RBC Car Expo, Saturday, April 29, 2017 @ vacant parking lot near Courts, Marisule from 9am-5pm. At the expo, get up to 100% financing.


UPDATE: Retired fire officer’s Mon Repos home on fire


At least two fire trucks have responded to a house fire in Morne Jab, Mon Repos on Saturday, April 29. There were no casualties and the fire is currently under control. The Micoud Fire Station received the call at 3:20 p.m. Parliamentary Representative and Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert, who is at the scene, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) ...

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YPG Footbal Tournament Fundraising


PRESS RELEASE – The Youth Power Group (YPG) wants to extend their work in the communities of Vieux- Fort and Soufriere and to help Youths that are going through problems such as suicidal thoughts, unemployment, family problems, addiction, difficulties at school and also depression. Those families in Vieux Fort who are having difficulty in dealing with their troubled teens will ...

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Price of gasoline increases, others fall


PRESS RELEASE – The Public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail prices of gasoline (unleaded), diesel, LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed. These price changes take effect from Monday, May 01, 2017: GASOLINE – from $2.49 to ...

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Response to “758 Patriot” (letter to the editor)


Dear Mr. Editor: I would like to respond to the questions posed in your Letter to the Editor today. 1) Is a Government subvention supposed to be forever, especially when an organization has their own revenue exceeding $2 Million dollars a year? The St. Lucia National Trust is charged with the conservation of the the natural and cultural heritage of ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Baby succumbs to injuries from La Croix Maingot fire


The La Croix Maingot house fire has claimed the life of a 10-month-old male twin. Reliable sources have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the male twin, identified as Kerry Lewis, succmbed to his injuries at Victoria Hospital today, April 28. The female twin is currenty in serious but stable condition, the sources say. The house was totally destroyed ...

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Very important questions for the National Trust

Chastanet and Tulsie (right)

Dear Mr. Editor: Over the past few days our country has been abuzz with discussions as it pertains to the Saint Lucia National Trust and the Government of Saint Lucia’s decision to cut the Trust’s annual subvention by 100%. At first, I was amazed that the Prime Minister would be foolish enough to make such a decision that in my ...

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Night vigil to be held for Leo and Wayne


PRESS RELEASE – Today as we mourn the lost of our love ones Leo, a man who will be quick to assist any one and Wayne who is currently in custody. We invite family members and love ones to come together and unite their faith in prayers at this night vigil which is schedule to take place on Friday 28th ...

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Hillaire rips budget, says PM fails as St. Lucia’s CEO


An animated Ernest Hillaire chided the Government for what he described as a failed series of estimates in the current budget as the budget debates get underway in Parliament. The Castries South MP referred to the PM as a failed CEO due to the reductions in surplus projected for the financial year 2017-2018. “So you move from $81 million in 2015-2016, surplus, ...

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Budget debate begins in Parliament


GIS – The Debate on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure for the 2017 fiscal year began on April 26 at 2 p.m. The Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, began proceedings by providing an overview of the improvements in revenue versus expenditure. “There was a marked improvement ...

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Plans underway for St. Jude Hospital fundraising bazaar


PRESS RELEASE – Hundreds of St Lucians are expectedly to converge on Vieux Fort on Sunday for a grand fundraising Bazaar hosted by St Jude Hospital; the main healthcare institution serving the south of the island. Organizers say plans for the event, scheduled for the George Odlum Stadium, are progressing smoothly. According to St Jude Hospital Public Relations & Communications ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two children injured in La Croix Maingot house fire

House on fire at night

Two children were hospitalised in serious condition as a result of a house fire in La Croix Maingot Thursday around 8 p.m., according to an eyewitness report. The eyewitness said the children – two 10-month-old twins (boy and girl) – were “badly burnt” and the house was totally destroyed. It was not immediately clear if the children were the only ...

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Man charged for Trois Piton homicide

Wayne Janvier

A 39-year-old man has been charged for the murder of 59-year-old Leonard Felicien. Police said Wayne Janvier of Trois Piton was charged today and is scheduled to appear in court tomorrow. Felicien was reportedly stabbed to death during a physical altercation, around 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Trois Piton. This is the 21st homicide for 2017. (6)(2)

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Former St. Joseph’s Convent students receive scholarships


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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Conservation and development with reference to Maria Island (letter to the editor)


LETTER TO THE EDITOR – I have been reading with great interest and concern reports surrounding certain developments in St Lucia, which according to various persons, would endanger our indigenous plant and animals species on our island. I presume that the disquiet has come about as a result of proposed published information related to certain developments in the south of the ...

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St. Lucia conducts training exercise on non-chemical use within agri sector


PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia has been conducting many training sessions on non-chemical use within the agricultural sector.   These have been facilitated by Agronomist, Thaddeus Constantine of the Ministry of Agriculture.   Several private and public sector entities within the State have also benefitted from the technical expertise of Mr. Quint Odlum, on the installation and application of biogas ...

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Soufriere Carnival launches this weekend


PRESS RELEASE – The grounds of the Soufriere stadium come alive this Saturday, April 29th, from 4:00pm for the launching of the most anticipated carnival in the south of the island, Soufriere Carnival 2017. After an eight (8) year hiatus, the community has pulled out all the stops to ensure this carnival season surpasses the expectations revellers have been hoping ...

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Secretariat of the Indigenous People of St. Lucia offers support for plan of actions


PRESS RELEASE – Secretariat of the Indigenous People (Bethechilokono) of Saint Lucia offers expert support to the State of Saint Lucia in the formulation and implementation of Plans of Action for the United Nations and the American Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. THE ALDET CENTRE-SAINT LUCIA, Secretariat of the Indigenous People (Bethechilokono) of Saint Lucia Governing Council (BGC) ...

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OECS Health Unit addresses regional concerns on Yellow Fever


PRESS RELEASE – In light of the recent wave of Yellow Fever cases in the region, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States’ (OECS) Health Unit convened a virtual meeting via online web-conference on April 11, 2017 to swiftly address the concerns of Member States and share useful and timely information on the prevention of the disease. Head of Health Information, ...

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St. Lucia moves to implement medical school accreditation laws


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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Electronic monitoring and electronic crimes laws coming


Government plans to enact “critical legislation” this year to strengthen the criminal justice system. Governor General Pearlette Louisy made the announcement during her Throne Speech on Tuesday. Among the legislation to be enacted are the Witness Protection (Special Measures) Bill, Electronic Monitoring Bill, Electronic Crimes Bill, and Child Justice Bill. Louisy said the Witness Protection (Special Measures) Bill seeks to ...

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High fines for illegal coral use – Department of Fisheries


GIS – The Department of Fisheries has expressed concern over the prevalent use of coral by business houses, restaurants, hotels, craft vendors and home owners. As there appears to be an increasing trend to use corals for decoration and handicrafts. Under the Fisheries Act Cap 7.15, it is illegal to collect, damage, use, sell, buy or be in possession of ...

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Truck in fatal accident encountered “mechanical difficulties” travelling downhill – police


PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, about 4:00 p.m. at Marigot. The incident involved a truck registration number PG 4440, which apparently encountered mechanical difficulties whilst travelling downhill. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident. Jason St. Luce, a thirty ...

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Shooting at Morne Du Don


A man sustained a gunshot wound at Forgotten Boundary, Morne Du Don, Castries shortly after midnight, this morning, according to reliable sources. The victim has been identified as 35-year-old Vernon Auguste. He reportedly sustained the wound to the groin area and was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital. The incident occurred around 1:06 a.m. Though emergency officials responded to the shooting, ...

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21-year-old St. Lucian joins advisory board for global youth consultancy


PRESS RELEASE – Keith Isaac, a former youth parliamentarian from the island, has been this week appointed as a prestigious member of the strategic advisory board of Adam Bradford Private Consulting Ltd. The organisation, based in London, UK, designs multinational campaigns and programs which improve the lives of young people. Most recently the organisation worked on a major behaviour change ...

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OECS Invitation Boxing Championships ready to punch off


PRESS RELEASE – Participating teams from seven overseas territories have began to arrive in Saint Lucia for three exciting nights of boxing. The Dominica National Team arrived here Tuesday afternoon and all remaining delegations are set to arrive on Wednesday. The OECS Invitational Boxing Championships begin this Thursday April 27 and continues from 8pm nightly at the Beausejour Indoor Facility, ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Fatal accident at Marigot

Jason St. Luce

One man is dead following a motor vehicle accident in Marigot this afternoon, officials said. The dead man has been identified as 35-year-old father of two, Jason St. Luce of Rock Hall, Castries. St. Luce was the passenger of a truck (registration number PG 4440) that overturned about 3:54 pm. The driver Marlon Lubrin sustained minor injuries. This is the fifth ...

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UPDATE: Two St. Lucians arrested and charged for drug bust at sea

* Not the actual drugs seized by the police.

PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday, April 22, 2017 about 9:45 p.m. a police operation about ten nautical miles (10NM) south west of Gros Piton (Soufriere) resulted in the arrest of two (2) Saint Lucian nationals on a local fishing canoe, named “Stranger”. During the operation which comprised of maritime and land assets, forty-seven (47) packages of cocaine weighing 3.22 kilograms ...

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BROTHERS BEEF: Hermangild says “shut up”, Claudius calls brother’s comments “stupid”

Claudius (left) and Hermangild

The Francis brothers are at loggerheads. Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, and Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Chairman Claudius Francis are exchanging a war of words over the publication of articles in the Antigua Observer and Caribbean News Now, alleging that the national security minister and Cabinet are hacking the communications of persons deemed “enemies of the ...

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Applications open for Government’s Summer Employment Program


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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THRONE SPEECH: ‘Building a new Saint Lucia’

Governor General Louisy

Throne Speech by Her Excellency Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy on the occasion of the second session of the eleventh Parliament of Saint Lucia. We thank Almighty God that we are able to assemble today to usher in this Second Session of the Eleventh Parliament of Saint Lucia. A new parliamentary year is an occasion for reporting and projection, as much ...

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EXPLOSION UPDATE: Investigators “preparing report” for police and DPP


Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, is asking the public and those affected by the deadly March 21 quarry explosions to be patient now that the investigators have completed their task. Speaking at the weekly pre-Cabinet press briefing on Monday, Francis said the investigators are now preparing their report which will be submitted to the police and ...

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Japanese government donates tow truck

GIS – The tow truck will boost time efficiency and lessen expenses by eliminating the cost of hiring an external party. The Government of Japan, under the Japan non-project Grant Aid Initiative recently donated a safety loader truck also known as a tow truck to the Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour. The tow truck will be used to ...

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Felicien bled to death – Post mortem report


PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of Leonard Felicien, a fifty nine (59) year old resident of Trois Piton, Castries, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a physical altercation, on Saturday, April 22, 2017. The post mortem examination, conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed that Leonard Felicien died as a result of exsanguination (extensive ...

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Consulate General of St. Lucia in New York to host Immigration Forum


PRESS RELEASE – In light of recent US actions regarding its immigration policies, which have raised concerns among many Saint Lucian nationals, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York has organized an immigration forum to address this pressing issue. This event is slated for Wednesday, April 26, 2017, starting at 7 PM, at the Saint Lucia House, located ...

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Chastanet to present first budget of his administration

PM Chastnet in a sitting of Parliament in this file photo.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet will present his first ever budget to Parliament on Wednesday since his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) won the June 2016 general elections. Chastanet is expected to present a fiscal package totalling EC$1.5 billion (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) and estimated EC$349.5 million than the last budget. The budgetary process will begin on Tuesday following the ...

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Stabbing victim in critical condition


Police are investigating a stabbing incident in Roseau which has reportedly left the victim in critical condition. Reports are that a male was stabbed late last evening and was hospitalised. The incident occurred sometime after 9 p.m. More details soon. (0)(3)

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PM does not believe gov’t should be paying for SLNT’s recurrent expenditure


Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has confirmed that the government has proposed reducing the subvention to the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) from $700,000 to zero, but pointed out that a number of other similar organisations have experienced financial reviews since his administration took office. Chastanet told a press briefing on Monday that government has a cash problem and “every single ...

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PAHO meets with Ministry of Health on Bilharzia


PRESS RELEASE – On the 24th of April, 2017, a group of PAHO Representatives, met with the Ministry of Health Team, to discuss the way forward and how this survey will be executed effectively and efficiently. Chief epidemiologist, Nahum Jn. Baptiste gave a further insight of the consultation. Maria Sanchez, PAHO representative says, this venture is very important, and with ...

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Man shot in Vieux Fort


A man was hospitalised following a shooting in Vieux Fort town on Saturday night. The victim has been identified as France Theodore. Reports are that several shots were fired at Theodore by a known male and one of the shots caught him in the leg. The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. on George Shine Drive. He was hospitalised in stable ...

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La Croix man stabbed in the city


A man was hospitalised in stable condition following a stabbing incident on Darling Road, Castries on Sunday, law enforcement officials said. The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Jonathan Henry of La Croix Maingot, Castries, officials said. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. near the Gros Islet bus terminal. Henry sustained lacerations to his right hand and back from a ...

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Homicide #21 at Trois Piton (photo update)


PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a fifty nine (59) year old resident of Trois Piton, Castries, namely Leonard Felicien. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (C.I.D) received a report reference to a stabbing at Trois Piton, about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Leonard Felicien allegedly received a stab wound during ...

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Fundraiser to be held for ailing sickler


PRESS RELEASE – Christiana Deflemon is a sickler from Belle Vue, Vieux-Fort who has been diagnosed with aseptic necrosis, a bone condition that results from poor supply of blood, causing localized bone death. Her condition is located in the hip and as such has hindered her ability to walk for over six years. As a result, her medical team has ...

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Lightning Aquatics Swim Club celebrates its 1st Carifta swimmer


PRESS RELEASE – Amidst the superb talent on display by hundreds of swimmers from 26 countries at the recent XXXII Carifta Swimming Championship held in the Bahamas from April 15-19, 2017, Lightning Aquatics (LA) Swim Club’s Naima Hazell gave an excellent performance at her first Carifta meet. Naima formed part of a contingent of 7 Saint Lucian swimmers participating in the swimming championship. ...

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Young St. Lucian to attend Youth Summit in Dubai


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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St. Lucia to strengthen its hydromet system to better prepare for weather-related disasters


PRESS RELEASE – More than that, climate change presents its own problems, including the potential for more extreme storms, hurricanes, and droughts.   “A properly functioning hydromet system” Barrett notes “will allow Saint Lucia to better predict and ultimately better prepare its citizens to significantly reduce the impacts of natural and climate-related disasters.” The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), ...

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Suspected drowning in Micoud


Police are investigating the death of a young man in Up The Line, Micoud. The body of 20-year-old Rockbert Winell Xavier of Up The Line, Micoud was found floating in the sea around 1:30 p.m. today. Reports are that Xavier is suspected of drowning after he dived into the sea and hit his head on a rock. (9)(12)

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UPDATE: Homicide victim identified


Police are investigating the killing of a man in Trois Piton, Castries today (Saturday, April 22). The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Leonard Felicien, aka Leo, of Trois Piton. An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the victim was allegedly stabbed to death during an argument/altercation over money around 3 p.m. It is alleged that a broken bottle ...

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Family of four homeless after Castries fire

Despite the valiant effort of neighbours the house was destroyed.

The authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a dwelling house in Capital Hill, Castries this morning (Saturday, April 22), officials said. A family of four – two adults and two children – were not at home when the fire occurred around 9 a.m., officials said. Despite valiant efforts by neighbours to put out the blaze, the 16×20 wooden structure and ...

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Bandit had a “good job”; court grants him $5,000 bail


Twenty-five-year-old Reynolds Alfred who has been charged in connection with a foiled robbery in Babonneau allegedly told investigators that he was employed at one of the top resorts on the island, according to reliable sources. Sources say the Carielle, Castries resident told officers that he was employed as a chef at a hotel, sources say. Though it is not yet ...

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UPDATE: Beaten bandit appears in court (photos added)


.A bandit who was disarmed and beaten by patrons of a shop in Girard, Babonneau last Sunday has been formally charged, police said. Police said 25-year-old Reynolds Alfred of Carielle, Castries was this morning charged with robbery and appeared in court Alfred was reportedly charged after an identification parade/procedure this morning, and eyewitnesses have finally given official statements to police ...

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High-powered gun found in Babonneau


Police have recovered an “Uzi-type” sub-machine gun in Hill 20, Babonneau, according to reliable sources. Reports are that around 8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 20), off-duty police officers observed two suspicious males standing near the WASCO water plant at Hill 20 and began to approach. However, the two males ran, with one of them dropping a nylon bag that contained the ...

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Preparatory work on DSH site continues


Contrary to rumors that work on the Desert Star Holding (DSH) project in Vieux-For has come to a sudden halt, work on the site has not stopped. However, the preparatory work which began just over a month ago is expected to end next week. Workers on the site say they have no idea when the next stage will be approved. ...

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New session of Parliament opens next Tuesday

Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy in this file photo.

PRESS RELEASE – The Second Session of the Eleventh Parliament is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Members of the House of Assembly will meet at 10:00 a.m. and Members of the Senate will meet at 10:30 a.m., after which both Houses will meet in joint session to receive a message from Her Excellency, the Governor General, Dame Calliopa Pearlette ...

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St. Lucia removes ban on corned beef from Brazil


PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has removed temporary restrictions on corned beef from Brazil. On March 22nd 2017, following international concerns relating to the unwholesomeness of meat and meat products from Brazil and the confirmation of a criminal investigation named “Operation Weak Flesh” by the Brazilian Government, the Ministry of Health & Wellness, in Collaboration with the ...

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St. Lucia named one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations


Soufriere, St. Lucia was selected as one of the world’s best honeymoon destination by one of Canada’s top travel agencies, Flight Network. St. Lucia was among 22 destinations named by the agency. Only one other Caribbean destination made the list: Cruz Bay, St. John in the Virgin Islands. The other destinations are Maui, Hawaii; Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Colon Island, Panama; Rarotonga, Cook ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Suspected bandit in police custody


Police said they have arrested the suspected bandit who was disarmed and beaten by patrons of a shop he allegedly attempted to rob at gunpoint on Sunday. The suspect is currently in police custody with his lawyer at the Babonneau Police Station, police said. He was arrested at his residence in Castries today. The suspect will likely remain in custody ...

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Multi-million dollar project for Agard


PRESS RELEASE – On Easter Monday April 17, 2017, the Parliamentary Representative for Castries North Honorable Stephenson King joined residents from the community of Agard in Morn Du Don, to officially launch a multi-million dollar project to develop a multipurpose facility for Agard. The Agard Community Multi-purpose Facility Project will give residents access to modern sporting and recreational amenities including, a ...

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