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Unemployment declines but PM still not happy: “Unemployment no more than 15% by 2021”

Despite news this week that the national unemployment rate has declined for the first quarter of 2017, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is still not happy with the unemployment figures of the country. According to the Central Statistics Department, 20.1 percent of the population was unemployed from January to March 2017 compared to 21.6 percent in the fourth quarter (October to ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Driving schools association warns of “serious protest action” against government

The National Association of Driving Schools (NADS) has warned of “serious protest action” soon if their pursuit for dialogue with the government over a myriad of problems continues to be ignored. In a statement today, May 12, NADS Public Relations Officer Kingson Jean made it clear that the association does not wish to embarrass any administration “but this is what ...

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Six to contest “Curves with Confidence” Pageant in Soufriere tomorrow

Six curvaceous ladies will take centre stage at the “Curves with Confidence” Pageant slated to begin this Saturday, May 13 at the Morne Coubaril Estate in Soufriere. The event is the brainchild of the Alexander Family Foundation and Events, incorporated in August 2016 by Maylisa Alexander and her husband Gary Alexander from Myers Bridge, Soufriere. The show starts 7:30 p.m. ...

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Soufriere resident receives hospitality scholarship

GIS – The Office of the Governor General is pleased to announce that Mrs. Sema Flavien employed at Sugar Beach: A Viceroy Resort, is the successful applicant from Saint Lucia to be awarded the Royal Household Hospitality Scholarship announced during His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales’ tour of the Caribbean in November last year. The Royal Household Scholarship will provide ...

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Ministry of Health welcomes Starkey Hearing Foundation

PRESS RELEASE – On the 8th of May 2017, The Ministry of Health welcomed a group of representatives from the Starkey Hearing Foundation to Saint Lucia. The  foundation was founded by William Austin in 1984 with the objective of  providing the gift of hearing to those most in need. Meanwhile, Kirk Richards, Starkey’s International Development Director for the Caribbean Region ...

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Minister Fedee says more needed for tourism sector to meet expectations

GIS – The Hon. Dominic Fedee, Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information, and Broadcasting said much needs to be done for the tourism sector to meet expectations. The minister spoke on May 10, during the debate on the 2017 Appropriation Bill. “I am pleased that the industry during the first quarter has shown ...

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Melia Thomas is back home!

Melia Thomas returned to her home in Bisee, Castries about 7:50 p.m. this evening, May 11 — three and a half hours after St. Lucia News Online (SNO) published a story about her disappearance and overall behaviour. Melia, a form two student of the Bocage Secondary School who turns 14 in just under two months, reportedly left home on Wednesday, ...

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Accident in Dennery (photos)

At least two persons were injured in a motor vehicle accident in front the Fond D’or Park, Dennery this afternoon, May 11, an official has said. The incident involved a collision between a car (registration #3369) and a minibus (M355) after 4 p.m. Two children sustained minor injuries and were transported to Dennery Hospital by ambulance, the official said. (1)(2)

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PM lays out strategic priority areas in maiden Budget

PRESS RELEASE – In his maiden Budget Address on Tuesday May 9th 2017 Prime Minister Honourable Allen M. Chastanet assured Saint Lucians that the United Workers Party Government would not let them down. Since being elected into Office on June 06th 2016 the Government has been working on ways to rescue the economy. The Prime Minister presented the Government’s vision ...

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No foul play in elderly Choiseul man’s death

The death of 70-year-old Morne Jacques resident Matthew Joseph has been ruled a suicide following the completion of a post mortem to determine the cause of death. Police said Joseph was found hanging by the neck from a tree by relatives on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Police were summoned to the death scene in a forested area of Morne Jacques, Choiseul ...

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Fire destroys house in Bisee

A mainly wooden structure and its contents were completely destroyed by fire at Bisee, Castries around noon today, May 11, an official has said. The dwelling house was unoccupied at the time and no one was injured, the official said. Two fire trucks from Castries responded to the blaze. The cause of the fire is unknown. Fire officials were reportedly ...

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UPDATED: Popular Laborie resident died of natural causes

A post mortem examination on the body of popular Laborie resident Darius Jn Baptiste aka Apricot, has revealed that he died of a stroke. Jn Baptiste, 50, was a beloved fisherman and painter in the community. Fellow workers found his lifeless and nude body, face down, at the back of his residence on the evening of Monday, May 8. It ...

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Goodbye Radio St. Lucia: “Internet, television and cellphones have taken over” – Chastanet

Having accumulated over $3 million in losses plus thousands in unpaid taxes, the Government of Saint Lucia believes its annual subvention of just over $400,000 to Radio Saint Lucia is useless in absorbing those losses. Prime Minister Allen Chastanet revealed those details during his budget presentation as he announced the closure of the government-influenced radio station. Chastanet said the station’s “relevant programmes” ...

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Goats being sexually assaulted in Cabiche, Babonneau? Some residents believe it has happened

Some residents of Cabiche, Babonneau including a family who lost a beloved goat earlier this year, strongly believe that a known individual has had or is having sexual affairs with animals, particularly goats, in the community. In April this year, several residents contacted St. Lucia News Online (SNO) and informed our newsroom about a family who lost a nanny goat ...

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International footballers with Saint Lucian heritage make history

Three British brothers with strong Saint Lucian ties made football history in England on Monday night when they appeared in the same game: an under-23 clash between Arsenal and Manchester United. The brothers, Joe, Chris, and Matthew Willock, ages 17, 19, and 20, respectively, were born in England but have an aunt, Marie Louis, and other close relatives who were born ...

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Government reveals its 42 achievements since assuming office

The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has outlined 42 “major things” done by the Allen Chastanet-led Administration since assuming office 11 months ago. The list was published on the OPM’s official Facebook page around midday today, May 11. 1)Reduced Unemployment to 20.1% 2)Secured exports for Bananas to England and France 3)Reopened the Forensic Laboratory 4)Introduced a Tax Amnesty period until ...

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Teddyson John lands nomination for Nigerian Entertainment Awards

PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia’s Teddyson John (TJ) continues to make global industry breakthroughs with yet another international music nomination. On Friday May 5th TJ received official news of his nomination for the 12th Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) under the ‘Afrosoca Artist Category’. The Nigerian Entertainment Awards is an annual entertainment award ceremony with the primary objective of recognizing African ...

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Cyber security – can Caribbean governments defend theirs borders alone?

COMMENTARY –  The dangers of cyber threats in the Caribbean continue to evolve and spike at a rate never seen before. As the telecoms providers in the Caribbean seek opportunities to increase their revenues through increase internet penetration across the region risks mushrooms.   The risks are further compounded as societies transcend geographical and physical borders, and realtime communication and business ...

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Did you know?

Did you know that after the 1948 fire Castries was rebuilt and about 1952 a park was established in front of the Government Buildings?  In 1967, it was named Constitution Park in Commemoration of St. Lucia’s attainment of Statehood. Did you know in 1781 Admiral Rodney established his naval base and hospital at Pigeon Island?  On April 12, 1782, he ...

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Man seriously injured in Laborie accident

At least one person sustained serious injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident at Sapphire, Laborie yesterday afternoon, May 9, 2017, according to police and eyewitness reports. The injured person, identified as Dave Charles, a resident of Riviere Doree, Choiseul, was transported to St. Jude’s Hospital via ambulance after the car (PD8578) overturned on the Laborie-Vieux Fort Highway, ...

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Funds available to assist young St. Lucian entrepreneurs

PRESS RELEASE – Through the St. Lucia Youth Business Trust, Tropical Shipping has made available grant funds for young St. Lucian Entrepreneurs. The funds will assist start-ups with an impactful scalable business model. The St Lucia Youth Business Trust (SLYBT) invites persons 18 to 25 years old to apply for grant support. Simply fill out their application form, attach your ...

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St. Lucian teen selected for West Indies team

Sixteen year-old Qiana Joseph has been selected to the West Indies Women’s Cricket team to participate in the International Cricket Council (ICC) Women’s World Cup. Qiana is one of four new caps selected for the Women’s World Cup. In recent years, she has attracted the attention of regional cricket selectors with the quality of her left arm seam bowling, powerful ...

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St. Lucians encouraged to donate blood to save a life

PRESS RELEASE – St Jude Hospital, the main healthcare provider in the south of the island, is hosting a blood donation drive on Friday 12 May, 2017 to help replenish its limited supplies. The event will take place at the Get Well Medical Center in Vieux-Fort, located next to the Vieux Fort bus stand between 9am to 2pm. Blood donations are critically ...

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Pregnant goat ‘Snow’ and kid stolen from Marigot residence; family believes their property is targeted

A Marigot family is seeking the assistance of the pubic in finding two goats that were stolen from the property of Eldon Francois about 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 9 by three individuals, according to daughter Nisha Frederick. “Our home is a target for thieves. They always break and enter but this time they decided to take the animals,” Frederick told ...

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Labour minister calls on trade unions

PRESS RELEASE – Labour Minister Hon. Stephenson King has called on trade unions to extend their scope beyond employee representation to also consider training in disaster preparedness. The Labour Minister’s comments came on the heels of a joint public-private sector disaster management workshop last Thursday, and the recent launch of the National Occupational Safety and Health Policy. According to the ...

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Opposition leader to respond to PM budget address today

PRESS RELEASE – Leader of the Opposition the Hon Philip J Pierre will at 4 pm today respond to the budget address delivered by the Prime Minister yesterday.  This is the first time in recent history that the Opposition has been asked to respond to the Prime Minister the day after his delivery.  In spite of the short notice, Hon ...

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Men: What is destroying them in our country?

PRESS RELEASE – Since 2016 we have heard about many men that have committed suicide, others were killed and many have lost their job and because of that we have seen men with low self esteem and families being destroyed. You are not Superman, but even he has a weak point: kryptonite. However much of a superman you might be, ...

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Windies out to spoil Misbah, Younis farewell

JAMAICA OBSERVER – West Indies will be looking to spoil the international farewells of Pakistan Captain Misbah-ul-Haq and senior batsman Younis Khan in the decisive third and final Test at Windsor Park starting today.Buoyed by a series-levelling win five days ago, the hosts are in pursuit of a first Test series success in five years against a team ranked higher. ...

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IMPACT Justice Technical Advisory Groups to meet in S.t Lucia

PRESS RELEASE – The Canadian Government funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) Project is hosting 3 Technical Advisory Group meetings at the Bay Gardens Hotel, Gros Islet, Rodney Bay, St. Lucia on May 11th and 12th, 2017. These meetings will serve to assist the Project as it seeks to finalize its work plan for Year 4 ...

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Trio granted bail for issuing over $100,000 in fraudulent cheques to VF business

Three men who have been charged for cheque fraud amounting to over $100,000 were granted bail when they appeared in the Second District Court in Vieux Fort (VF) yesterday, Monday, May 8, 2017, according to the Vieux Fort Criminal Investigations Department. Lance Prospere, 26, of Morne Du Don was charged with three counts of possession of fraudulent documents; Niam Charles, 37, of ...

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Teens run away from Transit Home

PRESS RELEASE – The New Beginnings Transit Home is an organization where we provide good care in a safe home environment to develop the full potential of each child focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and maintaining links with their families. The following Children and Young persons have absconded from the home and therefore we request that you ...

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Team St. Lucia ready for Caribbean School Boys Boxing Championships in Guyana

PRESS RELEASE – Fresh off their recent victory at the OECS Invitational Boxing Championships last month, a five member team has been selected to represent Saint Lucia at the 2017 Caribbean School Boys and Juniors Boxing Championships. This tournament takes place May 12-14 at the National Gymnasium in Guyana. The team selected to represent Saint Lucia are; KAREEM BOYCE KIMLYN ...

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Man shot in Mon Repos

A man was hospitalised following a shooting in Grass Street, Mon Repos last evening, police said. The victim,  48-year-old Herbert Ferdinand, a resident of Grass Street, Mon Repos, was shot once with the bullet going through his finger and lodging into his thigh, police said. He was transported to St. Jude Hospital in stable condition, police said. The shooting occurred around ...

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New vent at volcanic springs no cause for alarm – NEMO

GIS – A new vent discovered at the Soufriere volcano is no cause for alarm. The new vent was discovered over a fortnight ago when concerns were raised due to ash being emitted from the volcano. Velda Joseph, Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO), said the present activity being witnessed does not indicate that the volcano is about ...

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BREAKING NEWS: Man found dead in Laborie

Police are investigating the death of a man in Laborie. The man, identified 50-year-old Darius Jn Baptiste, alias ‘Apricot’., was found in the nude, face down in his yard, police said. His death is being treated as a sudden death until the conclusion of a post mortem, police said. (12)(4)

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St. Lucia’s EasyClickBooks.com a finalist in the 2017 Caribbean Innovation Competition

PRESS RELEASE – EasyClickBooks.com, St. Lucia’s online textbook ordering & covering service, is now a finalist in the 2017 Caribbean Innovation Competition. This will be the 12th year of the Caribbean Innovation Competition hosted by the Young Americas Business Trust, to be held in Mexico on starting June 17th. A Total of 3,491 teams from around the Caribbean registered in ...

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Did you know?

Did you know that the maternity ward at Victoria Hospital was sponsored by the Government of France? The ward is named for Françoise Dolto who was a French pediatrician and psychoanalyst and was officially opened on 15th March, 1992. Did you know that in 1954 the West Indies Broadcasting Service (WIBS) established a branch in Saint Lucia which later became ...

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OECS Commission welcomes new Martiniquan Communications Officer

GIS – In light of the accession of Martinique to associate member status of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and the pending membership of the French territories St. Martin and Guadeloupe, the OECS Commission welcomed Doris Nol, a national of Martinique, to the post of Communications Officer on April 24. Ms. Nol will help increase knowledge-sharing and foster ...

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Prime Minister to address strategic areas for growth in first budget speech

PRESS RELEASE – Prime Minister Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet and Minister for Finance, Economic Growth, Job Creation, External Affairs and the Public Service, Honourable Allen Michael Chastanet will on Tuesday 09 May 2017 at 5:00 p.m. table the Appropriation Bill 2017/2018 and deliver his first Budget Address.   At the House of Assembly Meeting the Prime Minister will present a ...

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UPDATE: Five injured in vehicular accident

Five persons were injured when a sports utility vehicle (SUV) collided with a utility pole along the Roseau-Marigot Highway Monday afternoon, an official said. Emergency services received the report of the accident at 4:51 p.m. One person – Jonas Volty of La Croix Maingot who is about 30 years old – sustained serious injuries and was transported by ambulance to ...

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St. Lucia National Trust’s statement on the Le Paradis development

PRESS RELEASE – The proposed developments at Pigeon Island National Landmark and Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area have prompted much public discussion on the merits of these developments. Comparisons have been made between the stand taken by the Saint Lucia National Trust on these proposed developments, and that on the then proposed Le Paradis development. We are pleased to provide ...

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YPG tournament a success

PRESS RELEASE – The YPG (Youth Power Group) would like to thank the public for the support given to the tournament on Sunday 7th at the Vigie Playing Field. People from Castries and V.Fort came to cheer the youths and give their support to them. The YPG is formed by young people who decided to change their lives and help other ...

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First-time visitors robbed hours after arriving in St. Lucia

A reward of $1,000 is being offered for the return of items stolen from the room of two visitors at a Castries villa over the weekend, according to reliable sources. The incident occurred on Saturday, May 6. The victims, who are here for the first time, arrived on May 5. Among the stolen items are two cameras, two go-pro cameras, four laptops, ...

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Alva Henry resets national 400m hurdles record

For the second straight year, St. Lucian Alva Henry has broken his national 400-metres hurdles record at the Mid America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) outdoor track and field championships, held over the weekend. Henry, competing for Lincoln University in Missouri, placed fifth in the final in a new national record of 53.33 seconds, improving his 2016 performance by one place. He qualified ...

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New weekly flights from UK to St. Lucia

GIS – Officials from Saint Lucia’s tourism sector welcomed the inaugural flight of Touristik Union International (TUI) Thomson into Saint Lucia at the Hewannorra International Airport. Deepa Girdari from the Department of Tourism spoke on behalf of the minister with responsibility for Tourism, Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Dominic Fedee who was out of state. Girdari said with the new 288-seater ...

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UPDATE: Three charged for cheque fraud in Vieux Fort

Three men who were arrested on suspicion of fraud in Vieux Fort have ben formally charged, police said. The suspects, Lance Prospere, 26, of Morne Du Don; Niam Charles, 37, of Cedar Heights; and Charles Alfred, 28, of Union were all charged yesterday, May 7, 2017, police said. Prospere was charged with three counts of possession of fraudulent documents; Charles with ...

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Government embarks on Agricultural Transformation Project

PRESS RELEASE – The Government of Saint Lucia has embarked on an Agricultural Transformation Project with the aim of bringing about a dynamic shift in the industry. A significant component of the Agricultural Transformation Project is the implementation of a three-year Banana Rehabilitation Program for which EC$13.8 million has been allocated in the 2017 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure. According ...

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St. Lucia shines at Cultural Festival in Taiwan

PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia students currently studying in Taiwan represented St Lucia at the First Caribbean and Latin America Cultural Festival which was held in Taipei on Saturday evening May 5th 2017. The events which was organized by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Taiwan and the Embassies of Diplomatic Ally Countries of Taiwan from Caribbean and Latin America, featured ...

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St Lucia finance minister’s ‘Judo budget’ was predictable (commentary)

COMMENTARY – The second session of the eleventh parliament of Saint Lucia got under way on Tuesday, April 25. However, much the same as the first, lying and deception was even more confounding and self-serving, with a EC$1.5 billion Judo budget, namely, the 2017/18 estimates of revenue and expenditure. The political Judo After all, the handwriting was on the wall. Throughout ...

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T20 globetrotter Sammy not losing sleep over Windies recall

TIMES OF INDIA – Darren Sammy says he has no regrets of publicly lambasting the West Indies board post victory in last year’s World T20 final which effectively became his last international match till date. Two-time World T20 winning captain, Sammy is busy playing T20 Leagues all around the world but still cares about West Indies cricket. He also remains available ...

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Marbeq Edgar shatters St. Lucia’s 800m record

St. Lucia’s top middle-distance runner Marbeq Edgar has broken the men’s national 800 metres record which stood for 18 years. Representing Texas-based Wiley College, at the Tom Tellez Invitational yesterday, Edgar won the two-lap event in one minute, 47.83 seconds, erasing the 1:48.9 national record set by Miguel Lambert in 1999. In the process, Edgar also shattered the meet record. At ...

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Tulsie may not be going anywhere soon

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) wants its director Bishnu Tulsie to postpone his retirement during what the organisation called “this very important” period. This decision was made at an emergency membership meeting held by the Trust on Saturday, April 29 at the Pigeon Island National Landmark, according to a press release. At the meeting, according to the Trust, a resolution received ...

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“I was possessed!” – a YPG story

PRESS RELEASE – Drinking, smoking, womanising and partying. This was the kind of life I was living at the age of 15. I grew up in the community of Shanty Town, Vieux-Fort. I was living a life of misery and poverty. I didn’t have hope for the future and my life was a mess. I had the desire of killing ...

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Woman from St. Lucia flight arrested for undeclared US$44,000

A woman who was on a St. Lucia flight has been arrested by Guyanese authorities for failing to declare over US$44,000, police in the South American country has said. The woman’s name was not revealed because she had not been charged at the time the report was disclosed, however the authorities said she is a 36-year-old resident of South Ruimveldt in ...

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Police: Death of Morne Jacques man under investigation

PRESS RELEASE – Police were summoned to the scene of a suspected suicide at Morne Jacques, Choiseul, about 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Matthew Joseph, a seventy (70) year old resident of Morne Jacques, was found suspended by the neck from a tree, by family members. About 11:00 a.m. that day, he had been reported as missing by ...

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Three persons nabbed for fraud in Vieux Fort

Police have confirmed reports that three males have been arrested on suspicion of fraud in Vieux Fort. Police said the suspects were taken into custody for allegedly issuing fraudulent cheques in Vieux Fort. They have not been charged and the matter is being investigated by the Vieux Fort Police Station The suspects are believed to be from Castries. More details later ...

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