UNITED & STRONG CONDEMNS GIRLS KISSING VIDEO

Local advocacy group United and Strong has condemned the recent circulation of pornographic videos featuring school children, on social media. In the latest video, two female students are shown sharing an intimate kiss while still at school. The organization believes such actions should not be undertaken by minors especially when in uniform. The 15 second video, shows the two embracing each other while their classmates cheer and egg them on. The students were criticized for what some see as inappropriate behavior by the two. The video which was uploaded over…

SLBS JOINS REGIONAL STANDARDS UPGRADE

The St. Lucia Bureau of Standards today held a stakeholders consultation on good regulatory practices.  All regulators were in attendance.  The         goal ultimately is to establish good regulatory practices throughout the CARICOM region. Monday’s meeting forms part of a broader Commonwealth Standards Network Project. The Commonwealth Standards Network is a platform for Commonwealth countries to exchange ideas, share best practice and impart knowledge. Its key aim will be to facilitate trade and foster innovation across the Commonwealth through the increased use of international standards. The project, according to the…

FORMER MINISTER AGAINST NAMING PLACES AFTER POLITICIANS

A former government minister has taken issue with public spaces and institutions being renamed after politicians. Peter Josie’s comments follow the recent renaming of Serenity Park to the Sir George William Mallet Serenity Park. He says there are other persons who have made significant contributions to the development of Saint Lucia and who should be similarly honored Mr Peter Josie says how things are named in St. Lucia is extremely important and not only politicians should have their names attached to public spaces or institutions. Similar sentiments were echoed last…

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…

YOUNGER PEOPLE SUFFERING FROM DEMENTIA

The President of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association here says, the disease is now becoming common and is now appearing in younger persons. Research is now showing that Alzheimer’s, like heart disease and cancer, develops over decades and can be influenced by lifestyle factors including cholesterol, blood pressure, obesity, depression, education, nutrition, sleep and mental, physical and social activity. The President of the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Association of St. Lucia, Regina Posvar says, persons suffering from Alzheimer’s are usually diagnosed with the condition when it is already at an advanced…

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…

COCONUT VENDORS RESIST EFFORTS TO RELOCATE THEM

Coconut vendors operating on the shoulder of the Gros Islet Highway are irate over what they say are attempts by the authorities to take away their livelihoods On Monday the vendors were greeted by “No Vending” signs which had been placed along the length of the road The vendors are refusing to move until alternative arrangements are made for them. Vendors plying their trade along the Gros-Islet  Highway have been blamed for a number of accidents and for traffic congestion as motorists stop to purchase coconut water and jelly. After numerous complaints,…