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WEEDKILLER GLYPHOSATE A ‘SUBSTANTIAL’ CANCER FACTOR

[BBC News (Health) – March 20th, 2019]:-  A US jury has found that one of the world’s most widely-used weedkillers was a “substantial factor” in causing a man’s cancer. Pharmaceutical group Bayer had strongly rejected claims that its glyphosate-based Roundup product was carcinogenic. But the jury in San Francisco ruled unanimously …

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POTENT CANNABIS INCREASES RISK OF SERIOUS MENTAL ILLNESS, SAYS STUDY

[BBC News – March 20th, 2019]:- Smoking potent ‘skunk-like’ cannabis increases your risk of serious mental illness, say researchers. They estimate around one in 10 new cases of psychosis may be associated with strong cannabis, based on their study of European cities and towns. In London and Amsterdam, where most of …

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GOVERNMENT AND FIREFIGHTERS REMAIN AT ODDS

There is still no progress in the impasse between the government and The St. Lucia Fire Service Association. The fire fighters have been on strike for ten days now with more than sixty percent of them participating in the protest. This has meant that the senior officers of the fire service have …

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CELEBRATING A MONCHY CENTENARIAN

A family of Monchy has welcomed their matriarch into the very select club of centenarians. Mrs. Erita Nelson celebrated her 100th birthday on Thursday in the company of many of her offspring. Several generations of the Nelson’s assembled at the home of Mrs. Nelson to say thanks to a lady …

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RESERVE OFFICER LAID TO REST FOLLOWING TRAGIC BIKE CRASH

Family and friends of the late Simon Oswald, as well as members of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force bid farewell to the special reserve officer, who died following a motocross accident. His funeral service paid tribute to a man who was passionate about family, friendships and his bikes.

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CDB PREDICTS 3% GROWTH FOR ST LUCIA’S ECONOMY

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says economic activity in Saint Lucia dropped to 0.6% in 2018, from 3.7% in 2017. The Barbados-based bank says this slowdown is mainly due to a significant downturn in the construction sector, but is predicting a 3% economic growth for Saint Lucia in 2019. The …

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SECURITY MINISTER CALLS FOR NEW APPROACH TO COMMUNITY POLICING

The minister for home affairs and national security is urging members of the St. Lucia police force to become better connection with the communities they serve. Francis says that old fashion policing of strong community connection can go a long way in reducing crime and solving them when they happen.

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PROTESTING FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO BUSH FIRE NEAR COLLEAGUES HOME

Protesting firefighters faced a dilemma in the wee hours of Thursday March 21st. The officers, who are withholding their services, were notified of a bush fire in Dennery, which was threatening the home of one of their colleagues. The men decided to respond to the emergency, halting their industrial action …

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