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On Monday the Passports and Immigration department launched the new 48 page electronic passports for citizens, diplomats and officials.  At a simple ceremony, Chief Immigration Officer Beverly Walker, said, that the passports are of high quality with new enhanced security features. She noted the significance and importance of having an e-passport. https://youtu.be/lb_-qegSjNQ Walker said persons should not be in a rush to change their passport to an e-passport, once it has not expired.  https://youtu.be/gdpXC3UAR-Y The e-passports were expected to be completed in late 2020 but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a delay. The cost for the upgrade passports has…

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Chief Executive Officer of the Central Water and Sewerage Authority – CWSA  Garth Saunder reported today that the Perseverance water has been cleaned and water is now fully restored in Georgetown and surrounding communities.  https://youtu.be/sxPJkRO_Khs Saunders reminded persons to be mindful of water wastage, noting that they are finding several leaks in pipelines which were damaged, as a result of the eruption of the volcano. https://youtu.be/SWbl7nLppwM The CWSA CEO said that, it will take several weeks before water is fully restored up to Sandy Bay and communities further north. https://youtu.be/KJbRJxb3M90

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Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation Michelle Forbes has recommended that residents from Georgetown to Rabacca in the red zone can return home to reoccupied their communities. The decision of doing so was expected to be finalised at an emergency meeting yesterday. The NEMO Director is said to have made her recommendation following an assessment done on Sunday by a team from the CARICOM Disaster Relief Unit of which she was part. https://youtu.be/ZTpWKuSmGpM Forbes said the Police Station in Georgetown is back in operation, however, she noted that other communities in the red zone are not yet ready to…

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Almost a month since the last explosion was recorded on April 22nd, seismic activity at La Soufriere volcano remains very quiet.  So says lead monitoring scientist, Volcanologist, Dr. Adam Stinton who asked that persons remain vigilant. Providing an update on the volcano on radio, Dr. Stinton says, the monitoring team continues to observe steam coming from the volcano which remains in a residual unrest. https://youtu.be/tNYdsCxNdTE Dr. Stinton said another measurement for gases at the volcano will be done on Tuesday. The Volcanologist reminded persons that it is important to remain vigilant noting that it is still unsafe for persons to…

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Vincentian students across all campuses of the University of the West Indies will benefit from  a reduction in their fees by 50% and higher in special cases over the next year. This announcement was made by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves speaking on the agreement with the permission of UWI Vice Chancellor Sir Hilary Beckles. The reduction applies to  first time students and those continuing their studies at the UWI.  https://youtu.be/6yKJdSXUL7I Students at the UWI Open Campus will also benefit from a reduction in fees. https://youtu.be/Hm9xqB21-6g The Prime Minister shared that the reduction in fees also extends to student’s accommodation…

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Minister of Tourism and Culture Carlos James has revealed that while considerations were being given to some variation of Vincy Mas to be held this year with both virtual and physical events, the April 9th explosive eruption of La Soufriere has derailed those plans.  He told Parliament that this coupled with the low inoculation of Vincentians (just under 10% of the population), has made it unlikely that there will be any celebrations during the traditional June to July period. He noted however that a later production of some variation is possible. https://youtu.be/B2RCeO-D2WY The Carnival Development Cooperation is responsible for the…

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Four emergency shelters remain on lockdown. They are located in Stubbs, Biabou and North Union on the Windward end, and the fourth is in Barrouallie on the Leeward end.  Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer Beache told SVGTV news Thursday that  while COVID-19 cases were recorded at other shelters a lock down was necessary at the four.  https://youtu.be/8UOYrHVUeuc The CMO explained that persons who contracted COVID-19 in shelters are usually placed in isolation at the shelter or elsewhere.  https://youtu.be/BmEGNJ2QfDM Dr. Keizer Beache said testing of persons is one way of containing the spread of the virus and it is one of the recommended…

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With some students and teachers returning to face to face teaching on Monday May 17, 2021, Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves is appealing to teachers to take the COVID-19 vaccine and get tested.  In a circular to teachers prior to the explosive eruption of La Soufriere, they were informed that they would be tested every two weeks, once they have not been vaccinated.  PM Gonsalves stressed the importance of getting tested or vaccinated  https://youtu.be/wzhnCvjaWCI PM Gonsalves said while he is urging teachers to get tested and vaccinated, he is also asking that parents allow their children under 18, to get…

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Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment St. Clair Prince said the new target for SVG to achieve herd immunity against COVID-19 by having 70% of population vaccinated is likely to be April 2022. The Minister made this announcement in Parliament on Tuesday, after leader of the Opposition Dr. Godwin Friday asked the Minister to give an update on the vaccination drive and reaching the target of 75 to 80 percent of the population being vaccinated thus achieving herd immunity.  The Opposition Leader also asked the Minister about the implications for the country if the vaccination is not achieved..  https://youtu.be/N34pdMTLcNw

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Three months after administering the first batch of COVID- 19 vaccines in SVG, just over 13-thousand persons have taken the jab with 3-thousand already taken the 2nd dose. So said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer Beache who is not pleased with the numbers, and pointed out that the vaccination drive was impacted by La Soufriere eruption however they are hoping to ramp up the vaccination drive now that things seems to quiet down. https://youtu.be/JNtxjkUmyGI The CMO said that vaccine hesitancy remains high for varying reasons noting that most of the vaccines already in the state are expected to expire…

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The St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association earlier this week officially launched the 2021 Vincy Premier League (VPL) Ten/10 Tournament, under the theme ‘from the ashes we rise’. Svgtv sports caught up with the captains of the six competing teams at the launching ceremony at the conference room of the national Sports Council at arnos Vale. The captains say they are ready to play good cricket. https://youtu.be/Omlk6gewMkU  

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Queen’s Counsel Parnell Randolph Campbell was laid to rest on the 13th May 2021 following a state funeral at the Methodist church. As a mark of respect flags across SVG were flown at half-mast. As his body lay in state at the House of Assembly, government officials, colleagues from the legal fraternity and ordinary citizens came to pay their last respects to the man described as a patriotic Vincentian who served the country with distinction as a politician, a lawyer and in his private life.  https://youtu.be/_zVy7oo9uRs P.R. Campbell served as Attorney General under the New Democratic Party government. He was also…

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Food, water, medicines, cots and mattresses are some of the main relief supplies that SVG continues to receive in the aftermath of the eruption of La Soufriere volcano This was noted in parliament by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who was asked by Opposition Leader Dr. Godwin Friday what relief supplies has the Government received and expects to receive. PM Gonsalves said as the situation on ground evolves with persons moving back into the orange zone, the Director of NEMO, Michelle Forbes will soon update the list of needs at this time. Discussing the storage and equitable distribution of the relief…

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Lead monitoring scientist Dr. Thomas Christopher said the safety of persons returning to the red zone will be determined on how safe the government can make the areas for people to reoccupy. https://youtu.be/rPOc9x4kEAo Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that currently there are a lot of cleaning that need to be done both in the red and orange zones. However he highlighted some of the challenges that is being faced in the northern part of the country with the cleaning up process. https://youtu.be/QFzBXdtFnfE Prime Minister said going forward the Government has to be more vigilant and strengthen the planning laws…

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Lead monitoring scientist Dr. Thomas Christopher said that the episode of explosive activity coming from the volcano is now “behind us”. Providing his daily update on radio Dr. Christopher said in the coming days and weeks they will be closely monitoring what happen next but for now the volcano is out of the dangerous phase https://youtu.be/UU-SJDKF-l4 The Volcanologist said gases were measured yesterday and there are 208 tonnes being released per day which is also a good sign that things are dying down  https://youtu.be/Oc2EB18_X3s Dr. Christopher further noted that of the four gases measured yesterday more carbon dioxide is being…

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10.5 million dollars have been set aside in the supplementary budget for income support for farmers from the red and orange zones. So said Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves who gave a break down of monies allocated to persons affected by the volcano eruption which will be given out at the end of this month. The Minister said farmers will receive monthly income support of 500 until the end of the year and an additional 500 dollar one off payment for production support. https://youtu.be/4WryJ3p89jI Non farmers in the red and orange zone will also receive income support of 400 dollar for…

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A supplementary budget of 117.9 million EC dollars was passed in Parliament last evening to assist the Government with its response to  the immediate humanitarian needs and clean up efforts in the aftermath of the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano. Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves who presented the motion for the supplementary estimates, said the support is the first phase which will be for the next three to 6 months and does not include reconstruction. https://youtu.be/25-Ynqgh8mw The Finance Minister noted that the 117.9 million EC dollar is not enough but will have to do in the interim, noting that…

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Students across SVG will return to physical and virtual learning through a four phase program designed by the Ministry of Education  to return all students to the classroom. Minister of Education Curtis King shared the details of the four phase program in Parliament. He said the first phase  dubbed “return to happiness’ which involved giving psychosocial support to students in shelters, began on May 3rd 2021. This was followed closely by the second phase on May 11th which features informal teaching and learning activities with said students. The Minister detailed the plans for the additional phases three and four .…

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Lead Scientist monitoring La Soufriere volcano gas specialist Dr. Thomas Christopher said the amount of gas being emitted from the volcano varied. Speaking on radio Tuesday Dr. Thomas said from recent test done on Sunday May 7th there were only 200 tonnes of gas emitted per day which is  800 tonnes less than the week before. Dr. Christopher said that the  volcano is currently not in a dangerous state though it continues to release gas . The gas specialist further noted that though the gas being release has been decreasing this does not determine what the volcano could do next.…

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Opposition Leader-Dr. Godwin Friday and member of Parliament for Central Kingstown St. Clair Leacock spoke with reporters on the position taken inside Parliament on the matter allegedly involving the Government Senator and Deputy Speaker – Ashelle Morgan https://youtu.be/VkZPHGRUjSk The Opposition Leader made it clear that they support the supplementary budget estimates of 170 million dollars to assist with the rehabilitation and reconstruction work in SVG after the eruption of La Soufriere volcano. This was  one of the main items to be debated in Parliament today.  https://youtu.be/MGCo48flnD0

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