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Saint Lucia delegation to pay homage to former President Castro in Cuba

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, Minister for Health and Wellness, Honourable Mary Isaac and Member of Parliament for Laborie, Honourable Alva Baptiste, will leave for Cuba today to pay homage to former Cuban president Fidel Castro. On Friday 25th November the world learned that the revolutionary and one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, ...

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Royalton Resort and Spa to hire over 1000 people

With construction almost 80 percent completed, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa is in the process of hiring over 1,000 people within the next eight days in time for the hotel’s opening in early 2017. Some 3,000 individuals are to be interviewed for 900 full time positions. The Royalton Saint Lucia is expected to open Jan. 15, 2017. The elegant ...

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St. Lucia soon to be the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’

TDN – China Horse Club Founder and Chairman Teo Ah Khing has made a name for himself in the worldwide horse racing community as both an innovator and someone extremely dedicated to increasing his country’s awareness and involvement in the sport of kings. He took that commitment and enthusiasm to a new level over the weekend when breaking ground on ...

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Press Association elects new executive

Members of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) elected a new executive for the period 2016-2018 on Sunday. Miguel Evelyn-Fevrier was elected President, Stan Bishop, Vice President; Jenna-anne Gaston, Secretary; Glen Simon, Treasurer; Rehani Isidore, Communications Officer; and floor member Sharefil Gaillard. Delivering remarks following the election, Fevrier made a commitment to MASL members to work towards improving the ...

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Man found dead in basement of La Clery home

The body of a 48-year-old contractor was discovered in a La Clery house on Sunday. Gregory Smith was found  in the basement of the said house with injuries to his head. Reports are that a friend went to check on Smith and noticed that there was a stench emanating from the house. He realised that something was amiss, and decided to ...

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Former PM reflects on former Cuban president’s legacy

Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony who shared a close friendship with the late revolutionary leader of Cuba Fidel Castro, reflected on his legacy and spoke about his personal encounters with the former president. Below is Dr. Anthony’s full statement posted on social media on Sunday: “Fidel’s death was expected but never for one moment did I think it would ...

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BREAKING: Man shot in Marigot

A man was reportedly shot near the bus shelter at Marigot on Saturday night. The unidentified male sustained a gun shot wound to the leg and was taken for treatment. It is not clear what led to the shooting but police are currently investigating. No further details are available at this time.   (1)(7)

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What Prince Harry could tell Caribbean men about HIV

By Dr César Núñez UNAIDS Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Director PRESS RELEASE – This week Prince Harry started his second official visit to the Caribbean. Importantly, he’ll be commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1 with us here in the region. Prince Harry is among the new guard of global HIV ambassadors. In July he took to ...

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Cuban Embassy in Saint Lucia opens Book of Condolence for Fidel Castro

PRESS RELEASE – Following official announcement of the death of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro on Friday evening, the Cuban Embassy in Saint Lucia has announced it will have a Book of Condolence open for signature from 9am to 6pm over the next week, from starting Monday November 28th and continuing every day to Sunday December 3rd. Persons wishing to ...

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Salvation Army targets 1,000 in ‘Kettle’ Drive

GIS – The Salvation Army has launched its 2016 Kettle Drive which aims to bring Christmas cheer to 1,000 families across Saint Lucia. During the launch ceremony, Malcolm Burns, chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board thanked a number of corporate entities that support the work of the Salvation Army annually. He said the target for the Salvation Army this ...

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Monchy Primary recognizes musician J.B “Lucian Parrot” Gaspard

PRESS RELEASE – As the island celebrates Music Month under the theme, “Celebrating Our Own”, Monchy Primary School has chosen to highlight one of their own. J.B Gaspard is a well known musician who sang popular Christmas songs such as “Nwel Oh Nwel Oh Wivay” and several others. On Friday, November 25, 2016, the school held a special assembly in ...

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PM welcomes Prince Henry and sends climate change message

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet officially welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to Saint Lucia on Thursday evening and also thanked Britain for its continued support to the island. Following the Prince’s arrival in Saint Lucia on 24th November 2016 and the inspection of the Guard, a very brief ceremony was held at Pointe ...

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Executive diplomas for Massy Stores leadership team

PRESS RELEASE – The Leadership Team at Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd. is now better equipped to handle the challenges of their jobs. Over the last eight months the team of twenty two have been undergoing an intensive leadership development programme designed to build and enhance their capacities to lead their teams. The programme was developed and facilitated by St. Lucian ...

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Government pleased Prince Henry of Wales will visit Vieux Fort

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia is pleased that His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Kensington Palace have accepted the invitation to be part of the Sod Turning Ceremony for the Royal St Lucia Turf Club in Vieux Fort on Friday, November 25, 2016. The Government in collaboration with Desert Star Holdings Limited, notes the significant ...

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Health Minister to address waiting time at VH and transition to OKEU Hospital

PRESS RELEASE – For a very long time,the complaints about the excessive waiting time at Victoria Hospital has been incessant. Officials of the Ministry of Health and the Management of Victoria Hospital have sought to allay the fears of the general public about the Triage management at the island’s main health institution. Last week, the Minister for Health and Wellness, ...

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Prince Henry of Wales arrives today!

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia is in a state of readiness as the Government and People anticipate the official visit of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. The youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is known more popularly as Prince Harry. This will be the first visit to Saint Lucia by Prince Henry of Wales who is ...

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Police Force urged to create action plan to tackle crime

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is being encouraged to create an action plan with clear priorities and objectives for tackling crime and making the island safer. Former Police Commissioner Cuthbert Phillips said while he is not sure if there is an existing plan, he still believes that a comprehensive one is needed now more than ever, in light ...

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City Mayor stresses new paradigmatic approach

PRESS RELEASE – The Mayor of Castries has announced his commitment to adopting a business approach to running the operations of the Castries Constituency Council. The pronouncements were made by his Lordship, Mayor Peterson Francis while chairing a meeting of his heads of departments. Mayor Francis made reference to the manner in which the local Government Department was being managed ...

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Public encouraged to attend exhibition cricket match for Prince Harry

PRESS RELEASE – Female umpire Roylin Cooper and Primary School teacher Yohan William have been entrusted with the responsibility to officiate in the specially planned six a side festival cricket match between His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales 11 against the Prime Minister’s 11 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground tomorrow (Friday) from 9:45am. The star studded Prime Minister’s ...

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Soufriere Foundation to manage jetties

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) will assume management of the jetties in port Soufriere and ensure that stipulated docking fees are collected from December 1st, 2016. These jetties include the main porting dock, a boardwalk facility, a Fisheries Complex unit and a smaller pier located on the Hummingbird beach in Soufriere. The past several weeks have ...

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Gov’t receives approval to reinstate suspension of CET on pharmaceuticals

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has received approval from the Council on Trade and Economic Development (COTED) to suspend the Common External Tariff (CET) on pharmaceuticals. When the issue of the expiration date for the waiver of the CET came to the Government’s attention in September of this year, both Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet and ...

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SLP accuses PM Chastanet of manipulating Prince Harry

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has been advised that his Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales will be participating in a sod turning ceremony for the so-called DSH project in Vieux Fort. The Saint Lucia Labour Party regrets that the Prince was manipulated to participate in this ceremony by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet whether for promotional purposes or ...

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Blood donors needed this Christmas

PRESS RELEASE – Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, it is also a time when the St. Lucia Blood Bank’s resources dwindle due to incidents and accidents. Save a life today by donating a pint of blood. The mobile blood bank will be in the following locations: Wednesday Nov 23rd, KM2 Solutions, Union Thursday Nov 24th, the grounds ...

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Prince Harry to lead cricket team against PM’s eleven

PRESS RELEASE – All eyes will be on the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground this Friday as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales leads a local 11 against the Prime Minister’s 11 in a six overs a side festival match. The fifth-in-line to the British throne who is representing Queen Elizabeth II on the seven nation, 15-day tour, will lead ...

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La Clery home destroyed by fire

An early morning fire has destroyed a home in La Clery leaving five people homeless. The inferno began around 1.a.m. Wednesday and quickly spread through the building. The occupants did not manage to save anything, but escaped in quick time. It is not clear what caused the fire, but by the time the fire service responded, the house was already ...

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St. Lucian living in UK jailed for stealing £360,000 worth of jewelry

A St. Lucia man living in UK was jailed for 3 years and 3 months after stealing more than £360,000 worth of jewelry from Indian billionaire’s mansion. The man, identified as Rightous Garnett, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the 2014 burglary of the billionaire’s house. Police reportedly found over £160,000 worth of jewelry in Mr Garnett’s house during a raid last year. Garnett ...

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PAHO announces list of facilities to be retrofitted in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE — Sixteen health facilities in Saint Lucia will undergo various degree of improvements to make them disaster resilient and environmentally sound, the Pan American Health Organization announced today, after a thorough period of data collection and analysis of the 34 health facilities in Saint Lucia. The Ministry of Health, together with PAHO and the UK government has approved ...

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Saint Lucia to meet global standards of transparency, says PM

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet on Monday, November 21, 2016 signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The Convention will enter into force in 2018 and will enable the government to automatically exchange information. This multilateral instrument is the most comprehensive mechanism available for all forms of tax cooperation and will tackle tax ...

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Gov’t accused of paying lip service to the crime problem

Saint Lucia’s minority political party, the Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM), has criticized the new government for ignoring its proposal for a National Consultation on Crime, as did the previous administration. In a strongly worded statement issued on Monday, the LPM said successive governments, both United Workers Party (UWP) and the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP), have refused to entertain the proposal. ...

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NWU and SOL industrial wage impasse resolved

PRESS RELEASE – The industrial wage impasse between SOL EC Ltd and the National Workers Union (NWU) has been amicably resolved. Company officials flew in from Barbados and met with Tyrone Maynard, President General and Solace Myers, Deputy President General at a meeting which lasted about two (2) hours. The parties agreed to a wage accord that provides for a ...

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`Reds’ Perreira to retire from cricket commentary in his homeland

KAIETEUR NEWS – Joseph ‘Reds’ Perriera is to cricket commentary what Shiv Chanderpaul is to the game itself and both veterans have some important things in common. They both commenced their Test Careers at Bourda, retired at the International level, both worked very hard at what they do for a very long time, both come from humble background, have both ...

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Zika no longer a world public health emergency

PRESS RELEASE – In February, 2016 the Director General of the World Health Organization declared the Zika Virus Out-break a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern” due the significant long term complications associated with it. This facilitated an urgent and coordinated response from the world. At the fifth meeting of the Emergency Committee on Zika and microcephaly, other neurological disorders ...

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New border control unit to improve safety, efficiency

PRESS RELEASE – The Customs and Immigration departments along with the Marine Unit will soon form a new entity, the Border Control Unit. The Border Control Unit will significantly augment the operations of Saint Lucia’s airports and seaports, Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Sen. Hon. Hermangild Francis said. All officers assigned to the unit will receive training. ...

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Castries man stabbed by girlfriend’s lover

A City Gate, Castries resident is now nursing injuries at the Victoria Hospital following a scuffle with his girlfriend’s alleged lover. According to reports the injured man returned home sometime this afternoon to find his girlfriend in an compromising position with another man. One resident disclosed that the man then launched an attack on the woman’s alleged lover with a ...

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Education Minister stresses need to protect children

PRESS RELEASE – Minister for Education Honourable Dr. Gale T.C. Rigobert has reiterated the Government’s commitment to the youth of the nation in the wake of Universal Children’s Day which was celebrated by several countries on Sunday, November 20, 2016. The Minister, who recently returned to Saint Lucia from the Climate Change Conference, COP 22 in Morocco, on Monday underlined ...

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Entrance fee hike at Sulphur Springs Park and Gros Piton Nature Trail

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has formalized plans to increase entry fees at both of its premiere tourist attractions; the Sulphur Springs Park and Gros Piton Nature Trail, effective January 1st, 2017. The new entrance fee at the Sulphur Springs Park will be pegged at US$15.00 inclusive of VAT and represent a full package experience. Presently ...

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SALCC security guard accused of exposing himself to student released

A security guard accused of exposing himself to a female student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SACC) has been released from police custody, according to reports. The man who was initially taken into custody on Wednesday, November 16, was released on Saturday. He is accused of exposing his private part to an 18-year-old female student who he allegedly ...

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Local attorney suffers broken leg after attack at home

Attorney Marcus Foster was attacked by a known individual at his Barnard Hill residence over the weekend. Foster reportedly sustained a broken leg and several injuries to his body during the attack. He was taken to hospital for treatment. The reason for the attack is still not clear. The police are conducting their investigations. (22)(4)

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Too many children are still suffering from abuse in St. Lucia, says UNICEF representative

PRESS RELEASE – Despite enormous progress realized for children since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, the rights of millions of children are being violated every day, UNICEF said today as it marked Universal Children’s Day. “With conflicts, crises, and crushing poverty putting millions of children’s lives and futures at risk, protecting child ...

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Several injured after shooting breaks out near Gros Islet jetty

Police are still trying to put the pieces together following a bizarre shooting in the wee hours of Saturday morning in the town of Gros Islet, which has left several people injured. The shooting unfolded shortly after 1 a.m. close to the Gros Islet jetty. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that some six people were injured after several shots were ...

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UPDATE: Driver escapes unhurt as vehicle topples on highway

A man escaped serious injury after his Nissan Frontier Navara he was driving overturned just outside the Nagico Insurance building located on the John Compton Highway. The incident happened sometime after 4.p.m. Friday causing a heavy build up of traffic. Reports are the vehicle came into contact with a concrete median, removing a portion of it. Police arrived minutes later ...

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Mom claims 6-year-old son choked, kicked in the abdomen at school

Bullying is “rampant” in school, according to one heart-broken mother of a 6-year-old boy who has been suffering extreme harassment over the past year. The mother, who has chosen to remain anonymous, to protect the identity of her son, explained that her son’s troubles first began when he started grade one, and since then things have deteriorated dramatically. It started ...

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Castries hairdresser robbed at gunpoint

A small business owner is now counting her losses after she was robbed at gunpoint by two men at her hairdressing business located close to the Gros Islet bus park in Castries. The incident is reportedly occurred sometime after 7.p.m. Tuesday. Melita Ashford said the bandits escaped with all the money that was in her possession, her handbag containing several ...

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Truck drivers for SOL EC Limited on strike

Some 14 unionized truck drivers attached to SOL EC Limited initiated a strike on Friday over delayed wage negotiations. The aggrieved truck men who are represented by the National Workers Union said they are willing to return to work, if the company agrees to reach a settlement regarding wages. Reports are that a petition was sent to the management of the ...

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Man found hanging in Babonneau

A man was found hanging in a house in Babonneau in a case of supected suicide. The man, identified as John Edmay, was found this morning. His sister made the discovery. Edmay was last seen on Wednesday according to reports. (5)(4)

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NSC applauds response of SALCC administration to recent threats to student safety

PRESS RELEASE – The National Students’ Council is pleased with the actions taken by the SALCC administration following a shocking incident involving a security guard and student of the college earlier this week. The incident undoubtedly sparked feelings of anger and frustration from students towards the system at the college which they believe is working against their well-being. Administration at ...

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Martin Dorville is new Chamber of Commerce president

PRESS RELEASE – Martin Dorville Managing Director of Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd. is the New President of the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture. Mr. Dorville was elected unopposed at the 132nd Annual General Meeting of the Chamber held at the Royal St. Lucian Hotel on Wednesday 16th November, 2016. Mr. Dorville takes over the Presidency at a ...

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Education Ministry praises Courts OECS Reading Competition winner

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Marcus Edward on Thursday applauded Keyshawn Alphonse of Soufriere Primary School for her outstanding achievement in this year’s OECS Courts Reading competition. “The Ministry of Education is extremely delighted and excited as a matter of fact upon receiving the news of young Keyshawan Alphonse who was declared the winner of the 8th ...

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Private sector relief takes focus at Chamber of Commerce AGM

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Chamber of Commerce membership had some major questions for Minister in the Minister of Finance Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond after he addressed the Annual General Meeting on Wednesday 16th November 2016 at the Royal St. Lucian Hotel. Held under the theme “Making it Easier to Do Business” members of The Chamber of Commerce, Industry ...

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Consultation on draft planning guidelines for Laborie

PRESS RELEASE – The Laborie Development Foundation (LDF) is currently implementing a project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Small Grants Programme (SGP) entitled Creating Sustainable Communities – Building Local Capacity for Adaptation to Climate Change and for Managing Related Issues in the village of Laborie. The project was designed as an initial step towards building greater resilience of ...

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Security arrangements at SALCC being reviewed following alleged rape attempt

The Ministry of Education has condemned the recent incident involving a security personnel accused of allegedly attempting to rape a female student at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Chief Education Officer Marcus Edward said the ministry is “utterly disturbed” by the event and said it expects that the college will review it’s security arrangements. The alleged perpetrator in question may ...

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New approach to mental health sensitization

PRESS RELEASE – The World Health Organisation’s constitution states: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” This is the core philosophy driving a new initiative of the St. Lucia National Mental Wellness Centre to spur interest, continue the dialog and motive individual, families and the community to ...

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Keyshawn Alphonse wins Courts OECS Reading Competition 2016

PRESS RELEASE – Soufriere Primary School Student, Miss Keyshawn Alphonse, has won the Eighth Annual Courts OECS Reading Competition for 2016. The competition which was held on November 16th 2016 in Saint Kitts and Nevis saw national champions from Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines competing for an additional ...

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SALCC security guard arrested for allegedly attempting to rape student

A security personnel at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) is now in police custody following an alleged rape attempt on a female student. It is reported that a group of students, including the said victim, were playing a game of hide and seek when the incident occurred sometime around 6.p.m. Wednesday. It is alleged that the 18-year-old woman ...

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PM calls for acceleration of action for developing nations at COP 22

PRESS RELEASE – The devastating impact that natural disasters have on the Caribbean was underscored by Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet as he addressed the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco on Tuesday November 15th 2016. During The High Level Meeting, Prime Minister ...

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St. Lucia finishes in 1st runner up position in Miss International Elegance Mother’s Pageant, takes 3 awards

St. Lucia performed quite well in the just concluded Miss International Elegance Mother’s Pageant, finishing in 1st runner up position. The pageant, which saw mothers in the Caribbean compete in several areas, was won by Miss St. Maarten. The host country for the pageant was St. Maarten. Miss St. Lucia also took home three awards, becoming the top performer in three ...

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Gov’t yet to decide whether to reduce VAT exemption list

One of the recommendations coming out of a joint Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) report which looked at Saint Lucia’s overall economic performance, was to reduce the number of items on the Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption list. But Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, a minister within the Ministry of Finance has said that the government is ...

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“I don’t want to go back there,” says teenage mother released from jail

After weeks of mounting pressure on the authorities to release a teenage mother from jail, officials from the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) have finally decided to let her free. The teenager was released on Wednesday morning and the first words she uttered to the local press was, “I don’t want to go back there. I made mistakes, but I learnt from my mistakes.” ...

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Local banks on high alert for credit card scammers

Local banks across the island have been put on alert by the Major Crimes Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) following an increase in credit card scams. This was disclosed by Acting Corporal Calious Dantes on Police Insight on MBC Television. The police official said that criminals are now in possession of devices that can read the magnetic strip of ...

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St. Lucia listed in top 5 best countries for secondary citizenship

An investor advise blog targeted at millionaires have listed St. Lucia in the top 5 countries for secondary citizenship. The blog, based at the www.barrons.com website, placed St. Lucia at number 3 on the list. The blog claims that there has been a five-fold increase in searches for secondary citizenship locations since Donald Trump was elected president of the United ...

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