Daily Archives: November 27, 2012

MASL Officially Launches This Week

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Castries, November 26, 2012 —The Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) is getting ready to host its biggest event to date. On Saturday 1stDecember 2012, media workers will get an opportunity to let their hair down and celebrate the profession in which they work tirelessly and often go without due recognition or appreciation.

The official launch of Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) will take the form of a cocktail mixer from 7:00PM at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa – “The Official Home of MASL”. The event will feature presentations from members of the executive, remarks from other officials and a keynote by veteran journalist, Guy Ellis.

Media workers across the spectrum came together to form the MASL

The Media Association of Saint Lucia was established in February 2012 to represent the interests of media professionals across the island. Already, the MASL has hosted successful training workshops with trainers from Trinidad & Tobago, Canada and the United States, and also facilitated participation for local media professions at regional and international fora. The Association has also made representation to Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony; Information & Broadcasting Minister, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher; and media owners and managers on matters affecting media workers.

MASL’s Communications Officer and Head of the Planning Committee, Maria Fontenelle, says everything is in place for the big launch. Fontenelle is encouraging all media workers to attend the fun filled event. “It’s our time to be the centre of attention, the main attraction on that night: Cameramen; copy editors; typesetters; managers; and other media workers.”

The MASL will also unveil its official logo during the launch. The logo, which was designed by a member of the association, will feature on all official material from the MASL. During the week, members of the MASL Executive will visit media houses to encourage them to attend the launch of their association. They will also make appearances on local radio and television programmes to heighten interest in the activity, which has been long anticipated and has received loads of attention.

The MASL would like to thank the sponsors for their contribution towards the event: Saint Lucia Distillers, Consolidated Foods Ltd.; LIME; and Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa.”

MASL Official Launch This Saturday

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Castries, November 26, 2012 — The Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) is getting ready to host its biggest event to date. On Saturday 1stDecember 2012, media workers will get an opportunity to let their hair down and celebrate the profession in which they work tirelessly and often go without due recognition or appreciation.
The official launch of Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) will take the form of a cocktail mixer from 7:00PM at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa – “The Official Home of MASL”. The event will feature presentations from members of the executive, remarks from other officials and a keynote by veteran journalist, Guy Ellis.
The Media Association of Saint Lucia was established in February 2012 to represent the interests of media professionals across the island. Already, the MASL has hosted successful training workshops with trainers from Trinidad & Tobago, Canada and the United States, and also facilitated participation for local media professions at regional and international fora. The Association has also made representation to Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony; Information & Broadcasting Minister, Hon. Dr. James Fletcher; and media owners and managers on matters affecting media workers.
MASL’s Communications Officer and Head of the Planning Committee, Maria Fontenelle, says everything is in place for the big launch. Fontenelle is encouraging all media workers to attend the fun filled event. “It’s our time to be the centre of attention, the main attraction on that night: Cameramen; copy editors; typesetters; managers; and other media workers.”
The MASL will also unveil its official logo during the launch. The logo, which was designed by a member of the association, will feature on all official material from the MASL. During the week, members of the MASL Executive will visit media houses to encourage them to attend the launch of their association. They will also make appearances on local radio and television programmes to heighten interest in the activity, which has been long anticipated and has received loads of attention.
The MASL would like to thank the sponsors for their contribution towards the event: Saint Lucia Distillers, Consolidated Foods Ltd.; LIME; and Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa.”

ARC cruising boats start. 226 boats now en route to Saint Lucia.

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After two extra nights in Las Palmas, ARC 2012 cruising boats finally set sail to join the racing division boats already at sea en route to Saint Lucia. A total of 226 boats and 1269 people are now participating in the 27th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers.

For the first time since the ARC began in 1986, the boats started within the port of Las Palmas, manoeuvring in an area just outside the marina before crossing a line formed by the harbour breakwaters.

Las Palmas Port is one of the busiest in Europe, and the Port Authority worked hard to ensure that the ARC boats could start safely without disrupting the commercial operation.

The Start
The port start was a great success, with boats in close proximity before the start guns sounded. The commercial traffic added to the sense of occasion, with several sounding their horns.

A brisk 15-20 knot north easterly wind sped the fleet clear of the city and they were soon heading south away from Gran Canaria. Most boats will continue to sail south until they are within the established tradewinds, when they will turn west towards Saint Lucia.

First of the 17 multihulls across the line at 1045 was the Simpson family’s Catana 431 Intrepid Bear (GBR) with Harry (5), Milly (7) and Thea (9) onboard. The larger cruising boats started with the multihulls, and in this division Oyster 655 Sotto Vento (GBR) lead Oyster 82 Raven (GBR).

The largest ARC division, the cruising boats, started at 1100. There are 155 boats in this division, including family boats sailing with children. First boat to cross the line was Italian XP-44 Ariennta 4.2 (ITA), with Hanse 531 Savarna (NZL) and the Karlsson-Smythe family’s Jeanneau Just Nuts! (IRL) following close behind.

Cruising boats Vendetta (SUI) and Amoress 2 (SWE) were a bit too keen to get underway and crossed the line before the start sounded, but with 2700 NM to go, most boats were more relaxed.

A full list of ARC 2012 boats is available online at http://www.worldcruising.com/arc. All boats are fitted with Yellowbrick trackers, and can be followed online at http://www.worldcruising.com/arc/fleetviewer

First Delay Since 1989
ARC organisers, World Cruising Club, took the decision to delay the cruising boat start from Sunday to Tuesday to allow a frontal system to pass through. News of the postponement was met by spontaneous applause from participants, and there have been highly favourable comments about the handling of what has been only the second delayed start in ARC history.

Managing Director Andrew Bishop said: “As a cruising sailor myself, I would not have enjoyed the predicted conditions for my first night at sea, so we made the sensible decision to delay the start for the cruising boats until the low passed through.”

Crews used their extra hours in Las Palmas to relax and enjoy the city, do last minute laundry and re-check their preparations.

Atlantic Crossing
The fastest raceboats are expected to make landfall after 12 days, but with favourable winds, Capricorno’s (ITA) ARC crossing record of 11 days, 5 hours and 32 minutes set in 2006 may yet be beaten.

The majority of boats will take 18-21 days to make the 2700 nautical mile Atlantic crossing, arriving in Rodney Bay Marina in time for the prize giving on 21 December.

Two Charged for Murder

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Anoushka Alfred and Curtis Joseph have been charged with murder in two separate cases.

Curtis Joseph Aka Ti Coolie of La Clery was charged last evening for causing the death of Peter Collin. He has been brought before the court.

On Saturday 24 November 2012 Officers attached to Major Crime Unit arrested him on suspicion of being involved in the homicide of Collin, a Canadian National who was on a visit St. Lucia. Collin was attacked and robbed whilst on the Vigie Beach on Thursday 15 November 2012.

He succumbed to his injury on Monday 19 November 2012 whilst being a patient at Victoria Hospital. A post mortem examination was performed on the body of Peter Collin on Wednesday 21 November 2012. The post mortem examination revealed that he died as a result of brain damage due to a blunt force trauma.

Ninteen-year-old Anoushka Alfred was charged for causing the death of Dacus Maximi at Banse Laborie on Saturday 24 November 2012. She also is before the court.

Police say thirty-year-old Dacus Maximin was involved in an altercation with the young female. As a result of the altercation he sustained a stab wound. He was transported to St Jude’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A post mortem examination was performed on the body of Dacus Maximin on Monday 26 November 2012. The examination revealed he died as a result of Hemorrhagic shock secondary to a stab wound.