Headlines

Saint Lucia participates in regional conference on strengthening social protection for disaster resilience

(PRESS RELEASE) — Government officials from the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment participated in a Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Conference on strengthening social protection for disaster resilience which was held in Lima, Peru from April 25-26, 2019. The forum, which was jointly organized by the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme ...

Read More »

Saint Lucia-Cuba solidarity association rejects US “aggressive” behaviour towards Cuba

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Humanistic Solidarity Association (Saint Lucia – Cuba) wishes to express its grave concern with very recent additional indications by the government of the United States of America of its intention to further deepen the application of the infamous and regressive Helms Burton Law against our Caribbean sister, Cuba, by applying Title III of that draconian, imperialist, ...

Read More »

Tyson Foods recalls chicken strips over possible metal contamination

(BBC) — Millions of pounds of chicken strips have been recalled following concerns they might be contaminated with metal. Tyson Foods, a US food processor, has recalled 11.8 million pounds (5.3m kg) of frozen chicken strips. Six people have complained after finding pieces of metal in the products, with three suffering injuries to their mouths. Tyson also recalled 36,000 pounds ...

Read More »

Stephenson King reveals Castries North development projects

(PRESS RELEASE) – The urban city communities within Castries North are earmarked for significant transformational activity in the coming weeks, as part of the Castries North Vision 2020/ Highway 2020 Development Plan. This is the brainchild of Castries North MP Honorable Stephenson King and encompasses the enhancement of sports facilities, establishment of recreation spaces, infrastructure upgrades and social development programs. ...

Read More »

Holder says “the overall goal is to win the series”

DUBLIN, Ireland – West Indies captain Jason Holder spoke to CWI Media ahead of the start of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series, which will also feature Ireland and Bangladesh. The 27-year-old top-ranked allrounder said the team was eagerly-looking forward to the upcoming event and would look to make a winning start against the home team in Sunday’s first encounter. The ...

Read More »

Chris Gayle returns to Jamaica Tallawahs for 2019 CPL

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — West Indies star Chris Gayle along with the Jamaica Tallawahs have returned to Kingston for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Gayle, named one of the best cricketers in the world, especially in the shorter T20 version, has signed for the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming season. He led Jamaica to two titles in 2013 and ...

Read More »

Saint Lucia Jazz and New York Jazz at Lincoln Centre team up

(GIS) — Saint Lucia Jazz and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center are collaborating to bring to Saint Lucia what is being described as the most exciting and authentic jazz journey. From May 5 to 12, the entire island will fire up with Caribbean Jazz, a nautical jazz excursion, Grammy Award winning performers, and the first Gospel-inspired Jazz brunch. The ...

Read More »

NTN to feature Taiwanese drama series

(GIS) — The Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Saint Lucia have signed a licensing agreement to air a Taiwanese drama series on Saint Lucia’s National Television Network (NTN). The New World drama series comprises 24 episodes and will be featured every Friday. The series follows a newspaper reporter who is in search of her long lost childhood ...

Read More »

Independent senator Adrian Augier makes case for creative sector

(GIS) — Independent senator, Adrian Augier, has classified the Appropriations Bill 2019/2020 as one that is comprehensive. During his contribution to the debate on the Appropriations Bill on April 30, Sen. Adrian Augier lauded government’s prioritizing of post-secondary and tertiary enrollment, and also its increased attention to culture and the creative industries. He also suggested more direct assistance via grants, ...

Read More »

Saint Lucians urged to avoid listening to negatives about vaccination (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Vaccination Week activities culminated with a health fair on the Dennery Police Station grounds, promoting the importance of vaccination and health living. Vaccination Week was celebrated under the theme “Protect your community, everyone do your part”. Principal Nursing Officer, Alicia Baptiste, said the activity allows for raising awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent infectious diseases. ...

Read More »

Prime Minister Chastanet attending special CARICOM meeting on security in Trinidad

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet is currently in Port of Spain, Trinidad for the Nineteenth Special Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government. The meeting focuses on citizen safety and security, specifically the management of the Regional Security Framework. CARICOM has recognized that crime has become one of the main challenges threatening economies and livelihoods ...

Read More »

Saint Lucia National Trust stages Earth Day activities (+photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — International Earth Day is a global event observed each year on April 22. According to the Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, millions of people from across the globe participate in what is considered the largest civil, focused day of action. Saint Lucia was not left out. As the leading non-governmental environmental agency on ...

Read More »

Bay Gardens Resorts gears up for Beach Sunset Jazz

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Bay Gardens Resorts Beach Sunset Jazz was conceptualized to create an avenue for showcasing local jazz artists and musicians as well as others acts. This FREE event is a celebration of Saint Lucian jazz music and will be held on Reduit Beach near the resort chain’s flagship property, the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa. It ...

Read More »

Castries to forge partnership with Borough of Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago

(PRESS RELEASE) – The City of Castries and  Borough of Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago will on Sunday forge a strong and long-term working relationship through the signing of a twinning agreement. This agreement will promote a strong regional partnership. It will also encourage various initiatives to increase tourism and economic development, promote cultural and professional exchanges as well ...

Read More »

Saint Lucia gov’t to sign consultancy contract with Niagara College

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Caribbean Development Bank-funded Gender Mainstreaming Project gets on-stream with the signing of the consultancy contract by Niagara College on Monday, May 6, 2019. Niagara College emerged successful from three proposals considered from the shortlisted firms for this consultancy. The Central Tenders Board approved the selection of Niagara College to undertake the project last week, which aims to ...

Read More »

Cruise ship quarantined in St Lucia for measles heads to Curacao

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Authorities in Curacao are debating how to respond to a ship with 300 people aboard that is heading to the Dutch Caribbean island after being placed under quarantine in nearby St Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles. The ship left St Lucia late Thursday after spending two days under quarantine. Authorities there said the ...

Read More »

Cruise ship with measles case leaves St. Lucia (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness confirms the departure of the cruise ship which contained a confirmed case of measles. The ship departed on the night of May 2, 2019 for its home port in the Dutch Caribbean. Prior to its departure, the international health regulations focal point in St. Lucia had direct communication with counterparts in the ...

Read More »

Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic ‘interested’ in investing in LIAT

(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) — The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has indicated that the British entrepreneurial magnate, Sir Richard Branson – of Virgin Atlantic fame – has shown interest in investing in the financially challenged regional airline, LIAT. This was according the Chief of Staff within the Office of the Prime Minister, Lionel Hurst, who made the revelation yesterday at the weekly ...

Read More »

Saint Lucia observes Lupus Awareness Month

(PRESS RELEASE) — Lupus Awareness Month is internationally observed during the month of May and the Saint Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association (SLALA) continues to embark on its drive to spread public awareness of this invisible disease. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells and tissues. Any system or organ ...

Read More »

Joseph announces plans for housing developments, providing land ownership at “minimal cost”

(GIS) — The government of Saint Lucia is introducing policies that will significantly improve the lives of its citizens. One of the areas through which government intends to do this, is housing. Through efforts like the Project for the Rationalization of Unplanned Development (PROUD), government is committed to providing Saint Lucians the right to own lands at minimal cost. The ...

Read More »

Dominica to make contribution to LIAT’s “sustenance and sustainability”: PM Skerrit

(DNO) — Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has reiterated Dominica’s commitment to contribute to the “sustainability and sustenance” of LIAT which he says is critical to the region. He made that statement ahead of a meeting in Antigua on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to discuss inter-regional air travel. “The issue of the sustainability and the sustenance of LIAT is a very ...

Read More »

Saint Lucia-based reggae artiste Natty Conqueror releases new album

(PRESS RELEASE) — Reggae artiste Natty Conqueror is back on the scene with his new studio album entitled “Universal”. He has been off from recording schedule for a while, doing live concerts, radio and television interviews, video ads, event flyers, dub-plates and jingles for various deejays, selectors, and radio personalities island-wide. However, Natty has been working on the project for ...

Read More »

Education ministry, CARE to target students with below-national-average Common Entrance results

(GIS) — During the budget debate, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations, and Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert explained that 500 teachers will this summer benefit from a training program that will modernize education approaches and strengthen leadership skills. “The summer institute will also focus on providing additional training to principals, vice principals, and teachers in approaches to positive ...

Read More »

Saint Lucia’s Embert Charles named new World Association for Christian Communication president

(PRESS RELEASE) — The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) board of directors is pleased to announce the election of Embert Charles, an experienced communication and media specialist from Saint Lucia, West Indies, as its global President 2019-23. Charles has over 35 years active membership in WACC at both regional and global levels during which he has served in various ...

Read More »

Initiative to increase Saint Lucia’s lobster exports launched

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia’s export potential in the fisheries sector is to be significantly stepped up, as US-based Toro Trading and Imports company prepares to further build capacity among local fishers. Toro Trading and Imports’ economic footprint on Saint Lucia dates back to September 2014, when the firm became the first company to import lobsters into the United States ...

Read More »

VIDEO: Dominican killed in Micoud was a former gangster, ex-convict who turned his life around

(SNO) –– A 46-year-old Dominican national who was gunned down in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, was a former gangster, drug dealer and ex-convict who turned his life around at some point and became a motivational speaker and gospel minister, according to his social media accounts and friends. Chris E. Charles, who lived in Ravine Chabot, Saint Lucia but was originally ...

Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: One injured, one arrested, firearm recovered after Gros Islet shooting

(SNO) — A shooting incident in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet on Wednesday night has left one male individual nursing a gunshot wound and another behind bars, according to law enforcement sources. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. The wound is not considered life-threatening, according to sources. Another male individual was arrested shortly after the shooting when police ...

Read More »

Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia welcomes new team member

(PRESS RELEASE) — The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has recently selected Ai-Lin Chen to serve as the specialist for the project for the Enhancement of the Efficiency of Production-Distribution Supply Chains in the Fruit and Vegetable Sector in Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia. Chen recently graduated from the University of California, Davis where she earned dual ...

Read More »

Police update on homicide in Micoud

(PRESS RELEASE) — Officers attached to the Micoud Police Station responded to a report of a shooting at Latille, Micoud on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, about 1:15 p.m. On arrival, responding officers noticed the lifeless body of a male, with apparent gunshot injuries. He was subsequently pronounced dead by a medical practitioner. The victim has been formally identified as Chris ...

Read More »

Winfresh supports community clean-up in Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE) — Winfresh, the manufacturer of H2O water, is pleased to sponsor the Soufriere Community Clean Up Campaign commencing this Sunday, May 5 from the Soufriere Comprehensive School. Winfresh is providing its calcium and mineral-enriched H2O water for the participants to ensure that they are fully hydrated during the activity. H2O is the only water produced in St. Lucia ...

Read More »

Upgrades earmarked for Castries north constituency

(GIS) — Urban communities within the Castries (north) constituency are earmarked for significant transformational activity in the coming weeks, as part of the Castries North Vision Plan for 2020. This is the brainchild of Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King, and encompasses the enhancement of sports facilities, the establishment of recreation spaces, infrastructure upgrades, and social development ...

Read More »

Doctors explain medical quarantine after Saint Lucia cruise ship detained due to measles outbreak

This article, written by Dr. Shamard Charles, originally appeared on NBC News A cruise ship was quarantined Tuesday in Saint Lucia after the island nation’s chief medical officer cited concerns that crew members and passengers possibly infected with measles might spread the highly contagious virus, causing an outbreak. “One infected person can easily infect others through coughing, sneezing, droplets being ...

Read More »

UPDATE: Bullet-riddled body found in Micoud identified as that of Dominican national

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man from the Commonwealth of Dominica. The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Chris Charles, who is originally from Portsmouth, Dominica, but resided in Saint Lucia. His lifeless body, with multiple gunshot wounds, was discovered on a dirt road in the Mahaut/Latille area of Micoud on Wednesday, May ...

Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Body of foreign national found in Micoud

(SNO) — The lifeless body of a male was on Wednesday afternoon discovered in the Mahaut/Latille area of Micoud, according to law enforcement sources. Sources said the body is that of a Dominican national. It was discovered on a dirt road with multiple gunshot wounds, sources said. Police are on the scene.   (2)(4)

Read More »

Labour Minister King salutes Saint Lucian workers and employers

(PRESS RELEASE) – On the occasion of Laour Day 2019, the island’s Minister responsible for Labour Honorable Stephenson King has extended gratitude to the workers and employers of Saint Lucia, for their service to the growth and development of our country over the years. In his 2019 National Labour Day Address, Minister King said Saint Lucia was built on a ...

Read More »

Botham Jean’s mother: In 911 call, Amber Guyger was worried more “about losing her job than my son”

(DALLAS MORNING NEWS) — The frantic 911 call that Amber Guyger made after she shot Botham Jean in his Dallas apartment did nothing to shake his family’s belief that the Dallas police officer murdered him. In fact, Jean’s mother told The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday that hearing Guyger’s pleas for help as Jean moans and takes his final breaths ...

Read More »

VIDEO: Saint Lucia quarantines cruise ship due to measles report

(SNO) — Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merlene Fredericks-James on Tuesday released a statement on the quarantine of a cruise ship. According to Fredericks-James, the authorities are investigating reports from two reputable sources that there are cases of measles on the vessel. St. Lucia officials said the country is closely monitoring increased cases of measles in Europe, the Americas and the ...

Read More »

New senator Francisco Jn Pierre sworn in

(PRESS RELEASE) — As the Senate met on Tuesday, April 30th 2019, to consider a Motion for the financing of the 2019/2020 Budget, a new Senator was sworn in. Mr. Francisco Jn Pierre, from the community of Laborie, took the Oath to become a Senator within the Parliament of Saint Lucia. Senator Jn Pierre, currently a taxi operator, most recently ...

Read More »

NIC to launch low-cost housing project

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucians with low to moderate incomes are set to benefit from an innovative housing project soon to be launched by the National Insurance Corporation (NIC). The proposed low-cost housing project being developed by the NIC, will help in addressing the demand for affordable housing on the island. The National Insurance Property Development & Management Company Ltd. ...

Read More »

Hyacinth wins conference title, sets PB’s

Azusa Pacific relied on splash in the field and depth on the track to sweep the men’s and women’s titles of the sixth annual Pacific West Conference Track & Field Championship at Franson Field Saturday afternoon. It’s the fourth straight year the Cougars have swept both crowns, though these titles might have come with more fret than the prior ones. ...

Read More »

Entire Trinidad family wiped out in highway shooting

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Po­lice are baf­fled over the mur­der of a San Fer­nan­do fam­i­ly who was found in­side their pick-up along the Solomon Ho­choy High­way, Ste Madeleine, yes­ter­day. Up to yes­ter­day, homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tors said they were still try­ing to piece to­geth­er the ev­i­dence col­lect­ed from the mur­der scene, but could not yet es­tab­lish a mo­tive for the mur­ders of George ...

Read More »

Homicide in Marc, Bexon: 24-year-old fatally shot

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Monday, April 29, 2019, about 8 p.m., officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries, responded to a report of a shooting at Marc, Bexon. On arrival, officers were informed of three males having sustained gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were conveyed to a local medical facility for treatment, where they are currently admitted. The ...

Read More »

Homicide in Canaries: 24-year-old stabbed to death

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Monday, April 29, 2019 about 6:00 p.m. officers attached to the Canaries Police Station, responded to a report of a stabbing on Dix Street, Canaries. Kadeem Joseph, a 24-year-old resident of Floravilla, Canaries, sustained a stab wound during an altercation with another male. He was conveyed to the Soufriere Hospital, via ambulance, where he was pronounced ...

Read More »

Dr. Raymond’s resignation “in the best interest” of the country

Statement by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet on the resignation of Dr. Ubaldus Raymond: “I have accepted the resignation of the Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Hon. Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, with immediate effect. This decision was taken in the best interest of all parties and the country. “Dr. Raymond has served our country well and in several ...

Read More »

72-year-old killed in Vigie accident — 8th road fatality for 2019

(PRESS RELEASE) — Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Ronald Weekes, as a result of a vehicular accident which occurred about 4:55 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2019 at the Vigie Roundabout, Castries. Ronald Weekes, a 72-year-old resident of Sunny Acres, Castries, was the sole occupant of an SUV, registration number PC 7625. He was conveyed to the ...

Read More »

Marchand teen charged with killing of businessman

(PRESS RELEASE) — On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Reuben Ismael, a 19-year-old resident of Marchand, was formally arrested and charged for causing the death of Joseph Stanislaus Pistol. Joseph Stanislaus Pistol was fatally shot at Cedars, Castries, on March 13, 2019. Reuben Ismael was escorted to the First District Court where he was remanded in custody. (14)(2)

Read More »

Serious accident in Bexon

(SNO) — Three persons have been hospitalised as a result of a two-vehicle accident in Bexon on Sunday, April 28, 2019, according to law enforcement sources. The accident involved a car and a pickup. The two occupants of the car and the occupant of the pickup were transported to hospital by ambulance. According to sources, the passenger in the car ...

Read More »

Bank of Saint Lucia launches dual currency ATM service

(PRESS RELEASE) — Bank of Saint Lucia Limited (BOSL) continues to bring even more convenience to valued customers with the launch of its first dual currency ATM at the Bureau de Change at the Hewanorra International Airport. Customers and visitors alike now have the option of withdrawing their funds in Eastern Caribbean (EC) or United States (US) dollars. This forms ...

Read More »

BREAKING NEWS: Alfred resets national sprint records!

(SNO) — Saint Lucia has two new senior national records, both set by under-20 sprinter, Julien Alfred. The two-time Junior Sportswoman of the Year in Saint Lucia competed for the University of Texas on Friday at the National Relay Championships on the University of Arkansas’ John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Alfred was third in the 100m, losing to teammate ...

Read More »

New executive for Grow Well

(PRESS RELEASE) — Grow Well Inc. held its annual general meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, marking 24-years of advocacy. The election of a new executive and the retirement of a stalwart from that role were the main highlights of the AGM. The meeting heard the president’s report from outgoing President Paul Lorde, who reported on the past year’s programmes, ...

Read More »

Just one Saint Lucian in Windwards team

(SNO) — Cricket West Indies held its Player Draft for the 2019/2020 Super50 Cup and West Indies (Four-Day) Championship on Friday (26 Apr). The Windward Islands Volcanoes selected just one Saint Lucian, slow left-arm orthodox bowler, Larry Edward. Edward took 27 wickets in the 2018/2019 First Class Season for the Volcanoes, whose top bowler, Shane Shillingford, was suspended. Twenty-seven wickets ...

Read More »

Castries Vision 2030 consultations end

(GIS) — The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) handed over the official Castries Vision 2030 report to the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet, on April 25. The objective of the Castries Vision 2030 was to review the 2008 National Vision Plan for Castries in a collaborative effort chaired by the government of Saint Lucia through ...

Read More »

The Saint Lucia Chamber wants to know what keeps southern businesses up at night!

(PRESS RELEASE) — The development and implementation of a system to understand individual member needs, develop solutions to meet those needs, and mobilize resources and expertise to apply the solutions, are critical elements of the strategic initiatives of the Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce. In keeping with this, the Chamber of Commerce will be directing its focus to its membership in ...

Read More »

Saint Lucian Kristian Lawrence shines at Guadeloupe High School Singing Challenge

(PRESS RELEASE) — St. Lucia, we are wholeheartedly proud to announce that Kristian Lawrence took home the second-place award, 300 Euros, and the McDonald’s best performance award for his participation at the 14th edition of the High School Singing Challenge held in Guadeloupe. Fifteen-year-old Kristian is currently a student at the St Mary’s College and the St. Lucia School of ...

Read More »

Rayneau says worker killed in accident was a hard worker and respected man

(SNO) — Rayneau Construction & Industrial Products has paid tribute to one of its workers who died tragically in a road accident on Wednesday afternoon, April 24, 2019. In a Facebook post on Thursday, underlined by the hashtags, #fallensoldier and #InMemoriam, the company said it “grieves the loss of Paul Simeina”. The company describes Simeina as a “hard worker and ...

Read More »