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Gilland Avril wins as St Lucian startups Get In The Ring

(PRESS RELEASE) — Following intense pitch training and a packed program, six startups qualified to participate in the final battle of the 2019 Get In The Ring St Lucia Competition at the Caribbean Cinemas on March 28, 2019. Mr. Gilland Avril of Ngage and Caleb Jallim of Fleek It started off the battles, with Amy Antoine of T&A Household Décor ...

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Statement on Venezuela by Minister for External Affairs Sarah Flood-Beaubrun

(PRESS RELEASE) — Minister with responsibility for External Affairs, Honourable Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, confirmed that Saint Lucia recently voted in favour of accepting the appointment of Mr. Gustavo Tarre as the National Assembly of Venezuela’s designated permanent representative to the Organization of American States, this pending new elections and the appointment of a democratically elected government. Saint Lucia has been on ...

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Saint Lucia to benefit from agreement between Taiwan and The Pan-American Development Foundation

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Embassy of Saint Lucia to the United States participated on April 11 in a signing ceremony between the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) and the Pan-American Development Foundation (PADF), that will amongst other things, support small-scale urban agriculture in Saint Lucia. H.E. Anton Edmunds, Saint Lucia’s ambassador to the United ...

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St Lucia photographer earns National Geographic Educator certification

(PRESS RELEASE) — Soon after completing the University of the West Indies Open Campus NGO Professional Management certification course, St Lucia Photographer Kirk Elliott signed up for the National Geographic Educator certification programme on the recommendation of one of his St Lucia Photo Tours clients, Sandra Turner, who at the time was special assistant to the dean of the Hajim School ...

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Top officials from Prime Minister’s Office and Taiwan Technical Mission tour Banana Productivity Improvement Project

(PRESS RELEASE) — Two top officials from the Prime Minister’s Office along with the Taiwan Technical Mission (ICDF) staff paid a courtesy call and a field visit to some of the project areas of the Banana Productivity Improvement Project (BPIP). The visit, which took place on April 4, 2019 Thursday last week, gave the officials a bird’s eye view of ...

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Dr. Ubaldus Raymond “proceeded on leave” while gov’t carries out investigations

(PRESS RELEASE) — The Government of Saint Lucia has launched investigations into recent information being circulated in the public domain surrounding the Minister for the Public Service and Senator Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond. As a consequence of this initial probe, more information has come to light which warrants further investigations by the relevant authorities. The Government, in seeking to protect ...

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Saint Lucian artiste Cleopatra Jules Baker returns with new single “Grateful” (+video)

(PRESS RELEASE) — Cleopatra Jules Baker announces her return to the music industry after almost two years of silence. This time she returns bearing a life-changing encounter which has diverted her music to the gospel genre. This single announcement is marked as memorable, as this would be the first gospel single ever to be released by Cleopatra. Cleopatra collaborated with ...

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Saint Lucia-born Boucher named NBA G League’s MVP, defender of year

(CBC) — The large group of media gathered around Chris Boucher’s locker before tipoff Monday night caught the eye of some of his Toronto Raptors teammates. Kawhi Leonard mumbled “Big time,” as he walked by. Fred VanVleet yelled “Woo woo!” Malcolm Miller chanted “M-V-P!” Hours before Toronto tipped off against Orlando, Boucher was named both the G League’s most valuable ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors drop all charges against ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett

(CHICAGO TRIBUNE) — In a stunning reversal, Cook County prosecutors on Tuesday dropped all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on disorderly conduct charges for allegedly staging a phony attack and claiming he was the victim of a hate crime. “We believe this outcome is a just disposition and appropriate resolution to this case,” a prosecutor said in announcing the ...

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Home Affairs Minister takes aim at Shane Felix; stop attacking him says firefighter

(SNO) — Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis, has placed Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association, Shane Felix, in his cross hairs as strike by firefighters on the island drags on with no end in sight. Speaking on Real FM’s News Spin with Timothy Poleon on Thursday, Francis said Felix is using the current situation to “re-engineer himself”. “Shane, he ...

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CSA threatens strike action at IRD

(SNO) — The Civil Service Association (CSA) is threatening strike action of its members at the Inland Revenue Department if health and safety issues facing them are not addressed by April 1, 2019. In a letter to Acting Permanent Secretary in the Department of the Public Service, Peggy-Ann Soudat, CSA General Secretary, Claude Paul, said if the issues are not ...

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Minor earthquake felt in Saint Lucia

(SNO) — A 2.8 magnitude earthquake was felt in Saint Lucia on Friday morning, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has reported. It took place at approximately 6:23 a.m. NEMO said that unofficial information indicates that the epicenter of the quake was six miles off the north-east coast of Gros Islet. The depth of the quake was 20 miles. A ...

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Gov’t of Dominica’s legal adviser says PM Chastanet acting like a ‘lone ranger’ in Caribbean

(SNO) — Legal adviser to the government of Dominica, Senior Counsel Tony Astaphan, has said Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is acting like a “lone ranger” in a number of issues affecting the region. His comments came in light of a meeting of five Caribbean leaders, including Chastanet, with US President Donald Trump on Friday where a number of issues, including ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters reject government’s latest offer; strike goes on

(SNO) — There is no end in sight, at least for the time being, in a strike by firefighters after they rejected the latest offers by the Allen Chastanet-led government. A letter, bearing Chastanet’s signature on the latest offers, was promptly rejected by the firefigthers. Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLFA), Shane Felix, said it did not bear ...

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Bexon woman claims rosary saved her life

(SNO) — A woman from Bexon is giving credit to her rosary for protecting her from a bullet and saving her life, MBC Prime has reported. The television networks reported that Martha Fumer, 59, was sitting on her porch on March 16 praying when a shooting took place nearby. She was injured in the incident. Speaking in Creole she explained ...

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SMC, Micoud to play for Massy cricket title

(SNO) — The Grand Finals of the 2019 Massy United Insurance 50 Over Under 19 Schools Cricket Tournament will be contested between St Mary’s College and Micoud Secondary. In the tournament’s semifinals which took place on Wednesday, March 20, St Mary’s College and Micoud Secondary had the better of Sir Arthur Lewis Community College and Corinth Secondary, respectively. At the ...

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Experienced Team Saint Lucia gunning for Caribbean youth netball crown

(SNO) — A capable 12-member Saint Lucia team is set to compete at the 19th Caribbean Netball Association (CNA) Jean Pierre Under-16 netball tournament, set for Antigua and Barbuda later this month. The tournament will be without defending champions, Jamaica. Saint Lucia, the 2018 hosts, finished second last year. Saint Lucia, who were also named the most improved team a ...

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CDB predicts three per cent economic growth for St. Lucia in 2019

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 20, CMC – St. Lucia is expected to record economic growth of three per cent this year with the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) saying that the growth appears poised to increase in large part due to private and public sector construction programmes coming back on stream. In its “Country Economic Review 2018-St. Lucia”, the region’s premier ...

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Question marks over Caribbean unity as selective prime ministers meet with President Trump

ROSEAU, Dominica, Mar 20, CMC – A senior advisor to the Dominica government Wednesday warned of a possible erosion of Caribbean unity as he criticised the decision of United States President Donald Trump to meet with selected regional leaders on Friday to discuss issues ranging from Venezuela to Chinese economic intervention in the Caribbean. The White House, in a statement, ...

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CARIFORUM ministers to meet in St. Lucia

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 20, CMC – Britain’s decision to leave the European Union as well as the ongoing negotiations for a successor to the Cotonou Convention are among issues that will be discussed when ministers from the Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) meet here on Thursday. The two-day 25th meeting of the Council of Ministers of CARIFORUM will also be discussing ...

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Firefighters’ strike ignites debate on social media

(SNO) — An ongoing strike by firefighters in Saint Lucia has ignited debate on social media as to whether it was the right thing to do by such a critical service. Some gave examples of incidents where the service was needed but it was to no avail, while others simply said the strike was illegal. “Yesterday morning in Gros Islet a ...

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Pierre: UWP gov’t refuses to implement initiatives started by the SLP for firefighters

(SNO) — The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is accusing the United Workers Party (UWP) administration of incompetence for refusing to implement recommendations it made while in power that would improve the working conditions of the fire service and workers on a whole on the island. Presently, firefighters in Saint Lucia are on strike over negotiations for wage increases for ...

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Saint Lucian footballer stars in women’s tackle football

(SNO) — Former national footballer Petra “Cindy” Edward is playing a different type of football these days. Born and raised in Saint Lucia, where she played “soccer” for the women’s national team in the early 2000’s, Edward was eventually given an opportunity to play for Lassen Community College on scholarship, from 2002 to 2004. She graduated with an associates in ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters say SLP, UWP have failed them

(SNO) — With an impasse between firefighters and government still ongoing, Chairman of the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLTA), Shane Felix, said both the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) and opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) have failed them. The firefighters are presently on strike over wage negotiations and other matters, which they say have been affecting the service for decades ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Daren Sammy comes out swinging against Dave Cameron

(SNO) — Former West Indies cricket captain Daren Sammy has come out in full support of the challengers for Cricket West Indies (CWI) leadership, Ricky Skerritt and Dr Kishore Shallow. Skerritt and Shallow will face off against the incumbents, CWI President Wycliffe Dave Cameron and Vice President Emmanuel Nanthan. In a lengthy live broadcast on his very popular Facebook page, ...

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PM Chastanet discusses road upgrades in the north with Kuwaiti ambassador

(SNO) — Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has met with Kuwaiti Ambassador Mohamed Fadel Khalaf to discuss road upgrades in the north of the island. He was accompanied by Minister for Infrastructure, Ports, Energy and Labour, Stephenson King. The meeting was held on Monday morning, March 18. Chastanet said discussions were mainly focused on the government’s plan to expand road in ...

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Saint Lucia are Special Olympics football champions!

(SNO) — Team Saint Lucia picked up another gold medal at the Special Olympics Abu Dhabi 2019, winning the mixed football competition in Group 3. Saint Lucia beat Portugal 4-1, Alec Pierre scoring in the 22d minute, Austin Jeremie in the 24th and 25th minutes, and Jean Paul Isidore in the 28th minute. Portugal scored in the 18th minute, so ...

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Fire Chief Joseph Joseph a “toothless tiger” in Saint Lucia firefighters’ dispute: Francis

(SNO) — Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis, has described Fire Chief Joseph Joseph as a “toothless tiger” with no real powers, especially in the ongoing impasse between the government and firefighters over wage negotiations and other matters. Firefighters in Saint Lucia are presently on strike. One of their grievances has been the matter of promotion and the Saint Lucia Firefighters ...

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Saint Lucia gears up for Good Deeds Day

(PRESS RELEASE) — The global tradition of Good Deeds Day will take place on April 7, 2019 at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds, Vieux Fort. It is hosted by Volunteer Saint Lucia in collaboration with Writing Legends, which is a social enterprise focused on youth and social development in the Eastern Caribbean. Good Deeds Day was borne out of the simple ...

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Saint Lucia’s William comes up big in collegiate tennis win

ORLANDO, Fla. (SNO) — The University of Charleston Golden Eagle women’s tennis team rebounded in a big way following their first loss of the 2018-19 season by sweeping University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) in their fourth straight day of matches during Spring Break in Orlando. UC got 6-0 wins from Kristine Gegeshidze and Katie Swann at No. 2 doubles and ...

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“Razor-sharp” Saint Lucian wheelchair bodybuilder steals spotlight at Barbados championships

(BARBADOS NATION) — The fans who stayed away missed a treat. Wheelchair bodybuilding made a rousing, historic first appearance in Barbados at the season opening Flex Championships on Saturday night at the Derrick Smith Vocational School in Jackmans, St Michael. Exemplying courage and defying all odds, the wheelchair competitors, spearheaded by a razor-sharp Randy Mathurin, stole the spotlight at the ...

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Saint Lucian ‘atheist’ to take on pastor in scholarly debate

(SNO) — The man, who once sparked debate and controversy in Saint Lucia when he called for an end to prayers at schools and events, will be taking on a pastor in what has been described as a “scholarly debate on the world’s most popular worldviews”. Educator, Jason Joseph, will go tête-à-tête with Pastor Devron Thomas, who has been described ...

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Saint Lucia firefighters ditched Francis in consultations, leaving him “surprised”

(SNO) — National Security and Home Affairs Minister, Hermangild Francis, has expressed surprise that he was not consulted in a dispute between firefighters and government over wage negotiations and other matters affecting the fire service. The fire service falls under Francis’ portfolio and firefighters have taken industrial action. He said at a press briefing he has a good relationship with ...

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Chastanet to focus on “security, energy, trade and investment” in Trump meeting

(PRESS RELEASE) — Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet will travel to Florida for a meeting with U.S. President Donald J. Trump, on March 22, 2019. The prime minister welcomes the opportunity for dialogue on deepening the relationship between the Caribbean and the United States. Specific areas of the prime minister’s focus will be security, energy, and expanding trade and ...

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UPDATED: Trump to meet with Caribbean leaders, including Saint Lucia’s, at Mar-a-Lago, Florida

(THE HILL) — President Trump is slated to meet with the leaders of several Caribbean countries later this week at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the White House announced. Trump will gather with the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia on Friday to reaffirm the White House’s “strong friendship with and commitment to these ...

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Trump to meet with Saint Lucia’s PM, other Caribbean leaders at Mar-a-Lago

WASHINGTON (AP) — THE White House says President Donald Trump will meet with leaders of five Caribbean nations on Friday in an effort to strengthen cooperation on security and trade issues. The meeting at Mar-a-Lago, the president’s Florida resort, will feature the leaders of the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Jamaica and Saint Lucia. Press Secretary Sarah Sanders says Trump ...

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Global index ranks Saint Lucia second unhealthiest country in the world

(SNO) — A new global health ranking has identified Saint Lucia as the second unhealthiest country out of 20 unhealthiest countries in the world in 2019. The Indigo Wellness Index placed the island in that position due to binge-drinking, blood-pressure, and blood-glucose scores. The index is compiled and led by Richard Davies at economics consultancy, Bloomsbury Economics. It create a ...

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Applications open for Saint Lucia Summer Employment Programme; deadline is April 30

(PRESS RELEASE) — The 2019 Summer Employment Programme is now accepting applications. The Summer Employment Programme provides students with opportunities to gain practical working experience, particularly as it relates to their chosen areas of study. Successful students under this programme will receive remuneration which can assist them in defraying the cost of schools supplies. Application forms are currently being received ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Rihanna’s ex to rep Saint Lucia in boxing!

(SNO) — Global pop superstar Rihanna hand-picked Dudley O’Shaughnessy as the on-screen love interest for her steamy “We Found Love” video, and the two reportedly embarked on a brief romantic entanglement. The two modelled together for the Barbadian singer’s FENTY brand, as he began to grow in popularity. But all along, Dudley O’Shaughnessy harboured an Olympic dream. Now aged 29, ...

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Saint Lucia corrections officer formally charged for smuggling contraband into BCF

(SNO) — Saint Lucia police have formally charged a veteran corrections officer for smuggling contraband into his work place, the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF). Rodney St. Rose of Morne Cayenne, Vieux Fort was charged on Thursday with possession of a controlled drug and introducing a controlled substance into the prison, police told St. Lucia News Online on Tuesday. St. Rose, ...

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Mary Isaac under fire: “Bewildering, hypocrisy”

(SNO) — Health Minister Mary Isaac is coming under fire for seemingly contradictory positions she took as president of the Civil Service Association (CSA) and a minister, now that the union is entangled in an impasse with the government over wage negotiations and salary increases for the 2016-2019 triennuim. Back in 2013, when she was president of the CSA, a fiery ...

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Invest Saint Lucia to develop residential lands on the east coast

(PRESS RELEASE) – At its January press conference, Invest Saint Lucia (ISL) announced plans to develop a number of residential areas, including approximately 11 acres of land in Beauchamp, Micoud, and approximately 5 acres in Bois Jolie, Dennery. According to Chief Executive Officer, Roderick Cherry, the Beauchamp and Bois Jolie developments are part of an overall development plan being conceptualized ...

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Saint Lucia police reaches agreement with gov’t on benefits for police officers

(SNO) — The Police Welfare Association (PWA) and the government have reached an agreement on at least one aspect of industrial matters for the 2016-2019 triennium. PWA President Travis Chicot told HTS News that his organization and the Government Negotiation Team (GNT) concluded matters proposed on financial and non-financial benefits for police officers, although the union has not actually signed ...

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Saint Lucia gov’t commissions micro-fermentation plant in Micoud to assist cocoa farmers

(SNO) — The Saint Luia government has commissioned a reconfigured cocoa micro-fermentation plant in Anse Ger, Micoud which Prime Minister Allen Chastanet said will assist efforts at agricultural diversification on the island. In a statement on his Facebook page, Chastanet said the facility will assist cocoa farmers improve the fermenting process of their product. “The establishment of the chocolate factory ...

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King accuses firefighters association of violating “collective agreement” as strike continues

(SNO) — Labour Minister\ Stephenson King has accused the Saint Lucia Firefighters Association (SLFA) of violating a collective agreement made between itself and the government as a SFLA strike continues on the island. He said in a statement that the matter has to be determined, however, he personally believes that the firefighters have failed to comply to the agreement. His remarks ...

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Change of dates for CPL

(TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — There will be no clash be­tween the Caribbean Pre­mier League (CPL) and the In­di­an tour of the Caribbean, as own­ers of the CPL have de­cid­ed to change the dates of the tour­na­ment. Orig­i­nal­ly, the 2019 CPL was due to be played from Au­gust 17 to Sep­tem­ber 30 but this would clash with the In­di­an tour of the ...

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Sandals Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary with strengthened commitment to environmental sustainability

(PRESS RELEASE) — Today (Monday, March 18), the Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International – is celebrating its 10th anniversary of fulfilling its promise to the Caribbean community and impacting over 850,000 people. Investing in projects directly related to improving communities, fostering growth through education and protecting the environment, the Sandals Foundation has committed to doubling ...

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McDoom blasts marijuana legalization in Saint Lucia as hypocrisy: “What about the buggery law?”

(SNO) — Saint Lucian Parisian fashion celebrity Vincent McDoom is blasting the government’s plan to legalize marijuana and is questioning what is being done about buggery laws on the island. Last week, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet told The Star Newspaper that Saint Lucia is on it way to decriminalise the herb but McDoom is not overly impressed. “What a pity ...

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Grand Riviere shooting victim requires another major surgery

(SNO) — A GoFundMe account has been created to assist in raising funds for entrepreneur and photographer Robert “Bobby” Stanley who was shot earlier this year. He has already undergone a major surgery to remove a bullet that was lodged in his head but now has to undergo another to remove fluids in the same part of his body. The ...

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Miami Chamber of Commerce agrees to explore use of Saint Lucian entrepreneur’s fertilizer

(SNO) — The product of a Saint Lucian entrepreneur may be heading to the US market with the Miami Chamber of Commerce agreeing to explore the use of his fertilizer on baseball fields and golf courses. Johanan Dujon, owner of Algas Organics, has been converting Sargassum seaweed into bio-fertilizers and household chemicals, abating the detrimental effect of the seaweed’s hydrogen ...

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Suspect nabbed with firearm outside Bordelais was not cooperative

(SNO) — A male, who was nabbed outside the Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF) on Monday with an illegal firearm containing one round of ammunition, was initially not cooperating with law enforcement officials, according to reliable sources The individual was searched then arrested by special operations correctional officers around 10 a.m. after he was observed behaving suspiciously. He was handed over ...

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Prince Charles touts “blue economy” in Saint Lucia

(Reuters) – On the first leg of his Caribbean tour, Britain’s Prince Charles touted a “vital blue economy,” built on sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, as part of the solution to climate change, noting that rising sea levels represent an especially severe threat to nearby island nations. Charles began his 12-day tour of the region on St. ...

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Saint Lucian Mechaela Hyacinth hopes to grow both on and off the track

(ZU MEDIA) — For most freshmen, the idea of leaving home is terrifying. This new life of independence has the potential to generate moments of confusion and discomfort. These everyday pressures are nearly certain to develop and intensify amongst international students, since they are forced to adapt to a new culture. However, for freshman track sprinter Mechaela Hyacinth, these pressures ...

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Saint Lucian Solomon-Davies the hero in Celtic win

(SNO) — Joshua Solomon-Davies is two weeks out from representing Saint Lucia, making his senior football debut several decades after his grandfather played for the national team. The teenager, who plays professionally for Stalybridge Celtic in England, was part of the team that disappointed at the Windwards Islands Football Association (WIFA) Men’s Championships, finishing dead last. Whilst awaiting his return ...

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No Saint Lucia shares in LIAT; airline needs competition, PM Chastanet says

CASTRIES, St. Lucia, Mar 18, CMC – The St. Lucia government Monday reiterated its position that unless there’s a fundamental change to the operating structure of the cash-strapped regional airline, LIAT, Castries would not be investing financially in the airline. “If St. Lucia’s going to buy shares, it’s going to be buying shares into an entity that we know is ...

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Trial date set for Amber Guyger in Botham Jean murder case

(DALLAS NEWS) — Former Dallas police Officer Amber Guyger had a court date Monday but the only movement in the case happened outside the courtroom. Her murder trial was set Monday for Aug. 12 — less than a year since Guyger shot and killed Botham Jean in his own apartment. She was off-duty but still in uniform when she shot ...

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NEMO trashes rumors of tsunami hitting Saint Lucia

(SNO) — The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is describing as “fake” information circulating on social media that Saint Lucia is due for a tsunami and is actually in its path. The information has created a level of concern among some Saint Lucians but Maria Medard, deputy director of NEMO, said the organization would like to disassociate itself from it. ...

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Prince Charles describes Saint Lucia as a “strong society”

(SNO) — Prince Charles has described Saint Lucia as a strong society that places emphasis on family and community, during a ceremony in Vieux Fort on Sunday afternoon. He visited the island for three hours on Sunday as part of activities marking St. Lucia’s 40th anniversary of political independence from Britain. “This is a strong society, I know, and one ...

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Four medals for Saint Lucia at Special Olympics!

(SNO) — Saint Lucia have four medals — a gold, a silver, and two bronze medals — at the ongoing Special Olympics World Games Abu Dhabi 2019. Sixteen-year-old Paulin St Luce got gold whilst 22-year-old Ania Isidore and 24-year-old Cecil Fevrier got Saint Lucia’s bronze medals in the singles bocce competition at the ADNEC courts. Twenty-year-old Joshua Daniel Henry got ...

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PM Chastanet meets with stakeholders to discuss EU tax concerns

(SNO) –Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has met with stakeholders across the island to discuss concerns raised by the European Union (EU) over the island’s tax-exemption regime. In February, the EU wrote to Chastanet saying Saint Lucia will be blacklisted by December 31, 2019 if it does not abolish a tax-preferential regime for foreign companies working here. The regime gives foreign ...

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Saint Lucia to decriminalize marijuana

(SNO) — Saint Lucia will be decriminalizing cannabis, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has told The Saint Lucia Star newspaper. During an interview with the newspaper last week, Chastanet said the agreement was reached after “good meetings” last year. “We had some very good meetings before Christmas and we’ve agreed that we’ll be going through a process of decriminalization,” he stated. Statistics ...

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