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US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers'

March 25, 2017
US brands Eastern Caribbean countries 'a transit point for drug traffickers' BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The US State Department has labeled the Eastern Caribbean as a “transit point for drug traffickers going to the United States and Europe”. According to the State Department’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report (INCSR) released in March, the Eastern Caribbean...

OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment

March 25, 2017
OECS laboratories receive new agricultural health and food safety equipment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Laboratories in Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states are now better equipped to diagnose issues related to human, animal and plant health, and food safety, thus increasing their levels of efficacy and efficiency. On Wednesday March 15, 2017...

Significant progress made to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in St Lucia

March 24, 2017
Significant progress made to reduce deforestation and forest degradation in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Two days of consultations held in Saint Lucia recently have laid the groundwork for implementation of a National Strategy for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+). Agencies and experts in attendance during the two-day consultations...

Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes

March 23, 2017
Subtle but key differences in Caribbean citizenship programmes MIAMI, USA -- It is often tempting to lump together the five citizenship by investment (CBI) programmes of the Eastern Caribbean, with investors assuming that the only difference is the reputation of the island or the price of the passport. This is clearly not the case. While they often share many...

Commentary: Proposal to build Maria Island causeway in St Lucia is disturbing

March 23, 2017
Commentary: Proposal to build Maria Island causeway in St Lucia is disturbing Not long after the general elections, it become clear, at least from my realism, what would become of an Allen Chastanet-led administration – the hidden consequences of change. Recently, the state of affairs has come full circle, with similarities between the Dolphin Park, citizenship by investment (CIP)...

CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries

March 21, 2017
CDB announces US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight Caribbean countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced US$40 million in funding for poverty reduction in eight countries in the Caribbean region, through the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF). The resources will support improved access to quality education; water...

Letter: Walcott: Caribbean colossus

March 21, 2017
Letter: Walcott: Caribbean colossus Derek Walcott, by his work, achieved three colossal feats. First, he wrote about the Caribbean landscape in such as way as to magnify it. Not only did give our landscape a certain epic status; he conferred on it deific significance. As perhaps, only the fallen Taino, Arahuacan ancestors, deified before.

USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector

March 20, 2017
USAID clean energy program to help regional hospitality sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The United States government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP), is supporting energy efficiency across the region’s hospitality sector with a series of energy efficiency workshops.

Sir Derek Walcott, one of the great poets of all time, planted the Caribbean in our collective imagination

March 20, 2017
Sir Derek Walcott, one of the great poets of all time, planted the Caribbean in our collective imagination Derek Walcott, winner of the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature, the titan who planted Caribbean poetry deep into our global literary consciousness, died at his Saint Lucia home on March 17. Walcott was 87. The Bocas Lit Fest, the largest literary festival in the Anglophone Caribbean, tried to capture...

Commentary: St Lucia government plans to build a dolphin park expose conflict of interest

March 20, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia government plans to build a dolphin park expose conflict of interest Ever since June 6, 2016, there has been chaos, surprise and disruption, including subverting the constitution, political and economic atrocity, foreign-policy derailment, frail nation security and public health, paralyzing Saint Lucia. English historian, Lord John Acton (1834-1902), known...

Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean

March 18, 2017
Commonwealth trade a non-starter for Britain and the Caribbean LONDON, England -- What was described as an “historic meeting” of Commonwealth trade and investment ministers in London recently, in an attempt to make use of the “Commonwealth advantage” to boost trade within the 52-member bloc, is more likely to prove to be an...

Commentary: St Lucia government 'wasn't minded' to facilitate renewable energy

March 15, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia government 'wasn't minded' to facilitate renewable energy There isn’t much elevate the Allen Chastanet-led administration’s credibility in claiming that “Government wasn’t minded to do a compulsory land acquisition to facilitate the project” – a $37 million investment, by US-based firm WindTex Energy, for a 12MW wind farm in Anse Cannot...

St Lucia journalist 'SetsTheAgender'

March 13, 2017
St Lucia journalist 'SetsTheAgender' CASTRIES, St Lucia -- TV producer and United Nations Journalist Fellow 2012), Sarah Peter, is calling on members of the public to help #settheagender. The initiative, which is the brainchild of the Saint Lucian journalist and human rights advocate, is aimed at encouraging more discussion...

Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment

March 10, 2017
Commentary: Alternative facts and undisclosed sources in citizenship by investment The citizenship by investment programme (CIP), operated by many countries in the world, including the US, Spain, Switzerland, Malta and Portugal to name a few, is particularly misrepresented in relation to the small countries in the Eastern Caribbean. At the outset, I make it clear that this commentary...

ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue

March 9, 2017
ECCU countries would default on debts without CBI revenue BASSETERRE, St Kitts and Nevis (WINN) -- Chairman of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU), prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne, speaking to how critical funds from citizenship by investment (CBI) programs are to the ECCU countries...

OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes

March 7, 2017
OECS member states to strengthen regional CBI programmes BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris, outgoing chairman of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority, said that, although regional integration is a work in progress, the member states and the OECS Commission...

OECS discusses ocean governance and policy

March 7, 2017
OECS discusses ocean governance and policy CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines, participated in the sixth meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS)...

St Lucia and Bahamas to host ILO-Brazil mission

March 6, 2017
St Lucia and Bahamas to host ILO-Brazil mission PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (ILO) -- The International Labour Organization (ILO) in collaboration with the government of Brazil, will be undertaking a south-south cooperation mission to Saint Lucia (6th-7th March 2017) and The Bahamas (9th-10th March 2017).  This is the first of several missions...

ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor

March 3, 2017
ECCU at critical economic juncture, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- According to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is at a critical juncture coming on the heels of the economic difficulties of the recent past and a future pregnant with uncertainty...

OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute

March 2, 2017
OECS member states develop curriculum framework for tourism institute ST JOHN'S, Antigua -- Representatives from all member states of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) participating in the OECS Network of Excellence for Tourism and Hospitality Training and Education (NETHTE) project assembled in Antigua and Barbuda from from February 22 - 23.

Letter: Prime minister of St Lucia plagiarizes the independence speech of India president

March 2, 2017
Letter: Prime minister of St Lucia plagiarizes the independence speech of India president Prime minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet has come in for public ridicule for a speech posted on his Facebook page to mark the 38th Anniversary of Saint Lucia's Independence. The speech it was discovered was plagiarized from an address of former president of India Pranav Mukherjee.

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Sex and sexism, sin and sincerity choking Christian churches!

February 28, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Sex and sexism, sin and sincerity choking Christian churches! A continuing conundrum is causing accelerated internal convulsions in the bosoms of Christian churches worldwide over sex, as they still try – and fail -- to bridge the age-old, oceans-deep and miles-wide generational gaps between tradition and modernity. Take Valentine’s Day…

Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

Interest revived in 'third border' concept

February 16, 2017
Interest revived in 'third border' concept ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country? In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Making America hate again!

February 14, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Making America hate again! President Donald Trump started and ended his third week in office leaving the whole world in absolutely no doubt about his impulsive eagerness to threaten and bully his way, anytime, anywhere – and through anyone. On Day I of Week 3, his Justice Department was back in court seeking...

Commentary: 'Alternate reality' hampers governance in St Lucia

February 13, 2017
Commentary: 'Alternate reality' hampers governance in St Lucia The “alternate reality” seems odd, in particular when “the vulnerable” are very much over the edge, the “reality gap” widening, misinformation on political and economic issues based on “alternative facts” and crony capitalism is just fine as long as it involves the right cronies. Experts reaffirm that...

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