FRC BOSS SAYS CATHEDRAL AND FRC FIRES HOLD LESSONS

The Executive Director of the Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Center has joined some world leaders in expressing the view that this week’s fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has some serious lessons for the entire world about the need to protect our cultural heritage. Director at the Museums Department at the Russian Culture Ministry Vladislav Kononov was quoted as saying that the tragedy in Paris is a serious lesson for all of us about the need to protect cultural heritage sites, and take care of them at all levels.…

SLAVERY THE FOCUS OF WAYNE LOUIS MEMORIAL LECTURE

Organizers of the annual Stephen Wayne Louis Memorial Lecture which took place over the weekend have deemed it a success. The lecture which is in its 20th year, is one of the feature events marking Youth Month, aims to pass on Wayne Louis’s legacy and contributions to youth development in Saint Lucia. Wayne Louis was the fifth president of the National Youth Council and a youth activist who passed away tragically in a vehicular accident in 1998. Following his death, a foundation was set up to ensure that his values and beliefs would…

WORLD ARC PARTICIPANTS BACK IN SAINT LUCIA

Seventeen of the yachts which started the world ARC in Rodney Bay 15 months ago, are back here after traveling 26,000 nautical miles.  Following the classic tradewinds route, the rally avoids regions of political instability, piracy and the storm seasons in both hemispheres. Although World ARC is a rally not a race, there is some friendly competition among participants. The 17 yachts which just completed the World ARC 2018 – 2019 arrived in Grenada three weeks ago and cruised slowly up through the Caribbean Islands to Marigot Bay last week.…

VACATIONING STUDENTS SHARPEN ACTING SKILLS

The local drama group “DRAMACAN” held its 2nd acting workshop for young actors recently.  The workshop targets secondary school children with interest in singing, dancing and acting. This year, Dramacan invited Andre Dillon of Trinidad and Tobago, to assist in making an all-round performers of this year’s participants. Assistant Director of DRAMACAN, Shernel Justin says, she and the executive team have been involved in drama for many years and are simply passing on their knowledge and experience to the young participnts. Miss Justin says this 2nd Annual workshop was a…

FORMER PM SAYS GUY JOSEPH SHOULD BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE IF ONLINE LETTER TURNS OUT TO BE LEGIT

Former Prime Minster Stephenson King says Guy Joseph should be held accountable if the supposed comfort letter to Pajoah Ltd. allegedly signed by the Economic Development Minister, committing the government to repaying a loan of US$62 million at 3.59% over a 15-year period for two projects is authentic. The letter which has been making rounds on social media has left many questioning whether Minister Joseph had the authority to give such a guarantee. The letter addressed to “Whom It May Concern” from the Ministry of Economic Affairs allegedly bearing the…

GOVERNMENT DEFENDS SPENDING ON CONSULTANTS

Castries Central MP and Minister with Responsibility for  External Affairs  Sarah Flood-Beaubrun  has fired back at criticism from  Opposition Leader Philip J Pierre who cited a big  increase in recurrent expenditure for foreign affairs. In her defense Ms. Flood-Beaubrun said Government  was forced to hire  consultants  to review reports that have been  sitting in the Ministry for ages without  any follow through on their recommendations Here’s Don Nicholas Opposition Leader Philip J Pierre pointed out that for the fiscal year 2017/2018 capital expenditure of 157 million fell 19 million dollars short of the estimates approved for the same year. In…

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…