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Obeah man requests meeting with PM, police commissioner to discuss crime

(JAMAICA STAR) Retired obeah man David Williams said he is requesting a meeting with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and the commissioner of police, Major Antony Anderson, to discuss ways in which he can assist in bringing the nation’s killers to justice through his spiritual work. Williams claimed that with the use of obeah, he has “got rid of 13 criminals” ...

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Antigua offers to buy Barbados shares in LIAT

ST JOHN’S – The Antigua and Barbuda government has made a formal offer to Barbados to acquire its shares in the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT. A statement issued following the weekly Cabinet meeting said that “Prime Minister Gaston Browne indicated to the Cabinet members that he has written to Prime Minister Mia Mottley on the LIAT restructuring plan”. The brief ...

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Caribbean energy leaders head to Saint Lucia for major energy conference

(PRESS RELEASE) — CARILEC and Saint Lucia Electricity Services (LUCELEC) will jointly host the 2019 CARILEC Chief Executive Officers and Leadership Conference slated for May 21-25 in Saint Lucia. This year’s theme, “RETHINKING? Disruption. Resilience. Sustainability,” will bring into focus policy, operations and practice imperatives for governments and operators within the context of energy, climate change, climate funding, and the ...

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Botham Jean divinely taken, Amber Guyger was chosen to do it: Krok

Attorney S. Lee Merritt has described as “dangerous, defamatory and uniquely evil”, words used by an American radio talk show host in attacking Botham Jean’s mother, Allison Jean. Merrit, one of the attorneys representing the Saint Lucian Jean family, posted on Twitter, a clip of Chris Krok of WBAP radio in Texas trash-talking Botham’s mother. Krok called Allison a liar. ...

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At Sandals dreams come true for returning couple

(PRESS RELEASE) — Sandals Halcyon Beach Resort in Saint Lucia is hosting two special guests who have clocked an amazing 900 nights in vacation at Sandals Resorts in the Caribbean. Edward and Paula Baldrian have come again and again to Sandals Resorts and are now on their 927th night at Sandals. This has placed them in the category of “Ambassador” ...

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Marchand brothers charged with businessman’s homicide

Two brothers have now been charged in connection with the homicide of a Castries businessman. Police said on Thursday, Donavan Ismael, 17, of Marchand, Castries is the second individual to be charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Joseph Stanislaus Pistol. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. His brother Rueben Ismael, 19, of Marchand was ...

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UPDATE: Teen charged with killing Guyanese national appears in court

A 19-year-old from Bagatelle, Castries, charged with the murder of Guyanese national Michael Pooran, appeared in court on Thursday, May 9, 2019. Pooran, 26, was stabbed to death on February 24 in Bagatelle. Police from the Marchand Police Station responded to the incident around 5 a.m. on that day. On February 27, Matthew Defleurmon Jr., aka Bow Man, was formally ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet chastised for comments made at press briefing

A statement by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet that many girls under 18 are having children, and with different men, following in the footsteps of their mothers and grandmothers, have not gone down well with a number of people on social media. They have branded his statement as “racist”, “reckless”, and “disrespectful”. Chastanet made the comments during Monday’s pre-Cabinet press briefing, ...

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PAHO director visits St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) Director Dr. Carissa Etienne recently paid an official visit to Saint Lucia. During her visit to Saint Lucia, Dr. Etienne got the opportunity to meet with health and other high-level officials to discuss ways of strengthening PAHO’s technical cooperation in the areas of environmental health and universal health care, to name ...

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2 medals for Saint Lucia’s Edwin at MIAA Champs

The Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) held its Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend on the Warrensburg, Missouri campus of the University of Central Missouri. Fourteen NCAA Division II teams competed at the Audrey J. Walton Stadium at Vernon Kennedy Field, including the Southwest Baptist University Bearcats, amongst them Saint Lucia’s Delan Edwin. Edwin ended the competition with two ...

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LUCELEC linesmen place second in CARILEC Rodeo in St. Kitts

(PRESS RELEASE) – The six-member St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) Apprentice and Experienced Linesman team headed to St. Kitts on a clear mission. The Apprentice team, winners in their division for the past two years, wanted to complete the three-peat. For the Experienced Team, it was a shot at redemption after going down last year to Dominica. But alas, ...

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Taiwan makes donation to Saint Lucia’s World No Tobacco Day activities

(PRESS RELEASE) — Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) His Excellency Douglas Shen recently presented an EC$5,000 cheque to the Department of Health and Wellness. The cheque presentation represented a contribution towards the World No Tobacco Campaign, aimed at raising awareness among Saint Lucians about the dangers of tobacco smoke to one’s health and well-being. His Excellency Douglas Shen ...

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Jamaica: Royal Palm Estate actor Billy ‘CC’ Wilmot loses house in fire after 7-y-o grandson tried to cook

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — A fire last evening gutted the five-bedroom house of former Royal Palm Estate star Billy ‘CC’ Wilmot in Bull Bay, St Andrew, following an attempt by his seven-year-old grandson to cook. The fire began shortly after 3:00 pm, Wilmot’s spouse, Claudette, told the Jamaica Observer as a second fire truck carried out cooling down operations. Residents said ...

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Saint Lucia’s Bissette wins back-to-back in Romanian volleyball

CS Arcada Galați is the new Divizia A1 men’s volleyball champion of Romania. The finals, for the first time in history, was won by the Galaţi, who triumphed 3-0 away to Steaua Bucharest. Galaţi, with 71 points, have rendered the last match of the championship — between VM Zalău (66 points), and Dinamo — irrelevant. After winning the first set ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Arrest made in Castries Chinese restaurant robbery

Police have made an arrest in connection with the armed robbery of Sea Town ‘Chinese restaurant’ on Brazil Street, Castries by two bandits on Sunday night, May 5, according to law enforcement sources. One of the bandits was arrested on Tuesday, May 7 by Gros Islet police officers, sources have told St. Lucia News Online. The suspect is from Corinth, ...

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Caribbean Sports Awards 2019 set for Saint Lucia!

(PRESS RELEASE) — In the third quarter of 2019, Saint Lucia is expected to play host to the fourth edition of the prestigious Caribbean Awards For Sports Icons (CASI). It is anticipated that CASI 4 will complement Saint Lucia’s 40th Independence anniversary celebrations, “All In – Our Journey, Our Future”. According to Founder and CEO, Al Hamilton MBE: “CASI will ...

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Saint Lucia stars in Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue

Olympic champion, FIFA World cup winner, recipient of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Silver Ball, Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year awardee, and FIFA World Player of the Year finalist. Those are just some of the accolades collected by USA women’s national football team captain Alexandra “Alex” Morgan, during a glittering career. And now, she is a Sports ...

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Guyanese man burns 3-year-old daughter to death in car

(NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) – The mother of a little Queens girl burned alive in a car with its doors chained shut said Monday that the words she heard from the tot’s deranged father before the crime are forever etched in her mind: “You’ll never see your daughter again.” “I always thought he was going to hurt me,” said Cherone ...

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US to issue additional 30,000 H-2B visas for seasonal work

WASHINGTON, United States (AP) — The Trump administration plans to let an additional 30,000 foreigners return to the United States through September for seasonal work, a move that reflects how the booming economy has complicated President Donald Trump’s hard-line efforts on immigration. Details of the plan were in a draft rule obtained by The Associated Press. It would benefit oyster ...

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NWU responds to sale of Sugar Beach resort to Bermuda family

The National Workers Union (NWU) has released a brief statement regarding news that a prominent Bermuda family has acquired Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in Saint Lucia. Following news of the sale on Monday, May 6, many persons have expressed concern about the future status of the resort’s employees. In a press release on Tuesday, the NWU disclosed that it ...

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Grenada is now a LIAT shareholder

ST GEORGE ‘S, Grenada (CMC) — Grenada has become the latest shareholder government of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, saying that the island stands to benefit from the decision to become a shareholder. “When we look at the figures from the number of passengers that LIAT brings to Grenada, of course the multiplier effect is great,” said CARICOM Affairs Minister, ...

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Saint Lucia competition to boost bad-breath awareness (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Dental Services Unit of the Department of Health and Wellness has launched the first ever Dental Comic Strip Competition. This competition is launched as an oral health promotion campaign, targeting young adults between the ages of 18 and 35. It is meant to encourage young people to take charge of their life in a healthy and ...

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St. James’s Club workers get new industrial package

(PRESS RELEASE) — Five hundred people employed with St. James’s Club Morgan Bay will now work under a new industrial relations package. The company and the National Workers Union (NWU) met at the Department of Labour on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 to affix signatures to a new industrial accord. The document makes provisions for upward adjustments in hourly wage rates, ...

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Okra can lead to infertility in men: studies

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — While the steamed fish and okra dish is lauded in Jamaican culture as the ideal meal to boost a man’s virility, recent studies have revealed that the seeds of the okra plant actually contain a substance that reduces the chances of a man impregnating a woman. “In some countries, men actually take it to decrease their fertility,” ...

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VIDEO: Two seriously injured in Barre de l’Isle accident

A video has surfaced showing the bloody aftermath of a motor vehicle accident at Barre de l’Isle. (SEE VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE) A 14-seat minibus careened off the main road, injuring at least four people, two of whom sustained serious injuries. The authorities were alerted about the accident just before 12:30 a.m. on Monday, April 6. In the video, two men ...

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Bay Gardens offers “Caribcation” deals for Caribbean residents

(PRESS RELEASE) — Caribbean residents can receive 25 percent off all-inclusive rates from Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia this summer and autumn. The ‘Caribcation’ special offers bargain packages, with full meals for two guests, unlimited house brand drinks and free access to the popular Splash Island, St. Lucia’s first open-water sports park, off the famous Reduit Beach, plus a ...

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Three Saint Lucians rescued by US Coast Guard

Three Saint Lucians were among seven people rescued by the fast-response U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley on Monday, May 6, Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir has confirmed. Desir said the four other people had no form of identification but preliminary investigations suggest they are from Venezuela. Reports are that the seven individuals were on a small vessel — registered ...

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Caribbean countries warned to conserve water as drought worsens

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) on Monday urged Caribbean countries to “closely monitor water resources and try to conserve as much as possible, at least until June/July” as the drought situation in the region worsens. In its Caribbean Drought and Precipitation Monitoring Network Bulletin released here, CIMH said that there is concern ...

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Up to 30 percent of Jamaicans are gay: study

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Research commissioned by the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) in March 2019 has concluded that between seven and 30 per cent of the population are believed to be lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender (LGBT), and a large majority of employers (68 per cent) were willing to report violence and discrimination against them. Importantly, ...

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Rampage pulls off ‘first-ever’ Corinth Carnival (+video)

Organisers have said they were able to successfully stage the first ever Corinth Carnival, held on Wednesday, May 1. Michael Gustave, director of Rampage Production, told St. Lucia News Online that the event “was all fun, colour, music and togetherness”. Gustave said his team “successfully pulled off the first ever Corinth Carnival dubbed Freedom Mas”. He said a large crowd ...

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Black women win all major US pageants for the first time

(BBC) — In a historic first, the 2019 winners of America’s three biggest beauty pageants are all black women. Nia Franklin, 25, became Miss America in September, followed last week by Kaliegh Garris, 18, as Miss Teen USA and Cheslie Kryst, 28, as Miss USA. The wins are particularly meaningful given the competitions’ decades-long history of racism and bias. Vanessa ...

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Saint Lucian Lesporis shines in T&T cricket league

Saint Lucian Keddy Lesporis knocked an unbeaten 90 to help his team, Central Sports, eke out an impressive eight-wicket win over Merry Boys in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board 50-over competition on Sunday, May 5. Merry Boys made 260 all out in 47.1 overs and Central Sports responded with 264 for two in just 35 overs. According to Newsday, ...

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Saint Lucia marine police says search for missing fishermen proved futile

It is officially one week since three fishermen left Gros Islet on a fishing expedition, in the direction of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Since then, only one has returned after being rescued by a ferry. Two others remain missing. Despite numerous surface searches by the Saint Lucia marine police and aerial support from Curacao, Martinique and the Regional Security ...

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Saint Lucia’s anti-gay laws having “negative effect” on tourism — U&S responds to article

Saint Lucia’s main LGBTI rights organisation, United and Strong (U&S), has responded to media reports that two bisexual contestants of popular UK show ‘Blind Date’ were warned during their prize-winning trip to Saint Lucia that ‘homosexuality is illegal’ on the island and gay sex can get them 10 years behind bars. The gay tourists were tense during their entire trip ...

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Hundreds of shoppers to Saint Lucia from Dominica? For real?

Dear Editor: Permit me space to shed some light — over darkness sought to blind some people — on reports that over 400 Dominicans arrived in my country by ferry today for a one-day shopping trip organised by Saint Lucia government officials. According to reports, the Castries City authorities claimed that this initiative is in keeping with making Castries one ...

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Saint Lucia’s Sugar Beach resort sold to Bermuda family!

The Green family in Bermuda has “recently finalised” the purchase of the five-star Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, Saint Lucia, a spokesperson for the family has told The Royal Gazette newspaper. “They are pleased to be in the process of expanding their portfolio, investing at home in Bermuda, with the recent purchase and development of Point House, and ...

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Gordon & Walcott students get ‘procrastination and productivity’ advice (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — As the Common Entrance Examination draws near, Grade 6 students of the Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist School received a timely presentation on ‘Procrastination and Productivity’ by the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council. This was one of the activities of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s mentorship programme. The Gordon and Walcott Memorial Methodist School has been adopted ...

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Saint Lucia doctors and nurses get training in advanced trauma life support (+video/photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — A team from the Jackson Memorial Hospital recently visited Saint Lucia to facilitate an advanced trauma life support (ATLS) course. The course is aimed at ensuring a safe and reliable method for immediate management of trauma patients at the hospitals. Consultant Surgeon, Dr. Charles Greenidge, says he is very pleased with the training as it serves as ...

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Saint Lucia consumers to pay more for gas and diesel

(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 gasoline, diesel, and LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The retail price of kerosene remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday, May 6, 2019: ...

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Canaries youth charged for fatal stabbing

A man has been charged in connection with the April 29, 2019 killing of a former youth leader in Canaries. Christo Ethan Flermius, 20, of Floravilla, Canaries was arrested and charged on Thursday, May 2 for causing the death of 24-year-old Kadeem Joseph, also a resident of Floravilla, Canaries, who was stabbed during an altercation on April 29, about 6 ...

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Jamaica: Woman return millions in cash found at ATM

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Two Wednesdays ago, Ackaisha Green was inside the ATM at Central Police Station on East Queen Street in downtown Kingston when she stumbled upon a stash of cash suspected to be in the millions of dollars. But she felt it was not hers to keep. The money could have gone a long way for the mother of ...

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Four injured in Barre de l’Isle accident

Four people sustained injuries when a 14-seat minibus reportedly ran off the road at Barre de l’Isle around midnight, according to law enforcement sources. Two of the injured were transported by the Dennery ambulance with possible fractured bones to their hands,  and the other two transported by the Castries ambulance with minor injuries, sources said. Emergency officials received the call ...

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One million species face extinction

(CNN) — One million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, scientists warned Monday in what is described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever. Their landmark report paints a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by an ever-growing human population, whose insatiable consumption is destroying the natural world. The global rate ...

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Lyndon Cooper retained as Saint Lucia Football Association president

Lyndon Cooper was re-elected president of the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. at the organisation’s 32nd Ordinary Congress held on Saturday, May 4 at the Bay Gardens Hotel. Joining Cooper for the next four years are Boniface Stephen Regis, who was elected first vice president; Mary Campbell, second vice president; Emmanuel Bellas, vice president (southern zone); Kendal Emmanuel, vice president ...

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A Trini is Saint Lucia’s new football coach

A Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) national is Saint Lucia’s new football coach. Jamal Shabazz has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Saint Lu­cia Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SLFA), replacing Fran­cis “Panko” Mc Don­ald, a former national footballer. McDonald, who in 2018 managed former club Northern United All Stars, was appointed to manage Saint Lucia in October 2018. Meanwhile, Shabazz, a former ...

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Reports of gunshots in Marchand

Residents of areas in and around Marchand have reported hearing gunshots Sunday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or death. Our newsroom received the first report of a shooting at 7:45 p.m., but no additional information was available. However, at 8 p.m. we received another report of a shooting in the Black Mallet area. According to the source, ...

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UPDATE: 41 people killed after plane erupts in flames during emergency landing at Russian airport

(ABC NEWS) — Russian passenger airliner was forced to make an emergency landing while on fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport Sunday, turning into a fiery ball as it skidded on the runway, killing 41 people. Thirty-seven passengers have been confirmed alive. Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, has confirmed death toll and said two children were among those ...

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Campbell, Hope set record for West Indies against Ireland

(AFP) — West Indies openers John Campbell and Shai Hope shattered the record for the highest first-wicket partnership in a one-day international with a stand of 365 against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. The duo comfortably exceeded the previous opening best at this level of 304 set by Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in July last ...

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VIDEO: Huge snake discovered at woman’s home in Dennery

As a new ‘snake video’ has emerged on social media, local wildlife and forestry officials have confirmed that at least two Saint Lucia boa or ‘Tete Chien’ snakes have been “rescued” from two residences in Bois Jolie, Dennery over the past three weeks. (SEE VIDEO BELOW STORY) In the two-minute video, a wildlife official struggles with the ‘strong’ reptile briefly ...

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