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National Ozone Unit to Inspect Imported Items at Sea Ports during Christmas Season

The protection of Saint Lucian citizens, visitors and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) continues to receive top priority on the national agenda.

As such the National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology is intensifying inspections of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), refrigerants and their products weekly until the end of the festive season.

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Marchand Community Center Earmarked for Special Project

As part of the Government of Saint Lucia’s impetus to strengthen critical infrastructure on island, the Marchand Community Center has been earmarked as a pilot for the design and implementation project.

The venture is expected to determine appropriate interventions for mitigation and adaption to climate change and the associated effects of intensified wind speeds from hurricanes.

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LIAT Chief Discusses Christmas Holiday Schedule

Regional airline, LIAT, which came under heavy public criticism over its summer schedule, Monday sought to re-assure the travelling public that it would do everything possible to ensure that their journeys are not interrupted during the busy Christmas Season.

The financially strapped airline had blamed the re-fleeting exercise for the August fiasco and that the fleet modernization efforts were continuing with five new ATR aircraft being added so far and two more due to arrive in January 2014.

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The National Council on Public Transportation Speaks on Proposal for an Increase in Bus Fares

The National Council on public transportation is stating its position on a proposal for an increase in bus fares which is expected to take effect some time in January next year.

According to the organization’s Public Relations Officer Linus St Claire, the increase has been a long time coming, but had been delayed for a number of reasons. Among them was a survey which was conducted by a cabinet appointed body which along all routes on the island.

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St. Lucia Receives 1st Boat for Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Sailing Regatta

Pre ARC festivities have opened in St Lucia as the first boat in the ARC plus entered St Lucian waters.

The event is a precursor to the main sailing regatta, Atlantic Rally for Cruisers which starts in Las Palmas Grand Canaria and ends at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Rodney Bay.

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Minister of Agriculture Expresses Concern for Missing Fishermen

The island’s Minister for agriculture has expressed growing concern for two fishermen who have been reported missing.

The men have been lost at sea for some time now and despite a number of efforts to locate the missing fisherfolk, there has been very little success.

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Another Road Fatality Takes Place Over the Weekend

The island has recorded another weekend road accident that has claimed the life of a young man.

Officials report that about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2013, The Traffic Department responded to a serious vehicular accident which occurred on the Allan Bouquet Highway, also known as the Union Highway.

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Minibus Operators Reacts to News of Proposed Increase in Fares

Despite the silence of executive members on the National Council on Public Transportation, minibus operators have been reacting to news of a proposed increase in fares.

According to reports the new charges are expected to take effect some time in January of 2015, but several local minibus operators have opposed the move.

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