MAYOR LINKS CRIME TO LOITERING

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis believes that one way of reducing crime in the city is to enforce existing loitering laws. Violators can be fined up to $1000.00 and up to two years in prison. According to the Castries Mayor Peterson Francis, there are too many idle individuals within the city. They consume alcohol and misbehave, creating situations which could lead to the commission of crimes. It is the duty of law enforcement officials he says to enforce the existing laws. Mr Francis says the laws of the country are there…

UNDER FIRE

The St Lucia Fire and Emergency Service is concerned about an increase in motor vehicle fires prompting a call to motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in good working condition. This as the Department responded to 87 calls over the weekend which varied in nature. The St. Lucia Fire and Emergency Service is urging motorists to service their vehicles regularly and ensure that electrical fittings are in proper working condition. The call comes against the backdrop of an increase in motor vehicle fires . Just over the weekend the…

SUSPECTED SUICIDE

Authorities are investigating the death of an eighteen year old Forestiere resident after relatives found him hanging in his room Monday. The deceased has been identified as Nolan George. His body was discovered by his older sister around mid-day. According to an aunt of the deceased, Nolan George had a history of mental illness which may have contributed to his demise. Speaking to reporters at the scene, Miss Kaisha George described him as a very pleasant young man with good manners who was very helpful. She recalls seeing and speaking…

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,…