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Publication Date: 10-22-2011
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SATURDAY, OCT OBER 22, 2011 nationalreview@pm.gov.lc THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA FREE -The Government of Saint Lucia through the Ministry of Communica tions and Works will begin work shortly to repair damage to the Barre De lIsle caused by Hurricane Tomas last October. The work will focus on three sites, dubbed slides 4, 5 and 8. Following hurric ane Tomas, roads vulnerable to further erosion as some areas have experienced Ten slides were identified im nally repairs to these sites were to be funded by the Caribbean Development Bank, but because of the stringent procurement requirements and the protracted nature of the process, the Government took a decision to fund that aspect of the repairs itself in order to expedite the much needed works on the Barre De LIsle. munications and Works, Laurna Raoul says construction will begin soon, and works have been planned so as to cause minimum interference repairs on the two of the remaining seven slide sites. Design reports have been completed and Procurement for Sites 2 and 3 have gone of Tendering, as per the require ments of the funding agency. The Proposed works for have gone through the prequalification stage of evaluations for sites 2 and 3. Repairs to these sites acbe funded by the CDB, which requires a competitive bidding process. Continued on page 3

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Page 2 Saturday October 22, 2011 A new programme has been launched here, to inspire the islands next genera tion of enterprising young people while tackling the problem of youth unemployment and under employ fund promoted by the Saint Lucia a fully owned subsidiary of the SLDB. The funds primary func tions are to facilitate the establishment and growth of viable and sustainable business enterprises which are spearheaded by young programme targets y oung persons skills, business training, and the drive to succeed. s must have already undertaken a technical training programme by a recognized training institution or have the required in which the investment is to be undertaken. They are required to submit a detailed business plan outlining all the pertinent aspects posed business model. uity financing, way to circumvent the traditional g people face in equity financing arrangement, eligible companies up to maximum of $50,000 per company. These entrepreneurs would then have a maximum of seven years to repurchase these shares from the ment terms are avoided, allowing revenue to be reinvested into these businesses to facilitate growth and expansion. The Youth Enterprise Equity Fund (YEEF)Helping More Young People Start BusinessesSuccessful Shrimp Farms with Taiwanese Technical Support Two successful YEEF Recipient Projects to provide a network of support to these youth entrepreneurs. Further, the Government of Saint Lucia has facilitated the pro vision of fiscal support to these entities. Companies are entitled to duty free concessions and tax breaks on pr. taking a more than just money approach to all investments. Technical expertise and oversight is provided to all compan ies in which investments are made. To date the nesses with a cumulative invest ment value of $39 0,000. These busi nesses are involved in a multiplicity of sectors inclusive of Marketing, Information Technology, Security Services, Manufacturing, and Agriculture. To ensure continuity and to balance its social responsibilities and prudence in investment. As at the last reporting period, investee sales of approximately $207,428, while creating twenty-four new tinuously exposed to technical advisory services and training opportunities to facilitate their personal development.

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Page 3 Saturday October 22, 2011 A numb er of public state ments have been made recently by the Opposi tion concerning unemployment in has obtained from the Ministry of Finance available data prepared by the Department of Statistics on the unemployment figures for a number of years. To begin with, it is clear that the unemployment numbers like all statistical information, are available er. In this case we understand that the data on employment for 2011 will be available sometime next for 2011 are still being prepared by the Statistical Department and are simply not prepared or available at this time. The so-called data on unemploy ment announced by the Opposition did not come and could not have come from the Department of Statistics. Government challenges the Opposition to say how they arrived carry out a survey? If so then the results should be publicized. Anyone can talk loosely about numbers but when it comes to the national economy we expect all political parties and individuals who make pronouncements that are likely to have an impact on policy and for 2011 have been released, even to the Ministry of Finance, because work in that area now being done by the Statistics Department, is not yet complete. However, the Department of Sta tistics has completed a whole series of numbers on unemployment for a number of years although we understand that historical informa tion can be revised and is revised in practice if more accurate informawhat took place come to light. umbers show that unemployment was 20.6% at the end of 2010, less than ten months ago when the world was still in the worst recession since the 1939s. However, the statistics show that unemployment wa s worse than ment which was 16.3% in 1996, immediately got worse 18.4% in 1997, during the year the previous It rose even higher to 21% in 1998 under the same Administration. It was also 21% in 2004 and 22.3% in 2003 when it was the highest for the and 2010. Youth unemployment was also the highest at 43.8% in 1998 under the Labour Administration.As is to be expected, unemployment has been historically lower in the more developed CARICOM countries than in Saint Lucia. It is hard to compare the unemploy of which have economies at gener ally similar levels of development which should therefore be a good basis for comparing them. How ily available. The few numbers we have for some recent years indicate that Saint Lucias unemployment may be significantly lower than some of its For example, unemployment was 18.8% in St. Vincent in 2008 compared to 15.7% in Saint Lucia, 25.0% in 2005 in Dominica compared to 18.7 in Saint Lucia and 19% and 25.0% in 2005 and 2008 in Grenada compared to 18.7% and 15.7% respectively in Saint Lucia. We were unable to obtain unemployment year or the year before, but the historical numbers for previous years seem to contradict public statements that Saint Lucia has the highest unemployment in the Caribbean. The Oppo sition announced that it will inject $100 million into the economy by borrowing and getting assistance from friendly governments to generate growth and employment. It did not say how much of that amount will be borrowed and how much will be provided by friendly governments. It also did not tell Saint Lucians that the friendly country which gave most support to Saint Lucia during the Labour Administration was China, which does not gener ally provide money and usually sends Chinese workers to work on on unemployment. So their main strategy for growth and employ ment seems to be to increase the public debt by borrowing. They the borrowed money will be used, what they will do about increasing productivi ty and reducing waste and how they will prevent Saint Lucia from being downgraded if they borrow large sums of money without creating growth. The present government maintained the high rating of Saint Lucia and was praised by the IMF for its good economic management. The current Administration has explained that its main focus is on generating employment and growth by stimulating economic activity in the local private sector, expanding tourism, ensuring that agriculture recovers and grows, making Saint Lucia a safer and better place for both local and foreign investors and continu ing to provide the infrastructure necessary for higher growth and employment such as the new in ternational airport facility, agricultural feeder roads and an expanded road network to improve acces sibility and open up new areas. A only when necessary and keep borrowing to a minimum so as to avoid the pitfalls of a downgrade which many Caribbean countries and more developed countries in that more of the peoples income must be diverted from projects and programmes to pay back the debt. A downgrade can make it dence in the country, chase away investment and create social and economic turmoil.Statement on the Economy and Employment Status Ms. Raoul explains that the process of securing funds in cases like this is a very long and drawn out one. Lending agencies have stringent rules which must be followed by borrowers for the purchase of goods or services r equired for projects funded by these agencies and for the review of the procurement decisions made by the borrowers. Project preparation and procurement is an important and time consuming part of the process she says, explaining that this can be particularly challenging in a disaster situation where there is a high demand for rapid execu tion of the construction work actual design process.The Ministry of Works will also begin the installation of additional signage along the af fected route. While some signs were erected immediately following the hurricane, from the foot of the Barre de L lsle and along the route, she says there is still a need for signs to remind motorists of the areas many of the barriers set up in landslides have been damaged repeatedly. says has replaced roadside barri ers many times over the last year ecessary to erect new signage in order to both prevent further damage, and to safeguard the lives of motorists. The new signs she Saint Lucians can now breathe a sigh of relief with the knowledge that work will soon commence on this vital road way. Work to Begin on Barre de LIsle soonI Ministry of National Security Uses Television Show to Fight Crime

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Page 4 Saturday October 8, 2011 NEMO Disaster Preparedness FeatureThe International Day for Disaster Reduction is organized each year on October 13. This year, for its primary activ SLOGAN: Step Up! For Disaster Risk Reduction Whereas it is widely acknowledged that ef fective risk management must involve those most valuable resource is being overlooked, and that is the potential con tribution of children. Children are repeatedly portrayed as victims of disaster and climate change. However, too often the discussion ends there. Children can and should be en couraged to participate in disaster risk reduc tion and decision making. Children on the Frontline Children and Young People in Disaster Risk Reduction Plan International and World Vision General Information breakfast, go to school, play with friends. When emergencies or disasters interrupt this routine, children may become anxious. How you react to an emergency gives them clues on how to act. If you react with alarm, a child may become more scared. They see our fear as proof that the danger is real. If you seem overcome with a sense of loss, a child may feel their losses more strongly. Preparing Children to call for help. Check the telephone directory for local emer gency phone numbers and post these phone numbers by all call for emergency assistance. Help your child memorize important family information. Children should memorize their family name, address and phone number and name of school and or/early childhood centre. They should also know where to meet in case of an emergency. Some children may not be old enough to memorize the information. They could carry a small index card that lists emergency information to give to an adult or assistance, you may want to leave your children with relatives or friends. Instead, keep the family together as much as possible and make children a part of what you are doing to get say. If possible, include the entire family in the discussion. Cooking1 Many families gather in the kitchen to spend time together, but it can be one of the most hazardous rooms in the house if 1. Young children are at high risk of being burned by hot the stove, microwave and bar-b-que. burners whenever possible. or carrying hot foods or liquids. any place where hot food or drink is being prepared or hot foods and liquids away from table and counter edges. 5. Teach children that hot things can burn them. 6. When children are old enough, teach them to cook safely. Supervise them closely. and bar-b-ques. 8. Store fuels in proper containers, and keep them out of the reach of children and away from combustible materials. Fire lighting a stove, lighting a bar-b-que, lighting a candle. Being Prepared2 [75 decibels3 or higher] on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. Test smoke alarm batteries every month and change them at least once a year. In addition, make an escape plan with a common meeting place and call 911 once you are safely outside. Practice on a regular basis. 2. Families can further reduce their risk of injury or death by also installing residential sprinkler systems. 3. Practice Fire Safety behaviors and know what to do in an emergency to give your family extra time to escape. rector@nemo.gov. _____________________________________________ .PLANNING FOR CHILDRENINTERNATIONAL DAY FOR DISASTER REDUCTION 13 OCTOBER 2011

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Page 5 Saturday October 8, 2011 Feature Sport no doubt is a very powerful cultural force in the society. Youth access and participation in sports activities are important to them, their parents, communities, formal academic institutions and the country on a whole. It is with that in mind that a group of Micoud residents got together in February this year to re-establish the Micoud Youth and Sports Council. put together by the sports men and women of the community which in turn elected Lester Justin as its President and set out to design a programme to revive youth partici pation in youth and sport activities within the community. ation in sports in Micoud Justin says was on the decline for several years. The Council was revitalized with the aim of reversing the downward spiral through sports, but more than that Justin says, the group is keenly interested in the long-term cumulative favourable outcome and benefit generally associated with youth development. ely the Coun cil got to work staging activities that included a track and field event, a netball competition and a basketball-orama. The village had not seen that much sporting activity in quite a while, according to Justin. The Council also partnered with the an exhibition rugby game in the village, with the hope of igniting interest in that sport among the community youth. Participating in s ports can be an important part of a young per sons life Justin admits. It teaches teamwork, skill building, and health and conditioning. But he says, the Council wants to help young people in Micoud, develop the other aspects of their lives as well by equipping them with life skills, and encouraging the revival of and participation in voluntary organisations like the Girls Guides, Scouts, and cult ural groups. The Council he says is taking a wider view of how youth programmes develop young people to be able to make healthy decisions in life. It recognises that not all young per sons are athletically inclined, and Micoud Youth & Sports CouncilEngaging Youth and Engendering Growthother avenues have to be created for self expression and personal development. combined with life skills training and other factors, such as sustained and positive adult role models and opportunities to develop leader ship skills, it can contribute to the development of positive behav iours in young people ed for a three year term and it hopes within that time to lay the foundation for the creation of more positive adult-youth relationships, youth and youth participation in sport and other leadership building activities in the community. t of Saint Lucia looks forward to the sustained growth of the Micoud Youth and Sports Council which can serve as partner in working towards the overall development and execution of youth programmes in Micoud. One of the exciting projects which Government hopes to implement soon and will seek to partner with the Council on is an initiative to bring lighting to the Micoud Playing Field. This will allow for games to be played during the evening. the social environment as young people will be engaged positively during evening hours.

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Page 7 Saturday October 22, 2011 Page 6 Saturday October 22, 2011 Stephenson King Parliamentry Representative for Castries North Honourable Stephenson King Prime Minister, Minister for Finance (including International Financial Services), Economic National Development, assumed responsibility for Physical Development, Housing and Urban Renewal, Local Government and the Environment and Parliamentary Representative for Castries North S.D.A S.D.AI.T. Lab S.D.A S.D.AI.T. Lab SDA Computer Lab Elec. Lab Elec. Lab C.C.S.S .C.C.S.S. Castries Comprehensive Secondary School Computer Lab La Clery Elderly Home La Clery Elderly Home Green View Community Road Green View Community Road the so many and aspirations of the United Workers Party (UWP) Government, the MP for Castries North Honorable Stephenson King, has once again shown his appreciation towards the youth within his constituency. Realizing that todays youth will in no doubt be out tomorrows leaders, he has contributed to that of Sports and Sportsmanship.SMALL GOALSCompetition Football FiestaFootball Fiesta was indeed one of the many events that was assisted and made a reality through the assistance of many, including the Honorable Stephenson King. Held at the Chase Gardens Court, the one day Soccerama was a huge success with special prizes given to the most Valuable Player, Most Disciplined, and many more. It was a day geared to the development of youth and sports, a day full of fun and excitement. Football Competition Cycling Race Tamarind Heights Footpath Retaining Wall at Active Hill Road Works at Bisee 2011 CASTRIES NORTH Constituency Projects Koudament Day at Tamarind Heights Footpath La Clery Tamarind Heights Footpath koudament with PM Tamarind Heights Footpath project La Clery Tamarind Heights Footpath project La Clery Tamarind Heights Footpath project La Clery Tamarind Heights Footpath project La Clery Tamarind Heights Footpath project La Clery CASTRIES NORTH Constituency Projects Drain at La Clery (COMPLETE) Drain at La Clery (complete) (2) Drain at La Clery (COMPLETE) Drain at La Clery (COMPLETE) VBCC Fencing (during) Block Wall at La Clery (before) Block Wall at La Clery (complete) VBCC Fencing ACCESS ROAD FOOT PATH AT LA CLERY Access Foot path La Clery (in progress) ACCESS ROAD FOOT PATH AT LA CLERY (in progress) Access Road Footpath at La Clery (complete) CASTRIES NORTH Constituency Projects Drain at La Clery (COMPLETE) Drain at La Clery (complete) (2) Drain at La Clery (COMPLETE) Drain at La Clery (COMPLETE) VBCC Fencing (during) Block Wall at La Clery (before) Block Wall at La Clery (complete) VBCC Fencing ACCESS ROAD FOOT PATH AT LA CLERY Access Foot path La Clery (in progress) ACCESS ROAD FOOT PATH AT LA CLERY (in progress) Access Road Footpath at La Clery (complete) CASTRIES NORTH Constituency ProjectsConstruction of Concrete drain at La Clery (before) Construction of Concrete Road at La Clery (before) Construction of Concrete drain at La Clery (complete) Construction of Concrete Road at La Clery (complete) Active Hill Bridge before Active Hill Bridge before Active Hill Bridge after Active Hill Bridge after Active Hill Bridge after La Clery River Wall Footpath at La Clery Access Road with Culvet Wall at Active Hill (complete) CASTRIES NORTH Constituency ProjectsConstruction of Concrete drain at La Clery (before) Construction of Concrete Road at La Clery (before) Construction of Concrete drain at La Clery (complete) Construction of Concrete Road at La Clery (complete) Active Hill Bridge before Active Hill Bridge before Active Hill Bridge after Active Hill Bridge after Active Hill Bridge after La Clery River Wall Footpath at La Clery Access Road with Culvet Wall at Active Hill (complete) CASTRIES NORTH Constituency ProjectsBois Patat Concrete Road Bois Patat Culvert Repair Construction of Concrete Steps at Bois Patat (before) Construction of Concrete Steps at Bois Patat (complete) Footpath & drain at Bois Patat (COMPLETE) Morne Du Don Repair Concrete steps Mr Josephs Residence (before) Morne Du Don Repair Concrete steps Mr Josephs Residence (after) Morne Du Don Steps and Concrete Hill Morne Du Don Setps Bois Patat (Complete) DRAIN & WALL AT CEDARS (COMPLETE) Cedars Drain Cedars Drain Repair Main Drain at Lanse Road (complete) Bisee Access Road Before Bisee Access Road After Block Wall in Lanse Road (completed) CASTRIES NORTH Constituency ProjectsBlock Wall in Lanse Road (before) Main Drain at Lanse Road (before) CASTRIES NORTH Constituency ProjectsBois Patat Concrete Road Bois Patat Culvert Repair Construction of Concrete Steps at Bois Patat (before) Construction of Concrete Steps at Bois Patat (complete) Footpath & drain at Bois Patat (COMPLETE) Morne Du Don Repair Concrete steps Mr Josephs Residence (before) Morne Du Don Repair Concrete steps Mr Josephs Residence (after) Morne Du Don Steps and Concrete Hill Morne Du Don Setps Bois Patat (Complete) Sunbilt Stairs before Vigie Access Road to St. Marys College Vigie Access Road to St. Marys College Entrance to St. Marys College Sunbilt Footpath and Setps Sunbilt Footpath Sunbilt Steps and drain CASTRIES NORTH Constituency Projects Carellie Jazz 2011 Access Road Footpath at La Clery Drainage Works at La Clery Construction of Bridge at Active Morne Du Don Steps and Concrete Hill Footpath and Drainage at Bois Patat Drainage and Road Works at VigieThe Castries North constitu needed assistance through a number of infrastructure development projects. Rehabilitation works were undertaken on a number of roads in the community including the construction of concrete and access roads in La Clery and Morne Du Don. The repairs which were the road infrastructure within these communities. state of disrepair and lacked ap propriate drainage systems. As a result some surfaces had been with potholes. Through the in tervention of the Parliamentary Representative Hon. Stepehenson King with the support of the Ministry of Communications and Works the entire road network and related infrastructure has been works have been carried out there is a general feel good sentiment among residents of Castries North. Work has also been undertaken to clean existing drains. Stairs have been built in some areas to grant the elderly. of the important projects carried out to date: been constructed including at Tamarind Heights La Clery. been reconstructed. curity fence was erected around the Vide Boutielle Sports and Cultural Club, and similar fencing is being done at the L ess road with culvert was completed at Morne Du Don work and the erection of retaining walls in that community. been constructed at Morne Du Don. footpath construction has been undertaken at Bois Patat along with concrete steps. Cedars and drainage works were done in Cedars. was done in Sunbilt. works was completed at Lanse Road. cess Road at Bisee. near the entrance to St. Marys College. Chase Gardens and Carellie multipurpose courts. new Human Resource Centre at Chase Gardens. MP for Castries North Hon.Stephen son King has also demonstrated his unwavering support and commit ment to his constituency. Minister King who has always made clear of his views on giving young people a ch ance and educating them to allow them the opportunity to face the challenges of our ever changing world, has certainly stood behind his commitment to provide the best learning environment for Saint Lucias youth. Another accomplish ment of his commitment to youth and refurbishment of IT labs at a number of schools in the constituency. He has also demonstrated his support for the holistic development of youth by endorsing and under writing a number of sporting and cultural events in the constituency. There is no doubt that the residents of Castries North have benefited from royal treatment and representation from their Parliamentary Rep resentative, Hon. Stephenson King. Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction CASTRIES NORTH Constituency Projects Chase Gardens Multipurpose Court Construction Sunbilt Stairs before Vigie Access Road to St. Marys College Vigie Access Road to St. Marys College Entrance to St. Marys College Sunbilt Footpath and Setps Sunbilt Footpath Sunbilt Steps and drain CASTRIES NORTH Constituency Projects Footpath at Sunbilt DRAIN & WALL AT CEDARS (COMPLETE) Cedars Drain Cedars Drain Repair Main Drain at Lanse Road (complete) Bisee Access Road Before Bisee Access Road After Block Wall in Lanse Road (completed) CASTRIES NORTH Constituency ProjectsBlock Wall in Lanse Road (before) Main Drain at Lanse Road (before) Wall and Drainage Works at Cedars St. Marys College Computer Lab

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Page 8 Saturday October 22, 2011 All children need the chance to flourish, but for some family circumstances can of number of Saint Lucian children, drens Home will step in to provide group of concerned citizens have banded together to use their exper tise and time to create a home for 9th June this year at the Kimatrai of the persons spearheading this cerned persons, including social workers, realised the need for a place of safety for children who have been abused, abandoned and neglected in the south of the counto stay in the abusive environment Vieux Fort Childrens Society Aims to Build a Home for at Risk Youth in the Southchildren away from family, friends and school which creates extra Society have worked tirelessly to ensure the charity was granted full recognised by the Division of Hue construction of the home are being generated by staging a number of fund raising events such as Beach BBQs, cake sales, on the 1st Saturday of every month persons locally and overseas and include clothes, shoes, household calls general country have been fantastic in supporting our cause and local business houses have been most generous in donating cash or items agreed to lease us a piece of land at a peppercorn rate and this is in the process of being surveyed so that as soon as we take possession of and man power to get this project started but we are still looking to 2012 to have the home habitable will have to raise funds to cover all the management/operational of the persons involved in this noble effort to build a home for is a commendable effort, which Cheque Donation

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Page 9 6VISITOR CHARACTERISTICS Profile of the Hotel Sector Prepared by the Research Unit Page 3 of 3 United Kingdom (23%), the Caribbean (14%), Canada (13%), France and Germany (3% each), and the Rest of Europe and Rest of World (1% each). Chart VI: Origin of Visitors Age Profile of visitors Of the total visitor arrivals to the island, 27% were aged 25 34 years, followed by the 35 44 group (24%). Chart VII: Age Profile of Visitors How much do visitors spend7? For the period January to March8, each visitor spent an average of US$221.66 per day (a 1% increase from the same period last year). Approximately 72% of this (US$159.32) was attributed to accommodation. The highest average daily expenditure was reported at the All Inclusive hotels (US$260.88), followed by other hotels (US$226.85) and apartment/villas (US$201.71) 7 All references to spend mean on island and exclude airfare. 8 VEMS, January to March available at time of reporting. Chart VIII: Average Spend per Night (to the nearest $) How did visitors rate their accommodation establishment9? On a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), visitors gave their accommodation establishments a mean score of 4.3. From the survey, almost 50% of respondents rated their accommodation as excellent, while 40% gave a rating of good. 9 VEMS, January to March PROFILE OF THE HOTEL SECTOR JANUARY JUNE 20117 9 2 34567 89 Chart VI: Origin of Visitors Profile of the Hotel Sector Prepared by the Research Unit Page 3 of 3 United Kingdom (23%), the Caribbean (14%), Canada (13%), France and Germany (3% each), and the Rest of Europe and Rest of World (1% each). Chart VI: Origin of Visitors Age Profile of visitors Of the total visitor arrivals to the island, 27% were aged 25 34 years, followed by the 35 44 group (24%). Chart VII: Age Profile of Visitors How much do visitors spend7? For the period January to March8, each visitor spent an average of US$221.66 per day (a 1% increase from the same period last year). Approximately 72% of this (US$159.32) was attributed to accommodation. The highest average daily expenditure was reported at the All Inclusive hotels (US$260.88), followed by other hotels (US$226.85) and apartment/villas (US$201.71) 7 All references to spend mean on island and exclude airfare. 8 VEMS, January to March available at time of reporting. Chart VIII: Average Spend per Night (to the nearest $) How did visitors rate their accommodation establishment9? On a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), visitors gave their accommodation establishments a mean score of 4.3. From the survey, almost 50% of respondents rated their accommodation as excellent, while 40% gave a rating of good. 9 VEMS, January to March Profile of the Hotel Sector Prepared by the Research Unit Page 3 of 3 United Kingdom (23%), the Caribbean (14%), Canada (13%), France and Germany (3% each), and the Rest of Europe and Rest of World (1% each). Chart VI: Origin of Visitors Age Profile of visitors Of the total visitor arrivals to the island, 27% were aged 25 34 years, followed by the 35 44 group (24%). Chart VII: Age Profile of Visitors How much do visitors spend7? For the period January to March8, each visitor spent an average of US$221.66 per day (a 1% increase from the same period last year). Approximately 72% of this (US$159.32) was attributed to accommodation. The highest average daily expenditure was reported at the All Inclusive hotels (US$260.88), followed by other hotels (US$226.85) and apartment/villas (US$201.71) 7 All references to spend mean on island and exclude airfare. 8 VEMS, January to March available at time of reporting. Chart VIII: Average Spend per Night (to the nearest $) How did visitors rate their accommodation establishment9? On a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent), visitors gave their accommodation establishments a mean score of 4.3. From the survey, almost 50% of respondents rated their accommodation as excellent, while 40% gave a rating of good. 9 VEMS, January to March Chart VIII: Average Spend per Night (to the nearest $) Continued from the last issueSaturday October 22, 2011

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Saturday October 22, 2011 Page 10 partners have organized a series of activities to appropriately time to celebrate the contributions made by the tourism sector to their economies and to bring awareness of the impact that rekindle a sense of ownership of the industry by the average citizen and engender greater participation in the industry by contribution of the town of Soufriere to this very vital sector, Date Activity Location Soufriere Square Soufriere Square Soufriere Square Tourism Week 2011 fact work has already started on the multimillion dollar facility which theatre, that its designers say is sure took two years, following a long process of negotiations and powwows with community represen in terms of its population and Gros-Islet Gets Modern State of the Art Human Resource Centrecomme current community centre which be associated with the delivery of this facility, which would bring a much required quality of service theatre component of the facility will certainly bring diversity and interest in the performing arts existing designs from which they could hopefully draw on in devela 1000 seat facility to be located in space posed a problem and that result, the theatre seating had to be the available stage design and receding seats to allow the hall to be used for other decision has been taken to curtail the facility has been designed in such a way to allow it to be utilized in exploring opportunities for selfers have surrounded the theatre with a number of other facilities that they hope will help generate will boast two conference rooms that can be used separately, or can be combined to make a larger room to accommodate larger will feature a youth training centre A restaurant and bar to cater to theatre patrons also forms part exhibition room for the staging of and the second phase will involve he new facility will be a green meaning the entire process will be environmentally throughout the building's lifestruction, operation, maintenance, when completed will represent the quality facilities that would serve as a focal point for community development

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Page 11 Saturday October 22, 2011 Establishment of Civil ited personal items, food, clothing and toys contained in barrels SPECIAL NOTICEGovernment Grants Concessions on Barrels for Festive Season cia is preparing to undertake the physical component of major reconstruction projects to repair damage inflicted by last major part of the preparation for these works has been the conduct of various risk assessment and geo of Saint Lucia has determined that will be guided by geo-technical reports and guidelines to minimize the impact of future natural disas the extent of work to be done in a number of areas, including the hard will have to be undertaken in that region for which the process of commissioning a consultant is cur tender has gone out for this project, signalling the commencement of sessments are being funded by vertisements in local, regional and international media, including the month in order to allow interested parties to prepare and submit their statement a lot of information which had to receive funding and that this was a Decisions had to be made on what areas and projects needed to be prequalification evaluations and short listed interested consultants, sponse following which work can tigations will also be conducted suffered an extensive slide, and bridges which were both damaged analyze the geology and hydrogeol formulation of project alternatives, screening and selection of preferred Ministry of Communications and Works Post Tomas Rebuilding Effort General Update the geotechnical investigations designs will be the most economi the geotechnical studies will help determine the soil type and stability which will in turn inform the kind of foundation required and type pleted the bidding process and is at the tail end of the procurement stage for the conduct of the geotech e response to a disaster of the magnitude of is need to conduct various assess ments, surveys and studies so that information can be secured in relaexercises provide vital informa tion that would inform the actual procurement process and remedial to witness stepped up activity related to major infrastructural works within work in the coming weeks on the Barre dLille

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Page 12 Saturday October 22, 2011 Please email your comments or questions to: nationalreview@pm.gov.lc Lucia continues to give prior ity to repairing the damage tion and Development Unit, impor tant river hydraulics assessments and stabilization works are being heads the Unit explains that the work is being overseen by a Nation representatives from key agencies of its responsibilities to recognise River Hydraulics and Stabilization Work in Fond St Jacqueskey voids in the reconstruction programme and to direct the re construction programme toward addressing these voids ond St Jacques was tional disaster, requiring a national response, and as such recovery efnumber of unique challenges, priit could be subjected to detailed studies or heavy equipment could be allowed areas such as the forest, remain inaccessible and an appreciation of the damage can only be got from Jacques have had to be relocated from the informally erected houses ment around it during the hur caused it to change its course and to widen its channel, resulting in was replaced but was deemed unstable and the Unit through the and stabilization works being undertaken are designed to reduce a repetition of the destructive river ment of an integrated development development to safer areas, well e is a tributary from the silt, making it prone to further has been undertaken, which will be useful for the entire area but will improve conditions near the bridge crossing in the process of clearing the river channel that runs perpendicular to the main river and that she says conservation methods to stabilise deep river, due to heavy siltation is says is exposed to what she terms extreme caution has to be taken to Soomer says she is optimistic that the project can be completed within