PM SAYS MEDIA GOT IT WRONG. RAYMOND STILL A GOV. MINISTER

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond remains a minister of his cabinet pending the outcome of an investigation. Earlier this week Prime Minister Chastanet dismissed media reports that Dr. Raymond had resigned as Public Service Minister and a government Senator. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet stands by his decision to have Dr. Ubaldus Raymond remain a government minister and senator pending the outcome of an investigation into the latest scandal involving the minster. Raymond is thought to be the male in telephone conversations with a woman being circulated…

LA BOURNE RESIDENTS WANT ROAD FIXED NOW!

Residents of La Bourne, Monchy are appealing to the Ministry of Infrastructure to do something about worsening road conditions in the community as a matter of urgency. Residents say they have suffered under successive administrations and have singled out their Parliamentary Representative for failing to ensure the repairs are done. La Bourne residents say they are fed up with the road conditions which are a nightmare on the best of days. When it rains however, they say they are severely inconvenienced. Raymond Isaac says he has had to change vehicles…

BISHOP ON RAYMOND SCANDAL “LEADERS SHOULD SET EXAMPLE!”

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Saint Lucia, Archbishop Robert Rivas, says that every leader must be held to a very high standard. The religious leader spoke in light of the recent scandal surrounding Public Service Minister Dr. Ubaldus Raymond. The Roman Catholic Church leader says there are certain values and standards by which leadership functions. Transparency and accountability Archbishop Robert Rivas says are very important standards and values that every leader must uphold. The statements of the religious leader follow the latest scandal surrounding Senator Ubaldus Raymond,…

CASE MADE FOR MORE INVESTMENT IN YOUTH IN BUDGET

Gros Islet MP and Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment Minister Lenard Montoute believes that a massive 1.7 million dollar increase In this year’s  budget allocation for youth empowerment programs should put a major dent in youth crime. Last year the allocation was only 376 thousand dollars. Last year the budget allocation for programs that targeted the impoverished was over $ 758,000. Of that amount only $158,000 was spent. The unutilized funds  will be transferred to this year’s budget for the same purpose. Last year the home care for the elderly…

LIBRARIES FIGHT TO REMAIN RELEVANT

The National Association of Libraries and Information Professionals held a symposium on Thursday which focused on 10 highlights and 10 opportunities from the international Federation of library associations Global Vision summery report. The activity took place at the Central Library. The President of the National Association of Libraries and information Professionals Daisy St Rose says the input of the local members in the Global Association is key to the formulation of united responses to the ever increasing challenges that libraries face the world over. Getting school libraries enhanced has been…

OPPOSITION SUPPORTS NEW PAROLE PLAN

Parliamentary Representative for Castries South Dr. Ernest Hilaire has applauded the Government for moving to implement a new parole system that would allow qualifying inmates early release andreintegration into society. However Dr. Hilaire believes there must be support services in place for that to happen. During his throne speech  Governor General Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac made reference to legislation to facilitate a new parole system that would make provisions for    inmates who qualify to be released early. The move is one way of addressing overcrowding   Castries South MP Dr.…

PM URGES CAUTION IN LIGHT OF CONFIRMED SWINE FLU DEATH

St. Lucia has recorded its first case of the H1N1 virus or swine flu. The Department of Health and Wellness confirmed it was the cause of one of several recent deaths. This has prompted Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to appeal to the public not to take flu like symptoms lightly but to seek medical assistance immediately. The Prime Minister has also been commenting on the move by Trinidad and Tobago to impose stiffer penalties on firearm offenses and the likely impact of the Brexit on St. Lucia. The Department of…

BREAK-IN PROMPTS CALLS FOR TOUGHER SECURITY AT GOV. BUILDINGS

Labour Minister Stephenson King says all government offices should be heavily secured and has called for a review of security protocols at those buildings. The minister’s comments come days after the Labour Department at Barnard Hill was broken into. According to Mr. King, the break in appeared to be an attack on an employee of the Labour Department. While he said there were a few personal items missing, minister King says the matter is in the hands of the police. Reports are that a number of important documents including passports…