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National Students’ Council calls for support for student in #BlackmailFriday controversy

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National Students’ Council calls for support for student in #BlackmailFriday controversy

PRESS RELEASE
(Castries, Saint Lucia, Tuesday 24th January, 2017)
The National Students’ Council is an advocacy group aimed at strengthening the voice of students island-wide while ensuring that the right programs are available to look after student welfare and development. It is in regards to this that the NSC is very taken aback by recent developments involving the Minister of Finance and student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. As a body which serves to bridge a divide between government and students, can we not expect a better example from our leaders?

In a time where there is an evident search for identity, young persons must  have sound role models to lead them in savory directions. Regardless the situation Students deserve their peers and government to support them emotionally  as opposed  to  further  tearing  them down. Hence the NSC calls for government services to aim at providing  support and guidance to the student in this time of evident need.

In recent months the use of social media to embarrass and disgrace young persons has become a rampant trend with an ever expanding range of victims. We can only hope and pray that the life of this young woman will not be greatly affected by the negative attention this unfortunate situation may attract. The NSC urges the public and fellow students to refrain from further hurtful remarks about the student as we would not want them for ourselves. If we as students and young people do not decide on our own, to elevate our thinking and our mindsets, we become simply statistics, destined only to the harsh realities of society. We need to continually embody the change we wish to see in order to inspire change from those who observe us. This is not a call only for peace or justice, it has become a call for lives and change. If we are a kingdom divided against ourself how can we stand?

Our hearts go out to the families of the individuals implicated who themselves have been the subject of ridicule. We urge students, leaders and all Saint Lucians to rise above our circumstance and accept the challenge to change.

Contact:
Keyanna Marcellin
Public Relations Officer,
Saint Lucia National Students’ council
1 (758) 713-8815

(Photo courtesy of the Saint Lucis Star Newspaper)

UWP Appoints New Communications and Strategy Manager

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Castries, Saint Lucia – 27 September, 2013 – The United Workers Party is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Elijah Anatole, who will join the team as the new Communications and Strategy Manager.
Within this role, Mr. Anatole will lead a team of experts in all aspects of communications to ensure that the Party’s latest news, views and concerns are shared with all citizens, both here and abroad.
His proven background as an author, journalist/reporter at the STAR Newspaper and CHOICE TV, not to mention, creative skills and ambitions will be an asset to the Party.
Chairman of the UWP, Mr. Ezechiel Joseph says, “Mr. Anatole is a respectable and talented young man and we (at the United Workers Party) welcome him with open arms. He has a great task ahead of him and we know that he is more than capable of delivering results.”
Anatole, in a short statement, expressed deep thanks to the Party for having confidence in him. He added, “This is a new turn of events in my life. I welcome this opportunity as one that will not only help me grow but also help the Party grow and evolve to be a more modern and appealing Party for both the young and the old. I am happy to be a part of the team and look forward to achieving great things together.”
Anatole’s appointment comes almost two months after Allen Chastanet successfully won his bid for leadership of the Party at July’s National Convention, with the installation of a new Communications and Strategy Manager being one of his first objectives.

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IPI / ACM Caribbean Press Missions Begin April 15

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Delegation to advocate for journalist safety and the repeal of criminal defamation laws

VIENNA, April 9, 2013 – As part of its flagship campaign for the repeal of criminal-defamation laws in the region, the International Press Institute (IPI) will again conduct an official mission in the Caribbean, visiting six countries from 15 April to 6 May 2013.

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Wesley Gibbings, president, ACM

The IPI delegation will consist of: Alison Bethel McKenzie, IPI executive director; John Yearwood, The Miami Herald’s national and world editor and president of the IPI North American National Committee; Wesley Gibbings, president, Association of Caribbean Media Workers (ACM); Scott Griffen, IPI press freedom adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean; Bert Wilkinson, ACM executive member from Guyana; and Kiran Maharaj, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Publishers and Broadcasters Association.

“IPI’s mission to the Caribbean is very timely in light of the continued challenges faced by regional media and demonstrates IPI’s tremendous commitment to safeguard press freedom in the Caribbean,” said Dawn Thomas, group chief executive officer of Trinidad’s One Caribbean Media Ltd. and a member of IPI’s Executive Board.

“There are just too many existing laws that can impede the work of journalists and expose them to criminal sanctions. I look forward to co-operation from the regional governments on this mission so that real and significant progress could be made in the pursuit of a free and responsible press in the region,” Thomas added.

In visits to Antigua and Barbuda, the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, and the Republic of Suriname, delegates will seek to win support among journalists, editors, civil-society organisations, and both governmental and inter-governmental officials for the repeal of criminal defamation and insult laws. Delegates will also discuss the safety and protection of journalists.

In the Dominican Republic, the delegation will follow up on IPI’s successful visit to the country in June 2012 and congratulate government officials on removing prison penalties for defamation from the draft penal code.  IPI will also advise on changes to Law No. 6132, which regulates press activities in the Dominican Republic and which maintains criminal punishments for defamation and insult.

During the mission, IPI will seek to gain further support for the Declaration of Port of Spain, which calls for the abolition of ‘insult laws’ and criminal defamation legislation in the Caribbean.  The Declaration has already been signed by numerous regional and global media groups.

In the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the delegation will encourage further progress on efforts to modernise the country’s defamation law, as well as consolidate partnerships, including training initiatives, with both the Trinidadian government and national media houses that began with IPI’s 2012 World Congress in Port of Spain.

“IPI and ACM look forward to continuing their important advocacy work on the issue of criminal defamation in the Caribbean.  While press freedom is already relatively strong in many Caribbean states, we believe that the repeal of criminal defamation is critical to ensuring that no journalist is pressured to self-censor, or faces the threat of prison for doing his or her job,” Bethel McKenzie, IPI’s executive director, stated.

Wesley Gibbings, ACM president, added: “This round of Caribbean missions is singularly important as an effective intervention to promote the value of press freedom as a vital component of the development process. IPI’s leadership of the process brings valuable international perspectives to the table together with credentials earned over many years. The ACM is proud to have such a partner in a project of immense value to the people of this region.”

The mission occurs in the shadow of the continued imprisonment of independent Cuban journalist Calixto Ramón Martínez Arias, who has been accused of criminal insult under Article 144.1 of the Cuban Penal Code.  A recent IPI investigation revealed that all 16 independent states in the Caribbean retain some form of criminal defamation law and that six had prosecuted journalists under such a law within the last 15 years.

As part of its commitment to promoting the highest standards of journalism, IPI will lead training workshops for journalists in both Guyana and the Dominican Republic, focusing on journalistic ethics and techniques of investigative journalism.

Following the mission, Bethel McKenzie will deliver the keynote speech during World Press Freedom Day observances in Willemstad, Curaçao on May 3rd, at the invitation of the Curaçao National Commission for UNESCO.  Her remarks will focus on criminal defamation and journalist safety in the Caribbean.

Bethel McKenzie added: “IPI is grateful for the invitation extended by the Curaçao National Commission for UNESCO to participate in this important regional gathering, which we view as a chance to reinforce our commitment to defending and promoting independent and professional media throughout the Caribbean.”

IPI, based in Vienna, is a global network of editors, media executives and leading journalists dedicated to the furtherance and safeguarding of press freedom, the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, the promotion of the free flow of news and information, and the improvement of the practices of journalism.

Created in 1950, IPI today has members in more than 120 countries.  It is a politically neutral body and holds consultative status at the United Nations and the Council of Europe.
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Inquiries to: Scott Griffen, Press Freedom Adviser for Latin America and the Caribbean, International Press Institute (IPI), Spiegelgasse 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria. Tel: +43 1 512 90 11. Fax: +43 1 512 90 14. E-mail: sgriffen(at) freemedia. at

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.”

7 Addy Awards to Accela Marketing

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Saint Lucia’s very own Accela Marketing has received seven awards including the coveted, “Best of Show” category at the 2012 Caribbean Advertising Federation (CAF) ADDY Awards. What is considered the Oscars of the Advertising World, the ADDY Awards are hosted by the American Advertising Federation (AAF), and are the advertising industry’s most comprehensive and prestigious competition recognizing and rewarding creative excellence in the art of advertising.  Among Accela’s wins were two GOLD ADDYs for the SLASPA’s ‘Behind the Everyday Benefits of Life’ Corporate Campaign and the FDL Pest Control Solutions Radio Advert. The Agency also won four SILVER ADDYs for the ECFH 2012 Calendar, the ECFH 2010 Annual Report, and the Accela Website and Facebook Page. The FDL Pest Control Solutions radio advert also won the highly valued Best of Show award. Out of all the radio adverts submitted it was considered the best of the best.

Accela, a first-time entrant and winner of five awards in 2011, is one of the smallest agencies operating out of one of the smallest markets in the Caribbean. This year, over 420 entries were judged from over 30 different companies in the region including Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad & Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The Agency held its own against some of the biggest multi-national creative agencies like McCann, Red Advertising & Marketing Ltd and Lonsdale Saatchi & Saatchi.

“We are ecstatic to bring home seven awards this year, especially the award for best radio advert in the Caribbean,” stated Accela’s Managing Director, Agnes Francis. “This is a huge accomplishment and a strong testimony of the world-class products that our talented creative team produces for our clients. Big ideas that bring big results do not need big budgets, big markets or big agencies, just big thinking and attention to small details.”