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Captain Jex leads team on Bahamas humanitarian mission

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by Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada 

  • Captain Jex and volunteer team to supplies to the Bahamas
  • Earl Maitland of Grenada Empowerment Movement Inc (GEM) spearheaded donation drive
  • Account at Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited set up for donations

A humanitarian mission to the Bahamas following the passage of Hurricane Dorian will see a team of four volunteers led by Joel “Captain Jex” Mark deliver over EC$30,000 worth of supplies and act as foot soldiers to assist affected people.

Aboard his 47-foot Beneteau SA Sailboat, the crew sailed from the Lagoon on Friday, 20 September with water, clothing, utility supplies, and food to the hurricane-ravaged island. But even more daring, the team plan on making a second trip to the Bahamas but will require the continuous assistance of donors who helped in gathering necessary relief items.

A task that took nearly two weeks to complete, Earl Maitland of Grenada Empowerment Movement Inc (GEM) spearheaded a donation drive together with Mount Pure Mineral Water which donated EC$12,000 worth of bottled water; the Grand Anse Bus Association which donated food supplies and Andy Williams of Hot Spot who donated two tabletop stoves. Several other organisations and individuals also assisted in the donation drive. Maitland commended the crew for their bravery and hope that these men receive the recognition they deserve.

“I consider these men to be heroes, they are the ones going to the Bahamas through whatever challenges they may face out at sea, but they are upstanding men of great character and I believe that these men should be recognised by the Grenadian government as heroes,” Maitland said.

Monday, 16 September was first departure date given from Grenada, but the team managed to leave a few days later due to the number of supplies coming in. “One of the major reasons we ended up staying here until tomorrow is because people from around the island have called us to make contributions. We didn’t want to leave out anything seeing that the disaster over there, people have lost everything, so we want to bring as much as we could,” he said.

Captain Jex and his crew are expected to travel approximately 1,196.545 nautical miles to the Bahamas in uncertain weather, and are hoping to make the trip in 10 days if favourable weather allows. He said making the long trip to the Bahamas will not be easy since they received little assistance in purchasing fuel for the vessel.

“The fuel to be used for this journey was provided by people making monetary donations to us, so this is what we are going to be using to conserve fuel for the trip by utilising wind, but if there is no wind then we just sit it out until the winds come to make sure that we get there, because upon arrival we will have to do a lot of motoring to get into the port,” Mark said.

The team is expected to stay approximately two weeks before returning. Back at home, Maitland is expected to continue to gather more items and relief supplies to be shipped to the island on the team’s second voyage. In this regard, the team is asking that people donate financially towards this mission to ensure its success.

An account, number 400000283 for Sailing to Better Lives, was created at the Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited for persons eager to assist in that regard. Supplies or food items donors are encouraged to contact Earl Maitland on 4031351.

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National Youth Parliament moves into a higher gear

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Preparations are moving into high gear, as Grenada prepares to join the rest of the Commonwealth, in recognising Commonwealth Day 2020.

It will coincide with an expo and the hosting of the first sitting of the National Youth Parliament 2020.

The sitting scheduled for 9 March, follows the hosting of parish-based sittings, in 2019. According to Project Officer for the National Youth Parliament Programme, Deslyn Williams, preparations began two weeks ago. “Training is ongoing every Tuesday and Thursday, at the Youth Development Centre, most of them have the experience because they were selected from the Parish Parliament, so far everything is going really great.”

Youth Parliamentarians will make presentations based on the resolution: “BE IT RESOLVED, That the National Youth Parliament of Grenada endorses the Non-Biodegradable Waste Control Act 2018 as an effective means of regulating the use of such products; thereby reducing impact of the inevitable disposal of single-use plastics, Styrofoam, and other non-biodegradable products.”

Training Facilitator, Aleshia Allert, said the training will cover a number of areas. “What we really focused on is getting them ready for presentation, so topics such as public speaking, presentations that would persuade, looking at resolutions through the eyes of ministers of government and facilitating strong debates, all of that comprise of what we did so far.”

The parliamentarians-in-training said they are 80% ready for the Monday, 9 March National Youth Parliament sitting.

Participant Elon James said, “Preparations are going great, I have already started noting some key points. My logics and statistics, I am putting together. I am just waiting on my portfolio to put the final pieces together.”

Grenada joined the Commonwealth in 1974. Observed by the 53-member states of the Commonwealth of Nations, Commonwealth Day is a celebration that is held on the second Monday of March every year.

Its purpose is to recognise the work of Commonwealth members and to promote understanding and cooperation on global issues.

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Interruption in services at St David’s Health Centre on Thursday

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) informs residents of St David that services at the St David’s Health Centre at Belle Vue, will be interrupted from midday tomorrow, Thursday, 27 February 2020.

This is to facilitate an important assessment and to rectify electrical fittings and supplies to the facility, as well as to ensure the safety of staff and patients.

The assessment will also determine the proper functioning of the equipment at the facility.

Clients are therefore encouraged to utilise the services as early as possible.

The MOH Community Health Services sincerely apologises for any inconveniences this may cause.

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Grenada on importation transmission watch

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has now spread to various countries. At this point, there are NO COVID-19 cases in Grenada.

However, in view of the current situation, Grenadian health authorities are expanding their surveillance to cover a wider area of travel to affected areas.

This means that the island is on what is referred to as Importation Transmission Watch (ITW). These include assessing exposure to risks, monitoring events in the region, and providing pre-travel training. Pre-trip risk assessment, education and preparation can markedly reduce the likelihood of an incident disrupting normal everyday life, trade and travel. One person while on a holiday/leisure or business trip can result in risk of transmission by virtue of contact importation.

Apart from mainland China, these include the following countries and cities: Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Italy. Health authorities are also advising people to avoid non-essential travel to these areas, and are reminding those who choose to do so that on their return, they can be quarantined for a maximum of 14 days.

The Ministry of Health advises people who develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days of visiting the above-listed countries, to contact their family doctor and the health authorities on 440-2649 during regular working hours (i.e., 8 am to 4 pm), 417-1079, or 417-2562 after regular working hours, weekends and holidays.

These travellers are advised to refrain from visiting health centres or the casualty department in the first instance.

The general public is reminded to take the necessary precautions for the prevention of respiratory infections:

  • CLEAN: Clean hands often by washing with soap and water or using alcohol hand rub.
  • CONTAIN: Contain germs by staying at home if unwell; do not go to work or school until your health condition is improved. Do not visit patients in hospital if you are sick.
  • COVER: Use a tissue to cover your mouth and nose when you cough and sneeze and not into to your bare hands.
  • BIN: Used tissues immediately. DO NOT leave used tissue laying around as it can lead to contamination.
  • DO NOT sneeze or cough into your hands as you may contaminate objects and people that you touch.

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