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BVI: ‘Earthquake swarm’ leaves researchers puzzled and DDM on ‘high alert’

(BVI NEWS) – The Department of Disaster Management (DDM) is now on high alert, following the recent increase in earthquakes in the region. This was revealed by the DDM’s Information & Education Manager Chrystall Kanyuck-Abel who told BVI News that her organisation is keeping a close eye on all earthquake-related activity. “We are definitely on high alert right now; basically ...

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Central Statistical Office commences mapping for 2020 census

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Central Statistical Office concluded a four-day training exercise for mappers where 35 persons were trained from across the island to execute the 2020 Population and Housing Census mapping exercise. This exercise will include the collection of Global Positioning System (GPS) locations for every building on the island. It is expected that the information gathered from this ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Earthquake shakes Dominica again

SNO – Another earthquake shook Dominica on Tuesday evening, the second this week. The latest quake took place at 8:17 pm, according to the Trinidad-based UWI Seismic Research Center. The epicenter of the 4.6 quake was located 39 km south east of Roseau, 54 km north of Fort-de-France, Martinique and 118 km north of Castries, Saint Lucia. Many Dominicans have ...

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Unregulated vehicular access on Sandy Beach a major concern

(SNO) – Unregulated vehicular access to certain sections of Sandy Beach in Vieux Fort is a major source of concern to those tasked in protecting the site. To make matters worst, measures put in place to minimize negative impacts, such as beach erosion, are being tampered with. “One of the main issues is that of uregulated vehicular access on the ...

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Tourism minister not worried over loss of Virgin Atlantic

(SNO) – Tourism minister, Dominic Fedee, has said he is not worried that Saint Lucia will not be in a position to fill in losses after Virgin Atlantic stop flying to the island. The airline will cease operations to Saint Lucia in June 2020 after 21 years. Virgin ran a three-times-a-week service to the island from Gatwick. Despite the loss, ...

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Police say death of football coach being treated as homicide

(SNO) – Police have said they are investigating the death of popular sports personality and coach of Big Players Football Club, Cassius “Cassy Boom” Glasgow as a homicide. His body was found at his home on Monday, reportedly with a gunshot wound to the head. His death was Saint Lucia’s first homicide for 2020. “We can confirm that there is ...

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Saint Lucia to brand banana as “premium” agricultural product

(SNO) – Saint Lucia will be branding its bananas as a premium agricultural product as part of strategic efforts as it related to the island’s banana industry. On Monday, cabinet met with high level officials from the Ministry of Agriculture to discuss the industry. “The main focus of this meeting was to discuss the critical challenges which our banana farmers ...

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Signing ceremonies for two Grassroots Projects in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – Signing Ceremonies for two Grant Assistance for the Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGP) will be held in Saint Lucia on Thursday 16 January 2020. Both projects, selected for funding under Japan’s fiscal year 2019, are expected to benefit the recipient organizations as well as the communities in which they are located. The first ceremony will be held ...

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Dennery man swept away by sea

(SNO) – A Dennery man was swept away by the sea on Saturday and has not been seen since. The man has been identified as Vincent Marcel. Shawn Edwards, MP for the Dennery, wrote about the incident on his Facebook page. According to Edwards, two men from Aux Lyons went fishing at Povert Point near Louvet beach. According to him, ...

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Gov’t announces goodwill and brand ambassadors

(SNO) – The government of Saint Lucia has named a number of citizens as the island’s brand and goodwill ambassadors. The list was announced on Monday morning by Culture Minister, Fortuna Belrose at the pre-cabinet briefing. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet pointed to the importance of recognizing outstanding Saint Lucians. “It is important for us to continue to recognize outstanding Saint ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Popular sports personality shot and killed

(SNO) – Popular sports personality and coach of Big Players Football Club, Cassius “Cassy Boom” Glasgow, was shot and killed on Monday morning, SNO has been informed. Details are sketchy at this time but reports are that he was killed at his home in Marchand in what appears to be an apparent robbery. Glasgow is well-known for the development of ...

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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 kerosene and diesel has changed. The retail price of gasoline, LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday, January 13, ...

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Earthquake shakes Dominica

(SNO) – An earthquake on Monday morning shook sections of Dominica, according to reports. The quake was reported by Caribbean Online Weather, the Public Seismic Network Inc. Dominica and the UWI Seismic Research Center (UWI-SRC) in Trinidad. It took place at 8:45 on Monday Morning. It was reportedly felt on the southern and mid sections of the island. According to ...

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Caricom raises external tariffs on pasta, cement

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) – CARICOM’s Council for the Trade and Economic Development (COTED) has increased the common external tariff (CET) on pasta and cement for one year. It came into effect on January 1. The tariffs would, in theory, make imported products more expensive compared to domestic (Caricom-manufactured) products. The new tariff on pasta is 40 per cent, up from 20 ...

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When the earth starts to shake – NEMO offers advice

(SNO) – In light of earthquakes that have shaken the region in recent times, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is reminding Saint Lucian of what they should do in case one affects the island. Before an earthquake even takes place, NEMO said there are a number of things people should do in order to reduce the risk of injury ...

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Tourist Accommodation Fee discussions continue

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Hospitality and Tourism Association (SLHTA) continues discussion with the Ministry of Tourism and Ministry of Finance with regard to the logistics of the implementation of a new head tax regime, referred to as a tourist accommodation fee. As a recent press release from the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) stated, such a head tax/ ...

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Prime Minister to deliver New Year’s Address this Sunday

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet will deliver his New Year Address to the nation on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at 8 p.m., featuring a review of 2019, with projections and outlook for Saint Lucia in 2020. The Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service will touch on key ...

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L’Express des Îles to suspend operations due to heavy seas

(SNO) – L’Express des Îles will be suspending all operations between Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique and Saint Lucia due to heavy swells and dangerous seas. The suspension will be in effect between January 10 and 14. A resumption of schedule is expected for Wednesday, January 15 if sea conditions allow. The company said that the schedule between Guadeloupe and Marie-Galante will ...

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NEMO appeals to Saint Lucians to be prepared for earthquakes

(SNO) – In light of a number of earthquakes rocking the region in recent days, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is appealing to Saint Lucians to be prepared and ready in case the island is affected by one. Director of the organization, Dorine Gustave, said the quakes show that the entire region is seismically active. “We are a volcanic ...

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Police arrest father in viral beating video

(SNO) – The police have taken into custody a father who was recorded violently beating his daughter in Dennery. The video of the incident was uploaded to social media and it has since gone viral. It caught the attention of the Vulnerable Persons Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and an investigation was launched. HTS News4Force is reporting ...

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PM Chastanet presents major projects for Saint Lucia in 2020

(SNO) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has presented a number of projects for the island in 2020, which he described as ‘critical’ for its development. On Wednesday, a joint meeting was held with all the ministries and agencies which the prime minister said have some role to play in achieving the object of building a new and prosperous Saint Lucia. ...

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UWI-SRC denies tsunami warning issued after earthquake off Dominica

(SNO) – The Trinidad-based UWI Seismic Research Center (SRC) has denied that a tsunami warning was issued following an earthquake that took place south of Dominica on Wednesday morning. After the 5.2 quake, which was felt on several islands including Saint Lucia, social media was rife with rumors that a tsunami warning was issued. One media outlet published that “sections ...

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Saint Lucia, region to be affected by heavy seas

(SNO) – The region, including Saint Lucia, will be affected by heavy seas by Thursday which could be hazardous  and dangerous. According to Caribbean Online Weather, a strong surface high pressure is building north of the area and will produce strong easterly winds of close to 30 mph. Because of  that, waves of up to 12 feet or more are ...

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Another earthquake shakes several islands

(SNO) – A 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook several islands, including Saint Lucia, on Wednesday morning, another in a series of quakes that has rattled the region. The latest quake took place at 10:01 a.m., according to the Trinidad-based UWI Seismic Research Center. Several people from different islands including Martinique, St. Vincent, Barbados and Saint Lucia have taken to social media ...

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Regional preparation a must after Puerto Rico earthquakes says UWI

(SNO) – The Trinidad-based UWI Seismic Research Center has said that recent earthquakes that rocked Puerto Rico serve as a reminder that the region must always be prepared. It said the quakes show that the region is active in terms of such natural geological hazards. “The recent earthquakes around Puerto Rico serves as a reminder that our region is seismically ...

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Contract signed for World Bank-financed Micoud Wellness Center

(SNO) – A contract has been signed and works are expected to begin on the Micoud Wellness Center within days. The contract was signed Tuesday afternoon. “This is a project which is well overdue and had previously started in 1992 when then Prime Minister Sir John Compton initiated this much needed facility,” Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said. He explained that ...

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Ukrainian passenger plane crashes in Iran

(BBC) — A Ukrainian Boeing-737 with 180 people onboard has crashed in Iran, according to local media. The aircraft belonging to Ukraine International Airlines crashed just after take-off from Iran’s Imam Khomeini airport in Tehran, said the Fars state news agency. Preliminary reports suggest that the plane was en route to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. It is unclear whether ...

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Saint Lucia’s first newborns for 2020 receive hampers

(PRESS RELEASE) — The island’s first recorded newborns for 2020 have each received a hamper containing clothes and other supplies. Baby boy Giovani Thomas was born at St. Jude Hospital while baby girl Acadya Paul was born at Victoria Hospital. The hamper presentations were made on Saturday, January 4 to Nadia Aurelien mother of Acadya Paul and Virgil Thomas, mother ...

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Iran threatens to attack inside America if US responds to missile attacks

(CNN) — In its Telegram channel, Iranian Revolutionary Guard says the “Pentagon reports that the US will respond to Iran’s attacks.” IRGC then says in a footnote, “This time we will respond to you in America”. Singapore Airlines diverts flights from Iranian airspace Singapore Airlines has diverted all its flights from the Iranian airspace. Here’s what the airline said in a ...

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“An act of war” — US Republican senator describes Iran’s actions

(CNN) — Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, reacted to Iran’s attack on two Iraqi bases housing American troops on Fox News this evening. “This was an act of war, Sean, by any reasonable definition,” Graham told host Sean Hannity. “The President has all the authority he needs under Article II to respond and how he responds is ...

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Iran attack: US airbases in Iraq hit by ballistic missiles

(BBC) — At least two airbases housing US troops in Iraq have been hit by more than a dozen ballistic missiles, according to the US Department of Defence. Iranian state TV says the attack is a retaliation after the country’s top commander Qasem Soleimani was killed in a drone strike in Baghdad, on the orders of US President Donald Trump. ...

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Iran launches missiles at Iraq base housing US troops: reports

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran state TV says Tehran has launched “tens” of surface-to-surface missiles at Iraq’s Ain Assad air base housing U.S. troops over America’s killing of a top Iranian general. State TV described it early Wednesday as Tehran’s revenge operation over the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani. U.S. forces could not be immediately reached for comment. White ...

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Security alert issued for US citizens in Barbados and Eastern Caribbean over “heightened Mideast tensions”

(SNO) — The United States (US) Embassy in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean has put US citizens on alert as a result of “heightened tensions in the Middle East”. The tensions refer to the assassination of Iran’s military commander Qassem Soleimani, carried out on the order of US President Donald Trump. Soleimani, who was arguably the second most powerful man ...

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“This is just the beginning” — PM Chastanet on gov’t ‘securing even more’ scholarships for Saint Lucians

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has noted that the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Foreign Affairs have “worked hard” over the past two years to secure even more scholarship opportunities for Saint Lucians, saying this is “just the beginning”. Chastanet made the comment on his official Facebook page on Tuesday, January 7. He said Saint Lucia continues to ...

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Bordelais inmate chopped up by another inmate: official

(SNO) — A law enforcement official has confirmed that an inmate sustained chop wounds at the hands of another inmate at the Bordelais Correctional Facility on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. The inmate, Francis Bertie, was treated for wounds to his shoulder and leg at Victoria Hospital. He is in stable condition, according to reports. The incident occurred in the Delta ...

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Saint Lucia’s debt worries opposition leader

(SNO) – Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre is expressing concerns over Saint Lucia’s debt under the Allen Chastanet-led administration. In an interview with HTS News4orce, he stated that the island has moved into debt which, according to him, is unsustainable. “I think the country has gone into debt that’s not sustainable and I must say that was not necessary,” he ...

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Trinidad: Principal stabbed to death in front of students

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — The principal of a pre-school in Port-of-Spain was stabbed in the classroom on Monday. She died at hospital. Police said Jezelle Phillip was at her workplace, Baby’s Pre-School, when she was attacked at around 7.20am. The attack was witnessed by some pupils. It happened as Phillip was preparing for the start of the first day of the ...

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St Lucia introduces a tourism accommodation fee

(PRESS RELEASE) – Following consultations with stakeholders in the industry, Government will be introducing a tourist ammommodation fee to be used for destination marketing and development. As of April 1, 2020, stayover visitors to Saint Lucia will be required to pay an accommodation fee on their nightly stay on the island. All accommodation providers on the island (hotels, guest houses, ...

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Burglar terrorizes Carellie, Castries family in broad daylight

(SNO) – It’s everyone’s nightmare to have a burglar enter their home and terrorize their family, in broad daylight at that. But this is exactly what happened to a Carellie family on January 3, 2020. A family member, who prefers to remain anonymous, said the incident began unfolding at around 11:44 a.m. when a burglar entered the property by scaling ...

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2019 Saint Lucia track and field in review – Men

(PRESS RELEASE) – 2019 was a relatively quiet one for Saint Lucian men in track and field. Albert Reynolds put in performances that stood out on the international stage, and twice reset his national record in the men’s javelin throw. Indubitably Saint Lucia’s male athlete of the 2010’s, he went from 69.52m at the 2010 CAC Championship in Puerto Rico, ...

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“Aliens exist and could be here on Earth” says astronaut

(BBC) — Aliens exist and it is possible they are among us on Earth, the first Briton to go into space has said. Dr Helen Sharman told the Observer Magazine that extra-terrestrial life is bound to be somewhere in the universe. “Aliens exist, there’s no two ways about it,” she said, adding that “there must be all sorts of different ...

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Joseph: Food Import Substitution Program a major project for agriculture ministry in 2020

(SNO) – Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph has said the vegetable import substitution program is one of the major projects for his ministry in 2020. He said Saint Lucia did not experience the negative impact of climate change in 2019 and his ministry will be launching a number of projects related to the agriculture industry. The vegetable import substitution program will ...

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Shooting in Gros Islet

(SNO) — Saint Lucia has recorded possibly its first recorded shooting of the new year after a man was injured in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet late Saturday night, Jan. 4., according to law enforcement officials. Benedict Leon, 35, sustained two gunshot wounds to one of his legs minutes before midnight Saturday, officials said. Leon was transported to Victoria Hospital by ...

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Heavy alcohol drinking may directly damage the heart — study

(REUTERS) — Binge drinking and heavy alcohol consumption may directly damage the heart muscle, a new study suggests. In an analysis of data from nearly 3,000 adults from northwest Russia, researchers found that heavy drinking and bingeing were associated with increased levels of blood biomarkers that indicate damage to heart tissue, according to the report in the Journal of the ...

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Guyana: East Coast couple found dead in bathtub at Aracari Resort

(NEWS ROOM GUYANA) — Two persons who were found dead at the Aracari resort at Versailles, West Bank Demerara (WBD) have been identified as Sabrina Nandram and Kevin Singh. The couple was discovered motionless in a bathtub at the hotel on Sunday at about 18:00hrs. Regional Commander, Assistant Commissioner Simon McBean earlier told the News Room that the malec and ...

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Iran will “for sure” retaliate directly against US “military sites” — top military adviser

(CNN) — The military adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader said Sunday that Tehran’s response to the killing by the United States of its most most influential general will “for sure be military.” In an exclusive interview with CNN in Tehran, the adviser — Maj. Gen. Hossein Dehghan — made the most specific and direct threat yet by a senior Iranian ...

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Venezuela’s Juan Guaidó loses control; rival declares himself new Speaker

(BBC) — Venezuelan opposition figure Juan Guaidó was denied entry to the National Assembly to be re-elected as its head. Dissident opposition politician Luis Parra, Mr Guaidó’s rival, then declared himself parliament’s new Speaker by megaphone – a move denounced by the opposition as a “parliamentary coup”. The opposition also said Mr Parra was sworn in without votes or quorum. ...

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Former Barbados PM Owen Arthur is new LIAT chairman

(ANTIGUA NEWS ROOM) — Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur will be the next Chairman of regional airline LIAT, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has announced. There has been no word from Prime Minister Mia Mottley so far regarding the appointment. Arthur replaces Dr Jean Holder, also from Barbados, who resigned late last year. “You would recognise there will ...

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Saint Lucian skipper Kimani Melius and West Indies U19 Rising Stars intensify preparations for U19 World Cup

ST JOHN’S, Antigua – The West Indies Under-19 (U19) Rising Stars continue their preparation for the ICC Under-19 World Cup in South Africa from January 17 to February 9, with a training camp in Johannesburg from January 4-11. This camp will occur before the two official World Cup warm-up matches versus Canada (January 13) and Scotland (January 15). West Indies ...

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“We must stand in solidarity” says SLP Women’s Organization

Below is a statement from the Saint Lucia Labour Party Women’s Organization, posted on their official Facebook page on Jan. 1, 2020. It is with sheer gladness and a sense of exuberance that we extend sincere new year greetings to you, the dedicated members, supporters, and friends of the Saint Lucia Labour Party Women’s Organization. May this year bring to ...

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St. Vincent: Woman beaten in face with hammer by ex-lover

(IWNSVG.COM) — A Cane Garden woman is in hospital nursing injuries to her mouth, reportedly inflicted with a hammer, and chop wounds sustained during an attack allegedly by a former lover on Thursday. The woman, Monique Hutchins, 45, was attacked in the East Kingstown community even as she is recovering from two broken arms, sustained during an attack allegedly by ...

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