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Opposition leader Dr. Godwin Friday said though he is for vaccination, he does not support forcing people to become vaccinated. At a virtual meeting Tuesday Dr. Friday said that the Covid-19 pandemic is the biggest issue that the country is dealing with at the moment which the government has mishandled. https://youtu.be/T096tkImMXI The opposition leader said that the way the government is trying to force persons to get vaccinated will cause further problems. He encouraged people to look at the pandemic seriously and make the right decision. https://youtu.be/_FYd3otzfjI

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In just under five years since it began operation, the Argyle International Airport now has access to all major tourism markets with the addition of Virgin Atlantic opening the United Kingdom and by extension the European market to SVG. The airline’s inaugural flight to the island is expected in October . While there have been several challenges largely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Minister of Tourism and Culture Carlos James discussed the feat the island has achieved. https://youtu.be/HbfrNftTrAU The resumption of flights by Caribbean Airlines was also highlighted at Tuesday’s news conference with the expected return to JFK in New…

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The Ministry of Culture will be hosting a virtual event for the celebration of Emancipation day here in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on Sunday August 1st, 2021 under the theme ‘Embracing our past, forging ahead in the future’. Cultural officer Maxine Browne said that her team is currently recording for the one hour programme which will be a packed one with speeches and cultural items. https://youtu.be/m_S_OQdZ8fU The cultural officer said that all stakeholders are invited to join in the showcase of the african culture and heritage even though it will be done virtually this year due to the pandemic.…

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President of the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UN) His Excellency Volkan Bozkir said that he is happy that there were no deaths in SVG due to the explosive eruptions of La Soufriere volcano in April, and that he is looking forward for a better future for the island. He made the comments on a tour to the affected communities on the north eastern side of the island in the red zone on his recent visit to the island. https://youtu.be/Y51AyL76v28 His Excellency said the aftermath of the volcanic eruptions was “more than he thought and praised the government for doing…

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With vaccine hesitancy still high among Vincentians, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said this could lead to a pandemic of the unvaccinated. The prime minister who was on radio Monday said the majority of people who are now contracting the Covid- 19 virus is the unvaccinated population. https://youtu.be/buW5b_S40Fo The Covid- 19 vaccines available in SVG are the Oxford Astrazeneca and the Russian Sputnik- v vaccine. Only recently vincentians were told that unvaccinated persons have to pay $26 ec dollars to do a Covid-19 test. The prime minister was asked about provisions made for those who are willing to take the…

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As the island gets ready to welcome its first cruise ships in over a year, the Ministry of Tourism in conjunction with the Ministry of Health have finalised draft Covid-19 protocols for cruise lines coming to our shores in order to kick start a safe and early cruise season. At a news conference yesterday Minister of Tourism Carlos James outlined the decisions taken in conjunction with other ministers of tourism across the eastern Caribbean and the cruise lines which will see crew and passengers coming to these shores being fully vaccinated among other requirements. https://youtu.be/jlzwFPvnsQU According to Minister James, under…

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Barring any complications, SVG is expected to welcome its first cruise line of the season “The Seaborne Odyssey ” at Port Elizabeth, Bequia next Saturday August 7th 2021. The Tourism and Culture Minister detailed the ships plans at yesterday’s news conference. https://youtu.be/xn4566aGi-Y Thus far SVG has registered some two hundred and twenty four-(224) cruise-ship calls for the season with more expected withstanding any Covid-19 related issues in the local and international markets. . Minister James said the promising cruise season is one to celebrate given the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic followed by the La Soufriere eruption https://youtu.be/2XsKI-dFsBw According…

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Sixteen persons over the age of 18 years will be trained in coral reef restoration at the Richmond Vale Academy . In a telephone interview, director of the Richmond Vale Academy Stina Herberg said the training for the coral reef gardeners is part of a major marine conservation program being undertaken by the academy; Sustainable Grenadines and Mayreau Explorers funded by the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund. Herberg said the eight males and 8 females who will receive training in coral reef gardening and diving are expected to become stewards of the marine environment. https://youtu.be/EvHi3qawhRw The training is expected to commence in…

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Minister of Tourism, Carlos James said they are hoping to get vendors onboard in the bubble for the cruise ship season but they have to be fully vaccinated. The minister said those who are not vaccinated will not be allowed to sell to the visitors as the ministry is attempting to control their movement and also look out for the safety of locals. https://youtu.be/oMzdhlP7Io8 The minister is encouraging persons to get vaccinated noting that it is not to late to do so. Over the past month the minister has been meeting wth stakeholders across the island on the reopening of…

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As the tourism industry gets ready to welcome back visitors including those on cruise ships, the vaccination status of employees, taxi and tour operators has become the focus of concern. President of the SVG Hotel and Tourism Association Kim Halbich said several members are facing strong push back from their staff to get vaccinated despite informative sessions held to educate them on the vaccines. https://youtu.be/IszrOzF6u0E Halbich said that a decision on whether to let go of unvaccinated employees will depend on the public and private sector coming together, however it would not be ideal for many businesses. https://youtu.be/rFd1UPa51b8 Speaking on…

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The island is expected to welcome soon its first cruise ship visit in over a year since the Covid-19 pandemic. This is according to Minister of Tourism Carlos James who on radio on Sunday said that his ministry is putting all necessary arrangements and measures in place to create a bubble for all cruise visitors who are expected to be fully vaccinated. He said that the early restart to cruise tourism in SVG is welcomed at this time. https://youtu.be/UF_TSalZ5C4 Minister James said that visitors who disembark cruise ships will only go to areas that have met the requirements or protocols…

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Over the weekend, the majority of residents from Chateaubelair and Fitz Hughes returned home after the all clear was given for them to reoccupy these communities. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that approximately four hundred (400) residents left the shelters to return home, with some of the shelters now closed. https://youtu.be/uDKj-8ZOZ94 The remaining residents are expected to return later in this week completing the resettlement of communities on the leeward end.

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said there are two ways of meeting the target of herd immunity in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which is for persons to get vaccinated or contract covid. On radio Friday, the PM again emphasized the need for vaccines to be taken which he said is the safest way of reaching herd immunity. https://youtu.be/BwjvSqXIces The minister of health had said that the new target date for herd immunity in SVG is April 2022. To date close to 26-thousand people have been vaccinated with just under 10-thousand fully vaccinated.

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While on radio Friday, prime minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves used the opportunity to encourage students across the island who will be taking the 2021 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment – CPEA, to remain calm and stay focus. He also asked that parents play their part in ensuring their children are fully prepared for the exams which are being held under challenging times. https://youtu.be/AUrvI5Vva7E There are some students from the red zone who will be sitting CPEA this year while still in shelters as they were displaced by the explosive eruption of La Soufriere volcano. For students from Chateaubelair and Fitz Hughes,…

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Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment St Clair Prince said as of July 23rd, 2021, only fully vaccinated taxi drivers can operate at the Argyle International Airport On WEFM Thursday, Minister Prince outlined the amount of taxi drivers on mainland St. Vincent and Bequia in the Grenadines who have been vaccinated noting that visitors should not take the taxis with unvaccinated drivers. https://youtu.be/IcUNI-ZCdfI Minister Prince said the measure is part of the new protocols for cruise ships as well as arriving passengers to SVG by air. https://youtu.be/_xA8gASgxR4 The health minister used the opportunity to encourage all taxi drivers and…

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As St. Vincent and the Grenadines continue to battle a relatively slow vaccine uptake, taskforce advisor and infectious disease specialist Dr. Jerrol Thompson said a new promotion campaign by the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment will be rolled out soon to aid the fight against vaccine hesitancy. Dr. Thompson who was on a programme on VC3 last evening said influencers, doctors and the vaccinated can all play a role in informing and encouraging those who are still on the fence to take the jab. https://youtu.be/iNJUZakRVzQ Additionally, Dr. Thompson addressed the difference between the various stages of vaccine uptake,…

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Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment St. Clair Prince has expressed disappointment with healthcare workers on the island who refused to get vaccinated. Speaking on WEFM’s Shakeup programme yesterday Minister Prince said that one of the challenges being faced is that not enough persons working in the health care system are taking the Covid-19 pandemic as seriously as they should. https://youtu.be/Mi5e87T6BcA Only 22 percent of nurses and 75 percent of doctors have been vaccinated on the island thus far. Minister Prince said that the Ministry of Health is working hard to increase the numbers. https://youtu.be/zVv6kyOO_cQ The health minister further…

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Animals continue to roam unattended in the red zone and are reportedly causing havoc for farmers. This is according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves while speaking on radio Wednesday. PM Gonsalves said that farmers have complained to him about the destruction of plants by stray animals. https://youtu.be/uReYPAdqtsw The Ministry of Agriculture had made an appeal for farmers to tie their animals a few weeks ago. Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar had also said that 75 to 80 percent of the animals were tagged. However, PM Gonsalves said most of the animals are not tagged. https://youtu.be/RSXPBxgMBTM The prime minister also…

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Courses offered at the Wales University will be extended for Vincentian students applying for a scholarship from the university. So said Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves while giving an update on the scholarships being offered to 55 Vincentians. The prime minister said the extensions will allow students to choose from a broader set of courses offered by the university and adjustments will be made accordingly. https://youtu.be/HUZF25cek_c PM Gonsalves noted that Cabinet Secretary Kattian Barnwell is one of the persons interfacing with the University of Wales and reported to him that the interest by Vincentian students to pursue studies at the…

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Residents of Chateaubelair and Fitz Hughes are expected to start returning to their homes from Friday July 23rd, 2021, almost three and a half months after the explosive eruption of La Soufriere volcano However on radio yesterday Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said, exception has been made for parents who have a child writing the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) scheduled for Tuesday, July 27th, 2021. https://youtu.be/c6EDmJMIRsE The prime minister said that it is understandable that it has not been easy for the displaced students and that moving them a few days before their exam would not be wise. https://youtu.be/6Tqqv80uD14…

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