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FCCA Foundation for the Caribbean 2019 Children’s Essay Contest

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The Florida Caribbean Cruise Association Foundation invites entries for its annual Children’s Essay Contest.

RULES & GUIDELINES

The essay contest will be conducted in two age categories:

Junior Division: Children ages 12 and under (contestant may not have passed his/her 13th birthday by 26 September 2019).

Senior Division: Children ages 13 to 16 years (contestant may not have passed his/her 17th birthday by 26 September 2019).

Each student must submit one essay written in English, 500 words in length, on the following topic:

“Many cruise passengers use cruising as a way to sample different destinations. What impression does my country leave on these passengers, and how does it or should it attract them back as stayover guests?”

Essays will be judged on the following criteria: content/subject, creativity, style/structure and grammar. Each entry must be accompanied by the following information on the form provided:

  • Country
  • Name of Student
  • Address of Student
  • Student’s Date of Birth
  • Student’s Home Telephone Number
  • Name of School
  • Address of School
  • Name of School Principal
  • School Telephone Number

The contest will be conducted in three rounds.

Round 1

Competition will be conducted in schools throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Each individual entry must be submitted through the contestant’s school. Two winners from each school, one from each age category, will be chosen by the teachers and staff/selection committee of that school.

Each school must submit their entries, one from each age category, to their country’s selection committee (Ministry of Tourism) no later than Friday, 5 July 2019.

Round 2

Each country’s selection committee is to choose one winner from each age group from the entries received to represent the country. Each country is to submit the original essays written in English for their two winners (one from each age category) to the FCCA no later than Friday, 9 August 2019.

Faxed/e-mailed essays and copies of essays will be disqualified!!

Round 3

The FCCA’s Selection Committee will determine a first, second and third place winner for the two age categories from the essays submitted by all participating countries. The committee’s decision is final.

The FCCA will notify all winners by Friday, 13 September 2019.

The FCCA reserves the right to use the entrant’s name and photograph for promotional purposes. All entries, including all rights to publish or reproduce the essays (using the entrant’s name), become the property of the FCCA.

Prize awards

The FCCA will award cash scholarships to the first, second and third place winners from the two age categories as follows:

Junior Division (Ages 12 & Under) Student/School

  • 1st Place: US$3,000/US$3,000
  • 2nd Place: US$1,500/US$1,500
  • 3rd Place: US$1,000/US$1,000

Senior Division (Ages 13 to 16) Student/School

  • 1st Place: US$3,000/US$3,000
  • 2nd Place: US$1,500/US$1,500
  • 3rd Place: US$1,000/US$1,000

To reward students for their efforts, all finalists (except first, second and third place winners in each category) submitted by their countries will receive US$200.

If you have any questions regarding the contest, please contact Jessica Lalama, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association at (954) 441-8881 ext. 211 or by fax (954) 441-3171.

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Education Minister says Grenada believes education is a fundamental right – NOW Grenada

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  • Grenada supports inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all
  • Education Minister thanked UNESCO for support in developing Grenada’s National TVET Policy
  • In July 2019 Grenada signed Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

Education Minister Emmalin Pierre has told an international meeting that Grenada believes education is a fundamental human right and is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

“Grenada supports the implementation of SDG 4, as evident in its participation in the Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Steering Committee and its commitment to the collective work and implementation of the E2030 Roadmap, for the benefit of the region and successful implementation of SDG4,” she said during her address at the UNESCO 40th General Conference debates on Thursday, 14 November 2019.

SDG 4 aims to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. The UNESCO 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is an ambitious, aspirational and universal agenda with the objective of wiping out poverty through sustainable development by 2030.

Pierre who spoke immediately after the Hungarian representative, also told the conference that Grenada welcomes the Global Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications and the new Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean.

“We all believe this will strengthen international and regional cooperation in higher education. Grenada understands the importance of technical and vocational education training (TVET) and lifelong learning opportunities in preparing the youth to meet the demand of the future. We would, therefore, like to thank UNESCO for its support in developing Grenada’s National TVET Policy.

The UNESCO Global Recognition Convention ensures that people have the right to have their foreign education qualification recognised outside their country of study, while the Convention for the Recognition of Studies, Degrees and Diplomas in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean — which Grenada signed in July 2019 — commits the signatory states parties to adopt all necessary measures to recognise the studies, degrees and diplomas of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Pierre who recently was assigned as new Minister for Information, said that Grenada recognises the important role that science and technology plays for sustainable development. “Accordingly, Grenada is committed to actively participating in the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC), since as an island state, oceans are of great importance to our livelihood. We commend the work of IOC in the preparation of the International Decade of Ocean Sciences.” She urged UNESCO to continue to support the implementation of Early Warning Systems for tsunamis and other marine hazards.

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Co-op Bank wins Bank of the Year Award for Risk Management – NOW Grenada

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Grenada Co-operative Bank Limited is the proud recipient of the inaugural ECCU Bank of the Year Award for Risk Management.

The announcement was made during the 24th Sir Arthur Lewis Memorial Lecture and Awards Ceremony at the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank Headquarters in St Kitts on Wednesday, 6 November 2019.

Leslie Ramdhanny, Deputy Chairman of the bank’s Board of Directors, was among the representatives present at the ceremony and accepted the award on behalf of the bank.

The award recognised Co-op Bank’s efforts in implementing and utilising best practices in managing risk. To be chosen for this prestigious award, the Bank had to demonstrate effective risk management processes, policies and systems including risk treatment plans and risk management training; the adoption of risk management best practices; and improvements made to the Bank’s Risk Management function over the past year.

Receiving this award is a major game-changer for Co-op Bank. To the Board, Management and staff, this award sets a higher mark for the bank’s performance management systems, the consistent application and demonstration of best practice governance principles, risk management practices and business conduct.

To the stakeholders and the wider public, this award is a bold vote of confidence in the Bank’s commitment to and demonstration of its corporate promise to ensure prudent governance, compliance, risk and financial management; driven by a decisive, inspiring, strategy focused leadership team and staff. Such a public declaration augers very well for the bank’s brand, reputation and its position of trust and influence with strategic alliances, counterparty and correspondent relationships and most importantly with shareholders and the customers we serve.

Co-op Bank was shortlisted along with other renowned financial competitors in the regional industry for the Financial Education and Empowerment, Risk Management and Technological Innovation categories. The bank is therefore honoured to have been chosen for the category of Risk Management.

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Millions spent on importation of beef and pork – NOW Grenada

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  • As of September, 143,541 kg of beef valued at EC$2,809,463 has been imported in 2019
  • Most imports are from the US, UK, Canada, and Brazil
  • No official data on the number of cattle, pigs and goats butchered during festive season

Grenada appears to be on a path to surpassing the quantity of beef and pork imported into the country for 2017 and 2018, because as of September 2019, data from the Central Statistical Office shows the country has already surpassed the quantity imported in 2017.

In 2017, Grenada imported 138,555 kg of beef valued at EC$3,130,318. The following year 260,195 kg was imported, valued at EC$4,047,579. As of September this year, 143,541 kg of beef valued at EC$2,809,463 has been imported.

155,053 kg of pork was imported in 2017, valued at EC$1,713,728; in 2018 the imported quantity was 235,892 kg which was valued at EC$2,209,699. From January to September 2019, 164,216 kg has been imported, valued at EC$1,498,603.

Though a small quantity is imported from Antigua & Barbuda and Trinidad & Tobago, most of the imports are from the US, UK, Canada, and Brazil. Tenderloin or the tenderest part of a loin of beef or pork, as well as sirloin steak, showed a significant increase in terms of kilos.

The Ministry of Agriculture in a recent statement said that it recognises that there is a shortage of livestock in Grenada and is working to resuscitate the livestock sector.

“The Ministry of Agriculture will develop and implement a livestock policy; introduce new genetic stock at the Laura Livestock Station; strengthen the small ruminant programme at the Limlair Livestock Station in Carriacou and reintroduce the artificial insemination programme among other ongoing initiatives,” said a statement in response to the public concern that a licence was provided to a businessman to import 400 pigs and 100 cattle from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The statement said the permit was issued to meet the demands of the upcoming festive season. Traditionally, based on observation, pork and beef products enjoy increased consumption during this period. There is no official data on the number of cattle, pigs and goats butchered during the Christmas festive season.

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