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May 23, 2017

St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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 →

Vincentian Cordel Jack leads Windwards to victory

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian Cordel Jack leads Windwards to victory Mystifyingly ignored by Windward and regional selectors over the last few years, Cordel Jack underlined her class with another good batting performance in leading the Windwards to a 5-wicket win over Guyana at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex on day … Continue reading →

Kings go forth

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Bus driver complains about ‘swimming pool’ in Mespo road

Source: iWitness News | Bus driver complains about ‘swimming pool’ in Mespo road A minibus operator has used some unusual words to describe the state of the roads on the Kingstown-Richland Park route. “My road that I am working on — Mespo/Richland Park—at least from Fountain right up to Richland Park and, for … Continue

Opposition accuses gov’t of breaking nation’s accountability laws

Source: iWitness News | Opposition accuses gov’t of breaking nation’s accountability laws Opposition Leader Godwin Friday, on Wednesday, said that Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves is guilty of breaking the constitutional and legal requirement of accountability for the financial status of state-owned companies. Friday said that Gonsalves, who is also Minister of Finance, does this by not  … Continue reading

Black Sands swimmers smash more records

Source: iWitness News | Black Sands swimmers smash more records Swimmers from St. Vincent’s Black Sands Swim Squad competed in the 18th Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre (RHAC) invitational swim meet from April 6 to 10, smashing records and bringing home medals and trophies. This highly competitive swim meet hosted 27 … Continue reading →

The Visible Hand of Adam Smith at Argyle International Airport

Source: iWitness News | The Visible Hand of Adam Smith at Argyle International Airport By C. ben-David A recent media announcement by Caribbean Airlines (CAL) that it would be offering two regularly scheduled flights a week between the new Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the mainland of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and …

Tattoo artist charged with attempted murder

Source: iWitness News | Tattoo artist charged with attempted murder A Kingstown-based tattoo artist returns to court on April 24, 2017 for bail review in connection with an attempted murder charge. The tattoo artist, Joseph Bailey, was remanded into custody when he appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias at the … Continue reading →

Bus group threatens strike if police clamp down on sound systems

Source: iWitness News | Bus group threatens strike if police clamp down on sound systems The National Omnibus Association (NOBA) says that minibuses will go on strike if police move to remove sound systems from minibuses that serve the public. The announcement by NOBA’s president Anthony “Code Red” Bacchus at a press conference in Kingstown on

Vincy students being offered up to EC$8,000 in scholarships

Source: iWitness News | Vincy students being offered up to EC,000 in scholarships Students from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who demonstrate strong academic achievement, and need financial support to pursue a bachelor’s degree are invited by Island Scholars Inc. to apply for scholarships. A maximum of EC$8,000 will be awarded to each … Continue

Tidbits: Arnos Vale Estate

Source: iWitness News | Tidbits: Arnos Vale Estate By Anatol Leopold Scott Tidbits: “choice morsels” mostly from Legacies of British Slave-ownership database The founder of the West Indian Greatheed families was John Greatheed (d. 1739). He and his wife, Francis Greatheed, emigrated to St. Kitts, purchased land from … Continue reading →

Companies refusing to insure minivans

Source: iWitness News | Companies refusing to insure minivans At least three insurance companies in St. Vincent and the Grenadines say they will stop insuring minibuses if the firms continue to be faced with the large bill resulting from personal injuries and property damage as a result of accidents. … Continue reading →

Vincentian gets Princess Diana Award

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian gets Princess Diana Award Sixteen-year-old Vincentian pannist Saeed Roland Bowman has been awarded The Diana Award. The Diana Award is a charity legacy to Diana, Princess of Wales’ belief that young people have the power to change the world. The St. Vincent and the … Continue reading →

Disturbed weather approaching St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Source: iWitness News | Disturbed weather approaching St. Vincent and the Grenadines The St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Meteorological Services on Tuesday said it is monitoring an area of instability associated with a dissipating frontal boundary. “This activity, which has been affecting the Leeward and northern Windward Islands over the past … Continue reading

Currency problem still affecting Vincy ‘traffickers’

Source: iWitness News | Currency problem still affecting Vincy ‘traffickers’ There is still no resolution to the currency exchange issue that has seen Vincentian traders having grave difficulty in buying Eastern Caribbean dollars after selling agricultural goods in Barbados and Trinidad. “It is a very important issue which goes to … Continue reading →

Daytime gunfire in Ottley Hall unsettles residents

Source: iWitness News | Daytime gunfire in Ottley Hall unsettles residents An outburst of gunfire in Ottley Hall shortly after noon on Saturday has left residents worried that gang violence in the West Kingstown community has now hit a new level. No one was injured when at least 10 gunshots were discharged, reportedly … Continue reading →

Tax dep’t allows minivans to avoid inspection — lawyer

Source: iWitness News | Tax dep’t allows minivans to avoid inspection — lawyer A lawyer says that the granting of one-year licence stickers to public service vehicles, such as minivans, allows them to avert two inspections every year, as the law dictates. “This mendacious habit by the License Office should be halted with … Continue

Weak areas in new S. Leeward Highway to be repaired soon

Source: iWitness News | Weak areas in new S. Leeward Highway to be repaired soon The weak areas in the rehabilitated South Leeward Highway will be repaired soon, Minister of Works, Sen. Julian Francis has told Parliament. He said there are some weak areas in the stretch of road from Gibson Corner to Randy’s Bakery

Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize

Source: iWitness News | Dominican Republic author wins Caribbean literature prize POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe — Dominican Republic author Rita Indiana Hernández was awarded the Grand Prix Littéraire Région Guadeloupe earlier this month at the fifth Caribbean Writers Congress hosted by the Guadeloupe Regional Authority for her novel “La Mucama de Omicunlé”, published by Périférica. … Continue reading →

Vincy athlete sets US college record

Source: iWitness News | Vincy athlete sets US college record Kimorie Shearman established a new Wiley College record when he clocked a personal best of 46.49 in the 400m at the Eastern Texas Invitational on Saturday. In his second outdoor meet for the season, Shearman shaved almost a full second … Continue reading →

Veteran lawyer remembered

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Are you sure?

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Kids' lives matter

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Fisheries Minister denies approving killing of orcas

Source: iWitness News | Fisheries Minister denies approving killing of orcas Minister of Fisheries, Saboto Caesar, has denied giving a whaler permission to kill orcas, a species which is protected internationally. The whaler, from the Central Leeward town of Barrouallie, where pilot whales are normally caught, made the claim live on … Continue reading →

PM wants Canouan’s ‘village’ to develop apace with resorts

Source: iWitness News | PM wants Canouan’s ‘village’ to develop apace with resorts Prime Minister, Ralph Gonsalves says that the development of the “village” in Canouan should keep pace with tourism developments on the island, where an EC$250 million marina opened on Monday. The indigenous communities in Canouan are sandwiched between high-end resorts in … Continue

Disabled and handicapped — but not physically

Source: iWitness News | Disabled and handicapped — but not physically By Patrick Ferrari T4105 is a Vinlec vehicle. I would have lost the sweeter perspective if I included the company logo, which is on the door. You would have missed the lagniappe: that he occupied two parking spots – as … Continue reading →

Woman gunned down in Ottley Hall

Source: iWitness News | Woman gunned down in Ottley Hall A woman who raised an uproar in a Facebook video when police on March 10 broke off a door to a house while executing a search warrant in Ottley Hall was shot and killed Wednesday night. Sources say that Shemeal … Continue reading →

Focus on elderly needed too — PM

Source: iWitness News | Focus on elderly needed too — PM While many persons, quite rightly, focus on young people and opportunities for young people, it is important that the nation’s elderly are not forgotten, says Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. Gonsalves told Parliament on Thursday that the segment of the population that is … Continue reading →

Tus-T Water’s breakfast initiative impacting lives

Source: iWitness News | Tus-T Water’s breakfast initiative impacting lives Start Bright, Tus-T water’s breakfast initiative, continues to impact the lives of Vincentian children. Since the start of the current academic school year, close to 31,000 free nutritious breakfasts have been served to 395 children in 75 schools throughout St. … Continue reading →

Can Vincies flush a toilet correctly?

Source: iWitness News | Can Vincies flush a toilet correctly? By Vinny Newton Can every Vincy use a water closet correctly? If we talk to our janitors in schools and public buildings, you will hear an array of stories about how educated or uneducated our citizens are as to the … Continue reading →

Owen Ralph puts his artwork on display

Source: iWitness News | Owen Ralph puts his artwork on display For the past 60 years, Owen Ralph has been a high force in cultural events in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, providing creative inspiration and entertainment to the people of the nation. He is most known for organising carnival activities … Continue reading →

Vincy animators score top points at film festival

Source: iWitness News | Vincy animators score top points at film festival Student animators from the National Centre of Technological Innovation scored top points at the Northern Caribbean University Lignum Vitae Film Festival on Sunday. Their animated production, “Monster: A Survivor’s Tale,” tied for first place with “Frames”, a competing animated short. The … Continue reading

World-class marina opens in Canouan

Source: iWitness News | World-class marina opens in Canouan An EC$250 million marina, hailed as the best in the eastern and southern Caribbean was officially opened in Canouan on Monday. “When full, Glossy Bay Marina will act as a host to nearly a thousand yachtspeople, professional crew, charter guests and … Continue reading →

Young entrepreneurs urged to apply to US initiative

Source: iWitness News | Young entrepreneurs urged to apply to US initiative The U.S. Embassy Bridgetown is looking for entrepreneurs between the ages of 21 and 35 to participate in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) 2017. The programme gives entrepreneurs an opportunity to travel to the United States to … Continue reading

Batsmen struggle in week of Clinchers T20 tourney

Source: iWitness News | Batsmen struggle in week of Clinchers T20 tourney Another exciting week of competition in the SVG Police Cooperation Credit Union Clinchers T20 cricket competition at the Richland Park Oval saw positive results for C.G.M Gallagher Novice, Owia Young Strikers, Bank of SVG Allstars, Gairy Construction Simple Boyz and … Continue reading

ACP countries to negotiate as a unified entity with EU

Source: iWitness News | ACP countries to negotiate as a unified entity with EU Brussels: Seventy-nine countries from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific will speak with one voice as they prepare to negotiate a major partnership framework with the European Union. The new accord will follow on the current ACP-EU Partnership Agreement …

Where’s Mr Entrepreneurial Nose?

Source: iWitness News | Where’s Mr Entrepreneurial Nose? By Patrick Ferrari Anyone, Where is or what has become of the sycophantic “Mr. Entrepreneurial Nose?” The in-our-face, big mouth politicking Guyanese, Captain Gerald Gouveia, who was all over the place — and the Prime Minister — in the run-up … Continue reading →

This UK tourist supports Bequia’s whaling tradition

Source: iWitness News | This UK tourist supports Bequia’s whaling tradition By James D.L. I am a tourist from the U.K. who supports the local whaling tradition and wanted to offer some insight. When you travel in a way respectful and open to other people’s culture, you are not as quick … Continue reading →

Queen’s Easter egg to be made using Vincentian Chocolate

Source: iWitness News | Queen’s Easter egg to be made using Vincentian Chocolate Chocolate produced by the Vincentian Chocolate Company will this year be used to make an Easter egg for Her Majesty, the Queen. Prestat Finest Chocolates, established in 1902, is one of the world’s oldest and most famous chocolate brands and … Continue

SVG, United States sign open skies agreement

Source: iWitness News | SVG, United States sign open skies agreement A new air transport agreement between St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and the United States came into effect on Friday, replacing one that London signed with the Washington in July 1977, when Kingstown was not yet an independent capital. Prime … Continue reading →

Farmers prefer to export bananas to the region — minister 

Source: iWitness News | Farmers prefer to export bananas to the region — minister  Vincentian banana farmers prefer to export their fruit to the regional rather than United Kingdom market. That’s the word from Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar in response to a question from Member of Parliament for East Kingstown, Arnhim Eustace last …

Lawyer asks detective if he wears panty

Source: iWitness News | Lawyer asks detective if he wears panty A lawyer has apologised to the Serious Offences Court for asking a male detective, who is a witness in a matter before the court, if he wears “panty”. The lawyer, Grant Connell, told Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias last Monday, April … Continue reading →

River defence to be built in Buccament, Campden Park  

Source: iWitness News | River defence to be built in Buccament, Campden Park   The government will construct river defences in Buccament Bay sometime later this year, Minister of Works, Sen. Julian Francis has told Parliament. Over the past few years, the coast community in Central Leeward had been plagued by flash flooding that …

Proud of whaling in Barrouallie

Source: iWitness News | Proud of whaling in Barrouallie By Elma Morgan Note: I want to preface this by saying this comes from the heart. It does not represent politics. It is what I am feeling right now. There seems to be much political angst going on in St. … Continue reading →

Tidbits: Adelphi-Grand Bay Estate

Source: iWitness News | Tidbits: Adelphi-Grand Bay Estate By Anatol Leopold Scott Tidbits: “choice morsels” mostly from Legacies of British Slave-ownership database The three Triminghams – Nathaniel Thomas (b 1794 – d. 1878, Barbados), Henry Jennings (b. 1799 – d. 1857, Paget, Bermuda), and Ralph Francis Trimingham (b.1800 … Continue reading →

Man shot on his way home

Source: iWitness News | Man shot on his way home Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of Istah Mack, a 34-year-old labourer of Chester Cottage. Approximately 10 p.m. on Thursday, Mack was on his way home when he was shot by an unknown assailant on the left side … Continue reading →

Teen, elderly woman drown in St. Vincent

Source: iWitness News | Teen, elderly woman drown in St. Vincent Police are investigating the circumstances of two separate incidents of drowning, which occurred on Thursday: one on mainland St. Vincent and the other in Union Island. Denzel Rogers, a 16-year-old fifth form student of the North Union Secondary School, drowned … Continue reading →

IRD under reform

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Robbery suspect jailed, woman fined for escaping police custody

Source: iWitness News | Robbery suspect jailed, woman fined for escaping police custody A 19-year-old woman was fined on Wednesday while a 16-year-old boy was sent to jail after they both escaped lawful police custody two days earlier. A second boy, age 15, was sent to the Family Court for sentencing, having also pleaded guilty … Continue

Mother of Rock Gutter dead wanted driver jailed

Source: iWitness News | Mother of Rock Gutter dead wanted driver jailed The mother of one of the seven students who died in the Rock Gutter bus crash two years ago says she will forever hold the driver of the vehicle responsible for her child’s death. “I was hoping that Davanan would … Continue reading

Quick on the trigger — towards ‘Vincilisation’

Source: iWitness News | Quick on the trigger — towards ‘Vincilisation’ By Vinny Newton Some Vincentians are generally really quick to react negatively. This is even before all the facts are communicated or laid out on the table. They are quick to get vexed at something completely unaware, or forgetting, that … Continue reading →

CAL begins flying Trinidad-St. Vincent route next Friday

Source: iWitness News | CAL begins flying Trinidad-St. Vincent route next Friday The Argyle International Airport (AIA) announced on Thursday that Trinidad and Tobago’s national carrier, Caribbean Airlines (CAL) will begin flying between Piarco International Airport and AIA. Tabia Matthews, a spokesperson for AIA, said in a brief press statement that the scheduled flights … Continue reading

Vincentians take top spots in regional police queen show

Source: iWitness News | Vincentians take top spots in regional police queen show Kemelia Boyd, the reigning Miss Police, has done herself and the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police proud by placing first runner-up in the 2017 Regional Police Queen Show held in the British Virgin Islands on April 1. Boyd, … Continue

A dismissal doesn’t necessarily mean innocence

Source: iWitness News | A dismissal doesn’t necessarily mean innocence By Fancy Queen In relation to the Rock Gutter verdict, the reason given for the dismissal is “lack of evidence”, which included the failure to divulge information. When a person keeps asking, after 24 months, for forgiveness, he grieves the … Continue reading →

Young leaders have PositiviTEA with elderly

Source: iWitness News | Young leaders have PositiviTEA with elderly The GHS RBTT Young Leaders 2017 conducted two more of their projects — Breakfast with the Homeless and PositiviTEA with the elderly, last Sunday. Breakfast was prepared by the girls and served to the homeless by 15 GHS Young Leaders … Continue reading →

Opposition submits full list of questions to Parliament

Source: iWitness News | Opposition submits full list of questions to Parliament The opposition New Democratic Party (NDP) is slated to ask the full complement of questions possible when they attend today’s meeting of Parliament. Each opposition lawmaker can ask three questions and the nine opposition lawmakers have tabled 27 questions for … Continue reading

Fatherhood conference opens today

Source: iWitness News | Fatherhood conference opens today ProjectMEN2020 in collaboration with The World Needs A Father (TWNAF) www.theworldneedsafather.com, will host its 4th annual national Men’s Conference under the theme “Fatherhood 2017: Restoring the hearts of the Fathers to the Children, and the hearts of the Children to … Continue reading →

Retired head teacher injured in vicious attack

Source: iWitness News | Retired head teacher injured in vicious attack Retired headmistress, Ethel King of Rillan Hill, was on Wednesday still in hospital nursing injuries she sustained during an attack by an intruder into her home Monday night. On Wednesday, Grafton McDowall, a resident of the South Leeward community appeared before Chief Magistrate Rechanne … Continue reading →

Rock Gutter case ruling reopens festering wounds

Source: iWitness News | Rock Gutter case ruling reopens festering wounds By Kenton X. Chance At the Fancy International Pentecostal Assembly Church last Sunday, the main worship leader knelt on the floor as the congregation and other worship leaders sang. “No one else will be able to give you that peace … Continue reading →

Run the country, stay out the court’ — Lawyer

Source: iWitness News | Run the country, stay out the court’ — Lawyer That was the advice of defence counsel Grant Connell to “certain people”, who he said had called him after he complained about Commissioner of Police Renold Hadaway displaying exhibits of a criminal case at a press conference in January. Connell … Continue

St. Vincent lifts ban on Brazilian corned beef

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent lifts ban on Brazilian corned beef St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) on Wednesday announced that the temporary ban on the importation of corned beef originating from Brazil has been lifted with immediate effect. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce said in a statement … Continue reading

St. Vincent to outlaw killing of orcas

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent to outlaw killing of orcas By Kenton X. Chance The government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines says it will pass laws to outlaw the killing of orcas, after fishermen killed two of the marine mammals in the presence of a whale-watching group last week. … Continue reading →

PM says Glen Beache ‘often speaks out of turn’

Source: iWitness News | PM says Glen Beache ‘often speaks out of turn’ Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves has chided head of the Tourism Authority, Glen Beache, for speaking out of turn then reacting “negative” when persons criticise him when things do not pan out as he says. Gonsalves’ comments came on Tuesday as the responded … Continue

Brewery launches “VitaLife Under the Crown”

Source: iWitness News | Brewery launches “VitaLife Under the Crown” The St. Vincent Brewery Ltd through its band Vita malt has launched another under the crown promotion (UTC) called, “VITALIFE. “This promotion is the first consumer-oriented one for the year under the Vita Malt brand. Our focus this year is … Continue reading →

Murder victim buried in ‘private’ funeral

Source: iWitness News | Murder victim buried in ‘private’ funeral The Vermont man who was shot and killed two weeks after being freed of a murder charge was buried in his hometown on Sunday in a funeral that was not made public. About two dozen persons attended the funeral service for 52-year-old … Continue reading →

Road fatality No.2

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Climate change solutions can’t wait for U.S. leadership

Source: iWitness News | Climate change solutions can’t wait for U.S. leadership By Desmond Brown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (IPS) — From tourism-dependent nations like Barbados to those rich with natural resources like Guyana, climate change poses one of the biggest challenges for the countries of the Caribbean. Nearly all of these countries are … Continue reading

Int’l charters to Argyle operated at a loss

Source: iWitness News | Int’l charters to Argyle operated at a loss The two government-organised chartered flights that landed at the Argyle International Airport on Feb. 14 operated at a loss, head of the Tourism Authority, Glen Beache told a town hall meeting in Canada last week. Beache has been reticent to the Vincentian … Continue reading

Going forward or marching in place? Lessons for Argyle airport

Source: iWitness News | Going forward or marching in place? Lessons for Argyle airport By C. ben-David An opinion piece titled “Going forward” in the March 24, 2017 edition of Searchlight newspaper in which Christian I. Martin, arguably the most respected and influential civil servant our country has ever produced, presented an argument for …

Beache complains about size of SVG’s tourism budget

Source: iWitness News | Beache complains about size of SVG’s tourism budget Head of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tourism Authority, Glen Beache, has complained about the size of the nation’s tourism budget, relative to that of other destinations in the region. Addressing a town hall meeting in Montreal, Canada on … Continue reading

Moving beyond the disaster contingency fund

Source: iWitness News | Moving beyond the disaster contingency fund By K. Badenock I was heartened momentarily after reading an article in your online paper title “Caribbean awaits Trump moves on climate funding, Paris deal”. Then I continued reading and was disappointed, to say the least. While I applaud the efforts … Continue reading →

Gov’t concession to PM’s wife draws fire

Source: iWitness News | Gov’t concession to PM’s wife draws fire The main opposition New Democratic Party has decried the Unity Labour Party administration for giving duty-free concession to a restaurant involving Eloise Gonsalves — the wife of Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves — at the recently opened Argyle International Airport. Prime … Continue reading →

Caribbean faces forecast for prolonged drought

Source: iWitness News | Caribbean faces forecast for prolonged drought By Desmond Brown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (IPS) — The Caribbean Drought & Precipitation Monitoring Network (CDPMN) is warning countries in the region that the same abnormal climate conditions they have experienced over the last few years, which resulted in some of the … Continue reading →

Hope for SVG — a needed ‘emancipation’

Source: iWitness News | Hope for SVG — a needed ‘emancipation’ By Vinny Newton Vincentians have, as do individuals with a similar history as ours, longed for more and better amidst the backdrop of being a third world country and developing nation with a past of colonial rule, indentureship and slavery. … Continue reading →

St. Vincent records 3rd killing this week

Source: iWitness News | St. Vincent records 3rd killing this week The homicide count in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for 2017 moved reached six Friday night with the killing in Greiggs of a 32-year-old man. Amin Glasgow died after being shot in what has been reported as a drive-by shooting. … Continue reading →

Men freed of Rock Gutter death charges

Source: iWitness News | Men freed of Rock Gutter death charges The two men who were each charged with seven counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of the seven students at Rock Gutter on Jan. 12, 2015, walked out of the Serious Offences Court free men on Friday. … Continue reading →

Digicel SVG gospel fest opens this Sunday

Source: iWitness News | Digicel SVG gospel fest opens this Sunday The 2017 edition of Digicel SVG Gospel Fest will be officially opened here this Sunday at the Victoria Park. The festival, which is into its 15th year, is designed to showcase Vincentian gospel expressions in music, song, dance and drama. … Continue reading →

Agriculture and AIA

Source: iWitness News | Agriculture and AIA By Things As I See Them The opening of the Argyle International Airport (AIA) on mainland St Vincent has optimised the hope of many Vincentians of the role of this piece of infrastructure in our economic development. It brings fresh … Continue reading →

iWN Questelles Police Youth Club cricketers dispense Young Blood

Source: iWitness News | iWN Questelles Police Youth Club cricketers dispense Young Blood iWitness News Questelles Police Youth Club dispensed Young Blood courtesy of a 42-run win in the SVUTCCU, DMG Furniture Enterprise and All View T20 softball competition in Keartons on Saturday. iWN Questelles Police Youth Club, batting first, reached 87 in … Continue

Joseph in commanding form in SVGPCCU T20

Source: iWitness News | Joseph in commanding form in SVGPCCU T20 The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Co-operative Credit Union Clinchers T20 softball Cricket Competition 2017 continued last weekend at the Richland Park Oval and there were wins for Sion Hill Tallawahs, Gairy Construction Simple Boyz, Mount Pleasant, Fully Loaded … Continue reading →

Hooper, Shallow power team rivals to innings win

Source: iWitness News | Hooper, Shallow power team rivals to innings win By E. Glenford Prescott A 15-wicket match haul by Asif Hooper and another brilliant century by Hyron Shallow helped Team Rivals continue their ominous run towards title honours with a comprehensive innings victory over Carl Joseph Law Chambers ASCO in … Continue reading

Bequia man charged with murder

Source: iWitness News | Bequia man charged with murder Bequia resident Julian Adams was on Thursday charged with the murder of Brendon Goodgie, a 59-year-old watchman of Bequia, formally of Questelles. Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne-Matthias read the charge to him at the Serious Offences Court in Kingstown. Reports are … Continue reading →

Vincentian appointed director of Cricket West Indies

Source: iWitness News | Vincentian appointed director of Cricket West Indies President of SVGCA Inc., Kishore Shallow is now a director of Cricket West Indies. Shallow was elected as a director at the annual meeting of the regional body last Sunday. The meeting was held in Barbados and also featured the … Continue reading →

Fire destroys 3 houses in Georgetown

Source: iWitness News | Fire destroys 3 houses in Georgetown A fire in Georgetown on St. Vincent’s eastern coast destroyed three wooden houses Tuesday night, leaving an equal number of families homeless. Police in Georgetown say that the fire was discovered sometime after 8 p.m. Tuesday night. It is believed … Continue reading →

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

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