Fire association industrial action Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
Wednesday 25th July will be the day that fire officers decide once and for all if they will lay down their tools in protest.
Chairman of the Fire Service Association, Shane Felix, says members of the association have decided that Friday will be their scheduled day for protest action.
In response to the many appeals by the Fire association for meaningful intervention on the part of the Public Service Ministry, a meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday.
The sit down will bring the relevant parties together to discuss the findings of an investigation into the various allegations previously highlighted by the Fire association concerning the Fire Chief.
Felix says he is highly suspicious of the meeting given the fact that the Fire Chief was informed of the gathering before the association was apprised of the matter.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon at the Public Service Ministry. Felix says he hopes this will not be an exercise in futility.
He adds that the plight of fire officers has been put on the back burner for far too long. He says he hopes it won’t get to the point of strike action because it would be detrimental to the public.
The Fire Chief has expressed confidence that he will be absolved of any wrongdoing following the release of the findings of the report.
Felix on the other hand claims there is far too much overwhelming evidence of the Fire Chief’s alleged infractions for the findings to be anything but damning.
Man charged for murder Story byWinston Springer
One man has been charged in connection with the Carnival Tuesday homicide. The accused suspect identified as Garvin Andrew of Bernard hill was taken to court Tuesday morning and charged with murder and attempted murder in connection with the shooting death of Leevy Wilson of Patience Mon Repos.
Another individual was wounded in the incident. Wilson was shot dead during the height of the parade of the bands on Chisel
Street, Castries on July 17th 2012. He was reportedly hit by an errant gun shot which was intended for another target. Law enforcement officials suspended the traditional last lap jump up after the shooting due to logistical concerns.
Garvin Andrew has been remanded in custody at the Bordelais Correctional facility. He is scheduled to reappear in Court on August 3rd 2012
Doctor charged for malpractice Story byWinston Springer
A Guyanese National, Howard Earl has been charged by police for allegedly practicing medicine here without a proper license and not being a registered medical practitioner.
On Monday HTS broke the news of the closure of an alleged unauthorized doctor’s office in Castries by police.
All the equipment at the location was reportedly confiscated.
Law Enforcement officials also shutdown a number of other clinics and medical businesses operated by the defendant.
Earl scene here in this HTS exclusive footage was reportedly granted 5 thousand dollars bail or suitable surety on each charge when he made his first court appearance on Tuesday morning.
The St. Lucia Medical and Dental Council decline to comment specifically on the case on Monday.
However the regulatory body advises citizens consult the council if they have any concerns about the legitimacy of a physician or healthcare practitioner.
Fire personnel refresher course Story byDesmond Collymore
37 fire personnel are expected to take part in a probationer’s refreshers course which seeks to bring them up to the required level to become full pledge firefighters.
The course which will be held over a one week period kicked off at the Vieux Fort primary school on Monday.
Ex-UWP vice chairman blasts Prime Minister Story bySant Justin
The ex Vice Chairman of the United Workers Oswald Augustin Party has denounced comments made by the political leader of the incumbent SLP Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony at a recent political meeting.
During his address at the annual SLP Castries East Constituency conference Dr, Anthony described the opposition party and its base of supporters as a “Cunning enemy”
Augustine says he was disturbed by the remarks not only as an ardent supporter of the UWP but a citizen of the country.
He expressed disappointment in Dr. Anthony comments given earlier calls for bi-partisanship.
Augustine argues Dr. Anthony’s statements were not Prime Ministerial. He says he was compelled to respond to what he views as an unfair description.
The former UWP Vice-Chair called on the nation to denounce the statements made by the Prime Minister and demand an apology.
PM meets association Story bySant Justin
Officials representing St. Lucians who reside abroad attended the 15th biannual convention of Overseas Associations on Monday evening.
The guest speaker at the event was Dr. Kenny Anthony who shared his thoughts on the occasion.
One of Dr. Anthony’s many sub topics touched on the many success man and women of Caribbean and the role of the
Diaspora in the economic development of small island states. Dr. Anthony also referred to the problem of climate changes which continues to affect the chain of islands in the Caribbean.
The last meeting of the overseas associations was held in 2010 under the former UWP administration’s much celebrated “Home Coming” event.. The activity was held at the Prime Minister’s official residence at Vigie
Total construction Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
Total construction Supplies on Tuesday presented ten scholarships to students to help them in the goal of attaining a secondary school education.
This year marks the third year in which the company has undertaken its scholarship program.
Director of Total Construction supplies, Timothy Mangal, says despite the tough global economic reality the company fully appreciates the value of
supporting youth in their pursuit of educational advancement. An official scholarship presentation was hosted at the Auberge Seraphine on Tuesday to recognize the hard work of the recipients and to motivate them to continue to strive for excellence.
Mangal says each student will receive one thousand dollars to go towards the purchase of school supplies and the payment of school fees.
He says the students were selected from the various communities with which the company does business. Mangal says that it is only through the continued patronage of the residents of these communities that the company can continue to offer the scholarship program.
Education Minister Dr Robert Lewis was on hand at the scholarship ceremony. He says he is proud to see corporate entities take on such initiatives.
Total Construction Supplies is located in Roseau and serves the communities in the Castries South basin and as far as Anse la Raye/ Canaries.
Super J back to school Story bySant Justin
The Back to School promotion launched by Super J IGA is under the theme “Making Summer Fun and Back to School Cool. A number of strategic partners joined Super J IGA in providing prizes that contribute to a child’s personal and educational development.
Apart from weekly prizes of vouchers for school books, uniforms and groceries, the promotion also features three grand prizes to be drawn in September. One of these is a year sponsorship for an after school programme.
The third prize is An EDUStart account from promotion partner Bank of Saint Lucia. In addition to the three grand prizes each prize comes with $1000 worth of grocery vouchers and a class visit to Our Planet Centre.
Present at the Super J IGA Back to School Promotion launch were promotion partners Bank of Saint Lucia and Our Planet.
Super J IGA also used the opportunity to recommit its support to over twenty summer camps across the island. Apart from product donations, special packages were presented to camp representatives ranging from environmental, sports, faith based and cultural.
The summer camp of the Cultural Development Foundation was also a beneficiary. CDF Representative Barbara Duboulay highlighted the value of these summer camps to a child’s all round development.
The Back to School Promotion is on offer at all Super J IGA and Ti J’s stores across the island.
Fire association industrial action
Man charged for murder
Doctor charged for malpractice
Fire personnel refresher course
Ex-UWP vice chairman blasts Prime Minister
PM meets association
Super J back to school
Subventions from government are paid to all aspects of Saint Lucia Carnival. That means taxpayers subsidize everything from bands, to shows and community events. The cash injection is in addition to the bulk funding provided by government to the entity that manages the festival – for the past two years that has been the Stakeholder Committee and before them it was the CDF. Three Carnival bands including the reigning Band of the Year have dropped out of competition due in part to funding constraints. Other associations like the National Carnival Queen Committee and tent leaders have lamented dwindling sponsorship dollars and the need for government funding.
But is it fair to expect Saint Lucians to pay for a product they ultimately have to purchase in the way of costumes, tent shows and events?
Is it realistic for Carnival stakeholders to expect government to subsidize their contribution to the festival?