Showing posts with label Grenadines. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Grenadines. Show all posts

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Official HAPPY St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Wonderful video! It does an excellent job of capturing the beautiful diversity of nature, culture and people in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Hurricane Isaac and more

Good afternoon,

Being a superstitious sailor in the Grenadines I was reluctant to post anything on Isaac so far.
He has been a bit of a troublesome storm to predict (what's in a name, right?) and still is.
Here in the Grenadines we had LOADS of rain and some very gusty winds from all directions.
To my knowledge only a few boats hit each other caused by shifting winds, some dragged anchor, but the only very unfortunate thing that happened was the ship that managed to get himself stranded east, yes east, of West Cay.
Probably due to poor visibility captain did not interpret the light on West Cay correctly.

Thanks to Christian Schrijver, who took this picture, the crew is safe.
He caught the Mayday and went out in his little dinghy to see if he could help.

The weather was awful, you are one heroic good sailor.

What is next for Isaac? As we speak, Isaac is AGAIN trying to make up his mind where he wants to form a center, so it is a wait and see now.

Meanwhile, news and weather forecasts and speculations will be coming in on Isaac, especially since he still has a possibility to hit Tampa where a pretty major political even is scheduled to take place.
However, we are now looking at the Africa computer models, they are in quite good agreement that the next storm will form off Africa next week. So far all storms have followed more or less the same track, Kirk next?

All the best, Maria

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Marijuana in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Hello Everyone,

There seems to be a lot of news lately about marijuana legislation. As this "unofficial" agricultural product in St. Vincent and the Grenadines could make a significant source of revenue for the country I'd like to explore some pros and cons concerning legalization specifically concerning this country.

Lets start with the cons:
Obviously, smoking pot is harmful to a human being, one joint is the same as 10 cigarettes (which are still legal by the way), it has been a well known fact for a while that cigarettes are bad for you.
It has been said that use of Marijuana may lead to use of  harder drugs such as heroin or cocaine. That may very well be true, as right now it is still in a criminal circuit, so exposure to the hard drugs will be facilitated.
Where is the sense in legalizing if surrounding countries still have marijuana as an illegal substance, packaging and having it on a boat will be facilitated but there will be a huge problem granting an export license, what use is a ships manifest going to be except for an immediate incarceration
And  last but not least, lots of countries would definitely react negatively if St. Vincent and the Grenadines legalized cannabis, meaning less foreign aid. The pertinent question here is one of $$$ balances I guess.

The pros:
TAXES TAXES TAXES, Cannabis is a drug, same like alcohol and could be heavily regulated as such.
Revenue from tourism could be enhanced, I am sure there would be tourists wanting to visit a Caribbean Island to smoke some weed on the beach legally.
The quality of the cannabis produced on the fertile soil in St. Vincent is reported to be very good, it could definitely be used for medicinal purposes, even be an export product as that.
Less pressure on the police and the jails.
And last but not least: if the hard working Marijuana growers that are now operating small hardly accessible farms could go a bit more in the open (I envision government land leases for example) they could employ workers and have byproducts such as carrots, tomatoes, pineapples etc!