Nurse charged in abortion scandal Story bySarah Peter
Public Relations Officer of the St. Lucia Medical and Dental Association, , Dr. Andre Mathew says the Association is intensely involved in ensuring health care providers are certified and have the relevant qualifications to practice medicine on the island.
A Guyanese National, Howard Earle who has been accused of practicing medicine here without a valid license has also been charged with conspiracy to commit abortion.
Despite the level of criticism being leveled against the organization, Mathew says the body has been an effective watchdog.
Another suspect in connection with the closure of the medical complex was also arrested by police.
Both men appeared in court on Friday in connection with the matter. Mathew says if the accusations are true it is an unfortunate mater.
Law enforcement authorities last week Friday closed down the medical centre on Chausee road, Castries after it was revealed the physician did not have the proper license to practice medicine on the island.
Charges were also proffered against the accused in relation to allege abortions. Police say the Guyanese National was also here in Saint Lucia illegally.
Mathew says if patients have any concerns with the legitimacy of a healthcare practitioner they should consult the St. Lucia Medical and Dental Association
This is not the first time a doctor has been discovered practicing without a license on the island.
Just last year one woman spoke out after an alleged botched eye surgery.
It was later revealed the doctor who performed the surgery did not allegedly have the requisite license to practice on the island.
Olympics opening ceremony Story byWinston Springer
The 2012 London Olympics got off to an impressive start with the pomp and pageantry of the opening ceremony.
The compelling spectacle which lasted three hours and enthralled a global TV audience of one billion people was broadcast live by Helen television system.
The show began with iconic images of London and Britain and featured well choreographed song and dance numbers.
All four countries of the UK were represented in song. Team Saint Lucia was among the many contingents of world athletes to participate in the much vaunted march pass ceremony. World class high jumper Levern Spencer was given the distinguished honor of carrying the nation’s flag during the parade.
Olympic action continues live on HTS from 4:30 am Saturday
PM attends olympic Story byWinston Springer
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony left the state Thursday evening to attend the Olympic Games in London. The Prime Minister returns to Saint Lucia on August 04, 2012.
During his week long stay in London, the Prime Minister will be meeting and joining the Saint Lucia Team as they prepare and compete in the Games. The Prime Minister, in his capacity as Chairman of CARICOM, will also be meeting other CARICOM teams who are participating in the Games.
Saint Lucia will be fielding a team of four athletes which includes swimmer Danielle Beaubrun, high jumpers Darvin Edwards and Lavern Spencer and Beth Lygoe who will be competing in the Women’s Laser Radial.
During his absence, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Port Services, Hon. Philip J Pierre, will act as Prime Minister and Minister for Finance.
The Prime Minister will be accompanied by his wife, Professor Rose-Marie Belle Antoine.
Endoscopy wing opens Story bySarah Peter
The Island’s Health Sector has received a shot in the arm with the recent purchase of an endoscopy tower.
The equipment was procured by the Ministry of Health and is stationed at the Victoria Hospital.
The machine will be used to help with the medical diagnosis of colon cancer and cancers in the stomach.
Medical Director of the Victoria Hospital, Dr. Elizabeth Lewis says the equipment will significantly increase the diagnostic abilities of the doctors at the Victoria Hospital.
Product Manager for Anda International, Keian Casey says the equipment will contribute to saving lives.
He adds the machine is often used by premier medical institutions in the United States.
An endoscopy Tower refers to a dedicated area where medical procedures are performed with endoscopes which are cameras used to visualize structures within the body.
The equipment cost hundred of thousands of US dollars.
Diabetes youth camp Story bySant Justin
The diabetic youth camp brought together over 20 youth living with diabetes in a forum focused on managing their illness.
Health practitioners agree that the situation with diabetes in Saint Lucia is extremely grave.
Director the diabetic youth camp, Violet Griffith, says the young campers were given a comprehensive rundown of how they manage their diabetes and improve their quality of life.
Keyshawn Dolor was a participant at the diabetic youth camp. He says as thirteen year old diabetic he has to make smart choices. That includes understanding the disease and getting proper guidance on diabetes management.
Griffith says the camp provided the services of counselors, nurses, a dietician and a doctor on call.
She says it is important to deal with the physical and psychological health of diabetic youth.
This year marks the second year that the diabetic youth camp has been hosted by the Saint Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association.
Dental week Story byDesmond Collymore
Over 50 young children from Vieux Fort to Piaye participated in a one week dental camp hosted by the ministry of health.
The activity which was held at the Augier combined school was geared at teaching the students proper oral hygiene and life skills.
Catholic church conference Story byLovely St.Aime Joseph
The 4th Antilles Episcopal conference youth assembly continues in Saint Lucia throughout the weekend.
It has brought together thousands of youth pilgrims
On Friday the youth pilgrims participating in the conference attended a reconciliation service, confessionals, and a formation session at Gaiety in Rodney Bay.
Deacon Cleophus Joseph says the youth from participating
Caribbean countries are all immersed in their Catholic faith. Deacon Cleophus Joseph says the gathering hopes to inspire youth to not only play an active role in their church but also in their community.
The assembly will continue with mass and a games day on Saturday for the pilgrims. On Sunday Deacon Cleophus Joseph will be ordained as a priest.
Super J recognizes carnival queen Story bySant Justin
The management team of the supermarket chain spared a few moments prior to the start of their weekly management meeting to welcome and acknowledge the achievements of Carnival Queen Janelle Desir.
This meet and greet was organized for the company’s Divisional Heads to congratulate and interact with her.
The company demonstrated its appreciation for the achievement of Miss Super J IGA by presenting gifts specifically chosen to advance her educational and personal commitment to her dream of working with young single mothers.
Miss Super J IGA also received a cheque of $1000 worth of school supplies to facilitate her studies at Monroe College. The sponsor also pledged $4,200 to help Janelle realise a dream of working with young single mothers.
In response the Carnival Queen acknowledged the work of Super J IGA with various youth organizations, schools and communities and expressed gratitude for the privilege of representing Super J IGA:
2012 Carnival Queen Janelle Desir says she is looking forward to her studies and very importantly advancing her plans to work with young single mothers.The gifts presented to Janelle by Super J IGA on Monday total EC $10,000.
Anse La Raye pageant preview Story bySant Justin
While the National Carnival celebrations may be over one coastal community is still teeming with the excitement of the festive season. The village of Anse La Raye will culminate its 2012 carnival season with its annual queen show this weekend.
Chairperson of the Anse La Raye Carnival Committee, Joycie Mederick says the pageant precedes a number of events on the streets of the village.
Mederick says the beauty pageant schedule for Saturday night will live up to the billing. She says the contestants are eager to put their talents on display.
Four of the beautiful ladies vying for the crown visited the HTS studios on the Morne to promote to the show.
The Anse La Raye carnival queen show will take place Saturday night at the Anse La Raye Primary School.
Admission is 40 dollars and the show begins at 8PM.
Nurse charged in abortion scandal
PM attends olympic
Endoscopy wing opens
Diabetes youth camp
Catholic church conference
Super J recognizes carnival queen
Anse la raye pageant preview
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?