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Saint Lucia and WHO to Lead One Year Campaign on Depression

Saint Lucia along with the World Health Organization will be leading a one year global campaign on depression.

The announcement was made during activities to mark the global observance here on April 7th at the National Mental Wellness Centre. It took place under the theme Depression, let’s talk.

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Police News

Another domestic violence episode has turned fatal, leaving one man dead, allegedly at the hands of his female partner.

The incident occurred in Goodlands on Sunday afternoon during a dispute between the two individuals who neighbours say, fought constantly in their on-again/off-again relationship.

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Fuel Prices to Decrease in Saint Lucia

The Public is being notified that in keeping with changes in international oil prices and Government’s application of the modified market pass-through petroleum pricing mechanism, the retail prices of unleaded gasoline and diesel have been changed.

The retail prices of the 20, 22, and 100 lb LPG cylinders have also been adjusted, however, the cost of kerosene remains unchanged.

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St Jude Hospital and First Caribbean International Bank to Host a Health Fair in Observance of World Health Day

St Jude Hospital has teamed up with First Caribbean International Bank to host a health fair in observance of World Health Day today.

Public Relations Officer at St Jude Hospital Shervon Alfred says the intention is to focus on depression and to break the stigma associated with the mental illness. The aim is also to encourage members of the public to talk about the condition which can affect anyone.

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Gros Islet Polyclinic Extends Opening Hours

Extended opening hours at the Gros Islet Polyclinic will give St Lucians easier access to prescription medications.

The extension of opening hours at the polyclinic’s pharmacy took effect on Monday with new closing time set to midnight. Prior to that date the operating hours were from 8am to 4pm.

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06
Fire Destroys Minibus in La Clery Community

One Minibus driver on the La Clery route is counting his losses after his vehicle was destroyed by fire in the wee hours of Thursday morning.

Fire officials informed that the fire occurred around 3:40 am at Active Hill, threatening several residential buildings in the area.

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St Jude Hospital Hosts One Day Health Fair in Observance of World Health Day

St Jude Hospital will seek to reach people at risk for depression and suicide during a one-day health fair to mark World Health Day on April 7, 2017. The fair, which is being organized in partnership with CIBC First Caribbean International Bank, will take place at the FCIB parking lot on Clarke Street in Vieux Fort.

The theme of this year’s observance is Depression; Let’s Talk. The objectives are to sensitize the public on depression and how it can be prevented, help reduce the stigma associated with the condition and encourage more people to seek help.

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Education Officials to Confirm Reports of the Phasing Out of George Charles Secondary School

Education officials here are yet to confirm reports that the George Charles Secondary School will be phased out by the start of the new academic year.

Students at the Cul De Sac based learning institution were relocated to the Jon Odlum Secondary School on a temporary basis in August last year.

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International Community Condemns Suspected Chemical Attack on Town in Syria

A suspected chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Syria has drawn widespread international condemnation, with the United Nations saying it will investigate the bombing raid as a possible war crime.

At least 72 people, including 11 children, were killed in on Tuesday, according to the Syrian American Medical Society (SAMS), which runs several field hospitals in the area. More than 550 people were injured.

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St. Lucia's Chief Medical Officer Reacts to WHO Report

The island’s Chief Medical Officer has reacted to a WHO report suggesting that depression is now the number one cause of poor health and disability worldwide currently affecting over three million people.

The report comes ahead of world Health Day on April 7th. It will focus on the Theme “Depression: Lets Talk”

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Ministry of Health Cautions Public while Country Experiences Increased Heat Levels Due to Dry Atmospheric Conditions

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has issued a public caution on the need to remain hydrated and avoid direct sunlight. The warning comes as Saint Lucia is currently experiencing increased heat levels due to dry atmospheric conditions

Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health Dr Sharon Belmar George notes that these factors place the public at risk of dehydration.

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04
CSA and LUCELEC Talks Concluded in a Deadlock with Both Parties Holding Firm to their Positions

Talks between representatives of the CSA and LUCELEC concluded on Monday in a deadlock with both parties holding firm to their positions.

According to union officials the issue will now be brought to a tribunal where a ruling on the matter will be made.

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Autism Lobbyist Laments Government’s Failure to Place More Emphasis on the Spectrum Disorder

An avid autism lobbyist who is the parent of a child with the condition has lamented government’s failure to place more emphasis on the spectrum disorder.

Terrol Compton has however applauded efforts by the US administration and other international agencies which have made the condition a top priority, on Sunday during the global observance of World Autism Day.

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03
Dispute between LIAT's Management and Trade Unions Escalates.

The shareholders of the cash-strapped regional airline LIAT will meet in Barbados shortly, as a dispute between the airline’s management and trade unions escalates.

Acting Chief Executive Officer Julie Reifer-Jones said she sent a letter to the Chairman of the shareholder governments, Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves of St Vincent and the Grenadines, asking him to urgently intervene as unions representing LIAT employees had earlier threatened to take action if LIAT goes ahead with plans to pay salaries late.

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Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association Calls for the Removal of Current LIAT Management by Shareholder Governments

The Leeward Islands Airline Pilots Association (LIALPA) has called for the removal of the current LIAT Management by Shareholder Governments.

The call comes in light of what workers say is the massive deterioration of the airline’s financial health to the point where “LIAT can’t even pay salaries on time”.

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Motorcyclist Succumbs to Injuries in Road Accident

Exactly one week following a fatal crash that took the life of a well known biker, another motorcyclist has succumbed to injuries in a road accident.

The incident occurred on Sunday afternoon at Belvedere, Canaries.

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