Daily Archives: June 6, 2012

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence


The Fond Doux Holiday Plantation resort in the old colonial town of Soufrière, St. Lucia has been awarded a top honour from one of the world’s largest travel sites.

Lyton & Eroline Lamontagne

TripAdvisor, congratulated the Fond Doux Holiday Plantation on earning the prestigious 2012 Certificate of Excellence Award. They also noted that their travelers consistently commended the Resort with the highest praise, and TripAdvisor recognizes Fond Doux’s 4.5 rating as an exceptional achievement. TripAdvisor has also instructed the owners of Fond Doux to “display their award proudly and in a place where your guests can see it, as only the very best in the business are awarded a Certificate of Excellence.”

A delighted Mr. Lyton Lamontagne and his wife Mrs. Eroline Lamontagne, the general manager of the award-winning resort, was especially pleased with the TripAdvisor honor because “it is one of the most highly respected sites and those who write the reviews are savvy travelers of means who prefer to stay in more alluring properties with their own colorful stories.”


Police Report 2 Child Deaths, 1 Fire, 1 Robbery Assault and Drugs, Firearm and Ammunitions Charges


Eight-year-old Dies After Swimming

On Sunday 3rd May 2012 about 3:00 pm Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station responded to an incident which occurred at the Pigeon Point beach.

Information received indicates that 8 year old Lester Alphonse of Fond Assau, Babonneau went swimming with his mother, Esther Alphonse, when he encountered difficulty and was submerged. A valiant search was mounted and sometimes later the lifeless body of Lester Alphonse was recovered.

The body of Lester Alphonse was taken to Victoria Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. A post mortem is scheduled for Wednesday 6th June 2012 at 1 pm to determine the cause of death.

Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Lester Alphonse.


 12-year-old dies After Swimming

On Sunday 3rd June 2012 about 3:20 pm Officers attached to the Vieux Police Station responded to an incident which occurred at the Dengue in Beanfield, Vieux fort.

Information received indicates that 12 year old Gillian William of St Paul’s Lane, Vieux Fort went swimming with two of his younger siblings at an Estuary when he encountered difficulties and submerged. A search was ensued and the body was recovered.

Gillian William was pronounced dead on the scene by a doctor. Police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Gillian William.


Fire Destroys Cas En Bas residence.

On Friday 1st June 2012 about 11:00pm, Officers attached to the Gros Islet Police Station responded to a fire which occurred at Cas En Bas, Gros Islet.

Upon arrival they noticed a 10 by 12 plywood structure belonging to Justina Joseph of Cas-en-Bas was completely destroyed.

Investigations into the matter is ongoing.


Gas Station Owner Robbed and Wounded

On Saturday 2nd June 2012 about 5:30am Officers attached to the Criminal Investigations Department responded to an incident which occurred at the Sol Gas Station, on the Millennium Highway.

Reports indicate that 66 year old Kenneth Cox of Goodlands, Castries was robbed by a group of unknown assailants armed with firearm and cutlass. During the incident Kenneth Cox was chopped several times about the body.

He was then robbed of his Mercedes Benz motor car, a firearm and a quantity of groceries.

Kenneth Cox was taken to Tapion Hospital where he was treated and admitted as a result of the injuries sustained. He is said to be in stable condition.

No one has been arrested in this incident but the police are actively pursuing leads and possible suspects.


One Man Arrested and Charged for Possession of Firearm, Possession of Amminition and Possession of Controlled Drugs.

On Monday 28th May 2012 Officers attached to the Drug Unit executed a search warrant on the premises of Maverick Monlouis of La Clery where a 12 Gauge Shot Gun with 12 live rounds of ammunition was discovered in addition to a quantity of Cannabis.

He was arrested and charged for the possession of firearm, Possession of Ammunition, Possession of a Controlled Drug and the Possession with the intent to supply a controlled drug.

He was taken before the court on Friday 1st June 2012 where he was bailed in the sum of $2500 on the possession of firearm, $2500 on the possession of ammunition and $750 on his own recognizance for the possession of controlled drugs and the possession with the intent to supply a control drug.

He is to reappear before the court on Thursday 21st June 2012 to answer to the said charges


 Laborie Man Charged for Possession of Firearm and Ammunition

On Friday 1st June 2012 about 10:30 p.m. Officers attached to the Laborie Police Station with the assistance of the Special Services Unit acting on information, conducted a search on King Thomas, a 23 year resident of Market Street, Laborie

During the search a .38 Smith and Wesson revolver was recovered with 6 live rounds of ammunition.

He was charged on Saturday 2nd June 2012 for Possession of a Firearm and Possession of Ammunition and was taken before the court today to answer to those charges.



For further information contact the RSLPF Public Relations Office: Tel: 456-3726/7, or Fax 456-3728. Email public_relations@rslpf.com

Toxic Nation Commends CDF and National Stakeholders Committee


Castries,St Lucia,June 2,2012  – TOXIK Nation carnival band wishes to extend special commendations to the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and the National Stakeholders Committee for a successful launch of Carnival 2012.

Last Sunday`s staging of the event at Pointe Seraphine was a true expression of the colour,spender,pagentry and artistic genius that is St Lucia Carnival.

After media reviews and analysis,TOXIK Nation believes the 2012 staging of the event improved on several fronts.

The collaboration between the CDF and the National Stakeholders Committee exemplified that through strategic partnerships we can grow the island’s greatest cultural showcase – Carnival.

It is the hope of TOXIK Nation that the two entities continue to partner and use every opportunity for review to pursue the goal of improving the carnival product,despite expected challenges.

We share with the many stakeholders an expression of joy at the commitment expressed by the Government of St Lucia to the continued growth of Carnival, as articulated by the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism,Heritage and the Creative Industries during Sunday’s launch on behalf of the Minister who was attending to other business.

TOXIK Nation also salutes the Royal St Lucia Police Force,GIS/NTN, artistes ,sponsors, patrons, volunteers, emergency personnel all other individuals and groups who contributed to a successful and safe opening of carnival.

We believe last Sunday’s event has set the stage for an enjoyable 2012 carnival season for all.

TOXIK Nation stands ready and willing to support the Cultural Development Foundation (CDF) and the National Stakeholders committee in presenting a bigger and better carnival this year.


 The band was launched in 2008, upon recognition of the need to offer carnival lovers an alternative and unique carnival experience.

That experience  however is not limited to the two days of street parade.

The band leads the way on the island by being the only carnival band to have carnival related activities all year round.

“Bacchanal by the Bay” held every Sunday at Choc beach has not only provided tremendous exposure for the band but also increase a general appreciation for carnival.

The event has grown by leaps and bounds attracting in excess of 300 patrons weekly.

Over the years the band has also become well known for its annual “Round the Island” which climaxes at the launch of Dennery carnival.

This year the band has and will continue to unveil to St Lucia several innovative ideas.

TOXIK started off with approximately 350 revellers and grew in 2011 to over 650 revellers.

This year marks the band’s fifth anniversary and as such we have re branded the product as TOXIK Nation.

The band consists of young professionals and prides itself as a party band where every reveller is treated like VIP.

Over the years TOXIK has kept its sponsors happy with innovation and quality.

These sponsors include LIME,Campari,Windward and Leeward Brewery(WLBL) and Piton amongst others.

TOXIK Nation  is committed to the growth of St Lucia’s carnival.


Shannon Lebourne

Marketing & Media Manager

TOXIK Nation


SLTB Showcases The Island To US Travel Agents


Saint Lucia (June 5, 2012)– The Saint Lucia Tourist Board in its continuing thrust to ensure that arrivals to the island grow from year to year, has just wrapped up a ‘Grand Fam’ involving scores of US-based travel partners.

Tourism Minister Lorne Theophilus addressing agents at a welcome ceremony

On island from May 31 to June 4, seventy (70) travel agents had the opportunity to visit the island’s many resorts and attractions to get a firsthand experience of what Saint Lucia has to offer.

The US is the island’s largest source market accounting for 40% of arrivals. Preliminary tourist arrival figures from that market are up 9% for the first quarter of this year over the same period last year, increasing from 32,014 in 2011 to 35,007 in 2012.

Tourism Director Louis Lewis says the strong arrival figures from the US market are a result of the commitment from our travel partners who continue to sell the destination.  It also emphasizes the importance of the travel agent community.

US travel agents after concluding a hotel site inspection

According to Lewis, “We endeavor to do all possible to nurture and sustain this symbiotic relationship with travel agents, who despite technological advancements remain a very important sales and distribution channel for us. With increasing competition, it is critical that we remember to show our appreciation and to do all we can to ensure the island remains in the fore front of these travel influencers.”

Familiarization trips provide a unique opportunity for travel agents to visit a cross section of properties around the island; acquaint themselves with any new developments; engage in one-on-one dialogue with property owners and managers and participate first hand in some of the attractions.

For more information about the island of Saint Lucia call 1-800 456-3984, or 1-800 4STLUCIA or visit www.saintlucianow.com

About Saint Lucia

One of theWindward Islandsof theWest Indies’Lesser Antilles,Saint Lucia(pronounced Saint LOO-sha) is nestled halfway down the easternCaribbeanarchipelago. The “Helen of theWest Indies,”Saint Luciais known for its natural beauty and diverse attractions, including the signaturePitonMountains- a UNESCO World Heritage Site – a tropical rainforest and one of the world’s few drive-in volcanoes. Culturally rich offerings include the bustling marketplace in the capital ofCastries, quaint fishing villages along the coastline, and the annual Saint Lucia Jazz festival.Saint Lucia’s wide range of accommodations includes world-class five-star resorts, all-inclusive resorts, intimate inns and value-oriented properties.


Preparations Underway For Summit


The Government of Saint Lucia has commenced, in earnest, preparations for the hosting of the Thirty-third Regular meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government in Saint Lucia from July 04 to July 06, 2012.

Already, the Cabinet of Ministers has appointed a committee under the chairmanship of Mr. Darrel Montrope, Cabinet Secretary, to plan and oversee the arrangements for the meeting.

The opening session of the conference will be addressed by four newly elected Heads of Government, the President of Guyana and the Prime Ministers of Bahamas, Belize and Jamaica.

The conference will also be addressed by the incoming chairman of CARICOM, Prime Minister Hon, Dr. Kenny D. Anthony.

“The arrangements”, says Prime Minister Anthony, “will be modest but dignified. This is a very difficult time for all the economies of CARICOM and there is really is no room for extravagance of any kind. What we lack in our resources will be compensated by the legendary hospitality of our people. As plans progress, we will ensure that the public is kept fully informed as we are anxious that our visitors are made comfortable in our midst”.

The Thirty Second Regular meeting of the Conference of CARICOM Heads of Government was held in July 2011 in Bassterre, St. Kitts.