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St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime

August 22, 2014
St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Citizens of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union who travel to Saint Lucia can now stay there indefinitely. The OECS Commission’s Castries-based Regional Integration Unit said, upon arrival in Saint Lucia, citizens of the OECS Economic Union...

St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits

August 22, 2014
St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits CASTRIES, St Lucia -- After an eight-year hiatus, Port Castries is back on the Disney Cruise Lines itinerary with a total of five calls to Saint Lucia for the 2014/2015 cruise season. Port Castries is poised to welcome over 685,000 cruise passengers and over 375 cruise ships for the upcoming cruise season.

CDB welcomes new regional insurance product

August 21, 2014
CDB welcomes new regional insurance product BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has welcomed the inception of an excess rainfall insurance package from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and also commended the countries in the region that have purchased a policy for 2014-15.

OAS workshop in St Lucia reviews sustainable energy initiatives in the Caribbean

August 20, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives of regional and global development partners in the energy sector of the Caribbean met on Tuesday with senior energy officials from Caribbean countries in a regional workshop organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Saint Lucia.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 10

August 20, 2014
The website centreforaviation.com carried this headline: Brazil To Build More Than 800 New Airports. The short article states that the Brazilian government considers that “Air connectivity is of ‘strategic importance’ to the interior regions.” Isn’t this an avenue that we should explore for LIAT?

Commentary: Restoring the future advancement of St Lucia

August 18, 2014
Commentary: Restoring the future advancement of St Lucia As the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) celebrates its fourth anniversary on August 22, 2014, one could summarize the mood as having been around for much longer. We know that much, because it is possible, as we have done, to foster a new political culture, based on respect for the people...

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 9

August 13, 2014
Granted that some people who read this from other nations might try to implement such an idea for themselves and so try to upset our plan whether intentionally or not. Therefore an added component is needed which makes what we produce uniquely our own.

Saint Lucian-born footballer signs two-year deal with English Premier League club

August 13, 2014
BIRMINGHAM, England -- Saint Lucian-born footballer Janoi Donacien, who turns 21 in November 2014, signed a new two-year deal in July with the Premier League club Aston Villa that he joined in 2009. Donacien had moved to Luton in the United Kingdom with his parents in 2001.

Bankers Association of Saint Lucia announces compliance with FATCA

August 12, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- For the last few years financial institutions have been preparing for the new reporting requirements for United States clients which form part of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). The Act is intended to increase transparency for the...

Letter: VAT, the new word in Kenny's Lexi-Con!

August 12, 2014
With the Saint Lucian economy already brought to tatters by the Saint Lucia Labour Party, the Saint Lucian Prime Minister, Dr Kenny Anthony, is attempting to use CARICOM as a cover for his failed economic policies. The regional community is about to act as an umbrella...

ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba

August 11, 2014
ALBA rejects subversive US programs against Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The member countries of the a regional integration bloc, the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of our Americas (ALBA), has rejected the most recently exposed subversive US program against Cuba, calling it an immoral project. In a communiqué released on Thursday...

Commentary: The moral outcry for justice in St Lucia

August 11, 2014
Commentary: The moral outcry for justice in St Lucia As a vital institution of state that ought not to be handicapped, the current justice system in Saint Lucia should be a major embarrassment for the authorities and the political establishment, under the guidance of prime minister Dr Kenny Anthony -- a distinguished constitutional lawyer -- and the minister...

St Lucia PM clarifies term limits report

August 9, 2014
St Lucia PM clarifies term limits report PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has debunked a report by a Caribbean news agency that quoted him as saying term limits for government leaders should be decided by the people. “I believe that’s a matter for the people to decide...

St Lucia minister calls for sustained communication and coordinated approach to climate change

August 9, 2014
St Lucia minister calls for sustained communication and coordinated approach to climate change CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Saint Lucia's minister for sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Senator Dr James Fletcher, has called for consistent communication on the message of climate change. The minister's call to action was made at the opening of the inaugural meeting of...

CARICOM-Canada project improving regional flow of CSME information

August 7, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- As part of its ongoing efforts to advance the full implementation of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Single Market and Economy (CSME), the CARICOM Secretariat is undertaking a six month project aimed at enhancing the distribution of information.

Regional experts meet to discuss impact of climate change on Caribbean

August 7, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Senior level representatives from a wide range of regional institutions met in Saint Lucia on Tuesday to develop a regional climate change strategy at the first meeting of the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) on Climate Change.

Letter: The cold dead hands of the SLP are at work in St Lucia

August 7, 2014
I thought I was dreaming this morning shortly after 5:30 am, but apparently I was not. The wife beat me to an early rise and tuned in to the Creole morning program to catch up on the latest happenings in their simplest form. The news suddenly woke me up that Winhall Joshua...

Guests can make their own chocolate at St Lucia resort

August 6, 2014
Guests can make their own chocolate at St Lucia resort SOUFRIERE, St Lucia -- In celebration of Chocolate Heritage month in St Lucia, Anse Chastanet -- one of the Caribbean's leading resorts -- is offering two exceptional travel deals. The luxury resort, which offers breathtaking views of St Lucia's twin-peak Pitons mountains, has unveiled...

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 8

August 6, 2014
Everyone should have a trade to fall back on; woodworking, pipefitting, plumbing, you name it. We used to encourage that years ago, maybe we could re-implement it. What if we try to revive the local shoe repairing trade, with an added component: locally produced shoes.

Letter: Is Michael Chastanet living on another planet?

August 5, 2014
Earlier today I received a call from a friend in England. After exchanging pleasantries he surprised me with the question “Is Michael Chastanet a pot head or a drunk?” In my usual self I burst out in laughter, asking, “What are you basing this question upon?”

Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean

August 1, 2014
Tropical Storm Bertha forms, warnings in effect for Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Bertha formed in the western Atlantic on Thursday night and a tropical storm warning is in effect for Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Martinique, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands. A tropical storm watch is in effect for St Vincent.

CARICOM continues consumer protection drive

August 1, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat is forging ahead with promoting a rapid consumer protection alert system throughout CARICOM member states. The CARICOM rapid alert system on the exchange of information on dangerous...

Letter: Claudius Francis brothers resign from the SLP to join Amatus UWP for a carrot on a stick

August 1, 2014
Not very often do you get Claudius James Francis, president of the Saint Lucia Senate, to eat humble pie. So Friday last morning July 25, on his radio program Straight Up, it was rather painful listening to him swallow humble pie cake. Thankfully, my eyes were spared...

Commentary: Building a nation of prosperity in St Lucia

July 31, 2014
Commentary: Building a nation of prosperity in St Lucia Today's leadership and economic mess facing Saint Lucia give ample reasons to believe that our leader’s make-believe principles have a hand in creating our present situation. Citizens have been robbed of basic human dignity, freedom and justice. And into a situation of human suffering and the...

Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected

July 30, 2014
Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Monetary conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) improved during the year ending March 31, 2014. However, credit conditions tightened further as was evidenced by the widening of the interest rate spread during the same period.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 7

July 30, 2014
St Lucia can be a regional and international literary and arts centre with links to Burkina Faso and other nations in Africa. Have a look at the left side on our map, the small claw of the big gandy and we see it firmly anchored in Burkina Faso. This land locked African country, with fewer natural resources...

Letter: Who's really running the UWP in St Lucia?

July 30, 2014
Current events within the United Workers Party (UWP) in St Lucia have many thinking how many political babies are in there playing with people lives and the reputation of a 50-year-old institution built by strong men and women of goodwill with the late Sir John Compton.

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