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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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National Ozone Unit to Inspect Imported Items at Sea Ports during Christmas Season

The protection of Saint Lucian citizens, visitors and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) continues to receive top priority on the national agenda.

As such the National Ozone Unit in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology is intensifying inspections of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS), refrigerants and their products weekly until the end of the festive season.

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Marchand Community Center Earmarked for Special Project

As part of the Government of Saint Lucia’s impetus to strengthen critical infrastructure on island, the Marchand Community Center has been earmarked as a pilot for the design and implementation project.

The venture is expected to determine appropriate interventions for mitigation and adaption to climate change and the associated effects of intensified wind speeds from hurricanes.

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LIAT Chief Discusses Christmas Holiday Schedule

Regional airline, LIAT, which came under heavy public criticism over its summer schedule, Monday sought to re-assure the travelling public that it would do everything possible to ensure that their journeys are not interrupted during the busy Christmas Season.

The financially strapped airline had blamed the re-fleeting exercise for the August fiasco and that the fleet modernization efforts were continuing with five new ATR aircraft being added so far and two more due to arrive in January 2014.

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The National Council on Public Transportation Speaks on Proposal for an Increase in Bus Fares

The National Council on public transportation is stating its position on a proposal for an increase in bus fares which is expected to take effect some time in January next year.

According to the organization’s Public Relations Officer Linus St Claire, the increase has been a long time coming, but had been delayed for a number of reasons. Among them was a survey which was conducted by a cabinet appointed body which along all routes on the island.

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St. Lucia Receives 1st Boat for Atlantic Rally for Cruisers Sailing Regatta

Pre ARC festivities have opened in St Lucia as the first boat in the ARC plus entered St Lucian waters.

The event is a precursor to the main sailing regatta, Atlantic Rally for Cruisers which starts in Las Palmas Grand Canaria and ends at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina in Rodney Bay.

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Minister of Agriculture Expresses Concern for Missing Fishermen

The island’s Minister for agriculture has expressed growing concern for two fishermen who have been reported missing.

The men have been lost at sea for some time now and despite a number of efforts to locate the missing fisherfolk, there has been very little success.

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Another Road Fatality Takes Place Over the Weekend

The island has recorded another weekend road accident that has claimed the life of a young man.

Officials report that about 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2013, The Traffic Department responded to a serious vehicular accident which occurred on the Allan Bouquet Highway, also known as the Union Highway.

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Minibus Operators Reacts to News of Proposed Increase in Fares

Despite the silence of executive members on the National Council on Public Transportation, minibus operators have been reacting to news of a proposed increase in fares.

According to reports the new charges are expected to take effect some time in January of 2015, but several local minibus operators have opposed the move.

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Lantern Competition to Open Soon

The newly rebranded Cultural Development Foundation has announced plans for the hosting of what has been dubbed the December Festivals.

These events include the Lantern Competition, Festival of Carols and Festival of lights, have become traditional celebrations to open the Christmas Season.

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St Lucy’s Home to Celebrate 30th Anniversary

One of the oldest, social service institutions in Saint Lucia is set to celebrate its 30th anniversary next month.

Among activities which have been planned to mark the observance for the St Lucy’s Home, is a fund-raising dinner, which will be held at the Mount of Prayer Coubaril on Friday, 29th November, 2013.

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Number of Cases of Dengue Fever in Saint Lucia Announced

Statistics to reflect the number of cases of Dengue fever cases here have been released.

The figures come from National Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health Nahum Jn Baptiste, amid an intensive education campaign against the spread of the virus. Mr Jn Baptiste notes that the department has seen an increased number of cases during the rainy season when compared with the same period last year.

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Police Investigate Death of 44 Year Old Male

Officers attached to the Babonneau Police Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 44 year old Peter Florent of Cabiche, Babonneau.

Information indicates that on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 about 3:00 p.m, Florent reported that an individual threw a stone in his direction, hitting him to the back of his head.

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Rituals to Launch Theme and Preview Costumer this Week

As several proposed changes to the island’s largest cultural showpiece take shape, one carnival band is getting set to showcase its portrayals for 2014.

Still triumphant from their 2012 – 2013 Band of the Year victories, Rituals is setting the pace for other bands to follow. 

Seven months prior to Carnival 2014, Rituals is launching its 2014 theme and logo with a costume preview at the Rodney Bay Mall  Fashion Fusion later today at 6.00pm.

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 Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony Thanks Taiwanese Government for their Assistance

Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony and his delegation commenced a hectic round of meetings in Taipei, today, when his first meeting was held with officials of the Council of Agriculture and the International Cooperation and Development Fund (ICDF). The session sought to assess cooperation between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Saint Lucia and to explore areas for further collaboration between the two countries.

During the visit to the Council of Agriculture, Prime Minister Anthony thanked the Taiwanese government for the invaluable contribution made to Saint Lucia in the agricultural sector over the years. Dr. Anthony noted the introduction of new fruits, vegetables and flowers as well as the support given by Taiwan in the fight against Black Sigatoka.

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OECS Express Displeasure on Dominican Republic Ruling
Following its meeting in Montserrat on Friday, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Authority expressed its “collective abhorrence at the 23 September 2013 ruling of the constitutional court of the Dominican Republic that effectively renders stateless, thousands of men, women and children mostly of Haitian descent.”

The Authority, in a communiqué, described the decision of the constitutional court as “repulsive and discriminatory.” 

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RSPF Seeks Public Assistance in Recapturing Escaped Prisoner

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is seeking the assistance of the public in recapturing 37 year old Sylvester Des Riviere, a prisoner who escaped lawful custody on Sunday, November 24, 2013 whilst being incarcerated at the Rodney Bay Police Station.

Des Riviere is a Barbadian National by birth but was residing at Monchy, Gros Islet. He was arrested by police on November 20, 2013, for the offenses of Possession of a Firearm, Assault of a Police Officer and Threats. He was subsequently charged for the offenses.

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