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Owen King EU Hospital Outfitted with Numerous Pieces of Equipment and Furniture
The Owen King EU Hospital has been buzzing with activity, with the arrival and installation of numerous pieces equipment and furniture for the facility.
 
Since 2012, Claudio Meirovich has been involved in all tendering and supervision of contracts at the Hospital and reports that all is on target thus far. He stated that all equipment has now been shipped to St. Lucia with over thirty contains having already been destuffed at the facility.

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Local Artistes Unite to Raise Funds for Popular Producer
Local Artistes have come together to breathe life into an old tradition, as they seek to raise funds for their ailing friend.

The Musical Koudemain was the brainchild of Nicole David TC Brown and others who have mobilized St. Lucian entertainers to perform at a benefit concert for Francis Leebo De Lima. The proceeds are expected to fund his medical expenses.

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Mercury Beach Party Deemed Successful
The Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism says events like Mercury beach can give a major boost to the island’s budding marine and yachting sector.

The comments come following what organizers of the Mercury Beach event, say was a major success, following the staging at the Pigeon Island national landmark over the weekend.

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More Police News
A woman, believed to be in her eighties, yesterday fought off a would-be rapist who attacked her at her  home in Castries North according to the St Lucia Times.

A distraught relative of the woman said the would-be victim reported  sitting on her porch with the front door to the house open, when a young man came up the steps, grabbed her hand and demanded that she go with him to the bedroom.

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Police News
One man is dead following a shooting in Morne Du Don last night.

Police Press Officer Gregory Alexander says Kimran Jameson, succumbed to his injuries at hospital after a vehicle in which he and two other men were travelling came under gunfire shortly before 9 pm.

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Saint Lucia to Observe United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent
Saint Lucia will this week launch activities for the observance of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. It forms part of a series of events that will also observe Emancipation and Reparations in the context of Slavery and Native Genocide.

The events, organized by the National Reparations Committee (NRC) in association with the UWI Open Campus and the Office of the Prime Minister, are being held to recognize the valuable contributions made by people of African origin, of which approximately 200 million live in the Americas.

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Locals Monitor Reports of Vehicular Accident in Guyana which Leaves Several Saint Lucian Cub Scouts Injured
Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet has closely monitored developments, after an unfortunate vehicular accident in Guyana, left Saint Lucian Cub Scouts injured and traumatized.

The accident occurred on Tuesday, July 26, two days after the St. Lucian contingent arrived for the 14th Caribbean Camp. The government is particularly heartened to learn that eight year old Nick Joseph, who was listed as seriously injured is now out of the Intensive Care Unit of the Georgetown Public Hospital.

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Mercury Beach Festival Set for this Weekend
Organizers of the Mercury Beach Festival say all is set for the staging of the mega beach party at the Pigeon Island landmark on the weekend.

Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism Cuthbert Didier who has been working with French organizers of Mercury beach and local partners says a strong effort has been made to market the festival throughout the region and the world.

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09
Police News
One man is in police custody in connection with a double homicide in Vieux Fort on Saturday.

The update was issued by Assistant Superintendant of Police with responsibility for the Press Office Gregory Alexander.

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09
Head of the St. Lucia Cricket Association Confirms that Daren Sammy Has Been Cut from Squad
The head of the St. Lucia Cricket Association has confirmed that the Captain of the West Indies T20 Squad has been cut from the new thirteen man squad.

News of the sacking surfaced last week when Daren Sammy revealed via social media that he had been informed of the decision in a thirty second call from the head of the Selectors.

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09
Local Vendors Association Comment on Advisory Issued by Canadian Government on St. Lucia
The President of the St. Lucia Vendors Association says an advisory issued by the Canadian Government on St. Lucia could have a domino effect on the local economy.

The advisory which identifies several hot spots in the city was issued last week, cautioning visitors of muggings and attacks on visitors.

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09
Sir Arthur Lewis Community College to Undergo Rehabilitation Work
The Ministry of Education will undertake major rehabilitation on the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, to address existing deplorable conditions of the College’s Morne Fortune complex.

A recent assessment done by the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has revealed that many of the College’s buildings have air quality issues and are infested with mold and termites.  The cost of addressing these issues at the College, at this time, is estimated to be in excess of EC$3 million, and the Government of Saint Lucia is seeking the assistance of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to fund the venture.

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RSLPF Issues Warning to Pet and Farm Animal Owners
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is urging citizens to ensure that farm animals and pets are kept in a safe location.

According to section 26 of the Animal Act of Saint Lucia 2008, the police have the authority to seize any animal found wandering on the highway or public place.  

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04
Media Fraternity in Mourning Following the Sudden Passing of Colleague.
The media fraternity in St Lucia is in mourning following the sudden passing of a colleague.

Raymond Okeiffe who was the Communications Officer at the OECS Secretariat dies while receiving treatment for an undisclosed illness in Martinique.

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04
Government of Saint Lucia to Table Two Bills  at the Next Sitting of Parliament
The Government of Saint Lucia has announced that at the next Sitting of Parliament scheduled for Tuesday, August 16, 2016, two bills which reflect the fulfillment of key election promises to the nation will be tabled.

One  of the bills to come before the Parliament  will address the much anticipated  fifty (50) percent reduction in vehicle license fees while  the other bill  concerns the implementation of  an Amnesty  Period for the benefit of persons who have accumulated unpaid medical  fees with the national hospitals.

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His Excellency Cosmos Richardson Appointed Ambassador to CARICOM and the OECS
Saint Lucia’s newly appointed Ambassador to CARICOM and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States- OECS, His Excellency Cosmos Richardson has welcomed the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution in his new regional role.

Mr. Richardson who officially assumed the appointment on July 20, 2016 outlined some of his responsibilities which include the oversight for Caribbean Integration and Diaspora Affairs.

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Medical Surveillance at Ports of Entry Continue Despite Confirmation of the ZIKA Virus in the US
Medical surveillance at the island’s ports of entry continue despite news that ZIKA virus infections have been confirmed and are growing in the US.

Advisories had been issued for travellers to the Caribbean where the Zika virus is now prevalent.

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New Research Details Effects of Second-Hand marijuana Inhalation
Inhaling second-hand marijuana smoke for just one minute may damage blood vessels, new research out of the United States shows.

It also suggests that our bodies may take three times longer to recover than after breathing second-hand tobacco smoke, according to a paper published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

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03
St Lucia Zouks Set to Play Against Trinidad and Tobago Night Riders
The St Lucia Zouks are at it again as they go up against the Trinbago Night Riders with the hopes of winning the challenge this evening in St Kitts.

In a previous encounter at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, victory eluded the Zouks in a nail biting encounter against the Knight Riders.

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Nurses Trained to Identify the Signs of Abuse in Children
Members of the St Lucia Nurses Association have been trained to identify the signs of abuse in children.

The training comes amid efforts to enforce mandatory reporting of child abuse.

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