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Nobel Laureate Festival to launch tomorrow

(GIS) – The Nobel Laureate Festival Committee will host the media launch of the 2018 Nobel Laureate Festival this week. The launch serves to officially usher in the festival, to present the sponsors, and to provide a synopsis of the festival’s events. The launch will be held at the Government Information Service (GIS) studios on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 10 ...

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Nina Compton to open her second restaurant in New Orleans

(FOOD & WINE) – Nina Compton didn’t win Top Chef Season 11, but the St. Lucia-born fan favorite has been stacking up well-earned victories in the real world. She just announced she’ll be opening her second restaurant in New Orleans in 2018—where Season 11 was set—called Bywater American Bistro. Her first restaurant, the critically acclaimed Compère Lapin, is ten minutes ...

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Nominations for sports awards are in

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Youth Development and Sports will soon announce the shortlist of personalities who will vie for top honours at the annual National Sports Awards event to be held in February. Several national sports associations successfully met the December deadline for nominations of sportsman, sportswoman, junior sportsman and junior sportswoman, coach, and administrator, for recognition on ...

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New Anglican Archdeacon in St. Lucia believes in “grassroot” gospel outreach

Newly-appointed Archdeacon of the Anglican Church of Saint Lucia, Christian Glasgow, plans to understand and tackle Saint Lucia’s social issues at the grassroot level. The Vincentian national said church ceremonies are not enough to reach and connect with the people. He said going into the communities and getting to know the people will be part of his efforts to understand ...

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NWU opens southern office

(PRESS RELEASE) – The National Workers Union (NWU) did a soft opening of its southern operational office in Vieux Fort on Tuesday January 9, 2018. The office is situated on the Beanfield Highway next to the Vieux Fort South Constituency Office. A Management Committee comprising of eight (8) Shop Stewards in the southern belt will guide the office operations along ...

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Woman tricks foreigner with fake belly, man wept uncontrollably

(JAMAICA STAR) – There was high drama at a central Jamaica hospital last Saturday, when a man visiting from overseas, went to the health institution to see his newborn baby and his babymother. However, the man received the shock of his life when it was revealed that the woman was never pregnant. It is understood that the woman, who is ...

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SRDF wins prestigious regional award for St Lucia at CTO Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation has once again been recognized for its tremendous contribution towards the development of the Soufriere region. At an annual award presentation ceremony, the Soufriere Foundation received the award for Community Benefit. This most prestigious award was presented by the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO). The Caribbean Tourism Organization’s website describes the institution as ...

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St. Lucians held in connection with double murder released

The two St. Lucians who were held in police custody to assist investigations into the murder of two non-nationals were released on Monday, Jan. 8 without being charged, according to law enforcement sources. One of the local men, according to residents, was very close to the deceased men, Vincente Jose Mendoza Pacheco, 26, a Venezuelan national, and Richie S. Ramdass, ...

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Your Saint Lucian passport has become more valuable – according to global report

Saint Lucia has again improved its worldwide ranking regarding visa-free access for its citizens, according to the 2018 edition of the Henley Passport Index, which was released on Tuesday, Jan. 9 by Henley & Partners, a global citizenship and residence advisory firm headquartered in Jersey. The country is ranked 34th in the world and sixth in the Caribbean, with St. Lucian citizens ...

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Model charged with calling minister’s wife “dirty bitch”

(iWitnessNews-St. Vincent & the Grenadines) – A one-time top Vincentian model was on Friday brought before the Kingstown Magistrate’s Court charged with calling the wife of a senior government minister a “dirty b***h”. Yugge Farrell, 22, of Ottley Hall was sent to the Mental Health Centre for two weeks’ observation after she pleaded not guilty to an abusive language charge. ...

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Saint Lucia Food & Rum blends soul and groove for an entertaining feast

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Sunday, January 14, the Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival will culminate with ‘The Main Course’ at the Pigeon Island National Park. The event will feature sampling booths from some of the island’s best restaurants and the finale competition of the Chairman’s Reserve Spiced Rum Cocktail competition. The entertainment feature for the Main Course will blend ...

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YPG Saint Lucia: 127 youths free from drugs

(PRESS RELEASE) – 2017 was a great year for the youths of the YPG Saint Lucia. Despite the problems plaguing Saint Lucia and the growing rate of homicides, more than hundreds of youths that has attended the meetings of the YPG (Youth Power Group) every Sunday, has learnt to refrain from troubles and bad companies which contributes too many youths ...

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An excellent opportunity to pursue higher education in Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) – The application for the 2018 Taiwan Scholarship, ICDF Scholarship and I-SHOU Medical Scholarship programs starts from now and the deadline is 15th March, 2018. The scholarship programs provide opportunities for young talented Saint Lucians to study in Taiwan for Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees. Awardees list will be posted on the Embassy’s website on 30th June, 2018. ...

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Saint Lucia National Youth Council bids farewell to governor general

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia National Youth Council would like to extend its profound gratitude to Her Excellency, Dame Calliopa Pearlette Louisy on serving the people of Saint Lucia as the Queen’s representative for twenty remarkable years. Her Excellency was the first female St. Lucian to serve as Governor General, succeeding Sir William George Mallet on 19th September, 1997. ...

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Starkey Hearing Foundation returns to St. Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – Starkey Hearing Foundation Technologies will be hosting a national hearing mission on the 17th and 18th of January, 2018 at the Phillip Marcellin grounds in Vieux Fort, from 8am daily. The foundation will be providing custom fit hearing aids FREE of cost as well as a lifetime supply of batteries and aftercare support. In addition, the foundation ...

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Courts Optical Announces Outreach Program for the South

(PRESS RELEASE) – Courts Optical, St Lucia’s leader in the supply of optical services and trendy fashionable eye-wear products has announced that the company will host its highly anticipated Courts Optical Outreach program this coming Tuesday 9th January 2018 and Wednesday 10th January at the company’s Courts Vieux Location. Courts Optical has made a strong and differentiating statement since its ...

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Emmanuel Neville Cenac is St Lucia’s new governor general

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet has announced that Her Majesty The Queen was pleased to approve the appointment of Mr. Emmanuel Neville Cenac as the new Governor General of Saint Lucia, effective 1st January 2018. Mr. Cenac is a former elected MP for the constituency of Laborie, has previously served as Saint Lucia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs ...

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Trini murdered in St Lucia

(TRINIDAD NEWSDAY) – A Freeport man who went on vacation in St Lucia, was shot dead on Old Year’s day. Richie Ramdass, 24, of Siewdass Road was shot dead in a department store at Cantonment Vieux Fort, St Lucia. Richie’s brother Ravi Ramdass, 28, told Newsday that at about 3 pm on January 1, he received a call from police ...

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Saint Lucia Food & Rum Festival presents a night of culinary excellence

(PRESS RELEASE) – The January 12-14 Saint Lucia Food and Rum Festival, presents exciting collaborations between the island’s national culinary team and award-winning chef, restaurateur and television personality, Marcus Samuelsson. One such collaboration is the recreation of the Obama Administration’s first State dinner at the Celebrity Chef Dinner Saturday, January 13th taking place at Ti Bannane at Coco Palm Resort. ...

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Johnson’s awards baby #1 for 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Wednesday, January 3, 2018, Renwick & Company Limited awarded the mother of the first baby born for the year with a product hamper compliments of Johnson’s Baby and Sleepy baby wipes. On the day that the company turned 52, this presentation to Stephanie James, the mother of Jadell James, the baby boy born at 7:35am on ...

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Choiseul teen charged with killing Bois Den man

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Monday, December 25, 2017, about 9:52pm, officers attached to the Soufriere Police Station responded to a report in Bois Den – Fond St Jacques, Soufriere. Upon arrival, officers were informed of an altercation between two male individuals which resulted in Randy Augustine, a thirty (30) year old resident of Bois Den, Fond St Jacques, sustaining an ...

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Terhanz Marie died from gunshot wound to the chest: post mortem

(PRESS RELEASE) – A post mortem examination was conducted on the body of Terhanz St. Marie, a 23 year old resident of Balata, Babonneau. The examination conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed the cause of death to be bilateral hemothorasis secondary to gunshot wound to the left chest. Investigations into the matter are continuing. This was the fifty-fifth (55) homicide ...

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Young man charged in connection with Vieux Fort homicide

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Monday December 25, 2017 about 9:30pm at Bruce-Ville Mario Cobb alias Diddy Boy, a 22 year old resident of Westhall Group – Vieux Fort, was found lying on a foot path with apparent gunshot wounds to his neck and abdomen. He was transported to the St Jude’s Hospital where he was admitted in a stable condition. ...

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UPDATE: Two St. Lucians in custody for double murder of foreign nationals

Two St. Lucians are currently in police custody assisting with the investigation into the shooting death of two non-nationals, according to a law enforcement source. The incident occurred on Sunday, December 31, sometime after 9 p.m. on the St. Jude Highway in Vieux-Fort. The victims are Vincente Jose Mendoza Pacheco, 26, a Venezuelan national, and Riche S. Ramdass, 24, a ...

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What’s in the cards for 2018? (commentary by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert)

How serious can we take the various New Year messages and forecasts? In essence, many boil down to telling the audience that if their feet are numb, polishing their shoes is the ultimate solution, because it will reflect the sunshine. That can make some people obscenely loaded, yet others obscenely depressed, especially in situations when they cannot afford more than ...

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St. Lucia Building Code revised

(PRESS RELEASE) – Key Stakeholders in the Construction Industry converge to revise the St. Lucia Building Code. Engineers, contractors, public and private sector agencies come together for a national consultation to review the recommendations for St Lucia’s administrative section of the building code. Legislative amendments as well as an implementation plan and communication strategy is also being developed to support ...

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CDGC director welcomes 4th DASH Colour Fun Run

(PRESS RELEASE) – With the fourth installment of the acclaimed DASH Colour Fun Run mere weeks away, the primary donor recipient – the Child Development and Guidance Centre (CDGC) through its Director and Paediatrician Dr. Kim Gardner-Sadoo – is reminding the corporate community of the importance of supporting causes like these, which benefit the core of the community. According to ...

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All in place for Assou Square 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) – Hundreds of St Lucians are expected to converge on Castries on December 31, 2017 through to January 2, 2018 for the annual Assou Square festivities. The event this year is supported by telecommunications giant FLOW and is being hosted by the Castries Constituency Council. According to the Press and Communications Manager within the Office of the Mayor, ...

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ECCO unable to pay royalties on schedule

(CMC) – The Eastern Caribbean Collective Organisation for Music Rights (ECCO) says it is unable at this time to make any payment of royalties to its members that was scheduled for the final quarter of 2017. ‘Several reconciliation actions must be completed before any such distributions can be made and the reality is, the process has been well established and ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Vieux Fort gunshot victim passes away

The Bruceville man who was shot several days ago has died, according to police sources. Mario Cobb, 22, passed away in hospital around 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30. According to a police press release, on Monday, December 25, 2017, about 9:30 p.m., officers attached to the Special Services Unit, Vieux Fort, whilst on patrol in Bruceville, responded to a report ...

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Pensioner rescued from Sans Souci house fire

Fire partially destroyed a dwelling house in Sans Souci, Castries on Sunday, Dec. 31, according to law enforcement sources. Around 5 a.m., the authorities received a report that a concrete structure – measuring 55ft x 40ft – was on fire. Castries responded with two units and an ambulance. The owner and sole occupant of the house, Madge Alexander, who is 80+ years ...

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Six injured after vehicle plunges over precipice in La Croix Maingot

Six persons sustained minor injuries in a motor vehicle accident in La Croix Maingot around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30, according to law enforcement sources. Reports are that a Mitsubishi pickup van, registration number PJ3441, being driven by Andrew Leonce of Morne Fortune, went over a precipice. One individual had to be carried up from the precipice on a back ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Homicide #57 – Man succumbs to head injuries

A man who was severely beaten on Christmas Day in Soufriere has died, bringing the island’s homicide toll for the year to 57, law enforcement officials have confirmed. Randy Augustin, 30, of Bois Den, was reportedly injured during an alleged altercation around 9 p.m. The Christmas Day jouvert was reportedly underway at the time. He reportedly sustained a fractured skull ...

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Ministry of Health and Wellness recognizes the contribution of Dr. William Mc Donald Chase to healthcare in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health and Wellness would like to express sincerest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. William Mc Donald Chase who passed away on December 21, 2017. Dr. Chase graduated with a licentiate in Medicine from County Baden Wuerttenberg in 1965. He later completed his Doctorate in Medicine from University of Heidelbergin in ...

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St Lucian photographer shoots million dollar villas for NY Times

(PRESS RELEASE) – Award winning St Lucia Photographer Kirk Elliott recently completed another International House Hunters photo shoot for the New York Times and the pictures can be seen on their website: https://StLuciaByKirk.com/Atlantis-St-Lucia . Elliott’s photography features Villa Atlantis at Cap Estate as well as sites and amenities within a 5 mile radius of the property. This is Elliott’s second ...

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Shooting at Balata (police release)

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a shooting incident which resulted in the death of Terhanz St. Marie. On Wednesday, December 27, 2017, about 9:00pm. Officers attached to the Babonneau Police Station responded to a report of shooting in Balata, Babonneau. Upon arrival it was revealed twin brothers namely Yohance St. Marie and Terhanz St. Marie, both ...

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Public notice: Interruption at Transport Division due to power failure

(PRESS RELEASE) –  The Department of Economic Development, Transport & Civil Aviation wishes to inform the public that the services of the Transport Division have been interrupted due to power failure on the system which houses the Licensing & Registration database at the Castries waterfront. The Transport Division is still able to facilitate transactions on renewal of driver’s licences and ...

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Bocage suicide post mortem results

(PRESS RELEASE) – A post mortem examination was conducted on the body of Philip Epiphane, a fifty one (51) year old resident of Carielle, Castries whose body was discovered under a tree with a rope around his neck at Bocage on Wednesday December 27, 2017 about 9:56am. The examination revealed the cause of death as asphyxia secondary to hanging. This ...

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Man gets chopped up in La Guerre, Babonneau

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Sunday, December 24, 2017, about 3:00 p.m. officers attached to the Babonneau Police Station, responded to a report of Grievous Harm at La Guerre, Babonneau. Mogaby Doxilie of La Guerre, Babonneau, sustained wounds to his right arm and also chest area, as a result of chopping incident. He is presently admitted at Victoria Hospital, in a stable ...

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Suspected suicide at Bocage

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Wednesday December 27, 2017 about 9:56am, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries, received a report of a suspected suicide at Bocage, Castries. Philip Epiphane, a fifty one (51) year old resident of Carielle, Castries was found in a prone position beneath a tree with a rope around his neck. He was subsequently pronounced dead ...

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CDF salutes H.E Dame Pearlette Louisy as a cultural champion and change agent

(PRESS RELEASE) – As Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy retires from the office of Governor General of Saint Lucia after two decades of sterling service, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) places on record its profound appreciation and gratitude to Her Excellency for her valuable contribution to the development of the arts and culture in Saint Lucia. As the agency mandated ...

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Black Bay man’s finger severed in chopping incident

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Monday, December 25, 2017, about 8:30 p.m. officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Vieux Fort, received a report of a Grievous Harm at Black Bay, Vieux Fort. Jason Auguste of Black Bay, Vieux Fort, sustained wounds to his neck, head and a severed left index finger, as a result of a chopping incident. He is presently ...

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Vieux Fort Carnival alive and ready for 2018

The Vieux Fort Carnival Association (VFCA) at a General Meeting held on Tuesday 05th December 2017 elected a new Executive Committee to steer the 2018 Carnival Season. However since it was necessary for structural reform and the implementation of a constitution which has been lacking for quite some time another General Meeting was called on Tuesday, 19th December 2017 where ...

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Senior citizen stabbed in Mon Repos

A senior citizen sustained stab wounds in La Pointe, Mon Repos just after midnight, on Saturday, Dec. 23, according to law enforcement sources. John Edward, 66, sustained stab wounds to his right cheek and lower back. The wounds were inflicted with a knife, around 1 a.m. Edward was transported by ambulance to St. Jude’s Hospital in stable condition. No further ...

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Jacmel man stabbed in the face

A Jacmel resident was stabbed in the face on Friday night, Dec. 22, according to reports. The victim has been identified as 25-year-old Leones George of Bois Den, Jacmel. George sustained a laceration under the right eye. A broken bottle was reportedly used to inflict the wound. He was transoported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance in stable condition. The incident ...

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Saint Lucia National Youth Council congratulates Youth Fest winners and organisers

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia National Youth Council wishes to congratulate the coordinators of Youth-fest for an exceptionally executed event on Sunday 17th December 2017. Youth-fest is an annual competition which provides an opportunity for young singers to showcase their talent. This year, ten (10) young persons from the Teens category and ten (10) from the Twenties participated in ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Female among three injured in Grass Street gun attack

Three people have been left nursing injuries following a shooting at Grass Street, Castries early Saturday morning, Dec. 23, according to police sources. Reports are that shortly before 3 a.m., two unknown males approached a crowd of people and started shooting at them. Two males and one female sustained injuries. They are currently in stable condition. There have been no ...

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St. Lucia outlines reasons for non-appearance at UN

(CMC) — The St Lucia Government says the location of a foreign mission is solely a decision for a sovereign country to make as Caribbean countries continue to explain their differing positions on Thursday’s non-bind United Nations resolution that called upon all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem. St Lucia was ...

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Communications failure may mean 911 and 999 are temporarily non- functional islandwide

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Fire Service is currently experiencing communication downtime with their emergency lines, island wide. This is due to issues currently being experienced by the service provider and beyond the control of the Fire Department. The Fire department would like to advise the public on alternative numbers which may be used in case of emergencies. Gros ...

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St. Lucia rated the second most popular destination as Gatwick Airport prepares for busiest festive season on record

(PASSENGER TERMINAL TODAY) – Data from London Gatwick has today revealed Friday 22 December will be the airport’s busiest Christmas season departure day, with passengers set to take advantage of the long Christmas weekend. More than two million passengers will pass through Gatwick Airport during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, with almost 67,000 of those expected to jet-off ...

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NWU refers SJC negotiating dispute to labour commissioner

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Management of St. James’s Club Morgan Bay and the National Workers Union (NWU) have agreed to refer their negotiating dispute to the Labour Commissioner. The NWU has requested a three dollar ($3.00) per hour increase in Years One, Two and Three while the Company has counter-offered one dollar ($1.00) per hour to cover the three year ...

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Caribbean hotels reporting strong holiday season

(PRESS RELEASE) – Holiday travelers are escaping to the Caribbean, with hotels in most destinations not impacted by this year’s hurricanes reporting occupancies in excess of 90 percent over the holiday season. “More than 70 percent of the Caribbean was not impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria and travelers are discovering the incredible diversity of destinations and offerings throughout the ...

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Lobby makeover launches Coco Palm revamp programme for 2018

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sometimes it takes ‘fresh eyes’ on a challenge to create something very special, particularly when it comes to interior design. For management at the popular Rodney Bay hotel, upgrading Coco Palm’s central lobby was the challenge, so they teamed up with the fresh eyes of the professionals at Inside Out and the results were nothing less than ...

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Statement by UWI Vice-Chancellor on EU’s blacklisting of CARICOM financial centres

(PRESS RELEASE) – The following statement is issued by the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles on the EU’s blacklisting of CARICOM financial centres: In spite of being an environment ravished by the effects of global climate change, and the specific economic challenges of being small, open economies, CARICOM states have achieved and maintain ...

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UPDATE: Homicide victim #55 identified

Police are investigating the 55th homicide of the year. A young man, identified as Neil “Chaddy” Brice”, was gunned down in the Maynard Hill/Pavee area of Castries on Wednesday, Dec. 20. Reports are that the victim, who is also known ‘Warbeck’, was killed execution-style after 7 p.m. More details later today.   (44)(40)

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BREAKING NEWS: Governor General Louisy to announce her resignation

Governor General Dame Pearlette Louisy is stepping down from the post she has held since the late 1990s. Reports are that Louisy is scheduled to make this known during a pre-recorded broadcast on national television and radio this evening. Louisy, the first female to become Governor General of St. Lucia, was sworn in on September 19, 1997. Opposition politicians and political ...

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UWP challenges SLP on integrity

(PRESS RELEASE) – In a recent party release to the press Opposition leader and former deputy Prime Minister Philip J. Pierre stated, “that the people of Saint Lucia deserve the highest standards of governance from public officials; both elected and appointed officials.” The UWP recommends that Mr. Pierre first heed the old adage “Physician, heal thyself”. For nearly 10 years ...

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