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Police Operation Recovers Firearms and Ammunition

A police operation in the north of the island this week, has recovered a quantity of firearms and ammunition.

On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at about 12:30 a.m. officers attached to the Special Service Unit were on patrol in the Cas-En-Bas area, when they notice two individuals standing near the roadside.

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SLTB Organizes Training Conference to Target the British Market
Tourism partners across a wide spectrum of the industry are in line to benefit from training in key frontline areas designed to better target the British market.
The training, taking the form of a series of workshop seminars, comes as a direct result of a partnership involving the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) and UK charity Travel Foundation.

Taking place From February 3rd -4th in the north and then again from February 6th -7th in the south, the training will include hoteliers, excursion providers, destination management companies and taxi drivers. Both entities will be presenting on ideas, trends and opportunities to improve and thereby increase visitor expenditure and passenger traffic to the island particularly from the United Kingdom market.

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Government Receives Kudos for WASCO Tariff Increase
The Government of Saint Lucia is receiving kudos for its recent decision to grant a tariff increase to the Water and Sewage Company (WASCO).

The tariff increase positions the utility company to become economic viable and importantly to improve service delivery.

Jamaican born Miss Denise Forrest  who has over 12 years experience in waste management, environmental management, environmental auditing and assessments and project management says the decision by the Government of Saint Lucia is a move in the right direction. Miss Forrest who is currently the Project Coordinator for the Global Environmental Facility, Caribbean Region Fund for Wastewater Management Project says the tariff increase in Saint Lucia will go a long way to improve wastewater management. Approval of tariff increases must be complemented by steps to improve management of the utility.This has been done by government with the appointment of Mr Vincent Hippolyte as the new WASCO General Manager.

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New York Consultate to  Commemorate Saint Lucia’s Independence
In commemoration of the 35th anniversary of Saint Lucia’s independence, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York has finalized an exciting and wide-ranging calendar of activities.  
 
This year’s celebrations will open with the Independence 35 Gospel Fest, which is slated for February 8. This event will feature local gospel entertainers, church choirs, drummers and praise dancers, and many other inspirational performers.

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Investigation into the Former Govt's Handling of Taiwanese Funds Continue
Another member of the Former United Workers Party government is being hauled before the courts to answer allegations of misuse of Taiwanese funds.

Former MP for Babonneau and Party Chairman Ezekiel Joseph is the second to have been served following consideration by the high court of a Town and Village Council report which was submitted following an investigation into the Gormer Government’s handling of Taiwanese Funds.

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Hon. Stephenson King Gives Official Statement
The Parliamentary Representative for Castries North and Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Stephenson King, has reassured constituents that his commitment to “effective representation” is unwavering.

In a press statement issued on Tuesday, Mr King vowed to continue to advance and advocate the cause of all the people of Castries North in their determination for social and economic equality and infrastructural development.

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Vendors Near the National Printery in Castries to be Relocated
Vendors operating near the entrance of the National Printery will have seek an alternative location to ply their trade, as congestion in the area raises safety and other concerns.

President of the Vendors Association Peter Ras Ipa Isaac says while he laments the inconvenience the merchants will have to bear in the short term, he says the safety concerns raised by City Council and other officials are valid.

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Winners  of the St. Lucia Business Awards Revealed!
Over 300 persons from Corporate community were in attendance at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay for the 2014 Business awards on Sunday evening.

Thirteen awards were presented and two giants of the business community were recognized for lifetime achievements at the event which was organized by the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce.

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Soca and Groovy Genres to be Included at the Grammys
Consultant in the Ministry of Creative Industries Christopher Hunte has reacted to news of plans to include soca and groovy genres as a category at the Grammys.

The red carpet event which was staged last night recognizes the contribution of some of the most talented musicians and artistes in the world.

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Police Charge 4 Men in Connection with the Murder of Roger Pratt
Police have made headway in their investigations into the death of Roger Pratt. Reports confirm that four young men have been charged in the murder of the Englishman who was attacked aboard his yacht while vacationing here.

Charges have been laid on Richie Kern aged 21, Kervin Deveaux aged 31, Fannis Joseph aged 21 and Jeromine Jones aged 21, all of Bruceville, Vieux Fort.

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Pope Francis Reflects on the Impact of Internet and Social Media on our Society

In a statement released on Thursday, the Pope stated that internet and social media are making people across the world 'increasingly interdependent''.

"The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.
At the same time, though, all those tweets and texts and comment streams can cause people to 'lose our bearings.'"

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Micoud North MP Remains Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition

The MP for Micoud North remains the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition in waiting. This is several days after she and three other parliamentary representatives withdrew their support for Mr. Stephenson King.

RCI News understands that the MPs have informed the island's Governor General of their decision who in turn has requested Dr. Gale Rigobert to express her willingness to take up the appointment.

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Dr Gale Rigobert Discusses UWP Nomination
The United Workers Party candidate who has been nominated to replace Stephenson King as leader of the Opposition has been speaking on the task ahead.

Dr Gail Rigobert who featured as a guest on Wednesday’s Newsspin program noted that she would rely heavily on the support of her party as she takes on the challenging role.

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UWP Recommends Opposition Leader Removal
The United Workers Party is wasting no time in getting an official replacement for the leader of the Opposition. That's according to Party Chairman Ezekiel Joseph who informed that the recommendation to remove Stephenson King as Opposition leader has already been sent to the Governor General.

Mr King had indicated prior to a press conference called on Tuesday that he had no intention of resigning as opposition leader and that any such claim made by the party’s chairman was grossly misleading and inaccurate.

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Customs Department Refute Claims of Tardiness on Recent Homicide
The Customs and Excise Department has reacted to recent pronouncements in the media suggesting that office was responsible for delaying the stay of a British yachtsman and his wife who were attacked here.

The department has denied claims that customs officials failed to show up for duties on Thursday January 16th and as such were not available to provide clearance for the crew of the yacht magnetic Attraction.

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Ministry of Education Mourns Student Passing
The Ministry of Education has expressed profound sadness following the tragic and untimely death of a 15 year old student of the George Charles Secondary School.

Jonius Auguste was among scores of children who opted to participate in the annual road race of the George Charles Secondary School on January 16th.

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Lucian People's Movement Critizes Government on Circumstances Concerning Recent Homicide
The Lucian Peoples Movement says it stands by its press release issued on January 20th 2014 and will make no apology for its position.

Party leader Therold Prudent is adamant that “if it is proven that Roger Pratt and his wife were denied clearance to leave because of St Lucia’s overbearing bureaucratic system ... then the government has to answer to the United Kingdom and the rest of the international community.”

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CFL Discuss Strategies to Increase Production of Root Crops
Consolidated Foods Limited has partnered with a number of agricultural agencies with the intention of reversing a noticeable decline in the production of root crops.

Perishables Manager for Consolidated Foods Ltd Dunstan Demille, says over the past ten years it appeared farmers gradually moved away from the more challenging cultivation of root and tuber crops.

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Trinidad Government Assists Saint Lucia in Post Trough Recovery Efforts
The Government and of Trinidad and Tobago along with its corporate sector, have once again, contributed supplies to the Government and People of Saint Lucia, to assist in its post trough recovery efforts.

On Sunday, January 19, 2014, six 40ft containers with relief supplies arrived via the Vieux-Fort Sea Port. Supplies donated included building materials such as galvanize, ply wood, lumber and other essentials which included water tanks, mattresses, food items and water.

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices Reduced Today
Motorists will pay less for gasoline and diesel, as the prices are adjusted here today.

In keeping with the schedule of price changes under the Modified Market Pass-Through Mechanism, petroleum prices have been adjusted to reflect the movement in import prices over the October 2013 to January 2014 period.

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