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June 23, 2017

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

Short-staff creating security risk at prisons — union

Source: iWitness News Wardens at her Majesty’s Prison have been experiencing burnout after working long hours to compensate for short staffing at the correctional facility. And Elroy Boucher, president of the Public Service Union, which represents prison wardens has noted that the situation, … Continue reading → Link: Short-staff creating security risk at

How St. Vincent’s tourist attractions stack up: lessons for AIA

Source: iWitness News By C ben-David “It is well-established that St. Vincent and the Grenadines [SVG] has the most diversified and fascinating tourism product in the Caribbean” (Honourable Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves, An Apex Moment, Commemorative Magazine, Interactive Media Limited, February … Continue reading → Link: How St. Vincent’s tourist attractions

Vincentian sailors charged with drug trafficking in Belize

Source: iWitness News Two Vincentian cruise ship workers, along with a national of St. Lucia, have been charged with drug trafficking in Belize. The Vincentians are Renaldo Kerron Roberts and Derson Frank, 30. The St. Lucia is Jamal Nathus Celise. The men, who … Continue reading → Link: Vincentian sailors charged with drug

Former murder accused on wounding charge

Source: iWitness News A Union Island man who was last year freed on a murder charge is again before the court. On Monday, 21-year-old Kemroy Craigg appeared before Magistrate Bertie Pompey at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, on a wounding charge. He is charged … Continue reading → Link: Former murder accused on wounding

PM moves to collect $200,000 from NICE Radio — again

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance The pro-opposition NICE Radio will have to pay Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves some EC$225,000 in damages, cost and interest, awarded to him as a result of another defamation lawsuit. And, on Monday, efforts began to raise … Continue reading → Link: PM moves to collect 0,000

NICE Radio boss ready to give up

Source: iWitness News Faced with another bill for EC$225,000 for defamation, NICE Radio manager Douglas DeFreitas, on Monday, said he is “kind of tired and worn out”. Lawyers for Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves and NICE Radio are due in court on June 26 as Gonsalves … Continue reading → Link: NICE Radio boss ready to

Murder accused ‘Jacket’ to be tried for assault

Source: iWitness News Triple murder accused Schemel “Jacket” Dunbar of Rillan Hill will be in court again ahead of the Nov. 27, 2017 commencement of preliminary inquiries into three murder charges against him. Dunbar, 28, will reappear in court on Sept. 18, for hearing … Continue reading → Link: Murder accused ‘Jacket’ to be

Grenadian on immigration charges in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News A Grenadian man has been remanded to prison for one week, in the first stance, for trial on two of three immigration offences. On Monday, Dwayne Sylvester of Grenada was brought before magistrate Bertie Pompey at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, … Continue reading → Link: Grenadian on immigration charges in

US ambassador: ‘We must defend Venezuela’s democracy’

Source: iWitness News Op-Ed by Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS. As ambassador, I occasionally promote U.S. policies that are unpopular with some government leaders in the Eastern Caribbean.  That is the case now.   The situation … Continue reading → Link: US ambassador: ‘We must defend

Schools in SVG to remain closed on Tuesday

Source: iWitness News The Ministry of Education has advised that after recommendations from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Meteorological Services of possible gale force winds, heavy rains and rough seas, that all schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be closed … Continue reading → Link: Schools in SVG to remain

Teacher ‘absenteeism’ at Grammar School worries parents

Source: iWitness News Parents of Form 1 students at the St. Vincent Grammar School have complained to iWitness News about what they say is a disconcerting level of teacher absenteeism. The school’s principal, Curtis King, has, however, denied that there is any abnormal … Continue reading → Link: Teacher ‘absenteeism’ at Grammar School

Former Jamaica PM dismisses Gonsalves’ position on Venezuela

Source: iWitness News KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) — Former Jamaica prime minister Bruce Golding has described as “foolishness” the positions being advocated by two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders as it relates to the ongoing political situation in Venezuela, where opposition parties have been staging … Continue reading → Link: Former Jamaica PM dismisses Gonsalves’

Tropical storm warning for SVG discontinued

Source: iWitness News The tropical storm warning for St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been discontinued, forecasters announced in an update issued at 11 a.m. Monday.  At 11.00 a.m. the system was centered near 8.8°N, 56.8°W or about 413 miles southeast of St. … Continue reading → Link: Tropical storm warning for SVG

Special caution for The Grenadines as storm warning continues

Source: iWitness News The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) on Monday urged all residents of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), especially those living in the southern Grenadines “to take all the necessary precautions” as tropical storm warning continues for the country. “Projections … Continue reading → Link: Special caution for The Grenadines

2017 Calypso Semifinalists

Source: iWitness News The following Calypsonians have been selected from the calypso preliminaries to compete in the Calypso Semi Finals scheduled for June 30 at Victoria Park commencing at 8 p.m. Dynamites Calypso Tent Dennis Bowman Graduates Calypso Tent Chewalee “Chewalee” Johnson Glenroy … Continue reading → Link: 2017 Calypso Semifinalists

Jail for man found with gun near Chief Magistrate’s home

Source: iWitness News A 24-year-old man from Enhams posed for iWitness News as his photo was taken outside the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Friday, shortly after he was sent to jail for three years for firearm possession. The man, Hesron Phillips, was found guilty … Continue reading → Link: Jail for man found with

Multiple persons injured in accident in Ratho Mill

Source: iWitness News A number of persons were injured in an accident involving a minivan and a sports utility vehicle (SUV) shortly after noon Saturday in Ratho Mill. A passenger in the minivan, H1363, said on Facebook that all of its occupants were … Continue reading → Link: Multiple persons injured in accident

One killed, another injured in shooting in Kingstown

Source: iWitness News A Green Hill man died in hospital Friday afternoon shortly after being shot in Kingstown, while another man shot at the same time was receiving medical attention for his injuries. The shooting occurred on McCoy Street. A source close to … Continue reading → Link: One killed, another injured in

Yambou-Argyle communities launch neighbourhood watch

Source: iWitness News The neighbourhoods of Yambou, Argyle and Peruvian Vale will launch a neighbourhood watch this weekend in an attempt to reduce the number of crimes plaguing residents of the communities. The neighbourhood watch, which will be launched on Saturday, is intended … Continue reading → Link: Yambou-Argyle communities launch neighbourhood watch

MPs dodge, duck, bob and weave as accountability question reaches Parliament

Source: iWitness News The debate over accountability for monies spent to construct the EC$700 million Argyle International Airport degenerated into name calling in Parliament on Tuesday. Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, who intensified the discussion since an April 19 press conference, brought the question to Parliament. … Continue reading → Link: MPs dodge, duck, bob and

Suspect nabbed in connection with woman’s shooting

Source: iWitness News Police are questioning a suspect in connection with the shooting of a woman at West Side Bar in Kingstown during a karaoke event Tuesday night. The Police Public Relations Department did not comment on the name, age, or sex of … Continue reading → Link: Suspect nabbed in connection with

‘Jacket’ facing yet another murder charge

Source: iWitness News One of the two Rillan Hill men charged with the May 2017 murder of a police officer and his brother has been slapped with yet another murder charge — his fifth. Police said Wednesday that they have charged 28-year-old Schemel … Continue reading → Link: ‘Jacket’ facing yet another murder

Woman shot at bar in Kingstown

Source: iWitness News A woman was shot during a karaoke session at a bar in Kingstown Tuesday night. iWitness News has so far been unable to verify with police the woman’s identify or her condition. A witness referred to her by her alias, … Continue reading → Link: Woman shot at bar in

$693,000 bill for taxpayers for AIA Valentine charters

Source: iWitness News The government spent EC$986,775 to bring the chartered flight to Argyle International Airport (AIA) for its Feb. 14 opening but only generated EC$293,803 in ticket sales, leaving taxpayers to pay the remaining EC$692,954. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the disclosure in Parliament on … Continue reading → Link: 3,000 bill for taxpayers for

Venezuelan naval ship visits St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News By D. John/API The Venezuelan naval vessel Simón Bolívar School will pay an official visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines from today, Wednesday, to Saturday, June 17. The Simón Bolívar School is a training vessel for the Venezuelan Navy. … Continue reading → Link: Venezuelan naval ship visits St.

Late grandma was inspiration for CPEA 2nd place student

Source: iWitness News One of the two students who tied for second in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment said she wanted to do well for her late grandmother. Chenise Olivia Harper of St. Mary’s Roman Catholic School said that her maternal grandmother, … Continue reading → Link: Late grandma was inspiration for

Student credits ‘awesome teacher’ for her CPEA 2nd place

Source: iWitness News Genevieve Elizabeth McMaster, the Windsor Primary School student who scored 97.6 per cent to tie for 2nd in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment credited a number of factors, including her “awesome teachers”, for her performance. “[I] feel very pleased,” she told … Continue reading → Link: Student credits ‘awesome teacher’ for

No airport VIP treatment for Queen’s Baton delegation

Source: iWitness News By E. Glenford Prescott The National Olympic Committee (NOC) appears to be not among the favourite sports organisations of the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, according to recent revelation by the executive of the NOC. These revelations were made during … Continue reading → Link: No airport VIP treatment for

Victors 1 come up short; Saints show fight

Source: iWitness News By E. Glenford Prescott After failing to adequately address the issue of players recruitment, former Premier Division champions, Victors 1 were given a rude awakening recently, when they were forced to suffer the ignominy of losing by default to defending … Continue reading → Link: Victors 1 come up short;

Vermont woman on multiple cocaine charges

Source: iWitness News A Vermont woman was on Monday brought before the Serious Offence’s Court in Kingstown, charged with four counts of drug possession, three of them being cocaine. The woman, 31-year-old Jolette Indirah Laborde, who is originally from Petit Bordel, was charged that on … Continue reading → Link: Vermont woman on multiple cocaine

Teacher pays top CPEA student the ultimate compliment

Source: iWitness News By Kenton X. Chance At a time when many teachers see the profession as a thankless one, St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ top performer in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA), got what may be considered the ultimate compliment … Continue reading → Link: Teacher pays top CPEA student

Mexican ambassador visits St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News The Ambassador of Mexico to the eastern Caribbean states, Luís Manuel López Moreno, visited St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Monday. During his visit, the ambassador met with Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Louis Straker, and visited the Cumberland-Spring Village … Continue reading → Link: Mexican ambassador visits St. Vincent

Search suspended for 6 persons missing at sea

Source: iWitness News The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the six Vincentians who have been missing at sea since June 3. Lieutenant Commander Deon Henry of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard told iWitness News on Monday that the … Continue reading → Link: Search suspended for 6 persons

Vincentian charged with wife’s murder in BVI

Source: iWitness News A Vincentian man has been charged with murder in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) in connection with the death of his wife, a Jamaican, Saturday night. Lennox Franklyn Da Silva, 52, has been charged with the murder of Sherika Nelson. … Continue reading → Link: Vincentian charged with wife’s murder

One sister succeeds another as Miss Windward

Source: iWitness News A 22-year-old Georgetown resident has succeeded her younger sister as Miss Windward. Kimesia Bowen, 20, who won the crown in 2016, crowned her sister, Jimesia Bowen, Miss Windward 2017 at the end of the pageant Friday night at the Chili … Continue reading → Link: One sister succeeds another as

Man, 63, freed of murder charge

Source: iWitness News A 63-year-old resident of Greiggs says that he will return to farming after he was freed on Friday on a murder charge, which had seen him spending the last five months behind bars. Augustus Glasgow was freed of a murder … Continue reading → Link: Man, 63, freed of murder

Prep School genius scores 98% to take top CPEA position

Source: iWitness News | Prep School genius scores 98% to take top CPEA position A student of the Kingstown Preparatory School is St. Vincent’s top performer in this year’s Caribbean Primary Exit Examination (CPEA). Rosario Reynaldo Matthew Browne took the top spot with an average of 98 per cent, according to preliminary result released …

Vincentians feasting at ‘Manna’ again

Source: iWitness News | Vincentians feasting at ‘Manna’ again When businessman Jaimason Samuel decided to get into the restaurant business, he thought long and hard about a suitable name. Then it occurred to him. He already had the name for some three decades: Manna. “Manna” is Samuel’s nickname. The … Continue reading →

Vincentian holds art exhibition in Guyana

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian holds art exhibition in Guyana By Gabriel Patram (DPI/GINA, Guyana) GEORGETOWN, Guyana — “An artist’s work should speak for them”, these are the words of 70-year-old Josette Norris, the oldest functioning artist from the Caribbean nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. She is currently … Continue reading →

All elements of carnival in North Windward this weekend

Source: iWitness News | All elements of carnival in North Windward this weekend The North Windward Carnival Development Committee will host various events from June 9 to 11 to culminate Windward carnival activities. On Friday, June 9, the Miss Windward 2017 beauty pageant and Pan-Kai-Mas will take place at the Chilli Playing Field … Continue

LIAT announces more cancelled flight as industrial action continues

Source: iWitness News | LIAT announces more cancelled flight as industrial action continues St. JOHN’S, Antigua — Regional carrier, LIAT, on Wednesday evening announced the cancellation of several flights on Thursday and warned its passengers to expect delays on the flights that do operate, as negotiations on Wednesday failed to end the on-going … Continue

St. Vincent’s mainland tourist attractions

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent’s mainland tourist attractions By C. ben-David “It is well-established that St. Vincent and the Grenadines [SVG] has the most diversified and fascinating tourism product in the Caribbean. Opportunities galore are being opened up with this [Argyle] international airport [AIA], including for yachting and … Continue reading →

Autopsy fails to determine how troubled teen died

Source: iWitness News | Autopsy fails to determine how troubled teen died Darron Glasgow, the 16-year-old Sandy Bay youth whose body washed ashore in his North Windward community last week Tuesday, May 30, will be buried today — Wednesday. However, Glasgow’s father, Neil Cato, is no closer to knowing how his son … Continue reading

No sign of 6 persons missing at sea since Sunday

Source: iWitness News | No sign of 6 persons missing at sea since Sunday Police on Tuesday released the names of the six persons who have been missing at sea since Sunday and noted that contrary to social media reports, no part of the vessel, debris or any of the missing persons has been …

Miss SVG 2017 to open pole dancing school

Source: iWitness News | Miss SVG 2017 to open pole dancing school Persons who — as some social media posts suggest — criticised Miss SVG 2017, Jimelle Roberts’ talent presentation at Saturday’s show because they secretly envy her pole dancing skills, might not have to hold their grudge for very long. The beauty queen … Continue reading

Parliament postponed amidst search at sea

Source: iWitness News | Parliament postponed amidst search at sea The meeting of the House of Assembly scheduled for today, Tuesday, has been postponed as the search continues for six Vincentians missing at sea. Minister of Fisheries, Saboto Caesar, made the disclosure at the Fisherman’s Day activities in Calliaqua on Monday at the … Continue reading →

Speedboat with 6 persons onboard missing at sea

Source: iWitness News | Speedboat with 6 persons onboard missing at sea The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coast Guard and their regional partners are said to have suspended overnight a search for a missing speedboat with six persons aboard. The search is said to have been suspended until 5 a.m. Monday … Continue reading

Miss SVG visits friend’s grave shortly after being crowned

Source: iWitness News | Miss SVG visits friend’s grave shortly after being crowned Shortly after being crowned Miss SVG 2017 around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Jimelle Roberts visited the grave of her “guardian angel in heaven”, who she said gave her the edge over the six other contestants in the competition. Roberts, along with … Continue

Man drowns at Stubbs Bay

Source: iWitness News | Man drowns at Stubbs Bay A man drowned at Stubbs Bay Sunday morning after encountering difficulties while sea bathing. Dead is 23-year-old Deshorn Cordice. Reports are that Cordice disappeared under the water while swimming on the beach in eastern St. Vincent, where the seas are … Continue reading →

House Speaker disappointed with conduct of cricketers

Source: iWitness News | House Speaker disappointed with conduct of cricketers By E. Glenford Prescott The state of local cricket and in particular the attitude of players toward the game was for the second week in succession brought into question by a past club player. The latest concerns have come from … Continue reading →

Miss SVG 2017 results

Source: iWitness News | Miss SVG 2017 results Miss SVG 2017: Miss Flow, Jimelle Roberts First Runner-up: Miss Mustique Co. Ltd. Nicolleen Lewis Second Runner-up: Miss Jergens, Christal Oliver Best Interview: Miss Jergens, Christal Oliver Best Eveningwear: Miss Mustique Co. Ltd., Nicolleen Lewis Best Talent: Miss Flow, Jimelle … Continue reading →

Stop mining sand at Brighton Beach

Source: iWitness News | Stop mining sand at Brighton Beach Concerned Residents Of East St. George P.O Box 1704 Kingstown St. Vincent and the Grenadines   Honourable Camillo Gonsalves Parliamentary Representative East St. George St. Vincent and the Grenadines   An open letter of grave concern and collective appeal requesting … Continue reading →

SVG among world’s most disaster-prone countries

Source: iWitness News | SVG among world’s most disaster-prone countries The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) says that St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is the second most disaster-prone country in the world, by population. The GFDRR also states that SVG is the fifth most disaster-prone country … Continue reading →

St. Vincent PM praises CARICOM on position taken on Venezuela

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent PM praises CARICOM on position taken on Venezuela By Peter Richards BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves has praised Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries for acting “with independence, courage and concerted action” during the Permanent Council meeting of the Organisation of American …

An Open Letter to CXC

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Opposition takes accountability questions to Parliament

Source: iWitness News | Opposition takes accountability questions to Parliament The opposition New Democratic Party is taking to Parliament its fight for the government to account for the millions of dollars spent to construct the Argyle International Airports, as well as monies received under the PetroCaribe initiative. During next Tuesday’s … Continue reading →

Regional parliamentarians push to end AIDS epidemic

Source: iWitness News | Regional parliamentarians push to end AIDS epidemic Parliamentarians from across the region gathered in Jamaica on Tuesday for a two-day conference focusing on halting the HIV/AIDS epidemic across the Caribbean region. The conference, organised by the Pan Caribbean Partnership against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), in collaboration with … Continue reading →

Forecaster urges Vincies to be prepared this Hurricane Season

Source: iWitness News | Forecaster urges Vincies to be prepared this Hurricane Season A leading Caribbean weather forecaster is reminding Vincentians that it doesn’t take a hurricane for their country to experience loss of life and significant damage during the Hurricane Season. “A slow-moving system can bring enormous amounts of rainfall and you … Continue

‘Do not take the storms for granted’

Source: iWitness News | ‘Do not take the storms for granted’ That was the warning to Vincentians from Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Wednesday on the eve of the Hurricane Season, which begins today — Thursday. Forecasters are predicting 11 to 17 named storms this year, between four and seven of … Continue reading →

Pass-it-on model garden project launches in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Pass-it-on model garden project launches in St. Vincent Richmond Vale Academy, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Sustainable Development, Chatoyer Garden, and the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Preservation Fund, will launch its home garden project on Monday, June 5. The launch takes place at … Continue reading

Hurricane season rains could be a blessing or curse – forecaster

Source: iWitness News | Hurricane season rains could be a blessing or curse – forecaster By Kenton X. Chance A regional climatologist is predicting above normal activity this hurricane season, which he says will be a blessing to countries that have been experiencing very long drought, but is also warning of the dangers associated with

Carnival comes to Owia this weekend

Source: iWitness News | Carnival comes to Owia this weekend The Owia Sports and Cultural Organisation (OSCO) will this weekend host carnival activities in Owia under the theme “Hold Your Own for Owia Carnival 2k17”. The weekend of activities will kick off on Friday night with the staging of the … Continue reading →

Is Air Canada also a ‘huge game-changer’ for AIA?

Source: iWitness News | Is Air Canada also a ‘huge game-changer’ for AIA? By C. ben-David “It’s always been about access and direct flights. This airport is a huge game-changer for us,” he [Glen Beache, CEO, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority] said. Airlines including Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing are still top … Continue

Union Island celebrates Maroon Festival

Source: iWitness News | Union Island celebrates Maroon Festival The annual Union Island Maroon Festival was held this year on May 8 and 11 in the villages of Clifton and Ashton. Both events were coordinated by the Roots Connection Culture Club, with support from the recently established Union Island … Continue reading →

Ambris awaits responsibility following success

Source: iWitness News | Ambris awaits responsibility following success By E. Glenford Prescott St. Vincent and the Grenadines senior cricket captain Sunil Ambris said that he achieved the three objectives he set himself prior to leaving the country for the Windwards tournament in Dominica. Speaking to iWitness News in … Continue reading →

Digicel says Temperature promises to set ‘de ting on fire’

Source: iWitness News | Digicel says Temperature promises to set ‘de ting on fire’ Patrons at Vincy Mas 2017 are in for a treat, as Digicel promises to heat up the place for the second consecutive year, with Temperature. Digicel, in partnership with Xtreme FM, officially unveiled its 2017 production dubbed, “Temperature – De …

Youth tourney begins with pledge to find home for football

Source: iWitness News | Youth tourney begins with pledge to find home for football By E. Glenford Prescott Over 300 junior footballers, many of them accompanied by their parents and, in some cases, grand parents, converged on the Campden Park Playing Field on Saturday as part of the opening ceremony of the SVG Football …

Train has left on Caribbean’s 1.5˚C climate goal –meteorologist

Source: iWitness News | Train has left on Caribbean’s 1.5˚C climate goal –meteorologist By Kenton X. Chance KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (CMC) – A leading regional meteorologist Tuesday said the Caribbean and other small island developing states are facing an uphill task in trying to convince the world to contain global temperature rise to … Continue

Body found on beach in Sandy Bay is that of troubled teen

Source: iWitness News | Body found on beach in Sandy Bay is that of troubled teen The decomposing body that washed ashore in Sandy Bay on Tuesday has been identified as that of 16-year-old Darron “Gaza” Glasgow, whose father, Neil Cato, said that he recently began displaying signs of mental illness. Cato told iWitness News

Decomposing body washed ashore in Sandy Bay

Source: iWitness News | Decomposing body washed ashore in Sandy Bay Police are investigating the death of a man whose decomposing body washed ashore in Sandy Bay Tuesday morning. Relatives are said to have identified the man as a resident of Orange Hill. The circumstances surrounding his death are not yet … Continue reading →

Vehicle crashes into schoolyard

Source: iWitness News | Vehicle crashes into schoolyard No injuries were reported as a result of a vehicle crashing into the premises of Thomas Saunders Secondary School on Tuesday. The incident occurred sometime after 7 a.m., according to report reaching iWitness News. Classes at the school, which is … Continue reading →

Clare Valley lass is Ms South Leeward 2017

Source: iWitness News | Clare Valley lass is Ms South Leeward 2017 A 19-year-old student of the Technical Division of the Community College was crowned Miss South Leeward 2017 on Saturday. Jenneilla Thomas, Miss Lulley’s Fishing Supplies, defeated four other contenders in the entertaining show, held at Dzia Sport Bar in Upper … Continue reading

Young Vincy swimmer wins 8 gold medals in Canada

Source: iWitness News | Young Vincy swimmer wins 8 gold medals in Canada St. Vincent and the Grenadines swimmer, Alexander Joachim, won 8 gold medals and 1 silver medal when he competed in Canada on the weekend and broke national that had been set by two of his compatriots The 14-year-old athlete was … Continue

Gonsalves to meet with cruise line executives

Source: iWitness News | Gonsalves to meet with cruise line executives Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves will host executives and other officials from international cruise lines on Wednesday at the Argyle International Airport. Matters related to the cruise industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will be discussed, the state-owned Agency for … Continue reading →

ASCO perform dismally in premier division cricket

Source: iWitness News | ASCO perform dismally in premier division cricket By E. Glenford Prescott The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association may very well have to take a closer look at the situation regarding the NLA Premier Division following the performance and results within recent times of Carl Joseph … Continue reading →

CDB approves 647,000 euros for climate resilience in SVG

Source: iWitness News | CDB approves 647,000 euros for climate resilience in SVG PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says it will provide funding to help the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines improve the resilience of its hydropower electricity infrastructure to climate-related and geophysical hazards. The … Continue

FLOW upgrades broadband network in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | FLOW upgrades broadband network in St. Vincent Customers using the Internet service provided by FLOW should be experiencing an improvement following network upgrades completed during the month of May, the company says. On Wednesday, April 26, President of Cable and Wireless Caribbean Garfield “Garry” Sinclair promised an … Continue reading →

362 Vincentians overstayed time in US in 2016

Source: iWitness News | 362 Vincentians overstayed time in US in 2016 Almost 4 per cent of Vincentians who visited the United States for business or pleasure in the 2016 fiscal year overstayed the time they were given in the country. The figures were published in the United States Department of Homeland … Continue reading

Relatives of Vincy whalers go whale watching in Boston

Source: iWitness News | Relatives of Vincy whalers go whale watching in Boston Son of whaler Arnold Hazell of Bequia, Anthony Hazell, brother of chief whaler of Barrouallie Samuel Hazlewood, teacher and fisherman, Winston Hazell and fisherman and tour operator Kirk Grant of Barrouallie just returned to St. Vincent after attending a naturalist … Continue

IN PHOTOS: Members of family who lived in tent for 3 years

Source: iWitness News | IN PHOTOS: Members of family who lived in tent for 3 years Otis Lockhart, the Vincentian-American man who, along with his American wife and their three children, lived in a tent in Bequia from 2013 to May 15th, 2017, on Saturday shared with iWitness News these photos of the members of

SVG stands with Maduro

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Free of complaint

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SVG-Cuba mark 25 years of diplomatic ties

Source: iWitness News | SVG-Cuba mark 25 years of diplomatic ties As St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Cuba mark 25 years of formal ties this week, President of the SVG-Cuba Friendship Society, Renwick Rose said that Vincentians can feel proud of the 40 years of contact between Kingstown and Havana, … Continue reading →

St. Vincent to benefit from $19m World Bank projects

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent to benefit from m World Bank projects WASHINGTON — The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on Thursday approved two important projects totalling US$19 million for the Eastern Caribbean countries of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), and Grenada. The US$10.7 million Human Development Service Delivery Project … Continue

Billingy stars in SVGPCCU Clinchers tourney

Source: iWitness News | Billingy stars in SVGPCCU Clinchers tourney Four matches will be played this weekend when the SVG Police Co-operative Credit Union Clinchers T20 softball cricket competition continues at the Richland Park Oval. On Saturday, from 12:30 p.m., Sion Hill Tallawahs will play Country meet town out ah … Continue reading →

Lowmans couple gets 25 years for guns, ammo

Source: iWitness News | Lowmans couple gets 25 years for guns, ammo The Lowman Hill couple who was charged with possession of a number of guns and ammunition found at their home in a Jan. 18, 2017 police raid was on Wednesday sentenced to 25 years in jail. However, 31-year-old Randy Shallow … Continue reading

Camillo urges CDB to remain faithful to Caribbean uniqueness

Source: iWitness News | Camillo urges CDB to remain faithful to Caribbean uniqueness PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands (CMC) — St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ Minister of Economic Development, Camillo Gonsalves Wednesday urged the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to continue to use its “Caribbeanness” in the socio-economic development of the region. “This … Continue

Intensified focus on int’l trade essential for Caribbean’s growth

Source: iWitness News | Intensified focus on int’l trade essential for Caribbean’s growth By Kenton X. Chance PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — President of the Caribbean Development Bank, Warren Smith on Wednesday argued that an intensified focus on international trade must be a central tenet of the Caribbean’s growth strategy. He further … Continue

‘Bold and innovative’ trade strategies could help C’bean reach SDGs

Source: iWitness News | ‘Bold and innovative’ trade strategies could help C’bean reach SDGs By Kenton X. Chance PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) on Wednesday warned that inward-looking economic policies in some developed countries threaten the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and urged Caribbean government to …

‘Major burglary’ at West St. George Secondary

Source: iWitness News | ‘Major burglary’ at West St. George Secondary Police are investigating what has been described as “a major burglary” at West St. George Secondary School. The crime is believed to have been committed Tuesday night. On Wednesday, students at the school were asked to remain in their classroom … Continue reading →

Taxi drivers at Argyle airport unhappy with fare

Source: iWitness News | Taxi drivers at Argyle airport unhappy with fare Taxi drivers servicing Argyle International Airport are unhappy with the most recent fares authorities have set for taking commuters to various parts of the country. “The prices are incorrect,” a taxi driver who gave his name as Bonny, told iWitness … Continue reading

St. Vincent owes $190 million under PetroCaribe

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent owes 0 million under PetroCaribe St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ (SVG) debt under PetroCaribe as at May 15, 2017 stood at EC$190.3 million, Hans King, press secretary to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said in a press statement on Tuesday. He said the debt at Sept. 30, … Continue reading →

Ferry, fire, ambulance service in Union Island

Source: iWitness News | Ferry, fire, ambulance service in Union Island By A concerned citizen  Many were saddened by the departure of what was commonly called the “Fast Ferry”, Jaden Sun. Then we have the “out of service” of the well-known and appreciated service of the MV Barracuda, currently on dock … Continue reading →

C’bean nations urged to save in a ‘rainy day fund’

Source: iWitness News | C’bean nations urged to save in a ‘rainy day fund’ By Kenton X. Chance PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos Islands —A World Bank economist on Tuesday urged Caribbean governments to set up a “rainy day fund” — saving more during times of economic growth to the alleviate the pain during times …

Accused murderer commends detective for telling ‘absolute truth’

Source: iWitness News | Accused murderer commends detective for telling ‘absolute truth’ An accused murder has thanked a detective for telling the court what the man on trial described as “the absolute truth” of what the investigator witnessed. Veron Primus’ commendation to detective Sergeant Malcolm Alexander came on Tuesday as the preliminary inquiry into … Continue reading

Morocco demands apology for assault of envoy in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Morocco demands apology for assault of envoy in St. Vincent The delegate assaulted at the United Nations decolonisation conference in St. Vincent on Thursday has been identified as Moroccan diplomat Mohammed Ali El Khamlichi, who is based in St. Lucia. El Khamlichi is the Deputy Chief of Missions for the …

Will NDP go to court over accountability issues? 

Source: iWitness News | Will NDP go to court over accountability issues?  “It’s a very interesting notion and we have not ruled out any possible activities,” Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday told a press conference last week when asked that question. The question came as the NDP continues to press the government to … Continue reading

Opposition against higher LPG prices

Source: iWitness News | Opposition against higher LPG prices The opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) has spoken out against the increase in the prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) announced by the government earlier this month. Consumers across St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as of May 10, began paying … Continue reading →

Privy Council contributes to distrust of CCJ — judge

Source: iWitness News | Privy Council contributes to distrust of CCJ — judge A judge with the Caribbean Court of Justice says that distrust of the regional body will continue as long as the London-based Privy Council continues to be the highest court in some regional jurisdictions. Justice Adrian Saunders said, at a … Continue reading →

Dad arrested amidst abduction probe praises cops

Source: iWitness News | Dad arrested amidst abduction probe praises cops The man who was arrested in Bequia last week as police investigated a report that he held his family against their will has praised the law enforcement officers for the professional manner in which they conducted themselves. “There’s a beautiful … Continue reading →

Blooming in the Desert

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PetroCaribe accounts filed after NDP began asking questions — Friday

Source: iWitness News | PetroCaribe accounts filed after NDP began asking questions — Friday Financial statements for two state-owned companies involved in the PetroCaribe initiative were only lodged after the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP), in April, renewed calls for the government to account for monies disbursed to state-owned companies. Leader of the Opposition …

Holding’s pointers already earning wickets for young bowler

Source: iWitness News | Holding’s pointers already earning wickets for young bowler By E. Glenford Prescott Just over three weeks after undergoing a one-day fastbowler clinic with former West Indies, great Michael Holding, Darius Martin is seeing the benefits of that stint. The 22-year-old paceman last weekend grabbed 6/15 as he led … Continue reading

At UN seminar, PM ignores script, speaks ‘sharply’

Source: iWitness News | At UN seminar, PM ignores script, speaks ‘sharply’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Tuesday ignored the script he said he was given by his government’s foreign affairs officials, choosing instead to speak “sharply” at the opening of a United Nations conference in Kingstown. “I just want to say to the … Continue reading

Delegate injured during brawl at UN conference in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Delegate injured during brawl at UN conference in St. Vincent A foreign delegate in the United Nations conference on decolonisation taking place in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was treated in hospital on Thursday, after being struck by another participant. Sources at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital confirmed that the …

‘CIPO is irrelevant to this matter of accountability’

Source: iWitness News | ‘CIPO is irrelevant to this matter of accountability’ Financial statements lodged at the Commercial and Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) are “irrelevant” to efforts to hold the government accountable, Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday said on Wednesday. He made the point at a press conference in which the New Democratic Party … Continue reading

I was on that whale watching tour

Source: iWitness News | I was on that whale watching tour By Kirstin I was one of the tourists on the whale watching tour the day the orca was harpooned. I have just read your article about the whaler challenging the account of the passengers of the whale watching excursion and … Continue reading →

Impressive Pierre, Johnson help Radcliffe Flow

Source: iWitness News | Impressive Pierre, Johnson help Radcliffe Flow By E. Glenford Prescott Defending National Lotteries Authority Premier Division champions, FLOW Radcliffe, once again got the better of former champions Team Rivals, when they extracted first inning points in their drawn match at the Arnos Vale Playing Field on … Continue reading →

Police bad beat ASCO

Source: iWitness News | Police bad beat ASCO By E. Glenford Prescott Police 2 finally got their assault battalion in motion much to the dismay of an ill-starred Carl Joseph Law Chambers ASCO unit, whom they brushed aside by an innings and 91 runs in their NLA National … Continue reading →

Switching focus to PetroCaribe, opposition continues to demand accountability

Source: iWitness News | Switching focus to PetroCaribe, opposition continues to demand accountability Focusing this time on the state-owned PetroCaribe SVG Ltd., the opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) on Wednesday intensified its call for the Ralph Gonsalves-led Unity Labour Party (ULP) administration to account for millions of dollars of public funds. “Some time ago, we … Continue

Judge surprised that so few cases are being heard by the CCJ

Source: iWitness News | Judge surprised that so few cases are being heard by the CCJ A judge with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has expressed “surprise” at the court’s “light” caseload in its original jurisdiction, 12 years after it was established. “After 12 years, it is a little surprising that the court’s original

Caribbean has ‘the most territories still under colonial overrule’

Source: iWitness News | Caribbean has ‘the most territories still under colonial overrule’ The United Nations Special Committee on Decolonisation began a three-day regional seminar in St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday, with host prime minister, Ralph Gonsalves, pointing to the region in support of the continued relevance of the committee. Addressing the … Continue

Gonsalves warns CARICOM of plot against Venezuela

Source: iWitness News | Gonsalves warns CARICOM of plot against Venezuela KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent (CMC) — Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines has cautioned the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to refrain from allowing a small group of powerful nations to dilute the “collective strength” of the 15-member regional … Continue reading →

Man jailed who said he found gun while picking breadfruit

Source: iWitness News | Man jailed who said he found gun while picking breadfruit A Vermont man will spend the next four years in prison for possession of a shotgun and two rounds of 12-gauge ammunition. Chief magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias handed down the sentence on Calbert Andrews on Monday, at the end of the proceeding …

Man who outs cigarettes on his hand fined for weed

Source: iWitness News | Man who outs cigarettes on his hand fined for weed A Vermont man who has about 40 self-inflicted burns on the back of the hands caused by cigarette butts, was fined on Monday for cultivating marijuana. When he appeared at the Serious Offences Court, Calbert Andrews, 25, pleaded guilty to a charge …

No charge against cop held in connection with murder (+video)

Source: iWitness News | No charge against cop held in connection with murder (+video) Police have released, without charge, the police officer and his girlfriend who were taken into custody after the murder of Stubbs resident Augustus “Hatta” Dickson, who was shot and killed at his home Friday night. The couple are tenants at Dickson’s home …

PM’s ‘insulting’ letter doesn’t dissuade Friday

Source: iWitness News | PM’s ‘insulting’ letter doesn’t dissuade Friday Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday, says he is not dissuaded by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves’ “insulting” response to his letter asking the government to account for the monies spent to build the Argyle International Airport, as well as the finances of … Continue reading →

Vincentian milk chocolate sweetens the market

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian milk chocolate sweetens the market The milk version of Vincentian Chocolate, a locally produced confectionary, has been a hit on the market, says its manufacturer, St. Vincent Cocoa Company (SVCC). “We have had all compliments about it and within two weeks we have sold 8,000 bars,” Harry … Continue reading →

We have met the debt reduction enemy and he is us

Source: iWitness News | We have met the debt reduction enemy and he is us By C. ben-David An elementary feature of the credible public policy analysis of economic development issues is the careful weighing of freely chosen local-level actions against those imposed by outside forces. In his May 5, 2017 weekly syndicated column where

Development actors benefit from climate info service course in China

Source: iWitness News | Development actors benefit from climate info service course in China PANOS Caribbean is among more than 30 representatives from organisations across the developing world, gathered in China this month for a training programme to boost their knowledge of climate information services. The “Climate Change and Climate Information Service for Developing …

Cop in custody in connection with latest murder

Source: iWitness News | Cop in custody in connection with latest murder A police officer and his girlfriend have been taken into custody in connection with the latest murder in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which occurred in Stubbs Friday night. Dead is Augustus “Hatta” Dickson, who was shot and killed at … Continue reading

Let's do it again

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Gov’t searching for new AG

Source: iWitness News | Gov’t searching for new AG The Unity Labour Party administration is searching for a new attorney General to replace Judith-Jones Morgan, who is retiring after 16 years in the position. However, one of the persons to whom the government has offered the position has refused … Continue reading →

Gun, ammo cache accused to know fate on May 24

Source: iWitness News | Gun, ammo cache accused to know fate on May 24 The Lowmans Bay couple that is charged with possession of a cache of guns and ammunition will know their fate on May 24. Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias reserved her decision after hearing closing submissions at the Serious Offences Court on Thursday Senior …

SVG’s Jack, Nero make inauspicious departure from int’l cricket

Source: iWitness News | SVG’s Jack, Nero make inauspicious departure from int’l cricket By Glenford Prescott Regional selected have named four newcomers — two of them from the Windwards Islands — in a 15-member squad for the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup in England next month. But the tournament appeared to … Continue

Police chief ‘didn’t break any law’ — prosecutor

Source: iWitness News | Police chief ‘didn’t break any law’ — prosecutor Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche, on Thursday, said that Commissioner of Police Renald Hadaway did nothing illegal when he displayed at a press conference in January guns and ammunition that were the subject of a police investigation. “I will say upfront here, … Continue reading

Block 2000 men on gun, ammo charges

Source: iWitness News | Block 2000 men on gun, ammo charges Two residents of Block 2000, Old Montrose return to court on May 22, 2017 for trial on gun and ammunition possession charges. Junior Phillips and Jerandi Cromwell appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown … Continue reading →

Lessons from St. Lucia and Grenada for AIA

Source: iWitness News | Lessons from St. Lucia and Grenada for AIA By C. ben-David There is no better evidence that Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the island of St. Vincent (SVI) will fail to meet its visitor expectations because there was no compelling reason, apart from electoral politics, for the airport’s … Continue reading

Friday’s comments ‘false and a bit irritating’ — PM

Source: iWitness News | Friday’s comments ‘false and a bit irritating’ — PM The comments that Opposition Leader Godwin Friday made about the International Airport Development Company being required to present its accounts to Parliament are false, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Tuesday. Further, Friday’s refusal to admit this is “a bit irritating,” the prime … Continue

OECS launches ILAND RESILIENCE initiative

Source: iWitness News | OECS launches ILAND RESILIENCE initiative Environment ministers and technical officers from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) as well as key regional partners from international agencies attended the fourth OECS Council of Ministers meeting recently held in Grenada. The theme for the event was … Continue reading →

Pope, bowlers set up FLOW Radcliffe win

Source: iWitness News | Pope, bowlers set up FLOW Radcliffe win By E. Glenford Prescott Defending champions FLOW Radcliffe served notice of their intention to end the 2017 domestic cricket season as back-to-back NLA Premier division champions with another clinical victory, this time an eight-wicket win over Carl Joseph Law Chambers … Continue reading →

Director of Audit can examine IADC accounts — PM

Source: iWitness News | Director of Audit can examine IADC accounts — PM The Director of Audit can examine the accounts of state-owned International Airport Development Company (IADC) “in relation to what has been approved in Parliament,” Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves said on Tuesday. He, however, stuck to his position that the law does … Continue

With new LPG prices, ‘Labour gas’ rises by up to $9

Source: iWitness News | With new LPG prices, ‘Labour gas’ rises by up to Consumers across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are, from today (Wednesday), paying more for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), known commonly as “cooking gas”. However, the highest increase is on LPG bottled by the state-owned company, PetroCaribe, which had been touted

How really did Camillo get IADC’s accounts from CIPO?

Source: iWitness News | How really did Camillo get IADC’s accounts from CIPO? That might be among the questions that persons are asking after a press conference on Tuesday in which Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves contradicted the story his Minister of Information, Camillo Gonsalves gave on April 28 about how he got copies of the … Continue

SVG lobbies UN to declare ‘World Creativity and Innovation Day’

Source: iWitness News | SVG lobbies UN to declare ‘World Creativity and Innovation Day’ St. Vincent and the Grenadines has successfully piloted through the United Nations a resolution that has in the first official World Creativity and Innovation Day being observed on April 21, 2018. The resolution, titled “World Creativity and Innovation Day”, was …

SVG offers protection for witnesses — PM

Source: iWitness News | SVG offers protection for witnesses — PM There is protection available for witnesses of crime who would like to testify but feel that they might be putting themselves at risk by doing so. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves made the disclosure at a press conference on Tuesday, but declined … Continue reading →

PM says murder of cop and his brother ‘painful’ and ‘senseless’

Source: iWitness News | PM says murder of cop and his brother ‘painful’ and ‘senseless’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Tuesday described as “painful” and “senseless” last Thursday’s murder of a police officer and his younger brother. Police Constable Danroy Cozier, 26 of Mesopotamia and his 19-year-old brother, Nicholas Cozier, of Richmond Hill were found dead at

Dynamic launch of Vincy Mas as CDC goes brave

Source: iWitness News | Dynamic launch of Vincy Mas as CDC goes brave The Carnival Development Corporation’s (CDC) gamble on a launch of Vincy Mas without a Best New Song Competition — a signature component of the launch over the past few years — paid off and resulted in a dynamic launch of … Continue

Straker dares NDP to sue him over US citizenship claim

Source: iWitness News | Straker dares NDP to sue him over US citizenship claim Seven months after a lawyer for an opposition politician wrote to Deputy Prime Minister Sir Louis Straker giving him seven days to prove he is not a U.S. citizen, or resign, the senior politician is challenging his accusers to take …

Cellphone tax feeding hundreds in St. Vincent  

Source: iWitness News | Cellphone tax feeding hundreds in St. Vincent   The tax on calls and data used on mobile phones in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is said to be feeding hundreds of the nation’s poor. The tax is used to help finance the Zero Hunger Trust Fund, an … Continue reading

Community College launches waste management project

Source: iWitness News | Community College launches waste management project The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) has taken decisive action in developing and improving its waste management techniques. In late April, the college launched the SVGCC Waste Management Project, with funding from the Australian Direct Aid Programme. … Continue reading →

Friday says PM’s position on IADC accounts ‘unfortunate and incorrect’

Source: iWitness News | Friday says PM’s position on IADC accounts ‘unfortunate and incorrect’ Leader of the Opposition Godwin Friday has written to Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, telling him that his “strictly legalistic” position that the accounts of the state-owned International Airport Development Company (IADC) do not have to be laid in Parliament is “unfortunate and …

NDP lawyer explains email sent to election petition judge

Source: iWitness News | NDP lawyer explains email sent to election petition judge Lawyers for the respondents in the election petitions matter say they consider an honest mistake an email sent by a lawyer for the petitioners to the judge, rather than the court office. Justice Esco Henry raised the matter in open … Continue

Protesters mark 500 days on the ‘Frontline’

Source: iWitness News | Protesters mark 500 days on the ‘Frontline’ The group of protesters which has been demonstrating outside the Electoral Office since the Dec. 9, 2015 general elections has marked one hundred days on the “Frontline”. “The aim is to let not only local people know but people across … Continue reading →

St. Vincent Island doesn’t need any more hotel rooms

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent Island doesn’t need any more hotel rooms By. C ben-David Buccament Bay Resort, shuttered in December 2016, may never re-open given its huge debts and multiplicity of overlapping creditors. In a press conference on Feb. 20, 2017, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), … Continue

Labour expert knocks low productivity in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Labour expert knocks low productivity in St. Vincent A labour expert has spoken out against what he described as low productivity in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Head of the Wages Council, Lloyd Small, says that some persons only give four hours of work during an eight-hour workday. … Continue reading

Franchise football returns with Islands Cup Open

Source: iWitness News | Franchise football returns with Islands Cup Open By E. Glenford Prescott Two decades since the disappearance of the initial attempt at franchise football in the Caribbean, a group of regional businessmen and some football enthusiasts are making another go at reactivating professional football in the region. The … Continue reading →

SVG to host Queen’s Baton Relay, again

Source: iWitness News | SVG to host Queen’s Baton Relay, again St. Vincent and the Grenadines will host a leg of the Queen Baton Relay, from June 3 to 7. It will be the fourth occasion that SVG will be part of the historic and prestigious event, which was introduced at … Continue reading →

CDC canopy replaced

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Murder of cop and his brother are believed to be reprisal killings

Source: iWitness News | Murder of cop and his brother are believed to be reprisal killings Detectives have arrested three men in connection with the murder of a police officer and his brother, whose bodies were found at Sion Hill Bay on Thursday. Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Superintendent of Police, Ruth Jacobs confirmed this

Motion to strike out petitions is ‘a little wobbly now’

Source: iWitness News | Motion to strike out petitions is ‘a little wobbly now’ By Kenton X. Chance   The lead counsel for the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) in the election petitions case said Thursday evening that the respondents’ motion to have them thrown out is standing on “wobbly” pillars. Queen’s Counsel Stanley “Stalky” …

Styrofoam ban expected to lead to higher food prices

Source: iWitness News | Styrofoam ban expected to lead to higher food prices The ban on the importation and use of the Styrofoam containers in the food industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is expected to drive up the price of food, but not immediately. The government, on Monday, imposed the first phase of … Continue

Cop among 2 men found dead on beach in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Cop among 2 men found dead on beach in St. Vincent A police officer is among two men found dead on Sion Hill Bay Thursday afternoon. Head of the Major Crime Unit, detective Inspector Athlan Browne confirmed that a police officer is among the dead, but did not disclose his identity.

Astaphan presents case for dismissal of petitions

Source: iWitness News | Astaphan presents case for dismissal of petitions By Kenton X. Chance Senior Counsel for the respondents in the elections petitions, Anthony Astaphan, has outlined to the High Court the matters on which his side would like it to pronounce as part of the respondents’ argument that the … Continue reading →

‘Impulse’ is the new premeditated (Part 1)

Source: iWitness News | ‘Impulse’ is the new premeditated (Part 1) By Patrick Ferrari “The people to fear are not those who disagree with you, but those who disagree with you and are too cowardly to let you know.” — Napoleon Bonaparte I see that the current gripe is about airport … Continue reading →

Judge to rule on petitioners’ request for recording of hearing

Source: iWitness News | Judge to rule on petitioners’ request for recording of hearing The High Court will on Thursday (today) give its decision on an application by the petitioners in the election petitions case for a copy of the audio recording of Tuesday’s court proceedings. Lead lawyer for the petitioners, Queen’s Counsel, Stanley …

Gov’t tells FLOW to improve poor quality service

Source: iWitness News | Gov’t tells FLOW to improve poor quality service The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) has registered with the highest-ranking Cable and Wireless official in the Caribbean its dissatisfaction with some of the services provided to Vincentians by FLOW. Minister of Telecommunication, Camillo Gonsalves, communicated his … Continue reading

Astaphan believes judge will reserve election petitions ruling

Source: iWitness News | Astaphan believes judge will reserve election petitions ruling The main lawyer for the respondents in the elections petitions case has speculated that the judge will reserve her decision about whether to throw out the petitions as improperly filed. Senior Counsel Anthony Astaphan, however, said that it would not … Continue reading

Air Canada to fly to Argyle

Source: iWitness News | Air Canada to fly to Argyle Subject to government approval, Air Canada will make weekly flights from Toronto to St. Vincent as part of a six-route expansion for the winter season. The flights are scheduled to operate from Dec. 14, 2017 to April 12, 2018 and will … Continue reading →

TNT ‘jamming still’ as champs of regional women’s cricket

Source: iWitness News | TNT ‘jamming still’ as champs of regional women’s cricket By E. Glenford Prescott Trinidad and Tobago are “jamming still” with their champion dance after retained the West Indies Women’s Super50 title at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex on Sunday after defeating Barbados. “When I saw the total we got … Continue

Labour Minister to ensure gov’t honours minimum wages

Source: iWitness News | Labour Minister to ensure gov’t honours minimum wages The government will ensure that it honours the minimum wages it passed into law last Thursday, says Minister of Labour, Camillo Gonsalves. “I have asked the Cabinet of St. Vincent and the Grenadines to make sure that the government is … Continue reading

Gov’t, NDP confident ahead of petitions hearing

Source: iWitness News | Gov’t, NDP confident ahead of petitions hearing Both the government and the main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) are optimistic as they prepare to present arguments before the High Court today (Monday) on the two election petitions filed by the NDP. The petitions were given a new … Continue reading →

Camillo, Saboto among 6-member delegation in Taiwan

Source: iWitness News | Camillo, Saboto among 6-member delegation in Taiwan A six-member delegation from the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines arrived in the Republic of China today, Tuesday. Minister of Economic Planning, Camillo Gonsalves and Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar will be meeting with policymakers and key stakeholders … Continue reading →

First phase of SVG’s Styrofoam ban comes into effect

Source: iWitness News | First phase of SVG’s Styrofoam ban comes into effect The first phase of the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ ban on Styrofoam products in the food service industry came into effect on Monday, May 1. But it will take a further eight months before there will be … Continue

New minimum wages come into effect in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | New minimum wages come into effect in St. Vincent As new minimum wages come into effect in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Minister of Labour, Camillo Gonsalves is warning employers to ensure that workers are paid their due. He used a press conference on Friday to encourage persons who feel they … Continue

Camillo urges Friday to convene Public Accounts Committee meeting

Source: iWitness News | Camillo urges Friday to convene Public Accounts Committee meeting As the debate over the government’s accounting for monies spent to build the Argyle International Airport continues, Minister of Information, Camillo Gonsalves is urging Leader of the Opposition, Godwin Friday to convene a meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (P.A.C.) The P.A.C. … Continue

NDP changing arguments, implying gov’t is corrupt — Camillo

Source: iWitness News | NDP changing arguments, implying gov’t is corrupt — Camillo The main opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) has been accused of changing, midstream, its arguments about the financial statements of the state-owned International Airport Development Company (IADC). Minister of Information, Camillo Gonsalves, told a press conference in Kingstown on Friday that the … Continue

Kick ’em Jenny underwater volcano has erupted

Source: iWitness News | Kick ’em Jenny underwater volcano has erupted The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in Kingstown on Sunday said it has been informed of “increased activities” at the Kick ‘em Jenny submarine volcano located north of Grenada (12.18°N, 61.38°W). The National Disaster Management Agency (NaDMA) of Grenada continues … Continue reading →

Barbados, TnT contesting Women’s Super50 Final

Source: iWitness News | Barbados, TnT contesting Women’s Super50 Final By E. Glenford Prescott Defending champions Trinidad and Tobago and formed team Barbados will contest the final of the 2017 West Indies Women’s Super50 tournament at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex on Sunday. The defending champions earned the chance to … Continue reading →

'Sir D' says farewell

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Vincy journalists trained in climate change reporting

Source: iWitness News | Vincy journalists trained in climate change reporting By API Journalists from across the Caribbean met in Belize for a climate change capacity building workshop hosted by Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Project (JCCCP) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). For two days, journalists were exposed to topics … Continue reading →

Defence hits hurdle in Lowmans gun cache case

Source: iWitness News | Defence hits hurdle in Lowmans gun cache case The defence in the case in which a Lowmans Bay couple is charged with possession of a number of guns and ammunition, wants the police to provide a weapons expert to testify on their behalf. The prosecution has already called … Continue reading

Regional acts to perform at Gospel Fest climax

Source: iWitness News | Regional acts to perform at Gospel Fest climax The 2017 Digicel SVG Gospel Festival officially climaxes this weekend with programmes on Friday and Sunday. On Friday, from 7 p.m., the Gospel Fest Committee will stage a special song night entitled: “Sing A New Song” at the Hope For … Continue reading

Big guns post comfortable wins in Clinchers T20

Source: iWitness News | Big guns post comfortable wins in Clinchers T20 RSVG Police, defending champions, Country meet Town out ah Trouble 1, Warriors Sports Club, Gairy Construction Simple Boyz and Gairy Construction Stingers all ended as victors on another weekend of exciting cricket in the SVG Police Co-operative Credit Union Clinchers … Continue reading

NDP vice president says the party is ‘desperate’

Source: iWitness News | NDP vice president says the party is ‘desperate’ Vice-president of the main opposition New Democratic Party says that the party is “desperate”, but not in the way that the ruling Unity Labour Party suggests. “Yes, we are desperate. We are desperate because we want to know what you … Continue reading

Vermont murder accused jailed for ammo

Source: iWitness News | Vermont murder accused jailed for ammo Joseph is the son of Malcolm Pollin, who was murdered on March 12, two weeks after he was free of Jones’ murder at the commencement of a preliminary inquiry.

CDC scraps Best New Song competition

Source: iWitness News | CDC scraps Best New Song competition There will be no Best New Song Competition when Vincy Mas 2017 is officially launched on May 6. The Carnival Development Corporation’s (CDC) show’s coordinator, Anthony Dennie, said the CDC is shelving the show because it has achieved its objective. The … Continue reading →

PM denies trying to muzzle commentator

Source: iWitness News | PM denies trying to muzzle commentator Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has denied trying to muzzle social commentator Stephen Joachim, against whom he lashed out after Joachim said on radio, on Tuesday, that the government should account for the money it spent to build the Argyle International Airport. Joachim, … Continue reading →

Chairman dedicates rural Gospel Fest concert to fallen musician

Source: iWitness News | Chairman dedicates rural Gospel Fest concert to fallen musician Chair of the Gospel Fest Committee, Pastor Fidel Taylor dedicated last Sunday’s Gospel Fest Showcase in Buccament Bay to Ken “Stay” Cruickshank, a long-time supporter of the festival who died suddenly earlier this month. Cruickshank, a senior musician at Kingdom … Continue

PM wrong about law on filing AIDC accounts — lawyer

Source: iWitness News | PM wrong about law on filing AIDC accounts — lawyer A prominent lawyer says that Prime Minster, Ralph Gonsalves, is wrong when he says he has no legal obligation to lay before Parliament, the accounts of the state-owned International Airport Development Company (IADC). Further, the lawyer, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste says that …

St. Vincent, Taiwan sign agreements to combat crime

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent, Taiwan sign agreements to combat crime Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves signed two agreements on April 21with Taiwan concerning cooperation in police and immigration affairs. Baushuan Ger, ambassador of Taiwan to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, joined by acting Commissioner of Police, Renold Hadaway, and acting Deputy … Continue reading

Man freed of baby’s murder requests police escort from court

Source: iWitness News | Man freed of baby’s murder requests police escort from court The two men who were charged with the Oct. 7, 2016 murder of a 10-month-old baby and the attempted murder of his parents, were, on Tuesday, freed at the preliminary inquiry stage. Richard “Shrek” McFee and Martin “Jahson” James were discharged at …

PM’s queries about Mustique raise questions about his gov’t

Source: iWitness News | PM’s queries about Mustique raise questions about his gov’t The questions raised by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on Tuesday about an employee of the Mustique Company may have raised in the minds of citizens questions about his government’s supervision of the company, on whose board it has a director. … Continue

Windwards, Barbados make it win number three

Source: iWitness News | Windwards, Barbados make it win number three By E. Glenford Prescott The Windward Islands overcame late nerves and a battling Jamaica to earn a hard-fought 2-wicket win at the Sion Hill Playing Field to chalk up a third consecutive win when the West Indies Womens Super50 continued … Continue reading →

On question of accountability, PM retreats behind the law

Source: iWitness News | On question of accountability, PM retreats behind the law Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, on Friday, retreated behind the law when asked about presenting to Parliament the accounts for the International Airport Development Company (IADC). The IADC, a state-owned company, was responsible for the construction of the Argyle International Airport, which opened … Continue

Former pace ace Holding assists Vincy bowlers

Source: iWitness News | Former pace ace Holding assists Vincy bowlers By E. Glenford Prescott Some of this country’s young fastbowlers were  given some tips and advice in perfecting their skills by one of the greatest in the field last Thursday. The young pacers were taken through the rudiments of fast-bowling … Continue reading →

A man also shouldn’t have multiple women — lawyer

Source: iWitness News | A man also shouldn’t have multiple women — lawyer A young lawyer says that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is breaking too many of the wrong records and has suggested that double standards and moral decline are partly to be blamed. “… it is clear, that we are quickly … Continue

FLOW puts Vincy youth footballers in play for ManU trip

Source: iWitness News | FLOW puts Vincy youth footballers in play for ManU trip Two young Vincentian footballers, Diel Spring and Joel Quashie, could possibly witness the resurgence of Jose Mourhino-led Manchester United in the English Premier League. This possibility surfaced after the pair was selected ahead of 44 other male and female participants …

‘You can’t have positive news in a negative country’ 

Source: iWitness News | ‘You can’t have positive news in a negative country’  A young lawyer says that Vincentians should be allowed to express their opinions without fear of losing their job and that journalists should not be criticised for reporting the truth. Jemalie John expressed the view as he delivered the feature … Continue

Windwards win again

Source: iWitness News | Windwards win again By E. Glenford Prescott The Windward Islands made it two wins in two matches after securing an easy 75-run win over the Leeward Islands at the Park Hill Playing Field in the second round of matches in the Cricket West … Continue reading →

Classy Mathews leads Barbados to 2nd win

Source: iWitness News | Classy Mathews leads Barbados to 2nd win By E. Glenford Prescott Behind a compelling unbeaten half century by the irrepressible Haylee Mathews, Barbados sprinted to a 7-wicket win over Jamaica — their second in as many matches — on Saturday at the main Arnos Vale Playing Field … Continue reading →

SVG’s football chief denies being arrested in Miami

Source: iWitness News | SVG’s football chief denies being arrested in Miami By Kenton X. Chance Head of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation, Venold Coombs, has described as “total foolishness” rumours that he was arrested in the United States earlier this month. “And when you hear foolishness, total foolishness,” … Continue reading

St. Vincent’s volcano ‘will erupt again’

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent’s volcano ‘will erupt again’ Almost four decades after La Soufriere Volcano last erupted, disaster responders in St. Vincent and the Grenadines are reminding residents that the volcano is still active and “will erupt again”. “Although La Soufriere has been quiet for some time, it … Continue reading →

Barbados send early warning by beat defending champions

Source: iWitness News | Barbados send early warning by beat defending champions By E. Glenford Prescott Barbados women gave an early indication of their intention to be serious title contenders in the West Indies Women’s Super50 competition by defeating defending champions Trinidad and Tobago by 6 wickets at the Sion Hill Playing … Continue reading

Allen stars yet again in Clincher T20

Source: iWitness News | Allen stars yet again in Clincher T20 Action continues today (Saturday) in the SVG Police Co-operative Credit Union Clinchers T20 Softball Cricket Competition at the Richland Park Oval. Today, from 12:30 p.m., RSVG Police will take on Mt Pleasant and from 3 p.m., defending champions Country meet … Continue reading →

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