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22 Saint Lucians deported from US in 2019

(SNO) – Twenty-two Saint Lucians were among 5,379 Caribbean nationals deported from the United States for the fiscal year 2019 according to a News Americas analysis. The news agency made the analysis based on the latest data from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Fiscal Year 2019 Enforcement and Removal Operations. The data shows that 22 Saint Lucians were ...

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First phase of Castries Market Redevelopment Project handed over

(PRESS RELEASE) — An important part of the Castries Market Redevelopment Project has been officially handed over to the Ministry of Economic Development. The presentation was made on November 28, 2019 at the facility, presided over by Mayor Peterson D. Francis. The newly-built edifice can withstand hurricane wind speeds of up to category five and includes a sheltered area, structurally ...

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Mangal Trading going forward

(PRESS RELEASE) – Mangal Trading Inc., spearheaded by young entrepreneur Nila Mangal, is quickly building a reputation as a leading exporter of agricultural produce in Saint Lucia. Since the company’s introduction to Export Saint Lucia in mid-2017, it has been able to sustain successful shipments of agricultural produce to the United Kingdom (U.K.) and the Caribbean region. Its most recent ...

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Two injured in Bexon accident

(SNO) — Two people sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Bexon on Sunday morning, Dec. 15, according to a law enforcement source. The injured have been identified as Jean Rogers, 33, and Eugenia Serieux-Rogers, 32, who are both from Desruisseaux, Micoud, the source said. Reports indicate that the vehicle the duo were travelling in went over a precipice. ...

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West Indies beat India by eight wickets in ODI

(AFP) — Centuries from Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope powered West Indies to an eight-wicket win over India after chasing down a target of 288 in the first one-day international on Sunday. Hetmyer, who hit a career-best 139, and Hope, unbeaten on 102, put on a key 218-run second-wicket partnership as West Indies eased to victory with 13 balls to ...

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Suspected suicide in Laborie

(SNO) — The death of a male in Banse, Laborie on Sunday morning is being investigated as a suspected suicide, according to law enforcement sources. The victim has been identified as Mckenis Bertin of La Haut, sources said. Bertin was found hanging from the steel frame of an abandoned greenhouse, next to a dwelling house around 6 a.m. Sunday. A ...

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Man in gruesome Bexon chopping video identified

(SNO) — A video of a bloodied man with gruesome chop wounds has been circulating on social media. And the victim has been identified. A Saint Lucia Fire Service official told St. Lucia News Online on Saturday that the man in the video is 43-year-old Ryan Alphred, who sustained a severed left wrist and lacerations to his face/neck in Bexon ...

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Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Singh crowned Miss World 2019

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Twenty-three-year old Jamaican Toni-Ann Singh is the Miss World 2019. The St Thomas native radiated with charm and purpose as she glided across the Excel Arena stage in London, England. It’s a repeat of the 1976 feat when Cindy Breakspeare was crowned Miss World in the British capital. France, second and India, third flanked Singh after the ...

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St. Lucian community in London gather for National Day

(SNO) — Members of the St. Lucian diaspora in the United Kingdom (UK) marked the start of the country’s National Day celebrations with the annual special flag-raising ceremony held in Newham, London, on Friday, December 13. A sizeable crowd from all over the UK gathered at the Newham Town Hall in London’s east-end before midday to celebrate and mark the ...

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Saint Lucia negotiates and signs new Bilateral Air Services Agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) – A dynamic air travel industry is an essential requirement for sustainable growth and development for economies that depend on tourism. Considering the foregoing, Saint Lucia recently signed an Air Services Agreement (ASA) with the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The ASA is one of the fundamental facets of modern international commercial air travel. Hence the many airlines from ...

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Horse racing event a fraud on the people of St Lucia – SLP

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Leader of the Opposition and Political Leader of the Saint Lucia Labour Party, Hon, Philip J Pierre, has declared that the UWP Government is perpetrating a fraud on the people of Saint Lucia with the staging of the Pitons Cup Horse Racing Event scheduled to be held on Friday 13th December 2019. Speaking at a Saint ...

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RBC announces sale of Eastern Caribbean banking operations

(PRESS RELEASE) – Royal Bank of Canada (RY on TSX and NYSE) today announced it has entered into definitive agreements to sell all banking operations in the Eastern Caribbean to a consortium of indigenous banks within the region. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and other customary closing conditions, and is expected to be finalized in the coming months. ...

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SSDF signs agreement for Vieux Sucieux Water Supply Expansion Sub- Project

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF) and the Water & Sewerage Company (WASCO) have signed an agreement to increase the availability of pipe borne water to the Vieux Sucieux Community. The agreement was signed at the Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) Administrative Building Castries, on Wednesday December 11, 2019. The Vieux Sucieux Water Supply Expansion Sub- ...

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Ministry of Equity implements new initiative to boost CASP ‘Host a Centre Day 2019’

(PRESS RELEASE) – Although the Community After School Programme (CASP) of the Ministry of Equity has been run in several communities around the island from 2009, centres in the various communities have never had a knowledge exchange. The proposed initiative was named Host A Centre Day. The main idea behind the exchange was for participants got a chance to share ...

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Forbes features St. Lucian CEO of biotech company on its 30 Under 30 2020 list

(PRESS RELEASE) – This week, 26-year-old Johanan Dujon, CEO and Founder of Algas Organics, was announced as one of the top young entrepreneurs of the Forbes Under 30 2020 List, an annual list of elite brilliant minds released by the global media company, Forbes. Dujon was listed among 29 other entrepreneurs in the Manufacturing and Industry category, which features 30 ...

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Police investigate hanging death of prisoner

(SNO) – Lawmen are presently investigating the death of a prisoner who was found hanging in bathroom at the Laborie Police Station on Saturday. The dead man has been identified as Shem Sinaise of Laborie. At a press briefing, Superintendent of Police, George Nicholas, said Sinaise was charged by the Vieux Fort Police with stealing and causing harm. “He was ...

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Julien Alfred wins big at FastTrack Collegiate Opener

(SNO) – Saint Lucian sprint sensation, Julien Alfred has won big in the 60-meter dash at the FastTrack Collegiate Opener in Houston, Texas. The competition took place last Saturday. She placed first in the dash with a time of 7.18 seconds. This put Alfred among the top 10 under 20 sprinters of all time. The 18-year-old athlete won the race ...

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Motorists encouraged to use alternative routes or prepare for delays as Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project moves to completion

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy alerts the motoring public that the Northbound Lanes between the Friendship Inn and the Choc Roundabouts will be closed from 7:30PM today Monday December 9, 2019. The Southbound Dual Lanes will be converted into two-way traffic, which means that one lane will accommodate southbound traffic while the other lane will ...

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Prime Minister assures former Majestic Industries workers that their request will be granted

(PRESS RELEASE) – Hon. Allen M. Chastanet, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia met with the Leadership of the National Workers Union (NWU) and four (4) workers formerly employed with Majestic Industries Ltd., a company which operated in Saint Lucia from 1971 until 2004. The NWU which represented the employees then, told the Prime Minister that at the time of its ...

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Cellma training at OKEU

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Health & Wellness is continuing to prepare for the full implementation of health information system at the Owen King EU Hospital. In an effort to improve health service delivery at the Owen King EU hospital, physicians and nurses were engaged in cellma training for the implementation of the health information system. The training provided ...

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Jade Mountain food gets top French honors

(PRESS RELEASE) – St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain resort has received many accolades for its visionary approach to hotel design, as well as the unparalleled views of the iconic Piton peaks rising out of the Caribbean Sea, but now, it has attracted even more global attention because of the world-class food it offers. The culinary team at Jade Mountain, under the ...

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DLP sweeps general election in Dominica

The Dominica Labour Party (DLP) has been swept into power again in general election in Dominica on Friday. Led by Roosevelt Skerrit, the party got 18 seats in the 21-seat parliament, preliminary results show. This is the third consecutive time the party has won general election under the leadership of Skerrit. He led the DLP to power in 2009, 2014 ...

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Hallucine leads the ARC fleet into Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – At 00:52:47 on Friday 6th December, Rodney Bay welcomed the first arrival of ARC 2019, French flagged Marsaudon TS5 Hallucine. Led by experienced ocean sailor Régis Guillemot, the crew of 50ft multihull have had a great blast across the Atlantic, clocking up a record day of 385nm, an average speed of 15.2knts, and sailing under main and ...

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Hilaire continues to sell out Saint Lucia – UWP

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party joins several regional and international organizations in expressing concerns about the lack of electoral reform in Dominica. The UWP believes that the power rests with the people of Dominica to ensure and demand that this democratic process is done in a manner which is transparent and meets the international standards adopted by the ...

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Dominicans vote amid fears of violence

(CMC) — Dominicans go to the polls today to elect a new Government with the leaders of the two main political parties expressing differing views on the outcome. While Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is predicting a “landslide” victory for his ruling Dominica Labour Party (DLP), Lennox Linton, the leader of the main Opposition United Workers Party (UWP), is being more ...

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Dominican chastises regional leaders including PM Chastanet

A Dominican has chastised regional leaders, including Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, after they decided to send troops from the Regional Security Services (RSS) to Dominica in the wake of civil unrest there. Soldiers from six regional countries, including Saint Lucia, are participating in a “peacekeeping mission” to Dominica after an appeal by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit. This follows days of ...

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Traffic Delays along Castries/Gros Islet Highway

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy alerts the motoring public of traffic delays on the northbound carriageway along the Castries/Gros Islet Highway. These inconveniences are as a result of “overnight” Milling works on the Sandals to Choc Road Widening Project. The temporary rough surface is causing unavoidable traffic congestion but is necessary to ensure successful completion ...

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Government moves to protect the pensions of Millennium Heights Employees

(PRESS RELEASE) – As the transition from the Victoria Hospital into the Owen King European Union Hospital (OK-EU) enters its final leg, keen focus is being placed on human resource and employment. On Tuesday 26th November 2019 Parliament passed an amendment to the “Millennium Heights Medical Complex Act” to secure and protect the pensions of public officers who wish to ...

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Catholic church in Dominica condemns ‘disrespectful’ behavior towards senior clergymen

The Catholic church in Dominica has condemned what it described as disrespectful behavior towards two high-ranking clergymen by people protesting for electoral reform on the island. Bishop of the Diocese of Roseau, Gabriel Malzaire and Cardinal Kelvin Felix were accosted by protesters in Marigot on Monday as they made their to the airport through roadblocks. Video footage showed the two ...

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Uncertainty as civil unrest continues in Dominica

Uncertainty spread across Dominica on Wednesday morning as civil unrest continued unabated across the island. Road blocks were reported in Layou, Pointe Round, Marigot and Salisbury. The road blocks in Salisbury, Layou and Pointe Round essentially cut of the entire north from the south of the country. In Newtown, the only main road connecting the south to the rest of ...

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Police fire live ammunition, tear gas in Dominica protest (See video)

(SNO) -The police in Dominica have reportedly fired live ammunition and tear gas in the community of Marigot in Dominica on the second day of protest for electoral reform on the island. On Monday, residents in the area blocked the road stranding scores of people traveling to the airport and other pedestrians. However, Tuesday turned out to be the worst ...

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Saint Lucian sculptor Jallim Eudovic to receive major Caribbean Award

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Awards for Excellence is pleased to announce its 2020 Caribbean Awards for Excellence Laureates. The 2020 Laureates are: Arts & Letters: Mr Jallim Eudovic, Sculptor, St Lucia Entrepreneurship: Mr Andrew Mendes, Energy Services Entrepreneur, Guyana Public & Civic Contributions: Dr Olivene Burke, Community Activist, Jamaica Science & Technology: Dr Shirin Haque, Astronomer, ...

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Botham Jean’s brother receives police award

(NBC NEWS) – A law enforcement institute on Tuesday honored the brother of Botham Jean, a Dallas man shot to death in his own apartment in 2018, for his public embrace of the police officer convicted in the killing. The Texas-based Institute for Law Enforcement Administration bestowed its 2019 Ethical Courage Award on 18-year-old Brandt Jean for his Oct. 2 ...

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Judge denies application to stop general election in Dominica

(SNO) – High Court Judge in Dominica, Bernie Stephenson, has denied an application to grant injunction to stop the holding of general election in Dominica. Stephenson handed down her ruling on Tuesday. In her ruling she stated that once the president of Dominica issues a writ to hold election, the court is unable to intervene. General election is expected to ...

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Woman in viral beating video gets $1,000 bail

(SNO) – A woman who was filmed violently beating her niece for wearing her shoes has pleaded guilty and has been placed on $1,000 bail. Tessa Albert, Jacmel, was faced a charge of harm expected to return to court on January 14, 2020 to be sentenced. She was charged last Friday and spent the weekend in a police lock up ...

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LIAT denies cancelling flights to Dominica

(SNO) – Regional airline, LIAT, has denied reports that it had cancelled flights to Dominica due to political unrest there. On Tuesday morning messages were spread via social media that the airline had stopped all flights to the island. But LIAT said this is far from the truth. “LIAT wishes to advise that all of its scheduled flights are operating ...

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Prime Minister tours forensic lab

(GIS) – Updates to Saint Lucia’s forensic laboratory are progressing, as government provides funding for improvements to its physical structure, human, and technical resources. Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet recently visited the facility to see the improvements first hand. “We had a very impromptu tour with the Prime Minister this morning and I want to express to him our thanks ...

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UWP welcomes largest Road Rehabilitation Programme in Saint Lucia’s history

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party welcomes the largest single investment in Road Rehabilitation Project as announced by Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet and Minister for Infrastructure Hon. Stephenson King in September of this year. The UWP is especially happy to note that in keeping with our manifesto promise on page 18, neglected roads across most constituencies in Saint ...

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Another plea for Cocoa

(PRESS RELEASE) – Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr Kenny D. Anthony, says he remains “deeply troubled” by the unexplained disappearance of Michael Blades alias “Cocoa” of the Mangue, Vieux Fort. Cocoa, as he is popularly known, was arrested by Vieux Fort Police on November 22, 2019, and taken to the Choiseul Police Station. He was released without charge ...

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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 and kerosene remains unchanged. The retail price of diesel, LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price changes take effect from Monday December 02, ...

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Call for CARICOM Heads of Government to respond to Travel Tax Petition

(PRESS RELEASE) – Over the last two weeks, packages containing copies of the petition bearing over 20,000 signatures were dispatched to the offices of the CARICOM Heads of Government and the Secretariat in Guyana. Also included in the packages was a letter to each Head of Government, cogently outlining the case for dialogue on the vexing issue of high intra-regional ...

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Woman in viral video beating for shoes charged

A woman who was recorded severely beating a teenager for wearing her shoes has been charged. She was charged on Friday, according to HTS News4orce and has been identified as Tessa Albert. She has been identified as the aunt of the teenager. Footage from the TV station showed Albert in handcuffs and being escorted by police. The matter will be ...

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Bruceville man shot dead

A man from Bruceville, Vieux Fort was shot dead early Saturday morning. Reports are the he was killed at a dancehall by an unknown assailant. The man has been identified as Lyndon George. He was shot in the head, SNO understands. He was pronounced dead at hospital. This is the 44th homicide in Saint Lucia in 2019. (0)(0)

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UWP demands answers from SLP on former Saint Lucian diplomat

(SNO) – The ruling United Workers Party (UWP) is demanding answers from the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) over the appointment of a Saudi billionaire, Walid Juffali, as a diplomat when the SLP held the reign of power. The UWP is raising concerns in light of an Al Jazeera documentary, Diplomats for Sale, which alleged that diplomatic passports and positions ...

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Group goes to court to postpone general election in Dominica

(SNO) – Concerned Citizens Movement (CCM), a group seeking electoral reform in Dominica, has filed an application in the High Court of Justice in Roseau to have general election deferred until reforms are implemented. The matter is expected to begin on December, 2 at the High Court and is the latest in series of political drama being played out in ...

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Potential gas leak halts work on L’Anse Road

(SNO) – Work at several establishments and educational facilities on L’Anse Road was halted on Friday due to a potential gas leak. The area was also evacuated. Unconfirmed reports suggest it may be carbon monoxide. Students from the Camille Henry Memorial School and workers from the Water and Sewage Company Inc (WASCO) were told to leave the area. According to ...

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Saint Lucian election observer says Skerrit’s approach to electoral reform is “unbecoming”

(SNO) – A Saint Lucian who has taken part in multiple missions to observe elections in Dominica believes that the Prime Minister of the country, Roosevelt Skerrit’s approach to electoral reform is “unbecoming” Michael Flood, who was part of a process who provided several recommendations for electoral reform in Dominica and who is also the Commissioner at the Electoral Commission ...

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Homicide in Odsan

(PRESS RELEASE) – About 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries, received a report of a shooting at Odsan, Castries. Officers were informed that an unknown male entered a business place and proceeded to discharge rounds of ammunition in the direction of patrons. On arrival, officers encountered Yanney Severin, a nineteen (19) ...

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Dominica’s opposition leader promises to “criminalize” sale of diplomatic passports

(SNO) – The leader of the United Workers Party (UWP), in Dominica, Lennox Linton, promises to criminalize the sale of diplomatic passports following an Al Jazeera investigative report that alleged the island is in the practice of doing so. In an address to the nation after the report, which shocked many Dominicans, Linton said his party is crystal clear on ...

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Botham Jean’s brother to receive 2019 Ethical Courage Award in US

(SNO) – He touched everybody’s heart with his incredible act of forgiveness. Now, Brandt Jean, the brother of slain Saint Lucian, Botham Jean will be receiving an award for his act that created headlines. Next week, Jean, will be recognized by the Institute of Law Enforcement Administration and will be awarded the 2019 Ethical Courage Award. “Brandt Jean represents the ...

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Relatives of missing Vieux Fort man appeal for assistance

(SNO) – Relatives and friends of a man from Vieux Fort, who they say has been missing since the weekend, is appealing for assistance in locating him. Reports are that Michael Blaze, also known as Coco or Rock, was released from the Choiseul Police Station on Sunday evening and has not been seen since. He was originally arrested in Vieux ...

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PM Chastanet takes aim at crime

(SNO) – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is promising safety to all citizens of Saint Lucia by focusing on three areas with goal of reducing serious crimes by the end of 2020. He said there will be a focus on better policing, great efficiency in the legal system and the rehabilition of offenders. Earlier this week he met with senior security ...

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Teenager received massive assistance after beating for shoes

(SNO) – Social media users and others have come to the assistance of a young woman who was filmed being beaten by her aunt for allegedly wearing her shoes. The profanity-laced video showed the woman threatening to choke the teenager and using a whip to hit her several times while ordering her to remove the shoe from her feet. She ...

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Saint Lucian artiste MonCherie found safe in Alaska

(SNO) – Saint Lucian artiste, MonCherie, who was reported missing in Alaska has been found. A brief message on her Instagram page revealed that she was found late Monday night. “She was found safe and is now getting medical attention at the moment,” the message read. MonCherie, whose real name is Cherie Stoute, was last seen on Sunday, November 17, ...

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U.S. Consular Officer to hold appointments for U.S. citizens in St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – We are pleased to announce that a Consular Officer from the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will visit St. Lucia on Monday, December 09, Wednesday, December 11 and Thursday, December 12, 2019 to provide U.S. Citizens Services and accept applications for U.S. passports and Consular Reports of ...

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Remembrance for road fatality victims

(GIS) – Saint Lucia joined the rest of the world in remembering victims of road traffic accidents last week, under the theme, “Life is not a car part.” The occasion is an important one as it offers governments and road users the opportunity to advocate that one death or injury resulting from a road traffic accident is one too many. ...

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Saint Lucian named captain of Windies U19 cricket team

(SNO) – Kimani Melius of Saint Lucia has been named the captain of the West Indies U19 team for the ICC 2020 Cricket World Cup in South Africa. Cricket West Indies announced the 15-member squad on Monday. Sixteen Teams from around the globe will participate in ICC U19 World Cup. The West Indies team will aim to recapture the ICC ...

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Castries Mayor wants citizens to exercise their powers of arrest

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D. Francis is calling on members of the public to play a greater role in apprehending perpetrators of petty crimes within the city. The Mayor made the call after reports of an attack on a cruise ship passenger on Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred at the corner of Jeremie and ...

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Saint Lucian artiste, MonCherie reported missing in Alaska

(SNO) – Police in Alaska are appealing for public assistance in locating Saint Lucian artiste, Mon Cherie, who has been reported missing. A police report in Anchorage, Alaska, said that efforts to locate her has proven futile. “There is concern for her well-being due to mental health issues and unfamiliarity with the Anchorage area,” the report said. It said MonCherie, ...

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