GARBAGE EV­ERY­WHERE

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

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

RISE FOR 2015 aint Lu­cia joins the rest from the in­crease in air­lift and of the Caribbean in strate­gic mar­ket­ing ap­proach cel­e­brat­ing phe­nom­e­nal within the re­spec­tive mar­kets. in­creases in visi­tor ar­rivals in The great­est per­cent­age 2015. The Caribbean Tourism in­crease, how­ever, was from Or­ga­ni­za­tion (CTO) an­nounced the Caribbean which stood that visi­tor ar­rivals to the re­gion at 22,142 ar­rivals at the end was up 6% at the end of the of May – a 21% in­crease first quar­ter, whilst Saint Lu­cia from the same pe­riod last alone recorded a 6.4% growth year. Im­prove­ment in the data over the same pe­riod last year. col­lec­tion method, par­tic­u­larly

This growth has con­tin­ued in cap­tur­ing ar­rivals from past the first quar­ter for Saint Mar­tinique by boat, has been Lu­cia, how­ever, with a 1.4% and at­trib­uted to this in­crease. 7.2% in­crease recorded in April Tourism Min­is­ter Lorne and May re­spec­tively. At the Theophilus told a news end of the first five months of con­fer­ence on Tues­day, June the year, to­tal stay-over ar­rivals 16, 2015, “that as im­pres­sive as to the is­land was 159,077; up the growth per­for­mance fig­ures 5.5% from the same pe­riod in were, there will be no letup 2014. in Saint Lu­cia’s push to­ward

Fur­ther­more, the fig­ures reen­er­giz­ing and in­vig­o­rat­ing recorded in the first four the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket­place con­sec­u­tive months were via well-or­ches­trated strate­gies the high­est fig­ures for these in key source mar­kets.” months ever recorded in the Europe, how­ever, has not is­land’s history. The 29,658 fared as well as other source ar­rivals recorded in May this mar­kets, with marked declines year was the high­est fig­ure in ar­rivals from the UK and for that month in the last five Ger­many. Tar­geted pro­mo­tions years. and mar­ket­ing cam­paigns

The North Amer­i­can planned for later this year, mar­ket has been ex­tremely should re­sult in in­creased buoy­ant this year with Canada ar­rivals from these mar­kets. record­ing a 10% in­crease In other per­for­mance in ar­rivals year-to-date and ar­eas, cruise tourism is also on the US 9%, stem­ming largely the rise.

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Who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for this mess needs to come

clean.

This is no way to treat our land.

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