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Regional rights group urge gov’ts to denounce violence on the basis of sexual orientation

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb. 28, CMC – The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE) has urged governments across the region to “strongly denounce any forms of violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression.” ECADE, in a joint statement with the Castries based United and Strong said that groups representing lesbian, gay, bisexual ...

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IDB starts public consultation to expand procurement policies in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, CMC – The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says it has formulated an ambitious Expansion of Procurement Policies in order to facilitate the implementation of the bank’s Institutional Strategy in Latin American and the Caribbean. On Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said the strategy “reaffirms the commitment to promote initiatives that address the main challenges of Latin America ...

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UPDATED: Latest homicide victim identified

(SNO) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a young male in Assou Canal, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet on Monday evening. The deceased has been identified as Miguel Alphonse, 22, of Assou Canal. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. Monday, February 25 at a shop in the community. No further details were available. (30)(14)

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet

(SNO) — A young male has been shot in Assou Canal, Grand Riviere in Gros Islet, according to sources. The shooting is reported to have occurred at a shop around 8 p.m. tonight (February 25). Photos of the victim and what appears to be a spent shell have been circulating on social media. More details soon (27)(48)

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Police investigate discovery of human fetus in Soufriere

(SNO) — Police are investigating the discovery of a human fetus in Soufriere. The fetus was reportedly found in the Palmiste community on Monday morning. Reports are that it was in the early stages of development, however this has not been confirmed. There are no reports of arrests in the matter at this time. More info will be published when it ...

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Gov’t officials break ground for start of HIA Redevelopment Project

(PRESS RELEASE) — Sunday, March 24 marked a significant day for Saint Lucia and its development efforts as government officially broke ground for the commencement of the Hewanorra International Airport Redevelopment Project. The HIA Redevelopment Project is the largest infrastructural project undertaken by the government of Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), and seeks ...

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Julien Alfred blazes new indoor national record!

(SNO) — Saint Lucian sprinter Julien Alfred set her latest national record over the weekend, as the 2019 Big 12 Conference Championships concluded on the Texas Tech University campus, in the Sports Performance Center at Lubbock. Turning 18 this year, the reigning Commonwealth Youth Games champion and Youth Olympics silver medallist in the women’s 100m, got her long-anticipated indoor career ...

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PM Chastanet calls for recognition of ordinary Saint Lucians

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has made a call for the recognition of ordinary Saint Lucians who go about their daily business, despite their “individual hardships”. In his Independence speech last Friday, he described such people as “our soldiers of patriotism”. “These are the people to be celebrated,” he stated. “The every-day people who understand that Independence came with a ...

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Cacao bludgeon La Guerre in Babonneau cricket

(SNO) — Centuries by Dhan Raj Cepal and Jamal James helped Cacao to pummel La Guerre by 304 runs at the Balata Playing and Garrand defeated Fond Assau by four wickets at the Des Barras Playing Field as two matches were played in the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, National Lotteries Authority Babonneau Super 40 Overs Competition on Sunday February 24, 2019. ...

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Caribbean to experience less rainfall over the next three months

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 25, CMC – Caribbean countries have been warned that the rainfall over the next three months may be “drier than usual” in some islands, resulting in a progressive increase of wild fires. The Barbados-based Caribbean Climate Outlook Forum (CariCOF), in its latest Caribbean Climate Outlooks released here Monday, said with weak El Niño conditions forecast to persist, ...

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Former regional leaders opposed to use of force to end Venezuela crisis

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 25, CMC – Five former Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders say while they acknowledge the need for humanitarian aid to Venezuela, they are against such assistance being politicised. In a joint statement, the five former leaders, PJ Patterson of Jamaica, Lester Bird of Antigua and Barbuda, Dr. Kenny Anthony of St. Lucia, Owen Arthur of Barbados and Said ...

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BREAKING NEWS: 50 for Kimani on debut!

(SNO) — Eighteen-year-old Kimani Melius got his first-class cricket career off to a fine start with a circumspect debut 50 in tough batting conditions. Turning 18 in January, and having been named Saint Lucia’s Junior Sportsman of the Year for the second year in a row just last weekend, the Babonneau Secondary student made his West Indies Championship four-day debut ...

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Legislative speaker arrives in St. Lucia for independence celebration

(CNA) — Legislative Speaker Su Jia-chyuan arrived in St. Lucia Friday to attend the nation’s 40th independence anniversary celebrations on behalf of President Tsai Ing-wen. In a Facebook post that same day, Su said that the purpose of his trip is not only to represent Tsai at the independence celebrations, but to strengthen relations between the legislative bodies of the ...

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Three Saint Lucian students compete in UWI pageant

(SNO) — Three students from Saint Lucia are contestants in the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus pageant called SFK King and Queen of Hall. They are Genesis Alfred, 19, Taton David, 19, and Chrisier Emmanuel, 19. Alfred is an ecology student and will be representing the Block 8 Divas of the Frank Worrell Hall. During the pageant she ...

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Saint Lucia opposition leader proposes ‘controlled vending’ for coconut vendors

(SNO) — In light of the eviction of coconut vendors from the Gros Islet Highway by the Gros Islet Constituency Council (GICC), Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre is proposing a system of controlled vending for them. He agreed that vending along the busy thoroughfare created some measure of concern and there should be need for monitoring but questioned whether eviction ...

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Chastanet withholds comment on suggestion of Kenny Anthony for OAS secretary general

CASTRIES, St Lucia Feb. 22, CMC – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has withheld comment on a suggestion that his predecessor in office, Dr. Kenny Anthony, be considered for the post of Secretary General of the Organisation of American States (OAS). Former Trinidad and Tobago diplomat, Reginald Dumas, has declared that Anthony would be his candidate of choice. Dumas made the ...

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Melius debuts, Edward strikes for Windward Islands!

(SNO) — Three wickets for Larry Edward and a patient, watchful start from teenaged debutant Kimani Melius left the eighth-round West Indies Championship match between Windwards Volcanoes and Barbados Pride evenly poised after the opening day Thursday (Feb. 21) at the Arnos Vale Playing Field in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines. The two sides had contrasting results in the ...

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Guyana: Pilot’s burnt body recovered

(NEWS ROOM) — Police have removed the body of a pilot, Randy Liverpool, from aircraft #8R-GHB which crash landed five minutes from the Eteringbang Airstrip, Cuyuni District, Region Seven on Thursday afternoon. Liverpool’s body was burnt beyond recognition when the aircraft crashed and exploded at about 17:30hrs. Police said initial investigations revealed that the aircraft was heading from Ekereku to ...

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Saint Lucia gunmen ‘chambered’ for Independence

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Shooting Association is ‘chambering’ for its 2019 Independence tournament, to be held Sunday, February 24 from 10 a.m. at the Bordelais Shooting Range, Dennery. Licensed firearm holders, agencies, companies, clubs, civilians, associations, federations, security, law enforcement, and police shooters have been invited to participate in its Independence National Target Tournament 2019. The tournament is open ...

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St. Lucia to host natural-medicine humanitarian clinics in March

(PRESS RELEASE) — A delegation for the World Organization of Natural Medicine’s (WONM) Clinics for Humanity will visit St. Lucia from March 20 to March 29, 2019. The delegation will be headed by World Organization of Natural Medicine President, Dame Dr. Sheila McKenzie. WONM-Clinics for Humanity is operated in collaboration with the Sovereign Order of St. Paul Canada and the ...

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Guyana: Pilot dies in plane crash at Eteringbang

(DEMERARA WAVES) — The pilot of a privately-owned single-engine plane died Thursday evening when the aircraft exploded on landing at the Eteringbang airstrip in western Guyana, sources said. He has been identified as Captain Randy Liverpool, a former Air Traffic Controller. The Cessna 206, bearing registration 8R-GHB, is owned by Fenix Aviation. This is the second crash in less than ...

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BREAKING NEWS: One dead in Guyana plane crash

(NEWS ROOM) — A single-engine aircraft on Thursday crash landed at the Eteringbang airstrip in Region Seven, reportedly exploding and killing the pilot onboard. Residents in the area reported that the single aircraft was noticed flying at a low level over the Cuyuni River before it crashed and exploded. The pilot has been identified as Randy Liverpool but it is ...

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Local banana farmers get Taiwanese help to “stabilize income”

(SNO) — Banana farmers in Saint Lucia, impacted by Tropical Storm Kirk, are getting assistance from Taiwan to stabilize their income, according to a press release. This is being done by the Taiwan Technical Mission in collaboration with the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP) of the Ministry of Agriculture, through the distribution of over 20,000 seedlings of short-term fruit and vegetable ...

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Saint Lucia mourns police officer Tamara Charles-Laure

(SNO) — Members of the local media and law enforcement fraternities, and the wider Saint Lucia community, are mourning the death of police officer, Tamara Charles-Laure. Tamara, who was left paralyzed by a motor vehicle accident in 2010, reportedly passed away in hospital Thursday morning, Feb. 21, according to law enforcement sources. She was well known for her works as ...

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PM Chastanet hosts retreat for Saint Lucian ambassadors

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has hosted a two-day retreat for Saint Lucia’s ambassadors as part of the government’s celebration of the 40th anniversary of Independence. Chastanet said he took the opportunity on Wednesday to welcome the ambassadors home to “help discuss the challenges, opportunities as well as the successes in our various embassies and consulates”. The prime minister ...

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Anse La Raye youths produce film on factors contributing to violence

(SNO) — Fifteen young people from Jacmel, Millet, Roseau and Vanard — communities in Anse La Raye — have come together to produce a film which identifies and depicts the key risk factors contributing to violence in their communities. The film was done after they participated in a two-week community film-making project. It will be screened at the Parish Church ...

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New primary grade assessment framework for OECS school

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 21, CMC – Parents and students in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are being urged to get fully acquainted with the new primary grade assessment framework developed by the Barbados-based Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC). “For a long time there have been calls for some sort of standardization. Many teachers are not sure about the ...

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OECS population urged to participate in sentencing guidelines for Eastern Caribbean Court

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 21, CMC – The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC) is urging various stakeholders, including legal practitioners, litigants, social workers, mediators, probation officers as well as the police to participate in a public consultation on sentencing guidelines for the courts in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States. “The rule of law can only be maintained and strengthened ...

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Saint Lucia police want to go after perpetrators of revenge porn

(SNO) — The police in Saint Lucia are urging those who have fallen victim to revenge porn to come forward so that they can go after the perpetrators. With the advent of smart phones and social media, the problem has grown significantly, not only in Saint Lucia, but worldwide. Revenge porn is described as “revealing or sexually explicit images or videos ...

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Saint Lucia Marine Unit saves 12 people from sinking vessel

(SNO) — Quick response from the Marine Police Unit may have saved 12 lives from a sinking ship, HTS is reporting. According to HTS, the ship was traveling to Saint Lucia from Martinique when it began going under, some three miles north of Pigeon Point on Wednesday. When the Marine Unit was alerted, the reaction was swift. “We immediately dispatched ...

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Saint Lucia home fetches hefty US$15-million price tag

(SNO) — A house in Saint Lucia has been raising a few eyebrows in the real estate world because of its hefty US$15-million price tag. The property, which forms part of Sugar Beach Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, was featured by Fredrik Eklund on his Emmy-nominated hit television series “Million Dollar Listing: New York” on Bravo TV, recently. Eklund is a ...

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Saint Lucia prime minister in favour of term limits

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 21, CMC – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet says he favours term limits for government leaders. “I have listened to the arguments on both sides as to whether there should be term limits. I believe that prime ministers should only have two to three terms maximum in our system,” he told a radio programme here. Chastanet, who ...

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Richard Frederick’s show returns with ‘special Independence edition’

(SNO) — MBC television’s popular live talk show, ‘Can I Help You,’ hosted by former government minister and attorney Richard Frederick, will be aired tomorrow (Feb. 21) with a ‘special Independence edition’. This information was disclosed on the Facebook pages of MBC and ‘Can I Help You’ late Wednesday afternoon. It was not immediately clear if the show has returned ...

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Saint Lucia organisations to host “free” public discussion on Venezuela crisis

(PRESS RELEASE) — The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the National Reparations Committee, presents “Venezuela at the Crossroads — A Public Forum on The Crisis in Venezuela”. The discussion will be held in the conference room of the Finance Administrative Centre, fifth floor, Pointe Seraphine, on Thursday, February 28 at 7 p.m. Featured will be contributions from ...

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Opposition Leader Pierre urges Saint Lucians to do physical exercise

(SNO) — Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has taken to social media to urge Saint Lucians to take time out for physical activity. A photo on his Facebook page, posted on Wednesday, shows Pierre sitting in front an exercise machine. “I try when possible to get some exercise and this morning was one of those mornings,” he wrote. “I enjoyed ...

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VIDEO: Saint Lucia establishing cancer registry

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness, with the assistance of the Saint Lucia Cancer Society, is working towards establishing a cancer registry and improving data collection of cancer on the island. As part of the efforts to establish a cancer registry in Saint Lucia, a review of the cancer data collected over the past five years was ...

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Menel wins National Song Competition for Independence

(PRESS RELEASE) — A number of competitions were launched in January by the Independence 40 planning committee. One of these competitions was a National Song Competition for Independence. A judging panel, comprising music experts in Saint Lucia, were given the task of reviewing and scoring the 48 qualifying entries received by the committee. The judges subsequently requested more time for ...

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Saint Lucians called upon to be “all in” for Independence activities

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia is now in full Independence mode as the fluttering of flags and buntings and beautifully-decorated schools and business places reflect a sense of national pride and joy. In preparation for a year-long celebration of the 40th Independence anniversary, a full calendar of activities was launched on December 12, 2018 as well as the theme: “All ...

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Saint Lucian named head of regional Citizenship by Investment body

(SNO) — Saint Lucian Nestor Alfred has been named the chairman of the Citizenship by Investment Program Association (CIPA), a regional body that is made up of Citizenship by Investment (CUI) unit heads of countries that have such investment programs. Alfred, who is head of Saint Lucia’s Citizenship by Investment Unit, was appointed on January 31. CIPA is a regional ...

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Suspects in Syrian national’s murder released; post-mortem result revealed

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police have released without charge, the two suspects who were in custody in connection with the shooting death of 49-year-old Syrian national and Rodney Heights resident, Souheil Wassouf, according to law enforcement sources. However, one of the suspects has been charged for the possession of drugs which were found during a search of the individual’s home, sources ...

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Wrecker will be used “without hesitation” this Independence – police

(SNO) — The police are warning motorists that they will take tough action against them if they break traffic rules in the capital during the island’s Independence celebrations on Friday. George Nicholas, superintendent of police in charge of operations, warned that the police have utilized the services of a wrecker that will be used “without hesitation when necessary”. “And I ...

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Independence boycott by St. Lucia police deterred: “I call on the members to be patient”

(SNO) — The Police Welfare Association (PWA) has put on hold a planned Independence boycott and will meet with the government to discuss outstanding wage negotiations. The negotiations are expected to come to an end in March and members of the PWA had reportedly planned to exclude themselves from this year’s Independence celebration if an agreement was not reached with ...

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Taiwan legislature president heads to St. Lucia for Independence celebrations

(RTI) — Legislature President Su Jia-chyuan is heading to St. Lucia to represent Taiwan at the country’s 40th Independence Day celebrations. The Caribbean nation is one of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies. In addition to attending Independence Day events, Su will meet with local officials, including St. Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. Su and Chastanet will jointly host a groundbreaking event for ...

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Castries market re-development first phase takes shape following consultations

(PRESS RELEASE) — – The Castries Constituency Council on Monday enjoyed a pleasant and positive consultative meeting with vendors of the provisions market. The consultation was not the first with the vendors, and focused on the first phase of the Market Redevelopment Project which would result in the relocation of the provisions market vendors to facilitate the extension and construction ...

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Saint Lucia Tourism Authority welcomes 382-member Canadian incentive group

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority, in collaboration with RobertQ, and Windward and Leeward Brewery, officially welcomed APC Canusa’s 382-member incentive group to the island on Saturday, February 16, 2019. The group arrived at the Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) from London and Hamilton, Ontario via two Sunwing charters. They were warmly greeted at touchdown and served with the island’s ...

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ECCO says more international content being aired by local radio stations

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb. 19, CMC – The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) Inc is concerned that some 90 percent of the money it collects in royalties here goes to societies overseas. The organisation’s Operations Manager, Vanesta Mortley, told reporters that the situation is the result of more international rather than local content being aired by local ...

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Saint Lucia Tourism Authority supports anti-bullying campaign

(PRESS RELEASE) — One-hundred-and-eighty-six students at the Les Etangs Combined School can now practice anti-bullying tactics, having been the recipient of the Buddy Bench presented by the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) on Tuesday February 19, 2019 in Etangs, Soufriere. The Authority’s U.S. Office collaborated with Florida-based anti-bullying author and youth advocate, Loverly Sheridan, who runs the successful ‘Be A ...

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Export Saint Lucia assists young entrepreneur with entry into UK market

(PRESS RELEASE) — There continues to be significant strides in the export of agricultural products from Saint Lucia. Recently, Mangal Trading, spearheaded by young entrepreneur Nila Mangal, successfully shipped a consignment of bananas, plantains, and cucumbers to a buyer in the United Kingdom. According to Mangal, the journey towards this recent export of produce has been a difficult one, having faced ...

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Saint Lucian basketball leaders nominated for Caribbean positions

(SNO) — Two executive members of the Saint Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) were among the shortlisted nominees at the recent Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) election of officers for the 2019 to 2023 quadrennial. The FIBA Americas Zone became the first FIBA zone to implement the restructured election process mandated by the FIBA’s New Governance System. The Dominican Republic National Federation ...

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Free fruit and water for St. Lucia police officers

(SNO) — As part of its 15th anniversary observance, Ultra Mart Store is offering all police officers a bottle of water and a fruit. The lawmen can take advantage of this special providing they present their “police ID” to any Ultra Mart Store, according to a social media post by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force. “Starting today February 19, 2019 ...

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St. Lucia makes CNN’s “favourite travel photos” list of 2019

(SNO) — A photograph of “The Pitons, St. Lucia” has made the list of CNN’s “favourite travel photos of 2019 so far”. CNN (Cable News Network) is a United States (U.S.) 24-hour news-based pay television channel that is accessed by millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide. St. Lucia is the only Caribbean country named in the list of ...

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Belle Vue to Host Independence Family Day

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Belle Vue Development Committee has organized Belle Vue Independence Family Day in commemoration of St. Lucia’s 40th Independence Anniversary. This activity will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Belle Vue, Vieux-Fort Playing Field and Multipurpose Court. Activities for the day are as follows: Health walk from Belle Vue to Vivancelle – 5:30 a.m. ...

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LUCELEC powers opportunities for at-risk youth

(PRESS RELEASE) – Schools, principals, counsellors, parents, students, government agencies and sponsors like the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) are living the African proverb, “it takes a village to raise a child.” In that spirit, they have come together to provide an opportunity for at-risk male youth in the “Our Boys Matter” programme. Administered by the Saint Lucia Social ...

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UK official to join Saint Lucians for Independence celebrations

(PRESS RELEASE) — The UK’s Commonwealth Envoy, Mr. Phillip Parham, will visit Saint Lucia from February 21-22, 2019 to represent the British government at the Independence velebrations. Mr. Parham was appointed by Prime Minister Theresa May as UK Commonwealth Envoy in June 2018, and represents the UK on the Commonwealth’s Board of Governors. Whilst in St. Lucia Mr. Parham will ...

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Soufriere to host first ever Lionfish Derby and Cookout

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Saturday, February 23, Soufriere is set to host its first Lionfish Derby and Cookout. The event, the first of four such events, is hosted by the Soufriere Pitons Lions Club to help control the population of non-native lionfish in the coastal waters of Soufriere. All activities associated with the event will take place at the Soufriere ...

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British star athlete gushes over Saint Lucia — “The island is beautiful”

(SNO) — Former British competitive swimmer and double Olympic gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, has good words to say about Saint Lucia following a sun-soaked 30th birthday trip to the island recently. The Olympic champ stayed at the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay during the trip and described the island as beautiful. “From stunning sunsets and a sailing adventure to pool ...

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St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain, Anse Chastanet listed among the best

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia’s iconic Jade Mountain Resort has received more top international travel accolades while its sister resort Anse Chastanet continues to be recognized by the world’s most discriminating travelers. Naming Jade Mountain the number one “Best Hotel in the Caribbean”, U.S. News & World Report rhapsodized about the resort’s high-rise vistas of The Pitons, with architecture that ...

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