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...

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.

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.

Patsy Cadet’s Musical Memories

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

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.

Lucian Aid Feeding A Desperate Need

Feeding the poor

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.

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

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

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.

Artist Circle Shares Its ‘Perspectives’

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

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.

Trade Show Gets Praise

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

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.

The Journey of One

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

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.