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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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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06
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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06
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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03
Residents to Receive Water Today

Residents around the island who continue to remain without water since the passage of the Christmas eve storm can expect relief some time today.

That's according to WASCO’s communications officer Clinton Reynolds, who notes that the company is doing all in its power and working round the clock to restore the water supply to normal.

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03
Police Investigate Death of 27 Yr Old Male in Castries

Police report that about 9:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 2, 2014, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department were apprised of gunshots being fired at New Village, Castries.

The officers immediately proceeded to the location where they observed a young male seated on a bench under a shed in the area. He appeared to have sustained a gunshot wound. This individual was identified as 27 year old Joel “Willie” Nobal of New Village, Castries. Nobal was pronounced dead on the scene by a medical practitioner. A post mortem examination on the body is scheduled for a later date.

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03
Assou Square Well Attended for 2014

The main organizers of Assou Square activities are boasting a successful event following two days of traditional celebrations to ring in the New Year.

Senior events and production officer Tyrone Harris says the bumper crowds which attended the event were entertained with several performances put on by a number of local artistes.

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UWP Mourns the Passing of Mr Louis George

The United Workers Party mourns the passing of one of its most devoted stalwarts, Mr Louis George who passed away on the morning of Thursday 2nd January, 2014. He was a loyal friend and political colleague of the UWP’s founder Sir John Compton and together they represented the constituencies of Micoud North and Micoud South respectively.

Louis George devoted much of his life to the service of his country as a Parliamentarian and as Minister with responsibility for Education, Culture and Labour. Mr George had the distinction of being the only successful candidate of the United Workers Party in the 1997 General Election following the retirement of Sir John Compton as leader. He would then serve as the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament for five years.

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Assou Square Still On!

Despite what appears to be a low-key New Years Eve, the Cultural Development Foundation says Assou Square celebrations are still on.

The activity which takes place annually is seen as a traditional way to ring in the New Year is staged through a collaboration between the CDF and the Castries Constituency Council.

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31
Kiwanis' Grand Car Raffle Postponed

The Kiwanis Club of Castries wishes to inform all ticket holders, and the general public, that its Grand Car Raffle scheduled to be drawn on December 31, 2013 has been postponed.  The postponement is due to low ticket sales. 

The Club has informed that it has not reached the required target of $55,000.00, which is the value of the 2013 Fully Loaded Suzuki Celerio Motor car.  To date, the club has sold approximately 5,500 of the required 11,000 tickets to cover the cost of the car.

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Military Funeral Service Planned for Police Constable

A Military Funeral Service is being planned for a special police constable who lost his life in the line of duty.

On December 24, 2013, Special Police Constable 4 Calvin Louis of Piaye, Laborie passed away tragically during the storm on Christmas Eve. SPC Louis had served in the force for the past 18 years. At the time of his death, he was attached to the Special Services Unit of the Southern Division.

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Request for Exemptions on Relief Supplies Causes Debate Between Parties

Just days following a major weather system which has left dozens of individuals counting their losses, the two main political parties have engaged in a back and forth over an opposition request for exemptions on relief supplies for storm survivors

The Government of Saint Lucia says it has noted the public appeal which was made on Monday by the United Workers Party to Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, “requesting exemption from Customs Charges including Value Added Tax (VAT) specifically for relief supplies.”

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Caribbean Diaspora Assist with Relief Efforts
The Caribbean Diaspora and other countries in the region have begun relief efforts to assist the islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to recover from widespread devastation caused by severe rains, flooding and high winds from a low level trough system that impacted the area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The high winds and torrential rains resulted in land slippage and overflowing rivers, causing a number of deaths, destruction and severe damage in the three islands.

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WASCO Responds to Complaints on Water Restoration

Despite an announcement from the Water and Sewerage Company, Inc. (WASCO) indicating that it has restored the water supply to the north of the island following the passage of the storm, complaints from residents in certain pockets continue to pour in.

According to the notice which was issued two days ago Wasco says residents are far as Mongiraud are receiving a supply, but the company anticipates that customers at higher elevations will begin to receive a supply later.  WASCO also explained that an airlock on the Castries system which was restricting the water supply in the city has been resolved and Castries is receiving water.

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UWP Activates Welfare Arm to Seek Relief Supplies for St. Lucia

The United Workers Party, in its efforts to assist citizens who suffered significant personal losses during the passage of a surface trough on December 24th, 2013, has activated its welfare arm to seek relief supplies from the local population and the Diaspora.

In light of these unexpected adverse effects of the inclement weather on Christmas Eve, the UWP and its Women’s Arm have taken the opportunity to write to Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, requesting exemption from Customs charges including Value Added Tax (VAT) specifically for relief supplies.

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WASCO Suffers major Hit During Christmas Downpour

The island’s lone water company is seeking to repair its infrastructure after suffering a major hit during the Christmas downpour that has resulted in an interruption in the supply islandwide.

WASCO reported that on December 26, 2013, that it expected to have majority of the island's water supply operational by the weekend.

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Minister of Tourism Discusses Island's State of Recovery

The Minister of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries Lorne Theophilus and Director of Tourism Louis Lewis on Thursday met with members of the media to brief them on the state of recovery of the industry following the heavy rains on Christmas Eve.

The Minister first off expressed regret over the loss of life as a result of the weather system which also claimed lives in neighboring St. Vincent and caused widespread destruction in other Caribbean islands.

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