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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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Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa gets 2014 Couple’s Choice Award from renowned website

Last week, the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa was presented with the prestigious 2014 Couples’ Choice Award from internationally renowned website, WeddingWire.com. The award, which recognizes Bay Gardens’ wedding services as amongst the top 5 percent of those offered nationwide, was presented based on reviews from past clients who ‘tied the knot’ at the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & ...

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ARC gives back

Many of us associate the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) with just the annual yachting race. However, the ARC has also been making a substantial contribution to various spheres of Saint Lucia’s society. This was evident last Thursday when Managing Director of World Cruising Club (WCC), Andrew Bishop, made two check presentations to two local organizations. Bishop, whose organization manages ...

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St. Lucia Business Awards 2013 nominees announced

The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture today (January 15) announced the nominees for the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards scheduled to take place on January 25, 2014 at the Gaiety on Rodney Bay. With a significant increase in submissions, from 67 to 79, over the 2013 awards, the judges were able to determine three nominees in most ...

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Digicel continues to assist with financial burdens, $5,000 cash to be given away

For 2014, Digicel will continue to reward customers with exciting, interactive monthly ‘Text to Win’ promotions. January’s promotion requires customers to text the word ‘Cash’ to ‘7171’ for a chance at being two customers to walk away with $2,500 cash each. Continuing with an element of interaction and fun, Digicel has built-in a creative twist to the promotion to include ...

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EC Global begins making payments to policyholders through LPP

Some residents in the north and south of the island have been given a head start in restoring their livelihoods following the Christmas Eve trough. This, as EC Global Insurance Company Limited has begun making payments to policyholders under its Livelihood Protection Policy (LLP). According to a press release, EC Global Insurance Company Limited this week began its first payout ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean gives $50,000 to NEMO and Red Cross

CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank has presented the St. Lucia Red Cross and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) with $50,000 for rehabilitation efforts following the Christmas Eve trough. A total of $25,000 was handed over to each organisation at a short ceremony at the bank’s office in Castries on Tuesday morning. The money given to Red Cross will go towards ...

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Saint Lucia continues to receive support

Saint Lucia continues to receive support in response to the Christmas Eve trough. In a letter dated January 6, 2014, the resident coordinator of the Office of the United Nations in Bridgetown, Barbados informed Saint Lucia’s prime minister that the United Nations had dispatched USD$51, 731.05 in aid to Saint Lucia. The supplies included water purification tablets, as well as ...

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Three sectors benefit from millions of dollars in grant funding from Taiwan

The government of Republic of China (Tiawan) has made three significant disbursements of grant funding totalling EC$13.1 million to the government of Saint Lucia for capital projects. At a short handing-over ceremony at the Office of the Prime Minister on Monday, January 13, 2014, Taiwanese Ambassador James Chang presented Prime Minister Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony with three cheques: the ...

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Virgin Atlantic flight incident at Hewanorra Airport being investigated

An incident involving a Virgin Atlantic aircraft at the Hewanorra International Airport during the December 24, 2013 trough is under investigation. According to regional media, the landing gear of a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A330-300 which flew in from Tobago was damaged when it touched down on a flooded runway at the Hewanorra Airport on Christmas Eve. A report on Caribbean ...

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1st National Bank appoints new managing director

Saint Lucia’s longest standing financial institution 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited has appointed a new managing director. Andy Delmar, a Saint Lucian with 23 years of experience in the Caribbean banking and financial services sector, took the helm on January 3, 2014. President of 1st National Bank, Dr. Charmaine Gardner, said Delmar’s appointment comes at a time when the ...

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Coca-Cola/Du Boulay Bottling Co. comes to the aid of flood victims

The generosity towards victims of the Christmas Eve flooding continues with the local distributors of Coca-Cola donating some 4,500 bottles of Crystal Clear water to the St. Lucia Red Cross today. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Du Boulays’ Bottling Company, Dunstan Du Boulay, presented the water as part of the ongoing relief efforts following the severe trough that resulted in ...

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Operations temporarily halted at George F.L. Charles Airport following bomb threat

Operations were halted at the George F.L Charles (Vigie) Airport in Castries for approximately two hours on Friday morning (January 10, 2014) following a bomb scare. Both police sources and the Saint Lucia Air and Seaport Authority (SLASPA) have confirmed the incident. According to a statement from SLASPA, the bomb threat was made at about 9:30 a.m. “The airport’s evacuation ...

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Methodist Church committee gears up to host regional meeting

Plans are nearing completion for the hosting of the South Caribbean District Council Meeting of the Methodist Church in the Caribbean and the Americas carded for St Lucia from January 15-22, 2014. A committee headed by Tanya Warner and including the Superintendent Minister Rev. Philbert S. Delaney, has been working feverishly to get things in place for the meeting which ...

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LIAT receives notice of penalty from ECCAA for November incident

Regional carrier LIAT has said it has received a notice of penalty from the Eastern Caribbean Civil Aviation Authority (ECCAA) in connection with an incident which occurred on November 2, 2013. Details of that incident were not given but a press release states that the airline’s management “is reviewing these findings with its advisors and will engage ECCAA in discussion.” ...

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Digicel brightens January for Customers with shopping sprees valued up to $20,000

As Digicel remains focused on rewarding its extraordinary customer’s island wide through its ‘Brighten Someone’s Life’ promotion, two lucky winners will be surprised this month with exciting shopping sprees valued at $10,000 each. January has traditionally been known as the “hard” month or the month where cash is limited and persons are strapped for cash. This January, Digicel will seek ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean helps with clean up efforts in countries affected by trough

People in three Caribbean islands affected by the Christmas Eve weather system that caused significant flood and landslide damage will receive some additional welcome assistance from CIBC FirstCaribbean. The bank has donated $200,000 EC for relief for persons trying to rebuild and recover following the passage of the weather system. The funds, donated through the bank’s CIBC FirstCaribbean ComTrust Foundation, ...

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CFL gives $50,000 to the community for 10th anniversary celebrations

Not all companies can endure long enough to be able to celebrate their 10th anniversary, but Consolidated Foods Limited (CFL), St. Lucia’s largest supermarket and retail chain has. The company, today (January 9, 2014), in observance of this, announced that it will give back $50,000 to the community as a way of thanking Saint Lucians for their patronage over the ...

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How to use Facebook timeline for business

The Social Media Examiner has distilled five ways businesses have hit the ground running on Facebook Timeline. You can use these examples to help make your Facebook Timeline richer for storytelling and more actionable for sales. Here are five tips based on the success stories of these heavy-hitters and Timeline movers-and-shakers: Note your interesting milestones. Does your brand have a ...

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Digicel brightens customers’ lives across St. Lucia with $50,000 cash

Digicel for the month of December rewarded many of its extraordinary customers island wide through its Brighten Someone’s Christmas promotion. To date eight customers from various communities in St Lucia have walked away with $5,000 cash each. Sabina Elibox and Sean Maxwell prepaid and postpaid customers respectively got the pleasant surprise that they were each winners of $5,000 cash in ...

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Junior Arrangers Workshop – Level 2 scheduled for this month

A workshop focused on providing practical skills and “valuable knowledge” as a strategy to build St. Lucia’s skilled leaders and steel pan professionals will be held here later this month. The Training, Promotion & Development Department of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) announced that its Junior Arrangers Workshop –Level2 is scheduled for January 18 and 25, 2014 at the CDF ...

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Suriname gives support to St. Lucia

The government of the Republic of Suriname has responded to Saint Lucia’s call for assistance to deal with the effects of the Christmas Eve trough, which claimed six lives, left many homeless and damaged infrastructure. In a diplomatic note dated January 6, 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Suriname communicated that a monetary donation of XCD$500,000 ...

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UNICEF assisting children in St. Lucia and other flood-impacted countries

Flood-ravaged St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines are getting UNICEF assistance to ensure that scores of children can return to the classroom – and to happiness – as school resumes from the Christmas break. With the educational sector in both countries being hard hit by widespread damage from the December 24 floods, the UNICEF Office for the Eastern ...

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Taiwan gives St. Lucia half a million dollars for humanitarian aid

The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has made available approximately half a million dollars to victims of the Christmas Eve trough through a humanitarian assistance grant. Taiwan’s Ambassador to St. Lucia James Chang presented Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony with a check of over EC$534, 000 (US$200,000) at a short handing-over ceremony on January 6, 2014. Dr. Anthony ...

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COMMENTARY: Did Neal and Massey Group save CFL?

Just about six months after the purchase of GL Food Market by Saint Lucia’s main supermarket chain, operated by Consolidated Foods Ltd (CFL), Neal & Massey Group has acquired a 60 percent shareholding in CFL, with the remaining 40 percent in local hands of Gablewoods Supermarket, JQ Charles and some 200 staff members. This arrangement, which was signed and sealed ...

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No job losses Chastanet assures as CFL goes into foreign control

Veteran St. Lucian businessman Michael Chastanet has assured that there will be no job losses as a result of the acquisition of majority shares by regional conglomerate Neal & Massy in Consolidated Foods Limited (CFL), St. Lucia’s largest supermarket and retail chain. Chastanet, the former chairman of CFL, expressed confidence that CFL employees will remain employed under the new foreign ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts to offer inclusive watersports options

Bay Gardens Resorts, a chain of locally owned and operated hotels situated in Rodney Bay Village, has officially announced that it will begin offering its guests complimentary, non-motorized water sport equipment this January. In the coming weeks, guests of the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and loyalty card holders at the Bay Gardens Hotel & Inn will have free ...

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Digicel provides food items to victims of surface trough

Digicel staff members partnered with the St. Lucia Red Cross to bring a bit of sunshine to the affected families of Anse la Raye, with food packages to aid their recovery efforts. With torrential rains causing widespread destruction throughout St Lucia, many families in the communities of Bexon, Anse La Raye, Canaries, Soufriere, Laborie and Vieux Fort were in dire ...

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Courts shares the joy with the needy islandwide

In a period when the economic crisis businesses face worldwide prompts a review of financial spending, St. Lucia’s leading retailer of top brand appliances, electronics and furniture products has donated thousands of dollars’ worth of products to the needy island-wide. The campaign “Courts Wish List” which is in its fourth year of existence, has modified the living conditions of just ...

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Dr Julian Robert Hunte approved for award of Knight Commander

Dr Julian Robert Hunte is being given the award of Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (KCMG) for outstanding contribution to the public and private sector in Saint Lucia and the Commonwealth Caribbean community. “Throughout his career, Dr Hunte has held a number of key positions in public life and national planning and development,” a ...

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Gov’t names accounts for donations

The Government says cash donations towards the recovery efforts can be made to the following accounts in the name of the Government of Saint Lucia: First National Bank 6002660 RBTT 1800300000047196 Royal Bank of Canada 1002252 Bank of Nova Scotia 2002817 Bank of St. Lucia 901300136 First Caribbean International Bank 106962170 Meanwhile, the Government is thanking citizens, corporate entities and ...

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LIAT an essential service, says acting CEO

The head of LIAT says the regional carrier should be regarded as an essential service whose disruption could endanger life, personal safety, health of the population and jeopardise the economies of the region. Speaking to private sector stakeholders in Dominica this week, Julie Reifer-Jones said given the importance of LIAT to the economies of the region, this service should be ...

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Special appeal to Diaspora

A special appeal has been made by Ambassador Sonia Johnny of the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington to members of the Diaspora for items for those affected by the December 24 trough. The appeal is for toiletries, blankets, shoes, food and clothes and cleaning supplies. The embassy, Johnny said, is in the process of mobilising and putting into place ...

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LIAT helps through Red Cross relief effort

LIAT is working with the Barbados Red Cross Society to send cases of canned goods, bottled water, diapers, milk, formula and cereal, toiletries and other needed emergency supplies to the persons affected by last week’s severe flooding. “Whatever it takes, we will do it to get urgent relief to our brothers and sisters in St. Lucia,” stated Jean Holder, chairman ...

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Courts donates too

The management of Unicomer (Saint Lucia) Limited, which trades as Courts St. Lucia, is providing support to those hardest hit in the Christmas Eve/Christmas Day disaster. A Courts team, comprising the company’s marketing, sales and warehouse departments, visited residents of Bexon and Canaries on Friday in an effort to provide emergency relief supplies in the form of water, mattresses and ...

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Digicel, Red Cross partner to provide assistance to flood victims

Digicel has joined with the St Lucia Red Cross for the donation of 6,000 1.5 litre bottles of water, food items, cleaning supplies and volunteers. Over 1,500 families were affected by rains from the surface trough on December 24. Due to the unexpected flash flooding, many families in the communities of Anse La Raye, Bexon, Canaries, Soufriere and Vieux Fort ...

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LIME restores full service islandwide

LIME says it has successfully restored telecommunications services to all the affected communities in Saint Lucia that experienced service interruption caused by the passage of a severe weather system on Christmas Eve. Approximately 20 per cent of LIME’s infrastructure, primarily in the south of the island, was affected. All of the company’s underground fibre and equipment have now been fully ...

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Ladera supports local food producers

Dasheene restaurant located at the luxury Ladera resort in Soufriere has reissued its commitment to providing the best in authentic Caribbean cuisine. Ladera’s General Manager Olivier Bottois and his Saint Lucian culinary team continue to innovate and attract tourists with their “farm to fork” programme; working together with over 80 local farmers and fishermen. Bottois is a born “foodie” and ...

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LIME helps Christmas storm victims

LIME has come to the assistance of citizens who were affected by the storm that devastated the island on Christmas Eve. The company has arranged for the distribution of over 550 cases of bottled water to residents in Bexon, Canaries and Anse La Raye. Bexon, Canaries and Anse La Raye were among the worst-hit areas, with numerous residents affected by ...

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Digicel service restored

Digicel says 100 per cent service has now been restored on its network. “The network remained fully operational in the north of the island throughout the heavy rains and winds. There was some damage done to sites in Soufriere which impacted the service of customers in Soufriere and Choiseul; however the Digicel technicians, dispatched at dawn on Christmas day, worked ...

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LIME nears full service restoration

LIME is reporting that its Internet, mobile, landline and TV services which were temporarily affected in certain communities are nearing restoration. Repair crews from LIME and technology partner Ericsson were engaged across the island in the immediate aftermath of the storm to address all outstanding issues, and have been working around the clock to ensure that the island gets reconnected ...

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LIAT sends condolences

The board of directors, management and staff of LIAT have sent condolences to those affected by the rains in St. Vincent, St. Lucia and Dominica. “LIAT has received with regret the news of the loss of life, devastation, and human suffering caused by Tuesday’s torrential rains,” Acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones said in a message to the prime ministers ...

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Saint Lucia National Youth Council celebrates another year

“Caribbean youth continue to show positive signs of social consciousness and interest in their Development.” This was the view expressed by the President of the St. Lucia National Youth Council and Chairman of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council, Timothy Ferdinand, in a recent interview on the past year “The past year has been dubbed a compact one for the St. ...

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Electricity system situation update #1

Following the heavy rains and severe lightning of yesterday and last night, the following is an update on the status of the national electricity infrastructure and electricity outages. St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has initiated its emergency response systems and a thorough system status check is currently underway. At this point we are aware that the following major areas ...

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“Boots” walks on

Very few call him Kennedy, his given name, preferring the familiar and folksy “Boots”. But whatever the name by which he was called, everyone recognised him as the face of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and a champion of arts and culture in Saint Lucia and the OECS. Last Friday, Chairman of CDF Petrus Compton announced to CDF’s management and ...

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Shamrock Sports Club spreads Christmas cheer

The Shamrock Sports Club spread Christmas cheer Sunday by presenting a hamper to one of its retired senior members. Leading the presentation was newly-elected president Marvelle Modeste, who handed over the hamper to Ulric Reece, who became a member of Shamrock in 1964. The 84-year-old Reece, who went on to serve the club in the capacities of president on two ...

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Digicel fetes Castries children

As part of its ‘Brighten someone’s Christmas’ promotion, Digicel last Wednesday visited communities in the north of St Lucia to brighten Children’s Christmas. This initiative builds on the recently-held Digicel Children’s Christmas parties hosted in the communities of Dennery, Canaries and Vieux Fort, where over 500 children received gifts and were entertained by the Digicel team and Santa Claus. Inspired ...

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Digicel acquires submarine fibre assets across the Caribbean region

Digicel today announced that it has reached an agreement with the Guadeloupe-based Loret Group and with Caribbean Fibre Holdings to acquire a submarine fibre network across the Caribbean region. Digicel will acquire Middle Caribbean Network, Southern Caribbean Fibre, Antilles Crossings and a number of related assets from Global Caribbean Fibre. This deal will provide Digicel with a wholly owned submarine ...

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Super J IGA shares this Christmas

Christmas is the season of sharing and cheering and with merrymaking in the air, Super J IGA has endeavoured to share with its ‘Catch De Christmas Spirit Promotion’. The promotion encompasses a playful extraction from St. Lucia’s a rich culture with Pi Banan in all its zest and glory being featured as ‘De Christmas Spirit’. Every week, customers spending $100 ...

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LIME shares the cheer with Carmen Rene Memorial

LIME contributed lunch bags, water bottles and other goodies to students of the Carmen Rene Memorial special education class during their recent Christmas treat. Teacher Ameina Storey-Philip had wanted to give her 11 students a really special treat, and decided to throw them a Christmas party as a reward for all their hard work throughout the first term, where improved ...

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World Bank ranks St. Lucia among top 10 wealthy Caribbean nations

St. Lucia has been named among the top 10 wealthy Caribbean nations based on Gross National Income (GNI), according to a report by the World Bank. St. Lucia was ranked seventh with a GNI of $6,530. In its 2014 World Development Report, the World Bank used the GNI to measure the wealth of Caribbean nations. The information is data of ...

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Digicel delivers food hampers

Digicel has purchased food items, toiletries and other necessities and delivered them to communities across the island. The Digicel team personally packaged and delivered the hampers as a goodwill gesture to uplift the spirits and brighten the Christmas of over 30 less fortunate families. The recipients of the hampers were recommended by Digicel staff members residing in the respective communities. ...

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A great partnership effort to bring smiles to the faces of children in St. Lucia

This Christmas, St. Lucian children from across the island will be the recipients of bicycles, thanks to the great partnership efforts between Wilson Jn. Baptiste, Founder of The Gems of St. Lucia, Taj Weekes, the newly appointed UNICEF Champion for Children, his children’s charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO) and JetBlue Airways. JetBlue transported the bicycles to St. Lucia last ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts wins big at Rhythm & Spice Festival

Bay Gardens Resorts made it big at the Saint Lucia Hotel & Tourism Association’s seventh annual Rhythm & Spice Festival, grabbing seven out of nine possible awards. The event, held last weekend, featured a wide array of foods created by the Chefs of Saint Lucia’s top hotels and resorts. Although this is the second time the resort has participated in ...

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FirstCaribbean names new chairman

David Ritch has been appointed non-executive chairman of CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank by the organization board of directors. The appointment took effect from 13th December 2013 and follows the retirement of Michael Mansoor as Executive Chairman on 31st October 2013. Mansoor has been re-appointed to the Board effective 12th December 2013. Ritch is an attorney who has practised law for ...

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How to manage a successful marketing campaign that meets your objectives

The process of developing and overseeing a campaign for a company’s advertising or marketing program can be broken down into these five steps that a marketing manager must oversee or personally complete: determine objectives; establish a budget; evaluate and select an agency (if you decide to go that route); manage the program; and monitor the program and assess its effectiveness. ...

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LIME strengthens leadership team

LIME has announced four new senior appointments to further strengthen its regional management and customer service structures as the company steps up its drive to deliver even better service to customers and reinforce its position as the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications provider. Geraldine Pitt has been appointed chief executive officer of the LIME Southern Cluster, comprising Saint Lucia, Dominica, Grenada and ...

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Digicel treats children

Over 500 children from the communities of Canaries, Vieux Fort and Dennery enjoyed a visit from Digicel last week. Three Digicel teams went into the respective communities and hosted Christmas parties filled with games, snacks, drinks, music, Christmas gifts, carolling and much more. The Canaries party was held at the Canaries Community hall where over 150 children were entertained by ...

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Lottery agents feted

Lottery agents were treated to food, music and drinks as the St. Lucia National Lottery (SNL) hosted its second annual agent appreciation event on Sunday. All agents islandwide were feted at the Bay Gardens Resort, under the theme “Growing Together”. Agents were rewarded for their performance in sales and other categories and were encouraged to stay motivated. Larry Andrew, chairman ...

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Digicel gives away $25,000

Digicel says it continues to brighten its customers’ Christmas with cash and great prizes. “In keeping with the Christmas promotion theme of ‘Brighten Someone’s Christmas’, Digicel to date has brightened five customers’ Christmas with $5,000 cash each, a total cash giveaway of $25,000,” the company said in a news release. Mary Joseph, a prepaid customer is the latest Digicel customer ...

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LIME awards long-serving employees

Nineteen LIME Saint Lucia employees were recently honoured for long and dedicated service to the company. The employees were recognised for between 10 to 25 years of service. The presentations were held at the company’s corporate headquarters in Corinth. Four employees — Lucius Aimable, a member of the carrier services team; Vernette Edward, store manager; Cyrus Honora, store supervisor; and ...

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