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

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

(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.

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

(Photo courtesy of the Saint Lucis Star Newspaper)

Petition Submitted!


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!

Teenager Found Hanging


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.

“I Am Beautiful Day” Celebrated Tomorrow


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

Tel# (758) 458-2623/488-2614/285-9321

Police Seek Information in Teen Death


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. This poster sought help via social media

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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Success for CDF Summer Arts Workshop


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.

Canaries Youth Say Yes to ProjectCan


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.


It has been an exciting time for young Sean Francois over the past few weeks as he realized and surpassed one of the biggest dreams of his young life and promises of even more to come in his immediate future.Just two weeks

SLHTA pays tribute to Sean Francois and recognises his achievements

ago the 11-year-old student of Bonne Terre Preparatory School learnt that he had placed fourth on the island in the overall Common Entrance Examination, making it into St. Mary’s College with a pass rate of 93%.

The second son of Alison and Dr. Sylvestre Francois, Sean has always been extraordinarily interested in cooking for a child so young. His mother remembers that as a toddler, he always wanted to be around anyone in the kitchen to observe their cooking. Sean’s mother remembers vividly her son’s tender passion for the culinary arts and he is an avid viewer of the Food Network and once harassed her to buy him an assortment of ingredients to sample different flavours and also to eat out regularly to experience various styles of cooking.

Sean’s aspiration is to become a world class chef and attend a prestigious culinary school. This desire was understood at an early age when he explained his ambition to his older brother, by simply stating, “I live to eat and not eat to live.”

When the Francois family expressed a desire to attend last Saturday’s “Golden Dish Dinner” at the Landings Resort that showcased the winning dishes of Saint Lucia’s Culinary Team at the recently held Taste the Caribbean Culinary Competition in Miami; and upon hearing of this young man’s achievement at Common Entrance and of his interest in the culinary arts, the Saint Lucia Hotels and Tourism Association (SLHTA) wanted to recognize him for his outstanding performance at his exam and to motivate him in aspiring for his goal buy showcasing the skills of our awarded chefs from the Saint Lucia Culinary Team.In addition to providing young Sean with a complimentary ticket to attend the three course gourmet dinner, the SLHTA’s Executive Vice President Noorani Azeez paid tribute to the young man and his achievements, lauding his dreams to become a master Chef in front of the room of esteemed guests. Sean was also surprised by a generous gesture of a one week summer internship at any of the home properties of the Saint Lucia Culinary Team Members.

A jubilant Sean expressed his delight at this opportunity, and the aspiring chef and his budding palate expressed pleasure in the appetizer: “Duo of Cheese” – Cream and Blue Cheese Ravioli served with herb crusted Brie and Chicken Roulade with a Spicy Cheese Sauce.

SLHTA Honours Common Entrance 4th Place Aspiring Chef

Nominate an Outstanding Young Person for Development Awards


(17 July 2012) Winners of Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work could receive grants of up to £3,000.

Do you know a young person making a positive difference to the lives of other people in a Commonwealth country? The deadline for nominations for the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work is 31 July 2012.
Designed to help celebrate the role of young people as nation builders and partners in development, the Awards offer young people aged between 15 and 29 an opportunity to share their contribution and inspire others to get involved.

Nominees win international recognition and support for their development project. Five awards will be presented regionally, with the top entrant from each region receiving a pan-Commonwealth award. The regional award winners will receive a £1,000 grant each and the pan-Commonwealth award winners £3,000 each.

Commonwealth Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said: “More than any generation in history, the youth of today are shaping our social, economic and political landscape. These awards recognise their contribution in our 54 Commonwealth member states.”

The Awards are run by the Commonwealth Youth Programme at the Commonwealth Secretariat and are given to outstanding young people working to:

•    promote youth participation in decision-making;

•    promote the economic empowerment of young people;

•    take action for equality between young men and women;

•    promote peaceful and democratic environments in which human rights flourish;

•    provide quality education for all;

•    improve access to information and communication technology;

•    promote health, development and values through sports and culture; and

•    engage young people to protect the environment.

Commonwealth Deputy Secretary-General Mmasekgoa Masire-Mwamba, who oversees youth development across the 54 member countries, said: “Young people represent more than 50 per cent of Commonwealth citizens. I have seen the excellent contribution they are making at community and national levels all across our countries. I welcome these Awards as an opportunity to tell their positive stories that often go unnoticed.”

Further information on the Awards and how to nominate a young person can be found on the Commonwealth Youth Awards brochure.

Nominees must be citizens of a Commonwealth country and working in a Commonwealth country.

1st Ever Junior Carnival Princess Pageant


 The Cultural Development Foundation in collaboration with the Lions Club of Castries will be hosting the first ever Junior Carnival Princess Pageant as part of Junior Carnival 2012.

The main objectives of this event are to:

Just Us Kids is one of the more vibrant and successful junior Carnival bands

provide an activity that would execute fun and enjoyment for the youth.

encourage young people to develop self-empowerment.

to enhance junior carnival activities.

be part of the carnival experience.

Six young ladies will grace the stage on Wednesday July 4th at the National Cultural Centre from 2:00 p.m. The young princesses are between the ages of nine to twelve years and are expected to represent their band in three appearance namely (1) Costume (2) Princess Gown, and Talent.

Coordinator of the event Mrs. Barbara du Boulay is very enthusiastic to execute this new initiative, as she explains that the participating junior bands leaders are very excited to showcase the talents and skills of this particular age.

The princess representing their bands are (i) Princess Seryee Henry, Ms Two Days of Peace (2) Princess Kitana Naptune Ms. Zodiac, (3) Princess Niah Thomas, Ms. Extreme Kiddies, (4) Princess Kershel Smith Ms. Just Us Kids, (5) Princess Leean Joseph, Ms Charmalion (6) Princess Tyler Paul, Ms. Dynamic Kids.

The traditional Junior Carnival festivity is another activity that offers children a day to call ‘their own’. On Sunday July 8th, the stage is theirs to jump and wave. Children from all over the island representing schools and private mas groups parade in the streets of Castries before converging at Vigie Complex to engage in clean, wholesome and unforgettable fun. This is the opportunity for parents to beam with pride and excitement as their children express themselves culturally.

The Junior Carnival parade starts from the Derek Walcott Square at 1:30 pm and the main event at the Vigie Sports Complex starts at 2:00 pm.