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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Police Investigate Shooting Incident in Marigot
The family of a 19 year old youth is outraged and seeking answers from the police following a shooting incident that has left him seriously wounded.

The incident occurred in Coolie Town Marigot on Thursday evening around 5pm.

Curtis Alexander was reportedly shot three times—twice in the groin area and once in the kneecap by a police officer who was at the time trying to apprehend him for questioning in connection with a report of a stolen cell phone.

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Saint Lucia Supports Nina Compton on Top Chef Series
Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has joined hundreds of St Lucians in throwing support behind top Saint Lucian chef Nina Compton, as she vies to become America's Top Television Chef.

Ms. Compton, daughter of the late Sir John Compton, is among the last five of eighteen (18) celebrity chefs vying for the United States TV's Top Chef position. The contest is being followed by millions of viewers across the USA and the rest of the world.

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Police Investigate Chopping Incident in Dennery
A chopping incident at Belmont, Dennery has left one man dead and the other nursing serious injuries.

Police report that officers attached to the Richfond Police Station responded to the incident about 12:45 p.m., on Saturday January 11, 2014.

Information received indicates that 32 year old Kurt “Jock” Deterville of Morne Panache, quarter of Deniere Riviere, Dennery and 51 year old Herbert “Jarrod” Ange of Belmont, Dennery were involved in a fight in the vicinity of the Belmont Community Centre.

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Saint Lucia's Archbishop Kelvin Felix to be Made Cardinal
One St. Lucian Man of the cloth is expected to make history next month.

The news that His Holiness Pope Francis will elevate Archbishop Kelvin Felix, Archbishop Emeritus of Castries, to the dignity of Cardinal, during the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter, has prompted reaction from the Government of St Lucia .

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Ministry Launches Lucian Culinary Adventure
The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries through the Saint Lucia Tourism Development Programme will be launching a new tour package called the Lucian Culinary Adventure under the Heritage Tours Brand.

The tour features a practical session designed to give visitors an authentic cooking lesson and experience of Saint Lucian cuisine. Visitors will also get the opportunity to participate in authentic and traditional dances and move to the local rhythms. The tour, Lucian Culinary Adventure will be hosted at one of the island’s Heritage Sites - Pigeon Island National Park.

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Canaries Health Centre Now Open
The Canaries health Centre which incurred major losses due to flooding some two weeks ago is now open.

This was announced during a Press Conference to update the media on progress with post storm recovery efforts on the island’s healthcare infrastructure

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Haitian Authorities Pledged to Safeguard Rights of Haitians
Haitian officials say they have made a breakthrough with their advocacy to challenge a Constitutional Court ruling last year, that rendered hundreds of people of Haitian decent in the Dominican Republic, stateless.

Reports suggest that Dominican authorities pledged to enact measures to safeguard the basic rights of Haitians and their descendants living in that country.

Both countries noted that dialogue around this divisive issue, held this week, was conducted in a tone of mutual respect and that it was "frank, constructive and enlightening."

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Sean Matthew, General Manager of SLASPA, Resigns
Sean Matthew, General Manager/CEO for the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) has submitted his resignation to the Chairman and Port Council. The Resignation letter was submitted on November 30th 2013 and will take effect on March 02, 2014. The Chairman and Port Council in a meeting held today, January 8, 2014 have accepted Mr. Matthew’s resignation.

Mr. Sean Matthew joined SLASPA in 1987 as the Assistant Engineer in Marine and moved up the ranks to Senior Engineer, then Chief Engineer, to Deputy General Manager (Operations and Development), until he was appointed General Manager /CEO of SLASPA in 2007.

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NCA Discuss Consumer Protection Bill
The National Consumers Association has welcomed pronouncements made by the Minister for Commerce who has vowed to ensure that the consumer protection Bill is passed.

But while Mr Kingsley St Hill has lauded Minister Emma Hippolyte for her commitment to the cause, he has lamented the failure of successive governments for their failure to pass the Consumer Protection Bill.

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Debate on Consolidated Foods Limited (CFL) Sale Continues
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Commerce is seeking to clear up what he says is a widely held public misconception of how a monopoly works.

This comes following the sale of controlling shares in Consolidated Foods Limited to Trinidadian owned firm Neal and Massy.

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Republic of Suriname Gives Assistance to Saint Lucia
The Government of the Republic of Suriname has responded to Saint Lucia’s call for assistance to deal with the effects of the Christmas Eve trough, which claimed six lives, left many homeless and damaged Infrastructure.

In a Diplomatic Note dated January 6, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname communicated that a monetary donation of EC$500,000.00 will be made to Saint Lucia, by the Central Bank of Suriname. The funds will be made available through the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank.

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Police Investigate Dennery Homicide
Officers attached to the Dennery Police Station are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which claimed the life of 34 year old Sursam James of La Pointe, Dennery. The accident occurred on Friday, January 3, 2014 about 1:00 a.m. on High Street, Dennery.

Information received indicates that motor cycle registration number PA 3590 was travelling in a northerly direction along High Street while motor car registration number PJ 6628 was travelling in the opposite direction when a collision occured. A third vehicle, registration number PJ 5391 which was parked on the side of the road was also collided into.

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Government Discuss News of the Sale of Super J Chain
The island’s Minister for Commerce has described the sale of shares from the dominant supermarket here as a wake-up call to St Lucian businesses.

Minister Emma Hippolyte made the statement during a meeting with the local press today calling on the business community to expand its and diversify their portfolios beyond St Lucian shores.

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St. Lucians React to Super J Chain Sale
The Lucian Peoples Movement has questioned the reason for what is being described as a surprise a decision to sell controlling shares of local supermarket chain Super J to a Trinidadian conglomerate

St Lucians learned of the move which took effect on January 1st 2014, just 6 months after the supermarket monopoly acquired its competitors GL food market.

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Sea Turtle Fishery CLOSED for the Season
The public is informed that the Sea Turtle Fishery season has CLOSED and that all harvesting and sale of sea turtle meat should have cease from midnight on December 31, 2013.

The closed season for the Sea Turtle Fishery from January 1st 2014 to September 30th, 2014, both days inclusive, is the period of year when it is prohibited to capture, fish for, expose for sale, sell, purchase or to have in possession any part of the sea turtle including the by-products.

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Canaries Bridge Reinstated
One of two bridges washed away following the passage of a very powerful surface trough on Tuesday 24th December 2013 has been reinstated,

The Canaries Bridge was opened to accommodate all vehicular traffic on January 6th. The exercise of erecting a new bailey bridge in the same location as the old one began on Monday 30th December 2013, and involved the Technical employees of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport, and in particular the Northern Potholing Unit.

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St. Lucians Wary of Pending Weather System Approach
With St. Lucians still recovering in the aftermath of a surface trough which dumped heavy showers on St Lucia for almost12 hours some two weeks ago, sections of the public are growing nervous over news of a pending weather system.

Weather officials have warned that a surface trough is approaching the Windward Islands and is expected to affect the area by Tuesday.

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Another Road Fatality in 2014

The island has recorded another weekend road accident which has claimed the life of a middle aged man.

Official reports confirm that a green Vitara driven by 51 year old Ian Bruce Sullivan ran into a parked container which was parked near the construction site along the Bois D’orange road. The incident occurred around midnight on Friday. Sullivan was a St Lucian by birth but held Australian citizenship. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

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RSPF Pays Respect to Special Police Constable 4 Calvin Louis
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force pays final respects to one of its own in a Military funeral scheduled for later today.

On December 24, 2013, Special Police Constable 4 Calvin Louis of Piaye, Laborie passed away tragically as a result of the Christmas Eve Trough. Calvin Louis was a police officer of 18 years service. At the time of his death, he was attached to the Special Services Unit of the Southern Division.

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United Kingdom pledges $EC500,000.00 in Aid to Saint Lucia

The United Kingdom has pledged $EC500,000.00  in immediate support to Saint Lucia, to assist in recovery efforts following the Christmas Eve Trough. The money will be made available to UNDP to assist in agreed recovery efforts in Saint Lucia.

This was disclosed to Prime Minister Anthony who met the Minister for International Development of the United Kingdom Alan Duncan, who was traveling back to the UK after a short vacation in the Caribbean. Prime Minister Anthony met the British Minister at Hewanorra International Airport on Sunday.

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