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United Nations Calls for the Removal of the US ban on Cuba
An international Relations Consultant and Former Diplomat says the overwhelming call from the United Nations for the removal of the US ban on Cuba is a strong indicator that the United States should change course.

The U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday voted overwhelmingly for the 23rd time to condemn the decades-long U.S. economic embargo against Cuba, with many nations praising the island state for its response in fighting the deadly Ebola virus that is ravaging West Africa.

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Police Recaptures Escaped Detainee
Police have announced that a detainee who escaped lawful custody has been recaptured.

An official report indicates that about 09:25a.m on Wednesday 29th October 2014, Police Officers responded to a call suggesting that a wanted individual, 32 years old Julian Narcisse of Rockhall, Castries was sighted in the Rockhall area.

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Kiwani's Raffle Draw Winners Announced!
The winners in the Kiwani’s Raffle Draw have been announced with one man of Masscre Anse la Ray riding off in a brand new Suzuki Celerio Car!

The Draw took place on Monday October 27th 2014 at the Castries City Hall from 11.00 am.

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At Least 10 People Injured in Vehicular Accident
At least ten people were injured as a result of a collision between a minibus and a motor car near the Roseau gap on Sunday.

Both vehicles, are reported to have been travelling in the same direction towards the fishing village of Anse La Raye, when the collision occurred.
Eyewitnesses reported that the Nissan ran off the road, while the minibus overturned.

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2014 Creole Day Festivities Hailed a Success
The main coordinator of the 2014 Creole day festivities has reported success in the staging of activities to commemorate Creole Heritage Month in October.

Executive Director of the Folk Research Centre Hilary La Force says the program of activities were well executed and well attended throughout the month.

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Monchy Vendors Association Criticized on Jounen Kweyol Activities
The Monchy Vendors Association has come in for strong criticism following the hosting of Jounen Kweyol activities in the northern community on Sunday.

The censure comes from the Monchy Development Committee which has described the staging of the traditional festivities as a cultural homicide

Trustee on the Committee Zachary Hippolyte says based on the feedback from patron’s attending Sunday’s event, their appetite for cultural diversity was left unsatisfied.

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Local Companies to Participate in interactive Private Sector Energy Fair
Over ten local companies will join the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology in staging an interactive Private Sector Energy Fair on Saturday November 15, in commemoration of Energy Awareness Week 2014.

The event will expose the general public to the many energy efficient products and services which are available locally and the opportunities for huge financial savings from investments in renewable energy and energy efficient products. This will also be an opportunity for the public to be introduced to several new companies in the energy sector.

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Ms. Cheryl Skeet Appointed Director on the Board of the Inter-American & Caribbean Network of Owners and Operators of Small Hotels

St. Lucia’s Cheryl Skeete will represent the Caribbean for the next two years as a Director on the Board of the Inter-American & Caribbean Network of Owners and Operators of Small Hotels, following a milestone election recently in Ecuador.

The election took place at a gathering of the Second Encounter of Owners and Operators of Small Hotels of Latin America and the Caribbean, which ran September 23 - 25 in the South American country.

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St. Lucia Government Supports the Privatization of Christmas Tree production and sales.
Supporting livelihoods and creating new revenue streams for rural farmers are the primary objectives of an ongoing programme for the privatization of Christmas Tree production and sales.

For over fifty years, the production and sale of natural Christmas tress has been the sole prerogative of the Forests and Lands Resources Development Department of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology.

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17th Road Fatality Registered in St. Lucia
A fatal motorcycle crash occurring here over the weekend has highlighted the need for a reminder on the importance of wearing the proper gear. A 27 year old man is registered as the 17th Road Fatality after the motorcycle he was riding ran off the Caye Mange road on Sunday.

The incident has caught the attention of the former president of the St Lucia Motor X Club Terrol Compton who highlighted the need for riders to suit up whenever they are on the road.

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SLBS Awards its 1st Quality Mark for Food Products
The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards, will award its first Quality Mark for Food Products to a Bakery and two Agro-Processing Businesses.  

Debbies Plus Bakery, under the Addies Plus Bakery label of La Clery, Castries, Ms St. Rose Creole Delight in Bocage, Castries for the production of jams, guava cheese, fudge, sugar cake and juices and  Vels Multi Services Ltd.,  Richfond, Dennery for Latanye Wine and Mauby Bark.

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Scientist Warns that Ebola Virus Could Mutate to Become More Contagious
Amid warnings from the World Health Organisation (WHO) that there could be up to 10,000 new cases of Ebola per week within 60 days, a leading US scientist has said that the deadly virus could be mutating to become more contagious.

The disease has already killed over 4,000 people and infected thousands more, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia, where the epidemic is said to be spiraling out of control.

Outside Africa, three nurses, one in Madrid, Spain, and two in Dallas, Texas, caught the virus while treating Ebola patients, despite wearing protective suits in carefully controlled environments.

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Customs Officers Involved in Sensitization Exercises on Ebola Threat
As efforts continue here to protect St Lucia’s borders from the possible entry of Ebola into the country, Customs and Excise officers are being trained to handle any such eventuality.

That's according to Assistant Superintendent of Police in charge of the Immigration department Crisita Descartes Pelius who informed the port personnel have been engaged in sensitization exercises conducted by the Ministry of Health as it relates to the Ebola Virus.

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Petroleum Prices Adjusted
Petroleum prices have been adjusted effective Monday, October 20 2014, to reflect changes in import prices of fuel products from July to October 2014.

The announcement which was released by the office  of the Prime Minister notes that while there have been slight decreases in the price of diesel, kerosene,  100lb LPG Cylinder and bulk LPG, the price of gasoline, the 20lb LPG and the 22lb LPG cylinders remain unchanged.

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Man Wanted By Police Captured
The wanted man who is the key suspect at the centre of a murder investigation has been captured by police.

Police report that on Sunday, October 19, 2014 about 10:00 p.m., a joint operation involving the Marine Unit, Special Services Unit, Criminal Investigations Department and the Intelligence Unit was conducted, towards the arrest and capture of 29-year-old Clint Mathurin of Arundell Hill.

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Officers Investigate Fatal Accident in Monchy
A motorcycle rider has succumbed to his injuries following a motorcycle crash over the weekend.

Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident.

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Barbados Recommends that Residents Defer from Traveling to parts of West Africa
Barbados is not among Caribbean countries which have taken a decision to ban travellers from parts of West Africa in an effort to contain the spread of the Ebola Virus.

Instead the ministry of health there has recommended that residents defer travel to the region unless absolutely essential, until the current Ebola outbreak is brought under control.

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CLICO Policy Holiders to be Updated in the Aftermath of  its Collapse
CLICO Policy Holders will be updated on the developments taking place on the status of their investments after the collapse of the company this week

The announcement comes following several meetings with Government officials, as well as other developments taking place in other islands where policy holders were similarly affected by the collapse of CLICO.

Mr Terrence Scott who is a member on the Concerned Clico Policy Holders group says Wednesday’s session will brief members on a meeting which was held with the Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony in August , and on recent discussions held with Mr. Richard Surage - the Judicial Manager appointed by the High Court to oversee CLICO's operations in St. Lucia.

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Government Notice: All visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be Denied Entry into Saint Lucia
The Government of St Lucia has taken a strong position on travel to the country following international reports regarding the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.

A statement released by the Press Secretary to the Prime Minister on Wednesday notes that given the extent of the outbreak of Ebola affecting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony has advised the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Vernon Francois, to implement with immediate effect, a prohibition on persons from these countries who wish to travel to Saint Lucia. All visitors from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone will be denied entry into Saint Lucia until further notice.  

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Carnival Winners Have Not Been Paid
The island’s largest cultural showpiece continues to be plagued with financial problems even though several changes have been made at a management level.

Reports indicate that despite efforts to revamp the island’s carnival, the winners in the various competitions are yet to receive their payments.

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