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Fire Service Association president appreciates King’s “early intervention” — as strike continues

(SNO) — President of the Saint Lucia Fire Service Association Shane Felix said the strike action by firefighters across the island that started on March 13 is still underway despite a meeting on Thursday evening between his executive and Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Labour Stephenson King. Felix told St. Lucia News Online on Friday that as a result ...

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Saint Lucia Consumer Affairs Department reports high rate of redress

(SNO) –The Consumer Affairs Department in Saint Lucia is reporting a high rate of redress from complaints made by people who purchase items on the island. However, the department stated that in order for their issues to be address, consumers must make a report to the Complaints and Investigation Unit at the department. “The point of intervention of my department ...

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NCPC spearheads National Competitiveness Agenda for St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC) via funding from Compete Caribbean commenced work on the National Competitiveness Agenda for St. Lucia. The National Competitiveness Agenda, once completed. will provide the NCPC with the framework to measure how well St. Lucia is performing as it relates to various actions, policies and initiatives undertaken to improve the island’s ...

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St. James’s Club Morgan Bay St. Lucia honours employees at Independence Day Staff Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) — On February 22, 2019, the management and employees of the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay St. Lucia once again gathered as one in a moment of celebration, thankfulness and great appreciation for our family of employees. Management, under the patronage of Senior Vice President of Operations, Mr. Mark A. Grebby, and Resort Manager Mrs. Marina Francois Barthelmy, ...

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Massy Stores honours its employees at annual awards ceremony

(PRESS RELEASE) — Massy Stores is once again recognizing the dedicated work and commitment of its team members. The company held its 2019 Annual Staff Recognition Awards ceremony at the Sandals Halcyon recently. Company officials say the annual event is an opportunity to say thank you to those whose performance on the job ensures that Massy Stores can continue to ...

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Gov’t says it is listening to concerns of public officers

(SNO) — Under pressure from several unions on the island over the slow pace of salary negotiations for the 2016 to 2019 triennium, the Allen Chastanet-led administration has said it is in fact listening to the concerns of public officers. The matter has ignited disruptions in the public service earlier this week with teachers and students staying away from school ...

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Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are still down for some users around the world

(THE VERGE) — Facebook and Instagram appear to be partially down for some users around the world today. While you can open both platforms and some services appear to have been restored, users are reporting issues with sending messages on Messenger, posting to the feed on all Facebook products, and accessing other features on Facebook.com, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Even Facebook-owned ...

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Honda recalls 1.2M more vehicles with dangerous air bags

DETROIT (AP) — A type of Takata air bag inflator once thought to be safe has now come under scrutiny after a crash and explosion in Maryland injured the driver of a Honda minivan. The incident forced Honda on Tuesday to recall about 1.2 million vehicles in North and Central America from the 2001 to 2016 model years that were ...

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Caribbean Association of Banks to attend 2019 FIBA AML Conference

(PRESS RELEASE) — The North American and Caribbean basin financial sector will meet in coming days for a significant anti-money laundering (AML) event. The Florida International Bankers Association (FIBA) is staging its 19th AML Compliance Conference in Miami, Florida, USA, March 11th to 13th. The theme of this year’s gathering is Shaping The Future Of The Fight Against Financial Crime. ...

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Kia, Hyundai recall over 500,000 cars over engine fire risk

(USA TODAY) — Hyundai and Kia are recalling over 500,000 vehicles as both companies continue to be investigated by the federal government. The largest individual recall involves about 380,000 Kia Soul vehicles from 2012 to 2016 with 1.6-liter engines. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documents, high exhaust gas temperatures can cause damage to the catalytic converter, which can ...

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British Airways lauds St. Lucia luxury resort

(PRESS RELEASE) — St. Lucia’s renowned luxury resort Anse Chastanet has received a British Airways Customer Excellence Award for 2018 with an impressive overall rating of 9.1 out of 10. Speaking from Germany, where she is attending one of the world’s leading travel trade shows, ITB Berlin, resort Executive Director Karolin Troubetzkoy attributed the award not only to location, but ...

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Retail prices for LPG cylinders decreased

(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 LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price of gasoline, diesel and kerosene remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday, March 4, 2019: ...

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Insurance companies challenged to introduce more affordable critical illness plans

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Executive Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Yulit Gordon, has challenged insurance companies to introduce more affordable critical illness plans so that more persons can have access and be adequately prepared for critical illnesses. She said that contributing to the fear factor in dealing with illnesses like cancer is that persons face difficulties in acquiring health insurance ...

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American Airlines drops prices to Saint Lucia from Miami

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is pleased with the reduction in airfares for flights between Miami, Florida and Saint Lucia. With even more direct flight options available to the destination, American Airlines is now offering round-trip fares for as low as US$363 from Miami. You can now book your vacation to the ‘World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ at ...

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Artificial leg manufacture center open in Carellie, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities (NCPD), through the assistance of the Australian government’s Direct Aid program, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, has officially launched a prosthetic leg manufacture center at its head office in Carellie, Castries. Four Saint Lucians—three of whom use ...

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New luxury resort to break ground in St. Lucia this year

(PRESS RELEASE) — Caribbean Galaxy Real Estate Corporation has announced it will break ground later this year for construction of the Canelles Resort, which includes Dreams & Zoetry, offering 330 beachfront rooms overlooking the Atlantic Ocean to the South, together with an oceanfront residence with 380 apartments. The dual resorts – Dreams and Zoetry – will offer restaurants, bars, conference ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts awarded St. Lucia’s first Green Globe Gold

(PRESS RELEASE) — Bay Gardens Resorts has been awarded St. Lucia’s first Green Globe Gold member certification. Three of the resort group’s five properties have been awarded this global certification for sustainable tourism – Bay Gardens Beach Resort and Spa, Bay Gardens Hotel and Bay Gardens Inn. Green Globe’s Gold Member status is awarded to members that have been certified ...

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Saint Lucia opposition leader proposes ‘controlled vending’ for coconut vendors

(SNO) — In light of the eviction of coconut vendors from the Gros Islet Highway by the Gros Islet Constituency Council (GICC), Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre is proposing a system of controlled vending for them. He agreed that vending along the busy thoroughfare created some measure of concern and there should be need for monitoring but questioned whether eviction ...

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Saint Lucia home fetches hefty US$15-million price tag

(SNO) — A house in Saint Lucia has been raising a few eyebrows in the real estate world because of its hefty US$15-million price tag. The property, which forms part of Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, was featured by Fredrik Eklund on his Emmy-nominated hit television series “Million Dollar Listing: New York” on Bravo TV, recently. Eklund is a ...

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Saint Lucian named head of regional Citizenship by Investment body

(SNO) — Saint Lucian Nestor Alfred has been named the chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Program Association (CIPA), a regional body that is made up of Citizenship by Investment (CUI) unit heads of countries that have such investment programs. Alfred, who is head of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, was appointed on January 31. CIPA is a regional ...

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Castries market re-development first phase takes shape following consultations

(PRESS RELEASE) — – The Castries Constituency Council on Monday enjoyed a pleasant and positive consultative meeting with vendors of the provisions market. The consultation was not the first with the vendors, and focused on the first phase of the Market Redevelopment Project which would result in the relocation of the provisions market vendors to facilitate the extension and construction ...

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Export Saint Lucia assists young entrepreneur with entry into UK market

(PRESS RELEASE) — There continues to be significant strides in the export of agricultural products from Saint Lucia. Recently, Mangal Trading, spearheaded by young entrepreneur Nila Mangal, successfully shipped a consignment of bananas, plantains, and cucumbers to a buyer in the United Kingdom. According to Mangal, the journey towards this recent export of produce has been a difficult one, having faced ...

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St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet listed among the best

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia’s iconic Jade Mountain Resort has received more top international travel accolades while its sister resort Anse Chastanet continues to be recognized by the world’s most discriminating travelers. Naming Jade Mountain the number one “Best Hotel in the Caribbean”, U.S. News & World Report rhapsodized about the resort’s high-rise vistas of The Pitons, with architecture that ...

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Bay Gardens honours St. Lucians at Independence

(PRESS RELEASE) — In celebration of St. Lucia’s 40th anniversary of independence on Friday, February 22, 2019, Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia is offering St. Lucian residents 40 percent off food and beverage all day long on Independence Day. Sanovnik Destang, executive director of the St. Lucian family-owned-and-operated group of hotels, said Bay Gardens’ award-winning culinary team was gearing up ...

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CSA concerned about fate of St. Lucia Marketing Board employees

(SNO) — The St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has written to government officials requesting an update, on behalf of their members, on the pending closure of the St. Lucia Marketing Board (SLMB) In one of the two letters — both of which were sent to the media on Thursday — the CSA said it is concerned that their members ...

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Clinton Reynolds loses SLTA job

(SNO) — Veteran journalist and communications/media specialist Clinton Reynolds is job hunting again. According to reliable sources,  Reynolds is no longer working at the St. Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) because his position was made “redundant”. His last day of work as chief communications officer was on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, reliable sources confirmed. He joined the SLTA on April 23, ...

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Gov’t committed to having Saint Lucians “feel the change” of unemployment decline

(SNO) — Buoyed by statistics which show unemployment levels dropped in Saint Lucia in the last quarter of 2018, the government said it is committed to having the ordinary person on the streets feel the change. Nicole McDonald, senior communications officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said statistics also showed that the Saint Lucian economy rose by three ...

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Scotiabank agrees to pay out merit increases, NWU says

(PRESS RELEASE) — The management of the Bank of Nova Scotia has agreed to pay out merit Increases to its employees of all its operational units. For months, the National Workers Union (NWU), the bargaining agent for the employees, made the request but it would appear that the demand fell on deaf ears. However, regional executives from Scotiabank flew in ...

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Saint Lucia in discussions with EU on foreign-investor tax regime

(SNO) — With Saint Lucia under pressure from the European Union (EU) to amend or abolish a regime which gives foreign companies and their employees certain tax exemptions, the Allen Chastanet-led government is said to be in discussion with the organization on the matter. Nicole McDonald, senior communication officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said the island stands by ...

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Politically Incorrect discontinued

(SNO) — Another talk show in Saint Lucia bites the dust. Politically Incorrect, hosted by Christopher Hunte on Choice TV, has been discontinued by the company. In a message posted on its website on Monday, the television station’s parent company, Mediazone Productions Inc., said they decided to discontinue production of the show after a “most recent review”, and thanked Hunte ...

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EU puts Saint Lucia on notice

(SNO) — The European Union (EU) has written to the Allen Chastanet-led government that it should abolish a tax preferential regime for foreign companies working here, by December 31, 2019, or the island could be placed on the EU’s list of non-cooperative jurisdictions. The regime, which gives foreign companies and their employees certain tax exemptions, was described as harmful by ...

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Fuel price adjustments

(PRESS RELEASE) — Thepublic 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 LPG 20 and 22 lb cylinders, gasoline and diesel remains unchanged. The prices of LPG 100 lb cylinder and kerosene have been changed. The price changes take effect from Monday ...

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Two lucky St. Lucians win Super 6 lotto jackpots

(PRESS RELEASE) — The year has started off in high gear for St. Lucia National Lottery (SNL) and most certainly for gamers. Two lucky gamers experienced a life-changing experience in January after playing Super 6: Victorin Weekes and Viventian Stephen are the latest winners of Super 6 jackpots. Weekes, who won $480,000 on Friday, January 18, 2019, appeared very calm ...

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Digicel says new fibre optic cable system will change the way St. Lucians work, play, learn and live

(PRESS RELEASE) — Digicel, your total communications and entertainment provider in the Caribbean, is today pledging to the government and every business in Saint Lucia: the new fibre optic cable system (currently under construction) will be a total game changer. CEO of Digicel St. Lucia, Siobhan James-Alexander, said: “Digicel Fibre will change the way we work, play, learn and live ...

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‘Newsspin’ to be replaced by new show

(SNO) — Tamara Gibson, managing director of Radio Caribbean 1982 Limited, has disclosed that its popular midday talk show ‘Newsspin’, on Radio Caribbean Internatioal (RCI), is no more. Also out is its host Early Huntley, the former St. Lucian diplomat. He had replaced long-time host Timothy Poleon who was fired recently over alleged conflict of interest. Poleon will start a ...

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Chastanet has “encouraging news” for Saint Lucia — King too

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed satisfaction with the latest statistics on the country’s unemployment rate. Writing on Facebook, Chastanet said unemployment for the fourth quarter of 2018 was “7 percentage points less than that of 2017, dropping from 23.2% to 16.2%”. Overall youth unemployment has been “reduced by 2.2%, from 38.5% to 36.2%,” Chastanet also disclosed. “Some ...

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Three additional black water pools commissioned at Sulphur Springs Park

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) proudly announces the commissioning of three additional pools to its operational site at the Sulphur Springs Park. The project was conceived with the primary aim of responding to some of the numerous concerns of congestion from operating with a single pool, particularly during the months of increased visitor arrival. The construction ...

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Timothy Poleon joins Real FM

(SNO) — Award-winning veteran local journalist Timothy Poleon will commence his talk show on Real FM on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, the radio station has announced. Poleon was sacked by Radio Caribbean International (RCI) where he had hosted the popular midday talk show “News Spin”. Former Saint Lucia diplomat and retired civil servant Earl Huntley has replaced Poleon who was fired about ...

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Labour minister Stephenson King said unemployment further reduced: “More citizens working”

(SNO) — Under the heading “More Citizens Now Working”, Labour Minister Stephenson King has announced a reduction in unemployment over the last quarter. Writing on his Facebook page earlier today (Feb. 8), King said he is “heartened” by the news. He said official statistics show that overall unemployment declined to 16.2% from 23%, and youth unemployment, from 41% to 36%. ...

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Officials: Port single window to improve the ease of doing business in St. Lucia (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Government is seeking to simplify the administrative processes and procedures in reference to goods entering and leaving the country. In 2009, Cabinet gave permission for the establishment of a ‘Port Community Single Window’ to increase St. Lucia’s competitiveness in regards to the trading of goods. In a thrust to improve St. Lucia’s ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking ...

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SLASPA announces the architect for the HIA Redevelopment Project

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) is delighted to announce CBRE | Heery, Inc. (CBRE | Heery) as the architect for the Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) Redevelopment Project. CBRE | Heery is a leading full-service architecture, interior design, engineering, programand construction management firm with multiple offices throughout the United States of America. The Miami office ...

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Company to implement ATM network, related technology for St. Lucia credit unions

(CaribPR Wire) — Bevertec CST Inc., a leading provider of retail financial services technology and services in the Caribbean and worldwide, is pleased to announce that the company has reached an agreement with Capita Financial Services Inc. (Barbados) to implement an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) network and related technology to serve the credit unions of St. Lucia. The ATM driving, ...

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LIAT in partnership agreement with CaribbeanEvents.com

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 6, CMC – The Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, has entered into a partnership agreement with Caribbeanevents.com, the recently launched website featuring events and festivals scheduled throughout the Caribbean. Caribbeanevents.com founder, Nerdin St. Rose, said the described the partnership as “timely’ given that the calendar of Caribbean events and festivals have grown significantly and the Barbados-based Caribbean ...

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NWU and Blue Waters sign agreement: workers to get wage increase and back pay

(PRESS RELEASE) — The management of Blue Waters (St. Lucia) Ltd and the National Workers Union (NWU) signed their first industrial agreement today, Wednesday, February 6, 2019. The official ceremony took place at the Department of Labour at which the leadership of the NWU, shop steward and management of the company affixed their signatures to the new industrial accord. Workers ...

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Saint Lucia’s finance department to implement three-year strategic plan (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Finance has partnered with the Caribbean Centre for Development Administration (CARICAD) in the development of a strategic plan, aimed at positioning the department as a leader in public financial management, with excellence in service delivery and fiscal stability whilst enabling the sustained socio-economic well-being of all Saint Lucians. The Department of Finance has developed ...

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Early Huntley replaces Timothy Poleon on ‘News Spin’

(SNO) — Former Saint Lucia diplomat and retired civil servant Earl Huntley is now the new host of popular midday talk show “News Spin” on Radio Caribbean International (RCI). Huntley took over the reigns following the sacking of veteran journalist Timothy Poleon. Poleon was reportedly fired a few days ago in connection with his registration of a company under which ...

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Anse de Sable, Vieux-Fort to be developed

(PRESS RELEASE) – Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) is in the process of developing a master plan for the Anse de Sable area in Vieux-Fort, as part of the overall redevelopment plan for the southern town. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Roderick Cherry remarked, “Invest Saint Lucia owns a large portion of land in Vieux-Fort and it has always been the Corporation’s ...

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St. Lucia News Online is back on Whatsapp!

St. Lucia News Online (SNO), www.stlucianewsonline.com, your #1 online news source, is back on Whatsapp! Have a news tip, story to tell, videos/photos for publication, article complaint or clarification? Save our number on your phone, exactly as this, + 1 758 712 6700, and then send us a message so we can also save your number. That way, you can ...

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Attention Saint Lucia: 100,000 startups being targeted for 2019 Entrepreneurship World Cup

(PRESS RELEASE) — SLUDTERA would like to inform interested entrepreneurs in St. Lucia, the Caribbean and Latin America, that 100,000 startups are being targeted to compete in the 2019 Entrepreneurship World Cup! Startup Huddle St. Lucia, a program hosted by SLUDTERA, can be the platform used to prepare St. Lucian entrepreneurs who are interested in applying to compete in the ...

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Ministry of Commerce to hold third Valentine’s Day Showcase

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministry of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs will be hosting its 3rd Valentine’s Day Showcase under the theme “Artistic Expressions of Love” on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 on the ground floor of the Castries Carpark Facility, Waterfront, Castries from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. In its continuing efforts to promote entrepreneurship, clients ...

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SNL SUV winner revealed!

(PRESS RELEASE) — Corina Richelieu of Carellie is the winner of a brand new Hyundai Creta SUV in the SNL “Driven to Win” Christmas promotion. The announcement was made after the official draw which took place at Beachcomber on Friday, January 19, 2019. During the months of November and December, players participated in SNL’s Christmas Promotion “Driven to Win” which ...

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Dennery man wins $15,000 home makeover

(PRESS RELEASE) — Leon Brin of Dennery is the grand prize winner of a home makeover valued at EC$15,000 in Digicel’s 2018 Christmas promotion dubbed, ‘The Gift of More’. Brin, who has been a Digicel customer for more than eight years, was all smiles when he was officially presented with his winnings which included household items and a complete paint ...

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Bay Gardens in St. Lucia offers guests free, unlimited access to popular water park

(PRESS RELEASE) – Effective February 1, 2019, guests of Bay Gardens Resorts will enjoy complimentary, unlimited access to St. Lucia’s only open-water sports park, Splash Island Water Park. Previously, guests were limited to six one-hour passes per room, however, the St. Lucian group of hotels has now added the full water sports experience to the value-added amenities it offers. “We ...

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SLBS warns of illegal cigarettes in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) is warning the public that there are illegal cigarettes on the island and they should not be purchased. The organization said it is currently working with the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority and the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority to control pilfering during the transportation and disposal process. ...

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