42 year old Allan John was allegedly found dead in a pool of blood by his wife in his Autabon home on Tuesday.
Although John lived on his own he would often be visited by his wife, Janette John who was too shaken to speak when our cameras arrived at the home.
The family of the decease says the two are currently separated and awaiting divorce, with some legal issues also pending.
Brother- Charles John says he received the first call of his brothers passing from Barbados. John describes his younger brother as a quiet individual with his fair share of issues.
Word of the death spread around to family and friends as police went about their regular investigative routine.
Sister- Clara Francois says John was a hypertensive patient and also complained of waist pain.
A grief stricken Francois says she could move on from this only if her brother’s death was not intentionally caused.
She also said that along with his marital issues, her brother also had issues with in-laws.
Allan John and his wife have reportedly been separated for almost a year. John was also the father of five.
Unofficial reports say John was found with no marks of violence. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday 15th August.
CFL defends price hikes Story byWinston Springer
The grocery store retailer, Super J says its objective is to provide shoppers with products at competitive prices.
This as severe weather conditions in the US and other leading agricultural and food exporters are expected to drive up food prices. According to weather data the past 12 months were the hottest on record in the US.
In addition - a drought in the US has affected 88 percent of corn crops, an essential commodity in processed foods and animal feed.
But managing mounting costs for Super J is contingent on many variables including a vast global distribution chain of farmers, manufacturers and wholesalers.
Growing demand which far outweighs supply is compounded by emerging economies with a growing appetite.
The UN estimates global imports will surpass $1 trillion for a third consecutive year and food production will need to expand by 70 percent by 2050 to feed an additional 2 billion people.
Here in Saint Lucia, the price of locally manufactured food items is also climbing. In the US manufacturers offset expenditure by reducing serving sizes instead of passing cost on to retailers and consumers.
It is a model; Sariah Best Joseph, Divisional Head of Marketing and Corporate Relations at CFL which operates Super J thinks can be emulated here in Saint Lucia.
Boosting domestic production may take precedence in the wake of a growing foot import bill.
The leading Supermarket Chain says it has been actively supporting manufacturers and local farmers through its loan assistance program.
Super J is also helping discerning consumers economize.
Although there are concerns about the company’s returns, Joseph says Super J is aware of its responsibilities to consumers.
The company has also denied reports of price gouging. Consumers were recently spurned by surging prices in peanut butter and tuna fish which Super J says can be attributed to global factors.
Musa on food production Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
A national food production plan with specific targets is needed in response to increasing global food prices.
So say Agriculture Minister Moses Jn Baptiste.
Recent upward trends in food prices and the situation with food supply and cost in the US, he says, is definitely on the radar of the government and the Ministry of Agriculture.
He says while the government will make a more detailed statement on the matter within the next month they are keeping abreast with the emerging figures and predictions and are deeply concerned.
The Minister says specific measures will be employed to ensure the country’s food security.
Jn Baptiste says Saint Lucians must look inwards to ensure their food security. He says on a personal level consumers need to take heed to the advice to grow what they eat and eat what they grow.
For him - it may no longer be a matter of choice but necessity coming out of increasing global food prices and decreasing supply of food imports.
Drought and fires in the US are already driving up the price of corn due to its limited availability. This could mean disaster for third world countries heavily dependent on US imports since corn and its food derivatives like cornstarch, corn syrup, and corn oil are used in many other products.
Saint Lucians have so far been advised by the National Consumer Association, supermarket chains and now the Ministry of Agriculture to prepare for the possibility of more price hikes.
Two legged goat discovered Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
A two legged goat in China and another in Pakistan became youtube sensations, making international animal magazines headlines by learning to overcome their disability and walk on their two legs.
On Monday local farmers in Dennery rearing goats for over twenty years say they received a huge shock when one of their goats birthed a two legged kid.
Laurencia Choulette says despite her vast experience, this is a first for her. Choulette who is presently rearing seven goats calls this newest addition to her animal farm disturbing.
The elderly woman who is not sure what to do about the animal is nevertheless saddened deeply by the sight of the kid lying on the ground.
Justin Stanislaus tends the farm and says he too has never witnessed such a bizarre birth.
Animals have been known to adapt to deformities much quicker than humans. We spoke to the Ministry of Agriculture who says the goat needs to be examined before any determination can be made about whether it should be put to death or if it is healthy enough to live.
The Chief Vet says a biological anomaly may be responsible for the deformity he says occurs from time to time.
Lorne on APD Story byCarmy Joseph
The Caribbean is continuing the campaign against Air Passenger Duty which regional tourist destinations say could a have negative affect on arrivals from the major source markets.
According to St. Lucia’s Tourism Minister, Lorne Theophilus says CARICOM Heads under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Antony are making strides against the APD.
While Theophilus couldn’t reveal details of Dr. Anthony’s attempts, he says at the domestic level the administration is looking for cheaper routes for the Caribbean.
Theophilus says a decrease in arrivals from the US was anticipated earlier this year due to the election climate.
However the St. Lucia Tourist Board recently reported an unexpected rise in arrivals from the US.
Theophilus attributes the increase to aggressive marketing strategies.
There was a decline in arrivals between 2008 and 2011 with a decline of over 300 thousand passengers from one key source market to the Caribbean.
However the island this year recorded a 6.3% increase amid concerns over the growing impact of the APD.
PM on arrivals Story byCarmy Joseph
Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony is “heartened” by the recently released tourism arrival figures for January to June this year.
The Saint Lucia Tourist Board says over 150,000 visitors came to the country for the first half of the year and although the number was a 1% decrease from arrivals last year – marked increases were recorded in source markets like the UK and growing ones like Canada.
As the CARICOM Chairman, the Prime Minister has committed to review of the Air Passenger Duty said to be causing significant decline in UK arrivals to the Caribbean.
And while in Saint Lucia UK arrivals were up by 6.3%, Dr Anthony says the “performance can be markedly improved if we are successful in having the Air Passenger Duty reviewed.”
The Tourism product which was expected to contract this year did record declines in the cruise sector and yacht arrivals.
However, there was also 10% growth in the Canadian market and a 1.5% increase in Caribbean visitors.
Commenting on these figures, the Prime Minister said “The increase in visitor arrivals is a sign of an industry and economy that is slowly recovering. It is an indicator the strategies for marketing our destination are bringing a measure of positive returns.”
Dr. Anthony is hopeful the second half of the year will reflect growth in the United States market, Saint Lucia’s largest, which suffered a 7% decline and congratulates all who continue to work tirelessly to improve Saint Lucia’s Tourism product and produce positive results in the industry.
NEMO seeking partners Story byCarmy Joseph
NEMO caught a lot of flack from the general public following the passage of Hurricane Tomas. They were taken to task for failing to adequately warn the populace of the 2010 storm that devastated the country in the throes of the Jounen Kweyol week-end.
A subsequent report on how NEMO handled the lead up and recovery effort was equally damning.
NEMO Director Dawn French says the organization has since teamed up with a number of partners to ensure information about approaching systems is broadly publicized.
French has also extended an invitation to anyone who wishes to partner with NEMO in that regard.
In the past two week-ends Saint Lucia has been placed under tropical storm watch. The first Ernesto spared the country only to develop into a hurricane and cause damage to Mexico.
The other was downgraded from a tropical storm to a wave hours before it was supposed to hit the country.
SLASPA security course Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority along with the Embassy of the United States of America and the Ministry of External Affairs have embarked on a week long quality control in airport security course.
Instructor Charlotte Brain says the course is a follow up to another carried out in April 2012 on the issue of airport security management.
The new training workshop will teach different methods to ensure security measures are being effectively implemented. Brian says the course will focus on topics such as inspections, surveys and audits. The week long quality control in airport security course is being held at the bay gardens hotel.
NRDF open day Story byWinston Springer
The National Research Development Foundation gave the public further insight into its operations with an open house at the Castries City Hall on Tuesday.
NRDF, as a training and business development institution offers educational instruction and soft loans for entrepreneurs and small contractors.
Program Coordinator Nesa Constantine Noel says the
foundation is essential because it caters for a class of people who may not be able to afford higher education abroad.The institution also provides loans and technical assistance on investment plans for would-be capitalists.
During the activity, the NRDF met with leading private sector organizations including the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Office of Public Sector Relations, SLDB and ECFH.
Noel says the organizations have suggested the foundation focus on staff training programs including customer relations.
During the open day exercise NRDF exposed its suite of products and services to the Saint Lucian public.
The Non-governmental organization founded in 1983 also launched its masters of business administration program.
Miss big and beautiful Story bySant Justin
The reigning Miss Big and Beautiful, Leah Yarde, is getting set to represent Saint Lucia at the Miss Plus Caribbean Universe Pageant in Barbados this September.
Yarde will compete against a host of other contestants from countries like Barbados and St Martin for the title.
The segments of the pageant include talent, swimwear, evening wear and interview. Yarde says she is participating to provide a positive image to other plus size women.
She says while society might sometimes make these women feel unworthy she wants them to embrace their fabulously thick selves.
Yarde says sponsorship for her representation of the island at the regional pageant has not been forthcoming.
She encouraged the local private and public sector to play a greater role in supporting ambassadors from the country in various spheres like arts and sports.
The Miss Plus Caribbean Universe Pageant will be held in Barbados at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on the 1st of September.
Dead body found
CFL defends price hikes
Musa on food production
Two legged goat discovered
Lorne on APD
PM on arrivals
NEMO seeking partners
SLASPA security course
NRDF open day
Miss big and beautiful
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?