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Saint Lucia to open embassy in Taiwan

March 26, 2015
Saint Lucia to open embassy in Taiwan CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia will soon be opening an embassy in Taiwan, said Antonio Yeh, counselor of the ministry of foreign affairs’ department of Latin American and Caribbean affairs. According to Yeh, Saint Lucia has selected a location in Taipei and is finalizing the details.

Youth in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean to be trained in animation and software development

March 25, 2015
Youth in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean to be trained in animation and software development BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Four hundred young men and women in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean will be equipped to participate in the global multi-billion dollar mobile application and animation industries. The Caribbean Development Bank, along with partners, will fund training under the...

St Lucia opposition leadership under renewed attack from women's group

March 24, 2015
St Lucia opposition leadership under renewed attack from women's group CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In what appears to be yet another misstep by the leadership of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia, the president of the party’s women’s arm, Woman In Action (WIA) has written to the party chairman complaining of disrespect for women.

Letter: Allen Chastanet and Kenny Anthony threaten St Lucia's democracy

March 24, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet and Kenny Anthony threaten St Lucia's democracy The season of Lent is cause for much reflection and abstinence. In essence, I would have liked to refrain from politics but, as Christ evangelized the gospel for our redemption, I am sure he can understand the need to do the same for the removal of both aristocrats Allen Chastanet and Kenny Anthony...

Natural disasters combined with St Lucia's lax fiscal policies led to persistent fiscal deficits

March 23, 2015
Natural disasters combined with St Lucia's lax fiscal policies led to persistent fiscal deficits CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Earlier this month a document authored by Lea Gimenez, Edwin St Catherine, Jonathan Karver and Rei Odawara on The “Aftermath of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis in the Eastern Caribbean; Impact on the St Lucia Labor Market,” asserted that “The recent financial crisis had...

Greater protection sought for owners and occupiers of land in St Lucia

March 23, 2015
Greater protection sought for owners and occupiers of land in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Noting that the poor and vulnerable have always received the short end of the stick regarding matters related to land disputes that culminate in court-mandated evictions, the leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called upon the government...

OECS weighs in on increasing tension between US and Venezuela

March 21, 2015
OECS weighs in on increasing tension between US and Venezuela CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) said on Friday that it has noted “with grave concern” the increasing tension in the relations between the United States and Venezuela. “The OECS cherishes the principles of democracy and the rule of law, and...

St Lucia invests in local technology sector

March 20, 2015
St Lucia invests in local technology sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia is rolling out a series of training workshops intended to strengthen its information and communications technology (ICT) sector. The workshops will provide orientation and accreditation to eligible institutions or individuals who are interested in conducting training.

ALBA nations urge US president to repeal executive order against Venezuela

March 19, 2015
ALBA nations urge US president to repeal executive order against Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela (ACN) -- The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) have asked the United States and President Barack Obama to repeal the executive order issued against Venezuela, describing it as a threat to sovereignty.

Letter: The ALBA ambassadors in Cuba made an admission of revolution in the Caribbean

March 19, 2015
Letter: The ALBA ambassadors in Cuba made an admission of revolution in the Caribbean The latest news coming from Havana, Cuba, came as no surprise to me. What did surprise me was the sudden admission that ALBA is a revolutionary organization, just like the Venezuelan government. A bunch of ALBA member ambassadors who are located in Cuba said...

ALBA countries hold extraordinary summit in Caracas in support of Venezuela

March 18, 2015
ALBA countries hold extraordinary summit in Caracas in support of Venezuela CARACAS, Venezuela -- The member nations of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) regional integration bloc held an extraordinary summit on Tuesday in Caracas in support of Venezuela amidst US sanctions. Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne...

Commentary: Education Policy: The transformational potential

March 18, 2015
Commentary: Education Policy: The transformational potential As a child, impetuous and rebellious, Winston Churchill suffered from a severe speech impediment and had a poor academic record in school. His life was apparently a trajectory of disparate events. However, those deficiencies and misfortunes were easily overcome by the strength of his character.

Caribbean tech community converges for CaribNOG 9 in St Lucia

March 14, 2015
Caribbean tech community converges for CaribNOG 9 in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The picturesque Eastern Caribbean island of Saint Lucia will be the backdrop to the highly anticipated gathering of the men and women responsible for securing and administering computer networks across the Caribbean. From April 27 to May 1, the Caribbean Network...

St Lucia tourism's record performance continues in 2015

March 13, 2015
St Lucia tourism's record performance continues in 2015 CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s main engine of economic development – the vital tourism industry – continues its impressive growth trajectory with further gains for the opening month of 2015. Following a record breaking 2014, tourism officials have reported further double digit growth.

Commentary: National insecurity: St Lucia in shock and awe!

March 13, 2015
Commentary: National insecurity: St Lucia in shock and awe! In August 2013, after rumours of unlawful killings came to light, the United States suspended all assistance it was giving to the Royal Saint Lucia police force, citing “credible allegations of gross human rights violations” that took place in 2010 and 2011 during a security drive called Operation...

Letter: Catholic Archbishop Robert Rivas is a hypocrite

March 12, 2015
Letter: Catholic Archbishop Robert Rivas is a hypocrite Please permit me to call a spade a spade, notwithstanding that I have waited patiently to use the local dialect, to knock His Grace Archbishop Robert Rivas and to call him out as a dis-grace, even as a practicing Catholic myself. In the Times of Saint Lucia it was reported that the head of...

St Lucia police kept death lists and staged killings, says report

March 11, 2015
St Lucia police kept death lists and staged killings, says report CASTRIES, St Lucia -- According to an independent report conducted by Jamaican police officers, police in Saint Lucia kept "death lists" and carried out extrajudicial killings of suspected criminals in an attempt to minimise the negative effects of violent crime on the island.

Commentary: The CCJ and Regionalism: The 1932 West Indian Conference in Roseau

March 11, 2015
Commentary: The CCJ and Regionalism: The 1932 West Indian Conference in Roseau Dominica became the first Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the fourth Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country to join the appellate jurisdiction of the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) at a momentous gathering in Roseau – extending its sovereignty quest.

Commentary: UWP's leadership crisis - from bad to worse

March 10, 2015
Commentary: UWP's leadership crisis - from bad to worse I could have easily called this piece, “How to Lose an Election under an Incompetent Leader”, but I chose the title above because I wanted the words “crisis, bad and worse” to feature prominently in any effort to explain the abject failure of Mr Allen Chastanet as political leader of the United Workers Party.

St Lucia's Villa Isis offers new suites; open house on Sunday

March 7, 2015
St Lucia's Villa Isis offers new suites; open house on Sunday MARIGOT BAY, St Lucia -- The spectacular Villa Isis at Marigot Bay in Saint Lucia offers an opportunity on Sunday to take a closer look at two new recently opened suites – Yasmine and Damera – on a newly-built terrace overlooking the lush garden. The new terrace, which complements...

OECS seeks data to develop Eastern Caribbean yachting sector

March 5, 2015
OECS seeks data to develop Eastern Caribbean yachting sector CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Tourism Desk has attempted to address the challenge of lack of data to provide policy guidance to further develop the yachting sector. This was done via a survey conducted in 2014 at the United States Sailboat Show.

St Lucia expands tourism outreach with new Diaspora program

March 3, 2015
St Lucia expands tourism outreach with new Diaspora program CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has launched a dedicated marketing initiative to reach the island’s Diaspora in North America and the United Kingdom. Called Se Sannou, meaning “our thing” in Creole, the program is designed to strengthen ties with the Diaspora community.

Commentary: Need for emphasis on citizen security to ensure St Lucians will thrive

March 2, 2015
Commentary: Need for emphasis on citizen security to ensure St Lucians will thrive Issues related to citizen security have drawn the attention of policy makers at many levels of government, regional and international organizations, and as well as various think tanks. With respect to citizen security in the Caribbean, the United States continues to work with countries in the region.

Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean

February 28, 2015
Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean Most Caribbeans are unaware that their governments are gradually leading them into a better life, a life of equality and better times. It’s only a socialist government that can take you there; it’s only a socialist government that can carry the flag on your behalf. Remarkable leaders like Ralph E. Gonsalves...

More infighting within St Lucia opposition party

February 27, 2015
More infighting within St Lucia opposition party CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The latest episodes in ongoing infighting within the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia have been revealed in a press release from the UWP’s Castries North Constituency Branch and a letter from a UWP Women's Arm activist.

New strain of HIV identified by Cuban scientists

February 26, 2015
New strain of HIV identified by Cuban scientists CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Cuban scientists have identified a new strain of HIV (CRF19CPX) and research indicates that this strain develops much faster into full blown AIDS than previous strains of the virus. Dr Alisha Eugene, senior medical officer for infectious diseases in Saint Lucia...

St Lucia's private sector gets financial boost from Caribbean Export

February 26, 2015
St Lucia's private sector gets financial boost from Caribbean Export BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has awarded some €303,000 (US$344,300) in financial assistance to 17 successful grant applications via the direct assistance grant scheme (DAGS) in Saint Lucia. Additionally a further three firms were...

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