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Antigua government will “resist” collapse of LIAT — PM Browne

ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC) — The Antigua and Barbuda government Thursday said it would “resist’ any collapse of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, and that it has developed a “strategic approach” which will be further discussed in Barbados at month end. Prime Minister Gaston Browne said that Cabinet had discussed the impending meetings of LIAT’s shareholders and directors to be ...

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Eastern Caribbean governments rushing to save LIAT

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Caribbean governments are looking towards securing financial assistance from the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the regional transportation sector amid concerns that shareholder governments may be forced to close down the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT. Prime Minister Mia Mottley, whose country is one of the four major shareholders of the Antigua-based airline, has confirmed that she ...

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Anse La Raye seafood festival reopens this Friday

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) and the Ministry of Tourism have collaborated to enhance the offering of the Anse La Raye seafood festival. A six-week training course of 15 vendors and 30 vendors’ assistants in culinary creativity and food presentation is underway. At the start of week four, the 45 trainees were given the opportunity to ...

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UWI scholarships available; deadline is June 2

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), in collaboration with the University of the West Indies (UWI), invites applications from students who are pursuing studies in catastrophe risk-related undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at UWI. Each scholarship is valued at US$4,000 per student per year. CCRIF will provide scholarship coverage in the third year for the four students ...

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Saint Lucia public library online

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Central Library falls under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education and is the headquarters of the public library system in Saint Lucia. Its mission is “to provide quality library and information services to all citizens and to develop programs that will help them to become independent users and lifelong learners.” In the past few years, ...

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Castries Central political hopeful says he has “a lot of work to do” for the people

(SNO) — Former Saint Lucia diplomat Peter Lansiquot has been busy meeting with people in Castries Central since he returned home in December. His aspiration: to hopefully be selected by the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to contest the Castries Central seat at the next general elections. “I have had political aspirations for a long time now,” Lansiquot told HTS. ...

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UPDATED: 30 nominated for National Youth Awards

(GIS) — The Department of Youth Development and Sports will host a Youth Awards Ceremony to culminate activities for National Youth Month. The awards ceremony will recognize young persons for their achievements during the past year. The nomination’s committee has shortlisted 30 nominees for this year’s awards. Liota Charlemagne-Mason, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, said ...

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Second Saint Lucia insurance symposium set for April 30

(PRESS RELEASE) — The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, partnering with the Insurance Council of St. Lucia, will host the second annual Insurance Symposium “HEALTH, WEALTH AND BUSINESS RESILIENCE” on April 30, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the Finance Administrative Centre, Point Seraphine in Castries. Bringing to the fore, the importance of insurance as a ...

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Chastanet: Gov’t plans to reduce serious crime by 45 percent, strengthen investigation and prosecution

(GIS) — Citizen safety remains an area of urgent attention, and a key focus of the Government of Saint Lucia’s Medium Term Development Plan for 2019-2022. An integral part of government’s plan is to strengthen the island’s capacity for investigation and prosecution, and reduce serious crime by 45 percent. Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet revealed in his budget presentation that ...

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Chastanet: $5.8-million CCTV project, increased police patrols to fight crime in Saint Lucia

(GIS) — As part of the Medium Term Development Strategy for 2019-2022, government aims to reduce recidivism by 30 percent. In addition, Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet said crime hot spots will benefit from a stronger police presence in order to improve crime prevention and detection efforts. Mr. Chastanet said there will be increased foot and mobile patrols on the ...

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Work on John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project phase two set for June

(PRESS RELEASE) — Work on the second phase of the John Compton Dam Rehabilitation Project (JCD02) — dredging of the reservoir and transport of sediment — is set to begin in June 2019. The announcement was made by WASCO’s representatives, as well as the contractor for JCD02, VINCI Construction Maritime et Fluvial, who met with residents of Tete Chemin Millet, ...

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St. Lucians win $760,000 on Super 6 lotto jackpots

(PRESS RELEASE) — Two St. Lucian ladies are the recent winners of Super 6 jackpots for the month of April 2019. Janelle Celis and Petrona Charles both received their cheques at the official cheque presentation which was held on Thursday, April 17, 2019 at MBC. Celis is the lucky Super 6 winner of $655,000 which was won on April 2, ...

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Female prison officer shot in Vieux Fort

(SNO) — Police are investigating the shooting of a female correctional officer in Vieux Fort Thursday morning, according to reliable sources. The officer, 38 years old, was reportedly on her way to work when she was shot in the leg, sources said. The incident occurred around 7 a.m. on Clarke Street, near the Vieux Fort Square. Details are sketchy at ...

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Former Saint Lucian diplomat launches “distress fund” for fire victims

(SNO) — Former Deputy Head of Mission for the Embassy of Saint Lucia in Washington DC, Peter Lansiquot, has launched the “People’s Distress Fund” to assist residents who lose their homes in fires and other disasters. The Fund was officially launched on Wednesday, April 24 inside Wilton’s Yard, Castries (also known as ‘the Graveyard), near the spot where three houses ...

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UPDATED: Nominees for 2018 Annual Youth Awards announced!

(SNO) — The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports hosted a press conference on Wednesday, April 24 where the shortlisted nominees for the 2018 Annual Youth Awards were announced. The briefing was held at the department’s conference room, located on the first floor of the Chreiki Building on Micoud Street, Castries. Liota Charlemagne-Mason, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Youth ...

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UPDATE: Driver in Barre de l’Isle accident confirmed dead

(SNO) — Police and law enforcement sources have confirmed that the man, who was initially reported to be in critical condition after the truck he was driving plunged down a precipice off the “top” of the Barre de l’Isle road, near Thomazo, has been officially pronounced dead. He has been identified by officials as 68-year-old Paul Simeina, a resident of ...

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Charges can still be laid in Ali Smith’s alleged beating case despite post-mortem results: source

(SNO) — Despite post-mortem results which indicate that Ali Smith’s death is not consistent with physical violence,  a law enforcement source has told St. Lucia News Online that if it’s proven that Smith was beaten, charges could still be laid in the case. Smith, a 33-year-old resident of Marisule, Gros Islet, who died on April 13, 2019, around 7:30 a.m., ...

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Sammy set for Canada T20 return?

(SNO) — The second edition of Global T20 Canada league is set to begin in the last week of July in Brampton, Canada, and Daren Sammy is expected to return. The inaugural season that saw Vancouver Knights emerge as champions at Maple Leaf North-West Ground in King City, Ontario, Canada, had six teams competing in a round-robin format from June ...

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CARIFTA drought continues for Saint Lucia

(SNO) — Saint Lucia’s last medal at the CARIFTA Games came in 2015, bronze going to Denzel St Marthe in javelin throw and Ace Louis in high jump, both boys under-20. Since then, Saint Lucia has fielded a succession of national record holders, including Commonwealth Youth Games champion and Youth Olympics silver medallist, Julien Alfred. National records have been set ...

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Saint Lucian reggae artiste Legal to tour Africa again!

(SNO) — Saint Lucian reggae artiste, Legal, woke up to some good news on Wednesday: he will be performing on the continent of Africa! Legal, born Daniel Joseph, told St. Lucia News Online that he and Jamaican artiste Norris Man will be performing in Ivory Coast or (officially) the Republic of Côte d’Ivoir, a West African country. The concert is ...

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Anse Ger man’s cause of death revealed

(SNO) — The port-mortem on the body of homicide victim 33-year-old Lance ‘Pestro’ Camille of Anse Ger, Desruisseaux in Micoud, has been completed. According to the results, provided by a law enforcement official, Camille’s death was caused by cardiac tamponade with right Hemothorax due to stab wound to the chest. Cardiac tamponade, according to Medscape, is “a clinical syndrome caused ...

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Saint Lucian female referee Chantel John officiated at international event

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia Rugby Football Union’s international female referee, Ms. Chantel John, left Saint Lucia on April 16 to officiate in the third edition of the Tropical 7s or Tropical Rugby International Youth Sevens from April 19-20, 2019 at the Omni Orlando Championsgate Resort, Orlando, Florida. This tournament was open to under-14 boys, under-16 girls and boys, ...

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Accident in Ravine Poisson leaves man with serious injuries

(SNO) — A man sustained serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Ravine Poisson on Easter Monday, according to emergency officials. The victim, Albert Francis, was was the sole occupant of a sports utility vehicle (SUV) which overturned. He was thrown from the vehicle, officials said. The St. Lucia Fire Service received the call at 11:14 ...

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Saint Lucian company awarded contract to help reconstruct hurricane-ravaged BVI school

(SNO) — The British Virgin Islands (BVI) has awarded four contracts totalling US$3.7 million for repairs to the L-shaped building at the hurricane-ravaged Elmore Stoutt High School campus in Road Town, Tortola. A Saint Lucian company — Construction Industrial and Equipment — has been awarded one of those contracts, according to BVI media reports. BVI Premier Andrew Fahie signed the ...

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Folk Research Centre to launch fundraising calypso concert

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Folk Research Centre (FRC) is a non-governmental organization established in 1973 as (1) repository for cultural heritage and (2) a vehicle for research, study, recording and promulgating Saint Lucia’s rich heritage. FRC was registered as a not-for-profit company in 1985 and has sought to promote the role of folk arts as a vehicle for change and ...

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Saint Lucia’s Toastmasters hosts territory speech contests

(PRESS RELEASE) – Toastmasters in Saint Lucia is going strong! On Thursday, April 11, 2019, the members of two Toastmasters Clubs in Saint Lucia – the NIC Toastmasters Club and the Public Service Toastmasters Club – battled it out during the Saint Lucia Territory International Speech Contest and Table Topics Contest, held at the Fisheries Department Conference Room, Pointe Seraphine, ...

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Awards ceremony held for Monchy Community After School Programme (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — As part of the closing celebratory event of the Monchy Community After School Programme, the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment hosted an awards ceremony to honor students, parents and facilitators who helped make the programme a success. The Monchy Programme was implemented in 2010 and runs from September to March. Acting Permanent Secretary ...

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Kenson ‘Bay Bay’ Casimir for Gros Islet seat?

(SNO) — Calls are now out on social media for local sports journalist Kenson ‘Bay Bay’ Casimir to contest the Gros Islet seat in the next general elections. This is not the first time there has been a public call for Casimir, owner of a local sports news website, to join the political arena. Former government minister Richard Frederick, on ...

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Minibus driver crushes arm in Anse La Verdue road accident

(SNO) – A 41-year-old driver is lucky to be alive after his minibus overturned in Anse La Verdue on Monday afternoon, according to emergency officials. Anse La Verdue is located in the Anse La Raye area. The driver, who sustained serious injuries to his arm, was transported to hospital by ambulance in stable condition. A passenger sustained minor injuries. The ...

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Barbados PM exploring funding for regional transport

(BARBADOS TODAY) — As the future of the struggling regional airline LIAT hangs in the balance, Prime Minister Mia Mottley, has hinted that she has started discussions with one of the Caribbean’s development partners in Europe in that regard. Stopping short of mentioning the airline by name, Mottley, who is the Lead Head of Government on the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ...

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Saint Lucia repped in Grenada cycle race

(SNO) — Saint Lucia was among eight nations represented at a circuit cycling race over the Easter weekend in Grenada. Jordan Richard and Winston Williams represented the Excellers team in the Spice Isle. Home nation Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana, Jamaica, the USA, France and Saint Lucia took part in the race in St George’s. ...

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Deceased in Vieux Fort road accident identified

(SNO) — Law enforcement sources have identified the deceased in the motor vehicle accident that occurred Sunday afternoon near the Victory Pentecostal Church, Old St Jude Highway in Vieux Fort. He is Sylvanus Boriel from Vieux Fort. He was in his 40s. Boriel was reportedly the driver of a Toyota Tacoma motor vehicle that ran off the road and crashed ...

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New national record for Julien Alfred

(SNO) — The University of Texas track and field team set eight new personal records while competing at the Bryan Clay Invite and Mt. SAC Relays on Friday night. At the Mt. SAC Relays, the Texas contingent set four new personal bests, highlighted by four top-10 finishes. Competing at the high-profile collegiate invitational after being denied permission to represent the ...

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Touring United top Cacao in Babonneau T20

(SNO) — Touring United will play Cacao in the grand final of the Hon. Ezechiel Joseph National Lotteries Authority Babonneau Super 40 Competition on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at the Des Barras Playing Field. Touring United earned their right to the final with a comfortable 77-run victory over Babonneau U-19 on Sunday April 21, 2019 at the Balata Playing Field. ...

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Motor vehicle accident in Saltibus

(SNO) — Two persons escaped serious injuries on Sunday morning in a motor vehicle accident in Saltibus, emergency officials have confirmed. Reports are that a vehicle, with the driver and a passenger on board, ran off the road and hit a house near the roadside. The incident happened several minutes before noon. The occupants of the house were not injured. ...

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Two persons shot in Marchand as violence flares-up in the city

(SNO) — Police are investigating a shooting incident in Marchand, Castries that occurred on Saturday evening, April 20, that left a man and a woman nursing gunshot wounds. Law enforcement officials said the Marchand Police Station received the report of the shooting just before 11 p.m. The female victim has been identified as Maria Willie, 56, a resident of Trou ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fatal accident in Vieux Fort (see photos)

(SNO) — Law enforcement officials have confirmed that a fatal accident occurred on Sunday afternoon near the Victory Pentecostal Church, Old St Jude Highway in Vieux Fort. The deceased is reported to be a male, who was the driver of a Toyota Tacoma motor vehicle. The passenger, also a male individual, has been hospitalised, but his medical condition is unknown ...

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Former UWI vice-chancellor Sir Alister McIntyre dies

(NEWSDAY) — The region is mourning one of its foremost academics and statesmen. Former vice chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Sir Alister McIntyre, 87, passed away in Jamaica on Saturday. In an immediate response, vice-chancellor of the UWI, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles, said Sir Alister’s death was “shocking.” “Larger than life in his long sojourn, it ...

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Barbados’ poet laureate to deliver Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture at UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, in collaboration with the JQ Charles Group of Companies, will be hosting the 9th Annual Patricia Charles Memorial Lecture on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at 7 p.m. The lecture venue will be the conference room of the Finance Administrative Centre, Pointe Seraphine, Castries. Mrs Patricia Charles was a former resident tutor ...

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Saint Lucia wins two regional pageants in one night

(SNO) — Two young ladies ensured Saint Lucia got some very good news for the Easter holidays. On Saturday night, April 20, Saint Lucia won two regional pageants held in St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG): Miss Plus Size Universe Pageant held at Sunset Shores Beach Hotel at Villa Beach on St. Vincent and the Miss Easterval 2019 Pageant held ...

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Anse Ger woman charged with killing ‘Pestro’ at karaoke

(SNO) — Police have formally charged the female suspect in the fatal stabbing of a man in the community of Anse Ger, located in Desruisseaux, Quarter of Micoud. Police said Janice Smith, 34, was on Saturday charged with murder in connection with the death of 33-year-old Lance Camille, also known as ‘Pestro’. Both are residents of Anse Ger, Desruisseaux. It ...

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More than 200 killed, 400 injured in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka

(BBC) — At least 207 people have been killed and 400 hurt in explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, police say. At least eight blasts were reported. Three churches in Negombo, Batticaloa and Colombo’s Kochchikade district were targeted during Easter services. The Shangri-La, Kingsbury, Cinnamon Grand and a fourth hotel, all in Colombo, were also hit. A curfew ...

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Athlete of Saint Lucian parentage wins Carifta Games medal

(SNO) — Akrisa Eristeé, born to Saint Lucian parents, won a silver medal for the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on the first day of the 2019 Carifta Games. The regional event is being held at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex in the Cayman Islands. Eristeé, a past student of Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School, recently migrated to Tortola in the BVI. ...

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Castries is “safer”; parking meters to be installed soon — mayor

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Office of the Mayor along with the City Police Department remain dedicated to being active partners in support of law and order throughout Saint Lucia. Soon-to-be-installed parking meters in the city represent only one component of the approach to ensure the safety of citizens, visitors and the business community alike. Through tactical investments, the capital of ...

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Folk Research Centre yet to receive report on cause of its “disastrous fire”

(SNO) — The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has pledged to help rebuild the Folk Research Centre’s burnt-out headquarters at Mount Pleasant, Castries when it returns to office. Speaking in his response to the Appropriations Bill recently, party and opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, said in March 2018, the 45-year-old Centre burned to the ground with loss of all ...

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25% of old court cases cleared, says PM Chastanet

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia government is hoping to clear 70 percent of the backlog of court cases by the end of 2019. In his 2019-2020 Budget Address, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said the backlog is being cleared through the efforts of the Forensic Lab and the Nyerah Court. Chastanet said investigation and prosecution are an integral part of reducing ...

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Pierre credits Royalton, improved foreign economies for ‘increased’ tourism arrivals, not Chastanet government’s policies

(SNO) — Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has said the opening of Royalton Hotel and the improvement in the economies of Saint Lucia’s tourism source markets, particularly the US, are the main reasons for the reported increase in tourism arrivals to the island — and not necessarily due to the policies of the Allen Chastanet-led government. Pierre said Royalton Hotel ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t to pay close attention to public financial management

(GIS) — The government of Saint Lucia is paying close attention to public financial management with a number of initiatives, including legislative reform. These initiatives come on the heels of the Caribbean Development Bank’s 2018 Country Economic Review, which indicated that public sector debt in Saint Lucia was estimated to be 67.8 percent of GDP at the end of 2018, ...

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UPDATED: Appeal for help for homeless Wilton’s Yard residents following major fire (+videos)

(SNO) — Several houses were damaged or destroyed as a result of a fire that occurred in Wilton’s Yard, Castries on Thursday evening. Reports of the fire razing at least three houses began to surface about 11 p.m. last evening. There were no reports of injuries or death. Firefighters have been credited for responding quickly but they met residents feverishly ...

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Man shot in Marchand

(SNO) — Police are investigating another shooting in the city. Reports are that Michael Deterville, a resident of Rock Hall, Castries, was shot Thursday evening in Trou Rouge, Marchand. He is currently in stable condition, according to reports. No additional details were immediately available. This is the second shooting in Castries in two days. Around midday Thursday, 33-year-old Rockhall resident ...

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UPDATE: Stolen vehicle recovered

(SNO) — The grey 1998 Mazda B2500 that was stolen Thursday night was found in Jacmel on Friday. The vehicle was parked behind Worrell Dentistry, opposite LUCELEC, when it was stolen. A source close to the family said the owners are grateful to the public for assisting in recovering the vehicle. “They took a few things but the vehicle is ...

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Qiana Joseph of Saint Lucia blazing a trail with the bat in Girls 19 and Under T20 Championships

COUVA, Trinidad — Qiana Joseph, with two scores of 60+ and 49, captained the Windward Islands to its fourth consecutive victory in the Cricket West Indies (CWI) and Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association’s Girls 19 and Under T20 Championships. Also undefeated is Trinidad and Tobago, who dispatched Canada and Jamaica on Day Two of the tournament. Shania Abdool continues ...

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“Fellas have to pay for this” — Friends ‘hurt’ by murder of ‘humble’ Castries man

(SNO) — Friends of the island’s homicide victim, 33-year-old Chad Ramsey, have described him as “humble” and the one who kept those close to him “in line”. Ramsey, a resident of Rockhall/Marchand, was shot in the head as he walked on Broglie Street, Castries around midday Thursday. He reportedly died on the spot. A video circulating on social media shows ...

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UPDATE: Brazen daylight murder in Castries shocks public

(SNO) — Police are investigating the fatal shooting of a male on Broglie Street, Castries that occurred around midday Thursday (April 18). The deceased is Chad Ramsey, 33, of Rockhall, Marchand in Castries. He was shot while walking on the sidewalk, according to reports. He died on the scene after he was shot in the head. A video of the ...

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Crowdfunding campaign launched by aspiring Saint Lucian entrepreneur

(PRESS RELEASE) — A crowdfunding campaign was launched on Indiegogo.com on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 to help raise funds for the printing of the first 1,000 copies of the Jwé Puzzle & Activity Booklet – Volume 1, as well as promotion and distribution. The campaign will last for 30 days. Anyone interested in learning more about the business and campaign ...

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