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Members of the Opposition New Democratic Party continue to mourn the passing of the party founder Sir James Fitz-Allan Mitchell who passed away on Tuesday at age 90. Sir James was this country’s second prime minister and served in this capacity from 1984 to 2000. He also served as premier from 1972 to 1974. During the NDP’s New Times programme opposition MP for Southern Grenadines Terrence Ollivierre said Sir James Mitchell was his mentor as he was ushered into politics by his hands. https://youtu.be/r1ganpaP7Ts Opposition MP for West Kingstown Daniel Cummings said he remembers the late Sir James as the…

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One act of violence is too much, so says president of the National Council of Women Beverly Richards who is calling on citizens to speak up and speak out against domestic violence and other forms of violence. Richard appeal comes in observance of International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women yesterday under the theme “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now!”. https://youtu.be/gXKjAMln0sU Violence against women and girls is one of the most widespread, persistent and devastating human rights violations in our world today and remains largely unreported due to the impunity, silence, stigma and shame surrounding it…

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With the aim of raising 100 thousand dollars, Commander Officer of the Salvation Army Major Ernest Gachelin is appealing to Vincentians to support the Salvation Army Christmas appeal. In an interview with SVGTV News Major Gachelin said the kettle appeal thus far has been going very slow. https://youtu.be/YrFzFV4Ysls The funds of the Christmas kettle which began on Friday November 12th are to finance programs for the less fortunate. Major Gachelin further reminds persons of the kettle location where they can make their donation. https://youtu.be/cJAnj9aNWEE The Kettle Appeal will conclude at the end of December however the Salvation Army Commander Officer…

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CARICOM Chairman, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne has joined other leaders from across the region in paying tribute to SVG’s former Prime Minister Sir James Fitz-allan Mitchell who passed away on Tuesday November 23rd, at the age of 90. Sir James, who was popularly known as “son mitchell,” died five days after being discharged from the intensive care unit of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Barbados, where he had been taken after falling ill at his home in Bequia, on October 30th. After he was discharged from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital last Thursday, Sir James was flown home…

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The launch of the savings game app here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines is being flagged as a tool to foster a culture of saving to drive business development. The app which seeks to help persons understand the purpose and benefits of saving was launched virtually by the German Sparkassenstiftung for international cooperation through its local partner-the Centre for Enterprise Development-CED. As he addressed the virtual launch general manager of CED Felix Lewis underscored the importance of saving in entrepreneurship. According to Lewis, many people approach CED with business ideas but no plan to save or know how to…

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Leader of the Opposition New Democratic Party Dr. Godwin Friday on Monday reiterated his party’s position on the COVID-19 vaccines noting that while they support vaccination as a means of combating COVID-19 they are strongly opposed to mandatory vaccination. On Friday November 19th the government’s vaccination policy for all frontline workers to get vaccinated came into effect. Addressing the issue at a news conference Monday Dr. friday said forcing people to get vaccinated against their will is not becoming of a democratic society. https://youtu.be/TNnMYtBg-to The opposition leader said while he accepts that vaccination provides strong protection for severe illness and…

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Superintendent of the Church of the Nazarene in the Windward Islands and pastor of the Arnos Vale Church of the Nazarene in St. Vincent Reverend Kelron Harry said the government vaccination policy or mandate is a violation of people’s conscience. Pastor Harry made his position and that of his church known at a news conference on Monday hosted by the SVG Teachers Union and represented by other concern groups. Pastor Harry also made it clear that the church has no problem with the COVID-19 vaccines but the issue is with the mandate. https://youtu.be/1pv4NMaZGag The man of the cloth spoke on…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves yesterday reported that a 90 percent vaccination rate has been recorded in several of the 13 categories of frontline workers required to take the COVID-19 jab as part of the government’ vaccination policy under the Public Health Amendment Act 2021. The 13 categories of frontline workers were impacted by the new COVID-19 rules and regulations which came into effect on Monday November 22nd 2021. These workers were given the option to get vaccinated or leave their job after a 10 days grace period. Speaking on the matter on radio yesterday morning, Prime Minister Gonsalves said…

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Not only have there been an uptake in the vaccination rate among teachers but those who have not yet taken the jab are following the Statutory Rules and Order to seek medical or religious exemption for not doing so. This is according to Minister of Education Curtis King who was speaking on the government’s vaccination policy on radio. https://youtu.be/brdXs8gAd-s Disclosing the vaccination stats among teachers, Minister King said that he is very thankful for those who have already taken the jab. https://youtu.be/yBHyd7I5MsA Minister King used the opportunity to further encourage teachers to do what is necessary whether to get vaccinated…

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Reaffirming their commitment to the nation’s teachers, President of the SVG Teachers Union Oswald Robinson said everything will be done within the confines of the law to ensure teachers rights are protected. At a news conference yesterday, Robinson said he is happy that the SVGTU has formed allies with other organisations fighting for the same cause, noting that a lot of injustices are taking place in the country. https://youtu.be/v3RMPUILjP4 Robinson said the majority of the nation’s teachers have shown that they are committed to quality education and called on parents, students and the rest of civil society to stand together…

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The monitoring of La Soufriere volcano will return to what it was before the eruption period started. This is according to lead scientist monitoring the volcano professor Richard Robertson who on radio on Friday said the erupting phase has come to an end and the UWI Seismic Research Centre will no longer have a team coming to the country to monitor the activities. https://youtu.be/JuigmBptq0M Professor Robertson said the Seismic Research Centre will however continue to provide support to the local monitoring team. https://youtu.be/xhzcKUyrUNs The volcano alert level remains at yellow. Professor Robertson said that though the volcanic eruptions have ended,…

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The government’s vaccination policy for all frontline workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is now in effect. The deadline given for these workers to take at least one dose of the available COVID-19 vaccines was Friday November 19th, 2021 however they were given until the end of the weekend to do so. Under the Statutory Rules and Orders number 28 at least 13 categories of workers are mandated to take a COVID-19 jab in order to continue working in their respective jobs. Failure to be vaccinated will not only mean these frontline workers have committed a misconduct , it will…

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Front line workers who were expected to take at least one dose of the available COVID-19 vaccines on Friday November 19th, 2021 were given two more days to do so before the government’s vaccination policy comes into effect. Under the Statutory Rules and Orders number 28 of the Public Health Rules of 2021, workers in 13 categories identified as frontline workers are expected to present proof of vaccination to their supervisors and failure to do so they will be deemed as absent from duty without leave. However on radio Friday, Health Promotions Officer in the Ministry of Health, Wellness and…

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In a telephone interview with SVGTV News President of the PSU Elroy Bouche said the government should reconsider putting workers income and jobs on the line by cancelling its vaccination policy. https://youtu.be/Yqdr6O-si3M Boucher said that vaccination is not the only way to protect workers from COVID-19 as there are instances in different countries where persons now have to take a fourth shot. https://youtu.be/gs2bvRgd_6o The PSU president further urged public servants who will not take the vaccines not to stay away from their jobs. Boucher said whatever actions the government takes against them they should always record because the PSU’s legal…

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The Cable and Wireless Charitable Foundation on Thursday handed over 75 tablets to the Ministry of Education to donate to students in the red and orange zones who had their device damaged or destroyed by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. The donation of the tablets forms part of the company’s annual mission week and it is the hope that the tablets will help the children stay connected with their online classes. Minister of Education Curtis King who was present at the handing over ceremony, said the donation is a welcomed one, as students in the red and orange zones…

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As the Christmas season approaches Vincentians are being encouraged not to let their guards down to prevent another spike in COVID-19 cases on the island. On radio this week, Health Promotions Officer Shanika John said they are currently in the process of reviewing some fully vaccinated events for the Christmas season. John said that measures will be put in place for nationals to have an enjoyable Christmas season but a safe one. https://youtu.be/mClxMyoQN3U The health promotions officer said it is also best that persons avoid large shopping areas where they are not sure of the person’s vaccination or COVID-19 status. …

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Two field hospitals worth 1.34 million US dollars were handed over on Thursday to the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines from the US government through its southern command based in Barbados. The donation of the field hospitals is part of the humanitarian assistance programme set up by the United States southern command. Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the ET Joshua Tarmac Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation – Michele Forbes gave an overview on how they were able to procure the two field hospitals. https://youtu.be/SKvFbrfXTzY DiDirector of the Exercise and Coalition Affairs with the US…

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The legal team of the SVG Teacher’s Union has advised teachers who will not be meeting the deadline to get vaccinated to show up on the job as usual and not to resign or retire over the matter. This is according to President of the Teachers Union Oswald Robinson who was addressing a panel discussion on Tuesday as part of activities to mark Teacher’s Solidarity Week. Robinson encouraged teachers to stand together in this challenge vaccinated or not. He said the union and its legal team are prepared to fight on behalf of all affected teachers. https://youtu.be/jb453udaKlc President of the…

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Government Senator and Deputy Speaker of the house of assembly Ashelle Morgan and Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Karim Nelson have been acquitted of charges brought against them stemming from an incident at Diamond Estate on April 13th, 2021 in which Cornelius John was shot in the leg. In commenting on the outcome of the case, lawyer Kay Bacchus-Baptiste who held a watching brief in the matter and is representing John in another matter arising from the April 13th incident, said while she predicted the outcome it is a sad day not only for her client but for the people…

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The vaccination rate among police officers is said to have increased significantly over the last few days with the numbers jumping to 82% as of Wednesday November 17th . This is according to Commissioner of Police Colin John who was speaking on Boom FM yesterday morning. Commissioner John said it is his hope that all members of the RSVGPF will get vaccinated, however he has received a few applications for exemption. https://youtu.be/h9tiQHO3anQ Currently there are approximately eleven hundred officers serving with the RSVG Police Force and according to Commissioner John less than twenty officers have either resigned or retired as…

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