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Commentary: Asian thoroughbreds to bankroll St Lucia

December 8, 2016
Commentary: Asian thoroughbreds to bankroll St Lucia Financial perspectives are crucial; as such, theorists ought to be knowledgeable in thought and action, particularly when coupled with authority for public policy. According to minister in the ministry of finance, Ubaldus Raymond’s economic theory, and most recent remarks on Bank of Saint Lucia...

Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities

December 6, 2016
Commonwealth offers plan to stave off 'time bomb' of government liabilities LONDON, England -- Governments could be hit by huge unexpected pay-outs if steps are not taken to manage hidden liabilities in unfunded pensions, loan guarantees, disaster relief and other contingencies. This is the stark warning in a recent Commonwealth report, offering countries...

SATIRE: New political party in St Lucia

December 5, 2016
SATIRE: New political party in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Encouraged by the electoral success of the Parti Haïtien Tèt Kale (Haitian Bald Head Party – true… really) in Haiti, which has now provided two successive bald presidents (former president Michel Martelly and newly elected Jovenel Moïse), a group of dissident politicians...

Commentary: Bait and switch crony capitalism: A race to more exploitation

December 5, 2016
Commentary: Bait and switch crony capitalism: A race to more exploitation It’s the time of year when wallets are opening and cheerfulness is expressed. In the midst of this, oftentimes the commodity advertised as very good value or a real bargain is actual counterfeit. The option is usually to re-gift, recycle, refund or discard. In contrast to political affairs, far too often...

UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding

December 3, 2016
UK threatens to cut Commonwealth funding LONDON, England -- Just weeks after British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Dominica-born Baroness Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary general, to answer allegations of profligate spending, a new UK government report has warned that the Commonwealth Secretariat...

Rainy week in Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage

December 3, 2016
Rainy week in Eastern Caribbean causes property, infrastructure damage BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CEDEMA), through its national disaster coordinators on the ground, has provided this summary of conditions in affected member states during this week’s tropical disturbance, which brought heavy...

Torrential rains hit the Caribbean

December 1, 2016
Torrential rains hit the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Torrential rains and flooding hit several Caribbean islands this week, bringing some relief to a drought in the region so severe that Suriname is considering exporting its water to hard-hit islands by towing it in giant bags made from PVC-coated fabric.

ARC record smashed for fourth consecutive year as Rambler 88 arrives in St Lucia

November 30, 2016
ARC record smashed for fourth consecutive year as Rambler 88 arrives in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- Rambler 88 soared into the Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia on Monday afternoon at record speed, crossing the finish line eight days, six hours, twenty-nine minutes and fifteen seconds after leaving Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain, in this year’s Atlantic Rally...

Letter: St Lucia embarrassed again by its dyslexic prime minister

November 29, 2016
Letter: St Lucia embarrassed again by its dyslexic prime minister The president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, at 92 years old, can read fluently to his people – with memorable quotes at that. Keyshawn Alphonse, a 4th grade student from Soufriere, Saint Lucia, is the title holder of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) 4th grade reading...

Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean

November 22, 2016
Prince Harry begins whirlwind royal tour of Caribbean ST JOHN’S, Antigua (SKNIS) -- Prince Henry (Harry) of Wales touched down to a red carpet welcome on Sunday, November 20, at the VC Bird International Airport in Antigua aboard a British Airways commercial flight as he began his 15-day royal visit of several Caribbean countries...

Commentary: The undeniable facts remain; St Lucia is in a state of mass hysteria

November 21, 2016
Commentary: The undeniable facts remain; St Lucia is in a state of mass hysteria Right now, I’d say the narrative of change and changing of the guard is so pervasive that it has created an existential hysteria in Saint Lucia; the over reliance on short-term political fads and promises that crush instead of advancing policy ideas, which debases thoughtful analysis.

OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment

November 19, 2016
OECS and Brazil agree to promote more trade and investment CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The November 14-17 Brazilian-OECS Business and Parliamentary Mission to Saint Lucia and the OECS has ended with several projects identified for follow-up by business interests in Brazil and Saint Lucia – and the rest of the OECS. While there, the Brazilian businesses...

Commentary: The folly of avoidance

November 14, 2016
Commentary: The folly of avoidance There is still a wide view and pretty confident that the symptom of weirdness in Saint Lucia today, adds to the old Chinese proverb: "May you live in interesting times." And why is this? After Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s poorly recorded and delivered message broadcast "Live" on...

St Lucia government to address 'gross mismanagement' of tourism board

November 12, 2016
St Lucia government to address 'gross mismanagement' of tourism board CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s minister for tourism, Dominic Fedee, spoke at length in Parliament on Tuesday concerning what he described as the perilous state of affairs at the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB), resulting from “gross mismanagement”. He said that the SLTB is...

Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era

November 11, 2016
Building bridges for better Caribbean business in Trump era CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean and Latin America are lapping-up the results of the most controversial US presidential election ever, which served-up what the world had been told was the most tasteless or distasteful candidate as the one Americans liked most.  But long before his surprise...

Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector

November 11, 2016
Eastern Caribbean Institute of Tourism works to develop yachting sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Many territories in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) have intensified efforts to develop their maritime sector, given the enormous economic potential of the expanding luxury yachting sector. At the regional level, the OECS Commission has..

Three cabinet ministers to address Brazil-OECS Business Forum in St Lucia

November 7, 2016
Three cabinet ministers to address Brazil-OECS Business Forum in St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- Three government ministers are down to address an upcoming forum aimed at attracting Brazilian business to Saint Lucia and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS). The Brazilian parliamentarian and entrepreneurial mission arrived in...

Caribbean countries receive US$8 million to reduce health risks from toxic chemicals

November 7, 2016
Caribbean countries receive US$8 million to reduce health risks from toxic chemicals PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Eight Caribbean territories are to receive financial assistance totaling US$8 million to combat exposure to toxic chemicals found in household cleaning products, processed foods and even clothing that can severely damage a person’s health.

Commentary: St Lucia government's naked self promotion

November 7, 2016
Commentary: St Lucia government's naked self promotion If it is completely uncomfortable that “we are overtaxed” and “basically the country is in a mess”, the government of Saint Lucia certainly highlighted this by the compulsive utterances of at least two cabinet ministers, aided by the silence of cowardly institutions. At a very rapid pace...

Commentary: St Lucia's spiral to happy VAT reduction

October 31, 2016
Commentary: St Lucia's spiral to happy VAT reduction In difficult financial times, the strategy of 20/20, tactfully employed, favours a methodical approach to delivering and implementing an economic plan, a chemistry to bridge the gap on matters of priorities or disappear as a static artifact. Last week, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet referenced...

CDB approves US$3.7 million for youth empowerment project in St Lucia

October 28, 2016
CDB approves US$3.7 million for youth empowerment project in St Lucia BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved funding of US$3.7 million to support at-risk youth in Saint Lucia. The Youth Empowered for Life Project will expand access to existing social services, as well as develop new social programmes to target...

US embassy seeks proposals for cultural preservation fund

October 27, 2016
US embassy seeks proposals for cultural preservation fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS has issued a call for project proposals for the US Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) for 2017. Proposals must be submitted by February 2, 2017, for projects to preserve...

Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean next month

October 27, 2016
Prince Harry to visit the Caribbean next month LONDON, England -- As previously announced, Prince Harry will undertake an official visit to the Caribbean, on behalf of the Queen in November and December 2016, on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of independence in Antigua and Barbuda, and the 50th anniversary of independence in...

Citizenship sales helping to keep Eastern Caribbean economies afloat

October 26, 2016
Citizenship sales helping to keep Eastern Caribbean economies afloat PORT OF SPAIN, St Kitts (WINN) -- Revenues earned from the sale of citizenship are supporting the economic recovery being experienced in the Eastern Caribbean countries. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) country report on the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union...

St Lucia PM did all he could to undermine citizenship programme, opposition alleges

October 25, 2016
St Lucia PM did all he could to undermine citizenship programme, opposition alleges CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) said in a press statement that, while leader of the United Workers Party (UWP) in opposition, newly elected Prime Minister Allen Chastanet did all he could to undermine the country’s recently launched citizenship...

Letter: I am embarrassed...

October 25, 2016
Letter: I am embarrassed... Well, well, well, after a long break, I am back. I cannot take it no more, my compressor is overloaded. I have no choice my farm and pension is all I have, and even that, the government and tropical storm Matthew wants to take away from me. I hear VAT will be reduced. The food basket will be...

Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region

October 24, 2016
Rule of Law Index ranks Costa Rica, Barbados and Antigua-Barbuda highest in region WASHINGTON, USA -- The latest World Justice Project (WJP) Rule of Law Index was published last week and includes 22 countries in the wider Caribbean in its expanded coverage of 113 countries and jurisdictions (from 102 in 2015), relying on more than 100,000 household and expert...

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