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Chastanet to present first budget of his administration

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet will present his first ever budget to Parliament on Wednesday since his ruling United Workers Party (UWP) won the June 2016 general elections. Chastanet is expected to present a fiscal package totalling EC$1.5 billion (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) and estimated EC$349.5 million than the last budget. The budgetary process will begin on Tuesday following the ...

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Stabbing victim in critical condition

Police are investigating a stabbing incident in Roseau which has reportedly left the victim in critical condition. Reports are that a male was stabbed late last evening and was hospitalised. The incident occurred sometime after 9 p.m. More details soon. (1)(3)

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PM does not believe gov’t should be paying for SLNT’s recurrent expenditure

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has confirmed that the government has proposed reducing the subvention to the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) from $700,000 to zero, but pointed out that a number of other similar organisations have experienced financial reviews since his administration took office. Chastanet told a press briefing on Monday that government has a cash problem and “every single ...

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PAHO meets with Ministry of Health on Bilharzia

PRESS RELEASE – On the 24th of April, 2017, a group of PAHO Representatives, met with the Ministry of Health Team, to discuss the way forward and how this survey will be executed effectively and efficiently. Chief epidemiologist, Nahum Jn. Baptiste gave a further insight of the consultation. Maria Sanchez, PAHO representative says, this venture is very important, and with ...

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Man shot in Vieux Fort

A man was hospitalised following a shooting in Vieux Fort town on Saturday night. The victim has been identified as France Theodore. Reports are that several shots were fired at Theodore by a known male and one of the shots caught him in the leg. The incident occurred about 8:30 p.m. on George Shine Drive. He was hospitalised in stable ...

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La Croix man stabbed in the city

A man was hospitalised in stable condition following a stabbing incident on Darling Road, Castries on Sunday, law enforcement officials said. The victim has been identified as 33-year-old Jonathan Henry of La Croix Maingot, Castries, officials said. The incident occurred around 1:30 p.m. near the Gros Islet bus terminal. Henry sustained lacerations to his right hand and back from a ...

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Homicide #21 at Trois Piton (photo update)

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a fifty nine (59) year old resident of Trois Piton, Castries, namely Leonard Felicien. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (C.I.D) received a report reference to a stabbing at Trois Piton, about 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Leonard Felicien allegedly received a stab wound during ...

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Fundraiser to be held for ailing sickler

PRESS RELEASE – Christiana Deflemon is a sickler from Belle Vue, Vieux-Fort who has been diagnosed with aseptic necrosis, a bone condition that results from poor supply of blood, causing localized bone death. Her condition is located in the hip and as such has hindered her ability to walk for over six years. As a result, her medical team has ...

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Lightning Aquatics Swim Club celebrates its 1st Carifta swimmer

PRESS RELEASE – Amidst the superb talent on display by hundreds of swimmers from 26 countries at the recent XXXII Carifta Swimming Championship held in the Bahamas from April 15-19, 2017, Lightning Aquatics (LA) Swim Club’s Naima Hazell gave an excellent performance at her first Carifta meet. Naima formed part of a contingent of 7 Saint Lucian swimmers participating in the swimming championship. ...

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Young St. Lucian to attend Youth Summit in Dubai

PRESS RELEASE – St Lucia will be represented at the 3rd International Youth to Youth Summit in Dubai from April 23rd to 27th 2017 by Mr. Wilton Jeremie, Program Officer of the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust. Youth to Youth Initiative is an umbrella non-profit, started in 2015 in Lithuania, which aims to foster change; construct an effective environment for ...

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St. Lucia to strengthen its hydromet system to better prepare for weather-related disasters

PRESS RELEASE – More than that, climate change presents its own problems, including the potential for more extreme storms, hurricanes, and droughts.   “A properly functioning hydromet system” Barrett notes “will allow Saint Lucia to better predict and ultimately better prepare its citizens to significantly reduce the impacts of natural and climate-related disasters.” The International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), ...

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Suspected drowning in Micoud

Police are investigating the death of a young man in Up The Line, Micoud. The body of 20-year-old Rockbert Winell Xavier of Up The Line, Micoud was found floating in the sea around 1:30 p.m. today. Reports are that Xavier is suspected of drowning after he dived into the sea and hit his head on a rock. (11)(14)

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UPDATE: Homicide victim identified

Police are investigating the killing of a man in Trois Piton, Castries today (Saturday, April 22). The victim has been identified as 59-year-old Leonard Felicien, aka Leo, of Trois Piton. An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the victim was allegedly stabbed to death during an argument/altercation over money around 3 p.m. It is alleged that a broken bottle ...

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Family of four homeless after Castries fire

The authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a dwelling house in Capital Hill, Castries this morning (Saturday, April 22), officials said. A family of four – two adults and two children – were not at home when the fire occurred around 9 a.m., officials said. Despite valiant efforts by neighbours to put out the blaze, the 16×20 wooden structure and ...

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Bandit had a “good job”; court grants him $5,000 bail

Twenty-five-year-old Reynolds Alfred who has been charged in connection with a foiled robbery in Babonneau allegedly told investigators that he was employed at one of the top resorts on the island, according to reliable sources. Sources say the Carielle, Castries resident told officers that he was employed as a chef at a hotel, sources say. Though it is not yet ...

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UPDATE: Beaten bandit appears in court (photos added)

.A bandit who was disarmed and beaten by patrons of a shop in Girard, Babonneau last Sunday has been formally charged, police said. Police said 25-year-old Reynolds Alfred of Carielle, Castries was this morning charged with robbery and appeared in court Alfred was reportedly charged after an identification parade/procedure this morning, and eyewitnesses have finally given official statements to police ...

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High-powered gun found in Babonneau

Police have recovered an “Uzi-type” sub-machine gun in Hill 20, Babonneau, according to reliable sources. Reports are that around 8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 20), off-duty police officers observed two suspicious males standing near the WASCO water plant at Hill 20 and began to approach. However, the two males ran, with one of them dropping a nylon bag that contained the ...

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Preparatory work on DSH site continues

Contrary to rumors that work on the Desert Star Holding (DSH) project in Vieux-For has come to a sudden halt, work on the site has not stopped. However, the preparatory work which began just over a month ago is expected to end next week. Workers on the site say they have no idea when the next stage will be approved. ...

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New session of Parliament opens next Tuesday

PRESS RELEASE – The Second Session of the Eleventh Parliament is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Members of the House of Assembly will meet at 10:00 a.m. and Members of the Senate will meet at 10:30 a.m., after which both Houses will meet in joint session to receive a message from Her Excellency, the Governor General, Dame Calliopa Pearlette ...

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St. Lucia removes ban on corned beef from Brazil

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has removed temporary restrictions on corned beef from Brazil. On March 22nd 2017, following international concerns relating to the unwholesomeness of meat and meat products from Brazil and the confirmation of a criminal investigation named “Operation Weak Flesh” by the Brazilian Government, the Ministry of Health & Wellness, in Collaboration with the ...

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St. Lucia named one of the world’s best honeymoon destinations

Soufriere, St. Lucia was selected as one of the world’s best honeymoon destination by one of Canada’s top travel agencies, Flight Network. St. Lucia was among 22 destinations named by the agency. Only one other Caribbean destination made the list: Cruz Bay, St. John in the Virgin Islands. The other destinations are Maui, Hawaii; Matagalpa, Nicaragua; Colon Island, Panama; Rarotonga, Cook ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Suspected bandit in police custody

Police said they have arrested the suspected bandit who was disarmed and beaten by patrons of a shop he allegedly attempted to rob at gunpoint on Sunday. The suspect is currently in police custody with his lawyer at the Babonneau Police Station, police said. He was arrested at his residence in Castries today. The suspect will likely remain in custody ...

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Multi-million dollar project for Agard

PRESS RELEASE – On Easter Monday April 17, 2017, the Parliamentary Representative for Castries North Honorable Stephenson King joined residents from the community of Agard in Morn Du Don, to officially launch a multi-million dollar project to develop a multipurpose facility for Agard. The Agard Community Multi-purpose Facility Project will give residents access to modern sporting and recreational amenities including, a ...

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Dominicans return home undefeated after robbery in St. Lucia

DOMINICA NEWS ONLINE – The Dominica National Under 16 Netball team returns undefeated following robbery upon arrival in Castries, Saint Lucia. In the Under 16 In the Under 16 tri-series which commenced on Saturday evening, Team Dominica defeated Saint Lucia in their 1st match 43 goals to 23. For Team Dominica, Celena Langlais shot 35 from 45 attempts with assistance ...

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Ras Isley to the Stage

PRESS RELEASE – He could have gone to jail and become an unproductive citizen of his country and a hardened criminal at that, had it not been for the intervention of an influential citizen, Jacques Compton. This interjection would lead him to have his energies spent on theatre training and acting. Leslie Nelson, better known as Ras Isley hails from ...

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Saint Lucia among islands set to benefit from World Bank Tourism Competitiveness Project

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia, Grenada and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to benefit from better connectivity, better infrastructure, and improved tourism market development as a result of a US$26 million regional project approved by the Board of Directors of the World Bank. Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet signed the agreement for the new World Bank Tourism Competitiveness ...

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No pay cuts, no layoffs – Chastanet

There are no plans to downsize the St. Lucia civil service or cut the salaries of civil servants, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said. Responding to a reporter’s question about rumours of pay cuts and downsizing at a press briefing on Tuesday, Chastanet emphasized that his government intends “to help improve the productivity of the civil service” and that if ...

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PM attends World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet will be part of discussions at the Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group (Bank) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC over the next three days. The annual Meetings bring together central bankers, ministers of finance and development, private sector executives, and academics to discuss issues of global concern, ...

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SRDF looking to increase regulation at jetties

PRESS RELEASE – On December 1st, 2016, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) formalized the necessary framework (through the enhancement of essential services and renovation works) for the collection of docking fees in port Soufriere. The refurbishment and logistical re-organizing of operations brought about rave reviews from the boating fraternity and significantly raised the appeal and profile of the Soufriere ...

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PM gives positive outlook for UK general election on St. Lucia

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet believes the United Kingdom’s upcoming general election may turn out to be a good thing for St. Lucia. UK Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap general election on June 8 and said Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership following the European Union referendum. Chastanet told reporters on Tuesday that May’s decision to call elections quickens ...

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Gun from foiled armed robbery was not handed over to police

Police are hoping to find the gun that was allegedly used by a suspected bandit during an attempted robbery in Girard, Babonneau on Sunday morning. The suspected bandit, who was disarmed and beaten by patrons of the shop he allegedly attempted to rob in the wee hours of the morning, was discharged from Victoria Hospital Tuesday morning without being formally charged. ...

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UPDATED: Teen charged with aiding and abetting blackmail – Alexander

Assistant Superindent Gregory Alexander of the Police Public Relations Department, who initially reported that 18-year-old Kershel Louis was charged with blackmail in the nude photo scandal involving a senator, said the charge is actually aiding and abetting blackmail. Alexander told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) today that Louis, a resident of Cas En Bas, Gros Islet, was on Monday charged with ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Suspected bandit not in police custody, not in hospital; witnesses not cooperating

The suspected bandit, who was allegedly disarmed and beaten by patrons of a bar/shop during an attempted robbery in Girard, Cacao, Babonneau on Sunday morning, is no longer at Victoria Hospital and he is not in police custody either. Reports are that the suspect, who was brought to the hospital in serious condition but was later stabilised, was discharged from ...

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“I was selling marijuana at the age of 16”

PRESS RELEASE – This story is different from many stories we hear of youths that turn out bad because of lack of opportunities; in my case was different. I grew up in a house where my mother always gave me the best. I never lacked food or clothing. At the age of 16 I started selling marijuana and I had ...

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St Lucia’s strategic realignment (commentary)

For Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s impressive amount of ineptitude, immense lack of credibility and thin covering of respectability, one would have thought, after ten months in office, he would perhaps smarten-up a bit on the institution of democracy. Avid readers will remember my article, Enablers of ‘steering’, ‘kleptocracy’ and ‘ignorance’ in St Lucia is reliant on patronage and clientelism, the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Female in connection with blackmail case, appears in court

Police have formally charged a young woman in connection with the nude photos/blackmail scandal involving Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, according to Assistant Superindent Gregory Alexander of the Police Public Relations Department. Alexander said 18-year-old Kershel Louis of Cas En Bas, Gros Islet, who was arrested several days ago, was charged yesterday with aiding and abetting blackmail ...

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Women in Action condemns all forms of domestic violence

PRESS RELEASE – Women In Action (WIA) wishes to state that our organization does not condone any form of violence against men or women. In light of recent incidents we reiterate that no man or woman should be abused despite the circumstances nor be held responsible for abuse. It is important for victims to admit to themselves that they are ...

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Triple homicide victims remembered through football fundraiser

PRESS RELEASE – On Sunday 8th January 2017, a shower of gun fire claimed the lives of 37 year old Gillan Charles, 16 year old Dequan Joseph and Kyle Richard all of Bois Den, Jacmel. The three were avid footballers and members of T Valley Football Club. Nearly 3 months after their unfortunate demise the community came together for a ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two suspects sought in foiled robbery in Babonneau

Police are searching for two suspects in connection with the foiled armed robbery at a bar/shop in Girard, Cacao, Babonneau early Sunday morning in which an alleged bandit was disarmed and beaten by residents, according to Assistant Superindent Gregory Alexander of the Police Public Relations Department. According to Alexander, the Babonneau Police Station was alerted about the incident around 1 a.m. on Sunday ...

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‘Essoubyen?’ is Games Day at Alliance Francaise

PRESS RELEASE – The Alliance Francaise is pleased to collaborate with the Folk Research Center on one Saturday of every month with the theme ‘Essoubyen?’ which is known as the Saturday of Kwéyòl. This Saturday, April 22, will see the day filled with fun as it is entitled a ‘Games Day’. This takes place at The Pyramid, Pointe Seraphine in Castries ...

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Dominican team robbed at gunpoint in Castries

Good Friday was not so good for the visiting Dominica netball team. They were allegedly robbed by a gunman shortly after arriving in St. Lucia late Friday afternoon. The incident occurred just after they had “dinner” at KFC in Castries and were returning to a guest house. Team Manager Fiona Vidal said: “We were walking less than two minutes from KFC ...

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Pregnant woman stabbed in Marchand

Saint Lucia almost recorded another homicide. A pregnant woman was stabbed in the chest by a “known male” in Marchand, Castries early Sunday morning, April 16, according to relatives and official sources. Nadia John, 35, who is about six to seven month’s pregnant, is currently in serious but stable condition at Victoria Hospital. The mother of five was allegedly stabbed by ...

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Accident on Millennium Highway

At least two persons were injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident on the Millennium Highway on Sunday, officials said. The accident involved a pickup van and a minibus. It occurred around 2:50 p.m. The injured persons have been identified as 36-year-old Sharma Benjamin and 46-year-old Joan Daniel. They were transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. The injuries ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Quarry explosion victim dies

The death toll from the March 21, 2017 Cul de Sac quarry explosion has officially risen to four. Jude Skelly, one of the four critically-injured patients flown to Martinique after the explosion, passed away at a hospital in that country this morning (April 16) at 4:15, relatives have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Jude, a resident of Dennery, was ...

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Dr. Augustin Charles passes away

Former public servant, educator and blogger Dr. Augustin Charles has died. He was 62. Dr. Charles passed away at his home in Leriche, Choiseul on Easter Sunday (April 16) at 3:25 a.m. He was ailing for some time. He is well-known for his contributions to the popular Facebook group, SLAPS (St. Lucians Aiming for Progress). His passion for current affairs ...

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Is the devil in the details? (commentary)

Response to article: Government and DSH committed to preservation OK, to the writer (Office of the Prime Minister) of the article to which I am responding, please forgive me for nit-picking. However, allow me to point out that there is no hyphen in “ECOSYSTEM”. Now that this is out of the way, for fear of being labelled a “party hack” ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Another arrested in connection with senator’s blackmail case

Another individual has been arrested in connection with the nude photos/blackmail scandal involving Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance, Acting Police Commissioner of Police Milton Desir has confirmed. A young female has been arrested for blackmail, Desir said Saturday evening, but could not immediately provide additional details. In January, 18-year-old college student Curshaby Alexander of Beausejour, Gros Islet, was ...

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Authorities plan “immediate relief” to traffic congestion on Castries-Gros Islet Highway

GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia has commenced consultation on the Castries-Gros Islet Highway Improvement Soft Solution Project. The first leg of the consultation was held on April 7, at the Ministry of Infrastructure, Port Services and Labour, with the main objective of developing a soft solution to bring immediate relief to the traffic congestion currently experienced on the ...

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Health Ministry to test for schistosomiasis

GIS – The Ministry of Health will conduct a medical survey later this month to test for schistosomiasis, in order to determine whether the disease has been eliminated in Saint Lucia. Schistosomiasis, also known as bilharzia, is a disease caused by parasitic worms that causes illness in humans including fever, chills, muscle aches, enlargement of the liver and spleen, and anemia. ...

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Sagicor teams up with Sammy

Former West Indies cricket captain Darren Sammy is batting for underprivileged children in his native St. Lucia and would also like to do so in other Caribbean territories. Following the official launch of the Darren Sammy Foundation (DSF) in Castries last August, the international cricketer was recently presented with corporate support for his charitable project by the Barbados-based Sagicor General ...

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UPDATE: Pierre to return to court next month

Leandra Pierre, the 34-year-old mother of three who was charged for killing her children’s father, appeared in a First District Court for the first time on Thursday, April 13. The 34-year-old was ordered remanded after she appeared for a bail hearing. She is scheduled to reappear in court on May 11, 2017. Pierre, a resident of Goodlands, Castries, was charged for non-capital murder ...

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St Lucia’s stray dogs off to Canada, US for better life

The Saint Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) this week announced that about 50 dogs have been sent to Canada since last year. According to SLAPS officials, homes are found for the dogs and puppies that are rescued before the animals are sent overseas to Canada. SLAPS President Pamela Devaux said local volunteers are working with a group of supporters in Toronto ...

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Demand for luxury properties throughout Caribbean region report significant growth in 2016

PRESS RELEASE — The Expedia group, the world’s largest online travel agency, has reported that travel demand to luxury properties throughout the Caribbean increased in 2016. When compared to 2015, overall demand for four and five-star rated properties throughout the Caribbean increased by nearly 20 percent in 2016. Likewise, the Caribbean’s leading destinations also experienced luxury demand growth including the Dominican ...

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Easter worship high point of year at Trinity Lutheran Church

PRESS RELEASE – Trinity Lutheran Church located in beautiful Bisee will be worshiping at 9:00 AM on Easter Sunday, April 16th. Following the worship will be fellowship and activities for the children. All are welcome to come and worship. “Easter is the biggest celebration in the Christian church year,” says Pastor Tom Spiegelberg. “I know that Christian churches argue over ...

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New plans for Gros Islet Carnival 2017

PRESS RELEASE – The Gros Islet Carnival 2017 Planning Committee comprised of the Gros Islet Constituency Council and the Gros Islet Cultural Development Committee, has initiated the planning process for Gros Islet Carnival 2017. It is expected that Gros Islet Carnival will take a new shape this year with the plans that are underway. The Planning Committee has already noted ...

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Companies urged to renew outstanding annual licenses

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs wishes to remind all businesses and enterprises that are subject to quarterly, semiannual or annual renewal of licences or permits that they should have all such permits or licences renewed on time. The Department has observed that a number of enterprises that are subject to ...

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Chastanet: “Making money is not a bad thing!”

It comes as no surprise that Prime Minister Allen Chastanet—who served as the island’s Tourism Minister from 2006 to 2011—is head-over-heels for the industry, but during a candid meeting on Friday with Saint Lucia’s Manufacturers Association, he reassured local stakeholders that he is equally as committed to developing a growth-oriented environment for the island’s manufacturers as he is to attracting ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Teen charged with destroying relative’s house

A young man has been formally charged in connection with a fire that destroyed a concrete house in New Village, Micoud on Tuesday, April 11. Police said 19-year-old Brendon Burke was this morning charged with arson which carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Relatives told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that Burke is the grandson of the ...

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