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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot while picking mangoes in Coolie Town

A 23-year-old man was hospitalised after he was attacked while picking mangoes then shot in Coolie Town, Marigot this morning, the Police Information Office has confirmed. The victim, Contius Alexander of Coolie Town, sustained a gunshot wound to his right arm and is currently in stable condition, police said. Reports are that about 11:15 a.m., Alexander told police that he ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Addiction Cleansing Therapy Project in St. Lucia

From a young age, Amador was already associated with the wrong crowd. “My life has always been hard since I was a child; I hung out with guys older than me and got involved with illegal activities with them,” he said. “I started smoking cigarettes and marijuana, drinking alcohol, and using drugs, and I found it difficult to stop. I ...

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PRESS RELEASE: UWP condemns recent spate in gun violence

The United Workers Party supports government efforts to fight crime and is concerned about the recent upsurge in gun violence over the past few months especially last week where a total of 5 incidents occurred in and around the outskirts of Castries. We send out condolences to the family and friends of those who have lost loved ones and wish ...

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GIS NEWS: Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards gas pump standards one of the best in CARICOM

The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) observed World Metrology Day on May 20, under theme “Measurements for Transport.” The 2017 theme brought to the spotlight, a number of significant interventions made by the SLBS to ensure accurate and reliable measurements in the vital transportation sector. One of those is the department’s flagship program for the verification of gas pumps to ensure that consumers ...

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PRESS RELEASE: ‘Apologize to Vieux Fortians’ – Kenny Anthony

Allen Chastanet must apologise to the people of Vieux Fort South for his degrading utterances at the public meeting of the United Workers Party, held on May 17, 2017, at the Vieux Fort Square. So says the Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort South, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony. On several occasions during his speech, Allen Chastanet told the people of Vieux ...

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PRESS RELEASE: iLand Resilience works on target for completion

The OECS Global Climate Change Alliance/GCCA, through its iLAND Resilience works being implemented in Saint Lucia, are on target in terms of completion. The completion  of these projects is timely as it will serve as a major step for mitigation ahead of the 2017 hurricane season. The project which commenced in February in Corinth/Grand Riviere promises to improve the communities’ ...

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Did you know?

Did you know that the following have scenes of Saint Lucia? Dolittle Firepower Superman II Pirates of the Caribbean I Creature (mini-series) Death in Paradise (TV Series) Did you know that the Saint Lucia Jazz and Arts Festival is not the original name of the ten-day event?  It was called the Annual International Jazz Festival and ran for the first ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Nine-month-old is 24th homicide victim of 2017

The post mortem performed on a nine-month-old baby found dead in Marchand yesterday has confirmed the death as a homicide. The baby was discovered dead by her mother at their home in George Charles Boulevard, Marchand, Castries. The post mortem revealed that the baby died of asphyxia secondary to ligature strangulation/hanging. Reports are that the baby was discovered with a ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Lucia’s National Culinary Team starts countdown to CHTA Taste of the Caribbean Competition 2017

PRESS RELEASE – With only 9 days left, the Saint Lucia Hotel and Tourism Association (SLHTA) gears up for another exciting event this year in the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) Taste of the Caribbean Competition. The event which is expected to draw participation from approximately 14 islands will be held from June 2nd to 6th 2017 at Hyatt ...

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Elderly woman injured in Choc accident

A 76-year-old woman was injured in a motor vehicle accident at Choc this morning. The victim has been identified as Agnes Mathurin of Plateau. Reports are that a pickup van ran off the road around 7:23 a.m. Mathurin reportedly complained of body pains and was transported to hospital via ambulance. (0)(1)

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PRESS RELEASE: Augier Combined holds first ever Calypso Festival

The Augier Combined School held its 1st ever Calypso Festival on Sunday, 21st May 2017 at the Augier Combined School. The theme of the festival was “ACS IN KAISO”. This Calypso Festival was also an activity as part of school’s reading activity for the month of May which has the theme “Reading Grows the Imagination, Discover the Author in You”. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Bagatelle, Marchand

Police are investigating another shooting in Marchand, Castries which has seen a flare-up of gun violence recently. Reports are that the victim, Chester McLawrence, 32, was shot in the arm while in a van at Bagatelle, Marchand, around 5:55 p.m. He was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance. It is not clear if today’s shooting is related to the other ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Commissioners of Police hosts Town Hall Meeting

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) will undertake a Commissioner’s Town Hall Meeting at the Jacmel Community Centre on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. The hierarchy of the Police has used this medium to strengthen its Community Relations throughout the island having held several successful Community Townhall Meetings in the past. The Commissioners of Police take this ...

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I was between death and life – A YPG story

Extroverted, cheerful, energetic and full of life. These are some of the characteristics I had as a teenager. I grew up in a home filled with harmony, happiness, structure and I was surrounded by people that gave me a lot of love and attention. Little did I know that all of this would fall apart. At the age of 16, ...

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“Not one investment in 20 years” – Chastanet accuses Anthony of threatening investors

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has criticised the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) of bringing “not one investment” when they were in power and also accused the main opposition party’s former leader of threatening investors. Chastanet said his government is “committed” to ensuring that its developments come to fruition despite the fight and threats from the opposition. “We are going to abide ...

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West Indies could rethink ODI selection policy created under Hilaire, Hunte

West Indies could have their limited-overs stars in the fray for national selection, particularly for the 50-over format, after Courtney Browne, the chairman of selectors, hinted at the possibility of the WICB revisiting the eligibility criterion. Currently, the WICB has followed a stringent policy of considering only those players who have featured in the domestic 50-over competition, one that goes ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Horse killed, 7 injured in Roseau accident

A horse is dead and seven people injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Roseau, according to official and eyewitness reports. When they arrived, emergency personnel from Gros Islet and Castries discovered the four-door Mazda pickup (FAR1196) in a ditch on its right side and the animal on the road suffering from mulitple injuries, including a broken leg. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: St. Jude Hospital’s ambulance now in operation

St Jude Hospital informs the general public that the recently acquired ambulance from Canadian donor, Caribbean North Charities Foundation, is now in operation. The ambulance will be used to transport hospital patients to and from Castries for medical services not currently available in the south of the island. St Jude Hospital thanks the public for their patience and support while ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Price increase for gas, diesel

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 diesel have been changed. The retail price for LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders and kerosene remain unchanged. The price changes take effect from Monday, May 22, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Marigot shooting victim dies

A man who was shot in the head early Sunday morning (May 21) has died, reliable police sources have said. Chrishna Wilson, who is in his 30s, was reportedly outside a bar after midnight when two masked men fired shots in his direction. He sustained a wound to his forehead and was in an unconscious state but “breathing heavily” when ambulance ...

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Elderly man injured in Ravine Chabot accident

A 71-year-old man was injured in a motor vehicle accident in Ravine Chabot, Castries this morning (May 21), an official said. Thomas St. Hill of Ravine Chabot was reportedly found near his pickup with head injuries when emergency personnel arrived, the official said. “The vehicle apparently overturned and rest on its side but bystanders put the vehicle upright and removed the driver ...

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Marigot shooting victim identified

The victim of this morning’s shooting in Marigot, Castries has been identified as 30-year-old Chrishna Wilson. Wilson was shot in the forehead shortly after midnight, police said. He was in an unconscious state but appeared to be “breathing” when the ambulance arrived, according to eyewitnesses. The attack was reportedly carried out by two masked individuals, eyewitnesses said. Emergency services received ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Marigot

Police are investigating a shooting in Marigot, Castries that has left one person injured. According to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO), a young male was shot in the head around midnight. His condition is unknown at this time, but eyewitnesses said he appeared to be “breathing” when the ambulance arrived. The attack was reportedly carried out by two ...

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UPDATE: Suspect in hiding following gruesome chopping in Babonneau; victim identified

A male suspect is on the run after he allegedly chopped another male in Ti Chemin, Babonneau Saturday afternoon (May 20, 2017), police said. The victim has been identified as 19-year-old Courtney Regis, originally from Marisule, Gros Islet, but residing at Ti Chemin, police said. Eyewitnesses said Regis sustained several “gruesome” cutlass-inflicted wounds including a deep laceration to one of his ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Chopping incident in Babonneau

Police are investigating a chopping incident in Ti Chemin, Babonneau which left two males injured. One of the victims is reportedly in critical condition after sustaining several chop wounds including a deep laceration to his arm. An eyewitness alleged that the chopping occurred during a fight around 5 p.m. Emergency teams from Castries and Gros Islet responded after receiving the call around ...

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Three injured in Bexon accidents

Two women and a man are nursing injuries as a result of two separate motor vehicle accidents that occurred in Bexon on Friday and Saturday, according to an official. The latest accident occurred around 4:58 a.m. on Saturday and involved two cars. The injured have been identified as 21-year-old Melisa Willie and 42-year-old Elizabeth Octave. Willie reportedly complained of head ...

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CARIBBEAN: Reggae singer Frankie Paul dies

JAMAICA OBSERVER – Foundation reggae singer Frankie Paul has died. The artiste had been ailing at the University Hospital of the West Indies. Only recently, his sister had appealed for assistance with the huge hospital bill he was incurring. Since news broke of his death, social media has been flooded with tributes from fans. Errol Nicholson, United Kingdom: I can’t ...

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Caribbean Network in Defense of Humanity launched in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – A new solidarity organization has been launched in Saint Lucia. It’s the Saint Lucia Chapter of the Caribbean Network in Defense of Humanity (CNIDH-Saint Lucia),  launched here on Friday, May 19th 2017. The local chapter was established in April and a soft launch took place Friday, at which the founding members agreed to build the local chapter ...

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Cannabis Commission to visit St. Lucia

CMC – The CARICOM Cannabis Commission is scheduled to hold meetings here shortly, to hear the views of St Lucians on the subject of marijuana. The commission is preparing to hold a consultation in St Lucia next month with a view to understanding the position of citizens on current marijuana laws. Spokesman for the local Cannabis Movement, Andre Pancho Decaires ...

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Marchand residents blame gang war for recent shootings, homicide

Residents of Marchand, Castries believe a gang violence has erupted in their community following at least three shootings, including one fatal, in the community since Sunday. In an interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO), several residents, who prefer not to disclose their names out of fear for their safety, called on the authorities to place a curfew on the ...

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SLP thanks protesters

PRESS RELEASE – On behalf of the Executive and members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party I would like to thank the thousands of Saint Lucians who came out yesterday 17th May to protest and show their dissatisfaction and opposition to the UWP Government’s policy on the signed agreements for the proposed DSH project, the increase in fuel prices, the ...

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Professor Harris honored for contribution to rheumatology

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean association for rheumatology held its 9th annual scientific meeting in Curacao from 4th -6th May 2017. It was a stimulating conference with international faculty who are leaders in their field. Professor Harris was honored for his outstanding contribution to rheumatology. In 1984 he, along with two colleagues in London, defined a ‘new’ rheumatic illness called ...

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Exchange program with Vermont University provides mutual benefits

GIS – The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs earlier this year hosted a contingent of 20 students and two professors from the University of Vermont (UVM). This is the 30th year the department has hosted students from the university, as part of a Mutual Development Exchange Program. The students engaged in developmental projects in the ...

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Stayover arrivals to boost sector growth

PRESS RELEASE – Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee said recently that tourism, the island’s main economic earner, is wrestling to reclaim its growth. The sector, he said, has already begun to show signs of rebound as recorded in the first quarter of 2017, attributed to a phenomenal increase in the cruise sector. Quoting from figures generated by the Saint Lucia ...

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Another shooting incident in Black Mallet

A male was hospitalised following a shooting incident in Black Mallet, Marchand around midnight, according to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online. The victim, believed to be in his early 20’s, sustained injuries to his mouth and leg and was transported to Victoria Hospital by private means. His condition is stable, according to sources. Emergency officials received the report at ...

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Six St. Lucians rescued by US Coast Guard

PRESS RELEASE – The Coast Guard Cutter Donald Horsley rescued six St. Lucian men Monday from the overdue 20-foot boat, One Time, approximately 25 nautical miles off the western coast of Martinique. The rescued men reportedly departed Martinique at approximately 3 a.m. Monday and were returning to St. Lucia, when their boat ran out of gas and engine oil shortly after ...

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Assistance for Castries fire victim

PRESS RELEASE – The Junior Adventurers Kids Club of New Village has embarked on a philanthropic endeavor to assist a young lady who was a victim of a fire on Saturday 22nd April, 2017 . SEE: Family of four homeless after Castries fire We would be doing a raffle draw for a spa treatment compliments The Royal Spa at Royal St ...

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Mayor Francis concludes first phase of school tours in the Castries basin

PRESS RELEASE – As part of the activities to commemorate the Castries Constituency Council’s (CCC) 50th Anniversary, His Worship Mayor Peterson D. Francis on Tuesday concluded a series of school visits which he hopes highlighted the role and function of the Council and the Office of the Mayor. The school tours which commenced last week Friday included official visits to ...

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COST SAVING MEASURES: Minister clarifies removal of rice and sugar subsidy

GIS –  Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs Hon. Bradley Felix has clarified allegations that a $4 million subsidy on rice and sugar was removed in the 2017 budget cycle and that a price increase is inevitable. Minister Felix called the information misleading, by defining a subsidy ...

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Luxury hotel developer signs agreement with Government to continue Black Bay Master Development

PRESS RELEASE – Range Developments, an international developer focusing on luxury hotel projects in the Caribbean, signed definitive agreements with the Government of Saint Lucia today (Tuesday 16) to continue the development of the Black Bay Master Development. The heart of the Black Bay Master Development will consist of a luxury branded hotel and villas set on 180 acres on ...

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Vieux Fort Coalition of Stakeholders for Development “amazed” at opposition to town’s developments

PRESS RELEASE – The Vieux Fort Coalition of Stakeholders for Development has witnessed with amazement the relentless opposition mounted by some to current development efforts proposed by the Government of St. Lucia for the town of Vieux Fort. The Coalition is mindful of the acute problem of joblessness and economic stagnation which has plagued Vieux Fort and the south for ...

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‘Eyeball’ reported missing

A 27-year-old resident of Marisule, Gros Islet has been reported missing. A relative said Vencly Eugene, better known as ‘Eyeball’ and ‘Baby’, was last seen on Saturday, May 13, 2017 on a blue and black kayack. He had reportedly gone fishing in the vicinity of Rat Island, off Choc Bay. His sister, Dianna Eugene, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that ...

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British cyber-security firm to launch hub in Caribbean, base headquarters in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – A leading international cyber-security company is to open a hub in the Caribbean and has identified the island of St Lucia as its preferred location. Computer Network Defence (CND) is headquartered in Bath, England, and through its free online Security Wizardry Radar Page assists all the world’s major national security agencies. It has offices on the Isle ...

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LPM backs SLP on DSH issue

PRESS RELEASE – The mindless decision of the United Workers Party (UWP) government to effectively handover our patrimony  to the proprietors of DSH poses a serious threat to our national interest and the political sovereignty of  our nation. Moreover, if this toxic and nauseating deal is permitted to move forward in its present form, then the UWP would have earned ...

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Did you know?

Did you know that Sir Ira Marcus Simmons has been the only Saint Lucian Governor or Governor-General to die while in office? He died on 5th October, 1974 at the age of 57. Did you know that Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) started out as National Commercial Bank (NCB)?  It has always been on the corner of Bridge and Jeremie ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Shooting in Babonneau

Police are investigating a shooting in Paix Bouche, Babonneau this evening. The victim has been identified as George Foster, 56. Reports are that he sustained two shots to his lower back. He was transported to Victoria Hospital in stable condition. More details soon. (25)(29)

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Coconut Bay refutes receivership claim

PRESS RELEASE – It has been brought to our attention that the member for Castries South Hon. Ernest Hilaire during his contribution to the 2017 – 2018 budget debate incorrectly included Coconut Bay Beach Resort & Spa in a list of properties he stated were in receivership as of 2011. Owner Gary “Butch” Hendrickson, CEO Mark Adams and the management ...

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Castries based school’s perimeter made a no vending zone

PRESS RELEASE – In an effort to improve safety and security around the Ave Maria Girls’ Primary School, the Castries Constituency Council has taken a decision to relocate the vendors who plied their trade there. The street-side vendors on a number of occasions had met with the Mayor of Castries, His Worship Peterson D Francis and other management officials, where ...

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Darnally Esteva-St Ange wins Curves with Confidence pageant

PRESS RELEASE – The first ever Curves with Confidence pageant was hosted on 13th May 2017 at the Morne Coubaril Estate in Soufriere. Brainchild of the founders of the Alexander Family Foundation and Events Organization, Maylisa and Gary Alexander, the event was a benefit pageant aimed at providing schooling supplies to twenty-five (25) needy children in the communities of Soufriere, ...

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Minister meets with driving schools association after protest action threat

The National Association of Driving Schools (NADS) and Transport Minister Guy Joseph had a “very cordial” meeting this morning, according NADS Public Relations Officer Kingson Jean. The meeting came three days after the association threatened “serious protest action” if their pursuit for dialogue with the government over a myriad of problems continues to be ignored. Problems and concerns that require urgent ...

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SLP to lead anti-policy protests

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has sought and obtained Police permission to lead a peaceful national protest march in Castries on Wednesday 17th May 2017 from the Sab Playing Field (commonly called Vigie Playing Field) into the city center to be followed by a rally on the Castries Market Steps. The purpose is to facilitate the expression ...

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Retired nurse is Marchand’s Mother of the Year

To mark the worldwide occasion of Mother’s Day over the weekend, the 38-year-old Marchand Women League selected retired community nurse Albertha Harris as its 37th Mother of the Year. Harris is the head of the Human Concerns Committee of the Marchand Sacred Heart Parish Church and is responsible for caring for the less fortunate. “I have given over 50 years ...

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Gov’t proposes new fuel tax

GIS – Due to the global financial situation, the Government of Saint Lucia is structuring its policy to limit the number of loans taken to repair and rehabilitate the island’s road network. At the 2017 House meeting on the Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure, Prime Minister of Saint Lucia Hon Allen M Chastanet announced an additional tax on fuel. During ...

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