Finance/Business

St. Lucia gas stations to shorten business hours

(St. Lucia News Online) — Gas stations in Saint Lucia will be adjusting their hours of operation in response to the government’s closure of non-essential commercial activities to fight the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had announced at a press briefing on Friday, March 20 that effective Monday, March 23, 2020 there will be a ...

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NIC offices to close

(PRESS RELEASE) — The NIC is working assiduously to meet the expectations of our contributors especially in respect of the filing and claiming of benefits and for other payments. In light of the threat to life and health posed by the COVID-19 virus, provision of that service must be done in a manner that ensures the protection of our employees ...

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Sandals owner announces the closure of all its operations across the Caribbean

(Bahamaspress.com) – Founder and chairman of the internationally-recognized brand, Gordon “Butch” Stewart, said the chain will close its properties from March 30 to May 15, 2020. Citing recent global travel warnings and airline cancellations, he said they were compelled to make the “difficult decision”. “Never could we have imagined the impact the current global health crisis would have on the ...

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Massy Stores St. Lucia to limit number of customers shopping ‘at any given time’

(St. Lucia News Online) — Massy Stores St. Lucia has announced the implementation of new social distancing measures in its fight against the coronavirus (COVID-19). The “increased” measures will take effect from Monday, March 23, according to a post on the company’s official Facebook page. “From Monday, March 23rd, 2020, we are limiting the number of customers in-stores at any ...

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Coronavirus: Bankers and ECCB offer support to customers

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank and the ECCU Bankers Association understand the anxiety that some customers and residents across the ECCU are experiencing over the loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current situation is unprecedented and we recognize the magnitude of the likely impact on our daily lives. Rest assured, we are here to ...

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Saint Lucia-based Caribbean Association of Banks remains open for business

(PRESS RELEASE) — The threat of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, continues to loom over the Caribbean, and several jurisdictions have taken drastic measures in response to the global pandemic, including the closure of borders, and forced closure of non-essential businesses. On Friday, March 20, 2020, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen M. Chastanet, announced the implementation of a heightened ...

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LIAT to continue flying with reduced flight schedule

(PRESS RELEASE) – LIAT is continuing to fly across the region with a reduced flight schedule commencing Sunday, March 22, 2020. The new reduced schedule is in response to the decline in travel as well as travel restrictions and border closures imposed by governments of destinations into which LIAT operates. The new schedule will run from March 22 – April ...

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Rum producers assist in the fight against COVID-19

(PRESS RELEASE) — Caribbean rum producers have taken on a special role in many countries as the supplier of alcohol for sanitation purposes. “Our member producers are reaching out to health ministries and other government agencies to support their alcohol requirements for sanitation and related needs as the region battles the coronavirus, COVID-19. We are diverting production to alcohol as ...

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NIC announces ‘increased payout on sickness benefits claims relating to COVID-19’; pensioners get assurance

(STATEMENT) — The outbreak of the COVID-19 virus is expected to put a serious strain on the economy and health care systems in Saint Lucia. Saint Lucian workers face the likelihood of working reduced hours or even layoffs as companies seek to contain financial losses resulting from the global pandemic. The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) must contribute to the national ...

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Coronavirus: Massy Stores St. Lucia denies shortage of products; sets purchase limits

Full statement by Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd published on its official Facebook page The COVID-19 public health crisis has resulted in an unprecedented demand for a number of categories of products and items globally and here in St. Lucia. These include some food items, as well as sanitizers, gloves, bleach, disinfectants and other cleaning items. The exaggerated demand on the ...

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Sagicor donates US$1 million to fight the spread of COVID-19

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sagicor Financial Company Limited announced today that it is committing US$1 million to aid in the fight against COVID-19 in the Caribbean. The Caribbean’s leading insurance provider will use the US$1 million to support containment and response efforts and has already started dialogue with governments and health ministries in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica, and the director-general ...

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Coronavirus: Transport division services suspended temporarily

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation has been closely monitoring the progression of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in Saint Lucia. Public health officials advise that in addition to practicing good personal hygiene, social distancing is the most effective strategy to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The safety of our staff and clients remains ...

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New library opens at Forestierre Combined

(GIS) – The Forestierre Combined School in collaboration with the Hands Across the Sea officially opened the Forestierre Methodist School Library. Hands Across the Sea was founded in 2007 with the aim of raising child literacy levels and assisting schools in Eastern Caribbean communities and has worked in six English-speaking island nations of the Eastern Caribbean including Saint Lucia. Using ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Courts announces support for credit customers

(PRESS RELEASE) — Unicomer (St. Lucia) Ltd. has moved early to provide relief to its credit customers during this critical time. Earlier today, the company announced several measures to help credit customers navigate through the crisis, including a 100% waiver of late payment fees, effective immediately, and until further advised. Additionally, customers who are experiencing or who anticipate that they ...

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Coronavirus: 2020 National Population and Housing Census postponed

(PRESS RELEASE) – Against the backdrop of the current COVID-19 outbreak, the Central Statistical Office (CSO) wishes to announce that after thorough consultations with relevant officials and on the advice of the chief medical officer, the 2020 National Population and Housing Census will be postponed for at least six months. A definitive decision will be made regarding a new Census ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Bay Gardens Resorts cushions staff from COVID-19-induced hotel closures

(PRESS RELEASE) — Facing the prospect of zero occupancy due to global travel restrictions, the Bay Gardens hotel group is resisting immediate closure of its properties and focusing on ensuring its 300-plus staff members are cushioned from the worst economic effects of the coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Sanovnik Destang, executive director of the locally-owned-and-operated group, told his staff that with ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean offers COVID-19 financial support

(PRESS RELEASE) – CIBC FirstCaribbean is committed to working with our clients in our Retail, Business Banking, Wealth Management and Corporate Banking segments to offer special assistance on a case by case basis for those adversely impacted by the COVID -19 pandemic. This could include deferred payments; special loan financing and other concessions aimed at helping clients cushion the financial ...

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Coronavirus: Global Express St Lucia early closure

(NOTICE) – We take the health and wellness of our staff, customers, and community very seriously. In the effort to prevent the spread of this virus we have decided as of Monday, March 23 our closing time will now be at 3 p.m. and on Saturdays, we will remain closed until further notice. We will continue to serve you in ...

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Coronavirus: Personal tax filing deadline extended

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Inland Revenue Department wishes to advise that the deadline for filing the Personal Income Tax Returns for the income year 2019 is extended to THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2020. Individuals are strongly advised to use this extended deadline to register and file using our electronic E-Filing platform at https://efiling.govt.lc. Companies are also advised to file using the ...

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Coronavirus: Pierre calls on St. Lucia gov’t to announce relief package for displaced workers and businesses

(St. Lucia News Online) — Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has called on the Allen Chastanet-led government to implement a “preliminary minimum package of benefits” to workers who will be displaced by the economic fallout over the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. To date, Saint Lucia has confirmed two cases of the disease as over 200,000 people have been infected worldwide, resulting ...

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UPDATE: Express des Iles to operate this weekend; passengers arriving in St. Lucia will be quarantined

(PRESS RELEASE) — For All Saint Lucians in Martinique and Saint Lucians with loved ones in Martinique: The Department of External Affairs is in receipt of information from the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Martinique advising that the EXPRESS DES ILES shuttle will operate this weekend on the Saint Lucia stopover as follows:- Friday, March 20: Fort de France (1:15 ...

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Invest Saint Lucia business operations – COVID- 19

(PRESS RELEASE) – At Invest Saint Lucia (ISL), serving fellow citizens is of the utmost importance. As COVID-19 has slowly started weaving into the Saint Lucian business reality, and the situation is unprecedented on a global scale, ISL wishes to assure you that our commitments remain the same. ISL is monitoring new developments in the world, in the Caribbean region ...

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LIAT restricts flights to Martinique, Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Tobago, and Guyana

(LOOP CAYMAN) — Regional carrier LIAT has restricted flights to Caribbean territories where entry to non-nationals have been barred. A release from the airline said restrictions have been placed on entry to Trinidad, Guyana, Guadeloupe and Martinique. These changes will take effect from March 17. TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS FOR TRINIDAD Entry into Trinidad and Tobago is restricted for the next 14 ...

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Coronavirus: ECCB approves $4-million grant to Member Governments

(PRESS RELEASE) — On the recommendation of the ECCB Board of Directors, the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has approved grant funding, in the sum of EC$4 million (EC$500,000 each) to the ECCB Member Governments to help in their fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared COVID-19 ...

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Coronavirus: RBC bank announces “financial relief” for its Caribbean customers

(PRESS RELEASE) — Today, RBC Royal Bank (RY on TSX and NYSE) (“RBC”) announced plans to provide financial relief to its Caribbean clients impacted by the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) global pandemic. Effective immediately, most RBC Personal banking clients in the Caribbean will benefit from an automatic three-month payment deferral on credit facilities. Business and Corporate banking clients are also ...

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WASCO takes measures to guard against the spread of COVID 19

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Water & Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to inform the public that due to the onset of COVID-19, the previously announced planned shutdown of the water supply to the north of the island for routine line maintenance on 25th March, 2020 has been postponed until further notice. This is because the company is fully cognizant that ...

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COVID-19 statement from NIC

(PRESS RELEASE) – In the wake of the novel COVID-19, National Insurance Corporation (NIC) continues to monitor emerging developments affecting Saint Lucia and take lead on the advice from the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Of paramount importance is the safety and well-being of our employees and customers. To this end, the NIC is taking added precautions to ensure both ...

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LUCELEC adds 1km trail to Pigeon Island

(PRESS RELEASE) – Pigeon Island will soon boast a new hiking trail. It comes as the St Lucia National Trust is looking to add value to one of the country’s most visited national sites. The new trail cost almost one hundred thousand dollars ($100,000) and is funded by the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC). National Trust Chairman Allison King ...

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Letter from Flow to customers

(PRESS RELEASE) – Dear Valued Customers and Partners, We are facing an unprecedented situation with the Coronavirus. Developments are rapidly occurring. Decisions are being made in real-time that affect our families, colleagues and our communities. One thing that remains consistent and critical, is the ability for you to communicate with each other, connect with your loved ones, and conduct your ...

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Saint Lucia expands travel restrictions to European countries

(SNO) — Saint Lucia has expanded travel restrictions to several European countries effective Tuesday, March 17 due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said that travelers from mainland France, Germany, Spain, the United Kingdom and Iran will now face restrictions. “We have also strengthened our protocols for screening visitors arriving at both the air and sea ports,” he stated. On ...

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British Airways captain with coronavirus unwittingly flew plane full of passengers to Saint Lucia: report

(DAILY MAIL UK) – A British Airways captain suffering from coronavirus unwittingly flew a plane filled with passengers to Saint Lucia and is now in isolation on the Caribbean island. Another member of the crew who showed symptoms of the killer virus is now in self-isolation and awaiting a test result. The captain, who has not been named, had piloted ...

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Coronavirus: Blind Welfare Association suspends services

(PRESS RELEASE) – In light of Saint Lucia recording two recent cases of COVID-19 and based on advisories from the Department of Health and Wellness, the executive and management of the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) have implemented immediate preventative measures to mitigate the spread of the virus to both staff and clients. The following measures have been put ...

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Saint Lucians stranded in Martinique due to ferry closure

(SNO) – A number of Saint Lucians are presently stranded in Martinique after the ferry service suspended service due to the closure of French borders by President Emmanuel Macron. A statement on the official Facebook page of the Office of the Prime Minister said efforts are being made to bring them home. “The Saint Lucia Consulate in Martinique is in ...

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Castries Constituency Council activates preparedness plan amidst COVID-19

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Castries Constituency Council (CCC) has activated its preparedness plan amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan initiated by Mayor Peterson D. Francis is to ensure high level preparedness by team members and tenants of the CCC amid the worldwide coronavirus outbreak. As part of plan, management will sensitize, advise and implement numerous precautionary measures across all departments ...

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Coronavirus: Limit use of cash; make use of online, mobile banking — Saint Lucia bankers

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Bankers Association of Saint Lucia has been monitoring the global and regional developments as it relates to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and we continue to do so with heightened awareness following the announcement of Saint Lucia’s first COVID 19 case on Friday, March 13th, 2020. We wish to reassure customers that all our members have taken ...

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Coronavirus: St. Lucia PM Allen Chastanet meets private sector

(PRESS RELEASE) — As the Government of Saint Lucia continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 situation, Prime Minister Honouble Allen Chastanet and the Cabinet of Ministers held an open meeting with the Private Sector Community on Sunday 15th March 2020. The purpose of the meeting was to allow key stakeholders of the country’s private and economic landscape the ...

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Royal Caribbean, Carnival, MSC and Norwegian cruise lines suspend sailings temporarily from United States

(PRESS RELEASE) — Four cruising giants said Friday they were temporarily suspending sailings as governments and businesses continue to enact tough measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Royal Caribbean, Carnival, MSC Cruises and the Norwegian Cruise Line announced they were halting trips through April. Royal Caribbean said it will suspend cruises in the United States for 30 days. ...

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St Lucia’s report to the MESICIC adopted

(PRESS RELEASE) – The 34th Meeting of the Committee of Experts of the Follow-Up Mechanism for the Implementation of the Inter-American Convention against Corruption (MESICIC), today adopted by consensus Saint Lucia’s first country report. The MESICIC is an Anti-corruption Mechanism which brings together OAS Member States to review their legal frameworks and institutions within the context of the Inter-American Convention ...

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Government, NWU conclude negotiations

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government Negotiating Team (GNT) and the National Workers Union (NWU) on Thursday, March 3, 2020, concluded the process of negotiations for the period April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022, by affixing their signatures to the Collective Agreement covering that period. Under this new Collective Agreement, for which negotiations were concluded within the first year of ...

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LIAT waiver policy – COVID -19

(PRESS RELEASE) – With the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus), LIAT has recognized that your travel plans may be affected. LIAT is therefore allowing passengers whose travel may be affected to make changes and cancellations. LIAT will waive the change and cancellation fees for passengers travelling between March 12th and June 30th, 2020. • The waiver applies to ...

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Travel advisory on affected travel due to COVID-19

(PRESS RELEASE) – As the World Health Organization has declared the spread of the COVID-19 virus a global  pandemic, LIAT continues to listen to our customers and work with the health and  government authorities across all destinations. LIAT will meet or exceed guidelines from authorities, as nothing is more important than  the safety of our customers and employees. In this ...

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TOGO makes good on its pledge to the SLBWA

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Oath of Giving (TOGO) partnered with the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) and Body Holiday Resorts to raise funds to purchase a vital piece of equipment capable of diagnosing cataracts at an early stage to prevent vison loss. TOGO’s founder earlier this month handed a cheque to the SLBWA which will go towards the purchase ...

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Prime Minister applauds banking and sporting excellence

(PRESS RELEASE) – At a sitting of Parliament on Tuesday 10th March, 2020 the Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet started with congratulatory remarks for several outstanding persons, groups and institutions in Sports and Banking. The Prime Minister started by highlighting the recently passed 41st Independence Anniversary Celebrations stating that: “This year’s activities were among the best, both in terms of ...

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NWU builds capacity among its members

(PRESS RELEASE) – About thirty (30) rank and file members of the National Workers Union (NWU) will be meeting Wednesday March 11, 2020 at the John Burke King Industrial Academy at UNITY HOUSE, Sans Souci to participate in a One Day Orientation Seminar. As New Shop Stewards join the front line of trade union involvement it is important to help ...

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Women physicians and dentists shine at SLMDA awards

(PRESS RELEASE) – Woman power’ was on show when the Saint Lucia Medical & Dental Association (SLMDA) held its awards of excellence ceremony on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at Sandals Golf Club, Cap Estate. The date of the event was very significant, as it was the eve of International Women’s Day – an occasion to spotlight the pioneering work of ...

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The Landings Resort & Spa Anchor Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Landings Resort & Spa held its annual staff recognition awards on Saturday 8th February 2020. The newly branded “The Anchor Awards” was held at the Golden Palm Event Centre in Rodney Bay. General Manager, Paul Collymore, in his welcome remarks, highlighted that the rebranding is associated with the resort’s logo, marina and nautical concept. Mr. Collymore ...

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St Lucian hotelier and entrepreneur awarded Gold Medal of Merit

(PRESS RELEASE) – On the occasion of the island’s 41st independence anniversary, Joyce Louisa Destang, one of St. Lucia’s most successful homegrown entrepreneurs was honored with the St. Lucia Gold Medal of Merit for her long and meritorious service in the field of entrepreneurship. One of the most accomplished female hotel entrepreneurs in the Eastern Caribbean, Mrs. Destang was conferred ...

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Prime Minister meets with cruise line executives to discuss health clearance protocol re: COVID-19 virus

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Prime Minister of Saint Lucia is currently in Miami with the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Sharon Belmar – George and Chief Environmental Officer Parker Ragnanan for a meeting with Carnival Corporation and Royal Caribbean chief operating executives. The objective of the meeting is to establish a Health Clearance Protocol between the Ministry of Health and the ...

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Saint Lucia hosts IMO Regional Workshop

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia hosts the Regional Workshop for Senior Maritime Administrators, organized by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Division of Maritime Affairs of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) executed plans for the Regional Workshop to be held from 5th to 6th March 2020, at the St. James’s Club. This workshop brings together Maritime ...

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Embassy of the R.O.C. (Taiwan) on “2020 Constituency development Programme” and “National Sports Facility Project”

(PRESS RELEASE) – A donation ceremony for “2020 Constituency development Programme (CDP) and National Sports Facility Project Phase II” was held at the office of Prime Minister on 20 February 2020. H.E. Ambassador Douglas Shen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Co-operatives presided over ...

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Lucelec opens safety month with sterling milestones

(PRESS RELEASE) – There are some things that are now standard at the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) launch of Health and Safety Month. Team members and contractors recite the Go Zero Pledge. And a report is provided on the company’s safety performance for the previous year. In this instance, the familiar brought an extraordinary accomplishment – one that ...

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Passing of Sir Royston Hopkin, a most unbelievable loss to hotel and tourism sector – Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart

(PRESS RELEASE) – Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart, the Caribbean’s leading hotelier has described the passing of Grenadian tourism icon, Sir Royston Hopkin as a “deep, unbelievable and shocking loss” to the regional tourism sector. Stewart who will attend Thursday’s official funeral for the hotelier in Grenada, described Sir Royston as the most extraordinary friend that someone could have. “Indeed, he was ...

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World Bank Group announces up to $12 Billion immediate support for COVID-19 country response

(PRESS RELEASE) – As COVID-19 reaches more than 60 countries, the World Bank Group is making available an initial package of up to $12 billion in immediate support to assist countries coping with the health and economic impacts of the global outbreak. This financing is designed to help member countries take effective action to respond to and, where possible, lessen ...

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Sir Arthur Lewis Community College- Transforming to meet the needs of the business community

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College has appointed a New Principal Dr. Keith Nurse who formerly served at the University of the West Indies as the World Trade Center Organization Chair, Executive Director of UWI Consulting Inc, among other impressive previous positions. Dr. Nurse has commenced charting an exciting new course for the Sir Arthur Lewis Community ...

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Castries Constituency Council remains committed to settling all outstanding union matters

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Castries Constituency Council is very satisfied with the guidance received in resolving grievances related to recent industrial action by some workers. We are pleased that the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) and the National Workers Union (NWU) were able to settle issues during a conciliatory meeting on Thursday February 27, 2020 at the Labour Department. In that ...

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The Entrepreneurship World Cup 2020 is open

(PRESS RELEASE) – SLUDTERA would like to inform our St. Lucian readers and followers that the Entrepreneurship World Cup 2020 is open and accepting applications. The Entrepreneurship World Cup (EWC) is the world’s largest entrepreneurship ecosystem. The value proposition of EWC is all about the entire experience – training, resources, connections, mentorship and more. But on top of that, we’ve ...

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