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Mon, 01 Sep 2014



One of the world’s best known hotels is celebrating vitality and well-being with a “Tropical Tranquility” promotion that’s hard to beat for vacation experiences of this quality. In celebration of St. Lucia’s Health and Wellness month this November, Anse Chastanet … Continue reading

Caribbean Red Cross Societies Launch Life-Saving Mobile App for Hurricane Season

As the Caribbean region braces itself for another hurricane season, experience with previous hurricanes like Ivan, Gilbert, David, Andrew and Hugo remind us all of the critical importance of protecting our families and safeguarding against loss of life and property. … Continue reading

Sandals Returning Guests Donate Over 50lbs of Educational Material to Sandals Foundation

Sandals returning guests Sue and Larry Krause, veteran educators from Kent in the United Kingdom, have brought their love for education and learning to Saint Lucia. The couple, staying at Sandals Regency La Toc, has donated over 50 pounds of … Continue reading

Young Saint Lucian top chefs score at regional cooking competition

Young Saint Lucian culinary stars Jana James and Yohance Cazaubon have represented their country well, receiving a special award for “Best Use of Indigenous Ingredients” and a Silver Medal for “Overall Performance” in the recently concluded Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge competition held in Barbados. The Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School students built on the cooking momentum previously set at the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) Chefs In Schools Cook-Off Competition, held in February where they outdid nine other participating schools. Executive Vice President of the SLHTA Noorani Azeez said the two awards were undoubtedly a proud achievement for the young culinary ambassadors and for Saint Lucia, as the island continues to capitalize on the international culinary attention secured by the likes of Chef Nina Compton and Chef Edward Harris and the resulting encouragement to utilize local ingredients to create flavorsome dishes. The Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge (CJDC) Competition was held from August 21 - 24, at the Culinary Arena in Barbados. This competition is an extension of the Barbados programme “Junior Duelling Challenge”. It is a challenge for young career-building chefs which allows for competing countries to showcase their national foods as well their own mastered creations. In addition to the competition, the event included its first ever Caribbean Junior Culinary Conference, which featured presentations by keynote speakers, valued sponsors and informative demonstrations by international chefs. Saint Lucia’s two Junior Chefs challenged six other Caribbean teams from Barbados, Bonaire, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana and St. Croix.. Bonaire emerged the overall champion. SLHTA Project Assistant, Mr. Wendel George coordinated the trip while a member of the 2014 Saint Lucia Culinary Team from Cap Maison, Chef Refer Leonce coached the young cooking champions. Food and Nutrition teacher for the Soufriere Comprehensive School, Ms. Macrina Joseph functioned as their chaperone. Throughout the six years of this competition, Saint Lucia has been a consistently challenging participant and has always delivered exceptional dishes with three victorious wins. This year, Saint Lucia has proudly received a Silver Medal and most excitingly a special award for Best Use of Indigenous Ingredients.

Young Saint Lucian culinary stars Jana James and Yohance Cazaubon have represented their country well, receiving a special award for “Best Use of Indigenous Ingredients” and a Silver Medal for “Overall Performance” in the recently concluded Caribbean Junior Duelling Challenge … Continue reading

A-M u s i n g s: An Outdated Institution?

I was surfing – the Web, I mean; I am way past the virile body surfing age – the other day, when I came across a Saint Lucian curiosity, a site named, and what a delightful anachronism it turned out … Continue reading

The “Running Water” Challenge

Scenes like these are still all too familiar in Saint Lucia and it is not just during the rainy season, but year round. Despite a multi-million dollar dam that now needs desilting many households continue to go without pipe borne water, sometimes for months.

Despite the Water and Sewerage Company’s (WASCO) tagline “water is life” there is a more popular recurring theme among many Saint Lucians. “No running water” or “WASCO encore,” are the prevailing words from many each time they open their taps. … Continue reading

Can a hapless leader inspire hope?


With her clothes in rags, her body scarred and bruised and bleeding, her harp all but destroyed and with only one string left, she had the audacity to make music and praise God . . . To take the one … Continue reading

Why is Kenny afraid to talk about Jack Grynberg?

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony: When it comes to the Grynberg deal that went sour all we get from our most garrulous politician is the sound of silence!

As great as is the temptation to engage her in a round or two of tit-for-tat (not that I consider myself equipped to play) I must resist making a big hullaballoo about the August 25 headline from the office of … Continue reading

Faulty brakes & horny boloms!

When I find myself in times of trouble/Mother Mary Comes to me/Speaking words of wisdom, let it be . . . (From Let it Be, by the Beatles) Ain’t life a bitch? The same compassionate government that two or more … Continue reading

Two Road Fatalities This Week

A Vieux Fort resident is the island’s latest road fatality. Information on the individual is still sketchy, but the accident occurred on Friday 29 August on New Dock Road in Vieux Fort. Before going to press, the STAR received an update … Continue reading

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