Finance/Business

Dolor Factor Live promotes health and wellness

Prime Time DBS programme Dolor Factor Live enters two weeks of health awareness starting October 24. The popular show is collaborating with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) and The Rodney Bay Medical Centre to encourage and promote lifestyle changes and preventative health care. Day passes to the upcoming Saint Lucia Health & Wellness Retreat will be offered on October ...

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Digicel reinforces cultural identity through Swawe Kweyol

As activities to mark October as Creole Heritage Month move into high gear, Digicel has given its stamp of approval to another cultural event aimed at building appreciation for St. Lucia’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. Through a collaborative partnership, Digicel has joined forces with the Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries, the Saint Lucia Tourism Development Programme, ...

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“St. Lucia simply beautiful for investors too” says St. Lucia’s ambassador to Washington

St. Lucia’s Ambassador to Washington Sonia M. Johnny has told potential American investors that in the same way St. Lucia’s many tourists describe the country as “simply beautiful”, they too, after investing in Saint Lucia, would look back at their success as being “simply beautiful”. Ambassador Johnny gave this new dimension to St. Lucia’s slogan during a trade and investment ...

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CAB conference ripe with opportunities for local private sector

The resilience of the regional banking sector to volatility in global financial markets and its contribution to stability, growth and development in the region, will come under scrutiny here next month. The adaptability of the financial services sector to industry trends will also be examined. Over 200 international finance professionals will gather in St. Lucia for the 40th Annual General ...

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Orange Media Group to manage marketing and PR for bankers conference

The 40th annual general meeting and conference of the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) to be held in St. Lucia from November 13-16 has engaged the Orange Media Group to spread and amplify its message across the Caribbean. Orange Media Group has partnered with CAB to carve and manage the communications for the upcoming conference, which will attract over 200 ...

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UWP completes regional constituency consultations

The leadership of the United Workers Party (UWP) this week completed a series of four regional constituency consultations targeting all of its 17 constituency branches. These consultations addressed the following: • Review of draft mission, vision and values formulated during an earlier strategic planning workshop; • Discuss the composition and related terms of reference of various sub-committees which are critical ...

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Digicel brings comfort to less fortunate

Early last Friday, dozens of enthusiastic Digicel team members converged at the Vieux Fort town hall, then to the other neighbouring southern communities of Bacadare, Mange and Bruce Ville (Shanty Town) in Vieux Fort, to bring much relief and cheer to scores of less fortunate, many of whom are homeless. “Touching and making a difference in the lives of everyday ...

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LIME customer wins Samsung Galaxy S3

LIME mobile customers are cashing in as the company commences dishing out prizes in its ongoing slate of 2013 promotions. Brita St Aimee of Almondale, Union is the proud winner of a Samsung Galaxy S3. The 25-year-old is one of numerous customers who sent text messages to the shortcode 2929 with the word QUIZ for a chance to win the ...

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Data access made easy for LIME customers

Telecommunications company LIME has launched a new prepaid value offer for mobile data, offering affordable permanent packages with more data, and starting at just $2 a day. MyPlan prepaid packages have been designed specially for dedicated data users, giving them added value by offering 30 days validity for all plans over 20MB. This comes hot on the heels of the ...

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LIME to give early Christmas gifts

LIME Saint Lucia will begin giving gifts to its customers very early for Christmas this year. October 15 marked the beginning of the company’s pre-Christmas promotion. The Share The Connection pre-Christmas campaign begins with a broadband internet offer. New residential subscribers to LIME fixed broadband will get 50 percent off the first three months of their monthly broadband internet service, ...

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National Competitiveness and Productivity Council launches

The Ministry of Finance, Economic Affairs & Social Security will host the inaugural meeting of the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council with technical support from Compete Caribbean today. Compete Caribbean is a private sector development programme that provides technical assistance grants and investment funding to support productive development policies, business climate reforms, clustering initiatives and small and medium size enterprise ...

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Lawenn Kweyol competition on this Sunday

The Lawenn Kweyol St. Lisi, one of the more popular events on the calendar for Creole Heritage month, will take place on Sunday at the National Cultural Centre. As a build up to the event, the contestants and the reigning Lawenn Queen Black Pearl toured some of the stores of Consolidated Foods Ltd. (the main sponsors), where they serenaded customers ...

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BOSL backs Financial Information Month

FOR the last 12 years, the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union has observed the month of October as Financial Information Month (FIM). FIM is a collaborative effort among ECCU member governments, financial and academic institutions, the media, private and public sector institutions and community-based groups. BOSL, St Lucia’s largest financial institution and socially responsible corporate citizen, has actively participated in FIM ...

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Ladera again named among the top hotels in the Caribbean

Ladera Resort has again been named one of the Top 15 Hotels in the Caribbean by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller in the magazine’s 2013 Readers’ Choice Awards survey results. Ladera’s impressive score placed the hotel on the coveted short list and in the highest position among the other Saint Lucian hotels on the list. It has been a ...

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ECFH supports breast cancer awareness efforts

The East Caribbean Financial Holding Company (ECFH) Group, through its subsidiaries Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) and EC Global Insurance, continues to add muscle to the fight against breast cancer in St. Lucia. The group has undertaken a number of initiatives to create greater awareness of the pervasiveness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection and diagnosis. For ...

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Cap Maison takes Manhattan

Chef Craig Jones and his team from Cap Maison’s Cliff at Cap have just returned from New York City after a successful debut at City Grit, the culinary salon in Nolita that offers chefs from the world over a platform to showcase their talents and cook for a New York audience. The dinners that Chef Jones, cooked on October 11 ...

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Dolor Factor gives away dollars

Dolor Factor Live, broadcast on DBS, celebrates their 100th television programme tomorrow with giveaways to the public. The popular TV talk show, hosted by international TV presenter Delia Dolor, promises a show with a difference as many fans will receive $100 during the live show. Sponsors include Rainforest Hideaway, Infinity Colour Shop and EC Global Insurance. Executive Producer and host ...

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Ladera Resort celebrates Jounen Kweyol with buffet

Ladera Resort, St Lucia’s iconic small hotel overlooking the World Heritage Pitons, celebrates Creole Heritage Month with a Sunday celebration buffet lunch every Sunday throughout the month of October for US$25 (EC$68) per person excluding beverages, tax and service charge. “Every day is a celebration of St. Lucia at Ladera,” said Olivier Bottois, Ladera’s VP of sales and marketing. “But ...

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Customers to be top priority for LIAT

Acting head of LIAT, Julie Reifer-Jones, said in a message to staff today, that the comfort and well-being of passengers will be her overriding priority. “At the new LIAT, we are working to build an airline which places the customer, our loyal passengers, at the centre of our focus,” she said. Reifer-Jones was appointed acting CEO by the airline’s board ...

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NWU, AF Valmont agree to work together

The management of AF Valmont & Company Limited and officials from the National Workers Union (NWU) have agreed to work together for the benefit of the business and interest of workers. The groups met at the board room of the St. Lucia Employers Federation today. The NWU said the meeting “was cordial and productive”, and a protocol was established which ...

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Department of Transport working to resolve licence issues

The Department of Transport is working towards addressing long delays experienced in the printing of renewed and new drivers’ licences. Chief Transport Officer Lenita Joseph said the delays are a result of several factors, including the breakdown of the device used to print licences. Joseph said her department is doing everything necessary to bring operations back to normal. She said ...

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Caribbean’s premier tourism gathering opens in Martinique

The Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s (CTO) State of the Industry Conference opens in Martinique today. The conference is the most important gathering on tourism development, and will see addresses from persons including Serge Letchimy, congressman to the French Assembly and president of the Regional Council of Martinique; Karine Roy-Camille, the country’s tourism commissioner; and chairman of the CTO Beverly Nicholson-Doty. Over ...

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First Citizens launches ‘CommonCents’ series for Financial Information Month

First Citizens Investment Services is playing its part in the improvement of financial literacy in Saint Lucia by joining financial institutions around the region in recognizing October as Financial Information Month held under the theme “Reshaping Our Future, Starting Now”. Since 2002, October has been celebrated as Financial Information Month by the eight member countries of the Eastern Caribbean Currency ...

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Coconut Bay provides opportunity for hospitality internship

Five Interns from the National Skills Development Centre (NSDC) began a “on the job” skills training attachment with Coconut Bay Beach Resort and SPA on Monday, October 14, 2013. These individuals all from communities in the south of the island will be attached to the hotel on an internship program for a period of one month. During their attachment the ...

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LIME makes a big splash with Sea Jays Swim Club

One of Saint Lucia’s leading corporate citizens, LIME, has stepped up to the plate to assist the island’s up-and-coming athletes. The company is partnering with the Sea Jays Legends Swim Club to provide support to the club’s young swimmers who are hard at work preparing for the Commonwealth Youth Games scheduled to be held in Saint Lucia in 2017. The ...

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LIME/Ericsson partnership takes customer service to higher level

LIME today announced that it has entered into an exclusive Managed Services Agreement with Ericsson to manage the company’s field operations and network infrastructure. In a move that will deliver the greatest value and efficiency to customers, LIME, Saint Lucia’s only fully integrated telecommunications provider, is partnering with Ericsson, a world-leading managed service specialist of telecommunications networks, to deliver significant ...

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LIAT celebrates 57 years with cyber deals and flight delights

LIAT – The Caribbean Airline is celebrating 57 years of service to the Caribbean this month by giving back to its loyal customers. For its birthday the airline is applying a series of promotions and specials, dubbed “Appy October”, across digital platforms. LIAT’s cyber customer base are offered special prizes, surprises and deep discounts. Throughout “Appy October”, LIAT customers will ...

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WASCO to conduct Southern Water Redevelopment Project

The Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) is embarking on a Southern Water Redevelopment Project aimed at improving the service provided to residents worst affected during the passage of Hurricane Thomas in  October 2010. The disclosure was made during a press briefing at the Water And Sewage Company on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. WASCO, Utility Services Planning and Design Manager Aly ...

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Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa completes month-long renovation

Saint Lucia’s Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa has reopened with a fresh face and an upgraded dining experience after a month-long, EC$6.75 million refreshment. The resort now boasts more premium rooms and suites; additional live cooking stations; new furnishings; organic greenhouses; a magic soufflé oven and more. “We continue to make improvements we know our guests will recognize and ...

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Axcel Finance provides a safety net for youth

At a time when social pressures are bearing down on our youth, a new social safety net has been created to provide hope for the future to our young persons. Axcel Finance, the leading regional microfinance company, is once again reaching out to our youth in a very profound way. Axcel Mentorship Programme, coined as AMP, is the latest initiative ...

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Over $20,000 in cash and credit already won in Digicel’s $50,000 ‘Scratch and Win’ promotion

As Digicel customers continue to enjoy value deals available to them through Talk, Text or Data offers, the popular ‘Scratch and Win’ promotion continues to generate winners, while still allow every Digicel customer the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash. With almost half of the $50,000 ‘Scratch and Win’ prize-purse already won, both postpaid and prepaid customers are ...

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“Roam Like You’re Home” brings added value to Digicel’s customers roaming in the Caribbean

Postpaid and prepaid customers from the region’s leading telecommunications provider Digicel, will begin benefiting from the best roaming value plan announced to date in the Caribbean. Tens of thousands of Digicel customers across St. Lucia will automatically become eligible to realize incredible savings benefits under “Roam Like You’re Home.” Offering truly exceptional value, Digicel customers will now be able to ...

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SMA hopeful on VAT

The St.Lucia Manufacturers Association (SMA) remains hopeful that, armed with a full year’s empirical data and stakeholder feedback on VAT, the Government will make the necessary revisions to help deliver a route to stability, jobs and economic growth. According to Paula Calderon, SMA President, “One year after implementation of VAT our members continue to be plagued by policy and implementation ...

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TEMPO and Celestial alliance promises exciting options in phone talk

TEMPO Networks, the premier pan-Caribbean media and entertainment Company which reaches over 3,500,000 viewers in the region with its lifestyle TV Network and Cellestial, the first and only manufacturer of tablets, laptops and cellphones in the Caribbean have solidified a strategic alliance that coincides with the launch of TEMPO Talk’r. TEMPO Talk’r, the brainchild of owner-founder Frederick A. Morton Jr., is ...

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Courts St. Lucia pilots Breakfast Program at the Fond St. Jacques Primary School

Beginning this month, more than thirty boys and girls attending the Fond St. Jacques Primary School will be the recipients of a complete breakfast compliments Courts. This initiative spearheaded by the Principal and Teachers at the school is one of a few corporate social responsibility ventures being undertaken by the company this year. The Fond St. Jacques Primary School serves ...

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BOSL – Nurturing our creole heritage

Bank of Saint Lucia and the wider ECFH Group has once again demonstrated that it is deeply rooted in the local communities and it remains committed to the promotion, development and advancement of St. Lucian culture and the preservation of our heritage. Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL), largest subsidiary of the East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Ltd (ECFH), is this ...

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Digicel powers the First Annual St. Lucia Triathlon

The island’s leading telecommunications company, Digicel St. Lucia, is proud to be the title sponsor of what may singlehandedly be the largest and most diverse mass participation sporting event to be hosted here on St. Lucia, The Digicel St. Lucia Triathlon. To be held on Saturday November 23, 2013 in the tranquil surroundings of Rodney Bay and the picturesque Pigeon ...

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Ministry of Sustainable Development launches 2013 Energy Awareness Week Photo Competition

In an effort to raise awareness on the importance of “Sustainable Energy”,the Ministry of Sustainable Development,Energy Science and Technology has launched its 2013 Energy Awareness Week Photo Competition. The competition seeks to find attractive and attention-grabbing images which speak to the theme, “A Sustainable Energy Future”. Energy,Science and Technology Assistant in the Ministry of Sustainable Development Energy,Science and Technology Miss ...

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LUCELEC continues support for Inter School Sports Programme

St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) has made a $50,000 contribution towards the 2013/14 school sports programme. The money was handed over during the recent official launch of the 2013 School Sports Program under the theme, “Securing our Future through Education and Sporting Excellence.” The amount is the second instalment of a three year $150,000.00 commitment to the School Sports ...

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Biosafety bill national consultation

The Biodiversity office in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, will engage all interested stakeholders in a review of the proposed Biosafety bill, policy and regulations drafted as part of St. Lucia’s National Biosafety Implementation Project. The objective of the project is to establish legal and administrative systems which will control the products of modern biotechnology and ...

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Gov’t to issue bonds to raise capital

To fund a portion of the 2013-2014 budget, government will next week offer series two and three of its EC$90 million and US$7M bond. Series two seeks to raise EC$40M via a six-year 7.0 percent semi-annual coupon bond Auction date is Thursday, October 17 and the issue date set for Friday, October 18, 2013. Series three of the issue seeks ...

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Chinese competition to be addressed at regional meeting

The competition posed to local businesses in some OECS countries by Chinese-owned retail shops is to be discussed at the regional level. That’s according to Dominican trade unionist Thomas Letang, who is among those expressing concern that Chinese nationals operating retail businesses in Roseau have allegedly caused some local enterprises to shut down. Letang says his Dominica Public Service Union ...

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Saint Lucia gets strong representation at IPCC Meeting

Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Crispin d’Auvergne, provided strong representation for Saint Lucia when the world’s leading climate scientists and experts from 195 countries met recently in Stockholm to thrash out the final points of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessment report on the science of global warming. ...

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Petra Robinson crowned Courts St. Lucia Reading Champion 2013

Eight-year-old Petra Robinson from the Plain View Combined School is the new Courts St. Lucia Reading champion and will represent the island at the OECS finals slated for October 31. The Courts Schools Reading Competition targets students between the ages of eight and nine years old and assesses their reading fluency, accuracy, enunciation, smoothness, confidence, expression and more. This being ...

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Digicel to the rescue for shooting victim

St. Lucia’s special needs community is receiving even more assistance as the island’s leading telecommunications provider, Digicel St Lucia, continues to fulfill and live up to its corporate social responsibility. Judy Blondell was the latest recipient of a ramp and railing built to assist her maneuver in and out of her home. Digicel’s flagship community outreach programme, ‘Caring Connections, is ...

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New general manager appointed for Bank of St. Lucia

The East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Limited (ECFH) announces the appointment of Hadyn Gittens as generalmanager (GM) for Bank of Saint Lucia Limited (BOSL), the ECFH Group’s largest subsidiary. Gittens, a Trinidadian by birth, has 28 years of banking experience having worked throughout the Caribbean, leading and managing teams in competitive and results-oriented environments. His areas of expertise include commercial ...

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BOSL leads the way in supporting education modernisation

Students and teachers of the St. Aloysius RC Boys Infant School are now equipped with the tools to maximize the use of information and communication technology and revolutionise the learning experience. Thanks to ECFH and its subsidiary Bank of Saint Lucia, RC Boys Infants now has a brand new computer lab dubbed the Literacy Centre. The facility was officially opened ...

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Reading champ gets Digicel handset

Digicel St. Lucia supported the 5th annual Courts Schools Reading Competition which was held at the Civil Service Association (CSA) Center on September 30, 2013. Petra Robinson of the Plain View Combined School emerged victorious in the competition and received a Digicel DL 600 Android. As the ‘Be Extraordinary’ network, Digicel has always been in the forefront of youth development ...

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LIME gives even more with MyPlan

Last month, LIME introduced MyPlan postpaid mobile, a flexible, affordable package starting at just $49.99 and customizable to the user’s needs and personality. MyPlan includes voice, text messages and data, and gives users the option to tailor the plan to suit with bolt-ons, and even to share a plan with multiple users, be they friends, family or colleagues. Now, though, ...

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Jounen Kwéyòl ek LIME, bagay la bon!

LIME is partnering once again with the Folk Research Centre for Kwéyòl Heritage Month. The company which has been a longstanding sponsor of Saint Lucia’s leading cultural celebration is a major sponsor of this year’s event. LIME is providing the FRC with a cash contribution of $25,000, much of which will go towards supporting the host communities of Grande Riviere, ...

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SLTB/CFL alignment adds significance to Wellness Retreat and Yoplait Walk

An alignment of effort and agendas between the Saint Lucia Health & Wellness Retreat and the annual Yoplait Walk for Cancer aims to heighten awareness leading to behavior change in lifestyles and life choices. Importantly, integrating Health & Wellness Retreat participants with the mass resident crowd that is expected to turn out to walk for cancer will reinforce the universality ...

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ECCB celebrates 30 years of monetary and financial stability in the ECCU

As the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) marked its 30th anniversary on 1 October, Governor of the ECCB, the Honourable Sir K Dwight Venner says, maintaining the stability of the EC Dollar and the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) financial system has been the Bank’s major achievement over the years of its existence. The EC Dollar has been pegged to ...

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Customs brokers trained through ASYCUDA to guard against importation of toxic chemicals

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy Science and Technology on Monday, September 30, 2013 and Tuesday, October 1,2013 trained 21 customs brokers to guard against the importation of toxic chemicals, pesticides and other harmful products, through the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) World. The training workshop was designed to build the capacity of customs brokers to better identify, analyse ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean upgrades ABM machines

CIBC FirstCaribbean is refurbishing and upgrading its instant teller (ABM) machines throughout the Caribbean. Recently, two instant teller machines at the bank’s Bridge Street Branch were refreshed as part of this project. The newly-installed instant teller machines now feature a more reliable ABM service as well as an enhanced overall appearance, with the installation of branded informational ABM surrounds that ...

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King confirmed for CAB event

Brett King, an expert on retail banking innovation and customer experience, will be the keynote speaker at the Caribbean Association of Banks’ 40th Annual General Meeting and Conference, scheduled for November 13-16, 2013  at Sandals Grande Beach Resort and Spa in Gros Islet. King is the founder and CEO of the breakout direct mobile bank Moven and has achieved widespread ...

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Digicel supports Junior Achievement

As Junior Achievement St Lucia continues to nurture and develop young entrepreneurial skills among the youth island wide, Digicel St Lucia has once again committed its support to the programme for another year. A concept which originated in Colorado Springs was founded in the year 1919 where their sole goal was to teach students financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship. ...

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NWU and Moorings St. Lucia to meet

Management of The Moorings St. Lucia Ltd. and National Workers Union (NWU) officials are scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 to discuss the future of their industrial relationship. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. at the Union’s head office. According to a press release, the NWU has been the bargaining representative of the company’s employees for over nine ...

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Scratch and Win over $50,000 in cash and prizes with Digicel

As Digicel customers continue to enjoy the value available to them through either talk, text or data a new fun and thrilling promotion has been launched to allow every Digicel customer the chance to win thousands of dollars in cash with “Digicel Scratch and Win” promotion. Postpaid and prepaid customers will both have the opportunity to spell Digicel and win ...

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Encore does it again!

An electrified crowd of mostly Sandals team members yearned for more as the curtains came down on the resort-company’s annual Encore talent competition in St. Lucia on the weekend. The keenly contested showdown proved that Sandals employees are able in more than their day-to-day responsibilities. Every Sandals, Beaches and Grande Pineapple Island were proficiently represented except for Grenada where the ...

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Customer wins grand prize in Digicel’s Text to Win promotion, donates prize to C.A.R.E. school

Ulynder Charles, a hard-working dedicated mother and grandmother, could not contain her excitement as the top-prize winner of Digicel’s August Text to Win promotion, as she collected her prizes from Digicel’s Fiona Smith. In addition to providing school scholarships and rewarding the top five students at this years’ Common Entrance Examination, Digicel continued in its efforts to assist persons with ...

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NRG Energy and Digicel partner to bring renewable, affordable and reliable electricity to the people of the Caribbean

 NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) and Digicel today jointly announced at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York a partnership to acquire, construct and operate renewable energy projects under development in the Caribbean region. NRG and Digicel stand ready to bring financial and environmental benefits to the governments, utilities and peoples of the Caribbean in a venture that could ...

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Deadline for submissions to 2014 Business Awards one month away!

October 25, 2013 is the deadline date for submissions to the 2014 St. Lucia Business Awards. 2014 marks the fifth year of celebration of excellence within St. Lucia’s business community. The Awards reward excellence in various categories and celebrates the best qualities of corporate St. Lucia. The Business Awards committee continues to seek ways to improve not just the actual ...

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