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Derelict vehicles being removed from Micoud

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority continued its derelict vehicle removal drive in the community of Micoud commencing March 7, 2019. Work will however continue until the 19 derelict vehicles identified throughout the community are removed. The exercise is being implemented based on a priority list, which upon completion, will eventually serve to eliminate the associated ...

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Bordelais boss comments after senior officer busted with drugs and other contraband at facility

(SNO) — Deputy Director of the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) Leonard Terrance has said criminal activities at the prison will not be tolerated after a senior officer was arrested on Monday, March 11 for trafficking contraband into the facility. The veteran officer was reportedly busted with marijuana, sim cards, razors, lighters, cigarettes and other contraband. The officer is expected to ...

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Saint Lucian in Martinique shot and killed because of noise complaint?

(SNO) — Police in Martinique are investigating reports that a 22-year-old Saint Lucian man may have been shot by his 53-year-old male neighbour due to a dispute stemming from a noise complaint or a theft allegation, according to reports gleaned from France-Antilles Martinique and Martinique la 1ère. The fatal shooting occurred around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 in in ...

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SLP believes more time needed before corporal punishment abolition

(SNO) — Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Philip J. Pierre has said his party is not against the abolition of corporal punishment in school but believes more time is needed to achieve it. He also believes that the government should have engaged all stakeholders on the matter before making a decision. “What the commission should have done, ...

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“We are not prostitutes,” says union president as teachers, students stay home

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) has sent a strong message to the government of Saint Lucia as negotiations for the 2016-2018 triennium hit a stalemate, saying teachers are not prostitutes but professionals. The union held an emergency meeting with members on Monday with permission from the government. Teachers and students stayed away from school on Monday and Tuesday. ...

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Body Holiday, Rogues top Lucelec Michael Mathurin Rugby

(SNO) — “How much did I score? I have no idea. How much I scored? 26 points? For real? I can’t remember all that. All I remember is my body being so sore from that weekend.” That was pretty much how Winnie Della Rene summed up what turned out to be a terrific outing for her, leading the Lucelec Michael ...

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Saint Lucians cautioned after UK patient’s HIV becomes “undetectable”

(SNO) — Project Coordinator of the OECS HIV/TB Elimination Grant, Dr. Cleophus D’Auvergne, is advising caution following news that a United Kingdom patient’s HIV has become “undetectable” following a stem cell transplant. The news raised hope that a cure for the disease is possible but health officials in Saint Lucia are warning that it remains very real on the island, ...

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Saint Lucia’s Johnson Charles strokes 40 to lead Multan win

(SNO) — Saint Lucia and West Indies batsman Johnson Charles extended his recent run of decent form to help Multan Sultans thrash Lahore Qalanders by seven wickets in their final preliminary round match of the Pakistan Super League on Monday. Chasing 141 at the National Stadium, Sultans reached their target in the 13th over, with the right-handed Charles finishing on ...

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Saint Lucia’s Destang, Jeffrey break records at Barbados swim champs

(SNO) — Despite swimming with no competition in a time trial format, Antoine Destang continued to rewrite the record books during his participation in the 2019 Barbados National Championships. The Sharks swimmer set a clutch of national records, including the 400m individual medley (6:05.19, first time recorded in 9-10 boys), the 200m butterfly (2:55.56, previous record Josh Adjodha 2003, 3:20.21), ...

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Chess grandmaster visits Saint Lucia to promote sport

(SNO) — Chess Grandmaster and Vice President of the World Chess Federation (FIDE), Nigel Short, recently visit visited Saint Lucia to promote the sport on the island. Short’s visit corresponded with the creation of the St. Lucia Chess Federation (SLCF), which was recently granted provisional membership in FIDE at the presidential board meeting held in Astana, Kazakhstan from March 4 to ...

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Taiwan helps Saint Lucia banana farmers gain access to international market

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Taiwan Technical Mission (ICDF) on Wednesday last week handed over some 38 pack houses to local banana farmers. The facilities, which have been under construction during the past month, with funds from the ICDF, is part of a post-Tropical Storm Kirk program designed to ensure that more banana farmers obtain Global GAP certification, thereby gain access ...

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50 for Saint Lucia’s Audy Alexander in West Indies four-day tournament

(SNO) — With the Windward Islands “Goodwill” Cricket Tournament coming up, and the 2018-19 West Indies Championship winding up, it’s been a strange first-class season for Saint Lucian cricketers. Batsman Tarryck Gabriel played the majority of the season for the Windward Islands Volcanoes franchise, and spinner Larry Edward has been the team’s leading wicket-taker. Meanwhile, schoolboy Kimani Melius has opened ...

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Bagatelle teen charged for murder of Guyanese man

(SNO) — A 19-year-old from Bagatelle, Castries is now facing a charge of murder in the killing of Guyanese national Michael Pooran. Pooran, 26, was stabbed to death on February 24 in the community. Police from the Marchand Police Station responded to the incident around 5 a.m. on that day. On February 27, Matthew Defleurmon Jr., aka Bow Man, was ...

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44 new HIV cases recorded in Saint Lucia in 2017 — health official reminds public

(SNO) — Forty-four people were diagnosed with HIV, the virus which causes the deadly disease AIDS, in Saint Lucia in 2017, Dr. Gail Gajadhar of the Infectious Disease Unit and acting senior medical officer, has revealed. She is also pointing out the fact that although there is news that a United Kingdom patient’s HIV has become “undetectable” following a stem cell ...

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Saint Lucia being targeted to contribute US$584,536 in emergency funding to LIAT

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 11, CMC – Shareholder governments of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, will meet in Barbados later on Monday to discuss the financial crisis facing the Antugua-based airline, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has announced. Gonsalves said that the “urgent meeting” to be attended by the airline’s management and the trade unions representatives had been mandated by ...

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CAL extends sympathies, stands by its safety record

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 11, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Airlines (CAL) Monday extended condolences to the families of those killed on the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines flight on Sunday and said that while it currently uses Boeing 737-800 Next Generation aircraft it “stands by its commitment to put the safety of its passengers, crew and operations first”. The Ethiopian ...

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Saint Lucian students “cutting themselves” due to depression on the rise: YPG

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s largest youth network, Youth Power Group (YPG Saint Lucia), is reporting that there is an increase in students engaging in self-harm on the island due to depression. The organization said it has visited a number of schools and discovered that the number of young people who are depressed, suicidal, rejected by their parents and “cutting themselves” ...

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Saint Lucia-born actor in new Netflix movie

(SNO) — Saint Lucia-born actor, Joseph Marcell, who is best known for his butler role in the comedy hit series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is part of a new Netflix movie, ‘The Boy who Harnessed the Wind’. The movie, based on a true story, was released on the streaming giant on January 25. It tells the story of a ...

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Caribbean Airlines cancels flights to Venezuela

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 11, CMC – The state-owned Caribbean Airlines (CAL) said it had cancelled all flights to Venezuela on Monday following an electricity blackout that has hit the South American country where the opposition is seeking to force President Nicolas Maduro out of office. In a brief statement, CAL said it had taken the decision “due to ...

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National cricket preparations dampened by wet Mindoo Philip Park

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia National Cricket Association continues to prepare the national senior male cricket team for the 2019 Windward Islands Goodwill Tournament. The tournament takes place in St Vincent and the Grenadines at the end of this month. Over the past weekend, a two-day practice/trial match was held at the Mindoo Philip Park. Due to very wet conditions ...

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Secondary school exposition to promote use of cassava and other tuber crops

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministries of Agriculture and Education have joined forces, with financial support from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), to host an exposition among secondary schools, promoting the use of cassava and other root and tuber crops. The activity has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 13, 2019 on the grounds of Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School in ...

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Saint Lucian female cricketers to represent Windward Islands

(SNO) — West Indies left arm fast bowler Qiana Joseph will represent the Windward Islands in three upcoming competitions, one of which she will serve as captain. The Corinth Secondary alumna joins four other Saint Lucian female cricketers who will play either an invitational tournament in Trinidad and Tobago, or the Cricket West Indies Women’s Super50 and T20 Blaze. The ...

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Saint Lucia on alert amidst reported dengue deaths in Martinique

(SNO) — Health officials in Saint Lucia have issued an alert in light of reported deaths due to the mosquito-borne disease, dengue, in the neighboring French island of Martinique. They fear that since a big portion of the population has not been exposed to the disease before and they have not developed antibodies to combat it, there is a possibility of ...

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St. Lucia villas offering guests US$2,000 to spend

(PRESS RELEASE) — The new and luxurious Waters Edge Villas by Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia is offering a US$2,000 resort credit to guests who stay for a minimum of six nights. The resort credit, which can be applied to food and beverage as well as spa services, applies to anyone who books before March 15, 2019, and travels ...

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British Airways lauds St. Lucia luxury resort

(PRESS RELEASE) — St. Lucia’s renowned luxury resort Anse Chastanet has received a British Airways Customer Excellence Award for 2018 with an impressive overall rating of 9.1 out of 10. Speaking from Germany, where she is attending one of the world’s leading travel trade shows, ITB Berlin, resort Executive Director Karolin Troubetzkoy attributed the award not only to location, but ...

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Castries mayor wants all women to stand by their man

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Office of the Mayor and the Castries Constituency Council have joined communities in Saint Lucia and around the globe in celebrating International Women’s Day 2019. Speaking to the occasion, His Worship Mayor Peterson D. Francis, stated: “The achievements of all and not some women need to be celebrated.” “Every year International Women’s Day affords an opportunity ...

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Coco Palm awarded British Airways Holidays Customer Excellence Award

(PRESS RELEASE) – Coco Palm is delighted to announce that it has received a British Airways Customer Excellence Award for 2018. This award comes from unbiased customer reviews and is designed to showcase the hotels that make their guests the happiest. Coco Palm received an overall score of 9.4/10. British Airways Holidays is one of the UK’s leading tour operators. ...

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Saint Lucia government criticised for plans to abolish corporal punishment

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 6, CMC – Plans by the St. Lucia government to abolish the use of corporal punishment in schools have been criticised by stakeholders, who said they were not consulted on the initiative. Last week, the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, said it has suspended and eventually abolish corporal punishment in schools in ...

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Another 100 for Ephron Charles!

(SNO) — Rising star Ephron Charles hit his second consecutive century to carry Entrepot Secondary (ESS) to an easy win over Stanly Jon Odlum Memorial Secondary School in the 2019 Massy United Insurance 50 Over Under 19 Schools Cricket Tournament. At the Gros Islet Playing Field, Group B leaders ESS used just 33 overs to ring up 284 for 5, ...

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Levern Spencer makes top five in inaugural world rankings

(SNO) — The IAAF, the world governing body for track and field and athletics, recently launched its new official world rankings system, designed to provide a more effective way of identifying the top athletes in each discipline by rewarding consistency and competition among the world’s best. Athletes’ positions in the IAAF world rankings will be based upon the points they ...

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Grenada to make cash contribution to LIAT this month

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Mar 5, CMC – The Grenada government said last week Tuesday that it would be making a “cash contribution” to the cash-strapped Antigua-based regional airline, LIAT, less than a week after the regional shareholder governments urged Caribbean countries to contribute to the future of the island-hopping airline. “We will make a cash contribution to LIAT this month ...

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Former St. Lucia government minister receives global award

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 5, CMC – Former St. Lucia government minister, Dr. James Fletcher, has been named as one of 35 global Chevening Changemakers. The British High Commission here said that James, a former energy, science, sustainable development and technology minister, was chosen from among 50,000 Chevening Alumni worldwide. “These 35 leading men and women are a showcase for the ...

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Saint Lucia anticipates welcoming over 140,000 cruise visitors in March 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) — The month of March is expected to be a record-breaking period in Saint Lucia’s cruise sector. Between Friday, March 1 and Sunday, March 3, 2019, twelve (12) cruise vessels including the inaugural call of Crystal Esprit, brought an estimated combined capacity of 19,052 travelers to the destination. Expected through March 31, is the arrival of an additional ...

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Winners of Anou We’y Independence Day Parade announced

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucians and visitors alike were in for a special treat on Independence Day, with the staging of the first ever Independence Parade. “Anou We’y,” a parade with a difference, was held on February 22, Independence Day, and featured various aspects of Saint Lucian life — sporting, cultural, commercial and more, through exciting portrayals. And, the positive ...

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HTS journalist Rehani Isidore in critical condition (+video)

(SNO) — The Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) Miguel Fevrier on Monday revealed that HTS/Radio 100 journalist Rehani Isidore “continues to fight for his life” in hospital. In a video statement, Fevrier said MASL learnt of Isidore’s hospitalisation over the weekend but did not give any reason for the journalist’s hospitalisation. In addition, St. Lucia News Online has sought ...

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9,500 adolescents in Saint Lucia are poor — “landmark” UNICEF study reveals

(PRESS RELEASE) — A landmark study on adolescents in Saint Lucia, developed by the Government of Saint Lucia and UNICEF, have identified several concerns for this key demographic, which represents 16 per cent of the country’s population. The ‘Adolescent Well-being and Equity in Saint Lucia’ study, which was released last week, provides an up-to-date and comprehensive snapshot of the social, ...

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VIDEO: Saint Lucia official releases statement on flu season, reveals increase in respiratory infections

(SNO) — Medical Surveillance Officer in the Department of Health and Wellness, Dr. Dana Dacosta Gomez, revealed on Monday that the Department has noticed an increase in respiratory infections, which can be caused by bacteria and viruses. Dr. Gomez pointed that the flu, also known as influenza, is caused by a virus. She said locally persons have tested positive for ...

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Saint Lucia, three other countries urged to invest in LIAT to prevent airline from collapsing

ST. JOHN’S Antigua, Mar 4, CMC – Prime Minister Gaston Browne says efforts are being made to get the governments of at least four Caribbean countries to purchase shares within the financially-strapped regional airline. LIAT. Speaking on a radio programme here over the last weekend, Browne said that the issue had been discussed at the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) inter-sessional summit ...

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Dr. Anthony urges government to address plight of Vieux Fort fishers

(PRESS RELEASE) — Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, has called on the minister for the fishing sector, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, to address the plight of the fishers of Vieux Fort following the closure of the Fish Marketing Corporation. According to Dr. Anthony, “It would appear that no thought was given to the continuing need of ...

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Marijuana farmers in St. Vincent reject US$50 per pound from company

KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Mar 4, CMC – The President of the Cannabis Revival Committee (CRC), Junior “Spirit” Cottle, is urging marijuana farmers not to accept anything less than EC$300 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) for a pound of their product after a locally-based medicinal cannabis company said it was offering US$50 per pound. “We are not saying we are not going ...

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Saint Lucia, Chile discuss education, trade

(GIS) — Ambassador-designate of the Republic of Chile to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Francisco Bernales, has presented letters of credence to the Governor General, His Excellency Sir Neville Cenac. Chile and Saint Lucia have maintained friendly bilateral relations since 1990, strengthened mainly through Chile’s technical cooperation in the areas of agriculture, diplomacy and language training. His Excellency Francisco Bernales conveyed ...

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Nine Japanese university volunteers in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Tuesday, February 26, 2019, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Saint Lucia Office was pleased to welcome a group of nine university volunteers from the Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, the Hokkaido University, and the Kagoshima University. The group of students are currently attached to the Department of Fisheries within the Ministry of Agriculture, ...

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Retail prices for LPG cylinders decreased

(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 LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price of gasoline, diesel and kerosene remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday, March 4, 2019: ...

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US postpones meeting with CARICOM on Venezuela

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 3, CMC – The United States has postponed a meeting with a Caribbean Community (CARICOM) delegation on Wednesday, to discuss the ongoing political situation in Venezuela, Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said Sunday. Rowley told a news conference he had been made aware of the postponement by the US Embassy here, adding ...

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Saint Lucia’s Ezra ‘D’funmachine’ Augustin delivered “impressive” act in Mr. Killa’s winning performance

(SNO) — Great. Brilliant. Multi-talented. Impressive. These are some of the many words used to describe — on social media — the performance of Saint Lucian Ezra ‘D’funmachine’ Augustin, who opened the presentation of Mr. Killa’s ‘Run Wid It’ song performance in the Power Soca category of the International Soca Monarch competition held in Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend. ...

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Teddyson John is “always a winner in our books,” says PM Chastanet

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has congratulated Teddyson John for his second-place finish in the 2019 Pow­er Groovy cat­e­go­ry of the In­ter­na­tion­al So­ca Monarch competition held in Trinidad and Tobago (T&T). The winners of the Power Soca and Power Groovy categories were announced after 3 a.m. on Saturday, March 2. John copped the Groovy runner-up spot with the song ...

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Hewanorra airport redevelopment to target air-side, terminal and road systems: officials (+gallery)

(GIS) — The Hewanorra International Airport (HIA) Redevelopment Project is a USD$175-million project that will complement national efforts geared towards positioning Saint Lucia as one of the best in the region. The project, which incorporates a 30-year master plan for the Hewanorra International Airport, will improve efficiencies and transform the customer journey and experience. The HIA Redevelopment Project encompasses three ...

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Deadline for Taiwan scholarships is March 15

(GIS) — The Government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) continues to partner with the Government of Saint Lucia in development initiatives for Saint Lucians. Recently, Saint Lucians desirous of attaining higher learning in Taiwan attended a briefing on the available scholarship programmes. The scholarship programmes provide opportunities to young Saint Lucians to study in Taiwan for Bachelor, Master or ...

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Saint Lucia Kwéyòl poetry writing competition ends March 21

(GIS) — As part of its observance of International Mother Language Day, the Saint Lucia National Commission for UNESCO launched a poetry competition which seeks to highlight the Creole language. International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote the use of more than one language, either by an individual ...

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Des Barras Combined School adopted by OECS

(PRESS RELEASE) — The teachers and students of the Des Barras Combined School in Babonneau, Saint Lucia, now have an Apple iMac computer that will serve as a teaching aid during classes, and support the students in ICT development. The computer was donated by former Commissioner to the OECS for Martinique, Ms. Murielle Lesales. A delegation from the OECS Commission ...

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Department of Education partners with Daren Sammy Foundation

(PRESS RELEASE) — As part of this year’s 40th Independence celebration, the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations partnered with the Daren Sammy Foundation to host an essay competition among primary and secondary school students. The competition provides students with the opportunity to reflect on this year’s Independence theme “All In: Our Journey, Our Future,” and consider the contributions ...

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