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Commentary: Strutting the sucker’s game is inherently unstable for St Lucia
By Melanius Alphonse. It is regrettably clear that frivolous acts are haemorrhaging the development of Saint Lucia. The approach is not only the tip of the iceberg but compounded by frequently espoused notions that values and interests are separate. The root of the problem is becoming arrogant, walking, and talking in seeming conflicts of interest in the midst of ongoing investigations   Read More ...
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Public opinion surveyed on marijuana decriminalisation in St Lucia - Caribbean News Now
CASTRIES, St Lucia — The issue of marijuana decriminalisation has generated considerable interest across the Caribbean and, as a result, Caribbean Development Research Services (CADRES) has been commissioned to conduct several surveys to explore local attitudes in select Caribbean islands. Saint Lucia was among those islands selected for this research and a survey was conducted between September 8 and 11, with approximately 1,000 persons being interviewed across the country   Read More ...
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Commentary: Whose purpose is the prime minister of St Lucia serving?
By Melanius Alphonse. In a recent interview with American business network CNBC, Allen Chastanet, prime minister of Saint Lucia, directed his attention to another of his acclaimed obsessions – investment and economic growth. However, his proposition in search of that silver lining was met with raised eyebrows and the question, whose purpose is he serving? But first, lack of respect for the truth is detrimental to democracy and a violation of democratic norms   Read More ...
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Tags: Government |  Prime Minister | 
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Hanna apologises for condolence blunder
The Opposition Spokesman on Foreign Affairs Lisa Hanna has apologised for the blunder which resulted in her wrongly expressing condolences for the death of St Lucia's Ambassador to the Organisation of American States, Anton Edmunds. Hanna had issued a release yesterday expressing regret at the unfortunate demise of the St Lucian diplomat, whom she claimed, was a victim of the Las Vegas mass shooting on Sunday   Read More ...
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Commentary: National security and equity continuously backsliding in St Lucia
By Melanius Alphonse. IMPACS investigation and the police force. April 24, 2017, Caribbean News Now reported that St Lucia may launch prosecutions of extrajudicial killings. Recently, three police officers were brought in for questioning reportedly over alleged extrajudicial killings. Public relations officer of the Police Welfare Association [PWA], Acting Sgt Zachary Hippolyte said, “Probing the IMPACS investigation has singled out the police force   Read More ...
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St Lucia Government downplays reports foreign prisoners are high risk
CASTRIES – National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has sought to downplay suggestions that the prisoners being brought to St Lucia from the hurricane-ravaged Caribbean islands are high risk. “People are saying high risk. I have not seen anything indicating that they are high risk. All I’ve been told is that they’re prisoners that need shelter. So we have accepted to house as many as we could,” Francis said, ahead of plans to visit the prison on Friday   Read More ...
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Tags: Prisons |  Prisoners | 
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St Lucian facing drug charges
Members of the Drug Squad have arrested and charged a St Lucian woman for a number of drug related offences. Johnelle Pierre, 23, was charged with possession of cocaine, possession of cocaine with intent to supply, trafficking cocaine and importation of cocaine. Pierre arrived at the Grantley Adams International Airport on Monday, September 25, from St Lucia. Having cleared immigration, she proceeded to the Arrival Hall to collect her luggage   Read More ...
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Caribbean resorts in Antigua, Barbados, St Lucia and the Grenadines are open for business
DEERFIELD BEACH, USA — The Caribbean islands of Antigua, Barbados, Saint Lucia and Palm Island in the Grenadines are open for business, and normal tourism activities have resumed. The airports that service these islands have returned to normal operations and are accepting flights from all gateways. Antigua was largely unscathed by Hurricane Irma, and many other islands, like Saint Lucia, Barbados, and Palm Island in the Grenadines were not affected at all by the storm   Read More ...
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St Lucia now regional investment and trade destination
CASTRIES, St Lucia — Saint Lucia is now officially one of the destinations in the Caribbean where a node of the RIM will be located. The Caribbean RIM Platform Initiative (CRPI) for regional cooperation, investment and trade has as one of its objectives the establishment of a framework for the stimulation and enhancement of investment and trade relations, including trade in services   Read More ...
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St Lucia has stake in Liat
IN THE DAILY NATION’S editorial of August 29, titled Fix Problem Of Regional Travel Now, it is stated that the government of St Lucia “has steadfastly refused to become a shareholder in LIAT”. That statement is grossly inaccurate. The government of St Lucia was one of the 11 regional governments which were the founding shareholders of LIAT (1974) Ltd. The Register of Holders of Ordinary Shares of the company shows that St Lucia and all the other “founding shareholder governments” are still shareholders of the airline   Read More ...
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New CEO for St Lucia Citizenship by Investment Unit | Caribbean News Now
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Board has announced the appointment of Nestor Alfred to the position of chief executive officer of the Citizenship by Investment Unit effective Monday, August 8, 2017. Alfred holds a BSc. Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from Henley Management College/Brunel University. Prior to his current appointment, his former roles include executive director of the Gaming Authority; financial management consultant; banker in the jurisdictions of Saint Lucia, Barbados and the Cayman Islands; senior executive within the East Caribbean Financial Holding Group; director of Saint Lucia Financial Sector Supervision Unit; Registrar of Insurance and Assistant Comptroller of Inland Revenue Saint Lucia   Read More ...
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St Lucia PM addresses the Leahy Law dilemma | Caribbean News Now
By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In this third and final part of an exclusive interview last Friday with Caribbean News Now, the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, addressed the issue of the Leahy Law sanctions and the dilemma he faces in convincing the United States to lift the restrictions. In 2013, the United States suspended assistance to the Saint Lucia security forces pursuant to the provisions of the so-called Leahy Law, as a result of credible evidence of gross human rights violations in relation to a number of alleged extra judicial killings by the police between 2010 and 2011 during an anti-crime initiative known as Operation Restore Confidence (ORC)   Read More ...
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St Lucia PM discusses the problem of increased crime | Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet speaking at the Ritz Carlton/Range Developments signing ceremony on Thursday. Photo: Caribbean News Now By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On Friday, the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, discussed the crime situation in the island and the Leahy Law sanctions, as well as his approach to tourism generally, in an exclusive interview with Caribbean News Now   Read More ...
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St Lucia PM outlines his vision for the country | Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet speaking at the Ritz Carlton signing ceremony. Photo: Caribbean News Now By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On Friday, the prime minister of Saint Lucia, Allen Chastanet, discussed his vision for the island generally and his approach to tourism, crime and the Leahy Law in particular, in an exclusive interview with Caribbean News Now   Read More ...
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Ritz Carlton to operate luxury resort in St Lucia
By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Ritz Carlton, the luxury hotel subsidiary of Marriott International, on Thursday signed an operating agreement with Range Developments and the government of Saint Lucia to operate the planned new resort development at Black Bay on the beautiful southern tip of the island. Ritz Carlton has 91 luxury hotels and resorts in 30 countries and territories, including six in the wider Caribbean: Aruba, Cayman Islands; Mexico, Puerto Rico (2); and USVI   Read More ...
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Another Luxury Resort Planned for St Lucia
A 120-room luxury hotel with 40 private residential villas will open on St Lucia’s southwest coast in another two years. Fairmont St Lucia at Sunset Bay, to be built on 25 acres and 1,870 feet of beachfront, is set to start accepting guests in late 2019. The project will fuse contemporary design with preservation and enhancement of the natural landscape, conserving micro-ecosystems of small mango groves and lush mountain streams, protecting the beach from tidal erosion, and investing in mature landscaping instilling a sense of privacy   Read More ...
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Tags: Resorts | 
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St Lucia and the Leahy Law dilemma | Caribbean News Now
It is well known that the United States suspended assistance to the Saint Lucia security forces in 2013, pursuant to the provisions of the so-called Leahy Law, as a result of credible evidence of gross human rights violations in relation to a number of alleged extra judicial killings by the police between 2010 and 2011 during an anti-crime initiative known as Operation Restore Confidence (ORC)   Read More ...
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Engine fire indicator causes Caribbean Airlines flight to St Lucia to abort landing
Flight tracking of Caribbean Airways BW-434 from Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago) to Saint Lucia George F. L. Charles (SLU). Flight Aware graphics By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- On July 9, 2017, a Caribbean Airlines ATR-72 flying from Port of Spain in Trinidad to Saint Lucia with 68 people on board, was on its approach to George F   Read More ...
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Acting PM has no power to accept senator's resignation, says St Lucia opposition | Caribbean News Now
Jimmy Henry By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- One day after Senator Jimmy Henry, announced his immediate resignation from the Senate and as minister in the ministry for agriculture, fisheries, physical planning, natural resources and co-operatives, citing personal reasons, the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) pointed out that, under the constitution, neither an acting prime minister nor Cabinet has the power or authority to accept the resignation of a minister and therefore the announced acceptance by acting prime minister, Ezekiel Joseph, is null and void   Read More ...
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St Lucia government senator resigns, citing 'personal reasons' | Caribbean News Now
By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia senator and minister in the ministry for agriculture, fisheries, physical planning, natural resources and co-operatives, Jimmy Henry, announced his immediate resignation in a video statement on Wednesday, citing personal reasons. “For reasons altogether personal, I have decided to tender my resignation with immediate effect from the Senate and as a minister   Read More ...
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Trade policy experts offer solutions to the issues affecting trade in the Caribbean | Caribbean News Now
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Strategies to deal with the effects of global issues affecting trade in the Caribbean were advanced at a recent meeting of international and regional stakeholders that sought to outline trade policy challenges impacting Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries and discuss the way forward. The two-day meeting, organised by the Commonwealth Secretariat, the CARICOM Secretariat and the OECS, was held on 26-27 June 2017 in St Lucia and convened senior trade officials from OECS and CARICOM member states; Commonwealth and CARICOM Secretariats; ambassadors of member states in Geneva; regional advisers of the hubs and spokes programme; and international consultants   Read More ...
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New solidarity organization launched in St Lucia
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A new solidarity organization has been launched in Saint Lucia. It’s the Saint Lucia Chapter of the Caribbean Network in Defence of Humanity (CNIDH-Saint Lucia), launched there on Friday, May 19, 2017. The local chapter was established in April and a soft launch took place on May 19, at which the founding members agreed to build the local chapter drawn from the cultural and intellectual community in Saint Lucia and throughout the Diaspora   Read More ...
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St Lucia signs new development agreement under CBI programme | Caribbean News Now
By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Range Developments, an international developer focusing on luxury hotel projects in the Caribbean, signed definitive agreements with the government of Saint Lucia on Tuesday to continue the development of the Black Bay Master Development. The heart of the Black Bay Master Development will consist of a luxury branded hotel and villas set on 180 acres on the beautiful southern tip of the island   Read More ...
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St Lucia opposition to hold national protest march on Wednesday
CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has sought and obtained police permission to lead a peaceful national protest march in Castries on Wednesday into the city center to be followed by a rally on the Castries Market Steps. According to the SLP, the purpose is to facilitate the expression of public concern and anxiety over several issues associated with decisions and policies of the current government; and the intolerance being displayed towards people who are expressing genuine concern about those decisions and policies   Read More ...
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St Lucia government may have to rethink dolphin park plan | Caribbean News Now
Following the latest moves by the French Environment Minister, it’s just a matter of time before dolphin parks across the Caribbean are forced to change how they treat sea animals captured to entertain humans By Earl Bousquet CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The government of Saint Lucia may be having second thoughts about establishment of a dolphin park on Pigeon Island, the island’s most popular national landmark   Read More ...
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St Lucia programme tackles lack of opportunities for disabled people in sport | Caribbean News Now
Amputee football coaching session David Tweed, EAFA and pro amputee footballer session EAFA group picture, final day certification Sitting volleyball CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Twenty-five coaches, special education teachers and community youth mentors from across Saint Lucia attended a two-day workshop to understand better how sport can offer a wide range of benefits to amputees, people with congenital limb deficiencies and persons with restricted use of limbs   Read More ...
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St Lucia minister called on to answer bribery allegations
Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph, speaking in parliament recently By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Saint Lucia’s current minister for economic development, housing, urban renewal, transport and civil aviation, Guy Joseph has again been called on to answer long-standing allegations of bribery and personal enrichment when in office during a previous United Workers Party (UWP) administration between 2006 and 2011   Read More ...
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Tags: Crimes |  Bribery |  Bribery allegations | 
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Female passenger from St Lucia detained in Guyana money laundering probe | Caribbean News Now
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- Police in Guyana said that they have arrested and detained a woman who had arrived on a flight from Saint Lucia on Thursday night after she was found to be in possession of US$44,688, which she failed to declare to authorities. The 36-year-old woman had traveled to Saint Lucia recently, reportedly as a visitor. However, she could not provide a proper explanation to authorities as it relates to the more than US$44,000 (which is over GY$9 million) that was on her person when she returned to Guyana on Thursday night   Read More ...
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Protest march to take place in St Lucia against multibillion dollar project | Caribbean News Now
By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A national protest march is planned in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia, on Sunday against a proposed multibillion-dollar, so-called ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, to be funded by the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). The developer, Desert Star Holdings (DSH), is a Cayman Islands-registered affiliate of a Hong Kong-based thoroughbred horse company run by Teo Ah Khing, an architect and entrepreneur who founded the China Horse Club   Read More ...
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St Lucia PM cuts funding for National Trust | Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- In what is widely regarded locally as punishment for its opposition to a proposed dolphin park and its outspoken criticism of environmentally damaging components of a controversial multibillion-dollar development in Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has removed government funding for the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) in the budget estimates currently being debated in parliament   Read More ...
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Tags: Government |  Prime Minister | 
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St Lucia may launch prosecutions of extrajudicial killings
Royal St Lucia Police Force By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- According to reports coming out of Saint Lucia, the authorities there may be preparing to launch prosecutions of those thought to be responsible for a number of alleged extrajudicial killings in 2010 and 2011 by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) during a highly controversial security initiative called Operation Restore Confidence (ORC)   Read More ...
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St Lucia police still subject to US sanctions | Caribbean News Now
Royal St Lucia Police Force By Caribbean News Now contributor WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department has now confirmed that sanctions imposed by the United States are still in place against the security forces in Saint Lucia under the Leahy Amendment to the Foreign Assistance Act (FAA). “Leahy law restrictions remain in place against the Royal St Lucia Police,” a State Department spokesperson said   Read More ...
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Making money is not a bad thing, says St Lucia PM | Caribbean News Now
Prime Minister Allen Chastanet By Christian Wayne CASTRIES, St Lucia -- It comes as no surprise that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet -- who served as Saint Lucia’s tourism minister from 2006 to 2011 -- is head-over-heels for the industry, but during a candid meeting recently with Saint Lucia’s Manufacturers Association, he reassured local stakeholders that he is equally as committed to developing a growth-oriented environment for the island’s manufacturers as he is to attracting critical foreign investment to its shores   Read More ...
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Equipment donation to St Lucia not unlawful, says State Dept | Caribbean News Now
US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela (L), with Director of Public Prosecutions Daasrean Greene at the handover ceremony By Caribbean News Now contributor WASHINGTON, USA -- The US State Department has rejected a suggestion that a recent donation of computers and other equipment worth EC$100,000 (US$37,000) by the US embassy in Bridgetown to Saint Lucia’s Crown Prosecutions Service may not have been legally permitted under sanctions against Saint Lucia in relation to the island’s security forces   Read More ...
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St Lucia PM called on to adhere to economic citizenship law | Caribbean News Now
Former Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister, Richard Frederick, during his weekly television show By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- During his weekly television broadcast last week, former Saint Lucia government minister, Richard Frederick, called on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to follow the law in relation to the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). Frederick said that the current government has a track record of paying scant regard to legislation, which was further manifested in last Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly, when Chastanet attempted to present the annual report on the CIP that the law requires   Read More ...
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Causeway to catastrophe for St Lucia's endangered wildlife, say conservationists | Caribbean News Now
Maria Islands CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Conservationists across the globe are expressing grave concerns about a proposed development in Saint Lucia that would mean certain extinction for some of the country’s most valuable wildlife. The next phase of the so-called Pearl of the Caribbean project poses a serious threat to the country’s ecological, cultural and archaeological heritage. Most alarming of all is the proposal to build a causeway linking the Maria Islands to the mainland, a move that would have calamitous consequences for this offshore wildlife haven, which is officially a protected area   Read More ...
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St Lucia citizenship unit counters opposition pledge to review economic citizenships | Caribbean News Now
By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CBIU) in Saint Lucia has attempted to counter a pledge by the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to review every citizenship granted by the current government under the country’s citizenship by investment programme (CIP). The SLP statement followed a walk out last week by all opposition parliamentarians after a motion to reverse changes to CIP was removed from the order paper for last Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly   Read More ...
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US donation of equipment to St Lucia may be unlawful | Caribbean News Now
(L-R) Director of Public Prosecutions Daasrean Greene; Prime Minister Allen Chastanet; and US Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Linda Taglialatela By Caribbean News Now contributor WASHINGTON, USA -- A recent donation of computers and other equipment worth EC$100,000 (US$37,000) by the US embassy in Bridgetown to Saint Lucia’s Crown Prosecutions Service has been questioned by sources in other US government agencies as to whether this was legally permitted under sanctions against Saint Lucia in relation to the island’s security forces   Read More ...
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St Lucia police said to be still committing human rights abuses
Former Member of Parliament and Cabinet minister, Richard Frederick, during his weekly television show By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES, St Lucia -- A former Saint Lucia government minister claimed last week that officers of the Royal St Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) are still engaged in human rights abuses, despite the fact that in 2013 the United States imposed sanctions against the island’s security forces following a number of unresolved extrajudicial killings by the police   Read More ...
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Buyers beware of St Lucia citizenship program, say experts | Caribbean News Now
By Caribbean News Now contributor CASTRIES St Lucia -- Caveat emptor, or buyer beware, is the message from industry experts in relation to Saint Lucia’s newly redesigned citizenship-by-investment program (CIP), which has come in for renewed criticism for its non-transferability from generation to generation, but also that growing opposition within the country makes it unattractive for investors. Last week the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) pledged to review every citizenship granted by the current government under the CIP   Read More ...
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