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April 27 2017

CLEAN UP OF KINGSTOWN TO COMMENCE SOON 

The process of cleaning up capital city Kingstown may commence shortly as indicated by Minister of Transport and Works Hon Senator Julian Francis.

Speaking on the issue on his weekly radio program on Tuesday Francis said that there is a number of abandoned derelicts or offensive items on the city’s streets left by vendors and the process will commence shortly to have them removed.   The Minister earlier indicated that he is soliciting recommendations from the public as to the  approach that should be taken to carry out the cleaning up of Kingstown.

 

SVG OBSERVES WORLD DAY OF SAFETY AND HEALTH


St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join the rest of the world global in observing World Day for Safety and Health at Work this Friday 28th.   As part of the local observance, JARIC St. Vincent Limited will be hosting a Breakfast Seminar on April 28th at the NIS Conference Room from 7:30AM.

JARIC St. Vincent Limited was established to offer unique, safety, health, environment and quality consulting and training services in the Eastern Caribbean.   The day seeks to recognize the thousands of persons who die as a result of occupational accidents or work-related diseases.

The International Labor Organization’s campaign for 2017 focuses on the critical need for countries to improve their capacity to collect and utilize reliable occupational safety and health (OSH) data.   The theme of this year’s World Safety Day is ‘Collecting and Analyzing Data’ and this data pertains to information that can be used to help to reduce accidents and work place fatalities.

 

ANALYSIS TO BE DONE OF MISS CARIVAL SHOW SAYS CDC CHAIRMAN

The Carnival Development Corporation CDC says that an assessment and analysis will be done on the Miss Carival Show which will be absent from this year’s Vincy Mas celebration.   This was disclosed by Chairman of the CDC Ricardo Adams while he spoke at a recent press conference.

Adams said that however a show dubbed EVO 4.0 will replace the Miss Carival show this year and promised that this will be one of the biggest shows to look forward to for the carnival season.   He further explained that EVO 4.0 will encapsulate the best of Vincy Mas over the past 40 years.

Coordinator of Shows Anthony Dennie says that preparations are continuing for the launch of Vincy Mas which will take place on May 6th at the Victoria Park. Dennie said that one of the spectacles of Vincy Mas launch is ‘The Celebration Train’ and that persons can expect more for this year.   Dennie also announced that there will be no ‘Best New Song’ category at Vincy Mas launch this year.

 

CARIBBEAN NEWS

BERMUDA’S FARMERS FACED WITH DROUGHT CONDITIONS


Bermuda’s farmers are counting the cost of drought conditions now hitting the island.  According to regional reports they are concerned as less than an inch of rain has fallen on the island in the past 30 days and total rainfall for the year is now almost an inch down on average – despite a January 5 deluge breaking an old record.

The Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) said the island was now “across the threshold into drought”.   A total of 5.34 inches of rain fell on January 5, easily beating the previous January record of 3.99 inches in a day set in 1986.

May is said to be the driest month, and April is the second-driest. Up to Wednesday, only 0.73 inches of rain had fallen in April, bringing the year’s total to 17.05 compared to the normal 18.03 inches.

 

US FIRM SAYS CONSTRUCTION OF AN INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR DOMINICA IS FEASIBLE


A US firm, which was engaged by the Dominica government to conduct studies for the construction of an international airport, has reported that the project “is feasible”.

The firm presented its findings to the Dominica Cabinet on Thursday 20 April 2017, a day earlier than was earlier promised, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit told a town hall meeting at Portsmouth on Sunday 23 April.

Skerrit was quoted as saying Dominica will see itself having an international airport as the experts have told them that the airport is feasible. Accordingly, the Cabinet has mandated the US firm to proceed with the plans. The Dominica Labour Party administration first announced that plans were afoot to construct an international airport in May 2014.

Since then, government has had discussions with a Chinese team for the construction of the international airport at Crompton Point.   While the Prime Minister announced that the construct of the international airport is feasible, he noted that a more detailed report will be presented to the nation at “some other time.

 
April 26th 2017

PRIME MINISTER GONSALVES ATTENDS CONFERENCE IN MIAMI


This country’s Prime Minister Dr. Hon Ralph Gonsalves left the state today to attend a tourism conference which will be held in Miami this week.   Speaking on radio this week, Dr. Gonsalves said that he is scheduled to address the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit which will take place from April 26th to 28th.

PM Gonsalves used the opportunity to give an update on a number of government initiatives and projects that are taking place here.  Dr. Gonsalves said that progress is being made with the purchase of the school buses to operate here.

 

ID CARD REQUIREMENT TO BE IMPLEMENTED FOR THE PURCHASE OF ALCOHOL

The presentation of a national identification card ID will be required from young people in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who wish to purchase Alcohol.   Word of this, came from Mrs. Nichola Evans, the Director of the National Commission on Crime Prevention during a recent panel discussion, at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College.

 Mrs. Evans indicated that in keeping with the law persons who are caught selling intoxicating liquor to students will be fined, imprisoned and even have their liquor license revoked.  Evans said the aim of the NCCP, is to target students, in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, who are consuming Alcohol and added that it is the responsibility of Businesses to request the identification of students who purchase Alcohol at supermarkets.   Alcohol use among the youth in St. Vincent and the Grenadines was one of the areas highlighted during the discussions centered around the Liquor License Act of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 

VINCYMAS LAUNCH SET FOR MAY 6TH

Preparations are being made for the official launch of Vincy Mas 2017 which will officially kick off on Saturday May 6th.   The Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) says it will spare no effort in a spectacular launch for the 40th anniversary celebrations.

The launch will feature the traditional whistle stops scheduled to commence at 10 in the morning, as well as a number of innovations.   One such innovation will be the ‘Bus Line’, where a bus will be going along with the music truck and make stops in certain areas.  

Chairman of the CDC Ricardo Adams also pointed out that patrons will have a lot to look forward to for this year’s celebration. Adams said that one of the big shows to look forward to is EVO 4.0 which will take place on July 7th and which he says will showcase a little of everything that constitutes Vincy Mas.

 

CARIBBEAN NEWS

US  LISTING OF BARBADOS AS A MAJOR FOR MONEY LAUNDERING IS “MISLEADING” SAYS BARBADOS GOVERNMENT


The Barbados government Tuesday described as “misleading” the decision by the United States to list the island as a major for money laundering.   Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite said that “Barbados is duty bound to state its position on this finding, which it considers to be misleading”.

The statement issued by the Office of the Attorney General noted that Bridgetown had become aware of the 2016 report by the US State Department naming Barbados among a number of countries which Washington regards as major money laundering countries.   “In respect of Barbados, the report cited a number of generic methods of money laundering that may be found in any country.  While the areas of criminal activity cited are present in the country, Barbados’ best intelligence does not support the view that they are at proportions which would have a significant impact on the local economy, or cause the faintest ripple in the international financial sector.”

The statement said that Barbados has deployed significant resources to combat criminal activity of every description. In particular, major resources have been directed to combating financial crime, including money laundering and fraud.The statement from the Office of the Attorney General noted that the illegal drugs trade is the crime which is of greatest concern in the country.“This trade gives birth to other criminal activity. For instance, it is believed that the importation and use of unlicensed firearms is closely connected to the drugs trade. The drugs trade is also the most profitable acquisitive crime on the island; hence, it has potential implications for the financial sector. These threats are understood and are being addressed with some degree of success.”

The statement noted that local crime is only influenced by external factors to the extent that drugs and firearms are imported into the country.   “Barbados is not a producer of drugs for export and neither does it manufacture guns. Local criminality may be impacted from abroad, but it has very little prospect of having an external impact, especially on the financial community.   Several other Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas and Antigua and Barbuda, have publicly disagreed with the 2016 report by the US State Department.