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St. Vincent’s Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves injured amid massive protest

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Ralph Gonsalves.

Kaieteur News – Prime Minister of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, has been injured amid a major protest now under way in the capital, Kingstown. The Prime Minister was hit on the head with a stone.

The protest is against changes to the Public Health Act that would make COVID-19 vaccination mandatory. Vaccination against other illnesses that trigger a public health emergency would also have been mandatory.      Continue reading

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS – Commentary on Trinidad and St. Vincent Politics – Tony Deyal

STRANGE BEDFELLOWS – Commentary on Trinidad and St. Vincent Politics

NOVEMBER 30, 2015 | BY KNEWS |  FEATURES / COLUMNISTSTONY DEYAL COLUMN

American journalist, Charles Dudley Warner (1829 – 1900), coined the expression, “Politics makes strange bedfellows.”  Helen Thomas, a columnist, disagreed and insisted, “War makes strange bedfellows.”  The German General and strategist, Carl von Clauzewitz, combined the two, “We see, therefore, that war is not merely an act of policy but a true political instrument, a continuation of political intercourse carried on with other means.”

Comedian Groucho Marx took the intercourse ­­­­­part seriously and quipped, “Politics doesn’t make strange bedfellows, marriage does.”  Former Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Basdeo Panday, who often used the war and politics quote, was asked by a journalist about the coalition which Panday had formed with ANR Robinson, Lloyd Best and others, “Mr. Panday, isn’t that a marria­­ge of convenience?”  Panday, with his usual insouciant smile, replied, “Aren’t all marriages?”  Continue reading

Ralph Gonsalves proposes “grand settlement” to end cricket crisis

Ralph Gonsalves proposes “grand settlement” to end cricket crisis

PM Ralph Gonsalves

PM Ralph Gonsalves

November 11, 2014 · By Stabroek editor ·  Comments

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, CMC – St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has written to CARICOM asking the regional body to communicate to the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) his “grand settlement” proposal, aimed at defusing the BCCI’s US$42 million compensation claim against the West Indies Cricket Board and ending the full blown crisis.

Gonsalves told reporters in Kingstown yesterday that the “grand settlement” included five elements, the first of which was that the WICB settled the internal matter with the “India 14” (the 14 players who terminated the recent India tour).

He was referring to the West Indies cricketers who prematurely ended their tour of India last month over a pay dispute with WIPA, resulting in the US$42 million claim in losses from the BCCI. Continue reading

Caribbean awaits debate on decriminalization of medicinal marijuana

Caribbean awaits debate on decriminalization of medicinal marijuana

image A report by a group of experts supports the argument that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost sluggish regional economies.

Kenton X. Chance

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent, Monday March 10, 2014, CMC – Randy Delplesche, 27, is unemployed. But over the past few weeks he has “earned” EC$60,000 (One EC dollar = US$0.37 cents) from the illegal marijuana trade.

He is among those Caribbean nationals anxiously awaiting the outcome of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Inter-Sessional summit that begins here on Monday where the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes would have been discussed.

Delplesche does not hide the fact that he too favours regional governments agreeing to decriminalize the drug for medical purposes.

“I think it is a good vibes,” he told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC), adding “no work is going on in the country, so we have to look to do something else. That is the only thing we can do and make a little money.”

A report by a group of experts supports the argument by Delplesche that decriminalizing marijuana and exploring its use for medicinal purposes could help boost the sluggish economies of Caribbean countries.   Continue reading

Jamaica to decriminalise marijuana by year-end

Jamaica to decriminalise marijuana by year-end

Last year, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries agreed to discuss the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for health reasons at their inter-sessional summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March

Last year, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries agreed to discuss the issue of decriminalizing marijuana for health reasons at their inter-sessional summit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in March

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Monday February 24, 2014, CMC – The Cannabis Commercial and Medicinal Research Taskforce (CCMRT) says it has been given an assurance that Jamaica will this year decriminalise marijuana as the island seeks to establish a medicinal marijuana industry.

CCMRT leader, Dealana Seiveright in a statement, said that the assurance had come from Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister Phillip Paulwell. The statement quoted Paulwell as telling members of the task-force that “ganja will be decriminalised in Jamaica this year and emphasised that Jamaica cannot be allowed to be left behind on the issue”.  Continue reading

A twist on wine tours for pot lovers – Jamaica ganja tours

A twist on wine tours for pot lovers – Jamaica ganja tours

By David McFadden.  (AP) –  September 10, 2013 – CaribbeanLifeNews.com

jamaica-ganga-toursIn this Aug. 29, 2013 photo, farmer nicknamed Breezy shows his illegal patch of budding marijuana plants during a tour of his land in Jamaica’s central mountain town of Nine Mile. Breezy says Americans, Germans and increasingly Russian tourists have toured his small farm and sampled his crop.  AP Photo/David McFadden

NINE MILE, Jamaica (AP) — Napa and Sonoma have their wine tours, and travelers flock to Scotland to sample the a fine single malt whiskies. But in Jamaica, farmers are offering a different kind of trip for a different type of connoisseur.

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