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Saint Lucia among top 10 in GCPI

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia has secured the 9th position globally and 4th regionally in the recently released Henley & Partners Global Citizenship Program Index (GCPI). The annual report, now in its 4th edition, provides a systematic analysis and comprehensive benchmarking of the world’s most important investment migration programs and has become the industry gold standard for this type of ...

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BodyHoliday preps for 1 Mile Swim

(SNO) – Saint Lucian, Caribbean, and international swimmers are being encouraged to sign up for a burgeoning endurance event next month. The third annual BodyHoliday 1 Mile Swim with Keri-anne Payne and David Carry will see swimmers of all abilities competing for fun in this stunning Caribbean location. Starting and ending on the resort’s pristine beach, the race on November ...

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Saint Lucia National Trust and Government of Saint Lucia reach agreement on former prison

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia and the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) have agreed to hold consultations regarding conservation of the buildings which comprise the former Royal Gaol located at Bridge Street, Castries. The site of the former Royal Gaol has been earmarked for the construction of a new Police Headquarters as well as a structure to ...

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Thieves target gas stations in the southern part of Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Thieves targeted two gas stations within two days in the southern part of the island, one from which a cash register was stolen and later recovered, and the other, nothing stolen but a female employee was injured during the foiled robbery. On Tuesday night, October 23, 2018, three masked men, one with a gun, barged into a gas ...

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Employment in Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Labour is inviting members of the public, who are interested in seeking employment in the Canada-Caribbean Seasonal Agricultural Workers Programme, to collect application forms at the Department from October 24th 2018 to November 12th 2018. This Programme involves working on Farms in Canada in such areas as VEGETABLES, FRUITS, GREEN HOUSES, FLOWERS, TOBACCO, inclusive ...

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Police probing foiled human trafficking case

(CMC) – Police say they are investigating a possible human trafficking case after a Venezuelan teenager was rescued here over the last weekend. The unidentified 16-year-old female, who had been resident in the neighbouring French island of Martinique, is reported to have ran to a stranger and begged for help, saying that she had been kidnapped and sexually abused. Sources ...

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Cherry gets the assist in Bloomsburg win

(SNO) – Redshirt sophomore Luis Partida scored his first collegiate goal with 8:37 left in regulation as the Bloomsburg University men’s soccer team posted a 1-0 victory over visiting California University of Pennsylvania on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Huskies snapped a four-game losing streak and improved to 7-9 overall and 4-6 in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) ...

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Soccer collegian Meshema Charles on fire!

(SNO) – A young Saint Lucian has been shining of late for his school in the United States. Former VSADC Youth Academy player Meshema Charles, who hails from Arundel Hill in Castries, plays as a forward for the Berkeley College (New York) men’s soccer team. In recent games, he has been nothing but red hot, with five goals in two ...

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Emmanuel, Lesporis for CWI Cricket Coaching Course

(SNO) – Two of Saint Lucia’s talented young cricketers are turning their hand to coaching, and developing their skills in that regard. First-class players Keddy Lesporis and Craig Emmanuel will join a group of 17 registered participants for the CWI Level 1 Course this week (24-27 October) in Saint Lucia. Kumar Rampat and Ian Allen will deliver. The Cricket West ...

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NWU proposes ‘putting money on the road for Christmas’

(PRESS RELEASE) – The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to Mr. Vern Gill, Chairman of the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) on the present status of negotiations between Government and the National Workers Union. These negotiations between the parties are on behalf of workers employed with Government in the following categories: Non-establishment; Daily paid, Constituency Councils, Watchmen, Cleaners, Cooks… The ...

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Saint Lucia improves it’s score in global passport power ranking

(PRESS RELEASE) – According to the latest results of the Henley Passport Index, Saint Lucia has climbed from 142 in Q3 to 146 , ranking 3rd in the Eastern Caribbean region and 31st worldwide. On the whole, Eastern Caribbean countries far outperform their peers in the greater Caribbean region: Jamaica, for example, is ranked 61st, Dominican Republic is ranked 75th, ...

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Saint Lucia – Best Caribbean island to invest in

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia has won the award for Best Caribbean Island to Invest in. That’s according to European Business Magazine, Europe’s leading subscriber-based publication, which boasts close to 90,000 C-level readers who range from senior corporate executives to decision makers, from some of the leading businesses across Europe. Saint Lucia emerged as the front-runner, surpassing several other Caribbean ...

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Constaintine wins Athlete of the Week

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s Udoka Claudina Constantine is the Butler Community College Athlete of the Week for October 22, 2018, as presented by the US Marines. Last week, the sophomore cross country runner from Soufriere, Saint Lucia was the top finisher for the Butler Grizzly women at this year’s edition of the Ollie Isom Invitational, coming in as the runner-up ...

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Chastanet boasts ‘IMF projects 3.7 percent growth for Saint Lucia’; Pierre worries about “unsustainable debt trap”

(SNO) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is touting a positive economic outlook based on a recent report on Saint Lucia by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Writing on his Facebook page this morning (Oct. 22), Chastanet said “a 3.7 percent growth” is projected for Saint Lucia by the IMF. He said Saint Lucia’s economic trajectory has been “positively assessed” by ...

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Philip J. Pierre remains SLP political leader after overwhelming ‘vote of confidence’ (video)

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has decided that they want Philip J. Pierre to remain as their political leader. The main opposition party confirmed their ‘vote of confidence’ in the Castries East parliamentary representative at the closed session of the Annual Conference of Delegates held on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the Fond St. Jacques Primary School in the constituency of Soufriere/Fond ...

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Dr. Alexander Popovic has died

(SNO) — Former Saint Lucia Government medical officer and renowned local private practitioner, Dr. Alexander Popovic, has died. He was 90. Dr. Popovic died at his home in Saint Lucia on Sunday, October 21, a relative told St. Lucia News Online. Dr. Popovic was born on October 18, 1928 in Belgrade, in what was then the Kingdom of the Serbs, ...

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No shutdown, go to work, says Trinidad minister on flooding disaster

(NEWSDAY) — Citizens who have not been affected by the weekend floods should go to work today so as to ultimately help those individuals hardest hit by the adverse rainfall, Minister of National Security Stuart Young said yesterday at a briefing at his office. Also at the press conference was Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan. Young said, “We can’t ...

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St. Lucian convicted of sex crimes in the UK

(SNO) – A St. Lucian-born British man is reportedly serving three years in a United Kingdom (UK) prison for sex abuse crimes and his victims are not happy with his sentence. The Wandsworth Guardian has reported that 62-year-old Bernard Mathurin of Maysoule Road (London, UK) was “convicted of five counts of indecent assault dating back more than 20 years”. The ...

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Magnitude 3.2 earthquake felt in eastern Jamaica

(CMC) – Sections of the Corporate Area and the eastern parish of Portland were rocked by a magnitude 3.2 earthquake on Sunday afternoon. The Earthquake Unit at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus said the epicenter of the earthquake was recorded near the Blue Mountain peak at 4:50 pm (local time) There are no reports of injuries or ...

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Trinidad and Tobago bracing for more rains

(CMC) –Residents in Trinidad and Tobago were on Sunday battering down for another night of heavy rains and possible thunder storms as the country continues to deal with adverse weather conditions that have resulted in at least 296 millimetres (mm) of rainfall over the past 24 hours. The rains, which have been pounding the oil rich twin island republic since ...

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The cannabis economy has converted mainstream opponents with substantial rewards (commentary)

From the mid 70s, the strategic cooperation on ‘the war on drugs’ between western civilization, Latin America and the Caribbean cast a long shadow over the politics, money, social acceptance and change dynamics of cannabis. Cannabis, previously unacceptable, is now mainstream and rewarding, changing the structures and systems that shape lives, neighbourhoods, and countries in a systematic way. And so, ...

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Kamla: Trinidad gov’t response to floods “pathetic”

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar wants Government to take decisive action to maintain the safety and security of citizens in the face of the flood disaster. “The torrential rains that we have experienced over the past three days and the resultant catastrophic flooding has transformed areas of our country into virtual disaster areas” she said. “The government must ...

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Canada’s marijuana legalization could hurt farmers in poorer countries

(CNN) — For decades poor farmers in countries like Jamaica and Morocco have risked the wrath of governments and gangsters to grow cannabis as a cash crop. But as Canada becomes the first country in the Group of Seven leading industrial nations to fully legalize marijuana, those countries where the crop has traditionally been grown risk losing out on new ...

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Brace for more bad weather, says Trinidad and Tobago Met Office

(NEWSDAY) — There will be no let-up yet in the unusual weather conditions which brought chaos and destruction over the past few days. The Meteorological Service is warning the country to brace for more rain and flooding until 6 pm on Tuesday. While widespread flooding has so far been confined largely to the eastern and central regions of Trinidad, the ...

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Winners of the Saint Lucia Mistik Selfie Challenge revealed!

(PRESS RELEASE) — After a very fun and exciting Selfie Challenge in St. Lucia, Mistik Global Entertainment is very proud to announce the winners of our Selfie Challenge. First off, we would like to say a special thank you to all our contestants in the Challenge. We greatly appreciate you guys taking part in the challenge. You all are winners! ...

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Trinidad: PM to seek Cabinet approval for flood relief funds

(CMC) – Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley says he will approach Cabinet for funds to help with flood relief. Rowley was speaking during a joint media conference on Saturday. “I would speak ahead of the Cabinet here and indicate that I would ask Cabinet to approve and authorize TT$25 million initially to assist persons who may require assistance from the ...

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Taiwan train derailment kills at least 22

(BBC) — At least 22 people have been killed and 170 injured in a passenger train derailment in north-east Taiwan. Railway authorities say they are investigating the accident, which happened in Yilan County at about 16:50 local time (08:50 GMT) on Sunday. A total of 366 people were on the train travelling between Taipei and the eastern county of Taitung ...

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Trinidad and Tobago PM declares flooding “a national disaster”

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley has declared that the flooding nightmare that has left thousands marooned is a “national disaster”. Just before 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, the Prime Minister via his Facebook page stated that it is going to cost a lot of money to bring relief. He also condemned acts of looting during this ...

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Two earthquakes rock eastern Caribbean

(SNO) — The eastern Caribbean region has experienced two minor earthquakes over the past two days, according to information from the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (UWISRC). A 4.2 magnitude quake occurred about 4:41 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20 and is reported to have been felt in Barbados, Trinidad and Tobago, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. ...

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Levern Spencer and co. show the young ones how to jump

(SNO) — Over dozen young females attended a Flow-sponsored high jump clinic on Saturday (Oct. 20) to learn the basics of the high jump from some of Saint Lucia’s leading coaches, including Commonwealth Games and NACAC champion, and Flow brand ambassador, Levern Spencer. The first-ever ‘Flow/Levern Spencer High Jump Clinic’ was held at the Jumps Centre, near Vide Boutielle Secondary, opposite NRDF ...

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‘The silent killer’ takes another of Richard Frederick’s siblings

(SNO) — Desmond Frederick, better known as ‘Holy’, the eldest brother of former government minister Richard Frederick, passed away in New York on Tuesday, Oct. 9 – two days before Richard’s popular weekly talk show on MBC TV, ‘Can I Help You’. On Thursday (Oct. 18), while explaining his brother’s death as the main reason for his show’s absence from ...

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IMF says recovery in Caribbean has lost momentum

(CMC) – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says its “Regional Economic Outlook for the Western Hemisphere” has marked down its growth forecasts for Latin America and the Caribbean to 1.2 percent in 2018 and 2.2 percent in 2019, from the May 2018 forecasts of 2.0 percent and 2.8 percent, respectively. “The moderating recovery is underpinned by divergent growth outcomes across ...

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Diplomat warns region to be prepared for OECD “blacklisting”

(CMC) – The Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States, Sir Ronald Sanders is warning Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries to be prepared to be blacklisted by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over their citizenship by investment (CBI) and resident by investment (RBI) schemes. Sir Sanders, who is also his country’s top diplomat at the Organisation of ...

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Crime and security issues to be discussed in Dominican Republic

(CMC) – A two-day workshop on strengthening drug treatment courts will take place in the Dominican Republic from Monday, according to the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) Secretariat. It said that the Guyana-based Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat has collaborated with the Dominican Republic government and the executive secretariat of the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission (CICAD) of the Organization of American States ...

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Is the Caribbean becoming a junkyard for Japanese excesses? (commentary)

Owning a personal car fifteen to twenty years ago was almost a luxury. Today, nearly every household has a car and nearly every car has an owner. More interestingly, younger and younger people are buying and owning cars. Statistics from the islands show that thousands of cars (info.japanesecartrade.com) are imported into the Caribbean from Japan annually. The ease of purchase ...

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Saint Lucia’s Lyla Lionel makes All-Region again

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s Lyla Lionel has been selected to the NJCAA Region XIX Women’s Soccer All-Region 1st Team for the second time in as many years. Lionel, who lead the attack for Essex College, was one of four Lady Wolverines to be selected. The sophomore has recorded nine goals and two assists this season. Three other Saint Lucians, two ...

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UPDATED: Montoute says Desrameaux road closed, awaiting “complete assessment” (+video and photos)

(SNO) — Gros Islet Parliamentary Representative Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute has said the Desrameaux road in Monchy is closed. Montoute made the disclosure on his Facebook page on Friday, Oct. 19, around 4 p.m. During persistent rains on Friday, a landslide occurred, leaving the road near the Spring Water depot unstable, and pipes and cables exposed. Montoute, who is also minister for ...

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Rihanna declines superbowl performance in support of Kaepernick

(BBC SPORTS) – The NFL has refused to comment on reports that Barbadian singer Rihanna declined an invitation to headline the Super Bowl half-time show in support of Colin Kaepernick. Quarterback Kaepernick, 30, was the first player to kneel during the US national anthem. Other players followed suit, leading to criticism from President Donald Trump. A source close to the ...

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Road diversions for DSH project angers La Ressource and Grace residents

(SNO) — Tempers flared at a meeting which the Ministry of Infrastructure held with residents of La Ressource and Grace, aimed at informing them of the traffic diversion of the roads leading to their communities in order to facilitate the construction of the Desert Star Holding project (DSH). The meeting was also attended by representatives of C.O. Williams Construction Company, ...

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Hummingbird Beach project moving ahead after financial difficulties

(SNO) — The Hummingbird Beach Enhancement project in Soufriere, which commenced in January 2018, and was expected to be completed within three months, is now behind schedule due to financial difficulties. However, according to the senior project officer at the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF), Malcolm Mathurin, the project is expected to be completed by next month. “The project is ...

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OECD blacklists Saint Lucia, other Caribbean countries with CBI programs

(SNO) — The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has blacklisted Saint Lucia and a number of other Caribbean countries with Citizenship by Investment Programs, saying they threaten international efforts to combat tax evasion. The OECD blacklisted 21 jurisdictions in a report released on Tuesday after it said it had analysed over 100 Citizenship By Investment (CBI)/Residency By Investment ...

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No contact from Trump tells Botham Jean’s family some people ’don’t care about lives’

(STAR-TELEGRAM) – The family of a 26-year-old man who was killed by a Dallas police officer as he prepared to watch a football game on a Thursday night question why President Donald Trump hasn’t spoken out about the shooting. Botham Shem Jean’s killing has drawn international attention. His parents — Allison and Bertrum Jean — said on Wednesday that they’ve ...

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Truck plunges off the Barre de L’isle (+video and gallery)

(SNO) — A man was injured when his truck ran off the road at Barre de L’isle on Thursday, Oct. 18, according to reports. Mathew Samuel, 60, of Dennery was reportedly the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, a law enforcement official told St. Lucia News Online. Samuel was transported via Dennery ambulance to Victoria Hospital. His medical status ...

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St Lucia among OECD blacklist of countries with ‘golden passport’ schemes

(THE GUARDIAN) – A blacklist of 21 countries whose so-called “golden passport” schemes threaten international efforts to combat tax evasion has been published by the west’s leading economic thinktank. Three European countries – Malta, Monaco and Cyprus – are among those nations flagged as operating high-risk schemes that sell either residency or citizenship in a report released on Tuesday by ...

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364 derelict vehicles to be removed from the islands roads

(PRESS RELEASE) – Residents from around the island may soon experience a reduction in breeding sites for vectors particularly rats and mosquitoes. A joint operation to remove derelict vehicles along the carriage ways while securing public health has gotten under way. The St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority in collaboration with the Environmental Health Division in the Ministry of Health ...

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Saint Lucian Ryan Matthew promoted to Sandals Resorts Jamaica

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sandals Resorts International is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ryan Matthew to the post of Director, Human Resources at Sandals Resorts International (SRI), effective October 1, 2018. His new position will see him holding responsibility and oversight for SRI’s entire Human Resources portfolio, encompassing all resorts on all islands. After a successful career in ...

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Keyhole surgeries now available at VH

(PRESS RELEASE) – The surgical team at Victoria Hospital recently benefited from hands on Laparoscopy training. Laparoscopy allows a doctor to view inside the human body in real time, without open surgery. The procedure utilizes a tiny camera to examine the organs inside the abdomen. It’s a low risk minimally invasive procedure that requires only small incisions. The prospect of ...

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President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan meets Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet

(PRESS RELEASE) – President Tsai Ing-wen met with Saint Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on the morning of October 9. In her remarks, the president emphasized that Taiwan will actively encourage outstanding engineering firms in Taiwan to participate in infrastructure projects in Saint Lucia based on the “mutual assistance for mutual benefits” principle to promote Saint Lucia’s national development and ...

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Botham Jean’s family meet with Dallas DA about case against Dallas officer who killed their son

(DALLAS NEWS) – The parents of the man killed in his own apartment by a Dallas police officer said Tuesday that they are comforted and satisfied with the Dallas County district attorney’s investigation into his slaying. “They have been quite thorough in their investigation,” said Allison Jean, mother of Botham Jean told The Dallas Morning News. “I’m comfortable that all ...

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Government advises public: Beware of fake social media accounts

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Office of the Prime Minister is aware that currently several fake Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts have been created in the name of Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet, as well as several Government ministers. The Office of the Prime Minister would again like to inform the public that at no time will any Government minister or ...

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Cancer patient says early detection is key

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health and Wellness is implementing creative strategies to sensitize the public on the importance of early detection. Breast Cancer continues to be one of the most dominant illnesses among women today. Breast cancer is a malignant tumor that starts in the cells of the breast and can affect both men and women. As Saint ...

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Haiti beat Saint Lucia in Nations League football

(SNO) – One wonders what might have happened had Saint Lucia been able to supply a home venue – and a boisterous partisan crowd – for week 2 of the Concacaf Nations League. In the event, with Saint Lucia’s two FIFA-certified stadia unavailable, the national men’s team’s ‘home’ game against Haiti was played in front of a largely pro-Haitian crowd ...

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MOST honors St Lucian icons

(PRESS RELEASE) – As part of the Saint Lucia’s Soleil Festival and Creole Heritage Month celebrations, the Ministry of Culture in Collaboration with the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and the Folk Research Centre (FRC) hosted creole activities to honour a musical legend from the Belle Vue community who has made inspiring contributions towards Saint Lucia’s musical cultural heritage. His name ...

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Opposition calls on women to demand sacking of government minister

(CMC) – The leader of the main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP), Phillip J. Pierre is calling on women here to demand the resignation of Public Service Minister, Dr Ubaldus Raymond. Earlier this month, Raymond said he had accepted apologies from two young ladies who were charged with blackmailing him and that he is happy the court matter is ...

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St Lucia police group wants better compensation package for members

(CMC) – The Police Welfare Association (PWA) says it wants a one million dollar (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) compensation package for the relatives of police officers killed in the line of duty. Under the existing regulations, surviving family members receive an amount equal to three years’ gross salary at the date of death and other entitlements as provided for under ...

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VIDEO: Julien Alfred’s historic Youth Olympics performance representing Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Video of Julien Alfred’s silver-medal performance in the women’s 100m at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Monday (Oct. 15). She finished second overall in a wind-assisted 11.23 seconds behind Nigeria’s Rosemary Chukuma. “Going into the race, I was positive, I was relaxed. During the race I felt like the last 40 metres I was trying ...

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BREAKING: Julien Alfred captures silver at Youth Olympics

(SNO) — Saint Lucia has captured its first-ever Youth Olympic Games medal, as Julien Alfred finished second overall to get silver in the women’s 100m on Monday (Oct. 15) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The former Leon Hess Comprehensive and St. Catherine High School (Jamaica) student, a multiple national record holder, and the Commonwealth Youth Games women’s 100m champion, ran 11.23 ...

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