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            [post_content] => During a violent anti-government demonstration occurring in sections of the capital of Haiti on Tuesday, at least three people were injured as stated by the police.

The march which began peacefully reportedly grew tense as more people, government and opposition supporters joined and they began to clash with each other.

In efforts to disperse the crowd, members of the Haitian National Police fired tear gas in a bid. Spokesman Frantz Lerebours made no immediate comments regarding the incident.

At the demonstration, protesters were demanding the resignation of President Michel Martelly, as well as the holding of the long-delayed legislative and municipal elections.

In 2011, the president was supposed to initiate elections for a majority of Senate seats, the entire Chamber of Deputies and local offices. Due to the fact that the Senate has yet to approve an electoral law to authorize the vote, President Martelly did not carry out the election process blaming the six senators and stating that his administrators wants to hold the elections, but are being impeded by the actions of the opposition legislators.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe tweeted urging the six senators to “break with their outdated chaotic policies”  and stating that they need to “unlock the democratic process”.
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Haiti Anti-Government Demonstrations Becomes Violent Injuring Three

November 20, 2014
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During a violent anti-government demonstration occurring in sections of the capital of Haiti on Tuesday, at least three people were injured as stated by the police. The march wh...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => In an effort to help with the resuscitation of the economy, the St. Lucia Trade Union Federation (TUF) which encompasses most of the islands public sector unions, has agreed to a three-year wage freeze. The decision was announced in a statement made earlier this week at the conclusion of negotiations between Government and the Federation for the period April 2013 to March 2016.

The TUF has described the wage freeze as a "huge contribution" to the development of the nation, and hopes that other sections of the country will follow the “good example” in making a sacrifice for the country as desperate times calls for desperate measures.

“The Federation conveyed to government its understanding of the current economic situation facing the country, and was ready to assist by making certain sacrifices towards alleviation of the situation,” the statement signed by the TUF President, Julian Monrose noted.

It however made no reference to the government's request to cut the wages of public sector workers by five per cent, as part of their prescription to deal with an EC$76 million fiscal crisis.

Although the Government's initial proposal for the wage cut was rejected by all public sector unions, Prime Minister Kenny Anthony urged the public servants to either keep it on the agenda or come up with alternative ways in which the fiscal deficit could be funded.

While the TUF made a list of recommendations, which included to instead introduce VAT (Value Added Tax) on electricity, non-members of the TUF, the St Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) refused to include the wage cut in any discussions with the GNT.

Having heard of the the recent decision of the TUF to accept a wage freeze, the CZA President, Mary Isaac said she was not surprised, and declined further comment until negotiations between the CSA and government are concluded.

Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony who has not spoken publicly for several weeks on the state of the economy, gave the unions several ultimatums for resolution of the wage cut issue, all of which have longed passed.

Without prior consultation with public service unions, Dr. Anthony legislated the 5% wage cut during his budget presentation in April this year, and said that it was urgently needed to resolve the islands fiscal crisis.
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St. Lucia Government Initiates Wage Freeze To Deal With Island's Fiscal Crisis

November 19, 2014
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In an effort to help with the resuscitation of the economy, the St. Lucia Trade Union Federation(TUF) which encompasses most of the islands public sector unions, has agreed to a th...Continue reading

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            [post_content] => The news came as a tremendous shock to me early Monday morning, so much so that I could not bring myself to write a news report on the matter. However, I have since been consoled by dear friends and as a result I write this story.

Dr Myles Munroe, was the president and founder of Bahamas Faith Ministries International; he was also a world renowned author and dynamic speaker. For those who are acquainted with the work of the Bahamas native, Dr Munroe, they would also know that the Caribbean has lost one of its brightest minds and that is a tragedy.

Dr Munroe, his wife Ruth, and seven others, including both the pilot and copilot died in a plane crash on Sunday, November 9. It is reported that upon the jet’s approach to land at the Grand Bahama International Airport it struck a shipping container crane in Freeport. Some have said that the jet was flying too low, which may have been the result of the heavy rains that were buffeting the region at that time, which may have resulted in low visibility that may have been present during their descent. Civil aviation authorities launched a formal investigation on Monday. The news quickly took social media websites by storm, and those whose lives had been impacted by the many books, conferences, interviews and Dr Munroe's ministry were struck with crippling sorrow. I too was one of those individuals.

His Legacy

A few years ago I was proud to think that I too was an Islander, after reading and heard of the success of this man who grew up in the Bahamas. His life gave me something to aspire to. He grew up in the Caribbean and became a great fruit of it, and he was a man who made his way around the world and positively impacted lives wherever he went. So for those of us who knew him or of him, should celebrate his life and not grow weary over his demise. For those of us who did not know of this great man, I would encourage you to visit an online bookstore and search for his name or head on over to YouTube and watch some of his videos, and prepare to be impacted and positively stirred to action. I encourage you to do this because though he is dead, he has left behind a rich legacy and a wealth of knowledge that can steer us all into the direction of our true purpose and calling.

As Islanders, we too can positively impact the lives of those around us and across the globe, and as a result leave an indelible mark on their lives; just like Dr Munroe did. While he lived, his philosophy was that we should all live full and die empty. Which simply meant that we should accomplish all that we have within us, so that when death comes knocking, we won’t have anything else to give the world. Live full and die empty my friends. My condolences to the Munroe family and those within his ministry.
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Dr Myles Munroe Died But Left Behind A Legacy

November 15, 2014
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The news came as a tremendous shock to me early Monday morning, so much so that I could not bring myself to write a news report on the matter. However, I have since been consoled b...Continue reading