AS we discussed the soul of our nation in Part 1 last week, we reminded ourselves of the reasons for objecting to the sale of our passports no matter how immaculately that sale was packaged and promoted to us. Those reasons were firstly the loss of our identity, and then the social mayhem that the CIP will unleash.
THE Judge at the local District Court house, having heard the evidence in a case for theft of a bunch of plantains, said to the plaintiff: “What did you say you did for a living”? Through the interpreter he happily said: “I am a seer “(A gardeur). To this response the Judge then directed him to “go to the window and tell me what you see coming”. The old man dutifully went to the widow but returned with an “I see nothing” answer, even if the process had been repeated three times. The Judge in his usual emphatic and no-nonsense manner echoed: “So you mean to tell me that you did not see six months at Her Majesty’s Prison coming?”
WHEN Ronald Reagan – from behind the “Iron Curtain” in East Germany – called on Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down these walls”, the imperial and ideological dreams of the Soviet Union (an Ivinghoe beacon of despair), began to wink like a battery-drained flashlight in a horror movie. Nikolai Khrushchev’s “We will bury you” threat in the 1950s began to ring hollow as political history unfolded.
THE DSH project for the South is an opportunity which the SLP deliberated upon for over two years and never entertained the idea of sharing the concept with the public. More importantly, Invest St. Lucia spent over two years of expensive man hours with the concurrence of the St. Lucia Labour Party, simultaneously making empty promises to the investors – a practice which cost them the elections. St. Lucians simply had enough of an administration who could not or were terrified of making decisions based on their poor judgements like Rochamel, Grynberg, IMPACS and the Lambirds fiasco to name but a few.
EARLIER in the week, our attention was drawn to a Facebook posting by the founder of a group Citizens for Accountability and Progress, in the wake of the bloody start to the New Year when we recorded eight killings in a10-day period.
FOR the staff of the maternity ward at St Jude Hospital, 2017 has started with double the excitement and double the fun. The hospital delivered two sets of twins in two days in the first week of the New Year. “We’ve never had two sets of twins being born at St Jude Hospital just one day apart,” said midwife and maternity ward charge nurse Julia Vitalis. “Twins usually come weeks or months apart so the entire ward was absolutely ecstatic.”
SAINT LUCIAN Professor Dr. Mary Alfred has received one of the highest accolades in the United States for adult education. Dr.Alfred who hails from Choiseul, was inducted into the International Adult & Continuing Education (IACE) Hall of Fame for her scholarship and leadership in the profession. She was one of 13 leaders from around the world to be inducted at the ceremony in Orlando, Florida.
Comical, insulting and ridiculous. These were just a few of the words the various presenters at a town hall meeting in Vieux Fort used Wednesday to describe the multi billion dollar Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement for a project in the town.
ONE month after announcing the National Housing Corporation’s inability to pay its debts and reeling in a state of bankruptcy, Chairman Timothy Mangal is today painting a healthier financial picture of the company. This is not to say that the Corporation’s financial position is still no longer dreadful, a month of cost cutting measures and taking certain decisions resulted in the healthy financial picture Mangal paints.
GOVERNMENT will shortly be perusing the technical audit on St. Jude Hospital as a copy of the report will soon be in the hands of the Cabinet of Ministers. Economic Development Minister, Guy Joseph Wednesday told reporters that the audit has now been completed. He said he will not speculate on the content of the report in case his comments prejudice any court action that might arise from it.
PEEPAL Tree Press (UK) has announced on its website the forthcoming publication of John Robert Lee’s Collected Poems 1975-2015. The book will be published on April 3. In 2008, Peepal Tree had published Lee’s “elemental: new and selected poems.” Peepal is the leading publisher of Caribbean literature. Several St. Lucian writers are on their list, including Garth St. Omer, KendelHippolyte, Jane King, Vladimir Lucien, Adrian Augier and Earl Long
THE Folk Research Centre, in association with the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee will present Dr. Paul Breslin, a Walcott scholar, who will speak on the “St. Lucia Oral History : Dunstan St. Omer” on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the FRC Headquarters, Mount Pleasant.
FORMER Member of Parliament for Soufriere, Attorney J. Baden Allain has made a contribution of some 250 books from his personal collection to the Soufriere Library. Allain told THE VOICE that the gesture was intended to encourage the townspeople, especially the young, to do more reading. He said the collection covers a wide range of subjects by some outstanding West Indian authors like George Lamming, Walter Rodney, Eric Wiliams, Franz Fanon.
THE Gemstones Theatre Productions, in association with the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee and the Folk Research Centre present a new “folk-lypso” drama titled “Twisters” on January 28 and 29 at 7.30 p.m. at the Folk Research Centre. A special staging will be presented for students of Theatre Arts at 3:00 p.m. on Monday January 30th at the same venue.
ROSEAU, Dominica, Jan 13, CMC – The Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Timothy Antoine is urging Caribbean governments administering Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIP) to be more transparent and not to use the funds collected for recurrent expenditure..
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Jan. 12, CMC – Attorney General Faris Al-Rawi on Wednesday revealed that there have been over three thousand child marriages in the last 20 years in the twin island republic. Al-Wari made the disclosure in Senate as he piloted the Miscellaneous Provisions Marriage Bill 2016 – that seeks to raise the age of marriage to 18, as recommended by the United Nations..
ST.GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – A 54-year old captain of a boat was jailed for three years on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to being in possession of 80 pounds of marijuana seized by police during an operation on Monday. The police said that they also seized a speed boat, which they intercepted on Marquis Bay and arrested Victor Charles. They gave no value for the goods seized.
THE European Union Delegation in Barbados is going green. The organisation recently acquired an electric vehicle as part of its fleet. Ambassador Daniela Tramacere said: “As one of the leading institutions championing the cause of green energy in the world the EU was delighted to enhance its fleet with a vehicle that helps to protect the environment from the emission of green-house gases”.
REGIONAL growth was the central theme when the second phase of the Caribbean Growth Forum (CGF) was launched in Saint Lucia on Thursday. The two-day event ended yesterday and was held at the Financial Administration Centre at Pointe Seraphine, brought together government ministers, World Bank officials and other stakeholders from the public and private sectors.
THE National Taxi Union (NTU) held its biennial Conference of delegates earlier this month. At the Meeting a new executive committee was elected to manage the affairs of the NTU for the next two years. It comprises: Kenneth Phillip (President), George Joseph (Vice President), Nigel Dickson (Secretary), Linus St. Clair (Assistant Secretary), IsidoreBrisefert (Treasurer), Mervin Dalsou (Trustee), and CantiusJn Baptiste (Trustee).