Sunday, November 28, 2010

Bousquet holds talks with The Village Council

On Thursday November 25,2010 Bousquet held a meeting with members of the Choiseul Village Council to chart the way forward for the construction of the proposed mini stadium. In addition to the $830,000.00 already in an account at the Choiseul Credit Union Bousquet informed the Council of a further US$30,000.00, which isd a donation from the Portugese Government.
The total amount towards the construction of the stadium now stands at $911,000.00. An estimated target of $1.5M is the proposed target.
Bousquet went on to disclose his vision for the stadium. He sugested that he would like the two fields merge into one major complex with a learning centre,the stadium and a parking area.
A meeting has been slated with all stakeholders for Tuesday November 30, 2010. to chart
the way forward.
The Rep also disclosed to Council an allocation of $150,000.00 as aid to assist with the recovery effort of hurricane Tomas. This decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting held last Monday.
Incidentally today marks the 52nd birthday of the Rep and he couldn't more pleased that handing to Choiseulians the wonderful gift.
Happy Birthday Mr. District Rep! Also today is the birthday of the author of this blog and Lucy Nicholas.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Choiseul to get a Mini Stadium

This was like a prophesy,when way back in the 90's when Bousquet said, "When Choiseul cricket is strong St.Lucia cricket will be strong." A man of vision for Choiseul as he has always been, saw this revelation way back.
During his present tenure he has made sure that this statement he made way back then (ask Mc Arthur) must be realised.
Working tete-a-tete with clubs, teams, and to a large extent with the Youth and Sports Council, this vision has materialised. Kudos to the man!
Bousquet has donated sports gear to every team/club in his constituency plus he has over the past three years sponsored both cricket and football tournaments -that is managed by the Sports Council.Over thirty-five thousand dollars have been donated towards these tournaments.Two playing fields have been upgraded in the smaller communities and presently two new ones are being constructed. One in Jetrine and the other in Delcer.By providing the facilities and having the organistion to administrate the tournaments, Bousquet's vision came true.
This year both the senior and U-19 cricket teams made it to the. Inter district cricket tournament. Six U-19 players made the St.Lucia team,two made the Windward Islands team. One of our players even captained the Windwards. Two of our U-15 where selected on the National team.
With our girls three of them are due to be selected on the women's national cricket team this year.
Choiseul sports making strides under Bousquet' watch.
One must not be niave to think that the general public who came out to support their individual teams under all kinds of weather do not deserve their praise as well. Therefore it is with open arms that a Mini Stadium will be welcomed. The spectators and players have suffered too long.
Bousquet has already secured over half a million dollars for ths project.
The sports council has been advised by the rep to meet with all stake holders to dicuss their ideas as to what they would like to see in this stadium.
Can you imagine what a magnificient spectacle that would be.
Yet there are some myopic persons who seem to think that our sporting population do not need a mini stadiumm
What a pity!

Monday, November 15, 2010

JMD Football Finals 2010

      It was the 2010 JMD Bousquet Football Tournament Finals. Over two thousand fans of both teams had turned out to give their support. The atmosphere was exhillarating.

   The feeling on the ground was in favour of Harambe. This team noted for its radicalism was two years ago banned from local competition. Added to thie five players were banned last year.
However they rose to the occassion, defeating the big guns like Ebony, Retired Young and Champion Crew. They deserved their place in this finals.
   Piaye on the other hand, relatively new, promised to offer some resistance. They looked a very young and energetic bunch.
   It was an historical occassion, as both teams have never made any Finals before.
   The crowds kept coming and they were starting to get impatient as the officials were tardy in getting the match started. The toss was won by Harambe and they Chose their side of the field.
From the onstart one could see the determination of the Piaye team as they relentlessly attacked the Harambe's defence. This quickly paid off as in the 17th minute Kapil Joseph netted Piaye's first goal. The crowd went silent. Piaye's fans started their jubilations. In the 31st minute Piaye again scored from the boots of Dwayne Griffin.

By then Harambe was diorganized even to the point where Michele Xavier had to be given a red card. Harambe had their backs to the wall. At half time, Piaye 2 Harambe 0.
Harambe started the second halk with a bang when they scored theira goal in the 47th minute. But this was all the luck they were going to have, as Piaye sealed the game by scoring two more goals.. End of game Piaye 4, Harambe 1.
 At the presentation ceremony numerous monetary prizes were awarded to the officials who helped in making this tournament a success.
 The District rep, the sponsor during his address made a great pronouncement. " I want to let you know that I intend to build a mini stadium here and at this moment there is over eight hundred thousand dollars with the Village Council towards this project" he said. This brought a loud cheer from the sportsfans.
The trophy was presented to the Piaye team  and there followed the partying and jubilations.For his contribution to the sport the Youth and Sports Council presented a plaque of appreciation to the Rep.

Friday, November 12, 2010

The SLP Choiseul branch and its operatives, which include one school principal who is a known Labour party agent from Mongouge, and four other public servants, are currently engaging in a campaign of lies, deceit and misrepresentation. Remarkably, Lorne of all people has decided to go down the road of name calling and finger pointing!

The UWP camp want these operatives to know that we are aware of all the tricks that they are attempting to engage in; including going into people’s homes and telling the occupants that they are representatives of our hardworking and popular District Representative, Rufus Bousquet.

Once inside, they attempt to get information and sully the good name of the District Rep with vicious lies and misrepresentations.

They even go as far as to bad mouth the many good works that the Hon. Rufus Bousquet has delivered to the poor people of Choiseul/Saltibus during the past four years:

Playing fields and computers for the youth, support for schools, roads, driveways, community roads and footpaths to many poor communities, an ambulance for Choiseul after many years of promises by the former administration, annual sponsoring of carnival and support for the Choiseul Village Council - to name just a few.

The individual support for the elderly, Club 60, La Rose and other cultural groups, including the Choiseul Youth and Sport Council through the sponsorship of sporting competitions and events.

To attack the Rep is a sure sign of desperation by a group who have no answers to Mr. Bousquet’s ability to provide for the needs of the people of Choiseul/Saltibus

That type of campaign is not working. The people of Choiseul are being warned to be on the lookout for the persons who come to their homes pretending to be supporters of the District Rep.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bousquet tours constituency after Tomas

As always, Bousquet is in his constituency as often as he possibly can, taking into consideration the hectic Foreign Affairs Ministry’s demand. Upon hearing the weather announcement he headed down to his constituency to see first hand how the constituents were getting prepared.

Saturday October 30, 2010 found the Rep experiencing with his constituents, the raving force of hurricane Tomas.

Isn’t that the quality of a true leader, to be there with his people through thick and thin?

Come Sunday morning Bousquet was up and running with a group of volunteers, touring every community to see first hand the damage which persons had suffered and offering what ever help was needed – clearing roads, drains etc.

It was clear that the constituency has suffered major damage, roads were blocked, landslides were everywhere, and roofs were blown off. Major slides could be seen in the Village, Victoria, Saltibus, Jetrine, Daban, Morne Jacques and Roblot. Drains were clogged with debris and almost every where huge trees had fallen across the roadway.

It was a pitiful site. Taking a once- in- a -while glance at the Rep during this painful tour, one could see the pensiveness in him. This is nature’s work.

Seeing first hand the damage done, Bousquet had to report to his colleagues on his assessment of the damage and what relief would be forthcoming to his people. But wait! All forms of communications were down; the roads to Castries were impassable.

But check the ingenuity of the man. “I will travel by one of these fiberglass boats.” he uttered. Through some form of luck Lime came on for a short while on Monday morning and Bousquet quickly took advantage of this window and called in a chopper to take him to the city.

Follow this blog for the relief efforts.