Prime minister hosts town hall meeting with Micoud South residents

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Prime minister hosts town hall meeting with Micoud South residents
PM addressing residents at Town Hall meeting
PM addressing residents at town hall meeting.

Residents of the constituency of Micoud South engaged Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony in a three-hour town hall meeting held at the Blanchard Multipurpose Centre, on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

Prime Minister Anthony began the meeting by expressing his gratitude to the residents for the warm welcome received and for the patience exercised over the last year, as they awaited an opportunity to meet with him.

From the onset, the prime minister committed himself to answering all questions and encouraged residents to speak freely and openly.

Matters discussed included much needed renovation works to the Blanchard Multipurpose Centre and Blanchard Combined School as well as repairs to feeder roads and other community access roads in the constituency of Micoud South.

One resident highlighted the need to provide a greater level of support to non-banana farmers, noting that banana farmers currently enjoy subsidies on fertilizers, whereas other farmers pay market prices.

In response to this concern, Prime Minister Anthony explained that the government of Saint Lucia is currently exploring the possibility of accessing different grades of fertilizers at a cheaper rate through a Petro-Caribe assistance initiative. This, he says, will assist in mitigating the high cost of production for farmers.

Residents expressed their appreciation for the $500 bursary given to all students entering Form One in all secondary schools and called for greater assistance in the area of transportation for students.

Prime Minister Anthony took the opportunity to allay the fears of parents who were not clear on the security features of the laptops which will be made available to students of Form Four later this term. Dr. Anthony assured parents that inappropriate sites will be blocked and a tracking device embedded in the laptops will make it possible to determine its exact location at all times.

So far this year, Prime Minister Anthony has held town hall meetings in Vieux-Fort North, Babonneau, Choiseul and Micoud South.

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  1. WAS THIS DESIGNED FOR THE POLITICAL HACKS TO BEAT THEIR ASSES??? WERE UR'LL IN THE MEETING? WHY IS IT IMPORTANT HOW MANY ATTENDED.. UWP HAD THE BIGGEST RALLY'S AND MOTO CADES AND THEY STILL LOST THE ELECTION... SHUT THE F UP AND WAIT FOR THE NEXT ELECTION...FOR THE WHITE MAN TO USE HIS WHIP ON URLL BLACK SLAVES...

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    • I would tell you to seek mental help....but it would do you no good. You are to far gone.If you're not the poster child for ignorance,I think you should be so stop embarrASSing yourself you freaking idiot.

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    • Shame on you InTownTool to ask such a question. The Cooke gets you too dizzy or did you not get enough sleep last night.

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  2. With this kind of evidence, it is difficult to believe that this country has given birth to so many brilliant sons and daughters!!!

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  3. The $500 bursary was given to take the focus away from the almost complete loss of the school transportation provided by government.(smoke screen)
    If the Slp Government really came to help the people(especially the poor)then you do not take away(almost all)what they previously depended on and replace it with significantly much,much,much less under the guise(deceitful)of PARTIAL ZONING.
    For a government which promised Better days(if it was sincere)one would have expected it to continue providing the benefits they previously enjoyed and add to it by giving the $500 to first year students,$400,to second year students(they have four years of schooling left)and continue .The student in form five would be given $100 in keeping with one remaining year at school.
    If you really want to help that is a good way to do it.
    Now,one would recall that the SLP government was never in favour of providing transportation to the secondary school students.Remember after the 1997 elections they stopped it,saying the world bank told them to do so.(what nonsence)Actually it would have been stopped immediately had it not been for considerable pleading for a one year extention by the old labour faction(members) of the party.
    This time around the thinking was still the same.What was different was the people are no longer blinded(independent voters) or as accepting of Kenny's policies as before.To stop it would be disastrous for the party for afew reasons.(1)three of the seats given to the party were being challenged in court.(this could result in a recount or bye-elections which could go either way)(2)the promises made could not be fullfilled.(remember the pumping of 100 million dollars immediately into the economy)(3)they could not come up with a reason they thought the people would accept.
    So,the SLP decided that if it is too risky(politically)to stop it then let us try to reduce (the cost)the availability significantly.This was done under the guise of PARTIAL ZONING.
    ZONING is usually introduced to establish and create adjustments to balance student populations.Now if that was the reason why wasn't the whole country zoned? THE schools left out of the zoning program are schools whereby government never paid transportation for those students.THe zoning(or partial zoning)was never about creating balance in the student population,it was about taking away (through significant reductions)the government transportation subsidy from the people.
    Also the schools wereleft out because if they were included students who lived near the Convent who performed badly on the common CEE exams would have to attend that school.CCSS as well.this is called zoning.But why zone when you do not follow the principles of zoning,unless your reason for zoning is to disguise the cruelty you are handing
    out to your own people.(the grassroots party- party-SLP)
    This partial zoning (wickedness)will remain as long as the this government is in power.Reviews will result in no change to the present structure.
    Please remember that it is the parents of the very poor whose children will not be able to attend a school where they have the best chance of maximizing their potential because they will not be able to pay the monthly bus fare which used to be paid by the previous government.
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  4. Kenny bull shitting the people again.The people look like they don't believe one word he is saying. BTW where the laptops that were promised to the form 4's. I am waiting for my son's laptop. After that you can surly take the next train out. Lucians tired of you empty promises.

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  5. Kenny bull-sheitting the people again. BTW where the laptops promised to the form 4's. They were promised this term. I am waiting for my son's laptop. After that you can surly take the next train out. We are tired of your empty promises, St. Lucia can do without slave owners!!

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  6. micoud south is a large constituency so im hoping that there is a part two to this meeting where he could come over to the other side to speak to the folks of Ti-rocher, beauchamp, dugard and so forth

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    • Part two? What a dream! I suspect he wouldn't come back after this failure. I suspect he organized this first meeting because he needed to visit his cousin in Anse Ger.

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  7. This initiative was a good one, for too long this constituency has been left behind and forgotten even by the party UWP which they have support for over 30 years. Shameful. The meeting went well and most of our concerns were aired, whether any of them will be address, that's another issue. Meeting people is not loosing grounds its commendable.

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  8. Kenny....You can fool the people sometime,but you cannot fool them all the time.We have enough of of you and your thugs now get ready to start packing. Take you all bundle just leave and go, we don't want you in Lucia no more,make your grand exit put your ass in Trinidad.

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  9. Kenny Anthony promised better days.As a result he and his ministers are boasting about the $500 bursery given to form one students(one time payment)
    Let us take a closer look at this gift.
    $500 for five years of secondary schooling equates to $100 a year.Divide this $100 by 11(leave out August)and you get $9(dollars and a few cents).
    So in effect,the SLP government gives $9 a month to each child.
    However,this child(let me use Blanchard as an example)Who would have had his or her transportation paid for by a UWP government now has to pay his/her tranportation to Vieux Fort Comprehensive(given the common entrance results this is where that child will be able to maximize his/her potential)because the SLP government has stopped paying for it under the guise of PARTIAL ZONING.
    It means that the SLP Government gives that child $9 a month and stops paying $100 for that child's transportation.IF that child is travelling from AUX LYON in DENNERY this child now has to find about $150 monthly to pay transportation.
    This means that this child's parents is given $9 but has to find $150 to get the child to school.
    Now,how this action on the part of government be called helping when the government takes away $150 or $90 or $175 and gives you $9 in return. Someone,explain this to me.
    By the way for those who walk to school how useful is $9 a month to do anything substantial?
    At a later date I will give the real reasons for the the PARTIAL ZONING SYSTEM.

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