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St Lucia political party denounces 'economic blame game'

April 16, 2014
St Lucia political party denounces 'economic blame game' CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following public bickering between the two main political parties in Saint Lucia over economic statistics, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has called for an end to “childish political tactics” on the part of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) and the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP).

Groundwork laid for initial PetroCaribe shipment to St Lucia

April 16, 2014
Groundwork laid for initial PetroCaribe shipment to St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Officials representing Petroleum of Venezuela (PDVSA) have provided positive feedback on a recent visit to Saint Lucia, in preparation for the initial stages of shipping fuel under the island’s PetroCaribe agreement. The main objective of the trip was to gather information.

More embarrassment for US embassy in Bridgetown

April 14, 2014
More embarrassment for US embassy in Bridgetown BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Just six weeks after former Saint Lucia housing minister Richard Frederick filed a $25 million lawsuit against US officials in Bridgetown, the Barbados embassy became embroiled in another potentially embarrassing incident involving Frederick over the weekend.

Commentary: Japanese whaling: Technical and development assistance

April 12, 2014
Commentary: Japanese whaling: Technical and development assistance An article published in Caribbean News Now, attributed to the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), headlined St Lucian government challenged on continued Japanese aid, attempts to link the ruling of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Japanese whaling in the Antarctic with future...

Letter: Goodbye Hitler, hello Putin

April 12, 2014
It is said dealing with Vladimir Putin is like “Russian roulette,” with the concern of at least one world leader that the Russian president is not in touch with reality. A New York Times report published Sunday said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in her phone call with...

Submitting to diplomatic pressure to abstain is dishonourable, says St Lucia politician

April 11, 2014
Submitting to diplomatic pressure to abstain is dishonourable, says St Lucia politician CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Reacting to what he described as “the defensive and dismissive” posture of the Saint Lucia government over criticisms that it acted irresponsibly and cowardly in abstaining from a crucial vote at the United Nations General Assembly affirming the territorial integrity of Ukraine...

Former PM explains Saint Lucia's abstention on Russian-Ukraine vote

April 10, 2014
Former PM explains Saint Lucia's abstention on Russian-Ukraine vote CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Former prime minister of Saint Lucia and foreign policy advisor to the current government, Dr Vaughn Lewis, said that, while Saint Lucia's decision to abstain in a vote on the Russia/Ukraine issue may have drawn responses based on excitement, there are greater considerations...

St Lucia eyes economic citizenship programme

April 9, 2014
St Lucia eyes economic citizenship programme CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Another Caribbean nation is giving consideration to an economic citizenship programme. Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said the introduction of a citizenship by investment programme would be an effort to boost inward investment.

St Lucia claims idea for common CARICOM approach to marijuana debate

April 9, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Prime minister of Saint Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, says he is pleased that CARICOM has decided to establish a Commission to deal with the marijuana debate now engaging the Caribbean Community. In a recent interview, Anthony claimed that the suggestion...

Workshop strengthens St Lucia fisherfolk to participate in governance

April 9, 2014
Workshop strengthens St Lucia fisherfolk to participate in governance CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Over 30 fisherfolk leaders from the Saint Lucia National Fisherfolk Cooperative Society Limited (SLNFCSL) and affiliate fisherfolk cooperatives, and representatives from the Fisheries and Cooperatives Divisions participated in a national fisherfolk workshop in Saint Lucia.

Letter: CCJ - The next Tony Awards!

April 9, 2014
In the matter of Saint Lucia's seabed was it wrongly referenced in our constitution to the Governor-General that's why the Prime Minister Kenny Anthony had to sign the agreement himself? Talk about two people running this country -- Kenny and Tony!

OAS digitalizes and catalogues 2.5 million vital statistics records in six Eastern Caribbean countries

April 8, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Organization of American States (OAS), through its Universal Civil Identity Program in the Americas (PUICA), has completed a project to assist the civil registries in Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St Vincent...

St Lucia nonprofit group advocates for women and children's rights

April 8, 2014
St Lucia nonprofit group advocates for women and children's rights CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Bellemoun Community Youth Network (BCYN), a not-for-profit organisation formed to facilitate connections between organisations in the Caribbean and individuals and organizations in North America is launching a regional campaign to advocate on child abuse in the Caribbean.

St Lucia diplomats to present at town hall meeting in New York

April 8, 2014
NEW YORK, USA -- Saint Lucians in the tri-state area are invited to a town hall meeting designed to bring Saint Lucian nationals in the Diaspora together with New York-based diplomats to discuss issues of common concern and, more importantly, describe their roles in the overall...

Letter: Bought by the Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese and now bought by the Russianese

April 8, 2014
I actually regret that my home country St Vincent and the Grenadines followed the ALBA whip by not voting in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 68/262, in doing so supported the Russian act of aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine.

St Lucia government challenged on continued Japanese aid

April 7, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling prohibiting Japan from whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has called on the government of Saint Lucia to apprise the nation of whether it has received any assurances...

Letter: The Russians are coming; look out, look inward!

April 7, 2014
The St Lucian community in the United States read with much interest that the government of St Lucia invited the "top tier" of Russia to our island to participate in a Russian yacht regatta. According to a press release, this initiative will foster economic growth through the possible investment...

Caribbean star power to propel the opening of Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts

April 5, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Hosted once more at ‘The People’s Auditorium,’ Mindoo Phillip Park, the official opening of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival continues its legacy of thrilling audiences with a lineup featuring an all-star cast of Caribbean powerhouses designed to jump start the festival.

Letter: UWP 50th anniversary falls flat

April 5, 2014
What good is it to celebrate 50 years as a political party in Saint Lucia without highlighting the good of the party and, in this case, the bad and the ugly of political existence? Allen’s UWP went to their stronghold in Micoud North last weekend to a low-key welcome.

St Lucians to benefit from major ICT grant

April 4, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia, through the Caribbean Regional Infrastructure Programme (CARCIP), will officially launch an EC$2.5 million grant instrument to support ICT business incubator services and training. The launch will take place on Tuesday.

Commentary: Health care in St Lucia

April 3, 2014
Commentary: Health care in St Lucia The Soufriere hospital in Saint Lucia was built in 1946. From humble beginnings the hospital flourished as a gem as time went by, serving the community 24 hours daily. There were full time doctors, nutritional staff, full time nurses, and ambulance service, x-ray facilities, male and female wards, delivery rooms...

St Lucia confirms first case of chikungunya virus

April 2, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia has confirmed its first case of chikungunya, a mosquito borne disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same vector of dengue fever. Persons infected with the virus present symptoms after three to seven days following exposure.

St Lucia's UN abstention described as irresponsible and cowardly

March 31, 2014
St Lucia's UN abstention described as irresponsible and cowardly CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has described as “irresponsible and cowardly” Saint Lucia’s decision to abstain from voting on a UN General Assembly resolution denouncing the recent annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation.

Caribbean investment promotion agencies visit Nicaragua

March 29, 2014
MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export), in collaboration with the Caribbean Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (CAIPA) and PRONicaragua, organized and executed a study tour to PRONicaragua in Managua, Nicaragua.

St Lucia opposition party distances itself from activist group

March 28, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia has sought to distance itself from a local political activist group calling itself “Flambeau Activists Called to Service” (FACTS). According to a statement issued by the UWP, the use of the word “Flambeau”...

Chance for Eastern Caribbean writers to participate in international programme

March 28, 2014
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Writers who are nationals of Eastern Caribbean islands and Barbados are being invited by the Public Affairs Section at the US Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, to submit nominations for the ten-week International Writer’s Programme (IWP).

St Lucia hosts third Commonwealth biennial conference

March 27, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Saint Lucia plays host to the Commonwealth's third biennial conference on small states from March 26-27, 2014. The Commonwealth Secretariat sees this as an important milestone for its members. Deodat Maharaj, Commonwealth deputy secretary-general...

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