Trinidad Roman Catholics Against Death Penalty

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Dec 14, CMC – The head of the Roman Catholic Church here, Archbishop Joseph Harris, is maintaining that the church is against the imposition of the death penalty, saying there could be no good reason for killing someone. Speaking on a radio station here after a Roman Catholic priest, Father Ian Taylor, had earlier this week advocated the need to impose the death penalty in a bid to stem the rising murder rate here, Archbishop Harris said “Pope Francis has said…it (death penalty) is an offence against human dignity and the values of life and therefore it is i

Lotto Winner Collects $240,000

Image: Nicholas Minviellecollect his $240,000 cheque.

AS the year draws closer to an end, there is seemingly no end in sight to the huge payouts being made to lucky St. Lucians by the St. Lucia National Lottery. Nicholas Minvielle’s Christmas came early on Monday morning when he was handed a cheque for $240,000 after winning the Super 6 jackpot. He was the third local big winner in the space of just weeks, after two players were awarded prizes of $350,000 and over $100,000 two weeks ago.

New Zealand, CDB To Partner In Geothermal Development

THE Government of New Zealand and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) have formally confirmed their ongoing partnership in support of geothermal energy development in the Eastern Caribbean. New Zealand High Commissioner, Mrs Jan Henderson met with President of CDB, Dr William Warren Smith on Monday, to discuss progress on the implementation of the CDB GeoSMART Initiative, which has been receiving technical support from the Government of New Zealand.

Festival Of Lights On Monday

Image: Many eyes lit up during the lantern display. PHOTO: Stan Bishop)

THE traditional lighting up of the City of Castries popularly known as the Festival of Lights will be observed Monday night with the theme “Celebrate Light, Celebrate Jesus”. This is the time of year when the Castries Constituency Council, in collaboration with other partners, decorate the commercial center of the capital with Christmas lights and themes signifying the birth of Jesus Christ.

New Entrance to Piton Trail

Image: The Gros Piton Nature trail

IN the continued vein of community development and the creation of sustainable employment, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), officially opened and endorsed an entrance to the Gros Piton Nature Tail through the AnseL’Ivorgne Beach on Thursday. The new hiking experience encapsulates a unique adventure in which visitors are now graced with an option through which to experience the allure of the world renowned Gros Piton climb from sea level, in addition to experiencing an adventurous sea excursion and a pristine beach with therapeutic surroundings.

Jamaica Cops To Stop And Search

Jamaica Cops To Stop And Search

KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC -The police force has announced plans to increase stop-and-search operations during the festive season. Head of the Corporate Communications Unit (CCU) of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, said there will be a surge in the number of police on the ground during the festive season to counter the increase in robberies and the large migration of criminals at this time of year.

P.M. Gov’t Had No Choice on CIP

Hilaire [Photo: Stan Bishop]

THE St. Lucia government says it had no choice but to follow other Eastern Caribbean States in launching a Citizenship by Investment (CIP) programme here. “It means that a person can get a passport from Dominica for EC$100,000 or get a passport from Grenada, St Kitts or Antigua and have the full rights of being here. They got OECS citizenship,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said, noting that some of the Chinese nationals who came here to open restaurants, received their passports through Dominica.

More City Constables Soon

Image of Peterson Francis

CASTRIES Mayor Peterson Francis has vowed to make the city safer by establishing a 50-strong constabulary force. The current 12 member constabulary will get an injection of 18 more into members by year end, said to Francis Thursday at a press conference. The move by the Council to beef up its security force comes as a result of two shooting incidents within the city’s borders earlier this week, one of which resulted in the death of 27 year old Shane Emmanuel of City Gate.

Massy Gives To Sir John Foundation For Education

Image: Massy’s presentation to the John Comption Foundation.

MASSY United Insurance has made a donation to the Sir John Compton Memorial Foundation. Traditionally, at Christmas time, Massy United would express their appreciation for the support and patronage of their clientele with a token gift of thanks. This year, however, the decision was made to celebrate the spirit of the season of giving by sharing with those less fortunate in the community they serve.

Grenada Crackdown on Military Wear, Fireworks

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Dec 7, CMC – Grenada police have raided a number of business places here confiscating military type clothing and warning against its importation as well as “explosive” fireworks during the Christmas Season. Head of the Community Relations of the Police Force, Sylvan McIntyre, said that as part of the operations, “all things’ illegal will be seized.

120 On Dialysis; Equal Number on Waiting List

Image of dialysis machine

KIDNEY disease is very prevalent in St. Lucia and according to official records, nearly 120 persons are now undergoing dialysis treatment at the three main medical institutions on the island including Tapion Hospital. This is startling for a country with a population of just over 170,000 where resources are scarce and most importantly, there are nearly an equal number of persons waiting for an opportunity to receive treatment from just 17 dialysis machines at Victoria and St. Jude Hospitals .

Danger Road at Banse, Laborie

A recent traffic accident at Banse, Laborie, where a truck driver lost control of his vehicle which veered off the road and plunged down a precipice, has renewed calls by residents for the Ministry of Infrastructure to make the road safer for users. Over the years, there have been several accidents at a particular bend along the road where people have narrowly escaped death. The situation is of grave concern to residents of the area, especially those living near the bend.