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Assou Square Still On!

Despite what appears to be a low-key New Years Eve, the Cultural Development Foundation says Assou Square celebrations are still on.

The activity which takes place annually is seen as a traditional way to ring in the New Year is staged through a collaboration between the CDF and the Castries Constituency Council.

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Kiwanis' Grand Car Raffle Postponed

The Kiwanis Club of Castries wishes to inform all ticket holders, and the general public, that its Grand Car Raffle scheduled to be drawn on December 31, 2013 has been postponed.  The postponement is due to low ticket sales. 

The Club has informed that it has not reached the required target of $55,000.00, which is the value of the 2013 Fully Loaded Suzuki Celerio Motor car.  To date, the club has sold approximately 5,500 of the required 11,000 tickets to cover the cost of the car.

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Military Funeral Service Planned for Police Constable

A Military Funeral Service is being planned for a special police constable who lost his life in the line of duty.

On December 24, 2013, Special Police Constable 4 Calvin Louis of Piaye, Laborie passed away tragically during the storm on Christmas Eve. SPC Louis had served in the force for the past 18 years. At the time of his death, he was attached to the Special Services Unit of the Southern Division.

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Request for Exemptions on Relief Supplies Causes Debate Between Parties

Just days following a major weather system which has left dozens of individuals counting their losses, the two main political parties have engaged in a back and forth over an opposition request for exemptions on relief supplies for storm survivors

The Government of Saint Lucia says it has noted the public appeal which was made on Monday by the United Workers Party to Prime Minister, Dr. Kenny Anthony, “requesting exemption from Customs Charges including Value Added Tax (VAT) specifically for relief supplies.”

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Caribbean Diaspora Assist with Relief Efforts
The Caribbean Diaspora and other countries in the region have begun relief efforts to assist the islands of Dominica, Saint Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines to recover from widespread devastation caused by severe rains, flooding and high winds from a low level trough system that impacted the area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

The high winds and torrential rains resulted in land slippage and overflowing rivers, causing a number of deaths, destruction and severe damage in the three islands.

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WASCO Responds to Complaints on Water Restoration

Despite an announcement from the Water and Sewerage Company, Inc. (WASCO) indicating that it has restored the water supply to the north of the island following the passage of the storm, complaints from residents in certain pockets continue to pour in.

According to the notice which was issued two days ago Wasco says residents are far as Mongiraud are receiving a supply, but the company anticipates that customers at higher elevations will begin to receive a supply later.  WASCO also explained that an airlock on the Castries system which was restricting the water supply in the city has been resolved and Castries is receiving water.

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UWP Activates Welfare Arm to Seek Relief Supplies for St. Lucia

The United Workers Party, in its efforts to assist citizens who suffered significant personal losses during the passage of a surface trough on December 24th, 2013, has activated its welfare arm to seek relief supplies from the local population and the Diaspora.

In light of these unexpected adverse effects of the inclement weather on Christmas Eve, the UWP and its Women’s Arm have taken the opportunity to write to Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, requesting exemption from Customs charges including Value Added Tax (VAT) specifically for relief supplies.

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WASCO Suffers major Hit During Christmas Downpour

The island’s lone water company is seeking to repair its infrastructure after suffering a major hit during the Christmas downpour that has resulted in an interruption in the supply islandwide.

WASCO reported that on December 26, 2013, that it expected to have majority of the island's water supply operational by the weekend.

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Minister of Tourism Discusses Island's State of Recovery

The Minister of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries Lorne Theophilus and Director of Tourism Louis Lewis on Thursday met with members of the media to brief them on the state of recovery of the industry following the heavy rains on Christmas Eve.

The Minister first off expressed regret over the loss of life as a result of the weather system which also claimed lives in neighboring St. Vincent and caused widespread destruction in other Caribbean islands.

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Red Cross Building Incurs Major Damages

The St Lucia Red Cross Storage building in Vigie has incurred major damages following an early morning fire.

Initial reports from the St Lucia Fire Service indicate that the blaze started in an inactive ambulance which was parked near the building.

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Kennedy Boots Samuel Departs CDF

The Board of the Cultural Development Foundation has made a surprising announcement, which the staff say took them off guard.

The Organization which has been undergoing number of strategic changes in recent times is now advertising the post of Executive Director.

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 2013 Youth Fest Winners Announced

The Winners of the various categories in the 2013 Youth Fest have been announced.

Sunday December 22nd, saw the long awaited 10th Anniversary Caribbean Youth Fest 2013 at OMS Tennis Courts in Vieux Fort, following almost two months of auditions both in the North and South of St. Lucia as well as in the neighbouring island of St. Vincent.

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Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony Discusses A Decrease in the Prices of Medication

After several calls for the removal of vat on medications here, Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has assured that St Lucians will be able to realize a drop in prices on pharmaceuticals.

Dr Anthony says since the introduction of the Value Added Tax system here, the government applied to Caricom for a waiver of duties on some construction items and medication.

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Health Officials Intensify Local Meat Inspections for the Season

The Department of Environmental Health has intensified the inspection of local meats in light of the increased demand for the Christmas season.

The collaboration of the Veterinary Unit in the Ministry of Agriculture and the Environmental Health Department in the Ministry of Health ensures island-wide coverage for the anti-mortem and post-mortem inspections of all animal and meats available for public consumption.  

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Police Investigate Suspected Drowning

One man is currently in police custody assisting with investigations into a suspected drowning.

Police say the incident occurred on Saturday 21, December 2013 about 2:30 p.m. when officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station responded to a report of a suspected drowning at the Dengue, Vieux Fort.

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Free Transportation for La Clery Passengers

Commuters using the public transportation system along the La Clery Route can expect to benefit from the generosity of minibus operators there.

According to the Public Relations Officer for the Association Fabian Desir, this is in an effort to thank loyal commuters for their patronage and continued support throughout the year.

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Babonneau Bridge Completed
Construction on a bridge in Talver Babonneau is now complete following works on the structure which began earlier this year. In Late August 2013 the ...

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52 Yr Old Man Arrested and Charged for Murder

A 52 year old man of New Village has been arrested and charged for the murder of one man in Castries. Police say Brandon Thomas also known as “Jock” occurred on December 13th about 8:30 on Jeremie Street Castries.

The man accused of the killing has been remanded into custody at the Bordelais Correctional Facility and is expected to make his first appearance in court on Monday December 23rd.

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St. Lucia judged “Best Caribbean Destination”
Saint Lucia has been judged “Best Caribbean Destination” by readers of Travel Weekly – an internationally recognized travel industry newspaper.

All of the winners of the 11th annual Travel Weekly Readers Choice Awards were honoured this week at a gala awards dinner and ceremony in New York.

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Prime Minister Reacts to St. Kitts' Discounted VAT Days
News that the St Kitts and Nevis Government has announced discounted VAT days has prompted reaction from St Lucia’s Prime Minister. This comes amid several concerns from small businesses and vulnerable sectors on the impact that the value added tax is having on their ability to survive challenging times.

The move in St Kitts is being seen as a measure to provide some relief to consumers there and to stimulate the economy.

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