FIRST AN­NUAL GE­ORGE OD­LUM ME­MO­RIAL LEC­TURE

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The PM has sold ev­ery­one down the river – the po­lice, the gen­eral public, vic­tims of crime, both lo­cal and over­seas. In the years since re­elec­tion what im­prove­ments have been made to­wards re­duc­ing the crime in SLU? Po­lice have not been sup­ported; what in­cen­tive is there for them to at­tempt to solve crimes as the in­fra­struc­ture is not there to progress cases? The foren­sic lab should be an em­bar­rass­ment to min­is­ters, the courts are woe­fully hand­i­capped by lack of re­sources, Borde­lais is over full and yet we are no nearer reach­ing jus­tice.Speak­ing of the Lab – what is the latest on that? Per­haps it would be worth con­sid­er­ing pump­ing funds into the whole jus­tice sys­tem in­stead of us­ing money to re­de­fine bound­aries.Seems no one in power cares. What about the hu­man rights of those af­fected by crime?

- Anon

The prime min­is­ter needs to take a step back­ward. St Lu­cia needs a new Prime min­is­ter right now. What are you peo­ple do­ing about that? Get to work guys. Open your eyes.

– Martin

Un­doubt­edly, the cur­rent home af­fairs min­is­ter is not fit for pur­pose; he comes over as ar­ro­gant and con­ceited with an air of con­tempt for the cit­i­zens of St. Lu­cia. His pres­ence in gov­ern­ment is an in­sult to the peo­ple of this coun­try. Sadly, I don’t trust or be­lieve any ut­ter­ances from his mouth. More­over I don’t think he ac­tu­ally wants or likes the job. It is the prime min­is­ter who is keep­ing him in place.

Let me be the first to start the ‘La Corb must go’ cam­paign; you can be sec­ond Rick.

– Edgi­est Har­ri­son

I feel very sorry for the au­thor, but his ar­gu­ment is like car­ry­ing wa­ter in a plain bam­boo fish bas­ket. To sug­gest that an in­fi­nite God can­not cre­ate some­thing that is fi­nite is ab­so­lute rub­bish. For ex­am­ple: the same in­fi­nite God plans at some point in time to de­stroy this fi­nite earth and re­build it again. Why? Be­cause, as you men­tioned, ev­ery­thing re­quires a cause. In this case God has to fi­nally and to­tally de­stroy evil on Earth. Se­condly what proof is there that the uni­verse, though, is fi­nite in time, space (ei­ther or both)? The sci­en­tists do not even have con­sen­sus. And as to its ori­gin (if it’s fi­nite), they seem to be mak­ing a case for in­tel­li­gent de­sign. That is, some­one (or thing to suit your athe­ism) cre­ated the uni­verse in ac­cor­dance with a spe­cific plan. But re­ally like you said in the first line, you can’t un­der­stand. In your fi­nite think­ing mine (and no ac­knowl­edge­ment of God) and do not re­ally ex­pect you to.

- Aloenso

I al­ways won­der whether these peo­ple spend as much time on en­sur­ing the pro­tec­tion of our nat­u­ral en­vi­ron­ment, on the econ­omy and ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem, as they do try­ing to bring chil­dren into the world. Many

The fam­ily of the late Ge­orge Od­lum and The Ge­orge Od­lum Me­mo­rial Cel­e­bra­tion Com­mit­tee wish to an­nounce the first an­nual lec­ture for for­mer St. Lu­cian politi­cian and min­is­ter of gov­ern­ment, Ge­orge Od­lum, to be held at the CDF Con­fer­ence Room (Na­tional Cul­tural Cen­tre) on Tues­day, Septem­ber 29th at 6.00 p.m. at Barnard Hill, Castries.

The ini­tial lec­ture will be de­liv­ered by Mr. Earl Hunt­ley, re­tired St. Lu­cian diplo­mat and cur­rently an in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions and media con­sul­tant with ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in both fields.

The ti­tle of Mr. Hunt­ley’s of us want chil­dren but put very lit­tle ef­fort in en­sur­ing they are brought into a safe and eq­ui­table so­ci­ety.

– Maria Fon­tenelle, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions/Ad­vo­cacy,

United and Strong Inc.

lec­ture is: “Small States Diplo­macy in Time of World­wide Eco­nomic Scarcity”.

Mr. Earl Hunt­ley has a back­ground of ap­prox­i­mately 30 years work­ing in Diplo­macy and In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions at se­nior level po­si­tions, in­clud­ing Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary of Saint Lu­cia’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, Saint Lu­cia’s Am­bas­sador/Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, Saint Lu­cia’s Am­bas­sador to the Caribbean and, lately, Di­rec­tor of CARICOM Rep­re­sen­ta­tion Of­fice in Haiti.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the lec­ture se­ries, Jerry Ge­orge, says, “The first lec­ture will touch only on one area of Od­lum’s life, but A lit­tle too late for me as while I still might be able to con­ceive, my at­ti­tude to­wards chil­drea­r­ing has flipped. How­ever, this is much bet­ter, I am hop­ing, than just hav­ing peo­ple un­dergo a myr­iad of costly ex­ams and con­sul­ta­tions.

- Great

an area where he did well in the ser­vice of the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia - Diplo­macy.” Ge­orge added that lec­tures in fu­ture years will look also at other as­pects of Od­lum’s con­tri­bu­tions, es­pe­cially in the arts and in sports.

The lec­ture is open to the public. There will also be church ser­vices in re­mem­brance of Ge­orge Od­lum at 6.00 p.m. Mon­day, Septem­ber 28th, 2015 at the St. Joseph the Worker RC Church, Gros-Islet, and at the Mi­nor Basil­ica of the Im­mac­u­late Conception, Castries.

For ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion join/like/share the Ge­orge Od­lum Me­mo­rial Cel­e­bra­tions Com­mit­tee’s Face­book page.

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