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Trinidad: Pastor charged with kidnapping, false imprisonment, trafficking in persons granted TT$900K bail

(TRINIDAD EXPRESS) — Pastor Glen Awong of the Transformed Life Ministries (TLM) has been granted $900,000 in bail after appearing before an Arima Magistrate on allegations of kidnapping, false imprisonment and trafficking in persons. Awong appeared alongside church employee Indra Jaggernath before Magistrate Cheron Raphael in the First Court today. Awong was represented by attorney Daniel Mitchell, while Jaggernath was ...

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Magic Johnson visits Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Retired American professional basketball player, Magic Johnson, is on a visit to Saint Lucia. It appears the island is the latest on the itinerary of visits since his yacht has been spotted in anchor off different islands in recent days. It is unsure when the vessel arrived in Saint Lucian waters but some people said on Facebook it ...

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Gros Islet man granted bail for illegal firearm

(SNO) — A resident of Morne Serpent, Gros Islet who was arrested for an illegal firearm on Friday, December 27, 2019, has been granted bail, according to a law enforcement official. Thompson Roberty, 42, was granted $10,000 bail or suitable surety when he appeared in a Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, December 30, 2019, charged for the possession of a firearm ...

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New tax for visitors to Saint Lucia coming April 1st

(SNO) – Visitors to Saint Lucia will have to soon dig deeper into their pockets for their stay at hotels and resorts on the island. On April 1, 2020, a new tax on visitors called the Accommodation Head Tax comes into effect, and will be charged at check-in. It will be two-tiered and will not be applicable to guests under ...

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No body cam for Saint Lucian police, at least for now

(SNO) – Superintendent of Police, George Nicholas, is of the opinion that there is no need, at least for now, for police officers in Saint Lucia to wear body cams during patrols. In some countries police wear small cameras attached to their clothing, helmet, or sunglasses which captures from their point of view video and audio recordings of activities, including ...

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Saint Lucia police officer shoots and injures cutlass-wielding man

(SNO) – The police are investigating an incident during which an officer shot and injured a man who was wielding a cutlass. The incident took place in Riviere Mitan, Monchy. “Every time there is a police shooting there is an internal investigation being carried out and that investigation has been launched into that matter,” Superintendent of Police, George Nicholas told ...

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Former minister proposes “Eye Chart for all politicians in 2020”

(SNO) – Investing in the youth of Saint Lucia, responding to the island’s crime crisis and halting the sale of Saint Lucia’s passport are some items on a “wish list” proposed by former minister for Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. James ‘Jimmy’ Fletcher. He dubbed his wish list as “Eye Chart for all politicians ...

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Former Saint Lucia minister regrets supporting CIP; comes under fire

(SNO) — Former Minister for Public Service, Information, Broadcasting, Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology, Dr. James ‘Jimmy’ Fletcher, has expressed regret in supporting the island’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP), saying he has every right to change position held on any issue. He had supported the program as a minister in the former Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration ...

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Opposition leader congratulates Kersandra Edwards

(SNO) — Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has congratulated Saint Lucian Kersandra Edwards for taking home the Miss Caribbean Talented Teen crown at the pageant’s 41st staging in St. Kitts & Nevis. He said she has done Saint Lucia proud. “I wish to offer congratulations to Kersandra Edwards who won Miss Caribbean Talented Teen pageant…” he wrote on social media ...

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PM Chastanet wishes Saint Lucians a prosperous new year

(SNO) — As 2020 begins, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has wished all Saint Lucians a prosperous new year. In a Facebook message, he said he prays that God will continue to bless the island. “Praying that God continues to bless our country and he fills your life with love, joy and peace throughout 2020,” he wrote. “Best wishes to you ...

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Saint Lucia/Taiwan trade show resulted in growth of local businesses — commerce minister

(SNO) — The 12th annual Saint Lucia/Taiwan Partnership Trade Show has resulted in the growth and expansion of a number of businesses on the island, Minister for Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, Bradly Felix has said. The show was one of many activities held by his ministry in 2019. “The ministry in partnership with the Embassy of ...

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Trinidad: Pastor tries to change $29 million in cash — minutes before $100 bill deadline

(TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) — Minutes before the deadline for changing old $100 bills, a 65-year-old pastor from Chaguanas tried to change $29 million in cash. Newsday was told the man, who has a church in Longdenville, showed up shortly before the bank closed, with 29 copy-paper boxes, each containing $1 million. He said the money was his personal funds. The pastor ...

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Three start new year homeless after Pavee fire

(SNO) — A St. Lucia Fire Service source said three persons are now homeless as a result of a fire on the night of December 31, 2019, in Pavee, Castries. No one was injured. The source said the 20×22 two-bedroom house, which was occupied by two parents and a teenager, was totally destroyed. Two fire trucks and one ambulance responded ...

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Two-day Assou Square ‘remains a family affair’: Hullingseed

(PRESS RELEASE) — As preparations continue for the successful hosting of Assou Square 2020, all is in place for the cultural showpiece. The event this year is supported by PCD Distribution, Busta Chill and telecommunications giant FLOW and is being hosted by the Castries Constituency Council. Assou Square is a family-oriented event featuring a wide variety of activities including performances ...

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UK PM Boris Johnson, girlfriend flew economy class: report

(INFOSURHOY) — The Prime Minister has saved British taxpayers tens of thousands by flying economy class for his Caribbean holiday with girlfriend Carrie Symonds. Boris Johnson touched down in St Lucia on Thursday morning after a long-haul British Airways flight from London. In a photograph taken by a fellow passenger, the Prime Minister can be seen at a window seat ...

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Jamaica: Rat runs across KFC menu board

(JAMAICA STAR) — Dozens of persons ran from a KFC restaurant on Sunday after a rat ran across the menu board, just as hungry persons were preparing to collect their favourite pieces of chicken. In a video circulating online, an employee at the fast food chain, apparently startled by the rat’s presence, quickly grabbed a broom and took a swipe ...

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Police investigate stabbing death; one person in custody

(SNO) – The police are presently investigating the stabbing death of 53-year-old Moses Degonzague of Hospital Road, Castries. One person is in custody in relation to the incident. A report from the police indicates that on Friday, December 27, at 9:30 p.m., officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, responded to a report of a stabbing at the said address. ...

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Saint Lucian wins Miss Talented Teen pageant in St Kitts

(SNO) — Saint Lucian Kersandra Edwards has won the Haynes Smith Miss Caribbean Talented Teen 2019 pageant which took place in St Kitts. The 40th edition of the pageant took place on Monday night. Miss St. Maarten took the first runner-up position while Miss USVI won the second runner-up title. Young beauties from across the Caribbean contested the event. Organizers ...

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Earthquake shakes several islands, again

An earthquake shook several islands on Monday morning, the latest in a series that has jolted the region in recent days. The latest quake took place at 11:10 am on Monday according to the Trinidad-based UWI Seismic Research Center. The center said the 3.9 quake took place between Dominica and Guadeloupe at a depth of 10 kilometers. The epicenter was ...

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St Lucia ”Starr” treatment at Bay Gardens Beach Resort

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia’s locally-owned and -operated Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa and Dermalogics Aesthetics Medical Clinic, a medical aesthetic company, recently pampered emerging R&B/Soul artist Lucki Starr with their world-class proprietary treatments during her first trip to the island. The U.S.-based artist and her family spent six nights at the award-wining resort, at the invitation of Dr. ...

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Another earthquake shakes region

(SNO) – Another earthquake has shaken the region less than 24 hours after one jolted several Caribbean islands. The latest quake took place on Thursday night at 9:37 p.m. According to the Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre the 4.7 tremor shook the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica and Guadeloupe. Its epicenter was located at Latitude: 16.83N, Longitude: 61.09W and a ...

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UPDATE: Ans Ger chopping victim succumbs

(PRESS RELEASE) – About 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 25, 2019, Officers attached to the Micoud Police Station, received a report of a chopping at Anse Ger, Micoud. On arrival, officers encountered Aaron Cooper, a forty five year (45) year old resident of Anse Ger, who sustained an injury to his neck, following an altercation with a known male. He ...

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UK PM Boris Johnson visits Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced that United Kingdom (UK) Prime Minister and Conservative Party Leader Boris Johnson flew into Saint Lucia today (Dec. 26) for a “short layover”. Chastanet made the announcement on his official Facebook page shortly after 5 p.m. today. “Today we welcomed British PM Boris Johnson to Saint Lucia for a short layover,” Chastanet ...

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Man chopped in the neck in Anse Ger

(SNO) — A male resident of Anse Ger, Desruisseaux in Micoud is currently a patient at St. Jude Hospital as a result of a gruesome chopping incident on Christmas morning — the aftermath of which was caught on a cell phone video and uploaded to social media. Law enforcement sources have identified the victim as 45-year-old Aaron Cooper who is ...

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UPDATE: Man shot in Babonneau on Christmas Day

(SNO) — A man was the victim of a shooting incident in Boguis, Babonneau on Wednesday morning, December 25 (Christmas Day), according to law enforcement sources. He has been identified as Mandel Auguste. Reports indicate that Auguste sustained a gunshot wound to the leg and was transported to Victoria Hospital in stable condition. The circumstances surrounding the shooting were not ...

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Two men injured in Cul de Sac accident

(SNO) — Two men sustained injuries after the vehicle in which they were travelling in ran off the road in Cul de Sac, Castries early Christmas Day, Dec. 25, according to emergency officials. Jamal Lewis, 24, and Dwight Jameson, 22, both from La Croix Maingot, Castries were transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance — one in serious condition and other ...

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Gros Islet men injured after motorcycle collides with SUV

(SNO) — Two men of Gros Islet addresses were injured when a motorcycle they were travelling on collided with a sports utility vehicle (SUV) in Deglos on Christmas Day at about 8:32 a.m., according to the St. Lucia Fire Service. Ryan Calderon, an adult male of Beausejour, Gros Islet sustained leg trauma and Ethan Joseph, 22, of Mongiraud, Gros Islet ...

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Earthquake rocks Saint Lucia, Dominica and Martinique: report

(SNO) — A 4.2-magnitude earthquake was felt in Saint Lucia and other Eastern Caribbean islands early Thursday morning, according to the Seismic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine campus in Trinidad and Tobago. There were no reports of damages. The Unit said the earthquake occurred near Dominica at about 3:54 a.m., with a depth of 10 ...

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Stabbing, shooting and chopping incidents in Saint Lucia reported on Christmas Day

(SNO) — A shooting incident in Boguis, Babonneau was among several violent incidents reported in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day). A male was shot in the leg in Boguis and was transported to hospital in stable condition, according to an emergency official. Two chopping incidents and a stabbing were also reported on that day but details were ...

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More Christmas accidents: Motorcycle collides with pedestrian

(SNO) — A motorcyclist and a pedestrian were injured during a collision at Ciceron, Castries on Christmas Day, according to emergency officials. The biker, Duran Jean, 21, of Ciceron, Castries, and the pedestrian, Quami Dublin, 20, of Morne Fortune, Castries were transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital, both in stable condition. Castries fire personnel responded to the accident at about ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet gives update on Soufriere Mini Stadium, other sports projects

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on Thursday provided an update on at least five sports projects including the Soufriere Mini Stadium which will have a 400-metre synthetic track and football field. Chastanet said some of these projects are slated to be completed in 2020 while work will commence on others in the new year. Writing on his official Facebook ...

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Head Tax set to take effect from 1st April 2020

(PRESS RELEASE) – The SLHTA Secretariat wishes to advise members that further to a discussion between the Honorable Minister for Tourism and SLHTA CEO, it has been brought to our attention that the Accommodation Head Tax, set to be implemented on 1st April 2020 will be charged to guests at check-in. This model is designed to ease the impact of ...

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SALCC gives back to the community

(PRESS RELEASE) – Staff and students of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College found some creative ways to give back during the festive season. On Saturday December 14th, students and staff of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College participated in a tree planting exercise with the Department of Forestry. Two hundred fruit bearing trees were planted in support of sustainable ...

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Restructuring exercise at the Events Company of St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Events Company of St. Lucia (ECSL) was incorporated as a non-profit government company for management and production of all National Events and Festivals in Saint Lucia. The Company was incorporated in April 2017 with a temporary staff structure and it was envisaged that the structure would be reviewed after two years of operation of the Company ...

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Fuel price adjustments

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail price of gasoline, kerosene, diesel, LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders remains unchanged. The following prices continue to be in effect from Monday December 23, 2019: GASOLINE remains unchanged ...

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Carpenter found dead in Laborie

(SNO) —  Police are investigating the suspected suicide of another male in Laborie. The latest victim has been identified as Gillian Charlemagne, who was reportedly found hanging in a room at his house in Banse, La Grace this afternoon (Friday, Dec. 20). Reports are that Charlemagne, who was in his 40’s, was a carpenter/furniture maker. The discovery was made by ...

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Fish cleaners in Laborie get high praise

(SNO) – Two men who clean fish at the bay in Laborie have been recognized by Minister in the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports and Local Government, Fortuna Cathelina Belrose. Writing on Facebook, Belrose said she stumbled upon the two, whom she called Rex and Alex, during a staycation in the south after the Piton’s Cup ...

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Bikers rob woman of her 21 pieces of KFC in Jamaica

(JAMAICA STAR) — Miriam was looking forward to biting into a piece of spicy chicken breast that she bought at the KFC restaurant in Cross Roads, St Andrew, on Monday. The aroma of the fast-food chain’s signature fried chicken had sent one signal to her nostrils – eat me. Miriam could not wait to take up the challenge. But as ...

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Discovery of decomposed body in Babonneau refocuses spotlight on missing persons

(SNO) — Following the discovery of a decomposed male body in Garrand, Babonneau on Thursday morning, December 19, the authorities and the public’s attention are focused again on a number of persons who have been reported missing over the past year. Two of the most prominent cases are that of 83-year-old Gros Islet resident and businessman Cletus Hippolyte, alias ‘Banana ...

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Three injured in Marc accident

(SNO) — A motor vehicle accident in Marc, Castries earlier this week left three men nursing injuries, according to law enforcement sources. Jason Rampall, 30, of Marc; Peter Maynard, 30, of Monchy, Gros Islet; and Shawn Jules, 30, of Talvan, Babonneau were all transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance in stable condition. They were injured after the vehicle in which ...

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Man shot in Gros Islet

(SNO) — The Gros Islet police are investigating a shooting incident that occurred on Thursday evening, December 19. According to law enforcement sources, a man was shot and injured around 6 p.m. in the town of Gros Islet. The man was transported to hospital in stable condition, sources said. No further details about the incident are available but we will ...

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Saint Lucian poet launches book

(PRESS RELEASE) – With the season of giving and sharing upon us, one of Saint Lucia’s foremost poets, Kendel Hippolyte, will on December 23, offer the Saint Lucian public his most recent literary gifts, “Wordplanting”. Hippolyte explains that Wordplanting is a physical manifestation of a continuous inward journey. “Poetry is an ongoing exploring and record of my inner life…I didn’t ...

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Say hello to Jannou, the rebranded credit union

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Civil Services Co-operative Credit Union is now Jannou Credit Union. The press unveiling of the rebranded Credit Union was held at the Financial Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine, on Saturday, December 14, 2019. However, as outlined by both the General Manager Emmerlyn Monrose and the President, Junia Emmanuel-Belizaire, the rebranding efforts began over two years ...

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PM Chastanet and PM Trudeau discuss climate change, financial services and investment

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet held a very productive meeting yesterday with Prime Minister of Canada the Honourable Justin Trudeau. The two leaders discussed several issues including climate change and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and notably Canada’s leadership on that issue. Prime Minister Chastanet also raised the issue of financial services and opportunities for the strengthening ...

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Gros Islet SLP Constituency Group demands official apology from Lenard Montoute

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Gros Islet SLP Constituency Group and the wider community are disappointed by the images we have witnessed on the now viral video featuring the Parliamentary Representative and Social Transformation Minister, Lenard “Spider” Montoute. Worse, more recent revelations indicate the Minister’s “version” of the event may have actually omitted key aspects of the unsavoury incident. On Monday, ...

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New second lane from Sandals to Choc now open

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project is complete and the northbound lanes between the Friendship Inn and the Choc roundabouts are now open and safe for two-lane traffic. Drivers are encouraged to be safe, drive smart, and keep their eyes on the road. The Department of Infrastructure thanks all road users, particularly the minibus sector, private ...

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PM Chastanet assures that $800 payments will be made before Christmas

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet in a Conference Call with the Leadership of the National Workers Union (NWU) Wednesday December 18, 2019 gave full assurance that the authoritative machinery within Government has been fully executed. This means that workers employed with St. Jude Hospital will receive their eight hundred dollars ($800.00) before Christmas 2019. The Prime Minister ...

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National Apprenticeship Program facilitates cruise ship employment opportunity in Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE) – The National Apprenticeship Programme (N.A.P), within the Office of the Prime Minister has engaged in a partnership with the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation and the Office of the District Representative extended invitations to all young persons who shared an interest in seeking employment from the cruise sector to a meeting on Monday, 16th December, 2019. The key ...

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Road markings scheduled on Wednesday for completion of Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project

(PRESS RELEASE) – Road marking are scheduled to commence on Wednesday December 18 as the Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project moves towards completion. Motorists and the general public are advised that the Northbound Lane between the Friendship Inn and the Choc Roundabouts remain closed. The Southbound Dual Lanes will continue to accommodate two-way traffic, which means that one lane ...

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Castries Central MP delivers hampers of good cheer for Christmas

(PRESS RELEASE) – Honourable Sarah Flood Beaubrun was all smiles on Monday 16th December, 2019 as she and her team prepared over 200 hampers to be distributed in her constituency of Castries Central. The hampers were baskets filled with food items, juices and special treats and will serve as a token of love, appreciation and good cheer for several households ...

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Dr. Jean Holder, Chairman of Board of Directors, LIAT retires

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Shareholders and Board of Directors of LIAT (1974) Limited, announce the retirement of the Chairman of the Board of Directors, the Honourable Dr. Jean Holder. Dr. Holder notified shareholders of his retirement at the Company’s Annual General Meeting held in Antigua on Monday 16th December 2019. After 16 years as a Director and Chairman of LIAT, ...

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Day and night operations for urgent completion of Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy informs the general public of the closure of the northbound lane between the Friendship Inn and the Choc roundabouts to facilitate around-the-clock work for completion of the final layer of asphalt on the Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project. Therefore, the southbound dual lanes are converted into two-way traffic, which ...

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Switzerland-based hospitality management school coming to Saint Lucia

(SNO) – A hospitality management school based in Switzerland will open in Saint Lucia as early as next year, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has announced. He said the École Hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) will open its doors in 2020. Chastanet described the institution as the best hospitality school in the world. “This school helps prepare students for senior international positions ...

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Vieux Fort North MP accuses UWP government of vindictiveness

(SNO) – Member of Parliament for Vieux Fort North, Moses Jn Baptiste has accused the United Workers Party (UWP) government of vindictiveness after it allegedly stopped work for some in the Short Term Employment Programme (STEP) in his constituency. According to Jn Baptiste, individuals who were working on the program were told to stop work on Thursday, December 12. He ...

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Government approval being awaited to pay $800

(PRESS RELEASE) – Employees within the National Workers Union (NWU) Bargaining Unit at St. Jude Hospital are patiently awaiting government approval to be paid the $800 lump sum before Christmas 2019. This arrangement was contained in a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government Negotiating Team (GNT) and the National Workers Union a couple weeks ago. The NWU has officially ...

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