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Epic Memory in Venice for the Biennale Arte 2019

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The Grenada National Pavilion opened on 8 May and brought just a tiny pocket of warmth to the unseasonably cold and rainy Venice for the International Exhibition of the 58th Biennale di Venezia.

A press conference with close to 100 journalists, artists and organisers was initiated by StART, the group led by Daniele Radini Tedeschi. Speaking from the panel were the Minister of Culture of Guatemala José Luis Chea Urruela, Eduardo Selman of the Dominican Republic and Dr Susan Mains, representing Senator the Honourable Norland Cox, Minister of Culture of Grenada. The excitement of the moment was tangible, as each expressed the privilege and honour for their countries’ art to be shown at the beautiful Palazzo Albrizzi as official National Pavilions.

Grenada’s artists were on hand, maybe a little nervous, but well prepared for the moment of the opening of the doors and the showing of their collective work for the first time.

“Epic Memory” was the theme that they followed, and much of the work took a very personal turn.

Amy Cannestra said that, “Remembering is changing the thing you want to remember” and showed video clips of her time in Grenada, projected into dozens of little jars. The sound of the waves and tree frogs provided a background, and one quickly glimpsed the familiar sights of home.

Shervone Neckles chose to focus on her mother’s family, from Grenville. “Domiciliation, Bless this House” is made of vinyl constructions, screen printed with historic documents and family pictures. They sway a bit, causing an ever-changing view.

Dave Lewis honours his 100-year-old father with a photographic series entitled “My Father’s Land.” It is serene and shows the beauty of Grenada and his connection to it.

Billy Gerard Frank also highlights his relationship with his deceased father in the film “2nd Eulogy/Mind the Gap.” The installation he presents contains the actual suitcases (grips) that belonged to his father, as well as a trove of personal letters, postcards, and memorabilia.

The press conference at the opening

Our Italian colleges presented paintings: Franco Rota Candiani, “Grenadine” and Robert Miniati, “God.” This painting was enhanced by a container of spices, whose fragrance permeated the room. The collective CRS avant-garde presented a beautifully detailed drawing by Paolo Rossetto — Harmonic Balance (Grenada). Further, Giovanni Scagnoli shared a painting construction named “Barefoot” which suspends reality. Finally, Carlo Caldara shows “Memory Ways” a sculpture of the globe, with lighted paths detailing the immigration of Grenada’s various peoples.

The pavilion is in beautiful harmony. Commissioner Susan Mains and curator Daniele Radini Tedeschi worked together for months to achieve this, overcoming the barrier of language with the translation of head of the editorial team Flavia Rovetta. For the next 7 months the Grenada Pavilion will be an outpost of promotion in Venice, Italy. It is anticipated that thousands will pass through.

All of this would not have been possible without the support of the sponsors. A special recognition is given to the Government of Grenada and the National Lotteries Authority (NLA), for financial support. Many private companies and individuals also contributed, many being made aware of the need through the efforts of Paula LaTouche of Century 21 Grenada. A complete list can be found at www.grenadavenice.org

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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.

Office of Commissioner of Police

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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.

Public Utilities Regulatory Commission

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