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Babonneau, Ciceron, Entrepot win in Massy Schools Cricket

(SNO) — The 2019 edition of the Massy United Insurance secondary schools cricket tournament got underway on Thursday, February 14 with three matches. At the Gros Islet Playing Field, Babonneau Secondary defeated Castries Comprehensive Secondary by nine wickets. Castries Comprehensive made just 51 in 25 overs; Osric Antione, 19 not out. Bowling for Babonneau, Caleb Thomas took three for eight ...

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200m personal record for Saint Lucia’s Edwin at Pitt

(SNO) — The Southwest Baptist University Bearcats men’s track and field team wrapped up their regular season of the indoor season on Friday and Saturday. Most of the team competed at Pittsburg State in the 4th Annual Indoor Gorilla Classic. The meet was held at the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas. Saint Lucian junior Delan Edwin ran the ...

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Saint Lucians world-ranked in sambo

(SNO) — Two Saint Lucians have attained world rankings in the combat sport of sambo, following Saint Lucia’s participation at the World Sambo Championships in Romania in November 2018. Thierry Augustine is ranked 9th in the 100kg weight class and Nisso Etienne is ranked 29th in the 90kg weight class. Augustine won two medals in the different disciplines of sport ...

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Saint Lucia steps closer to ‘social safety net reform’

(PRESS RELEASE) — Saint Lucia continues to actively drive its social safety net reform policies and programmes. An important step in this process was taken this week as a high-level delegation from the government of Saint Lucia travelled to Grenada on a study tour of that island’s social programme, SEED – the Support for Education, Empowerment and Development. SEED is ...

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Taiwan supports Saint Lucia education sector with massive $2.5-million donation

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, Hon. Douglas Chen, recently presented a cheque valued at EC$2,500,000 to the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development. The cheque presentation represents the first portion of a contribution amounting to EC$7,500,000 towards ICT in education, over the next three-year period. This contribution will ...

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How bad does Venezuela have to get (until we say ‘enough’)?

Op-ed by United States of America Ambassador Linda S. Taglialatela The people of Venezuela are suffering from man-made political and economic crises that have transformed a once thriving and prosperous democracy into a place beset by poverty, corruption, and repression. More than three million Venezuelans have fled and sought refuge in other countries. Maduro and his cronies have bled the ...

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Folk Research Centre receives valuable gifts

(PRESS RELEASE) — In recent days, the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre at Barnard Hill, has received a number of valuable gifts from leading artists. Mr. Cedric George has donated two of his paintings and a photograph of Dame Sesenne Descartes to the institution which suffered total loss of its library collection and artifacts in a fire last March ...

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Calderon, Anthony lead CCSS, SJC to table tennis titles

(SNO) — Castries Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) and St. Joseph’s Convent (SJC) dominated the Inter Sec Table Tennis Championships, held earlier this month at the Castries Table Tennis Centre, behind command performances from De’Andre Calderon and Zarianne Anthony. Calderon retained the boys singles title, whilst teammate Ishmel Moise placed second, with Babonneau Secondary’s Kenneth John and Nate John, third. In ...

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Saint Lucia reiterates position on Venezuela

(SNO) — Saint Lucia is maintaining its position on the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, that there should be fresh elections, and that the people of the Spanish-speaking South American country must be the ones deciding their future. Speaking earlier this week, Foreign Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun warned that if the matter is not resolved, it could result in civil war and ...

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Levern Spencer wins medal at Millrose Games

NEW YORK CITY (SNO) — Two American records and a near-world record in the men’s mile made for a night to remember at the 112th NYRR Millrose Games. 2016 Olympian Vashti Cunningham cleared 1.95 (6-4.75) to win her second straight John Thomas women’s high jump title. Passing on the first bar, Cunningham cruised through the next four heights before missing ...

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Trump confirms emergency move to build border wall

(BBC) — President Trump has confirmed he will use emergency powers to build a wall on the US border with Mexico, saying “walls work”. Building the wall was a key pledge of Mr Trump’s campaign, but Democrats have described the emergency as a “gross abuse of power”. He is due to sign the plan along with a spending bill aimed at ...

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Grenada PM pleased no member state on EU blacklist

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 15, CMC – Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, said he is pleased that no member state has been included in the European Union (EU) 2019 financial blacklist of countries with weak anti-money laundering and terrorist-financing regimes “We know we are living in a world in which we cannot afford not to undertake certain fundamental responsibilities, ...

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Digicel steps in to help Sunny Acres-based after-school care and support group

(PRESS RELEASE) — Attending to the needs of at-risk students, once they’ve left the school playground, is never an easy task – particularly for working parents with little to no extended family support. So when Digicel heard about Stepping Stones after-school care and support group, serving the broader community of Castries, they offered their help and support in a number ...

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Education ministry gets blasted for closure of Ave Maria Infant School

(SNO) — The closure of the Ave Maria Girls Infant School is not going down well with the National Council of and for Persons With Disabilities (NCPD) and the Saint Lucia Teachers Union (SLTU). Both organizations are now blaming the Ministry of Education for the shutdown, saying the disruption of classes was avoidable. Earlier this week, the ministry announced that ...

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Saint Lucian jockey wins Valentine’s race in Barbados

(SNO) — Rico Daniel is a long way from the Kaka Bef, but he is blazing a trail for Saint Lucian equestrians. There may be no Independence horse racing in Vieux Fort this year, but if and when the sport of kings does take serious root in fair Helen, a local champion could be astride one of the winning thoroughbreds. ...

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Collymore back in charge of St. Lucian basketball

(SNO) — Leslie Collymore has been returned as president of the Saint Lucia Basketball Federation (SLBF) following that organisation’s Annual General Meeting earlier this month. Also returned from the executive elected in 2014 is Velica Augustin, as general secretary, and Wendell Scheek, treasurer. Those two aside, it’s all change for this latest iteration of the SLBF, whose last executive committee ...

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Saint Lucia rights group discusses LGBTQI issues with opposition leader

(SNO) — Local rights group United and Strong Inc. (UNS) last week met with Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre and discussed, among other things, the Saint Lucia Labour Party’s (SLP) position on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) community on the island. The organization said the meeting was part of plans to increase political engagements ...

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SLP asks: UWP goes after coconut vendors — who is next?

(PRESS STATEMENT) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party is outraged by the consistent oppressive behaviour of the UWP government towards persons who are seeking to make an honest living in Saint Lucia. Equally disturbing is that the SLP has been informed of a decision by the Prime Minister of the country to forcibly remove the vendors who sell coconuts in ...

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CSA concerned about fate of St. Lucia Marketing Board employees

(SNO) — The St. Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has written to government officials requesting an update, on behalf of their members, on the pending closure of the St. Lucia Marketing Board (SLMB) In one of the two letters — both of which were sent to the media on Thursday — the CSA said it is concerned that their members ...

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Suspended Castries secondary school teacher takes legal action

(SNO) — A teacher from a Castries secondary school who was suspended by the Teaching Service Commission has taken legal action, asking that the decision be reversed. Her attorney, Leevie Herelle, said the commission has never given the reason for its action. He told Choice News that the commission was written to since they did not know what the allegations ...

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PM Chastanet reiterates support for law enforcement officers

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed his “continued support” for law enforcement officers in Saint Lucia, as he acknowledged on social media that police officers, firefighters, ports police officers, correctional officers and representatives of the City Police, have commenced a one-week training session in human rights and social justice. “I wish to express my government’s continued support for ...

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Richard Frederick is angry, vows to rename Serenity Park when re-elected

(SNO) — The renaming of Serenity Park in Sans Souci, Castries is not going down well with attorney and former Castries Central Member of Parliament Richard Frederick, who accused officials of attempting to erase history and totally wipe him out from Saint Lucia’s political landscape. The park, which was Frederick’s brainchild, was officially opened on May 5, 2011 by Frederick ...

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Caribbean urged to focus on improving planning, implementation capacity amid climate change

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 14, CMC – Caribbean countries have been told they need to focus their efforts on improving project planning and implementation capacity in light of the risks posed by natural disasters and the intensification of climate change. Deputy Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Tao Zhang, said grant financing, “remains small compared to the needs” ...

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Three Saint Lucia luxury resorts listed among world’s top 50

(PRESS RELEASE) — Local Luxury Resorts Jade Mountain, Ladera and Cap Maison are three of Saint Lucia’s leading resorts which have been named amongst ‘50 Most Romantic Hotels in the World’. The announcement was made this week via bigseventravel.com. Soufriere based Jade Mountain listed in the top 10 at number 6, while Ladera and Cap Maison are listed at 35 and ...

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Saint Lucian reggae artiste on promotion drive of new songs

(SNO) — Saint Lucia-born Esther Sings, also known as Esther Antoine, went public in 2014 as an artiste but has been singing in church since the tender age of five, and in bands from 18. While growing up on the island, she was influenced by a number of music genres but reggae has always been special to her. She is ...

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Ave Maria Girls Infant School to remain closed

(SNO) — The Ave Maria Girls Infant School will be closed today, Thursday and tomorrow, Friday to facilitate construction works being carried out at the facility to make mobility easier for students with disabilities. Due to the closure, the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations is informing parents and guardians to keep their students at home. The Department said ...

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St. Lucian Overseas Association calls for “less talk, more action” as country celebrates independence

(SNO) — As the island prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary of independence, President of the Union of St. Lucian Overseas Associations, Ross Cadasse, is calling for less talk and more action. In an independence message to the nation, he stated that as Saint Lucia faces a series of societal challenges, unity is essential to solve them. “I believe firmly in ...

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Clinton Reynolds loses SLTA job

(SNO) — Veteran journalist and communications/media specialist Clinton Reynolds is job hunting again. According to reliable sources,  Reynolds is no longer working at the St. Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) because his position was made “redundant”. His last day of work as chief communications officer was on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, reliable sources confirmed. He joined the SLTA on April 23, ...

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VIDEO: St. Lucia aims to eliminate tuberculosis by 2035; PAHO conducts monitoring and assessments

(SNO) — The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) recently visited Saint Lucia to conduct monitoring and assessments on the disease tuberculosis (TB) as officials aim to eliminate the disease by 2035. The review of the TB work plan provided an opportunity to assess the implementation of interventions to fight TB and also to determine the progress made towards reaching the ...

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Clean-up campaign in Balata on Saturday

(SNO) — Balata will be the scene of the next “Keep Saint Lucia Green & Clean” campaign organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Saint Lucia Office in collaboration with Greening the Caribbean and the Peace Corps. The first campaign was carried out in the Choc area and the second campaign, in Balata — the target community for the ...

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Venezuela tells St. Lucia it faces “threat of military invasion”, coup d’état ordered by U.S.

(PRESS RELEASE) — The embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Saint Lucia wishes to affirm to the people of Saint Lucia that, at this moment, a coup d’état is under way in Venezuela ordered from Washington and some countries in the region and Europe, all of them against our legitimate and constitutional government. The Venezuelan people face the ...

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Century-maker Roston Chase praises team spirit for series win

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 13, CMC – Roston Chase has hailed the dynamic team spirit which earned West Indies a shock 2-1 series win over highly-rated England in the just concluded three-Test series. Lowly-ranked West Indies entered the series as rank underdogs but stunned England in the first two Tests to reclaim the coveted Wisden Trophy for the first ...

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Caribbean records second highest on record for visitor arrivals in 2018

  BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Feb 13, CMC – Tourist arrivals to the Caribbean hit a record high last year despite some destinations being severely impacted by hurricanes that swept through the region in 2017, according to figures released here Wednesday by the Barbados-based Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO). “With a strong performance during the last four months of 2018, including a robust ...

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Taiwan provides funding for smart classroom project in St. Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Feb 13, CMC – Taiwan is providing EC$2.5 million (one EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) towards a project aimed at the retrofitting of existing classrooms to become smart classrooms, reflecting the integration of information and communications technologies into the education system in St. Lucia. “This cheque means that we can move from policy to action. We have started some ...

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Gabriel slapped with four-match ODI ban over Root incident

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 13, CMC – West Indies speedster Shannon Gabriel has been controversially slapped with a four-match One-Day International ban by cricket’s world governing body, the ICC, after being found guilty of player abuse. The 30-year-old Gabriel was also hit with a 75 per cent fine and three demerit points for the incident, which took place during ...

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Monument fitting for ‘Mindoo’ Phillip, says Chastanet (+photo gallery)

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has described as “truly fitting” a monument to Francis ‘Mindoo’ Phillip, who is regarded as Saint Lucia’s greatest Saint Lucian sportsman of his time. Last week, the prime minister joined in celebrating Phillip and commemorating a monument in his honour. “There were solemn moments as well as laughter when recollections of his life were ...

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St. Lucians arrested in major arms and drug trafficking ring

(SNO) — At least nine people, including nationals of Saint Lucia and Martinique, have been arrested in connection with a large firearms and drug trafficking ring, according to media reports. Police said after 10 months of investigation, a large trafficking of arms and drugs from Venezuela was dismantled by the Central Office for the Suppression of Illegal Traffic in Narcotics (OCRTIS). ...

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Gov’t committed to having Saint Lucians “feel the change” of unemployment decline

(SNO) — Buoyed by statistics which show unemployment levels dropped in Saint Lucia in the last quarter of 2018, the government said it is committed to having the ordinary person on the streets feel the change. Nicole McDonald, senior communications officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said statistics also showed that the Saint Lucian economy rose by three ...

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Scotiabank agrees to pay out merit increases, NWU says

(PRESS RELEASE) — The management of the Bank of Nova Scotia has agreed to pay out merit Increases to its employees of all its operational units. For months, the National Workers Union (NWU), the bargaining agent for the employees, made the request but it would appear that the demand fell on deaf ears. However, regional executives from Scotiabank flew in ...

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Saint Lucia’s Chrissy Gabriel shares details of her inspiring journey to Netflix

(PRESS RELEASE) — The editors of the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Authority’s (SLHTA) annually published magazine, La Belle Helene, only select the most eye-catching images for the publication’s cover. The idea is to capture and display the essence of Saint Lucia’s culture and beauty. Last year, when the organization’s Board of Directors curated, from their archive, a group of ...

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Saint Lucia in discussions with EU on foreign-investor tax regime

(SNO) — With Saint Lucia under pressure from the European Union (EU) to amend or abolish a regime which gives foreign companies and their employees certain tax exemptions, the Allen Chastanet-led government is said to be in discussion with the organization on the matter. Nicole McDonald, senior communication officer in the Office of the Prime Minister, said the island stands by ...

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Man suspected of committing suicide in Agard appeared “depressed” sometimes, residents say

(SNO) — Police are investigating the suspected suicide of Agard resident James Antoine. Reports are that Antoine, a middle-aged father of four, originally from Millet, was found hanging from a tree at his residence around 6 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 11. Residents, speaking on condition of anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online that Antoine showed signs of depression following release ...

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Missing Bocage resident found alive!

(SNO) — Members of one Eugene family are rejoicing after their relative, 87-year-old Bocage resident Ignatius Eugene, who had been missing since Sunday, was found Tuesday night — alive. The senior citizen, also known as Mr. Son, went missing in the wee hours of Sunday, February 10. Relatives told our newsroom that he was discovered by a young man around ...

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Windies cricketer Shannon Gabriel charged by ICC over ‘homophobic’ comment to Joe Root

(SKY NEWS) — West Indies cricketer Shannon Gabriel has been charged by the international cricketing body over an “inappropriate comment” to England captain Joe Root. Root was overheard saying “there’s nothing wrong with being gay” as he reacted to something that Gabriel said which was not picked up by microphones in the on-field incident on day three of the third ...

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Elderly Bocage resident still missing

(SNO) — A search is still underway for a missing 87-year-old male resident of Bocage, Castries. Relatives said Ignatius Eugene, also known as Mr. Son, was last seen about 1 a.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at his residence, wearing a blue and white striped top and army-green pants. They say he suffers from dementia — a broad category of brain diseases ...

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Snakes in Forestiere were “disturbed”

(SNO) — In recent times, several video clips have surfaced on social media in Saint Lucia, showing people in contact with boa constrictor snakes. As a result, members of the public have expressed concern that snakes appear to be leaving their natural habitats and moving closer to people’s homes. Even local wildlife experts have weighed in on the debate, saying ...

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Post-mortem reveals Bob Hathaway’s cause of death as case goes cold

(SNO) – Exactly one month after his death, police have yet to formally arrest and charge anyone in connection with the murder of British national and longtime resident, Robert ‘Bob’ Hathaway. The lifeless body of the businessman was discovered with “apparent wounds” at about 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, a police press release stated. A post-mortem has since confirmed that ...

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Chase fifty does little to halt England dominance

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, Feb 12, CMC – Roston Chase’s second half-century of the series and eighth of his career did nothing to hamper England’s dominant march towards a comprehensive win on penultimate day of the third and final Test here Tuesday. The right-handed Chase was unbeaten on 53 as West Indies, set an improbable 485 for victory, stumbled to ...

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CARICOM reiterates call for peaceful solution to Venezuela crisis

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 12, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries Monday reiterated the need for a peaceful solution to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela even as they said they continue to follow closely “the unsatisfactory and increasingly volatile situation” in the South American country, reiterating their position of a policy of non-interference in the internal affairs of Caracas.. “It is ...

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Former St. Lucia PM to deliver Maurice Bishop lecture in Grenada

ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, Feb 12, CMC – Former St. Lucia prime minister Dr. Kenny Anthony will deliver the fourth annual March 13th lecture as Grenada prepares to observe the 40th anniversary of the 1979 coup that brought the left-wing Maurice Bishop People’s revolutionary Government (PRG) into office next month. A broad-based Grenada Revolution Celebration Committee has been established to spearhead ...

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“He wanted the car and the baby” — Agard victim speaks out, criticizes police, 911 response

(SNO) — A woman who whose family, including her eight-month-old baby, was attacked by a young man on Monday morning, has criticised the police response to the incident. The woman, who spoke on condition of anonymity, only identifying her family as “Mr and Mrs. Wilson”, told St. Lucia News Online that the attack occurred around 6:30 a.m. Monday outside her ...

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UPDATED: Mexican drug lord ‘El Chapo’ found guilty in US

(BBC) — Mexican drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán has been found guilty on all 10 counts at his drug trafficking trial at a federal court in New York. Guzmán, 61, has yet to be sentenced but the verdict could mean life in jail. The Mexican was accused of being behind the all-powerful Sinaloa drug cartel, which prosecutors say was ...

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Suspected suicide in Castries community

(SNO) — Police are investigating the death of a male individual in the Agard/Morne Du Don area, Castries, according to sources. Details are sketchy at this time, but according to sources, the individual was found hanging. Investigators are treating his death as a suspected suicide until the post-mortem, sources say. His body was discovered early Monday morning. The deceased is ...

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Guy Joseph acting PM while Chastanet attends meetings in Washington

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation and External Affairs, Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet, is presently out of state until February 17, 2019. He will be attending a series of regional and international meetings in Washington, D.C. In his absence, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Honourable Guy Joseph, ...

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Police seeking public’s assistance with homicide #4

(SNO) — Police are calling on the public to assist them with the islands latest homicide, the killing of businessman Syria national and Saint Lucia resident, Souheil Wassouf, in Jacmel/Anse La Raye on Monday. In a release on Tuesday, police said anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the nearest police station, the Major Crime Unit at ...

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