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Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs

February 20, 2017
Commentary: The implications of Trump's immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya...

Interest revived in 'third border' concept

February 16, 2017
Interest revived in 'third border' concept ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Caribbean island nations are often described as America’s “third border” but to what extent should Americans be concerned that the Caribbean is a backdoor for opponents to sneak into the country? In the last few weeks allegations have been made of collaboration...

Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime

February 16, 2017
Regional police officers to receive training in supporting victims of crime BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a training course entitled “Enhancing Support to Victims of Crime”. The course will be attended by police officers of varying ranks along with gender...

Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Making America hate again!

February 14, 2017
Commentary: Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler: Making America hate again! President Donald Trump started and ended his third week in office leaving the whole world in absolutely no doubt about his impulsive eagerness to threaten and bully his way, anytime, anywhere – and through anyone. On Day I of Week 3, his Justice Department was back in court seeking...

Commentary: 'Alternate reality' hampers governance in St Lucia

February 13, 2017
Commentary: 'Alternate reality' hampers governance in St Lucia The “alternate reality” seems odd, in particular when “the vulnerable” are very much over the edge, the “reality gap” widening, misinformation on political and economic issues based on “alternative facts” and crony capitalism is just fine as long as it involves the right cronies. Experts reaffirm that...

Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes

February 10, 2017
Commentary: Transparency vital in passport and residence programmes The global US television company, Cable News Network (CNN), broadcast the first part of a programme on February 8, alleging the sale of Venezuelan passports to Iraqis and others through the country’s Embassy in Baghdad. The programme suggested that it is possible that terrorists might have...

IMF concludes 2017 mission to St Lucia

February 7, 2017
IMF concludes 2017 mission to St Lucia WASHINGTON, USA -- An IMF mission visited Saint Lucia during January 16-27, 2017, for the annual Article IV consultation discussions on economic developments and macroeconomic policies.  Despite weak tourism activity, unemployment continued to fall in 2016 and the economy is expected to....

OECS engages citizens on key development issues

February 7, 2017
OECS engages citizens on key development issues CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has begun engaging citizens of member states on issues impacting their lives, the challenges facing the region, and the development opportunities for the OECS and its people. The public education forum series, dubbed Vini Koze...

Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened

February 7, 2017
Commentary: When Eastern Caribbean nations give passports to Iranians, global security is threatened When the nations of the Eastern Caribbean issue passports to Iranian nationals, only to gain clearly excessive fees, not all of which have been accounted for, the United States, and indeed the free world, suffer increased threats to national security, as those passports have facilitated more...

Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks

February 4, 2017
Talks ongoing to amalgamate OECS indigenous banks BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) Governor Timothy Antoine is continuing to push for the amalgamation of local banks in the OECS sub-region. He spoke to the issue recently in Dominica, and again returned to the subject in Anguilla.

Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable'

February 3, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passport row highlights distinction between 'knowingly' and 'knowable' WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest controversy over the issue of diplomatic passports by Eastern Caribbean governments to wealthy individuals with questionable backgrounds and motives has served to raise awareness of a little-discussed provision in US law as it relates to sanctions on Iran.

OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean

February 3, 2017
OECS surveys geothermal energy resources in the Eastern Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Financing and government policy have been identified as the major challenges to the development of geothermal energy in the Eastern Caribbean. That’s one of the findings of a Survey conducted by the Energy Unit of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States...

St Lucia consulate in Toronto in disarray

February 1, 2017
St Lucia consulate in Toronto in disarray CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia consulate in Toronto is currently engaged in damage control over the recent rejection by Canada of the government’s appointed chargé d’affaires, Miline Foster, on the grounds that she is a permanent resident of Canada and thus ineligible for a diplomatic posting.

Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale

January 31, 2017
Dominica diplomatic passports reportedly still for sale MIAMI, USA -- In the latest revelation in the rapidly unfolding saga of diplomatic passports allegedly sold by the government of Dominica to questionable individuals, a new report on Monday provided another insight into the practice, which has been denied by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit.

UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies

January 30, 2017
UK supports Commonwealth Caribbean in developing resilient marine economies KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Leading marine experts from the Caribbean and the UK joined up last week at a three-day workshop aiming to support the sustainable growth of marine economies in the region.  In the Caribbean region, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana...

Commentary: St Lucia government's 'alternative fact sheet'

January 30, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia government's 'alternative fact sheet' It took seven months for the prime minister and minister of finance Allen Chastanet to sort out his administration’s economic ethos and principles. However, the message is: “The economy is broke, Saint Lucia is in trouble.” “The government was focusing on three primary areas in terms of...

St Lucia PM challenged over 'untrue' statements

January 28, 2017
St Lucia PM challenged over 'untrue' statements CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has been challenged by his predecessor, Dr Kenny Anthony, over statements he described as “untrue”, recently made by Chastanet in connection with the investigation into the 2014 murder of British citizen Oliver Gobat.

Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region

January 28, 2017
Dominica's latest diplomatic passport scandal could hurt region BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Concern has been expressed about the possible negative impact that the latest diplomatic passport scandal in which Dominica has found itself embroiled can have on the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) countries. An Iranian man accused...

Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad

January 28, 2017
Eight countries receive disaster training in Trinidad PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) this week convened a four-day training course in Port of Spain, Trinidad, to improve the ability of policymakers from eight Caribbean countries...

Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness

January 27, 2017
Britain takes over Commonwealth operations from Dominica baroness LONDON, England -- Sir Simon Gass, a recently retired senior official with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), has been appointed acting chief operating officer at the Commonwealth Secretariat, in an attempt by the British government to shore up the troubled organization.

St Lucia opposition calls on government minister to resign after nude pictures go viral on social media

January 26, 2017
St Lucia opposition calls on government minister to resign after nude pictures go viral on social media CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has called on minister in the ministry of finance, Senator Dr Ubaldus Raymond, to do “the honourable thing and tender his resignation immediately” following the release on social media of nude photographs purportedly of...

Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme

January 25, 2017
Applications open for Caribbean youth entrepreneurship tech incubation programme BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A technology incubation programme that provides business support services for young entrepreneurs in Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Haiti is open for applications. The Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP) is an initiative of the...

Taking off the limits!

January 24, 2017
Taking off the limits! CASTRIES, St Lucia -- If you are ever looking to grab attention for your headlines, blogs, tweets or social media shares, add some nudity to the mix, and you may attain some wanted and/or unwanted notice. Nudity, despite the fact that is pretty much everywhere, still remains a controversial issue.

Letter: Can I get two Ubaldus?

January 21, 2017
Letter: Can I get two Ubaldus? I am not amused by the new $700 “legal tender for the payment of sex” featuring Senator Dr Ubaldus “Dick” Raymond, minister in the ministry of finance. If that was not enough, standing in line at the drug store, the new lingo for purchasing Enhance or Viagra is "Can I get two Ubaldus".

Girl power in St Lucia: Inspiring social change through football

January 19, 2017
Girl power in St Lucia: Inspiring social change through football CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Sacred Sports Foundation (SSF) in Saint Lucia, is a FIFA-Football for Hope-supported NGO. Girls are part of an initiative spread across the island. A core aspect of the programme is creating a safe space through development and training in appropriate child safeguarding...

Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor

January 17, 2017
Use economic citizenship funds wisely, says ECCB governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Guidelines and recommendations pertaining to the use of revenue from economic citizenship programmes in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have been put forward by Governor Timothy Antoine of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector

January 17, 2017
Non-performing loans threaten ECCU financial sector BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- One of the leading threats to the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system is the high level of non-performing loans of banks in the countries that share the EC dollar. This is according to Timothy Antoine, governor of the Eastern Caribbean...

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