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Tropical Storm Harvey is moving away from St. Lucia (advisory #7)

AT 11:00 AM TODAY, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HARVEY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 13.1 DEGREES NORTH, LONGITUDE 61.3 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES/85 KM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST OF SAINT LUCIA. HARVEY IS MOVING TOWARDS THE WEST NEAR 21 MPH OR 33 KM/H AND THIS GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE ...

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Chastanet: All business closed until 1 p.m. on condition; storm expected to intensify next 2 hours

Updated Statement by Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet on Tropical Storm Harvey: Good morning Saint Lucia, the latest information from NEMO and the Met Office indicates that Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to intensify over the next two hours. As such, we are anticipating that Offices, commercial and government should remain closed until 1:00 pm. The 1:00 pm time is ...

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TS Harvey now 310 miles east of Saint Lucia (advisory #3)

AT 8:00 PM TODAY, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM HARVEY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 12.9 DEGREES NORTH, LONGITUDE 56.5 DEGREES WEST OR ABOUT 310 MILES/495 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA. HARVEY IS MOVING TOWARDS THE WEST NEAR 18 MPH OR 30 KM/H AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR ...

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Tropical Storm Harvey forms east of Saint Lucia, Windward Islands

(WEATHER CHANNEL) – Tropical Storm Harvey has formed a couple hundred miles east of the Windward Islands, and may pose a threat early next week in parts of Central America’s Caribbean coast. Tropical storm warnings were issued for parts of the Windward Islands, including Martinique, St. Lucia, Barbados and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Warnings are issued when tropical storm ...

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“I had to sit there, laugh” – Political Pundit Denys Springer on statements made by Dr. Tennyson Joseph

Debate continues over statements made by Lecturer and Political Scientist Dr. Tennyson Joseph during a lecture organised by the University of the West Indies Open Campus in St. Vincent recently. Dr. Joseph had opined against what he said was the rise of business politicians, pointing to United States President Donald Trump and St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Allen Chastanet as examples. ...

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LIAT: Flights disruptions due to Tropical Storm Harvey (advisory #2)

(PRESS RELEASE) – LIAT wishes to advise passengers that due to the impending passage of Tropical Storm Harvey that several destinations will be affected. In the interest of passenger safety and to ensure our aircraft are positioned at operational airports, several flights have been retimed and/or cancelled. Please note that the following flights have been cancelled for Thursday 17th August, ...

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UPDATE: Vanard man killed, female business operator injured in Ravine Poisson shooting

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a forty one (41) year old resident of Vanard, Anse La Raye, namely Sherwin Auguste also known as “Shervy”. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries, received a report of a shooting, at Ravine Poisson, about 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. The incident took place in ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Heavy rain and thunderstorm activity expected this evening

weatherResidents and interests in Saint Lucia and the Lesser Antilles are being warned to take the necessary precautions as severe weather is expected to occur from tonight, according to the 6 a.m. weather report from the St. Lucia Met Services. “Shower and thunderstorm activity associated with a low pressure system centered about 470 miles or 756 kilometers east of the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Ravine Poisson

Police have been called to the scene of a shooting incident in Ravine Poisson/Bexon. Details are sketchy at this time, however reports are that a male was shot and he is motionless on the ground. Unconfirmed reports are that the incident was a drive-by shooting. St. Lucia News Online received reports of the incident at 9 p.m., but the incident ...

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Minibus drivers end protest action

4B minibus operators in Vieux-Fort North are back to their jobs after four days of protest action. The bus operators decided to end the protest action after meeting with Chief Transport Officer Lenita Joseph, who reportedly promised to address their concerns next month. The bus operators began plying their routes from yesterday (Tuesday), bringing much relief to commuters who were ...

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ACCT makes 10-point recommendation to Culture Minister on National Cultural Centre

(PRESS RELEASE) – The group representing the Arts and Cultural Community in St. Lucia- ACCT- has made a ten point recommendation to the Minister of Culture regarding Government’s proposed relocation of the National Cultural Centre and the CDF headquarters from Barnard Hill in Castries. ACCT, which has been expressing the Artistic and Cultural community’s opposition to the plan, put forward ...

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“A university is not a primary school” – UWI SLU Open Campus head defends Dr. Tennyson Joseph

Head of the University of the West Indies Open Campus Saint Lucia Dr. Veronica Simon has added her voice to the ongoing debate concerning statements made by Lecturer and Political Scientist Dr. Tennyson Joseph during a lecture organised by the Open Campus recently. Dr. Joseph had opined against what he said was the rise of business politicians, pointing to United ...

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“Absolutely not. No, no, no” – Opposition Senator Joachim Henry denies conflict of interest claims

Senator Joachim Henry has responded to conflict of interest questions posed by the United Workers Party (UWP) regarding his dealings as the director of the Saint Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF), a candidate of the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) and the National Lotteries Authority. The United Workers Party contended in a recent press release, that documents in the public ...

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OECS to feature outstanding nationals

(PRESS RELEASE) — The OECS Commission has embarked on a new initiative that seeks to feature the accomplishments of consummate professionals from OECS Member States making strides within the region and in the Diaspora. The project, which will highlight one outstanding OECS national per month, aims to encourage the region’s youth to ‘think big’ and open their minds to extraordinary ...

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Update on weather system over the Lesser Antilles

The Saint Lucia Met Services said in its 6 a.m. report on Wednesday, August 16 that a tropical wave will continue to bring an increase in cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms over the Lesser Antilles during the next 24 hours. Below is the forecast: “A broad area of low pressure located about 1000 miles east of the Lesser Antilles is producing ...

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St. Lucia Stars fall to sixth successive loss

Jamaica Tallawahs 179 for 5 (McCarthy 61*, Phillips 32) beat St Lucia Stars 173 for 7 (Fletcher 84*, Samuels 54, Sami 3-27) by five wickets For the first 37 overs of the game, St Lucia Stars were ahead and cruising. Then came that one over everyone talks about in this format. With the Tallawahs requiring 40 off three overs in ...

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Weather system to affect Lesser Antilles during the next 24 hours

The Saint Lucia Meteorological Service has said that a tropical wave in the vicinity of the Lesser Antilles is expected to cause an increase in cloudiness, showers and thunderstorms over the region during the next 24 hours. The Service further stated in its 6 p.m. report on Tuesday, August 15, that an area of low pressure is producing disorganised showers ...

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Opposition party still not buying PM’s statements on Jimmy Henry resignation

The main opposition St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is still not convinced by the prime minister’s response regarding the resignation of former senator Jimmy Henry. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, in his first comment on the matter since being back from vacation, reassured reporters at a pre-cabinet briefing on August 7, that despite speculation, Henry’s resignation was not due to any ...

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SLP concerned about $15.9M contract awarded for work in PM’s constituency

Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre said the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is “very concerned” with the recent “direct award contract” to Fresh Start Construction Company Ltd. to rehabilitate six kilometers of road in the Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s constituency of Micoud South. Speaking at a press conference today, August 15, Pierre, who is also the SLP’s political leader, alleged ...

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NORCECA WORLD QUALIFIERS: St Lucia wins gold in men’s Group D

GROS ISLET, St Lucia, August 13, 2017 – St Lucia finished off business against St Maarten 3-0 ( 25-18, 25-19, 25-16) to win gold in the men’s Group D of the NORCECA Zone of the FIVB World Championships Qualifiers second round for teams in the Eastern Caribbean Volleyball Association (ECVA), at the Beausejour Indoor Facility. It was a workmanlike display ...

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Catherine Sealys called upon to apologise for “shameless” behaviour

PRESS STATEMENT – Women in Action has deemed it necessary to issue a statement on the recent display of what many deem to be shameless and unbecoming behavior exhibited by Ms. Catherine Sealys during the August 3rd edition of the RCI News Talk Show programme, Newsspin. Our statement is prompted by reaction among our membership and numerous queries and feedback from ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Fuel price adjustments – cylinder, diesel prices increase

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 prices of gasoline (unleaded) and kerosene remain unchanged. The retail prices for LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders and diesel have been changed. The price changes take effect from Monday, August 14, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Major berth expansion at Port Castries on schedule

The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) is making steady progress with its berth expansion project at Port Castries. This was revealed at a meeting with the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) on Monday, August 7 when SLASPA provided an update on the project. SLASPA is constructing an extension of the Cruise Ship Berth No. 1 at Pointe ...

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FRC renamed after Patrick Anthony

PRESS RELEASE – To celebrate the 70th birthday of founder Msgr. Patrick Anthony, the 44 year old Folk Research Centre has been renamed the Msgr. Patrick Anthony Folk Research Centre. This was announced on Wednesday night, the 9th August, by the Executive Director Mr. Hilary La Force. The occasion was a cultural evening held at the FRC in honour of ...

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Ezra ‘D’ Fun Machine’ Augustin named brand ambassador for Climax energy drink

PRESS RELEASE – Though the 2017 Saint Lucia Carnival season has ended, one former Party Monarch has been reined in by Climax, for his infectious personality and high spirits. Renowned island wide for his energetic bursts, fun persona and his prowess on the mic, Climax is proud to announce Ezra Augustin as their official Brand Ambassador. Speaking on the ambassadorship, ...

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WLBL bids farewell to Managing Director Sebastian Sanchez

PRESS RELEASE – Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL), leader in the beverage industry will bid farewell to its Managing Director, Sebastian Sanchez this week. Sebastian, who has been at the helm of the organisation since 2014, leaves behind a great legacy at WLBL. “During his time at WLBL, Sebastian was able to lead the organisation with passion, drive and ...

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UPDATE: Teen drowned, post mortem reveals

A post mortem examination has revealed that a Castries teen whose lifeless body was fished from the sea off Vigie beach on Sunday died as a result of drowning, according to reliable sources. The post mortem was carried out on Tuesday, August 8. According to sources, post mortem results show that his death was “consistent with drowing”. Sixteen-year-old John Baptiste ...

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UPDATE: Suspect in Micoud homicide released

The male suspect in the stabbing death of New Extension, Micoud resident Davidson Egarnes has been released from police custody pending further investigations, according to reliable sources. Egarnes, 21, sustained a fatal stab wound around 10 p.m. on July 31, 2017 in the vicinity of the Micoud Playing Field. Police said Egarnes was transported via ambulance to St. Jude Hospital where ...

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Minister says rumours about IAU moving out of Saint Lucia are “categorically false”

Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has described rumours that the International American University College of Medicine (IAU) is moving out of Saint Lucia as “categorically false and mischievous”. Dr. Rigobert comments comes weeks after another medical school, the Atlantic School of Medicine in Rodney Bay, moved its operations to Antigua and Barbuda. However, the minister said in a statement this morning, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Saint Lucia Party wants answers on Forestierre Housing Scheme Contract

The Saint Lucia Labour Party notes with great concern comments made by the Minister of Housing, Hon Guy Joseph and National Housing Corporation Chairman, Mr Timothy Mangal during the opening ceremony of the Forestierre Housing Project about the apparent generous financing arrangement and non-payment for work provided by the contractor, Fresh Start. Fresh Start is the same contractor that was ...

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New CEO for Citizenship by Investment Unit

PRESS RELEASE – The Citizenship by Investment Board (“the Board”) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Nestor Alfred to the position of Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) of the Citizenship by Investment Unit effective today, 8th August, 2017. Nestor holds a BSc. Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from Henley Management College/Brunel University. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Retailers of school text books and supplies warned against price gouging

With a new school term approaching, the Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs would like to remind retailers of School Text Books that school text books and supplies are subject to price control under the Distribution and Price of Goods Act, No. 35 of 2006. In accordance with Section:35 of the Act, the following must ...

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“Mr. Henry has not done anything wrong” – Chastanet

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has come in defense of ex-senator and former Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture Jimmy Henry who resigned from office on July 12, 2017. Henry had cited personal reasons for stepping down in a prepared video statement sent to media on the day he resigned. Chastanet in his first comment on the matter since being back ...

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Joseph: Housing project will take away some of the pressures of mortgages for young people

Castries South East MP Guy Joseph has said that government is committed to helping to reduce the cost of housing and will continue to seek ways to make it easier for young people to own land and build their homes. The government on Wednesday, August 3, 2017, officially presented lots to individuals under the Forestierre Housing Development project. This initiative ...

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Bus drivers capture suspected thief in Castries

A suspected thief is currently in police custody after he was captured by two bus drivers in Castries city today, August 7 The suspect is accused of stealing pouches with money from two parked and unlocked Route 2H mini-buses. The scenario played out fully between around 11 a.m. and 12 noon. The suspect reportedly tried to escape via the Castries river ...

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NADS notes a decline in the quality of proper road signage

PRESS STATEMENT – The National Association of Driving Schools (N.A.D.S) would like to educate the public and hope by in so doing change how traffic management and road safety is handled in St.Lucia. All over the world the institution that is responsible for proper road usage is the ministry of transportation. Though they may not be constructing the roads, once ...

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Police score another drug bust

At least one person is in custody in connection with a drug bust in St. Lucia waters last evening, August 6, 2017, according to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online. Reports are that a vessel was intercepted at sea and a quantity of marijuana was discovered. One male is reportedly being held at the Vieux Fort Police Station. Unconfirmed reports ...

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Middle-aged man hospitalised after stabbing incident in Castries

A man was hospitalised following a stabbing incident in Castries last evening, August 6, 2017, according to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online. The victim has been identiied as Anderson Louis, 53. Louis reportedly sustained a stab wound to the abdomen with a knife around 9 p.m. He was transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. His condition is unknown at ...

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UPDATE: Teen found dead at sea was reported missing

A Castries teen whose lifeless body was fished from the sea off Vigie beach on Sunday had been reported missing prior to the grim discovery, police said. Sixteen-year-old John Baptiste Flemius, aka Junior, of Morne Du Don, Castries was reported missing by family members on Friday, two days before he was found dead, police said. The Police Marine Unit recovered ...

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SDA Church responds to ‘wall-to-wall cover-up’; discloses it expelled student involved in sex scandal

PRESS STATEMENT – The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates four schools in this country: three primary schools and one secondary school. Our secondary school, the SDA Academy, has been educating the children of our nation for over 50 years. The alumni of the Academy are shining luminaries in all walks of life both here and abroad. They have taken their rightful ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Body discovered at Vigie identified

Police have identified the body of a male discovered on Vigie beach on Sunday morning as that of a 16-year-old Castries resident. His name is John Baptiste Flemius, also known as Junior, from Morne Du Don. The teens body was discovered by the Marine Police Unit. A post mortem to determine the cause of death will be conducted either Monday ...

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New hotel development, 180-room Ritz-Carlton, coming to Saint Lucia

3 August 2017 — (PRESS RELEASE): The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has signed a management agreement with Range Developments to open a Ritz-Carlton property in Saint Lucia in 2021, bringing the award-winning luxury brand for the first time to the Eastern Caribbean island known for its lush, mountainous terrain and expansive beaches. The 180-room Ritz-Carlton, ...

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Coconut Bay Resort staff treated with another health fair

Coconut Bay Resort and Spa paid particular attention to the health of its staff last Friday when it held its annual health fair at the hotel which was immensely appreciated by its employees. Some of the participating organisations included Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine, which dealt with blood pressure and diabetic testing, St. Jude Hospital (Health and Nutrition/ ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Five from Soufriere awarded scholarships to the US

“Maximizing potential for success” was the prevailing theme in celebration and preparation of the five young Soufrierians who were recently awarded athletic scholarships to further their education in various colleges in the United States. The parents, specially invited guests, executive members of the Black Panthers Youth and Sports club all assembled at the Cool Breeze conference room to provide the ...

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