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Businesses and Consumers in the ECCU Continue to Assist with the Removal of One and Two cents Coins from Circulation
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) expresses thanks to the people of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) for their positive response to the withdrawal of the one and two cents coins which commenced on 1 July 2015.

Deputy Director of the Currency Management Department, Rosbert Humphrey says businesses and consumers throughout the ECCU have contributed towards the success of the process and continue to assist with the smooth removal of the coins from circulation.

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More News on the Juffali Scandal
Lawyers representing the ex-wife of Saudi billionaire, Doctor Walid Juffali, have named Prime Minister Doctor Kenny Anthony as a respondent in a case to be heard here.

HTS News 4Orce broke the news last night during its evening newscast. Anthony confirmed that he and his Attorney General have been named as respondents in the case.

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NEMO Receives Assistance from the Taiwanese Government
The National Emergency Management Organization has received a gift funded by the Taiwanese government which will help NEMO during times of emergencies.

On Friday NEMO and the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Energy showcased the new addition at the NEMO headquarters.

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Jamaican Labour Party (JLP) Wins General Elections
Jamaica's opposition narrowly won a general election on Thursday, with its message of deep tax cuts and massive job creation winning over voters, weary of years of tough IMF-mandated austerity measures.

The Jamaican Labour Party (JLP) led by Andrew Holness had won 33 of the 63 seats with almost all votes counted, according to the electoral council website. Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller's party took 30 seats.

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School Officials Remain Tight Lipped amid Suggestions of Fraud and Misappropriation of Funds
School officials at the one of the island’s prestigious secondary Schools remain tight lipped amid suggestions of fraud and misappropriation of funds at the school.

It is being suggested that the principal and former bursar at the learning institution are at the centre of the investigation.

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Police Investigates Death of English National Vacationing in Micoud
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 28 year old, Jason Jones an English national who was vacationing in Canelles, Micoud.

According to reports, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 about 5:30 p.m. Jones was on a sightseeing expedition along with his girlfriend when he fell into the sea in Canelles, Micoud.

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Republic of Taiwan Donates Over 3000 Laptops to Students
 The St. Lucian Government is pushing for St. Lucians to become more technology savvy.

The republic of China Taiwan donated over 3000 laptops to form three students for the one laptop per child programme. During the handing over ceremony on Wednesday Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony and Minister of education Mr. Robert Lewis said that parents and teachers need to become familiar with current technology.  

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More Police News
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of 17 year old, Gilbert Burin of Grand Riviere, Gros-Islet.

On Tuesday, February 23, 2016 a report of missing person was made to the Gros-Islet Police by his mother, Rose Mary Garvin Joseph.

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Police News
A representative from the police welfare association says the organization will stand by the police officer who has been charged with rape.

The officer who is now on pre retirement leave was scheduled to make another court appearance on February 23rd. The senior constable was accused of raping his girlfriend at gunpoint in October last year. He was charged with this offense last week.

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Fire and Emergency Officials Register 136 Distress Calls over the Independence Weekend
Fire and emergency officials have registered a record number of distress calls over the independence weekend amount to 136 in total.

According to divisional officer at the St Lucia Fire Service, Bernard Prospere they included 120 emergency ambulance calls, five fire and eleven motor vehicular accidents. The calls also including assaults, choppings and stabbings.

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St. Lucians to Pay less for Fuel as Prices Continue to Plummet
St Lucians will continue to enjoy greater reductions in the cost of fuel as the price continues to plummet.

Gasoline will be sold for $0.04 less, at $9.68 per gallon. Diesel will be sold for $0.35 less, at $8.72 per gallon. There have also been reductions to the retail prices of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) - 100lb, 22lb and 20lb cylinders. The retail price of kerosene remains unchanged.

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Police News
A  Babonneau resident in his thirties, identified as Simbert John, is suspected to have committed suicide.

The victim is reported to have been found dead on his bed on Sunday morning at about 7 o'clock.

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St Lucians Receive High Honours for Exemplary Service to Country
Dozens of St Lucians have been received high honours for exemplary service to country. They range from the fields of arts and culture, medicine, bravery and the public service .

Among them three have been knighted.

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Government of France Boycotted the National Independence Day Celebrations
For the first time in St. Lucia’s 37 years, the Government of France boycotted the national independence day celebrations here on Monday, over St. Lucia’s dysfunctional justice system and government’s failure to implement recommendations on alleged extra judicial killings by local police.

According to the St Lucia Times, Media reports say that the French have decided to stay away from the celebrations at the request of the European Union, as part of sanctions on the island for its tardiness in the implementation of recommendations from the IMPACS report on alleged extra judicial killings by members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force.

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St Lucian Surgeon Honoured as part of Activities to Celebrate the Naming of the New National Hospital.
A renowned St Lucian surgeon has been honoured as part of activities to celebrate the naming of the New National Hospital.

The commendation came from Prime minister Dr.Kenny Anthony who recognized the late surgeon Dr Owen King during his presentation at the official naming of the state of the art facility on Sunday.

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Health Authorities Urges the Public to Continue to Remain on Guard Against the Zika Virus
Health authorities in St Lucia continue to urge the public to remain on guard against the Zika virus, with a strong focus on eliminating the breeding sites for the vector responsible for its spread.

The message comes from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Merlene Fredericks who stressed that while there have been no confirmed cases of ZIKA here, it is only a matter of time before the virus reached St Lucian shores.

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Saint Lucia Fire Service Reminds Public to Be Safe Over Independence Weekend
The Saint Lucia Fire Service is appealing to the public to take all necessary precautions to ensure that the citizenry enjoys a safe and secure 37th Independence Anniversary weekend.

Monday, February 22nd, is Independence Day in Saint Lucia and as such several events have been planned around the island to mark this historic, national occasion.

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Corinth Secondary School Celebrates 44th Anniversary

A wave of change is sweeping across the Corinth Secondary School. The institution is this year celebrating 44 years of existence.

To mark the occasion, former students have teamed up with the administration to stage a number of activities geared at fostering camaraderie, school pride and most importantly giving back to the institution.

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Petrus Private Bank Opens in Saint Lucia
Saint Lucia's international financial sector has received a further boost this week.

It comes as Petrus Private Bank officially opened its local operations during a brief ceremony at the Capella Resort in Marigot Bay on Tuesday, February 16, 2016. The ceremony was attended by Minister for Commerce, Hon. Emma Hippolyte as well as officials from the financial institution and members of staff of the Financial Services Regulatory Authority in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security.

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Local Lawmen to Host Free Self-Defense Training and Fitness Classes
Recognizing some of the challenges facing Women and girls, local lawmen are doing their part to assist with protection for them.

The self-defense training and fitness classes was the topic of one of several discussions on RCI’s Newsspin program on Wednesday.

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