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The feathers have moulted, the tons of garbage have been removed from the streets and the Events Company of St. Lucia has already begun promoting the next big thing: Roots & Soul. Saint Lucia Carnival, the country’s biggest “cultural” showcase, ended this week with an extended Carnival Tuesday as fourteen bands crossed the judging stage.
- St. Lucia Star
- 20, July 01:00 pm
Prior to the arrival of President Tsai Ing-Wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in Saint Lucia, local media houses received an invitation to the several “media opportunities” during her stay. The list included a sod-turning ceremony for the St. Jude redevelopment project, the opening of the Gros Islet Human Resource Development Centre, and a visit to the Inland Reception and Distribution Centre.
As the dust swirled and the scorching sun beat down on the sweaty brows of those in attendance, it occurred to me that the coarse environment of the St. Jude highway was an odd stage for all the finely attired players who had made their way to this relatively remote part of Vieux Fort. The long-awaited sod-turning ceremony of the St. Jude reconstruction project, ten years after the tragic fire, was about to commence. The star guest was President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan), fresh off from her visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The IMF recently completed its latest Article IV visit to Grenada. While an IMF IV visit is always important in and of itself, this year’s was particularly significant given the rapid economic growth seen across a number of key industries in the last few years, and what changes may lie ahead. Grenada’s recent strong economic performance is not only a testament to the nation’s economic policy, but also offers a window into where other Caribbean countries may seek to drive new growth. But Grenada’s economy isn’t perfect; just as recent years have seen solid success, a look at the horizon predicts a different landscape unfolding in the future.
Over the weekend I received two reviews of my most recent contribution to this column; one solicited, the other courtesy an overseas-based friend for whom the Saint Lucian postings on Facebook are “scribbled porn,” to be indulged when there’s no one else around. We need not reproduce the latest sample here. Suffice it to say that all its producer gleaned from my pointed references to John Pilger, Tom Wolfe and other journalists whose work continues to inspire my own was that I was “just showing off,” yet again engaging in “self-promotion,” blahblahblah.
A gangland style shooting at Pavee, Castries, between late Friday night and Saturday morning has left one man dead and four others injured, Saint Lucia police have confirmed. The deceased has been identified as twenty-six year old Pavee resident Gino Joseph, alias ‘Coolie’. The four injured males include two teenagers aged 14 and 19, the […]
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- St. Lucia Times
- 20, July 08:48 am
Asserting that the growth in Saint Lucia Carnival is now clearly evident, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said it is evident that his administration’s increased investment in Carnival and the Saint Lucia Summer Festival as whole over the past three years is bearing fruit. Chastanet declared on his official Facebook Page that “once again we […]
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- St. Lucia Times
- 19, July 09:38 pm
CNA:- President Tsai Ing-wen (???) addressed the Parliament of St. Lucia Thursday, touting the mutual benefits of bilateral cooperation and saying there is no concern Taiwanese loans could ever become debt traps. While project loans will come from Taiwanese banks, Tsai said, the work will be contracted out to Saint Lucia’s companies through Taiwan’s Overseas […]
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- St. Lucia Times
- 19, July 08:36 pm