Monday, November 28, 2011

SVG Photos

has a lot of very nice pictures of St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Sorry, when I tried it in January 2012 it didn't work.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

CFL opens Save A Lot Food Stores in SVG

26th November 2011

Following the rebranding of two supermarkets in St. Vincent to Super J IGA stores in October, Consolidated Foods Limited is reporting a successful opening of yet another store in that OECS market. On November 21st the island’s Prime Minister Honourable Ralph E. Gonsalves and Deputy Governor General Dame Monica Dacon performed the ceremonial ribbon cutting honours which ushered in a multi-million dollar Save A Lot franchise in the downtown Kingstown area, operated by CFL (SVG) Ltd. 

Save A Lot stores are designed to help customers to live richer, fuller lives by saving them money and time through a compelling, convenient shopping experience featuring great food, great prices and great people, every day. The store format features a limited assortment of exclusive Save A Lot brands of high quality food and household items, alongside other national brands. The focus of this format is on delivering savings to customers through volume purchases.

CFL’s Chairman Michael Chastanet along with Directors Gordon Charles and Fere Delmas were in St. Vincent present for the opening. Addressing the gathering Mr. Chastanet’s said that CFL’s investment in St. Vincent is a reminder of what OECS economic integration can result in.

“As each individual economy in the OECS grows, the economy of the entire sub-region is strengthened, and the prospects for further growth, expansion, employment creation are enhanced” noted Mr. Chastanet. 

Speakers at the official ceremony acknowledged the sizeable investment of CFL in Saint Vincent and the confidence of Save A Lot in the company. This was attributed to the many successes and innovations of CFL in Saint Lucia and the company’s regional and international affiliations and purchasing power. 

Save A Lot is part of Supervalu, a Fortune 100 grocery company based in suburban Minneapolis.
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I visited the Save-a-Lot store on friday morning and was favorably impressed. The former "Aunt Job" store in Arnos Vale didn't change much when CFL bought it, but the Save-A Lot store is very much changed from the Marketing Board store that was formerly in that location.

Save-a-Lot is something more than an ordinary supermarket but not quite one of the box-lot stores that sell wholesale sizes. My impression was that their unit prices are lower, but I haven't done any comparison shopping. I would suggest that they might want to do some educational advertising so that Vincentians get used to the concept of this kind of store.


I bought a package of Stouffer's garlic shrimp dinner, which Sally and I had for lunch. It wasn't too generous on the shrimp, but the sauce, vegetables and pasta were good. Reminded me of a meal I had in the Stouffer's restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio back in the early 1950s.

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Friday, November 25, 2011

An iPad in every cabin?

By Gene Sloan, USA TODAY

Should every cabin on a cruise ship come with an iPad? At least one major line is giving the idea a try.

Royal Caribbean this week announced it would have an iPad in every cabin of the 1,804-passenger Splendour of the Seas by mid-February in what it's billing as an industry first, and it'll add the Apple devices to the cabins of five more of its 22 ships within two years.

Royal Caribbean says the iPads will be programmed to let passengers access the ship's daily listing of events and activities and to see a personal daily itinerary including shore excursions. Passengers will be able to use the devices to monitor their onboard account, order room service, view restaurant menus, access the Internet and watch movies. In short, the iPads will act much like the interactive television systems found on many ships.

The five additional Royal Caribbean ships scheduled to get iPads in every cabin are all part of the line's Vision Class series and include Legend of the Seas, Grandeur of the Seas, Rhapsody of the Seas, Enchantment of the Seas and Vision of the Seas. All of the vessels are scheduled to undergo major revitalizations in dry dock over the next two years.

Royal Caribbean says passengers will be allowed to carry the iPads around the ships.

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Inter-island Ferry Service

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, Friday November 25, 2011 – The five countries that are slated to benefit directly from a Trinidad–based inter-island ferry service have moved a step closer to thrashing out the details of the proposed arrangement.

The matter was discussed just days ago by representatives of Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia and Barbados.

Grenadian Trade Minister Joseph Gilbert said his Trinidad counterpart Stephen Cadiz disclosed that project representatives were "very optimistic” the service could come on stream as early as the middle of next year.

It is anticipated that the ferry would service all the countries within one day. It would over-night in Barbados before making the “island-hopping” return trip to Trinidad.

“Request for Proposals” regarding the procurement of the specific type and design of the ferry required has already been issued by the investor", Cadiz is reported as saying.

Minister Gilbert explained that the privately-operated service would not require subsidy from his government to ensure its viability and sustainability.

Instead, he said, Grenada and other participating states would be required to guarantee certain logistical arrangements to ensure minimum delay in the turn-around time in and out of port. 

"The proposed ferry would have a capacity for about 300 passengers and would be able to carry "roll- on, roll-off" containerized cargo as well as motor vehicles", he stated.

The Grenada-Trinidad ferry journey is expected to take just over two hours, and cost a fraction of the cost of air travel between the two countries.

The ferry service was approved in late September by the Trinidad and Tobago government.

It would be financed through a public/private arrangement, with the majority of capital coming from the private sector.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Digging SVG

A getaway you'll really dig


Like to dig deeper into the local culture when you're on holidays? Here's a trip you can really get your hands on.

Calgary-based SVGdigs, which created a public archeology program last year, is offering a second trip that would appeal to archeology enthusiasts or people interested in pursuing the field.

The non-profit program focuses on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, where it aims to dig for, find and preserve important relics of the prehistoric past, such as earthenware, rocks and even bodies.

Last year, the team found evidence of prehistoric burial grounds buildings and pieces of earthenware, which have been restored. Participants get to learn from and work alongside professional archeologists. St. Vincent has no archeologists of its own and, according to archeologist with SVGdigs Margarita de Guzman, all of these artifacts would likely get destroyed otherwise.

There are several trip dates in January. Go to for details.

© Copyright (c) The Calgary Herald

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

Palm Island

There are 400-odd pictures of Palm Island at:


Friday, November 18, 2011

The Law and The Elections

Evidently the Law is an adjunct to elections in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The
following is a blog on

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and opposition leader the Honorable Arhnim Eustace will appear in court

Posted in News and Sports on 18. Nov, 2011

On Wednesday November 30th Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves and opposition leader the Honorable Arhnim Eustace will appear in court to answer battles lodge against them.
In the Prime Minister’s case the high court will hear the arguments put forward on whether Chief magistrate Sonia Young should have summon the Prime Minister to court to answer private criminal complaints lodge against him.
Opposition senator vynette Fredricks lawyers has summated that Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves made suggestive comments about Fredricks sexual orientation which believe affected her returns in the December 2010 general election.

Fredrick lost to the ULP’s Cecil Mc Kie in the constituency of West St George. The Prime Minister reportedly made the statement in reference to Fredrick at a political meeting. High court judge justice Gerthel Thom rule on Tuesday this week that Senator Fredrick had an arguable case and that Chief magistrate Sonia Young miss directed herself in not issuing a summons to the Prime Minister.

On Tuesday’s ruling high court judge Gerthel Thom ruled that chief magistrate Sonia Yong is required to pay Legal cost to Senator Vynette Fredrick amounting to $5000.00

Meanwhile, Opposition leader Arhnim Eustace is being sued by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves for defamation of character at the new Democratic Party’s press conference on Wednesday. Eustace said he was being sued for a pull out spread carried in a local news paper where reference was made about the Prime Minister to which his signature was affix.

In the mean time several application for judicial review of matters filed by opposition candidate were dismissed these cases include Dr Linton Lewis against the government current minister of housing Honourable Clayton Burgin,Senator Vynette Fredricks against current Minister of health Cecil Mckie, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves, as well as the opposition Nigel Stephenson against Dr Slater Minister responsible for foreign affairs the case her against patricia Margaret chance an affi Jack were also dismiss.

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Archaeology in SVG

The SVG Public Archaeology project is looking for contributions that will allow it to expand its
work on the Argyle site. For more information see:

You can see some of what they have already found on Flickr on the "Karlek" page.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Cocoa in SVG

By Kevin Gray

MIAMI, Nov 16 (Reuters) - The small Caribbean country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines wants to cash in on the world's booming taste for chocolate. The lush, volcanic island chain struck a deal recently withmajor commodities trader Armajaro to start growing cocoa,betting it will provide a much-needed economic boost in one of the Caribbean's smallest nations.

"Farmers are already lining up," St. Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves told Reuters. Armajaro, a leading cocoa trader, will provide training to local farmers under the agreement in exchange for being the sole buyer of their cocoa. "We are looking for fine flavor, high-value premium cocoa," Nicko Debenham, Armajaro's director of development and sustainability and the project leader, said in an interview. For the farmers, cocoa could be a good bet. Increased demand for chocolate in emerging markets, particularly Asia, has lifted world cocoa prices despite fears of a global economic slowdown.

A former British territory, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is home to just over 100,000 people. Located in the southeastern Caribbean, its mountainous islands are popular with yachting and boating enthusiasts. Like many small, fragile Caribbean states, it was hard-hit by the global financial crisis and its tourism- and agriculture-dependent economy is still struggling to recover.

The country has long been largely dependent on a single crop: bananas. Once helped by European Union trade preferences, banana production employs more than half of the national workforce, many of them small farmers, and is the top export. However, a phasing out of EU preferences and fluctuations in banana prices led government officials to begin a push to diversify the economy, now mired in a three-year recession.

"We have suffered greatly," Gonsalves said. "There are lots of challenges. But this provides a chance for some of the land that was cultivating bananas to go into cocoa." ICE cocoa prices CCc2 hit a 32-year high of $3,775 a tonne in March at the height of a conflict in the world's top producer, Ivory Coast, after a disputed presidential election. While prices have fallen around 30 percent since the situation in Ivory Coast stabilized, they still exceed levels seen through the late 1980s and lasting until 2008.


Drawn by the rise in prices, authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines began promoting the crop several years ago and approached Armajaro to help stimulate production.

Armajaro's Debenham said the agreed project aims to start planting on 500 acres (200 hectares) by mid-2012. If initial plantings are successful, they could be expanded within five years to 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) potentially producing between 2,500 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes, he said. "It's more about the challenge of starting something from nothing than the outright volume of it," Debenham said.

Growing cocoa is not new to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, which also produces coconuts, sweet potatoes and spices. Today, cocoa is produced only in very small amounts. "It's not being farmed," Debenham said. "They're basically selling it in single bags at a time to locals who make cocoa sticks."

Global cocoa demand is on course to outstrip supply in the coming years as aging trees and a lack of investment in some of the world's top producers limit production. In the Caribbean, the Dominican Republic ranks among the world's ten leading producers. Other Caribbean countries have also begun to show an interest in producing the crop, lured by the prospect of higher prices.

Premier Gonsalves said he did not expect cocoa entirely to replace banana farming. But he predicted it would help bring a change in farmers' livelihoods and contribute toward turning around the country's sputtering economy. Raised in a rural area and an owner of some farmlands, Gonsalves said he too planned to try his hand at producingcocoa. "I intend to grow some myself," he said.

(Editing by Pascal Fletcher and Dale Hudson)

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Monday, November 14, 2011

NY Times on Bequia

Bequia: Getting Away From the Getaways

By JEREMY W. PETERS November 11, 2011

I JUST wanted to make a dinner reservation. But the restaurant owner had other uses for me.

It was my first morning on the sleepy Caribbean island of Bequia, and I had wandered into the Fig Tree, a harbor-side bistro known for its sunset views. A woman with waist-length dreadlocks introduced herself as Miss J and said she’d be delighted to grill some lobster, or whatever fresh fish she was getting in later that day. Then her phone rang.
Wrist-deep in a bowlful of unpeeled bananas, she nodded at me. “You’ll have to get that.”

I did not pick up much through the heavy West Indian accent on the other end. I heard “coconuts” and maybe something about a truck. “Coconuts?” I repeated, which prompted a heavy sigh followed by a sucking noise, a sound I recognized as the universal Caribbean utterance for lost patience. I cupped my hand over the receiver and called toward Miss J, who was making steady progress through the pile of bananas.

“Something about the coconuts,” I said.

“Oh!” she chirped, her mouth turning upward in a toothy grin of recognition. “Tell her I’ll pick them up.”
It was a uniquely Caribbean moment. There I was, standing under a canopy of palms looking out at the sparkling harbor. I could hear the buzz of a dinghy’s motor in the distance. A stiff tropical breeze was blowing.

And I had just brokered a coconut sale.

As much as the Caribbean is known for its don’t-worry ethos and “island time” rules, many of us only experience it Atlantis-style, isolated inside compounds where we can eat the way we do back home and commune with, if not our neighbors, then people who could just as well be our neighbors. Even for me, someone who spent two years living in the Caribbean as a reporter, my encounter with Miss J was a surprisingly novel experience. And so, as I would learn over the course of the next five days, was Bequia itself.

The largest of the Grenadines — that necklace of 32 islands west of Barbados that unfurls south from St. Vincent — Bequia (pronounced BECK- way) is only about seven square miles, around a third the size of Manhattan. It’s not so tiny that you find yourself eating at the same restaurant every night, but it’s manageable enough that you can get just about anywhere you need to go in less than 15 minutes by taxi.

It has a variety of locally owned small hotels and inns, some high-end boutiques and modest guest houses. But no major chains, no super-saver deals popping up on Expedia. The locals are friendly and approachable, swimming at the same beaches tourists do, drinking with them at the same bars at the end of the day. Dogs roam freely. Goats tend to be tethered to trees.

The only drawback (though also a plus, as it keeps out the riffraff) is that getting there requires a bit of effort, patience and expense. First you need to get to Barbados. From there it is about 45 minutes by small prop plane; you may end up stopping at a couple of neighboring Grenadines to drop off and pick up passengers on the way. I left New York at 8 a.m. and didn’t slide the key into my hotel room door until 5:30 that evening.

ABOUT 5,000 people live on Bequia full time, and Port Elizabeth is their hub of activity, home to the bank, government offices and the main market square. Ferries deposit and pick up passengers shuttling between St. Vincent and the other islands of the Grenadines. Women amble down the main street, balancing large baskets of laundry on their heads with seemingly little effort. Local vendors sit at card tables in the shade, selling handmade baskets and jewelry.

I decided to spend my first three nights at Bequia Beachfront Villas, about 15 minutes away on the other side of the island in the old whaling village on Friendship Bay, primarily because hotels there have beach access, which many in and around Port Elizabeth don’t. There’s no central square or commercial center near Friendship Bay, just a crescent-shaped beach where the water is calm and shallow enough that you can swim out a good distance from the shore and survey the surrounding hillsides.

On the easternmost end of the bay, a grassy peninsula juts out into the cyan-colored water and then curls back in toward the shore like a comma. If you scan the hills all the way to the westernmost end, you’ll see a small concrete bunker used as a whale lookout. But it’s not as innocent as it sounds. Locals use it to spot breaching humpbacks during whaling season. (The tradition runs deep on Bequia, where many locals take pride in the annual harpooning expeditions that are permitted in their waters under international regulations.)

My villa, a clean and simple one-bedroom, was a decent bargain at around $200 a night. Given what I’d paid for and experienced on other Caribbean islands, a large wrap-around deck just steps from the water was a nice surprise. Every morning I would sip coffee (instant because the local supermarket was out of regular), listen to the surf and watch the sun come up over the bay. Sometimes I’d take a leisurely stroll up the beach and chat up one of the fishermen; many will take you for a sightseeing ride in their boats for a modest and negotiable fee.

Eventually, I would make my way into town. The island is so small that you can get wherever you need to go fairly quickly either by taxi or the island’s primary mode of public transportation for locals, the dollar van. Keep in mind, though, that you get what you pay for, which on the dollar vans can mean extremely close quarters. I counted 15 passengers in our Toyota minivan at one point during a stifling, whipsaw ride from the villa into town. And that “dollar” designation is a rather elastic one; the vans cost 1.50 Eastern Caribbean, or E.C., dollars for a one-way ride. (A taxi would be about 30 E.C. dollars.)

Port Elizabeth is a hive of activity from early morning through midafternoon. The market, a series of open-air stalls on the edge of the harbor, teems with Rastafarian farmers selling bananas, okra and
breadfruit. Even if you’re not in need of fresh produce, it’s worth a visit just to watch the eager farmers swarm their prey: the sailors and yachters who’ve come in off their boats looking to restock.

If you jump in to make some purchases of your own, don’t be surprised by what can seem a very arbitrary exchange rate; about 2.70 Eastern Caribbean dollars equal one U.S. dollar. But sometimes the price I was quoted was 2:1, other times 3:1. It all seemed to even out somehow by the end.

The town is nestled deep inside one of the Caribbean’s most scenic natural harbors, the westward-facing Admiralty Bay, which looks as if it’s been scooped out of the center of the island’s verdant interior, leaving steep virgin hillsides that slope into the Caribbean. In the mornings and early afternoon, the sea appears cobalt with patches of teal; when the sun sets it takes on a silver glaze. You could pass a day gazing at the view from various angles and feel that it was time well spent.

Many of the restaurants and bars in Port Elizabeth are about a five-minute walk from the center of town along a waterfront path called the Belmont Walkway, a name that suggests a purpose and continuity that is slightly overstated. The concrete path, shaded by palm and sea grape trees, skirts the shore of Admiralty Bay and is in such a charming state of crumbling disrepair — in some cases it has completely collapsed into the harbor — that I found myself making excuses to take it whenever possible. The sea laps gently up to and sometimes over the path; the waves gurgle and bubble as they wash in and out.

Though many travelers make their way to the bars along the walkway around cocktail hour, I would recommend an afternoon visit, which will allow you to eat lunch outside and soak in the views.

The lobster pizza at Mac’s is an island institution. Just a bit farther down the walk is the Fig Tree, where, whenever you go, chances are Miss J will be holding court. “Is that Jeremy?” she would call out as I walked in. If she wasn’t busy making a local breadfruit dish for the men doing renovation work on the restaurant, she might be playing Scrabble with local schoolgirls.

There is a wide variety of grilled options. I opted for the lobster, charred on
an open flame, along with fried fish cakes and Miss J’s creamy callaloo, a green vegetable soup that is a staple of the Caribbean diet.

If you’re up for a bit more of an adventure, head to Jack’s, just around a small, rocky peninsula from the Fig Tree. Tucked away in one corner of Princess Margaret Beach — a long, wide stretch of soft sand bordered by a dense grove of palms — the place exists in its own Eden. It’s the only structure on the beach, and you can get there in one of two ways: by sea (dinghy) or by land (a steep, narrow staircase that zigzags down from the main road).

I got there by sea one afternoon when Dede, a proactive water taxi driver, suggested I might benefit from a ride. About two minutes later and 30 E.C. dollars lighter (aggressive entrepreneurialism isn’t entirely absent from Bequia) I was there, one of just a handful of people on the beach. I took a swim, then presented myself at Jack’s, where the bartender and owner, a Swede named Lars, poured me a rum punch.

Lars had been in Bequia more than 20 years, moving there with his family after giving up a real estate career in Gothenburg. Why not? As he put it: “You live a little, you sleep a little, you eat a little. And you work as little as you need to.”

FOR my final two nights on the island, curious about how Bequia might do “boutique,” I stayed at the Firefly, a full-service, luxury hotel in the remote northeast end.

“Welcome to a getaway from the getaway,” the clerk announced when I arrived. And it was true; the place managed to slow Bequia down almost into reverse. The hotel has just four rooms along with a family-size cottage set on 30 acres of banana trees, coconut groves and herb gardens. With floor-to-ceiling glass double doors, they all have sweeping views of the surrounding plantation grounds and the sea about a half mile in the distance.

You could be perfectly content lounging all day in the canopied sun beds around the pool, where you would probably encounter only one or two other guests. If you want to head to a nearby beach like the secluded Industry Bay, which has choppier water than the beaches on the Port Elizabeth side of the island, the staff at the Firefly will be happy to fix you a picnic lunch, complete with papayas, bananas and a green salad all with ingredients grown right on the plantation.

You might even find yourself with some new friends along the walk. Firefly has three resident dogs: Anna, Judy and Mango, who made it their business to keep me company during my stay. They escorted me to my door every evening after dinner. And when I came down for breakfast in the morning, they would wait outside the restaurant, hopeful that I might reward their patience with a leftover piece of French toast. They were what the locals call “island dogs,” a mix of various breeds, and defined by an uncanny ability to suddenly materialize whenever food is unwrapped.
And thanks to them, even $500-a-night rooms with 250-thread-count Italian linens cannot quite gloss over Bequia’s Caribbean core.


Once you get to Bequia, you probably won’t find yourself in much of a hurry to do anything, least of all leave. But failing to explore the other Grenadines would be a mistake. Since the Grenadines are served by small local airlines only, they have remained elusive to most people without sailboats. But from Bequia you can hop on a fast ferry for 60 Eastern Caribbean dollars, or about $22.30 at 2.70 E.C. dollars to the U.S. dollar round trip, and head south toward Mayreau or the Tobago Cays. And if you are looking to see how the other half vacations, a 20-minute boat ride from Bequia gets you to Mustique.

MAYREAU A few vital statistics will help you get acquainted. Population: approximately 250. Electricity first introduced: 2003. Size: one and a half square miles.

This tiny spit of land has some of the longest, prettiest stretches of beach in the Grenadines. After a ferry deposits you at the dock in Mayreau’s port, hire a water taxi and ask the captain to take you to Saltwhistle Bay, a horseshoe-shaped cove with a pair of beach bars on one end and a palm- tree-lined isthmus at the other. Park yourself there for a few hours and then have the water taxi take you to Saline Bay on your way back to the dock. You can squeeze in a few more precious moments of beach timewhile you wait for the ferry.

TOBAGO CAYS Any number of day-trip tour operators can take you straight from Bequia to this marine park about an hour by sea to the south ( A fee of 10 Eastern Caribbean dollars gets you access to the park, home to abundant coral and tropical fish. Among the small islands to explore is Petit Tabac, essentially just a sand bar with grass and a few palm trees running along its spine. Another, Baradal, is a haven for sea turtles.

MUSTIQUE Don’t let the $50,000-a-week villas deter you. Or the fact that the island is privately owned and patrolled by guards who drive around in four-wheelers that look like a golf cart-A.T.V. hybrid. All the beaches are public, and Basil’s Bar ( is always pouring stiff drinks and serving sandwiches (if you can stomach the $55 price tag).

Getting to Mustique can be a bit more difficult than getting to the other Grenadines, as the ferry service from Bequia is irregular. But you can arrange a trip through a private charter. Some of the day sail operators like the Friendship Rose ( make trips that depart from Port Elizabeth.


SVG Airways ( makes at least one flight a day to Bequia from Barbados, which is the main gateway for travelers getting to the other Grenadines by air. A round-trip ticket is likely to cost you as much as the flight to Barbados, around $400 from New York. And the flight is not always nonstop. Be prepared to drop off other passengers on the nearby island of Canouan before reaching Bequia. There are other options, like flying to St. Vincent and taking a ferry from there. But air travel to St. Vincent generally requires at least one transfer, adding to what is already a long trip.


Bequia Beachfront Villas, Friendship Bay, (800) 367-8455, This small collection of comfortable and clean apartments is situated at the edge of a bay dotted with brightly colored fishing boats. The apartments range from one to four bedrooms, each with a full kitchen, living room and private deck overlooking the water. Rates start at around $300 in the high season, not including a 7 percent tax and 10 percent service charge.

Firefly, Spring Bay, (784) 458-3414, Tell people on Bequia that you are staying at the Firefly, and they will probably respond with an impressed “Ohhh.” Its four plush guest rooms face the sea from a magnificent perch overlooking plantation grounds. Doubles start at $395 in high season, taxes and service charges not included.


Jack’s, Princess Margaret Beach, (784) 457-3762. The only establishment on a secluded stretch of golden sand just over a hill from downtown Port Elizabeth, Jack’s is perfect for a sunset rum punch or a dinner of linguine with lobster cream sauce.

Fig Tree, Belmont Walkway, (784) 457-3008. With exceptionally gracious service, Miss J serves up fresh grilled lobster and a rich, creamy callaloo with a kick.

JEREMY W. PETERS is a media reporter for The New York Times.

Thank you, Cheryl King, for calling my attention. I would have missed this.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Execute Orders

Reprinted from Caribbean News Now!

Letter: Execute libel judgement orders Published on November 10, 2011

The owner of Nice FM Radio in St Vincent and the Grenadines claims he is unable to pay judgements awarded to Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves by the courts.

In a way, one may want to feel for Dougie because, in each case, the radio station was sued jointly with individuals found guilty of libel.

But how could one feel for Dougie? He (Dougie) plays the greatest role in this ten years-plus abuse of airwaves privilege -- a well coordinated political campaign to try to destroy Ralph Gonsalves “by any means necessary”. Gonsalves has contributed more to the development of our nation than any of them ever will.

EG Lynch, Matthew Thomas, Junior Bacchus, Anesia Baptiste, Daniel Cummings and the rest of the “Hate Ralph Posse” do not own shares in Dougie’s radio station. The major advertisers like PH Veira and CK Greaves, who keep Nice Radio alive with their advertising dollars, have no shares in Dougie’s radio station -- at least according to Dougie himself. But they also contribute to the racism and filth spewed on Nice Radio.

So why did Dougie, for so very long, allow them to slander and libel Gonsalves and others on his radio station? One explanation could be that Dougie was the author of the daily loads of slime that come from “Not-So-Nice” radio. After all, his (Dougie’s) “Breakfast With God” is nothing more than “Breakfast With Ralph”. It fits in nicely with the “New Times” programme. Dougie starts his daily morning show with a Bible verse, then immediately thereafter, tears into Gonsalves in the most un-Godly manner.

Where are the (“human rights”) lawyers in the NDP, over these embarrassing years? Where are Kenneth John, Adrian Fraser and the other “upstanding” citizens who, at every turn, appear to be edging on Lynch and the nasty bunch, with their nasty broadcasting? Where are so-called “Men of God” like Fr. Jones and Monty Maule?

And where is King Dotish? On many occasions, when “Dutty Mouth” EG carries on with his nastiness, King Dotish is sitting right next to him, offering not a whisper of rebuke. “Yes, Misser Lynch” are always his words of encouragement, in exchange for the title “Mr Clean”. Callers to “New Times” and other programmes are also given full rein to abuse De Comrade and anyone who dares publicly supports him.

Do these nasty “Ralph Haters” not know that EG Lynch is an embarrassment to all Vincentians at home and in the Diaspora? Why do they confuse his popularity among NDP supporters -- a minority of Vincentians -- with acceptance by Vincentians, for his slime?

Do Lynch and these educated idiots not know that, like them, Ralph Gonsalves is a man with a mother, sisters and brothers, a wife and children, whom they subjected to this daily dose of abuse of lies and half-truths for over ten years?

Lynch and others were found guilty of libel by the courts -- not once, not twice but severally. And many other persons could have successfully sued EG, Junior Bacchus, Matthew Thomas and other nasty mouth radio hosts on Nice Radio.

Why do Dougie and the NDP allow this rubbish to continue?

Gonsalves will be doing his duty to society and God Almighty, by having those libel judgement orders executed once the way is cleared by the courts.

Lynch and the others made their beds. They should be prepared to lay in them. If losing a radio station and properties in the process is what it takes, so be it.

Now sit back and listen for more slime on “Not-So-Nice” Radio.

Wade Kojo Williams, Sr.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

SVG Videos

The search site, Bing, has some St. Vincent and the Grenadines videos at: