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Police uncover stolen vehicles

Several stolen vehicles were found stripped and abandoned in Agard Land on Sunday morning. Police and local tow trucks worked for several hours to remove the vehicles. Found were a white Daihatsu Terios (Chassis #JD2J210G001oo5743), a silver Daihatsu Terios (Chassis #JDAJ2106001040637), a white Toyota Belta/Yaris (Chassis #FCP92-1014685), and a gold Suzuki Jimny. Most of the vehicles were stripped of engines ...

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UPDATE: Minibus accident at Bocage

  A minibus driver along with several passengers are said to have been injured in an early morning accident. According to reports, the minibus ran off the road at Bocage sometime around 8:00 a.m. The driver was reportedly trapped in the vehicle following the incident. No further details available at this time.   (0)(3)

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St. Lucian man missing at sea

A 31-year-old man is missing and three other men have been taken to hospital after being pulled from the sea off the coast of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Hayes Lawrence, a certified diver, left Vieux Fort for St. Vincent along with three men on Thursday, December 1, 2016 but the boat they were traveling on encountered engine problem and capsized. ...

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Vieux Fort teen allegedly raped

An 18-year-old female was allegedly raped on Saturday in Augier, Vieux Fort. Reports are that the female was attacked by an unknown male, while in the company of another male. The female was allegedly raped. Police are investigating.   (0)(10)

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Body found in La Ressource believed to be missing man

A badly decomposed body that was found in the La Ressource river at Vieux Fort today is believed to be that of a 55-year-old man from Cantonment who was reported missing since Tuesday. While police is yet to confirm the identity of the body, relatives of the missing man, Joseph Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Friday’ were called in by police to identity the ...

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Man remanded in custody after stabbing death in Babonneau

Murder accused, Kurtly Cadette, 34, today (Monday) made an appearance at the First District court where he was remanded in custody for the death of Talvern, Babonneau resident Elie Mathurin. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 about 3:40 a.m. Mathurin succumbed to injuries sustained during an altercation with Cadette on Saturday, November 26, 2016 about 2:00 a.m. at Fond Assau, Babonneau. ...

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Increased police patrol, stop and search among police Christmas plans

As the Christmas season approaches, the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) intends to ramp up its efforts to fight the inevitable increase in crime. This is according to Assistant Superintendent Gregory Alexander, who revealed that there will be increased police patrol in and around the city, and the introduction of a ‘stop and search’ campaign to help curb this ...

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Vieux Fort man reported missing

A 55-year-old man from Cantonment, Vieux Fort has been reported missing since Tuesday, November 29, 2016. Joseph Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Friday’ was last seen on that same evening, the man’s step daughter Hillary Mark said. “We got a phone call from his neighbors Wednesday morning saying they haven’t seen him,” Mark told St. Lucia News Online (SNO) on Monday. Since then, ...

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Taxi drivers upset over decision to close Lower John Compton Highway

Some 30 taxi drivers who are registered members of the Independent Market Taxi Association and who operate adjacent to the Castries Vendors’ Arcade have voiced their concern over the closure of lower end of the John Compton Highway every Saturday by the Castries City Council (CCC). President of the association, Thomas Placide, has said that when his members showed up for work ...

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Police investigating fatal accident at Choc, Gros Islet

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal accident which occurred on Saturday, December 3, 2016, about 11:20 a.m. on the Castries Gros Islet Highway, near Saaman’s Park, Choc, Gros Islet. The incident involved a white Mitsubishi panel bus, registration number PE5059, driven by Anthony Cherubin a forty nine year old resident of Ravine Macock, Monchy and ...

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CSME training for Saint Lucia’s secondary school teachers

PRESS RELEASE – Secondary school teachers from a cross-section of schools in Saint Lucia are poised to be better equipped and knowledgeable about the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). This is as a result of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat’s hosting of a two-day CSME training workshop from Tuesday, December 6 at 8:30 a.m. at Auberge Seraphine. Approximately thirty ...

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Sans Souci Bridge to close for repairs

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that the Sans Souci Bridge will be closed on Sunday, December 4th 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. to facilitate repairs. Traffic will be diverted through Sans Souci unto Darling Road. All commuters are asked to be guided by road signs which will ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Driver of bus involved in accident with ambulance dies

The driver of a Manees Bakery bus injured in yesterday’s accident at Morgan Bay has succumbed to his injuries. The driver, identified as Andrew Cherubin, died while undergoing treatment a short while ago at the hospital. The accident occurred as an ambulance was transporting a patient to Castries with two firemen aboard. The ambulance ended up in bushes on the ...

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Man Charged in Homicide at Fond Assau, Babonneau

PRESS RELEASE – On Friday, December 2, 2016, thirty four (34) year old Kurtly Garvey Cadette of Fond Assau, Babonneau, was formally charged for causing the death of thirty seven (37) year old, Elie Mathurin of Talvern, Babonneau. On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 about 3:40 a.m. Elie Mathurin succumbed to injuries sustained during an altercation on Saturday, November 26, 2016 ...

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PM Chastanet takes AIDS test

PRESS RELEASE – In support of World AIDS Day on December 1st Prime Minister Honourable Allen Chastanet took a quick AIDS test and sent a message to Saint Lucians. Thanks to the Ministry of Health and Registered Nurse and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMCT) Coordinator Lorna Wilson for administering the 15-minute test. Said the PM: “I want to ...

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Lower John Compton Highway to close every Saturday

  PRESS RELEASE – The Office of the Mayor wishes to inform members of the general public that the lower end of the John Compton Highway adjacent to the Vendor’s Arcade will be closed this and every Saturday until further notice. The closure of the small section of the road between the Jeremie and Jn. Baptiste Streets Roundabout is to ...

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Arcade vendors urge CCC to reconsider decision to impose VAT

Several vendors of the Castries Vendors Arcade are shocked and surprised that the Castries City Council (CCC) has taken a decision to impose Value Added Tax (VAT) on their rental fees. The vendors said this was done without consultation with them and at a time when their business income is very low. They said though $18 may seem little to ...

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BEWARE OF IMPOSTERS! LUCELEC alerts customers of individuals posing as company employees

PRESS RELEASE – It has been reported to the St. Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) that individuals are presenting themselves to business establishments and/or people’s homes as LUCELEC employees and requesting permission to access their premises to conduct inspections or work on behalf of LUCELEC. LUCELEC would like to advise all customers of the following: Instances where LUCELEC employees and ...

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Saint Lucia grants 38 citizenships through CIP

Some 38 people have been granted citizenship in Saint Lucia through the Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) it was revealed on Tuesday at a CIP public consultation. Chairman of the CIP board Ryan Devaux said these citizenship were granted after 11 applications were approved. These persons are from the Middle East, North Africa, North America, Europe, Rusia and Asia. In total, 14  ...

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UPDATE: Homicide at Fond Assau, Babonneau

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of 37 year old, Elie Mathurin of Talvern, Babonneau. According to reports, on Saturday, November 26, 2016 about 2:00 a.m. at Fond Assau, Babonneau, the deceased was involved in an altercation with an individual known to him, during which he sustained injuries to his abdomen. He subsequently sought medical ...

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SLASPA signs protocol for re-opening of airports

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA), the Immigration Department and the Customs and Excise Department on Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 signed the Protocol for the re-opening of airports for special flight operations for airports in Saint Lucia. This is a significant achievement as the George F.L. Charles and Hewanorra International Airports do not operate ...

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Saint Lucia has second highest number of HIV-infected people in Eastern Caribbean

Statistics from the UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has revealed that more than 500 people are living with HIV and the AIDS disease in Saint Lucia, representing the second highest figure in the Eastern Caribbean. This was revealed by Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Director for UNAIDS Dr. Cesar Nuñez who provided data from the UNAIDS Caribbean Summary ...

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Suspect arrested in Babonneau man’s death

A suspect has been arrested in connection with the death of a Babonneau man who died Wednesday. Reports are that  Eli Mathurin, 37, was severely beaten by the alleged suspect which led to his demise. The incident reportedly occurred sometime around 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2016. Following the incident, Mathurin was taken to hospital for treatment, where he ...

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Landslide at Bagatelle

PRESS RELEASE – The Department of Infrastructure, Ports and Energy wishes to inform the motoring public that a landslide has occurred at Bagatelle from the present inclement weather. In view of this, commuters are asked to exercise caution as they traverse the Bagatelle Road. Every effort is being made to have the side cleared at the earliest. The Department of ...

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UPDATE: Fire at Babonneau

A fire destroyed a wooden building in Babonneau near the community’s multi-purpose centre on Tuesday evening. St. Lucia News Online (SNO) understands that the fire broke out around 11:30 p.m. Reports are that the building housed three establishments, including a shop. The shop owner, Martin Augustin, a freelance reporter, told SNO that he was at home in Balata, when he received a call from ...

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All schools reopen today

The Ministry of Education advises the public that all schools will reopen today, Wednesday, November 30, 2016. The ministry has been advised  by the Saint Lucia Meteorological Office that the bulk of the inclement weather which forced schools to remain closed yesterday has passed. The Meteorological Office has however said that showers and cloudy weather will continue today, Persons are asked ...

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Gov’t to hold public discussions on decriminalising marijuana

CMC – The St Lucia government says it is planning a series of town hall meetings to discuss the decriminalisation of marijuana. National Security Minister Hermangild Francis said it is important for the discussion to take place, and to explore the properties and use of hemp. The discussions will be held in the 17 constituencies on the island and Francis, ...

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BOSL suffers rise in bad loans; gov’t to remain shareholder

The Bank of Saint Lucia (BOSL) is now shouldering the burden of a hefty $300 million dollars in bad loans. However, the Government of St. Lucia has assured the general public that it is their responsibility to keep the bank buoyant. Minister with in the Finance Ministry Dr. Ubaldus Raymond said the issue requires urgent attention. The Senator said the ...

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Fire leaves four people homeless in Grande Riviere

A fast-moving fire tore through a Grande Riviere home Monday afternoon, leaving a family of four temporarily homeless. Firefighters responded at 3 p.m. to the home of Elizabeth Wilson at Grande Riviere, Gros Islet who was at work when the fire started. Neighbours said that they smelled smoke and when they peeped out, they saw fire in the building. They said ...

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Heavy rains could trigger landslides, flooding island-wide

The St. Lucia Meteorological Office is advising residents and motorists in vulnerable disaster areas to exercise extreme caution and where necessary move to a safer location. In it’s 6.a.m. weather report, the Met Office also said that caution should be exercised since the top soil is already saturated and further heavy rainfall will trigger these hazards. This inclement weather is associated ...

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Schools remain closed today due to inclement weather

PRESS RELEASE – The Ministry of Education has advised that all schools will remain closed today Tuesday 29th November 2016 due to the inclement weather. This also includes the closure of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College. Saint Lucia is currently experiencing inclement weather brought by an upper level trough that is producing showers and thunderstorms over the Lesser Antilles. ...

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Saint Lucia’s Pearl of the Caribbean to transform the South

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia is poised for significant advances in our tourism product and business environment thanks to Saint Lucia’s Pearl of the Caribbean which is expected to commence construction in 2017. The southern-based project, estimated to cost about $2-billion, is a fully integrated equestrian oriented development which will encompass the Royal Saint Lucia Turf Club and its expected ...

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Man ‘stabbed in the groin’ on Darling Road, Castries

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating a stabbing incident which occurred on Saturday, November 26, 2016 about 6:20 pm, on Darling Road, Castries. According to reports, Lennox Estephane of Bexon, Castries sustained a stab wound to the groin area, allegedly perpetrated by a known individual. He was transported to the Victoria Hospital where he received treatment. A male individual has ...

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Police investigating suspicious death of woman in Castries

PRESS RELEASE – Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Sharon Desir, a resident of the CDC Apartments, St. Louis Street, Castries. On Saturday, November 26, 2016 about 9:30 p.m. police responded to a report of a sudden death at Block X, CDC Apartments, where the decomposing body was discovered. A post mortem will be scheduled at a ...

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Saint Lucia delegation to pay homage to former President Castro in Cuba

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet, Minister for Health and Wellness, Honourable Mary Isaac and Member of Parliament for Laborie, Honourable Alva Baptiste, will leave for Cuba today to pay homage to former Cuban president Fidel Castro. On Friday 25th November the world learned that the revolutionary and one of the world’s longest-serving and most iconic leaders, ...

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Royalton Resort and Spa to hire over 1000 people

With construction almost 80 percent completed, the Royalton Saint Lucia Resort and Spa is in the process of hiring over 1,000 people within the next eight days in time for the hotel’s opening in early 2017. Some 3,000 individuals are to be interviewed for 900 full time positions. The Royalton Saint Lucia is expected to open Jan. 15, 2017. The elegant ...

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St. Lucia soon to be the ‘Pearl of the Caribbean’

TDN – China Horse Club Founder and Chairman Teo Ah Khing has made a name for himself in the worldwide horse racing community as both an innovator and someone extremely dedicated to increasing his country’s awareness and involvement in the sport of kings. He took that commitment and enthusiasm to a new level over the weekend when breaking ground on ...

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Press Association elects new executive

Members of the Media Association of Saint Lucia (MASL) elected a new executive for the period 2016-2018 on Sunday. Miguel Evelyn-Fevrier was elected President, Stan Bishop, Vice President; Jenna-anne Gaston, Secretary; Glen Simon, Treasurer; Rehani Isidore, Communications Officer; and floor member Sharefil Gaillard. Delivering remarks following the election, Fevrier made a commitment to MASL members to work towards improving the ...

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Man found dead in basement of La Clery home

The body of a 48-year-old contractor was discovered in a La Clery house on Sunday. Gregory Smith was found  in the basement of the said house with injuries to his head. Reports are that a friend went to check on Smith and noticed that there was a stench emanating from the house. He realised that something was amiss, and decided to ...

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Former PM reflects on former Cuban president’s legacy

Former Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony who shared a close friendship with the late revolutionary leader of Cuba Fidel Castro, reflected on his legacy and spoke about his personal encounters with the former president. Below is Dr. Anthony’s full statement posted on social media on Sunday: “Fidel’s death was expected but never for one moment did I think it would ...

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BREAKING: Man shot in Marigot

A man was reportedly shot near the bus shelter at Marigot on Saturday night. The unidentified male sustained a gun shot wound to the leg and was taken for treatment. It is not clear what led to the shooting but police are currently investigating. No further details are available at this time.   (1)(7)

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What Prince Harry could tell Caribbean men about HIV

By Dr César Núñez UNAIDS Latin America and Caribbean Regional Support Team Director PRESS RELEASE – This week Prince Harry started his second official visit to the Caribbean. Importantly, he’ll be commemorating World AIDS Day on December 1 with us here in the region. Prince Harry is among the new guard of global HIV ambassadors. In July he took to ...

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Cuban Embassy in Saint Lucia opens Book of Condolence for Fidel Castro

PRESS RELEASE – Following official announcement of the death of Commander in Chief Fidel Castro on Friday evening, the Cuban Embassy in Saint Lucia has announced it will have a Book of Condolence open for signature from 9am to 6pm over the next week, from starting Monday November 28th and continuing every day to Sunday December 3rd. Persons wishing to ...

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Salvation Army targets 1,000 in ‘Kettle’ Drive

GIS – The Salvation Army has launched its 2016 Kettle Drive which aims to bring Christmas cheer to 1,000 families across Saint Lucia. During the launch ceremony, Malcolm Burns, chairman of the Salvation Army Advisory Board thanked a number of corporate entities that support the work of the Salvation Army annually. He said the target for the Salvation Army this ...

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Monchy Primary recognizes musician J.B “Lucian Parrot” Gaspard

PRESS RELEASE – As the island celebrates Music Month under the theme, “Celebrating Our Own”, Monchy Primary School has chosen to highlight one of their own. J.B Gaspard is a well known musician who sang popular Christmas songs such as “Nwel Oh Nwel Oh Wivay” and several others. On Friday, November 25, 2016, the school held a special assembly in ...

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PM welcomes Prince Henry and sends climate change message

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet officially welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales to Saint Lucia on Thursday evening and also thanked Britain for its continued support to the island. Following the Prince’s arrival in Saint Lucia on 24th November 2016 and the inspection of the Guard, a very brief ceremony was held at Pointe ...

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Executive diplomas for Massy Stores leadership team

PRESS RELEASE – The Leadership Team at Massy Stores (SLU) Ltd. is now better equipped to handle the challenges of their jobs. Over the last eight months the team of twenty two have been undergoing an intensive leadership development programme designed to build and enhance their capacities to lead their teams. The programme was developed and facilitated by St. Lucian ...

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Government pleased Prince Henry of Wales will visit Vieux Fort

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia is pleased that His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales and Kensington Palace have accepted the invitation to be part of the Sod Turning Ceremony for the Royal St Lucia Turf Club in Vieux Fort on Friday, November 25, 2016. The Government in collaboration with Desert Star Holdings Limited, notes the significant ...

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Health Minister to address waiting time at VH and transition to OKEU Hospital

PRESS RELEASE – For a very long time,the complaints about the excessive waiting time at Victoria Hospital has been incessant. Officials of the Ministry of Health and the Management of Victoria Hospital have sought to allay the fears of the general public about the Triage management at the island’s main health institution. Last week, the Minister for Health and Wellness, ...

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Prince Henry of Wales arrives today!

PRESS RELEASE – Saint Lucia is in a state of readiness as the Government and People anticipate the official visit of His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales. The youngest son of Prince Charles and Princess Diana is known more popularly as Prince Harry. This will be the first visit to Saint Lucia by Prince Henry of Wales who is ...

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Police Force urged to create action plan to tackle crime

The Royal Saint Lucia Police Force (RSLPF) is being encouraged to create an action plan with clear priorities and objectives for tackling crime and making the island safer. Former Police Commissioner Cuthbert Phillips said while he is not sure if there is an existing plan, he still believes that a comprehensive one is needed now more than ever, in light ...

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City Mayor stresses new paradigmatic approach

PRESS RELEASE – The Mayor of Castries has announced his commitment to adopting a business approach to running the operations of the Castries Constituency Council. The pronouncements were made by his Lordship, Mayor Peterson Francis while chairing a meeting of his heads of departments. Mayor Francis made reference to the manner in which the local Government Department was being managed ...

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Public encouraged to attend exhibition cricket match for Prince Harry

PRESS RELEASE – Female umpire Roylin Cooper and Primary School teacher Yohan William have been entrusted with the responsibility to officiate in the specially planned six a side festival cricket match between His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales 11 against the Prime Minister’s 11 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground tomorrow (Friday) from 9:45am. The star studded Prime Minister’s ...

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Soufriere Foundation to manage jetties

PRESS RELEASE – The Soufriere Regional Development Foundation (SRDF) will assume management of the jetties in port Soufriere and ensure that stipulated docking fees are collected from December 1st, 2016. These jetties include the main porting dock, a boardwalk facility, a Fisheries Complex unit and a smaller pier located on the Hummingbird beach in Soufriere. The past several weeks have ...

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Gov’t receives approval to reinstate suspension of CET on pharmaceuticals

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has received approval from the Council on Trade and Economic Development (COTED) to suspend the Common External Tariff (CET) on pharmaceuticals. When the issue of the expiration date for the waiver of the CET came to the Government’s attention in September of this year, both Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet and ...

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SLP accuses PM Chastanet of manipulating Prince Harry

PRESS RELEASE – The Saint Lucia Labour Party has been advised that his Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales will be participating in a sod turning ceremony for the so-called DSH project in Vieux Fort. The Saint Lucia Labour Party regrets that the Prince was manipulated to participate in this ceremony by Prime Minister Allen Chastanet whether for promotional purposes or ...

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Blood donors needed this Christmas

PRESS RELEASE – Christmas is a time of giving and sharing, it is also a time when the St. Lucia Blood Bank’s resources dwindle due to incidents and accidents. Save a life today by donating a pint of blood. The mobile blood bank will be in the following locations: Wednesday Nov 23rd, KM2 Solutions, Union Thursday Nov 24th, the grounds ...

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Prince Harry to lead cricket team against PM’s eleven

PRESS RELEASE – All eyes will be on the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground this Friday as His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales leads a local 11 against the Prime Minister’s 11 in a six overs a side festival match. The fifth-in-line to the British throne who is representing Queen Elizabeth II on the seven nation, 15-day tour, will lead ...

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La Clery home destroyed by fire

An early morning fire has destroyed a home in La Clery leaving five people homeless. The inferno began around 1.a.m. Wednesday and quickly spread through the building. The occupants did not manage to save anything, but escaped in quick time. It is not clear what caused the fire, but by the time the fire service responded, the house was already ...

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St. Lucian living in UK jailed for stealing £360,000 worth of jewelry

A St. Lucia man living in UK was jailed for 3 years and 3 months after stealing more than £360,000 worth of jewelry from Indian billionaire’s mansion. The man, identified as Rightous Garnett, was sentenced after pleading guilty to the 2014 burglary of the billionaire’s house. Police reportedly found over £160,000 worth of jewelry in Mr Garnett’s house during a raid last year. Garnett ...

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PAHO announces list of facilities to be retrofitted in St. Lucia

PRESS RELEASE — Sixteen health facilities in Saint Lucia will undergo various degree of improvements to make them disaster resilient and environmentally sound, the Pan American Health Organization announced today, after a thorough period of data collection and analysis of the 34 health facilities in Saint Lucia. The Ministry of Health, together with PAHO and the UK government has approved ...

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Saint Lucia to meet global standards of transparency, says PM

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet on Monday, November 21, 2016 signed the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters. The Convention will enter into force in 2018 and will enable the government to automatically exchange information. This multilateral instrument is the most comprehensive mechanism available for all forms of tax cooperation and will tackle tax ...

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