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 The Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change Coalition Wins Guyana's Election
Guyana’s multiracial opposition coalition has won a national election, breaking the ruling Indo-Guyanese party’s 23 year-old grip on power, the election board said on Thursday, signalling a new era in the ethnically divided South American country.

The Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change coalition, led by former army brigadier and publisher David Granger, won 206,817 votes versus 201,457 for president Donald Ramotar’s People’s Progressive party (PPP), the authorities said after all votes were counted.

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FRC and CDF to Host Tribute Concert for the late Sir Dunstan St. Omer
The Folk Research Centre and the Cultural Development Foundation are together organising a tribute concert to honour the late Sir Dunstan St. Omer who died on May 5th.

Sir Dunstan was St. Lucia’s most famous artist and designer of the St. Lucian flag. The FRC declared him a National Cultural Hero in 2007.

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4.7 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Saint Lucia
The seismic research Unit of the University of the West Indies has confirmed the occurrence of an earthquake about 10:16 local time

A notice issued by the department notes the magnitude 4.7 tremor was located at Latitude: 14.01 degrees North and Longitude 60.40 degrees West at a Depth of 21km.

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Police News
One man of Choiseul has been charged with the eighth registered homicide here.

On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, the police proffered a charge of Murder against 53 year old, Pontianus Francis of La Fargue, Choiseul.

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LUCELEC Installs a Number of Streetlights in Castries
St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has installed close to two hundred and fifty (250) LED streetlights in Castries. The new streetlights replaced High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lamps in a move designed to decrease the amount of energy consumed by street lighting.

The electricity company says the new LED lights are part of a broader plan to eventually replace the approximately 20,000 streetlights currently placed all over Saint Lucia. LUCELEC and the Government of Saint Lucia are discussing the time frame for the replacement, given that the existing lights have not reached the end of their useful life and the cost of replacing the entire stock will run into the millions of dollars.

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Prime Minister Proposes New Motor Vehicle License Fee at 2015/2016 Budget Statement
A new Motor Vehicle License Fee structure was proposed by Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, in the 2015/2016 Budget Statement.

Licence fees for vehicles were reintroduced in 2009 during the tenure of Hon Guy Joseph, the former Minister of Communications and Works under the UWP Administration. Prior to 2009, the former Labour Administration had abolished such fees in favour of a special levy on fuel prices.

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Guyana Releases Preliminary Results for General Elections
Despite suggestions that election results in Guyana would have been released on Wednesday, there is still no word yet from the country’s election commission  on the outcome of the poll.

Amid growing pressure, The Guyana Election Commission GECOM on Tuesday afternoon released its first set of preliminary results from Monday’s general elections. The results registered a total of 570,787in 2,299

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Local Pilot Describes Harrowing Escape After Plane Crashes in St. Vincent

A St Lucian pilot who narrowly escaped the jaws of death after his plane crashed in St Vincent on Monday has been speaking about the ordeal, and how he was able to survive.

Wayne McDiarmed who has twenty three years experience flying, took off from St Lucia a little after i pm on Monday en route to St Vincent aboard a five passenger Cessna 337 aircraft, when he says he and his co pilot began to encounter difficulty in the air.

He says there had been no sign of trouble before take-off and that it was a routine flight. He adds that attempts to land the plane in a grass field proved difficult because of gusty winds conditions.

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Fuel Surcharge on Electricity to Increase by 50 cents
Meanwhile, another proposed increase in the Budget announced by Dr Kenny Anthony has fuelled discussion among St Lucians.
The fuel surcharge on electricity will increase by 50 cents.

Speaking on the announcement Corporate Communications Manager at LUCELEC Roger Joseph noted that while the company is not responsible for regulating  the rate of taxes, the company anticipates that there will be reaction to the increase from its customers.

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Local Reaction Mixed on 2015/2016 Bugdet
The presentation of the 2015/2016 budget presented by the island’s Minister for finance has been met with mixed reactions from members of the St Lucian public.

In his address on Tuesday evening, Dr Kenny Anthony informed that Government remains strongly committed to ensuring that Saint Lucia's fiscal position becomes sustainable and views this as a necessary condition for sustainable economic growth.

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Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival Continues
The curtains may have come down on the Main Stage Jazz event…but organizers of the Grande Riviere Jazz may have ended last weekend, but the 2015 Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival is far from over.
 
Another event has been inserted onto the Jazz Calendar of Activities, and organizers are confident that Roadside Jazz at Grande Riviere-Gros Islet will be a major hit.

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7.3 Magnitude Earth Hits Nepal
A fresh 7.3-magnitude earthquake has hit Nepal and northern India, killing at least 37 people and injuring more than 900 in the region. Many buildi...

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Post Mortem Results Released for 8th Homicide Victim
The results of a post mortem examination conducted on the body of a man who is registered as the island’s 8th homicide victim have been released.

Police reports indicate that on Friday, May 8, 2015 about 5:00 p.m. 22 year old Keithbert Albert of La Fargue, Choiseul sustained a stab wound during an altercation with his step father at La Fargue, Choiseul.

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Demolition Begins on Castries Fire Station
Demolition works on the building which formerly housed the Fire Service station are scheduled to begin next week.

The disclosure was made by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority on Monday.

Earlier this year, the Authority took precautionary measures at the project site which included the hoarding and prohibition of parking in preparation for the commencement of demolition works. Stakeholder engagements with business owners on Jeremie Street, various Government Officials including Ministry of Health, vendors and taxi drivers were held to discuss the future demolition plans.

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First Storm for 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season
An off season tropical storm that hit the Carolinas in the United States has prompted disaster officials here to sound the alarm.

The first named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season is now a tropical depression after dumping heavy rains with maximum sustained winds of 45 miles per hour.

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9 Persons Left Homeless After Fire Guts Dwellings in Ciceron
Nine people from one family have been left homeless after fire gutted two dwelling houses in Ciceron over the weekend.

As the Duputy fire chief reports, the 40 by 30 ft structure was completely engulfed in flames by the time firefighters arrived on the scene.

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Staff at Boys Training Centre Protest on Housing Suspect in Murder Investigation
Staff at the Boys Training Centre remain in limbo over what they say is a looming threat to their security and that of other wards housed at the juvenile facility.

The sentiments were expressed by the head of the union representing their interest Mary Isaac earlier today.

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St. Lucia Set for Mainstage Jazz this Weekend
As organizers of the 24th edition of the St Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival prepare for the big weekend showing, they have reported that the buzz surrounding the event has in no way fizzled out.

In fact they are predicting that the festival is expected to close off on Sunday, with as much flare and fanfare as when it opened on the Mindoo Philip park on April 30th.

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St Lucia Red Cross Society Undertakes Outreach Programme on Island
The St Lucia Red Cross Society joins the world in a global observance by making a unique contribution.

This is in keeping with the organizations focus on how the Red Cross undertakes its work in communities.

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Police News
Police have proffered murder charges on a twenty eight year old man of Vigie Castries

Claudius St. Prix was charged in connection with the murder of an elderly woman who was killed on April 26th .

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