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Woman Battered by Partner for 11 Years - Daughter Speaks Out
The daughter of a woman who had been battered by her partner says her mother has been receiving counselling and additional medical treatment  following her ordeal.

Ms Milissa Joseph says her mother has endured the violent domestic situation for some 11 years and has refused to leave despite the pleas of relatives.

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Human Rights Advocate Comments on Increasing Numeber of Cases of Violence Against Women
A human rights advocate based in Barbados has been reacting to the recent cases of violence against women which have dominated the news this week

Ms Felicia Browne describes as remarkable the level of support for the victims and their families particularly in cases of rape and domestic violence.

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Local Reality Series 'Island Hunk' Finale this Week
The producer of a local TV reality series called Island Hunk is promoting the finals of a competition which normally features women.

Joycie Medrick who has produced the show for two years now says a cast of 10 young men were selected to start the competition in September last year.

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Local Attorney Reacts to Rape Reports
A local human rights attorney has reacted to a social problem that continues to affect women on the island.

Mr Martinus Francois was speaking to the number of rapes which have so far been reported in the local media from December last year.

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04
New Additions to the Lineup of the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival
The line-up of the 24th edition Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts Festival has been further spiced up with the addition of American Grammy Award-winning R&a...

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Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert Comments on Hon. Emma Hippolyte's Post as Acting Prime Minister of Saint Lucia
The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert expresses great pleasure at the accession of fellow female Parliamentarian and Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, Hon. Emma Hippolyte, to the post of Acting Prime Minister from February 25-28, 2015.

Hon. Dr. Rigobert observes that this event marked the first time in the history of Saint Lucia that a woman has assumed the highest position in the government. The Leader of the Opposition offers congratulations to Hon. Hippolyte and says this milestone is testament to the pivotal role of women in Saint Lucia’s politics.

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03
Miss Sheris Paul is Miss Independence 2015
A congratulatory message has been sent to the reigning Miss Independence  following her victory on February 21st.

Sheris Paul emerged winner of the competition staged at the National Cultural Centre.

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03
Dennery Hospital  Implements Strict Security Measures Due to Safety Concerns at the Institution
Strict Security measures have been installed at the Dennery Hospital bring an end to safety concerns at the health institution.

A fight between two injured people who had been brought to the hospital broke out last month prompting officials to take a closer look at the security challenge at the facility.

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03
St. Lucia Continues to Experience Dry Spell
An official at the Water resource Management Agency says despite the rains experienced here over the past few days, the island continues to experience a dry spell.

Mr Fitzgerald John notes a meteorological drought continues to affect the island, which has resulted in reduced capacity in the raw water supply.

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03
Commissioner of Police Issues Public Appeal for Witnesses on a Number of Reported Rapes on the Island
The Deputy Commissioner of Police has issued a public appeal to members of the public who may have witnessed a number of rapes which have been reported in the recent past to come forward.

DCP Henry made the call earlier today when she disclosed that from the start of the year eight alleged cases have been reported in the north of the island, with two perpetrators being arrested and charged for the sexual offences.

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03
Investigations Into Human Trafficking Ring Results in 4 Arrests
Investigations into what police suspect to be a human trafficking ring in St Lucia has resulted in the arrest of four people.

The disclosure was made by Deputy Police Commissioner Frances Henry during a news conference earlier today.

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Creative Industries Consultant Cautions Youth to Pay Close Attention Before Signing Contracts
The consultant in the Ministry of Creative Industries has reacted to what is being described as suspect, an audition staged here by two foreign nationals who were scouting for talent in the creative Industries.

Mr Christopher Hunte who has been advocating for greater support for local artisans says the exercise which took place at the Bay Gardens Hotel featured several elements that did not seem legitimate.

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02
60% of Invasive Alien Plant Species Eradicated from the Gros Piton Nature Trail
Over sixty percent (60%) of Invasive Alien (plants) Species have been eradicated from the Gros Piton Nature Trail (GPNT).

The plants threatened to compromise the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Piton Management Area, Saint Lucia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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02
SLPF Denies Suggestions that Commissioner Vernon Francois Sent on Leave
The Public Relations office of the Royal St Lucia Police Force has denied suggestions that Commissioner Vernon Francois has been sent on leave.

The claim has raised suspicion in certain quarters, as it comes just one week ahead of a scheduled address to the Nation to be delivered by Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony, on March 8th, when he will disclose the findings of the IMPACS report, which was compiled following investigations into allegations of extrajudicial killings by the police.

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Consumers to Pay Less for Diesel and LPG (Cooking Gas)
Effective Monday, March 2, 2015 consumers will pay less for diesel and LPG (cooking gas).

According to a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister, consumers will realize savings of .38 cents per gallon on diesel, while the 20lb, 22lb and 100lb LPG cylinders will reduce by.05,.16 and.25 cents per cylinder, respectively.

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