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‘Pearl of The Caribbean’ – Exclusive Rights Raise Questions

Image: Seryozha Cenac, Legal Counsel for Invest St. Lucia
Seryozha Cenac, Legal Counsel for Invest St. Lucia

ENVIRONMENTAL issues and the government’s unwillingness, to divulge certain information contained in the framework of agreement for the US$2.6 billion investment for Vieux Fort are generating more questions about the project, quicker than government and Invest St. Lucia can answer.

A press conference called by Invest St. Lucia on Monday put some questions to rest but raised others the investment agency declined to answer.

It was clear from that press conference that not all questions St. Lucians may have about the “Pearl of the Caribbean” the name given to the project, will automatically be answered.

Bradley Felix, Investment, Industry and Commerce Minister, said there will be some trade secrets within the framework of agreement signed by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet and Teo Ah King, Chairman of Desert Star Holdings Ltd. that cannot be divulged at this time.

He was responding to a question as to whether any exclusive rights were given to DSH to operate certain facilities within the overall project, such as a casino.

“The world is watching and we have to be prudent as to the information that is put out there. As the whole concept is developed, more information will be given,” Felix said.

The Minister, however, was echoing SeryozhaCenac, Legal Counsel for Invest St. Lucia, the country’s premier investment agency, who had earlier noted that not everything about the multi-billion project can be revealed at this stage.

“We are still governed by the terms and conditions of the agreement and questions about what is contained in the agreement cannot be divulged to the public at this point in time,” Cenac told reporters.

The 700-acre site earmarked for the DSH project has come under intense public scrutiny since it was learned that it comprised the Beausejour farm lands, the abattoir – the meat processing facility that was built by the Government of St. Lucia and the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) for approximately EC$21 million – and the mangrove.

The Minister admitted that at one time discussions had been held with the government and DSH over the abattoir’s relocation.

“The developer is aware that the abattoir is dear to the hearts of Vieux Fortians,” Felix said.

DSH is concerned about pork being processed at the abattoir since part of its development in the area has to do with the equestrian industry. It appears that the pork processing part of the abattoir may be relocated elsewhere, although there has been no official word that this will be so. Negotiations are ongoing in that regard.

“For a development that size, we can appreciate that to gain certain things we may have to lose certain things,” Felix said.

The Minister, however, was certain that the abattoir will remain at its present location but will be restricted in its operations.

Regarding the Beausejour farm lands, the Minister acknowledged that a part of those lands will be taken over by the project. However, in respect tof the mangrove he explained that the whole idea was to see whether the development can co-exist with the mangrove since the mangrove may be under some pressure presently.

“No development will be allowed without a total environmental assessment of how this development will affect the mangrove,” Felix said, adding that he will not agree to any development that destroys anything that relates to the environment.

Micah George is an established name in the journalism landscape in St. Lucia. He started his journalism tutelage under the critical eye of the Star Newspaper Publisher and well known journalist, Rick Wayne, as a freelancer. A few months later he moved to the Voice Newspaper under the guidance of the paper’s recognized editor, Guy Ellis in 1988.

Since then he has remained with the Voice Newspaper, progressing from a cub reporter covering court cases and the police to a senior journalist with a focus on parliamentary issues, government and politics. Read full bio...

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    I love kweyol, because “You’re buying a devil in a bag”, just does NOT have the same meaning as, “SORT KA GEYEN JAB EN SAK”! It’s so pitiful that the Chastanet Crime Family, hated our African culture to the extent of imposing a total ban on Boy Allen, forbidding him from participating in our rich African Culture and Kweyol Language by his Caucasian Irish Catholic Mother. and taught to shun and stay away from the BLACK NATIVES” of St. Lucia, who are hated by this criminal enterprise intensely.

    Now Tarzan, Jane Dubulay, and Boy Allen have embarked on a diabolic scheme to completely annihilate any trace of our unique Cultural identity by selling our island over to a gang of Chinese Mafia who will milk billions of dollars from the citizens of our country in a “NO MONEY DOWN PONZI SCHEME” that the people of St. Lucia must be kept in the dark about, knowing nothing of the Chastanet Crime Family’s implementation of this Drug, Prostitution, and Gambling operation to Destroy our Beautiful Island. The Criminal Allen will begin by destroying the the Southern coastal areas, then complete his diabolical scheme in Soufriere Destroying the Hospital, poisoning the river and the Pitons will soon crumble into the sea.

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    1. REPLY MAN:

      I understand the Caucasian Christian taught you you have NO HISTORY, AND YOUR NAME IS TOBY. DON’T FEEL BAD JUST TEACH WHAT YOU WILL LEARN HERE TO DEREK WALCOTT. TRY STARTING HERE:

      All the world’s languages traced back to single African mother tongue!

      Scientists say they have traced the world’s 6,000 modern languages — from English to Mandarin — back to a single “mother tongue,” an ancestral language spoken in Africa 50,000 to 70,000 years ago.

      New research, published in the journal Science, suggests this single ancient language resulted in human civilization — a Diaspora — as well as advances in art and hunting tool technology, and laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures.

      The research, by Quentin Atkinson from the University of Auckland in New Zealand, also found that speech evolved far earlier than previously thought. And the findings implied, though did not prove, that modern language originated only once, an issue of controversy among linguists, according to the New York Times.

      Before Atkinson came up with the evidence for a single African origin of language, some scientists had argued that language evolved independently in different parts of the world.

      Atkinson found that the first populations migrating from Africa laid the groundwork for all the world’s cultures by taking their single language with them. “It was the catalyst that spurred the human expansion that we all are a product of,” Atkinson said, the Wall Street Journal reported.

      Atkinson traced the number distinct sounds, or phonemes — consonants, vowels and tones — in 504 world languages, finding compelling evidence that they can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors, according to the Daily Mail.

      Atkinson also hypothesized that languages with the most sounds would be the oldest, while those spoken by smaller breakaway groups would utilize fewer sounds as variation and complexity diminished.

      The study found that some of the click-using languages of Africa have more than 100 phonemes, or sounds, whereas Hawaiian, toward the far end of the human migration route out of Africa, has only 13, the Times reported. English has about 45 phonemes.

      The phoneme pattern mirrors the pattern of human genetic diversity as humans spread across the globe from sub-Saharan Africa around 70,000 years ago.

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    You Lucians know nothing of your history, always being kept in the dark about all things except what the Caucasian Christians permits you to learn.

    Here’s some of what happened at Roseau, Cul de Sac, and other areas of your country THAT YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT. I cannot imagine that you are so blissful in this state of profound ignorance. Putting this Chastanet Crime Family with Miss Daisy and all as a role model for your little black Children.

    If this Chastanet Crime Family had any shame at ALL they would not inflict such psychological damage on the minds of our little Black Children knowing that you are a sick and mentally ill folk.

    ASK YOURSELF; DO YOU THINK THE CHASTANET CRIME FAMILY WOULD BE IN A RELIGION WHERE GOD LOOKED LIKE STEPHENSON KING OR RICHARD FREDERICK ? TEACHING THEIR CHILDREN TO KISS HIS FEET, DRINK HIS BLOOD, EAT HIS BODY/BACKSIDE, AND WORSHIP A NAKED STEPHENSON KING NAILED TO A POST.

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  3. Sir Gorgon Cenac/
    One likkle question that SHOULD be divulge-ABLE……
    HOW WILL 700 villas worth of “BANCHEZ CACA” or “Crap” or HUMAN EXCREMENT or as yanks prefer SH*T be handled;
    Will it join the Vfort municipal DUMPED as RAW SEWAGE into our Coastal waters?
    With any any legal training I would challenge just this likkle bit of environmental concern , as a class action humanitarian suit bordering on GENOCIDE- all the way to the frigging world court in the HAGUE. Yeah, the same court that crucified the BOSNIAN genocidal maniacs
    You likkle 3rd world nazis are not immune from the wrath of the FREE WORLD!

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      DOCTOR DASSAULT MIRAGE:

      Please give your most urgent attention to this EBOLA epidemic that has been detected in the residents of La Resouse Vieux Fort, causing numerous fatalities, and COUNTLESS BILLIONS of dollars in wealth to the general population of this 238 mile squared island.

      I have attempted to contact the W.H.O. at the U.N. in your area but so far was met with a deafening Silence. Your proximity to the U.N.’s location may prove extremely valuable in arresting this CALAMITY brought upon the people of this Nation by The CHASTANET CRIME FAMILY and CHINESE MAFIA.

      Please give this matter your prompt attention, and may Allah continue to bless you and your family.

      your brother,

      Son Of Adam,

      SON-OF-MAN-SORT-PWEE

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    The Caucasian Christian with their Satanic Idols of naked Caucasians and fake Scriptures of the incestuous homosexual King James, have damaged your cognitive functions to the point where I am beginning to think that this deadly poisons injected into your minds by the Demonic doctrine of God/Allah was born on Christmas Day, to kill himself to pay Lucifer with his precious blood, so Lucifer would set you free, so you all could go to Hell without any help from Satan, has caused fatal injury from which you are already deceased.

    You were admonished much too often by our Resident DOCTOR AL-AMEEN and DOCTOR OF PSYCHIATRY DASSAULT MIRAGE, but warnings were of no avail to your comatose condition.

    The CHASTANET CRIME FAMILY, headed by TARZAN, JANE DUBULAY, AND BOY ALLEN, with their LITTLE BLACK BOLOMS AND LAJAHBLES have now entered into a SECRET AGREEMENT with the CHINESE MAFIA that people of this Country will be told nothing of significance about how the island of St. Lucia will be ground to dust by the CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE KNOWN AS CHASTANET CRIME FAMILY.

    THE CITIZENS OF ST. LUCIA MUST BE KEPT IN TOTAL DARKNESS ABOUT THIS CRIME OF RAPE BEING PERPETRATED AGAINST VIRGIN HELLEN NOW BEING PROSTITUTED TO CHINA MEN WITH LITTLE PENISES.

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    As the “MASTER DEVELOPER” I CAN determine the Pecuniary value required to be a partner of this PEARL OF THE CARIBBEAN Ponzi Scheme.

    TEO AH KHING, son-of-man-sort-pwee has TEN MILION DOLLARS and wish to invest in PWELL OF THE CARIBBEAN Ponzi scheme by purchasing a Lucian Passport???? Sorry SOM, the minimum amount required is 300, 000, 000.00 DOLLARS, and we have a total of 150 investors with investments amounts totaling some 5, 000, 000, 000, 000.00, but our goal is 200 investors which we are encountering tremendous difficulties recruiting, and seem headed for certain failure.

    DO’T WORRY SON-OF-MAN the JACKASS ALLEN CHASTANET will give us TEN TIMES WHATEVER MONIES WE SAY WE SPENT, AND PAY FOR ALL THE LAND WE NEVER BOUGHT, oh there’s so, so, so, much more in this PONZI SCHEME, that this Pinocchio JACKASS WILL PAY ON PLEASURE ISLAND. THE CHASTANET CRIME FAMILY WILL LOOK LIKE TEE-A-B-C FRESHMEN PLAYING IN THE BIG LEAGUES OF CRIMINAL MAFIA, DRUGS, GAMBLING, PROSTITUTION, AND KAKA CHUVAL.

    Take a look at what we had this JACKASS SIGN – YO PWEE EN COOCOON MAMA YO ! WHAT WE CALL BREECH BIRTH IN HIS LANGUAGE. PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE LANGUAGE WE MADE THIS LITTLE LEAGUER SIGN.

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