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Saint Lucian hotelier says get online or get left behind

(PRESS RELEASE) — Leading Caribbean hotelier, Sanovnik Destang, Executive Director of Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, is encouraging fellow tourism industry professionals to fully embrace the use of technology to drive business to their hotels, restaurants and attractions. Destang opined that continued investment in the benefits of technology is critically important if regional businesses are to survive in today’s ...

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Saint Lucia concludes consultation on crime and security rapid assessment study 

(PRESS RELEASE) — Key representatives from the law enforcement and social work sectors participated in a two-day consultation on the findings of a CARICOM commissioned- European Development Fund-supported study entitled “Rapid Assessment of Risks, Threats and Protective Factors Crime and Violence Prevention Project”. Deliberations took place at the Golden Palm Conference Centre in Rodney from July 10-11, 2018. Participants were ...

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Saint Lucia “pleased with the positives” of US State Department 2019 Trafficking In Persons Report

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia keeps her spot at Tier Two in the Trafficking In Persons  Report rankings for 2019, recently issued by the United States Department of State. The island has made significant strides according to the global report. However, ascending to Tier One would most likely remain elusive until the State has successfully prosecuted trafficking-in-persons cases in a ...

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Homicide at Marina Street in Gros Islet

(PRESS RELEASE) — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident which resulted in the death of Marjele Williams, a 26-year-old resident of Massade, Gros Islet. About 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, 2019, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department of the Gros Islet Police Station received a report of a stabbing at Marina Street in Gros Islet. Upon ...

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Invest Saint Lucia to launch Business Incubator and Accelerator Programme

(PRESS RELEASE) – Invest Saint Lucia is today one step closer to the launch of a Business Incubator and Accelerator Programme, designed to foster greater entrepreneurship on the island, through effective nurturing, mentorship and direct access to markets. Representatives from several local government agencies, banking officials, young entrepreneurs and other key stakeholders, met at the Coco Palm Resort on Tuesday, ...

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Caribbean countries urged to prepare for heatwaves

In view of the current heatwaves in Europe and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the Region to be prepared, due to the impact that this could have on peoples’ health, including the risk of death. During the southern hemisphere’s summer of 2018-2019, ...

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Ti Kaye’s Kai Manje Restaurant wins fourth Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’ Award

(PRESS RELEASE) — Kai Manje Restaurant at Ti Kaye Resort and Spa, a unique boutique resort located in Anse Cochon, Saint Lucia, is again in the spotlight after receiving recognition from Wine Spectator for an exceptional wine and culinary program. The restaurant this week received their fourth Wine Spectator ‘Best of Award of Excellence’, to bring the total number of ...

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Tribe of Twel wins King and Queen Band titles

(PRESS RELEASE) — Events Company of Saint Lucia Inc. (ECSL) and the Carnival Bands Association (CBA) are pleased to announce the results of the 2019 National King & Queen of the Bands Competition following the activities held on Thursday, July 11 at Carnival City, The Sab in Vigie. The results for the Queen of the Bands are as follows: 4th ...

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Usain Bolt “endorsed” Saint Lucia government’s sports development plans: Chastanet

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is “happy” that legendary retired Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt endorsed his government’s plans for sports development. Chastanet revealed in a post on his official Facebook page that he had the opportunity this morning to host Bolt who arrived in Saint Lucia to “participate and experience” a few events for Saint Lucia Carnival. The ...

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Demystifying leadership (commentary by Trevlyn Bonaparte)

Recent discourse on social media platforms has led me to conclude that we need to have a discussion on leadership, characteristics of good leaders and statesmanship. Sixty-eight years after universal adult suffrage (the right to vote), we seemed to be stuck with the archaic concept of charismatic leadership. If the voters have no clue what a good leader is, or ...

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Gros Islet man died from stab wound to the heart

A 16-year-old female is currently in police custody being questioned in connection with the fatal stabbing of a 26-year-old Gros Islet man on Thursday morning around 9 a.m. The deceased has been identified as Marjele Williams, also known as Marley and Moon Head. A post-mortem examination conducted later Thursday revealed that Williams died from a stab wound to the heart. ...

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CSA “happy” to report: reached settlement with government

(PRESS RELEASE) — I wish to advise all CSA members that negotiations with the Government of Saint Lucia was finalized on Monday, July 8th, 2019 and the CSA is happy to report that we have reached settlement on most of the proposals submitted on your behalf. The CSA is aware that there are individuals or groups who are currently attempting ...

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Buckeye St. Lucia employees join CSA

(PRESS RELEASE) — Employees of Buckeye St. Lucia Terminals Ltd. have joined the St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA). In accordance with section 357(1) of the Labour Act No. 37 of 2006, the CSA has written to the labour commissioner requesting certification as the exclusive bargaining agent for the said employees. The CSA is now awaiting a response from the ...

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Young Saint Lucian entrepreneur explores new horizons in Denmark

For the first time, three youth entrepreneurs from the OECS pitched their business startups at the Creative Business Cup (CBC) in Copenhagen, Denmark. Kenna Questelles George from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, founder of LinkUp; Tamara Prosper from Grenada, founder of Tambaran by Tamara; and Denell Florius from Saint Lucia, founder of EcoCarib. The CBC programme is an event intended ...

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Did you know St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent adopted a species of parrot as their national bird?

Did you know St. Lucia, Dominica, and St. Vincent has adopted a species of parrot as their national bird? The Jako (Amazona versicolor) is the St. Lucia Parrot, the Sisserou Parrot (Amazona imperialis) belongs to Dominica and Amazona guildingii is the St. Vincent Parrot. The St. Lucia and Dominica Parrot are used to support these islands’ Coat of Arms. All ...

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Cops in Saint Lucia ‘brutality video’ should be suspended: Browne

Local Human Rights Advocate Felicia Browne has said the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force must continue to educate its personnel on human rights and its importance to uphold them. Browne made those comments in response to a recent viral video in which a police officer brutalises a handcuffed male suspect. The incident reportedly occurred in Vieux Fort on Wednesday. She ...

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Prosecutors object to moving Amber Guyger’s trial out of Dallas for shooting Botham Jean

(DALLASNEWS.COM) — Dallas County prosecutors filed a two-page motion Wednesday objecting to fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger’s defense attorneys’ request to move her murder trial to another county. The filing was in response to a motion filed Monday by defense attorneys arguing that the publicity was so pervasive and inflammatory that Guyger could not receive a fair trial in ...

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Saint Lucia police criticised after ‘brutality’ video surfaces

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force is once again under public scrutiny after a video of a man being beaten by an individual dressed in military uniform normally used by the Force’s Special Services Unit surfaces on social media. SEE VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE According to reports, the incident occurred Wednesday morning in Vieux Fort. In the 11-second video, a man ...

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Saint Lucian attends Fashion & Contemporary Design Accelerator

(PRESS RELEASE) – Recently held in Trinidad & Tobago was the Fashion & Contemporary Design Accelerator hosted by a collaboration of The Caribbean Export Delopment Agency (CEDA) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), through the Cultural and Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) at the University of Trinidad & Tobago. The aim was to enable a larger cadre of professionals within ...

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‘A sham and mockery of the constitution’

STATEMENT BY HON MOSES JN BAPTISTE AT THE SAINT LUCIA LABOUR PARTY’S PRESS CONFERENCE, TUESDAY JULY 9TH, 2019 Opposition leader, Hon. Philip J. Pierre, has written to the Governor General, Sir Neville Emmanuel Cenac, advising him to revoke the recent appointments of the members of the Public Service Commission and the Teaching Service Commission. According to the Leader of the ...

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Saint Lucia’s passport ranks fourth in the OECS

(PRESS RELEASE) — Moving into the third quarter of 2019, Saint Lucia captured the fourth spot in the OECS, on the Henley Passport Index,with a visa-free/visa-on-arrival score of 144. This latest ranking of passport power and global mobility – which is based on exclusive data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) – saw Saint Lucia move one rank up ...

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Teacher’s Union wins Inter-Commercial House Calypso Competition

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Teacher’s Union has emerged the winner of the 2019 Inter-Commercial House Calypso Competition staged last evening at the National Cultural Center. The first-place went to Lean Beausoleil with her stage name Lily, performing to “He’s Coming For You”. Second-place was captured by Lady Proxy of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force, performing her song “De ...

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Sandals Foundation fulfills promise to Faces of Cancer

(PRESS RELEASE) — When the Sandals Foundation brought their highly successful benefit concert, Vibes on the Island, to St. Lucia in June last year, the goal was to raise enough funds to undertake major upgrading work at two St. Lucian not-for-profit organizations – Faces of Cancer and the Salvation Army Child Care Centre. Now, a year later, both goals have ...

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Amber Guyger’s attorneys want her murder trial for killing Botham Jean moved to new venue

(DALLASNEWS.COM) – Fired Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger’s attorneys asked a judge Monday to move her murder trial out of Dallas, citing “media hysteria” surrounding the fatal shooting of Botham Jean. Guyger, 30, killed Jean on Sept. 6 inside his apartment when she was off-duty but still in uniform. Authorities said she mistook his apartment for her own. She said ...

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UPDATED: Usain Bolt in Saint Lucia this week

Usain Bolt will be returning to one of his favourite places to vacation in the world: Saint Lucia. However, the legendary Jamaican sprinter will take some of his ‘pleasure’ time to mingle with local sportsmen and women. According to Sandals, in a media advisory on Monday, Bolt “will be hosting a number of Saint Lucia’s young sportsmen and women at ...

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Inter-Commercial House Calypso competition is on tomorrow!

Nine companies/organisations are down to compete in the Inter-Commercial House Calypso Competition that takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 9 at the National Cultural Center. The organisations are: Teacher’s Union, LUCELEC, Jn Marie Gas Station, Massy Group of Companies, St. Lucia Fire Service, St. Lucia Royal Police Force, Bay Gardens Resorts, Bordelais Correctional Facility, and Bank of St. Lucia. Recently-crowned Groovy ...

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Sir Arthur Lewis Community College inks partnership with Niagara College

(PRESS RELEASE) — A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Niagara College (NC) and Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC). As part of the MOU, Niagara College and SALCC will explore potential opportunities for student and faculty exchanges as well as academic pathways. “I am very pleased to be able to support the strengthening of ties in the Caribbean ...

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Diesel price decreased, cylinder prices increased in latest fuel price adjustments

(PRESS RELEASE) — The public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of gasoline and kerosene remains unchanged. The retail price of diesel, LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price changes take effect from Monday July 08, ...

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Gros Islet claims Junior Band of the Year 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) — Junior revelers went all out to wow the audience with their performances during their Junior Carnival at the Sab in Vigie Sunday, July 7, 2019. Approximately 600 Junior Revelers participated in eight carnival bands namely: Harmony Kids, Explosive Mas, Nous Wivay, Royalites Xtreme, Splash HD, Xtatic Kids, Insommeil and Gros Islet Junior Carnival Band. This was a ...

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St. Lucian graduates with top academic award in Canada

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Thursday, June 13, St. Lucian national Lisa-Monique Edward graduated from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. This ceremony marked her completion of a bachelor of medical sciences degree with an honours pecialization in computational biochemistry. On that day, Ms. Edward was also presented with the 2019 Rossiter Award for research excellence. The Rossiter Award is one ...

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A call for Caribbean governments to tax cruise sector more and tax air passengers less (commentary by Robert MacLellan)

Can tourism-dependent Caribbean governments learn something from oil producing countries? When relatively small and poor oil-producing governments sought to get a fair price for oil – their main source of national revenue – they banded together to negotiate more effectively with the multi-national oil companies and the larger developed nations, which were the major consumers of their oil. In 1960 ...

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Power Soca king Ricky T dedicates victory to his daughter

Ricky T has successfully defended his Power Soca Monarch title, dedicating his 2019 win to his daughter. “This one is actually for my daughter. She told me daddy go and win that one for me, so this one is basically for my daughter,” he told reporters after collecting his trophy and crown. His winning song was entitled Mess. Second place ...

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Dennery Segment artiste wins 2019 Groovy Monarch title

The 2019 Groovy Soca Monarch title belongs to Dennery Segment artiste Sly who represented the Vye Twizeen Boyz. Sly, whose real name is Sylvinus Charles, is a 27-year-old fire officer attached to the Micoud Fire Station. He won the competition, held at the Sab Playing Field, with a total of 378 points. Sly told reporters after collecting his trophy and ...

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Jet ski used by missing Americans found off Guadeloupe

(BARBADOS NATION) — Early yesterday afternoon, personnel from the French Navy reported to their counterparts at the Barbados Coast Guard that a jet ski bearing the registration number of the one that went missing on June 24, with two American tourists aboard, was spotted off the coast of Guadeloupe. However, French authorities said there was no sign of the couple, ...

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Saint Lucia and Grenada to benefit from access to insurance for the fisheries sector

(PRESS RELEASE) — CCRIF SPC and the World Bank are pleased to announce that on July 1, the Facility issued the Caribbean Oceans and Aquaculture Sustainability FaciliTy (COAST) fisheries parametric insurance policy to two of its member governments – Grenada and Saint Lucia. The COAST insurance policies provide coverage for fisherfolk and other players in the fisheries industry to enable ...

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Miss Laborie Credit Union crowned Saint Lucia’s 2019 Carnival Queen

(PRESS RELEASE) — Events Company of Saint Lucia (ECSL) and the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) congratulate the eight fabulous young ladies who competed in the 2019 National Queen Pageant. With a bursting sold-out venue on the evening of July 5 at the Ramp on Rodney Bay, the queen pageant came to an end after weeks of preparations by the young ...

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Therold Prudent redefining representation for Gros Islet: A forward vision

(PRESS RELEASE) — The issue of adequate and quality healthcare for the people of the Gros Islet constituency, the most populous region in St Lucia, is very dear to my heart. Therefore, if given the opportunity to become the next district representative of Gros Islet, I will endeavour, after consultation with my constituents, to address this critical situation and to ...

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Saint Lucia records highest number of arrivals in island’s history

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia continues to recognize growth in tourism arrivals in 2019. For the five-month period, January to May, the island recorded 185,568 stay-over arrivals, 6.1% more than the same period last year, which makes this the largest number of stay-over arrivals ever recorded in the island’s history. In the first quarter of the year, increases of 24.8% ...

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Man of Saint Lucian descent killed by female cop in St. Maarten

A young man of Saint Lucian heritage — one of two armed robbery suspects shot by an off-duty female police officer in a St. Maarten supermarket at about 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 — has succumbed to his injuries, according to police and media reports from the Dutch Caribbean island. Police said Chadwyn Francis died on Friday morning, July ...

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New golf resort Cabot Saint Lucia slated for 2021 tee off

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia will soon boast yet another major tourism investment. Facilitated by Invest Saint Lucia, Cabot, one of Canada’s premier luxury golf resort and residential communities, launched its first-ever international property on the island of Saint Lucia. Named Cabot Saint Lucia, this new development boasts an extensive range of amenities including a golf club, residential community, and ...

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I.AM. Jet Centre set to improve Saint Lucia’s aviation experience

(PRESS RELEASE) – Invest Saint Lucia, the island’s investment promotion agencies, is pleased to announce yet another of its efforts coming to fruition. Thanks to their competent and diligent hard work, Saint Lucia’s tourism industry is on the receiving end of yet another remarkable investment opportunity, that of the I.AM. Jet Centre. Under the terms of the agreement, I.AM. Jet ...

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NIC says it is “confident in its decision” to invest in Cabot (St Lucia) Inc.

NIC STATEMENT ON RECENT INVESTMENT The National Insurance Corporation’s most recent investment has generated much discussion and concern. The purpose of this statement is to reassure all our stakeholders, in particular, our contributors, that the NIC at all time acts within the parameters of its Investment Policy and Guidelines which has been in effect since 2002. The propriety, rigour, and ...

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CARICOM Chairman Allen Chastanet pledges support to St. Vincent and the Grenadines

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet has called on fellow leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) to support St. Vincent and Grenadines’ tenure on the United Nations Security Council. Prime Minister Chastanet, who assumed chairmanship of CARICOM on July 1, 2019, during an Address to the Opening Ceremony of The Fortieth Regular Meeting of the ...

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Saint Lucia to pilot waste recycling project

(PRESS RELEASE) — There is a growing awareness worldwide of the negative ecological and aesthetic impact of improper disposal of single-use plastics. In response, the governments of the member states of the OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) sub-region have been instituting policies, programs, and legislative measures in their respective jurisdictions, to address this challenge. The Ministry of European and ...

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19 Saint Lucian boxers announced for upcoming bouts

England-based Dudley O’Shaughnessy headlines a squad of 19 pugilists shortlisted by the Saint Lucia Boxing Association for two major upcoming engagements. Born in East London, O’Shaughnessy was the 2010 British amateur welterweight champion. Weighing in at 69 kg / 152 lbs and standing 1.85m/6’1″, he donned Saint Lucia colours at the 2019 AMBC Pan American Games Qualifiers in Managua, Nicaragua, ...

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Police break up huge ‘modern day slavery’ ring in UK

(AP) — Details about what prosecutors have called one of Britain’s largest-ever modern day slavery rings have emerged with the conviction of eight people originally from Poland. Prosecutors say more than 400 victims were forced to work for minuscule wages while their masters earned some 2 million pounds and lived a luxurious lifestyle. Reporting restrictions were lifted Friday, allowing details ...

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The shooting of Botham Jean by my niece, Amber Guyger, was not a lynching

This opinion article, written by Nancy Bishop, aunt of Amber Guyger, appeared originally in The Dallas Morning News For 10 months people have demonized and vilified my niece Amber Guyger, a former Dallas police officer who was indicted in the murder of Botham Jean. Recently, Njoki McElroy, director of the Oral Fixation storytelling series, went a step further by claiming ...

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Call made for reform of Caricom institutions

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) leaders began there annual summit here on Wednesday with the incoming chairman, Allen Chastanet, calling for a critical analysis of the 15-member regional grouping. Chastanet, the host prime minister, said at the opening ceremony that “can we say we are satisfied with our current status? Do we believe that all our citizens or even ...

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St. Lucia’s Mercury Fest to feature Jamaican artistes Wayne Wonder, Kranium and Dennery Segment megastars

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority is proud to be associated with the second annual Mercury Fest slated for July 20, 2019. The ultimate beach party produced by Epic Events is one of the most anticipated highlights of the summer. Jamaican reggae and dancehall artistes Wayne Wonder and Kranium will headline the event along with local performances by ...

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Vieux Fort man dies after being shot in the head

Police have confirmed that a Vieux Fort man who was shot with a spear gun late last month has died. Stephen Octave, 25, succumbed to his injuries on Wednesday evening (July 3), police said. According to reports, Octave was shot in the head on June 30 in Bruceville, Vieux Fort by a male suspect. One individual was held in police ...

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Daren Sammy picked as team captain for Brampton Wolves in Canada

(PRESS RELEASE) — Daren Sammy, former West Indies captain and two-time T20 World Cup champion, will take the helm as captain of the new Brampton Wolves team during the Global T20 Canada league this summer. Sammy, who last year captained the Toronto Nationals, says he is excited for this new chapter with a new team which includes other world-class international ...

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Southern California shaken by 6.4 magnitude earthquake

(BBC) — Southern California has been struck by a moderate earthquake, of 6.4 magnitude, which has caused some fires. The tremor’s epicentre was near the city of Ridgecrest, about 150 miles (240 km) northeast of Los Angeles. People from the Mojave Desert to the Pacific coast are reported to have felt shaking as the US celebrated Independence Day. Firefighters said ...

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12 noon July 4, 2019 weather update

12:00 NOON WEATHER REPORT DATE: 04TH JULY, 2019 FORECASTER: AVLON CHARLERY PRESENT WEATHER AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS CLOUDY WITH LIGHT SHOWERS. PRESENT WEATHER AT GFL CHARLES AIRPORT IS CLOUDY WITH SHOWERS. PRESENT TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS 25 C OR 77 F. LAST NIGHT’S MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT WAS 25 C OR 77 F. WIND AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS ...

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OECS Commission continues to support development of hospitality students

In a continuing effort to further the development of hospitality students at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC), the Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) provided yet another opportunity for the students to hone their craft through practical experience. Students were given the prestigious opportunity to host a Diplomatic Lunch on Friday, June 28, 2019, attended ...

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Great savings at Bay Gardens Resorts for St. Lucia Festival

(PRESS RELEASE) — Bay Gardens Resorts is offering deep discounts for visitors attending this summer’s Saint Lucia Roots and Soul Festival. The festival, from August 23 to 25, features well known local, regional and international artists, including St. Lucian songstress Naomie Grandison, Jamaican reggae star Tarrus Riley, British R&B sensation Estelle, and popular American artists Ginuwine and Mýa. Visitors to ...

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Excellent Stores St Lucia launches Gift Registry Service

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Wednesday, June 25, Excellent Stores St Lucia officially launched its Gift Registry Service. Lauded as an unrivaled experience, Excellent Stores Gift Registry offers the finest gift selection, allowing individuals to create and share with friends and family the perfect gift list for all of life’s special moments—from weddings and house warmings to baby showers and christenings ...

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Sammy set for GT20 return with Brampton Wolves

In 2018, former West Indies captain Daren Sammy led the Toronto Nationals in Canada’s Global T20 (GT20) cricket league. Unfortunately, the Nationals ended bottom of the six-team league, with just two wins from six games. Sammy is back for the 2019 edition, which will begin at the end of July. And this time, he will turn out for a new ...

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NWU, NHC settle industrial impasse

(PRESS RELEASE) — The management of Saint Lucia National Housing Corporation and the National Workers Union (NWU) have settled their industrial impasse. The following is the Accord: The two workers who had their positions made redundant would be reinstated. Letters will be sent to both workers. The NWU would positively consider the establishment of a three-year agreement at the next round ...

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Barbados PM meets with missing couple’s families

(BARBADOS NATION) — Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley met today with members of the family of missing tourists Oscar Suarez and Magdelena Devil at Ilaro Court. The couple went missing last week Monday after renting a Jet Ski on a beach on Holetown. They were last seen on CCTV heading out to sea in a southerly direction. After extensive searches ...

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