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Saint Lucia extends deepest condolences on passing of HRH Prince Philip - Apr 9, 2021 - 10:58:08 AM

Saint Lucia Extends Deepest Condolences on passing of HRH Prince Philip
The Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the passing of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh.

On behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet extended condolences to the entire Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom...
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CDEMA concludes Regional Logistics and Relief Workshop with plans for National Policy - Mar 25, 2021 - 2:10:17 PM

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The CDEMA Coordinating Unit is moving forward with plans for a National Relief and Logistics Management Plan and Policy following a two-week workshop facilitating the planning process. Workshop discussions formed a critical part of drafting the policy to enhance logistics and humanitarian response across the region.

Programme Manager for Preparedness and Response at CDEMA, Joanne Persad, shared that the workshop was a significant milestone in pushing...
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Sargassum Products for Climate Resilience to mitigate harsh impacts on Caribbean States - Mar 2, 2021 - 12:05:07 PM

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The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) and Plant & Food Research, a New Zealand Crown Research Institute, will host a virtual training workshop on Wednesday, 3 March 2021. The session—which will be conducted with the assistance of Prof Mona Webber of the Marine Science Centre, UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica—will focus on techniques for harvesting, handling, species identification and processing of Sargassum seaweed for initial evaluation.

It will be attended by the four target countries for field work, The Bahamas...
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Update on Liquor Licence Suspension: No consumption on licensed premises - Feb 23, 2021 - 12:56:48 PM

As per Statutory Instrument No. 43 of 2021, the public is hereby informed that from Thursday 25th February 2021 the suspension on alcohol sales is lifted, however persons are not permitted to consume liquor on the licensed premises. This means that bars and restaurants will only provide takeaway (grab and go) services.

The purpose of the protocol is to continue restrictions on social gatherings and assist the Ministry of Health in contact tracing efforts as Saint Lucia continues to manage the COVID-19 pandemic...


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Prime Minister's Independence Address to the Nation: “We Can. We Will.” - Feb 22, 2021 - 5:46:29 PM

What a difference a year makes! A year ago, when I addressed you on the occasion of our 41st Independence anniversary, there was little mention in our island of the word ‘Coronavirus’ or ‘COVID’.  

We were together for an amazing celebration of everything Saint Lucian. In fact, for the past few years our Independence celebrations have truly been “all in” and outstanding...
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UWP congratulates PM Chastanet on first vaccines - Feb 18, 2021 - 11:00:03 AM

The United Workers Party would like to congratulate Prime Minister Allen Chastanet for being a true leader when he took the COVID-19 vaccine yesterday.  In demonstrating his willingness to receive one of the first doses along with his wife Raquel DuBoulay-Chastanet, he demonstrated his dedication to the people of Saint Lucia by leading from the front...
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PM Allen Chastanet supports Saint Lucia’s Vaccine Roll Out - Feb 18, 2021 - 10:04:29 AM

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Saint Lucia began the first phase of the COVID-19 Vaccine Roll Out today with several frontliners and key Government officials receiving the first vaccines in a live broadcast, including Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet. The Prime Minister led by example and along with his wife Mrs. Raquel Du Boulay-Chastanet showed support for the team from the Ministry of Health by receiving the vaccines following several nurses, local physicians, fire and police personnel...
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Charles Matz, author, renaissance scholar, dies at 96 – by Lasana M. Sekou - Feb 15, 2021 - 12:22:39 PM

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Poet, renaissance scholar, dramaturge, novelist Charles Matz died at his home in Southampton, New York on February 12, 2021. He was 96.

He leaves his children, Margaret Matz (architect, New York), Charles “Carlino” Matz III (professor, NYIT; architect, New Jersey), and Clare Ann Matz (multimedia artist, film director, Italy). He leaves Antonio Lai da Teulada among family members; and a number of friends and colleagues...
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Saint Lucia Announces Cushion in Quarantine Fees for Returning Nationals - Feb 12, 2021 - 9:00:30 AM

In keeping with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ updated national COVID-19 response policy, effective February 11, 2021, the Government of Saint Lucia is absorbing a greater part of the cost of State Quarantine for returning nationals.

Subsequent to routine reviews of the Quarantine policy, noting infringements in the process, Home Quarantine has been reduced to special circumstances only and will now transition to state-based quarantine facilities...
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State of Emergency Curfew announced for Saint Lucia and increase protocols - Feb 3, 2021 - 10:11:07 AM

Following a meeting of the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) and private sector organizations, the Government of Saint Lucia announced that a State of Emergency comes into effect for Saint Lucia as of Wednesday 3rd February 2021.

In a statement delivered on Tuesday evening, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet explained that Saint Lucia is currently experiencing its third wave...
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CDEMA successfully hosted GeoSpatial online training for Participating States - Feb 1, 2021 - 4:05:07 PM

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The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) successfully hosted an online training programme and simulation exercise in geographical information systems (GIS) for disaster risk management (DRM) in the Caribbean region. The training programme was delivered between January 11th and 28th 2021, with the final two days dedicated to a simulation exercise where the participants’ learning was tested in a controlled scenario, under time constrained conditions...
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Saint Lucia: NEMAC/Stakeholders meet to discuss and assess protocols - Jan 29, 2021 - 12:45:04 PM

The National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) and various stakeholders met on Friday 29th January 2021 to discuss Saint Lucia’s National Response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In attendance at the meeting was Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet, Command Centre Chairman Hon. Dominic Fedee, Health and Wellness Minister Hon. Mary Isaac, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George...
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Deodat Maharaj to Lead the Caribbean Export Development Agency - Jan 25, 2021 - 4:24:15 PM

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The Caribbean Export Development Agency (Caribbean Export) is pleased to announce that Mr. Deodat Maharaj has been appointed as its Executive Director effective February 1, 2021.

Mr. Maharaj, a national of Trinidad and Tobago has extensive experience in international trade, working with the private sector, governments, and multi-lateral institutions in a career spanning more than 25 years. He knows the region well...
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The United Kingdom FCDO provides funding for a rotary helicopter to support the monitoring of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines La Soufrière volcano - Jan 12, 2021 - 9:42:25 PM

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The CDEMA Coordinating Unit has received funding from the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (UK FCDO) in the amount of £51,000 through the Memorandum of Understanding on the ‘UK Support for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Response Teams programme’. The funds will cover the cost of a rotary helicopter aircraft, which will be used to support access to sampling of the extrusive materials, air lifting equipment to the flanks of the volcano, surveillance/reconnaissance to analyse changes in the volcano and other relevant support to the monitoring of the volcanic activity.
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Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Statement on the passing of the Honorable Gordon "Butch" Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD - Jan 5, 2021 - 1:25:15 PM

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As we mourn the loss of Caribbean tourism icon the Honorable Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the Stewart family and the thousands of extended family members in the Sandals organization.
 
Our industry will forever be indebted to “Butch” for his continued passion for excellence and legendary Caribbean hospitality...
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Barbadian Energy Official appointed Chairman of the CCREEE Executive Board - Dec 18, 2020 - 3:34:50 PM

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Mrs. Francine Blackman - Permanent Secretary in Barbados’ Ministry of Energy, Small Business and Entrepreneurship - has been elected as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE).

Mrs Blackman takes over from Ambassador Dr Vince Henderson – Dominica’s  Ambassador to the United States and Permanent Representative to the Organisation of American States (OAS)...
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CDEMA launches new Caribbean Risk Information System Platform - Nov 13, 2020 - 10:50:34 AM

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The Caribbean Risk Information System (CRIS) platform was officially launched on November 12, 2020, by CDEMA, to fulfil its mandate of enhanced knowledge management in the Caribbean. The CRIS was designed to serve as the ‘one stop shop’ for hosting a wealth of information, contributing to the evidenced based decision making processes to build disaster resilient states and promote sustainable development in the region...
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Saint Lucia Government and Fishers agree on new COVID-19 protocols - Nov 4, 2020 - 2:05:15 PM

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The Government of Saint Lucia met with representatives of various fishing societies to discuss protocols to manage the COVID-19 pandemic.

Present at the meeting held at the Finance Administrative Centre was Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet, officials of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF)...
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Financial Institutions Sensitised on RE and EE Support Mechanisms - Oct 30, 2020 - 2:14:36 PM

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Financial institutions across the Caribbean Community this week had the opportunity to learn more about project support systems and tools within the renewable energy and energy efficiency space.

Although renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies have seen notable decreases in cost, leading to significantly lower capital needed to invest in new systems, financing renewable energy projects remains a major difficulty in the region...
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St. Lucia Government announces Stricter Protocols to Address COVID-19 Community Spread - Oct 30, 2020 - 1:55:38 PM

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Given the current status of active COVID-19 cases and projections, the Government of Saint Lucia is implementing protocols in order to curb the spread of COVID-19 to be effective today, Friday October 30th 2020 and to remain in effect for the next 30 DAYS.

On the recommendations by the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), the Command Centre and following a consultative session with the National Emergency Management Advisory Committee (NEMAC) and various stakeholders...
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