Case Management 9-5-19

Senior Communications Officer Nicole Mc Donadl is calling on those initially involved in the Jack Gryngerg deal to come forward with information  that will help the Government fight its case.. The Government of Saint Lucia has been embroiled in litigation with RSM Production Corporation and its Principal   Jack Grynberg over exploration rights to over 8 million acres of St. Lucia’s seabed. The issue dates back to a decision made by former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony to execute an agreement with RSM in 2000. The case has cost the…

BASS-IC TRAINING

Bassist extraordinaire, composer, arranger, educator, curator and administrator, Christian McBride, hosted the second of a series of Jazz workshops for local musicians and students today. Mc Bride has been one of the most important and most omnipresent figures in the jazz world for 20 years. He is one of the performers at this year’s Jazz festival. ************** On Thursday, the St. Lucia Jazz Music Education Program was facilitated by Jazz giant, Christian Mc Bride, who paid a listening ear to the students of the St. Lucia School of Music. Mineva…

LET’S DO IT AGAIN

A New York couple has won themselves the title of the “most frequent repeat guests” at Sandals Resorts around the Caribbean.  Paula and Edward Baldrian say they have travelled the entire region but have visited St. Lucia 12 consecutive times. ******************** Paula and Edward Baldrian say they keep coming back to the island primarily because of the genuine and warm welcome they receive every single time. Paula Baldrian                                          00 00 26   we have encountered                                                                     00 00 42   very enjoyable Their first visit was to Antigua in 2004. And that…

FAMILY MATTERS

Senior Communications Officer in the Prime Minister’s Office, Nicole Mc Donald sought to clear the air on  a recent statement by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that has drawn a great deal of criticism. The comments about taking steps to reduce the number of underage mothers here has offended some women. Ms. Mc Donald says the Prime Minister’s comments were taken out of context Don Nicholas reports Prime Minister Allen Chastanet lamented the number of underage girls who are impregnated and the number of fathers who fail to accept their responsibilities.…

SCHOOL OF MUSIC

Students who are excited about music are being given opportunities this week to benefit from world renowned Jazz musicians. +++++++++++++ The Saint Lucia Jazz Music Education Programme kicked off Wednesday with Saxophonist Etienne Charles. Over 50 primary, secondary and tertiary students from across the island were in attendance.  The music education component of the Jazz Festival was made possible through the collaboration between Events Company of St. Lucia Inc. (ECSL) the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Students and teachers were delighted to interact with world class…

JAZZ CRUISE

The inaugural Jazz on the Pearl event has been hailed a success by officials of the Events Company of Saint Lucia. The Pearl is just one of many a few new venues for the 2019 edition of Saint Lucia Jazz; in keeping with the organizers and by extension government’s thrust to host this year’s events at smaller more intimate venues. +++++++++++++++ There was concern that changes to the 2017 edition of the Saint Lucia Jazz Festival had hurt the festival. This was largely due to low attendance at the various…

WORLD CLASS

The St. Lucia Bureau of Standards is moving to ensure that more laboratories in St. Lucia receive international accreditation. To this end a three day course  has been organized for laboratory staff Here’s Don Nicholas The three day course  organized by the St. Lucia Bureau of Standards is designed to train  laboratory staff  in quality systems that would put the labs in line  to receive international accreditation. For that to happen laboratories must demonstrate that they are acting in accordance with international standards. This means that the tests conducted there…

BY LAW

The Department of Health is pushing for legislation to make children’s vaccinations mandatory. Already some countries like Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Slovakia and Germany have gone that route. The law, which could come into effect as early as June would make vaccination against measles and other diseases mandatory for all children attending nurseries and schools, as well as adults. +++++++++++++++ The move by the Ministry of Health here is in response to the quadrupling of measles cases this year alone. A cruise ship-Freewind-had to be…

ZERO TOLERANCE

Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has noted an increase in the number of child physical and sexual abuse cases being reported. Dr. Rigobert attributes this increase to a zero tolerance approach by a  team appointed within the Ministry  to tackle this social ill.  She made the comment while addressing School Principals. Don Nicholas reports While addressing a group of school principals Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert said the Ministry is starting to turn the corner in revamping the education  sector. She says the Ministry is also making headway in addressing…

WHAT’S THE LATEST?

Human rights advocate Miss Felica Browne is calling on the Director of Public Prosecutions to update the nation on the status of the IMPACS Investigation. In 2014, the then Prime Minster Dr. Kenny Anthony engaged the CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) to investigate at least a dozen extra-judicial killings allegedly carried out by officers of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force between 2009 and 2011. While a conclusion of the matter has been promised by successive administrations, Dr. Anthony says he is not surprised that the matter…