Plug pulled on Anse Ger student Story byDesmond Collymore
Sixteen year old Shervon Poleon was taken off life support on Monday afternoon.
The decision to do so comes one day after police released a minor who is assisting with the investigation into what happened to Poleon into his father’s care.
Police had detained the young boy following reports a group of minors who were present at the scene of the incident admitted they made up the story to protect one of their friends from possible prosecution.
It has emerged that Poleon was allegedly hit in the head by a metal projectile which was hurled at him by another individual.
Jeremie street slashing Story byCarmy Joseph
On Friday 16th June at about 9:45 pm, officers attached to the criminal investigations department responded to an incident which occurred on Jeremie Street. Information received indicates 20 year old Ervin smith of new village was standing on Jeremie Street when an unknown individual walked up and slashed the left side of his throat. Smith was taken to the Victoria hospital where he is currently admitted in stable condition. Investigations are continuing into the matter.
Man dies from hit and run Story byDesmond Collymore
Traffic police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 37 year old Winston Charles also known as jungle from Anse Ger in Micoud.
The lifeless body of the victim was discovered along the Micoud highway Friday night.
With apparent signs of a collision and tire marks nearby, law enforcement officials are trying to determine whether he was hit by a moving vehicle which fled the scene.
NWU and CSA meet WASCO Story byCarmy Joseph
The National Workers Union and Civil Service Association met with WASCO officials on Monday morning.
It was the first meeting between the three entities since another a few weeks ago where the two unions agreed to combine their efforts on behalf of WASCO employees.
The Industrial Relations Specialist at the National Workers Unions describes the meeting as fruitful and good.
Solace Myers says all parties are now plotting the way forward. A number of representatives from both Unions and the water company attended the meeting which was held at the main WASCO office in Lanse Road. Earlier this month – Public Utilities Minister Dr James Fletcher called for patience from the trade unions representing WASCO employees.
Dr Fletcher said the company was insolvent; making it impossible to provide salary increases to workers who have for years been advocating for that and other benefits.
The Minister said while the government was working on ways to bring WASCO back into the black – the time was not now to make any promises to workers.
Francois on human rights Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
Police Commissioner Vernon Francois at a probationer’s graduation on Monday made it absolutely clear he will not be making an apology to any human rights advocate for what he says were his remarks in defense of police officers.
Vernon Francois and human rights advocate and Attorney Mary Francis have butted heads over the past few weeks.
The human rights advocate has continuously stated nothing was being done to bring closure or gain justice in a number of police shootings – she labeled extra-judicial.
Francois started the war of words when he made what Francis felt were inflammatory comments about the human rights advocate.
She subsequently called for an apology and assistance from Amnesty International. On Monday Francois again restated his position on the matter.
Francois says his comments were in defense of police officers who he felt were being unnecessarily criticized.
He also protests the use of the term extra-judicial in relation to the police shootings. The Police Commissioner says contrary to what some human rights advocates espouse, police officers are held accountable for their actions.
The Police Commissioner says public perception the Police is the ones responsible for delays in the inquests into the police shootings are incorrect.
He says the police have done their part which is to conduct thorough investigations into the shootings; anything beyond that he says is the hands of the DPP and the coroner.
Fire service association on ambulances Story bySarah Peter
Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony announced on Friday his government had ordered three ambulances to deal with the shortage currently crippling the Saint Lucia Fire Service.
The assurance comes on the heels of fresh concerns over a lack ambulance services following the death of an elderly woman.
The New Village resident was left on the ground for an hour waiting for an ambulance that had been called to provide assistance.
Dr Anthony says health resource constraints were made worse during the former government’s tenure.
He has however given assurances new ambulances will soon be deployed.
The president of the St. Lucia Fire Service Welfare Association, Shane Felix has welcomed the news adding resource constraints have been a perennial concern for the Fire Service.
He says the additional ambulances will enhance the response given by fire service personnel to members of the public.
Felix has also called for additional staffing. He is hoping the present administration can address what he says has been a perennial problem.
Fire Officials are also concerned enough is being done to repair damaged ambulances. During our visit - the Castries ambulance was being repaired.
Felix says emergencies come at any time and the need for adequate, efficient ambulances cannot be overstated.
Teachers union on PS re-shuffle Story bySant Justin
For several months - the St. Lucia Teachers Union made calls for redress over its issues with the former PS in the Ministry of Education.
As of Monday June 18th – Dr Rufina Frederick has been moved from that Ministry to the Ministry of Justice.
Teachers Union President - Julian Monrose says while communication was not entirely broken with the
Ministry of Education during Dr Frederick’s tenure - it was strained.
Monrose says his Association is now looking ahead to better relations.
Monrose says teachers make a great contribution to national development. He says a harmonious relationship between the Ministry and teachers is therefore a necessity.
A number of Permanent Secretaries were re-deployed during the recent shuffle. And in spite of the move – designed according to the Public Service Minister to address a number of retirements from the Public Service – not all Ministries will have a PS due to various reasons including overdue leave.
PM on LIAT Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
Saint Vincent’s Prime Minister, Dr Ralph Gonsalves, may want a speedy commitment from Saint Lucia in relation to its potential investment in LIAT but Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr Kenny says he will not be pushed into making a rushed decision.
The Prime Minister says any such decision must be carefully assessed by his administration before moving forward.
He says the challenges facing Saint Lucia’s economy and indeed that of the region, demand he be prudent.
Dr. Anthony says because the regional air carrier will soon embark on some major decision making, the government would need an indication about what the future may hold for LIAT before taking a decision.
There has been talk of LIAT replacing its aircraft fleet.
Dr Anthony says information must also be forthcoming about LIAT’s strategic plan and how it plans to sustain itself.
The Prime Minister is also concerned about what he says is LIAT’s apparent management issues.
St. Lucia’s Prime Minister says he remains sympathetic towards LIAT, which lost an aircraft, a hangar, and two office blocks in a recent fire in Antigua.
Nonetheless Dr Anthony says he will not let sympathy cloud what has to be a well thought out decision.
And while he admits that the airline plays an important role in facilitating inter regional travel; the government of St. Lucia – he says - must examine all circumstances before making a definitive decision.
Calypso association on competitions Story bySant Justin
The Calypso Association 2009 announced during a press conference last week, adjustments would be made this year to the final competition for Groovy and Party Monarch.
Chairperson- Caron Tobierre stated these were due to two reasons, which included the frustrating task of judging 42 preliminary artistes in the first round of competition.
Tobierre says the association’s decision was influenced by the need to improve the quality of the events, and manage the budget allocated to them.
Tobierre says the association has decided to revert to the old manner of choosing artistes for the preliminaries.
Interested persons are now required to submit their Groovy and Party tracks for screening. The deadline date for submission of the recorded material is Friday 22nd June.
Tobierre says in reducing the number of performances at the final leg of competition – participants can be guaranteed more prize money.
She says while the issue of prize money is still being negotiated, the association will do all it can with what is available.
Groovy Monarch Preliminaries are set for Wednesday June 27th and Finals on Thursday 12th July. Party Monarch Preliminaries will be held on Friday 29th June and Finals on Saturday 14th July.
Francois on carnival security Story bySarah Peter
Police Commissioner, Vernon Francois has sent a stern warning to would be law breakers for the upcoming Carnival season
Francois says criminal behavior will not be allowed and assured members of the public there will be a heavy deployment of police officers for the main 2012 Carnival activities.
The Commissioner added the police department has had a number of meetings to put operational plans in place for Carnival 2012.
Francois has further warned promoters Carnival events held without requisite permission from the police department will be stopped.
Francois says a police team has been assembled to end events which do not meet the requirements of adequate security and consent.
The Parade of the Bands that ends Carnival parade will be held this year on July 16th and 17th.
Health walk Story bySarah Peter
Members of the Castries South Constituency Office are calling on members of the public to support the inaugural health life style fun walk.
The initiative to promote healthy living among St. Lucians while simultaneously raising funds for a 14 year old girl who has to undergo surgery in Martinique will be held on Sunday 24th June from 6PM.
One of the organizers of the event, Marie-Ann Brown is hoping St. Lucians will come out in large numbers. The event is endorsed by the Constituency Representative for Castries South, Dr. Robert Lewis. Brown says the walk is expected to begin on time and will start from the SLP Castries South Constituency Office.
Early registration for the walk is $5.00; on the day of the event it will cost $8.00. Interested persons can register at the SLP Castries South Constituency Office and at the Castries Town Hall on Saturday.
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The Saint Lucia Calypso Association 2009 has reduced the number of people who will compete in this year’s Groovy and Power Monarch finals.
Instead of the traditional 20 – there will be 16 in the power and 13 in the Groovy contest – the new numbers including the reigning monarch who in both instances is Ricky T. The association says the changes will allow competitors to get more prize money while also maintaining interest from the spectators at each show. But will the reduction unnecessarily penalize singers who did not start the season knowing how much tougher the odds were against them and was the decision made after consultation with all interested parties?
Do you agree with reducing the number of competitors in the Groovy and Power soca monarch finals?