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Fire destroys another dwelling house in Bexon

Fire has destroyed another house in Bexon, according to officials. Emergency officials received a call at 11:30 p.m on Sunday, Sept. 17 that a structure is on fire at Labayee, Bexon. Castries fire personnel responded and on arrival, met a 15’x15′ wooden structure engulfed in flames. The house, owned by Alphar Elivique, was completely destroyed. According to officials, the house was occupied ...

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LIAT cancels several flights as Hurricane Maria approaches

(ANTIGUA NEWS ROOM) – LIAT has announced the cancellation of 23 flights for Monday, September 18, as Hurricane Maria threatens several islands in its network. The cancelled flights are LI 310 St Vincent to St Lucia, LI 312 from Antigua to St Kitts, LI 313 from St Kitts to Antigua, LI 362 from Barbados to Antigua, LI 520 from Antigua ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Maria becomes a hurricane (advisory #11)

(PRESS RELEASE) – A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SAINT LUCIA. AT 5:00 PM. TODAY, THE CENTRE OF HURRICANE MARIA WAS NEAR LATITUDE 13.8 NORTH, LONGITUDE 57.5 WEST, OR 204 MILES OR 378 KM EAST OF SAINT LUCIA. MARIA IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NORTHWEST NEAR 15 MPH OR 24 KM/H. ON THE FORECAST TRACK, THE CENTRE OF ...

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Gov’t orders public shut-down ahead of Tropical Storm Maria impact

STATEMENT BY ACTING PRIME MINISTER, HON. LENARD MONTOUTE ON TROPICAL STORM MARIA 17 September 2017 – A Tropical Storm warning was issued for Saint Lucia at 11:00 AM on Sunday. Tropical Storm Maria is expected to affect Saint Lucia and the Lesser Antilles from Sunday night. In accordance with the guidelines for a national systematic shutdown and having consulted the ...

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Man battling for life after chopping incident in Grand Riviere

A male mechanic has been hospitalised as a result of a chopping incident in Morne Serpent, Grand Rivière, Gros Islet on Saturday, Sept. 16, according to law enforcement officials. The victim has been identified as Augustin Thomas. The incident occurred after 8:30 p.m. Thomas was transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. He is reported to be in critical condition. It ...

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House fire in Bexon (+video)

Fire destroyed a dwelling house in Bexon early Sunday, Sept. 17, but no one was injured, according to officials. Officials said the 20×25 plywood structure was completely destroyed. The owner, Sophia Marvil, and her children were overseas at the time of the fire, officials said. The emergency call was received at 12:50 a.m. (2)(3)

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Sammy denies giving CWI president Dave Cameron the snub

(ESPNCricInfo) – Did Darren Sammy snub Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron at the post-match presentation ceremony at Gaddafi Stadium on Friday? Sammy was a member of the World XI that played three T20s in Lahore this week, and on Friday his side lost the final game, and with it the series. Cameron was in Lahore to discuss a ...

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Disturbance becomes Tropical Depression Fifteen (advisory #2)

  (PRESS RELEASE) – AT 2:00 P.M. TODAY, THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION FIFTEEN WAS CENTERED NEAR LATITUDE 11.9 NORTH, LONGITUDE 51.6 WEST OR 695 MILES OR 1120 KM EAST SOUTHEAST OF THE LESSER ANTILLES. THE DEPRESSION IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST NEAR 20 MPH OR 30 KM/H. A SLOWER WEST-NORTHWEST MOTION IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT COUPLE OF DAYS. ...

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Severe weather watch for Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – A strong tropical wave located about 720 miles or 1160 kilometers east of the Lesser Antilles is becoming better organized as it approaches the region. Environmental conditions are conducive for additional development and a tropical cyclone could form at any time today or tomorrow while the system moves westward near 20 mph to 31 km/h. Regardless of ...

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Woman rescued after vehicle plunges into sea

A woman was transported to hospital via ambulance this afternoon after the vehicle she was driving ended up into the sea near Baron’s Drive, Soufriere. The woman, who is believed to be in her 40s or 50s, was rescued by residents. It was not immediately clear how the vehicle ended up into the water.   (4)(0)

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Flow launches mobile 4G LTE in Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saint Lucia is now the latest Caribbean market to join the modern mobile revolution, with the addition of high-speed 4G LTE to the service portfolio of the island’s leading telecommunications provider, Flow. The Caribbean’s telecommunications service leader announced its launch of the fastest, most advanced 4G network on island, enabling download speeds and data throughput rates several ...

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St Lucia jolted by earthquake

(CMC) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.6 jolted St Lucia on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damages. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said that the quake occurred at 6:58 am (local time) and was also felt in the neighbouring islands of Dominica and Martinique. ...

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ECSC announces temporary relocation of Commercial Division to Saint Lucia

(PRESS RELEASE) — Due to the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma on the Territory of the Virgin Islands and the resultant damage/destruction of the High Court buildings coupled with disruption of essential services, the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court announces the temporary relocation of the Commercial Division of the High Court to Saint Lucia. The Judges of the Commercial Division will ...

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PM visits Cayman Islands Medical Centre and hurricane-ravaged Turks and Caicos

(PRESS RELEASE) – As the Government of Saint Lucia works towards developing and improving various aspects of Saint Lucia’s health sector and explores the area of medical tourism, officials have been examining different models and health institutions in other countries. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet, Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation, Honourable Guy Joseph and ...

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Section of Castries-Gros Islet Highway to close

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that a section of the Castries – Gros Islet Highway, Choc Roundabout to Marisule Intersection will be closed from 4p.m. on Saturday 16th September 2017 to 5a.m on Monday 18th September 2017. This is to allow for repairs to the riding surface of the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Gros Islet

One man was injured during a shooting in the town of Gros Islet on Thursday night, Sept. 14. The incident occurred on the corner of Chapel and St. John streets about 10:30 p.m. The victim, who is well known to the police, according to law enforcement sources, sustained a bullet wound to the leg. (3)(11)

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Saint Lucian arrested for murder in Martinique

A Saint Lucian has been arrested in Martinique in connection with kidnapping and murder. He has been identified as Roger Avril who is accused of killing 36-year-old optician Marion Genin who disappeared on the night of September 3-4, 2008 at the Diamant. Her body was found several weeks later in a field in Sainte-Luce. It had numerous skull fractures and other ...

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Family members of St Jude Hospital fire victim speaks out

Some members of the immediately family of one of the three persons who perished in the St. Jude fire eight years ago, say the anniversary of the fire which the hospital is currently commemorating means nothing to them. “We have no interest in their anniversary. No one cares about us…. No official from government or St. Jude Hospital ever came ...

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“That was my third time going to jail”

Imagine from a young age you are being tormented by evil spirits and nobody believes in you. This was what happened with me, I had spiritual problems but at that time I never understood what that was. I couldn’t sleep well because every night I used to have nightmares; I used to see strange movements in the house. My life ...

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St. Lucia’s Police Commissioner has a message for criminals… following daring shootout

Citizens including police officers have a legal right to use deadly force to defend themselves. That message is coming from Police Commissioner Severin Moncherry in an interview with HTS News4force. Moncherry, who recently returned from an eight-month vacation, was responding to the crime wave which included yesterday’s gunbattle between a police officer and an armed suspect in a Castries inner-city ...

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Thieves wipe out Gros Islet Library

The Gros Islet Library, which is housed in the old Gros Islet health centre, has lost thousands of dollars worth of items as a result of a burglary which is suspected to have occurred between last Saturday and Monday of this week, according to reliable sources. The library’s cleaner discovered that the library was broken into when she turned up ...

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St. Lucia can “safely” house up to 50 prisoners from hurricane-ravaged islands

(PRESS RELEASE) – Local security officials as well as the British Government will ensure prisoners brought to Saint Lucia will be safely transferred and not pose a risk to Saint Lucia’s population. The British Virgin Islands and Turks and Caicos are facing dire circumstances with securing prisoners following the destruction of some prisons by Hurricane Irma and it is believed ...

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Baker shot during Beausejour robbery

A baker was shot yesterday (Tuesday, Sept. 12) during a robbery in Beausejour, Gros Islet, according to reliable sources. The incident occurred about 1:30 p.m. at a grocery shop and bakery. Reports are that three masked gunmen came into the business establishment and demanded cash from the female cashier. During the robbery, a baker, who is said to be in ...

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Bad Saltibus road putting lives at risk!

A resident of Saltibus has drawn attention to a deteriorating road in the community. The resident, who does not want to be named, said the slowly-collapsing road is placing the lives of people at risk. “This is upper Saltibus, a road that people drive on every day. There are 10 homes being affected by this and no one looks like ...

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Private vessel from Saint Lucia taking supplies to Anguilla

 (PRESS RELEASE) — The public are being urged to donate much needed hurricane relief items to be loaded onto a vessel leaving Saint Lucia for Anguilla tomorrow Wednesday 13th September leaving from I Dock, Rodney Bay Marina. Donations can me made between 11am – 1pm at I Dock, Rodney Bay Marina. The Carriacou Sloop named ‘Tradition’ will be embarking on ...

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PM reports on Irma recovery efforts

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet convened a Monday morning pre-Cabinet press briefing to report on his delegation’s visit to Tortola. Presentations from both him and Minister Guy Joseph further shed light on the enormity of the recovery task ahead for the islands that suffered the ravages of Hurricane Irma. The team, without communications consultant Lionel Ellis, who stayed behind to continue ...

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OECS member states rally together in the wake of Hurricane Irma (+ videos and photos)

(PRESS RELEASE) — As airports in the path of Hurricane Irma tentatively reopen, a high-level OECS delegation made preliminary visits to the OECS Member States most affected by the powerful Category 5 storm to assess first-hand the damage and immediate needs of the hurricane-ravaged islands. Leading the delegation were OECS Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon. Allen Chastanet; ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two males shot in Bocage

Two males were wounded by gunfire on Monday evening (Sept. 11) in Bocage, Castries, according to law enforcement sources. Residents reported hearing multiple gunshots between 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. One resident reported hearing at least eight shots, while another resident told St. Lucia News Online that about a dozen shots were heard. The wounded individuals were transported to hospital. ...

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Following Irma, St. Lucia, other Caribbean islands need to revise building codes: Guy Joseph

Reflecting on the severity of what he witnessed during Sunday’s reconnaissance trip to hurricane-damaged Tortola, Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister Guy Joseph advocates going “back to the drawing board” when it comes to how buildings are constructed. “Not just for government, but for the commercial sector, because the number of commercial buildings I saw that ...

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Fedee releases “outstanding” tourism arrival statistics

Tourism arrivals are up again, according to statistics cited by Minister with responsibility for Tourism Dominic Fedee. At Monday’s pre-Cabinet press briefing, Fedee cited improvements in stayover visitors from all major markets, with the exception of Canada (due to reduced airlift from WestJet.) With January – July figures described as “outstanding”, the minister forecasts a continuation of the positive outlook ...

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Police: Double homicide victims were shot en route Gros Islet to Castries

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Saturday, September 09, 2017, about 2:20 a.m. officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department were dispatched to the scene of a suspected shooting at La Clery, Castries. It was reported that two individuals, who were the riders of separate scooters, sustained multiple gunshot wounds, en route from Gros Islet to Castries after they were allegedly accosted ...

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St. Jude Hospital marks 8th anniversary of deadly 2009 fire

(PRESS RELEASE) – Saturday September 9, 2017 marked the eight anniversary of the devastating St Jude Hospital fire that resulted in the death of three patients and led to the hospital now operating out of the George Odlum Stadium. The fire began on the surgical ward and spread to the pediatric ward and operating theatre. To mark the occasion, the ...

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UPDATE: Man shot on Riverside Road, Castries

A man who was shot on Riverside Road, Castries on Saturday afternoon is in stable condition, according to sources. The man, identified as Kennedy Dantes, 30, sustained a bullet wound to the ankle around 2 p.m. and was transported to Victoria Hospital by private means. Police officials could not immediately confirm if the shooting was linked to Saturday morning’s double ...

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Sammy aim to enjoy experience of playing in Pakistan again

(GULF NEWS-Pakistan) – Darren Sammy, a star player in the World XI team that will take on Pakistan in three Twenty20 matches in Lahore on September 12, 13 and 15, is looking forward to experience the excitement of playing in front of the Pakistan crowd. Responding to a query from Gulf News as to whether there was any apprehension of ...

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Alleged serial rapist caught and beaten in Piaye

An alleged serial rapist was caught and beaten in Piaye on Saturday, Sept. 9, according to reports. Piaye residents have alleged that the suspect was caught after a woman, who escaped being raped, alerted persons in her neighbourhood. The alleged attacker was then tied up and beaten until police arrived. The suspect is accused of luring women to guest houses ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Double homicide victims identified

The victims of Saturday’s double homicide in La Clery, Castries have been identified as David Khodra, 28, and Shane Augustin, 21. The men were reportedly on a motorcycle when shots were fired at them from a car minutes after 2 a.m. Initial reports to the authorities indicated that the incident was a motor vehicle accident. However, when the police arrived ...

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Saint Lucia reaches out in hurricane relief efforts

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia along with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has activated hurricane relief mechanisms to provide aid to the territories affected by Hurricane Irma. The Office of the Prime Minister wishes to extend specific assistance to the Saint Lucian Diaspora in these areas. In this regard all are being requested to submit information ...

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Hurricane Jose strengthens to dangerous Category Four

(AFP) — Hurricane Jose strengthened to a Category Four storm Friday, as it followed in the path of Hurricane Irma, US weather forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said the storm, located in the Atlantic Ocean 480 miles (775 kilometers) southeast of the Leeward Islands, was packing winds of 125 miles per hour (200 kilometers per hour), as it moved ...

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Drug seized in Barbados arrived in cargo vessel from St. Lucia

(NATION NEWS) – A civil engineer is expected to appear in court today charged in connection with the discovery of 418.8 pounds of cannabis worth over $837 000. He is 34-year-old Duane Ryan Gittens of Lot #405 Westwood Drive, St James. Police say the drugs were found when members of the Drug Squad and Customs Enforcement Division conducted an operation ...

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I only saved my passport, says Jamaican in hurricane-ravaged BVI

(CMC) — Jermaine Smith, a Jamaican living here, says the only thing he managed to save was his passport as Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful storms in history, ravaged sections of the British Virgin Islands as it ripped across the island chain late Wednesday. Images have emerged of homes being flattened and several government offices destroyed. “Everything mash ...

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World Bank offers support to respond to Hurricane Irma

(PRESS RELEASE) – World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim made the following statement as Hurricane Irma ripped through the Eastern Caribbean and continued its devastating path across the Caribbean Sea: “Our sympathy and solidarity go to the people of the Eastern Caribbean and to all those who may still be affected by Hurricane Irma. We’ve reached out to the ...

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CDEMA stands in solidarity with countries affected by Hurricane Irma

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), as the CARICOM entity established to oversee disaster management within the region, stands in solidarity with our affected Caribbean neighbours. The Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) has been activated to provide support during this greatest time of need. The impact of Hurricane Irma on several of CDEMA Participating States including Anguilla, ...

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Hurricane Jose strengthens to Category 3 storm

(AFP) — Hurricane Jose strengthened to a Category Three storm Thursday, as it followed in the path of Hurricane Irma, US weather forecasters said. The National Hurricane Centre (NHC) said the storm, located east of the Lesser Antilles, was packing winds of 120 miles per hour (195 kilometres per hour), as it moved northwest at nearly 18 miles per hour ...

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Britain sends £12m, ship to assist Irma victims

(AFP) — Britain is sending a military vessel to assist victims of Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and is assigning £12 million (US$15.7 million, 13 million euros) in aid, the government said Thursday. “We are pulling out all the stops to make sure that we can do our utmost to bring urgent assistance,” Alan Duncan, a junior foreign minister, told ...

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There are 3 hurricanes in the Atlantic basin

(CNN) – All eyes are on Hurricane Irma as it moves toward Florida, but it’s not alone. Jose and Katia strengthened Wednesday afternoon, bringing the number of hurricanes churning in the Atlantic basin to three. It’s the first time since 2010 that three active hurricanes have been in the Atlantic. As of at 2 p.m. ET Thursday, Jose was out ...

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‘Hypocrisy’ – UWP says SLP gov’t granted Sandals 100% Withholding Tax waiver for 10 years from 2013

(PRESS RELEASE) – The United Workers Party continues to be alarmed at the glaring hypocrisy from the Saint Lucia Labour Party and attempts to hurt Saint Lucia’s relationship with local and foreign investors. It has become clear to Saint Lucians that the SLP is not interested in the success of our country but only in seeking to ruin and obstruct ...

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Hurricane Jose strengthens to Category Two storm

(AFP) — Hurricane Jose strengthened to a Category Two storm Thursday, as it followed in the path of Hurricane Irma, US weather forecasters said. The National Hurricane Center said the storm, located east of the Lesser Antilles, was packing winds of 105 miles per hour (165 kilometers per hour) “Additional strengthening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Jose ...

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Hurricane Irma causes devastation in the Caribbean

(BBC) – Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing buildings to rubble and leaving at least nine people dead. The small island of Barbuda is said to be “barely habitable”. Officials warn that St Martin is almost destroyed, and the death toll is likely to rise. Irma is a category five hurricane, the highest possible level. It ...

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