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Outside the Magistrate Court on Monday where he was lending support to two activists who were charged in relation to protests held on July 29th and August 5th under the Public Order Act, the Opposition Leader Dr. Godwin Friday was asked about the defamation claim made by the prime minister. In his response the opposition leader said that he knew what he said at the NDP’s news conference on Saturday August 7th 2021 and he did not defame anyone. https://youtu.be/U-GtgiiNQkI

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves has revealed his intentions to pursue legal action against two newspapers and one radio station here for articles published and broadcast, which he said defamed him, when they claimed that he had turned the police against the people following the attack on his person during the August 5th protest action in capital Kingstown. Speaking on radio on Sunday, the prime minister disclosed that the false statements uttered by the opposition leader were repeated by each entity. https://youtu.be/3tZePvvQ4L0

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves continues to push for citizens to get vaccinated against Covid-19 particularly health care professionals and other frontline workers. On We FM’s Issues At Hand program, the prime minister explains why the actions being taken by the government for frontline workers to get vaccinated are in line with the country’s constitution. https://youtu.be/L6CeUthLrMw As it relates to the ability to assert a person’s religious rights under the constitution, the prime minister explained how this can also be overruled in the interest of public health and safety. He also explained how it is not discriminatory to distinguish between…

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Opposition leader Dr. Godwin Friday and other opposition members of parliament were also at the court to lend support to the political activists. The opposition leader said that it has been distressing to learn of the arrests made noting that from all indications it is politically —-motivated. https://youtu.be/9IP_m8bM__Y Dr. Friday said that he stands in solidarity with the activists as he was also part of the protest on August 5th, 2021. https://youtu.be/UDr7TsoSOxo According to the opposition leader, no one is guilty of inciting violence during the protest on August 5th, 2021 in which the prime minister was hit in the…

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Opposition activists Adriana King and Kenson King appeared before Magistrate Rickie Burnett at the Kingstown Magistrate Court yesterday to be arraigned on four charges laid against them each under the Public Order Act . They pleaded not guilty to all charges which stem from protest action taken on July 29th and August 5th in capital Kingstown. They are facing charges of organising or was concerned in organising a public procession or meeting, in contravention of section 5(1) and section 5(2) of the Public Order Act. The Kings are being represented by lawyers Kay Bacchus Baptiste, Israel Bruce and Zita Barnwell.…

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The Eastern Caribbean Central Bank’s (ECCB) digital currency or DCash was launched here in SVG yesterday, August 12th 2021.  At the virtual launching ceremony Minister of Finance Camillo Gonsalves celebrated the introduction of the digital form of the EC dollar. Minister Gonsalves noted that as a multi- island state moving money around digitally is safer and more convenient for citizens, also it makes conducting business and accounting easier for both buyers and sellers. The finance minister noted that the uses of the digital currency are endless, the utility obvious, and the software seamless. He encouraged the early adoption of d-cash…

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Following a major protest action last Thursday outside parliament against amendments to the Public Health Act, infectious disease specialist and advisor to SVG’s Covid-19 task force Dr. Jerrol Thompson said the amendments are being misinterpreted by a number of persons. In a telephone interview with SVGTV News Dr. Thompson said whilst the act does not make vaccination mandatory, it encourages frontline workers to be vaccinated or to get tested in the absence of inoculation against Covid-19. https://youtu.be/dias7Dy4F3o Dr. Thompson detailed the changes that were made to the language within the act, highlighting that there is no intention to make the…

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There has been a slight increase in motor vehicle accidents for the first half of this year from January to June. This is according to Inspector of Police Parnel Browne who is second in charge of the traffic department. https://youtu.be/_ca_V857SOo Inspector Browne further noted that while for the first half of 2020, twenty eight (28) persons suffered injuries due to motor vehicular accidents, for the first half of this year their reports show an increase to this number. https://youtu.be/yhskohhxnk8 Two road fatalities have been recorded for the year thus far. The first victim  was Belair resident- Shavel Cain who died…

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The RSVG Police Force has signaled its intention to enforce the Public Order Act. In a news release issued yesterday, it was noted that at a meeting of the gazetted officers of RSVG Police Force on Friday August 6th, 2021, it was concluded that purportedly “peaceful protests” have become less and less peaceful and reminded members of the active political parties, trade unions and the public at large of the Public Order Act, chapter 396 Encouraging everyone to abide by the laws and in this case the Public Order Act, chapter 396, the RSVG Police Force extends an invitation to…

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As SVG continues to receive doses of different Covid-19 vaccines, an increase in the inoculation rate on ground is being anticipated. This is according to the advisor to the Covid-19 taskforce Dr. Jerrol Thompson. Dr. Thompson said the country recently received one hundred and eighteen (118) doses of the Pfizer vaccine and all of the doses were fully utilised, some being administered to eligible children at the request of their parents/guardians. Dr Thompson said as more Pfizer vaccines become available, childhood Covid-19 vaccinations are expected to increase here. https://youtu.be/d3QzKHAHG6M The infectious disease specialist said it is expected that the Pfizer…

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With the erupting phase of La Soufriere volcano now said to be over, scientists will focus their attention on aerial re-mapping. So says lead monitoring scientist Professor Richard Robertson on radio yesterday. According to Dr. Robertson he will spend less time giving updates on radio as there will be nothing new to report daily, since the volcano has basically gone quiet. Dr. Robertson outlined some areas of work he and his team will be concentrating on over the next few weeks. https://youtu.be/LgUUF6sWHFo The lead scientist said the remapping of the volcano will not only help the Belmont Observatory but the…

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The rebuilding of homes for volcano displaced persons commenced yesterday on lands identified at Orange Hill, in the red zone. This is according to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who on radio yesterday said that they are moving apace as planned with the twenty-seven (27) homes to be built. https://youtu.be/OLGJAsXe0w8 Building material from the region would have arrived over the weekend and PM Gonsalves asked for patience of some people who may not be able to get building materials as priority has to be given to schools and other immediate repairs. https://youtu.be/5OE0X19MNeM At a recent news conference Minister of Housing…

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Commissioner of Police Colin John has apologised to Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves for what transpired at the protest in capital Kingstown last Thursday August 5th and also for the injury the prime minister sustained. On The Beat programme on NBC radio on Tuesday Commissioner John said the police personnel did not effectively fulfill their mandate on the day of the protest. https://youtu.be/iflhcO-mxKk The commissioner said what transpired on the day of the protest was very dark noting that the protest in itself was also held illegally. https://youtu.be/z9uCQuR2er0

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Rebutting the claim that last Thursday’s protest was illegal under the Public Order Act, lawyer Kay Bacchus Baptiste said contrary to the Commissioner’s assertion, the Constitution of St.Vincent and the Grenadines allows for peaceful protests without having to seek permission to do so. https://youtu.be/Vtdbtxgdb7s In seeking to clarify the issue, Bacchus Baptiste explained the proper application of the Public Order Act. https://youtu.be/Shn0McX9KEs The veteran lawyer further explained the difference between protests, demonstrations and meetings, for which the act should apply https://youtu.be/IMBt2rZnLq0 Bacchus-Baptiste said this is the second incident that the act is being misused as she detailed the prior violation…

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According to Commissioner of Police Colin John, persons who took part in the protest in Kingstown last Thursday August 5th and the organisers could be charged for breach of the Public Order Act 396 Revised Edition of the Laws of SVG 2009. https://youtu.be/8YIY-5fjak4 The police commissioner said section five of the Public Order Act gives certain instructions for persons who wish to hold a public protest or procession. https://youtu.be/wCeb3lslRtY Assistant Superintendent of Police John Ballah further explained the Public Order Act. https://youtu.be/st2dVGVnzaI

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Prime Minister Gonsalves returned home Monday afternoon from Barbados where he was under observation after an MRI determined he suffered a concussion. At the Argyle International Airport, the prime minister with his wife by his side received a warm welcome home, as he was greeted by some party supporters and cabinet members led by acting prime minister Montgomery Daniel. The prime minister left the airport in a motorcade style, waving to pockets of supporters along the way heading to his residence at Old Montrose where he is now in quarantine. Our news team spoke with some supporters who said that…

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Mark McDonald, a 15 year old student from Belair, died on the spot Monday, after a bicycle he was riding collided with motor vehicle TB 622 driven by 43 years old landscaper, Edwart Joseph. The accident took place along the Belair Public Road heading towards the mineral spa water near the bridge around 2:30 pm. On the scene, a neighbour of the family of the deceased described him as a polite child. https://youtu.be/jg00l31hkSY The heartbroken woman said the motorcycle that the boy was riding belongs to her children and they were all at home hours before the accident. https://youtu.be/KV28vGAlFvQ Delron…

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Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that opposition leader Dr. Godwin Friday did not follow basic protocols as a leader and failed all tests following last Thursday’s incident in which he was struck in the head by a protester and as a result suffered a concussion. Speaking on radio on Sunday, PM Gonsalves said that an attempt was made on his life and he knows that the crowd was riled up by individuals which led to his injury and that the opposition leader did not do the acceptable thing which was to denounce the attempt on his life. https://youtu.be/MiZpQ3bN3XA PM…

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The government of St Vincent and the Grenadines will not have to pay for any empty seats, unsold seats nor is there a revenue guarantee clause presented in the contract between Virgin Atlantic airline which is expected to have its first flight to SVG in October. This from Minister of Tourism Carlos James as he responded to a question in Parliament from opposition leader Dr. Godwin Friday on the arrangements between Virgin Atlantic airline and the government for the operating service to the country. The first Virgin Atlantic flight to SVG was scheduled for June this year however it was…

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