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BREAKING NEWS: Fatal accident in Micoud


Police are investigating a fatal accident that occurred at Escap on the Micoud Highway earlier this afternoon. The accident involved a motorcycle and a bus. The motorcyclist, a male, was reportedly pronounced dead at the scene. More details soon. (7)(2)

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Thief skilfully ransacks bedroom while mother and daughter at home


A 46-year-old woman was asleep and her 28-year-old daughter was also home when a thief allegedly entered their house in Anse Ger/Desruisseaux early this morning, ransacked the mother’s bedroom and stole several items including cash. In an interview on Sunday, the mother, Marciana James, gave a detailed account of what occurred. She said after being unable to fall asleep for ...

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Derek Walcott laid to rest (GIS REPORT)


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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St. Lucia named among major money laundering countries in 2016


St. Lucia is named among 88 “major money laundering countries” in a United States (US) report that was released recently. Seventeen other Caribbean countries are also named in the 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, an annual report by the US Department of State to Congress, prepared in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act. According to the Department, the report ...

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Relatives do not suspect foul play in Lollipop’s death

George Joseph, better known as Lollipop

A senior citizen who was found dead this morning in his garden in the Morne Cayenne/Belle Vue area of Vieu Fort, was ailing for some time, according to a relative. The body of 68-year-old George Joseph, popularly known as Lollipop, was found around 8 a.m. by a search party. “There is no sign of foul play,” his granddaughter Vernita Henry ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Dead body found in Vieux Fort


Police are investigating the discovery of the lifeless body of a man in Morne Cayenne, Vieux Fort this morning, March 26. The deceased is an elderly man identified by his alias, ‘Lollipop’. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that relatives became concerned when the deceased did not return home at the time expected yesterday and his phone rang out without ...

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World bids farewell to Derek Walcott


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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Quarry explosion victim lost his leg but doing “alright” – relative


“He is coming through.” That’s the word coming from Mary Popo about the status of her nephew, 21-year-old Mitchron Popo of Plateau, Babonneau, one of the four critically-injured victims of the March 21 quarry explosion who are currently in neighbouring Martinique receiving treatment. Michron and three others from Victoria Hospital were airlifted to a Martinique hospital in the wee hours ...

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Celebrity poses naked at St. Lucia hotel

She posed naked to appreciate her surroundings (Photo: Instagram)

THE MIRROR (UK) – She’s never been afraid to flash the flesh but model and reality star Joanna Krupa took it one stage further overnight when she posed TOTALLY naked on holiday. The Real Housewives of Miami star, 37, lost her clothes for a sexy Instagram photo in paradise while enjoying an idyllic holiday to the Caribbean island of St Lucia. ...

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


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

Secretary-General Patricia Scotland

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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UPDATE: Security guard disarmed as robbers made off with $50,000


Two bandits, one armed with a gun, relieved a female security guard of her firearm before robbing about $50,000 in cash and cheques from the National Farmers and General Workers Credit Union in Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet around 12:30 p.m. today, according to reliable sources. No one was harmed. The bandits, who did not wear masks, made off with cash and ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Armed robbery in Bois d’Orange


No one was injured in the armed robbery of a credit union in Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet that occurred around midday today, a company official said. Windy Moncherie, president of the National Farmers and General Workers Co-operative Credit Union Society Ltd., told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the robbery took place around 12:30 p.m. and involved two bandits. An undisclosed sum ...

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Grace Kennedy’s statement on Brazilian corned beef ban


PRESS RELEASE – Stemming from an investigation by Brazilian authorities a ban has been placed locally on the sale and importation of all beef products from Brazil. Reports indicate that the violations are limited to twenty -one (21) packers out of an industry of several thousand. All of the brands of corn beef imported into Saint Lucia originate from Brazil ...

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Be cautious with stay wires, LUCELEC advises

A stay wire, also called a guide wire.

The public is being advised to treat stay wires with caution at all times, according to a St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) official. Chief Engineer Goodwin d’Auvergne, speaking to the press earlier this week, said stay wires, by design, do not carry electricity, but it is possible “under certain rare circumstances” that these wires can “accidentally” come in contact with ...

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No vendetta against “paranoid” Isaac – Mayor’s office responds to accusations

Press and Communications Manager in the Office of the Mayor, Jason Hullingseed, said Vendors Association President Peter 'Ras Ipa' Isaac (inset photo) is not been targeted by the Office.

The Office of Mayor has been accused of recently sowing the seeds of a “malicious vendetta” against President of the St. Lucia Craft and Dry Goods Vendors Association, Peter ‘Ras Ip,’ who has been charged with electricity theft following an investigation into the matter last month by the Castries Constituency Council (CCC). When confronted with Isaac’s accusations, Press and Communications ...

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St. Lucia and Mexico emerge winners of environmental video contest


PRESS RELEASE – A creative animation dubbed “What is Principle 10?” by Ted Sandiford of Saint Lucia copped first place in a regional video/animation competition called “Our Environment, Our Voices”. While, Luis Vera of Mexico came second with a video called “We saved the Cocospera river”. The winners of the contest were announced on Monday, March 20th in Brazil at ...

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IRD launches Electronic Payment Service


PRESS RELEASE – The Inland Revenue Department today launched its Electronic Payment Service which enables taxpayers to make tax payments in the comfort of their homes or offices. Comptroller of Inland Revenue, Mrs. Sophia Henry is elated with this development which enhances our customer experience and led by example in making the first payment. This method is safer, convenient and ...

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Electrocution death in Choiseul an “unfortunate accident” – LUCELEC

Tony Charley (inset) was electrocuted after he held onto a stay wire.

St. Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) officials said they are “cooperating fully” with the investigation into the electrocution death of a man last weekend. Reports are that about mid-morning on Saturday, March 18, the victim, 42-year-old Tony Charlery, a.k.a, Ricardo of Palmiste, Soufriere, was electrocuted when he held onto a stay wire at a construction site in Dacretin, Choiseul. At a press ...

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PM Chastanet sends condolences to UK Gov’t following terrorist attack

Eyewitnesses describe a chaotic scene after London terror attack.

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet met with Resident British High Commissioner Steve McCready on March 23rd 2017 and offered condolences on behalf of the Government and People of Saint Lucia in relation to the recent attack at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. Four persons reportedly died in the attack which took place in London on ...

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Death of Choiseul teacher shocks education fraternity


PRESS RELEASE – The sad news about the loss of Mrs. Patricia Cheryl Brown, our beloved friend, colleague, volunteer and Junior Achievement teacher advisor came as a great shock to us all and everyone who had the honor to meet or interact with her. Mrs. Brown was a phenomenal and dedicated Junior Achievement (JA) volunteer and an outstanding Business teacher of ...

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Citizens offended by PM’s remarks

Prime Minister Chastanet

PRESS RELEASE – Members of the Vieux-Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC) were taken aback, when in the HTS Newscast of March 20, 2017, the Prime Minister Chastanet maliciously sought to characterize the group as a mouthpiece of the St. Lucia Labour Party. This is utter rubbish being spewed from the mouth of the Prime Minister and is further ...

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Storage of explosives “has to be” in government’s storage facility – Acting Police Commissioner

Desir speaking at Wednesday's joint preference, attended by officials from the Ministry of Health, Fire Services, and NEMO.

In light of Tuesday’s deadly explosion at the Cul de Sac quarry, Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir responded to a television reporter’s question at a press conference yesterday about what the law stipulates regarding the storage of explosives. The reporter asked: “The citizenry has been acting as judge and jury since the explosion and many are questioning what is the ...

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“Somebody has to pay” – Businessman wants compensation for damages caused by explosion

Video still image of the unidentified businessman speaking to Choice News Now's Cecile Actille.

A number of structures located near the area of Tuesday’s deadly explosion sustained damages, however one businessman is not taking it lightly. He wants compensation. The unidentified businessman told Choice News Now that whoever is responsible for the explosion should pay for the damages to his restaurant and house. The businessman told Choice that part of the restaurant’s ceiling fell on ...

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Education ministry responds to Cul de Sac tragedy


Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has said her ministry was mobilised to provide assistance to persons affected by Tuesday’s Cul de Sac tragedy. Dr. Rigobert noted that such a crisis would impact principals teachers and students. In that regard, she said counsellors are crafting and coordinating an approproriate response. “We have also contacted other social agencies, (for) example human services and ...

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Government of St. Lucia thanks French authorities for emergency assistance


PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has thanked Martinique authorities for their quick response in providing assistance for persons injured in an explosion at a Cul de Sac Quarry on Tuesday 21st March 2017. A team from Martinique arrived in Saint Lucia early Wednesday morning and facilitated the air transfer of four injured persons for emergency treatment. Three ...

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Vigil to be held for Kim Khodra


PRESS RELEASE – On Saturday  March 25th  2017, the Choppers United Sports Club along with the different football teams taking part in the Guinness Super League Tournament will host a Night Vigil on behalf of Kim Khodra. A “Super Star, Veteran, great Kim”, many called him through his discipline in the way he played football. As we will mourn the ...

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Gov’t: Refrain from eating corned beef from Brazil until further notice


STATEMENT – Following a series of media reports regarding the sale of unwholesome meats and meat products from Brazil, the Government of Saint Lucia on March 21, 2017 requested and received information from the Brazilian Embassy as follows: 1. The Government of Brazil has launched an investigation (named Operation Weak Flesh), relating to the sale of unwholesome meat and meat ...

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Several injured after SUV rolls down hill


Police are investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Marigot this morning, March 22, according to information reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO). At least four persons, including three Caucasian women, sustained minor injuries when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) rolled down a hill, according to an eyewitness. Three persons were transported to the hospital by ambulance. The driver did ...

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Sudden death of beloved teacher shocks SJC


Students and staff of the St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) secondary school for girls in Castries are mourning the loss of French teacher Kerri Lawrence Clovis who died suddenly yesterday, March 21. Clovis,30, died on Tuesday, according to her close friend and co-worker Loraine Francois. The death was “shocking” to everyone because Clovis was not known to be ailing, Francois said. ...

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Dolphin cove to pump US$3.5m into St Lucia Marine Park

A trainer takes a dolphin through its paces at the flagship marine park owned by Dolphin Cove Limited in Ocho Rios. * Photo by Gladstone Taylor/Jamaica Gleaner

JAMAICA GLEANER – Dolphin Cove plans to pump another US$3.5 million ($450 million) into setting up its marine parks in St Lucia, its largest investment in nearly four years, which follows a change of ownership of the marine park. Dolphin Cove Limited wants to grow regionally beyond its present operations within Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. It has already secured ...

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UPDATED: VH responds to mass casualty event in Cul de Sac (video added)


PRESS RELEASE – Tuesday’s massive explosion in Cul-de-Sac triggered the full mass casualty response from the Victoria Hospital as the casualties came steaming into the Accident and Emergency Department. A total of 15 patients presented at the hospital suffering from various injuries with some requiring immediate surgical procedures. One patient succumbed to his injuries while others were stabilized. Additional nurses, doctors, ...

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SUITS lead actor visits St. Lucia


PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia, world renowned for its stunning landscape, breathtaking vistas and friendly people, last week played host to renown actor Gabriel Macht, Jacinda Barrett and their family. Best known for his role as Harvey Specter in the USA Network series SUITS, Macht has become one of the most beloved characters on this American legal drama television series. ...

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CARICOM Youth Ambassadors of St. Lucia extends condolences to family of quarry explosion victims


PRESS RELEASE – The CARICOM Youth Ambassadors of Saint Lucia would like to extend its sincere condolences to the loved ones of those who passed during the devastating explosion yesterday afternoon (Tuesday March 21) at the quarry in Cul-de-Sac. To those who are injured, we stand in solidarity with you and extend our wishes for a speedy recovery. Dean of ...

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PM calls for prayers, commends emergency response personnel

PM Allen Chastanet

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has called for prayers and support for the families of those affected by an explosion which occurred in the Cul de Sac area on Tuesday evening (March 21st). Early reports indicate that there has been loss of life and significant injuries to several persons. Speaking from the Victoria Hospital where several of the ...

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UPDATED: 12:31 a.m.: Summary of dead, injured and missing


At least four people have been confirmed dead and multiple injured following an explosion at a Rayneau Construction-operated quarry and construction site in Cul de Sac, Castries this afternoon, according to official sources. Reports are that a container exploded after 5 p.m. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear. Below is a summary gathered from official sources: * ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Deadly explosion at Cul de Sac


At least four people are dead and many others injured following an explosion at a quarry in Cul de Sac. Reports are that a container exploded after 5 p.m. The cause of the explosion is not yet clear. The first report came in at 5:23 p.m. from a resident who lives in a nearby community. “Loudest explosion ever…. They must ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ex-inmate, shot by BCF officer, had drugs and cell phones

Bordelais Correctional Facility

A former inmate, who was shot outside the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BC) today, was not only armed with a machete but had cell phones and marijuana in his possession, several law enforcement sources have reported. Reports are that around 12:45 p.m. the former inmate was spotted acting suspiciously and was approached by a correctional officer near the BCF farm. It is ...

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Car overturns at Choc (see photos)


The driver of a white Toyota Corolla (PB7650) escaped injuries after his vehicle overturned at Choc this afternoon. The accident occurred after 3 p.m. in front the Sagicor Insurance building on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway. The driver has been identified as Zannick Lawrencin. No further details available. (0)(0)

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“Hypocrite” – Hunte’s government had approved dolphin park project, says Chastanet


Former Chairman of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Julian Hunte has been called a “hypocrite” for his opposition against the proposed dolphinarium at Pigeon Island which his party, when in power, had approved. That’s according to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. “… he is a hypocrite because he is the chairman of a party that approved the same ...

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATED: Shooting at Bordelais


An individual was shot in or around the area of the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) this afternoon, March 21, according to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO). A police source confirmed that an individual sustained a gunshot wound to the right leg around 12:45 p.m., and was transported to the Dennery Hospital by ambulance, but could not provide further information. SNO has ...

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Sir Derek Walcott to get state funeral

Hon. Derek Walcott

PRESS RELEASE – Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC, who died at home in Saint Lucia on Friday March 17, 2017, is to receive a state funeral. The Cabinet of Ministers approved the decision on Monday in light of the contribution by Sir Derek Walcott to Saint Lucia. This highest national honour, normally reserved for heads of state and ...

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Ministry of Labour issues warning to persons employed in St. Lucia illegally


PRESS RELEASE – Ministry of Labour issues warning to persons employed in Saint Lucia illegally.  The Ministry of Labour is embarking on a drive to clamp down foreign nationals working in Saint Lucia illegally. It has been brought to the attention of the Labour Department, that there are individuals employed at various organizations here without a valid Work Permit. The ...

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SLP outraged at SSU officers being deployed to DSH site


PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has expressed outrage over the decision of the Allen Chastanet Government to send armed SSU officers to patrol the DSH site to deter any public protest. The SLP believes the action of the Chastanet government was out of proportion and hasty in response to a posting which appeared on Facebook. The Government ...

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SLNT “disrespectful” to investors, Tuslie asked to retract “false” statements

Chastanet and Tulsie (right)

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is disappointed at the way in which investors are being treated by the St. Lucia National Trust (SLNT). Speaking to reporters yesterday, Chastanet was referring to the SLNT’s first membership meeting on March 11 where officials from Dolphin Park Inc made a presentation on the proposed dolphin park at Pigeon Island. “On record again, ...

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Mayor’s office says work on broken metal grills underway

Persons helping Michael Jn Baptiste whose leg got stuck in a metal grill in Castries on Monday.

The Office of the Mayor is calling on members of the public to inform the Office of faulty metal grills and drains in the city. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) contacted the mayor’ office for a comment in light of yesterday’s incident in which a man’s leg got stuck in a metal grill on Jeremie Street. A similar incident occurred ...

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St. Lucia discussing corned beef ban in Jamaica


The relevent authorities in St. Lucia said they are aware of the Jamaican government’s immediate ban on corned beef from Brazil. Outgoing Assistant Chief Environmental Officer Claudius Prospere told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that St. Lucia must meet and discuss the matter like their Jamaican counterparts before making a decision. “We are aware of Jamaica’s action. We have to have a meeting ...

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Soufriere Foundation supports sports development in District 8


PRESS RELEASE – On Monday, March 20th, 2017, schools in District Education 8 became beneficiaries of financial support for sports development from the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF). In a small ceremony held at the organization’s Board Room, cheque presentations were made to a number of school as part of the ongoing vision to see the impact of sports grow ...

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Adventist pastor calls for boycott of inter-sports because it will be held on Sabbath


Warning that the “hour is near”, a Seventh-day Adventist official has asked high school students to boycott the upcoming inter-school sports meet after the church failed to persuade government to change the date of the meet from Saturday, March, 25, to suit Sabbath-day worshippers. Pastor Quigley Morris, youth director of Saint Lucia Mission of Seventh-Day Adventists, made the announcement in a letter ...

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“St. Lucians really care about dolphins? Since? The hypocrisy…” (letter)


Dear Editor. I am a St. Lucian and St. Lucians make me shame to call myself  St. Lucian sometimes. Our political blindess have transformed our behaviour into the lowest levels of hypocrisy and dumbness. From my recollection, a dolphin park proposal was introduced, proposed, approved (what-ever you call it) under the Kenny Anthony led-administration in 2014. No one complained. No ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Medical students in Vieux Fort robbed


Four students of a local medical school were this afternoon the victims of a car break-in at Cedar Heights, Vieux Fort. Three backpacks containing electronic equipment and classnotes were taken from their car. The driver of the car told St. Lucia News Online that around 5:15 p.m., he and three of his classmates arrived at the supermarket’s parking lot. About twelve minutes ...

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Nine injured in Mon Repos accident (see photos)


At least nine persons sustained “minor injuries” in a motor vehicle accident in Mon Repos, Micoud this morning, March 20, police said. A minibus overturned after colliding with a car around 8 a.m. on the Micoud-Vieux Fort Highway, police officials told St. Lucia News Online. Both vehicles were travelling in opposite directions when the accident occurred, police said. The injured ...

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UPDATED: Fire damages popular meat business in Soufriere (see photos)


A popular meat and grocery business on Church Street, Soufriere suffered “minimal damages” in an early morning fire today, March 20, fire officials have reported. Around 5:40 a.m. a “passerby” walked into the Soufriere Fire Station and reported seeing black smoke coming from the flat of the two-story building that houses Kai Poule Ek Viande, fire officials told St. Lucia News Online ...

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Walcott condolence from FRC

Dunstan St. Omer and Derek Walcott at the launch of the Harold Simmons Folk Academy in October 2012.

PRESS RELEASE – The Board, staff and members of the Folk Research Centre extend their condolences to the family and friends of the late Honorable Sir Derek Walcott who passed away on Friday March 17th. Sir Derek was a frequent visitor to the FRC, and attended many of our programmes. The FRC recognizes the great achievements of Sir Derek in ...

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