Monthly Archives: July 2013

LIME Teams Up To Support The Elderly

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Two of Saint Lucia’s iconic institutions have received support from LIME this week, in collaboration with Mr George Theophilus, the cover subject of the telecommunications company’s 20 LIME GM Chris Williams presents to Adelaide & Frances Memorial Home founder and director Augustus Justin whilst Mr Theophilus looks on13 Services Directory. The two institutions, both of which cater to the needs of the elderly, are the Marian Home and the Adelaide & Frances Memorial Home. Chris Williams, General Manager of LIME Saint Lucia, visited the two east Castries homes along with Mr Theophilus on Wednesday of this week to make cheque presentations to the respective administrators

LIME has been a consistent supporter of the elderly, having made similar presentations last year to St. Joseph’s Villa and the St Lucy’s Home, as well as doing work at Comfort Bay in Laborie and providing previous financial assistance to the Marian Home. On this occasion, the presentations were made on Mr Theophilus’ behalf to two of his favourite charities. Mr Theophilus is a pioneer in the field of finance in Saint Lucia. Among his many achievements in that sphere is his creation of Financial Investment & Consultancy Services Ltd, FICS.

“We at LIME are delighted that we are able to contribute to these two fine institutions, both of which do such valuable work in our community,” said Chris. “It is timely that we take a step back and recognise and pay tribute to those who have truly stood by us through the years. As a nation we must care for our elderly, those who have paved the way for us, and to whom we owe such a great debt. The donation that we are making shows the esteem in which we hold our forebears and we are proud to stand with Mr Theophilus to support these organisations.”LIME GM Chris Williams and Mr George Theophilus flank Sisterr Olivia Oculien of the Marian Home

Marian Home was represented by Sister Olivia Oculien, whilst founder and director Augustus Justin received the cheque on behalf of the Adelaide & Frances Memorial Home.

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10th Heineken Green Synergy is On!

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The tenth edition of the popular Heineken Green Synergy DJ competition will begin to unfold from this weekend. For the past nine years this event has been the most anticipated summer long activity here and this year is expected to be no different. At a press launch on Wednesday, Gaius Harry Heineken brand manager said that over the years Heineken Green Synergy has grown and evolved and has also stamped its name as a recognized brand on the entertainment landscape of Saint Lucia. “And this we owe to the fans and supporters of the event from all across the island who have been with us along this journey. We also recognize the support of the participating DJ’s, the press, our judges, host and other support staff and team members,” Harry commented.

Selector Twis 2012 Heineken Green Synergy Winner

Selector Twis 2012 Heineken Green Synergy Winner

“This year, for the tenth Anniversary of Heineken Green Synergy, we have refocused the competition to ensure that we select, not just a winner, but a crop of DJ’s who will be well trained and groomed in preparation for regional and international exposure,” the Heineken brand manager said Wednesday.

Heineken Green Synergy will again be a DJ competition open to residence of Saint Lucia 18 and over, both male and female from all across the island. However this year the event is also open to regional participants. Registration is free and interested DJ’s can register online, at WLBL outlets and at various radio stations and bars across the island.

“In the coming weeks the team at WLBL be inviting DJ’s to play at various Heineken Summer promotions across the island where we will select participants to move into the semi-final rounds,” Harry pointed out. “These semi-finalists will then have to go through the paces of workshops and seminars as we expect to bring out the highest quality of DJ’s in this tenth edition of Heineken Green Synergy. The DJ’s will also be posed with various challenges as part of their selection for the grand finals,” he went on to say.

Following the selection of the semi-finalists, which will be done between July 28 and August 10- there will be two semi-finals, one at Pigeon Island on August 11, the other on the Kaka Bef, Vieux Fort July 18. The Finals will be held at Fond D’or on Sunday August 25, 2013.

The format for Heineken Green Synergy 2013 will allow for the competing DJ’s to showcase their tricks and mixing skills and techniques with a lesser emphasis being placed on the clash this year which will be a separate component. DJ’s will be allowed to use the medium they are most comfortable with including turntables, Serato or Virtual DJ and will once again utilize a mic man as an added component to their set.

The Grand Prize winner; The Saint Lucia Heineken Green Synergy DJ Ambassador 2013 will receive Cash and product rewards and prizes as well as the opportunity to play at Heineken sponsored events all year long. The winner will also be a guest VIP DJ at the popular Heineken Regatta in St. Maarten.

The public launch of Heineken Green Synergy will kick off this Sunday July 28 at the popular Sabwisha beach in Vieux Fort with the expected Heineken Green Synergy fun and excitement. Past Green Synergy winners will also participate in the event. “We are anticipating the usual support from our fans, the DJ’s and the media as we get set to make Heineken Green Synergy 2013 the Tenth Anniversary Edition, the biggest and best yet,” Gaius Harry says.

 

Man dies after swimming

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RSLPF LogoAbout 10:00am on Thursday 25 July 2013, Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station were summoned to the Sea View Beach in Gros Islet.

On arrival, they received information that 42 year old Oswald Maxius of Marie Therese Street, Gros Islet had gone swimming at the said beach when he encountered difficulties. He submerged into the sea and his body was washed ashore a short while later.

He was transported to the Gros Islet Poly Clinic via ambulance where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A post mortem examination is scheduled for a later date to determine the cause of death.

Investigations into the matter continue.

 

Saint Lucia/Republic of Korea bridges cultural gaps

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Mr. Sang Hoon Lee makes donation of Korean books to the Director of Central Library, Ms. Brenda Paul

Mr. Sang Hoon Lee makes donation of Korean books to the Director of Central Library, Ms. Brenda Paul

As Saint Lucia and the Republic of Korea advance their bilateral relations, the island was recently the recipient of a donation of books on Korean history and culture.

During a short presentation on Thursday 11th July 23, 2013 at the Ministry of External Affairs, the books were donated for use by the people of Saint Lucia and it is expected that this gesture will bridge the cultural and social gaps between the two countries.

Ms. Brenda Paul, Director of the Central Library conveyed gratitude on behalf of the users of the Central Library for the latest addition to their existing complement of books. Further, it is expected that the books will help the Saint Lucian public gain a better understanding about the history and culture of the Republic of Korea.

Mr. Sang Hoon Lee, Second Secretary from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Trinidad and Tobago expressed his delight to be part of this educational and cultural drive which seeks to draw two distant lands even closer.

A collection of these books were also donated to the Hunter J Francois Library of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.

Prime Minister Attends Celebration in Cuba

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On Friday, July 26, 2013, Heads of State and Government from around the world will gather in the Republic of Cuba, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the attacks on the Moncada and Carlos Manuel De Cespedes Garissons.

This national day is considered one of the most significant and historic observances in Cuba, as July 26, 1953, marked the start of the Cuban Revolution.

The 60th Anniversary celebration includes a cultural gala, an official wreath laying ceremony, as well as a tour to the Moncada Garrison, which is now a historic museum.

Moncada Garrison Cuba

Moncada Garrison Cuba

Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony will lead a four member delegation to Cuba for the observance. The delegation departs Saint Lucia on a Cuban aircraft on Thursday, July 25, 2013 and returns on Saturday, July 27, 2013.

The Saint Lucian delegation includes Hon. Emma Hippolyte, Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs; Mr. Darrel Montrope, Cabinet Secretary and Mrs. Jadia Jn. Pierre-Emmanuel, Press Secretary to the Prime Minister.

Hon. Philip J. Pierre, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, has been appointed to act as Prime Minister during the absence of Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.

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PM’s Addresses Babonneau Police Station Opening

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A Staple of a Community’s Comfort, Assurance & Security”

Remarks by Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security on the occasion of the opening of the Babonneau police station.

July 22nd 2013

BABONNEAU, A NEW VERTEX  

Ladies and gentlemen, a few weeks ago, a wicked and heinous crime took place in this community. A young man was brutally murdered and his body was dumped without ceremony, not too far away from here. Any act of murder is reprehensible. No killing can ever be justified save and except in those circumstances, the law recognises. But when the victim is young and his suspected assailants are also young, then, collectively, we become not only mourners but victims as well.

It is ironic, that this cruel act took place just days before this ceremony to recognise the establishment of a new police station in our state.

The former government has to take the honours for constructing this long planned police station, which we are about to open.  This investment continues the ambitious programme of police modernization  which the former SLP Government commenced         when it took office in 1997. This has since led to a sizeable investment in the infrastructure to support the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

During Labour’s previous tenure in office, six police stations were upgraded, namely Gros Islet, Marigot, Canaries, Soufriere, Choiseul and Laborie. New police stations were also constructed in Anse la Raye, Marchand, Vieux Fort, Micoud, Riche Fond and Dennery. Our investment in the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force went beyond the infrastructure. As a government, we understood and appreciated that modern equipment and a well-trained Human Resource was critical to our crime fighting efforts. It is for this reason, the Government that I led, expanded the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force by over 450 trained officers, invested in a modern Frame Relay System and introduced stronger legislation such as a new Evidence Act, a new Criminal Code and measures to deal with Praedial Larceny and Money Laundering.  We understood and appreciated, as we do now, that the sacrifice made by law enforcers to ensure our safety and security, must be complimented with institutional and legislative support.

TO SERVE AND PROTECT

This new facility is intended to serve and protect the growing communities in and around Babonneau. Babonneau is an emerging centre, and indeed we may soon have to start referring to a triangular conurbation of Castries-Gros Islet-Babonneau, with Babonneau as its newest vertex.

With a voting population of over ten thousand persons in Babonneau, this facility to serve the northeast is undoubtedly long in coming. We know, however, that the siting of this facility has not been free from controversy. Indeed, it would have been more ideal, more aesthetically pleasing if the character of Babonneau Junction with its road island was maintained and embellished. Put another way, while we seek to provide function, we should still remember it must go hand-in-hand with form.

Notwithstanding this, it is fitting that Government supports Babonneau’s expansion and development. Many families are looking to Babonneau and its environs to establish future homes. This station will, undoubtedly, provide further encouragement and comfort.

COMMUNITY MUST FEEL OWNERSHIP

Institutions of law and order such as police stations ought to have a net positive effect on surrounding communities. For that to happen, the community must feel ownership of and receive value from the new facility and the services it provides.

The people of Fond Assau, the communities at Garrand, Raisinard, Cacao, Girard, the inheritors of historic Paix Bouche, the economic enterprises from Marquis, La Guerre, Plateau, Chassin to Balata, Ti Morne and Cabiche will now be comforted by knowing that there is a Police Station a few minutes away that can now respond to emergency calls.

These communities can now benefit in a greater way, from community policing initiatives of the Police Force. This base can now serve as an early detection and prevention centre, dedicated to Babonneau and its environs.

POLICE AS CULTURAL AGENTS

Police stations are not unlike churches, courts, hospitals or other public facilities. They are institutions within the community, and so they must build acceptance and credibility within that space.

While the buildings are important, the people that use them make the difference as to whether its impact is felt or not.

The police officer must be part of the social fabric, part of the culture. He or she must be respected and beyond reproach. Always remember, that respect is earned; it cannot survive solely by virtue of office.

In fact, police officers must even see themselves as cultural agents, by promoting a culture of self-respect and respect for the rights of others, a culture of discipline, a culture of peace and order.

SETTING THE STANDARD

I    want now to say a few words to those officers who are assigned to this station. In fact, let me introduce you to them:

  1. Inspector Ronald Philip;
  2. No. 275 Sergeant Arnold Jaganath;
  3. No 641 Woman Corporal Samantha Norley Aurlien;
  4. No. 316 Acting Corporal Clement Alexander;
  5. No. 547 Constable Nereus Lambert;
  6. No. 192 Constable Julian Henry;
  7. No. 789 Constable Semius Eristhee;
  8. No. 223 Constable Ain Polius;
  9. No. 492 Constable Murton Dornelly;
  10. No. 786 Constable Kenan Daniel;
  11. No. 442 Constable Orville Innocent;
  12. No. 814 Woman Constable Cheryl Leon;
  13. No. 445 Special Constable Edward;
  14. No. 214 Woman Special Constable Kimian Mauris;
  15. No. 430 Woman Special Constable Kasha Joan Bailey; and
  16. No. 241 Woman Special Constable Jane Johnson.

I say to the staff of this new station, Babonneau’s first police team, that your responsibility is indeed a venerable undertaking upon which you must set high standards. You must set the bar high.

Some of the principles of policing that should resonate with you now and always are that:

  1. Your basic mission should always be the prevention of crime and disorder;
  2. You must secure the willing co-operation of the public in voluntary observation of the law to be able to secure and maintain the respect of the public;
  3. You must seek and preserve public favour not by catering to public opinion, but by constantly demonstrating absolute impartial service to the law; and
  4. Finally, your efficiency is the absence of crime and disorder, not the visible evidence of police action in dealing with it.

LAW AND ORDER, ALWAYS A PRIORITY

Ladies and gentlemen, the first duty of Government continues to be the maintenance of the rule of law and order. It should matter not which party controls the House of Assembly, or who holds the office of Prime Minister. Security of our citizens must always be paramount.

However, this tenet must also align with the belief that people are fundamentally good and only anomalous rogue elements, far in the minority, must be corrected.

Yet, we also must concede that the power of such rogue elements can be profound to a people, to families.

For instance, the discourtesy of just one badly parked vehicle on a busy street can cause serious traffic back up. The theft of one item like a mobile phone or a camera can spoil the entire vacation of a visitor, and their perception of our island. One act of domestic violence can cause psychological damage on children growing up in the household.  One murder on an unsuspecting community as happened recently, can unleash incalculable pain and grief, not only on the family of the victim but on the entire community.

We cannot condone crime by our silence, by our inaction, by our turning away from the realities. We cannot condone crime, no matter how small, no matter how removed the victims and perpetrators might appear to be from ourselves and loved ones.

WE WANT A CRIME-FREE BABONNEAU

Crime grows fast in environments that appear not to be managed, or in places that seem to be forgotten or cast aside. Today, we must say clearly, that we want a crime-free Babonneau. We want a peaceful community in which you can nurture your children, in which your life, limb, property and other liberties are respected.

For instance, one phenomenon which we cannot ignore is the rise in gangs and attendant gun related violence and homicides.

In the past, we silently ignored the mushrooming of gangs in our midst, sometimes under the misguided notion of freedom of association. But since when an association established for criminal enterprise, to steal, murder and plunder at will is protected by our Constitution?

Today, the police have been working assiduously to deal with gangs and the negative gang culture that spawns anti-social behaviour and organised crime. We will support their efforts by enacting anti-gang legislation as has been done in Trinidad and Tobago and about to be done in Jamaica. In fact, in the last parliamentary session, we introduced new legislation to strengthen the powers of police in tackling gangs but could not enact it because the parliamentary session had ended. We will shortly be re-introducing this Bill to the House of Assembly for its consideration.

This is no longer merely an urban or inner city phenomenon. It has spread to encompass suburban communities as well. Officers assigned to this new station will have to engage the community in countering the rise of such groups. The networks of drug trafficking, mayhem and malice must be defeated by a network of surveillance, intelligence and smart might.

AN INSTITUTION ALIVE

Government will spend $71 million this year maintaining our police force, about 1200 strong. Yet, we know that such continued investment in citizen security requires accountable, transparent policing, for no one is above the law.

We all need the police, and yet we must all practice policing in our lives and communities.

We need the police not just when a crime is committed, not just during an emergency or natural disaster, not just during election day, not only for mass crowd events, not only for traffic management.

We need good policing all the time, as a staple of comfort, assurance, security.

This station today must not be allowed to become isolated, remote, far removed and uninviting from the people which it was built to serve.

It must represent an institution alive, interactive, intelligent and proactive in its duties towards crime prevention and law enforcement.

However, the maintenance of law and order can never be solely the responsibility of Government or the Police, but the responsibility of all society.

The individual has a responsibility to his or her self to uphold the law because there must be a belief that it protects oneself just as it protects anyone else. The best way to defend yourself is to support law enforcement.

The family has a duty to itself to uphold the law.

So too does the community, the village, the city.

Let us work together, support each other and be each other’s keeper to build a stronger, safer community and country.

Dame Pearlette Louisy Congratulates Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their first appearance with the royal baby

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in their first appearance with the royal baby

Saint Lucia’s Governor-General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy,  joined the rest of the world in congratulating Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with the following message on the birth of their first child.

Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy

Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy

“The Government and People of Saint Lucia join me in conveying our sincerest congratulations and best wishes to Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their baby boy.  We wish the young prince the best of health and happiness in the days and years ahead.”

The royal baby, who has been named George Alexander Louis, is third in line to the throne and was born at St Mary’s Hospital in west London on Monday 22 July 2013. He will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. He is the first born of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, as well as the only grandchild of Charles, Prince of Wales, and his first wife Diana, Princess of Wales. He is third in line to succeed his great-grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, after his grandfather and father.