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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.

Saint Lucia joins regional project to build public health capacity

September 6, 2014
Saint Lucia joins regional project to build public health capacity CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The ministry of health, wellness, human services and gender relations, in collaboration with the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), is launching the Caribbean Regional Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (CR-FELTP) in Saint Lucia.

St Lucia consulate general launches mobile consular outreach program

September 4, 2014
St Lucia consulate general launches mobile consular outreach program NEW YORK, USA -- The consulate general of Saint Lucia in New York has launched a mobile consular outreach program, an initiative aimed to extend consular services to nationals of Saint Lucia. Beginning Thursday, September 4, 2014, consular services will be available at the Saint Lucia House.

St Lucia, New Zealand sign geothermal support partnership agreement

September 3, 2014
St Lucia, New Zealand sign geothermal support partnership agreement APIA, Samoa -- Dr James Fletcher, minister for sustainable development, energy, science and technology, signed a geothermal support partnership framework agreement on behalf of the government of Saint Lucia with Murray McCully, the minister of foreign affairs of New Zealand.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 12

September 3, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 12 We are in a difficult situation with respect to our economy as well as concerning our future as a people. We have to find solutions to what confronts us as well as those challenges to come. We need not concern ourselves with reparations, etc. to support our economy. We suffered much.

Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze

September 2, 2014
Grenada and St Lucia in top ten countries where people drink the most booze GENEVA, Switzerland -- The World Health Report has released the results of its 15-year global alcohol consumption survey, and two Caribbean nations – Grenada (#5) and Saint Lucia (#9) – appear in the top ten countries ranked by per capita consumption. The Bahamas is #22.

Letter: Is 'The Silencer' another hoodwinked Boston Terrier?

September 2, 2014
Letter: Is 'The Silencer' another hoodwinked Boston Terrier? Reading the Weekend Voice has confirmed my suspicion of their puppet approach and hoodwinked support to Allan Chastanet’s United Workers Party (UWP), including the letter to the editor: King – Frederick: The Facts, by “The Silencer”, which is nothing but utter political amusement.

St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe

August 30, 2014
St Lucia firm surfaces in Cayman Islands corruption probe GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The former chairman of the Cayman Islands Health Services Authority (HSA) board was released on bail Thursday evening following his arrest on suspicion of a number of offences, including abuse of public office, breach of trust, conflict of interest and...

St Lucia announces economic citizenship task force

August 30, 2014
St Lucia announces economic citizenship task force CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Cabinet in Saint Lucia has appointed a task force to determine whether the country should establish an economic citizenship programme. In the 2014 Throne Speech, Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy announced that the government would begin...

CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations

August 30, 2014
CARICOM kicks off government procurement consultations GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has convened three regional consultations to discuss the findings of a major consultancy on government procurement in the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). The consultations are being facilitated by...

I will stand for truth and country, says expelled St Lucia MP

August 28, 2014
I will stand for truth and country, says expelled St Lucia MP CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The recent expulsion of former Saint Lucia government minister and current member of parliament for Castries Central, Richard Frederick, from the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) may have served merely to embolden him.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 11

August 27, 2014
Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 11 Before we consider the art of right decision making, we should look at the necessity of our national protection. Right decision making within the outline that will be discussed in this essay may be best within this context. All nations, as far as is known, have a military, a form of protection and defence.

St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime

August 22, 2014
St Lucia gives effect to OECS movement of people regime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Citizens of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union who travel to Saint Lucia can now stay there indefinitely. The OECS Commission’s Castries-based Regional Integration Unit said, upon arrival in Saint Lucia, citizens of the OECS Economic Union...

St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits

August 22, 2014
St Lucia prepares for increased cruise ship visits CASTRIES, St Lucia -- After an eight-year hiatus, Port Castries is back on the Disney Cruise Lines itinerary with a total of five calls to Saint Lucia for the 2014/2015 cruise season. Port Castries is poised to welcome over 685,000 cruise passengers and over 375 cruise ships for the upcoming cruise season.

CDB welcomes new regional insurance product

August 21, 2014
CDB welcomes new regional insurance product BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has welcomed the inception of an excess rainfall insurance package from the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) and also commended the countries in the region that have purchased a policy for 2014-15.

OAS workshop in St Lucia reviews sustainable energy initiatives in the Caribbean

August 20, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Representatives of regional and global development partners in the energy sector of the Caribbean met on Tuesday with senior energy officials from Caribbean countries in a regional workshop organized by the Organization of American States (OAS) in Saint Lucia.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 10

August 20, 2014
The website centreforaviation.com carried this headline: Brazil To Build More Than 800 New Airports. The short article states that the Brazilian government considers that “Air connectivity is of ‘strategic importance’ to the interior regions.” Isn’t this an avenue that we should explore for LIAT?

Commentary: Restoring the future advancement of St Lucia

August 18, 2014
Commentary: Restoring the future advancement of St Lucia As the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) celebrates its fourth anniversary on August 22, 2014, one could summarize the mood as having been around for much longer. We know that much, because it is possible, as we have done, to foster a new political culture, based on respect for the people...

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