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St Lucia signs six million euro agreement with European Commission

April 30, 2016
St Lucia signs six million euro agreement with European Commission CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Ambassador Mikael Barfod, head of the delegation of the European Union to the Eastern Caribbean Countries, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) met with Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia.

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

War of words erupts in St Lucia over IMPACS report

April 27, 2016
War of words erupts in St Lucia over IMPACS report CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Responding to a reported commitment by political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, to make public a confidential report into alleged extrajudicial killings by the Saint Lucia police force, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has...

Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT

April 27, 2016
Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Dominica’s prime minister has indicated that the island’s tourism officials are expected to engage with LIAT to address Roseau’s concerns about alleged poor service by the regional airline. A letter written to LIAT by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit...

Letter: Claudius Francis must be shaking, his brother Hermangild has him cornered

April 27, 2016
Letter: Claudius Francis must be shaking, his brother Hermangild has him cornered A meeting of the UWP aka Destructive Workers Party (DWP) last Sunday (April 24, 2016) to lay out policy was nothing more than a rum shop lime in Grand Riviera, Gros Islet. The only thing missing was a good old cock fighting ring to roll and tumble. All the freeloading roosters were on hand.

Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week

April 26, 2016
Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change (RCCCC), under the chairmanship of Saint Lucia’s minister for public service, sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Dr James Fletcher, will meet in Saint Lucia on Wednesday and Thursday.

Commentary: The bluff is on in St Lucia

April 26, 2016
Commentary: The bluff is on in St Lucia Let’s not forget: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in.” ~ Kiran Aditham. It plays an important role in every aspect of life and should be guarded from evasive species.  Stumping on the Castries Market steps, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony emphasized that...

Team from St Lucia studies PATH programme in Jamaica

April 21, 2016
Team from St Lucia studies PATH programme in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A delegation from the ministry of social transformation, local government and community empowerment in Saint Lucia is currently visiting Jamaica for a one-week study tour of the Programme of Advancement Though Health and Education (PATH).

Open Letter regarding Jerome Montoute land expropriation case in St Lucia

April 21, 2016
My name is Theodora Montoute, a proud daughter of the late Jerome Montoute, citizen of St Lucia and Canada both. I am writing to you with an equal measure of respect, gratitude, honesty and urgency. I shall endeavour to be as succinct as possible.

US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants

April 20, 2016
US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Do not issue citizenship to foreigners unless you are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is a bona fide applicant. That pointed advice to Caribbean nations with citizenship by investment programmes came from the United States.

Letter: Allen Chastanet is over the barrel into the pit

April 19, 2016
Letter: Allen Chastanet is over the barrel into the pit When the United Workers Party (UWP) better known as Destructive Worker Party (DWP) sends out a press release to say a national meeting in Soufriere had a crowd of thousands of people and overflow crowds is a testament of the party’s progressive campaign, promotional abilities...

Commentary: Which is deadlier: media terrorists or political zikas?

April 18, 2016
Commentary: Which is deadlier: media terrorists or political zikas? I was recently counseled that I ought to update my notions on free speech and the law. Still I remain faithful to the Privy Council’s 1990 decision in Tim Hector v Attorney-General of Antigua and Barbuda. A journalist, political activist and close friend of George Odlum (alas both dearly departed)...

US releases 2015 human rights report

April 15, 2016
US releases 2015 human rights report WASHINGTON, USA -- On Wednesday, the US State Department released its 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which include a number of countries in the Caribbean region. Speaking to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry emphasised that the human rights standards...

CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia

April 15, 2016
CDC issues zika-related travel advisory for St Lucia ATLANTA, USA -- On Wednesday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) posted a zika virus travel notice for Saint Lucia following reports of local mosquito transmission of zika virus infection on the island. Local mosquito transmission means that mosquitoes in the area...

Media again under threat in St Lucia

April 13, 2016
Media again under threat in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In a virtual rerun of a threatened lawsuit against a local broadcaster in Saint Lucia in 2013, an attorney representing Claudius Francis, the president of the senate, has written to Clinton Reynolds of MBC Television threatening to institute proceedings for defamation.

St Lucia on target to begin exploratory geothermal drilling

April 12, 2016
St Lucia on target to begin exploratory geothermal drilling CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia is on target to begin geothermal exploratory drilling. The recently completed surface exploration studies, designed to better understand the geothermal resource conditions, suggest that the resource exists outside of the Sulphur Springs area and...

First two zika cases confirmed in St Lucia

April 8, 2016
First two zika cases confirmed in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has confirmed the first two cases of zika virus disease in Saint Lucia. The patients, a female, 28, and a male, 25, are stable and being treated and monitored as outpatients according to the recommended protocol.

Letter: Are comedians Dalsan and Stanislaus 'dishonest and thieves'?

April 5, 2016
Letter: Are comedians Dalsan and Stanislaus 'dishonest and thieves'? On a daily basis I am sadly exposed to wacky scenes in the bizarre general election circus from aristocrats Allen Chastanet’s Destructive Workers Party (DWP) and Kenny Anthony’s Silly Little People (SLP) pathological lies and demagogues. Boy, oh boy! Before more bloopers come off...

Venezuelan cash smuggler receives 12 months for money laundering in St Lucia

April 4, 2016
Venezuelan cash smuggler receives 12 months for money laundering in St Lucia MIAMI, USA -- In what appears to the first money laundering conviction in the Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, a Venezuelan national was sentenced to 12 months in prison after the authorities found a treasure trove of cash in his hotel room, and in his stomach.  Reglio Jesus Patino Reyes...

OECS agriculture stakeholders trained in good agriculture practices auditing

March 31, 2016
OECS agriculture stakeholders trained in good agriculture practices auditing ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, in collaboration with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) under the 10th EDF programme, will be conducting a series of train the trainer programmes in good agriculture...

Outrage in St Lucia over recent spate of rapes

March 30, 2016
Outrage in St Lucia over recent spate of rapes CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following his recent public assertion that serial rapists are on the loose in Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony released a statement on Tuesday expressing “a deep sense of outrage, revulsion and anger about the recent spate of rapes in our country”.

Commentary: The pathogens of deception in St Lucia

March 30, 2016
Commentary: The pathogens of deception in St Lucia Stunned by the historic sentence of time served (four years on remand) to French national Eric Sommer on a guilty plea of “voluntary manslaughter” to causing the death of Lucas Francois, a Saint Lucian national, at Pigeon Island on May 12, 2012, citizens are up in arms. Inmates on remand...

Programme helps St Lucia female leaders empower disadvantaged girls

March 25, 2016
Programme helps St Lucia female leaders empower disadvantaged girls CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Some of Saint Lucia's leading ladies and companies joined forces with the Sacred Sports Foundation (SSF) for a life skills workshop as part of the female sports diplomacy and child safeguarding efforts supported by the British High Commission. The three-day intensive...

Four Caribbean prime ministers meet Taiwan president in Belize

March 18, 2016
Four Caribbean prime ministers meet Taiwan president in Belize BELMOPAN, Belize -- Taiwan's President Ma Ying-jeou met in Belize on Wednesday with government leaders from four of Taiwan's diplomatic allies in the Caribbean, all of whom expressed hope that Ma's successor will continue to push bilateral relations with their countries.

ECLAC supports St Lucia's drive towards renewable energy

March 15, 2016
ECLAC supports St Lucia's drive towards renewable energy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) subregional headquarters for the Caribbean is actively supporting the government of Saint Lucia as the country transitions from the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Letter: One hundred percent Saint Lucia; A total disconnect

March 15, 2016
Letter: One hundred percent Saint Lucia; A total disconnect To be nice with the English language, the tagline “One hundred percent Saint Lucia” portrayed by Kenny Anthony to celebrate Saint Lucia’s 37th anniversary is BS. I really don’t like the inferiority complex of con-artist politicians to piss in my eye and call it rain. Native Saint Lucians are...

Serial rapists on the loose in St Lucia, says PM

March 14, 2016
Serial rapists on the loose in St Lucia, says PM CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Speaking on the troubling issue of rape and violence against women in observance of International Women's Day, Saint Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said at a public meeting in Gros Islet last week he strongly believes that there are serial rapists on Saint Lucia.

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