Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are We Doing Enough?

Sexual Abuse in the Caribbean – are we doing enough? The Caribbean is plagued with many issues such as unemployment and poverty.However, the rise in sex crimes, in particular those involving children, is troubling.

This disturbing trend is of grave concern due to the disastrous effects of sexual assault on a victim. Many survivors battle feelings of depression and thoughts of suicide for long periods of time after being abuse, often suffering from post traumatic stress disorder – a condition often associated with veterans returning from war, now common among survivors of abuse. In addition, survivors may have to live with sexually transmitted diseases they have contracted from the perpetrators. Continue reading

Pull Back and Take Aim at Your Dreams

An arrow can only be released by first pulling   it back. When life pulls you back, it simply means that you’re launching into  something amazing.” – Author Unknown.

Sometimes we have to follow the way of the arrow; pull back and actively rest in order to get to the next level.

Pull Back

First, assess the situation. What’s working? What’s not? How can you do better? How can you do more, and faster? Assess honestly. You may need your mentor to help you with this.

Actively Rest

You have to disrupt your old patterns. Equate this with a day at the beach. It’s a relaxing activity. You swim, you nap, you read.

Revisit your ideas, look for opportunities, raise capital.

Relaunch and Stretch

When it is time to try again, you will know. Trust yourself. Engage your comeback power and relaunch. Stretch!

“The stretch is the distance between your comfort zone and your dream. It is on the other side of normal and is required to fulfill your destiny.”Teneshia Jackson Warner (The Dream Project)

Get ready! You are about to Stretch!

Bonne Terre Preparatory School Fundraising Cocktail Event: ‘O Starry Night’

The Bonne Terre Preparatory School was the vision of a private educational institution with small class learning environments.  The school’s founder Jennifer Alexander was attempting to fulfil the need to provide private education in the north of the island. The school’s initial enrolment of nine students has multiplied throughout the years and currently the school in the only institution on island that caters for children from toddlers to Grade 11.

On September 14, 2017 the staff and students of the school will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary.  A number of events have been planned in celebration of this milestone. Continue reading

Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – Now What? Addressing Support Needs in the Caribbean


Imagine that you are visiting a friend who cares for her mother. While there you notice that she has just helped her mom take a bath because she is unable to care for herself. Then you notice that her mother repeatedly asks her the same question: Who are you? Calmly, your friend repeats the same answer every time. You are shocked. How is it possible for a mother to be unable to recognise the face of her own child?

Sadly, this is the reality of many people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. It is the most common type of dementia, a condition which causes memory loss and creates difficulty with thinking, problem solving and language, as well as the ability to carry out familiar tasks. Patients also experience confusion with time and place, changes in mood and personality and often misplace their belongings. Though it is a progressive disease, treatments for the symptoms are available and research continues in an effort to find a cure. Continue reading

Quit Procrastinating and just DO SOMETHING!


Sometimes you must simply act. Trying beats sitting around wondering how things will turn out. Trust  that  you have what it takes or what is necessary to deal with whatever comes your way.

 Act now. The present moment is all that you have. Action will lead you to the resources that you need. Whatever your dream, you must act. You can always learn to do something better. Take advantage of courses, audio tapes, one-on-one classes or whatever suits your lifestyle. Remain open to new and better avenues of learning. Don’t get attached to one format. Allow yourself to explore.

The late and sagacious Emanuel James ‘Jim’ Rohn said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it better.”

He used the example of a baby’s first steps to illustrate this point. We celebrate its attempts at walking, indeed just learning to stand. We cheer on every trying step. Yet we do not extend the same tolerance to ourselves. Even Oprah Winfrey faltered in building her television network. Act now and remain open to learning.

If something is really important to you, why would you mind doing poorly at it until you learn how to do it better?

Grace Adds Exciting New Dimension to St. Lucia Carnival


Every year when the carnival season comes around there is usually a lot of brainstorming among band members and organisers about how to ensure that St. Lucia enjoys a safe and sober carnival celebration. Amidst all the fun, alcohol consumption is quite high resulting in persons becoming intoxicated and suffering from hangovers and all its debilitating effects.

This year Grace Foods, one of the Caribbean’s largest and most dynamic food and beverage companies, known all throughout the world, joined forces with its St. Lucian distributor, Peter & Company Distribution and Just4Fun, St. Lucia’s largest carnival band, to introduce a groundbreaking new initiative which showed that you don’t have to sacrifice healthy lifestyle practices or your sobriety in order to play mas and have a great time.

PCD through the Grace and Seven Seas brands executed the Grace/ Seven Seas Sober Zones at five major carnival events where attendees were invited to relax and socialize as they reenergized before heading home by sampling Grace Soups and Haliborange Vitamin C packets. Continue reading

Shoe Smarts – Choosing Footwear That’s Right for You


By Shoe Rehab

Let’s face it, in today‘s world it’s hard not to be driven by fashion when it comes to selecting a pair of shoes! The harsh reality is that poor footwear choices can    lead

to unbearable discomfort and even permanent foot aliments. Blisters, bunions, Plantar and arch problems are all the result of uninformed shoe selections, all of which can be avoided by following these  simple  guidelines  while  shoe  shopping:

Shop In the afternoon

This will give you a more accurate fit as your feet would have naturally expanded at the end of the day.

Take a walk in those shoes

It is so important that your feet are able to breathe in your shoes. Be sure to try on both sides and wiggle your toes around to ensure that there is adequate space, to avoid getting cramps after wearing them for too long.

Shoe sizes are simply guides

Shoe sizes vary based on the different manufacturers, materials used and countries of origin. Therefore it is imperative that you make your selection based on what feels comfortable and leaves about ½ inch between the longest toe and the end of your shoe. Never rely on the assertion that you’ll eventually “break them in”; if it’s too snug or you feel a pinch, do not buy them!

Know your foot type

Just as the shapes of different peoples’ feet are different, shoes are perfect for different people in different ways. Are your feet very broad? Do you have very long toes or a high instep? These are also things to consider as details such as wide width sizing or orthotic insoles may be necessary to get the right fit.

Style is important

Your footwear should have laces, straps, buckles or even Velcro to secure them. If the feet have to make an effort to hold them in place, foot muscles might get strained. Further, shoes with very narrow front areas tend to force toes into an unnatural position which can lead to numerous injuries to the toes, ankles, knees, calves, and back.


Happy 37th Independence Anniversary, St. Lucia!


Saint Lucians at home and abroad are gearing up to celebrate the island’s 37th Anniversary of Independence (February 22, 2016).

This is a good time to reflect on the significance of nationhood, and what we initially set out to achieve as an independent people.

One way of doing this is by reflecting on our national symbols and their meaning. Our national emblems represent what is unique about the nation, reflecting different aspects of our cultural life and history. They can even serve as a yardstick to determine the progress we’ve made in achieving our collective hopes and aspirations for our country.

The national symbols of Saint Lucia are the flag and the coat of arms. Following is a brief description of the two symbols and what they represent.

The Coat of Arms Continue reading

The Balancing Act of Career Mothers


In the words of Sir Richard Branson “Screw it. Just do it” is a term that can be associated with managing a career and raising children; it’s tough. In times past the role of women was

set in stone as homemakers, thus preventing any consideration of developing a professional career. In retrospect, we can all agree that raising children is a career in the home. Due to the demands of life whether by choice or the sheer need for another source of income in the household – mothers in the workforce; are faced with the balancing act of being a career woman by day and mother by night.

The increase in the number of mothers in the workplace meant a dramatic change in the dynamics of organisations. Moreover, as these women sought opportunities to take on leadership roles or made the decision to become entrepreneurs, their dual roles as mothers and career women were thrown into the demanding spotlight of the corporate world. They now had to balance day-care and parent- teacher conferencing with business negotiations and corporate strategy development. Continue reading

The WAZE app is Here!


Have you ever wished that Saint Lucia had a traffic monitoring system? A system that could notify you of traffic conditions island-wide, so  that  you  could  use an

alternative route to reach your destination when traffic is heavy or there has been an accident on your route. Well, wish no more, the WAZE app is here.

What is WAZE, you may ask?

WAZE is the largest community-based navigation and traffic app. It is controlled and updated by drivers like you who voluntarily work together to beat the traffic. App users can notify each other when and where there’s a traffic jam, its intensity, and whether there are accidents or other hazards on the road. Continue reading


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