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VINCENTIAN PM CALLS CARIBBEAN LEADERS MEETING WITH TRUMP ‘TROUBLING’

Prime Minister of St. Vincent and The Grenadines Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has described the recent meeting between US President Donald Trump and 5 Caribbean leaders as ‘troubling.’ Gonsalves told reporters in Barbados on Saturday that the meeting was not a true representation of Caricom. He said the regional grouping has …

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FIRE CHIEF NOT ATTRIBUTING LOSS OF LIFE TO STRIKE

Saint Lucia’s fire chief has confirmed that after a 10-day strike, the men and women of the fire service are back on duty. In a sit down with HTS News4orce on Monday, Joseph Joseph said that the industrial action dealt a severe blow to the service, but is urging the …

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FIREFIGHTERS AGREE TO GO BACK TO WORK

Firefighters who have been on strike for almost two weeks, have agreed to return to work.  Their decision follows a recent meeting at the Dennery fire station.  They say they plan to write to Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, to outline the conditions under which they will resume duty.    (Shane Felix, Chairman – …

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CSA GIVES NOTICE OF STRIKE ACTION AT INLAND REVENUE

The Civil Service Association (CSA) says the patience of workers at the Inland Revenue Department is wearing thin. The employees continue to complain of a host of health and safety issues. The CSA has guaranteed that the inland revenue workers will hold on until April 1st, 2019, but will not …

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PM MEETS PRESIDENT TRUMP

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet joined 4 other Caribbean leaders for a sit down with US President Donald Trump on Friday. The meeting was held at the President’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida.    

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GOVERNMENT AND FIREFIGHTERS REMAIN AT ODDS

There is still no progress in the impasse between the government and The St. Lucia Fire Service Association. The fire fighters have been on strike for ten days now with more than sixty percent of them participating in the protest. This has meant that the senior officers of the fire service have …

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CDB PREDICTS 3% GROWTH FOR ST LUCIA’S ECONOMY

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says economic activity in Saint Lucia dropped to 0.6% in 2018, from 3.7% in 2017. The Barbados-based bank says this slowdown is mainly due to a significant downturn in the construction sector, but is predicting a 3% economic growth for Saint Lucia in 2019. The …

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SECURITY MINISTER CALLS FOR NEW APPROACH TO COMMUNITY POLICING

The minister for home affairs and national security is urging members of the St. Lucia police force to become better connection with the communities they serve. Francis says that old fashion policing of strong community connection can go a long way in reducing crime and solving them when they happen.

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PROTESTING FIREFIGHTERS RESPOND TO BUSH FIRE NEAR COLLEAGUES HOME

Protesting firefighters faced a dilemma in the wee hours of Thursday March 21st. The officers, who are withholding their services, were notified of a bush fire in Dennery, which was threatening the home of one of their colleagues. The men decided to respond to the emergency, halting their industrial action …

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