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Several young Vincentians are expected to be recruited to join the Royal Navy in the United Kingdom, as a delegation from the Royal Navy is currently in St Vincent and the Grenadines on a recruitment drive. During a short ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Conference Room on Monday, Minister of Foreign Affairs Sir Louis Straker welcomed the delegation, noting that many young people have shown an interest in entering the service of the Royal Navy. Sir Louis said the recruitment is of mutual benefit to St Vincent and the Grenadines and the United Kingdom as it provides young…

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Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves says he was always confident that Prime the Government would have won the election petitions filed by New Democratic Party following the General Elections of 2015. Acting High Court Judge Stanley John last week dismissed the election petitions filed by New Democratic Party candidates Lauron Baptiste and Ben Exeter. The Petitioners were seeking to have the elections of December 2015 in North Windward and Central Leeward respectively declared void. The Unity Labour Party, ULP, won the December 2015 General Election by eight votes to seven, to secure a 4th consecutive term in office. During an interview…

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A technical mission from the Food and Agriculture Organization is currently visiting St. Vincent & The Grenadines. Stephanie Elder Alexander, Land Administration Specialist with the FAO, met yesterday with officials of the Ministry of Agriculture at the Ministry’s Conference Room in Kingstown. Also attending the meeting were Ryan Nanton, National Project Co-ordinator, Dr. Coleen Phillips local FAO Co-ordinator and Aurelie Bres, FAO Lead Technical Officer, all members of the Steering Committee of the Land Bank Project. The main objectives of the FAO Technical Mission are to discuss and validate operational procedures for the proposed Land Bank Project, train key staff…

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The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) will be focusing on a Volcanic Eruption Simulation during the Trade Winds 2019 exercise, which takes place in St. Vincent and the Grenadines during the month of June. This was revealed by Major Adam Thomson from the Canadian Armed Forces during a workshop which was hosted by NEMO earlier this week. Monday’s workshop focused on Public Affairs Crisis Communication and Contingency Planning Best Practices. Director of NEMO, Michelle Forbes says the program was held to sensitize the various media units regarding how to disseminate important information to members of the public during times of…

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Chester Cottage resident Setra Harry, alias ‘Chucky,’ was sentenced to three years in prison last Thursday when magistrate Bertie Pompey found her guilty of wounding Isaac Harywood. Towards the conclusion of the trial at the Georgetown Magistrate Court last week Monday, the court heard from Harry’s 13- year-old son – a defense witness. The witness, in his examination-in-chief, told the court that on February 24th, at about 7.00 p.m. he and his mother were walking up the road to a bar to play pool when they passed Isaac Haywood at his daughter’s gate. As they walked, he saw someone approach…

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Brunei could start whipping or stoning gay people to death next week when strict new laws are introduced, human rights groups warned. The tiny oil-rich nation already implements Sharia laws, with homosexuality punishable with up to ten years in prison. But from the start of next month the government plans to amend the penal code to mean LGBT people could be stoned to death and thieves could have limbs amputated. Amnesty International today slammed the plans, describing the Islamic criminal laws for gay sex and theft as ‘vicious’. Brunei was the first East Asian country to introduce Islamic criminal law…

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Newly-elected Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, says he intends to issue an apology to former head coach Phil Simmons, for recent controversial comments by his predecessor, Dave Cameron, who labelled the Trinidadian’s hiring as a “bad decision”. And the former St Kitts and Nevis government minister, who stunned Cameron in last Sunday’s CWI elections in Jamaica, hinted that the regional governing body was poised to settle the long-running legal dispute over damages with Simmons. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with CMC Sports today, a passionate Skerritt said Simmons had been “very competent” in his time in charge of West…

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Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister, Allen Castanet, has defended his decision to meet with United States President, Donald Trump, on Friday in Florida. Trump met with leaders from The Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia at his private residence in Palm Beach, Florida, drawing criticism from, among others, Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Doctor Ralph Gonsalves said the meeting was ‘troubling.’ Asked how he would respond, Chastanet told reporters Tuesday: “I don’t.” “At the end of the day I was elected by Saint Lucians to represent Saint Lucia,” the Saint…

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The Commissioning of the Union Island Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage System on March 25th, 2019 has been hailed as a significant milestone in the energy sector of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Officials and stakeholders involved in the local energy sector have said this project is a game changer which is expected to bring numerous benefits including the much anticipated, lower electricity cost to consumers. Speaking at the opening yesterday, March 25, 2019, of the inauguration of the 800 kilowatt Solar system in Union Island, Planning Engineer at VINLEC Morrison Creese, said the plant is the first micro…

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Climate change and the massive invasion of sargassum sea weeds are the “villains” on the fisheries sector. They partner like two face and the riddler in the movie “Batman Forever”, with a mission to destroy. Climate change refers to significant changes in global temperature, precipitation, wind patterns, and other measures of climate that occur over several decades or longer. Climate change is accelerated when there is an increase of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere such as carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, methane, sulphur dioxide, etc, which warms the earth. The ocean absorbs more than 90 percent of the heat trapped on…

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