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SATURDAY, JUL Y 3, 2010 Levern Donaline Spencer believes that the roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become. The adrenaline thrill of winning the high jump and breaking the national record led Levern to envisage the prospects of furthering her athletic prowess. She credits her achievement essentially to hard work, commitment, faith in the Almighty and the humility of having the common sense to remain level headed. Levern w as an All-Amer ican high jumper for the University of Georgia and 2008 Olympian for St. Lucia, set a new facility record at the Georgia Invitational in Athens Georgia on Saturday 8 May 2010, clearing 1.98m to cruise to a victory with the second-best jump in the world this year. This is the current Saint Lucia National Record and the record for the Caribbean Community. She summed up her victory with grace and humility in this simple way, I jumped 1.98 m which is the third best in the world this year and I really dont know how I did it. But then thinking back, I know it was with the help of God. I could not have done it without him. There is a deep sense of spirituality that ignites her inner core credits her faith as the guiding light that keeps her focused and on the path of success. Her will to win, her desire to succeed no es are, together with the urge to reach your full potential serves as the key that unlocks the door to personal excellence. moments of long travel on buses, trains and airplanes that kicks in on a down low. Levern says that it leaves her in a situation where she is never afraid to sit awhile and think. For deep inside herself is a place where she lives all alone, and thats where she renews her springs that never dry up. The Government and people of Saint Lucia proudly salute Levern Spencer on the achievement of her latest high jump record of 1.98 meters. This is a new per sonal, national and Caribbean record which now places Levern as the second best high jumper in the world for this year. Minister of Youth and Sports Lenard Spider Montoute, conveys his personal congratulations on behalf of all of us and wishes her continues success and urges her to continue to soar as high as the Saint Lucian Parrot (Amazonia versicola). This latest achievement by Levern should serve to motivate and inspire young people to continue to climb the ladder of excellence. Laverns achievements stand as a testimony to our nations youth that dignity, respect and success hard work and dedication. As a show of its appreciation for this outstanding athlete, Government organized a special welcome home reception for Levern during a recent brief return to the island on June 18th, 2010. Ms. Spencer was met at the Hewanorra Inter cials of the Ministry of Youth & Sports and contingent of students from the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School. During the reception ceremony held afterwards at the George Odlum Stadium, the Minster of Youth & Sports Hon. Lenard Montoute noted the following: What you have done in high jumping goes beyond the stadium where you have performed and is exemplary ample for other young St Lucian athletes and St Lucians in general to emulate. The Minister further pointed out during his remarks: If you can go out there {Commonwealth Games} and bring back gold in October, it will certainly open some doors for St Lucia, raise some eyebrows and give us the kind of exposure that is so very expensive. The National Elite Athlete Program, which is designed cal support available to elite athletes, has been the vehicle that the Ministry of Youth & Sports has used to provide support to outstanding athletes like Levern. Government and all Saint Lucians continue to monitor the progress of Levern and our nation looks forward with great anticipation and expectation that this paragon of youth excellence, will continue to register world class performances as she leaps to the highest heights of excellence in her sporting career.


Page 2 Saturday July 3, 2010 Saturday July 3, 2010Levern Spencer jumped into this world on 23 June 1984 in Castries, Saint Lucia and has earned the honour of being a high jumper of international repute. Her athletic career took root at the Babonneau Primary School under the diligence and guidance of Coach Leo Amadee, in the sprint division. As her interest and enthusiasm in running grew it came with the reward of representing her school which led to winning many school competitions. Upon arrival at the Entrepot Secondary School Levern did not hesitate to get involved in school sports and under the direction of Coach Lubin she was exposed to the high jump for participation in her school house sports. Levern won the high jump event and in the process broke the national record. for introducing her to the high jump which has taken her career to soaring heights. She is thankful for the support of her family, her church members, her Manager Mr. Gregory Dickson who is a great source of motivation and support, the three AAAs in Saint Lucia, and many other individuals and institutions such as the First National Bank. She has a Levern D. Spencer A Paragon of Youth Excellence strong sense of spirituality and thanks the Almighty God for the talent and good health to achieve her dreams and aspirations. ondary School in St Lucia Levern then moved on to Albany State College and the University of Georgia, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Health Proembarked upon a course of study in computer Science. She was one 2008 Olympics, along with Dominic Johnson and Erma Gene Evans. In 2010 Levern continues to dominate and maintain her standing as the leading women's high jumper in the British Commonwealth. During an Invitational Meet in Athens, Georgia USA on May 8th, 2010 she stamped her signature with authority when she catapulted to record jump. In fact, Levern enjoyed a superb 2008 seaand national record of 1.90m indoors at the Clemson Meeting in South Carolina before embarking on a series of victorious perfor mances, winning in Blacksburg, twice in Athens (Georgia), Iowa and then twice in central America, in Port-of-Spain in mid-May with a jump of 1.92m and then in Cali when winning the Central American championships with a jump of 1.91m. Levern is a former CARIFTA champion, CAC Junior champion and NACAC (North, Central American and Caribbean Championships) champion. She holds the CARIFTA record of 1.88m and the NACAC Under-23 record of 1.92m for women's High Jump. She has also competed in the Commonwealth and made her Summer Olympics debut in sional contract with Stellar Group, on their roster. She repeated as Central American and Caribbean champion in Havana, Cuba and signed an endorsement deal with Caribbean telecommunications provider, LIME Landline, Inter net, Mobile and Entertainment. She is featured on the cover of the 2010 LIME Services Directory, over 75,000 copies of which were distributed this year. qualify for the IAAF World Championships in athletics in Berlin in She also narrowly missed out on making the cut for the seasonending World Athletics Final, women's High Jump. Levern also urges aspiring athtraining regiment as it takes a lot of determination to stay at the top of the game. She admits that when she sees the startling regularity with which international athletes train, it is clear that we need a more intensive training programme to achieve success at highest level. She advises young people to keep the faith and do not give up and always put God She indicates that it is hard working being at the top and urges young men and women to work hard and remain focused and dedicated to their dreams. It is a challenge she says having to travel to and through to the various sporting meets alone from bus to train and airplane. However she believes that whereas she may not be able to change the direction of the wind, she can certainly adjust her sails to always reach her destination. This latest achievement by our young heroine should serve to encourage and inspire young people to continue to climb the ladder of success. Laverns achievements stand as a beacon of hope to our nations youth that through perseverance, hard work and trementop with dignity and respect The Government and people of Saint Lucia proudly salute Levern Spencer on the achievement of her latest high jump record. The Ministry of Youth & Sports has provided support to Ms. Spencer in her sporting pursuits through the National Elite Athlete Program, cial and technical support available to elite athletes like Lavern. Levern remains focus and humble in her relentless quest to defy gravity. Her real strength she admits comes from her unshakable right hand of God will take her through, just as it is sure to guide our nation.


Page 3 Saturday July 3, 2010 Saint Lucia will be participating in the AC Millan Continental Cup Tournament which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio from June 29 to July 5, 2010. Saint Lucias participation will be within the discipline of Basketball. This was made possible through the intervention of Saint Lucias Ambassador in Washington Dr. Michael Louis and the Government of Saint Lucia. The Ambassador has been instrumental from December last year in working towards Saint Lucias participation and sourcing sponsorship from the organizers which includes accommodation, meals, uniforms etc. Due to the late preparation of the football team the island was only able to participate in the Under 18 Basketball Championships, which will be held from July 1st to the 4th, 2010. It is hoped that Saint Lucia can be represented in both disciplines The government of Saint holistic development of our youth and as such seeks to develop numerous programmes aimed at harnessing the full potential of young people, in the attempt to allow them to contribute fully and meaningfully to national development. of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Saint Lucia have embarked on a joint undertaking for the construction of an impressive National Saint Lucia Under 18 Basket Ball Team Participates in 2010 AC Milan Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohioduring next years tournament. This is timely for the Saint Lucia Team as a number of players have been preparing for the Windward Island Secondary School Games which will be held in Saint Lucia from July 29 to August 1, 2010. This exposure will serve as an added incentive and motivation for the players. The participation of the young Saint Lucian Basket Ballers in a tournament of such a high level will only help in the further development as sports the opportunity to be seen by scouts in the US with the hope of securing scholarships to further their education. The Greater Cleveland Commission is making a substantial contribution towards the cost of the teams participation in the tournament. Saint Lucian Certiing in the United States, Mr. Peter Regis has also come forward with a contribution of US $1000.00 towards expenses. The Government through the Department of Youth funding towards this initiative as part of its commitment to provide avenues to harness and promote the skills and talent of the island youth through sports. Update on the New National Tennis Centre at Beausejour Gros IsletTennis Centre at Beausejour, Gros Islet. The centre when completed will contribute towards the proity leisure life through tennis. This tennis centre which is currently under construction will contain six (6) tennis courts, of which the main court is designed according to the international standard. This court will have a seating capacity of 320 spectators. Each of these courts will be equipped with high quality lighting system to facilitate night matches. The facility has a collective seating capacity of approximately 768 spectators. The National Tennis Centre is projected for completion by the end of July, 2010. The opening and handing over ceremony for the facility is scheduled for early August, 2010 with friendship matches between Taiwan and Saint Lucia. The facility which will become the property of the state will be managed by the Saint Lucia Tennis Association whose responsibility it management of the Centre. This will allow for the development of grass roots tennis programmes involving young people from communities in the north of the island. The Centre will also become the home of the National Youth Tennis Championships. missioning of the National Tennis Centre, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Saint Lucia Tennis Association have planned a two (2) week Tennis Camp involving local and Taiwanese coaches. Some six (6) Taiwanese Tennis Players from the Fu-Jen Catholic University will also participate in the camp. Dur ing their stay, the Taiwanese Tennis Team will engage Saint Lucian players in friendship matches. The camp will begin in early August, 2010, at the National Tennis Centre and Coconut Bay Beach Resort& Spa. The aim of this camp will be to promote the sport of tennis and cultural exchange between people of Taiwan and Saint Lucia. Saint Lucian young talents from 6 to 14 years old, with or without tennis experience, are welcome to participate. Parents are also welcome to accompany their children during the camp period. The tennis camp will be coached by 6 outstanding tennis players from the Fu-Jen Catholic University in Taiwan, as well as coaches from two local tennis academies. Apart from the collaboration between the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan), support will be provided by a number of other entities. These include: Marcelles Tennis Academy, OMS Academy, Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa, International Tennis Federation and Saint Lucia Red Cross. Persons interested in participating in the upcoming summer Tennis Camps can contact: Mr. Stephen Marcelle, C/O St. Lucia Racquet Club, P.O. BOX 2196, Gros Islet, St. Lucia, West Indies, TEL: 1-758-452-0010, 1-758-484-8391, E-Mail: OR Mr. Omar Davis, P O BOX 389, Beandies, Tel: Sam (758) 484 1180, Lynda (758) 714 3869, E-mail: daviso@ ion of the National Tennis Centre, Saint Lucia will boast a high quality modern facility, which will allow for the staging of regional events. Most of all the facility will go a long way towards enabling the execution of national training programmes and camps which targeting communities and schools. Such programmes will no doubt assist in popularising the sport of lawn tennis and re-establishing Saint Lucias dominance at the regional level in the sport. Saint Lucia s Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon Lenard Montoute speaking at the sod turning ceremony earlier this year to mark commencement of work on the centre stated: I wish to place on record on behalf of the government and people of Saint Lucia our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Ambassador Tom Chou Excellency Ambassador Chou has really been a driving force and great facilitator for this very important new initiative.The Government of Saint Lucia and the sporting community look forward with great anticipation to the grand opening of the National Tennis Centre. The opening of the centre will signal an upgrading in national facilities which would serve as an impetus for local tennis players. ternational Tennis Federation Junior Tournament will be held at the National Tennis Centre from August 9th to 14th, 2010. Transforming Tennis into a Popular Sporting Event


Saturday July 3, 2010 Page 4 Saturday July 3, 2010 The Government of Saint Lusuring holistic development throughout the length and breadth the goals of social and economic progress to all. In dialogue and consultation with the Anse Kawet s conceptual-Laborie Arts & Craft Center UnderwayA Demonstration of Governments Support for Development of Cultural Industries construct the facility. The center is a proposed cluster of single-story structures which is being constructed along the Rudy John Park on the beach front. The idea is to develop culture as an industry to broaden employment opportunities and to minimize social displacement. This is consistent with Governments policy of supporting the development of cultural industries. The center will serve as a permanent home enable the creation, display and sale of cultural produce and cultural presentation of a public nature. The proposed center comprises ll buildings inclusive of public toilet facilities, eight small management and interpretation area and a covered stage to be used for large displays or per formances. The centers layout is with the stage at the center and the beachfront as the backdrop. The project is funded by the Caribbean Development bank through the BNTF 5th Programme and is estimated at EC$ 1 million. The project concept envisages an interpretation of the historical expression of the built environment of Laborie, as well as a connection to some key economic and cultur al activities of the village. The Government of Saint Lucia is sensitive to the fact that many Saint Lucians have had to endure the inStatus records. Government is aware of the frustrations of many who in some instances travel long distances to initiate or enquire on the processing of these documents. venience and frustration to members of the ernment of Saint Lucia has approved the appointment of an Adjudicator within the Registry of Civil Status. This Adjudicator Status records. net Conclusion No. 192 of March 11th, 2010 and in keeping with the provisions of Section 25 of the Civil Status Act has approved the payment of a fee of EC $50.00 for each sure will no doubt bring about a major relief to members of the public who would otherwise have had to secure the services of private legal practitioners at a much higher cost. anomalies where there are issues with mar riage, baptismal and birth documents. The documents required when applying for a ment, examples of which are passcard of persons making the application. pleted prior to meeting with the oftaining to Name, Surname, Address, Relationship to the subject, ID, telephone number etc. from the person whose records are being amended. ed before a Justice of the Peace and/or whose record you want to rectify. Ensure that your name (s) and your parents name (s) are spelt the same way or the information on your vital records are consistent. record and other documents such as your ID card to show use of those names. cate you must obtain a copy of your Birth Record (FORM 1) from the HOSPITAL where the person was BORN. HOME YOU MUST PRODUCE SOME OTHER FORM OF SUPPORT ING OR COMPELLING EVIDENCETO ESTABLISH THE PERSONS DATE OF BIRTH, SUCH AS A STAT UTORY DECLARATION BY THE PARENT (S), ID CARD, OR PASSPORT TO SHOW THAT THE PERSON HAS BEEN USING THE DATE OF BIRTH. can have their fathers name registered on parents. It is to be noted that the EC$50.00 ers entry for an entire family once all documents are provided. to familiarize themselves with the infor mation contained in the March 12th, Extrarelevant to the new provisions and including the related regulations. The Ministry of Justice wishes to notify the public that (opposite the Parliamentary Commission Castries. help to speed up the process. Persons wishing to utilize this service are advised to walk with their vital records. The Civil Staday to Friday from 9:00 to 12:00 noon.


Page 5 Saturday July 3, 2010 Saint Lucia Carnival 2010 is on schedule and is poised to be a massive success. This is captured in the slogan for this years festivities: Lucian Carnival Nothing Sweeter Dan Dat. This year the Government of Saint Lucia for the fourth consecutive year has committed an amount of EC $1. Million to tivities. This years allocation though is coming as a transitional measure. Organizers and key stakeholders in the event are expected to sit down following the end of festivities to Carnival is our biggest cultural show piece; it includes a number of elements such as: Playing Mas/ Masquerade; Old Mas; Panorama (Steel Band Competition); jouvert morning jump-up, etc. The exciting Calypso tents which features a unique Saint Lucian atmosphere Tent Pinez and all. Soca and Groovy music, which are like cousins of Calypso all lead to the crowning a several Monarchs chief among those being Calypso King or Queen. Calypso is the heart beat of Saint Lucian Carnival and this year will be no exception. Now that the sensitive issues surrounding carnival has been dealt with, we are on stream for what will be a great season. The national carnival launch took place on June 6, 2010 at Samans Park, where fourteen (14) adult and seven (7) Kiddies bands came out in spectacular fashion. The launch certainly set the tone for what is expected to be very successful carnival season. to take place at the Cultural Center has begun with the various Kaisonians and Tents preparing to earn making the necessary adjustments to take into account managing the the cream of the crop highlighting 18 of the top clayposians in one show, will take place at the Cultural Center in what is expected to be an enthralling encounter. With the Groovy Soca preliminary show at the CSA yard and the in door elimination for the Power Soca already gone, the public can look forward to the power preliminaries with promises pumping explosive Soca music to be held at the Cultural Center on Sunday 4 July, 2010 from 6:00 pm. A new and historic event aimed at providing tremendous soca experience is being Carnival 2K10 on ScheduleWith full Support from the Government of Saint Lucia introduced this year. It is called Soon Saturday July 10, 2010. This will Power Soca merged into one big massive power soca extravaganza at the Mindo Phillip Park. The public can look forward to this where the power and groovy crowns respectively, all in one big show. This will be followed by the Calypso Finals, the mother of all shows which will be held at the Mindo Phillip Park on Sunday, 17 July, 2010. The public must note that the Mindoo Phillip Park will be the main venue for the major competitive shows. The CDF is working feverishly to cover the grounds so that we can bring the country to the level where there is a perfect marriage of sports and culture. The competitive shows end with the King and Queen of the Bands Show and the Caribbean Soca Monarch Competition, in which Saint Lucia has done very well over the years with the reigning monarch Ricky T coming from Saint Lucia. It is hoped that we will recapture the monarch at the show which will take place on Sunday July 18, 2010 at 8pm at the Mindo Phillip Park.Other major carnival activities include junior carnival which has seen a change in venue from Mindo Phillip Park to the Castries city circuit starting from the sporting complex at Vigie. All plans are being put in place to ensure safety in carnival generally especially, the Junior Mas which will take place on July 11, 2010. The National Carnival Queen Pageant comes back to the very center. Seven talented, beautiful and wonderful ladies will compete for the title of carnival queen which will take place on Friday 9 July, 2010 from 8:30 pm. Carnival activities continue with the collaboration between CDF and HTS in once again staging Mass on the Square from Monday 12 to Friday 16 July, 2010. This will be followed on Saturday 17 July, 2010 with Muzik An Nou at the Derek our French carnival counterparts from the neighboring French Islands from 11 am to 4 pm. Steel Band Association will take place in a non competitive atmosphere with sweet pan music in the heart of carnival at the Mindoo Philip Park on Friday July 16, 2010 at 8 pm. Jouvert will see the Old Mas characters take place on the morning of Monday July 19, 2010 from 4:00 am to 8:00 am. The Carnival pageant will commence from the Choc Roundabout and will run from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on July 19, 2010. It is hoped that the parade will start much earlier to ensure that it does not end later than 6:00 pm. The CDF is assuring the public that the police are integrally involved in the planning process to ensure that we have a safe carnival this year. The parade of the bands will begin from the Choc round-about into the city circuit. This forms part of the last lap on carnival Tuesday when Revelers break loose in fun and frolic. The much anticipated prize giving ceremony to be announced at a later date will form There will also be numerous community carnivals in Choiseul, Dennery, Soufriere, Vieux Fort, Gros Islet and Anse La Raye. The Gros Islet carnival is scheduled to and capitalize on the much anticipated Saint Lucian Home Coming 2010 activities and the celebration niversary as a Town.The Government of Saint Lucia local cultural industry that will be managed along sound business principles to generate income for producers and ensure sustainability while ensuring the recognition of the countrys diverse heritage. It is from this perspective that Government has injected huge sums into carnival as an impetus to allow this festival to grow and expand as a viable product. look forward to an even grander carnival in 2K11. Government is Cultural Development Foundation in developing the best possible model for the planning and management of Saint Lucias Car nival. Towards this end, the CDF has been charged with the responsibility of formulating a report Ministry of Finance within three Carnival. This report is expected to map an approach that would move the festival towards being run as a business venture and to maximize on its potential. The report is also expected address cur rent hitches as well new proposals that will eschew some of the major hurdles encountered this year. The aim of this multi-disciplinary conference is to encourage a critical examination of the neoliberal approach to development and all that it connotes. More importantly, the conference seeks to encourage participants to consider alternative explanations for the Third World problematique of underdevelopment, as a precursor to constructing a way forward. The world is reeling under the pressures of the current Financial Crisis, desperately seeking answers to some rather troubling questions. Raging debates about the merits and demerits of modern day capitalism abound. In fact, doubts are being raised about the relevance and adequacy of neoliberalism as the philosophical lynchpin of the global economy. with the current forms of exchange and interaction. Similar to previous conferences organised by WASD, this multidisciplinary conference is expected tion to WASD members all over the world. Dr. Gale T C Rigobert at or via telephone 468 5550. WASD EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCEUnder the Distinguished Patronage of the Honourable Stephenson King, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, St. Lucia In Collaboration with The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Trinidad and Tobago William Jefferson Clinton Ballroom, Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach R esort 22 24 November 2010 "Towards Epistemic Sovereignty: (R e)-thinking Development in a Changing Global Political Economy"


Page 7 Saturday July 3, 2010 Page 6 Saturday July 3, 2010 Hon. Guy Joseph MP for Castries South East and Minister for Communications & Works, Transport and Public UtilitiesNational Review met with Hon. Guy Joseph, Member of Parliament for Castries South East who pointed out that one of his main focus as MP is to improve the infrastructure in the constituency among other key priorities. While some work was done prior, there were areas that quently there is an urgent need to embark on a comprehensive programme of development, designed to enhancing the quality of life of the community and to bring some much need relief to the people. One of the main challenges is that the area is prone to beautiful but mountainous topography. This has led to the investin retaining walls, bridges and address the situation. Education remains a key focus in the constituency and in this regard twenty individuals have programme at Sandals in the ser vice industry. This is expected to be an ongoing programme which from the area. The school independence award programme will students to keep excelling. We will continue to provide assistance where possible to students from and guide them in the pursuit of excellence. We have established a computer lab in Forestiere and we have supplied computers to other schools tive white boards are available for each of the Primary Schools in the Community, and by the reopening of school this year; the schools This will allow the teachers to have access to modern teaching techniques to aid the students academic advancement. All this was made possible with the support and assistance of the Taiwanese Embassy for which are very thankful. re is a critical need to reposition the Castries South East economy as a result of the decline in the banana industry. A to provide assistance to farmers through the Taiwanese Embassy in aquaculture/shrimps and water melon production. The advent of increased development of commercial enterprises moving into the Cu-de-Sac area will create employment and generate viable economic activity. The establishment of the Marketing Board project in the area will serve as another critical boost in making Castries South East the hub of agricultural development, complementing expanding industry services and retail enterprises. On the social front there is an ongoing programme of assistance to help people who have lost other unfortunate and deprived individuals as well as those who are victims due to tragic circumstances. The sports programme is an important component of youth development that will continue to help the youth harness their talent and skills and to channel their creative energies in a positive direction. The advent of the FIFA Goal Project in Bexon will serve as impetus for the sporting enthusiasts and take sports to new levels. This will also transform the community and contribute to making Bexon a major sporting hub within the Castries area. Most of the clubs have been equipped with sporting gear for both football and cricket in terms of uniforms, footballs, cricket bats etc. Sporting competitions for cricket and football will continue throughout the constituency, with the major football and cricket tournaments to start soon pending weather conditions. Although the terrain has been challenging we have initiated some innovative measures in the construction of a multi-purpose court and a community center in Barre Denis. It will also assist in road while playing sports, and encourage the growth of clubs such as Road Shadows and other sports clubs which did not have any playing facility for training. is under construction in Forestiere while works will commence soon at Odsan and Ti Rocher, all in an sports within Castries South East.Drainage, footpaths, road construction and development continue to be high on the agenda of the MP, pointing out that all of this would not at all be possible without the assistance ad support of the Government and People of the republic of China/Taiwan. We are extremely thankful for their cooperation and continued supLucians. Farmers are high on the agenda of the Member of Parliament as agriculture and feeder roads will be vigorously addressed within the community, irrespective of the challenges of the banana industry. Farming programmes will focus on strengthens agricultural production in light of the expected Marketing Board project. The agricultural and feeder roads will continue to get develop the farming sector particularly for butchers. The farming programme will strengthen production and keep vacant lands engaged in productive output so that we will be able to produce most of what we food import bill.From an ecotourism perspective the nature trail at Forestiere will be developed to provide recreational and leisure activities as an additional economic activity. This will place Bexon at the cross roads of our development linking the north and south of the island, thereby strategically placing the community in a position to benthat is rapidly expanding. Add to this are the gains to be derived from increase agricultural expansion and the sporting hub with the football facility. This will bring with it additional housing and other services that will provide added opportunities for the people of the community, which will certainly make the community the life-blood of commercial activity and yoke of development the Castries basin. for the entire community will be ongoing especially along the high way. This will be done in a manner that will improve the esthetics of the area. To this end the entire community will be mobilized with the hope of being among the cleanest in St. Lucia. There is also an increasing need to document the history of the community hence an interpretive center will be constructed, with particular emphasis on cataloguing the events of the Ravine Poison Disaster so that the history of the comThis will be done with the establishment of our own hall of fame to recognize the individuals from all walks of life who have contributions to the community. The development of the Castries South East community will conof the Government and People of Taiwan as it continues to grow and expand in ensuring that the quality of life of all residents is improved at all levels. One of many Footpaths/Drainage Projects in the CommunityRefurbished Ti Rocher Health Centre New School Extension at Odsan Primary School One of Many Bridges Constructed throughout the Community Refurbished Public Facility at Ravine Poisson Good Friday Cricket League Competition Sponsored by MP Newly Built Barre Denis Multi-Purpose Court One of many Road Projects throughout the Community Odsan Primary School Violin Orchestra at District School Independence Awards Handing Over of Sports of Gear


Page 8 Saturday July 3, 2010 Saturday July 3, 2010The custodians of our society and the trustees of prosperity for future generations, the youth, form two-thirds of the population of the Caribbean and are under the age of 30. Statistics indicate they also form the bulk of those who breach the rules or laws which ultimately requires the prescription of a conviction. Crime in the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is fast becoming an overwhelming phenomenon beyond the capacity of the individual national police forces to cope with. Experts have posited the view that the present rate of increase in crime parallels a downturn in the economies of the region occasioned by their loss of preferential markets in the European Union for their major commodities, a decline in tourism, an increase in unemployment and a drop in the real value of earnings. It is also widely believed that CARICOM states are in danger of being overrun by criminal activity in the decade ahead unless the problem is addressed urgently and comprehensively. the seriousness, sensitivity and the sense of urgency which the government of Prime dealing with crime. ernment of Saint Lucia has been involved in examining lessons and best practices at the local and regional level. The Barbados Youth Action Programme is one such ing at closely. The Barbados Youth Action Programme (also known as BYAP) is a strategic programme using preventative and unorthodox social measures to combat the rising levels of deviant behaviour and violence in the inner communities of Bar bados. The Programme has been successful in securing funding from the US Embassy for Barbados and the OECS for its implementation. The BYAP Mission Statement reads as follows: To dissuade youth from engaging in behaviour that places them at risk of incar ceration and to rehabilitate the incarcerated. from the Barbados Youth Assistance Programme (BYAP) visited Saint Lucia in or der to facilitate a process of information/ experience sharing. The group was headed by Hon. Hamilton Lashley, Social Policy Spiritual Counsellor, Mr. Emmanuel BerylAlfred Lumumba Batson who is the Coordinator of the Programme. During their stay, the bajan delegation made a presen-Government Embraces New Initiatives as Part of Efforts to Combat Challenge of Crime tation to the Cabinet Task Force on Crime and participated in a very informative and productive summit with various local or ganizations and met with young persons from Inner City neighborhoods within the Castries basin. ings the delegates from Barbados provided very interesting and novel insights into the operations of the programme in their homeland. seeks to develop positive linkages through the programme with a range of target groups including: youth at risk, convicts and ex-convicts, deportees and criminals. The aim of these interventions is to provide these persons with the relevant skills and capacity to function productively within the society and in the case of deportees to enable their integration/re-integration into their recipient country. Criminal deportees support network because they had been uprooted from birth or in the young stages of their life. BYAP are directed towards delinquents youths who have already been involved in the criminal justice system; pre-delinquents youth who have displayed antisocial tendencies and/or behaviour and nondelinquents youths who have never been in trouble with the law. phies include education as a life long learning experience; communication as a means of gaining knowledge through communication; employment; self-awareness of strengths and weaknesses; responsibilmension of self that is healthy and positive; recreation and environmental change. hieve its goals the programme promotes and manages interventions in education and skills training, use of popular art forms such as music as positive tools, entrepreneurial programmes, mentor ship, sports, school visits and lectures. The BYAP also manages a programme which is geared towards facilitating a smooth transition for deportees into the bajan society. To ensure the success and sustainability of the programme, vital linkages are forged with entities such as the Barbados Industrial Development Corporation, the Police, the Education System, the Immigration Department, Faith Based Organisations and the local Private Sector. These linkages are very important in providing a support base for the programme. Evidence of such support is illustrated through the fact that a local automobile company in Barbados has donated a vehicle for use by functionaries within the BYAP. tocol for dealing with returning nationals from the international prison system. There is expected to be a monitoring system in place to actually working with those who have been sent back from international prisons. The programme recognizes the increasing challenges of Caribbean nationals returning to their home land. In most cases they return without any preparation and the transition in a new environment that they may not be familiar with at all, added with issues of adjustment in how the society will embrace them. bados Youth Action Programme are among some of the best social intervention strategies not only for deportees but for inclusion of the deviant youth and those who reside within the on-the-block environment as well as those returning from local prisons. It includes both men and women as there are a growing number of women also coming out of international jails. The programme has been tried in Thailand and has yielded great results in transforming inner city crime. that approaches in dealing with crime must be deal with in a multifaceted approach with the integral involvement of all sectors of the society. The issues of crime are regional in nature and as such a regional approach is paramount in implementing strategies to combat crime. The opportunity to learn from the experiences of the Bar bados Youth Action programme was very timely and is an example of the sought of regional collaboration which must be emtors of the Barbados contingent namely Mr. Emmanuel Beryllia and Mr. Alfred Batson further highlighted the success of the programme which led to the release of Mr. Batson from the US prison system. This led himself and others to meet with the Prime Minister David Thompson of Barbados to examine the possibility of introducing a key part of the social programmes of the government of Barbados and is well rearound the island. tional Security who was instrumental in organizing the visit of the Barbadian contingent has expressed the following view about the BYAP and the visit: The visit of the Barbados group is a demonstration of views the challenges of crime. We under stand that crime and the management of crime is complex and we are prepared to explore creative and non-conventional methods such as those utilized by the Youth Action Programme. We will be studying the Programme at the level of the Ministerial Task Force on Crime and Security and we will make a determination with respect to possible adaptation of aspects of the Proturn around in incidents of crime. It is our responsibility to bring peace and tranquility to Saint Lucians. As Minister of Home ment takes this responsibility seriously. Senator Hon. Guy Mayers Minister for


Page 9 Saturday July 3, 2010 Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Present Post) Acting Commissioner of Police-Territorial Police (June 2007 to December 2008) Superintendent in chargeSouthern Division (May 2003 to June 2007) (July 2000 to March 2001) July 2000) Inspector in charge-Soufriere Station Prosecution UnitProsecuting Sergeant for the Senior Magistrate Court Anse-La-Raye Station Special Services Unit Drug Unit Castries) Special Branch Central Police Station DATE OF BIRTH: August 8, 1959 GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA VISION A professional community polici ng service, providing crime reduction, impr oved road safety and a safer environment. MISSION To provide a professional policing servi ce and in partnership with all communitie s to create a safer environmen t for all people in St. Lucia.Profile of (Ag) Deputy Commi ssioner of Police Operations NAME: Pancras Albert DATE OF BIRTH: August 8, 1959 DATE OF ENLISTMENT: January 19, 1978 PRESENT RANK: Superintendent of Police WORK EXPERIENCE: Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Present Post) Acting Commissioner of Police-Territorial Police Superintendent in charge Operations Superintendent in charge-Northern Division (June 2007 to December 2008) Superintendent in chargeSouthe rn Division (May 2003 to June 2007) Officer in charge Special Special Services Unit (July 2000 to March 2001) Officer in charge Vieux Fort Station (May 2000 to July 2000) Inspector in charge-Vieux Fort Station Inspector in charge -Soufriere Station Acting Inspector in char ge Micoud Station Acting Inspector in charge Prosecution Unit Prosecution UnitProsecuting Sergeant for the Senior Magistrate Court Anse-La-Raye Station Special Services Unit Drug Unit Criminal Investigations Department (Gros Islet &Castries) Special Branch Traffic Department Central Police Station ACADEMIC TRAINING : Management Development Programme (UWI I OB) Saint Lucia(November 2000-July 2003) Management Techniques and Princi ples (Saint Lucia SALCC 1997) Effective Supervision Technique s (Saint Lucia SALCC 1995) Effective Language and Communication Pa rt 1 (Saint Lucia SALCC 1993) Continued on page 10 GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA VISION A professional community polici ng service, providing crime reduction, impr oved road safety and a safer environment. MISSION To provide a professional policing servi ce and in partnership with all communitie s to create a safer environmen t for all people in St. Lucia.Profile of (Ag) Deputy Commi ssioner of Police Operations NAME: Pancras Albert DATE OF BIRTH: August 8, 1959 DATE OF ENLISTMENT: January 19, 1978 PRESENT RANK: Superintendent of Police WORK EXPERIENCE: Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Present Post) Acting Commissioner of Police-Territorial Police Superintendent in charge Operations Superintendent in charge-Northern Division (June 2007 to December 2008) Superintendent in chargeSouthe rn Division (May 2003 to June 2007) Officer in charge Special Special Services Unit (July 2000 to March 2001) Officer in charge Vieux Fort Station (May 2000 to July 2000) Inspector in charge-Vieux Fort Station Inspector in charge -Soufriere Station Acting Inspector in char ge Micoud Station Acting Inspector in charge Prosecution Unit Prosecution UnitProsecuting Sergeant for the Senior Magistrate Court Anse-La-Raye Station Special Services Unit Drug Unit Criminal Investigations Department (Gros Islet &Castries) Special Branch Traffic Department Central Police Station ACADEMIC TRAINING : Management Development Programme (UWI I OB) Saint Lucia(November 2000-July 2003) Management Techniques and Princi ples (Saint Lucia SALCC 1997) Effective Supervision Technique s (Saint Lucia SALCC 1995) Effective Language and Communication Pa rt 1 (Saint Lucia SALCC 1993) MARITAL STATUS : Married University of Technology (Jamaica) and Jamaica Police University of the West Indies (Distance Institute of Business (University of Part time the West Indies) (University of the West Indies) (Currently pursing Masters Degree in Police Leadership and Management (Distance Education) University of Leicester, England. of Police Continued on page 10 1983 1983 to 1991 1995 Intelligence at the Regional Security Systems to 1999 Royal Saint Lucia Police Force 1999 to 2001 Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) 2001 Training and Community Relations 2001 to 2002 GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA VISION A professional community polici ng service, providing crime reduction, impr oved road safety and a safer environment. MISSION To provide a professional policing servi ce and in partnership with all communitie s to create a safer environmen t for all people in St. Lucia.Profile of (Ag) Deputy Commi ssioner of Police Operations NAME: Pancras Albert DATE OF BIRTH: August 8, 1959 DATE OF ENLISTMENT: January 19, 1978 PRESENT RANK: Superintendent of Police WORK EXPERIENCE: Acting Deputy Commissioner of Police (Present Post) Acting Commissioner of Police-Territorial Police Superintendent in charge Operations Superintendent in charge-Northern Division (June 2007 to December 2008) Superintendent in chargeSouthe rn Division (May 2003 to June 2007) Officer in charge Special Special Services Unit (July 2000 to March 2001) Officer in charge Vieux Fort Station (May 2000 to July 2000) Inspector in charge-Vieux Fort Station Inspector in charge -Soufriere Station Acting Inspector in char ge Micoud Station Acting Inspector in charge Prosecution Unit Prosecution UnitProsecuting Sergeant for the Senior Magistrate Court Anse-La-Raye Station Special Services Unit Drug Unit Criminal Investigations Department (Gros Islet &Castries) Special Branch Traffic Department Central Police Station ACADEMIC TRAINING : Management Development Programme (UWI I OB) Saint Lucia(November 2000-July 2003) Management Techniques and Princi ples (Saint Lucia SALCC 1997) Effective Supervision Technique s (Saint Lucia SALCC 1995) Effective Language and Communication Pa rt 1 (Saint Lucia SALCC 1993) Continued on page 10


Saturday July 3, 2010 Page 10 Saturday July 3, 2010 Management Development Programme (UWI Management Techniques and Principles (Saint Senior Command Course (Jamaica 2008) Commanders Drug Course (Jamaica 2008) Junior Command Course (Jamaica 1999) Course (Jamaica 1999) Drug Enforcement Course (Jamaica 1999) Diplomatic Security Course (USA 1995) Supervisory Personnel Course (Saint Lucia 1993) Court Prosecutors Course (Saint Lucia 1992) Amphibious Warfare Course (Saint Lucia 1992) First Responder First Aid Course (Barbados 1992) Senior C.I.D. Course (Barbados 1992) Drug Law Enforcement Course (USA 1990) Maritime Law Enforcement Course (Saint Lucia 1989) Military Leaders Course (Antigua 1998) Basic Special Branch Course (Barbados 1980) 2010 Acting Commissioner of Police May 2009 Acting Superintendent May 2003 Sergeant 1989 Continued from page 9 Length of Service : Twenty-seven (27) years Initial training : Regional Training Centre (Barbados) Current posting : Commissioner of Police (Ag) Previous postings : Assistant Commissioner I/C Crime and Intelligence Asst. Commissioner i/c Training, Divisions and Immigration tions Department Unit Coordinator, Police Reform tion Program for Safety Association Union Union Represented Royal St. Lucia Police Force at the following recent meetings Extra Ordinary Joint Meeting of Caribbean Com19-21, 2008 ference of the Association of Caribbean Commis to 20, 2008 Tenth joint meeting of the Caribbean Community and Military Chiefs held in Hamilton, Bermuda, PoliceContinued from page 9 2003 curity Coordinator for LOC Saint Lucia, Cricket World Cup 2007 July 1999 2003 Studies Initial Police Training (St. Lucia) 1981/2 Police Junior Command (Jamaica) 1995 Specialized course of Instructors in Hostage 1989/99 Toxic Agent Training (USA) 1999 International Humanitarian Law Instructors of The Police Forces of the Caribbean, (Jamaica) 2000 Strategic Management and Development Training (Scotland/UK) 2001 2002/3 Conference (London) 1988 Crisis Management (London) 1990 Stress Management (Barbados) 1992 Peace and Security in the Americas Conference (Santo Domingo) 1997 Continued from page 9


Page 11 Saturday July 3, 2010 A the grand design for Home Coming this year there is a of mentorship programmes and exare made a


Page 12 Saturday July 3, 2010 T governance depends priand productive public service to deliver vital services for the bensociety. That is one of the fundamental concepts of government for, of and by the people. The public relies heavily on public services not just to minimize bureaucratic delay but most impor tantly to access services vital to their day to day survival. arching responsibility and funcdesignated June 23 as a day of orate Public Service Day. Hon. Lenard Spider Montoute, who is the Minister responsible for the Public Service, has emphasized the need to celebrate the value and virtue of the public service to the community. The Minister highlighted the contribution of the public service during a recent address to mark the commemo ration Public Service Day. public service ready and prepared to ensure tangible deliverables to the public was clearly articulated in the Parliament of the country, when the responsible Minister introduced several be undertaking. These are aimed at improving the countrys com petitiveness and stimulating economic growth and development. upon a Public Sector Modernization program which is being funded by the World Bank. The successful implementation of this program would place us in a better position to enhance public ofand quality of service delivery. human resource is the most important and vital factor of economic development and is ever mindful that humans are the ly this will lead to increase proeducation, improved skills, and provision of healthy atmosphere will result in proper and most will result in increase in econom ic production. tool in the improvement and enhancement of the quality of life of the public is a key part of the overall strategy to further the objective of creating a modern public service ready and equip to meet the challenges of the future. This will allow us to increase access to public services by providing those services on-line. To date, we have realized the estabmandate. to review of our current human resource management practices Public Service Employment Act orders of 1983. As we continue to improve on the processes and procedures and seek to improve service delivery, we need to observe and recognize the continue to develop the appropriate support systems to create an enabling environment conducive to the growth and development of our human resource capital. lish an Employee Assistance Program as it is it is well known that employees who enjoy personal, social and psychological balance, are likely to be more productive, creative, enthusiastic and focused on their work. The provision of optimal working environment ensures that employees will have access to quality support systems that will enable them to deal with social problems and issues. The importance of this initiative lies within the context of establishing a modern public service which needs of all citizens. our development is the improvement and enhancement of our human capital base. We recognize that improving competensary for the achievement of an vice. The Ministry of the Public Service continues to invest heavily in various in-house training programs aimed at providing the requisite skills to enhance perfor mance on the job. grams have been undertaken, such as Leadership DevelopManagement, Communication Skills/Report Writing, Professional Ethics, Orientation for Enablement, and Interpersonal Skills. In addition, Public Offor long-term training through Scholarship Awards, Study Leave and Tuition Refund programs. that the youth of today will be the future leaders of tomor row. They can play a more sigof national development goals. We need, therefore, to provide opportunities for their development: opportunities for them to use their creativity, develop their leadership skills and in so doing public service. In this regard, we have and will continue to enhance the existing facilities in the public ser vice to allow for the involvement of youth, through the Summer Employment Program, Workdetship Program.