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Deglos woman dies hours after ingesting poisonous substance

A woman who was hospitalised yesterday after drinking the herbicide, Gramoxone, has died, her daughter confirms. Cecilia Daniel Marshall, 43, of Deglos passed away at Victoria Hospital around 11:00 last night, the distraught daughter told St. Lucia News Online this morning. The 21-year-old said her mother drank the substance around 7 a.m. at their home yesterday. A bottle with the ...

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Alliance Francaise event on the Nobel Laureate Festival calendar

PRESS RELEASE – The Alliance Française is pleased to be part of the Nobel Laureate Festival of 2017 which is a celebration of Saint Lucia’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir Dereck Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis. The Festival, which is organized by the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee under the Chairmanship of the Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, will take place from ...

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PM on Dr. Raymond’s fate: “I can’t rush to judgement”

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is awaiting the outcome of the court matter involving his Junior Finance Minister Dr. Ubaldus Raymond before he can decide on his fate. Chastanet was referring to the nude photo scandal that Dr. Raymond is embroiled in, where an 18-year-old college student was charged for blackmailing him. “As soon as the details are ...

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Woman hospitalised after suicide attempt

A 42-year-old woman was hospitalised today, Jan. 23 after ingesting a poisonous substance in Deglos, police and emergency officials have confirmed. The woman is reportedly in stable condition at a hospital after drinking the weed killer, gramoxone. Emergency officials received the report around 7:55 a.m. (3)(22)

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St. Lucia-based chef tops the Caribbean

Cap Maison Resort and Spa is set to honour its executive chef for copping the ‘Top Caribbean Hotel Chef of the Year 2016’ by regional hospitality publication, Caribbean Journal. The resort announced that will hold a “special press conference” on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to recognise Craig Jones. The award was part of Caribbean Journal’s 2016 Caribbean Travel Awards. The Welch-born chef has headed ...

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St. Lucia gets new ocean freight service

World-class ocean carrier Seaboard Marine said they have enhanced their Miami, Florida-Eastern Caribbean ocean freight service with a new port call at Castries, St. Lucia. The company said its new weekly service is supported by two container ships that will commence Thursday, January 26, 2017, departing from PortMiami, Florida with a five-day transit to Castries, St. Lucia. “This direct, weekly service ...

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Alvina Reynolds wants OECS to develop hubs for health services

DAILY OBSERVER (Antigua) – In light of Antigua & Barbuda’s plan to become a hub for transplants, ministers of health and finance in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are being challenged to act on plans to create specialised hubs for health services in their respective countries. Alvina Reynolds, who served as a minister of health in St Lucia, ...

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Eating burnt toast ‘may increase cancer risk’

SKY NEWS – Eating certain foods that have been cooked at high temperatures could be linked to cancer, according to health officials. The danger foods include chips, toast, biscuits, crackers, crisps, breakfast cereals (except for porridge), coffee, cooked pizza bases, black olives and cereal-based baby foods. Also on the list are root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot, turnip, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two injured in Babonneau accident

Two persons have been hospitalised following a vehicular accident in Fond Assou, Babonneau this morning around 4:00. Reports are that a Toyota Corolla with two males collided with a light post. The condition of the injured are unknown at this time. No further details available.   (18)(0)

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Babonneau resident starts project to help the poor

A 23-year-old public servant said he has started an initiative to “reach out to the needy and hungry”. On Saturday morning, Randy Joseph, a data entry clerk at the Land Registry, assisted by his friends Devon Pierre and Andy Charles, gave out food, clothing and water to the less fortunate in front the Castries City Council building. The trio are former students ...

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Prime Minister and Ministers meet Saint Lucians in London

PRESS RELEASE – Photos from today’s “Meet and Greet” in London with Prime Minister the Honourable Allen M Chastanet, the Honourable Dr Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and the Honourable Guy Joseph Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation. Saint Lucians living in the UK and their families attended the ...

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Post-mortem: No foul play in death of Gros Islet man

An autopsy in the death of a Gros Islet man found floating in the river Thursday afternoon showed no signs of foul play, relatives have said. Police and emergency officials responded around 1:30 p.m. (Jan.19) to a report of suspected drowning at Gros Islet. When they arrived, they found the body of Maquid Annerville, 29. The man’s sister, Tanisha Paul, ...

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Gov’t to decide on future of Radio Saint Lucia

A decision on the future of the state owned Saint Lucia Broadcasting Corporation (Radio St. Lucia) will be made soon by government, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dominic Feedee has revealed. Fedee told the media on Friday (Jan.20) that Cabinet is awaiting a report from the board of directors, before it decides on the next move for the cash-strapped broadcasting company. “We have ...

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LPM urges gov’t to be transparent and avoid leaks

Recent leaks of some government documents, including the controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) framework agreement, has stirred up a debate about the need for government to be more transparent. Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) shares that same view, as its Political Leader Therold Prudent believes that if the government is to remain transparent, then they would not be facing these issues. ...

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Walcott House takes center stage during Nobel Laureate Festival 2017

PRESS RELEASE – In observance of the Nobel Laureate Festival 2017, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is hosting a week of activities to promote greater understanding of our culture while encouraging conversations that help us learn about our heritage. This activity is being held under the umbrella of the Nobel Laureate Festival celebrations.  The activities will be held under ...

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Teddyson John makes 2017 Int’l Soca Monarch semi-finals!

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Teddyson John makes his way to the International Soca Monarch semi-finals for a second consecutive year, with his 2016 release ‘No Code’. Deadline for all entries was January 14th, 2017 with over 50 performers making it through to the semi-finals. Among the semi-finalists are the likes of Ricardo Drue and Blaxx – guest performers at ...

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Burst of earthquake events recorded in Saint Lucia

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) in Trinidad has confirmed that there was a small burst of earthquake events which occurred on land in southeast Saint Lucia. These events happened on Wednesday (January 18) from 11:16 p.m. to 11:27 p.m. They were located between 13.79°N -13.80°N and 60.91°W – 60.97°W with magnitudes from 1.9 to 3.0 ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Bois Patat

Police are investigating a shooting incident in Bois Patat, Castries. Reports are that a man, believed to be in his early 20s, was shot in the leg. He was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulace in stable condition. Emergency officials received the report at 8 p.m (1)(6)

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UPDATED: Dead body found floating identified

Police have identified the body found floating in the waters off Gros Islet after 1:30 p.m today, Jan. 19 Police said Mequid Annerville, 29, also known as Aaron and Killer Yute, is suspected of drowning but a post mortem scheduled for tomorrow will determine the cause of death. Annerville is originally from Dennery but resided on Chapel Street, Gros Islet, ...

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Gov’t commits to consultation process on ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with Invest Saint Lucia is continuing its informative and consultative process on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” development. On Tuesday January 17th the Government held a press briefing featuring Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia Pinkley Francis, along with Invest Saint Lucia’s Investment Promotion & Fulfillment Manager Alana Lansiquot-Brice, Legal Counsel/Corporate ...

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37th Annual National Sports Awards: Complete list of nominees

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Youth Development and Sports has announced a list of nominees for the 37th Annual National Sports Awards which is scheduled for February 18, 2017. See list of nominees below:  2016 NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS LIST OF NOMINEES Association SPORTSWOMAN SPORTSMAN Number   Junior   Junior   St. Lucia Athletics   Julien Alfred Levern Spencer Jn Pierre Frederick Marbeq ...

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Ricky T qualifies for semi-finals of International Soca Monarch

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T is a semi-finalist in the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad with his Freaky Girls. The list was announced on Wednesday January 18 by organizers Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. The announcement comes weeks after Freaky Girls was listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016 by Trinidad Carnival ...

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Strong tourist arrivals for Saint Lucia in 2017 – Travel Pulse

Saint Lucia stands to benefit from an increasing number of visitors this year, particularly within the first quarter, as the island remains a popular Caribbean destination with US travelers. Travel Pulse has reported that the island is dubbed a ‘Hot’ Caribbean destination and said Donscenz named “St. Lucia, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic” as “still our big sellers.” While ...

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“I leave it up to Him” – ‘Chubby’s babymother has forgiven ‘Ninja Dan’ and two co-accused

The babymother of slain Dwayne ‘Chubby’ James has said she has forgiven popular soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his two accused, but she is disappointed in the St. Lucian justice system. After spending seven years and four months on remand, St. Rose, Lynden Blasse and Marvin Nelson were today, Jan. 18 freed after their application to the ...

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SLP will continue to agitate until ‘offensive DSH clauses’ are renegotiated: Dr. Hilaire

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has vowed to continue with its agitation campaign until the government gets the best possible deal from the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement. Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Ernest Hilaire told a press conference on Wednesday (Jan.18) that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is obligated to advocate and ask questions about project ...

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UPDATED: Ninja Dan talks about priorities after freedom

Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview shortly after his victory at the Court of Appeal that his priority now is “damage control”. St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson walked out of court free men today, Jan. 18, 2017 after they successfully won their ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ninja Dan, co-accused are free!

Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson are free men. Shawn Innocent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his clients won their application for a reduced sentence with the Court of Appeal when the matter was heard this morning. Explaining the Court of Appeal’s basis for granting the appeal, Innocent said: “The ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Escaped Vieux Fort prisoner caught

Police have caught the man who escaped while being escorted to a court house in Vieux Fort. Dexter Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Chucky’ and ‘Dave,’ escaped around 10 a.m. Monday (Jan 16.) Officers from the Vieux Fort Police Station arrested Jn Baptiste at a beach unharmed, around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. Jn Baptiste who is facing an indictable offence and assisting the ...

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Prisoner’s escape to be probed

Police are preparing to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape of prisoner and state witness Dexter Jn Baptiste on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, a well-placed source have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The source said the matter is subject to an “internal investigation” and “will be” investigated. It is unlikely that the police officers who were ...

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SNO POLL: Should Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond resign?

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 marked one of the biggest St. Lucian scandals in recent times when an 18-year-old college student appeared in a Castries court, charged with attempting to blackmail Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance. Shortly after, the same day, Raymond, accompanied by his lawyer, held a press conference in which he defended his crebility in a ...

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Gov’t wants ‘constructive consultation’ over DSH project

Consultations with the people of the South and other locations have started on the highly controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is expected to begin here soon. Senior Communications Officer within the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald, has said that the government is looking to have “constructive consultation” on these issues. Mc ...

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Gov’t issues ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ fact sheet

Government on Tuesday issued a simplified fact sheet designed to help Saint Lucians better understand the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is commonly referred to as the DSH project. A team from Invest Saint Lucia and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) introduced the fact sheet and held a joint press conference to provide clarification to the media ...

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Leadership changes at Bay Gardens Resorts

PRESS RELEASE – The locally owned and operated award-winning resort chain, Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, announced today that it has made key leadership changes. The Bay Gardens Resorts Board of directors, who have spent significant time strategizing the way forward in 2017, recently announced a number of personnel moves at the senior leadership level that they believe will ...

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CARIBBEAN: Call for Caricom’s intelligence agency to vet regional CIP applications

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – The head of a well-known citizenship advisory firm is making a call for Caribbean Citizenship by Investment Programmes (CIPs) to vet applicants through Caricom’s Joint Regional Communications Centre (JRCC). Chairman of Henley & Partners, Dr Christian H Kalin made the statement in response to a query from OBSERVER media on whether Caribbean CIPs should compete in the ...

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Second body recovered from weekend boating accident

The body of the second man that went missing after a boating accident at Smuggler’s Cove over the weekend has been recovered. Reports are that Kieron ‘Skyro’ Cornibert’s body was fished out of the sea this morning (Jan.17) by Marine Police. Cornibert and his co-worker, Curtis ‘Curtie’ Prospere, reportedly went kayaking after work, when they encountered some issues. A source  had told St. ...

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Man caught after robbing tourist in Rodney Bay with fake gun

With the help of citizens, police arrested a young man Monday night (Jan. 16) after he used a fake gun to rob a middle-aged female tourist in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet, an eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online. The incident reportedly occurred around 9 p.m. near a popular restaurant, the source said. The suspect reportedly pulled out a gun after his attempts ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Photos of escaped Vieux Fort prisoner released

St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has obtained four photos of escaped prisoner Dexter Jn. Baptiste, aka Chucky and Dave of Dennery. Jn. Baptiste, believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s, sprinted away while being escorted by police officers with other prisoners from a police vehicle to a court house in Vieux Fort after 10 a.m. today. Reliable sources ...

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St Jude Audit: Gov’t will start holding companies accountable

Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph has said that the technical audit interim report on the St Jude Hospital Reconstruction Project will be used as a guide for the current administration. Joseph told the media on Monday (Jan.16) that government will start holding companies accountable for work that they have been paid to deliver, because government is loosing too much money. ...

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Police update on 9th homicide of 2017

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of twenty four (24) year old, Keegan Rosemond of Ciceron. Police attached to the Gros Islet Police Station received a report reference to a shooting at Bois D’ Orange, about 3:15 a.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017. Keegan Rosemond, was found lying sideways with apparent gunshot injuries. He was ...

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PM believes Raymond did the right thing in reporting the matter

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told reporters that the case involving Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, is under investigation and “we will wait to see the outcome and how information unfolds”. Chastanet made the remarks today when asked about the matter in which an 18-year-old college student was charged for attempting to blackmail Raymond. The prime ...

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UPDATE: Escaped prisoner was also a state witness – police

  The prisoner who sprinted out of police custody while being brought to a court house in Vieux Fort this morning, was about to appear before the court as a prosecution witness, reliable sources have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Dexter Jn. Baptiste, aka Dave, is from Dennery and is believed to be in his late 20’s to early 30’s. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Marisule homicide suspect appears in court

A man who was detained in connection with the homicide of 76-year-old Ann Rose Raymond appeared in a Gros Islet court this morning. Peter Thomas, 43, of Union, Castries, was charged for theft under Section 188 of the criminal code. He was remanded until his next court appearance on Feb. 8. Thomas was picked up by police on Friday at his ...

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UPDATED: Target of Dennery church attack speaks out; suspect arrested

The target of yesterday’s pepper-spray incident at the St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in La Ressorce, Dennery has given her side of the story in an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Kernisha Flavien, a resident of Aux Lyons, Dennery, was released from hospital Sunday afternoon while the suspect was arrested this morning. Flavien was among three church members who ...

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UPDATED: One body discovered, other still missing

Divers have recovered one body and the search continues for a second following an alleged kayak mishap on Sunday, Jan. 15 near a Gros Islet hotel, police officials have confirmed. The body was recovered around 6:20 p.m., two hours after emergency officials received the report. Reports are that the victims were Cul de Sac, Castries residents Curtis ‘Curtie’ Prospere and Kieron ...

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Oliver Gobat’s family disappointed with UK Prime Minister

THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – The family of a prominent British businessman murdered in a suspected contract killing has accused the Prime minister of breaking her personal promise to help them solve the case. Helen, 69, and Theo Gobat, 77, whose son Oliver was killed on a Caribbean island, said they feel “abandoned” by the Government after Theresa May assured St ...

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PHOTOS: Anti-violence vigil and march underway

A vigil and march organised by the communities of Bois D’Inde and Jacmel is currently underway in Roseau. The vigil’s theme is “Zero Tolerance for Crime: Put on Love”, in response to the recent triple homicide in Jacmel and other crimes in the community and its surroundings, organisers say. The march is expected to end in Morne Ciseaux. Prime Minister Allen ...

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UPDATED: Union man charged with stealing homicide victim’s car

Police have formally charged a man with stealing the motor vehicle belonging to homicide victim 76-year-old Ann Rose Raymond, also known as Aunty Urita, Lilico or Ma Leo. Peter Thomas, 43, of Union, Castries was charged this afternoon (Jan. 15). He was picked up by police on Friday at his residence. Raymond’s body was discovered by police at her Marisule, Gros ...

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Successful staging of regional inter-agency emergency response exercise

PRESS RELEASE – Representatives of four key Caribbean regional agencies successfully completed an intensive two-day simulation exercise dubbed ‘Synergy 2017’. The exercise was held on January 11th and 12th 2017 and hosted at the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) based in Barbados. The scenario involved the outbreak of a mysterious virus onboard a cruise ship as it approaches a ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man fatally shot in Bois D’Orange

St. Lucia has recorded its ninth homicide within 14 days of the new year. Reports are that a man was shot dead in Bois D’ Orange, Gros Islet around 3 am this morning. The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Kegan Rosemond from Ciceron, Castries. He was shot in the head, More details soon (42)(50)

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“I am not afraid” – Dr. Ubaldus Raymond defends his credibility

Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond has defended his credibility, after naked photos allegedly belonging to him, were shared on social media. The country’s junior Finance Minister told a news conference on Friday (Jan.13), that he was blackmailed. “There have been attempts to extort monies from me through devious means,” he explained. Dr. Raymond said no amount of threats will cause him ...

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UPDATED: Student appears in court for blackmailing senator

An 18-year-old college student charged for blackmailing Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, appeared at the First District Court in Castries Friday afternoon. The student, identified as Curshaby Alexander of Beausejour, Gros Islet, was represented by Attorney Shawn Innocent. She was charged under section 223, subsection 1 of the criminal code. Bail was granted in the sum ...

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UPDATED: Mother and child injured in accident

A woman and her seven-year-old daughter sustained minor injuries when their car ran off the road on the Barre de L’Isle Friday afternoon, fire officials have told St. Lucia News Online. According to the officials, 41-year-old Nancy Dalsou and her daughter, Edania Monlouis, were the only occupants of the Nissan Tiida. Both are Dennery residents. Emergency services received the call ...

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St. Jude Hospital technical audit submitted to government

The almost $1 million St. Jude Hospital technical audit has been completed and presented to government. Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph said having spoken to an engineer on the project, he was informed that the report was delivered to his ministry on Thursday. The minister had said last year, that based on information from the preliminary report, things may be ...

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Ricky T’s ‘Freaky Girls’ listed #1 of 2016

PRESS RELEASE – Freaky Girls from Saint Lucia’s Ricky T has been listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016. The accolade has come from Trinidad Carnival Diary, a Trinidad & Tobago based publication with over 200,000 followers on Facebook and over 60, 000 Likes on Instagram. The list was released on January 8, 2017. The other ...

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Gemstones Theater Productions presents “TWISTERS”

PRESS RELEASE – The Gemstones Theater Productions, in association with the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee and the Folk Research Centre present a new “folk-lypso” drama titled “Twisters” on January 28th and 29th at 7.30 pm at the Folk Research Centre, Mount Pleasant. A special staging will be presented for students of Theatre Arts at 3 pm on Monday January 30th at ...

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Laborie kicks off 2017 with two major cultural events

PRESS RELEASE – The Laborie Steel Pan made history in 2016 when it became Panorama Champion. The Laborie Pan Project – the steel band’s parent programme at Labowi Promotions – is making history again by hosting the first edition of a major international workshop in Laborie. Since 4 January, musicians from the USA, France and Sweden have gathered in this ...

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Ninja Dan, other inmates and BCF create history

Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Nina Dan’ St. Rose is among six inmates from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) who will be officially launching songs soon, Director of Prisons Verne Guard told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Guard said this is the first time inmates were permitted to do formal musical production from behind bars, for public consumption. The songs were pre-released on ...

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