Vacationers from the neighbouring island of Martinique had a near death experience on Monday as they soaked in activities in the City center.
One of the many hanging branches at Constitution Park broke off and fell to the ground, hitting a few of the young visitors on its way down.
Witness- Thomas Belasse says a number of the young visitors were left nursing injuries. He believes the incident could have been avoided.
Belasse says most of the injured were taken to the hospital in a police vehicle. When HTS arrived on the scene, one of the injured visitors was getting treated by Emergency Medical Technicians.
On the sidelines, friends of the injured could be seen sobbing as they continued to react to the incident.
Belasse believes what happened could possibly have an impact on St. Lucia’s image.
HTS news attempted to get a comment from officials of the Castries City Council but was not successful – we were referred to the Town Clerk who was not present. The incident occurred around midday.
Labour code to be enacted Story byCarmy Joseph
The ministry of education, human resource development and labour will be having a symbolic ceremony to commemorate the commencement of the labour act (2006). That’s according to a press release from the office of the prime minister.
While that labour act comes into force this coming Wednesday, august 1, the ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 31 at 2pm at the CDF conference room in Barnard Hill.
The programme will feature addresses by the permanent secretary for labour, the minister for labour and acting prime minister, Hon Philip J. Pierre.
It will end with a presentation of the labour act to the trade union federation, national workers' union and the Saint Lucia employers' federation.
Defoe post mortem Story byCarmy Joseph
On Monday July 30th a post mortem examination was performed on the body of 20 year old Hannah Defoe, the British national who died here last week while on vacation.
She is the cousin of UK footballer Jermaine Defoe who plays for Tottenham Hotspur. The results of the examination indicate that Defoe died as a result of drowning secondary to electrocution.
The body of Hannah Defoe was discovered by her aunt in a swimming pool of a hotel in the Beanfield, Vieux Fort. Police say investigations into the matter are ongoing.
Beaubrun swim Story byTeddy Francis
Saint Lucian swimmer Danielle Beaubrun placed sixth in her heat this past Sunday at a time of 1:11:10.
Beaubrun swam in the second heat of the day.
Competing in her second consecutive Olympics, Beaubrun again failed to qualify for the final race in the 100 breaststroke.
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Saint Lucian in opening ceremony Story bySarah Peter
Saint Lucian association on crime Story byCarmy Joseph
Pastor Gilford Monrose is the Clergy President of the 67th Precinct in New York.
He is also the Vice-President of the newly formed Saint Lucia House Foundation; the organization is an umbrella body for all Saint Lucian Associations based in that American state.
Monrose is currently on island attending a conference of the Seventh Day Church of God. While here – he has taken the opportunity to express his Association’s interest in addressing crime and gun violence issues on island.
Monrose has been working very closely with families – particularly mothers – who have lost sons to gun violence in the area where he operates.
He says the 67th precinct has the single largest concentration of Saint Lucians in America and is also the place where a number of Saint Lucian youths lose their life to gun violence.
As a result – he believes his association is uniquely placed to offer advice on ways Saint Lucia can address these problems.
Gun violence accounts for the majority of homicides committed in Saint Lucia. The latest victim was 27 year old Leevy Wilson of Patience who died after he was shot during the second day of the Parade of the Bands on Tuesday 17th July.
26 year old Garvin Andrew of Barnard Hill was remanded to the Bordelais Correctional Facility on July 24th - charged with that murder and the attempted murder of 20 year old Yannick Sylvester who was also shot during the same altercation.
Developing saltibus Story byDesmond Collymore
A special committee for the development of Saltibus held its first meeting on Saturday. Several areas of concern were examined with others expected to be discussed at subsequent sessions.
The committee intends to focus on strategic areas of interest as its looks to develop Saltibus.
LIME and NWU agreement Story byCarmyJoseph
The management of LIME and the national workers union have satisfactorily concluded months of industrial negotiations.
As a result - over two hundred technical, clerical, middle management and sales staff will now benefit from a new industrial agreement.
This is the first industrial agreement between lime and the NWU and it makes provision for upward adjustments in salaries,
allowances, and other working conditions. A press release from the union says the four year agreement is intended to bring stability to the company while creating a new dimension of industrial engagement between the parties.
LIME and the NWU are expected to meet shortly at the department of labour to officially sign the agreement.
VAT training for small business Story bySant Justin
With Value Added Tax set to be implemented in October of this year, major preparations continue to ensure all stakeholders are ready.
To that end - a small business training session was launched on Monday. The two day session is hosted by SEDU and facilitated by accountant- Daria Poyotte.
Poyotte says with the set date for vat only two months away, we cannot afford to procrastinate.
Poyotte says Monday’s session dealt with the theoretical part of vat, while Tuesday’s session will focus on accounting.
Participant from yard and associates accounting firm- Lindel Philogene spoke highly of the workshop which she says has thus far been very informative. Philogene says more businesses should take advantage of the beneficial sessions.
The activity continues on Tuesday and is being held at the ICT center in Castries. Similar workshops are also being held across the island including Gros-Islet, Vieux-Fort and Soufriere.
Musa visits poultry farm Story byHinkson Butcher
Agriculture minister Moses Jn Baptiste continued his familiarization tour of all areas within the agricultural sector on Friday with a stop at a local poultry farm. The minister toured the Hyline poultry farms located at Morne Du Don in Castries.
Emancipation day plans Story bySant Justin
Emancipation Day will be observed on Wednesday August 1st with a number of activities. The Cultural Development Foundation has teamed up with a number of partners including the FRC and Iyanola Council to ensure a more holistic observance.
Executive Director- Kennedy ‘Boots’ Samuels says the CDF has also partnered with three communities in an effort at decentralizing Emancipation Day celebrations.
Samuels says on Emancipation Day, a Freedom Concert will also be held at Independence Square in Vieux Fort from 6PM.
On that same day - Laborie will also host a concert featuring a variety of performances.
The third community of Choiseul will on Tuesday evening host a panel discussion featuring historians such as Huggins Neil Nicholas, Tania Elias and Russel Jean.
That activity will be held at the Piaye Primary School from 6:30PM and will be followed by a concert on Wednesday at the Old Boys School in Reunion Choiseul.
Samuel says the activities continue into Thursday with two forums at the National Cultural Center in Castries.
The Cultural Development Foundation will also host the annual Sounds of Freedom Concert on Wednesday from 2:30PM at the National Cultural Centre.
It will feature messages, spontaneous tributes and performances by leading poets, dancers and musicians including Harmonites Steel Orchestra, Secret Band and the reggae band 4th World.
Tree branch hurts children
Labour code to be enacted
Saint Lucian in opening ceremony
Saint Lucian association on crime
LIME and NWU agreement
VAT training for small business
Musa visits poultry farm
Emancipation day plans
Subventions from government are paid to all aspects of Saint Lucia Carnival. That means taxpayers subsidize everything from bands, to shows and community events. The cash injection is in addition to the bulk funding provided by government to the entity that manages the festival – for the past two years that has been the Stakeholder Committee and before them it was the CDF. Three Carnival bands including the reigning Band of the Year have dropped out of competition due in part to funding constraints. Other associations like the National Carnival Queen Committee and tent leaders have lamented dwindling sponsorship dollars and the need for government funding.
But is it fair to expect Saint Lucians to pay for a product they ultimately have to purchase in the way of costumes, tent shows and events?
Is it realistic for Carnival stakeholders to expect government to subsidize their contribution to the festival?