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START placed on Notice for Failure to Meet 1 Week Ultimatum
Almost one month after the curtains came down on the 2015 offerings in the island’s largest cultural showpiece, the players remain embroiled in controversy.

It is coming from the embattled calypso section, where the artistes and START management are at loggerheads again.  

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Dominica PM Addresses Nation
As the Government and people of Dominica begin the process of recovery and reconstruction in the aftermath of tropical storm Erika, the nature isle’s Prime Minister has called for the assistance of the Parliamentary opposition to assist in the effort.

The invitation was extended on Friday evening when Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressed his nation for almost twenty minutes.

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Vehicle License Fee to Increase in St. Lucia
The introduction of increased vehicle license fees on St Lucians has been described as government’s way of pick pocketing the public.

The view was expressed by the General Secretary of the United Workers Party Oswald Augustin one day before the new measure takes effect.

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Locals React to New Policy
Police have come in for high praise for efforts made to inform the public on a revised policy that no longer allows family members of individuals who have died under suspicious circumstances to witness post mortem examinations.

The disclosure was made this week following claims by the family of Kervin Joseph, a mentally challenged man who was shot and killed by police, that they were denied that opportunity.

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Police News
Investigations into the alleged gang rape of a mentally challenged teenager in Bruceville Vieux Fort have hit a major snag.

That's according to Police Press Relations Officer Zachary Hippolyte who informed that so far there has been little evidence to support the claim.

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Government of St. Lucia Pledges Assistance with Dominica's Recovery Efforts
St Lucia’s Prime Minister has sympathized with the government and people of Dominica in the aftermath of a storm that devastated that country on Thursday.

The gesture was made during a visit by Prime Minister Roosvelt Skerrit who arrived in St Lucia late Thursday afternoon via helicopter.

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Government of China Taiwan Provides Assistance to Families Displaced in House Fire
Families which have been displaced following several house fires in various parts of St Lucia have benefited from a donation from the government of China Taiwan.

The assistance which was facilitated by the government of St Lucia, comes as part of the provision of Social Protection for those who are most vulnerable.

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Media Association of St Lucia Comments on Deadly Shooting of 2 US Journalists
The deadly shooting of two journalists in Virginia on Wednesday has raised fresh concerns for the safety of media practitioners here.

The president of the Media Association of St Lucia Clinton Reynolds described the situation as unfortunate and sad, while expressing sympathy to the media fraternity there.

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Severe Weather Conditions Continue to Affect Dominica
Severe adverse weather conditions that continue to affect Dominica have resulted in the displacement of several residents due to flooding.

The system caused by the effects of tropical storm Erica has left most of the country without power and potable water, with officials predicting that the situation is not expected to improve for the rest of the day.

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WASCO Repairs Broken Pipe in New Village
The Water and Sewerage Company has assisted with a broken pipe at a public laundry and bath facility in New Village days after several calls from residents.

This comes at the height of a drought period that has gripped the island since the start of the year as well as several advisories issued by WASCO to conserve water.

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Tropical Storm Warning in Effect for Caribbean Islands
Tropical storm warnings have been expanded as far west as Puerto Rico as Tropical Storm Erika continues on a track that will take it near or over parts of the Caribbean tonight, and near the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tomorrow.

After Erika’s maximum sustained winds dipped to 40 miles per hour yesterday evening, they increased to 45 miles per hour again, by this morning.

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Police News
Police investigations continue into a weekend shooting at Bois Patat.

Official reports indicate that on Friday, August 21, 2015 about 11:50 p.m. police responded to a shooting at Bois Patat, Castries.

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Impasse Between National Workers Union and Management of Secure St. Lucia Continues
Shop stewards at the Water and Sewerage Company and the Windward Islands Packaging Company have called on the attention of the island’s Labour Commissioner to intensify efforts to resolve an impasse between the National Workers Union and the management of Secure St Lucia...or else.

The two sides have been deadlocked on a settlement of over half a million dollars in outstanding overtime payments to security guards employed with the company.

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Police News
On Saturday, August 22, 2015 about 10:50 p.m. police responded to a shooting which occurred at Faux Au Chaux, Castries.

Reports indicate that two unknown men discharged rounds of ammunition in Faux Au Chaux.

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Soufriere Residents Attend Vigil for Villager Killed by Police
Hundreds of Soufriere residents showed up to attend a vigil in memory of a mentally challenged man who was killed by police last week.

According to Mr Giovani Moses the event included prayers, by the victims family and other residents who also laid reefs at the locations where the police first encountered Kervin Joseph as well as the river where he was shot and killed.

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Sir Arthur Lewis Community College Increase Tuition Fees for Academic Year
The National Students Council is concerned with an announcement by the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College of an increase in tuition fees for the academic year 2015/2016, just two weeks ahead of registration.

The organization maintains that the issue is a major concern for the National Students’ Council along with parents and students whom it directly affects.

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Police News
The results of a post mortem conducted on the body of a mentally challenged man of Soufriere has been released.

Kervin Joseph was fatally shot by police on Tuesday last week following a scuffle with lawmen who were trying to apprehend him.

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Children of Fire Victims get SLASPA Support
The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) has stepped up to assist the victims of a recent fire in Vieux Fort. On July 26, 2015, five families in the Westhall Group area – better known as the Mangue – were displaced by the blaze that swept through their neighbourhood. Since then, relief efforts for the affected persons have been ongoing.

Of particular concern has been the situation of the children preparing for a new school term a few weeks hence, having lost their books, bags and uniforms in the inferno. On Wednesday, August 19, SLASPA took steps to help remedy that, presenting cheques in the amount of $1,000 for each of the distressed students to assist in getting educational supplies.

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Windward Islands Spared Effect of First Hurricane for 2015 Season
The Windward Islands appear to have been spared the ravages of the first named hurricane of the 2015 season.

According to the Acting Director of Met Services Andrew Joyeaux, the system which has strengthened into a hurricane is on a trajectory toward the northern Leeward islands.

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Police News
A non fatal shooting has been reported in the Black stars Morne Du Don area the early this morning.

The man who was reportedly shot in the back is now in hospital following the incident .

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