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PM: Cuban Ambassador was a “very dear friend of Saint Lucia”

(PRESS RELEASE) — A special Investiture ceremony was held on Thursday December 6, 2018 at the Government House of Saint Lucia with the recipient of the honour being the Ambassador Extraordinary of the Republic of Cuba to Saint Lucia. His Excellency Sir Emmanuel Neville Cenac, Governor General of Saint Lucia, on the advice of the Prime Minister, bestowed on His ...

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St. Lucia special needs persons treated to day of fun with Digicel

(PRESS RELEASE) — Digicel’s Festival of Fun was a day to remember for hundreds of persons with special needs across St. Lucia, as the complete communications and entertainment company hosted the inclusive event for the seventh consecutive year. This event, which is geared at bringing smiles to persons with special needs across the country, was this year held at the ...

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PM’s wife says Saint Lucian police, firefighters put their lives on the line daily for very little in return

(PRESS RELEASE) — After months of planning, the third annual Make it Happen Foundation Officers’ Ball came to life at the Sandals Grande Beach Resort & Spa on December 1st. Annually, the fundraising gala features a night of entertainment aimed at raising money for projects which build upon the strength, resources and morale of police and fire fighters island-wide. Held ...

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Odlum-Smith resets national fly record

(SNO) — Jayhan Odlum-Smith began competition at the 14th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou, China on Wednesday evening. The teenager, turning 17 in January, contested the first of his two events, the men’s 100m butterfly. Although he finished 57th overall, the young man set a new personal best, Saint Lucia age group best, and a Saint ...

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Saint Lucia among Caribbean islands rocked by series of earthquakes

(CMC) – Several Caribbean islands were rocked by earthquakes during a six hour period overnight, the Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the St. Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) reported Wednesday. It said there were no immediate damage or injuries as a result of the quakes, but terrified residents in Dominica and some other islands ...

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Saint Lucia health officials warn against consuming unsafe meat

(CMC) – Health authorities are warning against consuming unsafe meat during the National Day and Christmas holidays. St. Lucia observes its national day on Thursday with a public holiday and the Environmental Health Division Wednesday appealed to consumers not to purchase meat that has not been inspected since it may have a disease or be unfit for human consumption. It ...

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Grenada PM calls for easier intra-Caribbean travel during UWP convention in Vieux Fort

(CMC) – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell has called on Caribbean countries to make sincere efforts to encourage easier intra-regional travel and do away with the heavy taxes that discourage free movement of the region’s population. “We have to have more transport, sea and air transport. But if we have it and it is too costly, we still don’t ...

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Virginia Albert-Poyotte calls for criminal prosecution of those responsible for circulating sex video featuring school child

(CMC) – A former president of the St. Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU) is calling on stakeholders including the police to take the necessary action against those responsible for the circulation of a video on social media showing a school girl in uniform engaged in sexual acts. “This is getting out of hand,” Virginia Albert-Poyotte, a veteran educator told an on-line ...

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BREAKING NEWS: One dead, another injured in Chaussee shooting

(SNO) – Police are investigating the death of a man and the injuring of another during a shooting on Chaussee Road, Castries on Friday night  (Dec. 7) about 8 p.m. The names of the victims have not been released pending notification of their immediate relatives. The incident comes after the shooting of Bois Patat resident Johnny Jeffers on Chaussee Road during ...

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Sandals Resorts International completes $12-million upgrade

(SNO) — Sandals Resorts International is reporting the completion of a $12-million upgrade at its Halcyon Hotel here in Saint Lucia. The hotel will see upgrades of 76 club rooms as well as the installation of a 540-feet swimming pool. Mark Harding, senior project manager at Sandals, boasted that its pool is the longest in the region. “We think it ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two gunmen attack Rodney Heights business

(SNO) — Western Technology Group Inc. was closed on Thursday after at least two masked gunmen attacked the Rodney Heights, Gros Islet branch on Wednesday evening, according to police. The bandits escaped with an undisclosed sum of cash. The incident occurred after 7 p.m. An employee was held at gunpoint but no one was reported injured. The attack was captured ...

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Blanchard wins D6 Road Race

(SNO) — Chester Bryan, Noellisa Federich and Blanchard Combined were the big winners in the District 6 Primary Schools Road Race on Wednesday (Nov 21). The race went from the George Odlum Stadium to the Phillip Marcellin Grounds. Augier Combined School edged Blanchard Combined for the boys’ title, 31 to 29, with Vieux Fort on 20, and Plain View on ...

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Opposition files motion of no confidence in St. Lucia government

(CMC) – The main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) Tuesday filed a motion of no confidence against the government of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, calling also for his immediate resignation as the head of the two and a half year-old administration. “In my capacity as leader of the Parliamentary Opposition and leader of the St. Lucia Labour Party, I ...

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CSA concludes wage negotiations with WASCO

(SNO) — The St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has announced that it has successfully concluded negotiations negotiations with the Water & Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) for two trienniums covering the period January 1st 2013 to December 31st, 2018. The Collective Bargaining Agreement was signed by both parties on Friday November 16th, 2018 in the presence of the Labour Commissioner. ...

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SLP to file motion of no confidence in PM Chastanet

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) said it will be filing a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister and Finance Minister Allen Chastanet. It will also call for his immediate resignation. The party said this will be done on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 before the commencement of Parliament. A copy of the motion will be delivered to ...

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Two hundred youths gather to pray for Saint Lucia at night vigil

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Youth Power Group (YPG Saint Lucia) held its first ever Night Vigil on Friday 16th November,2018. More than 200 youths along with their parents attended the YPG Night Vigil which began at 10pm and ended at 5am to pray for the youths in the country. Youths from all over Saint Lucia attended this Night Vigil namely ...

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Body found in ravine in Monchy

(SNO) — The body of a man was reportedly found in a ravine in Monchy, Gros Islet, SNO has been informed. Details are sketchy at this time but information is that the body was found in Ravine Macock on Monday morning. Reports are that it was found by a resident of the area lying in a face-down position in a ...

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Police investigate shooting death of Castries man

(SNO) — The police say they are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Dandra Phillip, a 23-year-old resident of Independence City, Castries. They say they are also investigating a shooting incident in Ciceron. According to a statement from the police, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report of a lifeless body, about 6:15 a.m. on Sunday, ...

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Saint Lucia held by Cayman Islands in Concacaf qualifier

(SNO) –– Saint Lucia were left frustrated on Match-day 3 in Concacaf Nations League qualifier, ending in a scoreless draw away to the Cayman Islands at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex on Saturday night. It was a first point after three matches for the home team, whilst Saint Lucia now have a win, a loss, and a draw, with their ...

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Vehicle of Renwick & Company Ltd recovered after armed robbery

(SNO) — A vehicle belonging to Renwick & Company Ltd which was taken after an armed robbery by gunmen has been recovered. However, it was discovered in a precipice, a company spokesperson said. The robbery of the company’s Chocolisto sales van occurred in Jacmel on Monday, November 12. Rhain Rivers of Renwick & Company told Caribbean Hotfm that employees were ...

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Taiwan to lend Saint Lucia US$100 million for airport redevelopment project

(SNO) — Taiwan has agreed to lend Saint Lucia US$100-million for the redevelopment of Hewanorra International Airport, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has revealed. The prime minister addressed the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce last week Thursday where he touched on a variety of areas including infrastructure, health care, education and economic development. “We have come to an agreement with the ...

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Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia wants immediate resignation of Health Minister

(SNO) — Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc. is of the belief that public health employees should demand the immediate resignation of the entire hierarchy of the Ministry of Health, specifically Mary Issac, the health minister. The organization is also accusing Prime Minister Allen Chastanent of trying to dismantle the public health, education, security and social services systems on the ...

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LPG cylinder prices go up in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — The prices of LPG cylinders will be going up in Saint Lucia effective Monday, November 19, 2018. A statement from the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, the price changes were done to keep with with changes in international oil prices and government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism. However, ...

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Two Saint Lucians vie for Caribbean Wellness Ambassador title

(PRESS RELEASE) — There is only one week left for voting to propel Saint Lucia’s nominees for the Caribbean Wellness Ambassador into the final round of the contest. Abegail Sandy, Founder of She Naturals Saint Lucia & Grenada and Kestin Greco, a Yoga Teacher, are the two Saint Lucians represented among the twenty candidates vying for the title. Abegail Sandy’s ...

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Gov’t moving to rectify St. Jude Hospital issue, PM Chastanet says

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanent has said that his government is moving to rectify the long-running St. Jude Hospital issue. Addressing the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce this week, he said the designs and the engineering drawings for the project have been completed and funding has been secured for the proposed new wing. “We are moving as fast as ...

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Dominica could move to legalizing small portions of marijuana

(SNO) — Prime Minister of Dominica Roosevelt Skerrit has said he does not believe someone should be prosecuted for possession of small quantities of marijuana. Speaking at a national consultation on the controversial subject in Dominica on Friday, he said that despite different views, he is satisfied that some consensus can be found almost immediately even while dialogue continues on ...

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Jermain Defoe gets major award for charity work in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe was honoured with an OBE at Buckingham Palace on Friday, receiving the award from Prince Charles for his charity work helping kids in Saint Lucia. This was to recognise services by his Jermain Defoe Foundation, which supports homeless, vulnerable and abused children in his family’s home country of Saint Lucia, surrounding Caribbean Islands and ...

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Saint Lucia set for Nations League tilt in Cayman Islands

(SNO) — Many observers have touted Saint Lucia as one of the pleasant surprises of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying, with an ‘upset’ win over Antigua and Barbuda away, and a narrow, last-gasp 2-1 loss to Haiti at a neutral venue. Conversely, the Cayman Islands are still hunting their first win, but Saint Lucia will hope to keep them hunting upon ...

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Judge orders White House to return Jim Acosta’s press pass

(CNN) — Federal judge Timothy J. Kelly sided with CNN on Friday, ordering the White House to reinstate chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta’s press pass. The ruling was an initial victory for CNN in its lawsuit against President Trump and several top aides. The lawsuit alleges that CNN and Acosta’s First and Fifth Amendment rights are being violated by ...

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NWU says workers in Saint Lucia are hurting

(SNO) — The National Workers Union (NWU) has said its members are hurting and is making it clear to the government that it wants a lump sum payout for more than 1,000 daily-paid workers employed in the public service. And the union wants that money by Christmas. Tyrone Maynard of the NWU said at a press conference that if its ...

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National Students’ Council elects new executive

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Tuesday November 13th, 2017, a new executive of the Saint Lucia National Students’ Council was elected during its Annual General Assembly at the Pastoral Centre in Marisule, Gros Islet. The General Conference was attended by fourteen (14) students councils from schools around the island. The assembly seeks to foster unity throughout the national student body through ...

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Gov’t to institute US$20-million health system strengthening project

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Government of Saint Lucia is embarking on a Health System Strengthening Project to improve the accessibility, efficiency and responsiveness of key health services. The project has four components and Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, and External Affairs Honourable Allen Chastanet, explained to the House of Assembly that each component will benefit ...

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CMO calls for healthy lifestyle to prevent, manage diabetes

(SNO) — As Saint Lucia joins the rest of the world to observe World Diabetes Day on November 14, Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merlene Fredericks says there is a need for a healthy lifestyle to manage the disease. She also emphasized the role of the family in the management, care, prevention and education of the disease. She described diabetes as a ...

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CSA disappointed in health minister

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Civil Service Assocation (CSA) said it is disappointed in Health Minister Mary Isaac in what it said is the deteriorating state of Saint Lucia’s health-care system. General Secretary of the CSA Claude Paul said the reason for the disappointment lays in the fact that Isaac was a trade union member. According to Paul, Isaac has ...

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UWI warns of long overdue regional earthquake

(SNO) — The UWI Seismic Research Centre, as well as the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), is warning that Saint Lucia, and the rest of the region, should brace for a major earthquake which it said is long overdue. Speaking to journalists in Saint Lucia earlier this week at the launch of Earth Science Week, the Seismic Research Centre’s Patricia Joseph, ...

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Dominica to discuss marijuana in “a mature way” says Deputy PM

(SNO) — Dominica will be holding its first ever consultation on the controversial issue of marijuana and Deputy Prime Minister Reginald Austrie said it will be done in a mature way with no emotions attached. The national consultation will be held on Friday. Austrie said the island is obligated to discuss the marijuana issue. “We believe that in Dominica, we ...

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Saint Lucia sprint sensation signs with Texas

(SNO) — Commonwealth Youth Games 100m champion and Youth Olympic Games silver medallist Julien Alfred of Saint Lucia will be joining the University of Texas Longhorns women’s track and field team in 2019. An alumna of Leon Hess Comprehensive in Saint Lucia and St. Catherine High in Jamaica, the much-sought-after Alfred holds national junior records for the 100m and 200m ...

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SLP says healthcare in Saint Lucia has worsened

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has said that health care in Saint Lucia has worsened in recent times and is accusing the Allen Chastanet-led government of not paying attention to the health needs of residents. In a statement delivered today (Nov. 14) by Moses Jn Baptiste, Vieux Fort North MP, SLP chairman and SLP spokesman for health, ...

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Twelve to represent Saint Lucia in Eastern Caribbean Golf Association Championship

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Golf Association is pleased to announce that 12 of its Members have been selected to represent Saint Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean Golf Association (ECGA) Championships in Anguilla. The Players are:- -Men’s Team: Romanus Inglis, Terry Verdant, Victor Charles, Mario Reyes (Team Captain) -Senior Men’s Team: Cliff Alcide, McHale Andrew, Milton McKenzie -Super Senior ...

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Gov’t shuts down section of La Ressource Road

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy (DIPE) wishes to inform the general public in particular residents of Vieux Fort and environs, of the formal closure of the La Ressource Road, between the George Odlum Stadium and the La Ressource Bridge effective Thursday November 15, 2018. This closure is necessary to facilitate the construction of a new ...

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Saint Lucian swimmers excel at OECS Swimming Championship

(SNO) — Swimmers from Saint Lucia have excelled in the OECS Swimming Championships held in Antigua from November 8 to 11. Thirteen swimmers from the Sea Jays Swim Club were selected to represent the island and they took home a total of 14 gold, 11 silver and three bronze medals from the competition. On the first day of the championships, ...

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Pearl of the Caribbean developer to give update on the project

(SNO) — Desert Star Holding (DSH) Pearl of the Caribbean developer Theo Ah-King will be giving an update on the project in the “Chamber Encounter With the Prime Minister” organized by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture. The event will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2018 at Coco Palm Conference Room, Coco Palm Hotel. Ah King ...

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Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia opposes termination of security officers at BTC

(SNO) — Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia is expressing concerns that wardens/security officers at the Boys Training Center (BTC) will be terminated in favour of a private security firm. The organization said it has been reliably informed that the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, along with the management of the BTC, are in the process of terminating the ...

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Saint Lucia to upgrade cooperation in Agriculture with Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) — A high-level agriculture delegation aimed at boosting cooperation in Agriculture between St. Lucia and Taiwan ended five days of consultations on Friday 9th November. The team from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, was made up of the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph and the Hon. Herod Stanislas and was supported by Ambassador Edwin ...

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CSA laments situation at health facilities in Saint Lucia; says officials don’t care

(SNO) –The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) is lamenting the situation at health facilities on the island and has called on the minister of health and senior officials of the ministry to take immediate steps to address the matters. In a statement, general secretary of the organization, Claude Paul, said it is shameful the St. Jude’s Hospital matter remains ...

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Three health care facilities upgraded to be more resilient to natural disasters

(SNO) — Three health facilities across the island have been upgraded to be safer, greener and more resilient to natural disasters under the Smart Health Care Facilities Project. Each health care facility was retrofitted at the cost of approximately US$100, 000. The official opening of the Desruisseaux, Belle Vue and Mon Repos Wellness Centers was celebrated with ribbon-cutting ceremonies, marking ...

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PM Chastanet re-elected as political leader of UWP

  (SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has been re-elected unopposed as political leader of the United Workers Party (UWP). The party held its 2018 Conference of Delegates in Vieux Fort on Sunday, November 11, 2018 with 300 delegates from all 17 constituencies represented. All executive positions in the party were up for nomination, the majority of which went unopposed. ...

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Gunmen take Renwick’s Chocolisto sales van during robbery

(SNO) — Two employees of Renwick & Company Ltd. were reportedly held at gunpoint in Jacmel on Monday afternoon (Nov. 12) and robbed of the company’s vehicle, according to reports. The employees were unharmed. According to a social media bulletin, the company’s Chocolisto sales van was taken during the robbery. “Our team [members] are safe however the van was taken from ...

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UPDATED: CCJ rules Guyana’s cross-dressing law unconstitutional

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) ruled that a law in Guyana, which makes it a criminal offence for a man or a woman to appear in a public place while dressed in clothing of the opposite sex for an “improper purpose”, is unconstitutional. The law, Section 153(1)(xlvii) of the Summary Jurisdiction (Offences) Act, is to be ...

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Armed robbery in Castries caught on camera (+video)

(SNO) — Ideal Bakery on Water Works Road in Castries was robbed by two bandits on Monday evening (Nov. 12). And the whole scenario was captured on security cameras. The manager of the bakery told St. Lucia News Online that the incident occurred at 7:20 p.m. A female employee was the only person in the bakery at the time when ...

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Saint Lucia calls on parties of Montreal Protocol to act quickly

(SNO) — Saint Lucia is calling on parties to the Montreal Protocol to act quickly to address chemicals that can lead to global warming. Last week the Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Dr. Gale T.C Rigobert, delivered a statement at the High-Level Segment of the 30th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances ...

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Dominica placed under alert as another weather system affects island

(SNO) — After a weekend of heavy rains and widespread flooding, Dominica was placed on high alert on Tuesday due to a tropical wave which is now affecting the island. A Flood Warning was issued early Tuesday morning after flooding was reported in several parts of the island. The Office of Disaster Management (ODM) warned the inclement weather will continue ...

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Saint Lucia police officers are being overworked; PWA expresses concern over long working hours

(SNO) — With cops reportedly working long hours in Saint Lucia, the Police Welfare Association (PWA) is expressing concerns over the matter. President of the association, Travis Chicot, described the matter as “worrisome”. “It is becoming a little bit worrisome to the Police Welfare Association in terms of the working hours,” he told MBC Television. According to him, officers report ...

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ICC to persevere with fixtures in rain-weary St Lucia

(CMC) – St Lucia will continue to host matches in the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup, organisers the International Cricket Council have confirmed. Heavy rain over the last week had put the matches in doubt, especially after the opening fixture between England and Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball bowled last Saturday. And with more bad weather forecast, the ICC ...

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Allegations of domestic violence in Kimberly Williams-De Leon matter not true, brother says

(SNO) — The brother of Kimberly Williams-De Leon, who was fatally shot on October 29, is dismissing allegations that domestic violence was involved in her marriage life. He spoke to The Star newspaper following a candlelight vigil for his sister on Tuesday. “It’s normal for people to assume what they want,” he was quoted as saying. He said the allegations ...

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“The infrastructure was already compromised” – Statement on collapsed ceiling at Victoria Hospital

(SNO) — Acting Executive Director of Victoria Hospital, Brenda Calixte, on Monday (Nov. 12) released a statement on the collapse of the ceiling at Victoria Hospital over the weekend, disclosing that no one was hurt in the incident but admitting that the infrastructure was already “compromised”. In a video statement submitted to the media, Calixte said: “On Saturday morning, during ...

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England dodge weather to notch first win

(CMC) – England finally notched their first win of the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup when they condemned Bangladesh to their second defeat, in a rain-affected affair at the Darren Sammy Cricket Stadium. In the first match at the venue following the rained-off opener last weekend, England easily chased down a revised target of 64 to get their title bid ...

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Driver reportedly flees scene of accident

(SNO) — The driver of a car reportedly fled the scene on Sunday after it jumped a gutter and damaged other vehicles. The incident took place near the Gablewoods Mall. Reports are that the Honda, registration number PD 4367, after jumping the gutter, hit a metal railing and slammed into several vehicles before coming to a halt at around 4:00 ...

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UPDATE: Facebook operational after outage

(SNO) — Social media giant, Facebook, is blaming a routine test for an outage that affected many of its users on Monday. Several subscribers took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to complain that they could not log into their account. Those who tried to log in got an error message reading, “Sorry, something went wrong. We’re working on it and ...

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Disputes, not violence reported against Kimberly’s husband, says source

(SNO) — A law enforcement source has stated that police are aware of reports of domestic disturbances or heated arguments involving Kimberly Williams-De Leon and her husband, but not reports of violence that media houses have been reporting. Williams-De Leon, a 42-year-old government employee and mother of two, was gunned down at her residence on Chef Harry Drive, Morne Fortune ...

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Stan Lee: Marvel Comics co-creator dies aged 95

(BBC) — American writer and Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee has died at the age of 95. Lee and Jack Kirby founded the company in 1961, beginning with The Fantastic Four and going on to create titles such as Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. Lee’s wife, Joan, died in 2017 – also aged 95 – but he is survived by ...

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