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Post-mortem: No foul play in death of Gros Islet man


An autopsy in the death of a Gros Islet man found floating in the river Thursday afternoon showed no signs of foul play, relatives have said. Police and emergency officials responded around 1:30 p.m. (Jan.19) to a report of suspected drowning at Gros Islet. When they arrived, they found the body of Maquid Annerville, 29. The man’s sister, Tanisha Paul, ...

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Gov’t to decide on future of Radio Saint Lucia


A decision on the future of the state owned Saint Lucia Broadcasting Corporation (Radio St. Lucia) will be made soon by government, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dominic Feedee has revealed. Fedee told the media on Friday (Jan.20) that Cabinet is awaiting a report from the board of directors, before it decides on the next move for the cash-strapped broadcasting company. “We have ...

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Dr. Rigobert attends EMAG meeting in London

Dr. Rigobert.

PRESS RELEASE – Synergies are being fostered between the education and sustainable development sectors within countries of the commonwealth, in order to drive delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for education in the countries of the 52-member grouping. Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert is currently in London, along with various education ...

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LPM urges gov’t to be transparent and avoid leaks


Recent leaks of some government documents, including the controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) framework agreement, has stirred up a debate about the need for government to be more transparent. Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) shares that same view, as its Political Leader Therold Prudent believes that if the government is to remain transparent, then they would not be facing these issues. ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Donald Trump sworn in as 45th President of USA


INDEPENDENT (UK) – Donald Trump has been sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Mr Trump and his team will now embark on his avowed mission to undo many of the achievements of Barack Obama, including the monumental health care reform law, the Affordable Care Act. “The movement continues – the work begins!” President Trump tweeted hours before ...

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Education Minister meets UK Parliamentary Committee and BCCC

Left to Right: John Kennedy, Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, Hon. Dr Gale Rigobert, Andrew Rosindell MP

PRESS RELEASE – Education Minister, Dr Gale Rigobert, today held discussions in the British Parliament during a series of meetings with the British-Caribbean All Party Parliamentary Group and the British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce on the subjects of future cooperation and education. Meetings commenced with the former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Education, Rt. Hon Michael Gove MP, ...

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Walcott House takes center stage during Nobel Laureate Festival 2017

Walcott House

PRESS RELEASE – In observance of the Nobel Laureate Festival 2017, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is hosting a week of activities to promote greater understanding of our culture while encouraging conversations that help us learn about our heritage. This activity is being held under the umbrella of the Nobel Laureate Festival celebrations.  The activities will be held under ...

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Blue, yellow, black and white, Dashers unite!


  PRESS RELEASE – As we come closer to the end of January and move into a month long celebration of our island home, many Saint Lucians are gearing up to showcase their national pride, celebrating 38 years of Independence. The national colours, blue, yellow, black and white will be on display through the many flags, t-shirts, bandanas, shoes, and ...

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Cox and Company awarded ‘Best Caribbean Operator’


PRESS RELEASE – Cox & Company Limited, one of St. Lucia’s leading tour operators, has been awarded the 2017 Editor-in-Chief Award for Best Caribbean Tour Operator by Porthole Cruise magazine. Bill Panoff – Porthole Cruise Magazine’s editor-in-chief, indicated that with so many amazing options, he has a tough time picking winners from the cruise and travel industry. The awards give recognition to those in ...

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US Embassy facilitates humanitarian assistance shipment to St. Lucia

Noellea Sankar of Good News in St. Lucia (center), poses with U.S. Air Force pilots, Quentin Miller (left), and William Thompson (right)

PRESS RELEASE – On January 17 and 19, the United States Government, through the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Denton Program, delivered a humanitarian assistance shipment to St. Lucia valued at USD$35,413. The Good News Project, an American volunteer organization based in Wisconsin, donated the shipment, which consisted of clothing, building materials, and medical supplies.  Recipients of the ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Woman hiding $70K worth of cocaine in box of Jamaican beef patties busted at JFK


NY DAILY NEWS – This box of beef patties was a different kind of flaky. A Jamaican woman was busted after Customs agents found four pounds of cocaine hidden in a box of the golden-crusted meat-filled treats at Kennedy Airport, officials said Thursday. Federal Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials said agents got suspicious when they found the box of ...

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St. Lucian chef launches cookbook


PRESS RELEASE – At six years old, Denis Rosembert studied his grandmother’s cooking in St Lucia diligently, learning how to make Creole hot pepper sauce, fresh conch salad and Cajun catfish. Now at age 59 and the owner of Norwich restaurant Chez Denis, Mr Rosembert is pouring his lifetime of culinary expertise into a cookbook. ‘Taste of the French Caribbean’ ...

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Teddyson John makes 2017 Int’l Soca Monarch semi-finals!

Teddyson John

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Teddyson John makes his way to the International Soca Monarch semi-finals for a second consecutive year, with his 2016 release ‘No Code’. Deadline for all entries was January 14th, 2017 with over 50 performers making it through to the semi-finals. Among the semi-finalists are the likes of Ricardo Drue and Blaxx – guest performers at ...

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2017 College Player Showcase kicks off


PRESS RELEASE – The 2017 College Player Showcase got off to a good start at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium Players’ Lounge. The local press, sponsors and other invited guests were treated to an evening of information relating to organizing the Showcase and embarking on studies in the USA. The CEO of Free Kick Foundation, the SLFA President and PS ...

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Oliver Gobat Remembrance T/20 Cricket Tournament set to commence this weekend


PRESS RELEASE – The LucianAid Foundation is pleased to announce it’s new and exciting collaboration with The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS) as the title sponsor of the 2017 island-wide cricket competition. This year’s competition is being hosted in remembrance of Oliver Gobat, former Sales Director at the Landings and part of the family who created Cap Maison. Oliver, a ...

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Overweight affects almost half the population in Latin America and the Caribbean


PRESS RELEASE – Obesity and overweight are on the rise throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and are particularly prevalent among women and children, according to a new report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). The Panorama of Food and Nutrition Security in Latin America and the Caribbean, ...

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Burst of earthquake events recorded in Saint Lucia


The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) in Trinidad has confirmed that there was a small burst of earthquake events which occurred on land in southeast Saint Lucia. These events happened on Wednesday (January 18) from 11:16 p.m. to 11:27 p.m. They were located between 13.79°N -13.80°N and 60.91°W – 60.97°W with magnitudes from 1.9 to 3.0 ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Bois Patat


Police are investigating a shooting incident in Bois Patat, Castries. Reports are that a man, believed to be in his early 20s, was shot in the leg. He was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulace in stable condition. Emergency officials received the report at 8 p.m (0)(6)

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CARIBBEAN: Gunman robs Trini taxi driver, police charges taxi driver instead


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – HELD-UP by gunman and police gave the victim a ticket instead. This is the claim being made by Kennty Mitchell who said he was robbed in broad daylight while plying his trade as a maxi-taxi driver last Friday. The incident has been reported to the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) which is investigating whether the police dismissed Mitchell’s ...

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UPDATED: Dead body found floating identified


Police have identified the body found floating in the waters off Gros Islet after 1:30 p.m today, Jan. 19 Police said Mequid Annerville, 29, also known as Aaron and Killer Yute, is suspected of drowning but a post mortem scheduled for tomorrow will determine the cause of death. Annerville is originally from Dennery but resided on Chapel Street, Gros Islet, ...

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Gov’t commits to consultation process on ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’


PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with Invest Saint Lucia is continuing its informative and consultative process on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” development. On Tuesday January 17th the Government held a press briefing featuring Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia Pinkley Francis, along with Invest Saint Lucia’s Investment Promotion & Fulfillment Manager Alana Lansiquot-Brice, Legal Counsel/Corporate ...

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37th Annual National Sports Awards: Complete list of nominees


PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Youth Development and Sports has announced a list of nominees for the 37th Annual National Sports Awards which is scheduled for February 18, 2017. See list of nominees below:  2016 NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS LIST OF NOMINEES Association SPORTSWOMAN SPORTSMAN Number   Junior   Junior   St. Lucia Athletics   Julien Alfred Levern Spencer Jn Pierre Frederick Marbeq ...

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Women facing difficulties in life urged to partake in self- help conference


PRESS RELEASE – The Self-Help conference for women was born from a righteous anger toward the negative values which our society has acquired from movies, novels and so called friends. Through this work our main objective is to help women become exemplary and turn their backs on negative influences and movie’s imposition. The conference teaches to develop family ties which ...

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CARIBBEAN: “He gave me HIV, then laughed about it” – Trini woman


TRINIDAD EXPRESS – DEVASTATED after learning she had tested positive for HIV, a woman took to social media on Wednesday to warn the public about the man she said intentionally infected her with the terminal disease. The response to her story has been overwhelmingly positive, with people expressing admiration for her courage. She wrote: “Presently I am HIV positive. After ...

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Laverne Gedeon is $27,000 richer thanks to Courts St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – Courts St. Lucia, the “Authorized” retailer of Frigidaire appliances in St Lucia and across the OECS continues to demonstrate to their valued customers why it pays to shop at the superstore. St. Lucians both home and abroad who purchased a Frigidaire appliance for the season in store or online at would have qualified for a chance ...

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Sarrot Multipurpose Court project receives second phase of funding

Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Mr. Ray Mou presented a cheque 
to the Government of Saint Lucia on Thursday January 12, 2017 which will go towards the second phase of the Sarrot Multipurpose Court initiative.

GIS – Ambassador of Taiwan to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Ray Mou, has promised that the Republic of China (Taiwan) will continue to support the government and people of Saint Lucia in the new year. Ambassador Mou said the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) is eager to assist Saint Lucia’s development efforts. Recently, under the Constituency Development Program ...

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WASCO water schedule for Thursday, January 19, 2017


PRESS RELEASE – The level of Reservoir at John Compton Dam has been recorded at 333.2 feet today, January 19th, 2017. This represents 0.1 feet decrease from our previous recorded level yesterday, January 18th, 2017. ‘ The level on this date last year, January 19th, 2016 was 333.1 feet. Daily Water Schedule: The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes ...

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St. Lucian shortlisted for position as head coach of TT Football team


St. Lucia’s Stuart Charles Fevrier has been shortlisted for the position of head coach of the Trinidad and Tobago male senior football team. Fevrier’s role in football in the twin island republic started on his admission as coach for Couva club in 1999. Since then Fevrier has lead the various teams under his leadership to over 33 titles. He first ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Dozens feared dead in Italian avalanche

A member of Lazio's Alpine and Speleological Rescue Team stands in front of the Hotel Rigopiano in Farindola, central Italy, hit by an avalanche, in this January 19, 2017 handout picture provided by Lazio's Alpine and Speleological Rescue Team. Soccorso Alpino Speleologico Lazio/Handout via REUTERS

REUTERS – A huge avalanche swallowed up a luxury mountain hotel in central Italy after a series of strong earthquakes rocked the area, burying up to 30 people under tonnes of snow and debris, officials said on Thursday. Italian media said three bodies had been retrieved from the site. Rescue workers declined to comment on the reports, but said they ...

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Blood Bank staff takes part in team-building workshop

Jeanette Hughes

PRESS RELEASE – The Victoria Hospital held a training workshop for operatives of the Blood Bank on the 17th of January 2017 that formed part of the intuition’s “effective team building initiative” The blood bank is a small unit at the Victoria Hospital and has the vital responsibility of obtaining blood donors, processing the blood, and ensuring blood products are ...

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CARIBBEAN: Two children among three shot dead In Jamaica


JAMAICA GLEANER – Two children were among three people who were last night shot dead during a series of attacks in Williamsfield, Hanover. One-year-old Daquan Davidson and five-year-old Kimani Johnson were killed about 10.50 p.m. when gunmen opened fire on their house. Their mother and two teenagers were injured. The police say about five minutes earlier, the same gunmen kicked off ...

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Ricky T qualifies for semi-finals of International Soca Monarch

Ricky T

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T is a semi-finalist in the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad with his Freaky Girls. The list was announced on Wednesday January 18 by organizers Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. The announcement comes weeks after Freaky Girls was listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016 by Trinidad Carnival ...

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Strong tourist arrivals for Saint Lucia in 2017 – Travel Pulse

Castries Harbour, Saint Lucia.

Saint Lucia stands to benefit from an increasing number of visitors this year, particularly within the first quarter, as the island remains a popular Caribbean destination with US travelers. Travel Pulse has reported that the island is dubbed a ‘Hot’ Caribbean destination and said Donscenz named “St. Lucia, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic” as “still our big sellers.” While ...

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RESULTS: Southern Zone Female Tournament


PRESS RELEASE – Matches continued in the southern zone female tournament with two matches played at the Phillip Marcellin Ground. In the first match , Choiseul suffered their second defeat when they were defeated by defending champions Soufriere, by 4 goals to nil; Cassandra Wilfred scored 2 goals, while one goal each came from Tessa Rigobert and Necofia Joseph. In ...

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INTERNATIONAL: Wanted, £45-an-hour cleaners – must work naked (and only women may apply)


TELEGRAPH(UK) – A cleaning company is offering £45 an hour for women who are prepared to work naked. London-based Naturist Cleaners is recruiting female staff “of all ages and figures” to clean private houses across the UK while wearing just slippers and gloves. Clients – the majority of whom are nudists, according to the agency – are charged £65 for the first ...

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CARIBBEAN: T&T couple shot dead in bed


INEWS GUYANA – Ricky Mohammed, 39, and his wife, Luenda Anthony, 29, were both shot in the head. The killers attacked shortly after midnight at the couple’s wooden home surrounded by bushes at Lime Field Road, Guapo. Anthony’s mother, Nicole Anthony, and Anthony’s nine-year-old daughter, who were asleep in an adjoining apartment, escaped ­unhurt. Nicole Anthony said she heard gunshots ...

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“I leave it up to Him” – ‘Chubby’s babymother has forgiven ‘Ninja Dan’ and two co-accused

Dawyne 'Chubby' James

The babymother of slain Dwayne ‘Chubby’ James has said she has forgiven popular soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his two accused, but she is disappointed in the St. Lucian justice system. After spending seven years and four months on remand, St. Rose, Lynden Blasse and Marvin Nelson were today, Jan. 18 freed after their application to the ...

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St. Lucia readies for VAT reduction


PRESS RELEASE – The Inland Revenue Department wishes to remind the general public of the recent legislative amendment to the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act as per Statutory Instrument (SI) No.101 of 2016, which reduces the standard VAT rate from 15% to 12.5%, effective February 01, 2017. As such, all VAT registered businesses are required to make the necessary adjustments ...

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3rd staging of the most colorful Fun Run


PRESS RELEASE – For the third year running, Liive Productions’ Dash Independence Colour Run is all set to add some more colour to the landscape of official activities for the commemoration of the anniversary of the island’s 38th independence. Slated for February 19th, 2017, the highly anticipated event will start at the Massy Mega car park at 6:00am to 10:00am and ...

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SLP will continue to agitate until ‘offensive DSH clauses’ are renegotiated: Dr. Hilaire


The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has vowed to continue with its agitation campaign until the government gets the best possible deal from the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement. Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Ernest Hilaire told a press conference on Wednesday (Jan.18) that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is obligated to advocate and ask questions about project ...

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KNOW YOUR LAWS: Physical restraints


It is lawful for a police officer or correctional officer to put on a person arrested, whether with or without a warrant, physical restraints, whether by hand cuffs, leg-restraints or other means— (a) whenever such person is being moved from a place of confinement to Court or from Court to a place of confinement; (b) whenever such person is being ...

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SLP responds to gov’t’s fact sheet on Pearl of the Caribbean project


PRESS RELEASE – The Government through Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) sought to provide responses to some of the burning issues relating to the DSH Agreements and Project. Whilst the Government has deliberately avoided answering some of issues of concern, those that were addressed still provide unclear, and in some cases, inaccurate information. The Saint Lucia Labour Party wishes to repeat ...

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NWU and Scotiabank poll scheduled for next Wednesday


PRESS RELEASE – Clerical and technical workers employed with the Bank of Nova Scotia will participate in a Secret Ballot Poll on Wednesday January 25, 2017. The exercise which will be conducted by officials from the Department of Labour will be held at three (3) operational units of the company in Rodney Bay, Castries and Vieux Fort. The poll will ...

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KNOW YOUR LAWS: Harbouring or aiding criminals


A person who knowing or having reason to believe that another person has committed or has been convicted of any crime, aids, conceals, or harbours that person, with the intention of enabling him or her to avoid lawful arrest or the execution of his or her sentence, or to escape punishment, is liable— (a) if the crime is punishable with ...

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UPDATED: Ninja Dan talks about priorities after freedom


Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview shortly after his victory at the Court of Appeal that his priority now is “damage control”. St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson walked out of court free men today, Jan. 18, 2017 after they successfully won their ...

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KNOW YOUR LAWS: Escaping or permitting rescue or rescuing


396.      A person who endeavors to resist or prevent the execution of the law— (a) by escaping from lawful custody for crime; (b) by aiding or permitting any other person to escape from lawful custody for a crime; (c) by permitting himself or herself to be rescued from lawful custody for a crime; (d) by rescuing any other person from ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ninja Dan, co-accused are free!


Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson are free men. Shawn Innocent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his clients won their application for a reduced sentence with the Court of Appeal when the matter was heard this morning. Explaining the Court of Appeal’s basis for granting the appeal, Innocent said: “The ...

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WASCO water schedule for Wednesday, January 18, 2017


PRESS RELEASE – The level of Reservoir at John Compton Dam has been recorded at 333.3 feet today, January 18th, 2017. This represents 0.1 feet decrease from our previous recorded level yesterday, January 17th, 2017.   The level on this date last year, January 18th, 2016 was 333.2 feet. Daily Water Schedule: The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to advise ...

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Annual General Meeting for Social Workers Association


PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Association of Social Workers (SLASW) cordially invites all social workers and social work students to its annual general meeting slated for Tuesday24th January 2017 at 5:00 pm. This meeting will be held at the Beanfield Comprehensive Secondary located in Vieux-Fort. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss pertinent matters relating to the affairs of ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Escaped Vieux Fort prisoner caught


Police have caught the man who escaped while being escorted to a court house in Vieux Fort. Dexter Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Chucky’ and ‘Dave,’ escaped around 10 a.m. Monday (Jan 16.) Officers from the Vieux Fort Police Station arrested Jn Baptiste at a beach unharmed, around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. Jn Baptiste who is facing an indictable offence and assisting the ...

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RESULTS: Inter-District Primary Schools Football Competition


PRESS RELEASE – On Tuesday 17th January, the Inter-District Primary Schools Football Competition played at venues island wide. Two matches played at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds with the following results: First encounter between District 5 and District 6, District 5 defeated District 6 by 1 goals to nil. Scoring for District 5 was Claudius Desrose. In the second game, District ...

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Prisoner’s escape to be probed

Dexter Jn Baptiste

Police are preparing to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape of prisoner and state witness Dexter Jn Baptiste on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, a well-placed source have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The source said the matter is subject to an “internal investigation” and “will be” investigated. It is unlikely that the police officers who were ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Pepper-spray church attacker charged


Police have charged a 33-year-old woman for a pepper-spray attack at a church on Sunday that left three people injured, police sources have confirmed. Anthea Martial, a resident of Richfond, has been charged with casting or throwing a noxious substance based on Section 101 (2) of the Criminal Code. If found guilty, Martial faces a maximum 10 years in prison and ...

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SNO POLL: Should Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond resign?

Dr. Raymond

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 marked one of the biggest St. Lucian scandals in recent times when an 18-year-old college student appeared in a Castries court, charged with attempting to blackmail Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance. Shortly after, the same day, Raymond, accompanied by his lawyer, held a press conference in which he defended his crebility in a ...

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Workshop on productivity improvements for SMEs to be hosted in St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – Senator the Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance is slated to deliver the keynote address at the St. Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) upcoming Membership Workshop entitled “Productivity Improvements for Small and Micro Enterprises” on January 18, 2017 at the Bay Gardens Hotel at 9:00 am. The workshop will be held in collaboration with the ...

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