JULY 16TH 2018


SVG TO OBSERVE WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS


St. Vincent and the Grenadines will join the rest of the world in observing World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30th 2018.  The day’s observance will be held under the theme “NOT FOR SALE”. 


In light of this, the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit attached to the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force, will be embarking on a sensitization drive during their upcoming summer program.


Over the years, the unit has been working towards an awareness of Human Trafficking to the citizens of St. Vincent and the Grenadines and each year, millions of children become victims of human trafficking and it is the aim of the unit, to educate children on the dangers of human trafficking. Also during this year’s summer program the unit will be launching Video geared towards children who are at risk of human trafficking.


NEMO AND USAID/OFDA HOST SUB REGIONAL EOC TRAINING


The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development/Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA) today commence a five-day Sub-Regional Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) Management Training course.


The course will take place during the period 16th – 20th July, 2018 at the Paradise Beach Hotel Conference Room at Villa. 


The Emergency Operations Centre training brings together participants from the National Disaster Response mechanism, government agencies and stakeholders involved in planning, and responding to emergencies and disasters. Participants are drawn from Dominica, St. Lucia, Grenada, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. 


Emergency Operations Centre management provides a centralized coordination and control of an emergency or disaster response, recovery or relief operations when an event has occurred that requires national, regional or international coordination of resources. 


The main objective of this training course is to expose participants to the discipline of Emergency Operations Centre Management and the standard operating procedures which governs it. The capacity of agencies and personnel expected to operate in the EOC will also be enhanced as they will be better able to perform their specific duties and responsibilities during an emergency operation. 


FOUR RSVGPF OFFICERS CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF SERVICE


Four (4) members of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police celebrated twenty-five (25) years’ service in organization on Sunday July 15, 2018. 


According to information from the Police Public Relations the officers who have achieved this milestone are Inspector Junior Simmons, Head of the Public Relations and Complaints Department (PRCD) and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Unit (ATIPU), Chief Petty Officer Vincent Gordon, attached to the Coast Guard Service, Sgt. 264 Dwight Matthews, attached to the Police Band and Cpl. 211 Jack, stationed at Stubbs Police Station.


The celebrating officers are the only four (4) remaining officers who were enlisted into the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force on July 15, 1993 from a batch of twenty (20) recruits.


The officers have expressed gratitude to Almighty God for guiding them throughout their journey in the Police Force, their families and friends for their support, their fellow training recruits, and all the persons who have contributed to their development and career as Police Officers.


Commissioner of Police Mr. Colin O. John, the officers and men of the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police have extended congratulations to Officers Simmons, Gordon, Matthews and Jack on their achievement, dedication to duty and wish them success in the future.


RSVGPF SUMMER PROGRAM LAUNCHED


The 2018 summer program by the Royal St. Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force was officially launched last week under the theme “Stimulating and nurturing young minds during summertime.”


Remarks came from the various summer program co-ordinators, including the Police Band, the Police Youth Clubs, the SVG Coast Guard, the National Commission on Crime Prevention, and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons.

During her remarks, Director of the National Commission on Crime Prevention, Nichola Joslyn-Evans, said under the Pan against Crime (PAC) Program, a total of 13 programs will be done during the summer.   Mrs. Joslyn Evans said the Pan Against Crime Program – geared towards young persons, is an ongoing initiative.


The programs are expected to commence on Monday 23rd of July and will cater for children between the ages of 9 and 15 years of age.


ST. LUCIA TEPA, SLCSI AND CEDA INVITE YOUNG ANIMATORS TO ATTEND BOOT CAMP


The Saint Lucia Trade Export Promotion Agency (TEPA) and The Saint Lucia Coalition of Service Industries (SLCSI) in collaboration with Caribbean Export Development Agency (CEDA) are inviting interested young animators from St Vincent and the Grenadines to participate in a 5 day boot camp from August 6th to 10th, 2018.


The event will take place at the National Skills Development Centre, ICT Centre from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m in Saint Lucia. 


This initiative presents an excellent opportunity to engage and meet with animators from the OECS and inspire them to innovate and remain on the vanguard of new developments in the industry.  


The Boot Camp is expected to among other things refine existing animation projects to meet international standards and gain international appeal, allow animators within the region to collaborate towards the development of export ready products and assist participants in the development of a prototype (s).


The criteria for interested participants are at that the individual must be working on an existing animation project, must have a script for the existing project and must have prior knowledge of animation. The cost of participation is EC$150 and support for participation will include airfare, accommodation, meals and training.

The deadline for registration is July 31st, 2018. Only one (1) animator from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will be selected to participate. Interested animators are asked to kindly inquire and apply through the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Coalition of Service Industries at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Commerce.




REGIONAL


HAITI’S PRESIDENT TO APPOINT A NEW PRIME MINISTER


Haiti's president says he will appoint a new prime minister as soon as possible following the resignation of the country's second highest official.

President Jovenel Moise said late Saturday in a television broadcast said that he will "form an inclusive government whose mission will be to alleviate the misery of the Haitian people."


Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant resigned earlier in the weekend over his handling of a failed plan to raise the prices of gasoline, diesel and kerosene by 38 per cent to 51 per cent.


At least seven people were killed and dozens of businesses were looted during riots after the government announced the price hike.  Moise said he had spoken with protesters and international organizations to find a solution, but did not say if fuel prices would still rise.