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Melisizwe brothers wrap up nearly 2 months of activities giving back to SVG – One News St.Vincent

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Kingstown, St. Vincent – From August 6th to September 21st, the Melisizwe brothers in collaboration with the Gold Mind Caribbean Foundation, successfully hosted a series of events throughout the country of St. Vincent and The Grenadines, concluding with the establishment of the first-ever, Gold Mind Club at the Barrouallie Anglican School on September 20th, 2022.

The brothers have produced and recorded a hit single and music video titled “Voices” sung by 18-year-old Leah Barnabe. The song was written by 19 participants from the recently concluded Gold Mind Intensive Music Camp held at the B.A.C.E. Centre in Belmont, St. Vincent from August 15th – 19th. 

The brothers, although having a very hectic schedule made time to visit family, schools, and community-based organizations. 

On August 21st, the Melisizwe Brothers hosted a concert at the Coconut Grove Beach Club for a few hundred happy fans. The atmosphere of the evening was joyful and the pride for local and international talent could be felt in the air. Despite the looming rain, the weather remained favourable and the concert went on without difficulty. The Melisizwe Brothers performed backed by a local band and two backup vocalists, all young musicians from St Vincent and the Grenadines. 

All the musicians played with impressive ease and created a sound that complemented the boundless energy that lead singer Zacary James, brought to the stage. The concert conveyed that, with dedication and hard work, everyone can achieve something great, and their music echoed the mission of the Gold Mind Foundation, which is to deliver youth empowerment by focusing on the creative arts and emphasising that hard work pays off. 

A group of young Vincentians were able to reap the rewards of their hard work at the concert. Over the course of the week of August 15th 19 youths from diverse backgrounds participated in the Gold Mind Music Camp where they were mentored in sound engineering, writing and other skills related to the music industry, they were visited by leading local musicians and also community leaders within the business community.

All 19 participants worked together to write the song titled “Voices” which is soon to be released this year. 

One of the main focuses of the camp was stressing the importance of group thinking and working together as a team to achieve a common goal. 

On August 5th, the Gold Mind Foundation started the month of activities with their signature Gold Mind 5k run/walk from the Mesopotamia police station to the BACE Centre in Belmont.

From August 8th – 9th, the Gold Mind Foundation and the Melisizwe brothers held a youth symposium in Bequia, in collaboration with the Hub Collective; a youth-based organization, concluding with an afternoon concert at Plantation House.

From August 12th – 15th, the Melisizwe Brothers travelled to Union Island, starting with the Gold Mind 5k run/walk, a marine tour of the Tobago Cays with outstanding youths, and a concert at the Union Island Secondary School.

The Melisizwe Brothers on behalf of the Gold Mind Foundation would like to thank sponsors, community leaders, supporters and volunteers for contributing their time and effort to the Gold Mind Foundation. We look forward to your support in the Gold Mind Music Intensive Camp 2023!

The Melisizwe brothers and the Gold Mind Foundation are excited for the Gold Mind Caribbean: Music Intensive Camp 2023, and have already set their sights on everything they can achieve in 2023 and more.



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Why you should support Taiwan’s bid to participate in the UN system

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St Vincent Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves during his speech to the 77th UNGA last weekend raised two legitimate and important questions about Taiwan: the very existence of Taiwan and its right to participate in the UN system and other multilateral organizations, particularly the UN specialized agencies.

As the UNGA has just concluded and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is having their triennial assembly in Canada, it is the perfect time to discuss these prolonged and unanswered questions, for we believe it is a watershed moment for the world, to finally come to realize the strategic roles that Taiwan is playing right now, and the rightful status and support it needs to have.

For many years, the UN kept allowing disinformation to dictate its policies toward Taiwan. Particularly China’s claim that the UNGA Resolution 2758 in 1971 endorsed their position that Taiwan is part of China based on the so-called “One China Principle”, but the document on this resolution reflected that decisions were only made upon who gets the seat as the UN member state “China” without even mentioning Taiwan, let along endorsing PRC’s alleged position and the future representation of Taiwan in UN.

Today Taiwan is a thriving democracy with a vibrant market economy and has remained the world’s 16th largest trading partner and 6th largest holder of foreign reserves. The strategic location makes Taiwan a critical regional hub, it’s the home of the 4th busiest airport in the world for international air cargo in 2020, and accommodated 72 million travellers annually through its airports before the COVID 19 pandemic; Taiwan is also the host of many hi-tech companies, including two of the world’s biggest semiconductor producers, making it an integral part of the global supply chain. Taiwan has been a full-fledged member of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) for years, the track record proved that we a reliable stakeholders and always ready to contribute. Given these facts, we believe that the democratically elected government of Taiwan and the 23 million people it represents, once given the opportunity to participate on the international stage like the UN system including ICAO, WHO and UNFCCC, would greatly benefit the global village on many vital issues like SDGs, climate change, prevention of the pandemics, and civil aviation safety. And for that, we can’t thank you more for SVG’s unwavering support over the past decades.

There are certainly other parameters that people over the world are concerned about when it comes to Taiwan’s international representation because China is trying to isolate Taiwan by bringing in a campaign of aggression, notably the economic embargo and the military drills launched against us after U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Taiwan in August.

It is worth noting that China’s ambitions have always been far beyond the Taiwan Strait, this is particularly evident in its recent political slogans such as “made in China 2025” and “To realize the Chinese dream of the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation”, its flashy “one belt one road” projects which often turn into financial traps for others, and its continuous conflicts with neighbouring countries in the East China Sea, the South China Sea and the Himalayas. China’s autocracy, coupled with economic and military expansionism, could be a potential threat to the peace and stability of the indo-pacific and the world.

After witnessing China’s handling of Hong Kong, Tibet and Xinjiang, people begin to realize that Chinese expansionism will not simply end with Taiwan. Yet Taiwan is still striving for peaceful dialogue across the Strait, providing that it has no pre-conditions and is being conducted on an equal footing.

The current restricted Zero COVID policy and continued to crack down on industries from high-tech, education, and entertainment to online games, has severally slowed down the fast-growing economic model of China in the past decades. Facing the power transition in October, it could intentionally escalate the threat towards Taiwan to divert attention away from its economic downturn and internal power struggle, that is when the whole world needs to see through it and take joint actions to stop it.

Here is a quote from the Book of Samuel, on the famous story of David and Goliath:” God saves not with sword and spear, for the battle is God’s”. We in Taiwan has the same kind of faith and determination in defending our freedom and democracy against the coercive aggressiveness from outside. But more than ever, an international concerted effort is needed to prevent such hegemonic behaviours, so that global peace and prosperity could be further preserved. We believe military threats won’t stop Taiwan from making more friends and certainly won’t stop international friends from visiting or voicing their support to Taiwan. With many faithful friends like SVG walking by our side, it is time for Taiwan to have its proper place back on the international stage.



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SVG National netball team captain named ahead of World Cup Qualifiers in Jamaica – One News St.Vincent

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Press release from the SVG Netball Association

As the St. Vincent and the Grenadines national female netball team continues its preparation to compete in the Americas Netball World Cup Qualifiers in Jamaica, October 16 – 23, 2022, Ms. Ruthann Williams and Ms. Maryann Frederick have been named captain and vice-captain, respectively.

This followed extensive deliberations amongst executive members to determine who best is fitting for these appointments.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines Netball Association President Ms. Natasha Baptiste is pleased with the executive’s appointment of the two ladies, saying “They will work with the team’s management in bringing out the best in the players, with one goal – which is qualification for the Netball World Cup in South Africa in July 2023.”

Captain – Ms. Ruthann Williams

Captain Ruthann Williams was elated at her appointment, seeing it as another step in serving her country to lead eleven other players on a historic journey. Ms. Williams said: “Serving my country is an honour whether it is at my place of employment or as captain of the national netball team. It is a sport I truly love and will work with all the members of the team and management to make the nation a very proud one.”

Vice Captain – Ms. Maryann Frederick

Vice-captain Maryann Frederick was also pleased, stating “I have been playing the game for many years, have represented St. Vincent and the Grenadines many times, and I will use my experience to help the other players play their best, so we on behalf of the country, can qualify for the Netball World Cup in South Africa.”

The Executive notes the hard work which has been put in by the players over the past months under the guidance of Head Coach Godfrey Harry, and ably assisted by Assistant Coach Vasha Adams, with the other members of the training committee making continued valuable contributions.

With a few days to go before the team departs the shores of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for Jamaica, the expected finetuning of skills sets and strategies will be attended to.

The Executive of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Netball Association is fully confident that the team will qualify, and as President Natasha Baptiste put it: “give St. Vincent and the Grenadines one of the best Independence anniversary gifts ever.”



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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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