Bonne Terre tops common entrance Story bySant Justin
Primary School students around the island received their Common Entrance results on Friday. A number of primary schools celebrated the victory of their students as they were handed the exhilarating results.
The Bonne Terre Proprietary School captured the first and fourth place in this year’s June exam. Jonas Landwehr and Daesean Francois were both excited to attend the school of their choice.
They both spoke of their difficulties during the final examination.
Jonas Landwehr Mother, Stacy Landwehr says the family was always certain young Landwehr could pull it off.
Principal- Jennifer Alexander was also elated about the Common Entrance results. She says however – the results brought the most joy to the students.
Students from the Bonne Terre Proprietary School also captured other positions in the final results of the Common Entrance.
Dame Pearlette is top school Story bySarah Peter
The Principal of the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School, Ethylene Leonce is jubilant over her school’s performance at this year’s Common Entrance Exam.
One hundred and thirty students wrote the exam from the school that placed first on the island. Students and parents who gathered at the school to hear the results were equally pleased by the performance of the students.
The top performer from the Dame Pearlette Louisy Primary School was Steven Mitchell; two other students were in the top ten on the island.
Leonce says hard work and dedication contributed to the academic success. Over two thousands students from across the island wrote the annual Common Entrance Exam on Wednesday June 20th.
Education minister on results Story byWinston Springer
The official results of the common entrance examination were announced by Minister for Education Dr. Robert Lewis.
According to Dr. Lewis 2831 candidates sat the exam with 1394 male and 1437 female. The average composite mean ranged from 15.67 percent to 95 percent and the national mean or pass rate is 59.04 percent.
1497 of the candidates who wrote the exam or 52.88 percent of the students scored at or above the national mean while 1334 scored below average.
Dr. Lewis reveals the top ten public schools were led by the Dame Pearlette Primary School.
The Montessori School is the best private learning institution in this year’s common entrance exam.
Although female candidates outdid their male counterparts in the English language, mathematics and general paper, three of the top performers on the exam are boys.
2571 of the common entrance candidates were assigned to the island’s 23 secondary schools.
263 are still unassigned.
The Minister explains these students did not necessarily flunk the exam but did not achieve the necessary grades to be assigned to the high school of their choice.
Rambally chairs committee Story byWinston Springer
Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, H.E. Menissa Rambally, is Chairing the Caucus of CARICOM Permanent Representatives to the United Nations for the month of July.
The Chair of the Caucus rotates monthly among the fourteen CARICOM Ambassadors. Ambassador Rambally said the opportunity to preside over the deliberations of the CARICOM group is an important duty for Saint Lucia at this juncture.
She says it comes as the region is closely involved in the negotiations at the U.N. headquarters on an Arms Trade Treaty.
Her Excellency also noted the CARICOM Caucus will address a number of additional key issues during the month of July.
This will include the relevant agenda items on Economic and Social Development that will be considered at the 2012 session of the UN Economic and Social Council, one of the five organs of the United Nations.
Health minister on human trafficking Story bySarah Peter
Minister of Health, Alvina Reynolds says contrary to what many may believe - human trafficking occurs in St. Lucia and across the region; the plague is very much a reality.
The Gender Relations Minister says records state women as far as Eastern Europe are brought to the region under the promise of false employment.
Minister Reynolds believes governments across the region need to take the matter seriously.
Minister Reynold’s pronouncement comes in the wake of a recently ended conference in Washington DC among women leaders on how to deal with the problem of human trafficking across the world.
These leaders have since committed to deal with the matter. It was an agreement they entered into with the US State Department.
The Health Minister says victims are promised jobs as maids, waitresses and laborers., However when they arrive in the region they are forced into sex work.
Health Minister Alvina Reynolds says there are plans by the Ministry of Gender Relations, CAFRA and other interested bodies to revive a coalition to fight the plague. She adds local police recently helped a woman who was a victim of human trafficking go back to her country.
Minister Reynolds says monitoring mechanisms needs to be put in place at the island’s borders to stamp out this illicit practice.
Health promotion Story bySarah Peter
The Ministry of Health has launched its food based dietary guidelines program for St. Lucia. The initiative is aimed at promoting healthy eating on the island, encouraging more consumption of the island’s indigenous fruits and vegetables.
The guidelines were launched Friday at the Auberge Seraphine Hotel.
They were developed through the support and technical expertise of the Caribbean Food
and Nutrition Institute and the Food and Agriculture Organization. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks says the significance of eating healthy cannot be understated.
The project which was funded by the European Union began almost seven years ago at the request of the heads of government of the Windward Islands.
Principal Nursing Officer, Anne Margaret Henry maintains healthy dietary practices will ensure a healthier populace.
The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Ministries of Health, Agriculture and the Ministry of Health.
The theme for Friday’s initiative was “Eat Fresh! St. Lucia’s Best!”
Etienne on broadcast rights Story bySant Justin
The matter of broadcast rights became an issue following the decision to allow live broadcast of Saint Lucia Carnival on TV and the internet.
In the final days of the 2010 season – ahead of major shows like the Power Soca Monarch - a number of artistes demanded royalties over the broadcast of their performances.
General Manager of the Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights- Steve Etienne says according to the St. Lucia Copy Rights Act Section 9, the performers seeking payments are well within their rights.
Etienne says negotiations should also take place between the broadcasters, organizers and performers prior to the event, where an ultimatum on the artiste’s rights should be reached before advancement.
The ECCO General Manager says artistes have the right to protect their interests.
Following the dip for the Groovy Soca Monarch preliminaries a few weeks ago – soca artistes Wenhaul “Alpha” Gerard and Melissa “Q-Pid” Moses called on ECCO and the Calypso Association to represent the interests of their members, the artistes in the matter.
Etienne says failure to secure broadcast rights for artistes has raised eyebrows on how well stakeholders understand and know the rights of those they seek to represent.
ECCO is calling on the various stakeholders involved in broadcasting to educate themselves and do what is in accordance with the law.
Time extension Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
The island’s police commissioner is looking forward to an incident free carnival in which the police can make good on its intention to extend the time designated for reveling. Commissioner Francois says police have agreed to extend the jump up time from 6pm to 7pm.
Revelers have long complained about the 6pm stop time saying it doesn’t allow enough time for a proper bacchanal.
Commissioner Francois says the Parade of the Bands will be allowed until 7pm, under certain conditions.
Francois says time extension may also apply to the various carnival shows such as Groovy and Party Soca Monarch.
However - the same conditions will apply to these shows. The two day carnival street parade will be held on 16th and 17th July.
Adolescent health Story byDesmond Collymore
LIME sponsored carnival Story byWinston Springer
Telecommunications giant LIME is pumping over a quarter million dollars into 2012 Carnival celebrations.
The company which says it is fully behind the island’s premier cultural showpiece is sponsoring numerous carnival bands and community events.
Several of the beneficiaries of the corporation’s largess were present at the official sponsor’s cheque handing over ceremony on Friday
LIME Corporate Communications Executive, Terry Finisterre reveals the mobile provider has contributed over 8 hundred thousand dollars over the past five years to Saint Lucia Carnival.
Representatives of the various recipients of the corporate cheques say the support of the benevolent business has been invaluable. They claim the telecommunications giant has been a trusted and supportive partner.
Lime has sponsored several of the leading costume bands over the past five years including 8 time carnival band year winner ‘Mas Action”.
The mobile provider is also using its sponsorship to advance its latest promotion which ends on March 31st 2012.
Meet Ms Super J Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
Carnival Queen Contestant, Janelle Desir, is sponsored by Super J IGA in this year’s carnival queen pageant.
On Thursday Desir toured the Waterfront store in her first interaction with her sponsor and its employees.
Desir was taken around the store, into the customer service booth, the Deli and the storeroom.
The Fond St Jacques native will take the stage this coming Saturday to vie for the National Carnival Queen title. Desir says with Super J at her side she is even more confident of a win.
Deputy Managing Director of Consolidated Foods Limited, Martin Dorville, says the company is proud to continue its long history of sponsorship of the National Carnival Queen Show.
He says the company has been impressed with Janelle so far, in particular her outgoing and bubbly personality.
Dorville encouraged Desir to give her best and take a hands on approach in her portrayals on stage come Saturday.
21 year old Janelle Desir was born and raised in the community of Fond St. Jacques Soufriere.
She is currently employed at Discovery at Marigot Bay as a front office agent.
The National Carnival Queen Pageant will be held this coming Saturday July 7th at the National Cultural Centre – show time is 8PM.
YEP program Story bySant Justin
Another group of young people have joined the Youth Agri-Entrepreneurial Project commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture under the National Initiative for Creating Employment (NICE).
Agriculture Minister Moses Jn. Baptiste says his ministry and the Government of St. Lucia are extremely proud to be part of the program that launched a few weeks ago in Vieux-Fort.
The program is expected to create a new generation of Agri Business men and Woman. Chief Extension Officer - Kemuel Jn. Baptist says the program will train the young participants about various fields within the sector.
The program was officially launched on June 27th at the IRDC in Dennery.
Bonne Terre tops common entrance
Dame Pearlette is top school
Rambally chairs committee
Health minister on human trafficking
Etienne on broadcast rights
LIME sponsored carnival
Meet Ms Super j
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?