SAINT LUCIA UNDER PRESSURE TO RETIFY ESCAZU AGREEMENT

Saint Lucia is heeding international calls for the prompt ratification of the Escazú Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters. This treaty enacts binding provisions for States to equip their citizens with information, judicial corrections and spaces for public participation in environmental matters concerning them. While St. Lucia remains a signatory to the agreement, it is yet to be ratified. The Department of Sustainable Development is currently visiting a number of schools and hosting town hall meetings to inform the public about the agreement and…

AFTER THREE YEARS IN OFFICE GOVERNMENT GETS FAILING GRADE

The Opposition St. Lucia Labour Party has cited the increase in crime and  the state  of the island’s health care system among the  reasons for giving the Government a failing grade after three years in Office. Leader of the Opposition Philip J Pierre says that as elections draw near he expects the Government  to make promises that it cannot fulfill In assessing the Government’s  performance after three years in Office the St. Lucia Labour Party accused the UWP administration  of not creating  policies to address some of the root causes…

Case Management 9-5-19

Senior Communications Officer Nicole Mc Donadl is calling on those initially involved in the Jack Gryngerg deal to come forward with information  that will help the Government fight its case.. The Government of Saint Lucia has been embroiled in litigation with RSM Production Corporation and its Principal   Jack Grynberg over exploration rights to over 8 million acres of St. Lucia’s seabed. The issue dates back to a decision made by former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony to execute an agreement with RSM in 2000. The case has cost the…

FORMER PM EXPLAINS REFUSAL TO SHAKE SUCCESSORS HAND

Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has explained his reasons for not accepting a handshake from Prime Minister Allen Chastanet at the conclusion of this month’s budget debate. The video of the incident was circulated on social media, and got mixed reactions. Opposition members Alva Baptiste and Shawn Edwards while they accepted the gesture by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony refused and walked away. While many criticized Dr. Anthony for refusing the handshake, others supported his response. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet following the incident said…

CSA GNT NEGOTIATIONS HIT A BRICK WALL

Negotiations between the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) and the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association or CSA are at a standstill. The CSA General Secretary Claude Paul is blaming the GNT for its failure to complete negotiations on the 2016 to 2019 Collective Agreement. The CSA wants negotiations to be completed and members are accusing the government of stalling. Members of the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association protested silently through the streets of Castries in March against the stalled negotiations with the government. According to CSA the negotiations should have been…

RAYMOND STEPS DOWN, JN PIERRE STEPS UP..NEW SENATOR SWORN IN

Francisco Jn. Pierre has replaced Dr. Ubaldus Raymond as Senator in the upper House. Mr. Jn. Pierre  contested the Laborie seat on a UWP ticket in 2016. President of the Senate Jeannine Giraudy-McIntyre  confirmed receipt of  Dr.  Raymond’s resignation. The Senator became embroiled in a sex scandal recently-the second in two years. The swearing in ceremony for Mr. Francisco Jn. Pierre took place at Tuesday’s sitting of the senate Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says Dr.  Raymond’s  resignation is in the best interest of all parties involved. He resigned  first as a…

OPPOSITION ADOPTS WAIT AND SEE APPROACH AS NEW MEDICAL AND DENTAL ASSOC. EXEC. PREPARES TO MEET GOVERNMENT

Chairman of the opposition St. Lucia Labour Party Moses Jn. Baptiste says the Party is waiting to see how interactions between the new Executive of the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association and the Government play out. The relationship between the previous Executive and the Prime Minister was a contentious one. The association and the government were often at odds over how the island’s health care crisis should be addressed. Similarities between the association and the opposition in their views on the subject lead to the association members being accused…

METHODIST MINISTER UNDER FIRE FOR COMMENTS

The Superintendent Minister of the Methodist  Church Seth Ampadu has responded to those who have criticized him for what they perceive  to be his deep involvement in politics. The religious Leader who has been very vocal on politics and morals in recent times says politics is dividing the nation and affecting its development. The Outspoken religious leader,  described  as ‘distasteful’ an incident in Parliament Wednesday night in which former Prime Minister, Doctor Kenny Anthony, did not accept a handshake from Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet. The Prime Minister shook hands with…

VIDEO OF FORMER PM SNUBBING HIS SUCCESSOR GOES VIRAL

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he was not surprised that former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony did not accept a handshake from him Wednesday evening following the conclusion of the budget debate. The video clipping which has since gone viral shows Prime Minster Chastanet shaking hands with opposition members Alva Baptiste and Shawn Edwards, when he extended his hand to Dr. Anthony, the former prime minister appeared to ignore the gesture and walked away. Thursday morning, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet described himself as being old school when it comes to…

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR SAYS RAYMOND SEX SCANDAL WON’T HURT UWP RE-ELECTION CHANCES

Political analyst Peter Wickham says Prime Minister Allen Chastanet should not lose sleep over the latest scandal involving Public Service Minister Dr. Ubaldus Raymond. In the latest scandal, it is alleged that Raymond, is the male voice having salacious conversations with a Trinidadian woman. The conversations have been widely circulated on social media Since then, Dr. Raymond has proceeded on leave and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he will remain a minister of government pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations. In 2017 Raymond was the subject of…