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Millet residents get assurance of compensation in water implementation project

(SNO) — Residents of Millet were given the assurance that they will be compensated if their properties were utilized or compromised during the Millet Water Intake project. Resident of the community and those around it flocked to the Millet Infant School on January 14 to obtain first-hand information on the status of the project. “Local social and environmental safeguards specialist, ...

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Two injured in Marigot and Laborie road accidents

(SNO) — At least two males were reportedly injured in vehicular accidents in Marigot and Laborie last weekend, according to emergency officials. In La Haute, Laborie, on Saturday, Jan. 12, around 7 p.m., a truck collided with a parked vehicle, resulting in a male sustaining injuries, according to emergency officials. The two vehicles caught fire and were completely destroyed, officials ...

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CSA pledges to pursue matter with LUCELEC in 2019

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) says it will continue to pursue the long-running contention between the union and light and power company, St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC). The two organizations have been at odds over a matter relating to retirement age at the company, and the power company has challenged a ruling by the Labour ...

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Castries makes list of most scenic towns

(SNO) — Castries has made the list of the 33 most scenic towns by CarRentals.com, which is a member of the Expedia family. The company said it scoured the entire continent of North America, including the Caribbean, for the most beautiful places to drive through and the capital of Saint Lucia made it to the list. “Taking a vacation is ...

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UK PM faces ‘no confidence vote’ after defeat

(BBC) — Theresa May’s government faces a vote of no confidence later after MPs rejected the PM’s Brexit deal. Labour launched the bid to trigger a general election after the deal setting out the terms of Britain’s exit from the EU was rejected by 230 votes. However, one senior party figure has suggested it is unlikely to succeed, with Northern ...

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Platinum to rep Vieux Fort and Saint Lucia in Concacaf Club Shield

(SNO) — Vieux Fort’s Platinum Football Club, the 2018 Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. First Division champions, are getting set for a big regional challenge. As winners of the island’s top club tournament, Platinum will be competing in the 2019 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield. This year, the 13-team Club Shield will be played in Curaçao, with the matches to be ...

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Rihanna sues her dad over use of their last name

(BARBADOS NATION) — According to several international media sources Rihanna is suing her father Ronald Fenty for exploiting the Fenty name. Media site TMZ claims to have obtained court documents which claims her father, started a talent development company in 2017 called Fenty Entertainment. However Rihanna has already trademarked “Fenty” for a number of business ventures, including her well-known Fenty ...

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Clergyman concerned about proliferation of “money making” churches in Saint Lucia

(CMC) – A senior official of the Methodist Church here has expressed concern at what he termed “money making” churches that have appeared in Saint Lucia virtually overnight. “I am very concerned. Nowadays we are making the church into a business entity,” said Seth Ampadu, the superintendent minister of the Methodist Church here. He said many people were playing on ...

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Trisonic transformers unsafe says SLBS

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) is warning the public that Trisonic Step Up and Down Transformers are unsafe to use and are being withdrawn from the local market because of possible risk to the health and safety of consumers. It said an assessment of models TS-401-3P, TS-402-3P & TS-405-3P of the transformer indicate that they are ...

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UPDATED: Fond St. Jacques woman, 78, dies after freak accident

(SNO) — Expressions of sympathy have been pouring out on social media for a Good Samaritan in connection with a situation in which an elderly woman is suspected to have succumbed to injuries sustained in a freak vehicular accident last year. Reports are that Veronica Prospere of Migny in Fond St. Jacques, Soufriere died at 9:26 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15 ...

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‘Bob’ Hathaway’s body bore “apparent wounds” – police report

(SNO) –Police said the lifeless body of British national and longtime Saint Lucia resident, Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway, was discovered with “apparent wounds”, according to a press release on Tuesday. The bloodied body of Hathaway was reportedly discovered in his residence in Piat, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet by a neighbour. Officers from the Gros Islet Police Station responded “to a report ...

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Sandals pulls out of major hotel project in Tobago

(CMC) – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) Tuesday, citing “constant and ongoing negative publicity” has withdrawn its participation in the establishment of a multi-million-dollar resort on the island of Tobago. “So it is with great sadness and it is very unfortunate that we had to take this step but we believe it is best at this point in time to withdraw ...

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SLP tells PM Chastanet to speak the truth on Saint Lucia’s debt burden

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has accused Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of not speaking the truth in relation to the island’s debt burden. In his new year’s “State of the Nation” address, Chastanet said that one of the major challenges inherited by his administration was “the limited space to borrow money given the high level of debt ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts adds fifth property to its collection of Saint Lucia hotels

(PRESS RELEASE) – Bay Gardens Resorts has added a fifth property to its collection of hotels in St. Lucia. After opening the 35-room Bay Gardens Marina Haven last summer, the locally owned and operated family of hotels has introduced a private luxury villa vacation rental facility called “Waters Edge”, featuring two villas, surrounded by tropical gardens with picturesque views of ...

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MPs reject PM’s Brexit deal

(YAHOO NEWS UK) — Theresa May has been handed a crushing defeat in the crunch vote on her Brexit deal. MPs overwhelmingly rejected the PM’s agreement by 432 votes to 202, the worst defeat suffered by a UK Government. Labour is expected to try and trigger an early general election by tabling a motion of no confidence in the government. ...

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He was “gangster but someone’s child” — says friend of Saint Lucia’s second homicide victim

(SNO) — Two persons close to Saint Lucia’s latest homicide victim, Henry ‘Zizzy’ Calderon of Water Works Road, Castries, said the youth may have been in bad company but he was “someone’s child”. Calderon, who would have celebrated his 22nd birthday on April 28, was shot at Water Works Road on Monday evening (Jan. 14). Police responded to the shooting ...

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SLASPA changes rules at port for vehicle importation

(SNO) — With the increase of the importation of used vehicles into the island, the Saint Lucia Air and Seaport Authority (SLASPA) has announced new procedures at the port when these and other vehicles that are being brought in. Chief of Ports Police Kennedy Francis announced the new procedures at a press conference recently, pointing out that all vehicles leaving ...

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Saint Lucia police take aim at cold cases

(SNO) — The Royal St. Lucia Police Force is taking aim at cold cases with the hope of bringing the perpetrators to justice and closure to the relatives of the victims. Assistance Police Commissioner-Crime, Wayne Charlery, expressed optimism at a recent press conference that results will be positive. “In life there will always be challenges,” he said. “The challenges that ...

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Laborie Primary School students to showcase their best for Independence Pageant

(PRESS RELEASE) — Independence 40 fever is in the air as Saint Lucia gets set to observe its 40th independence anniversary on February 22 with activities throughout 2019. Besides the national events spearheaded by the Independence 40 Planning Committee, numerous other organizations, schools, communities and groups, both here and abroad, have listed several events and activities on the official Independence ...

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PM Chastanet vows not to increase Saint Lucia’s debt burden

(SNO) — Saying that his administration inherited the largest and fastest debt accumulation, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has vowed that he will not increase Saint Lucia’s debt burden. In his new year’s “State of the Nation” address, he laid the blame for the high-debt burden squarely at the feet of the previous Labour Party Administration, and said when his party ...

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UPDATE: Man shot and killed at Water Works – homicide #2

(SNO) — Saint Lucia recorded its second homicide for 2019 following the shooting of a young man in the city on Monday evening (Jan. 14), according to law enforcement sources. Dead is Hendy Calderon, who was 21 years old. Calderon was shot on Monday at Water Works Road, Castries. Police and emergency officials were contacted about the shooting shortly after ...

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UK prepares for historic vote on Brexit deal

(BBC) — MPs are preparing to vote on whether to back Theresa May’s deal for leaving the European Union. The so-called “meaningful vote” will take place later as five days of debate on Brexit come to an end. Mrs May has called for politicians to back her deal or risk “letting the British people down”. But with many of her ...

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Get the right HPV vaccine, says T&T’s lead gy­nae­co­log­i­cal on­col­o­gist

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — The Gar­dasil vac­cine, one of the two vac­cines used in the pre­ven­tion of the Hu­man Pa­pil­lo­ma Virus (HPV), which is the pri­ma­ry cause of cer­vi­cal can­cer, is on­ly utilised by five to six per cent of T&T’s fe­male pop­u­la­tion at pub­lic health cen­tres and hos­pi­tals. This was wor­ry­ing ac­cord­ing to T&T’s lead gy­nae­co­log­i­cal on­col­o­gist Dr An­tho­ny Pot­tinger, ...

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St. Lucia records significant decline in suicides

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness has recorded a decrease in suicide rates for 2018. According to the Department of Health & Wellness suicide report, the figures pointed to a drop for suicide rates in 2018 compared to previous years. Saint Lucia recorded three completed suicides for 2018 compared to 13 in 2017. Consultant Psychiatrist Dr. Julius ...

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PM Chastanet calls for unity

(CMC) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has called for unity among all St. Lucians as he predicted a predicted a year of significant socio-economic development for the island. “As we begin the new year and on the eve of what I confident will be a defining moment in the economic and social development of St. Lucia, I urge that we ...

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PM Chastanet defends performance of police

(CMC) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has defended the performance of the St. Lucia police force, saying that his administration has been seeking to provide the necessary resources for law enforcement officials to carry out their duties. In a radio and television broadcast, hours after the island recorded its first murder for 2019, Chastanet said at a time when crime ...

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Dennery welcomes new mini shopping centre

(PRESS RELEASE) — The east coast welcomes a new variety store offering a wide range of goods. For a one-stop shopping experience compact with over five departments, eco-friendly infrastructure, spacious parking facility and friendly customer service, Groo Center is located south of the Denney Police Station on the Castries-Vieux Fort Highway. The Centre opens its doors to the public on ...

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UPDATE: Death of British national ‘Bob’ Hathaway confirmed; first homicide of 2019

(SNO) — Police said the dead body discovered at a residence in Piat, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet on Sunday, Jan. 13 has been identified as that of British national Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway, and a homicide investigation is underway. Hathaway, a businessman and longtime resident of Saint Lucia, was reportedly discovered around midday at his residence by a neighbour. He was ...

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NY-based Saint Lucian entrepreneur prepares to launch bowtie brand and “Bows For A Cause”

(PRESS RELEASE) – On February 1, 2019, Saint Lucia’s son of the soil, Vaughn Constable, will launch his brand, Twist By Vee, a company which specializes in handmade bow ties, neck bows and accessories as well as corporate branded bowties. The company provides a wide range of high-quality handmade bowties for special occasions and celebrations such as weddings, reunions, corporate ...

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2019 Nobel Laureate Festival kicks off

(PRESS RELEASE) — The annual Nobel Laureate Festival has been launched, unveiling the 2019 theme: “Celebrating Excellence: Forty Years On”. The Festival takes place in various venues around Saint Lucia, starting with a church service and breakfast at the Abbey of Our Lady of the Assumption Mount of Prayer, Coubaril, Castries on Sunday, January 13. Nobel Laureate Festival Committee Chair ...

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“I helped my husband discover he was GAY”

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — “We had just put our baby to bed and were having the last of the New Year’s wine a year ago, when my husband opened up about his childhood,” Moya B told All Woman. “It was the first time he was being so detailled, but I guess the alcohol loosened him up, and he started talking. That’s ...

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Pierre laments removal of Distress Support Fund

(SNO) – Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has assured that when the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) returns to office, the Distress Support Fund which was budgeted annually for the purpose of helping fire victims, will be re-instituted and the annual allocation increased, according to a statement from the country’s main opposition party. Pierre said the Fund, which was in the ...

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Qiana, Kimani, Larry top annual Saint Lucia cricket awards

(SNO) — West Indies players Kimani Melius and Qiana Joseph have repeated as two of the top Saint Lucia cricketers of the year, as the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) divulged its annual awards list. According to a source within the SLNCA, the two teens have copped three of the organisation’s four individual awards for 2018. Left-arm fast bowler ...

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New PB for Saint Lucia’s Sandisha Antoine in Martinique

(SNO) — One of Saint Lucia’s most outstanding athletes has kicked off the 2019 track and field season by signalling her intention to add another national record to her collection. Based in Martinique, Sandisha Antoine has been among the leading horizontal jumpers from the English-speaking Caribbean since she was a teenager, when she won a slew of medals at the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Police investigating suspicious death in Piat

(SNO) — An investigation is underway into the suspicious death of a well-known senior male resident, according to sources. The dead body was discovered at a residence in Pat, Grand Riviere, Gros Islet around noon on Sunday, Jan. 13, sources said. The deceased is believed to be in his late 60’s. No additional details were available, but we will provide ...

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Earthquake felt in several Caribbean islands

(CMC) – Several countries in the region were rocked by a magnitude 3.4 earthquake early Sunday. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports that at 7:29am (local time) the tremor affected the British Virgin Islands, Dominica, St. Martin, Sint Maarten, Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Puerto Rico, St. Kitts Nevis, US Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla and St. Barthelemy. The USGS reports ...

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St. Lucia national coach joins international karate body

(PRESS RELEASE) — Sensei Michael Wellington — Hattsuryo Martial Arts Temple — national kumite coach has joined Bassai Karate Dojo-International (BKD-I). Sensei Wellington has over 40 years experience and is considered a pioneer in St. Lucia karate. He will be working with Sensei Paul Clery to advance the Japanese style of Shito-Ryu karate in St. Lucia and the wider region. ...

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P&K, Vieux Fort North advance in Veterans Football

(SNO) — The first half of the penultimate round of the 2018-2019 Veterans Football Tournament Flow Plate Championship is set. On Saturday night, two quarterfinal match-ups were played in Mabouya Valley. Following those two fixtures, Prophets & Kings and Vieux Fort North are into the semifinals of the veterans competition. Prophets and Kings, who finished fourth in Group B, defeated ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet set to deliver New Year’s Address today

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet will deliver his New Year’s Address to the Nation on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs will speak on the state of the nation and on varying issues, including security and justice, health care and investments ...

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Bailey to lead as technical director for Saint Lucia athletics

(SNO) — Following a weeks-long recruitment process, the central executive of the St. Lucia Athletics Association (SLAA) has named Theodore Henry ‘Whitey’ Bailey as the man to oversee the selection and preparation of national teams, improvement in the qualification of coaches and technical officials, organisation of courses and conferences for instructors, trainers, and coaches, and planning for local competition. Bailey, ...

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President tops Saint Lucia rugby awards

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union (SLRFU) has come through a strong year, when its senior national women’s team in particular grabbed the headlines, competing at a high level in Martinique, Guadeloupe, Barbados, and Trinidad and Tobago. The team has had a lot of great contributors, but it was Kameka Cherylee ‘KC’ President of VBCC Stingers who really ...

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Prominent Jamaican immigration attorney makes huge difference amid Trump onslaught

(CMC) – Prominent Jamaican-born immigration attorney, Winston Tucker, is making a huge impact on the Caribbean community in the United States amid attacks on immigrants by US President Donald J. Trump. The Queens-based Tucker told the Caribbean Media Corporation (CMC) that he has established “a very satisfying immigration law practice” that he integrates with caring for his family, engaging in ...

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Talk show for 18+ audience premieres in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — A new talk show, “Late Night With Dee”/LNWD, is set to premiere this Saturday on ETV (Channel 124). The show, produced by Blue Ice Entertainment and hosted by Media and Marketing Specialist, Delia “Dee” Louis, targets a mature audience and invites guests to speak on issues relating to relationships. “Dee”, who is also the director of LNWD, ...

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Daren Sammy demands answers over Pybus’ appointment

(NEWS DAY) — Former West Indies cricket team captain Daren Sammy is calling on Dave Cameron, president of Cricket West Indies (CWI) to provide answers over the selection of Richard Pybus as interim WI team coach. The English-born Pybus, who is also the CWI high performance director, was appointed last week to serve as coach until the end of the ...

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Saint Lucia’s New Year’s Day babies receive hampers

(PRESS RELEASE) — Two girls, Belle Faucher and Courtney Samuel, were the island’s 2019 New Year’s Day babies. Belle was delivered at Victoria Hospital, while Courtney was delivered at St. Jude Hospital. Each family has been given a hamper containing baby supplies. The gesture was the idea of the eldest of the Peter sisters of Castries, Agnes Peter-Popo, who resides ...

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I ran away from home three times – A YPG story

Growing up, my life was not an easy one. I thought of giving up on life many times. Sometimes at home my brothers and I had just bread and sweet water for the whole day. I grew up without my father around and that was not easy for me. My mother and aunty were the ones taking care of us, ...

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Rainforest Adventures gives back to the Babonneau community

(PRESS RELEASE) — Rainforest Adventures (RFA) is not only known for its unique aerial tram, zip-lining, hiking trails and bird watching eco-tour experiences, but the company also prides itself in serving and giving back significantly to the Babonneau community, where it has been operating for over 12 years. To ring in the New Year, Rainforest Adventures in partnership with the ...

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Canada wants 1 million more new immigrants over the next 3 years

(CNN) — Remember when you said you wanted to move to Canada? Now is a good time to start packing your bags. The Canadian Parliament has announced plans to add more than one million new permanent residents in the next three years. That’s nearly one percent of the country’s population each year. Canada welcomed more than 286,000 permanent residents in ...

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USD$500,000 raised from FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure

(PRESS RELEASE) – CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Walk for the Cure, the region’s largest cancer fundraiser, has again topped the US half-million mark in fundraising for cancer causes across the English and Dutch Caribbean. Last year the combined efforts of the various organizing committees, sponsors and participants in the 17 territories where the bank has a presence raised a total of USD$512,367.39 ...

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Hundreds in Micoud benefit from free TOCO Foundation dental clinic

(PRESS RELEASE) — The TOCO Foundation, in partnership with the Montana Dental Clinic, has wrapped up a free one-week dental clinic at Ti Rocher, Micoud. The clinic, which ran from January 7-10, exceeded its targets, having recorded a daily average of 80 clients. The clinic was initially scheduled to close a day later. A total of 357 people – students ...

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SLBWA commends ECCB on banknotes bearing blind recognition features

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 gave a glowing welcome to a new and historic initiative by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) to introduce into circulation, new Eastern Caribbean currency banknotes that bear “blind recognition features”. The SLBWA is also pleased that the ECCB officials found it appropriate to engage ...

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Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia perturbed at increase in gender-based violence

(CMC) – The local advocacy group, Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc., says more than 1,000 cases of domestic violence had been brought before the Family Court over a three-year period and warned that official figures released here “show a startling and persistent increase in gender based violence”. In a statement, the advocacy group said that during the period 2013-15 ...

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CARICOM remains divided on Venezuela

(CMC) – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries remain divided on the political situation in Venezuela where President Nicolas Maduro was sworn into office for a new term on Thursday. Prior to the inauguration ceremony, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana, Haiti and St. Lucia supported an Organization of American States (OAS) resolution not recognising the legitimacy of Maduro’s second term as president of ...

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Saint Lucia improves passport ranking

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia has improved its passport power ranking in the Henley Passport Index, with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 145 countries. In a further display of regional passport power, Saint Lucia now sits in 6th place regionally and 31st globally, moving up two spots. This marks a new high for Saint Lucia, which moved up its ranking ...

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Saint Lucian sea moss hits the UK market (+video and photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Export Saint Lucia (TEPA) is once again making significant strides in increasing the volume and variety of agricultural products coming from Saint Lucia. In December 2018, a group of local sea moss farmers made history by becoming the first to export sun-dried sea moss from Saint Lucia to the United Kingdom (UK). The test shipment of sun-dried ...

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NWU to launch Financial Services Workers Council

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Workers Union (NWU) will launch its first Financial Services Workers Council in the first quarter of 2019. The Council will comprise all the banks along with the nine credit unions, BELFund, Saint Lucia Mortgage Finance Company Limited and National Insurance Corporation (NIC). The Council will be responsible for the total unification of the sector, to ...

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Caribbean-American legislators welcome healthcare for undocumented Caribbean immigrants

(CMC) – Caribbean-American legislators in New York City, Councilman Jumaane Williams and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, have welcomed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s unveiling of “the largest, most comprehensive plan” in the United States to guarantee healthcare for every New Yorker, including undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants. “I was glad to see the announcement that the city will be moving to expand ...

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Still interested in helping Rosehill fire victims?

(PRESS RELEASE) — Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis, has made the Castries Constituency Council a drop-off point for donations to victims of the Rosehill fire. Mayor Francis had recently expressed sadness at the devastation caused on the first day of the new year to some seven households, particularly children. Speaking to the initiative, the Castries mayor called ...

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St. Vincent coastguard busy assisting St. Lucians

(SEARCHLIGHT) — The St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) Coastguard had a busy end of year, with a wave of St. Lucians stranded at sea, reaching out to them for rescue. Lieutenant Commander Deon Henry spoke to SEARHCLIGHT yesterday and informed that on December 28, a vessel named ‘Shilo’ with three St. Lucian fishermen, was picked up six nautical miles ...

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Levern Spencer ends the year on a high

(SNO) — Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading high jumper, Levern Donaline Spencer, will be the presumptive favourite to win a record 15th title as Saint Lucia’s Sportswoman of the Year in 2019. Spencer has been confirmed by the St. Lucia Athletics Association as Senior Female Athlete of the Year for 2018. The 34-year-old from Babonneau had one of the ...

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CHTA president optimistic about future of region’s tourism

(CMC) – President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Patricia Affonso-Dass, has expressed optimism about the future of the region’s tourism sector, saying that its rich past and many successes have served the region well. In her New Year’s message, released Saturday, Affonso-Dass said the sector’s attainment has provided “a sound foundation for the future”. “Looking ahead, I ...

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