PIERRE TOLD TO LEAVE SLP TO SAVE POLITICAL CAREER

A former Minister for Agriculture in both the United Workers Party and the St. Lucia Labour Party administrations has responded to claims by Opposition Leader Philip Pierre that he better placed than any of his predecessors to be prime Minister. While Peter Josie agrees with Pierre, he believes that Pierre should consider leaving the SLP if he is to realize his aspirations. According to Peter Josie, there is a negative mindset within the Labour Party that will always keep Philip Pierre from advancing. Having represented Castries East for over two…

COCKSURE PIERRE SAYS HE IS BEST SUITED TO BE PM

Opposition leader Philip Pierre says based on his experience in the political arena; he is in a better position to be prime Minister than any of his predecessors were. Mr. Pierre has been the parliamentary representative for Castries East for the last 22 years and held several ministerial positions in addition to serving as deputy Prime Minister. Mr. Philip Pierre was appointed as a senator in 1992 but it was in 1997 that he entered active politics. He is the longest serving MP and is considered a veteran politician by…

GOVERNMENT SAYS NO (AGAIN) TO INVESTING IN LIAT

Government has reiterated its position that it will not be pumping any money into LIAT as long as the carrier maintains its current structure. This follows an announcement of a major shake up of the carrier’s operations  Reports indicate that majority shareholder Barbados may cut  back on its contributions to the airline. St. Lucia’s Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee   made it clear that the Saint Lucia Government will not drain  the public coffers by investing any money in  LIAT. A major shake up of the carrier’s operations  is expected however. Changes…

VENEZUELA OFFERS AN OLIVE BRANCH (OF SORTS) TO THE U.S.

After giving US diplomats 72 hours to leave Venezuela following US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Juan Guaido as interim President, Venezuela has taken the initiative to mend relations with the United States. This as CARICOM joins efforts to come up with a diplomatic solution to the Venezuelan crisis. In an attempt to patch up its differences with the United States over the recent Political crisis Venezuela has drafted on new proposal signaling the start a new relationship between the two countries. They have given US authorities 30 days to…

REGIONAL COMMENTATOR SAYS DEFEAT OF NO CONFIDENCE MOTION “NO SURPRISE”

Reginal political Commentator Mr Peter Wickham says the failure of last week’s motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Allen Chastanet was expected. The motion was defeated 11 – 6 with every single government MP expressing confidence in their leader. The motion was the second to be rejected in the region in recent times. While the no confidence motions were defeated in St. Lucia and St. Kitts, the Guyana government was toppled by a no confidence motion. According to Mr Peter Wickham, the results out of St. Kitts and St.…

UWP SAYS THIS WEEK’S NO CONFIDENCE DEBATE DOOMED TO FAIL

The United Workers Party has thrown its full support behind the government of Saint Lucia, under the leadership of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. This as the No Confidence motion by the Opposition is scheduled to be debated in the House of Parliament on Tuesday January 29th. The UWP describes the no confidence motion as “another weak attempt by the leader of the opposition and his despots to discredit the value of the work of the government, as it strives to build a more resilient Saint Lucia. The Leader of the…

STAND BY ME

St. Lucia’s Former High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Ernest Hilaire is calling on the Government to stand in solidarity with Venezuela despite the political unrest in that country.. Dr. Hilaire says St. Lucia cannot allow itself to be used as a pawn by other countries. As St. Lucia’s Former High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Ernest Hilaire puts it at some point countries, regardless of their size must stand up for what they believe. He was speaking in the context of the relationship between Venezuela and St. Lucia which…

FULL IMPACS

The Police Welfare Association remains optimistic that 2019 will see the conclusion of the IMPACS case with officers involved in operation restore Confidence finally being exonerated. The investigation into alleged extra judicial killings by the officers led to the US State Department withdrawing all assistance to local police. An investigation into the alleged killings was conducted by CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) The allegations prompted the United Stated to take a policy decision to withdraw training and material assistance to the RSLPF under the Leahy Law which…

WAR OF WORDS

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis is being accused of creating division among members of the Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association. The accusations are being made by the association’s president Peter Isaac, and follow the official launch of the Vendors’ Registration Programme by the Office of the Mayor on Monday. Under the Vendors’ Registration Programme , members will be able to reap a number benefits such like as free access to public comfort stations, certified job letters identifying them as authorized vendors when applying for visas and loans, ID cards, and…

SAFE HAVEN

  Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph confirmed that St. Lucia has one of the most rigorous vetting processes for screening persons who want to invest in St. Lucia. The minister made the comments following the closure of the BLU Hotel and news reports alleging that the head of the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) has multiple criminal convictions, including a five-year jail sentence for hostage-taking, extortion and attempted fraud in 1996. According to the guardian.com, In 2009 the man was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison…