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St Lucia expands tourism outreach with new Diaspora program

March 3, 2015
St Lucia expands tourism outreach with new Diaspora program CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Tourist Board has launched a dedicated marketing initiative to reach the island’s Diaspora in North America and the United Kingdom. Called Se Sannou, meaning “our thing” in Creole, the program is designed to strengthen ties with the Diaspora community.

Commentary: Need for emphasis on citizen security to ensure St Lucians will thrive

March 2, 2015
Commentary: Need for emphasis on citizen security to ensure St Lucians will thrive Issues related to citizen security have drawn the attention of policy makers at many levels of government, regional and international organizations, and as well as various think tanks. With respect to citizen security in the Caribbean, the United States continues to work with countries in the region.

Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean

February 28, 2015
Letter: The path to modern day scientific socialism in the Caribbean Most Caribbeans are unaware that their governments are gradually leading them into a better life, a life of equality and better times. It’s only a socialist government that can take you there; it’s only a socialist government that can carry the flag on your behalf. Remarkable leaders like Ralph E. Gonsalves...

More infighting within St Lucia opposition party

February 27, 2015
More infighting within St Lucia opposition party CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The latest episodes in ongoing infighting within the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia have been revealed in a press release from the UWP’s Castries North Constituency Branch and a letter from a UWP Women's Arm activist.

New strain of HIV identified by Cuban scientists

February 26, 2015
New strain of HIV identified by Cuban scientists CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Cuban scientists have identified a new strain of HIV (CRF19CPX) and research indicates that this strain develops much faster into full blown AIDS than previous strains of the virus. Dr Alisha Eugene, senior medical officer for infectious diseases in Saint Lucia...

St Lucia's private sector gets financial boost from Caribbean Export

February 26, 2015
St Lucia's private sector gets financial boost from Caribbean Export BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) has awarded some €303,000 (US$344,300) in financial assistance to 17 successful grant applications via the direct assistance grant scheme (DAGS) in Saint Lucia. Additionally a further three firms were...

Letter: Venezuela puts its war planes in airspace over sovereign Caribbean islands

February 23, 2015
Letter: Venezuela puts its war planes in airspace over sovereign Caribbean islands In a speech on national television, Venezuela’s President Maduro reports that the air defence areas of the country have been expanded beyond the Windward Islands all the way up to St Maarten. President Nicolas Maduro, said that his country has the right to defend itself in the skies above the Dutch Antilles.

Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears

February 21, 2015
Chinese spyware discovery revives Caribbean cyber-security fears NEW YORK, USA -- Lenovo, the Chinese computer manufacturer that has supplied tens of thousands of laptops to Caribbean governments, is reportedly selling computers that come preinstalled with spyware that hijacks encrypted web sessions and may make users vulnerable.

Commentary: Soufriere's tourism is relatively untapped

February 21, 2015
Commentary: Soufriere's tourism is relatively untapped Soufriere is not a new player in global tourism; however its challenge is to retain profitability while holding onto a relevant share of visitors who travel near and far to visit a gem nestled in the heart of the Caribbean. As we know, Soufriere has world renowned landmarks, local products and success stories.

CDB projected growth is welcome relief for St Lucia

February 20, 2015
CDB projected growth is welcome relief for St Lucia BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) held its annual press conference on Wednesday in Barbados. The focus of the conference was a review of the economic performance of the region, particularly CDB’s borrowing member countries (BMCs) for 2014 and forecasts...

FIFA's Football for Hope initiative comes to St Lucia

February 20, 2015
FIFA's Football for Hope initiative comes to St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Youth leaders from the west coast of Saint Lucia gathered recently for the launch and kick-off meeting of a new football for development programme for Saint Lucia supported by FIFA's Football for Hope initiative. The launch of the Beyond Us child safeguarding and...

Online protest launched to promote awareness of child abuse in St Lucia

February 19, 2015
Online protest launched to promote awareness of child abuse in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Zandoli International Foundation has embarked on a peaceful online protest for the silent victims of child molestation and sexual abuse in Saint Lucia. Zandoli has asked users on Facebook, Whatsapp, and other social media platforms, to change their profile pictures.

St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival boosts economic activity

February 19, 2015
St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival boosts economic activity CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The largest and most recognized musical, cultural and historical showpiece on Saint Lucia – the rebranded Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, is again set to provide employment opportunities for thousands on the island. Notwithstanding the scores of local artistes and artisans...

St Lucia cabinet considers economic citizenship programme report

February 14, 2015
St Lucia cabinet considers economic citizenship programme report CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Cabinet recently considered a report on the feasibility of establishing a global residence and citizenship programme. The report was compiled by a committee established in August 2014, for this purpose. The committee was requested “to consider the...

French membership can strengthen OECS, says St Lucia ambassador

February 13, 2015
French membership can strengthen OECS, says St Lucia ambassador CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Qualified citizens resident in Martinique may be able to make use of the new economic space opened-up by the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Economic Union, an OECS ambassador says. Saint Lucia’s ambassador to the OECS and CARICOM...

Commentary: St Lucia attempts economic lubrication with a double dose of reduced gasoline prices

February 11, 2015
Commentary: St Lucia attempts economic lubrication with a double dose of reduced gasoline prices The news of a further reduction in the price of gasoline comes with little fanfare and a departure from the norm. On January 12, 2015, the government of Saint Lucia announced the regulatory three month price mechanism for gasoline price adjustment from $15.85 to $13.65, while informing the public...

St Lucia launches 2015 Jazz and Arts Festival

February 7, 2015
St Lucia launches 2015 Jazz and Arts Festival CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The annual Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival, now in its 24th year, raises the curtain on April 30 with a line-up of performers who blend island culture, famed musical talent and diverse music genres. Internationally renowned performers taking center stage this year include...

Letter: Did Allen Chastanet endorse this?

February 6, 2015
Letter: Did Allen Chastanet endorse this? I have tried to understand what the placards want to convey but I feel brain dead on this one to say, look what change Allen ‘Lionel’ Chastanet has brought to the United Worker Party (UWP) in the first march of his life. • Promoting negativity and racism • Graduating from the sublime to ridiculous...

Royal Navy provides navigation course in Barbados for sailors from RSS countries

February 5, 2015
Royal Navy provides navigation course in Barbados for sailors from RSS countries BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Participants from Regional Security System (RSS) member states spent two weeks at the Barbados Coast Guard Headquarters, HMBS PELICAN, attending a Basic Navigation course, delivered by a visiting training team from the Royal Navy (RN).

Maritime tactical planning course held at Barbados Coast Guard

February 3, 2015
Maritime tactical planning course held at Barbados Coast Guard BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Participants from Barbados, RSS countries and independent Commonwealth Caribbean countries came together at the Barbados Coast Guard to attend a maritime tactical planning course, delivered by a visiting training team of experts from the Royal Navy (RN).

British experts deliver financial investigations training

January 31, 2015
British experts deliver financial investigations training BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Investigators from seven jurisdictions, including Saint Lucia, attended a ten-day training course in core skills in financial investigations delivered by UK experts. Twenty-two investigators learnt how to investigate money laundering, so that they can better prosecute...

St Lucia artiste vows to bring culture back to modern music

January 26, 2015
St Lucia artiste vows to bring culture back to modern music NEW YORK, USA -- Saint Lucian MonChérie continues her quest for recognition as one of this generation's most dynamic young music artistes. She is also making a statement to the world that the tiny island of Saint Lucia can no longer be ignored. After her music debut last year...

National conversation on alternative energy called for in St Lucia

January 19, 2015
National conversation on alternative energy called for in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia – The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has issued an appeal to the citizens of Saint Lucia to engage in a national conversation that focuses on identifying alternate and renewable energy sources on the island.  “At a time when most African nations and other developing countries...

Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape

January 17, 2015
Eastern Caribbean responds to evolving telecoms landscape KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Officials from across the Eastern Caribbean are working on a joint response to major changes in the region’s rapidly evolving telecommunications landscape. A three-day training workshop on technology and telecommunications issues in the Eastern Caribbean...

OECS member states present joint marketing effort at Toronto Boat Show

January 16, 2015
OECS member states present joint marketing effort at Toronto Boat Show TORONTO, Canada -- The 57th Toronto Boat Show has presented a unique opportunity for Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states to be present as a collective in one yachting space within the ambiance of an “Eastern Caribbean Village” manned by over 20 people from...

St Lucia to develop niche tourism markets in 2015

January 16, 2015
St Lucia to develop niche tourism markets in 2015 CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) recently unveiled its plans to promote Saint Lucia in 2015. These initiatives, said deputy director of tourism, Tracy Warner-Arnold, are geared at increasing visitor arrivals and visitor expenditure on the island, increasing the awareness of....

Commentary: In St Lucia the extortion continues, while the future is oiled

January 15, 2015
Commentary: In St Lucia the extortion continues, while the future is oiled Today, January 12, 2015, the price of gasoline will decline from $15.85 per gallon to $13.64. This will yield a reduction of $2.21 per gallon. The price of diesel will fall from $15.14 to $13.21 a gallon, a saving of $1.93 a gallon. The new retail prices for these products are summarized as follows...

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