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With three different variants of Covid-19 present in SVG, medical practitioner Malcolm Grant says this could be a possible reason for the spike in cases. Speaking on a recent programme on VC3, Dr. Grant explains the difference between the three variants and how easily they can spread. https://youtu.be/sbTBB92Z-cc Dr. Grant said the delta variant has led to the hospitalization of more children or even death https://youtu.be/SUhFx7KvYSM The medical practitioner further noted that though vaccinated persons can still contract covid, it is still highly recommended as it gives the best fighting chance against the virus. https://youtu.be/F6bOY79EZwk

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Leader of the opposition Dr. Godwin Friday has noted with concern the uptick in Covid-19 cases in SVG and said that it has now reached a crisis stage and must be treated with urgency. Speaking at a news conference on Friday on the active cases which have gone past three hundred, Dr. Friday said that people must make informed decisions on the vaccines which he said at this time seem to be a sure way of coming out of the pandemic. https://youtu.be/xskpUPzzQuY Dr. Friday said disregarding or minimising the threat of Covid-19 does not do any good and that everyone…

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The RSVG Police Force (RSVGPF) is advising the general public that the Owia Police Station which was damaged by tropical storm Elsa remains closed and is currently undergoing repairs by staff from the Roads, Buildings and General Services Authority (BRAGSA). Residents of Owia and the surrounding villages are however advised to make reports directly to the following police officers who reside in the respective villages: Corporal 551 Mohammed Lavia, P.C 64 Stevon Baptiste of Owia; Corporal 705 Colin Stay and P.C 818 Devon Stay of Fancy. The RSVG Police Force said these officers would entertain reports from members of the…

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As vaccines are now available in St Vincent and the Grenadines for children from the age of 12 to 18, Minister of Education Curtis King is encouraging parents to get their children vaccinated. King was on radio yesterday morning speaking on the plans for the reopening of schools. https://youtu.be/5JqCQbjoVyU The education minister said they are currently in discussion with the Ministry of Health and several education stakeholders to finalise the date for the reopening of schools. https://youtu.be/PTDXua_Mh58 Minister King said that the previous recommendation for the last school term will be maintained for the face to face instruction where teachers…

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With SVG recording three of the Covid-19 variants and the spike in infection, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on radio Wednesday told the unvaccinated that they should ’blame yourself if loved ones die’. The prime minister said that the spike in cases was noticed last week and has steadily climbed to more than 200 and people should take note of the situation and be more responsible. https://youtu.be/Xz-n_aQ76Bg The prime minister said everyone has a choice whether or not to take the vaccines but the better choice right now is to get vaccinated and he urged everyone to do so with…

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With the steady increase in Covid- 19 cases in SVG, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that he is closely monitoring the positivity rate as the date for the reopening of schools draws nears. Speaking on the issue on radio yesterday, the prime minister said that once the positivity rate continues with over 5%, then a decision will have to be made on the type of learning which will take place before the reopening date of schools which has been tentatively set for October 4th. https://youtu.be/4STwug-hOsw The prime minister said he is also concerned about reports received that many of…

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Almost one week after he was reportedly in a chokehold position by a police officer during the September 9th protest action in capital Kingstown, Carly John who is the husband of opposition Senator Shevern John said he is still struggling physically and emotionally with what took place. internet photo It was noted by one of his lawyers Kay Bacchus-Baptiste that after the incident John had to be taken to the hospital for oxygen to help with his breathing. At a news conference yesterday, John explained the pains he still feels in his throat. https://youtu.be/itWp-1CemnM Another of his lawyer Israel Bruce…

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The prosecution in court earlier today withdrew the charge against the woman accused of wounding Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves during the August 5th protest in capital Kingstown. Annamay Lewis a 56 year old vendor from Layou showed up at the Kingstown Magistrate Court today for the hearing in the matter clad in all red with full support from her family. At a news conference Lewis lawyer, Kay Bacchus-Baptiste predicted that the charge against her client would have been dropped as the full disclosure expected by August 31st was never submitted. Bacchus-Baptiste said her client is now vindicated. https://youtu.be/YUIv7jTj3cU An…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the Public Health Amendment Act is close to being finalized. Speaking on radio on Sunday, PM Gonsalves said that the draft act was published a few weeks ago to get persons or organisations to raise their concerns. He said to date four persons including the SVG Nurses Association have raised their concerns. https://youtu.be/kjZH2MtTkzA The prime minister said that his staff will engage the nurses about their concerns. He noted too that lawyer for the Public Service Union collected a draft copy on Friday. He said that the finalization of the draft of the…

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President of the SVG Teachers Union Oswald Robinson has condemned the recent act of a chokehold meted out on the husband of Opposition Senator Shevern John who remains a member of the union although she is no longer serving in the profession. Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Robinson termed the video of the chokehold as a heinous act of violence. While condemning all acts of violence, the SVGTU president said the chokehold position John was held under by the police is reflective to the death of George Floyd in the United States. https://youtu.be/CbnE1aPXUxQ Robinson said the SVGTU stands…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said the Ministry of Health is taking stock of equipment and supplies that are in place, as they look to restock if needed, as they prepare for more cases of Covid- 19 on the island. Speaking on radio on Sunday, the prime minister said that he has asked for the list and will be guided accordingly. https://youtu.be/aGmSrGgNlGs Dr. Gonsalves said they are also preparing for any eventuality as body bags and refrigerated containers will also be stocked up. https://youtu.be/JqOXxfBVqlI

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President of the Public Service Union-PSU, Elroy Boucher, said that he was pleased with the brave public servants including nurses who supported the four day industrial action particularly the protest in capital Kingstown last Thursday September 9th. Boucher noted that it was based on the request of the nurses that the PSU agreed to take the industrial action. He said last Thursday’s protest action in capital Kingstown was a success despite what he claims were fears and persuasion for persons to stay away. https://youtu.be/gshx–P2iOg Boucher said he was also asked to discontinue with the industrial action but he stood his…

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With an uptick in Covid-19 infections in the country, Health Promotions Officer Shanika John is encouraging persons to take Covid19 seriously and keep their bubble very tight. John said while persons are still considering whether to take the Covid-19 vaccine, the only other way they can protect themselves from the virus is by following the protocols. https://youtu.be/Tfc5vPrYoog The health promotion officer is also appealing to citizens to avoid gatherings at this time. https://youtu.be/Y6Fw4wjsd5o

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Over the weekend photos and videos have been circulating on social media with persons seen taking a bath in the crater lake of La Soufriere volcano. On the Eyeing La Soufriere volcano program on NBC radio this yesterday, lead monitoring scientist Dr. Thomas Christopher commented on this behaviour noting that though it is a thrill seeking adventure, it is not the wisest thing to do at this point. Dr. Christopher asked that persons desist from engaging in this activity at the volcano. https://youtu.be/OlrZEbD1EzY The gas specialist elaborated on the dangers of a hot spot that is on the surface of…

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Executive Officer of the Carnival Development Corporation, along with other persons in the entertainment industry, shared fond memories of the late Trevor Lockhart aka Winston Soso at his Memorial service on Saturday. Winston ‘Soso’, deemed as one of SVG’s greatest soca and calypso artiste, died on Sunday July 18th at age 69 from complications of kidney failure. The tributes at his memorial service speak volumes of the beloved musical icon. https://youtu.be/X859OeKKlxk Minister of Tourism Carlos James who was also in attendance at the memorial service spoke highly of the late cultural ambassador https://youtu.be/Z2x0b0vGgUI

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Lawyer and opposition senator Israel Bruce said that the Public Order Act is outdated, pre-independence and pre-constitutional. Speaking on a virtual discussion programme on Wednesday, Senator Bruce said the legislation that existed since 1951 is what is being used as a scaremonger tool to prevent Vincentians from participating in protest action. Several persons were recently arrested under the Public Order Act for claims of organising and participation in the protest action in Kingstown on August 5th. https://youtu.be/42pz-n7-HlI Senator Bruce said no one should be afraid to participate in any protest action as it is their democratic right to do so.…

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Annamay Lewis, the woman accused of wounding Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on August 5th, 2021 has been slapped with a new charge. The Layou resident is now facing a charge of throwing missiles to the danger of persons present at the protest on August 5th. Lewis appeared before Senior Magistrate Rickie Burnett and pleaded not guilty to the charge. She was subsequently granted bail Kay Bacchus-Baptiste who is representing Lewis said that the new charge against her client is minor and an arrest during the holiday weekend was uncalled for. https://youtu.be/yVNpqpzUjD4 Lewis is expected to return to court on…

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President of the PSU Elroy Boucher at a news conference Tuesday evening used the opportunity to reach out to nurses island-wide to withdraw their service noting that the decision they make today will affect them and their children in the long term. The membership of the PSU, which includes nurses, voted to withdraw their services for four day from September 7th to September 10th in relation to the amendments to the Public Health Act which they say infringe on their rights. https://youtu.be/LdfppgSEy_Q Boucher said nurses and other members of the union need not be afraid to participate in the four…

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Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment St. Clair Jimmy Prince, said with the uptick of new Covid 19 cases in the country, he was advised by the Chief Medical Officer that there is suspicion of several Covid 19 variants present in the country. Speaking on We FM’s Issues at Hand programme on Sunday, Minister Prince said people continue to take Covid 19 for a joke. https://youtu.be/moyQCgJOxM0 Minister Prince reminded citizens of how dangerous Covid-19 is and its impact on other countries around the world. He used the opportunity to encourage persons not to let their guard down and to…

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Local lawyer and former speaker of the House of Assembly Jomo Thomas has deemed the Commissioner of Police application of the Public Order Act in relation to the upcoming protests by the Public Service Union and the opposition New Democratic Party as backward. In a telephone interview with SVGTV News, Thomas noted the origins of the Public Order Act which he said was implemented in the early 1950’s after adult suffrage, to corral the black population of St.Vincent and the Grenadines. He noted that while there are constitutional provisions which allow the state to have certain restrictions on speech, time…

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