The management of St. Lucia News Online sincerely apologises to its readers and advertisers for the reduction in news updates over the past weeks due to issues beyond our control that we can not legally/personally disclose at this time. Thankfully, there was no downtime but we regret the lack of updates due, to as mentioned, issues beyond our control. We thank you for your patience as normalcy is being restored to our daily coverage.

Finance/Business

HRWise hosts another HRForum

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – HRWise continues to raise awareness about changing the general approach to Human Resource Management, by focusing on performance management. Effective performance management promotes the continuous development of the organization’s human capital, improves productivity, enhances communication and employee engagement, and encourages proactive succession management. HRWise will engage in discussions with business leaders and HR professionals about ...

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March Madness Wacky Data Wednesday

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – For one day only, TODAY, Wednesday, March 28th 2018, you can buy an Alcatel U5 for just EC$239.00 (a discount of $79.00 from the regular price!) and add a prepaid seven-day 1GB Combo Plan to get 3X BONUS DATA. March Madness is also extended to Prepaid Combo Plans, where customers purchasing a seven-day or 30-day ...

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Emergency repairs on pumps at Vanard Raw Water System

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Please be advised that the Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) is currently working to address emergency repairs on the pumps at the Vanard Raw Water System. Consequently, Wasco has been forced to shut down the Morne/Ciceron and the Morne pumps. As a result, residents in the following areas will experience an outage for approximately three ...

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Celestial Self Development Centre partners with a consultancy company in Canada to present a series of inspiring leadership workshops

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Celestial Self Development Centre has once again partnered with Elizabeth Soltis, Founder/Director of Bridges Global a consultancy company based in Ontario, Canada to present a series of leadership workshops here in Saint Lucia. The workshops titled Emotionally Intelligent Leadership: Empowering Self to Serve Others and Effective Leadership and Generating Abundance will be held on April ...

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UK funds CDEMA after Action Review and Response workshop

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The UK continues to provide unwavering support for Caribbean islands recovering from Hurricanes Irma and Maria, by taking forward reconstruction work and helping to bolster resilience across the region. The latest initiative took the form of an After Action Review workshop, which was hosted by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and funded by ...

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Saint Lucia teams up with major US trade partners

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia has amplified its marketing drive to boost the islands spring and summer bookings for 2018 with strategic marketing campaigns being executed with our partners at Expedia, and with Costco Travel. Both agreements are designed to increase the destination bookings for 2018, by targeting the US consumer at the point of sale. Expedia.com Running ...

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ICT Association on FRC fire destruction

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The ICT Association of Saint Lucia (​SLICTA​), joins the nation in expressing its sadness at the damage caused by the fire which struck the Folk Research Centre on the night of Sunday 25th March 2018. The loss of priceless cultural artefacts which showcase Saint Lucia’s proud history and heritage, is a severe loss to us ...

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WINFRESH issues statement on switch from cardboard boxes to plastic crates

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – WINFRESH has been engaged in discussions with the carton manufacturing company in Saint Lucia, WINERA, and the relevant authorities in the Government of Saint Lucia, regarding a planned switch from cardboard cartons to plastic crates used in the export of bananas to the United Kingdom. The discussions surround concerns about the impact of the change ...

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Chairman’s Reserve wins gold at 2018 World Spirits Awards

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The World Spirits Award “WSA” honored the best products within each spirits category for 2018. St Lucia Distillers had the honor of winning a gold medal for the consecutive year, for the “Distillery of the Year” award in the rum category and “Spirit of the year” for 1931 at the World Spirit Awards. Being no ...

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FCIB files for proposed initial public offering in the US

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – FirstCaribbean International Bank Limited (“FCIB” or “First Caribbean”) today announced that it has filed a Registration Statement on Form F-1 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) relating to the proposed initial public offering in the United States of FCIB’s common shares. All of the shares to be offered in the proposed initial ...

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The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court brings Golden Anniversary celebrations to an official close

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The closing ceremony of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations was held on Thursday, 22nd March 2018 at 5:00 p.m., at the Finance Administrative Centre (FAC) Conference Facility, 5th Floor, Finance Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine, Castries. This ceremony was held to bring to a close the wonderful year-long celebrations. The ceremony was attended ...

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Jamaica’s BATV to expand regionally

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Jamaica’s first business and lifestyle cable channel, Business Access TV will launch its expansion into the wider Caribbean in [month/ year]. The expansion will include; Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Cayman, Bahamas, Barbados, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, British Virgin Islands, Curaçao, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kits & Nevis and St. Vincent & The Grenadines.The move comes ...

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CSA notice of extension of deadline

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – All CSA Members are hereby informed that the deadline for nominations to the following two (2) positions: – Assistant Secretary / Assistant Treasurer – Trustee Have been extended to Wednesday 28th March, 2018 at 4:30p.m. This extension of the deadline is due to the fact that at the close of nominations on Friday, 16th March, ...

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ACCT meets for Cultural Centre update

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The coordinating committee for the arts and cultural community in Saint Lucia – ACCT – meets with its general membership this Wednesday as it steps up its campaign to have the National Cultural Centre and the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) headquarters retained at Barnard Hill in the City. The Saint Lucia Government has announced its ...

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Connecticut-based Saint Lucian organization donates to Dominica

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Last week, Saint Lucia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, His Excellency Cosmos Richardson, presented a cheque in the amount of USD1000 to Dominica’s Permanent Representative, Her Excellency Loreen Bannis-Roberts, on behalf of the Saint Lucian American Association of Connecticut (SLAAC). This cheque represents money raised by the organization through a recent fundraising effort to ...

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Vacancies exist for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professionals Program 2019

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – SLUTERA would like to inform eligible young professionals in St. Lucia, and in the countries listed below, that current vacancies exist for the World Trade Organization (WTO) Young Professionals Program 2019, which will earn a monthly salary of approximately USD$3694.60. Young Professionals up to the age of 32 years, as at 1 January 2019, from ...

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St Jude nurses have joined the NWU

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Nurses employed with the St. Jude Hospital based in Vieux Fort have joined the National Workers Union (NWU). In keeping with Division 2, Recognition of the Rights to Bargaining and Representation of the Labour Act No. 37 of 2006 section 357, the National Workers Union submitted a Recognition Claim to the Department of Labour on ...

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ECFH appoints new managing director

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – East Caribbean Holding Company Ltd. (ECFH) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Bernard La Corbinière as Managing Director (MD) effective March 19, 2018. Dr. La Corbinière brings decades of experience in the areas of economics, banking, finance, consultancy and advisory services. He has a long tenure of executive leadership, and has held several ...

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NWU urges minister to appoint committee

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to the Hon. Bradly Felix, Minister with responsibility for Commerce, Industry, Investment and Enterprise Development urging him to appoint a small committee agreed upon during a recently held meeting which he chaired, between the Management of Windward Islands Packaging Company Limited (WINERA) and the Leadership of the National ...

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ECCB and commercial banks announce launch of Electronic Funds Transfer

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Clients of commercial banks in the countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) will soon be able to send and receive money, in Eastern Caribbean dollars, same day between commercial banks in the ECCU. The ECCU Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) system, which offers a more secure, faster and more efficient method of transferring funds, ...

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Inter-Caribbean Airways welcomes inaugural flight

(GIS) – Saint Lucia yesterday welcomed the inaugural flight of Inter-Caribbean Airways. The airline is commencing a non-stop service from Saint Lucia to Dominica, with onward connections to the Virgin Islands and the rest of the northern Caribbean. To commemorate, Inter-Caribbean Airways hosted a brief welcome ceremony, with tourism officials in the person of the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Dominic ...

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“There is no one harassing you before you get in” – Harbor Club caters to both locals and visitors: Hall

Harbor Club located in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet is different from other resorts because it is open to anyone – even the barefooted. That’s according to Wes Hall, entrepreneur and owner of the resort’s management company, Aimbridge Hospitality. He was speaking to reporters on Saturday, March 17, 2018 when the resort held its grand inaugural gala and ribbon-cutting ceremony to ...

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NALIP- Saint Lucia appoints a new Executive

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On March 16th, 2018, the National Association of Libraries and Information Professionals – (NALIP) – Saint Lucia hosted its 5th Annual General Meeting (AGM), at The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia Library, Morne Fortune, Castries, Saint Lucia. During the AGM a new Executive was elected to serve for a two-year period (2018–2020). Membership in the Association ...

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Saint Lucia hosts RSS Council of Ministers meeting Friday

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Council of Ministers of the Regional Security System (RSS) will convene a meeting at the Harbour Club Hotel, Rodney Bay on Friday, March 23 to review a number of critical matters which have implications for building resilience to climate change, for training and security. The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will represent ...

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Budget Estimates: PM notes government’s improved fiscal performance

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Allen Chastanet has announced a “marked improvement” in the fiscal position of the government over the past year as he presented the budget estimates of expenditure of one billion, four hundred and eighty-seven million, five hundred and eight-three thousand, two hundred dollars in the House of Assembly on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Chastanet credited ...

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Notice: CSA elections 2018

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – All CSA Members are hereby informed that the deadline for nominations to the following two (2) positions: – Assistant Secretary / Assistant Treasurer – Trustee Have been extended to Wednesday 28th March, 2018 at 4:30p.m. This extension of the deadline is due to the fact that at the close of nominations on Friday, 16th March, ...

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100 Women Who Care St Lucia to celebrate 3rd Anniversary

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – April 3rd will mark the third anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the 100 Women Who Care St Lucia and a special meeting is planned to celebrate. Since its inception the group has raised $110,000 for small, local charities. The members meet once every 3 months for one hour, vote which charity to support for ...

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Applications are now open for the Twelfth Cohort of the Leadership Development Program

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – SLUDTERA would like to inform suitably qualified mid-level managers of the public service in St. Lucia and the Caribbean, from governments and organizations that applications are now open for the Twelfth Cohort of the Leadership Development Program. The Canada School of Public Service (CSPS) is the executing agency for the Project, while the Regional Project ...

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Shortened office hours

(GIS) – The public is advised that the Anse La Raye Sub Accountant’s Office, which also accommodates the Anse La Raye Post Office, will be operating from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until further notice. The Office of the Accountant General regrets any inconvenience this may cause. (0)(0)

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Taiwan’s ICDF visit Saint Lucia to explore new cooperation project

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – H.E. Ambassador Timothy Tien-Yie Hsiang, Secretary General of International Cooperation Development Fund (ICDF) of Republic of China (Taiwan) led a five-member delegation to visit Saint Lucia from March 18th to 21st, 2018. The purposes of visit are to better understand the status of various bilateral cooperation projects in Saint Lucia and to explore new opportunities ...

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WLBL Partners with the Child Development and Guidance Centre

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd. (WLBL) made a donation to The Child Development and Guidance Centre (CDGC) which will go seven boys and girls whose family could not afford school fees and supplies for this academic year. The donation shows WLBL’s commitment to the youth as part of its Brewing a Better World Corporate Social ...

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Students show great interest and excitement about practicing good money management

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Students across the island are gaining much needed financial information and guidance on preparing for life after school thanks to Axcel Finance. Two Secondary schools – Piaye and Ciceron, recently benefitted from Axcel Finance’s national efforts of educating the nation on sound financial management. The island’s leading micro-finance institution firmly believes that financial literacy should ...

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OECS Member States continue struggle for removal from EU blacklisting

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Member States of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States have been working assiduously with the OECS Commission and their joint Embassy in Brussels to address the ongoing challenges raised by the European Union’s prescriptions on international standards on transparency and exchange of information in relation to financial services. The reality is that in an ...

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HERStoire set for first ever Sister2Sister chat!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Praised by Health Minister Sen. Mary Isaac for embarking on a mission to erase the taboos associated with sexual and reproductive health and other issues affecting women, the HERStoire Collective launched their signature Sister2Sister (S2S) Virtual Safe Space programme earlier this month. Less than two weeks after the programme’s launch the organization is kicking things ...

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St. Lucia receives grant support from the CARICOM Development Fund for export promotion and village tourism

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On Friday 16th March 2018, the CARICOM Development Fund (CDF) and the Government of Saint Lucia signed two (2) grant agreements for a combined value of US$452,800 (EC$1,222,560), to provide technical assistance to strengthen the institutional infrastructure and implement new programmes for trade competitiveness and tourism development: i. US$332,800 (EC$898,560) for the development of a ...

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New Senate President and Speaker of the House sworn in

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – As the Third Session of the Eleventh Parliament began on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Parliament also welcomed a new President of the Senate and a Speaker of the House. Attorney-at-law, Jeannine Michele Giraudy-McIntyre, was elected to the position of Senate President and Andy Glen Daniel as the island’s new Speaker of the House. Following his ...

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NWU delegation to meet PS health

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A delegation from the National Workers Union (NWU) comprising of its Leadership and Shop Stewards within the health sector will be meeting soon with Mr. Felix St. Hill, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Wellness. The officials will discuss future plans for Victoria Hospital, the Owen King EU Hospital and the St. Jude ...

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New agreement for Caribbean and Latin America

(GIS) – Saint Lucia has joined its Caribbean and Latin American counterparts in endorsing the first ever legally binding Regional Agreement, that will address issues pertaining to access to information, public participation and justice in environmental matters. This landmark Agreement was adopted by representatives of 24 Caribbean and Latin American Countries, at the Hotel Continental Real III in San Jose, ...

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Saint Lucia’s Ambassador bids farewell to Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – St Lucia’s first ever representative in the Republic of China (Taiwan) has completed his assignment and is heading back home. Ambassador Hubert Emmanuel came to Taiwan in October 2015 to take up the position as First Ambassador for St Lucia in the Asia region. During his tenure, Ambassador Emmanuel played a key role in strengthening ...

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Five grants to be made to a variety of education projects in the Caribbean

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Cable & Wireless Charitable Foundation today announced that it will provide additional funding of over US$290,000 to projects that will improve the lives of children in areas of the Caribbean impacted by last year’s hurricanes. This follows the Foundation’s initial US$100,000 donation to ShelterBox for relief efforts after the hurricanes, as well as a ...

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ACCT designs new Cultural Centre building for Barnard Hill

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The fight by the Artistic and Cultural Community to maintain the National Cultural Centre and the CDF headquarters at their current locations at Barnard Hill continues. The members of the Community remain firm in their resolve to have the Government of Saint Lucia reverse its decision to move the Cultural Centre and CDF building to ...

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Public service announcement: Water interruption in the south

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to inform its valued customers that the water supply will be interrupted on the 21st March, 2018; due to maintenance work at the Patience intake. Crew is hoping to restore the water supply on March 22, 2018. WASCO sincerely regrets the inconvenience caused and is working assiduously ...

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Former Minister of Sustainable Development to participate in Eighth World Water Forum in Brazil

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia’s former Minister for Sustainable Development, Dr James Fletcher, has been invited to attend the eighth World Water Forum in Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil, to speak on the challenges confronting the water sector in the Caribbean and the impacts that climate change is having on this sector. Dr Fletcher served as the ...

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Repair work to HIA entrance sign

(GIS) – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority wishes to inform customers that repair work to the entrance sign at the Hewanorra International Airport will continue on March 19 from 7 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. As a result, the main entrance road will be closed during which time traffic will be diverted to the secondary airport entrance near ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet defends economic policies

The Allen Chastanet administration has honoured its election campaign promise to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 15 percent to 12.5 percent – with plans to gradually eliminate the tax. Critics have however argued that a slash in the VAT rate means a reduction in government revenues. Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre predicts that government’s fiscal position will deteriorate ...

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Verdegen launches suite of environmentally-friendly products in St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Verdegen in association with FDL Pest Control Solutions, launches a suite of environmentally friendly products at the Bay Gardens Hotel in Rodney Bay. The Products include; 1. BIOMINT Bio Degradable, Insect Repellent Garbage Bags; an environmentally friendly garbage bag, that is not only biodegradable, but also kills or repels common household pests such as ants, ...

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Saint Lucia launches Leadership Development Programme for national public service leaders

  (PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Government of Saint Lucia has partnered with the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) and the Caribbean Leadership Project (CLP) to launch a Leadership Development Programme (LDP) for senior leaders in the public service. The first module of this LDP which focuses on Leading Self – Courage, Confidence and Authenticity will be held ...

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Notice of auction sale

(GIS) – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority advises of a public auction sale of unclaimed cargo. Items to be auctioned include vehicles. The auction will be held at SLASPA Cargo Shed 7, on Saturday, March 17, at 9 a.m. For further information, please contact the Business Development and Corporate Communications Department at 457.6109. (1)(0)

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15 years at the top for Red Advertising

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Red Advertising set another record when, for an unprecedented fifteenth year they maintained their Top 3 Status as a regional creative powerhouse in the 2018 judging of The American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards. Within this there was a special reason to celebrate when their newest office, Red Advertising Trinidad, won its first ever ADDY for ...

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WLBL and the St. Lucia Blood Banks solidify their partnership

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd. (WLBL), Victoria Hospital and St. Jude Hospital Blood Banks have had a long standing relationship that spans over 15 years. This week, WLBL reaffirmed its commitment to the Blood Banks by donating close to 200 cases of Piton Malta and Crystal Clear Water to continue with the Blood Drives around ...

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Secret ballot poll for Soufriere Hot Wire Rides workers

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Workers employed with Soufriere Hot Wire Rides Inc will vote on Monday 19th March 2018. The workers will participate in a secret ballot exercise which will ultimately determine their choice of union representation. Officials from the Department of Labour will undertake and supervise the process which will be held on the company’s premises. The Poll ...

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Saint Lucia’s Harbor Club hotel joins Hilton’s exclusive Curio Collection

(THE HOLIDAY PLACE) – With year-round sunshine, stunning beaches and relaxed Caribbean vibes, Saint Lucia is a haven for travellers looking to unwind in a paradisiacal setting. Boasting a wide range of lavish resorts, the destination is home to many international hotel brands. Hilton Hotels will now join these hospitality firms, after announcing it would be adding the Harbor Club ...

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Argentina holds training in Saint Lucia on Emergency Airport Planning

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – As part of an on-going cooperation project with the government of Saint Lucia, the Argentine Fund for South-South and Triangular Cooperation (FO-AR), in association with the Argentine National Civil Aviation Administration and in collaboration with the Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Saint Lucia hosted a week-long workshop in “Emergency Airport Planning”. The workshop which ...

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Flow, SLHTA to help connect visitors to Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Visitors to Saint Lucia will find it easier than ever to stay connected whilst enjoying the Helen of the West. That’s thanks to a landmark agreement between the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association, SLHTA, and Flow, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s foremost telecommunications service provider. Whether you are a returning national, a Caribbean native, ...

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Hearts of gold at Sandals Regency La Toc and Tapion Hospital

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Sandals Regency La Toc Resort in Saint Lucia recently welcomed back a very special couple, who returned to the resort one year after what can only be described as the most difficult time of their lives. It was because of the support they received from the team members at La Toc during that harrowing period, ...

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The Landings Resort and Spa St Lucia appoints new General Manager

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Paul Collymore has been appointed new General Manager at St Lucian hotel The Landings Resort and Spa. Paul Collymore joins the resort with a wealth of experience in the hospitality sector having most recently overseen the general management of the Ocean Two Resort and Residences in Barbados. Previous management experience centres in Barbados at The ...

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Employers Federation President for Geneva

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – President of the St Lucia Employers Federation Mr. Vern Gill, has been invited to serve as ‘Employers Spokesperson’ at the 332nd Session of the ILO Governing Body based in Geneva Switzerland, commencing Monday 12th March 2018. Mr. Gill, a local Barrister by profession, will address an update on the ratification of a 1986 Instrument for ...

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Sandals Resorts International announces the appointment of a new CEO

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) Chairman and Founder, Hon. Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, OJ, CD, Hon. LLD, announces the appointment of industry veteran Gebhard F. Rainer as CEO, effective immediately. The appointment, which follows an extensive search in concert with Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart, CD was designed to accelerate the strategic growth of the award-winning luxury all-inclusive ...

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Closure of offices to facilitate deep cleaning

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations wishes to remind the general public that it will continue undertaking important deep cleaning of it offices located on the third floors of the Francis Compton Building, on the Castries Waterfront on Friday, 16th March, 2018 and Monday, 19th March, 2018. As such, the following offices located ...

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