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PRESS RELEASE: The Saint Lucia Labour Party calls on Government to provide clarification on Minister’s resignation

The Saint Lucia Labour Party has noted the statements made by former Senator and Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Jimmy Henry, indicating that he was resigning for “personal reasons” and by the statement by Acting Prime Minister Hon. Ezekiel Joseph accepting the resignation. The SLP wishes to point out that under the Constitution, neither an acting PM nor Cabinet ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Baptiste attends Food and Nutrition Security in Barbados

Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort North and Opposition spokesman on Agriculture, Fisheries and Health has joined counterparts from fourteen (14) Caribbean countries in Barbados today July 21st 2017 for a working meeting of parliamentarians on Food and Nutrition Security. Hon Baptiste who was invited by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization will be one of the lead presenters ...

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Senator Raymond should be the next to resign – SLP

With the July 12 resignation of government minister Jimmy Henry still fresh in the minds of Saint Lucians, renewed called are being made for the same for Senator Ubaldus Raymond, who was at the centre of a nude photo scandal in January this year. Raymond had defended his credibility when the photos allegedly belonging to him, were shared on social ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Senator Jimmy Henry has resigned!

Jimmy Henry has resigned with immediate effect as a senator and as the Minister in the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives. Henry announced his resignation in a prepared video statement sent to the media just after 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, July 12, 2017. In the one-minute-and-26-second video, Henry said “for reasons altogether personal” he has ...

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No investigation into Senator Jimmy Henry, says top security officials

Both Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Hermangild Francis and Acting Commissioner of Police Milton Desir have denied any knowledge of or refuted allegations of a recent police investigation into Senator Jimmy Henry, according to HTS News4orce reports. On his live television talk show last Thursday, July 6, former government minister Richard Frederick alleged that Henry was stopped ...

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Statement by Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire on gas prices

In 2012, shortly after assuming office, the SLP kept its election promise to reduce the excise tax on petrol to $2.50 per gallon. As world prices fluctuated, the UWP whilst in opposition accused the SLP of hiding $6.80 in taxes on each gallon of petrol. With elections on the horizon, the UWP headed by Allen Chastenet held two marches against ...

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“I do not respond to anything this talk show host says” – Guy Joseph on Jimmy Henry allegations

Government Minister Guy Joseph has refused to comment on the alleged resignation and police investigation of Minister in the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Jimmy Henry. “I don’t respond to speculation. You should know that. I don’t respond to what people just say out there. When the government needs to say something on a matter, and ...

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LPM criticises government’s handling of the Jimmy Henry allegations

Government’s decision to stay tight-lipped about the alleged resignation and police investigation of an agriculture official has been met with some sharp criticism from the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM). Minister in the Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Jimmy Henry, according to disclosures made by talk show host Richard Frederick last week, was allegedly stopped by ...

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SLP to address crime, gas prices and Bexon flood mitigation works

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has announced that it will host a press conference on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (tomorrow) at the Office of the Leader of the Opposition from 10:30 a.m. to address a number of burning issues. According to a media advisory from party, the press conference will focus on the bexon flood mitigation works, gas prices, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in St. Lucia commemorated the 206th anniversary of its Independence

The team of Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Lucia, spearheaded by Ambassador Leiff Escalona, paid tribute to the Venezuelan Liberator, Simon Bolivar, Wednesday 5th July on the occasion of the 206th anniversary of the declaration of Independence of Venezuela, at Plas Bideau in Castries. The ceremony was attended by officials of the Government of Saint Lucia ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLNT issues press release clarification

The Press Release issued by the Saint Lucia National Trust on Friday, June 30th appears to have caused confusion as to what the release does or does not mean (or what it says, and what it does not say). There seems to be the feeling among some persons that the Trust has said that it “supports” DSH. This is indeed ...

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“I have absolutely nothing to fear or to worry about” – Guy Joseph on US investigative report

Member for Castries South-east Guy Joseph has vowed to make the contents of a United States (US) investigative report on his alleged dealings with Asphalt and Mining (A&M) public as soon it is completed. The US, according to former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony, is conducting a probe into “certain financial transactions by the business.” American forensic accountant Robert Lindquist ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Vieux Fort North MP recognises “stellar performances” in Common Entrance exams

Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort North Hon. Moses Jn. Baptiste is singing praise to the community of parents, caregivers, teachers, principals and students in the constituency of Vieux Fort North after stellar performances in the latest Common Entrance Exams. According to the MP, all four primary schools in his constituency realized relatively high scores among students, with three of the ...

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PRESS RELEASE: UWP welcomes Fairmont Hotel in Choiseul as development goals for the South gain speed

The United Workers Party stands resolute with the Government of Saint Lucia in the overall development plan and the vision for the south of the island. It’s been just over a year since the Government took office and already we are seeing a decrease in unemployment and a steady drive toward sustainable employment. The United Workers Party would like to ...

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Statement by Hon. Shawn Edward on the attack on his reputation by the UWP

Roughly two months ago, the United Workers Party launched a vicious and unwarranted attack on my reputation and integrity. I immediately took to the media to refute and denounce the onslaught which was calculated, deliberate, and totally unfounded. A lot of falsified figures and distorted information were presented in a manner to have a desired political impact at the national ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Maduro -The Revolution’s strategy is to protect people and their rights

The Bolivarian Revolution, which emerged in 1999 on the initiative of Commander Hugo Chavez, has as its main strategy to protect the people and defend their rights, said Sunday President Nicolas Maduro. “The strategy is to protect the people with education, housing, culture, work, support and pensions, in order to lead them to overcome difficulties”, he stressed during his weekly ...

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PRESS RELEASE: House of Assembly Meeting scheduled for Tuesday

A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27, 2017 with 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 for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, the Honourable Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Political and social dialogue points Venezuela’s way to peace.

The political dialogue, necessary with opposition sectors, focused the call made on Thursday by Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, to join efforts in favor of peace. Besides, the Venezuelan government reiterated their willingness to work in finding joint solutions to address national issues. The route, which aims to foster peace and stability of the country, was raised by Maduro during a ...

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“Last year… there was literally no debate on the budget…” – Minister Belrose reminds

Minister for Local Government and Culture Fortuna Berose has criticised the opposition’s parliament boycott, calling it pathetic and childish. The House of Assembly was noticeably emptier Thursday morning (June 22) after three opposition senators of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) – Joachim Henry, Guibion Ferdinand and Jerome Gideon – reportedly boycotted the proceedings – which still went on ...

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Opposition members will speak at the “People’s Parliament” – Opposition Leader Philip Pierre

Opposition members who did not speak at the parliament debate as a result of the walkout will make their thoughts on the budget known at a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) public meeting next Tuesday. Opposition members had walked out of parliament at its June 20 sitting in protest of what it said was “spiteful and vindictive” behaviour by Prime Minister ...

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“They like the poor to be in poverty” – Senator Raymond accuses SLP of encouraging a welfare state culture

The Senate Leader of Government Business Dr. Ubaldus Raymond has stood behind the United Workers Party’s (UWP) 2017 budget, stating that it is focused on strengthening the private sector in order to empower them and reduce citizens’ dependency on government. Dr. Raymond said that unlike the past administration, which encouraged the culture of a welfare state, the UWP’s private sector ...

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SLP wants answers from PM Chastanet over his CIP comments in Geneva

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has made another call for answers from Prime Minister Allen Chastanet regarding comments he made at a Geneva Investment Migration Forum in early June. According to the Investment Migration Insider website, Chastanet said: “If you get a citizenship through the CIP (Citizenship by Investment Program) and later get married, your spouse can apply for ...

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Opposition boycott not benefitting St. Lucia – UWP PRO

The newly-appointed public relations officer (PRO) of the governing United Workers Party (UWP has said the alleged boycott of this morning’s (June 22) upper house sitting by opposition senators is putting the country at a “disadvantage”. Commenting on Facebook, Kernisha Flavien said the “average person” knows that nothing can be done if you are not present and therefore “nothing can ever ...

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PRESS RELEASE: National Public Meeting postponed

The Saint Lucia Labour Party informs the public that the National Public Meeting scheduled for Thursday June 22nd, 2017 at the Castries Market Steps has been postponed to Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 at the same venue due to the Calypso Quarter Finals being held at the National Cultural Centre on the originally planned date. We look forward to welcoming you ...

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Opposition walks out of parliament, PM says he broke no conventions (see video)

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) staged a walk out of parliament today, June 20 in protest of what it said was the “spiteful and vindictive” behaviour exhibited by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. The opposition members exited the second debate sitting on the Appropriation Bill shortly after a presentation by member for Laborie Alva Baptiste, and moments after the prime ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLP condemns non-funding of CARIFESTA

The Saint Lucia Labour Party is alarmed at statements made by Minister for Local Government and Culture, Hon Fortuna Belrose, indicating that artistes from Saint Lucia wanting to participate in CARIFESTA in Barbados in August will not be fully financed by government. The SLP notes that when in government, it appreciated the value of the arts to Saint Lucia and ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Prime Minister CIP announcements raises more questions than answers

The Saint Lucia Labour Party is raising questions regarding announcements made in Geneva last week by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet in relation to the operations of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The SLP is concerned that the international media is carrying statements made by the Prime Minister but which statements are not consistent with the laws of Saint Lucia. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: UWP outlines achievements since taking office

The United Workers Party takes the opportunity today to say a heartfelt thank you to all Saint Lucians, who on June 6th 2016 participated in the democratic process and elected our hard working and visionary team of men and women under the banner of “Building a New Saint Lucia”. The people expressed convincingly their confidence in the United Workers Party ...

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Guy Joseph tells SLP: Leave investors out of problems with the government

Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph, has said the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) should keep investors out of their problems with the government. The Castries South East Member of Parliament made the comment in an interview with reporters as the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) held what it called a ...

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PRESS RELEASE: UWP appoints new PRO

The United Workers Party would like to announce Ms. Kernisha Chrisa Flavien as its new Public Relations Officer. Ms Flavien a resident of the Dennery North Constituency is well known with her involvement in youth and community work and a calypsonian under the Sobriquet Lady K. She is a graduate of the University of the West Indies School of Continuing ...

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Apology demanded after St. Lucia-based Moroccan diplomat assaulted in St. Vincent

The delegate assaulted at the United Nations decolonisation conference in St. Vincent on Thursday has been identified as Moroccan diplomat Mohammed Ali El Khamlichi, who is based in St. Lucia. El Khamlichi is the Deputy Chief of Missions for the Moroccan Embassy in Castries. Media reports out of the North African nation say Soufiane Mimouni, an Algerian official, physically assaulted ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLP bids farewell to John “Fox” Benjamin

As clichéd as it sounds, it is nonetheless the unadulterated truth; he was a soldier to the very end! It was Cicero who said that “nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.” There were few things in life which John “Fox” Benjamin loved more ...

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PRESS RELEASE: UWP condemns recent spate in gun violence

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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”

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’

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

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

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

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

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

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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