DOMINCIANS SHOP TIL THEY DROP

Over 400 Dominican nationals arrived at Port Castries on Monday morning via Val-Ferry Services on a one day shopping spree, an initiative of the Mayor of Castries. The idea is to make Castries the shopping Mecca of the Caribbean. As more than 400 Dominican nationals made their way through the Ferry Terminal, officials of the Mayor’s Office were on hand to direct the visitors to the shopping areas in downtown Castries. The initiative came about when discussions were held between the Mayors of Vieux Fort and Castries as well as…

SDA CHILDREN’S MINISTRY LEADERS GRADUATE

Over a hundred persons completed a Children’s Ministries Leadership certification Training Programme hosted by the local Seventh Day Adventist Church recently. On Sunday the church held what is being called an historic graduation at the Dennery SDA Church, for the participants in that programme. Sunday’s graduation is being called historic because it was for one of the largest cohorts to complete the programme from the Caribbean Union of the SDA Church which stretches from St. Maarten in the North to Suriname and Guyana in the South. One hundred and ten…

PM COMMITS PART OF AIRPORT TAX TO REGIONAL SECURITY

St. Lucia has committed part of its airport tax to building a stronger regional security force. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the commitment at  a just concluded CARICOM security meeting in Trinidad. The tax which is added to outbound airfares rather than paid locally, is was supposed to support improvements to airport infrastructure and assist in developing the tourism sector. Along with the free movement of person goods and services across CARICOM comes the need for a better data base  on travelers. This will call for more stringent security measures…

POLICE HAVE A PLAN TO TACKLE GUN PLAY IN MARCHAND

A recent spike in gun and gang violence within the Marchland community has law enforcement concerned.  Law men say measures have been put in place to address the situation. Recent gun violence in the area has left one man dead and at least three others nursing gunshot injuries. Area businesses have also expressed concern for their safety and that of their customers. The Royal St. Lucia Police Force has devised a strategic plan to combat the recent spike in gun crimes especially in the community of Marchand. Recent shootings have…

JAZZ EVENTS GET THUMBS UP FROM MINISTER

Culture and Creative industries Minister Fortuna Belrose is happy with the turn out for the weekend jazz events. She was particularly impressed with the performance of the Marchand youth orchestra which is made up of  members as young as six years old. Anse La Raye Choiseul and Laborie communities all received good reviews by Culture and Creative Industries Minister Fortuna Belrose. One of the most outstanding features for her was the performance by the Marchand Youth Orchestra at the Anse La Raye jazz event on Friday. The Minister was also…

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…