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Girl struck by car and almost ran over by another at Choc

A young female pedestrian is lucky to be alive following a motor vehicle accident at Choc this morning, Feb. 9, 2018, according to officials. Reports are that the victim, identified as Kayla Prospere, 12, had just gotten off a bus when she allegedly darted across the road into the path of an oncoming vehicle. She was struck by a car ...

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UPDATED: Vehicle hits senior citizen before rolling down precipice in Agard

An elderly pedestrian was among two people who suffered minor injuries in a motor vehicle accident in Agard, Morne Dun Don, Castries on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, according to officials. Reports are that a minibus, which was being driven by Rohan Joseph, 49, smashed into a shed and grazed 82-year-old pedestrian Michael Bowen who was standing nearby, before plunging down ...

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UPDATED: Pedestrian struck by vehicle at Hospital Road

A male pedestrian suffered minor injuries when he was hit by a motor vehicle on Hospital Road, Castries on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, according to official reports. The pedestrian has been identified as 40-year-old Johnson Augustin. The accident occurred shortly after 6:30 p.m. He was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital in stable condition (0)(2)

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St. Lucian fisherman says he was treated like a drug dealer by Vincentian cops

Terrible and unprofessional. That’s how a fisherman of Vieux-Fort has described the treatment meted out to him by law enforcement officers in St. Vincent while in their custody, after his fishing vessel experienced mechanical problems and drifted to the neighbouring island. According to Thomas Evans of Bruceville, Vieux-Fort, his experience at sea when his boat engine suddenly stopped working was ...

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After legal fight to stay, St. Lucian man deported from the USA

(EAGLE-TRIBUNE) — On Monday, Jacob Leonce, a 45-year old man originally from St. Lucia who has lived in the city for close to a decade, was deported back to the Caribbean Island from an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Burlington. Leonce, a married father of two sons who were born in Haverhill, was first notified in December by immigration ...

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St. Lucian woman accused of theft at BVI supermarket

(BVI NEWS) – A man and a woman who were cashiers at Road Town Wholesale’s Cash and Carry in Pasea Estate are being accused of stealing nearly $60,000 from the store. Charged with theft and false accounting are Fort Hill resident George Wells, and 34-year-old Sharon Forde. Wells is accused of stealing $37,908 while Forde is accused of taking $21,939. ...

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19-year-old Hospital Road resident missing

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) has published a missing person’s report on its Facebook page for 19-year-old Sora Charlemagne, a resident of Hospital Road, Castries. Charlemagne was last seen at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018 at the Castries Market, police said. She is about 5 feet 2 inches tall. “We are seeking the assistance of the general ...

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Three injured in Rosseau accident

Three people were injured when a vehicle ran off the road and crashed into a bus shelter in Rosseau on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, according to officials. The patients were identified as Joycelyn Maximin, 58, of Lanse Road; Mitch Mathurn, 30, of Vide Boutielle; and Starjay James, 29, of Bisee. Mathurin reportedly sustained a fractured leg. All three persons sustained minor injuries ...

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New waste management plan for Ciceron

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Saint Lucia Solid Waste Management Authority (SLSWMA) has employed a three-prong system to ensure a sustainable waste management solution for the community of Ciceron. The collection service was improved which involved using curbside collection as much as possible. The collection points were staggered in order to reduce the volume of garbage reaching any one point, and ...

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Is the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Business Awards just a “SHOW”? (letter to the editor)

Dear Editor: The St. Lucia Business Awards have always been portrayed as an opportunity for large (and even “small”) businesses to be judged fairly on their contributions to excellence, innovation sustainability and enterprise; staying true to the Chamber’s mission “to drive national growth and development enabling a healthy business environment where members can flourish.” It was therefore seen as a ...

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Fisherfolks fed up with conditions at Dennery port

Fisherfolks of Dennery are complaining that they ply their trade under much discomfort and are now making a clarion call to the relevant authority to do something to relieve them of their plight. But while they are complaining bitterly about their plight, some residents and a stakeholder of the Dennery Fishing Port are accusing them of contributing to their own ...

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UPDATED: House fire in Forestiere

A dwelling was destroyed by fire in Forestiere earlier today, Feb. 7, 2018, officials have said. The fire, which occurred around 3 p.m., destroyed a 20ft x 18ft structure owned by a Romiel Sookwa. A 23-year-old, Jaye Sookwa, was treated for smoke inhalation by ambulance personnel. Additional details were not immediately available.   (1)(11)

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Hundreds take advantage of DASH early bird registration

(PRESS RELEASE) – With just over two weeks before the 4th DASH Independence Colour Run, organizers say hundreds have taken advantage of the two-week early bird registration period. Based on the numbers confirmed so far, DASH 4 NEON Edition is well poised to realize its over 2000 participant target. Recognizing and embracing its youth focus along with the health and ...

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Ministry of Health battles leptospirosis

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health has shifted into high gear to deal with an increase in leptospirosis. Last year, the ministry noted an increase in those who contracted leptospirosis, with a confirmed number of 26 cases and four deaths. During a stakeholder consultation with town and village councils on Feb. 2, Medical Officer for Health, Dr. Sharon Belmar ...

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EU supports Sterilization Department at OKEUH

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sterilization of medical equipment is of utmost importance in the medical sector particularly in a hospital. It is against this backdrop that a training session was conducted with staff of the Sterilization Department at the Victoria Hospital. This training was conducted at the Owen King EU Hospital. Sterilization in hospitals is one of the most important processes ...

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BVI prisoners to leave Saint Lucia soon

(BVI PLATINUM NEWS) – The 21 hardened inmates of Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP), who were transferred to St. Lucia, will be returning soon, as repair works on the Balsam Ghut penitentiary have commenced and are progressing well. Hon. Myron Walwyn, Minister of Education and Culture said that Phase 1 of the project which is being funded by the ministry is ...

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Tourists vote Saint Lucia into the Caribbean’s Top 10 destinations

Millions of travellers from around the world have selected Saint Lucia as one of the favourite places to visit, according to Trip Advisor. Saint Lucia has been awarded a 2017 Trip Advisor Award after being voted in the top 10 destinations in the Caribbean region category. The destination places eighth with Jamaica taking the top spot this year. See below, ...

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Woman arrives in US from St. Lucia with cocaine in suitcase

(NBC NEW YORK) – A woman faces drug smuggling charges after authorities say she tried to smuggle cocaine cleverly concealed in her suitcase through John F. Kennedy Airport. Tuere Easter was stopped by Customs and Border Protection officers as she arrived from St. Lucia last weekend after a K-9 dog alerted them, the agency said. The officers X-rayed and searched ...

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St. Lucian live-in caregiver charged for theft in Canada

(INHALTON) – A 55-year-old live-in caregiver is facing charges after cash and property were stolen from a Burlington home. The woman was an in-house care provider for one of the elderly residents, say Halton police. Items were taken between Dec. 2017 and Jan. 4, investigators allege. The suspect was arrested and some stolen property was recovered. Charmain Bibiana Peter of ...

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St Lucia launches ambitious agribusiness project

(CMC) – St Lucia has launched a multi-million dollar project aimed at strengthening agribusiness operations within the context of climate change. The US$1.8 million Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) funded Sustainable Agribusiness for Laborie and Environs (SABLE) project is intended to benefit farmers and fisherfolk mainly in the south of the island. “The project is innovative as it will deliver financial ...

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Police operation: 9mm Beretta pistol found

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Saturday February 3, 2018, about 11:00 pm, Police Officers while on patrol foiled a Robbery on Chisel Street, Castries. Due to their intervention, one of the suspects was arrested with a 9mm Beretta pistol containing one round of ammunition. He is expected to be charged at a later date. A second suspect involved at the time ...

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Police release: Fatal accident in Gros Islet

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Nick Elibox, as a result of a vehicular accident which occurred on Sunday February 4, 2018, about 2:30 a.m. on La Retraite Road in Gros Islet. Nick Elibox, a nineteen (19) year old resident of Bexon, Castries was the driver of motor vehicle registration number PE8350 which veered ...

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The cultural community loses another son

(PRESS RELEASE) – It is with great sadness that the Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to the family of Humphrey Inglis talented musician on the bass guitar who died on 1st February, 2018. For many years Humphrey worked in the Architectual Section of the Ministry of Planning while his followed his passion for music. Upon his retirement he became a ...

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Temporary closure of public library

(PRESS RELEASE) – The public is informed that the Central Library is closed temporarily to facilitate repairs and remediation works necessary to improve physical conditions and the general environment for patrons and staff. The Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and staff of the Central Library regret any inconvenience caused by this closure and thank you for ...

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Three injured in Ravine Poisson accident

Three persons sustained minor injuries in a vehicular accident in Ravine Poisson on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018, according to law enforcement officials. The accident, a rear impact, involved a Ford F-350, registration TA711 and a Suzuki Escudo, registration PK2515, around 8:50 p.m. The victims were on board the Escudo. They have been identified as Cornelia Gustavo, 35, of Labayee; Onica ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Promising young cricketer dies in Gros Islet accident

Promising young cricketer Nick Elibox died in a vehicular accident in La Retraite, Monchy, Gros Islet early this morning, Feb. 4, 2018. Elibox, 19, of Bexon was driving when he lost control of his grey Suzuki Vitara which ran off the road and overturned. The accident occurred around 2 a.m. He sustained severe head injuries and was pronounced dead. Four other persons ...

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Three men stabbed in separate incidents in Castries

Three persons sustained stab wounds in separate incidents in Castries city and Bexon over the past two days, according to law enforcement officials. The victims have been identified as 40-year-old Levi Bernard of Marc, Bexon, 35-year-old Michael Mon Louis of the CDC apartments in Castries, and 20-year-old Lydell Fedee of Maynard Hill, Castries. Bernard was reportedly stabbed in the chest ...

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Man attacked and beaten on Chaussee Road

A 35-year-old is lucky to be alive after he was reportedly attacked and beaten by four unknown individuals on Chaussee Road, Castries on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018. The victim has been identified as Adrian Francois of Hospital Road, Castries. He sustained blows to the back of his head and was transported by ambulance to Victoria Hospital in stable condition. The ...

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Chadia Mathurin’s Wakonté Publishing launches Project 50,000

(PRESS RELEASE) – In December of 2017, Wakonté Publishing was launched with 5 books from 4 authors across the Caribbean region. We have a unique mandate as a publishing house, giving African and Caribbean writers, artists, and authors a platform to band together and to shape their own narratives. But there’s more to our mandate to impact. The pen spurs ...

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Inmates, officers injured in Bordelais standoff

Operations are back to normal at the Bordelais Correctional Facility following a violent disturbance earlier this week that resulted in several officers and a number of inmates sustaining non-lifethreatening injuries, according to sources. The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 31, 2018) when a number of inmates refused to enter their cells after recreation. According to sources, the inmates ...

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Ambitious agricultural project launched for farmers and fisherfolks of the south

The Laborie Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. (LCCU) earlier this week launched an ambitious agricultural project aimed at strengthening agribusiness operation for its members within the context of climate change. The project, Sustainable Agribusiness for Laborie and Environs (SABLE) which cost US$1.856 million, is funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), supported by the Government of St. Lucia, and being executed ...

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UPDATED: TEPA launches new Taste of Saint Lucia export label

(PRESS RELEASE) – With the focus on commanding visibility and increased market share for Saint Lucian products in potential and growing markets, the Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) has completed the Taste of Saint Lucia (TOSL) branding strategy and label. On Thursday February 1st, TEPA unveiled the new export label to representatives of trade promotions and business support organisations at ...

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83-year-old Choiseul man missing

The family of John Denis Donacien, aka Stormy of Belle Vue, Choiseul, is seeking the public’s assistance in finding their loved one who has been missing for almost two weeks. The 83-year-old, who suffers from Alzheimer’s, went missing from his home at Belle Vue about 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 21, 2018, and has not been seen since, relatives said. ...

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St. Lucia police to benefit from Taiwan cooperation agreement

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia continues to step up the approach to dealing with crime and strengthening our police force. Taiwan and Saint Lucia have signed an agreement for police cooperation which will see more exchanges in the area of personnel visits, training, and intelligence between police officers. The Bilateral Police Cooperation Agreement will also mean law ...

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SALCC to offer project management seminar in March

(PRESS RELEASE) – The south campus of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College invites the public to participate in a one-day professional development seminar in Project Management Basics. The course will run from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, and will be held at the south campus, Beanefield, Vieux Fort. Participants will receive an SALCC Certificate of ...

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Saint Lucia ranked 33 out of 113 countries on rule of law, rising three positions

(PRESS RELEASE) – The World Justice Project (WJP) today released the 2017-2018 WJP Rule of Law Index® which measures rule of law adherence in 113 countries worldwide based on more than 110,000 household and 3,000 expert surveys. Featuring primary data, the WJP Rule of Law Index measures countries’ rule of law performance across eight factors: Constraints on Government Powers, Absence ...

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$8.5M Caribbean villa set on UNESCO World Heritage Site heads to auction

(PRESS RELEASE) – A breathtaking villa built on a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site in the picturesque Caribbean island nation of Saint Lucia will sell to the highest bidder on February 28th through leading global auction firm Concierge Auctions as part of the firm’s February Portfolio Sale. Previously listed for $8.5 million, the retreat ...

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Taiwan joins Saint Lucia Government to boost RSLPF and national security

(PRESS RELEASE) – The passion and commitment of the Government of Saint Lucia to fight crime in all its forms is steadily shifting into decisive and purposeful action. A further demonstration of government’s pledge came through the signing of a Bilateral Police Co-operation Agreement that will bring several benefits to the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and strengthen the organization ...

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Taiwan Foreign Minister receives warm welcome and announces “New Impetus for Future Cooperation”

(PRESS RELEASE) – Taiwan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Dr. Lee Ta-wei and his wife Lin Chih received a warm welcome as they arrived in Saint Lucia Tuesday January 31st 2018. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet and his wife Mrs. Raquel Duboulay-Chastanet, as well as Ministers of Cabinet and Government officials were on hand to receive the Taiwan delegation ...

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Government provides update on investment projects for the South

(PRESS RELEASE) – The south of the island is earmarked for several major projects which have already commenced or will commence in 2018. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service Honourable Allen Chastanet updated the nation on the developments during a press briefing on Tuesday at the Finance Administrative Centre. Among ...

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City Police beautification projects to promote safer communities

(PRESS RELEASE) – Officers attached to the City Police Department spent their Sunday sprucing up the Marchand Combined School. This is the first in a series of planned beautification projects by the department with the objective to reduce crime, promote ownership of the neighborhood among its residents, promote productive partnerships and provide a safe area for youths. Over 10 officers ...

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New OECS tourism project earmarked to upgrade Castries city

(PRESS RELEASE) – Sections of the capital city of Castries should expect a facelift, as one part of a new tourism enhancement project funded by the World Bank. The official launch of the project took place in Saint Lucia, last week, before a gathering of 70 persons. The Project is funded to the tune of 26 million US dollars, with ...

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Post mortem results for fatal accident victims

(PRESS RELEASE) – Post mortem examinations were conducted upon the bodies of Bradley Cyril and Brandon St. Omer, who succumbed due to injuries sustained during a vehicular accident which occurred on Saturday January 20, 2018, at Vide Boutielle. The post mortem examination determined that Bradley Cyril died as a result of Neurovascular shock secondary to acceleration deceleration injury. Brandon St. ...

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Taiwan supports rehabilitation of Saint Lucia’s fisheries facilities

(PRESS RELEASE) – A donation ceremony for “Rehabilitation of the Praslin and Savannes Bay Fisheries Facilities” was held at Savannes Bay on 29th January 2018. Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, Hon. Herod Stanislaus, Minister in the Ministry, H.E. Douglas Shen, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan), fisheries officers and local residents ...

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Fuel prices adjusted

(PRESS RELEASE) – 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 unleaded gasoline, diesel, and kerosene remain unchanged. Gasoline remains unchanged at $2.80 per litre or $12.75 per gallon; diesel remains unchanged at $2.80 per litre or $12.75 per gallon; and kerosene remains unchanged at ...

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Saint Lucia to welcome Taiwan Foreign Minister

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia will officially welcome Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan), His Excellency Dr. Lee Ta-Wei on an official visit from January 30 – February 1, 2018. While in Saint Lucia the Taiwan Foreign Minister will meet with Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and Public Service ...

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Tourism project launched

(GIS) – The Department of Tourism, Information, and Broadcasting together with the Project Coordination Unit of the Department of Economic Development, launched the OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project (ORTCP), last week. The OECS Regional Tourism Competitiveness Project is a tourism enhancement project for Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, and Grenada that aims to facilitate the movement of tourists between the participating ...

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Babonneau Wellness Centre receives donation

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Babonneau Wellness Centre recently received a helping hand when it accepted a donation of smart televisions by a cooperate sponsor. On Jan. 24, Caribbean Metals Limited donated three smart TVs that will be used to educate residents and patients on health-related matters. The Parliamentary Representative for Babonneau, Hon. Ezechiel Joseph, said the donation met one of ...

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St Lucia’s first Human Resource Management Association to be formed

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Interim Steering Committee of the St. Lucia Human Resource Management Association invites existing and aspiring human resource professionals to a general meeting, to pave the way for the launch of the Association later this year. Other professionals whose work is affiliated with the field of human resource management, or who provide services that are closely aligned ...

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Emotions run high at opening for OK-EU Dialysis Unit

(PRESS RELEASE) – Emotions ran high as the Government of Saint Lucia officially opened the Dialysis Unit at the Owen King-EU Hospital on the morning of Wednesday January 24th 2018. Training for nurses at the new Unit commenced recently and the Unit will replace the services being offered at the Victoria Hospital with high end fully functional machines. Medical officials, ...

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Leader of the Opposition Hon Philip J. Pierre issues statement on the blacklisting of Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – You may recall that when I first disclosed in Parliament that Saint Lucia was black-listed by the European Union as a non-cooperative jurisdiction for tax purposes the government’s response was ignorance of the fact and then to make excuses and attack the opposition. My response was Saint Lucia was blacklisted because of the negligence of the Chastanet ...

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Full speed ahead for islandwide network project

(PRESS RELEASE) – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet spoke enthusiastically about the prospect of Island-wide internet access when he addressed the ceremony for the Installation phase of the Government Island-Wide Network (GINet) Project on Wednesday. The project aims to help develop a wireless local area network (WLAN) in public areas in order to provide residents, tourists and persons conducting business ...

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False, scurrilous and defamatory – Dr. Anthony

(PRESS RELEASE) – The following statement has been issued by Dr Kenny D. Anthony, former Prime Minister and Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South: “I have taken note that in several postings on Facebook and other social media, Ms. Kernisha Flavien, Public Relations Officer of the United Workers Party, wrote as follows: “Kenny Anthony and the Labour Party continues to ...

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Castries market rehabilitation plans

(GIS) – The Castries market will, in the coming months, undergo some major rehabilitation in keeping with government’s overall redevelopment plan for the city of Castries. Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet, in articulating the government’s plan to develop the city, said the Castries market forms part of that plan, and that improvements to the decades-old facility are long overdue. Built ...

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LUCELEC issues customer advisory on imposters

(PRESS RELEASE) – It has been reported to the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) that individuals are presenting themselves to business establishments and/or people’s homes as LUCELEC employees and requesting permission to access their premises to conduct meter inspections or any work on behalf of LUCELEC (including surveys). LUCELEC would like to advise all customers of the following: 1. Instances ...

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SRDF issues statement on false adverts

(PRESS RELEASE) – Recently, an individual by the name of “Mr. Isidore” has fraudulently claimed to be a Supervisor of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF). The perpetrator has issued job promises and interviewed a young woman of Vieux Fort for the post of Receptionist. Mr. Isidore is described as short and dark in complexion clad in a polo shirt ...

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Prime Minister speaks on tourism industry upgrades

(GIS) – Prime Minister Hon. Allen Chastanet has announced major plans for the expansion of port facilities in the south of the island. One of the components of the port facilities expansion project is the construction of a home porting facility in the town of Vieux Fort which is expected to attract large cruise vessels. “The Hon. Stephenson King, two ...

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National Principal’s Association statement on recent sex video

(PRESS RELEASE) – This appears to be the new thrill for the youth to expose themselves in full uniform engaging in sexual acts. This behaviour is worrisome and spells a breakdown in family and societal values. The fact that videos of this nature continue to surface speaks of a lack of remorse by all parties involved. There is the need ...

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