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PRESS RELEASE: UWP condemns recent spate in gun violence

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The United Workers Party supports government efforts to fight crime and is concerned about the recent upsurge in gun violence over the past few months especially last week where a total of 5 incidents occurred in and around the outskirts of Castries. We send out condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones and wish ...

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PRESS RELEASE: ‘Apologize to Vieux Fortians’ – Kenny Anthony

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Allen Chastanet must apologise to the people of Vieux Fort South for his degrading utterances at the public meeting of the United Workers Party, held on May 17, 2017, at the Vieux Fort Square. So says the Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony. On several occasions during his speech, Allen Chastanet told the people of Vieux ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Statement by Ernest Hilaire at SLP press conference

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Thank you Political Leader, colleagues, members of the Press, Good morning. I want to join the Political Leader in thanking everyone who participated in and supported the protest march last Wednesday. The turnout and words of solidarity were evidence that Saint Lucians of all walks of life share a common apprehension about the direction which our country is taking. There ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Pierre speaks on DSH at SLP press conference

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Members of Press, persons following on social media, fellow Saint Lucians, good morning. I want to start by once again thanking everyone for the tremendous show of support at our protest on Wednesday 17th May, 2017. The turnout is testimony to the rising national resentment at the direction in which this new Government is taking Saint Lucia. The UWP Government ...

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“Not one investment in 20 years” – Chastanet accuses Anthony of threatening investors

Prime Minster Allen Chastanet at Monday's pre-Cabinet press briefing.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has criticised the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of bringing “not one investment” when they were in power and also accused the main opposition party’s former leader of threatening investors. Chastanet said his government is “committed” to ensuring that its developments come to fruition despite the fight and threats from the opposition. “We are going to abide ...

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SLP thanks protesters

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PRESS RELEASE – On behalf of the Executive and members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party I would like to thank the thousands of Saint Lucians who came out yesterday 17th May to protest and show their dissatisfaction and opposition to the UWP Government’s policy on the signed agreements for the proposed DSH project, the increase in fuel prices, the ...

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LPM backs SLP on DSH issue

LPM Leader Therold Prudent

PRESS RELEASE – The mindless decision of the United Workers Party (UWP) government to effectively handover our patrimony  to the proprietors of DSH poses a serious threat to our national interest and the political sovereignty of  our nation. Moreover, if this toxic and nauseating deal is permitted to move forward in its present form, then the UWP would have earned ...

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Coconut Bay refutes receivership claim

Castries South MP Dr. Ernest Hilaire.

PRESS RELEASE – It has been brought to our attention that the member for Castries South Hon. Ernest Hilaire during his contribution to the 2017 – 2018 budget debate incorrectly included Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in a list of properties he stated were in receivership as of 2011. Owner Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, CEO Mark Adams and the management ...

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Government reveals its 42 achievements since assuming office

Saint Lucia's Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet with World Bank Country Director Tahseen Sayed in this file photo.

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has outlined 42 “major things” done by the Allen Chastanet-led Administration since assuming office 11 months ago. The list was published on the OPM’s official Facebook page around midday today, May 11. 1)Reduced Unemployment to 20.1% 2)Secured exports for Bananas to England and France 3)Reopened the Forensic Laboratory 4)Introduced a Tax Amnesty period until ...

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Opposition leader to respond to PM budget address today

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PRESS RELEASE – Leader of the Opposition the Hon Philip J Pierre will at 4 pm today respond to the budget address delivered by the Prime Minister yesterday.  This is the first time in recent history that the Opposition has been asked to respond to the Prime Minister the day after his delivery.  In spite of the short notice, Hon ...

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SLP Labour Day message

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PRESS RELEASE – The Political Leader, Executive and members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party wishes the people of Saint Lucia and workers in particular a reflective and fruitful Labour Day. The SLP wishes to reaffirm its commitment to the well-being and improvement in the quality of life of all the hard working people of Saint Lucia. On this day, ...

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BROTHERS BEEF: Hermangild says “shut up”, Claudius calls brother’s comments “stupid”

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The Francis brothers are at loggerheads. Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, and Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Chairman Claudius Francis are exchanging a war of words over the publication of articles in the Antigua Observer and Caribbean News Now, alleging that the national security minister and Cabinet are hacking the communications of persons deemed “enemies of the ...

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THRONE SPEECH: ‘Building a new Saint Lucia’

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Throne Speech by Her Excellency Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy on the occasion of the second session of the eleventh Parliament of Saint Lucia. We thank Almighty God that we are able to assemble today to usher in this Second Session of the Eleventh Parliament of Saint Lucia. A new parliamentary year is an occasion for reporting and projection, as much ...

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Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia ‘Whistle Stop Tour’ set for Sunday, April 23

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PRESS RELEASE – The Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia is an all inclusive, non-partisan group with members throughout Saint Lucia working to: – Increase participation in local democracy; – Inspire individuals in our community to become informed about local issues; and – To support accessibility, transparency and accountability in our government. The Concerned Citizens of Saint Lucia group is motivated by ...

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PM gives positive outlook for UK general election on St. Lucia

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet believes the United Kingdom’s upcoming general election may turn out to be a good thing for St. Lucia. UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election on June 8 and said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the European Union referendum. Chastanet told reporters on Tuesday that May’s decision to call elections quickens ...

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SLP calls on PM to stop politicising CIP Unit

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is surprised by the Citizenship by Investment Unit issuing a statement in response to the Labour Party. The statement issued by the Labour Party was critical of the changes made by the Government and was critical of the actions of the Prime Minister. Therefore, it was expected that the Government or the ...

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Prime Minister attends continuation of 64th Meeting of the OECS Authority

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PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service Honourable Allen M. Chastanet will on Wednesday 12th April 2017 attend the 64th Meeting of the OECS Authority. The meeting will be held at the Beachcombers Hotel in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister of ...

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SLP calls on Prime Minister to obey the law

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is calling on Prime Minister Chastanet to point out where in the Standing Orders of the House of Assembly or in the Constitution of Saint Lucia or any reference book on Parliamentary practice can the Prime Minister instruct the Speaker to remove a procedurally correct motion laid by another member from the ...

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VIDEO: PM addresses CIP security and Opposition walkout

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has responded to the walkout by Opposition members at the recent sitting of the House of Parliament, as well as addressed the security concerns regarding the Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). Chastanet’s response came today during the weekly pre-Cabinet briefing. See video below (30)(7)

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“SLP’s refusal to accept House Speaker unpatriotic” – UWP

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PRESS RELEASE – The United Workers Party notes that on Tuesday Labour Party MPs Kenny Anthony and Moses Jn Baptiste both publicly declined after they were nominated to perform the role of Deputy Speaker. By their actions the Labour Party has shown that they are simply playing politics with the issue and are not concerned about the role being filled. ...

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SLP condemns action taken by Speaker of the House

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) strongly condemns the action of the Speaker of the House of Assembly to remove the Motion on the Order Paper of the Sitting of the House of Assembly to debate the changes made by the Prime Minister to the CIP Regulations. The SLP contends that the action of the Speaker, which ...

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‘Musa’ says gov’t taking House for “pappishow” over deputy speaker issue

Minister Lenard Montoute (left) nominated opposition member Dr. Kenny Anthony for deputy speaker on Tuesday, but the former prime minister declined.

Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort North, Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste, has accused the government of taking the House of Parliament for a “pappishow” for still having not elected a deputy speaker of the House after one year. Jn Baptiste, the previous agriculture minister, made the comments in Tuesday’s sitting of the House after the speaker of the House called for ...

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Dalsan accuses Soufriere Foundation of corruption

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Former Minister for Social Transformation and Local Government, Harold Dalsan, has accused the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation, also known as the Soufriere Foundation, of political corruption. Speaking at the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) National Public Meeting in Soufriere on Friday, March 31, Dalsan said: “My brothers and sisters, the Soufriere Foundation that I worked so hard to get it to ...

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“Chastanet is disrespecting our St. Lucianness” – Emma Hippolyte tells Soufriere residents

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The United Workers Party (UWP) was voted into office because the people were “fooled” by the much-touted ‘Five to Stay Alive’ plan — and now the country is in “turmoil”. The comments were made by Emma Hipployte, former Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, at a national public meeting held in Soufriere on Friday, March 31, by ...

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SLP to host third national Public Meeting

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party will host the third in a series of Public Meetings on Friday March 31st 2017 on Palmiste Road in Soufriere at 7:30pm. It is expected that a wide range of topics will be discussed by speakers. These will include: The controversial DSH project and why in its current form, is bad for ...

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Citizens offended by PM’s remarks

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PRESS RELEASE – Members of the Vieux-Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC) were taken aback, when in the HTS Newscast of March 20, 2017, the Prime Minister Chastanet maliciously sought to characterize the group as a mouthpiece of the St. Lucia Labour Party. This is utter rubbish being spewed from the mouth of the Prime Minister and is further ...

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“Hypocrite” – Hunte’s government had approved dolphin park project, says Chastanet

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Former Chairman of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Julian Hunte has been called a “hypocrite” for his opposition against the proposed dolphinarium at Pigeon Island which his party, when in power, had approved. That’s according to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “… he is a hypocrite because he is the chairman of a party that approved the same ...

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“Jimmy Fletcher flip flops again” – UWP

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PRESS RELEASE – The United Workers Party finds very hypocritical the various positions taken by former Saint Lucia Labour Party Government Minister James Fletcher and other Labor Party Operatives such as Sir Julian R Hunte on the proposed Dolphin Project Mr. Fletcher has proven himself to be a fake and a flip flopper of the highest order. In his recent ...

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SLP outraged at SSU officers being deployed to DSH site

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has expressed outrage over the decision of the Allen Chastanet Government to send armed SSU officers to patrol the DSH site to deter any public protest. The SLP believes the action of the Chastanet government was out of proportion and hasty in response to a posting which appeared on Facebook. The Government ...

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SLNT “disrespectful” to investors, Tuslie asked to retract “false” statements

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is disappointed at the way in which investors are being treated by the St. Lucia National Trust (SLNT). Speaking to reporters yesterday, Chastanet was referring to the SLNT’s first membership meeting on March 11 where officials from Dolphin Park Inc made a presentation on the proposed dolphin park at Pigeon Island. “On record again, ...

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PHOTOS: Christopher Hunte leads protest against DSH, dolphin projects

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A one-man demonstration at the Castries Waterfront this afternoon against the proposed multi-billion-dollar Desert Star Holdings (DSH) tourism development project in Vieux Fort, was short-lived. That’s because lead protester Christopher Hunte was soon joined by several other persons, including athlete Arthur St. Juste. Hunte, host of the television show Politically Incorrect, said he is making his voice heard against DSH ...

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DSH Project “naysayers” are not thinking about the poor and unemployed – PM

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s recent Facebook post and similar remarks at Sandals Grande last week, indicates he has no intention of slowing down in his quest to bring the much-talked about multi-billion dollar Desert Star Holdings Pearl of the Caribbean Project, to fruition in Vieux Fort. Chastanet reiterated on his Facebook page on Saturday that the government intends to carry ...

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Dr. Kenny Anthony’s death rumours are false, says SLP

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Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony is alive and well. The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), in a Facebook statement posted this afternoon, said it “wishes to state that the rumors surrounding the death of Former Prime Minister Dr Kenny D Anthony are false and should be disregarded”. St. Lucia News Online and other media outlets began receiving numerous ...

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Emma Hippolyte to host meeting for NICE workers

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PRESS RELEASE – The former Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet , Emma Hippolyte invites ALL NICE Workers of the constituency to a meeting on Saturday March 11th 2017 at the Gros Islet Secondary School from 11am. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the termination of the program and to strategize a way forward. (7)(20)

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SLP disappointed by support given by PM to Montoute’s assertion

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is disappointed but not surprised by the support given by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to his Minister of Equity Lenard Montoute’s assertion that 90% of NICE workers were supporters of the SLP and that there would be no “political fallout” as a result of them losing their jobs. For a Prime Minister ...

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Statement by SLP on International Womens Day 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – As we observe International Women’s Day, the Saint Lucia Labour Party joins in saluting all women and girls on their special day. We believe that one day is insufficient to celebrate the contributions made by women in our society but accept that March 8th is significant in recognising our women folk. It is our hope that women ...

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DSH project moving ahead but SLP still not satisfied with agreement

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Failure to heed calls by the public for clarity and dialogue on “unacceptable sections” of the Desert Star Holding (DSH) project agreement, will prompt the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to bring their protest to the streets, according to political leader of the SLP, Philip J. Pierre. In a press conference today, Pierre disclosed that there are still many ...

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Moses Jn. Baptiste attends Eastern Caribbean Bank conference

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PRESS RELEASE – Parliamentary Representative and former Minister for Agriculture, Cooperatives and Fisheries Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste is today representing the Opposition at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Growth Dialogue at the Banks headquarters in St. Kitts . The Growth Dialogue brings both governmental and non- governmental representatives across the currency union to find consensus on priorities and strategies for ...

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“Ubaldus must resign”

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Scores of placard-bearing protesters appeared on Laborie Street, Castries this morning as the Senate sitting got underway, calling for the resignation of Senator Ubaldus Raymond, who is at the centre of a nude photo scandal. Raymond, the junior finance minister, piloted the Senate sitting this morning as the Leader of Government Business. However, persons, majority of them women, used this ...

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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

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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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