News from St Lucia:
August 31, 2015
Words are hard to find to deconstruct the political ‘mamaguy’ in the United Workers Party (UWP), aka Destructive Workers Party (DWP). The return of Rufus Bousquet, aka Bruce Tucker, to politics has outfoxed plenty of political novices. He captured the chairmanship of his former constituency, Choiseul/Saltibus...
August 28, 2015
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Claudia Coenjaerts, a Belgian national, has been appointed as director of the ILO Decent Work Team and Office for the Caribbean, effective August 1, 2015. Coenjaerts joined the ILO in 1995 and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.
August 26, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives from Caribbean countries met on August 24-25 in Saint Lucia to identify opportunities for collective action on the path towards the full implementation of access rights to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters, enshrined...
August 25, 2015
PARKHILL, St Vincent -- The Windward Islands Goodwill Cricket Tournament continued on Sunday in St Vincent and the Grenadines with victories for the hosts over Saint Lucia at Park Hill, and for Dominica over Grenada at the Arnos Vale Grounds. At Park Hill, Saint Lucia, resuming from their overnight position...
August 22, 2015
BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) says it is aware of allegations in the media that regional wireless Digicel is blocking calls made using voice over internet protocol (VOIP) such as Whatsapp calling on its network. This comes following...
August 22, 2015
SION HILL, St Vincent -- A bossy hundred by Grenadian opener Devon Smith, aided by senior team debutant Emmanuel Stewart, propelled Grenada to 292 all out on the first day of the 2015 Windward Islands Senior Men Cricket Tournament being played in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
August 21, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Saint Lucia’s House of Assembly met on Tuesday, to debate the report of the Constitutional Review Commission. The House authorized the establishment of a Commission in 2004, to examine Saint Lucia’s constitution and report, in writing, recommendations and...
August 18, 2015
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Belfast was treated to Caribbean hospitality and festivities on Saturday with the official launch of Caribbean Week 2015. The annual Caribbean Week highlights Caribbean history, food, music, poetry, photography, fashion, tourism, agriculture, including emancipation and...
August 18, 2015
In February 2014, attorneys for former Saint Lucia housing minister Richard Frederick filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, claiming compensatory and punitive damages of $25 million in relation to the revocation in 2011 of his diplomatic and non-immigrant US visas.
August 18, 2015
The reaction by your office, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto to a progressive group of Saint Lucians who successfully hosted a Family Fun Day is unfortunate. It is a break in proceedings to say that the handling of the entire situation from the beginning, to now....
August 17, 2015
There can be few readers that are not at least dimly aware that Hillary Clinton, former US secretary of state and putative Democratic Party 2016 presidential nominee, is currently embroiled in an ongoing controversy over her use of a private email server in an apparent attempt to circumvent...
August 14, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On August 7, a delegation from Venezuela, led by Venezuela’s minister for external affairs, Delcy Rodriguez, arrived in Saint Lucia. The visiting Venezuelan minister met Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony and minister for external affairs Alva Baptiste. The Venezuelan delegation is...
August 10, 2015
Listening to the discussions surrounding important issues on island concludes a devastating period of obsession with egotism and rhetorical onslaught to defend both government and political leaders that are inept in the execution of basic management fundamentals. Daily, the focus is on political...
August 6, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- After months of planning and active engagement with a wide cross-section of the Saint Lucian citizenry, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has announced that its first national convention will take place on August 23, under the theme “Saint Lucia Deserves a Fresh Start".
August 4, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In a letter written last Tuesday to Saint Lucia’s justice minister, president of the local Bar Association Mary Juliana Charles said that on no account will the members of the Criminal Bar resume practice in the current court building unless and until it is given a clean bill of health.
August 3, 2015
I have deliberately stayed out of the ongoing certificate stories for a deep dive in the Caribbean Sea and spend a few days on the water. Allay, to the rescue appear two fresh-minted certificates. That’s a big accomplishment if pundits are expected to eat their words for a half-baked Castries mulatto.
July 31, 2015
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Representatives from 13 countries are in the British Virgin Islands attending the 40th Conference of the Caribbean, the Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). The conference began on July 25 and will conclude on August 1.
July 31, 2015
I was pleased to read in your news release of July 30 that Cuba and St Lucia signed a trade agreement that will deepen existing bilateral relations and examine future trade opportunities between our countries. I presume that St Lucia, through our ambassador to Cuba, is taking full advantage of...
July 30, 2015
SANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba -- Cuba and Saint Lucia recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) aimed at expanding trade between the two countries. Saint Lucia’s Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) hopes to introduce quality Saint Lucian products into the Cuban market.
July 30, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Grenada beat Saint Lucia 4-2 in the second game of the CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Tournament, Caribbean Zone Group 2. Playing on Tuesday evening at Mindoo Phillip Park in Castries, Saint Lucia, the Grenadians were coming off a 0-5 loss to Jamaica.
July 29, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A coroner’s jury in Saint Lucia has determined that the death of a 22-year-old man in a police lockup in October 2013 was “unlawful”, raising more questions as to human rights abuses in a country that is already under a cloud following the withdrawal of US security...
July 27, 2015
National security and immigration are two major components of sovereignty that the region can do with much better regulations and enforcement. If not, the pristine innocence of ‘every ting irie, man’ will remain open for the profit of crime and the underworld to take advantage of. Most worrisome will be aftermath of...
July 25, 2015
Carnival was pleasing to the eye; what I saw is not something I can see and have on a normal day. The ladies were eye popping. The boys and I had a great time in the sidewalk band. Ole mass was the best political statement I have seen in a while. The sidewalk bank enjoyed “Emma Hold DE PM Post 4 Days”.
July 24, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Expedia group, one of the world's leading travel companies, has seen a significant increase in travel demand for properties of all star levels on the island of Saint Lucia. Overall, demand increased more than 20 percent in the first quarter of 2015 when compared to the same...
July 22, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Development Bank is supporting Saint Lucia’s efforts to deliver a reliable, climate resilient supply of potable water to the northern districts of the island by providing US$14.8 million to fund improvements to the John Compton Dam and operations of the Water and...
July 21, 2015
This is my first open letter and some of the most personal feelings I have ever expressed in writing. Your death caused me deep despair and grief, as have so many brutal assaults on other young women in the past. Though I have never met you, many people have expressed...
July 20, 2015
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Football Association is set to host international football again this month. Mindoo Phillip Park will be the venue for the Caribbean Zone Group 2 of the 2015 CONCACAF Women's Under-20 Championship. Grenada and Jamaica will be the other two participating teams.