Monthly Archives: October 2012

Black Amazons at Alliance Française Cine Kweyol


Cine-Kweyol at Alliance-Francaise de Saintte Lucie, presents on Wednesday October 31, 2012, Trinidadian Calypso Rose, Jocelyne Beroard from Martinique, Emeline Michel from Haiti, Stevy Mahy from Guadeloupe, the Franco-Benin Mina Agossi, Bahamian Diana Hamilton and Martha Galarraga from Cuba. These and other Amazons drawn from the several voices of the Caribbean belong to the vibrant heart of “Moi noire, feminin pluriel, portraits of Amazones” (My black female plural, portraits of Amazons), a musical documentary exploring the famous “Afro-Caribbean woman”.

The film examines women in all their diversity, women in the process of artistic creation, women as a symbol of African, European and Caribbean societies, female figures in the Caribbean feeding myths and mythologies.

From the 2010 edition of “Caribbean Vibrations Festival” called “Amazons”, the documentary directed by Michel Laurent, Pippin Champonnois in collaboration with Coline-Lee Toumson, invites the audience to catch the cultural and artistic impact of these women; their presence, their footstep and their voices.

The film will begin at 6:30 pm at The Pyramid, Pointe Seraphine.


Bio Coline-Lee Toumson

Martinico-Guadeloupean Coline Toumson-Lee is a historian by training who graduated in History of International Relationship applied to the Caribbean at “La Sorbonne”

Coline-Lee founded and ran for 7 years the Caribbean Vibrations Festival, a festival of Contemporary Arts in the Caribbean and the American continent, at the “Maison des Cultures du Monde” in Paris. She is currently Director of the “Centre Culturel de Rencontre – Domaine de Fonds Saint-Jacques”, a center for Arts and Culture of the Caribbean at Sainte-Marie in Martinique.

Suspected Suicide at Gros Islet


Police report a suspected suicide at Gros Islet. The body of  St. Catherine Henville, 31 years old of George Street, Gros Islet was discovered by a family member at 2:00 am this morning. She was found in her yard.

More details will be forthcoming as investigations continue

NICE Christmas Jobs for Students


(Castries, Saint Lucia, October 22, 2012) The National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) is continuing its efforts to reduce the level of unemployment on Saint Lucia.

Through established partnerships with private and public sector organizations, over 200 students between the ages of 16 and 25 can look forward to earning some much needed cash which will help with expenses upon their return to school in January.

“Our aim here is really to assist students defray some of the costs associated with going back to school. It’s an opportune time for employers as well, as they will need the extra help during the Christmas rush. We are asking therefore that the various companies who are seeking additional staff during this usually hectic period, register with us at the NICE Office so that we can provide them with the requisite personnel,” remarks Perry Thomas, Coordinator of the NICE Program. “We also see this as a chance for students to gain some work experience which they can add to their Résumé later on,” he adds.

The two-week Program will run from December 10th to 24th. Students can apply online at

Since its official launch in June of this year, close to 2000 Saint Lucians are now engaged in gainful employment activities as a result of this multi-million dollar stimulus Program. NICE intends to increase that figure before the end of this fiscal year.

NICE operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister and can be contacted on or 468 2177. Visit for more information.


CDF Lantern Workshops and Competition 2012


The Cultural Development Foundation is calling all interested persons who wish to participate in this year’s Lantern Making Workshops to register with us at Barnard Hill in Castries.Three workshops will be held at CDF to teach how to make colorful lanterns. The workshops will set the stage for the CDF Lantern Competition and the National Festival of Lights in December.

Preregistration is required to ensure participants will have access to materials to build lanterns at workshops. To sign up, visit us at Barnard Hill between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

The Lantern Competition will be at the end of the workshops, plus your lantern will be featured at the Festival of Lights Ceremony!  The great thing about the classes is that afterwards you’ll have the skills to make lanterns for any event, like a birthday party, wedding, shower, BBQ or picnic.

The workshops, competition and festival are organised by the Cultural Development Foundation to educate and create understanding of our cultures and traditions.

CDF Steel Pan Consultation On



The Cultural Development   Foundation (CDF) is pleased to announce that the Stakeholder Consultation on   Steel Pan in Saint Lucia has been scheduled for Saturday 3rd November, 2012 from 9:30 am at the CDF’s   conference-room.

The Foundation has scheduled to   hold consultations with Steel Pan Groups to hear from stakeholders about;

  •   The way forward for Steel Pan in Saint Lucia
  •   To develop and establish appropriate   administrative structures for re-energizing and sustaining an Association of   Steelbands in Saint Lucia, and
  •   To facilitate the adoption of a programme of   action for the development and strengthening of the Steelband movement in   Saint Lucia.

All   group leaders and pan enthusiasts are invited to attend this very important   consultation, as we shape the future of Steel Pan in Saint Lucia.

SLTB Mourns Former Chairman ‘Laurie Barnard’

SAINT LUCIA (October 25, 2012)  – Saint Lucia’s   Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus along with the Board of Directors and staff of the Saint Lucia Tourist Board are mourning the unfortunate passing of former Chairman of the agency Mr. Laurie Barnard.

Laurie Bernard “was an iconic businessman”

Tourism Director Louis Lewis says the former chairman provided sterling leadership for the SLTB during his tenure which spanned February 2007 to December 2011 and helped steered the agency   throughout some of its most trying times.

Current Tourist Board Chairman Matthew Beaubrun   says, “Laurie, as he was affectionately called, was an iconic businessman   that pioneered the development of world class entrepreneurship on Saint   Lucia.”

Beaubrun went on to praise Laurie Bernard’s   sharp business acumen, noting that “the SLTB and the entire business sector   here on Saint Lucia and indeed the region, have lost a mentor and champion.”

The Board of Directors, management and staff of   the Saint Lucia Tourist Board have expressed deep condolences to the wife and   family of Laurie Bernard on his untimely passing.


International Men’s Day Jingle Competition

To mark International Men’s Day 2012, the Division of Gender Relations and International Men’s Day Planning Committee has organized a jingle competition.
Members of the public are asked to display their creativity and compose a jingle which will be used to promote International Men’s Day which is being observed on November 19th.

International Men’s Day is intended to draw attention to men’s and boys’  health, improve gender relations, promote gender equality and highlight   positive male role models. It is also an occasion to highlight discrimination against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions,  in particular their contributions to community, family, marriage and child   care.

The winning jingle should reflect the theme for International Men’s Day 2012,  HELPING MEN AND BOYS LIVE LONGER, HAPPIER, HEALTHIER LIVES. The theme focuses   on five key challenges that will help improve the health and wellbeing of men and boys all over the world:

Ten Thousand Men March in 2011 saw less than 1000 show up

1. Improving Men’s Life Expectancy
2. Increasing access to mental health services
3. Improving boys’ education
4. Tackling tolerance of violence against men and boys
5. Promoting fathers and male role models

The jingle sound bed can be downloaded from the Face Book Page LUCIAN MEN MARCH and all information including terms and conditions are also posted on   this page.

The winner of this Jingle Competition will receive a Lenovo 7 inch Lepad A1   16G Tablet. The deadline for entries for the competition is Tuesday at 11:59   pm, October 30th, 2012 by MP3 to email address The   prize giving will take place at the Lucian Men March at the Mindoo Phillip   Park on Sunday November 18th, 2012.