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Pay outstanding sum to Vieux Fort fisherman – Dr. Anthony says

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South calls upon the Fisheries Complex to settle an outstanding payment to the Vieux Fort fishing community for the supply of fish to the complex for the period March to May, 2017. According to Dr. Anthony, “While delays in settling payments are not uncommon, a delay of nearly one year is ...

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Closure of road at Fewrie

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the residents and motoring public of road closure at Fewrie opposite Dornelly’s Inn on Monday 19th February, 2018 from 8am. This road is expected to remain closed for about two weeks to allow the contractor to complete road works. As such all commuters and residents are asked ...

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St Lucia conducts US Inspiration and Travel Tour

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia took its ‘Inspiration and Travel Tour’ across the United States, visiting Washington, Pittsburg, New York, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. From February 9-11 the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, was home to the Boston Globe Travel Show hosting over 30,000 visitors and 400 exhibitors showcasing the latest destinations updates, tours, accommodation and travel ...

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St Lucia Tourism Authority selects new Trade Sales Manager

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rod Hanna as Trade Sales Manager. Hanna will work closely with the trade as part of a leading, national strategy to increase travel agent engagement, to reach Canadians seeking unique and exotic island experiences. Hanna has over ten years experience in the industry, ...

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Mon Repos 29th Independence Road Relay

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Mon Repos Youth and Sports Council will be hosting its 29th Annual Independence Road Relay on Sunday 18 February 2018. The eight leg relay will begin at the Mamiku/Praslin Junction from 7:00am and go on to the Helene Gap on the Desruisseaux/Vieux Fort Highway and then back on to the Patience Playing Field. The Prize-Giving Ceremony will ...

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Staff of St. Jude Hospital running out of patience

The frustration of staff at the St. Jude Hospital is close to boiling point. According to a source at the hospital, the staff there are quietly talking about taking some form of industrial action, in a bid to force management of the hospital to address their concerns. However, in an interview with this reporter, President of the National Workers Union ...

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Dept of Commerce clarifies recent statement by the Chamber of Commerce on Import License Regime

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs makes reference to a recent statement by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture in which the Chamber indicated that the Department of Commerce did not make itself available to engage the Chamber on discussions regarding the Import License Regime as part of ...

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Vanard – Roseau Road closure extends to 16th Feb. 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that Roseau to Vanard road will remain close to vehicular traffic on February, 16th, 2018 from 8:00am to 6:00pm. Unfortunately due to frequent rain showers the Contractor has been unable to complete works as scheduled hence the request to extend the traffic diversions. This ...

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Saltibus Main Road Reconstruction Project underway

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy has commenced work on the Saltibus Main Road Rehabilitation Project. The project includes the construction of drainage and the rehabilitation of the road pavement structure. Civil Engineer attached to the Southern Office of the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy, Mr. Eddie Parsade, said the project aims to rehabilitate deteriorated ...

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SLBS tests imported cheese products

(GIS) – The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards wishes to inform the public that due to recent communication received regarding cheese products sold on the Saint Lucian market, tests are currently being carried out. Hubert Reynolds, Acting Director of the SLBS said that the organisation has been inundated with calls from members of the public who wish to know if ...

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Call of the Patrol Cutter “La Confiance” of the French Navy to Castries – St Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Patrol Cutter “La Confiance” of the French Navy will be docked at Pointe Seraphine, Saint Lucia, making a courtesy call for three days, from Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th February 2018. This call is on the occasion of the celebration of the 39th Independence Anniversary of Saint Lucia. “La Confiance” is named after the famous Robert Surcouf’s ...

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Sixty students to benefit from UWI Open Campus CAPE Literatures in English workshop

(PRESS RELEASE) – Nobel Laureate Festival celebrations come to an end on Friday 16th February, with the hosting of the 2018 Patricia Ismond Memorial Workshop, at The UWI Open Campus site on Morne Fortune. The event is a collaboration between The UWI Open Campus Saint Lucia, The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (DASGS), and The Vieux Fort Comprehensive Secondary School. ...

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SLHTA congratulates Shernice Popo on her accomplishment

(PRESS RELEASE) – In the middle of sleep, a chiming sound can be heard in the distance. The chiming gets louder and louder. That chiming is my 5:30 a.m alarm going off. That alarm is the start of my day. Being someone who loves to sleep, waking up at 5:30 took some getting used to. Finally out of bed I ...

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Stabbing at Lastic Hill

A male was the victim of a stabbing incident in Lastic Hill on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, according to reports. The victim, identified as 29-year-old Okie Joseph of Lastic Hill, sustained a stab wound to the lower back. The incident occurred after 6 p.m. He was transported by ambulance to hospital in stable condition. The circumstances surrounding the stabbing were ...

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Young man hit by minibus in Ciceron

A 21-year-old male was hit by a minibus in Ciceron, Castries on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, according to officials. The patient has been identified as Timothy Charlemagne. The accident occurred around 1:30 p.m. Charlemagne reportedly sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital in stable condition. (0)(0)

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Why was security guard Hyacinth of Cantonement, Vieux-Fort killed?

As of this morning, Wednesday, February 14, 2018, police have not arrested anyone in connection with the shooting death of a security guard of Cantonement, Vieux-Fort, nor established a motive for the killing. Guyanese-born national, Paschall Hyacinth, 53, alias ‘Commando’ who was employed with Icon Security Limited, was shot dead in a security booth while on duty at Essential Hardware ...

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Methodist school holds fire drill

(GIS) – The Gordan and Walcott Memorial Methodist School recently held their first full scale fire drill. According to the principal of the school, Margaret Gabriel, the students had participated in many mini drills on the lead up to the first full scale simulation. “We have been preparing over the few months, preparing the school disaster plan. We have been ...

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Minister for Health warns about drinking and driving

(PRESS RELEASE) – Alcohol consumption is on the radar as one of the leading contributors to road accidents in Saint Lucia. Over the last few months, the Ministry of Health has recorded an increase in vehicular accidents leading to severe injuries and death on the island’s roads. Despite an increase in public awareness, drinking and driving continues. When alcohol is ...

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Diabetic Retinopathy Program launched

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health and Wellness held the official opening ceremony for the newly-implemented Diabetic Retinopathy Program in Primary Health Care. Saint Lucia has a diabetes prevalence rate of 14.6 percent. Diabetes Retinopathy is a major cause of morbidity in persons living with diabetes and is among the most common causes of sight loss in the working-age ...

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Barre de L’isle road repairs

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that road repair works is scheduled to begin on February 14th, 2018 along a section of the East Coast Road on the Barre de L’isle. The Work is expected to last for a period of thirty (30) days and includes rehabilitation of the road ...

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Let Saint Lucia Inspire Your Love Story

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA) last week launched a targeted romance campaign in the greater Miami area, titled “Let Saint Lucia Inspire Your Love Story.” The promotional campaign included web-based advertising on nbcmiami.com, and an interview special on the NBC Miami morning show “6 in the Mix” with SLTA’s Director of Marketing in the USA, Kelly ...

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Health workers receive hurricane preparedness training

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health and Wellness, with the support of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), is making a deliberate attempt to strengthen potential gaps in communication services provided during and after hurricanes. NEMO Director, Velda Joseph, said proper emergency communication measures can guard against severe loss. “When you have serious events, traditional communication like fixed-lines, and ...

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Taiwan Embassy thanks Saint Lucians for their goodwill following Hualien earthquake

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) would like to convey its sincere gratitude to all Saint Lucians who have expressed condolences and support for the victims of the Hualien earthquake. A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck Taiwan’s east coast city of Hualien on 6 February, 2018 causing several buildings to collapse. So far, 17 fatalities were ...

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Advanced Trauma Life Support training for A&E at Victoria Hospital

(PRESS RELEASE) – With increasing levels of trauma due to traffic accidents, stabbings, shootings and the like, doctors and nurses of the Accident and Emergency Department at the Victoria Hospital this week participated in a two day Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) training course. The course was facilitated by Ryder Trauma Center/University of Miami. The Victoria Hospital sees the majority ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Security guard shot dead in Vieux Fort

Police officials are investigating the shooting death of a male security guard in Vieux Fort last evening, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Paschall Hyacinth, 53, Cantonement, Vieux Fort was reportedly on duty at a hardware store at Industrial Estate when he was shot multiple times, according to reliable sources. The incident occurred about 11:50 p.m. No arrests were made in connection ...

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Girl struck by car and almost ran over by another at Choc

A young female pedestrian is lucky to be alive following a motor vehicle accident at Choc this morning, Feb. 9, 2018, according to officials. Reports are that the victim, identified as Kayla Prospere, 12, had just gotten off a bus when she allegedly darted across the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle. She was struck by a car ...

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UPDATED: Vehicle hits senior citizen before rolling down precipice in Agard

An elderly pedestrian was among two people who suffered minor injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Agard, Morne Dun Don, Castries on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, according to officials. Reports are that a minibus, which was being driven by Rohan Joseph, 49, smashed into a shed and grazed 82-year-old pedestrian Michael Bowen who was standing nearby, before plunging down ...

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UPDATED: Pedestrian struck by vehicle at Hospital Road

A male pedestrian suffered minor injuries when he was hit by a motor vehicle on Hospital Road, Castries on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, according to official reports. The pedestrian has been identified as 40-year-old Johnson Augustin. The accident occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. He was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital in stable condition (0)(2)

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St. Lucian fisherman says he was treated like a drug dealer by Vincentian cops

Terrible and unprofessional. That’s how a fisherman of Vieux-Fort has described the treatment meted out to him by law enforcement officers in St. Vincent while in their custody, after his fishing vessel experienced mechanical problems and drifted to the neighbouring island. According to Thomas Evans of Bruceville, Vieux-Fort, his experience at sea when his boat engine suddenly stopped working was ...

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After legal fight to stay, St. Lucian man deported from the USA

(EAGLE-TRIBUNE) — On Monday, Jacob Leonce, a 45-year old man originally from St. Lucia who has lived in the city for close to a decade, was deported back to the Caribbean Island from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Burlington. Leonce, a married father of two sons who were born in Haverhill, was first notified in December by immigration ...

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St. Lucian woman accused of theft at BVI supermarket

(BVI NEWS) – A man and a woman who were cashiers at Road Town Wholesale’s Cash and Carry in Pasea Estate are being accused of stealing nearly $60,000 from the store. Charged with theft and false accounting are Fort Hill resident George Wells, and 34-year-old Sharon Forde. Wells is accused of stealing $37,908 while Forde is accused of taking $21,939. ...

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19-year-old Hospital Road resident missing

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has published a missing person’s report on its Facebook page for 19-year-old Sora Charlemagne, a resident of Hospital Road, Castries. Charlemagne was last seen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at the Castries Market, police said. She is about 5 feet 2 inches tall. “We are seeking the assistance of the general ...

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Three injured in Rosseau accident

Three people were injured when a vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a bus shelter in Rosseau on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, according to officials. The patients were identified as Joycelyn Maximin, 58, of Lanse Road; Mitch Mathurn, 30, of Vide Boutielle; and Starjay James, 29, of Bisee. Mathurin reportedly sustained a fractured leg. All three persons sustained minor injuries ...

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New waste management plan for Ciceron

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) has employed a three-prong system to ensure a sustainable waste management solution for the community of Ciceron. The collection service was improved which involved using curbside collection as much as possible. The collection points were staggered in order to reduce the volume of garbage reaching any one point, and ...

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Is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Business Awards just a “SHOW”? (letter to the editor)

Dear Editor: The St. Lucia Business Awards have always been portrayed as an opportunity for large (and even “small”) businesses to be judged fairly on their contributions to excellence, innovation sustainability and enterprise; staying true to the Chamber’s mission “to drive national growth and development enabling a healthy business environment where members can flourish.” It was therefore seen as a ...

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Fisherfolks fed up with conditions at Dennery port

Fisherfolks of Dennery are complaining that they ply their trade under much discomfort and are now making a clarion call to the relevant authority to do something to relieve them of their plight. But while they are complaining bitterly about their plight, some residents and a stakeholder of the Dennery Fishing Port are accusing them of contributing to their own ...

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UPDATED: House fire in Forestiere

A dwelling was destroyed by fire in Forestiere earlier today, Feb. 7, 2018, officials have said. The fire, which occurred around 3 p.m., destroyed a 20ft x 18ft structure owned by a Romiel Sookwa. A 23-year-old, Jaye Sookwa, was treated for smoke inhalation by ambulance personnel. Additional details were not immediately available.   (1)(11)

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Hundreds take advantage of DASH early bird registration

(PRESS RELEASE) – With just over two weeks before the 4th DASH Independence Colour Run, organizers say hundreds have taken advantage of the two-week early bird registration period. Based on the numbers confirmed so far, DASH 4 NEON Edition is well poised to realize its over 2000 participant target. Recognizing and embracing its youth focus along with the health and ...

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Ministry of Health battles leptospirosis

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health has shifted into high gear to deal with an increase in leptospirosis. Last year, the ministry noted an increase in those who contracted leptospirosis, with a confirmed number of 26 cases and four deaths. During a stakeholder consultation with town and village councils on Feb. 2, Medical Officer for Health, Dr. Sharon Belmar ...

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EU supports Sterilization Department at OKEUH

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sterilization of medical equipment is of utmost importance in the medical sector particularly in a hospital. It is against this backdrop that a training session was conducted with staff of the Sterilization Department at the Victoria Hospital. This training was conducted at the Owen King EU Hospital. Sterilization in hospitals is one of the most important processes ...

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BVI prisoners to leave Saint Lucia soon

(BVI PLATINUM NEWS) – The 21 hardened inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), who were transferred to St. Lucia, will be returning soon, as repair works on the Balsam Ghut penitentiary have commenced and are progressing well. Hon. Myron Walwyn, Minister of Education and Culture said that Phase 1 of the project which is being funded by the ministry is ...

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Tourists vote Saint Lucia into the Caribbean’s Top 10 destinations

Millions of travellers from around the world have selected Saint Lucia as one of the favourite places to visit, according to Trip Advisor. Saint Lucia has been awarded a 2017 Trip Advisor Award after being voted in the top 10 destinations in the Caribbean region category. The destination places eighth with Jamaica taking the top spot this year. See below, ...

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Woman arrives in US from St. Lucia with cocaine in suitcase

(NBC NEW YORK) – A woman faces drug smuggling charges after authorities say she tried to smuggle cocaine cleverly concealed in her suitcase through John F. Kennedy Airport. Tuere Easter was stopped by Customs and Border Protection officers as she arrived from St. Lucia last weekend after a K-9 dog alerted them, the agency said. The officers X-rayed and searched ...

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St. Lucian live-in caregiver charged for theft in Canada

(INHALTON) – A 55-year-old live-in caregiver is facing charges after cash and property were stolen from a Burlington home. The woman was an in-house care provider for one of the elderly residents, say Halton police. Items were taken between Dec. 2017 and Jan. 4, investigators allege. The suspect was arrested and some stolen property was recovered. Charmain Bibiana Peter of ...

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St Lucia launches ambitious agribusiness project

(CMC) – St Lucia has launched a multi-million dollar project aimed at strengthening agribusiness operations within the context of climate change. The US$1.8 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded Sustainable Agribusiness for Laborie and Environs (SABLE) project is intended to benefit farmers and fisherfolk mainly in the south of the island. “The project is innovative as it will deliver financial ...

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Police operation: 9mm Beretta pistol found

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Saturday February 3, 2018, about 11:00 pm, Police Officers while on patrol foiled a Robbery on Chisel Street, Castries. Due to their intervention, one of the suspects was arrested with a 9mm Beretta pistol containing one round of ammunition. He is expected to be charged at a later date. A second suspect involved at the time ...

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Police release: Fatal accident in Gros Islet

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Nick Elibox, as a result of a vehicular accident which occurred on Sunday February 4, 2018, about 2:30 a.m. on La Retraite Road in Gros Islet. Nick Elibox, a nineteen (19) year old resident of Bexon, Castries was the driver of motor vehicle registration number PE8350 which veered ...

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The cultural community loses another son

(PRESS RELEASE) – It is with great sadness that the Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to the family of Humphrey Inglis talented musician on the bass guitar who died on 1st February, 2018. For many years Humphrey worked in the Architectual Section of the Ministry of Planning while his followed his passion for music. Upon his retirement he became a ...

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Temporary closure of public library

(PRESS RELEASE) – The public is informed that the Central Library is closed temporarily to facilitate repairs and remediation works necessary to improve physical conditions and the general environment for patrons and staff. The Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and staff of the Central Library regret any inconvenience caused by this closure and thank you for ...

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Three injured in Ravine Poisson accident

Three persons sustained minor injuries in a vehicular accident in Ravine Poisson on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, according to law enforcement officials. The accident, a rear impact, involved a Ford F-350, registration TA711 and a Suzuki Escudo, registration PK2515, around 8:50 p.m. The victims were on board the Escudo. They have been identified as Cornelia Gustavo, 35, of Labayee; Onica ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Promising young cricketer dies in Gros Islet accident

Promising young cricketer Nick Elibox died in a vehicular accident in La Retraite, Monchy, Gros Islet early this morning, Feb. 4, 2018. Elibox, 19, of Bexon was driving when he lost control of his grey Suzuki Vitara which ran off the road and overturned. The accident occurred around 2 a.m. He sustained severe head injuries and was pronounced dead. Four other persons ...

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Three men stabbed in separate incidents in Castries

Three persons sustained stab wounds in separate incidents in Castries city and Bexon over the past two days, according to law enforcement officials. The victims have been identified as 40-year-old Levi Bernard of Marc, Bexon, 35-year-old Michael Mon Louis of the CDC apartments in Castries, and 20-year-old Lydell Fedee of Maynard Hill, Castries. Bernard was reportedly stabbed in the chest ...

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Man attacked and beaten on Chaussee Road

A 35-year-old is lucky to be alive after he was reportedly attacked and beaten by four unknown individuals on Chaussee Road, Castries on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The victim has been identified as Adrian Francois of Hospital Road, Castries. He sustained blows to the back of his head and was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital in stable condition. The ...

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Chadia Mathurin’s Wakonté Publishing launches Project 50,000

(PRESS RELEASE) – In December of 2017, Wakonté Publishing was launched with 5 books from 4 authors across the Caribbean region. We have a unique mandate as a publishing house, giving African and Caribbean writers, artists, and authors a platform to band together and to shape their own narratives. But there’s more to our mandate to impact. The pen spurs ...

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Inmates, officers injured in Bordelais standoff

Operations are back to normal at the Bordelais Correctional Facility following a violent disturbance earlier this week that resulted in several officers and a number of inmates sustaining non-lifethreatening injuries, according to sources. The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 31, 2018) when a number of inmates refused to enter their cells after recreation. According to sources, the inmates ...

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Ambitious agricultural project launched for farmers and fisherfolks of the south

The Laborie Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. (LCCU) earlier this week launched an ambitious agricultural project aimed at strengthening agribusiness operation for its members within the context of climate change. The project, Sustainable Agribusiness for Laborie and Environs (SABLE) which cost US$1.856 million, is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supported by the Government of St. Lucia, and being executed ...

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UPDATED: TEPA launches new Taste of Saint Lucia export label

(PRESS RELEASE) – With the focus on commanding visibility and increased market share for Saint Lucian products in potential and growing markets, the Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) has completed the Taste of Saint Lucia (TOSL) branding strategy and label. On Thursday February 1st, TEPA unveiled the new export label to representatives of trade promotions and business support organisations at ...

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83-year-old Choiseul man missing

The family of John Denis Donacien, aka Stormy of Belle Vue, Choiseul, is seeking the public’s assistance in finding their loved one who has been missing for almost two weeks. The 83-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, went missing from his home at Belle Vue about 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018, and has not been seen since, relatives said. ...

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