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Taiwan foreign affairs minister to visit Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Republic of China (Taiwan), Dr. Jaushieh Joseph Wu, is scheduled to visit Saint Lucia from May 30 to May 31, 2019. Saint Lucia and Taiwan have had a high level of bilateral cooperation which spans a cross-section of areas including agriculture, health, human resource development, community development and empowerment, sports, infrastructure ...

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Freedom of movement application fails at CCJ

Port of Spain, Trinidad — CARICOM citizens have important rights but to exercise these rights clear documentary evidence of their nationality is required. This was the outcome of the case of Bain vs. Trinidad and Tobago, that was decided today by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ). Mr Bain, a citizen of both Grenada and the United States of America, ...

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Class action lawsuit filed against Sandals in US “baseless”

(PRESS RELEASE) — The class action lawsuit recently filed against Sandals in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida is baseless, both in fact and law, and will be vigorously defended by Sandals. The assertion that Sandals has not paid taxes due to the government is categorically false. We are proud to be the Caribbean’s largest private ...

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Mara is Employee of the Year as LUCELEC recognizes 50 employees

(PRESS RELEASE) – It was a day of celebration for all employees, especially the 54 recognized by the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) for 2018 achievements. Among the major awards handed out was to the 2018 Employee of the Year, Mara Ferdinand-Jankie. A customer service representative at the company’s Vieux-Fort office, Mrs Jankie has been a member of Team ...

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New model inevitable for Caribbean utilities

(PRESS RELEASE) — Caribbean utility leaders meeting at the 2019 CARILEC CEOs and Leadership Conference in Saint Lucia last week agreed that utility companies need to embrace a new business model built on Digitization, Decarbonization and Decentralization (the 3Ds). Utilities are uniquely placed to lead the transformation of the energy sector, which is currently being impacted by emerging technologies, and ...

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UPDATE: St. Lucia swimmers win 35 medals!

Antoine Destang of the Sharks Swim Club in Saint Lucia won seven gold medals — all with record-breaking performances — as local swimmers bagged a total of 35 medals at the 28th Aquatic Center Invitational swim meet held in Barbados last weekend. According to the St. Lucia Aquatics Federation (SLAF), 10-year-old Destang was among 42 swimmers from Saint Lucian swim ...

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Saint Lucia NYC prepares for the polls

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Saint Lucia National Youth Council wishes to notify all media houses and the general public that nominations are officially open for positions on its executive board for the period 2019-2021. The Saint Lucia National Youth Council (NYC) is a democratic and independent non-governmental organization made up of youth and student organizations. The executive board comprises seven ...

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Former Jamaica Prime Minister Edward Seaga dies on his 89th birthday

(JAMAICA GLEANER) — Edward Phillip George Seaga, Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister and longest-serving Member of Parliament, has died. He died in a Miami hospital today where he had been receiving treatment for cancer and related complications. Today is his 89th birthday. Seaga was the last surviving framer of the Jamaican constitution. At the age of 29, the former prime minister ...

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Independence Sports Fun Day a success: organisers

(PRESS RELEASE) — Scores of Saint Lucians turned up at the outdoor multi-purpose court near the Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort on Sunday, May 26 for a Sports Fun Day with a difference. The event was part of activities for the celebration of the island’s 40th independence anniversary and was organized by the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports, ...

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Concerns and hardships of Saint Lucia fishers to be addressed at press conference

Fishers and the fishing community continue be negatively impacted by the closure of the St. Lucia Fish Marketing Corporation Ltd. (SLFMC) and these concerns will be addressed at a press conference on Wednesday, May 29 by the St. Lucia Fisherfolk Cooperative Society Ltd., according to a notice inviting media operatives to attend the conference. “President of the St. Lucia Fisherfolk ...

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NWU: “Very good news” France willing to accept Saint Lucia bananas

The National Workers Union (NWU) said in a press release Tuesday (May 28) that it applauds the Saint Lucia delegation of public servants and government ministers who travelled to London, United Kingdom (UK) and Paris, Francis recently in search of new markets for Saint Lucia bananas. The union said the announcement that France is now willing to do business with ...

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‘Another Concerned Citizen’ calls out ‘Concerned citizen’ over tinted-vehicle “nonsense”

Dear Editor: I write in commentary response to a previous letter to you captioned: “Saint Lucia authorities asked to crack down on heavily tinted vehicles to fight crime (letter)” written by the well-known commentator “Concerned citizen.” Concerned about crimes, Mr./Ms./Mrs. Citizen, in their careful reasoning, has solved the problem by carefully identifying the correlation between crime and tinted windows. (*Sarcasm ...

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Local talk show host spreading false information, says Winfresh

Information is being disseminated by a local talk show host falsely suggests that Winfresh has not been facilitating the trial shipment of bananas from Saint Lucia to the French market and that it is, in effect, undermining the initiative. Winfresh wishes to state publicly and unequivocally that this is a gross misrepresentation of the facts and of the part being ...

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MP Ezechiel Joseph donates ATVs to Babonneau Police Station

Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau Ezechiel Joseph has given the Babonneau Police Station two all-terrain vehicles (ATV) to assist the officers with their patrols. The presentation was done at a ceremony held in front the Babonneau Police Station on Thursday, May 23, said Joseph, who is also the minister for agriculture, fisheries, physical planning, natural resources and co-operatives. Writing on his ...

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Saint Lucian cricketer Keddy Lesporis launches merch line

(PRESS RELEASE) — Keddy Lesporis hails from the fishing village of Laborie. As a cricketer he has served nationally, also playing for the Windward Islands Volcanoes and the Sagicor High Performing Center. He adds social entrepreneur to his list of accolades. “The game of cricket is a perfect metaphor for life. It’s about relationships and teamwork. It’s about being alert, ...

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CARDI Saint Lucia to host workshop to better manage ‘climatic variability risks’

Monday, May 27, 2019 — The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), Saint Lucia will welcome specially-invited participants to a one-day workshop aimed at strengthening capacity in the agricultural sector in Saint Lucia through the examination of market trends linked to climate change, such as rainfall patterns and temperatures. Saint Lucia is presently the pilot country for a project ...

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Saint Lucia Public Service adds new component to Summer Employment Programme

(PRESS RELEASE) — Over the years, successful applicants of the Government of Saint Lucia Summer Employment Programme have been subjected to informal orientation sessions within their assigned agencies. However, this year, for the first time, students will undergo a comprehensive orientation training with the aim of enhancing their understanding of the Saint Lucia Public Service. Four sessions have been organized, with ...

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Saint Lucia’s Dr. Sibyl Edward elected vice chair of the North America Caribbean Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy

(PRESS RELEASE) — President of the Physiotherapy Association of Saint Lucia (PASL) Inc., Dr. Sibyl Edward, was elected vice chair of the North America Caribbean Region (NACR) of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) on May 10, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. The NACR is a regional body of the WCPT and currently consists of 15 physiotherapy associations called member ...

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Caribbean leaders meet in Barbados to take collective action against disaster risk

(PRESS RELEASE) — This week, more than 500 delegates from 20 Caribbean countries will be gathering in Bridgetown to discuss priorities and solutions to tackle climate and disaster risks at the Understanding Risk (UR) Caribbean conference. The conference is organized by the World Bank in partnership with the government of Barbados, the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the ...

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Scammers using Allen Chastanet’s name

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is requesting the public’s assistance in reporting scams in which persons are using fake social media accounts in his name to contact members of the public about “grant assistance for projects”. The prime minister made the appeal in a post on his official Facebook page on Monday morning, May 27, 2019. He said an investigation is ...

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Newly-appointed registrar to record ‘death events’ in Anse La Raye

(PRESS RELEASE) — The general public is hereby informed that with effect from Tuesday, May 28, 2019, registration of death events which occur in the district of Anse-la-Raye will be performed by the newly-appointed District Registrar of Anse-La-Raye, Mr. Cosmus Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence is located at Tabor Hill in Anse-La-Raye. His contact information is 1-758-458-3523 or 518-4414. Consequently, registration of ...

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Saint Lucia cylinder prices increased

(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, kerosene, and diesel per litre remains unchanged. The retail price of diesel per gallon, LPG 20, 22 and 100 lb cylinders has changed. The price changes take ...

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Saint Lucia’s Legal and Norris Man tour Europe

Saint Lucian reggae artiste Legal is keeping busy as he prepares for his upcoming African tour. News reaching out of his reggae camp is that the artiste recently toured Europe with his friend and fellow reggae artiste, Norris Man of Jamaica. The duo reportedly performed at shows in Belgium and France. Legal, whose real name is Daniel Joseph, shared with ...

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Scots Guards cricket team ends St. Lucia tour with fourth straight loss

(PRESS RELEASE) — The visiting Scots Guards cricket team out of the United Kingdom ended their four-match tour of Saint Lucia in defeat (four-in-four) when Northern Cluster Grass Roots easily overcame them by nine wickets in their 30-overs-per-side encounter at the Gros Islet Playing Field yesterday (Sunday, May 26). Sanjay Francis and Kimani Melius accounted for the visitors’ first two batsmen, ...

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St. Lucia’s Karolin Troubetzkoy awarded Germany’s highest honor

(PRESS RELEASE) — Karolin Troubetzkoy of St. Lucia has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the highest tribute the republic can pay to individuals for services to the nation. Instituted in 1951 by President Theodor Heuss, the president of the Federal Republic of Germany bestows the Order of Merit on people for achievements in ...

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Choiseul win twice, Prospere hits 100 in SPL T20 weekend action

In 2018, the Saint Lucia Premier League only had one score over 200. This year, after just one weekend, there have already been two, plus a score of 197. The opening weekend saw a massive win for Choiseul Craft Masters in the opening match. Defending champions, South Castries Lions, defeated Mon Repos Pioneers, Gros Islet Knights beat Vieux Fort North ...

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Nanthan out, Charles back in charge of Windwards Cricket

Dr. Kishore Shallow, vice-president of Cricket West Indies (CWI), and president of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association, has been installed as president of the Windward Islands Cricket Board of Control (WICBC). The WICBC met this weekend in Saint Lucia with the election of a president and vice-president top of the agenda. The 35-year-old Shallow was unchallenged for ...

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WhatsApp ads coming in 2020: Here’s how they will look

(GULFNEWS.COM) — One of the things that attract people to WhatsApp is that they can chat with friends and family for as long as they want without any interruption. Unlike in YouTube, Facebook and Instagram, subscribers of the popular messaging tool don’t see any ads getting in the way of their conversations or newsfeeds, and what’s more, the tool is ...

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Saint Lucia’s Mechaela Hyacinth makes All-American

Azusa Pacific freshman sprinter Mechaela Hyacinth made the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships final in the women’s 100m over the weekend. The 20-year-old Saint Lucian competed for the Cougars at Texas A&M Kingsville to put the cap on a fine first-year outing. Coming in with the fifth-fastest time, 11.61 seconds, Hyacinth stopped the clock at that precise ...

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Senior Saint Lucia gov’t employees get emotional health training

(PRESS RELEASE) — Permanent Secretaries throughout the public service converged at the Public Service Training Institute at Union on Thursday, May 16, 2019 for the first in a series of emotional health workshops. The workshops are being conducted through the Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) of the Department of the Public Service, targeting permanent secretaries, deputy permanent secretaries and human resource ...

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Make the microphone rock (commentary by Cdr. Bud Slabbaert)

In about two weeks I’m chairing the 4th annual Caribbean Aviation Meetup conference on St. Maarten/St. Martin. I’m often asked for advice by speakers. Here we go…. Many conferences suffer from boring presentations. Killer presentations are absolutely rare. Higher standards should be set. Those higher standards may be quite different than what you think. Get back to basics, be straightforward ...

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Browne and Mottley: Shapers of the regional future (commentary by Sir Ronald Sanders)

Prime Ministers Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda and Mia Mottley of Barbados are two of the Caribbean’s young and dynamic leaders, both workaholics with clear and determined visions for the betterment of their countries. Each of them is a committed regionalist, notwithstanding insinuations to the contrary in sections of the regional media. Because of their relative youthfulness, their experience ...

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Pope compares abortion to the hiring of a ‘paid killer’

(AFP) — Pope Francis reiterated Saturday that abortion is unacceptable, saying its use amounted to the hiring of a “paid killer.” “Is it lawful to eliminate a human lift to resolve a problem? It is lawful to hire a paid killer to resolve a problem,” Francis asked during a conference at the Vatican on the use of abortion when the ...

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Taiwanese banana workshops to help Saint Lucian farmers ‘avoid harvesting in hurricane seasons’

(PRESS RELEASE) — Taiwan Technical Mission, in cooperation with Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, held “Banana Plants Preparation and Follower Setting Workshops” in Deglos, La Caye, Grace, Roseau, Woodland and Micoud on April 11th, 18th and 25th, and May 2nd, 9th and 16th. Agricultural specialists from Taiwan Technical Mission introduced Saint Lucian farmers ...

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Happy 80th birthday Reds!

Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira turned 80 on May 20th and deserves more than congratulatory words for this milestone. Reds came to Saint Lucia from his native Guyana in 1984 to head the OECS Sports Desk and still follows sports with great passion even after his 12-year role ended. Reds says he is happy to celebrate 80 years of life, but not ...

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Saint Lucia sprint sensation Julien Alfred shuts down for 2019

A marvelous season for Saint Lucian sprinter Julien Alfred is now at an end. Alfred, 18 this year, is a freshman student-athlete at the University of Texas. In recent months, she has reset national records for the 60m, 100m, and 200m. Many would have been looking forward to Saint Lucia’s reigning Junior Sportswoman of the Year representing the nation on ...

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Choiseul dump Soufrière in SPL T20 opener

Choiseul Craft Masters picked up the 2019 Digicel Saint Lucia Premier League pretty much where they left off 2018. Dominating. Craft Masters thrashed Soufrière Stumpers by a massive nine wickets to open the domestic Twenty20 season at the Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort. The Choiseul franchise lost just one wicket, that of Junior Henry for two, in their chase ...

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Castries student killed by police identified

The 17-year-old male who was fatally shot by police during an alleged confrontation with the lawmen on Wednesday night, May 22, has been identified as Arnold Joseph of Babonneau. Joseph was a fifth-form student of the Entrepot Secondary School, located in Castries city. Reports are that Joseph was scheduled to sit CSEC exams. (Below is a press release from the ...

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UPDATE: Man shot while riding motorcycle in Bagatelle

Police are investigating the shooting of a man in Bagatelle, Castries on Friday afternoon (May 24). Reports are that the victim, who is originally from Conway but residing at Ti Rocher, Castries, was driving his motorcycle through the community, around 3 p.m., when shots were fired at him. A resident, speaking on condition of anonymity, told St. Lucia News Online ...

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Drainage, slope-stabilization works commence in Marc, Bexon and environs

(PRESS RELEASE) — In an effort to drastically reduce the country’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, the government of Saint Lucia has been implementing several initiatives under the Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP). Following the handing over of two climate-resilient blocks at the Choiseul Secondary School, several small contractors are about to implement slope stabilization and drainage works ...

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Saint Lucians to witness UEFA Champions League finals in Spain!

(PRESS RELEASE) — Thanks to Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL) and its premium beer Heineken, two lucky Saint Lucians are already packing their bags, as they get ready for a VIP experience of a lifetime at the 2019 UEFA Champions League finals in Madrid, Spain on June 1, 2019. This year, over 100 bars and retail outlets across the ...

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Patriots Cheerleaders to return to Saint Lucia

It can get cold in the Greater Boston area. So it makes sense that the New England Patriots Cheerleaders would have fallen in love with the tropical paradise of Saint Lucia. The ladies who help galvanise the 2019 NFL champions were last on island in 2013, shooting for their 2014 swimsuit calendar. The Kansas City Chiefs Cheerleaders have also shot ...

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Fond Doux Plantation earns TripAdvisor and Hotels.com awards!

(PRESS RELEASE) – Fond Doux Plantation & Resort today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. Now in its ninth year, the achievement celebrates businesses that are consistently excellent – having earned great traveler reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year. Certificate of Excellence recipients include restaurants, accommodations and attractions located all over the ...

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Castries market vendors receive their $500 cheques for relocation

(PRESS RELEASE) — Castries city provisions market vendors are all smiles following delivery of promised relocation stipends, as the first phase of the market redevelopment takes effect. On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Castries Constituency Council (CCC) hosted a cheque presentation ceremony for the vendors. All registered provisions market vendors received EC$500 cheques to assist with preparation for their temporary ...

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Sandals Resorts wins big at 2019 Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards

(PRESS RELEASE) — Sandals® Resorts is excited to announce that the Luxury Included® resort company has been recognized as the Best All-Inclusive Resort for the second consecutive year at the 2019 Global Traveler Leisure Lifestyle Awards. As selected by the readers and Global Traveler, the Leisure Lifestyle Awards honor the best in the world of leisure and lifestyle travel, awarding ...

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15 local charities benefit from Prime Minister’s Independence Ball

(PRESS RELEASE) — It was a morning of recognizing and contributing to some worthy causes in Saint Lucia as the proceeds of the Prime Minister’s Independence Ball 2019 were presented to 15 local charities and organizations. One after the other, representatives spoke about the work of their organization and how thankful they were for the support which stems from an ...

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Saint Lucia welcomes table tennis volunteer from Taiwan

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Taiwan Technical Mission in Saint Lucia and the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports held a joint press conference on May 21, 2019 to welcome a table tennis volunteer from Taiwan. To strengthen the friendship and partnership between Taiwan and Saint Lucia, the Embassy of the Republic of China (Taiwan) provided multi-technology cooperation and developed various ...

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Ministry of Education says social media messages on SKYE Programme inaccurate

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development wishes to inform the general public that messages in circulation on social media regarding the Implementation of the Skills for Youth Employment in the Caribbean (SKYE) Programme are unofficial and inaccurate. These announcements did not originate from the Ministry, nor the office of the National Enrichment and ...

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UK PM Theresa May resigns

(BBC) — Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of “deep regret” that she had been unable to do so. Mrs May said ...

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Digicel SPLT2019 set for season-opener this weekend

Who will unseat the South Castries Castries Lions and reign as the third champions of the Saint Lucia Premier League (SPL T20)? The journey to the 2019 title begins this weekend, with the Choiseul Craftmasters coming up against Soufriere Stumpers in a Group A match-up from 7:30 p.m. Friday on the Philip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort. Led by Bronté ...

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Saint Lucian actor-filmmaker Kyvon Edwin featured at 2019 Cannes Film Corner

(PRESS RELEASE) — Twenty-one-year-old Saint Lucian, Kyvon Edwin, has co-produced and co-written short film, Crush, which has been selected for the prestigious Festivel de Cannes Short Film Corner, currently underway in France, until May 25. Roughly eight minutes in length, Crush, which also co-stars Edwin alongside his schoolmate Shai Frumkin and was directed by Giacomo Gex, depicts the experience of ...

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SLUDTERA interviews St. Lucian entrepreneur Vernesa St. Marie

(PRESS RELEASE) — SLUDTERA would like to share with its followers and readers a special edition of a SLUDTERA interview featuring Vernesa St. Marie from St. Lucia. This interview forms part of the ‘Celebrating Entrepreneurs’ initiative that SLUDTERA introduced in 2017. During the course of this week SLUDTERA will feature the two St. Lucian entrepreneurs who were selected as finalists ...

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Desilting of Castries River begins this weekend

(PRESS RELEASE) – Ahead of the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season, government is being proactive with state preparation, to help safeguard life and property of residents. As such, the Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the general public of schedule desilting of the Castries River from the Entrepot Bridge in Marchand to Ferrands Dairy Bridge, Castries. The desilting ...

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Homeless teen graduates as valedictorian, earns $3 million in scholarships

(NBC NEWS) — A Tennessee teenager received more than $3 million in college scholarships and graduated as his high school’s valedictorian all while being homeless. On Sunday, Tupac Moseley, 17, of Memphis, Tennessee, graduated from Raleigh Egypt High School with a 4.3 GPA, having been accepted to 44 colleges. “Never let your current situation, whatever circumstances you’re going through, be ...

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