Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Single largest construction site on island


By SVG Today Correspondent on 3/31/10


Over 1000 workers are currently employed at the Buccament Bay Resort Construction site and over US$100 million has already been spent on the construction.

That’s according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, who added that because of the amount of workers, the Buccament Bay Resort is the single largest construction site in the history of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. When completed, the resort would be worth over 250 million US dollars.

On Friday, while addressing the workers at the Buccament Bay Resort Construction site during a tour of the area, the PM told the gathering that Canouan has about 1000 workers, but they are in the hotels and construction companies, while Mustique has about another 1000, also in hotels and in just over 100 private homes.

“There is no construction site anywhere ever in this country that you have such a large number of workers being employed one and at the same time,” stressed Gonsalves.


He recalled persons were against the project and had labeled it ‘a phantom project’, meaning it does not exist.However, Gonsalves reasoned that the activity ongoing at Buccament is a project, “which is the consequence of the initiative of some skilled entrepreneurs and managers and the foresight and the collaboration in practical ways by the Government and people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines,” according to him.

He added that, in July the intention is to open 350 rooms. “Not all that number will be starting with occupation, but they will be opened bit by bit over a short period of time while construction continues,” the prime minister noted.
The resort is expected to be completed in every dimension by 2012, and the group is also interested in constructing another project at Mt. Wynne, Peters Hope.

“When they open the first phase I will be able to talk to them about Peters Hope”, said Dr. Gonsalves, who also spoke about the resort requiring some 450 persons to work when it opens. The resort already has bookings for over 1000 persons who have paid to stay there.

“We will have around 1500 Vincentians employed and when that happens Buccama will be the second largest employer of labour after the government”, revealed the PM who said that a lot of work is still to be done, “and then we want to move on to Mt. Wynne, Peters Hope”. The PM boasts, “the big hotel was not brought here because nobody was brave and bold enough to start an international airport; so when people are against the international airport for narrow political reasons I want you to know that down here you would not have had a job if I did not start the international airport.”

He added that the airport is expected finished by the middle of 2012.

PM Gonalves also said, that the builders of the resort is hoping to take a number of skilled workers to help build other projects in the Caribbean and, “they will move as far as Nigeria”.


McIntosh Building

A neat building on Paul's Avenue that contains a number of small businesses.

Among other things, a shoemaker

And Trudie St. Hilaire's TruNet Cafe, where she does training in Microsoft Office and other computer services.
trunetcafe@gmail.com


Caribbean Reference Laboratory

A medical laboratory on Paul"s Avenue in Kingstown. Excellent phlebotomists and skilled in making diagnostic tests. I go there for testing related to diabetis and heart disease. Telephone:(784) 457-1552


Slavery at UN



UNITED NATIONS, CMC: Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have described the slave trade as a "scar 400 years deep" as the international community on Friday concluded a week of activities commemorating the International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

Speaking on behalf of the regional integration grouping at a special commemorative meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, St. Vincent and the Grenadines UN Ambassador Camillo Gonsalves also described the slave trade "a festering sore on the conscience of humanity."

He said it was "a brutalisation of the psyche of a people so violent and enduring that it has created a shared cultural memory of the trauma."

"(The) collective memory lives so vividly in the souls of those who have died that it is bequeathed to those of us who live today and to those yet unborn," Gonsalves said, adding "this day also stands as a rebuke to those who profited, those who ignored, and those who justified the horrors of slavery and the slave trade."

"Today, we honour, we remember, and we shall never forget," the diplomat said, calling on the international community to contribute to the UN trust fund that has been established for erecting a permanent memorial, at the UN, in memory of the victims of the slave trade.

In his address, Gonsalvess paid special tribute to Haiti, calling it "the first nation to break the shackles of subjugation and the enduring seat of our Caribbean strength and pride."

"As our Haitian brothers and sisters confront the catastrophe of recent earthquakes, we have no doubt that, with the help of the international community, they will triumph, as they have triumphed over all prior adversities," he said.

In addition, the envoy reflected on "the memory of the indigenous peoples of our region" the Arawak, the Kalinago and the Garifuna inhabitants "whose tales of extermination through disease and genocide are also entwined with our own redemption song."

The UN's week of activities also included a briefing for non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and a videoconference involving more than 500 students from Ghana, Gambia, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Cuba, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago.

"This is a great opportunity to share with your fellow students the diversity and similarities of peoples of African descent, and the spirit of African culture," said Kiyo Akasaka, UN's Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information.

"History has shown us that culture is one of the most poignant and powerful ways in which slaves and their descendents have overcome the cruel legacy of slavery," added Akasaka, underscoring this year’s theme, "Expressing Our Freedom through Culture."

In a message marking the occasion, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted that slavery has "mutated and re-emerged" in modern forms including debt bondage, the sale of children, and the trafficking of women and girls for sex.

"We must create a climate in which such abuse and cruelty are inconceivable," Ban said.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

make drug demand reduction a priority

Saturday, March 27, 2010

GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Head of the only established Non-Governmental Organisation in St Vincent and the Grenadines, on substance abuse, Deborah Dalrymple has made an impassioned plea for Caribbean governments to pay more attention to reducing the demand for drugs among Caribbean youth.

Dalrymple, who is Director of Marion House, an NGO which provides counselling, treatment and prevention education to addicts in St Vincent and the Grenadines, was delivering the feature address at the launch of the four-day workshop organised by the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat to assist three Member States (Bahamas, Belize and St Vincent and the Grenadines) to develop their national anti-drug strategy and plan of action This training intervention opened on Tuesday at the Grenadines House in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Dalrymple noted that for decades major investments had been made in addressing the issues related to substance abuse but the efforts were seemingly futile, primarily because not much attention had been paid to the demand reduction side of the drug war.

Despite this plethora of action plans, laws and controls she lamented, not much had been done to distil those strategies and programmes to the community level where it was critical to mitigate the effects of substance abuse and to curtail demand for illicit drugs. "We are alarmed at the numbers of seeming drug addicts on our streets. We are alarmed at the number of young persons who are incarcerated or institutionalised, but is demand reduction yet considered a priority in the region?"

Dalrymple averred that in certain countries the government had abandoned their social responsibility towards treatment, and that funds were allocated more for interdiction, and other supply side activities, than for demand reduction, care and treatment. She also noted that within the Region, it was observed that NGOs, were seemingly carrying the burden of drug demand reduction and providing care to most of the population with addiction problems.

"Lest we forget, the plans and strategies; the data collection; the alternative cultivation projects; the eradication programmes; the changes in the judicial and legislative system, should impact the country at the individual, the family, the community level", she cautioned.

Drug trafficking and its attendant financial crimes continue to be one of the biggest challenges facing the region. In response to this, the Caribbean Community has now adopted a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary approach in addressing the problem, ensuring that collaborative efforts are geared towards both the demand for and the supply of illicit drugs. One of the most potent means of combating the problem, according to officials from the CARICOM Secretariat is to build the capacity of Member States to address their unique challenges in a more integrated and systematic way.

It is against this background that the workshop, the first in a series, is designed to build the institutional capacity and technical capability of Member States to address the problems caused by, and associated with the use and trafficking of illicit substances.


Saturday, March 27, 2010

SVG Reptiles


A list of the reptiles and amphibians of SVG can be found at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amphibians_and_reptiles_of_Saint_Vincent

and

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_amphibians_and_reptiles_of_the_Grenadines


Friday, March 26, 2010

SVG National Trust Meeting

The St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust cordially invites you to the Annual General Meeting on Tuesday March 30st 2010 at 4:30PM at the Botanic Gardens Curator’s House, at the Botanic Gardens Old Montrose. The evening’s procedures would include a special exhibition. Kindly make a special effort to attend.


Rachel Moses, Managing Director
SVG National Trust
P.O. Box 1538, Heritage Hall,
Carnegie Building Kingstown, St. Vincent
Phone numbers: (784) 45-12921, 533-0752
Email: svgntrust@vincysurf.com


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

E-MAIL

If you put your email on a blog in the open, you get a lot of garbage; but I'd like to hear if anyone has something they'd like me to post on this blog. I'm pretty much an old curmudgeon, so I don't hear a lot of news (or rumors) if they aren't on the web. But I miss things. So drop me a line to:

karlek76 [at] gmail.com

with any comments, like the URL of your blog that relates to SVG. Or even an ad.


SVG on Facebook

A picture of La Soufrier from
"I Love Saint Vincent And The Grenadines"
on Facebook


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Travel Blurb - SVG

Are you looking for a holiday to the Caribbean that is off the beaten track and different ? Then you may want to consider a holiday on the magnificent St Vincent and The Grenadines.

This jewel-like chain of 32 islands is home to some of the Caribbean’s most alluring hideaway hotels and undiscovered gems; the journey alone is spectacular as you fly from Barbados over the clear turquoise waters speckled with lush green islands. For such a small country, there’s an outstanding choice of resorts – whether you’re looking for relaxed glamour or barefoot simplicity – and an equally surprising range of natural attractions aside from the ocean. As you might expect, watersports are superb and it’s a sailor’s paradise. Honeymooners will find it hard to find a more romantic escape – and beachcombing hedonists need look no further! Some of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean movie was filmed in St Vincent & The Grenadines – and the stars stayed at Young Island.

Francesca is still talking about her stay in the St Vincent & The Grenadines: “I just loved the diversity and individuality of each island, not least St Vincent itself which has so much natural beauty inland. I had only thought that the Grenadines were strictly for sun worshipping on the beach but the diving and snorkelling is excellent, there are rainforests to explore and colourful markets.”

The cannons in the forts are turned inward rather than out to sea – the British were protecting themselves from the native Caribs who lived inland.

With 32 islands to explore the options are endless. Here are some suggested activities on just a few of them:

St Vincent: Don’t miss market day (Friday and Saturday), the Botanical Gardens, the fertile Mesopotamia Valley, the Petroglyphs and rock carvings at Layou, St George’s Cathedral and the Falls of Baleine which can be reached either by boat or hiking expeditions.

Tobago Cays: The Tobago Cays are a must-do when you visit St Vincent & The Grenadines. Dive or snorkel at Horseshoe Reef or swim with turtles in the marine lagoon.

Bequia: Visit Brother King and his turtle sanctuary at Park Beach and join a tour of the bizarre and extraordinary resident community of Moon Hole – something like the set of The Flintstones.

FOOD AND DRINK

The national dish is breadfruit served with fried Jack fish – there are dozens of local varieties of avocado and mango as well as sugar apples, sapodilla and the Bequia Plum. Spices are also grown for export including cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, aniseed and ginger.

http://www.globalholidays.co.uk/blog/?p=2335


Tax deadline

By SVG Today Correspondent on 3/18/10

Senior Assistant Controller at the Audit Department Martina Primus has urged members of the public to pay their taxes, as Government uses the money to fund the public sector’s social infrastructure.

March is being celebrated as Tax Awareness Month under the theme "Taxation for you; taxation for me, let's make it work for SVG".
In an interview last week, Primus said that although taxation is not a very popular topic, it is important for the economy of the country.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines like most developing countries earn revenue from taxes. Unfortunately we do not have any natural resources, so we have to rely on tax dollars. The government uses our tax dollars to fund our social infrastructure, our health facilities, education, civil service; all that the government provides has to be funded by tax dollars so we have to contribute as a nation.

Tax compliance is a worldwide issue, stressed Primus. Of course everywhere you go taxation is not a well topic or issue and here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines it is no different; we have to grapple with getting persons to voluntarily comply, she added.

Although the tax compliance level has been improving over the years, she added it is an uphill task, but we continue to do our best to ensure that persons become more compliant; and that is why we have this annual Tax Awareness Month because the whole idea is to get persons more educated, more knowledgeable about taxation and its importance.

Primus is of the view that with more awareness on the matter, there will be better compliance and cooperation from the tax-paying public.

Explaining how the tax process works, she said that persons are required to file income tax returns for individuals on March 31 and companies do so at the end of their financial year. There is a $20 penalty for failing to file on time, and an additional $20 for every month that it is not done.

In addition, all outstanding taxes are expected to be paid upon filing the income tax return, and if there are any outstanding balances, then automatically according to Primus, ‚you would begin to accrue interest on that outstanding balance at the rate of 1.5 percent a month‚

Remember it is your duty to contribute to your country, she advises the public, reminding them of the March 31 deadline.


http://www.svgtoday.com/?p=1294


Friday, March 19, 2010

Historical sporting developments in SVG

Mar 19, 2010

Vincentians can feel justly proud that we have once more been ushered into the annals of cricketing history in the Caribbean.
One piece of that history is the fact that this small country has, for the first time, hosted three One Day Internationals (ODI) in quick succession at the idyllic Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

Another piece of history is that here in St Vincent and the Grenadines the West Indies cricket team defeated Zimbabwe in three consecutive ODIs to clinch a series victory after the teams came out of Guyana evenly poised at one match each.

There is a third piece of history to the past week. It was the first time in the history of regional cricket that a host nation was able to feature in the international community as a protagonist of Sport and the Environment, one of the flagship programmes in today’s global sports community.

Hosting three ODIs

Since the near-embarrassingly expensive refurbishing of Arnos Vale # 1 between 2005 and 2007, Vincentian sports enthusiasts became very concerned that the facility has not been the attractive sporting venue that we were promised in large part by the Local Organising Committee for the St Vincent leg of the Cricket World Cup 2007 warm up exercises, and to some extent by the current political administration.

We have witnessed the more exciting cricket home series being taken to the larger territories – Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados – as has long since been the norm. Antigua and Barbuda remains a test venue even when it has on two separate occasions proven a colossal embarrassment and shame to the region as a cricketing host.

In the more recent past we have seen the immense energy created by Grenada, seemingly now overtaken by St Lucia and St Kitts and Nevis.

Dominica, the latest of the Caribbean islands to construct a fabulous cricket arena, thanks to the generosity of the Chinese government, has already shown itself ready to challenge the other host countries for international matches.

Of course, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), much like its international parent body, the International Cricket Council (ICC), is always concerned about revenues generated at the host venues. This has been the primary reason for the test matches often being divided amongst the traditional hosts – Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. The rationale is that these countries have been able to provide large crowds in attendance on each day of competition. In the case of Antigua and Barbuda, easy access by air combined with the country’s thriving tourist industry has facilitated massive cricket fan inflows.

In the case of the ODIs, St Vincent and the Grenadines was once seen as the leader amongst the rest of the region’s cricketing nations in terms of being a regular host venue. Indeed the performance of this country as an ODI host venue grew to such an extent that we were granted two back-to-back matches against England, a country known for its large fan base. Vincentians are likely to remember the occasion for a very long time to come since the night spots in Kingstown were pressed to the hilt to cope with the demands of loyal English cricket fans who refused to sleep. Even at the Arnos Vale cricket ground the various food and beverage stalls all claimed to have reaped a harvest so good was the support from the English visitors.

St Vincent and the Grenadines cricket authorities were the toast of the WICB as the latter grew ever more impressed with the gate receipts. Unfortunately for us it did not take long for the local and West Indies cricketing authorities to ‘kill the goose that laid the golden egg’. Each year we hosted an ODI we raised the cost of the tickets to the point where the once loyal local and sub regional fans said, ‘no more’.

The test match allocated to St Vincent and the Grenadines when Sri Lanka was in the region only added to our embarrassing decline. The authorities must have known that we did not have the population to sustain s five-day international fixture. We also did not have the requisite air access and hotel capacity for the crowds that would satisfy the regional and international authorities. Attendance was poor and the rain added to the debacle.

Suddenly, St Vincent and the Grenadines went into rapid decline as a venue for international cricket.

It is the reason that despite the commitment to spending millions on the refurbishing of Arnos Vale we got some ‘goat cook’ warm up matches.

It is the reason we were given another test match, but against the low-ranked Bangladesh, who upset all expectations to win the series in the region.

It is the reason that in the year of the Caribbean playing host to the prestigious and dynamically exciting ICC T/20 World Cup, we have once more been overlooked.

It is the reason that in the year when the powerful South Africans are on schedule for a series in the Caribbean we are once more neglected.

It is the reason therefore why we got the opportunity to host three ODIs as the West Indies hosted Zimbabwe, a team that is on a mission to reclaim membership amongst the ICC’s test playing nations.

Nonetheless, our hosting of the three ODIs in rapid-fire succession has enshrined us in the annals of regional cricket and local sport.

Defeating Zimbabwe in SVG

The ODIs in St Vincent were played on 10, 12 and 14 March 2010. As the teams arrived at the ET Joshua Airport tension was high.
Zimbabwe had won the lone T/20 match in the series played in Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday 1 March. By the host country’s sporting standards there was no one in attendance. 5,000 people in an arena capable of holding in excess of 20,000 were counted as nothing. If the attendance was embarrassing the display by the West Indies team on the field of play was nothing short of putrid. Zimbabwe was at one time three wickets without a run on the board, then 11 runs for four wickets. The team somehow miraculously reached 105. The West Indies team in response could only muster 79 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

The two teams began the ODI series in Guyana where attendance is always high regardless of the competition. The Zimbabwe series was no exception. In the first match the West Indies managed, as is so often the case, to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, leaving the visitors smiling from ear to ear, fancying their chances of even greater success. The emotional high of the Zimbabweans received a severe jolt when the West Indies took the second ODI in Guyana to draw level in the five match series.
But the West Indies’ victory in Guyana was not convincing to the region’s cricketing buffs. The critics felt that the regional team had to struggle far too much to defeat a team that has no international standing.

St Vincent and the Grenadines therefore, host to the final three matches in the home series, was destined to be the scene of history on the field of play. The stage was set against the backdrop of the beautiful Grenadines at the splendidly prepared Arnos Vale Sports Complex.

The weeks of meticulous attention to the minutest details in the preparation of the playing arena by Operations Manager, Lauren Baptiste, in the midst of one of this country’s most devastating and debilitating dry season, paid handsome dividends. The cricket arena was a picture deserving of only the very highest commendation. It was an arena befitting even greater encounters than the one for which it was prepared, two lowly ranked cricket teams, West Indies and Zimbabwe.

As if rising to the occasion the West Indies cricket team defeated Zimbabwe one match after another ruing the hapless visitors. It was a most fitting climax to a series, which, while scoffed at in some circles certainly did much to enhance the sporting reputation of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Sport and the Environment

Sport and the Environment has taken centre stage at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex just as has been the case at the Beijing Olympics and the myriad of international sporting events taking placing around the globe.

The St Vincent and the Grenadines National Olympic Committee, some years ago, became the first in the English-speaking Caribbean to establish a Sport and the Environment Commission in keeping with international trends and the emphasis of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The Arnos Vale Sports Complex, the nation’s premier sporting arena, has been targeted from the very beginning, for special attention by the Commission. Palm trees were planted inside Arnos Vale # 1 in 2008. One year later a variety of hardy trees were planted around Arnos Vale # 2. Earlier this year, 2010, the Sport and Environment Commission mounted two impressive billboards depicting the NOC’s commitment to the environment around sporting venues in the State, one at each of the two major cricketing venues at Arnos Vale. This targeted the country’s hosting of the three ODIs in March.

The Commission also provided the ‘Neem’ tree that now serves as a roundabout in the Complex as well as the row of plants intended to serve as a border at the lower end of Arnos Vale # 2.
Leaders of the Sport and the Environment Commission were also able to work with the NOC Legacy as well as the Culture and Education Commissions of the NOC’s educational arm, the National Olympic Academy. They collaborated to have brochures on Sport and the Environment prepared and delivered to the international media here for the cricket in a Press Kit. These were also delivered to participating teams and one copy each was autographed by the players and management of the two teams.

The commentators also highlighted the work of the Commissions during the matches.

http://svgnoc.org/blogs/olympism/2010/03/19/historical-sporting-developments-in-svg/

The main website of the SVG National Olympic Committee is
http://svgnoc.org/


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Vincy Mas Video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1he0_ATxqk


Vincy Mas 2010


Dubbed the Hottest Carnival In The Caribbean, Vincy Mas 2010 comes alive once again, better and hotter than 2009.

LIME continues to be a super platinum sponsor of the event and play a very active and integral part of the planning and execution of the product as it showcases the talent, beauty, capabilities and diversity of St. Vincent & The Grenadines and what it has to offer to and for its people and visitors alike.

Join us in St. Vincent & The Grenadines from June 25th - July 6th 2010.

www.carnivalsvg.com


Easterval

The Easterval Committee says the festival will run from March 14th to April 5th under the theme: “A unique cultural blend for Easterval 2010”

The official launching the festival takes place on March 14th at the Hugh Mulzac Square in Union Island, and will feature addresses from Government Officials, representatives of the sponsors, as well as Cultural performances.

The Activities will begin on March 27 with a Status Fete at Eagles Nest.

Other activities include an Easterval Beach lime/Cook Out; a Cultural Extravaganza & Panorama; A Fish Festival; an Inter Primary Schools Track & Field Meet; the Miss Easterval pageant; Soca Fest, the J'Ouvert street parade and the Monday Night Mas.

Easterval in Union Island embodies the way of life of the natives of the Grenadine Island.

2010 activities would reach centre stage from April 1 -5 with the ever famous Soca Fest carded for Sunday April 4th featuring top Soca artiste from St. Vincent and Grenada in a clash of the giants.

Easterval 2010 is sponsored by LIME.

Visit the official Easterval website at
http://unionislandeasterval.com/index.php


West Indies conquer crumbling Zimbabwe

15 March 2010 0508 hrs

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/1043625/1/.html

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent: West Indies cantered to a four-wicket victory in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday as Zimbabwe's brittle batting line-up crumbled again.



As expected, the Zimbabweans failed to successfully defend a modest victory target of 162, and West Indies completed victory with 134 balls to spare, wrapping up the series 4-1. 



Zimbabwe's spin bowlers again mesmerised the West Indies' batsman, but the result was secured when Denesh Ramdin pulled a short delivery from leg-spinner Timycen Maruma through mid-wicket for his only boundary in 21 not out.



It was the fourth straight defeat for Zimbabwe, after they won the first match in Guyana two runs. 



They conceded the second ODI by four wickets last Sunday, slumped to a 141-run defeat last Wednesday in St Vincent, where they also lost by four wickets on Friday.



Zimbabwe have never beaten West Indies in a bilateral ODI series.



"It's been a long time since we last won a series, and it feels really, really good to have achieved this," said West Indies captain Chris Gayle, whose 63 from 41 balls set his side firmly on course for victory.



"It has been a total team effort because we started really badly, when we lost the first ODI. But for the guys to have bounced back, and won the series 4-1 was a tremendous effort, and I must commend them for the way they went about it."



Charles Coventry, playing for the first time in the series, struck five fours in the top score of 56 from 88 balls, but failed to save Zimbabwe from another batting collapse.



No other Zimbabwe batsman scored 20, and the visitors were dismissed for 161 from their full quota of 50 overs, after they were sent in to bat on another helpful Arnos Vale Multiplex pitch. 



Zimbabwe were undone by Darren Sammy's three wickets for 33 runs from his allotted 10 overs, and Ravi Rampaul's two for 24 from his 10 overs that flattened their top-order batting.



"There were not enough runs on the board for us to be competitive," said Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya.



"We have been letting ourselves down terribly with our batting, but our bowlers have been bowling their hearts out throughout the series." 

He added: "We have to go back home and work very hard on our batting. It is important for the guys to take some lessons out of this."



Zimbabwe got a lesson from Gayle about destructive batting, when the West Indies captain smashed eight fours and two sixes to give his team a typically flourishing start. 



Elton Chigumbura gave the Zimbabweans an early breakthrough, when he had Adrian Barath lbw for 14 in the fifth over.



The visitors were effectively put out of the match, when Gayle took control, and dominated a second wicket stand of 76 with Darren Bravo, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo's younger brother.



Gayle swept Utseya for a single to deep backward square leg to reach his 50 from 32 balls before he was caught at long-off from the off-spin of the Zimbabwe captain in the 16th over to leave West Indies to chase 66 from the remaining 208 balls.



Zimbabwe made things interesting, when they collected four more wickets, mainly through the recklessness of the West Indies batsmen. 



The Zimbabweans' scalps included Kieron Pollard, whose 36 from 20 balls included three fours and three sixes, and swung the match decisively before he was caught at long-off off left-arm spinner Ray Price with 13 required. - AFP/de


Monday, March 15, 2010

It's Raining!

It started raining this morning and it feels wonderful. The drought has been serious enough that it not only affects the water supply, but it affects the electricity through diminished hydropower. A couple of rainy days a week for a few weeks would be fine. In the meantime we'll be happy with what we get.




It didn't last too long.

Cricket Series 4-1 WI

Cricket: West Indies conquer crumbling Zimbabwe

15 March 2010 0508 hrs (SST)

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/1043625/1/.html

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent: West Indies cantered to a four-wicket victory in the fifth and final one-day international on Sunday as Zimbabwe's brittle batting line-up crumbled again. 

As expected, the Zimbabweans failed to successfully defend a modest victory target of 162, and West Indies completed victory with 134 balls to spare, wrapping up the series 4-1. 

Zimbabwe's spin bowlers again mesmerised the West Indies' batsman, but the result was secured when Denesh Ramdin pulled a short delivery from leg-spinner Timycen Maruma through mid-wicket for his only boundary in 21 not out. 

It was the fourth straight defeat for Zimbabwe, after they won the first match in Guyana two runs. 

They conceded the second ODI by four wickets last Sunday, slumped to a 141-run defeat last Wednesday in St Vincent, where they also lost by four wickets on Friday. 

Zimbabwe have never beaten West Indies in a bilateral ODI series. 

"It's been a long time since we last won a series, and it feels really, really good to have achieved this," said West Indies captain Chris Gayle, whose 63 from 41 balls set his side firmly on course for victory. 

"It has been a total team effort because we started really badly, when we lost the first ODI. But for the guys to have bounced back, and won the series 4-1 was a tremendous effort, and I must commend them for the way they went about it." 

Charles Coventry, playing for the first time in the series, struck five fours in the top score of 56 from 88 balls, but failed to save Zimbabwe from another batting collapse. 

No other Zimbabwe batsman scored 20, and the visitors were dismissed for 161 from their full quota of 50 overs, after they were sent in to bat on another helpful Arnos Vale Multiplex pitch. 

Zimbabwe were undone by Darren Sammy's three wickets for 33 runs from his allotted 10 overs, and Ravi Rampaul's two for 24 from his 10 overs that flattened their top-order batting. 

"There were not enough runs on the board for us to be competitive," said Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya. 

"We have been letting ourselves down terribly with our batting, but our bowlers have been bowling their hearts out throughout the series." 

He added: "We have to go back home and work very hard on our batting. It is important for the guys to take some lessons out of this." 

Zimbabwe got a lesson from Gayle about destructive batting, when the West Indies captain smashed eight fours and two sixes to give his team a typically flourishing start. 

Elton Chigumbura gave the Zimbabweans an early breakthrough, when he had Adrian Barath lbw for 14 in the fifth over. 

The visitors were effectively put out of the match, when Gayle took control, and dominated a second wicket stand of 76 with Darren Bravo, West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo's younger brother. 

Gayle swept Utseya for a single to deep backward square leg to reach his 50 from 32 balls before he was caught at long-off from the off-spin of the Zimbabwe captain in the 16th over to leave West Indies to chase 66 from the remaining 208 balls. 

Zimbabwe made things interesting, when they collected four more wickets, mainly through the recklessness of the West Indies batsmen. 

The Zimbabweans' scalps included Kieron Pollard, whose 36 from 20 balls included three fours and three sixes, and swung the match decisively before he was caught at long-off off left-arm spinner Ray Price with 13 required. - AFP/de 






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Friday, March 12, 2010

Forum For The Diaspora

Vincy lime with a purpose
By Nelson A. King
Published: Thursday, March 11, 2010 1:06 PM EST


After yearning, for some time, for a forum to seriously discuss ideas and make connections with myriad Vincentian service providers in the United States, a steering committee, under the umbrella, Vincy Lime, with a Purpose, was established Saturday, March at the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center in Brooklyn.


The historic, networking event, organized by the New York Consulate General and the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center, attracted close to 200 Vincentians.

Eleven nationals, including Ruby Wood, CEO of the Brooklyn-based Square Deal Shippers and Movers, and Maxwell Haywood, a community activist and United Nations Development Officer, volunteered to serve on the committee at the initial confab.

The vision of Vincy Lime is to have a forum where Vincentians, especially those newly arrived, could come together and assist each other in navigating through the intricacies of life in New York City. Vaughan Toney, the Lime architect, who is also president and CEO of Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center, told Caribbean Life in an exclusive interview.

"To be empowered, one must be informed," added the chief-of-staff for former New York City Councilman, Belizean the Rev. Lloyd Henry. "I know of many Vincentians who have made bad decisions, because they were uninformed or were given wrong information.

I simply want to provide a place where Vincentians can come together on a monthly basis to share information with each other," he continued.

As Vincentians we must be our brother's keeper, Toney said. It is also about nation-building. If we can come together andempower ourselves as a people in this great city, not only will it benefit the Vincentian community here in New York, but we will all be in a better position to assist our relatives and friends back home and, by extension, help in the development of SVG.

He said the group's goal is to eventually compile a directory of service providers and to encourage Vincentians to keep the money in the family by doing business with their compatriots.

Toney also said he is convinced that a monthly gathering of Vincentians, under this patriotic umbrella, can serve as a viable resource center in areas of education, employment, health care, housing, immigration, and social and political welfare, among others.

Cyril Thomas, the Deputy New York Consul, renowned by the calypso sobriquet Scorcher, said St. Vincent and the Grenadines will not advance without patriotic collaboration and participation.

As you know, nation-building is a collective action, he said. It's all well and good to point fingers when things go wrong for the deficiencies are many and conspicuous but finding solutions present much harder problems.

I am very encouraged by the patriotic outpouring that was so evident last Saturday, added Thomas, who has been acting Consul General since Cosmus Cozier retired last December.

The brothers and sisters, who sacrificed their presence, manifested a conscious understanding of the difficulties that Vincentians in the Diaspora face on a day-to-day basis. Quite a few of them made oral commitments to do whatever they can to alleviate conditions whenever and wherever possible,” he continued.

Thomas said his compatriots can accomplish this giant feat by being our national brothers and sisters‚ eyes and ears.

(If) you hear about something, say something, he urged. A well-grounded Vincentian in the Diaspora is a financial asset for St. Vincent and the Grenadines not just in the area of remittances, and tourism to and from SVG. Other facets of society will also be greatly affected in a positive way.

We ask all kind-hearted and altruistic Vincentians to step forward and show their national pride in this venture. Let our national slogan be Each one, Help one, Thomas underscored.

Lawyer Narissa Morris, who chaired the proceedings and is also chairperson of the Friends of Crown Heights Educational Center’s Advisory Board, said it is paramount to engage in nation-building.

She said when Vincentians help themselves at an individual level, they, simultaneously, help the homeland.

The next Vincy Lime takes place at the center, 671 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, on Sat., April 24, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.


West Indies Facing Zimbabwe

CaribWorldNews, ARNOS VALE, St. Vincent,

Fri. Mar. 12, 2010: The West Indies cricket squad is set to face Zimbabwe again Friday, fresh from their Wednesday win over the visitors.

The Windies team will face Zimbabwe in the fourth Digicel ODI at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex. The face-off comes as Darren Sammy starred with the ball on Wednesday to help hand the West Indies a comprehensive victory by 141 runs in the third Digicel One-Day International.

Sammy ended with career-best figures of 4-26 off 10 overs. Fast bowler Kemar Roach (3-28) helped Sammy rip through the Zimbabwe batting line-up after a Shiv Chanderpaul (58) led the West Indies to 245-9 off their allotted 50 overs.

`I am very pleased with my performance and most of all I am pleased that the team won and we now have a lead in the series. It was a total team effort and as a team we are very happy,` said Sammy who was named Man-of-the-Match. `We want to continue improving and win again in the two matches to come. I was asked by the captain to create pressure and that is what I did. Today the pitch had some grass and it was helping my seam bowling so I knew I had to pitch the ball up, and try to get some movement off the seam.`

Captain Chris Gayle praised Sammy for his brilliant effort and also lauded the team for the fight they showed on the field.

`It was definitely a team effort and I am very happy with the result. Well done Darren Sammy. He was asked to deliver today and he did so in great style. After losing the first match of the series, we have started to show signs of improvement so we want to continue that and lift the standards even higher. It feels good to win, but this is the beginning. I am sure Zimbabwe will come back hard at us on Friday and we should not get too carried away now.`

The Windies now have a 2-1 lead in the five-match Digicel Series. The fifth and final Digicel ODI is set for Sunday, also at the Arnos Vale. Both matches start at 9:30 am (8:30 am Jamaica Time).


Argyle Sugar Mill Ruins

As part of the ongoing Cultural Heritage Action Plan being implemented by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines National Trust at the site of the Argyle International Airport, a team from the University of Hartford will arrive in St. Vincent on Sunday March 14th 2010 to commence a project at the Argyle Sugar mill Ruins. The first phase of this project would include the mapping of all remaining ruins of the Argyle mill and the creation of a three dimensional representation of the mill.

This project takes the form of an elective Industrial Archaeology course offered by the Department of Engineering at the University of Hartford.  Thus, the team will comprise of engineering students from the university.  In addition, six students from the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Technical College have been selected to work along with the Hartford team.

The Community Foundation for SVG a nonprofit organisation established by members of the Vincentian Diaspora in the United States was instrumental in making this project a reality, as well as the International Airport Development Company, the IADC.

Please contact the National Trust Secretariat at 451-2921 or 533-0752 or email us at svgntrust@vincysurf.com or svgntrust@gmail.com should you require further details.

Kind regards
Rachel Moses‚ Managing Director


Paradise Beach Hotel

When we first came to St. Vincent we stayed at the Paradise. It has since been extensively renovated.

It is located on Villa Beach, just off the Windward Highway. Villa Beach is shown above.

It has a restaurant and beach bar. On Friday nights it has a barbecue with local cuisine

It also has a small botique, and the offices of Fantasea, which has various sea trips.


Phone:(784)457-4795 email: info@paradisesvg.com


www.paradisesvg.com

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Double Happiness

We went into Kingstown today to do a couple of errands: one being to pay the phone bill to LIME; and the other to buy tickets for the return flight to San Juan, Puerto Rico. We can’t buy the return ticket when we come down in October because LIAT’s accounting year is the calendar year and they don’t sell tickets for 2010 in the fall of 2009. So we bought one-way tickets to San Juan.

Since we were pretty close to lunchtime we decided to eat in town. In Massachusetts we often eat at Chinese Buffet restaurants, there being several in the towns near to where we live, but we hadn’t had Chinese for a while in Kingstown. We found the Double Happiness restaurant on back street, just west of the People’s Pharmacy. There we had chicken with sweet and sour sauce, rice (or Lo Mein noodles) and steamed vegetables. I had a beer and Sally had an orange soda, and the whole thing cost us less that $30 EC. (That’s less than 6$US each.) It was very tasty. Their usual takeout is a pelau: chicken wings and a large helping of fried rice for $8 EC (3$US)

We are certainly going to eat there again.


Sunday, March 07, 2010

Pink House

Recently built building in Indian Bay. Is it a house? Or hotel?

Photo by Christopher T. Snow. For more of his pictures see his page in Facebook or the CTSnow page In Flickr.


Cannon

A cannon, rescued from an underwater location in Kingstown Harbour, and on view at the Cruise Ship Terminal.

Photo by Christopher T. Snow. For more of his pictures see his page in Facebook or the CTSnow page In Flickr.


Interisland Ferries

Photo by Christopher T. Snow. For more of his pictures see his page in Facebook or the CTSnow page In Flickr.


Our House

Our house in Villa, formerly owned by Carlyle Dougan.

Photo by Christopher T. Snow. For more of his pictures see his page in Facebook or the CTSnow page In Flickr.


Kingstown

Kingstown harbour as seen from the stern of a ferry departing for Bequia


Walliliabou

The natural arch at the entrance to Walliliabou Harbour. This will be easily recognised by anyone who has seen the first film in the "Pirates Of The Caribbean" series, where it provided a striking image at the beginning of the film.

This harbour is a common stopping-off place for boat tours of the Leeward side, but it is also easily accessible from the Leeward Highway.


Interior of Cruise Ship Terminal

There are a number of botique shops, many catering to tourists, at the Cruise Ship Terminal. Many of these are open for business even if there are no cruise ships in, as was the case when this picture was taken. Dr. Adams' bookstore is particularly good for local books, many of them written by Dr. Adams himself.


Cruise Dock Snack Bar

Chris Snow at snack bar in the Cruise Ship Terminal. There were no ships in at the time.


Adventist Church, Kingstown

The Adventist Church, at the east end of Back Street, was originally built by the Scotch Presbyterians.


Saturday, March 06, 2010

Cricket

Today, Saturday 3/6/10, The West Indies played Zimbabwe in Guyana and beat them by four wickets (at 207 runs). I was watching on TV.

Next week, starting Wednesday, The West Indies and Zimbabwe will play the first of three games on St. Vincent.

I'll watch on TV.


Friday, March 05, 2010

Another Video

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Also from You Tube. You Tube has more videos about Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, they just don't want to download as easily. Just go to You Tube and search for "Saint Vincent and the Grenadines"

Tourism Video from You Tube

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This is a video downloaded from the internet. Start it by clicking on the arrowhead. Depending on the speed of your internet connection it may begin to start and stop. If it does, click on the two bars and wait for a few minutes, so it has a chance to download a section, and then click on the arrowhead again.

Wake up call for SVG

Friday, March 5, 2010

Greetings to All!

Firstly, I would like to introduce myself, Vibert Cornwall Chair of the Coventry St Vincent & the Grenadines Association and Member of the National Committee of St Vincent & the Grenadines UK.

I would like to address this communication to the Government of St Vincent & the Grenadines, the Opposition and the people of St Vincent & the Grenadines.

We have all heard the recent news and seen through the media the devastating effects of the recent earthquake in Haiti. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to all of our Haitian brothers and sisters who lost their lives and those whose lives have been so severely torn apart. This devastation has indeed shocked the whole world and no doubt the people of St Vincent & the Grenadines felt it more than most, knowing the disaster happened in their region.

I have been contemplating what our plight would be if this happened in St Vincent & the Grenadines. How would our brothers and sisters survive such a disaster? What measures have we in place should such a disaster strike our blessed homeland? This is something that I am sure many Vincentians have not thought about, but as a Vincentian living abroad I and others can see the bigger picture.

When the disaster struck Haiti initial aid was sent by air due to the port being hit by the earthquake, so the force was on the airport. Let us ask ourselves, if, this was to happen to St Vincent & the Grenadines God forbid. You have seen the size of airplanes touching down on Haiti, could they have landed at E T Joshua Airport? E T Joshua airport could not accommodate one of these large relief planes to land much less to take off! That is why we so need an International airport and I call on all Vincentians to support our new airport that is currently being built. St Vincent is also susceptible to earthquakes, hurricanes and volcanoes. We have no idea when disaster may strike in the magnitude that it did in Haiti, and if it does we are in no way prepared. No way can we rely on sending relief to St Vincent & the Grenadines via Barbados. It’s a sure fact it would not get to St Vincent!

Let us not live in a vacuum, we live in a digital age; the world is a global family which we should be part of. I call on the people of St Vincent & the Grenadines and those who live abroad, in the United Kingdom, America and Canada along with other parts of the world to strongly put forward a proposal to express our need in light of the Haiti devastation to have our own international airport.

I call for all Vincentian Committees in the Diaspora to set up a disaster fund so that we are prepared in some way to meet any unforeseen disaster if St Vincent & the Grenadines were to be hit.

Haiti was a wake-up call for the region, and we were quite fortunate on this occasion. So, I am begging you please, please to continue to support for an international airport.

Thank you and may God bless St Vincent & the Grenadines

Vibert Cornwall

http://www.caribbeannetnews.com/news-21877--7-7--.html


Thursday, March 04, 2010

Interview with David Ames

Thursday, March 04, 2010
by Philippa Jacks

David Ames tells me he doesn’t particularly like the Caribbean.



This is not what you’d expect to hear from a man about to open one of the most ambitious resorts the Caribbean has ever seen.



Ames is chairman of Harlequin Hotels & Resorts which will, in four months time, open the doors of Buccament Bay – a 1,200-room mega-resort on the small island of St Vincent.



Ames makes no bones about the fact that he hasn’t rated the Caribbean in the past. “I go on holiday to the Maldives or the Far East,” he says. “I go where you get value for money. And I don’t believe you get that in the Caribbean right now.”



Celebrity tie-ups


With Buccament Bay, Ames intends to “show the Caribbean how it should be done”, combining luxurious accommodation with a star-studded programme of activities. The Harlequin Sports Academy is being led by TV football pundit and former Republic of Ireland team captain Andy Townsend, with Pat Cash brought in to set up a Tennis Academy, and Liverpool Football Club launching its first soccer school.



In the Harlequin Performing Arts Academy, guests will take classes in acting, stage-management and make-up from real West End and Broadway professionals.



An extraordinary attention to detail has seen Harlequin design bespoke cutlery, crockery and furnishings for Buccament Bay, as well as sourcing its own wine label, and even creating a swimwear range.



As the launch date of July 1 draws nearer, Ames and his team are already setting to work on the next resorts in the portfolio. Ground has been broken on The Merricks in Barbados, 

The Hideaway in the Dominican Republic, and The Marquis Estate in St Lucia last month. 



The Marquis Estate will feature the world’s first Gary Player golf hotel, with rooms and villas spread around the course. With two further Dom Rep resorts in the pipeline, Harlequin claims it will open a staggering 8,000 hotel rooms in the Caribbean over the next five years.



Joining the dots


Expansion is not limited to the Caribbean; resorts in Brazil and Thailand are also planned. But what’s particularly interesting is the way in which the Caribbean resorts will be joined up. Harlequin says it will set up its own airline, Harlequin Air, as well as building its own boats, so guests can enjoy two or three-centre holidays without having to use regional transport.



Development is funded by investments through sister company Harlequin Property, and Ames claims Harlequin Hotels is in the fortunate position of having no debt.



He says around £1 billion-worth of property has already been sold, and the group is in no hurry to get paying guests through the doors. “What’s important for us is for our travel partners to come and have a look, and feel confident sending their clients to us. We’re not desperate to get paying guests until November.”



Government talks



The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines has understandably welcomed such large-scale investment: Buccament Bay is currently employing 1,000 workers.



Ames has also been approached by the Jamaican and Antiguan ministries of tourism, and even in St Vincent there are further areas the government would like the company to develop. “We’ve proven that we mean what we say. The Caribbean’s fed up with people going in there then not employing the locals,” he says.



So while the Caribbean may not have been David Ames’ destination of choice in the past, the region certainly looks set to be the focus of attention of Harlequin Hotels in the future.

http://www.ttglive.com/c/portal/layout?p_l_id=3208370&CMPI_SHARED_articleId=3778880&CMPI_SHARED_ImageArticleId=3778880&CMPI_SHARED_articleIdRelated=3778880&CMPI_SHARED_ToolsArticleId=3778880&CMPI_SHARED_CommentArticleId=3778880&articleTitle=Interview:%20Harlequin%20Resorts%27%20David%20Ames


Garifuna Folkloric Ballet

New York – The Board of Directors of the Garifuna Coalition USA, Inc. a, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization is pleased to announce that the Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of Honduras, will perform during the First Annual Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night on March 13th 2010 at 7 PM at the Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture, 450 Grand Concourse Bronx, NY 10451.


The Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of Honduras which is led by its choreographer Armando Crisanto Melendez, represents the unique Garifuna culture of Honduras as well as a variety of music styles that interweave the religious and folkloric characteristics of Honduran culture. Since its creation in 1976 the Garifuna Folkloric Ballet is fulfilling the task of promoting the distinctive Garifuna culture by contributing ethno-artistic work at the national and international level. Its members hold the unique status of "cultural ambassadors" of Honduras.

The Folkloric Ballet has performed around the world and competed at the world renown Viña del Mar Festival and won second place in the folkloric category by electrifying the audience with their sensuous dance routines.

In addition to the Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of Honduras, a dynamic cultural stage production will feature James Lovell and the AfriGarifuna Youth Ensemble, Hamalali Wayunagu Garifuna Dance Company, Chief Joseph Chatoyer Garifuna Folkloric Ballet of NY, Paula Castillo and Hechu Garinagu and a grand finale directed by Mr. Armando Crisanto Melendez.

On May 18th, 2001 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed the Garifuna Language, Dance and Music as a “Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangibles Heritage of Humanity. We invite everyone to come and enjoy the masterpiece.

The Garifuna Heritage Awards and Cultural Night is an integral part of the Garifuna Heritage Month 2010. The proclamation will be presented by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr and New York State Governor David A. Paterson’s office during a press conference in the Rotunda of the Bronx Borough President’s Office on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 11:00 AM. 851 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY.

Contacts: info@garifunacoalition.org


ECCB GOVERNOR APPLAUDS ARGYLE AIRPORT

Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Sir Dwight Venner, has described the Argyle International AirportProject as “fascinating and long overdue”.

Following a visit to the site on Thursday May 14th (?), Sir Dwight noted that the construction of an international airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines is the fulfillment of a want by Vincentians for proper airport facilities. Sir Dwight in commenting said that all Vincentians should be proud of the efforts by the government to fulfill their years’ old dream.

He pointed out that St Vincent and the Grenadines and Dominica are the only two countries in the region without an international airport, the result of which is reflected in the fact that these two countries also have the lowest per capita income in the region.

Regarding the viability of the project, Sir Dwight hinted that when one is calculating the viability of any project one must take everything into consideration. He said some projects may not appear to be viable, however, viability must be looked at in its totality: financial, economic and social. He then posed these questions: What happens if St Vincent and the Grenadines becomes a modern state? What is one of the most important things needed for any modern state?

Sir Dwight opines that an inter-national airport in St Vincent and the Grenadines will provide access and increased level of security for vital things coming into the country.

He hailed the decision by government to go ahead with the construction of the international airport as a good one and said that personally he is very happy with the project. The Central Bank Governor noted that given the scope of work, 2012 for completion is feasible providing that the pace of work is kept up. He however cautioned that finishing will take time and that those doing the finishing touches on the terminal building will have to be monitored very closely to avoid undue delays.

Posted March 3, 2010
http://dominicanewsonline.com

Scuba Diving

What's St. Vincent is famous among scuba divers for?

"St Vincent has been voted # 1 small animal destination in the world and the only one to get 100 score" - the Magazine Divers Trust Scuba Diving.

Sport Diver Magazine named St. Vincent the 'Critter Capital of the Caribbean'.


Most of St. Vincent's best dive sites are located off the western coast, Leeward, within a 10 to 15 minute trip by boat. The dive sites are abundant with diverse sea creatures to watch. Scuba diving here is generally pleasant and easy with with practically no underwater currents, except for a couple of dive sites. With underwater visibility normally staying being 50-80 feet, and local waters being habitat of variety of Sponges, Seahorses, frogfish, Spotted drum, Red Banded Lobsters, Porcelain crabs, Golden Coral Shrimp, Spoon Nosed Eels, Viper Morays, Brotula, St. Vincent scuba diving has become especially attractive for underwater photographers and film makers. Currently there are 12 dive operators (Bequia Dive Adventures, Dive Bequia, Dive Fantasea, Dive St. Vincent, Grenadines Dive, Indigo Dive, Mustique Water Sports - have recommendations) and there is a total of 67 dive known sites at St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

About the island of St. Vincent:

St. Vincent is a mountainous 133 square-mile island of a volcanic origin in the Lesser Antilles chain located in the Caribbean Sea. It is the main island of the total 32 islands comprising the Grenadines. To the north of St. Vincent lies St. Lucia, to the east Barbados, and to the south Grenada. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has an estimated population of 120,000 people and a French and British colonial history. Since the time of getting their independence back in 1979, St. Vincent and the Grenadines have become part of the British Commonwealth.

http://scuba-instructors.blogspot.com/2010/03/list-of-st-vincent-dive-sites.html


Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Buccament Bay

New St. Vincent Resort Expected July 1
Mar 03, 2010 By: Meagan Drillinger

Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is gearing up to open a brand new Caribbean property in St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Buccament Bay Beach Resort.



Construction is nearing completion and the property's Phase I opening is slated for July 1. At that point approximately 200 rooms will be available and most of the resort's amenities will be open.



Upon completion the property will offer 12 restaurants as well as a host of activities, including a tennis academy, a soccer school, a Cricket academy, the Alai Spa by ESPA, the Kids Club, a marina with 24 berths, and more.



The hotel will also offer property investment options for those who want to own a beachfront cabana or plantation home.



Visit www.harlequinproperty.co.uk.


Tuesday, March 02, 2010

Even More Orchids

Just to remind you, these orchids are grown in our yard in Villa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

These all happen to be in bloom in the beginning of March.