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PRESS RELEASE: ECADE welcomes new IACHR commissioners notes Caribbean States’ reservations on human rights

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On the heels of the 47th General Assembly of the Organisation of American Sates (OAS), the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality Inc. (ECADE) welcomes several positive decisions coming out of the meeting. ECADE notes however, reservations expressed by eastern Caribbean governments in respect of the Resolution on the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The 2017 assembly was ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Consumers expect AR and VR to merge with reality

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Ericsson ConsumerLab reports that 7 out of 10 consumers believe that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will become mainstream in media, education, work, social interaction, tourism and retail. Consumers expect virtual screens to start replacing televisions and theaters in less than a year. For VR and AR to merge with physical reality and become mainstream, 5G is crucial ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Argentine Ambassador presents credentials in Saint Kitts

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Monday, June 26th marked the presentation of the Letters of Credence of H.E Luis Beltrán Martínez Thomas, Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Argentine Republic to Saint Lucia, to His Excellency Sir Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton, Governor General of the Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis. Ambassador Martínez Thomas, has served in Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1974, in ...

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CSA president hopes for swift settlement with government

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Though optimistic about negotiations with government on the 2016-2019 triennium collective agreement, President of the Civil Service Association (CSA) Yvonne Edwin has expressed concern over the amount of time it may take before a settlement is reached. The CSA president lamented the common practice of collective agreements being finaliSed either late in the triennium or even after – an action ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SRDF upholds commitment to visitor safety at Gros Piton Nature Trail

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On Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) carried out a trail maintenance assessment exercise at the Gros Piton Nature Trail to ascertain the viability of the footpath’s integrity at the world renowned tourist attraction. An evaluation team comprising officers from the Department of Forestry and personnel from the SRDF Projects unit, painstakingly inspected the entire 2 ...

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PRESS RELEASE: New OECS Chairman Prime Minister Allen Chastanet calls for extensive functional cooperation

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New Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, has called for deeper economic integration and more extensive functional cooperation between small island developing states. Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister took over the chairmanship from Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris and will serve for one year. Prime Minister ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Update on Forest Springs Bottle Water

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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) wishes to advise the public of the re-emergence of Forest Springs Bottled Water on the market following implementation of corrective actions at the processing facility, extensive testing of the natural spring source and recently packaged product. The recent investigations and work done at the facility has resulted in recently tested product demonstrating compliance ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Government looks to build conversation about climate change issues

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The Government of Saint Lucia is hosting a series of workshops to foster conversation about taking action on climate change issues on the island. The Government is currently developing a National Adaptation Plan (NAP) to prepare the country for the impacts of climate change. “Government is dedicated to creating a plan that will build our resilience to the negative effects ...

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PM Chastanet speaks on Trump Cuba policy

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has lent his voice to the debate surrounding United States President Trump’s recent decision to discontinue what he claimed was a “one-sided” policy with Cuba. A few days ago, Trump announced at a public gathering that he would, effective immediately, cancel the former Barack Obama administration’s policy and instate a new programme that would begin with ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St Lucia Public Service to host Ecumenical Service on June 23rd in observance of Public Service Day

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The Saint Lucia Public Service will join the United Nations in celebrating Public Service Day on June 23, 2017. This day aims to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community, highlight the contribution of the public service in the development process and to recognize the hard work and achievements of public officers. In order to commemorate ...

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PRESS RELEASE: House of Assembly Meeting scheduled for Tuesday

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A Formal House of Assembly Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for the continuation of the debate on the Appropriation Bill 2017/2018. A Sitting of the Senate is scheduled for Thursday, June 22, 2017 with Papers to be laid by the Honourable Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Leader of Government Business. The following ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Lucia participate in Future Energy Expo Astana 2017

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Saint Lucia is among 105 countries and 14 international organisations participating in an extensive, 3-month energy exposition in Kazakstan. Held under the theme “Future Energy”, ASTANA EXPO 2017 brings the global community together to exchange information and ideas that can inform the global response to present day energy challenges. Astana Expo is the largest energy exposition of its kind. It ...

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PRESS RELEASE: WASCO water schedule for Monday, June 19, 2017

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The level of Reservoir at John Compton Dam has been recorded at 331.1 feet today, June 19th, 2017. This represents 0 1.2 feet increase from our previous recorded level yesterday, June 18th, 2017. The level on this date last year, June 19th, 2016 was 333.0 feet. Spill over is at 333.9. Daily Water Schedule: The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Vieux Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition For Change urges national organizations to break silence on DSH

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The position on the DSH Deal articulated and publicized by the Vieux-Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VF4Cs) has consistently sought to impress upon the citizens of this country that the proposed DSH Project is not a local issue for Vieux-Fortians but is one that has significant economic, financial, social, environmental, developmental, legal and political implications for the entire country. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Gros Piton Nature Trail closure

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The Gros Piton Nature Trail will be closed on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, to facilitate a routine trail maintenance assessment exercise. The exercise forms part of the organization’s commitment to ensure that safety standards and the integrity of the site’s footpath to the summit of Gros Piton is appropriately inspected to schedule maintenance interventions as required. The nature trail will ...

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PRESS RELEASE: NIC launches National Sneaker Day to promote healthy living

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The National Insurance Corporation (NIC) has launched the second annual National Sneaker Day campaign to promote healthy living through increased physical activity in the workplace. On June 28, workers islandwide are encouraged to wear sneakers with their usual corporate attire. The aim of this activity is to encourage workers to incorporate more physical activity into their day. The activity also ...

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PRESS RELEASE: U&S and Minister Flood-Beaubrun agreed on the unacceptable nature of discrimination targeting women and LGBT community

From left: United and Strong Inc's Communications and Advocacy Officer Bennet Charles; Minister with responsibilty for External Affairs Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun, United and Strong Inc Board Secretary Jessica St. Rose and Permanent Secretary Dr. Alison Gajadhar.

On the heels of the 47th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS) taking place on June 19-21 in the city of Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, United and Strong’s request to meet with Hon. Sarah Flood Beaubrun was accepted. The meeting sort to provide the Minister with information on the work of United and ...

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PHOTO: Prime Minister meets British High Commissioner

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Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet formally meets British High Commissioner Janet Elizabeth Douglas at the Office of the Prime Minister on Tuesday June 13th 2017. Ms. Douglas CMG was appointed British High Commissioner to Barbados, and non-resident High Commissioner to Dominica, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, St Vincent & the Grenadines, Saint Lucia and St Christopher & Nevis in April. The Prime ...

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PRESS RELEASE: EU and Saint Lucia seek stronger alliance

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Ambassadors from the European Union pledged their countries’ willingness to assist and collaborate with Saint Lucia in several areas when they met with Honourable Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Tuesday June 13 th 2017 at the Office of the Prime Minister. The delegation was headed by Ambassador of the EU to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, OECS, and the Caribbean Community ...

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PRESS RELEASE: CSA AGM postponed

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All members are asked to take note that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) scheduled for Wednesday 14th June, 2017, has been postponed to Wednesday 12th July, 2017 from 3 p.m. at the CSA Auditorium. The CSA apologises for any inconvenience caused to our members by this unavoidable postponement. Please contact the Secretariat ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Self-awareness course – exactly for you!

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It is always good to look from another perspective from time to time. Imagine a 20 year old girl – she went through 7,300 days of life to get to where she is. And a woman of 30 lived almost 11,000 days. Day after day, we experience problems, victories, happiness, sadness, frustrations, surprises and disappointments. And with each experience, we ...

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PRESS RELEASE: WASCO water schedule for Monday, June 12, 2017

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The level of Reservoir at John Compton Dam has been recorded at 329.0 feet today, June 12th, 2017. This represents 0 .2 feet decrease from our previous recorded level yesterday, June 11th, 2017. The level on this date last year, June 12th, 2016 was 333.4 feet. Slip over is 333.9 Daily Water Schedule: The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Launch of the CSA Constitutional Review Awareness Campaign

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  The Constitutional Review Committee of The St Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) is pleased to announce the launch of its Constitutional Review Awareness Campaign, under the theme “Let’s Write To Get It Right”. This islandwide campaign is scheduled to take place from Monday June 19th, 2017 to Friday July 21st, 2017. The CSA’s constitution, states the fundamental principles by ...

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PRESS RELEASE: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Workshop

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Habits are powerful forces in our lives. They determine our level of effectiveness or ineffectiveness. The purpose of The 7 Habits is to help persons lead their life in a truly effective way. They represent a proven process of personal and interpersonal growth that can have an immediate and lasting impact. On Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th July 2017, Celestial ...

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Bordelais Correctional Facility overcrowded by 75 inmates

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Moving from a total of 607 inmates in 2016, which was 157 more than its maximum capacity, to 525 prisoners as of June 2017, the Bordelais Correctional Facility is still overcrowded. The penal institution was built to safely accommodate 450 prisoners and while there was a decrease of 82 inmates over the last year, it is still over its maximum ...

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Caribbean Rastafari end three days of discussion in Saint Lucia

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The Caribbean Rastafari Organization (CRO) recently concluded a directors meeting here which is aimed at continuing the deliberation on the forward movement of the CRO which began a few years ago. Five countries participated in the three-day meeting which was held in Micoud. They were Barbados, St. Kitts and Nevis, Martinique, St. Lucia and Grenada. The meeting looked at the ...

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PRESS RELEASE: BelleCarib.com launched for St. Lucia’s local tourism industry

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After several months of work and preparation, BelleCarib sheds some light on their website and what users and businesses alike can expect. BelleCarib works to foster local and regional tourism by bringing patrons (Local/Regional/International) and businesses together, starting with St. Lucia. One goal is to highlight local establishments, primarily restaurants, bars, hotels, villas, tour operators, taxi drivers, local hotspots and ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Local bakers to receive training in flour preparation

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Caribbean Grains St. Lucia Ltd will be hosting a day training seminar for local bakers island-wide on June 20th, 21st, 22nd, 2017 from 10:00am-4:00pm daily at our Flour Mill Plant (SLASPA PORT) Vieux Fort. The training seminar will be conducted by an overseas baker Mr. Michael Adriaenssens from Guadeloupe. Local bakers will be given an opportunity to improve their skills ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Our women leaders continue to fail us!

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In Saint Lucia, women and girls continue to be subjected to violence, such as Domestic Violence & Murder, Rape, Sexual Abuse, Social Media Pornography Abuse, etc, at no time did women hear a strong statement or position from female parliamentarians and heads of public sector agencies mandated to be lead advocates on women’s issues. While it is assumed that women’s ...

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PRESS RELEASE: E-ticket sales platform launched in St. Lucia

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St. Lucia is finally home to its first online ticketing platform. LucianTickets.com provides an avenue for local event organisers to sell tickets entirely online. Event patrons can purchase tickets using their debit/credit cards from the LucianTickets.com website on any computer or mobile. Why eTicketing?  This e-ticketing solution is easy, flexible and affordable for any and all St. Lucian events. E-ticketing ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Water interruption notice

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The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to inform its customers in the area along the John Compton Highway that the Water supply has been interrupted due to a damaged 8” water main. The customers affected are those from Peter and Co through to Monroe College. WASCO is aiming to restore the supply during the course of the evening ...

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PRESS RELEASE: SLAPS fundraising concert

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The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority acknowledges the contribution by the Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) towards finding homes for many homeless animals on island given that the work of the organization results in a reduction of the number of dogs and cats that forage waste placed out for collection. The Authority therefore partners with SLAPS during the ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Babonneau Constituency Council to host ‘Development Committee’ meeting

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The Babonneau Constituency Council will be hosting meeting in search of residents interested in forming a ‘Development Committee’ for the La Guerre/ Plateau areas “We will be discussing the formation of a committee that will be responsible for undertaking community development projects, events and activities. All persons interested in lending a helping hand for the welfare of our community/area are ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St Lucia Bureau of Standards to celebrate World Accreditation Day

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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards will join the rest of the global community to mark the observance of World Accreditation Day on June 9th 2017. The observance is an initiative jointly established by the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC), to raise awareness of the importance of accreditation. The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards ...

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St. Lucia’s national culinary team returns home with eight medals

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St. Lucia’s national culinary team returned home yesterday with success after competing in the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) culinary competition held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Miami. Fourteen islands took part in the competition, dubbed the CHTA’s “Taste of the Caribbean” competition. The national team, which comprised of eight chefs and one bartender, won a medal in ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Creative artists invited to meet and discuss concerns that developed recently

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Several issues of concern to creative artists in St. Lucia have developed recently. Included among those are the proposed re-location of the National Cultural Centre and the Cultural Development Foundation offices, the closing of the Walcott House and St. Lucia’s possible non-participation in Carifesta in Barbados in August. All those involved in the various areas of the creative arts are ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St Lucia Fire Service continues to build capacity in specialized firefighting areas

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The Saint Lucia Fire Service is continuing efforts to build capacity in specialized areas of firefighting. Two officers recently completed training in Fire Investigation at the Florida State Fire College in the United States. LFM 442 Owen Cazaubon and FM 450 Dwayne-Ferdinand both described the course as very intense yet rewarding. In sharing his impressions of the training in Fire ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Rotarians host annual lunch for Dunnottar students

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The annual lunch for Dunnottar School remains a marquee event on the itinerary of fundraising activities for the Rotary Club of Saint Lucia. The Club recently invited faculty and students at the special needs school to break bread at the Windjammer Hotel where they raised over $500 for the institution. President Selma St. Prix says the club wanted to help ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Overseas committee donates cheque to Babonneau church

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The Brooklyn and Connecticut Babonneau Day Committee presented a cheque to the Babonneau Good Shepherd Catholic Church. The contribution will assist with redesigning and refurbishing the church. The Church has commissioned; son of the late Dunstan St. Omer; Giovanni St. Omer to create a special one of a kind mural. As part of the Babonneau Good Shepherd Church’s 70th anniversary ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Sandals Resorts – Theatre for the Performing Arts

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Sandals Resorts International continues to play a major role in the development of the creative resource on island. Fresh from what has become the greatest resort show within the industry – the Sandals Prestige Awards, team members across the three resorts in Saint Lucia are back in caucus already planning to best their efforts ahead of next year’s event. As ...

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PRESS RELEASE: NWU to host seminar for constituency council

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Some thirty-five (35) rank and file members of the National Workers Union (NWU) employed with Constituency Councils around the island will participate in a one-day industrial forum.   The trade union initiative will be held on Wednesday June 14, 2017 at the Conference Room of the Finance Administrative Centre at Point Seraphine in Castries commencing from 8.30 a.m. It is ...

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PRESS RELEASE: WASCO water schedule for Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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CANARIES SYSTEM Main Canaries Primary System: In Operation Anse la Verdue: In operation SOUFRIERE SYSTEM Ruby: In operation (River source in operation; spring source in operation) Fond St. Jacques 1: In operation Fond St. Jacques 2: In operation Diamond 1: In operation Diamond 2: In operation Bouton: In operation CHOISEUL SYSTEM Delcer: In operation Saltibus Upper: In operation Saltibus Lower: ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Lucia National Youth Council to launch campaign

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As per the mandate set forth at General Assembly for the 15th Executive of the National Youth Council, and in accordance with our constituted public relations responsibility, we are launching a campaign dubbed, “We are NYC”. This campaign will seek to educate the public, particularly the Saint Lucian youth population both here and in the diaspora, about the Saint Lucia ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Micoud Road Rehabilitation Project

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The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring and general public that the following roads in Micoud will be repaired over a 9-month period starting in June. Dugard – La Courville La Courville to Paix Bouche London Road and section of the Ti Rocher Road and Fond Dor Road Commuters are asked to drive with caution ...

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PRESS RELEASE: YPG invites all to “Cry Out St. Lucia”

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The YPG (Youth Power Group) concerned with the number of youths involved in crimes, facing unemployment and having problems at school, wants to invite the public, the schools and the communities to be together crying out for Saint Lucia. We will together be asking for God’s hands to be upon our country and people. The Cry Out Event will happen ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Taiwan contributes charity supplies to Saint Lucia vulnerable groups throughout the island

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His Excellency Douglas Shen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, handover a full container of charity supplies to the Honourable Lenard Montoute, Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment at a ceremony held at National Emergency Management Organisation Headquarters on May 24, 2017. The charity supplies were donated by Simplyhelp Foundation, a Taiwanese-American NGO based in ...

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Fellow artists “just don’t care” – St. Clair in response to Walcott House closure

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Describing it as a “precarious situation”, writer, playwright and cultural activist Gandolph St. Clair has spoken against what he believes is a lack of unity among Saint Lucia’s artistic community. St. Clair spoke to media on Wednesday, lamenting the closure of the Walcott House – which took effect on May 31, 2017, as announced by the Saint Lucia National Trust. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: World No Tobacco Day observance

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Today, May 31st 2017, the world observes world no tobacco day under the theme Tobacco, a threat to development. Today’s observation is intended to encourage a 24-hour period of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption around the globe and Saint Lucia is no exception. The World Health Organization (WHO) and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Past Years of Service benefit for NIPRO workers

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Two hundred and sixty thousand dollars ($260,000.00) in Past Years of Service Benefit – This is the amount in the Trust Deed document that was signed by the Management of National Insurance Property Development and Management Company Limited (NIPRO) and the National Workers Union (NWU). The said amount will be seed money to fund a Gratuity Programme on behalf of ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Disciplined forces trained for the CARICOM disaster relief unit in Barbados

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31 participants from the disciplined forces, including police, military and fire services are taking part in the annual CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit (CDRU) training, which is being held at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) Coordinating Unit and the Headquarters of the Regional Security System (RSS) in Barbados from May 29 – June 2, 2017. The CDRU is a ...

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PRESS RELEASE: NEMO invites amateur radio operators to meeting

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The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) invites all Amateur Radio and Citizen Band operators to a meeting on Tuesday, June 13th 2017 from 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be held at the NEMO Headquarters located at Bisee, Castries. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss matters relevant to emergency communications arrangements, in particular, the role of radio operators in ...

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Members of St. Lucia Amateur Swimming Association Select a New Executive

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St. Lucia Amateur Swimming Association held an Extraordinary General Meeting May 29th, 2017. Present was The Past Executive Members, Fina Representative Errol Clark, St. Lucia Olympic Representatives Alfred Emmanuel and David Christopher and a quorum of approximately 104 voting members. Outgoing president Carol Mangal, who now serves as Immediate Past President, addressed the membership and gave a basic overview of ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Upton Gardens Girls Centre first to benefit from inaugural Prime Minister’s Independence Ball

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The Upton Gardens Girls Centre is the first ever recipient of proceeds from the inaugural Prime Minister’s Independence Ball which was held on the eve of the island’s 38th Independence Anniversary celebrations this year. The Centre, established since 1980, provides quality day care rehabilitation services in a conducive environment to abused, disadvantaged and neglected young girls. At a brief handover ...

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PRESS RELEASE: WASCO water schedule for Monday, May 29, 2017

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The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) wishes to advise of water schedule for communities in the Northern part of the island, for today Monday 29th May 2017: Network Update- May 29th, 2017 The level of Reservoir at John Compton Dam has been recorded at 331.2 feet today, May 29th, 2017. This represents 0 .1 feet decrease from our previous ...

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