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Creating a culture of kindness and inclusiveness in schools

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International Anti-bullying author and youth advocate, Loverly Sheridan, along with the Rotary Club of Grenada, will kick off her International “Buddy Ambassadors/Buddy Bench Campaign,” at Our Lady Help of Christians school at Beaulieu, St George, on 23 September 2019.

The event is sponsored by West Tech Shipping, and the author will also be presenting a bench which is sponsored by local attorney, Sheila Harris, to the Alpha Junior School.

‘Be a Buddy, Not a Bully’ is a successful on-going US National Anti-bullying campaign designed by author and youth advocate, Loverly Sheridan based on her programme, ‘Buddy Ambassadors’, and book ‘Be a Buddy Not a Bully’ which are geared towards children in grades Pre-K to 5, (Ages 4 to 10) to help raise awareness and end bullying, and to promote friendliness and inclusiveness in schools.

The campaign is ongoing in the United States, and the author’s homeland, Saint Lucia. The author hopes that the programme continues to spread globally and in all schools in Grenada after the kick-off campaign.

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Sheridan believes that if we teach children about the effects of their actions, and the importance of teamwork, sharing, compassion, and empathy from an early age, that we can help curb some of our larger societal problems. This belief is what inspired the ‘Buddy Ambassadors/ Buddy Bench’ initiative. She states, “Bullying is a pervasive global issue which affects children in many different ways, including death by suicide. Most acts of bullying start at an early age when children are unable to understand the effects and consequences of their actions.”

The author’s goal is to place Buddy Benches at every school on the island. She stresses that this is an ongoing campaign and is looking forward to the support of corporations and community members at home and abroad, to help in promoting friendliness and inclusiveness in schools on the island, to help combat/end bullying. She’s grateful for the support of the Ministry of Education, Rotary Club of Grenada, school principals, sponsors, and other local community members for their efforts in making the campaign possible. For more information about the Buddy Ambassadors Programme and the Buddy Bench Campaign, go to www.buddyambassadors.com

 


About The Author

Loverly Sheridan is an Anti-Bullying advocate, author, educator, mental health advocate and world traveller who believes in the power of storytelling. In her biographical book, A Girl Like Me, she tells her own incredible story of self-discovery while travelling the world. Through the translation of her experiences having visited over 60 countries, she seeks to empower, uplift and inspire others through her writing and campaigns, and raise awareness on some of the poignant issues affecting adults and children in society.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit www.rotarygrenada.org

 

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Tourism statement on the passing of Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG

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The island of Grenada woke up Saturday morning to hear the sad news of the sudden passing of a famous son of the soil, Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG.

Sir Royston was our celebrity hotelier starting his illustrious career in the hospitality industry with the purchase of Spice Island Inn over 30 years ago. He renamed it Spice Island Beach Resort, upgraded the property, added more rooms and has received numerous accolades over the years. His attention to detail, his quest for excellence and his high standards meant that Spice Island Beach Resort became one of the most prestigious hotels on the island and in the Caribbean.

Sir Royston held many roles outside of his hotel, including Director of the Grenada Board of Tourism and President of the Grenada Hotel Association (GHA). Indeed, he was a leader with the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) for many years and one of the pinnacles of his career was being chosen as Caribbean Hotelier of the Year by the CHTA. In 2019, he was awarded a lifetime achievement by the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) in Miami, Florida.

The Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Dr Clarice Modeste-Curwen, awarded Sir Royston a lifetime achievement at her Tourism Awards ceremony in 2019. She stated, “He will be dearly missed by all Grenadians for his invaluable contribution to Tourism and Civil Aviation in the country. In the conduct of his business, Sir Royston, always negotiated with the country at heart and he will also be recognised for his investment in the education of young people.”

Sir Royston is survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and his four children. Chairman of the GTA, Brenda Hood, stated, “We know the road will not be easy without Sir Royston at the helm, but he laid the foundation for the next generation to carry on his wonderful legacy at his hotel.”

On behalf of the Minister of Tourism & Civil Aviation, the Ministry of Tourism & Civil Aviation, the Chairman and the Board of Director and the team of the Grenada Tourism Authority, Grenada is eternally grateful for the life and contributions to Tourism and Civil Aviation of Sir Royston Hopkin, KCMG. May he rest in peace.

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Michael Bascombe says his daughter is lucky to be alive

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by Linda Straker

  • Doctors have given thumbs up on Micah’s prognosis
  • Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York

Michael Bascombe, father of Micah Bascombe has described his daughter as a walking miracle and lucky to be alive, following an early Sunday morning shooting in University Heights, Buffalo, New York, USA.

“She remains conscious. The doctors have given the thumbs up on her prognosis,” Bascombe said in a Facebook post on Monday, 24 February in which he updated his friends and followers. Early Sunday morning he called on friends to pray for his daughter and the family.

“She’s a walking miracle and lucky to be alive because the bullet penetrated and exited the skull just above the left eye,” he shared in the post. He had earlier posted that his daughter continues to be in high spirits, but remains in the ICU.

“When you see your baby smile, there is nothing more you can ask for,” was the message on her mother, Hazel Ann Bascombe’s Facebook page. Micah is a senior at Buffalo State College of State University of New York, studying psychology.

Bascombe is well known for his sport journalism work and is presently working in the US with the Department of Homeland Security. He said the family spent most of Monday morning with the detectives of the Gun Violence Unit of the Buffalo Police Department, the Assistant Chief of Police of the University Police Department of Buffalo State and the Dean of Students of Buffalo State. “They have been collecting evidence and interviewing people who they believe could assist in their investigations,” he said.

A report in the Sunday edition of The Buffalo News website quoted the police as saying that a 20-year-old woman was in serious condition after she was struck by gunfire just before 3 am near Bailey and Berkshire avenues. She was transported to Erie County Medical Centre.

Bascombe, who migrated with his family to the USA more than 10 years ago used the post to thank all those who prayed and continue to pray for his daughter and the family. “Thank you for the many calls and offer of support through this difficult time including some incredible folks at the Department of Homeland Security and the many family members who made the journey and gathered at her bedside with short notice,” he wrote.

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Arrests made in Soubise drug bust

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Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the 20 December 2019 drug bust at Soubise, St Andrew, which netted 698 pounds of cannabis.

The men, Ronald Thomas, 35 years of Post Royal, St Andrew; Rol Mc Queen, 31 years of La Fortune, St Patrick, both Fishermen, and Finbar Phillip, 43 years, Mechanic of Soubise, St Andrew will appear at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

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Ronald Thomas

Thomas has been charged with Trafficking in a Controlled Drug, while Mc Queen and Phillip have been charged with Conspiracy to Traffic in a Controlled Drug.

One blue fishing boat with a 75 horse-power was also seized.

Police investigation continues.

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