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June 16th 2017
GOVERNMENT OF SVG TO CELEBRATE WORLD PUBLIC SERVICE DAY WITH A WEEK OF ACTIVITIES
The Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join with the rest of the International Community in celebrating World Public Service day on 23rd June, 2017; a day in which public servants are acknowledged for their contribution to national development. The national theme for this year is “Accelerating Innovative Citizen-Centered Approaches for Improved Service Delivery”
To commemorate this day, the Public Sector Reform Unit (PSRU) will be convening a week of activities from next Monday 19th - Friday 23rd June, 2017. It is the aim that this year’s events will foster new friendships and strengthen the professional relationship among public officers; highlight and embrace the collaboration among the public, private and social sectors and ultimately initiate the improvement in the quality of service delivery through the engagement of citizens.
The planned activities for Public Service week 2017 will include a Church service on Monday 19th June at the New Testament Church of God, Wilson Hill, Kingstown from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Well-wishers are free to attend the service. Public officers of participating Ministries and Departments will on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st June be engaged in the Inter-ministerial staff Internship.
The exchange of public officers amongst Ministries and Departments is to promote the transfer of knowledge and experiences which would enable the acceleration of innovative citizen centered approaches resulting in improved quality of service delivery. Additionally individuals within the Public service who have exhibited exceptional comportment and years of service are to be rewarded with The Public Servant Recognition Award: It is slated for Thursday, 22nd June, 2017.
Also the public will have the opportunity to choose the Government Department with the best customer service. Voting for the Best Customer Service department runs from 7th to 21th June, 2017. Persons can use their Digicel mobile cell phones and NTRC’s Website (www.ntrc.vc/vote) to vote. The departments that emerge the winners will receive the Customer Service Excellence Awards while those who vote via text can win prizes. It is the aim to learn from the public as well as from the winning department best practices that can be replicated across the Public Service in order to serve the general public with the highest quality service delivery.
The first to third place winners will be announced at the event ‘Public Service Forum: Panel Discussion’ slated for Friday 23rd June, 2017 at the Peace Memorial Hall, Kingstown starting at 9:00a.m.
AIA CONDUCTED A TRIAL EMERGENCY EVACUATION EXERCISE
The Argyle International Airport (AIA) Inc. conducted a trial Emergency Evacuation Exercise on June 15, 2017. This procedure was intended to further enhance AIA’s evacuation plan and would be conducted periodically in keeping with AIA’s internal safety processes.
The AIA has listed a number of emergency tips that persons should take note of. These include staying calm, stop what you are doing and vacate the building, Head for the nearest exit, do not pause to pack belongings or secure items, head for the nearest MUSTA point and wait further instructions from Security.
COMSUMER PROTECTION EXAMINED AT A MEETING WITH THE INSURANCE INSTITUTE OF SVG
Consumer Protection was examined at a meeting which was held this week as members of the Insurance Institute of SVG met to discuss the future. The session which was held on Thursday June 15th was facilitated by Mrs. Eleanor Astaphan, the Project Manager for the E.C. Single Insurance & Pensions market.
The skilled Guest Speaker explained the numerous benefits for the local insurance market, of having One Single Insurance & Pensions market within the EC Currency Union. These include the Rights of Vincentian insurance entities to operate in other E.C. countries without having to Register there.
Consumer Protection is being vastly improved at the same time, in line with International requirements. Some of these include where insurers must explain any "Unusual Terms" to customers, customers must be told they have the Right to choose their Insurer for themselves and if insurers unfairly delay claims settlements, they will pay extra interest.
Also a Code of Conduct Charter will be firmly enforced. Also Insurance Institute members all agreed that a Major Seminar is needed so that the entire local insurance community will understand the Future for Insurance. The Insurance Institute has, since 1997, promoted Professional Development, Training, and Education and is open to anyone in Insurance, directly or indirectly.
FAITH TEMPLE CHURCH TO HOST SPECIAL PROGRAM TO CELEBRATE FATHER’S DAY
The Faith Temple Church in New Montrose will this Sunday 18th June, Fathers’ Day, be staging a special program in celebration of fathers at the church entitled: ‘The Father/Child Showcase’.
The program which is being held under the theme: “Father as God Ordained” is being organized to: add to the celebration of Fathers’ Day; to portray fathers positively as God intended; to strengthen the bonds between fathers and children and to deepen the level of fellowship at the church.
The fathers and their child will make four judged appearances which will include: an introductory appearance in which they will demonstrate their level of bonding; a talent appearance in which the father and child will perform together; a church wear appearance where they will model clothes worn to church and an interview segment when the father and child will answer a biblical question on parenting. There will also be a guest appearance by leading local gospel artiste Ronnie Richardson. The Faith Temple Father/Child Showcase begins at 6.00 pm at the church and the public is being invited to be part of this one of a kind event.
OAS TO BRING A RESOLUTION ON THE VENEZUELA CRISIS AT ITS 47TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY
The Organization of American States (OAS) will bring a resolution on the Venezuela crisis when it meets in June for the 47TH General Assembly. This was disclosed on Thursday by Guyana's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Second Vice President Carl Greenidge who says the resolution was drafted during the 29th Meeting of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the OAS in Washington DC on May 31.
Greenidge explained that the resolution addresses issues of what is happening to the constitution, the implementation of the constitution in Venezuela. It makes reference to the rule of law, the faith of persons in opposition, the political space provided to people who are non-governmental (NGOs) and members of civil society.
The draft resolution also makes mention of the rights of citizens and challenges they face, humanitarian issues the availability of resources including food stuff, how best humanitarian aid might be secured and the implication of the constituent assembly.
Guyana's western neighbour, Venezuela was plunged into turmoil with falling oil prices. There are reports of massive food shortages and violent clashes between the country's security forces and citizens over the current president's, Nicholas Maduro, move to install a Constituent Assembly. According to Greenidge, there is indecision among the 34 member OAS as it relates to the resolution.
The 47th OAS General Assembly is scheduled for June 19-21 in Cancun, Mexico under the theme “strengthening dialogue and concerted action for prosperity”. The OAS is a multilateral regional organisation of 34 members which includes the Caribbean region, Latin America, Central America and Mexico, Canada and the United States. The OAS focuses on human rights, electoral oversight, social and economic development and security in the Western Hemisphere.
June 15th 2017
SVG SIGN TWO LOAN AGREEMENTS WITH THE WORLD BANK
Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Hon Ralph Gonsalves, will today, sign on behalf of the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, two loan agreements with Ms Tahseen Sayeed, - World Bank’s Country Director for the Caribbean. Both agreements were approved by the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors in May, 2017. Both loans provide financial resources from the Bank to address critical constraints in human development and in the agriculture sector.
The first loan is a human Development Service Delivery Project in an amount of US$10.7 million, to be financed fully by an IDA Credit to the government. No co-financing is required, but the Government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines will provide in-kind contribution to support the successful execution of the project. The project will be implemented over a five year period commencing 2017. The project is expected to commence in earnest by August 2017, following the recruitment of key project staff (including Project Coordinator, TVET Programme Manager, and the establishment of the project steering committee.
This project is designed to strengthen the quality of service delivery in education, improve the efficiency of social protection systems, and improve the effectiveness of labour market systems in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
The second loan Agreement is the OECS Agriculture Competitiveness Project which will be implemented in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Grenada. The total cost of the St. Vincent and the Grenadines’ project is US$4.30 million and is 100% Bank funded by an IDA Credit with no co-financing required. However, as part of the project implementation modality, counterpart funding will be provided from key beneficiaries of approximately US$0.72 million. The overall total project cost is projected to be US$5.02 million. The government will also provide in-kind contribution to support the successful implementation of the project.
MINISTER OF TRANSPORT GIVES THE ASSURANCE THAT A MAJOR ROAD REPAIR PROGRAMME WILL BE CARRIED OUT
Minister of Transport and Works Hon Senator Julian Francis has given the assurance that the deplorable road conditions in some part of the state will be addressed.
Speaking in Parliament this week Francis said that the government will keep its promise to conduct a major road repair programme as the Argyle International airport is completed. Francis said that some road patching has already commenced across the country. Mr. Francis also highlighted that in the areas of West and Central Kingstown the issue of abandoned and derelict vehicles on the roads is of grave concern and must be addressed.
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION HOSTS 2ND AWARD AND PRIZE GIVING CEREMONY TO CONCLUDE CHILD MONTH ACTIVITIES
The Early Childhood Department in the Ministry of Education earlier today held its Second Award and Prize Giving Ceremony, to conclude the Child Month Activities for 2017. The aim was to recognize the contribution of Early Childhood Practitioners to the Early Childhood Sub-sector as well as to encourage continued quality services, that are being offered by the numerous preschools and daycare centres throughout SVG.
A number of preschools participated in the Best Practices Competition. In this competition, a video was made based on observations of the many preschools and the judging criteria focused on assessment of whether the preschool was child-friendly; the indoor and outdoor environment the awareness of the teachers of the needs of the children and their interaction with the children.
In addition, recognition will be given to parents whose involvement in the Parent Teacher’s Association is highly commendable and the level of support given emotionally, financially and physically is extremely high.
The Ministry said it is hoped that this activity enables preschools across St. Vincent and the Grenadines to raise the standard of operations and the quality of services offered to the general public.
SVG OBSERVES WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY
St Vincent and the Grenadines yesterday joined the rest of the world in observing World Blood Donor Day 2017. To mark the occasion the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment commissioned a mobile Blood Bank in Kingstown. According to local reports Kamarla Questelles, Medical Technologist, at the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital, has highlighted the need for more Blood Donors for the Local Blood Bank.
During her remarks yesterday Questelles said on an annual basis, the local Blood Bank, collects between 1100 and 1200 Units of blood and receives more than seven thousand requests for blood, hence the reason for more Blood Donors. Ms. Questelles said the aim of her Department is to expand the Blood Bank, as it strives for 100 voluntary blood donations, which is the safest and effective way to give blood.
During the coming weeks, the Ministry of Health Wellness and the Environment, will be carrying out a sensitization campaign throughout the Country, to educate persons on the importance of Blood Donation.
The Mobile Unit was supplied under a contract by Buckinghams of Ke-nilk-worth Limited, with financial support from the Pan American Health Organisation and the Government of Japan. World Blood Donor Day was observed under the theme “Don’t wait until disaster strikes – Give blood – Give now – Give often”.
JAMAICA’S PRIME MINISTER SEEKING TO HAVE NATIONAL ID AND REGISTRATION BILL PASSED INTO LAW
Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness says that his Government is reaching out to all Jamaicans, in seeking to have the National Identification and Registration Bill passed into law, as early as possible. He said that the Government is debating the provisions of the Bill in a collective way, and has been holding extensive consultations to ensure widespread acceptance of the measures.
Holness, who was opening the debate on the Bill in the House of Representatives Tuesday, said that it should be noted that a previous version of the Bill, which he had tabled during the 2017/18 budget debate in March, had been withdrawn, after extensive consultations with stakeholders, and a new Bill tabled last week.
“The Government listened and thought it best to withdraw the original Bill and table a new Bill, taking into account the feedback. The Government listened to the people and responded,” Holness said. He noted that the current effort began in 2011, and also included the tabling of a White Paper in Parliament last November. But, Holness said that the dialogue has been going on long enough, and it was now time act.
“The discussions have been ongoing for too long now. The Government and the people of Jamaica have been discussing the introduction of a national identification and registration system for over 40 years. Now is the time to cease the talking and act on this Bill which is vital for the betterment of the people of Jamaica,” he stated.
June 13th 2017
TROPICAL WAVES TO AFFECT SVG
Latest analysis indicates that moisture from the Inter- Tropical Convergence Zone continues to affect the islands this afternoon. According to information from the Meteorological office islands like Barbados, Grenada and Trinidad have been experiencing light to heavy showers. It is anticipated that these conditions will affect Saint Vincent and the Grenadines as the day progress. Approximately ½ inch (14mm) is forecast by 2 o’clock this afternoon with possible increase into the night, approximately 18mm.
Further to this, the tropical wave currently analysed at 55W as of 8 o’clock this morning, is forecast to begin affecting SVG tonight adding further instability. Model guidance indicates moderate to heavy showers approximately 1 inch (25mm) around SVG by Wednesday morning. It is on Wednesday afternoon into Thursday that the most intense showers are forecast with approximately 2 inches of rainfall accumulations on Wednesday evening with a further increase into the night. The environment is favorable for this wave and periods of rain and possible isolated thunderstorms are likely
It must be noted at this time, that this is the beginning of the rainy season; therefore vigilance must be taken in flood prone areas. Fresh to occasionally strong breezes forecast to continue with gentle winds to the south of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS AT THE CPEA RECOGNIZED AND APPLAUDED AT THE SITTING OF THE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
Successful students in the recently concluded Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment CPEA were recognised and applauded for their excellent performance in this year’s exams at today’s sitting of the House of Assembly.
Members lauded the students from the various schools and constituencies as well as the principals students, parents who played an integral role in the students’ preparations. Prime Minister Dr Hon Ralph Gonsalves also highlighted the advances made in the education sector which can be attributed to the success of this year’s examinations.
Rosario Reynaldo Browne of the Kingstown Preparatory School is the top spot in this year’s Caribbean CPEA examination with a 98 percent average. According to the preliminary results released by the Ministry of Education on Friday afternoon, Chenise Olivia Harper of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic and Genevieve Elizabeth McMaster of the Windsor Primary shared the second position with an average of 97.60%. There was also a tie for the fourth position in Keanu Lawson Child of the Georgetown Government and Ashlyn Khandi Francis of the St. Mary’s Roman Catholic who both had an average of 97. 20%.
The Kingstown Preparatory School took five of the top ten positions while students from the Bequia Anglican Primary, Georgetown Government, St. Mary’s Roman Catholic and the Windsor Primary also placed among the top ten. 797 females and 737 males wrote the CPEA Examination this year. Six students recorded 100% passes in the Mathematics, one student recorded 100% pass in Science and two students recorded 100% passes in English Language.
UNDP JAPAN-CARIBBEAN CLIMATE CHANGE PARTNERSHIP PROJECT APPROVES TO TWO ADDITIONAL PROJECTS FOR SVG
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership Project has approved two additional projects in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, totaling US$117,000.
This follows the launch of three pilot projects here in February of this year. The two additional projects will be implemented by the Ministry of National Mobilisation, Social Development, Family, Gender Affairs, Persons with Disabilities and Youth.
One of the projects, titled “Building climate change resilience in the co-operative sector of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for sustainable livelihood, job creation, poverty reduction and food security”, aims to reduce the impact of droughts and increasing plant pests and diseases through the applying irrigation and greenhouse technologies. The project will target the three school co-operatives in North Central Windward, South Windward and Central Windward communities with an estimated 200 beneficiaries, including female-headed households, youth and elderly persons.
The second project, titled “Strengthening community resilience within selected vulnerable communities on mainland St. Vincent”, addresses climate vulnerabilities facing the communities, including increased water scarcity, landslides and flash floods. These vulnerabilities affect housing, infrastructure and have negative health effects.
The project aims to reduce these impacts by installing water harvesting systems and improving footpaths and drainage systems. The project will benefit more than 500 persons in Barrouallie and 250 in Fair Hall. In both instances, The Ministry will match UNDP’s financial assistance with in-kind contributions.
POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOOTING DEATH AT PARK HILL
On Sunday 11.06.2017, at approximately 11:20pm, Police received information that Anthony Danzell, a 50-year-old laborer from Park Hill, was discovered lying motionless outside a shop in Park Hill.
Reports suggest that Danzell received a gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Danzell’s murder has brought this year’s homicide count to 12.
Police continue to investigate the circumstances of the murder, and are urging anyone with information that could help with the investigation to contact CID/CRO/MCU at 456-1810, the Colonarie Police Station at 458-6250 or any Police Station.
PRELIMINARY JUDGING FOR 2017 SOCA MONARCH SEMI CONCLUDED
The preliminary judging for the 2017 Soca Monarch Semifinals took place yesterday the Victoria Park and 25 artistes were selected from each category to compete in the semifinals.
The Soca Monarch Semifinals would take place on Saturday 24th June 2017 at the E T Joshua tarmac at 6:00 pm. The event would take the form of a cooler fete. Each semifinalists would be given an appearance fee of $500.00. The two bands performing for this event are K-Netik and Vykinz. All artistes are asked to attend a meeting at the Carnival Development Corporation’s office today (13th June 2017) at 4:00 pm. Representatives from the bands Kinetics and Vykinz are also asked to attend.
The semi finalists in the ragga soca category are Joeana Christopher – Joseph, Johnny ‘Johnny Rebel’ Hall, Keronna ‘Keke’ Samuel, Claydon ‘ Dymes’ Roache and Elrico ‘Pixel’ Hunte, Nickeisha ‘Nikky D Diva’ Pierre, Cleopatra ‘Cleo’ Hendrickson, Jamarie ‘L Pank’ Stapleton, Anthony and Jamall Nelson (Montano Brothers), Shanel Nanton, Shernelle ‘Skarpyon’ Williams, Travis ‘Wizskid’ Lynch, Kenville ‘Fonando’ Horne, Alhaji ‘Alla-G’ James, Naphtali Duncan, Lornette ‘Fya Empress’ Nedd, Hance John, Shaunelle Mc Kenzie, Devante Peters & Utamu Rose (Prime Time), Kalid Walters and Delroy Hooper (Kavide ft. Fya Man), Ozarie Matthews & Kester Chapman (Ozarie & Flanka), Kemuel Stapleton & Claydon Roache (Karbon Jamz & Dymes), M’riah ‘Young Siah’ Robertson, Shemuel ‘Stamina’ Thomas, Winston ‘Barts’ St. Hillaire, Joel ‘Dynamite’ Tyril.
T&T INVESTIGATES DR. CONRAD MURRAY PRACTICE AT A PRIVATE MEDICAL FACILITY WITHOUT A MEDICAL LICENSE
The Trinidad and Tobago government said it is investigating reports that the Grenada-born cardiologist Dr. Conrad Murray, who in 2011 was convicted and jailed for the involuntary manslaughter death of pop legend Michael Jackson, is attending to patients at a local private medical facility without the requisite medical license. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said it is liaising with the council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago on the matter.
In the statement, the Ministry of Health said that according to the Medical Board Act, Chapter 29:50, the Council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago is responsible for the registration/licensure of medical practitioners and the enforcement against persons who are who are not duly registered/ licensed but purport to practise medicine.
It said that notwithstanding, in order to ensure the safety of the public, the Ministry of Health is investigating the matter and is liaising with the council in this respect. The release said further enquiries into this matter should be directed to the council of the Medical Board of Trinidad and Tobago.
Over the last weekend, the Sunday Newsday reported that Murray had been attending to patients at a private medical facility in central Trinidad. Jackson was found dead in 2009 and an autopsy later revealed deadly amounts of the drug propofol which is a short acting intravenous anesthetic used to put patients to sleep during hospital procedures.