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Banner to mark International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

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The International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition, is set aside by UNESCO as the day for the International community to remember the Slave Trade and for the Celebration of the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

The night of 22 to 23 August 1791, in Saint-Domingue (today Haiti and the Dominican Republic) saw the beginning of the uprising that would play a crucial role, in the abolition of the transatlantic slave trade.

It is against this background that the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition is commemorated on 23 August, each year.

This International Day is intended to inscribe the tragedy of the Slave Trade in the memory of all peoples. In accordance with the goals of the intercultural project “The Slave Route”, it should offer an opportunity for collective consideration of the historic causes, the methods and the consequences of this tragedy, and for an analysis of the interactions, to which it has given rise to between Africa, Europe, the Americas and the Caribbean.

UNESCO, as one of the premier international organisations charged with the engendering of Peace and the upholding of the Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by General Assembly of the United Nations in Dec, 1948, rightly views the Slave Trade as on of the greatest violations of Human Rights, in the history of mankind.

UNESCO has sought to ‘break the silence’ about the Slave Trade and slavery in general through the organising of its Slave Route Project which started in 1994. Since then, many countries have celebrated this day – the first of which were Haiti in 1998 and Senegal 1999, in many different ways through cultural events, or debates.

The office of the Grenada National Commission for UNESCO has decided to work together with the National Museum to unveil a commemorative banner at the National Museum. We would like to invite the General Public and the Press to join us at this event starting at 10 am on Friday, 23 August 2019. We also have a documentary on the UNESCO Slave Routes Project, which is being aired by the Government Information Service (GIS), and copies can be made available to interested media houses, schools or other institutions.

It is our hope that there will be greater awareness of the African Diaspora throughout the world, and what they have contributed to the world of science, religion, education, technology, the environment, etc.

We are aware that carnival has just been completed, celebrating various aspects of our culture, much of which was derived form our forefather’s experiences during slavery. Grenada, as do many countries of the Caribbean, have tended to focus on the Emancipation of Slavery, for which a national holiday is proclaimed.

Many people may want to forget our history for whatever reasons – shamefulness, fear, or misplaced sense of values; some may not even be aware of it; yet there are others who see knowledge of history as important to know who they are; where they came from and to better understand our heritage.

The celebration of the abolition of slavery is also significant because it falls within the period that the UN General Assembly, in its Resolution 68/237, proclaimed the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024).

Around 200 million people of African descent live in the Americas. There are many millions more, in other parts of the world. The UN is leading the campaign to give these people of African descent a higher profile on the injustices suffered worldwide, because of racism and racial discrimination, which emanated from the days of slavery.

We want to promote the day by informing people about the historical events associated with the slave trade, the consequences of slavery, to promote tolerance and human rights and work with educational institutions, civil society and other organisations, to inculcate in future generations the “causes, consequences and lessons of the transatlantic slave trade, and to communicate the dangers of racism and prejudice.”

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Men on illegal firearm charges – NOW Grenada

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Three St Andrew residents charged with possession of illegal firearm and ammunition will appear at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on 30 January 2020.

Cliff Walker, 34 years, Mechanic of Salisbury Road, Grenville, Derick Fletcher, 28 years, Mechanic of Soubise and Danny Herry, 28 years, unemployed resident of Sendall Street, Grenville were charged following investigations into a shooting incident that occurred on 6 August 2019 which left one of the defendants, Cliff Walker, hospitalised with a gunshot wound to the left side of the chest.

A search of Walker’s vehicle turned up 33 rounds of ammunition. A bullet hole was seen to the front windscreen of the vehicle.

All three men are currently each on $7,000 bail with one surety.

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Canada to provide biometric processing for visa applications in Grenada – NOW Grenada

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NOTICE: DATES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED

The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Government of Grenada, is pleased to announce that Canadian officials have extended the dates and will be in Grenada from Monday 18 to Friday 22, November 2019 to carry out biometric processing for persons wishing to obtain visas.

As part of the visa application process, Grenadian nationals must provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, study, work, or temporary residence permit, or for permanent residence. During the upcoming November dates, Grenadian visa applicants may take the opportunity to provide biometric information in Grenada rather than travelling abroad.

If you are planning to travel to Canada for study, business, tourism, family reunions or other reasons, please complete your online visa application as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this opportunity in November. Canada is pleased that officials will be able to travel to meet applicants on-site at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort in November, and it is hoped that this eased convenience will be fully taken advantage of. Outside of this visit, standard procedures remain for Grenadian nationals to travel to biometrics collection points in Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, or Trinidad and Tobago at all other times.

This exercise is geared towards the following individuals:

  • Grenadians who anticipate travel to Canada;
  • Persons who have already applied whether online or by mail for a visa, work or study permit or for permanent residence and have received their Biometric Instruction Letter; and
  • Nationals of other biometric information-required countries residing in Grenada planning to travel to Canada.

In order to book an appointment for biometrics collection, please write to bdgtn@international.gc.ca referencing the visa application file number. Canadian officials will be pleased to assist applicants with both appointments and the required Biometrics Instruction Letter during the hours listed. Officials will not be collecting applications or biometric information from applicants who have not received this letter.

All applicants will be required to bring their Biometrics Instruction Letter with them in order to have their biometrics taken. The biometrics collection will take place from Monday, 18 November to Friday, 22 November 2019 from 8 am to 5 pm at Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grenada.

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Vincentian duo awaiting extradition hearing out on bail

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Anlee Parsons (left) and Hyah Browne being escorted by a police officer

Two Vincentians awaiting an extradition hearing to determine whether they should be deported to Grenada to be charged with the robbery of a credit union in Carriacou, have been granted bail.

Anlee Parsons, and Hyah Browne, represented by attorney Grant Connell gained freedom following the submission by their lawyer of an affidavit before the Serious Offences Court this week.

SEARCHLIGHT understands that there is contention expressed about the CCTV footage captured outside the Grenada Union of Teachers Credit Union (GUTCU) which authorities are claiming shows Parsons and Browne.

Additionally, it is said that there is also evidence that Browne, who works at the Central Sewage and Water Authority(CWSA), and Parsons, who works with a contractor, were signed in to work on the day of the robbery, October 11, 2019.

On Tuesday, November 12, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne asked Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche if he had any objection to the bail application.

Delplesche’s answer to this was no.

The chief magistrate commented that there were some interesting issues highlighted in the affidavit, but did not elaborate.

She set bail in the amount of $3000 with one surety, and ordered that the two Carriere residents report to the Mesopotamia police station every Monday, between 6am and 6pm.

They are to surrender their passports, and Identification Cards to the court.

In the interim, the prosecution awaits documents pending from Grenada for the extradition hearing on December 10.

Arrest warrants were issued in Grenada for Browne and Parsons before they were picked up by police on October 25. After being taken into custody, the duo were brought to court and had been on remand since, awaiting the extradition hearing.

The robbery of the GUTCU has shaken the usually peaceful Carriacou, “The Grenada Informer” reports.

The publication noted that, according to “lawmen” two men walked into the credit union on the said date, one armed with a gun. The men demanded money, after leading the workers to the back of the building, and putting a gun to the head of the security guard to lead him somewhere inside of the building.

Money was stacked into a bag. The amount which the two robbers who entered the GUTCU that day stole is $26,205.60, according to the charge that may be put to the two men.

The Grenada informer noted that there was a getaway vehicle awaiting the robbers, and the alleged driver of this vehicle has been charged with conspiracy to rob.

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