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The CDEMA Council recognises the role of the Agency in the fight against COVID-19 - Jul 8, 2020 - 1:57:06 PM

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The highest decision-making body of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which forms The Council of Ministers, recognised the leadership role of Agency and by extension the Participating States in the management of the COVID-19 event during the 10th Annual Ordinary Session, which was held via ZOOM over two days, June 26 and July 3, 2020. The Council noted the efforts being undertaken by the Agency to coordinate response and relief to the region amidst the COVID-19 pandemic specifically in facilitating the relief supplies hub for the region...
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PM Allen Chastanet Budget Address 2020-2021 relief measures - Jun 26, 2020 - 10:00:08 AM

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet presented the 2020/2021 Appropriation Bill to the House on Tuesday under the theme “New challenges, new opportunities for building a stronger Saint Lucia, Together” taking an optimistic outlook at the plans for Saint Lucia’s continued growth and progress.

The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance spoke on Economic Recovery, gave a report on the last four years of the Government’s tenure...
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Regional Electric Mobility Actors Charged to ‘Get Started - Jun 25, 2020 - 4:15:49 PM

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Stakeholders in the energy and transportation sectors were charged not to wait until a comprehensive plan and perfect conditions are available in order to get started on the Regional Electric Vehicle Strategy during an online discussion, which focused on innovation opportunities and the Caribbean reality.

The discussion, which was hosted by the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) and the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat, saw more than two hundred and fifty stakeholders gathered to hear from regional and global experts in the field...
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PM Allen Chastanet presents new opportunities to build a New and Stronger Saint Lucia - Jun 18, 2020 - 7:05:27 PM

The Government of Saint Lucia continues to work on building a new and stronger Saint Lucia and the Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, will continue to chart the way forward on the Government’s vision. The Prime Minister will table the Appropriation Bill 2020/2021 (Budget Address) in Parliament on Tuesday June 23rd 2020 at 4:00PM...
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Masks, Passes, and Privilege: Response to a Pandemic, by Rhoda Arrindell, PhD - Jun 15, 2020 - 6:30:08 PM

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“Slave passes, also called ‘certificates’ or ‘tickets,’ were written notes granting slaves permission to leave the plantations on which they lived. Almost all slave societies in the New World required slaves to have written permission from their owners to leave the plantation, and they could not leave without it. Slave passes contained the slave’s name, the destination, the trip’s duration, the expiration date of the pass, and the master’s signature. Passes were most commonly given to male slaves who ran errands and performed transportation work beyond the plantation. Depending on the master.

Thus reads an excerpt from the Historical Encyclopedia of World Slavery in reference to Slavery in late 1600s America...
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St. Lucia: Cannabis Commission presents Economic Analysis of Cannabis Industry to Cabinet - Jun 15, 2020 - 2:00:00 PM

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The Cannabis Commission presented to the Cabinet of Ministers on Monday morning (June 15th) on the “Economic Analysis of the Regulation of the Cannabis Industry in Saint Lucia.”

The Commission was set up in July 2019 to review and make recommendations on the laws and regulations as it relates to cannabis/marijuana.

At Monday’s meeting Cabinet was guided by lead Minister on the issue, Minister...
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Saint Lucia: Curfew time decreased as Cabinet adjusts COVID-19 protocols - Jun 12, 2020 - 7:00:42 PM

The Cabinet of Ministers has adjusted the protocols for operations during the State of Emergency which includes lessening of the curfew time and hosting of social activities with the established health protocols in place.

The Amendments to the Emergency Powers (Disasters) (COVID-19) Order will come into effect from Monday June 15th 2020...
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Over $8-Million paid out by NIC as PM Chastanet provides update on income support - Jun 10, 2020 - 5:30:44 PM

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Honourable Allen Chastanet has announced that the National Insurance Corporation (NIC) has paid out over eight million dollars to Saint Lucians as part of the Income Support Programme for NIC contributors.

In a statement this week, Prime Minister Chastanet, noted the concerns of the public over the amounts received by some and the processing the applications.
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CCJ Issues Declaration against CARICOM and Barbados But Cement Tariff Increase Stands - Jun 10, 2020 - 4:20:21 PM

In a judgment released today, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) upheld the decision of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) to raise the tariff on “other hydraulic cement” imported into Barbados. The CCJ declared, however, that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Barbados failed in their respective duties to conduct prior consultation with the importers, Rock Hard Cement Limited (“Rock Hard”)...
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Anniversary Message: United Workers Party marks fourth year in office - Jun 6, 2020 - 11:36:22 AM

Four years on, this United Workers Party administration continues to champion the vision of ‘Building a New Saint Lucia’. On June 6th 2016, the people spoke, and the country voted, for change and transformation. Today, we take time to reflect on that call to action and the mandate given to our Political Leader and Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet and the successful UWP candidates..
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UWP Chairman’s Anniversary Message - Jun 5, 2020 - 2:41:43 PM

Another anniversary has just landed at our door steps with COVID-19 well in check, to keep our population in a safe environment, while taking a toll on our economy with our Government doing all they can to keep our head above the rising tide of economic turbulence.

As we look back from this day the 6th June, 2016 to present, our Government under the Leadership of the Hon. Allen Michael Chastanet...
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151 more Saint Lucian Nationals scheduled to arrive this weekend - May 23, 2020 - 11:50:33 AM

The Government of Saint Lucia will this weekend welcome 151 more nationals through the ongoing repatriation process.  Returning nationals will include cruise ship workers and students from Canada and Barbados.  

On May 24th, nineteen (19) nationals will arrive in Saint Lucia via a chartered service from Barbados, which includes seventeen (17) nationals being repatriated from Canada. Subsequently, fifty-nine (59) persons will arrive aboard Disney Fantasy...
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Open Letter to TUF from Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet - May 22, 2020 - 5:36:40 PM

As you know, the Government of Saint Lucia, through a Cabinet-appointed Ministerial Sub­Committee (with support from the Department of Finance), has been engaged in numerous discussions with the Trade Unions since 2nd April, 2020. This was in an attempt to arrive at a consensus position on the issue of the proposed reduction in the monthly cash outlay by Government for salaries of civil servants in the face of reduced revenue collection and contraction in the economy, directly caused by COVID-19...
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PM Allen Chastanet, Tourism Minister and Health Team provide update on phased reopening of Saint Lucia’s Society - May 15, 2020 - 6:36:08 PM

With the announced reopening of Saint Lucia’s society in phases, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet will provide a further update on Saturday May 16th 2020 on the National Television Network (NTN at 9:00 AM.

The Prime Minister will be joined by Minister for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries Honourable Dominic Fedee...
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US Embassy Barbados provides funding for PPEs to assist with the COVID-19 response in the region - May 13, 2020 - 7:25:35 PM

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In response to the high demand for personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other medical supplies due to COVID-19, the United States has donated more than US $104,000 worth of PPE and other medical supplies for seven Eastern Caribbean countries: Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines.  

“This donation is one of several programs and initiatives the U.S. has provided to support our neighbors in the Eastern Caribbean”, said U.S. Coast Guard Commander and Senior U.S. Embassy Defense Official Steve Charnon...
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Government of Saint Lucia announces reinstatement of Liquor Licenses - May 7, 2020 - 10:07:46 AM

On Monday March 30th 2020 our Government took the decision to suspend all classes of liquor licenses in Saint Lucia. It had become necessary to impose the temporary restriction at the height of the battle against COVID-19 when we were beginning to see a rise in the number of cases which were locally transmitted and our country was also in a state of partial shut-down.

Saint Lucians will recall that we faced challenges with some people breaking the social distancing protocols and the police were stretched in terms of manpower in trying to manage large social gatherings...
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Saint Lucia to welcome 219 returning nationals from cruise ships - May 6, 2020 - 12:54:12 PM

Two hundred and nineteen (219) nationals will be repatriated to Saint Lucia on Friday May 8, 2020. The nationals are employees of Carnival Glory and Caribbean Princess cruise ships who over the past month have been desirous of returning home due to industry challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Two hundred and seven (207) will arrive on Carnival Glory and twelve (12) aboard Caribbean Princess...
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Saint Lucia’s PM chairs meeting as OECS explores unified solutions and timelines for tourism sector - May 5, 2020 - 8:23:26 PM

With the economies of the OECS all hard hit and in some cases completely decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Member States are looking toward recovery efforts in all sectors.

Recognizing that the Tourism Industry is the major contributor, with linkages to every other economic activity, the Governments of the OECS have included tourism as a priority in recovery plans and actions...
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CDEMA receives donation from the Caribbean Credit Union Movement to support logistical operations in response to COVID-19 - May 4, 2020 - 9:50:56 AM

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Through a tangible demonstration of commitment towards the fight against COVID-19 in the region, the Caribbean Confederation of Credit Unions (CCCU), the apex regional association for Credit Unions through its Foundation donated US$ 25,000 towards CDEMA’s regional logistical operations for the COVID-19 response to  its member countries.

“Many of our credit union members are frontline personnel in the fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19)..
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Elizabeth Riley appointed Executive Director (Acting) of CDEMA - May 2, 2020 - 12:45:00 PM

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The Chairman of the Council of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the Honorable Ralph Higgs, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Elizabeth Riley as Executive Director (Acting) of the Agency with effect from May 1, 2020.

Ms. Riley joined the team at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit in 2001 and has been the Deputy Executive Director since April 2012. She also acted in the Deputy position between 2009 and 2012.

Ms. Riley has over 20 years experience in the area of disaster management at the regional and international levels in various capacities...
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