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CIBC FirstCaribbean donates USD$250,000 to regional COVID-19 fight - Mar 30, 2020 - 4:28:45 PM

Regional bank CIBC FirstCaribbean is moving to assist countries across the region to purchase much-needed COVID–19 testing kits.

The bank, through its charitable arm the FirstCaribbean International ComTrust Foundation, will donate a total of USD$250,000 toward the purchase of the kits in the countries across its regional footprint...

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U.W.P Women’s Arm salutes the women on the frontlines - Mar 27, 2020 - 11:19:35 AM

The United Workers Party National Women’s Arm wishes to recognize the women of this nation for their unrelenting acts of service geared towards minimizing the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We commend the strong leadership of Senator The Honourable Mary Isaac, and applaud her team of professionals, who continue to demonstrate a high level of competence in addressing this pandemic. The Ministry’s communications unit has done an excellent job keeping the general public abreast with timely information as this unfortunate situation continues to unfold...
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The Consulate in Martinique on travel of Saint Lucians - Mar 21, 2020 - 10:15:23 AM

The Consulate in Martinique would like to inform that on March 20th 2020, the vessel PERLE operated by L’Express des Isles , arrived in St. Lucia with ninety two (92) Saint Lucian nationals from Guadeloupe, Dominica & Martinique.

One day prior to the arrival of the vessel in St.Lucia (Thursday 19th March),  the Consulate was informed by St. Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer that all passengers will be quarantined upon arrival at Starfish Hotel...
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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet tests negative for COVID-19 - Mar 18, 2020 - 9:04:08 AM

On Tuesday March 17, 2020 the Ministry of Health was informed that the Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet was experiencing a mild cough following recent travel history to Miami for medical attention and in an abundance of caution he had opted to place himself into voluntary quarantine. He contacted the Chief Medical Officer and a medical team was dispatched to assess the Prime Minister. A sample was taken for testing which included testing for COVID-19...
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OPM Saint Lucia: Allen Chastanet feeling unwell - Mar 17, 2020 - 2:55:34 PM

Please note that Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet was as of this morning feeling unwell and in accordance with the established protocols went into self-quarantine. The Prime Minister immediately stayed away from all of his meetings and engagements.

In keeping with the protocols as advised by the Chief Medical Officer the Prime Minister has been tested for COVID-19 and we await the results... 
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Prime Minister Chastanet on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Mar 17, 2020 - 9:05:12 AM

Good Evening fellow Saint Lucians,

I know that the past few weeks have been filled with fear and anxiety for many of you but I start by asking everyone to pause and take a deep breath, just for a moment.

As confirmed by the Ministry of Health, over the past few days Saint Lucia now has two imported cases of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus...
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Prime Minister Chastanet to address the nation on COVID-19 - Mar 16, 2020 - 10:18:03 AM

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, will Address the Nation on Monday March 16th 2020 at 8:00PM on the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis and the national response.

The Prime Minister’s address this evening follows a series of meetings and consultations with the private sector, various organizations...
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St. Lucia: Minister for Health and Wellness to Parliament on Coronavirus - Mar 11, 2020 - 4:28:30 PM

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities led an epidemiological investigation to determine the etiology of reported cases of pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China. This led to the discovery of a new strain of Corona Virus Disease COVID-19.

COVID-19 is a Corona Virus characterized with fever, cough and chills. About 80-81% of cases are mild, 14% severe and 4% critical. The fatality rate ranges from 2.1% to 2.9%. The majority of cases which complicate have comorbid conditions which include renal disease, heart failure, lung disease and cancer...
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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on COVID-19 (Coronavirus) - Mar 10, 2020 - 2:45:37 PM

Mr. Speaker, I commend the Minister and the Ministry of Health, in particular the Chief Medical Officer and her team (CMO) for the response so far on the COVID-19 (Corona virus) crisis now sweeping the world. Their task is not an easy one and they deserve our full support.

The actions taken by our Government have been aimed at delaying and if possible prevent Coronavirus from reaching us altogether...
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New GEF-Funded Multi-country Blue Economy Initiative gets underway in the Caribbean - Mar 4, 2020 - 4:42:19 PM

A new US$46 million initiative to promote Blue Economic priorities in the Caribbean, in support of the sustainable use and conservation of the region’s vast and diverse marine ecosystems and  resources, gets underway with a two-day inception workshop on 5-6 March at the Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City.

Marine ecosystems account for over 80 percent of CARICOM States and territories, supporting not just fisheries, but also tourism...
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PM Chastanet's Independence Ball to fund even more charities in 2020 - Feb 27, 2020 - 11:34:37 AM

It’s become the most sought-after ticket on Saint Lucia’s Independence calendar of events: The Annual Prime Minister’s Independence Ball.

Since inception in 2017, this charitable fundraiser event has helped 23 charities and organizations, in the process distributing well over half a million dollars to such causes.  In some cases tears of joy have been shed by some recipients of the funds.  In 2019 the PM’s Ball contributed a whopping $250,000..
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PM Chastanet's Official Independence Address 2020 - Feb 22, 2020 - 1:45:55 PM

I wish all Saint Lucians everywhere a Happy Independence Day and trust that as many as possible will join in the celebrations.

Last year’s anniversary activities were truly amazing and I once again say a big thank you to all who were involved in the execution of the programme for the 40th and of course for this, our 41st anniversary.

We have now completed our first four decades as an independent country. It has been another milestone along the journey but it is also a fitting point to see how far we have come...
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Climate change, blacklisting and regional integration highlighted in outgoing CARICOM Chairman’s Address - Feb 19, 2020 - 11:37:10 AM

As he delivered his outgoing address as Caribbean Community Chairman, Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet called for increased attention on climate change, blacklisting by the European Union, the adversities facing small island states in the international community, the ongoing situation in Venezuela and the withdrawal of correspondent banking services from the region.

Prime Minister Chastanet took over the Chairmanship in July 2019, and gave an account to the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community underway in Barbados...
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Emergency communications systems successfully tested across the region - Feb 19, 2020 - 9:05:43 AM

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) conducted its annual ‘Exercise Region Rap’ with its Participating States and Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) partners on Tuesday February 18, 2020.

The Exercise was dubbed a success with 14 Participating States and 16 regional and international partners taking part, including development partners, CARICOM institutions and UN Agencies..
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Address by PM Chastanet at 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community - Feb 18, 2020 - 9:50:40 AM

Address by Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister
Honourable Allen M. Chastanet:

Outgoing Chairman of the Caribbean Community at the 31st Inter-Sessional Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community on 18th February 2020

It was a great honour for me over the past six months to have held the chairmanship of the Caribbean Community...
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DASH2020: Underlining the importance of youth and corporate social responsibility - Feb 13, 2020 - 10:52:06 AM

Embracing corporate social responsibility is the focal underpinning of many supporters and sponsors of DASH, who all believe in the sixth annual event’s core values of youth empowerment, health and wellness, charity, diversity and unity.

Among those organisations that believe strongly in this is longstanding partner DIGICEL which, like DASH has not only continued to live up to its commitment to charity, but has over the years steadily raised the bar and exceeded expectations...
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More action and funding needed to protect Caribbean coasts and marine areas - Feb 9, 2020 - 3:41:32 PM

More action and funding are needed to protect the region's coral reefs and to conserve fisheries and other marine resources, asserted Karolin Troubetzkoy, special envoy for the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI).

Troubetzkoy called on businesses located in or doing business with the Caribbean to support conservation efforts by collaborating with national conservation funds across the region...
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Domestic violence is a mark of shame, says St. Vincent NCW - Feb 4, 2020 - 8:12:06 PM

The National Council of Women of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is very concerned about the upsurge of violence against women and girls and the severity of these types of violence in our country. 

This is disheartening and unacceptable. We condemn all forms of violence, and by extent violence committed against our women and children. Too many of our women and children are affected daily and the people are lamenting...
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Caribbean Tourism and Health Authorities proactive on Coronavirus - Jan 31, 2020 - 9:57:44 AM

No cases of the coronavirus have been reported in the Caribbean, assured regional tourism and health officials, who are hard at work aiming to keep the region coronavirus-free.
A partnership established five years ago between the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the private sector-led Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) as well as the public sector Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)...
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OPM Saint Lucia: Government continues National Crime Fighting Strategy - Jan 29, 2020 - 11:05:32 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia continues its efforts to work with communities as part of the National Crime Fighting strategy.  Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet joined the Gros Islet Police Station as they embarked on a new community engagement program.

The objective of the meeting held at the Gros Islet Human Resource Development Centre was to help ascertain the needs and concerns of community members and provide vital information about community crime fighting strategies...
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