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OECS Agriculture Ministers Discuss Huge Food Import Bill

Agriculture Ministers  from St. Lucia and the rest of the OECS are currently preoccupied with eating into the sub-region's huge food import bill.

Addressing last Friday's inaugural OECS Council of Ministers of Agriculture in St. Vincent, Director General of the OECS Commision - Dr. Didicus Jules - disclosed that in 2011 the sub-region had a food import bill of US$ 473 million dollars.

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Calypso Shows to be Organized by One Body for Carnival 2015

An unprecedented decision has been taken for the 2015 calypso season, which will involve the organising of shows by one body and not the respective six calypso tents.

The disclosure was made to RCI News by the head of the St. Lucia Association of Registered Tents - START.

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Sir Arthur Community College to Host Job Fair

The Sir Arthur Community College is preparing to stage its 12 Annual Job Fair.

It is hoped that through the initiative students will interact with prospective employers with a view to preparing for the job market.

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Police News

On Monday March 23, 2015, at approximately 8:15pm officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department conducted an operation on Calcrescent Street, Castries, resulting in a vehicle search.

As a result of the search, the officers discovered one .22 firearm and two rounds of .22 ammunition.

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Defendent in Spitting Incident Files Countersuit
The defendant in a spitting incident that allegedly occurred on the Reduit Beach during an altercation between a vendor and a Restaurant owner has filed a counter suit.

Ms Marietta Banjamin was served the summons, indicating that Mr Michael Richings has filed an assault charge with police against her. The case is expected to be called on April 8th.

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Notice: Strong Possiblity of Water Emergency on Island
St. Lucians are being warned of a worsening dry spell that has gripped the island and the strong possibility of water emergency alert which could be issued if the situation does not improve by Month end.

The caution comes from Water Resource Management agency official Fitzgerrald John, who has continued to provide updates on the drastically reduced raw water supply here, from the start of the year.

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Owner of North South Enterprises Comments on Altercation on Property
There has been strong reaction from the owner of North South Enterprises following a physical altercation between a customer and a gas station attendant that left her in a bloody mess on Wednesday.

This comes after a gas station attendant was attacked by a motorcycle rider and his pillion rider who had pulled in to the station to purchase fuel.

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Ministry of Health Responds to Concerns on the State of the Health Sector in St. Lucia
Top level officials in the Ministry of Health have responded to concerns expressed by the Leader of the Political opposition on the poor state of the health sector here.

In a communiqué released on Tuesday, the UWP highlighted the many challenges that continue to confront the St Jude Hospital and the shortages in medical and other supplies at the southern healthcare institution.

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US President Barack Obama to Meet with CARICOM Heads of Government
US President Barack Obama will pay a one-day state visit to Jamaica on April 9, where he will meet with CARICOM Heads of Government in advance of the April 10-11 Summit of the Americas in Panama City.

The President’s visit was confirmed by Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller in an address to parliament on Tuesday.

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Roman Catholic Church to Host Public March in Support of the Gift of Life
The Roman Catholic Church is taking the lead in highlighting the significance of the gift of life with an activity that is expected to engage the public.

The Pro Life Ministry is taking to the streets to march for life following several reports of suicide, crime and a general disregard for life among the nation’s youth.

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Public Notice: Only Machine-Readable Passports Accepted for Travel
The public is asked to note that the recall period for non–machine readable passports has ended and only machine readable passports will be accepted for travel.

Citizens of Saint Lucia who presently carry non-machine readable passports will be required to contact the Immigration Department, in the Lamar Building on Bridge Street, Castries.

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Police News
On Wednesday, March 11, 2015 about 2:00 a.m. 27 year old Joachim Henry of Ciceron, Castries sustained gunshot wounds to his left hand, left shoulder a...

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Police News
The two people at the centre of a case involving a restaurant owner who is accused of spitting in the face of a vendor on the Reduit Beach during an altercation had their first hearing in court today.

The sufficiency hearing came following a decision by Ms Mariette Benjamin to press charges against the accused.

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Jury Awards $7.3 million to Marvin Gaye's Children for Song Copyright Infringement
A jury found “Blurred Lines” co-creators Robin Thickeand Pharrell Williams copied parts of Marvin Gaye’s 1977 hit “Got To Give it Up” for their 2012 song, and awarded $7.3 million to the late soul-singer’s estate.

Thicke and Williams have been battling Gaye’s children for a year over whether or not their bass-driven, Grammy-nominated smash hit took too liberally from Gaye’s song.

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St. Lucia to Observe World Kidney Day
Kidney awareness activities are being highlighted this week from March 9th -15th with Thursday March 12th observed as World Kidney Day.

World Kidney Day aims to raise the awareness of the importance of kidneys to the overall health and to reduce the frequency and impact of kidney disease and its associated health problems.

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Stay Over Visitor Arrivals Increase for the Month of January
Saint Lucia’s main engine of economic development– the vital tourism industry continues its impressive growth trajectory with further gains for the opening month of 2015.

Following a record breaking 2014, tourism officials are further basking in news of double digit growth in the island’s stay-over arrivals.  For the month of January, visitor arrivals grew by fourteen (14) percent to reach a total of 31,541; the largest number of arrivals ever recorded for that month, beating out the 28,220 arrivals recorded back in 2005.

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National Carnival Queen Pageant Auditions Begins
The 2015 Carnival season is off to an early commencement as the Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA) and the National Carnival Queen Pageant Committee announces the auditions for the prestigious National Carnival Queen Pageant 2015 which is scheduled for Saturday July 4th 2015.  

Young women from across Saint Lucia between the ages of eighteen (18) to twenty‐three (23) are encouraged to be part of the newly revamped Pageant for 2015.   

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Security Guards, Police Force to Participate in Industrial Forum

Twenty-one (21) Security Guards from eight (8) security companies on the island along with six (6) members from the Saint Lucia Fire Service and Royal Saint Lucia Police Force will meet on Wednesday March 11, 2015 at the Kelvin Felix Archdiocesan Pastoral Centre.

The officers will participate in a One Day Industrial Forum sponsored by the National Workers Union (NWU).  This industrial event will assist participants better understand their roles and responsibilities in the overall security service in Saint Lucia.

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Individual Accused of the Murder of Verlinda Joseph May Be A Free Man Next Month
The individual accused of the murder of Verlinda Joseph could be a free man next month, if the Director of Public Prosecutions is unable to prove her case in court by April.

The disclosure was made by Martinus Francois, the attorney representing Eugene St Romaine who has served 10 years on remand for allegedly causing the death of the minor child.

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Fire Destroys Dennery's La Resource Health Centre
Efforts to improve health care services in Dennery have been confronted with a major setback, following a fire that destroyed the La Resource Health Centre.

The incident occurred in the early hours of Monday morning destroying equipment and more importantly patient records which were kept at the facility.

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