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Commentary: Building a nation of prosperity in St Lucia

July 31, 2014
Commentary: Building a nation of prosperity in St Lucia Today's leadership and economic mess facing Saint Lucia give ample reasons to believe that our leader’s make-believe principles have a hand in creating our present situation. Citizens have been robbed of basic human dignity, freedom and justice. And into a situation of human suffering and the...

Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected

July 30, 2014
Monetary conditions in the ECCU improve, increase in GDP expected BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- Monetary conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) improved during the year ending March 31, 2014. However, credit conditions tightened further as was evidenced by the widening of the interest rate spread during the same period.

Commentary: Sell or lease St Lucia's Vigie airport? You joking? Part 7

July 30, 2014
St Lucia can be a regional and international literary and arts centre with links to Burkina Faso and other nations in Africa. Have a look at the left side on our map, the small claw of the big gandy and we see it firmly anchored in Burkina Faso. This land locked African country, with fewer natural resources...

Letter: Who's really running the UWP in St Lucia?

July 30, 2014
Current events within the United Workers Party (UWP) in St Lucia have many thinking how many political babies are in there playing with people lives and the reputation of a 50-year-old institution built by strong men and women of goodwill with the late Sir John Compton.

OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ

July 28, 2014
OECS opposition parties urged to reject CCJ CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The recent announcement by the incoming chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica, that he intends to make the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) the ultimate legal body of all member states by the end of his tenure...

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later

July 25, 2014
The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States - 33 years later CASTRIES, St Lucia – Thirty-three years after the signing of the Treaty of Basseterre establishing the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), the Organisation reflects on its achievements in a series of articles of which this is part one. On June 18, 1981, seven OECS member states...

Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states

July 25, 2014
Eastern Caribbean joint embassy facilitates talks on small island developing states BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The joint embassy of the Eastern Caribbean States representing Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines brought together a cross section of stakeholders from the Caribbean and across the EU in Brussels on 10 July 2014 at the Press Club Brussels.

Letter: Digicel and LIME vs the people

July 24, 2014
On July 16, the Flogg Blog wrote on social media “Digicel vs the People -- Help Us, LPM. The Other Politicians Won't Talk.” I have to add LIME in there to complete the sauce. It is no secret how telecommunications companies in the Caribbean are going back to their old ways.

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.

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