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Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean

September 30, 2016
Matthew now a hurricane after leaving death and destruction in the Eastern Caribbean MIAMI, USA -- Tropical storm Matthew strengthened to hurricane force on Thursday after leaving one dead and causing widespread flooding and landslides as it slowly made its way across the Eastern Caribbean on Wednesday evening. Officials in St Vincent and the Grenadines confirmed...

Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea

September 29, 2016
Tropical Storm Matthew forms, moves into eastern Caribbean Sea MIAMI, USA -- As expected, Tropical Storm Matthew formed early Wednesday as the system moved through the Windward Islands into the eastern Caribbean, bringing heavy rains and high winds and forcing the closure of government offices and schools in several islands.

Commentary: Other than snobbery, what else is at stake?

September 29, 2016
Commentary: Other than snobbery, what else is at stake? Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said, “I sincerely hope that our efforts during the early decades of the 21st century will help to create a new world order”. My immediate thought was of the accepted wisdom...

St Lucia PM threatens local journalist with defamation lawsuit

September 28, 2016
St Lucia PM threatens local journalist with defamation lawsuit CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Seemingly determined to prove the accuracy of the well known saying, “Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose” [The more things change, the more they stay the same], lawyers acting for Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet last week embarked on...

Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday

September 28, 2016
Tropical cyclone expected to form in southern Caribbean Tuesday night or Wednesday MIAMI, USA -- Reports from an Air Force Reserve reconnaissance aircraft on Tuesday indicated that a tropical wave located about 250 miles east of Barbados does not yet have a closed surface circulation. However, the system is producing winds to near tropical storm force and...

Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary

September 28, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda lawyers discuss alleged interference in the judiciary BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- A recent statement by the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s chief justice that attempts are being made to influence the courts shows that the judiciary is on guard against the practice, according to attorney David Dorsett. “Having made that announcement...

Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN

September 28, 2016
Taiwan notes silence of some Caribbean and Latin American allies at UN NEW YORK, USA -- Taiwan said it has taken note of the deafening silence on the part of some of its Caribbean and Latin American diplomatic allies at the United Nations regarding its open bid to play a higher role in international affairs. This was observed by Taiwanese media observing...

Brazil sees St Lucia as a port of entry for OECS business

September 27, 2016
Brazil sees St Lucia as a port of entry for OECS business CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Brazil would like to see the small islands of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) region do more business with it – and the giant Latin American neighbour to the south is ready to open its doors and markets to its tiny northern businesses.

Caribbean leaders warn of region's economic collapse

September 26, 2016
Caribbean leaders warn of region's economic collapse NEW YORK, USA -- Gaston Browne, prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that, along with climate change and lingering indebtedness, Caribbean islands face another existential threat from the withdrawal by global banks of...

CDB economist tutors St Lucia government

September 24, 2016
CDB economist tutors St Lucia government CASTRIES, St Lucia -- At a government of Saint Lucia press conference in Castries on Thursday, Dr Justin Ram, director of economics at the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), made a presentation to the media from a report conducted jointly by the CDB and the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

St Lucia hosts 13th regional law conference of the OECS Bar Association

September 22, 2016
St Lucia hosts 13th regional law conference of the OECS Bar Association CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Prof. Velma Newton, the regional project director of IMPACT Justice, a Canadian government sponsored project being implemented from within the Caribbean Law Institute Centre, Cave Hill Campus, attended the 13th Regional Law Conference of the OECS Bar...

Clinton emails reveal more 'shenanigans' in Haiti

September 21, 2016
Clinton emails reveal more 'shenanigans' in Haiti NEW YORK, USA -- In an article entitled “More Clinton shenanigans in Haiti”, Mary Anastasia O’Grady writing in the Wall Street Journal has reported that on January 27, 2011, Clinton Foundation chief operating officer Laura Graham sent an email to then-Secretary of State..

I don't get no respect, says St Lucia PM

September 21, 2016
I don't get no respect, says St Lucia PM CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet called on members of the media not to disrespect him following a testy exchange on Monday with local journalist, Rehani Isidore. When pressed by Isidore on his frequent travels and a marketing promotion by a local resort...

St Lucia prime minister under siege

September 20, 2016
St Lucia prime minister under siege CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following speculation that an early cabinet reshuffle in Saint Lucia will be necessary following the appointment of all United Workers Party (UWP) elected members of parliament as ministers, leaving no scope for the election of a new deputy speaker, it now appears...

Commentary: St Lucia's vulnerability a growing concern

September 19, 2016
Commentary: St Lucia's vulnerability a growing concern There can be little dispute that Saint Lucia’s economic and fiscal policies are generally unstable, along with the latest crisis of governance exacerbated by new Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. In fact, the first 100 days of the United Workers Party (UWP) administration have been a...

Caribbean leaders to convene in St Lucia for groundbreaking conservation meetings

September 14, 2016
Caribbean leaders to convene in St Lucia for groundbreaking conservation meetings CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Next week, Caribbean leaders from up to 15 nations, including ministers and other government officials, private sector and civil society, will convene in Saint Lucia for a five-day event to advance regional marine conservation goals, sustainable finance strategies and...

St Lucia prime minister proposes CARICOM tourism summit

September 13, 2016
St Lucia prime minister proposes CARICOM tourism summit CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has proposed the implementation of two initiatives that he believes will assist the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in finding solutions for surmounting some of the economic challenges confronting the regional body.

St Lucia cabinet rejects bid to end live coverage of parliament

September 12, 2016
St Lucia cabinet rejects bid to end live coverage of parliament CASTRIES, St Lucia -- According to former member of parliament Richard Frederick, an unnamed member of the Cabinet recently brought an unsuccessful proposal to end live television coverage of parliamentary proceedings in Saint Lucia. This follows a widely ridiculed performance by...

St Lucia discusses transition of public vehicles to electric and hybrid

September 10, 2016
St Lucia discusses transition of public vehicles to electric and hybrid PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The financing proposal for a plan to introduce electric and hybrid vehicles in the public service of Saint Lucia was discussed during a high-level meeting hosted by the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation (GIZ) in partnership with ECLAC Caribbean.

Mexico woos the Greater Caribbean to talk business in Cancun

September 9, 2016
Mexico woos the Greater Caribbean to talk business in Cancun CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Latin American investors are bent on boosting business ties in the Greater Caribbean, with companies in two major business capitals looking to forge new and better, stronger and deeper ties with their smaller hemispheric neighbours to the south.

CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry

September 8, 2016
CDB funds workshop to improve service delivery in the tourism industry BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- For many countries in the Caribbean, a successful tourism industry is critical to social and economic growth and development. However, an increasingly competitive global tourism market has meant that Caribbean countries must find ways to differentiate...

Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future

September 8, 2016
Caribbean fisherfolk look to the future PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Leaders of the Caribbean Network of Fisherfolk Organisations (CNFO) met at a two-day performance and planning workshop to discuss and critically assess the CNFO’s performance since its formation almost ten years ago. They were joined in this exercise...

Commentary: Trans-colonial collaboration in St Lucia's political system

September 8, 2016
Commentary: Trans-colonial collaboration in St Lucia's political system The title is meant to be deliberate and thought-provoking, in particular, to the sensationalist spectre of seeing Saint Lucians as subjects and objects, rather than as a people and agents of radical, hemispheric, economic, and social change. However, whether one understands or not...

Brazilian business mission coming to St Lucia in November

September 7, 2016
Brazilian business mission coming to St Lucia in November RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- The Embassy of Brazil in Saint Lucia is preparing to host a major investment mission with numerous opportunities for business that will also strengthen ties between the giant South American nation and its tiny Caribbean neighbour. According to Ambassador Sergio Couri...

Commentary: St Lucia walking a tightrope

September 5, 2016
Commentary: St Lucia walking a tightrope Recent reports pertaining to trade and investment, and long standing drug trafficking and money laundering issues, have implications for Saint Lucia, amid a stagnant economy (rising corporate debt, capital outflows increasing the national debt of EC$2.9 billion, 15 percent VAT...

Alleged extrajudicial killings in St Lucia must be investigated, says US

September 1, 2016
Alleged extrajudicial killings in St Lucia must be investigated, says US WASHINGTON, USA -- The allegations of extrajudicial killings committed by members of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) should be properly investigated, and any perpetrators should be prosecuted and, if found guilty, sentenced appropriately, the US State Department reiterated.

Saint Lucia reaps benefits from OECS yachting initiatives

September 1, 2016
Saint Lucia reaps benefits from OECS yachting initiatives CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Tourism officials in Saint Lucia are pleased about the considerable increase in the number of yacht calls to the island. Statistics released from the Saint Lucia Tourist Board revealed double digit growth (28.8%) in yachting arrivals for the period January to June 2016.

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