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Opposition leader issues foreboding prediction on COVID impact

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Saint Lucia’s Opposition leader has issued a dire prediction on looming catastrophe, if immediate efforts aren’t undertaken to stem the tide of COVID 19 infection cases. Issuing his assessment of the ongoing efforts, the former Prime minister examined similarities, and contrasts between former and present management of the impact of the global COVID 19 pandemic on Saint Lucia. However, one former high ranking government officials has dubbed the criticisms of the Micoud South representative, as an opportunity to mount reflections closer to home.

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BILLIONS IN DEBT BLOCKING GOV’T FROM HANDING OUT END OF YEAR INCENTIVES SAYS DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER

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The St. Kitts and Nevis government plans to dish out up to XCD $35 million in bonuses to its public servants and in Grenada government employees there have been promised an “appreciation payout”. And in time for the holiday shopping season, the Barbados government offered a VAT free shopping day to its citizens. Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Ernest Hilaire is pointing to multimillion dollar borrowing during the former UWP Administration further compounded by the economic downturn caused by the COVID pandemic for restricting the government’s ability to offer end of year incentives.


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PIERRE SHUTS DOWN UWP ALLEGATIONS OF TARGETED PUBLIC SERVICE TERMINATIONS

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The Philip J Pierre Administration has seemingly broken from the post-election practice of parting ways with personnel appointed during the reign of the previous Administration – for now. The Prime Minister stresses his Labour Administration intends to discontinue the practice he says was glorified under the reign of the former Chastanet Administration.

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DID THE EX-PRIME MINISTER ADMIT TO DEPRIVING OPPOSITION MPs THEIR SHARE OF CDP FUNDS?

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Leader of the Opposition Allen Chastanet responded to allegations Opposition Members of Parliament were deprived of state resources during his tenure as Prime Minister. During a December 7 talk show appearance, the ex-Prime Minister first refuted then seemingly acknowledged the then Opposition MPs were not given a share of the Taiwanese sponsored Constituency Development Funds. Meanwhile a new cycle of STEP work is underway and Prime Minister Philip J Pierre assures his Opposition counterparts will provided with the resources to run their constituencies.

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