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March 15 2017


SVG OBSERVES NATIONAL HEROS DAY

St Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday observed National Heroes Day.   The main highlight of the day was the annual Wreath Laying Ceremony at Dorsetshire Hill at the Obelisk.

Speaking at the ceremony yesterday Prime Minister Dr. Hon Ralph Gonsalves recognized the major contributions and determination of paramount chief Joseph Chatoyer, for this country.

The PM also said that the work is continuing for the possible naming of other national heroes of St Vincent and the Grenadines.   Dr. Gonsalves also spoke of the recently erected monument in memory of the seven students that perished in the Rock Gutter two years ago.

The Wreath Laying Ceremony is an important aspect of the Vincentian culture because it marks the death of the country’s National Hero Chief Joseph Chatoyer and it is also important as the country reflects on its rich history as it continues to develop.


NEMO AND USAID TO CONDUCT SSM HAND OFF WORKSHOP FOR INSTRUCTORS


The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) with the support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) will conduct a three-day Shelter and Shelter Management (SSM) Hand Off Workshop for Instructors during the period March 15-17, 2017.

The purpose of the Shelter and Shelter Management (SSM) Hand Off Workshop is to prepare participants to deliver the Shelter and Shelter Management Course and to train a cadre of persons to assist in the further development and delivery of this course in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

This course is specifically targeted to build capacity within the Ministry of Education to support the Shelter and Shelter Management Programme within schools. It is also a follow-up to the Shelter and Shelter Management (SSM) and the Interactive Training Course/Instructor Courses in which persons who attended were certified by the USAID/OFDA. 

The Shelter and Shelter Management (SSM) Hand Off Workshop will be held at NEMO’s Conference Room, Old Montrose, commencing at 8:30 am each day.


SCHOOLS FOCUS ON THE HISTORY OF GARIFUNA PEOPLE

Schools throughout the country are hosting film showcases focusing on the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the Garifuna people, throughout this week and next week.

According to local reports David “Darkie” Williams, President of the Garifuna Heritage Foundation, said this activity forms part of the International Garifuna Summit which is currently taking place as part of activities to observe National Heroes and Heritage Month.

Mr. Williams said this year they are not bringing the students to the Peace Memorial Hall for the film showcases but instead they are sending the films to schools for them to showcase to the students when it is best for them.  He said they are also hosting a number of public film showcases at the National Public Library and the Old Public Library.


CARIBBEAN NEWS

ANTIGUAN GOVERNMENT ORDERS THE RESUMPTION OF THE INVESTIGATION OF CITIZENSHIP GRANTED TO A CHINESE INVESTOR

The Antiguan  Government has ordered the resumption of the investigation into the granting of citizenship to Chinese investor, Lihua Tian, who allegedly wilfully concealed material facts in support of her application which was approved.    A notice ordering the probe has been published in the March 9, 2017 official Gazette on the government’s website.   It comes six weeks after Lihua’s lawyer, Dr David Dorsett withdrew a civil court case in which they were challenging one of three members of the Committee of Inquiry that was appointed last year to investigate her application.

Dr Dorsett had asked the High Court to withdraw the lawsuit against the state in late January 2017, after the committee fell apart when the same member resigned due to Lihua’s claim of a conflict of interest because he was serving the committee while he was also a Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) agent.

According to the Gazette, Attorney General Steadroy “Cutie” Benjamin made the order on March 7, 2017 while he was Acting Prime Minister and Minister responsible for Citizenship, stating that the Committee will resume work with the two remaining members.  The Gazette states, “The number of Commissioners to the Committee of  Inquiry shall be reduced from three to two as a result of the resignation of Mr Hollis Francis Jr on the 28th day of November, 2016. The Commissioners to the Committee of Inquiry shall be Mr Henry Moe, a retired judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court and Mrs Mary B E White.”

It added that, “The Committee of Inquiry, having commenced on Tuesday April 19, 2016 shall resume the inquiry on March 31, 2017 and conclude same by April 21, 2017 or such extended time as shall be reasonably necessary to conclude the Inquiry.”    The Gazette said the Committee shall continue to hold its proceedings in camera at the Ministry of Legal Affairs Conference Room commencing at 9 am or any other time determined by the Commissioners.


March 13 2017

FIU AND RSSARU HOST CONFERENCE IN SVG


The Financial Intelligence Unit, FIU, will be collaborating with the Regional Security System-Asset Recovery Unit to host a Proceeds of Crime Practitioners Conference here tomorrow.   Organizers of the event say the Conference will be a practical and inter-active forum for Financial Investigators and Prosecutors.

Personnel from the Offices of the Director of Public Prosecutions and Financial Intelligence Units.    Delegates will be drawn from the seven jurisdictions of the Regional Security System, RSS, as well as from the British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands; Trinidad and Tobago and the six British Overseas Territories.   The event will be held at the Beachcombers Hotel, on Tuesday March 14, from 8:30 a.m.

 
RSVGPF INVESTIGATING BULLETIN ON SOCIAL MEDIA ABOUT MEN WANTED BY  THE TRINIDAD AUTHORITIES

A bulletin currently circulated on social media that a group of men, who are wanted by Trinidad’s authorities, have escaped to St. Vincent and the Grenadines is currently under investigation by police here.

The police in a release said that their preliminary investigation shows that the bulletin being circulated over the past 24 hours was not issued by any department or unit of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force. The police also indicated that they have heard about it and are working with their regional partners to ascertain the accuracy of the information. In the meantime, the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force is appealing to the public to desist from spreading inaccurate information that can cause alarm.


2017 GOSPEL FEST TO BE HELD FROM APRIL 2ND TO 30TH


"The 2017 edition of SVG Gospel Fest will be held here from Sunday April 2nd to Sunday April 30th. The festival which was started in 2003 and is now into its 15th year, is designed to showcase Vincentian gospel expressions in music, song, dance and drama.

Over the years a number of this country leading gospel artistes got their start in the festival which showcases talents from across the country. Among the highlights of the 15th anniversary celebrations will be: "A Glorious Celebration" the opening show on April 2nd which will showcase outstanding artistes who emerged from the festival; "A  Glorious Celebration of Dance" a night of dance with dance groups from around the country on April 7th and the National Gospel Showcase on April 30th.    SVG Gospel Fest 2017 is being held under the theme: "15 Years of the Glorious Celebration of the Gospel".