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CYPAN: Call to action against rising cases of gender-based violence

PRESS RELEASE – On the advent of yet another homicide which brings alarm to the an unprecedented number of homicides for the year so far to 20, the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network who advocates for Peace and countering violent extremism, is perturbed by the rising cases of Gender Based Violence. CYPAN, a youth-led initiative sanctioned through the commonwealth secretariat, ...

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National security minister to address crime concerns at Chamber meeting

PRESS RELEASE – Crime and breakdown in Law and Order places significant increased burdens on the cost of doing business in a country. With increased crime, and lawlessness firms find it imperative to increase their spend on protecting the business and property. More security guards, burglar bars, loss prevention systems, security gates, increased lighting, security doors and locks, insurance costs ...

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Gas and diesel prices decrease, cost of LPG cylinders increase

PRESS RELEASE – The Public is hereby notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail prices of gasoline (unleaded) and diesel have been changed. The price of the LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have also changed. These price changes take effect from Monday, April ...

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UPDATE: Medical doctor injured in Vieux Fort accident

A medical doctor is reportedly recovering after a horrific accident at Savannes Bay, Vieux Fort on Sunday. Reports are that about 8 a.m., a Honda CRV sports utility vehicle (registration PJ9241) veered off the road and collided with a utility pole, according to officials. The driver, identified as 29-year-old Ricardo Blanchard of Desruisseaux, Micoud, sustained multiple injuries and was treated ...

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Baby’s death in Babonneau under investigation

The authorities are investigating the sudden death of a four-month-old baby girl this morning  in Garrand, Babonneau, police said. According to reports, the child’s parents put her to sleep last night and when they woke up this morning about 6 a.m. they discovered her dead. The baby slept on a bed with her parents, police said. A post mortem to ...

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Accident in Rodney Bay

A male driver was transported to hospital as a result of a vehicular accident in Rodney Bay, Gros Islet this morning, officials said. A sports utility vehicle (SUV) and a minibus collided around 7:40 a.m. The bus driver was transported to hospital via ambulance but the female driver of the SUV reportedly declined transportation. (0)(1)

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Police investigating 20th homicide for 2017

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a thirty nine (39) year old resident of Goodlands, Castries, namely Cletus Edward. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department (C.I.D) received a report reference to a stabbing at Goodlands, about 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 9, 2017. Cletus Edward allegedly received two stab wounds during a physical ...

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Arrogance, ignorance and hypocrisy confront governance in St. Lucia (commentary)

Tomorrow is never assured but, while we endeavour to supercharge our life against adversity, increased dangers loom, knowing our future was handed over to the characteristics of arrogance and ignorance, and Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s emerging format of narrow-minded nationalism that claims “Government is a business”, “Patrimony is the credit rating” and “the world is a selfish place”. The widening ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman stabs boyfriend to death

A woman has been arrested for allegedly stabbing her boyfriend to death at a residence in Goodlands around midday today. The deceased has been identified as 39-year-old Cletus Edward who reportedly sustained the fatal wound to the left side of his chest during an argument with his girlfriend. He was transported to hospital via ambulance but succumbed to the injury. ...

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Shooting in Ciceron

A man was reportedly shot in Ciceron, Castries early this morning, according to reports. The victim has been identified as 28-year-old Joachim Henry. According to reports, Henry was shot in the thigh at a night club around 2 a.m. He reportedly made it to his home in Ciceron and called 911. He was transported to hospital via ambulance. No further ...

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Man injured in Vieux Fort accident (photos)

A man was injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Savannes Bay, Vieux Fort this morning. Reports are that a sports utility vehicle (SUV) ran off the road and collided with a utility pole. The man was trapped and had to be freed by fire fighters. He was reportedly hospitalised in stable condition. (0)(1)

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Bypass road at Thomazo opens today

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy hereby informs motorists and the general public that the bypass road at Thomazo will be opened to road users on Sunday 9th April 2017 from approximately 2pm. Motorists are asked to exercise caution and to adhere to all road signs posted on the approaches to and near the project site. ...

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World’s rarest snake spotted on Maria Islands

PRESS RELEASE – On an island which relaxes the mind, with birds chirping, anoles and whiptails scurrying over leaf litter; Maria Islands Nature Reserve is home to five endemic reptiles including the elusive Saint Lucia Racer. Date: March 28, 2017, weather: a bit overcast and sunny with heavy showers in the wee hours of the morning. Task at hand- Biosecurity ...

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St. Jude Hospital hosts successful health fair

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital today joined global observances of World Health Day with a community health fair in the town of Vieux Fort. The health fair was held jointly with CIBC First Caribbean International Bank in the bank’s parking lot on New Dock Road. The theme of the observance was: Depression; Let’s Talk. It’s meant to provide a ...

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UPDATE: Dead inmate identified

The inmate who passed away at the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) this morning has been identified as Anacitus Cox, who was in his 70s, according to a BCF official. Cox, who was ailing for a long time, was pronounced dead by a medical practitioner this morning and his body has since been removed from the facility, the official added. Reports ...

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Youth Power Group celebrates five years changing lives

PRESS RELEASE – The YPG or Youth Power Group; has been established in Saint Lucian for 5 years and has changed many youth’s lives. Youths ranging from the age of 14 to 22 years can be a part of the YPG. This Youth group is a non- profitable group and it is free of charge; you just need to have ...

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St. Lucia Association of Social Workers talks about depression

PRESS RELEASE – Depression is a common mental disorder which affects persons of all ages, income levels and walks of life. According to the World Health Organization over 300 million people are now living with depression. Despite the high incidence of depression and its pervasive direct and indirect impact, it is not a disorder which is usually talked about. Given ...

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Senator applauds port extension project

GIS – Independent Senator and Deputy President of the Senate, Mauricia Thomas-Francis, has commended the government on its initiative to make provisions for the facilitation of a berthing facility for mega cruise vessels. Presenting at a sitting of the Senate on April 6, the senator stated that she recognized the significance of the initiative. “I applaud the government for having ...

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New Director of Information Services appointed

GIS – The Government Information Service is pleased to announce the appointment of Clement Wulf-Soulage in the role of Director of Information Services (Information and Broadcasting). He assumed his responsibilities on March 31, and has obtained the mandate of giving strategic direction to GIS and NTN, with a view to enhancing public understanding of government programs, policies and activities. Clement Wulf-Soulage ...

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OECS discuss HIV treatment

PRESS RELEASE – The HIV/TB Elimination Project at the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission held a two-day workshop with regional stakeholders in St. Lucia last week, to develop an evidence-based approach to HIV treatment in the OECS through the implementation of surveys. Over the past decade, increased access to and use of antiretroviral treatment (ART) has led to ...

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Equipment donation to DPP’s office by US Embassy is a vote of confidence – OPM

PRESS RELEASE – The United States Embassy on Thursday April 6th 2017 announced the donation of office equipment worth EC$100,000 to Saint Lucia’s Crown Prosecutions Service. In attendance at the brief ceremony at the Department of Justice was Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, Ambassador to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean Linda S. Taglialatela, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of ...

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“SLP’s refusal to accept House Speaker unpatriotic” – UWP

PRESS RELEASE – The United Workers Party notes that on Tuesday Labour Party MPs Kenny Anthony and Moses Jn Baptiste both publicly declined after they were nominated to perform the role of Deputy Speaker. By their actions the Labour Party has shown that they are simply playing politics with the issue and are not concerned about the role being filled. ...

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SLP condemns action taken by Speaker of the House

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) strongly condemns the action of the Speaker of the House of Assembly to remove the Motion on the Order Paper of the Sitting of the House of Assembly to debate the changes made by the Prime Minister to the CIP Regulations. The SLP contends that the action of the Speaker, which ...

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St. Lucia to welcome first Mega Cruise Vessel this year

PRESS RELEASE – Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Honourable Stephenson King announced at this Tuesday’s House of Assembly sitting that Saint Lucia is scheduled to welcome its first Mega Cruise Vessel by December of this year. The announcement was made following a Motion to allow the Minister of Finance to borrow US$15,000,000.00 from the National Insurance Corporation for ...

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Corinth community benefits from drainage structures

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia depends primarily on surface water for its portable, agricultural, commercial and industrial needs.   With increasing demands due to socio-economic development and competing uses among the various sectors, this water is highly valuable.  Added to these challenges are the impacts of climate change which is expected to reduce water quantity and quality within rivers. The ...

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St. Jude Hospital receives ambulance from Canadian donor

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital is the recipient of an ambulance from Caribbean North Charities Foundation; a donor organization based in Toronto, Canada. The ambulance was officially handed over to the management of St Jude Hospital during a ceremony on Wednesday March 29, 2017 at the George Odlum Stadium. The decommissioned 2011 Ford E350 ambulance was presented to Caribbean ...

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Gov’t to borrow US$15M from NIC to upgrade sea port and attract mega cruise vessels

GIS – The Breasting Dolphin Berth at Pointe Seraphine will be extended to facilitate the docking of mega cruise vessels. Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Hon. Allen M. Chastanet, at Tuesday’s sitting of the House of Assembly made a motion to parliament to borrow the sum of US$15 million. ...

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‘Musa’ says gov’t taking House for “pappishow” over deputy speaker issue

Parliamentary Representative for Vieux Fort North, Moses ‘Musa’ Jn Baptiste, has accused the government of taking the House of Parliament for a “pappishow” for still having not elected a deputy speaker of the House after one year. Jn Baptiste, the previous agriculture minister, made the comments in Tuesday’s sitting of the House after the speaker of the House called for ...

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Zamera Frederick makes St. Lucia proud at Regional Police Pageant

While other contestants reportedly had five or more persons assisting them, St. Lucia’s Zamera Dean Frederick had only one person in her corner: chaperone Sanya Monerville. Despite that and other preperation challenges, Federick, representing the Royal St. Lucia Police Force & Allied Services, won the third spot (second runner-up) in the first-ever Regional Police Pageant hosted by the Royal Virgin Islands ...

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St. Jude targets those at risk of suicide at one-day health fair

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital will seek to reach those people at risk for depression and suicide during a one-day health fair to mark World Health Day on April 7, 2017. The fair, which is being organized in partnership with CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, will take place at the FCIB parking lot on Clarke Street in Vieux Fort. ...

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Courts St. Lucia donates to “Rise Up”

PRESS RELEASE – Furniture and Electrical Giants Courts St. Lucia has donated $5000 as part sponsorship of the upcoming Reggae festival “Rise Up, scheduled for Easter Sunday. The official cheque presentation ceremony was held on Monday April 3rd 2017 at the company’s Marisule branch. Unicomer OECS Commercial Director, Mrs Lorraine Sidonie commended the organizers of the event for choosing to ...

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GK Insurance (EC) launches in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – The date March 22nd marked an important milestone in the history of insurance in St. Lucia. The official launch of the Grace Kennedy Financial Group insurance brand, GK Insurance (EC) Ltd. through agents, EC Global Insurance Agency. The partnership with Grace Kennedy began with the inception of EC Global Insurance Company just shy of fourteen years ago. ...

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GraceKennedy looking into producing its own corned beef

JAMAICA OBSERVER – At least one local manufacture and distribution company, GraceKennedy, is now contemplating the manufacture of corned beef at its local meat facility. GraceKennedy’s decision to explore the manufacture of corned beef locally comes as Jamaica lifts the two-week-long ban on the importation and sales of corned beef from Brazil, a move which undoubtedly placed a dent in ...

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CARIBBEAN: Jamaica lifts ban on corned beef

JAMAICA OBSERVER – The temporary ban on the importation of corned beef from Brazil has been lifted. Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Karl Samuda made the announcement this morning at a press briefing after discussions with stakeholders in the industry. “That means that all imports en route, all stocks of corned beef that were quarantined, all stocks of ...

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Ministry of Health issues heat advisory

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Health and Wellness cautions all persons on the need to remain hydrated and avoid direct sunlight as Saint Lucia is currently experiencing increased heat levels. Officials from the Metrological Services Department have confirmed that this weather is due to dry atmospheric conditions accompanied by little cloud cover and dust haze. Collectively, these factors place ...

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Crick’s suspicious death may go to an inquest – source

Law enforcement authorities have still not ruled out homicide into the suspicous death of 74-year-old Laborie resident Edmund Crick, better known as ‘Mr. Raleigh’, whose body was found along the banks of a river just over one week after he went missing. A post mortem conducted on March 21 has revealed that Crick died as a result of cardiac and aortic rupture ...

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Disabled mother paints for autistic son

April 2 is World Autism Day and it just fitting to share my story. I am Yolanda Paul and my son, Luther, is autistic. I lost function of my left hand, having suffered a stroke on my left side. It meant that I became right-handed almost over night. I am a Visual Arts teacher. My students are often fascinated by ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Cyclist in critical condition

A cyclist is in critical condition following an accident near the Micoud Police Station in Micoud today, April 3, police said. The cyclist is a 21-year-old resident of Mon Repos, police said. Reports are that the cyclist collided with a car about 10 a.m. He sustained severe head injuries and was admitted to St. Jude Hospital. The accident occurred near a ...

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Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary wins big at National Science Fair

PRESS RELEASE – The Principal and staff of the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School acknowledge the outstanding work presented by our students at this year’s Science Fair which was hosted by the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development under the theme, Science and Technology: the Catalyst for a Sustainable Future. A major aim of this event was to ...

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Dalsan accuses Soufriere Foundation of corruption

Former Minister for Social Transformation and Local Government, Harold Dalsan, has accused the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation, also known as the Soufriere Foundation, of political corruption. Speaking at the St. Lucia Labour Party (SLP) National Public Meeting in Soufriere on Friday, March 31, Dalsan said: “My brothers and sisters, the Soufriere Foundation that I worked so hard to get it to ...

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“Chastanet is disrespecting our St. Lucianness” – Emma Hippolyte tells Soufriere residents

The United Workers Party (UWP) was voted into office because the people were “fooled” by the much-touted ‘Five to Stay Alive’ plan — and now the country is in “turmoil”. The comments were made by Emma Hipployte, former Minister for Commerce, Business Development, Investment and Consumer Affairs, at a national public meeting held in Soufriere on Friday, March 31, by ...

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UPDATE: House fires in Soufriere and Babonneau under investigation

The authorities are investigating a fire that destroyed a dwelling house and damaged several other buildings in the town of Soufriere last night (April 2), as well as a house fire in Cacao, Babonneau earlier that day. Reports are that around 11 p.m., the Soufriere Fire Station received a report that a house on Desmond Street, near the Soufriere Hospital, is on ...

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Office of the Mayor’s response to victimization claims

PRESS RELEASE – On 24th March, 2017 Mr. Mac Stephen Aubertin, the Acting General Secretary of the Civil Service Association, provided HTS News Force with an interview during which he made a number of remarks regarding the Castries Constituency Council’s recent dismissal of two of its members. The Constituency Council is deeply concerned by Mr. Aubertin’s remarks and as such, ...

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Police investigate stabbing incidents in Castries

Three males were stabbed during three separate incidents on Saturday, April 1, police said. The first incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Darling Road, Castries. According to police, a male was stabbed in the head, abdomen and arm, and robbed of jewelry and money. The act was carried out by three males. In the second incident, five males attacked another ...

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Tourism Minister discusses investment incentives

PRESS RELEASE – Tourism Minister Hon. Dominic Fedee said recently, that Saint Lucia’s newest multi-million dollar hotel, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa, has come at the opportune time, as government is in the process of repositioning the tourism sector to create a favorable environment where tourism can thrive. Government’s new tourism thrust which includes the transitioning of the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire in Soufriere

A building fire that started around 11 p.m. in the town of Soufriere is now “under control”, according to several eyewitnesses. An eyewitness put the location of the fire on Desmond Avenue, near the Soufriere Hospital. The eyewitness said residents are assisting the firefighters. At 11:35 p.m.  – about 20 minutes after our newsroom received the news – the source ...

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BREAKING NEWS UPDATE: Motorcyclist confirmed dead

The motorcyclist who crashed on the Canaries-Soufriere Highway late this afternoon (April 2) is dead, his mother Gloria Chassang has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Emerson Chassang, a 34-year-old resident of Caye Mange, Gros Islet, and better known as Lance, was an employee of Sugar Beach, A Viceroy Resort in Soufriere, and father of two girls, his mother said. She ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Motorcyclist seriously injured in accident

A young male was reportedly transported to hospital in “bad condition” following an accident that occurred between Soufriere and Canaries a short while ago, according to an eyewitness report. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) received the news at 6:29 p.m. as well as two photos of the accident. In one of the photos, the victim is face-down on the road, ...

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St. Lucian beats deportation in Grenada (see video)

A deportation application against a St. Lucian woman charged in connection with fraudulent activities in Grenada has been dismissed by that country’s court system, according to media reports. On Wednesday, a Grenada Magistrate’s Court ruled against deporting 22-year-old Kishael Conchon, who was arrested during a police operation on March 13, 2017, after a quantity of fake ATM cards, MoneyGram and Western Union ...

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Accident on Bexon Highway – Friday, March 31

At least three persons reportedly sustained injuries in a motor vehicle accident on the Bexon Highway on Friday, March 31. The accident occurred after 8:30 p.m. and involved at least two vehicles, a minibus and a pickup truck. The injured persons were transported to hospital via ambulance. Their condition is unknown at this time. No additional details available. (0)(0)

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40 added to understaffed Saint Lucia Fire Service

Impressive and entertaining. These words aptly describe the 23rd Recruit Graduation Ceremony of the Saint Lucia Fire Service (SLFS) which was held yesterday at the Phillip Marcellin grounds in Vieux-Fort. Forty recruits, which included 10 females, graduated at the glittering ceremony which was attended by a number of government officials including the Minister of Home Affairs, Hermangild Francis and Ag. ...

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Car stolen during armed robbery at Vigie beach

A search is underway for a car that was taken during an armed robbery at Vigie beach, near the George Charles Airport, last evening, Friday, March 31. The owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, told St. Lucia News Online that around 9 p.m., he had just finished eating and was washing his hands outside his car when he saw two ...

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UPDATE: Suspected suicide victim identified

Police are investigating the suspected suicide of an elderly man in Soufriere on Saturday, April 1. Reports are that the body of a Simon Jean, also known as ‘Ten ‘N Two’, was found hanging by a rope at a house this afternoon. He is believed to be in his late 60’s or early 70’s. No further details are available. (1)(17)

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New airport taxes announcement draws negative international publicity

British newspaper, The Telegraph, with a daily circulation of almost half a million, has picked up on the big hike in airport taxes in St. Lucia. The article titled, ‘St Lucia wants to develop tourism – by quadrupling airport tax’ indicates that British travellers face a “sharp increase” in the cost of flights to St. Lucia due to the reintroduction ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Post mortem results for explosion victims revealed

The results of the post mortem conducted on the three persons who perished in the March 21, 2017 explosion at the quarry in Cul de Sac, Castries, have been released. The three victims  – Simon Straughn, Kim Khodra and Darren Gabriel – died as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary to shrapnel and blast injury, a police spokesman told St. Lucia ...

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St. Lucia scores high in ECSC poster and essay competition

GIS – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (ECSC), the Court held an award ceremony for its essay and poster competition dubbed “An evening with the Chief Justice.” The event gave Her Ladyship, Hon. Dame Janice M. Pereira DBE, the Chief Justice, an opportunity to motivate and inspire children to think more clearly, assess their ...

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“The Royalton Resort represents the standard that people expect when they visit St. Lucia” – PM

GIS – Owned and operated by Canada’s third largest airline—the family-owned Sunwing Travel Group, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa located in the north was constructed in less than 17 months with a room occupancy of 450. That number is expected to more than double, to total 950 rooms. Prime Minister Hon. Allen M. Chastanet said the US$250 million ...

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UK based St. Lucian chef’s cookbook launch set for today

PRESS RELEASE – St Lucian-born Denis Rosembert who grew up in the UK has packed the book with foolproof recipes, which can be created at home with a minimum amount of fuss. The book, ‘Taste Of The French Caribbean’ was inspired by customers at his restaurant, Chez Denis in Norwich and ties together the popular chef’s family recipes with unique ...

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Pedestrian injured in hit-and-run in La Clery

A young man is now nursing multiple injuries following a hit-and-run accident in La Clery, close to the Vide Boutielle Highway. The victim, Junior Gustave, 22, was reportedly walking when he was hit by a vehicle, around 7:50 p.m. He sustained injuries to his face and other parts of his body, and was transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. According ...

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