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January 9, 2019

St. Lucia

Air Conditioning Technicians Held With Drugs At BCF

Source: St. Lucia Times Two air conditioning technicians who were found in possession of drugs and other contraband items at Bordelais Correctional Facility (BCF), were arrested and charged by… Link: Air Conditioning Technicians Held With Drugs At BCF

Venezuelan, Saint Lucian Charged For Money Laundering

Source: St. Lucia Times A Venezuelan national and a Saint Lucian have been charged with money laundering in connection with a quantity of Euros and US currency, law enforcement… Link: Venezuelan, Saint Lucian Charged For Money Laundering

Former Minister Says Crooks Losing Respect For Cops

Source: St. Lucia Times Former National Security Minister, Doctor Keith Mondesir, has asserted that a recent burglary at police departments housed in the Lamar building on Bridge Street, Castries,… Link: Former Minister Says Crooks Losing Respect For Cops

Cornerstone Gets Financial Assistance

Source: St. Lucia Times Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, Wednesday presented a cheque in the sum of nearly $7,000 to Cornerstone Humanitarian Society. The society’s administrator, Desmond Phillip, received the… Link: Cornerstone Gets Financial Assistance

Judge Issues Gag Order In Botham Jean Case

Source: St. Lucia Times Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger had a procedural court hearing Tuesday morning in Dallas, it has been reported. Guyger faces a murder charge in… Link: Judge Issues Gag Order In Botham Jean Case

Samples In Kimberly’s Murder Case Due Back This Weekend

Source: St. Lucia Times Police Commissioner, Severin Moncherry, has disclosed that samples taken in the Kimberly Williams de Leon murder case  that were sent to Saint Kitts to be… Link: Samples In Kimberly’s Murder Case Due Back This Weekend

‘Non-Conforming’ Transformers Withdrawn From Market

Source: St. Lucia Times The Saint Lucia Bureau of Standards (SLBS) has withdrawn non-conforming transformers from the market here because of the risk to the health and safety of… Link: ‘Non-Conforming’ Transformers Withdrawn From Market

New Year Babies Receive Hampers

Source: St. Lucia Times The mothers of two babies who were born on New Year’s Day were presented with hampers containing baby supplies. The baby girls, Belle Faucher and… Link: New Year Babies Receive Hampers

Smartphone Users Get ‘Antichrist’ Warning

Source: St. Lucia Times People’s dependence on smartphones and modern technology could bring about the coming of the Antichrist, the leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has warned. But… Link: Smartphone Users Get ‘Antichrist’ Warning

VOYAGER TENNIS OPEN: Things Heating-Up At George V Park

Source: The Voice TIGER In-Flow Tennis Academy organizers of the 5th edition of the Voyager Tennis Open in collaboration with Go! Insect Repellent, … The post VOYAGER TENNIS… Link: VOYAGER TENNIS OPEN: Things Heating-Up At George V Park

A Poem for Helen

Source: The Voice NEXT month, in which we celebrate our country’s 40th Anniversary of Independence, will soon be here. In fact, activities are … The post A Poem… Link: A Poem for Helen

OECS Bar Expresses Solidarity With Protesting Grenada Lawyers

Source: St. Lucia Times The OECS BAR Association has  issued a statement expressing solidarity with the Grenada Bar Association (GBA) on its protest action. The statement Tuesday observed that… Link: OECS Bar Expresses Solidarity With Protesting Grenada Lawyers

Come what may, she’s doing it her way!

Source: The Voice AFTER surviving a No Confidence vote triggered by members of her Conservative Party just before Christmas, UK Prime Minister Theresa … The post Come what… Link: Come what may, she’s doing it her way!

No date set yet for Saint Lucia’s No Confidence Motion

Source: The Voice WITH a No Confidence Motion on the parliamentary agenda in Saint Lucia, more attention is being paid here to matters … The post No date… Link: No date set yet for Saint Lucia’s No Confidence Motion

El Chapo ‘Hitman’ Had Sound Proof ‘Murder Room’

Source: St. Lucia Times One of Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s trusted hitmen kept a soundproof “murder room” with a drain to speed up messy executions, jurors… Link: El Chapo ‘Hitman’ Had Sound Proof ‘Murder Room’

Entrepreneur Upbeat About Gay Club In Barbados

Source: St. Lucia Times Barbados entrepreneur, Charles ‘Charlie Spice’ Lewis has reported an overwhelmingly positive response to a club for members of the LGBT community that has been advertised… Link: Entrepreneur Upbeat About Gay Club In Barbados

US Driver Pleads Guilty To Six Murders

Source: St. Lucia Times An Uber driver accused of killing six people at random in a shooting spree in the US state of Michigan in 2016 has pleaded guilty… Link: US Driver Pleads Guilty To Six Murders

PM Browne Threatens Compulsory Acquisition Of Scotiabank Antigua

Source: St. Lucia Times Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister, Gaston Browne, has not ruled out considering compulsory acquisition of Scotiabank Antigua, according to a local news report. Browne wants… Link: PM Browne Threatens Compulsory Acquisition Of Scotiabank Antigua

Charrandas Persaud Plans To Return To Guyana ‘Soon’

Source: St. Lucia Times Charrandas Persaud, whose shock vote in support of the opposition’s no confidence motion against the Guyana government of which he was part, plans to return… Link: Charrandas Persaud Plans To Return To Guyana ‘Soon’

T&T Woman Confesses To Fake Rape Claim

Source: St. Lucia Times A Trinidad and Tobago woman was charged with wasteful employment of the police after making a fake rape claim, local reports say. The Daily Express… Link: T&T Woman Confesses To Fake Rape Claim

University of Vermont To Assist With Three Saint Lucia Projects

Source: St. Lucia Times The University of Vermont plans to undertake three major projects here this year, it has been announced. According to Lecturer in Community Development and Applied… Link: University of Vermont To Assist With Three Saint Lucia Projects

Castries North Youth Get Table Tennis Equipment

Source: St. Lucia Times The Taiwanese Embassy here has made a donation of table tennis equipment to the youth of Castries North. The donation was made on Friday to… Link: Castries North Youth Get Table Tennis Equipment

Methodist Minister Urges Trust In God, Not Pastors

Source: St. Lucia Times Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church here, Seth Ampadu, has declared in an interview that people should put their trust in God and not Pastors.… Link: Methodist Minister Urges Trust In God, Not Pastors

What Type of Dementia Can a Stroke Cause?

Source: The St. Lucia Star The after effects of strokes are plentiful including brain damage, and can cause irreversible dementia. Vascular dementia (VaD), more formally known as vascular cognitive impairment… Link: What Type of Dementia Can a Stroke Cause?

CMO Director Retires, New Chief Onboard

Source: The St. Lucia Star New Caribbean Meterological Organization director, Arlene Laing (left), with the immediate past director, Tyrone Sutherland. The CARICOM Secretariat announced the retirement at the end of… Link: CMO Director Retires, New Chief Onboard

Prudent Says Charrandas Persaud Did ‘The Right Thing’

Source: St. Lucia Times Charrandas Persaud, who voted with Guyana’s opposition in support of a no-confidence motion against the coalition government of which he was part, has the backing… Link: Prudent Says Charrandas Persaud Did ‘The Right Thing’

Arkansas Cop Sacked After Shooting Chihuahua

Source: St. Lucia Times A police dog handler in the US has been sacked after being caught on camera shooting a Chihuahua. Reports identified the dog as a Chihuahua… Link: Arkansas Cop Sacked After Shooting Chihuahua

Classes To Commence Wednesday At Ciceron Primary

Source: St. Lucia Times Classes at the Ciceron Primary School will commence on Wednesday January 09, 2019, for students of the institution, the Department of Education, Innovation and Gender Relations … Link: Classes To Commence Wednesday At Ciceron Primary

Barbados Campus Of Ross University Opens

Source: St. Lucia Times Ross University School of Medicine (RUSM) has officially opened its  Barbados campus at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre, with classes expected to begin on Monday,… Link: Barbados Campus Of Ross University Opens

KIM’S KORNER: Food for Thought

Source: The St. Lucia Star Eating disorders range from over-eating to continuous purging after meals, but how will you recognise if someone you know suffers from such an illness? Eating… Link: KIM’S KORNER: Food for Thought

Spencer Ends the Year on a High Note

Source: The St. Lucia Star Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading high jumper, Levern Donaline Spencer, will be the presumptive favorite to win a record 15th title as Saint Lucia’s… Link: Spencer Ends the Year on a High Note

An Adult Perspective of Assou Square

Source: The St. Lucia Star Flashing lights and tasty food is what Assou Square is all about, but more adult entertainment may have taken over. Yes, we will never go… Link: An Adult Perspective of Assou Square

Tourism: The Way Forward

Source: The St. Lucia Star Former Politician Peter Josie. I ended an earlier column with these words: “This discussion may also be a good way to start the New Year… Link: Tourism: The Way Forward

Michael Chastanet says nepotism played no part in Knighthood

Source: The St. Lucia Star Michael Chastanet with his CMG award in 2010. He had earlier been awarded the OBE in 2001. Mr. Michael Chastanet has been awarded a knighthood… Link: Michael Chastanet says nepotism played no part in Knighthood

Exploring New Avenues in the Minimum Wage Debate

Source: The St. Lucia Star In many developed economies, a rise in the minimum wage rate has been indicative of brighter economic future, but raising the minimum wage itself does… Link: Exploring New Avenues in the Minimum Wage Debate

Breeding Criminals and Feeding Crime

Source: The Voice THE EDITOR: It is undoubtedly certain that our country’s crime rate keeps increasing at almost insurmountable heights and at greater … The post Breeding Criminals… Link: Breeding Criminals and Feeding Crime

Sir Michael… Deserving or not?

Source: The Voice THE EDITOR: I have been sounding the reactions to the knighthood of Sir Michael Chastanet. The only criticism I have … The post Sir Michael…… Link: Sir Michael… Deserving or not?

Independence? Or living in dependence…

Source: The Voice As we get ready to celebrate another independence anniversary, I wonder if that word still has any merit as it … The post Independence? Or… Link: Independence? Or living in dependence…

TENNIS: Voyager Open Day 3 and 4 This Weekend

Source: The Voice Weather permitting the thrills and spills and hits and misses continue this weekend in the 5th edition of the Voyager … The post TENNIS: Voyager… Link: TENNIS: Voyager Open Day 3 and 4 This Weekend

A Bet Blamed For Suspected Drowning In Soufriere

Source: St. Lucia Times A bet between friends has been blamed for the suspected drowning Friday of a man in his thirties at Baron’s Drive, Soufriere. It’s the second… Link: A Bet Blamed For Suspected Drowning In Soufriere

Three Earthquakes In One Day Rattle Caribbean

Source: St. Lucia Times The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the St Augustine campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Friday said an earthquake with a… Link: Three Earthquakes In One Day Rattle Caribbean

Voyager Open tennis tournament underway

Source: The St. Lucia Star Maxx William is again entered in the Voyager Open. The 2019 Voyager Open presented by GO! Insect Repellent got underway Thursday on the Kenneth “Wriggler”… Link: Voyager Open tennis tournament underway

Another Year, Another One-Note Dirge About The Police!

Source: The St. Lucia Star Miriam and her brother were attacked by a would-be robber in Rodney Bay. But as horrid as was the experience, the siblings are far more… Link: Another Year, Another One-Note Dirge About The Police!

A MESSAGE RETOLD

Source: The St. Lucia Star The author holds a dim view of the leader of the opposition Philip Pierre’s (pictured) pending vote of no confidence in the prime minister, and… Link: A MESSAGE RETOLD

King Speaks On Michael Chastanet’s Knighthood

Source: St. Lucia Times Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Stephenson King, says Michael Chastanet’s knighthood was based on a recommendation that was made and supported by the Queen. Michael… Link: King Speaks On Michael Chastanet’s Knighthood

The Economic Year in Review

Source: The St. Lucia Star For the Caribbean, the issues surrounding any US-led confrontation with China are unlikely to revolve around ideology and politics, but to be much more about… Link: The Economic Year in Review

STAR Person of the Year 2018

Source: The St. Lucia Star When the former Prime Minister Kenny Anthony initiated the IMPACS investigation in January of 2012, he knew (as he stated in 2015) it would result… Link: STAR Person of the Year 2018

King Says No Confidence Motions A Wake Up Call For Governments

Source: St. Lucia Times Former Saint Lucia Prime Minister, Stephenson King, has asserted that motions of no confidence constitute a wake up call for governments. King spoke against the… Link: King Says No Confidence Motions A Wake Up Call For Governments

Suspected Drowning In Soufriere

Source: St. Lucia Times Police are investigating a suspected drowning in Soufriere Friday about 3:45 pm, it has been reported. Law enforcement authorities have identified the deceased as Leonard… Link: Suspected Drowning In Soufriere

Two Teenagers Charged In Marchand Murder

Source: St. Lucia Times Two teenagers have been charged with the murder of a senior citizen in Marchand on December 27, 2018. The duo were identified by the police… Link: Two Teenagers Charged In Marchand Murder

CSA Urges Members To Be Ready For Action If Necessary

Source: St. Lucia Times The  Saint Lucia Civil Service Association (CSA) has  called on its members to be ready for action if necessary as the trade union faces challenges in… Link: CSA Urges Members To Be Ready For Action If Necessary

NWU Urges Employers To Reject Bad Advice

Source: St. Lucia Times The National Workers Union (NWU) has asserted that employers must be equipped to refuse bad advice that is often given to them. The trade union… Link: NWU Urges Employers To Reject Bad Advice

Lewis Slams Pybus’ Windies Appointment

Source: St. Lucia Times Leeward Islands Cricket Board president, Enoch Lewis, has called for Richard Pybus’s appointment as interim West Indies men’s coach to be rescinded, it has been… Link: Lewis Slams Pybus’ Windies Appointment

Mayor’s Office To Assist In Bringing Relief To Fire Victims

Source: St. Lucia Times The office of the Mayor of Castries intends to work with Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, in bringing relief to victims of the recent devastating… Link: Mayor’s Office To Assist In Bringing Relief To Fire Victims

North Korea Ambassador To Italy ‘Disappears’,

Source: St. Lucia Times South Korea’s spy agency has told officials that North Korea’s ambassador to Italy has disappeared, news reports say. According to the BBC, the announcement follows… Link: North Korea Ambassador To Italy ‘Disappears’,

Jamaica: Three ‘Death Squad’ Cops Freed Of Murder Charges

Source: St. Lucia Times THE three police officers who were  in a so-called ‘Death Squad’ trial have been freed in Jamaica’s Home District Court, local reports say. The officers… Link: Jamaica: Three ‘Death Squad’ Cops Freed Of Murder Charges

Antigua & Barbuda To Pump Millions Into State Internet Provider

Source: St. Lucia Times The Antigua and Barbuda Government has announced that the state-owned Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) will invest millions of dollars in becoming much more competitive… Link: Antigua & Barbuda To Pump Millions Into State Internet Provider

It Will Not Be Easy CWI. WHY? – By Hervon Henry

Source: St. Lucia Times Cricket fans in the region must be flabbergasted that Cricket West Indies (CWI) cannot name a Head Coach to replace Stuart Law. WHY? How early did… Link: It Will Not Be Easy CWI. WHY? – By Hervon Henry

‘Heavily Redacted’ Botham Jean Incident Report Released

Source: St. Lucia Times The City of Dallas recently released an extremely small portion of the Botham Jean incident report after an open records request from FOX4, the television… Link: ‘Heavily Redacted’ Botham Jean Incident Report Released

Four Babies Born At Victoria Hospital On New Year’s Day

Source: St. Lucia Times Victoria Hospital delivered four babies on New Year’s  day, officials at the medical institution have disclosed. The first child delivered was a girl weighing six… Link: Four Babies Born At Victoria Hospital On New Year’s Day

Guyana Government Says No Confidence Vote Is Of No effect

Source: St. Lucia Times The drama continues in Guyana following the recent decision by a government MP to support the opposition’s no confidence motion against the coalition administration which… Link: Guyana Government Says No Confidence Vote Is Of No effect

Saint Lucia Prime Minister Encouraged By Progress Made

Source: St. Lucia Times Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has said that he is encouraged by the progress made so far by the country. “Looking ahead I am encouraged by… Link: Saint Lucia Prime Minister Encouraged By Progress Made

Trinidad & Tobago Records First Homicide For The Year

Source: St. Lucia Times Trinidad and Tobago which ended 2018 with 516 homicides, has recorded its first homicide for 2019, local reports say. According to the Daily Express, the victim is Daniel… Link: Trinidad & Tobago Records First Homicide For The Year

Castries Central MP Pledges To Assist Rose Hill Fire Victims

Source: St. Lucia Times Castries Central MP, Sarah Flood-Beaubrun, has expressed sadness at the devastating Rose Hill fire which occurred after midnight Monday. “I want to empathise with residents… Link: Castries Central MP Pledges To Assist Rose Hill Fire Victims

‘Charrandas Yuh Gon Dead Tonight’

Source: St. Lucia Times The former Guyana government MP whose no confidence vote brought down the administration of which he was a part, has spoken of threats against his… Link: ‘Charrandas Yuh Gon Dead Tonight’

Eight Houses Burnt In New Years Day Fire

Source: The Voice The New Year celebrations in the city of Castries were interrupted by the sounds of ambulance and fire sirens. Fire … The post Eight Houses… Link: Eight Houses Burnt In New Years Day Fire

Seven Houses Destroyed In Rose Hill Fire

Source: St. Lucia Times Tragedy struck early in the New Year when a devastating fire at Rose Hill, Castries,  left seven households without shelter. There were no reports of… Link: Seven Houses Destroyed In Rose Hill Fire

Concern Over ‘Money Making’ Churches In Saint Lucia

Source: St. Lucia Times The Superintendent Minister of the Methodist Church in Saint Lucia, Seth Ampadu, has expressed concern about ‘money making’ churches that have appeared here overnight. “I… Link: Concern Over ‘Money Making’ Churches In Saint Lucia

Jamaican On Gun, Ammo Charges Denied Bail

Source: St. Lucia Times A  Magistrate Monday denied bail to a Jamaican national who was charged for  possession of an unlicensed gun and ammunition. Orville Andrew Pernell, who is… Link: Jamaican On Gun, Ammo Charges Denied Bail

Zuiderdam Makes Inaugural Call at Port Castries

Source: St. Lucia Times On Sunday, December 30, 2018 Saint Lucia welcomed the inaugural call of the Zuiderdam at Port Castries. According to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority (SLTA),… Link: Zuiderdam Makes Inaugural Call at Port Castries

The Cost Of LPG Decreases In New Fuel Price Adjustments

Source: St. Lucia Times The prices of LPG have decreased in the latest adjustments announced by the government, while the retail prices of gasoline (unleaded) and diesel remain unchanged.… Link: The Cost Of LPG Decreases In New Fuel Price Adjustments

UK Mulls New Defence Bases In C’bean, Far East After Brexit

Source: St. Lucia Times Britain’s defence secretary has said that the country could establish new military bases in the Caribbean and Far East after Britain leaves the European Union,… Link: UK Mulls New Defence Bases In C’bean, Far East After Brexit

Bajans Help Haitians In Distress

Source: St. Lucia Times Barbadians have been urged to help fund return tickets for 15 Haitians who visited Barbados in search of a better life, but fell on hard… Link: Bajans Help Haitians In Distress

LIAT Announces Possible Delays Due To ‘Flow Control’

Source: St. Lucia Times LIAT has announced that several flights within its network may experience delays due to flow control restrictions. A notice on the  Caribbean airline’s official website… Link: LIAT Announces Possible Delays Due To ‘Flow Control’

Former West Indies Cricketer Honoured By The Queen

Source: St. Lucia Times Former West Indies batsman, Alvin Isaac Kallicharran ,was among several sports personalities, who were awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year… Link: Former West Indies Cricketer Honoured By The Queen

Jamaica Company Wants To Launch Cannabis Dispensing Machines

Source: St. Lucia Times A Jamaican cannabis company, EPICAN, intends to launch machines that will dispense medicinal cannabis, local news reports say. According to the reports, the machines will… Link: Jamaica Company Wants To Launch Cannabis Dispensing Machines

Bermuda: Gibbons awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours List

Source: St. Lucia News Online Dr Grant Gibbons (CMC) – Former politician Dr Grant Gibbons, who masterminded Bermuda’s successful America’s Cup bid, has been has been recognised in the Queen’s… Link: Bermuda: Gibbons awarded OBE in Queen’s New Year Honours List

Mayweather comes out of retirement to fight Japanese kickboxer

Source: St. Lucia News Online (BBC) — Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa has vowed to “take down” boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in their three-round exhibition match in Japan on Monday. Former… Link: Mayweather comes out of retirement to fight Japanese kickboxer

PM proposes new law for wannabe MPs

Source: The St. Lucia Star Kenny Anthony: It is anyone’s guess how he would react should three MPS move from Allen Chastanet to the other side following the debate of… Link: PM proposes new law for wannabe MPs

Levern Spencer ends the year on a high

Source: St. Lucia News Online Levern Spencer (SNO) — Saint Lucia and the Caribbean’s leading high jumper, Levern Donaline Spencer, will be the presumptive favourite to win a record 15th… Link: Levern Spencer ends the year on a high

Former Guyana government minister dies

Source: St. Lucia News Online Vibert DeSouza (CMC) – The former Minister of Amerindian Affairs Francis Vibert DeSouza died at this home here on Saturday. In addition to being the… Link: Former Guyana government minister dies

CHTA president optimistic about future of region’s tourism

Source: St. Lucia News Online Patricia Affonso-Dass (CMC) – President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Patricia Affonso-Dass, has expressed optimism about the future of the region’s tourism… Link: CHTA president optimistic about future of region’s tourism

FOCUS is fulfilling needs under the sun

Source: The St. Lucia Star No doubt about it the two youngsters were delighted to receive presents from Levern Spencer. We often hear of Levern Spencer’s exploits in high jump… Link: FOCUS is fulfilling needs under the sun

Last Call for Bananas

Source: The St. Lucia Star According to a recent Winfresh report, sales for Saint Lucian bananas in the United Kingdom will be greatly reduced in 2019. Almost a week ago,… Link: Last Call for Bananas

Concern In T&T Over Unregistered Churches

Source: St. Lucia Times There’s concern in Trinidad and Tobago over ‘overnight’ churches that are not registered with the Ministry of Legal Affairs. The Trinidad Express reports that a lot… Link: Concern In T&T Over Unregistered Churches

CARICOM agrees measures to breathe life into integration process

Source: The St. Lucia Star The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) is a political bloc of twenty Caribbean nations; fifteen member states and five associate members who collectively represent approximately sixteen million… Link: CARICOM agrees measures to breathe life into integration process

Guyana Government Challenges No Confidence Vote

Source: St. Lucia Times The Guyana government is arguing that there was a misrepresentation of what constitutes a majority in the 65-Member National Assembly, according to the Guyana Chronicle.… Link: Guyana Government Challenges No Confidence Vote

Will Pierre Lead The Charge Against PM?

Source: The St. Lucia Star Local MPs are soon to debate a no confidence motion filed earlier this month with the House clerk by opposition leader Philip J. Pierre (pictured).… Link: Will Pierre Lead The Charge Against PM?

Fourteen Pound Baby Breaks Record At Texas Hospital

Source: St. Lucia Times A Texas newborn made a grand appearance earlier this month, at an unexpected 14 pounds and 13 ounces, USA Today has reported. According to the… Link: Fourteen Pound Baby Breaks Record At Texas Hospital

Zuiderdam Makes Inaugural Call To Port Castries

Source: St. Lucia Times The Saint Lucia Air and Sea Ports Authority (SLASPA),  has announced the inaugural call of Zuiderdam to Port Castries on Sunday, December 30, 2018. According… Link: Zuiderdam Makes Inaugural Call To Port Castries

Implementation Of Demerit System For Defaulting Drivers Urged

Source: St. Lucia Times The President of the National Association of Driving Schools (NADS), Kingson Jean, has called on the authorities to implement a demerit system for drivers who… Link: Implementation Of Demerit System For Defaulting Drivers Urged

Why UNESCO was right to declare reggae a cultural treasure

Source: The Voice WHEN UNESCO announced that “the reggae music of Jamaica” had been added to its list of cultural products considered worthy … The post Why UNESCO… Link: Why UNESCO was right to declare reggae a cultural treasure

BEYOND AMNESIA AND NOSTALGIA: Contemporize The Culture

Source: The Voice JACINTHA is well known to two generations of St. Lucians with a fading recognition among the more recent third generation. … The post BEYOND AMNESIA… Link: BEYOND AMNESIA AND NOSTALGIA: Contemporize The Culture

Once Upon A Time In Saint Lucia

Source: The Voice ONCE Upon A Time In Saint Lucia, the latest offering of local folk stories from writer Jacintha Annius-Lee, is now … The post Once Upon… Link: Once Upon A Time In Saint Lucia

Young Sharks Assist The Less Fortunate

Source: St. Lucia Times Young members of the Sharks Swim Club were distributing hampers to to the less fortunate in the community of Faux A Chaud Saturday. Spokesperson for… Link: Young Sharks Assist The Less Fortunate

Curtain call for a classic ARC

Source: The St. Lucia Star General Manager of the IGY Rodney Bay Marina Sean Devaux (extreme right) presented the first place Class C award to Starling crew members. ARC 2018… Link: Curtain call for a classic ARC

PWA Demands IMPACS Resolution By Early 2019!

Source: The St. Lucia Star Travis Chicot, president of the PWA. When a 2015 inquest declared the death of 23-year-old Chakadan an “unlawful police killing,” his mother, Frances Daniel, considered… Link: PWA Demands IMPACS Resolution By Early 2019!

Martin Hanna Introduces Penny Pinch!

Source: The St. Lucia Star Martin Hanna, Founder of Penny Pinch. Penny Pinch is an online platform which connects consumers and businesses through coupon marketing. It was founded by Martin… Link: Martin Hanna Introduces Penny Pinch!

MARKING 40 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

Source: The St. Lucia Star This coming year marks Saint Lucia’s 40th anniversary of independence and the author offers food for thought with regard to where we go from here.… Link: MARKING 40 YEARS OF INDEPENDENCE

Flagship Sandals Hotel gets US$60m makeover

Source: St. Lucia News Online The new Almond River Suites at Sandals Montego Bay. (JAMAICA GLEANER) — The flagship property in the Sandals Resorts International chain has been given a… Link: Flagship Sandals Hotel gets USm makeover

A Widow continues her Campaign for Justice!

Source: The St. Lucia Star Margaret Pratt recently visited Saint Lucia for the first time since her husband’s 2014 murder. The authorities brought her no tidings of joy. We planned… Link: A Widow continues her Campaign for Justice!

The State of St Lucian Healthcare, In-Depth

Source: The St. Lucia Star The go-again, stop-again St Jude’s reconstruction project has come to epitomize Saint Lucia’s inadequate capacity to deliver satisfactory healthcare to the island’s citizens. According to… Link: The State of St Lucian Healthcare, In-Depth

2018: Year in Review

Source: The St. Lucia Star Yesterday, today, tomorrow! It’s all the same to those who long ago abandoned their right to determine their own destinies. (Pictured, they always tell it… Link: 2018: Year in Review

Norway: Trapped Car Thief Calls Police For Help

Source: St. Lucia Times A car thief had to call the police to ask for help after he was trapped inside the car he was trying to steal, the… Link: Norway: Trapped Car Thief Calls Police For Help

Police Arrest Jamaican National For Firearm, Ammunition

Source: St. Lucia Times A police stop and search operation along the Castries Gros Islet highway Friday, resulted in the arrest of a Jamaican national for possession of an… Link: Police Arrest Jamaican National For Firearm, Ammunition

Francis Responds To Calls For His Resignation

Source: St. Lucia Times National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis has declared in response to calls on social media for his resignation, that he works at the behest of the… Link: Francis Responds To Calls For His Resignation

Suriname Politician Showers Money From Helicopter

Source: St. Lucia Times Former Suriname guerrilla leader turned politician, Ronnie Brunswijk, has defended a decision to rain money from a helicopter on the village of  Moengo Tapoe. According… Link: Suriname Politician Showers Money From Helicopter

Elderly Man Identified in Marchand Shooting

Source: The Voice Police have identified the elderly man said to have been shot by a stray bullet from last night’s shooting incident … The post Elderly Man… Link: Elderly Man Identified in Marchand Shooting

Stranded Ferry Passengers Rescued Off Saint Lucia

Source: St. Lucia Times Twenty-five stranded passengers had to be rescued Thursday night when the ferry in which they were travelling ran aground off Saint Lucia, law enforcement officials… Link: Stranded Ferry Passengers Rescued Off Saint Lucia

One Dead, Two Others Injured In Marchand Shooting

Source: St. Lucia Times One person is  reported dead and two others injured as a result of a shooting incident at Marchand. The incident occurred about 7:45 p.m. near… Link: One Dead, Two Others Injured In Marchand Shooting

Wager Between Two Men Blamed For Suspected Drowning

Source: St. Lucia Times A wager involving two men in the fishing village of Canaries led to the suspected drowning death of one of them, a relative of the… Link: Wager Between Two Men Blamed For Suspected Drowning

Patient In Viral Video Defends Victoria Hospital

Source: St. Lucia Times The patient at the centre of a viral video that raised questions about health care at Victoria Hospital, has been speaking out. In an interview… Link: Patient In Viral Video Defends Victoria Hospital

Salvation Army Donations Drop Amidst ‘Tremendous Competition’

Source: St. Lucia Times The Salvation Army is reporting a drop in charitable donations of cash this year, amidst what the organisation described as tremendous competition for funds. However,… Link: Salvation Army Donations Drop Amidst ‘Tremendous Competition’

Deadly Boxing Day Accident Claims Two On Roseau Highway

Source: The Voice Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of two (2) individuals due to a vehicular accident which occurred on … The post Deadly Boxing… Link: Deadly Boxing Day Accident Claims Two On Roseau Highway

Three Suspected Drownings Mar Festive Season

Source: The Voice On Monday, December 24, 2018 about 3:15 p.m. officers attached to the Canaries Police Station responded to a report of … The post Three Suspected… Link: Three Suspected Drownings Mar Festive Season

Doctor Warns Of Danger Of ‘Selfie Wrist’

Source: St. Lucia Times California Doctor, Levi Harrison, is warning people about selfie wrist caused by people using their phone’s camera to take a photo of themselves, according to… Link: Doctor Warns Of Danger Of ‘Selfie Wrist’

Police Probe Three Suspected Drownings

Source: St. Lucia Times Police are investigating three suspected drownings this week. According to a police press release, on Christmas Eve day about 3:15 p.m officers attached to the… Link: Police Probe Three Suspected Drownings

Police Identify Both Deceased In Fatal Roseau Accident

Source: St. Lucia Times Both deceased in Wednesday evening’s fatal accident along the Roseau-Anse La Raye highway about 7:45 PM have been identified by the police. According to a… Link: Police Identify Both Deceased In Fatal Roseau Accident

Four Dead, Ten Injured In Separate Incidents This Week

Source: St. Lucia Times Four persons are dead and ten others were injured in separate major incidents since Monday, the Saint Lucia Fire Service has reported. The series of… Link: Four Dead, Ten Injured In Separate Incidents This Week

Organisers Expect ‘Monster’ Buju Concert In Barbados

Source: St. Lucia Times Organisers of the April 27, 2019 Buju Banton concert in Barbados, say it is gearing up to be a ‘monster’ event. Show promoter Al Gilkes,… Link: Organisers Expect ‘Monster’ Buju Concert In Barbados

Jamaica: Woman found not guilty of hiring hit man to kill husband

Source: St. Lucia News Online (JAMAICA GLEANER) — For the first Christmas in nine years, yesterday, Joyce Leslie faced the festivities at home without the threat of a lengthy prison… Link: Jamaica: Woman found not guilty of hiring hit man to kill husband

Time Running Out For $1.5B Jackpot Winner To Collect Cash

Source: St. Lucia Times The winner of the $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot has still not stepped forward more than two months after the ticket was sold in South Carolina,… Link: Time Running Out For .5B Jackpot Winner To Collect Cash

BREAKING NEWS: Two dead in Boxing Day accident in Roseau

Source: St. Lucia News Online (SNO) — Two individuals died as a result of a motor vehicle accident in Roseau on Wednesday evening (Boxing Day), law enforcement sources have informed… Link: BREAKING NEWS: Two dead in Boxing Day accident in Roseau

Frenchman Sets Sail For Caribbean In A Barrel

Source: St. Lucia Times A 71-year-old Frenchman set sail across the Atlantic from El Hierro in Spain’s Canary Islands on Wednesday in a barrel-shaped orange capsule. France 24 says Jean-Jacques Savin is… Link: Frenchman Sets Sail For Caribbean In A Barrel

Sagicor Official Laments Under-Insurance In Caribbean

Source: St. Lucia Times Group Chief Operating Officer of Sagicor Financial Corporation Ravi Rambarran believes that the Caribbean is ‘grossly under-insured’, according to Barbados Today. Rambarran was quoted as… Link: Sagicor Official Laments Under-Insurance In Caribbean

US Official Suggests Jesus Was a ‘Refugee’

Source: St. Lucia Times U.S. Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. wished her Twitter followers a Merry Christmas Tuesday by referring to the newborn Jesus as a “refugee”, Fox News has… Link: US Official Suggests Jesus Was a ‘Refugee’

NTU Cries Foul Over $1.1 M Payout To Bus Operators

Source: St. Lucia Times The National Taxi Union (NTU) has accused the government of sidelining the organisation, while showing favour to minibus operators. The government recently paid $1.1 million… Link: NTU Cries Foul Over .1 M Payout To Bus Operators

Jamaica: Driver killed in fiery crash while allegedly racing

Source: St. Lucia News Online (JAMAICA GLEANER) — Residents along the Content Main Road in Williamsfield, Manchester are now counting their blessings after two motor vehicles collided in their houses… Link: Jamaica: Driver killed in fiery crash while allegedly racing

Jamaican media worker reported missing

Source: St. Lucia News Online RODGERS…missing since October 13 (JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Derrick Rodgers has been missing for two months. Family members, living in Georgia and Massachusetts in the United… Link: Jamaican media worker reported missing

Guyana: Government examining all legal options

Source: St. Lucia News Online President Granger (CMC) – The Guyana government will on Thursday be presented with “all the legal options” as it prepares to respond to a successful… Link: Guyana: Government examining all legal options

152 Vietnam Tourists ‘Disappear’ In Taiwan

Source: St. Lucia Times The Taiwanese authorities are searching for 152 Vietnamese people who arrived on tourist visas last week and have since gone missing, the BBC has reported.… Link: 152 Vietnam Tourists ‘Disappear’ In Taiwan

B-GLAD: No Issue With Buju Performing In Barbados

Source: St. Lucia Times CONTRARY to media reports, Barbados Gays and Lesbians Against Discrimination (B-GLAD) said it has no issue with Buju Banton performing in that Caribbean island, according… Link: B-GLAD: No Issue With Buju Performing In Barbados

Opposition Leader Urges More Inclusion, Tolerance

Source: St. Lucia Times Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has reiterated calls for a more inclusive and tolerant society. In his Christmas message this year, he recalled that last… Link: Opposition Leader Urges More Inclusion, Tolerance

Saint Lucia ranked in world’s best beaches list

Source: St. Lucia News Online Jalousie Beach (SNO) — FlightNetWork, one of the world’s largest online travel publications, selected and ranked 400 of the world’s top beaches with the help… Link: Saint Lucia ranked in world’s best beaches list

‘Virtual tumour’ new way to see cancer

Source: St. Lucia News Online A group of cells, circled, have broken away from the main tumour mass (BBC) — Scientists in Cambridge have built a virtual reality (VR) 3D… Link: ‘Virtual tumour’ new way to see cancer

Victoria Hospital Delivers Five Christmas Babies

Source: St. Lucia Times Victoria Hospital had delivered five babies on Christmas Day up to 8.00 pm, according to hospital sources. A baby boy weighing weighing 7.8 pounds was… Link: Victoria Hospital Delivers Five Christmas Babies

Teenagers Beat Up, Rob Doctor In T&T

Source: St. Lucia Times A group of about  five teenagers beat up and robbed a doctor in Trinidad and Tobago on Christmas Eve day, according to a newspaper report.… Link: Teenagers Beat Up, Rob Doctor In T&T

Over 400 Now Confirmed Dead In Indonesia Tsunami

Source: St. Lucia Times At least 429 people died, more than 1,400 were injured and another 158 are missing as of Tuesday morning in the Indonesia tsunami, international news… Link: Over 400 Now Confirmed Dead In Indonesia Tsunami

Four Injured In Christmas Day Vehicle Collision

Source: St. Lucia Times A Christmas Day vehicle collision resulted in injuries to four individuals, the Saint Lucia Fire Service has confirmed. According to a Fire Service spokesman, the… Link: Four Injured In Christmas Day Vehicle Collision

Does productivity dip during the Christmas season?

Source: The St. Lucia Star Christmas: The most wonderful time of the year for families, friends and business! For some it’s “the most wonderful time of the year”.  Almost everyone… Link: Does productivity dip during the Christmas season?

National Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

Source: St. Lucia Times The deadline for National Awards Nominations has been extended to the 4th January, 2019,the Government Information Service (GIS) has announced. The National Awards will on the… Link: National Awards Nominations Deadline Extended

Two 15-Year Old Boys Charged In Boxer’s Murder

Source: St. Lucia Times Two 15-year-old boys have been charged with stabbing a keen boxer to death in north London, according to the BBC. The news organisation reported  that… Link: Two 15-Year Old Boys Charged In Boxer’s Murder

T&T Officials Say There’s No Malaria Outbreak

Source: St. Lucia Times Health officials in Trinidad and Tobago have assured the country that there’s no outbreak of malaria in the twin Island Republic. A malaria alert was… Link: T&T Officials Say There’s No Malaria Outbreak

PM: Extend A Hand In Friendship And Love

Source: St. Lucia Times Prime Minister, Allen Chastanet, has called on Saint Lucians to extend a hand of friendship and love as the country observes Christmas. “Extend a hand… Link: PM: Extend A Hand In Friendship And Love

A Christmas Memory Starring Mario Michel as The Grinch

Source: The St. Lucia Star Usually, as a primary school student, you go about your own business until your teacher tells the class what’s next on the agenda. Every year,… Link: A Christmas Memory Starring Mario Michel as The Grinch

Guyana: Gov’t minister backs Granger for second term as president

Source: St. Lucia News Online President Granger (GUYANA CHRONICLE) — Government ministers have hinted that President David Granger may return as the Presidential candidate for the APNU + AFC coalition,… Link: Guyana: Gov’t minister backs Granger for second term as president

Trinidad: Woman with 200-pound tumour faces eviction

Source: St. Lucia News Online Glo­ria Nicome (TRINIDAD GUARDIAN) — Glo­ria Nicome, who is liv­ing with an en­larged tu­mour grow­ing on her back, but­tocks, hips and legs that weighs al­most… Link: Trinidad: Woman with 200-pound tumour faces eviction

FDA warns: Certain antibiotics may cause aortic aneurysm

Source: St. Lucia News Online (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration warned on Thursday that the benefits of fluoroquinolone antibiotics do not outweigh the risks — which include… Link: FDA warns: Certain antibiotics may cause aortic aneurysm

T&T Boy Gets Help After Losing His Hand In Scratch Bomb Accident

Source: St. Lucia Times A Five-year-old boy in Trinidad and Tobago has received a gift of a  3D-print­ed pros­thet­ic hand for Christmas. According to the Guardian newspaper, the gift… Link: T&T Boy Gets Help After Losing His Hand In Scratch Bomb Accident

ECCB Governor Says An Exciting Year Beckons

Source: St. Lucia Times The year 2018 has been a relatively good one for the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) and an exciting year beckons in 2019. That’s the… Link: ECCB Governor Says An Exciting Year Beckons

St. Kitts-Nevis government defeats motion of no confidence

Source: St. Lucia News Online Harris (CMC) – The St. Kitts-Nevis government Monday easily brushed aside a motion of no confidence filed against it by Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas,… Link: St. Kitts-Nevis government defeats motion of no confidence

Windies Skipper Complains About Umpiring

Source: St. Lucia Times West Indies Skipper Carlos Brathwaite has disclosed that he complained to ICC match referee, Jeff Crrowe, about the standard of umpiring following the second Twenty20 International… Link: Windies Skipper Complains About Umpiring

Israeli government falls, early elections called for April

Source: St. Lucia News Online Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (AFP) — Israel’s government decided Monday to hold early elections in April with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu struggling to keep… Link: Israeli government falls, early elections called for April

CARICOM Secretary General Hails Group’s ‘Significant Advances’

Source: St. Lucia Times Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General, Irwin LaRocque,  has paid tribute to what he described as  “some significant advances”  by the grouping this year. CMC quoted… Link: CARICOM Secretary General Hails Group’s ‘Significant Advances’

Good cheer at the Digicel’s Annual Festival of Fun

Source: The St. Lucia Star A table tennis enthusiast makes a brilliant return. It was a day of fun and excitement when the seventh edition of the Digicel’s Festival of… Link: Good cheer at the Digicel’s Annual Festival of Fun

Wheelchair-bound man without arms robbed in Jamaica

Source: St. Lucia News Online THOMAS … me still a try heng on (Photo: Karl McLarty) (JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Christmas — the time of giving — has turned into one… Link: Wheelchair-bound man without arms robbed in Jamaica

Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 373

Source: St. Lucia News Online (BBC) — The death toll following the tsunami caused by the Anak Krakatau volcano has risen to at least 373, Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says.… Link: Death toll from Indonesia tsunami rises to 373

Fears for more tsunamis after hundreds killed in Indonesia

Source: St. Lucia Times (CNN) More deadly tsunamis could strike the Indonesian coastline in the coming days, authorities warn, as the volcano which triggered the weekend’s devastating wave continues… Link: Fears for more tsunamis after hundreds killed in Indonesia

What motivated the change in the age of consent?

Source: The St. Lucia Star The author of this article, a former government minister himself, is convinced that there are times that demand the combined efforts of both government and… Link: What motivated the change in the age of consent?

Auditor-General tells Bermuda government to get accounts in order

Source: St. Lucia News Online Auditor-General Heather Thomas (CMC) — Auditor-General Heather Thomas has told the Bermuda government to get its accounts in order after “significant arrears” were found in… Link: Auditor-General tells Bermuda government to get accounts in order

Man With No Arms Robbed In Jamaica

Source: St. Lucia Times Christmas time is often touted as a season of giving but for some, it’s also an opportunity to take. A man with no arms was… Link: Man With No Arms Robbed In Jamaica

Saint Lucian On Executive Of Regional Firefighters’ Association

Source: St. Lucia Times Saint Lucian, Shane Felix, has been elected on the new executive of the Caribbean Association of Fire Fighters (CAFF). Felix is  now the organisation’s new Public… Link: Saint Lucian On Executive Of Regional Firefighters’ Association

Injuries Reported In Vehicle Collision Near Bisee Junction

Source: St. Lucia Times At least one person sustained injuries in a collision involving three vehicles near the Bisee junction in Castries, according to an eyewitness. It was reported… Link: Injuries Reported In Vehicle Collision Near Bisee Junction

Trinidad: Police testing messaging system

Source: St. Lucia News Online Commissioner of Police Gary Griffith (CMC Photo) (NEWS DAY) — Anyone who recently received a text message on their cellular phone from the TT Police… Link: Trinidad: Police testing messaging system

Brathwaite hails Reifer’s influence on series success

Source: St. Lucia News Online Interim West Indies head coach, Floyd Reifer. (CMC) – Twenty20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite has praised the influence of interim West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer… Link: Brathwaite hails Reifer’s influence on series success

Police Officer Launches Second Safety Tips Handbook

Source: The St. Lucia Star Shervon Matthew is a member of the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force and is currently stationed at the Babonneau Police Station. Although he reports for… Link: Police Officer Launches Second Safety Tips Handbook

Understanding Dementia: Types of Dementia

Source: The St. Lucia Star Alzheimer’s is a condition that spreads throughout the brain causing cell damage. There are 88 to 100 different types of dementia. What might have once… Link: Understanding Dementia: Types of Dementia

Guyana to file complaint with UN over Venezuela’s “illegal, hostile and aggressive” interception of Exxon contracted vessel in Guyana’s waters

Source: St. Lucia News Online Greenidge (NEWS SOURCE GUYANA) — The Government of Guyana intends to file an official complaint with the United Nations over the interception of an ExxonMobil… Link: Guyana to file complaint with UN over Venezuela’s “illegal, hostile and aggressive” interception of Exxon contracted vessel in Guyana’s waters

Venezuela and Trinidad Show The Strain of Modern Refugee Crises

Source: The St. Lucia Star Curaçao hosts 16,000 undocumented Venezuelans who live under threat of summary deportation and many more have fled crisis at home to Trinidad and Tobago. Historically,… Link: Venezuela and Trinidad Show The Strain of Modern Refugee Crises

Major Drug Operation Between Saint Lucia & Martinique Dismantled

Source: St. Lucia Times Authorities in neighbouring Martinique have dismantled a major drug trafficking operation between Saint Lucia and the French Caribbean territory, according to Martinique media reports. Martinique… Link: Major Drug Operation Between Saint Lucia & Martinique Dismantled

Fly Jamaica begins process to compensate passengers in crash landing

Source: St. Lucia News Online The Fly Jamaica aircraft crashed upon landing at the CJIA. [CJIA photo, Facebook](JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Fly Jamaica has begun taking steps towards compensating passengers who… Link: Fly Jamaica begins process to compensate passengers in crash landing

T&T Police Commissioner Defends ‘One Shot, One Kill’ Philosophy

Source: St. Lucia Times Trinidad and Tobago’s Police Commissioner  has defended his ‘one shot, one kill’ philosophy for po­lice of­fi­cers in life-threat­en­ing sit­u­a­tions, local news reports say. As reported… Link: T&T Police Commissioner Defends ‘One Shot, One Kill’ Philosophy

Saint Lucian Teenager Shot Dead In Martinique

Source: St. Lucia Times A nineteen year old native of Saint Lucia was shot dead in neighbouring Martinique between Wednesday night and Thursday morning, local reports say. The deceased… Link: Saint Lucian Teenager Shot Dead In Martinique

Barbados LGBT Community Urges Buju To Denounce ‘Boom Bye Bye’

Source: St. Lucia Times The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transsexual (LGBT) community in Barbados  has called on Jamaican dancehall recording artist Buju Banton, to publicly denounce one of his most… Link: Barbados LGBT Community Urges Buju To Denounce ‘Boom Bye Bye’

Why silence about the Climate Conference in Poland?

Source: The Voice (The writer is Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the United States and the Organisation of American States. He is also … The post Why silence… Link: Why silence about the Climate Conference in Poland?

Getting it write (about Sandals)

Source: The Voice RECENTLY, the Detroit free press has run a series of articles on the issue of sexual assault at hotels and … The post Getting it… Link: Getting it write (about Sandals)

Feedback Welcomed

Source: The Voice I want to thank everyone for their commendations and critic of the Independent Model. For those of you who did … The post Feedback Welcomed… Link: Feedback Welcomed

Pierre Cites Lessons From Guyana Government Collapse

Source: St. Lucia Times Saint Lucia’s opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre, has pointed to recent developments in Guyana where the government lost a no confidence vote in the national… Link: Pierre Cites Lessons From Guyana Government Collapse

Mitchel the leader of the pack on National Day

Source: The St. Lucia Star Kluivert Michel won the 15 lap open race. Cycling on National Day is certainly not what it used to be. For one thing sponsorship has… Link: Mitchel the leader of the pack on National Day

OUCH!

Source: The St. Lucia Star There are many causes of pain and plenty of methods, other than drugs, for relief. The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) defines… Link: OUCH!

Local Manufacturer calls for Enforcement of CSME

Source: The St. Lucia Star Baron Foods Ltd CEO, Ronald Ramjattan. As part of Business Month in November, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), alongside the island’s Chamber… Link: Local Manufacturer calls for Enforcement of CSME

Commentary: Security challenges compound financial vulnerability in St Lucia

Source: St. Lucia News Online Melanius Alphonse Without addressing the root cause of security challenges and economic vulnerabilities, Prime Minister Allen Chastanet endeavoured to promote the opening of Desert Star… Link: Commentary: Security challenges compound financial vulnerability in St Lucia

Funding Infrastructure Gaps

Source: The St. Lucia Star The increasing intensity of hurricanes, flooding and tropical storms has necessitated an upgrade of essential infrastructure and this is an area where the private sector… Link: Funding Infrastructure Gaps

St Lucia in Dire Need of a Sports Culture, says Ernest Hilaire!

Source: The St. Lucia Star At last Tuesday’s House sitting Ernest Hilaire (pictured) reminded colleagues of government’s responsibility to prevent local talent from dying on the vine, whether related to… Link: St Lucia in Dire Need of a Sports Culture, says Ernest Hilaire!

Guyana Government Collapses After Losing No Confidence Vote

Source: St. Lucia Times Government back-bencher Charandass Persaud voted with Guyana’s opposition Peoples  Progressive Party (PPP) to deliver a stunning blow  Friday night to the government in a no-confidence… Link: Guyana Government Collapses After Losing No Confidence Vote

Jamaica: Convicted death squad cop awaits fate after Christmas

Source: St. Lucia News Online (JAMAICA OBSERVER) — Constable Collis “Chucky” Brown, who was last month convicted on three counts of murder, will have to wait until after the Christmas… Link: Jamaica: Convicted death squad cop awaits fate after Christmas

Guyana: Two wanted for murder of man in sex video scandal

Source: St. Lucia News Online The wanted men: Bourne (left) and Gray (NEWS SOURCE GUYANA) — Three months after the murder of a Linden man at the Kitty seawall, the… Link: Guyana: Two wanted for murder of man in sex video scandal

Guyana government falls after losing ‘no confidence motion’ vote

Source: St. Lucia News Online Charrandas Persaud voted against his own government. (STABROEK NEWS) — A high-stakes gambit by the PPP/C paid off tonight when APNU+AFC MP Charrandas Persaud voted… Link: Guyana government falls after losing ‘no confidence motion’ vote

Trinidad: 5 charged in connection with ‘baby sale’ case

Source: St. Lucia News Online CHARGED: Adrianna Ragbir hides her face, with her attorney Subhas Panday, leaving court yesterday. PHOTO BY SUREASH CHOLAI/NEWSDAY (NEWSDAY) — Five people were granted bail… Link: Trinidad: 5 charged in connection with ‘baby sale’ case

Guyana: PPP wins no confidence motion; AFC MP Persaud sides with opposition

Source: St. Lucia News Online L-R: Jagdeo and Persaud (DEMERARA WAVES) – Government back-bencher Charandass Persaud voted with the opposition Peoples Progressive Party to win the no-confidence motion in the… Link: Guyana: PPP wins no confidence motion; AFC MP Persaud sides with opposition

ECLAC predicts Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 per cent in 2019

Source: St. Lucia News Online Coordinator of the Economic Development Unit at ECLAC Caribbean, Sheldon McLean, and Director of ECLAC Caribbean, Diane Quarless. (CMC) – The Economic Commission for Latin… Link: ECLAC predicts Caribbean economies will grow 2.1 per cent in 2019

Flow and Feed The Poor share Christmas cheer

Source: St. Lucia News Online (PRESS RELEASE) — Every year at Christmas time, family and friends share food, drink, and companionship. But not every citizen is so privileged as to… Link: Flow and Feed The Poor share Christmas cheer

Ferdinand Laments ‘No Clear Policy On Education’

Source: St. Lucia Times Opposition Senator, Guibion Ferdinand, has suggested that government borrowing is mainly for ‘concrete and steel’ or consultancy. “Unfortunately I haven’t seen anything to inspire our… Link: Ferdinand Laments ‘No Clear Policy On Education’

Raymond: Airport Loan Will Not Put Pressure On Debt Servicing

Source: St. Lucia Times Public Service Minister, Doctor Ubaldus Raymond, has defended the decision to borrow $100 million to redevelop Hewanorra International Airport (HIA). He told reporters this week… Link: Raymond: Airport Loan Will Not Put Pressure On Debt Servicing

Government Announces $ 1.1 Million Payout To Bus Drivers

Source: St. Lucia Times Days after bus drivers expressed anxiety over payment of promised fuel rebate cash, the government Thursday afternoon announced that the money was in the bank.… Link: Government Announces $ 1.1 Million Payout To Bus Drivers

Gatwick Runway Reopens After Drone Scare

Source: St. Lucia Times Gatwick airport runway has reopened after drones caused the airport to shut down for more than a day, the BBC has reported. The airport, the… Link: Gatwick Runway Reopens After Drone Scare

Trinidad: Health authority investigates woman’s death after giving birth

Source: St. Lucia News Online Maquad­er Mar­tin (CMC) – Director of the South West Regional Health Authority, Albert Persaud, says an investigation has been launched into the circumstances that led… Link: Trinidad: Health authority investigates woman’s death after giving birth

DID YOU KNOW?

Source: St. Lucia News Online Did you know that in 1929 a Child Welfare Association was formed in Castries? Did you know government scholarships to St. Mary’s College commenced in… Link: DID YOU KNOW?

Minister Says ‘Repeat Offenders’Suspected In Recent Gun Violence

Source: St. Lucia Times National Security Minister, Hermangild Francis, has told reporters here that  the people suspected of involvement in the recent shootings and killings in Saint Lucia are repeat… Link: Minister Says ‘Repeat Offenders’Suspected In Recent Gun Violence

Saint Lucia gov’t tackles banana export dilemma

Source: St. Lucia News Online Meeting the dilemma: From lleft – Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, Agriculture Minister Ezechiel Joseph, and Herod Stanislas, Member of Parliament for Soufriere/Fond St. Jacques, who is… Link: Saint Lucia gov’t tackles banana export dilemma

‘Cop Who Cares’ Launches New Personal Safety Book

Source: St. Lucia Times Police Sergeant, Shervon Matthieu, has launched his second book on personal safety, intended to help members of the public protect themselves against crime. It’s part… Link: ‘Cop Who Cares’ Launches New Personal Safety Book

VIDEO: Residents of Piat, Grande Riviere undertake road repairs

Source: St. Lucia News Online Piat, Grand Riviere residents repairing the road. (PRESS RELEASE) — Residents of Fostin Development in Piat Grande, Riviere say they couldn’t let another year go… Link: VIDEO: Residents of Piat, Grande Riviere undertake road repairs

‘Cookie’ Charged In Double Murder At Vieux Fort

Source: St. Lucia Times Fernel Sexius, alias ‘Cookie’ has been charged by the police in connection with the murder of two men on old year’s day last year, St… Link: ‘Cookie’ Charged In Double Murder At Vieux Fort

Mayor Believes Saint Lucia Can Be Region’s Telecommunication Hub

Source: St. Lucia Times Castries Mayor, Peterson Francis, has expressed the view that Saint Lucia can become the telecommunication hub of the Caribbean with more investments in the sector.… Link: Mayor Believes Saint Lucia Can Be Region’s Telecommunication Hub

FLOW And Feed The Poor Share Christmas Cheer

Source: St. Lucia Times Every year at Christmas time, family and friends share food, drink, and companionship. But not every citizen is so privileged as to enjoy seasonal cheer,… Link: FLOW And Feed The Poor Share Christmas Cheer

SAINT LUCIA IS CHAMPION – AGAIN!

Source: The Voice IT was sweet revenge for home team Saint Lucia, as they retained the Winlott Windward Islands Under- 15 cricket title … The post SAINT LUCIA… Link: SAINT LUCIA IS CHAMPION – AGAIN!

“Free WiFi” for Castries launched

Source: St. Lucia News Online (SNO) — The Saint Lucia government on Wednesday (Dec. 19) officially launched the Government Island Wide Network (GINET) Wi-Fi Zone for Castries, Prime Minister Allen… Link: “Free WiFi” for Castries launched

Three Saint Lucians Jailed In Martinique For Drugs

Source: St. Lucia Times The three men, identified by news reports in Martinique as being natives of Saint Lucia, were jailed Wednesday in the French overseas territory for drug… Link: Three Saint Lucians Jailed In Martinique For Drugs

GINET WiFi Zone For Castries Launched

Source: St. Lucia Times The Government Island Wide Network (GINET) WiFi Zone for Castries  was launched Wednesday with the assistance of the people and Government of Taiwan. Prime Minister,… Link: GINET WiFi Zone For Castries Launched

Germany: Top Journalist Sacked Over Fabricated Stories

Source: St. Lucia Times German news magazine Der Spiegel has sacked an award-winning staff writer, the BBC has reported. The magazine accused him of inventing details and quotes in… Link: Germany: Top Journalist Sacked Over Fabricated Stories

NOTICE: Welfare and Public Assistance Programme payments

Source: St. Lucia News Online (PRESS RELEASE) — The Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth Development, Sports, Culture and Local Government would like to inform clients of the Welfare… Link: NOTICE: Welfare and Public Assistance Programme payments

King Requests Compensation For Redundant Hot Wire Rides Workers

Source: St. Lucia Times Labour Minister, Stephenson King, has ruled in favour of the five former employees of Soufriere Hot Wire Rides Ltd, after he company made  them redundant,… Link: King Requests Compensation For Redundant Hot Wire Rides Workers

PWA President Says Little Given, But Much Expected From Cops

Source: St. Lucia Times The President of the Police Welfare Association (PWA), Travis Chicot, has made it clear that the association will be fighting hard to ensure adequate financing… Link: PWA President Says Little Given, But Much Expected From Cops

St. Lucia Consulate hosts Fundraiser in Martinique

Source: The St. Lucia Star On the evening of, Friday December 14, the Saint Lucia Consulate in Martinique hosted a fundraiser ball in the quaint town of Trois-Îlet known as… Link: St. Lucia Consulate hosts Fundraiser in Martinique

Winning Lottery Ticket Rescued From Trash

Source: St. Lucia Times A Montana woman said a $50,000 winning lottery ticket she intended to throw away was rescued by her brother, according to local news reports. Virginia… Link: Winning Lottery Ticket Rescued From Trash

Three Dead in Shootout With T&T Police

Source: St. Lucia Times Three men were killed in a shootout with Trinidad and Tobago police, including an individual identified as murder accused, Teddy Singh, local reports say. The… Link: Three Dead in Shootout With T&T Police

Dominica: Political activist, former government minister arrested

Source: St. Lucia News Online Athie Martin (CMC) – Prominent local conservationist and political activist, Athie Martin, was released on EC$7,500 (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) bail Tuesday after he was… Link: Dominica: Political activist, former government minister arrested

Amblyomma Tick Resurfaces In Saint Lucia

Source: St. Lucia Times Local officials are expressing concern over the reappearance here of the  Amblyomma Tick, also known as the Tropical Bond Tick. As a result, they are appealing… Link: Amblyomma Tick Resurfaces In Saint Lucia

Two Injured In Vieux Fort Vehicle Collision

Source: St. Lucia Times Two  male individuals were injured in a collision between two vehicles Tuesday afternoon in Vieux Fort, emergency officials have confirmed. An official told St Lucia… Link: Two Injured In Vieux Fort Vehicle Collision

The Amblyomma Tick has resurfaced — MIGUEL MAURICETTE

Source: The Voice A pest which has been found to be a major reservoir of viral livestock diseases has resurfacedjust ahead of the … The post The Amblyomma… Link: The Amblyomma Tick has resurfaced — MIGUEL MAURICETTE

Police Patrol Thwarts Nighttime Bandits

Source: The Voice The promise of more police presence in the city of Castries is begging to pay big dividends. Reports are that … The post Police Patrol… Link: Police Patrol Thwarts Nighttime Bandits

Jacintha Lee’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Saint Lucia’

Source: The St. Lucia Star Once Upon A Time In Saint Lucia, the latest offering of local folk stories from writer Jacintha Annius-Lee, is now available in both English and… Link: Jacintha Lee’s ‘Once Upon A Time In Saint Lucia’

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