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March 29, 2017

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Two homicides in 2 days in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Two homicides in 2 days in St. Vincent Police have launched investigations into two separate incidents in which two men died after suffering blows in altercations. On Tuesday, police launched an investigation into the death of Julian Murray of Mahoe, West Kingstown, who died at the Milton Cato … Continue reading

Fake news’ exposes real weakness at Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | Fake news’ exposes real weakness at Argyle Airport The “fake news” that the Transport Security Administration of the United States had failed the security arrangements at Argyle International Airport (AIA) revealed a real weakness at the airport. The information announced by Dwight “Bing” Joseph on Boom FM two … Continue reading

PM gives insights into TSA’s findings at Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | PM gives insights into TSA’s findings at Argyle Airport A police officer who abandoned his post to sit at a cafeteria and an unclaimed cell phone not properly stored were among the things that the Transport Safety Administration (TSA) of the United States frowned upon during their recent audit … Continue

Artist dies as car runs off road

Source: iWitness News | Artist dies as car runs off road A man died in Ratho Mill during the pre-dawn hours of Monday morning when his car ran off the road. Police say the dead man has been identified as Alvin Bacchus. They said he died when the car ran off … Continue reading →

Audience plugs in as musical virtuosos play at free concert

Source: iWitness News | Audience plugs in as musical virtuosos play at free concert Vincentians were treated to a night of musical bliss as two of the nation’s best-known musicians performed in a live, free concert at the Calliaqua Hard Court on Saturday. It was a night of strings and steel as violinist, Darron Andrews …

Backyard gardening at the Windsor Primary

Source: iWitness News | Backyard gardening at the Windsor Primary Students of the Windsor Primary School are engaging in a project that will demonstrate the usefulness of backyard gardening. The project, which is in fulfilment of the students’ Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) course of study, started in December 2016. … Continue reading →

History of Adelphi Estate

Source: iWitness News | History of Adelphi Estate By Anatol Leopold Scott The following details are part of my ongoing research, over the past three years, on the approximately 139 slave plantations that were so important but yet so unexplored, in the formative history of St. Vincent and … Continue reading →

Scamming regional banking institutions

Source: iWitness News | Scamming regional banking institutions By Rawlston Pompey        Despite being oceans apart, “Internet Connectivity” has brought the international community into a single space. In cyberspace, such connectivity not only allows for, inter alia, “…instant messaging and media socialisation, but also e-commerce and internet banking”. With … Continue reading →

Trini boat captain found dead in Kingstown

Source: iWitness News | Trini boat captain found dead in Kingstown Police in Kingstown have intensified their investigation into the disappearance of a Trinidadian boat captain whose body was found on Friday, two days after he went missing. A missing person report had been made for Alexis McLean, 53, of Trinidad … Continue reading →

New ambulances for SVG

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National Club championships move into next phase

Source: iWitness News | National Club championships move into next phase The premier and Women’s Divisions of the 2017 National Club Championships will kick off this Sunday at the Victoria Park with a series of matches and the presentation of prizes for the 2016/17 Community Inter-League. The action begins at 2:30 … Continue reading →

Jordan takes 7 but Police 2 best Victors 1

Source: iWitness News | Jordan takes 7 but Police 2 best Victors 1 By E. Glenford Prescott An unfocused Victors 1 were made to pay the ultimate price when they conceded first innings points to Police 2 despite a blistering seven-wicket haul by pacer Ray Jordan in their National Lotteries Authority Premier Division … Continue

Pilot pleads guilty to being drunk in cockpit

Source: iWitness News | Pilot pleads guilty to being drunk in cockpit The Sunwing pilot who was found passed out in the cockpit of the airline on Dec. 31 could face up to a year in prison. On Tuesday, Miroslav Gronych, 37, pleaded guilty to having care and control of an aircraft while he … Continue reading

What’s really going on at Customs and Port?

Source: iWitness News | What’s really going on at Customs and Port? by Vinny Newton Many Vincentians have had the wonderful privilege to receive a barrel from abroad over the Christmas holidays over the past few years and with tax concessions. Other than these annual encounters with Customs and Port, they have … Continue reading

Rat invasion forces woman to dump imported food items 

Source: iWitness News | Rat invasion forces woman to dump imported food items  A Canouan woman says she wants to know who will compensate her for a box of food items imported from Trinidad that she had to throw because rats bit them. Ann-Marie Richardson told iWitness News on Thursday that the condition of the … Continue

Lawyers call for crash barriers at Rock Gutter

Source: iWitness News | Lawyers call for crash barriers at Rock Gutter The lawyers representing the two men charged in connection with the deaths of seven students at Rock Gutter two years ago have noted that nothing has been done to make the area safer. Ehud Myers, a 67-year-old pastor, and Davanan … Continue reading

Election petitions hearing begins May 2

Source: iWitness News | Election petitions hearing begins May 2 The hearing of the petitions challenging the results in two constituencies in the December 2015 general elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be held on May 2 and 4. Chief Justice Janice Pereira has appointed High Court judge Justice Esco … Continue reading →

St. Vincent gets 4 ambulances from Taiwan

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent gets 4 ambulances from Taiwan Taiwan ambassador to St. Vincent and the Grenadines Baushuan Ger, on Monday, officially handed over four ambulances to the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment. Ger presented the keys to the vehicles to Minister of Health, Sen. Luke Browne. … Continue reading →

Police investigating shooting at Diamond beach

Source: iWitness News | Police investigating shooting at Diamond beach The police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Deron Davy, 16, of Arnos Vale, which occurred at Diamond about 2:20 p.m. on Wednesday. Reports are that Davy was at Diamond beach when he was approached by a masked … Continue reading →

Defence makes no case submissions as Rock Gutter PI ends

Source: iWitness News | Defence makes no case submissions as Rock Gutter PI ends The preliminary inquiry into the death of the seven students at Rock Gutter two years ago ended in Kingstown on Wednesday with Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias reserving until next week Friday, March 31, her decision on no case submissions by …

Sweetened research, sugared recommendations

Source: iWitness News | Sweetened research, sugared recommendations By Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai Gen KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (IPS) — In 2015, Coca Cola’s chief scientist was forced to resign after revelations that the company had funded researchers to present academic papers recommending exercise to address obesity … Continue reading →

Four Vincies in 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League

Source: iWitness News | Four Vincies in 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League By E. Glenford Prescott glenford404@gmail.com Four Vincentian cricketers have been given an opportunity showcase their talent on the world stage after being offered contracts in the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League T20 competition. The four are batsman, Gidron Pope and … Continue reading

SVG among countries to receive $40m for poverty reduction

Source: iWitness News | SVG among countries to receive m for poverty reduction The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water and sanitation; … Continue

Allen stars in SVGPCCU Clinchers T20

Source: iWitness News | Allen stars in SVGPCCU Clinchers T20 The 2017 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Co- operative Credit Union Clinchers T20 Softball Cricket Competition continued last weekend at the Richland Park Oval and in winners row were Country meet Town out ah Trouble 1, Dr. Thomas Injectors, … Continue reading →

Ministry of Health gets new permanent secretary

Source: iWitness News | Ministry of Health gets new permanent secretary The Public Services Commission has appointed Cuthbert Knights as the new Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, effective March 6, 2017. Knights comes to the job with a wealth of talent and experience that would … Continue reading →

After four years, SVG secures services of a psychiatrist

Source: iWitness News | After four years, SVG secures services of a psychiatrist The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment announced on Tuesday it has secured the services of a psychiatrist. The ministry’s arrangement with Dr. Ermine Belle of Barbados will fill a four-year void in the nation’s healthcare services. Reports are … Continue

Trinidad introduces law for criminal trial without jury

Source: iWitness News | Trinidad introduces law for criminal trial without jury by Oscar Ramjeet The Trinidad and Tobago government has acceded to the request of Chief Justice Ivor Archie for judges alone — without a jury — to hear criminal cases. This, however, can only be done if the accused person … Continue reading

Commissioner grilled as gun cache trial begins

Source: iWitness News | Commissioner grilled as gun cache trial begins Commissioner of Police, Renold Hadaway, remained calm and collected during almost two hours of cross-examination in a case relating to a cache of guns that he displayed at a press conference in January. He would, however, admit that he had … Continue reading →

Monument erected in memory of Rock Gutter seven

Source: iWitness News | Monument erected in memory of Rock Gutter seven The government will, on Tuesday, officially unveil a monument in memory of the seven students who died in the minibus tragedy at Rock Gutter two years ago. Racquel Ashton, Chanstacia Stay, Glenroy Michael, Jamall and Jamalie Edwards, Simonique Ballantyne and Anique Alexander … Continue reading

Inquiry into Rock Gutter deaths enters 10th month

Source: iWitness News | Inquiry into Rock Gutter deaths enters 10th month The preliminary inquiry into the Jan. 12, 2015 death of seven students at Rock Gutter is slated to continue on Wednesday, after a months-long adjournment. The preliminary inquiry, which is into its 10th month, was scheduled to continue on Monday but that hearing did … Continue reading →

Man on bail for armed robbery charged with gun possession

Source: iWitness News | Man on bail for armed robbery charged with gun possession A man who is on bail on an armed robbery charge has been charged with possession of an unlicensed firearm and two rounds of 12-gauge ammunition without a licence. Dennis Richardson pleaded not guilty to the charges when he appeared …

Canouan man jailed for burning ex-girlfriend’s house

Source: iWitness News | Canouan man jailed for burning ex-girlfriend’s house A Canouan man will have Her Majesty’s Prisons as his address for the next two years while his ex-girlfriend remains homeless after he torched her wooden house on March 10. Damarney Gordon pleaded guilty to an arson charge when he … Continue reading →

Bequia’s century old unifier faces a rift

Source: iWitness News | Bequia’s century old unifier faces a rift By Kenton X. Chance The usually sleepy northern Grenadine island of Bequia, known as the place, even among Vincentians, to relax and unwind, came alive on Thursday as whalers began processing the 50-foot female humpback whale caught one day earlier. Hundreds of … Continue reading →

Massa dead!

Source: iWitness News | Massa dead! By Vinny Newton The cries of disbelief, disgust, annoyance and anger belong to those Vincentians who are aware of the implications of the improper disposal of waste, garbage, refuse. These feelings they experience on seeing how many of our fellow … Continue reading →

Empty chairs …

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Obed the real McCoy bowls Team Rivals to victory

Source: iWitness News | Obed the real McCoy bowls Team Rivals to victory By E. Glenford Prescott West Indies Under 19 pacer, Obed McCoy, bowled Team Rivals to a comprehensive innings-and-38-runs win over Guardian General Saints at the Sion Hill Playing Field on the weekend as the National Lottery Authorities Premier Division got … Continue

SVG to host Children’s Charity football classic

Source: iWitness News | SVG to host Children’s Charity football classic By E. Glenford Prescott (glenford404@gmail.com) St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join other Caribbean countries as part of the fast-growing Annual Hamilton Lashley Human Development Foundation (HLHDF) Caribbean Children’s Charity Shield Football Classic when it hosts the event in August … Continue reading →

Vincentian Olympian wins gold at Barbados National Championships

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian Olympian wins gold at Barbados National Championships Nine swimmers from St. Vincent’s Black Sands Swim Squad competed in the Barbados National Swimming Championships March 9-12, bringing home more medals to add to their collection. Olympian, Nikolas Sylvester added two gold medals to his collection, winning both the … Continue reading

What’s in a name?

Source: iWitness News | What’s in a name? By Anatol Leopold Scott In a recent iWN article dealing with the opening ceremonies of the new airport, our Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, opined that the name of a plantation, specifically Argyle, because … Continue reading →

Flow Fashion Caribbean 2017 is on

Source: iWitness News | Flow Fashion Caribbean 2017 is on To kick off its 20th anniversary, the Image Modelling Agency begins its year of fashion with premier event Fashion Caribbean. This year’s event will be the 11th installation and will again have local telecommunications company, Flow, as title sponsor. “Image … Continue reading →

Vincy delegation ‘fruitful’ at specialty Caribbean Expo in St. Lucia

Source: iWitness News | Vincy delegation ‘fruitful’ at specialty Caribbean Expo in St. Lucia Participation in the recently concluded Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017 has proved to be “timely and fruitful” for the Vincentian delegation that attended last week in St. Lucia. Invest SVG’s Investment Promotions Manager, Glender Francois, and Investment Promotions Officer, Andrew Phillips, …

Another weekend completed in SVGPCCU Clinchers T20

Source: iWitness News | Another weekend completed in SVGPCCU Clinchers T20 The 2017 St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Co- operative Credit Union Clinchers T20 Softball Cricket Competition continued last weekend at the Richland Park Oval. In winners row were Country meet town Out ah Trouble 2, Fullyloaded Ballerz, Dr. Thomas … Continue reading →

St. Vincent Grammar School Young Leaders launch 2017 project

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent Grammar School Young Leaders launch 2017 project The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Grammar School Young Leaders held its opening launch on March 7. The SVGS Young Leaders’ project will be based on the national theme, “I am WE: Volunteering for IMPACT” and the school’s subtheme: “Volunteering … Continue

Victors 1 overcome scare to edge ASCO

Source: iWitness News | Victors 1 overcome scare to edge ASCO By E. Glenford Prescott Victors 1 narrowly escaped humiliation just one week after winning the NLA Neil Williams T20 tournament when they eked out an 11-run win over Carl Joseph Law Chambers ASCO at Arnos Vale 2 on Sunday. SCORES: … Continue reading →

Garifuna group calls for preservation of Balliceaux

Source: iWitness News | Garifuna group calls for preservation of Balliceaux A group dedicated to rebuilding and retrieving the Garifuna Heritage in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Tuesday called for the preservation of Balliceaux, the now uninhabited Grenadine island to which Garifunas were sent before being exiled to Honduras two centuries … Continue reading →

Opposition Leader urges Vincentians to be heroes everyday

Source: iWitness News | Opposition Leader urges Vincentians to be heroes everyday Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, on Tuesday, National Heroes Day, called on Vincentians to emulate the spirit of Vincentian National Hero, Joseph Chatoyer, and be heroes every day. Speaking at the annual wreath-laying ceremony at the Obelisk in Dorsetshire Hill, Friday said the … Continue reading

PM notes empty chairs at Heroes Day ceremony

Source: iWitness News | PM notes empty chairs at Heroes Day ceremony Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has highlighted the empty chairs at the annual National Heroes Day Wreath-laying ceremony in Dorsetshire Hill. He made the observation during his address at the event Tuesday morning, while discussing the contributions of East Indians to the development … Continue reading

Fire destroys Montrose home

Source: iWitness News | Fire destroys Montrose home A mid-morning fire on Monday destroyed a four-bedroom house belonging to Stephen Gaymes, an assistant at Gaymes Pharmacy in Kingstown. “I was in town working and somebody called me and told me the house on fire. I came up and … Continue reading →

Bank issues statement as police probe fraudulent activities at ATMs

Source: iWitness News | Bank issues statement as police probe fraudulent activities at ATMs The Bank of St. Vincent & the Grenadines Ltd. (BOSVG) said Monday afternoon that it is aware of recent reports regarding fraudulent activities at automated teller machines (ATMs), which it said may have affected some of its customers. The statement …

Petitioners’ lawyers still want to inspect ballot boxes

Source: iWitness News | Petitioners’ lawyers still want to inspect ballot boxes A lawyer for the main opposition, New Democratic Party (NDP), say the legal team will again ask the court to allow them to inspect the ballot boxes used in the Dec. 9, 2015 general elections as part of the petitions … Continue reading

Taiwan Technical Mission conducts ICT training in Layou

Source: iWitness News | Taiwan Technical Mission conducts ICT training in Layou The Taiwan Technical Mission, in conjunction with the Division of Adult and Continuing Education, on March 8 began a six-week information technology course at the Sir Louis Straker Learning Resource Centre in Layou. The IT courses comprise basic level course in … Continue reading

Astaphan ‘taken aback’ but not ‘outmanoeuvred’ by NDP lawyers

Source: iWitness News | Astaphan ‘taken aback’ but not ‘outmanoeuvred’ by NDP lawyers Dominican Senior Counsel, Anthony Astaphan, says he was taken by surprise but was not outmanoeuvred by the lawyers who represented the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in Tuesday’s election petitions hearing before the Court of Appeal. “If I was outmanoeuvred by … Continue

16-y-o Vermont youth pleads guilty to gun possession

Source: iWitness News | 16-y-o Vermont youth pleads guilty to gun possession A 16-year-old Vermont youth returns to court on April 13 for sentencing on a gun and ammunition charge. Prosecutor  Station Sergeant of Police Elgin Richards asked the Serious Offences Court on Monday to request a social inquiry report on Rupert … Continue reading

Vermont man killed 2 weeks after walking on murder charge

Source: iWitness News | Vermont man killed 2 weeks after walking on murder charge A Vermont man was shot and killed Sunday night, two weeks after he was freed on a murder charge. Police say that Malcolm Pollin, 52, was shot by unknown assailants around 9 p.m. Villagers say they heard several gunshots and …

Application to throw out petitions ‘incorrect and wrong’

Source: iWitness News | Application to throw out petitions ‘incorrect and wrong’ A lawyer for the main opposition New Democratic Party in the 2015 election petitions case says that the respondents’ application to strike out the petitions as improperly filed was “incorrect and wrong”. Kay Bacchus-Baptiste made the claim at an NDP … Continue reading

NDP wants petitions heard on their merit

Source: iWitness News | NDP wants petitions heard on their merit The opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) wants the two petitions it filed contesting the results of the December 2015 general elections to be heard on their merits. The respondents had convinced High Court judge, Justice Brian Cottle, to throw out … Continue reading →

Guyana’s new oil fields both blessing and curse

Source: iWitness News | Guyana’s new oil fields both blessing and curse By Desmond Brown  GEORGETOWN (IPS) — The recent discovery of large volumes of oil offshore of Guyana could prove to be a major headache for the country, as the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and other Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) … Continue reading

SVG welcomes its first Roots and Rhythms Festival

Source: iWitness News | SVG welcomes its first Roots and Rhythms Festival St. Vincent and the Grenadines is set to welcome its first roots and rhythms festival (SVG Roots and Rhythms Festival), March 31 to April 1. Organisers are promising that the festival will be a musical spectacle with the region’s and … Continue reading

Get into Rugby expands

Source: iWitness News | Get into Rugby expands The SVG Rugby Union has recently expanded their grass roots “Get into Rugby” programme to include one other primary school, another secondary school and the Community College. This expansion is the first of many as the union prepares to include … Continue reading →

Dutch woman dies in Tobago Cays

Source: iWitness News | Dutch woman dies in Tobago Cays Drowning is said to be suspected in the death of a Dutch woman in the Tobago Cays on Saturday. The Coast Guard responded to a call that the woman, Anne-marie Liong-A-Jin was found unresponsive after she and others had gone snorkelling. … Continue reading →

Teen remanded for indecently assaulting medical student

Source: iWitness News | Teen remanded for indecently assaulting medical student Atibon Campbell, a 17-year-old resident of “Pole Yard”, Arnos Vale, was remanded into custody Monday when he appeared at the Kingstown Magistrate Court on a charge of indecently assaulting a medical student from the United States. The incident is alleged … Continue reading →

US medical students’ apartment burglarised

Source: iWitness News | US medical students’ apartment burglarised Two youngsters from “Pole Yard”, Arnos Vale, are scheduled to reappear before the Serious Offences Court on March 20, when it is expected a date will be set for the start of preliminary inquiries into an aggravated burglary at the … Continue reading →

JP Eustace Secondary Young Leaders project launched

Source: iWitness News | JP Eustace Secondary Young Leaders project launched Young leaders of the Dr. J.P. Eustace Memorial Secondary School have been reminded about the importance of selflessness, diligence and teamwork as they embark on their 2017 project. Rotarian Joseph Sheridan, who delivered the feature address at the project launch … Continue reading →

Accountant offers alternatives to raising VAT

Source: iWitness News | Accountant offers alternatives to raising VAT A prominent accountant says that value added tax (VAT) is a good levy but he is concerned about some of the items on which it has been imposed in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the potential impact on the … Continue reading →

Eustace feels vindicated by court ruling

Source: iWitness News | Eustace feels vindicated by court ruling Former leader of the opposition, Arnhim Eustace, says he feels vindicated after the Court of Appeal decision this week to reinstate the two election petitions filed by the New Democratic Party (NDP) under his leadership. “Very much so. That’s why … Continue reading →

2015 elections ‘have still not been settled’ — Friday

Source: iWitness News | 2015 elections ‘have still not been settled’ — Friday Opposition Leader, Godwin Friday, on Thursday, dismissed Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves’ view that Tuesday’s court ruling reinstating the opposition’s election petitions was no political victory. He said the court ruling is a landmark decision on the Dec. 9, 2015 general elections, which “have still not … Continue

Sailor’s murder stains SVG’s name within yachting community

Source: iWitness News | Sailor’s murder stains SVG’s name within yachting community The number of crimes against yachts in Vincentian waters reported in 2016 declined, but the country’s improving record was stained by the only killing of a sailor in 38 countries in and around the Caribbean basin. Further, while the number … Continue reading

Trade unions to analyse 2017 Budget

Source: iWitness News | Trade unions to analyse 2017 Budget Accountant, Kirk DaSilva and trade unionist Cools Vanloo are among persons who will analyse the 2017 Budget at a forum hosted by two public sector trade unions on Thursday. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers’ Union, in partnership with the … Continue reading →

NDP lawyer confident of election petitions win

Source: iWitness News | NDP lawyer confident of election petitions win A lawyer representing the main opposition New Democratic Party say she is confident that the court will ultimately rule in their favour in the election petitions matter. Kay Bacchus-Baptiste said that the NDP has a strong case, saying on NICE … Continue reading →

A nation of masters and slaves

Source: iWitness News | A nation of masters and slaves By Vinny Newton St. Vincent and the Grenadines is known by every Vincentian for its natural beauty and strength in the physical features all packed into our 32 islands. We are and should be very proud of the number of … Continue reading →

Time to review SVG’s electrical code — if one exists

Source: iWitness News | Time to review SVG’s electrical code — if one exists by Francis Pereira After the two recent electrocutions, it’s time to take a serious look at the electrical code and electrical practices in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, particularly as it relates to grounding and bonding. We owe it to …

C’bean food processing SMEs provided with greater insights

Source: iWitness News | C’bean food processing SMEs provided with greater insights PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad — The Third Caribbean Agribusiness Forum concluded its two-day programme on Monday, and has provided greater insights for operators of small and medium-sized enterprises in the food processing sector in particular, to maximise on gaining access … Continue reading

She Is

Source: iWitness News | She Is In recognition of the power, strength, grace, beauty and intellect of our women on this International Women’s Day. She Is By Marlon Bute   She is no good. She loves power. She is ugly. Her hair is nappy. She is … Continue reading →

‘A wonderful victory,’ Friday says of reinstatement of petitions 

Source: iWitness News | ‘A wonderful victory,’ Friday says of reinstatement of petitions  Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday has described as a “wonderful victory” the decision by the Court of Appeal to reinstate two election petitions filed by his New Democratic party in connection with the Dec. 9, 2015 election results. “We are celebrating … Continue

Astaphan ‘sorry’ respondents lost petitions appeal

Source: iWitness News | Astaphan ‘sorry’ respondents lost petitions appeal Lead lawyer for the respondents in the elections petitions brought by the main opposition New Democratic Party, Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, on Tuesday, apologised to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves after the court of appeal ordered that the petitions be reinstated. … Continue reading →

BREAKING: Appeal Court reinstates NDP election petitions

Source: iWitness News | BREAKING: Appeal Court reinstates NDP election petitions (This story was updated to include the details of the order of the court) The opposition New Democratic Party’s election petitions have been reinstated. The Court of Appeal, sitting in St. Lucia on Tuesday made the decision, citing apparent bias … Continue reading →

Police investigating 2nd murder for 2017

Source: iWitness News | Police investigating 2nd murder for 2017 A Police investigation has been launched into the murder of Philan Gordon, a 35-year-old resident of Barrouallie. Approximately 11:30 a.m., Wednesday  March 1, 2017, police were informed that Gordon’s partly decomposed body was seen in the Johnson Mountains, Belle Isle. … Continue reading →

Drag racing in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Drag racing in St. Vincent The Vincy Motorsports Club (VIMOC) hosted the first quarter mile drag race event at the recently de-commissioned E.T. Joshua Airport in Arnos Vale on March 4&5  2017.

Two men electrocuted in 2 days in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Two men electrocuted in 2 days in St. Vincent Two persons have died as a result of accidental electrocution in as many days in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. On Monday, Andrew Tittle of Glen died while working at the Balcombe Estate in Indian Bay. He is said to … Continue

Vincentian delegation heading to St. Lucia business expo

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian delegation heading to St. Lucia business expo Several members of the business community will represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines this week at the Specialty Caribbean Expo 2017, which takes place in St. Lucia from March 9 – 12. This is the first year of the multi-sectoral … Continue reading

Champions! Victors 1 are just that!

Source: iWitness News | Champions! Victors 1 are just that! By E. Glenford Prescott   Victors 1 produced a workmanlike performance to win the 2017 National Lotteries Authority Neil Williams T20 tournament with a 4-wicket win over Team Rivals in a pulsating final at the Sion Hill Playing Field on … Continue reading →

The ‘economics’ of the produce market in Bequia

Source: iWitness News | The ‘economics’ of the produce market in Bequia By Bequia Observer How to ignore the basic rules of economics in one easy lesson: Over the last few years, there has been an explosion of business in the fruits and vegetable section of the food market in Bequia. The … Continue reading

Vincentian swimmers win gold in Canada

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian swimmers win gold in Canada Two of St Vincent and the Grenadines’ best young swimmers competed at the Prairie Winter International (PWI) Swimming Championships held in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada from March 2 to 5. The PWI Championships were very competitive with over 550 of the … Continue reading →

Prisoner charged with injuring fellow inmate

Source: iWitness News | Prisoner charged with injuring fellow inmate A man on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison saw his legal woes increase on Monday when he was charged with wounding another prisoner. Jelani John, of Belmont, who initially charged with assault causing actual bodily harm, is now also accused … Continue reading →

Man charged for pointing illegal gun at his mother

Source: iWitness News | Man charged for pointing illegal gun at his mother A Redemption Sharpes man appeared in court on Monday on two criminal charges after he reportedly pointed an unlicensed gun at his mother on Saturday. Brian Samuel is charged with having in his possession one .25 calibre handgun without a … Continue

Caribbean awaits Trump moves on climate funding, Paris deal

Source: iWitness News | Caribbean awaits Trump moves on climate funding, Paris deal by Kenton X. Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, (IPS) — Caribbean leaders worry that with climate change sceptic Donald Trump in the White House, it will be more difficult for small island developing states facing the brunt of climate change to … Continue

No increase in activity at the La Soufriere volcano

Source: iWitness News | No increase in activity at the La Soufriere volcano There is no increased activity at the La Soufriere, the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) said Saturday night. NEMO said in a press statement that during the course of the Saturday afternoon, it had received several calls from concerned persons … Continue

Bequia group to clamp down on unauthorised Easter parties

Source: iWitness News | Bequia group to clamp down on unauthorised Easter parties The Bequia On-Shore Activities Management Committee (BOAMC) on Saturday warned the public against buying tickets for parties on the island during the Easter Weekend that they have not sanctioned. “… any events that are being advertised on air, in the … Continue

Vincy nurse jailed for stealing over £13,000 from elderly patients

Source: iWitness News | Vincy nurse jailed for stealing over £13,000 from elderly patients A Vincentian nurse has been jailed in the United Kingdom for stealing over £13,000 from her elderly patients. An investigation found that the nurse, Sharon Vitalis, stole cheque leaves from her elderly patients and also used their bank cards. She …

St. Vincent boat sinks off Grenada; crew saved

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent boat sinks off Grenada; crew saved KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 3, CMC – The St. Vincent registered inter-island vessel, the  MV Persia, sank eight miles of the south of Grenada on Friday, but all the crew members were reported to have been saved. The 145-foot vessel, … Continue reading

Graduates challenged

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Valentine charters brought 296 passengers to Argyle

Source: iWitness News | Valentine charters brought 296 passengers to Argyle By Kenton X. Chance   The four chartered flights that offered tickets to the public brought 296 passengers to St. Vincent and the Grenadines when they landed at Argyle International Airport on Feb. 14, the day that the airport began … Continue reading →

Increase in VAT ‘unconscionable’ — Friday

Source: iWitness News | Increase in VAT ‘unconscionable’ — Friday Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, has described as “unconscionable” the one percentage point increase in value added tax (VAT), which comes into effect in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on May 1. He said his New Democratic Party (NDP) believes that … Continue reading →

Starlift Steel Orchestra turns 50

Source: iWitness News | Starlift Steel Orchestra turns 50 St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ oldest steel band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, under the theme “We 50”. “About 50 years ago, one person who lived in the areas of Old Montrose/Redemption Sharpes area came up with the … Continue reading →

Noise — not just a nuisance

Source: iWitness News | Noise — not just a nuisance By Ivona Bradley The soothing sounds of nature, be it the song of birds, crickets and tree frogs, or the lulling of the waves of the ocean have been drowned out by the inescapable boom, boom of over-sized, cheap speakers … Continue reading →

My ride to school

Source: iWitness News | My ride to school By Female Secondary School Student I do not live close to Kingstown and so it takes me about 45 minutes on a van to get to school daily and 45 minutes again, depending on the traffic, to get back home … Continue reading →

Sir James wants NDP to rid itself of Eustace’s image

Source: iWitness News | Sir James wants NDP to rid itself of Eustace’s image Former prime minister, Sir James Mitchell, says the New Democratic Party (NDP) should rid itself of the image of its former leader, Member of Parliament for East Kingstown, Arnhim Eustace. Eustace led the NDP from October 2000 to November 2016, …

ULP doing better than St. Vincent’s economy  — Sir James

Source: iWitness News | ULP doing better than St. Vincent’s economy  — Sir James Former prime minister, retired politician Sir James Mitchell says that the Vincentian economy is having difficulties, not doing as well as the ruling Unity Labour Party. “As a matter of fact, the ULP is in better shape than St. Vincent,” …

Police chief notes significance of Pan Against Crime

Source: iWitness News | Police chief notes significance of Pan Against Crime As the Pan Against Crime Programme marked its 9th anniversary in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Commissioner of Police Renold Hadaway said the programme has impacted the lives of many children and teenagers throughout the state and has revived people’s … Continue reading

Victors 1, Walters continue dominant form ahead of final

Source: iWitness News | Victors 1, Walters continue dominant form ahead of final By E. Glenford Prescott glenford404@gmail.com Victors 1 and Team Rivals batting sensation Casmond Walters was in imperious form as they muscled their way onto the cricket summit with another outstanding weekend in the National Lotteries Authority Neil Williams T20 tournament. … Continue

Vincentian boat found with US$125m in cocaine on board

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian boat found with US5m in cocaine on board The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) in Kingstown has launched an investigation after a Vincentian-owned and registered fishing boat was nabbed with 4.2 tonnes (9,259.42 lbs) of cocaine on board. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that the drug … Continue

ET Joshua Airport transforms into racing venue this weekend

Source: iWitness News | ET Joshua Airport transforms into racing venue this weekend The Vincy Motorsports Club (VIMOC) has received confirmation to host the first full quarter mile drag race event at the recently de-commissioned E.T. Joshua Airport in Arnos Vale. Working along with the SVG Professional Auto Racing Club, the event has … Continue

Football Federation postpones D-License Course

Source: iWitness News | Football Federation postpones D-License Course The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF) says that it is D-License Course which was scheduled to take place this week has been rescheduled to later this month. The SVGFF says this is due to circumstances beyond its … Continue reading →

Decomposing body found in Barrouallie

Source: iWitness News | Decomposing body found in Barrouallie Police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Central Leeward man, whose decomposing body was found on Wednesday. The man has been identified as Philon Gordon of Barrouallie. He is said to be in his 30s. … Continue reading →

Ahdrenalin Carnival pioneering ‘the feather revolution’ in SVG

Source: iWitness News | Ahdrenalin Carnival pioneering ‘the feather revolution’ in SVG As it launched its 2017 presentation “Revolution” last Friday, Flow Ahdrenalin Carnival declared it it is pioneering “the feather revolution” in Carnival in St. Vincent and the Grenadnies. The band said Revolution was inspired by the its journey throughout the … Continue reading

Entertainment rights in SVG

Source: iWitness News | Entertainment rights in SVG By Anonymous Cultural identity is important to the security of citizens in the context of life in the countries in which they reside. While culture is largely shared by populations, within its general trends lie sub-cultures and citizens who, because … Continue reading →

Is Oscar Allen serious?

Source: iWitness News | Is Oscar Allen serious? by Solomon Daniel I read Oscar Allen’s article titled “The launch, its moment missed”, published in the Searchlight newspaper of Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 (scroll for Allen’s article). The main subject of his article is the Argyle International Airport (AIA) … Continue reading →

Founder says NDP should forget about election petitions

Source: iWitness News | Founder says NDP should forget about election petitions Founder of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), Sir James Mitchell, is calling on his party to forget about its challenge of the results of the December 2015 general elections. He said this is one of the points of … Continue reading

Lands at ET Joshua Airport not sold; PM urges local investment

Source: iWitness News | Lands at ET Joshua Airport not sold; PM urges local investment Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Friday, denied that his government has sold any of the lands at the decommissioned E.T. Joshua Airport, but urged local investors to take advantage of the opportunities there. The Unity Labour Party administration has announced its intentions

Fya Empress places 15th in Trinidad calypso finals

Source: iWitness News | Fya Empress places 15th in Trinidad calypso finals Vincentian calypsonian, Lornette “Fya Empress” Nedd-Reid placed 15th among the 17 finalists in the national calypso monarch competition in Trinidad and Tobago Sunday night, three days after a court ordered that she must be allowed to participate in the competition. Fya Empress’s rendition … Continue reading →

Pastor wants iceboxes banned from funerals

Source: iWitness News | Pastor wants iceboxes banned from funerals While icebox vendors use funerals and almost any other activity to make some money, one pastor says that he believes that the government should ban the sale of alcoholic drinks at funerals. Bishop, Julius Louis, used his sermon on Sunday at the … Continue reading →

PM goes defensive amidst Argyle Airport politicisation claims

Source: iWitness News | PM goes defensive amidst Argyle Airport politicisation claims By Kenton X. Chance Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Friday, found himself on the defensive, trying to convince a radio audience that he and his Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration did not contribute to the politicisation of the construction of the Argyle … Continue reading

Death angel killing college students after midnight — pastor

Source: iWitness News | Death angel killing college students after midnight — pastor A local pastor has noted the demise of a number of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) students who have met their deaths in tragic circumstances, after midnight, over the past few months. Bishop Julius Louis made the observation Sunday in … Continue

Former journalist remanded on murder charge

Source: iWitness News | Former journalist remanded on murder charge The door to bail was slammed shut on former journalist, Junior Jarvis, on Friday when he appeared in court, charged with the Valentine’s Day murder of banker, Randy Lawrence. Police say that Lawrence, 39, died in hospital of blood loss and gunshot … Continue reading →

Seaside walkway in Bequia vandalised

Source: iWitness News | Seaside walkway in Bequia vandalised Following the discovery of an arson attack on the recently completed cliff-side walkway in Bequia, the following joint statement was issued by Leader of the Opposition and Member of Parliament for the Northern Grenadines, Dr. The Hon. Godwin Friday, and … Continue reading →

Opposition MP attends Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum

Source: iWitness News | Opposition MP attends Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum Chairman of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), Daniel Cummings, the Parliamentary Representative for West Kingstown has attended the first Caribbean Sustainable Development Forum (CSDF) in Aruba. The Feb. 21-23 regional forum brought together representatives from the World Bank, … Continue reading →

Team Rivals, Victors 1 move ahead of the pack

Source: iWitness News | Team Rivals, Victors 1 move ahead of the pack By E. Glenford Prescott glenford404@gmail.com Former champions Team Rivals continued their assured steps towards another lien on the National Lotteries Authority Neil Williams 20/20 cricket title with contrasting wins on a weekend while another former champion, Victors 1 also put … Continue

Vandals destroy $22,000 in pineapples at Vermont farm

Source: iWitness News | Vandals destroy ,000 in pineapples at Vermont farm Vandals struck Emerald Valley Pineapples, a farm located in the Francois Valley in Vermont earlier this week and destroyed 1,500 fruits worth some EC$22,000. Stephen Watson, who manages the farm that is located on lands owned by his wife’s family, … Continue reading

SVG ‘pretty much assured’ of international flights for Carnival

Source: iWitness News | SVG ‘pretty much assured’ of international flights for Carnival Persons wishing to travel to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) for Vincy Mas 2017 can feel “pretty much assured” that there will be direct international flights. Minister of Tourism Cecil “Ces” McKie said this week that negotiations with airlines … Continue

Prep School student wins essay competition

Source: iWitness News | Prep School student wins essay competition Joshua Harry of the Kingstown Preparatory School has won the Ministry of Education & Hodder Education Grade 6 Writing Competition. Harry won the competition on Thursday after making it to the finals. The preliminaries were held on Jan. 12. Fifty-three … Continue reading →

SVG, Argyle Airport featured in Canadian text book

Source: iWitness News | SVG, Argyle Airport featured in Canadian text book St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and the Argyle International Airport (AIA) were featured in the third edition of a textbook, widely-used in colleges and universities in Canada, entitled “Introduction to International Development Studies: Approaches, Actors, and Issues” published by … Continue reading

Former journalist charged with murder

Source: iWitness News | Former journalist charged with murder Marketer and former journalist Junior Jarvis was on Thursday charged with murder in connection with the Valentine’s Day shooting death of banker Randy Lawrence. Jarvis, 44, was also charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm and one … Continue reading →

OSV Group donates to Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | OSV Group donates to Argyle Airport OSV Group showed their commitment to maintaining St. Vincent’s largest national project by donating a Karcher Pressure Washer and a Stihl Weed Trimmer to the Argyle International Airport (AIA). Maintenance of AIA is an integral part of its survival and … Continue reading →

Private sector not very responsive to Argyle Airport — PM

Source: iWitness News | Private sector not very responsive to Argyle Airport — PM Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says the Vincentian private sector has not been as responsive to the construction of the Argyle International Airport as his government had hoped. The EC$700 million airport opened on Feb. 14, six years behind schedule. Gonsalves …

Kingstown intervenes as Vincy is kicked out of Trinidad calypso finals

Source: iWitness News | Kingstown intervenes as Vincy is kicked out of Trinidad calypso finals The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday said it is “dismayed” at the disqualification of Vincentian Lornette “Fire Empress” Nedd-Reid from participating in the finals of the Trinidad and Tobago calypso monarch competition because of her nationality.

Autopsy conducted on Valentine’s Day shooting victim

Source: iWitness News | Autopsy conducted on Valentine’s Day shooting victim The post mortem examination carried out on the body of Randy Lawrence, a 39-year-old employee of Bank of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who died after being shot in Arnos Vale on Valentine’s Day, concluded that he died of exsanguination … Continue reading →

Virgin announces new service from Heathrow to Barbados

Source: iWitness News | Virgin announces new service from Heathrow to Barbados Commencing Winter 2017, travellers will be able to fly directly between London Heathrow Airport and Grantley Adams International Airport, thanks to a new service from Virgin Atlantic. The new, twice weekly service will launch on Dec. 12, 2017, and flights … Continue reading

How many persons came to St. Vincent on the Valentine charters?

Source: iWitness News | How many persons came to St. Vincent on the Valentine charters? Minister of Tourism, Cecil “Ces” McKie says that his office will, on Thursday, release the figures on the number of persons who arrived and departed St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the international charter flights arranged by his ministry to coincide with

Fire Empress kicked out of Trini calypso finals because she’s Vincy

Source: iWitness News | Fire Empress kicked out of Trini calypso finals because she’s Vincy Minister of Culture in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Cecil “Ces” McKie, has described as “terrible” a development in Trinidad and Tobago in which Vincentian Lornette “Fire Empress” Nedd-Reid was kicked out of that country’s national calypso monarch finals because

Green Hill man dies in house fire

Source: iWitness News | Green Hill man dies in house fire Police are investigating the death of a Green Hill man who is believed to have died when the house in which he lived caught fire Sunday night. The dead man has been identified as Andrew Nero, said to be around 42 … Continue reading →

Gunmen rob family during children party

Source: iWitness News | Gunmen rob family during children party Three masked gunmen stormed into a Rillan Hill home during a child’s birthday party last Tuesday, Feb. 14, and robbed the family of cash and jewellery and stole their car. Josette Browne told iWitness News that she had brought together … Continue reading →

Internal investigation launched at Passport Office

Source: iWitness News | Internal investigation launched at Passport Office “A weakness connected to personnel” resulted in the case in which a passport was issued to someone who, more than five years ago, stole the identity of the young woman who would become Miss SVG 2016, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves … Continue reading →

E.T. Joshua Airport to be used to create a new nuisance?

Source: iWitness News | E.T. Joshua Airport to be used to create a new nuisance? The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to news.iwitness@gmail.com Should this article appear to be written in the moment of passion,

Bi-partisan efforts too often treated with suspicion — Lewis  

Source: iWitness News | Bi-partisan efforts too often treated with suspicion — Lewis   Former opposition senator, Linton Lewis, aimed his last address as chairman of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) at reducing political tribalism in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, saying that supporters on all sides of the political fence are …

Human skeletal remains found

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Dave Ames charged with fraud in the UK

Source: iWitness News | Dave Ames charged with fraud in the UK Chairman of Harlequin Group of companies naturalised Vincentian Dave Ames was on Friday charged with fraud in the United Kingdom, his birthplace, even as he failed — for the fourth time –to turn up in court to answer to financial … Continue reading

A ragamuffin speaker

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Taiwan sidelined as leftist heavyweights visit for Argyle opening

Source: iWitness News | Taiwan sidelined as leftist heavyweights visit for Argyle opening As St. Vincent and the Grenadines celebrated the opening of the Argyle International Airport on Monday and Tuesday, one interesting observation about who spoke at what events did not go unnoticed. Taiwan built the EC$75 million terminal building at the EC$700 million airport. … Continue

PM wrong about star at Argyle Airport being obscured (+video)

Source: iWitness News | PM wrong about star at Argyle Airport being obscured (+video) The star cast in concrete just outside the control tower of Argyle International Airport was just as pronounced on Thursday, two days after action was taken to obscure it, according to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. On Monday, the day that the …

Moroccan ambassador to SVG presents credentials

Source: iWitness News | Moroccan ambassador to SVG presents credentials The ties between Morocco and St Vincent and the Grenadines deepened as His Excellency Dr. Abderrahim Kadmiri, ambassador plenipotentiary and extraordinary of His Majesty the King of Morocco, presented his Letters of Credence to Governor General of St. Vincent and … Continue reading →

Styrofoam disposal Layou-style: a photo essay

Source: iWitness News | Styrofoam disposal Layou-style: a photo essay The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to news.iwitness@gmail.com The long overdue decision of the government of SVG to ban styrofoam … Continue reading →

Girl Guides in SVG to celebrate World Thinking Day

Source: iWitness News | Girl Guides in SVG to celebrate World Thinking Day The Girl Guides Association of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be celebrating World Thinking Day next Wednesday. World Thinking Day is celebrated by 10 million girls and young women in 146 countries throughout the World Association of Girl Guides … Continue

Ballantyne remains ‘knight of the green table’

Source: iWitness News | Ballantyne remains ‘knight of the green table’ Veteran Robert “Bobb” Ballantyne is currently basking in glory after reaffirming his status as St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ top table tennis player when he won the inaugural Big Six Table Tennis Competition on the weekend. The left-handed Ballantyne, seen … Continue reading →

PM says Argyle history speaks against airport name change 

Source: iWitness News | PM says Argyle history speaks against airport name change  Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Tuesday, retraced the history of Argyle, whose latest entry into the annals of Vincentian history is as the location of the nation’s international airport, which began operating on Tuesday — after nine years of construction. He used this in … Continue

Of Stars, boycotts, a curious cat and Facebook heroes

Source: iWitness News | Of Stars, boycotts, a curious cat and Facebook heroes The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to news.iwitness@gmail.com The star, boycott and the curious cat It was a bright and … Continue

La Soufriere Cross Country Trail restored

Source: iWitness News | La Soufriere Cross Country Trail restored The eco-tourism product in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will get a major boost this month with the Feb. 21 opening of the restored La Soufriere Cross Country Trail on the Leeward side of St. Vincent. Richmond Vale Academy has … Continue reading →

Gov’t moves ahead with plan to build hotel

Source: iWitness News | Gov’t moves ahead with plan to build hotel The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is moving forward with its plan to build a hotel in St. Vincent. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told Parliament this month that the government has taken “an initial step to elaborate a … Continue reading

Shallow hits another ton, Police bungle big time

Source: iWitness News | Shallow hits another ton, Police bungle big time By E. Glenford Prescott (glenford404@gmail.com) Hyron Shallow continued his rich vein of form with another impressive unbeaten century against hapless Smashers to help Team Rivals to what was a comfortable 39-run victory when Super Six action got going in the … Continue reading

‘Kenlyn’ rallies NDP as he honours Friday, Eustace (+Video)

Source: iWitness News | ‘Kenlyn’ rallies NDP as he honours Friday, Eustace (+Video) Longstanding and vocal supporter of the main opposition New Democratic Party, businessman Kendol “Kenlyn” Neverson, on Sunday, used the party’s 39th annual convention to honour former party leader, Arnhim Eustace, who stepped down last November, after 16 years, and Godwin Friday, who replaced him. … Continue reading

Leacock returns to ‘New Times’ today

Source: iWitness News | Leacock returns to ‘New Times’ today Vice-president of the New Democratic Party, St. Clair Leacock will today (Wednesday), return as a guest on “New Times, the party’s daily programme, aired on NICE Radio. The Central Kingstown parliamentary representative returns to the weekly slot after a break since … Continue reading →

Raw emotions as commercial flights operate at Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | Raw emotions as commercial flights operate at Argyle Airport By Kenton X. Chance Kathy Peters, a High Court clerk, was so moved by watching the first commercial flight depart from Argyle International Airport on Tuesday that she could hardly express herself. “I’m just overwhelmed. I’m just over,” she told iWitness News … Continue

Media man suspected in first 1st murder of 2017

Source: iWitness News | Media man suspected in first 1st murder of 2017 Police have confirmed that they have former journalist Junior Jarvis in custody in connection with the Valentine’s Day shooting death of a man in Arnos Vale. iWitness News was reliably informed that that Junior Jarvis, a former senior reporter at … Continue

LIAT in ‘final preparations’ for flights from Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | LIAT in ‘final preparations’ for flights from Argyle Airport Regional carrier, LIAT, on Monday, said it was in “final preparations” to begin service from the Argyle International Airport on Tuesday — when the airport officially opens. The airline said its first flight from the airport, LI 560, is scheduled … Continue

‘I have damaged my record’ — Leacock

Source: iWitness News | ‘I have damaged my record’ — Leacock Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, says he is “satisfied” that he was re-elected on Sunday as one of the two vice-presidents of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP). He, however, told iWitness News that the … Continue reading →

SVG climbing up the down escalator — Friday

Source: iWitness News | SVG climbing up the down escalator — Friday Leader of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), Godwin Friday, says he is frustrated by what he says is little progress being made by St. Vincent and the Grenadines relative to tis regional neighbours. He told the NDP’s 39th annual … Continue reading →

Retired Coast Guard head elected NDP gen-sec

Source: iWitness News | Retired Coast Guard head elected NDP gen-sec A retired Commandant of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard has been elected general secretary of the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP). Tyrone James amassed 164 votes to unseat the incumbent, former agriculture minister Allan Cruickshank, who … Continue reading →

Women secure decisive wins to join NDP executive

Source: iWitness News | Women secure decisive wins to join NDP executive Two women registered decisive victories against their fellow male contenders to secure positions on the New Democratic Party executive, elected at the party’s 39th convention in Layou on Sunday. Margaret London, host of “Night Nurse”, a pro-NDP programme on NICE Radio, … Continue reading

Players fined for breaching WICB code of conduct

Source: iWitness News | Players fined for breaching WICB code of conduct The West Indies Cricket Board has advised that Jerome Taylor, Damion Jacobs and Cassius Burton were fined for separate breaches of the Code of Conduct during Group “B play of the Regional Super50 Tournament. The trio admitted to the offences … Continue reading

Diaspora ecstatic about historic flight to Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | Diaspora ecstatic about historic flight to Argyle Airport By Nelson A. King NEW YORK (CMC) — Howie Prince, is the Consul General of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines diplomatic office in the United States. Celia Ross, who shares the building with him, is the United States Director … Continue reading

Venezuela’s President Maduro to attend Argyle opening

Source: iWitness News | Venezuela’s President Maduro to attend Argyle opening President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro is among the foreign dignitaries down to speak at the official opening of the Argyle International Airport on Tuesday. A draft programme of Tuesday’s programme, circulated to the media by the Office of the Prime … Continue reading →

Saying Thanks

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Rudy Matthias in a wheelchair

Source: iWitness News | Rudy Matthias in a wheelchair After working on the Argyle International Airport — from conception to completion — for 12 years, which included numerous missed completion deadlines, head of the International Airport Development Company, Rudy Matthias, must feel that he can now relax as the … Continue reading →

‘A couple of presidents’ coming for Argyle Airport opening

Source: iWitness News | ‘A couple of presidents’ coming for Argyle Airport opening “A couple of presidents” and “a vice-president” will come to St. Vincent for next Tuesday’s opening of the Argyle International Airport, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves tells iWitness News. He did not disclose the identities of the foreign heads of government … Continue

Opposition Leader sides with residents of Canouan

Source: iWitness News | Opposition Leader sides with residents of Canouan Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, says that he and other opposition lawmakers are in support of residents of Canouan in their quest to own more land and maintain public access to their southern Grenadines island. Friday outlined the opposition’s position during the … Continue reading →

Carlos says his elevation will strengthen ULP

Source: iWitness News | Carlos says his elevation will strengthen ULP Government senator, Carlos James, who recently became Assistant General Secretary of the ruling Unity Labour Party (ULP), says he believes his elevation will help to strengthen the party. “My appointment to this office will strengthen the party’s organisational structure as … Continue reading →

Argyle homeowner yet to be paid

Source: iWitness News | Argyle homeowner yet to be paid Just one former property owner has not been paid for his house that was located where the Argyle International Airport is now located. The homeowner remains uncompensated nine years after construction began at the airport, which will open on Tuesday. The … Continue reading →

Former Argyle property owners appreciated

Source: iWitness News | Former Argyle property owners appreciated The government on Wednesday presented certificates of appreciation to former property owners at Argyle who were relocated for the construction of the international airport there. “I want to say thanks,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told the gathering at the Departure Lounge of … Continue reading →

Has Leacock thrown in the towel on the NDP?

Source: iWitness News | Has Leacock thrown in the towel on the NDP? By Kenton X. Chance Vice-president of the New Democratic Party, St. Clair Leacock on Thursday announced that he will not attempt to retain that position when the party holds its convention on Sunday and has further suggested that he will … Continue

PM says airport opening will not be political rally

Source: iWitness News | PM says airport opening will not be political rally Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says next Tuesday’s official opening of Argyle International Airport will be a national event rather than a political rally. In a Facebook Live interview with iWitness News at the International Departures hall of the airport on … Continue

Friday wants engineer’s explanation of Argyle runway repairs

Source: iWitness News | Friday wants engineer’s explanation of Argyle runway repairs Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday has raised questions about why a politician and not an engineer explained the recent problems with the runway at Argyle International Airport, which opens on Tuesday. Last week, the government completed repairs of what … Continue reading

Mustique Trust improves schools’ libraries

Source: iWitness News | Mustique Trust improves schools’ libraries On Thursday, Lavinia Gunn, administration director of the Mustique Charitable Trust (MCT), cut ribbons to officially signal the opening of refurbished libraries and literacy centres at Colonarie and Park Hill Government schools. The funds provided by the trust transformed two … Continue reading →

Why Roraima Airways? Lessons for Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | Why Roraima Airways? Lessons for Argyle Airport The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to news.iwitness@gmail.com Gerald “Gerry” Gouveia is the owner Roraima Airways, a tiny regional charter … Continue reading →

Pope punishes Victors 1…again   

Source: iWitness News | Pope punishes Victors 1…again    By E. Glenford Prescott (glenford404@gmail.com) In 2014, Gidron Pope scored his first century in local senior cricket with a battling 122* for the now defunct News Spartans against Victors ONE at the main Arnos Vale Playing Field after his team … Continue reading →

Vincy charged in million-dollar drug bust in Grenada

Source: iWitness News | Vincy charged in million-dollar drug bust in Grenada A Vincentian is among two persons charged in connection with a million-dollar drug bust in Grenada. Astique Haynes, a 27-year-old, labourer of Chateaubelair and Peter Kim Alexander, 33, unemployed of Grenada, have been charged in connection with the seizure of … Continue reading

PM tells Ministry of Works professionals to buck up or else…

Source: iWitness News | PM tells Ministry of Works professionals to buck up or else… The government has announced its intentions to “restructure the delivery of engineering and professional services in the public sector” if it does not see improvements in the Ministry of Works. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement on Monday, resulting in

Harlequin under pressure to avoid liquidating Buccament Resort

Source: iWitness News | Harlequin under pressure to avoid liquidating Buccament Resort Harlequin, owners of the failed Buccament Bay Resort which has been closed since December when its electricity was disconnected amidst financial problems, including an inability to pay its staff, says that investors in the tourism plant do not want it … Continue reading

Opposition slams gov’t on increased taxes

Source: iWitness News | Opposition slams gov’t on increased taxes Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, says that the 1 percentage point increase in the rate of Value Added Tax announced by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Monday is, in essence, the second increase in the tax in two years. Responding to the Budget on Tuesday, Friday said … Continue reading →

‘Disappointed’ Friday says 2017 budget doesn’t offer hope

Source: iWitness News | ‘Disappointed’ Friday says 2017 budget doesn’t offer hope Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, has expressed disappointment with the Budget that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves presented to Parliament on Monday, saying that it does not offer hope to the Vincentian populace and economy. “This budget, it does not offer any hope … Continue reading

Friday says SVG must join together to make Argyle Airport succeed

Source: iWitness News | Friday says SVG must join together to make Argyle Airport succeed Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday on Tuesday said he agrees with Prime Minster Ralph Gonsalves that all Vincentians must join together to make the Argyle International Airport a success. He, however, demanded that taxpayers — who are being asked

The media’s take on the opening of Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | The media’s take on the opening of Argyle Airport The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to news.iwitness@gmail.com The February 14, 2017 (Valentine’s Day) grand opening of Argyle International Airport … Continue

St. Vincent bans Styrofoam products

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent bans Styrofoam products St. Vincent and the Grenadines will as of May 1, 2017 ban the importation of Styrofoam products. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the announcement in Parliament on Monday as he delivered the Budget Address. Gonsalves, who is also Minister of … Continue reading →

St. Vincent to double departure tax when Argyle Airport opens

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent to double departure tax when Argyle Airport opens Persons leaving St. Vincent and the Grenadines via any of its five airports will have to pay EC$100,  double the current departure tax, as of Feb. 15, 2017, one day after Argyle International Airport opens. Prime Minster Ralph Gonsalves announced the …

Vincentians to pay more taxes in 2017

Source: iWitness News | Vincentians to pay more taxes in 2017 Vincentians will, this year, begin paying a higher rate of Value Added Tax (VAT), which is expected to move a further EC$10 million away from of the pockets of consumers into the state coffers, even as the government said that … Continue reading →

Argyle Airport debt is $400 million

Source: iWitness News | Argyle Airport debt is 0 million State-owned companies have enough assets to pay for the EC$400 million in debt associated with the construction of the EC$700 million Argyle International Airport, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told Parliament on Monday. He told lawmakers and media audiences that these … Continue reading →

Baby dies in house fire in Ottley Hall

Source: iWitness News | Baby dies in house fire in Ottley Hall Police are investigating the death of an 18-month-old baby boy whose body was recovered from the remains of a burnt-out house Sunday night in Ottley Hall, a community in West Kingstown. Police spokesman Inspector Hawkins Nanton told iWitness News that … Continue reading

NDP Going crazy over Argyle International Airport 

Source: iWitness News | NDP Going crazy over Argyle International Airport  The views expressed herein are those of the writer and do not necessarily represent the opinions or editorial position of iWitness News. Opinion pieces can be submitted to news.iwitness@gmail.com Finally, the Argyle International Airport (AIA) will become an operational reality on … Continue reading →

‘Weak areas’ in Argyle runway being ‘replaced’ — Francis

Source: iWitness News | ‘Weak areas’ in Argyle runway being ‘replaced’ — Francis The work being done on the runway at brand new Argyle International Airport is to correct “weak areas”, Minister of Transportation and Works, Sen. Julian Francis said on Thursday, one day after iWitness News broke news about the development.  (Scroll for video) … Continue

Eustace raises questions about $185m in ‘unreported’ debt

Source: iWitness News | Eustace raises questions about 5m in ‘unreported’ debt Leader of the Opposition, Arnhim Eustace, has accused the Ralph Gonsalves administration of not being upfront about the national debt, saying that EC$185 million has suddenly been reported under the nation’s external debt. In presenting the EC$976,943,437 Estimates of Income … Continue reading

Opposition MP congratulates gov’t on completion of Argyle Airport

Source: iWitness News | Opposition MP congratulates gov’t on completion of Argyle Airport Member of Parliament for Central Kingstown, St. Clair Leacock, an opposition lawmaker, has congratulated the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines on the impending opening of the Argyle International Airport, scheduled for Feb. 14. Leacock, along with his … Continue

Gov’t budgets $5.4m to woo int’l airlines to Argyle

Source: iWitness News | Gov’t budgets .4m to woo int’l airlines to Argyle The Tourism Authority will see an EC$5.4 million increase in its operations budget this year if lawmakers approve, in the Budget next week, the same figures passed on Monday in the Estimates of Income and Expenditure for 2017. Prime Minister and Minister … Continue

PM Gonsalves resolved to complete pension reform

Source: iWitness News | PM Gonsalves resolved to complete pension reform Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves says he is resolved to address pension reform before he demits office. In presenting the Estimate of Income and Expenditure to Parliament on Monday, Gonsalves said that EC$56 million in this year’s EC$976,943,437 fiscal package is to make … Continue reading →

15-year-olds charged with armed robbery

Source: iWitness News | 15-year-olds charged with armed robbery Two 15-year-old youths appeared in court on Thursday charged with the daring daylight armed robbery on Monday of a P.H. Veira & Co. Ltd. employee. A third person, a 23-year-old resident of East St. George, remained in police custody as … Continue reading →

Large chunks of Argyle Airport runway being redone (+Video)

Source: iWitness News | Large chunks of Argyle Airport runway being redone (+Video) Workers at Argyle International Airport were on Wednesday still repairing large chunks of the runway and taxiway at the brand new airport, two weeks before it is expected to open officially with its first international flights. iWitness News learnt on … Continue

Dynamic Airways ‘is no cocaine flight,’ says Roraima boss

Source: iWitness News | Dynamic Airways ‘is no cocaine flight,’ says Roraima boss The Guyanese businessman who will bring a chartered Dynamic Airways flight to St. Vincent for the Feb. 14 opening of the Argyle International Airport has defended his company amidst reports that someone is giving his employees cocaine to ship out … Continue

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