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Twenty Nine Dead after 8.1 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mexico

At least 29 people have died after the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in a century, struck off the country's southern coast.

The magnitude-8.1 quake, which was felt as far as Mexico City and Guatemala City, was registered off Mexico's southern coast just as heavy rains from Hurricane Katia lashed the east.

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CCRIF SPC to Make Payouts to the Government of Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Kitts & Nevis as a Result of the Passage of Hurricane Irma

The CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) will be making payouts totalling approximately US$15.6 million (EC$42 million) to the Governments of Antigua & Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Kitts & Nevis as a result of the passage of Hurricane Irma which triggered payments on these countries’ Tropical Cyclone policies

CCRIF is verifying the payout calculations and is in discussion with the three governments about making arrangements for transfer of these payouts, which will be completed within 14 days after the event – as mandated by CCRIF’s operational guidelines.

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Police Press Office Yet to Confirm Reports of Serial Rapist On Island

The police press office is yet to confirm the legitimacy of claims about a serial rapist on the loose here.

This as a number of alleged victims speaking out about their experience with an individual who they claim lured them into meeting with him under the guise of getting them a job.

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Public Advisory from the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy

The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy has advised the motoring public that works will be carried out on Mongiraud Hill on Saturday 9th September and Sunday 10th September 2017 from 7:00am to 6:00pm. This is to facilitate the removal of hardened concrete, and resurfacing of this section of road.

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Staff of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa Stage "Peaceful Protest" Outside Compound

Staff of the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa staged what they described as a ‘peaceful protest’ Wednesday afternoon outside the hotel compound.

It is estimated that more than twenty employees of the resort are said to have taken part in the action which began at around 5:pm and lasted until about 7pm.

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Sandals Releases Statement on Withholding Tax Issue

Sandals Resorts International is telling its side on the withholding tax issue that surfaced here in what appeared to be a leaked cabinet conclusion this week.

In a statement issued on Wednesday the resort noted that is grateful to the Government of Saint Lucia for bringing closure to a long-standing tax dispute in respect of withholding taxes assessed by the Inland Revenue Department on Insurance costs allocated to its three resort companies between 2001 and 2009.

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07
Local Security Guard Fatality Shot While On Duty

The fatal shooting of a security guard while on duty here on Tuesday has sparked an outpouring of sadness and outrage over what many describe as a senseless act.

Among those speaking out against the brutal killing is a social activist John Daniel who has called for the incident to be dealt with swiftly and decisively.

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St. Lucia's Police Commissioner Returns to Work Following Vacation Leave

Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry who is back on the job following just over eight months vacation leave has announced that his main priority is to address the high rate of homicide occurring here.

The island has recorded some 34 homicides for 2017 and the Commissioner says the plan is to address the number of illegal guns in the hands of St Lucians.

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St. Jude Hospital Received New Mobile Blook Bank Unit

St Jude Hospital is the recipient of a mobile blood bank unit donated by the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom to the government and people of St Lucia.

The donation of the DAF 45 Series, custom built mobile blood bank was made possible through the persistent efforts of the St. Lucia National Committee in the UK.

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St. Lucia's Chief Medical Officer Announces the Resumption of the Pediatric Programme for Special Needs Children

The island’s Chief Medical Officer has announced the resumption of the pediatric programme for special needs children.

News of its suspension came from the Secretary of Raise Your Voice St Lucia Catherine Sealys, when the government discontinued the contract of specialist paediatrician Dr Jacqueline Bird.

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SLTB Supports Local Artists on Musica Tour of the US

The Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) is giving its support to several local Soca and Lucian Kuduro artists on a five-city tour of the United States. The Board has sponsored the musical tour to the tune of $10,000 EC. The seven-week tour organized by Empire Media brings the splendour and unique power of Saint Lucian music to the US market and the Saint Lucian diaspora. The cheque handover took place at a press briefing at the SLTBS’s offices on Wednesday, August 30th.

The tour starts off with the Labour Day ‘Parkway Jam’ on September 4, 2017 and ends with Miami Carnival on October 8, 2017. The organizers have also planned a charity event at the Saint Lucia House in Brooklyn to demonstrate their solidarity with the Saint Lucian diaspora.

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NEMO Urges Residents to Monitor Progress of Hurrican Irma

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the Saint Lucia Meteorological Services continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma which has intensified into a major category 3 hurricane in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean.

According to the St. Lucia Meteorological Services, as at 5 a.m. on Friday September 1, 2017, the centre of Hurricane Irma was located near latitude 18.2 North, longitude 36.5 West or about 1665 miles or 2680 kilometers east of the Leeward Islands. Irma is moving toward the west northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h).

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