The Anse Ger secondary school on Monday morning hosted a memorial service for Sherwin Poleon – the sixteen year old student who died last week after a metal object was lodged in his head.
Poleon is the fourth student from Anse ger secondary to die whilst attending the institution. He is also the second death for this academic year with Kerelle Modest passing away only in November 2011 – a victim to the Morne Sion tragedy.
The Anse Ger secondary school celebrated the life of Sherwin Poleon at a special assembly.
Police News Story byWinston Springer
On Friday 22nd June at about 4:50 pm officers attached to traffic department acting upon information, conducted a search on the person of 22 year old Cletus Mitchel of La Croix Maingot.
At the time he was standing along the la Croix maingot road.
During the search - 9mm pistol sr # b00329 was recovered on his body.
Mitchel was since arrested and charged on Friday 22nd June for the offence of possession of firearm. He will be taken before the court on Tuesday 26th to answer to the said charge.
Two arrested for drugs
On Friday 22nd June at about 6pm, officers attached to the traffic department while conducting a traffic check along the Bexon highway intercepted a black motor cycle registration number PB 832 driven by 32 year old martin Shortie of La Caye, Dennery. At the time he was accompanied by pillion rider, 15 year old Marlon Lewis of the same address.
A search was conducted on both individuals. A quantity of marijuana was found strapped to the body of shortie and a separate quantity was discovered in a back pack carried by Lewis.
On Sunday 24th June, both individuals were charged for the offences of possession of a controlled drug and possession with the intent to supply a controlled drug. They are expected to make their first court appearance on Tuesday 26th June.
On Tuesday 19th June, a joint eradication exercise was conducted by the special services unit of the northern and southern division of the island on a marijuana plantation at the Des Cartier rainforest in Micoud.
A total of 226 grown marijuana plants were destroyed in addition to 130 seedlings. Also recovered in a wooden hut on the plantation were a .25 pistol and 45.4 kg of dry cannabis which was seized by the officers. No one was arrested during that exercise.
Exclusive rights debate Story byCarmy Joseph
In a statement over the legal challenge made against the Carnival Stakeholder Committee by HTS over the broadcast rights for Carnival –
that Committee says it will “not be bullied” and that it “is satisfied that there is no credibility in the threats of legal action as the facts of this matter can provide no credible basis for a successful challenge to the Committee's decision.”
The Carnival Stakeholder Committee is headed by John Joseph.
Following its decision to grant exclusive broadcast rights to Media Zone – the Committee says it has attempted to mollify its challenger by offering first community carnival events and then that in addition to one national event.
Both offers were rejected and a notice of legal action served against the body tasked to oversee Carnival 2012.
Media Expert Jerry George says as long as the process of awarding rights was fair and transparent – there really is no cause for concern.
George is also speaking on the parameters allowed under the exclusive rights agreement. He has warned other media houses that cover Carnival must not be denied access to events.
The Select Committee says it “has acted at all times in a transparent and open manner in the sole interest of Carnival in accordance with its mandate.”
And according to the press release issued by the body on Monday afternoon – the decision over who should be granted rights to Carnival was made on June 9th.
The release ends with this expressed hope, “the Committee looks forward to working with all parties dedicated to a successful carnival, in a cooperative and reasonable spirit. Carnival does not belong to media houses, service providers or even the Committee; it's the patrimony of the entire nation and everybody should respect this and place carnival first.” HTS has no statement at this time.
Artistes on rights Story byCarmy Joseph
Years ago, former Power and Groovy Soca Monarch Wenhaul “Alpha” Gerald caught a lot of flack when he demanded artistes be paid to have their live performances broadcast.
The stance from his management team came during the lead up to competition; the first year one media house was granted the rights to cover national Carnival events after a year’s long hull.
A semi-finalist in this year’s groovy competition with his “Bodyguard” – Alpha says the issue is more relevant today than it ever was. He has called on organizations that represent local artistes like ECCO and the Calypso Association 2009 to represent their interests in this matter. Female soca artiste Melissa “Q-Pid” Moses agrees.
She says far too often artistes are given last consideration in designing the price structure in competition.
For her it’s a question of fairness.
The Carnival Stakeholder Committee has granted the exclusive rights to broadcast its national events to Choice TV.
These competitions include the Groovy Soca Monarch Final on July 12th, the Power Soca Monarch Final on July 14th and Calypso Finals on July 15th.
CSA on strike Story bySarah Peter
Effective Tuesday, workers at the St. Lucia Marketing Board will be absent from work unless their concerns over working conditions are addressed.
So says, General Secretary of the Civil Service Association, David Demarque. He describes the current working condition of workers at that government department as grave; one that is having major impact on employee’s health.
Demarque has emphasized the actions are being taken over health reasons and should be distinguished from strike action.
He maintains poor working conditions at the St. Lucia Marketing Board are posing a major health risk to employees and should be rectified as soon as possible.
Demarque maintains employees will not return to work unless their concerns are addressed. He called on the Ministry of Health to make the environment conducive for workers.
Meanwhile - employees at the Electoral Department are continuing the strike they began last week Thursday.
Employees walked off the job over a number of issues inclduign salary and retirement. A meeting has been convened between the Ministry of Public Service and the CSA to discuss the matter.
The Civil Service Association understands the Ministry of Health will relocate the St. Lucia Marketing Board soon. Nevertheless the Civil Service Association maintains immediate action should be taken.
Conway demolition Story bySarah Peter
A demolition of at least seven houses got underway Monday in the Conway/Barnard Hill area. Residents of the dwellings will be relocated to a more stable and formal structure in the Monchy community.
The demolition is part of plans to relocate victims of the 2004 Conway fire which destroyed several houses.
Minister of Housing Stanley Felix says to date at least seventeen people have been relocated to the Monchy area.
Felix added there are plans to build another forty two housing units in the Monchy community to relocate over forty residents.
Felix further added the relocation provides a great opportunity for property ownership; allowing owners to develop more productively. One resident who will be relocated says he is elated over the move.
Close to thirteen houses were destroyed in 2004 Conway way/Barnard Hill fire. Felix has assured plans are underway to relocate more residents who suffered as a result.
Residents will be relocated to the Monchy and Fond Mange areas.
Groovy preliminary round Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
On Monday morning the artistes dipped at the CDF to determine their order of appearance in the Groovy Preliminaries.
They are from the De revue tent; blaze – from the NG Soca stage – Jay-budz, Shadok, Teddyson John, Kakal, Toya, Private Six, Sergie, Q-pid, Superman HD, Mongstar, D’sean and HP. The Soca village will be represented by Esteban and Dean Roberts. South tent has Arthur, Benje, Ally Kyatt, AG, Animator, Richie V, T-girl while from the spectrum tent is Mubarak
The list is rounded off by Marie-anne, Ambi, Alpha and Ronald Darius. Caron Tobierre of the Select Committee of Stakeholders for Carnival says plans are coming along smoothly for the competition which will culminate on July 12th.
The Party Monarch contest also jump started on Monday. Reigning Monarch Ricky T will face 14 competitors in the final which will be held on 14th July.
The groovy soca preliminaries will be held from 5:30 pm on Wednesday at Spinners – door fee of $20 will be charged.
Piton carnival Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
Piton Beer is the official beer for Lucian Carnival Once Again. In fulfillment of that commitment - on Monday 25th June Piton presented sponsorship cheques to various bands, tents, fetes and communities.
Piton Beer and St Lucia Carnival share a long history; with the brand sponsoring many Carnival events over the years.
Piton Brand Manager, Rohan Lovence, says the Piton brand is
pleased to continue its association with St Lucia Carnival. Piton will for this carnival sponsor four carnival bands. As has become customary Piton will also sponsor a contestant in the National Carnival Queen competition.
The company will also sponsor the Stakeholder Committee responsible for Saint Lucia Carnival. Piton beer is a Windward and Leeward Brewery brand.
The company says it is proud to continue to be the official beer of Lucian Carnival; a partnership it hopes will continue into the future.
Culinary team Story byCarmy Joseph
The SLHTA Culinary Team for the CHTA Taste of the Caribbean Culinary Competition has won a total of eight medals and two awards – gaining recognition in every category entered.
The competition was held this past week-end at the Hyatt Regency in Miami. Saint Lucia’s team is made up of seven chefs and one bartender and according to a press release from the SLHTA they “stole the show and made our island proud last night at the Awards Ceremony.”
The awards are as follows – Gold Medal – Chef of the Year Competition – Elijah Jules – Jade Mountain
Gold Medal – Best Use of Cheese Competition – Emmerly Gerald – The Landings Resort
Silver Medal – Junior Chef – Paulyn Eugene Windjammer Landing
Silver Medal – Pastry Chef – Dulish Perera BodyHoliday LeSPORT
Bronze Medal – Seafood Competition – Delroy Fred Coconut Bay
Bronze Medal – Beef Competition – Odeen Martin – Fire Grill
Bronze Medal – Bartending Competition – Barkus Henry – Sandals Regency
Bronze Medal – Team Competition – Saint Lucia Culinary Team
Special Award – Best Use of Chocolate – Dulish Perera – The Body Holiday Le SPORT
Congratulations to Team Saint Lucia on their victory.
Monroe open day Story byCarmy Joseph
Monroe College will host an open day for potential students this coming Tuesday June 26th. Director of Outreach Jerry George says the event is open to all interested persons.
He has also recommended everyone come to the Monroe College campus located at Barnard Hill with the certificates and other documents they might need to enroll in courses.
To make applying for the school even more attractive – Monroe College will waive its usual application fee for anyone who registers during the Open Day.
George has advised Saint Lucians to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by the local campus of the US based university.
The Monroe College Open Day will be held from 10AM to 6PM.
Seafarers day Story bySarah Peter
June 25th has been recognized as the International day of the Sea Farer. On that day the invaluable contribution of sea farers make to International Trade and the world economy is recognized.
Seafarers are individuals who work in the Maritime community. Director of Maritime Affairs at the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority, Christopher Alexander says the contribution made by seafarers is extremely important
and it is therefore vital to make the public aware of their significance. A shipping safety seminar is expected to be held in Vieux Fort on July 4th to increase safety measures by maritime workers.
The event is being held as part of activities for International day of the Sea Farer. First celebrated in 2011, the occasion follows the establishment by resolution adopted by the Conference of Parties to the International Convention on Standards of Training and watch keeping for Seafarers.
The Day of the Seafarer has now been included in the annual list of United Nations Observances.
Anse Ger remembers
Exclusive rights debate
Artistes on rights
CSA on strike
Groovy preliminary round
Monroe open day
Saint Lucian artistes have never been paid for broadcast of their live performances.
There was one year when a token offer was made to performers – and another when a number of artistes refused to have their performances aired. But nothing has been set in stone that says exactly how much artistes will be paid to media houses that stand to make commercial and other revenue from broadcasting Carnival events. Islands like Trinidad where the competition is private and Antigua where Carnival is managed by the State as in Saint Lucia both pay artistes for use of their competitive performances. Artistes and their management have already made it clear that while the Stakeholders Committee faces a legal challenge to its granting of broadcast rights to a media house – their issue is not over who will broadcast but rather who will pay them to broadcast
Should artistes be paid for broadcast of their live performances during Carnival events?