on Saturday that initially involved the female lawyer’s husband and her alleged assailant. Police said on Tuesday that they are investigating “the circumstances which led to the assault” of Ronnia Durham-Balcombe, 31, a lawyer…

Lawyer says he drew gun because he felt threatened

Source: iWitness News The lawyer who, on Saturday, drew a gun on one of his colleagues’ husband at a rum shop in Prospect, said he did so because he felt threatened. Ronald “Ronnie” Marks told iWitness News that he drew the weapon at businessman and former politician Cameron “Dinky” Balcombe because Balcombe and another man…

Nuclear Technology Being Used To Treat Diseases In The Caribbean

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) – The € 8,9 million Guadeloupe Center of Molecular Imaging (CIMGUA) officially opened on the 18th of June. This is the first medical center enabling the screening and treatment of diseases such as cancer, or neurological and cardiac diseases in the Caribbean through advanced nuclear technology. CIMGUA…

Rose Hall Primary School Gets New Computer

Source: News 784 The Rose Hall Primary School can now boasts of better digital accessibility following a donation of a brand new ASUS desktop computer to the institution. The donation was made by Senator Carlos James at the School’s graduation ceremony last Wednesday. According to Senator James the school was selected based on…

Walk For The Cure Launch 2018

Source: News 784 If preparations alone are any indicator, this year’s CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, the region’s largest cancer fundraiser, seems set to break new fundraising records. The organizing committees for the various walks are busy meeting and planning, with fundraising activities heating up all across the English and Dutch Caribbean…

SOL: Week 3 Winners – Win CASH For A Year

Source: News 784 SOL EC LTD Sol is pleased to announce the five winners of XC$100.00 each in free fuel in its “Win CASH For A Year” promotion.  Five lucky customers, who purchased XC $40 and more of Sol Go Further gasoline or Sol Go Further diesel, will have a chance to win…

Philippines: President Duterte Calls God ‘Stupid’

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called God “stupid”, sparking anger in the largely Catholic country. In a televised speech, he slammed the story of Adam and Eve’s fall from grace in the Bible and the logic behind the Christian concept of original sin. Mr Duterte is well known…

Vincentians May Need To Go To T&T For Canadian Visas From December

Source: News 784 Vincentians and other citizens of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) seeking visas, work or study permits for Canada may need to visit Trinidad and Tobago in order to provide biometric information from December 31, 2018.  According to information on Canada’s government website, everyone who applies for a visitor visa, work or study…

ANTIGUA: TB confirmed, preschoolers tested

Source: News 784 (ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – Anxiety turned to irritation for parents visiting the St. John’s Health Centre after learning that their preschoolers might have been exposed to the highly infectious bacterial disease, tuberculosis, and they had to be tested yesterday. On Friday, when 40-plus parents of PreK-3 and PreK-1 classes got the…

17 states sue Trump administration over family separations

Source: News 784 (CNBC) – Seventeen states, including Washington, New York and California, sued President Donald Trump‘s administration Tuesday in an effort to force officials to reunite migrant families who have been separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The states, all of which are led by Democratic attorneys general, joined Washington, D.C., in filing the lawsuit…

Communiqué of the 65th Meeting of the OECS Authority

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) — The Sixty-Fifth Meeting of the OECS Authority was held at the Harbor Club, Saint Lucia, during the period June 18-19 2018, under the Chairmanship of Dr. the Hon. Ralph Gonsalves, Prime Minister of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Meeting was preceded by an Opening Ceremony…

Rev Stephen Ollivierre Appointed Bishop Of PAWI SVG District.

Source: News 784 Rev. Stephen Ollivierre, Pastor of Faith Temple, New Montrose has been appointed as District Presiding Bishop of the PAWI SVG District. Rev. Stephen Ollivierre replaces Bishop Sonny Williams, who resigned the position after serving for 16 years, consequent upon his election as General Bishop of the Denomination at its 37th…

Gonsalves: I Fundamentally Disagree With President Trump

Source: News 784 Speaking at the 65th meeting of the OECS authority, incoming chairman Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says that he disagrees with President Donald Trump fundamentally on the issue of climate change. Gonsalves said he is also disappointed that President Trump pulled out of the climate accord; however, he is pleased…

Shop burglarised, burnt in Bagga

Source: iWitness News Police in Barrouallie have arrested two females and five males in connection with the burglary and burning of a shop in the Central Leeward town Saturday night. The shop is owned by businessman Rawle Francis, 63, of Barrouallie, who began operating it about five years ago. Francis opened the business…

Men charged with stealing liquor from church

Source: iWitness News Two Vermont men will be tried at the Layou Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday on a charge that they stole three bottles of liquor, provisions, electronics, and other items from a Baptist Church in the South Leeward community. Jamello Williams and Sheldon Samuel pleaded not guilty to the charge when they were brought…

New envoy meets with SVG’s Taiwan alumni

Source: iWitness News The new Taiwan ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines has met with members of the two Taiwan alumni associations in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “I see this reunion as a very important event,” Calvin Chen-Huan Ho told the alumni at Grenadines House on Friday. Ho, who began his tour…

SVG sets up Consulate General in N. Ireland

Source: iWitness News Vincentian Christopher Stange has been appointed SVG’s Consul General in Northern Ireland. He says the decision is “part of a wider commitment to the diplomatic network, as an extension of our High Commission in London, to further international relations by our Ministry of Foreign Affairs.” “Northern Ireland has been identified…

Ollivierre appointed Presiding Bishop of PAWI SVG

Source: iWitness News Reverend Stephen Ollivierre, pastor of Faith Temple, New Montrose has been appointed as District Presiding Bishop of the PAWI SVG District. Ollivierre replaces Bishop Sonny Williams, who resigned the position after serving for 16 years, consequent upon his election as General Bishop of the Denomination at its 37th Biennial Conference,…

Vincentian Artiste Makes His Mark Internationally

Source: News 784 The Duo Lynx Unruly and Maxx have made their mark in the American Music industry with their latest single called “CALIENTE”. Maxx (given name Everad Paul) was born in Kingstown St. Vincent & The Grenadines but spent half of his life in the USA where he found his passion for…

What is PetroCaribe?

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Touch of Class

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Guyana: Security Minister Says Police Force Short Of 7,000 Officers

Source: News 784 (INEWS GUYANA) – Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan said the government will be moving to reconfigure ‘F’ division to help improve security in hinterland and mining regions. He was addressing members of the mining sector on Wednesday at an inter-ministerial forum at the Marriot Hotel, Georgetown. Among the concerns raised…

Jamaica will not be left behind in medical cannabis market

Source: News 784 (JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Industry , Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Audley Shaw says he will be moving to ensure that Jamaica is not left behind in the growing global medical cannabis industry. He said that while Jamaica has only decriminalised the use of up to two ounces of marijuana and issued…

Mexico town’s entire police force detained after murder

Source: News 784 (BBC) – The entire police force of the Mexican town of Ocampo has been detained on suspicion of involvement in the murder of a mayoral candidate. Fernando Ángeles Juárez, 64, was shot dead by unknown gunmen on Thursday outside one of his properties. More than 100 politicians have been killed across…

23 Artistes Selected For Ragga & Soca Monarch Finals

Source: News 784 The following artistes have been selected from the Ragga & Soca Monarch Semifinals held on Saturday 23rd June to compete in the finals which is scheduled for Saturday 7th July, 2018 at the Victoria Park commencing at 9:00 pm.  They are: Ragga Soca Category Ozarie Matthews Kamara ‘Keido’ Foster Shane…

More Unstabe Weather Will Affect St Vincent

Source: News 784 More unstable weather would continue to affect St Vincent and the Grenadines, as a weak tropical wave passes through the region. The met office on  Sunday 24th June, in its midday report called for (Partly Cloudy to occasionally cloudy slightly hazy and windy with a few scattered showers). The office…

Georgetown Medical Complex Officially Opens July 2nd, 2018

Source: News 784 The Diagnostic, Treatment and Medical Complex located in Georgetown will be officially open on Monday, July 2, 2018. The announced was made by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves via WEFM on Friday morning. The Prime Minister said that despite some delays that were encountered, all systems are now set for…

Trinidad: UWI students taped having sex in class

Source: News 784 An investigation has been launched into an incident in which two University of the West Indies (UWI) students were taped while engaging in a sex act in a classroom in one of the main buildings at the St. Augustine campus in Trinidad. According to the Trinidad Guardian, passing students who…

T&T rocked by magnitude 5.3 quake

Source: News 784 (CMC) — Sections of the twin island republic were rocked by a magnitude 5.3 earthquake late Friday. The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the University of the West Indies St Augustine campus reported that the tremor that occurred at 9:54 pm (local time), was felt 94 kilometres east of Carupano, Venezuela,…

Ganja slipping out of Jamaica via courier services

Source: News 784 (JAMAICA OBSERVER) – The Jamaica Constabulary Force’s Narcotics Division says drug dealers have found a loophole in the courier industry and have been funnelling small quantities of ganja out of the country using this service, as well as postal agencies. Detective Inspector Sheldon Coulson made the revelation at Friday’s press conference…

India president praises Cuban biotechnology industry

Source: News 784 (ACN) – Ram Nath Kovind, president of India, expressed on Friday in this capital, his excellent impression on the Cuban biotechnology industry, after visiting the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, as part of his work agenda in the island. The president told Eduardo Martínez, president of the Group of Biotechnology…

GUYANA: Housewife busted with cocaine, cannabis

Source: News 784 A housewife of Old Housing Scheme, Bartica who was on the Police’s radar for quite some time, has been arrested with a quantity of cannabis and cocaine at her home. According to information from the police, a police party commanded by a Sergeant, this morning (Saturday) about 01:00h, swooped down…

TRINIDAD: From church, to work, to her death

Source: News 784 By Susan Mohammed  – TRINIDAD EXPRESS SECRETARY NICOLE Debideen left home this morning, went to church, then travelled to her office, where someone killed her. No one heard her screams when her killer attacked. Debideen, 44, bled to death on the floor of the law office after her throat was slit…

HIGH WIND AND SMALL CRAFT WARNING FOR ST.VINCENT

Source: News 784 A strengthening Atlantic High-Pressure System is generating strong surface to low-level winds across the Lesser Antilles. Wind speeds across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to increase overnight, continuing over the next couple days. During this time, wind-speeds of 25 to 33 knots (46 to 61 km/h) with higher…

New TSA Rules Will Impact Travel From St Vincent

Source: News 784 The list of carry-on limits airline passengers can carry in their cabin baggage on international flights — which currently includes liquids, gels, aerosols and creams — will soon include powdered material, the Transportation Security Administration has announced. The limit on powders to 350 millilitres, or roughly 12 ounces, the size…

Vincentian Footballer Makes Sports Illustrated Top 100 List

Source: News 784 Vincentian N’Keal Harry has taken his place in the pages of the revered Sports Illustrated Magazine. Sports Illustrated released a list of the top 100 college football players heading into the 2018 season, and yes the Vincentian Footballer made the list. Harry, an Arizona State wide receiver, made the list…

Black Sigatoka Management given Significant Boost

Source: News 784 The Banana Industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been given a further boost through the launch of Phase 1 of a Banana Revitalization Programme through Improvement of Black Sigatoka Management Project on Thursday 21st June 2018 at the Orange Hill Agriculture Biotechnology Centre.   The project is jointly funded…

Farmer’s livelihood Are Important To Us

Source: News 784 Permanent Secretary(P.S.) in the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry and Labour, Raymond Ryan said the launching of the Banana Revitalization Programme through the Improvement of the Black Sigatoka Management Project will continue to augment this country’s continuing efforts to control the Black Sigatoka Disease and will find…

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