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Tourist Board Boasts an Increase of Stay Over Visitor Arrivals on the Island
The St Lucia Tourist Board is boasting an increase in total stay over visitor arrivals to the island from 2013, with the figures estimated at over 3 hundred thousand

The organization revealed that the figures recorded in February, March, April, June, October, November and December of this year were the highest numbers ever recorded for these specific months.

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Experts Warn of Deadly Scenario as Bacteria Becomes more Resistant to Drugs
With bacteria becoming progressively more resistant to existing drugs and no new type of antibiotic hitting the market for almost 30 years, experts have warned that medical treatment could soon be dragged back to the 19th century.

Britain’s Chief Medical Officer Dame Sally Davies has outlined an apocalyptic scenario in just 20 years, in which routine procedures become deadly because relatively minor infections can’t be quelled.

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Minibus Accident in St. Vincent - 5 Locals Dead
The people of neighbouring St. Vincent and the Grenadines were plunged into mourning on Monday, when a minibus crashed into the sea sometime before 8 a.m.

At least five people, including students, lost their lives. Prime Minister and Minister For Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has reached out to his counterpart, Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Hon. Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, to lend his support.

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Saint Lucians will Save on their Electricity Bills this Month
Consumers in St Lucia stand to realize saving on their electricity bills for the month of January.

According to a statement from LUCELEC, this is as a result of a reduction in the fuel surcharge applied to bills for January 2015, which now stands at minus 4.7 cents per unit.  This means that for January customers will pay nearly 5 cents less per unit, than the basic tariff for each category of customers.

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Gas Prices Decrease Effective January 12
Effective today – Monday, January 12, 2015 – consumers in Saint Lucia will pay less for gasoline, diesel, kerosene, 20-pound LPG (liquid petroleum gas), 22-pound LPG, 100-pound LPG and bulk LPG.
 
The price of gasoline will decline from $15.85 per gallon to $13.65. This will yield a reduction of $2.20 per gallon. The price of diesel will fall from $15.14 to $13.21 a gallon, a saving of $1.93 a gallon.

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WIA Donates to Those in Need
The Women’s Arm of the United Workers’ Party, Women in Action (WIA) will make a presentation of school supplies to two young ladies who lost their dwelling by fire, over the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays at La Guerre, Babonneau and Oleon, Dennery respectively.

WIA donated hampers of grocery to ten (10) needy families in Dennery and also to the Oleon, Dennery fire victim on December 29th, 2014 and presented a hamper to the La Guerre Babonneau fire victim on January 3rd, 2015.

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09
Situation Still Remains Dire 5 Year After Haiti Quake
Five years after a devastating earthquake in Haiti, tens of thousands of people remain homeless as government policy failures, forced evictions and short-term solutions have failed many who lost everything in the disaster, said Amnesty International on Thursday.

The new report, “15 minutes to leave” - Denial of the right to adequate housing in post-quake Haiti, documents cases of people being forcibly evicted from temporary, make-shift camps. The report also explores how the influx of development aid that came in the wake of the disaster failed to be transformed into long-term, secure housing solutions.

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CSA Weighs in on New Policy Claims made by Sandals Employees
The president of the St Lucia Civil Service Association has weighed in on a claim made by workers employed at the Sandals hotel chain here, and has highlighted the importance of the trade union movement in protecting the rights of workers.

Suggestions are that the management of the resort chain has established a new cell phone policy which workers have been forced to sign on to. The claim also suggests that the failure to do so would have resulted in immediate termination.

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Plans Established to Rebuild the Early Childhood Development Centre in Soufriere
Following the devastating fire that destroyed an early childhood development Centre in Soufriere on Wednesday, plans are afoot to rebuild the preschool.

The administration of Grow Ed is expected to host a meeting for parents of the young students who attended the school at 4:30 today at Whispers night club.

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08
ARC Participants to Leave the Island this Weekend
Weeks after bringing the curtains down on what the St Lucia Tourist Board has dubbed a highly successful 2014 Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC), the sun drenched Caribbean island of Saint Lucia is again getting ready to bid bon voyage to close to two dozen yachts participating in the World ARC 2015-16.

Unlike its affiliated ARC-branded sailing events, namely ARC Plus and the traditional ARC, World ARC both begins and ends on Saint Lucia.

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Young Man Hospitalised After Being Shot by Police
A young man is currently being hospitalised after he was shot by police in Castries last night.

Official reports indicate that On Tuesday 6th January, about 9:25p.m the Criminal Investigations Department received information of a shooting incident which occurred on Coral Street, Castries.

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New Policy for Sandals Staff: No Cellphones Allowed on Property
Staff employed at the Sandals hotel chain in St Lucia appear to be up in arms over what they say is a new policy that prohibits them to carry or use their cell phones while they are on property.

The policy decision was apparently taken about a week ago when staff were asked to sign a contract stating that they are not allowed to be in possession of their mobile phones while at work.

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Major Road Works to Begin in the South
The Ministry of infrastructure, Port Services and Transport is starting off the New Year with a bang as it prepares to officially commence major works in the island’s south.

This comes on the heels of the successful completion of several projects in 2014, including the Bois d’ Orange Bridge and three ALBA-funded Bridges as well as major progress accomplished on others, including slope stabilization works on the Barre De L’ Isle, and road rehabilitation works in Vieux Fort and in Choiseul.

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Ministry of Health Continues to Monitor Ebola Virus Outbreak
A leading official in the Ministry of Health says the department will continue its surveillance and monitoring of the Ebola virus in an effort to ensure that it does not penetrate local borders

The outbreak which began in Guinea in December 2013 has since been affecting parts of West Africa, is responsible for causing the deaths of thousands of people there.

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IDB Presents Report on Caribbean's Economic Growth
Latin America and the Caribbean's economic growth might recover modestly to 2.2 percent in 2015, up from 1.3 percent in 2014, its lowest rate since last decade's global financial crisis. Despite the slowdown, the region has managed to maintain its gains against poverty, said Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) president Luis Alberto Moreno.

In his year-end report to the board of executive directors, which represents the IDB's 48 member countries, Moreno noted that in a scenario marked by sluggish global growth, falling commodity prices and limited fiscal manoeuvring room, Latin American and Caribbean countries must prioritize reforms that will ensure sustained and inclusive growth over the medium and long term.

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06
Notice: Sea Turtle Harvesting and Sale Now Closed!
The public is informed that the Sea Turtle Fishery has been closed from January 1st   2015 and will remain closed until September 30th, 2015, both days inclusive.  All harvesting and sale of sea turtle meat should have ended at midnight on December 31, 2014.

The closed season for the Sea Turtle Fishery is the period of year when it is prohibited to capture, fish for, expose for sale, sell, purchase or to have in ones possession any part of the sea turtle including the by-products.  The closed season coincides with peak periods when sea turtles are reproducing and is established to allow the animals to mature and revive their population.

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Officer in Trinidad Charged for Misbehaviour
A charge of misbehaviour in public office has been laid against a special reserve police (SRP) officer in Trinidad who allegedly slapped a wheelchair user three times.

Following investigations, including an identification parade on Friday, the charge was laid against him.

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Fire Services Respond to Several Distress Calls Over Holiday Season
Fire and emergency services here were stretched over the New Year’s holiday season, following several calls over the five day period.

According to deputy fire Chief Lambert Charles, several distress calls came from various parts of the island, particularly where fires are concerned.

But he singled out a warehouse fire at Massade Gros Islet on January 2nd which stretched the services of the fire service to its limits.

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Police Investigate Shooting of a New Village Youth
Police are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a New Village youth.

On Friday 2nd January 2015 about 10:25 pm 19 year old Andre Poleon was shot by an unknown assailant.

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Bus Fares Increase Despite Falling Oil Prices
Despite falling oil prices on the international market, commuters using the public transportation system can expect an increase in bus fares some time this month.

The disclosure comes from the President of the National Council on public transportation Godfrey Ferdinand. He explained that while gas prices contribute to any increases that are passed on to the consumer, it is not the only factor.

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