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Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, Camillo Gonsalves has responded to a call from president of the Public Service Union Elroy Boucher that consideration be given to granting bonuses to workers on the lower end of the salary scale who would not benefit from a reduction in personal income taxes. Responding to a question this morning at a press conference at cabinet room, minister Gonsalves said Boucher’s call did not form part of their proposal during recent negotiations neither did it form part of the government’s proposal. https://youtu.be/NGevBndNlF4 Speaking during a press conference held by the unions on Tuesday, September…

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Public servants across St. Vincent and the Grenadines are expected to enjoy more disposable income as at 2023, thanks to salary increases and a reduction in personal income taxes. Addressing a press conference this morning, Minister of Finance the Hon. Camillo Gonsalves outlined that the government in agreement with the labour unions has raised salaries by 7% over three years with public servants receiving 2.5 percent in 2023, 2 percent in 2024 and 2.5 percent in 2025. He give a breakdown as to how certain categories of workers will benefit. He also noted that the top rate for personal income…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has indicated that he continues to stay close to the families of the victims of the Sandy Bay bush crash. The Prime Minister who is currently in New York where he is leading a delegation to the United Nations, reported on NBC radio that he had called each of the families. Those who perished in the crash are expected to be buried on October 16th 2022. They are Giovanni Barker, Ishmael Bruce, Elvis Harold, Khalil Robin, and Kenroy Haywood all of Clare Valley. They were among several who were travelling to a funeral in Sandy…

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The issue of quality teaching in the classroom is one of the main factors which contributed to the decreased percentage in this year’s CSEC results. So says president of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers Union Oswald Robinson. Robinson made the comment during a press conference Tuesday, noting that he is concerned with the performance of the students at this year’s CSEC exam . Robinson said that over two hundred qualified teachers were fired months before the examinations and indicators are there to show that the performance of students in this year’s examinations has a direct relationship with the…

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President of the Public Service Union, Elroy Boucher, is suggesting that the government gives workers who make less than 22 thousand dollars per year a bonus. Boucher made the suggestion during the announcement that the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and workers unions have come to an agreement on terms of wage increase for all government workers and tax adjustment. The agreement includes 7 percent wage increase over three years; an increase in the personal tax standard deduction to $22,000 from $20,000 and a reduction of top personal income tax marginal rate to 28 percent from 30 percent.…

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The Ministry of Health and Wellness says more persons are opting for self-testing for the Covid-19 virus rather than being tested at a medical facility. This was revealed by Chief Health Promotions Officer, Shanika John, who says the ministry is seeing fewer persons coming into the clinic for testing. Speaking on radio, John says in light of the most recent Covid-19 death in SVG, people are advised to seek medical care from health professionals as soon as possible and not depend on self-treatment. John also spoke about a flu bug that is affecting many Vincentians. She urges people to follow…

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Residents in North Leeward welcomed the official opening of the Long Line road, a 3.6-kilometer stretch of road, which was constructed under the Regional Disaster Vulnerability Reduction project. The Long Line road was constructed at an estimated cost of 3.3 million us dollars and Minister of Finance, Camillo Gonsalves explains the project experienced a number of challenges as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. He says the Long Line road and other developmental projects in the red and orange zones will improve the resilience of the communities which are vulnerable to disasters. While…

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Minister of Education Hon. Curtis King explains that there are anomalies in the CSEC results released from the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) which need to be resolved before an official analysis and report is released by the ministry of education. Speaking on the API program, Minister King said, although all students across St Vincent and the Grenadines received their CSEC on Monday, September 5th as promised, there were some students that received an ungraded mark. Minister King said that he was hoping that the issue would be resolved by Wednesday, however, this was not the case. The education minister noted…

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Non-communicable diseases continue to be one of the leading causes of death in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.This was revealed by medical officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, Dr. Roger Duncan during his remarks at the launch of the Caribbean Wellness Month, an initiative to tackle the rising scrounge of NCDs in the region. Dr. Duncan says the financial and economic burden of NCDs is a major concern and he made a call for communities to participate in the fight against NCDs. Dr. Duncan also says the lessons gained during the Covid-19 pandemic should be used as a…

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With the ongoing issue of rising food prices in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Minister of Agriculture Saboto Caesar outlines some plans that the ministry intends to roll out to address the issue. Speaking on Star Radio on Monday, the agriculture minister notes, part of the plan is to produce more food items locally, and he adds this would also lower the food import bill. The minister advises Vincentians that in order to stretch their money they must purchase locally produced food. He also says four rural facilities will be available to provide a market to the farmers. https://youtu.be/dBT5ouidebw

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Seeking justice for the unvaccinated teachers who were fired due to the government’s vaccination policy, the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers Union will be holding an additional two days of protest action on Monday, September 12th and 13th. Speaking with SVGTV News, the SVG Teachers Union Industrial Relations and Research Officer, Andrew John says that the union is still appealing to the government to reinstate the teachers and repeal the public health law under which the mandatory vaccination mandate falls. John says that the protest in Kingstown will be peaceful and he also notes that a march is planned,…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is giving the assurance that the ministry of education is on top of the issue of school preparedness, despite some schools not being ready for the resumption of classes on Monday. The new school term started on September 5th and, according to the SVG Teachers Union, some students returned to classes where renovation work was still being carried out and schools were not properly cleaned and sanitized, namely Stubbs Government School and the Kingstown Preparatory School. Speaking on NBC Radio Face to Face program yesterday, PM Gonsalves explains he received a report from the Minister…

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The Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force fire department has responded to one hundred and twelve fires to date. Speaking on NBC Radio on Monday, the fire chief superintendent of police, Joel James, says house fires are on the increase, adding he believes some owners are being negligent. Although the hurricane season is at its peak, SOP James cautions Vincentians not to burn dry bushes and other materials, especially On hot days as this can quickly result in fires getting out of control. https://youtu.be/AqsqXibUyNM

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Minister of Tourism and Civil Aviation, Carlos James has expressed confidence that destination St. Vincent and the Grenadines will return to pre-pandemic visitor arrival numbers. The minister notes the sector was significantly affected by the global Covid-19 pandemic and the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. Minister James says 2019 was a record year for tourist arrivals in SVG and a recent study on international travel shows that 60 to 70 percent of North American visitors are now more comfortable with travel. Speaking on WE FM Issues at Hand program, Minister James says over the next 12 to 24 months, arrivals…

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Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has revealed that a new attorney general is to be appointed in the near future. The current AG, Jaundy Martin, has served in the position since September 2017 and according to pm Gonsalves, has had a good tenure. PM explains Martin’s contract will end in October after which he plans to relocate overseas. https://youtu.be/dwMhdHplsWY

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The health threat posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in St. Vincent and the Grenadines should be handled with the same aggression as the Covid-19 pandemic. This was the view expressed by Minister of Health and Wellness, St Clair Prince, during his address to mark the launch of Caribbean Wellness Month. Caribbean Wellness Month is a regional, collaborative response to the NCDs which was conceptualized by CARICOM heads of government. Minister Prince says all stakeholders should expand the efforts to screen and manage NCDs and he adds the plan of the ministry is to intensify the response to fighting NCDs. Minister…

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The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers Union (SVGTU) has expressed shock at the condition of some schools on the first day back to the classroom. Commenting on renovation work at the Kingstown Preparatory School and Stubbs Government, which delayed some classes , president of the SVGTU, Oswald Robinson says he is disappointed that work was not completed ahead of the new school term. The union head called on the ministry of education to address the issue of renovations as well as sanitization at schools. Robinson also urges teachers not to enter schools that are in poor condition. For the…

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This announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves while speaking on radio on Sunday. Dr. Gonsalves said due to the late departure of some teachers on pre-retirement leave as well as study leave granted for another 25 teachers, there is a void within the system that must be filled. The prime minister indicated that the public service commission is putting arrangements in place to have these positions filled before the end of the week.

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The country’s tourism sector is expected to expand significantly in the near future. This, according to tourism minister Carlos James, who notes that St. Vincent and the Grenadines is emerging as a leading tourism destination. Speaking at the launch of the SVG Hotels and Tourism Association (SVGHTA) new group medical plan, James says the commencement of daily flights from North America to SVG will result in increased airlift for the island. He also notes the boost for ecotourism with the rehabilitation of tourism sites across the country, including fort charlotte and dark view falls. https://youtu.be/BN_kohXIplY

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Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonslaves has highlighted the monumental task facing government in the rebuilding effort for volcano-affected victims in the red and orange zone of the island. He provided an update on the rebuilding effort at the official handing-over ceremony of the newly completed houses at Orange Hill. The 27 houses were constructed by a Trinidad-based nonprofit organization, Sri Sathya Sai Baba and BRAGSA, for North Windward residents who were displaced due to the eruption last year. PM Gonsalves explains the initial assessment conducted by disaster management officials shows damaged homes amounted to close to 700, however, that number…

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