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Woman drops proceedings against attacking ex – reports

SNO has received reports that a man accused of attacking his ex-girlfriend infront of a supermarket in Castries has had all proceedings against him dropped. The ex-girlfriend was reportedly responsible for the dropping of the accusations. The man was seen verbally abusing the woman after she reportedly told him she wanted to end their relationship. A good Samaritan quickly alerted passerbys, ...

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Saint Lucia readies for Season of Festivals and Summer of Music!

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s tourism product is about to get even more unique as the Government begins to roll out plans for the establishment of a new entity to manage the island’s festivals! At a press conference on Friday at the Prime Minister’s Office key stakeholders in culture and tourism spoke about the exciting plans ahead for the new ...

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SLASPA offers extended hours for clearing of goods

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) wishes to inform its valued customers of extended operating hours at Port Castries and Port Vieux Fort during the impending Holiday Season. The Castries Cargo Sheds 6 & 7 and Port Vieux Fort will be open on the following dates and times to facilitate the clearing and delivery ...

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UPDATE: Equipment destroyed in Victoria Hospital fire

A fire gutted a facility at Victoria Hospital and destroyed several pieces of equipment in the biomedical section. The incident happened around 4:35 p.m., according to the management of Victoria Hospital. The Health Ministry in a statement on Friday said that hospital staff saw smoke emanating from the maintenance department and upon investigation, they discovered that a fire was taking place ...

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Breast cancer is two times higher in the Caribbean compared to US

PRESS RELEASE – In a recent study, researchers from CARPHA and the US CDC found that the rates of death from cervical cancer, breast, prostate and colon cancer are 2-9 times higher in the Caribbean compared to the United States. Only lung cancer was higher in the USA. The study also reported that prostate cancer, a common cause of death ...

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NWU and WASCO industrial wage impasse resolved

PRESS RELEASE – The new Board of Directors of the Water and Sewerage Company Incorporated (WASCO) and the Leadership of the National Workers Union (NWU) have amicably resolved a two (2) year protracted wage impasse. WASCO and the NWU have agreed to upward wage adjustments within the established wage structure in the industrial agreement. Workers in the south and north ...

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CSA pressing for meeting with SLTB over impending terminations

The union representing workers attached to the Saint Lucia Tourist Board (SLTB) has been aggressively working towards meeting with government officials of that state agency to discuss the impending termination of 28 staff. Civil Service Association (CSA) General Secretary Wilfred Pierre has said that despite numerous attempts to meet with SLTB officials over this issue, there has been no positive ...

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Good Samaritan saves woman from street attack by ex-boyfriend

A good Samaritan helped save a woman whose estranged ex-boyfriend was about to attack her in front of a supermarket. The incident happened at William Peter Boulevard, Castries sometime after 5.p.m. Wednesday. An eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that she was about to leave the supermarket, when she saw a male verbally abusing the woman. She recalled that the ...

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Resurfacing works to start today on Millennium Highway

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that potholing works on the Millennium Highway will be undertaken from Thursday, December 15, 2016 to Friday, December 16, 2016. In view of this, commuters are informed that traffic delays are anticipated due to the nature of the works. The Department of Infrastructure, Ports ...

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Proven Investments Jamaica to purchase BOSLIL

JSE – Proven Investments Limited (ProvenJA) has advised that he Company entered into an Agreement for Sale and Purchase of Shares to acquire 100% of common equity of Bank of Saint Lucia International Limited (BOSLIL) from East Caribbean Financial Holding Company Limited for an undisclosed consideration. The proposed acquisition by Proven Investments Limited is subject to regulatory authority and approvals in ...

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Post-mortem result for Morne D’Or homicide victim revealed

PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday, December 14, 2016, a post mortem was conducted upon the body of fifty seven (57) year old Hippolyte Glasgow of Morne D’Or, Anse La Raye, who was shot during an alleged robbery at Elcock’s Supermarket, at Morne D’Or on Monday, December 12, 2016. The post mortem conducted by Doctor Heather Emmanuel, revealed that Hippolyte Glasgow ...

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Morne D’Or homicide suspect captured by police

Police have arrested a suspect wanted for the shooting death of a resident of Morne D’or, Anse La Raye. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that the male suspect is now hospitalized after being shot in the leg. He is suspected to be one of two men that shot and killed Hippolyte Glasgow, 57,a former barman for Sandals resorts, around 09:40 a.m. Monday. ...

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Trends among pregnant women confirmed with Zika virus

  PRESS RELEASE – As the Zika Virus Disease outbreak unfolds, the Ministry of Health and Wellness continues heightened surveillance of pregnant women confirmed with Zika Virus Disease. Presently, we are monitoring 50 pregnant women who have tested positive for the Zika Virus Disease. All of the pregnant women confirmed so far have recovered from the Zika Virus illness. However, ...

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Elderly woman found dead in Marisule was strangled, reveals autopsy

PRESS RELEASE – On Monday, December 12, 2016, a post mortem was conducted upon the body of seventy six (76) year old Rose Anne Raymond of Marisule, Gros Islet, whose body was discovered at her residence on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The post mortem conducted by Doctor Stephen King, revealed that Rose Anne Raymond died as a result of asphyxia ...

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Health and food safety tips for the Christmas season

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness issues a special appeal to persons during the festive season to place safety and well-being high on their agenda. Traditionally, the festive season is generally a time of sharing and giving with family and friends but the Ministry cautions that individuals should strive to not accede to excesses in alcohol consumption, ...

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City Mayor promises to ‘restore law and order’ in Castries

Castries Mayor Peterson Francis said during Monday night’s Festival of Lights address that several major changes are planned for the city, including reducing the high incidence of crime. Francis told a large gathering at the Derek Walcott Square that the crime rate will fall because of plans to introduce some 18 new police constables to patrol the city. He acknowledged ...

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German tourist attacked, robbed by three men in Castries

A first time visitor to Saint Lucia has been mugged in an attack involving three men in Castries. Brigitte Glover had disembarked the Costa Magica cruise ship on Tuesday around 5.p.m., and was walking the streets of Castries, when she was attacked and robbed by three young men. According to reports, the men dragged the German woman to the ground and ripped ...

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Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Unit opened at Wellness Centre

PRESS RELEASE – Children of St. Lucia who require psychiatric care and treatment will no longer be housed in the same space as adults. This was a perennial problem which administrators and caregivers at the National Mental Wellness Centre faced over the years and decided to approach the Ministry of Health for support in addressing this situation. During a brief ...

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Suspected case of Zika-linked microcephaly being investigated

Saint Lucia is investigating a suspected case of Zika-related microcephaly in one baby, although three previous cases that were thought to be Zika-related turned out to be false. Reports are that the latest microcephaly case was discovered on Friday. Doctors are monitoring the baby and her mother at a local hospital. The Ministry of Health has already sent lab samples ...

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Rights advocate writes open letter to Prime Minister Chastanet

Gender rights advocate Felicia Browne, who has been very outspoken about a number of issues affecting citizens, particularly women and children, has written an open letter to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet. Browne highlighted the issue relating to the recent homicide and rape of a 76-year-old woman in Marisule, which rocked the nation on Sunday, when news of her death was ...

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UPDATE: Morne D’or homicide

Police are investigating the shooting death of a 57-year-old resident of Morne D’or, Anse La Raye. Reports are that Hippolyte Glasgow, a former barman for Sandals resorts, was sitting at the side of the road about 09:40 a.m. Monday, when two unmasked men opened fire on him. The police said in a statement that Glasgow sustained a wound to the chest area, reportedly by ...

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Post-mortem for Marisule homicide victim today

  PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a seventy six (76) year old resident of Marisule, namely Rose Anne Raymond. Police received a report reference to a homicide at Marisule, about 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016. The body of the deceased was discovered at her residence. She was later conveyed to the ...

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LPM urges government to do more to fight crime

PRESS RELEASE – There is no doubt that the United Workers Party (UWP) propelled themselves into power by convincing a vast number of St Lucians that they knew exactly how to solve the myriad social and economic problems facing the country. And so, they presented an election slogan entitled “Five to Stay Alive”, and the rest was history. In the ...

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UPDATE: Deglos accident victim still hospitalised

A man injured when his car was crumpled in a crash with a truck is still hospitalized. The accident happened at the Deglos junction in Bexon, around 9 a.m. Sunday, December 11, 2016. The victim who was driving the silver car has been identified as Densely St.Val. He suffered several injuries and is being treated at Victoria Hospital. It is ...

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Festival of Light ceremony takes place today

PRESS RELEASE – The twelve (12) day countdown to December 25th is on and in true Saint Lucian traditional spirit, the Festival of Light Ceremony takes place today Monday December 12th, 2016. This year’s extravaganza is set for the Derek Walcott Square from 7:30 p.m. Under the distinguished patronage of Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) ...

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Elderly woman’s body discovered in Marisule home

Police are investigating after a woman’s body was found inside a home in Marisule on Saturday evening. The body has been positively identified as a 76-year-old woman named Rosa Rosemond, alias Urita. Police discovered her body after showing up at her residence when her family became worried and contacted them for assistance, after several calls to her phone went unanswered. Police ...

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UPDATE: Shooting at Wilton’s Yard

One male individual was reportedly shot in the leg by police early Sunday morning. According to reports, the shooting happened at Wilton’s Yard in Castries just after 8 a.m. The victim has been identified as Mandel John, 18, of that same area. One of the man’s relatives said he was standing on the street when police opened fire. The woman ...

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Several injured in Sarrot accident

A three-vehicle accident Saturday evening at the Sarrot junction in Bexon has left several people injured. Reports are that the incident occurred around 8:28 p.m. Some people were reportedly trapped in one vehicle but were later rescued. Emergency officials have responded and are transporting the injured. No further details are available at this time. (0)(1)

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Taiwanese Ambassador visits banana farmers in Mabouya Valley

PRESS RELEASE – His Excellency Raymond Mou, Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Saint Lucia, accompanied by a technical team from the Taiwanese Technical Mission (TTM) based in Saint Lucia, visited and toured the Agricultural Region 3 (Mabouya Valley and environs) on December 7th 2016. Ambassador Mou was accompanied by the Honourable Minister in the Ministry of Agriculture, ...

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Drug lord makes dramatic escape during hospital visit in Martinique

A convicted drug lord who was being held in a Martinique prison made a dramatic escape on Thursday while he was being transferred to a hospital for treatment. Walter Perez Caruso, 60, was being transported in a van at around 9:00 in Fort-de-France when it was attacked. Local news stations in that neighbouring island have reported that it was a commando ...

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Closure of Sans Soucis Bridge

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that the San Soucis Bridge will be closed onSunday December 11th from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm to facilitate repairs. Traffic will be diverted through San Soucis unto Darling Road. All commuters are asked to be guided by road signs which will be placed for ...

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Saint Lucia National Trust hosts successful AGM

PRESS RELEASE – The Governor General Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy issued a challenge to the Saint Lucia National Trust to augment efforts to make its wide-ranging conservation work more visible in the public domain. She congratulated the management, councilors and staff for the work they have undertaken over the past year, and for keeping its members engaged. However, the ...

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St Lucia’s youngest published author presents her book

PRESS RELEASE – Guests at a crowded auditorium at the St Joseph’s Convent got a firsthand insight into the new book published by the charismatic Kurmysha Harris, fifth form student at the school. The talented teenager now 16 years old presented her first novel The Lost Sister, an intriguing thriller set in 19th century London. According to the Author and ...

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City Gate, Castries homicide victim post-mortem concluded

PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday, December 8, 2016, a post mortem was conducted upon the body of twenty seven (27) year old Shane Emmanuel alias “Ti-Mob” of City Gate, La Clery, who died as a result of a shooting incident at City Gate on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The post mortem conducted by Doctor Wayne Felicien, revealed that Shane Emmanuel ...

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PM defends DSH project; agreement was leaked

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has expressed disappointment with civil servants, while confirming that the Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) agreement with the Government of Saint Lucia was leaked. This therefore means that the two documents that have been circulating on social media could be the actual agreement. Chastanet said, “The fact is, the documents goes in files and you trust ...

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Choc accident victim died of hemorrhagic shock

PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem has been conducted upon the body of Anthony Cherubin, a forty nine (49) year old resident of Ravine Macock, Monchy, who was involved in a vehicular collision at Choc, Gros Islet on Saturday, December 3, 2016, about 11:20 a.m. The post mortem conducted by Doctor Wayne Felicien, revealed that Anthony Cherubin died as a ...

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Opposition MP roasts government on DSH project

The Opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has wasted no time in assessing  two documents purporting to be the Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) agreement with the Government of Saint Lucia, which have been circulating on social media. SLP’s spokesman for commerce and investment Dr. Ernest Hilaire highlighted a number of discrepancies in the agreement, which he said offers little and virtually ...

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City mayor says more police constables to hit Castries streets

Some 18 recently recruited police constables will hit the streets of Saint Lucia’s capital, Castries, by year end, City Mayor Peterson Francis revealed during a press conference on Thursday. This move comes months after the new mayor made a commitment to ensure that the Castries City Council (CCC) play its part to protect individuals and businesses from all kinds of ...

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First-time landowners will be given priority to purchase Forestiere lots

As the Forestiere Housing Development Project gets underway, Chairman of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) Timothy Mangal has revealed that first-time landowners will be given priority to purchase these lots. Mangal who made an appearance on News Maker Live on Wednesday evening said that not only will priority will be given to first-time land owners, but there will no preference ...

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Micoud Primary student crowned 2016 Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Champion

PRESS RELEASE – Another champion hails from the south of the island. Last year, the Colgate National Dental Spelling Bee Champion came from the Pierrot Combined School. In 2016, the champion is Mekella Popo, a petite Grade 3 student from the Micoud Primary School. “I feel elated today, happy and overwhelmed.” Mekella said. The Finals of the Competition was held ...

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Flea market vendors reverted to Jeremie Street

PRESS RELEASE – His Lordship Mayor Peterson Francis, after consultation with the flea market vendors, has decided to return the popular flea market to its original Jeremie Street location. For the past two Saturdays, vndors were temporarily relocated to the lower end of the John Compton Highway adjacent to the vendor’s arcade as part of a trial to deal with ...

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Vieux Fort burn victim dies

Hours after Remy Henry suffered severe burns about his body, he succumbed to his injuries and died Wednesday. The 68-year-old man from Vieux Fort was reportedly burnt at his residence about 3:00 am on December 7, 2016. He was admitted to the St. Jude Hospital for treatment but later died. (9)(4)

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Security at schools discussed during NWU meeting with minister

PRESS RELEASE – A delegation led by Tyrone Maynard and George Goddard Jr. President General and Secretary General of the National Workers Union (NWU) met with Hon. Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development on Tuesday December 6, 2016. At the top of the Agenda was security at schools throughout the island. The NWU did express ...

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Man confirmed dead in City Gate, Castries shooting

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a twenty seven (27) year old resident of City Gate, La Clery, namely Shane Emmanuel alias “Ti-Mob”. Police received a report reference to a homicide at City Gate, Castries, about 8:00pm on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. The body of the deceased was discovered lying about the road with ...

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Man severely burnt at St. Jude’s Highway

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding an incident which resulted in a sixty eight (68) year old male resident of St. Jude’s Highway, Vieux Fort, being admitted to the St. Jude Hospital for treatment with severe burns about his body. The alleged incident took place at his residence about 3:00am on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. He is ...

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Police investigating Darling Road, Castries shooting

PRESS RELEASE – Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department, Castries are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the shooting of twenty three (23) year old Denzel Starva of Darling Road, Castries. The incident occurred about 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday December 6, 2016 at Darling Road, Castries. He sought medical attention at the Victoria Hospital and was subsequently discharged. Investigations into ...

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$62,000 raised for cancer

PRESS RELEASE – Faces of Cancer, a local Cancer support organisation and the National Community Foundation are now better placed to assist women who rely on their organisations for assistance to manage breast cancer related issues. This, thanks to another successful Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign organised by Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd. and Yoplait. Last week the two organisations were presented ...

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BREAKING: Three shot in separate incidents in Castries

Police are investigating three shootings that broke out in different parts of the city within a few hours Tuesday night. At about 7:00 p.m., officials from the Saint Lucia Fire Service were reportedly summoned to the scene of two separate shootings in which two individuals are reported to have sustained gunshot wounds. One of the shootings took place at the ...

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National Housing Corporation declared insolvent

Saint Lucia’s National Housing Corporation (NHC) has been declared insolvent. The announcement was made by the NHC Chairman Timothy Mangal on Tuesday. Mangal told the media that the new board inherited this when they took office in July, 2016. Although the NHC is required by law to present audited financial statements to parliament every year, none of these statements have been produced ...

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Police uncover stolen vehicles

Several stolen vehicles were found stripped and abandoned in Agard Land on Sunday morning. Police and local tow trucks worked for several hours to remove the vehicles. Found were a white Daihatsu Terios (Chassis #JD2J210G001oo5743), a silver Daihatsu Terios (Chassis #JDAJ2106001040637), a white Toyota Belta/Yaris (Chassis #FCP92-1014685), and a gold Suzuki Jimny. Most of the vehicles were stripped of engines ...

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UPDATE: Minibus accident at Bocage

  A minibus driver along with several passengers are said to have been injured in an early morning accident. According to reports, the minibus ran off the road at Bocage sometime around 8:00 a.m. The driver was reportedly trapped in the vehicle following the incident. No further details available at this time.   (0)(3)

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St. Lucian man missing at sea

A 31-year-old man is missing and three other men have been taken to hospital after being pulled from the sea off the coast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hayes Lawrence, a certified diver, left Vieux Fort for St. Vincent along with three men on Thursday, December 1, 2016 but the boat they were traveling on encountered engine problem and capsized. ...

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Vieux Fort teen allegedly raped

An 18-year-old female was allegedly raped on Saturday in Augier, Vieux Fort. Reports are that the female was attacked by an unknown male, while in the company of another male. The female was allegedly raped. Police are investigating.   (0)(10)

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Body found in La Ressource believed to be missing man

A badly decomposed body that was found in the La Ressource river at Vieux Fort today is believed to be that of a 55-year-old man from Cantonment who was reported missing since Tuesday. While police is yet to confirm the identity of the body, relatives of the missing man, Joseph Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Friday’ were called in by police to identity the ...

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Man remanded in custody after stabbing death in Babonneau

Murder accused, Kurtly Cadette, 34, today (Monday) made an appearance at the First District court where he was remanded in custody for the death of Talvern, Babonneau resident Elie Mathurin. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 about 3:40 a.m. Mathurin succumbed to injuries sustained during an altercation with Cadette on Saturday, November 26, 2016 about 2:00 a.m. at Fond Assau, Babonneau. ...

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Increased police patrol, stop and search among police Christmas plans

As the Christmas season approaches, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) intends to ramp up its efforts to fight the inevitable increase in crime. This is according to Assistant Superintendent Gregory Alexander, who revealed that there will be increased police patrol in and around the city, and the introduction of a ‘stop and search’ campaign to help curb this ...

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Vieux Fort man reported missing

A 55-year-old man from Cantonment, Vieux Fort has been reported missing since Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Joseph Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Friday’ was last seen on that same evening, the man’s step daughter Hillary Mark said. “We got a phone call from his neighbors Wednesday morning saying they haven’t seen him,” Mark told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Monday. Since then, ...

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Taxi drivers upset over decision to close Lower John Compton Highway

Some 30 taxi drivers who are registered members of the Independent Market Taxi Association and who operate adjacent to the Castries Vendors’ Arcade have voiced their concern over the closure of lower end of the John Compton Highway every Saturday by the Castries City Council (CCC). President of the association, Thomas Placide, has said that when his members showed up for work ...

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Police investigating fatal accident at Choc, Gros Islet

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday, December 3, 2016, about 11:20 a.m. on the Castries Gros Islet Highway, near Saaman’s Park, Choc, Gros Islet. The incident involved a white Mitsubishi panel bus, registration number PE5059, driven by Anthony Cherubin a forty nine year old resident of Ravine Macock, Monchy and ...

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CSME training for Saint Lucia’s secondary school teachers

PRESS RELEASE – Secondary school teachers from a cross-section of schools in Saint Lucia are poised to be better equipped and knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is as a result of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Auberge Seraphine. Approximately thirty ...

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Sans Souci Bridge to close for repairs

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that the Sans Souci Bridge will be closed on Sunday, December 4th 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to facilitate repairs. Traffic will be diverted through Sans Souci unto Darling Road. All commuters are asked to be guided by road signs which will ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Driver of bus involved in accident with ambulance dies

The driver of a Manees Bakery bus injured in yesterday’s accident at Morgan Bay has succumbed to his injuries. The driver, identified as Andrew Cherubin, died while undergoing treatment a short while ago at the hospital. The accident occurred as an ambulance was transporting a patient to Castries with two firemen aboard. The ambulance ended up in bushes on the ...

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