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Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth, says St Lucia hotelier

June 29, 2015
Diverse language skills needed for Caribbean tourism growth, says St Lucia hotelier CASTRIES, St Lucia -- It's time for stakeholders in the Caribbean's hospitality industry more to broadly represent the multicultural nature of the region and serve the growing diversity of visitors to the Caribbean by learning to speak more than one language. The call was made by the president of the...

Commentary: It's time for a democratic awakening in St Lucia

June 29, 2015
Commentary: It's time for a democratic awakening in St Lucia Archaic political ideology, facilitators that invent false choices and economic models that are responsible for inequality and instability towards the degeneration of society, are overdue for a democratic awakening. The principle consideration is finding the right combination rooted in community and a network of...

Answers sought regarding legal cost to St Lucia of controversial oil exploration agreement

June 26, 2015
Answers sought regarding legal cost to St Lucia of controversial oil exploration agreement CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s prime minister, Dr Kenny Anthony, has been called on to apprise the nation of the legal costs involved in the government’s ongoing efforts to settle an ill-fated agreement purporting to grant oil exploration rights over some eight million acres of Saint Lucia’s maritime territory.

Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption

June 26, 2015
Caribbean integrity commissions form new Commonwealth body to fight corruption ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- National authorities from 12 Commonwealth countries in the Caribbean have joined forces to establish a new regional body to enhance transparency and help fight corruption. The Association of Integrity Commissions and Anti-Corruption Bodies in the Commonwealth Caribbean...

CDF funds renewable energy project in St Lucia

June 25, 2015
CDF funds renewable energy project in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia has signed a grant agreement with the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) for funding of the St Lucia National Trust (SLNT) renewable energy project in the sum of 71,749 Euros. The agreement was signed by prime minister, Dr Kenny Anthony.

Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada

June 23, 2015
Caribbean anti-corruption commissions gather at Commonwealth conference in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Anti-corruption commissions from across the Caribbean are gathering in Grenada this week for a Commonwealth conference aimed at boosting regional cooperation and sharing innovations in the fight against graft. The first Commonwealth regional conference for heads of...

St Lucia records 6.4 percent tourism arrival growth for first five months of 2015

June 23, 2015
St Lucia records 6.4 percent tourism arrival growth for first five months of 2015 CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia joins the rest of the Caribbean in celebrating increases in visitor arrivals in 2015. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) announced that visitor arrivals to the region were up 6% at the end of the first quarter, whilst Saint Lucia alone recorded a 6.4% growth over...

Commentary: Understanding US action in the Caribbean

June 23, 2015
Commentary: Understanding US action in the Caribbean The dramatic state of events in Trinidad and Tobago is now a part of a world that is more connected and aware of the ease, access and influence associated with the resulting proliferation of Jack Warner’s indictment by US authorities. Meanwhile, many are probably in reflection is there more to come.

Letter: Saint Lucia's tangled web

June 23, 2015
Letter: Saint Lucia's tangled web In November 2011, Mr Allen Chastanet, under a United Workers Party (UWP) mandate, unsuccessfully contended for the Soufriere seat against Mr Harold Dalson. Thereafter he was able to wrest the leadership of the UWP from long standing UWP stalwart and former prime minister, Mr Stephenson King.

Letter: Jack and the Caribbean Beanstalk

June 20, 2015
Letter: Jack and the Caribbean Beanstalk Although Jack Warner and FIFA’s melee is outside my area of special interest, in my younger years, Trinidad and Tobago was a cool island lime. Not too long ago, with age and preparation, this privilege has disappeared. But unable to get away from the news, there is Jack Warner on my TV...

Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins

June 18, 2015
Eastern Caribbean Central Bank withdraws 1c and 2c coins BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- As of 1 July, the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will no longer issue one cent and two cents coins to the commercial banks operating within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU). Although the coins will no longer be issued, they will remain legal tender...

We do not manage failed economies in the Caribbean, says St Lucia PM

June 17, 2015
We do not manage failed economies in the Caribbean, says St Lucia PM CASTRIES, St Lucia (WINN) -- We do not manage failed economies in the Caribbean, but broken ones and we just need to pick up the pieces. That was the sentiment of the prime minister of Saint Lucia Dr Kenny Anthony while addressing the opening ceremony of the World Bank’s Caribbean Growth...

Letter: Allen Chastanet declares: 'I cleaned septic tanks ... and I did it with pride'

June 16, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet declares: 'I cleaned septic tanks ... and I did it with pride' On top of all my old age problems living on the island I am bombarded with political news on radio and television not worth my time and vote. The United Workers Party (UWP) propaganda is all over the place, trying as they may to rebrand the aristocrat Allen Chastanet as a poor boy, like many Saint Lucians.

Xenophobia in St Lucia condemned

June 15, 2015
Xenophobia in St Lucia condemned CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has condemned what it described as a shameful display of xenophobic behaviour that has crept into Saint Lucian society ever since the human trafficking incident, known locally as the Lambirds Academy affair. Leader of the LPM, Therold Prudent...

Saint Lucian embassy in Taiwan now open

June 9, 2015
Saint Lucian embassy in Taiwan now open TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The government of Saint Lucia opened an embassy last Thursday in Taiwan – the Caribbean country’s first in Asia, in an effort to strengthen bilateral ties. The inauguration ceremony was presided over by Saint Lucia Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, and attended by minister for external affairs...

Letter: Police teefing, guns walking, not all cops are rotten

June 9, 2015
Letter: Police teefing, guns walking, not all cops are rotten What a grim day it was to watch and listen to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) Acting Commissioner of Police Errol Alexander explain that not all our men and women in the force have been proven to be bad eggs. It’s easier to say the blue code of conduct does not exist. Even if I beg to differ...

Call for national unity alliance in Saint Lucia

June 8, 2015
Call for national unity alliance in Saint Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following the success of such coalitions in Guyana, St Kitts and Nevis and Trinidad and Tobago, two senior members of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) have called for a similar national unity alliance in Saint Lucia. In an op-ed piece in today’s edition...

Commentary: Unlocking St Lucia's political and economic future

June 8, 2015
Commentary: Unlocking St Lucia's political and economic future The political, economic and security hysteria taking place in Saint Lucia requires a new and different approach: a common position that is fortified by a detailed vision and a solution-driven strategy capable of transforming the lives of citizens. Selfish ideologies and unreasonable justification have led to...

Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean

June 5, 2015
Counterfeit goods worth US$60 million seized in operations across Americas and Caribbean LYON, France -- Car parts, fuel, food, detergent, cigars, shampoo and steel were among fake goods worth nearly US$60 million seized in a two-week operation across the Americas and the Caribbean. Codenamed Maya II, more than 2,000 interventions by police, customs, investigators and...

Letter: Is Allen Chastanet's UWP hugging Nich-ol-ass for real?

June 5, 2015
Letter: Is Allen Chastanet's UWP hugging Nich-ol-ass for real? Oh no, they just can’t be serious, poor choice, what can I say, imagine that, look what has become of the United Workers Party (UWP). What will they do next? Getting to understand that Huggins Neal Nicholas (a lawyer) was elected to contest the seat by the selection committee of the Choiseul/Saltibus...

St Lucia government called on to clarify decision to open embassy in Taiwan

June 3, 2015
St Lucia government called on to clarify decision to open embassy in Taiwan CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The announcement on Monday by the government of Saint Lucia that it had established a full-fledged embassy in Taiwan has been described by the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) as not only baffling from a foreign policy perspective but also raises a number of serious...

Commentary: The IMF's new groove

June 3, 2015
Commentary: The IMF's new groove Since its founding in Bretton Woods in 1945, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has acquired a somewhat shady reputation for its obstinate and doctrinal approach to economic and financial crisis management. The alleged inept performance of the Fund has elicited derision from prominent economists.

St Lucia embassy to open in Taiwan on Thursday

June 2, 2015
St Lucia embassy to open in Taiwan on Thursday CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony left the island on Saturday for Taiwan, leading a delegation for the official opening of the embassy of Saint Lucia in the International Trade Building in Taipei. The opening ceremony is scheduled to take place on Thursday. During the visit...

Letter: Allen Chastanet's underarm fragrance quits

June 2, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet's underarm fragrance quits Get ready, the aristocrat Allen Chastanet and Catherine Sealys won’t breathe the same fragrance again. The public love affair is over, not for the sake of irresponsible lapse in judgment on the choice of Vanity Fair fragrance. My curiosity lies in the tears from peeling rotten onions.

St Lucia investment agency CEO called on to resign

June 1, 2015
St Lucia investment agency CEO called on to resign CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called for the resignation of McHale Andrew, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Invest St Lucia, the government’s inward investment agency. Prudent’s reaction comes in the wake of recent statements...

Caribbean citizens now travel visa-free to Schengen area countries

May 29, 2015
Caribbean citizens now travel visa-free to Schengen area countries ST GEORGE, Grenada (GIS) -- Citizens of Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago may now travel visa-free to Schengen area countries, following the signing of a short-stay visa waiver agreement between the EU and seven Caribbean and Pacific states.

Open letter to the majority shareholders of LIAT

May 29, 2015
Since before 2012 I have repeatedly heard of calls by the current majority shareholders of LIAT, through Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent, to take up more shares or to simply contribute towards the airline's losses. Gentlemen, I can reveal to the press...

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