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St Vincent and Grenadines: Former British Territory in the Caribbean
St Vincent and Grenadines is a beautiful island country in the Caribbean Sea and a former British Colony. The Islands were previously inhabited by Carib Indians and later on became a matter of contention between the British and French. Saint Vincent and grenadines were first discovered by Columbus in 1498. The British gained control of the island group in 1763 and ruled over it till 1979 when the island nation gained its independence. Many African and East Indian slaves were brought here to work on the sugarcane plantations and today they constitute the majority population. Saint Vincent and Grenadines also has few active volcanoes the most famous of which is Mount Soufriere that erupted in 1979 causing widespread economic havoc among the Vincentians.
St Vincent and Grenadines Facts and Figures:
The island group of St Vincent and grenadine enjoys a tropical climate that is humid and experience average temperatures between 18 and 31°C. Another unique aspect about St Vincent and Grenadines are its beaches. While St Vincent consists mostly of black sandy beaches, Grenadines has white sand beaches.
St Vincent and Grenadines Culture and Tradition:
St Vincent and Grenadines is multi-cultural country owing to cultural influences of the British, French, Caribs, Africans and Indians among others. The islanders love their music and dance, which is on full display during the annual carnivals consisting of fashion shows, street celebrations, soca music and calypso concerts. Boat building is also a traditional craft practised by the islanders particularly in Bequia where Bequia whaleboats are widely produced.
St Vincent and Grenadines Economy:
At one time St Vincent and Grenadines had a thriving economy mainly due to its large banana exports but after the phasing out of the preferential trading agreement by the EU for former European colonies the economy has had to weather few storms. Hence the government has decided to diversify the country’s economy and tap the considerable tourist potential. In spite of this banana exports make up for a third of the country’s income.
St Vincent and Grenadines Tourist Attractions:
St Vincent and Grenadines has a budding tourist scenario with beautiful waterfalls such as the Baleine Falls and Trinity Falls that are sure to bowl you out with their sheer beauty. You can also enjoy surfing and sun bathing on pristine sandy beaches such as the Viila Beach, Indian Bay Beach, Princess Margaret Beach and Richmond Beach. If you are in the mood for some sight seeing then make it a point to visit the St Vincent National Museum, Fort Charlotte, St George’s Anglican Cathedral and St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral.
Fortaleza (Brazil), June 19 (IANS) Brazil forward Hulk insists he is unaffected by jeers from the stands and has vowed to win over the hearts and minds of Brazilian supporters during the Confederations Cup.
St. John's (Antigua), June 18 (IANS/CMC) The president of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Dave Cameron has described a series of meetings he has been having with Caribbean prime ministers as "crucial" to the development of the sport in the region.
London, June 18 (ANI): Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly being urged to stay at his club for another 18 months before making a possible switch to his former side Manchester United, often touted as Ronaldo's last big move in football.
London, June 18 (ANI): Football legend David Beckham had reportedly been offered a trial as a kicker for an American football side.
London, June 17 (ANI): Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) has offered to buy Tottenham Hotspur winger Gareth Bale in a bid to lure Andre Villas-Boas to the French capital.
Pointe-à-Pitre (Guadeloupe), June 16 (IANS) From nature lovers to history buffs to those who wish to get away 'far from the madding crowd', picturesque Guadeloupe in the French Caribbean with a large Indian immigrant population has it all.
Brasilia, June 16 (IANS) Brazil striker Neymar has denied reports he is carrying an injury and declared himself certain to start in Brazil's Confederations Cup Group A match against Mexico Wednesday.
London, June 15 (ANI): Former England captain David Beckham has reportedly agreed on a charity deal to donate his whopping 3.4 million pound wages from Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) to French children's charity houses.
London, June 15 (ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney might accept Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic's plea to join him at PSG, where PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has also confessed that he is a fan of Rooney.
London, June 14 (ANI): A P1800S Volvo bought in 1966 is set to make a record by hitting three million miles of journey in autumn.
London, June 14 (ANI): Manchester United incoming manager David Moyes is reportedly hoping to lure Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo to the club as Ronaldo has denied claims that he had signed a new deal with Real and plans to play for them until 2018.
London, June 13 (ANI): Tamara Ecclestone, who was spotted at a London register office on Friday, celebrated her 12 million pound nuptials to Jay Rutland with a four-day French Riviera bash.
London, June 12 (ANI): Tottenham Hotspur is reportedly facing a fight to hold on to their manager Andre Villas-Boas after rich French side Paris Saint Germain has targeted him to replace Carlo Ancelotti.
Madrid, June 11 (IANS) Real Madrid confirmed the permanent signing of Brazilian midfielder Carlos Henrique (Casimiro) on a four-season deal on Monday.
London, June 11 (ANI): Future homes and workplaces are set to be transformed into complex food production systems becoming self-sufficient in meat, fish, vegetables and fruit, according to a research.
London, June 10 (ANI): Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG)'s captain Thiago Silva has reportedly called for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to join the club following the striker's stunning goal during the 2-2 draw in the Brazil-England game.
Rio de Janeiro, June 10 (IANS) Spain and Uruguay raise the Group B curtain at Recife's Arena Pernambuco Sunday in a fixture laden with European-based stars. The less-fancied Tahiti and Nigeria open their campaign the following day at Belo Horizonte's Mineirao.
Porto Alegre, June 10 (IANS) Brazil scored three second-half goals to warm up for the FIFA Confederations Cup with a 3-0 victory over France.
Madrid, June 9 (IANS) Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo is confident of signing a new deal with the Spanish football club.
London, June 9 (ANI): Tottenham Hotspur coach Tim Sherwood has insisted that he is 'one million per cent' confident that Gareth Bale will stay on at the club this summer.
BJP has reiterated the misusing by Congress for misusing of CBI and said that the closure of a disproportionate assets case against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's former personal secretary Vincent George has proved is once again
Porto Alegre (Brazil), June 8 (IANS) Brazil captain Thiago Silva is in doubt for Sunday's international friendly against France here due to injury.
Panaji, June 8 (IANS) The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Friday said the closure of a disproportionate assets case against Congress president Sonia Gandhi's former personal secretary Vincent George has proved that the CBI is being used as a political tool.
Washington, June 7 (ANI): Golf's world No. 1 Tiger Woods has reclaimed his position as the world's highest-earning athlete, according to Forbes, along with climbing back to the top of golf's rankings in the last 12 months.
Los Angeles, June 6 (IANS) Hollywood actor Brad Pitt has gifted his actress-girlfriend Angelina Jolie 3,000 pounds worth of slinky underwears for her birthday.
London, June 6 (ANI): Brad Pitt has bought his fiance Angelina Jolie 3,000 pounds worth of knickers and bras from Agent Provocateur for her 38th birthday.
London, June 5 (ANI): Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has insisted that he does not want to convert to being a midfielder and intends to play as a centre-forward if he is stay on at Old Trafford.
Johannesburg, June 4 (ANI): New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum has expressed his happiness at his side's win in the just concluded one-day series against England, saying that his team has shown 'how good they can be'.
London, June 4 (ANI): Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that he may be making a sensational summer swoop for wantaway Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney, who is said to be unsettled at the Old Trafford and had also handed a transfer request.
Rio de Janeiro, June 3 (IANS) Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari ruled out any major changes in his team to face France June 9, despite an unconvincing 2-2 draw against England at the refurbished Maracana Stadium.
Rio de Janeiro, June 3 (IANS) Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari ruled out any major changes in his team to face France June 9, despite an unconvincing 2-2 draw against England at the refurbished Maracana Stadium.
Rio de Janeiro, June 3 (IANS) A sublime 83rd-minute volley from Paulinho earned Brazil a 2-2 draw against England in the first match at the revamped Maracana stadium.
London, June 3 (ANI): Former Manchester United keeper Edwin Van der Sar has insisted Wayne Rooney should stay with the football club.
London, Jun 2 (ANI): Manchester United captain Vincent Kompany has said that he expects more teams to challenge the Premier League champions for the top position, despite only arch rivals Manchester City being United's challengers last season.
London, June 2 (IANS) Fashion designer Victoria Beckham reportedly misses Los Angeles and would like to shift there.
London, June 2 (ANI): David Beckham might move back to Los Angeles with his family, now he has retired from playing football.
Madrid, May 30 (IANS) Real Madrid president Florentino Perez Thursday insisted that his club had not made an offer for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) coach Carlo Ancelotti to replace Jose Mourinho.
London, May 30 (IANS/EFE) An haute couture collection belonging to British journalist and fashionista Suzy Menkes will be sold off in an online auction in July by Christie's, the London-based auction house said.
London, Amy 29 (ANI): Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has said he wants to make Cristiano Ronaldo the 'best-paid player in the world' in a bid to keep him at the club.
Panaji, May 29 (IANS) The "indecently" dressed visitors to the 16th century Basilica of Bom Jesus in Goa, a must-do on most tourists' itineraries, will now be offered shawls to cover themselves up before they enter the shrine, a priest said Wednesday.
Madrid, May 29 (IANS) Former Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho signed a contract to join big-spending French side AS Monaco.
Panaji, May 28 (IANS) The Congress Tuesday accused Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of cozying up to the offshore casino lobby, particularly to the Delta Corporation Ltd (DCL) chief Jaydev Mody, whose new casino vessel M.V. Horseshoe has triggered controversy.
London, May 26 (ANI): Real Madrid's president Florentino Perez is reportedly set to bring in Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) manager Carlo Ancelotti as the eventual successor of Jose Mourinho and intends to lure Manchester United's striker Wayne Rooney at 25 million pounds, although he does not wish to swap Real's forward Cristiano Ronaldo for Rooney.
London, May 25 (ANI): Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to break through the club's wage structure to bring in a stellar signing like Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.
Paris, May 24 (IANS) French coach Didier Deschamps picked Lyon's striker Alexandre Lacazette to replace Jeremy Menez from Paris Saint-Germain for friendly matches against Uruguay and Brazil.
London, May 23 (ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is reportedly being eyed by Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) for a whopping 100 million dollar deal.
Rio de Janeiro, May 22 (IANS) Brazilian striker Neymar has agreed in principle to join Barcelona, July 1.
London, May 22 (ANI): Football star David Beckham's eldest son Brooklyn Beckham is reportedly training with Queens Park Rangers (QPR) following David's retirement.
Madrid, May 21 (IANS) Jose Mourinho's three-year term as coach of Spanish football giants Real Madrid will end June 30.
London, May 21 (ANI): Barcelona are ready to make a 20 million-pound move for Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany.
London, May 20 (ANI): Football ace David Beckham is facing difficulties coming to terms with his retirement from the sport.
Madrid, May 20 (IANS) The departure of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho appeared to move a step closer when Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) coach Carlo Ancelotti confirmed he had asked to leave the French champions.
London, May 19 (ANI): Chelsea has reportedly refused to bow down to Manchester United's public claim that wantaway strker Wayne Rooney will not be sold by asking United to name their price for the troubled star.
London, May 18 (ANI): Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has been warned by Paris Saint Germain boss Carlo Ancelotti that he may also be sacked by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich if he returns to the club.
Washington, May 17 (ANI): It was only a few months ago that David Beckham had decided to join Paris Saint-Germain, and now he has already decided to retire.
London, May 17 (ANI): Football legend David Beckham is reportedly planning to buy his own club after pulling the curtain on his glittering playing career.
Rio de Janeiro, May 16 (IANS) Ronaldinho has refused to concede his 2014 World Cup dream and vowed to convince coach Luiz Felipe Scolari he is worthy of a recall to Brazil's national team.
Rio de Janeiro, May 15 (IANS) Former FIFA World Player of the Year winners Ronaldinho and Kaka have been left out of Brazil's squad for next month's Confederations Cup.
London, May 15 (ANI): With his time at Manchester United seeming to be coming to a close, striker Wayne Rooney is now facing a problem over his list of potential destinations after German club Bayern Munich dismissed speculations of the player coming to the their side.
London, May 15 (ANI): In a surprise revelation, retiring Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson may have reportedly approached Paris Saint Germain manager Carlo Ancelotti instead of outgoing Everton boss David Moyes to succeed him at Old Trafford.
London, May 14 (ANI): Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) club president Nasser al Khelaifi has rebuffed Real Madrid's approach to take manager Carlo Ancelotti to Santiago Bernabeu.
The Spice Boyz, crowned Windward Islands' football champions last month, climbed 20 spots to 121 in the global rankings and 16 in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF).
St. Lucia, a tiny island nation of 176,000 people in the eastern Caribbean, held its first Indian Arrival Day programme to commemorate the arrival of the first group of Indian indentured workers over a century and a half ago.
Paris, May 14 (IANS) Newly crowned French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-German (PSG) cancelled a championship celebrations with players on cruise on the Seine river scheduled Monday evening after clashes between fans and police escalated at the crowded Trocadero Plaza.
London, May 13 (ANI): Football star David Beckham has become the first Englishman to win league medals in four different countries.
London, May 13 (ANI): London, May 13 (ANI): Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has asked striker Wayne Rooney to reconsider his transfer request, as he believes Rooney should not be fearful about being axed under the regime of new manager David Moyes.
Rio de Janeiro, May 13 (IANS) Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari will Tuesday announce a 23-man squad for next month's FIFA Confederations Cup.
London, May 9 (ANI): The news of Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson's announced retirement has given rise to a fleet of tributes from footballers, with David Beckham leading the trail by declaring him as a 'father figure'.
New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) Italian luxury brand Ermenegildo Zegna is all set to expand themselves in the African market with their store in Lagos, Nigeria. They currently retails from Egypt and Morocco.
Washington, May 8 (ANI): Aerobic exercise influences the way our bodies break down estrogens to produce more of the 'good' metabolites that lower breast cancer risk, according to a new research.
Paris, May 8 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo and captain Thiago Silva were suspended by the French football league's disciplinary committee.
London, May 5 (ANI): Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly admitted that he will be prepared to make a sensational return to his former club Manchester United.
London, May 5 (ANI): South Carolina Democratic Chairman Dick Harpootlian has defended controversial comments he made about Governor Nikki Haley.
Singapore, May 4 (IANS) A 22-year-old Indian-origin student has been sentenced to 22 months in jail by a Singapore court for a series of cheating and forgery cases.
Madrid, May 3 (IANS) The Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will pass down its sentence on the future of Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho when his side entertains Valladolid Saturday evening.
London, May 3 (ANI): The Beckham family is looking for a permanent UK home in West London.
London, May 2 (ANI): Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has been reportedly told by Chelsea authorities that he will have to accept working under the club's technical director Michael Emenalo on his return to the Stamford Bridge club.
Amsterdam, May 2 (IANS/EFE) A new exhibition at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum gives visitors an opportunity to learn the secrets of Dutch master Vincent van Gogh (1853-90).
London, May 1(ANI): David Beckham has splashed out 70,000 pounds on a classic Porsche car - because it looks like one driven by his idol, Steve McQueen.
London, May 1 (ANI): French football legend Zinedine Zidane has warned Tottenham Hotspur that they cannot stop Real Madrid from opening the bidding for Gareth Bale this summer even if they slap a giant 60 million-pound price tag on him.
London, April 29 (ANI): Victoria Beckham has revealed that she likes to create dresses for her fashion line in the nude.
London, Apr 28 (ANI): Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has topped the list of rich footballers in the UK, with a personal fortune of 51million pounds, according to a sportsmen' rich list.
Los Angeles, April 26 (IANS) Hollywood actor Vincent Kartheiser said he had no idea who actress Alexis Bledel was when they first met.
London, Apr.26 (ANI): Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina has said that the striker Luis Suarez is being singled out and has become a victim of his own reputation following his 'biting shame.'
London, Apr.25 (ANI): Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is reportedly looking forward to luring Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho by offering him the services of star Altetico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao.
Rome, April 25 (IANS) Paris Saint-Germain sporting director Leonardo has claimed that Uruguayan striker Edinson Cavani is not a transfer target of the French football club.
St. John's (Antigua), April 25 (IANS/CMC) The Sri Lanka A team will tour the Caribbean in June to play a series of matches against the West Indies A in all formats, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) announced.
Madrid, April 22 (IANS) FC Barcelona face perhaps their biggest test of the season Tuesday night when they play the first leg of their Champions League football semifinal away to German powerhouses Bayern Munich.
London, Apr 21 (ANI): Tottenham Hotspur has raised the stakes for the clubs wishing to buy star Gareth Bale, with prices ranging from 65 million pounds to a whopping 100 million pounds, according to various English media reports.
Paris, April 20 (IANS) Lyon moved to second position in French Ligue 1 standings with a 2-1 win over Montpellier.
Madrid, April 20 (IANS) Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho used his press conference to explain the root of the latest story about his future.
Johannesburg, Apr 20 (ANI): Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has rejected speculations linking striker Wayne Rooney with a move to French league leaders Paris Saint-Germain, and has expressed his confidence that Rooney will be staying on at the club.
Madrid, April 19 (IANS) FC Barcelona defender Eric Abidal explained that he is still unsure about his future at the football club.
London, Apr 19 (ANI): Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney is reportedly asking boss Sir Alex Ferguson for a new big-cash contract as a proof that he has a future in Old Trafford.
Madrid, April 18 (IANS) FC Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has made a passionate defence of his side's passing style of football as they prepare for the run-in to the end of the season.
London, Apr 17 (ANI): Real Madrid head coach Jose Mourinho has reportedly received an offer from mega-rich French club Monaco which will make him the highest-paid football manager in the world.
London, Apr.17 (ANI): Footballer David Beckham will donate a part of his Paris-Saint-Germain (PSG) club salary to Paris's largest children's hospital.
London, Apr.16 (ANI): Manchester United's player Wayne Rooney is likely to join Paris-Saint Germain (PSG), claimed a former PSG official.
Paris, April 14 (IANS) Paris Saint Germain extended their lead to ten points at the top of French football league standings with a 1-0 win over Troyes here.
Madrid, April 14 (IANS) FC Barcelona will take a much depleted squad to face struggling Zaragoza in the La Romareda Stadium.