PM Gonsalves to address UK Vincentians

12 04 2011

Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonsalves

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves will be addressing the Vincentian Diaspora at a public meeting set to take place in High Wycombe.

On Wednesday, April 27, the Prime Minister will be the feature speaker at the event, which will be hosted by the High Commission for St. Vincent and the Grenadines in association with the Wycombe Multi-Cultural Association.

The venue is Bucks New University, High Wycombe Campus (The Gateway Building, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire HP11 2JZ).

Limited car parking is available on the campus. Visitors are asked to pull into a temporary 20 minute parking bay then proceed to reception to pay £2 for a parking permit. Escorts will then direct visitors to where they may park for the duration of the meeting.

The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm with light refreshments being served. For more information please call 020 7460 1256.

The Prime Minister will also be attending the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday, April 29. His wife, Eloise, will accompany him.

Gonsalves is one of over 300 government officials who will attend the nuptials, scheduled to take place at Westminster Abbey.


‘Meet a Vincy’: focus on Michelle James

3 04 2011

Michelle James, featured for her academic excellence.

Last month’s The Vincy, the official newsletter of the High Commision for St. Vincent & the Grenadines, featured Michelle James – currently practising at the Royal Free Trust as a biomedical scientist (BMS) in histopathology.

Born in the UK but raised in SVG, Michelle returned to the UK in 1993 to further her tertiary education. She holds a BSc (hons) sandwich degree in Biomedical Sciences, and a MSc in Cellular Pathology. Read the rest of this entry »

Minister Slater addresses London meeting

3 04 2011

Hon. Dr Slater's London meeting was well-attended.

At the London meeting, addressed by Hon. Dr Douglas Slater on March 18, the most pressing concern for those in attendance was that of the international airport currently being built at Argyle on mainland St. Vincent. Its projected date of completion was pushed back to 2013.

Dr Slater extolled the benefits of having an international airport – for those living locally, as well as Vincentians in the Diaspora.

“Just imagine when you’re travelling home, you can cut out that part – from Barbados to St. Vincent… that is more money in your pocket!”

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Nothing like some Fryktion to heat things up!

10 03 2011

Ramon 'Fryktion' McDowall - on the rise.

Cast your minds back to 2009. Summer. For those of you with your finger on the pulse of Vincy soca, you’ll remember that the refrain ‘your woman butting me!’ was beating down the airwaves of SVG’s radio stations. You will also remember that when the song was first released, not even the most ardent Becket fans could tell that this was the work of a ‘sound-alike’ – Ramon ‘Fryktion’ McDowall.

The self-taught musician, who is making a name for himself in the soca realm, took a little time out of his busy schedule to chat with Hairouna ATS.

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Farewell, BBC Caribbean!

8 03 2011

If you’re a fan of the BBC’s (British Broadcasting Corporation) Caribbean news coverage service, then you have most likely heard of its impending demise.

However, did you know that BBC Caribbean’s last broadcast will be made on March 25, 2011? There will be a special regional one-hour call-in programme on Thursday, March 24 looking at the future of pan-Caribbean news and current affairs.

Dianne Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington, had this to say about the closure when it was first announced:

The BBC World Service is one of the most reputable radio services in the World and the Caribbean service in particular is incredibly popular in that region.
It is clear to see that this will be a big loss for the BBC and Britain as a whole. People will lose out culturally, the BBC’s reputation in the world will be sorely diminished, audiences will fall dramatically and most importantly people will be denied a service that is simply not available to them locally. BBC staff have been rocked by today’s news and rightly so, as despite the £42m saving to be made they realise that in the long run the cost of running the service is far outweighed by its benefits. The Government simply must change its mind on this issue.

The service will be sorely missed by many!

Hear ye, hear ye!

6 03 2011

For Vincentians living in the UK, have a gander at these upcoming issues and events… they may very well be of interest to you! Anyone with details of other events, please email me ( with the relevant information. Thanks!

Increase to UK Immigration and Nationality Application Fees
Changes to immigration regulations (including fees) will take place in April this year.  On February 28, 2011, Immigration Minister Damian Green issued a written ministerial statement that proposes to increase immigration and nationality application fees for all those applying to study, visit, work or stay in the UK.

The new proposed fees will be laid in Parliament in two separate regulations. These fees will not come into force until they have been debated and approved in Parliament, but are due to take effect from 6 April 2011. Read the rest of this entry »

Government Minister to address London meeting

5 03 2011

Dr. Douglas Slater being sworn in after the 2010 General Elections

Vincentians living in London (UK) will have the opportunity to meet with and pose their questions to a representative of the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, in just under two weeks time.

Dr. Douglas Slater, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and Consumer Affairs, will be the guest speaker at a public meeting scheduled to take place at the High Commission for St. Vincent and the Grenadines on Friday, March 18.

Dr. Slater will deliver his address then respond to any concerns raised by those who attend the meeting.

Also currently serving as a senator (Unity Labour Party), the minister holds a medical degree from the University of Havana (Cuba), and a Master’s degree in Public Health Administration from the University of the West Indies, Mona campus (Jamaica).

He has worked in the medical field in Guyana, Jamaica and SVG. From 1994 to 1998, Dr Slater filled the post of director of Primary Health Care Service in SVG.

Before the 2010 elections, he held the post of Minister of Health and the Environment.

Click here for more information about the event, and directions on how to get there.