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Coco Palm completes suite upgrade

(PRESS RELEASE) – Coco Palm has launched their newly renovated Pool and Garden View Suites to the trade during the recent North America Showcase held on the island which gives guests a truly inspired new look. The contemporary décor follows on from the upgraded 48 Pool and Garden View rooms in 2018. The suites have continued the new contemporary look ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Wanted man killed by Saint Lucia police

A man who was wanted for a number of criminal offences including assault, wounding, arson, and burglary, has died after he was shot by police in Choiseul on Sunday morning, according to law enforcement sources. Delan Fontinelle, who is believed to be in his late 30s, was shot by police when they allegedly confronted him in a house at around ...

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St Lucia, Barbados on Ebola alert

(CMC) – At least two Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries have responded to a warning by the Trinidad-based Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) that regional countries should seek to enhance disease surveillance at ports of entry and at health facilities following the categorisation of the current outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) as a public health emergency. St Lucia and ...

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PM Chastanet takes vacation leave; Ezechiel Joseph in charge

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Hon. Allen M. Chastanet has proceeded on vacation leave. Prime Minister Chastanet will return to office on July 31st 2019. During the Prime Minister’s absence, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, will serve ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Body found at Vide Boutielle, Castries identified

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Sunday July 21, 2019 about 6:10 a.m. officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, responded to a report of a suspicious death at Malibu Beach, Vide Boutielle, Castries. The lifeless body of Augustin Plummer residing in Bisee, originally of Choiseul, was discovered with apparent marks of violence about his body. He was formally pronounced dead on ...

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Police shoot gunman in Bexon, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Friday, July 19, 2019, about 8:25 p.m. two off duty police officers intervened during an apparent attempted robbery of two individuals, along the Bexon Highway. The officers stopped to assist after having observed a male and female being held at gunpoint by two males. Upon doing so, the males (who were observed by officers attempting to ...

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St. Lucia’s attorney general thanks IMPACT Justice, hopes for more collaborations

(PRESS RELEASE) — Between July 3-5, 2019, IMPACT Justice, a project funded by the Government of Canada under a Contribution Agreement with the UWI, Cave Hill Campus, sponsored a workshop on the preparation of drafting instructions by senior civil servants entitled “Sound Policy for Better Law” in partnership with the Attorney General’s Chambers. The Hon. Attorney General Stephen Julien was ...

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Resident judge in Saint Lucia among two judges appointed to UN Dispute Tribunal

The 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly recently elected two Caribbean nationals, Justice Francis Belle of Barbados and Justice Eleanor Donaldson-Honeywell of Trinidad and Tobago, to serve 7 year terms of office on the United Nations Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) as half-time judges. The appointments took effect on July 10, 2019. UNDT half-time judges serve on rotation in New ...

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Homicide in Pavee, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) — Investigations are ongoing into the circumstances surrounding the death of twenty seven (27) year old, Gino Joseph alias Coolie Pac of Pavee, Castries. On Saturday July 20, 2019 about 12:05 a.m. officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, responded to a report of a shooting at Pavee, Castries. A masked individual armed with a firearm allegedly entered a ...

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Chris Gayle says he may continue for five more years

(JAMAICA STAR) — Hard-hitting batsman West Indies opener Chris Gayle says he will not be walking away from international cricket anytime soon. Gayle, speaking on a Reggae Sumfest-produced programme on Saturday night, said he is not about to put down his bat. “Because a lot of people talking, I am going to give them five more years of international cricket,” ...

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UPDATED: Masked gunman kills one, injures three in Pavee attack

Police are investigating a shooting that left one man dead and three others injured in Pavee, Castries Saturday morning. Dead is 26-year-old Gino Joseph of Pavee. Among the injured are two teenagers, ages 14 and 19. Reports are that the gunman, described as a masked man dressed in all black, fired shots in a bar in Pavee, hitting Joseph and ...

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Castries murder victim “never got himself in trouble” — relative

  Saint Lucia’s latest homicide victim, Curtis Christopher, who was gunned down in the Bois Patat/Morne Du Don area of Castries Thursday morning always kept to himself and was not known to be in trouble with anyone, a relative told St. Lucia News Online. The relative, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 34-year-old man’s killing was puzzling. “That ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet congratulates Carnival winners, commends police

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet has congratulated all stakeholders on an amazing and successful Saint Lucia Carnival 2019. “The growth in Saint Lucia Carnival is now clearly evident. The participation level has improved considerably and we had an influx of visitors from around the world,” stated Prime Minister Chastanet. “The reach of the festival locally is ...

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Police investigating suspected suicide in Gros Islet

Police are investigating the death of a senior citizen who was found hanging in Monchy, Gros Islet on Sunday afternoon (July 14). The deceased, identified as 65-year-old Serge Herman of Stony Hill, Monchy, was found hanging from the ceiling of his house shortly after 4 p.m., police said. An electrical cord was found around his neck, police said. Police are ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man burnt to death in Babonneau fire

Two days after a fire destroyed a wooden structure in Talvern, Babonneau, police are reporting that the charred remains of a man were discovered in the rubble. Police said the remains have been identified as that of Steve Bernard, popularly known as “Bico’. According to police, a foul smell from the rubble led to neighbours to investigate. The body was ...

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Taiwan president says Saint Lucia moving ahead with ‘cooperation projects’ under Allen Chastanet’s leadership

(CNA) — President Tsai Ing-wen on Wednesday attended a groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of St. Jude Hospital in St. Lucia and visited a banana packaging center, on the first day of her state visit to the Caribbean country. On the last leg of her diplomatic tour in the Caribbean, Tsai said that under the leadership of Prime Minister Allen ...

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Man shot dead in Morne Du Don identified

Police have identified the latest homicide victim as 34-year-old Curtis Christopher. Christopher was reportedly to shot to death in Morne Du Don when he was on his way to buy bread around 6 a.m. Thursday. Residents told St. Lucia News Online that they heard at least five gunshots and Christopher’s body was reportedly found shortly after. Christopher, who worked at ...

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Taiwanese construction firm to complete new St. Jude Hospital by 2020: Chastanet

The Saint Lucia government has appointed a Taiwanese construction firm as the main contractor to complete the St. Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the announcement on his official Facebook page on Wednesday evening. The news also comes as Taiwanese President Her Excellency Tsai Ing-wen arrived in Saint Lucia on Wednesday on an official three-day visit. President ...

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UPDATE: Nadeije Mitchell, 16, appears in Castries court on murder charge

Sixteen-year-old Nadeije Mitchell of Gros Islet made her first appearance in the First District Court in Castries on Wednesday (July 17) for killing year-old Marjele Williams, also known as Marley and Moon Head, of Gros Islet, according to law enforcement sources. Mitchell was not required to enter a plea to the indictable charge of murder, but the magistrate ordered that ...

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Saint Lucian-owned swimwear brand Pas Jalou makes Miami jealous

(PRESS RELEASE) — Pas Jalou, one of the Caribbean’s top emerging swimwear brands, made its Miami Swim Week debut this past weekend. Miami Swim Week, one of the largest global swimwear shows, boasts a long history dating back to 1989. The show has become home to many of the world’s largest and most coveted swimwear fashion events. Pas Jalou, the ...

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WARNING: Individuals are posing as LUCELEC employees, requesting access to people’s premises

(PRESS RELEASE) – It has been reported to the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) that individuals are presenting themselves to business establishments and/or people’s homes as LUCELEC employees and requesting permission to access their premises to conduct inspections or work on behalf of LUCELEC. LUCELEC would like to advise all customers of the following: 1. Instances where LUCELEC employees ...

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Ebola outbreak in Congo declared an international health emergency: WHO

(AFP) — The World Health Organisation on Wednesday declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern,” a rare designation only used for the gravest epidemics. “It is time for the world to take notice,” WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement, as he accepted the advice of his advisory ...

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More Saint Lucians to get ‘free internet’ with launch of GINet Phase 2

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of the Public Service in collaboration with the government of the Republic of China (Taiwan), recently hosted a ceremony to commemorate the start of the implementation of phase two of the Government Island-wide Network Project (GINet). The highlight of the ceremony included the handing over of equipment for GINet Phase 1 and a cheque presentation ...

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Saint Lucia welcomes President of Taiwan Tsai Ing-wen

(PRESS RELEASE) — President of the Republic of China (Taiwan), Her Excellency Dr. Tsai Ing-wen, received a warm welcome as she arrived in Saint Lucia on Wednesday morning for a State Visit to our island from July 17th to July 19th. The President was greeted upon arrival by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet and Minister responsible for External Affairs ...

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CHTA rejects booking.com commissions as ‘grossly unfair’

An overwhelming majority of Caribbean hotels are reconsidering using Booking.com as a result of the new commission policy which they claim is aimed at generating additional revenue for the online giant at the expense of consumers, the region’s destinations, hotels and employees. Commissions levied on staff tips by the online travel agency Booking.com have been assailed by the Caribbean Hotel ...

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Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman sentenced to life in prison

(AP) — The Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been sentenced to life behind bars in a U.S. prison, a humbling end for a drug lord once notorious for his ability to kill, bribe or tunnel his way out of trouble. A federal judge in Brooklyn handed down the sentence Wednesday, five months after Guzman’s conviction in an ...

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UPDATE: 16-year-old female charged for killing Gros Islet man

Police have charged a 16-year-old female in connection with the death of a man in Gros Islet. According to law enforcement sources, 16-year-old Nadeije Mitchell of Gros Islet was charged for causing the death of 26-year-old Marjele Williams, also known as Marley and Moon Head, of Gros Islet, under section 85b of the Criminal Code of St. Lucia 2013. She ...

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Wooden structure in Babonneau destroyed by fire

A wooden structure in Talvern, Babonneau was destroyed by fire on Tuesday, according to emergency officials. The 16x20ft structure was unoccupied at the time of the fire, officials said. The structure was normally occupied by a male, who is believed to be of unsound mind, according to officials. Emergency officials responded to the report at 2:36 a.m. No additional details ...

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PM Chastanet updates SLMDA on OKEU and St. Jude hospitals, other projects

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has given brief updates on the status of Saint Lucia’s healthcare-related projects. Chastanet said those updates were presented to the newly elected executive of the Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) and officials from the Ministry of Health and Wellness during a meeting last Friday. According to the prime minister, the ongoing opening of the ...

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Saint Lucian puppies repeatedly bumped off flights by Air Canada: report

Helpaws, a shelter for “sick, abandoned, abused or stray animals” in Saint Lucia, is overcrowded because Air Canada is bumping dogs off their flights to Toronto, according to a report by City News Toronto on Tuesday. SEE CITY NEWS VIDEO REPORT AT END OF ARTICLE “It’s just heartbreaking to think that there are dogs being turned away,” Marie Schultz told ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man dead following shooting in Pavee

Police are investigating a shooting incident in Pavee, Castries that has resulted in the death of a man. The deceased has been identified as Earl Emmanuel. Emmanuel, 45, was reportedly shot in a house in the wee hours of Tuesday morning. The motive for the shooting is not yet clear. According to sources, Emmanuel had lived in Martinique for a ...

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Saint Lucia’s homeless shelter undergoing “comprehensive rehabilitation” works: PM Chastanet

Saint Lucia’s shelter and soup kitchen for the homeless is undergoing renovations which should be completed soon, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced. The Cornerstone Humanitarian Society was the biggest beneficiary of this year’s Prime Minister’s Independence Ball, receiving EC$250,000. And since the donation, work has been ongoing at the shelter “to improve the living conditions for the vulnerable in ...

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Saint Lucia Channel Swim conquered — again and again!

(PRESS RELEASE) — Some may remember in 2017 when Jacques Sicot completed a staged swim around Saint Lucia. Or maybe 2018 when Molly Nance swam from Saint Lucia to Martinique. On July 7, 2019, four vessels left IGY Rodney Bay Marina to embark on a historic moment. Two solo swimmers — Sandra Frimerman Bergquist and Kevin Pollman — as well ...

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Saint Lucian artiste Natty Conqueror releases second edition of ‘True Love’ video

(PRESS RELEASE) — After releasing his premiere video called “True Love” Saint Lucia reggae artist Natty Conqueror has finished the project and on July 15, 2019, released the second edition of the music video. SEE VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE The singer has been occupied for the past two years doing shows, dubplates and jingles for sound systems, deejays and selectors island-wide, ...

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Belle Vue’s ‘Mas In Da Vue’ to kick off Aug. 3 with pageant; Jouvert, Line Jam and Court Jam to follow

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Belle Vue Development Committee is proud to announce that it will be hosting Mas In Da Vue for the 2019 carnival season. This is the fourth consecutive year the Belle Vue Development Committee will be hosting this exciting set of activities which constitutes Mas In Da Vue. Mas In Da Vue will commence with the hosting of ...

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44% chance major hurricane could hit Caribbean in 2019

(VI CONSORTIUM) — According to the venerable hurricane forecasters at the Colorado State University (CSU), there’s a 44 percent chance that a major hurricane could strike the Caribbean this year. The prediction, released in C.S.U.’s latest forecast on Tuesday, July 9, 2019, is 2 percent above the average of 42 percent for the last 100 years, CSU said. For the ...

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Taiwan’s president to visit Saint Lucia tomorrow

(PRESS RELEASE) —  At the invitation of Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, Her Excellency President Tsai Ing-wen of the Republic of China (Taiwan) will lead a delegation on a State visit to Saint Lucia from July 17 to 19, 2019. The government of Saint Lucia is in preparations to welcome the president and the delegation and has planned several ...

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Replace Caribbean currencies with US dollar — former Barbados Central Bank governor

(CMC) — The former governor of the Central Bank of Barbados, (CBB), Dr DeLisle Worrell is urging regional countries to seriously consider using the United States dollar as their national currency, after initially arguing that Caribbean currencies served a crucial purpose when they were first introduced, but they have now become a nuisance in today’s digitised world. Writing in the ...

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Amber Guyger more likely to draw white, conservative jury if trial for killing Botham Jean is moved

(DALLAS NEWS) — If Amber Guyger’s attorneys get their wish to move the fired Dallas police officer’s murder trial to another county, her jury figures to be whiter and more conservative, according to an analysis by The Dallas Morning News. Defense attorneys filed a motion last week saying Guyger can’t get a fair trial in Dallas because of all the ...

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12 noon July 15, 2019

12:00 NOON WEATHER REPORT DATE: 15TH JULY, 2019 FORECASTER: MACLEAN JN BAPTISTE PRESENT WEATHER AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS CLOUDY WITH LIGHT SHOWERS. PRESENT WEATHER AT GFL CHARLES AIRPORT IS CLOUDY WITH LIGHT SHOWERS. PRESENT TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS 30 C OR 86 F. LAST NIGHT’S MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT WAS 24 C OR 75 F. WIND AT HEWANORRA ...

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SEE VIDEOS: Multiple people injured after bus overturns in Bexon

Multiple persons have sustained injuries in another motor vehicle accident in Saint Lucia. SEE VIDEOS BELOW ARTICLE Reports are that a minibus ran off the road and overturned in Bexon, near the Cul de Sac bridge. The accident occurred this morning, according to reports. A video uploaded on social media shows injured passengers sitting on the grassy sidewalk, near the ...

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Bexon accident: Vehicle overturns, almost landing in house

Several people were injured in a two-vehicle accident in Bexon on Sunday afternoon, according to reports. Details are sketchy, however, based on preliminary reports the accident involved two sports utility vehicles (SUVs) in which one overturned and ended up in a yard, between two houses. An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online: “One SUV ran off the road, hit the ...

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Monroe College hit by ransomware attack; hackers demanding US$2M

(NY DAILY NEWS) — Monroe College’s computer system was hacked by someone demanding a $2 million ransom in Bitcoin, the Daily News has learned. A hacker crippled the Bronx-based school’s computer network by encrypting its files remotely at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday, authorities said. Police sources say the attack affected each of Monroe’s campuses in Manhattan, New Rochelle and St. Lucia. ...

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“Corruption, bribery not part of our modus operandi” — Stephenson King defends road-markings project

MEDIA STATEMENT ON ISLANDWIDE ROAD MARKINGS PROJECT AWARD OF CONTRACT The Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour Hon. Stephenson King wishes to reassure the general public, that contrary to incorrect, misleading and malicious statements issued by a well-known creole media personality, aired on a local media station, the “Island-wide Road-markings Project” is being implemented in accordance with Government’s procurement ...

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Ti Carro is Saint Lucia’s new Calypso Monarch

Ti Carro has been crowned Saint Lucia’s Calypso Monarch for 2019, winning the competition with a total of 791 points. The winners were announced shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday. Walleigh snatched the first runner-up spot (second place) with 765 points. Last year’s Monarch, TC Brown, got second runner-up (third place) with 736 points. And third runner-up (fourth place) with 728 ...

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Video: Five people injured in Union accident

Police said at least five people sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Union on Saturday morning (July 13). The head-on collision reportedly occurred between a sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a Toyoto motor car, close to 11:30 a.m. Among the injured are two females who were trapped in one of the vehicles. No additional information was ...

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UPDATE: Hollywood HP says x-ray is “clear”, expresses gratitude for support and “laughs”

Saint Lucian soca artiste and disc jokey, Hollywood HP, has revealed in an Instagram post that he sought medical attention as a result of his dramatic fall this morning (July 13) at ‘Mess’ while attempting to jump from the stage into the crowd. SEE VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE ‘Mess’ is an annual Carnival show organised by Legends Carnival Band. This morning’s ...

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UPDATE: Barry makes landfall in Louisiana as it weakens

(AFP) — Major storm Barry made landfall in Louisiana on Saturday as it weakened back to tropical storm force, but authorities warned that the heavy rain and strong winds lashing the US Gulf Coast were far from over. Barry, which briefly was listed as a category one hurricane, made landfall in Intracoastal City, which is located about 165 miles (265 ...

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China says US should not allow visit by Taiwan’s leader

(AP) — China said Friday that the U.S. should not allow an ongoing visit by Taiwan’s president to New York and that it would impose sanctions on American companies that sell arms to the self-governing island as part of an expected $2.2 billion deal. President Tsai Ing-wen is in New York on a two-night “transit” stop en route to an ...

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UPDATE: Courts Babonneau wins Panorama 2019

Courts Babonneau Steel Orchestra has pulled a three-peat by winning the 2019 National Panorama Competition. Courts Babonneau scored 475 points to capture the title for the third consecutive year. Caribbean Grain Laborie Steel Pan placed second (first runner-up) with 428 points. LUCELEC Pantime Steel Orchestra placed third (second runner-up) with 423 points. Pantastic Music Steel Orchestra placed fourth (third runner-up) ...

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Police investigate break-in at CIBC FirstCaribbean branch in Vieux Fort

Smashed glass in the area of the ATM machine at the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank branch in Vieux Fort has prompted police investigations. St. Lucia News Online understands that the banking institution was cordoned off by the police this morning to facilitate their investigations. According to sources, the incident is believed to have occurred sometime between Thursday night and Friday ...

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