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German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the German government are supporting the efforts of eight CARICOM member states to adapt the management of their natural resources and economies to the ever-pressing and far-reaching socio-economic and environmental...

St Lucia opposition MP threatens legal action against party

July 19, 2014
St Lucia opposition MP threatens legal action against party CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following a formal complaint served on Richard Frederick, the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) member of parliament for Saint Lucia’s Castries Central constituency, by the party’s disciplinary committee, Frederick said through his attorney that...

United celebrates first anniversary of service to St Lucia

July 16, 2014
United celebrates first anniversary of service to St Lucia NEW YORK, USA -- United Airlines is celebrating its first anniversary of service to St Lucia from its New York-area hub, Newark Liberty International Airport. The Saturday service from Newark Liberty to Hewanorra International Airport in St Lucia is operated with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft featuring 154 seats.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 6

July 16, 2014
Most of us have seen crabs, caught them, cooked and eaten them. We love the big gandy, for it is full of meat. Right? The big gandy of a crab functions as a defensive weapon as well as to capture its food. As is seen in the above map, the crab illustration has the big finger of the larger gandy (claw)...

Letter: Gaining common ground in St Lucia

July 15, 2014
Our current financial deficit has been in contention for quite a while. As a matter of information, successive governments have unequivocally been laying the shortfall on our costly existence as a third world nation. Metaphorically! Change of administrations has never attempted to...

Religious leaders in St Lucia urged to do more

July 12, 2014
Religious leaders in St Lucia urged to do more CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Suggesting there may be a direct link between Saint Lucia’s adverse economic situation and the sharp rise in suicide cases in the country, the leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called on the religious community to accept a greater role in addressing...

World Bank awards 11 Caribbean entrepreneurs more than US$400,000 in climate grants

July 12, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) -- a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev -- has announced the 11 winners of its first regional proof of concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of...

St Lucia's water crisis continues

July 10, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- The Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) in Saint Lucia announced on Tuesday that the island’s drought is getting worse. As a result, the water related emergency initially declared in March for the north of the island, has been expanded to the entire country.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 5

July 9, 2014
Let’s have a look at the maps; a regional, hemispheric and world map. Superimpose on these, regional and international traffic maps. How can we develop St Lucia as a major transit point for passengers, goods, and other tangibles that would necessitate the use of George F.L Charles airport?

St Lucia government called on to stop 'reprehensible' attacks on civil service

July 7, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has called upon Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony to insist that his St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and supporters refrain from their reprehensible public assault on the civil service. In a press statement on Sunday...

Commentary: The tragedy of old positions and perceived newness

July 7, 2014
Commentary: The tragedy of old positions and perceived newness Last week the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) issued a press release with a view to establishing a network of business ambassadors. This caught my attention, knowing that this is nothing new, and that the last crop of “business ambassador(s)” had failed to deliver to the nation except for themselves.

Letter: Two mistakes of common character traits - Allen Chastanet and Claudius Francis

July 7, 2014
News and events taking place on the island of Saint Lucia has me wondering what has become of the Helen of the West Indies. The rate of suicide just this past week climbed by two, as life is already hard to live. Thank God for the farm. More so than before, now that Prime Minister...

Former minister lacks credibility, says St Lucia official

July 5, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In a press release on Thursday, Silas Wilson, the executive assistant to Saint Lucia’s deputy prime minister and minister of infrastructure, port services and transport, rejected allegations made by a former minister that the ministry is engaged in issuing direct awards.

Eighteen Caribbean hotels among the Top 100 List in 2014

July 3, 2014
BELLEVUE, USA -- On Tuesday, Expedia.com, one of the world’s largest full-service online travel sites, announced the Expedia 2014 Insiders’ Select rankings, an annual crowd-sourced list of the world’s best-reviewed hotels. The Insiders’ Select list recognizes the top-ranked hotels...

Letter: The Harvey Vale Marina project is an environmental disaster

July 3, 2014
The Keith Mitchell NNP administration is doing everything within its power to give legitimacy to the Harvey Vale Marina project which started in 2002 and should have been completed seven years ago. In 2002 the Keith Mitchell NNP government gave its approval for..

Grenada and Saint Lucia take full points in Windwards Under-19 tournament

July 3, 2014
ARNOS VALE, St Vincent -- Both Saint Lucia and Grenada took full match points against opponents as the second round of matches in the 2014 Windward Islands Under-19 Cricket Tournament ended on Wednesday at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, and Arnos Vale Two...

Delta adds service to St Lucia from JFK

July 1, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Delta Air Lines will add non-stop service from New York’s JFK International Airport to Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF). Commencing December 20, 2014, the weekly service will operate every Saturday throughout the year.

Letter: Direct foreign investment - more labour woes!

July 1, 2014
After some 13 years in government (two consecutive terms from 1997 to 2006 and now in office from 2011 to 2014), the Saint Lucia Labour Party still doesn’t have a development foreign policy for the island. Has it meant that this government has had no clear foreign perspective...

Batsmen struggle in Windwards opening matches

July 1, 2014
ARNOS VALE, St Vincent -- Batsmen struggled in seamer-friendly conditions at the Parkhill Playing Field, and the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, as matches in the 2014 Windward Islands Under-19 Cricket Tournament opened. Over at the Arnos Vale Cricket Ground, the match started a day late.

St Lucia opposition parties called on to raise level of political discourse

June 30, 2014
St Lucia opposition parties called on to raise level of political discourse CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called on all opposing parties in Saint Lucia that consider themselves progressive not only to raise the level of the political discourse in the country but also to offer a competing vision.

Commentary: Ideology run over by fiscal deficit

June 30, 2014
Commentary: Ideology run over by fiscal deficit The en-rouge revolution is over, the covenant destroyed -- a mere two and a half years into the Dr Kenny Anthony socialist government. As questions swirl, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) slips deeper into eternal purgatory, making Dr Kenny Anthony’s prior experience in opposition purgatory look like...

St Lucia press secretary accused of 'naked propaganda'

June 27, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia prime minister’s press secretary, Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel, has come under attack from local politicians for what is described as her “naked propaganda”. On Monday, the Office of the Prime Minister released a statement entitled...

St Lucia confirms anticipated increase in chikungunya cases

June 27, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Health officials in Saint Lucia have confirmed an expected island-wide increase in the number of people who have contracted chikungunya, mainly due to the public not having immunity to the virus. Dr Michelle Francois, surveillance officer in the epidemiology unit...

Fifteen Caribbean countries report cases of chikungunya virus

June 25, 2014
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- In December 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported the first local transmission of chikungunya virus in the Western Hemisphere identified in Saint Martin. Fifteen Caribbean countries have since reported cases of chikungunya.

Enhanced opportunities for OECS businesses to reach distant markets

June 25, 2014
ROSEAU, Dominica -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States Export development Unit (OECS-EDU) is conducting e-business workshops which incorporate an e-commerce diagnostic assessment of participating firms from around the OECS member states.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 4

June 25, 2014
We might consider making Port Castries an embarkation point for cruise ships, with Vigie being the entry point for cruise passengers, including tourists from the other islands and Africa. Although this may not be the best of options, with reference to the current tourist arrangement...

St Lucia workshop to address regional food and nutrition security

June 24, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Caribbean food and nutrition security officers from across the region will be meeting in Saint Lucia from June 25 – 26 to participate in a regional food and nutrition security coordination and implementation workshop. This workshop is being organized by...

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