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August 19, 2017

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

15 Persons In Shelter,Heavy Flooding And Landslides Following Harvey

Source: News 784 The Grenadine island of Bequia and the North Windward community of Sandy Bay bore the brunt of Tropical Storm Harvey’s  passage across the multi island state on Friday. According to the head of the National Emergency Management Organisation Michelle Forbes, first reports after the storm indicates difficulty in getting into…

Continued caution urged as all clear is given for SVG

Source: iWitness News The tropical storm warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines was discontinued at 2 p.m. Friday and the all clear given for activities across the country. “So all businesses can resume as normal and we expect persons to continue their … Continue reading → Link: Continued caution urged as all

Tropical Storm Warning For St Vincent Discontinued

Source: News 784 The Government of Barbados has discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At 200 PM AST (1800 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near latitude 13.2 North, longitude 62.1 West. Harvey is moving toward the west near 21 mph (33 km/h) and this…

Public and private sector resumes work in Barbados

Source: News 784 BARBADOS HAS BEEN given the “all clear” in the wake of the passing of Tropical Storm Harvey. But the country’s Department of Emergency Management (DEM) is still asking Barbadians to stay off the streets for a while longer, as they clear areas of debris, complete any necessary evacuations, and protect…

NEMO: 6 persons now in shelter,flooding in North Windward

Source: News 784 The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said at Friday morning that all emergency shelters remain activated. There are also reports of localised flooding in Fancy and Owia, but there are no reports of damage so far. All rivers and dry guts north of Rabacca are swollen. The centre of Tropical…

6 people in shelters, flooding in N. Windward, no reports of damage

Source: iWitness News Six persons sought shelter in emergency shelters overnight Thursday as Tropical Storm Harvey began affecting St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which remained under a storm warning mid-morning Friday. The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said at Friday morning that all … Continue reading → Link: 6 people in shelters, flooding

Staff At MHWE Asked To Be On Standby For Redeployment

Source: News 784 St. Vincent and the Grenadines remains under a Tropic Strom Warning. As a consequence, all staff at the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment are asked to be on standby for call out and or for redeployment. Health Centers will remain closed today ( Friday, August 18th); and areas…

Region on Alert over the Spread of “Red Eye”

Source: News 784  Several Caribbean islands have reported outbreaks of conjunctivitis at health facilities and medical practices. “The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is currently monitoring the situation and we want to urge persons to take the necessary precautions to prevent and reduce the spread of this illness,” said Dr Virginia Asin-Oostburg, Director, Surveillance,…

Lewis lights up VINLEC N. Leeward T20 Tourney

Source: iWitness News A Leshawn Lewis century was the highlight of the latest round of weekend matches in the 2017 VINLEC North Leeward T20 Cricket tournament at the Petit Bordel Playing Field. Lewis struck an attacking 104 as he led Carlos James Troumaca … Continue reading → Link: Lewis lights up VINLEC N.

Impressive Matthews steers North Leeward big win

Source: iWitness News An impressive all-round performance by the precocious O’jay Mathews saw North Leeward to a comprehensive 117 run win over Marriaqua on the third day of action in the SVGCA Zonal U15 championship at the Buccament Playing Field on Wednesday. North … Continue reading → Link: Impressive Matthews steers North Leeward

Met Officials: No Reports of Flooding or Damage

Source: News 784 Head of the meteorological service here in St Vincent Billy Jeffers said during the last six hours the country has recorded about 2 inches of rain. Jeffers noted that they are expecting another 3 inches throughout Friday base on the current forecast. “Regarding the wind, we have not been experiencing…

Mayreau, Union fishers trained

Source: iWitness News President of the Mayreau Explorers Fishers Co-op, Philman Ollivierre, has urged participants in a recent Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HCCP) training session to use the knowledge gained to improve their performance as fishers. “Knowledge is power. So, let … Continue reading → Link: Mayreau, Union fishers trained

Central Windward, Kingstown in winner’s row

Source: iWitness News By E. Glenford Prescott Kingstown and Central Windward enjoyed comfortable victories in the first round of matches in the SVG Cricket Association 2017 Zonal Under 15 competition, which got going on Monday. Central Windward notched up two wins in as … Continue reading → Link: Central Windward, Kingstown in winner’s

NEMO: We are about 25% through Tropical Storm Harvey

Source: News 784 Harvey’s center is expected to pass near or over the island at around 2 pm. All business and non-essential services have been ordered shut down by the government. According to NEMO, Heavy rains are moving into North windward and North leeward areas now. Residents along rivers and streams are asked…

Harvey Begins To Affect St Vincent And The Grenadines

Source: News 784 Light rains, minimal winds, and slight thunderstorm activity are being reported across St Vincent as Tropical Storm Harvey inches closer to the island. At 5:00 a.m, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near 13.1°N, 59.1°W or about 135 miles…220 Km East South-East of St.Vincent and the Grenadines. The…

WEATHER DETERIORATING IN THE WINDWARD ISLANDS

Source: News 784 At 200 AM AST (0600 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near latitude 13.0 North, longitude 58.1 West. Harvey is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h), and a continued westward motion with a slight increase in forwarding speed is expected over the next couple…

Police nab men with high-powered gun, ammo

Source: iWitness News Three Central Kingstown men were arrested and charged jointly on Wednesday with having in their possession a machine gun. The men, Akeem Ferdinand, a 22-year-old unemployed of Rockies; Mwata Henry, a 25-year-old unemployed of Redemption Sharpes and Marlon Wyllie, a … Continue reading → Link: Police nab men with high-powered

SVG Shuts Down At 10 PM In Preparation For Harvey

Source: News 784 In preparation for the passage of Tropical Storm Harvey on Friday 18th August 2017, Prime Minister Dr. Gonsalves said in a broadcast to the nation that all business and non-essential service will close  10 PM tonight. A number of other announcements were made by the Prime Minister on National radio. Gonsalves said…

Malala gets accepted to Oxford University

Source: News 784 Pakistani human-rights and education advocate Malala Yousafzai — who defied death and became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Price — now has a new title: Oxford college student. The 20-year-old blogger revealed Thursday on Twitter that she had been accepted to the prestigious University after passing her A-Level…

Police Nab Men With High-powered Weapon

Source: News 784 Three males, ages 22, 25 and 34 years were arrested and charged jointly on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 with having in their possession a machine gun. The men Akeem Ferdinand, a 22-year-old unemployed of Rockies; Mwata Henry, a 25-year-old unemployed of Redemption Sharpes and Marlon Wyllie, a 34-year-old vendor of …

AIA SHUTS DOWN OPERATIONS

Source: News 784 Argyle Gardens, August 17, 2017. The Argyle International Airport (AIA) hereby informs the  General Public that all operations at the airport will be closed after the departure of LIA 737 this evening, Thursday, August 17th. This is as a result of the tropical storm warning issued for SVG. Scheduled flights will be interrupted until further notice…

Tropical Storm Harvey Forms East Of St Vincent

Source: News 784 At 500 PM AST (2100 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Harvey was located near latitude 13.0 North, longitude 55.8 West. Harvey is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this motion is Harvey is moving toward the west near 18 mph (30 km/h), and this motion…

SVG champs in ECVA

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LIAT FLIGHTS DISRUPTION: Travel Advisory #1

Source: News 784 LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to  the impending passage of Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine that several destinations will  be affected. In order to transport passengers to their destinations safely and to reposition our aircraft to operational airports, several flights today have been retimed  and cancelled. LI 393 will…

Boy,12, charged with killing 15 yr Old In Trinidad

Source: News 784 A 12-year-old boy and his older brother have been charged with the killing of 15-year-old Emmanuel Okira who was stabbed 15 times then drowned. The younger sibling was charged with manslaughter, while his 18-year-old brother was charged with murder, a homicide investigator said. Okira’s body was found on August 11…

BREAKING:Tropical Storm Warning Issued For St. Vincent

Source: News 784 The Government of Barbados has issued a Tropical Storm Warning for Barbados and  St. Vincent and the Grenadines. At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the disturbance was centered near latitude 13.1 North, longitude 54.1 West. The system is moving toward the west near 17 mph (28 km/h), and this motion…

System Becoming organised,Hurricane Hunter To Investigate

Source: News 784 Morning satellite imagery shows that shower activity associated with a low-pressure system centred about 550 miles east of The Lesser Antilles has become better organised overnight, and buoy data indicates that the circulation is becoming better defined. Environmental conditions generally appear conducive for development, and a tropical depression could form…

Residents Of SVG To View Partial Eclipse On Monday

Source: News 784 St Vincent and the Grenadines will be among various countries around the world, that is expected to experience a partial to total solar eclipse on August 21. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partly obscuring the image of the sun for a viewer on Earth. A total…

Jamaica: Attorney disbarred for failing to handover $2million

Source: News 784 A Jamaican Attorney-at-law Graceann Cameron has been struck off the Roll of Attorneys entitled to practice in Jamaica due to professional misconduct. According to a newspaper advertisement, Cameron was found in breach of the legal profession on July 22 after the Disciplinary Committee heard evidence from a client, who filed…

Ontario university wants more Caribbean students

Source: News 784 The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) says it is so impressed with its Caribbean students that it plans to increase the number of students it recruits from the tropical islands. Already it has an international student population of 700, of which 100 are from the Caribbean.Total enrollment stands…

Woman dies defending her fiancé’s family

Source: News 784 The woman shot to death on a Queens street corner died defending her fiancé’s family during a Hatfields-and-McCoys-type fracas, sources said. Teriana Holcombe, 21, a day care center worker, was hit in the head by a bullet on the corner of Murdock Ave. and 198th St. in St. Albans just…

XITO APP Will Make You!

Source: News 784 Few apps in the Caribbean have managed to revolutionise the concept of shopping the way XITO plans too. Described by its founder Lisa Clarke as a “digital marketing company offering exclusive members only deals through a lifestyle app”, XITO is on a mission to “change the way we shop! Xito…

Resurgence Of Arrowroot in St. Vincent

Source: News 784 A one-day workshop held on Tuesday highlighted the resurgence of the arrowroot industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. An assessment of the Arrowroot Industry, about Market, Technology; Food Safety and Quality Compliance, was carried out by stakeholders Raymond Ryan, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, said the Agricultural…

GIPSVG Recognises North Windward Two Top CPEA performers

Source: News 784 The top two CPEA performers and their teachers from schools on the Windward side of the island, north of the dry river were recognized for their performance. The recognition was done through a collaborative effort by the Garifuna Indigenous Peoples of St.Vincent and the Grenadines Inc(GIPSVG Inc.) based in New…

St Lucia May Impose Visa Restrictions On Venezuelans

Source: News 784 St Lucia is looking to impose visa restrictions on Venezuelans seeking to enter that country, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced. At a news conference yesterday, he said he was concerned about the ongoing turmoil in the Spanish-speaking Caribbean country, where more than 120 people have died since anti-government protests erupted.…

Severe weather information statement for SVG

Source: iWitness News The Barbados and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services are monitoring the progress of a series of low-pressure systems over the Atlantic. Of immediate interest is the system closest to the region, which was, centered about 800 miles … Continue reading → Link: Severe weather information statement for

Off field frenzy

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Election will not solve ‘crisis’ in Barbados — UWI lecturer

Source: iWitness News A Caribbean academic says that Barbados’ current economic challenges are “a classic example of the exhaustion of the post-colonial social contract”. Tennyson Joseph, head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in … Continue reading → Link: Election will not solve ‘crisis’

Envoy warns new scholars after 3 Vincies fail in Taiwan university

Source: iWitness News As 17 Vincentians take up university scholarships in Taiwan, the ally’s ambassador to Kingstown has noted that two Vincentians lost their scholarships last year because of underperformance. The two students join another who failed in 2016 and had his scholarship … Continue reading → Link: Envoy warns new scholars after

Vincentian players bow out of ITF main draw

Source: iWitness News Vincentian players at the ITF Under-18 tournament taking place at the National Tennis Centre at Villa were outclassed on Tuesday and all suffered elimination from the main draw on another day of tough competition-losing both in singles and doubles play. … Continue reading → Link: Vincentian players bow out of

Met Office SVG: Possible Tropical Depression By Friday

Source: News 784 The Meteorological Services continue to monitor an area of disturbed weather which could reach St.Vincent and the Grenadines by Friday. The forecasters say the system could reach the island as a vigorous tropical wave or possibly a tropical depression. The broad area of low pressure is located about 1000 miles east of the…

12-y-o sneaks into football history

Source: iWitness News By E. Glenford Prescott Twelve-year-old Ronaldo Adams sneaked into football history when he scored the first goal in the 2017 Caribbean Children’s Charity Shield Soccer Classic organised by the Hamilton Lashley Human Development Foundation (HLHDF) and the St. Vincent and … Continue reading → Link: 12-y-o sneaks into football history

New Policy Allow Vincentian Students To Work In Taiwan

Source: News 784 Starting from this year, students enrolled in the Taiwan scholarship programmes can now apply for a work permit in Taiwan. The announcement was made by Taiwan Ambassador to St Vincent and the Grenadines His Excellency Baushuan Ger Ambassador. Ger who was speaking at the presentation ceremony for the 2017 Taiwan…

Vincy players endure rough day in ITF Juniors

Source: iWitness News SVG’s young tennis hopefuls had a day to forget when competition in the main draw of the Junior ITF Tournament got on the way on Monday at the National Tennis Centre at Villa. Amarlia Benn, Nikalette Hadaway and Myka Williams … Continue reading → Link: Vincy players endure rough day

Legal Titles Delay Ginger Village Road Project

Source: News 784 When projects are funded by external agencies, banks or even governments, there are conditions by which the money is given. According to Minister of Works Julian Francis, the Ginger Village road is a very frustrating exercise. “It does not directly fall under my ministry, the chief engineer has suzerainty over…

Over 4000 Employed For BRAGSA Summer Road Cleaning

Source: News 784 Minister of Transport and Works Senator Julian Francis said some 4387 Vincentians are now employed with the BRAGSA summer road cleaning programme. The program which began on Monday 14th August and will continue for two weeks will employ truckers, gangs and jobbers. Senator Julian Francis speaking on Tuesday night said…

Assessment For 34 Million Dollar Road Program Begins

Source: News 784 Surveyors working for the Kuwait Fund is currently in the state to assess the ground work done by the Ministry Transport and works. A 34 Million Dollar road repair program financed by the Kuwait Fund is expected to begin by the next quarter Senator Julian Francis on Tuesday night said…

Vincentian Maxton Scotland Appointed Co-Chair of UNDPI/NGO Committee

Source: News 784 Vincentian born Mr. Maxton Scotland is the Youth Co-Chair of the United Nations Department of Public Information and Non-Governmental Organization (UNDPI/NGO) Committee.  From a global list of nominees, he was appointed and to date has successfully chaired the Intergenerational Dialogues on the Sustainable Development Goals. A collaborative event between the…

Returning residents robbed of car, luggage in Kingston

Source: News 784 Police are searching for gunmen who on Monday held up and robbed a group of returning residents of their luggage and the car they were travelling in minutes after they left the Norman Manley International (NMIA) airport. The traumatized victims were found along the Michael Manley Boulevard in Kingston, reportedly minutes after the attack. Police…

Georgia judge suspended over facebook post

Source: News 784 A county judge in Georgia was suspended after he slammed protesters who pulled down Confederate monuments and likened them to ISIS in controversial Facebook posts. Gwinnett County Magistrate Judge James Hinkle wrote a post on Saturday deriding the counter-protesters in Charlottesville, V.A., who opposed white supremacists, neo-Nazis and other far-right…

Latest shootings mark new era of violence in Sharpes

Source: iWitness News The latest shootings in Redemption Sharpes, which have claimed one life and left two injured, mark the beginning of a new era of violence in the community, a law enforcement source has told iWitness News. Dead is Kesron Quashie, a … Continue reading → Link: Latest shootings mark new era

Woman set afire after refusing to have sex with lover

Source: iWitness News The family of the woman who was set afire in her bed Sunday morning have been told that if she survives, she will have a very long road to recovery. The woman, 44-year-old Monique Clarke of Biabou, was set afire in … Continue reading → Link: Woman set afire after refusing

Man Dies Following Shooting In Redemption Sharpes

Source: News 784 Another young man is dead following a shooting incident in the Redemption Sharpes community on Monday night. Information is that the incident took place sometime before 10pm. Details are still sketchy surrounding the incident, however News784 understands that about 4 masked men delivered the death shot. The young man was…

Frontline protesters picket hospital (+video)

Source: iWitness News About a dozen persons protested outside the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH) in Kingstown on Monday to register their demand for “better healthcare facilities”. A number of the protesters are associated with the Frontline protest that has been going on since Dec. … Continue reading → Link: Frontline protesters picket hospital (+video)

Breaking! Vincentian Nurses Axed From Trinidad Hospital

Source: News 784 Vincentian nurses are among foreign nationals who have not escaped the effects of the shrinking economic climate in the twin island republic of Trinidad and Tobago.  According to reports in the Trinidad media, it has been estimated that close to 100 foreign nurses have been let go from the na­tion’s…

Sierra Leone mudslide kills at least 200

Source: News 784 (BBC)  At least 200 people have been killed in a mudslide near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, the Red Cross says. A hillside in the Regent area collapsed early on Monday following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud. A BBC reporter at the scene said that many people may…

Woman Set Alight By Her Boyfriend

Source: News 784 Police in St Vincent is now investigating the circumstances surrounding a burnt victim who hails from the community of Biabou. The incident is said to have occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday 13th August 2017. Reports are that the woman was set ablaze by her boyfriend, who according to…

19 Vincentian Students Receive Taiwan Scholarships

Source: News 784 Speaking at the presentation ceremony for the 2017 Taiwan Scholarships Programme earlier on Monday 14th, Taiwan Ambassador to St Vincent His Excellency Baushuan Ger announced that 19 Vincentians were awarded the Taiwan Scholarships offered by both the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Taiwan ICDF.…

Met Office: Tropical Wave To Affect The Island

Source: News 784 A weak tropical wave is crossing our islands with bands of moisture in shallow low level cloud patches. Occasionally cloudy skies and some scattered showers can be expected this afternoon. Special feature: There is a medium chance (60%) for tropical cyclone formation within the next 5 days in the Atlantic Ocean where a…

SVG’s Benn among early starters in ITF Juniors

Source: iWitness News Vincentian Amarlie Benn will be among players on court today (Monday), the first day of competition in the main Draw in the ITF Junior Tournament at the National Tennis Centre at Villa. Benn, who is among eight Vincentians — all … Continue reading → Link: SVG’s Benn among early starters

Darron Andrews To Feature At Club St Vincent Expo In New York

Source: News 784 When Club St. Vincent Inc. holds its annual Cultural Exposition on Saturday, 26th August at Friends of Crown Heights Educational Centre in Prospect Place, Brooklyn; a brand new artiste to that particular stage will provide entertainment to patrons at the event, in the presence of Consul General Hon. Howie Prince. …

CAPE Results Release Today

Source: News 784 RESULTS of the 2017 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination are to be released to the region’s ministries of education on Monday. However, students will be able to access the results online and on the CXC Connect mobile app on Friday at http://results.cxc.org. In a release, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) said,…

Maddzart And Island Beverage Launch Posse Rum Punch

Source: News 784 “Posse Rum Punch” is now available in St Vincent and the Grenadines through the collaboration of Rayon “Maddzart” Primus and Island Beverages. Primus told News784 on Friday that the locally produced beverage was born out of what he called a “Maddzart Meeting”. “Someone mentioned rum punch while we had a…

Teenaged farmer shot in North Leeward

Source: iWitness News A teenaged farmer from North Leeward was rushed to hospital in the northwestern district after being shot around 10 p.m. Sunday. Robert Quashie, who is in his late teens and originally from Petit Bordel, was shot in his left leg … Continue reading → Link: Teenaged farmer shot in North

Sharpes men shot in ‘gang war’

Source: iWitness News Two Redemption Sharpes men are expected to undergo surgery after being shot in the Central Kingstown community Saturday night as a result of what one source tells iWitness News is believed to be a “gang war”. Kareem Charles and Junior … Continue reading → Link: Sharpes men shot in ‘gang

Explaining Argyle airport on St. Vincent Island

Source: iWitness News By C. ben-David “The tourism sector has considerable potential for development” (Wikipedia entry for St. Vincent and the Grenadines [SVG]). “There is now greater pressure on us all … to ensure that the AIA [Argyle International Airport] realises its huge … Continue reading → Link: Explaining Argyle airport on St.

Lecturer warns against political opportunists

Source: iWitness News A University of the West Indies (UWI) lecturer is urging the public to be wary of political opportunists and is advocating instead for the “professional politician”. Tennyson Joseph, head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the … Continue reading → Link: Lecturer warns against political opportunists

Tennis hopefuls begin trek to possible stardom

Source: iWitness News By E. Glenford Prescott Local Tennis fans are being given an opportunity to see who could be the next rising star on the tennis landscape. This will have this chance as scores of young tennis hopefuls showcase their talents in … Continue reading → Link: Tennis hopefuls begin trek to

Two Men Hospitalised Following Shooting In Redemption Sharpes

Source: News 784 According to the latest information obtained by News784, two men are now nursing injuries due to a shooting incident in Redemption Sharpes earlier tonight. Information is that 26yr old Kareem Charles a labourer of Redemption Sharpes was shot on the left side of his face, hip and elbow. Charles was…

Shooting In Redemption Sharpes

Source: News 784 Information reaching News784 is that there was a shooting shortly before 8 pm on Saturday 12th August 2017, in the Central Kingstown Constituency. The shooting occurred in the vicinity of the Redemption Sharpes playing field. Reports are that one man was shot. We are not aware of his medical condition following the…

Met Office: Trough system to affect the island tonight

Source: News 784 A weak trough confined to the lower levels will affect the region tonight, resulting in occasionally cloudy skies with some scattered showers into Sunday morning. Special feature: Models suggests that a low could develop sometime next week in the Atlantic Ocean. Current projections suggest a track to the northeast of the island chain.…

Grenadines Bank fishers HACCP certified

Source: News 784 “Knowledge is power. So, let us use the information that was passed on to us, to better ourselves and intern better our livelihoods. Fishing!” Those were the words uttered by President of the Mayreau Explorers Fishers Corp, Philman Ollivierre during a closing ceremony on Saturday, August 12 for a recently…

2017 Predictions Increased From Average To Extremely Active

Source: News 784 The predictions for this year’s hurricane season have been heightened, from that of an above average to an extremely active one. This information was disclosed in an updated outlook produced by the The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on August 9. According to the new report, the body said this…

Trinidad: Girl, 8, dies in aunt’s arms

Source: News 784 An eight-year-old girl and her 40-year-old aunt died in a fire on Thursday. Alliyah Primus and her aunt, Nolene Niesha Gopaul, were trapped inside the burning house in Indian Walk in Trinidad. Police said the front and back doors were on fire. Investigators are yet to determine whether the blaze…

Brother Bashes Brother Head With Baseball Bat Over Taco

Source: News 784 An Alabama 19-year-old was arrested after he bashed his twin brother’s head with a baseball bat over a Taco Bell meal. Tyler Tarell Dukes was charged with second-degree assault for the attack and taken to the Limestone County Jail, the News Courier reported. The victim, Dukes’ brother, told authorities he and his…

White nationalist rally in Virginia triggers state of emergency

Source: News 784 Tensions flared and protesters clashed in Virginia early Saturday ahead of a massive gathering of white nationalists, neo-Confederates and alt-right activists. Thousands descended upon the usually sleepy college town of Charlottesville, hours after torch-carrying white nationalists marched through the campus of the University of Virginia. A state of emergency was…

The Mind Matters teaches youth about mental health

Source: iWitness News Vincentian youth are now more aware of mental health issues because of The Mind Matters SVG campaign. In July, youth were engaged in mental health awareness presentations entitled, “Understanding mental health and mental illness” during summer programmes at SVG Save … Continue reading → Link: The Mind Matters teaches youth

Gov’t approves 40 student loans

Source: iWitness News The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has announced that it will grant in excess of 40 loans from the Student Loan Company, amounting to EC$2.2 million this year. “We are going to have, this year, the last number which … Continue reading → Link: Gov’t approves 40 student loans

27yr old Severely Wounded

Source: News 784 A chopping incident has left one man severely wounded and is now a patient at the MCMH. Reports are that a Raphel John of Glen was chopped to the back of his head and on both arms on Friday evening. News784 understands that the weapon used in the incident was…

Ritz-Carlton Coming to St Lucia

Source: News 784 St Lucia is in line to have a Ritz-Carlton. But it won’t be ready to open its doors for another five years. The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, which is part of Marriott International, has signed a management agreement with Range Developments to open a 180-room resort on the southern tip of…

‘Love bombing’ newest dangerous dating trend

Source: News 784 Have you started dating someone who has lavished you with attention and then things have quickly soured? Chances are you could have been a victim of “love bombing.” First we had ghosting and then benching, but this brutal new dating trend is yet another obstacle that single people have to deal with and…

Dad dies on the same day son was fatally shot

Source: News 784 A father and son died on the same day in the Bronx. One from a gunshot wound, and the other from what the family believes was a broken heart. “They loved each other so much and they had each others’ back,” said Adio Akil, Akil’s mother. That’s the only reason…

White’s carry torches, shout racist slogans during march

Source: News 784 A large group of white nationalists holding torches and shouting racist slogans marched on the University of Virginia on Friday night — sparking outrage from politicians and local residents. The aggressive crowd chanted “white lives matter” and the Nazi slogan “blood and soil” while stalking into the Charlottesville, Virginia campus…

Layou, Glen men on unlawful sex charges

Source: iWitness News Three Layou men are slated to appear before the Family Court in September for trial on unlawful sex charges. Enrique John and Dennis Prescott appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate Court on Aug. 2, where they were charged, in camera, that they … Continue reading → Link: Layou, Glen men on unlawful

Police Give Owners of Stray Animals Two Weeks

Source: News 784 The Royal St.Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force is issuing a warning to the owners of stray animals throughout the length and breadth of St.Vincent and the Grenadines to have them tied. The animals, mainly cows and sheep, are usually united mainly in the areas of Argyle, Buccament, Diamond and…

Dr Caesar Now A Fellow Of The American College Of Physicians

Source: News 784 Dr Reisha Browne- Caesar is now an official member of the Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Caribbean Chapter. The confirmation which came in July, now makes Browne-Caesar one of three physicians in the region with such distinction. Browne-Caesar in a Facebook posting said the distinction is granted to…

The Mind Matters SVG campaign

Source: News 784 Vincentian youth are now more aware of mental health issues because of The Mind Matters SVG campaign. During the month of July, youths were engaged in mental health awareness presentations entitled, “Understanding mental health and mental illness” during summer programmes at SVG Save the Children Fund (Vinsave), Streams of Power…

STEM SVG Summer Camp Engages in Community Work

Source: News 784 STEM SVG joined JCI on Saturday 29th September, 2017 at Layou’s District Clinic for their Health Outreach Programme. The theme for this JCI event was: “It’s Your Health Own It”. This worthwhile venture comprised of several different activities such as weight, sugar and pressure checks, pap smears, prostate screening, rapid…

Guyana’s Gold Sector Shines

Source: News 784 It’s been a golden year so far for Guyana’s lucrative gold sector. Industry experts say production is booming and the country is well on track to meeting its targets for 2017. According to officials, just seven months into the year, more than 360,000 ounces of gold have been produced, earning…

Sexual Assault Or Good Time At Caribbean Carnival?

Source: News 784 Many are asking if a video showing a woman being groped and fondled by a group of men at the recent Toronto Caribbean Carnival, Caribana, was sexual assault or simply just “carnival?” The video showing a light skinned, heavy set women being ganged up on by a group of men,…

Bronx mom vows revenge for burnt daughter

Source: News 784 A schoolgirl prank gone gruesomely wrong left an 11-year-old Bronx girl hospitalized with severe facial burns — and her rage-filled mom bent on revenge. Relatives of hospitalized Jamoneisha Merritt called Thursday for arrests in the scalding of the girl at her friend’s Bronx apartment. The victim’s mother Ebony Merritt appeared outside the…

‘Tremendous evidence of grave corruption’ at hospital — Cummings

Source: iWitness News Member of Parliament for West Kingstown, Daniel Cummings, says he has “tremendous evidence of grave corruption” at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital (MCMH), the nation’s main healthcare facility. The opposition New Democratic Party’s spokesperson on healthcare, said that the biggest … Continue reading → Link: ‘Tremendous evidence of grave corruption’

Amidst complaints about hospital, health officials brag about ‘state-of-the-art morgue’

Source: iWitness News Amidst increased focus on the quality of healthcare provided at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, two senior health officials took to radio on Monday and bragged, among other things, about its “state-of-the-art morgue”. The two, Grace Walters, administrator at the Milton Cato … Continue reading → Link: Amidst complaints about hospital, health

Trump thanks Putin for booting US diplomats out of Russia

Source: News 784 President Trump on Thursday praised Russia for booting hundreds of US diplomats out of the country — saying that will save money on their salaries. “I want to thank him because we’re trying to cut down our payroll,” Trump said of Russian President Vladimir Putin during a press conference at his New…

Popular DJ’s ex-wife charged with stealing from Courts

Source: iWitness News The ex-wife of a popular radio personality and political activist has been charged with stealing thousands of dollars from her employers. Afranka Hackshaw-Graham was brought before the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown on Wednesday, charged that between May 8 and … Continue reading → Link: Popular DJ’s ex-wife charged with

PM planning snap elections before petitions hearing?

Source: iWitness News Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Monday, revealed certain elements of an opinion poll his party conducted in July, fuelling speculations that he might be testing the waters to determine if to call snap elections. The speculations come amidst repeated court rulings in … Continue reading → Link: PM planning snap elections before

Woman Stabbed By Boyfriend Has Died

Source: News 784 A 40-year-old woman who was stabbed in a domestic dispute earlier this week has died. Vester Rawlins sustained stab wounds on Tuesday night and was rushed to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. She has since been in the Intensive Care Unit in critical condition, Rawlins succumbed to her injuries this…

Mother of 8 dies after being stabbed

Source: iWitness News A mother of eight died in hospital on Thursday just under two days after she and her 1-year-old daughter were stabbed at her home in what police say has been presented as a domestic dispute. Police say that the dead woman … Continue reading → Link: Mother of 8 dies after

Donald Trump in focus during lecture in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News Head of the Department of Government, Sociology and Social Work at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Tennyson Joseph will today, Thursday deliver a lecture in Kingstown on the topic, ‘“Any Cook Can Govern: Plato, … Continue reading → Link: Donald Trump in focus during

Is this Vincy gratitude to the Taiwanese?

Source: iWitness News By Peter Principle The Technical Mission of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is located at Pembroke and is accessed by Jason’s Drive, which branches off the recently rehabilitated Leeward Highway, near Greaves Supermarket. Roadwork was carried out within feet of … Continue reading → Link: Is this Vincy gratitude to

Maria Holder Memorial Trust donates $1m in medical equipment

Source: iWitness News The Maria Holder Memorial Trust donated over EC$1 million worth of medical equipment and supplies to the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment. The Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre received 130 beds and mattresses, three birth centres received a range … Continue reading → Link: Maria Holder Memorial Trust donates

Police 2 continue resurgence in Premier Division

Source: iWitness News By E. Glenford Prescott Police 2 continued their resurgence in the National Premier Division with a commanding innings-and-141-run victory over Carl Joseph Law Chambers ASCO at the Stubbs Playing Field on the weekend. SCORES: ASCO 33 & 78, Police 2 … Continue reading → Link: Police 2 continue resurgence in

Dissolved group donates to health facilities

Source: iWitness News Two healthcare facilities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines received donations from a New York-based group, the final such contribution as the organisation has been dissolved. The New York-based organisation, Progressive Friends of SVG (PFOSVG), on Tuesday, donated cheques for … Continue reading → Link: Dissolved group donates to health

Maduro welcomes CARICOM call for dialogue

Source: iWitness News CARACAS, Venezuela — President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro, has welcomed the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) call for dialogue between opposition forces and the government of Venezuela. Maduro made this declaration on Tuesday while addressing the sixth extraordinary … Continue reading → Link: Maduro welcomes CARICOM call for

167 To Be Employed By YES And SET Programme

Source: News 784 One Hundred and Fourteen tuition scholarships will be handed out this year, the announcement was made by PM Gonsalves on Monday. He said in each case at the University of the West Indies the students receive or have the economic cost paid by the Government. “We budget annually in excess…

Government Acquires 1.64 Acres Of Land At Belmont

Source: News 784 The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines have acquired lands at Belmont in the Parish of St. George. The lands acquired measures 71,667 Square Feet or 1.64 acres. Lands have been acquired with all ways including, water and watercourses, rights, lights, liberties, privileges, paths, easements and all other appurtenances…

French President Macron Writes PM Gonsalves

Source: News 784 The Embassy of France to the O.E.C.S. Member States and to Barbados, in residence in Saint Lucia, presents its compliments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and has the honor to forward enclosed, a letter from His Excellency Emmanuel Macron, President of the French…

SVG Delegation Attends ALBA Political Council Meeting

Source: News 784 President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicholas Maduro has welcomed the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) call for dialogue between opposition forces and the government of Venezuela. President Maduro made this declaration on Tuesday 8. August 2017 while addressing the sixth extraordinary meeting of the Political Council of ALBA-TCP in Caracas,…

Bahamas police seize nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana

Source: News 784 Bahamas police say they have seized nearly 3,000 pounds of marijuana and arrested three persons during a drug bust in Andros, the largest of the 26 inhabited Bahamian Islands on Monday. The police said that they had gone to an area in Fresh Creek, where they discovered a “go-fast boat,…

Police pay convicted child rapist to spy on sex abusers

Source: News 784 A convicted child rapist was reportedly paid nearly $13,000 by British police to spy on a network of nearly 20 people drugging and abusing young women and girls. Newcastle prosecutors said the Northumbria police paid the man – referred as “XY” and only identified as a British Asian man –…

Toddler found dead with boa constrictor and carcasses

Source: News 784 A toddler died shortly after she was discovered inside an Ohio home filled with more than a dozen dead animals, including 15 dead snakes, during the weekend, police said. The 1-year-old girl, identified on Tuesday as Arez Marie Isabella Schrodi, was found unresponsive and not breathing at her grandparents’ home…

Taiwan President Hopes For Improved Relations With China

Source: News 784 Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen has called on mainland China to work with her government to establish “a new model of cross-strait interactions”. “We hope that both sides of the Taiwan Strait can work on a new model for cross-strait interactions that benefit the stability and prosperity of both sides and…

Retiree’s account shows impact of burial society head’s crime (+Video)

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance Morris Prescott, the 57-year-old former president of the Buccament Wise and Prudent Friendly Society, cried on Wednesday as he was sentenced to jail for stealing some EC$85,000 of the burial cooperative’s money. “All circumstances considered, the aggravating and … Continue reading → Link: Retiree’s account shows impact of

North Korea sets mid-August deadline for attacking Guam

Source: News 784 The North Korean military is “awaiting orders” to unleash four missiles at military bases near Guam — because officials believe President Trump is too “bereft of reason” for negotiations, the country’s state-run media reported Wednesday. “The U.S. president at a [golf] links again let out a load of nonsense about…

Barbados fugitive caught in South Carolina

Source: News 784 A fugitive who’s been on the run for months from Barbados authorities was arrested in South Carolina on charges that he scammed elderly victims out of more than $100,000, federal officials said Sunday. The U.S. Marshals Service said in a news release that Hainsley DaCosta Browne was arrested in Fairfield…

Diego Maradona expresses support for Nicolas Maduro

Source: News 784 Argentine football legend Diego Maradona has pledged to be a “soldier… until death” for embattled Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. In a passionate post on Facebook, the former soccer star declared “we are Chavistas” – a reference to President Maduro’s predecessor Hugo Chavez. Maradona wrote: “When Maduro orders, I am dressed…

CARICOM Reaches Out To Help Venezuela

Source: News 784 Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Chairman, Grenadian Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell is expected to make fresh overtures to Venezuela’s political leaders as the Spanish–speaking Caribbean country remains crippled by violent protests. The move got the blessing of regional leaders yesterday at a special emergency meeting via a video conference convened Dr…

Canadian sisters held with drugs at GAI

Source: News 784 Two Canadian sisters were held at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Saturday, August 5 and slapped with several drug-related charges. They are 31-year-old Caleece Whitney Schrouder and 38-year-old Kiyha Calissa Schrouder. Caleece Schrouder was charged with unlawful possession of cannabis, unlawful possession with intent to supply cannabis, trafficking cannabis,…

Deron Grant Contributes To Twins Tennis Career

Source: News 784 Sisters and future tennis stars Amarlia and Gabrielle Benn are now in a better position as they gear up to take part in the ITF Junior Tournament in Tobago, from August 15th-20th, 2017. Philanthropist and Tennis Coach Deron Grant who currently resides in Oman, sponsored the sister’s airfare to the tune…

FBI ‘raided home of former Trump chairman’

Source: News 784 he FBI has conducted a pre-dawn raid on the Virginia home of Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, US media have reported. Federal agents are said to have seized files and other material on 26 July, a day after Mr Manafort voluntarily met the Senate Intelligence Committee. Mr Manafort…

Vincy Soca Artist Launches New Video

Source: News 784 Vincentian song writer Adonis Browne aka ‘Major Dan’ is making waves by elevating Caribbean music to this region of the world. ‘Baby Gyal’ – Major Dan’s latest single was released at a private launch at Dukes Hotel with special guest speaker Dr Christopher Stange, Consulate of St Vincent and Grenadines,…

Man held after car rams into soldiers

Source: News 784 French police shot and arrested a suspect in the ramming of six soldiers near Paris on Wednesday after a dramatic car chase. Le Parisien newspaper named the driver in the suspected terrorist incident as Hamou B, a 37-year-old from Sartrouville in the north western suburbs of Paris. At least 300…

“MCMH Assist In Making Your Health Condition Worst”

Source: News 784 “The limitations and conditions at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital is a very personal and painful thing”. Hon Daniel Cummings Taking a look at issues beyond the debate surrounding the current shortage of Anesthesiologist at MCMH, Cummings said; “Imagine you go MCMH with Sugar, Pressure, whatever, up to today in…

An Excerpt from a Venezuelan

Source: iWitness News By Patrick Ferrari I believe to accept “If you’re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing” (Malcolm X), is to accept the reverse – … Continue reading → Link: An Excerpt from a Venezuelan

North Leeward claims NLA First Division title

Source: iWitness News E. Glenford Prescott Providence Electronic Solutions North Leeward took a giant step into the annals of local cricket by clinching the NLA First Division title with a compelling 7-wicket win over Ruddy’s Electrical Unique Warriors in the final at the … Continue reading → Link: North Leeward claims NLA First

Activist Oscar Allen to be buried this weekend

Source: iWitness News A cultural wake will take place in Diamond this Friday to celebrate “the life and times of Oscar Allen”, the social and political activist who died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on July 28, two weeks after he wrote … Continue reading → Link: Activist Oscar Allen to be

Met Office: Tropical Disturbance Expected To Affect SVG

Source: News 784 Forecasters at the St Vincent Meteorological office in their midday forecast said on Wednesday, another tropical wave (disturbance) is expected to affect the island. This tropical disturbance associated with a low-pressure area in the Atlantic Ocean is not well organised, and a chance for development has decreased over past days. Forecasters…

Looks like Usher’s getting burned again

Source: News 784 Court documents obtained by People magazine suggest the 38-year-old R&B singer’s insurance company is ready to abandon ship. They’ve reportedly filed court documents in Los Angeles asking that a judge excuse them from the case. According to the filing, submitted to the Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, New York Marine and…

Will anyone be fired over Oscar Allen’s death?

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance Minister of Health Luke Browne, in response to this question, says that his approach in his ministry is patients first. “If there is in this case — and I do not anticipate that there will be … Continue reading → Link: Will anyone be fired over

SVG’s Pentecostals celebrate two ‘extraordinary people’

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance When Grenada-born Elsie Frederick decided to move to St. Vincent with her Vincentian husband, George Frederick in 1978, she had planned to spend one year. She was very much involved in her church and in her … Continue reading → Link: SVG’s Pentecostals celebrate two ‘extraordinary

Vincentian To Launch Regions First Equity Crowdfunding Company

Source: News 784 Kenrick Quashie is set to launch Global Domination Capital, which is expected to be the regions’ first fintech startup company, offering equity crowdfunding and peer-to-peer lending solutions to OECS countries and CARICOM member states. This includes Barbados, Jamaica, The Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago and The Turks and Caicos Islands. The…

5 Children Awarded Scholarships By Vinlec

Source: News 784 Five children have been granted scholarships under the St. Vincent Electricity Services Education Awards programme for the academic year 2017/2018.  In addition to these scholarships, VINLEC awarded bursaries to three other students. This year’s awardees are Annique Patterson, Khadija John, Fiaya Linley, Ronece Robertson and Ethan Lewis. They will be…

North leeward Rabbit Rearing Project Ends

Source: News 784 A Rabbit Rearing Project in North Leeward carried out as part of the “Enhanced Capacity for Improved Food Security and Livelihoods Project”, comes to an end today. Some thirty persons consisting of males and females residing in the Troumaca and Rose Hall communities will receive a certificate of completion, along…

Government Reduce Cooking Gas Prices

Source: News 784 Vincentians as of Monday 7th August began paying less for liquefied petroleum gas; the announcement was made at a press conference by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. Gonsalves said the reduction is in keeping with government’s policy of reviewing fuel prices every three months and adjusting them accordingly. In area 1,…

Applications for UK Chevening Scholarships open

Source: News 784 By British High Commission The Chevening Secretariat is accepting applications for UK Government scholarships between 7th August and 7 th November 2017,  to study in the UK in 2018/2019. Chevening Scholarships are awarded to individuals with demonstrable leadership potential who also have strong academic backgrounds. The scholarship offers full financial…

There’s a world championship for Excel spreadsheets

Source: News 784 John Dumoulin has never really set foot in an office. He works part time at Chick-fil-a. But the 17-year-old from northern Virginia is the undisputed king of that bane to office workers everywhere — the spreadsheet. Dumoulin won an international competition on Microsoft Excel proficiency, earning $10,000 in prize money…

Woman told to take the morning-after pill by rapist

Source: News 784 An Austrailian young woman sexually assaulted by a man before being raped by her friend during a night out was told to take contraception the day after she was attacked, a Brisbane court has heard. AAP reports the woman was intoxicated after consuming four shots of tequila and a can of…

Singer Sinéad O’Connor says she’s suicidal

Source: News 784 Troubled singer Sinéad O’Connor has posted an online video saying she’s suicidal — and living in a motel “in the arse end of New Jersey.” “I’m all by myself. And there’s absolutely nobody in my life except my doctor, my psychiatrist, the sweetest man on earth, who says I’m his hero, and that’s about…

25% of recipients not repaying student loans

Source: iWitness News Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who, as Minister of Finance, signs as guarantor for recipients of loans under his government’s economically disadvantaged student loan programme, said he is concerned that one in every four recipients is not repaying the loan. “I … Continue reading → Link: 25% of recipients not repaying

Gov’t announces lower LPG prices

Source: iWitness News Consumers in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, on Monday, began paying less for liquefied petroleum gas, the main fuel for cooking in the country. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves announced the reduction at a press conference in Kingstown, noting that they are in … Continue reading → Link: Gov’t announces lower LPG prices

Nightmare Turbulence Injures 10 on American Airlines Flight

Source: News 784 At least seven crew members and three passengers were hospitalized when an American Airlines flight from Athens, Greece to Philadelphia hit extreme turbulence on Saturday, terrifying passengers and sending some flying through the cabin. “Thirty minutes out,” passenger Ian Smith told WPVI. “They were giving us our drinks. The flight attendants…

Contaminated egg scandal widens to UK and France

Source: News 784 A very small number of eggs contaminated with a toxic insecticide reached the UK earlier this year. Some of the eggs, which originated from the Netherlands, were also found in France, the country’s agricultural ministry said. The UK’s Food Standards Agency say the risk to the public is very low.…

Maduro vows ‘maximum penalty’ for attack on Venezuela base

Source: News 784 President Nicolas Maduro vowed that a band of anti-government fighters who attacked a Venezuelan army base will get the “maximum penalty” as his administration roots out his enemies. Troops killed two of the 20 intruders who slipped into the Paramacay base in the central city of Valencia early Sunday, apparently intent on…

Maduro offers official plane to blocked Venezuelan athletes

Source: News 784 (AFP) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Sunday offered his official plane to national athletes who have had to forfeit competitions abroad because of lack of commercial flights out of their crisis-hit country. “If they can’t manage (flights) because of saboteurs, the presidential plane is available for the national teams to take…

Unprofessional And Reckless Behaviour

Source: News 784 The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of News784. Send all articles to newsroom@news784.com Can you imagine finding it hard to pay your student loan payments every month but making it and the powers that be find…

St. Vincent PM defends appointment of consul general to Oman

Source: iWitness News Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves had defended his government’s decision to appoint Vincentian tennis coach, Deron Grant as its honorary consul to Oman. Grant has been living in Oman for several years with his Omani wife and daughter. He was announced … Continue reading → Link: St. Vincent PM defends appointment

North Leeward, Unique Warriors clash in high voltage NLA final

Source: iWitness News By E. Glenford Prescott Ruddy’s Electrical Unique Warriors and Providence Electronics Solutions North Leeward will contest the final of the National Lotteries Authority First Division competition today (Sunday), from 10 a.m. at the Sion Hill Playing Field, The two teams … Continue reading → Link: North Leeward, Unique Warriors clash

Forecasters monitoring ‘vigorous tropical wave’

Source: iWitness News Forecasters said Saturday afternoon that they were closely monitoring a vigorous tropical wave/disturbance expected to approach St. Vincent and the Grenadines late Tuesday into Wednesday. “Conditions appear favourable for a tropical depression to form early next week,” the St. Vincent … Continue reading → Link: Forecasters monitoring ‘vigorous tropical wave’

Chester Cottage Family under gunfire again

Source: News 784 Two members of the Mack family from the North Central Windward village of Chester Cottage, came under gunfire this morning and escaped death for the second time. In November of 2016,  News784 reported a story where their family home came under gunfire that left shattered windows, and where a Grandmother and…

Brace for a terrible hurricane season

Source: News 784 Thanks in part to warmer waters in the southern Atlantic Ocean, experts are predicting a worse-than-usual hurricane season. according to a new forecast out Friday morning from Colorado State’s Tropical Meteorology Project, which uses 60 years of data to assess current weather conditions. “Forecasters predict a 70 percent likelihood of 11 to…

Inquest begins into death of French motorist in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News A coroner’s inquest began on Friday into the October 24, 2014 death of 51-year-old Geslin Emmanuel Grocravia, a French motorcyclist from Martinique who died in St. Vincent after an incident involving a truck in Arnos Vale, two miles east of Kingstown. The … Continue reading → Link: Inquest begins into death of

Pan Against Crime Summer Program

Source: News 784 Parents/Guardian of students attending various Primary Schools across the state will have another chance to register their children in the Pan against Crime Summer programs. The programs will be held throughout the nation beginning Monday, August 7, 2017, until Friday, August 18, 2017, daily from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon.…

Haiti votes to ban same–sex marriages

Source: News 784 Haitian lawmakers have approved legislation prohibiting same sex marriages as well as banning all forms of public demonstrations in support of homosexuality. The Senate earlier this week approved the measure that includes sanctions and specifies that perpetrators, co-perpetrators and accomplices of a homosexual marriage face a penalty of three years…

Two women, one man to sue Usher over herpes claims

Source: News 784 Lisa Bloom, the attorney who is representing Mischa Barton and Blac Chyna in their revenge porn cases, says she is filing a California lawsuit Monday on behalf of two women and a man who alleged the crooner gave them herpes. The accusers claim, “Usher had sexual contact with them after 2012, and failed to warn…

8-year-old girl dies after she drank boiling water

Source: News 784 An 8-year-old girl has died months after she drank boiling the water out of a straw on a dare from a family member. Ki’ari Pope, of Boynton Beach, Fla., told her mom’s boyfriend she couldn’t breathe Sunday evening, the Palm Beach Post reported. Hours later, she was dead, records from the Florida…

Up with the running

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Cuba And Trinidad To Provide Anesthesiologist For MCMH

Source: News 784 Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves says the government is presently arranging for an increase in the number of Anesthesiologist at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. Last month Representative for West Kingstown Honorable Daniel Cummings says he is very much concerned about the backlog of operations at the island main health…

UNDP Supports National Adaptation Plan for SVG

Source: News 784 The United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) is providing technical assistance to the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the development of a National Adaptation Plan (NAP). National adaptation planning enables countries to assess their vulnerabilities, mainstream climate change risks, address adaptation, and is…

Currency Crunch Could Drive T&T Car Dealers out of Business

Source: News 784 Trinidad and Tobago’s foreign currency crunch is threatening to drive some used car dealers out of business. According to President of the T&T Automotive Dealers Association, Visham Babwah, operators have been forced to put the brakes on new car purchases because they are not getting enough of the foreign exchange…

No IMF: Dominica to Stay the Course

Source: News 784 With projections that Dominica is on track to post 3.1 per cent economic growth for fiscal year 2017/2018, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has scoffed at suggestions that his Government was in need of a helping hand from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). As he wrapped up debate on the EC$918.2 million…

Confused pilot almost caused ‘greatest aviation disaster

Source: News 784 Shocking new images show how an Air Canada pilot almost landed on four planes after mistaking a taxiway for a runway — narrowly avoiding “the greatest aviation disaster in history.” The aircraft passed just 59 feet above ground before pulling up again in the close shave at San Francisco International Airport on…

Mueller impanels grand jury in Russia probe

Source: News 784 Special Counsel Robert Mueller has empanelled a new grand jury in Washington to probe Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, a new report said Thursday. The development is a sign that the investigation is gaining steam, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing a pair…

EMERGENCY NOTICE FROM CWSA

Source: News 784 The CWSA wishes to notify consumers on ALL its water supply systems that the continuing heavy rainfall is producing swollen and muddy river flow at all its intakes and the CWSA has been unable to extract the normal volumes for treatment and distribution. As a result of this, water storage…

Transgender man gives birth to baby boy

Source: News 784 Trystan Reese, a trans man from Portland in the US state of Oregon has given birth to a baby boy – the latest addition to a unique family. His partner Biff Chaplow, in a video, posted a day after Leo’s arrival, said: “The next time someone tells you men can’t have…

Dubai tower engulfed in flames

Source: News 784 ONE of the world’s tallest residential buildings is engulfed in flames in Dubai. Firefighters are battling to bring under control the major blaze at the 86-storey Torch Tower in the United Arab Emirates holiday hotspot. Shocked onlookers have shared harrowing videos on social media of the fire, which quickly spread…

FLOOD-WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ST VINCENT

Source: News 784 Effective as of 6:00 p.m, Thursday 3rd August 2017 Cloudy to overcast skies, occasional pockets of moderate to heavy showers, periods of rain and thunderstorms are moving across the Lesser Antilles. This activity which is being generated by a low-level through and the Inter-Tropical  Convergence Zone (ITCZ), will continue to affect…

22 passengers hurt on flight into Trinidad

Source: News 784 Trinidad express TWENTY-two passengers were injured when an American Airlines flight into Trinidad and Tobago encountered severe turbulence on Wednesday night. The aircraft encountered air pockets as it approached the Piarco International Airport at around 9.30p.m. Turbulence often causes an aircraft to lose altitude suddenly or to shake violently, and…

Bahamas Air To Fly Miami – SVG Route

Source: News 784 Bahamas Air will operate a preliminary schedule service between St. Vincent and Miami during September / October of  2017. Bahamas air in a recent OAG Schedules Analyser updated the file for a nonstop schedule St. Vincent – Miami route. At present, this is likely to be charter service, as service is not listed…

Chambers of lead counsel in election petitions burglarised

Source: iWitness News The chambers of lead counsel in the election petitions, Stanley “Stalky” John, were burglarised sometime between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, and computer, internet, and security equipment stolen. John told iWitness News on Thursday that the firm would be able to better … Continue reading → Link: Chambers of lead counsel in

Prisoner stabbed, rushed into surgery amidst short-staff crisis

Source: iWitness News An inmate at Her Majesty’s Prisons in Kingstown underwent emergency surgery at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on Monday after being stabbed at the correctional facility, which has been battling a problem of short staffing for over a year. A source familiar … Continue reading → Link: Prisoner stabbed, rushed into surgery

Australian Government’s Direct Aid Programme

Source: News 784 The application period for the 2017-2018 cycle of the Australian Government’s Direct Aid Programme (DAP) will be open from 1 – 30th September 2017. The DAP is a flexible small grants programme that supports developmental outcomes in Official Development Assistance (ODA) – eligible countries in the Caribbean. Through the  Australian…

Vincentian Remanded On Drug Charges In Grenada

Source: News 784 A 41 year old Vincentian national has been arrested and charged in the Southern Caribbean island of Grenada. According to the Grenada Drug Squad, Vincentian national Dwight Bibby was charged for the offences of possession of a controlled drug. He was also charged with possession of a controlled drug with…

High Court Delays Ruling On Warner’s Extradition Proceedings

Source: News 784 Former international football executive Jack Warner has got another reprieve, as the High Court in Trinidad and Tobago delays its ruling on extradition proceedings brought against him. High Court Judge James Aboud was expected to deliver his judgment yesterday, but instead adjourned the matter to September following the opening of…

Hip-hop pioneer Kidd Creole charged with murder

Source: News 784 Hip-hop pioneer Kidd Creole has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a homeless man found Tuesday night on a Midtown street, police said. Creole, whose real name is Nathaniel Glover, was arrested Wednesday and was accused of killing a 55-year-old man at the corner of E. 44th…

CFPWA Request For Meeting With PM Gonsalves Was Denied

Source: News 784 The recent developments with some members of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Welfare Association caused a team of Executive members headed by the First Vice President representing the Caribbean Federation of Police Welfare Associations (CFPWA) to fly to the island earlier this week. The main purpose of the…

Dominica holds talks with ECCAA on international airport

Source: News 784 The Director General of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA), Donald McPhail, has held talks with the Dominica government on the development plans for an international airport for the island. A brief government statement noted that the meeting took place on the fringes of the parliamentary debate on the…

Scientists one step closer to making designer babies

Source: News 784 Altering human heredity? In a first, researchers safely repaired a disease-causing gene in human embryos, targeting a heart defect best known for killing young athletes – a big step toward one day preventing a list of inherited diseases. In a surprising discovery, a research team led by Oregon Health and…

Venezuelan Poll ‘Tampered With,’ Says Voting System Company

Source: News 784 The results of Venezuela’s controversial vote to create a new legislature and give President Nicolas Maduro broad authoritarian powers were “tampered with,” to change turnout figures, according to the CEO of the firm that provided the election system. The news may support opposition charges that the results were inflated to…

Coconut Resuscitation Program For St Vincent

Source: News 784 A coconut stakeholders’ platform meeting was convened at the Ministry of Agriculture Conference room Wednesday August 2nd 2017. Maurice Wilson of the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) is the regional project coordinator. Mr. Wilson maintained that in most countries the Ministries of Agriculture are key on the platforms…

Avianca announces suspension of its Barbados service

Source: News 784  Citing “operational limitations”, the Colombian airline Avianca Monday announced the immediate suspension of its service between Bogota and Barbados. In a statement, the company also said it had scheduled a transfer flight to accommodate those passengers left stranded in Barbados. “Avianca requests travellers on the island to contact their local…

Military plane makes emergency landing at GAIA

Source: News 784 Local air transport authorities are assuring that the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) remains fully operational, following the emergency landing of NASA Flight 426 earlier today. In a statement, the Ministry of International Transport said that shortly after departing GAIA at 6:18 this morning, a distress call was received from…

Man charged for chopping down brother’s wax apple tree

Source: iWitness News A man who was charged with chopping down his brother’s wax apple tree was on Monday reprimanded and discharged. Jason Soleyn pleaded to a charge that between Dec. 15 and 16, 2016 he destroyed a wax apple tree valued EC$500, the property … Continue reading → Link: Man charged for chopping down

Social activist Oscar Allen ‘was one of our outstanding sons’

Source: iWitness News Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Monday told Parliament that it would be true to say that social and political activist Oscar Allen, who died at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital on Friday, “was one of our outstanding sons”. Gonsalves, in leading off the … Continue reading → Link: Social activist Oscar Allen ‘was

Youth moves from Buccament Bay to Buckingham Palace

Source: iWitness News A Vincentian young man who successfully completed a six-week hospitality internship at Buckingham Palace has accepted full time employment there, even as he keeps his eyes on his dream of becoming an engineer with the Royal Navy. St. Vincent and … Continue reading → Link: Youth moves from Buccament Bay

Taiwan Donates EC 430,000 Dollars To The Zero Hunger Trust Fund

Source: News 784 The Zero Hunger Trust continues to receive donations, as the work of the fund manifests itself among the Vincentian populace. In an interview, last week, Executive Director of the Zero Hunger Fund Laura Anthony Browne told News784 that the Taiwanese Government provided the program with EC 430,000 Dollars. Anthony Browne…

Liat Appoints New Chief Executive Officer

Source: News 784 JOHN’S ANTIGUA, August 1, 2017 – The Board of Directors of LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, confirms the appointment of Mrs. Julie Reifer-Jones as Chief Executive Officer. Mrs. Reifer-Jones is a graduate of The University of the West Indies, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a…

Trinidad: Defence Force Soldiers Implicated in Payroll Scam

Source: News 784 An intense investigation is underway within the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force (TTDF) after authorities uncovered TT$2 million (US$296,363) in salary overpayments. A civilian attached to the payroll department and two officers were arrested after being interrogated at the weekend. Sources within the TTDF told the Trinidad Guardian that other…

Woman strangles man to death with bed sheets

Source: News 784  A Connecticut woman charged in connection with the death of a man found in a hotel room with a bed sheet around his neck has pleaded guilty. The New Haven Register reports that 30-year-old Lashanda Gregory, of Middletown, pleaded guilty Monday to first-degree manslaughter and other charges in the July 2014…

Feds intercept largest ever fentanyl haul in New York City

Source: News 784 Federal drug agents seized the largest haul of fentanyl in New York history when they busted a Colorado man with 40 pounds of the highly potent synthetic opioid near a Bronx hotel, officials said Tuesday. Carlos Ramirez, 25, of Lakewood, Colo., was arraigned Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court, and charged…

Man fined for stealing corned beef, pig snout, curry

Source: iWitness News A Murray’s Village man was, on Monday, ordered to pay the court EC$200 forthwith or go to jail for two months for stealing a number of items from a Kingstown supermarket. Ronnie Joyette was charged that on July 29, 2017, he stole … Continue reading → Link: Man fined for stealing corned

Buggery Law Splits the Church in Jamaica

Source: News 784 There’s a divide in the church in Jamaica over the decriminalization of buggery, and it has prompted the Jamaica Council of Churches (JCC) to hold a special meeting to discuss the issue. The rift materialized after head of the Anglican Church in Jamaica and the Cayman Islands, Bishop Howard Gregory…

LIAT appoints a new CEO

Source: iWitness News ST. JOHN’S, Antigua — Regional carrier, LIAT on Tuesday announced the appointment of Julie Reifer-Jones as the airline’s chief executive officer. The announcement confirms Reifer-Jones in the position in which she had acted since Briton David Evans, resigned in April … Continue reading → Link: LIAT appoints a new CEO

Jail for Bequia man who suggested cop sell seized cocaine 

Source: iWitness News The Bequia man who had suggested that police sell the cocaine they had seized in a January 2016 raid on his Port Elizabeth home has been jailed. The man, McArthur Leach, and his co-accused, Dexter Stowe, of Friendship, Bequia, were … Continue reading → Link: Jail for Bequia man who

Vincentian Offered Permanent Work At Buckingham Palace

Source: News 784 Vincentian Moriba O’Garro  has been afforded a  job at Buckingham Palace; this was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Starker as he spoke in parliament on Monday 31st July 2017. 25-year-old Moriba O’Garro was a  recipient of the Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship 2017 and completed a six-week placement at…

Zero Hunger Fund Receives EC1.3Million Dollars From Dubai Cares

Source: News 784 The Zero Hunger Trust Fund which is funded by the two percent levy on telecommunications data and telephone calls have been boosted with a donation from Dubai Cares. Speaking to News784, Executive Director of the fund Laura Anthony Browne said the organisation contributed  US 500,000 Dollars. “We are negotiating with…

Grant To Be Appointed Honorary Consul To Oman

Source: News 784 Philanthropist Deron Grant will soon begin performing duties in the capacity of Honorary Consul to Oman. This was disclosed to News784 by Officials in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In an interview with Sandy Peters-Philips, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, News784 was told that the appointment has processes…

Adventure of the Seas Returns to Port Castries

Source: News 784 Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas, is resuming its calls to Port Castries. Thanks to a successful dredging exercise undertaken by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), the 310 metre-long (1017.6 feet) Voyager Class vessel can again dock at Pointe Seraphine. Adventure of the…

Prison escapee shot dead in Guyana

Source: News 784 An escapee from the Lusignan Prison was Sunday afternoon shot dead during an alleged shootout with members of the security forces. Government’s Department of Public Information said  Clive Forde aka El Sinkie was killed during a confrontation at East Ruimveldt. “Joint Services received information that Forde was hiding out in a…

Correction officer caught smuggling marijuana into NYC jail

Source: News 784 A veteran city correction officer was busted by a drug-detecting dog as he tried to smuggle marijuana into a jail, authorities said Sunday. Christian Mizell, 48, of Jamaica, Queens, was nabbed by the front gate of the Manhattan Detention Complex on Saturday morning, court records show. He was caught with…

Mother brought infant’s decomposing body to hospital

Source: News 784 WYOMING, Mich. — The body of a 6-month-old western Michigan boy had already started to decompose by the time his mother took him to a hospital after she had basically ignored him for two days in her sweltering home with no air conditioning, according to court records. The temperature in Lovily…

Security Guard Steals $100K on First Day at Work

Source: News 784 A security guard employed by cash vault and transport company Garda stole $100,000 in cash on his first day on the job, police in New Jersey say. Fairfield police say 19-year-old Larry Brooks was caught on the company’s surveillance cameras stealing $100,000 while working. The company’s security officers were able…

Venezuela claims 41.5% turnout in violent assembly vote

Source: News 784 Turnout in Venezuela’s controversial election for a constituent assembly was 41.5%, the electoral commission says. Just over eight million people voted, commission president Tibisay Lucena told a news conference. Sunday’s election was marred by violence, with widespread protests and at least 10 people killed. The opposition put the turnout at…

SVG Takes Second Runner Up At Jaycees Queen Show

Source: News 784 Miss St Vincent & the Grenadines, Jimelle Roberts took the second runner up at the Jaycees International Queen Show held in Antigua on Sunday 30th July 2017. Roberts also awarded with the  Best  Modelling skills in Evening Wear. Miss Antigua & Barbuda, Ayanna Dorsette walked away with the top spot while…

Bequia drug accused suggests cops sell seized cocaine

Source: iWitness News Two Bequia men who were arrested in connection with cocaine found at their home, suggested that the police officers who arrested them sell the illegal drug, saying there’s a ready market for it. “Whay alyo nah sell them dey? Ah … Continue reading → Link: Bequia drug accused suggests cops

Unease as Morris Prescott’s trial is adjourned for a 4th time

Source: iWitness News Prosecutor Elgin Burgin, on Friday, expressed some apprehension as the trail for theft, of former head of the Buccament Wise and Prudent Friendly Society, Morris Prescott, was adjourned for a fourth time. Prescott is charged that he stole EC$84,000 of burial society’s … Continue reading → Link: Unease as Morris Prescott’s trial

Man charged in connection with shooting

Source: iWitness News A man has been remanded into custody for one week for bail review in connection with the July 16 shooting of another man. Mikhail Laidlow appeared before Magistrate Bertie Pompey at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, charged that he unlawfully … Continue reading → Link: Man charged in connection with

Union pleas for gov’t to provide resources for schools

Source: iWitness News A senior official of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union is pleading with the Unity Labour Party administration to provide resources for schools. “I think that so many of our schools are under-resourced. We are asking teachers to … Continue reading → Link: Union pleas for gov’t to

Leaders who ‘sabotaged’ Teachers’ Union ‘rewarded’

Source: iWitness News The former executive members of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union who “sabotaged” the union’s one day strike in October 2015 by turning out to class have been rewarded elsewhere even as they “paid the penalty” within the … Continue reading → Link: Leaders who ‘sabotaged’ Teachers’ Union

Social justice fighter Oscar Allen has died

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance St. Vincent and the Grenadines has lost one of its most humble but persistent advocates for social justice. Oscar Allen is dead. Allen, who was in his 70s, died Friday night sometime after undergoing a medical procedure in … Continue reading → Link: Social justice fighter Oscar Allen

Teachers on alert

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Gov’t floats $35m bond to repurchase bank shares

Source: iWitness News The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines floated a three-year EC$35 million bond to raise the EC$32.4 million to repurchase 31 per cent of the Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The remaining funds will go to road … Continue reading → Link: Gov’t floats m bond to

The world’s best tourist islands: Lessons for AIA

Source: iWitness News By C. ben-David Travel + Leisure is a popular travel magazine and internet site based in New York City. Published monthly, the magazine has nearly five million readers and has conducted an annual subscriber survey rating vacation destinations and travel providers for … Continue reading → Link: The world’s best tourist islands:

Owia Young Strikers win Police Credit Union T20 tourney

Source: iWitness News Owia Young Strikers are the new champions of the SVG Police Co-operative Credit Union Clinchers T20 softball cricket tournament. They achieved this feat after beating 2016 champions, Country meet town out ah Trouble 1, on a better run rate in … Continue reading → Link: Owia Young Strikers win Police

Community suffers as arrowroot crop rots in Owia (+Video)

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance The manager of the arrowroot-processing factory in Owia has declined to comment while the chair of the association could not be reached after repeated attempts by telephone, even as thousands of pounds of rhizomes are rotting … Continue reading → Link: Community suffers as arrowroot crop

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