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Sir Derek Walcott Son to be Featured at Capella Jazz in Marigot
The son of Sir Derek Walcott will be featured prominently when Capella Jazz Opens in Marigot today.

According to the Resort’;s spokesperson Judy Deterville, Peter Walcott is a renowned painter whose work will be on display at an arts exhibition at the hotel.

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Micoud Carnival Committee to Organise Carnival Activities in the Community
The newly established Micoud Carnival Committee is aiming to successfully organise activities and events to celebrate carnival in the Micoud community, under the slogan “Annou Ale”

This year, the main objective is to contribute towards the promotion, maintenance and overall development of various aspects of carnival including soca, steel pan music, pageantry, and the parade of costumes.

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European Commission and Saint Lucia Sign Financing Agreement
His Excellency, Ambassador Mikael Barfod, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Eastern Caribbean Countries, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat and the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) met with Honourable Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, Prime Minister, on the evening of April 26, 2016.
 
During the meeting a Financing Agreement between the European Commission and Saint Lucia was signed. The Financing Agreement is valued at Six Million, One Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand Euros (€6,175,000.00) and will be utilized to finance the Saint Lucia Post Trough Emergency Infrastructure Rehabilitation Programme. These resources were made available from the Emergency B envelope of European Commission grant resources following the passage of the trough in December 2013.

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Results of Post Mortem Conducted on Vieux Fort Male Released
The results of a post mortem conducted on a Vieux Fort man whose death was being categorized by police as suspicious, have been released.

On Thursday, April 28, 2016 a post mortem was conducted on the body of 58 year old, Paul Jeremy also known as “yellow man” of Pierrot, Vieux Fort.

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Police News
A man in his twenties was gunned down in Ciceron last night.

He has been identified as Yan Louisy, alias “Yellow”.

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LIAT Confirms St. Lucian Employee is in Police Custody
The Management of LIAT confirms that one of its employees is in police custody in Barbados assisting law enforcement officers with their investigations into a drug-related matter.

The employee in question was taken into custody on Tuesday shortly after arrival at the Grantley Adams International Airport on a flight from St. Lucia.

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Police News
The family of a fifty-eight year old Security Guard is in shock, after his unresponsive body was found early Tuesday morning at the Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary school where he worked the 9 to 5 shift.

The sister of the deceased man who has been identified as Paul Jeremie says her brother had never complained of any sickness and appeared to be a healthy man.

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Association of Caribbean Commissioners Award Member of the RSLPF
The Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police has bestowed a prestigious award on a member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

Corporal Ted King will officially receive the award of Top Caribbean Community Police Officer. The accolade comes from the Association’s 2016 Regional Recognition Awards Programme.

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St. Lucia to Observe Labour Day
The Department of Labour in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, the Trade Union Federation, the National Workers Union, the Civil Service Association and the St. Lucia Employers Federation have this week been engaged in a series of activities leading up to the celebration of May Day observed annually on the 1st of May.

The week of activities has been held under the theme: Workers – Key to Economic Development. Some of the events planned and so far executed for the week include a series of one hour talks to form four students at secondary schools around the island. The presentations to the students have been focused on the “Role of the Trade Union Movement to Economic Development” and have been delivered by representatives of the various trade unions and officers from the Department of Labour.

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Police News
The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is seeking public assistance in locating two witnesses.

They are Tatika Janice Joseph formerly of Bryden Patrners ltd and Paul Monrose of La Belle Vue, Ciceron.

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WASCO Announcement

The Water and Sewage Company has failed to lock down a contractor for a vital water project.

During a press conference on Wednesday officials from WASCO announced that the company could not come to an agreement with a bidder to de-silt the John Compton Dam. 

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Government Hints at Possibility of Date for General Elections
The Government has hinted at the possibility of set dates for general elections.

The suggestion was made on Tuesday during the Throne Speech delivered by Dame Pearlette Louisy ahead of the presentation and debate on the estimates of Expenditure.

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Citizenship by Investment Unit Approves First Real Estate Investment Project under the Citizenship by Investment Programme
Officials from the Citizenship by Investment Unit have made a major announcement that will bring a major hotel project to St Lucia

The unit has approved its first real estate investment project under the Citizenship by Investment Programme by Boka Estates Limited, which plans to transform the Belvedere Plantation site in Canaries into a five star luxury hotel.

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Officials of Women’s Support Shelter Comment on Latest Incident of Domestic Violence
A report of domestic violence that has left one woman with non fatal injuries and her attacker dead, has caught the attention of officials at the Women’s Support Shelter.

Shelter manager Sylvie Edward has strongly urged victims of domestic violence to get out of abusive relations and seek the requisite support services available for both victim and perpetrators.

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Police News
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 33 year old, Nathan Chassang also known as “Shawn” of Monchy, Gros-Islet.

According to reports, Chassang allegedly consumed a poisonous substance on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 about 5:00 p.m. at the Monchy Beach after allegedly stabbing his common law partner, Davia Hippolyte in Monchy earlier that day.

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NCPC Launches Latest Initiative
The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) officially launched its latest initiative on Monday, April 18, 2016. The ProCom Challenge, as it is known, was launched at the Government Information Service studio at Hewanorra House in Vigie. The ProCom Challenge invites businesses to apply for co-financing up to EC$100,000.00 in selected thematic areas, including energy efficiency; compliance with local, regional, and international standards; reduction of operational costs; and improving business productivity.

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Announcement: Augier Combined School to Reopen this Week
Parents of students attending the Augier Combined School are informed that the school will reopen on Monday April 25th, 2016 and not Wednesday April 20th, 2016, as was agreed at the meeting last week.

The Ministry of Education had to delay the re-opening of the school due to ongoing works being undertaken by the Ministries of Health and Agriculture and Invest St. Lucia to relocate ALL animal farms in the vicinity of the Augier Combined School.

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St. Lucia Government Embarks on Construction of Wheel Chair Access in Castries
The Government of Saint Lucia is embarking on the construction of Wheel Chair Access in the City of Castries to aid in creating accessibility for differently able persons within the City Circuit.  The project will be financed by the Constituency Development Programme and will be supervised by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Transport.

A total of fifteen (15) access ramps equipped with hand rails will be constructed along various streets across the City of Castries. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines will be adopted as the standard for the Wheelchair Access Project.

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CXC to Move to Electronic Testing
The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) will soon allow students to take their examinations on a computer or electronic device.

Announcing plans for a pilot later this month, CXC said the move towards electronic testing is in keeping with its commitment “to observe global quality standards in the delivery of examination services and deliver enhanced learner experiences through the consistent use of technology”.

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Number of Confirmed Zika Cases Climbs to Four
The number of confirmed Zika cases in St Lucia has climbed to four.

The announcement came from health officials in the Ministry of Health on Wednesday April 13, after the Office of the Chief Medical Officer was informed by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) of two additional cases.

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