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Sarrot Multipurpose Court project receives second phase of funding

Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Mr. Ray Mou presented a cheque 
to the Government of Saint Lucia on Thursday January 12, 2017 which will go towards the second phase of the Sarrot Multipurpose Court initiative.

GIS – Ambassador of Taiwan to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Ray Mou, has promised that the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to support the government and people of Saint Lucia in the new year. Ambassador Mou said the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is eager to assist Saint Lucia’s development efforts. Recently, under the Constituency Development Program ...

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Ambassador of France presents credentials

Ambassador of France to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Philipe Ardanaz,

GIS – Newly appointed Ambassador of France to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Philipe Ardanaz, has stated that he hopes to build on the good relations and common history that the two islands share. Ambassador Ardanaz presented his Letters of Credence to Saint Lucia’s Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy on Nov. 9. He stated that Saint Lucia and France ...

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Government formulates occupational health policy

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GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia is working towards formulating a comprehensive policy on Occupational Safety and Health. Labour Commissioner Ray Narcisse said injury or death on the job is a possibility that should be planned for. “Against the reality that occupational accidents and incidents happen every day, there is need for us to come together in a tripartite ...

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New entrepreneurship opportunities promoted at ACE

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GIS – Saint Lucia’s Innovation Minister recently returned from the sixth Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE). The sixth ACE facilitated the sharing of knowledge and best practices for strengthening relations and developing partnerships among countries of the Americas and beyond. Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert said the event exposed her to the nuances of several innovative entrepreneurship sectors ...

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Rigobert pledges to improve teaching environments

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GIS – Teachers’ Appreciation Week officially closed on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert, who is a former lecturer at the University of the West Indies’ Saint Augustine Campus, spoke on the importance of the teaching profession. “Teachers are called upon to make an extraordinary sacrifice,” she said. “They ...

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Climate change warrants sound agriculture management

Ezechiel Joseph Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives.

GIS – Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, has cautioned that farming practices and the indiscriminate use of natural resources must change if the country is to better withstand natural disasters and improve food security. The minister’s comments were made in anticipation of World Food Day to be observed globally on Oct. 16, ...

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Tropical cyclone expected, Wednesday

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GIS – A broad area of low pressure located about 1050 miles or 1689 kilometers east southeast of the Windward Islands continues to show signs of development. This system is moving westward at about 18 mph or 30 km/h and the center is expected to cross the island chain near the Central Windward Islands about Wednesday this week. Strong gusty ...

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Preparations underway for 2016 La Marguerite Festival

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GIS – Preparations are well underway for the staging of the second of Saint Lucia’s two flower festivals, La Marguerite. Dating back across generations, Saint Lucia’s flower festivals La Rose (La Wòz) and La Marguerite (La Magwit) are the invention of the peasant class who staged a parody of elaborate pageantry reminiscent of the European court. A ‘King’ and a ...

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HIAC meets with Minister Rigobert

Opposition Leader Dr. Gale Rigobert.

GIS – The Hospitality Industry Advisory Committee (HIAC), last week met with Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Energy, Hon. Dr. Gayle Rigobert, to inform her of the committee’s purpose and the work that the committee has undertaken. The committee was officially launched on Nov. 13, 2015 by the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Unit of the Ministry ...

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Saint Lucia, Grenada to harmonize energy policies

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GIS – Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King led a delegation to the 14th Meeting of the Regional Energy Committee in Grenada. The committe was formed following the joint launch of the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA) Project, by Saint Lucia and Grenada in 2013. Following the launch, the countries expressed concern regarding the viability ...

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Launch of solar photovoltaic system at Government House

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GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia will, this month, host a press tour of a photovoltaic (PV) system installed at Government House. The PV system is part of a renewable energy program under the Solar Head of State. Solar Head of State partners with solar technology companies around the world in order to showcase and promote the use of ...

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New Black Sigatoka treatment method

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GIS – The Black Sigatoka Management Unit has adopted a new scientific approach as part of its efforts to combat the leaf spot disease. Martin Satney, Manager/Coordinator of the Black Sigatoka Management Unit, said there have been successes due to the undertakings of  banana agriculturalists and the hard working members of the unit, but in order to stay on top ...

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FRC to launch Creole Heritage Month

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GIS – The Folk Research Centre (FRC) will launch Creole Heritage Month 2016 on Sunday, Sep. 25, under the theme “Kité Kwéyòl Mach.” The launch will take place at 12 noon, on the grounds of the Folk Research Centre at Mount Pleasant. There will be Kwéyòl food and drinks on sale. A shuttle service will be provided at the Derek ...

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SLHTA battles Zika

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GIS – The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) is helping its members curb the spread of zika. Concerned about the emergence of zika in light of the challenges the tourism industry faced during the chikungunya epidemic, SLHTA Apprenticeship Coordinator Wendel George said in order to safeguard employees and visitors, the organization took a proactive approach. “This year we ...

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Resort development project gets underway in Choiseul

Hon. Bradly Felix and Hon. Dominic Fedee at the Sod Turning ceremony for the construction of an initial 20 villas at Balembouche, Choiseul. At the completion of this project the developers hope to construct a total of 48 villas.

GIS – The sod turning ceremony for the Domaine Resort Development Project in Choiseul, was held on Aug. 25. The US$6 million tourism project will boast 20 villas falling under the conceptual resort category of chic boutique hotel. Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Dominic Fedee, commented on the popularity ...

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Dress code in effect at Greaham Louisy Administrative Building

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GIS – The Department of the Public Service solicits the cooperation of the public to maintain an acceptable level of professionalism and office etiquette when visiting the offices of the Greaham Louisy Administrative Building. As a result, the following dress code has been activated with immediate effect: bandanas, du-rags, halter tops, spaghetti straps, tank tops, cropped or open back tops ...

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Agri-Entrepreneurship Program to continue

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GIS – The Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, has highlighted the need for young people to get more involved in the agriculture sector. Referencing the Youth Agri-Entrepreneurship Program, Minister Joseph commented that for the sector to thrive, the youth need to play a part in its future. “There are a number of ...

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Mercury Beach event this weekend

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GIS – Mercury Beach, an event that began in Martinique as a thank you to those who purchased Mercury engines, has grown into a massive niche. The event recently found its home in Saint Lucia, and according to Maritime Consultant Cuthbert Didier, Mercury Beach is poised to boost Saint Lucia’s mainstay tourism industry during the slow season. “August is unique. ...

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St. Lucia observes Int’l Decade for People of African Descent

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GIS – Saint Lucia will soon launch activities for the observance of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. The events organized by the National Reparations Committee in association with the UWI Open Campus and the Office of the Prime Minister, are being held to recognize the valuable contributions made by people of African origin, of which ...

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SLTB lists advantages of cricket

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GIS – As Saint Lucia hosts the third in a series of four West Indies vs India test matches, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) urges fans to attend the game held at the Daren Sammy National Cricket Stadium. Jemma Lord, SLTB Marketing Manager said it is important for Saint Lucians to recognize the wealth of tourism marketing that is ...

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India’s ambassador presents credentials

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GIS – The High Commissioner-designate of the Republic of India to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Satender Kumar, has pledged to continue building on the strong diplomatic ties that Saint Lucia and India share. H.E. Kumar’s comments were made last Thursday at Government House, when he presented his credentials to the Acting Governor-General of Saint Lucia, His Excellency MacDonald Dixon. At ...

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Discussions ensue for Hewanorra Int’l Airport Redevelopment Project

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GIS – The Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King, on a recent visit to Washington DC, met with officials from the International Finance Corporation, the private sector lending arm of the World Bank Group, to discuss the Hewanorra International Airport  Redevelopment Project. The minister stated that the meeting had been a productive one. “I must admit ...

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Book bursary program continues

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GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia has reaffirmed its commitment to continue the book bursary program for the new academic year. The book bursary program assists infant and primary school students whose parents and guardians are unemployed, needy or medically challenged. School Welfare Coordinator in the Ministry of Education, Cyrillia Lewis, said despite the financial cost of the program ...

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UWI to expand globally

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GIS – With over 50 physical site locations in 17 English-speaking Caribbean countries, the University of the West Indies is well represented throughout the region. Now, UWI is set to expand  globally. According to Pro Vice Chancellor and Principal of the UWI Open Campus, Dr. Luz Longsworth, the university plans to take its operations into Latin America and Asia. “We ...

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Government, CDB discuss development projects

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GIS – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Government of Saint Lucia met recently to discuss the best ways that the CDB would be able to offer assistance through its development programs. CDB President, Dr. William Warren Smith, said the visit helped reinforce the CDB’s commitment to Saint Lucia by offering assistance in ways that would help the country ...

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Saint Lucia’s popularity increases

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GIS – Saint Lucia has nabbed the #9 spot for “Best Island in the Caribbean” in this year’s Travel and Leisure World’s Best Awards. The island’s growing international appeal with adventure seekers, honeymooners, nature lovers, foodies and festival aficionados, has been attributed not only to the unspoiled natural beauty of the island, its affordability, and the range of activities that it ...

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Gov’t targets agriculture production, marketing

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GIS – The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-Operatives has initiated a drive to impact spur production amoung farmers. Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, Minister for Agriculture, has stated that the government is intent on collating all facets necessary for a conclusive outcome. “We are committed to the agriculture sector including fisheries and forestry, and we now have ...

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Education ministry’s website competition

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GIS – Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, John Calixte, recently spoke on the importance of developing technology skills in web design. His comments were made at a prize giving ceremony for the Infant and Primary School Website Competition (District 3 – 6). “I would like to challenge students to be creative ...

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Minister speaks on climate change

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GIS – Dr. Gale Rigobert confirms government’s commitment to mitigating the impact of climate change. Following a recently held regional training workshop for the Latin American and Caribbean region on the preparation of reports on Climate Change, the Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development stated that the topic is highly placed on government’s agenda. “I really wish ...

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Film Festival open for submissions

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GIS – The Caribbean Youth Film Festival 2016 is set on making a difference among the youth. Established through the Rise Film Festival, the Saint Lucian-based Caribbean Youth Film Festival is unique and innovative. Having employed as its mechanism a strategic module of teaching the art of film and television to youth, one of the festivals main objectives is the ...

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Nurses attend productivity retreat

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GIS – The nurses of the Saint Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre are working towards increasing productivity levels. The nurses facilitated and  participated in a one day  team building retreat at the Bay Gardens Hotel. The activity, observed under the theme “Celebrating our Achievements, Striving to give our Best” was devised with an aim to boost overall staff morale and productivity ...

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Tourism Minister meets hoteliers

Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee

GIS – The Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting alongside the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) and the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) are visiting properties across the island. The initiative was spearheaded by Saint Lucia’s Tourism Minister, Hon. Dominic Fedee, who said, for too long tourism partners lacked the synergy needed for the industry to flourish. “This ...

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PM to pursue improved links with Martinique

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GIS – Prime Minister Hon. Allen M. Chastanet wants to improve transport links between Saint Lucia and Martinique. The Prime Minister indicated that he is not happy with the standard of the ferry service. “It is one of the first things that we are going to be addressing,” he disclosed. The new Prime Minister revealed that he also intends to ...

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King to evaluate Infrastructure Ministry

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Infrastructure Minister Stephenson King has said that an evaluation of his new ministry will be the first order of business. Minister King, speaking after he was sworn in as Minister for Infrastructure, Energy and Labour in the new Allen Chastanet led administration, pointed to the need to evaluate the ministry. He added that there was also need to assess infrastructure ...

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Ministry recommends safe sex against zika

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GIS – The Ministry of Health has cautioned that persons infected with the zika virus should practice safe sex. Current research has shown that not only can zika be transmitted from a pregnant woman to her foetus but can also be transmitted via sexual intercourse with an infected man. “The virus actually stays alive and viable quite long in a ...

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Warning against sea turtle slaughter

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GIS – A nesting hawksbill turtle was found slaughtered last week. Violators can be fined up to $5,000 for each offence. The Saint Lucia National Trust is working together with the Department of Fisheries, the Marine Police Unit and the Crime Scene Investigation Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force in response to the slaughter of a nesting hawksbill ...

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Queen’s Birthday Honours

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GIS – The Queen has been graciously pleased on the occasion of Her Majesty’s Birthday, and on the advice of Her Majesty’s Saint Lucia Ministers to approve of the following Honours in the Birthday Honours List, 2016: C.B.E. /Commander of the British Empire Richard Neville Clairmont PETERKIN (For services to the private sector and sports administration) O.B.E./To be Ordinary Officers ...

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US arrivals to St. Lucia climbs

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GIS – On the heels of United Airlines’ December 2015 launch of non-stop service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Saint Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport (UVF), visitor arrivals from the United States Midwest region have increased by a record-breaking 15 percent between January and April of 2016. Overall travel from the United States experienced a 4.9 percent increase January ...

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TEPA, SBDC merge

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GIS – The merge into Trade Saint Lucia will streamline the processes of the two organizations and help avoid duplication. The launch of Trade Saint Lucia took place on May 23. An initiative of the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, the core of the enterprise is a merger of the skills and services of the Saint ...

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Advance polling set for June 3

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GIS – Advance polling allows poll workers and attendants, police, and fire service personnel the opportunity to vote. The Electoral Department has announced the date for its advance poll. Civic and Voter Education Coordinator at the Electoral Department, Alymphia Lionel, said the advance poll will take place on June 3. “We’re going to have advance polling, and the date for ...

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Civil Service Association celebrates 65 years

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GIS – The Civil Service Association (CSA), on May 16, celebrated a milestone—its 65th anniversary. President of the CSA, Yvonne Edwin, addressed the occasion by reflecting on the organization’s aims and ambitions. “The CSA was formed in the late 1940s by a group of public officers who saw the need for an organized and structured approach to effectively address the ...

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Education ministry’s action research initiative

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GIS – A new action-research initiative is currently being conducted within Saint Lucian education establishments. The initiative aims to have teachers apply best practices to situations, observe the outcome and then document the results. Tracey Dolcy of the Corporate Planning Unit of the Ministry of Education states that the research can be used by other practictioners who can then add ...

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SALCC to become University College

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GIS – In Wednesday’s throne speech, Governor-General of Saint Lucia, H.E. Dame Pearlette Louisy, made reference to the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College’s ongoing journey to establish itself as a University College. The Governor-General said the effort fell in line with government’s mandate to raise the standard and quality of education, particularly in the tertiary sector. “The transformation to a ...

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Augier Combined closed until April 18

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GIS – The Ministry of Education wishes to inform the public that the Augier Combined School will reopen for the Third Term of the academic year, on Monday 18th April 2016. The school will remain closed from April 11th to 15th, 2016 to allow for cleaning and sanitization of the buildings. The school has been closed since the middle of ...

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Statistics office gets an upgrade

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GIS – The Saint Lucia Central Statistical Office has ushered in several Information and Communications Technology (ICT) changes. Director of Statistics Edwin St. Catherine said since the introduction of the Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing system at the Central Statistical Office, there has been a reduction of the time lag between data collection and data analysis. He explained that the traditional ...

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Centers doing any form of training must be approved – QA officer

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GIS – The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour through the Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) Unit has stressed the importance of training institutions seeking approval from the Ministry. Euthalia Philgence, Quality Assurance Officer at TVET, said that it is illegal to set up a training or educational facility without the approval of the Ministry. “There is ...

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Turkish ambassador presents credentials to Governor General

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GIS – The newly-appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Aydin Evirgen, presented Letters of Credence to Governor General of Saint Lucia, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy. During the presentation ceremony, Dame Pearlette Louisy welcomed Turkey’s approach to CARICOM states such as Saint Lucia, that benefit directly from programs such as the comprehensive disaster management ...

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Showcasing Saint Lucian culture

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GIS – The performing arts component of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts festival will display Saint Lucia’s rich and vibrant heritage. The arts component of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts festival was introduced in an attempt to infuse vibrancy and diversity into what was once solely a music festival. It now provides a platform for well over 100 ...

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Poultry farms assessed

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GIS – The government is working to resolve a longstanding issue of odor emanating from the operational processes of poultry farms in Augier. Invest Saint Lucia (ISL), in collaboration with the government ministries responsible for Health, Agriculture and Education, is working to address a stench from poultry farms that has been affecting the Augier Combined School and its environs. The ...

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Summer Employment Program now open

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GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia through the Ministry of the Public Service announces the commencement of the Summer Employment Programme 2016 – open now until April 29, 2016. Forms can be obtained at the Ministry of the Public Service or on the government website www.govt.lc. You can also click on the pdf below to download it to your ...

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Independence activities calendar

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GIS – The Calendar of National Events lists the activities that will be held in celebration of Saint Lucia’s 37th Independence anniversary.Browse the official calendar of activities in celebration of Saint Lucia’s 37th Independence anniversary. To view, click HERE (13)(14)

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New bill regulates medical research

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GIS – The Clinical Trials Bill will govern medical research on human subjects in Saint Lucia. Minister for Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations the Hon. Alvina Reynolds presented the Clinical Trials Bill to the House of Assembly on Jan. 29. The bill calls for the establishment of legislation to govern medical research on human subjects in Saint Lucia. The ...

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NOTICE: Accountant General office temporarily relocated

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GIS – The department has begun temporary operations at the General Post Office to ensure continued service to the public. The Accountant General Department wishes to inform the general public that its operations have been temporarily relocated.  Some interim measures have been implemented to minimize inconvenience to all. Effective immediately the following services are being provided at the General Post ...

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Bidding open for rehabilitation and upgrade of agricultural feeder roads

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GIS – The National Authorizing Office has formally solicited bids for the rehabilitation and upgrade of agricultural feeder roads in several communities in the south of the island, under a project funded by the European Union (EU). Agricultural roads in Bois Canon, Micoud; Morne Cayenne, Vieux Fort; Cardi/Compare, Dennery; and Derache, Soufriere will all be repaired under the Banana Accompanying ...

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Request for proposal for Dennery North water supply infrastructure project

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GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia, through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), received a grant from Government of Mexico for the new infrastructure required to supply potable water to North Dennery residents. UNOPS is pleased to invite prospective bidders to bid for the design and construction (Design-Build) of river water intake, transmission pipelines, water treatment plant, ...

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Government strengthens ICT capacity

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GIS – Recently the Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) donated over three hundred thousand dollars to the Electronic Document and Records Management System (EDRMS), project. The EDRMS primarily includes e-document authoring, online handling and approval, exchange, filing and archive sub-systems. The archiving component of the system will improve the organization’s internal and external communication efficiency, and reduce the ...

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Ambassador to Taiwan presents credentials

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GIS – Saint Lucia’s first Ambassador to the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel, presented his Credentials to President Ma Ying-jeou, of the Republic of China (Taiwan) at a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace on Thursday December 3rd, 2015. The Ceremony included a military guard of honour and military marching band. Also in attendance was Foreign ...

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CDB President Warren Smith re-elected

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GIS – Dr. Warren Smith was re-elected to serve a second five year term as President of the Caribbean Development Bank. The decision was made by the Board of Governors of the CDB, who represent 27 member countries of the regional multilateral financial institution. The decision was confirmed on Nov. 6, with the new term officially beginning on May 1. ...

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Remembrance Day 2015

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GIS – On Sunday, dignitaries and national organizations honored the fallen soldiers as wreaths were laid at the cenotaph on the Derek Walcott Square to pay respects to those who died in the line of duty. Governor General of Saint Lucia, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, emphasized the need to reenergize the observance of Remembrance day. “While not forgetting them, ...

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Queen’s Birthday Honours awards notable patriots for outstanding and dedicated service

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GIS – Saint Lucia’s patriots have been recognized at the 2015 Investiture Ceremony, Queen’s Birthday Honours. The ceremony marks the reigning monarch’s official birthday by granting individuals in Commonwealth countries appointment into national or dynastic orders, or the award of decorations and medals. This year’s recipients include Cyril Felix who received the British Empire Medal for contribution to community and ...

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Belgium Ambassador presents credentials

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GIS – Newly appointed Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium, His Excellency Guy Sevrin presented his credentials to Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, last week. Dame Pearlette emphasized on the maturity of the relationship between Saint Lucia and Belgium since 1980, when diplomatic relations were established. “Saint Lucia has noted your government’s recent policy on development aid and ...

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Saint Lucia participates in Major Economies Forum

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GIS – Saint Lucia’s Minister for Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Hon. James Fletcher, is currently participating in a two-day meeting of the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate in New York. The Major Economies Forum (MEF) is a mechanism that was launched in 2009 to facilitate and encourage dialogue among major developed and developing economies to help ...

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PM Anthony outlines conditions for direct public procurement

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GIS – Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony on Tuesday, outlined the conditions for direct public procurement to resolve issues of emergency public matters. Dr. Anthony explained that the public procurement bill will assist in curbing the powers of the Minister for Finance in respect to contracts of direct purchase. “Where you have an impending natural disaster, either floods or ...

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Venezuelan military vessel docks, today

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GIS – The governments of Saint Lucia and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are strengthening diplomatic relations via a major cultural exchange. The Simon Bolivar, a Venezuelan naval training vessel, is to visit Saint Lucia today, as part of its 27th training cruise. The cruise is dubbed Caribbean 2015 and comprises of two phases. Phase one included visits to Barbados, ...

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