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Murdered Bagatelle teens memorialised in local rap song

(SNO) — Two young men have penned a tribute in song for two of their friends who lost their lives to violence in Castries over the past year. The rap song, entitled “Too Many Niggas”, is sung by Glock Boiy (real name, Tylar Jn Baptiste, aged 18), and featuring Skelly (Don Farrell, aged 23). The song pays tribute to 18-year-old ...

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No outbreak of ‘Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease’ in Saint Lucia: officials

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministry of Health and Wellness has clarified the situation as it related to Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease of island and has dismissed an audio recording circulating on social media claiming an outbreak of the disease. The Community Pediatrician in the Ministry of Health stated that a thorough investigation has been conducted into the matter with the ...

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Roderick Cherry gets CEO job at Invest Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) announces the appointment of Mr. Roderick Cherry as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Cherry brings to the post over twenty years of management and marketing experience having served in previous roles with the National Insurance Property Development & Management Company (NIPRO) and the St. Lucia National Conservation Fund. He also held the position ...

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Hurricane Leslie forms

(CMC) – Tropical storm Leslie strengthened into the Atlantic season’s sixth hurricane on Wednesday, but meteorologists said the Category 1 storm is expected to give the British Overseas Territory a wide berth. Leslie was earlier forecast to be northeast of Bermuda and heading southwest, but it is now forecast to do a loop with a northward motion on Wednesday night. ...

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Vehicular guardrails being installed in Castries to improve road safety

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy has embarked on a project which will help improve road safety. As of October 1st 2018, Vehicular Guardrails will be installed along the Banannes Bay area near the roundabout leading to the Millennium Highway and along the waterfront opposite the Government Buildings. A total of 345 meters of Guardrails are ...

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SLP still in the dark about OJO Labs: Pierre

(SNO) — More than a year after establishing roots in Saint Lucia the artificial intelligence and call centre entity known simply as OJO Labs is still a thorn in the side of the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP). Opposition Leader Philip J, Pierre, at his press conference yesterday (Oct. 2), said his party is still in the dark about ...

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Saint Lucian college student achieves top scholarship in the U.S.

Editor’s note: Krystal Nicholas is from La Resource, Vieux-Fort, Saint Lucia and lives in Roselle, New Jersey. She studies Computer Science Engineering at Union County College and is a past student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, according to her Facebook profile. CRANFORD – Union County College student Krystal Nicholas, of Roselle, is one of 10 students nationwide who was chosen ...

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Saint Lucia football homeless ahead of Concacaf clash

(SNO) – The ongoing discussion about facilities in Saint Lucia is set to be thrown into high relief over the next few weeks. Saint Lucia’s men’s national football team is riding high after beating Antigua and Barbuda 3-0 in the opening round of the Concacaf Nations League, but with a tough fixture looming in the second round, the Pitons are ...

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Local rugby referee excels

(SNO) – Chantel John, a rugby player since 2004, has been making waves in the rugby world of refereeing. John starting refereeing in 2015, doing a level 1 rugby refereeing course. She did not stop there, as she continued to do online line courses in all areas of rugby, but focusing on refereeing. In December, 2017, John got her first ...

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BVI minister denies visiting Saint Lucia to hire new head of prison: report

(BVI NEWS) — Myron Walwyn, the minister who jointly holds responsibility for local prison with the governor, has refuted claims that he visited St Lucia several months ago to recruit Verne Garde as the new Superintendent of Prison for the BVI. Whispers of Walwyn’s alleged ‘recruitment mission’ began circulating around the time Garde – the former director of St Lucia’s ...

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Trinidad and Tobago and Canada teams for Veterans Football kickoff

(SNO) – Era Masters, the region’s undisputed champions of veterans football, are coming to Saint Lucia for the 2018 launch of the Veterans Football Tournament on November 3  in Vieux Fort. This will be the 8th annual edition of the tournament. Era has been in existence since 2013. The group includes legendary former Saint Lucian internationals Earl “Ball Hog” Jean, ...

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U.S. airport to allow marijuana in carry-ons

(CNN) — Los Angeles International Airport, better known as LAX, has announced that it will permit travelers to bring small amounts of legal marijuana through security in their carry-on bags. But wait: That doesn’t mean you can toke up at the airport. Pot is legal in several US states, but not on the federal level, so you still need to ...

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Taiwan introduces ‘new banana technologies’ to Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — Over the past two months, Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, has been disseminating a wide range of new banana technologies to local farmers via the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP). Overall, 17 workshops covering 8 agricultural regions were held and 470 farmers have benefitted from BPIP. The workshops were conducted ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two men shot in Castries, police investigating

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police are investigating the shooting of two men in separate incidents in the Castries area, according to reliable sources. The first incident occurred at Cul De Sac, Castries on Thursday, September 27 while the island was under a ‘tropical storm warning’, as a result of the passage of Tropical Storm Kirk. Emergency services responded at 11:48 p.m. ...

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Team Saint Lucia going for gold at Youth Olympics

(SNO) — Saint Lucia is sending its smallest team ever to the Summer Youth Olympic Games, with just three athletes representing the nation in two sports, athletics and swimming. Ironically, however, hopes may never have been higher that the island will get its first medal at this level. The III Summer Youth Olympic Games will be hosted in Buenos Aires, ...

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Saint Lucia’s Melius in West Indies B Team for Super50

(SNO) — Young Saint Lucian cricketer Kimani Melius has gotten a recall to the West Indies B Team to take part in the Cricket West Indies Regional Super 50, which bowls off in Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago in early October. The West Indies B team will play in Group A of the tournament, and includes home team Trinidad and ...

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Center of Kirk crosses St. Lucia; tropical storm warning remains in effect for island (advisory #15)

TROPICAL STORM KIRK… ADVISORY #15 11:00 PM 27TH SEPTEMBER 2018 …CENTER OF KIRK CROSSES ST. LUCIA AND MOVES INTO THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN SEA… A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR SAINT LUCIA, BARBADOS, MARTINIQUE, DOMINICA AND GUADELOUPE. A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES. AT 11:00 P.M. TODAY, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM ...

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Motor vehicle accident in Castries (video + pics)

(SNO) — A motor vehicle accident occurred in the city of Castries just as Tropical Storm Kirk moved closer to the island on Thursday, Sept. 27, according to reports. A Guardsman pickup van and a car were involved in the accident that occurred around 8 p.m. at Dax Supermarket on St. Louis Street, Castries. The pickup slammed into the supermarket. ...

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Tropical Storm Kirk nears landfall in St. Lucia

(UPI) — Tropical Storm Kirk neared landfall in St. Lucia on Thursday after passing over Barbados and bringing heavy rain to the region, the National Hurricane Center said. The center of the storm was located about 15 miles east of St. Lucia and 60 miles south-southeast of Martinque, the NHC said in its 8 p.m. AST update. The storm was ...

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Obstruction within the Barre D’isle area

(PRESS RELEASE) — A large tree has fallen in the Barre D’isle area…. The blockage is located at the first major corner after leaving Ravine Poisson. The tree is occupying most of the road. Additionally, other trees have fallen along the stretch causing major obstructions along the width of the road. Drivers are asked to proceed with extreme caution. (4)(1)

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Four Saint Lucian YLAI Fellows take Detroit (USA) by storm

(PRESS RELEASE) —- On September 19th 2018, the largest contingent of Saint Lucians arrived in Detroit, Michigan (USA) for the official launch of the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI): Chadia Mathurin – Caribbean Entrepreneur; Nyus Alfred – Sporte Avis; Johanan Dujon – Algas Organics; and Laurah John – JUA KALI LTD. The four (4) participants represent a diverse ...

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Saint Lucia signs historic ‘Escazu Agreement’

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia has put itself safely at the vanguard of sustainable development with equality at its core, when it joined other LAC countries in signing the Escazu Agreement this morning September 27, 2018 at 10 am, at the Treaty event held at the Kuwaiti Boat, United Nations General Assembly Building in New York. Today marked the official opening ...

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Construction of Sandals’ fourth hotel in Saint Lucia hits a snag

(SNO) — A court injunction brought on by Landings Resort is holding back construction works of Sandals Resorts International (SRI) fourth hotel in Saint Lucia, called La Source. The injunction was sought to settle a dispute between the resorts over a small portion of land that Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee, on a radio programme on Thursday (Sept. 27), said may have ...

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Chastanet claims he ‘misspoke’ about new border control authority

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — After telling local media last month that he had no idea where they got the notion from that a proposed new border control agency in Saint Lucia was to be set up as a statutory corporation, in a testy exchange with reporters Prime Minister Allen Chastanet now claims he “misspoke”. Responding again to questions from local ...

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781 persons living with HIV in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Saint Lucians are being asked to get tested so as to know their HIV status as the total number of persons living on island with the virus now stands at 781. The Ministry of Health, over the years, has been pounding out that message with force, however of late the voice carrying out that message is that of ...

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Government repair Morne Cayenne roads after St. Lucia News Online article

(SNO) — Residents of Vieux-Fort North and minibus drivers plying the 4B Route are now breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because the roads in Morne Cayenne, Vieux-Fort, which were riddled with crater-like potholes, are currently being repaired. Work on the road commenced just over a week ago after St. Lucia News Online highlighted the concerns of residents and minibus ...

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Saint Lucia crowned ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia has won the award for the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ at the 25th annual World Travel Awards. The award ceremony, which celebrates some of the finest travel brands in the Caribbean and North America, took place at Sandals Montego Bay, Jamaica on September 23, 2018. This is the ninth time the island’s has won the award ...

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Back on the road for Zeph Joseph in Martinique

(SNO) – Saint Lucian Olympian Zepherinus Joseph took part in his first competitive race since 2013. over the weekend in Martinique, and he says he was excited just to hit the road. Aged 43, Joseph competed in the men’s marathon at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was named Saint Lucia’s Sportsman of the Year for 2005 and 2009. He holds ...

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Tropical Storm warning remains in effect for Saint Lucia

TROPICAL STORM KIRK… ADVISORY #9 5:00 AM 27TH SEPTEMBER 2018 A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAINT LUCIA A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS ALSO IN EFFECT FOR BARBADOS, MARTINIQUE, DOMINICA AND GUADELOUPE AND A TROPICAL STORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES. AT 5:00 A.M. TODAY, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM KIRK WAS LOCATED ...

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TROPICAL STORM KIRK… ADVISORY NUMBER #6

8:00 PM 26TH SEPTEMBER 2018: A TROPICAL STORM WARNING CONTINUES FOR SAINT LUCIA. TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR BARBADOS, MARTINIQUE, DOMINICA AND GUADELOUPE AT 8:00 P.M. TODAY, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM KIRK WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 12.7 NORTH, LONGITUDE 56.1 WEST OR 280 MILES OR 450 KM EAST SOUTHEAST OF SAINT LUCIA. THE SYSTEM IS MOVING TOWARD ...

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SCHOOL CLOSURE: All students expected to stay home Thursday and Friday

(PRESS RELEASE) — Following a prestrike meeting with all relevant stakeholders held on Wednesday 26th September 2018 and on gaining important information from the Saint Lucia Met Service about the passing of Tropical Storm Kirk, it has been decided that all schools across Saint Lucia will be closed on Thursday 27th September 2018 and all students are expected to stay home. ...

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Saint Lucia’s Barclett joins TT Pro League

(SNO) – Just weeks away from his 19th birthday, Saint Lucian goalkeeper Vino Barclett has joined Trinidad and Tobago Pro League outfit Morvant Caledonia United from Barbados Soccer Academy in Barbados. Barclett is best known as having guided Saint Lucia to the first beach soccer gold medal in the history of the Commonwealth Youth Games in Nassau, the Bahamas, in ...

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Attorney: Family of Dallas police shooting victim will sue

(AP) — The family of a 26-year-old black man who authorities say was fatally shot by a white Dallas police officer after she mistook his apartment for her own intends to file a federal lawsuit claiming excessive use of force. Attorney Lee Merritt said Wednesday that Botham Jean’s family will name Amber Guyger and the city of Dallas as defendants ...

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Tropical Storm Kirk is reborn east of the Lesser Antilles; Tropical Storm watches, warnings issued for Windward Islands

(WEATHER) – Tropical Storm Kirk has redeveloped east of the Lesser Antilles and will bring a threat of flooding rain, mudslides, and some tropical storm-force winds to parts of the Windward Islands beginning Thursday. The National Hurricane Center said convection had beome better organized, prompting them to begin reissuing advisories on Tropical Storm Kirk. The U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane ...

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St Lucia under Tropical Storm warning

(NEMO) – Saint Lucia has placed under a Tropical Storm warning as of 5:00 a.m. today. Tropical Storm Kirk is located near latitude 11.8 North, longitude 52.7 West of Saint Lucia. Maximum sustained winds are at 40 miles per hour. A westward to west-northwestward motion is expected through Friday night. Tropical Storm Kirk is located at about 470 MI…755 KM ...

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Saint Lucia welcomes Taiwanese medical volunteers

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Jude Hospital hosted a reception on 25 September 2018 to welcome the Changhua Christian Hospital Medical Volunteer Team from Taiwan. Ambassador Douglas C.T. Shen, Mr. Wayne Harrow, Chairman of Board, and Ms. Verna Charles, Chief Executive Officer of St. Jude Hospital, attended the welcome reception. Ambassador Shen expressed his appreciation to the volunteers for travelling all ...

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6:00 a.m. Saint Lucia weather report

6:00 AM WEATHER REPORT DATE: 26TH SEPTEMBER, 2018 FORECASTER: MACLEAN JN BAPTISTE PRESENT WEATHER AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS PARTLY CLOUDY AND HAZY. PRESENT WEATHER AT GFL CHARLES AIRPORT IS FAIR AND HAZY. PRESENT TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT IS 28 C OR 82 F. LAST NIGHT’S MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT WAS 28 C OR 82 F. WIND AT HEWANORRA AIRPORT ...

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Manasseh Stanislaus wins inaugural #ArthurAllainChallenge

(PRESS RELEASE) – The #ArthurAllainChallenge, an online singing competition initiated by 5 time groovy monarch of St. Lucia Arthur Allain, culminated on Saturday, September 22nd with 99 amazing video entries. The initiative sought to provide a platform to expose young talented singers across St. Lucia, who were invited to send in a one minute video to Arthur, who further uploaded ...

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Be informed on St. Lucia’s debt situation

(PRESS RELEASE) – The effective management of National Debt has been a priority advocacy issue for the members of the Chamber of Commerce for a number of years. It is in this context the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture has continued to monitor the National Debt situation closely. Thus for the second year running the Permanent Secretary ...

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Fired Dallas cop’s lawyer: Termination was unfair, too soon

(CBS NEWS) – The firing of a white Dallas police officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment was premature and unfair, an attorney for the officer says. Robert Rogers, who represents the fired officer, Amber Guyger, said Monday night that Police Chief U. Renee Hall “bowed to pressure from anti-police groups and took action before all ...

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Dallas police officer Amber Guyger fired after fatally shooting neighbor Botham Jean

(DALLAS NEWS) – Dallas Officer Amber Guyger, who is facing a manslaughter charge after fatally shooting 26-year-old Botham Jean in his Cedars apartment Sept. 6, was fired Monday. Police said in a news release that she was fired after an internal investigation found she had engaged in “adverse conduct” when she was charged with manslaughter. The firing came after widespread ...

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Latest updates on Sub-Tropical Storm Leslie, Kirk

(EPOCH TIMES) – The U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) is still issuing advisories for Tropical Depression Kirk, which weakened from a tropical storm, and sub-Tropical Storm Leslie. Kirk Kirk is moving “quickly westward” at 24 mph, according to the NHC at 5 a.m. on Sept 24, and it has 35 mph winds. “There are no coastal watches or warnings in ...

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Saint Lucia women 4th at RAN 7’s Rugby

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s women were outstanding in the 2018 RTEK RAN Women’s Sevens tournament hosted over the weekend (September 22-23) at the Barbados Polo Club in Saint James, Barbados, and organised under the auspices of Rugby Americas North. Team Saint Lucia made the semifinals and finished fourth out of 10 teams. In preliminary Pool A, Saint Lucia thrashed Guyana ...

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Dennery Segment continues to register success on tour of the USA

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia’s organic music genre – Dennery Segment – which has taken the globe by storm has featured, prominently, at this year’s Labor Day parade in New York City. The parade was held on September 3 (Labor Day) on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) supported the 16-member group (13 Artistes and 3 ...

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Saint Lucia’s police commission in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) – Mr. Severin Monchery, the Commissioner of the Royal St Lucia Police Force has been in Taiwan attending a conference to promote International Police Cooperation. The focus was on combatting transnational telecommunications fraud, but also mutual legal assistance; effective strategies for combating cross-border fraud and other crime; seizing criminal assets and anti-money laundering among other subjects. Mrs. Souraya ...

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“Rarely succeeds” — PM Chastanet scoffs at opposition’s plan to file no confidence motion

(CMC) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has brushed aside plans by the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to file a motion of no confidence in his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) administration. “Very rarely do you see it succeed. I am confident that this one will have no success other than (the opposition) calling attention to themselves,” Chastanet ...

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Tropical Storm Kirk speeds up, Leslie forms and forecasters keep eye on system between Bermuda and Bahamas

(ORLANDO SENTINEL) — Tropical Storm Kirk was packing maximum sustained winds of 40 mph on Sunday and moving at a rapid pace, and Subtropical Storm Leslie became our 12th named storm, way out in the Atlantic. But forecasters are also keeping an eye on an area of disturbed weather between the Bahamas and Bermuda that could move toward the U.S. ...

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