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INTERNATIONAL: Caitlyn Jenner considering US political run


NEW YORK DAILY NEWS – Caitlyn Jenner might be weighing a run for office. The reality TV star teased a political run during an event Tuesday called “Imagining Men & Women: Caitlyn Jenner on Transgender Identity and Courage.” Jenner, who came out as transgender in April 2015 on the cover of Vanity Fair, voted for President Trump in the general ...

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CARIBBEAN: Too much unnecessary sick leave in Dominica PM Skerrit says


DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE – Prime Minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has expressed concern over the level of productivity in Dominica, saying there are too many unnecessary sick leave papers from doctors. He was speaking at a government organized consultation at the State House on Monday. “Too many employers are complaining about our level of productivity, too many unnecessary sick leave papers from ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Paris police revive woman declared dead for an hour by paramedics


BBC – A French mother has been brought back to life by police officers, who performed CPR an hour after paramedics declared her dead. The unnamed woman, a long-time anorexia sufferer, was found collapsed by her 18-year-old daughter after an apparent heart-attack. Paramedics rushed to her home in Paris’s 13th arrondissement but were unable to revive the 49-year-old. But police ...

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St. Lucia moves to implement medical school accreditation laws


Government plans to enact legislation that will ensure medical and off-shore schools planning to or operating in Saint Lucia are properly accredited and maintain international standards. In her Throne Speech on Tuesday, Governor General Pearlette Louisy said such legislation is necessary as the island “continues to attract medical and off-shore educational institutions”. She said government has a duty to ensure ...

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OECS environment ministers meet


GIS – The Council of Ministers of Environmental Sustainability (COMES) of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will meet in Grenada on April 27 and 28, to address regional environmental issues. The meeting will be held under the theme “Accelerating Sustainable Development: Addressing Challenges and Creating Opportunities,” and will be chaired by Sen. Hon. Simon Stiell, Minister of State Responsible ...

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Chamber of Commerce submits budget to Government


PRESS RELEASE – On April 13th, 2017 the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture had an opportunity to present to the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Honourable Allen Chastanet, its 2017/2018 Budget Submission. Attending the Meeting with the Prime Minister was Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ubaldus Raymond and Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Coinithia Thomas. ...

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Electronic monitoring and electronic crimes laws coming


Government plans to enact “critical legislation” this year to strengthen the criminal justice system. Governor General Pearlette Louisy made the announcement during her Throne Speech on Tuesday. Among the legislation to be enacted are the Witness Protection (Special Measures) Bill, Electronic Monitoring Bill, Electronic Crimes Bill, and Child Justice Bill. Louisy said the Witness Protection (Special Measures) Bill seeks to ...

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Police Welfare Association general meeting


PRESS RELEASE – The Police Welfare Association would like to inform all members of a general meeting to be held on Friday, May 5th 2017 at the Finance Administrative Center, Point Seraphine Castries at 10:00 a.m. At this meeting members shall have discussion on essential matters and shall also be appraised on recent Police Welfare Association activities. Members in the ...

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High fines for illegal coral use – Department of Fisheries


GIS – The Department of Fisheries has expressed concern over the prevalent use of coral by business houses, restaurants, hotels, craft vendors and home owners. As there appears to be an increasing trend to use corals for decoration and handicrafts. Under the Fisheries Act Cap 7.15, it is illegal to collect, damage, use, sell, buy or be in possession of ...

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WASCO water schedule for Wednesday, April 26, 2017


PRESS RELEASE – The level of Reservoir at John Compton Dam has been recordedat 329.3 feettoday, April 26th, 2017. Thisrepresents 0.3 feet decrease in level from our previous recorded levelyesterday, April 25th, 2017. The level on this date last year, April 26th,2016 was 331.6 feet. The following areas were supplied yesterday; Fond Cannie, Girard Cacoa and Cacoa Lower Ti Chemin, ...

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CARIBBEAN: Passenger dies aboard CAL flight en route to New York


PRESS RELEASE – Following the death of a passenger, those travelling on Caribbean Airlines flight BW 526 to New York were up to press time grounded at the San Juan Airport in Puerto Rico. One passenger on the flight related to Stabroek News that around 8:47 PM the pilot announced that there was a medical emergency on board and they ...

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Truck in fatal accident encountered “mechanical difficulties” travelling downhill – police


PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, about 4:00 p.m. at Marigot. The incident involved a truck registration number PG 4440, which apparently encountered mechanical difficulties whilst travelling downhill. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident. Jason St. Luce, a thirty ...

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Disaster Management workshop to be held


PRESS RELEASE – A public and private sector workshop that focuses on Disaster Management will get underway in St Lucia on Thursday morning May 4th and is being organized under the theme “Building Community Resiliency through Strategic Private Public Partnerships” The workshop, is scheduled to be held at the Financial Administrative office, and is being hosted by Tropical Shipping in ...

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Shooting at Morne Du Don


A man sustained a gunshot wound at Forgotten Boundary, Morne Du Don, Castries shortly after midnight, this morning, according to reliable sources. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Vernon Auguste. He reportedly sustained the wound to the groin area and was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital. The incident occurred around 1:06 a.m. Though emergency officials responded to the shooting, ...

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Construction of new access road to Dennery School Complex

road construction ahead sign

PRESS RELEASE – The public is hereby informed that the main access road into the Dennery Primary School and the Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School will be closed from Wednesday April 26, 2017 in order to facilitate the construction of a new access road into the school complex.   Construction works are expected to commence on Wednesday April 26, 2017 ...

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St. Lucia Stars announce Blazin FM 99.3 as the official radio station for the team


PRESS RELEASE – Hero Caribbean Premier League’s St Lucia Stars announce their radio partnership. Blazin FM 99.3 comes onboard as the “Official Radio Station” of St Lucia Stars. They are St Lucia’s “party station” and are popular on the island for their shows, party music & interesting RJs.  Dwayne Mendes, Managing Director, Blazin FM 99.3 speaks as he looks forward ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Couple married 69 years dies minutes apart, holding hands


NY POST – An Illinois couple showed how deep their love for each other was to the very end, dying minutes apart Saturday while holding hands. Isaac and Teresa Vatkin, who were married for 69 years, died “peacefully” beside each other at Highland Park Hospital in Illinois, according to their obituary. As it became clear their time together was nearing ...

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Jazz comes alive at the Landings Resort and Spa


PRESS RELEASE – The Landings gets set to stage its second annual jazz event dubbed Jazz on the Beach on Sunday May 7th 2017. The beachfront property will come alive yet again, on the backdrop of the warm Caribbean Sea, headlined by the music industry stalwarts, Ronald ‘Boo’ Hinkson and Arturo Tappin. As an avid enthusiast of the Arts and ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Chechnya wants to eliminate gay community by end of May, reports suggest


INDEPENDENT (UK) – Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov plans to “eliminate” the country’s gay community by the start of Ramadan, a British foreign minister has claimed. Reports from Chechnya allege that more than 100 men have been rounded up and detained in secret prisons by authorities on suspicion of being gay in recent weeks, with many beaten and tortured. At least ...

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21-year-old St. Lucian joins advisory board for global youth consultancy


PRESS RELEASE – Keith Isaac, a former youth parliamentarian from the island, has been this week appointed as a prestigious member of the strategic advisory board of Adam Bradford Private Consulting Ltd. The organisation, based in London, UK, designs multinational campaigns and programs which improve the lives of young people. Most recently the organisation worked on a major behaviour change ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Wild boars maul ISIL fighters to death in Iraq


TELEGRAPH (UK) – Wild boars mauled three Islamic State (Isil) fighters to death near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, according to Kurdish fighters. The jihadists’ bodies were found badly mangled by refugees fleeing through farmland as they tried to get away from Isil territory in al-Rashad, southwest of the city. Isil fighters responded to the deaths by going on a ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Mexico eliminates leading cause of blindness


PRESS RELEASE – Trachoma has been eliminated as a public health problem in Mexico, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today. Mexico becomes the first country in the Americas and the third in the world after Oman and Morocco to receive validation from WHO for having eliminated this disease. Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness worldwide. It is ...

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Students attend applications development workshop


GIS – The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Advance Intellectual Methods (AIM) hosted its first Youth App Marathon (Yap-athon) workshop on mobile applications development for primary and secondary school students. The workshop equips young people with the skills to build mobile applications for solving social issues. Coordinator of the Yap-athon, Kentilla Louis, said the activity allows the students to ...

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OECS Invitation Boxing Championships ready to punch off


PRESS RELEASE – Participating teams from seven overseas territories have began to arrive in Saint Lucia for three exciting nights of boxing. The Dominica National Team arrived here Tuesday afternoon and all remaining delegations are set to arrive on Wednesday. The OECS Invitational Boxing Championships begin this Thursday April 27 and continues from 8pm nightly at the Beausejour Indoor Facility, ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaican doctor warns that ‘fluffy’ bodies not healthy


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Dr Suzanne Arscott, one of the presenters at the Jamaica Observer Your Health, Your Wealth Symposium currently taking place at the Spanish Court Hotel, is reminding Jamaicans that despite the culture of liking ‘fluffy’ women and big bodied men, such body types are not healthy. “If your weight is disproportionate to your height it’s problematic. If you’re ...

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Civil Service Association Week of Activities set for April 30-May 6


PRESS RELEASE – The St Lucia Civil Service Association will be hosting a Week of Activities from Sunday April 30th – May 6th. CSA week of activities is one of the main calendar items of the Association. The week seeks to bring members together through various social, formal and interactive forums. The theme for this year’s celebration is “The Role ...

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Photographer to host workshop at Anse Chastanet for National Geographic Expeditions


PRESS RELEASE – One of the world’s most accomplished photographers is hosting a master class at Anse Chastanet Resort in St. Lucia for National Geographic Expeditions this year. Joe McNally, whose acclaimed career includes assignments in more than 50 countries, will lead the classes at the eco-friendly resort. McNally, who has contributed to National Geographic magazine for more than three ...

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CARIBBEAN: T&T lifts corned beef ban, says it is safe to eat


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – THE MINISTRY of Agriculture has lifted the restriction on Brazilian corned beef and other meat imports as of today. The temporary restriction which was imposed on March 21, was put in place by Agriculture Minster Clarence Rambharat after it was revealed by Brazilian authorities to have been investigating a private manufacturer using rotted meat. The Ministry made ...

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Pakistan crushes West Indies in first Test


EXPRESS TRIBUNE – Yasir Shah completed a six-wicket haul to spearhead the second innings rout of the West Indies as Pakistan achieved a comfortable seven-wicket victory just after lunch on the final day of the first Test on Tuesday. Trailing on first innings by 121 runs and resuming at the overnight position of 93 for four, the home side were dismissed ...

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CARIBBEAN: Trinidad president urges region to dump Privy Council


CARIBBEAN360 – Trinidad and Tobago President Anthony Carmona has expressed frustration that his country and other CARICOM states have not replaced the Privy Council with the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) as their final authority in legal matters. Though 12 of the 15 CARICOM territories have signed the agreement establishing the CCJ, which was launched in 2005 as the final ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Fatal accident at Marigot

Jason St. Luce

One man is dead following a motor vehicle accident in Marigot this afternoon, officials said. The dead man has been identified as 35-year-old father of two, Jason St. Luce of Rock Hall, Castries. St. Luce was the passenger of a truck (registration number PG 4440) that overturned about 3:54 pm. The driver Marlon Lubrin sustained minor injuries. This is the fifth ...

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UPDATE: Two St. Lucians arrested and charged for drug bust at sea

* Not the actual drugs seized by the police.

PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday, April 22, 2017 about 9:45 p.m. a police operation about ten nautical miles (10NM) south west of Gros Piton (Soufriere) resulted in the arrest of two (2) Saint Lucian nationals on a local fishing canoe, named “Stranger”. During the operation which comprised of maritime and land assets, forty-seven (47) packages of cocaine weighing 3.22 kilograms ...

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BROTHERS BEEF: Hermangild says “shut up”, Claudius calls brother’s comments “stupid”

Claudius (left) and Hermangild

The Francis brothers are at loggerheads. Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, and Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Chairman Claudius Francis are exchanging a war of words over the publication of articles in the Antigua Observer and Caribbean News Now, alleging that the national security minister and Cabinet are hacking the communications of persons deemed “enemies of the ...

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Applications open for Government’s Summer Employment Program


GIS – Applications are open for students desirous of participating in the 2017 Government of Saint Lucia Summer Employment Program. The Summer Employment Program is open to form five secondary school students, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College students in their first year, and university students who are not in their final year. All other applicants are required to submit proof ...

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Invitation for bids for the supply of photovoltaic systems


GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia has announced its intention to reduce energy consumption in the public sector by 20 percent by the year 2020. To assist in this regard, funding has been received from the Republic of China (Taiwan) for the “Sustainable Energy in Saint Lucia: From Concept to Action Project.” A key component of this project is ...

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THRONE SPEECH: ‘Building a new Saint Lucia’

Governor General Louisy

Throne Speech by Her Excellency Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy on the occasion of the second session of the eleventh Parliament of Saint Lucia. We thank Almighty God that we are able to assemble today to usher in this Second Session of the Eleventh Parliament of Saint Lucia. A new parliamentary year is an occasion for reporting and projection, as much ...

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EXPLOSION UPDATE: Investigators “preparing report” for police and DPP


Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, is asking the public and those affected by the deadly March 21 quarry explosions to be patient now that the investigators have completed their task. Speaking at the weekly pre-Cabinet press briefing on Monday, Francis said the investigators are now preparing their report which will be submitted to the police and ...

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Organization of Eastern Caribbean States to host “Passport for French Higher Education” seminar


PRESS RELEASE – Students of the OECS member States must find ways to continue their studies after CSEC and CAPE. The question now remains: Where do they go? Who has ever wondered how he/she would pay for their children’s education abroad? We all know that most options are expensive. However, few are aware that within the OECS itself, students have ...

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Progress in talks between Scotia Bank and NWU


PRESS RELEASE – Preliminary discussions between the Management of the Bank of Nova Scotia and National Workers Union (NWU) progressed conclusively.   The talks were aimed at resolving mundane domestic issues prior to the commencement of industrial negotiations between the financial institution and the National Workers Union. Workers will be paid their Merit Increases across the board from May 12, 2017. ...

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WASCO water schedule for Tuesday, April 25, 2017


PRESS RELEASE – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to advise of water schedules for communities in the Southern part of the island, for today Tuesday, 25th April 2017; 1.CANARIES SYSTEM Main Canaries Primary System: In operation Anse la Verdue: Inoperation 2.SOUFRIERE SYSTEM Ruby: In operation (River source in operation; spring source inoperation) Fond St. Jacques 1: In ...

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Water interruption at Fond St. Jacques system


PRESS RELEASE – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to inform its valued customers served by the Fond St. Jacques system that water supply to these areas will be temporarily interrupted due to a damaged 4 inch main. Following areas are affected: Etangs, Morne Bonin, Belle Plain, Bois Den, Belle Fond, Ladera, Hotel Chocolat, Stonefield Estate, Fond Deux ...

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Japanese government donates tow truck

GIS – The tow truck will boost time efficiency and lessen expenses by eliminating the cost of hiring an external party. The Government of Japan, under the Japan non-project Grant Aid Initiative recently donated a safety loader truck also known as a tow truck to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour. The tow truck will be used to ...

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Ricky’s Entertainment presents cheque to Marchand community


PRESS RELEASE – On the heels of a successful event, Ricky’s Entertainment is reveling in the accomplishments of its Alka Vybz block party held on the Easter Weekend. As part the “Marchand is not a ghetto’ community campaign, the company is staying true to its pronouncements of supporting the Marchand community in a cheque presentation ceremony to the Big Players ...

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Felicien bled to death – Post mortem report


PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of Leonard Felicien, a fifty nine (59) year old resident of Trois Piton, Castries, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a physical altercation, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The post mortem examination, conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed that Leonard Felicien died as a result of exsanguination (extensive ...

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CARIBBEAN: Body of German discovered on drifting yacht in Grenada


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Grenada police yesterday said the decomposing body found on a yacht drifting seven miles south of here is that of German national, Bernd Ludwig Ottogottel. Police said that a group of Grenadian divers saw the yacht on April 13 sailing without professional guidance and alerted the local Coast Guard whose members found the body in the cabin. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Two die in Venezuela protests


JAMAICA OBSERVER – Two people were killed in Venezuela on Monday in renewed violence, raising the death toll in three weeks of massive demonstrations against leftwing President Nicolas Maduro to 23, officials said. Several others were seriously injured and “between life and death,” said public defender Tarek William Saab. The latest casualties come on a day anti-Maduro demonstrators blocked major ...

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CARIBBEAN: Haiti leader pleads guilty to money laundering in drug case


JAMAICA OBSERVER – A former Haitian coup leader and recently elected senator in that country pleaded guilty Monday to a US drug money-laundering charge under a deal that should allow him to avoid a potential sentence of life in prison for cocaine trafficking. Under the plea deal, the recommended prison sentence for Guy Philippe is nine years and the drug ...

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CARIBBEAN: Dutch government declares Trinidad & Tobago safe for refugees


CNC3 – Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil have been declared safe countries for refugees by the Dutch government. The latest revision to the list means asylum applications from those countries can be processed and rejected more quickly, though junior justice minister Klaas Dijkhoff said individual cases involving LGBT applicants still deserved special attention. Similar rules apply to Jamaica, which is ...

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Consulate General of St. Lucia in New York to host Immigration Forum


PRESS RELEASE – In light of recent US actions regarding its immigration policies, which have raised concerns among many Saint Lucian nationals, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York has organized an immigration forum to address this pressing issue. This event is slated for Wednesday, April 26, 2017, starting at 7 PM, at the Saint Lucia House, located ...

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Chastanet to present first budget of his administration

PM Chastnet in a sitting of Parliament in this file photo.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet will present his first ever budget to Parliament on Wednesday since his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) won the June 2016 general elections. Chastanet is expected to present a fiscal package totalling EC$1.5 billion (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) and estimated EC$349.5 million than the last budget. The budgetary process will begin on Tuesday following the ...

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Stabbing victim in critical condition


Police are investigating a stabbing incident in Roseau which has reportedly left the victim in critical condition. Reports are that a male was stabbed late last evening and was hospitalised. The incident occurred sometime after 9 p.m. More details soon. (0)(3)

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Winners of Earth Hour 2017 essay competition announced


PRESS RELEASE – Earth Hour is a worldwide global environmental grassroots movement for solidarity of climate action of the planet organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as ...

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PM does not believe gov’t should be paying for SLNT’s recurrent expenditure


Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has confirmed that the government has proposed reducing the subvention to the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) from $700,000 to zero, but pointed out that a number of other similar organisations have experienced financial reviews since his administration took office. Chastanet told a press briefing on Monday that government has a cash problem and “every single ...

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Sergie releases “I in dat”


PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucian soca artiste Sergie is laying a claim to her place among the elite in soca music with the release of her new song  “I In Dat”. The soca single is also a build on what was a very good 2016 season where Sergie placed second in the Just 4 Fun Soca Switch competition and was ...

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PAHO meets with Ministry of Health on Bilharzia


PRESS RELEASE – On the 24th of April, 2017, a group of PAHO Representatives, met with the Ministry of Health Team, to discuss the way forward and how this survey will be executed effectively and efficiently. Chief epidemiologist, Nahum Jn. Baptiste gave a further insight of the consultation. Maria Sanchez, PAHO representative says, this venture is very important, and with ...

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