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It’s now 76 days since PM said work would restart at St. Jude, and “evidently” it has not, says Jn Baptiste

STATEMENT BY HON MOSES JN BAPTISTE ON THE HEALTH CRISIS IN SAINT LUCIA AT THE SAINT LUCIA LABOUR PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 Ladies and gentlemen of the press, today September 18th, 2018 marks 76 days since the Prime Minister announced that work would recommence at the St. Jude Hospital site at Augier Vieux Fort, to date, the government ...

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Saint Lucia assures visitors of a holiday guarantee

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia continues to prove why she is a destination that inspires travelers to visit and explore her beauty and splendor. Visitors can now enjoy a stress-free vacation while they play and stay at 22 properties on the island that are offering guests a holiday guarantee if their vacation were to be interrupted by adverse weather. Though ...

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Public Assistance Program review has begun

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government will be conducting the Annual Review of ALL Public Assistance clients and Disability Grant clients island wide. The Review will be held during the period September 17, to September 27th, 2018 at the respective welfare offices. Reviews for Castries, Souci-Millet, Babonneau, and Gros-Islet ...

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VIDEO: White pastor says ‘white churches’ not speaking up enough against injustices against blacks

(Wilshire Baptist Church/Youtube) — George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, addresses the killing of Botham Jean and the problem of white churches not speaking up alongside black churches for justice. “What is God calling you to risk — of your own life, of your own relationships — for the gospel of Jesus Christ?” “If we want ...

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‘Short-tempered’ Amber Guyger shared posts likening Colin Kaepernick to cancer and memes saying people were ‘ungrateful she didn’t kill them’

(DAILY MAIL UK) — The lawyer for the family of the black man shot dead by his white cop neighbor says he believes she is a racist – and said he understands Amber Guyger was sober when she killed Botham Jean. Speaking in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, S. Lee Merritt said he is no closer to figuring out a ...

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Texas senator Ted Cruz thinks his rival shouldn’t blame Dallas officer for shooting Botham Jean

(DALLAS NEWS) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has lashed out at his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, for agreeing that the Dallas police officer who shot an unarmed black man in his own apartment should be fired. “I wish Beto O’Rourke and Democrats weren’t so quick to always blame the police officer,” Cruz said this weekend in an interview ...

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9 arrested during protest of Botham Jean’s killing

(DALLAS NEWS) — Nine people were arrested Sunday after blocking traffic during protests outside of a Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium, Arlington police said. They were booked into the Arlington City Jail between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday and moved Monday to Tarrant County Jail. By late Monday, bond had not been set for any of them on ...

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UWP shows support for government, lambasts SLP in the process

(SNO) — The United Workers Party (UWP), in an unsurprising statement today (Sept. 17) at its first press conference since it formed the government in 2016, said it stands in support of the Allen Chastanet-led government in the administration’s effort to deliver on the promises it made during the last election campaign. “The United Workers Party and the United Workers ...

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Who wrote that article?

(SNO) — An article published in the September 8, 2018 issue of The Voice newspaper with the name Oswald Augustin as the author, may or may not be the Oswald Augustin who is the general secretary of the United Workers Party (UWP). It is anybody’s guess who the Oswald Augustin is, but the general secretary of the UWP is not ...

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Rufina Paul back in charge of Netball Saint Lucia

(SNO) – Rufina Paul is back at the helm of Netball Saint Lucia, having been elected to the presidency of the organisation on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at its Annual General Meeting. Immediate past president Liota Charlemagne-Mason, who is also deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth Developmenbt and Sports, opted not to pursue re-election. She is, however, eligible ...

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Bank in Vieux-Fort evacuates customers

(SNO) — Operations at the Bank of St. Lucia (Vieux-Fort branch) was suspended for today, Monday, September, 17, 2018, due to what is believed to be an electrical problem which resulted in smoke emanating from inside the bank. The incident occurred after 9 a.m. The alarm was raised by employees who ordered their customers to vacate the bank immediately. Upon ...

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Sandals clarification on withholding tax claim

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sandals Resorts International has noted sustained efforts to try and tarnish the good name and reputation of our company by parties who continue to misrepresent the issue of a $24M Withholding Tax claim by the Inland Revenue Department of Saint Lucia on insurance costs; a matter which was finally and appropriately resolved in 2017. These are the ...

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Tragic scenes inside apartment where white cop shot dead her black neighbor

(DAILY MAIL UK) – Heartbreaking first photos from inside Botham Jean’s Dallas apartment show leftover food and materials the 26-year-old had been reading when he was shot to death last Thursday by an off-duty white police officer who claimed she thought the residence was her own. Inside Edition obtained footage from the South Side Flats apartment which shows a half-eaten ...

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Fuel price adjustments

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed. The retail price of kerosene, gasoline and diesel remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday September ...

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Activist says ‘Amber Guyger deliberately went to Botham Jean’s apartment in anger’ after previous noise complaint

(BET) — As more witnesses come forward with their recollection of what happened the night Botham Jean was murdered in his own home by Amber Guyger, activist Shaun King has presented his own theory of what happened. According to King, the witness statements which alleged Guyger was banging or pounding on Jean’s door while shouting “let me in,” proves she ...

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Dallas officer Amber Guyger has ‘vacated’ apartment at complex where she killed Botham Jean, management says

(DALLAS NEWS) — Dallas Officer Amber Guyger has moved out of the Cedars apartment complex where she fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Sept. 6, a manager told residents in an email Sunday. WFAA-TV (Channel 8) obtained a copy of the email, which states that management at the South Side Flats complex cannot comment on the shooting while an investigation ...

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Saint Lucia will have a new prime minister by Christmas, says Frederick

(SNO) — The next general elections in Saint Lucia are constitutionally due in 2021. However, former government minister under the United Workers Party (UWP) Richard Frederick believes there will be a change in leadership way before that date. Actually way, way before that. “I’m seeing down the line,” he said, “and I see for Christmas, I see for Christmas there’ll ...

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DSH project in Vieux Fort “progressing”; about 100 Saint Lucians employed: Chastanet

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said work on the US$2.6-billion Pearl of the Caribbean project in Vieux Fort is “progressing”. In a Facebook post recently, Chastanet revealed that “roughly” 100 Saint Lucians are employed in this first phase. The project is being undertaken by Hong Kong-based Desert Star Holdings (DSH). Chastanet said the St. Lucians are currently employed ...

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UPDATED: Alleged “aggressive” individual shot by police in Choiseul; suspect’s identity revealed

(SNO) — A male suspect sustained gunshot wounds and at least one police officer sustained minor injuries during an incident in Belle Vue, Choiseul on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, according to reports. The suspect, identified as Zephrinus Jn Baptiste of Belle Vue, Choiseul, who is believed to be in his 40’s, has been hospitalised in stable condition. Reports reaching our ...

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Wolverines win as Saint Lucian ladies score

(SNO) –Saint Lucian Lyla Lionel, the leading scorer in 2017, got the scoring underway for Essex County College (ECC) Women’s Soccer on Saturday, as the Lady Wolverines proceeded on a 4-1 romp. The season opener saw ECC, whose team includes four Saint Lucians, taking on the ASA College of Excellence. After Lyla opened the deluge, fellow Saint Lucian international Chreselda ...

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Saint Lucia U20 could cast a wide net for Concacaf tournament

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Under-20 team is set to take on the challenge of the Blackheart Knockout Football Tournament this weekend, when they face Marchand in the opening round on Sunday. But the national side that lines up in this local competition could look very different in six weeks’ time. Saint Lucia has been drawn with Haiti, Barbados, Bermuda ...

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Choiseul centenarian passes away

(SNO) – Anne Marie Regina Joseph, who celebrated her 108th birthday last June 23, has died. Mary Antoine told St. Lucia News Online that her mother, also known as ‘Nenem’, passed away, around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Joseph was originally from Belle-Vue, Choiseul but lived at the Morne in Castries with her daughter. Earlier this year, a birthday ...

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Leading T&T business Excellent Stores opens branch in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — One of Trinidad and Tobago’s leading department stores has set up shop in Saint Lucia. Excellent Stores Limited has announced that Saint Lucia is its first location outside Trinidad and Tobago. To celebrate this occasion, the company is holding a grand opening ceremony at the Johnson’s Centre, Rodney Bay on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Excellent Stores, which has ...

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Local journalist to deliver 2018 George Odlum Memorial Lecture

(SNO) — The Bro. George Odlum Memorial Committee and the George Odlum Family will stage the 4th Annual George Odlum Memorial Lecture on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at the Finance Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine, Castries, starting at 6:30 p.m. Veteran journalist Earl Bousquet will deliver this year’s lecture. Bousquet said: “Everything I am as a writer today stems from my ...

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Mexico and Saint Lucia’s NWU blaze new trail

(SNO) — Monday will mark a new beginning for relations between Mexico and trade unions in the country, as for the first time ever, the Spanish-speaking country will host a trade union delegation from Saint Lucia. That is when a five-member delegation from the National Workers Union (NWU) will arrive in Mexico to tour health facilities there. “This is our ...

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“Star” of viral Saint Lucia video dies

(SNO) — A young woman, who appeared in a viral video on MBC TV about two years ago, has died, according to reports. Albertina Tamisha Samuel of Ciceron, Castries, who had been sick for some time, passed away on August 19 at Victoria Hospital. Her funeral service took place on September 5. She was 22 years old. Samuel appeared on ...

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Deported St. Lucian sentenced for illegal re-entry

St. Thomas, USVI – Isidore Isidore, 61, of St. Lucia, was sentenced today for Improper Entry by an Alien, United States Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert announced. Magistrate Judge Ruth Miller sentenced Isidore to 4.5 months’ imprisonment. Judge Miller ordered Isidore to pay a $10 special assessment. An immigration detainer was placed on Isidore, and his prior order of removal will ...

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CSA general secretary skeptical about change in border control agency consultation

(SNO) — General Secretary of the Civil Service Association (CSA) Claude Paul hopes that the revocation of Cabinet Conclusion 247 and government’s stated intention to engage all stakeholders in the formation of a new entity called the Border Management Agency, would not be merely an exercise in futility. While he applauds the new move by government, Paul said he is ...

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Saint Lucians express surprise that schools reopened today despite weather conditions (+videos & photos)

(SNO) — Some Saint Lucians have expressed their dissatisfaction on social media that schools were officially re-opened today, Friday, September 14 when there is so much rainfall. The Ministry of Education, acting on advice from weather officials, ordered all schools closed on Thursday, Sept. 13 due to the passage of a weakening Tropical Isaac in the Lesser Antilles. Though the ...

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SLHTA CEO Roderick Cherry resigns

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association Inc. has announced the departure of its CEO, Roderick Cherry, who is leaving the Organisation to pursue other career opportunities. Cherry’s resignation takes effect September 30, 2018 and the SLHTA has begun the process of vetting for a replacement. In the interim, former CEO Noorani Azeez has been appointed as the ...

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NEMO: Saint Lucia will continue to be affected by cloudiness and showers trailing TD Isaac during next 24 hours

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia was spared the effects of heavy rainfall associated with Tropical Storm Isaac which was expected to produce 50 mm – 100 mm on the island from September 12 – 14, 2018. The centre of Isaac passed between Martinique and Dominica with maximum sustained winds of about 45 mph. The system has now weakened into a ...

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CLOSE CALL: Tree falls in front vehicle in Barre de L’isle area (videos added)

(SNO) — A sports utility vehicle (SUV) was almost struck by a falling tree this morning, Friday, Sept. 14 in the Barre de L’isle area, according to reports. The tree fell about 9:40 a.m., blocking the entire roadway — and missed hitting vehicles by seconds. Moderate to heavy rainfall across the island have loosened soil, caused flooding and mini-landslides in ...

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Another Saint Lucian gets top job in BVI, but some locals are not happy

(SNO) – Lenius Lendor, the former general manager of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), is one of three Saint Lucians who have been hired to fill top positions in the British Virgin Islands in recent times. The other Saint Lucians who have taken up posts with the BVI government are former Director of Corrections at Bordelais Correctional Facility ...

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UPATED: Castries shooting victim identified

(SNO) — A male individual who was hospitalised following a shooting incident at Wilton’s Yard, Castries this morning, Friday, Sept. 14, has been identified as Jordon Darius, aged 25, of Forestierre, Castries, according to sources. Reports are that Darius was shot in the Wilton’s Yard area and he ran to a gas station nearby to escape his attackers and to ...

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Lawyers “disgusted” by release of search warrant showing marijuana found in Botham Jean’s apartment

(FOX 4) — Following the shooting death of Botham Jean by the hands of Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger, multiple search warrants were executed at Jean’s apartment as part of the investigation. Attorneys for Botham Jean’s family are outraged that the document describing drug evidence became public on the same day of his funeral. One of the warrants became a ...

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Officials: Evidence in Botham Jean’s home supports Amber Guyger account of his location in apartment

(DALLAS NEWS) — Crime-scene evidence from Botham Jean’s apartment supports Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger’s account that she shot Jean from across the room as she stood inside his apartment door, two law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case told The Dallas Morning News. The evidence, at least so far, doesn’t conclusively determine whether the door was unlocked ...

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Friends and family say final goodbyes to Botham Jean

(WFAA) — His friends called him Bo. And the Dallas Police officer who killed him did not kill a perfect man. No one is perfect. But from every speaker at Botham Shem Jean’s funeral in Richardson on Thursday, you learned the 26-year old worship leader, aspiring accountant, and native of St. Lucia was about as perfect a son as you ...

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Uncle: Man killed by officer aspired to St. Lucia leadership

(AP) – Friends and family on Thursday remembered a man gunned down by a Dallas police officer as a deeply religious man who loved to sing and had confided to his uncle that he might one day want to be prime minister of his native Caribbean island country of St. Lucia. Those speaking at the service for 26-year-old Botham Jean ...

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Injunction to stop demolition works on old Castries prison structure continues

(SNO) — If the Government of St. Lucia thought that the injunction against the demolition of the old prison buildings on Upper Bridge Street, Castries  would have been dropped today, Thursday, September 13 after the parties met in the High Court to discuss the matter, then the government would have been sorely disappointed, as the injunction continues, scheduled to be ...

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Belle Vue residents get “temporary relief”

(SNO) –– For years residents of Belle Vue, Vieux Fort have been suffering due to bad road conditions. However, for the past few days they have been receiving some relief. According to a resident, road works started about one week ago. “This road works is considered a relief. In my opinion it is some temporary fix,” the resident said. “They are grading ...

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Border Control Cabinet Conclusion revoked; team appointed to facilitate “extensive” consultation

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Cabinet of Ministers have reiterated the commitment of Government to ensure effective and responsive border management and has appointed a team to undertake extensive and in depth dialogue on the establishment a single Border Control Management entity. The team is to engage and discuss with all stakeholders on the appropriate structure for the proposed Border Control ...

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Schools in Saint Lucia reopen tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 14)

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations in consultation with the St. Lucia MET Services and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) wishes to inform the general public that schools will reopen for normal operations tomorrow Friday 14th September, 2018. We are indeed extremely grateful that the country has been spared any calamity as a result of ...

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3 injured in Praslin motor vehicle accident

(SNO) – It was a close call. Someone is lucky to be alive today after a motor vehicle accident involving two cars in the vicinity of Fregate Islands, Praslin on Wednesday evening, Sept. 12, according to law enforcement sources. Dennery emergency personnel responded to the accident at 8:52 p.m. Three persons were transported to hospital in stable condition. A source ...

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St. Lucian Verne Garde announces stricter auditing, reform plans for BVI prison system

(BVI NEWS) — Stricter and more systematic auditing of the daily operations of Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam Ghut has been promised under the leadership of the penitentiary’s recently-appointed Superintendent, Verne Garde. Garde told BVI News this week that he has placed priority on accountability at the facility since noting what he described as ‘deficiencies’ in the so-called prison books. He ...

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Labour to table “no confidence” motion against government

(SNO) — Admitting that Sunday’s protest march in Castries was one of several things that has pushed his party to soon table a motion of no confidence against the administration of Allen Chastanet, Labour Party leader Philip J. Pierre is upbeat that the motion will carry, despite his party’s six seat to the government’s 11 in parliament. But despite his ...

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SLP complains to police commissioner over UWP letter to newspaper

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has written to Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry lodging concerns about statements made by general secretary of the ruling United Workers Party, Oswald Augustin. Those statements, published in last weekend’s issue of The VOICE newspaper, have the SLP wanting to know how it is possible for Augustin to be in possession of what ...

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Closure of school as a result of impending weather system

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia MET Services and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have indicated that St. Lucia is expected to get some heavy rainfall on Thursday September 13 into Friday September 14, 2018. While St. Lucia is not under Tropical Storm Watch or Warning the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations in consultation with MET Services ...

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Tropical Storm Isaac update

(PRESS RELEASE) – Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to remain at tropical storm intensity when it moves across the Lesser Antilles on Thursday. Both global and regional models are in agreement that the centre of Tropical Storm Isaac will pass well north of Saint Lucia on Thursday. Tropical storm warnings are in effect for Martinique, Dominica, and Guadeloupe. Tropical storm ...

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Raymond admits border agency consultation process ‘flawed’

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, minister for the public service in the Office of the Prime Minister, Dr Ubaldus Raymond, has not only admitted that the consultation process for the establishment of the proposed new border control agency in Saint Lucia was flawed but also tried to deny the explicit wording of the relevant ...

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Great View in Marigot destroyed by fire

(SNO) — A business place in Marigot, better known as a tourist attraction and a local entertainment hangout, has been completely destroyed by fire. Castries fire personnel responded to the fire at Great View, Marigot at 12:20 a.m. No one was injured and the incident is under investigation. Great View served as a bar as well as a boutique where ...

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SOL St Lucia wins multi-million dollar fuel contract in the BVI: report

(VIRGIN ISLANDS NEWS ONLINE) – The British Virgin Islands’ Electricity Corporation (BVIEC), has awarded a major fuel contract to SOL St Lucia Limited (Ltd), to supply the government run utility with fuel and lubricants for the next five years. According to information obtained, by Virgin Islands News Online, SOL St Lucia Ltd, has also been awarded the contract to supply ...

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Richard Frederick to run in upcoming general elections

(SNO) — Richard Frederick, former Minister of Housing and Local Government under a United Workers Party (UWP) government headed by Stephenson King, will run as a candidate in the next general elections. This much was enforced at last Sunday’s protest march in Castries when he spoke to the people on two occasions, one near the Sabs Playing Field minutes before ...

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Had Botham Jean been a licensed gun owner, outcome might’ve been different, NRA spokesperson says

(NEWSWEEK) — National Rifle Association spokesperson Dana Loesch said that a Dallas man killed in his own home by a police officer could have saved himself if he owned a gun. Botham Shem Jean, a 26-year-old black man, was killed on Thursday by off-duty police officer Amber Guyger. Guyger, a 30-year-old white woman, said she mistakenly entered Jean’s apartment, thinking ...

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