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Art contest spotlights Caribbean’s environmental threats and solutions

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Ten schools in Jamaica, Grenada and Antigua showed off their creativity and understanding of the region’s top environmental threats and solutions in a recent recycled art competition hosted by the Sandals Foundation.

Students were given the opportunity to creatively re-use waste items such as plastic bottles, bottle caps, cans, and other single-use disposable items in an environmentally themed mural at their school. All schools were encouraged to participate in the last International Coastal Cleanup Day activities on September 21 to collect items for their murals.

In addition to the murals, students were also asked to include a 50-100 word description of their message and use of materials.

Coming out on top across the four Sandals Resorts regions are Barracks Road Primary School in Montego Bay, Pell River Primary School in Negril, Corinth Government School in Grenada, and Old Road Primary School in Antigua. Corinth Government School depicted pollution featuring plastic bottles, bags and forks entitled “Save our Rivers, Stop Pollution.”

Winners received their choice of audiovisual equipment to support the activities of the school’s environmental clubs and programmes. Corinth Government School chose to have a new portable sound system as their grand prize- for topping the Sandals Foundation recycled art contest.

Bianca Young, Environmental Officer at the Sandals Foundation said the competition was aimed at raising students’ consciousness about waste management and helping participants see how they can re-purpose waste products. “By encouraging students to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup activity, they were able to see first-hand the types of waste that are present on our shores, actively remove that waste and be empowered to recycle that waste into meaningful art.”

Janiel Jones, Educator and Coordinator of the Environmental Club at the Pell River Primary School commended the dedication of her club members whose hard work paid off. “Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. I am extremely elated and overjoyed that at the end of our hard work and dedication made us victorious.”

For Aamorie Appleton, student of Old Road Primary School in Antigua, “The mural helped me to learn some more about endangered animals and I want to help to make them safe. I also want to tell fishermen that they are killing smaller fish in the sea and that they should leave the small ones and fish the bigger ones.”

Artwork and messages covered the thematic areas of pollution: land, marine, air, deforestation, endangered species/ecosystems, climate change, recycling, proper disposal, reforestation/tree planting, protected areas, renewable energy and water efficiency.

Additional participating schools were Mount Airy Primary School and Green Island Primary School in Negril, Corinaldi Avenue Primary in Montego Bay, Blessed Sacrament RC School and Grace Lutheran School in Grenada and New Winthorpes Primary School in Antigua.

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Tax obligations for carnival mas’ bands

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The Inland Revenue Division (IRD) wishes to remind the general public that, the sale of “Fancy Mas” carnival costumes and Monday Night Mas’ packages will attract a 15% VAT as of the 2020 tax period.

As communicated last year in the 11 June 2019 news release, this is in keeping with the provisions of the Value Added Tax (VAT) Act 2009.

Band leaders are encouraged to come into the Division to regularise their registration status before 15 February 2020.

Bandleaders, who have formed a company or alternately operate in their own name (Sole Trader), please note the following for:

  • A Company structure: the requirement would be to file and pay Corporation Income Tax along with other applicable taxes.
  • A Sole Trader structure: the requirement would be to file and pay Personal Income Tax, along with other applicable taxes.

Please also be reminded that in accordance with the provisions of the VAT Act, prices quoted by promoters on tickets for all public entertainment events should be VAT INCLUSIVE.

Inland Revenue, Division Striving for Greater Taxpayer Compliance.

Comptroller, Inland Revenue Division

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Boca drug bust | NOW Grenada

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A 35-year-old Fontenoy, St George, resident has been remanded in custody after appearing in court in connection with the seizure of 126 pounds of cannabis.

Charged with Possession of a Controlled Drug and Trafficking in of a Controlled Drug, Avarnell Antoine appeared at the St George’s Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 14 January 2020, where he was denied bail.

Antoine is alleged to be one of the occupants in a vehicle that was involved in a drug bust in the Boca, St George area on 29 December 2019.

Police investigations continue.

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Extension of deadline to respond to consultation documents

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The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) advises stakeholders and the general public of its decision to extend the period of consultation on the draft documents issued below to the specific dates indicated.

Documents issued:

  • Draft Regulations on Rules and Procedure for applying for Licences and Permits
  • Draft Regulations on Tariff Setting Methodology.

Initial deadline 17 January 2020. New deadline – 24 February 2020.

Documents issued:

  • Draft Generation Expansion Planning and Competitive Procurement Regulations;
  • Draft Generation Licence – Grenada Electricity Services Limited;
  • Draft Network Licence – Grenada Electricity Services Limited.

Initial deadline 22 January 2020. New deadline – 27 February 2020.

Documents issued:

  • Draft Grenada Electricity Sector Grid Code – Introduction Code;
  • Draft Grenada Electricity Sector Grid Code – Generation Codes;
  • Draft Grenada Electricity Sector grid Code – Transmission and Distribution Code.

Initial deadline 7 February 2020. New deadline – 13 March 2020.

Please note that the PURC’s Consultation Guidelines do not allow for a further extension of the consultation period.

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