ONE FOR THE ROAD

Many local contractors are expected to benefit from a 115 million dollar Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project set to commence next week. On Wednesday January 23, the Department of Infrastructure will officially sign the consultancy agreement to launch the Project. The 115 million dollar Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project will deliver a complete rehabilitation of the Millennium Highway, reconstruction of the West Coast roads from Cul De Sac to Soufriere as well as an Island wide Roads Safety Program. The motoring public will be…

PEST CONTROL

A former Agriculture Minister has expressed concern about the effect that the resurfacing of the Amblyomma tick which infects animals like horses could have on the budding local equine Industry. The Ministry of Agriculture sounded the alarm in December a few days before Christmas After many years of rigorous programs to successfully eradicate the amblyomma tick from the island the Ministry of Agriculture’s surveillance team sounded the alarm just days before Christmas that the tick also known as the tropical born tick which can infect animals such as cows sheep…

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…

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…

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…

Passenger Shaming ?

The first phase of a probe to determine whether disciplinary action should be taken against two Gros Islet mini-bus drivers at the center of heated exchanges with a group of passengers got underway today. The exercise involved the individuals directly involved in the fracas, eyewitnesses along with officials from the Transport Department ,the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association and the National Council of Public Transportation. The video-taped verbal sparring has gone viral. One official has indicated that a final outcome could be determined by next week. Over several decades ,there…

THE NEGOTIATOR

The National Council on Public Transportation and the National Taxi Union appear to be at loggerheads following a payment of $1.1 million dollars to minibus operators by the government recently. President of the National Taxi Union Mr Lucien Joseph believes the payment to the NCOPT is unfair to taxi operators. The NCOPT President however says it comes down to who is the better negotiator. The payment was made to the NCOPT after fuel prices surpassed the $12.75 per gallon price cap set by the government. According to the NCOPT President,…

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

  On Tuesday morning, Vendors responded to the invitation from the Castries constituencies Council, to register early in order to secure tents and booths for the upcoming Assou Square activity. The registration forms are to be filled and payments for the booths will be made to the City Council no later than Friday, December 7th. Right after that process, the CCC held a Meeting with the various stakeholders responsible for the smooth running of the annual event. The Assou Square event originally started on the Derek Walcott Square, since then…

Water Situation

Persistent and menacing showers over the weekend have left some people counting their losses and the authorities reiterating that people should not be complacent. The Met Office reports that 34.2mm of rain was recorded at the HIA and 32.8 at the George FL Charles Airport over a twenty-four hour period up to 2p.m. on Saturday. The island also experienced heavy rains on Sunday. As the official closure of the 2018Atlantic Hurricane season draws near,the National Emergency Management Organization (N.E.M.O) has warned that St. Lucians should not become complacent as the…

BELFUND Launches new Website to cater to “Digital Customers”

    Castries, Saint Lucia, November 1st, 2018 – The James Belgrave Micro Enterprise Fund ( BELFUND)  has unveiled a redesigned website to provide an improved customer experience to clients and potential clients looking for finance for their small and micro-businesses. The website redesign is one aspect of a series of activities aimed at modernizing the operations of BELFUND to cater to the evolving needs of the customer. According to Belfund General Manager Ms Camille Paul “We recognize that in the information age, we need to reach our customers on the…