Category: St Vincent

ST VINCENT – No partisan politics

KINGSTOWN – Governor general Sir Frederick Ballantyne is said to have embraced opposition leader Godwin Friday outside parliament on Monday to show protesters that he is above partisan politics. The nation’s ceremonial head of state is said to have made the move after being booed during the formalities to mark the ceremonial opening of parliament […]

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SAINT VINCENT/THE GRENADINES – Mother of baby killed in house fire charged

KINGSTOWN – The mother of the child who died in the house fire at Upper New Montrose on Friday has been denied bail on a child abandonment charge. Tamara Lavia, 28, who is originally from Lowmans Hill was denied bail and remanded into custody until February 18, when she is slated to reappear before chief […]

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ST VINCENT – Government mum on incident involving diplomat

The St Vincent and the Grenadines government says it will not now comment on media reports in the United States that one of its diplomats had punched his wife, who is also a diplomat in the face at their Brooklyn home on Friday. A government spokesperson said that members of the Ralph Gonsalves administration were […]

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ST VINCENT – One killed, another injured in shooting incident

A Green Hill man died in hospital Friday afternoon shortly after being shot in Kingstown, while another man has been hospitalized with gunshot wounds. The shooting occurred on McCoy Street in the capital. A source close to his family said the dead man is Kemel Peters. Peters survived a shooting incident just under a year […]

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SVG already reaping airport dividends

Though saying that St Vincent and the Grenadines is poised for “a major take off” in tourism with its new state-of-the-art international airport, minister of tourism, sports and culture Cecil McKie has told Barbados and other neighbouring islands not to see his country as a competitor. St Vincent and the Grenadines opened its new EC$729 […]

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Moroccan diplomat assaulted at conference in St Vincent

KINGSTOWN –– 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 Moroccan Embassy in Castries. Media reports out of the North African nation say […]

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LIAT strike threat off

Passengers who feared cancelled flights and missed connections tomorrow due to industrial action by LIAT pilots no longer have to worry. The airline’s management has assured that there will be no disruption to services across the region. “The recent report of impending action by the pilots have been withdrawn following a meeting between management and […]

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ST VINCENT – Cruise cancels tours after whale killings

KINGSTOWN – On the heels of horrified tourists witnessing the killing of two orcas in Vincentian waters, a cruise ship has taken strong action in protest of the age old tradition. TUI Discovery stopped short of pulling out of the destination, but has cancelled all its whale and dolphin watching tours, iWitness News has reported. […]

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ST VINCENT – Boat held with over US$71m in cocaine

KINGSTOWN –– Authorities are trying to get to the bottom of how a Vincentian-owned and registered fishing boat was held in what has been described as the largest maritime seizure in 18 years. In an operation on February 16, the United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) successfully stopped a transshipment of 185 bales of cocaine, […]

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ST VINCENT – New airport opens

KINGSTOWN — St Vincent and the Grenadines’ Argyle International Airport was officially opened on Monday evening with a flag-raising ceremony in which Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves said that the facility is “a symbol, it is a metaphor of what is possible in us”. “Do not ever allow any people, any nation to impose on […]

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Severe flooding in St Vincent

KINGSTOWN –– A number of houses were destroyed and other damaged in several areas in St Vincent and the Grenadines, while floodwaters exposed the contents of some graves at the Sandy Bay Cemetery and blocked, damaged, or destroyed a number of bridges as a trough system dumped large amounts of rain across the country Monday night […]

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Four murders in ten hours

KINGSTOWN – Police in St Vincent were called into action on Monday morning with the discovery of two bodies in a house in the old Montrose section of capital city Kingstown. Information is that a relative came to visit family members and found one lying dead in the verandah and the other inside of the […]

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One dead, another missing as heavy rains pound St Vincent

KINGSTOWN – Rescue teams have recovered the body of a pre-teenager, Phillip Compton, from the northern Grenadine island of Bequia Wednesday after he was swept away by floodwaters, reportedly while trying to clear a drain in Paget Farm  on the south of the island. Police confirmed the death and said that the Coast Guard had […]

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ST VINCENT – LIAT crew sickness led to 261 flight cancellations

KINGSTOWN –– Regional carrier, LIAT, has had to cancel 261 flights and delayed a further 564 this year, due to crew sickness. The average number of sick days per member of the crew is around 21 days, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, who is chair of LIAT’s shareholder governments told parliament on Thursday, but reiterated that […]

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Storm claims life of teen in St Vincent

Tropical Storm Matthew killed one person in St Vincent and the Grenadines on Wednesday night as it unleashed its fury on the country. Secondary school student, Kenron Samuel Elijah Antoine, 16, was crushed by a boulder as he was attempting to remove debris behind his home to clear a path for water that was flooding […]

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ST VINCENT – ‘LIAT needs to get act together’

KINGSTOWN  – The St Vincent and the Grenadines government is seeking an urgent meeting with the management of the regional airline, LIAT, following the airline’s poor service to the island. St Vincent and the Grenadines is one four shareholder governments of the Antigua-based regional airline and the Dr. Ralph Gonsalves administration wants the meeting to […]

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ST VINCENT – No more swearing to the Queen

KINGSTOWN –– A change in the Oaths by Officials Act in St Vincent and the Grenadines will see officials now swearing allegiance and service to their rather than their ceremonial head of state, Queen Elizabeth 11, her heirs and successor. Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves presented the bill in Parliament this week. He told lawmakers that […]

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