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Students Voice Concern on Programmes Offered at the Centre for Emerging Medical Services Education
A cloud of suspicion regarding authenticity and accreditation, hangs over an Emergency Technician Program being conducted by the Centre for Emerging Medical Services Education.

The issue has been brought to the attention of the organization’s administrator Craig Herman who told RCI news that the program is accredited and is attached to at least two colleges in the United States.

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Dry Season Begins - Public Urged to Conserve Water
Officials at the Water Resource Management Agency have urged for conservation practices to be effected immediately as St Lucia is presently experiencing a dry spell.

Authorities say a valving or rationing scheme may have to be instituted if this situation continues.

This comes as the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services predicts the island will receive normal to below normal rainfall within the next three to six months based on rainfall data from the past 35 years.

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Junior Panorama Competition this Weekend!
St. Lucians can look forward to sweet pan music this weekend, as six Pan-sides battle each other in the Junior Panorama competition scheduled to take place at the National Cultural Centre Grounds.

The show down takes place as the National Artreach Program kicks off with several exhibitions by local artists on display.

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New Theme for Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival's HOT Couture Event!
An already fiery 23rd Edition Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is set to get even hotter when one of the most anticipated art segments, hits the runway.   

Scheduled for May 7th, HOT Couture will feature an ‘A’ list of local and regional designers working alongside both seasoned and newly discovered modeling talent from across Saint Lucia.

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UWP Denounces FACTS
The United Workers Party has, has denounced any association with an organization known as the Flambeau Activists Called to Service’ (FACTS).
 
In a statement released today, the party says, taking into account the particular use of the word ‘Flambeau’ in the title of this entity, notes that there suggests an affiliation between FACTS and the United Workers Party.

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Dr Adrian Augier to Deliver Reading from Latest Publication
Noted Saint Lucian poet, playwright and producer Dr Adrian Augier is scheduled to deliver a reading from his latest publication “Navel String” at the Saint Lucia Consulate in Manhattan, New York City next week.

Navel String ‘complex, confident and always accessible’ is a collection of poems that reflects life in the Caribbean, its politics, culture and social history. It follows Augier’s defining work – “Bridgemaker” that confirmed his place in the literature of the contemporary Caribbean.

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Police Investigate Business Robbery
Staff employed at the St Lucia Agriculturist Association continues to count their losses after the business house was raided by bandits who made off with goods worth thousands of dollars.

General Manager Virginia Joseph says the incident which took place some time over the weekend has left staff morale at an all time low.

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Ministry of Health Schedules 'Babonneau Wellness Train' This Weekend
 In an effort to reverse this trend of developing non communicable diseases, the Ministry of Health is placing greater emphasis on Health Promotion and Behaviour Change and continues to urge everyone to adopt healthy lifestyle practices such as increasing exercise, increasing the consumption of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, the avoidance of tobacco smoke and avoiding excessive use of alcohol.

This comes following a Survey of Chronic Diseases Risk Factors, commonly known as the Bahavioural Risk Factor Survey, was carried out in St. Lucia from March to August 2012.

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Police Destroy Marijuana Plantations During Operation
Despite a number of high level discussions on moves to decriminalize marijuana in St Lucia and other parts of the region, local police continue to quash efforts to cultivate the herb.

Official reports indicate that during an operation at Garrand, Babonneau on Saturday, March 22, 2014, police attached to the Babonneau station uprooted and destroyed approximately 500 Marijuana plants from two separate plantations within close proximity to each other.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Govt. Receives Aid from Saint Lucia
The government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines are the recipients of assistance from St Lucia.

The two countries share a similar experience after facing devastating circumstances following the passage of the Christmas Eve Trough last year.

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Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony Visits John Compton Dam
Last weekend, Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony paid a visit to the John Compton Dam located at the upper part of Roseau. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the General Manager of WASCO, Mr. Vincent Hippolyte and other technical staff of WASCO.

During the visit, the Prime Minister was taken by dinghy across the lake of water and visited the hinterland of the dam to look at the slides which had caused major siltation of the dam.

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Police Investigates Altercation Between Doctor and Patient at Hospital
A major investigation is currently underway to find out the circumstances surrounding a physical altercation between a doctor and a patient who was receiving treatment at St Jude Hospital.

Reports indicate that an exchange between the doctor and the patient came to blows on Sunday. However it is not clear what sparked the incident.

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National Workers Union and Smugglers Cove Hotel Finalizes Iterim Wage Package
The Management of Smugglers Cove Hotel and the National Workers Union have agreed on an interim wage package that will benefit over 200 workers employed with the hotel. By majority, the hotel workers agreed to accept the 5% general wage increase. Their acceptance of the upward adjustment was based on the fact that the company has struggled and the hotel is currently in receivership.
 
The parties agreed to continue discussions which previously started under the former management with the objective of putting a fundamental agreement in place. The NWU has also pledged to continue its full cooperation with management aimed at creating the kind of environment that would make it possible for workers to discharge their responsibilities with excellence.

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St Lucia Fashion Week Commences
The local style industry is about to receive a boost as the organizers of St Lucia Fashion Week roll out a series of activities.

Heading the event is Joycie Mederick who notes that there is a product in St Lucia which needs to be nourished. Several accomplished producers as well as a guest designer are expected to participate in the upcoming event.

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Saint Lucia's Own Julian Robert Hunte Awarded Knighthood
The Saint Lucia Labour Party has congratulated Party Chairman Sir Julian Robert Hunte on being conferred with the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG), by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, for service to the Public and Private Sectors and to the Commonwealth Caribbean and Community
 
The award of Knighthood to Sir Julian Robert Hunte was first published in the Queen’s Official Gazette dated 31st December, 2013.  The title of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint James was bestowed on Sir Julian at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 13th. March 2014, one day before his seventy fourth birthday.

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UK's Air Passenger Duty Tax Reduction Receives Positive Reviews
A local tourism official has reacted to news of what has been described as an unexpected reduction in the Air Passenger Duty Tax imposed on passengers travelling from the UK to the Caribbean.

From April 1, 2015, the tax on long-haul flights between 4,001 and 6,000 miles will be reduced by £14 per person, while those over 6,000 miles will be cut by £26.

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UWP Baffled at House Acquisition
While the Government of Saint Lucia laments the lack of funds available to finance capital projects that would absorb thousands of people who are unemployed, the United Workers Party (UWP) has learnt that Cabinet approved the purchase of a dwelling house on the Millennium Highway to the tune of five million dollars

The UWP claims that this property has been on the market for some time and its administration was approached to purchase the property for far less than the price paid by the SLP Administration. It is believed that the newly purchased property houses Social Agencies such as the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF).

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T&T Government Offers to Employ Qualified Saint Lucian Nurses
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has offered to employ qualified nurses in Saint Lucia who wish to work in that country. The offer was made by Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar during the recently held meeting of the Caricom Heads of Government in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Currently, Trinidad and Tobago employs some sixty nurses from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, welcomed the offer from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, noting that there are several nurses who were trained in Cuba and are in search of job opportunities.

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Ministry of Tourism Criticizes SLASPA on Inaction to Ensure the Safety of Port Users
Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism Cuthbert Didier has launched a scathing attack on the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority for what appears to be inaction to ensure the safety of life and property of sailors using the island’s ports.

This comes after what Mr Didier claims are numerous reports of theft and vandalism of yachts berthed at certain locations here.

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Ban on Cargo Vessel Lifted
The ban on a cargo vessel at the center of an investigation being spearheaded by local health officials has been lifted.

The vessel and its crew members were placed in quarantine since their arrival here on Sunday. Since then, a probe had been launched into the death of one crew member and to determine why one other crew member had been ill.

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