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LIME Decides Not to Implement Paper Bill Fees
Telecommunications giant Lime appears to have bowed to public pressure to its notice suggesting that a charge of $6.18 would be imposed on customers receiving paper bills, at least for the time being.

Since the announcement the move, which was supposed to have taken effect in January 2015, has been vehemently opposed by local consumers who had begun lobbying through petitions on social media and broadcasting their sentiments via the various local talk shows.

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29 Year Old Male Missing Following Local Boat Ride
The father of a man who remains missing and is feared dead following a November 16th boat ride, says he wants justice for his son. Mr Stanley Lindo...

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The Royal Saint Lucia Force Celebrates Police Week
The Royal Saint Lucia Force is celebrating its Police Week of activities for 2014. One of the activities planned is a Panel Discussion scheduled for Thursday, November 27, 2014, at the Conference Room at Chesterfield at 7:00 p.m.

Among the panelists will be Dr. Stephen King and two ex-commissioners of Police including Mr. Cuthburt Phillips and Mr. Ausbert Regis. The moderator for the evening will be Mr. Jerry Gorge. The topic for discussion,  “Should the police be at the forefront of dealing with people suffering from mental illness”.

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Police News
Officers attached to the Micoud Police Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 66-year-old Desmond Victor of Lombard, Mon Repos.

About 8:25 a.m. on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, the partly decomposed body of Victor was discovered by a resident lying face down in a drain at La Haut, Mon Repos. Victor was last seen by family members about 10:00 a.m on Monday, November 24, 2014.

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Tarrus Riley to Return Next Year
International Reggae sensation Tarrus Riley is scheduled to return to St Lucia early next year to perform for local fans.

This comes as a result of efforts by the executives of On time Music Promotions OMG  to keep a promise made to St Lucians after they were forced to make last minute adjustments to a widely advertized show that took place here last month.

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ARC Sets Sail After Delay
The 29th Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) set sail on Monday bound for Saint Lucia following a delayed start due to strong winds locally in the harbour of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday.

For only the third time in the rally's history, the decision was made to delay the start, initially planned for 12:30 on Sunday 23 November by 20 hours.

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CDF Organizes December Festivals
means that the countdown to the end of another year, is on.

The December Festivals, hosted by the Cultural Development Foundation, are a series of traditional and historical festivals which bring Saint Lucians together in the spirit of community through artistic creativity with the use of light – a symbol of rebirth.

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LIME to Charge Customer $6.18 Monthly for Printed Copies of their Bills
Saint Lucia’s Minister with responsibility for telecommunications, Dr. James Fletcher, has written to the telecommunications company LIME expressing serious concerns over a decision by LIME to charge customers $6.18 monthly, as of 1st January 2015, for printed copies of their bills.

Minister Fletcher, in his letter to LIME states “this decision by LIME will disadvantage a large segment of our population who use LIME as a service provider but do not have access to internet services, either through mobile or fixed broadband”. Saint Lucia’s telecommunications minister indicated that in a country where broadband penetration was less than 20% and in some communities like Canaries as low as 13.2%, LIME’s pronouncement will place the bulk of its Saint Lucian customers at a severe financial disadvantage.

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Government Enourages Citizens to Apply for Machine-Readable Passports
 The Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security has announced that Cabinet approved the extension from October 31, 2014 to January 31, 2015.
In 2007 the Government of Saint Lucia took the decision to support the introduction of machine readable passports for the citizens of Saint Lucia. In March of that same year, the Saint Lucia Immigration Department began to issue the machine readable passports to citizens of Saint Lucia.

This new system is in compliance with the standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the organization that governs the specifications and guidelines for travel documents. The introduction of the machine readable passports is to enhance the security of travel documents and to avoid counterfeiting and fraudulent alterations.

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Electrical Issue Threatens to Interrup Operations at Victoria Hospital
Technicians attached to the island’s health services have moved quickly to address another electrical issue that threatened to interrupt operations at the Victoria Hospital on Friday.

The incident which has been described as a fluctuation in the facility’s electricity supply occurred just two weeks after a power outage that severely affected the operations at some of the hospital’s departments.

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Government Admits TUF Recommendation Still Unable to Address Current Fiscal Situation
The Government of Saint Lucia says while it welcomes the offer of the Trade Union Federation, to accept a wage freeze for its members for the period April 2013 to March 2016,” it is not enough to address the fiscal deficit facing the country at this time.

A statement from the office of the Prime Minister has applauded the members of the TUF for their willingness to sacrifice wage hikes that will address future increased in public expenditure, there must be additional measures to address the 76 million dollar deficit.

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Police Investigates Latest Road Fatality
Local police have open investigations into the latest road fatality, following a motorcycle crash that occurred in Marigot on the weekend.

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, about 6:15 p.m., Officers attached to the Marigot Police Station responded to an accident which occurred at Coolie Town,.

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Cable & Wireless Reponds to ECTEL's concerns
In response to a statement issued by the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (ECTEL) regarding the merger of Columbus and Cable & Wireless Communications, the companies have indicated that they welcome ECTEL's commitment to understand fully the impact of this transaction.

A statement issued from Cable and Wireless notes that naturally, in any large deal relating to operations in 42 Latin American and Caribbean countries, there will be concerns in the six markets where overlapping operations exist.

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Pan American Health Organization Mission in St. Lucia
A doctor who cared for one of three people who contracted the Ebola virus in Spain is in St Lucia as part of a Pan American Health Organization mission here.

The exercise is expected to address concerns about the safety of Personal Protective Equipment for individuals who may be dealing directly with Ebola and suspected to have the infection.

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20 Year Old Marchand Male Commits Suicide
Just one day after the hosting of activities to celebrate the achievements of men and the role that they play in the family and Society, on the occasion of International Men’s Day, reports have surfaced here that a young man of Marchand has taken his own life.

An official report from the Royal St Lucia Police Force indicates that the body of 20 year old   Barnard Mortley of Maynard Hill, Castries was found suspended from his bedroom ceiling by a family member on Wednesday.

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Driving Examiner Cancels Sessions Due to Perceived Strike
Perceives strike action by driving instructors here may have prompted the driving examiner at the Transport Board at the Ministry of Infrastructure to cancel sessions which were scheduled for today.

According to the Public Relations Officer for the Association of Driving Schools Kingson Jean, the actions of the examiner has affected the students were expected to take the practical driving test today.

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Police News
On Sunday, November 16, 2014, officers attached to the Drug Unit and Special Services Unit of the Southern Division conducted a joint operation at Vieux Fort.

During the operation, several vehicles were stopped and searched including a brown Toyota Hilux motor pick up registration number 6794 with five occupants.

They are 26-year-old Junior James, 27-year-old Denver Melvin, 24-year-old Kim Justin, all of Bois D’Orange, Gros Islet along with 28-year-old Dave Ephraim and 24 year old Manduchi Mangal of Bonneterre, Gros Islet.

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Cabinet Agrees to Christmas Barrel Concession
The House of Assembly approved the waiver of VAT to allow the granting of concessions on Christmas Barrels.

In October 2014, Cabinet agreed that the concessions would be granted this Christmas season and approved the transmission of appropriate legal instrument to Parliament, to allow the waiver of VAT.

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Police Arrest 3 Males on Drug Possession Offences
On Sunday, November 9, 2014, officers attached to the Drug  Unit of the Southern Division received a report and as a result proceeded to the Hewanorra International Airport in Vieux Fort.

On arrival, they met with an officer attached to the Customs and Excise Department who gave them certain information and introduced them to three males suspected to be in possession of illegal substances. They are 43-year-old Anthony Clive Whittey, 19-year-old Chevon Raheem Riley and 23-year-old Jamall Anthony Whittey, a father and sons trio, all of whom are Canadian Nationals.

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St. Lucia to Observe International Men’s Day
The observance of International Men’s Day on Wednesday November 19th 2014 will be marked with an activity dubbed ‘A Celebration of Men,’ under the theme “Appreciating Men’s Leadership and Sacrifice for Family and Country”.

The event will take place at the Auditorium of the Wellness Centre on the Millennium Highway from 9:00a.m.  Men of all ages are invited to attend this special event, which is intended to recognize and celebrate the achievements of men and boys in St Lucia.

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