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Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national

October 21, 2014
Caribbean travel bans unfair, says Sierra Leone national BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A national of Sierra Leone residing in Britain has criticized the travel ban imposed by St Kitts and Nevis and a number of other Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states. Communications consultant Desmond Gordon told WINN FM that the ban is unfair.

OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola

October 21, 2014
OECS to take harmonised approach to managing chikungunya and Ebola KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- The first Council of Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) health ministers meeting held on last Thursday in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines, identified chikungunya and Ebola as the most urgent public health priorities facing the region at this time.

Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative

October 21, 2014
Trinidad minister advances discussions on southern Caribbean cruise initiative PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Senator Gerald Hadeed, Trinidad and Tobago’s minister of tourism, attended the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Conference and Trade Show in St Maarten from October 6-8, 2014, to hold high level talks with ministers of tourism of Grenada, St Lucia and...

Exotic St Lucian designer launches in US

October 18, 2014
Exotic St Lucian designer launches in US NEW YORK, USA -- Owen Coleman, CEO of The Coleman Alliance, has announced the formation of Anitanja LLC, a New York headquartered company designing and manufacturing wholesale and online retail jewelry. The company features the creative work of its namesake, Anitanja.

St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action

October 16, 2014
St Lucia imposes travel restriction for Ebola countries; Grenada calls for OECS action CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia has imposed with immediate effect a prohibition on persons from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone who wish to travel to the island. All visitors from the three countries will be denied entry into Saint Lucia until further notice.

Commentary: Political corruption kills jobs and economies

October 6, 2014
Commentary: Political corruption kills jobs and economies Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, how cool is that? Or is it easier not to make a decision, to better choices? Meanwhile, Saint Lucians are on the hook to pay for numerous misdeeds that have surrendered the economic dead. Fortunately, either way you look, there is another way forward. The Lucian People’s...

Letter: Allen Chastanet's loyalists have turned on him

October 6, 2014
Letter: Allen Chastanet's loyalists have turned on him Fourteen months ago, an overgrown mulatto bourgeoisie baby (Allen Chastanet), who should have been in his crib at home, was elevated to the leadership of the United Worker Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia by means of a proxy. With the advent of “the Silencer” this move was taken to rescue the party.

On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics

October 2, 2014
On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that small island developing nations must speak with one voice at the global level, representatives of those countries on Tuesday pressed for international economic partnerships and efforts to combat climate change, on the final day of the annual General Assembly debate in New York.

St Lucia PM's claim of economic growth challenged

October 2, 2014
St Lucia PM's claim of economic growth challenged CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said it is aware that tourism-related construction development is one of the primary potential economic fixes on the island. However, after listening to Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony’s recent interview on local television...

Chikungunya cases increase in southern part of St Lucia

October 2, 2014
Chikungunya cases increase in southern part of St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Chief medical officer at the ministry of health, wellness, human services and gender relations, Dr Merlene Fredericks, is urging Saint Lucia residents to guard against mosquitoes after records revealed an increase in chikungunya cases in the south of the island.

Commentary: Change the perspective and remodel Saint Lucia

September 30, 2014
Commentary: Change the perspective and remodel Saint Lucia The downward spiral in the Saint Lucian economy is seriously hurting the bottom line of many businesses. Now, that’s not just my point of view! Simply walk around the city of Castries, the towns and villages and communicate with citizens. Take a drive up and down the roadways and experience for yourself.

Letter: More mysterious goings on in St Lucia

September 29, 2014
Letter: More mysterious goings on in St Lucia I hear that my last letter created something of a stir in the “Funny Boys Inc.” camp and, according to my well informed source in London, the Boyz are busy circling the wagons in an attempt at damage control – something that may yet turn into Custer’s Last Stand. Now it seems that a famously corrupt...

St Lucia resort disconnected for non-payment of utility bill

September 27, 2014
St Lucia resort disconnected for non-payment of utility bill CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On Tuesday, the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) cut the supply of electricity to the up-market Cotton Bay Village Resort at Cap Estate. The 74 room property, according to LUCELEC corporate communications manager, Roger Joseph...

St Lucia and Bahamas among states triggering arms trade treaty into force

September 26, 2014
St Lucia and Bahamas among states triggering arms trade treaty into force NEW YORK, USA -- The 90-day countdown to the entry into force of the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) began on Thursday and two CARICOM member states were due to be among seven states ratifying the treaty, thus triggering the countdown to entry into force. Fifty states were required to ratify the treaty.

St Lucia records spike in chikungunya cases

September 26, 2014
St Lucia records spike in chikungunya cases CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ministry of health in Saint Lucia says it has noted a spike in chikungunya cases in the south of the island and has reminded the population to be vigilant to preventing possible sources of mosquitoes breeding. On May 1, 2014, Dr James Hospedales, head of the...

Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign

September 24, 2014
Commentary: The 'Ring the Bell' Campaign There are times when events and circumstance combine to push an individual into doing things that would normally be considered ‘out of character.’ Such is the condition in which I now find myself as I set about launching this campaign in order to raise funds for what will be one of the hottest...

St Lucia to upgrade and expand tourism sector

September 20, 2014
St Lucia to upgrade and expand tourism sector LUTON, England -- The fourth edition of the Saint Lucia UK Showcase and the 21st Gala Awards took place last week in England. The event welcomed guest of honour Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia, who thanked the UK travel trade for its support and commitment to the island.

Geothermal exploration progresses in St Lucia

September 19, 2014
Geothermal exploration progresses in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia is making significant progress in developing the country's geothermal potential, encouraged by the recent receipt of grants from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Small Island Developing States Renewable Energy project (SIDS DOCK).

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 14

September 17, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 14 We have gone through quite a bit of information as we discussed the benefits of keeping our Vigie Airport in the hands of the St Lucian public. It is suggested as we, hopefully, publicly debate the benefits and disadvantages of public /private partnerships or the total privatization of our national assets...

St Lucia opposition party leader faces new challenge

September 15, 2014
St Lucia opposition party leader faces new challenge CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Allen Chastanet, the embattled political leader of the opposition United Workers party (UWP) in Saint Lucia, may be facing a new challenge at the party’s convention next month. Local economist Dr Claudius Preville, a staunch UWP member, has not only expressed an intention...

Letter: Who is penetrating whom in St Lucia?

September 15, 2014
Letter: Who is penetrating whom in St Lucia? This has been an interesting and educational few days for me and, no, not because of the anonymous "Silencer" published by The Voice. I received a message on my trusty Blackberry from a well connected friend in England, who asked me what was going on in St Lucia to cause so much merriment.

GraceKennedy acquires additional 50pct interest in St Lucia insurance company

September 13, 2014
GraceKennedy acquires additional 50pct interest in St Lucia insurance company KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The GraceKennedy Group has announced the acquisition of an additional 50% of the shares in Saint Lucian company, EC Global Insurance Company Limited, bringing its shareholding to 80%. The group first acquired its 30% shareholding in EC Global in 2004.

West Indies celebrate special 500th Test match in St Lucia

September 13, 2014
West Indies celebrate special 500th Test match in St Lucia GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- West Indies cricket will mark a special milestone on Saturday when the West Indies team plays its 500th Test match. The landmark will be celebrated when they take on Bangladesh in the second and final Dhaka Bank Test match at Beausejour Cricket Ground in Saint Lucia.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 13

September 10, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 13 (a) Rhabdomancy involves the use of rods or stalks to discover springs of water, iron ore, minerals, oil, as well as other ores; (b) In Joshua 2:2 we see that the prostitute’s name is Rahab (observe the similarity with the word rhabnomancy); (c) in verses 2 and 3 we see that the Moses’ spies came to...

Letter: The Silencer still wearing a mask

September 10, 2014
Letter: The Silencer still wearing a mask There is the old adage: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose... The more things change, the more they remain the same. Particularly as regards King – Frederick: The Facts, by “The Silencer”, who is rather numb in the politics of Saint Lucia. This is what has me setting the record straight.

Caribbean students head to the United States for studies

September 9, 2014
Caribbean students head to the United States for studies BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of the Eastern Caribbean States has announced the final two members of the 2014 slate of Fulbright and Humphrey Fellows for this academic year. St Lucian Halim Ernest and Grenadian Keane Mark...

Bipartisan effort restores St Lucia's Central Police Station

September 8, 2014
Bipartisan effort restores St Lucia's Central Police Station CASTRIES, St Lucia -- No matter how bad things are, with the threat of a five percent wage cut, on top of reduced budget allocation and reduced human resources, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) somehow found confidence in themselves, ignoring the political and economic forecasts.

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