PRIME MINISTER PRESENTS $1.5B BUDGET..SAYS FOCUS ON PEOPLE, INFRASTRUCTURE & HEALTHCARE

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Allen Chastanet, presented the One Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety-one Million, Five Hundred and Eighty-nine Thousand, dollars 2018/2019 Appropriation Bill on April 15th April 2019.  The Prime Minister revealed that the government policy direction will focus on investing in people, major infrastructure projects, restructuring debt and fixing the ailing healthcare system. According to Prime Minister Chastanet, the economy has grown by 8% since the United Workers Party formed the government in 2016; debt to GDP has been reduced, stay over visitors increased from 344,000 in…

PM ANNOUCNES NEW TAX RULES; THOUSANDS TO BENEFIT

In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Allen Michael Chastanet announced  Personal Income Tax Reform that would see thousands of low income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income taxes. This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the Government’s promise of less onerous taxes on the people of Saint Lucia. During his presentation to the House of Assembly on Monday April 15th 2019, the Prime Minister explained the challenges and disadvantages of the current system,…

IRD STAFF HAVE GRIEVANCES ADDRESSED INCLUDING RELCOCATION DEMAND

The General Secretary of the St. Lucia Civil Service Association says members at the Inland Revenue Department are happy with the government’s efforts to address their grievances. The staff had been complaining about air quality issues for over a year, and had given government an ultimatum to relocate the offices. The General Secretary of the St. Lucia Civil Service Association says the Union has had some positive meetings with the Management of the Inland Revenue Department and the Ministry of the Public Service both of which have met most of…

CHANGES COMING TO SEAFOOD FESTIVAL

Patrons at theAnse La Raye Seafood Festival can expect to see some changes to the event starting on April 26. This follows weeks of rigorous training to help vendors and their assistants raise their standards. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism have joined forces to enhance the offering of the Anse La Raye Seafood Festival. Under the supervision of Chef Didier, 15 vendors and 30 vendors’ assistants are receiving training in culinary creativity, safety and presentation. Now into its fourth week, the six-week long program has…

FRC BOSS SAYS CATHEDRAL AND FRC FIRES HOLD LESSONS

The Executive Director of the Monsignor Patrick Anthony Folk Research Center has joined some world leaders in expressing the view that this week’s fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has some serious lessons for the entire world about the need to protect our cultural heritage. Director at the Museums Department at the Russian Culture Ministry Vladislav Kononov was quoted as saying that the tragedy in Paris is a serious lesson for all of us about the need to protect cultural heritage sites, and take care of them at all levels.…

AMBER GUYGER TRIAL DELAYED BUT LAWYERS NOT CONCERNED

The trial of Amber Guyger for her role in the death of Botham Jean has been delayed an additional six weeks and is now scheduled to begin on September 23rd. Despite the delay, attorneys for the Jean family say they are not concerned. Guyger, a former Dallas police officer is accused of fatally shooting St. Lucian national, 26 year old Botham Jean inside his apartment on September 6th, 2018. Following the fatal shooting, Amber Guyger was arrested and charged three days later for manslaughter. She was later indicted by a…

ARCHBISHOP BLAMES “CHEAPENING OF LIFE” FOR CRIME & OTHER SOCIAL ISSUES

The Head of the Roman Catholic Church here has blamed many of the issues affecting the country including its homicide statistics, to what he says is a “cheapening of human life.” He made the comments as scores of Roman Catholics took to the streets this past weekend for the Church’s annual Walk For Life event. The “Walk For Life” Or Witness for Life Walk is organized by the Family & Life Secretariat of the Roman Catholic Church. Originally staged as an anti-abortion event it has broadened its objective to drawing…

SLAVERY THE FOCUS OF WAYNE LOUIS MEMORIAL LECTURE

Organizers of the annual Stephen Wayne Louis Memorial Lecture which took place over the weekend have deemed it a success. The lecture which is in its 20th year, is one of the feature events marking Youth Month, aims to pass on Wayne Louis’s legacy and contributions to youth development in Saint Lucia. Wayne Louis was the fifth president of the National Youth Council and a youth activist who passed away tragically in a vehicular accident in 1998. Following his death, a foundation was set up to ensure that his values and beliefs would…

MUCIANS MOURN PASSING OF COLLEAGUE – CLEMENT SPRINGER

The passing of Clement Springer, former musician with the local group “ The Tru Tones” and member of the Royal St. Lucia Police Band has hit the Local music fraternity hard. Clement Springer died in Long Island USA following a recent surgery. He will be particularly missed by the St. Lucian Cultural Community in New York . Springer was a pioneer in the successful effort to keep St. Lucian culture alive within the diaspora. He was also responsible for writing words and music to original songs for the St. Lucia…

WORLD ARC PARTICIPANTS BACK IN SAINT LUCIA

Seventeen of the yachts which started the world ARC in Rodney Bay 15 months ago, are back here after traveling 26,000 nautical miles.  Following the classic tradewinds route, the rally avoids regions of political instability, piracy and the storm seasons in both hemispheres. Although World ARC is a rally not a race, there is some friendly competition among participants. The 17 yachts which just completed the World ARC 2018 – 2019 arrived in Grenada three weeks ago and cruised slowly up through the Caribbean Islands to Marigot Bay last week.…