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Another 55 Vincentians were hired by Sandals resorts International on Thursday 29 September. This group will head to Saint Lucia and Turks & Caicos before returning home to work at Buccament once the resort is completed late next year, according to Finance Minister Camilo Gonsalves. “A major highlight of this week’s recruitment drive was Shakeen […]



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National Nine Mornings Festival launches this Sunday

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The 2022 National Lotteries Christmas/Nine Mornings Festival will be officially launched this Sunday, December 4 at Heritage Square, in Kingstown, from 7:00 p.m.

The festival was interrupted in 2020 and 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the eruption of La Soufriere Volcano.
The organisation committee said in a release that Sunday’s launch will feature the return of the street parade, where patrons will engage in a candle light cultural street procession through the streets of Kingstown, commencing at Heritage Square at 6:00 p.m and returning to Heritage Square.

The parade will be accompanied by the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines (RSVG) Police Force Band, and will also feature dance groups, community groups, drumming groups, and X-Pan from Sion Hill.

On returning to Heritage Square the other events will commence with a short opening ceremony  which would include the blessing of the festival by the Pastor Randy Boucher, and worship from the Exalt Him Worship Ministries. The Epic Sound Steel Orchestra will provide steel band music and a special mini presentation will be done by the RSVG Police Band.

The Launch will also hear Christmas greetings from the chairman of the National Nine Mornings Committee, with corporate sponsors- the National Lotteries Authority and Vinlec bringing remarks. Minister of Culture, Carlos James will then declare the festival open with the turning on of the lights at the Square. 

The St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Christmas and Nine Mornings Committee will recognize a number of community stalwarts for their invaluable contribution to the festival over the years.

A varied cultural package will climax the evenings’ activities.





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Cuban President to tour medical facility on Day Two of visit to St Vincent and the Grenadines

A visit to the Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre at Georgetown is one of the highlights of Day Two of the visit of President Miguel Diaz-Canel to St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The Modern Medical and Diagnostic Centre (MMDC) which was officially opened on July 2, 2018, was built at a cost of EC$42 million with substantial assistance from the Republic of Cuba.

Several medical professionals from Cuba are also among the staff at the MMDC.

The Cuban head of state and his delegation will be given a tour of the MMDC, after which they will be hosted to lunch at the Beachcombers Hotel by Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves.

Tomorrow, Monday December 5, the final day of the visit, wife of the President, Lis Cuesta Peraza accompanied Eloise Gonsalves, wife of the Prime Minister will, at Young Island, view an exhibition of products by Vincentian entrepreneurs, followed by cultural performances.

The Cuban first lady will also have a private discussion with Vincentian women who studied in Cuba and Cuban women living in SVG.

President of Cuba Miguel Diaz-Canel (right) and his wife Lis Cuesta Peraza arriving at the Argyle International Airport on Saturday (API photo)

Also on Monday, the President will pay a courtesy call on head of state Governor General Dame Susan Dougan, and while he is at Government House, his wife, accompanied by Mrs Gonsalves will visit the Botanic Gardens.

The three-day official visit will culminate in a special sitting of the House of Assembly which will be addressed by President Diaz-Canel, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Leader of the Opposition Dr Godwin Friday.

Members of Cabinet met with the Cuban Delegation during a lunch at La Vue Hotel on Saturday. (API photo)

Shortly after his arrival yesterday, Saturday December 3, the Cuban head of state held discussions with Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves at La Vue Boutique Hotel and Beach Club.

He also met with Cuban workers in SVG and members of the Cuba Friendship Society at the Beachcombers Hotel.





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Some Barrouallie residents want playground to revert to playing field

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Some residents of Barrouallie have criticised the state of their playground following two incidents of injury to children by broken piece of metal from the playground set.

And, some of them would like to see the facility revert to being a playing field.

On November 13 and November 18, Dequari Fraser and Simlet Pierre respectively, were injured on the playground located at Bamboo Square, Barrouallie.

The caretakers of these boys spoke with SEARCHLIGHT about their frustration over the deplorable state of the playground and said the park was better off as a playing field.

The playground, a donation of the Mary A. Tidlund Foundation of Canada, was handed over on January 21, 2011.
Almost 13 years later it can now be described as a ‘playhouse of destruction’.

Dequari’s mother, Janice Griffith told SEARCHLIGHT that the facility shouldn’t even have been a playground in the first place pointing out that the field was used for football and cricket and “That was when Barrouallie was Barrouallie.”

Other residents also shared her sentiments reminiscing how alive the town was before the playing field was turned into a “graveyard.”

Terrison Marshall argued that “The best set of footballers come out of Barrouallie and now you have to go around to Keartons to play football…”

He expressed disappointment over a toilet facility that was placed in the field but was never used and joked that the government removed trees from the playing field only to replant new ones for the playground.

Former captain of the Barrouallie Football team, Dorren Hamlet, a product of Barrouallie football, told SEARCHLIGHT what football was like in his time, and blamed the placement of the playground for stopping a lot of guys from playing the game.

“Nobody is going to come from work, tired to go round there (Keartons) to come with those youngsters. This was the football field that grew most of the good footballers even before my time.”

He said the playground is not a bad thing as there are children who still go on the park and play football; even when the older ones are on the park, they come off the swings and join them.

Hamlet also said that sports contributed to a reduction in crime and takes people off of the road to engage in activities that benefit them.

Samuel “Slim” Caesar referred to Alan Barbour, Lance John and Vibert Bute, among others, when naming some of the biggest players in the town.

“I believe if it was round here, it would have been better because ‘round here is the town. When the older set of people who used to leave their home and come by the roadside, sit down on their chair and watch football and cricket…They won’t want to go over Keartons, they would say over there is too far to go.”

While some believe that the playground killed football in Barrouallie, others begged to differ.

Kenneth “Arwees” Johnson posed the question, “The Barrouallie Secondary was moved from Reversion Hill to Peter’s Hope, did that kill education?” He said that it’s the mindset of the people, and it’s about them knowing what they want from society.

Marshall countered, “yes” pointing out that though the location may be more accommodating, the school was moved from walking distance for most Barrouallie residents to the end of Barrouallie, an area where students struggle with transportation to and from school; some walk and end up being late.

He also argued that when the Barrouallie Police Station was moved from the Bamboo Square area where the playground is located to Peter’s Hope, that killed respect among the children who use the playground because the police station is no longer there for the officers to help keep them in check.

It was argued that the decision to relocate the playing field was partly influenced by the damage caused to the windows of the homes of residents during training sessions and matches.

“Those boys [tend to] damage the windows. We have a window broken upstairs damaged from playing cricket,” said Anthony Da Silva.

Though he and his sister Suzette, enjoyed the way football was in the earlier days, they both think that a playground is good for the children and would rather have the football field in Keartons away from their windows.

Dequari Fraser and Simlet Pierre are in agreement with those who want the playground to be reconverted to a playing field; and if that may be too much to ask, the injured youngsters hope to see it renovated.

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