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DSH petition attracts close to 1,000 supporters

More than 1,000 people have so far signed a petition calling on the government to halt the US $2.6 billion Desert Star Holdings Limited (DSH) project planned for the South of the Island. The online petition which was started by the Vieux Fort Concerned Citizens Coalition for Change (VFCCCC) wants the agreement for the initiative re-negotiated, so that Saint Lucia gets ...

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Saint Lucia among least corrupt CARICOM countries

Transparency International (TI) has ranked Saint Lucia 35 out of 176 in its 2016 annual Corruption Perceptions Index, placing the island as the third least corrupt country in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Saint Lucia received a score of 60, on a scale from zero to 100 where zero is highly corrupt and 100 “very clean,” coming in at the same ...

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UPDATED: Kingsley St. Hill resigns as director of NCA

Former President of the National Consumer Association (NCA) Kingsley St. Hill has resigned from his role as director of the only consumer rights body on Saint Lucia. St. Hill confirmed with St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his resignation was presented to the NCA today, Thursday, January 26, 2017 and takes immediate effect. The consumer advocate said he had no ...

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Majority of Scotiabank employees vote for union representation

PRESS RELEASE – About seventy (70) clerical, technical and non-managerial workers employed with the Bank of Nova Scotia concluded their participation in a Secret Ballot Poll. The poll was held at the company’s three (3) operational units in Rodney Bay, Castries and Vieux Fort. About sixty (60) workers voted in favour of having their general conditions of employment improved and ...

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Vanessa Gibson-Marks disbarred from England and Wales

Former St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) High Court Registrar, Vanessa Tamara Gibson-Marks, has been disbarred from the Bar of England and Wales by an independent disciplinary tribunal hearing on January 16, 2017, according to the Bar Standards Board (BSB). The order follows charges brought by the BSB. The standards of professional conduct for barristers called to the Bar of England and ...

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St. Lucian charged with murder tells court who stabbed British teen

A St. Lucian standing trial for murder in the United Kingdom told the court yesterday that it was his former friend and co-defendant who stabbed the victim, according to the Newham Recorder. The 21-year-old, who last summer became the first person to be extradited from St. Lucia to the UK, said from the witness box in the Old Bailey, that the ...

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CSA seeks answers on RSL’s future

The Civil Service Association (CSA), the trade union representing workers at Radio Saint Lucia (RSL), plans to write Broadcasting Minister Dominic Fedee seeking answers in relation to the state run radio station’s future. CSA President Yvonne Edwin told the media that a meeting was held with the some 20 employees that are currently attached to RSL on January 20, where ...

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Youngest published author at book fair speaks

GIS – The youngest published author at the 2017 Nobel Laureate Festival’s book fair, Kamisha Harris, has been speaking out on her passion for literature. A student of St. Joseph’s convent, Kamisha has received great commendation from many who attended the book fair. The fifth form student explained that although her CXC subject choices lean more towards the sciences, her ...

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Sunwing announces extension of Toronto-St. Lucia flights for summer

PAXNEWS – Sunwing has announced that it will be extending its direct flight service from Toronto to Saint Lucia for the summer season, following the route’s popularity in advanced bookings during the winter. Flights will depart weekly on Sunday from May 7 through Oct. 29, 2017. “Saint Lucia has become an increasingly popular destination because it has an all-year round ...

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St Lucian Magistrate awarded Freedom of The City of London Award

PRESS RELEASE – Justin Moore has been awarded the freedom of the city of London for his work in the community. Moore, who originally comes from Soufriere was given the “honorary freedom” which is the highest accolade the city of London can bestow on someone.It recognizes persons of distinction and persons who have in the opinion of the council rendered ...

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No changes made to visa waiver list of countries, says US Embassy

PRESS RELEASE – The U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the OECS advises the public that, contrary to rumors, the list of countries participating in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program has NOT changed. Please click HERE to see the complete list of countries whose citizens are currently eligible to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. (451)(138)

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Student injured in hit-and-run

A college student is seeking the public’s help in finding the driver who knocked her without stopping. Atala Joseph, an 18-year-old student of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, said the incident occurred on Tuesday, Jan. 24, about 5 p.m., while she was heading home in Marisule, Gros Islet, from school. “I crossed the Corinth gap, and as I began ...

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25 grams of suspected cocaine found by police in Conway

During a joint operation between the City Police Constabulary of Castries and the Drug Squad Unit of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF), some 25 grams of suspected cocaine was discovered in Conway on Monday. Communications Manager for the Castries City Council (CCC), Jason Hullingseed told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Wednesday that the discovery was made at the ...

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Prudent raises alarm over unemployment in Gros Islet

PRESS RELEASE – In expressing his grave concern over the number of young people throughout the Gros Islet constituency who are currently unemployed, the leader of the Lucian People’s Movement (LPM), Therold Prudent, has called upon the parliamentary representative for Gros Islet, Mr. Lenard Montoute, to pay greater attention to an issue which could well pose future problems not just ...

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St. Lucia’s Sulphur Springs nominated for USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice Awards

Voting is now open for USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice travel awards, with Saint Lucia’s La Soufriere Drive-in Volcano being one of the nominees for ‘Best Caribbean Attraction’ 2017. The Sulphur Springs has been described as, “the hottest and most active geothermal field in the Lesser Antilles”. Hot springs, mud pools and steam vents dominate the landscape. It is advertised ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Canadian pleads guilty to causing ‘TJ’ Elibox’s death

The Canadian man held responsible for the drowning death of four-year-old Terrel Joshua Elibox aka TJ, almost two years ago off the Bois Shadon Beach in Vieux Fort, has changed his plea to guilty, reliable souces have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). Sahab Jamshidi,  who is from Hamilton, Canada, pleaded guilty to causing death by recklessness or gross negligence when he ...

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Chantel Marshall says “thanks” to Saint Lucia

Chantel Marshall, the daughter of the woman who committed suicide yesterday, has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) she is grateful for the outpouring of support, while indicating that for years she has been seeking permanent employment without success. Chantel’s mother, 43-year-old Priscillia Daniel Marshall, died at Victoria Hospital last night after ingesting the weed killer, Gramoxone, at their Deglos ...

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Daughter of suicide victim offered job, financial assistance

Offers of assistance have been pouring in for the daughter of a woman who committed suicide yesterday, St. Lucia News Online has been told. Chantel Marshall, who lost her father last year, was the only child for her mother – leaving many people expressing concern on Facebook as to how the jobless youth will get by on her own, or ...

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UWP Castries South election campaign workers still waiting to be paid

Dozens of people who worked for the United Workers Party (UWP) Castries South political campaign during the June 2016 general election are still waiting to get paid. At least three people have come forward to express their disappointment with the ruling party’s reluctance to settle their outstanding payments. One of the persons who claimed she was hired by the UWP, told ...

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Former Minister calls for Dr. Raymond’s resignation in light of nude photo scandal

PRESS RELEASE – I have been anticipating the resignation of Senator the Honourable Dr. Ubaldus Raymond in the wake of the release of nude photographs purportedly of Dr. Raymond, a scandal which has pervaded every local and regional headline. Instead however, the response of the Minister in question and Prime Minister, amongst others, has been of great concern to me. ...

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Dr. Anthony accuses Chastanet of ‘politicizing’ Oliver Gobat’s murder investigation

PRESS RELEASE – “My attention has been drawn to the following statement made by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet during a recent Press Conference and aired on Choice News in its news broadcast on or about January 17, 2017, in connection with the investigation into the murder of Oliver Gobat: “Unfortunately the former Government had promised to send a letter to ...

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LPM’s position on cost of operating embassies remains unchanged

PRESS RELEASE — The cost of operating Saint Lucia’s embassies and consulates abroad at a time when the country is in dire financial straits must be taken seriously by the Allen Chastanet led United Workers Party (UWP) administration. The LPM asserts that while the new government of Saint Lucia has presented an argument for belt tightening to the citizens of ...

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Minister Francis assures action on IMPACS report ‘very shortly’

National Security Minister Hermangild Francis has assured that action will be taken in the IMPACS report shortly, given recent discussions relating to the matter. The minister said that he has held discussions regarding the matter with the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Daasrean Greene. “He has spoken to me and we should be seeing action very, very shortly….We have seen ...

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St. Lucia ranked 9th in the Caribbean in Most Powerful Passport rankings

St. Lucia has been ranked 9th in the Caribbean in the latest Most Powerful Passport rankings released by the passport ranking website passportindex.org. The index also gave St. Lucia a global ranking of 66, putting them above regional stalwarts such as Grenada, Jamaica and Guyana. The passport ranking index ranks countries by visa restrictions as well as countries that a particular ...

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Deglos woman dies hours after ingesting poisonous substance

A woman who was hospitalised yesterday after drinking the herbicide, Gramoxone, has died, her daughter confirms. Cecilia Daniel Marshall, 43, of Deglos passed away at Victoria Hospital around 11:00 last night, the distraught daughter told St. Lucia News Online this morning. The 21-year-old said her mother drank the substance around 7 a.m. at their home yesterday. A bottle with the ...

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Alliance Francaise event on the Nobel Laureate Festival calendar

PRESS RELEASE – The Alliance Française is pleased to be part of the Nobel Laureate Festival of 2017 which is a celebration of Saint Lucia’s two Nobel Laureates, Sir Dereck Walcott and Sir Arthur Lewis. The Festival, which is organized by the Nobel Laureate Festival Committee under the Chairmanship of the Governor General, Dame Pearlette Louisy, will take place from ...

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PM on Dr. Raymond’s fate: “I can’t rush to judgement”

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has said he is awaiting the outcome of the court matter involving his Junior Finance Minister Dr. Ubaldus Raymond before he can decide on his fate. Chastanet was referring to the nude photo scandal that Dr. Raymond is embroiled in, where an 18-year-old college student was charged for blackmailing him. “As soon as the details are ...

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Woman hospitalised after suicide attempt

A 42-year-old woman was hospitalised today, Jan. 23 after ingesting a poisonous substance in Deglos, police and emergency officials have confirmed. The woman is reportedly in stable condition at a hospital after drinking the weed killer, gramoxone. Emergency officials received the report around 7:55 a.m. (3)(22)

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St. Lucia-based chef tops the Caribbean

Cap Maison Resort and Spa is set to honour its executive chef for copping the ‘Top Caribbean Hotel Chef of the Year 2016’ by regional hospitality publication, Caribbean Journal. The resort announced that will hold a “special press conference” on Tuesday, Jan. 24 to recognise Craig Jones. The award was part of Caribbean Journal’s 2016 Caribbean Travel Awards. The Welch-born chef has headed ...

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St. Lucia gets new ocean freight service

World-class ocean carrier Seaboard Marine said they have enhanced their Miami, Florida-Eastern Caribbean ocean freight service with a new port call at Castries, St. Lucia. The company said its new weekly service is supported by two container ships that will commence Thursday, January 26, 2017, departing from PortMiami, Florida with a five-day transit to Castries, St. Lucia. “This direct, weekly service ...

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Alvina Reynolds wants OECS to develop hubs for health services

DAILY OBSERVER (Antigua) – In light of Antigua & Barbuda’s plan to become a hub for transplants, ministers of health and finance in the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) are being challenged to act on plans to create specialised hubs for health services in their respective countries. Alvina Reynolds, who served as a minister of health in St Lucia, ...

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Eating burnt toast ‘may increase cancer risk’

SKY NEWS – Eating certain foods that have been cooked at high temperatures could be linked to cancer, according to health officials. The danger foods include chips, toast, biscuits, crackers, crisps, breakfast cereals (except for porridge), coffee, cooked pizza bases, black olives and cereal-based baby foods. Also on the list are root vegetables such as potatoes, sweet potatoes, beetroot, turnip, ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Two injured in Babonneau accident

Two persons have been hospitalised following a vehicular accident in Fond Assou, Babonneau this morning around 4:00. Reports are that a Toyota Corolla with two males collided with a light post. The condition of the injured are unknown at this time. No further details available.   (18)(0)

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Babonneau resident starts project to help the poor

A 23-year-old public servant said he has started an initiative to “reach out to the needy and hungry”. On Saturday morning, Randy Joseph, a data entry clerk at the Land Registry, assisted by his friends Devon Pierre and Andy Charles, gave out food, clothing and water to the less fortunate in front the Castries City Council building. The trio are former students ...

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Prime Minister and Ministers meet Saint Lucians in London

PRESS RELEASE – Photos from today’s “Meet and Greet” in London with Prime Minister the Honourable Allen M Chastanet, the Honourable Dr Gale Rigobert, Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development and the Honourable Guy Joseph Minister for Economic Development, Housing, Urban Renewal, Transport and Civil Aviation. Saint Lucians living in the UK and their families attended the ...

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Post-mortem: No foul play in death of Gros Islet man

An autopsy in the death of a Gros Islet man found floating in the river Thursday afternoon showed no signs of foul play, relatives have said. Police and emergency officials responded around 1:30 p.m. (Jan.19) to a report of suspected drowning at Gros Islet. When they arrived, they found the body of Maquid Annerville, 29. The man’s sister, Tanisha Paul, ...

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Gov’t to decide on future of Radio Saint Lucia

A decision on the future of the state owned Saint Lucia Broadcasting Corporation (Radio St. Lucia) will be made soon by government, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dominic Feedee has revealed. Fedee told the media on Friday (Jan.20) that Cabinet is awaiting a report from the board of directors, before it decides on the next move for the cash-strapped broadcasting company. “We have ...

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LPM urges gov’t to be transparent and avoid leaks

Recent leaks of some government documents, including the controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) framework agreement, has stirred up a debate about the need for government to be more transparent. Lucian Peoples Movement (LPM) shares that same view, as its Political Leader Therold Prudent believes that if the government is to remain transparent, then they would not be facing these issues. ...

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Walcott House takes center stage during Nobel Laureate Festival 2017

PRESS RELEASE – In observance of the Nobel Laureate Festival 2017, the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is hosting a week of activities to promote greater understanding of our culture while encouraging conversations that help us learn about our heritage. This activity is being held under the umbrella of the Nobel Laureate Festival celebrations.  The activities will be held under ...

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Teddyson John makes 2017 Int’l Soca Monarch semi-finals!

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Teddyson John makes his way to the International Soca Monarch semi-finals for a second consecutive year, with his 2016 release ‘No Code’. Deadline for all entries was January 14th, 2017 with over 50 performers making it through to the semi-finals. Among the semi-finalists are the likes of Ricardo Drue and Blaxx – guest performers at ...

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Burst of earthquake events recorded in Saint Lucia

The University of the West Indies Seismic Research Centre (SRC) in Trinidad has confirmed that there was a small burst of earthquake events which occurred on land in southeast Saint Lucia. These events happened on Wednesday (January 18) from 11:16 p.m. to 11:27 p.m. They were located between 13.79°N -13.80°N and 60.91°W – 60.97°W with magnitudes from 1.9 to 3.0 ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man shot in Bois Patat

Police are investigating a shooting incident in Bois Patat, Castries. Reports are that a man, believed to be in his early 20s, was shot in the leg. He was transported to Victoria Hospital by ambulace in stable condition. Emergency officials received the report at 8 p.m (1)(6)

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UPDATED: Dead body found floating identified

Police have identified the body found floating in the waters off Gros Islet after 1:30 p.m today, Jan. 19 Police said Mequid Annerville, 29, also known as Aaron and Killer Yute, is suspected of drowning but a post mortem scheduled for tomorrow will determine the cause of death. Annerville is originally from Dennery but resided on Chapel Street, Gros Islet, ...

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Gov’t commits to consultation process on ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia in collaboration with Invest Saint Lucia is continuing its informative and consultative process on the “Pearl of the Caribbean” development. On Tuesday January 17th the Government held a press briefing featuring Chairman of Invest Saint Lucia Pinkley Francis, along with Invest Saint Lucia’s Investment Promotion & Fulfillment Manager Alana Lansiquot-Brice, Legal Counsel/Corporate ...

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37th Annual National Sports Awards: Complete list of nominees

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Youth Development and Sports has announced a list of nominees for the 37th Annual National Sports Awards which is scheduled for February 18, 2017. See list of nominees below:  2016 NATIONAL SPORTS AWARDS LIST OF NOMINEES Association SPORTSWOMAN SPORTSMAN Number   Junior   Junior   St. Lucia Athletics   Julien Alfred Levern Spencer Jn Pierre Frederick Marbeq ...

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Ricky T qualifies for semi-finals of International Soca Monarch

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia’s Ricky T is a semi-finalist in the International Soca Monarch in Trinidad with his Freaky Girls. The list was announced on Wednesday January 18 by organizers Caribbean Prestige Foundation for the Performing Arts. The announcement comes weeks after Freaky Girls was listed number one of the Top 30 Soca songs of 2016 by Trinidad Carnival ...

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Strong tourist arrivals for Saint Lucia in 2017 – Travel Pulse

Saint Lucia stands to benefit from an increasing number of visitors this year, particularly within the first quarter, as the island remains a popular Caribbean destination with US travelers. Travel Pulse has reported that the island is dubbed a ‘Hot’ Caribbean destination and said Donscenz named “St. Lucia, Jamaica and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic” as “still our big sellers.” While ...

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“I leave it up to Him” – ‘Chubby’s babymother has forgiven ‘Ninja Dan’ and two co-accused

The babymother of slain Dwayne ‘Chubby’ James has said she has forgiven popular soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his two accused, but she is disappointed in the St. Lucian justice system. After spending seven years and four months on remand, St. Rose, Lynden Blasse and Marvin Nelson were today, Jan. 18 freed after their application to the ...

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SLP will continue to agitate until ‘offensive DSH clauses’ are renegotiated: Dr. Hilaire

The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) has vowed to continue with its agitation campaign until the government gets the best possible deal from the Desert Star Holding (DSH) agreement. Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Dr. Ernest Hilaire told a press conference on Wednesday (Jan.18) that the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) is obligated to advocate and ask questions about project ...

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UPDATED: Ninja Dan talks about priorities after freedom

Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose has told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) in an exclusive interview shortly after his victory at the Court of Appeal that his priority now is “damage control”. St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson walked out of court free men today, Jan. 18, 2017 after they successfully won their ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Ninja Dan, co-accused are free!

Soca artiste Jonathan ‘Ninja Dan’ St. Rose and his co-accused Lynden Blasse and Marvin Terry Nelson are free men. Shawn Innocent told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) that his clients won their application for a reduced sentence with the Court of Appeal when the matter was heard this morning. Explaining the Court of Appeal’s basis for granting the appeal, Innocent said: “The ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Escaped Vieux Fort prisoner caught

Police have caught the man who escaped while being escorted to a court house in Vieux Fort. Dexter Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Chucky’ and ‘Dave,’ escaped around 10 a.m. Monday (Jan 16.) Officers from the Vieux Fort Police Station arrested Jn Baptiste at a beach unharmed, around 7:20 a.m. Wednesday. Jn Baptiste who is facing an indictable offence and assisting the ...

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Prisoner’s escape to be probed

Police are preparing to launch an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the escape of prisoner and state witness Dexter Jn Baptiste on Monday, Jan. 16, 2017, a well-placed source have told St. Lucia News Online (SNO). The source said the matter is subject to an “internal investigation” and “will be” investigated. It is unlikely that the police officers who were ...

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SNO POLL: Should Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond resign?

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 marked one of the biggest St. Lucian scandals in recent times when an 18-year-old college student appeared in a Castries court, charged with attempting to blackmail Senator Dr. Ubaldus Raymond, Minister in the Ministry of Finance. Shortly after, the same day, Raymond, accompanied by his lawyer, held a press conference in which he defended his crebility in a ...

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Gov’t wants ‘constructive consultation’ over DSH project

Consultations with the people of the South and other locations have started on the highly controversial Desert Star Holding (DSH) ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is expected to begin here soon. Senior Communications Officer within the Office of the Prime Minister, Nicole Mc Donald, has said that the government is looking to have “constructive consultation” on these issues. Mc ...

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Gov’t issues ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ fact sheet

Government on Tuesday issued a simplified fact sheet designed to help Saint Lucians better understand the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’ project, which is commonly referred to as the DSH project. A team from Invest Saint Lucia and the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) introduced the fact sheet and held a joint press conference to provide clarification to the media ...

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Leadership changes at Bay Gardens Resorts

PRESS RELEASE – The locally owned and operated award-winning resort chain, Bay Gardens Resorts in St. Lucia, announced today that it has made key leadership changes. The Bay Gardens Resorts Board of directors, who have spent significant time strategizing the way forward in 2017, recently announced a number of personnel moves at the senior leadership level that they believe will ...

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