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Commentary: A country in denial; pie in the sky

August 29, 2016
Commentary: A country in denial; pie in the sky The US$2.6 billion investment project titled “Pearl of the Caribbean” framework agreement signed between the government of Saint Lucia and Desert Star Holdings (DSH) for a horse racing track, high end hotel and residences, a casino, free trade zone, an equine disease free zone...

Regional governments and civil society work to strengthen environmental governance

August 27, 2016
Regional governments and civil society work to strengthen environmental governance SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic -- Twenty-two signatory countries and over 40 representatives of the public made significant progress at the fourth meeting of the negotiating committee for a regional agreement on access to information, public participation and access to...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Four zika cases confirmed in Bahamas; 26 pregnant women tested positive in St Lucia

August 23, 2016
Four zika cases confirmed in Bahamas; 26 pregnant women tested positive in St Lucia MIAMI, USA -- Health officials in The Bahamas said on Monday that four cases of zika infection in total have been confirmed on New Providence. Officials said there are 83 suspected cases. Of that group, eight are pregnant women. The first case was reported on August 10.

St Lucia PM caught in tangled web, says opposition

August 22, 2016
St Lucia PM caught in tangled web, says opposition CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In his efforts to extricate Saint Lucia from the sanctions imposed by the United States as a result of still unresolved allegations of extra-judicial killings by the local police, new Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has been caught in “tangled web” of unrealistic promises.

Commentary: The King is dead, long live the King

August 22, 2016
Commentary: The King is dead, long live the King What should have been the serious business of the Saint Lucia House of Assembly on August 16, 2016, descended into farce as former prime minister Stephenson King tried valiantly but in vain to guide his successor Allen Chastanet, who looked more like a blundering French-born...

Commentary: St Lucia PM's semantics and incompetence: A toxic mix

August 15, 2016
Commentary: St Lucia PM's semantics and incompetence: A toxic mix The current crisis of governance in Saint Lucia, orchestrated by new prime minister Allen Chastanet, is perhaps more serious than the setbacks that occurred in the 1979 leadership crisis. The thinking of the current administration led by Chastanet has its origin in 2009 when as minister of...

ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected

August 8, 2016
ABC ferry project struggling, while other Caribbean islands may soon be connected WILLEMSTAD, Curacao -- While various islands in the Caribbean are working hard on their connection with a ferry, the ABC islands ferry project is struggling. The ferry project to connect Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by sea looked very promising but it appears that it might not crystallize.

Canada updates Caribbean travel advisories

August 6, 2016
Canada updates Caribbean travel advisories OTTAWA, Canada -- In a series of updates this month, the Canadian government has issued new travel advisories for a number of Caribbean countries. Most notable of these is that Canadian citizens travelling to Saint Lucia are now recommended to exercise a “high degree of caution”.

Commentary: Enablers of 'steering', 'kleptocracy' and 'ignorance' in St Lucia

August 3, 2016
Commentary: Enablers of 'steering', 'kleptocracy' and 'ignorance' in St Lucia Actually, it’s no surprise that three words: “steering”, “kleptocracy” and “ignorance” occupy my mind while monitoring political operatives maneuver in an attempt to neutralise political observers, critics, select media outlets, civil society’s democratic norms and international systems from reporting...

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.

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