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The Queen recognizes St Lucian volunteer with Commonwealth Points of Light Award

(PRESS RELEASE) – Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has today recognised Chelsea Foster, representing St Lucia, as the 73rd Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her exceptional voluntary service leading mentoring programmes for disadvantaged girls. Chelsea Foster is the founder of ‘Girls of A Feather’, a non-profit organisation that aims to empower young women and girls. Since launching the ...

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North American companies express interest in starting local marijuana projects in St Lucia

(CMC) – Companies in the United States and Canada have expressed an interest in starting medical marijuana projects here. This was disclosed by the Chairman of St. Lucia’s Cannabis Movement, Andre ‘Pancho’ de Caires, who said one of the investors wants to plant two thousand acres of marijuana on the island. According to de Caires, the investors indicated interest up ...

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Saint Lucia and French cement Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of the French Republic and the Government of Saint Lucia signed the Convention on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters and the Extradition Convention at Castries, Saint Lucia on September 30, 2016. The French Parliament passed the law authorising approval of the aforementioned agreements and the Council of Ministers consequently approved said agreements. The instruments of ...

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Changes aplenty for Team Saint Lucia ahead of Haiti clash

(SNO) – Big changes for the national men’s team ahead of their Nations League clash with Haiti. The biggest change is at the goalkeeper position. Leon Alexander, who kept a clean sheet just a few weeks ago against Antigua and Barbuda, has been dropped. In his place, Vino Bartlett comes into the squad. Vino, who turns 19 this Friday (Oct. ...

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Special Ed are D6 (Vieux Fort) champions!

(SNO) – The District 6 (Vieux Fort) Schools Football Festival took place on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds, with a total of eight participating primary institutions. The tournament, a joint effort of the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. and the Government of Saint Lucia, has long been a proving ground for the most exciting young talent. For ...

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Saint Lucia’s Lionel leads Woverines win

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s Lyla Lionel was on the scoresheet again as the Essex County College Lady Wolverines maintained their perfect season with another win. It was their sixth on the trot, and the first time they had triumphed by fewer than three goals, as they beat Burlington College 1-0 at Rowan College at Burlington County. Lionel, who is originally ...

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Two wickets for Edwards in Supers50

(SNO) – The game ended with no result, but there was something in it for two young Saint Lucians. West Indies B and defending champions Windward Islands Volcanoes met on Tuesday in the Cricket West Indies Regional Super50, the penultimate match for both struggling teams, ahead of only Canada in the Group A table. The day / night tilt was ...

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Record-breaking ‘hell’ storm Michael mauls US

(BBC) — The most powerful hurricane ever to hit north-west Florida has flooded beach towns, submerging homes and snapping trees like twigs. Hurricane Michael made landfall on Wednesday afternoon as category three storm with 125mph (200km/h) winds in the state’s Panhandle region. One person was killed by a falling tree, Florida officials say. The storm left nearly 500,000 people without ...

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Bexon man in viral video remains in prison for cursing and assaulting police

(SNO) — Police have confirmed that the man who is at the centre of the viral video in which he is being arrested for cursing the police, among other charges, is currently behind bar awaiting a second court appearance. Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir told the media on Wednesday, Oct. 10 that 26-year-old Kennis Charles has been remanded at the Bordelais Correctional ...

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BodyHoliday in Saint Lucia reopens after multimillion-dollar refurbishment

(TRAVEL WEEKLY) — Following a property-wide, multimillion-dollar renovation, St. Lucia’s BodyHoliday has reopened in advance of its 30th anniversary. SEE: Chastanet, Fedee tout benefits of Body Holiday expansion and renovation project to Saint Lucia “We approached the refurbishment of BodyHoliday with the overall goal to further deliver on our promise to ‘change people’s lives, one person at a time,'” said Andrew ...

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Helen’s Daughters founder to attend One Young World

(PRESS RELEASE) – Keithlin Caroo, Founder and President of Helen’s Daughters, has been selected to represent St. Lucia at the One Young World Summit in The Hague, Netherlands from 17-20 October 2018. One Young World (OYW) is an annual Summit where the most valuable young talent from global and national companies, NGOs, universities and other forward-thinking organizations are joined by ...

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Odlum-Smith competes at Youth Olympics swimming

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s Jayhan Odlum-Smith finished second in Heat 2 of the men’s 50m butterfly on Wednesday morning at the Youth Olympic Games, Buenos Aires 2018. Action at the Natatorium in the Youth Olympic Park turned to the pure sprint version of the short-axis, rhythmic butterfly. Odlum-Smith came into the event with the 43rd-fastest time, his 15-17 national age ...

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Invest Saint Lucia supports Junior Achievement Programme

(PRESS RELEASE) – Invest Saint Lucia has made a donation of EC$15,000 in support of the Junior Achievement Programme (JA). Into its 22nd year in Saint Lucia, the non-profit organisation offers an economic education program that gives primary, secondary, vocational and tertiary-level students practical experience of the operation of businesses in the free enterprise system. Speaking during the cheque presentation ...

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Saint Lucia and Taiwan discuss and cement ties with investment in infrastructure

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Republic of China (Taiwan) was praised for its support to developing nations by Saint Lucia’s Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet during an official visit to Taipei. Prime Minister Chastanet also expressed that Saint Lucia and Taiwan face similar challenges on the world stage and the two countries must continue to stand together. The Prime Minister, along ...

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Hurricane Michael strengthens to category three

  (BBC) — Hurricane Michael has strengthened to a category three storm, with winds near 120mph (193km/h) as it churns towards the Florida coast, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) says. The storm is expected to make landfall on Wednesday. Florida Governor Rick Scott has warned residents to evacuate. Alabama, Florida and Georgia have declared states of emergency in all or ...

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Ladera Resort wins Conde Nast Traveler and Caribbean Journal Award

(PRESS RELEASE) – Ladera Resort, an eco-luxe adults-only oasis located on St. Lucia’s southern end of the island, has been named as the Boutique Luxury Hotel of the Year in Caribbean Journal’s first ever Caribbean Boutique Hotel Awards, which celebrates the best of the Caribbean’s most authentic, fascinating and unforgettable properties. “We are honored to have been recognized by the ...

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More persons should have been arrested but cops were “unprofessional” with firearms in hand: cop

(SNO) — The police officers, who arrested a man for insulting one of their own, among other charges, over the weekend, should not have immediately approached the suspect or the crowd brandishing firearms, according to a senior police officer. The incident, which was captured on amateur video and posted on Facebook, has since gone viral. According to reports, police officers ...

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St. Lucia police investigating assault of young girl in viral video

(SNO) — Saint Lucian authorities are investigating a viral video in which a female is seen beating and dragging her much younger sibling out of a residence onto a road, according to reliable sources. The video, which appeared to have been recorded from a minibus with locals and visitors on board, surfaced on social media in Saint Lucia over the ...

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Vigé residents protest bad road conditions

(SNO) — A small group of residents of Vigé, Vieux-Fort took to the streets on Sunday, October 7, 2018 to protest bad road conditions in their community. The protesters carried placard-bearing messages such as “No road, no vote,” and “Fix the roads. It’s terrible.” However, the protest occurred while repairs were being done to the roads which are riddled with ...

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Fatal accident in Grand Ravine, Dennery (police report)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Devon Francis, as a result of a vehicular accident which occurred on Friday, October 5, 2018 along the Grand Ravine, Dennery road. Devon Francis a twenty three year old (23) resident of Augier, Vieux Fort, was the sole occupant of the motorcar registration number PK 8382 which ran ...

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Saint Lucia gas cylinder prices decrease; diesel, gasoline, kerosene prices unchanged

(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 October ...

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Minor earthquake hits Jamaica

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Sections of the island were rattled by a minor tremor around 9.28 p.m. on Sunday. The exact measurement and other details were not immediately available from the Earthquake Unit. However, the United States Geological Survey reported that it was 3.6 magnitude tremor with its epicentre west north-west of Hope Bay, Portland. On social media, people in Kingston, ...

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UPDATE: Northern Haiti rocked by 5.2 aftershock, hours after 5.9 magnitude earthquake

(AP) — Survivors sifting through the rubble of their earthquake-toppled cinderblock homes in Haiti on Sunday were rattled by a magnitude 5.2 aftershock that caused panic and threatened to raise the death toll even further from 12. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the aftershock was located 9.8 miles (15.8 kilometres) north-northwest of Port-de-Paix, the city hard hit ...

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The Big Wood Man rises again in Dennery

(PRESS RELEASE) — The much-acclaimed one-man theatre production, The Big Wood Man, which had to be cancelled last Saturday because of Tropical Storm Kirk, has been rescheduled. It will be staged in Dennery at the Chateau Heritage on Saturday, October 13th at 8:00 pm. Theatre lovers who had been disappointed last weekend can again look forward to a highly entertaining, ...

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Saint Lucia Marine police get much needed training

(SNO) — Training courses in basic engineering and advanced outboard maintenance, offered to the Marine Unit of the Royal St. Lucia Police Force last month, could be likened to a glass of water given to a man, walking across the Sahara Desert, and dying from thirst. The intensity of the gratitude from each recipient could very well be the same. For ...

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UPDATE: Rescue teams providing relief following Haiti earthquake

(CMC) – Rescue teams in Haiti are now working to provide relief in the aftermath of the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that rocked sections of the country late Saturday. According Secretary of State for Communications Eddy Jackson Alexis, a preliminary report indicated that 11 people had died and 135 injured. It’s reported that seven people died in the coastal city of ...

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US group wants Saint Lucian Botham Jean named a national hero

(CMC) – A Brooklyn, New York-based group is urging the Prime Minister of St. Lucia Allen Chastanet to name slain St. Lucian national Botham Shem Jean a national hero. Jean, 26, was killed by white female police officer Amber Guyger in his home in Dallas, Texas on September 6. In a letter to Chastanet, a copy of which was made ...

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Shooting reported in Bisee, stabbing in Bois Den, Jacmel

(SNO) — A man from Bisee, Castries was shot multiple times and a man from Bois Den, Jacmel sustained a stab wound, in separate incidents this weekend, according to law enforcement sources. The shooting incident occurred this morning (Sunday, Oct. 7) in Bisee, after 3 a.m. The victim, Danell Theophane, aka ‘Small Boy’, was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital ...

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UPDATE: Haiti earthquake kills at least 10, injures more than 100

(CMC) – At least 10 people were killed and several others injured after an earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 rocked northwest Haiti on Saturday night, officials have confirmed. The Directorate of Civil Protection (DPC) said that the quake was felt across several parts of the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country and that it created panic in several cities.   The ...

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For Jeffa: Vieux Fort South does it again!

(SNO) — Vieux Fort South made history by becoming the first team to win the Blackheart football title three years in a row. Vieux Fort South beat Laborie 4-1 at the Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort. Players and supporters of the champions have attributed the three-peat victory to the team’s manager Jeffa Belasse who died on Tuesday, Oct. 2, ...

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Saint Lucian men encouraged to examine their breasts for cancer

(SNO) — This month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, however this time around men will have to play a role, as the Ministry of Health and Wellness is calling on them to come in and have their breasts examined as they too can get breast cancer. Janelle Alexander Dupre (family life educator), Michelle Francois (national epidemiologist ag.) and Sharon Tench-Norbal ...

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Trump wins: Brett Kavanaugh confirmed to Supreme Court

(BBC) — The US Senate has voted to confirm President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, after weeks of rancorous debate. The Senate backed Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination by 50 votes to 48. Mr Kavanaugh had been embroiled in a bitter battle to stave off allegations of sexual assault. But after an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI into the allegations, ...

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St Lucia to host two events on impact of climate change

(CMC) – St. Lucia will host the first Forum of the Caribbean Nationally Determined Contributions Finance Initiative (NDC FI) later this month. The October 11-12 initiative is one of two events being held here to raise public awareness on the impacts of climate change. The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission said that an exhibition under the theme “Building ...

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UPDATE: Augier labourer dies in Dennery accident

(SNO) — The deceased in last night’s motor vehicle accident that occurred in the Grande Ravine-Richfond area of Dennery has been identified as Devon Francis, a labourer of Augier, Vieux Fort. A police official told St. Lucia News Online that Francis, was the driver and lone occupant of a green BMW motor car (registration number PK8382) that careened off the ...

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Member of Dominican music band WCK dies in accident

(SNO) – Windward Caribbean Kulture, better known as WCK Band, has paid tribute to Nehemiah Darroux, one of its members who died in a gruesome motor vehicle accident near Roseau in Dominica on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Darroux, 22, also known as “Nehee”, died after his scooter collided with a sports utility vehicle (SUV) just at or shortly after midday. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man dies in Dennery accident

(SNO) — Police are investigating a fatal motor vehicle accident which occurred earlier tonight (Friday, Oct. 5) in Dennery. A police official told St. Lucia News Online that the deceased is a young male from Augier, Vieux Fort who was the driver and lone occupant of a motor car that careened off the road, overturned, and ended up in a ...

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Motorcyclist killed in gruesome Dominica road accident

(SNO) – A young male died in a motor vehicle accident in Dominica early Friday afternoon, Oct. 5, 2018, according to media reports. The victim’s scooter reportedly collided with a sports utility vehicle (SUV) under the Canefield cliff, severing one of his legs from the knee area, in the process. He landed on or in front another SUV and appeared ...

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Two-week-old baby raped in the UK, man charged

(BBC) — A two-week-old baby is in intensive care at a Belfast hospital after an alleged rape. It is understood the baby is in the paediatric unit of the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children. The baby is from the Annalong area of County Down. Earlier this week, a man appeared at Armagh Magistrates’ Court charged with rape and causing ...

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Vieux Fort South MP Dr. Anthony takes legal action against Saint Lucia Gov’t over DSH

(PRESS RELEASE) — Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony, confirms that his lawyers have filed a claim in the High Court against the Government of Saint Lucia for entering into Agreements with Desert Star Holdings Ltd, also well known as “DSH”. The claim seeks Declarations from the Court that the Agreements between the Government of Saint ...

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Flow connects Saltibus with high-speed internet, HD TV

(PRESS RELEASE) — Hundreds of residents in the communities of Daban, Getrine, La Haut, Londonderry, Park Estate and Saltibus can now apply for high-speed broadband access and take advantage of high-definition television, as a major technology exercise is underway in those communities. Starting with Daban, the area is being switched onto the Flow HFC (hybrid fiber-coaxial) network, thus bringing up ...

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Fedee describes performance of regional tourism sector as “tale of two situations”

(CMC) – Caribbean tourism experienced contrasting performances over the last year with the newly appointed chairman of the Caribbean Tourism Organisation, (CTO), Dominic Fedee, describing the experiences as a “a tale of two situations”. “On the one hand, we have robust growth in countries that were not affected by last year’s hurricanes. On the other, we have seen dramatic decreases ...

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Former St. Lucia sports minister calls on gov’t to account for $17 million

(CARIBBEAN NEWS NOW) — On the heels of earlier calls on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet by the opposition St Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to explain what happened to approximately US$20 million in citizenship by investment programme (CIP) donations, SLP member of parliament, Shawn Edward, demanded an explanation of the use of approximately EC$17 million in national lotteries revenue. According to ...

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Investigators search Amber Guyger and Botham Jean’s cell phones, social media accounts

(FOX4) — More search warrants relating to the Botham Jean shooting investigation have been released. The new warrants revealed on Wednesday concern electronics and online activity. It’s been nearly one month since Jean was shot and killed inside his South Side Flats apartment. Now-fired Dallas Police Officer Amber Guyger is charged with manslaughter. The new search warrants only say what ...

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Murdered Bagatelle teens memorialised in local rap song

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

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

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

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Roderick Cherry gets CEO job at Invest Saint Lucia

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

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Hurricane Leslie forms

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

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