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Grenada joins the world in observing Tsunami Awareness Day

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Today Tuesday, 5 November is recognised as International Tsunami Awareness Day.

As an agency, we feel proud to join the rest of the world in recognising the significance of the day and also to celebrate our many successes in getting the State of Grenada better prepared for this hazard.

Speaking on the importance of the day and Grenada’s achievements, Acting National Disaster Coordinator, Supt. Sylvan Mc Intyre, said that as an agency we are positioned to disseminate information and to chart the course of national readiness and preparedness.

“Let me in recognition of this day reflect and remember our brothers and sisters who are survivors of tsunami impacts globally, those who have survived, live to tell the story that those who have died could not have said,” Mc Intyre said.

In 2016, the agency began the sensitisation work on the hazard through funding provided by USAID/OFDA under the Caribbean Tsunami Warning Programme (CTWP). Since that time, Grenada today has declared two parishes Tsunami Ready: St Patrick in 2018 and sister isles Carriacou and Petite Martinique in November 2019.

Highlighting the agency’s many achievements, Mc Inytre described these accomplishments as remarkable and another milestone in the progress of hazard and general risk reduction in Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique.

Reiterating the importance of championing this cause, McIntyre singled out the important role information sharing plays in the process. “We as an agency have been going into our communities, villages trying to ensure that Tsunami Readiness, the packaged information is always readily available and accessible to all community members,” Mc Intyre emphasised.

The target of government is to have all parishes recognised Tsunami Ready.

Speaking to government’s policy position on Tsunami Preparedness, Minister with responsibility for Disaster Management, Sen. Winston Garraway, said government is working along with international partners to build resilience among all sectors. “We are extremely satisfied with the work we have been able to achieve through NOAA as well as CTIC in been able to certify parishes in Grenada Tsunami Ready.”

Sen. Garraway added that government is also working with the World Bank through a catastrophic deferral drawdown option. “It is a US$20 million line of contingency funding that is been generated to help the country respond in the event of geophysical impacts or hydro-meteorological impacts,” Garraway said.

The fund ensures government can respond in a timely manner after these hazards affect the country.

World Tsunami Awareness Day was instituted by the United Nations General Assembly to raise awareness about the devastating effects of tsunami and the steps to be taken to safeguard life and property.

The 2019 World Tsunami Awareness Day focuses on reducing damage to critical infrastructure and disruption of basic services.

Though tsunamis are unusual events, they can be very deadly. In the last 100 years, around 58 tsunamis have destroyed approximately 260,000 lives which is an average of 4,600 per disaster. This has surpassed all other natural calamities. The maximum number of deaths had occurred in December 2004 in the Indian Ocean tsunami. It caused approximately 227,000 deaths in 14 countries including India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand being the hardest-hit.

NaDMA encourages all to always be prepared.

  • FEEL a very strong earthquake RUN
  • SEE the water withdrawn an unusual distance RUN
  • HEAR a strange roar RUN.

For additional information, please contact Oslyn Crosby Public Relations Officer NaDMA on 440-8390-4 & 440-0838, cell: 533-0766, or email: nadma@spiceisle.com and nadmapr@gmail.com .

NaDMA, the official source for all disaster-related information in Grenada. 

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UK tourist 'shot dead' in robbery in Argentina

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One man was killed and another injured during a suspected robbery in Buenos Aires, according to local media.



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Claudette Joseph receives pre-action protocol letter from PM Mitchell

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  • Seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to pre-action protocol letter
  • Letter demands cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000

Claudette Joseph, the Public Relations Officer of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has seven days from 13 December 2019 to respond to a pre-action protocol letter from Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell. If she fails to comply with the demands, a defamatory lawsuit will be filed against her in the civil court.

The letter to Joseph said that on 2 December in a live news conference from the headquarters of the NDC, she uttered words that can have negative effects on the Prime Minister who is the Minister for Finance and is also the person under whose ministry the Citizenship by Investment (CBI) programme falls.

“You made certain statements on behalf of the NDC about our client which we believe are defamatory in nature, and geared to impugn on his good name, his standing and reputation,” said the letter from the law firm of Nigel Stewarts and Associates. “These statements are therefore completely false and malicious in all respect and were intentionally made by you to cause damage to our client’s reputation.” The letter demands that Joseph, who is a lawyer by profession, cease and desist from repeating the claim; apologise and pay compensation of EC$350,000.

In the news conference whose speakers were former Political Leader and Prime Minister, Tillman Thomas, and Joseph — who was elected to the PRO role in early November 2019 — they expressed concern about the recent Al Jazeera production called “Diplomat passports for Sale.”  The documentary is claiming that several Caribbean islands with citizenship by investment programmes are selling diplomat passports.

The segment on Grenada focused on the failed Grenada Sustainable Aquaculture project which was to be located in St Mark. While speaking on the matter, Joseph said that the Prime Minister was also an investor in the project and directed members of media to watch a Youtube video where he is disclosing the information.

“Our client denies uttering those words but merely to say that he has invested in the parish,” the letter informed Joseph.

The Prime Minister is known to own a historic house in St Mark which is undergoing significant refurbishing and upgrading.

As for the project, in October 2018, government placed a notice on its CBI website announcing the suspension of applications in respect of the project until further notice. In March 2019, the Prime Minister announced that an investigation was been conducted. An update is yet to be provided.

The letters ended by informing Joseph that failure to comply with the demands of the letter will give the firm no choice to proceed with legal action.

Calls to Joseph for a comment on the development proved futile as her telephone went unanswered.

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All government pensioners and ex-gratia recipients and advance payment recipients are reminded that the deadline for submission of Pension Life Certificates for the period 1 January to 30 June 2020 is 31 December 2019.

Pensioners who have not yet submitted their Life Certificates are asked to do so immediately so that their pension payments can be processed.

Kindly ensure that the correct information is included on the Life Certificate and that it is signed and stamped by an Official Certifier: a Justice of the Peace, Medical Practitioner, Minister of Religion, Barrister-at-Law or Permanent Secretary.

Additionally, pensioners who are able to present themselves in person to the Ministry of Finance can have their certificates, certified, by the Permanent Secretary or Deputy Permanent Secretaries, with proper national identification, such as passport, driver’s licence or voter’s registration card.

Pensioners residing in a foreign country are to be attested by a Notary Public, Head of Overseas Mission or Consulate Office of Grenada.

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