Give Blood – Give Life!

Today, the Peace Corps volunteers in Saint Lucia will be conducting a blood drive from 10 this morning until 5 pm. Saint Lucia’s blood bank has suffered from a chronic lack of blood units for years now, and is constantly short of the most needed blood types. St. Lucians have typically been reticent to give blood, and many are unaware of the health benefits of regular blood donation.

Island Scene 758 urges all Saint Lucians to be brave, get that finger stick, then lie down for a soothing few minutes as the blood bag fills. Then give yourself a pat on the back for helping save a life!

Tickets for Saint Lucia Jazz are now on sale!

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Although Saint Lucia’s biggest music festival does not begin until April 30, event organisers Saint Lucia Tourist Board have wasted no time! All ticketed events are on sale online right now! Prices this year will attract VAT of 15%, however they are otherwise unchanged. Unfortunately, only single event tickets are available at this time, hopefully season passes will be available at a later date. Check out the full schedule for St. Lucia Jazz 2013. The folks running the Facebook page do not seem to have updated with 2013 information, but hopefully they will become active soon.

Saint Lucia mourns the passing of Hugo Chavez

Hugo-ChavezSt. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony remembers and celebrates the positive impact Venezuela has had on St. Lucia and neighbouring islands during the rule of deceased Venezuala President Hugo Chavez. Dr Anthony says:

The world has lost a man of character, courage and vision. He was bold and fearless. He was never afraid to express his convictions, never afraid to champion the cause of the weak and dispossessed, even at his own peril. He spoke for those who were forgotten, those whom the world preferred to ignore and pretend did not exist. He searched for a new humanity in a world that had become increasingly heartless.

He also expressed gratitude for the number of ways in which Venezuela has directly assisted St. Lucia. Read the full statement here.

National Arts Festival: Artreach Updates

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Saint Lucia’s National Arts Festival has been running since February 20th, with events continuing until April 7th. This year, the Cultural Development Foundation decided to decentralize the celebrations into the communities. This was done in hopes of expanding  public participation in and access to the events on the schedule.

Early signs indicate that this strategy has been somewhat successful. Community Festivals have been held in Soufriere and Vieux-Fort, with more to come around the island. This weekend, the festivities continue – check out the schedule below:

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Alliance Francaise De Ste Lucie: International Women’s Day CineClub Movie

Friday, 8 March 2013, is celebrated around the world as International Women’s Day. This day of – has been celebrated since the early 1900s, starting off with spontanous protests by women demanding voting rights and better working conditions. In 1911, the first official International Women’s Day was observed.

This year, L’Alliance Francaise De Sainte Lucie will be screening an 80 minute film called “Women are Heroes”. Directed by J.R., an anonymous “street art” known for his massive installations of portraiture, the movie is a project with many images, and few words, highlighting the lives of women in Africa, Brazil, India, and Cambodia, According to J.R.

My intention is to highlight the dignity of women who occupy crucial roles in societies, and find themselves victims of wartime, street crime, sexual assault, and religious and political extremism.

“Women are Heroes” will be screened this Friday, 8 March at 6 pm at the pyramid in Point Seraphine. After the screening, there will be an opportunity for discussion. Visit the event here and register your interest, and follow St. Lucia’s Alliance Francaise to keep informed about all their activities. Stay tuned for Island Scene 758 for news on other activities scheduled for International Women’s Day.

 

More Scholarships! UWI School for Graduate Studies and Research

Black-College-StudentAfter seeing our post this morning on available Commonwealth Scholarships, a reader submitted a tip (thanks V!) linking us to the listing of scholarships available from the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus School for Graduate Studies and Research. These scholarships are available in fields such as Caribbean History, Sociology, Anthropology and Gender Studies.

Visit the UWI website to view all available scholarships and to review the regulations and requirements. Application deadline for these scholarships is 31 May 2013, so start gathering all your documentation and fill in those apps today!

UK Serious Fraud Office Investigates Developer of Luxury Properties in Caribbean, Thailand

scamA minor storm is brewing in the UK, St. Vincent, and Barbados, as reports surface that Harlequin Property, a luxury investment property developer based in the UK, is under investigation by that country’s Serious Fraud Office after failing to pay interest to investors last month.

As many as 3000 British residents have invested up to £300 million in the company’s projects – Buccument Bay in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as unfinished properties in Barbados and St. Lucia. Much of that money is in the form of personal pension schemes, which leaves investors fearful that they may be left penniless.  Continue reading