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CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean

July 27, 2016
CDB unveils new programme to assess poverty in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Across the Caribbean, policymakers rely heavily on the availability of timely, accurate and reliable poverty data to support national and regional development initiatives. Despite making considerable progress on how they measure poverty, many countries in...

Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union

July 27, 2016
Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to explain fully...

Early cabinet reshuffle ahead for St Lucia PM

July 26, 2016
Early cabinet reshuffle ahead for St Lucia PM CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following the announcement on Monday that deputy speaker in the Saint Lucia parliament Sarah Flood Beaubrun has been appointed minister in the ministry of finance, economic growth, job creation, external affairs and the public service, a Cabinet reshuffle will...

Commentary: Lies, damned lies, statistics or terminological inexactitudes?

July 25, 2016
Commentary: Lies, damned lies, statistics or terminological inexactitudes? After various claims of “taken out of context”, “deliberate buffoonery to provoke the US”, “never before published statistics” and other excuses, Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet evidently decided last week to retreat from his blatantly false claims of the number of criminal...

Renewed call for regional sex offender registry

July 23, 2016
Renewed call for regional sex offender registry PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Following claims by the prime minister of Saint Lucia Allen Chastanet that criminal deportees from the US are a burden on the Caribbean region, the Caribbean Committee against Sex Crimes (CCSC) said it is keen to work with both the Saint Lucian...

US slaps down another regional PM

July 22, 2016
US slaps down another regional PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For the second time in two weeks, the US embassy in Bridgetown has explicitly refuted as untrue claims by regional prime ministers in relation to the deportation of criminals back to their respective countries of origin. In the latest press statement on Wednesday...

US will not lift sanctions on St Lucia without credible progress

July 21, 2016
US will not lift sanctions on St Lucia without credible progress CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The United States has made it clear to the new government in Saint Lucia that the ongoing failure to bring to justice those responsible within the local police force for gross violations of human rights prevents the US from reconsidering the sanctions imposed on...

Visiting British doctor brutally raped in St Lucia

July 19, 2016
Visiting British doctor brutally raped in St Lucia LONDON, England -- London’s Daily Mail newspaper has reported that a British doctor was brutally raped during a vacation to Saint Lucia in February of this year and then offered a manicure and massage to cheer her up by the company who arranged the trip. Dr Georgina Mortimer booked the trip...

OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology

July 19, 2016
OECS Authority convenes for the first time using video conferencing technology CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The 63rd meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority was convened on the July 14, 2016, at the OECS Commission using video conferencing technology for the first time. The Authority welcomed Dr Timothy Harris, prime minister...

Range Developments to undertake approved citizenship investment project in St Lucia

July 19, 2016
Range Developments to undertake approved citizenship investment project in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Range Developments, an international developer specialising in luxury hotel projects in the Caribbean, recently signed an agreement with the government of Saint Lucia to be the master developer of the third real estate project development to be announced under...

Commentary: Trump 2.0: The Saint Lucia edition

July 18, 2016
Commentary: Trump 2.0: The Saint Lucia edition It didn’t take long for Saint Lucia’s newly elected prime minister Allen Chastanet to get caught in one of his frequent faux-pas, which brings to mind US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent description of Donald Trump: "He is a faker. He says whatever comes into his head...

US embassy denounces claims by Saint Lucia PM

July 14, 2016
US embassy denounces claims by Saint Lucia PM BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, has rejected claims by newly elected Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that the United States government was slashing funding for security assistance in the region and contributing to regional crime.

Commentary: Allen Chastanet's dilemma

July 13, 2016
Commentary: Allen Chastanet's dilemma In the same way that many British voters are regretting their support of Brexit in the recent UK referendum, many Saint Lucians are showing signs of buyer’s remorse following last month’s election of new prime minister Allen Chastanet on substantive matters that impact sovereignty...

CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana

July 9, 2016
CARICOM heads conclude latest summit in Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The 37th regular meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) held in Georgetown, Guyana, on July 4 – 6, 2016, concluded on Wednesday. The prime minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, chaired the proceedings.

CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda

July 9, 2016
CARICOM ambassadors briefed on global health security agenda WASHINGTON, USA -- Professor Goulda Downer, chair of the Caribbean Political Action Committee (C-PAC) and a member of Howard University Medical School Faculty, recently spearheaded a meeting with Caribbean ambassadors in Washington to brief them about the Global Health Security...

Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved

July 7, 2016
Caribbean civil society delivers strong results for biodiversity conservation and further funding approved PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A US$6.9 million fund supported 68 civil society organisations working across eight Caribbean countries to deliver results for increased protection and enhanced management of key biodiversity areas, mainstreamed biodiversity into development...

CRFM and Japan discuss new initiative for fisheries co-management and socio-economic survey

July 7, 2016
CRFM and Japan discuss new initiative for fisheries co-management and socio-economic survey BELIZE CITY, Belize (CRFM) -- Milton Haughton, the executive director of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM), met on Tuesday at the CRFM’s Secretariat in Belize City with Masaru Honda, team leader of the Japan-funded Caribbean Fisheries Co-management Project.

Commentary: Saint Lucia and the Brexit fallout: Challenges and opportunities

July 7, 2016
Commentary: Saint Lucia and the Brexit fallout: Challenges and opportunities The decision by the British electorate to sever the longstanding relationship between the United Kingdom and the European Union will undoubtedly pose challenges to Saint Lucia. Indeed, Brexit will disrupt not only the relationship between the United Kingdom and the EU, but also each of their...

Court reinstates breach of trust, misfeasance claim against St Lucia PM

July 6, 2016
Court reinstates breach of trust, misfeasance claim against St Lucia PM CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In a ruling handed down on Monday, the Eastern Caribbean Court of Appeal reinstated a claim against Allen Chastanet, the newly elected prime minister of Saint Lucia, alleging breach of trust and misfeasance in public office. The action had previously been struck out.

SIDS DOCK holds first executive council meeting in New York

July 6, 2016
SIDS DOCK holds first executive council meeting in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The SIDS DOCK executive council held its first meeting on Thursday, 16 June 2016, chaired by Dr Vince Henderson, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and permanent representative of Dominica to the United Nations. Other elected members...

Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates?

July 5, 2016
Commentary: What is behind the restlessness of Caribbean electorates? The people of Saint Lucia and the Caribbean in general woke up on the morning of June 7, 2016, to a new reality; Dr Kenny Anthony is no longer the prime minister of that country. The almost flippant and matter-of-fact announcement of the dissolution of parliament and an election...

Letter: Fifteen ministers of cabinet have St Lucia financially at risk (FAR 15)

July 5, 2016
Letter: Fifteen ministers of cabinet have St Lucia financially at risk (FAR 15) The political drama in Saint Lucia is at a new low with the advent of the moron aristocrat prime minister Allen Chastanet. Some are of the view he should be given away for free on a first come first served basis, no tender process required. His actions following the general election on June 6...

Commentary: The irony of campaign finance reform in St Lucia

July 4, 2016
Commentary: The irony of campaign finance reform in St Lucia The general elections in Saint Lucia included political promises every bit as illusory as Donald Trump’s slogans, which has renewed concerns to do something about campaign finance reform, massive bribery and political kickback schemes. This is focused on capital and conflict from...

Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean

June 30, 2016
Commentary: El Nino leaves many without access to safe, consumable water in the Caribbean This past February, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) reported that several countries within the region had been issued immediate drought warnings by the Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH). Antigua, Barbuda, Barbados...

Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw

June 21, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda faces economic citizen passport flaw ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- In attempting to assert and/or defend the apparently false premise that one of its clients is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda, a prominent London law firm may have instead opened a proverbial can of worms for the Caribbean country in relation to its passports.

Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia strengthen economy and resilience to climate change

June 21, 2016
Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia strengthen economy and resilience to climate change CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Greening tourism, which contributes around 12 per cent of Saint Lucia's gross domestic product, diversifying agriculture and transforming the fossil fuels-based energy sector could help the Caribbean island strengthen its environmental and economic resilience, according to...

Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia

June 20, 2016
Commentary: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia English poet Robert Browning said, "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" In other words, suggesting that, in order to achieve anything worthwhile, we should attempt even those things that may turn out to have been impossible. The current narrative...

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