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GFNC modifies its Food-Based Dietary Guidelines

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The growing concern of obesity and non-communicable diseases among the population has prompted the Grenada Food and Nutrition Council (GFNC) to modify its Food-Based Dietary Guidelines for Grenada.

The guidelines, which were first launched in 2016, will be enhanced using graphics with the aim of teaching people how to choose better foods for a healthier life. With the assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Consultant with the FAO, Veronica Molina, was in Grenada for a recent workshop to provide technical support in this regard.

The workshop was held at the Public Workers Union (PWU) Building, with the aim of analysing the data from a study done on eating habits. The findings will then be used to inform the changes to the guidelines for the benefit of the population.

“What we are trying to do, is to help people do better choices regarding food. Our main problem is obesity and chronic diseases, and all these problems come from bad food choices and lack of physical activity. What we are trying to do is give the population practical messages to help them to make better choices with the food available in their own local context. That is why we are using a lot of ethnographic studies to understand what people, believe, think, what people can do and what people cannot do because as technicians we know what is better for the population but we also want to know if they are willing to follow these recommendations,” Molina said.

FAO Consultant to Grenada, Stephanie Lewis further described what will take place when putting the guidelines together. “We would try to look at the results from the focus groups, and take that results and put it into the messages. So, whatever suggestions that were made, whatever barriers, or whatever benefits, we will take that and use that for the graphics and for the messages but also to prepare educational materials for the country. These are guidelines for the entire country, but the objective is to make some fundamental changes in the way we eat, how much we eat, how we prepare what we eat, so that later in life, we will reduce the incidence of chronic diseases and other health issues.

Executive Secretary of the GFNC, Lydia Browne, explained that the guidelines will show proportioned amounts of food individuals must consume. “Our last guidelines actually gave us half of our consumption as starch, but what we are recognising is that we are eating so much of that now that looking at the health situation now, we have to readjust. So, we know that fruits and vegetables, vegetables in particular that are very high in nutrients in terms of vitamins and minerals and very low in starch or carbohydrates, that we need to promote that a lot more and so those are going to take a larger proportion,” she stated.

The guidelines, Browne said, will also highlight an increase intake of legumes.

“I am passionate about the legume portion for Grenada because I see as we move towards our climate-smart way of agriculture and eating, I think that’s an area that we really need to focus on; that people are not consuming so much of our animal protein and they incorporate a little more of the plant-based proteins,” she remarked.

One of the participants of the workshop, Assistant Agricultural Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture, Anna Abraham, who was representing the 4-H Unit of the ministry, said the information will augur well for the work that is done with the 4-H Clubs. “More information as to ways to eat healthy, things to do to live a healthier life and we can pass that information on to the children in the schools in the 4-H clubs,” she said.

Media Representative, Kern Mason, also welcomed the initiative of the GFNC, and asked that media houses share the message of practicing healthy eating habits. “I was a part of the initial process, in terms of the graphics and putting some of the guidelines together. In anything that you do, media is important in spreading the message and getting the word out there, I think it’s very important that most of the media houses get on board and try to spread the message out there.”

The new Food-Based Dietary Guidelines is expected to be officially launched in 2020.

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Men on illegal firearm charges – NOW Grenada

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Three St Andrew residents charged with possession of illegal firearm and ammunition will appear at the Grenville Magistrate’s Court on 30 January 2020.

Cliff Walker, 34 years, Mechanic of Salisbury Road, Grenville, Derick Fletcher, 28 years, Mechanic of Soubise and Danny Herry, 28 years, unemployed resident of Sendall Street, Grenville were charged following investigations into a shooting incident that occurred on 6 August 2019 which left one of the defendants, Cliff Walker, hospitalised with a gunshot wound to the left side of the chest.

A search of Walker’s vehicle turned up 33 rounds of ammunition. A bullet hole was seen to the front windscreen of the vehicle.

All three men are currently each on $7,000 bail with one surety.

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Canada to provide biometric processing for visa applications in Grenada – NOW Grenada

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NOTICE: DATES HAVE BEEN EXTENDED

The Government of Canada, in partnership with the Government of Grenada, is pleased to announce that Canadian officials have extended the dates and will be in Grenada from Monday 18 to Friday 22, November 2019 to carry out biometric processing for persons wishing to obtain visas.

As part of the visa application process, Grenadian nationals must provide biometric information (fingerprints and a photo) when applying for a Canadian visitor visa, study, work, or temporary residence permit, or for permanent residence. During the upcoming November dates, Grenadian visa applicants may take the opportunity to provide biometric information in Grenada rather than travelling abroad.

If you are planning to travel to Canada for study, business, tourism, family reunions or other reasons, please complete your online visa application as soon as possible in order to take advantage of this opportunity in November. Canada is pleased that officials will be able to travel to meet applicants on-site at the Radisson Grenada Beach Resort in November, and it is hoped that this eased convenience will be fully taken advantage of. Outside of this visit, standard procedures remain for Grenadian nationals to travel to biometrics collection points in Barbados, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, or Trinidad and Tobago at all other times.

This exercise is geared towards the following individuals:

  • Grenadians who anticipate travel to Canada;
  • Persons who have already applied whether online or by mail for a visa, work or study permit or for permanent residence and have received their Biometric Instruction Letter; and
  • Nationals of other biometric information-required countries residing in Grenada planning to travel to Canada.

In order to book an appointment for biometrics collection, please write to bdgtn@international.gc.ca referencing the visa application file number. Canadian officials will be pleased to assist applicants with both appointments and the required Biometrics Instruction Letter during the hours listed. Officials will not be collecting applications or biometric information from applicants who have not received this letter.

All applicants will be required to bring their Biometrics Instruction Letter with them in order to have their biometrics taken. The biometrics collection will take place from Monday, 18 November to Friday, 22 November 2019 from 8 am to 5 pm at Radisson Grenada Beach Resort, Grenada.

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Vincentian duo awaiting extradition hearing out on bail

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Anlee Parsons (left) and Hyah Browne being escorted by a police officer

Two Vincentians awaiting an extradition hearing to determine whether they should be deported to Grenada to be charged with the robbery of a credit union in Carriacou, have been granted bail.

Anlee Parsons, and Hyah Browne, represented by attorney Grant Connell gained freedom following the submission by their lawyer of an affidavit before the Serious Offences Court this week.

SEARCHLIGHT understands that there is contention expressed about the CCTV footage captured outside the Grenada Union of Teachers Credit Union (GUTCU) which authorities are claiming shows Parsons and Browne.

Additionally, it is said that there is also evidence that Browne, who works at the Central Sewage and Water Authority(CWSA), and Parsons, who works with a contractor, were signed in to work on the day of the robbery, October 11, 2019.

On Tuesday, November 12, Chief Magistrate Rechanne Browne asked Senior Prosecutor Adolphus Delplesche if he had any objection to the bail application.

Delplesche’s answer to this was no.

The chief magistrate commented that there were some interesting issues highlighted in the affidavit, but did not elaborate.

She set bail in the amount of $3000 with one surety, and ordered that the two Carriere residents report to the Mesopotamia police station every Monday, between 6am and 6pm.

They are to surrender their passports, and Identification Cards to the court.

In the interim, the prosecution awaits documents pending from Grenada for the extradition hearing on December 10.

Arrest warrants were issued in Grenada for Browne and Parsons before they were picked up by police on October 25. After being taken into custody, the duo were brought to court and had been on remand since, awaiting the extradition hearing.

The robbery of the GUTCU has shaken the usually peaceful Carriacou, “The Grenada Informer” reports.

The publication noted that, according to “lawmen” two men walked into the credit union on the said date, one armed with a gun. The men demanded money, after leading the workers to the back of the building, and putting a gun to the head of the security guard to lead him somewhere inside of the building.

Money was stacked into a bag. The amount which the two robbers who entered the GUTCU that day stole is $26,205.60, according to the charge that may be put to the two men.

The Grenada informer noted that there was a getaway vehicle awaiting the robbers, and the alleged driver of this vehicle has been charged with conspiracy to rob.

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