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May 24, 2018

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

CAL Offers An Additional Non-Stop Flight Between New York – St Vincent

Source: News 784 Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Airline, Garvin Medera says the airline has bolstered its operations to include an additional non-stop international service between New York and St Vincent and the Grenadines between July 1st to August 25th. This would mean two weekly non-stop services between JFK and Argyle International Airports, and the…

Flow Skills winners enjoy magical experience at Old Trafford

Source: iWitness News When 12-year-old Flow Skills winner, Jamaican, Brian Burkett departed for Old Trafford, little did he know that he’d be rubbing shoulders with the likes of Marcus Rashford whose goal in Manchester United’s 1–0 win over Watford sealed MU’s 2nd-place finish in the Premiership. Meanwhile, fellow Flow Skills champion, 15-year-old Barbadian…

Amidst reform, workers must defend their pensions

Source: iWitness News By Brenton Smith Pension reform is a serious issue that should not be taken lightly. Over two decades ago, when I decided to join the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, I was told that upon retirement at age 55, I would be eligible for pension. Based on…

Cop makes startling revelation at church function

Source: News 784 When a sex offender boards a cruise ship to St Vincent authorities are notified, this according to Station Sargent Brian Archibald, the same goes for a sex offender coming to SVG via any aircraft. The Sergeant made his comments at the Calder SDA church as a guest speaker on the…

MPs to declare they are qualified to sit in Parliament

Source: iWitness News Member of Parliament in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are slated to declare today (Thursday) that they are qualified to sit in the nation’s Parliament, something that has not been done for at least a quarter-century, contrary to the law. However, some political observers say that the timing of the…

FDA warns teething medicines unsafe, wants them off shelves

Source: News 784 AP WASHINGTON –– Federal health officials warned parents Wednesday about the dangers of teething remedies that contain a popular numbing ingredient and asked manufacturers to stop selling their products intended for babies and toddlers. The Food and Drug Administration said that various gels and creams containing the drug benzocaine can…

Canouan man jailed for sex act with minor

Source: iWitness News Ahkino Rhynd, a 32-year-old labourer of Canouan has been jailed for sexually assaulting a 5-year-old girl. He was arrested on May 18 and charged for gross indecency and indecent assault of the monor. Rhynd appeared before the Family Court on Tuesday and plead guilty to the charges. He was sentenced…

Office Attendant Charged For Indecently Assaulting 23yro Woman

Source: News 784 Police have arrested and charged Lyndon Christopher, 34-year-old Office Attendant of Murray’s Village for Indecent Assault, on Saturday 19th May 2018 at 04:59 p.m. According to investigations, on Tuesday 08th May 2018 at 10:30 p.m. at Murray’s Village Christopher allegedly indecently assaulted a 23-year-old woman of Murray’s Village to wit, “By…

Long Wall Man Beats 11yro Girl Across Her Face With Belt

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Moses Delpleche, a 30-year-old Labourer of Long Wall, Kingstown for assault. The incident is said to have taken place on Sunday 20th May 2018 at 09:41 a.m. According to investigations, on Sunday 20th May 2018 at 09:41 a.m. at Long Wall, Kingstown, Delpleche assaulted an 11-year-old Student of…

Barbadians elect new government amid economic concerns

Source: iWitness News By Peter Richards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Barbadians go to the polls on Thursday to elect a new government amid growing economic concerns and the possibility of choosing a woman for the first time to lead a government in this Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country. “We have done this country proud…

Parliament Meets On Thursday 24th May

Source: News 784 Twelve questions are listed on the Order Paper to receive oral answers when the House of Assembly meets on Thursday, May 24th. There are seven bills that will be dealt with which includes the Calder Williams Pension Bill, 2018. There will also be a continuation of debate on the Attorney General’s…

Shenton Farms Targets 80 Acres Of Coffee In SVG For 2018

Source: News 784 Shenton Coffee Farms continues to make a significant investment in Coffee production here in St Vincent and the Grenadines. According to a release from the company, Shenton Coffee farms are looking for farmers and lands for leasing for expansion. Currently, 30 acres have been planted and 90,000 seedlings currently are…

Gonsalves Says Kay Lives In An “ALTERNATIVE UNIVERSE”

Source: News 784 It is the view of Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves, that Opposition Senator Kay Bacchus Baptiste is leading the NDP into further political wilderness and to political damnation. “This woman based on what she said in the parliament on the Attorney’s General Reference Bill and other things before; clearly she…

NEMO TO HOST COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TRAINING

Source: News 784 The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and the Florida International University (FIU) will host a four (4) day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor Training from the 22nd – 25th May,…

Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant

Source: News 784 (AP) – Molten lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has entered the grounds of Puna Geothermal Venture, a geothermal power plant that provides about 25 percent of the Big Island’s power. The 38 Megawatt Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) power plant, which is located in the east rift zone of the Kilauea…

CAL THE OFFICIAL INTERNATIONAL AIRLINE OF VINCY MAS 2018

Source: News 784 PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784 Caribbean Airlines is pleased to announce its partnership with St Vincent and Grenadines Tourism Authority, as the Official International Airline Sponsor of Vincy Mas 2018. Vincy Mas provides the ideal platform for Caribbean Airlines to showcase its “From Festival to Festival” campaign, and the partnership with…

St Vincent Police Warns Public Against Vigilante Justice

Source: News 784 Members of the Vincentian public who wish to dispense justice “ Vigilante Style”,  has been warned by the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force to desist from such practice. In a press conference held on Tuesday 22nd May, Frankie Joseph Deputy Commissioner of Police stated that such form…

Trinidad: Man charged with sodomy, rape of disabled teenager

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A Princes Town man has been charged with buggery and grievous sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman with developmental delay. Negus Charles was granted $300,000 bail by a San Fernando Magistrate. Charles, 38, is a labourer, of Realize Road, Princes Town. He is also charged with indecent assault.…

Johnson to lead SVG to defend Windwards championship

Source: iWitness News Fast bowler Delorn Johnson, the former West Indies A team and the current Windward Islands player, will lead the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national senior male team in the Windward Islands cricket tournament later this month. Johnson was elevated to the post after serving as deputy in 2017, when…

UWI Open Campus Guild of Students donates nebulizers

Source: News 784 The University of the West Indies Open Campus Guild of Students, St. Vincent Chapter made several donations of nebulizers to schools and Health Care Centres on the mainland. The nebulizers were donated to the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School, Georgetown Government School, Diamonds Clinic and the Georgetown Smart Hospital. The…

Health Minister Urge Vincentians To Adopt Healthy Lifestyles

Source: News 784 Minister of Health, Hon. Luke Browne has appealed to the Vincentian population to adopt healthy lifestyles and make healthy food choices to lessen the impact of non-communicable diseases in SVG. Minister Browne was speaking on Wednesday May 16th, 2018 at the opening of a two-day intersectoral workshop to update the…

Aussie Archbishop Charged For Sex Abuse Cover-Up

Source: News 784 (TELESUR) – The clergyman is the highest-ranking Catholic official to be convicted on that charge, according to the New York Times. Australia’s Roman Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, was convicted for covering up a claim of decades-old sexual abuse Tuesday. “This conviction in an Australian court signals that it’s time for the Vatican to show…

Turkey: Over 100 Ex-Military Officers Handed Life Sentences

Source: News 784 (TELESUR) – On Monday, 104 former Turkish military officers were handed “aggravated life sentences” for participating in an attempted coup on July 15, 2016, according to state media report. The court gave lesser sentences to 52 of the 280 defendants. Twenty-one people were given 20-year sentences for “assisting the assassination of the president”…

For 2nd year, Fisherman’s Day prize-giving is postponed

Source: iWitness News The prize-giving ceremony for the annual Fisherman’s Day celebrations, slated for Calliaqua on Monday, was postponed — the second time in as many years. Heavy rains that flooded the Calliaqua Playing Field forced organisers to postpone the event to this coming Friday. Some persons waded through ankle deep water on…

Royal Wedding Pastor Is Pro-Gay Marriage–Should it Matter?

Source: News 784 Christianheadlines.com Michael Foust | ChristianHeadlines.com Contributor | Monday, May 21, 2018 Christians across the globe were inspired by Bishop Michael Curry’s message about love during the royal wedding Saturday, but many of those same Christians then debated whether his views on gay marriage and LGBT issues should matter. In 2015 he was installed…

PM Gonsalves Demands $300,000 In Lawsuit Against Nice Radio.

Source: News 784 Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves through his lawyers has issued the requisite legal documents to BDS or Nice Radio. Gonsalves said the letter is concerning a defamation which was on the airwaves around April 13th 2018. Gonsalves through his Lawyers is demanding EC 300,000 dollars in damages. The legal problems…

Richard Browne Promoted To Assistant Commissioner Of Police

Source: News 784 Former Superintendent of Police in charge of Central Division and Commandant of the RSVG Police training school, Richard Browne, has been promoted to the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police. ACP Browne joined the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force on January 4, 1984, and has worked in…

‘No specific role for women in forcing political change’

Source: iWitness News A Barbadian academic and activist has told the Women’s Arm of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) that there is no specific role for women in forcing political change? “Let us always be reflective enough and conscious enough to recognise patriarchy, to…

Fisherman’s Day Ceremony Postponed To June 1st 2018

Source: News 784 The annual ceremony for fisherman’s day in St Vincent was postponed due to weather conditions on Monday 21st May 2018. The ceremony will now be held on Friday 1st June 2018, at the Fisheries Division conference room in capital city Kingstown. Heavy rain swamped the Calliaqua Playing Field making it…

Gonsalves demands $300,000 in damages from NICE Radio

Source: iWitness News Lawyers for Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves have written to NICE Radio, demanding EC$300,000 in damages for statements a caller to the station made during a broadcast of the main opposition New Democratic Party’s “New Times” programme on April 13. Station manager and owner, Douglas De Freitas made the announcement in…

Stephen “BAGE” Pollard Enters The Political Battlefield

Source: News 784 Come May 24th, 2018, popular caller to morning talk show radio here in SVG, Stephen “BAGE” Pollard will contest as an Independent candidate in general elections in his home country of Barbados. Pollard says he’s hoping that he will be the one to unseat long-serving BLP Member of Parliament for St.…

What the price of innocence in St. Vincent?

Source: iWitness News By Concerned citizen iPhone 7: $3,199, Carnival costume: $695, KFC two piece meal: $17.05, wet fete ticket: $10, a child’s innocence in SVG: varies by income bracket. What is the price of innocence? From the number of cases one hears in the news, and the low rate of convictions in…

‘Pervasive rape culture’ in SVG — Opposition Leader

Source: iWitness News Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday has spoken out against “the pervasive rape culture” in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), saying that the country’s poor economic situation exposes women and girls to sexual exploitation. “… we cannot ignore the pervasive rape culture in our country today nor can we…

Help women serve at highest levels — Friday

Source: iWitness News President of the New Democratic Party (NDP), Godwin Friday is encouraging women supporters of the party to rally to ensure that women have equal opportunities to serve at highest levels of governance. Friday told the party’s women’s arm convention in Kingstown on Sunday that women “must advocate vigorously to ensure…

Man seizes car over poor quality weed

Source: iWitness News A Bridgton man charged with using another man’s vehicle without permission has told the court that he did so because the man owed him for marijuana. Last Thursday, Romano Farrell appeared at Colonarie Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Georgetown, charged with taking a conveyance, driving without a valid driver’s licence, and…

Nicolas Maduro Wins Venezuelan Presidential Elections

Source: News 784 (TELESUR) – President Nicolas Maduro won the Venezuelan presidential elections Sunday, gaining a second presidential term for six years with more than 5.8 million votes, the National Electoral Council (CNE) announced Sunday night. With 92.6 percent of the votes counted, Maduro had 5.8 million votes, while his closest rival, former governor Henri Falcón getting 1.8 million votes, said CNEPresident Tibisay Lucena who…

JAMAICA – Customers owe water company $26 billion

Source: News 784 (CNS) – The National Water Commission (NWC) has revealed that arrears owed by its customers have now skyrocketed to $26 billion. This is up from $20 billion last year. The arrears have accumulated over several years through theft of the commodity as well as unpaid bills. The arrears continue to rise…

Richland Park Man Arrested for Assaulting Police Officer

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Lenroy Caine, 27-year-old Electrician of Richland Park for Assaulting a Police Officer, Resisting Arrest and for making use of Indecent Language, on Thursday 17th May, 2018 at 08:40 p.m. According to investigations, on 05th March 2018 at 07:15 p.m. at Riley, Caine made use of an…

“What A Catastrophe, What A Cartoon” Says Bing

Source: News 784 Son in law of former Prime Minister and founder of the New Democratic Party (NDP) Dwight “Bing” Joseph on his “OMG” in the morning radio program on BOOM FM has called out the current crop of representatives for the party led by Dr. Godwin Friday and other members of his…

Rotary Club South Makes Donation To The Lewis Punnett Home

Source: News 784 The LEWIS PUNNETT HOME will soon have a brand new TCL 40” Smart television for the male residents at the facility to use for entertainment purposes. The handing over ceremony took place at the Courts Kingstown store, Monday, May 14th, 2018 where Lisa Veira (Commercial Officer of Courts St. Vincent…

Trinidad: With bullet to head, dad drives to hospital

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Hicks Alexander, the father of Local Government councillor Maurice Alexander, is expected to undergo surgery on Friday. Alexander, 66, was shot in the head during a home invasion on Thursday. He was transferred to the Eric Williams Medical Complex in stable but serious condition. Councillor Alexander told the…

Guyana: Two bandits shot dead

Source: News 784 (NEWS SOURCE GUYANA) – Two armed men were shot dead on Friday during a robbery attempt at a grocery store on Durban Street, Georgetown. One of the men was shot dead in the store, while the other was chased and shot by the police as they were engaged in a shootout.…

Chile: 31 Catholic bishops resign over children sex abuse cover-up

Source: News 784 (AP) – In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their “grave negligence” in investigating abuse and protecting children. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency Vatican summit that all…

Methodists to hold prayer caravan

Source: iWitness News “Pray Without Ceasing” is the theme under which the Kingstown-Chateaubelair Circuit of the Methodist Church will hold its Prayer Caravan and Mission Motorcade on Sunday, May 20. Reverend Adolf Davis, superintendent minister of the Kingstown-Chateaubelair Circuit of Methodist Church, announced that the prayer caravan will be an opportunity for all…

Man charged with indecent assault of 5-y-o girl

Source: iWitness News Police have arrested and charged Ahkino Rhynd, 32, labourer of Canouan for gross indecency and indecent assault. Reports are that between April 1 and 30, 2018 at Canouan, Rhynd allegedly incited a 5-year-old girl to commit an act of gross indecency to wit, “… instructing her to suck his penis”,…

Layou: Man, woman arrested for gun and ammunition possession

Source: News 784 Tambu Patrick along with Colette George both of Layou has been arrested and charged jointly for gun and ammunition possession on April 11th, 2018 at Layou. Both Patrick and George are accused of having one 9mm firearm along with seven rounds of ammunition without the license. Appearing before Chief Magistrate Rechanne…

St Vincent Government Condems Killing Of Palestinian Children

Source: News 784 The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines unequivocally condemns the unacceptable and unjustified killing of over sixty Palestinians, including an eight-month-old baby, and the injuring of hundreds more by the Israeli Defence Forces on Monday, May 14, 2018, in Palestinian territory. It is shameful that some allies internationally are…

Shenton Farms Seeking Persons To Grow Coffee In SVG

Source: News 784 Shenton Coffee Farms a Vincentian company dedicated to the reintroduction of coffee to the agricultural sector are calling on landowners who would like to lease, or sell, land suitable for growing coffee. The company stated that those farmers, who are interested in growing coffee, the seedlings, technical support, and monitoring,…

TRINIDAD: Rooftop rape, buggery, kidnapping: two charged

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – Two Laventille men were expected to appear before a Port of Spain Magistrate Thursday, charged with kidnapping, rape and buggery against a 21-year-old woman. Keston Modeste, 23, of George Street, Port of Spain, and Khadir Martinez, 21, of Laventille Road, Laventille, are also jointly charged with grievous…

Canada says position on Taiwan designation unchanged

Source: News 784 (CNA) The Canadian government said Tuesday its long-standing position on Taiwan’s designation has not changed, and it does not want to see China place pressure on private enterprises to change the name of Taiwan. Taiwan’s representative office in Canada on Tuesday officially lodged a stern protest and asked for a…

Police investigate chopping incident in Peto

Source: iWitness News Police said Thursday that they are investigating a report of wounding with intent, made by Terisha Edwards, 20, a domestic worker of Petit Bordel on Tuesday. In their regular bulletin on Thursday, police said that Edwards has alleged that Margaret Smith, 35, an unemployed resident of the North Leeward village,…

Awards for SVG’s best footballer of 2017

Source: iWitness News At its 2017 National Football Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, recognised the achievements of a number of outstanding players and administrators. Kitanna Richards, of Club Camdonia Chelsea and South Leeward League team, was voted the Youth Female Player of the Year; while Altica…

Racist lawyer kicked out of his office space

Source: News 784 (NY POST) – Racist lawyer Aaron Schlossberg will have to find new office space — and an attorney of his own. The 44-year-old was kicked out of his Madison Avenue workspace Thursday after he was captured in a hate-filled rant at Spanish-speaking restaurant workers — and then a Congressman filed a formal…

TRINIDAD: No bail, cop goes to jail

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A Special Reserve Police Officer was denied bail by a Port of Spain Magistrate today, charged with attempting to obtain TT$89,906.97 by false pretense. Officer Stefon Rochford, 30, of Brazil Village, Arima, who was also charged with uttering a forged valuable security, was denied bail and remanded…

Two Hankook Batteries Stolen From Government Vehicle

Source: News 784 Police are investigating a report of theft made by Hendrick Campbell a 50-year-old Chauffeur of South Rivers, on Wednesday 16th May 2018 at 06:30 p.m. According to reports, between 03:15 p.m. on Friday 11th May 2018 and 06:50 a.m. on Monday 14th May 2018 at Kingstown, unknown person(s) stole two (2)…

19yro And 22yro Jointly Charged For Theft Of Samsung Tablet

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Rahim Williams, a 22-year-old Labourer of New Montrose and Ezmando Patterson, 19 years old unemployed of Redemption Sharpes for Theft, on Wednesday 16 May 2018 at 02:55 p.m. According to investigations, on 14th April,  2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Kingstown, Williams and Patterson stole one (1) black Samsung…

US Food Safety Act Now Has Implications For Exports From SVG

Source: News 784 The FSMA Food Safety Modernization Act gives FDA unprecedented authority to better ensure that imported products meet U.S. standards and are safe for U.S. consumers. New authorities include: Importer accountability: For the first time, importers have an explicit responsibility to verify that their foreign suppliers have adequate preventive controls in place…

Affected Vincentians Can Now Apply To The Windrush Compensation Scheme

Source: News 784 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce is pleased to inform of the Windrush Compensation Scheme. The Windrush Compensation Scheme is an initiative of the British Government developed to Compensate persons of the Windrush generation who experienced difficulties establishing their status under the British immigration system. The Ministry takes…

Over 1,000 Dead Bodies Found in Colombian Rivers

Source: News 784 Over 1,080 bodies have been found in at least 190 Colombian rivers, according to the project “Rivers of Life and Death” run by several journalists from the Paths of Conflicts and Redaction Council released on Wednesday. During Colombia’s internal conflict, the practice has been taken to an unprecedented level by paramilitary groups, found…

VENEZUELA – Hundreds protest against ‘fixed’ election in Venezuela

Source: News 784 Several hundred Venezuelan opposition demonstrators blocked traffic in a march to the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters in Caracas on Wednesday to protest this weekend’s presidential vote, which they say is rigged. With the mainstream opposition boycotting Sunday’s election and two of their most popular leaders barred from standing, leftist President Nicolas Maduro is expected to win…

Venezuela inmates seize control of prison

Source: News 784 (CNN) – Inmates have revolted and taken control of a notorious prison in Venezuela, as the volatile country braces for presidential elections decried as illegitimate by regional leaders. Men identifying themselves as prisoners posted videos online saying they had taken over a detention center in the Helicoide (“the Helix”), the…

Man to face jury in fiery death case

Source: iWitness News Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias on Wednesday committed Biabou resident Pedro Ashton to stand trial for the murder of his girlfriend, who died last August after he reportedly set her afire. The 33-year-old labourer was committed to stand trial after the court rejected a no case submission by his lawyer, Michael…

DIGICEL EMBRACES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Source: News 784 PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784 Today on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) being commemorated under the theme, “Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for all”, Digicel is affirming its commitment to using the futuristic technology for the benefit of all. The total communications and entertainment provider is…

TRINIDAD: Fed-up citizens deliver vigilante justice

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – OUTRAGED citizens who caught an alleged thief on High Street San Fernando on Wednesday, taught him a lesson he may never forget. Several videos circulating on social media showed crowds of people shouting abuses and obscene language at the teenager. He was also beaten into submission by…

Launch of the Small Island States Handbook

Source: News 784 The Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, in collaboration with the ECCB, will launch the Handbook of Small States: Economic, Social and Environmental Issues via a regional media conference.  The launch will take place on Tuesday, 22 May – 11:00 a.m at the ECCB Agency Office, Frenches, Kingstown with video conference transmission…

Department of Energy Holds Public Meetings On Geothermal Project

Source: News 784 The Department of Energy, Prime Minister’s Office in collaboration with The St. Vincent Geothermal Company Limited (SVGCL) will be hosting two public meetings to share comprehensive information on the upcoming civil works phase of the Geothermal Project, including operations to date, on: Saturday, May 19th at 3:00 PM at the…

Around-the-World Helicopter Tour stopping at Ocho Rios

Source: News 784 PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784 The EPIC Tour takes off from Whistler, Canada, on May 1st and lands 84 days later, precisely where it started. It will be stepping foot in more than 40 countries, flying over five different continents, clocking 340 flight hours. A conference will take place in every…

CONCACAF NEXT PLAY SEEKS TO MENTOR CHILDREN

Source: News 784 The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation launched on Saturday, May 12, 2018, the CONCACAF Next Play Programme, with attendance by students from the participating schools. Speaking of the pilot programme which was simultaneously launched in the five selected Caribbean territories, CONCACAF Director of Development Jason Roberts said, “Our…

Ex-cop found not guilty of sexual assault of daughter

Source: iWitness News A female-majority jury on Tuesday found a former policeman not guilty of three charges related to the alleged sexual assault of his 8-year-old daughter in 2012. The man, whose name iWitness News is witholding to protect the identity of his daughter, was fingered in a police investigation after one of…

Cuban Party, ULP strengthen relations

Source: iWitness News HAVANA, Cuba — A four-member delegation from the Unity Labour Party (ULP) in St. Vincent an the Grenadines, led by Assistant General Secretary, Sen. Carlos James, is on a one-week visit to Cuba as the Cuban Party and the ULP seeks to strengthen its relations on the heels of political…

Are people less Vincy because they have a 2nd citizenship?

Source: iWitness News That the question that Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, wants the Unity Labour Party and others raising questions about his Canadian citizenship to answer. His question comes amidst claims that he should not be a member of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Parliament because he also holds Canadian…

1,846 students to write CPEA this week

Source: iWitness News On Thursday and Friday, 1,846 Grade Six (students will sit the final component of the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) in 17 centres throughout St. Vincent and the Grenadines. There are 940 females and 906 males registered. The CPEA is an examination administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) for…

Avenues, BESCO hammer opponents

Source: iWitness News There were convincing victories for BESCO Pastures FC, and Avenues United FC, on Saturday in National Division 2 matches at the Layou Playing Field. In the first game of the double-header, BESCO Pastures defeated Largo Heights FC 4-0; the half-time score was 1-nil in favour of BESCO from a Doravin…

Man charged with indecent assault of 7-y-o girl

Source: iWitness News Police have arrested and charged a 46-year-old fisherman of Ottley with indecent assault of a 7-year-old girl. It is alleged that about 7:30 p.m. on May 11, Remano Roberts assaulted the child “by feeling and sucking her vagina with his mouth and hands”, the minor being a girl under the…

Ex Cop Charged With Unlawful Sexual Intercourse Walks Free

Source: News 784 An ex-police officer of the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, who fled SVG in 2013 following reports that he had sexually assaulted his 8-year-old daughter walked free today. Reports are that the police here had conducted investigations into the matter, but the officer had left this country…

Cuban Party, ULP strengthen relations

Source: News 784 A four-member delegation from the Unity Labour Party (ULP), led by Assistant General Secretary Carlos James, is currently on a one-week visit to Cuba (from May 13 to 20th) as both the Cuban Party and the ULP seeks to strengthen its relations on the heels of political transition in that…

46yro Fisherman Arrested For Indecent Assault On Minor

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Remano Roberts, 46-year-old Fisherman of Ottley Hall for Indecent Assault. According to investigations, on 11.05.2018 at 7:30 p.m. Roberts indecently assaulted a 7-year-old minor to wit, “By feeling and sucking her vagina with his mouth and hands”. The minor being a girl under the age of…

Keartons woman died of heart failure

Source: iWitness News The 32-year-old Keartons woman whose husband found her dead at their home around 6 a.m. on Thursday died of cardiac arrest — a sudden cessation of function of the heart — an autopsy has found. One of Jetonnia Stephens’ relatives told iWitness News that the pathologist concluded that the mother…

Senior Citizens tour the windward side of the Country

Source: News 784 The Ministry of National Mobilisation through the Social Protection Unit on Tudesay 8th May 2018 took some 24 Senior citizens on a Windward tour of the island. These senior citizens were primarily from the Calliaqua Community.  The group toured the Argyle International Airport, South Rivers and Park Hill Communities, the…

Sport Anticrime Campaign 2018

Source: News 784 The Ministry of National Mobilsation through the Youth Affairs Division in collaboration with the National Commission on Crime Prevention (NCCP), The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF), the Division of Physical Education and Sports and the National Sports Council (NSC) presents the 2018 Sports Anticrime Campaign. The…

YES Program registration opens

Source: News 784 The Ministry of National Mobilisation through the Youth Affairs Division is pleased to announce the opening of the registration process for the 2018/19 cycle of the Youth Empowerment Service (YES) Program. The registration takes place at the Youth Affairs Division’s Office in Rose Place Kingstown from Monday 14th May 2018…

Vincentian cop, his mom charged in Antigua passport scandal

Source: iWitness News A Vincentian police officer in Antigua and Barbuda and his mother have been charged with multiple counts of fraud in connection with the passport scandal that began in St. Vincent in April. Assistant Superintendent of Police Ray John, 47, and his Vincentian mother, Yvonne Nickie, 63, were each granted $50,000…

Man wanted as part of abduction, attempted rape investigation

Source: iWitness News Police have issued a wanted bulletin for a man as part of their investigations into a report of “abduction/attempt rape/indecent assault and assault [occasioning] bodily harm”. Police said on Monday that Simeon “Gabo” Francois, 33, of Petit Bordel is wanted as part of this investigation. They say that Francois, a…

THE RATCHET DEMAGOGUE

Source: News 784 The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of News784. Send all articles to news784svg@gmail.com By Natalie Harewood as the voice of the People in an era of Pop-Politics. Isn’t it comical – the turn that regional and…

Spanish father accused of ‘evil spirits’ rape

Source: News 784 (BBC) – A father in Spain is accused of raping his 15-year-old daughter and two of her friends after claiming he had to rid them of evil spirits. The man, named as Javier G D, is to go on trial on Thursday, and prosecutors are arguing for a 45-year jail term.…

Capleton granted $250,000 bail on rape charge

Source: News 784 (JAMAICA GLEANER) – Popular entertainer Capleton has been granted bail in the sum of $250,000 on a rape charge. Capleton, whose real name is Clifton Bailey made his first appearance in the Kingston and St Andrew Parish Court this morning, four days after the 51-year-old was charged by detectives at the…

Mini Van Goes Over Embankment In Buccament

Source: News 784 A minivan went over an embankment in the community of  Buccament around 3.20 pm on Monday 14th May 2018. Reports reaching News784 indicated that the bus a Toyota Hiace HV825 was on its way to Kingstown when the incident occurred. News784 also understands that two persons were taken to the Milton…

Hotel group asks gov’t not to impose new room tax

Source: iWitness News The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Hotel and Tourism Association in February wrote to Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves expressing concern about the Climate Resilience Levy, which would be passed into law on May 3. However, notwithstanding the group’s concerns about the potential negative impact of imposing a tax of…

American Airlines Offers Miami-SVG Round-Trip For US850

Source: News 784 American Airlines, the Dallas Forth worth Texas base US airline has to commence the sale of tickets for its December launch of flights to SVG. The carrier announced the sale of tickets through its web portal on Saturday 12th May 2018. Tickets offered through the airline’s website went on sale…

CCJ AFFIRMS PROFESSOR VENTOSE’S RIGHT TO VOTE IN BARBADOS

Source: News 784 Press Release VIA NEWS784 Port of Spain, Trinidad. The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) today ordered that St. Lucian, Professor Eddy Ventose, is to be added to the register of voters in Barbados. The Court declared that it was satisfied that the legal and regulatory conditions for his registration have…

24yro Magum Resident Busted For Drugs

Source: News 784 Ken Sutherland a 24-year-old resident from the community of Magum in the Sandy Bay area has been busted by a member of the Rapid Response Unit for possession of a controlled drug. Reports are that on May 5th, 2018 the Law Enforcement Officers was on mobile patrol on the North…

24yro Before The Court On The Charge Of Murder

Source: News 784 Tevin Adams-Bobb a 24-year-old resident of Rose Place is now before the Serious Offences Court on the charge of murder. Adams-Bobb is accused of inflicting several gun-shot wounds to the body of Alfonso Davy a 29-year-old male of New Montrose on August 6th, 2016 which resulted in Davy’s death. Following…

ANTIGUA – Western Union Closes shop

Source: News 784 All workers from at least three of five branches of Western Union have been sent home for an indefinite period as the company was forced to close the sub-stations in Antigua to allow for a system upgrade. It’s believed that the money transfer agency has to take steps to become…

Derry Williams Resumes Duty As Managing Director Of BOSVG

Source: News 784 The Board of Directors of the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ltd. is pleased to announce that Mr. Derry Williams has resumed the duties of the post of Managing Director effective May 11, 2018. Mr. Williams is returning from a 2-year assignment at East Caribbean Financial Holding Company…

Commissioner’s Mothers Day Tribute

Source: News 784 (“Your contribution to nation building is invaluable”) It is my firm belief that women in law enforcement has always been and still is one of the noblest professions. This is why as the Acting Commissioner of Police, I salute and recognize the service, sacrifice and true dedication to duty of…

ARNOS VALE: Mentally ILL Patient Cuts Man Throat

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Calvin Davis, 59-year-old Labourer of Arnos Vale for Wounding. The incident occurred on 07th May 2018 at 11:05 a.m. According to investigations, on 21st April, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at Arnos Vale, Davis unlawfully and maliciously wounded Jillmand Scott, 26 years old unemployed of Arnos Vale…

Police investigate Keartons woman’s death

Source: iWitness News Police say they are treating as a homicide, pending autopsy results, the death of a woman whose body was found at her home around 6 a.m. on Thursday. Jetonnia Stephens, age given as 32, is believed to have died overnight at the Kearton, Barrouallie home she shared with her husband,…

Prosecutor ‘pretty confident’ Morgan will lose appeal

Source: iWitness News The prosecutor in the case in which a pastor his wife and daughter were on April 30 jailed for dousing a man with hot water two years earlier, says he is confident that the conviction and sentence would stand if appealed. Immediately after their conviction and sentencing, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, lawyer…

South Leeward Carnival launches with fish fest

Source: iWitness News The Hairoun South Leeward Carnival 2018 will be launched this Friday with a fish fest in Clare Valley. The event takes place at the end of the road along the street running parallel to the Clare Valley Government School, near to the beach, Jules Morgan, coordinator of the festival told…

Stay with the Privy Council — former PM

Source: iWitness News Former Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell says that St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) should maintain the London-based Privy Council as its highest court. “I would say that in the light of the verdict of the people, this should not be tampered with,” he said on Boom FM last week.…

Yugge at Vincy Mas 2018 launch

Source: iWitness News But just not in person. The 23-year-old former model, who was the focus of much public attention earlier this year after she was charged with calling Karen Duncan-Gonsalves, wife of Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves a “dirty b**ch”, has not been in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for months. Yugge Farrel’s…

Flow’s ‘Get Pump’d’ Carnival Monday band launched

Source: iWitness News The Flow “Get Pump’d” Carnival Monday band was launch on Saturday at Victoria Park, on the heels of the Carnival Development’s Corporation’s (CDC) official launch of Vincy Mas 2018 at the same venue. The event showcased a number of sections and further heightened potential patron’s expectations of what they could…

TSSS athletes bask in Pen Relays success

Source: iWitness News The Thomas Saunders Secondary School is basking in the success of an exceptional performance of its athletic team who participated in the recently held Pen Relays in Philadelphia, United States. The female member of the team broke their previous 2015 record of 4 minutes 8.15 seconds in the 4x400m at…

Company Want Farmers To Make A Legitimate Living

Source: News 784 A spokesperson for Acres Agri Johann Hosctialek says they are willing to work with Vincentian farmers to help them secure titles for their lands. “For persons who have lands going back to generations and are not sure about the title to the land, legal persons on our team are willing…

Two Rosebank Men Detained And Charged In Grenada

Source: News 784 Two Vincentian nationals were detained and charged in the neighbouring island of Grenada. Grenadian police have identified the two as Wilbert Small and Ryan Baptiste. Law enforcement officials further said that the individuals are from the North Leeward village of Rose Bank. The men were caught with fifty-eight thousand dollars…

Vinlec Launches Health And Safety Activities

Source: News 784 The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Electricity Services Ltd. (VINLEC) will bring attention to environmental health and safety issues during the month of May. The Company held a ceremony at its Cane Hall location on Wednesday May 2nd, 2018 to launch its month of activities under the theme “Safety Ties…

Girls in ICT Workshop Ends

Source: News 784 A one -week training workshop dubbed “Girls in ICT” culminated on Friday April 27th, 2018 with a closing ceremony at the National Insurance Services Conference Room. The workshop which was hosted by the Information Communications Technology Department – ITSD in conjunction with the Ministry of National Mobilisation was held as…

Consultation on Draft Child Justice Bill

Source: News 784 The Ministry of National Mobilisation through the Child Development Unit is holding a one-day consultation with stakeholders from the National Commission on the Rights of the Child and other key players in the National debate on the Draft Child Justice Bill. At the discussion/debate, the first draft of the Child…

Questelles Police Youth Club Public Speaking Competition

Source: News 784 On April 28th, 2018, the Questelles Police Youth Club held its first Public Speaking Competition at the Questelles Learning Resource Centre. This event brought the curtains down on a series of other activities which included panel discussions on Crime and Violence, Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice System organized by the…

McKies Hill man on murder charge

Source: iWitness News A McKies Hill man was arraigned on Monday on a murder charge, almost two years after the alleged crime took place. Tevin Adam Bobb, 24, of McKies Hill, was brought before the Serious Offences Court, charged with the Aug. 6, 2016 shooting death of Alonzo Davy at Rose Place. Prosecutors are alleging…

Man claims he had more weed than police charged him for

Source: iWitness News A man who admitted to having cannabis in his possession in Union Island on Saturday claimed that he had more drugs than the police charged him for. Ansel Allen, of Clifton Union Island, appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown on Monday. He pleaded guilty to a…

Man fined for swearing at prosecutor in court

Source: iWitness News Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias on Monday cautioned a 22-year-old Park Hill man to control his temper, telling him that he might otherwise end up facing some of the most serious charges in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Stanley Gumbs was, at the time, before the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown for sentencing…

More jail time for burglar nabbed wearing stolen clothing

Source: iWitness News Already serving a four-year jail term for burglary, Moneesh Davis, on Thursday, begged Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett for mercy while he was being sentenced for two other burglaries. But Davis was faced with two major challenges: The magistrate noted that the burglar had not shown any mercy to Ruthlyn Sam, whose store…

WE FM And It’s Morning Show Announcer To Be Sued

Source: News 784 Former Radio Announcer of Star Radio, Franklyn “Frankie” Springer, has sought legal advice with a view to bringing a defamation suit against WE FM 99.9, as well as its Morning Show Announcer, Donnie “Prince” Collins. This decision Springer says, was made following Mr Collins’ radio commentary on Monday 7th May…

Update On SVG Multi-Purpose Identification System (MPID)

Source: News 784 The General Public is requested to note that: The Multi-Purpose Identification System (MPID) (an OECS initiative) was launched on 11th February, 2015.  Presently, MPID Cards are issued to 4th and 5th Form Students of Secondary Schools under the age of eighteen (18) years who do not qualify for a National…

Yellow fever deaths increase in Brazil

Source: News 784 (AP) – Brazil’s health ministry says 1,257 cases of yellow fever have been registered in Latin America’s biggest country between July 1, 2017, and May 2, 2018. Of those, 394 have died. The data was released on Friday. In its previous report, the Health Ministry said 1,157 cases of the mosquito-borne…

42yro man charged for theft of ram goat

Source: News 784 Police here in SVG arrested and charged Arnold Dasent, 42 years Labourer of Belmont for the theft. The incident occurred on 2nd May 2018 at 2:30 p.m. According to investigations, on 18th December 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at Belmont, Dasent without lawful excuse stole one (1) black and white ram…

Victory assured

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She needs to stop now!!

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Taken for a ride

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Driver Escapes Unhurt In Early Morning Crash

Source: News 784 The driver of a white Toyota Sprinter is counting his lucky stars after he escaped an early morning crash in Sion Hill. The young driver told News784 he was heading out of Kingstown at moderate speed when the vehicle began sliding. He said on holding the brakes the vehicle accelerated…

Vincy Mas In Full Swing For 2018

Source: News 784 Speaking at the launch of Vincy Mas 2018, head of CDC Ricardo Adams says the organization continues to pay attention to the development of youth in the carnival. He says this is being done so they can continue to nurture the talents of tomorrow. Adams said there would be more…

Agreements, MOU’s In Place For Export Of Medicinal Cannabis

Source: News 784 Acres Agri would be ready to ship oils extracted from medicinal cannabis to Canada once the legislation is passed here in SVG. The lawyer for the company Ali Elliot says they are engaged in discussions with Canadian pharmaceutical companies. “These meetings and discussions are ongoing now, some have been completed,…

Police Ready To Work With Calder Neighborhood Watch

Source: News 784 Speaking at the launch of the Calder Neighborhood watch on Sunday 6th May 6, 2018, chairman of proceedings Inspector Junior Simmons says that he was happy to see the formation of the group and congratulated all the areas involved. Inspector Simmons said as head of the department that interfaces mostly…

Man jailed for stealing 2 bunches of bananas

Source: iWitness News Senior magistrate Rickie Burnett, on Friday, said he wished he had an alternative than to jail a man who has pleaded guilty to stealing two bunches of bananas from a farm. He said at the Kingstown Magistrate Court that some persons have floated the idea that the convicted thieves can be ordered…

Morgans’ son assaults journalist outside court

Source: iWitness News By Ashford Peters On the day that his parents and older sister were jailed for dousing a man with hot water, Kristofa Morgan, on Monday, assaulted journalist Kenton Chance outside the court, where the sentence was handed down. Chance, executive editor of iWitness News, was videotaping activities outside the Kingstown Magistrate’s…

St. Vincent gets $3m EU grant

Source: iWitness News St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and the European Union have signed a grant agreement for EC$3 million (900,000 euros) to support the Government in implementing programmes under the country’s cooperation strategy with the European Union. Daniela Tramacere, EU Ambassador to SVG, said: “I am pleased that this grant can…

Opposition asks gov’t to consult public before passing law

Source: iWitness News Opposition Members of Parliament on Thursday asked Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves to consult the public before pushing through, in the national assembly, a bill that they say would change elements of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Constitution, without the need for a referendum. The government, however, denied that this is the…

Climate contingency fund was Linton Lewis’ idea — Camillo

Source: iWitness News Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves has admitted to Parliament that he first got the idea of a climate contingency fund from former opposition senator, Linton Lewis, whom he defeated in 2015 to become Member of Parliament for East St. George. Gonsalves also told Parliament that he had rubbished the idea,…

Body Found At Kingstown Park

Source: News 784 Police here in St Vincent are investigating the discovery of a body. The body was found on Monday 30th April 2018. According to information the body was found in an area next to the St Martins Secondary School. Investigations into the find are continuing. Link: Body Found At Kingstown Park

Four games kicks off Second Division football this weekend

Source: News 784 Four matches have been scheduled to kick off the opening day of action on Sunday May 06, 2018, in the St. Vincent Brewery-sponsored National Club Second Division Football Championship. Organised by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, the Championship kicks off with Jebelle FC and System 3 clashing…

TRINIDAD: Venezuelan comes ashore with cocaine, gun, ammo

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A Venezuelan national, who entered the country illegally, is expected to appear before a Point Fortin Magistrate charged with possession of a firearm, possession of ammunition and possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking. Alejandro Tapiero Hernandez 27, of Venezuela, was arrested by officers of the…

Divorce after 50: What I wish I had known beforehand

Source: News 784 This article is reprinted by permission from NextAvenue.org. Divorce is never easy, but couples over 50 who end their marriages face particular hurdles. Below, people who went through a late-in-life divorce share six things they would tell their younger selves, offering ways others can learn from their experiences: “I wish I…

Trump isn’t invited John McCain’s eventual funeral

Source: News 784 (NY DAILY NEWS)  Sen. John McCain’s dying wish is for President Trump to stay far away from his funeral, according to friends of the Arizona Republican. Those close to McCain — who is battling brain cancer — have already told the White House they plan to invite Vice President Pence,…

French outrage after US President mimics Paris attackers

Source: News 784 (BBC) – US President Donald Trump has outraged French opinion by suggesting the 2015 attacks on Paris could have been stopped by giving people guns. He mimicked gunmen summoning and shooting victims one by one, saying “Boom! Come over here!” and using his hand to imitate a gun being fired.…

Vincy Mas Launched in New York

Source: News 784 The Cultural Association of Vincentians in the USA (CAVUSA) the cultural arm of the SVG Diaspora Committee of NY, hosted a simultaneous launch of Vincy Mas in NY on Saturday, May 5th, 2018.  The launch coincides with the official launch of carnival in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) sponsored…

Antigua: Ten injured in early morning crash

Source: News 784 (ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – Ten construction workers were rushed to the Mount St. John’s Medical Centre after they were involved in a traffic accident while heading to work on Thursday. A source from the hospital who was not authorised to speak to the media told OBSERVER media that the injured men complained…

Public Invited To Join Ministry Of Finance On Nature Tour

Source: News 784 The Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning Sustainable Development and Information Technology will celebrate International Day of Biodiversity under the theme “Celebrating 25 years of action for Biodiversity.” Accordingly, an invitation is extended to the public to join the Ministry on a nature tour to appreciate and learn of the importance…

Workshop On The WTO Agreement On Agriculture.

Source: News 784 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the World Trade Organization, will be hosting a three-day workshop on the WTO Agreement on Agriculture. The aim of the workshop is to enhance the knowledge of the participants to improve their understanding of…

Novisha James Tony Wins Miss SVG Plus Size

Source: News 784 The Miss SVG Plus Size Universe have concluded on Saturday at the Russel auditorium Miss Novisha James Tony, Miss Oasis Spa won the title Miss SVG Plus Size Universe 2018. Miss celisha Oliver, Miss Thompson Cooling in second place she will represent St Vincent at Miss Plus Size International New York.  Also…

HAITI – Two killed as heavy rains batter country

Source: News 784 (CNS) – At least two members of a family, including a nine-year-old girl, were killed as heavy rains battered the French-speaking Caribbean island over the past 48 hours. The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said that the rains on Wednesday and Thursday had affected several areas, especially on the Central…

Election and CXC clash

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'Focus on Barbados'

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TRINIDAD :Cops in love triangle shootout

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – “You make me loss my wife and my house and I ain’t taking that tonight” Those were the words a police sergeant whispered to his colleague before opening fire on Wednesday night. According to a police report, the sergeant had followed the officer and a woman to…

Jail for man nabbed with wheelbarrow of speaker boxes

Source: iWitness News A Lower Questelles man was, on Wednesday, sent to jail after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of items suspected of being stolen or unlawfully obtained. Winfield Sam, 34, was brought before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate Court after police arrested him about 12:20 p.m. on Monday, April 30, in…

Gospel Fest team honours Bridget Blucher

Source: iWitness News Vincentian gospel artiste and cultural ambassador, Bridget Blucher, was honoured in Kingstown on Sunday at the climax of the 2018 Digicel SVG Gospel Festival The National Gospel Fest Committee and the Vincentian Association of Artists, Musicians and Entertainers honoured Blucher as she celebrates 20 years of religious ministry. In introducing Blucher, coordinator…

InvestSVG Holds Workshop On Bequia And Union Island

Source: News 784 Two simultaneous sensitization workshops will be held on Bequia and Union Island this Thursday, May 3, to sensitize businesses in the Grenadines about how they can apply for funding under the Direct Assistance Grant Scheme (DAGS) being executed by Caribbean Export. The DAGS, which is funded by the European Union…

18yro Arrested For Theft Of Caro Lighting Beauty Cream

Source: News 784 Police have arrested and charged Jason John, 18 years unemployed of Murray’s Village for theft, on Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 3:52 p.m. According to investigations, on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at Kingstown, Jason John without lawful excuse stole one Caro White Lighting Beauty Cream valued at EC$60.00. The beauty…

Leacock Acts As President Of NDP In Friday’s Absence

Source: News 784 PRESS RELEASE  Dr. the Honourable Godwin Friday, President of the New Democratic Party and Leader of the Opposition will be travelling to Canada on Thursday 03 May 2018 to attend the funeral of a close family member who recently passed away. As a result of this unscheduled trip, Dr. Friday…

Former politician injured in early morning attack

Source: iWitness News A man charged with wounding a former politician has been sent to the Mental Health Centre for evaluation. On Wednesday, Dwight Bowens, a 35-year-old labourer of Walliabou, appeared before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court. As the magistrate was about to put the charge to the man,…

Trinis who served time in SVG return illegally

Source: iWitness News A Trinidadian man who recently completed a six-year jail sentence in St. Vincent and another who was deported eight years ago were among three nationals of that country brought before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on immigration charges on Monday. Joel Median, Steve Median, and Ricardo Espinosa were charged that on April…

Former Gospel Fest head honoured

Source: iWitness News Former chair of the National Gospel Fest Committee, Pastor Fidel Taylor, has been honoured for his stewardship, two years after stepping down from the post. He was presented with a plaque on Sunday during the National Gospel Fest Showcase in Kingstown. The citation, read by Marissa George-Moncherry, said Taylor was instrumental in…

Accused blame each other during trial for theft of pigs

Source: iWitness News Two men charged with stealing nine pigs, value EC$4,500, from a farm in Mt Wynne attempted to portray the other as the instigator as they faced judgment for their crimes before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett on Monday. Raymond Henry, 36, of Questelles and Kenny Gordon, 30, of Campden Park were arraigned…

Lack of financing for Gospel Fest lamented

Source: iWitness News Chair of the National Gospel Fest Committee, Rev. Manson Shortte, has lamented the financial challenges associated with organising the festival every year. “One thing we need to understand here, because a lot of people don’t understand that those of us who are involved in the planning of Gospel Fest, that…

Walliabou Resident Charged For Wounding At Barrouallie

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Dwight Bowens, 35 years Labourer of Walliabou for Wounding. According to investigations, Bowens unlawfully and maliciously wounded Marrell Hall, 70 years Retired Farmer of Keartons to wit, “By hitting him in his face with a stone”. The incident occurred at Walliabou about 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday…

Brazilian navy task force visits Kingstown

Source: iWitness News Brazilian naval vessels will make an inaugural visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from May 5 to 9 as part of the annual Operation CARIBEX. The vessels will be docked at Port Kingstown. Each year, the Brazilian Navy conducts Operation CARIBEX, sending a task force to navigate Caribbean waters…

St Vincent: New Supervisor Of Elections Sworn In

Source: News 784 St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a new Supervisor of Elections. Dora James was sworn in earlier today at a ceremony held at Government House. Mrs. James was also sworn as a Justice of Peace (JP).  She formally took the oaths for these two positions in the presence of The Governor…

Cancer treatment available in Caribbean

Source: News 784 By Geraldine Bicette-Joseph, GIS ST Lucia  (GIS) – The Cancer Centre Eastern Caribbean (TCCEC) is on a drive to raise awareness of the processes to be taken to access radiation treatment at the centre. Located in Antigua, TCCEC was launched in 2015. In 2017 a branch of the centre opened in…

Trinidad: Doctor, 71, freed of rape charge

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) – GYNAECOLOGIST Dr David Ali walked out of the San Fernando High Court a free man on Monday after a jury found him not guilty of the April 8, 2003, rape of a woman. Ali, 71, a medical director and owner of Gulf View Medical Centre at La Romaine,…

St. Vincent gets new Supervisor of Elections

Source: iWitness News St. Vincent and the Grenadines has a new Supervisor of Elections. Dora James, a retired principal, was sworn in Wednesday at a ceremony at Government House, replacing Sylvia Findlay-Scrubb, who held the position since 2009, also after retiring as a principal. James was also sworn as a Justice of Peace.…

American Airlines to begin flying to St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News American Airlines on Wednesday announced a weekly year-round flight from Miami to Argyle International Airport, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines, among increased flights to other Caribbean destinations and Hawaii. The airline said that with the new flight options, beginning Dec. 22, its customers will have “new options to escape…

43yrs of improvements within the local fishing industry

Source: News 784 The Fisheries Department within the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Transformation, Forestry, Fisheries, and Labour is celebrating 43 years of improvements within the local fishing industry.  This remarkable milestone should be saluted, as the fishing industry continues to make indelible contributions to food security, livelihoods and household income in this country.…

Pregnant Family Court clerk charged with carjacking murder

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A PREGNANT woman was among three people who made an appearance at the Port of Spain Court on Tuesday charged with the shooting death of a consultant pharmacist at his Diego Martin home earlier this year. The woman, together with her two co-accused stood before acting Chief…

TRINIDAD: Dad, son chopped as family’s cars stolen

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A father and son were chopped and robbed by thieves during the pre-dawn hours on Tuesday. The 62-year-old man and his 32-year-old son are at hospital being treated for chop wounds to the head and back. The elder man’s wife was not harmed. The attack happened in…

Morgans’ victim had ‘minor burns’ — lawyer

Source: iWitness News Defence counsel, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, in a failed attempt to keep her clients out of jail, told the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday that the burns her clients inflicted on Cuthbert “Mafia” Victory two years ago were not as bad as they seemed. “The perception is worse than the actual fact,” she said,…

The Morgans were ‘barbaric’ — prosecutor

Source: iWitness News The prosecutor in the case against the pastor and two members of his family who poured a hot liquid on the man, has described their actions as “barbaric”. “The seriousness of the crime, your honour, to my mind, it is barbaric to have poured hot water on a human being;…

Man held for abducting, sodomising 12yro boy

Source: News 784 (Trinidad Express) – A 21-year-old Cascade man who allegedly forced a 12-year-old boy into a vehicle at gunpoint, and sexually assaulted him, has been arrested by police. The suspect was arrested on Monday around 10 p.m. at the Curepe Branch of KFC. The attack on the child occurred on Saturday…

Teen killed trying to protect little brother from bully

Source: News 784 (NY DAILY NEWS) – The grieving mother of a 16-year-old stabbed to death in the Bronx on Saturday said he died defending his 13-year-old brother from bullies. Patricia Gay, 34, gathered with a dozen family members inside her apartment mourning the loss of Alijay Morgan, who was attacked at a…

ST LUCIA: Banana exports increase

Source: News 784 (GIS St Lucia) – A little over one year since the Banana Productivity Improvement Project came into operation, banana production and exports are on the rebound, so said Project Manager for the Banana Productivity Improvement Project, Kerde Severin. Mr. Severin has described 2017, the first year of the project, as a…

The Morgans’ Saga

Source: News 784 The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of NEWS784. Send all articles to newsroom@news784.com.   The verdict, in this case, has been given but I can guarantee the public that this case is far from over.  There…

Official Visit Of UAE High Level Delegation To St Vincent

Source: News 784 An Official High-Level delegation from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will visit Saint Vincent and the Grenadines headed by H.E. Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation during the period May 1-2, 2018. While in the State the delegation will meet with H.E. Sir Federick Ballantyne Governor General…

Regional Fisheries Experts Meet In Kingstown

Source: News 784 Fisheries experts from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, and Saint Lucia met in Kingstown, St Vincent on April 25 and 26 to explore options for a climate-smart fisheries monitoring system and a  related fisheries and environment database.   The experts met at a two-day workshop organised…

GOALS GALORE AGAIN AT CHILI IN UNDER-14 CHAMPIONSHIPS

Source: News 784 Aldeus Charles and Amos Thomas both hit hat-tricks, as Sparta FC slammed DESCO FC with an 11-nil whipping at the Chili Playing Field, on Saturday April 28th 2018, in another round of matches in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation / St. Vincent Brewery 2018 National Under-14 Club Championships.…

104-year-old scientist says he ‘regrets’ living so long

Source: News 784 (NY DAILY NEWS) – A 104-year-old scientist says that he is ready to die, and is going to Switzerland to legally end his life. Prof. David Goodall, who lives in West Australia, celebrated his birthday last month, but told ABC that he “greatly (regrets) having reached that age.” Goodall, who still does…

Former KFC worker issues reminder about severance pay

Source: iWitness News A former employee of KFC (St Vincent) Ltd., then a subsidiary of St. Clair Investment, is using the occasion of International Workers’ Day – today, May 1 — to remind the nation that she and her former co-workers are still awaiting severance payment, three years after being laid off. Some 100 workers…

Goals galore again in U-14 soccer championship

Source: iWitness News Aldeus Charles and Amos Thomas each hit hat-tricks as Sparta FC slammed DESCO FC with an 11-nil whipping at the Chili Playing Field, on Saturday in another round of matches in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation- St. Vincent Brewery 2018 National Under-14 Club Championships. At the break,…

UK woman’s visit excites Vincy man to steal

Source: iWitness News A 37-year-old husband on Friday attributed to the excitement generated by the expected visit of a female friend from the United Kingdom, his decision to steal liquor and other items from a supermarket. Shorn Rodrigues volunteered that while he and the woman are very close, they are not sexually involved — information…

Vincy bears brunt in weed charge with Grenadians

Source: iWitness News A Vincentian man got the harshest of the sentences Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias handed down on him and two Grenadians for possession of  (123,488 grammes) 272lbs of marijuana last August. The Vincentian, David Hepburn, of Sion Hill, will spend five and a half years in jail while Grenadians Denrol Walker,…

The Morgans’ saga is far from finished

Source: iWitness News By Vincy Lawyer The verdict in the case of a pastor, his wife, and daughter charged with burning a man with a hot liquid has been given but I can guarantee the public that this case is far from over. There is no need to repeat the facts of this…

Rare eye cancer discovered

Source: News 784 (NY DAILY NEWS) – Ocular melanoma — an exceptionally rare type of eye cancer — has been discovered in 18 people in Huntersville, N.C., and Auburn, Ala. — many of whom attended the same college. The cancer, which typically affects six out of every one million people, was diagnosed in…

Cancer-causing weedkiller found in popular foods

Source: News 784 (NY DAILY NEWS) – Crackers, granola and cereal one Food and Drug Administration official brought from his home tested positive for a widely used chemical linked to cancer in 2017 — but the results were never made public, according to a report. A freedom of information request from The Guardian revealed that…

Questelles Man Charged For Theft Of A Pig

Source: News 784 Police arrested and charged Raymond Henry, 36 years Mechanic of Questelles and Kenny Gordon, 30 years Labourer of Campden Park for theft. According to investigations, Henry and Gordon stole one (1) brown and white sow pig valued EC $450.00, the property of Beverly Reddock, 54 years Businessman of Kingstown. The…

St Vincent: Victims Of Human Trafficking Rescued By INTERPOL

Source: News 784 (BBC) – Nearly 350 victims of human trafficking have been rescued by police in 13 Caribbean and Latin American countries. Tim Morris, Interpol’s executive director of police services, told the BBC  bosses at a factory in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines stripped Asian trafficking victims of their passports and forced…

MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE IMPLEMENTS (JCCCP) PROJECTS

Source: News 784 The Ministry of Agriculture is currently implementing project activities related to two projects JCCCP projects in St. Vincent. The first project is an Irrigation Capacity Improvement program to Improve Climate Resilience among Small Farmers. This is being done through the JCCCP Grant Funding – US$191,064.57. The project objective is to…

SVG among nations where no Sexual Harassment Laws Exist

Source: News 784 SVG are among Caribbean countries where no Sexual Harassment Laws Exist, this according to a News Americas analysis of the recent U.S. State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. This comes in wake of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault continues to spread virally across the U.S. and the…

SVGCC final year students complete set up of Peri-Urban garden

Source: News 784 Final year students of the Agriculture & Entrepreneurship Programme at the St. Vincent Community College completed their practicals on the set up of peri-urban garden on Friday 20th April, 2018. The practical session involved finalizing the irrigation system set up with drip irrigation fully installed by the students now operational.…

Pig Producers Exposed To Ham-Making Process

Source: News 784 Pig producers in SVG were exposed to ham-making process at the New Grounds Agricultural station. The workshop took place on 17th April, 2018 and involved 9 farmers. The objective was to: (1) Build capacity in the sector among stakeholders (youth, farmers and Government staff). (2) Strengthen producer’s organizations to add…

InvestSVG Announces Finalists In High Export Potential Programme

Source: News 784 InvestSVG has announced three selected finalists in the High Export Potential (HiExPo) Programme – which is a collaborative effort between Caribbean Export Development Agency and Invest SVG. The finalists are: LinkUp – co-founded and owned by Anthony George and Kenna Questelles-George; Olive Art Designs – founded and owned by Christal…

FLORIDA: Man shoots wife after mistaking her for burglar

Source: News 784 (NY DAILY NEWS) – A Florida man accidentally shot his wife twice after he mistook her for a burglar in their home, police said. Nathan and Allison Simmons, both 31, thought someone broke into their Orlando home Wednesday but went to sleep after finding out it was cleared, Winter Garden…

Windrush assurances should be written into law, say MPs

Source: News 784 (BBC) – More than 200 MPs have signed a letter to the prime minister calling for government promises to Windrush migrants to be written into law. The letter, co-ordinated by Labour MP David Lammy, said concerns over compensation, housing and legal rights had not been settled. The Home Office said…

OECS Media Under Tight Surveillance According To Report

Source: News 784 According to the RSF Reporters Without Borders, Journalism is not a prestige profession in the countries that are members of the Organization of East Caribbean States. The media watchdog in their 2018 report says Journalists get little training and often abandon media work because it is so badly paid. It…

SVG’s High Export Potential finalists announced

Source: iWitness News Invest SVG, in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA), has announced the three St. Vincent-based businesses selected to benefit from the High Export Potential (HiExPo) Programme. The finalists are LinkUp – co-founded and owned by Anthony George and Kenna Questelles-George; Olive Art Designs – founded and owned by Christal…

Commonwealth SG meets with SVG officials as hurricane countdown begins

Source: iWitness News Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, is meeting with leaders in the Caribbean to explore the Commonwealth’s role in minimising the impact of extreme weather events as the region’s hurricane season approaches. The secretary-general, who will be in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday to meet with government officials, said it…

Homeless man confesses to sex with horse using overturned bucket

Source: News 784 (FOX NEWS) – A “homeless-looking” man in Oregon has confessed to sexually assaulting a horse after its owner found the animal “tied up in an unusual way” inside its stable, police and court documents say. Kenneth Lijah Duyck, 20, is in Washington County Jail Thursday on suspicion of sexual assault…

TRINIDAD:Boy brings bullet, magazine to primary school

Source: News 784 (TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – A 14-year-old primary schoolboy who allegedly was showing a round of ammunition and a magazine to his classmates at a San Fernando school was detained on the compound on Thursday. The teenager, a fifth standard pupil, was detained by the security guard and handed over to police…

Jevorn Franklyn acquitted on a charge of assault

Source: News 784 Jevorn Franklyn a barber from the community of Largo Height walked out of the Kingstown Magistrate Court a free man on Friday April 27th, 2018 after he was acquitted on a charge of assault causing actual bodily harm. His acquittal came after Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett after examining the facts…

SVG To Experience Cooler Night Temps From May To July

Source: News 784 The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says that St Vincent and the Grenadines will experience cooler night time temperatures in the coming months.  In its recent report the institute said the onset of the wet season may be delayed by a few weeks in much of the…

9th BNTF Program Launched In St Vincent

Source: News 784 The Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) 9th program of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) was officially launched here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on April 25, 2018. In addressing the launching ceremony held at the National Insurance Services (NIS) conference room Monica La Bennett-Vice-President (Operations) of the Caribbean Development…

Mexico Registers Cuban Medication to Treat Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Source: News 784 (Prensa Latina) The Federal Commission for Protection against Health Risk (Cofepris) granted the sanitary registration to the Cuban medication Heberprot-P, which is used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, it was reported here today. The drug is an injection that speeds up the cicatrization of deep ulcers caused by diabetes and…

ST LUCIA: Taiwan assists farmers to improve cantaloupe production

Source: News 784 (PRESS RELEASE VIA NEWS784) – Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia cooperated with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives of Saint Lucia held the Cantaloupe Production Workshop in Dennery on April 25th, 2018. More than 30 farmers and extension officers attended the event. Farmers was taught…

Displaced medical students praise SVG’s hospitality (+Video)

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance About a quarter of the medical students who came to St. Vincent after Hurricane Maria devastated Dominica last September returned to the “Nature Isle” on Wednesday with three of them telling iWitness News that they had fond memories of their time in the “Gem of the Antilles”. “I…

University denies forcing student to leave SVG for Dominica

Source: iWitness News At least one of the 105 medical students at All Saints University who left St. Vincent on Wednesday on board a ferry for Dominica felt that she was being pressured to return to the hurricane-ravaged country. The female student who asked to speak to iWitness News without giving her name,…

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