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Barnard Hill Man Charged with Possession of Firearm
Police charged 27 year old Nazim Jamal Henry of Barnard Hill, Castries for the offences of Possession of Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Controlled Drug and Cultivation of a Controlled Drug.    Henry was arrested on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 on a Marijuana Plantation at Des Barras, Babonneau during a raid by the Police.

He appeared before the First District Court in Castries on Friday, March 7, 2014 where he pleaded guilty to all of the charges. Henry has been remanded to the Bordelais Correctional Facility until April 11, 2014 for sentencing.

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Jazz Tickets Now Offered Online
With the  official opening of the Caribbean’s premiere music festival a mere one month away, eager patrons of the revamped, rebranded and reenergized Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival can now purchase main stage tickets online.

Tickets for main stage activities Thursday May 8th at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay and the popular weekend Pigeon Island National Landmark shows from May 9th-11th can be purchased via www.stluciajazz.org.

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Yachting Director Expresses Concern on Visitor Harassment and Vandalism
The Director of yachting in the Ministry of Tourism has raised concerns about a vexing issue that continues to plague the growing sector.

Mr Cuthbert Didier has called for an end to visitor harassment and acts of vandalism and robbery of the vessels which are anchored near our shores.

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Death Sentences Upheld for New Delhi Men
Four men convicted of raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi had their death sentences upheld on Thursday for a crime that caused a huge public backlash against an entrenched culture of violence against women in India.

The victim, a trainee physiotherapist who was raped for an hour and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus, became a symbol of the dangers women face in a country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes.

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Citizens Raise Concern on Vandalism and Theft at Constitution Park
Concerns about vandalism and theft have surfaced, just weeks after a formal ceremony was held to unveil the statue of Sir John Compton in Constitution Park.

Caretaker at the facility Martinus Avril disclosed that individuals have been digging up the grounds in order to gain possession of copper pipes which have been laid below the surface.

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US President Barack Obama to Change Overtime Pay  Rules for Americans
United States President Barack Obama will this week, seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.

On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.

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Saint Lucia Observes International Women's Day
The efforts of St Lucian women who continue to inspire change in society are being recognized as part of activities to mark the global observance of International Women’s day.

A pictorial display which has been organized by the Department of Gender relations, as part of a series of events is taking place at the Central Library before it moves to various parts of the island in the coming weeks.

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Vincent McDoom to be Spotlighted on the International Stage
St. Lucian designer and fashion model Vincent McDoom who was among key players in one of the new components of the now revamped Jazz and Arts Festival is set to take the spotlight on the international stage.

He is set to take on a major role in one of the biggest international fashion trade shows, Labo Ethnik Fashion and Lifestyle, which will take place from May 22nd - 26th in Paris.

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Post Mortem Results Released on Crew Member Who Died Aboard Vessel
Health Officials here have released the results of an emergency post mortem examination conducted on the body of a crew member who died aboard a cargo vessel bound for St Lucia from Guyana. The announcement was made during a news conference held at the conference room of the Ministry of Health earlier today.

Senior Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Sharon Belmar George disclosed that the report revealed respiratory failure due to complications from pneumonia.

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Family Seeks Compensation for Children's Vehicular Accident
The family of two of the children who were killed in a horrific vehicular accident near the Gros Islet Fire Station some nine years ago says they are no longer seeking justice, but compensation for their loss.

Mr John Phillip who has been at the forefront of the matter on behalf of the family says he has been hopelessly seeking the assistance of any local attorney who would be brave enough to take on the case.

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Cargo Vessel Detained in Saint Lucia - 1 Crew Member Pronounced Dead
The Ministry of Health is working with the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority and local police and emergency services, in the management of what authorities believe to be a potentially high risk situation.

Reports confirm that Ministry of Health officials were alerted to the arrival of a cargo vessel from Guyana en route to the Vieux Fort Seaport  about 4 am on Sunday March 9th.

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Harris Paints and Du Boulay Win Big at SMA Quality Awards
The St. Lucia Manufacturers Association 2nd Quality Awards Ceremony celebrated the best in the manufacturing sector with Harris Paints, Baron Foods, Du Boulay’s Bottling and Caribbean Awning sharing 16 Diamond Awards.

Harris Paints St. Lucia dominated winning 7 awards comprising 5 Diamond Awards and the big prize of the night, the President’s Award for Excellence. Harris Paints also received a first place award in the newly introduced Lawson Calderon Eco Manufacturing Awards.

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“21 Days” to be Featured again this Sunday
An open invitation has been extended to St Lucians to see the movie “21 Days” which will be figured on the big screen at Caribbean Cinemas again this weekend. That's according to local Producer dale Elliot, who has expressed gratitude to St Lucians for what he described as overwhelming support at the premiere on Tuesday.

Mr Elliot says based on the surprising turnout, the movie will again be featured this Sunday.  He believes that the Tuesday’s Premiere is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to the amount of raw talent in the local film sector.

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Hon. Harold Dalsan Recuperates After Undergoing Surgery
The Office of the Prime Minister has advised the public that Hon. Harold Dalsan, Parliamentary Representative for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques and Minister for Social Transformation, Local Government and Community Empowerment, has successfully undergone surgery in Cuba to address persistent neck pains which he had been suffering from over the past few months.

As was announced last month, specialized investigations revealed that the pain was as a result of the presence of a prolapsed C5/6 disc.  

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Martinique Gommier Yacht Race to Begin Friday 14th
The Martinique Gommier Yacht race will take place on Friday 14th March with 18 yachts leaving Martinique at 9 a.m. and expected to arrive at the Gros Islet Water Front at 12.30 p.m.  

Upon the arrivals of the yachts, a welcome ceremony which is organized by the Gros Islet Constituency Council and the St. Lucia Tourist Board will be held at the Gros Islet Water Front and the Trophies and Certificates will be presented to the winners and participants.  

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Morne Du Don Male Charged for Unlicensed Firearm Possession
Charges have been laid against one man of Morne Du Don for Possession of an Unlicensed Firearm, Possession of Ammunition and Possession of a Controlled Drug

Ricardo Anatole of Blackstars appeared before the First District Court in Castries on Monday, to answer to the charges.

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Dennery Bridge to be named 'Alba'
A declaration made by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, indicating that a bridge which is now under construction in Dennery will be known as the ALBA Bridge has been described as interesting.

The news appears to have further fuelled questions from the Opposition United Workers Party about the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of the Americas and St Lucia’s membership in the bloc.

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21 Days Movie Released
Controversy brews ahead of the premiere of the movie 21 Days, between St Lucian producer Dale Elliot and the author of non-fiction book titled Glory Days & Tragedy, Therold Prudent.

In a statement released earlier today, Prudent says he welcomes the idea of his work being produced locally and would like to encourage the people of Saint Lucia to turn out in large numbers to support this monumental achievement. But, he has expressed his deep disappointment in Mr. Elliott’s decision to not seek his input and guidance and to not ensure that there was a greater role for persons within the Gros Islet community during the production of the movie.

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Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival App Now Available
Greater strides are being made to broaden the global reach of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival with the introduction of a highly interactive mobile app.

Targeted at tech savvy festival patrons, the App affords smart phone users with Android or IOS powered devices the ability to view the complete festival lineup, book hotel rooms and car rentals.  Additionally, the App is compatible with social media, enabling users to set reminders and sync with friends who plan on attending the festival’s various events.

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Herman “De Ashanti” Hippolyte Awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Silver) for his Contribution to the Arts
The Saint Lucia Calypso Association congratulates Herman “De Ashanti” Hippolyte on being awarded the Saint Lucia Medal of Merit (Silver) SLMM, for his contribution to the arts (calypso).  

The Association is indeed elated to learn of such commendation being bestowed on one of its very own. Hippolyte has had a long sterling career in Calypso, and has made an invaluable contribution to the art form.

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