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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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Government thanks corporate sponsors

The government of Saint Lucia has extended words of gratitude to the various corporate entities that have come forward to provide support to victims of the Christmas Eve trough in one way or the other. Since the December 24, 2013 weather system occurred, a number of corporate bodies have provided material support to affected persons through the Saint Lucia Red ...

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Commentary: The importance of productivity improvement

Depending on whom you are and what your role is within society, the idea of productivity will always be different from that of your neighbour. Most business people see productivity as referring to ‘output per worker’, whilst others take a more philosophical point of view. However the truth is, productivity is a fusion of all of these ideas, as the ...

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French armed forces vessel brings humanitarian aid to St. Lucia

The Batral Dumont D’urville, a vessel of the Armed Forces of the French West Indies made a call to port Castries on Wednesday January 22, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The vessel was at Berth n°5, by the ferry terminal. It carried 30 tons (65 pallets) of humanitarian supplies for the people of Saint Lucia and Saint Vincent ...

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Digicel Business wins Ultimate Avaya Award

Full-service business solutions provider, Digicel Business, is the winner of the coveted Avaya, ‘Partner of the Year’ award. The award was presented on Thursday, January 16 at the Avaya Partner Connection Day event held in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Avaya’s Managing Director for the Caribbean and Central America, Jose Fernandez, lauded Digicel Business’ achievement saying; “We would like to congratulate ...

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New Mexico ambassador presents letters of credence to governor general

The Ambassador of Mexico, Luis Manuel López Moreno presented his letters of credence to H.E. Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of St Lucia, in a ceremony in Government House. Ambassador Lopez Moreno conveyed a message of personal fortune; prosperity and wellbeing on behalf of Mexico’s President, Enrique Peña Nieto. He also expressed his government deep regret for the damages faced ...

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LIME customers receive more Christmas gifts in January

Christmas at LIME proved to be yet another thrilling experience for the company’s customers, hundreds of whom cashed in on a huge bounty of gifts and prizes all throughout the festive season. LIME’s ‘Share the Cheer’ campaign was designed to make it as easy as possible for all of its customers to participate in the promotions and qualify for chances ...

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Looking to build an online community? Don’t start blind!

Employing some of the following suggestions might help boost your community’s growth and improve user experience. Here are five tips to whet the appetite: Define who runs the community. Every team needs a leader; designate someone to manage the overall community. He/she should be in place prior to the community’s launch, and be equipped with clear descriptions of what she ...

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Saint Lucia Crisis Centre takes on project to empower 45 women

The St. Lucia Crisis Centre (SLCC) is currently engaged in a project aimed at empowering 45 women over a two-year period. The project is funded by the U.S. State Department under the S/GWI PEPFAR GBV Small Grants awards, and is specifically designed for single mothers between the ages of 18 and 35 years of age. In keeping with SLCC’s mandate ...

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Ministry of Tourism to deliver training programme for implementation of Culture Satellite Account

A technical assistance project aimed at developing culture within Saint Lucia and other Organization of American States (OAS) countries is being developed. A Culture Satellite Account is being done through a partnership between the St. Lucian government and Secretaria de Informacion Cultural de Argentina (SInCA). That project aims to strengthen the co-operation and knowledge exchange among OAS member states in ...

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CFL tackles decline in root crop production

A “noticeable” decline in the island’s production of root crops has prompted supermarket and retail chain Consolidated Foods Limited (CFL) to embark on a partnership that seeks to reignite an interest in the sector. According to a press release, CFL has partnered with a number of organisations under this initiative. According to Dunstan Demille, perishables manager for Consolidated Foods Ltd, ...

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Derek Walcott’s new book launched

Derek Walcott’s new collection of poetry entitled, “The Poetry of Derek Walcott 1948-2013” was launched during a literary evening event at Government House on Monday, January 20. It was a night of celebration, laughs, dancing and singing. Some were there just to listen to poetry from some of the more prolific international poets of our time. The event began at ...

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Digicel extends its diaspora top up service to French West Indies

Digicel, in keeping with its promise to the people of St. Lucia, to provide affordable mobile communication and keeping them connected with the rest of the world, has embarked on a number of initiatives to enable persons within the diaspora in USA, UK and Canada, to keep in touch with their loved ones back home. These initiatives were implemented from ...

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Bay Gardens officials pay Top Chef’s Nina Compton a special visit!

Saint Lucia’s latest celebrity, Chef Nina Compton, has been making waves worldwide by cooking her way up the ladder of ‘Top Chef New Orleans – a hit TV show on Bravo. In an effort to demonstrate its support, two of Bay Gardens Resorts’ leaders decided to pay Compton a special visit, bringing the properties’ warmth along with them. Last week, ...

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Commentary: Do you listen or do you hear?

According to the International Listening Organization (www.listen.org), we listen at 125-250 words per minute, but think at 1000-3000 words per minute. Immediately after we listen to someone, we only recall about 50% of what they said. Long-term, we only remember 20% of what we hear. Wow! Imagine that! It was Stephen R. Covey who stated that, “Most people do not ...

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Digicel Business presents ICT solutions to St. Lucian businesses

Digicel Business on January 10, 2014 hosted an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Breakfast mixer at Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort to brief corporate St. Lucia on the tremendous success of the company’s expansion into providing a complete suite of ICT products and solutions to customers in the Caribbean. The ICT solutions offered by Digicel Business are tailored for each individual company, ...

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Lotto jackpot winner emerges!

The winner of the Super 6 lotto jackpot from St. Lucia has finally come forward, approximately three days after the draw. Rene Felix turned up at the St. Lucia National Lottery office in Gablewoods Mall, Sunny Acres with his winning ticket this morning. His check of ECD$355,000 – one of the largest jackpot prizes in recent times – will be ...

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Courts assists communities after floods

Courts St. Lucia continues to donate much needed items to persons affected by the recent Christmas Eve trough. A total of 60 mattresses were distributed across the communities of Bexon, Anse La Raye and Canaries on Friday, January 10 to victims identified by Red Cross. These persons were left in dire need of mattresses since the mud and silt from ...

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Business Awards corporate tables sold out

The 2014 St. Lucia Business Awards continues to attract attention and interest in its fifth year. With a record number of 79 entries, the task of the judges continues to grow as more firms from all sectors make submissions. To date, all 20 corporate tables have been sold out leaving only “elite tables,” which sit six people, and “high top” ...

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Digicel assists amputee fourth form student at Micoud Secondary School

Digicel continues to support the special needs community through its Caring Connections programme. Introduced in November 2011, Digicel has been a part of many success stories with special needs individuals, organizations and NGO’s. Denel Fredrick, a student of the Micoud Secondary School, was the latest individual who received assistance in the form of financial aid from Digicel to help him ...

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Axcel Finance pledges portion of its earnings to trough victims

Axcel Finance, the regional microfinance institution, will be donating a portion of its earnings in the month of February to victims of the trough which wreaked havoc on certain families over the holiday season. This is according to a press statement issued by Axcel’s CEO, Sam Rosenberg, earlier today. According to Rosenberg, “the Board and Management of Axcel Finance have ...

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Capella Marigot Bay Saint Lucia appoints new executive chef

Capella Marigot Bay Saint Lucia has appointed Victor Israel Garrido as its new executive chef. A press release describes Garrido as a jet-setting chef who brings a global perspective to the hotel, having served stints in Saint Lucia as well as in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. According to the release, Garrido will be responsible for ...

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New role for St. Lucian/British personality

The woman, who was the only student from her United Kingdom university chosen to have tea with Queen Elizabeth II, has landed a new publishing role. British-born, Saint Lucian citizen, Delia Dolor, host of the popular Dolor Factor Live broadcast on DBS, and managing editor of the award-winning SHE Caribbean magazine, is now editor-in-chief of an international luxury magazine, which ...

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Is public speaking part of your marketing mix?

You’ve got a strong marketing mix but does it include public speaking? Whether used to promote a company report or in-house expertise, or simply to engender brand awareness, public speaking is a powerful and often economical and organic way to get your message to key influencers and decision-makers. It’s not for everyone, though. To succeed, you must possess the following ...

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