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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2011 THE OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF SAINT LUCIA FREE The Saint Lucian Government has undertaken a series of Stimulus Packages to provide wide spread assistance to low and mid dle-income households across the island. The Stimulus Packages are implemented by the Government in response to the global economic crisis. The current Stimulus Package is the sixth such programme to be executed by the Government of Saint Lucia over the past three (3) years. By design the stimulus package is a deliberate and targeted strategy geared to engineer economic activity within the local activity particularly at the grass-roots level. It is an established approach used by Governments who have the overall responsibility to ensure a certain measure of vibrancy within their domestic economies. In the US Presi dent Obama instituted stimulus measures as a means of building resilience and neutralising the impact of the global recession. Continued on page 3


Page 2 Saturday September 24, 2011 Thirteen Million EC to the Ministry of Education and Culture for the Hurricane Tomas Emergency Recovery Project. the entire island of Saint Lucia and Northeast Coast to the Southern West Region of the island. The bulk of the damage resulted from slides that made roads impassable, destroyed bridges and homes and washed away river banks in the 1. Dennery Infant School (218 students): Construction of the school on a new site 2. George Charles Secondary in Cul de Sac (619 students): Raising the access road and construction of drains 3. Babonneau Secondary (527 students): Installation of gabion baskets to arrest land slippage and stabilization of the slope of some sections of the school 6. St Josephs Convent in Castries (676 students): Clearing landslide, and construction of retaining wall 7. Vieux Fort Comprehensive Campus B (1,007 students): Repairs to roof, ceilings, fencing, doors, windows and other classroom infrastructure 8. Marigot Secondary in Roseau (445 students): Clearing of debris and construction of a retaining wall to arrest the land slippage and reinstatement of damaged railings 9. Soufriere Primary (342 students): Clearing of the site and repairing of the damaged 10. Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in Morne Fortune (main college campus) replacement of doors and windows, repairs of fence, greenhouses and farm 11. Ciceron Secondary (489 students): Construction of a retaining wall to arrest the land slippage 12. La Croix Maingot Combined (355 students): Construction of a retaining wall to arrest the land slippage and to improve drainage on the site 13. Piaye Secondary in Laborie (600 students): Repair all damages including the installation of replacement windows and roof repair 14. Augier Combined in Vieux Fort (343 students): Construction of a new classroom to replace the damaged one and repair and reinforce the roof repairs to fencing and clearing of school yard 16. Morne Du Don Combined (325 students): Construction of a retaining wall to arrest the land slippage, repairs to roof, ceiling and fence 17. Castries Comprehensive Secondary (831 students): General cleaning and repairs to concrete roof need to construct storm drain to the back of the school 20. Bexon Primary (200 students): Clearing of the school yard; raising the access road, construction of storm drains and foot bridge; replacement/refurbishment of the schools Special Education room central and southwestern parts of the island. All the educational facilities on the island have been impacted by Hurricane Tomas. An estimated 15% of the facilities sustained severe damage. Typical losses include par tial or total collapse of roofs caused by strong winds, structural damage due to landslides and debris and offices and other structures, and heavy siltation. Nearly two-thirds of all schools on the island, or 63 out of damage to cause the need for cleanup beyond what could be handled by the usual clean-up crews. School ing furniture, computers, books, teaching aids and school supplies have also been lost. Many of the educational facilities are old buildings and/or are located in low-lying flood-prone areas or along river banks, which heightened their vulnerability to the disaster impacts. The proposed Project would help tion and recovery in the Education Sector. The project would finance the following activities: (i) support the early recovery of the Education sector from the impact of Hurricane To mas through the provision of goods, technical advisory services and emergency operating costs; and (ii) technical assistance and purchase capacity; (iii) reconstruction and rehabilitation of selected education facilities and services damaged by the Hurricane. by International Development Association (a sub agency of the involved. Other bilateral and multilateral agencies (the Japanese Government, the Caribbean Development Bank and the European Union) are supporting complemen tary activities of the Governments recovery needs in various areas, including the Education sector. Furniture: This includes student desks, student chairs, teacher desks, teacher chairs, chalk boards, chairs Machinery/Fixtures and Electrical Equipment: This includes microwaves, refrigerators, freezers, cookers, air conditioning units, duplicating machines, fax machines, photo copy machines, copiers/printers, computers, laminating machines, risographs, sewing machines and fans Electronic Items/Tools: This includes water tanks, water pumps, generators, weed eaters, lawn mowers, wheel barrows, water hoses, transformers, radios/CD players, DVD players, power strips, voltage regulators, projectors, televisions, PA systems and speakers Stationery/Instructional Supplies/Cleaning Supplies: This includes text books, tape, pens, pencils, crayons, erasers, note books, registers, scheme books, paper, Bristol boards, markers, chalk, disinfectant, bleach, insecticide, brooms and mops, bass brooms, gloves, mop buckets, dust masks, garbage bags, bins, plastic rakes Resource Materials: maps, globes, motivational stickers, charts, board games, electronic games, alphabet Other Items: recorders, xylophones, sofa chairs and folding tablesRehabilitation and reconstruction of school facilities This is an indicative list of school facilities proposed under this project:Thirteen Million EC to the Ministry of Education and Culture for the Hurricane Tomas Emergency Recovery Project Replacement of damaged items. It includes: pacity and installation of rain water harvesting systems with a capacity to store 50, 000 gal lons of water will be strategi cally placed to serve clusters of schools, namely Gros Islet Primary School, Castries Com prehensive Secondary School, St Aloysius R C Boys Primary School, Bexon Infant School, Entrepot Secondary School, Vide Bouteille Secondary, Ave Maria Girls Primary School, Clendon Mason Memorial Sec ondary School, Vieux Fort Pri mary School, Canaries Pri mary School, Soufriere Primary School and Micoud Secondary School.


Page 3 Saturday September 24, 2011 Continued from page 1 of Local Government in the Min istry of Housing Urban Renewal and Local Government. He says over the years these packages have been strategically timed and implemented to coincide with times of the year in which residents are deemed most and need of them such as Christmas, and Easter. This year, a new Stimulus Package was intro duced in August, in time for the reopening of school. act meant to arouse action create more jobs, more consumer con fidence and more investment, Isidore explains And in part when we speak about Local Govern ment we see how those packages particularly the current one was com ing at a time when a lot of families/ parents were preparing for the new school term. The package is an at tempt to inject some more opportuni ties, resources in the rural areas and economy so people would be able to respond to those emerging needs. says, strengthens and supports residents in remote communities through community development and participation opportunities that develop skills, improve capacity, work readiness and employability and link with local priorities. It is one of the key employment programs contributing to the Governments aim of reducing unem ployment while easing the impact of the global economic crisis on the most vulnerable citizens. The programme spec unemployed or unskilled persons, mothers with school aged children and to a lesser extent, some small businesses. Work undertaken by beneficiaries of the programme entails the clearing of drains, im proving aesthetic appearance of communities, and the debushing and cleaning of roadsides. e programme, Local Government authorities receive $150, 000.00 which is managed entirely by the respective councils. In some cases, as many as 200 or 300 persons are employed, and many more likely benefit through the multiplier e ity are important, Isidore says and procedures are in place to ensure that every cent is accounted for. Persons who receive monies must sign along with providing proper ment has provided training to various Clerks at the Local Government the process. Deliberate steps have been taken to reduce the amount of red tape involved and to see in the implementation of respective projects of this nature. This Isidore says is especially important considering that the projects are aimed at less fortunate persons who need them the most. Despite the success of the pro gramme, Government continues to explore ways of improving it. To this end Isidore says consideration approach in determining the allocations and to ensure a level playing mirror the needs constituencies distribution of resources in the future. This is also important Isidore says in measuring the impact or success of the programme and determining if and how it can be improved so that more people The Government of Saint Lucia is therefore proud of its decision to implement the recent Stimulus Package which will the community level. The Stimu lus Programme introduced by Government represents another action geared at engineering in the local economy.Government Stimulus Package A Bold and Courageous InitiativeDespite over sixty years of yachting in the Caribbean, the growth of the sector has been hampered by intolerable bureaucracy, but a recent decision by the Government of Saint Lucia to encourage hassle free cruising to the island has won it wide applause. tor of Yachting, Cuthbert Didier the new Cabinet Conclusion, revising the islands yachting policy, is bound to make Saint Lucia the envy of its regional neighbours. We already have been the envy of the Eastern Caribbean for hosting the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers he says its been running for 25 years. Weve had it for twenty one of those years so thats a milestone. Having said that, our facilities are Bay Marina and Marigot Marina we are parallel to anything in Dubai or Monaco. With the appointment of a Marine Consultant, a Director of Yachting on the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, again were ahead of the pack. This Cabinet Conclusion puts us in overdrive. terms of forward thinking; in terms of recommendations coming out of the UN ECLAC study and other yachting studies. I think this Cabinet Conclusion captures a very strategic way forwardit also shows that we were beginning to put measures in place to make sure that policy is given tangible life Didier says. is designed to stimulate the growth and development of the sector and recognizes the important contribution of the yachting sector to the islands economy. According to Didier economic impact studies of Government Announces New Incentives for Yachting Sectorthe yachting sector show that the sector brings in far more money than the cruise sector does. A fact he says, that has been lost on many regional Governments. because they see size, volumes dis embarking and climbing into taxis, but the spend per passenger is less than that of yachting. The average yacht spend in 2002 was EC$375 per person, vis--vis US$20 per person for cruise passengers. ys its been a gradual process but regional Governments have come around to the economic value of the yachting sector as evinced by this Governments Cabi net Conclusion. The Conclusion he says demonstrates the Saint Lucia Governments forward thinking. The sale of the Rodney Bay Marina and the massive upgrade by IGY has put the island at least four years ahead of the average island by Didiers estimation, but he says it always lacked facilitation legislation for easy hassle free processing of persons which the news cabinet Conclusion now addresses. frastructure and have an event that which is the ARC, weve not built on that legacy. The legacy for ARC specialists doing fibre glassing, vanishing, refrigeration, machine work etc. We dont have that. We have some persons who do it very well but we dont have a cluster. Unlike us Antigua has that cluster and Trinidad has that cluster and its because the agencies there have really facilitated the yachtsmen longer and have begun to home port in those islands, Did ier explains. abinet Conclusion he way for yachts to be processed. As an example Didier explains, a visit ing yachtsman or woman should be given up to six months to stay on the island instead of the current six months. Of course he notes, that not every case will be the same and that ensure the integrity of immigration should be no hesitation on the part of recommend ed six months stay. The aim Didier says is to have visiting yachtsmen feel so welcomed that they begin to home port in Saint Lucia and use the island as a home base. clusion involves giving yachts that have been cleared for departure the same rights as yachts passing through. According to the Cabinet Conclusion yachts whose owners are on island on a temporary basis will be allowed to remain free of du ties and taxes for a period of three years, after which duties would become payable on the current value. for the 100% waiver of import duties and consumption tax on yachts imported into the island for pleasure, as well as a 100% waiver of income charter companies. A similar 100% waiver will apply to import duties ment and materials imported or purchased locally in the establishment of yachting infrastructure for these waivers Didier says will help Government to measure the growth of the industry. tives and once we do our public relations campaign and people begin to enter, we need to be able to say in 2012 we had X amount of local companies and in 2017 we have Y. Are they 100% Saint Lucian? What size vessels are involved? We need to have a time frame to measure the growth and if it starts to grow at a huge rate we can always extend that time frame, he says. Genoa International Boat Show 2011 in Italy, from September 30th to October 10th to market the island and to announce the new incen Cabinet Conclusion. He will also Charter Brokers Association, where he will present the new incentives to persons who book charters, with the hope of drumming up new business for the island. This is critical he says as the island needs to develop the charter component of the sector. Vessels need to be able to stay on island, and crews encouraged to go and employing local cleaning and other services. At the Fort Lauderdale show he expects to meet with a number of mega yacht owners with the island and making Saint Lucia Mediterranean which gets six times the yachts the Caribbean does. The Government of Saint Lucia is committed to instituting the necessary legislative and policy framework to enable growth of the sector and to allow it to at tain its full potential. The recent decision made by the Cabinet of Ministers is a demonstration of that commitment.


Page 4 Saturday September 24, 2011 1.1 A History of Disaster Management and man-made hazards, which increasingly have the potential to cause significant loss of life and property, as well as serious damage to the environment and the economy. At the same time, the national and regional interdependencies resulting from globalization increase Saint Lucias vulnerability to the impacts of events caused by natural and technological hazards both at home, and abroad. As globaliza tion serves to create more economic opportunities in Saint Lucia and the region, key economic sectors, such as the tourism industry, could be severely disrupted, resulting in increased economic and social dislocation. agement, though called by numerous names over the years [disaster preparedness, disaster management, disaster risk reduction, community resilience etc.] has manifested itself constantly in Saint Lucia. As far back as June 10 20, 1979 Saint Lucia was host to the Caribbean Disaster Preparedness Seminar, [part of the International Disaster Seminar Series] where over one hundred and fifty del egates from the Caribbean, North and Latin America assembled to discuss the concerns of the day. The following year that Hurricane Allen devastated the island. In November 1984 with the memory of Hurricane Allen still fresh, Saint Lucia hosted another important conference: The International Conference on Natural Hazard Mitigation Program Implementation. Such conferences were critical to the formation of the disaster management program that was to evolve. not clear, however research shows that soon after 1980 there was a desk set up to deal with disasters and by of Disaster Preparedness being run by a National Disaster Coordinator. History making events such as the 1854 Cholera Epidemic, the 1938 Ravine Poisson Landslide and the [Colonial] Government of the day had to appoint persons to coordi nate the response. signed the Articles that created the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency [CDERA]. Prior to that there had been the Pan Caribbean Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Project [PCDPP]. Preparedness Project (PCDPP) was established in 1981 to improve national and regional Disaster NEMO Disaster Preparedness Feature 7 Hazard Maps Integrated Volcanic Hazard Zone MapBy the Seismic Research Centre Management in the Caribbean. was launched jointly by the United Nations Disaster Relief Organisa tion (UNDRO) now the United Nations Department of Humanitarian Affairs (DHA), CARICOM, Pan American Health Organisation/ World Health Organisation (PAHO/ WHO), and the League of Red Cross Societies (Red Cross). PCDPP was supported by bilateral donors from Canada, the United States, the Unit ed Kingdom, and the European Eco nomic Community. Although it was conceived as a short-term, 18-month project, focused solely on disaster preparedness, the PCDPP operated for almost 10 years. In 1989, when the project extended its work to the prevention of disasters, its acronym was lengthened to the Pan Carib bean Disaster Preparedness and Prevention Project (PCDPPP) to accommodate the term "prevention". PCDPPP has also led to the creation several Borrowing Member States, e.g. the Central Emergency Relief Organisation [now the Department of Emergency Management] in Barbados, the National Emergency Management Agency [now the Ofof Disaster Preparedness and Emer gency Management in Jamaica tionalise the work started by the PCDPPP, in 1991 the Heads of Government of CARICOM established a regional agency to coordinate disaster management activities. The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) was formally established in Septem Barbados. g the need for coor the aftermath of hurricane Hugo in 1989, which caused extensive damage to a number of islands in the Eastern Caribbean, the Eastern Caribbean Donor Group (ECDG) was formed. Donor agencies that are members of the group include BDDC, CIDA, CDB, EU, PAHO, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Devel opment Programme (UNDP) and USAID. Two response organisa tions, CDERA and the Regional Security System (RSS), are members of ECDG while IDB and the Or ganisation of America States (OAS) are support organisations. UNDP is the lead organisation of ECDG. [SOURCE: Caribbean Development Bank: Strategy and Operational Guidelines 1998] ebruary 1995 the Office of Disaster Preparedness of Saint Luto three when the post of Deputy Disaster Coordin ator was created. The next major step in Disaster Man agement for Saint Lucia occurred Disaster Preparedness [ODP] was renamed the National Emergency the resident Disaster Coordinator and Deputy Disaster Coordinator became the Director and Deputy Di rector. Legislation followed in 2000 and again in 2006 changing the Ofon the Minister the power to declare an enforced evacuation. NEMO functioned out of the Saint [1989 2003]. In 2003 with support from the United States Army South [South COM], NEMO moved to years later with a loan from the ters again relocated to a state of the art premises. tional Response Centre at Bise was formally opened and blessed. The Strategic Plan for Disaster Management set a new platform for Disaster Management in Saint Lucia. 1.2 Mission Vision Statement A nation highly resilient to hazard impacts and adaptable to hazard risks. Mission Statement -The role of the National Emergency Manage ment Organisation [NEMO] is to de measures to protect the population of Saint Lucia from the physical, social, environmental and economic effects of both natural and manmade disasters. Its responsibility of preparedness, prevention, mitiga tion and response actions.Integrated Volcanic Hazard Zone MapBy the Seismic Research Centre Continued in the next issueThe National Emergency Management System (NEMS) of Saint Lucia


Page 5 Saturday September 24, 2011 Feature The name Merphilus James was not widely known prior to December, 2010 when he was charged with the responsibility for overseeing the implementation of Governments SIGN UP! youth vol unteer programme, and he would have gladly kept it that way, pre scenes; but passion like his doesnt go unnoticed. Youd be hard pressed about youth and youth issues than Merphilus James. Community where he coordinates the Forestiere Junior Rangers, an environmentally oriented youth Merphilus James Meet a Quiet Giantorganisation based there, and which he uses to instil appreciation for nature and positive moral values in young people. Through the group, participants discover their inner strength as leaders, their ability the importance of diversity, com munity, and hands-on learning. other interactive activities. young but has an appreciation for the old and the traditional way of life, and in this age of Play Sta tions and social media, he tries to encourage young people to spend time outdoors and with each other and to not limit their interactions with each other to a social network site, but to explore the rivers and waterfalls and the natural beauty of the island. challenge, James says his innate curiosity led him to become involved in a number of organisations at school, including the Historical Society, Science Club, Key Club name it he says, he was a part of it, and it is that involvement and the resulting character transformation he experienced tha t has led him to encourage youth involvement in similar activities and organisa tions. Through his involvement in these various groups at St. Marys College where he also served as a school prefect, Merphilus learned discipline, self awareness, respon sibility, team value and self esteem. He carried this love for structured clubs over to Sir Arthur Lewis Com munity College where he served as the president of the A Level Chess Club and leader and founder of Campus Catholics. In 2005 he graduated Valedictoria n/ Student of the subject prize for General Paper. school level led to a desire to do something in his own commu nity and so he started with tutor ing young people and founding the Forestiere Junior Rangers. His love for imparting knowledge and interacting with youth led him to accepting teaching positions at the Ti Rocher Combined and Vide Boutielle Secondary schools. ent levelsAll of these experiences have moulded me and made me passionate about young people, their education, their advancement what they do with their time, he explains. and went to aviation school in St. with distinction and built up his ruption in his studies he returned to Saint Lucia and took up a job with the Ministry of Communications and Works and spent six months in the Accounts Department. Two years ago he took up a position in he now works directly with the Ambassador to the CARICOM and Even though he is now employed in that capacity, he says he con tinues to be assigned responsibility for a number of youth related activities. surprise when for the national youth prayer assembly which was organised in December, 2010, that he was selected to do the feature address. James did such an amazing job that he was charged with overseeing the SIGN UP! initiative. The following day he set to work on preparing the programme concept and budget. He planned and hosted a symposium in Vieux-Fort that brought together youth stakeholders from across the island to try calls a dynamic, sometimes radical, and hard to keep up with sector. were a number of consultations and more recently a successful youth conference for over 400 representatives of youth organisation from around the island. A lot of work he admits, but what would have exhausted a lesser man has left him more enthused. truly give me more energythere is so much untapped potential in these groups and it gives me the energy to keep me involved and to get even more deeply involved he says. is not his lifes dream. His heart he says lies with a career in aviation mercial pilots license. wanted to achieve so I ask myself can I really inspire others in good conscience, if I havent accom plished my own dreams yet? I really believe that the true test of triumph does not come from one who goes through life easily but from one who when I accomplish my dream I will be a greater inspiration to young people, he explains. dream he says his desire is return home to work in and develop the islands aviation industry while still working with young people. my short time is that everything happens at the right time. If you think things are going slowly its because theres many more things you can still learn at the stage youre at; if you think things are be missing out on things around you. So Im not rushing the pro cess Im on top of it doing what I everyday I get closer to my dream I can still work and inspire young people. rose to the challenge given him by the islands Prime Minister to take charge of the SIGN UP! initiative, which back in De cember, 2010 was only a concept. He has demonstrated that with determination and application you can achieve and surmount chal lenges thrown your way. In his own as a positive and forward thinking example for our nations youth. Government encourages and ap plauds the tenacity and positive spirit o


Page 7 Saturday September 24, 2011 Page 6 Saturday September 24, 2011 Hon. Edmund Estephane Minister for Labour, Information and Broadcasting and Parliamentary Representative for Dennery South Newly Built Vending Facility in Dennery Repair work to Restore Running Water at Fish Port Dennery Community Park Bois Jolie Road Work in Progress on Bois Jolie Road Construction of Side Walk & Drains Dennery Village Completed Road at La Caye Construction of Drains Dennery Village Construction of Drains at Rocky Lane Drainage Works at Anse Kanot Refurbishment of Dennery Cemetery Side Walk and Drains Dennery By Pass More Drainage Works Dennery By PassA number of proj ects have been undertaken in the Dennery South Constitu ency designed to revital ize and enhance the ap pearance of various areas while others have been undertaken to spur com mercial redevelopment in the constituency. These projects part of a larger endeavour to raise the standard of living within the com munity by creating a safer and healthier vil lage environment. The village of Dennery has been inundated with water during heavy rains and has experienced se past. Many of the residents lost personal effects af ter water submerged all of their belongings dur ing Hurricane Tomas last year and in subsequent unseasonal downpours. Addressing the issue of ity for the Government and residents. To this end, funds were obtained and used for con structing drains in some areas prone to heavy water recent heavy rains the vilright up to some houses and existing drains proved deluge. The new drains will be able to adequately water and divert it away from houses. Several drains have been built in the Dennery Village and at Rocky Lane. have also been done in Anse Kanot and at the Dennery By Pass. A number of infrastructure projects have been undertaken including a new road at La Caye. Other work b eing car ried out in the village includes building concrete footpaths in some sections of the village. Footpaths and sidewalks have been an ongoing project in the village, and other areas have been targeted as priority areas for footpaths. It is considered a priority as these areas are concentrated residential areas which becomes muddy and slippery after only a minimal amount of rain fall. The footpaths will make it easier and safer for residents to get to and from sc hool and work. Major repair works were done to the Dennery Cemetery and including its perimeter wall which had fallen into a state of disrepair. It was felt that this was one way of showing some respect for each life represented by each name engraved upon the headstones in the cemetery. A new vending facility was constructed to meet the growing number of locals and visitors who travel through and stop at the village to sample its increasingly popular cuisine and entertainment. Major works were done to install and repair pipes at The work being done Parliamentary Representa tive Hon. Edmund Esta phane as being of great importance to the safety and health and economic wellbeing of the people of Dennery South. The Par liamentary Representative is keen in ensuring that the substantial commitment of material and financial resources will ensure that the various project compo nents will be maintained into the future. This is part of a vision for sustainability and overall enhancement of the quality of life of the residents of Dennery South.


Page 8 Saturday September 24, 2011 The Pied Piper of Hamelin is a folk tale, among oth ers penned by the Brothers Grimm. The image of the Pied Piper playing his instrument being trailed by a snaking line of boys and girls is well known. As it turns out Saint Lucia has its owned Pied Piper in the person of the coincidentally but, aptly named Gregory Piper, who is using his love for music to inspire a new generation of budding musi cians in the village of Anse La Raye. Having fallen in love with mu sic from an early age, he is well acquainted with the powerful lure student of the St. Aloysius Roman developed an interest in the steel pan. The school had a small Steel Orchestra of which the nine year old Piper became a member; a decision that did not sit well with his mother, who like most people of that era, disapproved of pan music. Pan was taboo and associated with violence list of other negative connotations. Fortunately the Royal Saint Lucia Police Bands Bandmaster Randolph Beckles happened to be a neigh bour and close family friend and he convinced Pipers mother to not only encourage the boys musical interests but to allow him to join the months after leaving school, he did just that. and my whole music apprecia tion began to blossom even more because of course playing pan you ciation for musical notes, reading music and that sort of thing and so it became a very, very interesting was the lead clarinet player in the joined the band was the clarinet, an knew about was the pan. Not only did he learn and master the clarinet, but the saxophone as well. Over the years as his musical ability and confidence grew, he decided to form his own orchestra, PIPERS SONG Volunteerism to Safeguard the Music Art Formthe Reasons Orchestra. The group enjoyed worldwide popularity Turkey to perform but Piper admits that performing has never really thrilled him. Arranging he says, is where his real interest lies and is in fact considered one of the premier arrangers on the island. His success he says followed years of study, practice and sheer determination. He has never set foot in a music conservatory, but credits his abilities to having studied under what he considers to be two of the greater musicians hes ever metCarlos Mynns and Rudolph Charles. He also credits his love for the steel pan to Gregory Shining Emmanuel ing all too well the importance of having musical mentors, Piper has sought to be just that to a group of young musicians in Anse La Raye. retirement from the Police Band, to work with young people, so when he got an invitation in October 2010, to do just that, the answer was easy. The Anse La Raye Youth Or chestra was started by Petronilla Deterville who passed away on October 3rd 2010 in the midst of a major student production, Sing de Chorus. Her sudden illness and death left a huge void in many lives, but especially the young orchestra. Piper was invited to continue the work started by Mrs. Deterville and he accepted. He contin ues to work with the twenty five member orchestra which has three sections, com posed of seventeen strings, seven winds and a drummer. He says there are quite a few underutilised instruments, and a lot of room for expansion of the orchestra which he For now much of his work with the group is centred on training them in music interpretation, and proper technique. While he does do some theoretical exercises with them, most of the members are students of the Saint Lucia School of Music and so his emphasis is on practical applications of what theyve already learned, three days a week; Mon days, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Over time he says he hopes to enhance the various sections, to make the orchestra more proportionate. That would involve developing the wood wind section and expand ing the brass wind sections with trumpets; trombones and French horns so that there would be a more balanced sounding orchestra, with good tone colour. Eventually he hopes the orchestra will begin touring the length and breadth of the island and that they will entertain others beyond the islands shores sic as an alternative to hanging out on the streets. With all the bad elements in our society today we have to utilize crestreets and constructively occupied and music is one way of doing that. over and over that music education important, he says. The exemplary spirit and goodwill of Gregory Piper must be held high as an example of true national pride and patriotism. We say thank you to Piper on behalf of youth of Anse La Raye and indeed Saint Lucia.


Page 9 Saturday September 24, 2011 With just three years be fore the target date for the island to assume full control of the Tissue Culture Lab and orchid greenhouses at Union, the Government of Saint Lucia is proud of the strides made toward the mass production of orchids and other high value plants introduced through the technical assistance of the Taiwanese Embassy. with $EC 5 million to establish the Tissue Culture Lab and two orchid greenhouses at Union in 2008 with the expectation that the Government would assume full control of the project by 2014. Chou, the expectation is that the or chid greenhouses at Union would be able to meet the demand of domestic and overseas markets, generating in excess of four million dollars annu ally. Those estimates have n ot yet been realised but according to Mr. Terrence Gilliard, a Horticulturist in the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Fisheries and Forestry, responsible for the management of the tissue culture cially successful, generating enough income to purchase supplies to run This he says is despite the facility not before the facility is at 100% capacity. liard explains are a continuation of work undertaken at the Ministrys Propagation Unit where together with the Taiwanese, a number of experiments were undertaken to assess the viability of Phalaenopsis Orchids on the island. Those experi ments he says were very successful. The plants not only grew well but sold well too. When the activity was transferred to the new Union facility, the success continued. lab also generated interest among the farming community and led to a partnership with the Cut Flowers agreement with the Association, the Ministry makes available green house supplies and other materials at reasonable prices to the farmers. Gilliard says the Ministry has also started to transfer the technol ogy to the farmers, who previously produced mainly Dendrobium orchids. Now theyre able to produce Phalaenopsis orchids which they plants. Native to Southeast Asia, the Dendrobium is one of the largest of all orchid groups. There are about 1,200 individual species, and they grow in all manner of climates. There are about 60 true species of Phalaenopsis but they have been ex tensively hybridized, and there are thousands of Phalaenopsis hybrids farmers production levels will in crease to supplant that of the Union facility. The Ministry he says is working to empower the farmers by supplying them with quality plant ing material (whether in the form of the tissue culture lab and greenhouse) freeing them up to more actively pursue marketing and sales issues. cal market demands is within reach and says there is already an emerging regional market for the plants. The neighbouring French island of Martinique is emerging as a major market with a high demand for the sis production is occurring in the Netherlands, Germany, China, Taiwan, United States, and Japan. development is taking place in the United States; selected clones are being placed into tissue culture in Japan; mass proliferation of the tissue cultures is occurring in China; and the tissue cultured plants are being grown to maturity in the Netherlands. Today, orchid growing is more than just an industry. which Saint Lucia is well poised to be a part. Thanks to the Taiwanese we now have a product which can play an instrumental role as a major income generator for our farmers. Government encourages the development of orchid production as part tion programme. Saint Lucias National Orchid Project Blooming Nicely


Saturday September 24, 2011 Page 10 The Ministry of Education and ate a conducive environment by eliminating distractions and disruptions. The controlled use of cell phones is one of the strategies which will be enforced this academic year, beginning September, 2011. This is technology on the education system in the right direction. Students would not be restricted from having cell phones but supervision will be required. Teachers can use their cell phones in their free time but not during class time. Classroom time should be for instruction. Cell try of Education & Cul ture has recognized the prolifera tion of telecommunication devices, particularly cellular phones in the education system. The use of telecommunication devices including cell phones continues to be abused by students, teachers and adminis tration in schools; and also by the staff of the various offices of the Ministry of Education & Culture. Principals Associa tion notes that there are implications resulting from the use of cell phones in schools. These include: Transfer of pornography; Communicating/ Texting during class; Transfer of information/photographs without consent; Theft; Fights, including and security; Distractions; Cheat ing and collusion on tests and on examinations; Negative competition time; Waste of administrative time; Disregard for the management role of teachers and principals; Low productivity tive implications of personalized telecommunications devices within the education system. The Policy is now a personal and global communication tool, and that the Education system has an obligation to remain cur rent with technological and global trends, the Ministry of Education and Culture emphasizes that it would be unrealistic to take the position that staff, students and teachers are not allowed to use telecommunication devices in schools and at work. Accordingly, instead of imposing a ban on telecommunication devices in schools and in the workplace altogether, the use of telecommunication de vices in schools and at work will be controlled. cluding cellular phones are allowed for instructional purposes under the supervision of an authorized individual. orized use of all telecommunication devices, including cellular phones and pagers/beepers will be prohibited at all govern ment schools, assisted government schools and at school-related ac and during the school day. Philosophical Principles 1. The extensive use of telecom munication devices including cell phones cannot be divorced from new and emerging global and local trends. These devices proliferate in all educational institutions including schools. 2. The Education system has an obligation to remain current with emerging global technological trends. 3. Saint Lucia is in the era of univer sal personal communication and the telecommunication devices including cell phones have made their mark by successfully connecting people. 4. Principals, teachers, and par ents have an obligation to teach children the how and why of communication devices and implications of misuse. 5. Principals, teachers, parents, children must take responsibility for the misuse of telecommunication devices. 6. All schools have fixed lines available to all teachers, parents/ guardians, and students for conveying messages and for use in cases of emergency. Controlled Use by Students 1. Communication devices shall be in the possession of students with the permission of their parents. 2. The said devices shall not be vis ible at any time during the school day/school activity except for the purpose of authorized instruction. 3. All comm unication devices in cluding cell phones shall be turned the school premises and placed out of sig ht until departure. 4. Students are responsible for the safety of their communication devices. The school shall not assume responsibility if they are damaged, lost o r stolen. 5. Communication devices including cell phones are not allowed in examination rooms. 6. Carib bean Examination Coun cils Regulations also stipulate that cell phones be kept out of all examination rooms. Results are not released if the regulations are breached. Penalties 1. Any breach of CXC or any other examination rules will result in the debarment from the ex amination in question and/or suspension. 2. CXC and other examination bod ies reserve the right to impose their own penalties. 3. Cell p hones seen or heard on the school compound, in use by students during classes or during supervised school activity shall be confiscated by school officials. Once con fiscated, the device shall be retrieved only by parents and guardians after showing proof of owne rship. Protocol for Management of Telecommunication Devices in the Education SystemControlled Use by Teachers 4. A teachers cell phone(s) should pervision of student activity, and or meetings. at Schools and in the Work Place 5. The Ministry of Education & Culture has an obligation to set the right example and accord ingly the essential principles governing the use of cell phones 6. Existin g guideli nes that seek to control the abuse of line telephones at the workplace apply are to exercise discretion in the use of cell phones and ensure that working hours and productivity are not disrupted by ca sual conversations. At work, cell phones are to be kept in either the vibrate or silent mode. completely/kept on vibrate mode with persons outside the meet ings shall seek the permission of the meeting to do so. Caveats (1) Parents & guardians whose names appear on the cell phone shall be given 30 days prior notice of the schools intent to dispose of it, that is if no one claims it by the end of the school year. (2) The phone shall be returned only to the parent/guardian on payment of a storage fee in the sum of $20. (3) A second violation will result in term on payment of a fee in of $25. (4) A third violation will result in a


Page 11 Saturday September 24, 2011 The Government of Saint Lucia in an effort to better man age development and other activity in the Piton Management Area (PMA) has taken the decision Change Study (LACS). According to Hildreth Lewis, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Physical Development and the Environment, the study will determine the extent of development and other hu within the Pitons Management Area Universal Value of the site. To be included on the World Heritage List, sites must be of Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria. For properties to be of OUV they must be exceptional, and the geography superlative. They must hold importance to the world and have value based on clearly deHeritage Convention. the PMA is a complex site which poses certain challenges due to the fact that the site is a multiple use area. The PMA has supported a range of human activities histori cally whilst sustaining superlative scenery and critical natural assets. Given this history and even the fact that the site has been listed as a World Heritage Site, there will be the attraction to conduct hu man activity particularly physical development such as housing and general infrastructural projects. But it must also be understood says Mr. Lewis that such development can be harmful to the OUV of the area as activities related to these infrastruc tural/physical developments would compromise the integrity of the site and the attributes which caused it to gain recognition as a World Heritage Site. The LACS will determine how much development has already taken place within the PMA and how much more it can accom modate without compromising the OUV or its World Heritage Status. ternational Union for Conservation Conservation of Nature helps the some of the most pressing environment and development challenges. body to the World Heritage Centre. next year, to develop the terms of reference for the study, the sourcing of funds, and the identifying of con sultants or contractors to conduct the study. According to Lewis the study should have been conducted ahead of the Pitons being designated a World Heritage Site, but there were a number of challenges Govern ment had to overcome to get to this point. According to Lewis, the study is very complex and involved and would require tremendous reNovember 2011, the following will be in place for the acceptance of Electrical Plans: Engineer. The list of engineers will be published in the September 2011. along with all other relevant information forming part of an application. and upon determination will be returned in duplicate. 4. With this arrangement, the DCA does not require that electrical plans should be submitted to the Electrical Department of the Ministry of Communications and Works for approval prior to submission to the DCA.DEVELOPMENT CONTROL AUTHORITY PUBLIC NOTICEsources and expertise to carry out, and that the island did not have, and would have to source, regionally or internationally. Certainly he admits, it would have helped the of the current challenges it faces as far as land ownership and acquisition. Such a study once completed could also be used to inform other scenarios nationally. has skyrocketed since the World Heritage Status was ascribed to the PMA and this has posed a chal land owners in the area to develop more responsibly. The high land prices also make it impractical for Government to acquire these lands in order to control the development in the area. volve a lot of mapping to register will also register all existing natural elements/assets, including trees, rivers, and will document all hu man activities taking place in the area, including hotel developments, housing developments, hiking, snorkelling etc. This will help the consultants determine if the OUV establish parameters within which development and activities can take place moving forward. says, involving the collection of a lot of data which will be used to determine which activities and developments can be permitted, where they can be conducted, and at what scale. That would in turn establish the blueprint for how the Government can manage the area and zoning plans which would become the instruments that help guide decision makers in granting approvals of any future plans for development in the area. says it is thankful for the assis the study and that it is looking forward to its completion. The Government of Saint Lucia is mencement and completion of the Limits of Acceptable Change Study to give direction for future development within the Pitons Management Area.Government Commits to Limits of Acceptable Change Study for the Pitons Management Area


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2010 The Government of Saint Lucia continues its forward march in spearheading initiatives that are geared at sustaining economic growth despite a global recession unprecedented since the 1930s. During an address to the nation, Prime Minister presented the welcomed news that his Government had approved the submission of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Author ity for the redevelopment of the Hewanorra International Airport during an address to the nation on Wednesday, September 15th, 2010. During his address, Prime Minister King noted that despite what he referred to as a Global Tsunami his Government has remained focussed on keeping the ship state steady within the context environment sparked by the world wide recession. The Prime Minister explained what he said was a deliberate and aggressive posture to confront the external shocks while at the same time preparing the Country for anticipated opportunities as the global recession w aned. The Saint Lucian Leader referred to the theme of the 2010 2011 budget: The Road to Recovery: Engineering Growth, Engendering Social Cohesion and Building Resilience to External Shocks as capturing his Governments strategy. Mr. King stated: In this regard, Governments policy has been one based on the approach of applying public investment as a strategy for stimulating economic activity. Minister listed a number of projects undertaken to date, which he explained as: public sector investment initiatives not only to generate economic activity and provide employment, but also to position our nation at the forefront of emerging trends and technological advancements. The projected he noted had contributed to the creation of jobs and critical advancements in the health, communications, agriculture, and other sectors. He noted that the Administrations determination to continue its programme of modernizing and stimulating economic growth deain elements to ment. Prime Minister king stated the following: In the process of advancing their self-serving agenda, the opposition has resorted to attacking the integrity and professionalism of persons who proudly serve this nation. We Saint Lucians fully under stand the enormous challenges faced by their Government against phenomenal odds. Continued on page 3 Page 12 Saturday September 24, 2011 Please email your comments or questions to: The problem of illiteracy: Just as parents with poor literacy skills would have found it difchilds birth record information at hospital, they would childs registration. Conveying the correct details to be recorded by the District Registrar on the Birth Register would have almost certainly been an issue, together with subsequently verifying the correctness of the information actually recorded on the register. (c) Parents missing the registration deadline entirely: Often parents failed to properly register their children within the required six months (or one year, prior to the passing of the Civil Status Act 2010). At times this was due to their ignorance time limit within which their children were to be registered. to register was due simply to their lack of prudence. led initially to register a child with the District Registrar, an important opportuparents of the birth details transmitted by the hospital. This increased the potential for inaccuracies and inconsistencies in the childs birth record. Furthermore, unmarried parents would have been unable to take the necessary steps to ensure that the childs fathers name was entered on the childs birth record. Parents may have delayed nam ing their child until baptism, but then did not manage to return after the baptism, and within the reg istration time period, to have the childs name entered on his birth record. This resulted in a situation where no forename appeared on based on this record would likewise be without details of the forename. sued with a blank space for a name does not necessarily mean that the (d) Lax recording procedures at in the past, District Registrars did not place much emphasis on verifying the accuracy of the information recorded on the Birth Registers (such as would rely only on parents of the entries on the register. ensure that her full name was correctly entered on her childs birth record, the District Registrar would have had no way of detecting this. dren born at home: Before hospital cant proportion of births took place at home. Home births were, unfortunately, typically associated with many birth record inaccuracies. Often the mother of the newborn, given her condition following childbirth, would not be the person registering the birth. A family member or a person in the community would have undertaken to carry out the registration. These informants, as they were known, would in many cases supply inaccurate information at the childs were given. House names were given for mothers rather than their true names. Where fathers were not present at registration, their names failed to appear on the birth record. Childrens names were frequently poorly spelt. be named: Certain parents would give their child one forename at registration, and another completeforenames, at baptism. This may of the childs godparents, or even ister carrying out the baptism. The priest or pastor, for instance, might have suggested the name of a saint for the child. The Civil Status Act 2010 speaks to such cases and provides for the childs birth record the changes made to his forenames, within one year of the childs birth. ent to the registration time limit mentioned above, as it relates forename(s) which was (were) already entered on the childs record.) However, in the event that this time limit is not adhered to, the result would be one name appearing on the childs birth record and additional names or a completely baptism record. : District Registrars are appointed for each of nineteen districts in St. Lucia to assist the Registrar of Civil Status. Among other duties, District Registrars are responsible for registering births throughout the island. Before the new Civil Status Act was passed in 2010, a District Registrars who were themselves educationally challenged; some were of advanced years and possibly only barely physically capable but still acting in their capacity as District Registrars. One can readily conjure up the picture of an elderly District Registrar with unsteady hand struggling to complete the registration process. Unless the information recorded by these Civil formants to ensure that everything was in order, it was likely that inaccurate information was recorded on the Birth Registers. Records trong religious foundation and the fact that the as a supporting legal document in it is perhaps worth noting as well the causes of certain errors on Baptes. nch heritage ap pears to have been a contributory factor in the inconsistencies found religious ministers would have, for instance, translated English names into the French equivalent (Saint Peter as Pierre, John as Jean, and so on). Certain names would have also the appropriate accents. The result would be several variations in the a childs civil stat us records. and omissions on birth records highlighted above are also appli-Why Errors and Omissions Exist on Part IIcable to baptism records. These include the problems of illiteracy and lax recording procedures in respect of the names being noted on childrens baptism records. Conclusion As has been set out above, past traditional practices and certain cultural arrangements have contributed to the existence of a great many inaccuracies and inconsis tencies in the information on St. Lucias Birth Registers. The Registry of Civil Status and the authorities have long recognised the difAs a result much has been done in recent times, by way of improved legislation and training and enhanced facilities, to minimise the potential for errors in birth records. sist in the education of the general public on the issues and challenges regarding this crucial institution of the recording of births in St. Lucia. The ultimate goal is the automation of the vast majority of the Registrys an event will allow the Registry to will consider satisfying.der the authority of the Registrar of the High Court.