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A classroom ceiling at the Kingstown Technical Institute collapsed yesterday while class was reportedly in session causing panic amongst those present and quickly drew attention across social media platforms. In an interview with SVGTV News, Industrial Relations Officer of the St. Vincent Teacher’s Union Andrew John said what happened yesterday highlights the urgent attention that the institution requires as persons lives are at risk. https://youtu.be/awkKrTKJNGs Despite the condition of the institute, John said that they are thankful no one was injured. https://youtu.be/E1mmVlgQAK0

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PRO of the group Rise Hairouna and President of the SVG Teacher’s Union South Leeward branch, Nikeisha Williams, will be coming against Oswald Robinson for the lead position of the SVGTU in the election scheduled for Tuesday February 22nd and Wednesday, 23rd February 2022. Williams who has been a teacher for 20 years and a member of the teachers union for over 10 years told SVGTV News in a telephone interview that she is confident she will be elected as president, noting that she has a lot of plans to take the union forward. Williams said she plans to implement…

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Miss SVG 2011 Aviar Charles has been appointed as the new chairperson of the beauty shows committee. In an interview with SVGTV News, Charles gave us a background story on how she got to this point and how she feels about assuming the new position. https://youtu.be/qYcAn-fPiT0 Charles said she looks at her new position as an opportunity to grow as an individual and with the support of her committee to enhance the Miss SVG Pageant https://youtu.be/0IFbIT7hKp4 The new chair of the CDC Beauty Shows Committee used the opportunity to lend some advice to young women across SVG to be courageous…

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Members of the Public Service Union who lost their job as a result of the government’s vaccination mandate are receiving financial support from the union. This has been outlined by President of the PSU, Elroy Boucher . https://youtu.be/gvHrjcU1r_M Boucher noted that as a trade union, the Public Service Union is responsible for assisting its members in critical times but unfortunately they would not be able to carry on providing financial support for an extended period of time due to a lack of resources. https://youtu.be/iWdAzsVghK8

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said he has been made aware of trafficking in persons taking place in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, which has to stop before it becomes a bigger issue. On radio, the prime minister said the trafficking in persons unit of the RSVG Police Force has been asked to get involved in the matter. According to the prime minister, reports are that women are being hired to do babysitting jobs in the United Kingdom illegally. https://youtu.be/jNpwz4YHoYI The prime minister lamented the fact that SVG remains one of the few countries where citizens do not require a…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves admits that his government erred in not consulting with farmers prior to starting the quarry project in Richmond, but said that it was not meant to be disrespectful. The prime minister said that while many support the project, officials from the various ministries should have met with the residents prior. https://youtu.be/AU1rtaxcaP8 Minister of Urban Development, Julian Francis and Minister of Tourism will be hosting a news conference today to provide further details on the Richmond quarry project.

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Two persons are now dead and one injured in an unfortunate twist of fate on their job site at the St.Vincent Distillery LTD or rum factory in Mt Bentick bay, Georgetown. Reports are that at approximately 1:45pm on Monday February 7th 2022, a wall that was erected at the factory collapsed on 44 year old Delarno “Scrappie” Spencer and Maxwell Seales who were at the time working on a construction project in the vicinity with Fraser construction. Cameron Moore, who also sustained injuries to his head and pelvis was rushed to the nearby Georgetown Medical Complex. Yesterday our news team…

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Rochard Ballah has been re-appointed as a government senator with Rene Baptiste’s appointment revoked. Ballah was sworn in yesterday by Governor General Dame Susan Dougan. The senator who will also serve in the capacity as parliamentary secretary in the office of the prime minister with responsibility for information took the oath of office, allegiance and secrecy in the presence of other government officials. https://youtu.be/xcHRXvbHxKw Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves congratulated Ballah on his reappointment, noting that he had to ensure he was reinstated as he will be on official travel overseas with him. https://youtu.be/V0kVmQ1SMik

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The calypso fraternity in St Vincent and the Grenadines is mourning the death of two great calypsonians who made tremendous contributions to the art form. Former President of the Calypsonian Association Basil “Bung Sukano” Cato who also served as President of the SVG Football Association died on Friday February 4th 2022.. Another outstanding calypsonian Francis “Sir D “ Mayers died on Wednesday February 2nd 2022. Sir D was known for his big hit in 1992, a song called “Woman Gone, Woman Dey”. President of the SVG Calypsonian Association Earl “Cabba ” Bennett said that they are saddened by the death…

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The Carnival Development Corporation (CDC) in a news release expressed condolences to the family and friends of calypsonian and calypso administrator, Basil ‘Bung Sukarno’ Cato who passed away in the United states last weekend. The CDC said that Cato was deeply committed to the overall development of calypsonians, the calypso component and was a keen practitioner of this artform, a feature of which was his commanding stage presence and gifted personality. The association said as president of the SVG Calypsonians Association (SVGCA) Cato served as a member of the then Carnival Development Committee (CDC) and during his tenure he spearheaded…

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The first shipment of 110 pounds of medicinal cannabis out of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines arrived in Germany this week. The shipment which left on January 18, 2022, went through rigorous inspections and testing. Chief Executive Officer of the SVG Medicinal Cannabis Authority (SVG MCA), Dr. Jerrol Thompson said he is satisfied with the Caribbean Cannabis Company, which was issued the certificate to export. Dr. Thompson said that more licenses are expected to be granted and more medical cannabis is expected to be exported soon. https://youtu.be/2W4pv6d3EFY Dr. Thompson said that the local cannabis cultivators are also benefiting from the…

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The police have launched an investigation into a shooting incident that occurred on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at Arnos Vale which left Ronaldo Hamilton, a 23 year old labourer of Stubbs dead and his grieving mother, Rosie Hamilton, is seeking answers over her son’s death as she recounted her last conversation with her son before he was gunned down outside of her workplace on Saturday. https://youtu.be/4oT6XV5IoYo Hamilton, who had her niece and nephew by her side at her home as support for the interview with our news team is pleading with persons with information to reach out to provide answers…

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After months of closure due to the eruption of La Soufriere volcano, the Richmond Vale Academy has resumed operation including classes for students in different programmes. There are three groups of students doing programmes focusing on climate change and how its impacts locally can be mitigated. Head of the academy Stina Herberg said after a long break they are off to a good start with international and local students. https://youtu.be/F8dkOWonra8 One of the students, Aryia Hamilton is from Clare Valley, who became unemployed due to COVID-19 . She said the programme is a great opportunity to expand her knowledge and…

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Six months after residents of Fitz Hughes moved back home into their community after being displaced by the volcanic eruption in April 2021, life has gone back to normalcy as was observed on a recent visit by our news team to the small leeward community. One resident explained how he feels to be back in the community rising from the ash. https://youtu.be/QYeCXNRHdlw Our news team also caught up with a few other residents who shared how life has been going and what they would like to see happening in their community going forward. https://youtu.be/7wx7BF3Bvl0

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18 year old motorcyclist Cjea Weekes who sustained paralysing injuries reportedly during a police chase last Wednesday died on Sunday February 6th 2022 at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital. His mother is speaking out and claims her son’s death is as a result of police recklessness. On Hot 97 Monday morning, the grieving mother related what her son told her about the police chase that reportedly started between Campden Park and Questelles, and resulted in the accident in Vermont. https://youtu.be/laysOsD8CIc The mother noted that her son did not have his motorcycle permit on him and was afraid of the police…

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More than Two thousand youths have reportedly passed through the Marion House having completed programmes offered by the non governmental agency. Director of Marion House Jeannie Ollivierre said that she is pleased with the output as many of the graduates have put to good use the opportunities afforded to them to make positive contributions to the society. https://youtu.be/saBA2kRuGHs Ollivierre added that they continue to make an impact in the lives of those who are vulnerable which is needed at this time giving some of the challenges being faced. https://youtu.be/b5hVWSef-2E This week another batch of students who completed various life skills…

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Not enough is being done to teach the youth about the achievements of black people or to preserve the historical impact they have made. This is according to member of the Jamaican/Canadian Rastafarian community Dwight Anderson better known as Bongo Freeman who is on the ground here and recently handed over seeds to the Ministry of Agriculture. Anderson told SVGTV News that black history should not just be celebrated for a month but all year round. https://youtu.be/gATbWvr_Y0M Black History month is observed this year under the theme “Black Health and Wellness”, paying homage to medical scholars and health care providers…

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The preparatory work for the quarry project in Richmond continues apace as trees and silt were being removed Friday from the top of the mountain by a hymac operator. Reports are that the 150 acres of land which is almost the entire mountain will be mined for the next 30 years. The Richmond Vale Academy is opposite the quarry project site and director of the academy Stina herberg said that her main concern is that an environmental impact assessment should have been carried out before the project gets started. https://youtu.be/bM6kiDwq_kQ A meeting was held Thursday with farmers and other residents…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that the quarry project being undertaken in Richmond, North Leeward is needed for the local construction industry, the state and the private sector, noting that the country for a while has been having a shortage of quarry materials. The prime minister was speaking on the matter on Star radio Friday morning as concerns have been expressed by residents that the government did not communicate to them any information about the project https://youtu.be/HsGSnhEdC-o Prime Minister Gonsalves further noted that the quarry project that is to be undertaken in North Leeward is not a yesterday thing.…

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Parliamentary representative for the constituency of North Leeward, Carlos James in an interview with NBC radio said the chief surveyor chaired a meeting Thursday with farmers, both formal and informal along with others living in the area and that it was a very engaging meeting. James said a number of topics were covered including the possibility of relocating some of the farmers to more suitable locations around the area and compensation for farmers who would have already started replanting crops. https://youtu.be/RNkWJq-AyYY Minister James said the residents present at the meeting made it clear that though they are not against the…

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