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Saint Lucian Lesporis shines in T&T cricket league

Saint Lucian Keddy Lesporis knocked an unbeaten 90 to help his team, Central Sports, eke out an impressive eight-wicket win over Merry Boys in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board 50-over competition on Sunday, May 5. Merry Boys made 260 all out in 47.1 overs and Central Sports responded with 264 for two in just 35 overs. According to Newsday, ...

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Saint Lucia marine police says search for missing fishermen proved futile

It is officially one week since three fishermen left Gros Islet on a fishing expedition, in the direction of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Since then, only one has returned after being rescued by a ferry. Two others remain missing. Despite numerous surface searches by the Saint Lucia marine police and aerial support from Curacao, Martinique and the Regional Security ...

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Saint Lucia’s anti-gay laws having “negative effect” on tourism — U&S responds to article

Saint Lucia’s main LGBTI rights organisation, United and Strong (U&S), has responded to media reports that two bisexual contestants of popular UK show ‘Blind Date’ were warned during their prize-winning trip to Saint Lucia that ‘homosexuality is illegal’ on the island and gay sex can get them 10 years behind bars. The gay tourists were tense during their entire trip ...

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Hundreds of shoppers to Saint Lucia from Dominica? For real?

Dear Editor: Permit me space to shed some light — over darkness sought to blind some people — on reports that over 400 Dominicans arrived in my country by ferry today for a one-day shopping trip organised by Saint Lucia government officials. According to reports, the Castries City authorities claimed that this initiative is in keeping with making Castries one ...

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Saint Lucia’s Sugar Beach resort sold to Bermuda family!

The Green family in Bermuda has “recently finalised” the purchase of the five-star Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, Saint Lucia, a spokesperson for the family has told The Royal Gazette newspaper. “They are pleased to be in the process of expanding their portfolio, investing at home in Bermuda, with the recent purchase and development of Point House, and ...

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Gordon & Walcott students get ‘procrastination and productivity’ advice (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — As the Common Entrance Examination draws near, Grade 6 students of the Gordon & Walcott Memorial Methodist School received a timely presentation on ‘Procrastination and Productivity’ by the National Competitiveness and Productivity Council. This was one of the activities of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s mentorship programme. The Gordon and Walcott Memorial Methodist School has been adopted ...

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Saint Lucia doctors and nurses get training in advanced trauma life support (+video/photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — A team from the Jackson Memorial Hospital recently visited Saint Lucia to facilitate an advanced trauma life support (ATLS) course. The course is aimed at ensuring a safe and reliable method for immediate management of trauma patients at the hospitals. Consultant Surgeon, Dr. Charles Greenidge, says he is very pleased with the training as it serves as ...

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Saint Lucia consumers to pay more for gas and diesel

(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, diesel, and LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The retail price of kerosene remains unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday, May 6, 2019: ...

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Canaries youth charged for fatal stabbing

A man has been charged in connection with the April 29, 2019 killing of a former youth leader in Canaries. Christo Ethan Flermius, 20, of Floravilla, Canaries was arrested and charged on Thursday, May 2 for causing the death of 24-year-old Kadeem Joseph, also a resident of Floravilla, Canaries, who was stabbed during an altercation on April 29, about 6 ...

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Jamaica: Woman return millions in cash found at ATM

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Two Wednesdays ago, Ackaisha Green was inside the ATM at Central Police Station on East Queen Street in downtown Kingston when she stumbled upon a stash of cash suspected to be in the millions of dollars. But she felt it was not hers to keep. The money could have gone a long way for the mother of ...

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Four injured in Barre de l’Isle accident

Four people sustained injuries when a 14-seat minibus reportedly ran off the road at Barre de l’Isle around midnight, according to law enforcement sources. Two of the injured were transported by the Dennery ambulance with possible fractured bones to their hands,  and the other two transported by the Castries ambulance with minor injuries, sources said. Emergency officials received the call ...

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One million species face extinction

(CNN) — One million of the planet’s eight million species are threatened with extinction by humans, scientists warned Monday in what is described as the most comprehensive assessment of global nature loss ever. Their landmark report paints a bleak picture of a planet ravaged by an ever-growing human population, whose insatiable consumption is destroying the natural world. The global rate ...

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Lyndon Cooper retained as Saint Lucia Football Association president

Lyndon Cooper was re-elected president of the Saint Lucia Football Association Inc. at the organisation’s 32nd Ordinary Congress held on Saturday, May 4 at the Bay Gardens Hotel. Joining Cooper for the next four years are Boniface Stephen Regis, who was elected first vice president; Mary Campbell, second vice president; Emmanuel Bellas, vice president (southern zone); Kendal Emmanuel, vice president ...

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A Trini is Saint Lucia’s new football coach

A Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) national is Saint Lucia’s new football coach. Jamal Shabazz has reportedly signed a two-year contract with the Saint Lu­cia Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (SLFA), replacing Fran­cis “Panko” Mc Don­ald, a former national footballer. McDonald, who in 2018 managed former club Northern United All Stars, was appointed to manage Saint Lucia in October 2018. Meanwhile, Shabazz, a former ...

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Reports of gunshots in Marchand

Residents of areas in and around Marchand have reported hearing gunshots Sunday night. There were no immediate reports of injuries or death. Our newsroom received the first report of a shooting at 7:45 p.m., but no additional information was available. However, at 8 p.m. we received another report of a shooting in the Black Mallet area. According to the source, ...

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UPDATE: 41 people killed after plane erupts in flames during emergency landing at Russian airport

(ABC NEWS) — Russian passenger airliner was forced to make an emergency landing while on fire at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport Sunday, turning into a fiery ball as it skidded on the runway, killing 41 people. Thirty-seven passengers have been confirmed alive. Russia’s Investigative Committee, the equivalent of the FBI, has confirmed death toll and said two children were among those ...

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Campbell, Hope set record for West Indies against Ireland

(AFP) — West Indies openers John Campbell and Shai Hope shattered the record for the highest first-wicket partnership in a one-day international with a stand of 365 against Ireland in Dublin on Sunday. The duo comfortably exceeded the previous opening best at this level of 304 set by Pakistan’s Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman against Zimbabwe in Bulawayo in July last ...

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VIDEO: Huge snake discovered at woman’s home in Dennery

As a new ‘snake video’ has emerged on social media, local wildlife and forestry officials have confirmed that at least two Saint Lucia boa or ‘Tete Chien’ snakes have been “rescued” from two residences in Bois Jolie, Dennery over the past three weeks. (SEE VIDEO BELOW STORY) In the two-minute video, a wildlife official struggles with the ‘strong’ reptile briefly ...

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Saint Lucia participates in regional conference on strengthening social protection for disaster resilience

(PRESS RELEASE) — Government officials from the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Local Government and Empowerment participated in a Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Conference on strengthening social protection for disaster resilience which was held in Lima, Peru from April 25-26, 2019. The forum, which was jointly organized by the World Bank and the United Nations World Food Programme ...

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Saint Lucia-Cuba solidarity association rejects US “aggressive” behaviour towards Cuba

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Humanistic Solidarity Association (Saint Lucia – Cuba) wishes to express its grave concern with very recent additional indications by the government of the United States of America of its intention to further deepen the application of the infamous and regressive Helms Burton Law against our Caribbean sister, Cuba, by applying Title III of that draconian, imperialist, ...

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Tyson Foods recalls chicken strips over possible metal contamination

(BBC) — Millions of pounds of chicken strips have been recalled following concerns they might be contaminated with metal. Tyson Foods, a US food processor, has recalled 11.8 million pounds (5.3m kg) of frozen chicken strips. Six people have complained after finding pieces of metal in the products, with three suffering injuries to their mouths. Tyson also recalled 36,000 pounds ...

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Stephenson King reveals Castries North development projects

(PRESS RELEASE) – The urban city communities within Castries North are earmarked for significant transformational activity in the coming weeks, as part of the Castries North Vision 2020/ Highway 2020 Development Plan. This is the brainchild of Castries North MP Honorable Stephenson King and encompasses the enhancement of sports facilities, establishment of recreation spaces, infrastructure upgrades and social development programs. ...

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Holder says “the overall goal is to win the series”

DUBLIN, Ireland – West Indies captain Jason Holder spoke to CWI Media ahead of the start of the Tri-Nation One-Day International Series, which will also feature Ireland and Bangladesh. The 27-year-old top-ranked allrounder said the team was eagerly-looking forward to the upcoming event and would look to make a winning start against the home team in Sunday’s first encounter. The ...

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Chris Gayle returns to Jamaica Tallawahs for 2019 CPL

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) — West Indies star Chris Gayle along with the Jamaica Tallawahs have returned to Kingston for the 2019 Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Gayle, named one of the best cricketers in the world, especially in the shorter T20 version, has signed for the Jamaica Tallawahs for the upcoming season. He led Jamaica to two titles in 2013 and ...

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Saint Lucia Jazz and New York Jazz at Lincoln Centre team up

(GIS) — Saint Lucia Jazz and New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center are collaborating to bring to Saint Lucia what is being described as the most exciting and authentic jazz journey. From May 5 to 12, the entire island will fire up with Caribbean Jazz, a nautical jazz excursion, Grammy Award winning performers, and the first Gospel-inspired Jazz brunch. The ...

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NTN to feature Taiwanese drama series

(GIS) — The Republic of China (Taiwan) and the Government of Saint Lucia have signed a licensing agreement to air a Taiwanese drama series on Saint Lucia’s National Television Network (NTN). The New World drama series comprises 24 episodes and will be featured every Friday. The series follows a newspaper reporter who is in search of her long lost childhood ...

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Independent senator Adrian Augier makes case for creative sector

(GIS) — Independent senator, Adrian Augier, has classified the Appropriations Bill 2019/2020 as one that is comprehensive. During his contribution to the debate on the Appropriations Bill on April 30, Sen. Adrian Augier lauded government’s prioritizing of post-secondary and tertiary enrollment, and also its increased attention to culture and the creative industries. He also suggested more direct assistance via grants, ...

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Saint Lucians urged to avoid listening to negatives about vaccination (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Vaccination Week activities culminated with a health fair on the Dennery Police Station grounds, promoting the importance of vaccination and health living. Vaccination Week was celebrated under the theme “Protect your community, everyone do your part”. Principal Nursing Officer, Alicia Baptiste, said the activity allows for raising awareness about the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent infectious diseases. ...

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Prime Minister Chastanet attending special CARICOM meeting on security in Trinidad

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet is currently in Port of Spain, Trinidad for the Nineteenth Special Meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government. The meeting focuses on citizen safety and security, specifically the management of the Regional Security Framework. CARICOM has recognized that crime has become one of the main challenges threatening economies and livelihoods ...

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Saint Lucia National Trust stages Earth Day activities (+photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — International Earth Day is a global event observed each year on April 22. According to the Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, millions of people from across the globe participate in what is considered the largest civil, focused day of action. Saint Lucia was not left out. As the leading non-governmental environmental agency on ...

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Bay Gardens Resorts gears up for Beach Sunset Jazz

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Bay Gardens Resorts Beach Sunset Jazz was conceptualized to create an avenue for showcasing local jazz artists and musicians as well as others acts. This FREE event is a celebration of Saint Lucian jazz music and will be held on Reduit Beach near the resort chain’s flagship property, the Bay Gardens Beach Resort & Spa. It ...

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Castries to forge partnership with Borough of Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago

(PRESS RELEASE) – The City of Castries and  Borough of Point Fortin in Trinidad and Tobago will on Sunday forge a strong and long-term working relationship through the signing of a twinning agreement. This agreement will promote a strong regional partnership. It will also encourage various initiatives to increase tourism and economic development, promote cultural and professional exchanges as well ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t to sign consultancy contract with Niagara College

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Caribbean Development Bank-funded Gender Mainstreaming Project gets on-stream with the signing of the consultancy contract by Niagara College on Monday, May 6, 2019. Niagara College emerged successful from three proposals considered from the shortlisted firms for this consultancy. The Central Tenders Board approved the selection of Niagara College to undertake the project last week, which aims to ...

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Cruise ship quarantined in St Lucia for measles heads to Curacao

WILLEMSTAD, Curacao (AP) — Authorities in Curacao are debating how to respond to a ship with 300 people aboard that is heading to the Dutch Caribbean island after being placed under quarantine in nearby St Lucia because of a confirmed case of measles. The ship left St Lucia late Thursday after spending two days under quarantine. Authorities there said the ...

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Cruise ship with measles case leaves St. Lucia (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Department of Health and Wellness confirms the departure of the cruise ship which contained a confirmed case of measles. The ship departed on the night of May 2, 2019 for its home port in the Dutch Caribbean. Prior to its departure, the international health regulations focal point in St. Lucia had direct communication with counterparts in the ...

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Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Atlantic ‘interested’ in investing in LIAT

(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) — The Cabinet of Antigua and Barbuda has indicated that the British entrepreneurial magnate, Sir Richard Branson – of Virgin Atlantic fame – has shown interest in investing in the financially challenged regional airline, LIAT. This was according the Chief of Staff within the Office of the Prime Minister, Lionel Hurst, who made the revelation yesterday at the weekly ...

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Saint Lucia observes Lupus Awareness Month

(PRESS RELEASE) — Lupus Awareness Month is internationally observed during the month of May and the Saint Lucia Arthritis and Lupus Association (SLALA) continues to embark on its drive to spread public awareness of this invisible disease. Lupus is a chronic inflammatory condition in which the body’s immune system attacks its own healthy cells and tissues. Any system or organ ...

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Joseph announces plans for housing developments, providing land ownership at “minimal cost”

(GIS) — The government of Saint Lucia is introducing policies that will significantly improve the lives of its citizens. One of the areas through which government intends to do this, is housing. Through efforts like the Project for the Rationalization of Unplanned Development (PROUD), government is committed to providing Saint Lucians the right to own lands at minimal cost. The ...

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Dominica to make contribution to LIAT’s “sustenance and sustainability”: PM Skerrit

(DNO) — Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has reiterated Dominica’s commitment to contribute to the “sustainability and sustenance” of LIAT which he says is critical to the region. He made that statement ahead of a meeting in Antigua on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 to discuss inter-regional air travel. “The issue of the sustainability and the sustenance of LIAT is a very ...

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Saint Lucia-based reggae artiste Natty Conqueror releases new album

(PRESS RELEASE) — Reggae artiste Natty Conqueror is back on the scene with his new studio album entitled “Universal”. He has been off from recording schedule for a while, doing live concerts, radio and television interviews, video ads, event flyers, dub-plates and jingles for various deejays, selectors, and radio personalities island-wide. However, Natty has been working on the project for ...

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Education ministry, CARE to target students with below-national-average Common Entrance results

(GIS) — During the budget debate, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations, and Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert explained that 500 teachers will this summer benefit from a training program that will modernize education approaches and strengthen leadership skills. “The summer institute will also focus on providing additional training to principals, vice principals, and teachers in approaches to positive ...

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Saint Lucia’s Embert Charles named new World Association for Christian Communication president

(PRESS RELEASE) — The World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) board of directors is pleased to announce the election of Embert Charles, an experienced communication and media specialist from Saint Lucia, West Indies, as its global President 2019-23. Charles has over 35 years active membership in WACC at both regional and global levels during which he has served in various ...

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Initiative to increase Saint Lucia’s lobster exports launched

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia’s export potential in the fisheries sector is to be significantly stepped up, as US-based Toro Trading and Imports company prepares to further build capacity among local fishers. Toro Trading and Imports’ economic footprint on Saint Lucia dates back to September 2014, when the firm became the first company to import lobsters into the United States ...

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VIDEO: Dominican killed in Micoud was a former gangster, ex-convict who turned his life around

(SNO) –– A 46-year-old Dominican national who was gunned down in Saint Lucia on Wednesday, was a former gangster, drug dealer and ex-convict who turned his life around at some point and became a motivational speaker and gospel minister, according to his social media accounts and friends. Chris E. Charles, who lived in Ravine Chabot, Saint Lucia but was originally ...

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BREAKING NEWS: One injured, one arrested, firearm recovered after Gros Islet shooting

(SNO) — A shooting incident in Grand Riviere, Gros Islet on Wednesday night has left one male individual nursing a gunshot wound and another behind bars, according to law enforcement sources. The victim sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. The wound is not considered life-threatening, according to sources. Another male individual was arrested shortly after the shooting when police ...

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Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia welcomes new team member

(PRESS RELEASE) — The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) has recently selected Ai-Lin Chen to serve as the specialist for the project for the Enhancement of the Efficiency of Production-Distribution Supply Chains in the Fruit and Vegetable Sector in Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia. Chen recently graduated from the University of California, Davis where she earned dual ...

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Police update on homicide in Micoud

(PRESS RELEASE) — Officers attached to the Micoud Police Station responded to a report of a shooting at Latille, Micoud on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, about 1:15 p.m. On arrival, responding officers noticed the lifeless body of a male, with apparent gunshot injuries. He was subsequently pronounced dead by a medical practitioner. The victim has been formally identified as Chris ...

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Winfresh supports community clean-up in Soufriere

(PRESS RELEASE) — Winfresh, the manufacturer of H2O water, is pleased to sponsor the Soufriere Community Clean Up Campaign commencing this Sunday, May 5 from the Soufriere Comprehensive School. Winfresh is providing its calcium and mineral-enriched H2O water for the participants to ensure that they are fully hydrated during the activity. H2O is the only water produced in St. Lucia ...

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Upgrades earmarked for Castries north constituency

(GIS) — Urban communities within the Castries (north) constituency are earmarked for significant transformational activity in the coming weeks, as part of the Castries North Vision Plan for 2020. This is the brainchild of Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Hon. Stephenson King, and encompasses the enhancement of sports facilities, the establishment of recreation spaces, infrastructure upgrades, and social development ...

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Doctors explain medical quarantine after Saint Lucia cruise ship detained due to measles outbreak

This article, written by Dr. Shamard Charles, originally appeared on NBC News A cruise ship was quarantined Tuesday in Saint Lucia after the island nation’s chief medical officer cited concerns that crew members and passengers possibly infected with measles might spread the highly contagious virus, causing an outbreak. “One infected person can easily infect others through coughing, sneezing, droplets being ...

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UPDATE: Bullet-riddled body found in Micoud identified as that of Dominican national

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police are investigating the fatal shooting of a man from the Commonwealth of Dominica. The deceased has been identified as 46-year-old Chris Charles, who is originally from Portsmouth, Dominica, but resided in Saint Lucia. His lifeless body, with multiple gunshot wounds, was discovered on a dirt road in the Mahaut/Latille area of Micoud on Wednesday, May ...

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