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.
Officials Confirm Possible Recurrence of Sargassum Seaweed
Officials Confirm Possible Recurrence of Sargassum Seaweed
Deputy Chief Fisheries Officer Mr. Thomas Nelson sought to provide clarity on the ecological role of the macro-algae.
Concerned Parent Reacts to Musical Content Aired at Sporting Events
Concerned Parent Reacts to Musical Content Aired at Sporting Events
Mr. Alexander stated that his protestations were met with an order to be ejected from the sporting activity.
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SLASPA Continues Discussions on Carnival Valor's Berth Allocation
The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) is meeting with Cruise Industry stakeholders, today to continue discussions with reference to the allocation of berths for the Carnival Valor.

Stakeholders expected to attend today’s meeting include  the Ministry of Tourism, Invest St. Lucia,  Cox and Company agents for Carnival Cruise Lines, Courtesy Taxi, Holiday Taxi, Castries City Council and the Vendors and Dry Goods Association.

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CDF Supports St. Lucia Calypso Association
The St Lucia Calypso Association can now realize a zero balance spreadsheet as the CDF wipes out its debt of over 10 thousand dollars.

The news comes from the Board of Directors of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), which has acted on a recommendation from the Carnival Planning & Management Agency (CPMA), at its meeting of Monday 26th May.

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Baron Foods Receives Award from International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) in Belgium
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is immensely proud of news of the prestigious “Superior Taste Award” given to Baron Foods Limited for its well known product West Indian Hot Sauce by International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) in Belgium.

The SLBS says the award is significant because while it rewards taste, the structure is affixed to recognize quality criteria.  The International Taste & Quality Institute - iTQi - based in Brussels, promotes itself as the world leading organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink.

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Dennery Carnival Launches Sunday June 1

The Dennery Carnival Committee Chairperson, Mrs Perpetua James declares that “Dennery Carnival, the hottest Community Carnival in Saint Lucia, is thriving in 2014 and we are ready to bring it and invite all to get involved!”

Dennery Carnival “kicks off” with The Official Launch on Sunday June 1, 2014 at Carnival City, the Dennery Multipurpose Grounds - from 5:00 pm onwards.

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Chikungunia Virus Spreading
The spread of the vector borne virus Chikungunia in St Lucia appears to be much that authorities suspect.

The pronouncement was made by National Epidemiologist, Neham Jn Baptiste, who provided the latest figures regarding the situation with Chikungunya in St. Lucia.

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Saint Lucia Celebrates Guyana's Independence
Guyanese in St Lucia, and at home, are today in celebratory mode, as they observe the 48th Anniversary of that country’s Independence.

Among them is a veteran broadcaster and sports commentator Joseph Reds Pierra who recounted some of the events leading up to the moment when Guyana become responsible for its own affairs.

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CDF Encourages Businesses to Register for Inter-Commercial House Competition
As St. Lucia Carnival 2014 inches closer, the Cultural Development Foundation is putting plans together for this year’s staging of the Inter-Commercial House Competition.  

Consequently, commercial entities, businesses and social organisations are invited to register for participation in the highly anticipated Calypso Competition.  

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Media Association of St. Lucia Elects New Executive
A new executive has been voted in to manage the affairs of Media Workers in St Lucia, with Clinton Reynolds returning to the top position.

The election took place on Sunday during the organization’s Biennial General Meeting at the Monroe College campus.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Reynolds applauded the work of the outgoing executive and their attempts to empower media workers in St Lucia during their tenure.

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1.1 Million Dollar Budget Set for 2014 Saint Lucia Carnival
Stakeholders in the island’s largest cultural showpiece will have to make do with a one point one (1.1) million dollar budget this year as they prepare to stage the 2014 carnival.

The announcement was made on Monday when the Carnival management and planning committee met with the various stakeholders to discuss how to maximize the use of the available funds.

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National Volunteer Coordinator Calls for Complete Ban on Turtle Harvesting
A strong call has been made for a complete ban on Turtle harvesting in St Lucia following what volunteers at the Grand Anse nature reserve describe as a gruesome discovery.

According to the National Volunteer Coordinator Mr Cyril Saltibus, sections of the public have been engaged in the brutal killing of sea turtles along the island’s shores.

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Organisation for National Empowerment Comments on VAT on Utilities
The Organisation for National Empowerment has urged Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to reconsider the VAT option on Utilities, specifically electricity as a possible way forward in reducing the island’s fiscal deficit.

The party is making the recommendation on the condition that the levy be removed as soon as the deficit is cleared. He has also charged the government to declare a specific time line for stabilizing the economy.

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St. Lucia to Observe World Biodiversity Day
A suite of activities will take shape over the next four days in commemoration of World Biodiversity Day, which is observed annually on May 22.

This year's World Biodiversity Day theme is "Island Biodiversity" which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of the unique marine and near shore ecosystems that characterize Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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St Lucia Red Cross Society Experiences Severe Decline in Donations
The hardships brought on by the economic crunch appear to have dealt a severe blow to a charitable organization here.

According to Major Jonothan Kellman who heads the St Lucia Red Cross Society, the organization, see a huge decline in donations around this time of year. He notes that it is not surprising because many donors are affected by the financial toll, and while the donations are most plentiful during Christmas time, the needs of the poor are so great that the contributions only go so far.

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Police Seeks Assistance in Current Investigation
Police are seeking the assistance of the public in location a young man who has been reported missing this month.

Kerry Marius was last seen by his family on Saturday May 10th about 11am.

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Jet Blue Adds New Nonstop Services to St. Lucia
St. Lucia’s Tourism industry is expected to get a boost with increased airlift from the island’s main source market.

New York City-based carrier JetBlue has added several new seasonal routes from Boston to the Caribbean.

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LUCELEC to Eastablish Subsidiary Company
St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has been granted approval by its shareholders to establish a subsidiary company. The decision came at the end of a Special Meeting of Shareholders held on Friday, May 9, 2014.
 
The subsidiary company will allow LUCELEC to explore new business opportunities separate from what it is currently engaged in which is the generation and sale of electricity. And while it will be wholly owned by LUCELEC, this new entity will be financially, legally and operationally separate from the regulated electricity company. This is to ensure good governance, business transparency and a clear separation of activities associated with electricity generation and sale from activities that the subsidiary company may be engaged in.

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Digicel Donates 4G Compatible Tablets to St. Lucian Government
Local Parliamentarians have today benefited from the generosity of Telecommunications Company Digicel, as part of efforts toward public sector reform and modernization.

The officials were presented with 4G compatible tablets which is expected to enhance data access and eliminate paper usage.

The move is expected to save the Government half a million dollars in revenue.

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Turkish Prime Minister Under Fire
The Turkish Prime Minister has come under fire for statements made following a coal mining accident that has injured scored of workers and claimed lives. In drawing parallels with 19th-century Britain he declared that "This is what happens in coal mining. There is no such thing as accident-free work."

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Firefighters and Emergency Response Personnel Stage Sick Out
It appears that Firefighters and Emergency Response Personnel continue to stage industrial action to demonstrate resentment at the failure authorities to deal promptly with a situation that continues to persist within the St. Lucia Fire Service.

Sources close to the Fire Service have revealed that officers attached to the St Vincent Fire Service have been called in to augment any manpower deficiencies that may exist at the island’s airports as local emergency response personnel continues to stage what appears to be a sick out.

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United Youth Calls for Saint Lucia to Send a Strong Statement Against the Kidnapping of 200 Nigerian Girls
St Lucia’s Foreign Affairs Minister and other official overseas representatives at the various missions have been called on to join the rest of the world in sending a strong statement against the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls last week

The call comes from United Youth, which has joined Nigerians and the rest of the world in denouncing the criminal and cowardly act of the Boko Harem Islamist Extremist group which has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.To date over 276 girls are still being held captive.

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