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Dr. Augustin Charles passes away

Dr. Augustin Charles

Former public servant, educator and blogger Dr. Augustin Charles has died. He was 62. Dr. Charles passed away at his home in Leriche, Choiseul on Easter Sunday (April 16) at 3:25 a.m. He was ailing for some time. He is well-known for his contributions to the popular Facebook group, SLAPS (St. Lucians Aiming for Progress). His passion for current affairs ...

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LPM mourns loss of its chairman

LPM's Therold Prudent (left) and Martin "Bob" Phulchuere.

PRESS RELEASE – It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our chairman, Mr. Martin “Bob” Phulchere. His dedication to the ideals of the LPM will forever live in our collective memories. Your love of country was never in dispute, and it was this passion for a better Saint Lucia that moved you to take a courageous stand ...

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Derek Walcott laid to rest (GIS REPORT)

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GOVERNMENT INFORMATION SERVICE – The funeral of Sir Derek Alton Walcott KCSL, OBE, OCC, was held on Saturday, March 25, at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries. Sir Derek passed away on March 17 at his home in Cap Estate, Saint Lucia. He was 87 years old. The funeral service which took place in close proximity to the ...

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World bids farewell to Derek Walcott

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CMC — Derek Alton Walcott, born in humble surroundings on Chaussee Road and who mesmerised the world with his poetry, plays and paintings, was buried here on Saturday, one week after he died following a prolong illness. The Nobel Laureate, who died at the age of 87, was eulogised during the just over two-hour state funeral service, as a man who ...

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Windies 13-man squad for first and second T20s vs Pakistan

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PRESS RELEASE – The West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Selection Panel announced the 13-man squad for first and second Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan. The World T20 champions will play the series-opener against the visitors on Sunday at Kensington Oval in Barbados. From there the series moves to Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad. First ball in all matches is 12:30pm (11:30am ...

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Commonwealth Secretary-General’s tribute to Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott

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Statement by Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC There is something about Sir Derek Walcott’s poetry. The “wind… ruffling the tawny pelt”, the “shards of an ancient pastoral in those shires of the island where the cattle drank their pools of shadow from an older sky”, and “the soft-scissored foam as the deck turn white and ...

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Ministry statement on the passing of Sir Derek Walcott

Renowned artist Sir Dunstan St. Omer (left) and his long-time friend noble laureate Dereck Walcott. St. Omer, designer of the national flag died on May 5, 2015.

PRESS RELEASE – It is with deep sadness that the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government learns of the passing of Sir Derek Walcott, who is widely acclaimed as a literary genius. Sir Derek Walcott will leave an enormous space in our nation’s cultural and creative industry which will be very hard if not ...

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Musician Gordon ‘Chacom’ Leon passes away

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Veteran St. Lucian musician Gordon Gene Leon, aka ‘Chacom’, died on Friday, Feb. 10 – about eights months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was 60 years old. Leon was born and raised in Marchand, Castries but spent most of his school years in Trinidad. His official entry into music began when he joined the Diamond Steel Ochestra but bloomed when he ...

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Saint Lucia-born woman dies at 105

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PRESS RELEASE – Babonneau born Ulianita Hortensia Iris Henry has died at the age of 105. She was born on  13th April 1910 in the community of Babonneau to Veronique Stephen and Edison Steven. Her Mother died age when Uliantia was 11, so her father took her and her siblings to live with another wife where Ulianita  was taken out ...

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Veteran tourism and hospitality administrator passes away

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Eileen Paul, renowned for her more than 30 years of service in the St. Lucian hospitality and tourism industry, passed away on Saturday morning after a prolonged illness. Paul has been described as the “heart and soul” of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA). When she joined the SLHTA in 1973 it was known as the Hotel Association and ...

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RIP Roland Branch, the CCSS “superstar teacher”

Ronald Branch, left, with a past student.

Roland Gaspard Branch, a beloved retired teacher of the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS), has passed away. Reports are that Branch, who was ailing from a stroke, passed away at a local hospital at about 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 11. Tributes have begun pouring out on social media from past students of Branch, who was well known as a ...

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SNO DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT – Wendy Bain

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The funeral service for the late Wendy Bain (wife of Angus, mother to Randall and Larry, and grand mother of Thibault and Inigo) will be held at MOUNT OF PRAYER at Coubaril, tomorrow Thursday (April 23) at 10.a.m. NO flowers please but donations can be made to the Benedictine Nuns at Coubaril. Thank you kindly. (1)(1)

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Government extends condolences to Frank Norville’s family

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GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia has extended condolences to the family of renowned cultural icon, Frank Norville. Minister for Tourism, Heritage and Creative Industries, the Hon. Lorne Theophilus, offered well wishes to the loved ones of the late Frank Norville, stating that he was truly one of a kind. “I want to express on behalf of the Government ...

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UWP expresses condolences to Dr. St. Aimee’s family

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PRESS RELEASE – The members and supporters of the Laborie/Augier UWP Constituency Branch are deeply saddened at the news of the passing of Dr. Donatus Keith St. Aimee on Thursday, 9 April 2015. Dr. St. Aimee was a former UWP candidate for the constituency and a very active community activist, founding member of the Laborie Cooperative Credit Union, and friend ...

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Former UN Ambassador passes away

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Former United Nations Ambassador for Saint Lucia, Dr. Donatus Keith St Aimee, is dead. St. Aimee, who had been ailing for some time, reportedly passed away during an American Airlines flight from Miami to St. Lucia on Thursday, April 9. St. Aimee was the United Workers Party’s Laborie candidate in the 2006 General Elections. More details soon. (0)(0)

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Former national cricketer and umpire dies

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Michael ‘Shaddy’ Hippolyte, former national cricketer, national footballer, cricket umpire, football referee and long-outstanding Shamrock sports personality, died last Thursday following a massive stroke which had him hospitalised for 15 days before he passed away. He was 77 years old. As a cricketer, Shaddy was one of those few persons who opened both the bowling and batting. He represented Saint ...

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SALCC salutes the late Hunter J. Francois

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PRESS RELEASE – The evidence is that Hunter J. Francois was revered. His contribution and exploits in Music,Law, Elocution and Education are legendary. In this reflection on his life, we pay specific attention to the unmatched and unheralded contribution that he made to the development of education in Saint Lucia. Recently, there are many persons who have opined that Hunter ...

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Former education minister dies

Former Education Minister Huntley Francois at a ceremony in Monchy to name a road in his honour, earlier this year.

Former Education Minister Hunter J. Francois, who was earlier this year honoured by the government with a road named after him in the Gros Islet constituency, died early Saturday, November 15 at Tapion Hospital. He was 91. A lawyer by profession, Francois was appointed Minister of Education, Health and Social Services after he won the East Castries seat in the 1964 ...

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Pierre’s funeral set for tomorrow

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Former Miss Gros Islet Carnival contestant Janel Pierre, who was found dead in a house in Gros Islet on the evening of Tuesday, September 23, will be laid to rest on Saturday, October 4 with her unborn child. The funeral service is scheduled to take place at the La Clery Catholic Church in La Clery, Castries at 2 p.m. The ...

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PHOTOS: Farewell to a “deeply patriotic Saint Lucian” HE Emmanuel Cotter MBE

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Emmanuel Hercules Cotter MBE, who was Saint Lucia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom from 1998 – 2007, was laid to rest on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Cotter passed away on Sept. 5 in London. In a statement released last week, Prime Minister Dr. Kenny D. Anthony as a “deeply patriotic Saint Lucian” who exhibited a strong sense of duty in carrying out his functions. ...

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PC Abbott’s funeral takes place this Sunday

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PRESS RELEASE – The funeral service of the late Police Constable #280 Allen “Randy” Abbott, will be held at the Bois Jolie Seventh Day Adventist Church in Dennery on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the service, the body will be exposed for viewing at the Police Auditorium on Bridge Street, Castries from 9:00 a.m. At 10:00 a.m. ...

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Former High Court Judge Suzie D’Auvergne’s body lies in repose

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GIS – The body of retired Justice Suzie D’Auvergne lies in repose at the House of Parliament today, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., ahead of her official funeral on Friday, Aug. 29. Viewing of the body will be open to the public from 12 noon, following a schedule of official visits from Acting Governor-General His Excellency Dr. Emsco Remy, ...

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Governor General Louisy remembers Suzie Agnes-Ida d’Auvergne SLMH, CMG

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STATEMENT – Since the untimely passing of the late Justice Suzie d’Auvergne, tributes to her life of national service and to her personal character and attributes have been coming in from people of all walks of life, and from every institution with which she was associated both at home and abroad. And how positive and salutary have they all been! ...

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UWP: The nation has lost a true luminary

Justice Suzie D'Auvergne

PRESS RELEASE – It is with deep regret and sadness that the United Workers Party (UWP) has learned of the passing of Madam Justice Suzie d’Auvergne, a truly outstanding citizen of Saint Lucia. Justice d’Auvergne has left a trail of accomplishments which extends beyond her service on the bench as a legal luminary. She joined the legal profession at a time ...

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OAS secretary general sends condolences to Saint Lucia on Judge Suzie D’Auvergne’s passing

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PRESS RELEASE – The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, today sent a letter of condolences to the Government and people of Saint Lucia expressing his solidarity for the passing on August 18, of Judge Suzie D ‘Auvergne, member of the Administrative Tribunal of the Organization. In the letter, addressed to the Prime Minister of ...

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BREAKING NEWS: John Phulchere is dead

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John Phulchere, regarded as one of St. Lucia’s top visual artists, passed away around midday today, August 20. Reports are that Phulchere passed away at his home. In a recent article to promote the Artisan Market showcase at Baywalk, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF), said Phulchere, “known for his caricatures and book illustrations, make him an extraordinary stor teller and Phulart ...

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LUCELEC Trust statement on death of board member

Justice Suzie D'Auvergne

PRESS RELEASE – The LUCELEC Trust Inc., the philanthropic arm of the Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) would like to extend condolences to the family of Justice Suzie d’Auvergne who died on Monday morning, August 18, 2014. A Retired High Court Judge of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, Justice d’Auvergne served on the Board of the LUCELEC Trust from ...

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Former governor general laid to rest

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GIS – Mr. Boswell Bennie Williams (1926-2014) was laid to rest on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. The life of former Governor General of Saint Lucia, His Excellency Boswell Bennie Williams, was celebrated and his body laid to rest, following a state funeral on Saturday, held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries. Born Sunday, May 16, 1926 ...

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Ikel Emmanuel’s funeral finalised

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Internet sensation Ikel Emmanuel will be laid to rest on Thursday, July 31. Ann Marie Emmanus said that she is now finalising the smaller details to ensure that her son is given a good send-off. Emmanus said Ikel’s body will be at the Rambally’s Funeral Home on Calvary Road, Castries at 9 a.m. for viewing followed by his burial at ...

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Saint Lucia has lost a gem in Boswell Williams

STATEMENT – Leader of the Opposition and MP for Micoud North, Dr. Gale T C Rigobert (in photo), extends deep condolences to the family and friends of former Governor General of Saint Lucia, Mr. Boswell Williams. His keen political insight and wisdom saw him through arguably one of the most turbulent periods in the island’s political history between 1979-1982. His ...

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Cabinet pays tribute to former governor

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STATEMENT – The Cabinet of Ministers has with profound sadness learnt of the passing of former Governor General Boswell Williams. H. E Boswell Williams served Saint Lucia with dedication, humility and honour, first as a member of the Civil Service, next as a Saint Lucia Labour Party Parliamentary Representative and then in the highest public office of the land, as ...

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Former St. Lucian governor general passes away

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Former Governor General Boswell Williams passed away at his Sans Souci, Castries home today, July 20. He was 88. Williams, born in 1926, represented Vieux Fort in the legislature from 1974 to 1979 and was chosen by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom to carry out the position of governor general of the island on June 19, 1980, replacing ...

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RIP TEACHER BERNICE

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St. Lucia News Online extends condolences to retired teacher Bernice Stewart of Dennery village who died recently after a prolonged illness. Stewart taught at the Seventh-Day Adventist Academy and was a teacher for over 30 years. After retiring from the classroom, Stewart went on to work at the St. Lucia Seventh-day Mission’s Office on Lance Road, Castries. (2)(0)

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Farewell Louvin

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Fifteen-year-old Cadet Corps Sergeant Louvin Nelson of Dennery, who drowned during a cadet camp in Beauchamps, Micoud on June 28, was buried on Wednesday, July 16. The former Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School Campus B student received a military-style funeral. (1)(1)

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Centenarian and veteran union member ‘Ma Prince’ is dead

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PRESS RELEASE – Sister Olive Joseph of Pavee, better known as Ma Prince, is dead. Joseph was 102 years old. She worked with the Castries City Council (CCC) all her life and was a member of the National Workers Union (NWU) early in the organisation’s operation. Ma Prince was a real fighter and participated in numerous working class struggles with ...

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Labour Party pays tribute to Elijah Greenidge

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STATEMENT – The Saint Lucia Party mourns the loss of Elijah Greenidge who died on Wednesday, June 25 at the age of 70. Not once when duty called did he ever waver. Procrastination was never his style and he seemed to thrive on adversity. No mountain was too high to climb, no valley to deep to venture into, and no ocean ...

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OBITUARY: Laurina James

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The management and staff of St. Lucia News Online/Andrews Media Services Corp. sends condolences to the relatives, friends and co-workers of the late Laurina James (Boodah). She passed away at Victoria Hospital on Saturday, May 17, 2014 after a very brief illness. She was 34. Laurina was a van sales inventory supervisor at Brydens in Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet. She ...

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OBITUARY: Francisca Joseph

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Death announcement of Francisca Joseph aka Tikar, originally from Victoria, Choiseul but resides at Pavee. She was born August 4, 1944 and departed this life on Sunday, May 18, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. She was 69 years old. Left to mourn: Daughter: Maura Emmanuel Grand children: Soraya Rickaille Ron Emmanuel Garvin Emmanuel Great grand children: Garnel Louis Ronell Emmanuel Son-in-law: ...

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OBITUARY: Mary Magdelene Wilfred

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We regret to announce the death of Mary Magdelene Wilfred a.k.a Artiya of Roblot, Choiseul. She passed away at Victoria Hospital on Saturday, May 17 at 9:20 a.m. She was 82 years old. She was predeceased by her husband Raymond Wilfred a.k.a Arco. Left to Mourn: Her Four Sons: Anthony Herman of La Fargue Choiseul Robinson Wilfred of Roblot, Choiseul ...

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Former T&T president and prime minister passes away; PM Anthony calls him a “true statesman”

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Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has expressed condolences at the passing of former Trinidad and Tobago President and Prime Minister Arthur NR Robinson, calling him the “Caribbean’s elder political statesman”. Robinson, who had been ailing for several months, according to the Trinidad Express, passed away at the St. Clair Medical Centre around 6 a.m. He was 87. The following is ...

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Former government minister Louis George laid to rest

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Former Micoud North parliamentarian Louis Bertrand George, SLC, MBA was laid to rest late Saturday afternoon at the Micoud cemetery. George passed away on Thursday, January 2 following a long battle with diabetes, which resulted in him losing the use of his legs. He was 63. George’s official funeral proceedings began around 11 am when the hearse bearing his casket ...

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Official funeral for former education minister Louis Bertrand George

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The late Louis Bertrand George, a former member of parliament for Micoud North, will receive an official funeral at the St. Lucy’s Roman Catholic Church in Micoud on Saturday, January 18, 2014. The service will begin at 2 p.m. and his body will be available for viewing from the public between 12 and 1 p.m. at the Micoud Multi-purpose Centre. ...

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Labour Party saddened by Oliver Scott’s death

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The Saint Lucia Labour Party says it is saddened by news of the death of Oliver Scott Sr, who passed away yesterday following a short illness. “Scott, whose entire life was grounded in the service of others whether as a trade unionist, choir member, free mason or just plain citizen, was a vocal and longstanding member of the Labour Party ...

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RIP Michael

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Condolences goes out to the family and friends of 16-year-old Michael Alcindor, a Form 5 student of the Corinth Secondary School, who went for a nap last night and never woke up. He passed away about 10 pm at Victoria Hospital. According to his aunt, Michael suffered from asthma, and medical sources say he may have experienced an attack during ...

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PM’s mother passes away

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The mother of Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has died. Andrazine Anthony passed away at Tapion Hospital this morning, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, Press Secretary Jadia Jn Pierre-Emmauel has confirmed. “She was 93 years old. She would have been 94 on November 30, 2013,” the press secretary said. Andrazine was the mother of five sons. This news comes four months ...

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UPDATE: CDF releases statement on Blaise Pascal’s death

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The Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and the Saint Lucian artistic community today mourns the loss of Blaise Claudio Pascal, a highly regarded international tenor who died on Wednesday. The CDF notes that Blaise’s life and career as a lyrical tenor spanned a period of over 19 years, performing across the major metropolis of the globe, yet he returned home to  ...

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PM sympathizes with family of Alimenta Bishop

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Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has offered words of condolence on behalf of the people of St. Lucia on the passing of Alimenta Bishop, mother of the late Maurice Bishop of Grenada. According to a press release, Dr. Anthony conveyed his regards to the Bishop family through a telephone call on August 26, 2013. “Despite the pain and anguish she ...

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Bishop Cornelius Robinson passes away

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Bishop Cornelius Robinson of the Streams of Power Ministries has died. He passed away on Thursday, April 25, 2013 after a period of illness. Pastor Robinson, as he was affectionately known, was widely respected locally, regionally and internationally as a name synonymous with preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. Originally from St. Vincent, his ministry spanned more than 50 years. ...

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FAREWELL: Former radio personality passes on

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The media fraternity is mourning the death of former radio personality Andre Vaughn Noel who died on Tuesday. Noel, who was ailing for some time, reportedly dedicated close to 50 years of his life to the media in St. Lucia. He died in his native Grenada. Media personality Jerry George said his former colleague had a remarkable memory in recalling ...

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SLCC mourns the loss of Ione Erlinger-Forde

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It is with a heavy heart the St. Lucia Crisis Centre (SLCC) says farewell to its founder Ione Erlinger-Forde who passed away on the morning of Friday, April 5, 2013. Forde was compassionate, driven, courageous and a visionary. Her efforts to provide a safe haven for women began in 1986 and after toiling tirelessly for two years, on October 27, ...

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St. Lucia Labour Party pays tribute to Jon Odlum

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Loyalty, integrity, honesty and determination are but a few of the words which he epitomised during his lifetime. Very few things affect us as death does and even fewer deaths touch us as has Jon’s. It is with the deepest regret that the Saint Lucia Labour Party has learnt of the death of Stanley Nicolas Jon Odlum, servant of all ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Veteran politician Jon Odlum is dead

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St. Lucians woke up this morning, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 to the sad news of the passing of Jon Odlum, a former parliamentary representative for Castries South and former minister of government. Odlum was originally a member of the Progressive Labor Party, led by his brother George Odlum, and was the party’s sole successful Parliamentary candidate in 1982. He was ...

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In honour of Timothy James

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The Department of Information and Broadcasting within the Ministry of the Public Service, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Mr. Timothy James who passed away on Friday, February 1st, 2013. A career public servant, Mr. James’ devotion to duty and self-less efforts was an inspiration to ...

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UWP’s statement on passing of former Speaker of the House

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The United Workers Party wishes to express its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Wilfred St. Clair Daniel on his recent passing. Mr. St. Clair Daniel was the longest serving Speaker of the House of Assembly of Saint Lucia to date. He served with distinguished honour during successive UWP administrations, between 1982 and 1997, under the leadership ...

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NYC mourns passing of former youth leader and senator

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This statement was submitted by Mr. Edison De La Cruz (in the photo on the left) from the Public Relations Office of the National Youth council Mr. Austin Anthony Glasgow Long was a close friend and active leader of the early National Youth Council (NYC). He was a man of stature who saw the potential of we the youth and ...

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UWP mourns passing of former senator

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The United Workers Party notes with great sadness the passing of former senator Mr. Austin Anthony Glasgow, after a period of illness. Mr. Glasgow was a former government senator of the Upper House of Saint Lucia. He also served as a past treasurer on the executive of the UWP. The United Workers Party expresses its deepest condolences to the family ...

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St. Lucian businessman Henry ‘Nato’ Nathaniel is dead

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The United Workers Party (UWP) said it is shocked at the sudden news of the passing of Saint Lucian businessman Henry Nathaniel. Nathaniel was commonly known in Castries as the owner of Nato’s Bookstore. The Party said in a statement that it “notes with deep sadness the passing of this iconic Saint Lucian entrepreneur”. “The United Workers Party would like ...

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