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Three months after administering the first batch of COVID- 19 vaccines in SVG, just over 13-thousand persons have taken the jab with 3-thousand already taken the 2nd dose. So said Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer Beache who is not pleased with the numbers, and pointed out that the vaccination drive was impacted by La Soufriere eruption however they are hoping to ramp up the vaccination drive now that things seems to quiet down. https://youtu.be/JNtxjkUmyGI The CMO said that vaccine hesitancy remains high for varying reasons noting that most of the vaccines already in the state are expected to expire…

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The St Vincent and the Grenadines Cricket Association earlier this week officially launched the 2021 Vincy Premier League (VPL) Ten/10 Tournament, under the theme ‘from the ashes we rise’. Svgtv sports caught up with the captains of the six competing teams at the launching ceremony at the conference room of the national Sports Council at arnos Vale. The captains say they are ready to play good cricket. https://youtu.be/Omlk6gewMkU  

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Queen’s Counsel Parnell Randolph Campbell was laid to rest on the 13th May 2021 following a state funeral at the Methodist church. As a mark of respect flags across SVG were flown at half-mast. As his body lay in state at the House of Assembly, government officials, colleagues from the legal fraternity and ordinary citizens came to pay their last respects to the man described as a patriotic Vincentian who served the country with distinction as a politician, a lawyer and in his private life.  https://youtu.be/_zVy7oo9uRs P.R. Campbell served as Attorney General under the New Democratic Party government. He was also…

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Food, water, medicines, cots and mattresses are some of the main relief supplies that SVG continues to receive in the aftermath of the eruption of La Soufriere volcano This was noted in parliament by Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves who was asked by Opposition Leader Dr. Godwin Friday what relief supplies has the Government received and expects to receive. PM Gonsalves said as the situation on ground evolves with persons moving back into the orange zone, the Director of NEMO, Michelle Forbes will soon update the list of needs at this time. Discussing the storage and equitable distribution of the relief…

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Lead monitoring scientist Dr. Thomas Christopher said the safety of persons returning to the red zone will be determined on how safe the government can make the areas for people to reoccupy. https://youtu.be/rPOc9x4kEAo Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves said that currently there are a lot of cleaning that need to be done both in the red and orange zones. However he highlighted some of the challenges that is being faced in the northern part of the country with the cleaning up process. https://youtu.be/QFzBXdtFnfE Prime Minister said going forward the Government has to be more vigilant and strengthen the planning laws…

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Lead monitoring scientist Dr. Thomas Christopher said that the episode of explosive activity coming from the volcano is now “behind us”. Providing his daily update on radio Dr. Christopher said in the coming days and weeks they will be closely monitoring what happen next but for now the volcano is out of the dangerous phase https://youtu.be/UU-SJDKF-l4 The Volcanologist said gases were measured yesterday and there are 208 tonnes being released per day which is also a good sign that things are dying down  https://youtu.be/Oc2EB18_X3s Dr. Christopher further noted that of the four gases measured yesterday more carbon dioxide is being…

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10.5 million dollars have been set aside in the supplementary budget for income support for farmers from the red and orange zones. So said Finance Minister Camillo Gonsalves who gave a break down of monies allocated to persons affected by the volcano eruption which will be given out at the end of this month. The Minister said farmers will receive monthly income support of 500 until the end of the year and an additional 500 dollar one off payment for production support. https://youtu.be/4WryJ3p89jI Non farmers in the red and orange zone will also receive income support of 400 dollar for…

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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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