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Doctors explain medical quarantine after Saint Lucia cruise ship detained due to measles outbreak

This article, written by Dr. Shamard Charles, originally appeared on NBC News A cruise ship was quarantined Tuesday in Saint Lucia after the island nation’s chief medical officer cited concerns that crew members and passengers possibly infected with measles might spread the highly contagious virus, causing an outbreak. “One infected person can easily infect others through coughing, sneezing, droplets being ...

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UPDATE: Bullet-riddled body found in Micoud identified as that of Dominican national

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man from the Commonwealth of Dominica. The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Chris Charles, who is originally from Portsmouth, Dominica, but resided in Saint Lucia. His lifeless body, with multiple gunshot wounds, was discovered on a dirt road in the Mahaut/Latille area of Micoud on Wednesday, May ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Body of foreign national found in Micoud

(SNO) — The lifeless body of a male was on Wednesday afternoon discovered in the Mahaut/Latille area of Micoud, according to law enforcement sources. Sources said the body is that of a Dominican national. It was discovered on a dirt road with multiple gunshot wounds, sources said. Police are on the scene.   (2)(5)

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Labour Minister King salutes Saint Lucian workers and employers

(PRESS RELEASE) – On the occasion of Laour Day 2019, the island’s Minister responsible for Labour Honorable Stephenson King has extended gratitude to the workers and employers of Saint Lucia, for their service to the growth and development of our country over the years. In his 2019 National Labour Day Address, Minister King said Saint Lucia was built on a ...

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Botham Jean’s mother: In 911 call, Amber Guyger was worried more “about losing her job than my son”

(DALLAS MORNING NEWS) — The frantic 911 call that Amber Guyger made after she shot Botham Jean in his Dallas apartment did nothing to shake his family’s belief that the Dallas police officer murdered him. In fact, Jean’s mother told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that hearing Guyger’s pleas for help as Jean moans and takes his final breaths ...

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VIDEO: Saint Lucia quarantines cruise ship due to measles report

(SNO) — Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James on Tuesday released a statement on the quarantine of a cruise ship. According to Fredericks-James, the authorities are investigating reports from two reputable sources that there are cases of measles on the vessel. St. Lucia officials said the country is closely monitoring increased cases of measles in Europe, the Americas and the ...

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New senator Francisco Jn Pierre sworn in

(PRESS RELEASE) — As the Senate met on Tuesday, April 30th 2019, to consider a Motion for the financing of the 2019/2020 Budget, a new Senator was sworn in. Mr. Francisco Jn Pierre, from the community of Laborie, took the Oath to become a Senator within the Parliament of Saint Lucia. Senator Jn Pierre, currently a taxi operator, most recently ...

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NIC to launch low-cost housing project

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucians with low to moderate incomes are set to benefit from an innovative housing project soon to be launched by the National Insurance Corporation (NIC). The proposed low-cost housing project being developed by the NIC, will help in addressing the demand for affordable housing on the island. The National Insurance Property Development & Management Company Ltd. ...

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Hyacinth wins conference title, sets PB’s

Azusa Pacific relied on splash in the field and depth on the track to sweep the men’s and women’s titles of the sixth annual Pacific West Conference Track & Field Championship at Franson Field Saturday afternoon. It’s the fourth straight year the Cougars have swept both crowns, though these titles might have come with more fret than the prior ones. ...

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Entire Trinidad family wiped out in highway shooting

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Po­lice are baf­fled over the mur­der of a San Fer­nan­do fam­i­ly who was found in­side their pick-up along the Solomon Ho­choy High­way, Ste Madeleine, yes­ter­day. Up to yes­ter­day, homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they were still try­ing to piece to­geth­er the ev­i­dence col­lect­ed from the mur­der scene, but could not yet es­tab­lish a mo­tive for the mur­ders of George ...

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Homicide in Marc, Bexon: 24-year-old fatally shot

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Monday, April 29, 2019, about 8 p.m., officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries, responded to a report of a shooting at Marc, Bexon. On arrival, officers were informed of three males having sustained gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were conveyed to a local medical facility for treatment, where they are currently admitted. The ...

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Homicide in Canaries: 24-year-old stabbed to death

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Monday, April 29, 2019 about 6:00 p.m. officers attached to the Canaries Police Station, responded to a report of a stabbing on Dix Street, Canaries. Kadeem Joseph, a 24-year-old resident of Floravilla, Canaries, sustained a stab wound during an altercation with another male. He was conveyed to the Soufriere Hospital, via ambulance, where he was pronounced ...

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Dr. Raymond’s resignation “in the best interest” of the country

Statement by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet on the resignation of Dr. Ubaldus Raymond: “I have accepted the resignation of the Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, with immediate effect. This decision was taken in the best interest of all parties and the country. “Dr. Raymond has served our country well and in several ...

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72-year-old killed in Vigie accident — 8th road fatality for 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Ronald Weekes, as a result of a vehicular accident which occurred about 4:55 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Vigie Roundabout, Castries. Ronald Weekes, a 72-year-old resident of Sunny Acres, Castries, was the sole occupant of an SUV, registration number PC 7625. He was conveyed to the ...

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Marchand teen charged with killing of businessman

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Reuben Ismael, a 19-year-old resident of Marchand, was formally arrested and charged for causing the death of Joseph Stanislaus Pistol. Joseph Stanislaus Pistol was fatally shot at Cedars, Castries, on March 13, 2019. Reuben Ismael was escorted to the First District Court where he was remanded in custody. (14)(2)

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Serious accident in Bexon

(SNO) — Three persons have been hospitalised as a result of a two-vehicle accident in Bexon on Sunday, April 28, 2019, according to law enforcement sources. The accident involved a car and a pickup. The two occupants of the car and the occupant of the pickup were transported to hospital by ambulance. According to sources, the passenger in the car ...

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Bank of Saint Lucia launches dual currency ATM service

(PRESS RELEASE) — Bank of Saint Lucia Limited (BOSL) continues to bring even more convenience to valued customers with the launch of its first dual currency ATM at the Bureau de Change at the Hewanorra International Airport. Customers and visitors alike now have the option of withdrawing their funds in Eastern Caribbean (EC) or United States (US) dollars. This forms ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Alfred resets national sprint records!

(SNO) — Saint Lucia has two new senior national records, both set by under-20 sprinter, Julien Alfred. The two-time Junior Sportswoman of the Year in Saint Lucia competed for the University of Texas on Friday at the National Relay Championships on the University of Arkansas’ John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Alfred was third in the 100m, losing to teammate ...

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New executive for Grow Well

(PRESS RELEASE) — Grow Well Inc. held its annual general meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, marking 24-years of advocacy. The election of a new executive and the retirement of a stalwart from that role were the main highlights of the AGM. The meeting heard the president’s report from outgoing President Paul Lorde, who reported on the past year’s programmes, ...

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Just one Saint Lucian in Windwards team

(SNO) — Cricket West Indies held its Player Draft for the 2019/2020 Super50 Cup and West Indies (Four-Day) Championship on Friday (26 Apr). The Windward Islands Volcanoes selected just one Saint Lucian, slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Larry Edward. Edward took 27 wickets in the 2018/2019 First Class Season for the Volcanoes, whose top bowler, Shane Shillingford, was suspended. Twenty-seven wickets ...

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Castries Vision 2030 consultations end

(GIS) — The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) handed over the official Castries Vision 2030 report to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet, on April 25. The objective of the Castries Vision 2030 was to review the 2008 National Vision Plan for Castries in a collaborative effort chaired by the government of Saint Lucia through ...

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The Saint Lucia Chamber wants to know what keeps southern businesses up at night!

(PRESS RELEASE) — The development and implementation of a system to understand individual member needs, develop solutions to meet those needs, and mobilize resources and expertise to apply the solutions, are critical elements of the strategic initiatives of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce. In keeping with this, the Chamber of Commerce will be directing its focus to its membership in ...

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Saint Lucian Kristian Lawrence shines at Guadeloupe High School Singing Challenge

(PRESS RELEASE) — St. Lucia, we are wholeheartedly proud to announce that Kristian Lawrence took home the second-place award, 300 Euros, and the McDonald’s best performance award for his participation at the 14th edition of the High School Singing Challenge held in Guadeloupe. Fifteen-year-old Kristian is currently a student at the St Mary’s College and the St. Lucia School of ...

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Rayneau says worker killed in accident was a hard worker and respected man

(SNO) — Rayneau Construction & Industrial Products has paid tribute to one of its workers who died tragically in a road accident on Wednesday afternoon, April 24, 2019. In a Facebook post on Thursday, underlined by the hashtags, #fallensoldier and #InMemoriam, the company said it “grieves the loss of Paul Simeina”. The company describes Simeina as a “hard worker and ...

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Anse La Raye seafood festival reopens this Friday

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) and the Ministry of Tourism have collaborated to enhance the offering of the Anse La Raye seafood festival. A six-week training course of 15 vendors and 30 vendors’ assistants in culinary creativity and food presentation is underway. At the start of week four, the 45 trainees were given the opportunity to ...

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UWI scholarships available; deadline is June 2

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), invites applications from students who are pursuing studies in catastrophe risk-related undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at UWI. Each scholarship is valued at US$4,000 per student per year. CCRIF will provide scholarship coverage in the third year for the four students ...

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Saint Lucia public library online

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Central Library falls under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education and is the headquarters of the public library system in Saint Lucia. Its mission is “to provide quality library and information services to all citizens and to develop programs that will help them to become independent users and lifelong learners.” In the past few years, ...

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Castries Central political hopeful says he has “a lot of work to do” for the people

(SNO) — Former Saint Lucia diplomat Peter Lansiquot has been busy meeting with people in Castries Central since he returned home in December. His aspiration: to hopefully be selected by the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to contest the Castries Central seat at the next general elections. “I have had political aspirations for a long time now,” Lansiquot told HTS. ...

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UPDATED: 30 nominated for National Youth Awards

(GIS) — The Department of Youth Development and Sports will host a Youth Awards Ceremony to culminate activities for National Youth Month. The awards ceremony will recognize young persons for their achievements during the past year. The nomination’s committee has shortlisted 30 nominees for this year’s awards. Liota Charlemagne-Mason, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, said ...

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Second Saint Lucia insurance symposium set for April 30

(PRESS RELEASE) — The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, partnering with the Insurance Council of St. Lucia, will host the second annual Insurance Symposium “HEALTH, WEALTH AND BUSINESS RESILIENCE” on April 30, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Finance Administrative Centre, Point Seraphine in Castries. Bringing to the fore, the importance of insurance as a ...

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Chastanet: Gov’t plans to reduce serious crime by 45 percent, strengthen investigation and prosecution

(GIS) — Citizen safety remains an area of urgent attention, and a key focus of the Government of Saint Lucia’s Medium Term Development Plan for 2019-2022. An integral part of government’s plan is to strengthen the island’s capacity for investigation and prosecution, and reduce serious crime by 45 percent. Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet revealed in his budget presentation that ...

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Chastanet: $5.8-million CCTV project, increased police patrols to fight crime in Saint Lucia

(GIS) — As part of the Medium Term Development Strategy for 2019-2022, government aims to reduce recidivism by 30 percent. In addition, Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet said crime hot spots will benefit from a stronger police presence in order to improve crime prevention and detection efforts. Mr. Chastanet said there will be increased foot and mobile patrols on the ...

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Work on John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project phase two set for June

(PRESS RELEASE) — Work on the second phase of the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project (JCD02) — dredging of the reservoir and transport of sediment — is set to begin in June 2019. The announcement was made by WASCO’s representatives, as well as the contractor for JCD02, VINCI Construction Maritime et Fluvial, who met with residents of Tete Chemin Millet, ...

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St. Lucians win $760,000 on Super 6 lotto jackpots

(PRESS RELEASE) — Two St. Lucian ladies are the recent winners of Super 6 jackpots for the month of April 2019. Janelle Celis and Petrona Charles both received their cheques at the official cheque presentation which was held on Thursday, April 17, 2019 at MBC. Celis is the lucky Super 6 winner of $655,000 which was won on April 2, ...

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Female prison officer shot in Vieux Fort

(SNO) — Police are investigating the shooting of a female correctional officer in Vieux Fort Thursday morning, according to reliable sources. The officer, 38 years old, was reportedly on her way to work when she was shot in the leg, sources said. The incident occurred around 7 a.m. on Clarke Street, near the Vieux Fort Square. Details are sketchy at ...

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Former Saint Lucian diplomat launches “distress fund” for fire victims

(SNO) — Former Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington DC, Peter Lansiquot, has launched the “People’s Distress Fund” to assist residents who lose their homes in fires and other disasters. The Fund was officially launched on Wednesday, April 24 inside Wilton’s Yard, Castries (also known as ‘the Graveyard), near the spot where three houses ...

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UPDATED: Nominees for 2018 Annual Youth Awards announced!

(SNO) — The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports hosted a press conference on Wednesday, April 24 where the shortlisted nominees for the 2018 Annual Youth Awards were announced. The briefing was held at the department’s conference room, located on the first floor of the Chreiki Building on Micoud Street, Castries. Liota Charlemagne-Mason, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth ...

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UPDATE: Driver in Barre de l’Isle accident confirmed dead

(SNO) — Police and law enforcement sources have confirmed that the man, who was initially reported to be in critical condition after the truck he was driving plunged down a precipice off the “top” of the Barre de l’Isle road, near Thomazo, has been officially pronounced dead. He has been identified by officials as 68-year-old Paul Simeina, a resident of ...

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Charges can still be laid in Ali Smith’s alleged beating case despite post-mortem results: source

(SNO) — Despite post-mortem results which indicate that Ali Smith’s death is not consistent with physical violence,  a law enforcement source has told St. Lucia News Online that if it’s proven that Smith was beaten, charges could still be laid in the case. Smith, a 33-year-old resident of Marisule, Gros Islet, who died on April 13, 2019, around 7:30 a.m., ...

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Sammy set for Canada T20 return?

(SNO) — The second edition of Global T20 Canada league is set to begin in the last week of July in Brampton, Canada, and Daren Sammy is expected to return. The inaugural season that saw Vancouver Knights emerge as champions at Maple Leaf North-West Ground in King City, Ontario, Canada, had six teams competing in a round-robin format from June ...

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CARIFTA drought continues for Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s last medal at the CARIFTA Games came in 2015, bronze going to Denzel St Marthe in javelin throw and Ace Louis in high jump, both boys under-20. Since then, Saint Lucia has fielded a succession of national record holders, including Commonwealth Youth Games champion and Youth Olympics silver medallist, Julien Alfred. National records have been set ...

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Saint Lucian reggae artiste Legal to tour Africa again!

(SNO) — Saint Lucian reggae artiste, Legal, woke up to some good news on Wednesday: he will be performing on the continent of Africa! Legal, born Daniel Joseph, told St. Lucia News Online that he and Jamaican artiste Norris Man will be performing in Ivory Coast or (officially) the Republic of Côte d’Ivoir, a West African country. The concert is ...

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Anse Ger man’s cause of death revealed

(SNO) — The port-mortem on the body of homicide victim 33-year-old Lance ‘Pestro’ Camille of Anse Ger, Desruisseaux in Micoud, has been completed. According to the results, provided by a law enforcement official, Camille’s death was caused by cardiac tamponade with right Hemothorax due to stab wound to the chest. Cardiac tamponade, according to Medscape, is “a clinical syndrome caused ...

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Saint Lucian female referee Chantel John officiated at international event

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union’s international female referee, Ms. Chantel John, left Saint Lucia on April 16 to officiate in the third edition of the Tropical 7s or Tropical Rugby International Youth Sevens from April 19-20, 2019 at the Omni Orlando Championsgate Resort, Orlando, Florida. This tournament was open to under-14 boys, under-16 girls and boys, ...

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Accident in Ravine Poisson leaves man with serious injuries

(SNO) — A man sustained serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Ravine Poisson on Easter Monday, according to emergency officials. The victim, Albert Francis, was was the sole occupant of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) which overturned. He was thrown from the vehicle, officials said. The St. Lucia Fire Service received the call at 11:14 ...

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Saint Lucian company awarded contract to help reconstruct hurricane-ravaged BVI school

(SNO) — The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has awarded four contracts totalling US$3.7 million for repairs to the L-shaped building at the hurricane-ravaged Elmore Stoutt High School campus in Road Town, Tortola. A Saint Lucian company — Construction Industrial and Equipment — has been awarded one of those contracts, according to BVI media reports. BVI Premier Andrew Fahie signed the ...

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Folk Research Centre to launch fundraising calypso concert

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Folk Research Centre (FRC) is a non-governmental organization established in 1973 as (1) repository for cultural heritage and (2) a vehicle for research, study, recording and promulgating Saint Lucia’s rich heritage. FRC was registered as a not-for-profit company in 1985 and has sought to promote the role of folk arts as a vehicle for change and ...

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Saint Lucia’s Toastmasters hosts territory speech contests

(PRESS RELEASE) – Toastmasters in Saint Lucia is going strong! On Thursday, April 11, 2019, the members of two Toastmasters Clubs in Saint Lucia – the NIC Toastmasters Club and the Public Service Toastmasters Club – battled it out during the Saint Lucia Territory International Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest, held at the Fisheries Department Conference Room, Pointe Seraphine, ...

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Awards ceremony held for Monchy Community After School Programme (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — As part of the closing celebratory event of the Monchy Community After School Programme, the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment hosted an awards ceremony to honor students, parents and facilitators who helped make the programme a success. The Monchy Programme was implemented in 2010 and runs from September to March. Acting Permanent Secretary ...

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Kenson ‘Bay Bay’ Casimir for Gros Islet seat?

(SNO) — Calls are now out on social media for local sports journalist Kenson ‘Bay Bay’ Casimir to contest the Gros Islet seat in the next general elections. This is not the first time there has been a public call for Casimir, owner of a local sports news website, to join the political arena. Former government minister Richard Frederick, on ...

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Minibus driver crushes arm in Anse La Verdue road accident

(SNO) – A 41-year-old driver is lucky to be alive after his minibus overturned in Anse La Verdue on Monday afternoon, according to emergency officials. Anse La Verdue is located in the Anse La Raye area. The driver, who sustained serious injuries to his arm, was transported to hospital by ambulance in stable condition. A passenger sustained minor injuries. The ...

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Barbados PM exploring funding for regional transport

(BARBADOS TODAY) — As the future of the struggling regional airline LIAT hangs in the balance, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, has hinted that she has started discussions with one of the Caribbean’s development partners in Europe in that regard. Stopping short of mentioning the airline by name, Mottley, who is the Lead Head of Government on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ...

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Saint Lucia repped in Grenada cycle race

(SNO) — Saint Lucia was among eight nations represented at a circuit cycling race over the Easter weekend in Grenada. Jordan Richard and Winston Williams represented the Excellers team in the Spice Isle. Home nation Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Jamaica, the USA, France and Saint Lucia took part in the race in St George’s. ...

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Deceased in Vieux Fort road accident identified

(SNO) — Law enforcement sources have identified the deceased in the motor vehicle accident that occurred Sunday afternoon near the Victory Pentecostal Church, Old St Jude Highway in Vieux Fort. He is Sylvanus Boriel from Vieux Fort. He was in his 40s. Boriel was reportedly the driver of a Toyota Tacoma motor vehicle that ran off the road and crashed ...

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New national record for Julien Alfred

(SNO) — The University of Texas track and field team set eight new personal records while competing at the Bryan Clay Invite and Mt. SAC Relays on Friday night. At the Mt. SAC Relays, the Texas contingent set four new personal bests, highlighted by four top-10 finishes. Competing at the high-profile collegiate invitational after being denied permission to represent the ...

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Touring United top Cacao in Babonneau T20

(SNO) — Touring United will play Cacao in the grand final of the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph National Lotteries Authority Babonneau Super 40 Competition on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Des Barras Playing Field. Touring United earned their right to the final with a comfortable 77-run victory over Babonneau U-19 on Sunday April 21, 2019 at the Balata Playing Field. ...

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Motor vehicle accident in Saltibus

(SNO) — Two persons escaped serious injuries on Sunday morning in a motor vehicle accident in Saltibus, emergency officials have confirmed. Reports are that a vehicle, with the driver and a passenger on board, ran off the road and hit a house near the roadside. The incident happened several minutes before noon. The occupants of the house were not injured. ...

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