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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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Castries mayor condemns electricity theft

PRESS RELEASE – Mayor of the City of Castries, His Lordship Peterson D. Francis, has sent a stern warning to vendors and tenants of the Castries Constituency Council who are tapping electricity illegally. This comes after reports of reported illegal connection at the Vendor’s Arcade.  The Castries Mayor says he has every reason to believe that certain tenants may be sourcing ...

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Senate sitting scheduled for Tuesday

PRESS RELEASE – A Sitting of the Senate is scheduled for Tuesday, February 28, 2017 with Papers to be laid and Bills to be presented by the Honourable Minister in the Ministry of Finance and Leader of Government Business. The following Bills are down for consideration: Plan of Arrangement (BAICO) Elections (Amendment) Tuesday’s Sitting is scheduled to commence at 10:00 ...

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Raise Your Voice calls for replacement of NICE

PRESS RELEASE – The National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE) is a direct investment in the social well-being of the underprivileged, specifically women in desperation circumstances and unable to provide their basic needs i.e. food, shelter and clothing, to them this social safety net was seen as an oasis of hope and security. Raise Your Voice Saint Lucia Inc. is ...

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St. Lucian author and community organizer Alene Mathurin to deliver lecture in New York

PRESS RELEASE – Continuing its month-long observance of Saint Lucia’s thirty-eight year of independence, the Consulate General of Saint Lucia in New York invites all nationals residing in the tri-state area to attend a lecture by Ms. Alene Mathurin on the theme of this year’s festivities, “I am Saint Lucia” and the role of Saint Lucians in the diaspora in ...

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“This is what you get when you try to help?” – Sahab’s sister

The family of Canadian Sahab Jamshidi believes the recently-concluded criminal case may have ruined his medical career, according to a report in HamiltonNews.com. Sahab, 34, was on Thursday, Feb. 23 ordered by the High Court to pay a fine of $75,000 for the February 2015 drowning death of four-year-old of Terrell Joshau Elibox, also known as TJ. The money was reportedly ...

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Vehicle fire on Bexon Highway

A car was destroyed by fire on the Bexon Highway on Saturday, Feb. 25. No one was injured. Emergency officials received the report close to 4:30 p.m. The fire occurred next to Central Point, according to officials. The cause of the fire was not immediately known. Meanwhile two vehicle fires were reported on Thursday, Febuary 23. The first, involving a ...

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Office of the PM denounces “Independence Day” Facebook message

PRESS RELEASE – The Office of the Prime Minister states categorically that a recent post to the facebook platform on Independence Day attributed to the Honourable Prime Minister Allen M. Chastanet was not approved by the Office of the Prime Minister. The public is asked to note that the Government of Saint Lucia’s Official statement for Independence Day, February 22nd ...

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VFCCCC petition PM on DSH Project

PRESS RELEASE – The Vieux Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC) on Friday, 24th February 2017 delivered a Petition to the Office of The Prime Minister expressing the concerns of the people in the Vieux Fort Community and by extension St. Lucians, of the DSH Project for Vieux Fort. This petition was also copied to the Governor General, Leader ...

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Proposed dolphin facility at Pigeon Island not good for St. Lucia’s image, says Devaux family

In an open letter, dated Feb. 23, 2017 to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, on the 38th anniversary of the opening of the Pigeon Island National Park, the Devaux family has called on Chastanet to stop the proposed dolphin facility at Pigeon Island. The family said this commercial activity will destroy the “essence” of Pigeon Island and the negative publicity surrounding ...

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Castries Lions partner with Dunnotar School

PRESS RELEASE – Monday February 20 the Lions of Castries partnered with the Teachers, staff and students of the Dunnottar School in the staging of their annual Sports Meet.    The  annual sports meet which took place at the Saab playing field Vigie,  saw students participating in a number of races including  sack race, fill the bottle, 50 and 100 ...

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SLAA to host Independence Invitational

PRESS RELEASE – The St Lucia Athletics Association will be hosting the annual Independence Invitational on Saturday February 25th and Sunday February 26th, 2017 at the George Odlum Stadium. The Championship will begin at 10:00am on each day. Presently over three hundred athletes have registered for the two day event, representing clubs from around the island. Come help us celebrate ...

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UPDATED: City chopping victim identified

A young man, who was chased by three males and chopped by one of them,  has been identified as 25-year-old Dwayne Auguste, police said. The incident occurred around 7 p.m. on Jeremie Street, Castries, near the CDC building facing the market and the court, according to several eyewitness reports. An eyewitness said “three males were seen running after one unknown ...

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WhatsApp makes changes to its ‘status’ feature

BUSINESS TODAY – In a nod to its past as well as its future, WhatsApp is adding a “status” feature that lets users tell their contacts what they are up to. It’s not a new idea – WhatsApp started out as a way for people to let their friends know what they are up to – at work or available, ...

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Soufriere Foundation formalizing management of port Soufriere

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) has assumed management of the jetties in port Soufriere; the main dock, a boardwalk facility, the Fisheries Complex unit and now a smaller pier located on the Hummingbird beach in Soufriere. The project which commenced last year was projected to be completed in two phases. With a goal set to fully ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Sahab Jamshidi ordered to pay up or jail

Sahab Jamshidi is a free man. The Canadian national, who was charged in connection with the drowning death of four-year-old Terrel ‘TJ Elibox in early 2015, was today, as part of his sentencing in the High Court, was ordered to pay $75,000 in compensation to the estate of the deceased or serve three years in jail till paid. Jamshidi has reportedly ...

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Top chef from Channel Islands to debut in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – Chef Simon McKenzie from the Channel Islands will make his debut in Saint Lucia at a special guest chef at The Cliff At Cap St Lucia alongside Caribbean Hotel Chef of the Year 2016 Chef Craig Jones this weekend. Chef Simon McKenzie is the executive chef at the five star The Old Government House Hotel and Spa ...

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UPDATED: Two injured in Bexon Highway crash

Two persons sustained injuries when a motorcycle they were riding collided with a minibus on the Bexon Highway around 9 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 22. The victims are reported to be a 48-year-old male and a 21-year-old female. The male sustained lacerations and abrasions to both legs while the female sustained lacerations to her left knee. Both were transported to Victoria ...

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UPDATED PHOTOS: Motor vehicle accident at Dennery

A motor vehicle accident occurred near the gas station in Richfond, Dennery on Wednesday, Feb. 22. Reports are that a motor vehicle ran into a pole. The number of persons injured and the condition of the injured are unknown at this time. The accident occurred around 9:30 p.m. Emergency units from Micoud and Dennery responded. (9)(4)

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BREAKING NEWS: Accident on Bexon Highway

At least one person is injured after a motorcycle collided with a minibus near the Bexon Health Centre on the Bexon Highway a few minutes ago. The man, believed to be the motorcyclist, was reportedly still on the ground at the time of filing this report. The accident occurred around 9 p.m. More details as soon as they become available. ...

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Ricky T releases Independence present to St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T has released an Independence 38 tribute to his homeland called “Sweet St Lucia”. This is the first song Ricky T has recorded about Saint Lucia. On its own, this makes the song a standout in a career that spans decades and has been full of accolades. Perhaps influenced by his long absences from ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Pedestrian hit by truck

A 51-year-old pedestrian was hit by a truck on Darling Road, Castries around 7 p.m. today (Tuesday), officials have said. The victim, Martin Williams, was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulance in serious condition, officials said. He reportedly sustained injuries to his head, chest and left arm. Williams was reportedly heading into city central by foot when he was struck, ...

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Beausejour Agriculture workers accuse management of victimisation

After one week of industrial action, workers at the Beausejour Agriculture Complex in Vieux-Fort still have no inkling when their occupational health and safety issues will be addressed. And they are determined to stay off their jobs until the situation improves at their work place. They described the dilapidated building in which they work “an eyesore”. According to the workers, ...

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Police praises public for arrests in Vieux Fort shooting

The Vieux-Fort police are attributing their recent arrest of two men during their investigations into the shooting of a resident of Vieux-Fort on Monday morning to the cooperation of the public. “The public has given us a 100 percent cooperation, as it relates to such incident. Had it not been for their assistance the arrest would not have been made…” ...

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Taiwan gift of computers helps students in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – Students at a hospitality training school in the Caribbean nation of St. Lucia are learning with the help of 35 new computer work stations, a gift made possible by Ambassador Ray Mou of the Republic of China (Taiwan), a diplomatic representative in St. Lucia. The workstations from California-based Ncomputing can turn one PC into a multi-user host ...

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Flow salutes record-setting Levern Spencer

PRESS RELEASE – Flow has lavished praised on its Brand Ambassador and Saint Lucia’s most victorious athlete, Levern Spencer, following her success in capturing the Sportswoman of the Year award for the record 14th time at last weekend’s National Sports Awards ceremony. Levern’s achievement sparked a flurry of tributes to an athlete who, with a plethora of medals, regional, international, ...

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SLASPA advises general public on use of drones, other aerial devices

PRESS RELEASE – The Airports Division of the Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA) is reminding the general public and organizations, that formal application should be made to the Civil Aviation Department in the Ministry of Economic Development, Urban Renewal, Housing, Transport and Civil Aviation for approval to operate aerial devices such as drones, kites, fireworks, sky lanterns, ...

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French Navy vessel to dock in Castries

PRESS RELEASE – The Batral “Dumont D’Urville” of the French Navy will be docked at Castries harbour, Saint Lucia, making a courtesy call during three days, from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd February 2017. This call is on the occasion of the celebration of the 38th Independence Anniversary of Saint Lucia. INTRODUCTION The “Dumont D’Urville” is the third of five ...

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Sunwing Foundation donates to Oliver Gobat fund

PRESS RELEASE – The Sunwing Foundation announced this week that it has made a $10,000 donation to The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS). Established in remembrance of Saint Lucian athlete, Oliver Gobat, whose life was tragically cut short in 2014 as he prepared to compete in the Commonwealth Games; the fund was set up to encourage young Saint Lucians to pursue their sporting ...

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SLP calls for frank and full disclosure on Ernst and Young

PRESS RELEASE – Over the past few weeks the people of Saint Lucia have been made aware that an accounting firm, Ernst and Young, is heavily involved in shaping economic policy for the Government of Saint Lucia. First, Ernst and Young was engaged in doing a tax audit for the Government. Reports indicate that Ernst and Young were paid EC$620,000.00 ...

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Lobster season closes soon

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Fisheries reminds all lobster purchasers and the general public that the Lobster fishery will close on Tuesday February 28, 2017. As we approach the final 7 days in the Lobster open fishery, the Department urges all purchasers to reduce the quantity of lobsters they purchase and actively monitor any remaining stocks. Be reminded that ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Belair man “severely” chopped

A middle-aged man from Belair was hospitalised in serious condition after sustaining multiple chop wounds in the Chopin/Barres Denis area around 12:50 p.m. The victim has been identified as 54-year-old Cuthbert Polius. He is currently at Victoria Hospital. Police said he sustained wounds to his upper body, particularly his face, neck, back, left forearm and hands. “The victim was severely ...

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St. Lucia readies for National Colours Day, Youth Exposé and Best of Saint Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – Minister with responsibility for Culture and Local Government Senator Fortuna Belrose has called on all Saint Lucians to continue to embrace activities for Saint Lucia’s 38th Anniversary of Independence which culminates on Wednesday February 22nd 2017. On Sunday February 19th, the Government of Saint Lucia hosted a successful “Prayer, Praise and Worship” session at the Daren Sammy ...

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Activities for St. Lucia 38th Independence

PRESS RELEASE – Darren Sammy Cricket Ground 8:30am Military Parade 11:30am National Independence Rally SPEKTAK STE LISI 10:00am – 10:00pm Food Fair Seafood Fiesta and Meat Fest Grand Exhibition Secret Band Dance Troupes Grand Display and stunts by My Motor X Riders from St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Barbados Comedy EvaLucian Band- with Arthur Michael Robinson Olivia Abraham Ricky T ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Woman shot in Vieux Fort

Police are investigating the shooting of a woman in the town of Vieux Fort shortly after midnight today. The victim, Tisha Collymore of Bruceville, was shot in her left leg at Westhall Group, Vieux Fort, police said. She has been admitted to hospital in stable condition. A source with knowledge of the case, could not divulge the motive for the ...

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PHOTO UPDATE: Charred body found in building

The charred body of an elderly man was found in a burned out building at Monchy. The man has been identified as 80-year-old Joseph Alcide, who is believed to be of unsound mind. The Gros Islet Fire Station responded at 5:45 a.m. The wooden structure was completely destroyed. The cause of the fire is still unknown. More to come.   ...

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Car slams into house at Grande Riviere (video)

Occupants of a house in Grande Riviere narrowly escaped injuries when a motor car ran off the road and slammed into the building early this morning. The car, a toyota station wagon, first tore through a fence before coming to a stop at the wall bordering a bedroom in the house. The accident reportedly at occurred around 12:40 AM Sunday ...

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Minor accident at Bois d’Orange

St. Lucia News Online has received reports of a minor accident at Bois d’Orange. The accident reportedly took place at about 1:55 PM. Reports are that one Audi SUV and a motor car were heading in opposite directions when the accident occurred. Police officers are now reportedly at the scene. There were no reports of injuries. (0)(1)

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Sherwinn Brice winner of the Inaugural Jako Prize

PRESS RELEASE – Held Sunday February 5, at the tail end of the 2017 Nobel Laureate Festival, the 2nd edition of the Vieux Fort Nobel Laureate Literary Night was an event of high quality that definitely met the goals of the organizers of staging activities in Vieux Fort to match national calendar events that meet and exceed international standards. The ...

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