By: Stan Bishop

Stan Bishop has been a Journalist at The Voice Publishing Company for a few years now. Read his latest articles here.

Skincare Beauty The Kako Way

THEY say beauty is skin deep. But one woman is determined to use her business to protect the very skin that characterizes us in a safe, healthy way. With her collection of homemade beauty products, Yvonne Layfield, owner and director of KaKo, hopes to make people love the skin they’re in even more. KaKo is a line of all-natural skincare products manufactured in Saint Lucia. Layfield uses ingredients such as nutmegs, cinnamon, grapefruit and just about and other raw materials to create her scrubs, body oils, body moisturizers, cleansers, toners, exfoliators, to name a few. She also launched the mom-to-be package and the men’s line.

Image of the legendary performer, Patsy Cadet. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Patsy Cadet’s Musical Memories

TO many people who truly appreciate great music, the name Patsy Cadet conjures up nostalgia, classy performances and a steely passion to hit all the right notes in a song. For decades, this matriarch of music dominated stages, airwaves and hearts. Today, she’s set to do it all over again. Cadet was born in Castries. Her mother, Salome, was from Dominica and father, Magras. from Saint Lucia. Her paternal grandfather was from Switzerland while her maternal grandmother was from Barbados.

Soufriere Estate History Well Kept Green

THERE are many reasons why the west coast town of Soufriere has been dubbed “the Mecca of Saint Lucia’s tourism”. The town has a rich history that includes its own formation itself: the collapse of a huge crater that caused a land mass of six kilometres in diameter to drop resulting in a bowl-like feature of the landscape known as the Qualibou Caldera.

Feeding the poor

Lucian Aid Feeding A Desperate Need

WITH the festive season upon us, a great deal of focus will be on people spending as much as they can on food, clothes and luxury items they would have wanted all year. Many might even present expensive gifts to their friends and loved ones. Unfortunately, there are people in desperate situations who would settle for no more than a can of peas, a pair of shoes or a shirt to lift their spirits. In many instances, parents who might have lost their jobs – or couldn’t find one all year – are feeling a deeper pain at this time in not being able to provide their children with the basic necessities let alone any semblance of the Christmas cheer.

Human rights advocate, Mary Francis. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

STAND UP FOR RIGHTS – Attorney Mary Francis Calls for Citizens’ Empowerment

WITH Human Rights Day being observed today, attorney and human rights advocate, Mary Francis, is renewing her call for citizens’ rights to be respected. As such, she is urging the political directorate and citizens to ensure that measures are in place to aid in facilitating that objective. Francis, who also serves as Coordinator of the National Centre for Legal Aid and Human Rights Inc., a non-governmental organization established in 1998 to promote and advance the importance of human rights through education and legal representation, is concerned that people’s rights are not being treated as a priority.

Image: Father and daughter team, Ken and Solange Lawrence, collaborate for their first joint exhibition. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Artist Circle Shares Its ‘Perspectives’

ART LOVERS are being urged to patronize the “Perspectives” art exhibition now on at Alliance Francaise being hosted by Artist Circle St. Lucia. The exhibition opened on Monday and runs through December 19 and features works from some of Artist Circle’s members, namely Nancy Cole-Auguste, Gary Butte, Cedric George, Janet Lang, Ken Lawrence, Solange Lawrence, Jean Mederick, Chester Williams and Nicole Edgecombe.

‘Small Stones’ Hit ‘Alliance’

THE Alliance Francaise at Pointe Seraphine played host to a visiting cast from French Guiana last Wednesday evening that performed a riveting theatrical production entitled, “A Petites Pierres” (or “With Small Stones”). The play is a comedy about the frictions between well-entrenched traditions versus modern influences. It also demonstrates how traditional beliefs bring out the darkest side in people, including their absurdities.

Image: Silver Shadow dancers paying tribute to the late dance icon, Virginia Alexander, earlier this year. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Shadow Dancers Turn Silver

FOR the past 25 years, Silver Shadow Performing Arts Academy has been known for raising the bar as far as dance is concerned. Many of its dancers have become household names and their dance moves continue to dazzle and inspire. But to get to where the company is presently, one needs to take a few steps backwards.

Image: Terril Nicholas (left) explaining to a curious customer some of the items she specializes in. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Trade Show Gets Praise

A great deal of praise is already being expressed for the ninth annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Exhibition held over the weekend. However, despite the best efforts by organizers, some key aspects need to be addressed going forward, some say. The exhibition ran from Friday through Sunday and saw the participation of 65 Saint Lucian and 7 Taiwanese companies showcasing their goods and services. Hundreds of patrons attended the event held at Johnsons Centre in Rodney Bay to either purchase or network with the exhibitors.

Image: Musician/poet Garner Raymond. [PHOTO: Garner Raymond]

The Journey of One

SOFT-SPOKEN musician/poet Garner Raymond is among the growing flock of Saint Lucian artistes on the path to getting their voices heard on the global stage. With the likes of Patsy Cadet, Ronald “Boo” Hinkson, Taj Weekes and Teddyson John already opening musical doors internationally, Raymond believes his solitary journey in the music world is about to pay off huge dividends.

Image: The banana production sector is usually the hardest-hit during tropical storms. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

Storm ‘Matthew’ Hits Massy Food Supplies

NEARLY two months after Tropical Storm Matthew swept across Saint Lucia, its after-effects are still being felt in the agricultural sector. Massy Stores (St. Lucia)’s Perishables Manager, Dunstan Demille, told The VOICE this week that the supermarket chain is currently experiencing a vast reduction in its usual supply of key produce from local farmers whose livelihoods stood in T.S. Matthew’s destructive path.