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Winner Selected for RCI/Pinehill Essay Competition
Radio Caribbean International and Peter and Company Ltd Agents for Pine Hill Dairy have drawn the curtains down on the six week long promotion that invited Primary School students to submit a 100 to 200 word essay on the topic, “If i can give a Christmas gift to help the world, what would it be and why”

The winner of the RCI/Pine Hill Primary School essay competition wins a tablet for him or herself and a computer for their school and a Christmas party for the entire school.

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Locals Angered by Rape of Woman at Choc Beach
The rape of one woman at the Choc Beach this week has angered a local mens’ advocate and counsellor at the Boys Training Centre.

The incident alleged occurred on Wednesday evening when according to the victim, three men attacked her and her boyfriend who had been to the beach that afternoon.

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Hurricane Tomas Recovery Continues
With the 2013 Christmas Eve Trough remains fresh in the minds of many Saint Lucians, work continues to recover major national assets damaged as a result of the passage of Hurricane Tomas in 2010. In light of those recent natural disasters, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning & Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has sounded a clarion cry for the citizens of Saint Lucia to work together against the threat of flooding.

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04
Police News
Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department are investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of 35-year-old, Ivor Hiliare of Bois Patat, Morne Dudon.

The shooting occurred at approximately 8:10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3. It is alleged that four armed mask men fired shots in the direction of Hiliare, hitting him in the abdomen.

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04
Asher Stephen First Winner in LUCELEC's Facebook Promotion
Asher Stephen is the first winner in the LUCELEC Facebook Promotion that was launched on Tuesday October 25, 2014.

Stephen who is from Anse-la-Raye, posted her winning submission to the LUCELEC Facebook page, on November 26, 2014. She singled out lights on the Anse-la-Raye playing field, calling their instalment a moment she will cherish, their “glow” providing a priceless moment when she and community members valued electricity.

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03
UN Committee Against Torture Urges for An Investigation Into Unarmed African American's Shooting
The U.N. Committee Against Torture urged the United States on Friday to fully investigate and prosecute police brutality and shootings of unarmed black youth and ensure that taser weapons are used sparingly.

The panel's first review of the U.S. record on preventing torture since 2006 followed racially-tinged unrest in cities across the country sparked by a Ferguson, Missouri grand jury's decision not to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

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03
MP Presses for Foreign Office Intervention on UK National's Murder Investigation
In news from the UK....The murder of a former Surrey man on a Caribbean island should be investigated by British police, an MP has said.

Oliver Gobat's body was found in a burnt out car on St Lucia in April. The 38-year-old had reportedly been set alight after being shot.

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03
Dierre Morne Bridge Opens!
Scores of residents of La Ressource and Dierre Morne, along with Government officials including Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Dr. Kenny Anthony and several members of Cabinet, cheered on Monday evening as Angel McFarlane, a five-year-old student at Plain View Combined, cut the ribbon to officially open the latest of 16 bridges rehabilitated by the Government of Saint Lucia over the past three years.
 
The Dierre Morne Bridge enables access to the La Tourney Cemetery. The bridge also restores the link between the communities of La Resource and Dierre Morne, which were severed as a result of the Christmas Eve Trough. One of the key features of the bridge is the inclusion of two pedestrian sidewalks. The bridge is a few hundred yards away from Plain View Combined, and several dozen students attended the opening ceremony. Dr. Anthony said:

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03
 ARC Course Record Broken for 2nd Consecutive Year!
Unprecedented in the 29 year history of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers, the ARC Course Record has been broken for a second consecutive year following ideal trade wind sailing for the largest trans ocean rally. Leopard by Finland crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay Saint Lucia at 9:51 pm on December 2nd smashing the ARC Course Record by 2 days 6 hours 45 minutes and 19 seconds.
 
Sailing across the Atlantic from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia in a total of 8 days 14 hours, 39 minutes and 51 seconds, the 10 Finnish adventurers alongside Leopard's regular 'pro' crew headed by skipper Chris Sherlock, celebrated successfully completing the Finnish-led transatlantic record attempt that has been over a year in the planning.

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02
Local Car Salesman Cries Foul
One St Lucian Used car dealer says believes that he is being victimized by operatives of the Customs and Excise Department.

Mr Ronald Paris says his latest order of used vehicles has been sitting on the Wharf in Castries and he has been unable to clear them because of allegations being made by the Customs Department.

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Principals and Teachers Encouraged to Ensure the Safety of Confiscated Items from Students
Principals and teachers have been strongly advised to ensure the security of items that have been confiscated from students, as they can be held liable if the go missing.

The advice comes from the Chief Education Officer Mr Marcus Edward in light of claims being made by a former student of the Micoud Secondary school.

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02
NICE Programme Extended
After months of doubt over the future of the National Initiative to Create Employment NICE, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, has announced the extension of grant financing from the ALBA Bank to the Government of Saint Lucia in the amount of US$10.0 million (EC$27.0 million) over two years.

The announcement came on Sunday evening, as the Saint Lucia Labour Party held its 2014 Annual Conference of Delegates. The conference marked three years since the SLP was successful at the General Elections of November, 2011.

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