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Two months after La Soufriere volcano explosively erupted, Director of the National Emergency Management Organisation NEMO – Michelle Forbes reflected on the challenges and impacts of the eruption. Forbes was part of a panel discussion hosted yesterday by the University of the West Indies entitled “ Ash in the air, eruption in effect: La Soufriere St.Vincent 2020-2021. The other members on the panel were Director of the UWI Seismic Research Team Dr. Erouscilla Joseph, Executive Director of CDEMA – Elizabeth Riley and lecturer of the UWI Mona campus Vincentian Dr. Roseann Smith. The moderator was geologist Professor Richard Robertson. In…

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With some positive Covid-19 cases linked to learning hubs, SVGTV News spoke with President of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Teachers Union Oswald Robinson on the matter who shared that teachers have not raised a formal complaint with the union over fears of the cases reported in the learning hubs. Alternatively, Robinson said, while he has not been able to visit all the learning hubs, some concerns have been raised by teachers about the health and physical conditions at the hubs. These issues Robinson said are being handled by the Ministry of Education. https://youtu.be/LpB9P0hzRWM The Teachers Union President added…

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As Covid-19 cases on the island continue to rise amidst a low vaccination uptake, Chief Executive Officer of the SVG Tourism Authority Glen Beache, outlined to SVGTV News what this reality could mean for the immediate future of the island’s tourism industry specifically the return of cruise ships and airlines. https://youtu.be/GEKh_FfYqn0 Beache highlighted the effects of the widespread vaccine hesitancy on tourism stakeholders, noting that the responsibility for the blow to the industry will have to be shouldered by the Vincentian public. https://youtu.be/tP_2honB6Mc The CEO of the Tourism Authority said while St.Vincent and the Grenadines have not had to lay off…

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There was strong steaming coming from the crater of La Soufriere volcano over the weekend, however lead monitoring scientist Lloyd Lynch said there is nothing to worry about as this activity is very normal, especially in the rainy season. On radio, Lynch explained what was happening inside the crater and on the western side of the volcano over the weekend https://youtu.be/MpG8pUb4N38 With the threat of lahars during the hurricane season, the lead monitoring scientist said because of the lost of a significant amount of equipment at the summit of the volcano due to the eruption their monitoring system was somewhat…

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Wednesday, June 9th 2021, is exactly two months since La Soufriere volcano explosively erupted displacing thousands of Vincentians from communities in the red and orange zones. SVGTV News took its cameras as far as possible on the northern end in the red zone, reaching as far as Sandy Bay. Although the all clear has not been given by the authorities for the communities above the Rabacca dry river to be reoccupied, some residents have made the brave decision to return home, however they are living under different conditions https://youtu.be/NNtVS4X11Iw Remembering the April 9th eruption vividly, some of the Sandy Bay…

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Communication and Public Education Officer of the National Parks, Rivers and Beaches Authority- Twanique Barrow is encouraging citizens to dispose of their garbage properly to reduce the challenges already facing marine lives noting that the eruption of La Soufriere volcano has negatively impacted the marine and coastal ecosystem. https://youtu.be/cPQNl3QpMHA Barrow said in commemoration of World Oceans Day the Sustainable Development Unit in the Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with the Environmental Day Commemoration Committee will host a beach clean up exercise at the Brighton beach on Friday. https://youtu.be/x46WnTVxPIA

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More than 140 evacuees who occupied the Girls High School as a shelter since the eruption of La Soufriere volcano on April 9th, 2021, have vacated the premises and returned home. So said Principal of the GHS, Michelle Beache. The persons, who were staying at the GHS shelter, were mainly from the Georgetown area and Beache said they left last Tuesday with the help of the National Emergency Management Organisation- NEMO. She said a few persons were transferred to another shelter. https://youtu.be/4wYMske9tOc Most of the shelters that have been vacated by the volcano evacuees are being prepared to house persons…

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It has been over a week and there has been no sighting of the three missing fishermen at sea. The SVG Coast Guard with support from regional partners have been conducting search and rescue operations for the missing fishing vessel and three fishermen on board. In a press release, the SVG Coast Guard said the missing vessel with the three men, was last seen on the northeast coast of SVG by another fishing vessel at around 10:00 am last Tuesday, June 1st, with no other sighting to date. President of the National Fisherfolk Organisation – Winsbert Harry and several other…

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An internal investigation has been launched into the alleged beating of two sisters of Glen, reportedly by the police. This was confirmed by Commissioner of Police Colin John, who told SVGTV News via a telephone interview that he has heard different accounts of what transpired between the sisters and the officers who went to their home. https://youtu.be/6we_poHE3Qs Commissioner John said contrary to reports, no foreign officers were involved in the incident. The sisters Asheka Antoine and Shomron Haynes alleged that on Friday, May 28th, a number of officers came to their home in Glen and beat them. They both reportedly…

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The matter involving Cornelius John of Diamond Estate, who was shot in his leg at his home almost two months ago, continues to take different turns. Government Senator and Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Ashelle Morgan along with Assistant Director of Public Prosecution, Karim Nelson and a third unidentified man are said to be persons of interest in the investigation On Tuesday, June 8th, John’s lawyer Kay Bacchus-Baptiste told SVGTV News, that her client was asked to show up to the Calliaqua police station on Monday for a caution statement. According to Bacchus-Baptiste, the encounter was bizarre, noting…

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Former Prime Minister Sir James Mitchell has raised a number of questions surrounding the disappearance of firearms and ammunitions from the Armoury at the Georgetown Police Station. Last Friday, June 4th the Major Crimes Unit of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, said in a news release that it has launched an investigation into the disappearance of firearms and ammunitions from the police station, which was ordered by Commissioner of Police, Colin John immediately after the discovery was made. No further information was however provided. On radio, Sir James questioned how someone other than the police can…

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Residents are reminded to only buy food from individuals and business places with an approved food handlers license from the Public Health Department, and to only buy meat products that have been inspected by Environmental Officers. The encouragement comes from Environmental Health Officer in the Ministry of Health, Marshant Scotland, as the country joined the United Nations in observing World Food Safety day. World Food Safety day which was celebrated on Monday, June 7th, under the theme “Safe food today for a healthy tomorrow” drew attention and inspired action to help prevent, detect and mange food bourne risk, contributing to…

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Many houses in the red zone were damaged by the eruption of La Soufriere volcano, and the government has been identifying lands for those who wish to relocate. That’s according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who says that damage assessments of homes are in the early stages and that some lands to be made available to affected residents, will still be in the northern part of the island. https://youtu.be/RCrAnf538-o The Prime Minister identified Sandy Bay as one of the communities where lands will be made available, but noted that it will have to be in keeping with safety measures.…

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Member of the SVG Chamber of Industry and Commerce and social commentator Stephen Joachim said the government needs to give serious consideration before rebuilding in some communities in the red zone. As a panellist on SVGTV’s View Point programme on Sunday, June 6th, Joachim explained the reason for his position, noting that in recent times every disaster to hit SVG the people and houses in the north are always negatively impacted, particularly in the Sandy Bay area. https://youtu.be/ichrmljmMRk Executive Director of SVG Developmental Fund Louise Mitchell also shared her views on rebuilding or relocating persons in the red zone. She…

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The security shortcomings at the Belle Isle Correctional Facility farm that was exposed by the escape of prisoner Orwin Small of Campden Park have been corrected. This is according to superintendent of prisons, Timothy Hazelwood. In an interview with SVGTV News, he listed what the main security issues were and the steps taken to correct them. https://youtu.be/pXza7VaBs2M Orwin Small Back in Prison On Thursday, June 3rd, Orwin Small of Campden Park returned to prison one month after escaping from the farm of the Belle Isle Correctional Facility. Superintendent of Prisons Timothy Hazelwood told SVGTV News that Small was brought into…

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Chateaubelair and Fitz Hughes are communities in the orange zone on the leeward side of the island that cannot be re-occupied as yet as advised by the government. Our news team recently paid a visit to the communities and spoke to a number of residents who did not leave and others who have return to clean. https://youtu.be/iygOrt3H8iY The north leeward resident said that he does not regret not leaving his property as he was able to secure some of his animals. https://youtu.be/_mEALNf4tjU

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As a result of the disruption to the water supply due to the eruption of La Soufriere volcano, thousands of bottle water was imported into St. Vincent and the Grenadines. To ensure there is no plastic bottle pollution in SVG, the solid waste manager of the Central Water and Sewerage Authority, Winsbert Quow, is encouraging persons to take advantage of the All Islands Recycling services. Speaking at a news conference on Wednesday hosted by the CWSA, Quow said the huge influx of plastic bottles in the country will have a negative impact on the environment if they are not disposed…

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In light of the disappearance of three Vincentian fishermen at sea, the president of the National Fishermen Organisation, Winsbert Harry, wants the authorities to start reissuing fishermen identification cards. Harry said that the issuing of identification cards was cancelled more than five years now, and he has been lobbying to have them reissued, but to no avail. He said when persons are missing at sea, the cards help with identification, especially in other places. https://youtu.be/_2AjSaLLWBU Harry who recently experienced a close death situation at sea, said that fishermen also need to be properly equipped while at sea and made an…

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A Vincentian born woman earlier this week celebrated her 101 birthday in the USA. Emmeline Nash Barbour, from Spring Village on the leeward side of the island, migrated to New York in 1986 and is currently living with her last daughter Jana Williams.Nash Barbour gave birth to 11 children, 3 deceased and 8 alive. She has over 100 grand, great and great-great-grandchildren. According to her daughter Jana, her mother enjoys the simple things in life such as pop the bubble rapper and often refers to it as her company when she is watching TV. Her favorite color is red, and…

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130 persons from across Saint Vincent and the Grenadines have been accepted into the youth and adults training for employment programme – (YATE). On Thursday, June 3rd an orientation ceremony was held for the fourth batch of trainees who will benefit from a wide range of skills training at the four technical institutes. Senior Education Officer with the National Qualifications Department Nicola Sparks Browne said that to date more than 400 persons have benefited from the programme and asked that the new batch of trainees do not waste the opportunity afforded to them. https://youtu.be/U5AGmKnnJ38 Trainees will have to undergo one…

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