International & Regional News 

Aid community launches $31 million appeal for ‘badly battered’ Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica — In consultation with the government, the humanitarian community launched on Friday a Hurricane Maria Flash Appeal for Dominica, asking for $31.1 million to reach 65,000 people over the next three months to address challenges, such as a lack of fresh running water and electricity along with road damage and communication black-outs. Meanwhile, emergency supplies from the United Nations food relief agency are being delivered to Dominica as people face “huge challenges in their lives” in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, which ripped through…

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International & Regional News 

St Kitts-Nevis new citizenship fund raises more questions

BASSETERRE, St Kitts — Former Cabinet minister Dwyer Astaphan has raised more questions about the recently announced “Hurricane Relief Fund” (HRF), which offers St Kitts and Nevis citizenship to successful applicants in exchange for a contribution of US$150,000, sharply reduced from the contributions hitherto required. The St Kitts and Nevis government has issued a number of contradictory press statements on the issue, first of all claiming that the required total contribution remained the same, namely, US$250,000 for a single applicant and US$300,000 for a family of four to be paid…

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Local News 

Happy Teacher’s Week to All Teachers

PRESS RELEASE:-So teachers’ week is here. At a time when democratization of education is a widespread discussion topic, the theme “Teaching in Freedom: Empowering Teachers” seems rather timely. Empowering the single most important contributor to education “the teacher” cannot be overemphasized. The custodians of our future generational leaders need to operate in an environment where they are free to develop creativity and critical thinking among learners without fear of restriction or discrimination. Provision of necessary opportunities and resources to facilitate growth and upward mobility has to be paramount in this…

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Local News 

Auditions open for Caribbean Youth Fest

Talented artistes from Saint Lucia once again have the opportunity to showcase their abilities at Caribbean Youth Fest. The annual competition has provided the opportunity to hundreds of young Saint Lucian musicians over the past years, and this year it is expected to be bigger and better than ever. Youth Fest invites young Saint Lucians aged 10 to 29 to submit original audition audio tracks, from which the judges will select competitors for the Dec. 17 finals. Eight artistes in the teen category (10-19) and eight artistes in the twenties category (20-29)…

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Local News 

St Jude Hospital donates backpacks and school materials to students

(PRESS RELEASE) – St Jude Hospital donated over one hundred backpacks and supplies to school children in communities across the south of the island at the start of the new academic year. The main healthcare provider in the south of St Lucia partnered with community groups, and school officials to identify students most in need. The backpacks were originally presented to St Jude Hospital by the Toronto-based Caribbean North Charities Foundation. They each contain a pencil case with pens and pencils, a file folder, geometry set, ruler and a packet of…

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Local News 

Saint Lucians urged to hold the UWP accountable

(PRESS RELEASE) – Concerned that our nation is headed down a slippery slope in terms of its economic prospects, compounded by the daily occurrence of violent criminal activities, social indiscipline and worries over whether our healthcare system is sufficiently equipped to deal with the needs of the sick and afflicted in our nation, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) has issued a call to Saint Lucia’s silent majority to wake up and finally become a part of the country’s political discourse. In these current times of great despair and uncertainty, no right-thinking…

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Fashion News 

A ‘digital’ Levi’s jacket for cyclists

SAN FRANCISCO •Levi Strauss and Google are marking a new milestone with a jacket for cyclists. The clothing maker this week begins selling a denim jacket with touch controls woven into the fabric in the first fashion offering stitched from a collaboration with the technology giant. The iconic California clothing company, which has a legacy reaching back to the Gold Rush in the mid-1800s, will mine the mobile Internet boom with a “Trucker Jacket with Jacquard”. The denim jacket has a sleeve cuff made of special Jacquard fabric that synchronises…

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Fashion News 

New fashion trend makes you look a lot fatter when you wear it – on purpose!

Ever wonder why bum bags are so-called, given that the majority of people tend to wear them round their front bits? It’s some thing that’s always bothered us here at the Dave Desk, but not as much as the fact that they’re pretty rubbish when it comes to carrying out their main function – ie. keeping your valuables safe. We mean, if you’re a mugger and want to target a tourist on vacation you don’t have to look very hard to work out which is the guy who A. doesn’t…

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