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DLP sweeps general election in Dominica

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has been swept into power again in general election in Dominica on Friday. Led by Roosevelt Skerrit, the party got 18 seats in the 21-seat parliament, preliminary results show. This is the third consecutive time the party has won general election under the leadership of Skerrit. He led the DLP to power in 2009, 2014 ...

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Hallucine leads the ARC fleet into Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – At 00:52:47 on Friday 6th December, Rodney Bay welcomed the first arrival of ARC 2019, French flagged Marsaudon TS5 Hallucine. Led by experienced ocean sailor Régis Guillemot, the crew of 50ft multihull have had a great blast across the Atlantic, clocking up a record day of 385nm, an average speed of 15.2knts, and sailing under main and ...

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Birth control pill shrinks part of brain that controls sex drive: research

(THE SUN) – The pill shrinks the part of the brain that controls your sex drive, according to new research. Top scientists found that women taking the contraceptive pill have a significantly smaller hypothalamus — a brain region responsible for regulating hormones. Damage to the hypothalamus can wreak havoc with a woman’s sex drive, mood, appetite, heart rate and sleep ...

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Notice: SLASPA extended operating hours

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) wishes to inform the public of extended operating hours at Port Castries and Port Vieux Fort during the Holiday Season. Operating Hours for the Cargo Sheds will be extended to facilitate the clearing and delivery of cargo on the following dates: • December 16 – 20, 2019 from ...

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CCJ allows appeal, no fraud by Caye Bank and Nagel

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) in its Appellate Jurisdiction, having the parties’ consent, granted an appeal in the matter of Caye International Bank Limited (CIB) and Joel M. Nagel v Tommy Lynn Haugen CCJ Appeal No. BZCV2019/004. The matter commenced in the Supreme Court of Belize when Tommy Haugen filed a claim against CIB and Mr. ...

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CDEMA & Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine establish partnership to improve region’s health care preparedness

(PRESS RELEASE) – With a focus on improving the delivery of health care services in the Caribbean in times of disaster, leaders from the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Caribbean Center for Disaster Medicine (CCDM) signed an agreement today to increase collaboration between the groups. The Honorable Silveria Jacob, Prime Minister of Sint Maarten, addressed attendees at ...

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USVI Governor wants to legalise marijuana to raise urgently needed funds

(VIRGIN ISLANDS NEWS ONLINE) – Governor Albert Bryan Jr believes legalising marijuana for recreational use in the US Virgin Islands (USVI) could provide enough funding to save the Government Employees’ Retirement System (G.E.R.S), the beleaguered, government-run pension plan that is on life support and is projected to collapse in a few years. Mr Bryan has called the Senate into session ...

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R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

(AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of paying a bribe in exchange for a “fraudulent ...

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ICAO – International Civil Aviation Day statement

(PRESS RELEASE) – Seven December each year is recognized globally as International Civil Aviation Day (ICAD). This year is however particularly special, as the International Civil Aviation Organization is commemorating the 75th anniversary of its creation by the 1944 Convention on International Civil Aviation. As of this writing, numerous ICAO Member States have committed resources toward various activities aimed at ...

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Hilaire continues to sell out Saint Lucia – UWP

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party joins several regional and international organizations in expressing concerns about the lack of electoral reform in Dominica. The UWP believes that the power rests with the people of Dominica to ensure and demand that this democratic process is done in a manner which is transparent and meets the international standards adopted by the ...

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SPL sets date for 2020 tournament

(PRESS RELEASE) – The highly anticipated and most exhilarating cricket tournament in St. Lucia, the St. Lucia Premiere League, will be slated to begin on May 15th 2020. According to founder and CEO of the SPL, Hassan Euristee, culminating an exciting season in 2019 which was brought to you by the likes of Digicel, The Ministry of Youth & Sports, ...

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Flesh-eating bacteria linked to heroin use kills 7 in California

(AP) – A flesh-eating bacteria linked to the use of black tar heroin has killed at least seven people over the past two months in San Diego County, authorities said. Nine people who injected black tar heroin between Oct. 2 and Nov. 24 were hospitalized with severe myonecrosis, a soft-tissue infection that destroys muscle, county health officials said Wednesday. Of ...

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Doctors revive woman whose heart stopped for six hours

(NEW YORK POST) – Doctors in Spain revived a British woman whose heart stopped for six hours — an “exceptional case” in which her hypothermia may have actually saved her life, according to a new report. Audrey Schoeman, 34, who lives in Barcelona, was hiking in the Spanish Pyrenees with her husband in November when she was caught in a ...

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Sittings of the House of Assembly and the Senate

(PRESS RELEASE) – A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, December 10th, 2019 with Papers to be laid by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service and the Honourable Minister for Tourism, Information, Broadcasting, Cultureand Creative Industries. The following Bills are down for consideration: 1. ...

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Jamaica: Fight over soap leaves little girl partially blind

(JAMAICA STAR) – When her eight-year-old daughter Shantavia McDonald came home last Thursday evening complaining of a soreness in her eye, Charnelle Barnes had no idea that the situation was serious. However, by the time her child had woken up the following day, it was evident that something was wrong. Her eyes were swollen shut. She rushed her to the ...

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Jamaica: Woman defies doctors after getting three days to live

(JAMAICA STAR) – In August, Latoya Hogarth, 28, had a brain aneurysm. She claimed that doctors declared that her situation was unfixable and gave her three days to live. However, four months later, the Lilliput, St James, resident is alive and well, drowning in medical bills. “I went into the Falmouth Hospital the last week of August with a brain ...

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Jamaica: Pregnant woman jumps from two-storey building

(JAMAICA STAR) – At four months pregnant, Marie* was out partying with friends in Bayshore, Harbour View, on November 23 when the unimaginable happened. Gunmen, masked as police officers and soldiers, invaded the party and began spraying bullets. Fearing for her life, and ignoring the fact that she is pregnant, Marie jumped from the roof of the two-storey building where ...

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1st National Bank St. Lucia Ltd and NWU to affix signatures to their first industrial agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Management of 1ST National Bank St. Lucia Ltd and the National Workers Union (NWU) will affix signatures shortly to their first industrial agreement. The Bank and the Union met at two (2) negotiating sessions and agreed to the following: • 8.5% general wage increase to over two hundred (200) employees spread over four (4) years. • ...

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Invest Saint Lucia partners with Itelbpo to diversify its labour pool

(PRESS RELEASE) – Itelbpo in partnership with Invest Saint Lucia is developing a 20,000 sq ft factory shell located in the Hewanorra Free Zone in Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia, which will house more than 300 employees in the global services sector. It is a strategic move aimed at expanding its geographical footprint, ultimately diversifying its workforce and further enriching its global ...

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Suit filed challenging social media disclosure rule for US visas

(AP) — Two organisations of documentary filmmakers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday arguing that new rules requiring United States visa applicants to register their social media handles are making them fearful of publicly speaking their minds. State Department rules took effect in May and apply to more than 14 million applicants each year, requiring them to register all their social ...

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Jamaican man granted bail, claims self defence in BVI court case

(CMC) — Twenty-four-year-old Prince Akeem Bambury, a Jamaican man, was granted bail amounting to US$40,000 when he appeared in court after he allegedly inflicted serious wounds on another man in the British Virgin Islands. In court on Wednesday, Bambury pleaded not guilty to the offence. The court was told that on November 30, the Jamaican was near a food van ...

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Dominicans vote amid fears of violence

(CMC) — Dominicans go to the polls today to elect a new Government with the leaders of the two main political parties expressing differing views on the outcome. While Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is predicting a “landslide” victory for his ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP), Lennox Linton, the leader of the main Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), is being more ...

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Uber reports more than 3,000 sexual assaults on rides in 2018

(AP) — Uber, as part of a long anticipated safety report, revealed that more than 3,000 sexual assaults were reported during its US rides in 2018. That figure includes 229 rapes across the company’s 1.3 billion rides. The ride-hailing company noted that drivers and riders were both attacked, and that some assaults occurred between riders. The Thursday report, which the ...

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More C’bean children being displaced by storms — UNICEF

(CMC) — A new report by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says the number of Caribbean children displaced by storms has risen approximately six-fold in the past five years. The report, released on Friday, says catastrophic tropical cyclones and hurricanes uprooted an estimated 761,000 children in the region between 2014 and 2018, which also was the hottest five-year period on ...

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US border agents make multi-million-dollar drug bust in Caribbean Sea

(CMC) — The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency says crew from its Air and Marine Operations (AMO) P-3 Orion Long Range Tracker assigned to the National Air Security Operations Center-Jacksonville, Florida, intercepted a vessel in the western Caribbean Sea loaded with an estimated US$49 million in cocaine. On Thursday, CBP said on November 22, the crew was ...

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Training in repair of hybrid and electric vehicles

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College through the Division of Technical Education and Management Studies has collaborated with the Department of Energy of the Ministry of Infrastructure Ports and Energy to deliver training to fifteen (15) technicians from the Police and Fire Departments and from the Mechanical Engineering Department at the College. The training takes place from ...

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Courts launches regional debt forgiveness campaign in time for the Christmas season

(PRESS RELEASE) – Courts a subsidiary of the Unicomer Group has announced the launch its regional debt forgiveness campaign. In this, the time of giving, one of the country’s leading retailers is engaging customers who faced challenges with servicing their credit accounts. This welcomed opportunity will allow for a significant portion of outstanding debts to be cleared off! This campaign, ...

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Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited and Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation announce closing and subsequent listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited (“SFCL”) and Alignvest Acquisition II Corporation (“AQY”) are pleased to announce that they have completed the business combination transaction involving the transfer of all issued and outstanding shares in SFCL to AQY in exchange for shareholders of SFCL receiving cash or shares of AQY. The resulting entity is named Sagicor Financial Company Ltd. ...

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Dominican chastises regional leaders including PM Chastanet

A Dominican has chastised regional leaders, including Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, after they decided to send troops from the Regional Security Services (RSS) to Dominica in the wake of civil unrest there. Soldiers from six regional countries, including Saint Lucia, are participating in a “peacekeeping mission” to Dominica after an appeal by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. This follows days of ...

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Alvina Reynolds launches her first book

(PRESS RELEASE) – Alvina Reynolds, former Minister of Health and Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau launches her first book on Wednesday December 11th at the Pastoral Centre, Marisule at 7 pm. With her first publication, Step forward with faith, Ms Reynolds joins other Saint Lucian writers who have been contributing to our respected body of literature with their personal memoirs. These ...

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St. Vincent and the Grenadines ranked in the top 100 for quality of life

(PRESS RELEASE) – Every year since Nobel Prize-winning economist Amartya Sen divulged his theses that revolutionized development, UNDP publishes a ranking of the most prosperous and socially cohesive societies on the planet – a list that also evidences which nations have the poorest record in terms of Human Development. Understanding that economic output doesn’t say it all, Sen probably found ...

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Traffic Delays along Castries/Gros Islet Highway

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy alerts the motoring public of traffic delays on the northbound carriageway along the Castries/Gros Islet Highway. These inconveniences are as a result of “overnight” Milling works on the Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project. The temporary rough surface is causing unavoidable traffic congestion but is necessary to ensure successful completion ...

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Trinidad school terror: Pupils scream as gunfire erupts

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – PUPILS of the Anstey Memorial Girls’ Anglican School in San Fernando screamed in horror as gunshots rang out near their school on Thursday morning. A man with a firearm discharged three rounds at Drayton Street where the school is situated. Classes were in session at the all-girls school when around 9.15 a.m. the gunshots were heard. The ...

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A woman lied on her resume to land a $185,000-a-year job. Now she’s going to jail

(CNN) – A woman who lied on her resume and faked “glowing” references to land a high-paying job with an Australian regional government has been sentenced to at least a year in prison. Veronica Hilda Theriault, 46, was convicted Tuesday of deception, dishonesty, and abuse of public office, relating to her 2017 application for the chief information officer role, which ...

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$820 million worth of methamphetamine seized in massive drug bust in Australia

(ABC NEWS) – Australian authorities have seized the country’s largest methamphetamine lot, which had a price tag of $820 million and weighed nearly 3,200 pounds, officials said. The Australian Federal Police and Australian Border Force made the bust on Wednesday, the two agencies said in a joint statement. The methamphetamine was worth $1.197 billion in Australian dollars (or $820 million ...

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More than 100 sick, 58 hospitalized in 23 states from E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce: Officials

(ABC NEWS) – More than 100 people across the U.S. have been infected with E.coli linked to romaine lettuce, according to federal officials. The Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and state health authorities say evidence indicates that romaine lettuce from the Salinas, California, growing region is “a likely source of this outbreak.” There have been 102 cases ...

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BVI: Local police officer charged with indecent assault on minor

(BVI NEWS) – A member of the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force has been charged with indecent assault of a minor. Officer Xavier Morgan made his first appearance at the magistrate’s court for the matter on Tuesday, December 3. The circumstances in this matter are not immediately clear to BVI News. But our news centre understands that the alleged victim ...

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The shocking moment doctors removed 759 cysts from woman’s stomach

(NEW YORK POST) – Talk about having a full stomach. Doctors in India revulsed the internet after removing hundreds of different-sized cysts from a woman’s stomach. Her gastrointestinal interlopers turned out to be tapeworm babies, which had caused her stomach to swell like a giant parasite piñata. The unidentified 29-year-old woman had been admitted to Saveetha Medical College and Hospital ...

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Closure of CSA Secretariat

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Executive Council of the St.Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) informs its general membership and by extension the general public that it’s Secretariat will be closed on Friday, 6th December, 2019 and Monday, 9th December, 2019 to facilitate the “Deep Cleaning” of its offices in keeping with the Occupational Health and Safety procedures. The CSA apologizes for ...

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Today we celebrate our volunteers

(PRESS RELEASE) – Volunteer Saint Lucia operates under the patronage of the Governor General His Excellency Sir. Neville Emmanuel Cenac. Over the years, the impact of the work of volunteers has been significant. Volunteerism in St. Lucia has ensured that contributions to various demographics, and vulnerable groups have resulted in improvement to the lives of many. Volunteerism is a devotion, ...

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E-cigarettes leave woman with rare lung disease normally seen in metal workers

(SKY NEWS) – An e-cigarette user has been diagnosed with a rare form of lung scarring which is usually seen in metal workers, a study has revealed. The case study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, suggests the condition in the lungs of an unnamed 49-year-old woman was likely caused by vaping. Hard-metal pneumoconiosis can result in permanent scarring, breathing ...

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Trinidad: Cop gets $.2m for falling off chair

(TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) – A POLICE OFFICER who fell off a chair has been awarded $200,000 for head injuries. The Port of Spain City Corporation was ordered by Justice Ronnie Boodoosingh to pay PC Dilraj Ramkissoon’s legal cost as well, for a claim he filed against the corporation for failing to provide him with a chair free of defects. Ramkissoon, 41, ...

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Comprehensive assessment of hydrologic and hydraulic conditions of Soufriere including Fond St. Jacques

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia through the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy has engaged a firm to undertake a Comprehensive Hydrologic and Hydraulic flood risk assessment in Soufriere including Fond St. Jacques as part of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP). The objective of this consultancy is to develop suitable sustainable engineering designs that will mitigate ...

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US offering free HIV prevention drug to uninsured

(AP) — The government launched a new programme on Tuesday to provide an HIV prevention drug for free to people who need the protection but have no insurance to pay for it. Taking certain anti-HIV drugs every day dramatically reduces the chances that someone who is still healthy becomes infected through sex or injection drug use. But only about 18% ...

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Hemp industry in US cleared to do business with banks

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – The number of banks in the United States willing to lend to hemp producers can be counted on one hand. That is about to change. The New York Times is reporting that federal and state bank regulators announced Tuesday that they were scrapping a burdensome requirement that banks said kept them away from the hemp business. Banks ...

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George Zimmerman sues Trayvon Martin’s family, attorneys for US$100M

(AP) — Neighbourhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman, who was acquitted of the 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin, is suing the teen’s parents, family attorney, the attorney’s book publisher and prosecutors who tried his case, claiming he was defamed when they allowed a witness to give false testimony in an attempt to incriminate him. Zimmerman’s lawsuit, filed Wednesday, said a trial ...

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629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

(AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the country’s poor and vulnerable. The list gives the most concrete figure yet ...

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Jamaica: Cops nab 4 alleged phone grabbers, one accused car thief

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) – Five men have been charged with offences stemming from robberies committed in two separate incidents, the police are reporting. In the Kingston Eastern Division, on Tuesday, four men were charged with robbery with aggravation following a robbery on Deanery Road in St Andrew. Charged are 18-year-old Dantay Fraser, 18-year-old Dave Williams otherwise called ‘Nickoy’, 18-year-old Giovani Gayle ...

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CDEMA and The European Union launch the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme

(CDEMA) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) along with the European Union launched the 11th EDF Natural Disaster Facility in the CARIFORUM Programme. This initiative aims to contribute to the reduction of the vulnerability to disaster risks, and to promote the sustainable development of the countries of this region. The launching of this initiative was held on 3rd ...

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Jehovah’s Witnesses website achieves unprecedented translation milestone

(PRESS RELEASE) – The educational website JW.org has reached 1,000 languages in downloadable content, an unprecedented translation milestone. In St. Lucia our main languages are English and St. Lucian Creole, but it is possible to encounter Martiniquan Creole (Kreyol Matinik), Haitian Creole (Kreyol Ayisyen), Chinese Mandarin, Syrian Arabic and Spanish. In addition to these seven languages, 993 and more can ...

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94 schools across the OECS benefit from grants to improve literacy

(PRESS RELEASE) – Canaries Infant School (Saint Lucia) Uses Grant to Improve Boys Reading Levels! As part of the OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme (ELP) within the Education Development Management Unit of the OECS Commission, small grants were provided under the project to support school-based reading intervention projects. A total of ninety-four (94) schools across the OECS have benefitted from school-based ...

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Entrepreneurs well pleased about ISL’s southern meet-up

(PRESS RELEASE) – Moving to Vieux Fort for the second of many Entrepreneurship Meet-Ups, Invest Saint Lucia played its part in bringing entrepreneurs together to network, showcase products and gain information on intentionally handling legal aspects of running an enterprise as part of the 5th Annual Business Month. For the November 27, 2019 event, the format deviated from the panel ...

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Her Majesty The Queen recognizes Barbadian volunteer with Commonwealth Points of Light Award

(PRESS RELEASE) – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today recognised Alian Ollivierre, representing Barbados, as the 121st Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service mentoring young women. Alian Ollivierre, representing Barbados, is the founder of ‘I Am a Girl Barbados’, which mentors girls and young women who have experienced gender-based discrimination to become the leaders ...

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SLTA marketing team presents 2019 recap and secures insight for 2020 marketing strategy

(PRESS RELEASE) – Industry partners had an opportunity to review Saint Lucia’s marketing programs of 2019 and the chance to provide critical input in plans for 2020 and beyond. On December 4th, 2019 the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), its overseas offices and their affiliated marketing agencies, met on island to make presentations to stakeholders and industry insiders, on their ...

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Taiwan provides new greenhouse techniques and develops human capacity in banana industry

(PRESS RELEASE) – Taiwan provided new type of greenhouse cultivation techniques for farmers in St. Lucia to produce fruits and vegetables. The Enhancement of the Efficiency of Production-Distribution Supple Chains in the Fruit and Vegetable Sector Project under Taiwan Technical Mission held the demonstration day of “the hoop greenhouse “ with the research department of Ministry of Agriculture. In order ...

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