CARISECURE LAUNCHES CRIME VICTIM SURVEY

CariSECURE launched its Crime Victimization Survey in St. Lucia today. CariSECURE aims to improve the decision-making process in Caribbean public institutions by providing quantitative and qualitative tools for analysis and supporting their incorporation into national citizen security policies and actions. One of the primary outcomes of the exercise is standardized and disaggregated crime data reporting within and among national authorities that will hopefully to foster the reliance on valid, reliable, and comparable data on citizen security. The Crime Victimization survey is a 12 month long activity that will allow the…

POLICE NEED HELP GETTING ILLEGAL GUNS OFF STREETS

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is seeking the assistance of the public in ridding the streets of illegal fire arms. According to ACP Wayne Charlery, law enforcement officials have recovered many illegal guns, through various means traffic stops and other strategic operations. However he says a lot more can be done with the assistance of the public. While emphasis is being put on tightening border security is just a small part of the effort to keep illegal guns off local streets. Despite hundreds of illegal firearms being removed from…

STUDENTS PROMOTE BEACH CONSERVATION

The Gros Islet Secondary, the Corinth Secondary School and the Marchand Combined School took part in a beach education and action project organized by Peace Corps Volunteers and the National Conservation Authority. The schools designed trash bins that will be used on various beaches on the island. The idea for the conservation bins to be placed at  various beaches on the island was conceptualized by the peace corps volunteers in conjunction with the National Conservation Authority and conservations clubs at various schools. The authority called on the public to make…

BELOW AVERAGE HURRICANE SEASON PREDICTED BUT SAINT LUCIANS WARNED AGAINST COMPLACENCY

The Meteorological  Service is warning the public not to be complacent even though there is a below average prediction for this year’s Atlantic Hurricane season. The Department is reminding the public  that one disaster is all it takes to  devastate the country. Normally an average hurricane season would consist of 12 storms six hurricanes and three major hurricanes The predication for the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season is slightly below average with 13 named storms five hurricanes and two  major hurricanes expected. But Director of the Meteorological  Services Venantius Descartes says the…

STYROFOAM BAN TAKES EFFECT JUNE 1ST

June1,2019 is the date set to officially ban the use of Styrofoam containers here. The decision was announced by the Ministry of Sustainable Development at the Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture’s  quarterly meeting on Thursday. The meeting was held at the Financial Administrative Centre at Pointe Seraphine As the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture convened its quarterly meeting the membership was informed on the  organization’s  progress  on its business continuity plan in the aftermath of a disaster. Sales training was another area receiving attention Ministry of…

BUSINESSES LEARN ABOUT CONTINUITY PLANNING

The United Nations Regional Office of Disaster Risk Management in collaboration with the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), held a training session for various Businesses on the subject of Business Continuity and Disaster Risk Reduction planning. According to the Deputy Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction Office at the UN, the engagement of the Private sector to reduce the risk of disasters is paramount. The Deputy Chief of the Disaster Risk Reduction office at the UN, Nahuel Arenas, says, his office is here…

CITY GROUPS PERFORM GOOD DEEDS

April 3rd was recognized as Good Deeds Day in St. Lucia and the National Volunteer Association in collaboration with various entities converged on the Derek Walcott Square where each organization performed a variety of “good deeds.”  Participating organizations included the SLBWA, The St. Lucia Hospitality Credit Union, NCF, Pan American Insurance Company, Wings of Love, Steve’s Barbershop and Julie’s Beauty Heaven. The event attracted a small crowd at first, as the word spread, that changed quickly. The activity drew several senior citizens. Denise Godin, now a volunteer for the St.…

CRUISE VISITORS CLEAN BEACH

Twenty crew members from the Celebrity Silhouette participated in a cleanup exercise at the Vigie Beach on Friday. The team was joined by representatives from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, Ministry of Tourism, Saint Lucia Air & Sea Ports Authority, Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association, Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority, the National Conservation Authority and Cox & company Limited. Getting off the ship and doing something different at the same time enjoying it was the fun part of the whole idea says the ship’s Destination Concierge. The indiscriminate…

FISH CORP AND MARKETING BOARD TO REOPEN DOORS

Government has announced plans to reopen the Fish Marketing Corporation after a major restructuring exercise. The new entity will now be under the control of local private interests. Alex Bousquet explains The Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph says, there were lots of discussion before a final decision was taken on the future of the Corporation. After 26 years in existence a decision as taken by the government to shut down the Corporation and to make its staff redundant. A letter to staff said the organization had been unable to effectively and…

BUS DRIVERS WANT REVERSAL OF DECISION TO BAR THEM FROM ROAD

The National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) is calling on the Transport Department to reverse a decision prohibiting mini buses from passing through the Bois D’ Orange Bypass Road into Corinth. The move is part of a “Traffic Flow Improvement Programme” undertaken by the Department of Transport and Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. NCOPT president Mr Godfrey Ferdinand has expressed disappointment with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Transport Division for prohibiting  his members from plying their route. As part of the traffic control pilot project along Castries-Gros Islet Highway,…