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Police Report on Attack on British Couple Vacationing in St. Lucia
A vicious attack on a British couple vacationing here over the weekend has left a 62 year old man dead and his wife nursing serious injuries.

Police reports indicate that Roger Pratt and his wife Margaret Prattwere asleep onboard their yacht Magnetic Attraction which was docked at the port in Vieux Fort, when three unidentified men boarded the vessel from the water.

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Outcome of UWP Council Meeting Still Pending
The outcome of an Emergency National Council Meeting of the United Workers Party is still pending.

Claims are that the meeting was called to discuss the future of Stephenson king as opposition leader and what to do with Castries Central MP Richard Frederick. But after hours of discussion and deliberations among members, a clear conclusion is yet to be announced.

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President Obama Discusses Marijuana Legalization
President Barack Obama says he views marijuana as a "bad habit" and "a vice," but no more dangerous than alcohol. The president acknowledged marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer."

"It’s not something I encourage," Obama continued, "and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.” Still, he said, "we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”

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Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to Observe Nobel Laureate Week
The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College will once again host a series of activities in observance of Nobel Laureate Week. The 2014 programme begins with a special student assembly on Monday January 20th from 10am.  

At that assembly the College Community will pay tribute to St Lucia’s Nobel Laureates with performances in song, dance and literary presentations. Wednesday January 22 will feature the works of budding and accomplished Poets at the “Poetry Exposé” from 10am.  

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Tourism Arrivals Increases in 2013
The St Lucia Tourist Board has announced that 2013 was its best year to date for Tourism arrivals.

Last year brought unprecedented growth for the tourism industry in Saint Lucia. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board reports record stay-over arrivals for 2013, achieving the highest number of arrivals in the island’s history reaching more than 315,000 visitors, surpassing 2011’s record of 312,404.

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Saint Lucia Congratulates Cuba on 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution
The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has all the reasons to congratulate the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and the Government and People of that sister Caribbean country, on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

The party says, fifty-five years is no short period of time and for the Cuban people, led by the PCC. To have survived all efforts to reverse its progress, the SLP statement adds, is no easy feat.

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NICE Programme Receives Positive Reviews
As workers in Barbados brace for continued cuts in the public service, a comparison is being made regarding the future of over three thousand workers employed under the NICE Project here. The three year program began in 2012 with a deployment of some 3500 workers deployed in both the private and public sectors.

The project was implemented to address the unemployment situation in St Lucia and to provide hands on training and experience to individuals participating in the program.

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Ministry of Health Discusses Chikungunya Virus
The Ministry of Health is seeking to allay public fears about the spread of the Chikungunya Virus which has been affecting parts of the region.

The virus is spread by the aides egypti mosquito with symptoms similar to Dengue Fever.

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Stephenson King Congratulates Archbishop Kelvin Felix on New Position
The Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition, Stephenson King, extends congratulations to former Archbishop Kelvin Felix, upon news that he’s soon to be elevated to the post of Cardinal by His Holiness Pope Francis.

In a message to His Eminence Monsignor Kelvin Felix, the Opposition Leader hailed the Cardinal-designate, “a profound missionary who over 25 years dedicated his life to the Church in Saint Lucia and by extension the Windward Islands” as Archbishop of the Diocesan of Castries.

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Statue of Sir John Compton to be erected at Constitution Park
The United Workers Party (UWP) acknowledges the decision by the Labour Administration to erect the statue of Sir John Compton at Constitution Park in the center of the Capital, Castries.

This marks the ultimate recognition of Sir John as the indisputable Father of the Nation. It also celebrates the life of a man who was vilified by political forces throughout his political life, and the full acknowledgement of the incomparable and invaluable contribution Sir John made towards the social and economic advancement of Saint Lucia.

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Investigation on Stabbing of Roseau Male Continues
One woman is currently in police custody assisting with the investigation of a stabbing incident which led to the death of a Roseau resident in what appears to be a domestic dispute.  

The incident occurred at Roseau, Anse La Raye about 3:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 14, 2014.

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Support in Response to Christmas Eve Trough Continues
Saint Lucia continues to receive support in response to the Christmas Eve Trough.

In a letter dated January 6, 2014, the Resident Coordinator of the Office of the United Nations in Bridgetown, Barbados informed Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister that the United Nations had dispatched over 51 thousand US dollars in aid to Saint Lucia. The supplies included water purification tablets, as well as medical equipment for the St. Jude Hospital and the Anse La Raye and Canaries Health Centres.

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St. Lucia Stopover Arrivals Increase for 2013
St Lucia reached an all-time high for stopover arrivals in 2013, according to preliminary totals, the St Lucia Tourist Board said Monday. The island received more than 315,000 visitors in 2013, up from 312,404 in 2012, which was also an all-time record.

St Lucia saw the largest growth from the United States, with an 11 percent jump in that demographic.

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Police Investigate Shooting Incident in Marigot
The family of a 19 year old youth is outraged and seeking answers from the police following a shooting incident that has left him seriously wounded.

The incident occurred in Coolie Town Marigot on Thursday evening around 5pm.

Curtis Alexander was reportedly shot three times—twice in the groin area and once in the kneecap by a police officer who was at the time trying to apprehend him for questioning in connection with a report of a stolen cell phone.

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Saint Lucia Supports Nina Compton on Top Chef Series
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has joined hundreds of St Lucians in throwing support behind top Saint Lucian chef Nina Compton, as she vies to become America's Top Television Chef.

Ms. Compton, daughter of the late Sir John Compton, is among the last five of eighteen (18) celebrity chefs vying for the United States TV's Top Chef position. The contest is being followed by millions of viewers across the USA and the rest of the world.

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Police Investigate Chopping Incident in Dennery
A chopping incident at Belmont, Dennery has left one man dead and the other nursing serious injuries.

Police report that officers attached to the Richfond Police Station responded to the incident about 12:45 p.m., on Saturday January 11, 2014.

Information received indicates that 32 year old Kurt “Jock” Deterville of Morne Panache, quarter of Deniere Riviere, Dennery and 51 year old Herbert “Jarrod” Ange of Belmont, Dennery were involved in a fight in the vicinity of the Belmont Community Centre.

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Saint Lucia's Archbishop Kelvin Felix to be Made Cardinal
One St. Lucian Man of the cloth is expected to make history next month.

The news that His Holiness Pope Francis will elevate Archbishop Kelvin Felix, Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, to the dignity of Cardinal, during the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, has prompted reaction from the Government of St Lucia .

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Ministry Launches Lucian Culinary Adventure
The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries through the Saint Lucia Tourism Development Programme will be launching a new tour package called the Lucian Culinary Adventure under the Heritage Tours Brand.

The tour features a practical session designed to give visitors an authentic cooking lesson and experience of Saint Lucian cuisine. Visitors will also get the opportunity to participate in authentic and traditional dances and move to the local rhythms. The tour, Lucian Culinary Adventure will be hosted at one of the island’s Heritage Sites - Pigeon Island National Park.

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Canaries Health Centre Now Open
The Canaries health Centre which incurred major losses due to flooding some two weeks ago is now open.

This was announced during a Press Conference to update the media on progress with post storm recovery efforts on the island’s healthcare infrastructure

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Haitian Authorities Pledged to Safeguard Rights of Haitians
Haitian officials say they have made a breakthrough with their advocacy to challenge a Constitutional Court ruling last year, that rendered hundreds of people of Haitian decent in the Dominican Republic, stateless.

Reports suggest that Dominican authorities pledged to enact measures to safeguard the basic rights of Haitians and their descendants living in that country.

Both countries noted that dialogue around this divisive issue, held this week, was conducted in a tone of mutual respect and that it was "frank, constructive and enlightening."

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