Photo Caption: Caretaker for Constituency #8, Dr. Terrance Drew
BASSETERRE, ST KITTS – Stem cell research and regenerative medicine are one and the same and medical internist, Dr. Terrance Drew has accused Minister of State with responsibility for Health, Hon. Wendy Phipps of misleading the nation when she stated that regenerative research was only taking place at the J N France General Hospital.
Dr. Drew, deputy chairman of the opposition St. Kitts-Nevis Labour Party (SKNLP) said Tuesday that the decision of the Timothy Harris-led PLP/CCM/PAM Cabinet to allow the stem cell research to begin in the private ward of the J. N. France General Hospital, without the knowledge of the Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Patrick Martin, has turned the medical facility into a “rogue institution.”
He told a SKNLP press conference that while Stem Cell Research advancement is still in its early stages, the SKNLP is not against stem cell research.
“However we feel that we should follow the norm in medical research and make sure that we follow proper procedure and the ethics surrounding this type of research and in this instance all ethics were abused by minister Wendy Phipps, the Cabinet of the country and those who were forced to work on the regenerative stem cell research project at the J N France General Hospital,” said Dr Drew, who again issued a call for her resignation.
He raised several questions surrounding the project which began on June 13th 2016 without the knowledge of the Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patrick Martin who was sent on pre retirement leave when he took the necessary action to bring the procedure to a premature end.
“Where are we getting our stem cells from? We need to know. We need to know whether these stem cells are been harnessed from the umbilical cords of our children here in St Kitts and Nevis? We want to know if embryos in St Kitts and Nevis are been used for stem cell purposes? We want to know if dead babies are been used to harness these stem cells? These are very, very important questions that need to be answered by those who are involved,” said Dr. Drew a Cuban and US-trained internist.
Dr. Drew also pointed out that persons involved in stem cell research must be properly and pointed out that his medical colleagues Dr. Dwayne Archibald, Medical Chief of Staff, Dr. Cameron Wilkinson and the hospital Matron Sonia Daley-Findlay are not specialists in stem cell research.
“Who is in charge of this type of research here in St. Kitts and Nevis,” asked Dr. Drew.
“The J N France General Hospital has exposed itself as a rogue institution because it has not followed all of the ethics and norms with respect to this type of research. Our nurses were exposed. Our patients would have been exposed. Our institution lacks the necessary infrastructure as well the skilled and trained personnel to ensure that the procedures are done with a high degree of safety and protection of our people,” he said.
“The natural question is what dangers were our people exposed to? Were they exposed to infections that we know not of? Were they exposed to different diseases yet to be revealed and these questions are from an ethical or surgical standpoint that must be answered,” Dr. Drew said.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 28, 2016 (RSCNPF): The Violent Crime Unit (VCU) of the Royal St. Christopher and Nevis Police Force is currently investigating two shooting incidents involving our officers which occurred on Thursday June 23, 2016 in Basseterre and Monday June 27, 2016 at Frigate Bay respectively.
With regards to the incident which took place on Thursday 23 June in Basseterre, the matter has been referred to the Office of Professional Standards (OPS) and the injured officer is presently receiving further medical treatment overseas.
With regards to the incident which took place on the Monday June 27, this incident has also been referred to the OPS and the two individuals who were injured are both in a stable condition in hospital and are receiving treatment.
We want to reassure the public that we will follow the procedures to the highest standard and will keep them informed of any developments as they occur.
We welcome any witnesses to either of these events to come forward and will wait for all of the investigations to conclude before determining the facts of both cases.
By NAN Staff Writers
First Published On: June 21, 2016
Photo Caption: Former MP, Jack Warner addressing the media in Trinidad
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. June 22, 2016: Three hundred and twelve nationals from 16 Caribbean nations are on Interpol, the world’s largest international police organization’s Wanted Persons List, including Trinidad & Tobago-born former FIFA vice-President and government minister Jack Warner, News Americas Now staffers have found.
The majority are from the Dominican Republic with a whopping 160, including persons wanted for crimes varying from murder to drug trafficking and bank fraud.
Jesus Maria Rosario Mena, 26; Lorenzo Burgos Nuñez, 59; Daniel Polanco Valdez, 28; Michael Antonio Reyes Solis, 25; Williams De La Cruz, 38; Francisco Santos Gonzalez, 49; Willian Restituyo Peña, 35; and Felix Aldencis Peguero Mendez,57, who are all wanted for murder and Jose Borbon, 47, and Ramon R. Rosario, 49, who are both wanted for conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine.
From Jamaica there are 50, the second largest in the Caribbean. They include:
Albert Bolt, 61, Yasser James, 22; Mervin Henry, 29, Shanrick Shavaughn Nugent, 22, Kemar Ruddock, 25, Alphanso Derrick Nelson, 26, Paul Casanova, 40, Marlon Omar Mcmillan, 30, O’Neil Ferguson, 33, and Teran Bryan, 26, all for murder;
Ena Mcneish, 63, who is wanted for possession of cocaine with intent to sell and criminally negligent homicide and Lawrence Moffatt, 54, for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute more than 50 grams of crack cocaine.
There are 30 from Cuba including some U.S.-based, Cuban-born nationals.
Julio Bonachea, 55, is wanted for attempted murder;
Roberto Crespo, 44, is wanted for child porn; Jorge Emilio Perez De Morales Sante, 52, is wanted for conspiracy to commit money laundering;
Pablo Sanu-Yasell, 79; Jose Garcia Suarez, 52; Domingo Santana, 71; Joan Noalles, 38; Alberto Bosa, 48; Rodolfo Aguila, 54; Madelin Barbara Machado, 42; Leonardo Javier Bolanos, 49; Luis Enrique Benitez, 50; Gustavo Adolfo Smith, 51; Montes Sanchez Sixto, 37, and Armando Fuentes Diaz, 44, are all wanted for health care fraud.
Ricardo Ledo, 48, is wanted for conspiracy to commit access device fraud among four other charges and;
Angel Ricardo Mendoza, 54, is wanted for possession/storing of stolen goods.
There are 15, respectively, from Guyana and Haiti.
From Guyana they include:
Jamal Sadia Lewis, 25; Anthony Bhupdeo, 23, and Neon Daneyon Jemmott, 38, who are all wanted for murder; Oudit Narain Seenarain, 40, who is wanted for rape, aggravated sodomy; kidnapping with bodily injury, false imprisonment and possession with intent to distribute cocaine.
Sandra Angela Profitt, 52, Sean Griffith, 45, and Garfield Christopher Parker, 53, who are all wanted for international drug trafficking; Roy Anthony Garraway, 50, who is wanted for drug trafficking;
Lawrence Dundas, 56, who is wanted for embezzlement as a public officer;
Hewit Alleyne, 38, who is wanted for unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor between 14 years and 16 years and; George Andrew Hercules, 61, who is wanted for sexual battery on a child.
From Haiti, they include:
Joseph Hughes, 39, and Trezil Jean Joseph, 45, who are wanted for murder;
Sandra Lorthe, 33, and Guirlande Baptistin, 25, Jean Paul Samuel Myrthil, 61, and Jean Pierre Sainvil, 50, who are all wanted for trafficking in humans and; Yves Francois, 62, who is wanted for sexual offences against minors.
There are 13 on the list from Suriname, including:
Kalil Miguel Saouma, 49, Lloyd Uno Wladimir Ernst, 61, and Brian Blue Adans, 44, who are all wanted for international drug trafficking and;
Kai Huang Guo, 49, who was born in China but has Surinamese citizenship, is wanted for trafficking in humans, kidnapping, participation in a criminal organization, theft and embezzlement;
There are nine from the Bahamas. They are: David St. Remy, 41, Gercian Ocean, 34 and Stafford Jahmal Bastian, 35, who are all wanted for murder;
Samuel Hesekiah Mais, 45, who is wanted for armed robbery and attempted murder;
Bernard Greene, 43, and Eunece Sarahann Morris, 51, who are wanted for stealing by “service;”
Sidney Cambridge, 52, who is wanted for money laundering; Nicole Morris-Russell, 27, who is wanted for aggravated assault and aggravated battery and; Alexander Antonio Thompson, 38, who is wanted for aggravated assault with a firearm among two other charges.
Phto Caption: Wanted List for St. Kitts and Nevis
There are seven from St. Kitts and Nevis. They include:
Dexter Sylvester Lewis, 44, who is wanted for trafficking in narcotics, unlawful possession of a firearm and unlawful possession of ammunition;
Qunqun Zheng, 41, and Biao Ren, 43, who were born in China but obtained St. Kitts/Nevis citizenship. They are wanted for fraud and forging “financial negotiable instruments;”
Hanren Xia, 46, and Hongxia Wang, 44, who were also both born in China and obtained citizenship on the Caribbean island. They are wanted for fraud and taking deposits from the public illegally and;
Alexander Alexander, 65, a Russian national who obtained citizenship in St. Kitts and Nevis and is wanted for bribery.
From Belize, there are five, including:
Boris Vostry, 68, who was born in the Czech Republic but obtained Belizean citizenship and is now wanted for fraud;
Manuel Mendez Castillo, 39, and Miguel Matus, 33, and Jaime Leonel Rivas, 28, who are all wanted for murder and;
Joseph Ryan Budna, 36, who is wanted for hostage taking.
There are two each from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago.
From Trinidad & Tobago they are:
The famous former FIFA vice-president and T&T minister of government, Jack Warner, 73, who is wanted for: racketeering conspiracy; wire fraud and money laundering and;
Mark Anthony Sean Charles, 48, who is wanted for sexual assault.
From Saint Vincent and the Grenadines they are: Kshawn Zran Rocque, 24, who is wanted for murder in the first degree and; Cecil Gregory Boatswain, 46, who is being sought for conspiracy to import cocaine and heroin with intent to distribute, and false statements on an application for a United States passport.
There is one each from Grenada, St. Lucia, Turks & Caicos and Antigua & Barbuda.
From Grenada, he is:
Kathron Fortune, 38, who is wanted for attempted murder/manslaughter, possession of a firearm and escaping as a prisoner.
From Antigua & Barbuda he is:
David Algernon Joseph, 46, who is wanted for “conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine; conspiracy to import five kilograms or more of cocaine into the United States; possession of cocaine and false statement in application for a passport.”
From St. Lucia he is:
Tyson Joseph, 26, who is wanted for robbery while armed with a firearm, attempted murder, forcible confinement and aggravated assault and
From the Turks & Caicos Islands, she is:
Eunece Sarahann Morris, 51, who was born in the Bahamas but has TCI citizenship. She is wanted for “stealing by reason of service.”
If you have any information on these persons, Interpol urges nationals to contact their national or local police.
Photo caption: Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory with Stoney Hill residents Vanessa Smithen (right) and her mother Pearl Smithen (left) moments after handing them the keys to a brand new home at Gingerland on June 24, 2016
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (JUNE 27, 2016) — Vanessa Smithen of Stoney Hill in Gingerland, thanked the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) for a new home, moments after Premier of Nevis and Area Representative for Gingerland Hon. Vance Amory presented her with the keys to a three-bedroom house at Stoney Hill on June 24, 2016. The near $200,000 home, is constructed steps away from the building she occupied with her family over the years.
Photo caption: The new three-bedroom house presented to Stoney Hill resident Pearl Smithen on June 24, 2016, by the Nevis Island Administration
In brief remarks, Mr. Amory described the gift as a worthwhile investment. He described the gift as a worthwhile investment in social improvement and explained that it stems from the administration’s quest to provide with improved housing.
“The Ministry of Social Development and Social Affairs have engaged in providing assistance in housing throughout the island and it is part of our mandate to ensure that we make people’s lives better because that is one of the functions of government.
“We believe…that we are doing the right thing to improve their conditions by giving them this house at the expense of the government because government has a dual role. We collect revenue but we also try to take care of people…and we put people first in all of our developmental needs,” he said.
Photo caption: (L-r back row) Premier of Nevis Hon. Vance Amory flanked Pearl Smithen mother of Vanessa (extreme left), Cabinet Secretary in the Nevis Island Administration Stedmond Tross, (front row), Ms. Glorita Vaughn, Community Caregiver in the Ministry of Social Development, Senior Citizens Division responsible for Gingerland and contractor Phillip Walters standing on the doorsteps of a new home given to Vanessa Smithen (back row second from right) on June 24, 2016 by the administration
According to Mr. Amory, Smithen’s living conditions was brought to the fore by Ms. Glorita Vaughn, Community Caregiver in the Ministry’s Senior Division who is responsible for Gingerland.
Meantime, Stedmond Tross, Cabinet Secretary to the NIA Cabinet said the gift is a reflection of Mr. Amory’s commitment and love for people. He described the new home as a precious asset.
Also present was contractor Phillip Walters.
Basseterre, St. Kitts, June 26, 2016 (RSCNPF): Curtis Jackson (50 cent) an American Rap artist who performed at the St. Kitts Music Festival was arrested, formally charged and cautioned for the offence of making use of indecent language during his performance on Saturday night (June 25).
Jackson was granted bail in the amount of $5,000.00 EC and was ordered to surrender his travel documents and appear in court on Monday, (June 27).
Also arrested, formally charged and cautioned was Bajar Walter of the USA, for the offences of making use of indecent language and obstruction.
Walter was granted bail in the sum of $5000.00EC and was ordered to surrender his travel documents and appear in court on Monday, (June 27).
St. Kitts, (SKNP) – The fifteenth murder has been recorded in St. Kitts. Last evening, (Saturday 25 June) reports indicated that Everette Thomas, “All Out” received multiple gun shot wounds to his body by unknown assailant(s) and later succumbed to his injuries.
The incident occurred in Farm Site, Sandy Point. The shooting occurred at around 8.30pm on Saturday (June 25).
According to a police press release investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit and the Criminal Investigations Department and technicians from the Forensics Services Unit have canvassed the scene for evidence.
The unfortunate shooting of Thomas breaks an almost five week period of no murders in the Federation. Sincere Condolences goes out to the family of the deceased.
Written By: T. Chapman
25th June 2016
St. Kitts and Nevis, (SKNP) – The recent press release from the Federal Government debunking claims by Dr. Patrick Martin of a Stem Cell Project at the JNF Hospital and the announcement of Dr. Patrick Martin being sent on pre-retirement leave, at the end of which his services as the country’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) will be terminated, has become a hot issue here in St. Kitts. The ramifications of the Stem Cell Project has unearthed the incompetence within Ministry of Health.
Speaking on Freedom’s daily radio program Issues on Friday, Dr. Terrance Drew, Dr. Asim Martin and Hon. Marcella Liburd addressed the Regenerative Medicine Project.
The representatives of the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party outlined that the Regenerative Medicine Project is the Biggest Scandal in Health Care to occur in St. Kitts.
Addressing the issue, the representatives noted that any research project must be protected. Dr. Drew in his capacity as a Medical practitioner outlined that Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research are one of the same. This was his response to comments made by Senator Phipps in an address on Regenerative Medicine on Thursday evening.
Hon. Liburd reiterated that as the drama continues to unfold in the Ministry of Health, it ought to be noted that presently the government is operating without a Chief Medical Officer, a Permanent Secretary and a Coordinator for Non-communicable diseases. The MP further emphasised that their is a communication breakdown between Junior and Senior Ministers in Health as well as Junior Minister and Advisor in Health, Mrs. Condor.
Further, the SKNLP representatives went on to state that the project has ethical, moral and legal implications.
The St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party is of the view that if the Cabinet sanctioned such a project without the approval of the Chief Medical Officer and the Medical Board then the law was broken. Normally, details outlining credentials, the scope of works, persons involved and other requisites are to be presented to the CMO/Medical Board. A requirement under the Public Health Act and the Medical Act which were not met; thus both the Health and Medical Acts were breached.
Nonetheless, rooms at the hospital were allocated for the research project. The reps are of the view that problems could be derived as such procedures are suppose to be in isolated areas where one has control over the scope of works.
Dr. Drew read an excerpt of an article from the New York Times to illustrate the severity of the matter at hand:
(The surgeon gasped when he opened up his patient and saw what was in his spine. It was a huge mass, filling the entire part of the man’s lower spinal column.
“The entire thing was filled with bloody tissue, and as I started to take pieces, it started to bleed,” said Dr. John Chi, the director of Neurosurgical Spine Cancer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. “It was stuck to everything around it.”
He added, “I had never seen anything like it.”)
Click Link to read more: http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/06/23/health/a-cautionary-tale-of-stem-cell-tourism.html
The Constituency #8 rep then stated irrespective of where patients are from the government has a moral obligation of protecting people’s health.
It is on this backdrop that the St. Kitts and Nevis Labour Party representatives have called for the resignation of the Junior and Senior Ministers of Health. According to MP. Marcella Liburd, they continue to contradict each other.
Callers to the program vented their frustrations; one caller termed the Senator as being “Dishonest”. Another caller stated, “they embarrass the country but trying to deny it”, the caller continued, apologize or lose they wuk”, clearly this project has created quite a stir in the Federation.
Photo caption: Junior Minister in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Hon. Hazel Brandy-Williams delivering remarks at the opening ceremony of the Runako Shakur Morton Primary School Cricket League at the Cotton Ground Playfield on June 23, 2016
NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (June 24, 2016) — Junior Minister in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Hon. Hazel Brandy called on students in the annual Primary School Cricket League to emulate the passion fallen Nevisian cricketer Runako Morton had for the game and to let his accomplishments inspire them to excel.
The minister addressed the students at a ceremony at the Cotton Ground Playfield on June 23, 2016, to rebrand the league to the Runako S. Morton TDC Sponsored Primary School Cricket League in honour of Morton, a cricket stalwart of Nevis.
“I would like to impress upon you the importance of commitment to the game, the need for you to remain focused and to challenge yourself and each other so that you too could enjoy the successes that Runako himself enjoyed.
“I want you to use his tenacity, his courage and his passion to inspire you to do well in the game,” she said.
Photo caption: A section of the participants at the opening ceremony of the Runako Shakur Morton Primary School Cricket League at the Cotton Ground Playfield on June 23, 2016
The minister urged students who were not familiar with who Morton was and his legacy to ask about him and to indulge in research to familiarise themselves on who he was.
However, Mrs. Brandy-Williams described Morton as a lively person with an often unpredictable personality whose hard work paid off in a big way. She said he practised hard at his batting, trained for hours to remain fit and she wanted them to do the same.
Photo caption: (l-r) Rev. Othniel Daly; Jamir Claxton, Director of the Department of Sports; and Palsy Wilkin, Principal Education Officer in the Ministry of Education
“He did not give up easily. I want you to have that fighting spirit as well and most importantly, he was loved by his peers. I want you to develop true camaraderie and lasting friendships during these games,” the minister said.
The minister, also thanked Morton’s parents and family for allowing the Nevis Island Administration to use his name and his legacy to inspire the island’s youth in the game of cricket and for remembering him in a tangible way.
Other remarks came from Jamir Claxton, Director of the Department of Youth and Sports; Palsy Wilkin, Principal Education Officer in the Ministry of Education; family member Marion Lescott and Michelle Liburd, Assistant Secretary in the Ministry of Sports.
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