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St Lucia Fire Service Stresses Fire Safety During Festive Season
As the festive season rolls in the St Lucia Fire Service continues to stress fire prevention measures that will save lives and property.

This comes after two house fires were reported in the Soufriere area early this morning.

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Tensions Increase Between St Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation and Vieux Fort Fishermen
A bread and butter issue which has been affecting fishermen here for several months now could become explosive.

Reports suggest that fisher folk in Vieux Fort and the rest of the island have not been paid by the St Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation for some time now and the situation has become a major source of frustration for many who depend on fishing as their primary source of income.

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Opposition Senator Lenard Montoute Confirms Resignation from Senate
Opposition Senator Lenard Montoute today confirmed his resignation from the senate and has dismissed as speculation and propaganda, claims suggesting that the move comes in order to make way for Party leader Allen Chastanet to replace him.

Mr Montoute has however explained that the decision was made in consultation with the party, and is party of moves to restructure the United Workers Party in preparation for the next general elections whenever they are called.

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Saint Lucia Postal Service Introduces its Christmas Stamp
The Saint Lucia Postal Service has introduced its latest Christmas stamp issue, in a brief ceremony at Government House, under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy.

The ceremony which took place on Friday last week, welcomed members of the clergy, religious and laity of the Catholic Church, along with Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, whose portfolio includes the Postal Service.

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Police News
Local police continue to make headway in the fight against illegal drugs here.

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, a joint operation involving officers attached to the Drug and Special Services Unit was conducted at an apartment at Bonneterre, Gros Islet.

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SLASPA Discloses Details Surrounding the Deaths of 3 Crew Members Aboard Insigna
The St Lucia Air and Sea Ports authority together with local medical and emergency officials have disclosed some of the details surrounding the deaths of three crew members of the Cruise Vessel Insigna.

This is the second emergency stop made in St Lucia by a cruise vessel in one week.

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Strong Calls Made for VAT Reduction
Another strong call has been made for a reduction in the vat rate here, as St Lucians continue to grapple with sharp increases in the cost of living.

Ms Mary Francis made the pronouncement on the occasion of World Human Rights Day in light of what she calls the deleterious effect of vat on the ability of many St Lucians to meet their financial obligations.

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Teddyson John Works on New School Initiative
Musician and singing sensation Teddyson John has commenced a new initiative school initiative’ dubbed Ignite That Passion’ that focuses on students pursuing studies in music throughout the islands’ secondary learning institutions.  

In recent visits to the Sir Ira Simmons Secondary School and St. Joseph’s Convent, TJ’s message is clear; choose to live a passionate life!

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Fire on Board Cruise Vessel Insigna berthed at Castries
The St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority has confirmed at approximately 9:10 am a fire had started at the Engine Room on Board Cruise Vessel Insigna while berthed at Berth number 5, Port Castries.

A statement from the marketing department at SLAPA notes that there is an evolving situation and the agency currently gathering as much information as possible.

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Steve Jean of Georgeville Turns Himself in to CID Unit
On Wednesday, December 10, 2014, Steve “Noopy” Jean of Georgeville, Castries turned himself in to officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries.

In 2007, a Warrant of Arrest in the First Instance was issued in connection with the murder investigation of Elrie Louis of Cedars.

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Chief Education Officer Confirms Resignation from Teacher at Castries Comprehensive
The Chief Education Officer has confirmed receipt of a resignation letter from a teacher at the Castries Comprehensive School over inappropriate conversations with a female student.

Mr Marcus Edward says the teacher who was at the time on contract admitted to have acted inappropriately and has apologized for such behavior.

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Bois d’ Orange Bridge Opens
The Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport will open the newly constructed Bois d’ Orange Bridge to full flow of traffic as of this evening (Tuesday 09th December, 2014), following the official opening ceremony.

As such, the Ministry wishes to re-iterate that the Bois d’ Orange Bypass, which was used to divert traffic during the period of construction of the bridge, will no longer be in use  once the bridge is opened, and will be closed to any flow of normal traffic.  

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 Belle Vue Development Committee Organizes National Drumming Festival for National Day
In keeping with our thrust of solidifying Belle Vue's image as the "Cultural Capital of Saint Lucia", we the members of the Belle Vue Development Committee have organized a national drumming festival to commemorate National Day in Saint Lucia on the 13th of December, 2014.

According to the President of the Belle Vue Development Committee, Kendell Elva, this first event of its kind will be held at the Belle Vue Human Resource Development Centre from 6:30 pm. Avot Sevis, Harmony Trio, Tamboo Mele and Wanjman are the main drumming groups that will be featured during this highly anticipated festival.

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Officers Seeks Public Assistance Choiseul Burglary Investigation
Officers attached to the Choiseul Police Station are seeking the assistance of the public with the investigation of an aggravated burglary which occurred at Dacretin, Choiseul. The incident occurred about 6:15 p.m. on Monday, December 8, 2014.

It is alleged that three armed, masked men entered the premises of 47-year-old Jaco Reynik, of Dacretin, Choiseul. Reynik who was attacked by the men, sustained serious injuries and was transported to hospital. As a result of the seriousness of his injuries, he had to be transferred overseas for medical treatment.

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Hon James Fletcher travels to Peru to discuss Climate Change
Less than a week after getting telecommunications giant LIME to reverse its decision about imposing a fee on its customers for printed monthly bills, and then joining his fellow ECTEL telecommunications ministers to put measures in place to address the proposed Cable and Wireless and Columbus Communications merger, Hon James Fletcher has travelled to Lima, Peru to make the case for Saint Lucia and other Small Island Developing States in the crucial international negotiations on Climate Change.

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Traffic on Bois d’ Orange Bridge to Resume Tomorrow
Traffic within the vicinity of the newly constructed Bois d’ Orange Bridge is expected to return to its normal flow after the bridge receives its official opening on Tuesday December 09th 2014.

Work on a new bridge was commissioned in 2011 after the old bridge sustained severe structural damage due to blockage of debris, carried by floodwaters of Hurricane Tomas in 2010. Although emergency repair works were performed on the collapsed section of the roadway following the passage of the natural disaster, Government, after thorough assessment, determined that the bridge had to be entirely replaced and as such secured funding from the World Bank as part of the Disaster Relief Fund to Saint Lucia to construct the bridge.

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St. Lucia Labor Party Congratulates the Dominica Labor Party on their Win
The General Secretary of the St Lucia Labour Party has described as significant, the victory of their counterparts in Dominica led by Roosvelt Skerrit.

The Dominica Labour Party has won the general elections there convincingly capturing 15 of the 21 seats in the island’s Parliament, the fourth consecutive electoral win for the party, according to preliminary results.

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CWC Launches Customer Panels to Discuss Proposed Merger
Cable and Wireless Communications (CWC) and Columbus International today announced plans to launch a series of special “Customer Panels” in 14 markets throughout the region, beginning Monday, December 8, 2014.

Designed to spark a constructive discussion about the proposed merger, these panels will present customers of both companies with a direct and organized platform to voice their concerns, share their opinions and express their service expectations. The panels will also provide the two companies with an opportunity to gain first-hand feedback to aid in the development of a new, consolidated strategy built around their customers’ appeals.

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5.0 Tremor Felt in St.Lucia
The Seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies has confirmed the occurrence of an earthquake which was reported as felt in St Lucia on Sunday.

The Magnitude 5.0 quake occurred around 11:35 am at latitude 13.84 degrees north, longitude 60.35 degrees west at a depth of 10 kilometres.

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Bois d’ Orange Bridge to Reopen this Monday!
Traffic within the vicinity of the newly constructed Bois d’ Orange Bridge is expected to return to its normal flow after the bridge receives its official opening on Monday December 08th 2014.

Work on a new bridge was commissioned in 2011 after the old bridge sustained severe structural damage due to blockage of debris, carried by floodwaters of Hurricane Tomas in 2010. Although emergency repair works were performed on the collapsed section of the roadway following the passage of the natural disaster, Government, after thorough assessment, determined that the bridge had to be entirely replaced and as such secured funding from the World Bank as part of the Disaster Relief Fund to Saint Lucia to construct the bridge.

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