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Ministry of Education Launches Investigation on Incident Involving a Female Teacher and 3 Male Students
A physical altercation involving a female teacher and three male students at the Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School in Dennery continues to remain a serious cause for concern for a St Lucian gender and rights advocate.

Ms Felicia Browne who has been lobbying against bullying in schools and other issues that affect students at local learning institutions notes that any form of violence particularly in the school setting is alarming.

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Interactive Private Sector Energy Fair Slated for this Weekend
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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Authorities Asked to Explain Circumstances Surrounding the Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Man
A challenge has been issued to law enforcement officials to clear the air on the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of a mentally ill man of Burceville Vieux Fort.

Claims from the family of Christopher Severin suggest that at least three shots were fired, one of which hit him in the back, while police were trying to apprehend him this week. But according to a police press statement the man was shot in the lower part of his body.

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Public Raises Concernes on Methods Used to Apprehend Persons of Unsound Mind
The fatal shooting of a mentally ill man in Vieux Fort by police this week has raised new concerns about the use of alternative means to capture people of unsound mind.

The call was made by a former Health Minister who served under a previous St Lucia Labour Party administration Dr Damian Greaves, following news that Christopher Severin was shot and killed by police during attempts to capture him in Vieux Fort.

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Debate on the Constituency Boundaries Continues
The former Parliamentary of one of the largest constituencies here agrees that there is need for an adjustment in Gros Islet.

Mr Lenard Spider Montoute who has joined the debate on the constituency boundaries notes that a split is long overdue, mainly due to the disparity that exist in the population of that constituency compared those which are much smaller.

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St. Lucia to Commemorate World Diabetes Day
The St. Lucia Diabetes and Hypertensive Association is seeking to stress the importance of an active healthy lifestyle starting at the school level.

The move comes as part of activities to commemorate World Diabetes Day on November 13.

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Business Executives Raise US$28.5 million to Help Countries Hit by Ebola
Against the backdrop of thousands of deaths as Ebola continues its rampage in West Africa, some of the continent’s leading businessmen have established a crisis fund to help the countries worst hit by the deadly virus.

At a pledge meeting held over the weekend in Addis Ababa, the business executives raised US$28.5 million to deploy at least 1,000 health workers to Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia.

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St. Lucian Businesses Support ARC 2014
As the first set of vessels in the 2014 trans-oceanic sailing event inch closer to the finish line here, more corporate entities have thrown their support and brand recognition behind Saint Lucia’s efforts at hosting the internationally recognized Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC).

This year for the 24th consecutive time Saint Lucia will serve as the finish point for the close to 250 vessels expected to end the over 2700 nautical mile journey at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina.

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Police Investigates Fatal Shooting in Vieux Fort
Investigations have opened into a fatal police shooting of a man who they describe as a suspected lunatic in  Vieux Fort on Monday

Officers attached to the Major Crimes Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, are probing the circumstances which led to the death of 25-year-old, Christopher Severin of Bruceville, Vieux Fort.

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Rise St Lucia to Host International Child Rights Week
Plans for the hosting of activities to commemorate International Child Rights Week from November 13 to 20th are well advanced.

That's according to officials at Rise St Lucia Inc who note that the weeklong campaign is taking place at a time when the world celebrates the rights of children as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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Officers Investigate Attempted Murder of 34 Year Old
In more news, Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department are investigating the attempted murder of 34 year old Jahvin “One Face” Roberts of Bexon.

It was reported that on Saturday, November 8, 2014 about 11:15 p.m., Roberts was at Bexon when he became involved in a physical altercation with a known individual.

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Police Investigates Death of 18 Year Old Male
The Major Crimes Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, is appealing for public assistance with investigations into the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of 18-year-old, Cornelius Edwin.

At the time of the incident, Edwin who was originally from Ciceron, resided at Marchan.

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Scotiabank Offers Fantastic Opportunities During One Day Event
St Lucians are being offered an opportunity to tap into what is being described as fantastic offers from Scotiabank.

The financial institution is rolling out a one day only campaign which is expected to entice new customers to access low interest loans and other financial services.

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St. Lucia Records Extremely High Rainfall Over the Weekend
A weather event over the weekend which dumped more than 7 inches of rain in on the island, reminiscent of the Christmas eve Trough, appears to have caught many St. Lucians by surprise.

Acting Director of Met Services Venantius Descartes explained that the rains came as a result of an upper level trough which interacted with a lower level system causing continuous rain for almost 24 hours.

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ARC Sets Sail!
The St Lucia Tourist Board has highlighted the significant economic benefit that the arrival of crews participating in the Arc Plus Race.

The event set sail from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria on Sunday 9 November, with over 50 yachtsmen and crew participating in the nautical race.

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Scotia Bank to Shut Down 35 of its 200 Branches
The National Workers Union has described news that Scotiabank has planned to shut down 35 of its 200 branches in the Caribbean as very concerning.

The closure means that the jobs of 1500 employees would be terminated.

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Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) Acquires Columbus International Inc.
Cable & Wireless Communications Plc (CWC) agreed to acquire cable TV and Internet provider Columbus International Inc. to expand in the Caribbean and Central America. The deal also gives billionaire John Malone a stake in the enlarged company.

Cable & Wireless will pay $707.5 million in cash and sell 1.56 billion new shares, as well as raise additional debt to finance the $1.85 billion deal, the London-based company said in a statement today.

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Sports Administrator Reacts to WIC walk out
A former Sports Administrator is of the view that the entire West Indies Cricket should resign following its handling of a major fall out with its players.

The fall out could leave the Board in a 45 million dollar hole as Indian cricket authorities are demanding compensation following the walk out of West Indies Players from its India Tour on October 17th.

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SLNT Concerned On Illegal Harvesting of Sea Urchins
The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is becoming increasingly concerned about the illegal and indiscriminate harvesting of Sea Urchins (chadon), particularly in Vieux Fort.

A statement issued by the Trust notes that evidence of this came to light after a routine visit to Maria Islands by staff on Saturday October 25th when remnants of sea urchin shells, including young ones which were useless to the poachers, were scattered on the islet’s shores.

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Public Reacts to Arrest of Correctional Officer on Drug Charges
A former Deputy Prison Chief has reacted to the latest news that has put correctional officers under scrutiny.

This comes after the first female correctional officer who was working the morning shift at the Bordelais Correctional Facility was arrested on drug charges.

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