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Saint Lucia National Trust Announces Closure of Walcott House

The Saint Lucia National Trust has announced the closure of Walcott House as of, May 31st and until such further notice. This decision has regrettably been taken due to a number of funding cuts resulting in the Trust no longer being able to fund the operations of this memorial space in honour of artistic icons, the late Derek and Roderick Walcott, and their family.

The dream to realise the childhood home museum finally began to take form through the agreement of the Taiwanese Government to provide a grant of US$2.8 million or EC$7.53 million towards what was called the Walcott Place & Grass Street Urban Enhancement Project. This came after much effort, planning and manpower by the Trust and so many other partners.

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Former General Manager Radio St Lucia Describes Pending Shut Down of Media House a "Colossal Mistake"

A former General Manager of state owned Radio St Lucia has described the pending shut down of the media house and other government funded entities as a colossal mistake.

Winston Springer made the comments today during a news conference held at the SLP headquarters, accusing the United Workers Party of putting profits over people.

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Police News

Police say their hands are tied in the wake of a sex video which has gone viral on social media. Reports are that the video which has sparked growing public outrage has been has been shared multiple times on Facebook and particularly Whatsapp.

In the video, four or five young men and a woman can be seen engaging in sex with a woman. The woman’s hands and legs are bound and she is being subdued by those surrounding the bed.

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Ministry of Health Hosts Workshop in Continued Efforts to Diminish Spread of HIV

The Ministry of Health continues to seek and innovate new strategies to diminish the spread of HIV among key populations.

As a sub-recipient of the Global Fund, OECS Multi Country HIV and TB Elimination Grant, The Ministry of Health and Wellness, in collaboration with the Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition, hosted a two-day workshop on Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Health for Service Providers Working with At –Risk- Youth.

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"Take Over Village" Set to Open the Calypso Season

The Take Over Village is set to open the calypso season on Wednesday with what organizers boast will be a star studded line up.

According to Tent Manager Cecil Charles disclosed that patrons can look forward to quality performances and several surprises.

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St. Lucia Carnival to Launch Next Week!

Carnival enthusiasts can look forward to improvements in the 2017 offering, thanks to an increased allocation for its hosting this year.

The announcement came from the CEO on the St Lucia Events Company Thomas Leonce during a media brief today.

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St. Lucian Soca Artiste Calls for Stronger Measures Against Fake News Publications

St Lucia’s Queen of Soca Nicole David has called for strong measures to be taken against the authors of a fake news article that has gone viral.

The story which was published by an online news source--Houston Chronicle TV.com, on Saturday, ran the headline “Soca Music Artiste Arrested at JFK Airport With Cocaine Tapped to Her Legs”.

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Police News

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a forty-nine (49) year old resident of Pierrot Vieux Fort, Moses Clovis also known as ‘The Mole’.

Officers attached to the Vieux Fort Police Station received a report of a suspicious death, about 11:55 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017, at Boriel Beach, Pierrot.

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More Police News

One man is reported dead as a result of a shooting incident at Cacao, Babonneau last night after 8:00 pm.

The deceased has been identified as Kim Isidore, also known as ‘Coco’.

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St. Lucia to Observe African Liberation Day

St Lucia joins people of African descent around the world in the global observance of African Liberation Day on May 25th.

Also known as ALD, the day was founded in 1958 by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah on the occasion of the First Conference of Independent States held in Accra, Ghana and attended by eight independent African states.

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Police News

Marigot Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of twenty-three year old Contius Alexander of Coolie Town, Anse La Raye on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 about 11:45 a.m.

Reports indicate that Alexander had gone to pick mangoes when a pick-up van with two men in the cab stopped near him. One of the individuals pointed a firearm at him and a struggled ensued between the two.

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Police Confirms Infant Death as Homicide

A post mortem performed on the body of an eight-month-old baby has confirmed the death as a homicide according to police.

The baby was discovered dead by her mother at their home in George Charles Boulevard, Marchand, Castries late Tuesday afternoon.

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Community Outraged at Confirmed Report of Infanticide

The death of an infant from the Marchand community has sent shock waves throughout the island leaving many wondering who would want to kill a baby.

Among those denouncing the senseless killing is Women and Child rights activist Catherine Sealys who has described the incident as both shocking and tragic.

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Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association Issues Ultimatum to LIAT for Payments of Outstanding Wages to Members

In a strongly worded message to its membership today, the Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) has given its employer LIAT an ultimatum for payments of outstanding wages to all of its members.

Mincing no words, President of LIALPA, Carl Burke wrote, “In the event that LIAT fails to pay pilot salaries by mid-night of May 24, 2017, the Executive Council will be executing a mandate received from the floor by directing protest action by all permanent pilots or full members of LIALPA.”

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Locals Saddened by News of Manchester Suicide Bombing

A well known artist with close ties to England has commented on the Manchester suicide bombing, describing the incident as tragic but not surprising.

The Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the Manchester suicide bombing that killed 22 people - including an eight-year-old girl - in an explosion that tore through fans leaving an Ariana Grande pop concert in Manchester.

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Police News

Police are investigation the circumstances surrounding a fatal shooting at Marigot over the weekend.

According to Police Press Relations Officer Gregory Alexander, the incident occurred on Sunday May 21st around 12:35 am.

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Warship Propeller Discovered in Castries Harbour

A propeller of a warship which was discovered in the Castries Harbour during a recent dredging exercise is believed to have historical value.

Suggestions are that it is that of the vessel named Lady Nestor—A British supply ship with food stuff and supplies for the war bases.

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Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association Cites "Severely Deteriorating Relationship Between the Pilots and LIAT"

In a strongly worded press release issued today, LIALPA (The Leeward Island Airline Pilots Association) has informed the general public of the severely deteriorating relationship between the pilots and airline company LIAT.

Citing long lasting issues and a failure to honour agreements between the two entities, LIALPA has not thrown down the gauntlet “in order to avoid any further escalation of this matter.”

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More Police News

On Thursday, May 18th, 2017, about 12:20 a.m., Police attached to the Marchand Police Station received a report of a shooting incident which occurred at Maynard Hill, Castries.

Reports indicate that about midnight on Wednesday, 17th May, 2017, 25 year old Shervon Joseph aka ‘Lean Back’ of Maynard Hill, Castries, along with a female companion were travelling on board a vehicle. As they proceeded uphill along the Maynard Hill Road, three individuals opened fire on the vehicle and occupants.

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Police News

Police have confirmed news of a shooting in Black Mallet around midnight.

As a result, one individual believed to be in his early 20s has been hospitalized and is listed as being in stable condition.

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