TRUMP’S DAUGHTER LANDS ON SAINT LUCIA AND SPARKS A SOCIAL MEDIA FRENZY

Social Media has been buzzing all over the region and North America when Tiffany Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump visited St. Lucia.  Tiffany, 25, is an American Socialite, Model, and Georgetown Law student in Washington DC.  With her father’s inauguration as President on January 20th, 2017, she became a member of the First Family of the United States of America. As photos were posted of Tiffany Trump and companion, Michael Boulos at the Diamond Botanical Gardens in Soufriere, viewers shared different opinions on her visit to the…

FREE HEALTH SCREENING FOR BUS DRIVERS

The St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association will be hosting a screening session for the public but particularly the minibus operators on the La Clery and the Babonneau Bus routes near the Castries Market. According to the President of the SLDHA, Andrew Felix, there will be professional eye checks, blood sugar screening as well as blood pressure, and urine testing .Urine testing, Mr. Felix says, is important , as many different ailments could be detected through the procedure. The SLDHA’s president says the focus on pre-crisis management rather than crisis…

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…

ECCO ADDRESSES CRITICAL ISSUES AT WEEKEND MEETING

The lack of compliance by local broadcasters, was among key subjects down for discussion with the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Right held a members meeting on Saturday.  The recent loss of a court case against Caribbean Cinemas also came up. In 2017, ECCO won a landmark case against Mega Plex in the civil suit for copyright infringement and asked the court for damages. The Movie Theatre chain challenged the decision and won. Saturday’s meeting was a second attempt by the organization to meet with members since the appointment…

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…

GENDER RELATIONS MINISTER UNHAPPY WITH PACE OF JUSTICE

Gender Relations Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has expressed concern over the delay in justice for relatives and victims of domestic violence and abuse. Dr. Gale Rigobert believes there needs to be an overhaul of the legislative processes which have been blamed for the delay in justice. While there are a number of families and victims of domestic violence and abuse who continue to wait to receive justice, Gender Relations Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert says proper consultation with those victims by law enforcement and other officials can ease a degree of…

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…

PIERRE TOLD TO LEAVE SLP TO SAVE POLITICAL CAREER

A former Minister for Agriculture in both the United Workers Party and the St. Lucia Labour Party administrations has responded to claims by Opposition Leader Philip Pierre that he better placed than any of his predecessors to be prime Minister. While Peter Josie agrees with Pierre, he believes that Pierre should consider leaving the SLP if he is to realize his aspirations. According to Peter Josie, there is a negative mindset within the Labour Party that will always keep Philip Pierre from advancing. Having represented Castries East for over two…

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…