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Cuba and St Lucia sign trade agreement

July 30, 2015
Cuba and St Lucia sign trade agreement 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.

Grenada beat Saint Lucia in CONCACAF Women's U20

July 30, 2015
Grenada beat Saint Lucia in CONCACAF Women's U20 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.

Death in police custody in St Lucia ruled unlawful by coroner's jury

July 29, 2015
Death in police custody in St Lucia ruled unlawful by coroner's jury 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...

Commentary: What's the fear over the IMPACS investigation?

July 27, 2015
Commentary: What's the fear over the IMPACS investigation? 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...

Letter: Is the aristocrat Allen Chastanet the unrepentant sinner on his throne?

July 25, 2015
Letter: Is the aristocrat Allen Chastanet the unrepentant sinner on his throne? 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”.

Expedia sees significant growth for St Lucia

July 24, 2015
Expedia sees significant growth for St Lucia 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...

Improvements in the pipeline for St Lucia water supply

July 22, 2015
Improvements in the pipeline for St Lucia water supply 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...

Open Letter to Yana Auguste: A victim of gender -based violence

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...

St Lucia to host CONCACAF women's championship

July 20, 2015
St Lucia to host CONCACAF women's championship 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.

US, Britain reportedly call for St Lucia police commissioner to be fired

July 18, 2015
US, Britain reportedly call for St Lucia police commissioner to be fired CASTRIES, St Lucia -- According to US intelligence sources, security services in both the US and Britain have written to the government of Saint Lucia calling for commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), Vernon Francois, to be fired. Local reports further indicate that the government has...

St Lucia political leader accused of diverting party funds

July 17, 2015
St Lucia political leader accused of diverting party funds CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has been accused by a group of dissident party supporters of commissioning a poll to determine if he should remain as party leader, paying the polling company with monies donated to...

Letter: Allen Chastanet calls clinical psychologist for help

July 17, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet calls clinical psychologist for help I was more than amused to learn that the licensed psychologist Dr Sharon-Ann Gopaul-McNicol was hired by the aristocrat Allen Chastanet to give her assessment of the party meeting last Monday, July 13, 2015. In conversation with my wife over dinner I asked by the way, dear, why does the UWP need...

WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public

July 17, 2015
WICB continues series of town-hall meetings to re-engage the public KINGSTON, Jamaica -- As part of continued efforts for the public to participate in the series of town-hall meetings, the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will be in Saint Lucia and Guyana over the next two weeks. Fans in those two territories will get the chance to ask questions and make comments about the sport.

Commentary: The philosophy of a diverse phenomenon

July 16, 2015
Commentary: The philosophy of a diverse phenomenon Citizenship by investment has become a bubble in the Caribbean. These programs are designed to sell safe havens liberally and unilaterally. Participating countries do not mandate by law to give up prior citizenship, and have very little restrictions and compliance, except the desire to receive...

United Airlines to launch non-stop service to St Lucia from Chicago in December

July 14, 2015
United Airlines to launch non-stop service to St Lucia from Chicago in December CASTRIES, St Lucia -- With visitors arriving at a record pace from the US – showing a year-to-date increase of 9 percent over 2014 – Saint Lucia will welcome additional winter season flights as United Airlines launches inaugural non-stop service from Chicago.  Commencing December 19, 2015...

Commentary: Economic Citizenship: The way I see it

July 14, 2015
Commentary: Economic Citizenship: The way I see it The era of handouts which was labelled “aid” has passed. Gone are the days when Saint Lucian farmers thrived on subsidies, some of which originated from agencies in Europe. They received assistance of many kinds including the maintenance of networks of drains on their farms.

Letter: Is Allen Chastanet an accomplished liar and a thief?

July 13, 2015
Letter: Is Allen Chastanet an accomplished liar and a thief? Everyone knows the courts have deemed the aristocrat Allen Chastanet untrustworthy, devious and a pathological liar. We know in the last week he travelled to Canada, Bishop’s and Washington Universities to purchase certificates to validate his pedigree with no success, and we know three weeks...

OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness

July 10, 2015
OECS tourism ministers explore ways of increasing region's competitiveness ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- How to remain competitive in the global tourism industry was the context of discussions during the second meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Council of Ministers of Tourism held in Grenada on Thursday. Tourism ministers from member states...

More required vacation leave for St Lucia police commissioner

July 9, 2015
More required vacation leave for St Lucia police commissioner CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force, Vernon Francois, who was expected to return to work on June 30, has been instructed to remain on leave for another 30 days. Almost two years ago, on August 12, 2013, Caribbean News Now published a report that, according to...

Visiting yachtsman stabbed multiple times in robbery attempt in St Lucia

July 7, 2015
Visiting yachtsman stabbed multiple times in robbery attempt in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- In an apparent attempt to rob a visiting vessel in May, a swimmer tripped over and woke the skipper who was sleeping in the cockpit of a boat anchored near shore at Reduit Beach in Saint Lucia, Caribbean Safety and Security Net (CSSN) reported. The robber proceeded to...

Commentary: Blindfolds measure up conveniently in St Lucia

July 7, 2015
Commentary: Blindfolds measure up conveniently in St Lucia Under Saint Lucia’s party control system, defining a distinctive edge to untapped generation change, accompanied by political change is nonexistent. Alongside this backdrop, an unreal strategic assessment of market conditions and unrelated investment is contributing to widening the socio-economic...

St Lucia government pressed on economic citizenship proposal

July 6, 2015
St Lucia government pressed on economic citizenship proposal CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia government’s desire to sell thousands of passports abroad in exchange for huge sums of cash through the economic citizenship by investment programme should be of concern to all Saint Lucian citizens who love their country and desire transparency...

Letter: Allen Chastanet's UWP is pregnant with Victoria secrets

July 3, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet's UWP is pregnant with Victoria secrets Shocked, No! It was only a matter of time in these hard times for the cookie to crumble in a rooted culture hooked with strings and perks attached short on delivery. The indiscipline passed through the United Workers Party (UWP) with the aristocrat Allen Chastanet payments to conference delegates to secure...

Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering

July 1, 2015
Caribbean prosecutors join forces to clamp down on corruption and money laundering CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Chief prosecutors from Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean region have gathered for the first time to discuss recurrent issues that interfere with the prosecution of corruption and money laundering and the recovery of the proceeds of these crimes.

Letter: A horse and a jackass, soul fools for SLP

July 1, 2015
Letter: A horse and a jackass, soul fools for SLP Going out for a free-up time with the old boys last weekend was a real treat. Bottoms up, the crew went wild, sitting in the open watching people with little time on their hands face the hassle and tussle of life on Jeremie Street. Ohhhh.. Boy, chilling out felt good, if for a moment. Hello Frank!

Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth, says St Lucia hotelier

June 29, 2015
Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth, says St Lucia hotelier CASTRIES, St Lucia -- It's time for stakeholders in the Caribbean's hospitality industry more to broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language. The call was made by the president of the...

Commentary: It's time for a democratic awakening in St Lucia

June 29, 2015
Commentary: It's time for a democratic awakening in St Lucia Archaic political ideology, facilitators that invent false choices and economic models that are responsible for inequality and instability towards the degeneration of society, are overdue for a democratic awakening. The principle consideration is finding the right combination rooted in community and a network of...

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