Trump, Trade and the Caribbean

TRADE between the US and other countries of the world, particularly China, was a major plank of Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency. He regarded all the trade deals as inimical to US interests. So, is there reason for Caribbean Community Common Market (CARICOM) countries to worry about their trade relationship with the US under the Trump Presidency?

Image of Dr. Ubaldus Raymond [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

The Minister Should Resign

LAST Thursday, had Mr. Ubaldus Raymond been introduced as the Honourable Dr.Ubaldus Raymond, I’d likely not have batted an eye. The following day we learned of his entanglements with an 18-year old student, her attempts to blackmail him, his refusal to pay the $700 she demanded and the online sharing of what appeared to be (and have yet to be denied by him) photos of him.

Israel and The Caribbean

“IN Jewish history there are no coincidences”, wrote the Jewish writer and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel. So on January 10th this year, when Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness paid a three-day visit to the state of Israel, the timing was certainly no coincidence (realpolitik in the new zeitgeist) – in a year when Israel, through its Agency for International Development Co-operation (MASHAV), has forged numerous partnerships and signed several agreements with Asian and African nations in areas ranging from biological pest control and crop protection, to dairy farming and environmental technology.

Minister Should Take Leave of Absence

POLITICIANS in this country have been extremely successful at letting down the people. Their moral and ethical rectitude leaves a lot to be desired and makes one wonder why they hold public office anyway? Who vetted and approved them and why is it apparent that they are not being held to the highest codes of conduct that befit leaders and statesmen compared to any other part of the world.

Soul of a Nation – Part 3

IN Part 1 of this series, we reminded ourselves of the reasons for rejection of this CIP scheme, and in Part 2 we drew attention to the fact that while the Opposition has demanded that DSH provide “financials” demonstrating proof of the project’s viability, neither the Citizenship by Investment Act 2015 nor the Regulations governing the Act give the CIP Unit the authority to make those demands.

Image: A design of the proposed Pearl of the Caribbean.

Deal of the Century – The Pearl of the Caribbean – 1

FOR a while now it appeared that nothing much in the way of job creation and economic development was happening in Vieux Fort. Worse, with the economic recession that began in 2008 followed by the imposition of VAT, the opposite of what doctors would have ordered, businesses closed down, turning Vieux Fort into a near basket case. The popular song by RasIsley, aptly described the plight of young Vieux Fortians.

Image: A design of the proposed Pearl of the Caribbean.

Consensus And Consultation

THERE are several aspects of governance that this newspaper has repeatedly promoted and encouraged over the years. One is the need for us as a nation to strive for consensus on critical issues especially those of national importance. Another is for consultation between government and people where matters relating to the development of the country are concerned.

Alliance Francaise Joins the Celebration

THE Alliance Française will be part of this year’s Nobel Laureate Festival which is a celebration of Saint Lucia’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir Derek Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis. The Festival, which is organized by the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee under the Chairmanship of the Governor General, Dame PearletteLouisy, is currently in progress and ends on February 4.

St. Lucia Prepares for CARIFESTA

THE work of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) includes providing avenues which nurture, support and develop artistic expression within the cultural and creative sectors of our society. Consequently, CDF is in the preliminary stages of planning for CARIFESTA XIII, a responsibility bestowed upon the organization by Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government.

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Silver Shadow Presents ‘La Luna’

SILVER Shadow Performing Arts Academy in celebration of its 25th Anniversary is contributing to this year’s Nobel Laureate Festival, with an evening of dance. They will present ‘La Luna – Tales by Moonlight’ on February 3 and 4, at the National Cultural Centre. The production will consist of three showings as follows: a matinee show for Primary and Secondary Schools starting at 1:00 p.m. on February 3 and Opening Night at 8:00 p.m. then the Grand Finale on February 4 at 8:00 p.m

VAT Reduction Looms

ST LUCIANS are preparing to capitalise on the promised reduction in the Value Added Tax (VAT), with a government statement Thursday encouraging business owners to ensure that the adjustment takes effect from midnight January 31. Comptroller of the Inland Revenue Department Sophia Henry also urged consumers to remain vigilant and review their VAT invoices and sales receipts when transacting with VAT registered businesses.

Image: The Head Table at Desruisseaux

Gov’t Talks To Public On DSH Project

THE Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with Invest Saint Lucia is continuing its informative and consultative process on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” development by Sesert Star Holding (DSH). On Tuesday the government held a press briefing featuring Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia Pinkley Francis, along with Invest Saint Lucia’s Investment Promotion &Fulfillment Manager Alana Lansiquot-Brice, Legal Counsel/Corporate Secretary SeryozhaCenac, Corporate Communications Officer Dainea Augier-Stevens and Senior Communications Officer for the Government Nicole Mc Donald, where a Fact Sheet on the proposed project was released to the public.

GOV’T, N.G.O JOIN FORCES

PERMANENT Secretary in the Ministry of Social Justice, Donovan Williams has come out in support of the Human Services Department of his Ministry, which has been hammered repeatedly by the almost four year-old non- government organization ‘Raise Your Voice’ for alleged slackness in dealing with issues relating to women and children.