Sir Arthur Lewis Clears The Air

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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.

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