Finance/Business

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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Chancellor Arreaza at the UN: Maduro has made 340 public calls for dialogue

(RNV) – This Thursday, during the High Level Meeting of the Movement of Non-Aligned Countries (NAM) held at the United Nations headquarters in New York, the United States, the Chancellor of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jorge Arreaza, highlighted the efforts of the Bolivarian Government in favor of dialogue as a mechanism for the resolution of controversy and political understanding. ...

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Leveraging the EU Economic Partnership Agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) – The OECS Commission has joined the Saint Lucia Government’s Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs in celebration of November as “Business Month” under the theme: Promoting an Entrepreneurial Culture – Innovation and Creativity. In recognition of Business Month, a CARIFORUM – EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Workshop on Regional Business to Business Strategic Networking was ...

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Flow spruces up Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Flow Community Christmas campaign remained on the west coast this week, as colleagues of the island’s leading telecommunications service provider descended on Saint Lucia’s original capital, Soufrière. This time around, after completing the refurbishment of the Laborie Village Square, Bay Street Comfort Station in Gros Islet, and the Belvedere bus shelter in Canaries, the task was ...

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LUCELEC to undertake major electrical works on west coast

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited ( LUCELEC) would like to inform the general public that from Monday, December 4, 2017 the company will commence excavation works on the West Coast road from Soufriere near the Quatre Chemin junction. This is to allow LUCELEC to install ducts and run 66kV cables (high voltage lines) underground from the Bouton ...

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Small business ideas exhibition

(PRESS RELEASE) – YPG Saint Lucia invites the public to our first Exhibition of new ideas for businesses at the Blue Coral Mall on Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Our main objective is to bring to you ideas that will generate results and ideas that will develop your business. Enhancing any business is very easy when you use your mind. ...

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Flow awards tertiary scholarship

(PRESS RELEASE) – Flow has added another proud scholar to its roll of students who have been supported through the years under the Flow Scholarship programme. The latest recipient is an alumnus of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School, and he is taking his talents to the Division of Technical Education & Management Studies at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, ...

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No time for controversy and hurricanes

(PRESS RELEASE) – Controversy and hurricanes are two of the biggest challenges when selling the Caribbean according to Gary Sadler O.D., Senior Vice President of Unique Vacations Limited, the exclusive marketing company for Sandals Resort International. Mr. Sadler was speaking during an interview with Observer Radio in Antigua, shortly after meeting with staff of Sandals Grande Antigua ahead of the ...

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Local soap manufacturers take field trip

(PRESS RELEASE) – As part of activities for Business Month, the Department of Commerce hosted a two-day workshop on “Good Manufacturing Practices for Soap Manufacturers” earlier in November. The workshop aimed to introduce a system for ensuring that soap and other cosmetic products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. On day two of the workshop, participants took ...

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Gov’t trying to stick to its gas-price promise

Government is sticking to its decision to keep the gasoline price from going beyond EC$12.75 per gallon, at least till the end of 2017. This means that the United Workers Party (UWP) administration will continue to absorb the cost of fuel once it goes above the $12.75 threshold. Petroleum products have steadily increased in price for the last several months. ...

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How Johanan Dujon built an agricultural biotech company in St. Lucia

Today on “How They Did It” I talk to 24-year-old St Lucian entrepreneur, Johanan Dujon, founder of Algas Organics, the Caribbean’s first indigenous agriculture biotech company. We talk about his life as a physical education teacher and how he got involved in entrepreneurship, and some of the obstacles, such as access to finance and age, that he had to overcome. ...

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Sandals St. Lucia’s Neil Georges cops top award

(PRESS RELEASE) – A Sandals Saint Lucia playmaker beat back over 14,000 fellow employees from throughout the region to win the 2016 Ultimate Employee of the Year Award, the prize given to the best performing team member in the entire Sandals/ Appliance Traders Limited/ Jamaica Observer Group. Jamer ‘Captain Neil’ Georges, who works at Sandals Grande St. Lucia, was part ...

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CARIFORUM-EU EPA workshop and Regional Business-to-Business Strategic Networking Forum

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs will host a CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) Workshop and Regional Business-to-Business Strategic Networking Forum at the Finance Administrative Centre from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. This initiative which is in keeping with Business Month activities will be delivered in ...

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Chastanet: Over US$1.5 billion in foreign direct investments coming to St. Lucia

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that Saint Lucia is poised to benefit from over US$1.5 billion in foreign direct investments over the next two years. Speaking to Watch Radio NYC, Chastanet said that policies introduced by government after coming into office “are working”, although it will take about three years before the true effects start to show. “We are ...

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Sandals recognized for philanthropic work by Antiguan school

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sandals Grande Antigua resort has been commended by the Principal, staff and students of the Villa Primary School, for the outstanding work it has been doing to partner with and provide support for the school. Sandals was among a number of groups and individuals, including Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne, who were presented with Certificates ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts announces new Romance Package

(PRESS RELEASE) – Bay Gardens Resorts in Saint Lucia has launched a new Romance Package to help couples celebrate their love. Relish in the Romance of Rodney Bay and Reduit Beach, and start planning your Saint Lucia romantic getaway today with savings of up to 47% plus dreamy vacation add-ons. Saint Lucia is a picturesque paradise famous for its rich ...

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Local business for sale

Manufacturer and distributor of bakery products. Producing general bakery products as well as specialized products for targeted markets. Primarily supplies products to retailers such as large and small supermarkets and convenient stores. Location: Gros Islet Contact number: 722-6560 (6)(0)

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Insurance Council and Shipping Association to discuss disaster preparedness and business continuity at Chamber AGM

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Mega Hurricanes Irma and Maria that ravaged the islands of the Northern Caribbean in October 2017, remains in forefront of the minds of Businesses in St. Lucia as business continuity planning has taken on a new sense of urgency. The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture will, rather than the traditional Guest Speaker format, ...

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Baron Foods sets up shop in T&T

(T&T GUARDIAN) – As part of its diversification thrust, government is putting measures in place to encourage foreign firms to set up shop in T&T in the hopes that it will stimulate growth in the local market. Delivering the feature address at the opening of Baron Foods T&T Ltd over the weekend, Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon welcomed the regional company’s ...

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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) remains unchanged. The retail price for LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders, diesel, and Kerosene have been changed. he price changes take effect from Monday, ...

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SLASPA, CSA to sign collective agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority will sign the Civil Service Association’s Collective agreement for the period 2015-2017, today. The event will be held at the Department of Labour on Barnard Hill, Sans Souci, on Nov. 24 at 2:30 p.m. Attending officials include Daren Cenac, acting General Manager; Grace Parkinson, Chief operating Officer; Marcellina Preville, ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts unveils new Teppanyaki dining

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Bay Gardens Brand is renowned for its mouth-watering cuisine and excellent service, continuously offering new dining experiences to guests. The Bay Gardens Hotel is delighted to introduce its Teppanyaki dining with a unique Caribbean flavour at its Spices Restaurant from Saturday 25th November, 2017. This new dining experience combines outstanding Japanese culinary techniques infused with authentic ...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017 hailed a success

  (PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia once again joined over 170 countries in celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week. A flagship activity of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry & Agriculture the Celebration did not fall short of expectations and featured over 10 activities supported by more than 50 partners. Held under the theme “Cultivating Young Leaders for Entrepreneurial Success” the ...

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