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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5 Men Arrested for Unlawful Entry into Marine Unit's Pound
Five men were arrested for unlawfully gaining entry into the Marine Unit’s Pound by cutting into the fence about 2:45 a.m on Friday February 21, 2014.

The suspects were attempting to steal scooters which had been impounded by the police. The men, whose ages range from 17 to 24 were confronted by officers attached to the Marine Unit. During the confrontation and apprehension of the suspects, three sustained gunshot wounds to the lower part of the body.

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Saint Lucia-China Friendship Association Announces Plans for 10th Anniversary
The Saint Lucia-China Friendship Association (SLCFA) has adopted a Plan of Action for 2014, the year of its Tenth Anniversary. It’s also set to expand its activities island-wide, to establish new sub-committees and to move to take People-to-People Relations between China and St. Lucia to a new level.

The decisions were taken at a special Extraordinary Annual General Meeting of the SLCFA held on Saturday February 15th at the CSA Centre, where a new leadership was also elected.

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Saint Lucia Featured on Newly Released Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Things are heating up on the island of Saint Lucia and it’s not just the weather.

The 50th edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2014, which went live across the web, mobile, tablet and newsstands on Tuesday, features the picturesque and colorful landscape of Saint Lucia.

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Calls Made to Encourage National Pride in the Youth
As organizers of activities to mark St Lucia’s 35th anniversary tie up loose ends, a call has been made to get youth involved in the history of the nation.

The call was made by Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Anthony George who was one of two guests featured on Tuesday’s newsspin program.

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Concerns Rise on the Structural Integrity of the Choiseul Secondary School Following Latest Tremor
New concerns have been raised about the structural integrity of one of the buildings which housed the Choiseul Secondary School following a tremor felt in St Lucia and other parts of the Caribbean on Tuesday

The concerns stem from conditions   which surfaced at the Choiseul Secondary School in 2010, rendering one of the buildings structurally affected.  As was previously announced, the Choiseul Community Centre was refurbished to house some classes of the School, while the Government seeks financing options for the construction of a new wing.

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Mighty Sparrow Performs for the 2014 Carnival Season
After several rumours of his death surfaced in the Trinidad and Tobago media a few months ago, the ‘Calypso King of the World’ has moved from a coma to the stage.

Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow, has been performing on stage at the Kaiso House Calypso Tent for the 2014 carnival season. His debut appearance on Thursday, February 13, 2014, moved the audience at the Queens Park Savannah venue to tears.

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Dennery Man in Police Custody on Drug Related Offences
One man is currently in police custody after he was arrested on drug related offences about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Grande Riviere, Dennery.

This arrest stemmed from an operation conducted in the Grande Riviere, Dennery area by officers attached to the Dennery and Richfond Police Stations.

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Basic Tariff for Electricity Has Been Reduced
The basic tariff for electricity has been reduced.  Starting with bills for February and continuing the remainder of the year, the basic electricity tariff will be 2.6 cents less than the levy for 2013.
 
The basic tariff is what LUCELEC customers pay per unit of electricity without the fuel surcharge. It is reviewed in January of every year in accordance with the Electricity Supply Act and reflects the average price of fuel for the preceding 12 months.

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Micoud South Refutes claims that he was asked to give up Constituency Seat
Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South, Mr. Arsene James, has refuted claims that the Political Leader of the United Workers Party, Mr. Allen Chastanet, wrote him a letter requesting that he, Mr. James, give up his constituency seat to allow the new political leader to run a safe election.

On Wednesday last week, talk show host and President of the Senate, Mr. Claudius Francis, read the entire letter that Mr. Chastanet allegedly sent to Mr. James on his Radio 100 morning programme.  Mr. James says that while he did not listen to the programme, he is disappointed that Mr. Francis would choose to read a fictitious letter over the air instead of carrying out a thorough investigation.

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Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South Makes Statement

Parliamentary Representative for Micoud South, Mr. Arsene James, has refuted claims that the Political Leader of the United Workers Party, Mr. Allen Chastanet, wrote him a letter requesting that he, Mr. James, give up his constituency seat to allow the new political leader to run a safe election.

On Wednesday, talk show host and President of the Senate, Mr. Claudius Francis, read the entire letter that Mr. Chastanet allegedly sent to Mr. James on his Radio 100 morning programme.  Mr. James says that while he did not listen to the programme, he is disappointed that Mr. Francis would choose to read a fictitious letter over the air instead of carrying out a thorough investigation.

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Carnival Planning and Management Agency Changes Signature Event
The newly installed Carnival Planning and Management Agency has announced a major change to one of the signature events on the calendar.

In announcing plans for the staging of the National carnival Queen pageant, the organization’s Public relations Officer Kentilia Louis, says the community leg of the contest has been scraped.

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Hon.Dr. Kenny D. Anthony to Chair the 78th Meeting of the Monetary Council of the ECCB
Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony will travel to St. Kitts and Nevis on Thursday, February 13, 2014, to chair the 78th meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank at the ECCB Headquarters.

The Council will deliberate on the monetary and credit conditions in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union and will receive the Governor’s Financial Stability, Consolidation and Development Report, as of September 2013.

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SLHTA to Host Chef’s in Schools Cook-Off Competition
Inspired by the achievements of Saint Lucian Chef’s over the past years, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) will host its first ever Chef’s in Schools Cook–Off Competition” on February 22nd, 2014 as part of St. Lucia’s 35th Independence Day Celebrations.

The competition will include participation from several schools on Independence Day when student chefs will face off against each other at the Beausejour grounds.

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Married Couple Capture RCI's Breakfast in Bed Promotion
A married couple has captured the coveted prize of over 10 thousand dollars worth of Prizes in Radio Caribbean International’s Valentines Day Promotion- Breakfast in Bed.

Kadia and Ivan Auguste who participated in the Valentines love note competition posted their video on RCI’s facebook page amassed 1282 likes, making them the grand prize winners.

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12 St. Lucians to Receive Scholarship to Midwestern State University
A total of twelve St Lucian students will be offered places at Midwestern State University when representatives hold an open day here next week.

The event coincided with the 20th anniversary of Midwestern State University Caribbean Students Organization which is being observed this month. The celebration will recognize the almost 1200 students who have enrolled at the university since the program began.

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Dr. Gale Rigobert Officially Sworn in as Leader of the Opposition
The leader of the opposition Dr. Gale Rigobert has expressed gratitude to those who have placed their confidence in her and her office.

In acknowledging that the task ahead would be great she paid tribute to her predecessors, including the late Louis George whom she says single-handedly undertook the representation of thousands of St. Lucians.

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Government Seeking to Waive VAT on Building Materials
The Government of Saint Lucia is today seeking approval from Parliament to waive VAT on the building materials included in the Construction stumulus package to February 28, 2014, when the program is scheduled to end.

The date for the end of the programme, coincides with the date of the end of the derogation granted by CARICOM for Saint Lucia to waive duties on the building materials which were included in the programme.

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 Saint Lucia’s Nina Compton Named First Culinary Ambassador
Following an impressive showing that landed her one step away from clinching the title of “Top Chef” in the finale of the popular American reality TV show, Saint Lucia’s Nina Compton has been named the island’s first Culinary Ambassador.

The announcement, made by Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries Minister Lorne Theophilus at the launch of the 23rd edition of the iconic Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival, was greeted by much jubilation and applause.

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Police Investigates Vehicular Accident in St. Jude's Highway
A 25-year-old medical student has lost his life and his schoolmate in stable condition following a motor vehicle accident on the St Jude’s Highway in the southern town of Vieux Fort on Saturday about 4:am.

Dead is Omotayo ‘Tayo’ Morrison of Toronto, Canada. Maninder ‘Mani’ Kaur, 24, a US citizen, has been admitted to hospital with serious head injuries.

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Caribbean Airlines Alert!
The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) Sunday said it would “work closely” with all authorities after the United States Embassy in Guyana warned Americans against travelling on the airline because of “unconfirmed threat information” relating to its flights destined for the United States.

Caribbean Airlines would like to advise the travelling public that we are working closely with all authorities to ensure that security protocols are followed,’ CAL head of Corporate Communications, Clint Williams, said in a brief statement.

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