Finance/Business

NWU Youth Council representatives to attend UNI meeting in Trinidad

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) –  Garvey Esnard and Ms. Tonisia Charles both members of the National Workers Union (NWU) Youth Council will leave Saint Lucia over the weekend for Trinidad. While in Port of Spain, Trinidad the two will join over thirty (30) other youth participants from youth organizational subdivisions of trade unions within the region. The youth workers will ...

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Balca mom wins big with Flow

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A young mother of Balca, Saltibus got the surprise of her life this week, as she was presented with a $13,000.00 Smart Home Technology Bundle from Flow. Jeanna Thomas, a mother of two, was gifted with a package including a Samsung smart TV, wifi speakers, an Amazon Echo, a Samsung computer tablet, and an iPhone ...

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Grace residents welcome high speed internet, HD TV

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Residents of Grace are being introduced to high-speed internet and high-definition TV, as a major technology exercise is underway in that community. The southern locality is being switched onto the Flow HFC (hybrid fiber-coaxial) network, thus bringing up to 100 MBps high-speed broadband and nearly 200 television channels, including HD programming, to the good people ...

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Flow Friday tent sale!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Friday Sale Offer (10am to 4pm) Friday 18 May 2018 William Peter Boulevard Bonus Bubble Sale Top Up $15 or more – get FREE Data Sundays, PLUS enter for a chance to WIN a a Même Bête bag! Handset Specials! ZTE A320 from $199 Alcatel U5 from $199 Vonino Xylo from $120 Specials for students! ...

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Labour Department clarifies farm worker programme registration

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Labour Department has been notified of a “false advertisement” currently in circulation on social media and other platforms, indicating that the department is currently accepting applications for the Canadian Farm Worker Programme. The Labour Department has been swamped with scores of citizens in recent days seeking to register in response to the false notice. ...

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Digicel embraces artificial intelligence as a force for good

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Today on World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) being commemorated under the theme, “Enabling the positive use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for all”, Digicel is affirming its commitment to using the futuristic technology for the benefit of all. The total communications and entertainment provider is raising awareness about how the future driven by AI ...

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Sitting of the House of Assembly

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 with Papers to be laid by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, the Honourable Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, the Honourable Minister in the ...

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Empowering and uniting the West Indies community

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – A new social networking site designed to empower and connect the West Indies Community has just launched its new online platform. West Indies Connect opened its online doors just a few days ago and is set to become the leading online social platform for the West Indies Community. The social networking site, which prides itself ...

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This September, Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort will be open for business

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The management of Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, St. Lucia announces that the resort will remain open for business this September 2018. In the past, the resort has closed in September for renovations, which were all very well received. “We are looking forward to welcoming guests this September,” states Scott Seger, managing director of Windjammer ...

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CCC calls out vendors president for misleading his members

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Castries Constituency Council (CCC) is shocked over the recent turn of events among a small grouping of vendors who staged a protest Tuesday morning, outside the CCC offices. The council has led a bold campaign in recent times to clean up the capital city, making it more conducive for businesses to thrive, and for ...

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Sagicor calls on private sector to combat NCDs

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The recently concluded Caribbean Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Forum was held in Kingston, Jamaica under the theme “Supporting National and Regional Advocacy in the Caribbean in the Lead Up to the 3rd United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting on NCDs”. Notable attendees from Barbados included Professor Sir Trevor Hassell of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and Mr. ...

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ISO to help strengthen public policy outcomes with standards

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards will be hosting an International Standards Organization (ISO) Regional Workshop on Standards in Support of Public Policies from 22nd to 24th May 2018. Saint Lucia will benefit from ISO’s Action Plan for Developing Countries 2016-2020. ISO is implementing a five point plan aimed at improving developing countries’ opportunities for ...

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Chamber hosts QGM

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Continuing with its program of engagement with members at different levels on various issues of import the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has organized a General Meeting for May 24th 2018 at the Ixora Room, Bay Gardens Inn, Rodney Bay. The Meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. boasts a very engaging Agenda. The ...

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Saint Lucian Chef Nina Compton wins award recognizing culinary excellence

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards also called “The Oscars of Food”, bestowed on Chef Nina Compton, a national of Saint Lucia the coveted title of “Best Chef South” from a competitive field of 104 nominations all of whom represent years of devotion to culinary art. The James Beard Foundation Awards were established in 1990 to ...

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Enhancing project management expertise in the OECS

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – 38 professionals from six (6) OECS Member States participated in a workshop recently held in Saint-Lucia. The workshop was conducted by experts of the firm A-Z Information Jamaica Ltd and funded by the EU funded Trade Com II Project. The OECS Programme Management and Trade Policy Units collaborated in the organisation of the workshop. It ...

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Blind and visually impaired massage therapist spotlighted by SLBWA

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Month of May is observed as Blindness Awareness Month. The month calls attention to issues affecting blind and visually impaired person, the opportunities available including the various ways in which the society can advocate on behalf of the blind and visually impaired. The St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association continues to advocate for more employment ...

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Parents meeting for form one intake at Beanefield Comprehensive

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations invites parents of Grade Six students in the following districts to an emergency meeting to discuss the Form One intake at Beanefield Comprehensive: District 6 – Thursday 17, May, 2018 at the Vieux Fort Primary School Districts 7 and 8 – Tuesday 22, May, 2018 at the ...

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Senior officials participate in study tour to Arizona

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – With the support of the United States Government, senior Government officials, including Ministers and Police Commissioners, from across the Eastern Caribbean and Guyana, are currently participating in a Study Tour to Phoenix, Arizona to observe how crime and violence data is helping combat crime. The study tour, which takes place May 14 – 18, is ...

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CGTI brings new Audit Committee Certification to St Kitts

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia’s Caribbean Governance Training Institute (CGTI) returned to St. Kitts from April 30 to May 1, bringing another groundbreaking program known as ‘ACC’ or ‘Audit Committee Certified’ to the twin island  republic’s business community. The program is designed to increase the governance literacy of those directors serving on their board’s audit committee to 21st century ...

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RSLPF holds its own in upper tier of ACCP Grouping

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security Senator the Honourable Hermingild Francis, recently commended the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) for placing in the top tier of outstanding police officers during a regional recognition ceremony earlier this month. The awards programme was officially launched in December 2014 and the RSLPF has always featured ...

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NWU successfully completes industrial negotiations with management of FCIB

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Industrial negotiations between the Management of FirstCaribbean International Bank and representatives of the National Workers Union have been successfully completed. About sixty (60) clerical and technical employees within that banking institution at branches in Vieux Fort, Soufriere and Castries will benefit from a seven percent (7%) general wage increase. The spread will be over a ...

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Massy Stores tackles single use plastic bags starting July 3, 2018

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – As of July 3, Massy Stores throughout the Caribbean, will begin a campaign to discourage the use of single use plastic bags for bagging of groceries at its checkouts, while actively encouraging customers to shop with reusable bags as a more eco-friendly option. The strategy to reduce plastic waste is part of the Massy group’s ...

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Our Saint Lucia

(GIS) – IN THIS ISSUE: The village of Canaries is now a Wi-Fi Zone as the government continues plans to deliver island-wide access to the Internet. Take a look at Government’s plans for national health insurance as we receive assistance from PAHO and the EU on the way for forward. Young people get more involved in agriculture as the banana ...

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KM2 Solutions announce the appointment of new members to its senior management team

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – KM² Solutions, a leading US-based provider of nearshore business process outsourcing (BPO) services, is proud to announce the appointment of several new member to its senior management team. This development comes on the heels of recent growth and expansion of the company’s nearshore footprint. The company welcomes Bob Wrightson, Vice President of Operations in Barbados, ...

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Insurance symposium says “Government needs to encourage the purchase of insurance”

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture hosted its 2018 Disaster Mitigation Symposium focusing primarily on Insurance as a mitigation measure on Tuesday 8th of May 2018, attended by over 60 persons at the Financial Centre, Point Serpahine. The symposium examined critical components of effective and adequate Insurance services that can help firms ...

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St. Lucian journalist participates in U.S. government-sponsored leadership program

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Winston Springer, news editor at Helen Television System (HTS) in St. Lucia, is currently in the United States participating in the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). He is taking part in the prestigious “Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists: New and Traditional Broadcast Media” from May 14 to June 1. Mr. ...

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Chamber Board meets with Prime Minister

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – With the objective of getting a clear understanding and appreciation of how Government intends to pursue specific initiatives of interest to the membership, the Board of Directors of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture met with the Honorable Prime Minister on Thursday May 10th, 2018. The Meeting held in the Cabinet Room, ...

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Fuel price adjustments

(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 gasoline (unleaded), diesel, and LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed. The retail price of kerosene remains unchanged. The price changes take effect ...

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Reinstate the disbanded Work Permit Council

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Dear Minister King, During the early seventies, the Saint Lucia Government, led by the then Prime Minister successfully negotiated a soft loan that was ear marked to construct a Roll On Roll Off Port that was vital to the economic development of Saint Lucia. A foreign company called Concreto Centrifugado was awarded the contract to build ...

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Flow wows moms for Mother’s Day

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – This Mother’s Day, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider has made its mission to wow moms islandwide, with a package of deals, discounts, double data, and giveaways. Flow is giving you the chance to win a Samsung J2 Pro, a Diamonds International necklace, PLUS tickets for Saint Lucia Jazz. All you have ...

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Statement by Dr. the hon. Orlando Smith on UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Statement by Premier and Minister of Finance Dr. the hon. Orlando Smith on UK Sanctions and Anti-Money Laundering Bill Good Afternoon Ladies and Gentlemen: It is now just over a week since the UK Parliament accepted an amendment to impose public registers of beneficial ownership on the Virgin Islands and other Overseas Territories. My Government ...

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St Lucians overseas excited about new Sandals Resort

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The buzz of excitement surrounding the commencement of work on Sandals’ newest resort in Saint Lucia has already spread beyond the shores of the island, and is creating waves among the hundreds of Saint Lucian nationals working at Sandals properties throughout the region. While some 98% of the 1,800 strong work-force in Saint Lucia are ...

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CWC upgrades Caribbean backbone with Coriant

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Coriant, a global supplier of SDN-enabled end-to-end packet optical networking and DCI solutions, today announced that C&W Networks, a Liberty Latin America company, has deployed the Coriant mTera® Universal Transport Platform in its Pan-Caribbean network to optimize its network backbone for current and future high-speed service demands and simplify multiservice bandwidth management. The Coriant mTera® ...

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Management training for officers in policy, project implementation

(GIS) – The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), in 2016 launched a training programme directed at capacity building in the areas of Public Policy Analysis and Management (PPAM) and Project Cycle Management (PCM) in both its borrowing member countries and within the bank. The training is focused on professionals at all levels of the public service—from permanent secretaries to technical officers—involved ...

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TEPA to host Intellectual Property workshop

(GIS) – The Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) and the Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) have joined forces to host a workshop on the fundamental concepts and uses of Intellectual Property (IP). The workshop will help improve the understanding of IP within the creative industry. Among the key areas of IP to be discussed will be Copyright, Patents and Trademarks, ...

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CARICOM moving to phase out incandescent bulbs by September

(CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are expected to complete the phasing out of the use of incandescent bulbs by September this year, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat announced Wednesday. It said the regional countries are undertaking the project to become more energy efficient, on the basis of a mandate from the CARICOM Energy Ministers. The Secretariat said that the plans ...

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Early closure – Flow staff meeting today

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Please note that due to an All Staff Meeting today, Thursday, May 10th 2018 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. the closing times for our various locations on the day are as follow: Daher Building, Vieux Fort – 11:00 a.m. Dayana Centre, Bridge Street, Castries – 11:30 a.m. Baywalk Mall, Rodney Bay, Gros Islet – ...

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NWU negotiates industrial package for Tolyn workers

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Nineteen percent (19%) general wage increase as part of the industrial package agreed between the Management of Tolyn Manufacturers Limited and the National Workers Union (NWU) will now be implemented in full. This is as a result of a conciliatory meeting held between the company and the National Workers Union (NWU) which was chaired by ...

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Safer streets coming to Castries city

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – It is often said that actions speak louder than words. That is the premise which guides the “Safe Streets Project”, which will be rolled out in the capital city of Castries, this coming weekend. After many years of promises, mishaps, liability payouts and threats of legal action, concrete action is now being taken to make ...

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Liberty Latin America reports First Quarter 2018 results

(BUSINESS WIRE) – Liberty Latin America Ltd. (“Liberty Latin America”) (NASDAQ: LILA and LILAK, OTC Link: LILAB) today announced its financial and operating results for the three months ended March 31, 2018 (“Q1”). CEO Balan Nair stated, “We had a solid start to the year in our first quarter as a separately listed company. Robust operational momentum generated rebased OCF ...

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NWU to represent workers at Soufriere Hotwire Rides

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Tourism workers employed with Soufriere Hot Wire Rides participated in a Secret Ballot Poll on May 8, 2018 at the company’s premises in Soufriere. The ballot was administered by Senior Labour Officer from the Department of Labour in Vieux Fort, Mr. Joseph Joseph. Over fifty-eight (58%) of the workers voted in favour of having their ...

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Babonneau residents to receive a more reliable and improved water supply

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc is pleased to announce that residents of Babonneau Proper, Cabishe and Hill Twenty communities who had been experiencing frequent water supply interruptions can expect an improvement when upgrades on the Hill Twenty Treatment plant are completed. The primary objective of this project is to increase the supply of water ...

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Manufacturing, agro-processing and art & craft sectors to benefit from SLHTA linkages program

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA), which recently won an award and accolades from the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) for its Virtual Agricultural Clearing House (VACH) program, is moving to expand the initiative in order to allow the manufacturing, agro-processing and and art and craft sectors to benefit from it. The ...

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SLHTA welcomes new CEO

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Roderick Cherry is the new Chief Executive Officer at the St. Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association (SLHTA). He succeeds Noorani Azeez, who has resigned after leading the Association for 6 years. An accomplished senior management executive, Roderick brings to the SLHTA a wealth of leadership and over 20 years of management and marketing experience. Prior ...

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Choiselle launches all-natural face elixir packed with tropical ingredients

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Luxury skincare brand Choiselle invites you to take your skin on a luxurious voyage through the tropics with its newest product offering, the Neroli Isle Face Elixir. Choiselle’s Neroli Isle Face Elixir is a facial serum made with carefully curated ingredients, plucked from nature, to nourish, hydrate and enhance the skin. The all-natural product is ...

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WOW MOM! Best deals!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Are you all set for Mother’s Day? We’ve got lots in store, so read on! Do you know someone who might want to WIN a Samsung J2 Pro, a Safi Kilima necklace from Diamonds International, PLUS tickets for Saint Lucia Jazz? Well, all you have to do is text the word MOM to 2929 for ...

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KFC / Flow Crazy Tuesdays!

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Are you ready for lunch? Were you unable to face the stove today? Well, good new – we have the perfect solution for you! Today we are launching a finger licking’ good collaboration with KFC. It’s Crazy Tuesdays! Continuing every Tuesday from here on in, anyone who buys the KFC Tuesday Combo Special will get ...

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President Tsai expresses government’s solemn stance on termination of diplomatic relations with the Dominican Republic

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – President Tsai Ing-wen attended the inauguration ceremony for the Institute for National Defense and Security Research on the morning of May 1. The president expressed her three expectations for the institute: helping the government come to grips with changes in the strategic situation; recruiting widely to find strategic research talent; and becoming a platform for ...

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SRDF reintroduces its Newsletter

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – After an intense assessment and a subsequent update of the organization’s mandate, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), is pleased to announce the reintroduction of its organizational newsletter. An initiative that had previously existed a few years ago, its chief purpose was the dissemination of pertinent information in relation to key projects undertaken by the ...

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Saint Lucia’s energy transition strategy

(GIS) – In 2014, the Government of Saint Lucia announced refined energy targets, setting a renewable energy penetration target of 35 percent, and an energy efficiency target of 20 percent reduction in consumption in the public sector, both to be achieved by 2020. To reach energy and climate goals while ensuring cost-effectiveness, a deliberately planned energy transition process is critical. ...

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SMA appoints new executive

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The manufacturing industry’s leading advocacy group, the Saint Lucia Manufacturer’s Association, assembled earlier this week for the group’s annual general meeting—marking their 16th year of service to the development of a dynamic and indigenous manufacturing sector on the island. Expressing the Government of Saint Lucia’s intention to strengthen the role of advocacy groups like the ...

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Entrepreneurship Readiness Program teams up with accomplished entrepreneurs to facilitate its mentorship program

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – As part of our program at The ERP, Mentorship and development are key components. Our Founder Michelle N. Samuel, participated in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) Program which was held from October 3rd to November 8th 2017. Her participation in this program helped her to deepen an awareness of what can be ...

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Taiwanese – Saint Lucia Government island-wide network project officially launched in Canaries

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – H.E. Douglas Shen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, along with Honourable Stephenson King, Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, and Honourable Dominic Fedee, Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, officially launched the Government Island-Wide Network Project (GINet) on May 3 at Canaries. Also in attendance at the ...

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Windrush: Brexit and blackxit

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles. Caribbean Prime Ministers witnessed it first-hand. They were gathered in England as a Commonwealth when Prime Minister May tried to take the sails out of the Windrush. They spoke of the crime of citizenship denied; they ...

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Go Green In the City A Global Business Case Challenge

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – “Creating Smarter Cities” is the theme behind the Go Green in the City a Global Business Case Challenge. SLUDTERA is pleased to inform eligible St. Lucians about this amazing competition. Not only is this a competition, but it is one that will lead to a well paid job if the team is successful! Second year ...

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NWU to write Minister of Labour

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The National Workers Union (NWU) will soon be dispatching a letter to Hon. Stephenson King, Minister for Labour in which the NWU will be requesting the reinstatement of the disbanded Work Permit Committee. The Work Permit Committee was introduced by Sir John Compton, then Prime Minister of Saint Lucia. While the Committee fell under the ...

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Flow launches Prepaid Star Plan for young users

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The latest prepaid combo offer from Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider is a perfect fit for students and individuals just entering the world of work. The Star Plan was recently launched by Flow, yielding 2GB of data on the island’s only 4G LTE network, plus Anywhere minutes, SMS and more, all ...

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SLTA welcomes two new dynamic leaders

(GIS) – The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority has added two experienced, dynamic leaders to its team in April as part of efforts to reposition the organisation to handle the demands of the vital tourism industry. Mr. Clinton L. Reynolds and Mr. Christopher Gustave are Saint Lucians who have had extensive exposure and success in their areas of expertise both locally ...

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Caribbean Grains taps social media to enhance baking industry

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Caribbean Grains Limited is using social media to deepen the interest of Saint Lucians in the art and business of baking. Recently, the Vieux Fort-based flour mill company organised a Facebook contest to win a free baking lesson. The successful competitor was Natasha Jordan-Venner from Castries, who earned the privilege of joining sixteen other participants ...

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Saint Lucia launches Labour Code brochure

(GIS) – In commemoration of International Workers Day or Labour Day, the Department for Labour unveiled a “Labour Code Brochure” to familiarize citizens with the contents of Saint Lucia`s Labour Code. Labour Day is celebrated annually on May 1, to celebrate the achievements of workers and the labour movement. The day has its origins dating back to 1886 in the ...

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Press conference on Investment Climate Survey

(GIS) – The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs is currently undertaking the 2018 Investment Climate Assessment Survey (ICAS). The purpose of this initiative is to evaluate the present investment climate in Saint Lucia, using international best practices, with the view to developing evidenced based policies and strategies to enhance the investment environment over the ...

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