A Positive Sign

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EVEN in the worst times, some of the best lessons in life must not find us missing them. Quite often whenever constructive criticism is given, one gets the impression that such criticism must be based solely on highlighting the negative. Sadly, the positives often go unnoticed — or worse – unrecognized…

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Gov’t Exploring BOSL Options – Raymond

Image: Bank of St. Lucia Bridge Street PHOTO: Stan Bishop

THE St. Lucia government says it is exploring its options as it seeks to help the Bank of St. Lucia (BOSL) deal with an estimated EC$300 million in accumulated bad loans. But Opposition Leader Phillip J. Pierre is urging the government to be careful in its statements about the financial institution, which he said in the past had recorded healthy profits.

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Rain Mars Barbados’ 50th. Party

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 30, CMC – Barbados is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its political independence from Britain despite the inclement weather that has forced the postponement or cancellation of some of the activities to mark the occasion. Britain’s Prince Harry, who arrived here on Tuesday, is the highest profile guest for the celebrations that includes the “Reveal of the 50th Anniversary of Independence National Monument “at the famous Garrison Savannah later on Wednesday night.

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Royal Scholarships

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Nov 30, CMC – At least nine Caribbean nationals working in the hospitality sector will have an opportunity to experience working in Buckingham Palace next year under a new initiative announced by Britain’s Prince Harry, who is now winding up a 15-day visit to the Caribbean.

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OECS Nationals End Chile Study Tour

Image: The OECS nationals who went on the tour.

A 13-MEMBER delegation from the Organissation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has ended a study tour to Chile as part of the Multi-Dimensional Approaches to Poverty Eradication initiative. The delegation was hosted by Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, through the Agency for International Cooperation and Development (AGCID) and the Ministry of Social Development through the Solidarity and Social Investment Fund (FOSIS).

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‘Open House’ Ends Business Month

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THE month of November was a vibrant one for the local business sector as a number of activities were held as part of Business Month. The initiative was organized by The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs in conjunction with the Trade and Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) and a number of other sponsors.

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Castro’s Ashes Taken on Final Tour

Image: Cubans line streets as Castro’s ashes begin journey across country

HAVANA (AFP) – The ashes of Fidel Castro began a four-day journey across Cuba Wednesday to his final resting place, retracing the late communist leader’s revolution victory tour of 1959. The “caravan of freedom” will leave from Havana, making symbolic stops along the 950-kilometer (590-mile) trek that will end in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba over the weekend.

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500 AIDS Cases Here – U.N. Report

ST LUCIA today observes World AIDS Day with the startling news that it now has the second highest number of persons stricken with the disease in the Eastern Caribbean. The grim statistic is contained in the annual UN Aids Caribbean Summary of the AIDS epidemic I for last year which has just been published. It indicates that there are 500 persons in St Lucia living with AIDS a figure that is topped only by St Vincent and the Grenadines with some 800.

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‘Strut for a Cause’ Goes Mental

Image: Some of the models who took part in the show

ISSUES of mental illness don’t usually take center stage, unless, some traumatic/tragic incident befalls a mentally-ill person. The seemingly apathy in the society towards individuals and institutions providing care to the mentally-ill is also widespread. But on Saturday, November 26, staff of the St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre, the Police Force, alongside professional models strutted elegantly down the catwalk at Sandals Grande in a fundraising effort towards the cause of mental illness.

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CCC, Vendors Lock Horns Over Meeting With Arcade Occupiers

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THE Castries Constituency Council (CCC) has downplayed claims of tension between itself and the Vendors Association headed by Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac. At the heart of the matter is a letter from the Association to the Council that Isaac claimed the CCC ignored. This, Isaac asserted, was a snub and showed a level of disrespect.

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