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Local Boat Owner Describes New Development as a 'Disaster Waiting to Happen'
A local boat owner is sounding the alarm in light of an unfolding development that which he describes as a disaster waiting to happen.

The situation involves a boat tour company which has acquired a fleet of dinghies, and is planning to having them self driven by tourists along the island’s coast.

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to Disclose Government’s Plan for the Nice Programme during Budget Address
The outcome of a review conducted into the NICE program has been released.

It comes following what the Prime Minister’s attaché Nancy Charles explains was a need to revisit the program to ascertain whether it was fulfilling its mandate.

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Protestors Demand Resignation of the Leader of Government Business Dr. Ubaldus Raymond
A small group of protesters converged on Parliament today ahead of the Senate sitting, demanding the resignation of the Leader of Government Business Dr Ubaldus Raymond.

Dr Raymond has been at the centre of a sex scandal with a former student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.

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St. Lucia Vendors and Dry Goods Association Replies on Issue of Illegal Connections
The President of the St Lucia Vendors and Dry Goods Association has shot back at the Chairman of the Castries Constituencies Council following an appeal against the illegal tapping of electricity.

In a statement released on Monday Peterson Francis noted that the CCC had every reason to believe claims that certain tenants were stealing electricity. He described that act as very disappointing and urged retailers operating from the Vendors arcade to desist from the practice.

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Raise Your Voice Calls for Further Clarity on Phased Opening of Forensic Lab
Meanwhile, Raise your Voice Secretary Catherine Sealys has called for further clarity on phased opening of the forensic lab.

Sealys who has been a strong advocate for the reopening of the facility says it is difficult to understand how the lab can be effective if it is not fully certified, sanitized and accredited before it can be opened.

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 Specialty Caribbean EXPO 2017 Opens this Month
The Daren Sammy Cricket ground is abuzz with activity in the lead up to the opening of the Specialty Caribbean EXPO 2017 (SCE 2017).

The event is expected to bring together exhibitors from the OECS and Martinique on one platform to display goods and services available in the sub-region. A number of buyers from the wider Caribbean, Canada and latin America have been invited to attend the event which is slated for early March.

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Mayor of Castries Issues Stern Warning to Vendors Amidst Claims of Illegal Connections
A stern warning has been issued by the mayor of Castries to vendors and tenants of the Castries Constituencies Council who are tapping electricity illegally.

This comes amid claims of illegal connection at the Vendor’s Arcade.

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Phased Approach Adopted for the Reopening of the Forensic Lab
Calls for the reopening of the forensic lab have been answered after years of lobbying and public pressure.

The announcement was made on Friday during a press briefing where Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Minister Hermangild Francis explained that the Government has adopted a phased approach to the reopening, which it hopes will facilitate the transition to full operations.

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Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Calls on Government for New Initiatives to Create Employment
Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia has expressed concern over what it notes as Government’s failure to initiate any new social policies, initiatives or investments to create employment for the vulnerable.

The sentiment comes ahead of the pending non renewal of contracts for several workers attached to the National Initiative for Creating employment NICE, most of whom are women.

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Canadian Man Accused in the Drowning of a Four Year old Ordered to pay Compensation to the Boy’s Family
A Canadian man accused in the drowning of a four-year-old boy in Saint Lucia was ordered today to pay the sum of $75,000 in compensation to the boy’s family or be sent to jail for three years.

It is reported that the fine was paid.

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RCI Celebrates 56 Year Anniversary!
Radio Caribbean International is celebrating over five decades of broadcasting here.

Celebrating 56 years, Radio Caribbean boasts being the first station in St Lucia to broadcast 24 hour programming on the FM frequency.

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NICE Programme Under Review
The significance of International Women’s Day has been marred by the pending loss of employment for hundreds of Women contracted under the NICE program.

That’s the sentiment being expressed by Raise Your Voice St Lucia Secretary Catherine Sealys, who has criticized the outcome of a review of the program, that has been a lifeline for many marginalized women.

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St. Lucia Medical and Dental Association Launches 'Give A Heart' Foundation
The St Lucia Medical and Dental Association continues its celebration of love during the month of February by placing special focus on heart health.

Among the activities scheduled is the launch of the Give A Heart Foundation on February 25th , where physicians will pledge to give back to the community.

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 Saint Lucia to Celebrate 38th Anniversary of Independence
Minister with responsibility for Culture and Local Government Senator Fortuna Belrose has called on all Saint Lucians to continue to embrace activities for Saint Lucia’s 38th Anniversary of Independence which culminates on Wednesday February 22nd 2017.

On Sunday February 19th, the Government of Saint Lucia hosted a successful “Prayer, Praise and Worship” session at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground with persons from several different Religious denominations in attendance.

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Mayor of Castries Calls for Public Cooperation in the Fight Against Petty Crime Against Locals
The Mayor of Castries is urging for public cooperation and partnership with city police in the fight against petty crime against locals and visitors.

The call for patriotism comes ahead of independence celebrations here.

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Bay Gardens Resorts Discontinues Using Expanded Polystyrene Products Throughout its Properties
The Green Globe certified resort chain, Bay Gardens Resorts has discontinued the use of all Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) products throughout its properties.

Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) products are very harmful to the environment as they are manufactured from non-renewable fossil fuels and synthetic chemicals which cannot be recycled or reused.  Studies have shown that animals sometimes mistake EPS for food which can kill them.  In the case of turtles and fish not only can they not digest it, but the foam could contain poisons, absorbed from contaminants floating in the water.

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Police News
Police have confirmed that the police officer involved in the fatal shooting of a Fond Mange man has been charged.

Gilroy Gaston has been accused of causing the death of Yves Renee during a police operation in Marigot last month.

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Heated On Air Exchange is Being Used to Build a Case for Self Regulation
A heated exchange that got personal between talk show host Christopher Hunte and media practitioner Dale Elliot is being used to build a case for self regulation.

Among individuals commenting on the episode which took place on Monday this week is Newspaper publisher and Talk Show host Rick Wayne who is sometimes known to be radical with his content.

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Locals Continue to Call for Minister to Step Down, Amidst Scandal
The issue of morality continues to remain a hot topic here especially in the absence of a resignation from Dr Ubaldus Raymond.

The Minister in the Ministry of finance has been embroiled in a sex scandal with a teenage student who is now facing blackmail charges.

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Locals Stage Vigil to Honour the Memory of Murdered Active Hill Couple
All is in place for the staging of a vigil to honour the memory of a murdered Active Hill couple later today.

Sandrina Joseph and Jeffery Arbella were chopped to death while they slept in their home on February 1st.

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