THE Director of Turning Point Rehabilitation Centre, Joanna Joseph, has made an appeal to family members and society at large to utilize the services of the centre for loved ones caught in the grip of substance abuse and addiction. This appeal comes on the heels of an upscale in serious accidents and violent crimes on the island.
THE National Workers Union and the Seamen, Waterfront and General Workers Trade Union are in a recognition battle over employees of the Castries Constituency Council (CCC). The battle, which started with the filing of a petition by the workers to the Labour Department for a secret poll to determine which trade union will be their bargaining agent, ended last Friday on the ground floor of the Castries City Hall when workers voted by secret ballot.
HUNDREDS of football enthusiasts are expected to converge on the Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort this weekend when Veterans In Sports Inc. presents the four semifinal matchups in the 2016/2017 Plate and Main Draw championships.
YOUNG St. Lucian basketball players, both male and female, have been given the opportunity to show and strengthen their skills with hopes of playing in an international arena with the upcoming inaugural Lesser Antilles 3×3 International Youth Tournament which is to be held in St. Lucia in the coming months.
THE Rodney Height Aquatic Centre will tomorrow morning stage a developmental meet, the first this year for the Saint Lucia Amateur Swimming Association in preparation for the CARIFTA Championship scheduled for April 15-19 in Nassau, Bahamas.
THE 2017 College Player Showcase got off to an unbelievable start on Thursday evening at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium Players’ Lounge. The local press, sponsors and other invited guests were treated to an evening of information relating to organizing the Showcase and embarking on studies in the USA.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Test captain Jason Holder says one of his main goals is to transform the Caribbean side into a tightly-knit unit, and believes this will be the catalyst for any turnaround in the team’s fortunes. The Caribbean side has endured a torrid time in Test and One-Day International cricket over the last decade and currently ranked eighth and ninth respectively in either format.
THE miscellany of literary writing by Gandolph St. Clair reveals and confirms what we already know about him – that is, he is a prolific writer grounded in experience of his reality and willing to share that experience through the art of creative writing.
THE future and pride of the nation was celebrated on a grand scale Tuesday morning, as the Ministry of Education hosted the 2017 National Awards of Excellence at the National Cultural Centre. The event saw a number of students receiving honourable recognition for their outstanding performance at last year’s Common Entrance, CXC and CSEC Examinations.
You’re on a diet to shed the holiday calories you picked up from all of those cookies and cocktails, and really rocking your plan. Of course, it’s tempting to constantly check your progress on the scale. After all, why not get some positive reinforcement and validation that, indeed, avoiding sugar and spending that extra time in the gym is paying off?
TWENTY eight years of good quality Toddler and Pre Primary Montessori Early Childhood Educational service is how Director Myrtle Murray will describe this year’s anniversary of her Wee Wisdom Montessori School. Much of the school’s success she attributes to a cadre of hard working and dedicated staff who, over the many years, have displayed high levels of commitment in providing the notable levels of educational service the school has become known for.
THE Lions and Leos, of Zone 3B, Saint Lucia representing the Lions Clubs of Castries, Vieux Fort, Piton Soufriere, Gros Islet, and Micoud and the Leo clubs of Castries and Hewanorra Plains last Sunday gathered in Mon Repos to commemorate the start of a significant milestone – the 50th Anniversary of Lionism in Saint Lucia.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Barbados Cricket Association has promised that the historic Kensington Oval will be in tip-top shape for the hosting of the matches in the upcoming West Indies Cricket Board’s Regional Super50 bowling off next week. In a media briefing on Friday, the BCA’s chief executive, Noel Lynch, said the governing body worked hard to get the facility ready for the event, which will be played in Barbados from next Tuesday.
CEDRIC George has the knack for making the obvious seem magical after a few brushstrokes on a framed canvas. Considered among the best on the local art scene, he has painted his way into the hearts of art lovers both here and abroad. But hold your breath – this talented artist isn’t done yet.
TRADE between the US and other countries of the world, particularly China, was a major plank of Donald Trump’s campaign for the Presidency. He regarded all the trade deals as inimical to US interests. So, is there reason for Caribbean Community Common Market (CARICOM) countries to worry about their trade relationship with the US under the Trump Presidency?
LAST Thursday, had Mr. Ubaldus Raymond been introduced as the Honourable Dr.Ubaldus Raymond, I’d likely not have batted an eye. The following day we learned of his entanglements with an 18-year old student, her attempts to blackmail him, his refusal to pay the $700 she demanded and the online sharing of what appeared to be (and have yet to be denied by him) photos of him.
“IN Jewish history there are no coincidences”, wrote the Jewish writer and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel. So on January 10th this year, when Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness paid a three-day visit to the state of Israel, the timing was certainly no coincidence (realpolitik in the new zeitgeist) – in a year when Israel, through its Agency for International Development Co-operation (MASHAV), has forged numerous partnerships and signed several agreements with Asian and African nations in areas ranging from biological pest control and crop protection, to dairy farming and environmental technology.
POLITICIANS in this country have been extremely successful at letting down the people. Their moral and ethical rectitude leaves a lot to be desired and makes one wonder why they hold public office anyway? Who vetted and approved them and why is it apparent that they are not being held to the highest codes of conduct that befit leaders and statesmen compared to any other part of the world.
“WE are virtually at the crossroads. As an economist, I can tell you that it really requires a quantum leap in our thinking, in our focus and in our intervention through the kind of work that needs to be done. The fact is that we need to corral our forces – intellectual, economic and financial – and try to meet that proposition’’.
IN Part 1 of this series, we reminded ourselves of the reasons for rejection of this CIP scheme, and in Part 2 we drew attention to the fact that while the Opposition has demanded that DSH provide “financials” demonstrating proof of the project’s viability, neither the Citizenship by Investment Act 2015 nor the Regulations governing the Act give the CIP Unit the authority to make those demands.