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Traffic Department Investigates Vehicular Accident along Deglos and Bexon Highway
Several persons were injured as a result of a serious vehicular accident which occurred at the intersection of Deglos and Bexon Highway, about 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2014.

Information reaching the police indicates that a motor pick-up driven by Joachim Lewis of Grande Riviere, Dennery and a motor omnibus driven by Wilson Roberts of Vieux Fort, were both travelling along the Bexon Highway in the direction of Castries. The two vehicles collided when the motor pick-up attempted to make a right turn into the Deglos Junction.

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Visitor Arrivals Increase for the First Month of 2014
Following the posting of a record year in 2013 and perhaps the best performance on record to date for the tourism industry, the Saint Lucia Tourist Board is again basking in news of increases in visitor arrivals for the first month of 2014.

The year opens with the month of January recording a 7% increase in stay-over arrivals by air and ferry over the same period in 2013. Statistical data reveal that a total of 27,643 stay-over visitors set foot on Saint Lucian soil for the month of January 2014.

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Pope Francis Voices Concern on the Recent Unrest in Venezuela

Pope Francis says he is concerned about recent unrest in Venezuela, in which at least 13 people have died.

Speaking at the end of his weekly general audience, the Pope said he hoped that 'violence and hostility will cease as soon as possible.' He called on the Venezuelan people to promote reconciliation through mutual forgiveness ans sincere dialogue.

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The Russians Are Coming!

The disclosure has come from Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism - Mr. Cuthbert Didier. Hey says they will be arriving on March 23rd to participate in a Business Regatta.

While here, the 120 high end Russian Nationals will seek business opportunities.

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Attorneys File Lawsuit Against the US on behalf of Richard Frederick

Attorneys for former Saint Lucia Housing Minister Richard Frederick have filed a lawsuit in US District Court in Washington, DC, claiming compensatory and punitive damages of $25 Million in relation to the Revocation in 2011 of his Diplomatic and Non-Immigrant US Visas.

Among those reportedly named in the action are key United States interests.

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Opposition Leader Congratulates Dr. Didacus Jules on New Post
Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Gale Rigobert extends her congratulations to Dr. Didacus Jules on his ascension to the post of Director-General of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).

Dr. Jules has distinguished himself as an effective and results driven Executive. He has already made an indelible mark as Chief Executive Officer of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC). His stint at CXC, one of our longstanding and hallmark regional institutions, is characterised by boldness and stellar leadership.

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Micoud South Protests Postponed
The organizer of a planned demonstration to protest the poor quality of water in the Micoud South community on February 22nd has been forced to postpone the event.

Chairperson of the Micoud South Development Committee Philip Jn Baptiste says residents are left without the precious resource for extended periods, adding that the quality of water is further compromised whenever it rains.

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St. Lucia Featured on the Bachelor Reality Show
Fresh on the heels of St Lucia’s debut in the swimsuit edition of Sports Illustrated magazine, the island is poised to steal the spotlight on the international stage again.

St Lucia will be featured for the second time on this season’s hit TV reality series The Bachelor, which airs on ABC.

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Police Investigate Accident Along the Millennium Highway
The Traffic Department is investigating a serious accident which occurred along the Millennium Highway about 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, 2014.

The accident involved two motorcycles and an ambulance. The motorcycles were ridden by Miguel Elibox of Marc, Bexon and Hilary Etienne of Ciceron, Castries, respectively. The ambulance was driven by an officer of the St.Lucia Fire Service.

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Government Reports on Rehabilitation Works
The Government of St Lucia is reporting progress rehabilitation works on some of the island’s infrastructure which was destroyed or severely damaged during the passage of Hurricane Tomas continues here.

The Deville Bridge was among three within the Soufriere constituency which was reconstructed and formally opened at a small ceremony on Thursday last week

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St. Joseph's Convent Judged Science Quiz Champion for 2014
St Joseph’s Convent has been adjudged the Science Quiz Champion for 2014.

The finals of the competition took place on Thursday at the CSA Centre in Sans Souci where according to Curriculum Specialist/Natural Sciences & Technology
Ministry of Education, Motielall Singh, the contest was keenly fought among 8 top schools from the education district zones.

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UWP to Host Independence Celebrations in Vieux Fort
The United Workers Party (UWP), will, on Sunday 23rd February 2014, host the biggest Independence event on the island. Scores of Saint Lucians are preparing to converge on the Sandy Beach in Vieux Fort, for what the hosts describe as an unprecedented, non-political event, organized by a major political party in Saint Lucia.

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5 Men Arrested for Unlawful Entry into Marine Unit's Pound
Five men were arrested for unlawfully gaining entry into the Marine Unit’s Pound by cutting into the fence about 2:45 a.m on Friday February 21, 2014.

The suspects were attempting to steal scooters which had been impounded by the police. The men, whose ages range from 17 to 24 were confronted by officers attached to the Marine Unit. During the confrontation and apprehension of the suspects, three sustained gunshot wounds to the lower part of the body.

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Saint Lucia-China Friendship Association Announces Plans for 10th Anniversary
The Saint Lucia-China Friendship Association (SLCFA) has adopted a Plan of Action for 2014, the year of its Tenth Anniversary. It’s also set to expand its activities island-wide, to establish new sub-committees and to move to take People-to-People Relations between China and St. Lucia to a new level.

The decisions were taken at a special Extraordinary Annual General Meeting of the SLCFA held on Saturday February 15th at the CSA Centre, where a new leadership was also elected.

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Saint Lucia Featured on Newly Released Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue
Things are heating up on the island of Saint Lucia and it’s not just the weather.

The 50th edition of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2014, which went live across the web, mobile, tablet and newsstands on Tuesday, features the picturesque and colorful landscape of Saint Lucia.

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Calls Made to Encourage National Pride in the Youth
As organizers of activities to mark St Lucia’s 35th anniversary tie up loose ends, a call has been made to get youth involved in the history of the nation.

The call was made by Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Anthony George who was one of two guests featured on Tuesday’s newsspin program.

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Concerns Rise on the Structural Integrity of the Choiseul Secondary School Following Latest Tremor
New concerns have been raised about the structural integrity of one of the buildings which housed the Choiseul Secondary School following a tremor felt in St Lucia and other parts of the Caribbean on Tuesday

The concerns stem from conditions   which surfaced at the Choiseul Secondary School in 2010, rendering one of the buildings structurally affected.  As was previously announced, the Choiseul Community Centre was refurbished to house some classes of the School, while the Government seeks financing options for the construction of a new wing.

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Mighty Sparrow Performs for the 2014 Carnival Season
After several rumours of his death surfaced in the Trinidad and Tobago media a few months ago, the ‘Calypso King of the World’ has moved from a coma to the stage.

Slinger Francisco, the Mighty Sparrow, has been performing on stage at the Kaiso House Calypso Tent for the 2014 carnival season. His debut appearance on Thursday, February 13, 2014, moved the audience at the Queens Park Savannah venue to tears.

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Dennery Man in Police Custody on Drug Related Offences
One man is currently in police custody after he was arrested on drug related offences about 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Grande Riviere, Dennery.

This arrest stemmed from an operation conducted in the Grande Riviere, Dennery area by officers attached to the Dennery and Richfond Police Stations.

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Basic Tariff for Electricity Has Been Reduced
The basic tariff for electricity has been reduced.  Starting with bills for February and continuing the remainder of the year, the basic electricity tariff will be 2.6 cents less than the levy for 2013.
 
The basic tariff is what LUCELEC customers pay per unit of electricity without the fuel surcharge. It is reviewed in January of every year in accordance with the Electricity Supply Act and reflects the average price of fuel for the preceding 12 months.

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