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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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Britain hasn’t accepted St Lucia’s offer to house BVI prisoners after Hurricane Irma

(CMC) – Britain has not taken up an offer from St Lucia that the island is prepared to house prisoners from the Hurricane battered British Virgin Islands (BVI) Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet has said. “Certainly we wanted to let them know that we would make facilities available, should it be needed,” Chastanet said. “The prison was badly damaged and so ...

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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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SLP addresses Sandals-Withholding Tax issue at press conference

STATEMENT BY HON PHILIP J. PIERRE, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND POLITICAL LEADER OF THE SAINT LUCIA LABOUR PARTYSTATEMENT BY HON PHILIP J. PIERRE, LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND POLITICAL LEADER OF THE SAINT LUCIA LABOUR PARTYAT THE SLP PRESS CONFERENCE ON SEPTEMBER 7TH, 2017. As a member of a Cabinet from 1997-2006 and 2011-2016 to the best of my ...

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Moncherry resumes top cop duties

Severin Moncherry has resumed as Commissioner of Police effective Monday, Sept. 4, 2017 after being on vacation leave for eight months. Moncherry was appointed Commissioner of Police on April 1, 2016, taking over from Acting Police Commissioner Errol Alexander. Milton Desir returns to his substantive position as the Deputy Commissioner of Police. It was also disclosed that Sgt. 86 Elvis ...

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Security officer succumbs to gunshot wounds – homicide #35

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Urias Dwight Compton, a forty two (42) year old resident of Corinth, Gros Islet. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries, received a report of a shooting, at Choc, Castries, about 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. The incident took place in the vicinity of Caribbean ...

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Sandals clarification on the Withholding Tax issue

san(PRESS RELEASE) – Sandals Resorts International (SRI) is grateful to the Government of Saint Lucia for bringing closure to a long-standing tax dispute in respect of withholding taxes assessed by the Inland Revenue Department on Insurance costs allocated to its three resort companies between 2001 and 2009. We want to make it abundantly clear that this is not money that ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Security guard shot during armed robbery

A male security guard has been hospitalised after being shot during an alleged attempted armed robbery at the building that houses Caribbean Cinemas and Domino’s Pizza. The incident occurred just after 8 p.m. The security guard, who is believed to be in his 30s, received multiple gunshot wounds to his lower body after he confronted the robbers. Emergency personnel found ...

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JUA KALI LTD. – a local start-up that is ‘Trashing the Idea of Waste!’

(PRESS RELEASE) – EVERY SATURDAY from 16th September to 11th November 2017, Saint Lucians and visitors alike will have the opportunity to be responsible consumers AND earn Massy Stores Reward Points by bringing in their household glass and plastic bottles/jars/containers to a Resource Recovery Depot. The “pop-up shop” styled Depots will be open from 7:30AM to 4:30PM at four (4) ...

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UPDATED: SLP questions “Sandals 100% exemption from payment of Withholding Tax” from 2001 to 2009

(PRESS RELEASE) – The attention of the Saint Lucia Labour Party has been drawn to Cabinet Conclusion Number 642 of 2017, dated August 21, 2017, which grants the “Sandals Resorts International Group 100% exemption from the payment of Withholding Tax, for the period 2001 to 2009.” The attention of the Saint Lucia Labour Party has been drawn to Cabinet Conclusion ...

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Armed robbery in Vieux-Fort

A masked gunman robbed a popular bar in Vieux-Fort last week and escaped with an undisclosed sum of money. The bar, Otto’s Bar, located on Clarke Street, was robbed last Wednesday, close to 10 p.m. The incident caused the five persons who were in the bar at the time to panic. According to the cashier, Alphia James, the bandit barged ...

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Diesel and cylinder prices increase

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail 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 ...

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Stolen vehicle found scrapped and burnt in Bexon

A Nissan Tiida car that was stolen from a residence in Monier, Gros Islet between last night and this morning has been found – but not in the condition the owner would like. It was scrapped of parts and burnt. Acting on tips from the public, the remains of the car were reportedly discovered by a police officer just before ...

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19% pay hike for Tolyn workers

(PRESS RELEASE) – Male and female operators and other factory workers employed with Tolyn Manufacturers Limited will receive a nineteen percent (19%) pay hike over a three (3) year duration. This comes as a result of the conclusion of industrial negotiations between the Management of Tolyn Manufacturers Limited and the National Workers Union (NWU). The new agreement which will be ...

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Fitness champ Rocheal getting set for big things!

(PRESS RELEASE) – Last weekend, 20-year-old Rocheal Phillip emerged as the women’s bikini fitness champion in the Saint Lucia Amateur Bodybuilding and Fitness Association’s national championships. This came just a year after she got into the sport, which she took up to improve her fitness. A member of Morne Stars Athletics Club, Rocheal is originally from De Breuil, Choiseul. She ...

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Police investigating fatal accident #11

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Thursday, August 31, 2017, about 3:00 a.m. at Marisule, Gros Islet. The incident involved one motor vehicle, a grey Nissan X-trail, which was travelling southbound from Gros Islet towards Castries. Initial reports indicate that the motor vehicle veered off the road and subsequently caught ablaze. ...

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Tropical Storm Irma forms over the far Eastern Atlantic

Tropical Storm Irma, the ninth (9th) named storm of the 2017 Tropical Atlantic Hurricane Season has formed in the Central Atlantic Ocean. According to the Saint Lucia Meteorological Office, as at 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 31st, 2017, the centre of Tropical Storm Irma was located near latitude 16.5 degrees north, longitude 32.9 degrees west or about 1860 miles or ...

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UPDATE: Gas station employee burned to death in Marisule accident identified

The authorities have identified the victims who were involved in this morning’s fatal fiery accident in front the Courts Marisule branch, Gros Islet. The driver of the sports utility vehicle (SUV) has been identified as Richie Richielieu while the deceased has been identified as Lizzelle Charlery, an employee of Galaxy Gas Station in Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet. Charlery is from ...

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Anse La Raye man stabbed several times with broken bottle

A man is now nursing injuries as a result of a stabbing incident in Anse La Raye last night, according to law enforcement sources. The victim has identified as 59-year-old Regis George of Anse La Raye. Reports are that George was stabbed with a broken bottle during an alleged altercation that occurred between 9:30 and 10 p.m. He sustained three ...

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Gov’t announces public consultations on Saint Lucia’s Geothermal Resource Development Project

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia, after recommencing the exploration of the island’s geothermal resource, remains in pursuit of the successful development of this resource. This agenda is expected to enable the island to reach its most recent target submitted through its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). For the electricity sector, the specific targets include 35% renewable energy by ...

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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Dangerous’ St. Lucian fugitive captured

Residents of St. Lucia and the French islands can now breathe some sigh of relief as one of the dangerous prisoners who escaped from a Guadeloupe prison is back behind bars. According to media reports from the French neighbouring island, 31-year-old St. Lucian national Regan Henry, also known as ‘Zero’ and ‘Paul Henry’, considered the most fearsome of the two ...

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St. Lucian uses sargassum seaweed and turns into a successful agricultural business

(ANTIGUA OBSERVER) – A St. Lucian national is turning what many have described as a nuisance into a booming agricultural business. Seeing the harm that sargassum seaweed was causing his fellow St. Lucians, especially in households and with fishing equipment on the east coast of Dennery, Johanan Dujon sprang into action to turn a problem into a product. Dujon noticed ...

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La Croix Maingot School gets “urgent” cleanup and restoration, spearheaded by charity organisation

Irie Kids Inc., a US-based non-profit organisation that supports and develops programmes for underprivileged children, has come to the aid of the La Croix Maingot School with the support of school officials and the community. Founder of the Massachusetts-based organisation, Lisa Jarvis, said the organisation is currently involved in the “urgent cleanup and restoration” of the school. Jarvis said Irie Kids ...

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PM Chastanet on climate change: “Time is against us”

(IPS) – A Caribbean Community (CARICOM) prime minister has reiterated the call for developed countries to assist Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in their quest to combat the effects of climate change. The Saint Lucian leader, Allen Chastanet, said time is running out for small states such as those in the Caribbean as they struggle to develop infrastructure capable of ...

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Babonneau, Mabouya Valley chosen for land bank pilot

(GIS) – The Ministry of Agriculture has identified two possible locations to pilot a land bank project. Agricultural crown lands in Babonneau and Mabouya Valley have been chosen as the ideal locations to pilot the project, currently underway within the Ministry of Agriculture. Kwesi Goddard, Agricultural Engineer connected to the project, said the first point of action was to sensitize ...

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Herod Stanislas appointed to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives

(PRESS RELEASE) – Member of Parliament for Soufriere/Fond St Jacques, the Honourable Herod Stanislas, has been appointed to serve as Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Co-operatives, with effect from August 21st 2017. Minister Stanislas had previously served as a Minister in the Ministry of Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation. ...

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Jermaine Defoe Children’s Home set to open soon

The Jermaine Defoe Children’s Home in Vieux-Fort on which work had commenced over two years ago, will begin operation in November. That’s according to its manager Sandra Faustin, who told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that she is very much satisfied with the work done on the Home so far. She said various positions to be filled at the Home ...

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