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Two persons shot in Marchand as violence flares-up in the city

(SNO) — Police are investigating a shooting incident in Marchand, Castries that occurred on Saturday evening, April 20, that left a man and a woman nursing gunshot wounds. Law enforcement officials said the Marchand Police Station received the report of the shooting just before 11 p.m. The female victim has been identified as Maria Willie, 56, a resident of Trou ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fatal accident in Vieux Fort (see photos)

(SNO) — Law enforcement officials have confirmed that a fatal accident occurred on Sunday afternoon near the Victory Pentecostal Church, Old St Jude Highway in Vieux Fort. The deceased is reported to be a male, who was the driver of a Toyota Tacoma motor vehicle. The passenger, also a male individual, has been hospitalised, but his medical condition is unknown ...

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Former UWI vice-chancellor Sir Alister McIntyre dies

(NEWSDAY) — The region is mourning one of its foremost academics and statesmen. Former vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Alister McIntyre, 87, passed away in Jamaica on Saturday. In an immediate response, vice-chancellor of the UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, said Sir Alister’s death was “shocking.” “Larger than life in his long sojourn, it ...

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Barbados’ poet laureate to deliver Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture at UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the JQ Charles Group of Companies, will be hosting the 9th Annual Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 7 p.m. The lecture venue will be the conference room of the Finance Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine, Castries. Mrs Patricia Charles was a former resident tutor ...

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Saint Lucia wins two regional pageants in one night

(SNO) — Two young ladies ensured Saint Lucia got some very good news for the Easter holidays. On Saturday night, April 20, Saint Lucia won two regional pageants held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG): Miss Plus Size Universe Pageant held at Sunset Shores Beach Hotel at Villa Beach on St. Vincent and the Miss Easterval 2019 Pageant held ...

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Anse Ger woman charged with killing ‘Pestro’ at karaoke

(SNO) — Police have formally charged the female suspect in the fatal stabbing of a man in the community of Anse Ger, located in Desruisseaux, Quarter of Micoud. Police said Janice Smith, 34, was on Saturday charged with murder in connection with the death of 33-year-old Lance Camille, also known as ‘Pestro’. Both are residents of Anse Ger, Desruisseaux. It ...

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More than 200 killed, 400 injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka

(BBC) — At least 207 people have been killed and 400 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say. At least eight blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in Colombo, were also hit. A curfew ...

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Athlete of Saint Lucian parentage wins Carifta Games medal

(SNO) — Akrisa Eristeé, born to Saint Lucian parents, won a silver medal for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on the first day of the 2019 Carifta Games. The regional event is being held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the Cayman Islands. Eristeé, a past student of Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School, recently migrated to Tortola in the BVI. ...

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Castries is “safer”; parking meters to be installed soon — mayor

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Office of the Mayor along with the City Police Department remain dedicated to being active partners in support of law and order throughout Saint Lucia. Soon-to-be-installed parking meters in the city represent only one component of the approach to ensure the safety of citizens, visitors and the business community alike. Through tactical investments, the capital of ...

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Folk Research Centre yet to receive report on cause of its “disastrous fire”

(SNO) — The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has pledged to help rebuild the Folk Research Centre’s burnt-out headquarters at Mount Pleasant, Castries when it returns to office. Speaking in his response to the Appropriations Bill recently, party and opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, said in March 2018, the 45-year-old Centre burned to the ground with loss of all ...

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25% of old court cases cleared, says PM Chastanet

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia government is hoping to clear 70 percent of the backlog of court cases by the end of 2019. In his 2019-2020 Budget Address, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said the backlog is being cleared through the efforts of the Forensic Lab and the Nyerah Court. Chastanet said investigation and prosecution are an integral part of reducing ...

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Pierre credits Royalton, improved foreign economies for ‘increased’ tourism arrivals, not Chastanet government’s policies

(SNO) — Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has said the opening of Royalton Hotel and the improvement in the economies of Saint Lucia’s tourism source markets, particularly the US, are the main reasons for the reported increase in tourism arrivals to the island — and not necessarily due to the policies of the Allen Chastanet-led government. Pierre said Royalton Hotel ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t to pay close attention to public financial management

(GIS) — The government of Saint Lucia is paying close attention to public financial management with a number of initiatives, including legislative reform. These initiatives come on the heels of the Caribbean Development Bank’s 2018 Country Economic Review, which indicated that public sector debt in Saint Lucia was estimated to be 67.8 percent of GDP at the end of 2018, ...

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UPDATED: Appeal for help for homeless Wilton’s Yard residents following major fire (+videos)

(SNO) — Several houses were damaged or destroyed as a result of a fire that occurred in Wilton’s Yard, Castries on Thursday evening. Reports of the fire razing at least three houses began to surface about 11 p.m. last evening. There were no reports of injuries or death. Firefighters have been credited for responding quickly but they met residents feverishly ...

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Man shot in Marchand

(SNO) — Police are investigating another shooting in the city. Reports are that Michael Deterville, a resident of Rock Hall, Castries, was shot Thursday evening in Trou Rouge, Marchand. He is currently in stable condition, according to reports. No additional details were immediately available. This is the second shooting in Castries in two days. Around midday Thursday, 33-year-old Rockhall resident ...

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UPDATE: Stolen vehicle recovered

(SNO) — The grey 1998 Mazda B2500 that was stolen Thursday night was found in Jacmel on Friday. The vehicle was parked behind Worrell Dentistry, opposite LUCELEC, when it was stolen. A source close to the family said the owners are grateful to the public for assisting in recovering the vehicle. “They took a few things but the vehicle is ...

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Qiana Joseph of Saint Lucia blazing a trail with the bat in Girls 19 and Under T20 Championships

COUVA, Trinidad — Qiana Joseph, with two scores of 60+ and 49, captained the Windward Islands to its fourth consecutive victory in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association’s Girls 19 and Under T20 Championships. Also undefeated is Trinidad and Tobago, who dispatched Canada and Jamaica on Day Two of the tournament. Shania Abdool continues ...

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“Fellas have to pay for this” — Friends ‘hurt’ by murder of ‘humble’ Castries man

(SNO) — Friends of the island’s homicide victim, 33-year-old Chad Ramsey, have described him as “humble” and the one who kept those close to him “in line”. Ramsey, a resident of Rockhall/Marchand, was shot in the head as he walked on Broglie Street, Castries around midday Thursday. He reportedly died on the spot. A video circulating on social media shows ...

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UPDATE: Brazen daylight murder in Castries shocks public

(SNO) — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a male on Broglie Street, Castries that occurred around midday Thursday (April 18). The deceased is Chad Ramsey, 33, of Rockhall, Marchand in Castries. He was shot while walking on the sidewalk, according to reports. He died on the scene after he was shot in the head. A video of the ...

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Crowdfunding campaign launched by aspiring Saint Lucian entrepreneur

(PRESS RELEASE) — A crowdfunding campaign was launched on Indiegogo.com on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 to help raise funds for the printing of the first 1,000 copies of the Jwé Puzzle & Activity Booklet – Volume 1, as well as promotion and distribution. The campaign will last for 30 days. Anyone interested in learning more about the business and campaign ...

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Chastanet credits lower budget deficit to “higher-than-anticipated revenue, under spending”

(GIS) — Prudent fiscal management by the government of Saint Lucia has resulted in a better budget outcome than anticipated. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Hon. Allen Chastanet, in delivering the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure 2019/2020 on Wednesday, April 10, reported that a lower budget deficit of $68.43 million was achieved, compared to $163.92 million recorded in the ...

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Video: Victoria Hospital receives donation of medical equipment, supplies from local church

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints recently made a donation of medical equipment and supplies to the Victoria Hospital. The medical equipment is expected to assist physicians in taking better care of their patients. Representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Elder Michael Fielden, says his organization remains committed to its humanitarian ...

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50 for Kimani Melius in Gros Islet U19 win

(SNO) — Another round of matches was concluded in the 2019 SLNCA/Sandals Inter District 50 Over Under-19 Cup on Wednesday. Defending champions Gros Islet made it two wins out of two with an 83-run win over Central Castries at the Gros Islet Playing Field. Gros Islet Under 19, led by West Indies Under 19 and West Indies B batsman Kimani ...

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BREAKING: Windwards win again! Saint Lucia’s Qiana Joseph posts unbeaten 49

(SNO) — Windward Islands beat Guyana by a whopping 65 runs in the Cricket West Indies/Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association Under-19 Girls Tournament on Thursday. According to Caribbean Women’s Sports, Windward Islands amassed a huge total of 165-1 (20 overs), by far the highest tally of the tournament now, with 18 innings completed. Opening bat Jephenia Joseph hit an ...

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South Castries youth group begin nation-wide campaign to end bullying

(PRESS RELEASE) — The South Castries Youth and Sports Council has embarked on a campaign to mobilize young people to #EndBullying in their communities. The Council launches the campaign with a public service announcement through the endorsement of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports and a collaboration with the student’s council at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. This ...

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Bank of Saint Lucia and NWU start negotiations

(PRESS RELEASE) — Negotiations between the management of Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) and the National Workers Union (NWU) have begun. The financial institution and the NWU have reached agreement on some articles in the Union’s proposals submitted to the Bank. Both sides have agreed to make every effort to deal with the matter of wages in a mature and ...

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Secure St. Lucia to reinstate compensation payments to workers

(PRESS RELEASE) — Acting Labour Commissioner Mrs. Cornelia Jn. Baptiste has resolved an industrial impasse between the management of Secure St. Lucia Ltd and the National Workers Union (NWU). Seven days ago the NWU gave the security company a 14-day ultimatum to either engage the Union in an attempt to settle outstanding industrial matters or face protest action by the ...

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Saint Lucia drawn in Group D of Concacaf Olympic qualifiers

(SNO) — Saint Lucia have been drawn in Group D of the Concacaf Men’s Olympic Qualifying tournament, and will come up against Antigua and Barbuda, the Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico. This is the Caribbean phase of qualifiers from which the leading teams from four groups will advance to the Concacaf Final Round following which the top two nations will ...

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Perfect record for Saint Lucia in police cricket

(SNO) — Saint Lucia Police got yet another win in the 2019 Regional Police T20 Cricket Tournament with a demolition job on Dominica Police. Batting first at Mindoo Phillip Park on Wednesday, Saint Lucia compiled a mammoth total of 330-4. Former West Indies player Johnson Charles faced just 55 balls, but he dispatched 13 fours and a like number of ...

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50 for Saint Lucia’s Qiana as Windwards win twice!

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s Qiana Joseph, leading the Windward Islands in the Cricket West Indies/Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association Under-19 Women’s Invitational, had a quiet opening match, although her team ended up with a win. But in the second fixture, the West Indies senior player exploded. The Windward Islands defeated Jamaica by 38 runs in the opening match for ...

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EC$79.8 million allocated for ongoing roads, bridges and maintenance/rehabilitation projects

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Infrastructure, Ports, and Energy is committed to improving the island’s infrastructure during the 2019/2020 financial year. This year some EC$79.8 million has been allocated for ongoing roads, bridges and maintenance/rehabilitation projects. Of the $79.8 million, $11.4 million will go toward the rehabilitation of roads. Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, and Energy, Hon. Stephenson King elaborated ...

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National Arts Festival-ARTreach 2019 and inaugural Francis ‘Leebo’ De Lima Awards launched

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Thursday, April 11, at a fitting and well organized ceremony in the exquisitely-decorated ambiance of the CDF conference room, the Cultural Development Foundation launched the National Arts Festival — ARTREACH programme for 2019. Senior Officer of Events and Production, Tyrone Harris, in his salutation address, stressed that “Artreach endeavours to collect data, assess and instruct the ...

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Chastanet: EC$162 million will be invested in the health of Saint Lucians at all levels

(PRESS RELEASE) — Affordable access to quality healthcare is among the key areas of focus for the government of Saint Lucia as it continues to empower the people of Saint Lucia. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet, during his Budget Address on Monday, provided an update on the health sector strategy which is part of the government’s medium-term development approach. ...

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Senator Belrose lauds Systems of Youth Orchestras program

(GIS) — The Saint Lucia School of Music organized a showcase to celebrate the excellence of the students who participated the Systems of Youth Orchestras and Choirs program. Richard Payne, executive director of the Saint Lucia School of Music, explained that the project, launched in July 2018, was inspired by the Venezuelan EL Sistema music education program. “Having a sustainable ...

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Saint Lucia to ban on importation of styrofoam, “selected plastic food service containers” from June 1, 2019

STATEMENT BY THE MINISTER OF EDUCATION, INNOVATION, GENDER RELATIONS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ON THE CONTROL OF PLASTICS AND STYROFOAM® CONTAINERS The Government of Saint Lucia is committed to improving the health and environment of the nation. As I indicated in my announcement in August 2018, and as studies have shown, food service containers made from Polystyrene and Expanded Polystyrene, also ...

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Miss Curves with Confidence Pageant to be held in Soufriere next month

(PRESS RELEASE) — The much anticipated, third annual Miss Curves with Confidence is here! The foundation received national recognition for its successful hosting of the Curves with Confidence Pageant. The Pageant is a fund-raiser designed to elevate the self-esteem and personal empowerment and independence of full-bodied women. Further, the pageant is designed to reverse the negative effects of social media ...

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Like father like son: A genetic basis of crime and anti-social behaviour (commentary by Montelle Felix)

Evidence for a genetic basis of antisocial behavior stems from several different lines of research. First, behavioral genetic studies of twins and adoptees have demonstrated that heredity plays a vital role in antisocial behavior, including various forms of deviance, aggression and criminality, by finding greater concordance for such behavior in genetically-related individuals compared to non-relatives living in the same environment. ...

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UPDATE: Woman stabs man to death in Micoud

(SNO) — The island has recorded another homicide following a stabbing incident in Anse Ger, Micoud, according to law enforcement sources. The victim is reportedly a male identified as Lance Camille of Anse Ger, Micoud. A female suspect is currently in police custody. It is alleged that the man was fatally stabbed during an altercation with the female at a ...

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Response by Leader of the Opposition Philip Pierre to 2019/2020 Appropriation Bill (+video)

INTRODUCTION Mr Speaker the Prime Minister’s budget address is usually a very exciting time for all the sectors of the Saint Lucian economic landscape. The business sector are anxious to know what plans are there for economic expansion so that their bottom line may improve. The young people look to the changes that will meaningfully impact their lives and everyone ...

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CCJ celebrates 14 years

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) is celebrating 14 years of its operations on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. The Court is marking this occasion with activities throughout the week. Today, to commemorate the actual day of the anniversary, the CCJ launched its 2019 Rules of Court for the Original and Appellate Jurisdictions. The Rules of the Court ...

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Raging weather could not stop Sandals Sous Chef Refer Leonce

(PRESS RELEASE) — “After my job training at Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Spa and Beach Resort, I knew that was where my heart wanted to be, so I applied to be a porter. When I got the call for the interview, although a hurricane was coming, I still went. I can remember clearly people walking around the resort with their ...

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Saint Lucia joins UN Environment Clean Seas Campaign

(PRESS RELEASE) — The government of Saint Lucia is delighted to be part of the UN Environment’s Clean Seas Campaign which was launched in 2017. Several other Caribbean countries have also pledged their commitment and support to this worthy cause. This campaign, a call to global action, works with governments, businesses and citizens around the world to increase awareness of ...

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Tax savings for thousands of Saint Lucians under new tax reform

(PRESS RELEASE) — In a Budget Address that centred on people-centric growth and bringing relief to Saint Lucians, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet announced personal income tax reform that would see thousands of low-income earners pay less and in some cases no personal income taxes. This is a bold initiative and in keeping with the government’s promise of less ...

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Saint Lucia strengthens response to Zika and arbovirus with USAID SBC training (+photos and video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia’s response to Zika and arbovirus is expected to be strengthened as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a social and behavior change workshop recently. The workshop is aimed at enhancing the capacity of participants to increase the practice of priority healthy behaviors in the community as it relates to vector control. Medical ...

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Millions pledge to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral after fire

(BBC) — Hundreds of millions of euros have been pledged to help rebuild Notre-Dame after a devastating fire partially destroyed the French cathedral. The fire, declared fully extinguished some 15 hours after it began, ravaged the 850-year-old building’s roof and caused its spire to collapse. But firefighters who worked through the night managed to save the Paris landmark’s main stone ...

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Victoria Hospital receives donation of cribs and towels (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The St. Lucia Mother’s Day Committee of Brooklyn, New York recently made a donation of cribs and towels to the Pediatric Unit of the Victoria Hospital. A member of the committee, Claudia Auguste-Stanislaus, says her organization remains committed to giving back to the citizens of Saint Lucia. “We are hoping this will bless the hospital, that it ...

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Man shot multiple times in Gros Islet

(SNO) — A 28-year-old man has been hospitalised after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds in front his home in the town of Gros Islet on Monday afternoon, April 15, law enforcement officials have confirmed. The victim has been identified as Nathan Theodule of Gros Islet. Reports are that, around 2:30 p.m., a lone gunman fired multiple gunshots in Theodule’s direction, on ...

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Teen suspected of drowning after allegedly falling off kayak in Vieux Fort

(SNO) — Police have confirmed that a suspected drowning occurred at Anse Baison in Vieux Fort on Sunday, April 14. The deceased been identified by police as 18-year-old Augustina Lionel. According to law enforcement and civilian reports, Lionel was among a group of persons who allegedly fell off a kayak. Officials received the report of the suspected drowning shortly before ...

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Saint Lucia’s William wins twice in weekend collegiate tennis

(SNO) — University of Charleston women’s tennis picked up wins number 16 and 17 on Sunday afternoon, defeating Shaw University 6-1 followed by a 7-0 Mountain East Conference victory over Concord University. Saint Lucian freshman Meggan-Dawn William got contrasting wins. It was the last weekend of home matches for the Golden Eagles as they celebrated the careers of their four ...

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15 wellness centres in Saint Lucia chosen to become SMART facilities (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness in partnership with the Pan American Health Organisation PAHO recently hosted a multi-stakeholder engagement on the SMART health care facilities in the Caribbean project, aimed at ensuring involvement in the changes at the facilities. Permanent Secretary in the Department of Health and Wellness Felix St. Hill says he is very pleased ...

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Forgotten Power Play ticket turns out to be a winner

(PRESS RELEASE) — The St. Lucia National Lottery extends congratulations to the latest Power Play winner of $33,267, Emerson Estaphane. He won on a quick pick ticket he purchased from Laura Andrew in Canaries on February 18, 2019. The top prize was won on February 20, 2019 on the numbers 02-03-13-28, Power Pick 05 with a ticket letter J. On ...

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Saint Lucia holds sensitization workshop on influenza (+video and photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Health care professionals around the island were granted the opportunity to strengthen their capacity on ways to effectively control the spread of influenza through a sensitization workshop held recently. Medical Officer of Health Dr. Sharon Belmar-George says the Department of Health and Wellness is dedicated to ensuring proper management of influenza when Saint Lucians visit both public and ...

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William Peter Boulevard in Castries to get new look

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucians could expect noticeable improvements and a possible re-purposing of the popular William Peter Boulevard in the coming years, as plans are moving afoot for a potential enhanced appearance of the area. This initiative is being spearheaded by the Ministry of Tourism, through the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP). During the last week of March, ...

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Vendors to receive stipend during construction of new Castries Market

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Office of the Mayor is pleased to inform the general public and members of the business community, in particular vendors operating in the provisions market, of the commencement of the first phase of the Castries Market Redevelopment Project. Work is scheduled to commence within two weeks. In preparation for first-phase of construction, the former Fire Service ...

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UPDATE: Firefighters tackle blaze at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris

(BBC) — A fire has broken out at the famous Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris and has spread rapidly across the building. The cause is not yet clear, but officials say that it could be linked to renovation work. A major operation to tackle the blaze is under way at the 850-year-old Gothic building, but the cathedral’s spire and roof have ...

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Earthquake recorded near Saint Lucia, Dominica and Martinique

(SNO) — The UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad is reporting that it recorded a 4.1-magnitude earthquake near Saint Lucia, Martinique and Dominica at 5:35 a.m. on Monday, April 15. The earthquake was recorded 128 kilometres northeast of Castries, Saint Lucia;  99 km northeast of Fort-de-France, Martinique; and 134 km east-south-east of Roseau, Dominica. It was located at latitude 14.92 ...

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UPDATED: Gabriel guides Cacao into Babonneau cricket final

(SNO) — Cacao booked their passage to the grand finals of the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph National Lotteries Authority Babonneau Super 40 Competition with a comfortable six-wicket victory over Des Barras on Sunday, April 14, 2019 at the Des Barras Playing Field. Batting first after losing the toss, Des Barras was only able to manage 176 for 9 in 26 overs. ...

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Saint Lucia government announces price increases for all petroleum products

(PRESS RELEASE) — The public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of gasoline, diesel, kerosene and LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price changes take effect from Monday April 15, 2019: – Gasoline increased from $2.94 to ...

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