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Grenada looks forward to ‘Sweet 16’ Gold Medal at RHS Chelsea Flower Show

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The award winning Grenada Chelsea Flower Show Team is hard at work setting their sights on bringing home a ‘sweet’ 16th gold medal at the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year.

Against the backdrop of the tranquil Hyde Park Garden owned by John and Fay Miller in St George’s last Friday, lead designer for the team Catherine John and CEO of the Grenada Tourism Authority (GTA) Patricia Maher signed a contract for sponsorship of the Grenada display for 2020. The GTA makes an annual commitment to ensure that Grenada, Carriacou and Petite Martinique is represented at the Show and on display before thousands of patrons and global media.

John thanked the GTA for its continued support saying, “It is a labour of love for my team and I, as the team puts effort into preparing our blooms and choosing our theme, which always reflects a unique aspect of Grenada to share with the world.”

Last year, the Grenada exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2019 named ‘A Carnival of Exotic Tropical Blooms’ received a highly coveted Gold Medal. This brought the number of Gold Medals awarded to Grenada to 15 in 21 years of exhibiting at the show, with five being awarded in as many consecutive years to lead designer Catherine John and her extended team of volunteers. Last year’s design was inspired by a carnival float, an intrinsic part of the cultural heritage of the destination.

“The RHS Chelsea Flower Show is an unrivalled opportunity to showcase our amazing gardens and entice visitors especially avid gardeners to our islands,” said Maher, “We are happy to support this award winning team who will attend the show from 19-23 May 2020 as they are passionate about showcasing Pure Grenada, the Spice of the Caribbean.”

Additionally, the Minister for Tourism and Civil Aviation, Hon. Dr Clarice Modeste Curwen, and the GTA would like to express our sadness at the passing of a stalwart of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, Denis Noël, OBE who was integral in the supply of fresh tropical flowers to the 15-time gold winning Grenada Team. At his funeral service held at St Andrew’s RC Church in Grenville, St Andrew, John, spoke of Noël’s passion and love for all things related to exotic gardens in Grenada. In his memory, the GTA and the Chelsea Flower show team will endeavour to continue to keep Grenada in the spotlight of the global horticultural world with its amazing award winning floral displays.

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Raymond Smith OBE, chief negotiator of Grentel deal dies

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  • Chief negotiator to form Grenada Telephone Company and Cable & Wireless into Grentel
  • Served as Grentel’s first chairman
  • Founding member of the Willie Redhead Foundation

Raymond “Ray” Smith who had responsibility for Telecommunications and Health during the interim administration following the collapse of the People’s Revolutionary Government, has died.

Among the first communications engineers in the region, Smith during the late 1980s was the adviser and chief negotiator for the Government of Grenada in the initiative to bring together the business interests of the Grenada Telephone Company, and Cable and Wireless, leading to the establishment of Grentel of which he served as its first chairman. Grentel no longer exists, but it was the parent of what has is now known as FLOW.

He has been described by regional telecommunications experts for innovations in broadcasting engineering. “This includes devising a news form of studio soundproofing using natural material, which was adopted by broadcast operations as far as ways as the Pacific Islands,” said the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) which named Smith into its Hall of Hame in 2017. At the ceremony, he was recognised for his service to the establishment of the CBU in 1970 and steering the union in its early years.

Born in 1930, Ray Smith attended the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) in St George. He received his initial training in basic engineering at the Public Health Engineering Unit in St George’s before migrating to Canada to pursue studies in radio engineering. He pursued night courses in Management and Administration at Sir George Williams College while working in Montreal.

Recruited in Montreal, he returned to Grenada to take up the post of Chief Engineer Windward, Island. Broadcasting Service (WIBS) in 1954, serving until its disbandment in 1971, whereafter, as a consultant in private practice he advised Dominica, St Lucia and St Vincent, on the establishment of their own respective local broadcasting service and Corporation. He served training attachments at the BBC and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation according to his biography on the Willie Redhead Foundation (tWRF) of which he was a founding member.

The foundation’s website states that Smith was known as a descendant of James Smith, one of the Scots-Grenadian master builders educated in Edinburgh, who constructed several of the Georgian buildings which grace the historic district of St George’s.

Smith was honoured by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (OBE) to be an officer of the Civil Division for Outstanding Service.

Smith and his wife who preceded in death are survived by 2 children.

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Ray Smith OBE, chief negotiator of GRENTEL deal dies

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  • Chief negotiator to form Grenada Telephone Company, and Cable and Wireless into GRENTEL
  • Served as GRENTEL’S first chairman
  • Founding member of the Willie Redhead Foundation

Raymond “Ray” Smith who had responsibility for Telecommunications and Health during the Interim Administration following the collapse of the People’s Revolutionary Government, has died.

Among the first Communications Engineers in the region, Smith during the late 1980s was the adviser and chief negotiator for the Government of Grenada in the initiative to bring together the business interests of the Grenada Telephone Company, and Cable and Wireless, leading to the establishment of GRENTEL of which he served as its first chairman.

GRENTEL no longer exists, but it was the parent of what has is now known as FLOW.

He has been described by regional telecommunications experts for innovations in broadcasting engineering. “This includes devising a news form of studio soundproofing using natural material, which was adopted by broadcast operations as far as ways as the Pacific Islands,” said the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU) which named Smith into its Hall of Hame in 2017. At the ceremony, he was recognised for his service to the establishment of the CBU in 1970 and steering the union in its early years.

Born in 1930, Ray Smith attended the Grenada Boys Secondary School (GBSS) in St George’s. He received his initial training in basic engineering at the Public Health Engineering Unit in St George’s before migrating to Canada to pursue studies in radio engineering. He pursued night courses in Management and Administration at Sir George Williams College while working in Montreal.

Recruited in Montreal, he returned to Grenada to take up the post of Chief Engineer Windward, Island. Broadcasting Service (WIBS) in 1954, serving until its disbandment in 1971, whereafter, as a consultant in private practice he advised Dominica, St Lucia and St Vincent, on the establishment of their own respective local broadcasting service and Corporation. He served training attachments at the BBC and The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation according to his biography on the Willie Redhead Foundation (tWRF) of which he was a founding member.

The foundation’s website states that Smith was known as a descendant of James Smith, one of the Scots-Grenadian master builders educated in Edinburgh, who constructed several of the Georgian buildings which grace the historic district of St George’s.

Smith was honoured by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in 2000 and awarded the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, (OBE) to be an officer of the Civil Division for Outstanding Service.

Smith and his wife who preceded in death are survived by 2 children.

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Grenada and other CDB borrowing members getting access to US$140 million

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  • Caribbean Development Bank approves US$140 million to tackle economic fallout from Covid-19 pandemic
  • Concern that situation could be exacerbated in near future given hurricane season less than 2 months away

Grenada and other members of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) stand to benefit from US$140 million which the Board of Directors approved for use by the bank’s Borrowing Member Countries to tackle the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and other shocks to their economies.

CDB is often the main partner that several the Borrowing Member Countries rely on for financing, technical assistance and policy advice during crises. “The US$140 million allocation is the first of a package of assistance that CDB is developing to assist our Borrowing Member Countries to cope with Covid-19. Our financing and technical assistance, during this period, will be directed mainly towards the most vulnerable within our societies and give the highest priority to strengthening social safety nets,” stressed CDB President, Dr William Warren Smith. “The economic and social shock of the Covid-19 pandemic will likely be severe in most Caribbean countries. There is the additional concern that the situation could be exacerbated in the near future given our region’s vulnerability to natural disasters, and with the hurricane season less than 2 months away. We, at CDB, stand ready to assist Caribbean countries to alleviate these shocks.”

“Taking into account the high degree of uncertainty, it is expected that at least 1-2% could be shaved off previous estimates of global growth as a result of Covid-19. For the Caribbean Region, as a whole, the impact could be even more profound,” said a news release from the bank.

“The extent of decline of gross domestic product will depend on the duration of the pandemic and the effectiveness of the policy responses by the countries. Our goal is to ensure our Borrowing Member Countries get access to appropriate financing during the Covid-19 pandemic and to be their partner in the post-crisis recovery,” said Dr Smith.

CDB has responded to its Borrowing Member Countries’ need for assistance during this crisis by increasing the limit on its policy-based loans. These loans are designed to respond to exogenous shocks and to support economic growth and poverty reduction through policy reforms. Since the first policy-based loan in 2006, CDB has provided some US$875 million for such loans.

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