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St. Lucia Prime Minister to meet with US President - Mar 20, 2019 - 7:30:36 AM

Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet will travel to Florida for a meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump, on March 22, 2019. 

The Prime Minister welcomes the opportunity for dialogue on deepening the relationship between the Caribbean and the United States.  Specific areas of the Prime Minister’s focus will be security, energy...
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LASCO feeds $2M to Netball Jamaica’s Major and Minor League Competition - Mar 19, 2019 - 8:30:21 AM

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The road to glory just got a little easier for Jamaica’s Sunshine Girl hopefuls, following LASCO’s announcement of its $2 million co-title sponsorship of the 2019 Major and Minor League Netball Competition at the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) offices on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. The sponsorship stems from their $28 million partnership with the JOA in October 2018.
 
“We are proud to be associated with this series which seeks to nurture our future Sunshine Girls through our flagship iCool Water brand along with iDrade isotonic beverage and Curves feminine napkins,” said Omar Palmer, consumer division marketing manager at LASCO Distributors...
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UWP on Unions Actions - Mar 15, 2019 - 2:10:11 PM

The UWP United Workers Party wishes to express its deep concerns about the unfounded actions taken by the CSA and teachers’ unions during the past few days.

It is clear that negotiations between these with these parties have progressed in a spirit of good faith in an effort to resolve the triennium term ending on March 31, 2019...
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Biotechnologist from Saint Lucia wins Commonwealth Youth Award - Mar 13, 2019 - 3:42:47 PM

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Johanan Dujon from Saint Lucia has developed a process to transform sargassum seaweed to a high-quality fertiliser which he now exports to other small states.

Johanan is among four exceptional young people from India, Nigeria, the Solomon Islands and Saint Lucia have won prizes at the 2019 Commonwealth Youth Awards in recognition of their efforts to end hunger, sexual violence, sanitation issues and climate change...
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St. Martin “travails” from Irma in Hurricane Protocol; Lasana Sekou’s new poetry book published - Feb 27, 2019 - 2:51:27 PM

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Hurricane “travails experienced by the St. Martin community” is how poems in Lasana Sekou’s new book, Hurricane Protocol, are described in the Italian literary journal Il Tolomeo.

The island’s people will be the first audience to see and hear these poems in one setting at the book party on Thursday, February 28, 2019, at 7:30 pm, at the Chamber of Commerce Building in Spring Concordia, Marigot...
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St. Lucia's Prime Minister 40th Independence Anniversary Address - Feb 22, 2019 - 12:06:46 PM

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Today is a day of celebration. It is also a day for earnest reflection.

Those of us old enough to remember when we attained Independence in 1979, will also know the occasion was not without its challenges.

On this day we can all look back with pride, keeping in mind our Founding Fathers who dared to dream of an Independent Saint Lucia...
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Appointment of CEO, CIU Saint Lucia as Chairman, CIPA - Feb 20, 2019 - 10:00:32 AM

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Nestor Alfred, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Saint Lucia’s CIP has been appointed as the incoming Chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Programmes Association (CIPA). Nestor replaces Les Khan, who is the CEO of Saint Kitts & Nevis Citizenship by Investment Programme.

CIPA is a regional body made up of the CIU-heads of the Caribbean’s five (5) citizenship by investment programs namely; Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Kitts & Nevis and Saint Lucia as a means to forge closer cooperation and coordination...
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28th annual International Book Fair of Havana, Cuba - Feb 17, 2019 - 3:25:26 PM

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St. Martin’s Lasana M. Sekou was among 57 authors, editors, scholars, translators, and publishers from around the world invited to the 28th annual International Book Fair of Havana, Cuba, February 7-19, 2019. While in Cuba, Sekou was a panelist on “Literary creation, Editorial management, and Cultural policies in Latin America,” according to Iyaimi Palomares, director of the Cuban publisher Arte y Literatura. Topics addressed by the speakers included the interruption of literary production during Uruguay’s last civil-military regime; use of digital technologies for added publishing opportunities in Cuba; and publishing multilingual books in St. Martin to reach wider audiences in the region and beyond...
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Caribbean Tourism on the Upswing - Feb 13, 2019 - 12:42:57 PM

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The Caribbean tourism sector is projected to record strong growth in 2019 on the heels of a stronger-than-expected performance last year.

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO), the authority on regional tourism statistics and performance, is forecasting six to seven percent growth this year, continuing an upward trend which began last September.
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CTO says Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre will help region recover and thrive from disasters - Feb 4, 2019 - 11:57:36 AM

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has reiterated its strong support for the Global Tourism Resilience and Crisis Management Centre which was officially launched in Jamaica last week.

In a brief message endorsing the project led by Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Edmund Bartlett, the CTO Chairman Dominic Fedee stressed the challenges the Caribbean region faces in recovering from natural disasters and the lasting effects of such adversities...
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UWP calls for immediate removal of the leader of the opposition - Feb 1, 2019 - 5:26:14 AM

SAINT LUCIA -- In a release today, the United Workers Party remained convinced that the leader of the opposition, Honourable Philip J. Pierre, is unfit to serve under any leadership position as it concerns the citizens of Saint Lucia and calls for his immediate removal.

After witnessing the debate on a motion of no confidence presented by the Labour Party against the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen M. Chastanet...
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Interval International Gives Back to Caribbean - Jan 31, 2019 - 4:41:19 PM

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Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services, and participating resort partners donated $15,000 to the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) during the annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace conference held this week in Jamaica.

"The foundation is truly grateful for the tremendous support that we have received from Interval and its resort partners, who have played an integral role in funding higher education for Caribbean nationals for nearly 15 years," said Karolin Troubetzkoy, CHTAEF chairman...
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20 schools to benefit from the Eat Well with JP St. Mary’s Breakfast Programme - Jan 31, 2019 - 10:14:22 AM

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Jamaica Producers (JP) has stepped up its island-wide effort to provide nutritious and affordable options for schools and enhancing nutrition education based on green bananas with the launch of its Eat Well with JP St. Mary’s Breakfast Programme. The launch held on Thursday, January 24, 2019 Pembroke Hall Primary saw over 230 students from grade 4 and 5 enjoy a hearty breakfast courtesy of the Eat well with JP St. Mary’s initiative.

“This is the first in the series of the Eat Well the JP St. Mary’s Breakfast programme. And what it really is, is a support initiative for the JP St. Mary’s Heritage Project,” noted Tara Goulbourne, Commercial Manager – Jamaica, JP Tropical Foods Ltd...
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Sunil Chatrani named 2019 Hotelier Of The Year - Jan 31, 2019 - 8:30:02 AM

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Sunil Chatrani, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of Elegant Hotels Group, is the Caribbean's 2019 Hotelier of the Year.

The Guyanese-born, Barbados-based hotelier received the top honor at the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association's (CHTA) 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, which opened in Montego Bay yesterday evening.

Chatrani has worked in hotel operations for more than 20 years and currently presides over Elegant's operations of seven hotels and resorts in Barbados...
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St. Martin’s HNP wins American Graphic Design Award with Plastered in Pretty - Jan 30, 2019 - 7:00:22 PM

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HNP has won the American Graphic Design Award for Plastered in Pretty by N.C. Marks, according to Gordon Kaye, editor and publisher at Graphic Design USA (GDUSA).

Carole Maugé-Lewis designed the winning book cover for the new dystopian novel by Marks, an author from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The New York City-based GDUSA presented its award to Maugé-Lewis for House of Nehesi Publishers (HNP), said Jacqueline Sample, president of the St. Martin indie press...
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CHTA President hails Caribbean diversity, beauty and strength of its people - Jan 30, 2019 - 5:30:06 PM

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President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Patricia Affonso-Dass hailed the diversity of the region, its incredible natural beauty and people as core strengths as she called for the Caribbean to be better known as the most welcoming region in the world.

Kicking off the 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean's largest tourism marketing event, in Montego Bay, Jamaica yesterday evening, the Barbados-based hotelier said it was time to change the way the world references the region, "from the most tourism-dependent in the world to the world's most desirable...
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Overwhelming support as MPs show confidence in PM Allen Chastanet - Jan 30, 2019 - 1:30:24 PM

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The House of Assembly spoke loud and clear from Tuesday through the wee hours of Wednesday January 30th 2019 when Government MPs strongly reiterated their unequivocal support for, and confidence in, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet. The failure of the Opposition’s Motion comes just two years after the St. Lucia Labour Party was voted out of office in favour of the United Workers Party on June 06th 2016...
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Commonwealth joins global pact to help hurricane devastated countries - Jan 30, 2019 - 10:44:30 AM

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More than 500 representatives from governments, non-profits and global conglomerates joined forces to accelerate resilience building in Caribbean countries still recovering from hurricane devastation.

 International organisations and businesses, including Expedia, IBM, InterEnergy, First Bank and Pfizer met in San Juan Puerto Rico at a mega networking session on post-disaster recovery, hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative...
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Salada Foods Jamaica retains high marks in Safe Quality Food re-certification - Jan 30, 2019 - 10:24:58 AM

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Salada Foods Jamaica has successfully earned a rating of 96 per cent in Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 Certification, a globally recognised food safety initiative.

This re-certification will position the company as a contract manufacturer of choice for coffee products and instant powders/ teas in the Caribbean and North America, as it confers a high level of recognition, credibility and competitiveness.

“We provide a turn-key solution that allows our customers to locally manufacture and package their brand offerings according to their unique formulations...
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Chairman Julian Wilkins to Pass the Torch at CANTO’s 35th AGM - Jan 29, 2019 - 8:00:56 AM

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Julian Wilkins, will step down as Chairman of the Board of CANTO having served the statutory two terms.  The Chairman made the announcement at the Opening Ceremony of the Association’s 35th AGM & Mini Expo held in Guyana. The annual event co-hosted by GTT invited well over 200 delegates in the ICT sector to discuss the theme “Transitioning to a Digital Economy: Opportunities and Challenges”.

At the Opening Ceremony, Mr. Wilkins stated that “there can be no doubt that my role as Chairman of CANTO has been a most time consuming one. Fortunately, Digicel has always fully supported me and ensured that I have adequate time to perform my various duties as Chairman...
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