Sir Arthur Lewis Clears The Air
when, and by whom its national security is threatened” Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is endangering the security of “our own US-based Dominican and other Caribbean brothers and sisters who are dependent on the US government for their protection and the enhancement of their quality of life.”
Linton noted that Skerrit had labeled the US action “unfair and inexplicable” but “made no mention of the US concerns of undemocratic governance, criminalization of legitimate protest action, violation of human rights, public corruption and provocative anti-US diplomatic posturing by Caracas.”
Linton said that Skerrit was attempting to insert his personal agenda into a dispute between two sovereign countries by advocating for America to be deprived of “the same privilege of self-interest independent action that he claims for Venezuela.”
“... Mr. Skerrit has a moral obligation in the enlightened self-interest of Dominica to stay out of this dispute and allow America and Venezuela to sort out their differences.”
This week when pressed for a comment on the dispute between Venezuela and the United States, Saint Lucia’s foreign affairs Minister Alva Baptiste said that Saint Lucia would not be drawn into taking sides in the matter. “We will pursue a reduction of tension to reduce the conflict and to return that relationship to normalcy,” Baptiste said. “We believe that this is not a time to take sides and exacerbate the issue,” he added. commented directly on the dispute between the U.S. and Venezuela, in February, Saint Lucia’s prime minister reaffirmed his government’s solidarity with the government of President Nicholas Maduro. “This government believes that when governments are elected by the people, respect must be shown for the will of the people,” Anthony said. “The government of Venezuela was elected by the people of Venezuela in elections witnessed by the entire world. For that reason we have no hesitation in condeming any attempts to overthrow the government of Venezuela and we stand in solidarity with the government of Venezuela.” Dr. Anthony’s comments were made at the official opening of Saint Lucia’s ALBA bridge in February.
On Wednesday the office of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College at Morne Fortune, issued a statement to the media following an alleged act of violence by a student against a restaurant owner.
The alleged “stabbing incident” occurred on Wednesday 18th March 2015. According to the statement, the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College shares the concern of staff, students and the public about the act. “In that incident, Chef David Remy who operates a mobile Canteen on Monument Road which services students of the College sustained a number of stab wounds during an altercation with students of the College,” the statement went on to say.
Further, the College through its Chairperson of the Board of Governors, Ms. Fortuna Anthony and other members of the management of the College has been in regular contact with Chef David and is pleased to report that he is recuperating and is generally in good spirits. According to the College the alleged perpetrators have been identified and the College has been cooperating fully with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in its investigation of this matter. The Principal, the school says, on Friday 20th March held discussions with the Acting Commissioner of Police, Mr. Errol Alexander who has agreed to provide additional police patrols on Campus.
“Notwithstanding the investigation by the police, the College, guided by its Rules and Regulations, will establish a Disciplinary Committee to review and adjudicate on the matter. The Director of Security Services at the College has been directed to fully investigate the matter, the findings of which will inform the work of the Disciplinary Committee,” the statement further indicates.
It went on to point out that recognizing that the College is a microcosm of the society with a diverse group of individuals, the College has sought to put measures in place to help mitigate instances of student indiscipline. Also, that the College has two full-time counsellors available to assist and support students with disciplinary issues or who encounter challenges in coping with life at a tertiary institution.
At the beginning of this academic year, the college with the assistance of faith-based organizations established a Chaplaincy, in a further effort to provide guidance and support to its students. The College is aware that more needs to be done and so, moving forward, the College will continue to work with its staff to address the increasing instances of indiscipline among students at the College.
“The College wishes to affirm the majority of students who are in fact disciplined and adhere to the Rules and Regulations and seek to benefit fully from the experiences of a tertiary education offered at the College. The College would like to affirm the staff who in many instances face the brunt of this indiscipline, yet remain steadfast and committed to the task of providing a quality education at the institution. The College remains open to suggestions and assistance from its stakeholders and well-wishers in dealing with the myriad of issues of indiscipline. The success of the College in addressing those issues redounds not only to the benefit of the College but to the entire country,” the statement ended by saying.