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            [post_content] => The relatives of a Barbadian married couple have confirmed that they have found the husband and wife who left St. Lucia over the weekend heading for Barbados on board their 47 foot yacht, Serenity.

Family members said  63-year-old Arthur Alleyne also known as ‘Captain Sam’, the former captain of celebrity ship, Brigg Unicorn, and his 59-year-old wife, Sharon Went-Alleyne have since returned to St. Lucia from their voyage.

Marine authorities of St. Lucia along with counterparts in Martinique, and Barbados devised a search party to go in search of the couple.

The couple's daughter, Tao Alleyene, told the media that she was informed of her parents' return by a family friend and spoke to her father.

“He told me that he unfortunately lost signal half way through, but he told me that both he and my mother were fine, except that they are dehydrated and hungry.”

She also said that her father said that the yacht was drifting during their journey. It is still unclear if they returned to Barbados with the help of the rescue team.

Alleyne is a sailor and boat captain with over 40 years of experience. He is also remembered for captaining the Brigg Unicorn which was used in the filming of all the three "Pirates of the Caribbean" as well as the series "Roots".
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Barbadian Couple Returns Home After Being Lost At Sea For Five Days

October 31, 2014
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The relatives of a Barbadian married couple have confirmed that they have found the husband and wife who left St. Lucia over the weekend heading for Barbados on board their 47 foot...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => An inquest has been done after a Royal Navy veteran died from drinking a mouthful of a pear drink that was exported from the Caribbean containing cocaine in a concentration at least 20 times the lethal amount.

The 33-year-old originating from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, became ill after sipping the drink which he later spat out because of its bitter taste.

Last year on the 5th of December Joromie Lewis of Gosport, Hampshire was working at a food import company when he consumed the drink. He collapsed seconds later and was rushed to the Southampton General Hospital where he died the same night.

The inquest, in Winchester, heard that the drink imported from the Caribbean by Kelly's Shipping Ltd called Pear D contained an "overwhelmingly high" concentration of cocaine.

“Joromie worked for a company which imported food and drink from the Caribbean and distributed them in this country. He was a driver and general assistant working mainly on a part-time basis,” the coroner for Central Hampshire, Graham Short said.

“He took only one mouthful, and he felt it tasted bitter and spat it out. After this, he started to feel unwell and he was taken to hospital by his friends. He died later the same day at Southampton General Hospital. Tests of the contents of the bottle showed it had a very high concentration of the drug cocaine in solution,” Short added.

Home office pathologist, Dr. Basil Purdue said that the bottle was imported along with 90 cases into the country. It was tested for dissolved cocaine - a smuggling method for the drug.

He also conveyed that Mr. Lewis was a healthy man whose medical history only included a problem with his back which had led to him being discharged from the Navy in 2012.
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Navy Veteran Dies From Consuming Caribbean Imported Cocaine-Laced Drink

October 30, 2014
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            [post_content] => St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Brazil announced that they have signed an agreement to allow nationals to move from one country to the other without requiring a visa, starting in mid-November.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Camillo Gonsalves informed legislators that nationals from both countries will be able to visit each other for up to 90 days, and will also be able to visit for 180 upon upgrading.

“Of course, this is for tourism purposes. If you are going as a student, or if you are going to work, there are still requirements that you will have to fulfil,” Mr. Gonsalves explained.

He described Brazil as a mecca for football fans and as a carnival capital.

“But, in addition to soccer and samba, there is quite a bit more to Brazil that is of interest to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and of interest to the world,” Gonsalves said, expounding that Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world, both in terms of size and population.

He also added that the country has one of the largest populations of people of African descent in the world, with 200 million citizens.

“It is a top 10 economy; Brazil is ranked seventh in the world — its economy, and has a GDP of two and a half trillion US dollars and it is one of what they calls the BRICS — Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa — the largest and most influential emerging economies,” he stated.

Mr. Gonsalves also elaborated that the Vincentians will also have the opportunity to visit the 2016 Olympic Games hosting country with no hassle when the time comes, as they will not be required to have a visa.

Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves was also said to show agreements with the Foreign Affairs Minister's initiative by repeatedly enunciating the “Africa, Brazil and the Caribbean (ABC) policy”, which suggests that the closest link between the Caribbean and West Africa is Brazil.

“And he has said repeatedly that we have to try to forge strong links of transportation, of culture, of communication, not only with the hundred-plus million members of the African diaspora who live in Brazil, but, of course, the entire continent of Africa. And, the logical place, is not for us to go north to come south to Africa, but to go south to Brazil and then simply then go across east to visit the motherland,” Sen. Gonsalves added. “With the waiver of visas, that is another step in the forging and strengthening of this ABC connection.”

Since the recent agreement with Brazil, the number of non-CARICOM countries that nationals of the St. Vincent & Grenadines has formal reciprocal visa waivers for non-diplomatic passports has increased to 40. There are also plans to negotiate with the Schengen zone of Europe, which comprises 26 countries, to add to their list.

“And we hope very soon to complete negotiations in that regard, so that we won’t need visas to visit Europe,” he concluded.
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St. Vincent Signs 'Visa-Free' Travel Agreement With Brazil

October 29, 2014
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St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Brazil announced that they have signed an agreement to allow nationals to move from one country to the other without requiring a visa, starting i...Continue reading