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Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others

June 23, 2017
Canada deports Iranians holding Eastern Caribbean CBI passports, detains others OTTAWA, Canada -- The Department of Immigration, Citizenship and Refugees Canada has reportedly deported a number of Iranian nationals, all holding citizenship by investment (CBI) passports from Eastern Caribbean countries, back to the countries that issued their passports.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: World War II returns to the Caribbean 75 years later!

June 22, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: World War II returns to the Caribbean 75 years later! World War II returned to Saint Lucia seven decades later, through an incident that unearthed a real war artifact in the centre of the island’s main harbour: the propeller of a sunken ship. A German submarine had torpedoed two ships in the Castries Harbour in March 1942. Back then, Germany...

OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting

June 21, 2017
OECS convenes citizenship by investment stakeholder meeting CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from the region’s five citizenship by investment programmes (CIP) met in Saint Lucia last Friday to explore opportunities for increased collaboration and harmonisation of due diligence processes. The meeting, convened at the behest of heads of government of...

Commentary: National priorities defy convention in St Lucia

June 19, 2017
Commentary: National priorities defy convention in St Lucia The key issues of political change, socio economics and preservation of the environment will return to Saint Lucia's House of Assembly on Tuesday, June 20, as debate resumes on the appropriation bill 2017/18. However, far from Machiavellian schemes, hopefully, policymakers and the legislature...

USAID signs MOU with St Lucia government

June 17, 2017
USAID signs MOU with St Lucia government CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The US government is increasing cooperation with the government of St Lucia to reduce youth involvement in crime and violence via the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Youth Empowerment Services (YES) Project. On Friday, USAID supervisory...

IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries

June 16, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 discussion on common policies of ECCU member countries WASHINGTON, USA -- On June 2, 2017, the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the 2017 discussion on the common policies of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) in the context of the Article IV consultations with member countries. Favorable external...

Arriving passenger from St Lucia arrested at JFK after cocaine found hidden in wheelchair

June 14, 2017
Arriving passenger from St Lucia arrested at JFK after cocaine found hidden in wheelchair NEW YORK, USA -- US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) on June 11 stopped Yoncela Stanley, a United States citizen, who was arriving on a flight from Saint Lucia. During the course of the inspection, CBP officers noticed that the back...

Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment: Leading the way

June 12, 2017
Saint Lucia Citizenship by Investment: Leading the way CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The restructured Saint Lucian citizenship-by-investment program (CIP) is now the most attractive and efficient in the world. That’s the view of a leading regional lawyer with offices in London. It is also the best value on the market, costing just US$100,000 for a single applicant.

St Lucia opposition challenges PM over minister's alleged misdeeds

June 9, 2017
St Lucia opposition challenges PM over minister's alleged misdeeds CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has called on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to dispel a growing public perception that he is facilitating misdeeds committed by Guy Joseph, his minister of economic affairs and by all indications his closest political partner.

Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding

June 8, 2017
Eleven Caribbean projects selected for European funding GOSIER, Guadeloupe -- The second selection committee for the Interreg Caribbean Program 2014-2020 has made public the list of the 11 regional projects eligible for European funding. Many countries in the Caribbean will benefit from these projects, as follows: 1. TEECA: Set up a trade facilitation team and...

Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant

June 8, 2017
Health facilities in seven Caribbean countries to be transformed to be disaster resistant BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) has selected 16 hospitals and health centres in seven Caribbean countries to make them safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters, under the framework of the Smart Health Care Facilities Project, an initiative...

Commentary: Time for national unity in St Lucia

June 7, 2017
Commentary: Time for national unity in St Lucia Over the years I have been accused of being too critical of the government of the day in Saint Lucia, without offering a new direction. In this regard I would respond that this is a false assertion. However, while I have been critical, it is within my civic obligation; I have had every and within reason to be.

Citizenship consultants file defamation claim

June 6, 2017
Citizenship consultants file defamation claim DUBAI, UAE -- On May 28, 2017, global citizenship consultants Arton Capital initiated legal proceedings for alleged defamation in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) against the Investment Migration Council (IMC) and its former UAE representative office. Arton Capital has partnered with the governments of...

Commentary: St Lucia's prime minister: A paradox of translating precarity

May 31, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia's prime minister: A paradox of translating precarity Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s actions before his policy position and now accompanied by the 2017/18 appropriation bill demonstrate clear intentions to wield power and administrative direction. Nevertheless, it would be immoral for me to pretend otherwise. I’m afraid that I cannot...

New solidarity organization launched in St Lucia

May 30, 2017
New solidarity organization launched in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A new solidarity organization has been launched in Saint Lucia. It’s the Saint Lucia Chapter of the Caribbean Network in Defence of Humanity (CNIDH-Saint Lucia), launched there on Friday, May 19, 2017. The local chapter was established in April and a soft launch took place on May 19.

Commentary: Fighting for imperial dominance: 'Execute, execute, execute' everything St Lucian

May 29, 2017
Commentary: Fighting for imperial dominance: 'Execute, execute, execute' everything St Lucian In the fight for imperial dominance, and under great pressure to convey a policy proposition (budget address) on May 9, with fewer missteps, prime minister and minister of finance Allen Chastanet delivered “austerity measures” calculated to execute and delegitimize everything Saint Lucian.

OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting

May 23, 2017
OECS foreign ministers conclude third Council meeting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- OECS ministers of foreign affairs concluded a successful meeting of the Council of Ministers - Foreign Affairs (COMFA) on May 17, 2017, in Barbados, under the chairmanship of Charles Fernandez, minister for foreign affairs, international trade and immigration...

St Lucia signs new development agreement under CBI programme

May 19, 2017
St Lucia signs new development agreement under CBI programme CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Range Developments, an international developer focusing on luxury hotel projects in the Caribbean, signed definitive agreements with the government of Saint Lucia on Tuesday to continue the development of the Black Bay Master Development.

US Coast Guard rescues six overdue St Lucian men off Martinique

May 17, 2017
US Coast Guard rescues six overdue St Lucian men off Martinique SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- The US Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley rescued six St Lucian men on Monday from the overdue 20-foot boat, One Time, approximately 25 nautical miles off the western coast of Martinique. The rescued men reportedly departed Martinique at approximately 3 am on Monday.

St Lucia opposition to hold national protest march on Wednesday

May 16, 2017
St Lucia opposition to hold national protest march on Wednesday CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has sought and obtained police permission to lead a peaceful national protest march in Castries on Wednesday into the city center to be followed by a rally on the Castries Market Steps. According to the SLP, the purpose is...

St Lucia government may have to rethink dolphin park plan

May 12, 2017
St Lucia government may have to rethink dolphin park plan CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia may be having second thoughts about establishment of a dolphin park on Pigeon Island, the island’s most popular national landmark. That’s according to the island’s tourism minister, who spoke just days after France took steps that will eventually...

IMPACT Justice technical advisory groups to meet in St Lucia

May 11, 2017
IMPACT Justice technical advisory groups to meet in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting three technical advisory group (TAG) meetings in Gros Islet, Rodney Bay, St Lucia on May 11 and 12, 2017. These meetings will serve to assist the project...

OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states

May 10, 2017
OECS trade mission holds consultations in member states CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Intra-regional and international trade potential has been strengthened following a recent Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) trade mission held in St Lucia, Martinique and Dominica from April 24-28, 2017. Minister of agriculture for St Vincent and the Grenadines...

Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights

May 10, 2017
Call to take Caribbean cuisine to global heights CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Celebrated Trinidadian chef Richardson Skinner asserts firmly that the Caribbean can do much more to promote its cuisine to attract interest and travel to the region. "In the past, visitors came to the Caribbean for sand, sun and sea ... and the food was just simmering on the back burner...

Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport

May 9, 2017
Letter: Lessons from St Lucia and Grenada for Argyle International Airport There is no better evidence that Argyle International Airport (AIA) on the island of St. Vincent (SVI) will fail to meet its visitor expectations because there was no compelling reason, apart from electoral politics, for its construction than a side-by-side comparison of international tourism and allied...

Commentary: St Lucia finance minister's 'Judo budget' was predictable

May 8, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia finance minister's 'Judo budget' was predictable The second session of the eleventh parliament of Saint Lucia got under way on Tuesday, April 25. However, much the same as the first, lying and deception was even more confounding and self-serving, with a EC$1.5 billion Judo budget, namely, the 2017/18 estimates of revenue and expenditure.

St Lucia programme tackles lack of opportunities for disabled people in sport

May 8, 2017
St Lucia programme tackles lack of opportunities for disabled people in sport CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Twenty-five coaches, special education teachers and community youth mentors from across Saint Lucia attended a two-day workshop to understand better how sport can offer a wide range of benefits to amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with...

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