New Category Announced for 15th Annual International Soca Awards
New Category Announced for 15th Annual International Soca Awards
Local radio stations have been thrust into the spotlight with the announcement of a new category of awards announced.
Hail, Heavy Rain and Flooding in Martinique
Hail, Heavy Rain and Flooding in Martinique
In a curious twist to the expected weather within the dry season, the island of Martinique experienced a combination of hail, heavy rain and flooding.
Students Reel From News of the Tragic Deaths of Members of the Spartan Fraternity
Students Reel From News of the Tragic Deaths of Members of the Spartan Fraternity
Students and administrative officials of Spartan Health Sciences University in Vieux Fort are reeling from news of the unexpected and tragic deaths of three members of the Spartan Fraternity.
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Twenty Two Injured at Underground Station in West London

An explosion that injured 22 people at Parsons Green underground station in west London was a terrorist incident, the Metropolitan police have said.

Commuters on a tube train reported hearing a bang and seeing a fireball flying down the carriage during Friday morning rush hour. Pictures and videos, purporting to be from one of the carriages, showed flames coming out of a carrier bag containing a white bucket.

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4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Felt in Three Caribbean Islands

The Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies has confirmed the occurrence of a 4.7 magnitude earthquake which has been felt in at least three Caribbean islands.

Residents of some areas in Castries reported being shaken Friday by the tremor which occurred 112 km North North East of the Capital City.

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St. Lucia's Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy Completes Road Works at Mongiraud

The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy has completed road works at Mongiraud on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th, 2017.

This comes following an alarming observation regarding the spillage of concrete on a number of inclines on the island’s road network. Therefore, the Department kindly reiterates to all parties involved in this unlawful act to cease from this practice, as it poses a hazard to vehicular traffic and pedestrians.

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Saint Lucia Improves Ranking in Quality of Nationality Index

Saint Lucia has improved its rank from a Medium Quality to a High Quality Nationality on the second edition of the Henley & Partners – Kochenov (kotch-ee-nov) Quality of Nationality Index (QNI), which was unveiled at a major international event in London today.

The QNI is the first index of its kind to objectively rank the value of every nationality of the world in terms of legal status in which to develop your talents and business.

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BVI Prisoners to be Safety Transferred to Saint Lucia following Passage of Hurricane Irma

Local security officials as well as the British Government will ensure prisoners brought to Saint Lucia will be safely transferred and not pose a risk to Saint Lucia’s population.

The British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are facing dire circumstances with securing prisoners following the destruction of some prisons by Hurricane Irma and it is believed that over 100 criminals are on the loose in those countries.

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Former Administration of St Jude Hospital Under Fire for Failure to Make Progress in its Rebulding Efforts

The Chairman on the Board of the St Jude Hospital has blasted the former administration over its failure to make any significant progress on the rebuilding of St Jude Hospital, eight years after the facility was gutted by fire.

Dr Ulric Mondesir says after thousands of dollars in donor funds for the project, following the September 2009 fire, the only ones to have benefitted to date are the contractors on the hospital project.

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LUCELEC Team Head to St. Kitts to Assist With Restoration Effort Following Hurricane Irma.

A team comprising two staff and three contractors from Lucelec have travelled to St Kitts to assist with the restoration effort following the passage of Hurricane Irma.

The recovery effort is being coordinated by Carilec, through its disaster response team, of which Lucelec is a member.

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Police News

Two men were wounded in a shooting incident at Bocage this Monday evening, law enforcement sources have confirmed.

The incident occurred after 7:25 pm, according to reports.

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Twenty Nine Dead after 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico

At least 29 people have died after the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in a century, struck off the country's southern coast.

The magnitude-8.1 quake, which was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, was registered off Mexico's southern coast just as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia lashed the east.

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CCRIF SPC to Make Payouts to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Kitts & Nevis as a Result of the Passage of Hurricane Irma

The CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) will be making payouts totalling approximately US$15.6 million (EC$42 million) to the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Kitts & Nevis as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma which triggered payments on these countries’ Tropical Cyclone policies

CCRIF is verifying the payout calculations and is in discussion with the three governments about making arrangements for transfer of these payouts, which will be completed within 14 days after the event – as mandated by CCRIF’s operational guidelines.

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Police Press Office Yet to Confirm Reports of Serial Rapist On Island

The police press office is yet to confirm the legitimacy of claims about a serial rapist on the loose here.

This as a number of alleged victims speaking out about their experience with an individual who they claim lured them into meeting with him under the guise of getting them a job.

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Public Advisory from the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy

The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy has advised the motoring public that works will be carried out on Mongiraud Hill on Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September 2017 from 7:00am to 6:00pm. This is to facilitate the removal of hardened concrete, and resurfacing of this section of road.

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Staff of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa Stage "Peaceful Protest" Outside Compound

Staff of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa staged what they described as a ‘peaceful protest’ Wednesday afternoon outside the hotel compound.

It is estimated that more than twenty employees of the resort are said to have taken part in the action which began at around 5:pm and lasted until about 7pm.

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Sandals Releases Statement on Withholding Tax Issue

Sandals Resorts International is telling its side on the withholding tax issue that surfaced here in what appeared to be a leaked cabinet conclusion this week.

In a statement issued on Wednesday the resort noted that is grateful to the Government of Saint Lucia for bringing closure to a long-standing tax dispute in respect of withholding taxes assessed by the Inland Revenue Department on Insurance costs allocated to its three resort companies between 2001 and 2009.

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Local Security Guard Fatality Shot While On Duty

The fatal shooting of a security guard while on duty here on Tuesday has sparked an outpouring of sadness and outrage over what many describe as a senseless act.

Among those speaking out against the brutal killing is a social activist John Daniel who has called for the incident to be dealt with swiftly and decisively.

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St. Lucia's Police Commissioner Returns to Work Following Vacation Leave

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry who is back on the job following just over eight months vacation leave has announced that his main priority is to address the high rate of homicide occurring here.

The island has recorded some 34 homicides for 2017 and the Commissioner says the plan is to address the number of illegal guns in the hands of St Lucians.

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St. Jude Hospital Received New Mobile Blook Bank Unit

St Jude Hospital is the recipient of a mobile blood bank unit donated by the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom to the government and people of St Lucia.

The donation of the DAF 45 Series, custom built mobile blood bank was made possible through the persistent efforts of the St. Lucia National Committee in the UK.

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St. Lucia's Chief Medical Officer Announces the Resumption of the Pediatric Programme for Special Needs Children

The island’s Chief Medical Officer has announced the resumption of the pediatric programme for special needs children.

News of its suspension came from the Secretary of Raise Your Voice St Lucia Catherine Sealys, when the government discontinued the contract of specialist paediatrician Dr Jacqueline Bird.

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SLTB Supports Local Artists on Musica Tour of the US

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) is giving its support to several local Soca and Lucian Kuduro artists on a five-city tour of the United States. The Board has sponsored the musical tour to the tune of $10,000 EC. The seven-week tour organized by Empire Media brings the splendour and unique power of Saint Lucian music to the US market and the Saint Lucian diaspora. The cheque handover took place at a press briefing at the SLTBS’s offices on Wednesday, August 30th.

The tour starts off with the Labour Day ‘Parkway Jam’ on September 4, 2017 and ends with Miami Carnival on October 8, 2017. The organizers have also planned a charity event at the Saint Lucia House in Brooklyn to demonstrate their solidarity with the Saint Lucian diaspora.

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NEMO Urges Residents to Monitor Progress of Hurrican Irma

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma which has intensified into a major category 3 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

According to the St. Lucia Meteorological Services, as at 5 a.m. on Friday September 1, 2017, the centre of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 36.5 West or about 1665 miles or 2680 kilometers east of the Leeward Islands. Irma is moving toward the west northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h).

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