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Calypso semifinalists announced

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Events Company of St. Lucia (ECSL) and the Calypso Management Committee (CMC) are thrilled to announce the qualifiers who will compete on Sunday July 1st at the National Cultural Centre in the Calypso Semi Finals Competition, in the race to the National Calypso Finals Competition. The qualifiers are: ALLY CAT- FIRE ONE BLACK PEARL ...

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Soca preliminaries qualifiers announced

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On Friday June 29th, 2018 from 6pm, the National Cultural Center Grounds will be ablaze, as one of the signature sounds of Carnival, Soca music, takes center stage in the first leg of the Groovy and Power Soca Monarch Competitions. Over sixty national soca artistes, have registered to secure one of the coveted spots in ...

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Saint Lucia picks 5 for CAC Bodybuilding after Saturday’s National Championships

(SNO) – The Saint Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association held its 2018 National Championship on Saturday, June 23 at the Castries Comprehensive Secondary School auditorium. A total of 19 athletes contested seven categories. Five have been selected to continue training under the supervision and guidance of Julian Felix, who has been appointed as national coach, in preparation for the ...

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Vogue features Saint Lucia’s “growing” Soleil as one of the Caribbean carnivals you don’t want to miss this summer

(SNO) – Carnival in Saint Lucia – including a special mention of Dennery Segment – has been featured by international fashion and lifestyle magazine, Vogue, as one of “The Caribbean Carnivals You Don’t Want to Miss This Summer”. Saint Lucia’s carnival is one of five highlighted in the article, which was published on the magazine’s website on Sunday, June 24, ...

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Prices for kerosene and LPG cylinders 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) and diesel remains unchanged. The retail price of LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders and kerosene have been changed. The price changes take ...

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Schedule out for Saint Lucia hosting Women’s World T20

(SNO) – The International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Twenty20 2018 is coming to Saint Lucia in November, with nine matches slated for the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground in Beausejour, Gros Islet. The event kicks off at the Guyana National Stadium, starting with India and New Zealand. In the second match, Australia will play Pakistan and the Windies round off ...

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Allen Chastanet completes term as Chairman of the OECS Authority with unprecedented achievements in regional cooperation

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) — Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet, picked up the torch of the OECS Chairmanship in June of 2017 with an energetic and passionate approach toward the strengthening of functional cooperation among Member States in the face of regional and global economic challenges. Among the areas of focus, under Prime Minister Chastanet’s chairmanship, were: ...

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UPDATE: Man caught with firearm and ammunition in Castries charged

(SNO) – Charges have been laid against a man who was caught with a Glock 40 pistol and seven rounds of ammunition. Police said Mc Cartney Beharry, 32, who is from Bisée, Castries, was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition. Reports are that Beharry, also known as ‘Mac,’ was the driver of a black Chevrolet motor vehicle that ...

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Some BVI natives against Saint Lucian Verne Garde’s appointment as prison boss: “Are there no BVIslanders qualified to do the job?”

(SNO) – After it was announced in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) that Saint Lucian Verne Garde was confirmed as the new Superintendent of Prison at Her Majesty’s Prison in Balsam’s Ghut, Tortola, a number of Virgin Islanders expressed their dissatisfaction with his employment. They argued via social media that a Virgin Islander should have been given the opportunity to ...

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Prominent Saint Lucia designer Sharmark Leon “inspired” VH1 drag queen Monét X Change (see video)

(SNO) – Popular New York-based Saint Lucian drag queen, Kevin Bertin, better known by the stage name Monét X Change, has said prominent local designer and entrepreneur, Sharmark Leon, has inspired her and the local gay community which continues to battle for equality. Bertin, 28, made the comments on a video-article feature published by The Root, a United States (U.S.) ...

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“108 and still strong!” – ‘Nenem’ from Choiseul celebrates big birthday

(SNO) – Anne Marie Regina Joseph, also known as ‘Nenem’, is celebrating her 108th birthday today, Saturday, June 23, 2018. A statement submitted to St. Lucia News Online states: “108 and still strong! For God is good, His loving kindness endures forever, and His faithfulness extends to all generations Psalm 100:5. Congratulations on the celebrations of your special day. May ...

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Motorcyclist among two injured in Sarrot and Ravine Poisson accidents

(SNO) – Two people were injured in separate accidents this weekend, according to reports. On Friday, June 22 at 10:55 p.m., Fire Service personnel in Castries responded to a traffic accident in Sarrot, Castries. A 28-year-old, Darvin Son of Ciceron, Castries, sustained injuries after he slid and fell off his motorcycle. He was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital. His ...

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Saint Lucian-born martial arts champion to challenge Kent Adonai over alleged ‘stolen land’

(SNO) – A flamboyant aristocrat and confidant of Princess Margaret is said to have ‘stolen land’ to create his very own ‘love island’. The late Lord Glenconner was renowned for transforming the Caribbean island of Mustique into a playground for the rich and famous including the likes of Mick Jagger, before later retiring to nearby Saint Lucia with a pet ...

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Saint Lucian receives Leadership Award in Canada

(SNO) – Saint Lucian Gabriel Gabe Mercier ‎is the recipient of the Leadership Award at Assiniboine Community College (ACC). Mercier, who is the director of ACC Parkland Campus, Dauphin, Manitoba, Canada, explains what the award is about. “The award recognizes an employee who demonstrates outstanding leadership and who inspires others within the college to excel in their role. They motivate ...

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Levern Spencer favoured for gold at CACSO Games

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s Levern Spencer is set to go for a hat-trick of titles at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games next month. The “CACSO” (Central American and Caribbean Sports Organisation) Games will be held in 2018 in Barranquilla, Colombia from July 19 to August 3. Saint Lucia is set to be represented by 13 athletes in six ...

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UPDATED: ‘Stranded’ Canadian is leaving Saint Lucia finally, thanks to Babonneau Police and local business

(SNO) – The Canadian man who claimed he was stranded in St. Lucia while on vacation due to financial constraints, is scheduled to leave the island this weekend. The Babonneau Police Station in collaboration with a prominent business in the Babonneau community purchased an airline ticket for Wayne Matthew Parsons on Friday, June 22, according to Inspector in charge of the ...

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VIDEO: “We dying, it stinks, I can’t sleep” – Dennery and Micoud residents frustrated with seaweed problem

(SNO) – Residents of Micoud and Dennery are continuing to cry out for help from the authorities concerning the sargassum seaweed invasion. The stench from the rotten matter has become so unbearable that persons are reporting that they are unable to sleep at nights. Our newsroom received an aerial video of the Dennery Village shoreline which shows how bad the ...

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Saint Lucia Immigration Department refusing service to persons who dress inappropriately

(SNO) – Dressing scantily clad or in short pants won’t guarantee you a faster service at Saint Lucia’s Immigration Department. In fact, the department is refusing service to persons who dress inappropriately. But turning away persons because of this is not something the head of immigration, Assistant Superintendent Sean Alexander and his staff like doing, hence he’s sending an appeal ...

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Saint Lucia planning to export ‘Dennery Segment’

(SNO) – Local and regional hit songs ‘Split In Di Middle’ by Freezy and ‘Bad In Bum Bum’ by Mighty and Subance are just the beginning of better things to come for Saint Lucia’s unique music genre, ‘Dennery Segment’ or ‘Lucian Kuduro’. The local authorities plan to do more to promote this brand of music to the international community, to ...

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Saint Lucia’s top cop determined to “stretch” limited resources to keep citizens safe

(SNO) – Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry said the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force will not be deterred in its fight against crime despite having limited resources. Moncherry said the Force plans to maximise its limited resources to keep the public safe. “Policing Saint Lucia remains our responsibility,” Moncherry said at this week’s weekly pre-Cabinet press briefing. “So the very little ...

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Remains of stolen SUV found in Gros Islet community

(SNO) – A relatively new Suzuki Vitara was reportedly stolen in the wee hours of Monday, June 18, 2018 from a residence on the Morne, Castries. A stolen vehicle notice was posted across social media. Unfortunately, there was no luck on the owner’s side. The remains of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) was discovered on Wednesday afternoon (June 20) by ...

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Man busted with Glock pistol and ammunition in Castries

(SNO) – A man has been arrested for the possession of a Glock 40 pistol and seven rounds of ammunition, according to law enforcement sources. Reports are that the man was the driver of a black Chevrolet motor vehicle that was stopped by police around 10 a.m. on High Street in Castries on Thursday, June 21. The firearm and ammunition were ...

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Residents concerned about crime spree in the south

(SNO) – A sudden upsurge in criminal activities in the south of the island over the past two weeks is of grave concern to residents of that part of the island. The crime spree includes a series of offences such as robberies, stealing and housebreaking, just to name a few. The most recent incident occurred on Tuesday night (June 19, ...

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Saint Lucia, expect some rainfall today: weather report

(SNO) – Saint Lucia and other islands in the Lesser Antilles are expected to experience “partly cloudy to cloudy, scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms” on Thursday, June 21, 2018, according to the Saint Lucia Met Services. According to the latest weather report (6 a.m.), this development – cloudiness and moderate to heavy rainfall – is caused by a tropical wave ...

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UPDATED: Police investigate death of Pavee man

(SNO) – Police are investigating the death of 50-year-old Francis St. Prix of Pavee, Castries. St. Prix’s body was discovered on a bench in a makeshift shack on Wednesday afternoon (June 20, 2018) in Morne Fortune, Castries, according to a law enforcement source. A law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told our newsroom it is too early to ...

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Arcada Galați adds Saint Lucia’s Bissette

(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s top volleyballer Julian Bissette has moved on from Romanian champions, Tricolorul LMV Ploiești. The 27-year-old middle blocker has enjoyed a huge successful season in Divizia A1, the men’s top Romanian professional volleyball league. With Tricolorul, he picked up three titles, including the club’s first-ever league cup, but now the 198 cm, 92 kg Babonneau native is ...

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Free Wi-Fi available in Dennery

(GIS) – The Government Island Wide Network (GINET) Wi-Fi Zone for Dennery has officially been launched. The Government Island Wide Network (GINET) Wi-Fi Project was officially launched at the Grande Riviere Human Resource Development Center in Dennery, on Tuesday June 6. The joint initiative between the Republic of China (Taiwan) and Saint Lucia will allow constituents to enjoy free Wi-Fi. ...

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City Police Department to launch emergency hotline

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The City Police Department will in the coming days launch its three-digit toll-free emergency phone line. The number, which is meant for reporting criminal activities such as burglary, vandalism and other general inquiries will be made public after an official launch next week. His Worship, Mayor Peterson D. Francis says that the introduction of the ...

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Indiscriminate disposal of solid waste causes proliferation of vectors, warns Ministry of Health

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Environmental Health Department and the St. Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority are working collaboratively to reduce the impact of the indiscriminate dumping of solid waste on the environment and the health of nation. The improper disposal of solid waste can lead to severe health outcomes by creating the environment for the proliferation of vectors ...

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“They have been stealing me but they say I’m the stealer” – WASCO investigates Reduit customer’s complaint

(SNO) – The Water and Sewerage Company Inc. (WASCO) has launched an investigation into the issuance of high water bills to a customer in Reduit, Gros Islet. WASCO Communication and Marketing Officer Cherry Ann Williams made the disclosure to HTS in a news report. According to the report, Juliette Jn Baptiste, also known as Madame Sequin, complained about receiving water bills ...

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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Ashanti’ found after being kidnapped, beaten and robbed – reports

(SNO) – Former Calypso Monarch Herman ‘Ashanti’ Hippolyte, who had been reported missing since Friday, is currently at Victoria Hospital, according to reports. He was reportedly kidnapped by a group of men on Friday, beaten, and robbed then dropped off on Calvary Road, Castries where he was found by residents late Tuesday afternoon. The veteran calypsonian was reportedly on his ...

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Sandals responds to misleading reports

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) –  Once more we have noticed attempts to spread misinformation and unsubstantiated claims about Sandals Resorts International, including a totally sensationalized headline regarding a recent statement by Barbadian Prime Minister Mia Mottley. However we are not and have never been deterred by fake news, rather we appreciate the opportunity it gives us to set the record ...

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Jn Baptiste: Gov’t has given Teo Ah Khing and horse racing priority over “our urgent healthcare matters”

STATEMENT BY PARLIAMENTARY REPRESENTATIVE FOR VIEUX FORT NORTH, SLP CHAIRMAN AND SLP SPOKESMAN FOR HEALTH, AGRICULTURE, FISHERIES AND FOOD PRODUCTION, HON MOSES JN BAPTISTE AT SLP PRESS CONFERENCE JUNE 19TH, 2018. Ladies and gentlemen of the press, people of Saint Lucia and friends who have joined us online. The grave and worsening healthcare crisis in Saint Lucia has been dealt ...

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Veteran Saint Lucian calypsonian Ashanti reported missing

(SNO) – Former Calypso Monarch Herman ‘Ashanti’ Hippolyte has been missing since last Friday, June 15, 2018, according to relatives and information circulating on social media. “I need help in finding my father. He has been missing since Friday. If anyone find him, please contact me as soon as possible,” states a post containing a photo of Ashanti and a ...

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Splash Island Water Park awarded 2018 awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Splash Island Water Park St. Lucia announces its TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Award for the second consecutive year. Since 2011, the influential travel planning and booking site, TripAdvisor, has honoured hospitality businesses worldwide for delivering exceptional service and achieving outstanding traveller reviews. Splash Island, as it is locally known, is located on Reduit Beach and ...

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Two injured in Choc accident

(SNO) – Police are investigating a motor vehicle accident that occurred at Choc Tuesday morning, June 19, 2018, according to law enforcement officials. At least two people reportedly sustained injuries in the accident that involved about north-bound four vehicles. The injured have been identified as Marcia George, 39, of Bois Den, Jacmel, and Sandra Gaucher, 47, Dernière Rivière, Dennery. They were ...

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Bay Gardens properties enlisted in Tripadvisor’s Hall of Fame

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Bay Gardens Hotel and its sister property Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa in St. Lucia have entered the TripAdvisor “Certificate of Excellence” Hall of Fame after being recognized for outstanding hospitality for five consecutive years by the influential travel site. Sanovnik Destang, Executive Director of the locally owned Bay Gardens Resorts chain of hotels ...

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Saint Lucia among 14 CARICOM countries to mobilise ‘Green Funds’ projects

(CMC) — Fourteen Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states will design multiple projects to mobilise resources from international sources, which will allow them to improve the resilience and adaptation of agriculture, food systems and rural communities to change climate. The countries that will develop the projects are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St Kitts and ...

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Saint Lucia’s Omega cops bronze at New Balance Nationals

(SNO) – Omega James was the most successful of at least three Saint Lucian boys at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend. The competition was concluded on Sunday afternoon on the campus of North Carolina A+T University in Greensboro North Carolina. Aged 15, Omega moved to the United States just last year. He has ...

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Bruceville house under construction appears to be slowly sinking

(SNO) – A wall house in Bruceville, Vieux-Fort, sized 34 X 33, and between 4 and 5 feet from the ground on pillars, sank yesterday, prompting calls by contractors for government to enforce stricter building codes on the island. The owner of the house, who is overseas, hired a local man to build the house. But according to the builder, ...

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Saint Lucia welcomes regional leaders for OECS Authority Meeting

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Heads of Government of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) began arriving in Saint Lucia today for the 65th Meeting of the OECS Authority, to be held from 18th – 19th June 2018 at the Harbor Club, Gros Islet. At a press briefing Monday morning, OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules, announced that newly ...

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Dudley Frederick launches second company

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Dudley Frederick “MrSoFamous” seems to be up to something. The young producer known for beats such as bidor riddim, pamaleh Riddim, Jab Duro riddim featuring artist as Denise Belfon, Lavaman, T-nak and Askel and many more, is blossoming into a young fine entrepreneur. Dudley, who was raised in the community of Micoud and resides in ...

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Temporary relocation of Central Police Station

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force would like to inform the public of the temporary relocation of the Central Police Station on Bridge Street – Castries to the Conference Room of Police Headquarters at Chesterfield Field in Castries effective Monday June 18, 2018. The telephone number remains the same, at 456 3850 or 456 3854. ...

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Eugene, Melius to lead Saint Lucia in U19 Cricket

(SNO) – Johnnel Eugene and Kimani Melius are set to lead Saint Lucia’s team to the Windward Islands Under 19 cricket tournament later this month in Grenada. Johnnel has been named captain by the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA), whilst West Indies Under-19 player Kimani is his vice captain. Also named to the team are former West Indies Under-16 ...

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Levern Spencer shines at Saint Lucia nationals

(SNO) – Levern Spencer dropped in to Saint Lucia over the weekend to compete in the National Individual Track and Field Championships at the George Odlum Stadium. The last time the Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games champion took part in National Championships, June 2016, she set a stadium record of 1.94m in her pet event. This time around, forced ...

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CIBC celebrates centenarian customer – ‘Aunty Charlie’ of Morne Fortune

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – Sunday June 10th marked the 100th birthday of Mrs. Murial Elaine Charles, who is distinguished at CIBC FirstCaribbean Bank as one of the institution’s oldest active account holders. The Morne Fortune resident affectionately known as “Aunty Charlie” commenced her banking relationship with one of the bank’s parent institutions – Barclays Bank Plc – in June ...

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National Housing Corporation suing residents of La Clery: report

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The National Housing Corporation (NHC) is suing residents of La Clery who protested against the demolition of the La Clery CDC structures earlier this month. This is according to documents of the High Court, filed by the NHC lawyers on June 13, 2018. The NHC is claiming that because of the protest, its contractor was not ...

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Armed robbery in Saltibus

(SNO) – Police are investigating an armed robbery in Saltibus on Saturday afternoon in which two masked man – one armed with a gun and the other with a cutlass – held up a goods van, according reports. No one was hurt. The culprits made off with a gold chain and a pouch with an undisclosed sum of money when ...

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Castries man beaten for stealing Hennessy Cognac from vehicle

(SNO) – A thief learned valuable lessons on Saturday, June 16: don’t steal, and don’t mess with St. Lucians and their alcohol. A man in his 30s, from Marchand, Castries, was reportedly beaten by a motorist who accused him of stealing a bottle of Hennessy Cognac from a parked car on Jeremie Street, Castries. The incident occurred between 9 a.m. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Aussie Warner joins CPL Saint Lucia Stars

(SNO) – Former Australia vice captain and hard hitting batsman David Warner will add to the considerable firepower of the Saint Lucia Stars for the 2018 edition of the Caribbean Premier League. Warner will make his Caribbean Premier League debut after signing on to join Daren Sammy, Kieron Pollard and Lendl Simmons for the upcoming West Indies-based domestic tournament beginning ...

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Exhibition to observe 70th anniversary of Castries fire starts next Tuesday

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – On June 19, 1948, seventy years ago, 75% of the town of Castries was destroyed by fire and left two thousand (2,000) persons homeless. Fortuitously, there was no loss of life, however, it was catastrophic enough that it tested the survival and the daily livelihood of residents. According to Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) Programme Officer ...

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Montesori repeat as primary school swim champs

(SNO) – The Montessori Centre won the 15th annual Primary Schools Scim Meet on Friday at the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre, winning back-to-back-to-back titles to complete the threepeat. Montessori, located just a stone’s throw away from the facility, amassed 327 total points to beat Dame Pearlette Lousity Primary (245) into second place, and perennial contenders Tapion Primary (164) into third. ...

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Prime Minister’s Annual Independence Ball benefits three local organizations

(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The development of the Arts, protection of children and blind welfare came into focus on Thursday this week as proceeds of the Prime Minister’s Annual Independence Ball, were distributed to three local organizations. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet explained that the annual ball, now in its second year and held on the eve of Independence, ...

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