An early morning fire burned through the roof and offices of Massy Stores Supermarket, Waterfront in the wee hours of Sunday October 25. According to Acting Deputy Fire Chief David Antoine, the ...


If you’re looking to explore Saint Lucia’s culture, the best way to start is with the food. Apart from the many tourist attractions and adventures, the island is highly regarded for its delectable foods which is a mixture of West Indian influences, a bit of French flair and a pinch of African and Indian spices. The food is always loaded with flavors and made from fresh fruits and vegetables grown on the island. We have put together a list of five mouth-watering Saint Lucian foods you absolutely need to savor. Saint Lucia is indeed a food lovers’ paradise. Green fig and saltfish Green fig (green banana) and saltfish (salted cod) is the national dish of Saint Lucia and is an absolute must have. In this dish the figs are peeled and boiled in saltwater. The salt fish is also boiled just enough to wash away the correct proportion of salt then flaked and sautéed with local peppers, thyme, chives, onions and other herbs and spices.There are different variations of this dish. Some people serve the green fig with the saltfish on top paired with cucumber salad and/or avocados while others serve it in the form of a salad. Either way it is super delicious! Callaloo soup This local favorite is a spinach-like soup made from a vegetable leaf called callaloo. Originating from West Africa, the soup is made of callaloo leaf with seasoned meat, garlic, potatoes, onions, okra and coconut milk. Variations on the traditional recipe might include crab, conch and fresh lobster. One pot or bouillon There isn’t one person in Saint Lucia who doesn’t like a good bouillon or one pot. It is traditionally made with salted pig tail or snout but variations are made with seasoned chicken most times cooked in lentils or red beans or seafood with a combination of dumplings, coconut milk, spices, spinach, cabbage, okra, ground provisions such as dasheen, green bananas, green plantains and the list goes on. One of the best meals you can have on island. It is a delicious mouth full and surely a belly full. Accras A very popular breakfast dish especially during Easter and Jounen Kweyol. Saltfish accras are fried fish cakes made from salted cod and mixed spices. These crispy, spicy delights are often prepared by firstly deboning and boiling the saltfish several times until the desired amount of saltiness, which is then mixed with scotch bonnet peppers, a wide variety of spices and creole seasoning along with egg, pinch of sugar and backing powder (optional), flour and water. Finally, the accras are shaped and put into a frying pan with vegetable oil for frying.If you haven’t tried accras you are missing out on some amazing treats! Cocoa tea Another Lucian favorite. I would sell my soul for a sip of this distinctive tasting drink, that’s how much I love it. It is made from cocoa stick which is manufactured on island grated and added to boiling water along with a mixture of spices namely nutmeg, cinnamon, star anise and bay leaf and milk. Some islanders add flour to thicken it up while others prefer it with just the milk. Either way it is heaven in a cup! In addition to all these foods mentioned above, you can try out lambi, breadfruit and saltfish or smoked herring, local black pudding, local bread, hot bakes and cassava bread all extremely tasty foods to get your taste buds tingling.

Jason C. Joseph has been an educator for the past 31 years. He is currently employed with the Government of StLucia as a music curriculum specialist. He is also a part-time Educational Psychology lecturer and traditional folk enthusiast. He has spent several years actively promoting the Kwéyòl language (particularly the written aspect) on the internet and on social media, under the name "kweyolsentlisi". His mission is to generate greater interest among StLucians in the traditional art forms, and encourage more respect and appreciation for the Kwéyòl language. Jason, a former calypsonian popularly known as “Bachelor”, can also be seen teaching StLucia's traditional folk dances, strumming the cuatro with a folk band called "Toujou Kwéyòl", and writing and arranging calypsos for StLucia’s junior and senior calypsonians. His favorite pastime is dancing, particularly folk dancing and salsa. What is it like being in the public eye? While I don't mind being known for my work, my personality does not allow me to enjoy unnecessary attention. I am much more comfortable in the background, working behind the scenes. What is the one thing about you that often surprises people? That I am actually a cool individual and not as unapproachable as they believed. How would you define success? Self-actualization, living consciously and according to your own terms, and being content despite your circumstances. What has been your most humbling experience? The few times that I have been ill and had to visit a doctor or the hospital. Death may be final, but being sick humbles you and makes you realize how much you need people. If you could be remembered for one thing what would it be? "He was an educator at heart and a decent human being." Where is your happy place? Any activity that makes me lose myself in the moment - where I am not rehashing negative events from the past or not worrying about the future. What is your greatest fear? Getting old and withering away in bed, unable to take care of myself. Animals or babies? It depends on what animal and whose baby. I don't particularly like cats and I don't get excited about other people's babies. What talent do you yearn for? The ability to smile and remain calm while being disrespected or provoked. What lesson has been the hardest to learn? If you're going to foolishly continue trusting human beings and depending on them, stop being surprised when they disappoint you. TV or music? Tv series. It's more of an exciting adventure. Music to me is functional. I listen at specific times for specific purposes. What food makes you happy? Népòt manjé ki ni bon gou (any food that tastes good). What is your guilty pleasure? Waking up from bed with nothing urgent to do, knowing that I have the entire day to myself to do what I want, how I want, and when I want. If you had to change one thing in your life what would it be and why? I would say "no" more often and be less busy. Life is short and time is a precious commodity. We waste too much time engaging in pointless activities with people that won't even care when we die. What is the business tip you have got and never forgotten? "Know your worth." Is it more important to you to be liked or respected? To me, respect is everything. You do not need to like someone to respect their work, their uniqueness, or their human rights. What is your personal motto? Become the best version of yourself, and... "Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence." - George Washington


The government of Mexico has issued a Hurricane Warning for the Yucatan Peninsula from Tulum to Rio Lagartos, including Cozumel. Hurricane conditions are expected within the Hurricane Warning area by late Monday. A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1-3 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast in the Hurricane Warning area near and to the north of where the centre makes landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pinar del Rio Cuba. Tropical storm conditions could occur in the warning area in Western Cuba on Monday. For storm information specific to your area, please monitor products issued by your national meteorological service. At 5pm EDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Zeta was located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea about 305 miles (490 km) south-southeast of the western tip of Cuba and about 300 miles (480 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Zeta has been meandering or nearly stationary, but a generally northwestward motion is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the centre of Zeta will pass south of western Cuba early Monday and move near or over the northern Yucatan Peninsula or the Yucatan Channel late Monday, move into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, and reach the central Gulf of Mexico by late Tuesday. Reports from an NOAA Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that the maximum sustained winds have increased near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) from the centre. Strengthening is forecast to take place during the next 48 hours, and Zeta is expected to become a hurricane before it moves near or over the Yucatan Peninsula late Monday. Rainfall totals of 4 to 8 inches, with local amounts of 12 inches, are possible through Wednesday along and east-northeast of Zeta’s track from Jamaica, the Cayman Islands, central to western Cuba, and the northeast Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. Additional rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches, with local amounts of 5 inches, are possible across South Florida and the Keys during the next 2 days, with isolated storm totals of 8 inches. Zeta is forecast to be at or just below hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday, and there is an increasing risk of storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Zeta and updates to the forecast.

A Hurricane Watch is still in effect in Mexico for Tulum to Rio Lagartos and for Cozumel. Hurricane conditions are possible within the Hurricane Watch area in the Yucatan Peninsula by late Monday. A dangerous storm surge will raise water levels by as much as 1-3 feet above normal tide levels along the immediate coast in the Hurricane Watch area near and to the north of where the centre makes landfall in the Yucatan Peninsula. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Pinar del Rio Cuba and, in Mexico, Tulum to Rio Lagartos and Cozumel. Tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area in the Yucatan peninsula late Monday and could occur in the warning area in Western Cuba on Monday. At 11am EDT, the centre of Tropical Storm Zeta was located over the northwestern Caribbean Sea about 290 miles (470 km) south-southeast of the western tip of Cuba and about 275 miles (445 km) southeast of Cozumel, Mexico. Zeta is nearly stationary, but a generally northwestward motion is expected over the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the centre of Zeta will pass south of western Cuba early Monday and move near or over the northern Yucatan Peninsula or the Yucatan Channel late Monday, move into the southern Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, and reach the central Gulf of Mexico by late Tuesday. Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts. Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 80 miles (130 km) from the centre. Some strengthening is forecast to occur during the next 48 hours, and Zeta could become a hurricane by the time it moves near or over the Yucatan Peninsula late Monday. Zeta could be at or just below hurricane strength when it approaches the northern Gulf Coast on Wednesday and could bring storm surge, rainfall, and wind impacts to areas from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle. Residents in these areas should monitor the progress of Zeta and updates to the forecast.


The United Nations is this year celebrating its 75th anniversary year under the theme: “The Future We Want; the UN We Need: Reaffirming Our Collective Commitment to Multilateralism”. That’s 75 years of promoting peace, solidarity, human rights and multilateralism and more than 40 years of successful partnership with the Governments and people of Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Since its ratification in 1945, the United Nations has been working collectively towards sustainable development across the world. Countless programmes that centre on poverty reduction, improving citizen security, advancing gender equality and promoting climate action have been successfully implemented and executed across the Caribbean. The UN said in a statement: "This year’s observance comes at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic reminds us that we are all interconnected and that only through collaboration can we build a resilient and sustainable future for all." To commemorate this milestone, at the start of this year the UN Secretary-General launched the world’s largest global conversation to foster solidarity and allow ordinary persons to have a say in the future they want to see. UN Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean staged several UN75 events and dialogues this year, aimed at inviting participation, especially from the region’s youth. Youth were resolute in their call for more meaningful youth engagement as well as digitalization and diversification of regional economies to create opportunities for youth, a greater focus on innovation and increased investment in creative industries and to put an end to discriminatory practices with laws. Moreover, they reiterated their faith in the value of multilateralism and the importance of global cooperation. Didier Trebucq, the UN Resident Coordinator for Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, applauded the innovation and resourcefulness employed in conducting the celebration this year and highlighted the ever-important role of the UN, especially at this time. “The UN is a manifestation of the resilience of the human spirit, that deep conviction that the world can be a better place if we all work together. That respect human rights for all is the only guarantee of freedoms and that peace, justice, rule of law are our best tools for protecting our freedoms and delivering on the promise embodied in the act of forming the UN, that is, to deliver a more equitable, peaceful and prosperous world," he said. According to Trebucq, the two major UN75 events are gifts to the people of the region and exemplify the extensive partnerships the UN has forged for over the past 40 years These two major UN75 events are gifts to the people of this region and exemplify the extensive partnerships the UN has forged for over the past 40 years. The UN remains more than ever committed to its partnership with the Caribbean, especially amidst the impact of the COVID pandemic. Let me take this opportunity, to also thank regional Prime Ministers, Government counterparts, the OECS, civil society partners and members of the private sector. Together we are upholding our beliefs in the value of multilateralism, as we work to continue to deliver a sustainable future for all to achieve the agenda 2030.” Member countries throughout the region have come together to celebrate this global milestone. The first event was held in partnership with the Organisation of Eastern States (OECS) Commission. The virtual youth event themed:“Youth Voices Rising” was held on Saturday andfocused on youth as equal partners in the developmental thrust. Close on its heels, in partnership with the Government of Barbados and the National Cultural Foundation the UN presents its 75th-anniversary concert themed“United Together: Shaping Our Future.” This virtual event takes place today, Sunday, October 25th and is scheduled to begin at 7pm. The concert features over 21 of the regions entertainers and will be live-streamed.

FILE - Arnold Schwarzenegger discusses "Terminator: Dark Fate" during the Paramount Pictures presentation at CinemaCon on April 4, 2019, in Las Vegas. Schwarzenegger says he feels "fantastic" after his recent heart surgery. The 73-year-old actor and former California governor said on social media Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, that he had a new aortic valve implanted in his heart. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arnold Schwarzenegger says he is feeling “fantastic” after his recent heart surgery. The 73-year-old “Terminator” actor and former California governor said onsocial mediaFriday that he had a new aortic valve implanted in his heart. He posted a photo of himself with a thumbs up from his hospital bed. View this post on Instagram Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery. I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues. Thank you to every doc and nurse on my team! A post shared by Arnold Schwarzenegger (@schwarzenegger) on Oct 23, 2020 at 1:24pm PDT “Thanks to the team at the Cleveland Clinic, I have a new aortic valve to go along with my new pulmonary valve from my last surgery,” he wrote. The actor underwent heart surgery in 2018 to replaced a pulmonary valve that was originally installed in 1997. Schwarzenegger also posted some photos of himself standing in front of a few monuments in Cleveland. “I feel fantastic and have already been walking the streets of Cleveland enjoying your amazing statues,” he said.


In this July 6, 2011, file photo, Samsung Chairman Lee Kun-hee, right, greets people from the South Korean delegation in Durban, South Africa, for the 123rd International Olympic Committee (IOC) session that will decide the host city for the 2018 Olympics Winter Games. Lee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died, a Samsung statement said Sunday, October 25, 2020. He was 78. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

Lee Kun-Hee, the ailing Samsung Electronics chairman who transformed the small television maker into a global giant of consumer electronics, has died. He was 78. A Samsung statement said Lee died on Sunday with his family members, including his son and de facto company chief Lee Jae-yong, by his side. Lee Kun-Hee had been hospitalized since May 2014 after suffering a heart attack and the younger Lee has run Samsung, the biggest company in South Korea. “All of us at Samsung will cherish his memory and are grateful for the journey we shared with him,” the Samsung statement said. “Our deepest sympathies are with his family, relatives and those nearest. His legacy will be everlasting.” Lee Kun-hee inherited control from his father and during his nearly 30 years of leadership, Samsung Electronics Co. became a global brand and the world’s largest maker of smartphones, televisions and memory chips. Samsung sells Galaxy phones while also making the screens and microchips that power its rivals, Apple’s iPhones and Google Android phones. Samsung helped make the nation’s economy, Asia’s fourth-largest. Its businesses encompass shipbuilding, life insurance, construction, hotels, amusement park operation and more. Samsung Electronics alone accounts for 20% of the market capital on South Korea’s main stock market. Lee leaves behind immense wealth, with Forbes estimating his fortune at $16 billion as of January 2017. His death comes during a complex time for Samsung. When he was hospitalized, Samsung’s once-lucrative mobile business faced threats from upstart makers in China and other emerging markets. Pressure was high to innovate its traditionally strong hardware business, to reform a stifling hierarchical culture and to improve its corporate governance and transparency. Samsung was ensnared in the 2016-17 corruption scandal that led to then-President Park Geun-Hye's impeachment and imprisonment. Its executives, including the younger Lee, were investigated by prosecutors who believed Samsung executives bribed Park to secure the government’s backing for a smooth leadership transition from father to son. In a previous scandal, Lee Kun-Hee was convicted in 2008 for illegal share dealings, tax evasion and bribery designed to pass his wealth and corporate control to his three children. The late Lee was a stern, terse leader who focused on big-picture strategies, leaving details and daily management to executives. His near-absolute authority allowed the company to make bold decisions in the fast-changing technology industry, such as shelling out billions to build new production lines for memory chips and display panels even as the 2008 global financial crisis unfolded. Those risky moves fueled Samsung’s rise. Lee was born January 9, 1942, in the southeastern city of Daegu during Japan’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. His father Lee Byung-chull had founded an export business there in 1938 and following the 1950-53 Korean War, he rebuilt the company into an electronics and home appliance manufacturer and the country’s first major trading company. Lee Byung-chull was often called one of the fathers of modern industrial South Korea. Lee Kun-Hee was the third son and his inheritance of his father’s businesses bucked the tradition of family wealth going to the eldest. One of Lee Kun-Hee's brothers sued for a bigger part of Samsung but lost the case. When Lee Kun-Hee inherited control from his father in 1987, Samsung was relying on Japanese technology to produce TVs and was making its first steps into exporting microwaves and refrigerators. The company was expanding its semiconductor factories after entering the business in 1974 by acquiring a near-bankrupt firm. A decisive moment came in 1993. Lee Kun-Hee made sweeping changes to Samsung after a two-month trip abroad convinced him the company needed to improve the quality of its products. In a speech to Samsung executives, he famously urged, “Let’s change everything except our wives and children.” Not all his moves succeeded. A notable failure was the group’s expansion into the auto industry in the 1990s, in part driven by Lee Kun-Hee’s passion for luxury cars.

Vice President Mike Pence speaks to supporters Saturday, October 24, 2020 in Tallahassee, Florida.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite his exposure to a top aide who tested positive for the coronavirus, the White House said Saturday. Pence himself tested negative, his office said. Under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria, the vice president is considered a “close contact” of his chief of staff, Marc Short, but will not quarantine, said spokesman Devin O’Malley. O’Malley said Pence decided to maintain his travel schedule “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit" and "in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.” Those guidelines require that those essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people. O’Malley said Pence and his wife, Karen, both tested negative on Saturday “and remain in good health.” After a day of campaigning in Florida on Saturday, Pence was seen wearing a mask as he returned to Washington aboard Air Force Two shortly after the news of Short’s diagnosis was made public. He is scheduled to hold a rally on Sunday afternoon in Kinston, NC. Pence, who has headed the White House coronavirus task force since late February, has repeatedly found himself in an uncomfortable position balancing political concerns with the administration's handling the pandemic that has killed more than 220,000 Americans. The vice president has advocated mask-wearing and social distancing, but often does not wear one himself and holds large political events where many people do not wear face-coverings. By virtue of his position as vice president, Pence is considered an essential worker. The White House did not address how Pence's political activities amounted to essential work. Short's diagnosis comes weeks after the coronavirus spread through the White House, infecting President Donald Trump, the first lady, and two dozen other aides, staffers and allies. Short, Pence's top aide and one of his closest confidants, did not travel with the vice president on Saturday. Pence's handling of his exposure to a confirmed positive case stands in contrast to how Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris responded when a close aide and a member of her campaign plane's charter crew tested positive for the virus earlier this month. She took several days off the campaign trail citing her desire to act out of an abundance of caution. Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University, called Pence’s decision to travel “grossly negligent” regardless of the stated justification that Pence is an essential worker. “It’s just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response,” she said. “I also find it really harmful and disrespectful to the people going to the rally” and the people on Pence’s own staff who will accompany him. “He needs to be staying home 14 days,” she added. “Campaign events are not essential.”


Nicholas Pooran topscored for Kings XI Punjab with 32 not out.

Kings XI Punjab, with West Indies players Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran, grabbed the last seven Sunrisers Hyderabad wickets for just 14 runs to record their fourth successive win in the Indian Premier League on Saturday in Dubai. Needing 27 runs off the last four overs with seven wickets in hand, Hyderabad fell short by 12 runs as Chris Jordan (3-17) and Arshdeep Singh (3-23) grabbed six of the last seven wickets and bowled out their rivals for 114 runs in 19.5 overs. In-form Punjabcould only post 126 for seven–Pooran top-scoring with 32 not out on a slow track. Gayle was dismissed for 20 by West Indies captain Jason Holder. Legspinner Rashid Khan grabbed the key wicket of captain Lokesh Rahul (27) midway through the innings to finish with two for 14. Holder (2-27) and Sandeep Sharma (2-29) also bowled economical spells. Punjab’s brittle middle order continued to struggle in the tournament with Glenn Maxwell yet again being dismissed cheaply, this time 12. The Australian’s poor form has seen him score just 102 runs in 11 matches. “Winning is a habit, which we didn’t find in the first half,” Punjab captain Rahul said. “Honestly, I’m speechless. Everybody’s chipped in. Low-scoring games are when you realise the importance of those 10-15 runs scored by batsmen, those diving stops, and those tight overs.” Captain David Warner (35) and Jonny Bairstow (19) gave a solid stand of 56 off 37 balls to Hyderabad before both fell soon after the powerplay. Manish Pandey (15 off 29 balls) and Vijay Shankar (27 off 27 balls) were strangled by the spinners before Jordan returned in the 17th over and had Pandey caught in the deep. Arshdeep had Shankar caught behind in the next over, and Jordan removed Holder (5) and Khan (0) in the following over off successive deliveries. Arshdeep wrapped up the innings in the last over as Punjab fielders made brilliant catches. “It does hurt,” Warner said. “Our bowlers did a fantastic job to restrict them … just got to forget this game and move on. We have to start again next match.” Punjab, which at one stage was in last place, now hold downfifth. Hyderabad aresixth.

Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson punches clear as Sheffield United's Oliver McBurnie during their English Premier League football match at Anfield in Liverpool, England, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (Peter ByrnePool via AP).

Diogo Jota completed Liverpool's comeback to beat Sheffield United 2-1 on Saturday after the English Premier League champions failed to win their last two games. But just a week after Liverpool wrote to the Premier League for an explanation of two contentious referrals in the Merseyside derby, the video assistant referee — this time Andre Marriner — found himself in the spotlight again. He upgraded Fabinho’s tackle on Oli McBurnie from a free-kick to a penalty despite the Brazilian appearing to win the ball right on the edge of the area, and Sander Berge put Sheffield United ahead from the spot in the 13th minute. Liverpool escaped further penalty appeals before Roberto Firmino equalised in the 41st after Sadio Mane’s header was only palmed away by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale. Midway through the second half, the VAR ruled out, correctly, a brilliant individual effort from Mohamed Salah, who juggled Trent Alexander-Arnold’s overhead pass before slotting past Ramsdale. However, the reprieve for the visitors was brief as Jota rose to head home Mane’s cross in the 64th for his second goal in four league matches for his new club. Liverpool extended theirunbeaten home league run to 62 matches, one short of equalling the club record from 1978 to 1981, to go second in the standings. It was one of their most hard-fought of 51 victories in that sequence with United not only working hard to hold theirearly advantage but creating enough opportunities to concern Jürgen Klopp’s side, which had the added security of Alisson Becker back in goal ahead of schedule following a shoulder injury.