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Bordelais Correctional Facility Video Link System Now Active

A ceremony held at the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, ECSC, on Wednesday April 09,2014, marked the introduction of the Bordelais Correctional Facility Video Link System.

The Video Link System which was tested at the Registry of the High Court during the ceremony signifies the first installation, for a Correctional Facility within the jurisdiction of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court.

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Saint Lucians Mourn passing of Former Trinidad and Tobago President and Prime Minister Arthur Robinson
One of the most revered and noted Caribbean political and social personalities Arthur Napoleon Raymond ANR Robinson has died. The 87 year old Former Trinidad and Tobago President and Prime Minister had been ailing for several months and passed away at the St Clair medical Centre at around 6 a.m on Wednesday Morning April 9th.

His passing was confirmed by National Security Minister Gary Griffith who said a State funeral was being planned.

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Sans Souci Man Granted Bail on Firearm Offenses
A 40 year old Sans Souci man has been granted bail on firearm offenses

Clendon Wayne Gabriel appeared before the First District Court in Castries on Monday, April 7, to answer to the said charges; Possession of Firearm, Possession of Ammunition and Importation of Firearm without a license.

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Government declares Water-Related Emergency for the North of the Island
Government has declared a Water-Related Emergency for the North of the Island in keeping with section 10 of the water and sewerage act

This comes as there has been an acute shortage of rainfall in the north of the island. This fact, together with diminishing reserves in the John Compton Dam and a report from the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services that the Northern areas of the country have now officially entered a drought situation, has caused the Government to officially declare a Water Related Emergency for an area stretching from Bexon/Marc in the East to Roseau in the West to Cap Estate in the North.

Information from WASCO indicates that water levels in the Dam are currently 30 inches below the spillway, and the Saint Lucia Met Services, using 35 years of monthly rainfall data, has calculated that the North of the country is experiencing a meteorological drought, based on a value known as the Standard Precipitation Index (SPI). The Water Resources Management Agency (WRMA) has also reported that the average river flow rates are currently within the rates recorded for historical dry seasons in the month of March.

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CDF Hosts Five-Night Extravaganza
St. Lucian artists will be in full regalia when they assume their positions as kings and queens of the stage in a five-night extravaganza at the National Cultural Centre from April 7th to 13th.  The themed nights, all part of the National Arts Festival, will feature various art forms – poetry, film, composition and song, dance and theatre.

On Monday April 7th, the spotlight will shine on St. Lucian film-makers and actors when three film creators will share their work.  Dale Elliot’s 21 Days, a film based on actual events which took place in 1985,  Film Director Bruce “King B” Ferdinand describes “Out A Street 2 Heated”, as a story about life’s twists and turns and about decisions and consequences. Cocoboy and Giraud, will come alive in an onscreen display of animated brilliance when Ted Sandiford’s A.C.I.D. Kreationz presents the popular duo in film, as well as Cephas, a short film highlighting peer-pressure and its repercussions.

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04
St. Lucia Government Responds on Country's Public Debt to GDP Ratio Pronouncement
The Government of St. Lucia has reacted to pronouncements made by the Leader of the Main Opposition suggesting that St. Lucia’s public debt to GDP ratio had increased by 17 percent since the St Lucia Labour Party administration took office two and a half years ago.

A communiqué released by government’s press secretary Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel notes that Allen Chastanet’s statement is patently false, adding that a 17% increase in debt would have meant that the Government would have borrowed EC$400 million. A 17% increase would mean that the Public Debt would move from, $2.3 billion in 2011 to $3.0 billion at December 31, 2013.

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Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival Set to Open April 30th
‘The People’s Auditorium,’Mindoo Phillip Park,is expected to come alive with music, as the official opening of the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival continues its legacy of thrilling audiences with a lineup featuring an all-star cast of Caribbean powerhouses, designed to jump start the festival.

From Trinidad and Tobago, the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival welcomes 2014 Groovy Soca Monarch Kerwin Dubois. Fresh off the heels of his victorious performance at the International Soca Monarch competition, Dubois will rock the stage alongside fellow competitors and soca favorites Mr. Killa from Grenada of “Rolly Polly” fame, and frequent Saint Lucian soca collaborator Skinny Fabulous from St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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03
Local Broadcaster Reacts to News of an Attack on A St. Lucian Taxi Driver by a Tourist
A seasoned broadcaster has reacted to the visible absence of international press coverage to an attack on A St. Lucian taxi driver by a tourist.

The driver suffered multiple stab wounds to the upper part of his body during the attack. The incident stands in stark contrast to media reports which highlight assaults on visitors to the island.

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03
National Consumers Association Responds on Absence of Trade Bill in Parliament Discussions
Expectations from the National Consumers Association regarding the tabling of the bill which speaks to the regulations governing trade in St Lucia at the last sitting of Parliament, have been dashed.

NCA president Kingsley St Hill had announced that he had the assurance of the island’s Minister for Commerce that the bill would be among those presented in the run up to Tuesday’s sitting.

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03
Road Accident Claims 2
Tragedy struck on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 when a silver Toyota 4 Runner registration number PD 209 driven by Julietta Lionel, veered off the Canaries Cemetery Road about 4:20 pm. The vehicle which was carrying four people capsized before bursting into flames.

Dead as a result of the accident are the driver Julietta Lionel of Canaries and Morrison Elcock also of the same area. They were pronounced dead on the scene by a medical practitioner at 5:04 pm.

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02
1st Case of Chikungunya Virus Confirmed in Saint Lucia
Health officials in St Lucia have confirmed the first case of the Chikungunya virus here.

A statement from the Ministry of Health indicates that Chikungunia is a mosquito borne disease transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, the same vector of dengue fever.

People infected with the virus present symptoms after three to seven days following exposure. These symptoms include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting. A distinguishing symptom of the virus is severe pain to the joints of the hands and feet which can be debilitating.

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02
Cabinet Extend Deadline on Recall for Non-Machine Readable Passports
The Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security has announced that Cabinet has approved an extension of the deadline for the national recall of non– machine readable passports from 31st March, 2014 to 31st October, 2014.

In 2007, the government of Saint Lucia took the decision to support the introduction of machine readable passports. In March of that same year, the Saint Lucia Immigration Department began to issue these passports.

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02
Police Receives Assistance from Vacationing Couple During Investigation
A couple who had been vacationing here is currently assisting local police with investigations following an attack that has left a taxi driver nursing injuries at hospital.

Police reports confirm that about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1st, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department responded to a report of wounding which occurred on Millennium Highway, Castries.

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Kassav! Headline Performer for Soufriere Jazz
The legendary Parisienne Creole zouk machine Kassav, is set to ignite the town of Soufriere as the island gets set to welcome in Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival 2014!

Organizers of Soufriere Jazz 2014 have confirmed that negotiations have been completed and Kassav will headline the first ever attempt at having an international standard Jazz show in the coastal town.

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02
Large Earthquake Jolts Northern Chile
An earthquake of magnitude 8.2 which jolted northern Chile, triggering a tsunami alert and the evacuation of thousands of people from coastal areas has caught the attention of disaster officials in St Lucia. Reports indicate that at least five people have been killed and more than 300 women escaped from a coastal prison.

The quake was centred under the Pacific Ocean 61 miles north-west of the city of Iquique (ee-kee-kyeh) and struck at 8.46pm as thousands of residents were arriving home from work.

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Centre for Emergency Medical Services Education Responds to Student Concerns
Faculty from at least one partner agency has come forward to clear the air on suspicions raised about the legitimacy of an Emergency Response Program being coordinated by the Centre for Emergency Medical Services Education in St Lucia.

Director for the Advance life support Program Jerry Peters has confirmed that a memorandum of understanding exists between the St Lucia based organization and the Good Fellowship Ambulance and Emergency Medical Training Institute.

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Vieux Fort Square Opened!
Representatives from the Diplomatic Corps, the Government of Saint Lucia and residents from communities near and far, joined residents of Vieux Fort, as they celebrated the formal opening of one of the most significant projects in the town, to date.

The ceremony to mark the opening of the Vieux Fort Square which took place on Sunday, featured remarks by the town’s Mayor, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Social Transformation, Community Empowerment and Local Government, as well as Parliamentary Representative for Vieux-Fort South and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Dr. Kenny  Anthony.

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