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Castries teams top SLNCA cricket

South Castries won, Gros Islet and Babonneau both won and lost over the weekend, as the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) Inter-District 50-Over Tournament continued. Gros Islet lost to South Castries by 8 wickets on Saturday at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground. Gros Islet made 245-8, Garvin Serieux Jr. top-scoring with 75 (7×4, 3×6), and Vidal Crandon adding 59 ...

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Donette Ismael appointed Tourism Enhancement Fund’s new programme manager

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association’s Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) welcomed Ms. Donette Ismael to its management team on May 2, 2019. Still committed to the mandate of playing an integral role in Saint Lucia’s sustainable development, the TEF has brought Ms. Ismael on board to oversee and monitor the accounting, project administration and strategic directions ...

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Dennery North Constituency Council honours residents

(PRESS RELEASE) — Residents of the Dennery North Constituency were celebrated and awarded in recognition for their unwavering contribution to national development. A Hall of Fame Dinner was hosted in their honour on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at the Dennery North Human Resource Development Centre. Officials of the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment took this opportunity ...

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All students will not likely re-sit math exam — official

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — All CSEC math­e­mat­ics stu­dents in Trinidad and To­ba­go may not have to re-sit the ex­am. A Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­so­ry Com­mit­tee is still to as­sess a re­port sent con­cern­ing an al­leged breach of CXC ex­am reg­u­la­tions, but a source con­nect­ed to the ex­am body said it was un­like­ly that all stu­dents here would be re­quired to ...

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Relocation of vendors to facilitate Castries Market Redevelopment Project set to begin

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Castries Market Redevelopment Project is moving ahead with the commencement of phase one. Effective Monday next week, the provisions market vendors will be temporarily relocated to the Old Fire Service Headquarters site on Jeremie Street. The necessary preparations, including installation of security lockers and washroom facilities, are now complete. On Wednesday, May 14, 2019, the Office ...

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Export Saint Lucia facilitates first shipment of sea moss to the U.S. with rural community

(PRESS RELEASE) — Emanating from Export Saint Lucia’s recent mission to the United States, it was observed that growing consumer trends around healthy eating has presented an opportunity for dried sea moss from Saint Lucia. This product is in high demand especially with the increased vegan community. Through the guidance of Export Saint Lucia, the Praslin Sea Moss Association has ...

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UPDATE: Barbados agrees to sell its LIAT shares to Antigua — Browne

(CMC) — Prime Minister Gaston Browne says Barbados has agreed to sell almost all of its shares in the cash strapped regional airline, LIAT, to Antigua and Barbuda. Browne speaking on his private radio station, said that he had received communication from his Barbados counterpart Mia Mottley, indicating that Bridgetown was willing to sell all but 10 per cent of ...

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Ricky T releases “A Friend”

(PRESS RELEASE) — Who doesn’t enjoy when ‘The Tizzle’ serenades for the ladies?! Well, he is at it again with his groovy tune, “A Friend”. The catchy track, written by Ricky Joseph, Chady Foster and Courtney Louis, paints the picture of the constant calls to a lady from someone she dubs is “just a friend”. And Ricky T isn’t having ...

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At least 11 dead in Brazil bar ‘massacre’: reports

(AP) – A gang of gunmen roared up to a bar in Belém city in Brazil’s northern Pará state and opened fire, killing six women and five men, media reports said. State officials would confirm only that “a massacre” occurred but gave no details. The G1 news website said police reported that seven gunmen were involved in the attack, which ...

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Barbados and Antigua to discuss LIAT shares

(BARBADOS TODAY) — Barbados will not be negotiating LIAT’s future direction in the public domain, Prime Minister Mia Mottley has reiterated, in response to reports out of Antigua and Barbuda that her Government has agreed to sell its shares to St John’s. Speaking on his radio station on Saturday, Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne said Mottley has said ...

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Motor vehicle accident in Piaye

Injuries have been reported in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Piaye on Sunday afternoon, May 19, according to sources. Details are sketchy at this time, however, reports indicate that the accident involved a collision between a car and a motor bike in the vicinity of a bridge in the community. The Laborie Police Station received the report around ...

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Cricket West Indies announce World Cup camp and reserve players list

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – West Indies will continue their preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with a training camp in Southampton, England from May 19 to 23. The four-day camp, involving the entire 15-member squad for the marquee tournament, will include an additional warm-up fixture against Australia, which will be played on May 22 at the Ageas Bowl, ...

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Motorcyclist battling for life after Balata road accident

Relatives of a motorcyclist who was seriously injured in a road accident in Balata Saturday morning (May 18) is calling on the public to donate blood. According to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online, a vehicle, driven by Eden Charlery of Balata, collided with Canzy Felix Walters’ motorcycle, between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Walters, a resident of Fond Assau, ...

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ECFH, Bank of Saint Lucia record EC$44.9 million after-tax profit

(PRESS RELEASE) — East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Ltd (ECFH) and its sole subsidiary Bank of Saint Lucia Ltd, the island’s largest indigenous bank, has once again delivered a strong performance for another consecutive year. For the financial year ended December 2018, the Bank recorded net profit after tax of EC$44.9 million compared to their 2017 year-end figure of EC $36.9 ...

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Petition for CSEC Maths to be redone after cheating fiasco

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — A pe­ti­tion cir­cu­lat­ing is call­ing for all stu­dents to re-sit the 2019 CSEC Maths ex­ams fol­low­ing se­ri­ous breach­es of the ex­am­i­na­tion reg­u­la­tions. This has left stu­dents in lim­bo, with many ex­press­ing anger, wor­ry and sad­ness over that pos­si­bil­i­ty. While the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and the Caribbean Ex­am­i­na­tion Coun­cil (CXC) are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the source of the leak which ...

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Saint Lucia set to welcome direct American Airlines flight from Chicago

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia is extending its reach into the US Market through the introduction of a non-stop American Airlines flight from Chicago. The weekly Saturday service from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) to Hewanorra International Airport (UVF) will begin on December 21, 2019. American Airlines continues to recognize the growing demand for airlift into Saint Lucia from the ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts delivers more than EC$600,000 to St. Lucia restaurants through its ‘Dine Around’ partnership

(PRESS RELEASE) — Bay Gardens Resorts has contributed significantly to the St. Lucia economy, delivering more than EC$600,000 (US$222,000) to local restaurants affiliated with its Dine Around Meal Plan over the last three years. Introduced in 2016, the Dine Around Meal Plan provides guests with the opportunity to experience the authentic taste of St. Lucia. Guests who stay seven nights ...

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Discipline Guy Joseph for “gross misbehaviour” — Pierre

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has been called upon to remove Guy Joseph as minister of economic development. That call is coming from Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre, who said at a press conference Thursday that Joseph should be disciplined for “gross misbehaviour in public office” in connection with a letter in the public domain from the Ministry of Economic Development ...

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Coca Cola heir ‘Alki’ David threatens St. Kitts-Nevis PM with multi-billion-dollar lawsuit

(CARIBBEAN360) – The Greek billionaire who is heir to the Coca Cola fortune yesterday left St Kitts and Nevis where he is facing drug charges, but not before warning Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris that he and his government would be slapped with a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit over the arrest. Alkiviades ‘Alki’ David flew out of the twin-island federation after paying ...

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No Saint Lucian in Guyana prisons, no Guyanese in Saint Lucia prison, official boasts

Acting Director of Prisons in Guyana, Gladwin Samuels, has described it as a “plus” that no Guyanese is incarcerated at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) in Saint Lucia, likewise there are no Saint Lucian in the South American country’s prison system. Samuels, who is in Saint Lucia, reportedly accompanying his wife on a training programe until Friday, May 17, pointed ...

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Saint Lucia Rastafarians should take government to court and embarrass them: Alexander

Aaron Alexander, the former chairman of the Iyanola Council for the Advancement of Rastafari, has said the Saint Lucia Rastafarian community should follow in the footsteps of a colleague in St. Kitts-Nevis and take the government to court in connection with the decriminalisation of marijuana. “Antigua is going ahead, Jamaica is going ahead, look Barbados recently announced that they going ...

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FDA recalls tattoo inks because they’re contaminated with bacteria

(USA TODAY) — The Food and Drug Administration announced the recall of six types of tattoo ink because they are contaminated with bacteria. The tattoo inks, made by a handful of manufacturers, are contaminated with microorganisms that can lead to serious injuries and an increased risk of infection since the skin barrier is broken during a procedure, the FDA said ...

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Sammy headlines 5 Saint Lucians in 2019 CPL Draft

Five Saint Lucians are among the final list of players who have made themselves available for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League Draft, which will take place in London on May 22, 2019. The five are Daren Sammy, Johnson Charles, Keddy Lesporis, Larry Edward, and Johnnel Eugene. The number of players that have put their names forward for the draft ...

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Scientology cruise ship passengers cleared of measles risk, church says

(NBC NEWS) — All of the passengers and crew of a cruise ship owned and operated by the Church of Scientology have been cleared from the risk of spreading or contracting measles after a female staffer on board was isolated with the highly contagious disease, Scientology officials said Tuesday. The ship, named the Freewinds, was originally quarantined in St. Lucia ...

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Goodman’s 4-for-17 routs Goodman Warriors in Gros Islet cricket

The 2019 Gros Islet Domestic 50 Over Cricket Tournament sponsored by District Representative Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute got underway on Wednesday, May 15 at the Gros Islet Playing Field. Some of Saint Lucia’s most outstanding young cricketers were on display. Goodman Warriors were 120 all out in 27 overs against Melius Challengers. Kevyn Arnold made 29, skipper Tyrel Chicot 22, and ...

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SMC, Micoud, Soufriere win schools U15 cricket openers

The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports 2019 Under-15 Secondary School 40 Over Cricket Tournament got underway on Wednesday, May 15 with three matches. St Mary’s College beat Babonneau Secondary, Micoud Secondary defeated Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary, and Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary got the better of Choiseul Secondary. At the Balata Playing Field, SMC, led by a six-wicket haul from Jayxan ...

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Saint Lucia featured on ELLE Italia magazine cover

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia is proudly featured on the cover of Elle Italia, the international magazine. Elle Italia is the Italian edition of the French magazine Elle which focuses on fashion, beauty, health and entertainment. The cover page features blonde Dutch model, Rozanna Verduin in a brightly coloured pirogue just outside Soufriere, with Saint Lucia’s iconic Pitons prominently featured ...

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The spirit of Maurice Bishop and the CARICOM foreign ministers meeting in Grenada (letter)

Dear Editor: In this 40th anniversary year of the 1979 Grenada Revolution, the fates smiled upon our Caribbean Community (CARICOM) when it was confirmed that the 22nd Regular Meeting of CARICOM’s Council For Foreign and Community Relations (COFCOR) would be held in Grenada on the 13th and 14th of May 2019, thereby ensuring that the assembled Caribbean Foreign Ministers would ...

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Former Fanny Mae chairman to address St. Lucia Chamber luncheon

(PRESS RELEASE) — The grand finale to the upcoming Chamber Investment Symposium, “Alternative and Innovative Investment and Financing Options”, will be delivered by Mr. Egbert Perry, former chairman of Fannie Mae, on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 1:30 p.m. at the Harbor Club Hotel, Rodney Bay. Fannie Mae is the Federal National Mortgage Association, sponsored by the US government and ...

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Antonia Charlemagne-Marshall receives Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award from Society of American Archivists

Antonia Charlemagne-Marshall, who is pursuing a master of arts in archives and record management (first cohort) at the University of West Indies, is a 2019 recipient of the Harold T. Pinkett Minority Student Award given by the Society of American Archivists (SAA). The award will be presented at a ceremony during the Joint Annual Meeting of the Council of State ...

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St. Lucia Crisis Centre appoints interim board

(PRESS RELEASE) — The St. Lucia Crisis Centre successfully convened an extra-ordinary meeting on Saturday, May 11th, 2019 at the Ministry of Youth and Sports Conference Room from 9 a.m. to appoint an interim board. The purpose of this board is to chart the way forward for the convocation of an annual general meeting by June 30, 2020 in order ...

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Amrika brings to you “Obsess” for Saint Lucia Carnival 2019 (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Carnival 2019 just took a new twist and turn with this latest track out of the Stratosphere Muzic Label Camp!! Sultry Songstress Amrika brings to you “Obsess”, her new release for 2019. Produced by Small Island Records and written by Amrika Mutroo, the easy-going rhythm of this track entrances the waist line while giving you the groove ...

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Laureate’s Chair to feature local author

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Writers Forum will be hosting its Laureate’s Chair at the Central Library on June 25, 2019. The event will feature local author, poet and cultural critic, A.L. Dawn French. The Laureate’s Chair, which was conceptualized by Past President of the Saint Lucia Writers Forum, Kensley Charlemagne, is an event which honours the work of ...

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Startup Huddle St. Lucia nominated for global award

(PRESS RELEASE) — SLUDTERA would like to inform readers and other interested persons that one of its milestone programs, Startup Huddle St. Lucia, was nominated for a global award. On Tuesday, April 16, 2019, the GEN Compass Awards Ceremony & Dinner was held at the Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre in Manama, Bahrain. This event, held annually during the ...

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No expression of interest from Branson, LIAT chairman says

(CH-AVIATION) — As uncertainty continues over the future of the Caribbean regional airline LIAT, so do the crossed lines of communication coming from the nations that make up its main shareholders. Following reports that Virgin Atlantic founder and British Virgin Islands resident Richard Branson had expressed an interest in investing in the cash-strapped carrier, Ralph Gonsalves, the Vincentian Prime Minister ...

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Saint Lucia’s tourism minister issues challenge to Caribbean rum producers

(PRESS RELEASE) – Caribbean rum producers have been challenged to fully exploit the potential of the regional tourism industry to build their brands. St. Lucia’s Minister of Tourism and Chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO), Dominic Fedee, said there was tremendous opportunity for the region’s two preeminent brands – tourism and rum. Rum producers from the Caribbean Community, the ...

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Prime minister, agriculture minister in London for meetings on new markets

(PRESS RELEASE) — The government of Saint Lucia recognizes that a successful agriculture industry is critical to the sustainable development of Saint Lucia. Hence, the government continues to enhance and source markets for the island’s new and emerging crops as well as current crops such as bananas. In that regard, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet and Minister for Agriculture, ...

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Natty Conqueror releases new music video

Saint Lucia-based reggae artiste Natty Conqueror has announced the release of his first music video for 2019, ‘True Love”. Natty Conqueror, whose real name is Natty Charles Martyr, told St. Lucia News Online that the music video (see video below story), which he calls his “premiere”, was officially released last Mother’s Day. The single was taken from his new 15-track ...

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WhatsApp discovers ‘highly targeted’ surveillance attack

(BBC) — Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed. WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, said the attack targeted a “select number” of users, and was orchestrated by “an advanced cyber actor”. A fix was rolled out on Friday. The attack was ...

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Four OECS businesses top Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme

Four young OECS entrepreneurs have placed in the top three of the Caribbean Tech Entrepreneurship Programme (CTEP), an initiative designed to help address unemployment in the Caribbean by leveraging opportunities in the Virtual Economy. CTEP provides regionally relevant capacity-building workshops and critical mentorship support and is focused on stimulating the creation, and supporting the growth, of technology entrepreneurship in the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: 5 dead after planes collide midair in Alaska

(ABC NEWS) — Five people have been killed and 10 have been hospitalized after two aircraft collided in midair over Alaska, officials said. The collision took place in Coon Cove, Alaska, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. A de Havilland DHC-2 Beaver and a de-Havilland Otter DHC-3 “collided in mid-air under unknown circumstances,” the FAA told ABC News. Local authorities ...

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318 Saint Lucians overstayed in U.S. from October 2017 – September 2018

A total of 318 Saint Lucians overstayed their United States (US) non-immigrant tourism/business B1/B2 visas between October 1, 2017 and September 30, 2018, according to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Fiscal Year 2018 Entry/Exit Overstay Report. For that period, 15,780 Saint Lucians were granted entry to the US and were expected to leave during that time. However, the Report ...

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UPDATE: Woman stabbed in road rage knife attack in Trinidad

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) A knife was pulled and a woman stabbed after a crash on the Churchill Roosevelt Highway near Aranguez on Monday. The fight brought traffic to a halt. Videos circulated on social media show the two vehicles in a crash, and two men and a woman scrambling across the lanes. A man is seen with a large knife attempting ...

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Road markings from Gros Islet to Castries resume Tuesday

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring and pedestrian public that road markings from Gros Islet to Castries along the Castries–Gros Islet Highway is scheduled to recommence on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. These markings include the re-marking of the edge and center lines. Motorists are asked to be cooperative and be guided ...

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USAID Administrator Mark Green visits St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green visited Castries, Saint Lucia on May 11, 2019. The Administrator met with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to discuss shared challenges and opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship with St. Lucia on topics such as economic prosperity, youth development, education, and resiliency. Both leaders expressed their mutual concern about the ...

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UWP commends WASCO, gov’t on water supply improvement projects

(PRESS RELEASE) — The United Workers Party commends the management and staff of the Water & Sewerage Company (WASCO) as well as Hon. Ezechiel Joseph who is the minister with responsibility for WASCO. Their hard work and commitment continues to improve the water supply throughout the length and breadth of Saint Lucia. Since assuming office in June 2016, the United Workers ...

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Dennery North MP urges motorcyclists, pillion riders to wear appropriate safety gear

(PRESS RELEASE) – Member of Parliament for Dennery North Hon. Shawn Edward is calling on motorcyclists and pillion riders to wear appropriate safety gear to protect themselves against serious or fatal injuries. His advice follows a May 11 vehicular collision which claimed the lives of two Dennery North residents. According to reports, 20-year-old Jayvan Louis and Dexter Smith, who was ...

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Melius Challengers win Gros Islet Cricket Challenge

The 2019 Gros Islet Domestic Cricket Tournament sponsored by District Representative Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute bowled off on Saturday, May 11 in grand style at the Gros Islet Playing Field. Preceding a march past with the five adult teams (youth based) and three developmental teams of players under 15 and females, the teams were addressed by a number of officials including ...

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Soufriere top group 2 in 50-over cricket

The Saint Lucia National Cricket Association 50-over competition continued with more excitement, featuring a mouthwatering match-up at Mon Repos. Victory for either team would seal top spot in the group as Soufriere took on the undefeated home team in an exciting encounter on Sunday, May 12, 2019. After winning the toss, Soufriere decided to take first knock on what looked ...

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Double wins for South and Central Castries in 50-over cricket

The SLNCA 50 competition continued over the last week with another two rounds of matches. South Castries Lions continued their unbeaten run with wins over Mabouya Valley and Babonneau. Central Castries also secured two wins versus Babonneau and Gros Islet. Soufriere was also in winner’s row with victories against Vieux Fort and Mon Repos. Central Castries beat Babonneau by 227 ...

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NWU seeks investigation of Secure St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to the acting labour commissioner calling for an investigation into two issues brought to the attention of the National Workers Union. Workers employed with Secure St. Lucia Ltd. are not being paid for their certified sick leave in keeping with the National Insurance Corporation’s (NIC) regulations. Workers employed with Secure ...

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SALCC, Johnson and Wales University sign MOU

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) continues to take strides to provide students with quality education through partnerships with reputable universities in the region and globally. The College recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Johnson and Wales University, an institution with which the College has had a longstanding relationship. Both parties aspire to create a ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t gets US$16.1M to implement Education Quality Improvement Project

(GIS) — Spearheaded by the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, the Education Quality Improvement Project (EQuIP), is on stream. Funding for the Project was secured from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation. The EQUIP Project is geared toward the enhancement of Saint Lucia’s education sector. The policy ...

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