St. Lucia Awaits 31st. ARC Vessels

Image: Flotilla participants heading to IGY Marina. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

THE 31st Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail this past Sunday from Las Palmas de Gran Canariaen route to Island Global Yachting (IGY) Rodney Bay Marina. Close to 30 seaworthy crafts simultaneously set sail from the Castries Harbour at 12:00 noon as part of the 11th annual Flotilla.Organized by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, the Flotilla is a symbolic event commemorating the official start of the ARC.

Oh Yes, Mr. Peters

Commission members John Peters, Gordon Charles and BrianLouisy.

Dear John: In your column of November 19 you accuse me of journalistic mischief, indicating that I had suggested that you possessed insider information on the recent CDB Report. That implication however came from your article of October 1 in which you state “In fact my understanding is that the report went even further to advise that the analysis is showing that a reduction in VAT has a minimal multiplier effect, and thus will not improve the revenue of Government.”

Where The Sun Rises and Shines

WHY does the sun rise in the east and set in the west? Perhaps, it’s because the global economy spins towards the east. Already we know that the Sun, the Moon, the planets and the stars all rise in the east and set in the west. As major economies have long tied their economic fortunes to the east, many more – especially emerging markets – are increasingly turning east where the sun rises, giving their backs to the west.

Being Left Behind

Commission members John Peters, Gordon Charles and BrianLouisy.

IN the 1950’s when St Lucia took the decision to move away from sugar and go into bananas, it was a strategic move that brought great fortune to our country. We became leaders in the OECS in the banana trade, and at one point we were producing over 127,000 tons for export. However in the early 1990’s the banana train derailed and we have been in economic turmoil since.

Ministry Working To Cut V.H. Waiting Time

Image: Activity at Victoria Hospital

THE Ministry of Health is working to cut the waiting time of people who turn up at Victoria Hospital for medical attention. The Ministry said that for a very long time, the complaints about the excessive waiting time at Victoria Hospital has been a matter of concern. Officials of the Ministry of Health and the Management of Victoria Hospital have sought to allay the public’s fears about such delays

Le Sport Bartender Wins Chairman’s Challenge

THE 2016 Chairman’s Reserve Cocktail Challenge Bartenders’ Competition was held at The Royal St Lucia Resort &Spa last Saturday. This exciting cocktail Challenge is an annual “Drinks Mixology” competition organized by Barbay Limited and fully endorsed by the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association. With a hiatus last year, the participants for this year’s competition were very excited.