(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.
Public Relations Officer,
Saint Lucia National Students’ council
1 (758) 713-8815
(Photo courtesy of the Saint Lucis Star Newspaper)
Zandoli and allies say “we still want to know”!
Allies changed their FaceBook profile photos in a visible show of support
The petition for a Sex Offender Registry in Saint Lucia was submitted today to Honorable Alvina Reynolds, Minister of Health by our Communications Director, Mr. Norbert Williams.
Source: Petition Submitted!
On Wednesday 26 December 2012 about 2:00 pm, officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station responded to a report which occurred on Bridge Street, Vieux Fort.
On arrival, they received information that 15-year-old Jasma Josephine Lubin was found suspended by a rope from her bedroom ceiling. She was discovered by her father Andy Lubin.
Jasma Lubin was transported to St. Jude’s hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
A note from the deceased to her love ones was also discovered by the police.
A post mortem examination is scheduled for Thursday 27 December 2012.
Investigations are continuing.
WELLNESS INNOVATORS, a multidisciplinary team of health care professionals whose mandate is to create a culture of health awareness, collaborates with ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE (AUSOM) in executing the 2012 I AM BEAUTIFUL DAY. The event has received the endorsement of the Ministry of Education and will be celebrated at all Secondary Schools on the island on Friday 12th October under the theme WORTHY TO BE HEALTHY.
Last year Wellness Innovators delivered presentations to the general assembly at each school with an emphasis on awareness of sexually transmitted infections, oral hygiene and emotional health.
This year the unique collaboration of WELLNESS INNOVATORS and AUSOM will remind every student that they are beautiful and worthy to be healthy. Students of Atlantic University School of Medicine will facilitate health expositions at the schools while the collaboration works to foster the sharing of uplifting words and deeds among the student population.
Anyone interested in supporting or contributing to the “I AM BEAUTIFUL DAY” 2012 is invited to contact WELLNESS INNOVATORS at telephone number 458-2623 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tel# (758) 458-2623/488-2614/285-9321
17-year-old Crystal St. Omer
Officers attached to the Major Crime Unit are appealing to persons who have information relating to the death of Crystal St. Omer to come forward with any information relating to her disappearance and circumstances leading to her death.
The 17 year old former student of the Castries Comprehensive School (CCSS), left home on Wednesday morning, August 22, to collect her CXC transcript from the school. She later went to the CSA Credit Union on the corner of Jeremie Street and Chaussee Road in Castries where she was last seen at approximately 12:30PM that same Wednesday. By Friday, the family were seeking help through social and mainstream media to find the young girl.
Ironically, as Saint Lucia joined the word in recognising Saturday 25 as Orange day, to raise awareness about the issue of violence against women and girls, came the devastating news that Crystal’s body was found. It was reported that she was found lifeless and badly beaten in a remote area in Cap Estate at the northenmost end of the island.
Police has invited anyone with information that can assist in solving this crime to pass it on in person or by calling 456 3754. On Saturday they stressed that no one has been arrested and no suspects have been identified.
Police have further asked persons to refrain from sending bogus Black Berry Messenger (BBM) messages implicating persons to the case.
Earlier in the day a message making the rounds on BBM named a Gros Islet bus driver, who, it was claimed, was arrested by police as he was the last to be seem with the victim.
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The Cultural Development Foundation’s Summer Arts Workshop has been dubbed a success by organizers. The workshops planned in partnership with communities from across the island, is geared towards participants aged 5 to 16 years.
Teachers coach participants through completion and public exhibition of work in a multitude of areas, to include drawing and painting, creative craft, music, martial arts, drama and dance.
The workshops which are extremely popular with the young participants attracted more than 270 young people from the various communities in which they were organized. This year’s workshops were held from July 18 to August 10 in the communities of Gros-Islet, laborite, Babonneau, Vieux-Fort and Castries. Classes ran Monday through Friday from 9am to 4pm.
The programme for the Castries workshop culminated with an exhibition and awards ceremony at the National Cultural Centre on August 10 at 3pm.
Support to the workshops by sponsors such as
Eastern Caribbean Financial Holdings, Brydens, Super J IGA, JE Bergasse, and CARITAS helps participants hone their skills and showcase their creativity. What’s more, we believe the next generation of great Saint Lucian artists will emerge out of this programme, bolstering the vitality of our community for years to come. As such, the Cultural Development Foundation wishes to thank all sponsors of this year’s Summer Arts Workshop for their invaluable contribution to the program’s continued success.
ProjectCan has caught on fire and is on again this year. Last year the “hype” Youth Club from Canaries put together what they described as a “Massive” Summer Program. This year it’s one again under the theme “Building Blocks- To Spice it up!”
The Summer Program began on Monday with training for facilitators and other interested youth. In keeping up with ProjectCan’s theme, activities focussed on building “chemistry” among members. This included a hike deep into the waterfall area, a debate and a special event on Friday.
This will be followed by two weeks of fun and education for the children in the community.
In 2011 the program gave young people an exhilarating week of experiencing what their country offers as tourists. They bathed in the Sulphur Springs, enjoyed lunch by the river and took tours. This was an eye-opening experience for these young individuals.
This year the programme is expected to bring an even more exciting line up of activities.