THE Nobel Laureate Festival picks up momentum this week as activities continue throughout the island to celebrate the life’s work …
CEDRIC George has the knack for making the obvious seem magical after a few brushstrokes on a framed canvas. Considered among the best on the local art scene, he has painted his way into the hearts of art lovers both here and abroad. But hold your breath – this talented artist isn’t done yet.
THE fashionable thing since the advent of fashion is that people keep coming up with more ways of presenting their appearances creatively. But it’s a tough job trying to achieve that transformation all by ourselves. That’s where people like Heera Patra come in — people who use their amazing talents to turn our bodies into works of art.
OPENING a new business in Saint Lucia has been growing pains for many years now. However, the small business sector which contribute to a large share of the island’s gross domestic product (GDP), have either folded or continue to be unattractive for many people to even get started.
TAIWAN’S Ambassador to Saint Lucia, Ray Mou, presented a cheque for $250,000 to Minister for Economic Development, Guy Joseph, to fund the second phase of the Sarrot Multi-Purpose Court. The handover, which took place at the Financial Administration Building last Thursday, seeks to bring to fruition a project that has remained incomplete for some time now.
IN an era where reggae music has attracted criticism on some levels for communicating a negative message through unflattering, demeaning lyrics, Meshach Nestor certainly makes a difference. The tall, dreadlocked Choiseul native is both charismatic and inspiring and his music is potent enough to reach any walk of life.
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.
MINISTER in the Ministry of Finance, Ubaldus Raymond says his trust is in the Almighty God and the court system of the country following allegations of his involvement with a young woman in a matter that has gone viral over social media.
IN a tough economy, harnessing a special talent becomes a necessity in the quest to make ends meet for both the employed and unemployed. These days, it seems, more Saint Lucians than ever before are prepared to do just that, especially when they see their survival hanging by a thread.
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.
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…
GOVERNMENT intends to undertake various measures this year aimed at tackling crime, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said last Thursday. However, he said citizens need to do their part in stopping criminality in its tracks. Chastanet said the appointment of new judges and support staff for the judiciary remains a priority given the growing concerns citizens have been expressing regarding crime. He said such a move is aimed at sending a clear message to criminals that justice will be swift and firm.
AS far as calypso history goes, Frances Marileen Baptiste has definitely made an indelible mark on a few of its pages. For a performer whose career has spanned decades, there still seems to be that tireless streak that forces her to get onstage and deliver riveting performances. From this year, however, she hopes to turn the heat up. Baptiste, known by the stage name Lady Leen, was born in Castries (Block B in the CDC apartment complex) where her mother, Beatrice, raised her and her brother, Michael. She attended the Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist School before moving on to St. Joseph’s Convent. The passion to perform, she said, was a constant.
MAYOR of Castries, Peterson Francis, has responded to comments made via social media and elsewhere that despite making huge sums of money from managing the three-day Assou Square event, the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) did little to make the event a pleasant experience.
PRIME Minister Allen Chastanet held his first press conference of the year on Thursday evening, addressing a wide range of issues. During the 90-minute briefing held at GIS Studios and carried live on NTN, Chastanet fielded questions from the media, including many related to the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) and the Desert Star Holdings Ltd. (DSH) project…
THE three-day Assou Square event brought out hundreds of patrons earlier this week. However, what was previously billed as a fun event in years past has turned out to be a mixed bag for many who either found the fun or found it lacking in many respects. With sporadic showers putting a damper on the event each day, many people nevertheless came out to take in the final days of the holiday season. There were lots to eat, drink and buy. But one really needed to look closely to find the fun in some cases.
SOME entrepreneurs are lucky and smart enough to know when the right moment and idea actually gel. Sometimes that reality is actually planned. Even better, the reality comes to life through a fortuitous moment when one discovers a creative talent that remained latent. Such was the case of Sephra Duncan, owner and designer of Starburst Productions, who fell into business accidentally nearly two years ago with what started as a hobby and has now blossomed into something bigger.
SOME years ago, musician TC Brown struck a conscious nerve with many when he lamented in song that time soon becomes the fateful factor that makes us forget the contributions made by our forebears. In the song, “Where Are They Now?”, the singer forced us to appreciate what we had and not abandon what probably would have been the best gifts to ever come from among us.
A Saint Lucian couple who left the island for Cuba in October to pursue medical treatment there now find themselves stranded and at their wits end. Valence Emmanuel and Joanna Joseph’s saga began sometime last year after Emmanuel began experiencing a tingling sensation in his toes which eventually made its way up his legs. Soon after that, he became paralyzed.
THIRTY-YEAR-OLD Jano James is another addition to the growing number of entrepreneurs bold enough to not carry all their business workload in one portfolio. Having grown up with the philosophy that true financial freedom comes from owning one’s business inculcated in him by his parents, James is gradually making each of his business dreams a reality.