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CSA commences regular Branch Meetings

PRESS RELEASE – The St. Lucia Civil Service Association has commenced its regular Branch Meetings for the year 2017. It is expected that visits will be made to over Eighty (80) Branches inclusive of Government Departments, Parasatal Organizations and Branches in the PRIVATE SECTOR. Some of these visits are intended to solicit the members inputs regarding matters which they would ...

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Students gear up for Junior Achievement Company of the Year 2017

PRESS RELEASE – The much anticipated JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT START-UP FETE was held on February 7th 2017 at the Union Orchid Gardens with approximately seventy students from seven secondary schools participating in this annual event. The Startup Fete is designed to engage, nurture and inspire students of the JA Company program in an environment where creativity is unleashed, and participants exploring ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man charged with killing elderly woman in Marisule

Peter Thomas, who was charged last month for stealing the motor vehicle belonging to homicide victim 76-year-old Ann Rose Raymond, has now been charged for her death. Police officials told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the 43-year-old Barbadian national, living at Union, Castries, was formally charged  with murder this afternoon. Thomas first appeared in court on the theft charge ...

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UPDATE: Bois Patat victim was stabbed in the heart

PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of Uroy Theophilus, of Bois Patat, Morne du Don, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a stabbing at Bois Patat, on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. The post mortem, conducted by Dr. Heather Emmanuel, revealed that Uroy Theophilus died as a result of hemorrhagic shock due to stab wound ...

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St. Lucian promoted to General Manager of Rodney Bay Marina

The Rodney Bay Marina has appointed a new General Manager and he is a St. Lucia native. Sean Devaux, a St. Lucian, will take the reigns of a company in which he has contributed to significantly over the past several years. Prior to his promotion, Devaux was boatyard manager followed by operations manager at the St. Lucia marina. Devaux has extensive ...

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Student who ingested Gramoxone is in safe hands, say sources

The Choiseul Secondary School student who ingested the weed killer, Gramoxone, is now in a safer environment. That’s according to several sources, some of whom claim to be close to the situation. Donald Clery, no longer lives with his grandmother in Laborie. He was taken to another home by the Department of Human Services, where many believed may be “better” ...

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UPDATE: Police investigating homicide at Bois Patat

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a twenty nine (29) year old resident of Bois Patat, Morne Du Don, namely, Uroy Theophilus. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report reference to a stabbing at Bois Patat, about 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 7, 2017. Uroy Theophilus was conveyed to the Victoria ...

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“VAT cut will weaken St. Lucia’s finances” – IMF

The latest VAT cuts will put pressure on the fiscal position of St. Lucia according to the IMF. The view was stated in a report after an IMF team visited the island late last month. “In the meantime, the fiscal package announced by the government under the “Five to Stay Alive” initiative, which includes a reduction of the VAT rate from ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man charged with La Clery double homicide

Police have formally charged a man they had held for questioning in connection with killing of a couple in Active Hill, La Clery on February 1, 2017. Police said Don Pierre Louis, who is in his 30s, was charged today. Jeffery Cashim Abella, 26, and Sandrina Joseph, 29, were found dead in a bedroom. Joseph’s children reportedly found the couple ...

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Man charged for killing father in Pavee

A 26-year-old man charged with killing his father, appeared in the Gros Islet Magistrate’s Court today. Ezra Smith is accused of stabbing his father, 51-year-old Charles Augustin, at their Pavee, Castries residence on Friday, Feb. 3. A post mortem revealed that Augustin died as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary to stab wound to the left chest, according to a police ...

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IMF predicts slow economic growth for St. Lucia in 2017

The International Monetary Fund has predicted slow growth for St. Lucia in 2017 as reductions in various revenue generation means take hold. The IMF expects the country to grow at a rate of 0.5% this year, 0.3 percentile points below last year’s recorded figure and more than 1.3 percentile points less than in 2015. The IMF release came after a January ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Teen who attempted suicide disappears

The family of the 16-year-old-student of the Choiseul Secondary School who ingested the herbicide, Gramoxone a month ago, say they are trying to locate his whereabouts. According to family members, the last time they saw him was about two weeks ago when he came at his grandmother’s home to collect his school bag, accompanied by a female social worker, who ...

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“I saw death in front of me…” how the YPG helped me

LETTER TO THE EDITOR – My life since growing up wasn’t easy and because of that I started drinking at the age of 13 years-old, my parents use to drink and I learnt from them. At the age of 18 I started smoking marijuana and right after I got invited by a friend at work to join in a gang and I ...

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UPDATE: Pavee murder victim died of massive blood loss

PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of Charles Augustin, a fifty one (51) year old resident of Pavee, Castries, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a stabbing at Pavee, on Friday, February 3, 2017. The post mortem, conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed that Charles Augustin died as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary ...

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Post mortem: John Compton crash victim died of brain injuries

PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of Zane Phillip, a twenty two (22) year old resident of L’Anse Road, Castries, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a vehicular accident along the John Compton Highway, on Monday, January 30, 2017. The post mortem, conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed that Zane Phillip died as a ...

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Post mortem: La Clery couple beaten and chopped to death

PRESS RELEASE – Post mortem examinations were conducted upon the bodies of twenty six (26) year old Jeffery Cashim Abella, and twenty nine (29) year old Sandrina Joseph who succumbed to injuries sustained during a chopping at Active Hill, La Clery, on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. The post mortems, conducted by Dr. Wayne Felicien, revealed that Sandrina Joseph died as ...

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St. Lucian destinations dominate USA Today’s Reader’s Choice Awards

St. Lucian destinations swept half of the six available awards in the USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice Awards for Caribbean destinations. St. Lucia won 3 out of a total of 6 awards while competing against 19 other countries nominated by USA Today readers. The winning St. Lucian destinations are: Best Caribbean Resort – Jade Mountain Best Caribbean Attraction – La ...

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Relative regrets not convincing Henry to avoid riding bikes

Relatives of Mandella Henry, who died from a traffic accident on Micoud Street, Castries on Friday, has said he was full of life and had a bright future ahead of him. The 27-year-old unemployed man was scheduled to do a job interview on Monday, Feb. 6, relatives said. Sophia Lynch told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that her nephew had ...

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Minor accident in the city (photos)

A truck collided with a car (registration number 2322) between 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. today near Serenity Park/Fisheries. No injuries reported. St. Lucia News Online received the images below at 2:04 p.m., and we were told that police arrived about 2:12 p.m. and by 2:20 p.m. the truck was removed. (3)(0)

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As Soleil burns… McDoom (commentary)

COMMENTARY – The tourism mavens who curated “Soleil” have once again failed to capture the current growing trend in the global hospitality and tourism industry. In the process, they have failed to engage the unique talents of a Saint Lucian who has Global Name Recognition: Fashion Tourism and Vincent Mc Doom. The decision to eliminate Fashion from Soleil must have ...

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Saint Lucia drops in ‘Ease of Doing Business’ ranking

The World Bank’s Doing Business Ranking 2017 report has been released, but it’s not all good news for Saint Lucia. The island has dropped in the global rankings from 78 to 86, out of 190 countries. New Zealand has taken over the number one spot from Singapore, which is now second, followed by Denmark. According to the report, Saint Lucia ...

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Fundraising campaign for double homicide victim’s children

An online fundraising campaign is underway for the children of Sandrina Joseph, who was killed along with her boyfriend at their Active Hill, La Clery, Castries residence last week. The bodies of Joseph, 29, and Jeffery Cashim Abella, 26, were discovered by her children in the bedroom after 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2017. Police said the bodies, which were ...

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UPDATED: Eight injured in Barre de L’isle accidents identified

At least eight people were injured in two separate traffic accidents on the Barre de L’isle after midnight, an official said. The condition of the injured from both incidents are not yet known, but there were not immediate reports of death. Minutes after midnight, emergency officials were contacted when a minibus and a motor car collided, injuring at least seven people. ...

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UPDATED: Bicyclist in stable condition after accident

A male bicyclist, who was struck by a motor vehicle in Ravine Poisson tonight (Saturday, Feb. 4), is in stable condition at Victoria Hospital, according to an official. The incident occurred around 9 p.m. The victim, known as ‘AJ’, is believed to be in his late teens or early 20s, a witness told St. Lucia News Online. He was transported ...

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Invest Saint Lucia team visits GP Group’s projects in Bulgaria

PRESS RELEASE – A delegation from Invest Saint Lucia – comprising Chairman Pinkley Francis, Deputy Chairman Jodi Boodhoo and Chief Executive Officer, McHale Andrew – travelled to Bulgaria from January 24th to 28th 2017, for a series of project site visits, meetings and discussions with the principals of the GP Group and their associated clients, investment partners and Government officials. The ...

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WLBL wins big at the 2017 Chamber Awards

PRESS RELEASE – Windward and Leeward Brewery Limited (WLBL), a part of the HEINEKEN Company, has been named Business of the Year at the 2017 St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Business Awards. In addition to this great achievement, WLBL also grabbed the awards for Excellence in Human Resource Development and Corporate Leadership. Sebastian Sanchez, Managing Director of WLBL, indicated: “This ...

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Prime Minister clarifies statement on minors

Below is a statement by Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet clarifying statements which were carried in the Voice Newspaper under a story headed “Crime Root Goes Deeper…” last week and are presently making the rounds on social media platforms. STATEMENT – “Parenting is by no means an unfettered right. Parenting carries significant legal responsibilities. Parental responsibility statutes have been in ...

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Chamber luncheon to discuss Pearl of the Caribbean Project

PRESS RELEASE – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture is pleased to announce an Executive Luncheon to discuss the much talked about Pearl of the Caribbean Project. Members of the Business Community are invited to take part in a Presentation and Discussion on the Desert Star Holding Project being organized by the St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry ...

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Post mortem for Pavee murder victim set for today

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a fifty one (51) year old resident of Pavee, namely Charles Augustin. Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department received a report reference to a stabbing at Pavee, Castries, about 4:50 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017. Charles Augustin, who allegedly sustained two stab wounds to the left ...

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BLOODY RELATIONSHIP: Man who allegedly killed his father had stabbed him before

Police have arrested the suspect in this morning’s homicide in Pavee, Castries. Charles Augustin, 51, was reportedly stabbed to death by one of his sons. In an interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO), another son, Christopher Smith, alleged that his father was stabbed in the chest by the suspect nearly two years ago. Recounting this morning’s fatal attack, Smith said ...

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UPDATED: St. Lucia records 14 homicides within 34 days

The body of a middle-aged man was reportedly discovered at a residence in Pavee, Castries in the wee hours of this morning. Relatives and neighbours have alleged that Charles Augustin, 51, was stabbed to death by one of his sons who was arrested by police shortly after the killing. The authorities received the report around 3 a.m. Relatives told St. Lucia ...

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UPDATED: Fatal accident victim identified

One man is dead following a collision between a motorcycle and a blue Daihatsu Terios on Micoud Street, Castries just after midnight, has succumbed to his injuries, officials said. The motorcycle, with  two persons on board, was travelling on Chisel Street when it ran into the front passenger door of the Terios, that was travelling on Micoud Street, around 12:25 a.m., ...

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St. Lucian is ‘Teacher of the Year’ at United States school

Kimberly ‘Shervon’ Johny of Soufriere has been awarded Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017 at the West Lake High School, Fulton County, Georgia, where she has been teaching biology for 10 years. The former Soufriere Comprehensive Secondary School (SCSS) student was surrounded by her husband of 18 years Denzil Peter Johny, children Kahlil and Caitlyn, and other members of her family, when she ...

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Young Leaders to help curb suicide rate in Babonneau

PRESS RELEASE – The Young Leaders Club of the Babonneau Secondary School exercised their right in true democratic style this morning. Students were elated to be part of the voting process to elect a new executive for the club. Fifty students joined the queue, inked their fingers and voted. By the end of the morning all fifty members of the ...

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Saint Lucia announces Soleil – Summer Festival

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia, whose global reputation for quality entertainment is built on 25 years of experience hosting the Saint Lucia Jazz & Arts festival, announces SOLEIL – the Saint Lucia Summer Festival, a series of six festivals taking place from May through October. During a launch held on Thursday, February 2, at the Bay Gardens Hotel; Prime Minister, Hon. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ricky T in finals of Trinidad Chutney Soca Monarch

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T is in the finals of the Trinidad Chutney Soca Monarch competition with “True Rum Drinka Remix”. The song, with Chutney Soca Star Hunter, was released last week. This is the first time a Saint Lucian will compete in the Chutney Soca Monarch Finals in Trinidad. Ricky T and Hunter are one of nine finalists ...

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Male in custody in connection with double homicide

Police are continuing their investigation into yesterday’s double homicide in La Clery. According to sources, a male, believed to be the prime suspect in the killings, was picked up yesterday, but no charges have been filed pending further investigations, sources say. According to local laws, the identity of a suspect is withheld until charged. The individual would be released without charge if ...

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Imposter targets young women with job offers at Ladera Resort

PRESS RELEASE – It has come to the attention of the management of Ladera Resort that some person or persons referring to himself/themselves as “Kevin Smith” is representing himself/themselves as an employee of Ladera Resort and is contacting young women with offers of interviews and employment at Ladera. No one by the name of “Kevin Smith” is employed at Ladera ...

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UPDATED: Labour Commissioner’s intervention requested in “boiling dispute”

PRESS RELEASE – The National Workers Union (NWU) has requested the intervention of Labour Commissioner, Mr. Ray Narcisse in a boiling dispute between the Government Negotiating Unit and the NWU. The NWU in its letter dated pointed out that during the last Government/NWU negotiation session, it was agreed that Government would undertake a study among Community Health Aides employed with ...

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St. Lucia focuses on restoring “dying” mangrove in Vieux Fort

PRESS RELEASE – World Wetlands Day is celebrated annually on February 2nd. This year’s theme is “Wetlands for Disaster Risk Reduction”. Climate change is a real threat and St. Lucia as a small island nation is very vulnerable. Building resilience and adapting so that we are better able to cope and recover from natural hazards is paramount. Wetlands defined as ...

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Couple allegedly received death threats

Friends and relatives of double homicide victims Sandrina Joseph and Jeffery ‘Shingay’ Arbella have alleged that the couple received death threats before their demise. Arbella’s sister, Alana Christopher, said her brother, who living with the woman and taking care of her two children, was allegedly threatened by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend. A resident, speaking on condition of anonymity, alleges that Joseph had told ...

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Couple stabbed to death in bed (see photos)

Homicide victims Sandrina Joseph and Jeffery ‘Shingay’ Arbella were apparently asleep when they were attacked at their Tamarind Heights, Active Hill residence in La Clery, Castries. Their bodies were discovered this morning. Photos being circulated on social media, and obtained by St. Lucia News Online (SNO), show the woman’s body face down on the bed,  half covered in a sheet, while ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Couple found stabbed to death at Active Hill

A Tamarind Heights, Active Hill couple were found stabbed to death at their home this morning. The bodies of Sandrina Joseph and Jeffrey Arbella were discovered by the dead woman’s children. It is alleged that the woman’s ex-boyfriend had threatened to kill the couple. We will provide you with more details later. (29)(18)

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Bail for students charged with assaulting Babonneau cop

Three male students who were arrested for assaulting a police officer in front the Babonneau Police Station on Monday (Jan. 30), were granted bail when they appeared in court today. Rashard Remy, 16, of Morne Du Don and Gurshan James, 16, of La Croix, Babonneau, were charged for the offences of disorder or causing obstruction, resisting lawful arrest and assault. ...

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Dozens of illegal firearms seized by police in 2016

During the past year, police have managed to seize a total of 35 illegal firearms during various operations and searches. Acting Police Commissioner Milton Desir said that this number forms part of the police statistics for 2016. Police have in the past raised concerns that a majority of illegal firearms are at the centre of many incidents involving serious and ...

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UPDATED: Fatal accident victim identified as Castries resident

A pedestrian who was hit by a truck on the Sans Souci bridge, Castries has been identified as Zane Philip. The accident occurred after around 7:30 p.m. Monday (Jan.30). Phillip, 22, of L’Anse Road, Castries was reportedly hit by a truck bearing registration number TE 1824. At the time of the accident, the truck was travelling on the John Compton Highway, along ...

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Lambirds Academy saga settled; CEO still faces charges

Over two years of countless court hearings and equal delays, students of Lambirds Academy, have finally received a fair deal. This is according to the island’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Daasrean Greene, who said the matter was settled through mediation between the owners of Lambirds Academy and the affected students. The attorney representing Chief Executive Officer Dr. Iftekhar Shams, said that ...

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Forensic Lab to reopen in six months

National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has announced plans to have the Forensic Lab reopened in six months under a new Public-Private Partnership agreement (PPP). The minister revealed on Monday that the government has come to an agreement with Trinidadian-based forensic company to help manage the country’s forensic facility. But the only issue that is affecting the lab’s reopening at this ...

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Gov’t to hold more public consultations on DSH project

People in the South of the island, particularly those living in Vieux Fort, will have the opportunity to ask as much questions as possible about the proposed $US 2.6 billion Desert Star Holding (DSH) project in Vieux Fort. As part of a series of ongoing consultations, government and Invest Saint Lucia officials, will hold a meeting with people in the ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Students arrested for assaulting Babonneau cop

Three male students have been arrested for assaulting a police officer in front the Babonneau Police Station Monday afternoon (Jan. 30), police officials say. The three students,  who attend the Babonneau Secondary School, are scheduled to be charged tomorrow. Reports are that the male officer was assaulted after he went to investigate a commotion outside the station. He sustained minor ...

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Male tourist, female expose their private parts at street party

A sexually explicit video has gone viral on Saint Lucia where a white male tourist and a black female, were seen exposing their private parts. The video which was uploaded on social media website, Facebook, has been shared and viewed hundreds of times within minutes of being posted. The unidentified duo were at the Gros Islet street party, when the ...

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Chastanet concerned about sudden shift in US policy

United States (US) President Donald Trump’s wide-ranging executive actions tightening border security— and the prospect of additional measures — mark a sharp shift in US policy. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet acknowledged this during a press conference on Monday. Chastanet said while the recent ban on citizens of some highly-populated Muslim nations will be directly affected, there is no indication as ...

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St. Lucia to lobby for change to US deportation policy: PM

The Caribbean has been battling with thousands of criminal and other deportees to the region since the United States (US) immigration reforms in 1996, and Saint Lucia is in fact one of the affected countries. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said however that his government plans to continue to lobby for an international treaty to deal with the situation, since Saint Lucia ...

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Gov’t mulls raising age of consent

Serious consideration is being given to raising the age of consent in Saint Lucia, due to what Minister of National Security Minister Hermangild Francis describes as a breakdown in the island’s social fabric. The minister told a media conference on Monday (Jan.30) that he has had discussions with Attorney General Stephen Julien about the possibility of raising the age of ...

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No peace until DSH project is renegotiated, says Dr. Kenny Anthony

High ranking members of the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) on Sunday addressed residents of Vieux Fort, calling on the government to renegotiate the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement. This was the party’s first political meeting since losing the June 2016 election to the United Workers Party (UWP). Former leader of the SLP and Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony raised several ...

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Post mortem conducted on Sunbuilt homicide victim

PRESS RELEASE – A post mortem examination was conducted upon the body of fifty two (52) year old resident of Sunbuilt Castries, Peter Satney, who succumbed to injuries sustained during a shooting incident at Sunbuilt on Friday, January 27, 2017. The post mortem, conducted by Dr. Heather Emmanuel revealed that he died as a result of hemorrhagic shock secondary to ...

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St. Lucia’s IOC rep criticizes Trump’s immigration ban

As waves of protests continue worldwide over President Trump’s decision to ban visitors from 7 countries, one member of the International Olympic Committee has spoken out against the controversial Executive Order. Richard Peterkin, St. Lucia’s representative to the IOC, used Twitter to voice his opposition to the ban which many has seen as a potential barrier to future US Olympic bids. ...

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National Equine Welfare and Sporting Assn urges more due diligence in DSH project

PRESS RELEASE – In July of 2016, the Pearl of the Caribbean development was announced. In response, the executive of the National Equine Welfare and Sporting Association expressed our concerns in regards to the training of local equestrians, which would afford them a competitive advantage should employment opportunities become available through the development. As an organization whose mandate includes advocating for ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Serious accident on Millenium Highway

Two people were injured tonight in a motor vehicle accident on the Millenium Highway, officials say. The accident occurred after 10 p.m. The Honda motor vehicle, with two males on board, reportedly ran off the road and uprooted a utility pole, officials say. The occupants sustained serious injuries and were transported to hospital by ambulance, officials say. Their condition is unknown ...

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