Parliament soon to have electronic control entry system

Castries, Saint Lucia, Sunday November 21, 2021:– Taiwan’s Ambassador Peter Chen has made a donation to the Saint Lucia Parliament to help set-up an electronic control entry system. According to Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), the presentation was made on November 15, 2021.  The brief statement on the MOFA website says Senate President Stanley Felix, House Speaker Claudius Francis and Deputy Speaker Jeremiah Norbert accepted the donation on behalf of the Saint Lucia parliament.  According...

Speaker Offers No Apologies for Docking MP’s Parliamentary Pay

Castries, Saint Lucia, Sunday, November 21, 2021:– Speaker of the Saint Lucia House of Assembly Claudius Francis continues to be the butt of criticism from the opposition United Workers Party (UWP) and Opposition Leader Allen Chastanet, over his decision to put the Micoud South MP’s parliamentary salary on hold. But “Mr Speaker” is offering no apologies for what he insists was only the right thing to do, to preserve the integrity of the island’s parliament...

21 Million registered to vote in Venezuela elections today

Venezuela, Sunday November 21, 2021:–  “We are convinced that today’s elections will leave great lessons of stability and unity for Venezuela.”So said President Nicolas Maduro, as he urged candidates in the massive poll to “continue competing for power in a democratic manner.” The president spoke after over 21 million Venezuelans registered to participate today in the largest non-presidential election to be held in the last two decades, in a South American country that has had...

Preliminary Findings Reveal Why Airport Redevelopment Project Never Took Flight!

Castries, Saint Lucia, Friday November 19, 2021:– Government is slowly counting the costs and added challenges inherited in the latest saga of the unending decade-old efforts by three successive administrations to complete the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) Redevelopment Project. Windows Windows are also opening on the extent of unusual procedures employed by the last administration that have contributed to the project being delayed by over nine months. The public is also now getting a bird’s...

Chastanet ups the UWP ante with a Rambling and Rumbunctious Rebound

Castries, Saint Lucia, Thursday November 18, 2021:– After over 111 days away on post-election vacation, former Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has returned home with a rumbunctious rebound, firing on all pistons at the ruling Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the Labor-led administration headed by new Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre — and aiming directly at House Speaker Claudius Francis for electing not to let him collect monthly parliamentary salaries for the period of his...

St. Jude Hospital 2016 Stoppage Was ‘Deliberate’ and ‘Callous’

Castries, Saint Lucia, Thursday November 18, 2021: — Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister says the decision by the previous administration to stop the construction of the near-completed St. Jude Hospital in 2016 was “deliberate and callous” and aimed at benefitting its friends. But, he adds, his government plans to deliver on its election promise to complete its construction – and to find out if taxpayers’ money was well-spent on the project during the past five years.  Updating...

PM says Mismanagement of Borrowed COVID Funds Endangers Access to International Funding

Castries, Saint Lucia, Thursday, November 18, 2021: — After mismanagement of five COVID loans by the previous administration, Saint Lucia can no longer easily access international funding – at least, not like before, so says Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Economic Development Philip J. Pierre. The PM revealed earlier this week that Saint Lucia can no longer borrow on the international money market, thanks to the previous administration’s mismanagement of funds made available, especially...

Sandals Remains Committed to Aggressive Caribbean Expansion

Castries, Saint Lucia, Thursday, November 18, 2021: The man at the helm of the world’s leading All-Inclusive Luxury hotel brand has underlined the wisdom of continuing expansion of the Caribbean and the world’s tourism industry at this time — and commended stakeholders for refusing to be cowed into submission by the debilitating effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Adam Stewart, Executive Chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) has, also, acknowledged the cruise industry’s unique difficulties during the...

No Pay for Chastanet!

Castries, Saint Lucia, Wednesday November 17, 2021:– Saint Lucia’s Leader of the Opposition, Allen Chastanet, was yesterday stripped of emoluments for the over 100 days he did not attend the three sessions of the national parliament since the July 26 General Elections. Chastanet, the island’s immediate past-Prime Minister, took the Oath of Office as the elected MP for Micoud South at yesterday’s fourth sitting of the House of Assembly since the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP)...

PM: ‘UWP Left Saint Lucia on the Edge of a Financial Cliff!’

Castries, Saint Lucia, Wednesday November 17, 2021:– Prime Minister and Minister for Finance and Economic Development Philip J. Pierre said that the Allen Chastanet administration’s reckless financial management of Saint Lucia left the nation at the edge of a financial cliff. Addressing parliament yesterday and reporting on his administration’s achievements in its first 100 Days in Office, PM Pierre said, “The reckless financial mismanagement of our country during the last administration is worse than we had...

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