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National Coordinator for Legal and Human Rights Comments on Fatal Police Shooting
There has been reaction from the National Coordinator for Legal and Human Rights following reports of the first fatal police shooting for 2015.

The incident which has been described as an unprovoked attack by eyewitnesses and family members of the deceased man who was mentally unstable has raised the ire of residents in Soufriere.

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Regional Tourism Officials to Partner with UWI to Find Solutions for Sargassum Seaweed Threat
It would take at least US$120 million and more than 100,000 people to clean up the Sargassum seaweed that has created “an international crisis” and “the greatest single threat” to the Caribbean, according to Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Sir Hilary Beckles.

And he says the international community should step in to provide needed assistance.

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Police News
It was pandemonium in the town of Soufriere on Tuesday night after police shot and killed a man who is believed to be of unsound mind.

Official reports indicate that an ambulance transporting three police officers who were involved in a scuffle that turned deadly, was attacked by an angry mob, as emergency management personnel attempted to leave the scene.

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St. Lucians Urged to Brace for the Effects of Storm
As met Officials continue to monitor the development of the fourth named storm of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season, St Lucians are being urged to brace for the effects of the system.

Acting Director of Met Services Andre Joyeaux told RCI news today that Tropical storm Danny continues to strengthen over the next two days, but it is expected to pass just north of St Lucia.

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Pine Hill Fun Walk this Weekend
Organizers of the Pine Hill Fun Walk have announced that the event is picking up steam ahead of the weekend activity.

The 15 K walk which is into its 16th year will start at Vigie and end at the Pigeon Island landmark.

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Police Raid Conducted on American International Medical University
A police raid was conducted on the premises of the American International Medical University (AIMU) in the North of the Island, on Monday afternoon according to the St Lucia Times.

The Police action is part of an ongoing investigation into the operation of offshore medical institutions here, it has been reported.

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St. Lucia Civil Service Association Awards Scholarships for Secondary Level Education
More St. Lucian students are expected to benefit from financial assistance that will go toward assisting with school expenses ahead of the new academic year.

The St. Lucia Civil Service Association has awarded eight scholarships to members’ children to pursue studies at the secondary school level, beginning in September 2015.

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Mercury Beach event Hailed A Success
The just concluded Mercury Beach event has been hailed a huge success by local organizers.

Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism Cuthbert Didier notes that while it may be premature to gauge the extent of its success, prior to the release of official data, the French visitors spent an average of three hundred euros over the three day stay here.

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St. Lucia Special Olympics Team Recognized for Achievements
The Special Olympics team which represented St Lucia at the recently concluded games in Los Angeles received due recognition for their accomplishment on Friday night.

The initiative which was facilitated by Telecoms Company Digicel awarded all of the athletes for the hard work, determination and drive.

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Homicide Rate Decreases for First Half of 2015
The acting Police Commissioner in charge of Crime and Intelligence is boasting success as the department releases crime statistics for 2015.

It came at a news conference held earlier today where Mr Milton Desir disclosed that the homicide rate for the first half of 2015 has decreased when compared to the same period last year.

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Scheduled Interruption in the Electricity Supply Victoria Hospital
The management of the Victoria Hospital has informed the general public and clients of a scheduled interruption in the electricity supply at the health institution on Saturday.

The power outage is expected to take effect from 7am, to facilitate remedial electrical works on the hospital’s main distribution.

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Fond St Jacque Carnival Begins this Weekend
The staging of the Fond St Jacque Carnival which takes place this weekend is expected to stimulate economic activity in the impoverished community.

That’s according to the head of the Carnival committee there Sandra Prospere who informed that this is not the first time such an event is being hosted there.

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St. Lucia Observes International Youth Day
St Lucian youth joined their counterparts around the world in observance of International Youth Day 2015 on August 12th with a series of initiatives aimed at creating greater youth empowerment.

The program which was coordinated by the National Youth Council brought members together for a Lucian leaders forum among other activities which seeks to engage youth in crime fighting and conflict resolution  efforts.

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Local Businessman Expresses Frustration Over Police Action along Victoria Street
A well known business man who operates from Victoria Street in Castries has expressed frustration over police action that has come at the expense of his business.

Mr Earl Lewis who owns the Cosmopolitan Bar says the action came after authorities were alerted to a potential collapse of an abandoned building along Victoria Street.

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Police News
Several passengers aboard a Minibus plying the Vieux Fort route sustained non-life threatening injuries after the vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a utility pole.

The disclosure was made by Divisional Officer at the Southern Division Joseph Joseph. He informed that the incident occurred on Wednesday around 5:11 pm.

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Looming Strike by LIME Employers in Antigua
The National Workers Union has reacted to news of a looming strike by LIME employers in Antigua.

The workers at telecommunications giant are threatening industrial action later this month amidst fears they will be left jobless when the US$1.85 billion merger with Columbus International is completed.

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Local National Weight Loss Competition to Begin Soon
The Ministry of Health has come up with what officials are calling an exciting way to deal with the problem of chronic non communicable disease that continues to affect the local population.

The newest exercise is a national weight loss competition which is set to begin here soon. The parti

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Calls Made for Enactment of Consumer Protection Bill
Another call has been made for the enactment of the Consumer Protection Bill.

This comes following a complaint lodged against a telecommunications company operating here.

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Another Accident Along Bexon Highway
The Bexon Highway was the scene of another vehicular accident that has prompted local authorities to take another serious look at how the road is being used.

So far for this year about four fatalities have been recorded due to vehicular crashes on that stretch of road.

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Industrial Impasse Between St. Jude Hospital and the National Workers Union Resolved
The industrial impasse between the Management of St. Jude Hospital and the National Workers Union (NWU) has been amicably resolved. At the centre of the dispute was the decision to terminate an employee.

The Union believes that Management’s action was harsh, high handed and unjustifiable.

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