Chastanet ‘Won’t throw the baby out with the bathwater!’

Castries, Saint Lucia, Monday October 18, 2021:– Saint Lucia’s Opposition Leader is having second thoughts about his immediate political future, including whether he’ll continue leading his party, now that it’s in opposition. That much became clear in an exclusive interview earlier this week that UWP Leader Allen Chastanet gave to a United Workers Party (UWP) propagandist hosting a daily radio and TV broadcast the party started ahead of the recent election campaign. But the interview,...

Saint Lucians Divided Over Appointment of New Head for COVID Management Center

Castries, Saint Lucia, Sunday October 17, 2021:– As with almost everything else, Saint Lucians are responding differently to the government’s latest high-profile appointment to a public post, some welcoming appointment of the new head of the National COVID-19 Management Center, others simply dismissing it. On Friday (15th October), a press release announced that “Consistent with the Government’s mandate for a more inclusive and depoliticized advisory body on the management of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Cabinet had...

Unions Opposing Vaccination Accuse Employers of Creating Joblessness

Castries, Saint Lucia, Saturday October 16, 2021:– The Trade Union Federation (TUF) has taken-on the cause of 18 employees of the Saint Lucia branch of a North American company who’ve refused to vaccinate to continue working, saying they were effectively fired without being told. The TUF, an umbrella entity representing several trade unions, adopted the workers’ cause after management of the Odsan-based company instituted requirements for vaccination to keep the workplace safe from COVID-19. The...

Embattled Doctor Promoting Banned Drug Promises Defiant Fightback!

Castries, Saint Lucia, Thursday October 14, 2021:– Never mind the seriousness of the charges against her, the embattled Saint Lucian doctor accused of professional misconduct by promotion and prescription of an unauthorized drug for treatment of COVID-19 will not back down. Instead, Dr Gilbertha St. Rose promises to fight the charges — and to also continue her advocacy for use here of Ivermectin, the controversial drug not authorized by the World Health Organization. The Saint...

Family Planning ‘Unprecedented and Unforgettable’ Funeral for Street Vibes Host

Castries, Saint Lucia, Thursday October 14, 2021:– Four days after the shocking news that popular TV personality Alex Bousquet died last Sunday (October 10), Saint Lucia remains very much abuzz about his passing. Bousquet hosted the daily ‘Street Vibes program on DBS, through which citizens of all walks of life expressed their opinions on issues of the day. He also hosted “Friday Funnies” and “Everyday People” on weekends and was a staple attraction for Saint...

Is the UWP Leader Coming or Going? ‘Friends and Family’ want to know…

Castries, Saint Lucia, Sunday October 10, 2021:– Calls are growing in and around Saint Lucia’s opposition United Workers Party (UWP) for Party Leader Allen Chastanet to make his mind up and decide if he’s coming, or going. Chastanet embarked on a long post-election vacation within days after his party’s defeat, but while the Party Leader, Opposition Leader and MP for Micoud South has maintained online contact with the press here and abroad, he’s not yet...

Herbal Doctor Draws on The Law to Save Her Practice

Castries, Saint Lucia, Saturday October 9, 2021:– A popular Saint Lucian herbal doctor is drawing on The Law to make a virtual Do-or-Die case next week before a jury of her peers. Dr Gilbertha St Rose has been summoned by the island’s Medical Council to appear before it this coming Wednesday (October 13), accused of promoting and prescribing an unapproved drug to fight COVID-19. A herbalist, dermatologist and integrated health specialist, she admits promoting the...

Patrick Joseph says bananas will not attract today’s youth without fundamental change

Castries, Saint Lucia, Thursday October 7, 2021:– A veteran Saint Lucian and Windward islands banana campaigner feels the industry can return to earlier Green Gold days, but not before it undergoes some radical transformation, including its ability to attract today’s technologically-minded youth. President of the Banana Salvation Committee (BSC), Patrick Joseph, speaking here in a televised broadcast Wednesday commemorating the 28th anniversary of the death of two protesting banana farmers back in 1993, said such...

US Naval Air Station pillars at Rodney Bay — to Go or Stay?

Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, Wednesday October 6, 2021:– Commuters aware of its history are becoming increasingly concerned about the future of a historic monument along the Rodney Bay section of the Gros Islet Highway than can be destroyed soon unless urgent action is taken to save and preserve it. The monument is the two stone pillars marking the old entry to the then US Naval Air Base in Gros Islet, built to provide defenses for...

Ex-PM Fingers Ex-AG: Will Julien Respond?

Castries, Saint Lucia, Tuesday, October 5, 2021:– Will former Attorney General Stephen Julien explain how and why his office vetted a COVID vaccine purchase deal that went so radically wrong for Saint Lucia? And when? These are only two of the questions on the minds of reporters eagerly hoping for any explanation this week from the former Attorney General, about why he vetted the controversial multi-million-dollar Cabinet-approved, third-party and private vaccine-purchase deal that’s also turned...

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