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NEMO Director Urges Caution Despite End of Hurricane Season
The National Emergency Management organization is urging for caution despite the traditional end of the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

The warning comes from the NEMO director Velda Joseph who points to the Christmas eve trough as an example of an adverse weather event occurring outside of the June to November hurricane season.

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First Yacht in ARC Race Arrives in St. Lucia
The first yacht in the ARC plus race that left Las Palmas well ahead of the traditional Atlantic Rally for Cruisers race has arrived in St Lucia.

The fleet of boats began arriving over the weekend and was welcomed at the IGY Rodney Bay Marina.

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Police Investigates Death of 33 Yr Old Woman in Micoud
In more news police are investigating the circumstances surrounding what is being described as the suspicious death of a 33 year old Dennery woman,

The body of Ternancia Evans aka “Bob Marley” of Grand Riviere, Dennery was discovered in a shop in Thomazo, on Saturday, November 28, 2015 about 8:00 a.m.

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Police News
One individual is in police custody assisting with police investigations into the twenty sixth registered homicide for this year.

A probe into the circumstances surrounding the death of 54 year old, Rufus St. Croix of Saltibus, Laborie opened  Saturday, November 28, 2015 about 5:45 p.m. when police responded to a report of a suspected homicide in that area .

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President of the St. Lucia Sickle Cell Association Expresses Concerns on Ministry of Health’s decision to Halt the Sickle Cell Disease Screening Pilot Project
President of the St. Lucia Sickle Cell Association, Paula Calderon, is extremely concerned over the Ministry of Health’s decision to halt the newborn Sickle Cell disease (SCD) screening pilot project being sponsored by the SickKids Caribbean Initiative (SCI) .

It is a recently instituted new method of testing for Sickle Cell Disease using a newborn heel prick with blood spots on filter papers shipped to Jamaica for testing .

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WASCO Staff Receives Support in Quest to Seek Wage Increase
Staff employed with the Water and sewerage company are receiving the support of their counterparts attached to the national Workers Union in their quest to seek a wage increase.

The solidarity is coming from the National Insurance Corporation and the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority SLASPA, whose workers have expressed disgust with the manner in which the request is being handled by the management of WASCO.

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Human Rights Advocate Reacts to Government's Refusal to Lift Dr Walid Jufali's Diplomatic Immunity
A St Lucian Human and Gender rights advocate based in Barbados is reacting to the local government’s refusal to lift the diplomatic immunity granted to a Saudi Arabian Billionaire in order for him to face a civil suit brought against him by his ex wife

Diplomatic immunity involves exemption from the enforcement of one or more laws of a host country granted to resident foreign diplomats. Its purpose is to ensure that the official duties of foreign ambassadors are not impeded. Some of the most important protections granted under diplomatic immunity include the inviolability of one's person and premises, exemption from taxation and freedom from civil and criminal law enforcement/prosecution by local authorities.

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Government Engages Services of Local Partnerships to Review Saint Lucia Fire Service
The Government of Saint Lucia has engaged the services of Local Partnerships to undertake a thorough review of the Saint Lucia Fire Service.

Local Partnerships (LP) is a joint venture between Her Majesty’s Treasury of the United Kingdom Government and the Local Government Association. LP brings a wealth of experience to this exercise, through its work in the Public Service of the United Kingdom and the support it has provided to several non-UK governments.

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Winner of ARC Race Expected to Arrive this Weekend
The first yachts in the Arc plus nautical race are expected to arrive in St Lucia by the weekend.

The disclosure has been made by Public Relations manager at the St Lucia Tourist Board John Emmanuel.

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Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Kenny Anthony Defends Decision on the Diplomatic Appointment of Walid Jufali
Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony has defended government’s decision on the diplomatic appointment of a Saudi Arabian Billionaire who has been charged with representing St Lucia’s interest on the International Maritime Organization.

Mr Walid Jufali’s diplomatic status and the immunity which protects him from facing civil court proceedings brought by his former wife in divorce proceedings has been the subject of much debate here for the last few weeks.

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Update on Victoria Hospital Scandal
The Ministry of Health has been advised by the Attorney General’s office to settle quietly, a claim by a Micoud Woman who accused staff at the Victoria Hospital of neglect last month

The health institution came under the spotlight following allegations that nurses neglected to care for 19 year old Chelsea Matty who was pregnant at the time while she gave birth to a premature baby.

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St. Lucia to Observe International Day to End Violence against Women
All is set for the staging of a silent protest in Castries on Wednesday that is expected to raise awareness to the high rate of violence against Women and children.

It is being led by the advocacy group, Raise Your Voice whose members have been lobbying for public support for the elimination of Violence against women.

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Rodney Bay Road to Reopen this Weekend
Motorists can expect relief in traffic on the Castries to Gros Islet highway on the weekend.

Works on the section of the road in the Rodney bay area began about two weeks ago after a failed culvert caused a depression in the road.

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WASCO Launches Water Rehabilitation Project
A new project has been launched by eth Water and Sewerage Company that is expected to improve one of the island’s main water distribution plants.

It comes fine years after the passage of hurricane Tomas in 2010 and the Christmas Eve trough in 2013 when the John Compton Dam was severely damaged.

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Police News
During the issuance of the ticket, the front seated passenger reached under his seat and withdrew a firearm which he aimed at Palmer.

The driver of the motor car then sped off. The Police gave chase but was unable to apprehend the suspects.

Investigations are continuing into this matter.

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Calls Made for Coaching Support for St. Lucia's Most Decorated Athlete
A local sports broadcaster has joined calls for authorities to provide the requisite coaching support to St Lucia’s most decorated athlete as she prepares to take the world stage at the 2016 Olympics.

This comes following what was observed as the visible absence of Lavern Spenser’s coach as she competed at the World Championships in Bejing China.

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Ministry of Education Adds New Fees for Verifying or Certifying Academic and Professional Qualifications
The Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development & Labour, as of December 01, 2015, will attach cost to the process of verifying or certifying academic and professional qualifications.  

The process, being managed by the Department of Human Resource Development, has for many years been executed with no charge, with the unit bearing all of the cost associated. It is due to this reality that the rates will now be applied.

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Minister for Infrastructure provides Update on Road Work Progess along Rodney Bay
The island’s Minister for Infrastructure has provided an update on the renovation works being undertaken on a section of the Castries to Gros Islet road after a failed culvert caused a depression in the road.

Traffic had to be diverted as a safety precaution for motorist traversing the Rodney Bay area.

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St. Lucia Observes Child Rights Week
In light of the myriad of reports of violence against children, the Division of Human Services issues a CALL TO ACTION to every Saint Lucian to make prevention of abuse and violence against children a priority.

The call comes during the observance of Child Right Week in Saint Lucia, which is expected to focus on Abuse and Violence against children.

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KFC Launches 2nd Annual Toy Drive
As the Christmas season begins to pick up, KFC is doing its part to spread cheer to less fortunate children.

The restaurant chain today launched its second annual toy drive  that will be distributed to children in communities identified by organizations like the Salvation Army among others.

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