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…

SIDEWALK SIGNS TURN OUT TO BE BAD FOR BUSINESS AFTERALL: CCC SAYS TAKE THEM DOWN

The Castries Constituencies Council is discouraging city businesses from erecting standing signs on sidewalks to promote their enterprises. Not only are these signs hazards to pedestrians, but it is also   an offense to erect them; an offence which carries a 1000 dollar fine. The Castries Constituencies Council is concerned about the hazard that the signs erected on the sidewalks by businesses is posing especially to senior citizens and the differently abled. Even pedestrians without these limitations have sustained injuries. Beyond the danger they pose placement of the signs is a…

NEW COMPANY OFFERS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY SOLUTIONS

As the world seeks to tackle global warming and the effects of climate change, research and development in green energy has seen exponential increase, as consumers are also becoming more mindful of the effects of fossils fuels,  and look towards clean alternative energy sources.  In the Caribbean, Solar energy and Solar PV technology is quickly being recognised as the most affordable and appropriate source of alternate energy for the region. With this in mind, S-ion Energy Solutions has been launched, with the goal of making solar technology simple and affordable…

STRIKE THREAT

Monchy minibus operators have threatened strike action if the roads in the community are not repaired.  The drivers say despite countless please to successive Parliamentary Representatives the repairs have not been undertaken. They say the time for talking is up-it’s time for action. ************ Monchy minibus operators say they are tired of the meetings and empty promises they produce. They want the roads repaired as a matter of urgency or they will stage protest action Teddy Augustin                                            00 01 23   Basically what President – Monchy                                    00 01 58   terrible Minibus…

GOVERNMENT USES SPORTS TO FIGHT CRIME

The Government of Saint Lucia, through the Youth and Sports Ministry is looking into the role of sports in tackling crime. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development underlines the growing contribution of sports as a tool for peace in its promotion of tolerance and respect. According to officials at the Youth Development Ministry, the government plans to use a variety of sporting disciplines including basketball, boxing and cycling to engage young people in hard to reach areas. The plan is to increase investment in sport and physical activity along with…

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ENCOURAGES MEMBERS TO INVEST IN INSURANCE

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture engaged the Insurance Council of St. Lucia in the second annual insurance symposium  to discuss the importance of insurance in  mitigating  the impact of natural disasters on businesses. The symposium was held at the Financial Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine. Misfortunes are sure to occur at some point in time   and the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture wants to ensure that when that happens, it does not result in the demise of  businesses. This has prompted  the Chamber…

IGY MARINA TEAMS UP WITH ROTARY AND HANDS ACROSS THE SEA TO GIVE BACK

The IGY Rodney Bay Marina is giving back through its “Inspire Through You” program. The program, which sees staff undertaking philanthropic projects every first quarter of the year, this year targeted students of the Lady Gordon Opportunity Center at Ciceron. Together with the Rotary Club of Gros-Islet the team was able to give a major facelift to the school. The work done at the Lady Gordon Opportunity Center included a general cleanup, library enhancements, the installation of an AC unit. It also involved building shelves, laying floor mats, the preparation…

LOCAL AMPUTEES GET OVERSEAS SUPPORT

The Rotary Clubs of Winchester and Gros Islet on Friday donated a number of prosthetic components to the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. The donation forms part of the Legacy Project of the Rotary Club of Gros Islet for 2019. For someone who has lost a limb through injury or illness, a prosthetic limb can mean living a life of independence, and thanks to the Rotary Clubs of Gros Islet and Winchester, a number of amputees on the island will once again be able to experience that…

CAP NEIGHOURHOOD BEING TURNED INTO A GARBAGE DUMP

One Cap Estate resident is irate about the indiscriminate dumping of construction waste and other garbage along the road to Donkey and Secret Beaches. He says contractors get paid to dump the waste at the Deglos Sanitary Landfill, but find it easier to dump it near the beach. Cap Estate resident, Chef Xavier Ribot says he, like many others takes morning walks along these tracks. He say they are now being overrun by trash and the once beautiful pristine piece of nature has become an eyesore Ribot says there is…