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Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze

September 2, 2014
Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Report has released the results of its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey, and two Caribbean nations – Grenada (#5) and Saint Lucia (#9) – appear in the top ten countries ranked by per capita consumption. The Bahamas is #22.

Letter: Is 'The Silencer' another hoodwinked Boston Terrier?

September 2, 2014
Letter: Is 'The Silencer' another hoodwinked Boston Terrier? Reading the Weekend Voice has confirmed my suspicion of their puppet approach and hoodwinked support to Allan Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP), including the letter to the editor: King – Frederick: The Facts, by “The Silencer”, which is nothing but utter political amusement.

St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe

August 30, 2014
St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The former chairman of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) board was released on bail Thursday evening following his arrest on suspicion of a number of offences, including abuse of public office, breach of trust, conflict of interest and...

St Lucia announces economic citizenship task force

August 30, 2014
St Lucia announces economic citizenship task force CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Cabinet in Saint Lucia has appointed a task force to determine whether the country should establish an economic citizenship programme. In the 2014 Throne Speech, Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy announced that the government would begin...

CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations

August 30, 2014
CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened three regional consultations to discuss the findings of a major consultancy on government procurement in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The consultations are being facilitated by...

I will stand for truth and country, says expelled St Lucia MP

August 28, 2014
I will stand for truth and country, says expelled St Lucia MP CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The recent expulsion of former Saint Lucia government minister and current member of parliament for Castries Central, Richard Frederick, from the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) may have served merely to embolden him.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 11

August 27, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 11 Before we consider the art of right decision making, we should look at the necessity of our national protection. Right decision making within the outline that will be discussed in this essay may be best within this context. All nations, as far as is known, have a military, a form of protection and defence.

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?”

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