One of our readers sent us these photos to highlight the increasing trend of indiscriminate garbage disposal all across the island. According to Elizabeth Glace, the photos shown here are of rubbish indiscriminately dumped in the north of the island where she also witnessed an enormous pile of garbage which was set alight and left to burn uncontrolled. One of the photos is part of an enormous dump site just off the Gros Islet highway on the way to The Landings.
“They highlight a trend I have noticed recently on daily walks and which I find both disturbing and infuriating,” Glace says. “We have reliable and regular garbage collection and a facility which is easily accessible for those who wish to use it. Apparently some people are just too lazy, too cheap or just too irresponsible to take advantage of services provided,” she adds.
The concerned citizen says that she has contacted both the Police and the Solid Waste Management Authority, as advised by the Fire Department when they responded to the fire so recklessly started in this ongoing dry season.
“I have yet to have any response from the Police, and the SLSWMA informed me that they couldn’t do anything unless I could tell them who was responsible for the dumping.
“I know litter is a huge problem island-wide and it seems indicative of an enormous lack of both self respect and respect for our island. I simply want to highlight a problem which seems to be getting worse and to tell the lazy, ignorant people who do this to grow up and start acting like responsible citizens. I would also like to appeal to whatever authorities might be deemed responsible, to have these areas cleared of these eyesores and rat havens,” an infuriated Glace says.
On Sunday, June 21, 2015 about 11:17 a.m. officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report of the discovery of the body of a Cuban national in an apartment near the Millennium Highway, Castries.
Upon arrival, the officers observed the body of a male lying motionless on a bed.
This individual was later identified as 63-yearold Salavdor Diaz Castaion.
The body was transported to the Victoria Hospital and pronounced dead by a medical doctor.
Investigations are continuing into this incident. TOURISM ARRIVAL FIGURES CONTINUE TO
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Whoever is responsible for this mess needs to come
This is no way to treat our land.