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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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Outside Parliament yesterday a number of concerned citizens were on the picket line calling for the removal of the Senator and Deputy Speaker Ashelle Morgan. Though an investigation is ongoing the protesters are of the view that good sense should have prevailed in dealing with the matter. https://youtu.be/Z2CnxyfWP9A Some of the protestors made it clear that their position on the matter has nothing to do with politics  https://youtu.be/o1U0_3tiRqI The protesters did not take too well the news that the Opposition Leader was suspended from the rest of the day’s proceedings of Parliament  A truckload of Police Officers immediately arrived on the…

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A heated exchange in Parliament yesterday led to the suspension of Opposition Leader Dr. Godwin Friday for the rest of the day’s proceedings. The other members on the Opposition bench fully supported their Leader and joined him to leave the Parliament session when he was asked to do so earlier than expected. The development comes after the Opposition Leader asked the Speaker of the House Rochelle Forde in pursuant to her general powers on standing order 81 in which she controls the proceedings of the House for her indulgence to address a matter involving Government Senator and Deputy Speaker Ashelle…

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The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association yesterday officially launched the 2021 Vincy Premier League (vpl) ten/10 tournament under the theme ‘from the ashes we rise’. The tournament will be played from 15th to 30th May at the Arnos Vale Sports Complex. Six Franchises will contest the tournament; Dark View Explorers, La Soufriere Hikers, Botanic Gardens Rangers, Salt Pond Breakers, Fort Charlotte Strikers and the Grenadines Divers. The defending champions is La Soufriere Hikers Speaking at the official launch newly appointed president of the SVG Cricket Association, Romel Currency, pointed out the nature of the current environment in which…

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The 2021 CARIFTA Games scheduled for Bermuda has been cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The cancellation of the 49th edition of the Games which was postponed last year and rescheduled on multiple occasions this year, was confirmed Monday evening via circular by General Secretary of the North American and Central American and Caribbean Athletics Association (NACAC), Keith Joseph. This year’s Games originally set for the Easter weekend, was postponed to 2nd – 4th July after a surge of COVID-19 cases during the early months of 2020.

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Amidst the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the dengue outbreak, the recent explosive eruption of La Soufriere, the subsequent floods and looming uncertainty, Vincentians at large have experienced their fair share of challenges which have affected the mental health of a number of people in the country. Speaking on SVGTV’s The View Point program counsellor assigned to the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre Odelia Thomas said, many persons especially those who have been displaced have develop a range of emotional and psychological problems. https://youtu.be/oIurmEazpCc Thomas said that this month is observed as Mental Health Awareness Month where the Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre will…

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Vincentian Cricket all rounder Keron Cottoy is finally reaping the benefit of two consistent seasons in regional cricket. Cottoy has been called up to the West Indies training camp in preparation for the upcoming series against South Africa. Cottoy says he is elated with the call up. https://youtu.be/S-tBmF6bFdc Cottoy has played in nine first class matches between 2020 and 2021, scoring 467 runs, with the highest of 103 not out at an average of 42.45, he took nine wickets in the nine bowling innings with best figures of 3 for 41. Cottoy was the West Indies u-19 players of the…

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Children could be at increase risks for abuse, sexual violence , neglect and even human trafficking while in emergency shelters. With this in mind Child Protection Officer in the Child Development Division of the Ministry of National Mobilisation- Camille Mc intosh is appealing to persons in shelters who may suspect a child is  being abused to call the child abuse hotline number at 4211 or the division. Mc intosh said that there have been many complains of parents abandoning children at shelters for days without knowledge to the authorities of where they have been. She said that parents normally uses…

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The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment – CPEA, which is usually held during the easter holidays will now be held in July this year.  This is according to Minister of Education, Curtis Kings who said that a date would be finalised with the Caribbean Examinations Council- CXC, he further stated that following the CPEA examinations, CAPE will then be written.      On May 17th  face to face teaching will commence for grade 6 and form 5 students. King added that students would be given at least eight (8) weeks of face to face teaching which is necessary for  them to…

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The non-profit organisation – The World Central Kitchen arrived  in SVG one day following the explosive eruption of La Soufriere, and has since been providing hot meals to thousands of displaced Vincentians. Friday our news new team visited their location at the Hospitality and Maritime Institute at Diamond and spoke to operations manager Zomi Frankcom who shared the mission of the World Central Kitchen and its activities on island since the explosive eruption of La Soufriere. Frankcom says operations for the organisation in SVG is different when compared to disasters elsewhere due to the vast dispersement of displaced persons in…

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Sulphur Dioxide so2 continues to be emitted from La Soufriere volcano by the tonnes and according to gas specialist Dr. Thomas Christopher, it will not directly impact the island.  Speaking on radio, Friday, Dr. Christopher who is now lead scientist monitoring the  volcano, explained that the gases go up into the atmosphere and while they may affect temperatures, the island, by it self, will not be impacted adversely. Dr. Christopher has been taking measurements of gases emitted from the volcano since January, while it was still effusively erupting. He noted that after the volcano explosively erupted, gas temperatures have varied. The…

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Persons in emergency shelters who would be returning to the yellow and orange zone communities are being asked to follow simple guidelines such as informing shelter managers of their departure. Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that those leaving can leave with their own transportation or if needed, government may provide transport. https://youtu.be/e5npOgSI38w The Prime Minister reiterated the importance of informing people of going back to their home and the likelihood of them moving back to safety if there is an eruption of the volcano.  https://youtu.be/mUb03iXIYgg

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On Thursday, the Government lowered the volcanic alert level at La Soufriere from red to orange based on a recommendation from the UWI Seismic Research Centre. An orange volcano alert level means that the volcano may resume explosions with less than twenty four hours notice. Making the announcement during his morning brief onNBC radio Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves noted that with the change communities in the yellow and orange zone can be reoccupied but not those in the red zone. https://youtu.be/M4WWMZb14ys The prime minister further explained why some communities remain off limit  at this time noting that while clearing…

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 A social worker is appealing to persons living in communities where there are emergency shelters not to use the opportunity to take advantage of the vulnerable evacuees especially the females. Speaking with SVGTV News on Thursday Barbara Charles who is a social worker in the Ministry of National Mobilisation assigned to  the Gender Affairs department said in their current situation the evacuees especially females are more vulnerable to exploitation, harassment and abuse. https://youtu.be/yNnRIjB0iMQ Charles said though it is difficult times and persons may be lonely they need to remain calm and humble. She is also encouraging the evacuees to communicate…

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The police here are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of Lopes Mcphee, a 25 year old of Largo Height that occurred last evening. The police say preliminary investigations revealed that about 7:00 pm on Wednesday, the deceased was in Pauls Avenue when he was accosted by masked gunmen and shot multiple times about his body. The motive surrounding the shooting incident is unknown at the moment. A post-mortem examination is expected to be conducted on the body of the deceased. Mcphee’s death marks the thirteenth (13th) homicide for the year 2021. Persons with information pertaining to this investigation are…

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Mandella Peters daughter of the late Parnell Campbell QC, is using the opportunity to pay tribute to her beloved father and to speak about his legacy on his long running program on SVGTV ‘The Law and You’, which he has hosted for 24 years . Campbell’s last program was number 997 recorded about two weeks prior to his death on Monday April 19th, 2021. For the last two programs number 998 and 999 his daughter has been reflecting on his life and his last days. Peters dismisses claims that her father died from the Corona virus or COVID 19. She…

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Students from the Community College who will be doing CAPE exam is schedule to return to school for face to face teaching next week to help them better prepare for their upcoming exams. Minister of Education Curtis King spoke about this during an interview with the Agency for Public Information. https://youtu.be/Hlu6NbUJh1w Minister King  said that the Ministry is preparing for online instructions for all students across the country however he noted that the focus in on starting the face to face instruction for the grade six and form five students which will commence  by the middle of this month. https://youtu.be/anp8gbaZtlg The…

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