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Smiling all the way to the bank

Digicel rewards another fortunate customer with $2,500 cash. Ali Winston David, the second lucky cash winner of the January ‘Text to Win’ promotion smiled all the way to the bank with his winnings. As is customary with Digicel’s promotions, January’s text to win was interactive, engaging and fun. Customers played the “Build your Hot Ride” game, by collecting as many ...

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Another LIME customer wins big

Sharline Dariah is the latest winner of a seven-inch Samsung Galaxy tablet computer in LIME’s exciting and bargain-filled January promotion. Dariah, a resident of Vanard, qualified for entry into the draw after she signed up for Internet service. She had already enjoyed free modem and free installation. But she was thrilled when she got a call from Beetham Celestin, a ...

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LIME introduces debt amnesty

LIME is welcoming customers back to the leading landline, Internet, mobile and cable TV network in St. Lucia over the coming weeks. In February and March, LIME customers with an outstanding balance can get up to 80 percent of their outstanding debt wiped clean. This initiative comes against the backdrop of difficult economic times, and Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s ...

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PM Anthony predicts turnaround for economy

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony says his administration will now focus on reducing the island’s debt burden, which is now estimated at 77 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP). In his first public response to the recent disclosure by the Department of Statistics that unemployment now stood at 25 percent, Anthony said the situation could “get a little worse before it ...

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CDF and CSA sign agreement

Employees of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) are now benefiting from an eight percent salary increase following the signing of a new collective agreement between the Foundation and the Civil Service Association (CSA) on Friday. Just over a dozen employees are benefiting from the pay increase which is spread over the next three years. Representatives of both parties, along with ...

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LUCELEC announces reduction in electricity tariff

The basic tariff for electricity has been reduced. Starting with bills for February and continuing the remainder of the year, the basic electricity tariff will be 2.6 cents less than the tariff for 2013. The basic tariff is what LUCELEC customers pay per unit of electricity without the fuel surcharge. It is reviewed in January of every year in accordance ...

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LIME announces January Text to Win promotion winner

Craig Pounder is looking forward to sporting his fabulous Samsung Galaxy S4 after winning the coveted handset in LIME’s January Text to Win promotion. Pounder is thrilled to be the lucky winner. A hospitality worker, he said he was surprised when he got the call from the RCI studios last Friday. He expressed his heartfelt thanks to LIME and pledged ...

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PM Anthony leaves state for ECCB meeting

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs, Planning and Social Security, Hon. Dr. Kenny D. Anthony will travel to St. Kitts and Nevis on Thursday, February 13, 2014, to chair the 78th meeting of the Monetary Council of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank at the ECCB Headquarters. The council will deliberate on the monetary and credit conditions in the ...

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Does your brand have a social voice?

Connecting with your target audience, tweeting updates to your followers, and sharing information with your supporters are tasks every business should be doing nowadays. Not only has social media revolutionized the way we can communicate with our customers, it has also changed the way brands are being built. You can be a master in getting Likes on Facebook, subscribers on ...

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Arts festival gets a $10K boost

With just one week to go before the official launching of this year’s National Arts Festival’s “ARTreach”, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) has received its first sponsor cheque of $10, 000. At the handing-over ceremony on Wednesday, Chairman and Acting Executive Director of CDF Petrus Compton welcomed the monetary support which came from the M&C Group of Companies. Compton described ...

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FAREWELL: Scotiabank Country Head Chester Hinkson retiring

After four decades, six countries and countless positions within Scotiabank, Chester Hinkson, the first native St. Lucian to head Scotiabank St. Lucia, will retire from the bank effective July 31. Hinkson has been with Scotiabank almost from its start in the country, as he joined its Collections Department on October 17, 1966, just two years after the bank first opened ...

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Four days until barrels programme ends

The public has four days to take advantage of an ongoing barrels concession. The Christmas barrels programme took effect on December 1, 2013 and will end on February 15, 2014. The exemptions of duty for this period will be limited to a maximum of two barrels per household. Barrels only containing personal items, food, clothing, toys and other household consumables ...

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Three weeks until expiration of Construction Stimulus Package

The Government of Saint Lucia will seek the consensus of Parliament on Tuesday to waive VAT on building materials included in the Construction Stimulus Package, which officially ends on February 28, 2014. Cabinet met Monday to discuss an extension of the programme, which was initially planned to expire on February 11, 2014. According to a statement from the Government Press ...

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NWU recognition applications

The National Workers Union (NWU) has submitted three recognition applications to Acting Labour Commissioner Ray Narcisse. The recognition applications are on behalf of workers employed with Secure St. Lucia Ltd., Cage St. Lucia Ltd. and Windward Islands Packaging Company Ltd. The Department of Labour is in the process of arranging pre-poll meetings at which representatives of the companies and the ...

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Possible extension of Construction Stimulus Package

Government could be considering an extension of its Construction Stimulus Package. The Construction Stimulus Package was being implemented with funds under the 2012/2013 National Budget, seeking to boost employment within the construction sector. This would also encourage low income earners to build their homes. That programme was expected to end today, Monday, February 10, 2014. However, St. Lucia News Online ...

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Digicel strengthens partnership with Tourist Board for Jazz & Arts Fest

Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts festival will be a truly extraordinary event in 2014. Extraordinary in its longevity as this year marks the 23rd successful production of the festival; extraordinary in its variety as inclusions of St Lucia’s rich musical, creative and cultural heritage will be showcased along with world renowned performers gracing the stage this year. With international performers ...

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Digicel rewards January ‘Text to Win’ winners

Ali Winston David is the second Digicel customer to go down in the company’s history books as a back-to-back winner of a Digicel customer promotion. For the month of January, customers were required to text the word ‘Cash’ to ‘7171’ and play the Digicel Hot Ride game for their chance to be 1 of 2 customers to win $2,500 cash ...

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LIME sharing more love in February

This month, love is very much in the air with Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider, LIME. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the company has another great suite of offers for customers who want to get really romantic for the season. LIME is making it easy for customers to win his and hers Alcatel T’Pop 4010A ...

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LIME and One Caribbean support Red Cross Relief Effort

“Hey, it’s the guy with the parrot.” Since 2005, when Philadelphia station WSEE started doing weather updates for the Caribbean, Joey Stevens and his sidekick, Bob The Parrot, have been growing their fan base in the region. Now with One Caribbean Television, channel 103 on LIME TV, Joey is instantly recognisable to hundreds of thousands of fans in Saint Lucia, ...

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Courts donates essential appliance to Soufriere Soup Kitchen

This donation comes just one month after the superstore presented almost $20,000 worth of Courts products, groceries and water to residents of Anse La Raye, Bexon and Canaries who were identified by NEMO as being in dire need of assistance after the Christmas Eve/ Christmas Day trough. NEMO accepted a formal letter from the president of the organization Percival McDonald ...

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UWP to launch new website and unveil 50th anniversary logo

The United Workers Party will on Wednesday February 12, launch its new website and reveal the winner of its 50th anniversary logo competition. The new website, which will go live on the same day, will offer quick and easy access to essential information on the party and is part of ongoing efforts to enhance the quality and availability of information ...

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Tourism partners benefit from Crisis Planning and Management Workshop

A Crisis Planning and Management training workshop has formed part of an overall week-long tourism training programme being facilitated by the St. Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) in collaboration with the UK charity Travel Foundation and the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA). The workshop took place on Wednesday February 5, and involved various tourism partners to include hoteliers, excursion providers, ...

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National Principal’s Association to hold Annual Education Conference

Under the theme, “Redefining Partnership: School and Optimal Haven,” the National Principal’s Association of St. Lucia’s will hold its Annual Education Conference from today, February 6-7, 2014. The forum will feature two panel discussions on February 7. The first will be done by personnel from the department of human services, a representative from the Community Relations Branch of the Royal ...

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Marketing trends for 2014

A month into 2014, marketers are still thinking about what the year will bring and how technology, connectivity, and buyer behaviour are going to affect the way businesses engage and interact with customers and prospects. In 2013, we saw email and social media continue to rise as a legitimate platform for engagement; content marketing went mainstream; and video marketing became ...

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Canada visa fee changes coming

The government of Canada is set to introduce changes to its temporary visitor visas as of February 6, 2014. The announcement was made by Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Canada – the department responsible for citizenship and immigration processing in Canada. In his statement the minister explained that the new changes were designed to appeal to “ the ...

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Coconut Bay Resort helps employees affected by trough

Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa has come to the aid of three staff members who were significantly impacted by the Christmas Eve Trough, which brought widespread destruction to public and private property throughout the island. The three employees were on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 handed with donation cheques to assist them in their ongoing recovery efforts. These staff members ...

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Capella Marigot Bay and Marina hosts “preview” reception

Capella Hotels and Resorts hosted a few influential Saint Lucians and government officials at its Capella Marigot Bay Resort and Marina on January 28 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm to “preview” enhancement plans for the hotel. During the evening’s reception, guests were introduced to these plans which included details on new restaurants, bars and other “innovative” ideas for the ...

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New “Latin Cigar Night” at Trios Restaurant in Rodney Bay

There’s a new vibe coming to Rodney Bay and it’s all about sophistication, class and the breezy Latin atmosphere. Beginning Thursday February 6, Trios Caribbean Fusion Restaurant, located beside the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa, is introducing an entirely different experience called ‘Latin Cigar Nights’. This new weekly event will feature a range of cigars that can be ordered ...

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LIAT’s “Captain Smooth” flies into retirement after 40 years

A beloved captain who safely piloted thousands throughout the region flew his final official flight for LIAT, the Caribbean airline, last week.  Scores of well-wishers gathered on the tarmac of the Grantley Adams International Airport on Friday, January 31 as Captain Keith Robertson brought in his final LIAT flight after 40 years with the airline. Before landing flight LI371 from ...

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Courts is best commercial partner for China’s largest television manufacturer

The Unicomer Group, officially trading as Courts, received the “Most Valuable Partner” award by China’s largest television manufacturer, TCL. Courts got the reward last month during the 47th Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This award recognises Unicomer Group as TCL’s best commercial partner in Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013. “It is an honour ...

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Commentary: Improved customer satisfaction can improve productivity

Most people link productivity with businesses, especially when assessing how well employees are performing, however, there are many different facets that can be looked at in relation to productivity. NCPC Communications Specialist Geraldine Bicette-Joseph states ‘To the council, national productivity is a whole made up of all of the interrelated aspects of productivity which can be found within a society.’ ...

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Carnival preparations begin

Tasked with the management and production of Lucian Carnival 2014, the Carnival Planning and Management Agency (CPMA), a body operating under the constitution of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), is already moving ahead with preparations for the event, which is due to take place this summer. The CPMA was established a few weeks ago and has since met with “all” ...

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SLBF holds AGM, new executive elected

The St. Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) held its annual general meeting on Saturday February 2, 2014 at the Olympic House with a quorum of 11 affiliates and a Ministry and Youth Development and Sports official. The proceedings began with an opening prayer by former second vice president Glen Guiste. Following this, the President Leslie Collymore gave brief welcome remarks and ...

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Coco Palm voted one of the best bargain hotels in the Caribbean

TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice awards 2014 voted Coco Palm in the top 25 of the ‘best bargain hotels in the Caribbean’. Votes are determined by customers’ reviews and value for money. General Manager of Coco Palm Jean St. Rose stated: “We are honoured to be given such an accolade from such an influential body as we know just how important this ...

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St. Lucia Project Management Institute’s Southern Caribbean Chapter to be inaugurated

Project managers in Saint Lucia are currently preparing for the inauguration of the Saint Lucia Branch of the Project Management Institute’s, Southern Caribbean Chapter (PMI-SCC). This initiative is being undertaken by a committee comprising of 11 Project Management Professionals (PMP) and  chaired by Jeanette Jn Louis-Hughes. The Saint Lucia Branch Formation Project was a decision taken during the observance of ...

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Courts gives away brand new Hyundai Elantra

Courts has given away a new Hyundai Elantra to Kimbert Zepherine of Entreport, Castries, the winner of one of its recent promotions. That promotion took place between October and December 2013 in a bid to increase awareness of the brand TCL, the world’s third largest supplier of electronics and recipients of the Global Innovative Smart TV of the Year award. ...

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Rene Felix wins $355,000 in Super 6 jackpot

Rene Felix, a 38-year-old business analyst at the Eastern Caribbean Financial Holding Company, is now $355,000 richer after winning the St. Lucia National Lottery’s (SNL) Super 6 draw. Felix was presented with his check at a short ceremony at SNL’s office at the Gablewoods Mall on Friday, one day before his 39th birthday. “It’s a little bit surprising, but I ...

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Experience a Valentine like no other with Digicel

Love is at the heart of this month’s Text to Win promotion from Digicel. February, also known as the month of love, will be celebrated by Digicel through its monthly text promotion. Digicel customers can participate by texting the word ‘LOVE’ to 7171 for their chance to win prizes designed for couples and for enjoying with that special someone. This ...

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LIAT gets sixth ATR aircraft, vows to deliver better customer service

LIAT is moving full speed ahead with the upgrade of its fleet of aircraft with the addition of another new ATR aircraft. LIAT pilots, Captain Chris Cameron and First Officer Oran Challenger with flight engineer Gregory Marcano flew the latest ATR-42 aircraft across the Atlantic from Toulouse, France, arriving at V.C. Bird International Airport in Antigua, on Sunday, January 26. ...

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LIME makes independence special for customers

LIME just keeps on rewarding its customers with mind-blowing gifts and specials. In celebration of St Lucia’s 35th Independence anniversary, the company is offering some amazing deals on LIMETV, broadband and landline services to residential customers. All customers signing up for broadband service are given 35% off the monthly fee for six months along with a free Wi-fi modem valued ...

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Another Human Resource Development Excellence award for Sandals

Sandals Resorts International has for the second consecutive year been recognized as St. Lucia’s leading company in the area of Human Resource Development Excellence. The resort chain copped the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards this past weekend ahead of other top private sector firms. According to Sandals Regional Manager for Human Resource Development in the Eastern Caribbean, Ryan Matthew, the ...

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Chamber of Commerce gets kudos from LIME

LIME has congratulated the St Lucia Chamber of Commerce on the staging of yet another spectacular St Lucia Business Awards ceremony. Chris Williams, LIME St. Lucia’s General Manager, said this year’s awards event was a further testament to the entrepreneurial spirit and commitment of St Lucia’s private sector. “The 2014 St Lucia Business Awards was another excellent celebration and the ...

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Gov’t commended for increasing water tariffs

The government of Saint Lucia is receiving kudos for its recent decision to grant a tariff increase to the Water and Sewage Company (WASCO). The tariff increase positions the utility company to become economic viable and importantly to improve service delivery. Jamaican-born Denise Forrest who has over 12 years experience in waste management, environmental management, environmental auditing and assessments and ...

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Capella Hotels and Resorts here to stay – officials

Capella Hotels and Resorts (CHR), an establishment which owns international five-star luxury hotel chains in St. Lucia, Singapore, Pedregal, Cabo San Lucas and Mexico, has said it is here to stay. The company, which assumed management of Discovery at Marigot Bay last year, held a media luncheon at the resort on Wednesday afternoon. The aim was to sensitise the public ...

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Social campaigns on Tuesdays earn highest engagement

There are good days to start a social marketing campaign, and there are better ones. Most Facebook campaigns are deployed on Fridays, but those deployed on Tuesdays generate the most customer engagement, according to a study by Yesmail Interactive, which examines the customer engagement of campaigns conducted via popular social channels. The new findings are based on a three-month study ...

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Stratosphere Muzic clears air on Ricky T’s absence from Trinidad Soca Monarch competition

Saint Lucia’s reigning Groovy and Power Soca Monarch Ricky T did not enter this year’s Trinidad Soca Monarch competition because the funds required for his trip did not materialise in a “timely manner”. Below is a press release from Stratosphere Muzic on the matter: This belief that the most important thing is to be in the Trinidad Soca Monarch competition ...

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St. Lucia’s “Business of the Year” thanks staff, customers and partners

Bay Gardens Resort has said it has received tremendous support since receiving the 2014 St. Lucia Business Awards most prestigious title – Business of the Year. Its owner Joyce Destang also secured the award for Entrepreneur of the Year. This, according to the company, came as a “pleasant surprise.” “It’s a wonderful feeling,” commented Executive Director, Sanovnik Destang. She proudly ...

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Canada’s Greater Toronto Area communities come to aid of trough victims

A first phase of fundraising efforts undertaken by the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in Toronto has yielded two 40-foot containers of relief supplies which will soon be shipped to the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in St. Lucia. The consulate general, through help from the Saint Lucian and Caribbean community in Canada and other corporate entities, was able to ...

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LUCELEC Club engages in reforestation project

St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) was one of the companies which joined Governor-General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy in a national drive to restore our forests following the devastation of Hurricane Tomas in 2010. Along with financial assistance, staff volunteered to plant trees alongside storm ravaged river banks and slopes. It was an experience that struck a chord with ...

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Super J and Ti J’s Valentines promotion promises sweet rewards for 10 years of love

One hundred married couples celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary this year will have an opportunity to win prizes just for sticking together, thanks to a new promotion launched by Super J IGA Ti J’s. “Ten years of love” – the theme of the company’s first promotion for the year, coincides with its 10th anniversary celebrations. According to a press release, ...

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Telco hosts 30th CANTO AGM to focus on broadband expansion

In promoting its strategy for broadband expansion in fostering economic development within the Caribbean, telecommunications firm LIME hosted the 30th Annual General Meeting of the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunications Operators (CANTO) at the Half Moon Hotel, Montego Bay in Jamaica from January 25-28, 2014. The event, which was held under the theme, “Strategic Alliances for Sustainable Broadband Development” looked ...

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LIME slashes USA roaming rates

LIME has dramatically cut data roaming costs for customers travelling to the USA. The new rates will be as low as just $US 0.15 per MB. LIME St Lucia General Manager Chris Williams said: “Customers have been telling me that they need better pricing for roaming to the US so we have introduced our new Roaming Plan which brings the ...

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LIAT aircraft to be repaired for steering defect

Regional carrier LIAT has informed of an incident involving its LI 775 aircraft which was en route from Antigua to Trinidad via St. Lucia today, Monday, January 27, 2014. According to the airline in a press release, “shortly before 11 a.m. the aircraft developed a steering defect while taxiing at the V.C. Bird International Airport. The aircraft was moved to ...

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Commentary: Caribbean must wake up and combat cyber crime challenge: Our economic survival depends on it

Cyber Crime is surpassing the international drug trade yet Caribbean businesses, organizations, and governments have done very little to combat this phenomenon. To put this in perspective, last year the FBI announced that revenues from global cyber-crime which includes the Caribbean, for the first time ever, exceeded drug trafficking as the most lucrative illegal global business, estimated at reaping more ...

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“I am a strong believer in reading” – Hinkson

Country Manager of Scotiabank St. Lucia Chester Hinkson, who on Saturday won the Corporate Leadership Award at the St. Lucia Business Awards, has some advice for young and aspiring successful leaders: “read, just read”. “I am a strong believer in people reading,” Hinkson said in response to a Choice reporter’s question at the end of the St. Lucia Chamber of ...

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UPDATED: Bay Gardens tops them!

The locally-owned Bay Gardens Resorts won the coveted Business of the Year Award at the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture Business’ fifth annual St. Lucia Business Awards at the Gaiety in Rodney Bay on Saturday, January 25, 2014. Sanovnik Destang, executive director of Bay Gardens Resorts, which is the recipient of several regional and international awards over ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean contributes to Caribbean Icons project

A new audio-visual project designed to increase students’ appreciation of their Caribbean heritage has received support from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank. During the recent signing of a fourth Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between CIBC FirstCaribbean and the University of the West Indies, the bank also announced that it was funding the Caribbean Icons Project, a series of educational 15-20 minute ...

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Digicel sends Glacia Evans to football match in London

Glacia Evans, a Digicel prepaid customer and resident of the Dennery village, received a once in a lifetime experience in the UK, after winning the Digicel promotion “Trip to see Chelsea verses Manchester United live.” The promotion which started in September 2013 came to an end on November 4, 2013 with Evans emerging as the successful winner of an all-expense ...

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Coco Palm cops “Top Partner of the Year” Award from Expedia Inc

Coco Palm was presented with the 2013 “Top Partner of the Year” award at the recent Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) by Expedia Inc. Expedia Inc is an American-based parent company to several global online travel brands including Expedia.com, Hotels.com, Hotwire.com, Egencia, Venere, Expedia Local Expert, Classic Vacations and eLong. Managing Director of Coco Palm Allen Chastanet said the ...

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LIAT delivers more relief supplies to St. Vincent and St. Lucia

LIAT, the Caribbean airline, continues to render assistance to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia, the two countries most affected by devastating floods last month. LIAT Cargo recently teamed up with the Antigua and Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association as well as the Bryson’s Shipping organisation to deliver more than 15,000 pounds of relief supplies to both countries. General ...

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LUCELEC generation department wins National Award of Excellence

The Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) generation department has been awarded a National Award of Excellence for outstanding contribution towards the education sector. The department was recognized for its work at the Lady Gordon Opportunity Centre (in Ciceron) where a core group of thirteen (13) members, supported by the other members of the department as needed, have volunteered since ...

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