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NIC's Sneaker Day Initiative Embraced by Business Community
The Sneaker Day initiative conceptualized by the National Insurance Corporation has been recorded as a major success according to officials there.

Communications Officer MacNaughton McLean says several members of the business community have embraced and latched on to the idea giving it their own unique spin.

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Locals Observe Annual's Fishermen's Feast
Fisherfolk throughout St Lucia have come together for the celebration of the Annual Fishermen’s Feast that began with a church service.

But the event which includes several fun and fraternal elements, according to the Manager of the Castries Fishermen’s Cooperative Arthur Lynch, has also brought into focus, the absence of appreciation for their contribution to rural development and the economy.

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Local Attorney Comments on Impact of Vote for Britain’s Exit from the EU
A St Lucian Attorney has added to the discussion on the impact of a vote for Britain’s exit from the EU, describing the decision for the referendum as reckless.

David Cox is among observers who have been pointing to the immediate and long term impact of Brexit, as well as the political implications for Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Soca Artiste Laments New Trend in Soca Music

A well known Soca Artiste says a new trend in music can negatively impact the momentum and cultural element of Carnival.

As Soca Monarch and the Parade of the Bands draws closer carnival enthusiast are indulging in the current offerings of Soca music. But, most artistes believe that the more cultural and upbeat sound of power Soca is dying out because of the current push for the slower paced groovy Soca.

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List of Qualifiers for Calypso Semi-Final Released
The list of qualifiers for the semi-final round of the calypso competition has been released.

The competition will be held at the National Cultural Centre on July 3rd  from 4pm.

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CPMA's 'Vavalry' Deemed a Success

The absence of an official launch of what is known as the largest cultural showpiece here, appears to have boosted  the appeal of a mini Carnival hosted by the CPMA….and organizers are raving its success.

Dubbed Vavalry in the William Peter Boulevard came alive with a carnival atmosphere akin to the pageantry that is synonymous with the official opening of Carnival.

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St. Lucian Scholars Studying in Venezuela to Return Home
A detailed explanation is yet to be issued on the return of several St Lucian scholars studying in Venezuela this week.

News of the development came following the release of a communiqué signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Innovation Gender Relations and Sustainable Development  Esther Brathwaite on June 22nd.

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Flow Customers Give Mixed Reviews on Change in the Organization’s System
A local cable service provider is receiving flack from many customers because of a change in the organization’s system.

Flow has relocated from their Castries location at Blue Coral to a new building called the Dayana Centre which is opposite Bank of St.Lucia on Jeremie Street.

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Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St Rose Given 20 Year Sentence
Directors from Rise St. Lucia Inc. have declined to comment on the sentence handed down to Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St Rose on Thursday.

According to Dr Jacqueline Bird, the situation is too sensitive and close to the organization. As a result she declined to comment.

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Toxik Carnival Band to Withdraw from 2016 St. Lucia Carnival
Newly rebranded Toxik Carnival Band regrettably informs its sponsors, revellers and the wider public that it has taken a tough executive decision to pull out of the 2016 edition of St. Lucia Carnival.

The decision comes on the heels of a number of underlying factors such low registration numbers and circumstances beyond our control, deeming it impossible for the band to successfully portray Mas under the theme THE UPRISING.

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Socalypso All Set!
The Socalypso is set for a confident outing in the quarter final stages of the calypso competition when it opens this evening.

RCI caught up with tent leader Gene Leon who was attending a rehearsal ahead of tonight’s showing.

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Calypso Enthusiast Warns of the Need for Financial Support for the Calypso Art
A well known calypso enthusiast has warned that the calypso art form will not be able to survive unless a significant financial investment is made in the artistes.

The call comes from Gilroy Ezai Hall during Mass Vybes on Vybe radio this morning.

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Public Reacts to Twenty Five Dollar Charge Imposed by RBC
There is no shortage of reaction to a twenty five dollar charge imposed by RBC Royal Bank on their savings account holders. The measure took effect here on Monday.

One of the bank’s clients Esther Jn Marie recounted her experience with the financial institution when she decided to close her account on Wednesday morning.

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Saint Lucia Association of Social Workers and UWI Host Panel Discussion on Establishment of Sex Offenders’ Registry
A proposal for the establishment of a sex offenders’ registry is being put to the people again, this time in the form of a panel discussion on the issue.

It is being hosted by the Saint Lucia Association of Social Workers in collaboration with The University of the West Indies Open Campus Saint Lucia, in light of an apparent increase in the number of reported cases of sexual assault, particularly rape occurring here.

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SLP Names New Leader
Philip J. Pierre has been elevated to the position of SLP leader and Leader of the Opposition. The decision was taken at a National Council Meeting held on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The confirmation comes following the resignation of Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.

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Regional Organization Expresses Disappointment as Government of St. Lucia has not Publicly Reacted to US Mass Shooting
A Regional organization has expressed disappointment because the government of St.Lucia, unlike other countries has not publicly reacted to the recent mass shooting in the United States.

France, Britain and Germany are among the countries which sent condolences to the United States after Gunman Omar Marteen shot and killed 49 people at an LGBT nightclub in Florida on June 12th. Officials from Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) expressed their disappointment during interview with RCI News on Friday.

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Police News
Police are investigating a fatal accident which occurred on Sunday, June 19, 2016 about 1:30 a.m. in Mon Repos.

Motor vehicle registration number PE 9885 driven by 47 year old, Vita Charlery of Micoud was travelling in a southerly direction when it ran-off the Mon Repos Highway, crashing into a utility pole.

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Tropical Wave Affects the Island
A tropical wave which interacted with an upper level system has dumped several inches of rain here.

The information comes from the Director of Met Services Venantius Descartes in light of inclement weather which began affecting St Lucia on Sunday.

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Fuel Prices to Increase on Island
The Public is being notified that in keeping with the changes in international oil prices, the retail prices of petroleum products have been changed including the cost of Kerosene.

The adjustments take effect from Monday, June 20, 2016

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Gender Studies Lecturer Discuss Need for More Female Leaders in St. Lucia
In light of increases in the number of women engaged in active politics here, a gender studies lecturer from The University of the West Indies says there is a need for more female leaders in St Lucia.

UWI Open Campus in collaboration with the institute for gender development studies (IGDS) hosted a lecture under the theme women, politics and transformational leadership. The lecture took place on Thursday night at the UWI open campus in St. Lucia.

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