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DSH Project “naysayers” are not thinking about the poor and unemployed – PM

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet’s recent Facebook post and similar remarks at Sandals Grande last week, indicates he has no intention of slowing down in his quest to bring the much-talked about multi-billion dollar Desert Star Holdings Pearl of the Caribbean Project, to fruition in Vieux Fort. Chastanet reiterated on his Facebook page on Saturday that the government intends to carry ...

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Elderly man missing

Family members are searching for 74-year-old Edmund Crick, better known as ‘Mr. Raleigh’. Edmund, a resident of Laborie, was last seen in the Banse/La Haut area on Saturday morning (March 11) with his white dog, his daughter Tasha Crick told St. Lucia News Online. “He may be suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia due to his age,” Tasha said. “His family ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Accident in Corinth

A male motorcyclist appeared seriously injured after he ran into a utility pole in Corinth, Gros Islet this afternoon (March 12), according to an eyewitness. The accident occurred after 4 p.m. “directly opposite Riverstone Disco”, the eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). “I was busy helping to get the emergency service and securing the safety of road users,” the eyewitness ...

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Teddyson John surprises Toronto fans on drums; joins Trinidad’s Roy Cape All Stars on “Season Of Brass” Global Tour

PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia’s Teddyson John showed no signs of slowing down from his highly successful Trinidad Carnival 2017 Season, as he joined Trinidad and Tobago’s Roy Cape All Stars on its “Season Of Brass” Global Tour in Toronto, Canada over the weekend. The world-renowned brass band, now in their 37th year of existence, made its first stop on ...

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Petition opposing causeway to Maria Islands launched

An online petition titled “Say NO to building a causeway to Maria Islands Nature Reserve”, has been created. The petition’s goal is 10,000 signatures. CLICK HERE to view petition. According to the petition, St. Lucia’s protected areas are under siege and that the latest target of the Desert Star Holdings: Pearl of the Caribben Islands Project is Maria Islands Nature ...

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Women in Action calls for change after slaying of VF woman

PRESS RELEASE – On a day when we should’ve been celebrating women and their accomplishments, we were stunned and saddened to hear the brutal slaying of yet another woman in  Vieux Fort. How many more must die before we as a society can understand the gravity of the situation. And the situation is that our women are under attack. Some ...

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UWI launches scholarship for OECS students, honouring former ECCB governor

JAMAICA OBSERVER – The University of the West Indies (UWI) has launched a memorial scholarship in honour of the late economist and former governor of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB), Sir Dwight Venner, who died in December last year. Pro-Vice Chancellor and Principal of the Cave Hill campus, Professor V Eudine Barriteau said the scholarship highlights Venner’s contribution to ...

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Relatives require help in finding ‘Balls’

Junior Louis, better known as ‘Balls’, is mentally ill and has ran away from home for the second time. Junior, 34, who is from New Extension, Micoud, is 5 feet, 8 inches tall. He is slim built and of black complexion. His sister, Quiney Louis, said the family does not have a recent photo of him because “he keeps throwing ...

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Expedia customers from Toronto denied entry to St. Lucia due to passport

GLOBAL NEWS – A Toronto couple who paid more than $5,000 for a trip to St. Lucia were denied entry because one of their passports was less than three months from expiring. Sean Skinner and his girlfriend Laura planned a one-week vacation to the Caribbean island last September through Expedia. “When the website didn’t prove to be too user-friendly, (Laura) ...

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UPDATE: Elderly woman injured in Canaries fire

An elderly woman narrowly escaped death in the Canaries fire this morning, an official said. The woman, believed to be in her 80s, sustained burns to both arms and legs, as well as smoke inhalation, the official said. She was transported to hospital by ambulance. Her condition is unknown at this time. “She was an occupant in the structure that ...

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Multiple casualties in Micoud accident

At least four persons were injured during a collision between a minibus and a truck along the Micoud-Vieux Fort Highway, near the Anse Ger/Desruisseaux  gap, around 3 p.m. today (March 11), according to information obtained by St. Lucia News Online. The truck, which was carrying concrete blocks, overturned. No further details available. (13)(3)

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Former St. Lucian judge and journalist Gregory Regis appointed professor

PRESS RELEASE – The Honourable Justice Gregory Regis, former regional senior judge from the Ontario Court of Justice, has been appointed distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University. Reporting to the provost and vice-president, academic, he will provide support to advance partnerships and act as an advisor to the law school project. His appointment is for one year. Regis was appointed ...

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UPDATED: Three house fires in Canaries (see video)

At least three structures were affected by fire in Canaries this morning, officials have said. One was completely destroyed and two were partially destroyed, officials said. “One unit from Castries and two units from Soufriere responded,” an official told St. Lucia News Online. “One structure housing a minimart, bakery and dwelling compartment, and the other two are dwelling houses.” At ...

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UPDATED: Young man killed after argument over cigarette

A knife was plunged into the stomach of 19-year-old Jamal Fredereck aka Edo shortly after a heated argument over a cigarrette in Barre Denis with two other young males on Friday around 9:30 p.m., an eyewitness have told St. Lucia News Online. A resident told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that he was present when an argument developed between the ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Homicide in Barre Denis

St. Lucia’s homicide rate continues to skyrocket this year with the island recording its third homicide in six days, and its 19th since the start of 2017. The latest victim, 19-year-old Jamal Frederick aka Edo and Edovic, was stabbed by a known male around 9:30 p.m. Friday in Barre Denis, a well-placed source said. Frederick was pronounced dead at Victoria ...

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Christopher Melius no longer missing

Christopher Emmanuel Melius of Church Street, Soufriere is home safe and sound. Melius was found by a relative by the” Deville river” in Soufriere around 4:30 p.m. today, relatives said. “He was just roaming,” a family member told St. Lucia News Online. Melius, 20, went missing last Tuesday afternoon. The family has expressed gratitude for everyone who assisted in the ...

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Remorseful-looking girlfriend killer appears in court

Peter Donovan, the man accused of killing his girlfriend on her birthday, appeared in the Gros Islet court today (Friday, March 10) for the first time. Donovan, who was handcuffed and appeared close to tears, was not required to plead to the indictable charge of non-capital murder, and was remanded in prison until his next court date on May 5, ...

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Soufriere man missing, says relatives

Twenty-year-old Christopher Emmanuel Melius of Church Street, Soufriere has been missing since last Tuesday afternoon and  his family are asking the public for assistance in finding him. Melius is 5 feet 6 inches tall and fair in complexion, relatives said. Anyone who has seen him or knows his whereabouts are urged to call 484-9509 or 722-1873. (23)(1)

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St. Lucians express disappointment with behaviour of tourists

A Youtube video showing the frantic efforts of vacationers at the newly opened Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa to release an “18-year-old and six-year-old” trapped in the resort’s elevator has evoked more outrage than sympathy from bloggers. The original two-and-a-half minute video was posted on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, but was removed about two hours after this article was ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Chopping death suspect charged

Raymond Popo was today, Thursday, March 9 charged with the chopping death of 49-year-old Clayton Justin in Morne Panache, Grand Riviere, Dennery. Popo, charged with non-capital murder, is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing in court tomorrow, March 10. Justin, a resident of Morne Panache, was chopped in the neck during a physical altercation after midday on Friday, March ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man charged for Sophia Edwards murder

Peter Donovan was today, Thursday, March 9  charged with non-capital murder in connection with the stabbing death of his girlfriend, 31-year-old Sophia Edwards, police said. Donovan is expected to appear in court tomorrow (Friday, March 10) for a bail hearing. Edwards, a mother of three, was reportedly stabbed in the neck on her birthday, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Her death ...

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Virgie’s death officially homicide #18

Police said the death of 52-year-old Virgil ‘Virgie’ Roberts is being investigated as a homicide even as investigators await an autopsy. The woman’s nude lifeless body was found with “marks of violence all over” last evening, at a house in Cantonement, Augier, Vieux Fort. According to investigators, residents said the woman’s body was discovered after a domestic dispute. A police source ...

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SOURCE: Body of Virgil ‘Virgie’ Roberts has “marks of violence all over”

Police said they are investigating reports that 52-year-old Virgil Roberts, also known as ‘Virgie’, may have been beaten to death during a domestic dispute at a house in Cantonement, Augier Vieux Fort last evening. A well-placed source told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) this morning that the woman’s boyfriend is currently in police custody assisting with the investigations. The victim’s nude ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Drug bust in Micoud

Two males have been arrested following a drug bust along the Micoud Highway tonight (March 8), sources said said. Reports are that around 10:30 p.m., police acting on information received, intercepted a car travelling on the Micoud Highway with two individuals and a quantity of drugs was found, sources said. About three sacks of compressed green vegetable matter suspected to ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman found dead in Vieux Fort

The nude lifeless body of a woman, known so far as ‘Virgie’, was found at a house in Augier, Vieux Fort today, police said. Police reportedly received the report around 8 p.m. It is alleged that the woman’s body was found hours after an alleged altercation with a lover. A photo obtained by our newsroom shows the body of a ...

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VH staff debriefed after cutlass attack

PRESS RELEASE – Saturday’s cutlass attack on a patient at the Accident & Emergency Department of the Victoria Hospital not only called into question to current security arrangements at the island main hospital but has also left staff traumatized and fearful for their safety. An emergency management meeting was convened on Monday to map out new security arrangements and guidelines ...

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Nevis Premier welcomes Chastanet’s OECS police force recommendation

WINN FM – St Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A recommendation by St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet for a single Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) police force has been welcomed by Premier Vance Amory, a senior minister in the federal government in Baseterre. Prime Minister Chastanet made the call at the OECS Authority meeting on Friday, while pointing out ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Suspect in Ciceron homicide in police custody

The male suspect in the killing of Sophia Edwards in Ciceron, Castries on March 5, 2017 has turned himself into police custody, police have confirmed. The suspect turned up at the Central Police Station in Castries last night, police said. It is not clear if he was accompanied by a lawyer. Police said there has to be an “identification procedure” ...

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Government considering use of dogs to guard institutions after VH attack

CARIBBEAN360 – St Lucian authorities could be turning to man’s best friend to enhance security at the island’s schools and other institutions. According to National Security Minister Hermangild Francis, the use of guard dogs is under consideration. He was speaking to reporters on the heels of an alarming attack at the island’s Victoria hospital on Saturday, when a visitor entered ...

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Karate Federation St. Lucia prepares for 2020 Olympics

PRESS RELEASE – Karate Federation Saint Lucia embarked on its journey to the 2020 Olympics on Saturday 4th March 2017 when selected athletes from its affiliate members participated in the first National squad training session at the Entrepot Human Resource Development Center. The athletes were addressed by the president of the Federation, Oliver Lawrence, the Technical director Ezra Jn Baptiste, ...

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Free health screening for women starts at 11 a.m. in Rodney Bay today

PRESS RELEASE – Creative Health Center, Rodney Bay in partnership with The Natural Fertility Center, Eden Herbs and Universal Touch Massage and Neuromuscular Therapy will be celebrating International Women’s Day on Wednesday 8th March by hosting a walk-in clinic for women of all ages. Free health screenings will be offered including blood sugar testing, blood pressure, BMI and weight management ...

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Health expo to be held in Babonneau

PRESS RELEASE – The Kiwanis Club of Amazona- St LUCIA in Collaboration with the Parliamentary Representative Hon. Ezekiel Joseph and the Ministry of health and Wellness presents a Health EXPO and Dental Clinic for children at the Babonneau Multi-purpose Centre.  Theme :” Healthy Child Healthy Nation” All are Invited. It promises to be worth your while and time well spent. ...

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Industrial action continues at Beausejour Agricultural Complex

After over two weeks of industrial action by staff of the Beausejour Agricultural Complex in Vieux-Fort due to occupational safety and health issues, the complex still has not been deemed fit for work. Some remedial work was done on the complex last week, which was supposed to have been inspected by the Occupational Health and Safety Officer attached to the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Serious accident on Bexon Highway

At least four persons were seriously injured following a collision between a Toyota minibus loaded with passengers and a Nissan Sunny car along the Bexon Highway earlier this afternoon, officials have said. The accident reportedly occurred after 2:30 p.m. Reports are that four persons with serious injuries were transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance and those with minor abrasions were ...

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PM clarifies allegations in reference to controversial land

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet wishes to set straight the record regarding widely publicized allegations referencing a parcel of land in the Moule-a-Chique area. The verifiable facts are as follows: The land referred to is located at Moule-a-Chique—and is not included in the proposals relating to the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) ...

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SLP calls for transparency in public assistance grant review

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party notes in a Press Release dated Monday March 6th 2017, the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment informed the public that a review of all public assistance/disability grants will take place. Considering recent statements by the Minister responsible for the Ministries of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Hon Lenard Montoute on Wednesday March ...

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St. Lucia Zouks rebranded

PRESS RELEASE – The Hero Caribbean Premier League’s St. Lucia Zouks has launched a new visual and brand identity known as St. Lucia Stars with a logo that is inspired from the home country of the team, St. Lucia. The new logo and the identity is meant to give the team, St. Lucia Stars, a new bold and vibrant identity. ...

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Marginal increase in stop-over arrivals recorded

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia tourism sector recorded a 1% increase in stay-over arrivals for 2016.  According to figures released by the Saint Lucia Tourist Board, while total stay-over visitor arrivals for 2016 increased to an estimated 347, 872, the industry failed to show growth in the cruise and yachting sectors, both contracting by 13% and 1% respectively. However, ...

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Did you know?

Did you know the start of the 19th century saw St. Lucia still confused from the violent upheavals of the Brigand Wars of the 1790s?   With thousands dead and an equal number banished overseas or living in the mountains, it was a hesitant and almost reluctant beginning to the new century. In the absence of a viable alternative, St. ...

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Man found dead in Sarrot

Police are investigating the suspicious death of a man in Sarrot. The man’s body was found on the road way. Reports are that he was beaten by residents over the weekend and may have succumbed to his injuries.  Persons have described the man as a vagrant. However, police will await the results of an autopsy to determine if the death ...

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”I didn’t have Peace!’ – A YPG success story

PRESS RELEASE – My suffering started at the age of fifteen, I didn’t have food to eat and my house use to have the smell of misery and poverty every day. We were so poor that we have to beg for things from our neighbors. When I use to go to school my teachers never understood what was going on ...

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Minister for Health condemns incident at Victoria Hospital

PRESS RELEASE – Minister for Health and Wellness Senator Hon. Mary Isaac has strongly condemned the violent incident with occurred at the Accident and Emergency Department of the Victoria Hospital on the weekend. The incident had members of staff and clients traumatized and running for cover while men armed with cutlasses actively pursued a patient brought in earlier with lacerations ...

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Road to Dennery Primary, Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School closed

PRESS RELEASE – The Department for Education, Innovation and Gender Relations wishes to inform parents of students attending the Dennery Primary School and Clendon Mason Memorial Secondary School and the general public that the main access road into the compounds will be closed from Wednesday 8th March, 2017, in order to facilitate works at the New Dennery Infant School and ...

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St. Jude Hospital receives grant for new ambulance

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider serving the southern half of St Lucia, is the proud recipient of a grant totaling USD$81, 162 from the Government of Japan. The grant was presented by Japanese Ambassador His Excellency Mr. Mitsuhiko Okada to St Jude Hospital Chairman – Dr Ulric Mondesir during an official signing ceremony on Thursday ...

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Young St. Lucian launches apparel business

Entrepreneurs are seen as the backbone of any economy as they provide desperately needed jobs for the populace. One young St. Lucian entrepreneur is now looking to expand into new and interesting areas away from his traditional base. Shamar Marcus is no stranger to St. Lucians; he founded and lead the drone company Skycrew Aerial Photography and through it brought St. ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Woman stabbed to death in Ciceron

St. Lucia has recorded its 17th homicide for 2017. Dead is Sophia Edwards age 31 of Ciceron. She was reportedly stabbed in the neck by her boyfriend. Today was her birthday. The incident occurred after 12:45 p.m. At this time a motive for the stabbing has not been ascertained. More details to come. (65)(89)

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Machete-wielding man attacks patient at Victoria Hospital

A man was detained after he attempted to attack a male patient at the Victoria Hospital last night. The incident occured at around 8:00 PM. Reports are that the man involved was in a previous altercation with the injured man who was previously taken to the Victoria Hospital with machete wounds. The attacker managed to penetrate the hospital’s first line ...

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LUCELEC launches 21st Annual Health and Safety Observance

PRESS RELEASE – A safety culture is the “attitude, beliefs, perceptions and values that employees share in relation to safety in the workplace.” Ensuring the safety culture at the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) is understood and maintained by every employee and contractor is the fundamental tenet that informs the now 21 year old observance of Health and Safety Month. And ...

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Soufriere Foundation launches Medical Assistance Fund

PRESS RELEASE – On Thursday, March 2nd, 2017, the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) officially launched a Medical Assistance Fund with the intent on mitigating the inability of the organization to honour the numerous appeals for financial medical aide on a monthly basis. Over recent time, Saint Lucia has been in the spot light given the 2007 study published by ...

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New recruits join Soufriere Foundation security team

PRESS RELEASE – Eight (8) recruits were fortunate to be part of the Soufriere Regional Development Foundation SRDF team effective March 1st, 2017. Seven of these recruits will serve in the capacity of Warden at the Sulphur Springs Park and Docks and the other Ticket Collector at the Sulphur Springs Park. “The new Wardens are a welcome addition to the ...

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Castries Constituency Council appoints its first CEO

PRESS RELEASE – The Castries Constituency Council has appointed Miss Anselma Calderon as its first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) following a rigorous recruitment process. Miss Calderon has served as the Deputy Mayor from August 2, 2016. She joined the organization with a wealth of experience, coming from the public service where she last served as Director of Human Resource Development ...

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Senate sitting scheduled for Tuesday

PRESS RELEASE – A Sitting of the Senate is scheduled for Tuesday, March 07, 2017 to give effect to the amendment made to the Standing Orders, on the Motion which was passed at the last Sitting of February 28, 2017. The Motion reads as follows: BE IT RESOLVED that Standing Order 7 (1) be expunged and replaced with the following: ...

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UPDATED: Bois d’Orange shooting victim identified

A man is now a patient at Victoria Hospital nursing gunshot wounds. The victim, Canice Pierre, was shot in the leg near a shooting range in Bois d’Orange, Gros Islet around 2 p.m. today. His condition is unknown at this time. A source told St. Lucia News Online that the incident was a drive-by shooting and that the shooter was ...

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Dennery homicide victim identified

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a forty nine (49) year old resident of Morne Panache, Dennery, namely, Clayton Justin. Officers attached to the Richfond Police Station received a report reference to a chopping at Morne Panache, Grande Riviere, Dennery, about 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017. Clayton Justin allegedly received a single ...

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UPDATED: Man injured in Micoud accident

A taxi bus collided with a pole on the Micoud Highway in Escap, Micoud this afternoon, an official said. The driver was trapped and had to be freed by the firefighters, the official said. The victim reportedly sustained injuries to his legs and was transported to St. Jude Hospital via ambulance, the official added. The LUCELEC pole reportedly caught fire ...

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Dive St. Lucia now world’s first LEED Platinum Certified dive centre

PRESS RELEASE – Since filling the custom-designed, rainwater-filled dive training pool for the first time in 2014, Dive Saint Lucia (DSL) has experienced swift success. This is based on a sterling reputation for safety, quality, professionalism and the service driven approach of some of the island’s best PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) practitioners. After only two years of operation, ...

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UPDATED: Man in custody in connection with Dennery homicide

Saint Lucia has recorded its 16th homicide of 2017. The victim, Clayton Juston, believed to be in his late 40’s to early 50’s, was chopped in the neck during a physical altercation in Grand Riviere, Dennery this afternoon. A male suspect  is currently in police custody. A resident told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the victim and the suspect were ...

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SLAPS speaks out against proposed dolphin facility

PRESS RELEASE – On World Wildlife Day 2017, the St. Lucia Animal Protection Society (SLAPS) would like to add its voice to those fighting to stop the dolphin facility at Pigeon Island. Dolphins belong in the oceans where they can swim free and live with their families. It is cruel and selfish to keep these large, intelligent mammals in captivity, ...

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SALCC to host Windward Islands Debating Competition

PRESS RELEASE – The Debate Teams from tertiary level institutions in the Windward Islands have begun arriving for the first ever Windward Islands Debating Competition (WIDC) hosted by the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College.   The debates will take place over a two-day period, 3rd to 4th March 2017 at the Coco Palm Resort in Rodney Bay.  A contingent of ...

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Increase in substance abuse among St. Lucian school-goers

PRESS RELEASE – Health and Education officials have noted an increase in the number of substance abuse cases among the island’s school age population. Officials indicate that many of the disturbing behavioral patterns exhibited by students usually has some element of substance abuse as an underlying factor. The Director of Turning Point Drug Rehabilitation Centre, Joanna Joseph, called on parents ...

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Beach rehabilitation works to commence on Sandy Beach in Vieux Fort

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) will begin implementing coastal/beach rehabilitation measures in the next two weeks. A major component of this is an intense beach re-vegetation exercise along the Pointe Sable (Sandy) Beach in Vieux Fort. This is one of a suite of measures being undertaken to continue to improve coastal stabilisation along the Anse du ...

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