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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Proposed Amendments to Income Tax Act to be Made
Proposed amendments to the Income Tax Act, Chapter 15.02 will make it possible for residents of Saint Lucia to qualify for a maximum deduction of five thousand dollars ($5,000.00), irrespective of the nature of his or her income, for Hobby Farming and contributions to community road rehabilitation projects.

To qualify for the deduction for Hobby Farming, a resident is required to obtain a certificate of registration from the Minister responsible for agriculture, under the Hobby Farmers Tax Relief Incentive Program. This initiative is aimed at revitalizing the subsistence farming sector which undoubtedly is important to Saint Lucia’s food security.

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RSPF Makes Statement on Babonneau Shooting

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is refuting claims made by Human Rights Advocate Mary Francis, that the office of the Commissioner of Police has ignored her request for information on the fatal shooting of 31 year old Mandy Louisy of Babonneau.

The office of the Commissioner of Police has confirmed receipt of two letters from the chambers of Mary Francis, one dated September 30, 2013 and the other November 21, 2013. The letters sought updates on the non fatal shooting of Mr. Malvern “Delco” Joseph of Anse La Raye while the one dated November 21, 2013 requested the names of the officers involved in the shooting death of Mandy Louisy, respectively.

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Civil Suit Filed Against Allen Chastanet

The Attorney General’s Chambers in Saint Lucia has filed a civil action suit against former tourism minister Allen Chastanet, alleging conduct amounting to a “breach of his fiduciary duties as a minister of government, in bad faith and/or constitutes misfeasance in public office”.

The claim suggests that, Chastanet, while a minister of government and United Workers Party (UWP) candidate requested the sum of $38,119 of public funds from the Soufriere Town Council for the unlawful purpose of a campaign and political event for his personal and political benefit or the benefit of his political party.

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Barbados Experiences Earthquakes Twice within 24hr Period

Barbados was shaken twice within a 24 hour period by earthquakes that also affected Trinidad and Tobago, the Seismic Unit of the University iof the West Indies has reported.

It said that on Monday, earthquakes occurred north of Trinidad and Barbados respectively during the period 2:15 and 6:00 am (local time).

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Officers Investigate Fatal Accident which Occured along the Bexon Highway

Officers attached to the Traffic Department are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred along the Bexon Highway about 3:20 a.m. on Sunday, December 15, 2013.

Information indicates motor pick up registration number PE 6751, driven by Charles Thomas John of Vanard, Anse La Raye, which was travelling towards Castries ran into motor truck registration number TC 3874. The motor truck was parked on the right side of the road facing Castries.

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Transparency International Ranks St. Lucia at 22/176

The Government of Saint Lucia is pleased to note that Transparency International, in its Corruption Perceptions Index for 2013, has once again ranked Saint Lucia No. 22 out of one hundred and seventy six (176) countries surveyed. Saint Lucia joins France and the Bahamas at No 22. Only Barbados from the Caribbean Community and indeed the region ranks higher, at No 15.

Transparency International ranks countries on a scale of 0 to 100. A mark closer to 0 means that a country is more corrupt while a mark closer  to 100 means that a country is less corrupt.

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Officers Investigate Reports of a Stabbing in Castries

About 8:20 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013, Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report of a stabbing on Jeremie Street, Castries. As a result, they proceeded to the scene.

On arrival, they received information that 33 year old Brandon Thomas also known as Bois Pain was involved in a fight with a male individual. As a result, he sustained a stab wound to the left breast area.

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Increase in Stay Over Arrivals in St. Lucia for 2013

On the heels of being adjudged the ‘Sexiest Caribbean destination,’ Tourism officials here are boasting that Saint Lucia remains steadfastly on course to record its most active year in recent times.

Officials are basking in news of continuous increases in stay-over-arrivals for the much sought after destination, with the latest November figures indicating a 6-percent increase over the same period last year.

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Christmas Carol Singing Festival in Monchy this Week

The Community of Monchy is set to come alive tomorrow when residents will be treated to several activities planned by the Community Development Committee.

Word of this comes from the organization’s President Zacchary Hippolyte who announced the opening of a Christmas Carol Singing Festival.

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Ronald “Boo” Hinkson's Album Receives International Recognition

St Lucian musician/composer and arranger Ronald “Boo” Hinkson who continues to bring joy to fans around the world, notably with his talented guitar-playing, is adding another notch to his now belt of accolades and achievements.

The latest feather in his cap is that an album he worked tirelessly on is being considered for a Grammy award!

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Local Police Encouraged to Man View Fort Bus Stop

One mini bus driver is calling for assistance from law enforcement officials to police the Vieux Fort bus stop on Weekends.

The call comes following claims that drivers in the area are assaulted  by individuals, because of the absence of security personnel.

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St. Lucians Honour Deceased Victims of Gender-Based Violence
A remembrance ceremony to honour the memory of women and girls who are deceased victims of gender-based violence, takes place today. The event which ...

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Augier Combined School Wins Annual RCI/Pinehill School Party Competition

The Annual School Party competition organized by Radio Caribbean International and the Pine Hill Brand at Peter and Company Ltd moves to the south of the island this year.

The contest which saw over 50 essay entries from primary school students around the island yielded three top submissions.

Rocque Charles of the Augier Combined School is this year’s first place winner.

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National Youth Council Speaks on Passing of Nelson Mandela

A youth perspective on one of the world’s most celebrated leaders has come from the National Youth Council following news of the death of Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week.

NYC president Timothy Ferdinand says young people who are striving for leadership are motivated by Nelson Mandela and the principles which he stood for.

He notes that the World leader has had a positive impact on the lives of many young people in St Lucia and the region even though they may not have extensive knowledge about Mandela’s life.

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Minister for Infrastructure Seeks Plan to Mitigate the Number of Road Accidents on Island

The island’s Minister for Infrastructure has urged for a comprehensive plan of action that will seek to mitigate the number of road accidents occurring here.

Mr Philip J Pierre made the call on Thursday during a meeting with stakeholders and media personnel that sought to address growing concerns about the number of road fatalities recorded in St Lucia so far for this year.

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St. Lucia Mourns Passing of Nelson Mandela

As the global community continues to mourn the passing of one of the most iconic world leaders, local politicians are reaction to the legacy left behind by Nelson Mandela.

Among them is the Leader of the Lucian Peoples Movement Therold Prudent who notes that Nelson Mandela has been a towering source of inspiration for many around the world.  He says, in life, Mandela was gracious and forgiving and he understood well, that the art of nation building could never be attainable in South Africa, if the policy of his ANC government was to exclude input from persons of differing political persuasion.

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First of ARC Boats Crosses Finish Line

The first of 260 boats participating in the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers race, which started from Las Palmas Gran Canaria in late November, has crossed the finish line. The vessel named CARO, which broke the ARC speed record set in 20066 arrived at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina early this morning.

Public Relations manager at the St Lucia Tourist Board John Emmanuel says a small ceremony was held today to welcome the winning crew members. He says their arrival signals the start of a series of activities which will open next week.

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Marijuana Movement in St Lucia Reacts to launch of Medical Marijuana Company in Jamaica

The head of the Marijuana Movement in St Lucia has reacted to news that Jamaica has launched its first medical marijuana company with prominent researcher, Professor Henry Lowe urging the authorities to take full advantage of the drug’s medicinal components for commercial purposes.

The local advocacy group has been lobbying for authorities in St Lucia to decriminalize the use of the plant and explore its medicinal properties, with very little success.

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Man Arrested for Possession and Cultivation of a Controlled Drug

A 47 year old resident of Aux Lyon, Dennery was arrested and charged for the offenses of possession and cultivation of a controlled drug.

James Bernard was arrested during an eradication exercise which was conducted at Louvert, Dennery on Tuesday, December 2, 2013, by Police officers attached to the Dennery Police Station. During the exercise, the officers uprooted 6209 Marijuana plants and confiscated approximately 21 lbs of dry Cannabis.

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St. Lucians Express Dissatisfaction with the Island's Registry Departments

There have been renewed calls to address a myriad of problems that continue to plague the island’s Registry Departments.

Frustrations have reached an all time high particularly for one individual who called in to Monday’s Newsspin program this week.

She expressed extreme dissatisfaction with the backlog of applications for trademarks that have been sent to the department amid claims that government is dragging its feet on staffing the department adequately.

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