Chervon Louis alongside one of her delectable pizzas

A delicious pizza fresh from the oven with warm baked dough, salty tomato sauce and gooey cheese is a delight for the senses. There are many foods that one would consider to be especially satisfying, but a great pizza is hard to beat. Cher’s Pizza Weekends, located at Lewis Street, Vieux Fort, certainly has caught the attention of the masses with their unbelievably cheesy, mouthwatering home-made pizzas. You need to try the shrimp pizza Garnished with a variety of toppings, these delicious circular pies of goodness will take you on a heavenly journey. Every cheesy bite melts in your mouth and is loaded with flavor. The toppings range from traditional pepperoni to the offbeat but scrumptious shrimp. The dough is crunchy and soft with an overlapping layer of cheese all the way to the crust. Yummy, the ‘Holy Trinity’ of baking. In addition to ooey-gooey pizza, Cher’s Pizza Weekends has introduced crispy wings smothered in three different sauces: honey barbecue, sweet and sour and buffalo, paired with a side of baked potatoes, coleslaw, or garlic bread for your satisfaction. The founder, 29-year old Chervon Louis of Vieux-Fort saw the opportunity to fill the gap of persons not being able to purchase their favorite foods during quarantine. Her first instinct was to offer her pizzas only on weekends (hence the name Cher’s Pizza Weekends) to a limited amount of people but the popularity of that idea has encouraged her to become a full-fledged entrepreneur. Despite COVID-19, she says her home-based business has been successful from the onset and has blossomed into an unbelievable experience. She is thankful for the overwhelming support from her customers and advises anyone with an idea to not be afraid to put it to the test. “Start small. If you don’t try, you won’t know if it will work. You never know what will happen.” Cher’s Pizza Weekends is open from Thursday to Sunday every week.

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Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too. Air travel means spending time in security lines and airport terminals, which puts you into close contact with other people. As travel slowly recovers, planes are becoming more crowded, which means you will likely sit close to other people, often for hours, which increases your risk. Once on a plane, most viruses and other germs don’t spread easily because of the way air circulates, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Airlines also say they are focusing on sanitizing the hard surfaces that passengers touch often. Some airlines like Alaska, Delta, JetBlue and Southwest are blocking middle seats or limiting capacity. But, even if every middle seat is empty you will likely be closer than the recommended distance of six feet to another passenger now that planes are getting fuller. American, United and Spirit Airlines are now booking flights to full capacity when they can. All leading US airlines require passengers to wear masks. Lauren Ancel Meyers, an expert in disease outbreaks at the University of Texas, says that can help limit risk. For air travel, and all other types of transportation, the CDC recommends washing your hands, maintaining social distancing and wearing face coverings. Several airlines announced on Monday that they will ask passengers about possible COVID-19 symptoms and whether they have been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus in the previous two weeks. Still, Meyers said you still might consider whether you need to be on that plane. “We should all be in the mind-set of ‘only if necessary’ and always taking the most precautions we can to protect ourselves and others,” she said.


With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the cancellation of festivities around the world, efforts are being taken by some,to celebrate in the safety of ones' home. This is the case for the Toronto Caribbean Carnival better known as Caribana. The event usually takes place between July and August and celebrates the Caribbean diaspora. In an address to the nation on Friday, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that thehighly-anticipated eventwill take place virtually. "Unfortunately, we won't be able to celebrate like we usually dowith a grand parade of masqueraders in colourful costumes and steelpan bands making their way along Lakeshore but thanks to the hard work of the organisers, band leaders, performers and dedicated volunteers, this year's Carnival is coming to you virtually." Trudeau also recommitted to creating an equal environment for immigrants who hail from the region. "With nearly a million people of Caribbean origin living in our country,Canadians of Caribbean descent have greatly contributedto our success storyand Carnival is an opportunity for us all to celebrate your rich and vibrant cultures and your impact on Canada's cultural mosaic. Now, as we celebrate this year's event, I want to be clear; our Government will always stand with you and take action to dismantle barriers and to create a more equitable society. My friends, there's a lot more work to do on this and we're committed to continuing to work with you. So today, and throughout the month of July, we're going to recognise your history as we celebrate our diversity and celebrate the talented designers, artists, musicians, pannists and Calypsonians."

The announcement of the pending liquidation of the regional airline LIAT (1974) Ltd has been received with deep concern by the Saint Lucia Labour Party. The demise of an institution that has steadfastly served the region and the regional integration process for approximately sixty years is to be regretted. Of even greater concern is the fact that this will destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of persons in the Caribbean, including Saint Lucia, adding yet another unfortunate episode to the ravages wreaked upon our economies by the COVID 19 pandemic. Despite all the financial difficulties and travails that have battered LIAT over the years, the airline has, without doubt, proven to be of immensely significant importance to the region. This is underscored by the current situation, in which, without LIAT, the people of the region are facing the alarming prospect of the impossibility of intra-regional travel, particularly in the Eastern Caribbean, in the months ahead, even as their Governments are opening their borders after months of lockdown as result of COVID-19. The value of LIAT cannot be seen in purely profit and loss terms. The Saint Lucia Labour Party is, therefore, calling upon all the governments of the Caribbean Community to make a concerted and determined effort to finally put in place a workable structure for regional air transportation, whether or not this involves a remodelled LIAT, but that takes into account the objective realities of operating air services in a region of very small islands with their concomitant small populations. In that regard, the Party notes the statement by the outgoing Chair of CARICOM that Governments will be reviewing taxes on regional air travel as well as licensing of airlines. Regional air transportation has to be regarded as a public good and it is therefore incumbent upon all regional governments to accord it the attention that this implies. Further, the single market which CARICOM and the OECS have been building over the last decade should be accompanied by a single air space in order to give true meaning and success to the goal of the free movement of people, goods and services. The Saint Lucia Labour Party looks forward to an urgent resolution of this LIAT crisis, particularly the airline’s financial obligations to its employees, and to decisions that will redound to the long term benefit of regional aviation and the regional integration movement in the Caribbean.


Director of Implementation, Nancy Charles

Artistes and Musicians are among those being encouraged to apply for the Government of Saint Lucia’s Income Support Program (ISP) with payments set to begin next week. The programme is also open to all sole traders such as vendors, fishermen, barbers, hairdressers, taxi-drivers and more who have lost their income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government is making a specific call to those in the Creative Industries to apply for the funds as the Carnival season has always been a time where many persons look forward to for work and the generation of income; for example Artistes, Musicians, Costume Makers and Designers. This would be the peak of their financial gains for the year. A special appeal is being made to our creatives, especially those displaced financially because of the postponement of Saint Lucia Carnival 2020, to apply to the Income Support Program. Applicants must electronically complete and submit the relevant application form which is accessible on the Government of Saint Lucia website (www.govt.lc) and may be accessed from a computer or a mobile phone. A team from the Income Support Program is set to go into the communities to help with the application process; a schedule will be disseminated in short order. Due to the delay in the payments, the government has taken the decision to pay April/May/June in one lump sum. Director of Implementation Nancy Charles explained that the delay was due to the annual budget exercise, she said: “Despite the delay in payments, we want to remind persons that the deadline is July 17,2020. The Government of Saint Lucia made available 24 million dollars to provide this financial relief and we want to ensure that as many persons as possible can benefit. There is a misconception out there that the process is tedious but the most important document to provide is evidence or proof of trade.” The Income Support Program falls under the Social Stabilization Plan announced by the Honourable Prime Minister Allen Chastanet as part of the National Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

July is here and we know that many of you are feeling the Carnival ‘gros pwel’ more than ever. By now, you would have savoured a few pre-carnival fetes or be gearing up for a week of non-stop partying. Sad to say, this year you won't be making new Carnival memories. While revelers express their yearning for a jump-up, Carnival bands such as R3d Carnival Band, who launched their 2020 costumes earlier this year, reflecton what would have been for Carnival 2020. R3d, the popular trendsetter of Carnival in Saint Lucia, was excited about providing their revelers with an unforgettable experience for 2020. They were the first party band, the first band to jump from Mega J to Mega J (now Massy Mega) and the first band to house 1500 revelers. Their February second costume unveiling of ‘Wild-The Savage Realm’ created quite abuzz among Carnival lovers and many were anticipating that same burst of energy on the road. Although the band took a breather in 2017 to re-adjust and refocustheir goals, their resurgence has been better than ever since their return.Despite downsizing, the band has maintained that its revelers remain a priority and strive to deliver a memorable road experience for everyone. Manager of Events and Marketing for R3d, Kevyn Arnold, says that whilst Carnival planning is stressful, he misses the feeling of accomplishment in providing exceptional service to revelers. As for the road, he explains that their experience on the road is unmatched and that is what he misses most of all. R3d Carnival Band Manager of Events and Marketing, Kevyn Arnold No Carnival in 2020 you say? While there will be no official Carnival this year,R3d Carnival Band isguaranteeing a bacchanal. The band intends to host a few ‘R3D Eye’ fetes laterthis year. So, turn these frowns upside down and keep your eyes peeled to their pages for updates. Moving forward into 2021, the band is looking to build on the momentum they started in 2020.


Nurse Tanya Markos administers a coronavirus test on patient Ricardo Sojuel at a mobile COVID-19 testing unit, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Confirmed coronavirus cases are rising in 40 of 50 states Four US states - Arizona, California, Florida and Texas - reported a combined 25,000 new confirmed coronavirus cases Thursday as the infection curve rose in 40 of the 50 states heading into the July Fourth holiday weekend. With the number of daily confirmed coronavirus cases nationwide climbing past 50,000, an alarming 36 states saw an increase in the percentage of tests coming back positive for the virus. "What we've seen is a very disturbing week," Dr Anthony Fauci, the government's top infectious-disease expert, said in a livestream with the American Medical Association. In a major retreat that illustrated how dire things have become in Texas, Republican GovernorGreg Abbott ordered the wearing of masks across most of the state after refusing until recently to let even local governments impose such rules. The surge has been blamed in part on Americans not covering their faces or following other social distancing rules as states lifted their lockdowns over the past few weeks. Fauci warned that if people don't start complying, "we're going to be in some serious difficulty." The US recorded 51,200 new confirmed cases Wednesday, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. That represents a doubling of the daily total over the past month and is higher even than what the country witnessed during the most lethal phase of the crisis in April and May, when the New York metropolitan area was easily the worst hot spot in the US All but 10 states are showing an upswing in newly reported cases over the past 14 days, according to data compiled by the volunteer COVID Tracking Project. The outbreaks are most severe in Arizona, Texas and Florida, which together with California have reclosed or otherwise clamped back down on bars, restaurants and movie theatres over the past week or so. Nebraska and South Dakota were the only states outside the Northeast with a downward trend in cases. While some of the increases may be explained by expanded testing, other indicators are grim, too, including hospitalizations and positive test rates. Over the past two weeks, the percentage of positive tests has doubled in Georgia, Kansas, Montana, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi, South Carolina and Ohio. In Nevada, it has tripled. In Idaho, it is five times higher. In Texas, where new cases in the past two weeks have swelled from about 2,400 a day to almost 8,000 on Wednesday, the positive rate ballooned from 8 percent to 14.5 percent. In Arizona, it has gone from 5.7 percent to 10.3 percent. Abbott, who in May began one of the most aggressive reopening schedules of any governor, ordered the wearing of masks in all counties with at least 20 COVID-19 cases. Abbott said in a video posted on Twitter that the state's lower infection rate and case counts after his stay-home order in April might have led some to think the "coast was clear." But the number of people hospitalized in Texas because of COVID-19 has quadrupled since late May, after businesses began reopening. "We are now at a point where the virus is spreading so fast, there is little margin for error," Abbott said. "I know that wearing a face-covering is not the convenient thing to do, but I also know that wearing a face-covering will help us to keep Texas open for business. And it will help Texans earn the paycheck they need." The surge comes as Americans head into a Fourth of July holiday that health officials warn could add fuel to the outbreak by drawing big crowds. Many municipalities have cancelled fireworks displays. Beaches up and down California and Florida have been closed. Florida reported more than 10,000 new confirmed cases for the first time Thursday. That is six times higher than the daily count of less than a month ago. The state also reported 67 deaths for the second time in a week and 325 new hospitalizations, one of the biggest 24-hour jumps in Florida yet. Georgia likewise saw its biggest single-day increase yet, nearly 3,500 cases. "I'm discouraged because we didn't act fast enough to shut things down, and we could have done a much better job getting a handle on the virus," said Megan Archer, a 39-year-old woman from West Palm Beach, Florida, who lost her job with a county parks department during the outbreak. Meanwhile, the government reported that US unemployment fell to 11.1 percent in June as the economy added a solid 4.8 million jobs. But that figure may be outdated: The data was collected during the second week of June, before many states began to backtrack on restarting their economies. Several Northeastern states have seen new infections slow down significantly, including New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Jersey, which allowed its Atlantic City casinos to reopen Thursday, though with no smoking, drinking or eating. Pennsylvania, an outlier among Northeastern states, reported its highest one-day total of new cases since May, with more than 830, more than one-quarter of them in Pittsburgh's Allegheny County, which will impose a one-week shutdown of bars and restaurants and all gatherings of more than 25 people starting Friday. Other states, like Colorado, a major summer destination where increases in infections have been less dramatic, are keeping a close eye on their neighbours. "I've been watching that map. ... We're well aware of what's going on around us and we're very anxious," said Dr Michelle Barron, medical director of infection prevention and control at UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital. "The next couple of weeks are critical." President Donald Trump on Wednesday seemed confident the virus would soon subside, telling Fox Business: "I think that, at some point, that's going to sort of just disappear, I hope." The US has reported at least 2.7 million cases and more than 128,000 dead, the highest toll in the world. Globally there have been 10.7 million confirmed cases and over 517,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins' count. The true toll is believed to be significantly higher, in part because of limited testing and mild cases that have been missed. Other countries are also reporting an upswing in cases. "We have now entered a new and treacherous phase in the life cycle of this pandemic," South African President Cyril Ramaphosa warned in a broadcast to the nation, which recorded more than 8,100 new infections, a one-day record, and has the biggest caseload on the continent. India, the world's second-most populous country with more than 1.3 billion people, has reported nearly 100,000 new cases in the past four days alone.

Sunday, May 10, 2020 photo, a lone swimmer wades through the clear waters of 'Konnos' beach in Ayia Napa, a seaside resort that's popular with tourists from Europe and beyond. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)

Cyprus' beleaguered tourism sector got some good news after the government announced on Friday that travellers from the UK will be allowed entry into the east Mediterranean island nation next month without having to undergo a compulsory 14-day quarantine. But Health Minister Constantinos Ioannou said that depends on whether UK coronavirus infection rates stay at the current low ebb. Ioannou said that as of August 1 Britain will be grouped with 14 other countries including France, Italy and Spain from which travellers will be required to obtain a health certificate declaring them coronavirus-free three days prior to boarding a flight. "The decision will be implemented on the condition that the United Kingdom continues to post the same positive epidemiological results," Ioannou said after a cabinet meeting with a scientific advisory body. The UK is Cyprus' prime tourism market - UK citizens made up a third of Cyprus' four million tourist arrivals last year. Tourism officials say July appears to be a bust in terms of tourism, despite earlier hopes that holidaymakers would flock to Cyprus because of its minimal infection rate. Tourism accounts for 13 percent of Cyprus' economy and officials say the aim remains to recoup 25-30 percent of tourist arrivals the country received in 2019. Deputy Tourism Minister Savvas Perdios said setting a date for opening up Cyprus to UK holidaymakers was important for tour operators, airlines and other tourism-oriented businesses to start planning ahead. A 14-quarantine period remains in effect for all travellers from Russia - another key tourism market for Cyprus. Perdios said there are hopes for reviving the Russian market later in the year. "Unfortunately, it's a year where everything's in flux," said Perdios. "We are obligated...to show flexibility and understanding that whichever decision is taken could change in a few weeks." Ioannou said there are plans for a fivefold increase in random COVID-19 testing of all arriving passengers at Cyprus' two airports at no extra cost to the government. Currently, around 15 percent of arriving travellers are being tested.


In this file photo dated Sunday, July 31, 2016, Arsenal's Chuba Akpom leaps after scoring aginst Chivas Guadalajara during a friendly football match in Carson, California, USA.  (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok, FILE).

Arsenal werefined 40,000 Swiss francs ($42,300) by FIFA and warned about their conduct regarding player transfers after the club used variable sell-on clauses that were found to give theminfluence over other clubs. In a previously undisclosed investigation, FIFA legal documents reviewed by The Associated Press revealed the global governing body’s concerns about the terms of the 2018 departures of Chuba Akpom to Greek club PAOK Thessaloniki and Joel Campbell to Italian side Frosinone Calcio. Arsenal would receive a bigger cut of the deal if Akpom and Campbell were subsequently sold to British clubs. Arsenal placed sell-on clauses in the contracts to ensure theywould receive 40% of the fee if Akpom was sold to a British club but only 30% from any other team. Frosinone werealso given an incentive to not later sell Campbell back to a British club as 30% of the fee would have to be paid to Arsenal. But the London club would receive only 25% of the transfer fee if Campbell was sold to a club elsewhere. Arsenal entered “release permanently” into the Transfer Matching System (TMS) and the discovery of details of the sell-on clauses led to FIFA’s global transfers and compliance department opening an investigation into Arsenal in January. The FIFA disciplinary committee then found Arsenal to be in violation of the rules for entering into contracts enabling themto influence other clubs and for failing to declare data in the TMS. “The committee considers that, by the mere existence of these clauses, Frosinone and PAOK FC are influenced by Arsenal in employment and transfer-related matters,” FIFA disciplinary committee member Thomas Hollerer wrote in the verdict document. “The committee considers that the relevant clauses undoubtedly grant Arsenal the ability to influence in employment and transfer-related matters the independence, policies, and the performance of PAOK FC and Frosinone’s teams.” Arsenal told FIFA the transfer terms did not enable themto influence any transfer decisions by PAOK or Frosinone and said the English Football Association and Premier League were satisfied there was no breach of third-party influence rules. “It is evident that in a scenario in which PAOK FC and/or Frosinone receive two similar and/or identical offers for the transfer of the relevant players, one being from a club in the United Kingdom and the other one coming from a club outside the United Kingdom,” Hollerer wrote, “PAOK FC and Frosinone would be more inclined to accept the offer coming from the club outside the United Kingdom, as it would make the operation most profitable from a purely financial point of view.” Details of the case have emerged only after the completion of the legal process at FIFA. Campbell, meanwhile, transferred from Frosinone on Thursday after making a loan move to Mexican club Leon permanent. Financial terms were not disclosed. Hollerer is general secretary of the Austrian Football Association. The disciplinary committee panel also featured Togolese Football Association president Kossi Guy Akpovy and Mahmoud Hammami of Tunisia. Arsenal weretold by FIFA that “should such infringements occur again in the future, the committee would be left with no other option than to impose harsher sanctions.” Simon Leaf, the head of sports law at London-based Mishcon de Reya, said it was a “pretty surprising decision” given the prevalence of sell-on and buy-back clauses in transfers and that it “will have an impact on how future deals are structured.”

Liverpool's Virgil van Dijk during the English Premier League football match against Everton at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England, Sunday, June 21, 2020. (/Pool via AP).

Chelsea need someone that can have the same impact on their effectiveness at set-pieces as Virgil van Dijk did at Liverpool, says Frank Lampard. The Blues twice saw Tomas Soucek put the ball in the net from corners during a 3-2 loss to West Ham on Wednesday, though his first was disallowed due to a contentious offside decision following a VAR review. Lampard acknowledges dead-ball situations represent one of the Blues' biggest weaknesses and feels it is something they should take into account when assessing transfer targets. The Chelsea head coach pointed to Liverpool's improvement from set-pieces after they signed Van Dijk, a figure who has been pivotal in their ascent to becoming Premier League champions. "We've looked at set-plays this season. When we came into the club, we looked at the stats from last season and we were bottom of the league in defending set-plays, in terms of other teams getting big chances against us, we were second-bottom in attacking," said Lampard ahead of Saturday's Premier League meeting with Watford. "If you look at personnel, and I don't like to talk about my playing days, but we didn't really work so much on set-pieces at all really - with certain managers more than others. There were probably a few reasons why and they were mainly John Terry, Gary Cahill, Didier Drogba, Michael Ballack, and [Branislav] Ivanovic, so you stick it in an area and they defend it or they score goals. "I think similarly with Liverpool, there was a lot of talk about them with set-pieces two or three seasons ago, they were zonal, they were conceding a lot. "They signed Virgil van Dijk and he heads everything that comes in the box out, so there's a huge relation to personnel and if you don't have that in terms of big size across the team, I think trying to compete as hard as you can, making it difficult for other teams to score is the main thing. "And there's no doubt – I'm not making excuses when I say that because we've not done this well enough on the pitch, and that has to improve – when you look at who you might bring in, with the balance of the squad, in the modern day its certainly something to take into account when looking at recruitment." Chelsea made Kepa Arrizabalaga their record signing and the most expensive goalkeeper in the world by paying the £71.6million (€80m) release clause in his Athletic Bilbao contract in 2018. Lampard dropped Kepa for Willy Caballero earlier this season and reports of interest from Spain intensified after the 25-year-old put in another disappointing display against West Ham. Asked about the rumours linking the keeper with a move away, the Blues boss said: "I'm not talking about any potential [deals], what we may do at the end of the season or not. I'm going to focus on what we've got in front of us. "With Kepa, there's been a lot spoken about him this season. All I want from him, as with every player, is the right mentality and attitude and approach to the game – I'm absolutely certain I'm going to get that from all of them because I can feel the group is in that position – and obviously to just try to do his job as well as he can do. "I'm happy with him and that's how we keep working. I'm not going to talk about what may be at the end of the season."