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Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart

Prime Minister of Barbados Freundel Stuart

Prime Minister of Grenada Tillman Thomas

Prime Minister of Grenada Tillman Thomas

Two countries in the Eastern Caribbean are set to hold General Election later this month.

First is Grenada, who is set to go to the polls on Tuesday 19th February, 2013. Sources out of Grenada has indicated that the main opposition New National Party (NNP), seems likely to win the elections, dust putting the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) led by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas in oppostion.

Many Grenadians feel that the NNP will win by an even bigger margin than it had prior to their 2008 defeat.

Barbados will follow closely behind Grenada as they go to the polls two days later on Thursday 21st February, 2013.

This recent announcement of elections has ended months of speculation on the Caribbean island, as the fifth anniversary of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP), administration of Prime Minister Freundel Stuart came and past on January 15, 2013. Elections are constitutionally due ever five years. 

Since January 15, the BLP’s Parliamentary group has not attended sittings of the House of Assembly nor the Senate, contending that the Democratic Labour Party has entered into its sixth year of Government.

The DLP seeks its second term, while the opposition BLP aims to take office.

 

Caribbean Islands go to the polls

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Duke and Dutchess vacationing on Mustique, SVG

The Duke and Duchess, Prince William and Kate Middleton is said to be basking in the Eastern Caribbean on the Beautiful Island of Mustique. Mustique is one of the 32 islands and cays that make up the wonderful luscious St Vincent and the Grenadines .

The pair is said to have gone to Mustique for a relaxing winter getaway, prior to the arrival of their first child, due in July 2013. Seen as a welcomed getaway following the 31 –year – old Duchess of Cambridge hospitalization late last year following severe morning sickness problems.

The couple joined the Middleton the Dutchess’ parents on this luxcious vacation in Paradise.  No stranger to Mustique, this is said to be Will and Kate’s seven trip to the island, they were there as resent as last year. Mustique is seen as a Middleton tradition for a number of years  now.

Mustique is known for its famour names who frequent the islands, some such names that Migger Jaggar, Amy Winehouse and Bill Gates

 

Cane End youth gunned down

The late Curtis 'Lyndon' Browne

Last Friday evening, the normally very quiet village of Cane End, Marriaqua, was the scene of much activities, following a bout of gunshots that rang out and could be held for miles.
Villages recorded hearing about 7 gunshots, following was the discovery of the lifeless born of Curtis ‘Lyndon’ Browne lying on the streets about 50 ft from his home.
Reports are that Lyndon was awaiting a friend, when a white car approached and a hail of  shots rang out from the vehicle.

He was said to be shot at least 3 times about his body. The Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force apparently identify the shells of 8 spent bullets.
For this family its yet another difficult period, in December, Last year, Lindon’s younger brother Shanroy Browne, 18, along with three other youths from the area who were held on remanded at Her Majesty’s Prison after appearing at the Serious Offences Court.
This in connection with the murder of Lisbon Lavia of Sandy Bay.
Lavia, 20, died after receiving multiple stab and chop wounds about his body on December 19, at Heritage Square. It is alleged that a fight broke out between Lavia and a group of men, which resulted in his death.
The brother is still in custody.

 

Vincy Stalwart/ Proprietor passes in NY

 The Vincentian community in Brooklyn, NY, is still in a state of shock over the passing of one of it stalwart business man.
Douglas Ancil Clouden Sr better known as “Nick”  proprietor of Vincy Bakery- St Vincent Bakery on Nostrand Ave, New York, USA died on Sunday 3rd July after been admitted to Downstate Hospital on the previous Thursday 30th June.
For many it is still a surprise, as Nick seem to be in the pink of health, up to hours, prior to being admitted.
Daughter Kerline “Tina’ Clouden, said that Thursday morning began as usual with breakfast and him leaving home as normal.
She said later she received a call from her dad saying “Your daddy don’t feel well”. That was to be one of the last conversations she had with him.
After taking him to the emergency room and he was admitted, his condition worsen.
“He was full of life, everyone loved him, he always joking around and he love helping people.”
“It took a lot to get my dad angry he was always in a joyful mood,” Tina said of her dad.
While Nick was loved and cherished by many, there is one among them, who notable is mourning the loss of someone who was “truely like a brother”. Dave Rodriguez has been at the establishment owned by Nick since 1992, but his friendship with Nick span over three decades.Dave has been a fixture at the Bakery since it was Authur’s Bakery back in the 80’s and he was still residing in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Dave who could be described as the Manager and all other positions, recalled his last conversation with Nick on Thursday, “he left me here saying he going to Queens,” Later it was his daughter who called me to tell me he was in the emergency room.
“He seemed ok, he was complaining or crying for any pain, He was the normal, he looked as if something was wrong.’
” I never got to speak to him again, that’s the difficult part. We saw each other every day and spoke often. I really miss him,” Dave who many is morning silently, lamented sadly.
Dave share the sentiments of daughter Tina, “Nick was always a cool, sincere person, he never turn anyone away. We have the same kind of attitude I guess that why we connect so, Dave speak of the bond they shared.
Nick was a former student of the Emmanuel High School in SVG. He migrated to the USA in 1966, to study Air-Condition and Engineering. A former employee with Pacific Ball (now known as Verizon), Nick retired in November 2010, after over 35 years of service.
In 1982, along with his nephew Arthur’s he branched off into the business field when they opened the Bakery.
An ace cricketer, he was one of the founding member of the Cavalier’s Sport Club, and served as Captain for several years.
The Father of twelve was laid to rest last Friday after a service at the St Marks United Methodist Church on Beverly Road where Pastor Glyger Beache and Deputy Consul General and Pastor Edson Augustus presided.
The Deputy also read a message from the consulate.
Vincy Bakery/St Vincent Bakery does not only provide persons with delicacies, and Vincy Newspapers, it serves as a hub for much Vincy and Caribbean discussion and debates on sports, politics and many others
 

Calypso Crown heading to North Windward

Maxwell "Tajoe' Francis

Primary school teacher and folklorist, Maxwell “ Tajoe “ Francis,  who hails from the most northern part of mainland St Vincent is now wearing the Calypso Monarch title with much pride.

Last Sunday night,’ Tajoe’, well delivered and emotional rendition of ‘Memoirs of an addict’ in the first round, left many persons feeling that he took that round and was the clear leader going into round two.
The rendition of his other song, which like the first was written by him, ‘Tell me if I’m wrong’ had patrons at Victoria Park in loud applause.
 At the end of the night it was clear that ‘Tajo’ was not only the people’s choice, but the judges as well, as they placed the Fancy resident in position number one.
A one time dub artiste, ‘Tajoe’ in an interview following his win said he “fell in love with Calypso after attending a tent show at Lyric.”
Known for his zeal and drive with youngsters in the Junior calypso and Soca competitions, ‘Tajoe’, has now created was he claimed is “history as the Monarch is going above the Dry River for the first time”.
“It’s a joy for me, I am doing this for the people North of the river as I represent my people and people over the Dry River (Rabacca River),” Tajo expressed.
Tajoe, who sings with the Graduates tent spoke of how difficult it was for him to travel to Kingstown for Practise on a regular basic. His persistence has however paid off, as he now wear the 2011 Calypso monarch title.
Seen as another virtual newcomer to the Senior Calypso scene Shernelle ‘Skarpyon’ Williams, came in the Second spot. While the name Skarpyon is not a new one to the entertainment scene, calypso has not been his scene for quite a while. And,  surely not the senior competition. It was his first feat in the finals.
Skarpyon delivery of ‘Pan Dreams’ and ‘”What we have’, were that of a very seasoned Calypsonian, and it was this kind of classy performance that placed him in position number two behind ‘Tajoe’
Former Monarch, Bridgette ‘Joy-C’ Creese, had to settle for third place, after been outsang by ‘Tajo’ and ‘Skarpyon’.Another female Aurella “Queen B’ Beache, took the fourth position, its the first time that ‘Queen B, was in the Calypso finals.
 

Order of appearance for Calypso Monarch

This is the order of appearance for tonight’s show, Elvis ‘Abijah’ Abbey, Javelle ‘Lady Diamond’ Frank, Shernelle ‘Skarpyon’ Williams, Aurella ‘Queen B’ Beache, Joy-C, Glenroy ‘Sulle’ Caesar, Kingsley ‘Hero’ Roberts, Michael ‘Lord Have Mercy’ Ollivierre, Elliot ‘Mystery’ Shallow, Carlos ‘Rejector’ Providence and Maxwell ‘Tajo’ Francis.

 

Vincy Mas in high gear

VIncy Mas 2011 intensifies as the count down continue to the grand finally in two days time.

Tomorrow Monday 4th July begins with J’Ouvert beginning at 4;ooam. This will continue with Monday evening street jump up from 4;oopm. Monday street party features the t-shirts bands, some of the bands are Lime, Mustique Company, Foreign Base 1 and 2, Building and Loan GHS, Fun Time Promotions and the CDC NLA Band.
The Curtains comes down on Tuesday July 5th, with Mardi Gras at the Victoria Park from 10 a.m. with steel band music.Some 13  bands Guinness/Y De Lima/Hitz FM 103.7 Blonde Bird & Friends, KFC Heineken Dragons, SVG General Services Players International, Digicel / Hitz FM 103.7 Nelson Bloc, Mirage Productions, Owen Ralph and the Professionals, Beautex International, Sting Power-Searchlight Tribes Carnival Band, Imagination, Ahdrenalin Mas, Melbourne Artisans, Xtreme Fanatics and Aunt Jobe’s Market/ Metrocint General Insurance Co Ltd High Voltage Mas Band, are set to cross the stage at Victoria Park, from about 11 a.m..
The 2011 Carnival celebrations end on Tuesday July 5th at 10 p.m.

 
 
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