Finance/Business

St Lucia photographer earns National Geographic Educator certification

(PRESS RELEASE) — Soon after completing the University of the West Indies Open Campus NGO Professional Management certification course, St Lucia Photographer Kirk Elliott signed up for the National Geographic Educator certification programme on the recommendation of one of his St Lucia Photo Tours clients, Sandra Turner, who at the time was special assistant to the dean of the Hajim School ...

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CSA threatens strike action at IRD

(SNO) — The Civil Service Association (CSA) is threatening strike action of its members at the Inland Revenue Department if health and safety issues facing them are not addressed by April 1, 2019. In a letter to Acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of the Public Service, Peggy-Ann Soudat, CSA General Secretary, Claude Paul, said if the issues are not ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters reject government’s latest offer; strike goes on

(SNO) — There is no end in sight, at least for the time being, in a strike by firefighters after they rejected the latest offers by the Allen Chastanet-led government. A letter, bearing Chastanet’s signature on the latest offers, was promptly rejected by the firefigthers. Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLFA), Shane Felix, said it did not bear ...

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CDB predicts three per cent economic growth for St. Lucia in 2019

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 20, CMC – St. Lucia is expected to record economic growth of three per cent this year with the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) saying that the growth appears poised to increase in large part due to private and public sector construction programmes coming back on stream. In its “Country Economic Review 2018-St. Lucia”, the region’s premier ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters say SLP, UWP have failed them

(SNO) — With an impasse between firefighters and government still ongoing, Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLTA), Shane Felix, said both the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) and opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) have failed them. The firefighters are presently on strike over wage negotiations and other matters, which they say have been affecting the service for decades ...

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Fire Chief Joseph Joseph a “toothless tiger” in Saint Lucia firefighters’ dispute: Francis

(SNO) — Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis, has described Fire Chief Joseph Joseph as a “toothless tiger” with no real powers, especially in the ongoing impasse between the government and firefighters over wage negotiations and other matters. Firefighters in Saint Lucia are presently on strike. One of their grievances has been the matter of promotion and the Saint Lucia Firefighters ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters ditched Francis in consultations, leaving him “surprised”

(SNO) — National Security and Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis, has expressed surprise that he was not consulted in a dispute between firefighters and government over wage negotiations and other matters affecting the fire service. The fire service falls under Francis’ portfolio and firefighters have taken industrial action. He said at a press briefing he has a good relationship with ...

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Invest Saint Lucia to develop residential lands on the east coast

(PRESS RELEASE) – At its January press conference, Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) announced plans to develop a number of residential areas, including approximately 11 acres of land in Beauchamp, Micoud, and approximately 5 acres in Bois Jolie, Dennery. According to Chief Executive Officer, Roderick Cherry, the Beauchamp and Bois Jolie developments are part of an overall development plan being conceptualized ...

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King accuses firefighters association of violating “collective agreement” as strike continues

(SNO) — Labour Minister\ Stephenson King has accused the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLFA) of violating a collective agreement made between itself and the government as a SFLA strike continues on the island. He said in a statement that the matter has to be determined, however, he personally believes that the firefighters have failed to comply to the agreement. His remarks ...

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Miami Chamber of Commerce agrees to explore use of Saint Lucian entrepreneur’s fertilizer

(SNO) — The product of a Saint Lucian entrepreneur may be heading to the US market with the Miami Chamber of Commerce agreeing to explore the use of his fertilizer on baseball fields and golf courses. Johanan Dujon, owner of Algas Organics, has been converting Sargassum seaweed into bio-fertilizers and household chemicals, abating the detrimental effect of the seaweed’s hydrogen ...

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No Saint Lucia shares in LIAT; airline needs competition, PM Chastanet says

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 18, CMC – The St. Lucia government Monday reiterated its position that unless there’s a fundamental change to the operating structure of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, Castries would not be investing financially in the airline. “If St. Lucia’s going to buy shares, it’s going to be buying shares into an entity that we know is ...

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PM Chastanet meets with stakeholders to discuss EU tax concerns

(SNO) –Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has met with stakeholders across the island to discuss concerns raised by the European Union (EU) over the island’s tax-exemption regime. In February, the EU wrote to Chastanet saying Saint Lucia will be blacklisted by December 31, 2019 if it does not abolish a tax-preferential regime for foreign companies working here. The regime gives foreign ...

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Saint Lucia to decriminalize marijuana

(SNO) — Saint Lucia will be decriminalizing cannabis, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told The Saint Lucia Star newspaper. During an interview with the newspaper last week, Chastanet said the agreement was reached after “good meetings” last year. “We had some very good meetings before Christmas and we’ve agreed that we’ll be going through a process of decriminalization,” he stated. Statistics ...

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Saint Lucia government wants striking firefighters to return to their jobs

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 17, CMC – The St. Lucia government, describing the ongoing strike action by firefighters here as illegal, said “meaningful” negotiations would only begin when the workers immediately report back to work. Labour Minister Stephenson King, in a March 15 letter to the St. Lucia Fire Service Association (SLFSA), said that the industrial action “goes contrary to ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters remain off the job, not satisfied with outcome of meeting

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 16, CMC – Firefighters say they will stay away from their jobs complaining that they were not satisfied with the outcome of a meeting earlier this week with Labour Minister Stephenson King. “It looks as though we will be home for the weekend because we have not received anything tangible from the authorities,” president of the ...

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National security minister surprised by firefighters strike

(SNO) — National Security Minister Hermangild Francis is expressing surprise that firefighters on the island went on strike earlier this week, saying they knew a meeting was to be held with the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) later in the week. The Saint Lucia Fire Service Association said it was taking industrial action from Wednesday, March 13 over the issue of ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts hosts its Annual Staff Awards Ceremony & Dinner

(PRESS RELEASE) — The directors and executive management team of Bay Gardens Resorts continue to show dedication to recognize the outstanding efforts of the valued team members of the locally-owned and managed resort chain. It is in this vein that the Annual Staff Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held at the Bougainvillea Conference Room, Bay Gardens Hotel on Saturday, March ...

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Export Saint Lucia delivers results from U.S. mission

(PRESS RELEASE) — The United States market has been one of the most coveted yet difficult markets to penetrate. Border regulations, including sanitary and phyto-sanitary regulations, and other non-tariff barriers, have made it increasingly difficult for small countries like Saint Lucia to successfully penetrate these markets. Export Saint Lucia has been actively pursuing export opportunities in the United States, and ...

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Fire Service Association president appreciates King’s “early intervention” — as strike continues

(SNO) — President of the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association Shane Felix said the strike action by firefighters across the island that started on March 13 is still underway despite a meeting on Thursday evening between his executive and Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Labour Stephenson King. Felix told St. Lucia News Online on Friday that as a result ...

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Saint Lucia Consumer Affairs Department reports high rate of redress

(SNO) –The Consumer Affairs Department in Saint Lucia is reporting a high rate of redress from complaints made by people who purchase items on the island. However, the department stated that in order for their issues to be address, consumers must make a report to the Complaints and Investigation Unit at the department. “The point of intervention of my department ...

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NCPC spearheads National Competitiveness Agenda for St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) via funding from Compete Caribbean commenced work on the National Competitiveness Agenda for St. Lucia. The National Competitiveness Agenda, once completed. will provide the NCPC with the framework to measure how well St. Lucia is performing as it relates to various actions, policies and initiatives undertaken to improve the island’s ...

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St. James’s Club Morgan Bay St. Lucia honours employees at Independence Day Staff Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) — On February 22, 2019, the management and employees of the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay St. Lucia once again gathered as one in a moment of celebration, thankfulness and great appreciation for our family of employees. Management, under the patronage of Senior Vice President of Operations, Mr. Mark A. Grebby, and Resort Manager Mrs. Marina Francois Barthelmy, ...

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Massy Stores honours its employees at annual awards ceremony

(PRESS RELEASE) — Massy Stores is once again recognizing the dedicated work and commitment of its team members. The company held its 2019 Annual Staff Recognition Awards ceremony at the Sandals Halcyon recently. Company officials say the annual event is an opportunity to say thank you to those whose performance on the job ensures that Massy Stores can continue to ...

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Gov’t says it is listening to concerns of public officers

(SNO) — Under pressure from several unions on the island over the slow pace of salary negotiations for the 2016 to 2019 triennium, the Allen Chastanet-led administration has said it is in fact listening to the concerns of public officers. The matter has ignited disruptions in the public service earlier this week with teachers and students staying away from school ...

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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are still down for some users around the world

(THE VERGE) — Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. While you can open both platforms and some services appear to have been restored, users are reporting issues with sending messages on Messenger, posting to the feed on all Facebook products, and accessing other features on Facebook.com, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Even Facebook-owned ...

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HRWise hosts forum focusing on improving customer service and customer satisfaction

(PRESS RELEASE) – HRWise will host another HR Forum. This time the focus will be on improving the standard of customer service and customer satisfaction in St. Lucia. Core to the discussion will be the principles of quality management and the value that adopting a Quality Management System (QMS) can bring to the success of our local businesses. The feature ...

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Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous air bags

DETROIT (AP) — A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan. The incident forced Honda on Tuesday to recall about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the 2001 to 2016 model years that were ...

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Caribbean Association of Banks to attend 2019 FIBA AML Conference

(PRESS RELEASE) — The North American and Caribbean basin financial sector will meet in coming days for a significant anti-money laundering (AML) event. The Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) is staging its 19th AML Compliance Conference in Miami, Florida, USA, March 11th to 13th. The theme of this year’s gathering is Shaping The Future Of The Fight Against Financial Crime. ...

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Kia, Hyundai recall over 500,000 cars over engine fire risk

(USA TODAY) — Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 500,000 vehicles as both companies continue to be investigated by the federal government. The largest individual recall involves about 380,000 Kia Soul vehicles from 2012 to 2016 with 1.6-liter engines. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, high exhaust gas temperatures can cause damage to the catalytic converter, which can ...

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British Airways lauds St. Lucia luxury resort

(PRESS RELEASE) — St. Lucia’s renowned luxury resort Anse Chastanet has received a British Airways Customer Excellence Award for 2018 with an impressive overall rating of 9.1 out of 10. Speaking from Germany, where she is attending one of the world’s leading travel trade shows, ITB Berlin, resort Executive Director Karolin Troubetzkoy attributed the award not only to location, but ...

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Retail prices for LPG cylinders decreased

(PRESS RELEASE) — The public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price of gasoline, diesel and kerosene remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday, March 4, 2019: ...

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Insurance companies challenged to introduce more affordable critical illness plans

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, has challenged insurance companies to introduce more affordable critical illness plans so that more persons can have access and be adequately prepared for critical illnesses. She said that contributing to the fear factor in dealing with illnesses like cancer is that persons face difficulties in acquiring health insurance ...

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American Airlines drops prices to Saint Lucia from Miami

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is pleased with the reduction in airfares for flights between Miami, Florida and Saint Lucia. With even more direct flight options available to the destination, American Airlines is now offering round-trip fares for as low as US$363 from Miami. You can now book your vacation to the ‘World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ at ...

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Artificial leg manufacture center open in Carellie, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), through the assistance of the Australian government’s Direct Aid program, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, has officially launched a prosthetic leg manufacture center at its head office in Carellie, Castries. Four Saint Lucians—three of whom use ...

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New luxury resort to break ground in St. Lucia this year

(PRESS RELEASE) — Caribbean Galaxy Real Estate Corporation has announced it will break ground later this year for construction of the Canelles Resort, which includes Dreams & Zoetry, offering 330 beachfront rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to the South, together with an oceanfront residence with 380 apartments. The dual resorts – Dreams and Zoetry – will offer restaurants, bars, conference ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts awarded St. Lucia’s first Green Globe Gold

(PRESS RELEASE) — Bay Gardens Resorts has been awarded St. Lucia’s first Green Globe Gold member certification. Three of the resort group’s five properties have been awarded this global certification for sustainable tourism – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn. Green Globe’s Gold Member status is awarded to members that have been certified ...

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Saint Lucia opposition leader proposes ‘controlled vending’ for coconut vendors

(SNO) — In light of the eviction of coconut vendors from the Gros Islet Highway by the Gros Islet Constituency Council (GICC), Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre is proposing a system of controlled vending for them. He agreed that vending along the busy thoroughfare created some measure of concern and there should be need for monitoring but questioned whether eviction ...

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Saint Lucia home fetches hefty US$15-million price tag

(SNO) — A house in Saint Lucia has been raising a few eyebrows in the real estate world because of its hefty US$15-million price tag. The property, which forms part of Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, was featured by Fredrik Eklund on his Emmy-nominated hit television series “Million Dollar Listing: New York” on Bravo TV, recently. Eklund is a ...

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Saint Lucian named head of regional Citizenship by Investment body

(SNO) — Saint Lucian Nestor Alfred has been named the chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Program Association (CIPA), a regional body that is made up of Citizenship by Investment (CUI) unit heads of countries that have such investment programs. Alfred, who is head of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, was appointed on January 31. CIPA is a regional ...

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Castries market re-development first phase takes shape following consultations

(PRESS RELEASE) — – The Castries Constituency Council on Monday enjoyed a pleasant and positive consultative meeting with vendors of the provisions market. The consultation was not the first with the vendors, and focused on the first phase of the Market Redevelopment Project which would result in the relocation of the provisions market vendors to facilitate the extension and construction ...

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Export Saint Lucia assists young entrepreneur with entry into UK market

(PRESS RELEASE) — There continues to be significant strides in the export of agricultural products from Saint Lucia. Recently, Mangal Trading, spearheaded by young entrepreneur Nila Mangal, successfully shipped a consignment of bananas, plantains, and cucumbers to a buyer in the United Kingdom. According to Mangal, the journey towards this recent export of produce has been a difficult one, having faced ...

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St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet listed among the best

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia’s iconic Jade Mountain Resort has received more top international travel accolades while its sister resort Anse Chastanet continues to be recognized by the world’s most discriminating travelers. Naming Jade Mountain the number one “Best Hotel in the Caribbean”, U.S. News & World Report rhapsodized about the resort’s high-rise vistas of The Pitons, with architecture that ...

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Bay Gardens honours St. Lucians at Independence

(PRESS RELEASE) — In celebration of St. Lucia’s 40th anniversary of independence on Friday, February 22, 2019, Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia is offering St. Lucian residents 40 percent off food and beverage all day long on Independence Day. Sanovnik Destang, executive director of the St. Lucian family-owned-and-operated group of hotels, said Bay Gardens’ award-winning culinary team was gearing up ...

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CSA concerned about fate of St. Lucia Marketing Board employees

(SNO) — The St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has written to government officials requesting an update, on behalf of their members, on the pending closure of the St. Lucia Marketing Board (SLMB) In one of the two letters — both of which were sent to the media on Thursday — the CSA said it is concerned that their members ...

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Clinton Reynolds loses SLTA job

(SNO) — Veteran journalist and communications/media specialist Clinton Reynolds is job hunting again. According to reliable sources,  Reynolds is no longer working at the St. Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) because his position was made “redundant”. His last day of work as chief communications officer was on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, reliable sources confirmed. He joined the SLTA on April 23, ...

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Gov’t committed to having Saint Lucians “feel the change” of unemployment decline

(SNO) — Buoyed by statistics which show unemployment levels dropped in Saint Lucia in the last quarter of 2018, the government said it is committed to having the ordinary person on the streets feel the change. Nicole McDonald, senior communications officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said statistics also showed that the Saint Lucian economy rose by three ...

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Scotiabank agrees to pay out merit increases, NWU says

(PRESS RELEASE) — The management of the Bank of Nova Scotia has agreed to pay out merit Increases to its employees of all its operational units. For months, the National Workers Union (NWU), the bargaining agent for the employees, made the request but it would appear that the demand fell on deaf ears. However, regional executives from Scotiabank flew in ...

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Saint Lucia in discussions with EU on foreign-investor tax regime

(SNO) — With Saint Lucia under pressure from the European Union (EU) to amend or abolish a regime which gives foreign companies and their employees certain tax exemptions, the Allen Chastanet-led government is said to be in discussion with the organization on the matter. Nicole McDonald, senior communication officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said the island stands by ...

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Politically Incorrect discontinued

(SNO) — Another talk show in Saint Lucia bites the dust. Politically Incorrect, hosted by Christopher Hunte on Choice TV, has been discontinued by the company. In a message posted on its website on Monday, the television station’s parent company, Mediazone Productions Inc., said they decided to discontinue production of the show after a “most recent review”, and thanked Hunte ...

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EU puts Saint Lucia on notice

(SNO) — The European Union (EU) has written to the Allen Chastanet-led government that it should abolish a tax preferential regime for foreign companies working here, by December 31, 2019, or the island could be placed on the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions. The regime, which gives foreign companies and their employees certain tax exemptions, was described as harmful by ...

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Fuel price adjustments

(PRESS RELEASE) — Thepublic is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of LPG 20 and 22 lb cylinders, gasoline and diesel remains unchanged. The prices of LPG 100 lb cylinder and kerosene have been changed. The price changes take effect from Monday ...

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Two lucky St. Lucians win Super 6 lotto jackpots

(PRESS RELEASE) — The year has started off in high gear for St. Lucia National Lottery (SNL) and most certainly for gamers. Two lucky gamers experienced a life-changing experience in January after playing Super 6: Victorin Weekes and Viventian Stephen are the latest winners of Super 6 jackpots. Weekes, who won $480,000 on Friday, January 18, 2019, appeared very calm ...

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Digicel says new fibre optic cable system will change the way St. Lucians work, play, learn and live

(PRESS RELEASE) — Digicel, your total communications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean, is today pledging to the government and every business in Saint Lucia: the new fibre optic cable system (currently under construction) will be a total game changer. CEO of Digicel St. Lucia, Siobhan James-Alexander, said: “Digicel Fibre will change the way we work, play, learn and live ...

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‘Newsspin’ to be replaced by new show

(SNO) — Tamara Gibson, managing director of Radio Caribbean 1982 Limited, has disclosed that its popular midday talk show ‘Newsspin’, on Radio Caribbean Internatioal (RCI), is no more. Also out is its host Early Huntley, the former St. Lucian diplomat. He had replaced long-time host Timothy Poleon who was fired recently over alleged conflict of interest. Poleon will start a ...

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Chastanet has “encouraging news” for Saint Lucia — King too

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed satisfaction with the latest statistics on the country’s unemployment rate. Writing on Facebook, Chastanet said unemployment for the fourth quarter of 2018 was “7 percentage points less than that of 2017, dropping from 23.2% to 16.2%”. Overall youth unemployment has been “reduced by 2.2%, from 38.5% to 36.2%,” Chastanet also disclosed. “Some ...

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Three additional black water pools commissioned at Sulphur Springs Park

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) proudly announces the commissioning of three additional pools to its operational site at the Sulphur Springs Park. The project was conceived with the primary aim of responding to some of the numerous concerns of congestion from operating with a single pool, particularly during the months of increased visitor arrival. The construction ...

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Timothy Poleon joins Real FM

(SNO) — Award-winning veteran local journalist Timothy Poleon will commence his talk show on Real FM on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, the radio station has announced. Poleon was sacked by Radio Caribbean International (RCI) where he had hosted the popular midday talk show “News Spin”. Former Saint Lucia diplomat and retired civil servant Earl Huntley has replaced Poleon who was fired about ...

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