PRIME MINISTER CONGRATULATES LEVERN
Saint Lucia's Levern Spencer won the island's first gold medal at the Pan American Games on Wednesday. The 31-year-old from Babonneau cleared 1.94 metres to capture gold in the women's high jump event at the XVII edition of the Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, extended his congratulations to Levern on her historic feat. Levern, along with NCAA champion Jeannelle Scheper, will represent Saint Lucia at the IAAF World Championships in August. Both are in the world's top 10 for 2015.
Said the Prime Minister, “Levern and Jeannelle are exemplars for us as Saint Lucians, and we should applaud them for their achievements. The heights to which they have
The Caribbean Development Bank is supporting Saint Lucia's efforts to deliver a reliable, climate-resilient supply of potable water to the northern districts of the island by providing USD 14.8 million to fund improvements to the John Compton Dam and operations of the Water and Sewerage Company of St. Lucia (WASCO).
The supply of potable water from the dam has been unreliable with more than 93,000 residents and the many businesses that operate in the northern districts having to endure severe water shortages every two to three years. With shortages due to the underperforming dam, residents, hotels, schools, and medical facilities within the serviced area have had to cope with disruptive rationing.
When heavy rainfall occurs, another problem is created as watercourses are susceptible to siltation which impacts significantly on water quality. Heavy rainfall has, on occasions, also triggered landslides which have damaged intake structures and transmission mains, leading to water outages to major systems.
The Government of Saint Lucia is seeking to arrest this problem through a programme of infrastructure upgrading, as well as by boosting the organisational capacity building of WASCO. The project includes removing and disposing of sediment from the dam and installing monitoring instrumentation. WASCO will also be strengthened by measures to improve: its financial management; soared deserve our praise and admiration. Their momentous deeds show that as a people we can compete with the best in the world, in so very many fields of endeavour.
“I am proud of Levern, Jeannelle, and all who continue to represent us in international competition. Government has put facilities and programmes in place to help foster the growth and development of our athletes. But it is up to all capacity to plan for climate change impacts; and ability to incorporate gender specific needs in its planning. A rainwater harvesting initiative will also be undertaken in the village of Tete Chemin.
“The John Compton dam has been significantly affected by siltation since a 2010 event. This project will restore the capacity of the dam and address the causes of siltation. This, together with the improvement of the operations of WASCO, will create long term benefits to Saint Lucia. With the dam back to full capacity we expect that rationing and shortages may occur every one in ten years, instead of its current rate of two out of every three years,” said Andrew Dupigny, CDB's Director of Projects (acting).
CDB's 2011 Saint Lucia Gender Assessment identified that women, men and children who do not have basic amenities, including piped water in their homes, spend an inordinate amount of time fetching water and on household work. In some instances, these difficulties place pressure on the time available for breadwinners in the household to actively participate in the labour market and thereby contribute to economic growth in the country. Unreliable water supply strains household budgets as residents either have to purchase bottled water or pay for water fetched from sources outside of the community. Such inconveniences lower productivity in ways such as late arrival for work and school. of us as patriotic Saint Lucians to recognize, celebrate and honour them. We must continue to inspire them to even greater accomplishments.”
Levern is eligible to compete at her sixth World Championships next month, and her third Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil next year. Jeannelle cleared 1.96m earlier this season and is expected to compete at her second World Championship and first Olympics.
CDB Funds Water Supply Improvement and Repairs to the John Compton Dam
In some cases, schools are closed early because there is no water.
The proposed improvements to the water system should significantly reduce these problems and move Saint Lucia further along in the process of providing safe drinking water to 100% of its population, especially to those comprising the diverse communities of Castries and in the north of the island.
“The approval of this project is significant for Saint Lucia because the dam is right now running at less than 50% capacity and has about one month's supply of water. Improving the performance of the dam is critical to expansion of economic activity in Saint Lucia,” said Tracy Polius, Permanent Secretary, Department of Planning and National Development, Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs and Social Security and member of the CDB's Board of Directors.
An efficient and sustainable water sector is central to Saint Lucia's long-term developmental goals and is a priority area for capital investment by the Government. The proposed project supports the strategic development of the country's economy by increasing the reliability of the water supply to the main economic and commercial districts, and seeks to ensure that all citizens benefit from safe and reliable access to the resource in order to achieve the high quality of health and sanitation so vital to all societies.
Gold medalist Levern Spencer (centre), silver medal winner Priscilla Frederick of Antigua (left) and bronze
medalist Akela Jones of Barbados (right).