COCONUT VENDORS RESIST EFFORTS TO RELOCATE THEM

Coconut vendors operating on the shoulder of the Gros Islet Highway are irate over what they say are attempts by the authorities to take away their livelihoods On Monday the vendors were greeted by “No Vending” signs which had been placed along the length of the road The vendors are refusing to move until alternative arrangements are made for them. Vendors plying their trade along the Gros-Islet  Highway have been blamed for a number of accidents and for traffic congestion as motorists stop to purchase coconut water and jelly. After numerous complaints,…

VENDORS’ PRESIDENT SAYS VISITOR CRIME EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS

The President of the St. Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association has reacted to Saturday’s robbery of two Canadians on their first trip to St. Lucia. Mr Peter Isaac is calling on citizens to play their part in reducing attacks on visitors and crime in general. The Canadian couple has vowed never to return to St. Lucia after they were robbed of their belongings in Castries on Saturday February 9th. Just recently president of the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Michel Paige said that despite recent attacks on cruise ship visitors by bandits,…

FAMILY OF SUSPECTED SUICIDE VICTIM SAYS SIGNS WERE THERE

A relative of an alleged suicide victim says had more attention been paid to the signs, Agard resident James Antoine would still be alive today. Antoine’s body was discovered suspended by the neck from a tree behind his home around 6am Monday February 11th. Investigators are treating his death as a suspected suicide. A post-mortem   has been scheduled for a later date Relatives say the deceased did seem troubled and may have been seeking attention following his release from prison recently for Praedial larceny. Antoine is believed to have been…

LOCAL LAWYERS MAKE THEIR MARK ACROSS THE REGION

The OECS Bar Association is applauding strides made by St. Lucian lawyers regionally and internationally. The commendation from President Thaddeus Antoine comes days after St. Lucia criminal lawyer Shawn Innocent was appointed as an acting High Court Judge in Anguilla. Mr Shawn Innocent was sworn in on January 21st to serve in the Anguilla Circuit of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, following the retirement and departure of Justice Fellow St. Lucian Cheryl Mathurin. He has been described as a fierce advocate and was seen as an exceptional magistrate and a…

FIRE VICTIMS THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE BUT APPEAL FOR HELP

Two of the occupants of a house at Sunbilt Castries that was destroyed by fire on Wednesday evening, are appealing for help to rebuild. The two families which include a number of small children consider themselves fortunate to be alive. They escaped with just the clothes on their backs. Shane Emmanuel considers himself and his family fortunate to be alive after a fire  on Wednesday destroyed the two-story building in which he, his girlfriend and a three-year old son lived at Sunbilt, Castries. Emmanuel, who lived in the downstairs apartment…

GOVERNMENT SAYS NO (AGAIN) TO INVESTING IN LIAT

Government has reiterated its position that it will not be pumping any money into LIAT as long as the carrier maintains its current structure. This follows an announcement of a major shake up of the carrier’s operations  Reports indicate that majority shareholder Barbados may cut  back on its contributions to the airline. St. Lucia’s Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee   made it clear that the Saint Lucia Government will not drain  the public coffers by investing any money in  LIAT. A major shake up of the carrier’s operations  is expected however. Changes…

SEX IN THE CHURCH

A Methodist Minister is concerned about the impact recent revelations about sexual abuse of nuns by Roman Catholic Priests could have on the Church. Nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in in India, Africa, Latin America and in Italy. The head of the Methodist Church in St. Lucia Reverend Seth Ampadu, is calling on Roman Catholics not to abandon their faith in God in the face of this latest sex scandal to hit the Church God. According to Pope Francis, sexual abuse of nuns by bishops and priests has been…

FINAL TOUCHES BEING GIVEN TO INDPENDENCE ACTIVITIES

A Police Concert, baton slinging and a fancy drill display are on the list of activities to mark St. Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary. IN addition the Organizing Committee announced a host of other activities in the build up to Independence Day . Activities to mark this year’s 40th independence anniversary include a parade on independence Day, an independence walk, miss independence, Mr. independence and the best of St. Lucia staged by Events St. Lucia Chairperson of the Independence Committee Jeanine Giraudy-McIntyre encouraged the public to visit the website, independence.lc for…

SANDALS DONATES LINEN TO BORDELAIS

In addition to providing a permanent dental care program the Sandals Foundation has donated a large quantity of linen to the Bordelais Correctional Facility. The Donation took place at the Sandals Regency La Toc Resort on Wednesday Since its establishment here in 1993 the Sandals has focused on Community Development , Environmental preservation and Education. Sandals has enjoyed a 10 year relationship with the Bordelais Correctional Facility. During that time the Sandals Foundation has provided a permanent dental care program for inmates. On Wednesday the Hotel presented gently used linen…

SLDB CELEBRATES TEN YEARS

As St. Lucia is about to celebrate its 40th Independence Anniversary, the St. Lucia Development Bank (SLDB) is also celebrating its 10th Anniversary. The SLDB was re-established in 2008 through an act of parliament and reopened its doors to the public in February 24th, 2009. According to the Business Development and Marketing Manager and corporate secretary, Philbert Francis, when the bank opened up its doors 10 years ago, it started off with its portfolio at zero. Todate it has granted in excess of 100 Million Dollars in loans. With respect…