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Good day fellow Saint Lucians. We are facing a challenge that we have never confronted before. It has been described by others as a ‘World War’. As such we are now living in unchartered waters. The Chief Medical Officer Dr. Sharon Belmar-George has indicated that there are two strategies that we can employ in our fight against the Corona Virus, also known as COVID-19: the pre-emptive, hard approach taken by Taiwan, or the reactive soft approach-taken by Italy and Iran.

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Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir on Wednesday sent a stern warning to Saint Lucians in Martinique who may be considering illegal re-entry. On March 21 the Ministry of Health had announced that one day earlier 95 Saint Lucians had arrived in the country from Martinique and had been taken to the Rodney Bay Public Health Facility to begin a 14-day quarantine. Forty Saint Lucians had opted to remain in the sister territory “to avoid being quarantined”. The Department of External Affairs announced via press release that another shuttle service, courtesy Express Des Iles and scheduled for March 22, was cancelled.

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In his over ten years at the Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association, CEO Noorani Azzez says he had never experienced anything that so completely brought the tourism industry to a grinding halt as has COVID-19. In an effort to contain the spread and importation of any new cases, the government announced on Monday the closure of all airports to incoming passengers—the final nail in the sector’s coffin.

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Philip J. Pierre: It pains me when I hear the grief in the prime minister’s heart when he said Saint Lucians refused to listen to what will benefit them. We have to ask ourselves, why? Why is there such mistrust and division in a country of 165,000 people? Why can’t people understand that these measures have been put in place, not because anybody hates them, but for their own health?”

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The current Coronavirus outbreak has generated a wealth of doomsday headlines and, as the world hovers at the precipice of a global recession, Caribbean economies face a dark future. There are bright spots, however, as tough times foster a spirit of regional cooperation, innovation and resilience. Here, STAR Businessweek presents a balanced view of what likely lies ahead for small island nations and how the region can expect to be transformed by the present crisis.

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Norman Mailer, in his book Genius and Lust, about the oeuvre of Henry Miller, referred to New York as “the garbage can of big city bruises.” Earlier Mayor Lindsay had renamed it The Big Apple. Who could’ve conceived of America’s largest city as the epicenter of a horror pandemic without precedent? In recent days U.S. health officials have been recommending self-quarantine for resident New Yorkers as well as others who’ve recently been to the city.

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The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College is mourning the loss of long serving esteemed colleague and lecturer Solomon Kwesi Agyemang. Mr. Agyemang passed away on Saturday March 21, 2020. He began his employment at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in September 1988 as a Politics and History lecturer and became a permanent member of […]

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