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Bay Gardens in St. Lucia offers guests free, unlimited access to popular water park

(PRESS RELEASE) – Effective February 1, 2019, guests of Bay Gardens Resorts will enjoy complimentary, unlimited access to St. Lucia’s only open-water sports park, Splash Island Water Park. Previously, guests were limited to six one-hour passes per room, however, the St. Lucian group of hotels has now added the full water sports experience to the value-added amenities it offers. “We ...

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U.S Professor Claire Robertson donates books to FRC Library

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Tuesday, January 22, Professor Claire C. Robertson of the Ohio State University presented a number of books to the Msgr Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre Library. A frequent visitor to Saint Lucia and someone who has done research into the oral history of Saint Lucians, Professor Robertson was in Saint Lucia last year to present a ...

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Book to honour the late Hilford D. A. Deterville published

(PRESS RELEASE) — Celestial Self Development Centre has published its first book to honour the memory of the late Hilford D.A. Deterville (1944-2014) titled “12 Shades of Hilford D. A. Deterville Q. C.” – Tributes to an Outstanding Saint Lucian Son”. The book is primarily a compilation of tributes from family, friends and colleagues. These were delivered following his passing ...

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OECS drive to reduce or eliminate HIV, TB, and STIs as public health threats (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Efforts to continue developing a framework to overcome HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as a public health threat by 2022 is underway as OECS Regional Coordinating Mechanism RCM and Global Fund met recently. The OECS RCM is making preparations to sign another three-year grant proposal with Global Fund aimed at eliminating HIV, TB and ...

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Int’l church donates wheelchairs, mobility devices to Saint Lucia (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The mobility of Saint Lucians with physical disabilities is expected to be improved, as the humanitarian arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints donated wheelchair and mobility devices. The Latter Day Saints Charity donated 138 wheelchairs and 101 mobility devices. The National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities welcomed the generous ...

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PAHO urges vaccination against yellow fever

WASHINGTON, Feb 2, CMC – The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is urging travellers to ensure they are vaccinated against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to visiting areas where the virus circulates. In a statement, PAHO’s regional office for the Americas of the World Health Organization (WHO) urged countries where yellow fever circulates to continue to immunize at-risk ...

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National security minister gives his views on death penalty

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 2, CMC – National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, says St. Lucians should be allowed to determine whether or not to abolish the death penalty, as he maintained that he had no definitive position on the matter. Francis, an attorney, who is also the home affairs and justice minister, said that with plans being advanced for constitutional ...

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Gov’t to weigh raising bus fares

(SNO) — Saint Lucians could be digging deeper into their pockets for bus fares soon as the government will consider whether they will be raised. The Allen Chastenet-led cabinet has ordered the Road Transport Board to review bus fares on the island, HTS News has reported. The disclosure was made in a letter to President of the National Council on ...

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Castries: Hooded gunmen rob commuter while security camera rolls

(SNO) — Two hooded men pounced on a female commuter in Castries and the incident was all captured on a security camera on a nearby building. The incident took place on High Street during a rainy morning on January 30, HTS News has reported. Footage from the camera showed the woman walking along the street but sought shelter from the downpour ...

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Woman and child caught on camera shoplifting at S&S

(SNO) — A security camera has caught what appears to be a woman and a child shoplifting at local popular store S&S. The incident occurred on January 30, according to HTS News. Footage of the incident obtained by HTS shows the two entering the store, with the woman carrying a handbag, and the child, with a bag on his back, behind ...

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SLBS warns of illegal cigarettes in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) is warning the public that there are illegal cigarettes on the island and they should not be purchased. The organization said it is currently working with the Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority and the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority to control pilfering during the transportation and disposal process. ...

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UWP says opposition leader unfit for office, wants him out

(SNO) — The ruling United Workers Party (UWP) on Friday said Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre is unfit to serve under any leadership position as it concerns the citizens of Saint Lucia and is calling for his immediate removal. The call came in the wake of a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, engineered by Pierre, and ...

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Mary Isaac promises briefing on Saint Lucia health status soon

(SNO) — Under pressure from the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), trade unions, and questions from journalists, Health Minister Mary Isaac has promised to give an update on Saint Lucia’s healthcare status soon. The minister was cornered by journalists on the sideline of the senate hearings and was quizzed on the matter. “In terms of the health status of ...

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Child protection practitioners welcome Restorative Justice Training Programme

(SNO) — Child protection practitioners in Saint Lucia are welcoming a training programme in Restorative Justice which they say will help improve future outcomes for young people on the island. The programme is part of the government’s plan to deliver crucial services to youth on the island. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment, ...

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Saint Lucia youth can be Canadian high commissioner for one day

(SNO) — A competition, which gives young people in the region the opportunity to become the Canadian high commissioner, is now open. Young people between the ages of 16 and 19 from Saint Lucia, Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Grenada, Dominica, St. Kitts & Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines are eligible to participate in the event. Interested young people ...

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Lizard from Saint Lucia shocks UK family

(SNO) — Imagine returning home from a vacation in a far-away country, you open your suitcase and there is a surprise, as in a lizard. This is what happened to a family in the United Kingdom (UK) after returning from a holiday in Saint Lucia, according to online news portal, Echo News. According to the website, the stowaway animal was ...

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Saint Lucia to benefit as Euro 30 million budgeted to help Caribbean enhance climate resilience and adaptation

(PRESS RELEASE) — The European Union (EU) has signed two agreements with the World Bank’s (WB) Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) to provide funding totaling EUR 30.7 million that will strengthen disaster risk management (DRM) in the Caribbean. The programs will support Caribbean countries to plan for long-term resilience and climate-smart growth strategies, and to design and ...

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Saint Lucia takes seat in talks towards global pact for the environment

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia has once again proven itself a ‘David among the Goliaths’ when it took its place among the 288 participants attending the First Substantive Session of the Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group, held from January 14-18, 2019 at the United Nations (UN) Office, in Nairobi, Kenya. The Working Group, established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution, ...

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SLP describes motion of no confidence as historic; congratulates opposition members

(SNO) — Although a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Allen Chastanet brought by the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) was defeated in parliament, the party described it as “historic”. The party also congratulates its members of parliament for participating in the debate, saying their performance was outstanding. “The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) congratulates the Opposition members on ...

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UPDATE: Guyana court rules motion of no confidence against government, valid

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jan 31, CMC – Acting Chief Justice, Roxanne George-Wiltshire, Thursday ruled that the motion of no confidence passed in the National Assembly on December 21 last year that brought down the David Granger-led coalition government is valid, paving the way for fresh regional and general elections to be held here later this year. Under the Guyana constitution, elections ...

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Death toll rises as U.S. cold snap continues

(BBC) — At least eight people have died in the US Midwest as the region shivers in the grip of its worst cold snap in decades. An Iowa student found dead outside a college building is among victims of the deadly freeze. Hospitals have been treating patients reporting frostbite as life across a swathe of the nation grinds to a ...

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WASCO trashes claims of irregularities on John Compton Dam project

(SNO) — Water and Sewerage Company Inc., WASCO, has dismissed claims that it did not conduct a tendering process for the John Compton Dam De-silting Project. The company made reference to a news interview in which opposition Member of Parliament Dr. Ernest Hiliare reportedly questioned the tender process for the de-silting of the John Compton Dam/Roseau Dam and the condition ...

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House speaker wants refresher course for parliamentarians

(SNO) — Following a contentious debate on the motion of no confidence in Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, brought by the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), House Speaker Andy Daniel believes that parliamentarians needs a refresher course in House proceedings. During the debate, Daniel had to intervene on numerous occasions when matters got out of hand between the two sides. ...

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Pierre: Opposition knew it was “impossible” to get more votes; haters of Chastanet, as expected, still voted for him

(SNO) — Although Prime Minister Allen Chastanet survived a motion of no confidence against him brought by the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), the party is not admitting defeat as yet. Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre, the main driver behind the motion, said although the SLP knew it was impossible to win the motion, the debate in the ...

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Region urged to brace for drought and recurrent dry spells

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Jan 30, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says chances of drought and recurrent dry spells during the peak of the dry season have increased as the weal El Niño conditions are forecast to persist until the end of April. El Niño refers to the large-scale ocean-atmosphere climate interaction linked to a periodic ...

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Castries Central MP describes Allen Chastanet as “best” prime minister; says opposition running “scared”

(SNO) — Castries Central Member of Parliament (MP) Sarah Flood-Beaubrun had nothing but praise for Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during a marathon debate on a motion of no confidence him. Flood-Beaubrun, who is also minister with responsibility for external affairs, also said the opposition was scared since Chastanet New Year’s speech showed that there is no hope for them in ...

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Rigobert describes opposition debate “vomitus”, Felix calls vote “a sham”

(SNO) — From Tuesday into the early hours of Wednesday, government Members of Parliament (MPs) pounced upon their opposition counterparts to defeat a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. The MPs use a series of colorful words and phrases as they threw their support behind the prime minister. Parliamentary Representative for Micoud North and Minister for Education, ...

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Saint Lucia ranks 5th in region in perceived levels of corruption

(SNO) — Saint Lucia has been ranked fifth in the region in 2018 in perceived levels of corruption, information based on a report released on Wednesday by Transparency International has revealed. The annual report gives countries higher scores for lower levels of perceived public sector corruption. The index, which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public ...

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Saint Lucians told to play role in reducing mosquito-breeding grounds

(SNO) — With the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) warning that there could be a possibility of a severe outbreak of dengue fever in the region, Saint Lucians are being told to play their role in reducing breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Dengue fever is transmitted through the aedes egypti mosquito. Acting National Epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Francois stressed the importance of ...

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Another Saint Lucian student athlete joins Coppin State

(SNO) — Another talented young Saint Lucian is off to school in the United States, as Jervonne Agard continues the pipeline of nationals who have enrolled at Coppin State University in Maryland. Agard, who is an alumnus of Castries Comprehensive Secondary School and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, follows in the footsteps of former student-athletes such as Nicholas Eugene PhD, ...

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Saint Lucian tennis coach steps up coaching game with LTA Level 3

(SNO) — A local tennis coach is developing his skills with a months-long course in the United Kingdom. Stephen Marcelle, who operates Marcelle’s Tennis Academy in the south of Saint Lucia, and who has worked as a professional coach at Coconut Bay Resort in Vieux Fort, is presently in Exeter, England, where he is pursuing the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) ...

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LUCELEC Vieux-Fort office closed for urgent maintenance

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) Customer Service office at Vieux-Fort closed on Monday, January 28, 2019 and will remain so until further notice to facilitate unforeseen and urgent maintenance. The Vieux-Fort office closure is necessary to ensure customers and staff can make use of the building safely and comfortably. The closure of the office will ...

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UPDATED: Several seriously injured in Micoud accident

(SNO) – The Micoud Police Station confirmed that a serious accident has occurred, minutes ago, along the Micoud Highway. Though the official could not provide additional information, reports from other sources indicate that several persons sustained serious injuries Wednesday afternoon. The accident involved at least two vehicles, a truck and a sports utility vehicle (SUV), near the riverbank in Micoud, ...

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Saint Lucians urged to reduce waste; utilize reusable items

(SNO) — Saint Lucians have been urged to reduce waste by utilizing reusable items as efforts continue to keep the island clean. The advice came from Glen Lake, officer with responsibility for corporate communications and public relations with the JICA Saint Lucia Office, following a major cleaning activity recently. He pointed out that Saint Lucians are not big environmental fans ...

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More early success for Saint Lucia’s Allana Paul

(SNO) — Reigning GPAC and Hauff Mid-America Sports Indoor Track Athlete of the Week, Allana Paul, continued her strong start to her first-ever indoor track and field season, with two podium finishes at the Dennis Young Classic last weekend. Paul was fresh off two first-place finishes and a second-place run at the Chelsey M. Henkenius Open the weekend prior. A ...

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Arsenic, lead and other heavy metals found in 45 packaged fruit juices: report

(Consumer Reports) –Fruit juice’s health halo has slipped in recent years, mainly because it packs a lot of sugar and calories. But there’s another, lesser-known health risk with these juices: They may also contain potentially harmful levels of arsenic, cadmium, and lead, according to new tests from Consumer Reports. CR tested 45 popular fruit juices sold across the country—including apple, ...

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Saint Lucia wants new elections in Venezuela

(SNO) — As the political crisis in Venezuela continues unabated, Saint Lucia has stated that only Venezuelans should determine their future through new elections. Speaking to reporters outside parliament on Tuesday, Minister responsible for External Affairs, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, stressed the importance of new elections in the Spanish-speaking South American country. “There is an issue in Venezuela which cannot continue in its ...

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PM Chastanet survives motion of no confidence

(SNO) — After a marathon parliamentary session that went into early Wednesday morning, a motion of no confidence brought by the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) in Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, was defeated. Voting along party lines, the United Workers Party (UWP) used its majority in the House to hand Chastanet the victory. In the end the 11 UWP ...

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Tyson Foods recalls more than 36000 pounds of chicken nuggets over possible rubber contamination

(PRESS RELEASE) – Tyson Foods, Inc., a Sedalia, Mo. establishment, is recalling approximately 36,420 pounds of chicken nugget products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The panko chicken nugget items were produced on Nov. 26, 2018. The following products are subject to recall: [View ...

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Baptiste: PM should refrain from making St. Lucia a pappyshow

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Jan 29, CMC – Former foreign affairs minister Alva Baptiste has criticised the St. Lucia government’s position on Venezuela, saying the island had associated itself with the Lima Group that has no benefits for the island. Speaking in parliament during the debate on the motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, the Baptiste said the ...

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Saint Lucian actress lands major role in Netflix show

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucian actress Gabrielle Ryan will be starring as the posh-and-uptight ‘Portia’ in the new Netflix show ‘Bonding’, filmed and set in New York. Produced by Anonymous Content – responsible for films such as ‘The Wife’ with Glen Close, Netflix’s hit ‘13 Reasons Why’, ‘Babel’ with Brad Pitt and ‘Being John Malkovich’ – Bonding premiered at Cannes last year ...

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French delegation explores potential investment interests in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — A delegation from France is presently in Saint Lucia exploring potential investment and partnership opportunities on the island. The delegation is from the French company Éthic Étapes and is being hosted by Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) as part of its promotional effort to diversify the island’s offerings. The company was created in 1979 and held its Annual General ...

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Saint Lucian launches “Cricket Club” clothing line in US

(SNO) — Saint Lucian Wayne Dante residing in New York has launched a men’s clothing line which was inspired by his love for cricket. The “Cricket Club” collection is the first of numerous collections released and it consists of hats, quality t-shirts, denim jackets, sweaters, matching stylish tracksuits and even fancy clothing options for dogs. He said the collection combines ...

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No Saint Lucian student injured in Cuba tornado

(SNO) — Saint Lucian students in Cuba are safe after a rare tornado hit the capital of the Spanish-speaking island on Sunday night. Three people were killed and 172 injured in the storm that damaged buildings and caused flooding in low-lying areas of Havana. The AFP news agency reported winds of up to 62 miles per hour. Senior Communications Officer ...

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Man shot in the face in Vieux Fort

(SNO) — A man is now in hospital after he was shot in the face in Bruceville, Vieux Fort on Monday. He has been identified as Miguel Soumere. He was taken to hospital after the shooting in a private vehicle. Reports indicate that the incident took place some time after 9 a.m. on January 28. Soumere is reportedly in serious but ...

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Saint Lucia wins award for ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia has won the award for the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ at the 26th annual World Travel Awards (WTA) in Jamaica at the Sandals Montego Bay on January, 28, 2019. Saint Lucia has won this award 10 times, with the most recent honour in 2018. The red-carpet award ceremony celebrates the most prestigious travel professionals and ...

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Eagles, Challengers win in Premier League Table Tennis

(SNO) — Youth was served in the Saint Lucia National Premier Table Tennis League as the Eagles got off to a flying start, overwhelming Tigers 5-0. Fourteen-year-old DeAndre Calderon, playing in the PL for the first time, won both his singles matches in straight games against Tigers Faith Stanislaus and Franklyn Noel. Eagles’ Chris Wells also won both his singles ...

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Boy’s Training Center receives first CVQ certification

(SNO) — The Boy’s Training Center, located at Massade, Gros Islet has received its “first ever” certification of Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), a statement reveals. The first certification was received in welding. According to the statement, the education unit of BTC has been offering vocational skills training in the following areas for young men at ...

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FRC elects new board of directors

(SNO) — The Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre (FRC) has elected a new board of directors, according to a press release. The election was held at the organization’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on January 19 at its new rented headquarters in the Valmont building at Barnard Hill, Castries. The meeting, which began at 10:15, was attended by more than ...

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Saint Lucian civil engineer heads to Japan for course in bridge maintenance

(SNO) — Ulanda Rolanda Antoine, a civil engineer in the Department of Infrastructure, Ministry of Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, is heading to Japan to participate in a training course on bridge maintenance. The course is part of training offered to personnel from various government departments and agencies under the JICA’s (Japan International Cooperation Agency’s) Knowledge Co-creation Programmes. The core ...

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Baptiste says Saint Lucia gov’t suffering from psychological disorder on Venezuela

(SNO) — Laborie Member of Parliament (MP) and former foreign minister, Alva Baptiste, is of the opinion that the Saint Lucia government is suffering from multiple personality disorder on many issues including its stance on the crisis in Venezuela. This after the present Foreign Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun disclosed that the resident Venezuelan ambassador is about to end her tenure and will ...

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HIV status of over 14,000 people leaked online

(CNN) — The HIV-positive status of 14,200 people in Singapore, as well as their identification numbers and contact details, has been leaked online, authorities in the southeast Asian city state said Monday. Records leaked include 5,400 Singaporeans diagnosed as HIV-positive before January 2013, and 8,800 foreigners diagnosed before December 2011, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement. Patient ...

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SLP shrugs off contract signing of Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is shrugging off the contract signing of Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project, describing it as a “mad rush” by the Allen Chastanet-led government. A formal signing of the consultancy agreement and contract design for the $115-million project took place on Wednesday but Opposition Leader, Phillip Jean Pierre isn’t overly ...

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Former Gros Islet MP takes aim at Soufriere

(SNO) — Former Member of Parliament (MP) for Gros Islet, Emma Hippolyte, has confirmed that she will contest the Soufriere seat come the next general elections. She described the performance of the current MP, Herod Stanislas as abysmal. She said she is now listening to the voice of the people. “I still offer myself to the people of Saint Lucia. The people ...

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Tourism official believes death of foreign national won’t affect relations with UK

(SNO) — Minister in the Ministry of Tourism, Fortuna Belrose, is of the opinion that the death of a British national here in Saint Lucia will not affect the diplomatic relations between the island and the United Kingdom. Belrose was questioned on the death of longtime Saint Lucia resident, Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway, whose body was discovered with “apparent wounds” recently ...

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