Finance/Business

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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Gov’t remains committed to tax transparency as Saint Lucia removed from EU “blacklist”

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Government of Saint Lucia is encouraged by the announcement that Saint Lucia has been removed from the EU list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters, otherwise known as the “blacklist.” The Saint Lucia Government remains fully committed to tax transparency, the exchange of information and developing a more harmonised tax system while simultaneously stimulating ...

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Flow recognises 25 long-serving colleagues

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The leading telecommunications service provider in Saint Lucia and the Caribbean, as well as one of the island’s foremost employers, recognised some of its most outstanding colleagues on Monday. Some 25 members of staff, representing 395 combined years of experience, were rewarded as part of Flow’s Long Service Awards. Presided over by country manager Chris ...

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Dr. Raymond says St. Lucia’s economy is on path to recovery

Minister in the Ministry of Finance Dr. Ubaldus Raymond has called on St. Lucians to “bear patience” with the government, noting that Saint Lucia’s economy is on the path to recovery. Dr. Raymond made the plea on Tuesday at a news conference where he disclosed that the economy has recorded a three-percent growth rate and a decrease in the unemployment ...

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Network of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples host first meeting

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On March 12th, 2018 a select group of representatives from regional indigenous and tribal communities met to discuss the way forward for the Network of Indigenous and Tribal Peoples which was formed after a meeting of regional indigenous groups co-sponsored by the IMPACT Justice Project and the University of Guyana in October, 2017. The meeting ...

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Call for nominations: The 2018 Global Citizen Award

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Global residence and citizenship advisory firm Henley & Partners is proud to announce the call for nominations for its fourth annual Global Citizen Award®. The award is a tribute to remarkable individuals who are working towards improving and supporting the global community, and whose actions or thinking contribute to a more just, peaceful, and tolerant ...

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Meeting with ministers discussed plastic crates scenario

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Representatives from Windward Islands Packaging Company Limited (WINERA) and the Leadership of the National Workers Union (NWU) met with Hon. Bradly Felix, Minister for Commerce, Industry, and Investment Tuesday March 13, 2018. The meeting discussed the possibility of importing plastic crates in which bananas would be exported. The NWU made it abundantly clear that it ...

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Performance Indicators on Road Management Workshop

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Infrastructure Ports and Energy held a Performance Indicators on Road Management Workshop on Monday March 12, 2018, as part on an ongoing consultancy to develop a Road Maintenance Management System (RMMS) for Saint Lucia. The consultant Sirway Limited have begun work to develop the system which will provide scientific analysis and methods for ...

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St Lucia removed from EU tax list

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions in taxation matters has been adjusted in the light of: – commitments made by listed jurisdictions; – an assessment of jurisdictions for which no listing decision had yet been taken. Moves have also been made to improve transparency in the listing process. On 13 March 2018, the Council removed ...

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8th meeting of the OECS Ocean Governance Team held in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Regional and international ocean governance stakeholders met in Saint Lucia last week to strengthen avenues of collaboration in the sustainable management of marine and coastal assets and explore opportunities to support the region’s economic growth objectives. The 8th Meeting of the OECS Ocean Governance Team (OGT 8), under the theme “Unlocking Ocean Wealth in Support ...

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St Lucia endorses first ever legally binding Regional Agreement

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – 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 ...

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Mayor dines with the Mayor of Naxos

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Mayor of Naxos, Mr. Ioannis Margaritis, who paid a private visit to the island over the weekend had dinner with the Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis on Friday evening. Mr. Ioannis Margaritis is also the Vice Governor of the South Aegean Region in Greece. The Dinner was hosted at the Grill Restaurant ...

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SLASPA auction sale

(GIS) – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) wishes to inform the general public of the annual public auction on Wednesday, March 14, at the Castries Seaport, Shed 5 at 10 a.m. Items to be auctioned will include vehicles, and other general merchandise. A full list of items up for auction can be obtained from the Director ...

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Top industry giants prep for Enterprise Development Forum

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – As the effects of climate change continue to affect economies of the region with Saint Lucia being no exception, there is a call for more sustainable practices to be employed where necessary, to promote resilience. It should also not be left to the governments to come up with the solutions. It is an opportune time ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean celebrates women of the region

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – From Bridge Street, Castries to Bridgetown, a corps of professionals and volunteers spread out across communities carrying a message of empowerment and continued progress for women and girls across the region. Through motivational talks, mentorships, donations, specially organised lunches and giveaways of sweet treats, the various business units of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank joined with ...

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Premier options for sports fans with Flow Sports

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A new premium sports channel is launching in the Caribbean! Flow Sports 2, which goes live today, will be the home of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and the Commonwealth Games – both live sports properties that are only available to Flow. Flow Sports 2 will be exclusively available to TV customers of Flow. The ...

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Flow announces new HR Generalist

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – We are pleased to announce the appointment of Jancel Jn. Baptiste as the Human Resource (HR) Generalist for the four southern Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) ventures markets (Commonwealth of Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines). Jancel will be based in Saint Lucia. Jancel’s career has spanned six sectors and ...

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Grow Well Inc Junior Golfers meet Golf Icon Greg Norman as Sandals announces a major golf partnership for Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Several of Saint Lucia’s Grow Well Junior Golfers had a unique opportunity to meet one of the game’s greatest ever players last week; World Golf Hall of Famer Greg Norman. This came during the official announcement by Sandals Resorts International that the Greg Norman Golf Course Design will design a new 18-hole Championship golf course ...

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CYPAN wishes all a happy Commonwealth Day and launches keynote activity

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Annually on March 12, we gather as A Peace Building Commonwealth. One who works “Towards a Common Future”. A future which yields sustainable development and addresses global challenges as we work in unison to promote safety, prosperity and fairness. The Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) prides its self on the core values of Commonwealth ...

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WINERA no longer to produce boxes for banana industry?

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to Hon. Bradly Felix, Minister for Commerce, Industry, and Investment requesting a meeting with a joint delegation comprising officials from Windward Islands Packaging Company Limited (WINERA) and the National Workers Union. The letter to the Minister dated March 7, 2018 stated that the NWU was reliably informed that ...

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Ladies of Flow lauded on International Women’s Day

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Thursday, March 8th 2018 was celebrated worldwide as International Women’s Day, an occasion to honour distaff contributions to social development, and to promote gender parity in the workplace and wider society. The event was marked at Flow with a message to staff from country manager, V. Chris Williams, who also presented all female colleagues with ...

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St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain launches chocolate stout

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – St. Lucia’s award-winning Antillia Brewing Company and world-renowned Jade Mountain Resort are debuting a dark beer that hints at the glitter of the former Russian empire and incorporates the tropical allure of new world Caribbean taste. Labeled Nick Troubetzkoy’s Imperial Chocolate Stout, the elegant new beer honors the visionary Russian-Canadian architect and owner of Jade Mountain ...

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International Women’s Day was truly inspirational – SLISBA

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – This year’s celebration of International Women’s Day was very different and for business women in St. Lucia, its bright lights gave them some well deserved recognition and inspiration. The theme for this year’s celebration focussed on rural and urban women transforming their communities and the St. Lucia Industrial and Small Business Association (SLISBA), which represents ...

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