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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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Salvation Army pre-school and daycare program gets major boost from CIBC

PRESS RELEASE – Efforts by the Salvation Army to upgrade its pre-school and daycare program have received much needed support. Through the program, they have been making daycare and early childhood education accessible to three-month to five-year old children of families which cannot afford the cost of such a service. The Salvation Army has been operating in Saint Lucia since ...

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Constituency office allocation increased

GIS – The Hon Sarah Flood Beaubrun has applauded the Prime Minister of Saint Lucia, Hon Alan Chastanet for doubling the allocation given to constituency offices. The minister with responsibility for External Affairs said the move will benefit all, and thus, it is an action that all should be grateful for. “I don’t have a key to my constituency office. ...

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Soleil St. Lucia sizzles

PRESS RELEASE – Pigeon Island came alive on Saturday May 13 with a potpourri of French, Latin, Afro-Cuban and Hip Hop flavored jazz. It was the closest thing to a musical trip around the world in four hours. Bluemangò has appeared at St. Lucia Jazz several times before, but this year they took it up a few notches. Their set ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Marchand shooting victim dies

Twenty-two-year-old Kimbert Lynch, one of the victims of this morning’s shooting at Marchand, has died. Lynch was shot in the left side of his chest. Lynch was transported to the Victoria Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Yannick Mathurin, the other man injured in this morning’s shooting, remains hospitalized. (4)(9)

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Two shot and injured in Marchand

Two men were shot and injured in Black Mallet, Marchand earlier today. The incident reportedly occurred at around 10:50 AM. The victims were taken to the Victoria Hospital by the way of ambulance. The men have so far been identified as Kimbert Lynch and Yannic Mathurin. Lynch, 22, was shot in the left side of the chest while Mathurin’s injuries are ...

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GTM commission’s new multi-million dollar Eastern Caribbean headquarters in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – One of the Caribbean’s leading investment and insurance companies has begun making additional large scale investment moves, which will result in a further solidifying of its financial footprint on the economic landscape of Saint Lucia. Officials of Guyana and Trinidad Mutual Group of Companies (GTM) earlier this month broke ground in Castries, Saint Lucia on the construction ...

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DSH chairman remembers Winston Trim’s contribution

Chairman of Desert Star Holdings (DSH) Limited Teo Ah Khing recalled the contribution of the late equine industry consultant Winston Trim when he met with the local media on Wednesday, to give an update on his proposed multi-billion Pearl of the Caribbean project for the town of Vieux Fort. Khin said Trim – who died as a result of a ...

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Fedee: Change was needed for continuous growth in tourism sector

The local tourism industry has shown signs of recovery and growth in the first quarter of 2017 based on statistics from the St. Lucia Tourist Board, according to Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information, and Broadcasting. He made the disclosure during his contribution to the debate of the Apppropriation Bill in the ...

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Government reaffirms commitment to increase employment in the south

PRESS RELEASE – Within the year Saint Lucians can expect to see increased activity in the south of the island as the Government steps up efforts to create employment opportunities. The Prime Minister this week pledged that the Government is working towards an unemployment rate of no more than 15 percent by 2021. Despite a reduction in the unemployment rate ...

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Sulphur Springs King Louis hot spring bath pools to be restored

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) is seeking to expand and diversify visitor experience at the Sulphur Springs Park. The SRDF, recognizing the superlative value that the tourist attraction presents, have strategically maximized every opportunity to highlight the natural wonder. The restoration of the King Louis baths at the site has become the organization’s latest key project. The ...

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“Tough decisions to tackle national debt” – Gov’t continues review of subventions and grants to State agencies

PRESS RELEASE – As part of his Budget Address on Tuesday May 9th 2017, Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet spoke to the subject of tackling the national debt stating clearly that the Government will not let another term go by without decisive action. Speaking about the Government’s Fiscal Strategy, the Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and ...

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Unemployment declines but PM still not happy: “Unemployment no more than 15% by 2021”

Despite news this week that the national unemployment rate has declined for the first quarter of 2017, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is still not happy with the unemployment figures of the country. According to the Central Statistics Department, 20.1 percent of the population was unemployed from January to March 2017 compared to 21.6 percent in the fourth quarter (October to ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Driving schools association warns of “serious protest action” against government

The National Association of Driving Schools (NADS) has warned of “serious protest action” soon if their pursuit for dialogue with the government over a myriad of problems continues to be ignored. In a statement today, May 12, NADS Public Relations Officer Kingson Jean made it clear that the association does not wish to embarrass any administration “but this is what ...

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Six to contest “Curves with Confidence” Pageant in Soufriere tomorrow

Six curvaceous ladies will take centre stage at the “Curves with Confidence” Pageant slated to begin this Saturday, May 13 at the Morne Coubaril Estate in Soufriere. The event is the brainchild of the Alexander Family Foundation and Events, incorporated in August 2016 by Maylisa Alexander and her husband Gary Alexander from Myers Bridge, Soufriere. The show starts 7:30 p.m. ...

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Soufriere resident receives hospitality scholarship

GIS – The Office of the Governor General is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sema Flavien employed at Sugar Beach: A Viceroy Resort, is the successful applicant from Saint Lucia to be awarded the Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship announced during His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales’ tour of the Caribbean in November last year. The Royal Household Scholarship will provide ...

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Ministry of Health welcomes Starkey Hearing Foundation

PRESS RELEASE – On the 8th of May 2017, The Ministry of Health welcomed a group of representatives from the Starkey Hearing Foundation to Saint Lucia. The  foundation was founded by William Austin in 1984 with the objective of  providing the gift of hearing to those most in need. Meanwhile, Kirk Richards, Starkey’s International Development Director for the Caribbean Region ...

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Minister Fedee says more needed for tourism sector to meet expectations

GIS – The Hon. Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information, and Broadcasting said much needs to be done for the tourism sector to meet expectations. The minister spoke on May 10, during the debate on the 2017 Appropriation Bill. “I am pleased that the industry during the first quarter has shown ...

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Melia Thomas is back home!

Melia Thomas returned to her home in Bisee, Castries about 7:50 p.m. this evening, May 11 — three and a half hours after St. Lucia News Online (SNO) published a story about her disappearance and overall behaviour. Melia, a form two student of the Bocage Secondary School who turns 14 in just under two months, reportedly left home on Wednesday, ...

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Accident in Dennery (photos)

At least two persons were injured in a motor vehicle accident in front the Fond D’or Park, Dennery this afternoon, May 11, an official has said. The incident involved a collision between a car (registration #3369) and a minibus (M355) after 4 p.m. Two children sustained minor injuries and were transported to Dennery Hospital by ambulance, the official said. (1)(2)

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PM lays out strategic priority areas in maiden Budget

PRESS RELEASE – In his maiden Budget Address on Tuesday May 9th 2017 Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet assured Saint Lucians that the United Workers Party Government would not let them down. Since being elected into Office on June 06th 2016 the Government has been working on ways to rescue the economy. The Prime Minister presented the Government’s vision ...

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No foul play in elderly Choiseul man’s death

The death of 70-year-old Morne Jacques resident Matthew Joseph has been ruled a suicide following the completion of a post mortem to determine the cause of death. Police said Joseph was found hanging by the neck from a tree by relatives on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Police were summoned to the death scene in a forested area of Morne Jacques, Choiseul ...

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Fire destroys house in Bisee

A mainly wooden structure and its contents were completely destroyed by fire at Bisee, Castries around noon today, May 11, an official has said. The dwelling house was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured, the official said. Two fire trucks from Castries responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire is unknown. Fire officials were reportedly ...

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UPDATED: Popular Laborie resident died of natural causes

A post mortem examination on the body of popular Laborie resident Darius Jn Baptiste aka Apricot, has revealed that he died of a stroke. Jn Baptiste, 50, was a beloved fisherman and painter in the community. Fellow workers found his lifeless and nude body, face down, at the back of his residence on the evening of Monday, May 8. It ...

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Goodbye Radio St. Lucia: “Internet, television and cellphones have taken over” – Chastanet

Having accumulated over $3 million in losses plus thousands in unpaid taxes, the Government of Saint Lucia believes its annual subvention of just over $400,000 to Radio Saint Lucia is useless in absorbing those losses. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet revealed those details during his budget presentation as he announced the closure of the government-influenced radio station. Chastanet said the station’s “relevant programmes” ...

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Goats being sexually assaulted in Cabiche, Babonneau? Some residents believe it has happened

Some residents of Cabiche, Babonneau including a family who lost a beloved goat earlier this year, strongly believe that a known individual has had or is having sexual affairs with animals, particularly goats, in the community. In April this year, several residents contacted St. Lucia News Online (SNO) and informed our newsroom about a family who lost a nanny goat ...

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International footballers with Saint Lucian heritage make history

Three British brothers with strong Saint Lucian ties made football history in England on Monday night when they appeared in the same game: an under-23 clash between Arsenal and Manchester United. The brothers, Joe, Chris, and Matthew Willock, ages 17, 19, and 20, respectively, were born in England but have an aunt, Marie Louis, and other close relatives who were born ...

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Government reveals its 42 achievements since assuming office

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has outlined 42 “major things” done by the Allen Chastanet-led Administration since assuming office 11 months ago. The list was published on the OPM’s official Facebook page around midday today, May 11. 1)Reduced Unemployment to 20.1% 2)Secured exports for Bananas to England and France 3)Reopened the Forensic Laboratory 4)Introduced a Tax Amnesty period until ...

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Teddyson John lands nomination for Nigerian Entertainment Awards

PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia’s Teddyson John (TJ) continues to make global industry breakthroughs with yet another international music nomination. On Friday May 5th TJ received official news of his nomination for the 12th Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) under the ‘Afrosoca Artist Category’. The Nigerian Entertainment Awards is an annual entertainment award ceremony with the primary objective of recognizing African ...

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Cyber security – can Caribbean governments defend theirs borders alone?

COMMENTARY –  The dangers of cyber threats in the Caribbean continue to evolve and spike at a rate never seen before. As the telecoms providers in the Caribbean seek opportunities to increase their revenues through increase internet penetration across the region risks mushrooms.   The risks are further compounded as societies transcend geographical and physical borders, and realtime communication and business ...

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Did you know?

Did you know that after the 1948 fire Castries was rebuilt and about 1952 a park was established in front of the Government Buildings?  In 1967, it was named Constitution Park in Commemoration of St. Lucia’s attainment of Statehood. Did you know in 1781 Admiral Rodney established his naval base and hospital at Pigeon Island?  On April 12, 1782, he ...

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Man seriously injured in Laborie accident

At least one person sustained serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident at Sapphire, Laborie yesterday afternoon, May 9, 2017, according to police and eyewitness reports. The injured person, identified as Dave Charles, a resident of Riviere Doree, Choiseul, was transported to St. Jude’s Hospital via ambulance after the car (PD8578) overturned on the Laborie-Vieux Fort Highway, ...

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Funds available to assist young St. Lucian entrepreneurs

PRESS RELEASE – Through the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust, Tropical Shipping has made available grant funds for young St. Lucian Entrepreneurs. The funds will assist start-ups with an impactful scalable business model. The St Lucia Youth Business Trust (SLYBT) invites persons 18 to 25 years old to apply for grant support. Simply fill out their application form, attach your ...

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St. Lucian teen selected for West Indies team

Sixteen year-old Qiana Joseph has been selected to the West Indies Women’s Cricket team to participate in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup. Qiana is one of four new caps selected for the Women’s World Cup. In recent years, she has attracted the attention of regional cricket selectors with the quality of her left arm seam bowling, powerful ...

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St. Lucians encouraged to donate blood to save a life

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider in the south of the island, is hosting a blood donation drive on Friday 12 May, 2017 to help replenish its limited supplies. The event will take place at the Get Well Medical Center in Vieux-Fort, located next to the Vieux Fort bus stand between 9am to 2pm. Blood donations are critically ...

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Pregnant goat ‘Snow’ and kid stolen from Marigot residence; family believes their property is targeted

A Marigot family is seeking the assistance of the pubic in finding two goats that were stolen from the property of Eldon Francois about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9 by three individuals, according to daughter Nisha Frederick. “Our home is a target for thieves. They always break and enter but this time they decided to take the animals,” Frederick told ...

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Labour minister calls on trade unions

PRESS RELEASE – Labour Minister Hon. Stephenson King has called on trade unions to extend their scope beyond employee representation to also consider training in disaster preparedness. The Labour Minister’s comments came on the heels of a joint public-private sector disaster management workshop last Thursday, and the recent launch of the National Occupational Safety and Health Policy. According to the ...

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Opposition leader to respond to PM budget address today

PRESS RELEASE – Leader of the Opposition the Hon Philip J Pierre will at 4 pm today respond to the budget address delivered by the Prime Minister yesterday.  This is the first time in recent history that the Opposition has been asked to respond to the Prime Minister the day after his delivery.  In spite of the short notice, Hon ...

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Men: What is destroying them in our country?

PRESS RELEASE – Since 2016 we have heard about many men that have committed suicide, others were killed and many have lost their job and because of that we have seen men with low self esteem and families being destroyed. You are not Superman, but even he has a weak point: kryptonite. However much of a superman you might be, ...

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Windies out to spoil Misbah, Younis farewell

JAMAICA OBSERVER – West Indies will be looking to spoil the international farewells of Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan in the decisive third and final Test at Windsor Park starting today.Buoyed by a series-levelling win five days ago, the hosts are in pursuit of a first Test series success in five years against a team ranked higher. ...

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IMPACT Justice Technical Advisory Groups to meet in S.t Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project is hosting 3 Technical Advisory Group meetings at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Gros Islet, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia on May 11th and 12th, 2017. These meetings will serve to assist the Project as it seeks to finalize its work plan for Year 4 ...

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Trio granted bail for issuing over $100,000 in fraudulent cheques to VF business

Three men who have been charged for cheque fraud amounting to over $100,000 were granted bail when they appeared in the Second District Court in Vieux Fort (VF) yesterday, Monday, May 8, 2017, according to the Vieux Fort Criminal Investigations Department. Lance Prospere, 26, of Morne Du Don was charged with three counts of possession of fraudulent documents; Niam Charles, 37, of ...

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Teens run away from Transit Home

PRESS RELEASE – The New Beginnings Transit Home is an organization where we provide good care in a safe home environment to develop the full potential of each child focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and maintaining links with their families. The following Children and Young persons have absconded from the home and therefore we request that you ...

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Team St. Lucia ready for Caribbean School Boys Boxing Championships in Guyana

PRESS RELEASE – Fresh off their recent victory at the OECS Invitational Boxing Championships last month, a five member team has been selected to represent Saint Lucia at the 2017 Caribbean School Boys and Juniors Boxing Championships. This tournament takes place May 12-14 at the National Gymnasium in Guyana. The team selected to represent Saint Lucia are; KAREEM BOYCE KIMLYN ...

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Man shot in Mon Repos

A man was hospitalised following a shooting in Grass Street, Mon Repos last evening, police said. The victim,  48-year-old Herbert Ferdinand, a resident of Grass Street, Mon Repos, was shot once with the bullet going through his finger and lodging into his thigh, police said. He was transported to St. Jude Hospital in stable condition, police said. The shooting occurred around ...

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New vent at volcanic springs no cause for alarm – NEMO

GIS – A new vent discovered at the Soufriere volcano is no cause for alarm. The new vent was discovered over a fortnight ago when concerns were raised due to ash being emitted from the volcano. Velda Joseph, Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), said the present activity being witnessed does not indicate that the volcano is about ...

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