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First recipient of Dr Khan Nedd scholarship to study sustainable agriculture

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Lynda Douglas of Windsor Forest, St David is the first recipient of the Dr Khan Nedd Scholarship to Earth University.

Following a review of applications, Douglas was one of the two applicants shortlisted to whom the admissions test and interview were administered. The tests and interviews were administered by Earth University’s representative, Professor Amy Porter, who visited Grenada between 23-25 August specifically for that purpose. Douglas travelled to Costa Rica on 28 September to commence her Spanish immersion programme.

Douglas graduated from TA Marryshow Community College in 2014 with an Associate’s degree in Agriculture and Food Science and has diverse experience in the management of farm businesses as well as being an entrepreneur herself, involved in beekeeping business, LynBees. Earth University describes Lynda as “a highly qualified candidate who meets Earth’s admissions profile; she is passionate about agriculture and the environment; she has demonstrated leadership and entrepreneurial skills; she has a track record of achievement and meeting her goals, and she hopes to make a positive change in Grenada.”

The IAGDO and the Grouping of CSOs extend its congratulations to Douglas, a trailblazer, paving the way for other Grenadians to attend Earth University.

About Earth University

Founded in 1990, Earth is an international, nonprofit university. It targets young leaders from families and communities of modest means who are desirous of returning to their communities to be community change-makers, implementing innovative solutions to community challenges to promote community wellbeing and development.

Dr Khan Nedd, a medical doctor, is the son of the late Waple Nedd, a former Member of Parliament for South West St Andrew and a minister in the inaugural Independence Cabinet of Grenada.

Thank you message from Lynda Douglas

My name is Lynda Douglas and I have been awarded a 100% scholarship to obtain my Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture on the 11 September 2019. For the past six years, I have always been active in the field of agriculture. It was at the age of 18 I decided to follow my grandfather, the late Wilbert Everard Douglas, to pursue a career in the field of agriculture.

I graduated from TA Marryshow Community College with an Associate’s Degree in Agriculture and Food Science on 17 July 2014. I then became the livestock manager at Owen Farms, a livestock farm located at La Digue, St Andrew, Grenada. From January 2015 I became the General Manager of Green Forest Farms, a mixed farm located at Morne Longue in St Andrew. I was recently employed as the farm manager of Island Farms Inc, located at Laura, St David from June 2019. Apart from being employed by these private agricultural business entities, I have been investing my time in developing a beekeeping business called LynBees, which is still in its early stages. However, I’ve been graced with the opportunity to leave it in the hands of a trustworthy person and will continue to invest in it when I return. Now I have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity, it is with great pleasure that I thank the following people responsible for doing so:

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr Khan Nedd and his foundation for awarding me a full scholarship to obtain my bachelor’s degree in sustainable agriculture. With the negative effects on our planet caused by man such as global warming due to deforestation from extensive crop cultivation and the endangerment of wildlife species caused by pesticides and other dangerous agricultural techniques applied, there is a definite need to develop and implement innovative methods to sustain our textile and agricultural needs without creating more long-term damage to our environment.

I would also like to acknowledge my gratitude to the IAGDO/Grenada Civil Society Organisation team. These are the people who have coordinated this scholarship and are the liaison between Earth University and other schools within my country, so without them, I would not have been able to receive this opportunity to pursue my dreams.

At Earth University, the programmes consist of both theoretical and practical teaching with environmental stewardship being an integral part of the institution’s values – which will aid in the correcting of those problems through further innovations and sustainable implementations in the field of agriculture.

To the Director of Admissions, Ramon Ariel Sanchez, and the other members of the selection process, I extend gratitude and would like to say thank you for selecting and admitting me into your prestigious institution. With this well-formulated curriculum and your goals towards sustainable rural development, there is no doubt that there were many qualified candidates that applied and after careful selection, math and reasoning logic tests and personal interviews, I am honoured that I have met your requirements and have been selected among the very few students to be enrolled in your university on a full scholarship.

Finally, a special thank you to all my friends and family that have continued to support me throughout the years. No words can describe how blessed I am for having you all as a part of my life. I am forever grateful for your continued love and support.

To all the young students of my homeland Grenada, I urge you also take up the mantle and be pioneers in the development of a sustainable agricultural sector here on our beautiful island and abroad. This is for the preservation of our tri-island state and with the aim of preserving humanity. Whoever is interested in applying for this opportunity, please visit https://www.earth.ac.cr/en/, for more information on the degree programme available. If you have any questions on the application process, feel free to contact me (https://m.facebook.com/DougieDoug94).

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The country with no army! – Nas Daily

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“One of 31 unique places in the world that doesn’t have a standing Army. How does it feel like to be here? Awesome.”

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In coronavirus, our shared humanity is reiterated

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by JC Jan

We carry within us the wonders we seek without us…(Sir Thomas Browne – Religio Medici, 1645)

John Donne, a poet, once wrote that the death of another diminishes him because he is involved in mankind. This invariably reiterates Sir Thomas Browne’s creed that there is a bit of us in all of us and this coronavirus has become a talking point for the manifestation of that fact.

When the news of this deadly virus broke out, it puts China in the eyes of the world and due to their itinerant nature, we all have reasons to be concerned. Coronavirus is a global health emergency and we cannot afford to fold our arms from a distance and watch China battle for the soul of her republic. Through genetic testing, over 74, 499 victims are now infected in China alone. In about 30 countries and territories, 76,805 cases are confirmed.

For the record, Grenada is not among the 30 countries and we are grateful for that. Though Grenada and her government do not have the resources or the capacity to fight this deadly disease and therefore not ready for such, it is interesting to note that our weather will not make life easier for the cold-loving virus. As our government is assuring us that our citizens studying in China are safe, we believe and pray that they stay so.

True to this calling of our shared humanity, the world has not pretended in their sympathy to China and other unfortunate nations that are now with this virus and are fighting to contain it. Countries like Japan have already recorded two deaths, with 731 cases. South Korea has 204 cases with one death on record. Australia now has 17 cases. The United States of America has about 27 cases. The United Kingdom has 9 cases. The list goes on.

The human response to stimuli overbears the urge to withhold, hence, we are now collectively united in the fight against the continued spread of the disease and it is at tensed times like this that the beauty of the world comes to the open despite how gloomy the situation that prompted it appears.

The issue at stake is not about “race” in the world. All we need to remember is the need to survive. It’s about humanity. With over 2,449 deaths and still counting; with over 76,805 infected and still counting, and with more cases being reported all over the world, we bow down our heads in recognition of the efforts The People’s Republic of China has been making, even as players in the medical field continue to struggle to curtail the spread of this virus.

However, the efforts of experts around the globe should not go unrecognised, especially those experts in China who are working indefatigably. Their hard work is paying off. It seems they have sighted the end to this virus. In Karachi, Pakistan, China’s Consulate General made a statement. “I have seen that according to the experts in China, they are saying the peak of the epidemic has already arrived and it will come down no matter from the epicentre and across the whole of China. This will be coming down this week and next week, and the epidemic may be over by the end of March,” said Li Bijian.

If this virus continues to spread across nations, we are bound to feel every bit of its fang because of the current global system that has reduced the world to a micro-community of humans.

Our heartfelt sincere love goes to the infected and affected persons, and to the dead, our total respect. Long live The People’s Republic of China, and long live humanity.

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Sir Royston Hopkin KCMG has died

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  • Sir Royston died early this morning in Trinidad, age 75 years
  • Survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and his three children
  • Awarded Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) in 2004

Almost 7 months after receiving a lifetime award from Tourism Minister, Claris Modeste, hotelier Sir Royston Hopkin has died. He was the owner of Spice Island Beach Resort, located on the Grand Anse Beach.

“Yes, he died early this morning in Trinidad,” said Brian Hardy, General Manager of the hotel. Hardy promised that a statement will be issued later in the day. Sir Royston was recovering from a medical procedure which occurred a few weeks ago. Sir Royston was 75 years old. He is survived by his wife Lady Betty Hopkin and his three children.

“It is a true honour to be recognised with the Minister’s Outstanding Achievement Award. As I accept this prestigious recognition, I reflect on how far we’ve come and the continued growth we are realising today,” Sir Royston said at the award ceremony in mid-2019.

Besides the minister’s award, Sir Royston received many awards. In December 2004, he earned the introduction “Sir” when Queen Elizabeth II deemed him Knight Commander of The Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (KCMG) for his contributions to the tourism industry in Grenada and throughout the Caribbean.

Sir Royston held numerous positions within the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA), and served on the board of directors. He received the organisation’s 1991 “Hotelier of the Year” award as well as Lifetime Achievement awards from CHTA and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO). In early 2019, the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit in Miami recognised his contributions to the tourism industry in Grenada as well as the luxury services he provides at his resort.

Royston Hopkin began his tourism career when he joined his family business, the Ross Point Inn, in 1965. By age 20, he was appointed to the Grenada Board of Tourism, where he served 18 consecutive years. By age 24, he became the first Grenadian-elected president of the Grenada Hotel Association, a position he held on 14 occasions. By 1987, he had purchased a majority interest in the Spice Island Inn and became the owner and chairman of the property, which he renamed Spice Island Beach Resort. Under his direction, the property expanded from 28 to 66 suites as part of a $6 million renovation in 2000.

Like much of Grenada, Spice Island Beach Resort was devastated by Hurricane Ivan in 2004, but one year later, and with a $12 million investment, the resort reopened.

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