Fixing a Broken System

THE sobering statistics recorded at the start of this New Year should force some serious introspection and change. The criminal activity, robberies, assaults and accidents have the makings of a frightening trend. If we continue at this rate, with five new victims in one day, and eight dead within ten days, this new year would be neither happy nor peaceful.

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Mom Is Talking More: Can Coconut Oil Help?

Q: Dear Nurse, my sister took my mom to see a specialist three months ago and they recommended she use coconut oil in her diet. I am not sure the amount prescribed but recently I have been noticing my mom is communicating better and recognizing me when I come to visit her. She used to always confuse my sister and I and I feel she really knows it is me. She had stopped talking over a year ago only, “yes” and “no” answers. Now she can tell me exactly what she wants. Does the coconut oil really have anything to do with it? Will it heal her?

Image: National Under-20 female footballer Sasha Prospere during one of the training sessions.

Football Hopefuls Shine

THE second College Player Showcase trial ahead of the Free Kick Foundation’s final selection has been dubbed a huge success. The event, which was held last Saturday at the SAB Sporting Facility, attracted a combined 40 junior male and female footballers from various clubs and schools on the island.

Image: (l-r) Director of Youth Development and Sports Jim Xavier, School Sports Coordinator Isabel Marquis and Senior Youth and Sports Officer Patrick Mathurin. (Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

Better School Sports Promised This Year

THE Department of Youth Development and Sports is predicting a less turbulent staging of the 2017 school sports programme citing a recent meeting with principals as a significant step in that regard. This was the theme of the Department’s presentation to Physical Education teachers as the parties met last Friday to discuss the upcoming s

Pakistan To Tour

St. John’s, Antigua – The West Indies and Pakistan Cricket Boards have agreed to play three Tests, three One-Day-Internationals and two Twenty20 matches in the Caribbean from Monday, March 27 to Monday, May 15. The series is scheduled to start in the twin-island of Trinidad and Tobago and end in Dominica.

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A Hard Pill to Swallow

IT’S a hard thing watching, reading or listening to the news these days knowing that at least one crime story might overshadow whatever positives are being achieved in this country. Quite often, the nation is left seemingly at a loss for words and comprehension as to why “good boys” and “good girls” keep raping our women, robbing our homes or killing each other through senseless violence.

Image: Caribbean journalists and plant officials during a tour of the desalination plant at Ashkelon in December. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Desalination Plants for St. Lucia?

WITH the scarcity of potable water increasingly becoming a major headache for consumers, the introduction of desalination plants in Saint Lucia might well be the solution to the island’s water woes. Last week, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said government was working assiduously towards improving the island’s water supply. To that end, he cited government taking a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to dredge the John Compton Dam which has lost its holding capacity due to heavy siltation caused by torrential rains and storms.

Now, a ‘Festival’ For Our Nobel Laureates

A name change to what had traditionally become known as Nobel Laureate Week is expected to add more enthusiasm to this year’s event that pays homage to Saint Lucia’s two Nobel Prize-winners, Sirs William Arthur Lewis and Derek Alton Walcott. The festival runs from January 15 through February 4 and a number of activities aimed at celebrating excellence and tapping into the Saint Lucian psyche have been planned…

Emergency Personnel At Barbados Training

SECURITY, public health and disaster management personnel from across the Caribbean are being put to the test as they participate in a training exercise aimed at improving regional responses during an emergency situation. The exercise, Synergy 2017, will present emergency scenarios that could occur in the Caribbean region. The exercise started yesterday and continue today at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados.

U.S. Company To Build CIP Hotel in Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – A United States-based company is set to invest US$58 million in the Grenada tourism industry under the island’s Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) that Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said is a way of “bringing serious investments to the country”. The five-star KimptonKawana Bay Resort, due to open in 2019, will comprise 110 luxury studio rooms and 45 suites. Twelve additional penthouse apartments will also be available for sale to private owners.

Image: World ARC participants waving goodbye as they make their way to Santa Marta. ( Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

World ARC Sets Sail for Colombia

THE 7th edition of the World ARC (2017-18) fleet set sail from Rodney Bay at noon on Saturday in near perfect weather conditions with winds up to 20 knots, creating a kaleidoscope of colours heading down the coast to Castries. Leading the was the committee vessel, Reel Extreme, with Minister of Tourism Dominic Fedee, World Cruising Club officials, members of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, Island Global Yachting and the Saint Lucia Yacht Club, on board.

Image: The signing ceremony.

St. Lucia, Taiwan Sign MOU

TAIWAN and St. Lucia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) providing for cooperation in the exchange of financial intelligence related to money laundering and terrorism financing. The MOU will facilitate the exchange of information between St. Lucia’s Financial Intelligence Authority and Taiwan’s Anti-Money Laundering Division, Investigation Bureau.

OECS Public Education Series

THE Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States will tomorrow hold a public education forum series to dialogue with the people of the OECS on key topics impacting the future of the region. The series, dubbed ViniKozé – Kweyol for ‘let’s chat’ – is part of the public education component of the OECS 10th EDF Regional Integration Programme.

Image: The collection of weapons seized from students. [PHOTO: By PhotoMike]

CRIMINAL STUDENTS – Police Show Off Weapons And Drugs Seized

TED King, the police corporal in charge of the northern section of the Community Relations Branch is calling for crime prevention programmes targeting secondary school students following an astounding amount of weapons and illegal drugs seized from them last year and the year before. Warning that offenders and victims of crime are getting younger at an alarming rate, which should be a cause for concern to the nation, he promised that his department will continue its pro-active approach in educating the youth through school presentations, organizing crime prevention programmes and conducting professional random school searches and interventions.