Friday, August 31, 2012

Open Campus

Cheryl King
4:40 PM (16 hours ago)
to undisclosed recipients
Hope that you are doing well.
I received a request from the University of the West Indies Open campus in SVG
relating to Vincentian authors. I am passing on the information as requested.
Would you  or anyone that you know like to participate ?
Please contact Mr. Ronnie Daniel accordingly.
He will be willing to give you more information.

From:Ronnie Daniel (
Sent:Wed 8/29/12 9:15 AM
To:Cheryl King (

We at the Open Campus are getting ready for what should be an exciting year of increased presence in our communities. One such activity that we are currently pursuing is a Literary Fair scheduled for October 16-18, 2012. We hope to have a variety of activities including book launches, poetry readings and most importantly, an exhibition of books written by Vincentian authors at home and abroad. We would be delighted if you would point us to such Vincentians in the diaspora who would be publishing or have published in the last few months and might be interested in either coming for this event or sending their work for display directly to us or through one of the bookshops in Kingstown. 

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Secure Seas Interceptor Vessels

Remarks by
Ambassador Larry L. Palmer
St. Vincent and the Grenadines
August 20, 2012
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am truly delighted to be in your beautiful country.  Thank you all for making me feel so very welcome here today.  This is my second visit to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and look forward to many more enjoyable and productive visits.  It is truly a pleasure to be here today for the commissioning of these two new interceptor vessels which are part of the United States' "Secure Seas" program.
I am very proud to be able to stand here, with all of you, as the United States of America and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines join together as part of a shared security partnership to addres the transnational security challenges that we all face.
This partnership is understood by the cooperative working relationship between the Royal Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, and especially its Coast Guard, and the United States military and law enforcement agencies.  You all have been strong partners and taken an aggresive stance to keep this region safe from illicit narcotics trafficking and other threats to the maritime borders of our shared region.
I am pleased to officially present to these two fine 33-foot Defender Class SAFE interceptor vessels and other equipment worth over 1.5 million U.S. dollars.  This equipment includes a robust communications system; training and technical support; a heavy duty pick-up truck; and a period of maintenance, repair and spare parts to help develop a domestic capacity to maintain these maritime assets.  The interceptor boats and the installed communications systems will provide Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with a distinct edge in detecting, tracking and pursuing suspects, and will facilitate operational efficiency between nations.
This maritime support package is only part of the long-term United States commitment to support your ongoing capacity building efforts to increase the country's national security.  Since the launch of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative in 2009, the United States has committed more than 2 million U.S. dollars in direct bilateral assistance to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines to reduce illicit trafficking and increase public safety.  This included construction of a new Coast Guard base on Canouan Island, which when completed, will strengthen your maritime law enforcement and search and rescue capabilities in this remote area.
I admit that I am most proud that our partnership with Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is much broader than security.  Our work together benefits both our nations and our shared Caribbean region as we strive shoulder to shoulder to better the lives of our citizens in the face of the innumerable challenges of today.  Together, we are stronger and more resolute than we would be alone.  As the United States Ambassador to your great country, I look forward to deepening this cooperative relationship.
May God bless you all, may God bless Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and may God bless the United States of America.
Thank you.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

ALBA and the Wiki-fuss

Aug 19, 2012 10:32 Moscow Time

A group of Latin American countries have threatened serious consequences if British police attempt to storm the Ecuadorean embassy in London. The foreign ministers of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas (ALBA) issued a special warning to Britain during their meeting in Ecuador.

The ALBA comprises Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, Nicaragua, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Earlier this week, Ecuador granted political asylum to the founder of the WikiLeaks whistle-blowing website Julian Assange, who took shelter in the Ecuadorean embassy in London in June fearing his extradition to Sweden on sexual assault allegations.
Assange has strong reasons to suspect Sweden to hand him over to the United States where he may face the death penalty on espionage and treason charges for publishing classified Pentagon files on Afghanistan and Iraq and secret U.S. diplomatic cables on WikiLeaks.
The long-running row over WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has set the British government back over $1.5 million, The Daily Mail reports. The price tag includes legal and court outlays of the past two years related to Assange’s extradition to Sweden, plus the cost of police patrols posted around the Ecuadorian embassy in London Julian Assange has been hiding in the past two months.
Julian Assange is to address his supporters and the media sometime later in the day.
Britain warned it would not allow the Australian out of the country.
From:Voice Of Russia
(Note by Karl Eklund: St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a Commonwealth nation)