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Saint Lucia has “harmful preferential tax regimes” – EU says

The European Union (EU) has stated the reasons Saint Lucia and 16 countries have ended up on its list of “non-cooperative tax jurisdictions for tax purposes”. The list was officially approved and published on Dec. 5, 2017 with the aim of promoting good governance worldwide, in order to maximise efforts to prevent tax fraud and tax evasion, the EU said in ...

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“Everything goes up but not our salaries” – Route 4B commuters respond to bus fare increases

Bus drivers for Route 4B (Vieux Fort to Belle Vue) are likely breathing a sigh of relief. That’s because, before Dec. 4, 2017, these drivers had not received an official fare increase for at least nine years. However, some commuters are not happy with the bus fare adjustments, announced yesterday, Dec. 5 by the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil ...

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Open letter to Sarah Flood-Beaubrun from Vincent McDoom

Dear Ms. Sarah Flood-Beaubrun: Yesterday, 5th December 2017, on your way to parliament, you did it again. Lately, it seems no matter what question you are asked, whether it is about sex offenders’ registry, rape, child molestation, abortion, adultery, abuse, crime, human rights, you always seem to find a way to make a link to homosexuality. You seem to be ...

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Flood-Beaubrun against raising children in same-sex couple households: “We should not set children up for failure”

Government minister and lawyer Sarah Flood-Beaubrun does not believe same-sex couple households are ideal for raising children. Flood-Beaubrun, who serves as the minister in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, expressed her views in an interview with reporters today, Dec. 5. She said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which she described ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Saint Lucia ‘blacklisted’ by European Union

(BBC) – The European Union has published its first blacklist of tax havens, naming 17 territories including Saint Lucia, Barbados and South Korea. A “watchlist” of 47 countries promising to change their tax rules to meet EU standards has also been issued. The “grey list” includes several with UK links, including Hong Kong, Jersey, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands, as ...

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UPDATED: New fare schedule for Route 4B

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation would like to inform the general public of the fare adjustments to take effect on Route 4B from December 4, 2017, pursuant to the Motor Vehicles and Road Traffic (Public Omni-bus Fares) (Amendment) Regulations, 2017. The Department reminds public Omni-bus owners and drivers that, a driver of an Omni-bus ...

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PM Chastanet announces plans for sex offender registry

(CMC) — St Lucia government has announced plans to establish a national sex offender registry. “I think it is something that is generally accepted around the world and I think it is something in which the general public needs to be made aware of in terms of who is living in your neighbourhood and also even in terms of employers,” ...

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Martin Dorville re-elected Chamber President

(PRESS RELEASE) – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture held its 133rd Annual General Meeting on November 29th, 2017 where Martin Dorville of Massy Stores St. Lucia was re-elected President. Along with Mr. Dorville other members of the Chamber Board were elected. In a very smooth transition the Board and Mr. Dorville were elected by acclamation, with ...

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He couldn’t leave the rum – Friend said suspected drowning victim was an “alcoholic”

A “drinking problem” has ultimately led to the death of 59-year-old Ciceron resident John Gabriel King, who is suspected of drowning in the Castries Harbour last week, according to a longtime friend of the deceased. Steve Parker said King was well-liked but he was an alcoholic. “All I knew John had a drinking problem. He was an alcoholic,” Parker told ...

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Speak Out St. Lucia supports Sex Offender Registry announcement

(PRESS RELEASE) – Speak Out St. Lucia (S.O.S.) is pleased with Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s announcement yesterday at his pre-Cabinet briefing, about his government’s decision to move forward with the implementation of a Sex Offender Registry in Saint Lucia. Many individuals and groups, over the years, have highlighted the numerous cases of rape and child sexual abuse which have caused ...

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Teen stabbed in Castries

A teenager is in stable condition following a stabbing incident in the city of Castries this afternoon, Dec. 4. Emergency officials were alerted at 4:23 p.m. and an ambulance was dispatched to Micoud Street. The victim, identified as Terrance Chandler, 15, of Forestiere, sustained lacerations to the head. He was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital in stable condition. The ...

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St. Lucian set to create history at American university

Morgan State University’s first doctoral graduate in mathematics is on track to receive her degree during this year’s Fall Commencement exercises, in December. Candice Marshall (p.k.a. Candice Jean-Louis), an international student from St. Lucia, is one of 11 students in Morgan’s Industrial and Computational Mathematics (ICM) Program. The demand for ICM graduates is burgeoning with the rise of high-performance computing ...

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Fetus found in Vieux Fort garbage dump

Police are investigating the discovery of a male fetus at the solid waste disposal site in Vieux Fort, according to law enforcement sources. The discovery was made after 8 a.m. today, Dec. 4. The fetus, estimated to be six months old and weighing three pounds, was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical professional.   (5)(20)

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Chef Nina Compton will open second restaurant in Bywater

(Nola/Times-Picayune) – On Thursday (Nov. 30), Mariza in Bywater announced that it would close on New Year’s Eve. The next day, chef Nina Compton and her husband, Larry Miller, confirmed they had bought the business and will open their second restaurant there in early February. Miller and Compton live in the Rice Mill Lofts above the Mariza space. No further ...

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Chastanet says Caribbean will be destroyed if we don’t act fast on climate change

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – Prime Minister of St Lucia Allen Chastanet is warning that the Caribbean runs the risk of being completely destroyed if international development agencies don’t react quickly to the dangers posed by climate change. Chastanet, who was attending the just-concluded three-day United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Global Conference on Jobs and Inclusive Growth, added that time is ...

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SRDF to improve service delivery at Sulphur Springs Park with new employee appointments

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Soufriere Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of six (6) new employees to the position of Tour Guide at the Sulphur Springs Park. As tour guides they will be responsible for providing guided tours and excursions, geographical, historical and scientific information on the Sulphur Springs Park to visitors. On Friday December 1st, 2017, an induction ...

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House of Assembly sitting, Tuesday, December 05, 2017

(PRESS RELEASE) – A Sitting of the House of Assembly is scheduled for Tuesday, December 05, 2017 with Papers to be laid and Bills to be presented by the Honourable Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, the Honourable ...

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Relocation of services due to major fire at Soufriere Hospital

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Soufriere Hospital was yet again the scene of another fire within one month with the previous one occurring on 9th November 2017. The swift action of staff, residents of Soufriere and fire officials quickly arrested the first fire which caused little damage to the facility. This time however a major fire raged to the back of ...

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British national found dead in Trouya

Police are investigating the death of a British national who was found hanging at his residence in Trouya, Gros Islet on Saturday, Dec. 2. He is 67-year-old Lee Urgan. Sources said Urgan’s body was found after 6 a.m. The case is being treated as a suspected suicide, according to sources. (0)(13)

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UPDATE: Soufriere Hospital fire under control (+VIDEO)

The authorities are now doing damage assessment following a fire at the Soufriere Hospital on Saturday, Dec. 2 – the second within a month. Emergency officials received news of the fire at 7:01 p.m. and dispatched units. While the fire was contained in a reasonable time, the maternity ward was completely destroyed. It is reported that the fire was contained ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Soufriere Hospital on fire

Firefighters are currently battling a raging fire at the Soufriere Hospital in the town of Soufriere. There is no word yet of any death of injuries. Emergency officials received news of the fire at 7:01 p.m. An eyewitness said the fire is “spreading rapidly”. The cause of the fire is not yet known. Unconfirmed reports are that the entire maternity ...

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Anse La Raye Fish Fri relaunched

(PRESS RELEASE) – The village of Anse La Raye will come alive on Dec. 1 with the relaunch of the popular Fish Friday. A festive atmosphere awaits, where guests will be welcomed with true Saint Lucian hospitality. Dancing the night away is a priority, and sampling the mouth-watering assortments of seafood and other treats fresh off the grill, is a ...

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Suspected drowning at Waterfront, Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of fifty nine (59) year old, John Gabriel King of Ciceron, Castries. On Thursday, November 30, 2017 about 6:00 p.m. officers attached to the Police Marine Unit responded to a report of a suspected drowning in the Castries Harbour, at Waterfront, Castries. It was reported that John Gabriel King ...

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Castries South MP rips apart latest employment figures

Castries South MP Dr. Ernest Hilaire has questioned the authenticity of the latest employment figures released by the statistics division last week. The newest job figures show that unemployment dropped to 16.8 percent in the third quarter of 2017. This is an improvement from the second quarter of this year – April to June 2017- for which unemployment stood at ...

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PM set to travel again soon, says all his travels are necessary

With critics summoning for a cut back on his travels, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has again come out in defense of his frequent trips out of the island. Chastanet has for the past few weeks attended various overseas events including conferences, meetings, summits, bi-lateral talks and other state visits. He said that some of his voyages were prearranged and were ...

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Prime Minister impromptu panelist at Chamber AGM

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet was an impromptu third panelist at the 133rd Annual General Meeting of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture held on November 29th, 2017 where Martin Dorville of Massy Stores St. Lucia was re-elected President. The Prime Minister who “dropped by” directly  from the airport on return from one of ...

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Saint Lucian delegation returns from COP 23

(GIS) – Saint Lucia’s delegation is back from the 23rd Conference of Parties (COP 23) which was held in Bonn Germany from Nov. 6 – 17. Deputy Chief Sustainable Development and Environment Officer, Dawn Pierre-Nathaniel, a member of the COP 23 delegation headed by Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, said finance, adaptation, mitigation, capacity building, technology and loss and damage ...

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Reduit Orchard woman finds live slug in sandwich

Check your food thoroughly before eating it. That’s the advice from a female resident of Reduit Orchard, Gros Islet who discovered a live slug in her bread and chicken sandwich, according to a DBS news report. The woman, who did not identify herself, said she bought the sandwich from a booth in the Castries market on Monday and left to ...

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Saadia Byron was beaten to death, according to post mortem

Police officials have released the cause of death into the murder of mother of three, Saadia Byron, whose semi-nude body was discovered in a shallow stone grave near her home in Laborie on Nov. 11, 2017, about two days after she went missing. Police said a post mortem examination revealed that Byron, 33, died as a result of blunt force ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Senior citizen dies after motor vehicle accident

St. Lucia has recorded its 16th road fatality for the year. A pedestrian, Cecil Moise, 62, was struck by a motor vehicle around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 28 near the Bexon/Cul-de-Sac junction, according to officials. The Marc resident reportedly sustained serious injuries about his body and was transported to Victoria Hospital in critical condition. He eventually succumbed to his ...

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Jailing child-support delinquents is not the answer: Guy Joseph

Supporting the notion that crime should be tackled in a holistic manner, Minister for Economic Development, Guy Joseph, has said that dealing with small infractions of the law at a time can bring about some much needed change with regard to crime. One such infraction, according to him, is child support laws. The minister believes that incarcerating a father who ...

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Guy Joseph “appalled” by Ferdinand’s “coolie man” comment

Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph has taken issue with comments made by Opposition Senator Guibion Ferdinand at the Saint Lucia Labout Party (SLP)-led St. Jude Hospital protest march over the weekend. Joseph has accused Ferdinand of using racial slurs in relation to him and has said he is “appalled” that the party has reduced to “name calling” and personal attacks. ...

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Visually-impaired female robbed on her way from church in Castries

Executive Director of the St. Lucia Blind Welfare Association Anthony Avril has revealed news of a robbery on a visually-impaired female who was on her way from church last week. The victim and her mother was on La Pansee Road, Castries when bandits stripped her of her bag which contained several personal items. The victim has declined to speak to ...

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Minister Fedee says businesses need to find creative ways to tap the tourism resource

(GIS) – Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee has reiterated the call for all sectors to play their part to ensure the island’s tourism industry remains buoyant. Minister Fedee, who was fielding questions from the local media during the 2017 ARC celebratory flotilla, noted that the Saint Lucia Tourist Board was playing its part in marketing the destination, which has resulted ...

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Agriculture ministry seeks rare mango plants

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Forestry, through the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) and the OECS would like to inform the general public of the ongoing Mango Biodiversity Project. The primary objective of the project is to improve Sustainable Land Management through the cultivation of a variety of mango species along riverbanks, within farmlands, and within particular forest reserves. ...

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UPDATED: House fire in Morne d’Or

Fire destroyed a dwelling structure in Morne d’Or this morning, Nov. 29 according to officials. Emergency officals were alerted at 8:20 a.m. However, attempts to save the 15’x12′ wooden house was futile. The owner of the house, Hugh Renee, was present when the fire started but he did not sustain any injuries. Neighbours alleged that he is of unsound mind. ...

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Gov’t trying to stick to its gas-price promise

Government is sticking to its decision to keep the gasoline price from going beyond EC$12.75 per gallon, at least till the end of 2017. This means that the United Workers Party (UWP) administration will continue to absorb the cost of fuel once it goes above the $12.75 threshold. Petroleum products have steadily increased in price for the last several months. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Castries bodybuilding enthusiast found dead

Police are investigating a suspected suicide that occurred at L’anse Road, Castries on Monday evening, Nov. 27. Dead is Isaiah Epiphane Lewis, 28, who was found hanging inside a house around 8 p.m. A friend of the deceased, who preferred anonymity, said Lewis was a “bodybuilding enthusiast”. “He put in a lot of work in the gym. He was very ...

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St. Lucian Prime Minister calls for financial concessions to Caribbean countries hit by hurricanes Irma and Maria

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister of St. Lucia, the Hon. Allan Chastanet has called for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reclassify funds which were borrowed by Caribbean countries devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, given the high levels of debt that the region faces. He said these countries need concessions to rebuild their economies; and, declared that there is ...

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How Johanan Dujon built an agricultural biotech company in St. Lucia

Today on “How They Did It” I talk to 24-year-old St Lucian entrepreneur, Johanan Dujon, founder of Algas Organics, the Caribbean’s first indigenous agriculture biotech company. We talk about his life as a physical education teacher and how he got involved in entrepreneurship, and some of the obstacles, such as access to finance and age, that he had to overcome. ...

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Two new cases of Leptospirosis recorded on island

(PRESS RELEASE) – As of the last report dated November 1, 2017, two additional case of Leptospirosis has been confirmed. While this may suggest a decrease in the upward trend noted before, overall cases are still higher than that observed in the last three years which is an issue of concern to the Ministry of Health and Wellness. Leptospirosis is ...

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Joseph says legal action looming for companies and agents responsible for mismanaging St. Jude Hospital project

Acting Prime Minister and Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph has said that he is awaiting legal advice from government to commence lodging cases against companies and agents who may have been responsible for an alleged mismanagement of works on the St. Jude Hospital project in Vieux Fort. Speaking at a pre-cabinet briefing on November 27, Joseph said that while he ...

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Utilities debt at Daren Sammy Cricket Ground is a “social cost” we must bear: Belrose

Culture and Local Government Minister Fortuna Belrose has said that the hundreds of thousands of dollars owed by the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG) for utilities is unfortunate but it is a social cost that government has to bear. The facility’s WASCO bill dated November 14, 2017 showed arrears of $312,316.32. In addition, a $250 reconnection fee and VAT on ...

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Sandals St. Lucia’s Neil Georges cops top award

(PRESS RELEASE) – A Sandals Saint Lucia playmaker beat back over 14,000 fellow employees from throughout the region to win the 2016 Ultimate Employee of the Year Award, the prize given to the best performing team member in the entire Sandals/ Appliance Traders Limited/ Jamaica Observer Group. Jamer ‘Captain Neil’ Georges, who works at Sandals Grande St. Lucia, was part ...

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Chastanet: Over US$1.5 billion in foreign direct investments coming to St. Lucia

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said that Saint Lucia is poised to benefit from over US$1.5 billion in foreign direct investments over the next two years. Speaking to Watch Radio NYC, Chastanet said that policies introduced by government after coming into office “are working”, although it will take about three years before the true effects start to show. “We are ...

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“We shall never retire” – LGBT organisation tells Minister Flood-Beaubrun

Quoting scriptures, United and Strong (U&S) Communications Officer Bennet Charles has spoken in defense of the lesbian, gay bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and reiterated a call for Prime Minister Allen Chastanet to state whether the views expressed by External Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun at a recent World Congress of Families (WCF) and Caribbean Center for Family and Human Rights ...

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Burglary, shooting at Corinth Secondary has psychological impact on students: official

An aggravated burglary at the Corinth Secondary School last week may have passed but Acting District Officer Cyrus Cepal believes that the incident has both psychological and academic impact on students who are co-incidentally doing first-term exams. Several males unlawfully accessed the school’s compound at about 3 a.m. on November 22, 2017 and according to police, during that time, one ...

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Baron Foods sets up shop in T&T

(T&T GUARDIAN) – As part of its diversification thrust, government is putting measures in place to encourage foreign firms to set up shop in T&T in the hopes that it will stimulate growth in the local market. Delivering the feature address at the opening of Baron Foods T&T Ltd over the weekend, Trade Minister Paula Gopee-Scoon welcomed the regional company’s ...

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SLP to lead St. Jude Hospital protest march

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will today, Sunday November 26, 2017 march against what it said is government’s inability to properly manage the St. Jude Hospital project and the country as a whole. The march is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. from the La Ressource playing field. After talk surfaced that government was considering the option of ...

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Chastanet headline foreign speakers at Jamaica Labour Party Conference

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – Allen Michael Chastinet, the prime minister of St Lucia, who shares a middle name with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will headline the list of Caribbean politicians to address the public session of the party’s 74th annual conference today at the National Arena. Party Chairman Robert Montague told journalists on Friday that for ...

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Fire destroys houses in Case-en-Bas

Two houses were destroyed by fire in Case-en-Bas, Gros Islet this afternoon, Nov. 25, according to officials. There were no reports of injuries. Emergency officials received the call a few minutes before 4 p.m. and two units from Gros Islet and one from Castries were dispatched. However, on arrival, fire officials said the houses were already engulfed in flames. Officials ...

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St. Lucians busted for large amount of cocaine – again

Two St. Lucian men face 10 years in French prison after they were caught with four bales of cocaine at sea earlier this week, according to Martinique 1ère. Public Prosecutor in Martinique Renaud Gaudeul said the St. Lucians, ages 36 and 51, were arrested on Monday, November 20 after they were caught in international waters between St. Lucia and Martinique ...

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Police official reports increase in crime, but minister says symposium won’t be just talk

As stakeholders met to reason on how best to deal with crime at the much talked about opposition-proposed crime symposium on Friday, Nov. 24, authorities have reported an increase in various categories of crime in Saint Lucia for 2017. Acting Superintendent of Police in charge of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) press unit, Elvis Thomas, said at the ...

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Pierre believes Hubert James is “too political”, but PSC chairman says “I don’t victimise people my friend”

Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has taken issue with the appointment of Hubert James to the Public Service Commission (PSC). He believes that James is too politically aligned to the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) to be an impartial member on the commission. But speaking to the media, James has said that while he is a supporter of the UWP ...

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St. Lucia’s Victor – ready to give her best

As the hours grow close to the grand finale of the Miss Universe 2017 competition, Saint Lucia’s representative for the event, Louise Victor, has vowed to give it her all. Victor will go head to head with representatives from various countries in the finale showdown of the three-week competition in Las Vegas on November 26, 2017. The event will be ...

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4.4 earthquake rocks St. Lucia and neighbouring islands

Felt a ‘shake’ this morning? It was probably an earthquake. According to preliminary data from the UWI Seismic Research Centre, a magnitude 4.4 quake shook St. Lucia, Dominica, and Martinique at 10:20 a.m. today, Nov. 25. There were no reports of injuries or damages. According to the Centre, the quake was located at latitude 14.63 north, longitude 60.41 west, with ...

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Two men shot on Jeremie Street; wounding incident reported at Sans Souci

Two men are in stable condition at the hospital after they were shot in the city in the wee hours of this morning (Nov. 25), according to reliable sources. The shooting occurred on Jeremie Street, Castries shortly after 2 a.m. Injured are Kendall Chadrick, 23, who sustained a gunshot wound to the right arm and Nicholas Carasco, 23, who sustained gunshot wounds ...

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LPM proposes teaching conflict resolution in schools

Leader of the Lucian People’s Movement Therold Prudent has proposed that conflict resolution is introduced as part of the curriculum in schools on the island. With the country’s homicide rate at its highest in history, Prudent said that teaching youngsters how to deal with conflict could help address the issue. “Given the fact that our young people who nowadays they’re ...

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Stabbing in Castries

A man was hospitalised on Friday, Nov. 24 after suffering several stab wounds in Castries, according to sources. The victim has been identified as Mendel Monrose, 31, of Marchand, Castries. Monrose reportedly sustained lacerations to his face and chest. The details of the incident, which occurred around midday on Jn Baptiste Street, is not known. He was transported to Victoria ...

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St. Lucia gov’t moves to ban sale of sodas on school compounds

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health & Wellness is embarking on a campaign to discontinue the sale of sodas on school compounds. Sodas are considered to have disastrous effects on health. Regular consumption is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, cavities, among others. On the 23rd of November, 2017 the Chief Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health & ...

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