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Central Castries sweeps to U14 football title

(SNO) — The battle of Castries concluded on Sunday evening, with the young footballing heroes of Mary Ann Street, Constitution Park, Derek Walcott Square, and The Sab prevailing. The boys of Mindoo Phillip Park, Bagatelle, Independence City, and Sunbilt were left to take second place. The event was the finale of the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. Under-14 Boys competition. ...

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“Blood moon” visible in Saint Lucia tonight

(SNO) — On Sunday night into Monday morning, stargazers will have front-row seats to one of nature’s spectacular event, a phenomenon known as a “blood moon”. And it will be visible right here in Saint Lucia. A blood moon takes place during a lunar eclipse but instead of the full moon disappearing entirely, as it happens during a normal eclipse, ...

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CPL economic impact surpasses US 100 million-dollar mark

(CMC) – For the first time in its six-year history, the total economic impact of the Caribbean Premier League has exceeded US$100 million, a 34 per cent increase over the the previous 2017 season. A report commissioned by CPL and compiled by researchers, SMG Insight, showed figures for the 2018 season of US$127, 355, 010, representing all seven countries in ...

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New Sunbilt store at Bexon opens

(PRESS RELEASE) — Sunbilt is pleased to announce the opening of its new store located in Bexon. This new location seeks to partner convenience with the best retail experience that customers have come to know with the trusted SUNBILT brand. The approximately 16,000 square-foot store is dynamically different in the range of high quality and unique products available, as it ...

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Body discovered in Micoud

(SNO) — Police have confirmed that a body was discovered in the vicinity of a coal pit in Anse Ger, Micoud and a post-mortem is scheduled to take place in a few days to determine the cause of death. The body has been identified as that of 53-year-old Martin Charlery who had been missing for several days. His decomposed body ...

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Cameron not the man for the job, says Grenada leader

(CMC) – The former chairman of CARICOM’s sub-committee on cricket, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, has given a vote of no-confidence in the leadership of Cricket West Indies (CWI) President, Dave Cameron. Speaking on Starcom Network’s Mason and Guest cricket show here, the veteran Grenada leader said while he had no personal issues with Cameron, the CWI top administrator’s management ...

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Cruise ship tourists attacked by bandits near Serenity Park

(SNO) — About three days after a local couple were robbed in Serenity Park, Castries, bandits attacked two German cruise ship visitors who had just exited the Park, according to law enforcement sources. The tourists, a mother and her daughter, were attacked in Sans Souci, sometime between 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, shortly after leaving Serenity Park, which ...

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FEATURE: Building the Caribbean digital economy bit by bit

(CMC) – Imagine disaster early warning systems using the latest tools offered by artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Imagine tourists having ubiquitous access to one Gigabit secure wireless hot spots. Imagine students engaged real time in data analytics with environmental scientists across the world via advanced networks. These are just a few examples of the leapfrogging possibilities that three Caribbean ...

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Saint Lucian shot and killed in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

(SNO) — The Virgin Islands Police Department (VIPD) is investigating the homicide case of 17-year-old Saint Lucian Jurvelle Marquell Felixien, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI), earlier this month. To date, there have been no reports of arrests, as Felixien’s relatives and friends in the Virgin Islands and Saint Lucia try to ...

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St. Lucia to host regional conference on drug policy for schools

(CMC) – The development and implementation of a drug policy for schools will be among matters discussed as health and family life education (HFLE) coordinators and other stakeholders from across the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) meet in St. Lucia later this month. The Guyana-based CARIFORUM Secretariat said that the January 21-23 meeting is expected to develop the draft Model School Drug ...

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St. Lucia pleased with record tourist arrivals in 2018

(CMC) – St. Lucia has recorded its best ever performance in visitor arrivals when more than 1.2 million people visited the Caribbean island last year, according to figures released here. Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee said that the 1,218,294 visitors who came here last year represent a 10.2 per cent increase over the 2017 figures, which had been a record-setting year ...

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54-year-old charged for “unlawful sexual intercourse” with 5-year-old in St. Vincent

(SNO) — A 54-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with the alleged sexual assault of a five-year-old girl, according to a statement from the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force (RSVGPF). The man, a labourer, has been charged with “allegedly compelling a five-year-old student to go from his porch to his bedroom,” the statement said. ...

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Richard Frederick describes schoolboys with guns as “recruits to a criminal empire”

(SNO) — Former government minister Richard Frederick has called on the police commissioner to investigate a photo in which two secondary schoolboys brandish firearms. Frederick, a lawyer and former minister for physical planning, housing, urban renewal and local government, made the call Thursday via his weekly live talk show, ‘Can I Help You’, on MBC television. During the show, he ...

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Saint Lucia police investigating gun-toting males in school uniform

(SNO) — The police are aware of a photograph circulating of two male individuals, in uniform from a secondary school in Dennery brandishing guns, according to law enforcement sources. In the photo received by our newsroom late Thursday, the students are wearing attire from the Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School. One of the individual points a handgun while the other ...

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Saint Lucians told to be on lookout for measles 

(SNO) — Although Saint Lucia has been free of the local transmission of measles since 1990, the Department of Health and Wellness is asking residents to keep a sharp eye because of the island’s travel ties with countries affected by the disease. In a statement, Acting Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Michelle Francois, stated that Saint Lucians must be educated on measles. ...

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St. Lucian hotelier takes on Caribbean Challenge Initiative

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucian hotelier Karolin Troubetzkoy has joined the Caribbean’s efforts to address the crisis of marine and coastal resources degradation with her appointment this week as Envoy of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI). CCI was launched in 2008 in response to the crisis facing the Caribbean’s marine and coastal resources. The organization serves as a voluntary, informal ...

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Bus driver shot in Castries discharged from hospital; sister offers reward to catch gunmen

(SNO) — The United States-based sister of a bus driver, who was shot during a robbery near his home in New village, Castries on Wednesday evening, has offered a reward of EC$5,000 to assisting in nabbing the culprits. Lucy Matyr, a registered nurse living in Pennsylvania, told St. Lucia News Online on Thursday that her brother, 53-year-old Ignatius Jn Baptiste, ...

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Contract for works to begin on reconstruction of Millennium Highway and West Coast Road to be signed on Wednesday

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Wednesday, January 23, the Department of Infrastructure will officially sign the consultancy agreement/contract for designs and will launch the “Millennium Highway and West Coast Roads Upgrading Project”. This signals immediate commencement of the project. The project will deliver: complete rehabilitation of the Millennium Highway (no more roller coaster rides), reconstruction of the West Coast roads from ...

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Saint Lucia’s Tevin. St Jean returns to Greek volleyball

(SNO) — Priority one for A.E. Komotini is to remain in the A1 Ethniki (Α1 Εθνική Κατηγορία), more commonly known as the Greek Volleyball League. The latest entrants to one of the world’s top volleyball leagues know that they will be facing some of the best players in the world on a weekly basis, hence their decision to strengthen the ...

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Saint Lucia’s Jeremie off to fast start with UK’s Stars Academy

(SNO) — Saint Lucia international Tyrece Jeremie is beginning to make a name for himself at Stars Football Academy in the United Kingdom. The young man left for England earlier this month, and has already played two games with Stars Football. The first, a friendly under-18 fixture against Stevenage Borough FC, provided the young Stars with the chance to play ...

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Saint Lucia takes backseat in Venezuela crisis

(SNO) — Although Saint Lucia voted at the Organization of American States (OAS) not to recognize Nicholas Maduro’s second term as president of Venezuela, the island said it will not interfere in the internal affairs of the crisis-racked South American country. Minister of External Affairs Sarah Flood-Beaubrun said Saint Lucia will not and do not support the principle of intervention ...

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Alleged child abduction attempt in Castries draws concern from Caribbean Mentorship Institute

(SNO) — President of Caribbean Mentorship Insititute, Felicia Browne, is expressing grave concerns over reports of the attempted abduction of a child in Ciceron, Castries. She said protection and safety are critical towards a child’s development. “Children have the right to live free from violence and the fear of living in violence,” she said. Reports are that a masked man ...

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Efforts begin to beautify Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Saint Lucians are invited to turn out in large numbers this Saturday (Jan. 19) as attempts are being initiated to beautify the island. The project is being undertaken by the Saint Lucia Office of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Greening the Caribbean. Saturday’s event will be the first activity for 2019, in the Choc area, and ...

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Saint Lucia Table Tennis in mourning

(SNO) — The table tennis fraternity in Saint Lucia is remembering the life of a former stalwart. Paul Christopher passed away over the weekend as a consequence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The National Table Tennis Association released the following statement on the death of the former teen sensation, who played at a high level for some two decades. ...

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SLP officials laugh at PM Chastanet’s explanation for DSH horse-race postponement

(SNO) — Officials of the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) are laughing at the explanation given by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet for the postponement of the much-touted Desert Star Holding’s (DSH) thoroughbred racing event. The event was carded for February 17, but according to the prime minister, local hotels won’t be able to accommodate guests because of a ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet welcomes new Cuban ambassador to Saint Lucia

(CMC) -Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has officially welcomed Cuba’s new ambassador to the island, Alejandro Simancas Marin. The new ambassador succeeds Jorge Francisco Soberon Luis. “I look forward to Ambassador Marin to continuing the fantastic work commenced by his predecessor,” Chastanet wrote on his official Facebook page. He noted that St. Lucia recently signed co-operative agreements with Cuba in the ...

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LPM leader concerned about the “senseless” murders and their impact on Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) Leader Therold Prudent has said that the “senseless” murders occurring in Saint Lucia will eventually have a serious impact on the image and economic viability of the country. The homicide case of 66-year-old British national Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway is one of those deaths that have further tarnished the image of the island, Prudent said. ...

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Man shot in Castries

(SNO) — A middle-aged bus driver has been hospitalised after he was robbed and shot near his residence in New Village, Castries on Wednesday evening, Jan. 16, according to law enforcement sources. The victim, identified as Ignatius Jn Baptiste, was accosted by several masked individuals after he parked his bus and was walking home. The bandits fled after shooting Jn ...

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75-year-old ‘Gaza Nani’ arrested for running small ‘cocaine empire’ in Suriname

(CMC) – The arrest of a 75-year-old grandmother on drug related charges is resulting in people hilariously trolling police and calling for her release. The woman had been arrested on Tuesday after police raided her home and found that she was running a small “cocaine empire” from her house in the western Paramaribo. The arrest of coke Nani (granny) Nankoemarie ...

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UK government survives no confidence vote

(BBC) — UK Prime Minister Theresa May has seen off a bid to remove her government from power, winning a no confidence vote by 325 to 306. Rebel Tory MPs and the DUP – who 24 hours ago rejected the PM’s Brexit plan – voted to keep her in Downing Street. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn argued that Mrs May’s “zombie” ...

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Saint Lucia records slight increase in dengue cases for 2018; ministry bolsters preventative methods

(SNO) — The Ministry of Health is reporting a slight increase in the mosquito-borne disease, dengue fever, in Saint Lucia, and said it is ramping up preventative measures to combat it. Acting National Epidemiologist Dr. Michelle Francois said although dengue fever is endemic to Saint Lucia, it is necessary that measures are put in place to reduce the incidence of ...

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Trinidad: THA Chief Secretary disappointed at Sandals withdrawal

(CMC) – The Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA), Kelvin Charles, has described as a “tremendous blow” to the tourism thrust on the island, the decision by Sandals Resort International (SRI) to withdraw its participation in the establishment of a multi-million-dollar resort in Tobago. “This is a tremendous blow to our tourism thrust, which is one of ...

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Millet residents get assurance of compensation in water implementation project

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

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Two injured in Marigot and Laborie road accidents

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

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CSA pledges to pursue matter with LUCELEC in 2019

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

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Castries makes list of most scenic towns

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

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UK PM faces ‘no confidence vote’ after defeat

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

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

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

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Rihanna sues her dad over use of their last name

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

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

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

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Trisonic transformers unsafe says SLBS

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

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

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

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

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

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Sandals pulls out of major hotel project in Tobago

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

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

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

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

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

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MPs reject PM’s Brexit deal

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

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

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

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SLASPA changes rules at port for vehicle importation

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

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Saint Lucia police take aim at cold cases

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

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Laborie Primary School students to showcase their best for Independence Pageant

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

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

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

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

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

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UK prepares for historic vote on Brexit deal

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

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