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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...

British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference

May 28, 2015
British Virgin Islands to host regional parliamentary conference ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands (BVI) will host the 40th annual conference of the Caribbean, Americas and the Atlantic Region of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA). Over 70 parliamentarians drawn from member states of that body are expected to arrive in the BVI in July.

St Lucia explores legal framework for establishing medical research facility

May 27, 2015
St Lucia explores legal framework for establishing medical research facility CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Invest Saint Lucia last week hosted a series of consultations with relevant stakeholders to determine the way forward for establishing Saint Lucia as a preferred location for investments in medical research and education, with downstream opportunities for health tourism.

Letter: Allen Chastanet's 'rotten borough'

May 27, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet's 'rotten borough' Rocking away with my Habanos cigars watching the news last week made me feel uncomfortable in full view of the Caribbean Sea. I have not felt this way in a long time. The newspapers came in for equal treatment from my wife, mocking the aristocrat Allen Chastanet screwed-out, rightly so, from Soufriere.

Two St Lucian students' research papers win prizes in Taiwan

May 25, 2015
Two St Lucian students' research papers win prizes in Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two Saint Lucian students, who are now preparing for graduation from their respective universities in Taiwan, were among a group of young scholars who won prizes in a recently concluded student paper competition organized by the International Cooperation Development Fund.

Commentary: St Lucia's budget verdict isn't pretty

May 25, 2015
Commentary: St Lucia's budget verdict isn't pretty Two days of debate in the parliament of Saint Lucia led by prime minister and minister for finance Dr Kenny Anthony makes the 2015/2016 budget easy to critique, and no different to remember that there is a price to pay for living beyond affordable means. The figures and policy presented are...

St Lucia opposition MP to resign seat

May 21, 2015
St Lucia opposition MP to resign seat CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Following an emergency meeting of the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) executive in Saint Lucia on Monday, reportedly for the purpose of requesting all opposition parliamentarians to resign their seats in order to force an early general election, Arsene James...

Letter: Is St Lucia a human trafficking hub?

May 21, 2015
Letter: Is St Lucia a human trafficking hub? The Lambirds Academy, apparently used as a front to traffic persons from Nepal, the Philippines, India and other countries as students to undergo hospitality studies in St Lucia, gives the impression of a lukewarm affair. Over 70 so called students are stranded on the island and serving as witnesses...

St Lucia government called upon to scrap economic citizenship programme after visa scandals

May 20, 2015
St Lucia government called upon to scrap economic citizenship programme after visa scandals CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said it is deeply concerned about ongoing national security breaches that have occurred under the leadership of Saint Lucia’s prime minister, Dr Kenny Anthony, in particular recent scandals involving Saint Lucia visas. The LPM pointed to...

Commentary: St Lucia's Chinese checkers budget eclipses politics and fiscal accountability

May 20, 2015
Commentary: St Lucia's Chinese checkers budget eclipses politics and fiscal accountability Under the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) government, fiscal accountability has always given way to pure political messaging. On April 29, prime minister and minister for finance Dr Kenny Anthony delivered the 2015/16 estimates of revenue and expenditure in the amount of EC$1.464 billion.

St Lucia government investigates reports of visas discovered in Cuban passports

May 19, 2015
St Lucia government investigates reports of visas discovered in Cuban passports CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia said on Monday that it has become aware of an Associated Press story dated May 15, reporting that "thirty eight Cubans caught trying to sail to the United States had tourist visas to the Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia when they were intercepted...

OECS to review performance of pharmaceutical suppliers at regional meeting this week

May 19, 2015
OECS to review performance of pharmaceutical suppliers at regional meeting this week CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The performance of suppliers of medicines and pharmaceuticals is among the major talking points for the 24th joint tenders-adjudication committee meeting of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission’s pharmaceutical procurement service (OECSPPS).

Letter: Allen Chastanet continues to lie, fail and gossip

May 19, 2015
Letter: Allen Chastanet continues to lie, fail and gossip The image is stuck in the public mind. Lies unfold from leaks revealed that the real constituency group was not involved when discussions were taking place to sell/buy Micoud South. It was not the real constituency group decision on the EC$5 million and they are not the ones expecting dividends...

St Vincent and the Grenadines capture WIFA men's championship

May 18, 2015
St Vincent and the Grenadines capture WIFA men's championship VIEUX Fort, St Lucia -- St Vincent and the Grenadines came into Saturday evening, the third day of the Windward Islands Football Association (WIFA) 2015 Men's Championship, in pole position. Having taken a maximum six points from their two previous wins, over Grenada and hosts Saint Lucia...

St Lucia to host third annual wedding symposium

May 16, 2015
St Lucia to host third annual wedding symposium CASTRIES, St Lucia -- From September 23 – 27, 2015, Saint Lucia will host a roster of wedding experts during the third annual “LOVE Elevated” Wedding Symposium. New this year, a panel of real brides who were married on the island will share their destination wedding experiences.

New champions for Windward Islands men's football

May 16, 2015
New champions for Windward Islands men's football VIEUX FORT, St Lucia -- The Windward Islands Football Association's 2015 Men's Championship will see a new champion crowned on Saturday night. Hosts and defending champions Saint Lucia were knocked out of contention on the second of three match days on Thursday evening.

St Lucia, Martinique discuss possible collaboration on cross-border crime

May 15, 2015
St Lucia, Martinique discuss possible collaboration on cross-border crime FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique -- Prime minister of Saint Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony, met last week with France’s President Francois Hollande, ahead of a climate change summit in Martinique, to discuss issues of mutual interest. The discussion focused on climate change mitigation, and cooperation...

St Lucia held; St Vincent win on WIFA opening night

May 14, 2015
St Lucia held; St Vincent win on WIFA opening night VIEUX FORT, St Lucia -- The 2015 Windward Islands Football Association Men's Championship got underway on Tuesday evening at the Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort, Saint Lucia. St Vincent and the Grenadines beat Grenada 3-2 in the opening match. The winning team went ahead through...

Commentary: All is not lost in the midst of downgrades

May 13, 2015
Commentary: All is not lost in the midst of downgrades The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is under enormous scrutiny following Moody’s Investor Service downgrade of its bond rating and issuer rating to Baa2 from Baa1; changing the outlook to negative from stable. Added to that, Moody’s downgraded the long term local and foreign currency deposit...

Letter: Fewer jobs, more politics, siphoned money, does anyone care in St Lucia?

May 12, 2015
Letter: Fewer jobs, more politics, siphoned money, does anyone care in St Lucia? Word is the seat sale in Micoud South is a done deal worth EC$5 million. The by-election is set for September 21, 2015. I am looking out for wire transfers from an Irish account and one in Miami. The aristocrat Allen Chastanet is in England begging for crumbs from the Conservative victory.

St Lucia names 20 for Windward Islands football

May 11, 2015
St Lucia names 20 for Windward Islands football CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Spirits are high among the Saint Lucia squad ahead of the 2015 Windward Islands Football Association (WIFA) Men’s Championship. Defending champions Saint Lucia are set to host the tournament on 12, 14 and 16 May at the Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort.

Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future?

May 9, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Can cocoa benefit from chocolate's bright future? Since 1991, international demand for chocolate has been growing, causing cocoa prices to surge. Although the global market for chocolate may have peaked at around US$114 billion annually, it is clear that the Caribbean could do more to encourage the production of the growing premium price global...

EC dollar as strong as ever, says ECCB deputy governor

May 8, 2015
EC dollar as strong as ever, says ECCB deputy governor BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has said that the EC dollar is as strong as ever despite the withdrawal of the currency's one-cent and two-cent coins. Deputy governor for the ECCB, Trevor Brathwaite, said the Eastern Caribbean currency has been pegged...

HBO producing exclusive content at the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival for the second year

May 7, 2015
HBO producing exclusive content at the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival for the second year CASTRIES, St Lucia -- HBO has teamed up with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board to showcase the best of the 2015 Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, where a production crew is live on-site to capture interviews and exclusive footage of musical performances, tourist attractions and fashion events.

St Lucia ramps up cyber-security after St Vincent website hacked

May 6, 2015
St Lucia ramps up cyber-security after St Vincent website hacked CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia said in a statement on Tuesday that it noted with concern the recent attack on the official website of the government of St Vincent and the Grenadines.  “This appears to be part of a trend of increasing reports of cyber-attacks of various kinds...

OECS takes further step to poverty reduction through multidimensional approach

May 5, 2015
OECS takes further step to poverty reduction through multidimensional approach CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Five Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states: Antigua and Barbuda; Dominica; Grenada, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines have successfully launched a multidimensional project on reducing poverty in the OECS. The government of Chile is funding the...

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