WANTED: He­roes Dead Or Alive!

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

As part of plans to com­mem­o­rate Saint Lu­cia's 40th an­niver­sary of in­de­pen­dence in Fe­bru­ary, the Na­tional Awards 2019 was launched this week. The awards will seek to high­light the con­tri­bu­tions of Saint Lu­cians who have made a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the is­land. Chair­per­son of the Na­tional Awards Com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Mauri­cia Thomas-Fran­cis, is hope­ful that nom­i­na­tions will be forth­com­ing: “2019 will be a par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant mile­stone for us as we will be cel­e­brat­ing forty years of na­tion­hood. It will be fit­ting, there­fore, for us to en­sure that we re­ceive nom­i­na­tions from across the coun­try to rec­og­nize per­sons who have con­trib­uted sig­nif­i­cantly to build­ing our na­tion over the years.”

Ad­di­tion­ally: “When we talk of forty years of in­de­pen­dence there would be no na­tion­hood, no sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment with­out hu­man cap­i­tal and, more specif­i­cally, the col­lec­tive pas­sion, tal­ent, ded­i­ca­tion to ser­vice above self, and per­se­ver­ance of our cit­i­zens.”

Thomas-Fran­cis in­formed her au­di­ence: “In that con­text, let us en­deav­our to en­sure that we cel­e­brate our he­roes. Awards don't only ac­knowl­edge suc­cess; they rec­og­nize many other qual­i­ties, abil­i­ties, strug­gle, ef­fort and sac­ri­fice. They are a way through which we can en­cour­age and re­ward good be­hav­iour, sound dis­ci­pline and pa­tri­o­tism, in ad­di­tion to pro­vid­ing in­spi­ra­tion, en­cour­age­ment, hope and as­pi­ra­tions to other mem­bers of the cit­i­zenry.”

Chair­man of the Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, Mr. Wil­bert King, also serves on the awards com­mit­tee. He said that many times nom­i­na­tions fo­cus on the ca­reers of the nom­i­nees, and that is a big mis­take. “There are thou­sands of pro­fes­sion­als, and if this is what you are go­ing to use as the ma­jor cri­te­rion to se­lect nom­i­nees, I think we would end up in a lot of trou­ble. It has to tran­scend what a per­son does as a pro­fes­sional,” he ad­vised. “If you're a doc­tor or a lawyer and you're very good at your work, you are be­ing paid for your work; you of­fer a good ser­vice, but it's for your money. We are not rec­om­mend­ing peo­ple for awards based on ser­vices you have given for your salary; that's not what it's about. We are se­lect­ing peo­ple who have demon­strated that, com­bined with their level of ex­cel­lence in their pro­fes­sion, they have been able to use their re­sources—men­tal, phys­i­cal and in­tel­lec­tual—to up­lift the com­mu­nity, so­cially in par­tic­u­lar.”

Nom­i­na­tions are open for the Saint Lu­cia Cross, the Medal of Hon­our, Medal of Merit and the Les Pi­tons Medal. Nom­i­na­tion forms can be down­loaded from gover­norgen­eral.govt.lc/ honors-and-awards or picked up at li­braries, post of­fices, con­stituency coun­cils and at the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter in the Grea­ham Louisy Build­ing, Water­front, Cas­tries. The com­pleted forms should be dropped off at the Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter. Dead­line for sub­mis­sions is Jan­uary 4, 2019.

To sen­si­tize the pub­lic, the com­mit­tee will be em­bark­ing on a cam­paign that in­cludes host­ing town hall meet­ings and get­ting to­gether with so­cial clubs such as Ro­tary and the Lions.

As a cor­rec­tion to last week’s ar­ti­cle “Dig­i­cel first to launch LTE net­work” pub­lished in this news­pa­per, Dig­i­cel was not the first com­pany to launch an LTE net­work in Saint Lu­cia. Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions provider FLOW be­came the first to in­tro­duce a Long Term Evo­lu­tion (LTE) net­work on the is­land last year on 9 Septem­ber 2017. Ac­cord­ing to FLOW, the net­work pro­vides down­load speeds up to 69Mbps, and up to 25Mbps for up­load. How­ever, Dig­i­cel claimed at its launch to have the “very first is­land-wide LTE net­work”.

Chair­per­son of the Na­tional Awards Com­mit­tee, Sen­a­tor Mauri­cia Thomas-Fran­cis.

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