HIV/AIDS Shocker

DID St Lucia drop the ball in the fight against HIV/AIDS? Or is it that we never had the ball in hand in the first place? We are forced to ask these questions after hearing the shocking news this week about our HIV/AIDS figures. St Lucia has already chalked up some records in the field of health that are not at all flattering. Now we have gone and added “the country with the second highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the Eastern Caribbean” to our list of negative accolades.

St. Lucia Team At ‘Compete’ Event

Image of Dr. Ubaldus Raymond [PHOTO: Stan Bishop]

OFTEN characterised by its limited natural resources and extreme vulnerability to natural disasters, the Caribbean region was not immune to the crippling effects of the global financial crisis of 2008. In fact, the period following this crisis was one known for its stagnant economic growth, depletion of vital sectors (in particular tourism) and a significant reduction in overall GDP. For a region which relies so heavily on foreign direct investment, the road to recovery post-2008 was no easy undertaking.

Massy Shows Christmas Generosity

Image: Presentation to Ciceron day Care Centre

MASSY Stores Mega has gotten into the true spirit of Christmas with a number of donations all in one day, to kick start their Christmas corporate giving initiative. The gift giving event was held at its Choc location on Wednesday morning. Sariah Best-Joseph, who is the Divisional Head Marketing and Corporate Communications at Massy Stores Ltd, made the first presentation to the Salvation Army who they partnered with on a number of the charitable organisation’s activities for 2016.

Combine Efforts To End AIDS

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago. Statistics show that 83 percent of reported persons with HIV in the Caribbean are in the 15-54 year age group, with 50 percent of that group being 25-34 years old. CARPHA Executive Director, Dr. C. James Hospedales said “This means the HIV/AIDS epidemic has been moving steadily into younger and younger population groups.” He cautioned that “although significant gains have been made in reducing deaths due to HIV/AIDS mainly through treatment, and in prevention of mother-to-child transmission, challenges still remain. Efforts must continue to sustain and improve the progress that has been achieved.”

38 Get Citizenship

ST. LUCIA’S almost two year old Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) has granted 38 citizenships, after approving eleven applications. This was disclosed at a recent public consultation hosted by the CIP unit in Gros Islet. Chairman of the Board Ryan Devaux, says 14 families and four single applicants have applied to the programme to date comprising 65 individuals in total.

Christmas Concert In V Fort December 17

School Of Music Free Concert

THE Mouvman Ansamn of Vieux Fort invites the general public to a Christmas Concert on Saturday December 17 from 6: 00 p.m. at the Independence Square in Vieux Fort. MouvmanAnsamn was established to promote social and development programmes and to establish collaborative relationships with government, non-governmental and community institutions. Current members of the social and cultural organization include , Monty Maxwell, Raye Maxwell, Anthony Samuel, Bertha Francis, CarmicherMondesir, Brenda Annerville, Sharma James, Allison Boriel and Gandolph St. Clair.

Vendors Owe Council $500,000

Image of Peter ‘Ras Ipa’ Isaac.

CASTRIES vendors who are in arrears of over a half million dollars to the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) could be relieved of some of that debt, that is if talks for a debt amnesty that was broached of at a Council meeting becomes a reality. According to the Council, vendors owed that amount of money over the years, which if collected would go a long way in meeting some of its expenses.

P.M. Reacts To Mass Killings

Image: St Vincent: Prime Minister Ralph Gonzalves

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Dec 2, CMC – More than two weeks after four people were killed alleged by an 18-year-old youth, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has broken his silence on the matter. He told reporters that while he could not comment on the November 13 incident in which the four people, including a mother and her son, were killed by the youth, who has a history of mental illness, killing sprees should not be something occurring here.

Red Cross D.G. Concerned – Bring Back H.I.V. Hype

Image: Prime Minister Allen Chastanet set the example for the rest of the nation on Thursday by voluntarily taking an HIV test.

THE Director General of the St. Lucia Red Cross Terrencia Gaillard has expressed concern about the serious lack of education and awareness of the HIV/AIDS that continues to claim thousands of lives across the globe. Gaillard spoke exclusively to The VOICE, expressing her dismay and frustration over the glaring fact that the topic of HIV/AIDS has seemingly become a dormant issue to the respective bodies and institutions charged with disseminating information and educating the masses about it..

Christmas Festivals Are Here!

Image: Lanterns depicting relevant issues of the day

THE month of December is here which means that the Cultural Development Foundation is making final preparations for the festivals which form part of the annual end of year celebrations. The December Festivals are a series of three traditional and historical events which bring Saint Lucians together in the spirit of community through the showcasing of artistic creativity, with light at the core; the Lantern Festival, the Festival of Carols and the Festival of Light.