The island’s latest homicide victim Leevy Wilson was shot dead on Chisel street Castries on Tuesday during the annual Carnival celebrations.
Wilson was reportedly the unintended target of a gunshot fired by bandits during the second day of the Carnival Street parade.
Wilson’s family in Micoud says he had traveled to the city on an errand. His mother said the next time she saw her son was on the news in a pool of blood.
Leevy Wilson’s family says he was known for his helpful manner. His cousin Gilbert Dolcy said he had volunteered to help him over the weekend to clean his farm.
Dolcy says his cousin was a genuinely pleasant individual who was well liked by his community.
Wilson’s former parish priest also weighed in on the tragedy. Father Conrad Myer works with the Cathedral Parish but was the former parish priest for Mon Repos, where he got to know Wilson. He says Wilson was a dedicated parishioner and that he too was distraught by news of his tragic passing.
The shooting incident brought the Carnival last lap jump up to a premature end because the scene of the shooting was also part of the carnival route for the participating bands therefore presenting a logistical problem for police.
Meanwhile the investigation into the death of Leevy Wilson by a stray bullet is ongoing.
Security Minister on carnival murder Story bySarah Peter
The 2012 Carnival Season was stained by the brutal killing of one man. 27 year old Leevy Wilson of Mon Repos was shot during the Carnival parade on Tuesday.
Wilson was unintentionally shot by gun toting individuals who opened fire on a crowded street during the parade.
Another individual 20 year old Yannick Sylvester of City Gate sustained a gunshot wound to his right arm.
National Security Minister, Phillip La Corbiniere says the matter calls for law enforcement officials to take a step back and find ways to deal with those who are intent on engaging in violent crime.
La Corbiniere says the matter also calls for police to always be prepared. He reveals one of the main suspects in the fatal shooting is at large but the police are vigorously pursuing the matter.
The shooting compelled enforcement officials to shut down the final day of carnival celebrations. Several innocent bystanders were present when the bandits opened fire at random.
Wilson who was an acolyte in the Roman Catholic Church has been described as a loving, helpful individual by family members and friends.
Police fatally shoot allege robber Story byWinston Springer
An investigation into the fatal shooting by police of an alleged robbery suspect is underway. According to the Police on Monday 16th July 2012, about 8:30 pm, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department responded to an incident which occurred on Reclamation Ground, Castries.
Press Relations Officer, Constable Innocent says Information indicates that 27 year old Nazarius Bellase of Mon Ciseaux
who was armed with a cutlass robbed 35 year old Sebastian Romain of Rockhall. Law Enforcement Officials say the alleged perpetrator was shot by a police officer who responded to the crime.
Police Official say the incident was not related to the two day parade of carnival bands in the city of Castries.
Fire service on mishaps Story byWinston Springer
The weekend of mishaps began with a horrific vehicle collision on the Morne which landed two people in the intensive Care Unit at the hospital in critical condition.
43 year old Paul Remise who was in the ICU for days died at Victoria Hospital at 12:05 PM on Tuesday after succumbing to injuries sustained in the automobile crash.
The Laborie resident and two other individuals were struck by a brown Nissan Pick up driven by Andrew Paul of Bisee which veered off the Morne Road.
A post mortem is scheduled at a later date to determine the cause of death of Paul Remise. Deputy Fire Chief Lambert Charles says there were a number of other vehicle accidents which resulted in injuries but no fatalities.
A 23 year old male was hurt in a Motorcycle collision on Chaussee Road Monday, a 22 year old male had to be extricated from a vehicle after a crash at Choc on Sunday and five people including children were injured as a result of a head on collision at Rodney Bay.
The Fire Department also responded to a fire at the LIME facility at Sans Souci at approximately 4:26 PM carnival Tuesday which resulted in burns to the arms of an employee.
Charles says firefighters quickly extinguished the flames and the blaze was brought under control and confined to the garage facility.
EMT’s also transported a 20 year old male resident of Coolie Town who was the victim of a cutlass attack in the community.
His injuries were treated and he was later discharged. Despite the number of causalities, Charles says the Fire Service, anticipated a hectic weekend due to the many mass crowd events.
School bursary Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
The Ministry of Education has announced the commencement of the one off bursary program for students entering secondary school.
The bursary was a campaign promise by the Saint Lucia Labor Party.
Now in government the SLP government is all set to introduce the bursary island wide. Chief Education Officer within the Ministry of Education,
Marcus Edward, says applications forms are now available at the eight various district education offices in Saint Lucia.
Edward says the Ministry plans to distribute the 500 dollar bursary to the various applicants by the 2nd of August so that parents can get their children the needed school supplies.
As it stands people can choose to opt out of the program and only people who apply will receive the funds.
Edward says it is hoped that the funds will reach those who most need it but says it is open to all.
Applications for the 5 hundred dollar bursary apply only to students who sat the 2012 common entrance and have been placed at a secondary school.
Students who are repeating primary school or were not assigned do not qualify
Carnival results Story bySant Justin
The Carnival Season culminated Tuesday with the Parade of the Bands in the city of Castries.
The two day activity was the final competition of the season where bands portrayed their costumes to a panel of judges..
With perennial front runner Mas Action out of the race for 2012, this left room for any one of the remaining bands to capture the title.
Rituals was finally awarded the title of Band of the year for the 2012 Carnival Season. But although elated with the outcome, Rituals Band Leader- Adrian Augier is worried about the smaller bands.
Red Unlimited and St. Lucian Spirit took second and third place in the Band of the Year race. Other titles such as J’ourvet band of the year 2012 went to Band Company with their portrayal of Spring Break, followed by Mudsters with Meet Honololu and Lime with Limers.
In terms of hiccups in the organization of the 2012 Carnival Season, Chairman of the Carnival Stakeholders Committee- John Joseph admits the planning process was ad hoc and hasty.
The Best Band Portrayal was awarded to Rituals Carnival Band, followed by Just 4 Fun and St. Lucian Spirit.
Best Design went to St. Lucian Spirit, followed by Rituals then Just for Fun.
Ole Mas was won by Cuthbert Modeste with his portrayal of “Police Notice- No Entry”, followed by Matthew Mark with “King Calling Press Conference” and Anthony Jn. Baptist with a” Police Kidnapping”.
And the much anticipated road March Title was awarded to new comer Soca Psycho with his popular “Gallop”.
VAT registration Story bySarah Peter
The Ministry of Commerce will be undertaking a Vat training Program for Small Businesses on the island.
The initiative is expected to take place in different communities to help with a smooth transition from the current tax structure to the impending implementation of the Value Added Tax System.
The new tax regime is expected to come into full effect on the 1st of October.
The training exercises will help business owners better understand and adjust to the Value Added Tax system. Officer in Charge of the Small Enterprise Development Unit, Barbara Innocent Small says the initiative is extremely important.
Small says such programs will make the transition period easier for everyone on the island.
The Training program is expected to take place from July 30th to the 4th of October. Registration for the initiative started on Wednesday at Ministry of Commerce.
The program which is sponsored by the Government of St. Lucia will take place in five districts on the island namely Gros Islet, Castries, Dennery Vieux Fort and Soufriere.
Taiwanese volunteers Story bySant Justin
Two volunteers of the Taiwanese Volunteer program accounted for their two year stint in St. Lucia.
Grace and Shendy have both been volunteering their services since 2010, in the Ministry of Health and Sustainable Development, Forestry Division.
The final reports took the form of a presentation to media personnel, Ministry officials and the Taiwanese Ambassador.
Grace, who volunteered with the Forestry Division says she successfully completed five projects during her stay on the island.
Grace who majors in ecology plans to continue her studies upon her return home. Chief Forest Officer- Michael Bobb described the experience as a wonderful. Bobb also spoke highly of the volunteer.
Assistant Principal Nursing Officer for the Community- Juliette Joseph also expressed much appreciation to the assistance provided by the volunteers. Joseph says their work ethic benefited a number of programs.
The volunteer program will officially end in August. The two Departments were one of many agencies which have benefited from the volunteer program.
Mandela day celebration Story bySarah Peter
The Sandals Foundation and students at the dame Pearlette Louisy School joined the rest of the world in celebrating World Mandela Day.
The day is held to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in doing so build a global movement for good.
Public Relations Manger, Rhonda Giraudy says students who are at presently taking part in a summer camp were happy to
learn about an individual who devoted his life to the service of humanity. Giraudy the initiative was timely as some of the objectives of the sandals Foundation are in tune with the ideals of the great leader
For 67 years Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity and as an international peacemaker.
Mandela served 27 years in prison but was later released and became the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.
World Mandela day came into existence in November 2009 in recognition of the former South African president contribution to the culture of peace and freedom.
Trinidad youth Story byWinston Springer
The St. Lucia Student Association of Trinidad and Tobago will hold a orientation exercise for prospective students of the University of the West Indies this Saturday.
President of the student body, Simmons Jules says the exercise is intended to prepare the potential students for a new culture and environment.
He says settling into campus life miles away from home can be difficult for some students.
Jules is also encouraging potential undergraduate students interested in pursuing higher education in Trinidad to join the association.
The association has reportedly won a slew of awards at the St. Augustine Campus. He says the body has been a tower of strength for students in hard times.
In addition to a recruitment drive the association has solicited the support of the corporate sector to help fund the activities of the body.
The orientation exercise will be held at the CEHI building on the Morne. For information prospective students can contact at mobile numbers 460-787
Happyvale giveaway Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
The Happy Vale Montessori School celebrated the success of what the administrator called the school’s most successful fundraiser.
The school undertook a unique calendar project with participation from a number of sponsors to raise over 13 thousand dollars for the school.
Administrator, Juliette Braithwaite, says the public was encouraged to buy calendars for a chance to win special prizes for each day.
Contributing sponsors include the cell, lime, Dominoes, various shoe stores and spas among others. The grand prize winner of an ipad compliments the cell was also announced at the school’s small prize giving ceremony.
Braithwaite says the calendar game of chance was the school’s most successful fundraiser to date, enabling the school to raise 13 thousand 5 hundred and 40 dollars
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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?