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Letter: Spider's web has bottomed-out for Mary's love

December 18, 2014
Letter: Spider's web has bottomed-out for Mary's love The love of Mary Isaac, president of the Civil Service Association (CSA), is better. That’s no longer a secret to a closely watched relationship. Isaac was on Tuesday, nominated as the new United Workers Party (UWP) senator, to replace the boyish looking and withdrawn Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute.

St Lucia moves ahead with geothermal development

December 17, 2014
St Lucia moves ahead with geothermal development CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s ministry of sustainable development, energy, science and technology last week hosted a delegation of technical experts from the World Bank, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the New Zealand government.

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

Commentary: The future is oiled

December 17, 2014
Commentary: The future is oiled The unparalleled coverage of the oil and gas sector for the past weeks gives new impetus to review our economic outlook and forward guidance on economic strategies worldwide. “We are not going to change our minds because the prices went to $60 or to $40, OPEC will stand by its decision not to cut output...

Three crew members dead in cruise ship fire in St Lucia

December 16, 2014
Three crew members dead in cruise ship fire in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Three crew members on board the Oceania cruise ship Insignia died in a fire that started in the engine room of the vessel while docked in St Lucia last Thursday. Insignia was on a ten-day cruise that departed San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 7, and was scheduled...

Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US

December 13, 2014
Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) has strongly urged governments in the region, which have not yet completed the process towards a signed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with the US to do so speedily.

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers

December 10, 2014
No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) telecommunications ministers have taken a decision to prevent the return to a telecommunications monopoly following a proposed merger between Cable and Wireless Communications and Columbus Communications International.

Letter: Is Matthew Roberts' blood on SLP hands?

December 10, 2014
Letter: Is Matthew Roberts' blood on SLP hands? Saint Lucia is a small country with a regime that adores leftist intentions with no room for moderate views, such as the likes of Hon Matthew Roberts, the former speaker, who served during the SLP term 1997- 2003. He is knowledgeable and informed on what many don’t know!

St Lucia targets Caribbean travellers

December 9, 2014
St Lucia targets Caribbean travellers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The island’s principal promotions and marketing agency, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, continues to build excitement and spur interest in an attempt to further revitalize the Caribbean market. The SLTB has just wrapped up its latest series of promotions in neighbouring Trinidad.

Commentary: The St Lucia Labour Party is deluded... brace for drawbacks

December 8, 2014
Commentary: The St Lucia Labour Party is deluded... brace for drawbacks The last three years of Labour has been hell on earth. But, with two more years to go, and the proposition for early election, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) brand will fade away. That would be a welcome sign on the heels of an establishment that not only continues to lose purpose...

Letter: Allen and Kenny: 'Membete, mempwele' - no difference between them

December 8, 2014
Letter: Allen and Kenny: 'Membete, mempwele' - no difference between them The conventions of both the United Worker Party (UWP) and the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) had me choking, figuratively speaking, on good wine and a Cuban cigar. The preschool atmosphere of political clowns and actors were a fitting reminder of Sunday afternoon karate movies, at the former Gaiety...

Commentary: The dilemma to St Lucia's structural rise again

December 1, 2014
Commentary: The dilemma to St Lucia's structural rise again As the third anniversary [November 28] of the Saint Lucia Labour Party [SLP] approached, it was more and more evident, that the country needs new and genuine governance and a national agenda with an exciting vision that is focused on performance and the aspirations of the new reality.

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.

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