Monthly Archives: June 2012

Caribbean Feminists Respond to Dismissal of Minister of Gender

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Concerned Caribbean Feminists for Gender Justice has responded to the dismissal of Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Verna St Rose Greaves, from the Trinidad and Tobago Government.

They expressed their views in a letter distributed to all media and have invited other concerned citizens to indicate their support for the views expressed and to sign on in solidarity by emailing mgill@caribsurf.com

Senator Verna St. Rose Greaves

2001-06-27

Dear Sir/Madam:

Concerned Caribbean feminists are dismayed at the dismissal of Minister of Gender, Youth and Child Development, Verna St Rose Greaves, from the Trinidad and Tobago Government.  Many outside of Trinidad and Tobago have been admiring her stellar advocacy work which has benefited many different groups in the country and was doing much to give real meaning to the concept of democracy.  In these circumstances, we strongly urge Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar’s Government to ensure the continuation of the current work done on the National Gender Policy in the spirit and vision of Verna St.Rose Greaves.

Ms St. Rose Greaves’ work in widening the scope of concerns and pushing recent children’s legislation through successfully despite severe opposition was highly commendable.  Her passion for gender justice is what is needed among government ministers in an era when Caribbean countries are deservingly being severely criticized for human trafficking and for the high levels of incest that mar the lives of Caribbean children, women and men.

We recognize that forces exist which are inimical to the meaningful extension of human rights in all their fullness, including reproductive autonomy for women in Trinidad and Tobago and full citizenship rights for gays and lesbians throughout the region.  We are equally sure that Caribbean governments are installed to protect all citizens and enable each the fullest expression of our humanity.

Verna St. Rose Greaves’ public life demonstrated a philosophy of caring and engagement.  That is what we want of Caribbean politicians; therefore, we are dismayed at what her dismissal says of the Trinidad   and Tobago Government.  That dismay extends to the decline of female participation in the Parliament.  Out of a deep concern for the fragility of human rights gains made to date, we implore the Trinidad and Tobago Government to accept our call to continue the work done so far on the National Gender Policy and hold it accountable to real values of justice and democracy.

Concerned Caribbean Feminists for Gender Justice

Party Monarch Finalists: 2012 List

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The following artistes are confirmed as finalists for the 2K12 Party Monarch competition. Once again, unsurprisingly, the majority of the artistes are from NG Soca Stage. The fourteen will come up against reigning party monarch Ricky T on July 14, 2012 at the BCG.
Tent Artiste Song
DE REVUE Soca Syco Gallop
SOCA VILLAGE Orion Pretty Gyal Whine
TOT Ambi Chanting
Alpha D Wetter D Better
NG SOCA Superman Hd Born to Mash Up
Q-Pid Release de Kraken
J-Budz More Bad
Ilah Man Mash Up
Sir Lancelot Do Anything
Teddyson John Gone Clear
Sergie Ah Drunk
Yardie Clock
Sedale Tear it Apart
D’Sean Born Brave

1st Ever Junior Carnival Princess Pageant

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 The Cultural Development Foundation in collaboration with the Lions Club of Castries will be hosting the first ever Junior Carnival Princess Pageant as part of Junior Carnival 2012.

The main objectives of this event are to:

Just Us Kids is one of the more vibrant and successful junior Carnival bands

provide an activity that would execute fun and enjoyment for the youth.

encourage young people to develop self-empowerment.

to enhance junior carnival activities.

be part of the carnival experience.

Six young ladies will grace the stage on Wednesday July 4th at the National Cultural Centre from 2:00 p.m. The young princesses are between the ages of nine to twelve years and are expected to represent their band in three appearance namely (1) Costume (2) Princess Gown, and Talent.

Coordinator of the event Mrs. Barbara du Boulay is very enthusiastic to execute this new initiative, as she explains that the participating junior bands leaders are very excited to showcase the talents and skills of this particular age.

The princess representing their bands are (i) Princess Seryee Henry, Ms Two Days of Peace (2) Princess Kitana Naptune Ms. Zodiac, (3) Princess Niah Thomas, Ms. Extreme Kiddies, (4) Princess Kershel Smith Ms. Just Us Kids, (5) Princess Leean Joseph, Ms Charmalion (6) Princess Tyler Paul, Ms. Dynamic Kids.

The traditional Junior Carnival festivity is another activity that offers children a day to call ‘their own’. On Sunday July 8th, the stage is theirs to jump and wave. Children from all over the island representing schools and private mas groups parade in the streets of Castries before converging at Vigie Complex to engage in clean, wholesome and unforgettable fun. This is the opportunity for parents to beam with pride and excitement as their children express themselves culturally.

The Junior Carnival parade starts from the Derek Walcott Square at 1:30 pm and the main event at the Vigie Sports Complex starts at 2:00 pm.

National Queen Show Pageant Sashing Ceremony

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The contestants for the National Carnival Queen Pageant have been matched with their sponsors and what has quickly become an annual part of the beauty contest, the sashing ceremony, will be held on Monday July 2nd, 2012.

During the event, the 2012 sponsors for the Carnival Queen contestants will be announced and the delegates who have been attending workshops in areas such as etiquette, public speaking, grooming and make-up application will be officially sashed.

The seven beautiful and talented young women vying for the queen of carnival crown exude charm, intelligence, beauty, poise and energy, and each of the contestants is extremely confident that they will certainly win the coveted crown.

The coordinators of the National Carnival Queen Pageant expressed that an excellent production is in store for the public and none of it would have been possible, without the assistance of the kind sponsors of the contestants and the Pageant.

The sashing ceremony will be held at the Cultural Development Foundation’s Conference Room, as part of the activities for the Carnival Queen Pageant from 7:00 pm on Monday July 2nd, 2012.

The National Carnival Queen Show takes place on Saturday July 7th at the National Cultural Centre from 8:00 pm.

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Cultural Development Foundation

Barnard Hill, Castries, St. Lucia

For more information contact: 1758-452-1859/453-7385

Contact person: Jimmy Clavier

 

A Star Studded Cast of Leading Soca Artistes for 2012 ‘Color Me Red’

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CASTRIES, (June 28, 2012) – As Saint Lucia’s preeminent cultural showpiece – Carnival 2012- gets ready to move into full gear, activities have reached a fevered pitch with the announcement of a star studded line-up for one of the biggest events on the Carnival calendar of activities, ‘Color Me Red.’

Organizers of the event say come July 11, patrons to the increasingly popular show; which has become ‘a must see’ on the annual carnival roster, will again be treated to a well-choreographed, high energy show, involving performances from some of the Caribbean’s best and most exciting soca stars.

The growth of the event has forced its move for a second consecutive year from the Gaiety on Rodney Bay to the Beausejour Cricket stadium in the north.

2012 Trinidad and Tobago’s triple title holder for Groovy, Road March and Power Soca – singer, record producer and songwriter Machel Montano HD will headline the show dubbed ‘Double M.’

Montano and his HD family is expected to thrill audiences with his high energy, fast paced and often unpredictable stage performance. Other regionals acts complimenting the cast include Patrice Roberts and Farmer Nappy.

Color Me Red organizers say the event, now into its 8th year, provides an excellent platform for local soca artistes to not only network with regional counterparts, but more critically to gain experience and compare notes in an attempt to broaden their prospective of the creative industry while sharing a common stage.

Rounding out the stellar list of artistes for Color Me Red -‘Double M’ on July 11 are several of Saint Lucian’s leading soca stars like current Road March; Groovy and Power soca Monarch Ricky T, Teddyson John, Superman HD, Toya, Marianne, Mysterio and the jam band Derek Yard Project (DYP) among others.

Tickets are priced at EC$85.00, EC$100.00 at the door and all-inclusive drinks and finger foods VIP packages are priced at EC$200.00 and are available at leading ticket outlets.

Color Me Red remains largely popular with regional visitors; particularly those from the French dependent territories of Martinique and Guadeloupe, many of whom travel to Saint Lucia to participate in the two-day carnival street jump-up parade.

Sponsors of the show include: DIgicel, Piton, Monster Energy Drink, Luxado, Chairman’s Reserve, Caribbean Airlines, Black & White Scotch Whisky, Smirnoff, Blue Waters, Diamond Girl, Lucozade, Radio Caribbean International (RCI), DV8 Unlimited, RPM Inc stage management and RED Unlimited Inc.

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One Dead, 11 Injured – Accident Details and Crime Progress Reports from RSLPF

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Fatal Accident Claims the Life of a 20-year-old

 On Monday 25th June 2012, about 3:30 pm, Officers attached to the Richfond Police Station responded to a report of a serious vehicular accident which occurred along the La Caye Highway, Dennery

On arrival on the scene, officers received information that motor omnibus registration number M1017 driven by 36 year Peter Clarkson of Dennery, was travelling along the said road in a northerly direction when he came into contact with a black bicycle travelling in the opposite direction. At the time the cyclist was identified as 20 year old Melvin Avril of Derniere Riviere, Dennery.

As a result of the impact, Melvin Avril sustained serious injuries and was transported to the Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

A post mortem examination which was performed on the body of the deceased on Tuesday 26th June, 2012 revealed that he died as a result of a brain injury.

An investigation in the matter is ongoing.

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11 Persons Injured in Vehicular Accident

On Wednesday 27th June 2012, about 3:00 pm, Officers attached to the Soufriere Police Station responded to a serious vehicular accident which occurred near the Humming Bird Beach in Soufriere.

Information received indicated motor omnibus registration number M1078 driven by Hiran Robinson of Mongouge, Choiseul lost control after attempting to allow free passage to an oncoming vehicle, skidded off the brow of a hill landing on its roof. At the time the bus was heading to the Anse Chastenat Hotel to convey staff members.

As a result of the accident all 11 passengers on the said vehicle including the driver sustained injuries. The seriously injured passengers were conveyed to the St. Jude’s Hospital whilst the remaining injured passengers were taken to the Soufriere Hospital where they were treated, some of which were admitted.

The omnibus was completely damaged.

An investigation into the matter is continuing.

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13-year-old Still Missing 

The Royal St. Lucia Police Force is continuing its effort in locating 13 year old Justus Monrose of Marchand Road.

Justus Monrose was reported missing on Friday 18th May 2012 about 9:35 am by his mother Phillipa Damaze of Marchand Road

He was last seen on Thursday 17th May 2012 about 2:30 pm wearing a while ¾ short pants, a blue and white tee shirt and a black pair of sneakers. At the time he was carrying a white and green Jan Sport backpack with two stars on it.

Justus Monrose is brown skin in complexion; he is of slender built and has brown eyes. He wears his hair in dreads.

Anyone with information pertaining to the whereabouts of Justus Monrose is asked to contact the Marchand Police Station at 456 3885 or the nearest police station.

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Progress Report: Bail on Drug’s Charges

 On Tuesday 26th June 2012, 32 year old Martin Shortie and 15 year old Marlon Lewis appeared before the court on the charges of Possession of a Control Drug and Possession with the Intent to Supply a Control Drug.

Both individuals were bailed in the sum of $750.00 on each charge. Part of their bail condition includes reporting to the Richfond Police Station on Wednesdays between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm.

Martin Shortie and Marlon Lewis were arrested by Officers attached to the Traffic Department during a traffic check on the Bexon Highway on Friday 22nd June, 2012.

 

Progress Report: Prison Term on Firearm Charge

On Tuesday 26th June 2012, Cletus Mitchel of La Croix Maingot appeared before the court on the charge of Possession of an unlicensed Firearm.

He was sentence to one year imprisonment.

Cletus Mitchel was arrested on Friday 22nd June 2012. At the time of his arrest he had in his possession a 9mm pistol.

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For further information contact the RSLPF Public Relations Office: Tel: 456-3726/7, or Fax 456-3728. Email public_relations@rslpf.com

Two Week Summer Jobs for Students

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The Office of the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) has embarked on a programme which is geared at creating summer jobs for students returning to school in September 2012. A total of one hundred and ninety (190) job opportunities will be made available for secondary and tertiary level students who wish to be employed as facilitators for a summer programme in their respective communities for 2012.

Organizers of summer camps are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity as it will provide much needed assistance to the respective programmes as it relates to the supervision of participants. Applicants are to take note of the following guidelines: Funding is to cover the employment of students for a two week period only with camps taking place between the July 23rd and August 17th 2012; participants of the camp are to be between the ages 5 -12 years.

The summer programmes must constitute an educational, sports or cultural component, among other activities and make provision for under privilege children. The aim of the programme is to ensure that the targeted group has an avenue where their youthful energies can be directed into something constructive during their long vacation.

Under this programme NICE will cover the cost of employing the one hundred and ninety (190) facilitators and providing t-shirts for the participating students and co-ordinators in the various communities. For further information, please contact the Office of the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) Unit at the Office of the Prime Minister. Email address nice@govt.lc or telephone number 468-2177.