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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Vendors Near the National Printery in Castries to be Relocated
Vendors operating near the entrance of the National Printery will have seek an alternative location to ply their trade, as congestion in the area raises safety and other concerns.

President of the Vendors Association Peter Ras Ipa Isaac says while he laments the inconvenience the merchants will have to bear in the short term, he says the safety concerns raised by City Council and other officials are valid.

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Winners  of the St. Lucia Business Awards Revealed!
Over 300 persons from Corporate community were in attendance at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay for the 2014 Business awards on Sunday evening.

Thirteen awards were presented and two giants of the business community were recognized for lifetime achievements at the event which was organized by the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce.

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Soca and Groovy Genres to be Included at the Grammys
Consultant in the Ministry of Creative Industries Christopher Hunte has reacted to news of plans to include soca and groovy genres as a category at the Grammys.

The red carpet event which was staged last night recognizes the contribution of some of the most talented musicians and artistes in the world.

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Police Charge 4 Men in Connection with the Murder of Roger Pratt
Police have made headway in their investigations into the death of Roger Pratt. Reports confirm that four young men have been charged in the murder of the Englishman who was attacked aboard his yacht while vacationing here.

Charges have been laid on Richie Kern aged 21, Kervin Deveaux aged 31, Fannis Joseph aged 21 and Jeromine Jones aged 21, all of Bruceville, Vieux Fort.

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Pope Francis Reflects on the Impact of Internet and Social Media on our Society

In a statement released on Thursday, the Pope stated that internet and social media are making people across the world 'increasingly interdependent''.

"The internet, in particular, offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God.
At the same time, though, all those tweets and texts and comment streams can cause people to 'lose our bearings.'"

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Micoud North MP Remains Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition

The MP for Micoud North remains the Leader of the Parliamentary Opposition in waiting. This is several days after she and three other parliamentary representatives withdrew their support for Mr. Stephenson King.

RCI News understands that the MPs have informed the island's Governor General of their decision who in turn has requested Dr. Gale Rigobert to express her willingness to take up the appointment.

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Dr Gale Rigobert Discusses UWP Nomination
The United Workers Party candidate who has been nominated to replace Stephenson King as leader of the Opposition has been speaking on the task ahead.

Dr Gail Rigobert who featured as a guest on Wednesday’s Newsspin program noted that she would rely heavily on the support of her party as she takes on the challenging role.

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UWP Recommends Opposition Leader Removal
The United Workers Party is wasting no time in getting an official replacement for the leader of the Opposition. That's according to Party Chairman Ezekiel Joseph who informed that the recommendation to remove Stephenson King as Opposition leader has already been sent to the Governor General.

Mr King had indicated prior to a press conference called on Tuesday that he had no intention of resigning as opposition leader and that any such claim made by the party’s chairman was grossly misleading and inaccurate.

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Customs Department Refute Claims of Tardiness on Recent Homicide
The Customs and Excise Department has reacted to recent pronouncements in the media suggesting that office was responsible for delaying the stay of a British yachtsman and his wife who were attacked here.

The department has denied claims that customs officials failed to show up for duties on Thursday January 16th and as such were not available to provide clearance for the crew of the yacht magnetic Attraction.

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Ministry of Education Mourns Student Passing
The Ministry of Education has expressed profound sadness following the tragic and untimely death of a 15 year old student of the George Charles Secondary School.

Jonius Auguste was among scores of children who opted to participate in the annual road race of the George Charles Secondary School on January 16th.

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Lucian People's Movement Critizes Government on Circumstances Concerning Recent Homicide
The Lucian Peoples Movement says it stands by its press release issued on January 20th 2014 and will make no apology for its position.

Party leader Therold Prudent is adamant that “if it is proven that Roger Pratt and his wife were denied clearance to leave because of St Lucia’s overbearing bureaucratic system ... then the government has to answer to the United Kingdom and the rest of the international community.”

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CFL Discuss Strategies to Increase Production of Root Crops
Consolidated Foods Limited has partnered with a number of agricultural agencies with the intention of reversing a noticeable decline in the production of root crops.

Perishables Manager for Consolidated Foods Ltd Dunstan Demille, says over the past ten years it appeared farmers gradually moved away from the more challenging cultivation of root and tuber crops.

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Trinidad Government Assists Saint Lucia in Post Trough Recovery Efforts
The Government and of Trinidad and Tobago along with its corporate sector, have once again, contributed supplies to the Government and People of Saint Lucia, to assist in its post trough recovery efforts.

On Sunday, January 19, 2014, six 40ft containers with relief supplies arrived via the Vieux-Fort Sea Port. Supplies donated included building materials such as galvanize, ply wood, lumber and other essentials which included water tanks, mattresses, food items and water.

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Gasoline and Diesel Prices Reduced Today
Motorists will pay less for gasoline and diesel, as the prices are adjusted here today.

In keeping with the schedule of price changes under the Modified Market Pass-Through Mechanism, petroleum prices have been adjusted to reflect the movement in import prices over the October 2013 to January 2014 period.

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Police Report on Attack on British Couple Vacationing in St. Lucia
A vicious attack on a British couple vacationing here over the weekend has left a 62 year old man dead and his wife nursing serious injuries.

Police reports indicate that Roger Pratt and his wife Margaret Prattwere asleep onboard their yacht Magnetic Attraction which was docked at the port in Vieux Fort, when three unidentified men boarded the vessel from the water.

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Outcome of UWP Council Meeting Still Pending
The outcome of an Emergency National Council Meeting of the United Workers Party is still pending.

Claims are that the meeting was called to discuss the future of Stephenson king as opposition leader and what to do with Castries Central MP Richard Frederick. But after hours of discussion and deliberations among members, a clear conclusion is yet to be announced.

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President Obama Discusses Marijuana Legalization
President Barack Obama says he views marijuana as a "bad habit" and "a vice," but no more dangerous than alcohol. The president acknowledged marijuana is less dangerous than alcohol “in terms of its impact on the individual consumer."

"It’s not something I encourage," Obama continued, "and I’ve told my daughters I think it’s a bad idea, a waste of time, not very healthy.” Still, he said, "we should not be locking up kids or individual users for long stretches of jail time when some of the folks who are writing those laws have probably done the same thing.”

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Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to Observe Nobel Laureate Week
The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College will once again host a series of activities in observance of Nobel Laureate Week. The 2014 programme begins with a special student assembly on Monday January 20th from 10am.  

At that assembly the College Community will pay tribute to St Lucia’s Nobel Laureates with performances in song, dance and literary presentations. Wednesday January 22 will feature the works of budding and accomplished Poets at the “Poetry Exposé” from 10am.  

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Tourism Arrivals Increases in 2013
The St Lucia Tourist Board has announced that 2013 was its best year to date for Tourism arrivals.

Last year brought unprecedented growth for the tourism industry in Saint Lucia. The Saint Lucia Tourist Board reports record stay-over arrivals for 2013, achieving the highest number of arrivals in the island’s history reaching more than 315,000 visitors, surpassing 2011’s record of 312,404.

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Saint Lucia Congratulates Cuba on 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution
The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has all the reasons to congratulate the Communist Party of Cuba (PCC) and the Government and People of that sister Caribbean country, on the occasion of the 55th Anniversary of the Cuban Revolution.

The party says, fifty-five years is no short period of time and for the Cuban people, led by the PCC. To have survived all efforts to reverse its progress, the SLP statement adds, is no easy feat.

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