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Repair Works to Begin in the South of the Island
Efforts are underway to provide relief to motorists and other road users in the South of the island.

This comes following an agreement which was signed by Ministry of Infrastructure officials and L Caribbean Construction Inc.

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Revenge of the Nerds Tomorrow!
The Revenge of the Nerds is expected to take place tomorrow night, when the Socalypso Revue launches its offerings for the 2014 calypso season.

Describing the tent as the underdog in calypso circles, Tent leader Gene Leonce says the series of concerts which will take place under the Theme Revenge of the Nerds, is fitting.

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 Manmay La Kay Folk Band set to perform at the Violin Festival in Seattle
One St Lucian folk group is set to be in the spotlight on the international stage, as efforts continue here to grow the Creative Industries.

The Manmay La Kay Folk Band of St. Lucia will be representing the island at a Violin Festival in Seattle, today.   

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Ministry Hosts 2 Day Workshop on Improving the Quality of Care for People with Diabetes in St Lucia
The Ministry of Health Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization will be hosting two day workshops on Improving the Quality of Care for People with Diabetes in St Lucia.

This workshop is serves as a follow up to give feedback on the use of the Chronic Care Passport which was piloted in St Lucia between 2009 and 2012 and to also introduce a new version of the document.

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View Fort Intensifies Fight to Reduce the Spread of Chikungunya Virus
The fight to reduce the spread of Chikungunya in the constituency of Vieux-Fort North has intensified, with the mobilization of school children, teachers and parents.

Starting today Parliamentary Representative for Vieux-Fort North Moses Jn. Baptiste is leading a team of volunteers to all Primary Schools where over 600 flyers on the dreaded Chickungunya will be distributed.

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Findings on Economic Impact Assessment on the Contribution of Carnival Seems Promising
The findings, so far, of an Economic Impact Assessment on the contribution of Carnival to the local economy has been described as promising.

That’s according to the Consultant in the Creative Industries Ministry Christopher Hunte who brought the survey which was conducted during the second half of 2013 into focus.

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Frogs with Mouths Sewn Shut Found Near High Court
Despite negative reaction to a startling discovery near the High Court on Tuesday, one local lobbyist has pointed to a positive.

This comes after reports that two dead frogs with their moths sewn were found outside of the building, prompting suggestions that it may have been a signature obeya ritual, intended to pervert the course of justice.

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Saint Lucia Mourns Passing of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou, a modern Renaissance woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page and the inaugural dais, has died. She was 86.

Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she had served as a professor of American Studies since 1982.

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Human Skeleton Found Near Choiseul
Officers attached to the Choiseul Police Station are investigating the discovery of a human skeleton which was found in an isolated and forested area between Reunion and Caffiere, Choiseul. The discovery was made late yesterday afternoon by a resident from Caffiere, Choiseul.

The skeleton was transported to the Victoria Hospital Mortuary. DNA testing will be done to determine the identity of this individual. The officers are working closely with a particular family from Choiseul to determine whether the skeleton is that of a 38 year old family member.

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SLASPA Continues Discussions on Carnival Valor's Berth Allocation
The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) is meeting with Cruise Industry stakeholders, today to continue discussions with reference to the allocation of berths for the Carnival Valor.

Stakeholders expected to attend today’s meeting include  the Ministry of Tourism, Invest St. Lucia,  Cox and Company agents for Carnival Cruise Lines, Courtesy Taxi, Holiday Taxi, Castries City Council and the Vendors and Dry Goods Association.

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CDF Supports St. Lucia Calypso Association
The St Lucia Calypso Association can now realize a zero balance spreadsheet as the CDF wipes out its debt of over 10 thousand dollars.

The news comes from the Board of Directors of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), which has acted on a recommendation from the Carnival Planning & Management Agency (CPMA), at its meeting of Monday 26th May.

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Baron Foods Receives Award from International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) in Belgium
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards is immensely proud of news of the prestigious “Superior Taste Award” given to Baron Foods Limited for its well known product West Indian Hot Sauce by International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) in Belgium.

The SLBS says the award is significant because while it rewards taste, the structure is affixed to recognize quality criteria.  The International Taste & Quality Institute - iTQi - based in Brussels, promotes itself as the world leading organization dedicated to testing and promoting superior food and drink.

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Dennery Carnival Launches Sunday June 1

The Dennery Carnival Committee Chairperson, Mrs Perpetua James declares that “Dennery Carnival, the hottest Community Carnival in Saint Lucia, is thriving in 2014 and we are ready to bring it and invite all to get involved!”

Dennery Carnival “kicks off” with The Official Launch on Sunday June 1, 2014 at Carnival City, the Dennery Multipurpose Grounds - from 5:00 pm onwards.

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Chikungunia Virus Spreading
The spread of the vector borne virus Chikungunia in St Lucia appears to be much that authorities suspect.

The pronouncement was made by National Epidemiologist, Neham Jn Baptiste, who provided the latest figures regarding the situation with Chikungunya in St. Lucia.

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Saint Lucia Celebrates Guyana's Independence
Guyanese in St Lucia, and at home, are today in celebratory mode, as they observe the 48th Anniversary of that country’s Independence.

Among them is a veteran broadcaster and sports commentator Joseph Reds Pierra who recounted some of the events leading up to the moment when Guyana become responsible for its own affairs.

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CDF Encourages Businesses to Register for Inter-Commercial House Competition
As St. Lucia Carnival 2014 inches closer, the Cultural Development Foundation is putting plans together for this year’s staging of the Inter-Commercial House Competition.  

Consequently, commercial entities, businesses and social organisations are invited to register for participation in the highly anticipated Calypso Competition.  

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Media Association of St. Lucia Elects New Executive
A new executive has been voted in to manage the affairs of Media Workers in St Lucia, with Clinton Reynolds returning to the top position.

The election took place on Sunday during the organization’s Biennial General Meeting at the Monroe College campus.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Reynolds applauded the work of the outgoing executive and their attempts to empower media workers in St Lucia during their tenure.

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1.1 Million Dollar Budget Set for 2014 Saint Lucia Carnival
Stakeholders in the island’s largest cultural showpiece will have to make do with a one point one (1.1) million dollar budget this year as they prepare to stage the 2014 carnival.

The announcement was made on Monday when the Carnival management and planning committee met with the various stakeholders to discuss how to maximize the use of the available funds.

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National Volunteer Coordinator Calls for Complete Ban on Turtle Harvesting
A strong call has been made for a complete ban on Turtle harvesting in St Lucia following what volunteers at the Grand Anse nature reserve describe as a gruesome discovery.

According to the National Volunteer Coordinator Mr Cyril Saltibus, sections of the public have been engaged in the brutal killing of sea turtles along the island’s shores.

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Organisation for National Empowerment Comments on VAT on Utilities
The Organisation for National Empowerment has urged Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony to reconsider the VAT option on Utilities, specifically electricity as a possible way forward in reducing the island’s fiscal deficit.

The party is making the recommendation on the condition that the levy be removed as soon as the deficit is cleared. He has also charged the government to declare a specific time line for stabilizing the economy.

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