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Grenada fresh produce inspectors strengthen their capacity to conduct inspection work

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by Derek Charles, specialist at the IICA Grenada Delegation

Grenada fresh produce inspectors strengthened their capacity to conduct effective inspection work through a 2-day Workshop held 20-21 November 2019 which the IICA Grenada Delegation facilitated.

Through a request from the Grenada Bureau of Standards and in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and the Marketing and National Importing Board, 18 inspectors from those institutions strengthened their capacity in inspection work.

Inspection of fresh produce is a mandatory process conducted by governmental authorities or other agencies to ensure a product’s wholesomeness, safety and adherence to regulations. The training of the inspectors was one of the pre-requisites for the effective enforcement of the Grenada Fresh Produce Act.

During his remarks at the opening of the Workshop, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Cooperatives and Caricom Affairs, Aaron Francois; alluded to the high food import bill compared to the low income for agricultural exports.

He further implored on the inspectors to make good on the training and put it to work to help facilitate trade in fresh produce. Similar sentiments were echoed by the Director of the Bureau of Standards, Robert Medford, and the Head of the Ministry of Agriculture Pest Management Unit, Thaddeus Peters.

Derek Charles, specialist at the IICA Grenada Delegation, facilitated the Workshop and emphasized that “The inspectors must undergo appropriate and regular training to enable them to undertake conformity inspection. That accurate inspection increases the value of the produce offered for sale by ensuring it meets customer’s standards.”

The class, quality and the measurements of quality attributes of fresh produce were highlighted because this enabled the inspectors to appreciate the types of defects and the possible causes of those defects that can affect the wholesomeness and safety of the produce.

The practical session focused on using the specifications and tools to conduct inspections on fresh produce. Inspectors learned how to interrupt the specifications and apply them to the various defects and how to use some of the inspection tools available to enhance the accuracy of their work.

The Bureau of Standards and the Ministry of Agriculture will continue to strengthen the capacity of inspectors by engaging the private sector and having them trained to the acceptable standard for conducting effective inspection work.

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GABOA stands by bus driver who aggressively demanded payment

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by Linda Straker

Members of the Grand Anse Bus Owners Association (GABOA) say that an internal investigation of a video circulating on various social media platform showing a driver aggressively demanding payment has concluded that the driver was within his right to demand the amount he was requesting.

“We will like to note that upon the completion of our internal investigations into the video making its rounds on all social media platforms, as well as meeting with the driver in question, we have come to the conclusion that although the aggression was not warranted nor represented the Association and our nation properly, the fee which was quoted by the driver for the transportation services rendered was correct and in keeping with the standardized fees of the GABOA,” said a statement posted on the association’s Facebook page on Tuesday, 25 February 2020.

“As a direct result, we stand behind him in that regard only and all of our members in the collection of the correct fees for all services rendered to the general public,” said the statement which also stated that the members of the association do not condone, encourage, or accept any form of anger and or aggression towards passengers under any circumstance by any of its members.

“Furthermore, we would like to take this opportunity once more to encourage all bus owners and drivers to have their required price list clearly displayed inside of their buses for all passengers to see in order to avoid any further conflict and or disputes,” said the statement which called on commuters to verify the price of a trip with the bus driver and or conductor where applicable before embarking on any journey in an attempt to avoid any further dispute.

“Lastly, moving forward we the GABOA will like to encourage the general public; our valued customers, to look for and travel on buses that are branded with the association’s logo which is located on the front left side of the bus,” the statement advises.

“All buses carrying the logo are members of the association and as such, they will be penalized and dealt with accordingly for the violation of all the association’s Code of Ethics and approved Government pricing once reported to the association by you our valued customers,” the statement said.

On Monday, the Police announced that it was also investigating the video footage. “The RGPF is working along with the relevant stakeholders in this matter and will take appreciate action if necessary,” the Police statement said.

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UK parliamentarians visit to Grenada

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A six-member Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK) cross-party delegation of members and officials from the UK Houses of Parliament, visited Grenada from 19-21 February. They also visited Barbados.

The visit was organised in partnership with the Parliament of Grenada and the British High Commission.

Their programme of meetings and visits addressed topical issues such as international trade, security, climate change and disaster resilience. During their time in Grenada, the delegation met with key parliamentary stakeholders, officials and leading civil society members.

Lord Mann of Holbeck Moor, on behalf of the delegation, said, “It was an incredible experience to visit Barbados and Grenada as part of a cross-party delegation. We touched on a range of issues, including trade, climate change and the fight against crime, all of which are important issues for both the UK and the region. Strengthening our economic, environmental and security partnerships will be of benefit to both sides. The delegation enjoyed meeting with Ministers and Parliamentarians, and I hope our valued relationship with the Eastern Caribbean will be further strengthened by this visit.’’

British Resident Commissioner to Grenada Wendy Freeman said, “I am very grateful to the MPs from the UK branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association for their valuable visit to Grenada. Not only for strengthening the parliamentary and commonwealth links but also for supporting the newly established British High Commission. Come back again soon!”

This bilateral visit to the region was the first CPA UK visit in several years. The programme provided an excellent opportunity to strengthen relations with the region, particularly on areas such as trade, climate change, security and social issues.

About CPA UK

CPA UK supports and strengthens parliamentary democracy throughout the Commonwealth. It focuses on key issues including women in parliament, modern slavery, financial oversight, security and trade.

Peer to peer learning is central to the way CPA UK works. CPA UK brings together UK and Commonwealth parliamentarians and officials, to share knowledge and learn from each other. It aims to improve parliamentary oversight, scrutiny and representation. CPA UK is located in, and funded by, the UK Parliament.

For further information, please contact Fleur ten Hacken at tenhackenf@parliament.uk, or CPA UK at cpauk@parliament.uk or tweet @CPA _UK.

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The coolest museum that you’ve never seen – Nas Daily

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In the small island nation of Grenada, there is a super cool museum… that is hidden… underwater! :O

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