Governor General Sir Neville Cenac Addresses Saint Lucia
Governor General Sir Neville Cenac Addresses Saint Lucia
Sir Neville who becomes the island’s 9th governor general urged St Lucians to forget about political allegiances and band together in the same measure as they did for Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria.
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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National Volunteer Coordinator Calls for Complete Ban on Turtle Harvesting
A strong call has been made for a complete ban on Turtle harvesting in St Lucia following what volunteers at the Grand Anse nature reserve describe as a gruesome discovery.

According to the National Volunteer Coordinator Mr Cyril Saltibus, sections of the public have been engaged in the brutal killing of sea turtles along the island’s shores.

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Organisation for National Empowerment Comments on VAT on Utilities
The Organisation for National Empowerment has urged Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to reconsider the VAT option on Utilities, specifically electricity as a possible way forward in reducing the island’s fiscal deficit.

The party is making the recommendation on the condition that the levy be removed as soon as the deficit is cleared. He has also charged the government to declare a specific time line for stabilizing the economy.

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St. Lucia to Observe World Biodiversity Day
A suite of activities will take shape over the next four days in commemoration of World Biodiversity Day, which is observed annually on May 22.

This year's World Biodiversity Day theme is "Island Biodiversity" which seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of the unique marine and near shore ecosystems that characterize Small Island Developing States (SIDS).

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St Lucia Red Cross Society Experiences Severe Decline in Donations
The hardships brought on by the economic crunch appear to have dealt a severe blow to a charitable organization here.

According to Major Jonothan Kellman who heads the St Lucia Red Cross Society, the organization, see a huge decline in donations around this time of year. He notes that it is not surprising because many donors are affected by the financial toll, and while the donations are most plentiful during Christmas time, the needs of the poor are so great that the contributions only go so far.

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Police Seeks Assistance in Current Investigation
Police are seeking the assistance of the public in location a young man who has been reported missing this month.

Kerry Marius was last seen by his family on Saturday May 10th about 11am.

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Jet Blue Adds New Nonstop Services to St. Lucia
St. Lucia’s Tourism industry is expected to get a boost with increased airlift from the island’s main source market.

New York City-based carrier JetBlue has added several new seasonal routes from Boston to the Caribbean.

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LUCELEC to Eastablish Subsidiary Company
St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has been granted approval by its shareholders to establish a subsidiary company. The decision came at the end of a Special Meeting of Shareholders held on Friday, May 9, 2014.
 
The subsidiary company will allow LUCELEC to explore new business opportunities separate from what it is currently engaged in which is the generation and sale of electricity. And while it will be wholly owned by LUCELEC, this new entity will be financially, legally and operationally separate from the regulated electricity company. This is to ensure good governance, business transparency and a clear separation of activities associated with electricity generation and sale from activities that the subsidiary company may be engaged in.

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Digicel Donates 4G Compatible Tablets to St. Lucian Government
Local Parliamentarians have today benefited from the generosity of Telecommunications Company Digicel, as part of efforts toward public sector reform and modernization.

The officials were presented with 4G compatible tablets which is expected to enhance data access and eliminate paper usage.

The move is expected to save the Government half a million dollars in revenue.

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Turkish Prime Minister Under Fire
The Turkish Prime Minister has come under fire for statements made following a coal mining accident that has injured scored of workers and claimed lives. In drawing parallels with 19th-century Britain he declared that "This is what happens in coal mining. There is no such thing as accident-free work."

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Firefighters and Emergency Response Personnel Stage Sick Out
It appears that Firefighters and Emergency Response Personnel continue to stage industrial action to demonstrate resentment at the failure authorities to deal promptly with a situation that continues to persist within the St. Lucia Fire Service.

Sources close to the Fire Service have revealed that officers attached to the St Vincent Fire Service have been called in to augment any manpower deficiencies that may exist at the island’s airports as local emergency response personnel continues to stage what appears to be a sick out.

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United Youth Calls for Saint Lucia to Send a Strong Statement Against the Kidnapping of 200 Nigerian Girls
St Lucia’s Foreign Affairs Minister and other official overseas representatives at the various missions have been called on to join the rest of the world in sending a strong statement against the kidnapping of over 200 Nigerian girls last week

The call comes from United Youth, which has joined Nigerians and the rest of the world in denouncing the criminal and cowardly act of the Boko Harem Islamist Extremist group which has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.To date over 276 girls are still being held captive.

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Local Forensic Scientist Makes Grim Observation on the Recent Discovery of Dead Bodies

A local Forensic Scientist has made a grim observation regarding the recent discovery of dead bodies on the island.

Mr. Louis Murray cited, in particular, the inability of the authorities to identify a corpse which was found mid April in a bushy area near the Marisule Beach.

He says that the delay and the series of incidents could hamper police investigations.

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Police Investigate Incident Involving prominent Government Minister

A Government Minister got himself in hot water with the police in the wee hours of Saturday. This is following an undisclosed incident which reportedly occurred in the island`s north.

A senior police officer told RCI news that, as a result , the government minister was taken into custody by Gros Islet police and later released.

He says that the matter is still under investigation. 

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Chef Nina Compton-Miller to be part of Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
The Saint Lucia Tourist Board continues to dominate the international festival landscape with an ever-expanding menu of offerings for its signature showing, the Saint Lucia Jazz& Arts Festival.

already included in the lineup, is Saint Lucia’s official Culinary Ambassador, Chef Nina Compton-Miller. Nina will delight festival goers with demonstrations and tastings as part of the festival’s main stage at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

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SLASPA Comments On Warning from Carnival Cruises
Officials at the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority say a threat by Carnival Cruises to refrain from returning to St. Lucia, if their request to berth at La Place Carenage is not met, should not a cause for concern.

The notice which has been circulating indicates that Carnival has made a request to berth ( 3 & 4) at La Place Carenage instead of (1 & 2) Pointe Seraphine.

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LUCELEC Employees Make Charitable Donation
Five employees from the St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) Generation Department, recently made a charitable donation to the St Benedict Centre at Morne Fortune.

The five employees gave of their time to bring a needed face lift to the Centre. The clean-up and beautification exercise was held over a two day period. The project included a pressure washing and paint job on the entire premises.

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Jazz Finalé Launches
The second annual Jazz Finalé hosted by Vieux-Fort Mouvman Ansanm (VFMA) launched today Wednesday May 7th, 2014 at the Kimatri Hotel in Vieux-Fort.

The Vieux-Fort Mouvman Ansanm is a community based group with the mission to build, strengthen and/or expand the knowledge base, abilities, capacities, skills, creative talents and the collaborative spirit of individuals and groups, for the continual improvement in community development and social advancement of the Vieux-Fort area.

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St. Lucian Fashion Pioneer Vincent McDoom Critiques Hot Couture Event
A St. Lucian pioneer in the fashion industry has described the staging of the 2nd Annual Hot Couture fashion event as “messy” and lacking direction.

Mr Vincent McDoom, who was a front runner at the first staging of the fashion forward event, is among those who have joined the chorus of reviews circulating about this year’s run way event.

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Resistance to Antibiotics Now A Major Global Threat
Resistance to antibiotics is now a “major global threat” to public health, with “devastating” implications likely unless significant action is taken urgently.

That’s according to a new report by the World Health Organization (WHO), which analysed data from 114 countries and said resistance was occurring “in every region of the world.”

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Caribbean At Risk from Tsunami
The Caribbean could be at risk from a mega-tsunami that scientists warn could devastate coastlines from Florida to Brazil following a volcanic eruption in the Canary Islands.

The monster wave generated by part of a mountain collapsing into the sea would be the biggest ever recorded and would be an unstoppable force, travelling at speeds of up to 500mph.

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