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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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DSH project moving ahead but SLP still not satisfied with agreement

Failure to heed calls by the public for clarity and dialogue on “unacceptable sections” of the Desert Star Holding (DSH) project agreement, will prompt the main opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) to bring their protest to the streets, according to political leader of the SLP, Philip J. Pierre. In a press conference today, Pierre disclosed that there are still many ...

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St. Lucia to improve World Bank business ranking

GIS – The second National Forum on Doing Business in Saint Lucia will address impediments to the investment process. The Department of Commerce, International Trade, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs will soon host the second National Forum on Doing Business in Saint Lucia. Held under the theme “Improving Efficiency in the Business Environment,” the forum will help to assess ...

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Soufriere Foundation repairs Les Etangs road

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Foundation has made the Les Etangs -Fond Gens Libre Road more navigable for residents, commuters and vehicles frequenting the route. The road, which is the main thoroughfare to the Fond Gens Libre community, is used by tour operators to gain access to the Gros Piton Nature Trail on a daily basis and had been in ...

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Sandals leading in tourism and construction in St. Lucia and Barbados

PRESS RELEASE – Sandals Resorts in the Eastern Caribbean continues to lead the charge in the company’s unparalleled thrust to make available world class resorts for visitors to the region. Building upon its already established track record as the World’s Best, and the recently copped top spots in the USA Today 10Best list of hotels, it is literally changing the ...

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Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism scholarship applications are now open

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association Education Foundation (CHTAEF) has advised the application deadline for its scholarship program is Thursday, March 30, 2017. Scholarships are open to Caribbean students and industry professionals pursuing higher education or professional development in the hospitality and tourism field and are awarded with support from CHTAEF sponsors and supporters. In a joint ...

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ABANDONED? Ex-medical students petition gov’t

Twenty-two ex-medical students who were returned to Saint Lucia from Venezuela last year have launched a petition to rally the Government of Saint Lucia to grant them new scholarships to further their education. Nine months ago, just two days before the General Elections, the 22 aspiring medical students were returned to Saint Lucia after it was discovered that the Venezuelan ...

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Road rehabilitation works along the Corinth bypass road

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy of the Ministry of  Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour wishes to inform the general public of the emergency repairs to the Corinth By Pass Road commencing Thursday, March 2, 2017. Motorists are asked to avoid using this road during the execution of the works.  Please note that there are days ...

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Government to revise Tourism Incentives Act

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of St. Lucia is working to revise the Tourism Incentives Act. A number of consultations have been held in the recent past with the various groups. The thinking driving the government to revise the Tourism Incentives Act is to compete with the other destinations to attract investments. At what cost, many ask. If Tourism is ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Fire destroys Plas Kassav (photo update)

Fire has destroyed the popular Plas Kassav in Anse La Verdure, Canaries. Emergency officials said they received the call around 4:30 a.m. today. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Plas Kassav, located along the West Coast road, was a popular stop for locals and visitors to observe the traditional method of cassava processing and production. The business ...

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Victim of vehicle vandals seeks help in locating stolen laptop

The victim of a burglary which occurred on Monday morning is warning others to be wary of where they park their vehicles. The incident, which occurred at Barnard Hill, involved a burglar breaking into the motor vehicle of the victim and stealing her laptop. The laptop was the latest MacBook Air and contained important data. The laptop was in a ...

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“Ubaldus must resign”

Scores of placard-bearing protesters appeared on Laborie Street, Castries this morning as the Senate sitting got underway, calling for the resignation of Senator Ubaldus Raymond, who is at the centre of a nude photo scandal. Raymond, the junior finance minister, piloted the Senate sitting this morning as the Leader of Government Business. However, persons, majority of them women, used this ...

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St. Lucia’s new permanent representative to the United Nations presents credentials

PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday, February 22, 2017,  His Excellency Cosmos Richardson, Saint Lucia’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General António Guterres, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. In presenting his Letters of Credence to Secretary General Guterres, His Excellency Cosmos Richardson stated his intention to work closely with the ...

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Work underway on DSH general site

Preparatory work has begun at the general site of the Desert Star Holdings Project Ltd (DSH). The work, which commenced last week, is taking place on a portion of land between the George Odlum Stadium which now houses the St. Jude Hospital and the Beausejour Agricultural Complex. The work, which is expected to last for a few weeks, includes the ...

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VFCC promises a successful carnival despite challenges

Despite the difficult task of raising enough funds to host carnival in Vieux-Fort this year, the Vieux-Fort Carnival Committee (VFCC) is convinced the event will be a success. That’s according to the president of the committee, Nyola Prescott, in an interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) following its carnival press launch in Vieux-Fort last Saturday at which five bands ...

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Executive Luncheon to be held for Citizens By Investment Program

PRESS RELEASE – As a critical follow-up to two important open discussions held in the last few weeks by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture on the much spoken of DSH, Pearl of the Caribbean project, the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce hosts an Executive Luncheon on another interesting and current subject; the Citizens By Investment Program. ...

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St. Lucian youths defeat Guadeloupe in football tournament

PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucians have done it again. The country’s very own Jahlil Evans and Samaiel Louisien along with coach Zane Stephen defeated Guadeloupe on Saturday 26th February 2017 in a football tournament. Jahlil Evans scored 4 goals and was awarded MVP of the tournament while Samaiel Louisien scored 1 goal. They performed exceptional well in the tournament overall. ...

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Prime Minister to attend 64th Meeting of the OECS Authority

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet will attend the 64th Meeting of the OECS Authority on March 3rd 2017. The Prime Minister will join other OECS Heads of Government for the meeting where several matters will come up for discussion including health insurance, security and climate change. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet left Saint Lucia on Friday February ...

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