STAND BY ME

St. Lucia’s Former High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Ernest Hilaire is calling on the Government to stand in solidarity with Venezuela despite the political unrest in that country.. Dr. Hilaire says St. Lucia cannot allow itself to be used as a pawn by other countries. As St. Lucia’s Former High Commissioner to the UK Dr. Ernest Hilaire puts it at some point countries, regardless of their size must stand up for what they believe. He was speaking in the context of the relationship between Venezuela and St. Lucia which…

FULL IMPACS

The Police Welfare Association remains optimistic that 2019 will see the conclusion of the IMPACS case with officers involved in operation restore Confidence finally being exonerated. The investigation into alleged extra judicial killings by the officers led to the US State Department withdrawing all assistance to local police. An investigation into the alleged killings was conducted by CARICOM’s Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS) The allegations prompted the United Stated to take a policy decision to withdraw training and material assistance to the RSLPF under the Leahy Law which…

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…

SAFE HAVEN

  Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph confirmed that St. Lucia has one of the most rigorous vetting processes for screening persons who want to invest in St. Lucia. The minister made the comments following the closure of the BLU Hotel and news reports alleging that the head of the Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots (ACTP) has multiple criminal convictions, including a five-year jail sentence for hostage-taking, extortion and attempted fraud in 1996. According to the guardian.com, In 2009 the man was sentenced to one year and eight months in prison…

Speakers Corner !

The opposition St Lucia Labour Party has praised a local lawyer for challenging the inactions of the Allen Chastanet administration. He has taken before the courts for review ,the non-appointment of a deputy speaker for the St Lucia House of Assembly. The post has been vacant for a little over two years to facilitate the holder of the office joining the island`s cabinet of ministers , as Minister in the office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for External Affairs. On Thursday October 25th, 2018 Justice Godfrey Smith ruled that…

Annual Congress of Delegates of the National Workers Union

The National Workers Union will be hosting its 2018 Annual Congress of Delegates of the National Workers Union (NWU) are at an advanced stage. About one hundred and ten (110) delegates from the eighty-six (86) branches of the National Workers Union throughout the island will participate in the day-long event. For the first time the Congress of Delegates will be held on a Sunday – Sunday November 4, 2018 at the Royal Saint Lucia Resort and Spa Conference Room at Reduit Beach, Gros Islet. The chosen theme is “Trade Unions…

Shooting Incident

Police are investigating a shooting incident which occurred in the wee hours of Monday 29th Oct about 12:30 a.m.  at Bagatelle. According to reports, two male individuals were in a parked vehicle when they came under fire by unknown assailants in another vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found a man unresponsive in front of a house, later identified as Owen Francois  The incident has left 28 year old Bagatelle resident Owen Francois dead and other male hospitalized, nursing gunshot injuries.                      Relatives and neighbours are in disbelief over the incident.       They have…

PRESS RELEASE:SLP CALLS ON GOVERNMENT TO RE-COMMENCECONSTRUCTION OF ST.JUDE HOSPITAL

After over two years of indecision and secret arrangements with foreign businesses, the government of the UWP has announced a panel discussion to discuss the serious healthcare crisis in Saint Lucia. It is now sixty – four days since the Minister of Economic Affairs promised a statement from the Prime Minister. The position of the Saint Lucia Labour Party on the health care crisis remains clear. 1. The government is urged to continue the reconstruction and complete St. Jude Hospital at the present Augier site. Two years of abandonment of…

PRESS RELEASE:THE NEW MARKET RE-DEVELOPMENT DESIGN RECEIVES THE MAYOR’S NOD

Castries, St. Lucia June 12, 2018 – His Worship, Mayor Peterson D. Francis is ecstatic and very contented with the new design for the Castries Market Project which is now at an advanced stage. The redesign which was done by the architectural section within Department of Physical Planning comprises several components including a food court, high-end air-conditioned restaurants, craft market, box park, viewing tower, entertainment area, meat and fish depots and duty-free shopping boutiques. The redevelopment of the Castries Market will create a nexus between Saint Lucia’s goods and services…

BROKEN DOWN!

  First Citizens Investment Services on Monday hosted its annual Budget Review Seminar. The seminar brings together a panel of experts to dissect the budget and to respond to public questions about the estimates. Sharefil Gaillard reports