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25 Hotel and Tourism Workers to Receive $500 Bursday from National Workers Union
Twenty five (25) Hotel and Tourism Workers employed within eight (8) branches of the National Workers Union (NWU) will each receive a five hundred dollars ($500.00) Bursary from the NWU for their children.

This amount will be handed out to members of the union’s Tourism related branches who are currently financial members with a child entering Secondary school for the first time in September 2015. The payout comes from the NWU’s Education Fund to which hotel workers have made a significant contribution.

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Officers of Central Fire Station Look Forward to Plans for Construction of New Headquarters
Officers attached to the Central Fire Station are looking forward to plans for the construction of a new headquarters, following the demolition of the old building on Jeremy Street.

The demolition project which was facilitated by the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports authority began last year. The building was vacated years before because of structural defects and other issues which impacted on the health of the officers.

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CPMA Releases Names of Winners in 2015 Carnival Parade
The results are in!...After two days of revelry and competition in the parade of the  bands on Monday and Tuesday, the Carnival Planning and management Agency has released the results of several categories of competition that took place during the festivities.

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Tropical Wave Alleviates Island's Drought Conditions
A tropical wave which moved over St Lucia and other parts of the region has caused some heavy showers, bring a welcomed relief to many people amid drought conditions being experienced here.

The disclosure was made by Met Official Venantius Descartes who informed that while the northern part of the island received the brunt of the weather system, the most active part of the tropical wave is now over.

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Island's Water Supply Increases
Recent rains which have been experienced here over the past few days have increased the supply of water at the John Compton Dam.

That's the word from Senior Supervisor of water services at WASCO Timothy James, following heavy showers over the weekend.

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Police Investigates Island's 12th Homicide
Police investigations have opened into what has been registered as the island’s 12th homicide.

The probe is being pursued in an effort to find out the circumstances surrounding the death of 59 year old, Samdai Fraser of Cedar Heights, Vieux Fort.

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6.4 Earthquake Felt in St. Lucia
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that shook Barbados today has been reported as felt in St Lucia and Martinique.

It occurred about 125 km northeast of the capital, Bridgetown; 234 km east of Castries, St. Lucia and 255 km east southeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique, at a depth of 10 km.

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Caribbean Council for the Blind Condems Alleged Beating of 21 Year Old Blind Man by Police in Barbuda
The Caribbean Council for the Blind (CCB) has condemned the alleged beating of a blind man, 21-year-old Malcolm Cephas  by police authorities in Barbuda last month.

CEO for the council Arvel Grant said the CCB believes several of the victim’s human rights were violated.  

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Locals Comment on News of Forced Retirement of Former Fire Chief Leslie Fontinelle
The forced retirement of former Fire Chief Leslie Fontinelle has been described as groundbreaking by the President of the Fire Service Welfare Association.

The decision from Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy came upon a recommendation from the Public Service Commission following disciplinary action taken against Mr Fontinelle.

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Measures Taken to Address Bed Bug Infestation at CID
An interim measure has been taken to address the bed bug infestation at the offices of the Criminal Investigations Department.

Officers downed tools in protest on Monday because of the extent of the problem.

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Veteran Educator Dies this Week
The sudden death of a veteran educator this week has touched both his students and colleagues in a most profound way.

The sentiment has been expressed by Mr Bishnuth Tulsie who taught at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School for more than two decade.

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Bed Bug Infestation Plague Bridge Street CID Office
Police officers attached to the Criminal Investigations department have downed their tools today as a result of a bed bug infestation that continues to plague the Bridge Street office.

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Government Assistance Program in Place for Secondary School Students
Parents of students who will be entering secondary school for the first time at the start of the new academic year have been given a particular government guarantee.

It comes from the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister Jadia Jn Pierre Emmanuel following what she says has been several concerns expressed about the bursary for first form students.

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New Flight from Chicago to St. Lucia
A new direct service flight from Chicago to St Lucia has added to the competitiveness of the destination and increased demand for St Lucia as a preferred destination.

That's the sentiment expressed by the Director of Tourism Louis Lewis this morning.

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Post Mortem Scheduled for Body of Women found in Soufriere
A post mortem examination is tomorrow scheduled to take place on the body of a young woman who is believed to have died in a vehicular accident over the weekend.

Police have identified the body discovered on the rocks close to Anse Chastanet, Soufriere early Sunday morning as Yanna Auguste.

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Fifty Two Locals Receive Employment through Cruise Ship Employment Programme
Fifty two (52) more Saint Lucians have received employment through the Government supported Cruise Ship Employment Programme.
 
On Thursday, July 9, 2015, thirty one (31) students from the Springboard Training and Development Centre were interviewed by representatives of Carnival Cruise Lines. Thirty (30) were successful and were offered skilled positions on the Cruise Ship. During the week before, twenty six (26) students were interviewed. Twenty two (22) were successful and are currently preparing to take up employment on Carnival Cruise Lines.

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Police News
One man who was shot by police in the leg on Wednesday last week has been charged with a capital offence.

The incident occurred on Chaussee Rd when Mervin Effrage reportedly opened fire on police.

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Local Cultural Icon has been Recognized on the Occasion of his Anniversary

One of St Lucia’s Premiere Cultural Icons has been recognized on the occasion of his Anniversary.

The recognition and well wishes come from the President of the Belle Vue Development Committee Kendell Elva to Mr Joseph Rameau People (MBE).

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IRD Undertakes Reform Initiative

The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) is currently undertaking a major reform initiative which encompasses a review of its processes, procedures and operational structure with the aim of providing taxpayers with more efficient and timely service.

The main objectives of IRD’s reform programme are to:

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Head of Local Company Reacts to Insinuations of Preferential Treatment Made in Parliament

The head of a local company which has won several bids for a number of major infrastructure works in St Lucia has reacted to insinuations made in Parliament on Tuesday.

In an interview with RCI news today Mr. Rayneau Gajadhar dismissed as false suggestions claiming that his company has secured all the major government contracts.

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