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Of Ramen, Boxers and Infection: Is Ralph Gonsalves sick?

Oh what a sad day in St. Vincent and the Grenadines! Our esteemed prime minister has been reduced to a joke. how can a man in his position allow himself to be having phone sex with an adolescent female?

Is this the same Ralph who is often portrayed as larger than life? Is this the same leader with greatest reputation in the Caribbean? Is this the same gentleman, arguably the most intelligent head of government in the Western Hemisphere?

Spin it however you may wish, the voice on those tapes belongs to none other than Dr Hon Ralph E Gonsalves the current prime minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Here he is discussing Ramen, boxers, and infections; here he is making me puke!

E A Ballantyne

A buller-man speaks out! “St. Vincent is homophobic!”: Floyd Prince

Floyd Prince

Yes St. Vincent is homophobic!

While I was in high school in St. Vincent, I spent most of my daily breaks at the back of the school so that I would not be harassed or fight with other students. I had former students come on to the campus to beat me, and the teacher; who is now a member of one of the leading political party turned a blind eye.

When I was in the 10/11 grade (form 4-5) I was called into the deputy head master’s office, and he offered to transfer me to another school, because according to him there were rumors that I was gay.

Growing up as a sexually ambivalent young man, as many young people are; was HELL. Because of my experience in St. Vincent, I was diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many gay/bisexual men from the Caribbean get married to women, even when they know they would rather be with a man, and even when they are no longer in that environment.

I know for sure that Augustas is gay. Augustas was one of the first men I had sex with. When I moved to Miami in 1990-1991, he introduced me to the gay scene in Miami. He also reintroduced me to the scene when I returned to Miami in 1998.

During my only visit back to St. Vincent in 2011, his brother told me the details about what happened to him. The story his brother told me served as a cautionary tale to me. It reminded me of why I may not be able to live in my homeland again. Augustas’ experience buttress the stories about countless number of people I grew up with who had been killed in St. Vincent, and YES because of their sexuality.

Homosexuality in St. Vincent is a complex issue. The New York Village Voice did a piece either in the late 1990′s or early 2000′s, that captures the Caribbean gay experience like nothing I have ever seen. They researched and explained the effects of growing up gay or questioning in the Caribbean.

Floyd Prince, Los Angeles California

Does 2-Cool Chris pay his taxes?

Christopher “2 Cool Chris” Jones

Every morning the good people of this country are entertained by a blabber mouth DJ that goes by the sobriquet “2 Cool Chris.  He has no regard for our prime minister; he has a bone in his craw for the CDC; he shows no respect for the police; he beats up on government ministers. Indeed, Chris appears to bent on talking critical crap against a hard-working government just to ensure that his show sustains it ratings and he maintains his popularity and marketability. It is all about money for Christopher Jones!

Chris makes a lot of money. He is paid the highest salary at Hott 97 and this, we understand, is a substantial sum. Chris gets a DJ gig every weekend and public holiday locally, regionally and even internationally. He promotes all kind of shows all over the place. In fact a conservative estimate of Chris’s annual income might well be over $100,000.  But, how much of this does he pay in taxes?

This is a man who makes demands on the government EVERY day. Fix the road; fix hospital; build stadium; raise salary; build back wall; hire more police; hire more teachers. He goes on and on and on! But does he pay a single cent in taxes? Does he pay his fair share?

Come on 2 Cool, tell your ardent listeners how much taxes you pay!

Amor Rodney

Did Arnhim Eustace “pocket” government money?

Arnhim Eustace, Leader of the Opposition in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has been accused of pocketing monies allocated by the Government to finance the operations of the Office of Leader of the Opposition. This accusation came from a poster on Facebook who goes by the name Caddy King. It came in response to a status update posted by prominent journalist Kenton X. Chance.

Chance posted a story on his I-Witness News page with the following opening lines:

PM Gonsalves says that opposition MP Nigel Stephenson skipped out the Office of the Leader of the Opposition when he detailed on radio last week the amount of money owed to telecommunication provider LIME by the various gov’t dept. Gonsalves said the Office of the Leader of the Opposition owed just over EC$1,133.08. LIME last week cut telephone services to ‘a significant’ number of gov’t dept. for non-payment of bills.

This evoked a number of responses in a thread that immediately followed. Among the responses a person  known as Caddy King charged that Eustace pocketed money assigned to his office. His comment is as follows:

Amory Lashley, A drop in the bucket eh? I guess all the other monies he received for a research officer and the like that he pocketed and all the other opposition members who owe the Government thousands all those are a drop in the bucket too eh? The Prime Minister has an entire country to run, so, don’t be so hypocritical! GIVE JACK HIS JACKET! WHY DON’T YOU. (our emphasis).

This indeed a serious charge against Mr Eustace. Does Mr King’s comment reflect the view held by the Government? Is Mr Eustace prepared to respond to this charge?

2 Cool Chris: The Most Outstanding Media Personality in SVG for 2011

2 Cool Chris,

2 Cool Chris,

Vinci Kallaloo is no fan of 2 Cool Chris. However, we must admit that he has dominated the airwaves over the past 12 months. Long before the results of the most recent media survey were published, everyone knew that 2 Cool Chris was miles ahead of every other media personality in the market. Thus, although we do so grudgingly, Vinci Kallaloo has named 2 Cool Chris the Most Outstanding Media Personality in SVG for 2011.

On any given week-day morning, one could hear 2 Cool’s voice blaring out from, homes, businesses, offices, vans and cars. Everyone listens to Chris. For many, he is their only source of news, information, insight and analysis about the burning issues of the day. Chris delights his listeners with his tendency to take on ANYONE, particularly those in power.

There are a few other contenders for the accolade bestowed on Chris. They include pretenders like Dr Fugi, Donnie Collins, Ernesto Cooke and Sehon Marshall. However, these guys lack the flair, flamboyance, dynamism and intelligence of a 2 Cool Chris.

For his distinguished work on morning radio, Vinci Kallaloo votes 2 Cool Chris the Most Outstanding Media Personality in SVG for 2011.

Hon Maxwell Charles: The Worst Politician in SVG for 2011

Hon Maxwell Charles

Hon Maxwell Charles

Maxwell Charles is reportedly a decent man. He does not have the makings of a politician by any stretch of the imagination. After a year in government, Charles’s performance has earned him Vinci Kallaloo’s award as the worst politician in St. Vincent and the Grenadines for 2011.

Charles was charged with responsibility for National Reconciliation, the Public Service, Labour, Information and Ecclesiastical Affairs. His approach to date can best be described as laid back and downright lazy. Charles has made NO impact in any of his portfolios, especially that of National Reconciliation.

At the constituency level, Charles is clearly out of his depths. Although he visits the areas on a regular basis, the people are sorely disappointed. To date, he has done nothing to address their needs, problems and concerns. Indeed, some elements in the ULP have already begun actively seeking a replacement for Charles.

Hon Maxwell Charles has disappointed his party, his constituents and his country. For that, he is the worst politician in SVG for 2011.

Vinci Kallaloo wishes all a Happy New Year!

The Editor, Writers and Contributors of Vinci Kallaloo extend best wishes to all our subscribers, followers and readers.

We thank you very much for your support during the 2011. With over 100,000 visitors in the past 10 months, you have made this site the most popular of its kind.

We look forward to presenting you with more interesting articles in 2012. And, we look forward to your continued support throughout the year.

Happy New Year! May all your endeavours meet with success.

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