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Post-mortem: No foul play in death of Gros Islet man

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An autopsy in the death of a Gros Islet man found floating in the river Thursday afternoon showed no signs of foul play, relatives have said. Police and emergency officials responded around 1:30 p.m. (Jan.19) to a report of suspected drowning at Gros Islet. When they arrived, they found the body of Maquid Annerville, 29. The man’s sister, Tanisha Paul, ...

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Gov’t to decide on future of Radio Saint Lucia

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A decision on the future of the state owned Saint Lucia Broadcasting Corporation (Radio St. Lucia) will be made soon by government, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dominic Feedee has revealed. Fedee told the media on Friday (Jan.20) that Cabinet is awaiting a report from the board of directors, before it decides on the next move for the cash-strapped broadcasting company. “We have ...

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LPM urges gov’t to be transparent and avoid leaks

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Recent leaks of some government documents, including the controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) framework agreement, has stirred up a debate about the need for government to be more transparent. Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) shares that same view, as its Political Leader Therold Prudent believes that if the government is to remain transparent, then they would not be facing these issues. ...

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Walcott House takes center stage during Nobel Laureate Festival 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – In observance of the Nobel Laureate Festival 2017, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is hosting a week of activities to promote greater understanding of our culture while encouraging conversations that help us learn about our heritage. This activity is being held under the umbrella of the Nobel Laureate Festival celebrations.  The activities will be held under ...

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Teddyson John makes 2017 Int’l Soca Monarch semi-finals!

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Teddyson John makes his way to the International Soca Monarch semi-finals for a second consecutive year, with his 2016 release ‘No Code’. Deadline for all entries was January 14th, 2017 with over 50 performers making it through to the semi-finals. Among the semi-finalists are the likes of Ricardo Drue and Blaxx – guest performers at ...

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Burst of earthquake events recorded in Saint Lucia

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The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) in Trinidad has confirmed that there was a small burst of earthquake events which occurred on land in southeast Saint Lucia. These events happened on Wednesday (January 18) from 11:16 p.m. to 11:27 p.m. They were located between 13.79°N -13.80°N and 60.91°W – 60.97°W with magnitudes from 1.9 to 3.0 ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Bois Patat

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Police are investigating a shooting incident in Bois Patat, Castries. Reports are that a man, believed to be in his early 20s, was shot in the leg. He was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulace in stable condition. Emergency officials received the report at 8 p.m (0)(6)

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UPDATED: Dead body found floating identified

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Police have identified the body found floating in the waters off Gros Islet after 1:30 p.m today, Jan. 19 Police said Mequid Annerville, 29, also known as Aaron and Killer Yute, is suspected of drowning but a post mortem scheduled for tomorrow will determine the cause of death. Annerville is originally from Dennery but resided on Chapel Street, Gros Islet, ...

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Gov’t commits to consultation process on ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’

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PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with Invest Saint Lucia is continuing its informative and consultative process on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” development. On Tuesday January 17th the Government held a press briefing featuring Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia Pinkley Francis, along with Invest Saint Lucia’s Investment Promotion & Fulfillment Manager Alana Lansiquot-Brice, Legal Counsel/Corporate ...

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37th Annual National Sports Awards: Complete list of nominees

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PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Youth Development and Sports has announced a list of nominees for the 37th Annual National Sports Awards which is scheduled for February 18, 2017. See list of nominees below:  2016 NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS LIST OF NOMINEES Association SPORTSWOMAN SPORTSMAN Number   Junior   Junior   St. Lucia Athletics   Julien Alfred Levern Spencer Jn Pierre Frederick Marbeq ...

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Ricky T qualifies for semi-finals of International Soca Monarch

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PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T is a semi-finalist in the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad with his Freaky Girls. The list was announced on Wednesday January 18 by organizers Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. The announcement comes weeks after Freaky Girls was listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016 by Trinidad Carnival ...

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Strong tourist arrivals for Saint Lucia in 2017 – Travel Pulse

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Saint Lucia stands to benefit from an increasing number of visitors this year, particularly within the first quarter, as the island remains a popular Caribbean destination with US travelers. Travel Pulse has reported that the island is dubbed a ‘Hot’ Caribbean destination and said Donscenz named “St. Lucia, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic” as “still our big sellers.” While ...

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“I leave it up to Him” – ‘Chubby’s babymother has forgiven ‘Ninja Dan’ and two co-accused

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The babymother of slain Dwayne ‘Chubby’ James has said she has forgiven popular soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his two accused, but she is disappointed in the St. Lucian justice system. After spending seven years and four months on remand, St. Rose, Lynden Blasse and Marvin Nelson were today, Jan. 18 freed after their application to the ...

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SLP will continue to agitate until ‘offensive DSH clauses’ are renegotiated: Dr. Hilaire

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The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has vowed to continue with its agitation campaign until the government gets the best possible deal from the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement. Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Ernest Hilaire told a press conference on Wednesday (Jan.18) that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is obligated to advocate and ask questions about project ...

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UPDATED: Ninja Dan talks about priorities after freedom

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Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview shortly after his victory at the Court of Appeal that his priority now is “damage control”. St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson walked out of court free men today, Jan. 18, 2017 after they successfully won their ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ninja Dan, co-accused are free!

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Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson are free men. Shawn Innocent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his clients won their application for a reduced sentence with the Court of Appeal when the matter was heard this morning. Explaining the Court of Appeal’s basis for granting the appeal, Innocent said: “The ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Escaped Vieux Fort prisoner caught

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Police have caught the man who escaped while being escorted to a court house in Vieux Fort. Dexter Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Chucky’ and ‘Dave,’ escaped around 10 a.m. Monday (Jan 16.) Officers from the Vieux Fort Police Station arrested Jn Baptiste at a beach unharmed, around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. Jn Baptiste who is facing an indictable offence and assisting the ...

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Prisoner’s escape to be probed

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Police are preparing to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape of prisoner and state witness Dexter Jn Baptiste on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, a well-placed source have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The source said the matter is subject to an “internal investigation” and “will be” investigated. It is unlikely that the police officers who were ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Pepper-spray church attacker charged

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Police have charged a 33-year-old woman for a pepper-spray attack at a church on Sunday that left three people injured, police sources have confirmed. Anthea Martial, a resident of Richfond, has been charged with casting or throwing a noxious substance based on Section 101 (2) of the Criminal Code. If found guilty, Martial faces a maximum 10 years in prison and ...

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SNO POLL: Should Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond resign?

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Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 marked one of the biggest St. Lucian scandals in recent times when an 18-year-old college student appeared in a Castries court, charged with attempting to blackmail Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance. Shortly after, the same day, Raymond, accompanied by his lawyer, held a press conference in which he defended his crebility in a ...

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Gov’t wants ‘constructive consultation’ over DSH project

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Consultations with the people of the South and other locations have started on the highly controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is expected to begin here soon. Senior Communications Officer within the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald, has said that the government is looking to have “constructive consultation” on these issues. Mc ...

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Gov’t issues ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ fact sheet

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Government on Tuesday issued a simplified fact sheet designed to help Saint Lucians better understand the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is commonly referred to as the DSH project. A team from Invest Saint Lucia and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) introduced the fact sheet and held a joint press conference to provide clarification to the media ...

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Leadership changes at Bay Gardens Resorts

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PRESS RELEASE – The locally owned and operated award-winning resort chain, Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, announced today that it has made key leadership changes. The Bay Gardens Resorts Board of directors, who have spent significant time strategizing the way forward in 2017, recently announced a number of personnel moves at the senior leadership level that they believe will ...

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CARIBBEAN: Call for Caricom’s intelligence agency to vet regional CIP applications

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ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The head of a well-known citizenship advisory firm is making a call for Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) to vet applicants through Caricom’s Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC). Chairman of Henley & Partners, Dr Christian H Kalin made the statement in response to a query from OBSERVER media on whether Caribbean CIPs should compete in the ...

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Second body recovered from weekend boating accident

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The body of the second man that went missing after a boating accident at Smuggler’s Cove over the weekend has been recovered. Reports are that Kieron ‘Skyro’ Cornibert’s body was fished out of the sea this morning (Jan.17) by Marine Police. Cornibert and his co-worker, Curtis ‘Curtie’ Prospere, reportedly went kayaking after work, when they encountered some issues. A source  had told St. ...

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Man caught after robbing tourist in Rodney Bay with fake gun

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With the help of citizens, police arrested a young man Monday night (Jan. 16) after he used a fake gun to rob a middle-aged female tourist in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, an eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online. The incident reportedly occurred around 9 p.m. near a popular restaurant, the source said. The suspect reportedly pulled out a gun after his attempts ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Photos of escaped Vieux Fort prisoner released

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St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has obtained four photos of escaped prisoner Dexter Jn. Baptiste, aka Chucky and Dave of Dennery. Jn. Baptiste, believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s, sprinted away while being escorted by police officers with other prisoners from a police vehicle to a court house in Vieux Fort after 10 a.m. today. Reliable sources ...

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St Jude Audit: Gov’t will start holding companies accountable

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Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph has said that the technical audit interim report on the St Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project will be used as a guide for the current administration. Joseph told the media on Monday (Jan.16) that government will start holding companies accountable for work that they have been paid to deliver, because government is loosing too much money. ...

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Police update on 9th homicide of 2017

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PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of twenty four (24) year old, Keegan Rosemond of Ciceron. Police attached to the Gros Islet Police Station received a report reference to a shooting at Bois D’ Orange, about 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Keegan Rosemond, was found lying sideways with apparent gunshot injuries. He was ...

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PM believes Raymond did the right thing in reporting the matter

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Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told reporters that the case involving Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, is under investigation and “we will wait to see the outcome and how information unfolds”. Chastanet made the remarks today when asked about the matter in which an 18-year-old college student was charged for attempting to blackmail Raymond. The prime ...

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UPDATE: Escaped prisoner was also a state witness – police

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  The prisoner who sprinted out of police custody while being brought to a court house in Vieux Fort this morning, was about to appear before the court as a prosecution witness, reliable sources have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Dexter Jn. Baptiste, aka Dave, is from Dennery and is believed to be in his late 20’s to early 30’s. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Marisule homicide suspect appears in court

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A man who was detained in connection with the homicide of 76-year-old Ann Rose Raymond appeared in a Gros Islet court this morning. Peter Thomas, 43, of Union, Castries, was charged for theft under Section 188 of the criminal code. He was remanded until his next court appearance on Feb. 8. Thomas was picked up by police on Friday at his ...

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UPDATED: Target of Dennery church attack speaks out; suspect arrested

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The target of yesterday’s pepper-spray incident at the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in La Ressorce, Dennery has given her side of the story in an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Kernisha Flavien, a resident of Aux Lyons, Dennery, was released from hospital Sunday afternoon while the suspect was arrested this morning. Flavien was among three church members who ...

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UPDATED: One body discovered, other still missing

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Divers have recovered one body and the search continues for a second following an alleged kayak mishap on Sunday, Jan. 15 near a Gros Islet hotel, police officials have confirmed. The body was recovered around 6:20 p.m., two hours after emergency officials received the report. Reports are that the victims were Cul de Sac, Castries residents Curtis ‘Curtie’ Prospere and Kieron ...

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Oliver Gobat’s family disappointed with UK Prime Minister

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THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – The family of a prominent British businessman murdered in a suspected contract killing has accused the Prime minister of breaking her personal promise to help them solve the case. Helen, 69, and Theo Gobat, 77, whose son Oliver was killed on a Caribbean island, said they feel “abandoned” by the Government after Theresa May assured St ...

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PHOTOS: Anti-violence vigil and march underway

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A vigil and march organised by the communities of Bois D’Inde and Jacmel is currently underway in Roseau. The vigil’s theme is “Zero Tolerance for Crime: Put on Love”, in response to the recent triple homicide in Jacmel and other crimes in the community and its surroundings, organisers say. The march is expected to end in Morne Ciseaux. Prime Minister Allen ...

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UPDATED: Union man charged with stealing homicide victim’s car

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Police have formally charged a man with stealing the motor vehicle belonging to homicide victim 76-year-old Ann Rose Raymond, also known as Aunty Urita, Lilico or Ma Leo. Peter Thomas, 43, of Union, Castries was charged this afternoon (Jan. 15). He was picked up by police on Friday at his residence. Raymond’s body was discovered by police at her Marisule, Gros ...

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BREAKING NEWS: At least two injured in pepper-spray incident at Dennery church

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The Richfond Police Station is investigating an incident at the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in La Ressource, Dennery this morning which has left at least two church members injured. Police and church members told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the incident, which occurred after 9 a.m.  when church services ended, involved two females. One of the females reportedly pepper-sprayed ...

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Successful staging of regional inter-agency emergency response exercise

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PRESS RELEASE – Representatives of four key Caribbean regional agencies successfully completed an intensive two-day simulation exercise dubbed ‘Synergy 2017’. The exercise was held on January 11th and 12th 2017 and hosted at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados. The scenario involved the outbreak of a mysterious virus onboard a cruise ship as it approaches a ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man fatally shot in Bois D’Orange

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St. Lucia has recorded its ninth homicide within 14 days of the new year. Reports are that a man was shot dead in Bois D’ Orange, Gros Islet around 3 am this morning. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Kegan Rosemond from Ciceron, Castries. He was shot in the head, More details soon (40)(50)

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“I am not afraid” – Dr. Ubaldus Raymond defends his credibility

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Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond has defended his credibility, after naked photos allegedly belonging to him, were shared on social media. The country’s junior Finance Minister told a news conference on Friday (Jan.13), that he was blackmailed. “There have been attempts to extort monies from me through devious means,” he explained. Dr. Raymond said no amount of threats will cause him ...

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UPDATED: Student appears in court for blackmailing senator

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An 18-year-old college student charged for blackmailing Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, appeared at the First District Court in Castries Friday afternoon. The student, identified as Curshaby Alexander of Beausejour, Gros Islet, was represented by Attorney Shawn Innocent. She was charged under section 223, subsection 1 of the criminal code. Bail was granted in the sum ...

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UPDATED: Mother and child injured in accident

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A woman and her seven-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries when their car ran off the road on the Barre de L’Isle Friday afternoon, fire officials have told St. Lucia News Online. According to the officials, 41-year-old Nancy Dalsou and her daughter, Edania Monlouis, were the only occupants of the Nissan Tiida. Both are Dennery residents. Emergency services received the call ...

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St. Jude Hospital technical audit submitted to government

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The almost $1 million St. Jude Hospital technical audit has been completed and presented to government. Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph said having spoken to an engineer on the project, he was informed that the report was delivered to his ministry on Thursday. The minister had said last year, that based on information from the preliminary report, things may be ...

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Ricky T’s ‘Freaky Girls’ listed #1 of 2016

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PRESS RELEASE – Freaky Girls from Saint Lucia’s Ricky T has been listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016. The accolade has come from Trinidad Carnival Diary, a Trinidad & Tobago based publication with over 200,000 followers on Facebook and over 60, 000 Likes on Instagram. The list was released on January 8, 2017. The other ...

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Gemstones Theater Productions presents “TWISTERS”

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PRESS RELEASE – The Gemstones Theater Productions, in association with the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee and the Folk Research Centre present a new “folk-lypso” drama titled “Twisters” on January 28th and 29th at 7.30 pm at the Folk Research Centre, Mount Pleasant. A special staging will be presented for students of Theatre Arts at 3 pm on Monday January 30th at ...

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Laborie kicks off 2017 with two major cultural events

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PRESS RELEASE – The Laborie Steel Pan made history in 2016 when it became Panorama Champion. The Laborie Pan Project – the steel band’s parent programme at Labowi Promotions – is making history again by hosting the first edition of a major international workshop in Laborie. Since 4 January, musicians from the USA, France and Sweden have gathered in this ...

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Ninja Dan, other inmates and BCF create history

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Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Nina Dan’ St. Rose is among six inmates from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) who will be officially launching songs soon, Director of Prisons Verne Guard told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Guard said this is the first time inmates were permitted to do formal musical production from behind bars, for public consumption. The songs were pre-released on ...

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Airport runway reopened after minor incident

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The runway at the George F.L. Charles Airport was closed for about 40 minutes this afternoon, Jan. 12 after a single-engine aircraft’s landing gear issue, airport officials have confirmed. Head of Airports Lambert Remy told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that around 1:45 p.m., a  French-registered PA-32 Cherokee Six  light aircraft busted a tire while landing. Two persons, including the pilot, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Travel agency in Castries robbed

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Police are investigating an armed robbery in Castries city. Reports are that an individual attached to the travel agency was robbed of an undisclosed sum of cash around 11 a.m.  today. The individual was reportedly on Bridge Street when the incident occurred. When contacted by SNO, the owner of the business confirmed that the incident occurred but requested that we withhold the ...

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CIP without land policy is unacceptable, says LPM leader

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The Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) says its level of frustration with the manner in which the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) was constructed and managed continues. Political Leader of the LPM Therold Prudent said his party feels no better today, than when the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) was in power. “The CIP without a land policy to protect the ...

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SLP plans to review every citizenship granted under new CIP provisions

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PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party continues to express its deepest concern with the actions of the Allen Chastanet Administration which serves to undermine the integrity and reputation of the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). The Labour Party believes that the removal of the US$3 million net worth, the cheapening of the level of donation as a qualifying ...

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Part of building collapses, no one hurt

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A small portion of the American Drywall building in Vide Boutielle collapsed on three parked vehicles this morning. The vehicles were unoccupied when the incident occurred after 9 a.m. Police were seen taking statements from the drivers of the vehicles. (0)(0)

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BREAKING NEWS: Wounded man refuses to cooperate with police

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A male who sustained wounds from an apparent attack or altercation this evening has been uncooperative with police. Reliable sources told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the Babonneau Police Station was responding to a domestic issue in Paix Bouche, Babonneau, around 8 p.m, when the police noticed a man passing by, bleeding from “slash” wounds to the right side ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Black Mallet

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Police have been called to the scene of a shooting in Black Mallet, Marchand, Castries this evening between 7pm and 8pm. Reports are that a male was shot in the leg. He however managed to escape his attackers. No further details available (0)(4)

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Government mulls setting up National Defence Force

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In an effort to combat crime, the Allen Chastanet-led government said it is mulling the creation of a National Defense Force and the restructuring of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF). Chastanet made this disclosure in a post on his official Facebook page on Wednesday, stating that his government’s goal is to create a safe, peaceful environment, where the rule ...

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