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STRIKE ACTION FORCES 1ST NATIONAL BANK TO EFFECT ISLAND WIDE BRANCH CLOSURES

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Customers hoping to do business with 1ST National Bank on Monday were greeted by “closure notices” which were plastered on the entrances of each of the bank’s eight branches. The notice explained the island wide closures were due to, “…circumstances beyond [their] control…” As a consequence, thousands of 1ST National Bank customers were unable to transact business. MBC Prime has learned 1ST National Bank employees across the bank’s eight branches did not report for work on Monday. The mass sick out, according to employee sources, is linked to the alleged firing of a 1ST National Bank staff member last week. The National Workers Union represents 1ST National Bank employees. The Union did not respond to our requests for comment. Meanwhile, 1ST National Bank says it is, “…working assiduously… to provide…in-branch service at the earliest opportunity…” However, it is unclear when normal bank services will resume.

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GUNFIRE ERUPTS IN THE CITY, EQUITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE MINISTER OPTIMISTIC ABOUT CRIME REDUCTION

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With the involvement of various government and non- governmental organisations, Equity and Social Justice Minister, Joachim Henry has disclosed will deal more resolutely with the crime situation in Saint Lucia. Henry’s statement came hours prior to police response to reports of heavy gunfire in the capital on Wednesday, June 15th.

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SHOPPERS TAKE LONG QUEUES FOR SUGAR

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Shoppers complain about hour-long lines following the delivery of sugar at the government supply warehouse at Faux Au Chaux Sugar has been available at various shelves throughout the island on June 13th.

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OPENING SESSION – CDB MEETING OF GOVERNORS

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The 52ND annual meeting of the Caribbean Development Bank went underway at the Ritz Carlton on Host Island Turks and Caicos. Representing this station is News Director Jade Brown who will provide some insight into the highly anticipated weeklong event.

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