Finance/Business

Luxury Caribbean resort supports evenings of excellence seminars

Patrons attending the upcoming motivational evenings of excellence in Florida and New York have a chance to win a vacation at one of the Caribbean’s luxurious boutique resorts. Tucked away on gently sloping tropical beachfront on the northwest coast of St. Lucia, the luxurious Calabash Cove Resort and Spa in St. Lucia has announced its support of the upcoming events, ...

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Orange Media rebrands

Orange Media Group Inc. has rebranded and repositioned itself to serve its clients better. Orange Media has conceptualised and executed marketing and communications campaigns for high-profile clients in telecommunications, insurance, banking and retail. It distinguishes itself through innovation, bold, colourful and creative concepts which defy traditional approaches to marketing, advertising and corporate communications. Orange Media has a global network of ...

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Put your customers first – St Catherine

President of the Orange Media Group Earny St. Catherine this week addressed the largest gathering of regional bankers and non-traditional financial services providers, urging them to put their customers at the centre of everything they do. St. Catherine was one of only two local presenters at the 40th AGM and Conference of the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB), the other ...

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LIME ‘Shares the Cheer’ for Christmas

This Yuletide season, LIME is pulling out all the stops, giving new and existing mobile data customers free data when they sign up or renew any plan. Customers can win hundreds of amazing prizes. The unprecedented offer is part of LIME’s ‘Share the Cheer’ Christmas campaign which officially got underway Friday. According to LIME Saint Lucia’s General Manager, with the ...

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Vieux Fort South councillor, mayor inducted

A new Vieux Fort South councillor and a mayor were inducted in a ceremony at the NSDC’s southern office Wednesday evening. Diplomat Winall Joshua is now mayor of the municipality and Isaac Mathurin is councillor. Joshua replaces former Mayor Cynthia Satney. Mathurin is filling a recently-vacated post. The new mayor vowed to raise the communal spirit of the office. He said ...

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Vincent Hippolyte is new WASCO head

Former Managing Director of St. Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) Vincent Hippolyte is the new head of WASCO. He has replaced John Joseph. Dr James Fletcher, Minister for the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Science and Technology, said Hippolyte’s appointment is part of the evolution of WASCO. Work will continue to remedy its debt situation, the minister said. Among other ...

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NWU shouts down talk of making LIAT workers ‘essential’

The National Workers Union (NWU) says it will not encourage or support the imposition of a decision that introduces or includes workers employed with LIAT under the scope of essential services. “The NWU believes that there is no basis or justification for anyone to entertain such an anti-union intention,” the union said in a statement. “LIAT and trade unions have ...

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LIME & Feed the Poor treat the less fortunate

Christmas is coming early this year for dozens of the city’s less fortunate and vulnerable citizens. LIME is partnering once again with Feed the Poor Ministries to provide over 100 persons with lunch comprising of three-course meals prepared by an acclaimed local chef. The luncheon will be held today at the Derek Walcott Square. LIME Saint Lucia’s General Manager, Chris ...

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Digicel gives cash, gifts

Top up with $10 or more, become part of the Digicel family or pay your postpaid bill with Digicel to brighten your life. During this festive time of the year, Digicel will share and give even more to its valued customers. This Christmas, Digicel will be on a quest to change lives and make memories that will transcend joy, fun ...

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Brydens unveils ‘six flags’ promotions

“Waive your expenses and ride into the New Year with joy” is one of the taglines being used by Brydens for the 2013 Christmas promotion for its Huggies, Kleenex, Kotex, Viva and Scott line of products. To participate, after every purchase of Huggies Wipes, Snug & Dry, Active Sec, Kleenex Wipes Kotex Pads, Liners & Tampons, or Viva & Scott ...

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LIAT explores opportunities at World Travel Market

LIAT is seeking to strengthen its position as a robust interline partner following talks with travel industry and airline partners at the World Travel Market industry exposition in the United Kingdom. Director of Commercial and Customer Experience Leesa Parris-Rudder and Deryck Clarke, offline sales manager at LIAT, reported a busy trade show which positioned LIAT positively in the global marketplace. ...

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COMMENTARY: Seriously, Allen Chastanet?

And all of a sudden, everybody is a LIAT expert. Then LIAT doesn’t need a guarantee, it simply needs an inward transfer of brains. The problems LIAT are facing existed when Allen Chastanet was Minister for Tourism. He never helped them. In fact, he made the situation worse by allowing American Eagle to come in and do the most profitable ...

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Global Entrepreneurship Week

Well ahead of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013, the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs is set for the observance with the hosting of a number of initiatives. As part of the activities and events scheduled for Global Entrepreneurship Week from November 18 – 24, the Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs through the Small ...

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Promotional marketing, does it work for you?

As someone who has ordered his fair share of promotional products, I can tell you firsthand that sometimes promotions work and sometimes they fizzle and are an unnecessary cost. And, very often, promoters find themselves too absorbed in trying to meet their targets, managing inventory or customer service delivery to take a moment to asses the reasons their promotions are ...

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LUCELEC meets new owners of Hess Terminal

There should be no major changes in the business relationship between St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and the Hess Terminal at Cul De Sac, now under new ownership. So says LUCELEC Managing Director Trevor Louisy following a meeting on Tuesday between LUCELEC and the President and CEO of Buckeye Partners Clark Smith and Senior Vice President/President, International Pipelines and ...

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Local marketing guru to address CAB conference

President of the Orange Media Group Earny St. Catherine will this week enlighten regional bankers on the inextricable link between their brand image and their bottom-line. St. Catherine is one of only two local presenters at the 40th AGM and conference of the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB). His presentation will focus on the How companies can realise greater business ...

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Guinness prepares for promotion finale

This Friday, Guinness will be hosting a big finale party during the Gros Islet Friday night street party for its recent ‘Guinness Under The Crown’ promotion. On the night, the draw will take place for the main prize of the promotion and the winners announced. The promotion, which was launched the first week of September, was part of the ‘Arthur Guinness Day ...

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Brice & Company invests in St Lucia

Brice & Company Ltd recently invested thousands of dollars into a product that it expects will help boost the local economy and the development of the manufacturing sector in St. Lucia. The new Brice BZC 220 Automatic Chain Link Fence Machine might be the latest addition to Brice and Company, but it’s the first of its kind on island. Manager ...

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Retroactive payments handed to St. Lucia Mortgage and Finance employees

Clinical and technical workers employed with St. Lucia Mortgage Finance Company Ltd. have received their retroactive payments. This development is as a result of successful negotiations between the Finance Corporation and the National Workers Union (NWU). The new industrial agreement, which was signed at the Department of Labour this week, will run for a period of three years. Workers will ...

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CSA receives $100,000 from government

The St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has praised Dr. Kenny Anthony for his leadership and contribution towards the establishment of two new funds for the union, the CSA’s medical plan and education fund. These two funds form part of the recent collective agreement between the government and the CSA. It was decided then that $100,000 would be provided to ...

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VIPs flock to first annual St Lucia Triathlon

For the first time in its history, Saint Lucia will stage the inaugural St Lucia Triathlon, attracting a host of VIPs. As well as event ambassador and Double Gold Olympic champion Daley Thompson, event organizers Human Race are pleased to welcome Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, who will present awards to winners at the prize giving ceremony on ...

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4 recognized as LUCELEC employees of the third quarter

Congratulations are in order for St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) employees of the third quarter 2013 Donna Emmanuel, Sabina Mitchel, Darnell Louis and Darton Charles. The four LUCELEC employees were recognised at a brief ceremony held today at the Cul-de-Sac compound. Emmanuel is a member of the Planning Department; Mitchell works in customer service at Sans Souci; Louis is ...

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Win hams, rums and wine this Xmas

Win, win, win lots of hams, rums and wines this Christmas when you play Double Daily Grand. We have been bringing you the “Must Haves” for Christmas for the past three years and you love it, well this year we have increased the amount of prizes and we have changed the rum to ‘Chairman’s Reserve’. We listened to your suggestions ...

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St Lucia calls for LIAT shake-up, guarantees EC$3 million loan

St. Lucia has called for a shake-up of the financially strapped regional airline LIAT, as it agreed to guarantee a $EC 3,000,000 loan for the airline now undergoing a modernisation of its aging fleet. “It’s not just a matter of changing the chief executive officer but dealing decisively with a problem in management that has been inherited over the years,” ...

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UWP to launch 50th anniversary celebrations

The United Workers Party (UWP) will tomorrow launch activities to mark its Golden Jubilee. March 30, 2014 will mark the 50th anniversary of the UWP, and as such the party has put together a calendar of activities leading up to this milestone. Dubbed, “UWP 50 years – Yesterday, Today, and Beyond”, the party intends to unveil its schedule of events ...

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Wear blue for World Diabetes Day

Super J IGA, a proud partner of the St. Lucia Diabetic and Hypertensive Association, invites St Lucians to wear blue on November 14 to show support for World Diabetes Day. Persons could also win 30,000 Super J loyalty points. Wear blue and take a picture of yourself decked out in blue. Post your picture on the Super J IGA Supermarkets ...

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Fundamentals of local economic development seminar

The Caribbean Local Economic Development (CARILED) project continues to fulfil its mandate by hosting local economic development (LED) workshops throughout the Caribbean in the seven countries in which it operates, by organising a two-day workshop on the theme, ‘The fundamentals of local economic development’. Participants included government officials, constituency council members, local government officers, key members of the local multi-stakeholder ...

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CDF completes rebranding

The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) is pleased to announce the completion of its rebranding process. Established in April 2002, the CDF is revitalising and reenergising its brand to include outreach to a new generation of artists, cultural activists and Saint Lucians generally, whilst working on its key mandates. The rebranding coincides with the organisation’s strategic vision which is about repositioning ...

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2013 Digicel Chelsea Football Academy launches in Barbados

Today marked the opening of the 2013 Digicel Chelsea Football Academy in which 39 of the region’s top young footballers will receive a week-long training experience given by some the world’s best youth coaches from the Chelsea Football Club Foundation. Having come through several rounds of trials, culminating in the Digicel Kick Start Clinics earlier this year, these boys have ...

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We’re all in this together

Below is a statement from Rayneau Gajadhar, chairman of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council (NCPC). Ever since the announcement of the establishment of the NCPC, there have been several comments, some positive, some negative, but all important in the context of the discussion we need, on how to improve competitiveness and productivity. This council was finally appointed after years ...

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Latin American and Caribbean businesswomen trained

Invitations were sent out to organisations from the Americas and the Caribbean for businesswomen to put in applications to participate in a yearlong programme geared at improving their businesses. Applications were received and vetted by the Vital Voices team and the selection process moved to the next stage. Businesswomen identified as prospective participants were interviewed to ensure that they met ...

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Trios Caribbean Fusion Restaurant reopens

Rodney Bay’s best kept secret for Caribbean, European and Asian fused dishes was recently revitalised. Through the months of September and October, Trios Caribbean Fusion Restaurant received a facelift and has been officially re-opened for the public to experience its fine-dining ambience. After recently winning its third consecutive TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award, the management of the establishment – who ...

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LUCELEC continues sponsorship of inter-school tennis

St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) is a sponsor of the National Inter-School Tennis Tournament that will be held from November 11-16, 2013. This is the second consecutive year LUCELEC is supporting the competition between primary, secondary and tertiary institutions on the island. It is organised by the St Lucia Tennis Association. LUCELEC is contributing $7,000 to the 2013 tournament ...

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LIAT operations resume after cordial talks

LIAT wishes to advise that its operations are returning to normal following the end of industrial action by members of its pilots’ union. Acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones said full service has resumed throughout the LIAT network. LIAT says it acknowledges with regret the inconvenience and disruption passengers throughout the region have experienced over the past few days.

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Teen queen gets Blackberry PlayBook

‘St Lucia’s Most Talented Teen’ pageant winner Claire-Marrisa Smart has been given a state-of-the-art Blackberry PlayBook compliments of Digicel. Smart, a 15-year-old form four student of the St. Joseph’s Convent, captured the hearts of judges and beat out five other contestants on November 2 to become the 2013 queen. She’s now preparing to represent St Lucia at the regional pageant ...

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FICS announces launch of CARED subsidiary

Credit and Real Estate Development Ltd (CARED) is a subsidiary of Financial Investments and Consultancy Services Ltd (FICS), specialising in consumer loans (vehicles, home appliances, furniture), debt recovery and real estate development. CARED will support FICS’ continued drive to serve the St. Lucian public by responding to the financial, social and economic needs of the society as flexibly, conveniently and ...

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Saint Lucia endorses establishment of independent regional energy regulator

The Government of Saint Lucia has endorsed the establishment of the Eastern Caribbean Energy Regulatory Authority (ECERA) project, which was officially launched last evening in Grenada. The Independent Regional Energy Regulator is expected to level the playing field in the energy sector and increase confidence among consumers in the transparency and fairness of the tariff-setting mechanism. Speaking at the official ...

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Japanese gov’t assists with ambulance procurement, transportation

The St. Lucia Fire and Emergency Services received a grant of US$69,588 from the government of Japan, which was used for the basic conditioning and equipping of four pre-owned ambulances, as well as covering the cost of transporting them from Japan to St. Lucia. Three ambulances were donated by the Tokyo Fire Station and one by the Sakura City/Yachimata City ...

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St Lucia Triathlon attracts support from Richard Peterkin

For the first time in its history, Saint Lucia will stage the inaugural St Lucia Triathlon, and event organisers Human Race are announcing that IOC member and St Lucian Richard Peterkin will present awards to all the winners at the prize giving ceremony. The Saint Lucia Triathlon is being organised by London 2012 Olympic Competition Manager John Lunt and his ...

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BOSL goes ‘Mad About Math’

The Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) this week launched a national mathematics competition dubbed Mad About Math. The launch featured an impromptu math quiz with questions provided by 2013 Top CXC Student Ravindra Mangar and Akinloluwa Ogunlusi. The quiz winners were Toussaint Jervais of the SDA Academy, Bobbie Alphonse of Corinth Secondary, and Lirandra Pierre of St. Joseph’s Convent. They ...

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LIAT AND LIALPA meet to determine the way forward

Representatives of LIAT’s management and the Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) met on Tuesday at LIAT’s headquarters in Antigua to discuss issues relating to the recent industrial action by LIALPA. LIAT said in a statement that the meeting was conducted in a cordial atmosphere with LIALPA’s team led by its Chairman Captain Carl Burke, and LIAT’s team led by ...

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Get an early taste of university for free

Jump Start is an innovative programme for secondary school students introduced two years ago at Monroe College, after great success for eight years at campuses in New York. Jump Start allows students in form five to get a headstart on their university education. Students attend classes on Saturday mornings. Tuition and book costs are waived. Monroe College is a youth-friendly ...

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Five rules for your new company’s playbook

You’re ready to strike out on your own and start a small business. But before you do, you need to create a detailed playbook. “I think of a business plan as something that answers the questions every one who has some interest in your business will at some point ask: Who? What? When? Where? Why?”. “If you can answer all ...

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More support for grooming project

The Community Outreach Grooming Service Project by Cutty Ranks Barber Salon has again received more funding to continue its work with young male students in St. Lucia. The project has received a cash donation of EC$1,000 from Flora Care for St. Lucia’s Children, a St. Lucian charitable organisation based in Brooklyn, New York, USA. The project targets young boys at ...

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LIME renews support for Rotary Charity Golf Tournament

In yet another demonstration of its strong commitment to supporting community-based projects, LIME has renewed its support for the annual Rotary Charity Golf Tournament. Organised by the Rotary Club of Gros Islet, this year’s tournament has at its theme ‘Engage Rotary – Change Lives’. The aim is to raise funds to support the creation of a business incubator for young ...

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Digicel supports an extraordinary regional reading competition

The annual regional reading competition came alive at the Sandals Grande Hotel on October 31, with Digicel being a proud sponsor. Participants in the event were from several neighbouring islands and ranged within the ages of eight to nine. The emerging winner was Dean Bedeau of the spice isle of Grenada. Digicel St. Lucia was happy to be a part ...

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LIAT to meet with pilots’ union on Wednesday

Caribbean airline LIAT said it has held discussions with the pilots’ trade union LIALPA  following the industrial action  on Tuesday which left several passengers stranded throughout the regional network. Only a limited number of flights were able to operate from Antigua, Barbados and Trinidad. The company has indicated its willingness to address any legitimate issues and has given a firm ...

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LIAT flights cancelled

LIAT wishes to advise its passengers that due to action taken by its airline pilots’ trade union LIALPA, the following flights have now been cancelled: LI 361 – Antigua-Guadeloupe-Dominica-Barbados-St. Vincent LI 760 – St. Vincent-Barbados LI 727 – Barbados-Grenada-Trinidad LI 726 – Trinidad-St. Vincent-Barbados LI 512 – Guyana-Barbados-Antigua LI 312 – Antigua-St. Maarten- St. Croix LI 317 – St. Croix-St. ...

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Over US$100,000 raised by CIBC FirstCaribbean for cancer

CIBC FirstCaribbean bank employees across the region are set to hand over more than three times the original target to cancer support groups in the Caribbean, having raised USD $104,853 through its various activities. In July of this year, CIBC FirstCaribbean set a target of raising USD $30,000 to support cancer patients across the region through its regional Walk for ...

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Dr. Gale Rigobert made Ambassador For Peace

Deputy Political Leader of the United Workers Party and Parliamentary Representative for Micoud North Dr. Gale Rigobert has been made a Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Ambassador for Peace. Dr Rigobert participated in a conference convened by the UPF held in Miami, USA from November 1-3 under the theme ‘The USA and the Caribbean at a turning point: Building a nation ...

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LIAT flight disruption advisory

LIAT wishes to advise its passengers that due to action taken by its airline pilots’ trade union LIALPA, it is anticipated that the following flights will experience delays: • LI 361 – Antigua-Guadeloupe-Dominica-Barbados-St. Vincent• LI 760 – St. Vincent-Barbados• LI 727 – Barbados-Grenada-Trinidad• LI 504 – Antigua-St. Kitts-Maarten• LI 503 – St. Maarten-St. Kitts-Antigua• LI 500 – Antigua-Santo Dominica• LI ...

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LIME TV to present exclusive coverage of West Indies cricket tour of India

ESPN Caribbean, LIME TV channel 82, will present exclusive coverage of the West Indies cricket tour of India beginning Tuesday at 10:20 p.m. from Kolkata, continuing one of the most storied rivalries in the sport’s history. All matches will air live on ESPN 82, part of LIME TV’s unparalleled sports package, available at no extra cost among over 100 channels ...

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BREAKING NEWS: LIAT pilots strike, flights disrupted

Regional airline LIAT has announced that due to  action taken  by its airline pilots’ trade union LIALPA, pilots who were scheduled to fly this morning, Tuesday, November 5, 2013, have not reported for duty. The company said in a press release that it has not been provided with the required notification of industrial action as required under its agreement with ...

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CMI president elected as Ambassador for Peace

Eight Caribbean representatives from various institutions, including President of the Caribbean Mentorship Institute (CMI) Felicia Browne, were elected as Ambassadors of Peace by the Universal Peace Federation. The Universal Peace Federation of North America and Caribbean Nations held a conference in Miami over two days this weekend under the theme, ‘The USA and the Caribbean at a turning point: building ...

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Fire service to make good use of evaluation

Saint Lucia Chief Fire Officer Leslie Fontenelle says the fire service will put to good use the evaluation which emerged after the Saint Lucia Air and Seaports Authority (SLASPA) conducted the recent simulation of a plane crash at the George FL Charles Airport. The activity was held as part of SLASPA‘s routine testing of all systems in readiness for a ...

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Carol singing competition by Palm Haven Hotel

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and Palm Haven Hotel is inviting you to Chante’ Noel to welcome it in. Palm Haven is once again presenting a Christmas carolling competition. This year Palm Haven is inviting choirs from all over Saint Lucia and of all ages to bring their posses and get a chance to win one of ...

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LIME giving data customers free credit

LIME mobile customers are getting money back just for taking advantage of the island’s first 4G data network. Christmas is going to come really early for one lucky postpaid customer as LIME shares some love. The telecommunications service provider is giving customers $5 credit when they sign up for a MyPlan prepaid data bundle of at least 250MB. The “medium” ...

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Young St. Lucian football talent to be on display in Barbados

The 2013 Digicel KickStart Series culminates with the Digicel KickStart Academy, to be held in Barbados on Sunday November 10, where St. Lucia will be represented by three young, aspiring and talented footballers. Anton Paul from Dennery, Ryi Maryat from Micoud, and Keeroy Lionel from Soufriere, started this rigorous but amazing football journey with Digicel in April, through a series ...

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NWU, WINERA to sign agreement

The management of Windward Islands Packaging Company Limited (WINERA) and the National Workers Union (NWU) have satisfactorily concluded another industrial agreement. The new collective labour contract makes provisions for a five percent general wage increase spread as 3% in year one, 1% in year two and 1% in year three respectively. Adjustments, minimum wages, nomenclature changes in keeping with acquired ...

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LIME slashes USA data roaming rates

LIME today announced plans to dramatically cut data roaming costs for customers travelling to the USA. New rates will be as low as $4.99. Chris Williams, general manager of LIME business in Saint Lucia, said customers have said they need better pricing for roaming to the United States, “so from November 1, we introduce our new data roaming rate which ...

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LIME empowers BlackBerry users

LIME is giving prepaid BlackBerry customers full control over their accounts by empowering them to activate and change their plans to suit their needs. As of now, customers will be able to use a new set of BlackBerry USSD menu options to choose and activate plans, change existing plans and plan duration from seven days to 30 days, and also ...

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Traditional lantern making workshops start Saturday

The Cultural Development Foundation invites students, families and community members to experience and participate in the annual traditional lantern making workshops commencing Saturday in Laborie. The Laborie workshops run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 pm, followed by workshops in Castries, starting November 16 at the Cultural Development Foundation, Barnard Hill. The goal of the workshops is to educate and create ...

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Coconut Bay signs MOU with St Jude hospital

Wednesday October 30 marked a historic event in relationships between Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa and St Jude Hospital. The main health care institution in the south benefited from the hand over of a cheque valued at EC $5,360.00 which covers proceeds of fundraising activities at the hotel in the name of the hospital. The Cheque was presented to ...

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Stratosphere Muzic ready for download

Record sales keep climbing for Mongstar’s ‘Saint Lucia We Love’. The song, which was released in 2012, is one of two re-issues from Saint Lucian music label Stratosphere Muzic. The other is a remix version of ‘Boom Boom Boom’ by Vincentian artiste Tabia featuring French hip-hop star Nathy. The two songs along with a double disc set of 27 songs ...

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