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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I armed myself with sunscreen and a cap against the midday sun. National Junior Carnival, better known as Kiddies Carnival, was set to start at 12:30pm from Derek Walcott Square. I followed a woman holding a child who had on a fluffy pink tutu sprinkled with roses, as she walked to join hundreds of other costumed children under the shelter of a massive tent in the square.

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Whether advocating for humanitarian issues, providing support to the marginalised, holding governments to account or preserving the natural environment, Caribbean civil society groups play a vital role in the region. But they are also facing serious constraints which limit their impact.

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Late June saw the Sixth Caribbean Water Operators’ Conference hosted at Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay. Billed as “the only conference of its kind that targets water and sewerage operations in the Caribbean Region”, the Conference is an important vehicle for local engineers, analysts, water and wastewater operators, and other water professionals to engage and inspire new action in the field of water security.

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Sandals Grande St. Lucian welcomed the grandest sprinter of all time, Jamaican Usain Bolt, along with former West Indies Captains Daren Sammy and Dwayne Bravo at a special function on Thursday morning at the resort. In attendance were groups of athletes associated with several sports including golf, cricket, football, swimming and, of course, track and field.

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