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St. Lucians Express Outrage Over Rape of Store Attendant
The rape of a store attendant at her workplace on Tuesday afternoon has sparked outrage in the local society with a number of individuals expressing both sadness and anger at the incident.

Among them is local lobbyist group Raise Your Voice which has condemned the violation of women and girls.

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Teddyson John Set to Headline Concert this Weekend
Fresh from his return to St Lucia following a stellar performance at Fantastic Friday in Trinidad and Tobago and the Allez Tour, soca sensation Teddyson John is set to headline the Super Sunday concert which takes place on the Castries Waterfront this weekend.

News about the hype surrounding the event comes from Teddy Francis who is a member on the Independence Committee.

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West Indies Win Under-19 World Cup
The glowing accolades for the West Indies Under 19 team continue to flow in as the President of the St Lucia Cricket Association and director on the West Indies Cricket Board gives his commendation on the youngsters’ historic feat.

But according to Mr Julian Charles there is much work to be done by the struggling senior team in order to achieve such recognition.

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Employee Raped at Boutique in the North
The rape of a young female employee at a boutique in the north of the island has left both the victim and the store owner traumatized.

The incident allegedly took place between 4 and 5pm at the establishment. Suggestions are that two men brushed their way past the employee and into the store under the guise that they wanted to make a purchase.

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Fifty Employees Join NWU
Over fifty (50) clerical, sales agents and other auxiliary workers employed with Food Express Ltd and Blue Waters (St. Lucia) Ltd. have joined the National Workers Union (NWU). As a result the NWU has submitted two (2) recognition applications to Mr. Ray Narcisse, Labour Commissioner on behalf of the said workers.

The National Workers Union (NWU) in its application also included all the relevant documentation that would facilitate a speedy determination of the process.

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Acting Commissioner Errol Alexander Announces Retirement

The search for a new police commissioner could intensify in the coming months.

This is as a result of an announcement by Errol Alexander who will be proceeding on retirement in April.

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Lady Leen to be Honored by St Lucian Diaspora in the United States
One of the island’s most seasoned entertainers is expected to be honored by the St Lucian diaspora in the United States.

It will take the form of a tribute concert which Lady Leen will headline on February 27th hosted by the St Lucia House Foundation.

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Bumper Weekend of Activities Slated for Independence Celebrations
St Lucians can look forward to a bumper weekend of activities as the independence committee hosts a series of events to commemorate the nation’s 37th anniversary.

Among them is a culinary experience which will take place in the form of a seafood and meats festival on Sunday.

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Police News
One man of Augier Vieux Fort has been arrested and formally charged for the offense of Maim.

On Saturday, February 13, 2016 about 9:00 a.m. 72 year old John Francis Mc Diarmed of Augier, Vieux Fort was stabbed in the right eye by 30 year old Terrance Mitchel alias “Wash” of the same address.

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Report Ranks St Lucia Low on How Effectively Children can use the Courts to Defend their Rights
A new report which ranks St Lucia low on how effectively children can use the courts to defend their rights has caught the attention of a local activist.

The report, ‘Rights, Remedies and Representation’, takes into account whether children can bring lawsuits when their rights are violated, the legal resources available to them, the practical considerations for taking legal action and whether international law on children’s rights is applied in national courts.

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The Juffali Scandal Continues

The Government of Saint Lucia has informed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that it intends to uphold the principle of diplomatic immunity by allowing its Permanent Representative to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to invoke his diplomatic immunity in the civil case brought by his ex-wife pursuant to Part 111 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act, 1984 of the United Kingdom.

The Government advised the FCO of its position last Friday, January 15, after it received a letter from the FCO requesting the Government of Saint Lucia to lift the immunity of Dr. Juffali.

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05
Police News
The Press Relations Officer at the RSLPF has been reacting to questions about what is being seen as the arrest and charging of one individual for arson in the Rodney Bay fire.

Zachary Hippolyte credits members of the public for coming forward with information that led to the arrest of Peter Merius.

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05
St. Lucian Soca Artiste to Compete in Finals of International Soca Monarch Competition
St. Lucian Soca Sensation Teddyson John says he is all pumped up to compete in the finals of the International Soca Monarch Competition amid speculation that he is a strong title contender.

John is expected to take to the stage for a fantastic Friday performance, despite news that the winner will not be announced until Saturday.

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Chairman of the OECS and Prime Minister of Grenada Calls for Member States to Fight Against New Health Threat
The Chairman of the OECS and Prime Minister of Grenada Dr Keith Mitchell has called for a collective approach from member states of the sub-regional grouping in the fight against the newest health threat.

It comes in the wake of strong warnings from medical experts on the Zika virus which is spread by the aides Egypti mosquito species.

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Police News
One Man of Degazon Gros Islet has been arrested and charged with Arson following investigations into a major fire that destroyed several businesses in Rodney Bay.

On Wednesday, February 3, 2016 40 year old, Peter Merius was officially charged for the offence

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Update on Lambirds Academy Scandal
Lawyer for Iftekhar Shams has described as unfair, the treatment being meted out to his client compared to that of the alleged victims of Human Trafficking.

He has concluded that the complainants in the case are enjoying St.Lucian hospitality while his client languishes in jail.

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03
Police News
The 16-year-old female who is a suspect in the murder of a bagatelle resident has been charged.

Paul St.Rose was found in a pool of blood on the steps of his home on January 28th .

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Possible Agenda Item for Upcoming Stakeholder Meeting to Include the Removal of Fuel Surcharge on LUCELEC's Billing System
The possibility of LUCELEC following LIAT’s lead on the removal of fuel surcharge in its billing system will be an agenda item for an upcoming stakeholder meeting.

The concern is being raised as the price of fuel continues on a downward spiral around the world.

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National Health Security Committee Declares Zika Virus as a National Priority
The National Health Security Committee headed by Cabinet Secretary, Darrel Montrope has zoomed in on the Zika Virus as a national priority on the heels of a pronouncement from the director at the World Health Organization.

Dr. Margaret Chan, has declaration that Zika virus (ZIKV) represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). A similar sentiment was expressed by the WHO on the Ebola when it was described as an global health emergency in 2014.

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Organizers of Miss Independence Pageant Unveils Contestants
Organizers of the annual Miss Independence Pageant have unveiled the contestants who will vie for the title this year.

The official introduction took place during the launch of the event on Saturday at the City Hall.

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