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BREAKING NEWS: Lester Daniel charged for murdering Ike Ephraim

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Lester Daniel, a well-known freelance photographer and co-administrator of Movielink Entertainment Facebook page, has been charged with the murder of Ike Ephraim whose bloodied and battered body was found in a drain in Caye Mange, Gros Islet las week, according to law enforcement officials. Daniel, 39, of Castries was formally charged with non-capital murder under section 85 of the Criminal ...

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UPDATED: House fire in Vieux-Fort

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A dwelling house was completely destroyed by fire in La Ressource, Vieux-Fort this morning (June 26), according to law enforcement officials. There were no immediate reports of injuries. Emergency received the call at 11:30 a.m. Officials said a plywood and concrete structure was completely destroyed. The house’s occupier Delia Jules was not at home when the fire started, officials said. ...

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Three injured in Cul-de-Sac accident

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At least three people were injured in a motor vehicle accident in Cul-de-Sac this morning (June 26), according to law enforcement sources. Five persons were onboard a Honda Fit when it overturned after 3 a.m., sources said. Three persons – Marcellus Jules, Nigel Prospere and Roniel James- were transported to hospital via ambulance with minor injuries, sources said. The two ...

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CSA president hopes for swift settlement with government

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Though optimistic about negotiations with government on the 2016-2019 triennium collective agreement, President of the Civil Service Association (CSA) Yvonne Edwin has expressed concern over the amount of time it may take before a settlement is reached. The CSA president lamented the common practice of collective agreements being finaliSed either late in the triennium or even after – an action ...

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“His chances improve with every hour he lives right now” – says relative of Grass Street shooting victim

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Popular Grass Street resident Claudy Lubin, better known by his alias ‘Simon Peter’, is reported to be in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at Victoria Hospital after he was shot in a drive-by on Saturday afternoon (June 24, 207) in Castries city, according to a relative. Lubin, who is a few weeks away from his 28th birthday, sustained two ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Castries city

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A barrage of gunshots interrupted Chaussee Road, Castries around 3 p.m. today,  June 24, 2017. A few seconds later a man was picked up from the vicinity of Grass Street in a private vehicle and rushed to hospital. A law enforcement source said according to preliminary information received, the emergency officials were told that a male victim was shot in ...

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UPDATE: Grand Riviere shooting victim in critical condition

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The victim of last evening’s shooting in White Rock, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet is still in critical condition at hospital, according to law enforcement sources. The victim, 43-year-old Kimell Alexander, sustained two gunshot wounds to the head and one to the leg after 10 p.m. near a gym in the area, sources say. He was transported to Victoria Hospital via ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot multiple times in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet

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A male is reportedly in critical condition after being shot in White Rock, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet around 10:00 tonight, Friday, June 23, 2017. The victim was still breathing when the ambulance left with him, according to an eyewitness. A dimly-lit video obtained by our newsroom shows the victim on the road surrounded by several persons. “[The] shooting [I] believe ...

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Police launch 5th school sports festival

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The 2017 police school sports festival has been declared open and officials believe that the initiative, which fuses a relationship between the youth and police, will foster discipline, team spirit, and combat idleness and violence among the youth. The Community Relations Branch of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is organising their fifth edition of the event. Police say ...

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Castries 1948 fire’s anniversary observed

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As the country this week observed the 69th anniversary of the 1948 Castries fire which destroyed 75 percent of the town and left thousands homeless, Saint Lucians are being asked to ensure that they absorb the lessons which came from the disaster. A special ceremony was held on Tuesday (June 20) to commemorate the anniversary. National Archivist Margot Thomas said ...

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“Last year… there was literally no debate on the budget…” – Minister Belrose reminds

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Minister for Local Government and Culture Fortuna Berose has criticised the opposition’s parliament boycott, calling it pathetic and childish. The House of Assembly was noticeably emptier Thursday morning (June 22) after three opposition senators of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) – Joachim Henry, Guibion Ferdinand and Jerome Gideon – reportedly boycotted the proceedings – which still went on ...

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Opposition members will speak at the “People’s Parliament” – Opposition Leader Philip Pierre

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Opposition members who did not speak at the parliament debate as a result of the walkout will make their thoughts on the budget known at a Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) public meeting next Tuesday. Opposition members had walked out of parliament at its June 20 sitting in protest of what it said was “spiteful and vindictive” behaviour by Prime Minister ...

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“They like the poor to be in poverty” – Senator Raymond accuses SLP of encouraging a welfare state culture

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The Senate Leader of Government Business Dr. Ubaldus Raymond has stood behind the United Workers Party’s (UWP) 2017 budget, stating that it is focused on strengthening the private sector in order to empower them and reduce citizens’ dependency on government. Dr. Raymond said that unlike the past administration, which encouraged the culture of a welfare state, the UWP’s private sector ...

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“I wished to see my mother dead” – A YPG story

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Everybody in life desires to have peace, everyone desires to wake up in the morning and have their family together and their home filled with joy. My house was not like this, not because we didn’t want but because I didn’t allow. I was the worst person to have in your house if you can understand what I mean. My ...

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Joseph announces comprehensive insurance coverage for farmers

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Minister for Agriculture Ezechiel Joseph has announced plans for the development of a comprehensive insurance programme for farmers. The government, according to Joseph, is now consulting with insurance company CCRIF SPC to formulate this plan. Last year, CCRIF member countries received US$29,204,248 following Tropical Storm Matthew. Saint Lucia received over US$3.7 million of that figure within 14 days of the ...

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SLP wants answers from PM Chastanet over his CIP comments in Geneva

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The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has made another call for answers from Prime Minister Allen Chastanet regarding comments he made at a Geneva Investment Migration Forum in early June. According to the Investment Migration Insider website, Chastanet said: “If you get a citizenship through the CIP (Citizenship by Investment Program) and later get married, your spouse can apply for ...

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Opposition boycott not benefitting St. Lucia – UWP PRO

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The newly-appointed public relations officer (PRO) of the governing United Workers Party (UWP has said the alleged boycott of this morning’s (June 22) upper house sitting by opposition senators is putting the country at a “disadvantage”. Commenting on Facebook, Kernisha Flavien said the “average person” knows that nothing can be done if you are not present and therefore “nothing can ever ...

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“Is there really a need for the Marketing Board?” PM awaits report to determine its fate

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The contents of a report geared at reviewing two government organisations – the Saint Lucia Marketing Board (SLMB) and National Printing Corporation (NPC) – will determine whether they are shut down, allowed to continue operations or transformed into some other venture. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that this report is expected to be available for review within the next ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Car and shoes stolen in armed robbery at Vigie recovered

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A Mitsubishi Lancer that was stolen during an armed robbery on Wednesday evening has been recovered – hours after the car’s stolen notice was advertised on social media including St. Lucia News Online’s Facebook page. The car was found – intact – close to midnight near the Upton Gardens Girls’ Centre on Cedars Road, Castries, but with the licence plates ...

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Two in custody assisting police with latest homicide

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Two persons are currently in police custody “assisting” the lawmen with the death of Ike Ephraim whose bloody body was discovered in a drain Caye Mange, Gros Islet early this morning by a passerby, according to law enforcement sources. According to sources, police are investigating allegations that an intoxicated Ephraim was severely beaten after allegedly getting into trouble at a business ...

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Rockslide damages two homes in Anse La Raye

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A hillside collapsed on Tuesday, June 20, in Anse La Raye, causing damage to two homes in its path. One of those houses belonged to Ferra Lionel who said that she heard a huge boulder rolling toward her home whilst preparing breakfast. According to her, she did not know from which direction the stone came because she was inside. Her ...

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BREAKING NEWS: St. Lucian arrested after drug bust on cruise ship

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A St. Lucian is among three Caribbean men arrested in Belize on Tuesday, June 13 in connection with a drug bust on a cruise ship, according to media reports. The St. Lucian has been identified as Jamal Nathus Celise. He was arrested along with two nationals from St. Vincent and the Grenadines Derson Frank and Renaldo Kerron Roberts. The trio were aboard ...

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“Put away the guns” national security minister advises

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National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has called on individuals who may be thinking of settling conflict through the use of firearms to put away their guns and consider more amicable ways of dealing with their concerns. Francis was speaking on the heels of the police’s recovery of four firearms last week – among them was a Mac 11 gun, confiscated from ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Latest homicide victim identified

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The dead body discovered in a drain in Caye Mange, Gros Islet this morning has been identified as that of Ike Ephraim of Gros Islet, according to law enforcement sources. According to the deceased’s Facebook profile, he is 27, lives in Gros Islet and is from Reduit, Gros Islet. Messages of condolences for Ephraim have been pouring in on social ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet comments on crime situation: “We have to start with the judicial system”

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With the number of homicides for the year already at 28, just three less than the total number of murders for 2016, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that his administration is taking a multi-faceted approach to addressing the crime situation in Saint Lucia. He said that improvements in the judicial system to boost crimefighting abilities, building relationships with churches ...

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New Chairman says OECS “must assert ourselves internationally”

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In his first Address as Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet noted that today small island states are much less insulated from the impact of world events. “In our quest for development and the modernization of our societies, we have to navigate difficult, sometimes hostile terrain.  The Revised Treaty of ...

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Sammy slams CWI over decline, says stars unlikely to play again

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Two-time Twenty20 World Cup-winning captain Darren Dammy has blasted Cricket West Indies for the continued decline of the international side, and has painted a bleak future for the team once the Dave Cameron-led administration remains in charge. In a sharp critique of the state of West Indies cricket, the all-rounder told the Tuffers and Vaughan Show that he could not ...

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Opposition walks out of parliament, PM says he broke no conventions (see video)

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The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) staged a walk out of parliament today, June 20 in protest of what it said was the “spiteful and vindictive” behaviour exhibited by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. The opposition members exited the second debate sitting on the Appropriation Bill shortly after a presentation by member for Laborie Alva Baptiste, and moments after the prime ...

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Man accused of stealing from Rambally’s Funeral Parlour

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A man accused of stealing from the Rambally’s Funeral Parlour’s Castries branch this morning (June 20, 2017) was arrested by the police, according to Parlour officials. A video has surfaced on social media showing the man being tied  up. According to company officials, around 8:30 a.m. two male employees, who were located upstairs the funeral parlour at the time, noticed the ...

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Beloved La Clery tradesman found dead

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A man was found dead in his La Clery, Castries home this morning (June 20, 2017) , but his relatives do not suspect foul play. Chester Demille, who was in his 40’s, had a heart ailment, according to relatives. They say Demille’s body was discovered in a sofa close to the front door and his keys were on the floor. ...

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Violent fight in Castries captured on video (see video)

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A one-minute video of two men fighting in the city of Castries has surfaced on social media. In the video one of the men is armed with a knife as he made stabbing motions towards the other man. The incident reportedly occurred in the market area off Jeremie Street last Friday, around 6 p.m., but St. Lucia News Online (SNO) ...

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PRESS RELEASE: New OECS Chairman Prime Minister Allen Chastanet calls for extensive functional cooperation

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New Chairman of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, has called for deeper economic integration and more extensive functional cooperation between small island developing states. Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister took over the chairmanship from Prime Minister of Saint Kitts and Nevis Honourable Dr. Timothy Harris and will serve for one year. Prime Minister ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Update on Forest Springs Bottle Water

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The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) wishes to advise the public of the re-emergence of Forest Springs Bottled Water on the market following implementation of corrective actions at the processing facility, extensive testing of the natural spring source and recently packaged product. The recent investigations and work done at the facility has resulted in recently tested product demonstrating compliance ...

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PRESS RELEASE: LUCELEC and GRUPOTEC signs contract on solar farm

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Today representatives from St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and solar energy firm GRUPOTEC signed a contract to begin the engineering, procurement, and construction for a 3 megawatt (MW) solar farm, located north of the Hewanorra International Airport at La Tourney, Vieux Fort. When connected to the grid, the solar farm’s 14,900 photovoltaic (PV) panels are expected to generate the ...

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PWA and SLP meet to discuss issues

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The crime situation in Saint Lucia, police promotions policy and the IMPACS report are among points of discussion held between the Police Welfare Association (PWA) and the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) as they gathered at a recent meeting. PWA chairman Travis Chicot said that the association is taking the lead to meet at various levels with a number of ...

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PM Chastanet speaks on Trump Cuba policy

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has lent his voice to the debate surrounding United States President Trump’s recent decision to discontinue what he claimed was a “one-sided” policy with Cuba. A few days ago, Trump announced at a public gathering that he would, effective immediately, cancel the former Barack Obama administration’s policy and instate a new programme that would begin with ...

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Golf course changes intend to only make it a better tourism product – Sandals official

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Chairman of Sandals Resorts Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart has said that plans for the recently acquired Cap Estate 18-hole Championship Golf Course are geared only at making the facility better. Sandals Resorts International (SRI) announced on June 1, that it had acquired the property and would soon brand it as the Sandals Saint Lucia Golf and Country Club. Among plans for ...

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Sandals breaks ground for fourth resort in Saint Lucia

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As ground breaks for Saint Lucia’s fourth Sandals Resorts International (SRI) hotel, Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness has lauded the hotel chain for its investment on the island, stating that every government in the region would be happy to have that sort of opportunity. This week, SRI Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart broke ground for the newest addition to Sandals award-winning ...

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WORLD: St. Lucia including 163 other teams participating in the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge

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FIRST Global (www.first.global) is hosting the world’s first international robot Olympics for high-school students, with nearly 160 participating nations – along with six continental teams representing the major land masses – each committed to sending one team to represent their country on the world stage. The Opening Ceremony for the 2017 FIRST Global Challenge will take place the evening of ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Bois d’Orange

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A male motorcyclist was shot in the arm in Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet this morning, June 20, 2017, according to eyewitnesses. The shooting occurred near the gas station after 6 a.m. Reports are that the motorcyclist, Dwight Barthelmy, 22, a resident of Piat, Grand Riviere, was driving his bike when occupant (s) from a car opened fire on him. A ...

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BREAKING NEWS: L’abbayee mother died from heavy consumption of alcohol

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A post mortem examination on the body of 38-year-old L’abbayee resident Jahmain Fevriere who died at her home last week, has revealed that her death was not as a result of suicide as relatives and friends had suspected. Her death was triggered by excessive alcohol intake, law enforcement sources said. The post morten, done today, June 19, 2017 by Dr. Wayne Felicien, ...

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Teen pleads guilty!

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Kerlan Leon has decided not to waste the court’s time. The 18-year-old from Gros Islet pleaded guilty to the possession of an illegal firearm and possession of ammunition at the Gros Islet court today, June 19, 2017, and remains on remand until he returns to court on June 27, 2017, police said. The teen was arrested for the possession of a Mac-11 firearm and ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Movement for Social Justice urges CARICOM to stand strong with Venezuela, reject US coercion

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“CARICOM governments must not be bullied, coerced, or bought by offers of aid, to alter their principled position,” the Movement for Social Justice said in a statement. Trinidad and Tobago’s Movement for Social Justice called for a united front of the 15-member Caribbean Community in support of Venezuela at the meeting of the Organization of American States beginning Monday in ...

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UPDATED: Vieux-Fort home invasion leaves one injured

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Police are investigating an alleged home invasion in Pierrot, Vieux-Fort on Friday, June 16, 2017 that resulted in the assault of at least one person. The one-hour ordeal reportedly started around 11 p.m. when six males – without masks – demanded that the occupants let them inside the house. The intruders reportedly began breaking windows and doors when their demand was ...

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Public urged to adhere to building codes

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With the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane season already underway, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Department of Physical Planning Hildreth Lewis has urged property owners to adhere to building codes, because failing to do so could put them and the country at risk of various social and economic disadvantages. Lewis said that individuals who build against the advice of planning authorities and ...

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“We must defend Venezuela’s democracy” – U.S. Ambassador, Eastern Caribbean and OECS

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The following is an Op-Ed by Ambassador Linda Taglialatela, U.S. Ambassador to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the OECS. As Ambassador, I occasionally promote U.S. policies that are unpopular with some government leaders in the Eastern Caribbean. That is the case now. The situation in Venezuela has reached the point where it is impossible for me to remain silent. What ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Vieux Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition For Change urges national organizations to break silence on DSH

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The position on the DSH Deal articulated and publicized by the Vieux-Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VF4Cs) has consistently sought to impress upon the citizens of this country that the proposed DSH Project is not a local issue for Vieux-Fortians but is one that has significant economic, financial, social, environmental, developmental, legal and political implications for the entire country. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Gros Piton Nature Trail closure

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The Gros Piton Nature Trail will be closed on Wednesday, June 21st, 2017, to facilitate a routine trail maintenance assessment exercise. The exercise forms part of the organization’s commitment to ensure that safety standards and the integrity of the site’s footpath to the summit of Gros Piton is appropriately inspected to schedule maintenance interventions as required. The nature trail will ...

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New association aims to develop performing arts

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A newly formed Theatre Arts Schools Association (TASA) is hoped to provide an avenue through which schools can channel their energies and concerns regarding the arts to further develop the subject. Director of the organization Michelle Theobalds has said that TASA provides an opportunity for schools to bind together and allow both the performing and cultural arts to become a ...

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TROPICAL DISTURBANCE: St. Lucia residents advised to remain vigilant

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Although the centre of a “tropical disturbance” is projected to pass south of Saint Lucia, residents are being advised to remain vigilant as moderate to heavy rainfall and gusty winds are still possible, according to the Saint Lucia Met Services 6 p.m. report on Sunday, June 18, 2017. The tropical disturbance is located about 760 miles or 1223 km southeast ...

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Stacy Raymond is back home, vows not to sleep out again

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A 13-year-old female student from La Ressource, Dennery who failed to return home on Friday, June 16, turned herself into the Richfond Police Station this morning and is now back at home, her mother told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The teen, Stacy Raymond, left in her Grande Riviere Secondary School uniform on Friday morning, but never ended up at the ...

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REGIONAL UPDATE: Severe weather alert for Barbados

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BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Residents across Barbados are being urged to pay attention to their radios for regular updates as an approaching tropical wave shows signs of development. The Barbados Meteorological Service today issued a severe weather information statement at noon stating that: “The system is showing some slow development at this time and it could become a tropical storm by ...

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Flow moves ahead with internet and cable TV upgrade

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Telecommunication company Flow is forging ahead with its plan to upgrade its services to customers on the island. The company announced recently that it would be improving its broadband network. This is expected to bring faster browsing speeds and was necessary after an increase in congestion in the company’s network. Clarence Griffith, the network operations lead, explained at a press ...

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Mixed results for Team Saint Lucia at OECS U-23 Netball Tournament

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Team Saint Lucia won their opening match but lost the second as the 27th OECS/ECCB Under-23 Netball Tournament got underway at Grenada on Friday, June 16, 2017. This year, six teams will compete for the championship title: Anguilla, Grenada, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Team Grenada are the defending champions. The tournament ends ...

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13-yo girl suspected to be in the company of “known delinquent”, drinking and smoking at man’s house

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Thirteen-year-old Stacy Raymond of La Ressource, Dennery has not returned home since she left in her Grande Riviere Secondary School uniform on Friday morning (June 16). Catherine Raymond said she understands that her daughter is in the company of a 17-year-old girl, who she heard may be up to no good. According to Raymond, she knows the name of her daughter’s ...

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Petition for fairer airline fares for Caribbean residents

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A concerned traveller is rallying support for a petition advocating for “same fares for Caribbean and UK travellers”. Identified as London UK-based ‘Ted White’ on the petition site, change.org, the taveller is petitioning British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. White states that a passenger starting their journey in the Caribbean has to pay up to 80 percent more to travel on the same ...

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