STAND BY ME

St. Lucia’s Former High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Ernest Hilaire is calling on the Government to stand in solidarity with Venezuela despite the political unrest in that country.. Dr. Hilaire says St. Lucia cannot allow itself to be used as a pawn by other countries. As St. Lucia’s Former High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Ernest Hilaire puts it at some point countries, regardless of their size must stand up for what they believe. He was speaking in the context of the relationship between Venezuela and St. Lucia which…

TEETHING PROBLEMS

Two of Sandals Returning guests continue their school dental program. Thursday it was the Mon Du Don Primary School’s turn as this year’s program seeks to target 400 children. Neil and Sheila Stephen continued their mission of educating students about the importance of dental hygiene when they visited the Mon Du Don Primary School Thursday. The children were sensitized to the dangers of consuming too many sugary drinks and learned how to practice good oral hygiene throughout the course of the school day even without a tooth brush The couple…

FULL IMPACS

The Police Welfare Association remains optimistic that 2019 will see the conclusion of the IMPACS case with officers involved in operation restore Confidence finally being exonerated. The investigation into alleged extra judicial killings by the officers led to the US State Department withdrawing all assistance to local police. An investigation into the alleged killings was conducted by CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) The allegations prompted the United Stated to take a policy decision to withdraw training and material assistance to the RSLPF under the Leahy Law which…

NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER

NO RETREAT NO SURRENDER One woman has launched a campaign to promote exercise and healthy eating after surviving a stroke. She says simple lifestyle changes can help save the public hefty medical bills in the long run. Never give up never give in. This is the message that Claudia Herrance from Jacmel is sending to her fellow St. Lucians. 3 years ago she served as an instructor of a fitness group when she suffered a massive stroke. But she did not give up. When the time for the annual pine…

WAR OF WORDS

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis is being accused of creating division among members of the Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association. The accusations are being made by the association’s president Peter Isaac, and follow the official launch of the Vendors’ Registration Programme by the Office of the Mayor on Monday. Under the Vendors’ Registration Programme , members will be able to reap a number benefits such like as free access to public comfort stations, certified job letters identifying them as authorized vendors when applying for visas and loans, ID cards, and…

WEEKLY REPORT

The third day into a new week and the island’s chief of police is yet to give an update on the Kimberly De Leon investigation as promised on Tuesday January 8th 2019 during a police press conference. Commissioner Severin Moncherry first made the revelation that samples were sent overseas for testing on November 23rd. the results were due back the following week During the January 8th press conference, the top cop confirmed that the results were still in St. Kitts and should be in the possession of the RSLPF by…

DRY SPELL

The island’s sole water company WASCO has appealed to consumers to take the necessary measures to ensure they have stored water, in light of drought predictions issued at the start of the year. The Caribbean Climate Outlook newsletter last year said it was unlikely that the region would experience severe drought in early 2019, although recurrent dry spells are expected to affect crop growth but new information suggests that more islands may be affected by dry conditions. In November 2018, the Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network which is based…

IT’S OUR TIME

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet this past weekend reiterated government’s commitment to tackling crime, and outlined his administration’s plans to achieve a balanced economy, attract more direct foreign investment and attack many of the critical issues affecting the health sector. The strategies were contained in a new years address broadcast on Sunday night over most stations and via social media Sunday’s address as the prime minister reminded viewers and listeners marked the halfway way mark of the government’s term in office. It was an opportunity to reflect on the administration’s accomplishments,…

MOVING UP

Chief Executive Officer of St. Lucia’s Citizen By Investment Unit Nestor Alfred believes Saint Lucia’s move from 8th to 6th place regionally in the Henley Passport Index, will impact positively on the Country’s economy. This means citizens can enjoy visa-free access to 145 countries. The Country now ranks 31st Globally. Since 2008 Saint Lucia moved up its passport power ranking seven spots. Now the country ranks at 6th place regionally.Powerful passports attract high-end candidates who are willing to make outstanding contributions to a country’s economy. This can generate all types…

TAXI FARE

President of the National Taxi Union Mr Lucien Joseph has accused the government of marginalizing the NTU and attempting to destroy it. Mr Joseph made the comments following news that government has paid over one million dollars in fuel to the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT). According to the NTU President, the payment was not fair to them. Mr Joseph is calling on the government to pass the Tourism Taxi Policy which will ensure taxi drivers operate on a level playing field. Mr Joseph says it is not fair…