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Venezuela steps on ALBA toes

May 28, 2016
WASHINGTON, USA -- At least one member country of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) has expressed surprise that its government was not consulted prior to the publication in Thursday’s Washington Post newspaper...

Commentary: Symbolism and St Lucian imagination

May 28, 2016
Commentary: Symbolism and St Lucian imagination All religions in the history of the world have made use of symbolism, for every religious movement has attempted to express man’s basic experience of the holy and the transcendent. Saint Lucians find themselves at the crossroad of having to acknowledge their religious holy day.

Sex and religion dominate St Lucia election campaign

May 27, 2016
Sex and religion dominate St Lucia election campaign CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Hard on the heels of controversy over slurs made by a government minister concerning individual sexual orientation, religious doctrine has now also become part of the political landscape ahead of the general election in Saint Lucia on June 6. Recent derogatory remarks...

Letter: St Lucia - Paradise Dark

May 26, 2016
Letter: St Lucia - Paradise Dark Caribbean News Now has recently run a few stories that have got me yearning to get back to the Caribbean – it has been over 20 years and as I am nearing retirement age I thought it might be a wonderful place to call home, so I set out to do my due diligence. The stories from St Lucia...

Anti-LGBT remarks cause furore ahead of general elections in St Lucia

May 25, 2016
Anti-LGBT remarks cause furore ahead of general elections in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Derogatory remarks made by Saint Lucia’s minister of tourism, heritage and creative industries Lorne Theophilus in a video that has been widely disseminated on social media have prompted calls for political leaders to be held accountable for statements and...

Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics

May 25, 2016
Commentary: Snap elections - A new style of Caribbean politics There is a new style of “last minute election announcement” date, which has been spreading across the Caribbean, and many countries in the region – predominantly the less developed ones – are seemingly jumping on the bandwagon. Some political leaders appear convinced that the secret...

Letter: New momentum for Jerome Montoute land expropriation campaign

May 21, 2016
Letter: New momentum for Jerome Montoute land expropriation campaign After a striking response to the open letter, the campaign to achieve a settlement for land seized in 1969 from Jerome Montoute, without compensation to the present day, has made reciprocal contact with individuals and organizations who have agreed to help. The open letter...

St Lucia PM calls early election on June 6

May 20, 2016
St Lucia PM calls early election on June 6 CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In an address to the nation on Thursday night, Saint Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony said he had decided to call a general election on June 6 – several months ahead of its due date, to ensure peace, stability and certainty in the country and its affairs.

Martinique test run for possible international jet ski race in St Lucia

May 20, 2016
Martinique test run for possible international jet ski race in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A team of jet ski enthusiasts from Martinique spent the past weekend in Saint Lucia exploring logistical arrangements for Saint Lucia’s possible involvement in an international jet ski race in 2017. Martinique recently hosted the first round of Jetracer World...

Commentary: 'Five to stay alive'? A vision that isn't!

May 17, 2016
Commentary: 'Five to stay alive'? A vision that isn't! The general election is yet another defining moment that presents the opportunity to determine the future of Saint Lucia. But it is hard to hold off the pessimism in a system where blind adventure is conventional in the political orbit of the lesser evils. Particularly, when policy ideas bring new life...

Letter: Gail Rigobert and Allen Chastanet, take two blue tablets...

May 7, 2016
Letter: Gail Rigobert and Allen Chastanet, take two blue tablets... I am not about to hack back on Dr Gail “LOO, tom-girl” Rigobert, the leader of the opposition, for referring to Jeannie Compton as a part-time politician. This is like “pissing in my eye and calling it rain” to prevent me from seeing, Rick Wayne collecting a retainer from Michael Chastanet and...

Italy to finance flood early warning system in St Lucia

May 5, 2016
Italy to finance flood early warning system in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Italian government has agreed to provide financial support to the government of Saint Lucia for a state-of-the-art flood and hazard early warning system and information centre. The agreement between the two countries was formalised during the recently concluded...

OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum

May 5, 2016
OECS to focus on geothermal energy at St Kitts and Nevis forum BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission are partnering with the government of St Kitts and Nevis jointly to host a regional geothermal forum under the theme: ‘Opportunities and...

Commentary: Games of passion misfire in St Lucia

May 3, 2016
Commentary: Games of passion misfire in St Lucia On account of political passion openly bluffing Saint Lucians towards the abyss, it is important to submit preferred systems capable of defining 21st century competence. Further, let alone the sincerity, it is reasonable to ask: when will the government of Saint Lucia take steps to hold...

Letter: World Press Freedom Day

May 3, 2016
Letter: World Press Freedom Day One of the things we love about sport is the freedom to enjoy and play what we want, when we want, with whom we want. Such freedoms are never questioned until they come under threat. Until a government or governing body or impinges on our right to play. The same can be said...

St Lucia signs six million euro agreement with European Commission

April 30, 2016
St Lucia signs six million euro agreement with European Commission CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Ambassador Mikael Barfod, head of the delegation of the European Union to the Eastern Caribbean Countries, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) met with Dr Kenny Anthony, prime minister of Saint Lucia.

ECCB concerned about region's financial stability

April 29, 2016
ECCB concerned about region's financial stability BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- As two more indigenous banks in the region go under, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is concerned about the status of the financial stability of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). In recent days, the National Bank of Anguilla...

War of words erupts in St Lucia over IMPACS report

April 27, 2016
War of words erupts in St Lucia over IMPACS report CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Responding to a reported commitment by political leader of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP), Allen Chastanet, to make public a confidential report into alleged extrajudicial killings by the Saint Lucia police force, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has...

Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT

April 27, 2016
Shareholders meeting to discuss Dominica's concerns over LIAT BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Dominica’s prime minister has indicated that the island’s tourism officials are expected to engage with LIAT to address Roseau’s concerns about alleged poor service by the regional airline. A letter written to LIAT by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit...

Letter: Claudius Francis must be shaking, his brother Hermangild has him cornered

April 27, 2016
Letter: Claudius Francis must be shaking, his brother Hermangild has him cornered A meeting of the UWP aka Destructive Workers Party (DWP) last Sunday (April 24, 2016) to lay out policy was nothing more than a rum shop lime in Grand Riviera, Gros Islet. The only thing missing was a good old cock fighting ring to roll and tumble. All the freeloading roosters were on hand.

Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week

April 26, 2016
Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change (RCCCC), under the chairmanship of Saint Lucia’s minister for public service, sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Dr James Fletcher, will meet in Saint Lucia on Wednesday and Thursday.

Commentary: The bluff is on in St Lucia

April 26, 2016
Commentary: The bluff is on in St Lucia Let’s not forget: “A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in.” ~ Kiran Aditham. It plays an important role in every aspect of life and should be guarded from evasive species.  Stumping on the Castries Market steps, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony emphasized that...

Team from St Lucia studies PATH programme in Jamaica

April 21, 2016
Team from St Lucia studies PATH programme in Jamaica KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- A delegation from the ministry of social transformation, local government and community empowerment in Saint Lucia is currently visiting Jamaica for a one-week study tour of the Programme of Advancement Though Health and Education (PATH).

Open Letter regarding Jerome Montoute land expropriation case in St Lucia

April 21, 2016
My name is Theodora Montoute, a proud daughter of the late Jerome Montoute, citizen of St Lucia and Canada both. I am writing to you with an equal measure of respect, gratitude, honesty and urgency. I shall endeavour to be as succinct as possible.

US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants

April 20, 2016
US urges regional governments to issue citizenship only to bona fide applicants BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- Do not issue citizenship to foreigners unless you are confident beyond a reasonable doubt that the individual is a bona fide applicant. That pointed advice to Caribbean nations with citizenship by investment programmes came from the United States.

Letter: Allen Chastanet is over the barrel into the pit

April 19, 2016
Letter: Allen Chastanet is over the barrel into the pit When the United Workers Party (UWP) better known as Destructive Worker Party (DWP) sends out a press release to say a national meeting in Soufriere had a crowd of thousands of people and overflow crowds is a testament of the party’s progressive campaign, promotional abilities...

Commentary: Which is deadlier: media terrorists or political zikas?

April 18, 2016
Commentary: Which is deadlier: media terrorists or political zikas? I was recently counseled that I ought to update my notions on free speech and the law. Still I remain faithful to the Privy Council’s 1990 decision in Tim Hector v Attorney-General of Antigua and Barbuda. A journalist, political activist and close friend of George Odlum (alas both dearly departed)...

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