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SLP not satisfied with delayed announcement on coronavirus travel ban

(PRESS RELEASE) – In view of the most recent regional and international developments relating to the outbreak of the corona virus in China, the St. Lucia Labour Party is concerned that the Allen Chastanet Government delayed its announcement on a policy with regard to travelers from China to Saint Lucia. These developments are:  The World Health Organization (WHO) last ...

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Sensitization sessions for fire service on coronavirus

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Health and Wellness is working closely with the Saint Lucia Fire Service to ensure awareness and sensitization on ways to manage and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Emergency medical technicians EMTs and fire responders around the island were granted the opportunity to strengthen their capacity on ways to effectively control the spread of ...

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Patience Preschool picks up after devastating fire

SNO – The Patience Preschool in Mon Repos is in the process of picking up following a devastating fire which took place in the early hours of Tuesday, February 4, 2020. MP for the area, Dr. Gale T C Rigobert, has met with the administrator, teachers and parents of students who attend that school to chart a way forward after ...

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50 from Anse la Raye/Canaries graduate from Monroe College’s Hospitality Training Institute

SNO- 50 young people from Anse la Raye/Canaries have graduated from the Monroe College’s Hospitality Training Institute. The graduation ceremony took place on February 3. The training programmed was organized by the National Apprenticeship Programme St. Lucia in the Office of the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia. The graduates were all trained in the areas of Front Office Management, Events ...

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New population census for Saint Lucia coming

SNO – Beginning on May 12th, 2020, a new national population and housing census will begin in Saint Lucia, which will help the government determine strategic policies and programmes for the next decade. The theme for the census is “Konté Sent Lisi.” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is now calling on all Saint Lucians to be part of the process and ...

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Prime Minister on vacation leave

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet, is currently on vacation leave until February 07th, 2020. In the Prime Minister’s absence, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Honourable Ezechiel Joseph, serves as Acting Prime Minister. (0)(0)

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Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society benefits from PM’s Independence Ball

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Annual Prime Minister’s Independence Ball continues to make financial contributions to local charities. On Monday 3rd February 2020 a cheque of four thousand dollars ($4000), stemming from 2019 auction of prizes, was handed over to Pamela Devaux, Founder of Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society. SLAPS was established in 1998 and is dedicated to improving the welfare ...

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Hoodlums attack school caretaker in Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) – This morning around 8am, a caretaker/watchman at the Castries Anglican Primary School was accosted on the school compound by two individuals. The team from the Department of Education, headed by Minister Rigobert and the Chief Education Officer Mrs. Fiona Phillip-Mayer responded immediately to the report. After observing the necessary protocol on the ground, the team visited the ...

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Price of gasoline, cooking gas goes up in Saint Lucia

(SNO) – The retail price of gasoline, cooking gas and diesel per gallon has risen slightly in Saint Lucia effective Monday, February 3, 2020. The new prices was done to keep with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism. However, the retail price of kerosene and diesel per gallon remains the ...

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Saint Lucian becomes Global Culture Ambassador in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) – A Saint Lucian student in Taiwan has secured the title of Global Culture Ambassador in Taiwan. Ms. Louise George, who is a fluent Chinese (Mandarin) speaker has lived in Taiwan for over four years and is in her final year of a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Biology and Fisheries Science at National Keelung University. She emerged as ...

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Gov’t breaks ground for WASCO’s headquarters despite MP’s cold shoulder

(SNO) – The government has broked ground for WASCO’s new headquarters in Vieux Fort despite concerns raised by Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort North, Dr. Kenny Anthony. Anthony had declined an invitation to attend the ground breaking ceremony, which took place last Friday afternoon, saying he had not seen any drawing for the proposed building submitted to the Development ...

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Cruise ship call to Dominica canceled

SNO – A port call by the cruise ship, Aida Perla to Roseau, has been cancelled by the government of Dominica. On Saturday the ship was denied entry in Saint Lucia after it was reported that several passengers were suffering from “upper respiratory tract infections.” The ship’s itinerary showed that it was expected to dock in Roseau at 8:00 am ...

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BREAKING NEWS: China reports H5N1 bird flu outbreak

SNO – As if the dreaded coronavirus is not enough, China on Saturday has reported an outbreak of the H5NI bird flu at a chicken farm. The highly pathogenic strain of bird flu was reported in Hunan Province, which neighbors the coronavirus-hit province of Hubei. China’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs said that 4,500 chickens had died at a ...

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Eight arrive in Grenada from China amid coronavirus fears

SNO –The government of Grenada has confirmed that eight Chinese arrived from China on Tuesday amid global fears of the coronavirus but gave the assurance that all were monitored and screened. Health Minister Nikolas Steele said the chartered flight originated in Beijing and landed at the Maurice Bishop International Airport where the passengers were screened for symptoms of the virus. ...

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Antigua and Barbuda shuts down border with China due to coronavirus

(SNO) – Antigua and Barbuda has shut down its borders with China due to concerns over the coronavirus. Effective immediately, travelers from the Asian country will not be able to enter Antigua. The government of Antigua took the decision after World Health Organization (WHO) declared the virus a global health emergency. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said his country is taking ...

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Corona virus update

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Thursday January 30, 2020, during the second meeting of the Emergency Committee convened by the WHO Director- General under the International Health Regulations (IHR)(2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019-nCoV in the People’s Republic of China the committee agreed that the outbreak now meets the criteria for a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). ...

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NWU saves 100 CARIMAN jobs

(PRESS RELEASE) – After months of tripartite conversations which included the National Workers Union (NWU), GOWANDA LLC has purchased all the assets of Caribbean Manufacturing Ltd (CARIMAN). CARIMAN Ltd has operated in the Vieux Fort Industrial Free Zone for about forty (40) years and has a work force of one hundred (100) workers which include line staff and Management. The ...

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Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

(BBC) – The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China. “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. The concern is that it could spread to countries with ...

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NYC calls for proactive measures for youth in face of crime

(SNO) – The National Youth Council (NCY) has called on the authorities to put in place proactive measures for young people as the island faces a crime wave. On Saturday, January 25th a double homicide took place in Boguis, Babonneau and while the organization’s PRO, Eddison Layne, described it as alarming, he said it is an alarm to do more. ...

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Vieux Fort South MP gives WASCO the cold shoulder

(SNO) – Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort South, Dr. Kenny Anthony has turned down an invitation Water and Sewerage Authority (WASCO) to attend a sod-turning ceremony for its Southern Headquarters on Thursday. He accused the company of not submitting drawing of the proposed building to the Development Control Authority (DCA), which he said is based on information from his ...

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Human-to-human transmission of coronavirus worries WHO

(SNO) – The World Health Organization (WHO) is expressing concerns over the progress of the coronavirus, especially in terms of human to human transmission. WHO is meeting on Thursday to again consider whether the virus constitutes a global health emergency. “In the last few days the progress of the virus, especially in some countries, especially human-to-human transmission, worries us,” WHO ...

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St Lucia photographer inducted into TripAdvisor Hall of Fame

(PRESS RELEASE) – Internationally acclaimed St Lucia Photographer Kirk Elliott recently saw his St Lucia Photo Tour inducted into the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame. Elliott created the St Lucia Photo Tour in 2014 and this unique and novel visitor experience went on to win TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence for five (5) consecutive years and as a consequence earned the prestigious ...

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Government continues national crime fighting strategy

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia continues its efforts to work with communities as part of the National Crime Fighting strategy. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet joined the Gros Islet Police Station as they embarked on a new community engagement program. The objective of the meeting held at the Gros Islet Human Resource Development Centre was to help ...

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UWP: Will SLP leader investigate his two deputies?

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party notes that in recent times, the St Lucia Labour Party Leader Philip J Pierre has decided to make transparency and accountability a priority. From the outset, the United Workers Party Government made clear its commitment to good governance by providing governance training to all ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of department. The UWP ...

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Major quake hits Caribbean, triggers evacuations

(AFP/JAMAICA OBSERVER) – A major 7.7-magnitude quake struck yesterday in the Caribbean between Jamaica and Cuba, triggering a brief tsunami alert and sending hundreds of people pouring onto the streets of Havana. The tremors were felt as far as the US mainland as police in Miami evacuated some buildings as a precaution. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake ...

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Embassy of Saint Lucia, Taiwan issues statement on Wuhan coronavirus

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Embassy of Saint Lucia to the Republic of China (Taiwan) has issued the following statement on the Wuhan Coronavirus: Since its outbreak in Wuhan, China last month, the rapid international spread of the deadly coronavirus is of particular concern to the Government of Saint Lucia. Similar to the SARS epidemic of 2003 which killed hundreds of ...

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Government to combat cyber crime

(GIS) – Minister for Education, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert, met recently with heads of security, and telecommunications providers and regulators, to discuss to country’s response to cybercrime. Also present at the meeting were Attorney General Stephen Julien, Minister for National Security, Sen. Hermangild Francis, met the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force, and representatives from Digicel, FLOW and the National Telecommunications ...

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Invest Saint Lucia scores major successes in 2019 and expects more investments in 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) – 2019 turned out to be a good year for Saint Lucia with regards to economic development, largely thanks to Invest Saint Lucia’s effective negotiations with several local and foreign investors that resulted in new business ventures being established here. ISL is now gearing up for more big wins on the investment front, a number of which are ...

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NHC responds to alleged non-payment of January 2020 Salaries

(PRESS RELEASE) – Below is the full statement from NHC: To whom it may concern, Re: alleged nonpayment of January 2020 Salaries I would like to clarify a statement made by the NWU to various media houses on their investigation which presumably implicates me an NHC signatory in unethical and non-transparent behavior. In light of the Industrial Action taking place ...

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Unicomer and NWU negotiations at deadlock

(PRESS RELEASE) – Industrial negotiations between the Management of UNICOMER St. Lucia Limited and the National Workers Union (NWU) have reached deadlock. The parties began negotiations months ago. While tremendous strides have been made as evidenced in agreement on some fringe benefits, and that is encouraging, the hitch surrounds general wage increases for employees. During the talks thus far, the ...

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LUCELEC Sans Souci office closed for maintenance

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) office at Sans Souci closed on Monday, January 27, 2020 for urgent maintenance. The work is expected to span the remainder of this week. LUCELEC apologies to its customers for the closure and reminds them of the several other options available to ensure they are not unduly inconvenienced. Customers can ...

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Alleged non-payment of salaries to NHC staff being investigated

(PRESS RELEASE) – Employees of the Saint Lucia National Housing Corporation (SLNHC) made a disclosure to their Union, the National Workers Union (NWU) that they have not received their wages/salaries for the month of January 2020. The NWU undertook an investigation and notes with interest that someone seems to have cleaned the Housing Corporation’s account by paying Board members who ...

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Department of Health and Wellness makes preparations to reduce possible impact of new strain of coronovirus

(PRESS RELEASE) – The World Health Organization reported on the emergence of a new strain of corona virus 2019-nCov on January 9, 2020 in Wuhan, Hubei Province China. As of January 25, 2020, the WHO reported a total of 1320 confirmed cases of 2019-nCoV. 1,297 cases were reported from China. Twenty- three confirmed cases have been reported outside of China ...

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Prime Minister talks improvements in education

(GIS) – The Government of Saint Lucia remains committed to addressing the needs of the education system in 2020. Since assuming office in 2016, the administration has been taking a multifaceted approach to addressing ageing infrastructure, outdated curriculums and a lack of innovation. Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet outlined some projects which have already been implemented, as well as those ...

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Castries Mayor meets LGBTQ representatives

(PRESS RELEASE) – In hopes of continuing discussions on matters pertaining to the LGBTQ community, Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis on Monday hosted a successful meeting with LGBTQ groups United and Strong and the Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality, ECADE. The meeting, the first of its kind held by the Mayor’s Office, took place in ...

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Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash

SNO – US basketball legend, Kobe Brayant, was killed in a helicopter crash in California on Sunday, media reports indicate. Reports are that he was traveling in the private chopper with five other people when it burst into flames and went down. There were survivors. His 13-year-old daughter also died in the crash. The accident was confirmed by the City ...

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Ministry of Agriculture promotes green economy

(GIS) – The Ministry of Agriculture is educating the public on the green economy. An inclusive green economy is one that improves human well-being and builds social equity while reducing environmental risks and scarcities. For the Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture, the focus has been on sustainable development. Forestry Officer, Mr. Karl Augustine spoke on the work that ...

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Queens Commonwealth Essay Competition announces winners

(GIS) – Now in its 137th year, the Queens Commonwealth Essay competition sees thousands of participants. The competition is an opportunity for all young Commonwealth citizens and residents, regardless of region, education or background, to share ideas, celebrate their stories. and have their voices heard – all while developing key skills. Founder of SLUTERRA, Michelle N. Samuel, who is also ...

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Risk of coronavirus in Caribbean ‘low’ says CARPHA

(CARPHA) – As at 9th January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that a 2019 novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) was identified by Chinese authorities. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Executive Director of CARPHA, Dr. Joy St. John said “Presently, there have been no confirmed cases or reports of the 2019-nCoV in the Caribbean region and ...

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Meeting with US Secretary of State: Saint Lucia and US continue to strengthen ties

(PRESS RELEASE) – Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, has reported that the meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, was a welcome opportunity to engage with the administration on a series of initiatives important to the Government and People of Saint Lucia. At the Wednesday morning meeting which she attended along with other invited foreign ...

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Department of Health and Wellness prepares for new strain of coronavirus

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Health and Wellness continues to monitor the alerts issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) in relation to a new strain of coronavirus discovered in central China. The virus has been linked to respiratory tract infections in China and according to WHO, current evidence suggests that person-to-person transmission is limited. As of Wednesday, January ...

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St Lucia captures numerous accolades at 27th Annual World Travel Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) – Fresh off the heels of the announcement naming Saint Lucia as the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2019, the inspirational Caribbean Island has done it yet again, this time capturing the title of Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination 2020, at the 27th Annual World Travel Awards (WTA) that took place on January 20, 2020 in Nassau, Bahamas. Saint Lucia ...

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Young Saint Lucian chef featured at restaurant in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) – A young Saint Lucian chef has “wowed” patrons at a local restaurant in southern Taiwan. Nyhymn Terrance, a third-year Culinary-Arts Management student at I-Shou University, was the guest chef at Legends Bar and Grill in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. There, he treated 40 guests to dishes that spoke to his Caribbean heritage and the skills, styles, and techniques he ...

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Saint Lucia benefits from support to National Utilities Regulatory Commission

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia has received support from the U.S. Department of State, The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), announced Saint Lucia’s Ambassador to the United States, Anton Edmunds. Ambassador Edmunds noted that a request fielded by the Department of External Affairs for assistance for Saint Lucia’s National Utility Regulatory Commission (NURC), ...

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Internal fault triggers system shut down

(PRESS RELEASE) – The island experienced a total electrical system shutdown at approximately 7:55 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21. The power outage was caused by a major internal fault at the Cul De Sac power station. The fault triggered the protection systems at the power station, resulting in a total System shutdown. After the faulted zone was isolated, appropriate checks ...

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Keymanie shines as repeat junior golf champ

(PRESS RELEASE) – Keymanie Thomas was the centre of attention as the Grow Well Junior Golf Program held its 9th annual prize giving. The sixteen-year-old was one of several young golfers from the Gros Islet area honoured at the ceremony and exhibition at the Sandals Golf and Country Club. This capped a highly successful year, which saw Grow Well juniors ...

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Prime Minister meets with Caribbean Development Bank

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet is currently in Barbados meeting with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) President, Dr. William Warren Smith. The purpose of the one-day meeting is to discuss the Millennium Highway and West Coast Road Rehabilitation Project and other financing from CDB to the Government of Saint Lucia. The upgraded roads are expected to ...

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Saint Lucia ends 40th year of Independence with over 400k stay-over arrivals

(PRESS RELEASE) – The latest figures indicate that Saint Lucia has surpassed all previous records set with regards to stay-over arrivals. For the period January to December 2019, Saint Lucia recorded 423,736 stay-over visitors; the highest in the island’s history. This year marked the first time that the destination broke the 400,000 mark in stay-over arrivals in a one-year period. ...

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Micoud South drainage contracts signed to alleviate flooding

(PRESS RELEASE) – Today, seventeen (17) contracts were signed for drainage works in Micoud South under St. Lucia’s Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) with another 5 contracts under procurement and expected shortly. The signed works valued at XCD $1.7 million are focused in the communities of Desruisseaux, Blanchard, Anse Ger and Ti Rocher which have historically suffered from overland flooding ...

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Canelles Resort Project begins

(GIS) – The Government of Saint Lucia together with Galaxy Caribbean Developers broke ground for the construction of the Canelles Resort Project, earlier this week. The project is part of the government’s plan to bring progress and development to all parts of the island. “This hotel will fit in nicely with a number of other projects that are currently already ...

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Micoud residents and special interests invited to discussions on detailed designs for Volet Bridge Crossing, along the Micoud Highway

(PRESS RELEASE) – Residents of Volet and other neighboring communities in Micoud, are being invited to a community consultation this Sunday January 19, to discuss detailed design options prepared by Consultants, to deal with the perennial problem of flooding and road closure often created due to the failure of the Volet Bridge Culvert, located along the Micoud Highway. The Government ...

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Alert of “Assured” brand products

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Health And Wellness advises the general public that the Food and Drug Administration FDA has issued a warning against the “Assured” brand of over the counter (OTC) products found at the Dollar Tree stores in the United States of America USA. The Department of Health and Wellness is working with retailers who have these ...

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Government aims to reduce serious crime by 45 percent

(GIS) – Efforts by Government of Saint Lucia to improve citizen safety, are bearing fruit—so says Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet after a high caliber weapon was confiscated this past weekend. As part of its medium-term development plan for the period ending 2022, government has made citizen safety a key area of focus, with the aim of reducing serious crime ...

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2020 Saint Lucia Summer Festival launched

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) has launched the highly-anticipated 2020 Summer Festival. The festival includes four key events to be staged between May and November, beginning with Saint Lucia Jazz (May 7 – 9), followed by Saint Lucia Carnival in June and July. The Saint Lucia Roots and Soul Festival is slated for August, and in ...

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