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Researcher Predicts that Ebola Crisis likely to Continue until End of 2015
The Ebola crisis in West Africa is likely to continue until the end of 2015, according to Professor Peter Piot, a leading researcher who helped to discover the deadly virus.

Professor Piot, who recently returned from Sierra Leone, says that he was encouraged by progress in that country and by the promise of new anti-viral therapies.

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Customer Complains of False Advertising by Local Telecommunications Provider
A local telecommunications provider has been accused of ripping off consumers who continue to stock up on gifts for loved ones during the holiday season.

The accusation comes from an irate customer who claims that the price which was being advertised on a phone in a promotional campaign by Digicel turned out to be much higher in-store, even though the promotion is ongoing.

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Man Accused of Stabbing His Infant Child Arrested by Police
A man who has been accused of stabbing his infant child on Monday has been arrested by police.

The incident allegedly occurred at Bishops Gap. Officers attached to the Marchand Police Station received a report that a baby was being held hostage at a residence in Marchand. They alerted officers attached to the Major Crimes Unit, Special Services Unit and the Criminal Investigations Department and immediately responded.

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Team at Bordelais Correctional Facility Apprehends Escaped Inmate
The Bordelais Correctional Facility’s special operations response team apprehended a forty-two year old escaped inmate, at anse-Canot, Dennery.

Official reports indicate that Joshua (Joshan) Andrew Richardson of Arundell Hill, Marchand, was escorted back to the facility around  4:30 p.m. on Monday, December 29, 2014,

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European Union Assists WASCO With Grant to Develop Capacity
Saint Lucia's water sector is expected to get a boost through a European Union grant in an effort to develop capacity on the island.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science & Technology and the Water & Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) signed a cooperation agreement with a French organization on December 3, 2014 in Martinique for the granting of funds from European Union in the sum of 347,587 Euros.

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Average Life Expectancy for Men & Women Rises
The average life expectancy for men and women around the world has risen by about six years over the past two decades, according to the findings of one of the most comprehensive studies of global health ever conducted.

The increase is mainly due to advances in health care, with longer life spans in richer countries largely attributed to a drop in deaths related to heart disease, and poorer countries experiencing declines in the death of children from ailments such as malaria, pneumonia and diarrhoea.

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T&T Prime Minister Seeks to Reintroduce Hanging Bill on Island
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Kamla Persad-Bissessar, has announced that her government will again be seeking to reintroduce the “hanging bill” next year, even though it was defeated in Parliament four years ago.

Persad-Bissessar said the number of murders in the country was “too high” and she would ask Cabinet to reconsider the death penalty.

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Chistmas Food Distribution Drive a Success!
The distribution drive which has been ongoing here this month moves into high gear just three days before Christmas.

Among those joining the fray are Radio Caribbean International and the Bank of St Lucia ECFH group.

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Delta Airlines Begin New Service to Saint Lucia
Delta Airlines has officially begun new its new service from New York to Saint Lucia. The inaugural New York-St Lucia flight touched down at St Lucia’s Hewanorra International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

The new service is part of a wider expansion push for the American carrier, which launched two new routes to Barbados earlier this month.

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Archbishop Robert Rivas to Visit the Bordelais Correctional Facility
On Tuesday, December 23, 2014, the Bordelais Correctional Facility will be graced with the inaugural visit of Archbishop Robert Rivas. The Archbishop will also conduct a special mass at the facility’s chapel. A select group of prisoners will attend that mass as well as officials of the facility.

Officer in Charge of the Bordelais Correctional Facility Mr. Wayne Charley says the initiative will continue on a monthly basis in the New Year.

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Results of Autopsy on Babonneau Youth Have Been Released
The results of an autopsy conducted on the body of a Babonneau youth have been released.

Police report that the post mortem examination was conducted on the body of 19 year old Kerry Louis of Paix Bouche, Babonneau On Saturday, December 20, 2014,. The results indicate hemorrhagic shock secondary to incised wounds.

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Masked Gunmen Attack Local Minibus Driver
An attack on a La Clery bus driver last night has highlighted the need for the establishment of a cashless system by minibus operators.

Mr Hyacinth Sydonie says upon arriving home from work on Thurdsay evening he was attacked by masked gunmen who demanded that he turn over his day’s earnings.

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Carnival Winners Still Await Full Payment of Prize Monies
The leader of the fourth place winner in the 2014 Panorama steel pan competition has expressed frustration at the non payment of the full amount of prize monies by the Carnival Planning and Management Agency some five months after the contest.

Mr Guy Innocent told RCI news that a part payment was made to the Busta Emerald Steel pan band about a month ago and he was promised that the balance would have been paid shortly after.

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Officers Recover Plant Materials Suspected to be Marijuana on Piroque
About 4:15 a.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014, officers attached to the Marine and Drug Units intercepted a pirogue within the territorial waters of St. Lucia, travelling in a northerly direction towards Martinique.

At the time of the intercept, there were three males on board the vessel. A search was carried out on their person as well as the pirogue. During the search, the officers recovered ten polythene bags and a black plastic bag containing green plant materials suspected to be marijuana.

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Police Receives Assistance from Witness in Local Homicide
A 25-year-old resident of Paix Bouche, Babonneau is currently in police custody assisting with investigations into what local police have recorded as the 34th homicide recorded for 2014.

Officers attached to the Babonneau Police Station are probing the circumstances which led to the chopping death of 19-year-old Terry Louis of Paix Bouche.

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Police Recovers 524 lbs of plant materials suspected to be Marijuana in Mon Repos Home
On Thursday, December 18, 2014, officers attached to the Drug Unit of the Southern Division executed a search warrant on the premises of Collins Aimable of La Pointe, Mon Repos.

During the search of the premises, the officers recovered five hundred and twenty four pounds of green plant materials suspected to be Marijuana.

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New Study Analyzes Annual Darwin Awards
If you’re a woman and have recently called a member of the opposite sex an idiot, a new study indicates that you were probably right on the mark.

If you’re a man on the receiving end of the name-calling, it may be time to grin and bear it.

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Police Responds to Claims of a Alleged Attack on Elderly Tourist by One of Its Own
The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force has reacted to media reports claiming an alleged attack on an elderly tourist by one of its own attached to the Marigot Station.

A statement released on Thursday notes that the RSLPF is yet to identify any formal reports made by anyone in relation to this matter which was reported on December 16.

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PM Dr. Kenny Anthony Lauds Normalization of US Relations with Cuba
Saint Lucia's Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Dr. Kenny Anthony, has lauded the announcement that the United States and Cuba intend to pursue 'normalization' of relations after five decades of hostility.

Joint announcements were made in Washington and Havana on Wednesday, by US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro, in which the two leaders laid the foundations for establishing what President Obama described as “a new chapter” in the history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba.

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Ministry of Infrastructure Responds to Traffic Concerns near the Rodney Bay Marina
A high level official at the Ministry of Infrastructure has responded to concerns about the temporary construction of traffic calming measures near the Rodney Bay Marina.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Infrastructure Dr Allison Gajadhar says the decision was taken to install speed bumps along the Rodney Bay highway in order to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

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