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ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management

October 30, 2014
ECCB governor rejects allegations of autocratic management BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Sir K Dwight Venner has rejected allegations contained in an unsigned letter circulated a month ago, accusing management of the bank of being autocratic. Venner, who was participating in a recent...

LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat

October 30, 2014
LIAT partners with OECS member states in campaign against Ebola threat CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional air carrier LIAT has boosted the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s campaign to reduce the threat and minimize the impact of Ebola on member states and the wider region. The Caribbean airline offered complimentary seats to...

OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team

October 29, 2014
OECS considers Ebola 'SWAT' team CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A "SWAT" (special weapons and tactics) team is being considered in order to respond swiftly to any suspected case of Ebola in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region should the need arise. This was one of the proactive approaches outlined by...

OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway

October 29, 2014
OECS tourism and hospitality training project gets underway CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission has commenced work towards establishing a network of excellence in tourism and hospitality training and education project. The tourism training network, via support from the 10th European...

British judge tells Caribbean investors to seek remedy elsewhere

October 28, 2014
British judge tells Caribbean investors to seek remedy elsewhere LONDON, England -- Investors in the financially-troubled Harlequin group, developers of vacation resorts in St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) and other Caribbean islands, appear to be no further forward in their attempts to recoup their money after a British High Court judge said...

Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth

October 28, 2014
Commentary: The Eastern Caribbean Currency Union: Disappointing growth The recession in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) ended in 2012, but the recovery remains subdued as economic activity is still well below pre-crisis levels. In our recent Regional Economic Outlook Update, we revised our growth projections for the ECCU region downward, to 1.1 percent.

Letter: Are the Castries mulattos dictators of democracy?

October 27, 2014
Letter: Are the Castries mulattos dictators of democracy? Oh, Julius Caesar, beware of the Ides of March, though ever since Allen Chastanet hijacked the United Workers Party (UWP) with his imperialist father and Oswald Augustin, along with their selfish agenda, there are four categories of Flambeaus: Original Flambeaus, New Flambeaus, Rejected Flambeaus...

St Lucia hosts OAS meeting on the role of the judiciary in international commercial arbitration

October 25, 2014
St Lucia hosts OAS meeting on the role of the judiciary in international commercial arbitration CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The fourth high level meeting on the role of the judiciary in international commercial arbitration, organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Judicial Education Institute (JEI) of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), gathered on October 23...

Letter: Is Allen Chastanet's 'leadership' about to evaporate?

October 25, 2014
Letter: Is Allen Chastanet's 'leadership' about to evaporate? In the English countryside you know something is very wrong when parents come knocking uninvited. My friends and I know the schedule when to cool the heels with some good old boys stuff, setting apart family and the boys visit, defining the two provides a clearer moment to validate the...

Commentary: Economic sentiments and the reality of the market

October 24, 2014
Commentary: Economic sentiments and the reality of the market It is difficult to predict without fail when and, for that matter, how the trends in the market will change. Recent spikes in stock market prices and market volatility suggest that a ‘bear market’ is likely. However, the preference is for the market to remain upwards where confidence and expectation...

Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative

October 21, 2014
Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Senator Gerald Hadeed, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of tourism, attended the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Trade Show in St Maarten from October 6-8, 2014, to hold high level talks with ministers of tourism of Grenada, St Lucia and...

Exotic St Lucian designer launches in US

October 18, 2014
Exotic St Lucian designer launches in US NEW YORK, USA -- Owen Coleman, CEO of The Coleman Alliance, has announced the formation of Anitanja LLC, a New York headquartered company designing and manufacturing wholesale and online retail jewelry. The company features the creative work of its namesake, Anitanja.

St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action

October 16, 2014
St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia has imposed with immediate effect a prohibition on persons from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who wish to travel to the island. All visitors from the three countries will be denied entry into Saint Lucia until further notice.

Commentary: Political corruption kills jobs and economies

October 6, 2014
Commentary: Political corruption kills jobs and economies Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, how cool is that? Or is it easier not to make a decision, to better choices? Meanwhile, Saint Lucians are on the hook to pay for numerous misdeeds that have surrendered the economic dead. Fortunately, either way you look, there is another way forward. The Lucian People’s...

Letter: Allen Chastanet's loyalists have turned on him

October 6, 2014
Letter: Allen Chastanet's loyalists have turned on him Fourteen months ago, an overgrown mulatto bourgeoisie baby (Allen Chastanet), who should have been in his crib at home, was elevated to the leadership of the United Worker Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia by means of a proxy. With the advent of “the Silencer” this move was taken to rescue the party.

On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics

October 2, 2014
On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that small island developing nations must speak with one voice at the global level, representatives of those countries on Tuesday pressed for international economic partnerships and efforts to combat climate change, on the final day of the annual General Assembly debate in New York.

St Lucia PM's claim of economic growth challenged

October 2, 2014
St Lucia PM's claim of economic growth challenged CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said it is aware that tourism-related construction development is one of the primary potential economic fixes on the island. However, after listening to Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony’s recent interview on local television...

Chikungunya cases increase in southern part of St Lucia

October 2, 2014
Chikungunya cases increase in southern part of St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Chief medical officer at the ministry of health, wellness, human services and gender relations, Dr Merlene Fredericks, is urging Saint Lucia residents to guard against mosquitoes after records revealed an increase in chikungunya cases in the south of the island.

Commentary: Change the perspective and remodel Saint Lucia

September 30, 2014
Commentary: Change the perspective and remodel Saint Lucia The downward spiral in the Saint Lucian economy is seriously hurting the bottom line of many businesses. Now, that’s not just my point of view! Simply walk around the city of Castries, the towns and villages and communicate with citizens. Take a drive up and down the roadways and experience for yourself.

Letter: More mysterious goings on in St Lucia

September 29, 2014
Letter: More mysterious goings on in St Lucia I hear that my last letter created something of a stir in the “Funny Boys Inc.” camp and, according to my well informed source in London, the Boyz are busy circling the wagons in an attempt at damage control – something that may yet turn into Custer’s Last Stand. Now it seems that a famously corrupt...

St Lucia resort disconnected for non-payment of utility bill

September 27, 2014
St Lucia resort disconnected for non-payment of utility bill CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On Tuesday, the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) cut the supply of electricity to the up-market Cotton Bay Village Resort at Cap Estate. The 74 room property, according to LUCELEC corporate communications manager, Roger Joseph...

St Lucia and Bahamas among states triggering arms trade treaty into force

September 26, 2014
St Lucia and Bahamas among states triggering arms trade treaty into force NEW YORK, USA -- The 90-day countdown to the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) began on Thursday and two CARICOM member states were due to be among seven states ratifying the treaty, thus triggering the countdown to entry into force. Fifty states were required to ratify the treaty.

St Lucia records spike in chikungunya cases

September 26, 2014
St Lucia records spike in chikungunya cases CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ministry of health in Saint Lucia says it has noted a spike in chikungunya cases in the south of the island and has reminded the population to be vigilant to preventing possible sources of mosquitoes breeding. On May 1, 2014, Dr James Hospedales, head of the...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

St Lucia to upgrade and expand tourism sector

September 20, 2014
St Lucia to upgrade and expand tourism sector LUTON, England -- The fourth edition of the Saint Lucia UK Showcase and the 21st Gala Awards took place last week in England. The event welcomed guest of honour Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia, who thanked the UK travel trade for its support and commitment to the island.

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