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UWI Confirms 5.0 Earthquake Activity in Saint Lucia
The Seismic Research Unit of the University of The West Indies has confirmed the occurrence of an earthquake on Monday 15th September, 2014

The quake is reported to have occurred 5:09pm local time north-east of Saint Lucia.

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Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court Commences New Law Year
Wednesday, 17th September 2014 signals the commencement of the New Law Year for the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. The occasion will be marked with the usual Ceremonial Opening, in the form of a Special Sitting of the Court. The proceedings will commence with a Church Service in the various Member States/Territories, followed by a procession to the High Court of Justice where the formal Court Sitting will be conducted.

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Fire Fighters and Emergency Personnel End 11 Day Strike
Suggestions that the leadership ability of Mr Philip J Pierre can rival that of Dr Kenny have been shot down by a local newspaper Publisher.

This comes following Mr Pierre’s intervention, last week, which  caused striking fire fighters and emergency personnel to end their eleven day strike.

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PAHO Director Visits St. Lucia
Director of the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Dr. Carissa F. Etienne arrived in St. Lucia on Sunday 14th September for a two day official visit.  Dr. Etienne who is a Dominican by birth, revealed that St. Lucia is the first OECS island she has visited since her appointment as PAHO Director.

Minister for Health, Wellness Human Services and Gender Relations, Hon. Alvina Reynolds was among the welcoming party at the airport to receive the PAHO Director. Minister Reynolds express her elation that Dr. Etienne is Dominican yet selected St. Lucia as the first OECS to visit since her appointment.

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Police Constable Arrested for Assault
A total of 10 charges have been slapped on to a police constable after he was arrested on Sunday for assault .

Constable John Flavien who has been in the service for over 20 years, was arrested after officers attached to the Rodney Bay police station responded to a report of two men fighting at Reduit Beach.

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Police Investigates Death of Vacationing Guyanese National
Local police have suspected foul play in the death of a Guyanese national who was vacationing here.

The discovery was made about 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th when officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station received a report from the establishment.

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09
Staff at St Jude Hospital Observes 5 Year Anniversary of 3 Lives Lost at Health Facility
Staff at the St Jude Hospital are today observing the anniversary of the deadly fire that destroyed the health facility and took three lives.

The observance comes five years after the disaster that forced medical personnel to set up practice at the George Odlum stadium in Vieux Fort.

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09
Police News
One man of Marchand is currently fighting for his life at hospital after he was stabbed early this morning.

Twenty nine year old Kiran Herman of Bishop’s Gap, was stabbed by someone well-known to him at about 7:30 a.m.

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09
Babonneau Man Arrested and Charged for Firearm Offenses
One man of Babonneau has been arrested and charged for firearm offenses.

Police report that about 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 7, 2014, officers attached to the Babonneau Police Station had reason to stop and search the person of 38-year-old Nathan Mederick of Balata, Castries. A search was also carried out on his motor vehicle registration number PD 566.

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Police News
Reports suggest that about 6:20 a.m. on Sunday, September 7th a Police Officer was driving his vehicle along the Mon Repos Highway when he sighted a male suspect wanted by the police.

The officer stopped his vehicle and proceeded towards the suspect who attempted to evade him by running into the nearby bushes. The officer gave chase and caught up with the suspect. He resisted arrest and physically assaulted the officer as well as attempted to disarm him.

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08
Traffic Department Investigates Fatal Accident on the Bexon Highway
The Traffic Department of the Royal St Lucia Police Force is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on the Bexon Highway about 7: 20 p.m. on Sunday, September 7th.

The accident involved a wrecker trailer driven by Omega Ettiene of La Grace, Laborie and a peddle cyclist named Stephen Joseph of Bexon. As a result of the impact, Joseph sustained serious injuries and were transported to Victoria Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

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08
Chief Fire Officer Transferred to SLASPA
Just days after government had washed its hands off the responsibility of dealing with the growing contention at the St Lucia Fire Service, the Chief Fire Officer has been transferred.

The pronouncement came during an Address to the Nation on Sunday night, when Prime Minister Dr Kenny Anthony announced that Mr Leslie Fontenelle will be squandered to the St Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority as its air craft and fire fighting advisor.

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Creole Heritage Month Launches
The Folk Research Centre (FRC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries will be launching Creole Heritage Month on Thursday September 11, 2014 at 10 am at FRC’s premises at Mount Pleasant.
 
The decision was taken to have an early launch in order to create the national interest that would ensure a successful festival. The month climaxes with the popular Jounen Kwéyòl festivities scheduled for Sunday October 26th.

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United Workers Party to Commemorate Death of the Late Sir John Compton
The United Workers Party which was founded by the Late Sir John Compton is preparing to mark the 7th anniversary of his death on Sunday.

Sir John Compton died on September 7th 2007 at the Tapion Hospital following complications from a stroke.

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Fire Service Association Meets with Civil Service Association to Discuss Representation
The St Lucia Fire Service Welfare Association is meeting with the executive of the St Lucia Civil Service Association today to hold talks on representation for its membership

The move comes following a posture taken by the management of the St Lucia Fire Service not to recognize the constitutionality of the Association, since elections are past due for a new executive.

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04
Training Programme in Pest Risk Analysis for Quarantine Officers Ends
The first ever training programme in Pest Risk analysis or PRAs for OECS Quarantine Officers ended on Thursday August 28th with a field trip.

Over 20 experts including plant protection officers as well as lab technicians toured a few facilities in Saint Lucia and were exposed to hands on experiences to enhance their work in reducing the impact of pest on imported and exported produce.

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Civil Service Association President to Meet with Fire Service to Discuss Representation
The President of the St Lucia Civil Service Association has informed that it will be meeting with the Fire Service Welfare Association to discuss representation for the organization’s membership.

This comes following what Ms Mary Isaac says is a deliberate action by the fire chief and his deputy to illegally dismantle the bargaining unit for fire and emergency officers.

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Police News
About 6:05 p.m. on Monday, September 1, 2014, officers attached to the Babonneau Police Station conducted an operation at Morne Assau, Babonneau.

During the operation, officers searched the premises and property of 40-year-old Elias Emmanuel of Morne Assau, Babonneau. During the search, the officers uprooted and destroyed 102 Marijuana Plants. Also, a quantity of dry plant material suspected to be Cannabis was recovered.

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Ministry of Health Strengthens Port Surveillance as a Result of Growing Ebola Threat
The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations continues its overall process of readiness to the global Ebola threat by strengthening port surveillance through the inclusion of nurses at the country’s two airports

The response comes following a threat issued by airport officers on Friday, indicating that they would not attend to passengers entering the country from West Africa.

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Students Begin New Academic Year
As hundreds of students return to the classroom today following six weeks of summer vacation, to start the new academic year, at least one school remains closed until midweek to allow for the completion of renovations.

Chief Education Officer Marcus Edward explains that last minute works started on a section of the Entrepot Secondary school which was infested with termites last week and has forced education officials to announce that the school will remain closed as a health precaution.

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