Finance/Business

Employees of Stonefield Estate Resort and Spa to get wage increase

The management of Stonefield Estate Resort and Spa and the National Workers Union (NWU) are putting together final details for the signing of their first industrial agreement. This development is as a result of successful completion of negotiations between the hotel and the union. Hotel workers employed with the company will receive a six percent general wage increase spread over ...

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LIME shares Merry Moments with Twitter followers

This Christmas, all you needed to enter for a chance to win with LIME was 140 characters or less. Twitter is one of the fastest growing channels on the fastest growing area of traffic on the Internet, social media. The increasingly popular portal has been a vital tool for US President, Barack Obama, during his 2008 and 2012 runs to ...

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Digicel warmed many hearts with smiles during the festive season

As is customary, Digicel continued to deliver good cheer as part of its social responsibility to St. Lucian residents. Compelled by the desire to share tangible rewards with as many persons as possible, the Digicel team continued to share not only SMILES but messages of hope. In keeping with the latest promotion, ‘SMILE’, this year’s hamper distribution ensured that the ...

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Statement by LIAT Chairman Jean S. Holder: Towards a sustainable regional air transportation service

STATEMENT BY LIAT CHAIRMAN JEAN S. HOLDER PRESENTED TO LIAT MAJOR SHAREHOLDER PRIME MINISTERS – BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS, 28th Dec 2012 Built-in challenges Casual observers make facile comparisons between air transportation services in the Caribbean and elsewhere, without understanding the challenges that attach to Caribbean air transportation as a direct result of its history, geography and economy. If the Caribbean Tourism ...

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LIME presents Christmas and birthday presents with BIG Money!

Several LIME customers had a merrier Christmas thanks to their winnings from Saint Lucia’s and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider. For at least one customer, becoming a winner in the $500,000 BIG Money Everyday Giveaway was also a birthday present! Kernysha Elien was awarded $1,000 in cash and $500 worth of groceries from Super J IGA on the eve ...

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ECCO and LIME bring cheer for Christmas

Popular local calypsonian Peter St Pierre had been at Victoria Hospital for several weeks, a cut on his lower leg exacerbated by his decade-long struggle with diabetes. Better known by his stage name, Controller, St Pierre says he “got tired of talking to the other patients,” so he decided to tune in to the year-end edition of Musically Speaking. ECCO, ...

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UPDATE: KM2 and TELUS to manage LIME’s St. Lucia’s new call centre

Castries, 20 December, 2012: Leading telecoms provider, LIME is making significant improvements to its call centre operations in Saint Lucia with new Canada-based partners TELUS and its global contact centre delivery arm, TELUS International and KM2. KM2 is an award-winning regional contact centre business partner with considerable experience serving customers in Saint Lucia. The centre will be part of the ...

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Karib Cable awards a lucky customer

Karib Cable brings to you “Bundles of Joy” this Christmas. Karib Cable is rewarding customers with weekly Bundles of Joy Christmas hampers. This week, Mr. Derrick Albert was the lucky customer who got to walk away with a hamper compliments Peter & Company Limited and Karib Cable. Customers and prospective customers can come into any of our Karib Cable locations ...

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SMC student wins with LIME Facebook survey!

A 15-year-old St Mary’s College student is the winner of a brand new Samsung Galaxy y smartphone from LIME, after participating in a recent survey conducted on the company’s Facebook page. The contest required customers to visit any LIME retail outlet and then go to the LIME Saint Lucia Facebook page within 24 hours to complete the survey. “I actually ...

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Karib Cable provides broadband internet for live broadcast of Festival of Carols

Karib Cable sponsors another successful and commemorative event in St. Lucia. Karib Cable together with NTN brought the “Festival of Carols” right into the homes of the St. Lucian public by providing the broadband Internet link to facilitate a live broadcast of the night’s festivities. The 2012 Festival of Carols, under the distinguished patronage of the Governor General of Saint ...

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ECFH’s Group managing director retires

The East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Limited (ECFH) announces the retirement of its Group Managing Director (GMD) Mr. Robert Norstrom. After a nine-year contribution to ECFH Mr. Norstrom proceeds on pre-retirement vacation effective Monday, December 17, 2012. In the interim, the Board has assigned Mrs. Esther Browne-Weekes to act in the position of GMD until a permanent appointment is made. ...

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Digicel rewards its first two weekly winners

With this being the most wonderful time of the year, Digicel is bringing cheer and most importantly smiles too many customer faces this Christmas.  Digicel’s first two weekly winners have been realized for the Share a Smile this Christmas promotion. Digicel, eager to make its customers happy, has begun to recognize its exciting weekly winners who have won great prizes.  ...

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LIME gives gifts that keep on giving!

Several children will be able to get more than they bargained for under their trees this Christmas, thanks to LIME. 12-year-old Genevieve Louis received a brand new Google Nexus 7 tablet computer from her uncle Eli, who was a winner in the LIME Merry Moments promotion. “I never expected to win,” said Eli, a radio technician. “I just TopUp my ...

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KM2 Solutions wins Caribbean Business Awards Contact Centre of the Year, 2012

KM2 Solutions, a leading US-based Contact Centre company has won the coveted award of Contact Centre of the Year for 2012, Caribbean Business Awards (CBA). The Caribbean Business Awards are given to companies that, by virtue of the quality of their products and services, creativity and innovation, and the level of engagement with and through all employees, exude consistent professionalism ...

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Win a shopping spree with Digicel this Christmas!

Digicel, The Bigger, Better Network has been hyping up its customers for the Christmas season with fantastic giveaways and smiles. With the introduction of yet another innovative text to win promotion, one lucky Digicel customer will win a $5000 shopping spree at the Bay Walk Mall. As Digicel continues to share smiles all over St Lucia, the Christmas Text to ...

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Karib Cable awards top student with laptop computer

Karib Cable continues to make a difference in the lives of St. Lucians through education, the environment, health and wellness, culture, community projects and sports. Under the umbrella of its corporate social responsibility program, “Making A Difference”, the top computer systems engineering graduate of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) was awarded a laptop computer with one year of ...

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LIAT unveils new business plan, projects 2 percent profit in 2013

Regional airline LIAT is expected to record an EC$23 million loss at the end of this year but the company has unveiled a business plan which it says will reverse its fortunes in 2013. Recently-appointed chief executive officer, Ian Brunton, told a regional news conference in Antigua on Friday that based on the plan, the airline is projecting a two ...

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Digicel applauds the seamanship of the 2012 ARC participants!

Digicel continues its support of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers (ARC) with an investment of over EC$100,000 in cash and kind. The 1,250 brave souls of sailors from around the world can expect an arousing welcome by platinum sponsors Digicel when they enter the Rodney Bay Marina on the completion of their 2,700 mile journey across the Atlantic! This is ...

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CWC joins new Pan-American cable consortium; 6000km PCCS cable to deliver faster Internet to the Caribbean

Cable & Wireless Communications has become one of the founder members of a consortium to build a new submarine cable system that will increase access to fast broadband and pay TV in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The Pacific Caribbean Cable System (PCCS) will span  6,000km from Jacksonville, Florida to Manta, Ecuador. The cable will have landing stations in ...

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V&A workers vote for union representation

Workers employed with V & A Trading Company will now be represented by a  trade union. The workers recently participated in a secret ballot poll which was undertaken by officials from the Department of Labour. The exercise revealed that 92.31 percent of the workers voted in favour of having their interest protected by the National Workers Union (NWU). Following the ...

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BIG Money winners all set for Christmas with LIME!

The latest group of winners in the LIME $500,000 BIG Money Everyday Giveaway are celebrating Christmas a few weeks early. A dozen lucky customers are appreciating the winning moment with Saint Lucia’s and the Caribbean’s leading full service telecommunications provider. Each customer picked up $1,000 cash and $500 in groceries from Super J IGA in the ongoing promotion BIG Money ...

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Gov’t says it collected $25 million from first month of VAT but…..

Below is a statement from the Office of the Prime Minister on government’s report on first month of VAT Over the past few days, there has been considerable speculation about the amount of money collected by the Government from VAT. Already, it has been claimed that the Government has collected more than enough to pay public officers. Consistent with the ...

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Ten celebrate with LIME Merry Moments!

“It’s a funny story,” says Celestine Mathurin, smiling broadly as she cradles her brand new tablet computer. “For one thing, just yesterday, I was telling my husband he should look for a tablet computer for me, an iPad or something. So when he called me and told me I won a tablet from LIME, I figured he had to be ...

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Karib Cable unveils Christmas promotion

Karib Cable continues to St. Lucia more to love for less. We unveiled our Christmas promotion in all its splendour on Saturday, December 1 in the William Peter Boulevard.  Karib Cable brings to you “bundles of joy” this Christmas. Come into any of our Karib Cable locations and enjoy great deals for the month of December. Sign up for Cable ...

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22 libraries island-wide receive complimentary Karib Cable TV

Karib Cable continues to “Make a difference” in the lives of St. Lucians through education, health and wellness, culture, community projects and sports. Under the umbrella of its corporate social responsibility program “Making A Difference”, 22 libraries island-wide have now been fitted with complementary Karib Cable TV. Librarians from every district attended a commemorative ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the Castries ...

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Taiwan-Saint Lucia Trade Exhibition an investment opportunity – Minister Hippolyte

Saint Lucia’s Minister of Commerce, Business Development,  Investment and Consumer Affairs,  Honourable Emma Hippolyte, is describing the Taiwan-Saint Lucia trade exhibition as an investment opportunity aimed at increasing the growth potential of the tourism and yachting sector. This investment is aimed at increasing Saint Lucia’s ability to trade on the international level, playing a vital role in sustaining economic growth ...

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Digicel leading the Caribbean in provision of integrated communication systems services

After pioneering the mobile revolution in the then newly liberalized telecoms market, Digicel is today providing leadership in assisting governments and businesses whose core operations still revolve around the use of landline services to bring together their landline, mobile and data services in the most seamless, efficient and cost effective manner. Approximately ten years ago Digicel made mobile phones accessible ...

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Digicel sets sail for ARC 2012 at tne flotilla

The Atlantic Rally for Cruisers 2012 kicked off on Sunday 25th  November form Castries, to the Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia. As more than 237 yachts departed from Las Palmas in Gran Canaria, over 50 registered seaworthy crafts set off from Castries harbor as part of ARC Flotilla to celebrate the kick off of the 27th anniversary of the ...

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LIME TV and HBO deliver holiday movie cheer!

Just imagine you and your family experiencing a great Christmas adventure, without leaving your sofa. Imagine that action filled night with you and your best friends saving the day from your kitchen. Your favourite movies can take you anywhere and with HBO and the LIME TV Movie Pack, you can get more of the movies you want, and be transported ...

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ECFH shines like a diamond for leadership in regional banking

The East Caribbean Financial Holding Company (ECFH) has captured the prestigious Diamond Award from the Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB). The award is in recognition of ECFH’s consistent contributions over the years to the development of CAB and its members, and to the banking sector of the Caribbean. ECFH has provided significant sponsorship support to the CAB Conference as Silver ...

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LPH takes steps to acquire interest in Dominica Electricity Services Ltd.

Light & Power Holdings Ltd. of Barbados has signed a letter of intent to acquire controlling interest in Dominica Electricity Services Ltd. (DOMLEC) from WRB Enterprises Inc. of Tampa, Florida. DOMLEC is the sole electric utility for the Commonwealth of Dominica, serving 34,000 customers. WRB owns 52 percent of DOMLEC, with 21 percent held by Dominica Social Security Scheme and ...

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Young people encouraged to develop business ideas

The nation’s youth are being encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities available for them to start up a business. Minister responsible for Commerce, Business Development and Investment, Honourable Emma Hippolyte, says the nation’s youth are gifted with intellectual and innovative prowess and therefore must begin to see themselves as employers rather than employees. She says the Government of Saint ...

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Smugglers Cove workers return to work after brief industrial action

Over 200 workers employed with Smugglers Cove Resort & Spa are back on the job. The hotel workers, who reported for the day shift on November 28, 2012, failed to commence duties until the bargaining agent, the National Workers Union (NWU), engaged management on a number of outstanding issues. Ralph Taylor, principal owner of the hotel, was unable to come ...

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SMILE: Digicel donates cash to fire victim and his family

Telecommunications company has donated $10,000 to a family whose house was destroyed by fire earlier this year. Haron Hippolyte, a machine operator of the Star Publishing Company, who previously lived in Ciceron with his girlfriend, Nicole Justin; three children, mother and brother, lost their house in a fire in July 2011. Unable to salvage any of their belongings in the ...

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Assistance to small business sector

The Ministry of Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs is continuing to provide support to the small business sector to ensure greater levels of productivity. The targeted support to the small business sector is part of a rigorous government-led drive to improve the business climate in Saint Lucia. Speaking in an interview with the Government Information Service, Minister for Commerce, ...

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Deadline for applications of the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards fast approaching

The deadline for submissions for the 2013 St. Lucia Business Awards is December 3, 2012. As we approach this date, the Chamber urges businesses across the island to participate in the Awards which target all business categories large and small, regardless of sector. The St. Lucia Business Awards reward excellence in various categories, celebrating the achievements of the private sector ...

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St. Lucia among Caribbean countries uniting to offer unprecedented Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three Caribbean nations have joined forces to offer an unprecedented Black Friday through Cyber Monday deal that is sure to attract a large audience of US travelers. Through cooperation between the public and private sectors, the tourism boards and hotel associations of Barbados, St. Lucia and Antigua are offering 20 percent off virtually any hotel or resort ...

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Full service goes next level with LIME Merry Moments!

LIME brought loads of Christmas cheer to the Rubis Bois d’Orange Service Station last weekend, when the full service telecommunications provider launched its Merry Moments Yuletide promotion in grand style. Already known for great deals on landline, Internet, mobile and LIME TV, LIME partnered with Lubeco, Courts and Rubis to give customers even more ways to enjoy great moments. Most ...

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RSL 97 launches Christmas Kaleidoscope

The holiday season officially starts on Monday, when RSL97 launches its Christmas programmes. Fresh off its celebrations following the award of the Diamond Jubilee Medal for its contribution to the nation in the field of broadcasting, RSL 97 continues to make the country its focus. It has developed a reputation over the years for some of the most creative and ...

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Romanus Sandiford $10,000 richer thanks to Super J IGA and Ti Js

“I want CASH, CASH, CASH” was Mr. Romanus Sandiford’s response when he was told to choose whatever would make him happy from Super J IGA and Ti Js Christmas wish list. The Big Bag of Joy promotion started in October with very attractive prizes ranging from Mortgage Deposits, Car Deposits, Living Expenses Paid for a Year to Furniture from Courts, ...

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Local support service company helping businesses show some Christmas love

Local business support service, Outsource Saint Lucia has come up with a novel Christmas promotion to help local companies spread Christmas cheer among their customers and clients this holiday season. The promotion dubbed “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” is designed to help local companies find creative ways to express their appreciation to their valued customers and clients. According to ...

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Bank of Saint Lucia launches big sleigh Christmas promotion

Lucky customers of St. Lucia’s leading financial institution, Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL), have an opportunity to make their Christmas wishes come true this year. The Bank has just launched its exciting Christmas promotion for 2012 titled “BOSL BIG SLEIGH CHRISTMAS”. This holiday promotion gives customers a chance to win amazing prizes, including: A Digital Hamper containing an Ipad, Kindle ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Faster access to St Lucia News Online on mobile phones as mobile version launched

Readers of St. Lucia News Online (SNO) can now access, within seconds, this news website via any mobile phone – including Blackberry, Nokia and iPhone – using www.stlucianewsonline.com or www.luciaenews.com. A mobile version of St. Lucia News Online appears within five to 30 seconds as soon as the website’s URLs are processed on any mobile device in or outside St. ...

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Digicel bring smiles to the Lady Gordon School

Digicel, the Bigger Better Network made a surprise visit to the Lady Gordon Opportunity Center to share smiles with the staff and kids with a surprise treat with Digicel’s Smile. Located in Ciceron the Lady Gordon Opportunity Center is an institution which offer an inclusive educational programme catered to student with hearing impairments, as well as students who are diagnosed ...

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LPM calls for greater political maturity in the country

The Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) says it is pitiful to observe the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and United Workers Party (UWP) wrangle over who made the most ministerial appointments during respective years in office. According to LPM Leader Therold Prudent, the fact is, these two political organisations, which have dominated the political landscape of Saint Lucia for the last ...

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Negotiations begin between NWU and media house

Negotiations between the management of Helen Television System (HTS) and the National Workers Union (NWU) began today, November 20, 2012 at the Head Office of the NWU. The parties discussed the Memorandum of Proposals submitted by the NWU to HTS on behalf of workers employed with that media house. The proposals deal with an adjustable wage scale along with fringe ...

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LIAT CEO reiterates company’s commitment to working with its trade unions

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua, November 20, 2012 – Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of regional airline LIAT (1974) Ltd, Captain Ian Brunton, says the company remains committed to working with all 10 trade unions representing its employees. In late October, Captain Brunton participated in his first meeting of the Regional Consultative Council of Trade Unions within the LIAT System since his appointment ...

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CIBC FirstCaribbean rewards visa credit card clients, encourages them to donate to worthy causes

Clients of CIBC FirstCaribbean have much to smile about this holiday season as the bank  unveiled its ‘CIBC FirstCaribbean Rewards’, a programme that allows Visa Gold and Visa Classic credit card clients to earn loyalty points with every purchase they make. Managing Director, Customer Relationship Management & Strategy, Trevor Torzsas, lauded the initiative as a significant benefit for the bank’s ...

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RESOLVED: WASCO workers to get paid

The five-day waiting issue between the management of the Water and Sewerage Company Incorporated (WASCO) and its monthly and fortnightly paid workers represented by the Saint Lucia Civil Service Association and the National Workers Union (NWU) is over. Today, the labour minister chaired a meeting held at the Department of Labour between representatives of WASCO and the NWU. After brief ...

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Soufriere resort featured as “gay friendly”

A resort in St. Lucia has been featured as a “gay friendly” accommodation by a website for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered individuals. La Haut Resort in Soufriere is featured on gayapolis.com which says “periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay”. According to the website, “La ...

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LIME gives customers ‘Merry Moments’ this Christmas; hundreds to win Google Tabs, iPod Nanos and Beats headsets weekly

Castries, Saint Lucia – 16 November 2012: LIME, the Caribbean’s best-value network, launches its Christmas campaign this Saturday, offering customers across the region many ‘Merry Moments,’ complete with big savings and hundreds of weekly prizes for the season. Prizes on offer include the powerful and portable Google Nexus 7 tablet, the new credit-card-thin Apple iPod Nano and the coveted Monster ...

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Karib Cable rewards customer

Karib Cable rewards another valued customer $1,000 cash for paying her bill on time and in full for the month of October. Their lucky winner, Victoria Deligny, a current internet customer, comes from the beautiful community of Choiseul.  Victoria Deligny was excited to be the recipient of this cash especially since this was her first time winning a prize.  Victoria ...

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Digicel gives you 100,000 reasons to share a smile this Christmas

It’s the most wonderful time of the Year. No other time of year has the power to bring cheer and most importantly smiles to any face than at Christmas. This Christmas, Digicel will be adding and encouraging even more smiles with their fantastic Christmas Promotion dubbed “Share a Smile this Christmas.” Building on the recently launched SMILE top up promotion, ...

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SMJ Beverages to participate in secret poll

Over 80 workers employed with SMJ Beverages (St. Lucia) Limited will participate in a secret ballot poll on Thursday, November 15, 2012. This is as a result of a recognition claim submitted to the Department of Labour by the National Workers Union (NWU) on behalf of the said workers. The poll, which will be undertaken by officials from the Department ...

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St. Lucia Chamber re-elects Gerard Bergasse as president

Gerard Bergasse of Tropical Shipping has been re-elected president of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture. Bergasse was re-elected during the Chamber’s 128rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held last night, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the Royal St. Lucian Conference room. Lanfraze Cherubin of Windward and Leeward Brewery Ltd was elected for the first time and will ...

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Dispute between CARIMAN and NWU settled

The industrial impasse between the management of Caribbean Manufacturers Limited (CARIMAN) Ltd and the National Workers Union (NWU) has been settled. Some four weeks ago the NWU gave the company a seven-day ultimatum to resolve a wage matter or face protest action by the workers. The company failed to heed the ultimatum notice and as a result the workers withheld ...

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Concern expressed over resort expansion in St Lucia

CASTRIES, St Lucia — The political leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has expressed grave concern over the apparent intentions of Sandals Grande Hotel to expand its accommodation by utilizing portions of the sea to build luxury bungalows in an effort to maximize greater profits for the company. According to Prudent, while it is understood that the ...

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St Lucia offshore firm earning millions

ALTHOUGH the State this month moved to transfer CL Financial shares in Republic Bank into a new trust fund, former CLF executive chairman Lawrence Duprey will still retain ties to a cluster of 13,191,640 shares in Republic Bank Limited through a secret offshore company called First Company Limited, a CLF group company. While the State recently announced it has started ...

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Galway hurler gets €100m St Lucia deal

A FIVE-STAR Caribbean resort development backed by Irish investors has found over €100m to refinance after its Icelandic backer’s collapse. Roebuck Properties, led by Galway hurling legend Brendan Lynskey, businessmen Neal Sweeney and Brian Kennedy, was backed by KSF, the British arm of the notorious Kaupthing bank before it went bust. Kaupthing’s administrators are now pursuing Roebuck for €10.5m related ...

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BIG Money winners get an early Christmas!

Customers from Bishop’s Gap, Micoud, central Castries, Babonneau, Carellie and New Development, Soufriere were among the latest winners in the LIME $500,000 BIG Money Everyday Giveaway. With the Christmas season upon us, it looks like Saint Lucia’s and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications providers is already heavily into the giving spirit! Bradley and Albert Reynolds, both from Babonneau, are distantly related. ...

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Denver Byron wins $50,000 cash in Digicel’s Crack the Code Promotion!

Digicel the Bigger Better Network launched an exciting ‘Crack the Code’ Summer Promotion, which saw hundreds of customers win thousands of dollars in cash and credit for the past 23 weeks! One lucky Digicel customer in the person of Denver Byron walked away with the grand prize of $50,000 cash, giving a fitting end to an extraordinary promotion. This summer ...

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Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd is 2012 Best Corporate Citizen among ECCU commercial banks

The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) has presented the 2012 Best Corporate Citizen Award Among ECCU Commercial Banks to the Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd for its outstanding contribution to the overall development and well-being of the people of Saint Lucia. The Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd also received Good Corporate Citizen Awards for Educational Development, Community Outreach and Social ...

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