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GiNet free WIFI service conducted an online testing operation in Castries

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Government Island-wide Network (GINet) Project, a joint-initiative between Saint Lucia and Taiwan, conducted an on-line testing operation to public in Castries on May 25, 2018 and attracted hundreds of local people to experienced free WIFI service. Taiwanese project manager, Karen Kuo, led her team to set up workstation at central market of Castries to ...

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Fuel prices in Saint Lucia increase

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – 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 (unleaded), diesel, and LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed. The retail price of kerosene remains unchanged. The price changes take effect ...

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Gros Islet resident man shot in Faux-A-Chaud

(SNO) – Castries was again the scene of a shooting incident. On Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 8:39 p.m., fire officials in Castries responded to a report of a shooting. They were directed to upper Bridge Street where they picked up an injured 37-year-old Kim Jules, a resident of Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet. Jules had sustained a gunshot wound to ...

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“I did not call the seaweed” – Minister Rigobert says she is trying her best with seaweed problem

(SNO) – Sustainable Development Minister and Micoud North MP, Dr. Gale Rigobert, believes the people have been too hard on her regarding the sargassum seaweed situation, saying that she has not only been actively seeking a solution, but noted that residents rarely attend public meetings to address the issue. “So I continue to apologize to my people,” she told reporters last ...

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Death in Soufriere puzzling some relatives and cops

(SNO) – Was Gregory Philip murdered or was his death accidental? At least one relative, who spoke with our newsroom, believe he was murdered. Details are sketchy surrounding the death of the man, many affectionately call ‘Checkie’. Police are investigating reports that Philip fell to his death from a balcony during a dispute in Soufriere on Saturday night, around 9 p.m. ...

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Three people in custody in connection with Mon Repos homicide

(SNO) – Three people – two males and a female – are in custody assisting police investigating the stabbing death of a young man in La Pointe, Mon Repos on Saturday evening, June 2, 2018, according to law enforcement sources. The deceased has been identified as 29-year-old Stephen James, aka ‘2pac’. Police responded to the report around 8 p.m. James ...

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Police investigating death of man in Soufriere

(SNO) – Just over an hour after responding to a stabbing in Mon Repos, police were called to another possible crime scene, in Soufriere. Police are investigating the death of Gregory Philip, aka ‘Checkie’. It is alleged that Philip fell from a balcony during an altercation. According to sources, police have not ruled out foul play as they investigate the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Police investigate homicide #14

(SNO) – A man, who was reportedly in critical condition as a result of a stabbing incident in La Pointe, Mon Repos on Saturday, June 2, 2018, has died, police officials have confirmed. The incident occurred around 8 p.m. The man, identified as Stephen James, aka ‘2pac’, sustained a stab wound to the neck allegedly during an argument with a ...

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UPDATE: Four injured in La Clery MVA

(SNO) – Four males sustained injuries during a motor vehicle accident (MVA) in La Clery, Castries on Saturday, June 2, 2018, according to reports. Reports are that a truck carrying speakers with four people on board, including the driver, overturned while going down a hill in the Active HIll area, just before midday. A source told our newsroom that brake ...

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Saint Lucian Charles-Fevrier, WCFC win 4th Trinidad Charity Shield

(SNO) – One of Saint Lucia’s premier football coaches, Stuart Charles-Fevrier, led W Connection FC to their fourth Trinidad and Tobago Charity Shield on Friday night, June 1, as the Savonetta Boys blanked defending TT Pro LEague champions North East Stars, 7-1, at the Ato Boldon Stadium. Returning from a stint in Central America, Saint Lucian fullback Kurt Frederick started the ...

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Praslin residents struggling with seaweed problem

(SNO) – The invasion of sargassum seaweed in Praslin, Micoud has created a myriad of problems in the community which have residents wondering what to do next. The washing of dead fishes ashore, the noxious smell of seaweed, and the discoloring of coins, jewelries and some household items, are some of the problems residents have been enduring for many months ...

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Accident in La Clery

(SNO) – At least one person sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident in La Clery, Castries on Saturday, June 2, 2018, according to reports. Reports are that a truck overturned, shortly before noon, in the Active Hill area. Photos obtained by our newsroom from an eyewitness shows ambulance personnel attending to a man near the overturned truck while a ...

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Victory for Sammy and City Blasters in Flow SPLT20 opener

(SNO) – The island’s most lucrative and high-profile cricket competition got off to a flying start with a tense, tight matchup on June 1, featuring a former West Indies captain, exciting young talents on both sides of the ball, smart tactics, and an enthusiastic crowd. Defending champions Avatar City Blasters, under the captaincy of Daren Sammy, got their 2018 Flow ...

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Ciceron man hospitalised after attack on Jeremie Street

(SNO) – A senior citizen residing in Ciceron, Castries was the victim of a vicious assault in Castries on Friday afternoon, June 1, 2018, according to law enforcement sources. Reports are that 60-year-old Paul Stephen was rushed to Victoria Hospital by Castries Fire Service personnel after an unknown assailant lashed him in his face with a “post” around 1:30 p.m. on ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Seven Saint Lucians set for Windwards U17 side

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s three most recent West Indies youth selectees have been named to the Windward Islands age group team to contest the Regional Under-17 Tournament. Saint Lucia has a whopping seven players in the squad, according to a social media post by an executive member of the National Cricket Association. ​The tournament is scheduled to come off in ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Minister shows gratitude to students for assistance in aftermath of Castries shooting

(SNO) – Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Hermangild Francis, on Friday, June 1 presented tokens of appreciation to medical students Samuel Walton of Bournemouth and Matthew Carter of Newcastle for providing first aid in the aftermath of the shooting incident on Peynier Street, Castries on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 that left one dead and four injured, including ...

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Five women charged for Castries fight appear in court (see videos)

(SNO) – Bail was granted to five women, including three sisters, charged in connection with a fight at Constitution Park in Castries on Monday, May 28, 2018, according to police. Charged for assault, unlawful fighting among other offences are sisters Anya, Remietta and Anita Henville, who are in their 20’s; and Crystal Callendar, 26, of La Toc, Castries, and Kerniele George, ...

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Minister honours promise to launch Tourism Advisory Committee

(SNO) – Tourism Minister Dominica Fedee has said the newly-created Tourism Advisory Committee is a “great opportunity” for stakeholders to get a better understanding of the tourism industry. Fedee made that remark during the launch of the Tourism Advisory Committee on May 25, at the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay. The minister had promised since his appointment as minister with responsibility ...

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Minister recognizes medical students for their assistance during Castries shooting, thanks public

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security the Honourable Hermangild Francis on Friday, June 1 took the opportunity to thank everyone who assisted in providing first aid in the aftermath of a very violent flare – up on Peynier Street, Castries on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The incident left one dead, and others suffering from ...

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Boy in critical condition following Marisule accident

(SNO) – Police are investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred in Marisule, Gros Islet last evening, May 31, 2018, that left a boy with serious injuries. The victim has been identified as 11-year-old Garvin Henry. According to reports, he was a passenger in a vehicle that ran off the road around 11:45 p.m. Thursday. The medical condition of the ...

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Miss Mabouya Valley pageant set for this Saturday, June 2

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Five beautiful young ladies from the Mabouya Valley will be vying for the title of Miss Mabouya Valley 2018. This promises to be an exciting event as all communities are hyped up and ready to come support their contestant in full force. They are as follows: Timiqua Deterville – Miss Derniere Riviere Mijan Augustus- Miss ...

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VIDEO FEATURE: ‘Green Gold’ – Story of a Saint Lucian farmer’s faith in the banana industry

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Banana Industry in Saint Lucia was once the driving force of the economy. So much so, Saint Lucia’s national dish is Green Banana and Saltfish. Because of its abundance and availability, Green Banana was cheap and easily accessible. Green Banana is packed with nutrients and was a “go to” food for the underprivileged. Today Green ...

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As hurricane arrives, St. Lucians with plywood houses, tenants encouraged to get insurance

(SNO) – A prominent insurance official in Saint Lucia has made a special plea to owners of plywood houses to consider getting insurance as the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season arrives. Kirk Maraj, Saint Lucia branch manager for the Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Group of Companies (GTM), said people owning $20,000-houses can apply for insurance. The hurricane season officially begins Friday, June ...

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St. Lucia minibus drivers choose rebate over fare increase, but final decision rests with gov’t

(SNO) – In light of the increase in fuel prices and the removal of the government-assisted $12.75-cap, the question of whether minibus drivers should opt for a rebate or an increase in their bus fares has been decided. Following a meeting recently with the National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) and its 28-member associations, the minibus drivers have decided to choose ...

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An exceptional young farmer from Desruisseaux who happens to be blind

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – For all the able-bodied persons who sit by and complain about the lack of job opportunities, one farmer from Desruisseaux is defying all odds to eke out an existence for himself and his family. Meet Antonius Tixey, a dedicated father, husband and avid farmer. Antonius, a resident of farming community in Blanchard, Desruisseaux, zealously attends ...

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Police release identity of man killed in Castries shooting; one individual in police custody

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Elton Fontinelle of Morne Du Don, Castries. On Tuesday, May 29, 2018, about 4:00 p.m. officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report of a shooting on Louis Street, Castries. Elton Fontinelle was conveyed to the Victoria Hospital, after allegedly sustaining multiple gunshot wounds ...

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Government commends police, heroic citizens and visitors

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Acting Prime Minister Honourable Ezechiel Joseph has commended the police for their quick action following a shooting incident in Castries on Tuesday afternoon where one person was shot dead and five persons were injured. The Government of Saint Lucia states its immense concern about the recent violence which has transpired in the city and the ...

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UPDATED: Two more shooting incidents reported in Castries

(SNO) – Police are investigating two shooting incidents that left two persons injured in Castries last evening and this morning. The victims have been identified as Albert Antoine and Elford St. Luce. Antoine sustained a gunshot wound to his leg around 9 p.m. at Odlum City, Castries on Tuesday, May 29. He was transported via ambulance to Victoria Hospital in ...

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Castries shooting may have been gang-related: sources

(SNO) – A feud between factions from Castries and Vieux Fort is suspected to have been the motive for Tuesday’s shooting in the city that left one man dead and at least four others injured including a child, according to sources. An audio clip of a male voice which has surfaced on social media suggests that the shooting stemmed from ...

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Five shot, one dead; child among injured in Castries shooting

(SNO) – Law enforcement officials have confirmed that one man is dead and at least four other people injured, including a child, during a shooting incident on Peynier Street in Castries on Tuesday afternoon, May 29, 2018. The incident occurred between 3:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. in the vicinity of the CDC apartments. A masked gunman man was shot by ...

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St. Lucian arrested for armed robbery in BVI

(SNO) – A St. Lucian is one of two men who carried out a robbery in Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands (BVI) over the weekend, police said. The St. Lucian has been identified 42-year-old Neil St. Rose who lives on Virgin Gorda while his co-accused is 44-year-old Richard Creque of North Sound, Virgin Gorda, police said. St. Rose has been charged ...

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Gov’t has decided to continue with St. Jude at Augier: “It was never our intention to abandon the St Jude site”

(SNO) – Reconstruction works are expected to resume at the new St. Jude Hospital site following a major announcement by a government minister on the future of the project. Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Guy Joseph, disclosed at a press briefing on Monday, May 28, 2018 that the St. Jude Hospital reconstruction project will ...

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WASCO dismisses document regarding new tariffs as fake news

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. WASCO has categorized as fake news social media claims suggesting that new tariffs have been applied to customers. The publication which has been making the rounds is a copy of the rates which customers currently pay. These rates were approved in 2012 by the then National Water and Sewerage ...

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Prime Minister attends e-Governance Conference with focus on digital citizens

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – With the Government’s thrust towards improved e-Governance, a timely conference on the advancements of these efforts begins in Tallin, Estonia today under the theme “Governance for Digital Citizens”. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Allen Chastanet, is currently in attendance at the May 29-30 ...

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NEMO continues preparation for Atlantic hurricane season

(SNO) – June 1 is the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season and NEMO has not been sitting idle. The organisation, in partnership with USAID, has conducted a shelter management training exercise for disaster committee members of the south. Facilitator of the training, Lindy Eristhee, said the organisation is mindful of the start date of the hurricane season and ...

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Up in smoke? ‘Pancho’ said UWP made reformation of cannabis laws an election campaign promise

(SNO) – The Cannabis Movement of Saint Lucia is calling on Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to make a public statement on his administration’s position regarding cannabis law reform. Spokesman for the organisation, Andre ‘Pancho’ de Caires, has noted that countries such as Jamaica and Antigua and Barbuda have kept their promises on cannabis reform, with St. Vincent and the Grenadines ...

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“St. Jude was never a Labour project” – Dr. Anthony says King silent on St. Jude issues

(SNO) – Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony has said it is strange that Stephenson King is silent on the St. Jude Hospital issues. Following the deadly fire that destroyed St. Jude Hospital in 2009, reconstruction began the following year under King who was prime minister of the then ruling United Workers Party (UWP) administration. The project continued under Dr. ...

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Saint Lucia to install oceanographic buoy

(GIS) – Saint Lucia is one of five Caribbean islands selected for the installation of an oceanographic buoy which is part of a network of Coral Reef Early Warning Systems for the Caribbean. The system falls under a project being implemented by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center head quartered in Belize, that seeks to measure the effects of climate ...

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Prime minister speaks on tourism developments

(GIS) – Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet has been speaking on new developments surrounding the Canelles/Honeymoon Beach Resort project. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said during his recent visit to Philadelphia, he witnessed the signing of the management contract between Galaxy and AM Resorts, a leading US tour operator and hotel chain. The prime minister has described the signing as further ...

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St. Lucian shot in Martinique; Venezuelan is the alleged gunman

(SNO) – A Venezuelan national has been arrested in connection with the shooting of an unidentified St. Lucian man in Martinique, according to Martinique 1ere. The Venezuelan man, who was not named in the report, was arrested on Sunday, May 27, around 5 p.m., by agents of the Anti-Crime Brigade of the Fort-de-France police station, and placed in police custody. Police ...

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Quality Care Improvement Conference for nurses

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Nurses turned out in large numbers to the Annual Nurses Conference in recognition of International Nurses Week. This year’s conference focused on Quality Care Improvement. Continuous assessment of the quality of care has become an integrated part of healthcare management which has led to a number of quality improvement initiatives. The St. Lucia Nurses Association ...

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Taiwan expert introduce the know-how for greenhouse tomato production

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture held the Greenhouse Tomato Production Workshop at Union on May 23th, 2018. More than 54 local farmers and extension officers attended the event. At the event, Mr.Tim Shiao, Taiwan expert, taught local farmers the know-how in greenhouse farming, including skillful pruning, disease ...

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Saint Lucia Government congratulates Barbados’ first female Prime Minister and BLP

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – As Barbados ushers in a new Government, overwhelmingly backed by the people, the Government of Saint Lucia congratulates the opposition Barbados Labour Party (BLP) on its landslide victory. The party’s leader, Mia Mottley, is expected to be sworn in as Barbados’ eighth and first female Prime Minister. According to reports from the Electoral and Boundaries ...

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Temporary shutdown of Hill Twenty treatment plant to affect Babonneau residents

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc Wasco regrets to inform customers in the entire Babonneau area as well as Upper Monier, Morne Citron, desrameaux, Ti Dauphin, Ravine macok, Malgretoute and Laborne, that they will experience a water interruption for two days starting Monday May 28th 2018. The interruption is necessary  in order to undertake the ...

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UWP condemns statements made by Alva Baptiste

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The United Workers Party has issued a severe condemnation of statements made in the House of Parliament by the Member from Laborie, Alva Baptiste. In what it describes as ludicrous, insultive, and a total fabrication, the UWP is shocked that Alva Baptiste would have the gall to accuse the United Workers Party of using the ...

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Fatal accident at Babonneau

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Dane Maximin, as a result of a vehicular accident which occurred on Wednesday May 23, 2018 about 5:10 p.m. on the La Croix/Garrand road in Babonneau. Dane Maximin, a nineteen (19) year old resident of Garrand, Babonneau was found lying motionless on the road near a ...

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Homicide in Diamond, Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Bernard Edmund of Diamond, Soufriere, as a result of an incident which occurred on Wednesday May 23, 2018, about 3:00 p.m. at Diamond, Soufriere. Bernard Edmund, a fifty-seven (57) year old sustained injuries about the body as a result of an altercation with a known individual. ...

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Update on grievous harm at La Croix Maingot

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Kacy Laurent of Barre Denis – La Croix Maingot. Kacy Laurent allegedly sustained a stab wound to the abdomen during an incident which occurred at La Croix Maingot about 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 21, 2018. He was thereafter conveyed to the Victoria Hospital and admitted ...

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Vendors encouraged to make the Castries market ‘a buzz’

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Saint Lucia’s Minister responsible for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Honourable Dominic Fedee made a special appeal to vendors of the Castries market Tuesday (May 22), during the opening session of a 5 day-workshop, aimed at boosting skills and techniques to improve visitor spending. “I cannot overemphasise the importance of this workshop to you, as it ...

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Critical desilting works begin at John Compton Dam

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – In-keeping with the Government of Saint Lucia’s plans to build a resilient Saint Lucia, the essential desilting work on The John Compton Dam (JCD) are finally starting with phase one. The Water and Sewerage Company Incorporated (WASCO) is spearheading the JCD Rehabilitation project which will see the construction of a Sediment Disposal Area (SDA) as ...

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