COURTS OPTICAL HELPING STUDENTS SEE BETTER

COURTS OPTICAL St. Lucia today launched the “Brighter View” initiative, the corporate social responsibility initiative for St. Lucia.  The program is geared at providing free spectacles for students who cannot afford to purchase them. For this year, COURTS OPTICAL will be giving out 250 pairs of eye glasses to students from the age of 5 and 18 years old from schools Islandwide. In order to ensure that no student in need of eye care is left out, Courts Optical is working along with the Ministry of Education officials who would…

GOV. INVITED TO OFFER INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE DISABLED

The President of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities Merphilus James is challenging Government to provide incentives to businesses to undertake infrastructural adjustments to accommodate employees  with disabilities  This as the Council begins offering prosthetic limbs to persons who need them at affordable rates.  Two years ago, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCOPD) received funding from Australian counterparts for the manufacture of prosthetic limbs. The Council was also referred to   a US prosthetist trained in the manufacturing of the limbs. This comes at…

CLASSES SUSPENDED OVER CONSTRUCTION OF WHEELCHAIR RAMPS

President of the National Council for Persons with Disabilities (NCOPD) Merphilus Jameshas applauded the Ave Maria Girls Infant School for putting the necessary infrastructure in place to accommodate students with disabilities. Classes at the school were suspended this week to allow for the construction of wheelchair ramps The NCOPD is hoping that moving forward, schools are constructed, with differently abled students in mind. The Department of Education issued a statement Wednesday announcing the suspension of classes after it became apparent that operations at the school could not continue while construction…

SERENITY PARK RENAMED AND NOT EVERYONE IS HAPPY

Castries Mayor Peter Francis says the ceremony to rename the Serenity Park serves to dispel the notion that St. Lucia is a dead hero society. The Park  is now called Sir George William Mallet Serenity Park. Sir George  is served as Governor General after retiring from active politics. The late Sir William George Mallet served as Governor General of Saint Lucia  from June 1st 1996 to August 31, 1997.In 1996 he was awarded the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Lucia and the following year, the Grand Cross of the…

CALLS FOR MERCHANTS TO BE PREVENTED FROM IMPORTING WRONG COLOR FLAGS

Forty years after its independence the debate over what the standard colours of the flag should be. While official documents call for cerulean blue, there is a feeling among patriotic Saint Lucians that too many variations of the flag have been allowed over the years This has led to calls for legislation to be put in place to ensure that ONLY flags with the correct shade of blue are imported and sold by merchants. Across the island especially around the government buildings at the Castries Waterfront, the St. Lucia flag…

INDEPENDENCE 40..GO BIG OR GO HOME

The Events Company of St. Lucia is getting set to host a concert dubbed “Best of St. Lucia. The event  will feature dance, music and theatrical performances among a host of other activities  and takes place on February 21st in the City  of Castries leading up to  St. Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary the following day Come February 21st Castries  will be abuzz with major cultural displays and exhibitions in the form of dance music and theatrical performances. Popular Calypsonians will also be performing.  Two  sites are being prepared to host…

FATHER DIES WHILE SEEKING JUSTICE FOR HIS DEAD SON

Harlan Inglis, the father of deceased 22 year old Shakadan Daniel has himself passed away…still convinced that his son was murdered. 22 year old Chakadan Daniel was found dead while locked-up at the Micoud Police Station. For years his father has been calling for those he believed to responsible for his son’s death to be brought to justice. In 2014 Harlan Inglis filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and on July 24th 2015, an inquest into the death of Chakadan Daniel declared that the 22-year-old…

LOCAL GAYS TO SHOW THEIR PRIDE

St. Lucia will host is first ever Pride march later this year. That’s according to local rights support group United and Strong.  Every year the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community hosts a “Pride Parade”. The annual event seeks to combat homophobia and to encourage pride among homosexual, bisexual or transsexual individuals. The activity is usually held in June around the world. For millions of people around the world, June is a time for gays to be loud and proud. 48 years after the first Pride Parade in New York City,…

WOMEN’S SEXUAL HEALTH A MAJOR CONCERN

A specialist in women’s reproductive Health says more and younger women are becoming empowered to take charge of their reproductive health The observation comes from Dr. Robyn Charlery-White Founder of HerStoire as activities to mark  sexual and reproductive health awareness  week continue. . The HerStoire organization  is a virtual support group forum for young women in Saint Lucia, particularly those who would rather access sexual and reproductive health information and services anonymously or online. On Wednesday the group held a session for  students at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College…

CHURCH JOINS SOCIAL MEDIA BANDWAGON

The use of social media platforms to spread the word of God is among topics being discussed at the 35th annual conference of the Association of Diocesan Clergy of the Province of Castries taking place in St. Lucia from Monday 11th to the 14th. The Roman Catholic Church believes that social media has become one of the most effective ways of reaching new members and is looking at ways to capitalize on its popularity. Even the most active church cannot reach all its members all the time, and according to…