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A former United Workers Party MP and independent candidate in Micoud North has received the support of a local advocate against sexual violence since the announcement of her alleged attack broke here on Monday.

Catherine Sealys says she fully supports all victims who have the courage to speak out about their individual experience but condemns the level of victimization that takes place in society.

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Hurricane Season Begins
The hurricane season for our region which covers the North Atlantic, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico starts tomorrow, Wednesday 1 June 2016.

The major tropical cyclone forecast centers are predicting near normal activity in our region this year. Their numbers include Hurricane Alex and Tropical Storm Bonnie which formed in January and May 2016 respectively.

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Regional Pollster Announces Findings on Study into Outcome of General Election
A renowned Regional Pollster has announced the findings of a study conducted into the likely outcome of the General election slated for June 6th here. It was conducted by Caribbean Development research Studies Inc. between May 20th and 23rd

The findings were released during a news conference at the Bay Gardens Hotel where Peter Wickham informed that the sample consisted of a total of one thousand people from all seventeen constituencies.

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Police News
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 23 year old, Samson Anthony Polius of Monchy, Gros-Islet.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016 about 7:30 p.m. police responded to a chopping incident in Monchy, Gros-Islet.

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Police News
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 23 year old, Samson Anthony Polius of Monchy, Gros-Islet.

On Thursday, May 26, 2016 about 7:30 p.m. police responded to a chopping incident in Monchy, Gros-Islet.

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Ministry of Education Assures Students Writing CXC that Examinations Will Proceed on June 6
The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour has assured all candidates and students who are writing the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC), Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC), and the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE), that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure the examinations scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2016 run smoothly without disruptions.

The notice follows the announcement by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony that general election has been scheduled for Monday, June 6, 2016 and concerns that many schools, principally the primary schools, some secondary schools as well as the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, are used as polling stations for the general election. The Ministry observes that, the month of June is traditionally the period for many national and regional examinations.

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Police News
A sixty year old man, identified as Bernard Caro, was found hanging from a tree on Tuesday night, according to reports reaching the Times.
The discovery was made at Morne Ciseaux near Jacmel.

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Dennery Residents Attend Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Proposed Wind Farm
Close to one hundred (100) people attended the Town Hall Meeting in Dennery to discuss the proposed 12 megawatt (MW) wind farm to be located near the Bordelais Correctional Facility. The wind farm is a joint project of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and Windtex Energy, a wind developer from the US.

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Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Express Concern About the Increase in Bank Fees and Charges Across the Caribbean
The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has expressed concerned about the increase in commercial banks’ fees and charges across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and the effects on depositors.  

In a statement issued this week the ECCB has advised that while it does not have the powers to regulate commercial banks’ fees and charges, individual banks determine their fees and charges.  

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Socalypso Review Begins this Weekend!
The Socalypso Review Tent is poised and ready for its first showing of the calypso season on Saturday.

Word of this comes from Tent Manager Gene Leon who raves that members have been preparing for the entertainment showcase for months.

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NCF Telethon Deemed Successful
Organizers of the 13th Annual Telethon have acknowledged that the hosting of two major political events over the weekend may have impacted the outcome of the exercise.

The national fundraiser took place on Sunday at the national Cultural Centre and raised a total of one hundred and forty thousand dollars—well short of the quarter million dollar target.

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Vice President of the Media Association of St. Lucia Resigns
The resignation of Vice President on the Media Association of St Lucia was among top agenda items discussed at an extraordinary meeting last Sunday.

The resignation comes following suggestions that the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) has pledged to increase its engagement of membership in the coming months leading up to the election of a new executive in 2016.

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NTRC Hosts Training Programme
The National Utility Regulatory Commission hosted a significant training programme (NURC) on Thursday.

The regulatory comes in an effort to help the commissioners on the board become more familiar with various policies. The commission was established on February 8th 2016, -- one year after The National Utilities Regulatory Commission Bill was passed. This bill required the establishment of an authority to regulate water and electricity sectors.

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Sports Broadcaster Seeks to Boost Visibility for the Darren Sammy Cricket Grounds
A Veteran Sports Broadcaster is keeping up the pace with plans to boost visibility for the Darren Sammy Cricket Grounds and St Lucia.

Joseph Reds Pereira is seeking to use the upcoming test match fixture between West Indies and India to drive visitors to the island.

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Police News
The results of an autopsy conducted on the body of a Wilton’s yard man have been released.

On Wednesday, May 18, 2016 a post mortem examination was conducted on the body of 15 year old, Gregor Steven also known as “Boyo” of Wilton’s Yard, Castries.

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More Police News
Fire officials have refused to confirm nor deny suggestions about a possible link between a fire which destroyed the Verve Bar in Rodney Bay in the wee hours of this morning and another inferno that destroyed at least three businesses in the same vicinity earlier this year.

One man was arrested and charged with arson in the January 26th blaze that officials determined was deliberately set.

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Police News
Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 49 year old, Anthony Octave of Massade, Gros-Islet.

According to reports, Anthony and a relative went on a diving expedition off the coast of Pigeon Pointe on Friday, May 13, 2016 about 9:00 a.m. 

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US Intelligence Warns of Dire Situation in Venezuela
With dire shortages of basic goods, a looming foreign debt payment, horrific street crime and unyielding political divisions, Venezuela is in danger of collapsing into waves of deadly violence, U.S. intelligence officials warned Friday.

Venezuela, which controls the world's largest reserves of crude oil, is in the throes of a potentially explosive political stalemate after opposition parties gained a majority in the national congress in elections late last year.

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Ministry of Health Receives Bed Nets from PAHO to Assist in the Zika Response on Island
The Ministry of Health has received a quantity of bed nets from the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) to assist in the Zika response on island.

The presentation was made on Friday 13th May in the Department of the Environmental Health’s conference Room in Bois D’orange.

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Daughter of UWP Candidate Urges Electors to Abstain from Supporting Her Father
The daughter of the United Workers Party candidate for Laborie has urged electors to abstain from supporting her father. The platform rhetoric came despite previous attempts to dispel the notion that politics would not affect her relationship with her family

Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel, Communications Director for the Saint Lucia Labour Party and the daughter of Francisco Jn Pierre has asked voters to ensure that her father loses the Laborie seat.

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