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Saint Lucian author Loverly Sheridan kicks off ‘Take A Minute’ Bench Campaign for mental health awareness

(PRESS RELEASE) — Author Loverly Sheridan is continuing on her mission to raise awareness on mental health and wellness in children and adults with her new “Take A Minute” Bench Campaign, which she will kick off at the Corinth Secondary School on June 12 in Saint Lucia. The campaign was already launched in the United States, in partnership with Mental ...

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Choiseul Craftmasters knock Daren Sammy’s City Blasters out of SPL

Choiseul Craftmasters and Avatar City Blasters had met twice before in the Saint Lucia Premier League. Both times were in the playoffs, once in the inaugural final in 2017, and once in last year’s semifinal. Daren Sammy’s Blasters won both. But third time’s the charm. The two met on Monday night in Vieux Fort, with the Blasters’ season on the ...

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Terance Mann climbing on NBA Draft boards

Former Florida State University student-athlete Terance Mann is picking up steam ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft. Mann is the latest player either born in Saint Lucia or with Saint Lucia roots to enter the NBA Draft, following the likes of Gabriel Inglis, Aloysius Henry, Damien Inglis, and of course, current Toronto Raptors forward, Chris Boucher. Both of Mann’s parents ...

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St. Vincent: Man searches girlfriend’s vagina then beats her

(IWNSVG.COM) — For the second time in six months, a jealous man is to be sentenced for beating his lover after examining her vagina amidst accusations that she had been intimate with another man. On Monday, at the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court, Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett found Bertram Wright, 57, guilty of a charge that on April 20, at Kingstown, he ...

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Woman shot in Odsan

A gun attack on a residence in Odsan twice in one day has left a woman nursing a gunshot injury, the victim’s sister has disclosed. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to her back in the second attack that occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 1. The first attack occurred sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. the same ...

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UPDATE: Body of Canaries man, ‘Babylips’, recovered from Marigot Bay

Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was recovered from the waters of Marigot Bay today (June 3), law enforcement sources have told St. Lucia News Online. The deceased has been identified as Danley Noel, popularly known by the nickname ‘Babylips’. He was originally from Canaries, according to a source. Reports are that Noel was accidentally thrown ...

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Cricket World Cup: Pakistan shock England!

(BBC) — England suffered a stunning upset at the hands of inspired Pakistan in their second World Cup match at Trent Bridge. The hosts and favourites were surprisingly lacklustre in the field as Pakistan, roared on by their noisy and vibrant fans, posted 348-8. Even though England have made a habit of overhauling such targets, they were still faced with ...

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10 to represent Saint Lucia at CCCAN Swimming

The Saint Lucia Aquatics Federation has named a team of 10 swimmers for the 2019 Central American and Caribbean Swimming Championship. These swimmers made the qualifying mark of achieving a minimum of two AAA (Triple A) times. Competing for a spot on the podium June 28 to July 2 at the Barbados Aquatic Centre will be 11-12 year old Karic ...

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Stumpers, Pioneers get maiden wins on a soggy SPL T20 weekend

Rain put paid to much of the intended Saint Lucia Premier League Twenty20 cricket action over the weekend, including the mouthwatering clash between Avatar City Blasters and Choiseul Craft Masters. But there was action on Sunday night in Vieux Fort at the Philip Marcellin Grounds, with Mon Repos Pioneers and Soufriere Stumpers both getting their first wins in dramatic fashion. ...

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Kimani Melius, Simeon Gerson lead Saint Lucia U19 training squad

Star batsman Kimani Melius leads a 24-member training squad named by the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) to undergo training in preparation for the Windward Islands tournament later this month in St Vincent and the Grenadines. Saint Lucia are two-time defending champions of the Windward Islands competition, having shared the title the past two years. Last year, Melius and ...

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Levern Spencer continues to struggle at Stockholm DL

As she approaches her 35th birthday, Levern Spencer is having one of the most challenging seasons of her 20-year career. The Commonwealth Games champion and three-time North and Central American and Caribbean Athletics Confederation gold medallist in women’s high jump has been struggling of late. She most recently finished 9th and last at the Stockholm Diamond League. On that occasion, ...

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Motorcyclist injured in Marisule accident

Police are investigating a traffic accident that occurred in Marisule, Gros Islet on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Reports indicate that around 10 a.m., a motorcycle and a bus collided, resulting in the motorcyclist sustaining unspecified injuries. An ambulance from the Gros Islet Fire Station transported the injured biker to Victoria Hospital. His current medical status is unknown. No additional information ...

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New drug therapy slows spread of pancreatic cancer: study

(AFP) — For people diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer, the outlook is about as grim as it gets: the average patient won’t live longer than a year. But a new study involving a targeted drug therapy has demonstrated it may be possible to significantly slow its spread, with a third of patients receiving the medication still alive two years into ...

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UPDATE: US now requiring visa applicants to list social-media names

(AP) — The United States now wants to know the social-media user names of people applying for visas, part of stepped up screening of foreign visitors and immigrants. The change, first announced last year and taking effect this month, follows on a 2017 order by President Donald Trump requiring heightened vetting for visa applicants, according to a State Department official. ...

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State Department now requires U.S. visa applicants to share social media accounts

(CBS NEWS/AP) — The State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for U.S. visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers. It’s a vast expansion of the Trump administration’s enhanced screening of potential immigrants and visitors. In a move that’s just taken effect after approval of the revised application forms, the department says it ...

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US tourist injured in Saint Lucia raises thousands on GoFundMe account which criticises local health system

A GoFundMe account has been created to help with the medical bills of US tourist Steve Gammons who sustained a “traumatic” leg injury while ziplining in Saint Lucia last week. To date, almost $14,000 of the $35,000 target have been recorded since the fundraising campaign was created on Thursday, May 30, by someone on behalf of his family. Steve and ...

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Saint Lucian to receive ‘distinguished service’ award from international magazine

United States-based Saint Lucian, Theo Morille-Hinds, has achieved Food Safety Magazine’s Distinguished Service Award. Morille-Hinds, an employee of The Kellogg Company, will receive the award at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), July 21–24, in Louisville, KY, the magazine stated in a May 31 article on its website. The Gros Islet native, popularly known ...

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Saint Lucian police officer takes home regional award

A Saint Lucian police officer captured the first runner-up (second-place) award at the Amalgamated Security Services (ASS)/Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) regional awards ceremony held at the Westin Grand Hotel in Grand Cayman, the Cayman Islands on May 22. WPC 745 Esnard Flavius finished ahead of Constable Cerepha Bridgeman of Bermuda, who copped the second runner-up award. Winning ...

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Officials preparing for volcanic, earthquake incidents during hurricane season: CDEMA

(CMC) — The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season officially began on Saturday with the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) urging the population in the region to be fully prepared for any eventuality over the next six months. The US-based National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting there will be nine to 15 named storms during the hurricane season ...

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The Atlantic hurricane season has officially started. Are you prepared?

The first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season, Andrea, died on May 21 almost as fast as it formed near Bermuda the day before. This was reportedly the fifth consecutive year a tropical storm had formed in the Atlantic before the official start of the hurricane season. Despite this, Maria Medard, deputy director of the National Emergency Management Organization ...

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Sizzla, Spice and Ding Dong to ignite Pigeon Island, St. Lucia this Saturday, June 1

(PRESS RELEASE) — Boasting the best line-up of the upcoming summer season, Magnum Xplosion will feature the biggest names in reggae and dancehall. Veteran reggae/dancehall artiste Sizzla Kalongi, the new dancing king Ding Dong, and the lone female performer of the evening, Spice, will on Saturday, June 1 ignite Pigeon Island National Landmark in St. Lucia. The event, a collaborative ...

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Oil spill: WASCO ‘deeply disturbed by mischievous actions of individual/company’

(PRESS RELEASE) –– The management of the Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) remains deeply disturbed by the careless and mischievous actions of an individual or company, who is believed to have deposited an oil-based substance in the sludge pit at the Beausejour Treatment Facility in Gros Islet, resulting in the fish kill which surfaced on Monday, May 26, 2019. A ...

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Four Bay Gardens women leaders selected for Caribbean tourism forum

Four women from St. Lucia’s award-winning Bay Gardens Resorts will join an elite group of 21 up-and-coming hospitality professionals in the first Young Leaders’ Forum at the Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, from June 21 to 23, 2019. The all-female crew, representing a range of departments at the locally owned and operated business, includes ...

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Aftermath of Saint Lucia motor vehicle accident captured on video

A video of a traffic accident in Saint Lucia has surfaced on social media. (SEE VIDEO BELOW ARTICLE) The accident is reported to have occurred Friday afternoon, May 31. Based on the video, four vehicles were involved, including a truck, pickup van, small bus and a sports utility vehicle. According to the ‘commentator’ in the video, the accident allegedly occurred ...

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BREAKING NEWS: 12 dead, including suspect, in Virginia Beach, US shooting

(ABC NEWS) — Twelve people are dead, including the suspected gunman, after a shooting occurred at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center on Friday afternoon, according to police. Six additional victims were taken to the hospital with injuries, Virginia Beach Police Chief James Cervera told reporters during a press conference. An emergency services spokesperson would not comment on the condition of ...

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Saint Lucia’s ‘high import bill’ on 7 crops to be decreased through Taiwanese project

The Taiwan Technical Mission has launched a new cooperative project in Saint Lucia aimed at decreasing the country’s import bills on seven crops: cabbage, lettuce, watermelon, cantaloupe, bell pepper, pineapple, and tomato. “The reason that these seven crops have [been] selected is because not only local farmers can grow them correctly, but also due to the high import bills on ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Body found hanging in Choiseul

The body of a male was found hanging in bushes in Roblot, Choiseul shortly after midday Friday, May 31, according to police. The body has been identified as that of Vincent Wilfred, also known as ‘Cakes’. His body was discovered around 2 p.m., according to police. No additional information was immediately available. (3)(15)

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Therold Prudent says he’s no ‘Johnny come lately’ in Gros Islet

Former leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) political party, Therold ‘Sardine’ Prudent, has officially thrown his hat in the political ring for the Gros Islet seat, saying his entire life has been devoted to serving the people of Gros Islet and by extension, Saint Lucia. Prudent is vying to be nominated by the opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) ...

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UPDATE: Stolen vehicle recovered in Sarrot area

A Suzuki Escudo motor vehicle that was stolen from Barre Du Chaussee on Wednesday night, May 29 has been recovered. The left-hand drive vehicle was found in San De Fae, in the Sarrot area. A source, who is close to the owner, said that someone saw the “post” on St. Lucia News Online and made contact, between 3 p.m. and ...

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Cricket World Cup: Holder says players are fearless and in good frame of mind

NOTTINGHAM, England – West Indies captain Jason Holder spoke to members of the media ahead of his team’s much-anticipated opening match in the ICC Cricket World Cup. West Indies will face Pakistan on Friday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. First ball on Friday is 10:30 a.m. (5:30 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/4:30 a.m. Jamaica Time). “The magnitude of this tournament speaks ...

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Taiwan foreign minister arrives in Saint Lucia on official visit

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, arrived in Saint Lucia for an official visit today, which will see him visit the town of Soufriere and attend a signing and sod-turning ceremony in Saltibus. Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, welcomed the foreign minister and his wife ...

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Castries mayor says vendors must accept change to improve their business

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Office of the Mayor and Castries Constituency Council (CCC) are appalled at the actions of a few sidewalk city vendors who continue to defy relocation plans for the Castries Market Redevelopment Programme. The CCC wishes to inform the general public that although these individuals are not full-time registered vendors, every effort has been made by the ...

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Saint Lucian shot multiple times in Martinique

Police in Martinique are investigating the shooting of a Saint Lucian man during a robbery on Tuesday night, May 28, St. Lucia News Online has can confirm. The victim is Deiking King from Derniere Rivière, Dennery. He is reported to be in his 30s. Reports reaching St. Lucia News Online are that King was shot multiple times during the robbery ...

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Earthquake recorded northeast of Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) received a report from the UWI Seismic Research Centre in Trinidad of a 4.0 magnitude earthquake recorded northeast of Saint Lucia. It occurred at 4:38 this morning, May 30, 2019. Depth was at about 10km; latitude 15.10 deg +/- 4 km; and longitude – 60.24 deg +/- 9 km. NEARBY CITIES: ...

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120 in Saint Lucia to get training in seaweed disposal and manufacturing

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Conservation Authority (NCA) in collaboration with the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, Natural Resources and Cooperatives, the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment and the National Apprenticeship Program will be conducting training exercises targeting 120 individuals on the proper method of handling sargassum seaweed for manufacturing as ...

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4 injured after car crashes into tree in Vieux Fort

Three men and a woman were injured in a motor-vehicle accident in Canelles, Vieux Fort on Tuesday night, May 28, emergency officials have told St. Lucia News Online. Reports are that a Nissan car, registration PA134, crashed into a tree shortly after 9 p.m. All four occupants of the vehicle, who are reportedly in their 20s, were transported to hospital ...

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Investigation underway into improper disposal of oil sludge at WASCO treatment plant

(PRESS RELEASE) — The National Oil Spill Committee of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) convened an emergency meeting on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 to review an investigation of illegal disposal of oil sludge at the WASCO treatment plant at Beausejour. An investigation was conducted on Monday, May 27, 2019 by the Environmental Health Division as a result of the ...

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Woman collapsed in Castries city due to possible heat exhaustion

The current heat wave roasting Saint Lucia may have claimed its first victim: a woman who passed out in Castries Tuesday morning, May 28. “They (ambulance personnel) said it could be the heat,” she told St. Lucia News Online. The 40-year-old, who did not want to be identified by name, sent St. Lucia News Online a special “thank you” message ...

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Taiwan foreign affairs minister to visit Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, is scheduled to visit Saint Lucia from May 30 to May 31, 2019. Saint Lucia and Taiwan have had a high level of bilateral cooperation which spans a cross-section of areas including agriculture, health, human resource development, community development and empowerment, sports, infrastructure ...

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Freedom of movement application fails at CCJ

Port of Spain, Trinidad — CARICOM citizens have important rights but to exercise these rights clear documentary evidence of their nationality is required. This was the outcome of the case of Bain vs. Trinidad and Tobago, that was decided today by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Mr Bain, a citizen of both Grenada and the United States of America, ...

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Class action lawsuit filed against Sandals in US “baseless”

(PRESS RELEASE) — The class action lawsuit recently filed against Sandals in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida is baseless, both in fact and law, and will be vigorously defended by Sandals. The assertion that Sandals has not paid taxes due to the government is categorically false. We are proud to be the Caribbean’s largest private ...

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Mara is Employee of the Year as LUCELEC recognizes 50 employees

(PRESS RELEASE) – It was a day of celebration for all employees, especially the 54 recognized by the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) for 2018 achievements. Among the major awards handed out was to the 2018 Employee of the Year, Mara Ferdinand-Jankie. A customer service representative at the company’s Vieux-Fort office, Mrs Jankie has been a member of Team ...

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New model inevitable for Caribbean utilities

(PRESS RELEASE) — Caribbean utility leaders meeting at the 2019 CARILEC CEOs and Leadership Conference in Saint Lucia last week agreed that utility companies need to embrace a new business model built on Digitization, Decarbonization and Decentralization (the 3Ds). Utilities are uniquely placed to lead the transformation of the energy sector, which is currently being impacted by emerging technologies, and ...

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UPDATE: St. Lucia swimmers win 35 medals!

Antoine Destang of the Sharks Swim Club in Saint Lucia won seven gold medals — all with record-breaking performances — as local swimmers bagged a total of 35 medals at the 28th Aquatic Center Invitational swim meet held in Barbados last weekend. According to the St. Lucia Aquatics Federation (SLAF), 10-year-old Destang was among 42 swimmers from Saint Lucian swim ...

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Saint Lucia NYC prepares for the polls

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia National Youth Council wishes to notify all media houses and the general public that nominations are officially open for positions on its executive board for the period 2019-2021. The Saint Lucia National Youth Council (NYC) is a democratic and independent non-governmental organization made up of youth and student organizations. The executive board comprises seven ...

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