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Educator Comments On Embarassing Blunder Made by Ministry of Education
A local educator has described a major blunder by the island’s Ministry of Education, which was exposed this week as an embarrassment.

Dr Virginia Albert Poyotte says for her, the significance of the Common Entrance Exam has come into question, since the Universal Education program has been established in St Lucia.

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Members of the Vendors Association Advised to Be More Creative in Hard Economic Times
The President of the St Lucia Vendors Association has called on his members to be more creative if they are to drive economic returns for themselves.

This comes following the carnival season and feedback from vendors that the season was one of the worse for them in terms of sales.

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Hotel Workers Receive $500 Bursary from NWU
Twenty-five (25) hotel workers employed with Royal by Rex Resorts, Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa, St. James’s Club Morgan Bay, Anse Chastanet Hotel, Sugar Beach A Viceroy Resort, Coconut Bay Hotel and Ti Kaye Resort will each receive a five hundred dollar ($500.00) bursary from the National Workers Union (NWU) for their children.

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Ministry of Education to Release Statement on Major Error Concerning Top Scores
St. Lucia’s Minister for Education has strongly denied allegations of a coverup Steps have been taken by the island’s Ministry of Education to correct a major blunder in its announcement of a top performer in the Common Entrance Exam.

The error was exposed on Friday in the latest flog blog post by Jason Sifflet, suggesting that Lovell Motley, a student from the Monchy Primary school was in fact the among leading performers at the exam scoring 96% rather than the originally allotted 87 percent average.

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Unidentified Body Recovered in Vigie
Another body has been discovered by Police over the weekend.

Official reports indicate the that discovery was made about 5:10 pm on July 26th at Gantus Bay in Vigie by officers attached to the marine Unit of the Royal St Lucia Police Force.

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Police Investigates Shooting Incident at Hospital Road
The sound of gunfire broke the early morning silence at Hospital Rd today after intruders broke into the house of a sleeping couple in that area.

Police report that investigations have opened into the latest incident where two unknown individuals entered the home and proceeded toward the bedroom where Liana James Andrew McVane lay sleeping and fired two shots at them.

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Prime Minister Reacts to News of the Plane Crash in the Republic of China (Taiwan)
Prime Minister  Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has expressed deep sorrow and anguish at the news of a plane  crash in  the Republic of China (Taiwan) that resulted in the loss of 49 lives.

In a letter to Ambassador for the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint to Lucia, H.E. James Chang, dated July 24, 2014, Prime Minister Anthony extended on behalf of the Government and people of Saint Lucia, deepest condolences to the Government and people of the Republic of China (Taiwan) on this unfortunate occasion, marked so gravely with sorrow.

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United Hands to Hold Free Health Screenings in St. Lucia
A St Lucian academic who is ranked among the top scientists in the world is back home to offer assistance in the healthcare sector.

Dr David Williams who works as a co-director of a voluntary organization called United Hands says the organization has selected St Lucia this year, as the beneficiary of services which will be provided by a team of top international medical professionals.

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Residents Comment on Situation at St. Jude Hospital
Strong words are being used to describe what is being seen as the failure of the island’s health Minister to deal with the dire situation that exists at the St Jude Hospital.

Suggestions are that the make shift facility at the George Odlum Stadium in Vieux Fort faces new threats in addition to the challenges that continue to plague the hospital.

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Police News
Charges have been laid against a second individual who police believe was involved in the homicide of a 19 year old youth of Conway Castries.

On Wednesday July 23, 2014, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department preferred charges against 31 year old Zane “Tibar” Pierre of Wilton’s Yard.

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CPMA Announces the Results of the the Parade of the Bands and Road March
After two days of revelling and competition in the 2014 Carnival, the results have been announced by the Carnival Planning and Management Committee. The announcement was made earlier today during a news conference at the CDF Office in Castries.

A total of nine bands participated in this year’s Carnival with Rituals capturing the top spot in of the categories, including Band of the year.  The Jouvert Band of the year title went to Back in time Incorporated, while the Ole mas title went to Cuthbert Modest, more popularly known as twa ti nae.

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13 Teams to Participate in the 15th Biennial Championships of the Caribbean Union of Teachers
Thirteen teams have confirmed participation in the 15th Biennial Championships of the Caribbean Union of Teachers to be held in Trinidad and Tobago

They include defending champions and six-time winners Barbados, three-time winners, Jamaica and four-time winners, hosts Trinidad and Tobago. The other confirmed teams are, St. Lucia, Antigua and Barbuda, Bermuda, Grenada, Dominica, Anguilla, Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and St. Kitts, while the Cayman Islands are expected to be a last minute registration.

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Carnival Summary
The curtains have come down on the island’s largest cultural showpiece, following the face-off among contenders in the various competitions, which took place over the weekend leading up to Carnival Monday and Tuesday.

Among the major events taking place here were the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch finals which took place at the Beausejour Grounds on Saturday

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Bandits Attempt to Rob Chain of Resorts
One of three in the chain of resorts operating here has reportedly been the target of bandits who attempted to rob the establishment last night.

Reports indicate that a group of masked men who were allegedly dressed in camouflage, managed to get past security and held one reception staff at gun point.

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4.3 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks St. Lucia on Thursday
Several islands in the region were rocked by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake on Thursday this week.
 
The seismic Research Unit of the University of the West Indies in Trinidad has confirmed reports noting that the tremor occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres, latitude 15.2 degrees north and 60.38 degrees west of the region.

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Staycation Promotion for Summer Months
As the 2014 sizzling summer of deals continue on ‘Simply Beautiful’ Saint Lucia, island temperatures are expected to rise even further as the hottest summer campaign STAYCATION, ignites the months of July, August and September.   

Already offering amazing promotional packages, dozens of hotels, spas and the most exciting tours and attractions on island are going one step further announcing unbeatable tailor-made packages under the Staycation promotion.

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Police Investigates Fatal Shooting of Faux a Chaud Male
Charges have been laid against one man of Faux a Chaud following a fatal shooting in that area last Saturday. 19 year old Akim George of Hospital Road has been charged with the homicide of 30 year old Vinton “Tanny” Clement of Faux A Chaud, Castries.

George is scheduled to make a court appearance at the First District Court in Castries today to formally answer to the charge.

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Minibus Operators Threatens to Withdraw Services on Carnival Monday and Tuesday
Minibus operators operating on one of the largest routes here have threatened to withdraw their services on Carnival Monday and Tuesday if their demands for a short-term fare increase are not met.

Word of this comes from the President of the Gros Islet Mini Buss Association Claudius Joseph who explained that his members are disgruntled over what they believe is a major omission on the part of carnival organizers.

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Dr. Rigobert Expresses Concerns on Operations of Hospital in the South
The Leader of the Opposition and MP for Micoud North, Dr. Gale Rigobert, has expressed deep concern about the dire conditions that threaten
to cripple the operations of the nation’s hospital in the South.

According to Rigobert, such conditions, if not addressed immediately, can have serious implications for the lives, health and safety of patients and workers alike.

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 Local Gay Rights Group Donates 6,000 Condoms for Carnival Season
The local gay rights group United and Strong has donated almost six thousand condoms to help keep Saint Lucian revellers safe this carnival season.

A total of five carnival bands this week received commodities to include in costume packages for their members.
 
A statement from U and S notes that the contribution is expected to assist in curbing risky sexual behaviour when thousands of revellers will take to the street next week for Saint Lucia’s biggest annual cultural event, that includes heavy partying and culminating in serious revelling on carnival Monday and Tuesday.

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