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The King takes a Queen: Former Calypso monarch ‘Ashanti’ marries

The people’s calypso king Herman ‘Ashanti’ Hippolyte over the weekend married the love of his life. The ceremony was held on Saturday at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries. In an exclusive interview with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) just before he tied the knot, Hippolyte said, “I am very very, very happy today. This is the ...

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Motorcyclist shot in chase with police

A motorcyclist was shot by police on Monday morning after the motorcycle operator fled from an off duty police officer, who went after him for hitting his vehicle. The incident happened at Paix Bouche, Babonneau around 11:45 a.m Monday (Nov.14). The motorcyclist has been identified as a Babonneau resident by the name of Rick Sebastien. Reports are that Sebastien refused to stop ...

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Keyshawn Alphonse to represent St. Lucia at Courts OECS Schools Reading Competition

PRESS RELEASE – Local Furniture and Electrical superstore Courts will be hosting the eighth annual Schools Reading competition on Wednesday November 16th 2106 in St. Kitts and Nevis. The company hosted the National level of the competition on October 14th 2016 and saw eight finalists from the districts across the island competing for $2000 in cash plus $2000 for their ...

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Fuel prices rise

PRESS RELEASE – 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), Diesel per gallon and the LPG 20, 22, and 100 lb cylinders have been changed. The price of diesel per litre and kerosene remains unchanged. Please ...

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Caribbean govts urged to prepare for more criminal deportees under Trump

NAN – Caribbean governments are being warned to prepare for more criminal deportees to the region under the Donald Trump administration. The warning comes from Irwine G. Clare, Sr. O.D., head of the Caribbean Immigrant Services in New York on the heels of the President-elect’s vow in a 60 Minutes interview aired Sunday, that he will deport 2-3 million criminal ...

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Car recovered after plunging into Castries Harbor

Divers recovered a vehicle Sunday afternoon that had plunged into the Castries Harbor. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) was told by one of the divers, former Police Press Officer Maryanna Leonce, that no one was found in the red Honda vehicle. Reports are that the vehicle plunged into the harbor early Saturday morning. It is not clear how it ended ...

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Caribbean declared measles free

PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean, and countries of the Americas, are first in the world to be declared free of local measles transmission. This historic announcement was recently made by the International Expert Committee for Documenting and Verifying Measles, Rubella, and Congenital Rubella Syndrome Elimination in the Americas at the 55th Directing Council of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health ...

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Bail granted to suspect in 2011 murder of former St. Lucia Carnival Queen contestant

The man accused of murdering Alisha Hunte, a former St. Lucia Carnival Queen contestant, was granted bail in the sum of $100,000, when he made an appearance at the Criminal Court on Friday. Tristan Francis, the boyfriend of the deceased, who was represented by Attorney-at-Law Leslie Mondesir was charged with the capital offense. He appeared before Justice Francis Cumberbatch. Francis is expected to ...

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Gov’t reassures Choiseul Secondary School students

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has given assurances that efforts to address the deplorable conditions at the Choiseul Secondary School are being fast tracked. Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation on Tuesday, November 8, made a statement in Parliament on the “Reconstruction of the Choiseul Secondary School”. Minister Joseph reiterated that funding ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Tourists robbed, culprit arrested

Police officers arrested a man after he was caught robbing a tourist couple at St Louis Street, Castries on Friday morning. The incident occurred sometime around 9:30.a.m. Eyewitness told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that the couple were walking along the busy Castries street, when the alleged robber confronted them and snatched a chain off the woman’s neck. In an attempt ...

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Minister Fedee addresses mismanagement at SLTB

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Tourist Board is now entering a period of significant transition. Minister for Tourism Honourable Dominic Fedee on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 spoke at length in Parliament to explain why Government was compelled to make some pivotal moves to restore the viability of the island’s main economic driver and foreign exchange earner – Tourism. He ...

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Missing St. Lucian woman found

25-y-o Talia Hippolyte, a girl reported missing last Saturday, has been found according to a relative. Hippolyte was located thanks to the help of SNO readers who made contact with her. Hippolyte was reportedly in a depressive state. She was reportedly found in Babonneau. The relative is thanking everyone who assisted in locating her. (36)(0)

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LIAT says passenger travel woes to continue

CNS – LIAT, on Wednesday, blamed its latest round of flights delays and cancellations on the weather and warned that its disruptions are far from over. “Passengers can expect to experience some further delays, and some disruption is expected for the coming days as we work to improve the situation.” In a new release, management said it is working to restore ...

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Agriculture ministry launches feed the poor project

GIS – The Ministry of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Government of Taiwan and the CARITAS Antilles will undertake a feed the poor project that will benefit a total of 60 primary and secondary schools on the island. The activity involves the planting of fruit trees and vegetable gardens; and the construction of green houses. The Grand Riviere Primary School ...

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Ambassador of France presents credentials

GIS – Newly appointed Ambassador of France to Saint Lucia, His Excellency Philipe Ardanaz, has stated that he hopes to build on the good relations and common history that the two islands share. Ambassador Ardanaz presented his Letters of Credence to Saint Lucia’s Governor General, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy on Nov. 9. He stated that Saint Lucia and France ...

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Woman allegedly attacked by abusive ex, cautions other women

A 22-y-o woman from Dennery is today warning fellow women after she was allegedly assaulted by her ex boyfriend. The incident reportedly occurred yesterday after the woman ended the relationship with the man. The relationship was reportedly ended after the woman found out that the man has a history of being abusive. The man, a 33-y-o from Castries, allegedly drove all the ...

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Guy Joseph claims some civil servants trying to undermine Government

According to Social Economic Development Minister Guy Joseph, there are persons in the civil service that are trying to undermine the sitting St. Lucian Government. Joseph was speaking in response to the protests by 5th form students at the Choiseul Secondary School last week. The minister claimed that plans for the rehabilitation of the fifth form block were already in ...

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17-y-o St. Lucia just a few steps away from becoming Caribbean’s youngest commercial pilot

17-y-o Claire Daisy Charra is currently very close to becoming the youngest commercial pilot in the Caribbean. The young woman, who attended the International School of St. Lucia, is currently training at Cirrus Aviatio, a small flight school in Florida. Charra, who was being interviewed by The Caribbean Scoop, said that persons will not have to worry about such a young pilot ...

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Prime Minister announces VAT reduction

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet last night announced the VAT reduction which has been eagerly awaited by St. Lucians since it was promised in the elections earlier this year. The reduction, which will take effect on February 1, 2017, will pump $52.5 million into the hands of St. Lucians according to the PM. The VAT reduction will see a cut from the ...

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Drunk man attacks, attempts to rape 93-y-o woman

A man is reported to have attacked his 93-y-o aunt in an apparent rape attempt in Desruisseaux early last week. The incident, which occur during a spate of rapes in St. Lucia, occurred after the man reportedly became intoxicated. The elderly woman was able to fight off the man when he made sexual advances towards her. The nephew, believed to be ...

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Former police officer shot in the buttocks

A former St. Lucian police officer was shot in the buttocks in unknown circumstances yesterday afternoon. The former officer, identified as Julius Hippolyte, was shot on George Charles Boulevard in Marchand. The ex police is being treated at hospital. The police are currently investigating. (9)(5)

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BREAKING: Man charge in sexual abuse of 6-y-o girl

A  man in his 20s has been charged for the alleged sexual abuse of a 6-y-o girl. The incident, which is said to have occurred in Dennery, is now being investigated by the police. St. Lucia has been rocked by recent reports of a pregnant 12-y-o who was allegedly impregnated by someone living close to a relative whom she had visited. ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Student protest erupts at Choiseul Secondary

Fifth form students today staged a massive protest at the Choiseul Secondary School. The protest was over what many describes as the poor condition of the school after recent heavy rains. The students complain of broken partitions, flooded classrooms and other issues affecting the 5th form block. Approximately 120 students were involved in the protests, some bearing placards. The problems ...

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Woman involved in alleged job, visa scam released

A woman who is at the height of a massive alleged job and visa scam involving dozens of victims have been released by police. The release occurred yesterday after her 72 hours under arrest had passed. Reports are that the police lack sufficient evidence to pursue charges at this time and are still conducting investigations on the wide-reaching case. SNO ...

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NEMO issues flood advisory for St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – A trough system is currently producing moderate to heavy showers and isolated thunderstorms over the Lesser Antilles.   Due to the recent rains over the weekend, the soil moisture in some parts of the island is relatively high and as a result the possibility of flash flooding is heightened.   Residents in areas prone to flooding and ...

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St. Lucian woman arrested for visa, job scam

A  woman has reportedly been arrested for an elaborate scam involving the issuance of visas and the procurement of jobs overseas. The woman reportedly fleeced St. Lucians of their money by claiming that she is able to get jobs for them in Martinique and France. She also reportedly claimed that she can get birth certificates and passports renewed. More to ...

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Former RSLPF policeman graduates from UWI with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice

PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, 21st October 2016, Leonard Johnny, a retired policeman from the Royal St. Lucia Police Force residing in Choiseul, graduated from the University of the West indies with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. His doctoral thesis entitled, “An Evaluation of the Causes of Delinquency and Violence Displayed by Secondary School Students: ...

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Zouks new owner facing fraud charges in the US

The new owner of the St. Lucia Zouks is currently facing charges of fraud in the US. Jignesh “Jay” Pandya, the owner of Royal Sports Club, based in Philadelphia, is currently facing charges of fraud and operating a ponzi scheme in the US. The charge of fraud was brought to the US courts by plaintiff Jagdish Patel against Pandya and another ...

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Windies not in a ‘happy mood’ with Simmons gone, says Sammy

JAMAICA OBSERVER – Discarded Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy has supported the view of two of his former teammates that the sacking of head coach Phil Simmons has negatively impacted West Indies’ performance in the ongoing series against Pakistan. Speaking here this week, the 32-year-old criticised the West Indies Cricket Board’s decision, noting such actions had now become a trend, and ...

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Father Lambert St. Rose warns cutting religion from schools could set ‘dangerous precedent’

University of the West Indies Mona Campus’ lecturer Dr. Tennyson Joseph’s statement on the removal of religious items from the curriculum of schools has been rebuffed by Father Lambert St. Rose. Josephs, who was speaking at a session of Barbados Senor Parliament on home schooling, said that a universally accepted secular curriculum would eradicate any conflicts which may exist for ...

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PM “dead serious” about getting IMPACS matter resolved

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is “dead serious” about ensuring a resolution to the issues raised in the IMPACS report are addressed. While explaining that he wants to see that the case is dealt with quickly, Chastanet also stated that he will do all that is within his legal right to do, without interfering in the case. “That ...

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