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Statistics from 2017 estimate that some 4.4. million immigrants from the Caribbean currently reside in the United States, accounting for around 10% of the total immigrant numbers. Although most immigrants eventually go through the regular processes of naturalisation, for varying reasons not all feel able to do so.

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There are few things the two main political parties agree on. By now it’s common knowledge they do not see eye to eye on the immediate future of St. Jude reconstruction. The UWP views the situation as a dumpster fire fanned by the ineptitude and inaction of the previous administration. The SLP insists on turning out the light on the fact that it did not deliver on its repeated promise of “a state of the art hospital before the end of 2015”— while admonishing the current administration for not completing what was left undone in 2016. Both sides accuse the other of gross incompetence and self-interest bordering on corruption.

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Saint Lucia’s Cannabis Commission on Tuesday hosted the first of six public consultation meetings at the Castries City Hall. Formed in August, the commission is tasked with submitting by the end of the year a report to the government that will provide advice on a legislative and regulatory framework for cannabis. If the number of attendees at Tuesday’s event was any barometer, then it was on a discouraging note that the public consultation kicked off. Only about 20 individuals cared enough to show up.

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A relocation of the Magistrates Court on Coral Street is currently not on the table. That was the word from Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Tuesday, as he made his way to the day’s House of Assembly sitting. On Monday, parents and teachers from Ave Maria Girls’ Infant School in Castries called for the urgent […]

The post PM: Relocation of Magistrates Court Not the Answer to Bomb Scares! appeared first on The St. Lucia STAR.

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Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit has discovered the secret sale of diplomatic passports has helped keep some Caribbean politicians in power.” So went Al Jazeera’s tease to its near hour-long documentary that has sent shockwaves throughout Saint Lucia. Upon hearing it, the name Walid Juffali immediately came to mind. But when on Monday night the full documentary aired, it was clear that the main focus would be on Dominica’s diplomatic dalliances with shady foreign characters. Nevertheless, not to be missed was that at the heart of this diplomatic scandal was Saint Lucia’s diplomatic relationship with a Saudi multi-billionaire almost four years ago.

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A recent push to develop the Caribbean’s creative industries has seen musicians, artists and film-makers become the face of economic diversification in the region. But there’s one important creative sub-sector that risks being sidelined in the drive to embrace the arts – fashion.

The post Made in the Caribbean: What will it take to revive the region’s struggling fashion industry? appeared first on The St. Lucia STAR.

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In a hardly surprising online response to a recent article in the STAR that was my personal reaction to a piece by the faceless Stephen Lester Prescott, Anthony Astaphan (as famous here as in his native Dominica and requires no further introduction!) would have Red Zoners believe: “Following the answer and question session the [Ramsahoye] Commission adjourned. They made no adverse finding or misconduct or otherwise against Dr. Anthony.” He then suggested I’ve been making related “insidious insinuations or allegations against Dr. Anthony.” Moi? I prefer to let readers decide for themselves which of us is to be trusted; me or the Penguin doppelganger!

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