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…

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…

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,…

FIRE VICTIMS THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE BUT APPEAL FOR HELP

Two of the occupants of a house at Sunbilt Castries that was destroyed by fire on Wednesday evening, are appealing for help to rebuild. The two families which include a number of small children consider themselves fortunate to be alive. They escaped with just the clothes on their backs. Shane Emmanuel considers himself and his family fortunate to be alive after a fire  on Wednesday destroyed the two-story building in which he, his girlfriend and a three-year old son lived at Sunbilt, Castries. Emmanuel, who lived in the downstairs apartment…

STILL NO WORD ON FATE OF TWO BUS DRIVERS AT CENTRE OF VIRAL VIDEO

The Gros Islet Mini Bus Owners Association is yet to give an update on an investigation into complaints against two of its Drivers. The drivers in question had two separate misunderstandings with passengers one of which led to one driver threatening to drive a mini bus loaded with passengers into the Castries Harbour. The incidents occurred on January 9th 2019 and video of the exchanges were published on social media by passengers who witnessed them. The excitement began when a female passenger questioned the driver’s reasons for refusing to allow…

NHC CHAIRMAN SAYS PLANS FOR LA CLERY CDC SITE PROGRESSING

Chairman of the National Housing Corporation Timothy Mangal says plans for the redevelopment of the site left vacant by the demolition of the La Clery CDC apartments are progressing. The apartment buildings were demolished last year after a long battle with occupants. The demolition of the buildings was a highly controversial with several occupants of the buildings refusing to move unless they got better deals to relocate. This was despite the dilapidated structures being rules unfit for human habitation. The site has been earmarked for a commercial and housing development.…

UK MONEY TO HELP LOCAL STANDARDS DRIVE

A UK Aid initiative has pumped 1.2 million pounds into quality management training programs organized by the St. Lucia Bureau of Standards. The objective is to increase the export of products that meet international standards and which can help grow the local economy. The commonwealth standard network is a UK Aid initiative that has invested 1.2 million pounds to assist the St Lucia Bureau of standards in developing a national quality infrastructure which comprises standardization, technical regulations, market surveillance, conformity assessment, marketing and metrology. On Monday the focus was on…

MAYOR LINKS CRIME TO LOITERING

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis believes that one way of reducing crime in the city is to enforce existing loitering laws. Violators can be fined up to $1000.00 and up to two years in prison. According to the Castries Mayor Peterson Francis, there are too many idle individuals within the city. They consume alcohol and misbehave, creating situations which could lead to the commission of crimes. It is the duty of law enforcement officials he says to enforce the existing laws. Mr Francis says the laws of the country are there…

UNDER FIRE

The St Lucia Fire and Emergency Service is concerned about an increase in motor vehicle fires prompting a call to motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in good working condition. This as the Department responded to 87 calls over the weekend which varied in nature. The St. Lucia Fire and Emergency Service is urging motorists to service their vehicles regularly and ensure that electrical fittings are in proper working condition. The call comes against the backdrop of an increase in motor vehicle fires . Just over the weekend the…

SUSPECTED SUICIDE

Authorities are investigating the death of an eighteen year old Forestiere resident after relatives found him hanging in his room Monday. The deceased has been identified as Nolan George. His body was discovered by his older sister around mid-day. According to an aunt of the deceased, Nolan George had a history of mental illness which may have contributed to his demise. Speaking to reporters at the scene, Miss Kaisha George described him as a very pleasant young man with good manners who was very helpful. She recalls seeing and speaking…