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Police score another drug bust

At least one person is in custody in connection with a drug bust in St. Lucia waters last evening, August 6, 2017, according to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online. Reports are that a vessel was intercepted at sea and a quantity of marijuana was discovered. One male is reportedly being held at the Vieux Fort Police Station. Unconfirmed reports ...

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Middle-aged man hospitalised after stabbing incident in Castries

A man was hospitalised following a stabbing incident in Castries last evening, August 6, 2017, according to reports reaching St. Lucia News Online. The victim has been identiied as Anderson Louis, 53. Louis reportedly sustained a stab wound to the abdomen with a knife around 9 p.m. He was transported to Victoria Hospital via ambulance. His condition is unknown at ...

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UPDATE: Teen found dead at sea was reported missing

A Castries teen whose lifeless body was fished from the sea off Vigie beach on Sunday had been reported missing prior to the grim discovery, police said. Sixteen-year-old John Baptiste Flemius, aka Junior, of Morne Du Don, Castries was reported missing by family members on Friday, two days before he was found dead, police said. The Police Marine Unit recovered ...

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SDA Church responds to ‘wall-to-wall cover-up’; discloses it expelled student involved in sex scandal

PRESS STATEMENT – The Seventh-day Adventist Church operates four schools in this country: three primary schools and one secondary school. Our secondary school, the SDA Academy, has been educating the children of our nation for over 50 years. The alumni of the Academy are shining luminaries in all walks of life both here and abroad. They have taken their rightful ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Body discovered at Vigie identified

Police have identified the body of a male discovered on Vigie beach on Sunday morning as that of a 16-year-old Castries resident. His name is John Baptiste Flemius, also known as Junior, from Morne Du Don. The teens body was discovered by the Marine Police Unit. A post mortem to determine the cause of death will be conducted either Monday ...

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New hotel development, 180-room Ritz-Carlton, coming to Saint Lucia

3 August 2017 — (PRESS RELEASE): The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C., part of Marriott International (NASDAQ: MAR) has signed a management agreement with Range Developments to open a Ritz-Carlton property in Saint Lucia in 2021, bringing the award-winning luxury brand for the first time to the Eastern Caribbean island known for its lush, mountainous terrain and expansive beaches. The 180-room Ritz-Carlton, ...

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Coconut Bay Resort staff treated with another health fair

Coconut Bay Resort and Spa paid particular attention to the health of its staff last Friday when it held its annual health fair at the hotel which was immensely appreciated by its employees. Some of the participating organisations included Spartan Health Sciences University School of Medicine, which dealt with blood pressure and diabetic testing, St. Jude Hospital (Health and Nutrition/ ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Five from Soufriere awarded scholarships to the US

“Maximizing potential for success” was the prevailing theme in celebration and preparation of the five young Soufrierians who were recently awarded athletic scholarships to further their education in various colleges in the United States. The parents, specially invited guests, executive members of the Black Panthers Youth and Sports club all assembled at the Cool Breeze conference room to provide the ...

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CPL: Shadab, McCullum crush St. Lucia Stars

St. Lucia Stars, formerly known as Zouks, received a baptism by fire at the hands of the Trinbago Knight Riders in the CPL 2017 opener in Gros Islet. Brendon McCullum and Colin Munro blasted half-centuries in an unbroken second-wicket century stand as Knight Riders razed down the 133-target with 56 balls to spare. The Daren Sammy-led outfit were ousted by ...

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UPDATE: Tattoo, bracelets used to identify body of Lyana Serieux; $5,000 reward being offered for info leading to arrest

ST. CROIX — V.I.P.D. Public Information Officer Glen Dratte told The Consortium late Thursday that detectives were able to identify Lyana Serieux once she was removed from a cistern of an abandoned house located behind the Mutual Homes Housing Community in Grove, by a tattoo and bracelets that she wore. Ms. Serieux had a tattoo on her left shoulder area. ...

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Body removed from cistern confirmed to be Lyana Serieux

ST. CROIX — Police Commissioner Delroy Richards has told The Consortium that the body found at 2:00 p.m. yesterday in a cistern of an abandoned building behind the Mutual Homes Housing Community, which has since been removed, was confirmed tonight to be Lyana Serieux. Yesterday’s development continues a heart-wrenching incident that has left two minor boys confirmed to be the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Body suspected to be of Lyana Serieux found in cistern of abandoned building

ST. CROIX — V.I.P.D. Commissioner Delroy Richards has confirmed to The Consortium that at about 2:00 p.m. today, police found a body in the cistern of an abandoned building located behind the Mutual Homes Housing Community, which police were “70 percent” certain was the body of Lyana Serieux, 24, who went missing on Friday. The commissioner said while the V.I.P.D. ...

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Pierre says the economy is in a “comatose state”

STATEMENT BY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION AND POLITICAL LEADER OF THE SAINT LUCIA LABOUR PARTY HON PHILIP J PIERRE AT SLP PARTY PRESS CONFERENCE ON AUGUST 3RD, 2017 With just over a year in office, the Prime Minister has been conspicuous by his absence which was made worse when he left the country for a 21 day vacation. This was ...

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Antigua gov’t won’t give deadline for Atlantic University School of Medicine to get accredited

The government of Antigua & Barbuda has avoided giving a deadline by which it expects the Atlantic University School of Medicine (AUSM) to get accredited by the regional accreditation authority. The absence of that accreditation was the reason the medical school felt it necessary to leave St Lucia and move to Antigua. The school needs to be accredited by the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Host venues for Jounen Kwéyòl 2017 announced

PRESS RELEASE – The Folk Research Centre (FRC) is pleased to announce the four host communities for Creole Heritage Month/Jounen Kwéyòl 2017 and they are: 1. Babonneau: in the North 2. Vieux-Fort: in the South 3. La Ressource, Dennery: in the East 4. Marigot: in the West Preparations for the St. Lucia’s biggest cultural festival are in an advanced stage. ...

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Lyana Serieux still missing; her sons were found dead on Tuesday

ST. CROIX, U.S. Virgin Islands — The V.I.P.D. and search parties as of Thursday morning were still looking for Lyana Serieux. Ms. Serieux’s two minor sons, 10-year-old Jordan Serieux and 5-year-old Jeremiah Serieux, last seen with their mother, were found dead near the Ha’Penny Beach on the south shore on Tuesday morning at about 11:35 p.m. Ms. Serieux weighs between ...

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Micoud homicide victim sustained fatal stab wound to the abdomen (police press release)

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a twenty one (21) year old resident of New Extension, Micoud, namely David Egarnest. Officers attached to the Micoud Police Station received a report reference to a stabbing, at the Micoud Playing Field, about 10:00p.m. on Monday, July 31, 2017. Egarnest was conveyed to the St. Jude Hospital ...

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Only one medical school in Saint Lucia is accredited

With the recent announcement of the Atlantic University School of Medicine’s (AUSM) move to Antigua after seven years of operating here, the issue of accreditation of local medical education institutions has taken centre focus. Education Minister Dr. Gale Rigobert has confirmed that AUSM was not accredited and has been, along with other medical schools on island, under pressure from government, ...

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Anderson dismiss rumours that Sandals intends to sell transportation services

Managing Director of Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort Winston Anderson has assured that Sandals has no plans to get into the transportation business as have been rumoured. “There is absolutely no truth [to that],” he said. “We have never, ever thought about getting into the transport sector. We have a great relationship with Southern Taxi and the three taxi associations ...

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Fedee addresses issues surrounding closure of Radio Saint Lucia

The cash-strapped Radio Saint Lucia (RSL), which was shut down on July 31 amid government’s plan to reduce debt, will be merged with the Government Information Service (GIS) and some of its displaced staff will have “opportunities” to be employed at that new entity, according to Broadcast Minister Dominic Fedee. The station was closed due to $3 million in losses ...

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Serieux family in St. Croix struck by tragedy after bodies of two minor boys found

Horror has struck the St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands with the Serieux family which has ties to Saint Lucia, particularly in the south of the island. The bodies of brothers, 10-year-old Jordan Serieux and 5-year-old Jeremiah Serieux, were found at the Ha’Penny Beach on Tuesday, August 1 at 11:35 a.m. by a landscaper, according to media reports. A police official described the bodies ...

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Sandals’ expansion in Saint Lucia augurs well for stakeholders, wider population: Anderson

Managing Director of Sandals Grande St. Lucian Resort Winston Anderson has defended the hotel’s expansion plans amidst criticisms that the resort chain may have too large of an influence on the local tourism sector, as a single company. Sandals announced in December that it would be adding a fourth resort here and recently acquired the 18-hole Championship St. Lucia Golf ...

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BREAKING NEWS: ‘Birdie’ stabbed in the neck and chest in Ciceron

A young man reportedly sustained stab wounds in Ciceron, Castries this evening, according to sources. The victim, identified as 22-year-old Imbert Emmanuel, also known as ‘Birdie’, was allegedly stabbed by an adult male who is close to his family, sources said. Emergency services received the report at 6:11 p.m. Emmanuel reportedly sustained wounds to his neck and chest. He was ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Sandals gives update on injured team members

Sandals Resorts International would like to thank everyone for their inquiries of concern and best wishes after several team members were involved in a vehicular accident in Choc Bay, St. Lucia earlier today. While a number of team members sustained injuries and had to be taken to hospital for treatment, we are thankful that none was life-threatening or too severe. ...

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“I should be dead” – A YPG story

My name is Daniel Junior. At the age of 13, I got involved with drugs and crime. I also hung out with a certain group of people that had a negative influence on me. At age 14, I was already committing robberies. From then on things just got worse. When I was 15, doctors found a problem in my brain, ...

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Near-drowning incident at Pigeon Point

Officials have confirmed that a five-year-old boy was hospitalised after what they described as a “near drowning” incident at Pigeon Point this afternoon. The boy identified as Donovan Yessen was transported to Victoria Hospital in stable condition, officials said. Emergency officials received the report minutes before 4 p.m. Circumtances surrounding the incident were not immediately available. (4)(3)

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UPDATE: Two men sustain injuries in Gros Islet

Law enforcement officials have confirmed that two men, one of whom sustained a stab wound to the neck, were injured in Gros Islet town this afternoon. The victims have been identified as Josiah Antoine, 23, of Gros Islet, who sustained injuries to his back and left arm, and Hayden Dix, 35, who sustained a stab wound to the neck. They were transported ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Stabbing in Gros Islet

A male has been rushed to hospital as a result of a stabbing incident in Gros Islet town this afternoon, according to sources. The incident reportedly occurred on Chapel Street around 1:30 p.m. The victim was reportedly stabbed in the neck and was he was transported to hospital via ambulance. His condition is unknown at this time. (7)(3)

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BREAKING NEWS: Multiple injuries in Choc accident (video and photos)

Law enforcement officials are reporting that a number of persons have been injured as a result of a two-vehicle motor vehicle accident in front the St. James’s Club Morgan Bay at Choc. Reports are that a head-on collision occurred between car and a 20-seater coaster bus shortly after 9 a.m. today, August 1. Officials said 12 of the approximately 15 ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Young male stabbed to death in Micoud

Police are investigating the fatal stabbing of a young male in Micoud last evening, July 31, 2017. The deceased has been identified as Up The Line, Micoud resident Davidson Egarnes, also known as David, King and Kingman. A young male is reportedly in police custody assisting with the investigation, according to law enforcement officials. A woman, who said she is ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Groups and fixtures announced for SPLT2017

St Lucia T20 Premier League (SPLT20) is pleased to announce its groups and fixtures. With SRDF Soufriere Pitons in the same group (Group B) with their neighbors Choiseul Craftmasters, it is sure to be an entertaining group. The group also includes Johnson Charles’ Nagico South Castries Lions & Garey Mathurin’s Micoud Trailblazers. Group A’s Home team Shopbox Vieux Fort Sunrisers ...

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DID YOU KNOW? (Emancipation Facts)

Did you know in 1807 The Abolition of Slave Trade Act came into force? The act made the trade in slaves from Africa to the British colonies illegal. To combat illicit transportation following this act many of the British Colonies began keeping registers of black slaves who had been so-called “lawfully enslaved”. In 1819 the Office for the Registry of ...

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Micoud carnival was a blast

It was fun galore in Micoud yesterday when the community continued its carnival activities with the parade of the bands which will culminate this evening (Monday). Five bands, which comprised of revelers of all sizes and shapes, took part in the event which created quite a spectacle. Revelers had a rollicking time, braving the sweltering heat, jamming to the pulsating ...

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Fantasia says she could stay in Saint Lucia forever

R&B singer Fantasia is on anniversary vacation in St. Lucia with her husband Kendall Taylor – and she absolutely loves the island. Fantasia has been posting a number of Instagram photos of the island she has described as “paradise”. According to Fantasia, today, July 28 is her last day in Saint Lucia – but apparently she does not want to ...

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PRESS RELEASE: NWU and Ti Kaye Resort reach agreement

The Management of Ti Kaye Resort & Spa and officials from the National Workers Union (NWU) met at the NWU’s Conference Room on Friday July 28, 2017. The parties discussed the industrial misunderstanding which affected the company’s operations. The union and the company agreed to return things to normalcy effective immediately and that going forward communication links between the entities ...

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Water halts business flow at two establishments in Vieux Fort

Two business houses in Vieux-Fort were partially flooded today (Friday, July 28) – but not because of rain. The Laborie Co-operative Credit Union (Vieux-Fort branch) was transformed into a shallow swimming pool this morning due to water leakage from a pipe-line in its loans department, located in the second floor of the building. The incident has resulted in the financial ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Medical school relocates from St. Lucia to Antigua

Another medical school is set to make Antigua its home from September. Atlantic University School of Medicine will commence classes from September 7th in Antigua. St. Lucia was previously the home for the school which has a student population of one hundred and twenty and expecting a larger enrollment for its January semester. The university will set up operations at ...

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GOOD NEWS: Adventure of the Seas returns to Port Castries

PRESS RELEASE – Royal Caribbean International’s cruise ship, Adventure of the Seas, is resuming its calls to Port Castries. Thanks to a successful dredging exercise undertaken by the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), the 310 metre-long (1017.6 feet) Voyager Class vessel can again dock at Pointe Seraphine. Adventure of the Seas had previously been unable to dock ...

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CPL NEWS: McClenaghan and Ryder join St Lucia Stars

The St Lucia Stars have announced the replacements to their squad for the upcoming Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) tournament which begins on August 4. New Zealander, Jesse Ryder, will replace South African batsman David Miller. Ryder is an attacking top order batsman and medium pace bowler who has played for New Zealand 88 times, including 22 T20 internationals. Fellow ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Farewell Aunty Flora Marie Cenac

“Behind every successful man is a good woman” may well be the most used of the adages but for more than five decades Flora Marie Cenac nee Jn. Baptiste epitomized this. And she did so with such quiet dignity that it was easy to overlook her immense contribution. A deeply religious woman of the Catholic faith from her early years, ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Two Saint Lucians off to Barbados, Grenada in Sandals Internship Programme

Staying true to its commitment to enhancing Caribbean Hospitality and Tourism, Sandals Resorts continues to fortify the region’s human resource capital with internships and exchange programs that allow for scores of human assets to develop and explore. The latest in this undertaking was yet another appointment of two newly graduating hospitality professionals from the Sir. Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) ...

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PRESS RELEASE: NWU writes to Ministry of the Public Service on end of 2013-2016 freeze

The National Workers Union (NWU) has written to the Ministry of the Public Service indicating that the freeze on industrial engagement implemented during the 2013-2016 period has come to an end. The union is requesting an appointment with the Ministry on the way forward as it relates to the interest of daily paid non-Establishment and Constituency Council workers who are ...

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Dominican and Vincentian appear in court in connection with drug bust

Two foreign nationals, who have been charged in connection with a drug bust at sea which netted 1,012 pounds of marijuana, appeard in the Dennery First District Court today. Alick Couriol of Bense, Dominica and Brian Mayers of Chateau Belair, St. Vincent and the Grenadines were each charged with possession of a controlled drug and possession with intent to supply. ...

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Fire destroys Cricket Association offices

An early-morning fire on Thursday, July 27 has destroyed the offices of the Saint Lucia National Cricket Association (SLNCA) at the Mindoo Phillip Park in Marchand, Castries, according to reports. There were no reports of injuries. The Fire Service arrived to find the SLNCA offices engulfed in flames. The fire officers were able to extinguish the blaze and prevent further damage ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Police said Yves James died from traumatic brain injury

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a thirty three (33) year old resident of Dennery namely, Yves Mitchel James. During a maritime operation on Saturday, July 22, 2017, about 1:00 a.m. approximately 2.1 nautical miles off the coast of Vieux Fort, a local fishing canoe identified as “Indeblue”, collided with the Marine Unit vessel. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Artistes continue to oppose cultural center relocation

Members of the Artistic and Cultural community in Saint Lucia are due to hold another meeting on Saturday 29th July 2017 as they continue to oppose the decision by the country’s Government to relocate the National Cultural Centre and the offices of the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) from their current site at Barnard Hill in the City and replace them ...

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Scott Atkins is still alive, says sister

A relative of 18-year-old Scott Atkins, who is the focus of a series of viral torture videos, has dismissed rumours that the St. Lucian teen has been killed. One of the most recent videos making rounds on social media shows a young black man laying in a pool of blood on a road with severed hands, and another man pumping ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Sandals Grande General Manager Winston Anderson promoted

It is with great pleasure that Sandals Chairman Gordon “Butch” Stewart and Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Adam Stewart, CD, announce the promotion of another company stalwart. Mr. Winston Anderson, General Manager of Sandals Grande St. Lucian has been promoted to the position of Managing Director, Sandals Grande St. Lucian with oversight for all Saint Lucian resorts effective July ...

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Cash-strapped Blind Welfare Association gets help from Libya

This morning the Embassy of Libya in Saint Lucia made a donation to the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association. The donation was presented by Charge d’Affaires Mr. Hisham Tayeb to Executive Director of the Association Mr. Anthony Avril. Acting Prime Minister Honourable Lenard Montoute and Minister with responsibility for External Affairs Honourable Sarah Flood Beaubrun were on hand to offer ...

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“When it rains it pours” – Financially-strapped Blind Association reports break-in

Less than a week after announcing its possible closure due to serious financial problems, the Saint Lucia Blind Welfare Association (SLBWA) has suffered a break-in at its headquarters in Sans Souci, Castries. Executive Director of the organisation Anthony Avril confirmed this on Monday to HTS News4orce.  Luckily, however, a preliminary assessment of the property had revealed that there were no ...

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Local police continues to investigate viral torture video involving St. Lucian

While acknowledging that an investigation is being conducted into a viral torture video involving a Desruisseaux, Micoud teen who is reportedly being held captive in Venezuela, local police have indicated that any recovery operation would have to involve the external affairs department. The video, which has been making rounds on social media, shows Scott Atkins, 18, being assaulted and threatened ...

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CSA awaits response from minister regarding RSL employees

The bargaining agent for staff at Radio Saint Lucia (RSL) the Civil Service Association (CSA) said it has yet to hear from government regarding the fate of employees ahead of the station’s month-end closure. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had said during a budget presentation in May that the shutdown was imminent and is part of government’s move to reduce debt. ...

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PRESS RELEASE: Fuel price adjustments

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 kerosene remain unchanged. The retail prices for LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders and diesel have been changed. The price changes take effect from Monday, July 24, ...

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UPDATE: Young man in viral torture video identified

Reliable sources have confirmed that the young man in the recent viral torture videos is a Saint Lucian by the name of Scott Atkins, who is originally from Desruisseaux, Micoud. Atkins is 18 years old and his last known address was in Agard,  Castries, according to sources. It has also been revealed that the ‘Shawn’ he mentioned in his video ...

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St. Lucia has another shot at gold!

St. Lucia has another chance of mining more gold at the Commonwealth Youth Games in The Bahamas. St. Lucia has advanced to the gold medal match today with Trinidad and Tobago in under-18 beach soccer, virtue of defeating Antigua and Barbuda 5-2 yesterday. Hakeem Harrow (2), Sebastien Ribot (1), Zaine Amedee (1) and Dillon Fannis (1) were St. Lucia’s goal ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Dominican shot during drug bust in St. Lucian waters

A Dominican man was shot during a drug bust at sea Friday that saw police recovering about 900 pounds of marijuana from a vessel, according to sources. The victim has been identified as Alick Puyol, who sustained a gunshot wound to the shoulder and was admitted to St. Jude Hospital in stable condition. Puyol and another man, identified as Brian ...

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