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SLP to lead St. Jude Hospital protest march

The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) will today, Sunday November 26, 2017 march against what it said is government’s inability to properly manage the St. Jude Hospital project and the country as a whole. The march is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. from the La Ressource playing field. After talk surfaced that government was considering the option of ...

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Chastanet headline foreign speakers at Jamaica Labour Party Conference

(JAMAICA GLEANER) – Allen Michael Chastinet, the prime minister of St Lucia, who shares a middle name with Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) leader Prime Minister Andrew Holness, will headline the list of Caribbean politicians to address the public session of the party’s 74th annual conference today at the National Arena. Party Chairman Robert Montague told journalists on Friday that for ...

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Fire destroys houses in Case-en-Bas

Two houses were destroyed by fire in Case-en-Bas, Gros Islet this afternoon, Nov. 25, according to officials. There were no reports of injuries. Emergency officials received the call a few minutes before 4 p.m. and two units from Gros Islet and one from Castries were dispatched. However, on arrival, fire officials said the houses were already engulfed in flames. Officials ...

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St. Lucians busted for large amount of cocaine – again

Two St. Lucian men face 10 years in French prison after they were caught with four bales of cocaine at sea earlier this week, according to Martinique 1ère. Public Prosecutor in Martinique Renaud Gaudeul said the St. Lucians, ages 36 and 51, were arrested on Monday, November 20 after they were caught in international waters between St. Lucia and Martinique ...

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Police official reports increase in crime, but minister says symposium won’t be just talk

As stakeholders met to reason on how best to deal with crime at the much talked about opposition-proposed crime symposium on Friday, Nov. 24, authorities have reported an increase in various categories of crime in Saint Lucia for 2017. Acting Superintendent of Police in charge of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) press unit, Elvis Thomas, said at the ...

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Pierre believes Hubert James is “too political”, but PSC chairman says “I don’t victimise people my friend”

Opposition Leader Philip J. Pierre has taken issue with the appointment of Hubert James to the Public Service Commission (PSC). He believes that James is too politically aligned to the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) to be an impartial member on the commission. But speaking to the media, James has said that while he is a supporter of the UWP ...

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St. Lucia’s Victor – ready to give her best

As the hours grow close to the grand finale of the Miss Universe 2017 competition, Saint Lucia’s representative for the event, Louise Victor, has vowed to give it her all. Victor will go head to head with representatives from various countries in the finale showdown of the three-week competition in Las Vegas on November 26, 2017. The event will be ...

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4.4 earthquake rocks St. Lucia and neighbouring islands

Felt a ‘shake’ this morning? It was probably an earthquake. According to preliminary data from the UWI Seismic Research Centre, a magnitude 4.4 quake shook St. Lucia, Dominica, and Martinique at 10:20 a.m. today, Nov. 25. There were no reports of injuries or damages. According to the Centre, the quake was located at latitude 14.63 north, longitude 60.41 west, with ...

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Two men shot on Jeremie Street; wounding incident reported at Sans Souci

Two men are in stable condition at the hospital after they were shot in the city in the wee hours of this morning (Nov. 25), according to reliable sources. The shooting occurred on Jeremie Street, Castries shortly after 2 a.m. Injured are Kendall Chadrick, 23, who sustained a gunshot wound to the right arm and Nicholas Carasco, 23, who sustained gunshot wounds ...

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LPM proposes teaching conflict resolution in schools

Leader of the Lucian People’s Movement Therold Prudent has proposed that conflict resolution is introduced as part of the curriculum in schools on the island. With the country’s homicide rate at its highest in history, Prudent said that teaching youngsters how to deal with conflict could help address the issue. “Given the fact that our young people who nowadays they’re ...

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Stabbing in Castries

A man was hospitalised on Friday, Nov. 24 after suffering several stab wounds in Castries, according to sources. The victim has been identified as Mendel Monrose, 31, of Marchand, Castries. Monrose reportedly sustained lacerations to his face and chest. The details of the incident, which occurred around midday on Jn Baptiste Street, is not known. He was transported to Victoria ...

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St. Lucia gov’t moves to ban sale of sodas on school compounds

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Ministry of Health & Wellness is embarking on a campaign to discontinue the sale of sodas on school compounds. Sodas are considered to have disastrous effects on health. Regular consumption is linked to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, asthma, cavities, among others. On the 23rd of November, 2017 the Chief Nutritionist in the Ministry of Health & ...

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St. Lucian company to build hurricane-resistant houses for Dominica

(DNO) – The Kalinago Territory and Pointe Michel will be receiving the first batch of new hurricane resistant homes under an agreement signed with a St. Lucian company, Housing Minister, Reginald Austrie has revealed. He said that an agreement was signed with the company to build a thousand homes and the first 20 of these homes are ready to be ...

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Woman raped by 3 males in Dennery; attempted rape in Micoud

Police are investigating the rape of a woman in La Ressource, Dennery last Sunday, Nov. 19, according to reports. The incident reportedly occurred after 8 p.m. when three males pounced on her as she walked on the road. The culprits reportedly dragged her off the road into bushes where they raped her. This report adds to another in which a ...

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Flow celebrating Blue Friday!

(PRESS RELEASE) – This Friday, November 24th 2017, Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading telecommunications service provider is turning up the Christmas spirit with extra savings and extra giveaways at its retail outlets in Castries (Dayana Centre), Gros Islet (Baywalk Mall), Vieux Fort (Daher Building) and Soufriere (Church Street). Only this Friday, there will be in-store discounts of up to ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Gunmen attack Choiseul farmers in their search for marijuana farms

At least two masked gunmen allegedly searching for marijuana farms attacked farmers in two separate incidents in Choiseul on Wedneday morning, Nov. 22, according to sources. During the interrogation, several of the farmers were injured when the bandits beat them with machetes after tying them up. One farmer in particular sustained serious head injuries. The bandits left without helpful information ...

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Kimani Melius: St. Lucia’s rising cricket star

“Hard work and dedication brought me here,” are the words 16-year-old Babonneau Secondary School student Kimani Melius has said led to his qualification for the West Indies Under-19 cricket team. He will play as an opening batsman and is currently preparing for the upcoming one-day series in New Zealand soon. Melius, who is from Boguis, has been a cricketer from ...

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UPDATE: Two injured in Anse La Raye accident

At least two persons were injured in a motor vehicle accident in Anse La Raye on Thursday morning, Nov. 23, according to law enforcement officials. The injured have been identified as Clinton Heliodore, 33, of Odsan, who complained of pain to his arms, right leg and chest, and Rufus Hollancide, 46, of Bisee, who sustained a minor laceration to his head. ...

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Killing convicted criminals is not the solution: Montoute

Minister for Equity, Social Justice and Empowerment, Lenard Montoute has said that while crime is of serious concern to the island, he does not believe that capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, will restrict criminality. He shares a different opinion from National Security Minister Hermanguild Francis who recently indicated his support for the death penalty. Francis also bemoaned ...

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About 5,000 new jobs created in St. Lucia in the third quarter – director explains stats

Director of Statistics Edwin St. Catherine has said that a third-quarter drop in unemployment is due to an increase of jobs in the economy but these jobs are “vulnerable”. He was explaining the recently released unemployment data from the Central Statistics Department which showed that unemployment went from 20.8 percent in the second quarter of 2017 to 16.8 percent in ...

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St. Lucia cricket stadium in debt again – media report

The Daren Sammy Cricket Ground (DSCG) is reportedly in high amounts of debt, again. The facility owes power company Saint Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and Water and Sewerage Company (WASCO) hundreds of thousands in dollars for unpaid bills, reports indicate. According to an HTS News4orce report earlier this week, a WASCO bill for the stadium dated November 14, 2017 ...

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Special laws to punish persons for crimes against tourists not necessary: Fedee

Tourism Minister Dominic Fedee has sided against suggestions for special laws to be institutionalised to deal with crime against tourists; instead he wants legislation that takes the entire population into consideration and not any specific grouping. Fedee spoke to reporters on the heels of a meeting held among various stakeholders in Soufriere which was geared at deciding on a clear ...

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Gangs and illegal weapons among topics to be discussed at St. Lucia crime symposium

(PRESS RELEASE) – The momentum is building as several stakeholders await the opportunity to dialogue with Government representatives in the first of a series of discussions on the all-important challenges of the crime situation confronting the country. The troubling issue of the unprecedented homicide rate for 2017 and the underpinning issues will form a key part the dialogue. Minister for ...

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SALCC emloyees discuss grievances

Employees at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) met with the Civil Service Association (CSA) recently to discuss their grievances as the union and management of the college get set to hold negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement. This is one of several meetings convened between the union and the college staff this year. The CSA has already ...

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UPDATE: Man injured in Corinth school attack identified

The security guard who was shot in this morning’s attack at the Corinth Secondary School in Gros Islet, was scheduled to be discharged from Victoria Hospital this afternoon, according to law enforcement sources. He has been identified as 48-year-old Sylvester Phillip. Phillip was shot when several bandits entered the school premises between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Wednesday morning, Nov. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Minister Flood-Beaubrun bashed for her “anti-LGBT and hate agenda”

(PRESS RELEASE) – The weekend of November 17th – 18th 2017 was the stage for the very homophobic and anti-LGBT group World Congress of Families (WFC). This fifth World Congress of Families Caribbean Conference, under the misleading theme “The Family Development – Strong Families, Prosperous Nations”, provided a platform for the continued persecution of not just LGBT persons but our ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Bandits hit Corinth Secondary School

Police are investigating an attempted robbery and wounding incident at the Corinth Secondary School in Gros Islet. According to preliminary information reaching St. Lucia News Online (SNO), bandits enterd the principal’s office, the staff room, and other areas of the institution. A male security guard at the school was injured during the attack,  according to information received. Unofficial reports are ...

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Unemployment in Saint Lucia continues to fall!

Unemployment has dropped to 16.8 percent in the third quarter of 2017, according to the Central Statistics Department latest job figures. For the same period last year, (July – September 2016) unemployment had stood at 20 percent. This indicates a 3.2 percent drop in comparison. The current 16.8 percent decline shows an improvement from the second quarter of this year ...

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Laws against buggery and prostitution in St. Lucia will not change: Flood-Beaubrun

External Affairs Minister Sarah Flood-Beaubrun has reiterated her position on the changing of buggery and prostitution laws in Saint Lucia. Speaking at a Caribbean Center for Family and Human Rights (CARIFAM) meeting last week, the minister said that government will stick to its decision to refrain from decriminalising buggery and prostitution despite mounting pressure from international countries and organisations. During ...

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Wulf-Soulage-Alfred row still under investigation – Minister Fedee

An investigation has been launched into a recent row between Director of Information Services at the Government Information Service (GIS) Clement Wulf-Soulage and Journalist Shervon Alfred. In a viral video, Wulf-Soulage is seen acting aggressively toward Alfred who was recording him from a cellphone camera during a social gathering. In the video, Wulf-Soulage made an outburst filled with profanity and ...

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Employers Federation insists gov’t move forward with St. Jude Hospital project

Executives of the Saint Lucia Employers Federation (SLEF) will soon meet to discuss the St. Jude Hospital construction project, after which the federation will issue an official statement on the matter. The embattled St. Jude Hospital project in Vieux Fort begun sometime after the original hospital was destroyed in a fire in 2009. The project was instituted by the United ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe resigns

(BBC) – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has resigned, parliament speaker Jacob Mudenda has said. A letter from Mr Mugabe said that the decision was voluntary and that he had made it to allow a smooth transfer of power, the Reuters news agency reports. The surprise announcement halted an impeachment hearing that had begun against him. Lawmakers roared in jubilation and ...

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Gov’t to make short-term employment available for the youth this Christmas

The government’s Short Term Employment Programme (STEP) will be re-instituted for the upcoming Christmas season, Minister for Equity and Social Justice Lenard ‘Spider’ Montoute has announced. At a press conference on November 16, 2017, Montoute said the temporary programme is by no means a viable employment option for the youth but will help with some of their expenses for the ...

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SLP prepares for protest march next week

The main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has said it will demonstrate against the United Workers Party (UWP) government’s handling of the St. Jude Hospital project by staging a protest march in the streets later this month. In September this year, Health Minister Senator Mary Isaac revealed that Cabinet members were weighing the option of demolishing the over eight-year-old ...

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New branding for Saint Lucia: “Let her inspire you”

(TRAVEL WEEK) – Saint Lucia has a new look for its logo and branding, moving the island’s image away from sun, sea and sand and focused instead on the destination’s beauty, romantic appeal, culture, lush landscapes, friendly people and their love for their island. The move follows the formation of the newly instituted Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA), which saw ...

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Director of Audit Bernadette Fevriere-George passes away

(PRESS RELEASE) – The Government of Saint Lucia extends condolences to the family and friends of Mrs. Bernadette Fevriere-George, who passed away on Sunday 19th November 2017. Mrs. Fevriere-George is a long-serving member of the Public Service and at the time of passing served as the Director of Audit, a post she took up from October 10, 2015. She joined ...

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One person in custody in connection with Barrel’s murder

Police are hoping to solve the island’s 54th homicide which occurred in Black Mallet, Marchand in Castries on Saturday, Nov. 18. According to a press release, one person is currently in custody assisting with the investigations into the death of Anthony Francois, aka Barrel, a 33-year-old resident of La Clery, Castries who was found with gunshot wounds in the driver’s seat ...

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UPDATE: Men held in connection with Saadia Byron’s death released

The two men who were assisting the police with their investigations into the death of Saadia Byron have been released from custody pending the result of forensic evidence which is expected to be sent overseas for testing, according to law enforcement sources. One of the men was released last Tuesday and the other last Friday, sources said. The body of ...

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UPDATE: Police encouraging “any witnesses” in Black Mallet homicide to contact them

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Anthony Francois aka Barrel, a thirty three (33) year old resident of La Clery, Castries. On Saturday November 18, 2017 about 7:20pm, officers attached to the Marchand Police Station responded to a report of a shooting at Black Mallet, Marchand. Upon arrival at the scene, Police noticed the ...

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Rotaract Club blood drive resumes Saturday, Nov. 25

(PRESS RELEASE) – We, the Rotaract Club of St. Lucia will be launching the phase 2 of our blood drive on Saturday, 25th November, 2017 in the William Peter Boulevard. This project is in keeping with our District 7030’s plans and objectives for the year 2017-2018, which aims to sensitize and enourage persons to save a life by donating a ...

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Voting for Miss Universe 2017 officially opens

(PRESS RELEASE) – Miss Universe Saint Lucia’s fans from across the island, it’s diaspora, and the globe, can take a virtual seat on the Miss Universe judges panel, as online voting has now officially begun. Commencing today, November 20th from 1 pm ET, until November 25th, fans can vote for Louise Victor, who is Saint Lucia’s delegate at the 66th ...

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Voting for Miss Universe Saint Lucia Louise Victor starts today, Nov. 20

Fellow Saint Lucians voting for our candidate Louise Victor starts today, November 20th and ends on Saturday, November 25th, the day before the telecast. You can vote 10 times in a day. Additionally, there will be a vote during broadcast for each round of the competition. The voting windows will happen during the actual competition, so it will happen quickly ...

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UPDATE: Homicide victim identified

Police have identified identified the latest homicide victim, who was gunned down in Black Mallet, Marchand in Castries on Saturday evening, November 18, as 33-year-old Anthony Francois, also known as Barrel. Reports are that shots were heard in the direction of a grey Nissan Note motor vehicle shortly before 8 p.m. The vehicle came to a stop when it ran ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Homicide #54 – Man shot dead in Castries

The island’s homicide rate continues to soar after a fatal shooting in a Castries inner-city community. At 7:56 p.m. Saturday, November 18, emergency authorities were alerted of a shooting that occurred minutes earlier at Black Mallet, Marchand. Law enforcement sources said a male, later identified as Anthony Francois, also known as Barrel, sustained gunshot wounds to the head and back ...

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Sailing vessel sinks between St. Lucia and St. Vincent

(CMC) – Two people were airlifted to safety via helicopter after their sailing vessel ‘Tyago’ sank between St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The marine authorities reported that a search for the two began late Thursday. Two ships in the area, the French flagged ‘Club Med 2’ and the Liberian-registered container vessel ‘San Cristobal’, took part in the ...

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Visitor robbed at gunpoint at Reduit beach

A male visitor was robbed at gunpoint at Reduit beach in Gros Islet on Friday evening, Nov. 17, according to sources. The visitor, who is reportedly in his 50s and from the United Kingdom, was unharmed, but the three masked individuals stole all his belongings as well as a blue Suzuki Swift that he rented. The incident occurred between 10:30 ...

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Saint Lucia to deepen cooperation on agriculture, tourism and exchange of expertise

(PRESS RELEASE) – Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Chairman and Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Honourable Allen Chastanet, met with Morocco’s Prime Minister, Honourable Saad-Eddine El Othmani, on November 11th 2017 to discuss deepening diplomatic and economic relations with Saint Lucia and the OECS. The two leaders spoke of the establishment of an OECS Embassy and the signing of ...

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South Castries Youth and Sports Council elects new executive

(PRESS RELEASE) – On Thursday, November 16, 2017 the South Castries Youth and Sports Council held its annual general election and a team of 7 young people were selected to to carry the mantle into 2018. At this election the presiding officer Mr Victorine Laurence reminded the incoming executive of the critical importance of maintaining a high standard of quality ...

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Zimbabwe latest: Crowds outside Mugabe office to force him out

(BBC) – Protesters in Zimbabwe have headed towards the office of President Robert Mugabe to urge him to step down. The march came on a day of widespread jubilation in the capital Harare and other cities following the army’s takeover on Wednesday. Soldiers at State House gently pushed protesters away in scenes resembling a party, says the BBC’s Andrew Harding. ...

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Homicide #53: Unidentified man killed during armed robbery in Sarrot

(PRESS RELEASE) – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of an unidentified male during an alleged armed robbery. On Thursday November 16, 2017 about 8:20p.m, officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries responded to a report of robbery at San De Fay in Sarrot, Castries. Upon arrival, officers received information about two masked men who fled the ...

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One individual remains in custody for Saadia Byron homicide, other released

A complex investigation. That’s how Inspector Marcellinus Leonce of the Vieux-Fort Police Station has described their investigations into the murder of Saadia Byron whose body was found last Saturday in a shallow grave covered with stones. “There’s a lot of hard work to be done. The investigation is complex in nature…”, Leonce told this reporter in a interview. The body ...

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Prime Minister addresses High Level Segment at COP23

(PRESS RELEASE) – This morning Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet addressed the Joint High Level Segment (6th Meeting of the COP and 6th Meeting of the CMP, 12th Meeting of the CMA). Full Statement: Your excellencies, this summer, the Caribbean has confronted the realities of climate change. We have experienced first-hand, what climate change looks like – Irma, José, Maria. Not ...

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Man charged for causing death of motorcyclist in Vieux Fort

A Vieux Fort man is scheduled to appear in court later this month after he was arrested and charged in connection with the death of 25-year-old Emeron Jn. Marie, alias Shem, of Beanfield, Vieux Fort, according to relatives of the deceased and law enforcement sources. Fitzpatrick Gilkes, alias Ricky, 53, was charged with causing death by dangerous driving for the ...

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Services resume at Soufriere Hospital

(PRESS RELEASE) – All medical services at the Soufriere Hospital were cancelled and relocated to Etangs Wellness Centre due to a fire in the records room of the hospital  in the early hours of Thursday 9th November. On Tuesday November 14th, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Merlene Fredericks and senior nursing officers assessed the temporary arrangement put in place at the ...

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Raymond defends PM’s travels: “We cannot sit idly by and expect investors to come to St. Lucia”

Minister in the Ministry of Finance Ubaldus Raymond has defended Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s foreign travels as discussions continue as to whether these trips have brought any real benefit to Saint Lucia. Speaking to the media on November 13, Raymond said that Chastanet’s travels as prime minister have resulted in a heightened interest in investment in St. Lucia. The Citizenship ...

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Crime symposium should not only produce talk, but action – former police commissioner

A national crime symposium which is being organised by Minister of National Security Hermangild Francis, will take place on November 24, 2017. That forum will bring together both private and public sector individuals and organisations to discuss possible solutions to the growing crime problem in St. Lucia. While some are hopeful that this level of discussion will be extremely beneficial, ...

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Prisoners sent to Saint Lucia because UK was unable to house them — BVI Gov’t

(BVI PLATINUM) – The government on Monday, November 13, indicated that prisoners were transferred to St. Lucia after Hurricane Irma because the United Kingdom indicated that they could not accommodate the inmates. Hurricane Irma destroyed the BVI’s penal facility in Balsam Ghut, causing the government to transfer some 21 prisoners to St. Lucia a few weeks after the storm. During ...

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