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BREAKING NEWS: Sahab Jamshidi ordered to pay cash

Sahab Jamshidi.

Sahab Jamshidi is a free man. The Canadian national, who was charged in connection with the drowning death of four-year-old Terrel ‘TJ Elibox in early 2015, was today, as part of his sentencing in the High Court, was ordered to pay $75,000 in compensation to the estate of the deceased or serve three years in jail till paid. Jamshidi has reportedly ...

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Top chef from Channel Islands to debut in St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – Chef Simon McKenzie from the Channel Islands will make his debut in Saint Lucia at a special guest chef at The Cliff At Cap St Lucia alongside Caribbean Hotel Chef of the Year 2016 Chef Craig Jones this weekend. Chef Simon McKenzie is the executive chef at the five star The Old Government House Hotel and Spa ...

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UPDATED: Two injured in Bexon Highway crash


Two persons sustained injuries when a motorcycle they were riding collided with a minibus on the Bexon Highway around 9 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 22. The victims are reported to be a 48-year-old male and a 21-year-old female. The male sustained lacerations and abrasions to both legs while the female sustained lacerations to her left knee. Both were transported to Victoria ...

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UPDATED PHOTOS: Motor vehicle accident at Dennery


A motor vehicle accident occurred near the gas station in Richfond, Dennery on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Reports are that a motor vehicle ran into a pole. The number of persons injured and the condition of the injured are unknown at this time. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Emergency units from Micoud and Dennery responded. (9)(4)

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BREAKING NEWS: Accident on Bexon Highway


At least one person is injured after a motorcycle collided with a minibus near the Bexon Health Centre on the Bexon Highway a few minutes ago. The man, believed to be the motorcyclist, was reportedly still on the ground at the time of filing this report. The accident occurred around 9 p.m. More details as soon as they become available. ...

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Ricky T releases Independence present to St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T has released an Independence 38 tribute to his homeland called “Sweet St Lucia”. This is the first song Ricky T has recorded about Saint Lucia. On its own, this makes the song a standout in a career that spans decades and has been full of accolades. Perhaps influenced by his long absences from ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Pedestrian hit by truck


A 51-year-old pedestrian was hit by a truck on Darling Road, Castries around 7 p.m. today (Tuesday), officials have said. The victim, Martin Williams, was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance in serious condition, officials said. He reportedly sustained injuries to his head, chest and left arm. Williams was reportedly heading into city central by foot when he was struck, ...

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Beausejour Agriculture workers accuse management of victimisation


After one week of industrial action, workers at the Beausejour Agriculture Complex in Vieux-Fort still have no inkling when their occupational health and safety issues will be addressed. And they are determined to stay off their jobs until the situation improves at their work place. They described the dilapidated building in which they work “an eyesore”. According to the workers, ...

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Police praises public for arrests in Vieux Fort shooting

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The Vieux-Fort police are attributing their recent arrest of two men during their investigations into the shooting of a resident of Vieux-Fort on Monday morning to the cooperation of the public. “The public has given us a 100 percent cooperation, as it relates to such incident. Had it not been for their assistance the arrest would not have been made…” ...

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Taiwan gift of computers helps students in St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – Students at a hospitality training school in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia are learning with the help of 35 new computer work stations, a gift made possible by Ambassador Ray Mou of the Republic of China (Taiwan), a diplomatic representative in St. Lucia. The workstations from California-based Ncomputing can turn one PC into a multi-user host ...

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Flow salutes record-setting Levern Spencer


PRESS RELEASE – Flow has lavished praised on its Brand Ambassador and Saint Lucia’s most victorious athlete, Levern Spencer, following her success in capturing the Sportswoman of the Year award for the record 14th time at last weekend’s National Sports Awards ceremony. Levern’s achievement sparked a flurry of tributes to an athlete who, with a plethora of medals, regional, international, ...

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SLASPA advises general public on use of drones, other aerial devices


PRESS RELEASE – The Airports Division of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) is reminding the general public and organizations, that formal application should be made to the Civil Aviation Department in the Ministry of Economic Development, Urban Renewal, Housing, Transport and Civil Aviation for approval to operate aerial devices such as drones, kites, fireworks, sky lanterns, ...

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French Navy vessel to dock in Castries


PRESS RELEASE – The Batral “Dumont D’Urville” of the French Navy will be docked at Castries harbour, Saint Lucia, making a courtesy call during three days, from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd February 2017. This call is on the occasion of the celebration of the 38th Independence Anniversary of Saint Lucia. INTRODUCTION The “Dumont D’Urville” is the third of five ...

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Sunwing Foundation donates to Oliver Gobat fund


PRESS RELEASE – The Sunwing Foundation announced this week that it has made a $10,000 donation to The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS). Established in remembrance of Saint Lucian athlete, Oliver Gobat, whose life was tragically cut short in 2014 as he prepared to compete in the Commonwealth Games; the fund was set up to encourage young Saint Lucians to pursue their sporting ...

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SLP calls for frank and full disclosure on Ernst and Young


PRESS RELEASE – Over the past few weeks the people of Saint Lucia have been made aware that an accounting firm, Ernst and Young, is heavily involved in shaping economic policy for the Government of Saint Lucia. First, Ernst and Young was engaged in doing a tax audit for the Government. Reports indicate that Ernst and Young were paid EC$620,000.00 ...

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Lobster season closes soon


PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Fisheries reminds all lobster purchasers and the general public that the Lobster fishery will close on Tuesday February 28, 2017. As we approach the final 7 days in the Lobster open fishery, the Department urges all purchasers to reduce the quantity of lobsters they purchase and actively monitor any remaining stocks. Be reminded that ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Belair man “severely” chopped


A middle-aged man from Belair was hospitalised in serious condition after sustaining multiple chop wounds in the Chopin/Barres Denis area around 12:50 p.m. The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Cuthbert Polius. He is currently at Victoria Hospital. Police said he sustained wounds to his upper body, particularly his face, neck, back, left forearm and hands. “The victim was severely ...

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St. Lucia readies for National Colours Day, Youth Exposé and Best of Saint Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – Minister with responsibility for Culture and Local Government Senator Fortuna Belrose has called on all Saint Lucians to continue to embrace activities for Saint Lucia’s 38th Anniversary of Independence which culminates on Wednesday February 22nd 2017. On Sunday February 19th, the Government of Saint Lucia hosted a successful “Prayer, Praise and Worship” session at the Daren Sammy ...

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The implications of Trump’s immigration orders for Caribbean citizenship programs (commentary)


COMMENTARY – On Friday, January 27, 2017, US President Donald Trump signed an executive order “Protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States” instituting restrictions on travel to the US and suspension of visas from seven Muslim-majority countries, namely, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. The aim of the order (citing authority from the Constitution ...

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Activities for St. Lucia 38th Independence

A truly patriotic St. Lucian and his vehicle on Independence Day. * Photo submitted.

PRESS RELEASE – Darren Sammy Cricket Ground 8:30am Military Parade 11:30am National Independence Rally SPEKTAK STE LISI 10:00am – 10:00pm Food Fair Seafood Fiesta and Meat Fest Grand Exhibition Secret Band Dance Troupes Grand Display and stunts by My Motor X Riders from St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Barbados Comedy EvaLucian Band- with Arthur Michael Robinson Olivia Abraham Ricky T ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman shot in Vieux Fort


Police are investigating the shooting of a woman in the town of Vieux Fort shortly after midnight today. The victim, Tisha Collymore of Bruceville, was shot in her left leg at Westhall Group, Vieux Fort, police said. She has been admitted to hospital in stable condition. A source with knowledge of the case, could not divulge the motive for the ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Charred body found in building


The charred body of an elderly man was found in a burned out building at Monchy. The man has been identified as 80-year-old Joseph Alcide, who is believed to be of unsound mind. The Gros Islet Fire Station responded at 5:45 a.m. The wooden structure was completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is still unknown. More to come.   ...

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Car slams into house at Grande Riviere (video)


Occupants of a house in Grande Riviere narrowly escaped injuries when a motor car ran off the road and slammed into the building early this morning. The car, a toyota station wagon, first tore through a fence before coming to a stop at the wall bordering a bedroom in the house. The accident reportedly at occurred around 12:40 AM Sunday ...

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Minor accident at Bois d’Orange


St. Lucia News Online has received reports of a minor accident at Bois d’Orange. The accident reportedly took place at about 1:55 PM. Reports are that one Audi SUV and a motor car were heading in opposite directions when the accident occurred. Police officers are now reportedly at the scene. There were no reports of injuries. (0)(1)

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Sherwinn Brice winner of the Inaugural Jako Prize


PRESS RELEASE – Held Sunday February 5, at the tail end of the 2017 Nobel Laureate Festival, the 2nd edition of the Vieux Fort Nobel Laureate Literary Night was an event of high quality that definitely met the goals of the organizers of staging activities in Vieux Fort to match national calendar events that meet and exceed international standards. The ...

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Gems of St. Lucia, Motivate Canada boost football initiative in VF


PRESS RELEASE – “Gems of Saint Lucia” has successfully collaborated with Motivate Canada, who donated soccer equipment, to assist in the development of soccer in Vieux Fort South, through coach, Mr. Emmanuel Bellas. This initiative is part of a broader objective, which is aimed at building a strong link between Motivate Canada, Ottawa and Vieux Fort. This initiative was also ...

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Mayor vows to rid Castries of stray dogs


PRESS RELEASE – The Mayor of Castries has expressed his commitment to rid the capital of stray dogs. His Lordship Peterson D. Francis remains concern but resolute in his aim after pronouncements sometime last year that there was an immediate need to clear the City of Castries of the stray animals. “The number of stray dogs in the country’s capital ...

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Morne Du Don man stabbed over Armor All


A 54-year-old man is now in stable condition at Victoria Hospital after he was stabbed in the abdomen yesterday afternoon. Crispin Brouet, a resident of Morne Du Don, Castries, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview today that he was stabbed by a man whom he accused of stealing his bottle of Armor All, a car-cleaning product. Brouet ...

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St. Lucian woman’s advocacy group featured in New York Times


Alene Mathurin’s My Nanny Circle, a group focusing on the training and empowering of caregivers, was featured in The New York Times yesterday, Feb. 16. Mathurin held a seminar last Saturday in Midtown, which, according to the newspaper, covered topics like early-childhood development, résumé building and mental health. About 90 nannies attended, according to the report. My Nanny Circle was ...

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OECS seeking young entrepreneurs


PRESS RELEASE – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is seeking to identify 30 young entrepreneurs making strides in their respective business endeavours, through its 30 Under 30 in Entrepreneurship initiative. Thirty young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 will be recognized as examples of youth success in entrepreneurship.  They will be accepted as a cohort for business support by the OECS ...

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UPDATED: Policeman charged for Marigot homicide

Gilroy 'Gillo' Gaston (left) and homicide victim Yves Rene>.

Police constable and former double calypso champion Gilroy ‘Gillo’ Gaston has been charged with the fatal shooting of a man in Marigot on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. According to the Police Information Office, Gaston was charged with “death caused by gross negligence or recklessness, Contrary to Section 92 of the Criminal Code Chapter 3.01 of the Revised Laws of St. Lucia ...

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Pierrot Combined School organises demonstration of love in school, communities

Pierrot Combined

PRESS RELEASE – The Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) of the Pierrot Combined School has joined with the school’s principal, Mrs. Eugenie Paul-Moonie and the rest of the staff in a demonstration of ‘Love’ throughout the school and its neighbouring communities. At the commencement of the new calendar year, Mrs. Paul-Moonie emphasized on the theme ‘I Love You’ to all her ...

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St. Lucia to host UWI budget meetings


PRESS RELEASE – The University of the West Indies (UWI) is pleased to announce that the Government of Saint Lucia will host the annual meetings of the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) to the Grants Committees of The University of the West Indies (UWI), at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay Village, on February 20-21, 2017. These meetings examine the University’s ...

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CARIBBEAN: Five primary school students in T&T test positive for HIV


JAMAICA OBSERVER – At least five primary school students have tested positive for the HIV virus and several others have engaged in sexual activities “willingly” Parliamentarians in Trinidad and Tobago have been told. Appearing before a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament on Wednesday, officials from the Ministries of Education and Health confirmed that the five students, aged seven to ...

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“Re-instate laptop program” – SLP


PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is horrified by comments made by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on a local radio call-in programme where he said, that there was no budgetary allocation for laptops made available to students by the Labour Government. Hence the reason why the UWP government was not guaranteeing laptops to students for the year 2017. ...

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NWU comments on DSH project for the south


PRESS RELEASE – The National Workers Union (NWU) is pleased with the engagement of groups, stakeholders and other concerned interests on the proposed two billion DSH investment project for the southern part of the country. The NWU is also firm in its opinion that a certain level of democracy is still alive in Saint Lucia which has provided political parties ...

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Motorcycle accident puts resort employee “out of action”

Lee Henry

Financial help is being sought for a Cap Maison employee who was involved in a horrific traffic accident just over a week ago. Lee Henry of Morne Du Don, Castries broke both legs when his motorcycle collided with another motorcycle on the Vide Boutielle Highway around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. He was reportedly on his way home from ...

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Culvert work near St. Benedict’s Church to begin

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PRESS RELEASE – The public is hereby informed that construction works to reinstate a broken culvert at the intersection near the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Morne Fortune, Castries is expected to commence on Thursday February 16, 2017.   The projected completion date is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Motorists and the general public are urged to proceed with caution and adhere ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Soufriere toddler injured by flare gun explosion


A 20-month-old female from the town of Soufriere was injured last night (Feb. 15) a result of an alleged accidental flare-gun explosion, according to reliable sources. The toddler was reported to be in stable condition at the time of posting this report. She was taken to Soufriere Hospital then to St. Jude Hospital where she was treated for a wound to ...

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St. Lucia to see more frequent major hurricanes due to climate change


PRESS RELEASE – OECS Member States have been urged to prepare for more extreme weather conditions and natural disasters as a result of Climate Change. The caution has come from Crispin d’Auvergne, St. Lucia’s Chief Sustainable Development Officer, who was a Contributing Panelist at a Climate Change Forum hosted by the OECS Commission at the Fort Young Hotel in Dominica ...

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David Rudder with Andy Narell – final addition to Saint Lucia Jazz Festival

David Rudder (left) and Andy Narell.

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia (February 15, 2017) – The Events Company of Saint Lucia (Events St. Lucia) is excited to announce the addition of a David Rudder/Andy Narell collaboration on the 2017 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival lineup, in the inaugural year of Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival. Both Rudder and Narell have previously graced Saint Lucia Jazz stages to appreciative ...

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“Fracas” between talk show host Christopher Hunte and caller prompts apology


Choice TV has apologised publicly over a local talk show broadcast this week, in which its host Christopher Hunte and caller Dale Elliot threw allegations at each other. A clip of the exchange between Hunte and the journalist/businessman on Politically Incorrect has gone viral. Below is the apology, which was also posted on the stations’s Facebook page. “A recent broadcast of ...

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UPDATED: Funeral service for double homicide victims


The funeral service for double homicide victims Jeffery Abella and Sandrina Joseph is being held today, Feb. 15 at the Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in La Clery, Castries. Interment is at the Choc Cemetery. The funeral service follows a candlelight vigil held for the victims in La Clery last evening. Government Minister and Castries North Parliamentary Representative Stephenson ...

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Rose Hill man stabbed in stomach and chest; several wounding incidents reported on V’Day


Police officials have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that they received two formal reports of stabbing incidents that occurred in the city of Castries yesteray, Valentine’s Day, but noted that other incidents likely occurred but were not officially reported. In one report, a 47-year-old male resident of Rose Hill was stabbed in the stomach and chest at Cedars. In ...

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Letter writer Sharon Frederick asked to contact St. Jude Hospital


Dear Sharon Frederick: St Jude Hospital is aware of your letter posted on St Lucia News Online and dated February 14, 2017 regarding concerns about the service at our hospital. We are sorry to learn of the experience of your parents. St Jude Hospital takes our responsibility to providing the best possible care to our patients very seriously and actively ...

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Critically-injured accident victim requires urgent surgery


A relative said 28-year-old Kyle Joseph was “critically injured” in a motor vehicle accident on Jan. 27, 2017 and requires surgery to repair his “spinal column”. However, the family is seeking assistance from the public to offset some of the costs associated with the surgery. Kyle’s cousin, Rosa Joseph, has set up an account on fundraising website GoFundMe to faciliate donations. ...

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BOSL employee receives CAB Chartered Banker Scholarship Award


PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) is excited to announce the winner of a 100% Scholarship award to pursue the Chartered Banker MBA programme with a leading UK Business School, the Bangor University. In collaboration with the Bangor University Business School, the CAB has been able to extend this significant opportunity to its members. On the basis ...

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Sandals announces new overwater bungalows in St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – After the huge success of debuting the Caribbean’s first-ever Over-the-Water Villas in Jamaica, Sandals Resorts is thrilled to announce nine new Over the Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, which are available for bookings now for travel beginning in May 2017. These new over-the-water bungalows boast glass floor panels, a private outdoor Tranquility Soaking ...

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SLDB launches logo competition


GIS – In anticipation of the upcoming launch of the Climate Adaptation Financing Facility (CAFF), the Saint Lucia Development Bank (SLBD) is inviting interested persons to design a logo that will serve as the visual identity of the new loan facility. The logo should be creative, innovative and professional and should reflect the SLDB’s mandate—“Affording opportunity for all,” and the aim of ...

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Dennery water project set to launch


GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia will, this week, host the project launch for the Dennery Water Supply Redevelopment Project. The project aims to resolve the issues of poor water quality and an unreliable supply affecting the east coast village. Saint Lucia, through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), received a grant from the Government of Mexico ...

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UPDATED: Chopping in Castries

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A young man was hospitalised following a chopping incident in the city of Castries this afternoon. According to sources, the victim, who is a resident of Cedars, Castries, was chopped on the right shoulder after he accosted someone whom he suspected of stealing a close relative’s chain sometime ago. It is alleged that the perpetrator is a friend of the suspected chain ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Stabbing/chopping incidents in Castries city


St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has received reports of two separate wounding incidents in the city of Castries this afternoon. The first incident, allegedly a chopping, is reported to have occurred around 5 p.m.. The victim was picked up at the M&C drug store and transported to hospital. The second incident, a stabbing, occurred around 5:13 p.m. on Chaussee road. ...

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St. Lucian, Venezuelans caught with over US$500,000 cash appear in court

St. Lucian (left)

Three men, including a St. Lucian, who have been charged with money laundering in connection with the possession of over US$500,000 in cash in two separate incidents, appeared in court today. St. Lucian Anthony Jaye was granted $18,000 bail or suitable surety and ordered to report to the Rodney Bay Police Station three times weekly. He was also ordered to surrender ...

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Action to be taken against Vieux-Fort vendors

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Street vendors in Vieux-Fort town are having things their way. Over the years, they have defied orders from both the police and the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council to vacate the sidewalks. And now Inspector Marcellinus Leonce of the Vieux-Fort Police Station intends to put a stop to it. He said it’s time the law be reinforced. “I will ensure that ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Tense situation at Beausejour Agricultural Complex


Occupational health and safety issues at the Beausejour Agricultural Complex in Vieux-Fort has led to the staff there going on what they described as a “sick-out”. But Officer in Charge at the St. Lucia Civil Service Association, Mike Stephen Aubertin, told this reporter it’s not a sick out. According to him, the staff was asked to remove themselves from an ...

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St Lucia government called on to restructure ministries

Therold Prudent

PRESS RELEASE – After an intensive review of the current structure and operations of Saint Lucia’s ministry of tourism and the ministry of external affairs, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said that the island might be better served if they were not headed by elected officials. Speaking on behalf of the LPM, the party’s political leader, Therold Prudent, insisted that ...

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SRDF attacking crime against visitors in Soufriere

Jimmy Haynes

The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) is making a determined attempt to deal with crime against visitors in the community. Executive director of the foundation, Jimmy Haynes, described the problem as “very serious and frustrating”. He said Soufriere largely depends on the foreign dollar and as a result should not tolerate such criminal activity. Over the past two months, there ...

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