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Increased ICT connection and productivity to foster better jobs and economic growth in St Lucia

November 29, 2014
Increased ICT connection and productivity to foster better jobs and economic growth in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s government reported on Friday concrete advances in investment climate, connectivity, and productivity at the second accountability workshop of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF). During the workshop, government, private sector, civil society, youth and academia...

Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive?

November 28, 2014
Commentary: Venezuela in financial difficulty, will PetroCaribe survive? The government of Venezuela is undoubtedly disappointed with the outcome of the 166th meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) held in Vienna, Austria, on 27 November 2014.  Despite intense lobbying by Venezuela, the OPEC decided not to cut oil production.

Historic Caribbean-wide Black Friday sales event set to launch

November 27, 2014
Historic Caribbean-wide Black Friday sales event set to launch CHARLOTTESVILLE, USA -- Six Caribbean nations are making history by holding the largest, multi-destination Black Friday sales event. With nearly 400 participating hotels and resorts, travel enthusiasts have never seen such wide cooperation among the Caribbean's top destinations.

Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail to St Lucia

November 27, 2014
Atlantic Rally for Cruisers sets sail to St Lucia LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands -- The 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail on Monday bound for Saint Lucia following a delayed start due to strong winds locally in the harbour of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday. For only the third time in the rally's history, the decision was made to delay the start.

Martinique takes nearly all honours in St Lucia International Triathlon 2014

November 26, 2014
Martinique takes nearly all honours in St Lucia International Triathlon 2014 CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Martinicans have landed – and abducted nearly all the honours at the second Saint Lucia International Triathlon on Saturday. In fact, the only winner in the adult races not representing the French dependency was so delighted he went down on one knee to propose to his girlfriend.

IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent

November 25, 2014
IMF wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent WASHINGTON, USA -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it is monitoring the potential impact of Venezuela's current economic stress on PetroCaribe, the country’s oil alliance with several Caribbean islands, and it also wants to know what PetroCaribe money was used for in St Vincent.

St Lucia trade unions accept wage freeze

November 25, 2014
St Lucia trade unions accept wage freeze CASTRIES, St Lucia -- According to a press release issued by Julian Monrose, president of the Trade Union Federation (TUF) in Saint Lucia, members of the TUF have offered “to accept a wage freeze for the period April 2013 to March 2016.” The government said it welcomed this decision.

St Lucia minister challenges telecoms provider over new charge for printed bills

November 25, 2014
St Lucia minister challenges telecoms provider over new charge for printed bills CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s minister with responsibility for telecommunications Dr James Fletcher, wrote last week to regional telecommunications provider LIME, expressing concern over a decision by the company to charge customers an additional EC$6.18 (US$2.29) monthly for printed bills.

ARC 2014 start to St Lucia delayed by strong winds

November 25, 2014
ARC 2014 start to St Lucia delayed by strong winds LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands -- Strong winds blowing through the harbour of Las Palmas caused ARC organisers World Cruising Club to delay the start of ARC 2014 on Sunday. Whilst the front that brought four days of heavy rain squalls to Gran Canaria was passing through, locally strong winds...

Commentary: Elective value or overcrowding

November 20, 2014
Commentary: Elective value or overcrowding Once again the question of what to do with George F.L. Charles Airport in the city of Castries and how best to pursue the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) redevelopment in Vieux Fort is consuming policymakers, the business community and the people of Saint Lucia.

US called on to increase diplomatic presence in the Caribbean

November 19, 2014
US called on to increase diplomatic presence in the Caribbean NEW YORK, USA -- New York congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY16) recently introduced the United States-Caribbean Partnership Act of 2014 in the House of Representatives. This bill would establish US embassies in the five countries in the Caribbean with which the US has diplomatic...

Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020

November 19, 2014
Britain announces aid programme for five Eastern Caribbean countries until 2020 LONDON, England -- Hugh Walker (head of DFID Caribbean) has signed a joint letter of intent with St Vincent and the Grenadines on behalf of Desmond Swayne, Britain’s minister for international development. Walker said, "The United Kingdom is committed to the long-term development of the Caribbean."

St Lucia political party warns of Russian ambitions in the Caribbean

November 18, 2014
St Lucia political party warns of Russian ambitions in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The announcement last week that Russian aircraft will begin patrolling over the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean has prompted the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) to revisit the question of the Saint Lucia government’s support of Russian geopolitical ambitions.

OECS businesses seek greater exposure in Canadian markets

November 18, 2014
OECS businesses seek greater exposure in Canadian markets ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Trade Facilitation Office of Canada (TFO Canada), with support from the Dominica-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Export Development Unit (OECS EDU) will host half-day seminars on exporting to Canada. The first of these will take place in St Lucia.

Letter: Richileaks exposes the lying Allen Chastanet

November 17, 2014
Letter: Richileaks exposes the lying Allen Chastanet I Bondieu! (Oh my God). This is the latest addition to Allen Chastanet’s Creole speaking repertoire in the dialect empire. This is run of the mill by any means, considering his language coach is Juke Bois, for the same price tag of EC$5,000 per month, paid for by the taxpayers as a patois media consultant.

Cuba and St Lucia deepen economic ties

November 14, 2014
Cuba and St Lucia deepen economic ties HAVANA, Cuba (GIS) -- A recently passed new foreign investment law in Cuba has created a favourable environment for developing economic ties between Cuba and Saint Lucia, and by extension the Caribbean region. The law has facilitated Saint Lucia’s Trade Export Promotion Agency’s...

St Lucia attorney joins Commonwealth election mission to Solomon Islands

November 12, 2014
St Lucia attorney joins Commonwealth election mission to Solomon Islands LONDON, England -- Saint Lucia lawyer and human rights expert, Lydia Faisal, has been appointed one of 11 members of a Commonwealth election mission to observe the November 19 polls in Solomon Islands. Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said on Tuesday that...

St Lucia PM makes the case for slave trade reparations

November 12, 2014
St Lucia PM makes the case for slave trade reparations MIAMI, USA -- The ground-breaking study on the abolition and emancipation of British West Indian slavery, Capitalism and Slavery, by Dr Eric Williams was recently the framework for an address on CARICOM’s political stance on slave trade reparations. UWI graduate, Dr Kenny Anthony...

ARC+ sets sail en route to St Lucia

November 10, 2014
ARC+ sets sail en route to St Lucia LAS PALMAS, Canary Islands -- The second edition ARC+ set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday, bound initially for Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands and then to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. A brisk northerly wind provided near perfect sailing, with just a one metre swell making it a little...

Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications

November 7, 2014
Cable and Wireless to acquire Columbus Communications LONDON, England -- Cable and Wireless Communications PLC (CWC) has reached a conditional agreement to acquire Columbus International Inc., a privately held diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Columbus provides digital cable television, broadband Internet...

Letter: Left to mourn in private, UWP, St Lucia

November 7, 2014
Letter: Left to mourn in private, UWP, St Lucia I have heard this often enough to believe it now: “The United Workers Party (UWP) died with Sir John Compton.” At Sunday’s 38th national convention of the UWP, hurricane Allen Chastanet, earthquake Dr Gale Rigobert (“LOO, tom-girl”) and Typhoon Guy Joseph was proof of that.

Saint Lucia to welcome Atlantic Rally for Cruisers

November 7, 2014
Saint Lucia to welcome Atlantic Rally for Cruisers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- This month, over 240 boats and 1,200 people, including 34 children aged under 16, will take part in the 29th edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, which sets sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, heading 2,700 nautical miles across the Atlantic to Saint Lucia.

ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU

November 5, 2014
ECCB reports improved fiscal and debt positions in ECCU BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The fiscal and debt positions of the governments of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) is estimated to have improved for the year to September 2014 with declines in the primary and overall deficits of EC$71.8million and EC$17.8 million.

Commentary: Mending the mischievous ways of government's policy decisions

November 5, 2014
Commentary: Mending the mischievous ways of government's policy decisions Back in April 11, 2005, Saint Lucians were informed of a miracle that took place on July 7, 1986, when Pope John Paul II visited the island. The 18-month-old Kevin Jerome, who was very ill and unable to walk according to young Kevin's mother, Marie Jerome, believed that her son would not die.

Jetblue now offers new direct service to St Lucia from Boston

November 4, 2014
Jetblue now offers new direct service to St Lucia from Boston CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saturday, November 1, marked the introduction of JetBlue’s new direct service from Boston to Saint Lucia, with this new flight operating throughout the winter of 2014/2015. “JetBlue began flying to St Lucia from New York in October 2009 offering direct service three times a week...

Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens

November 1, 2014
Driving permits no longer required in St Lucia for OECS citizens CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) citizens no longer need a visitor’s driving permit to drive motor vehicles in Saint Lucia. The House of Assembly has authorized the implementation of a non-visitor driving permit for citizens of OECS member states in Saint Lucia.

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...

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