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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Kassav! Headline Performer for Soufriere Jazz
The legendary Parisienne Creole zouk machine Kassav, is set to ignite the town of Soufriere as the island gets set to welcome in Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2014!

Organizers of Soufriere Jazz 2014 have confirmed that negotiations have been completed and Kassav will headline the first ever attempt at having an international standard Jazz show in the coastal town.

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Large Earthquake Jolts Northern Chile
An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 which jolted northern Chile, triggering a tsunami alert and the evacuation of thousands of people from coastal areas has caught the attention of disaster officials in St Lucia. Reports indicate that at least five people have been killed and more than 300 women escaped from a coastal prison.

The quake was centred under the Pacific Ocean 61 miles north-west of the city of Iquique (ee-kee-kyeh) and struck at 8.46pm as thousands of residents were arriving home from work.

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Centre for Emergency Medical Services Education Responds to Student Concerns
Faculty from at least one partner agency has come forward to clear the air on suspicions raised about the legitimacy of an Emergency Response Program being coordinated by the Centre for Emergency Medical Services Education in St Lucia.

Director for the Advance life support Program Jerry Peters has confirmed that a memorandum of understanding exists between the St Lucia based organization and the Good Fellowship Ambulance and Emergency Medical Training Institute.

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Vieux Fort Square Opened!
Representatives from the Diplomatic Corps, the Government of Saint Lucia and residents from communities near and far, joined residents of Vieux Fort, as they celebrated the formal opening of one of the most significant projects in the town, to date.

The ceremony to mark the opening of the Vieux Fort Square which took place on Sunday, featured remarks by the town’s Mayor, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Transformation, Community Empowerment and Local Government, as well as Parliamentary Representative for Vieux-Fort South and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Dr. Kenny  Anthony.

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Students Voice Concern on Programmes Offered at the Centre for Emerging Medical Services Education
A cloud of suspicion regarding authenticity and accreditation, hangs over an Emergency Technician Program being conducted by the Centre for Emerging Medical Services Education.

The issue has been brought to the attention of the organization’s administrator Craig Herman who told RCI news that the program is accredited and is attached to at least two colleges in the United States.

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Dry Season Begins - Public Urged to Conserve Water
Officials at the Water Resource Management Agency have urged for conservation practices to be effected immediately as St Lucia is presently experiencing a dry spell.

Authorities say a valving or rationing scheme may have to be instituted if this situation continues.

This comes as the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services predicts the island will receive normal to below normal rainfall within the next three to six months based on rainfall data from the past 35 years.

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Junior Panorama Competition this Weekend!
St. Lucians can look forward to sweet pan music this weekend, as six Pan-sides battle each other in the Junior Panorama competition scheduled to take place at the National Cultural Centre Grounds.

The show down takes place as the National Artreach Program kicks off with several exhibitions by local artists on display.

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New Theme for Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival's HOT Couture Event!
An already fiery 23rd Edition Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is set to get even hotter when one of the most anticipated art segments, hits the runway.   

Scheduled for May 7th, HOT Couture will feature an ‘A’ list of local and regional designers working alongside both seasoned and newly discovered modeling talent from across Saint Lucia.

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UWP Denounces FACTS
The United Workers Party has, has denounced any association with an organization known as the Flambeau Activists Called to Service’ (FACTS).
 
In a statement released today, the party says, taking into account the particular use of the word ‘Flambeau’ in the title of this entity, notes that there suggests an affiliation between FACTS and the United Workers Party.

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Dr Adrian Augier to Deliver Reading from Latest Publication
Noted Saint Lucian poet, playwright and producer Dr Adrian Augier is scheduled to deliver a reading from his latest publication “Navel String” at the Saint Lucia Consulate in Manhattan, New York City next week.

Navel String ‘complex, confident and always accessible’ is a collection of poems that reflects life in the Caribbean, its politics, culture and social history. It follows Augier’s defining work – “Bridgemaker” that confirmed his place in the literature of the contemporary Caribbean.

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Police Investigate Business Robbery
Staff employed at the St Lucia Agriculturist Association continues to count their losses after the business house was raided by bandits who made off with goods worth thousands of dollars.

General Manager Virginia Joseph says the incident which took place some time over the weekend has left staff morale at an all time low.

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Ministry of Health Schedules 'Babonneau Wellness Train' This Weekend
 In an effort to reverse this trend of developing non communicable diseases, the Ministry of Health is placing greater emphasis on Health Promotion and Behaviour Change and continues to urge everyone to adopt healthy lifestyle practices such as increasing exercise, increasing the consumption of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables, the avoidance of tobacco smoke and avoiding excessive use of alcohol.

This comes following a Survey of Chronic Diseases Risk Factors, commonly known as the Bahavioural Risk Factor Survey, was carried out in St. Lucia from March to August 2012.

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Police Destroy Marijuana Plantations During Operation
Despite a number of high level discussions on moves to decriminalize marijuana in St Lucia and other parts of the region, local police continue to quash efforts to cultivate the herb.

Official reports indicate that during an operation at Garrand, Babonneau on Saturday, March 22, 2014, police attached to the Babonneau station uprooted and destroyed approximately 500 Marijuana plants from two separate plantations within close proximity to each other.

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines Govt. Receives Aid from Saint Lucia
The government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines are the recipients of assistance from St Lucia.

The two countries share a similar experience after facing devastating circumstances following the passage of the Christmas Eve Trough last year.

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Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony Visits John Compton Dam
Last weekend, Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony paid a visit to the John Compton Dam located at the upper part of Roseau. The Prime Minister was accompanied by the General Manager of WASCO, Mr. Vincent Hippolyte and other technical staff of WASCO.

During the visit, the Prime Minister was taken by dinghy across the lake of water and visited the hinterland of the dam to look at the slides which had caused major siltation of the dam.

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Police Investigates Altercation Between Doctor and Patient at Hospital
A major investigation is currently underway to find out the circumstances surrounding a physical altercation between a doctor and a patient who was receiving treatment at St Jude Hospital.

Reports indicate that an exchange between the doctor and the patient came to blows on Sunday. However it is not clear what sparked the incident.

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National Workers Union and Smugglers Cove Hotel Finalizes Iterim Wage Package
The Management of Smugglers Cove Hotel and the National Workers Union have agreed on an interim wage package that will benefit over 200 workers employed with the hotel. By majority, the hotel workers agreed to accept the 5% general wage increase. Their acceptance of the upward adjustment was based on the fact that the company has struggled and the hotel is currently in receivership.
 
The parties agreed to continue discussions which previously started under the former management with the objective of putting a fundamental agreement in place. The NWU has also pledged to continue its full cooperation with management aimed at creating the kind of environment that would make it possible for workers to discharge their responsibilities with excellence.

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St Lucia Fashion Week Commences
The local style industry is about to receive a boost as the organizers of St Lucia Fashion Week roll out a series of activities.

Heading the event is Joycie Mederick who notes that there is a product in St Lucia which needs to be nourished. Several accomplished producers as well as a guest designer are expected to participate in the upcoming event.

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Saint Lucia's Own Julian Robert Hunte Awarded Knighthood
The Saint Lucia Labour Party has congratulated Party Chairman Sir Julian Robert Hunte on being conferred with the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG), by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, for service to the Public and Private Sectors and to the Commonwealth Caribbean and Community
 
The award of Knighthood to Sir Julian Robert Hunte was first published in the Queen’s Official Gazette dated 31st December, 2013.  The title of Knight Commander of the Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint James was bestowed on Sir Julian at a ceremony held at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 13th. March 2014, one day before his seventy fourth birthday.

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UK's Air Passenger Duty Tax Reduction Receives Positive Reviews
A local tourism official has reacted to news of what has been described as an unexpected reduction in the Air Passenger Duty Tax imposed on passengers travelling from the UK to the Caribbean.

From April 1, 2015, the tax on long-haul flights between 4,001 and 6,000 miles will be reduced by £14 per person, while those over 6,000 miles will be cut by £26.

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