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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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Infectious disease specialist Dr. Jerrol Thompson said like other viruses such as mumps and zika that are known for causing orchitis (painful testicle) Covid-19 has the same effects on men. On radio Wednesday Dr. Thompson noted that some persons who have recovered from Covid, are still suffering from what is considered long term Covid with severe pains in the testicles and erectile dysfunction. https://youtu.be/AJEZOiH4_ek The infectious disease specialist further explained how males who have been infected with the Covid-19 virus can become sterile. https://youtu.be/tyT42ckUrVo

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CARICOM Assistant Secretary-General, Human and Social Development Dr. Douglas Slater, warns Vincentians of the dangerous Delta variant which is hitting other Caribbean countries hard. He was speaking on a programme on VC3 Wednesday night https://youtu.be/s8BDjgQIeyM Dr. Slater further spoke on the new Covid-19 variant called “mu” which the World Health Organisation-WHO on August 30th said it is keeping a close eye on. https://youtu.be/gdQzOgH-i88 Dr. Slater, who is also a medical doctor, said that if these variants reach SVG they will have a very bad impact on lives and livelihood. He further stressed the importance for everyone to get vaccinated. https://youtu.be/iPEfDKkk90w

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President of the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Public Service Union, Elroy Boucher has expressed disappointment with the Commissioner of Police response to the PSU’s letters of August 25th and 26th notifying him of their intention to protest in capital Kingstown from September 7 – 10 2021. In his response to the PSU’s letters Commissioner Colin John cited sections of the Public Order Act not to grant permission for the protest at least not in the areas where the PSU identified citing the preservation of order and public safety. The protests which were initially slated to occur in front of the…

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Chevening scholarships are now open and Vincentians are being encouraged to apply before the deadline in November for the 2022/2023 academic year. Two Vincentians were awarded the scholarship this year and are now preparing to travel to the United Kingdom to commence their studies. Former scholar Tamira Browne said that the Chevening scholarship is open for those who are keen on developing professionally and academically https://youtu.be/XzALTA9-kAI Browne, who completed her studies five years ago, said that the experience and opportunities of being awarded a Chevening scholarship are many sided which she has benefited from tremendously. https://youtu.be/Lgi_BJt3nCk Browne said St.Vincent and…

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Vincentian, Sophia Young-Malcolm was on Saturday night inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 2021 class for her contribution to the development of Women’s Basketball in Texas, USA. Young-Malcolm who was born in Layou, St Vincent, played for Lady Bears’ first National Championship team in 2005, before being drafted as the fourth overall pick in the Women’s NBA. She has a decorated basketball career and to think that she did not get involved in the game until she was fifteen years old. She is currently on the Lady Bears’ staff as the Assistant Athletic…

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The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment hosted a virtual news conference yesterday to update the Vincentian public on various Covid 19 related issues. In his presentation at the conference Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment St. Clair “Jimmy” Prince noted several areas of concern as SVG begins to see a slight uptick in Covid-19 cases. Minister Prince said contrary to several reports there have been no cases of deaths related to any Covid-19 vaccine in the country. https://youtu.be/KAJD5m7y_Hs Minister Prince further expressed concern with the level of complacency as it relates to the various Covid19 protocols even…

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The Public Service Union has called for nurses to withdraw their services for four days from September 7th to 10th, and according to Public Relations Officer of the PSU, Shelly Ann Alexander -Ross, the response so far has been positive. The industrial action has been called for in relation to the amendments of the Public Health Act which requires frontline workers to get vaccinated which some say is infringing on their rights. On September 7th and 8th, nurses are expected to stay away from work and on the 9th and 10th, they are being asked to join the two day…

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There has reportedly been an increase in nurses and doctors coming forward to get vaccinated since the Pfizer vaccines have been made available. This is according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on radio on Sunday. He said data suggests that there has been an increase by 7-percent of nurses taking the vaccine at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. https://youtu.be/468VxLjRUgs The prime minister said more doctors have also come forward to take the jab which he said is laudable. https://youtu.be/fjabfah9ZKs The prime minister remains hopeful that more persons will take the jab as he said the numbers have been encouraging.…

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Frontline workers who fail to be vaccinated or get a PCR test as required in the Public Amendment Act 2021, could find themselves being locked out from their workplaces and considered absent for the day. This part of the amendment to the Public Health Act was explained by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves on radio on Sunday who said that some people may be exempted from taking the vaccine based on medical or religious grounds but are still required to be PCR tested. https://youtu.be/EqqxavWisPA The prime minister further explained that an employee who enters the workplace without being vaccinated or…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves announced that SVG will be providing humanitarian aid to the Republic of Cuba, to the tune of 1.4 million E.C dollars. The prime minister noted that fifteen 20 foot containers with the supplies will be leaving for Cuba on Thursday. https://youtu.be/NuIX6F7HlKk Dr. Gonsalves said that the government will also be sending medical supplies to Cuba to assist with its fight against Covid-19. https://youtu.be/bHbyKVR8b0M Noting SVG’s own challenges the prime minister said the great act of solidarity is not to give from the abundance that one possesses but from the little you have. https://youtu.be/lvJvzTJ5xIs

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Lead scientist monitoring La Soufriere Volcano professor Richard Robertson said this week an app will be launched here to assist with the monitoring of the volcano. Speaking on the Eyeing La Soufriere Volcano radio program yesterday, Professor Robertson said the app will allow people in the field to send updates on activity observed at the volcano https://youtu.be/Cxa7cHBVtOo Professor Robertson said nothing much has changed with the activity of the volcano over the weekend. https://youtu.be/Gpd-_5pKDEg

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Head of the Grenada Senate- Senator Chester Humphrey, speaking independently on the virtual programme, pleaded with his fellow trade union heads here in SVG and across the region to push for programs to drive vaccination uptake.  Humphrey noted the heavy death toll in the french speaking Caribbean islands, highlighting Guadeloupe where at present the healthcare system is said to be overloaded due to high Covid numbers. The  local morgues which are full are no longer able to house bodies resulting in forty foot cooler containers  being used to  house the dead. Humphrey painted the bleak picture as he shared that…

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President of the Public Service Union, Elroy Boucher, and president of the Teachers’ Union Oswald Robinson have both disclosed the catalyst for their upcoming protest action. They say the industrial action is being taken against the recent amendments made to the Public Health Act. Speaking during a virtual interview on the weekend, both men said they are against mandatory vaccination as it is a violation of a person’s fundamental rights. PSU president Elroy Boucher, highlighted recommendations made by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the government’s handling of the implementation of mandatory vaccination, if the step becomes necessary. He noted…

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The planned industrial action by the Public Service Union and nurses in St. Vincent and the Grenadines  for next month, will not change the government’s policy that mandates Covid-19 vaccine for certain frontline workers, if they are to remain in their jobs. On radio last week, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said, he has read that the PSU has the requisite notice under the Essential Services Act that its members will withdraw their services from September 7th to 10th however he noted that the people in the country will not think such a decision is reasonable. https://youtu.be/xLFasTNmaME In a press…

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With a number of elderly persons reportedly abandoned by family members at emergency shelters, the government has decided to have designated homes for them in the red zone. Speaking on radio yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that permission has been given for the Roads, Buildings & General Services Authority – BRAGSA to refurbish buildings identified in Orange Hill in the red zone to accommodate some of these persons. https://youtu.be/H83DEN-Tibs It was noted that there are more than forty elderly persons abandoned at the shelters which the prime minister said is worrying. https://youtu.be/4uJSffVIgJQ The prime minister further stated that…

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The Ministry of Agriculture is looking to identify a national production brigade of a cadre of farmers with the target of reducing the country’s food import bill which stands at two hundred million dollars.  This is according to Minister of Agriculture, Saboto Caesar who was speaking at a handing over ceremony on Monday of over 11-thousand packets of seeds from Brazil to assist with the Ministry’s vegetation production programme https://youtu.be/rp8j6f0nOlk The agriculture minister also noted plans for the production of new crops of vegetables using technology . https://youtu.be/UpnC5PrhxOM Minister Caesar is encouraging farmers to invest in different fruits and vegetables…

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The Ministry of Health and the Environment began administering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine last Saturday August 14th at six health centres. On radio yesterday, Prime Minister Dr. Ralph said that based on reports, there seems to be an increase in vaccination due to the availability of the Pfizer vaccine but this will have to be analysed. https://youtu.be/6IX3r7dfLC8 The latest report by the Ministry of Health showed that 26,431 persons have been vaccinated in SVG, of whom 16, 213 have taken the first dose and 10, 218 fully vaccinated. On the SVG Health’s Facebook page yesterday, it was made known that…

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A fifth form student of Petit Bordel Secondary School, Ossique Billingy, is suffering from a heart disease, and desperately needs forty thousand US dollars to undergo corrective surgery. The principal and teachers of the school are organizing a barbeque to raise funds for the 17 year old who is currently writing CSEC. Principal of the school, Heather Stewart said it is heartbreaking to know that one of her students is suffering and they are happy to do their part to help. https://youtu.be/9q9_KF2uJh8 Steward said Bellingy is a lover of sports, noting that it was after a sporting event he fell…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves announced yesterday on radio that the all clear has been given for residents in the red zone above Rabacca to return to their homes as far as Owia by Monday August 23rd 2021.. The prime minister said the government took the decision Monday at a meeting of the National Emergency Management Council based on information that all utility services are back in place and the cleaning up process almost completed. https://youtu.be/KBzBvHEk4k8 The prime minister asked that persons comply and move out from the shelters noting that the twenty-six (26) schools which are being used as…

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