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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New Tax Hike on Goods Imported from Barbados
St. Lucia has announced the imposition of a 70 percent tax on Barbadian goods effective May 1 and local authorities there must be open and frank discussions on the matter.

But Castries has in the past pointed to a 2012 CORED decision which allows for Caribbean Community (CARICOM) lesser developed countries (LDC) to implement the duty on products from the region’s more developed countries.

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Saint Lucia Ranked as one of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations in the World
News that Saint Lucia has been ranked as one of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cruise Destinations in the World, according to an article on an international cruise website, has caught the attention of at least one tourism official here.

Maritime Consultant Cuthbert Didier notes that while there is no scientific basis for the conclusions made in the article, it creates a particular impression upon any reader who does not have ready access to the facts.

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St. Lucia Celebrates World Book and Copyright Day
Today (April 23rd) the world celebrates World Book and Copyright Day under the theme – "History and Stories,” followed by the celebration of World Intellectual Property Day on Saturday 26th April under the theme; ‘Movies – A Global Passion’

ECCO in collaboration with the Central Library and the Registry of Companies and Intellectual Property Office with the support of UNESCO is helping mark the joint celebrations by hosting a week long exhibition at the Central Library highlighting the work of creativity.

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Sir Arthur Jazz Scheduled for May 2
The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College is set to stage its inaugural Sir Arthur Jazz on Friday May 2, 2014, hoping to be an established part of St. Lucia’s premier cultural event.

“Sir Arthur Jazz” will prominently feature talented singers and musicians from the College and secondary schools in St. Lucia.

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Easter Fair Chock to take place this Sunday
Responding to  frequent complaints that there are not enough activities on island to engage young children, one young teacher is planning what she hopes will be an engaging and fun day for children and parents alike.

Shernel Chouloutte a teacher of challenged youth who has a special understanding, of the needs of children has organized a fun activity for children that has almost become extinct in Saint Lucia. She is putting on a grand fair on Easter Sunday, and with the help of like-minded friends and family, the special needs educator has dubbed the activity an Easter Fair Chock, full of fun and games for the young ones.

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Hon Emma Hippolyte Speaks on Recent Deaths in the North
The discovery of dead bodies in the north of the island has caught the attention of the Parliamentary Representative for Gros Islet, prompting her to put forward a recommendation to address the situation.

Authorities are pursuing investigations into the discovery of two bodies which have been found at separate locations in Gros Islet in as many weeks.

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Les Brown is Heading to St. Lucia!
World renowned Motivational Speaker, Author and TV Personality – Les Brown – is headed to St. Lucia next week, for what is expected to be a life-changing experience for many.

According to organizers excitement and anticipation is building, over his visit to St. Lucia within the business community and among ordinary St. Lucians, who are looking for a dose of motivation to spur them on to success.

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Jazz on the Square Returns for 2014 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
The highly popular lunchtime concert series Jazz on the Square returns to the heart of the nation’s capital with three days of contemporary Caribbean cross-over music.  

Staged annually at the Derek Walcott Square in downtown Castries, the 2014 Jazz on the Square line-up includes nine dynamic performances by top local and regional acts from Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Barbados. Performances start on Wednesday May 7 and continue through Friday May 09.

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Mocha Bridge Repair Works Now Complete
Repair works on the Mocha Bridge in Soufriere, which sustained major structural damage as a result of Hurricane Tomas, has been completed

The new structure is a two (2) lane 9.6 metres wide bridge, and has a total span of 14.6 metres. One (1) pedestrian sidewalk was included, while safety railings were placed on either side of the bridge. River protection works using strong stone system were used to prevent erosion and ensure proper flow and alignment is maintained. Concrete road drains were also built to channel run-off water and to protect the new structure.

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Police Investigate Vehicular Accident on Bexon Highway; 1 Person Pronounced Dead
Officers attached to the Traffic Department are investigating the circumstances surrounding an accident which occurred on the Bexon Highway about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, April 13, 2014.

It has been established that a motor car driven by Devon Timothy travelling in the direction of Castries veered off the left side of the road and slammed into a utility pole.

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St. Lucian Father Seeks Assistance on Custody Case
One St. Lucian father is desperate for assistance in getting his daughter out of what he believes is a potentially dangerous home situation.

He claims that the four year old child is in the custody of an abusive mother, and gave an account of several outbursts by her, that have occurred both privately and publicly.

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30 Scholarships Available to St. Lucian students at Monroe College
Monroe College is taking steps to make access to higher education easier for St Lucian students.

The University has again made over 30 scholarships available to the Government of S.t Lucia for students wishing to study in a number of areas.

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4 Major Bills to be Debated in the House of Assembly this Tuesday
Four major bills will be debated in the House of Assembly, when it convenes on Tuesday, April 15th. Of the four Bills, two will focus on the Tourism Sector while a third will introduce incentives for the Agricultural Sector.

The Tourism Stimulus and Investment Bill, along with the Tourism Incentives (Amendment) Bill are aimed at providing greater incentives for investment in the Tourism Industry.  The Tourism Stimulus and Investment Bill seeks to widen the range of concessions to the Tourism Sector in order to attract new investment.  It is modeled on the legislation which was enacted to facilitate investment prior to the World Cup in Saint Lucia. The second Bill seeks to amend the Tourism Incentives Act to include villas as a “tourism product” eligible for incentives under that Act.

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Update on Current Police Investigations
Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police confirmed the discovery of a body in the Pigeon Island beach area about 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

Owing to investigations and assistance from the public, this individual was identified as 22 year old Jaime Innocent of Morne Du Don, Castries. According to family reports, the last interaction with Innocent was on Monday, April 7, 2014.

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Rendezvous Resort Releases Statement on Vessel Explosion
Rendezvous Resort has released a statement expressing sadness about an explosion onboard one of its vessels on Wednesday, resulting in injury to two of the hotel’s staff members.

The statement notes the employees are being treated at Tapion Hospital, and based on information received from medical experts attending to them, the
injuries are not life-threatening.

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Newly Reconstructed Fond St. Jacques Bridge to Open this Weekend
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport (MIPST) is set to open the newly reconstructed Fond St. Jacques (Mocha) Bridge on Sunday 13th April 2014. This is the fourth bridge to be constructed in Soufriere by the Ministry from 2012.

The Mocha Bridge sustained major structural damage as a result of Hurricane Tomas, and in May 2013, further deterioration surfaced before the Ministry was forced to close this bridge to vehicular traffic.

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Bordelais Correctional Facility Video Link System Now Active

A ceremony held at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, ECSC, on Wednesday April 09,2014, marked the introduction of the Bordelais Correctional Facility Video Link System.

The Video Link System which was tested at the Registry of the High Court during the ceremony signifies the first installation, for a Correctional Facility within the jurisdiction of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

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Saint Lucians Mourn passing of Former Trinidad and Tobago President and Prime Minister Arthur Robinson
One of the most revered and noted Caribbean political and social personalities Arthur Napoleon Raymond ANR Robinson has died. The 87 year old Former Trinidad and Tobago President and Prime Minister had been ailing for several months and passed away at the St Clair medical Centre at around 6 a.m on Wednesday Morning April 9th.

His passing was confirmed by National Security Minister Gary Griffith who said a State funeral was being planned.

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Sans Souci Man Granted Bail on Firearm Offenses
A 40 year old Sans Souci man has been granted bail on firearm offenses

Clendon Wayne Gabriel appeared before the First District Court in Castries on Monday, April 7, to answer to the said charges; Possession of Firearm, Possession of Ammunition and Importation of Firearm without a license.

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Government declares Water-Related Emergency for the North of the Island
Government has declared a Water-Related Emergency for the North of the Island in keeping with section 10 of the water and sewerage act

This comes as there has been an acute shortage of rainfall in the north of the island. This fact, together with diminishing reserves in the John Compton Dam and a report from the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services that the Northern areas of the country have now officially entered a drought situation, has caused the Government to officially declare a Water Related Emergency for an area stretching from Bexon/Marc in the East to Roseau in the West to Cap Estate in the North.

Information from WASCO indicates that water levels in the Dam are currently 30 inches below the spillway, and the Saint Lucia Met Services, using 35 years of monthly rainfall data, has calculated that the North of the country is experiencing a meteorological drought, based on a value known as the Standard Precipitation Index (SPI). The Water Resources Management Agency (WRMA) has also reported that the average river flow rates are currently within the rates recorded for historical dry seasons in the month of March.

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