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SLP calls for frank and full disclosure on Ernst and Young

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PRESS RELEASE – Over the past few weeks the people of Saint Lucia have been made aware that an accounting firm, Ernst and Young, is heavily involved in shaping economic policy for the Government of Saint Lucia. First, Ernst and Young was engaged in doing a tax audit for the Government. Reports indicate that Ernst and Young were paid EC$620,000.00 ...

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“Re-instate laptop program” – SLP

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is horrified by comments made by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on a local radio call-in programme where he said, that there was no budgetary allocation for laptops made available to students by the Labour Government. Hence the reason why the UWP government was not guaranteeing laptops to students for the year 2017. ...

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St Lucia government called on to restructure ministries

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PRESS RELEASE – After an intensive review of the current structure and operations of Saint Lucia’s ministry of tourism and the ministry of external affairs, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said that the island might be better served if they were not headed by elected officials. Speaking on behalf of the LPM, the party’s political leader, Therold Prudent, insisted that ...

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“Where is the comparison, Prime Minister?” – SLP

PM Allen Chastanet

PRESS RELEASE – Yesterday, during his rebuttal to the debate on amendments to the Elections Act, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet read into the records of the House of Assembly,  a letter from former Prime Minister, Dr Kenny D. Anthony, to a Mr. Robert Ainsworth, a developer who had proposed to purchase Le Paradis Hotel and acquire some 1000 acres of ...

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Prime Minister clarifies statement on minors

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Below is a statement by Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet clarifying statements which were carried in the Voice Newspaper under a story headed “Crime Root Goes Deeper…” last week and are presently making the rounds on social media platforms. STATEMENT – “Parenting is by no means an unfettered right. Parenting carries significant legal responsibilities. Parental responsibility statutes have been in ...

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Dates for House of Assembly and Senate sittings

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PRESS RELEASE – A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, February 07, 2017. Papers to be laid and Bills to be presented by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, the Honourable Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with the responsibility for Tourism ...

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SLP request details of race track

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on the Government to reveal details of the race track to be built as part of the DSH Project. The Labour Party notes that the Government had said the Agreements signed were only framework agreements and a detailed agreement would be signed later. Noting that the government has now changed its ...

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Gov’t to hold more public consultations on DSH project

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People in the South of the island, particularly those living in Vieux Fort, will have the opportunity to ask as much questions as possible about the proposed $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holding (DSH) project in Vieux Fort. As part of a series of ongoing consultations, government and Invest Saint Lucia officials, will hold a meeting with people in the ...

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No peace until DSH project is renegotiated, says Dr. Kenny Anthony

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High ranking members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) on Sunday addressed residents of Vieux Fort, calling on the government to renegotiate the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement. This was the party’s first political meeting since losing the June 2016 election to the United Workers Party (UWP). Former leader of the SLP and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony raised several ...

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SLP holds first national public meeting in Vieux Fort

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PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday 29th January 2017, the Saint Lucia Labour Party will hold its first national public meeting since the June 6 General Elections in Vieux Fort South, next to the Vieux Fort Square on Clarke Street, starting at 5.00 P.M. The meeting is intended to deal mainly with the DSH issue and will aim at further informing ...

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LPM exhorts Saint Lucians to get their politics right

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PRESS RELEASE – The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) says that the inefficiency of successive governments to deliver on promises to create sustainable jobs that are strategically important to eradicating poverty in the country, is largely supported by the very same class of voters who are in dire need of a better way out of poverty. That observation was made by ...

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Prudent raises alarm over unemployment in Gros Islet

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PRESS RELEASE – In expressing his grave concern over the number of young people throughout the Gros Islet constituency who are currently unemployed, the leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called upon the parliamentary representative for Gros Islet, Mr. Lenard Montoute, to pay greater attention to an issue which could well pose future problems not just ...

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UWP Castries South election campaign workers still waiting to be paid

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Dozens of people who worked for the United Workers Party (UWP) Castries South political campaign during the June 2016 general election are still waiting to get paid. At least three people have come forward to express their disappointment with the ruling party’s reluctance to settle their outstanding payments. One of the persons who claimed she was hired by the UWP, told ...

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Former Minister calls for Dr. Raymond’s resignation in light of nude photo scandal

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PRESS RELEASE – I have been anticipating the resignation of Senator the Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond in the wake of the release of nude photographs purportedly of Dr. Raymond, a scandal which has pervaded every local and regional headline. Instead however, the response of the Minister in question and Prime Minister, amongst others, has been of great concern to me. ...

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Dr. Anthony accuses Chastanet of ‘politicizing’ Oliver Gobat’s murder investigation

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PRESS RELEASE – “My attention has been drawn to the following statement made by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during a recent Press Conference and aired on Choice News in its news broadcast on or about January 17, 2017, in connection with the investigation into the murder of Oliver Gobat: “Unfortunately the former Government had promised to send a letter to ...

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LPM’s position on cost of operating embassies remains unchanged

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PRESS RELEASE — The cost of operating Saint Lucia’s embassies and consulates abroad at a time when the country is in dire financial straits must be taken seriously by the Allen Chastanet led United Workers Party (UWP) administration. The LPM asserts that while the new government of Saint Lucia has presented an argument for belt tightening to the citizens of ...

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PM on Dr. Raymond’s fate: “I can’t rush to judgement”

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is awaiting the outcome of the court matter involving his Junior Finance Minister Dr. Ubaldus Raymond before he can decide on his fate. Chastanet was referring to the nude photo scandal that Dr. Raymond is embroiled in, where an 18-year-old college student was charged for blackmailing him. “As soon as the details are ...

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Prime Minister and Ministers meet Saint Lucians in London

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PRESS RELEASE – Photos from today’s “Meet and Greet” in London with Prime Minister the Honourable Allen M Chastanet, the Honourable Dr Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and the Honourable Guy Joseph Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation. Saint Lucians living in the UK and their families attended the ...

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LPM urges gov’t to be transparent and avoid leaks

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Recent leaks of some government documents, including the controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) framework agreement, has stirred up a debate about the need for government to be more transparent. Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) shares that same view, as its Political Leader Therold Prudent believes that if the government is to remain transparent, then they would not be facing these issues. ...

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Education Minister meets UK Parliamentary Committee and BCCC

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PRESS RELEASE – Education Minister, Dr Gale Rigobert, today held discussions in the British Parliament during a series of meetings with the British-Caribbean All Party Parliamentary Group and the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce on the subjects of future cooperation and education. Meetings commenced with the former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP, ...

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Gov’t commits to consultation process on ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’

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PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with Invest Saint Lucia is continuing its informative and consultative process on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” development. On Tuesday January 17th the Government held a press briefing featuring Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia Pinkley Francis, along with Invest Saint Lucia’s Investment Promotion & Fulfillment Manager Alana Lansiquot-Brice, Legal Counsel/Corporate ...

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SLP will continue to agitate until ‘offensive DSH clauses’ are renegotiated: Dr. Hilaire

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The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has vowed to continue with its agitation campaign until the government gets the best possible deal from the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement. Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Ernest Hilaire told a press conference on Wednesday (Jan.18) that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is obligated to advocate and ask questions about project ...

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SLP responds to gov’t’s fact sheet on Pearl of the Caribbean project

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PRESS RELEASE – The Government through Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) sought to provide responses to some of the burning issues relating to the DSH Agreements and Project. Whilst the Government has deliberately avoided answering some of issues of concern, those that were addressed still provide unclear, and in some cases, inaccurate information. The Saint Lucia Labour Party wishes to repeat ...

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SNO POLL: Should Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond resign?

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 marked one of the biggest St. Lucian scandals in recent times when an 18-year-old college student appeared in a Castries court, charged with attempting to blackmail Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance. Shortly after, the same day, Raymond, accompanied by his lawyer, held a press conference in which he defended his crebility in a ...

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Gov’t wants ‘constructive consultation’ over DSH project

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Consultations with the people of the South and other locations have started on the highly controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is expected to begin here soon. Senior Communications Officer within the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald, has said that the government is looking to have “constructive consultation” on these issues. Mc ...

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Caribbean governance training for ministers and senior government officials

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PRESS RELEASE – Government officials will from January 23rd to January 25th 2017 be part of a three-day Chartered Director Programme presented by the Caribbean Governance Training Institute which focuses on best practices for effective governance. The Cabinet of Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Deputy Permanent Secretaries as well as heads of Statutory Bodies will attend the intensive sessions which will ...

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PM believes Raymond did the right thing in reporting the matter

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told reporters that the case involving Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, is under investigation and “we will wait to see the outcome and how information unfolds”. Chastanet made the remarks today when asked about the matter in which an 18-year-old college student was charged for attempting to blackmail Raymond. The prime ...

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CIP without land policy is unacceptable, says LPM leader

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The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) says its level of frustration with the manner in which the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) was constructed and managed continues. Political Leader of the LPM Therold Prudent said his party feels no better today, than when the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) was in power. “The CIP without a land policy to protect the ...

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SLP plans to review every citizenship granted under new CIP provisions

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party continues to express its deepest concern with the actions of the Allen Chastanet Administration which serves to undermine the integrity and reputation of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The Labour Party believes that the removal of the US$3 million net worth, the cheapening of the level of donation as a qualifying ...

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Prudent wants full and independent investigation of RSLPF

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Political Leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) Therold Prudent has said it has always been the policy position of his party, that a successful crime-combating strategy must first begin with a disciplined, committed and corruption-free police force. Therefore, he would recommend that a full and independent investigation of the entire Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, from the top down, ...

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LPM calls for assertive law enforcement and anti-crime measures

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Following several homicides on Sunday, some of which are believed to be gang related, the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) is calling for the immediate implementation of specific and assertive law enforcement and anti-crime measures by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF). Political leader of the LPM Therold Prudent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Monday that in order to ...

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PM again defends his frequent foreign travels

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has reacted to the continued insinuation that his frequent overseas trips are meaningless and there has been not one single investment coming out from them. Chastanet said that his foreign trips were necessary and will bear fruit in many sectors on the island. In highlighting the gains of his foreign trips, Chastanet said the multi-million dollar ...

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PM speaks on crime, road works and upcoming projects

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PRESS RELEASE – In the opening statement at his first press conference for the year 2017 Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet sent out New Year greetings to all Saint Lucians and in particular to his Constituents of Micoud South. The Prime Minister, also the Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, met with ...

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CIP changes will make Saint Lucia more competitive, says PM

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Recent changes to regulations of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) will make it more competitive, says Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. The prime minister was responding to questions posed to him by members of the local media on Thursday evening during a live press conference, explaining the reasons for these changes. Chastanet, who is the minister responsible for the ...

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SLP: Responses from PM presents comical view of OPM

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  PRESS RELEASE – Last night the Prime Minister, in a hastily called Press Conference , sought to respond to some of the issues which the Saint Lucia Labour Party explained in its Press Conference yesterday. The Responses from the Prime Minister presents a comical view of the Office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is operating as a ...

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PM surprised by SLP’s response to ‘controversial letter’

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has confirmed that the letter purporting to be a leaked missive written by former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to a developer in England does exist. The prime minister has threatened to reveal the contents of that letter, which he said shows exactly why the former administration is opposed to the Desert Star Holding Inc (DSH) ...

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PM holds his first official press conference for 2017

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Prime Minister and Parliamentary representative for Micoud South, Allen Chastanet, will hold a live press conference today Thursday (Jan. 5), the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has said. It would be Chastanet’s first official press conference for 2017. Chastanet, who is also the Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service will lay out some ...

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UWP gov’t will turn CIP into ‘cash cow’ says SLP

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PRESS RELEASE – On assumption of office in 2011, the SLP Administration was aware that the UWP Government were in discussions with a foreign owned agency on the introduction of a citizenship by investment programme in Saint Lucia. Despite the severe economic situation, the SLP Administration did not think the CIP was a priority at the time. Four years later, ...

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DSH framework agreement ‘not set in stone’, says gov’t official

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Government has responded to concerns about the proposed multi-million dollar agreement with Desert Star Holdings (DSH) ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’, maintaining that it is subject to change. Senior Communications Officer at the Office of the Prime Minister Nicole Mc Donald said that nothing is ‘set in stone’, and maintains that it is merely a framework agreement. She pointed to some ...

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SLP urges PM Chastanet to clarify proposed changes to CIP

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) notes the statements widely published on social media on proposed changes effective January 1st, 2017 to the Citizenship by Investment Programme. The Party is requesting that Prime Minister Chastanet clarifies to the public the varsity of these claims since there has been no discussion in Parliament on any amendments to the ...

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Statement by Opposition Leader on the passing of Sir Dwight Venner

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia and the region awoke on the morning of December 23rd, 2016 to the news that another of its illustrious sons, Sir K. Dwight Venner, had passed. Though we know death is inevitable, that inevitability makes it no easier to accept. Sir Dwight served our nation well as Director of Finance. His was a stint which ...

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More leaks could discourage foreign investment says Joseph

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Another leaked document revealed the government has spent EC$30,000 to relocate the Economic Development Ministry office from Pointe Seraphine to the new financial building on Bridge Street, Castries. Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph has expressed disappointment with this new trend, explaining that only weeks ago, the DSH agreement was also leaked and shared with the public. The minister believes that if more ...

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Hilaire on DSH project: “There is still a lot more to come out”

Castries South MP Ernest Hilaire

Saint Lucians are being urged to brace themselves for more new information coming out of the signed multi-million dollar deal between government and Deserts Starts Holding Company Limited (DSH). Member of Parliament for Castries South Ernest Hilaire told the media on Tuesday that while quite a lot have been said about the project,  government has not addressed the concerns raised. ...

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UPDATED: Protest outside Parliament over DSH project

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Dozens of Saint Lucians gathered outside of Parliament on Tuesday to express their dissatisfaction with the government’s move to sign a multi-million dollar deal with Deserts Starts Holding Company Limited (DSH). Most of the protesters were residents of Vieux Fort and surrounding communities. The disgruntled men and women were all dressed in t-shirts bearing the slogan “Save our sandy beach.” ...

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LPM urges government to do more to fight crime

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PRESS RELEASE – There is no doubt that the United Workers Party (UWP) propelled themselves into power by convincing a vast number of St Lucians that they knew exactly how to solve the myriad social and economic problems facing the country. And so, they presented an election slogan entitled “Five to Stay Alive”, and the rest was history. In the ...

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PM defends DSH project; agreement was leaked

PM Allen Chastanet

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed disappointment with civil servants, while confirming that the Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) agreement with the Government of Saint Lucia was leaked. This therefore means that the two documents that have been circulating on social media could be the actual agreement. Chastanet said, “The fact is, the documents goes in files and you trust ...

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Opposition MP roasts government on DSH project

Ernest Hilaire

The Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has wasted no time in assessing  two documents purporting to be the Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) agreement with the Government of Saint Lucia, which have been circulating on social media. SLP’s spokesman for commerce and investment Dr. Ernest Hilaire highlighted a number of discrepancies in the agreement, which he said offers little and virtually ...

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Opposition Leader says DSH project requires greater level of due diligence

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Leader of the Opposition Phillip J. Pierre has reiterated his party’s position on the agreement signed between Desert Star Holding (DSH) and the Government of Saint Lucia, arguing that the project requires a greater level of due diligence. Pierre addressing the media at a press conference on Thursday said that August 3, 2016, the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) had ...

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National Housing Corporation declared insolvent

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Saint Lucia’s National Housing Corporation (NHC) has been declared insolvent. The announcement was made by the NHC Chairman Timothy Mangal on Tuesday. Mangal told the media that the new board inherited this when they took office in July, 2016. Although the NHC is required by law to present audited financial statements to parliament every year, none of these statements have been produced ...

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Saint Lucia delegation to pay homage to former President Castro in Cuba

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PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, Minister for Health and Wellness, Honourable Mary Isaac and Member of Parliament for Laborie, Honourable Alva Baptiste, will leave for Cuba today to pay homage to former Cuban president Fidel Castro. On Friday 25th November the world learned that the revolutionary and one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, ...

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Former PM reflects on former Cuban president’s legacy

Santa Lucia president Kenny Anthony, left, visits former Cuban leader Fidel Castro on Wednesday.

Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony who shared a close friendship with the late revolutionary leader of Cuba Fidel Castro, reflected on his legacy and spoke about his personal encounters with the former president. Below is Dr. Anthony’s full statement posted on social media on Sunday: “Fidel’s death was expected but never for one moment did I think it would ...

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Cuban Embassy in Saint Lucia opens Book of Condolence for Fidel Castro

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PRESS RELEASE – Following official announcement of the death of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro on Friday evening, the Cuban Embassy in Saint Lucia has announced it will have a Book of Condolence open for signature from 9am to 6pm over the next week, from starting Monday November 28th and continuing every day to Sunday December 3rd. Persons wishing to ...

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Statement by the OECS Director General on the passing of Fidel Castro

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PRESS RELEASE — The OECS has conveyed it condolences to the people of Cuba following the passing of Fidel Castro. OECS Director General, His Excellency Dr. Didacus Jules said the poor and the marginalized had lost the greatest champion of social justice and equity. “The world has lost a leader whose historical vision was unmatched, whose resolve was unshakeable and ...

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PM expresses condolences to Cuba following passing of Fidel Castro

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PRESS RELEASE – Today the world reacted to news that Cuba’s former president Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet responded to the news and sent condolences to the Government and People of Cuba on behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia. He referred to the former revolutionary leader as ...

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Government pleased Prince Henry of Wales will visit Vieux Fort

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PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia is pleased that His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Kensington Palace have accepted the invitation to be part of the Sod Turning Ceremony for the Royal St Lucia Turf Club in Vieux Fort on Friday, November 25, 2016. The Government in collaboration with Desert Star Holdings Limited, notes the significant ...

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SLP accuses PM Chastanet of manipulating Prince Harry

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has been advised that his Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales will be participating in a sod turning ceremony for the so-called DSH project in Vieux Fort. The Saint Lucia Labour Party regrets that the Prince was manipulated to participate in this ceremony by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet whether for promotional purposes or ...

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Gov’t accused of paying lip service to the crime problem

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Saint Lucia’s minority political party, the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), has criticized the new government for ignoring its proposal for a National Consultation on Crime, as did the previous administration. In a strongly worded statement issued on Monday, the LPM said successive governments, both United Workers Party (UWP) and the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), have refused to entertain the proposal. ...

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Senate meets on Tuesday

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PRESS RELEASE – A Sitting of the Senate is scheduled for Tuesday, November 15, 2016 with Papers to be laid and Bills to be presented by the Honourable Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Leader of Government Business and the Honourable Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives. The following Motions are down ...

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SLP says Chastanet’s actions “unjustifiable, wicked and vindictive”

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has been advised that the Government of Saint Lucia has decided to terminate the construction of the NIC financed Administrative Complex in Vieux Fort. This project was commenced by the NIC prior to the General Election and was intended to serve the people of the South, from Soufriere to Micoud, by ensuring Government ...

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