ACTING PM RECOMMITS TO ADDRESSING BULLYING AT SCHOOLS

Acting Prime Minister  Lenard Montoute has signaled his Government’s commitment to stamping out the practice of bullying at school. This in light of an incident in which the  mother of a bullied student is appealing for an end to the practice. A Video of Candida Thomas’s daughter being attacked by a group of fellow students has been widely circulated online and has also led her to plead with the persons circulating such videos to stop, as they only serve to exacerbate the situation Acting Prime Minister  Lenard Montoute is hoping…

SAINT LUCIA LAUNCHES SUMMER FESTIVAL IN T&T

The St. Lucia Tourism Authority will launch the St. Lucia Summer Festival in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday, May 24th, 2019. So says the Marketing Manager for Caribbean and Events at the Authority, Christopher Gustave. While announcing the launch of the St. Lucia Summer Festival in Trinidad and Tobago on Friday May 24th, the Marketing Manager for Caribbean and Events at the St. Lucia Tourism Authority explained the rationale behind the Caribcation campaign – an initiative started in 2017 with the aim of creating a number of St. Lucian Brand…

ROTARY AND ULTRA MART PROMOTE HEALTHY LIVING

The Rotary Club of St. Lucia and Ultra Mart Supermarket in Corinth successfully hosted a health fair on the supermarket’s grounds on Saturday. The activity was designed to encourage healthy eating and other lifestyle choices among shoppers and residents of the area. A number of experts were available to provide information and to conduct free screenings including glucose, cholesterol and blood pressure tests. The health fair was part of the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia’s revamped “Doctors in Action Programme” which has been inactive for some time. The club partnered…

LOCAL PRINCIPAL CLLS FOR TOUGHER EXAM RULES AFTER TRINI SUDENTS CAUGHT WITH PHONES DURING MATH TEST

The Principal  at the St. Lucia  Seventh Day Academy Jacinta Berthier is concerned about the fallout after students  in Trinidad were caught with cell phones during the recent CSEC math exams. A pe­ti­tion has been circulated call­ing for all stu­dents to be made to re-sit the ex­am. The breach­es of the 2019 Caribbean Secondary Education  Certificate  ex­am­i­na­tion reg­u­la­tions in Trinidad and the petition calling for students to re-sit the exam  has left them  in lim­bo, with many ex­press­ing anger, wor­ry and sad­ness over that pos­si­bil­i­ty. The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (CXC) are…

PROVISION MARKET VENDORS TO BE RELOCATED BY MONDAY

Effective Monday next week, the provision vendors at the Castries Market will be relocated to the old Fire Service Headquarters site on Jeremie Street. The necessary preparations, including the installation of security lockers and washroom facilities are now complete.  On Wednesday May 14th, 21019, the office of the Mayor conducted a site visit with vendors. On Tuesday May 21st, 2019, vendors received a relocation stipend of $500.00 each. Each of the vendors received a relocation stipend of $500.00 to assist with the temporary relocation.  Vendors have also been guaranteed 24…

SAINT LUCIA UNDER PRESSURE TO RETIFY ESCAZU AGREEMENT

Saint Lucia is heeding international calls for the prompt ratification of the Escazú Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters. This treaty enacts binding provisions for States to equip their citizens with information, judicial corrections and spaces for public participation in environmental matters concerning them. While St. Lucia remains a signatory to the agreement, it is yet to be ratified. The Department of Sustainable Development is currently visiting a number of schools and hosting town hall meetings to inform the public about the agreement and…

SAINT LUCIA TOLD TO FOLLOW BARBADOS & EASE VISA RESTRICTIONS

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party spokesman on investment Dr. Ernest Hilaire has reacted to Barbados’s decision to remove visa requirements for 30 countries across multiple regions of the world as a means of promoting the island’s tourism and investment. According to the Castries South MP, the move by Barbados will not have any negative impact on St. Lucia which he says should take similar steps. The move by the Barbadian government was made with globalization in mind, recognizing the need to expand the tourism and trade sectors and to…

FORMER ENVIRONMENT MINISTER SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE NOT BEING TAKEN SERIOUSLY ENOUGH

Former Sustainable Development & Environment Minister Dr.  James  Fletcher says Small Island Developing States are not taking climate change seriously enough. Dr. Fletcher’s comments follow recent calls for the declaration of a climate emergency y several countries. A number of States have declared climate emergencies in light of the catastrophic impact of climate change. Some newspapers and journalists in an attempt to bring home the severity of the situation have moved from using terms like climate change and global heating to climate crisis Former Sustainable Development and Environment Minister Dr. James Fletcher understands…

NEW COMPANY OFFERS RIDES TO MEDICAL APPOINTMENTS

A new company has been established in response to the demand for safe and reliable transportation for people with medical issues and disabilities. The Corinth based business provides a variety of services including transportation for the elderly and physically challenged. This includes taking them to doctor’s appointments, dialysis treatments, physical therapy and dental appointments. Mr Pierre says the idea came about after he realized that a number of people with medical issues and disabilities were unable to make doctors’ and other appointments simply because they did not have access to…

MOTHER APPEALS FOR STOP TO BULLYING AFTER DAUGHTER ATTACKED

The mother of a bullied student is appealing for an end to the practice. Video of Candida Thomas’s daughter being attacked by a group of fellow students has been widely circulated online and has also led her to plead with the persons circulating such videos to stop, as they only serve to exacerbate the situation. Apart from being worried about the psychological impact on her daughter, Thomas is also fearful of the long term physical effects. The matter necessitated the involvement of the police who are waiting on the medical…