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Youth/Education

GIS NEWS: Construction to recommence on Choiseul Secondary

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After a seven-year lull, construction on the Choiseul Secondary School located in La Fargue, is expected to recommence following the recent signing of a contractual agreement between the Government of Saint Lucia and FDL Consult Inc. The process for the rehabilitation of the southern educational institution started in 2010 involving the then Ministry of Communications and Works, the school officials, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Team REGENR8 ready for tomorrow’s National Youth Council elections

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Youth Unemployment is a major sore point and impacts on the livelihoods of us young people. There needs to be effective mediums to help mitigate those challenges that impact our communities. Team REGENR8 will work with the various interest organizations to help build the medium to empower our youth in sustainable employment opportunities. TEAM REGENR8 is ready to represent and ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Parents Spelling Bee at Bocage Primary School

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On Thursday evening the auditorium at the Bocage Primary School was buzzing with excitement, not by the usual students, but many parents, their friends and family members. Amidst all the travesty happening around the community, the principal and staff of the Bocage Primary school continue to find innovative ways to get parents involved in their child’s school life. As part ...

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GIS NEWS: School sports consultation held yesterday

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The Department of Youth Development and Sports held a schools sports consultation yesterday, under the theme “Re-Engineering Schools Sports,” in an effort to review the ministry’s schools sports program. The sports program was implemented to instill a sense of responsibility and foster productivity among students. “The schools sports program of the Department of Youth and Sports is aimed at inculcating ...

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PRESS RELEASE: School Registration 2017-2018 notice

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The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations wishes to inform parents and guardians, who registered their child/ward for Kindergarten for the Academic Year 2017/2018 for the following schools, to report to the Education Sub Office District Two at Sans Souci or Education sub office of District Three at Entrepot, to obtain the results of their child’s/ward’s placement: Anglican Infant         ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Augier Combined holds first ever Calypso Festival

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The Augier Combined School held its 1st ever Calypso Festival on Sunday, 21st May 2017 at the Augier Combined School. The theme of the festival was “ACS IN KAISO”. This Calypso Festival was also an activity as part of school’s reading activity for the month of May which has the theme “Reading Grows the Imagination, Discover the Author in You”. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: I was between death and life – a YPG story

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Extroverted, cheerful, energetic and full of life. These are some of the characteristics I had as a teenager. I grew up in a home filled with harmony, happiness, structure and I was surrounded by people that gave me a lot of love and attention. Little did I know that all of this would fall apart. At the age of 16, ...

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Mayor Francis concludes first phase of school tours in the Castries basin

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PRESS RELEASE – As part of the activities to commemorate the Castries Constituency Council’s (CCC) 50th Anniversary, His Worship Mayor Peterson D. Francis on Tuesday concluded a series of school visits which he hopes highlighted the role and function of the Council and the Office of the Mayor. The school tours which commenced last week Friday included official visits to ...

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Castries based school’s perimeter made a no vending zone

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PRESS RELEASE – In an effort to improve safety and security around the Ave Maria Girls’ Primary School, the Castries Constituency Council has taken a decision to relocate the vendors who plied their trade there. The street-side vendors on a number of occasions had met with the Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D Francis and other management officials, where ...

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Colon/Barre St. Joseph Youthful Energetic Legs (Part 1)

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ti-Colon/Barre St. Joseph Development Community recently entrusted its development in the hands of a committed Executive comprising of a group of energetic youth. The makeup of this vibrant Executive will be highlighted in another publication. To date, not only have those youth analysed and properly planned a calendar of activities for 2017, but they have assured that ...

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Soufriere resident receives hospitality scholarship

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GIS – The Office of the Governor General is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sema Flavien employed at Sugar Beach: A Viceroy Resort, is the successful applicant from Saint Lucia to be awarded the Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship announced during His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales’ tour of the Caribbean in November last year. The Royal Household Scholarship will provide ...

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Call for mentors by the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust

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PRESS RELEASE – A key and critical component of any youth business trust is mentoring.   The youth business international (YBI) defines mentoring as “personalized support in helping young entrepreneurs develop their abilities and insight as they start and grow their own business” Although mentorship can be defined and seen from other angles this definition highlights the true purpose of ...

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Funds available to assist young St. Lucian entrepreneurs

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PRESS RELEASE – Through the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust, Tropical Shipping has made available grant funds for young St. Lucian Entrepreneurs. The funds will assist start-ups with an impactful scalable business model. The St Lucia Youth Business Trust (SLYBT) invites persons 18 to 25 years old to apply for grant support. Simply fill out their application form, attach your ...

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Gros Islet Primary School hosts school’s first ever Students’ Council Election

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PRESS RELEASE – The Gros Islet Primary School will be hosting the school’s first ever Students’ Council Election. The implementation of a Students’ Council has been an initiative Ms. Paula St. Luce, the principal of Gros Islet Primary School along with Teachers, Staff and Students have highly anticipated and are overly excited about. The principal has indicated her thanks to ...

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St. Lucia Writers Forum School tour

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PRESS RELEASE – During the month of May, Reading Month, the Saint Lucia Writers Forum will be undertaking a tour of schools round the island. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Forum is undertaking this project and this year’s theme is “you are a fuller person when you read”. This year’s tour begins on Wednesday May 15 with ...

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Final call for nominations by the UWI Alumni Association

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PRESS RELEASE – The University of the West Indies Alumni Association (UWIAA) Interim Executive Committee has been proactively embarking on initiatives aimed at achieving the Association’s mandate and invigorating its membership. As an Authority of The University of the West Indies (UWI) the UWIAA remains committed to fostering a culture of volunteering, networking and fundraising among alumni so that they ...

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Teens run away from Transit Home

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PRESS RELEASE – The New Beginnings Transit Home is an organization where we provide good care in a safe home environment to develop the full potential of each child focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and maintaining links with their families. The following Children and Young persons have absconded from the home and therefore we request that you ...

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Division of Education extends condolences to families of accident victims of SALCC

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations extends condolences to the families and loved ones of eighteen-year-old Zhané Bianca Williams and nineteen-year-old Zina Omega Anthony, who lost their lives tragically on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The teenagers both attended the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC). Minister ...

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Sir Arthur Lewis Community College express condolences to family, friends of Zina and Zhané

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PRESS RELEASE – The Board of Governors, Management and staff of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College would like to express sincere and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Zina Joseph and Zhané Williams, students of the Division of Arts, Science and General Studies who both passed away in the tragic vehicular accident on Saturday April 29th, 2017. ...

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They beat me and tried to kill me

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PRESS RELEASE – At the age of 14, I was addicted to gambling but everything started at school with my friends. We use to gamble in exchange for sweets and nuts, but it got serious and I went far in the gambling business. I started gambling for money and that’s all I wanted: nice clothes, the best shoes, go out ...

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Balata Primary School hosts 2nd annual “Balata Rising Stars” singing competition

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PRESS RELEASE – On Friday 29th April, the Balata Primary School held its second annual “Balata Rising Stars” singing competition. The show was spearheaded and funded by the school’s music teacher Arthur Allain, the reigning groovy monarch of St. Lucia. This year’s event featured 10 talented students of the school, singing various songs of different genres of music, ranging from ...

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Robert Bermudez confirmed as the UWI’s 6th Chancellor

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PRESS RELEASE – The University of the West Indies (The UWI) is pleased to announce that Mr. Robert Bermudez has been appointed as its 6th Chancellor. The appointment came after members of the University Council accepted the recommendation of the Search Committee for the Chancellor at the Council’s annual business meeting, held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The UWI ...

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Former St. Joseph’s Convent students receive scholarships

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PRESS RELEASE – Two former students of St. Joseph’s Convent (SCJ) have received scholarships to pursue studies at tertiary education institutions in Saint Lucia. The scholarships are provided by the St. Joseph’s Convent Alumnae Association in Toronto. Ms Leeryk A. De Lima, a student of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, was awarded the Emily Ogilvie Memorial Scholarship, while Ms Darlene ...

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St. Lucia moves to implement medical school accreditation laws

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Government plans to enact legislation that will ensure medical and off-shore schools planning to or operating in Saint Lucia are properly accredited and maintain international standards. In her Throne Speech on Tuesday, Governor General Pearlette Louisy said such legislation is necessary as the island “continues to attract medical and off-shore educational institutions”. She said government has a duty to ensure ...

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Students attend applications development workshop

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GIS – The Ministry of Education in collaboration with Advance Intellectual Methods (AIM) hosted its first Youth App Marathon (Yap-athon) workshop on mobile applications development for primary and secondary school students. The workshop equips young people with the skills to build mobile applications for solving social issues. Coordinator of the Yap-athon, Kentilla Louis, said the activity allows the students to ...

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Applications open for Government’s Summer Employment Program

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GIS – Applications are open for students desirous of participating in the 2017 Government of Saint Lucia Summer Employment Program. The Summer Employment Program is open to form five secondary school students, Sir Arthur Lewis Community College students in their first year, and university students who are not in their final year. All other applicants are required to submit proof ...

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Winners of Earth Hour 2017 essay competition announced

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PRESS RELEASE – Earth Hour is a worldwide global environmental grassroots movement for solidarity of climate action of the planet organised by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The event is held annually encouraging individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. towards the end of March, as ...

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NWU consolidating youth structure

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PRESS RELEASE – The first National Workers Union (NWU) Youth Congress takes place on Sunday April 30, 2017 at the Royal by Rex Resorts at Reduit Beach, Gros Islet .   About fifty (50) young workers between the ages of 18 – 35 from branches of the NWU will be in attendance. Participants will be welcomed by Cde Johann Harewood, ...

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15-year old Destiny Williams promoted to Black Belt

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PRESS RELEASE – Destiny Williams was promoted to Black belt 1st Dan in Shito-Ryu karate after eight years of dedicated practice. She is a student of Sensei Paul Clery, 4th Dan and chief instructor of Blue Dragon Karate Academy (BDKA) in St. Lucia and is the official representative for the World United Karate Organization (WUKO),Pan American United Karate Organization ( ...

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UWI surprised at TT’s Minister of Education statement on appointment of new UWI Chancellor

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PRESS RELEASE – The University of the West Indies (The UWI) has noted, with surprise, the announcement made by Trinidad & Tobago’s Minister of Education, Mr. Anthony Garcia at a post-Cabinet media briefing earlier today, on the subject of the appointment of a new UWI Chancellor. The University Administration wishes to take this opportunity to indicate that Chancellors are appointed ...

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Young St. Lucian to attend Youth Summit in Dubai

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PRESS RELEASE – St Lucia will be represented at the 3rd International Youth to Youth Summit in Dubai from April 23rd to 27th 2017 by Mr. Wilton Jeremie, Program Officer of the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust. Youth to Youth Initiative is an umbrella non-profit, started in 2015 in Lithuania, which aims to foster change; construct an effective environment for ...

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CXC/CSEC and CAPE timetables available for pickup

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PRESS RELEASE – The Educational Evaluation & Assessment Unit (EEAU) of the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations would like to inform ALL PRIVATE CANDIDATES, who are sitting the CSEC May/June 2017 Examinations that CXC CSEC and CAPE timetables are available for pickup. Candidates should collect their timetables at the office, where registered; the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender ...

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YPG Saint Lucia visits Boys Training Center

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PRESS RELEASE – The work of the YPG done in Saint Lucia includes visiting schools, communities and helping the needy. For five years the YPG has been working to make the difference in the country. All this has been accomplished through their own efforts and also with the help of sponsors. On the 15th of April, members of the YPG ...

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St. Lucian student among 15 CIBC FirstCaribbean scholarship winners

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PRESS RELEASE – Corporate donors to the University of the West Indies came in for high praise recently for their continued support of the university especially in “trying financial times”. Chairman of the Campus Council at Cave Hill, Sir Paul Altman, noted that access to funding was critical for the success of students and therefore corporate donors to the university ...

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Graduation ceremony for first group of electrical contractors certified to IET wiring regulations

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PRESS RELEASE – The Electrical Engineering Experts Inc. of St. Lucia, in partnership with the Division of Technical Education and Management Studies (DTEMS) of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, (SALCC), will be hosting the first graduation exercise for the 24 participants who were successful in the City and Guilds 17th Edition IET Wiring Regulations, BS7671, course which was held from ...

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“I was selling marijuana at the age of 16”

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PRESS RELEASE – This story is different from many stories we hear of youths that turn out bad because of lack of opportunities; in my case was different. I grew up in a house where my mother always gave me the best. I never lacked food or clothing. At the age of 16 I started selling marijuana and I had ...

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Piton Management Area UNESCO Participation Project Training Workshop

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PRESS RELEASE – On World Heritage Day, the Piton Management Area (PMA) Office in the Department of Sustainable Development announces the commencement of project implementation activities for a special project currently being implemented as part of the UNESCO Participation Programme 2016-2017 Biennium. In June 2016, the UNESCO Secretariat considered and approved funding of a proposal submitted by the PMA Office entitled ...

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American university names major auditorium for Sir Arthur Lewis

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Princeton University’s trustees have approved recommendations to name West College, a prominent and central campus building, for the Nobel laureate Toni Morrison, an emeritus faculty member at Princeton, and to name the major auditorium in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs for Sir Arthur Lewis, a Nobel laureate in Economics, who served on the school’s faculty from ...

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Scholarship opportunity from Children of Helen Alliance Inc.,

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PRESS RELEASE – Students of St. Lucian and Caribbean descent who live in Palm Beach, Dade or Broward Counties may apply for this scholarship. The recipients will be 2017 high school graduates and must be accepted to an accredited(vocational, two or four year) institution. For further explanation regarding this scholarship, please review the eligibility criteria and application deadlines in the ...

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Carnival Queen Tyler Theophane launches Empowerment of Girls Club

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PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia’s reigning National Carnival Queen Tyler Theophane has embarked on an initiative aimed at building character and self-esteem amongst girls at the infant and primary school level. The Empowerment of Girls Club targets students between the ages of 8 and 12. The launching of the Empowerment of Girls Club at the Palm Haven Hotel is the ...

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NYC gears up for elections

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PRESS RELEASE – The St. Lucia National Youth Council (NYC) wishes to advise the general public that deadlines for all nominations is 17th April, 2017. A special open forum will be held for all interested individuals on Thursday 13th April at the Anglican Infant School from 5:30pm to 6:45pm. This is a final opportunity for any young person between the ...

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SRDF hosts lecture on community-based tourism

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PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, April 7th, 2017 the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) facilitated a lecture on community based tourism development at the Anse L’Ivrogne beach – site of the new entrance to the Gros Piton Nature Trail. The lecture was delivered by Mr. Jimmy Haynes, the Executive Director of the SRDF, to the second year tourism class at the ...

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SRDF hosts Career Readiness Workshop

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PRESS RELEASE– The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) continues to undertake the training of persons in all sectors relevant to the development of the community. The Youth Development Department organized an intensive two-day Career Readiness Workshop to promote capacity building of the youth at the Cool Breeze Conference Room. The organization recognized that career preparedness was undefined among many of ...

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OECS Essay Competition deadline extended

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PRESS RELEASE – The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) announces that the submission deadline for entries to the 2016/2017 OECS Essay Competition has been extended to April 28, 2017. The OECS Essay Competition is open to students in the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) countries, aged 14 to 19. Participants are required to write on one of the following topics: ...

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Zandoli begins 1st batch of “Free STEM Education”

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PRESS RELEASE – Zandoli International Foundation launched Zandoli STEM Incubator last year in an effort to provide free STEM education to communities that may have not had the opportunity to participate in these programs otherwise. On Saturday, April 1st, ZIF sent all students who signed up last year, the prerequisites to begin the first batch. If you signed up for the Zandoli ...

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Trinity Lutheran Church offers Easter Vacation Bible School

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PRESS RELEASE – Trinity Lutheran Church’s youth leaders are offering a Easter Vacation Bible School on Tuesday April 11th and Wednesday April 12th   The two day event will run from 9 AM to 12 PM at the Trinity Lutheran Church in beautiful Bisee.  The program is free of charge and open to children from the ages of 3 to 12.  ...

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Department of Youth Development and Sports, UWI host “Activate Talks”

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PRESS RELEASE – On Tuesday, 4th April, 2017 the Department of Youth Development and Sports in collaboration with UWI – Youth Development Programme hosted “Activate Talks” (pt. 1) targeted at secondary school students. The interactive session was facilitated by students who spoke to the “Causes, Costs and Effects of Youth Violence.” Selected students made presentations on the topic and then ...

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Ambassador Huntley to deliver lecture on constitutional reform

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PRESS RELEASE – Former St. Lucia diplomat, Ambassador Earl Stephen Huntley, will on Wednesday 12th April deliver a lecture, jointly sponsored by the UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia and the National Television Network (NTN), on constitutional reform in St. Lucia. The lecture is another activity by the Open Campus in it promotion of public education on important national issues. It ...

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Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary wins big at National Science Fair

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PRESS RELEASE – The Principal and staff of the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School acknowledge the outstanding work presented by our students at this year’s Science Fair which was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development under the theme, Science and Technology: the Catalyst for a Sustainable Future. A major aim of this event was to ...

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St. Lucia scores high in ECSC poster and essay competition

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GIS – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), the Court held an award ceremony for its essay and poster competition dubbed “An evening with the Chief Justice.” The event gave Her Ladyship, Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira DBE, the Chief Justice, an opportunity to motivate and inspire children to think more clearly, assess their ...

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Young St. Lucians in New York recognized by Harlem YMCA

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PRESS RELEASE – For the second consecutive year two young St.Lucian siblings based in New York have been recognized by the Harlem YMCA. In 2016 Mickella Albertinie who currently is a biology major on a pre-medical track at Stony Brook University was awarded the BNY MELLON Scholarship. Just last week her younger sister Zoe Albertinie walked away with the 2017 ...

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St. Lucian project on sargassum seeweed to be showcased at top US institute

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GIS – A Saint Lucian project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The project, the brainchild of Johannan Dujon, owner/manager of Algas Organics, will be highlighted at a gathering of 1000 conservation practitioners, pioneering scientists from varied fields, leaders in industry, philanthropists ...

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2017 Science and Technology Fair to display top school science projects

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PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development is set to host the annual National Schools` Science and Technology Fair from Wednesday 29th to Friday 31st March, 2017, at the Derek Walcott Square under the theme “Science and Technology: The Catalyst for a Sustainable Future”.    The National Schools` Science and Technology Fair, which is ...

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St. Lucia-born medical student wins award in Oklahoma

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The 62nd Annual Oklahoma Pentasectional Meeting of the American Chemical Society is an event where students from across and outside the state come to showcase their research and compete for the prestigious win. At the Pentasectional meeting, Imani Agard highlighted her research which focused on modifying existing anti-tumor compounds to make them safer to use in the human body, and ...

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Bonne Terre Prep wins 15th Annual Grow Well General Knowledge Quiz

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PRESS RELEASE – Bonne Terre Preparatory was the runaway winner of the 15th annual Grow Well General Knowledge Quiz sponsored by The Landings. Camron Gustave and Nathan Elliott, were 30 points ahead of the nearest competitors impressing and delighting their cheering schoolmates on Friday March 17 at the Darren Sammy National Stadium’s VIP Lounge. Second place went to the Dame ...

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Jako Books launches “The Stall Keeper”

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PRESS RELEASE – Jako Books, a division of Jako Productions, has announced the publication of The Stall Keeper, Dr. Anderson Reynolds’ long awaited and much anticipated third book, and second novel. Unlike Dr. Reynolds’ first novel which was set largely in Castries, the northern city and capital of St. Lucia, The Stall Keeper is set in the author’s hometown of ...

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SALCC engages consultant on School’s tranformation

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PRESS RELEASE – The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College continues its journey of transforming to a University College.   In this regard we are currently working on improving our organizational, technological and physical infrastructure. A very important component of the University College’s success will be community engagement. Developing and nurturing relationships with businesses and the professions provide the input and ...

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