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Finance/Business

ISL marks successes in 2017, looks to new year

(PRESS RELEASE) – Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) recorded significant strides in 2017, in keeping with its mandate to advance the island’s socio-economic development through the facilitation of direct investment, due to close collaboration with potential investors, the public sector, and private sector players. In 2017, ISL worked with a number of local and foreign investors from a wide cross-section of ...

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NWU signs first industrial agreement with First Citizens Bank

(PRESS RELEASE) – The National Workers Union (NWU) and the Management of First Citizens Bank Ltd. have signed their first industrial agreement. Clerical and technical workers employed with the financial institution will benefit from a seven percent (7%) general wage increase with back pay from February 2016. The new industrial agreement will run for a period of three (3) years ...

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Germany secures the top spot in the 2018 Henley Passport Index

(PRESS RELEASE) – Germany holds on to 1st place on the Henley Passport Index (henleypassportindex.com) for the fifth year running, with its citizens enjoying visa-free access to 177 countries in total, up from 176 countries in 2017. Singapore ranks 2nd globally on the 2018 edition of the index, with visa-free access to 176 countries, while eight countries — Denmark, Finland, ...

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Happy New Year from Flow!

(PRESS RELEASE) – This week, Flow will be presenting the next five Christmas Comunity Cash prize winners. Each winner will be gifted two thousand dollars [$2,000.00] CASH in hand! Stay close to your phone, because YOU could be one of Flow’s WINNERS! If you bought a new phone on Saint Lucia’s fastest mobile data network, if you paid any of ...

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Flow customer gets an extra special Christmas

(PRESS RELEASE) – A young bartender had herself an extra merry Christmas season with a brand new mobile handset on Saint Lucia’s fastest data network, just by sharing a special family tradition on Facebook. Melissa Nestor of La Toc Road, Castries, took part in the Christmas Moments campaign on the Flow Saint Lucia Facebook page. She was among dozens of ...

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EU rehabilitation assistance for Dominica

(PRESS RELEASE) – The European Union has provided Dominica with 3.52 million euros (EC$11.34M) as part of continued assistance towards rehabilitation of the country. The assistance is part of a total 8.9 million euro (EC$28.5M) programme to rebuild the country’s water infrastructure and also to push towards geothermal energy production. The intervention is primarily aimed at supporting the government in ...

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EU assists Barbados in renewable energy self-sufficiency

(PRESS RELEASE) – Barbados has received 1.12 million euros (BBD$2.7M) from the European Union towards the advancement of energy self-sufficiency from renewable resources. This is the first payment of a total contribution of 3 million euros. This activity is in line with the country’s commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of reducing its total and per ...

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Johnson’s awards baby #1 for 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Renwick & Company Limited awarded the mother of the first baby born for the year with a product hamper compliments of Johnson’s Baby and Sleepy baby wipes. On the day that the company turned 52, this presentation to Stephanie James, the mother of Jadell James, the baby boy born at 7:35am on ...

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ECCO unable to pay royalties on schedule

(CMC) – The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) says it is unable at this time to make any payment of royalties to its members that was scheduled for the final quarter of 2017. ‘Several reconciliation actions must be completed before any such distributions can be made and the reality is, the process has been well established and ...

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Sandals delivers hope to children and adults alike

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sandals Saint Lucia team members were on the road throughout the month of December delivering toys and Christmas Treats to children in schools across the island. Over 1400 children from the Balata Government School, The Roseau Combined School, the Gros Islet Infant School, The Marchand Combined School, the Dennery Combined School and children who attend the after ...

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St Lucian photographer shoots million dollar villas for NY Times

(PRESS RELEASE) – Award winning St Lucia Photographer Kirk Elliott recently completed another International House Hunters photo shoot for the New York Times and the pictures can be seen on their website: https://StLuciaByKirk.com/Atlantis-St-Lucia . Elliott’s photography features Villa Atlantis at Cap Estate as well as sites and amenities within a 5 mile radius of the property. This is Elliott’s second ...

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Public notice: Interruption at Transport Division due to power failure

(PRESS RELEASE) –  The Department of Economic Development, Transport & Civil Aviation wishes to inform the public that the services of the Transport Division have been interrupted due to power failure on the system which houses the Licensing & Registration database at the Castries waterfront. The Transport Division is still able to facilitate transactions on renewal of driver’s licences and ...

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Sandals Royal Barbados opens

(PRESS RELEASE) – Barbados’ newest hotel opened today under bright skies and brighter smiles as team members joined with management to form a guard of honour and welcome the first guests to Sandals Royal Barbados; the latest and most opulent resort in the Sandals Resorts International (SRI) chain. It was a historic moment, filled with excitement as the white Rolls ...

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NWU concerned about new developing trends in industrial relations

(PRESS RELEASE) – The National Workers Union (NWU) has expressed deep concern with new developing trends within the industrial relations process. The NWU is of the strong belief that the correct advice must be given at all times to the employers who have a major role and responsibility in most of our industrial relations engagements. The NWU holds the firm ...

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Five win $2,000 community cash with Flow

(PRESS RELEASE) – Several Flow customers have good reason to celebrate the season with a little bit of extra zest, as the company presented its first Christmas Community Cash Prize winners on Friday. Each of the five winners got to walk away with $2,000.00 cash in hand. Broadband customers Gregory Squires and Cletus Atticot were the winners for Castries and ...

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Invest Saint Lucia records successes in investment facilitation

(PRESS RELEASE) – In keeping with its mandate to advance the island’s socio-economic development through the facilitation of direct investment, Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) can report that it has recorded significant strides this year, thanks to its close collaboration with potential investors, the public sector and private sector players. In 2017, ISL continued to work with a number of local ...

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NWU refers SJC negotiating dispute to labour commissioner

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Management of St. James’s Club Morgan Bay and the National Workers Union (NWU) have agreed to refer their negotiating dispute to the Labour Commissioner. The NWU has requested a three dollar ($3.00) per hour increase in Years One, Two and Three while the Company has counter-offered one dollar ($1.00) per hour to cover the three year ...

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Lobby makeover launches Coco Palm revamp programme for 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sometimes it takes ‘fresh eyes’ on a challenge to create something very special, particularly when it comes to interior design. For management at the popular Rodney Bay hotel, upgrading Coco Palm’s central lobby was the challenge, so they teamed up with the fresh eyes of the professionals at Inside Out and the results were nothing less than ...

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Statement by UWI Vice-Chancellor on EU’s blacklisting of CARICOM financial centres

(PRESS RELEASE) – The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles on the EU’s blacklisting of CARICOM financial centres: In spite of being an environment ravished by the effects of global climate change, and the specific economic challenges of being small, open economies, CARICOM states have achieved and maintain ...

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Cable & Wireless announces appointment of new CEO, Inge Smidts

(PRESS RELEASE) – Cable & Wireless Communications (C&W) today announced the appointment of Inge Smidts as Chief Executive Officer. She is replacing John Reid who announced earlier this month that he will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018. Smidts joins C&W from Liberty Global where she most recently held the position of Chief Marketing Officer. Prior ...

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Gov’t to pay over US$78K for 21 inmates in St Lucia

(BVI NEWS) – Minister responsible for prison Myron Walwyn said government will pay more than US$78,000 to house the 21 BVI prisoners who were transferred to St Lucia after Hurricane Irma. Walwyn explained in the House of Assembly on Friday that the prisoners are expected to be in St Lucia for a total of six months; with their return date ...

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Flow rewards creole queens

(PRESS RELEASE) – Following the successful La Wenn de La Wenn (Queen of Queens) pageant some weeks ago, a prize-giving ceremony was held at the premises of the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre at Mount Pleasant. Flow (the Caribbean’s number one telecommunications provider) was the Platinum Sponsor for the event, at which the top competitors were awarded their prizes. ...

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SRDF staff gives back to the community

(PRESS RELEASE) – As customary, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation like many other organizations, reward their staff for their hard work throughout the past year. This year was no different as our staff members were presented with gift vouchers. In a show of philanthropy, the staff agreed to gift the vouchers to the less fortunate persons in the community. “The ...

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SRDF welcomes Ti Tak’s opening

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation has endorsed the opening of Soufriere’s latest business initiative, “Ti Tak” boutique; a local souvenir store with a touch of class and elegance perfectly coupled with a café to accommodate an innovative shopping experience. Executive Director, Mr. Jimmy Haynes is pleased with the level of growth. “Ti Tak has certainly raised the ...

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Ladera Staff Awards 2017

  (PRESS RELEASE) – The Management and Staff of Ladera Resort held their Annual Staff Awards and Christmas Party on Friday 15th December, at Coconut Bay. This event celebrated the Best of the Best at Ladera. “When you work with so many outstanding employees, it is always difficult to single out individuals for solo awards. So this year we selected ...

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Sandals graduates final cohort of hospitality trainees for 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sandals Resorts in Saint Lucia has just graduated the latest batch of young Saint Lucians from its Hospitality Training Programme (HTP) for 2017, bringing the number of persons it has trained this year to over 200 across all resorts. The final group of 50 received their Sandals-backed certificates during a ceremony at the Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort ...

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Public Service Announcement: Counterfeit Christmas 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) is urging the public to be cognisant of counterfeit notes during the upcoming Christmas and New Year celebrations, since individuals often attempt to circulate them during periods of heightened commercial activity and at large public gatherings. The public is reminded that counterfeit notes have no value, and that persons in possession ...

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Landings Resort adds some joy to the less fortune in Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) – In a small handover ceremony on Friday 15th December, the Landings Beach Resort and Spa supported the Community Relations Branch of the Police Department with its 8th Annual Food Hamper Programme. Designed with assisting the less fortunate in mind, the programme goes a long way in providing crucial supplies to primary school students in and around the ...

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Fuel price adjustments

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

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MrSoFamous launches Jet Sweep

(PRESS RELEASE) – We are all familiar with his name! From The Yo Magazine (Famous Corner) to Music (Famous Productions) the first and only St Lucian Kuduro producer to attend the Grammy Awards and the list goes on. Dudley Frederick(MrSoFamous) seems to be getting his hands on everything that he can! The Micoudian who lives in New York has launched ...

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Local charities receive much needed holiday hampers and Christmas cheer from leading micro finance company

(PRESS RELEASE) – Local charitable organisations are receiving a variety of gifts and holiday hampers compliments Axcel Finance. The donations form part of the Company’s 12 Days of Christmas Goodwill initiative. Axcel Finance has so far made donations to: Cornerstone Humanitarian Society Boys Training Center Adelaide and Frances Home for the Elderly Saint Lucia Crisis Centre Pawasol Pour Ti Mamai ...

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Flow community Christmas lifts Micoud and Vieux Fort

(PRESS RELEASE) – With the Christmas season rapidly approaching its climax, Flow is ramping up its efforts to support communities around the island through the execution of the company’s Community Christmas Projects. Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunication service provider is offering $100,00.00 worth of giveaways, community giving and discounts as part of its 2017 Christmas campaign. Part of ...

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ECCO says it fired its CEO and office manager for “deficiencies in management structure and operational procedures”

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organization for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc wishes to advise the general public of its new Board of Directors, elected at the Company’s Annual General Meeting held on Saturday December 9, 2017. The new Board comprises the following individuals: St Lucia: Martin James (Elected Chairman), Christine Charlemagne (Elected Vice Chair). Claudia Edward, Hugh James, ...

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Beaches Turks and Caicos is back and better than ever

(PRESS RELEASE) – Following its closure due to Hurricane Irma, Sandals Resort International is thrilled to announce that Beaches Turks & Caicos, the Caribbean’s Luxury-Included® vacation for everyone and family-focused brand, has reopened its doors this December 14th, 2017, offering guests new and exciting features. To see an exclusive preview of the newly reopened Beaches Turks & Caicos, you can ...

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St Lucia’s Coconut Bay completes $3 million refurbishment

(CARIB JOURNAL) – St Lucia’s Coconut Bay all-inclusive has reopened after completing $3 million in refurbishments over the course of a month-long closure. The enhancements focused on improving guests’ experiences from dining experience from dining venues to poolside. “Our closure was planned, the resort – and Saint Lucia — were unaffected by the hurricanes and we are better than ever,” ...

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Staff awards a success at the Landings

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Landings Resort and Spa has marked its 10-year anniversary in part, with a small Staff Awards Ceremony highlighting the achievements of the long-standing staff members who have been with the resort. This ceremony comes on the heels of a series of initiatives aimed at the internal customer, the resorts associates. Earlier in the year, the staff ...

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Business Ideas launch Facebook page and e-mail

(PRESS RELEASE) – If you have been thinking of finally launching your own business but you are short on ideas, now is the perfect time to set yourself up for financial independence in 2018. Own the rest of this year and start working toward your dream career! If you need a little inspiration for what you can do with your ...

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Cable and Wireless announces John Reid, CEO to step down

(PRESS RELEASE) – Cable & Wireless Communications (“C&W”) today announced that John Reid will step down from the position of CEO in early 2018. An announcement on C&W’s incoming CEO will be made in due course, and until that time, Reid will remain in the post and will support the transition to new leadership. Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, ...

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Chastanet says lower unemployment figures is a sign of progress, not success

(CMC) — Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet, has hailed a drop in the country’s unemployment figures, declaring that his administration is very excited about the development. However, Chastanet told reporters that there is a difference between progress and success. “When I say we are making progress, that does not in any way say that we are successful,” Chastanet ...

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Coconut Bay staff given celebrity treatment at Annual Staff Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) – Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa staged another successful Annual Staff Awards on Friday, 1st, December, 2017 under the theme: “Bring out the Celebrity in You”. The awards which have been staged every year since the inception of the property in March, 2005 provides a platform for staff to be recognized for their outstanding service. The annual ...

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Barbay Ltd hosted another successful trade show

(PRESS RELEASE) – Barbay Ltd. rolled out the red carpet on Thursday, November 30th 2017, at the Royal St Lucia Resort & Spa for a very special presentation of their extensive product portfolio. The trade show showcased quality international brands such as; Trivento, Obikwa, Minuty, Ruffino and many other wines, all laid out in beautiful displays. With the aim of making ...

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Police dog mauls innocent woman

(NEW YORK POST) – An innocent woman taking out the garbage was attacked by a police dog hunting for burglary suspects — suffering bite wounds when the K-9 resisted officers’ efforts to release its grip, according to a report. Minnesotan Desiree Collins, 52, is now suing the St. Paul Police Department after the dog knocked her out of her shoes, ...

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Operator creates self-drive option to tour St. Lucia

(TRAVEL WEEKLY) – See St. Lucia Topless is the name of a new self-drive tour offering with transportation in a Mini Cooper convertible around the island of St. Lucia. The all-inclusive Mini Cooper Road Trip includes pickup at a hotel or villa in the north of the island, an audio guide, a tour leader or concierge in a lead car, ...

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Courts St. Lucia to host first ever local furniture exhibition

(PRESS RELEASE) – Furniture and Electrical superstore, Courts St Lucia, will host for the first time ever a local furniture exhibition, this Saturday, December 9th 2017, from 10 am – 4 pm in the front car park of the company’s Courts Marisule location. Courts St. Lucia continues to be a proud advocate of supporting of everything local. The company has ...

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UWI launches LUMIN Consulting

(PRESS RELEASE) – It was standing room only at a gathering on 23rd November to unveil the newly branded LUMIN Consulting—a development consulting firm wholly-owned by The University of the West Indies (The UWI), comprised of a dynamic and driven team, headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica. LUMIN Consulting, formerly known as UWI Consulting, is the result of an extensive process of ...

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Flow uplifts Piaye with latest Christmas project

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia’s leading telecommunication service provider is back at it again as they continue to execute their promise of uplifting communities across the island this Christmas season. On Saturday December 2nd 2017, Flow visited the beautiful and quiet community of Piaye, Choiseul, where staff volunteers cleaned the laundry and comfort facility in preparation for painting by partner ...

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NCPC and Celestial partner to enhance local productivity

(PRESS RELEASE) – Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Eileen Gillard got it right when she said, ‘Our future growth relies on competitiveness and innovation, skills and productivity […] and these in turn rely on the education of our people.’ The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC), the local body tasked with ensuring that the optimum conditions exist to facilitate an ...

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Visitor Channel re-launches Resort Partnership Program

(PRESS RELEASE) – Over the past twelve (12) years The Visitor Channel has worked with the local tourism interest to promote Saint Lucia, its culture and attractions to the visitor as well as the local audience, eager to see more and learn more about the island. Over this period the channel programming has grown beyond just places of interest, to ...

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Unique Vacations deepens investment in the Caribbean

(PRESS RELEASE) – Unique Vacations, the worldwide representative for Sandals & Beaches Resorts, has announced plans to further its investment in the region. At present Unique Vacations has four contact centers established in Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Grenada and The Bahamas, which provide high paying jobs for over 500 Caribbean nationals. Unique has now announced plans to introduce a cutting edge ...

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VIDEO: PM responds to EU “blacklist” news

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet today, Dec. 6 held a press briefing to respond to yesterday’s news that the European Union (EU) has “blacklisted” 17 countries, including Saint Lucia, as a tax haven. Below is the video from the press briefing. (To see why St. Lucia made the list, CLICK HERE) (12)(8)

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Saint Lucia has “harmful preferential tax regimes” – EU says

The European Union (EU) has stated the reasons Saint Lucia and 16 countries have ended up on its list of “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions for tax purposes”. The list was officially approved and published on Dec. 5, 2017 with the aim of promoting good governance worldwide, in order to maximise efforts to prevent tax fraud and tax evasion, the EU said in ...

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“Everything goes up but not our salaries” – Route 4B commuters respond to bus fare increases

Bus drivers for Route 4B (Vieux Fort to Belle Vue) are likely breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because, before Dec. 4, 2017, these drivers had not received an official fare increase for at least nine years. However, some commuters are not happy with the bus fare adjustments, announced yesterday, Dec. 5 by the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia ‘blacklisted’ by European Union

(BBC) – The European Union has published its first blacklist of tax havens, naming 17 territories including Saint Lucia, Barbados and South Korea. A “watchlist” of 47 countries promising to change their tax rules to meet EU standards has also been issued. The “grey list” includes several with UK links, including Hong Kong, Jersey, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, as ...

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Courts reintroduces annual wish list initiative under the theme “What Matters Most!”

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Caribbean’s leading retailer of top – brand Appliances, Furniture and Electronics products Courts; has announced plans to donate close to twenty thousand dollars’ worth of Courts products to the needy in time for Christmas. The campaign dubbed “Courts Wish List” was officially launched in 2010 with one primary focus; providing direct assistance to those persons affected ...

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Flow customers to select the next “Flow People’s Choice Award” from the 2017 CaribbeanTales Incubator Program

(PRESS RELEASE) – Which top Caribbean television series concept will claim the Flow People’s Choice Awards selected from this year’s CaribbeanTales Incubator (CTI) program? That is the question that is top of mind as Flow customers across the region add their voices to the selection process. There are only 10 voting days left and there is still time for customers to ...

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C&W Networks wins ‘Best Network and Service Innovation in the Caribbean and Latin America’

(PRESS RELEASE) – In another round of recognition for best infrastructure and customer service excellence, C&W Networks once again emerged with top billing, this time winning the award for Best Network and Service Innovation in the Caribbean and Latin America (CALA) Region. The latest recognition came at the annual MEF Excellence Awards 2017 in Orlando, Florida on November 14. The ...

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Martin Dorville re-elected Chamber President

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture held its 133rd Annual General Meeting on November 29th, 2017 where Martin Dorville of Massy Stores St. Lucia was re-elected President. Along with Mr. Dorville other members of the Chamber Board were elected. In a very smooth transition the Board and Mr. Dorville were elected by acclamation, with ...

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Flow Christmas Comunity Projects – Piaye, Choiseul

(PRESS RELEASE) – Team Flow undertook to refurbish the laundry and comfort station at Piaye, Choiseul this week. This is the fifth district project undertaken by Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider as part of its Christmas celebrations for the year, giving back to every Saint Lucian municipality, with lasting contributions that make a meaningful and lasting ...

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Chef Nina Compton will open second restaurant in Bywater

(Nola/Times-Picayune) – On Thursday (Nov. 30), Mariza in Bywater announced that it would close on New Year’s Eve. The next day, chef Nina Compton and her husband, Larry Miller, confirmed they had bought the business and will open their second restaurant there in early February. Miller and Compton live in the Rice Mill Lofts above the Mariza space. No further ...

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SRDF to improve service delivery at Sulphur Springs Park with new employee appointments

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Soufriere Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of six (6) new employees to the position of Tour Guide at the Sulphur Springs Park. As tour guides they will be responsible for providing guided tours and excursions, geographical, historical and scientific information on the Sulphur Springs Park to visitors. On Friday December 1st, 2017, an induction ...

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