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  • 'Matthew' damage $22M and counting

    21 October 2016
    Damage to agriculture and general infrastructure as a result of Tropical Storm Matthew has so far been valued at $22 million.   The figure was given Wednesday by Prime Minister Hon. Allan Chastanet during a cheque presentation by CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility).   The cost of storm damage to private property was still being determined. However, the Prime Minister said the Report of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) had been submitted and was being stuied.   Prime Minister Chastanet Alan Chastanet speaking Wednesd...
  • 'Liat needs more money'- Gonsalves

    21 October 2016
    Chairman of LIAT's shareholder governments, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, is asking the shareholders governments of LIAT to pay an additional $5 million EC dollars.    The airline is faced with a projected $9 million dollar loss for the next quarter.    Dr Gonsalves was speaking Thursday following a meeting with the majority shareholder governments of LIAT at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Conference Centre in Barbados. He said the money is to be divided among the governments of Barbados, St Vincent and the Grenadines and Antigua and Barbuda.    The Vincentian PM said ...

    20 October 2016
    An inmate who escaped from the Bordelais Correctional Facility Tuesday has been recaptured. Hanson James, alias ‘Dirty White’ was sentenced to be incarcerated for a period of four years and 7 months following conviction on a charge of theft and gross indecency.  Details on his escape has been sketchy, but he was said to be doing prison chores just before he was discovered missing. Prison officials are expected to provide further details at a press conference today. James is a convicted robber. The 33-year-old man has a tattoo with the words: ‘Dirty White’ and ...
  • PM likes 'Earth Science Week'

    20 October 2016
    Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet has thrown his support behind the observance of Earth Science Week 2016. The week-long observance ends Friday, 21st October and is an initiative of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in an effort to promote awareness of geologic hazards that may threaten the island, such as volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis.    Director of NEMO Ms. Velda Joseph said her Department is thankful for the opportunity to partner with the experts of the UWI Seismic Research Centre.   Commenting on the event, Prime Minist...
  • Colgate Spelling Bee

    20 October 2016
    Pierrot Combined, School in Educational District  6, is the place where champion spellers are born. That was the message delivered by Principal,  Eugenie Paul-Moonie as she welcomed officials from the Ministry of Health and Education as well as Colgate brand representatives during the Launching ceremony of the 2016 National Dental Spelling Bee competition as part of the activities in recognition of Dental Health Month held in October.   The competition, now into its sixth year, is targeted at Grade 3 students throughout the island. It has been sponsored entirely by Colgate w...
  • More women's empowerment needed

    20 October 2016
    The Gender Relations minister says government should provide resources that facilitate female empowerment.   Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert, says women’s issues are high on government’s agenda, adding that the government ought to do more to assist female entrepreneurs, and to empower women against violence.   According to Dr Rigobert, in an effort to gain economic independence, women often contemplate small cottage industries, but there isn’t always the supporting social or financial infrastructure for that to happen.   She said the state ought to do more to tr...