SOLID WASTE STARTS GETTING RID OF DERELICT VEHICLES

The St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority has embarked on a  derelict vehicle  removal program. The program is already being implemented in Micoud and will be extended to the  Bocage Cacao and Forestierre communities. Here’s Don Nicholas with the details  The St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority counted  over 300 derelict  vehicles island wide.  They will be removed based on a priority list. At the top of the list will be  vehicles along main highways and those near public institutions like  hospitals and schools. The Authority will be placing a…

SANDALS HEADS CORAL REEF RECOVERY PROJECT

As part of a Coral Restoration project, the Coral Nursery Dive initiative phase 2 was launched on Wednesday at the Sandals Dive Center. It’s collaboration among the Sandals Foundation, Clear Caribbean, the Department of Fisheries, CARPHA and the GIZ.  Marine conservation is important to the Sandals Foundation as well as to other partners in this project. The Environmental Officer for the Sandals Foundation says, says this particular coral restoration project is all about building the reefs and creating a healthy reef nursery that fish can thrive on. This can support…

ACCIDENT VICTIM LOSES MEMORY. FAMILY WANTS ANSWERS

A Babonneau mother is questioning why her daughter was left behind after the vehicle she was travelling in on Friday March 8th plunged into a river along the Allen Bousquet Highway. According to Miss Kerima Unwin her 25 year old daughter was left behind to fend for herself after the driver of the vehicle managed to get a ride to the hospital for medical attention and allegedly gave no indication that there was another accident victim. According to the distraught mother, she last saw her daughter Kimaya Louis Thursday evening…

RISE IN PROSTATE AND BREAST CANCER CASES A CONCERN

A Radiologist attached to the Cancer Center at the Tapion Hospital is calling on persons over the age of 40 to get annual checkups  so that in case they have  cancer it can be detected early. The call comes in light of an increase in breast and prostate cancer. Dr. Glen Jones has been in the radiology business since 1988. He noted that the ratio of cancer patients in the world moved from 1 in 4 over the past few decades to 1 in 3 currently. Breast and prostate cancer  …

INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATIONS CONTINUE

Independence Day may have come and gone but Independence celebrations are far from over. Oganizers say the yearlong event includes a community clean up competition as well as a women’s calypso competition. Minister  with responsibility for Culture and Creative Industries Fortuna Belrose commended St. Lucians for their high level of patriotism displayed for independence. The Minister says she has not  seen  that level of excitement  in years and reminded the public that  activities are far from over.  They  include a community clean up competition, a legacy project where members of the…

BTC CELEBRATES 59 YEARS

Staff and Wards of The St. Lucia Boys Training Center celebrated the facility’s 59th Anniversary of existence today. They started off with an ecumenical service at the St. Joseph the Worker Church at Gros Islet under the theme “Collaborating Efforts Towards Developing the Men of Tomorrow”. The young men of the BTC were not alone, as invited guests such as the wards of the Upton Gardens Girls Center, officials of the Bordelais Correctional Facility, and Government officials from various Departments attended the ecumenical service. The Boys took part in the…

TWO CONTROVERSIAL BUS DRIVERS COULD BE IN MORE HOT WATER

An official within the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation, has confirmed that the investigation into an incident involving two Route 1A minibus drivers who allegedly threatened passengers is ongoing. Video of the incident went viral online and sparked the creation of several memes along with fresh calls for the regulation of the transport sector. According to reports, the drivers involved in the incident are still transporting passengers which the ministry official noted should not be as they are not in possession of the required permit. One driver…

PRIVATE SECTOR TOLD TO PLAY ITS PART IN CLIMATE CHANGE MITIGATION

Deputy Chief Sustainable Development Officer Dawn Pierre-Nathoniel says the private sector needs to be more involved in finding solutions to  climate Change. She made the comment at a Climate Change Adaptation Conference.  The Climate Change Adaptation Conference by the Ministry of Sustainable Development sought to identify  the best ways to engage the private sector in developing a national adaptation plan with  solutions to  climate change. The plan which is divided into three phases  spans a 10 year period from 2018 – 2028. The first phase deals with the implementation of…

FREE HEALTH SCREENING FOR BUS DRIVERS

The St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertension Association will be hosting a screening session for the public but particularly the minibus operators on the La Clery and the Babonneau Bus routes near the Castries Market. According to the President of the SLDHA, Andrew Felix, there will be professional eye checks, blood sugar screening as well as blood pressure, and urine testing .Urine testing, Mr. Felix says, is important , as many different ailments could be detected through the procedure. The SLDHA’s president says the focus on pre-crisis management rather than crisis…

GOV. INVITED TO OFFER INCENTIVES FOR BUSINESSES TO HIRE DISABLED

The President of the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities Merphilus James is challenging Government to provide incentives to businesses to undertake infrastructural adjustments to accommodate employees  with disabilities  This as the Council begins offering prosthetic limbs to persons who need them at affordable rates.  Two years ago, the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCOPD) received funding from Australian counterparts for the manufacture of prosthetic limbs. The Council was also referred to   a US prosthetist trained in the manufacturing of the limbs. This comes at…