New Governor General for Saint Lucia
New Governor General for Saint Lucia
In making the announcement, Prime Minister Chastanet profusely thanked former Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy for her service, noting that she always remain an icon as the first woman to hold this office and the longest serving Governor General.
St. Lucia Set for Food and Rum Festival
St. Lucia Set for Food and Rum Festival
St. Lucian spirits and cuisine are expected to feature prominently when the Food and Rum festival opens here from January 12th to 14th.
Another Fire Causes Extensive Damage to Soufriere Hospital
Another Fire Causes Extensive Damage to Soufriere Hospital
The incident occurred on December 7th, nearly four weeks after a section of the facility was damaged on 9th November 2017.
Stage Set for 2018 Soleil Festival
Stage Set for 2018 Soleil Festival
Preparations for the various festival have been made well in advance in order to ensure a seamless flow of festivals throughout 2018.
Trinidad's Government Commended for Raising Legal Age of Marriage
Trinidad's Government Commended for Raising Legal Age of Marriage
The Government of Trinidad has received the applause of regional analyst Peter Wickham following a unanimous decision in that country’s parliament that has outlawed child marriage.
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Inmate Shot During Altercation at the Bordelais Correctional Facility

One of two inmates armed with prison made weapons at the Bordelais Correctional Facility has been shot by prison guards during an altercation with another individual.

According to Communications Officer at the prison, Kerwin Albert officials were forced to fire a live round at the inmate who had attempted to attack officials.

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Power and Groovy Soca Preliminaries Explore Alternative Venues Due to Condition of Cultural Centre Grounds

Saturated conditions at the Cultural Centre grounds have forced organizers of the Power and groovy soca preliminaries explore alternative venues for the weekend show.

According to the Chairman on the Calypso management Committee Claude Paul, the Vigie Sports Complex car park has been earmarked for the event which takes place on Friday this week. It is being held free of charge to the public.

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Ministry of Health and Local Groups Organise Anti-Substance Abuse March in Bexon

The Ministry of Health teamed up with local groups for an Anti-Substance Abuse March in the Bexon community.

It will take place on Saturday, 24th May, when the Substance Abuse Secretariat, Pathfinders Club and 7th Day Adventist Church came together to march against substance abuse in their community. The activity observed the theme "Tobacco – a threat to development" in keeping with this year’s commemoration of World No Tobacco Day on 31st May.

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Local Charged with Murder

A Morne du Don man identified as Lester Daniel has been charged with murder in connection with the discovery of a body at Caye Mange last week.

The 39 year old was held by the police shortly after the body of 27 year old Ike Ephraim was found in a drain at Caye Mange.

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Individuals Express Food Safety Concerns Following Reports of the Emergence of Plastic Produce

The emergence of what is being described as plastic cheese on the regional market has fuelled food safety fears among St Lucians.

This follows reports of plastic rice and cabbage as well as other food products which consumers are now exposed to.

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Police News

One man was rushed to the hospital Saturday after a masked gunman in a vehicle opened fire at him on Grass Street, eyewitnesses have reported.

According to information obtained by the Times, the shooting occurred at around 2:55 pm.

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Artistes Selected for the Semi Finals and Finals of the Calypso and Soca Competitions have been Named

Artistes who have successfully advanced to the Semi Finals and Finals of the Calypso and Soca Competitions have been named.

According to Marketing and sponsorship officer at Events St Lucia Leila Williams, this past weekend saw the culmination of the Calypso Quarter Final competitions among the South, Ambassadors Calypso Tent and the TOT Village. All tents presented a fantastic showing with patrons commenting on the high standard and quality of the songs presented in 2017.

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St Lucians Demonstrate Support for Class Action Suit Against Telecommunications Company FLOW

Dozens of St Lucians have demonstrated support for a class action suit against telecommunications company FLOW.

This comes following a call which was issued by local advocate Darnley Lebourne during RCI’s Newsspin program on Friday last week, amid hundreds of connectivity complaints from St Lucians in the last few months.

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PAHO Reports of an Outbreak of Conjunctivitis in Five Member States

The Pan America Health Organization (PAHO) has reported an outbreak of conjunctivitis in five of its member states and is urging countries including St Lucia to increase surveillance to prevent the spread of the disease.

Conjunctivitis is more commonly referred to as “red eye” in St Lucia. According to PAHO outbreaks have been reported in the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Brazil, Guadeloupe, and Martinique.

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St. Lucia Observes World Public Service Day

Public servants in St Lucia will on Friday join their counterparts around the globe in the observance of World Public Service Day.

This day was designated to recognize three important roles of the Public Service, including celebrating the value and virtue of public service to the community; highlighting the contribution of public service in the development process and recognize the work of public servants; and encouraging young people to pursue careers in the public sector.

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CEO of St. Lucia's CIP Unit Sent on Administrative Leave

The CEO at the CIP Unit has been sent on administrative leave.

Reliable sources had informed on Wednesday that Mrs Cindy McLean had been fired from the position. She was ordered on leave yesterday afternoon, however the duration of the administrative leave has not been disclosed.

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Organizers of the Soufriere Carnival Receive Support from Business Sector

Organizers of the Soufriere Carnival are getting support for reveller participation from the business sector in staging the community leg of the festival.

It comes in the form of a recommendation by the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce, encouraging the corporate community to allow time off from work for individuals who have signed up with bands in the Soufriere carnival.

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Recipients of the Young Leaders Queens Award Travel to England

The father on one of the recipients of the Young Leaders Queens Award is beaming with pride after his son left the island for England on the Weekend.

Darnley Le Bourne who is the father of 18 year old Ajani Lebourne boasts that his son has been blazing his own trail and is a shining example of a model citizen to his counterparts.

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American Heart Association Releases a Report Advising Against the Use of Coconut Oil

The American Heart Association recently released a report advising against the use of coconut oil.

The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL ("bad") cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials.

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More Police News

Police are investigating the discovery of a body of a man at Caye Mange, Gros Islet, Wednesday morning.

Law enforcement sources told the Times that the body was discovered in a drain in the community.

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Police News

Police have confirmed reports of a shooting in the north of the island which has left a motorcyclist nursing a gunshot wound.

It is reported that the injured man may be in his late twenties or early thirties. He was travelling to Castries when a white Corolla pulled up with two men inside. They were both wearing masks and opened fire in the direction of the motorcyclist.

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Government Moves ahead with Plans to relocate the Cultural Development Foundation and the National Cultural Centre

A series of site visits have been scheduled for Friday this week as government moves ahead with plans to relocate the Cultural Development Foundation and the National Cultural Centre.

The disclosure was made by St Lucia’s Minister for Culture Fortuna Belrose as she addressed reporters during the Cabinet briefing on Monday.

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Twelve Saint Lucians Recognized on the Queen's Birthday

Twelve Saint Lucians have been recognized for their outstanding contributions on the occasion of the Queen’s Birthday.

Among those being honoured is St Lucian cricket all rounder Daren Sammy for Services to Sports, Teddyson John for services to music, Peter Josie for services to agriculture and Dr Martin Didier for services to health.

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St. Lucia's Roots and Soul Festival Draws to a Close

The just concluded Roots and Soul Festival which was held over the weekend has drawn mixed reviews.

Among those commenting on the event is the Public Relations Officer on the Reggae Association of St Lucia Aaron Alexander who praised the Government for its decision to highlight what he describes as wholesome music.

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MET Services Director Clarifies Information which Suggests that a Weather System is Approaching St. Lucia

The director of MET Services has set the record straight on information suggesting that a weather system is approaching St Lucia.

Venantius Descartes notes that while the island is expected to experience some periods of inclement weather, St Lucia is not in the path of the system and is not expected to be affected until late this evening into Tuesday morning.

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