Pros­e­cu­tion out­lines se­cret pay­ments made by Sandals to Turks and Caicos min­is­ters

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

I won­der how much and for how long have the lo­cal coun­ter­parts - ouch politi­cians - on the Rock of Sages been re­ceiv­ing in like man­ner? The Sandals chain seems to have yielded enor­mous sway over the years in this coun­try when it comes to cer­tain mat­ters. Pity we may never know as we have no Bri­tish Govern­ment over­sight as do Turks. On the Rock the PM is King, no not by name, by ti­tle, and his min­is­ters Lords and Princes of all they sur­vey. Trust me, a leop­ard never changes its spots, no mat­ter where it is trans­ported to. In Saint Lu­cia, where cor­rup­tion in pol­i­tics is like Louis Ge­orge fa­mously said: “Pol­i­tics is a way of life”, cor­rup­tion in pol­i­tics is a nor­mal phe­nom­e­non and it per­sists be­cause we, the peo­ple, like it so.

Will some­one start an in­ves­ti­ga­tion, maybe an IMPACS type re­port, on the deal­ings of cer­tain re­sorts with lo­cal politi­cians who came from rags to riches in a few short years of political life here? While at it, in­ves­ti­gate the God­fa­ther politi­cians who fa­cil­i­tated it and them­selves ben­e­fited by fat­ten­ing their al­ready fat ac­counts. Please, we the peo­ple want to know. Fear not politi­cians, we just want to know as we will do noth­ing about the in­fe­lic­i­ties and malfea­sance, as usual. We just want to know so help us please. In­quir­ing minds want to know who got what, when and who they got it from.

– John Joseph

the lap­top is a god­send for education. I strongly be­lieve the govern­ment is aware that the lap­top is do­ing de­struc­tion to chil­dren’s education but is us­ing it as a political tool which, if chal­lenged, es­pe­cially by the op­po­si­tion, will not find favour with the vot­ing ma­jor­ity. They preach that it is an ed­u­ca­tional tool but sur­vey has shown that it is one of many dis­trac­tions to stu­dents, if not the num­ber one, through so­cial me­dia and games. There are so many sur­veys right now on the In­ter­net that will show this. I per­son­ally be­lieve that if th­ese lap­tops were do­ing what this govern­ment is say­ing, they would be beat­ing their chest. To date they have never made pub­lic any ma­jor im­prove­ments at the sec­ondary school level be­cause of the lap­top pro­gramme. I would chal­lenge them on that one. I know of stu­dents whose grades have dropped tremen­dously be­cause of the lap­top pro­gramme and I am cer­tain that the records will show that there are more de­creases in grades than in­creases. Par­ents of sec­ondary school stu­dents must take the time to re­search this topic and ask this govern­ment to in­vest in desk­tops com­put­ers in­stead of lap­tops. With desk­tops, the stu­dents can be mon­i­tored.

– Kelba James

can­not stay out in our bal­cony in the evening, we can­not have friends home at that time, it is so an­noy­ing. Sev­eral per­sons in au­thor­ity have told us that the owner has a per­mit to play mu­sic un­til 2 am so we can­not re­ally do much about it. I guess noise dis­tur­bance is not a crime in Saint Lu­cia; it is al­lowed and le­gal. This case is get­ting on our nerves. We res­i­dents of Chaussee Road area and sur­round­ings have en­dured so much al­ready with gun­shots, vi­o­lence and crime from ri­val gangs and now this. Some­one please help!

– Anony­mous

Who are the lawyers that the prime min­is­ter has con­tracted to rep­re­sent us in the United States on this whole IMPACS af­fair? How much will it cost tax­pay­ers? What ex­actly are they ex­pected to dis­cuss with the Amer­i­cans?

- Scot­tish

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