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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...

World ARC fleet sets sail from St Lucia

January 13, 2015
World ARC fleet sets sail from St Lucia RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- Saturday 10th January marked a special day in World ARC history as two fleets set sail as part of new annual editions of World Cruising Club's round-the-world rally. In the rally's Caribbean home port of Saint Lucia, the World ARC 2015-16 fleet began their 15-month circumnavigation.

OECS member states participate in Toronto Boat Show

January 9, 2015
OECS member states participate in Toronto Boat Show CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states have embarked on a joint approach to marketing the region as a single yachting destination, with seven member countries – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Dominica...

World ARC 2015-16 to depart St Lucia this weekend

January 9, 2015
World ARC 2015-16 to depart St Lucia this weekend RODNEY BAY, St Lucia -- Weeks after bringing the curtains down on a highly successful 2014 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the sun drenched Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is again getting ready to bid bon voyage to close to two dozen yachts participating in the World ARC 2015-16.

St Lucia farmers trained in organic farming techniques

December 29, 2014
St Lucia farmers trained in organic farming techniques CASTRIES, St Lucia -- After just three months from its initial launch on 24 September 2014, the Seed Foundation Inc., an NGO, has now provided training to more than 30 farmers from Fond St Jacques in Soufriere, Saint Lucia, on organic farming techniques, environmental considerations and health benefits.

Commentary: Restore credibility on strategic pillars

December 23, 2014
Commentary: Restore credibility on strategic pillars In the midst of modest growth, low oil and gas prices and upcoming new rules from global banks and financial service institutions in the global economy, there are a few game changers to eyeball in the closing days of 2014. Amid a glut and market share consideration, OPEC’s 12 members pumped...

Letter: Mary conceived without Joseph at the CSA expense

December 22, 2014
Letter: Mary conceived without Joseph at the CSA expense I was working on my purchase order for Habanos cigars, when I received a call requesting my thoughts on the latest wrinkle in the United Workers Party (UWP) to appoint Mary Isaac as a senator. Sitting at my bureau with the television in the background viewing the senate session...

Letter: The coined con of a dollar-strapped SLP government

December 19, 2014
Letter: The coined con of a dollar-strapped SLP government Against the promise of “Better Days” Emma stood as a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow. It was indeed refreshing to see the face of the former director of the NIC. She came into the political fray as a reassuring figure against the egotistic male dominated politics of the day, only to succumb to it.

Letter: Spider's web has bottomed-out for Mary's love

December 18, 2014
Letter: Spider's web has bottomed-out for Mary's love The love of Mary Isaac, president of the Civil Service Association (CSA), is better. That’s no longer a secret to a closely watched relationship. Isaac was on Tuesday, nominated as the new United Workers Party (UWP) senator, to replace the boyish looking and withdrawn Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute.

St Lucia moves ahead with geothermal development

December 17, 2014
St Lucia moves ahead with geothermal development CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s ministry of sustainable development, energy, science and technology last week hosted a delegation of technical experts from the World Bank, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and the New Zealand government.

Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean

December 17, 2014
Youth organisations agree to establish Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs for Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Youth entrepreneurship organisations from thirteen Commonwealth countries across the Caribbean and including Canada have agreed to form a regional alliance of young entrepreneurs. The group will be called the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs...

Commentary: The future is oiled

December 17, 2014
Commentary: The future is oiled The unparalleled coverage of the oil and gas sector for the past weeks gives new impetus to review our economic outlook and forward guidance on economic strategies worldwide. “We are not going to change our minds because the prices went to $60 or to $40, OPEC will stand by its decision not to cut output...

Three crew members dead in cruise ship fire in St Lucia

December 16, 2014
Three crew members dead in cruise ship fire in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Three crew members on board the Oceania cruise ship Insignia died in a fire that started in the engine room of the vessel while docked in St Lucia last Thursday. Insignia was on a ten-day cruise that departed San Juan, Puerto Rico on December 7, and was scheduled...

Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US

December 13, 2014
Caribbean banks urge regional governments to sign FATCA agreements with US CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) has strongly urged governments in the region, which have not yet completed the process towards a signed intergovernmental agreement (IGA) under the US Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) with the US to do so speedily.

US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund

December 13, 2014
US$10 million set aside for eighth cycle of CDB's Basic Needs Trust Fund BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank has approved US$10 million from the Special Development Fund for the eightth cycle of the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF 8). This decision was made at the 264th meeting of the Board, held on Thursday in Barbados.

No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers

December 10, 2014
No monopoly of telecom market, say OECS ministers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) telecommunications ministers have taken a decision to prevent the return to a telecommunications monopoly following a proposed merger between Cable and Wireless Communications and Columbus Communications International.

Letter: Is Matthew Roberts' blood on SLP hands?

December 10, 2014
Letter: Is Matthew Roberts' blood on SLP hands? Saint Lucia is a small country with a regime that adores leftist intentions with no room for moderate views, such as the likes of Hon Matthew Roberts, the former speaker, who served during the SLP term 1997- 2003. He is knowledgeable and informed on what many don’t know!

St Lucia targets Caribbean travellers

December 9, 2014
St Lucia targets Caribbean travellers CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The island’s principal promotions and marketing agency, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, continues to build excitement and spur interest in an attempt to further revitalize the Caribbean market. The SLTB has just wrapped up its latest series of promotions in neighbouring Trinidad.

Commentary: The St Lucia Labour Party is deluded... brace for drawbacks

December 8, 2014
Commentary: The St Lucia Labour Party is deluded... brace for drawbacks The last three years of Labour has been hell on earth. But, with two more years to go, and the proposition for early election, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) brand will fade away. That would be a welcome sign on the heels of an establishment that not only continues to lose purpose...

Letter: Allen and Kenny: 'Membete, mempwele' - no difference between them

December 8, 2014
Letter: Allen and Kenny: 'Membete, mempwele' - no difference between them The conventions of both the United Worker Party (UWP) and the St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) had me choking, figuratively speaking, on good wine and a Cuban cigar. The preschool atmosphere of political clowns and actors were a fitting reminder of Sunday afternoon karate movies, at the former Gaiety...

Commentary: The dilemma to St Lucia's structural rise again

December 1, 2014
Commentary: The dilemma to St Lucia's structural rise again As the third anniversary [November 28] of the Saint Lucia Labour Party [SLP] approached, it was more and more evident, that the country needs new and genuine governance and a national agenda with an exciting vision that is focused on performance and the aspirations of the new reality.

Increased ICT connection and productivity to foster better jobs and economic growth in St Lucia

November 29, 2014
Increased ICT connection and productivity to foster better jobs and economic growth in St Lucia CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s government reported on Friday concrete advances in investment climate, connectivity, and productivity at the second accountability workshop of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF). During the workshop, government, private sector, civil society, youth and academia...

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