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!

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.

 

B’dos company acquires Karib Kable

BusinessHandshakeA press release sent from Columbus International Inc, a privately-owned telecommunications company based in Barbados, announces the acquisition of Kelcom International Limited, a company that does business in St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Antigua as Karib Kable.

Brendan Paddick, chaiman and CEO of Columbus International, had this to say regarding the acquisition:

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Qatar and St. Lucia have established diplomatic relations

The Qatari News Agency has announced that the states of St. Lucia and Qatar have formalised diplomatic relations with each other. Qatari UN Ambassador His Excellency Sheik Meshaal Bin Hamad Al Thani signed the diplomatic accord on behalf of his country, and Saint Lucian UN Ambassador Menissa Rambally signed on behalf of St. Lucia. Read the full story here.

Will public sector workers show up today? [updated]

Update: Island Scene 758 has been able to confirm that there is no Fire Service available at GFL airport and therefore no flights have been able to land since 9 am. As of this time, at least one LIAT flight has been diverted to UVF airport. Keep following Island Scene 758 for more details as they become available.

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With wage negotiations between Saint Lucia’s government and her civil servants at an apparent standstill and almost inevitably headed toward arbitration, rumours are swirling that public sector workers will be taking additional industrial action today and tomorrow. Continue reading

2013 Independence Games – Weekend Schedule (Days 4 & 5)

Saint Lucia’s 2013 Independence Games, organised by the Vieux Fort Council for Youth & Sports, takes a breather today. Qualifiers resume on Saturday and continue through Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to take the family out to watch some sports!

Now, listen up! The LAST qualifiers for netball, football and basketball are all this weekend, so if you want a chance to play you better get down there! Follow @VieuxFortHoops for the latest info on all Games activity. Schedule follows: Continue reading

2013 Independence Games – Schedule for Thursday 28 February (Day 3)

The qualifying rounds of the 2013 Independence Games continue today with two events. Each starts at 6 pm TODAY. Registration costs $5 per player and can be done before the qualifiers begin.

Today’s qualifiers:

  • Vieux Fort MultiPurpose Court: 5-A-Side 4-on-4 Netball Tournament (1st qualifier)
  • Laborie MultiPurpose Court, 5-A-Side 4-on-4 Football Tournament (2nd qualifier)

Best of luck to all participants!