April 12, 2007



After a wonderful Easter holidays, St. Lucians were greeted with the news that St. Lucia is number one in the world for incidents of Diabetes per capita. This is not good news as it could have severe negative social and economic impact on the nation. The challenge is for the leadership of the nation to mount a massive campaign at preventative measures while at the same time effectively controlling those citizens that are already affected.

It is a popular saying that “you are what you eat”. There is going to be the need for life style changes which can only come about by education. The media should come to the rescue of the nation and the medical practitioners and related personnel should be fearless in their approach to stating the facts on foods that are not healthy while promoting the foods that are good.

The citizens need guidance, especially when the situation has reached epidemic proportions. Solutions must be found in the shortest possible time. More opportunities must be given to persons seeking to provide health care services. Grants and loan guarantees should be provided by the Government to companies seeking to enter the health care industry.

Diabetes is a very serious disease but with proper attention it can be controlled and possible be eradicated. Private initiative in respect of health education has been limited put public efforts could be accelerated. It is time special attention is paid to the two silent killers – Hypertension and Diabetes. Dr. Almus Mc Dowell, a Naturopath and Chinese Doctor has been almost the lone voice appealing to the citizens on his weekly radio and television programmes to maintain healthy lifestyles.

April is fast advancing as the citizens await the call to accountability and the new Government to lay out its Budget plans for 2007/2008, I am willing to predict that Budget will be presented immediately after Cricket World Cup 2007 Semi Final which is scheduled for April 25, 2007.

In spite of the disappointments all round in the CWC 2007 event so far and the performances of businesses have been disappointing, nothing hurts more than the West Indies being out of the game when our greatest LEGACY should have been the trophy staying in the region and the bells of congratulations ringing on a sustained basis for the next four years. No Apology in the world could suffice. The Caribbean people deserve better. After the tournament is over, what happens next?

Looking ahead, the tourism sector will be further expanded as new large scale hotels will begin construction. However, those persons who rushed to invest, responding to the call of the Government to build rooms/apartments to house tourists for the World Cup Cricket 2007 tournament can only be seriously concerned about their investment. A solution will have to be found. All is not lost but the Government with have to come up with creative legislation to accommodate the need of the investors to find a way to save their properties.

In recent weeks, the crime situation seems to have been very much under control as the Government announced its get tough on crime policy. If this situation of calm continues, the real estate market will be greatly assisted. It is good for business in general as people can now go about their business with confidence. St. Lucia is a wonderful place to visit for a vacation, live, work, and retire. There is always something happening, there is simply never a dull moment. If you are a Senior Executive in a company which has the ability to do business in the Caribbean, use your influence to get your Directors to open up their regional headquarters in St. Lucia and come and join me in Paradise. It is Simply Beautiful!

If you are thinking about visiting St. Lucia for the CWC 2007 Semi Final on April 25, 2007, there are lots of rooms still available and tickets for the match as well. Don’t rob yourself of the opportunity. I wish that you make the trip for the Semi Final but if you can’t make it at that time, maybe you will like to consider visiting St. Lucia for St. Lucia Jazz, May 4 – 13, 2007.

In the meantime, Keep the Faith, God is in Charge, Expect Miracles in 2007.

Edward Harris

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