Stan Bishop

Stan Bishop began his career in journalism in March 2008 writing freelance for The VOICE newspaper for six weeks before being hired as a part-time journalist there when one of the company’s journalists was overseas on assignment.

Although he was initially told that the job would last only two weeks, he was able to demonstrate such high quality work that the company offered him a permanent job before that fortnight was over. Read full bio...

Desalination Plants for St. Lucia?

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

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…

Tackling Crime is Everyone’s Business

Image of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

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.

Lady Leen – A Musical Gem

Image of Lady Leen

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.

ROW OVER C.I.P., D.S.H. – Political Parties Trade Words

Image of P.M. Chastanet [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

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…

Assou Square’s Hits And Misses

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.

Clocks, Mirrors, Business

Image: Young entrepreneur, Sephra Duncan, says following her passion for business has liberated her. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

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.

Couple Stranded In Cuba – St. Lucians Seek Help for Medical Emergency

Image of Valence Emmanuel.

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.

Call for Reopening of Main Courthouse

Image: The newly-refurbished courthouse on Peynier Street remains closed nearly a year after works were said to be completed. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

DESPITE promises by both the former and current government to open the doors to the newly-refurbished main courthouse on Peynier Street in Castries in the quickest time possible, the building remains closed. Since undergoing a lengthy period of refurbishment after the court went into recess in July last year, the courthouse has been a hot discussion topic among members of the legal fraternity who were promised that the building would have been opened for the commencement of the new law year by mid-September last year.

Dr. Gardner First Consul of Israel

Image: Dr. Charmaine Gardner (far right) with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Dame PearletteLouisy and Ambassador Amihai-Bivas at Tuesday’s reception. [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

DR. CHARMAINE Gardner, a well-known figure in the business community, has been appointed Honorary Consul of Israel in Saint Lucia. Dr. Gardner, who has an extensive career in the field of banking and being involved in social issues such as advocating for HIV/AIDS awareness, a women’s shelter and the Saint Lucia Crisis Centre, seemed the perfect pick for Ambassador of Israel to Saint Lucia, MordehaiAmihai-Bivas, who was in Saint Lucia this week.

CRIME WORRY – Minister Promises To Remedy Situation

Image of Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis

WITH crime being one of the major factors making the headlines this year, much more is being expected of the police than is currently being done to reassure citizens that things can change for the better next year as far as their safety is concerned. Homicides, burglaries, rapes and drug offences are just some of the issues law enforcement have seemingly failed to keep under control, prompting many to suggest that a real paradigm shift needs to be implemented rather than just being promised.

Carlton Ishmael – A Storied Life In The Arts

Image of Carlton Ishmael

IN a society where true and sustained appreciation for the arts has been found wanting, Carlton Mc. Millan Ishmael’s life story proves that any innocent bystander has the propensity to embrace something new and make it become their life passion. Born in 1954 in the CDC housing area in Castries to Theresa Joseph of Praslin and Kenneth Ishmael — a police officer from Barbados — Ishmael grew up in Castries with his father after his mother left Saint Lucia for Britain in search of a better life.

Denver Pierre – Bringing Art Home

Image: Artist Denver Pierre believes every household should have a piece of art. [PHOTOS: Stan Bishop]

EVER since enrolling at St. Mary’s College in 1996, Denver Pierre has seen his interest in art skyrocket from simply being a subject on the curriculum to becoming his number one passion and major revenue earner. Nevertheless, the thirtysomething year old artist continues to push the boundaries of art. In fact, he’s on a mission to push that boundary right into our homes.

Solange Lawrence’s Art of Life

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

Famous Spanish painter Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) is known the world over for his extensive contribution to the world of art, including co-founding the Cubist movement, inventing construction sculpture and co-inventing the collage. He is also famously known for coining the phrase, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how we remain an artist once we grow up.” Twenty-one-year-old Solange Lawrence says she’s doing all in her power to make every brushstroke paint a bold statement about her passion for art and an inspiration to others. Simply put, she said, her art is redefining the way she sees the world.