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Commentary: Historic visit by the president of Chile

August 31, 2017
Commentary: Historic visit by the president of Chile I was pleased to read of the visit by President Michelle Bachelet of Chile to St Lucia, for our two countries worked very closely on Caribbean/Latin American affairs over several years throughout my 13 years as permanent representative of St Lucia to the Organization of American States, and as president of...

St Lucia police officers trained in the law of evidence, report writing, interviewing and interrogation

August 29, 2017
St Lucia police officers trained in the law of evidence, report writing, interviewing and interrogation GROS ISLET, St Lucia -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project is hosting a refresher course for officers of the Royal St Lucia Police Force in the areas of the law of evidence, report writing, interviewing techniques and interrogation.

Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 3

August 28, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 3 Saint Lucia is today more divided than during the events of the 70s and 80s. In this new reality, political gridlock, economic inequality, absence of foreign policy, the lack of governance, safety and security, and Leahy law sanctions are just some of the mounting challenges. Believe it or not, huge corporate...

EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB

August 23, 2017
EC dollar stable, secure, says ECCB BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has given assurances that the EC dollar remains stable and that Eastern Caribbean banknotes are protected by the various security features of the notes. Deputy director of the Currency Management Department...

Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 2

August 23, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 2 Logic suggests that we have not had any historical examples to review lowering standards, the spectacle of dysfunction and open warfare to blame for historic political and economic imbalances in which ad hoc and irrational dealings threaten the interest of everyone in Saint Lucia. Since coming into office...

US fines firm that conducts CBI due diligence for Iran sanctions violations

August 21, 2017
US fines firm that conducts CBI due diligence for Iran sanctions violations MIAMI, USA -- In responding to complaints that their economic citizenship programs allow high-risk individuals to obtain passports from a low-risk jurisdictions, proponents often point to the quality of due diligence that outside companies conduct on the applicants, especially in the five countries of...

Tropical Storm Harvey brings heavy rain to Eastern Caribbean

August 18, 2017
Tropical Storm Harvey brings heavy rain to Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- On Friday morning, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey was located between Barbados and the Windward Islands, bringing heavy rain and flooding to the area. According to the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami, at 8:00 am EDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Harvey...

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Harvey forms, warnings issued

August 18, 2017
MIAMI, USA -- A US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft found that the tropical system moving into the Eastern Caribbean had become Tropical Storm Harvey on Thursday afternoon. A tropical storm warning has been issued for Martinique, Saint Lucia, Barbados and...

USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security

August 18, 2017
USAID/UNDP hosts regional workshop for citizen security BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Citizen security experts, decisions makers, and senior technical officers from across the Eastern and Southern Caribbean met in Barbados for the start of a regional workshop for the United States government's, through the United States Agency for International...

Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 1

August 16, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia needs a renaissance - Part 1 In this three-part series Saint Lucia needs a renaissance, I endeavour to take a look at intelligence and the modern triangle; the art of the bluff and polarization in Saint Lucia and conclude with Saint Lucia’s foreign policy dilemma. This is of utmost necessity following the Caribbean News Now...

Letter: Response to St Lucia PM interview

August 14, 2017
Letter: Response to St Lucia PM interview I would like to comment and make some constructive suggestions in response to the remarks by Saint Lucia Prime Minister Chastanet during his interview. Why not inject monies into the cottage industries so that they can meet international requirements then you can pair it with your tourism package?

New CEO for St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit

August 10, 2017
New CEO for St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Board has announced the appointment of Nestor Alfred to the position of chief executive officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit effective Monday, August 8, 2017. Alfred holds a BSc. Management Studies from the University of the...

Commentary: Prime minister of St Lucia on the Leahy Law: I've done everything I can do

August 10, 2017
Commentary: Prime minister of St Lucia on the Leahy Law: I've done everything I can do In the third and final part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, he apparently admitted he can do no with regard to more Leahy Law sanctions on Saint Lucia. The issues arising from Operation Restore Confidence (ORC), the Leahy Law...

EXCLUSIVE: St Lucia PM addresses the Leahy Law dilemma

August 9, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: St Lucia PM addresses the Leahy Law dilemma CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In this third and final part of an exclusive interview last Friday with Caribbean News Now, the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, addressed the issue of the Leahy Law sanctions and the dilemma he faces in convincing the United States to lift the restrictions.

A new collection thrills the art scene in Martinique

August 9, 2017
A new collection thrills the art scene in Martinique FRANÇOIS, Martinique -- On Thursday, 3 August 2017, a new series of works by Llewellyn Xavier were unveiled at the prestigious art gallery at Fondation Clément in François, Martinique. Entitled Célébration to mark Xavier's 50th year as an artist and his first exhibition on French soil, the opening was...

Commentary: The reality of crime in St Lucia

August 9, 2017
Commentary: The reality of crime in St Lucia The second part of the Caribbean News Now exclusive interview with Allen Chastanet, prime minister of Saint Lucia, discussed the problem of increased crime, which is pertinent to the economic viability of his 100 percent tourism focus, as well as the ability to attract offshore financial services.

EXCLUSIVE: St Lucia PM discusses the problem of increased crime

August 8, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: St Lucia PM discusses the problem of increased crime CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On Friday, the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, discussed the crime situation in the island and the Leahy Law sanctions, as well as his approach to tourism generally, in an exclusive interview with Caribbean News Now. When asked, in the context of his push...

Commentary: Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia

August 8, 2017
Commentary: Renewable energy, in contrast to tourism-led growth in St Lucia The prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet’s tourism-led strategy has come to the fore once again, as the economic centrality for the island, following the agreement between the government of Saint Lucia, Range Developments and Marriott International to establish and operate a luxury Ritz...

EXCLUSIVE: St Lucia PM outlines his vision for the country

August 7, 2017
EXCLUSIVE: St Lucia PM outlines his vision for the country CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On Friday, the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, discussed his vision for the island generally and his approach to tourism, crime and the Leahy Law in particular, in an exclusive interview with Caribbean News Now. This followed the signing on Thursday afternoon of an...

Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean

August 7, 2017
Two tropical systems threaten the Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center (NHC) in Miami are monitoring two tropical weather systems that are currently threatening the Caribbean. Showers and thunderstorms are showing some signs of organization in association with a strong tropical wave located over the...

Ritz Carlton to operate luxury resort in St Lucia

August 4, 2017
Ritz Carlton to operate luxury resort in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Ritz Carlton, the luxury hotel subsidiary of Marriott International, on Thursday signed an operating agreement with Range Developments and the government of Saint Lucia to operate the planned new resort development at Black Bay on the beautiful southern tip of the island.

Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of Saint Lucia - Part 2

August 4, 2017
Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of Saint Lucia - Part 2 Last week’s publication of, “The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of Saint Lucia – Part I,” in my opinion, could not have been done more timely. There are a few historical moments in our recent history when the politics of poverty, democracy, economics, and leadership have been...

Commentary: St Lucia's quadratic equation, choking up the thinking

August 2, 2017
Commentary: St Lucia's quadratic equation, choking up the thinking The economic expediency and political honeymoon of the government of Saint Lucia, expected to work systematically to sort-out the underlying problems facing the country, is thus far impractical to offer a persuasive response to substantive matters. Overwhelmed on matters of national concern is...

Editorial: St Lucia and the Leahy Law dilemma

July 31, 2017
Editorial: St Lucia and the Leahy Law dilemma It is well known that the United States suspended assistance to the Saint Lucia security forces in 2013, pursuant to the provisions of the so-called Leahy Law, as a result of credible evidence of gross human rights violations in relation to a number of alleged extra judicial killings by the police between...

ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017

July 27, 2017
ECCU financial sector remains stable; improved performance expected to continue in 2017 BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) reported during its 88th meeting, held in Dominica on Friday, July 21, that the financial system of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) remained stable for the year 2016, with improved performance...

Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of St Lucia - Part 1

July 26, 2017
Commentary: The economic injustice of Allen Chastanet towards the poor of St Lucia - Part 1 There is a great deal that I do not understand about the world. However, I fully understand the complexities of poverty and its effects. According, to a Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) report, “The fundament of all definitions of poverty is the notion of a deficiency of resources.” But more particularly...

Engine fire indicator causes Caribbean Airlines flight to St Lucia to abort landing

July 24, 2017
Engine fire indicator causes Caribbean Airlines flight to St Lucia to abort landing CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On July 9, 2017, a Caribbean Airlines ATR-72 flying from Port of Spain in Trinidad to Saint Lucia with 68 people on board, was on its approach to George F.L. Charles Airport (SLU), the smaller of Saint Lucia's airports, when the crew decided to divert to Hewanorra Airport.

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