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Arrests Made After Civilians Open Fire During Party in Gros Islet
Quick action on the part of Gros Islet police have led to the arrest of two individuals who opened fire on civilians at a party on Thursday night.

Reports suggest that an altercation between some individuals who were attending an open party at Corner Bar led to a fracas.

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St. Lucians Welcome the European Union's Agreement to Allow Visa Free Travel to Select Caribbean Countries
The Government of Saint Lucia welcomes the decision of the European Union to allow nationals of Saint Lucia as well as nationals of Dominica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago as well as two other ACP countries to enjoy visa –free travel to some twenty six countries of the European Union. This follows the signing of an Agreement between the European Union and the representatives of the seven ACP countries at a ceremony held in Brussels.

The Agreement was signed on behalf of the Government of Saint Lucia by External Affairs Minister Alva Baptiste.

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Ministry of Education Bans Charlie Challenge
The Ministry of Education has slapped a ban on the suspected demonic  game, the Charlie Challenge, being played in schools.

Chief Education Officer, Marcus Edward, confirmed the ban, saying that the measure came after reports that a number of children who have played the game have been traumatized, requiring the intervention of Counsellors.

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Former President of the St Lucia Football Association Comments on CONCACAF Corruption Charges and Arrests
A former St Lucian Football Administrator has weighed in on the discussions coming out of bribery allegations against former CONCACAF President Jack Warner

The US district court alleges massive corruption by Warner within its prosecution of 14 people, including serving and former high-ranking Fifa officials and sports marketing company executives alleged to have paid bribes.

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Calypso Season Set to Begin Next Weekend
A top official of the St Lucia Association of Recognized Tents says all is set for the opening night of the Calypso season next weekend.

The disclosure was made by START spokesperson Fitzroy Bingo Leon following the press launch of the season at a ceremony held at the Auberge Seraphine Hotel  on Tuesday night.

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Cozy Guzzlers Band Launch Set for Friday
The Cozy Guzzlers carnival band will be launching its 2015  carnival season on Friday May 29th 2015 at the Duboulay Bottling Yard , Brigde Street Castries.

This activity will feature live pan music by LUCIAN PAN VIBES , which is the pan side providing music for Cozzy Guzzlers during the two days of Carnival this year.

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Threats Made Against National Security Minister
Allegations have surfaced here suggesting that police officers are among the individuals suspected to be linked to the threat against the life of the island’s National Security Minister

As a result Mr Philip La Corbiniere now has twenty-four hour security.

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Lawmen at Anse La Raye Police Station Under Suspicion on Firearm Theft
Lawmen at the Anse La Raye Police Station are under suspicion, in an investigation into the disappearance of three firearms from the station’s armoury.

Reports indicate that the discovery was made on May 18 when a probe immediately opened into the case.

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Petrol Prices Increase On Island
The public is hereby informed that prices of petroleum products will be adjusted today, May 25, 2015.

The prices of the 100 pound LPG Cylinder and Bulk LPG have decreased, while prices of the 20 pound and 22 pound LPG cylinders remain unchanged. The prices of diesel, unleaded gasoline and kerosene have increased to reflect increases in the import prices of these products over the review period (April 27 to May 17, 2015).

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Increasing Safety and Security Concerns for Yachting Sector
The latest attack on a yachtsman at the Rodney Bay Marina who was on a visit to St Lucia has prompted renewed calls from the Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism.

Mr Cuthbert Didier has reiterated calls for safety and security concerns to be address amid the growing expansion of the yachting sector.

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US Official to Document Origin of Indian race in St. Lucia
A top official at Lynchburg college in Virginia is on island to collect documentation on an Indian heritage project.

Dr Sabita Manion says the exercise which is being conducted via interviews will document the origin of the Indian race in St Lucia.

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Police News
Charges have been laid against one individual following a fatal motor vehicular chrash in Baxon on Saturday.

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, police preferred a charge of Causing Death by Dangerous Driving against 62 year old Hyacinth Franklin of Ti Colon, Castries.

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Increased Surveillance for Detection of Zica Fever on the Island
Medical Officials in St Lucia have increases surveillance for the detection of Zica fever, even though there have been no reported cases here.

According to Senior Medical Officer Dr Sharon Belmar George, the move is being taken based on the fact that the disease is spread by the Aides Egypti mosquito.

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Demands for Reinstatement of Senior Police Officers Leading Investigations into the Lambirds Academy Scandal made by Opposition Party
A strong call has been made for the immediate reinstatement of two senior police officers who had been leading investigations into the Lambirds Academy scandal by the opposition.

Suggestions are that Deputy Police Commissioner Frances Henry and Acting Police Commissioner Athanatius Mason who were leading the investigations into the alleged scam have been reassigned to other posts in the RSLPF.

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Island Pays Tribute to the late Sir Dunstan St. Omer
A Tribute Concert for the late Sir Dunstan St. Omer held at the National Cultural Centre on Monday May 18th which was well attended by a broad cross section of the public has  been hailed a great success.  

The event was organized by the Folk Research Centre in collaboration with the Cultural Development Foundation.

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WASCO Equipment Vandalised
As the Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) Inc. works tirelessly to develop, its infrastructure to better serve the public in this very critical time, the company faces vandalism of its equipment.

For the last year WASCO has received much needed assistance from the German missions of the GIZ. which have donated pressure loggers, data loggers and other devices to help assist in the development of WASCO’s infrastructure in an effort to continually improve its service to customers.

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Launch of Carnival 2015 Set for this Weekend
The Island’s largest cultural showpiece is set to open here on the weekend with all the pomp and flare of the preceding jazz and Arts festival which closed here almost two weeks ago.

That's according to the Chairperson of the Carnival Planning and Management Agency Lyndon Arnold who notes that the hype is building ahead of the Saaman’s Park opening.

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Local Drug Interception Exercise Results in Arrests
A drug interception exercise conducted by local police on Wednesday May 16th has resulted in the arrest of two individuals and the seizure of cocaine estimated to have a street value of half a million dollars.

Police report that theoperation was conducted on the Odsan/Bexon Highway.

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Police News
A vehicular collision on the Bexon Highway on Saturday has left a young motorcyclist dead.

Police report that on Saturday, May 16, 2015 about 9:00 p.m. officers attached to the Traffic Unit responded to a report of a serious accident on the Bexon road.

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Carnival Season Begins with Lucian Line Jam on May 24
Hot on the heels of the St Lucia Jazz and Arts festival which officially closed here last week, another major cultural event is set to open here this month.

The Island’s largest cultural showpiece is scheduled to officially take off on May 24th at Saamans Park featuring a musical explosion of performances by many of the more recognized names on the St Lucian entertainment landscape.

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