A 23 year old man was gunned down in a hail of bullets in Castries Thursday morning to become the 30th. homicide of the year. The life of Junior Scotland was snuffed out around 7:30 a.m. along the narrow track which leads from Jn. Baptiste Street into the shanty area sandwiched between the CDC buildings and the National Workers Union Car Park.
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.
THE Board of the Castries Constituency Council is hoping that the New Year will bring about improved relations with the St. Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Association following a very agitated period this month. The two parties exchanged words this month over a letter from the Association to the Council calling for a meeting between the two sides.
TELECOMMUNICATIONS giant Digicel, has remained consistent in delivering Christmas cheer throughout St. Lucia. The company on Monday completed yet another component of its Christmas social calendar. Families, institutions, charities and individuals across St. Lucia got gifted with hampers through Digicel’s Hamper Distribution programme.
UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 22,CMC – A new United Nations report says a significant number of children in the Caribbean and Central America are victims of human trafficking. The report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released here on Wednesday, says while worldwide 28 percent of trafficking victims are children, and that children account for 64 percent in Central America and the Caribbean.
THE fifth annual CIBC FirstCaribbean Walk for the Cure has raised $60,000.00, which was donated to the St. Lucia Cancer Society and Faces of Cancer. Every year Walk for the Cure coincides with the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s CIBC Run for the Cure, and is held in each territory CIBC FirstCaribbean operates throughout the Caribbean.
SENATOR Fortuna Belrose has praised the Mayor of Castries Peterson Francis for showing that he fully intends to take firm action on the growing matter of crime in the city. On Monday, an induction ceremony was held at the Office of Mayor Peterson Francis for 23 new members of the city constabulary..
THE Dennery Community Credit Cooperative Society Limited continues to bring smiles to the residents of the village this Christmas. On Monday, under the Cooperative’s “Bringing Smiles” programme, 30 residents received much needed hampers. “We took the opportunity to bring Christmas joy to shut-in and elderly residents of Dennery village, La Caye and Lumiere”, a spokesman for the cooperative said.
OVER 1400 children in Saint Lucia received an early Christmas gift this year courtesy of Sandals Foundation and partners Hasbro Inc. Hasbro Inc., a global play and entertainment company committed to making the world a better place for children and their families. On November 29, the day internationally celebrated as ‘Giving Tuesday’, the Foundation launched their online and on-property campaign. Through this initiative, when consumers donate to the Foundation’s #InspireJoyWithAToy campaign from now through to December 25, Hasbro, Inc. will donate a brand new toy or game (up to 15,000 toys/games in total) to a less fortunate child.
THE Nature Conservancy is pleased to announce the completion of its $8 million private philanthropy commitment toward the creation of the $42 million Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, an endowment supporting the protection and management of 21 million acres of coastal and marine areas. In an unprecedented collaboration for a sustainable Caribbean, eleven governments, including St Lucia have signed on to the Caribbean Challenge Initiative, committing to protect 20 percent of important coastal and marine habitats by 2020 – effectively tripling the coverage of marine protected areas in the region.
SELECTED residents of the Laborie Community were treated to a Christmas luncheon and hamper distribution last Saturday at the Laborie Parish Hall. This event was sponsored by the Hyacinth Family Foundation, which for the fifth consecutive year, has provided lunch and hampers to the less fortunate in communities around the island.
MAYOR of Vieux Fort, Orricia Dembow-Bullen is not fazed the opposition among some business people in her townabout the $2.6 …
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.
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.
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THE mystery of Christmas is the mystery of the light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower. St. John in his Gospel says that the Word was the true light that enlightens all peoples (cf. John 1:9). At Christmas time we become very conscious of the divine light shining upon us and the Word breaking through God’s silence and our darkness.
CYRIL Thomas Matthew was born on January 11, 1936 and is a derivative of a well know rural family with extensive roots in the Thomazo/Grande Rivere/Barre de’Lisle and Barre Denis/La Croix Maingot/Vanard/Jacmel/Millet areas of Central Saint Lucia. His father, Stanislaus Matthew was a well respected sugar cane farmer in the Millet/Roseau district and who was strongly and deeply involved in the social upliftment of his area through his active participation as Secretary (or “chief cook and bottle washer” if you prefer) of the then Millet Friendly Society.
VIEUX Fort South captured the Saint Lucia Football Association-sponsored inaugural Vizions Men’s Under-21 Football Tournament title, defeating Soufriere 4-3 on penalty kicks after a 1-1 score-line at the end of regulation time on Wednesday evening at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort. Playing before a crowd estimated at 1,300 fans, VFS squandered four scoring opportunities in front of goal in the first seven minutes of the encounter. Despite the misses, however, they were able to settle down somewhat as Jervic Mc. Farlane opened the scoring after their fifth try at goal in the 12th minute to put the team ahead.
ANDREW Magloire was elected president of the Saint Lucia Athletics Association (SLAA) at an extraordinary general meeting held last Saturday at Marchand Combined School. Magloire, who is also president of the Saint Lucia Coaches Association, defeated the incumbent Wayne Burton for the top post by a vote of 17-6.
ROSEAU, Dominica, CMC – Windward Islands Volcanoes will be under new direction, when the Regional Super50 Tournament begins next month in Antigua and Barbados. Long-serving head coach Ian Allen will be replaced when his current contract comes to an end on December 31.