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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RCI News Update

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St. Lucians React to 60 Minutes Documentary on Citizenship by Investment Program
There is no shortage of reaction to a 60 Minutes documentary about the Citizenship by Investment Program that has been drawing much attention on St Lucia and the Caribbean.

Among those speaking on the topic is newspaper publisher and talk show host Rick Wayne who has echoed security concerns arising from the sale of passports.

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New President for Haiti
It’s official! In just over a month, businessman Jovenel Moise is set to be installed as the new President of Haiti, ending weeks of uncertainty following the November 20, 2016 election.

An election tribunal stamped its approval on Moise’s election, as it ruled out allegations of massive fraud at the polls.

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Police News

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvPolice investigations have opened into a shooting that has left one Arundell Hill resident in critical condition at hospital.

The incident occurred on January 2nd at Leslie land Castries.

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Nobel Laureates Festival Preparations Underway
Several changes have been made to the format of the annual celebration highlighting the accomplishments of St Lucia’s two Nobel laureates.

The event which will run from January to early February has been called the Nobel Laureates Festival and will include a number of performances by local groups

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Funeral of the Late Sir Dwight Venner to be Aired Live in Saint Lucia
Friends and colleagues of a man who has been described as a regional pioneer will pay final respects at a funeral service for the late Sir Dwight Venner later today.

Sir Dwight died suddenly at the Tapion Hospital late last month. The news of his passing caught his family, friends and colleagues by surprise, prompting an out pouring of grief and admiration.

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Police News
Possession of match bombs and other explosives by sections of the public have become an issue of major concern for law enforcement here

According to Press relations Officer at the Royal St Lucia Police Force such explosive devices are illegal.

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Saint Lucia’s Calypso Darling Places Seventh at Montserrat's Queen of Queens Calypso Competition
In what can only be described as a trouncing of immense proportions, Menell, Saint Lucia’s calypso darling, placed last among a field of seven other female contestants at Festival Village in Montserrat last night.

Amid initial light showers the Queen of Queens calypso contest kicked off a little more than half an hour late. Stiff competition came in the form of other accomplished female calypso queens from around the region – Chrystal Cummins-Beckles from Barbados, Shaunelle McKenzie (St Vincent & the Grenadines), Shakiya (St. Maarten), Caribbean Queen (USVI), Queen Kibi (St Kitts), Roxxy (Anguilla), and Khandie (Montserrat).

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 Preparations for Assou Square Festivities Underway
Preparations are progressing well ahead of the traditional Assou Square festivities that usher in the New Year.

That’s according to the Public Relations Manager at the Castries Constituencies Council Jason Hullingseed, who remarked that buzz has already been created with the setting up of the vending booths around the Derek Walcott Square.

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Sandals Announces Plan to Add Fourth Resort
Sandals Resorts International has announced its plan to add a fourth resort to its award-winning list of properties in St Lucia.

The Sandals brand has enjoyed tremendous success in St Lucia since 1993 when it first opened here and resort officials believe that the newest resort, to be named Sandals LaSource St Lucia, will by all indications be a game changer.

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Fuel Prices to Increase in St. Lucia
The Public is notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail prices of gasoline (unleaded), and the LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed.

The price of diesel and kerosene remain unchanged.  The prices took effect on December 26, 2016:

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Report on ZIKA Virus
The combination of climate change and last year’s El Niño phenomenon likely created the perfect playground for the Zika virus to spread rapidly across South America, a new study finds.

Both the Zika virus and the mosquitoes that carry it have been present in different parts of the world for a while. But several factors, including specific climatic conditions, could have catapulted the disease to public health emergency status, according to researchers from the University of Liverpool.

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St. Lucia Mourns Passing of Sir Dwight Venner
According to sources, Sir Dwight Venner has died overnight at Tapion Hospital in Castries. No details are yet available about the circumstances surrounding his death.

Sir Dwight Venner served as Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, from December 1989 to November 2015.
He previously served in the position of Director of Finance and Planning in the St Lucian Government between November 1981 and November 1989.

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St. Lucians Warned to Brace for Trough Conditions
St. Lucians are being warned to brace for trough conditions expected to affect the island tonight.

According to the Director of Met Services Venantius Descates, the system is being brought on due to anticipated increases in instability in the atmosphere.

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Chef Nina Compton's Restaurant, Compere Lapin Named New Orleans Restaurant of the Year
Saint Lucia celebrates with Chef Nina Compton as her restaurant, Compere Lapin, has been named New Orleans Restaurant of the Year for 2016 by The Times-Picayune.

The Saint Lucia Culinary Ambassador and Top Chef Runner-Up restaurateur was deservedly the first ever to be awarded the accolade by renowned Times- Picayune dining critic, Brett Anderson.

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Police News
Residents of a section of Conway were awakened today by the sound of gunfire in the area.

The incident has left one man who was gunned down in the hail of bullets dead.

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CIBC FirstCaribbean Donates to St Lucia Cancer Society and the Faces of Cancer
A donation of sixty thousand dollars has been made to the St Lucia Cancer Society and the Faces of Cancer.

The amount was raised by CIBC FirstCaribbean at its fifth annual Walk for the Cure.

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Police News
The bravery of citizens who successfully assisted in the arrest of two thieves in Castries on Tuesday has been highlighted by the President of the Vendors Association.

The two were arrested after attempting to snatch a gold chain from a tourist, near Constitution Park.
The visitor is said to have put up a fight but was not injured as a result of the incident.

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Digicel Comments on Independent Report on Company's Future
Telecommunications company Digicel says it “fundamentally disagrees” with a report by independent research provider CreditSights that the company was facing an uncertain future due to high debt, currency fluctuations and change in consumer behaviour.

The report, published on Saturday in the Irish Examiner, quoted CreditSights analyst Michael Chak-ar-di-jan as saying in London last Wednesday that Digicel’s high debt levels of more than $6 billion left little room for maneuver.

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Vieux Fort Residents Mount Protest Action on Desert Star Holdings Development Ahead of Parliament Session
Residents of Vieux Fort who are convinced that they will be disadvantaged by the Desert Star Holdings Development proposed for the south if the island mounted protest action ahead of today Parliament session.

The head of the group Betrand Fevrier spoke to RCI news, noting that the picket is the first of many moves planned in the push to stop the Chinese development project.

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ARC Rally Ends
As the curtains came down on the 31st edition of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers over the weekend, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board in collaboration with the World Cruising Club and the IGY Rodney Bay Marina are reveling in what by all accounts has been another successful year.

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