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Who will challenge Allen Chastanet’s UWP leadership?

(SNO) — The United Workers Party (UWP) is expected to hold its second Zonal Conference this weekend at Beanefield in Vieux Fort on a high note following its public show of support for its own governing administration. The party this week held its first press conference, since it won the June 2016 general elections, to show support for the Allen ...

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‘We want to get it right’: Dallas County DA asks for patience in Botham Jean case

(WBUR) — Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson is weighing in on the Botham Jean case. Jean, a black man, was shot and killed in his Dallas apartment by Amber Guyger, a white off-duty police officer. Officers like Guyger, who is facing manslaughter charges, are seldom charged in shooting cases. When they are charged, they’re rarely convicted. But Johnson has ...

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Botham Jean’s case takes centre stage in U.S. senatorial debate

(STAR-TELEGRAM) — Garrett Hull, Botham Jean and Amber Guyger — and the tragic circumstances that surround them all — suddenly became part of a senatorial debate Friday night. The topic of police shootings and fallen officers — such as Fort Worth’s Garrett Hull, who was laid to rest Friday — came up during the hour-long debate between Republican U.S. Sen. ...

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VIDEO: Botham Jean family homecoming underway

(SNO) — Saint Lucians from all walks of society came out today, Friday, Sept. 21 to welcome home the relatives of Botham Jean, the budding St. Lucian accountant, who was shot to death by a female police officer in Dallas, Texas on September 6, 2018. The officer claimed she went to the wrong apartment and thought Jean was a burglar, ...

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New search warrants served in Botham Jean investigation

(NBC) — Newly released court records show three additional search warrants have been served in the investigation into the death of Botham Jean, the Dallas man shot and killed in his own apartment by Dallas police officer Amber Guyger. Guyger has told investigators she mistakenly believed the apartment was her own and that Jean was a burglar. The new warrants ...

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SLP says UWP in “desperate state”

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party is in a desperate state. In their latest release the Party has again tried to mislead the public for their failure to obey the law in that case the Finance Act Section 39. 41. The issue is not the Finance Build Contract, it’s the refusal of the government to bring the matter to ...

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CSA accuses LUCELEC of fighting “lower level employees” and “adequately” rewarding management

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has taken note of the recent press statements made by LUCELEC relating to the ongoing dispute with the company. In the interest of ensuring that the public and other interested parties are not misled, the CSA would like to present its view so that everyone concerned can judge for themselves. ...

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UWP concerned about SLP sabotage

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party continues to be extremely concerned by the continued attempts of the St. Lucia Labour Party to undermine confidence in this administration with constant press statements which are baseless and unfounded. In the latest attack on the government, Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre makes reference to $15M for Micoud Roads, and a further $13M ...

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FIRST ST. LUCIAN TO WIN PRAYZE FACTOR AWARDS (SEE VIDEO)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Shem Meluce was named the best Country/Bluegrass Solo artist for the 2018 Prayze Factor People’s Choice Awards in Atlanta over the past weekend. The Prayze Factor awards is a prestigious one, purposed to create a platform for and bring optimal exposure to Gospel artistes all over the world. [Prayze Factor Awards Official Website: http://www.prayzefactorawards.com/ The St. Lucian ...

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Chief says firing officer in Botham Jean shooting could ‘compromise’ probe; is that true?

(WFAA) — As questions continue as to why Officer Amber Guyger hasn’t been terminated two weeks after she shot and killed Botham Jean in his apartment, Dallas police Chief Renee Hall once again addressed the subject. However, there many questions linger behind her reasoning. “When I read Chief Hall’s statement today, it just doesn’t make much sense to me,” Dallas ...

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Two Castries Council security guards murdered a month apart

(SNO) — Investigators are probing a theory that the latest shooting death of Hardy John in Marchand, Castries Thursday morning (Sept. 20) may be linked to the death of Stephen “Face” Francis who was gunned down in Wilton’s Yard, Castries,  just over a month ago, according to law enforcement sources. Francis, a 47-year-old father of two, succumbed at Victoria Hospital ...

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Slain Marchand security guard may have been a victim of his living environment

(SNO) — Hardy John, the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) security guard who was fatally shot while on the job in Marchand, Castries on Thursday (Sept. 20), was never a member of any gang, and he had a good relationship with everyone, including gangsters opposed to elements from his community. That’s according to his longtime friend Godwin Richardson. “That man was ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Consensual sex in adult same-sex unions now legal in Trinidad and Tobago

(NEWSDAY T&T) — This country’s sodomy laws have not been struck down entirely, but have been amended to make consensual sex in same-sex unions legal. Justice Devindra Rampersad today gave his final ruling in the landmark ruling of Jason Jones who successfully challenged certain sections of the Sexual Offences Act. In April, Rampersad ruled that sections 13 and 16 of ...

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Illegal immigrant from St. Lucia said he came to St. Vincent to farm “everything”

(THE VINCENTIAN) — An illegal immigrant, recently held at Owia, told the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court on Monday that he was here to farm “everything”. Appearing before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett, Nigel Joseph, 32, of Castries, St Lucia pleaded guilty to being a prohibited immigrant, entered the state without a passport. He also admitted entering into the state by boat other ...

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Dr. Kenny Anthony responds to Sandals’ “false and highly defamatory” statements

(PRESS RELEASE) – The following statement is issued by Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, former Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and currently Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South in response to the Press Release issued by Sandals Resort International on September 17, 2018. “On September 17, 2018, Sandals Resort International issued a Press statement on the decision of the Allen ...

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UPDATED: Man killed in Marchand is CCC security worker Hardy John

SNO — Police are investigating a homicide in Marchand, Castries this morning, September 20, 2018. Reports are that the body of a man was discovered in the Marchand market, which is located at the back entrance to the Marchand field. Police were reportedly summoned to the scene after 6 a.m. The victim appears to have been shot in the head, ...

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St Lucia press conference ‘descends to the level of a street-side quarrel’

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — A press conference held by the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) in Saint Lucia on Monday, quickly deteriorated into what one media worker present described as a “street-side quarrel”. The press briefing was chaired by Oswald Augustin, UWP general secretary, along with newly appointed prime minister’s political attaché Norbert Williams, and was attended by specially invited ...

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Pierre: SLP had three management options for OKEU Hospital

(SNO) — As the debate rages over whether the Owen King European Union (OKEU) Hospital should or should not be privatised, Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre said that at the time his party lost the general elections in June 2016, it was contemplating three options for managing the hospital with privatisation not one of them. “There is a document that ...

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Why apartment managers really visited Botham Jean’s home

(DALLAS NEWS) — After Botham Jean was shot and killed in his Dallas home by an off-duty police officer, attorneys and law enforcement officials said there was a noise complaint targeting his apartment earlier that day. But it turns out it wasn’t loud music that brought leasing office employees to Jean’s apartment hours before he was shot at the South ...

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Cruise port for Vieux Fort still on stream; gov’t advances plans with Carnival Corporation

(SNO) — Government is moving ahead with plans to establish a major cruise port in the south of the island in line with the multi-million-dollar ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project after two government officials met Carnival Corporation & plc, the British-American cruise operator that is currently the world’s largest travel leisure company, with a combined fleet of over 100 vessels across ...

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Visit of EU Court of Auditors to the OKEU Hospital

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Office of the National Authorising Officer (NAO), would like to clarify to the General Public that the presence of Representatives of the European Union (EU) Court of Auditors, is an integral part of the Process of Monitoring, Evaluation, Management and Accounting of programmes funded under the European Union/African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP/EU) Development Co-operation. It is ...

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Operations resume at BOSL Vieux Fort branch following electrical system fault

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Monday September 17th 2018, service at the BOSL Vieux Fort Branch was interrupted following an electrical system fluctuation and reports of smoke emanating from the air conditioning vents in the building. Out of an abundance of caution, customers and staff were evacuated, and the relevant authorities were swiftly notified. Saint Lucia Fire Service appliances and personnel ...

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Saint Lucians encouraged to come out Friday in their thousands for Botham’s family homecoming

(SNO) — Saint Lucians are being encouraged to come out this Friday, September and show support to the family of Botham Shem Jean, the budding St. Lucian accountant, who was shot to death by a female police officer in Dallas, Texas on September 6, 2018. A local group called ‘Justice for Botham’ is spearheading the organisation of a “massive homecoming” celebration ...

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Pierre writes Chastanet and threatens court action

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is calling on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to seek parliamentary approval for a loan it has given to the construction company called Fresh Start or else it would go to court over the matter. “I had hoped that you would have honoured the law and obtain parliamentary approval of this transaction. If ...

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Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste intensifies mystery of Voice newspaper article’s author

(SNO) — The Saint Labour Party’s Chairman Moses Jn. Baptiste, and author of a letter to Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry questioning why information gleaned by police is in the hands of the United Workers Party’s general secretary, has intensified the mystery surrounding the author of an article that has now become a talking point in the country. Nine days after ...

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It’s now 76 days since PM said work would restart at St. Jude, and “evidently” it has not, says Jn Baptiste

STATEMENT BY HON MOSES JN BAPTISTE ON THE HEALTH CRISIS IN SAINT LUCIA AT THE SAINT LUCIA LABOUR PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE, SEPTEMBER 18TH, 2018 Ladies and gentlemen of the press, today September 18th, 2018 marks 76 days since the Prime Minister announced that work would recommence at the St. Jude Hospital site at Augier Vieux Fort, to date, the government ...

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Daren Sammy supports Windies Women in ICC WWT20

(INEWS) — Daren Sammy, one of St Lucia’s most prolific international sport stars will join the WINDIES Ambassador Programme to lend his support of the WINDIES Women for the upcoming ICC Women’s World T20. According to a media release from Cricket West Indies (CWI), Sammy, captain of the winning WINDIES Teams for the 2012 and 2016 World Twenty20 Championships has ...

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Saint Lucia assures visitors of a holiday guarantee

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia continues to prove why she is a destination that inspires travelers to visit and explore her beauty and splendor. Visitors can now enjoy a stress-free vacation while they play and stay at 22 properties on the island that are offering guests a holiday guarantee if their vacation were to be interrupted by adverse weather. Though ...

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ST. LUCIA NEWS ONLINE IS NOW ON INSTAGRAM

Better late than never. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has joined the Instagram community for the first time. If you’re a part of Instagram please follow us for the major local stories throughout the day, every day. Thanks for the continued support. (6)(0)

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Public Assistance Program review has begun

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government will be conducting the Annual Review of ALL Public Assistance clients and Disability Grant clients island wide. The Review will be held during the period September 17, to September 27th, 2018 at the respective welfare offices. Reviews for Castries, Souci-Millet, Babonneau, and Gros-Islet ...

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VIDEO: White pastor says ‘white churches’ not speaking up enough against injustices against blacks

(Wilshire Baptist Church/Youtube) — George Mason, senior pastor of Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, addresses the killing of Botham Jean and the problem of white churches not speaking up alongside black churches for justice. “What is God calling you to risk — of your own life, of your own relationships — for the gospel of Jesus Christ?” “If we want ...

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‘Short-tempered’ Amber Guyger shared posts likening Colin Kaepernick to cancer and memes saying people were ‘ungrateful she didn’t kill them’

(DAILY MAIL UK) — The lawyer for the family of the black man shot dead by his white cop neighbor says he believes she is a racist – and said he understands Amber Guyger was sober when she killed Botham Jean. Speaking in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com, S. Lee Merritt said he is no closer to figuring out a ...

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Texas senator Ted Cruz thinks his rival shouldn’t blame Dallas officer for shooting Botham Jean

(DALLAS NEWS) — U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has lashed out at his Democratic challenger, U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, for agreeing that the Dallas police officer who shot an unarmed black man in his own apartment should be fired. “I wish Beto O’Rourke and Democrats weren’t so quick to always blame the police officer,” Cruz said this weekend in an interview ...

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9 arrested during protest of Botham Jean’s killing

(DALLAS NEWS) — Nine people were arrested Sunday after blocking traffic during protests outside of a Dallas Cowboys game at AT&T Stadium, Arlington police said. They were booked into the Arlington City Jail between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday and moved Monday to Tarrant County Jail. By late Monday, bond had not been set for any of them on ...

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UWP shows support for government, lambasts SLP in the process

(SNO) — The United Workers Party (UWP), in an unsurprising statement today (Sept. 17) at its first press conference since it formed the government in 2016, said it stands in support of the Allen Chastanet-led government in the administration’s effort to deliver on the promises it made during the last election campaign. “The United Workers Party and the United Workers ...

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Who wrote that article?

(SNO) — An article published in the September 8, 2018 issue of The Voice newspaper with the name Oswald Augustin as the author, may or may not be the Oswald Augustin who is the general secretary of the United Workers Party (UWP). It is anybody’s guess who the Oswald Augustin is, but the general secretary of the UWP is not ...

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Rufina Paul back in charge of Netball Saint Lucia

(SNO) – Rufina Paul is back at the helm of Netball Saint Lucia, having been elected to the presidency of the organisation on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at its Annual General Meeting. Immediate past president Liota Charlemagne-Mason, who is also deputy permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth Developmenbt and Sports, opted not to pursue re-election. She is, however, eligible ...

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Bank in Vieux-Fort evacuates customers

(SNO) — Operations at the Bank of St. Lucia (Vieux-Fort branch) was suspended for today, Monday, September, 17, 2018, due to what is believed to be an electrical problem which resulted in smoke emanating from inside the bank. The incident occurred after 9 a.m. The alarm was raised by employees who ordered their customers to vacate the bank immediately. Upon ...

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Sandals clarification on withholding tax claim

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sandals Resorts International has noted sustained efforts to try and tarnish the good name and reputation of our company by parties who continue to misrepresent the issue of a $24M Withholding Tax claim by the Inland Revenue Department of Saint Lucia on insurance costs; a matter which was finally and appropriately resolved in 2017. These are the ...

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Tragic scenes inside apartment where white cop shot dead her black neighbor

(DAILY MAIL UK) – Heartbreaking first photos from inside Botham Jean’s Dallas apartment show leftover food and materials the 26-year-old had been reading when he was shot to death last Thursday by an off-duty white police officer who claimed she thought the residence was her own. Inside Edition obtained footage from the South Side Flats apartment which shows a half-eaten ...

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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 LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed. The retail price of kerosene, gasoline and diesel remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday September ...

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Activist says ‘Amber Guyger deliberately went to Botham Jean’s apartment in anger’ after previous noise complaint

(BET) — As more witnesses come forward with their recollection of what happened the night Botham Jean was murdered in his own home by Amber Guyger, activist Shaun King has presented his own theory of what happened. According to King, the witness statements which alleged Guyger was banging or pounding on Jean’s door while shouting “let me in,” proves she ...

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Dallas officer Amber Guyger has ‘vacated’ apartment at complex where she killed Botham Jean, management says

(DALLAS NEWS) — Dallas Officer Amber Guyger has moved out of the Cedars apartment complex where she fatally shot 26-year-old Botham Jean on Sept. 6, a manager told residents in an email Sunday. WFAA-TV (Channel 8) obtained a copy of the email, which states that management at the South Side Flats complex cannot comment on the shooting while an investigation ...

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Saint Lucia will have a new prime minister by Christmas, says Frederick

(SNO) — The next general elections in Saint Lucia are constitutionally due in 2021. However, former government minister under the United Workers Party (UWP) Richard Frederick believes there will be a change in leadership way before that date. Actually way, way before that. “I’m seeing down the line,” he said, “and I see for Christmas, I see for Christmas there’ll ...

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DSH project in Vieux Fort “progressing”; about 100 Saint Lucians employed: Chastanet

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said work on the US$2.6-billion Pearl of the Caribbean project in Vieux Fort is “progressing”. In a Facebook post recently, Chastanet revealed that “roughly” 100 Saint Lucians are employed in this first phase. The project is being undertaken by Hong Kong-based Desert Star Holdings (DSH). Chastanet said the St. Lucians are currently employed ...

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UPDATED: Alleged “aggressive” individual shot by police in Choiseul; suspect’s identity revealed

(SNO) — A male suspect sustained gunshot wounds and at least one police officer sustained minor injuries during an incident in Belle Vue, Choiseul on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 15, according to reports. The suspect, identified as Zephrinus Jn Baptiste of Belle Vue, Choiseul, who is believed to be in his 40’s, has been hospitalised in stable condition. Reports reaching our ...

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Wolverines win as Saint Lucian ladies score

(SNO) –Saint Lucian Lyla Lionel, the leading scorer in 2017, got the scoring underway for Essex County College (ECC) Women’s Soccer on Saturday, as the Lady Wolverines proceeded on a 4-1 romp. The season opener saw ECC, whose team includes four Saint Lucians, taking on the ASA College of Excellence. After Lyla opened the deluge, fellow Saint Lucian international Chreselda ...

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Saint Lucia U20 could cast a wide net for Concacaf tournament

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Under-20 team is set to take on the challenge of the Blackheart Knockout Football Tournament this weekend, when they face Marchand in the opening round on Sunday. But the national side that lines up in this local competition could look very different in six weeks’ time. Saint Lucia has been drawn with Haiti, Barbados, Bermuda ...

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Choiseul centenarian passes away

(SNO) – Anne Marie Regina Joseph, who celebrated her 108th birthday last June 23, has died. Mary Antoine told St. Lucia News Online that her mother, also known as ‘Nenem’, passed away, around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15. Joseph was originally from Belle-Vue, Choiseul but lived at the Morne in Castries with her daughter. Earlier this year, a birthday ...

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