SAINT LUCIA

Conservative opposition wins election

January 07, 2020

St. Lucia's conservative United Workers Party (UWP)  beat the incumbent Labour Party in the general elections with promises of tax cuts and the resolution of a scandal over killings by the police that have hurt the image of the nation.

Former Prime Minister Kenny Anthony conceded defeat and congratulated new Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on his victory in the June 6 vote after the opposition party won 11 seats to Labour's six.

Chastanet is a businessman who previously served as tourism minister on the island, known for its steep, emerald-colored hills and luxury resorts.

He promised to scrap an unpopular sales tax and tackle unemployment as well as repairing St. Lucia's international relations after the United States withdrew aid over 12 killings by the police.

"We want to put together a tribunal as soon as possible to get the situation clarified so that we can move ahead,” Chastanet said.

 

He said the matter was a stain on St. Lucia's name and needed to be dealt with as quickly as possible.

Government worried by increased suicide numbers

March 17, 2016

The St. Lucia government says it remains deeply perturbed by the recent spate of suicides with the latest occurring in the south of the island.

 

Acting Prime Minister Philip J Pierre, has reiterated concerns over the emotional and mental state of citizens experiencing depression and other ailments, which have been proven to significantly contribute to suicidal thoughts and tendencies.

 

“To this end, the government of St Lucia continues plans to intensify its engagement civil society to find solutions to the rising incidents of suicides,” Pierre said.

 

In a recent interview, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony remarked that the country needed to identify persons who are in distress in the various communities. “We have to reach out and touch them and, somehow, see whether we can offer them the opportunity to share their pain, their anger and distress, dissuade them from taking that tragic solution.”

 

Pierre urged his countrymen to utilize the National Health Service helpline adding that the government extend condolences to the families grieving the loss of their loved ones.

 

In the latest incident, police said the body of 56 year-old, Ceasarius Bailey of Augier, south of here, was found at his home with a bottle containing what appeared to be a poisonous substance found nearby.

St Lucia still free of Zika virus

March 15, 2016

Saint Lucia has recorded no confirmed cases of the Zika virus to date, despite several cases reported in the region.

 

Senior Medical Officer with the Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations, Dr Sharon Belmar-George, said Saint Lucia was prepared to respond should it occur.

 

“We have strengthened early detection and surveillance for both microcephaly and Guillian Barre Syndrome at our secondary care facilities, and we have trained our healthcare workers both at community health centres and at the different hospitals in early detection practices,” Dr George said.

 

“So far, all weekly samples that have been sent to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) for testing, have come up negative. Nevertheless, the Ministry of Health continues its preparation and response to Zika in collaboration with the Solid Waste Management Authority, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association and the constituency councils.”

 

Body of British Tourist found

March 09, 2016

The body of a young Briton who went missing on last Tuesday, has been discovered near a beach in the community of Desruisseaux, in St Lucia.

 

Jason Jones, 28, was on a sightseeing expedition with his girlfriend when he fell into the sea on the island’s Atlantic coast.

 

“The information we have is that he fell into the water,” a police officer said. “The sea is very rough off that part of the coast.”

 

A team from St Lucia’s police marine unit was dispatched immediately to try and find him. His body was discovered early Wednesday morning on the beach in Anse Ger. Anse Ger is where England footballer Jermaine Defoe and his family comes from.

 

A post mortem examination will be carried out on the body, but the initial indications are that he drowned..

 

Mr Jones’s family in the UK have been informed of his death.

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