Tourist board on bolt statement Story bySant Justin
Olympic Gold Medalist- Usain Bolt made it clear his favourite place for R&R is St. Lucia.
The athlete said as much in an interview with UK’s the Daily Mail, hours before he became the second man to win consecutive 100M Gold medals at the Olympics.
When asked “What is your favourite holiday destination?” Bolt responded “St Lucia is my favourite place to relax.
The beaches are beautiful, the water is so clear, and the food is great.” While thrilled by the endorsement – the Tourist Board says Bolt is selling what they have long known.
Tourist Board Public Relations Manger John Emmanuel says the country has much to discover.
It has also played host to movie stars, superstars and millionaires.
Additionally – significant investment has gone into making Saint Lucia the perfect place for rest and relaxation.
One would expect the country to capitalize on the statement made by the World Class Athlete.
However, Emmanuel says while such is in the works, the plan is to utilize the country’s Olympians as well.
The St. Lucia Tourist Board has extended best wishes to all the islands of the Caribbean who have captured medals in the 2012 London Olympics.
Emmanuel also made special mention of the Gold Medal won by Grenadian Kirani James, the first medal for the OECS member states.
Construction stimulus package Story byWinston Springer
Government on Wednesday launched its construction stimulus package.
The incentives aimed at spurring construction of homes and commercial properties include the removal of all duties and taxes on selected building materials such as sand, cement, lumber and paints.
Further relief for consumers includes the removal of stamp duty on loans for residential and commercial mortgages.
During the 2012/2013 Budget Address, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony revealed the construction sector was chosen to drive the economy in the short term until a full recovery in the tourism industry and the investment sector.
According to the government certain measures have been implemented so consumers can realize the immediate benefits of reduced prices.
This includes a refund for suppliers and retailers of building materials on the duties paid on building supplies currently in stock.
More information on the Construction Stimulus Package and the list of items included in this incentive program will be made available to the public in the days ahead.
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony is expected to speak at length on the details of the construction stimulus package when he officially launches it next week.
Bar association on lawyer Story byWinston Springer
President of the Saint Lucia Bar Association, Andie George calls the arrest and subsequent charges against a 44 year old Vieux Fort Attorney on suspicion of fraud an unfortunate incident.
According to police Wayne Harrow was charged for issuing a Dishonest Cheque and fraudulent Breach of Trust.
Harrow was granted $100, 000 dollars bail. George believes the allegations of wrongdoing will impact public perception of the profession.
So how can members of the public safeguard themselves from unscrupulous lawyers and seek legal redress?
The Bar Association President explains under the disciplinary rules of the legal profession act aggrieved clients must lodge a formal complaint before the disciplinary committee can respond.
However, despite the travesties perpetuated against members of the public, George says they are often reluctant to report these matters to law enforcement.
Once a complaint is made and the disciplinary committee deems there is sufficient evidence to warrant an investigation, the body will initiate proceedings and schedule a formal hearing.
Upon conclusion of the hearing, the committee may refer the matter to the High Court. The recently retired Chief Justice of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Sir Hugh Rawlins before demitting office sought to strengthen the disciplinary rules for the legal profession beyond attorney-client complaints.
Under the proposed new rules anyone can lodge a grievance against an attorney for professional misconduct.
George says according to these new rules the Solicitor General or someone appointed by this chief legal officer will be the disciplinary council in the cases of misconduct.
The Police Department says Wayne Harrow, a lawyer of Bridge Street, Vieux Fort, was arrested by officers following an investigation into allegations of: Fraudulent Beach of Trust and Issuing a Dishonest Cheque which was issued on 27th June, 2012.
Ordained priest Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
Saint Lucian Cleophus Joseph was ordained into the priesthood during the closing ceremony of the 4th Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly.
Hundreds of Caribbean youth pilgrims and local Catholics attended the AECYA closing ceremony, witnessing Joseph’s ordination to the priesthood.
The newest and perhaps the youngest Saint Lucian Catholic Priest is from the community of Roseau/Jacmel.
Flanked by regional heads of Catholic churches and the local hierarchy of that body Father Cleophus Joseph called his ordination a milestone in his young life.
Father Cleophus Joseph shared the personal story of his journey to the priesthood with the young Catholic pilgrims.
According to him, his moment of truth came at the funeral of his friend and priest Father Guyus.
He says he was moved to commit to the priesthood when it was asked who would take up Father Guyus’ chalice.
He said it was then he decided to answer the call to religious life.
Catholic regional youth assemblies are held every three years for Caribbean youth between the ages of 16 to 35.
The event has been hosted in previous years by Curaçao, Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica, and is inspired by World Youth Day. The theme of this year’s assembly “Your word is a lamp for my steps and a light for my path”
Couples for Christ Story bySant Justin
Couples for Christ Ministry officially began the first day of its annual Caribbean Conference on Wednesday.
The 13th annual conference is being held in St. Lucia after a successful event in St. Maarten in 2011.
Coordinator - Patrick Chester says the one week conference will feature a number of lectures and fund raisers.
Chester says while the high cost of flights affected this year’s attendance, countries such as Trinidad, Antigua, St. Maarten, the Philippines, St. Lucia and the United States were all represented.
He says his Ministry has been around since the 1990’s and continues to focus on bettering the ways of the modern day family.
The activity is being held at the Gros-Islet Secondary School from the 7th to the 12th of August.
Health fair Story byWinston Springer
Atlas, a new youth organization formed in Choiseul will host its first major activity this Friday in the southwestern community.
The upstart organization will stage a health fair for residents in the south of the island. Krista Charles says the group is receiving support from the National Organization for Women.
She says the clinic will offer the public a host of medical services free of charge.
ATLAS says the health fair is open to all and does not target any specific group. However, the organization will also touch on issues affecting a younger demographic such as the HIV-Aids epidemic and sexual reproductive health.
The group will be distributing free condoms and pamphlets on safe sex during the health fair.
Gros-Islet pageant Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
PRO of the Gros Islet Queen Pageant Committee, Consuelo Dupal, says all is set for a night of stellar performances from the crème de la crème of Gros Islet.
Six young ladies will represent various communities at the third annual pageant. Dupal says the show has also been modified to fully capitalize on the creativity and exuberance of the contestants.
The committee says the Sandals Grande was chosen because of its ability to accommodate more patrons than last year’s venue; the Gros Islet Primary School.
However the pageant remains a community event and is open to all at the ticket price of forty dollars.
Dupal says arrangements have also been made to assist with transportation.
Buses will be available from the Gros Islet bus stand from 6pm to take patrons to the hotel at a fee of two dollars. The pageant will begin at 7pm.
Co-operatives consultation Story bySant Justin
Credit Unions around the world continue to observe 2012 as the International Year of the Co-operatives.
This as OECS member states continues work on a Harmonized Bill for these entities.
The Ministry of Finance hosted a second one day consultation, inviting all non-financial co-operatives to engage in discussion on the draft bill.
Co-operative Officer - Christopher Lamontagne says participants were expected to weigh in on the document that will affect the way they do business.
Lamontagne says the Harmonized Bill will govern the operations and management of Co-operatives throughout the regional grouping.
President of the Castries Fishermen Co-operative and St. Lucia Fishers Folk Co-operative Society- Horris Walters participated in Wednesday’s activity.
There was one issue he found particularly troubling. Walters has called other Co-operatives to question the bill and its move to separate Credit Unions and Co-operatives.
The consultation was held Wednesday at the Union Orchid Garden.
Tourist board on bolt statement
Construction stimulus package
Bar association on lawyer
Couples for Christ
Subventions from government are paid to all aspects of Saint Lucia Carnival. That means taxpayers subsidize everything from bands, to shows and community events. The cash injection is in addition to the bulk funding provided by government to the entity that manages the festival – for the past two years that has been the Stakeholder Committee and before them it was the CDF. Three Carnival bands including the reigning Band of the Year have dropped out of competition due in part to funding constraints. Other associations like the National Carnival Queen Committee and tent leaders have lamented dwindling sponsorship dollars and the need for government funding.
But is it fair to expect Saint Lucians to pay for a product they ultimately have to purchase in the way of costumes, tent shows and events?
Is it realistic for Carnival stakeholders to expect government to subsidize their contribution to the festival?