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Former Chief Medical Officer Issues Please for Assistance for Young Patient With Rare Heart Condition
A former Chief Medical Officer has issued a plea for help for one of his patients who has been diagnosed with a rare heart condition.

Dr Josiah Rambally says the thirty five year old patient who is a resident of Canaries is in dire need of a surgery to be performed by specialists in Martinique, that can save his life.

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Local Cultural Groups Celebrate La Rose Festival
A St. Lucian Musician and Song Writer has lamented that seasonal appetite of the public for local music.

The sentiment was expressed as cultural groups around the island celebrated the La Rose Festival on Tuesday.

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Leeboration Concert Raises $53,000 in Pledges to Assist Local Singer and Songwriter
The Leeboration Concert held this past Sunday August 28 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground raised just over $53,000 in pledges during a live telethon that was broadcast on Choice TV, Calabash and DBS.
 
The concert (also broadcast on Kairi FM) was the biggest in a series of activities from the Artistes for Leebo Movement, a group formed to raise funds for Saint Lucian singer, songwriter and producer Francis “Leebo” De Lima. The owner of production house Heights Music was diagnosed with cancer in early August.

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Daren Sammy Foundation Invests in Nation's Youth
The Daren Sammy Foundation has made its first donation with an investment in the education of the nation’s youth

The organization provided 10 primary and secondary school students with school bags, shoes, and a customized sports jersey, as the first initiative in the foundation’s plans to fund support the students.

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New Loading Zone for Geest Line Vessels in St. Lucia
There has been a negative reaction from the Vieux Fort General and Dock Workers union to the shift of the loading zone for bananas on Geest Line Vessels to the Castries Seaport.

According to a joint press release issued weeks ago , the loading operation which currently take place at the Vieux Fort Port took effect today.

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Saint Lucia launches United Nations Decade for People of African Descent
Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Education, Dr Gale Rigobert, says Saint Lucia is proud to have officially adopted and launched the United Nations Decade for People of African Descent.

The Acting Prime Minister spoke following her presentation of an official declaration adopting the UN Decade last week, during a Colloquy on Slavery and Emancipation, Reparations, Marcus Garvey and the UN Decade for People of African Descent.

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Police News
Police are reporting a hit and ruin incident that left three people injured on Thursday about 4:10.

The incident involving a motor vehicle and motorcycle occurred on Jn Baptiste Street.

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Over Two Hundred Cases of Child Abuse Incidents Recorded in St. Lucia
Statistics released by the Division of Human Services indicating that 252 cases of child abuse have been recorded for the first half of this year is a cause for alarm for the St Lucia Association of Social Workers

The President of the organization Kendall Elva says the figures show that children continue to be exposed to situation where their health safety and development are under threat.

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Yachting Sector Records Double Digit Growth in St. Lucia
The Marine Consultant in the Ministry of Tourism is raving the success of the yachting sector which has recorded double digit growth for the first half of the 2016.

Cuthbert Didier credits the increase to St Lucia’s participation is several nautical events overseas.

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Local Credit Union Reports Increase in New Members as Banks Impose Fees to Customers

A local Credit union has noted an increase in new members as a result of account charges imposed on bank customers.

The revelation was made during an interview with the director of the St.Lucia Civil Service Co-operative Credit Union Mr.Zepherin Francis on Tuesday morning. RBC Royal Bank announced in June that there would be a monthly $25 fee on consumer accounts. Since then many St.Lucians have expressed their outrage and have subsequently closed their accounts.  The National Consumers Association previously urged patrons to use credit unions instead of banks.

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Fuel Prices to be Reduced on Island
The Government of Saint Lucia has announced the fuel price adjustments, to be made effective during the three (3) week period August 22nd – September 11th , 2016. These changes reflect developments in international oil prices over the past three weeks, July 25th to August 14th , 2016.

The wholesale price of bulk LPG (greater than 100 pounds) is $1.68 per pound or $3.71 per kilogram. Fuel price calculations for the period are based on recent movements in the importers’ CIF prices, which showed decreases for gasoline by $0.09 per gallon and diesel by $0.05 per gallon.

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National Creole Youth Rally Set for October
A National Youth Rally to be conducted entirely in Creole is the newest initiative being undertaken by the National reparations Committee.

The disclosure was made by NRC Chairman Earl Bousquet who explained that the activity is taking place to draw attention to the reparations cause.

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Police News
Police have launched an investigation into a shooting which occurred on Saturday, August 20, 2016 about 9:00 p.m. at Rockhall, Castries.

According to reports, 30 year old, Mark Grant of Bocage, Castries sustained a single gunshot wound to the body perpetrated by an unknown individual.

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High Jumper Levern Spencer Comments on Performance at 2016 Olympic Games
Three time Olympian and world class High Jumper Levern Spencer has reacted to what many have described as a disappointing performance at the Rio event on Saturday.

St Lucians were tuned in to the High Jump Olympic Finals after a valiant attempt by Spencer to clear the qualifying height of 1.94 metres on Friday.

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Victoria Hospital Statistics Reveal Gastro-Intestinal Cancers More Prevalent than Prostate and Breast Cancer
Statistics gathered from the Victoria Hospital over a decade indicate, that Gastro-Intestinal cancers or digestive cancers have now surpassed, prostate and breast cancer in prevalence.

Gastro-Intestinal Cancers includes Cancers of the Oesophagus, Gallbladder, Liver, Pancreas, Stomach, Small Intestine and Bowel.

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Amputees in St Lucia to Receive Access to Prosthetic Limbs
Amputees in St Lucia will now be able to get easier access to prosthetic limbs through the efforts of The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities.

The organization via a special grant from the Australian Government’s Aid Programme, has opened a prosthetic repairs and manufacturing workshop at NCPD’s southern office located on New Dock Rd., Vieux Fort.

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St. Lucian Government Commends Hard Work of All Who Represented the Country at Rio 2016
The Government of Saint Lucia joins the rest of the nation in expressing unabashed delight that Leverne Spencer has qualified for the Women’s High Jump Final in Rio, Brazil, on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

While many contenders struggled, seasoned Olympian, Leverne Spencer appeared to be in fine form as she cleared the qualifying height of 1.94m and previously 1.80m, 1.85m, 1.89 m and 1.92m all with the exemplary poise and confidence. The Government encourages every Saint Lucian to cheer Spencer onto her first Olympic medal by reaching out with positive comments via social media platforms. The women’s final is set to be televised at 7:30pm.

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St. Lucians to Enjoy a Fifty Percent Reduction to the Increase in Vehicle License Fees effective September 1st
The United Workers Party Government is boasting a fifty percent reduction in the increases in vehicle license fees effective September 1st.

Transport Minister Guy Joseph says the reduction highlights the fulfillment of one of the promises made in the UWP’s five to stay alive election campaign, that will bring relief to motorist.

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Levern Spencer Qualifies for High Jump Finals at the Rio Olympics
A retired Physical Education Officer and sports caster Michael Pierre says it’s now anyone’s game as Levern Spencer qualifies among the top performers for the high jump finals at the Rio Olympics.

The St Lucian athlete is among six other athletes who performed creditably in the heats earlier today and according to Pierre Spencer appeared comfortable and confident as she cleared the bar making the qualifying height of 1.94 metres.

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2016 Panorama Competition Winners to Receive Prize Monies
The Winners in the 2016 Panorama Competition will receive their prize monies when the St Lucia Steel Pan Association hosts an awards ceremony to honour them.

The event has been welcomed by the organization, particularly in light of the early disbursement of prize monies by the Carnival Planning and management committee compared to previous years when the waiting period was long and drawn out.

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