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Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw

June 21, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In attempting to assert and/or defend the apparently false premise that one of its clients is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, a prominent London law firm may have instead opened a proverbial can of worms for the Caribbean country in relation to its passports.

Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia strengthen economy and resilience to climate change

June 21, 2016
Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia strengthen economy and resilience to climate change CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Greening tourism, which contributes around 12 per cent of Saint Lucia's gross domestic product, diversifying agriculture and transforming the fossil fuels-based energy sector could help the Caribbean island strengthen its environmental and economic resilience, according to...

Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia

June 20, 2016
Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia English poet Robert Browning said, "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" In other words, suggesting that, in order to achieve anything worthwhile, we should attempt even those things that may turn out to have been impossible. The current narrative...

St Lucian youth selected for international youth leadership forum

June 20, 2016
St Lucian youth selected for international youth leadership forum CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Canaries native and youth leader Vernet Longville will soon be taking the trip of a lifetime to Lyon in France to represent Saint Lucia and the Caribbean at a prestigious international youth forum. Longville, a young teacher at the Canaries Infant School, has been...

USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total

June 16, 2016
USVI reports two new cases of zika; St Lucia reports eight total ST THOMAS, USVI -- The US Virgin Islands (USVI) Department of Health has reported two new cases of zika in the territory. According to the weekly zika surveillance report, the total number of confirmed positive cases in the USVI is now 26: 16 cases on St Croix, nine cases on...

Commentary: Cuba and the Caribbean: In dialogue with Ambassador Jorge Soberon

June 16, 2016
Commentary: Cuba and the Caribbean: In dialogue with Ambassador Jorge Soberon Cuba is on the move. Business opportunities are opening up in many of its semi-untouched markets - and international business leaders are seeing dollar signs as the Obama administration moves to restore economic and diplomatic ties with the island. From airlines, hotel chains and...

New St Lucia cabinet sworn in

June 15, 2016
New St Lucia cabinet sworn in CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Newly-elected prime minister, Allen Chastanet, on Tuesday announced the members of his Cabinet, at a swearing in ceremony in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia. Along with some portfolios being renamed and reallocated, Chastanet himself has taken on three major functions.

Letter: An accomplished con-man cabinet prepares to strike in St Lucia

June 15, 2016
Letter: An accomplished con-man cabinet prepares to strike in St Lucia Why the poorly educated make bad decisions is a constant worry that literally saps their common sense, it is however how dreadful candidates get elected and the best way to help poor people make them less poor with handouts. Explaining Saint Lucia’s con-man cabinet of ministers begins with...

Regional showcase provides landmark opportunities for Caribbean athletes

June 10, 2016
Regional showcase provides landmark opportunities for Caribbean athletes CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Young, talented sportsmen and women from the Caribbean and Brazil are being urged to take advantage of a landmark opportunity to gain the attention of United States-based colleges and universities. The first-ever Caribbean Recruitment Showcase is set for...

Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards

June 9, 2016
Six Eastern Caribbean countries launch region's first coral reef report cards ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- On Wednesday, as the world celebrated World Ocean’s Day, six Eastern Caribbean countries marked their commitment to preserving the region’s extraordinary marine ecosystems by launching the first Eastern Caribbean coral reef report cards.

Opposition wins St Lucia election

June 7, 2016
Opposition wins St Lucia election CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition United Workers Party (UWP) has won the general election in Saint Lucia, beating the ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) 11 seats to six, effectively reversing the result of the last election in 2011. According to the Electoral Office, 160,465 voters...

Commentary: Sexual harassment in politics

June 7, 2016
Commentary: Sexual harassment in politics Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment, or submission to or...

St Lucia goes to the polls on Monday

June 6, 2016
St Lucia goes to the polls on Monday CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucians go to the polls on Monday in an early general election called three weeks ago by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, however, as one regional commentator puts it, whichever party forms the next government, they may lose by winning. According to highly placed...

Environmentally friendly organic farm and public education programme coming to St Lucia

June 4, 2016
Environmentally friendly organic farm and public education programme coming to St Lucia CASTRIES St Lucia -- The Canaries community in Saint Lucia is to benefit from an organic farm, public education and job creation programme. Supported by the GEF Small Grants Programme (SGP) in partnership with the ministries of agriculture and social transformation along with...

Letter: Peter Wickham's deceptive advocacy and persuasion under the guise of legitimate polling

June 4, 2016
Letter: Peter Wickham's deceptive advocacy and persuasion under the guise of legitimate polling For several years Peter Wickham has travelled the Caribbean region making political persuasion calls in which he claims to have scientifically predicted the elections outcomes in several countries. What is unfortunate is that many persons are willing to promote these calls.

Battle of pollsters continues in St Lucia

June 3, 2016
Battle of pollsters continues in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A day after regional pollsters Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) roundly rejected the ruling St Lucia Labour Party’s (SLP) critical response to its recent survey of voters, the SLP has released the results of an opinion poll conducted by another...

Commentary: Polls, VAT and flawed manifestos mire St Lucia election

June 3, 2016
Commentary: Polls, VAT and flawed manifestos mire St Lucia election Still unknown to many is whether Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony’s address to the nation on May 19, to call early elections June 6, 2016, was predicated on polling data and snap election syndrome. A copy of the poll commissioned March 1-15, 2016 on the influence of the United...

Letter: Jeannine Compton-Antoine's eleventh-hour revelations

June 3, 2016
Letter: Jeannine Compton-Antoine's eleventh-hour revelations I am deeply troubled by Jeannine Compton-Antoine’s eleventh-hour revelations, where she accuses a fellow UWP colleague of sexually harassing her on government property. Women have a hard enough time being taken seriously when we report sexual crimes perpetrated against us.

St Lucia Labour Party accused of inaccuracies, errors and omissions in response to poll

June 2, 2016
St Lucia Labour Party accused of inaccuracies, errors and omissions in response to poll CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ruling St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has been accused of inaccuracies, and obvious and deliberate errors and omissions in its official response to a public opinion poll conducted between May 20 and 23, 2016, by regional pollsters Caribbean Development Research...

Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada

June 2, 2016
Exercise Tradewinds 2016 starts Sunday in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Beginning Sunday, June 5, military and security forces from Caribbean nations will join the United States, Canada, France, and the United Kingdom for maritime and internal security and disaster response training in Grenada as part of Exercise Tradewinds 2016.

OECS destinations hit the road in Germany for another joint promotion event

June 2, 2016
OECS destinations hit the road in Germany for another joint promotion event CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is once again coordinating another joint promotion activity for its member states to promote their respective destinations. The OECS Road Show in Germany follows three successful joint promotion...

CDB approves US$11.2 million St Lucia water supply project

June 2, 2016
CDB approves US$11.2 million St Lucia water supply project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) board of directors has approved a US$11.2 million loan to the government of Saint Lucia. The funding will help improve the water supply system in the community of Dennery North. The Dennery North water supply...

St Lucia election 'too close to call'

May 31, 2016
St Lucia election 'too close to call' CASTRIES, St Lucia -- According to a public opinion poll conducted between May 20 and 23, 2016, by regional pollsters Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES), the outcome of the general election in Saint Lucia due to be held on June 6 is too close to call.

Commentary: Nomination Day supersedes the 'Sabbath'

May 30, 2016
Commentary: Nomination Day supersedes the 'Sabbath' It has become indisputable that hypocrisy and ignorance is commonplace in both the United Workers Party (UWP) and the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), who make substantial decisions for the wide population. Collectively, neither looks certain on what they communicate, and as such...

Venezuela steps on ALBA toes

May 28, 2016
Venezuela steps on ALBA toes WASHINGTON, USA -- At least one member country of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) has expressed surprise that its government was not consulted prior to the publication in Thursday’s Washington Post newspaper of an advertisement, presumably paid...

Commentary: Symbolism and St Lucian imagination

May 28, 2016
Commentary: Symbolism and St Lucian imagination All religions in the history of the world have made use of symbolism, for every religious movement has attempted to express man’s basic experience of the holy and the transcendent. Saint Lucians find themselves at the crossroad of having to acknowledge their religious holy day.

Sex and religion dominate St Lucia election campaign

May 27, 2016
Sex and religion dominate St Lucia election campaign CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Hard on the heels of controversy over slurs made by a government minister concerning individual sexual orientation, religious doctrine has now also become part of the political landscape ahead of the general election in Saint Lucia on June 6. Recent derogatory remarks...

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