LATEST SHOOTING LEADS TO CALLS FOR TOUGHER LAWS

Meanwhile the Stan Pistol murder has prompted one Water Works resident to challenge policy makers to come up with some “tough on crime” policies, to help citizens feel safer while serving as a deterrent to criminal elements. According to Mr Timothy James the crime situation demands urgent action by the government. 51 year old Stan Pistol was robbed and gunned down Wednesday evening while at one of his businesses. On January 14th, 20 year old Hendi Calderon was shot and killed in Lacoudou a few yards away from where Pistol…

BUSINESSMAN SHOT DAYS SHY OF HIS BIRTHDAY

A wine shop owner was shot dead and robbed Wednesday evening, bringing the homicide figures to 7 for 2019. The shooting victim has been identified as 51 year old Cedars resident, Stan Pistol. According to the victim’s wife, she was in the process of parking her vehicle to join her husband at Cross Roads Mini Mart when she heard the sound of gunshots. Seconds later, she discovered her husband’s bullet riddled body in a pool of his own blood. Mrs. Grandalene Pistol says she and her husband have been married…

FIRE OFFICERS OUT FOR SECOND DAY

Industrial action by fire officers went into its second day on Thursday. Some of the issues that prompted the action are an alleged lack of transparency in promotions, salary increases and alleged victimization. As industrial action by the Fire Officers goes  into day two President of the Fire Service Association Shane Felix is adamant that members    will not return to work until a satisfactory solution to the problem has been reached.  Mr. Felix  cited transparency in  promotion as one of the pressing issues but Home Affairs Minister Hermangild Francis says…

STUDENTS COUNCIL BACKS GOV. ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ISSUE

The Saint Lucia National Students’ Council (NSC) has thrown its support behind government’s decision to end corporal punishment at local schools. The organization says it condemns violence in any form, including corporal punishment. President of the Saint Lucia National Students’ Council Miss Desray Desir says the organization supports government’s decision wholeheartedly. The NSC president says it is imperative that the welfare of students remain a priority at the learning institutions on the island. She says there are alternative forms of discipline which can be enforced Opponents of the move say…

SANDALS HEADS CORAL REEF RECOVERY PROJECT

As part of a Coral Restoration project, the Coral Nursery Dive initiative phase 2 was launched on Wednesday at the Sandals Dive Center. It’s collaboration among the Sandals Foundation, Clear Caribbean, the Department of Fisheries, CARPHA and the GIZ.  Marine conservation is important to the Sandals Foundation as well as to other partners in this project. The Environmental Officer for the Sandals Foundation says, says this particular coral restoration project is all about building the reefs and creating a healthy reef nursery that fish can thrive on. This can support…

FORMER PRINCIPAL SAYS STUDENTS REAL VICTIMS OF SICKOUT BY TEACHERS

A former Principal is concerned about the impact of this week’s sickout by teachers on students- especially those preparing for exams. The Department of Education suspended classes Monday to facilitate an emergency meeting by the St. Lucia Teachers Union to discuss salary negotiations. Monday’s meeting ended with the SLTU giving the government Negotiating Team till Thursday this week to meet with them to discuss the way forward but on Tuesday, a number of teachers called in sick forcing the closure of several schools Teachers stayed away from school on Tuesday,…

ACCIDENT VICTIM LOSES MEMORY. FAMILY WANTS ANSWERS

A Babonneau mother is questioning why her daughter was left behind after the vehicle she was travelling in on Friday March 8th plunged into a river along the Allen Bousquet Highway. According to Miss Kerima Unwin her 25 year old daughter was left behind to fend for herself after the driver of the vehicle managed to get a ride to the hospital for medical attention and allegedly gave no indication that there was another accident victim. According to the distraught mother, she last saw her daughter Kimaya Louis Thursday evening…

ANGRY BUS DRIVER AND PASSENGER KISS AND MAKE UP

The Matter involving an exchange between a Gros Islet Mini Bus Operator and a female passenger in which the driver allegedly threatened to plunge the bus full of passengers into the Castries Harbour has been resolved. Both parties have apologized to each other. But this has not prevented the Gros Islet Mini Bus Association from issuing a warning letter to the driver involved in the incident. The incident started when  the female  passenger asked  the operator why he  did not pick up a male  student who was apparently late for…

CRUISE PASSENGER RUSHED TO HOSPITAL AFTER FALL IN CITY

A cruise ship passenger had to be rushed to Victoria Hospital today, after falling on Jeremie Street in Castries. The EMT Service was summoned to Jeremie Street on Monday at approximately mid-day when a cruise ship passenger fell. The middle aged woman hurt her head and suffered other injuries to her face. She was assisted by some market vendors while others summoned the ambulance. Several other visitors witnessed the incident which they thought was unfortunate. Marteen McNey says she was impressed by the prompt response by the EMT’s. The middle…

SLP SAYS TEACHERS SHOULD’VE EBEN CONSULTED ON CORPORAL PUNISHMENT ISSUE

SLP Leader Philip J Pierre says a St. Lucia Labour Party Government  would have engaged the relevant stakeholders  in discussion first before making a decision on corporal punishment. Mr. Pierre was speaking in light of a recent cabinet conclusion to effect a suspension of corporal punishment by May1st this year. A move that has not sat well with the  St. Lucia Teachers Union. More from Don Nicholas The St. Lucia teachers Union argued that  there was no point in the Ministry of Education  arranging a meeting with the organization to…