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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Ministry of Health Schedules 'Babonneau Wellness Train' This Weekend
 In an effort to reverse this trend of developing non communicable diseases, the Ministry of Health is placing greater emphasis on Health Promotion and Behaviour Change and continues to urge everyone to adopt healthy lifestyle practices such as increasing exercise, increasing the consumption of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, the avoidance of tobacco smoke and avoiding excessive use of alcohol.

This comes following a Survey of Chronic Diseases Risk Factors, commonly known as the Bahavioural Risk Factor Survey, was carried out in St. Lucia from March to August 2012.

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Police Destroy Marijuana Plantations During Operation
Despite a number of high level discussions on moves to decriminalize marijuana in St Lucia and other parts of the region, local police continue to quash efforts to cultivate the herb.

Official reports indicate that during an operation at Garrand, Babonneau on Saturday, March 22, 2014, police attached to the Babonneau station uprooted and destroyed approximately 500 Marijuana plants from two separate plantations within close proximity to each other.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Govt. Receives Aid from Saint Lucia
The government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines are the recipients of assistance from St Lucia.

The two countries share a similar experience after facing devastating circumstances following the passage of the Christmas Eve Trough last year.

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Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony Visits John Compton Dam
Last weekend, Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony paid a visit to the John Compton Dam located at the upper part of Roseau. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the General Manager of WASCO, Mr. Vincent Hippolyte and other technical staff of WASCO.

During the visit, the Prime Minister was taken by dinghy across the lake of water and visited the hinterland of the dam to look at the slides which had caused major siltation of the dam.

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Police Investigates Altercation Between Doctor and Patient at Hospital
A major investigation is currently underway to find out the circumstances surrounding a physical altercation between a doctor and a patient who was receiving treatment at St Jude Hospital.

Reports indicate that an exchange between the doctor and the patient came to blows on Sunday. However it is not clear what sparked the incident.

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National Workers Union and Smugglers Cove Hotel Finalizes Iterim Wage Package
The Management of Smugglers Cove Hotel and the National Workers Union have agreed on an interim wage package that will benefit over 200 workers employed with the hotel. By majority, the hotel workers agreed to accept the 5% general wage increase. Their acceptance of the upward adjustment was based on the fact that the company has struggled and the hotel is currently in receivership.
 
The parties agreed to continue discussions which previously started under the former management with the objective of putting a fundamental agreement in place. The NWU has also pledged to continue its full cooperation with management aimed at creating the kind of environment that would make it possible for workers to discharge their responsibilities with excellence.

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St Lucia Fashion Week Commences
The local style industry is about to receive a boost as the organizers of St Lucia Fashion Week roll out a series of activities.

Heading the event is Joycie Mederick who notes that there is a product in St Lucia which needs to be nourished. Several accomplished producers as well as a guest designer are expected to participate in the upcoming event.

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Saint Lucia's Own Julian Robert Hunte Awarded Knighthood
The Saint Lucia Labour Party has congratulated Party Chairman Sir Julian Robert Hunte on being conferred with the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG), by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, for service to the Public and Private Sectors and to the Commonwealth Caribbean and Community
 
The award of Knighthood to Sir Julian Robert Hunte was first published in the Queen’s Official Gazette dated 31st December, 2013.  The title of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint James was bestowed on Sir Julian at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 13th. March 2014, one day before his seventy fourth birthday.

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UK's Air Passenger Duty Tax Reduction Receives Positive Reviews
A local tourism official has reacted to news of what has been described as an unexpected reduction in the Air Passenger Duty Tax imposed on passengers travelling from the UK to the Caribbean.

From April 1, 2015, the tax on long-haul flights between 4,001 and 6,000 miles will be reduced by £14 per person, while those over 6,000 miles will be cut by £26.

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UWP Baffled at House Acquisition
While the Government of Saint Lucia laments the lack of funds available to finance capital projects that would absorb thousands of people who are unemployed, the United Workers Party (UWP) has learnt that Cabinet approved the purchase of a dwelling house on the Millennium Highway to the tune of five million dollars

The UWP claims that this property has been on the market for some time and its administration was approached to purchase the property for far less than the price paid by the SLP Administration. It is believed that the newly purchased property houses Social Agencies such as the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF).

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T&T Government Offers to Employ Qualified Saint Lucian Nurses
The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has offered to employ qualified nurses in Saint Lucia who wish to work in that country. The offer was made by Prime Minister Kamla Persad- Bissessar during the recently held meeting of the Caricom Heads of Government in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Currently, Trinidad and Tobago employs some sixty nurses from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.

Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, welcomed the offer from the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, noting that there are several nurses who were trained in Cuba and are in search of job opportunities.

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Ministry of Tourism Criticizes SLASPA on Inaction to Ensure the Safety of Port Users
Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism Cuthbert Didier has launched a scathing attack on the St. Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority for what appears to be inaction to ensure the safety of life and property of sailors using the island’s ports.

This comes after what Mr Didier claims are numerous reports of theft and vandalism of yachts berthed at certain locations here.

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Ban on Cargo Vessel Lifted
The ban on a cargo vessel at the center of an investigation being spearheaded by local health officials has been lifted.

The vessel and its crew members were placed in quarantine since their arrival here on Sunday. Since then, a probe had been launched into the death of one crew member and to determine why one other crew member had been ill.

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Barnard Hill Man Charged with Possession of Firearm
Police charged 27 year old Nazim Jamal Henry of Barnard Hill, Castries for the offences of Possession of Firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Controlled Drug and Cultivation of a Controlled Drug.    Henry was arrested on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 on a Marijuana Plantation at Des Barras, Babonneau during a raid by the Police.

He appeared before the First District Court in Castries on Friday, March 7, 2014 where he pleaded guilty to all of the charges. Henry has been remanded to the Bordelais Correctional Facility until April 11, 2014 for sentencing.

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Jazz Tickets Now Offered Online
With the  official opening of the Caribbean’s premiere music festival a mere one month away, eager patrons of the revamped, rebranded and reenergized Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival can now purchase main stage tickets online.

Tickets for main stage activities Thursday May 8th at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay and the popular weekend Pigeon Island National Landmark shows from May 9th-11th can be purchased via www.stluciajazz.org.

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Yachting Director Expresses Concern on Visitor Harassment and Vandalism
The Director of yachting in the Ministry of Tourism has raised concerns about a vexing issue that continues to plague the growing sector.

Mr Cuthbert Didier has called for an end to visitor harassment and acts of vandalism and robbery of the vessels which are anchored near our shores.

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Death Sentences Upheld for New Delhi Men
Four men convicted of raping and murdering a woman in New Delhi had their death sentences upheld on Thursday for a crime that caused a huge public backlash against an entrenched culture of violence against women in India.

The victim, a trainee physiotherapist who was raped for an hour and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus, became a symbol of the dangers women face in a country where a rape is reported on average every 21 minutes.

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Citizens Raise Concern on Vandalism and Theft at Constitution Park
Concerns about vandalism and theft have surfaced, just weeks after a formal ceremony was held to unveil the statue of Sir John Compton in Constitution Park.

Caretaker at the facility Martinus Avril disclosed that individuals have been digging up the grounds in order to gain possession of copper pipes which have been laid below the surface.

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US President Barack Obama to Change Overtime Pay  Rules for Americans
United States President Barack Obama will this week, seek to force American businesses to pay more overtime to millions of workers, the latest move by his administration to confront corporations that have had soaring profits even as wages have stagnated.

On Thursday, the president will direct the Labor Department to revamp its regulations to require overtime pay for several million additional fast-food managers, loan officers, computer technicians and others whom many businesses currently classify as “executive or professional” employees to avoid paying them overtime, according to White House officials briefed on the announcement.

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Saint Lucia Observes International Women's Day
The efforts of St Lucian women who continue to inspire change in society are being recognized as part of activities to mark the global observance of International Women’s day.

A pictorial display which has been organized by the Department of Gender relations, as part of a series of events is taking place at the Central Library before it moves to various parts of the island in the coming weeks.

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