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Gems of St. Lucia, Motivate Canada boost football initiative in VF

PRESS RELEASE – “Gems of Saint Lucia” has successfully collaborated with Motivate Canada, who donated soccer equipment, to assist in the development of soccer in Vieux Fort South, through coach, Mr. Emmanuel Bellas. This initiative is part of a broader objective, which is aimed at building a strong link between Motivate Canada, Ottawa and Vieux Fort. This initiative was also ...

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Mayor vows to rid Castries of stray dogs

PRESS RELEASE – The Mayor of Castries has expressed his commitment to rid the capital of stray dogs. His Lordship Peterson D. Francis remains concern but resolute in his aim after pronouncements sometime last year that there was an immediate need to clear the City of Castries of the stray animals. “The number of stray dogs in the country’s capital ...

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Morne Du Don man stabbed over Armor All

A 54-year-old man is now in stable condition at Victoria Hospital after he was stabbed in the abdomen yesterday afternoon. Crispin Brouet, a resident of Morne Du Don, Castries, told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an interview today that he was stabbed by a man whom he accused of stealing his bottle of Armor All, a car-cleaning product. Brouet ...

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St. Lucian woman’s advocacy group featured in New York Times

Alene Mathurin’s My Nanny Circle, a group focusing on the training and empowering of caregivers, was featured in The New York Times yesterday, Feb. 16. Mathurin held a seminar last Saturday in Midtown, which, according to the newspaper, covered topics like early-childhood development, résumé building and mental health. About 90 nannies attended, according to the report. My Nanny Circle was ...

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OECS seeking young entrepreneurs

PRESS RELEASE – The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), is seeking to identify 30 young entrepreneurs making strides in their respective business endeavours, through its 30 Under 30 in Entrepreneurship initiative. Thirty young entrepreneurs under the age of 30 will be recognized as examples of youth success in entrepreneurship.  They will be accepted as a cohort for business support by the OECS ...

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UPDATED: Policeman charged for Marigot homicide

Police constable and former double calypso champion Gilroy ‘Gillo’ Gaston has been charged with the fatal shooting of a man in Marigot on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. According to the Police Information Office, Gaston was charged with “death caused by gross negligence or recklessness, Contrary to Section 92 of the Criminal Code Chapter 3.01 of the Revised Laws of St. Lucia ...

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Pierrot Combined School organises demonstration of love in school, communities

PRESS RELEASE – The Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) of the Pierrot Combined School has joined with the school’s principal, Mrs. Eugenie Paul-Moonie and the rest of the staff in a demonstration of ‘Love’ throughout the school and its neighbouring communities. At the commencement of the new calendar year, Mrs. Paul-Moonie emphasized on the theme ‘I Love You’ to all her ...

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St. Lucia to host UWI budget meetings

PRESS RELEASE – The University of the West Indies (UWI) is pleased to announce that the Government of Saint Lucia will host the annual meetings of the Technical Advisory Committees (TACs) to the Grants Committees of The University of the West Indies (UWI), at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Rodney Bay Village, on February 20-21, 2017. These meetings examine the University’s ...

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CARIBBEAN: Five primary school students in T&T test positive for HIV

JAMAICA OBSERVER – At least five primary school students have tested positive for the HIV virus and several others have engaged in sexual activities “willingly” Parliamentarians in Trinidad and Tobago have been told. Appearing before a Joint Select Committee (JSC) of Parliament on Wednesday, officials from the Ministries of Education and Health confirmed that the five students, aged seven to ...

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“Re-instate laptop program” – SLP

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party is horrified by comments made by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet on a local radio call-in programme where he said, that there was no budgetary allocation for laptops made available to students by the Labour Government. Hence the reason why the UWP government was not guaranteeing laptops to students for the year 2017. ...

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NWU comments on DSH project for the south

PRESS RELEASE – The National Workers Union (NWU) is pleased with the engagement of groups, stakeholders and other concerned interests on the proposed two billion DSH investment project for the southern part of the country. The NWU is also firm in its opinion that a certain level of democracy is still alive in Saint Lucia which has provided political parties ...

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Motorcycle accident puts resort employee “out of action”

Financial help is being sought for a Cap Maison employee who was involved in a horrific traffic accident just over a week ago. Lee Henry of Morne Du Don, Castries broke both legs when his motorcycle collided with another motorcycle on the Vide Boutielle Highway around 10:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8. He was reportedly on his way home from ...

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Culvert work near St. Benedict’s Church to begin

PRESS RELEASE – The public is hereby informed that construction works to reinstate a broken culvert at the intersection near the St. Benedict’s Catholic Church, Morne Fortune, Castries is expected to commence on Thursday February 16, 2017.   The projected completion date is Tuesday, February 28, 2017. Motorists and the general public are urged to proceed with caution and adhere ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Soufriere toddler injured by flare gun explosion

A 20-month-old female from the town of Soufriere was injured last night (Feb. 15) a result of an alleged accidental flare-gun explosion, according to reliable sources. The toddler was reported to be in stable condition at the time of posting this report. She was taken to Soufriere Hospital then to St. Jude Hospital where she was treated for a wound to ...

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St. Lucia to see more frequent major hurricanes due to climate change

PRESS RELEASE – OECS Member States have been urged to prepare for more extreme weather conditions and natural disasters as a result of Climate Change. The caution has come from Crispin d’Auvergne, St. Lucia’s Chief Sustainable Development Officer, who was a Contributing Panelist at a Climate Change Forum hosted by the OECS Commission at the Fort Young Hotel in Dominica ...

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David Rudder with Andy Narell – final addition to Saint Lucia Jazz Festival

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia (February 15, 2017) – The Events Company of Saint Lucia (Events St. Lucia) is excited to announce the addition of a David Rudder/Andy Narell collaboration on the 2017 Saint Lucia Jazz Festival lineup, in the inaugural year of Soleil Saint Lucia Summer Festival. Both Rudder and Narell have previously graced Saint Lucia Jazz stages to appreciative ...

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“Fracas” between talk show host Christopher Hunte and caller prompts apology

Choice TV has apologised publicly over a local talk show broadcast this week, in which its host Christopher Hunte and caller Dale Elliot threw allegations at each other. A clip of the exchange between Hunte and the journalist/businessman on Politically Incorrect has gone viral. Below is the apology, which was also posted on the stations’s Facebook page. “A recent broadcast of ...

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UPDATED: Funeral service for double homicide victims

The funeral service for double homicide victims Jeffery Abella and Sandrina Joseph is being held today, Feb. 15 at the Our Lady of Fatima Roman Catholic Church in La Clery, Castries. Interment is at the Choc Cemetery. The funeral service follows a candlelight vigil held for the victims in La Clery last evening. Government Minister and Castries North Parliamentary Representative Stephenson ...

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Rose Hill man stabbed in stomach and chest; several wounding incidents reported on V’Day

Police officials have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that they received two formal reports of stabbing incidents that occurred in the city of Castries yesteray, Valentine’s Day, but noted that other incidents likely occurred but were not officially reported. In one report, a 47-year-old male resident of Rose Hill was stabbed in the stomach and chest at Cedars. In ...

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Letter writer Sharon Frederick asked to contact St. Jude Hospital

Dear Sharon Frederick: St Jude Hospital is aware of your letter posted on St Lucia News Online and dated February 14, 2017 regarding concerns about the service at our hospital. We are sorry to learn of the experience of your parents. St Jude Hospital takes our responsibility to providing the best possible care to our patients very seriously and actively ...

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Critically-injured accident victim requires urgent surgery

A relative said 28-year-old Kyle Joseph was “critically injured” in a motor vehicle accident on Jan. 27, 2017 and requires surgery to repair his “spinal column”. However, the family is seeking assistance from the public to offset some of the costs associated with the surgery. Kyle’s cousin, Rosa Joseph, has set up an account on fundraising website GoFundMe to faciliate donations. ...

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BOSL employee receives CAB Chartered Banker Scholarship Award

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Association of Banks (CAB) is excited to announce the winner of a 100% Scholarship award to pursue the Chartered Banker MBA programme with a leading UK Business School, the Bangor University. In collaboration with the Bangor University Business School, the CAB has been able to extend this significant opportunity to its members. On the basis ...

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Sandals announces new overwater bungalows in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – After the huge success of debuting the Caribbean’s first-ever Over-the-Water Villas in Jamaica, Sandals Resorts is thrilled to announce nine new Over the Water Honeymoon Butler Bungalows at Sandals Grande St. Lucian, which are available for bookings now for travel beginning in May 2017. These new over-the-water bungalows boast glass floor panels, a private outdoor Tranquility Soaking ...

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SLDB launches logo competition

GIS – In anticipation of the upcoming launch of the Climate Adaptation Financing Facility (CAFF), the Saint Lucia Development Bank (SLBD) is inviting interested persons to design a logo that will serve as the visual identity of the new loan facility. The logo should be creative, innovative and professional and should reflect the SLDB’s mandate—“Affording opportunity for all,” and the aim of ...

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Dennery water project set to launch

GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia will, this week, host the project launch for the Dennery Water Supply Redevelopment Project. The project aims to resolve the issues of poor water quality and an unreliable supply affecting the east coast village. Saint Lucia, through the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), received a grant from the Government of Mexico ...

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UPDATED: Chopping in Castries

A young man was hospitalised following a chopping incident in the city of Castries this afternoon. According to sources, the victim, who is a resident of Cedars, Castries, was chopped on the right shoulder after he accosted someone whom he suspected of stealing a close relative’s chain sometime ago. It is alleged that the perpetrator is a friend of the suspected chain ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Stabbing/chopping incidents in Castries city

St. Lucia News Online (SNO) has received reports of two separate wounding incidents in the city of Castries this afternoon. The first incident, allegedly a chopping, is reported to have occurred around 5 p.m.. The victim was picked up at the M&C drug store and transported to hospital. The second incident, a stabbing, occurred around 5:13 p.m. on Chaussee road. ...

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St. Lucian, Venezuelans caught with over US$500,000 cash appear in court

Three men, including a St. Lucian, who have been charged with money laundering in connection with the possession of over US$500,000 in cash in two separate incidents, appeared in court today. St. Lucian Anthony Jaye was granted $18,000 bail or suitable surety and ordered to report to the Rodney Bay Police Station three times weekly. He was also ordered to surrender ...

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Action to be taken against Vieux-Fort vendors

Street vendors in Vieux-Fort town are having things their way. Over the years, they have defied orders from both the police and the Vieux-Fort South Constituency Council to vacate the sidewalks. And now Inspector Marcellinus Leonce of the Vieux-Fort Police Station intends to put a stop to it. He said it’s time the law be reinforced. “I will ensure that ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Tense situation at Beausejour Agricultural Complex

Occupational health and safety issues at the Beausejour Agricultural Complex in Vieux-Fort has led to the staff there going on what they described as a “sick-out”. But Officer in Charge at the St. Lucia Civil Service Association, Mike Stephen Aubertin, told this reporter it’s not a sick out. According to him, the staff was asked to remove themselves from an ...

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St Lucia government called on to restructure ministries

PRESS RELEASE – After an intensive review of the current structure and operations of Saint Lucia’s ministry of tourism and the ministry of external affairs, the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM) said that the island might be better served if they were not headed by elected officials. Speaking on behalf of the LPM, the party’s political leader, Therold Prudent, insisted that ...

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SRDF attacking crime against visitors in Soufriere

The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) is making a determined attempt to deal with crime against visitors in the community. Executive director of the foundation, Jimmy Haynes, described the problem as “very serious and frustrating”. He said Soufriere largely depends on the foreign dollar and as a result should not tolerate such criminal activity. Over the past two months, there ...

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BCCC St. Lucia supports move by British MPs to fast-track visa for Commonwealth

PRESS RELEASE – The British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce in Saint Lucia has welcomed a move by 45 British Members of Parliament to persuade the UK Home Secretary, The Rt. Hon. Amber Rudd MP, that Commonwealth citizens should have UK visas fast-tracked after Brexit and that the Registered Traveller Scheme should be further expanded to include additional Commonwealth countries. There ...

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Stephenson King travels to Canada to assess Farm Worker Programme

PRESS RELEASE – In August 2016, a four (4) member delegation, inclusive of the Minister with responsibility for Labour, Honorable Stephenson King, travelled to Canada to assess the Seasonal Farm Worker Programme. Saint Lucia’s attendance at the annual review meeting added value to the programme and as a result, Mr. Jean-Yves Renel a farm owner from Canada expressed an interest ...

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Parent concerned over son’s treatment

A resident of La Haut, Mon Repos resident is planning to take legal action after her son sustained a head injury at the Mon Repos Combined School on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Tresslyn Mathurin, 30, alleges that the school did not contact her after 10-year-old Luwis Mathurin sustained a wound while playing on the “court” after school. She is also upset that Luwis ...

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Castries resident is 100 not out

Another resident of Castries East has made it to the 100 mark. Yesterday, the Charles, Phillip, Jolie, Recai, Francois, and Jean families joined with the community of Batson Rene Avenue in Entrepot, Castries, to celebrate with Anne-Marie Agnes Mapp (better known as Gee). Recounting fond memories of the centenarian, both Alison Jean and Jacinta Francois Recai, believes that her stress-free ...

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Government of Cuba offers scholarship to St. Lucian students

  PRESS RELEASE – The Government of the Republic of Cuba is offering scholarships to eligible Saint Lucian nationals to pursue studies at the Bachelor’s and Postgraduate levels, tenable at Universities in the Republic of Cuba for the academic year commencing August 2017.   There are thirteen (13) scholarships available; eleven (11) scholarships for studies at the undergraduate level and ...

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Musician Gordon ‘Chacom’ Leon passes away

Veteran St. Lucian musician Gordon Gene Leon, aka ‘Chacom’, died on Friday, Feb. 10 – about eights months after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. He was 60 years old. Leon was born and raised in Marchand, Castries but spent most of his school years in Trinidad. His official entry into music began when he joined the Diamond Steel Ochestra but bloomed when he ...

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Second Forum on Pearl of the Caribbean Project to be held

PRESS RELEASE – The St. Lucia Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture is pleased to announce the second Forum to discuss the much talked about Pearl of the Caribbean Project. The first, took place in Vieux Fort on February 8th 2017 with resounding success. Members of the Business Community in the north of the island are invited to take part ...

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UPDATE: Man charged in homicide at Marisule

PRESS RELEASE – On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, forty three (43) year old Peter Thomas of Union, was formally charged for causing the death of seventy six (76) year old, Ann Rose Raymond of Marisule. Peter Thomas was charged for the offence of Capital Murder, Contrary to Section 86 of the Criminal Code Chapter 3.01 of the Revised Laws of ...

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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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