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The implications of Trump’s immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The aim of the order (citing authority from the Constitution ...

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Letter writer Sharon Frederick asked to contact St. Jude Hospital

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Dear Sharon Frederick: St Jude Hospital is aware of your letter posted on St Lucia News Online and dated February 14, 2017 regarding concerns about the service at our hospital. We are sorry to learn of the experience of your parents. St Jude Hospital takes our responsibility to providing the best possible care to our patients very seriously and actively ...

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Alternate reality hampers governance in St Lucia (commentary)

Melanius Alphonse

COMMENTARY – The “alternate reality” seems odd, in particular when “the vulnerable” are very much over the edge, the “reality gap” widening, misinformation on political and economic issues based on “alternative facts” and crony capitalism is just fine as long as it involves the right cronies. Experts reaffirm that self-dealing by government officials has become standard procedure, conflicts of interest ...

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“I saw death in front of me…” how the YPG helped me

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – My life since growing up wasn’t easy and because of that I started drinking at the age of 13 years-old, my parents use to drink and I learnt from them. At the age of 18 I started smoking marijuana and right after I got invited by a friend at work to join in a gang and I ...

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As Soleil burns… McDoom (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – The tourism mavens who curated “Soleil” have once again failed to capture the current growing trend in the global hospitality and tourism industry. In the process, they have failed to engage the unique talents of a Saint Lucian who has Global Name Recognition: Fashion Tourism and Vincent Mc Doom. The decision to eliminate Fashion from Soleil must have ...

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St Lucia government’s ‘alternative fact sheet’ (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – It took seven months for the prime minister and minister of finance Allen Chastanet to sort out his administration’s economic ethos and principles.  However, the message is: “The economy is broke, Saint Lucia is in trouble.”  “The government was focusing on three primary areas in terms of building a new Saint Lucia, finance that deficit, the re-engineering of ...

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Cyber laws and individual rights (commentary)

Felicia Browne

COMMENTARY – With racy photos and screenshots circulating the internet like wildfire and political temperaments are rising, many users are now concerned with the privacy of their conversations, texts and video chats while using the web. The internet has remained one of the most inexpensive modes for modern communication. Its evolution has allowed us to reach to the further ends ...

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The Mindoo Park is in a deplorable state! (letter to the editor)

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The Annual National Sports Awards will be held on February 18th, 2017 where our outstanding athletes from the various sports will be recognized for their achievements over the last year.   Persons will be well coiffed in their best outfits.  We will no doubt be treated to long speeches reminding us how important our athletes are, how much we value ...

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Re-enslavement by another name: The ‘expropriation’ of St Lucian lands -Part 3 (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Many moons ago Sir John Compton’s mantra echoed – “Lucians, watch your bread.” But never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined Saint Lucians would be exploited in such a manner by the United Workers Party (UWP) and government he once led. This is, of course, actually regressive, short of a revolt, to allow Prime Minister Allen ...

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Re-enslavement by another name: The ‘expropriation’ of St Lucian lands -Part 2 (commentary)

Melanius Alphonse

COMMENTARY – In the aftermath of the June 2016 general elections in Saint Lucia, the approach by the Allen Chastanet-led administration has been geared towards change, except is reality tells a far different story. Saint Lucia is blessed with Nobel laureates Sir Derek Walcott for literature and Sir Arthur Lewis for economics. Their influence spans the globe, their mental astuteness, ...

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COMMENTARY: Re-enslavement by another name: The ‘expropriation’ of St Lucian lands – Part 1

PM Allen Chastanet at Micoud South constituency Christmas party, December 2016

COMMENTARY – Life beyond the Allen Chastanet-led administration’s honeymoon has serious repercussions in regard to the governance of Saint Lucia, heading into its first full year in power. On that new basis, comrade Stevaco Joseph’s conscious New Year’s messages defined and reaffirmed the state of affairs: “It is vividly evident that we live in a broken world. A violent world. ...

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COMMENTARY: ‘99 years for the consideration of US$1 per acre’: Everybody needs to chill out – Part 2

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By Melanius Alphonse Notwithstanding the final session of the House of Assembly on Tuesday in an usual sitting, the “substance” of the 2017 session and DSH Caribbean Star Limited framework agreement will re-define Saint Lucia for 99 years Plans for the new session of the parliament of Saint Lucia, commencing April 1, 2017, are afoot for major government agenda and ...

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COMMENTARY: 99 years for the consideration of US$1 per acre’: Everybody needs to chill out – Part 1

Melanius Alphonse

By Melanius Alphonse The malevolence broadside against Saint Lucia set on believing the government of Saint Lucia, namely, that a press conference would be held (over two weeks) based on anonymous sources and leaks of the DSH Caribbean Star Limited framework agreement, everybody needs to just chill out – but that hasn’t happened. Quite the reverse, from the pattern of ...

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COMMENTARY: Fidel is dead!

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By EricSimon Horsford It took 90 years, 3 months and 12 days to do what the CIA could not do. 90 years, 3 months and 12 days to silence a fixture of the socialist movement in the Americas. He was the champion of Marxist- Leninist socialism in the western hemisphere, the father of modern day Cuba, the consummate villain who ...

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Asian thoroughbreds to bankroll St Lucia (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Financial perspectives are crucial; as such, theorists ought to be knowledgeable in thought and action, particularly when coupled with authority for public policy.  According to minister in the ministry of finance, Ubaldus Raymond’s economic theory, and most recent remarks on Bank of Saint Lucia [BOSL]: “A quarter of all loans are bad, approximately EC$300 million, the Eastern Caribbean Central ...

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The folly of avoidance (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – There is still a wide view and pretty confident that the symptom of weirdness in Saint Lucia today, adds to the old Chinese proverb: “May you live in interesting times.” And why is this? After Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s poorly recorded and delivered message broadcast “Live” on November 7, that barely lasted ten minutes, average persons benefitted nothing ...

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St Lucia government’s naked self promotion (commentary)

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia addresses the general debate of the General Assembly’s 71st session. UN Photo/Cia Pak

COMMENTARY – If it is completely uncomfortable that “we are overtaxed” and “basically the country is in a mess”, the government of Saint Lucia certainly highlighted this by the compulsive utterances of at least two cabinet ministers, aided by the silence of cowardly institutions. At a very rapid pace, our national identity, the land, the people, the light continue to erode; ...

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St. Lucia’s spiral to happy Vat reduction (commentary)

Melanius Alphonse

COMMENTARY – Last week, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet referenced The Fiscal and Structural Reforms in Saint Lucia: Towards a comprehensive agenda prepared by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) as “very telling” and “gives a more detailed picture of what is taking place in the economy”. “The report measured the collection of taxes as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for ...

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COMMENTARY: St Lucia government severely handicapped

Alphonse

COMMENTARY – It is long proven that governments can’t function effectively when citizens are not working or paying their fair share of taxes, resulting in decreased national revenue, especially when coupled with a lack of capital investment and devoid of any serious policies to tackle real economic issues. In these circumstances, the scheme of “Five to Stay Alive” is hell ...

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COMMENTARY: Can incompetence fill a vacuum?

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

COMMENTARY – A “lame duck” in politics describes an elected official continuing to hold high political office pending the inauguration of a more recently elected successor. The official is often seen weak and loses the ability to achieve anything, having less influence with the legislature and the public at large. Regrettably, however, in Saint Lucia, newly elected Prime Minister Allen Chastanet ...

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Other than snobbery, what else is at stake? (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), said, “I sincerely hope that our efforts during the early decades of the 21st century will help to create a new world order”. My immediate thought was of the accepted wisdom of the theological virtues of faith, hope and love, as ...

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St. Lucia’s vulnerability a growing concern (commentary)

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PRESS RELEASE – There can be little dispute that Saint Lucia’s economic and fiscal policies are generally unstable, along with the latest crisis of governance exacerbated by new Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.  In fact, the first 100 days of the United Workers Party (UWP) administration have been a combination of useless and pretentious theatrics that have bordered on, if not ...

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Trans-colonial collaboration in St Lucia’s political system (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – The title is meant to be deliberate and thought-provoking, in particular, to the sensationalist spectre of seeing Saint Lucians as subjects and objects, rather than as a people and agents of radical, hemispheric, economic, and social change. However, whether one understands or not, there is a common interpretation of alarm that is invoked by a persnickety political leader, ...

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St Lucia walking a tightrope (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Recent reports pertaining to trade and investment, and long standing drug trafficking and money laundering issues, have implications for Saint Lucia, amid a stagnant economy (rising corporate debt, capital outflows increasing the national debt of EC$2.9 billion, 15 percent VAT, 24 percent unemployment, 45 percent youth unemployment) and a newly elected Allen Chastanet-led administration with no clue as ...

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A country in denial; pie in the sky (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Abraham Lincoln said, “I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts.” The US$2.6 billion investment project titled “Pearl of the Caribbean” framework agreement signed between the government of Saint Lucia and Desert Star Holdings ...

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The King is dead, long live the King

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COMMENTARY – What should have been the serious business of the Saint Lucia House of Assembly on August 16, 2016, descended into farce as former prime minister Stephenson King tried valiantly but in vain to guide his successor Allen Chastanet, who looked more like a blundering French-born dauphin than the new king of Saint Lucia. Chastanet’s defiance of the constitutionally ...

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St. Lucian youth need to RISE!! (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Young people must be passionate about helping others .I see our brothers and sisters die everyday and yet we have no clue , on how we are going to solve this situation. I believe that family condition leads to Violent Crime in St. Lucia. Parents hostility, physical and emotional abuse towards their children, shapes their future in being delinquent ,because they feel ...

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St Lucia PM’s semantics and incompetence: A toxic mix (commentary)

Allen Chastanet

COMMENTARY – The current crisis of governance in Saint Lucia, orchestrated by new prime minister Allen Chastanet, is perhaps more serious than the setbacks that occurred in the 1979 leadership crisis. The thinking of the current administration led by Chastanet has its origin in 2009 when as minister of tourism he did nothing to preserve the wellbeing and dignity of ...

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COMMENTARY: WICB out of control

Wayne Cadogan

COMMENTARY – The time has come and has been long overdue for the revamping of the West Indies Cricket Board and its band of myopic nomadic members, whose only purpose is to splurge off of West Indies cricket for their own personal gains and to keep West Indies cricket it submerge state in the cricketing world. It is quite clear ...

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Enablers of ‘steering’, ‘kleptocracy’ and ‘ignorance’ in St Lucia (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Actually, it’s no surprise that three words: “steering”, “kleptocracy” and “ignorance” occupy my mind while monitoring political operatives maneuver in an attempt to neutralise political observers, critics, select media outlets, civil society’s democratic norms and international systems from reporting factual analysis of questionable individuals, associates and a cabinet of ill-defined intentions in Saint Lucia. Through the technique of “steering”, proxies ...

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Lies, damned lies, statistics or terminological inexactitudes? (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – After various claims of “taken out of context”, “deliberate buffoonery to provoke the US”, “never before published statistics” and other excuses, Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet evidently decided last week to retreat from his blatantly false claims of the number of criminal deportees to the country from the US and offered an unflattering apology. So what name ...

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A plea for more efficient regional air transport (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – While the air transport industry is complex, the challenges in the region are not insurmountable; many of the solutions are there to be implemented. Unfortunately however, often times the political will does not ensue. In this light, a regional petition has commenced to amplify the voice of, and demand by Caribbean citizens for improvements to the regional transport ...

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Trump 2.0: The Saint Lucia edition (commentary)

Allen Chastanet

COMMENTARY – It didn’t take long for Saint Lucia’s newly elected prime minister Allen Chastanet to get caught in one of his frequent faux-pas, which brings to mind US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s recent description of Donald Trump: “He is a faker. He says whatever comes into his head at the moment. He really has an ego.”  Chastanet returned ...

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Allen Chastanet’s dilemma (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – In the same way that many British voters are regretting their support of Brexit in the recent UK referendum, many Saint Lucians are showing signs of buyer’s remorse following last month’s election of new prime minister Allen Chastanet on substantive matters that impact sovereignty, integrity in public life, security and the rule of law. First, the rollout of the ...

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Election financing: Who bought whom? (commentary)

Felicia Browne.

Electoral fraud and vote rigging are illegal practices in the electoral process. In many democratic states, such practices carry severe punishment, including imprisonment. In many Caribbean societies, there have been several post-election claims electoral fraud and vote-rigging. This has continued to plague various administrations as such actions are contrary to the principles of democracy. As a result, many electorates contend an overwhelming sense of betrayal and ...

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COMMENTARY: The irony of campaign finance reform in St Lucia

Melanius Alphonse

President Gerald Ford said: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” The general elections in Saint Lucia included political promises every bit as illusory as Donald Trump’s slogans, which has renewed concerns to do something about campaign finance reform, massive bribery and political kickback schemes. ...

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COMMENTARY: Impact of BREXIT on the Caribbean’s tourism industry

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The immediate impact of BREXIT on the Caribbean’s tourism sector may not be a reduction of arrivals from the UK to the Caribbean resorts. The impact may have to do with the state of Balance Sheets, through Accounts Receivables. There are two major factors which will affect the Balance Sheets of Caribbean resorts. These factors will be affected by the ...

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Corporal punishment – Is it proper? (Letter to the editor)

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – Corporal punishment is defined by one dictionary as “physical punishment, such as caning or flogging.” Merriam Webster Dictionary defines corporal punishment as “punishment that involves hitting someone.” Corporal punishment has been a subject of much controversy in Society as to whether or not it is right. Of course, Almighty God is in the BEST position ...

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COMMENTARY: A cabinet of ill-defined intentions in St Lucia

Former PM Stephenson King sworn in as a cabinet minister.

English poet Robert Browning said, “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” In other words, suggesting that, in order to achieve anything worthwhile, we should attempt even those things that may turn out to have been impossible. The current narrative is the interesting construct to the new cabinet of ministers in Saint Lucia, particularly ...

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Venezuela: A perfect storm of disaster that shouldn’t have happened (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Keen observers saw it coming. Intelligence projected it would happen and others were in denial. It doesn’t matter now. The odds are perhaps the perfect storm of disaster was allowed to happen for copious reasons. Beyond the conceived theories, I think it boils down to gross economic mismanagement, squandering approximately a trillion dollars and quite a lot more ...

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Cuba and the Caribbean (commentary)

Clement Wulf-Soulage is a management economist, published author and former university lecturer.

COMMENTARY – Cuba is on the move. Business opportunities are opening up in many of its semi-untouched markets – and international business leaders are seeing dollar signs as the Obama administration moves to restore economic and diplomatic ties with the island. From airlines, hotel chains and telecommunications firms – to business consultants, exporters and retailers, private capitalists are all jostling ...

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Stop using indecent language! (letter to the editor)

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Dear Editor: How would you feel if someone were to tell you, “Look! I see rotten vegetables and fish coming out of your mouth!” Most likely you will get highly upset, or very angry with the person who tells you so. Do you know that when you use indecent language (Cursing Bad words) the Bible compares it to having rotten vegetables and fish coming ...

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St Lucia head to the polls (commentary)

Melanius Alphonse

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucians go to the polls on Monday in an early general election called three weeks ago by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, however, as one regional commentator puts it, whichever party forms the next government, they may lose by winning. According to highly placed sources in the US State Department, the United States is determined to ...

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Polls, VAT and flawed manifestos mire St Lucia election (commentary)

Melanius Alphonse

COMMENTARY – Still unknown to many is whether Prime Minister Dr Kenny D. Anthony’s address to the nation on May 19, to call early elections June 6, 2016, was predicated on polling data and snap election syndrome. Election Survey A copy of the poll commissioned March 1-15, 2016 on the influence of the United Workers Party (UWP), until recently was restricted for ...

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Sexual harassment in politics (commentary)

Gender Rights Advocate, Felicia Browne

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favours, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual’s employment, or submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for employment decisions affecting ...

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Judgement day! (commentary)

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Our fair Helen is at its Crossroads. On June 6th 2016, WE shall exercise our RIGHT (which our forefathers fought so valiantly for) and we as a people shall decide our future. We are faced with two options, either we continue to drive forward on a familiar path, or we take a risk and journey via an alternative route for ...

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Nomination Day supersedes the ‘Sabbath’ (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – It has become indisputable that hypocrisy and ignorance is commonplace in both the United Workers Party (UWP) and the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), who make substantial decisions for the wide population. Collectively, neither looks certain on what they communicate, and as such there’s no tenacity of conviction. Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Dr Kenny D. Anthony, previously ...

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Symbolism and St. Lucian imagination (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – All religions in the history of the world have made use of symbolism, for every religious movement has attempted to express man’s basic experience of the holy and the transcendent. Saint Lucians find themselves at the crossroad of having to acknowledge their religious holy day, the Sabbath Day, which  has now been set apart for Nomination Day, Saturday, ...

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Say no to the no-vote lobby! (commentary)

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I am a Saint Lucian living in the United States who is constantly seeking information about my country’s growth. I remember growing up in Fond Le Grande, Central Castries, and as a little boy politics has always been something I enjoyed taking part in. When I was old enough to vote, the excitement I felt has to date been rivaled ...

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The ultimatum (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – The pores, on my skin, began to rise as the voices of climate activists chanting “The people got the power, tell me can you feel it,” blasted through my headphones. Images of defiant demonstrators, modern-day renegades in disguise, flashed across the screen as I watched a video of the Ende Gelände organized climate demonstration, dubbed as one of ...

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Overhanging mango trees a danger to motorists (letter to the editor)

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Every year mango lovers eagerly anticipate the mango season. I am longing to have a Julie!! While some drool over the different types they will feast on, motorists dread this time of year. Each mango season we see a motorist on TV complaining about a broken windscreen. Where are the relevant authorities to ensure that over hanging branches are trimmed ...

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‘Five to stay alive’? A vision that isn’t! (commentary)

Melanius Alphonse

PRESS RELEASE – The general election is yet another defining moment that presents the opportunity to determine the future of Saint Lucia. But it is hard to hold off the pessimism in a system where blind adventure is conventional in the political orbit of the lesser evils. Particularly, when policy ideas bring new life to living a lie that barely ...

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Reducing fossil fuels and redirecting our energy sources

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COMMENTARY – Women dressed in white adorned with angel wings lie on the tracks of a railway while a stone’s throw away men and women stand in white suits with a red “X” superimposed on their backs. This group of individuals, effectively shut down operations at a portion of the Newcastle Harbor, Australia, which is considered one of Australia’s largest ...

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“OECS yet to fully implement free movement of citizens within individual societies” – Browne (commentary)

Felicia Browne.

COMMENTARY – The recent arrest of 14 women at a local strip club is an indication that the OECS  member States have yet to fully implement the free movement of citizens within their individual societies. The non-national women  who originated from various OECS and CARICOM countries were arrested on May 2nd,  2016 for violating work permit regulations.  With the freedom of ...

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Games of passion misfire in St Lucia (commentary)

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COMMENTARY – On account of political passion openly bluffing Saint Lucians towards the abyss, it is important to submit preferred systems capable of defining 21st century competence. Further, let alone the sincerity, it is reasonable to ask: when will the government of Saint Lucia take steps to hold political felons to account for improprieties that mimic “tampering with evidence, willful ...

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The bluff is on in St. Lucia (Commentary)

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COMMENTARY – Let’s not forget:   “A mind is a terrible thing to waste but a wonderful thing to invest in.” ~ Kiran Aditham. It plays an important role in every aspect of life and should be guarded from evasive species.  Stumping on the Castries Market steps, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony emphasized that “health care has to be a top priority. Every ...

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