Finance/Business

Successful Interreg Caraïbes Stakeholder Meeting held in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Joint Secretariat of the Interreg Caraïbes Programme in collaboration with the OECS Commission held an intensive two-day session during July 19th – 20th 2018 in Saint Lucia to provide insight into the development Programme and share best practices on access to funding. Taking into consideration the converging challenges and interests given the geographical proximity ...

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CHTA congratulates Karolin Troubetzkoy on SLHTA election

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Frank Comito, CEO and Director General of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), today congratulated the St. Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) on the election of Karolin Troubetzkoy as its new president. Karolin Troubetzkoy, immediate past president of CHTA and Executive Director of Anse Chastanet and Jade Mountain Resorts, assumed the Presidency of ...

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Czech Republic Ambassador presents letters of credence

(GIS) – Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Saint Lucia, H.E. Vladimir Eisenbruk, presented his letters of credence to Governor-General of Saint Lucia, H.E. Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac. The two countries have enjoyed diplomatic relations since 1996. The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe bordered by Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. The Czech Republic Ambassador to Saint ...

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Our Saint Lucia: 11 proposed sites for housing projects

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Government of Saint Lucia has proposed 11 sites for Local Housing Projects in order to address the local affordable housing shortage. In this week’s issue of “OUR SAINT LUCIA – Building Resilience” we focus on this initiative and the advancement of the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project which addresses the need to reduce disaster vulnerability. ...

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Union calls on the Minister of External Affairs to lead Diaspora affairs

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – At its 18th Biennial Convention being held in London this week, the Union of Saint Lucian Overseas Associations called on the Minister of External Affairs, Hon Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, to provide leadership for the Union and the Diaspora in the Saint Lucia Cabinet. Mr Luther Renee, Trustee of the Union for the Caribbean said: “the failure ...

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Call for membership: SLUDTERA Community Advisory Committee members (SCAC)

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – SLUDTERA is recruiting new members to join our SLUDTERA Community Advisory Committee (SCAC). SLUDTERA is a faith-based organization with a mission to improve communities, provide people access to employment, and to help the environment through education, training, and entrepreneurship. Our primary focus is on youth and marginalized individuals; stay-at-home moms, retirees, persons with disabilities, and ...

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NWU hosts one day educational tour

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A group of fifty three (53) branch officials and shop stewards from twenty three (23) branches of the National Workers Union (NWU) will embark on an educational familiarization visit today Tuesday July 24, 2018. The group will visit the St. Lucia Distillers Plant at Roseau. The group will be welcomed by Mrs. Margaret Monplaisir, Managing ...

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Council member for Grenada takes over Chairmanship of ECCB Monetary Council

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Chairmanship of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) will be transferred to Dr the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell, Council Member for Grenada, during the official Handing Over Ceremony on 27 July at the Crown Ball Room, Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grand Anse, Grenada. Prime Minister Mitchell will succeed the Outgoing Chairman, ...

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Two new initiatives underway to tackle aerial connectivity between the Caribbean, Europe and the Americas

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A Delegation from Martinique met with representatives of the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority at the OECS Commission to discuss the implementation of two initiatives which aim to address aerial connectivity challenges within the Caribbean, European countries and North and South America. Director General of the OECS, Dr. Didacus Jules and Tourism Officer, Maria Fowell ...

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Sizzling Summer Nights at DFPS

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Duty Free Pointe Seraphine, a subsidiary of Invest Saint Lucia, will be putting on some sizzling summer fun over the next three months. The first installment of this newly minted event, which will adopt a Carnival theme, takes place on Friday July 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Patrons of one of the island’s ...

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NWU warns the UWP government

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The National Workers Union (NWU) has warned that the present United Workers Party Government at this time cannot engage in any form of social and cultural adventurism. The kind of social and welfare infrastructure that will be required will be too costly. The Government must however keep to its election promise by bringing investors to ...

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Government officials demand their views be taken into account at WTO

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Senior Saint Lucia Government officials met at the WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss opportunities for creating stronger linkages between international trade policy and key government development priorities. These discussions took place amidst growing tensions between major trading nations and against the backdrop of government efforts to increase export opportunities for manufacturers and service ...

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Worlds Finest Chocolate and Union Vale Estates Ltd. makes cheque presentation to Junior Achievement St Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Worlds Finest Chocolate (WFC) through its subsidiary Union Vale Estates Ltd (UVE) presented a cheque to Junior Achievement St Lucia for the implementation of the Junior Achievement Christian Husbands Agripreneurship Project (CHAP). In collaboration with UVE and WFC the CHAP was developed to honor the legacy of Mr. Christian Husbands, Board Chair of Junior ...

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Minister revokes appointments of NURC commissioners

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy & Labour, the Honorable Stephenson King, has revoked the appointments of commissioners of the National Utilities Regulatory Commission (NURC), effective June 6, 2018. The NURC was established by the National Utilities Regulatory Commission Act (2016) as replacement for the National Water and Sewerage Commission (NWSC) and to regulate the ...

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Courts Fashionista Competition launched

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Local and regional furniture and electrical superstore, Courts, has officially launched the fifth edition of the company’s annual “Courts Fashionista Competition”. This year’s competition will give young and aspiring designers the opportunity to showcase their talent and a chance at walking away with $2500 in cash. The Courts Fashionista competition which was launched for the ...

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PM Chastanet says Europe is bullying Caribbean states: report

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – Prime Minister of St Lucia, Allen Chastanet, has described as “bullying” the blacklisting and designation of some Caribbean countries as tax havens by the European Union (EU). “I believe it is bullying, at a minimum, and it’s blackmail because the countries have been accused of something in which there has not been a day in court,” Chastanet ...

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NWU and LUCELEC sign historic agreement

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Management of St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and the National Workers Union (NWU) signed their first industrial agreement at the Department of Labour this week. The new accord will benefit workers employed with LUCELEC in Grades 4 to 9. The contract will run for a period of two (2) trienniums and will establish ...

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Developing a cadre of licensed electricians

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Electrical Department of the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour is further advancing its efforts to ensure electricians operating in Saint Lucia have the required license. As such, the Electrical Licensing Authority has scheduled the theory part of the electrical licensing examination for Thursday September 27, 2018. The examination will take the form ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean wins “Most Innovative Bank” award

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Less than two months after releasing enhancements to its Mobile App and Online Banking, CIBC FirstCaribbean has been named the Most Innovative Bank in the region at the prestigious World Finance Banking Awards awarded by UK-based World Finance magazine. The bank is the only Caribbean-based Bank to have been recognized at this year’s event. “We ...

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For the first time, Ladera Resort wins coveted award and places second overall in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Ladera Resort, an eco-luxe adults-only oasis located on St. Lucia’s southern end of the island, has been ranked fifth in the Caribbean Resort Hotels category and second overall in St. Lucia with a prestigious score of 93.47 in the 2018 Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards, which honors the top travel destinations and companies around ...

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Enhancing trade and investment: TEECA programme hosts Business Retreat in Martinique

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A group of fifteen (15) OECS small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) together with their counterparts from Martinique participated in a Business Retreat held in Martinique from July 1st – 3rd 2018 as part of the recently established Trade Enhancement for the Eastern Caribbean (TEECA) programme. The TEECA programme is a joint initiative between the Martinique ...

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Interreg Caraïbes to hold stakeholder meeting in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Joint Secretary of the Interreg Caraïbes Programme in collaboration with the OECS Commission will host an informational session on Thursday July 19th 2018 in Saint Lucia. The meeting is organised to provide insight into the Interreg Caraïbes Programme in an effort to better enable project managers to access funding opportunities and engage in a ...

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European Union steps up support for Caribbean countries

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Ministers of Foreign Affairs from the EU and from the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) are meeting in Brussels on 16-17 July. In the margins of the 2nd EU-CELAC Foreign Ministers Meeting, Stefano Manservisi, Director-General for International Cooperation and Development, has signed three new agreements with the Minister for Foreign Affairs and ...

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Chamber and DCA talk outdoor signage

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – In response to concerns from Members regarding the manner in which the regulations related to the display of outdoor advertising and display signs, the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce engaged the Development Control Authority on the matter. In recent times there had been the removal of signs by the DCA as well as the placement ...

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Notice of office closure

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports & Energy wishes to inform the public that the ground floor of its Union Office Complex is heavily flooded and as such will affect operations in the Accounts, Transport, and Met Services Departments. The public is kindly informed that these departments will remain closed to the public today Tuesday July ...

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UPDATED: Cylinder prices decreased; kerosene, gas and diesel prices unchanged

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – 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 have been changed. The retail price of kerosene, gasoline and diesel remains unchanged. The price changes take effect Monday ...

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Announcing the 2018 Startup Huddle St. Lucia Regional Co-organizers!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Team #SHSL is ecstatic! Announcing the 2018 Startup Huddle St. Lucia Regional Co-organizers! These Entrepreneurs are members of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative Cohort. After reviewing the entries and going through video and phone interviews, four Professional Fellows were appointed. They will serve for a period of six months, during which they will ...

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Roomx introduces free widget to hotel owners to help them book more rooms

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Roomx proudly announces their free platform that assists small to medium-sized hotels in attracting and engaging with their website visitors. With this software, accommodations can easily entice their website visitors with beautiful popup offers, which are basically free things that they already offer. For example, free wifi, free breakfast, free parking, etc are some of ...

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11th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will host the 11th Annual Saint Lucia-Taiwan Partnership Trade Show at the Golden Palm Events Centre, Rodney Heights, from November 23rd to 25th, 2018. The Trade Show will highlight a wide range ...

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Revised Bexon solid waste methodology

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The community of Bexon received a major change in the garbage collection methodology. The change which took effect from Thursday, July 12, 2018 was undertaken in collaboration with the Department of Environmental Health, Castries South East Constituency Council, Fleet Garbage Removal and Residents of Bexon. Most communal/garbage collection points along the Bexon Highway are discontinued. ...

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Courts introduces same day delivery and installation

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Unicomer (Saint Lucia) Limited trading as Courts, Courts Optical, Ready Cash, Shopcourts.com and Radio Shack, continues its quest to offer consumers an improved and more efficient level of service. The business is known for its wide range of top quality, fashionable furniture, appliances, electronics and eye wear backed by affordable and flexible Ready Finance payment ...

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UK government sign contract for Youth Development Programme in the Eastern Caribbean

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Ms Colleen Wainwright, the Head of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in the Caribbean, recently met with Mr Robin Todd from Mott MacDonald to discuss the British Government’s new four year programme to support youth skills development in Dominica, Grenada, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines. Ms Wainwright and Mr Todd ...

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Saint Lucia Fire Service strengthens middle management capacity

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Saint Lucia Fire Service would like to inform the public that the organization will be hosting a graduation ceremony for the participants of the Principles of Management Course. The ceremony will be held on Friday, 13 July, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Financial Centre Conference Room, Pointe Seraphin. This course was conducted in ...

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Import license “Refining the Process”

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A detailed examination of the Import License Process led by the Import License Section of the Department of Commerce took place under the “Chapeaux” ‘Refining the Import License Process’ on Tuesday 10th July at the Public Sector Training Facility at Union, Castries. This Clinic arose out the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agricultures’ ...

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Meeting for J’ouvert Bands and Ole Mas players

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Events Company of St. Lucia Inc. invites all prospective J’ouvert Bands and Ole Mas players to a meeting from 5pm on Thursday July 12 at the Conference Room of the Cultural Development Foundation at Barnard Hill. This meeting is to discuss your participation in this year’s Carnival activities. (2)(1)

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Carnival time off

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture wishes to remind its members that Carnival Monday and Tuesday are not Public or Commercial Holidays. Yet, we suggest to members and the wider business community that in the spirit of Carnival and as has been the tradition, employers should give their employees time off on ...

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Hot handset deals for Carnival with Flow

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia Carnival 2018 is building to a crescendo, and Flow is adding the perfect complement. The Platinum Sponsor of the Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival, Flow has mobile phones from just $149.00 to help revellers stay connected on the road and to allow Saint Lucians and visitors alike to share every minute of the Carnival experience with friends and family.  The Vonino Xylo Z ...

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Coco Palm receives British Airways Holidays Customer Excellence Award

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Coco Palm is delighted to announce that it has received the British Airways Holidays Customer Service Excellence for 2017. BA Holidays is committed to providing high quality holidays. In 2017 they began working with Reevoo, an independent and impartial third-party company, to collect reviews from their customers. Reviews are only collected from genuine British Airways ...

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Homeless man lands job after asking for spare change

(BBC) – This picture captures the moment a homeless man arrived for his first day of work, after being offered a permanent job by a businessman he had asked for “spare change” on a Newcastle street. Posted on Facebook on Thursday, a photo of their first encounter has been shared more than 4,000 times and prompted 11,000 interactions. Ryan Davidson, ...

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Henley & Partners wins mandate for Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment Program

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Henley & Partners, the global leader in residence- and citizenship-by-investment, has won the public tender to design, implement, and internationally promote the much-anticipated Moldova Citizenship-by-Investment (MCBI) program. The firm submitted its application for the public tender — issued by the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure of the Republic of Moldova — at the end of ...

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Small states negotiators ‘better prepared’

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Officials from Commonwealth small states have completed a specially-designed course to strengthen their negotiation skills in international decision-making forums. The two-day training was the first such activity delivered by the Commonwealth Small States Centre of Excellence and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Travis Mitchell, Head of Economic Policy and Small States at ...

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Saint Lucian public outraged by cheque-cashing policy; Opposition leader calls out bankers association

(SNO) – Saint Lucians have been expressing their dissatisfaction with local bank institutions regarding a “recently introduced” cheque-cashing policy. Even Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has added his voice to the outrage. In an open letter to President of the Bankers Association of Saint Lucia, Wendy Delmar, dated July 9, 2018, Pierre states: “It has been brought to my attention that ...

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Sandals graduates a new generation of industry leaders

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A third cohort of young Saint Lucians have just graduated with a Sandals certificate, from the exclusive Sandals executed Hospitality Training Programme (HTP) which is run every ten weeks, on a quarterly basis, annually. This programme is geared to young people from all walks of life, with aspirations of becoming anything from general managers and ...

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USAID launches project to support regional NGOs

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Local Capacity for Local Solutions (LC4LS) Project was launched today in Guyana’s capital city of Georgetown. The project builds the capacity of Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working in critical sectors in ten Eastern and Southern Caribbean countries. The project is being implemented in Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, ...

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Approval of Saint Lucia Competitiveness Agenda by the Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Compete Caribbean Partnership Facility (CCPF) and the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) will partner to undertake the project “Saint Lucia Competitiveness Agenda & Action Plan”. The purpose of this technical assistance will be to foster competitiveness, productivity and innovation in Saint Lucia. The project has the objective to enhance innovation, productivity and competitiveness, ...

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More winners in Flow Hottest Summer!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Eight more mobile, TV and internet customers have become winners in Flow Saint Lucia’s Hottest Summer Ever promotion. The eight have won cash and Carnival costumes just by subscribing to Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider, Platinum Sponsor for Saint Lucia Carnival 2018. Lea Thomas, Jalanne Francois, Denzel Dubois, Archar Esnard and ...

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Our Saint Lucia: Help for business start-ups, expansion of call centres and let’s talk carnival

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Business sector is buzzing with activity with the announcement of the expansion of major Call centres which will mean increased employment in the north and south of the island. Invest St. Lucia is making plans to help start-ups! In this week’s issue of “OUR SAINT LUCIA – Building Resilience” we focus on these advancements ...

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Immigration Department notice

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Immigration Department of Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would like to inform the public of a temporary inability to process local passports today, Tuesday July 10, 2018, due to technical difficulties experienced with the passport system. The department remains able to process extensions and foreign passports. The Royal Saint Lucia wishes to apologise for ...

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Business plan development workshop

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, in collaboration with the Savings Bank Foundation for International Cooperation (SBFIC), will be hosting a four-day Business Plan Development Workshop aimed at strengthening the ability of local entrepreneurs/ business owners to formulate and implement winning strategies that will improve their chances of long ...

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St Lucia Teachers Credit Coorporative introduces mobile banking app with Digital Blitz Day

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On Saturday June 30th, 2018 the Teacher’s Credit Cooperative hosted a “Digital Blitz Day” for its membership & members of the public to introduce its new mobile banking App. The new app is part of the SLTCC’s strategic mandate to improve the efficiency, convenience and security of its financial services to its customers. The SLTCC ...

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Brand new local restaurant in Rodney Bay – Crave

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Crave Restaurant and Bar is excited to announce the launch of a brand new local restaurant and bar in Rodney Bay Marina. Locally owned and operated, it looks to feature both authentic local and international cuisines. Every guest will be also treated with a high level of comfort and satisfaction as they adhere to international ...

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Baron Foods wins gold

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Saint Lucia Manufacturers Association would like to take a special moment to recognize and congratulate SMA member-company Baron Foods and Mr. Ronald Ramjattan for their victory at the International Superior Taste Award in Brussels, Belgium. Earlier this month, Baron Foods took home the gold medal which was awarded by the International Taste and Quality ...

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Protocol Amending Treaty Establishing Eastern Caribbean Telecommunication Authority (ECTEL) signed by Prime Ministers

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) announces the signing of the Protocol Amending the Treaty Establishing the Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia and Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada during CARICOM’s 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government held in Montego Bay, Jamaica. This ...

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40th Independence anniversary preparations are on the way (see video)

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – In 2019 SAINT LUCIA will celebrate 40 years of independence. To keep the observance of our legacy alive the Department of Culture and the Independence Committee have commenced preparation for the nation showcase. The 2019 celebration showcase will be decentralized, engaging, inspirational, and sustainable, must have a lasting legacy and video appeal. Minister for Culture ...

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A Toast to Baron Foods (St. Lucia) Limited on earning the gold medal in the 2018 International Superior Taste Award

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs extends congratulations to Baron Foods (St. Lucia) Limited on earning the prestigious Gold Medal in the 2018 International Superior Taste Award held in Brussels, Belgium. On this momentous occasion, the Government and People of Saint Lucia join in celebrating this extraordinary achievement of ...

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ECCB celebrates 42nd year of EC Dollar peg to US Dollar

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is celebrating 42 years since the EC Dollar has been pegged to the US Dollar at a fixed rate of EC$2.70 to US$1.00. The EC Dollar was pegged to the US Dollar on 7 July 1976. Governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, Timothy N. J. Antoine said, this ...

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OECS and SHOS sign MoU to catalyse renewable energy adoption

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The OECS Commission and Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit association working with governments to demonstrate leadership on the implementation of the sustainable energy agenda, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on July 6, 2018 in Jamaica to support the vision of the OECS for a sustainable future and demonstrate the commitment of the ...

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Postponement of ‘I Love Beer’ second grand prize draw

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Due to circumstances beyond their control Windward & Leeward Brewery Ltd. (WLBL) wishes to inform the public that the second grand prize draw of a motorbike for the I Love Beer Under the Crown Promotion, has been postponed. Consumers are asked to listen to their favourite stations and see press for further details. A new ...

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Sandals opens its doors to an additional 120 team members

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – 1,500 Saint Lucians from all across the country recently responded to a call by Sandals to fill a number of vacancies in its work force. Persons were interviewed for a number of positions including Club Sandals, Front Office; Weddings; Sales; Stewarding; Kitchen; Dining Room; Watersports; Photoshop; the Spa; Entertainment; Landscaping; Resort Shop and Housekeeping. Of ...

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