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ECCB Records $18 Million Loss

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is reporting an almost $18 million net loss for the financial year ended March 31, 2014, the first in recent years.

Governor of the ECCB Sir. K. Dwight Venner made the announcement last week during his annual presentation on the performance of the Central Bank.

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Police Investigate Reports of Alleged Suicide in Mon Du Don

About 6:25pm on Saturday June 28, 2014, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department responded to a report of an alleged suicide at a residence in Mon Du Don, Castries.

Upon arrival, the Officers  discovered a young female with a rope around her neck hanging from the ceiling of her kitchen.

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Eastern Caribbean Region receives US $7.2 Million to Promote and Protect Biodiversity

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) through the World Bank has contributed US $7.2 million to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) to promote the conservation, protection, management and expansion of national protected area systems and other areas of biodiversity significance across the Eastern Caribbean region.

The marine and coastal resources of the Caribbean - its coral reefs, beaches, fisheries and mangroves - serve as an essential economic engine.

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UWI Turns to Overdraft Credit Facility to Meet Expenses in 2012/2013

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus says that for the first time in 20 years it had to turn to an overdraft credit facility with its bankers to meet its expenses in 2012/2013.

The University said that the measure was taken in tandem with continuing efforts to reduce or contain costs where possible, including closely managing payroll costs, the largest component of the campus' budget.

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The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), will be hosting a 5 Day National Training Workshop entitled ' Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Training'.

The CERT Training being held at NEMO's Secretariat Headquarters in Bisee from Monday.

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CSA President Comments on 3 Year Wage Freeze

The President of the island's largest public sector trade union has predicted that a certain course of action by the Government could prompt her members to strike back.

Ms. Mary Isaac made the prediction earlier Monday during an interview with reporters at the Sans Souci headquarters of the Civil Service Association where members met to engage in a prayer session to observe Public Service Day.

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 Discussion on Airplay for Local Artistes Continues
The back and forth in the discussion on airplay for local artistes continues as the Consultant in the Creative Industries seeks to sets the record straight on a previously made argument.

Mr Hunte has described as unfortunate the response by certain individuals to an observation that some artistes are deliberately placed at a disadvantage, when Radio Announcers and DJs indiscriminate promote themselves over the airwaves.

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Police Investigate 2nd Shooting for the Week
Local lawmen are currently pursuing leads that will assist with investigations into the second shooting incident this week.

Official reports indicate that about 4:00 a.m. on Friday, June 13, 2014, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department were summoned to the Accident and Emergency Room of Victoria Hospital.

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Carnival 2014 Opens this Weekend!
Carnival 2014 opens this weekend with all the fanfare that surrounds the festival when it returns to the Mindoo Philip Park on Sunday. Carnival Dir...

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Calls Are Being Made on on Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy for Voluntary 5% Pay Cut
Increasing calls are being made on Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy to make a voluntary offer for a 5 percent cut in her salary.

The issue has been a debate topic since an announcement by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony that the salaries being paid to the Governor general and the judiciary will not be affected by the deductions being proposed across the board for public sector workers.

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Banana Farmers Urged to Capitalize on Pineapple Culitvation
Local Banana Farmers are being urged to make a calculated shift into Pineapple Cultivation in order to capitalize on a major financial opportunity.

The call was made on Wednesday by the Public Relations Officer of the Pine apple Cooperative Society Ltd Moses Renee, who informed that farmers stand to benefit significantly from a EU Project, if they can supply the demand for the exotic fruit.

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Government Redoubles Effort to Curb Violent Crime in Saint Lucia
Strong measures are being taken by the government in an effort to curb violent crime here particularly among young men with the enactment of the anti gang act.

The Anti–Gang Act No. 4 of 2014 criminalizes gang related activity.  These include gang membership, facilitating gang-related criminal activities, advising gangs, and recruiting for gangs.

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Saint Lucia Police Thanks Public for Assistance in Locating 13 Year Old
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) would like to thank members of the public for their assistance in locating 13 year old Serena Cox of Caye Mange, Gros Islet.

Cox was found unharmed last evening at Union, Castries after she had been reported missing on May 31, 2014.

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Police Receive Assistance with Investigations into the Death of a Faux a Chaud Male
Currently, two persons are in police custody assisting with investigations into the death of a Faux a Chaud man who was gunned down on Tuesday.

Police reports indicate that about 11:45 pm on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department were summoned to the Accident and Emergency Room of Victoria Hospital by medical officials.

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Carnival Stakeholder Speaks on Struggling Festival
A Veteran Carnival Stakeholder has provided some free advice which he believes will help the struggling festival find a strong footing.

Carnival Stakeholders have been forced to make several adjustments in the plans for the hosting of the 2014 Festival, which have so far resulted in the cancellation of a major tent and cutbacks for other events.

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Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony Delivers Address
An address to the nation delivered by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony on Tuesday night has ended weeks of speculation and debate on how government’s plant to arrest the slide in the local economy.

In his statement Dr. Anthony highlighted the gravity of Saint Lucia's economic position and disclosed Government's proposal to the public sector unions.

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2014 Carnival Opening Controversy
Controversy is brewing over who will foot the bill following an announcement of the date for the Opening of Carnival 2014.

The cash largest cultural festival has been plagued with financial woes which have been compounded this year with the cuts in the budget and the absence of a subvention for the various calypso tents.

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No Performances this Year for Ambassadors Calypso Tent
Further to its previous Release and following much consultation in-house, the Management of the AMBASSADORS CALYPSO TENT wishes to advise, most regrettably, that the Tent will not be staging any performances this year.

In a statement released today, the Tent says it is not in a position at this time to properly present to the calypso-loving public of St. Lucia the quality product that they have grown accustomed to expecting and receiving from its calypsonians

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Banking Sector Comes Under Heavy Criticism for Failure to Assist in Stemming the Economic Downturn
The Banking Sector in St Lucia has come under heavy criticism from a Former Government Minister for what he says is its failure to stem the economic downturn in a meaningful way.

According to the former Health Minister who lived in Canada for some time, while many sectors are being asked to make sacrifices that will help to stabilize the economic situation, banks have done little to assist the cause.

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Grant Fund for Children with Disabilities Launches
The Saint Lucia Labour Party Administration has kept yet another promise to provide financial support for “differently- abled” children.

The Grant Fund for Children with Disabilities, which was first announced by Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, in the 2013/2014 Budget Statement, was launched on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Vieux Fort.

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