LOCAL ARCHITECTS ENCOURAGED TO JOIN COMPETITION TO DESIGN NOTRE DAME SPIRE

A former president of the St. Lucia Institute of Architects says local architects are very well qualified to take part in a global competition to design a new spire for Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, after the old one collapsed during Monday’s fire. The spire collapsed in front of crowds who had gathered to watch in horror as the historic French gothic cathedral went up in flames on Monday April 15th. On Wednesday, architects from around the world were called upon to take part in a competition to design a new spire for Notre-Dame…

ARCHIVIST SAYS SAINT LUCIA NOT READY YET

National Archivist, Margot Thomas says, the fire which destroyed the Notre Dame Cathedral was not only devastating to France but the whole world and that many lessons can be learnt from the incident. She says disasters occur when we least expect and this latest incident underscores the importance of preparedness. National Archivist, Margot Thomas says if the Notre Dame Cathedral fire did not get the attention of local and regional Governments, she does not know what will. More than one person has said this past week that the Paris fire…

RELOCATED COCONUT VENDORS SAY NEW LOCATION BAD FOR BUSINESS

Coconut vendors who were relocated from Rodney Bay to Bois D’ Orange say they are not making any money at the new location. They want to be return to Rodney Bay. The vendors were relocated in February 2019, because of health and safety concerns. The Bois D’ Orange site was cleared and fitted with running water and toilet facilities for the vendors. Months after they were relocated to the new site, one vendor say the new site is not working to their benefit. Mr Florius says when the vendors were…

SLDB LAUNCHES YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME

The St. Lucia Development Bank has relaunched its Youth Enterprises Equity Fund (YEEF), an investment fund through which up to $50:000 is invested into projects identified by young persons under the age of 35 years old. Four schools from around the Island have been selected and $1,500 has been donated to each school which will use the funds to start a small business. The Managing Director of the SLDB thinks the initiative is timely as this month is being observed as Youth Month. The Managing Director of the SLDB Vincent…

COPS APPEAL FOR PATIENCE. SAY DE LEON MURDER CASE STILL ACTIVE

The Royal St. Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is appealing for patience from the public as investigations into the shooting death of 42 year old Kimberly William De Leon continues. Law enforcement officials have been heavily criticized by the public and the victim’s family for the lack of progress on the investigation. Assistant Commissioner of police with responsibility for crime Mr Wayne Charlery says the police ‘s silence on the case is a strategic move; He says the case remains open. The senior police officer says contrary to what is being…

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR SAYS RAYMOND SEX SCANDAL WON’T HURT UWP RE-ELECTION CHANCES

Political analyst Peter Wickham says Prime Minister Allen Chastanet should not lose sleep over the latest scandal involving Public Service Minister Dr. Ubaldus Raymond. In the latest scandal, it is alleged that Raymond, is the male voice having salacious conversations with a Trinidadian woman. The conversations have been widely circulated on social media Since then, Dr. Raymond has proceeded on leave and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he will remain a minister of government pending the outcome of an investigation into the allegations. In 2017 Raymond was the subject of…

BISHOP SAYS LENTEN TRADITIONS STILL ALIVE BUT CHURCH ATTENDANCE ON DECLINE

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in St. Lucia does not agree that the Lenten traditions are dying. Archbishop Robert Rivas agrees that there are many other activities taking place during the Lenten period this has not affected the sombre tone of the season for most Christians. Lent began on Ash Wednesday March 6th and ends on Thursday April 18th. It is the six week period leading up to Easter and is one of the most important times of year for many Christians around the world. Lent is more…

FRC DIRECTOR SAYS GOODBYE

Hilary La Force, Executive Director of the Monsignor Patrick AnthonyFolk Research Center is getting set to retire after six years at the helm of the organisation. La Force acted in the position from 2013 after his predecessor Kentry Jn. Pierre resigned. He was finally confirmed to the position in 2015. Hilary la Force will say his final farewell at the end of April. While he says the FRC has made tremendous strides over the years, his biggest achievement while heading the organization was his work in the area cultural education…

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…