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Trinidad: Police commissioner refuses to apologise to pastor

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Tri­als and tribu­la­tions may come in the way but on­ly God’s right­eous will stand. This is the be­lief of ded­i­cat­ed fol­low­ers of Trans­formed Life Min­istry, East­ern Main Road, Arou­ca as they called on Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith to apol­o­gise to their spir­i­tu­al leader for mis­lead­ing the pub­lic of his ar­rest on Wednes­day dur­ing the res­cue op­er­a­tion ...

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BodyHoliday Cares, Knapsack Project donate school bags

(PRESS RELEASE) — BodyHoliday Cares and The Knapsack Project (TKP) teamed up recently to distribute school bags to some 22 students at the Grande Riviere Primary, all donated by BodyHoliday guests. This was part of an annual community-based undertaking aimed at providing knapsacks with school supplies to under-served children in Saint Lucia. The first of several for this year, more ...

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‘Visa Application Centre for Canada’ opens in Saint Lucia: PM Chastanet

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Thursday evening announced that “a new Visa Application Centre for Canada has opened in Saint Lucia”. Chastanet made the announcement via his official Facebook page just after 5:30 p.m. The prime minister said the centre is located at the Leverage Business Group office at the bottom of Mongiraud Hill, with “hours of operation from 07:30 ...

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Turkey suffers first military casualty in Syria as opposition to offensive on Kurdish forces grows

(SKY NEWS) — Turkey has suffered its first military casualty since launching its controversial cross-border offensive in northeastern Syria. News of the soldier’s death came as the campaign against Syrian Kurdish fighters entered its third day and opposition to the action grew. Donald Trump, whose decision to withdraw US forces precipitated Ankara’s move, threatened to send troops back in to ...

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Ethiopia’s PM Abiy Ahmed wins Nobel Peace Prize

(BBC) — The 2019 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. He was awarded the prize for his efforts to “achieve peace and international cooperation”. Ethiopia reached a peace deal with Eritrea last year, ending a 20-year military stalemate following their 1998-2000 border war. He was named as the winner of the 100th Nobel Peace ...

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NLCB Revellers win first women’s T10

Stafanie Taylor powered her NLCB Revellers to an impressive nine-wicket victory over Courts Gladiators in the CPL Women’s T10 NLCB Challenge clash at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy. The Gladiators recovered from a slow start to post what looked a challenging 74/2 from their 10 overs on the back of Hayley Matthews’ unbeaten 46. With the pitch a touch slow ...

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Thousands sign petition to rename Dallas street ‘Botham Jean Way’

(DALLAS MORNING NEWS) — Nearly 40,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Lamar Street — where Dallas’ police headquarters is located — to be renamed for Botham Jean, the 26-year-old man fatally shot last year by former Dallas officer Amber Guyger. Chris Norman, 40, said he started the petition on an impulse after Guyger was sentenced last week ...

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Trinidad: Rehab centre pastor calls for apology from Police Commissioner Gary Griffith

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — Founder of the Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre Pastor Glen Awong is now calling for an apology from Police Commissioner Gary Griffith for the way he and staff were treated by Police yesterday. He has invited Griffith to meet with him so he can understand the work of the rehabilitation center for drug-addicted and mentally challenged people. ...

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Trinidad pastor breaks his silence: “I am no monster”

I am not a monster! Pastor Glen Awong, the founder of Transformed Life Ministry and Rehabilitation Centre in Arouca where 69 people were “rescued” from cages yesterday says Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith got it all wrong. Awong, who lives on the compound of the Centre with his wife, denied that he was ever involved in human trafficking or that ...

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Church pays off US$7.8 million in medical bills for 6,000 families

(WFAA) — A Carmel church is making good on their promise to pay off people’s medical debt. Northview Church said they were actually able to help more people than they originally thought. They partnered with RIP Medical Debt, which buys debt for pennies on the dollar. Together, they were able to pay off $7.8 million worth of medical bills for ...

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Caribbean region enters ‘new phase of weak economic performance’: World Bank

WASHINGTON, October 10, 2019 —The Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region has entered a new phase of weak economic performance, but increased integration in international trade and global value chains could reinvigorate economic growth. Steps toward greater trade integration include the United States Mexico Canada (USMCA) and the EU-Mercosur agreements signed in the last year. Both could have substantial positive ...

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Saint Lucian educators get trained in using library books to bring classroom lessons to life

(PRESS RELEASE) — Forty St. Lucian educators are now better able to strategically use library books and resources in their lessons to support the development of their students’ reading and literacy skills. On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, a wide cross-section of educators successfully completed a Teachers’ Resource Guide Workshop hosted by the non-profit organization Hands Across the Sea in collaboration with ...

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Saint Lucian tennis coach featured by US university

Asbury University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school in Wilmore, Kentucky, recently featured alumnus Nesbert Vaval, a tennis player from Saint Lucia, and now a tennis coach in the U.S.A. 1. When did you graduate from Asbury? May 2016 2. What was your major and what sport did you play? Major: Business Sport: Tennis 3. How has Asbury ...

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SLASPA conducts simulation exercise at Castries seaport

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) in collaboration with the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) conducted a mandatory seaport simulation exercise at the Castries Seaport today, October 10, 2019. The simulation exercise was in keeping with the international maritime regulations of the International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS). ISPS is an ...

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Notice: Labayee Early Childhood Centre relocates

(GIS) — The Labayee Early Childhood Centre has been relocated to the Bexon Primary School due to structural issues. Bexon Primary initially welcomed 14 students from the Labayee Early Childhood Centre. The students of the Labayee Early Childhood Centre commenced school on September. 30. (0)(0)

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World Mental Health Day focuses on suicide prevention

World Mental Health Day, on October 10, is a day for us to unite in our efforts to raise awareness and mobilize people around the world about mental health. The theme selected for this year’s observance is suicide prevention and the role that everyone can play to prevent it. Around 800,000 people die due to suicide each year worldwide, and ...

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Prize-giving ceremony for Kwéyòl Poetry Competition on today

(PRESS RELEASE) — As part of Saint Lucia’s observance of International Mother Language Day (Feb. 21) and World Poetry Day (March 21), the Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO organised the 2019 Kwéyòl Poetry Writing Competition”. The competition—which coincided with the celebration of Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary (Feb. 22)—was held under the theme: “Nou tout abò: voyaj nou, desitnasyon ...

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American Airlines to resume flying Boeing’s 737 Max jet in January

(WASHINGTON POST) — American Airlines said Wednesday it expects federal officials to sign off on software updates and other changes to Boeing’s 737 Max jets later this year and plans to resume passenger service on the aircraft on Jan. 16. “American Airlines anticipates that the impending software updates to the Boeing 737 Max will lead to recertification of the aircraft ...

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NCPC to launch Productivity Awareness Week

(GIS) — The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) will launch the 2019 Productivity Awareness Week next Monday. The theme for the observance is “Embracing Competitiveness through research and Innovation.” This year’s focus is placed on encouraging discussion amongst private and public stakeholders on ways to improve Saint Lucia’s competitiveness. A special theatrical presentation highlighting competitiveness and productivity will be ...

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Joshua Brown had long criminal history, documents show

(WFAA) — Joshua Brown was no stranger to police. He was arrested in at least five different cities across Texas. Legal documents show Brown was arrested for drug possession, evading arrest, theft and having an illegal firearm. Brown was killed Friday outside his Dallas apartment. The man had testified the week before during the murder trial for Amber Guyger, the ...

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Former Trinidad church employee thought pastor was helping

(NEWS DAY T&T) — A former employee of the Transformed Life Ministry Rehabilitation Centre said she is shocked at what has been reported about her former workplace. The ex-worker, who did not want to be identified, recalled earlier this year having to transport a young mentally ill woman to the facility. The woman who was calling out to her mother ...

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Trinidad’s police commissioner stands by ‘slavery’ statement

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — Police Commissioner Gary Griffith is standing by his initial statement that persons found yesterday at the Transformed Life Ministry (TLM) Rehabilitation Centre were victims of human trafficking and “modern-day slavery”. Speaking to the Express via telephone hours after a police raid on the Arouca facility, Griffith said the public must expand its understanding of human trafficking, which ...

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Saint Lucian boy, 3, suffers second-degree burns in BVI

A St. Lucian family is seeking financial assistance from the public after their three-year-old son sustained second-degree burns in a kitchen accident on October 6, 2019 in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands (BVI), according to media reports. Michael Charles, who turns four on November 15, was severely burned after a pot of water boiling on the stove spilled on him, ...

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Rihanna rejected Super Bowl gig: “I couldn’t be a sellout”

(CNN) — In an interview with Vogue magazine, Rihanna set the record straight about the Super Bowl — and revealed that she has a new album up her sleeve. The 31-year-old singer hasn’t released an album in over 3 years. Her fan base went wild when she first teased the new reggae-style album, “R9,” over a year ago on Instagram. ...

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Empathy shown ex-cop Amber Guyger finds many African Americans divided

Hank Stewart understands forgiveness. He’s a Christian and active in his church, Antioch Baptist Church North in Atlanta. Everyone makes mistakes. He also knows that. What he can’t wrap his mind around, however, were the scenes that played out this week in a Dallas County courtroom during the trial of ex-police officer Amber Guyger, who was found guilty of killing ...

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UPDATE: Former Jamaican Education Minister Ruel Reid and co-accused charged in corruption probe

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Former Education Minister Ruel Reid and the four others charged in the Education Ministry-Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) corruption probe will spend the night in police custody on multiple charges. The other accused are: Sharen Reid, the wife of the former minister; their daughter Sharelle; CMU president Professor Fritz Pinnock and Kim Brown Lawrence, the councillor for the ...

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Saint Lucian team off to CAC Bodybuilding Championships

(PRESS RELEASE) — A team of four bodybuilding athletes along with two officials set off to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 to compete in the 46th Annual IFBB Central American and Caribbean Amateur Bodybuilding & Fitness Championships (CAC Championships). The final team selection was made from the initial draft pick of the island’s best bodybuilding athletes. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucians put on alert after 69 ‘slaves’ found caged in Trinidad church

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Home Affairs and National Security is calling on the citizenry to equip themselves with knowledge of human trafficking. There is an ongoing campaign that has resulted in growing awareness on this issue and there is a hotline based at the Police Control Room, Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. By simply calling 847 or T.I.P., ...

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Mexico: Mayor tied to car, dragged along by angry locals

(BBC) — Eleven people have been arrested in southern Mexico after the mayor of their village was dragged out of his office, tied to a pick-up truck and dragged through the streets. Police intervened to free Mayor Jorge Luis Escandón Hernández, who reportedly suffered no major injuries. It was the second attack by farmers demanding that he fulfil his campaign ...

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Two lecturers in Ghana suspended in ‘sex for grades’ scandal

(BBC) — Two Ghanaian lecturers who were secretly filmed sexually harassing undercover BBC reporters have been suspended pending an investigation. University of Ghana lecturers Ransford Gyampo and Dr Paul Kwame Butakor propositioned journalists posing as students for a BBC documentary. Both Professor Gyampo and Dr Butakor denied any wrongdoing. The suspensions follow similar action against two lecturers in Nigeria, who ...

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NWU to elect new management

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Workers Union (NWU) is stepping up its preparations pace for the organization to hold its 2019 Annual Congress of Delegates on Sunday, November 3, 2019, from 9 a.m. One hundred and 15 delegates from 89 branches of the union will participate in the day-long proceedings. The theme of this year’s Congress of Delegates is ‘Together ...

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“Some had maggots, I cleaned, bathe them” — says Trinidad pastor after shocking discovery

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — The pastor detained by police in connection with the “rescue” of 69 men and women on Wednesday, appeared before a Parliament Joint Select Committee (JSC) in June 2016. The pastor told the JSC members that he had over 25 years’ experience in working with socially displaced people in Trinidad and Tobago. He said he rescued people on ...

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Trinidad: 69 victims of ‘mod­ern day slav­ery’ rescued from cages in church

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) – Six­ty-nine peo­ple rang­ing from the ages of 19 to 70 years have been found locked away in cages at a church lo­cat­ed along the East­ern Main Road in Arou­ca on Wednes­day morn­ing. These peo­ple both men and women are be­lieved to be vic­tims of “mod­ern day slav­ery” and “hu­man traf­fick­ing” ac­cord­ing to Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith ...

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Saint Lucia struggle at Norceca Beach Volleyball Tournament

Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings and Brooke Sweat of USA-A won the gold medal at the Hamaca Finals Norceca Beach Volleyball Tournament in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic on Sunday afternoon under sizzling conditions. Saint Lucia’s two teams, meanwhile, forfeited their final matches. Team A, Jamilla Lansiquot and Yosherbel Emmanuel, played in Group B. Team B, Kerin Neptune and Dala ...

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Local business Creole Delight featured as Saint Lucia prepares to observe World Food Day

(GIS) — The Ministry of Agriculture will, on Sunday, host a food fair in commemoration of World Food Day 2019. The fair, as is customary, supports local agriculturists and agro-based businesses in order to bring attention to the range of products that Saint Lucia has to offer. Mr. Phillip Sydney, communications officer at the Department of Agriculture, spoke recently with ...

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Saint Lucian journalist Miguel Fevrier apologises for his “carelessness”

MBC Television Senior Reporter Miguel Fevrier, who was recently incarcerated at the Bordelais Correctional Facility, released a statement Tuesday evening, apologising for his “carelessness” while expressing gratitude to those who stood by him. Feverier was reportedly arrested for failing to comply with a court order regarding a criminal matter that occurred many years before he entered the media. He was ...

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Police arrest second of three suspects in killing of Joshua Brown

Updated at 11:08 p.m. to include news about the arrest of second suspect Law enforcement officials in Dallas, US said they have made a breakthrough in the fatal shooting of Joshua Brown but it has nothing to do with the recent murder trial of ex-cop Amber Guyger. Officials said his death is linked to a sour drug deal. The 28-year-old ...

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Chris Gayle says he does not support any political party in Guyana

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Jamaica Tallawahs opener Chris Gayle on Tuesday cleared the air on his recent visit to Linden in the company of party members of the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR). T20’s biggest global star was in Guyana for the Tallawahs final game of the Hero CPL 2019 against the unbeaten hosts Guyana Amazon Warriors. On Saturday, photos ...

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Saint Lucia’s cruise season begins with local ‘high-level meeting’

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministry of Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries today signalled the commencement of the 2019 cruise season by hosting a high-level meeting with key stakeholders within the cruise sector, including private and public sector agencies. The primary focus of the meeting was to share the concerns of stakeholders on issues relating to the sector, ...

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Saint Lucia voted #8 in Caribbean and Atlantic

(PRESS RELEASE) – Condé Nast Traveler today announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Saint Lucia recognized as the #8 Island in the Caribbean and Atlantic, while seven resorts in the destination were named in the Top 50 Resorts in the Caribbean Islands list. Resorts earning a spot on the Top 50 Resorts in the Caribbean Islands ...

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Dan Schafer secures Pitons Cup slot (Saint Lucia horse racing)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The passion to play on horse racing’s biggest stages has seen Dan Schafer move with purpose to secure one of the remaining slots in the upcoming Pitons Cup in Saint Lucia. The Michigan native has an unwavering goal to grow the sport of horse racing and its legacy and to demonstrate this support through participation. Despite his ...

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Agriculture ministry conducts workshop to enhance St. Lucia’s cocoa sector

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, in collaboration with the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PMDU) and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), hosted a workshop focused on the cocoa sector. The workshop was held on Thursday, October 3, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the conference room ...

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Martin Hanna to represent St Lucia at Entrepreneurship World Cup

(PRESS RELEASE) — Martin Hanna continues to make strides in the technological and entrepreneurial spheres as he has been selected to attend the Entrepreneurship World Cup in November 2019. The 20-year-old resident of Rodney Bay is the founder and CEO of Penny Pinch, a digital savings platform allowing businesses to connect to shoppers via cashback, coupons and rewards. With Penny ...

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A ‘new home’ awaits Castries vendors in November

(PRESS RELEASE) — Castries provisions market vendors will have a fresh start at their new home in November 2019. On Oct. 2, 2019, the Castries Constituency Council (CCC), along with the contractor, the Chief Architect within the Ministry of Planning and other project partners hosted a stakeholder consultation with the vendors on the status of the Castries Market Redevelopment Project. ...

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Lizard in bread and rusty nail in steak sauce shake up the BVI

(VIRGIN ISLANDS NEWS ONLINE) – A nail found in a bowl of steak sauce at Brandywine Estate Restaurant in Brandywine Bay and a small lizard in a loaf of freshly baked bread purchased from Josh Bakery in Road Town created a media frenzy across the territory. Both incidents occurred last week. The first incident was posted on Facebook by Tortola ...

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Taiwan citizens ‘proactive in reporting acts of criminality’: Minister Hermangild Francis

(PRESS RELEASE) — Minister for Home Affairs and National Security Hermangild Francis returned from Taiwan on Friday, September 27, 2019, after a successful five-day fact-finding tour. The minister, accompanied by Deputy Permanent Secretary within the Department of Home Affairs and National Security, Mr. Ricky Quinla,n benefited from meticulously planned visits to state institutions that are mainly focused on policing and ...

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PM Chastanet leads Saint Lucian delegation in Taiwan 108th National Day celebrations

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Republic of China (Taiwan) is set to celebrate the country’s 108th National Day on Thursday, October 10, 2019. As part of the celebrations a Saint Lucian contingent has travelled to the Republic of China (Taiwan) to participate in the Taichung Jazz Festival, the Taichung Instruments Festival and the Taiwan National Day parade. The Department of Culture ...

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St. Lucia’s passport improves to third best in OECS after fourth-quarter rankings

(PRESS RELEASE) — St. Lucia is steadily increasing its rank on the Henley & Partners OECS (fourth-quarter) Q4 Ranking, ranking third in the OECS and 31st on the global front. The OECS island boasts visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 145 destinations, increasing its score by one destination since the Q3 earlier this year. In 2018 St. Lucia scored 146, ranking 31 on ...

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Brexit deal essentially ‘impossible’ after Johnson-Merkel call

(BBC) — A No 10 source has said a Brexit deal is “essentially impossible” after a call between the PM and Angela Merkel. Boris Johnson and the German chancellor spoke earlier about the proposals he put forward to the EU – but the source said she made clear a deal based on them was “overwhelmingly unlikely”. Mrs Merkel’s office said ...

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I could not refuse Amber Guyger a hug, Judge Tammy Kemp says

(DAILY MAIL) — The judge who embraced and gave her Bible to killer cop Amber Guyger just moments after being sentenced to 10 years in prison says she couldn’t refuse her hug and wants her to live a purposeful life. Judge Tammy Kemp said on Monday that she watched Guyger change during the high-profile murder trial that saw the 31-year-old ...

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St Lucia edges Antigua in Continental Cup beach volleyball

BOCA CHICA — St Lucia defeated Antigua and Barbuda 2-1 as the elimination process of the NORCECA Beach Volleyball Continental Cup continued in Boca Chica on Sunday. The Continental Cup of NORCECA grants one ticket per gender to the beach volleyball tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Kerin Neptune and Noel Dala of St Lucia-B defeated Rosermarie Simon and ...

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Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz outclass St Lucia 11-0 in Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifier

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Jamaica’s senior Reggae Girlz put on another marauding display as they outclassed St Lucia 11-0 to confirm Group B honours in the Concacaf Women’s Olympic Caribbean qualifiers yesterday. The prolific Khadija “Bunny” Shaw joined the scoring party with a hat-trick in the third, 16th and 34th minutes, much to the delight of the moderate crowd inside National ...

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Felix: “We will have Jounen Kweyol, Choiseul style”

Just two weeks before the start of Creole Heritage Month, the community of Choiseul was removed as the host venue for Jounen Kwéyòl events, citing budgetary constraints by the organisers. Even Parliamentary Representative for Choiseul/Saltibus, Bradley Felix, was taken by surprise. He said on Facebook late last month that “news of the cancellation of Choiseul as a venue for Creole ...

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All offices in Greaham Louisy Administrative Building closed Tuesday

(PRESS RELEASE) — The public is asked to note that all offices housed within the Greaham Louisy Administrative Building will be closed on Tuesday, October 8, 2019, in order to allow the Maintenance Department to address some plumbing issues. All offices will resume operation on Wednesday, October 9, 2019, with the exception of the Land Registry, which will remain closed until ...

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